Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014

Hot House

The air conditioning in my house has always been a little weak seeing as how it has to contend with a black shingle roof and insulation from 1972.  As noted in ALNM yesterday, we’re having a bit of a heat wave here in South Florida with none of the usual afternoon thunderstorm activity, and yesterday the AC struggled to keep the inside temp under 90.

I’ve got a call into the folks who can fix it while I’m home this week, but meanwhile, I’m having a bit of a schvitz-fest.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Here and There

This is the current weather back home in Miami:

Miami Weather 08-03-14

Note the humidity: 92%

Now, here’s the current weather where I am visiting my parents:

Montgomery Weather 08-03-14

Note the humidity here.  54%.

That’s what makes living in Miami a bit of a schvitz-fest in the summer.  But in the winter, it’s like Montgomery now.  So I’ll take the heat.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Short Takes

72-hour ceasefire announced in Gaza.

G.O.P. craters border bill.

What a shock: C.I.A. finds that they did break into Senate computers.

Emergency efforts in Africa to combat ebola.

Stocks fall on weak economic data.

Tropical Update: We now have Tropical Storm Bertha in the North Atlantic.

The Tigers lost to the White Sox 7-4, but landed pitcher David Price from Tampa Bay.

Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Short Takes

Ukraine: Two military jets were shot down in the same vicinity as the Malaysian airline.

Israel faces economic and political challenges; the FAA lifts the ban on flights to Tel Aviv.

Robert McDonald appears to have a lock on being confirmed as the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

It took almost two hours for Arizona to execute a condemned man.

Tropical Update:  TD Two has fizzled out.

The Tigers beat the Diamondbacks 11-5.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Short Takes

Russia tries to sound both tough and nice on response to jet attack.

Death toll continues to rise on both sides in Israel/Gaza conflict.

U.N. says Iran has turned much of its nuclear material to harmless use.

Perry sends Texas troops to border.

Wildfires continue to expand in Pacific Northwest.

Tropical Update: TD Two is east of the Lesser Antilles.

The Tigers beat the Diamondbacks 4-3.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Short Takes

Israel: Security forces from Israel fought with Palestinian citizens after a revenge killing of a Palestinian teen.

Homeland Security raised the alert level at several airports overseas that have direct flights to the U.S.

The Federal Privacy Board said the N.S.A. program to monitor foreigners is legal.

Boston Pops moving up their 4th of July show to tonight.

Tropical Update: TS Arthur will be a hurricane by this afternoon.

The Tigers swept the A’s 9-3.  Still on top of the division.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Short Takes

Israel: The bodies of three teenagers who were abducted several weeks ago were found.

Airstrikes in Iraq are not a good idea according to a retired Army general who served there.

With immigration reform officially pronounced dead, President Obama will use executive action to bolster border security.

White House says President Obama will expand safeguards for transgender workers.

8.4 million: The number of GM cars now under recall.

Tropical Update: Invest 91L still moving up the East Coast.

The Tigers beat Oakland 5-4.

Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Short Takes

President Obama to nominate former P&G CEO Bob McDonald as the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Marine who disappeared in Iraq in 2004 is back in the U.S.

European leaders meet to discuss continued fighting in Ukraine.

Crews fighting wildfires in Arizona get relief from the winds.

Tropical Update: We have our first potential disturbance in the Atlantic.

R.I.P. Meshach Taylor, 67, actor on Designing Women.

The Tigers lost to the Astros 6-4.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Nellie vs. Butch

What’s in a name?  If it’s a hurricane, it could be the difference between life and death.

People don’t take hurricanes as seriously if they have a feminine name and the consequences are deadly, finds a new groundbreaking study.

Female-named storms have historically killed more because people neither consider them as risky nor take the same precautions, the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concludes.

Researchers at the University of Illinois and Arizona State University examined six decades of hurricane death rates according to gender, spanning  1950 and 2012.  Of the 47 most damaging hurricanes, the female-named hurricanes produced an average of 45 deaths compared to 23 deaths in male-named storms, or almost double the number of fatalities.  (The study excluded Katrina and Audrey, outlier storms that would skew the model).

The difference in death rates between genders was even more pronounced when comparing strongly masculine names versus strongly feminine ones.

“[Our] model suggests that changing a severe hurricane’s name from Charley … to Eloise … could nearly triple its death toll,” the study says.

Frankly, I think that anyone who judges a hurricane’s threat based on the name given to it deserves whatever karma has in store.  All I need to hear is the word “hurricane” and I’m on alert no matter what its cognomen is.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Short Takes

U.S. P.OW. freed by Taliban in Afghanistan in exchange for five prisoners from Gitmo.

Six hikers missing on Mt. Rainier.

Golfer Phil Mickelson under investigation for insider trading.

Thousands march in Cyprus’s first gay pride parade.

Jesus Christ Superstar tour abruptly cancelled.

The Tigers lost to the Mariners 3-2.

You-know-what season starts today and runs through November 30.

Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.