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Friday, June 8, 2018


Day 37 of the Lower Puna Eruption and, now, more than 600 homes have been destroyed by lava.  The usual 5+ earthquake at Halemaumau Crater (peak of Kilauea Caldera, next to the tourist overlook and Jagger Museum) with a plume going up to 10,000 feet.  Seeming like another Old Faithful Geyser, although a lot more dangerous.

The two "best" Hawaii tourist attractions are both closed.  Yes, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and U.S.S. Arizona Memorial are off limits.

Day 6 of the Volcan de Fuego Eruption and the death toll stands at 109, with many others still missing.  From Wikipedia:

Volcán de Fuego (Spanish for "Volcano of Fire")[1] is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is located 44 kilometres (27 mi) from Guatemala City.[2] It is a stratovolcano that has had more than 60 eruptions since 1524, including a major eruption in 1974 which produced pyroclastic flows that destroyed the region's winter harvest and ashfall that covered nearby cities.[3] The most eruptive phase began in 2002 and produced an explosive eruption in 2012 that forced 33,000 people to evacuate, but had no reported deaths.[4][5] The population around the volcano is estimated to be 54,000 within 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) and more than one million within 30 kilometres (19 mi).[6]


Hard to believe, but this is Year 13 of America's Got Talent, created by Simon Cowell in 2006.  The show will continue into September on Tuesday evenings.  In January and February of 2019 NBC will showcase the Champions of the World Got Talent, featuring, of course, Simon Cowell.

The golden buzzer is a concept that was introduced in Season 9 of America's Got Talent. Each judge may press it only once during the season. In Season 9, the Golden Buzzer sent the act to the next round regardless of the other judges' votes; its main purpose was to break ties. In Season 10, the Golden Buzzer was upgraded to send an act straight to the live shows.

I won't again explain what this show is all about, but if you're interested, click on America's Got Talent, Week 1, 2018.  In fact, here is half an hour worth, including Tyra Banks' Golden Buzzer.

I tuned in this second week of AGT and can already predict who might be the winner this year.  Michael Ketterer got a golden buzzer, not particularly for his singing, which was terrific, but his family will gain him the votes to carry him into the final night.  Click on THIS to appreciate what qualifies as a supreme human being.

Here are the best AGT acts, and the current ranking shows Grace VanderWaal at #1, Jackie Evancho at #2 and Light Balance at #3.  The all-time best has to be Susan Boyle, although Jackie Evancho is right up there.  Here she is today to the right.

Catch the next show Tuesday night.  Nothing else is happening, except that day in Singapore Donald Trump meets Kim Jung-un.


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