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Sunday, January 30, 2011


A few interesting bonbons for another Sunday on Planet Earth:

1.  Observing the tribulations of American travelers in Egypt can only remind me of the the time Pearl and I went through hell in Cairo when there was peace and security.  And here, I was actually contemplating a stop in Egypt on my upcoming Fall World adventure.  You just never learn.

2.  I noticed that the Hoover Dam bypass bridge cost $250 million, when the whole hydroelectric system was built for $50 million when it was commissioned in 1936.  This is debatable, but around 150 workers died during construction.  Oh, $50 million then is worth about $1 billion ($781 million by Consumer Price Index and $10 billion as relative share of GDP) today.

3.  #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 is Grenade by Bruno Mars.  He grew up in Honolulu and played a cool "youngest" Elvis at the age of 4.  Yes, there is that recent cocaine bust, but his lawyers might gain only probation for him.

4.  Interesting that only 6% of U.S. scientists identify themselves as Republicans, while 55% are Democrats.  Congressional decisions about issues such as Global Warming are thusly being affected.

5.  "No one party can fool all the people all the time.  That's why we have two parties."  (Bob Hope)

6.  Yes, it's a beautiful (but hazy) day again, and on the horizon is where the Pro Bowl will be played in a few hours:

...and my water lilies are happy:

Ending with just another sunset:

Number of visitors to site:     68,422
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Tropical Cyclone Anthony which did nothing for almost a week, suddenly strengthened and made landfall over Queensland at 93 MPH, causing some damage.  However, right behind is a new storm, Tropical Cyclone Yasi, already at hurricane strength (75 MPH), but expected to strengthen into a Category 4 monster.


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