I'm posting this because I visited the Canal way back in 1979 - on my way from where I was living and working in Jamaica, to visit my brother in the Peace Corps in Guatemala.
It's an amazing structure and now has been improved to allow for the big container ships and the natural gas carriers to get through. Interesting that natural gas from fracking is being shipped to Asia, where it will benefit Third World and developing countries. Of course the Canal will also benefit Panama's economy. A great book to read about the building of the Canal by the wonderful historian David McCullough is The Path Between the Seas.
The Albany County Health Department said Friday the bobcat had rabies.
The couple went to a neighboring residence to borrow furniture for a garage sale when they were attacked by the bobcat, police said.The owner of the home was then able to pin the bobcat down with a chair before shooting and killing it.
It actually was a bit closer to a short hike than a walk. Jeanne Marie, Mike, Karen, Brigid and moi.
A very nice jaunt (total 1.64 miles) with some cool scenery and right next to the Hudson National golf course, which allows some traffic onto it's grounds to get to the Arboretum.
Further up and on the edge of the golf course - Brigid knows the property ...
Mike and Jeanne Marie decide to go "over the line" and take some closer looks
Great views from the course, and if you have spectacular vision and look really, really carefully you'll see the Bear Mountain tower in the picture below. In the second picture, I zoomed in as best I could and you can see it.
It's on the far left of the picture above -
two more to round things out -
Today we are off to Storm King for our long postponed hike.
"The main factors are housing costs in many parts of the state, including coastal regions of California such as the Bay Area," said Dan Hamilton, director of economics with the Economic Forecasting Center at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.
"California has seen negative outward migration to other states for 22 of the last 25 years."
A recent poll revealed that an unsettling sense of yearning has descended on people in the Bay Area: About one-third of those surveyed by the Bay Area Council say they would like to exit the nine-county region sometime soon.
"They are tired of the expense of living here. They are tired of the state of California and the endless taxes here," said Scott McElfresh, a certified moving consultant. "People are getting soaked every time they turn around."
UPDATE: As the BBC keeps track ... http://www.bbc.com/news/politics/eu_referendum/results
The BBC a few minutes ago (its just after midnight) declared that the "leave" people were going to win out over the "remain" folks. Current vote is about 52-48 with about 70% of the vote in.
When I spoke to my go-to guy in England for this sort of thing - our Best Man Mick Paine - he said the vote was going to be very close and he hadn't voted as he was of two minds about it. Politically Mick - well relative to Bernie Sanders, Sanders would be a screaming right winger.
Here in Farandaville we had followed the discussions and debate in the UK a little bit, but neither of us had any particular opinion. I did think it would be kind of cool for the UK to shake things up by leaving - and now that they have it probably means the end of the European Union.
In Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine, doctors detailed the cases of the two women, ages 22 and 40, who experienced “transient smartphone blindness” for months.
The women complained of recurring episodes of temporary vision loss for up to 15 minutes. They were subjected to variety of medical exams, MRI scans and heart tests. Yet doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with them to explain the problem.
But minutes after walking into an eye specialist’s office, the mystery was solved.
“I simply asked them, ’What exactly were you doing when this happened?’” recalled Dr. Gordon Plant of Moorfield’s Eye Hospital in London.
He explained that both women typically looked at their smartphones with only one eye while resting on their side in bed in the dark — their other eye was covered by the pillow.
“So you have one eye adapted to the light because it’s looking at the phone and the other eye is adapted to the dark,” he said.
When they put their phone down, they couldn’t see with the phone eye. That’s because “it’s taking many minutes to catch up to the other eye that’s adapted to the dark,” Plant said.
He said the temporary blindness was ultimately harmless, and easily avoidable, if people stuck to looking at their smartphones with both eyes.
One of the women was relieved the short-term blindness didn’t signal a more serious problem like an imminent stroke. He said the second woman was more skeptical and kept a rigorous monthslong diary tracking her fleeting vision loss before she finally believed him. But she couldn’t stop checking her phone for messages from bed, he said.
Dr. Rahul Khurana, a spokesman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, called it a fascinating hypothesis but said two cases weren’t enough to prove that one-eyed smartphone use in the dark caused the problem. He also doubted whether many smartphone users would experience the phenomenon.
Khurana, who acknowledged that he’s an avid cellphone user, said that he and his wife tried to recreate the scenario on a recent evening, but had difficulty checking their phones with only one eye. “It was very odd,” he said.
Takes five to ten minutes to read. One thing about Trump, he doesn't mince any words - nor does Clinton. He wallops Wall Street and big corporations, which is probably why she's getting all their political donations.
Pope Francis has reaffirmed that the death penalty is unjustifiable today.
In a video-message transmitted tonight to the participants of the VI World Congress Against the Death Penalty in Oslo, Norway, underway through June 23, the Pontiff stressed, “Nowadays, the death penalty is unacceptable, however grave the crime of the convicted person.”
The Congress opens today and was organized by the French NGO Ensemble Contre la Peine de Mort and the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, which includes about 140 organizations from around the world.
“It is an offense to the inviolability of life and to the dignity of the human person,”the Pope continued, pointing out, “It likewise contradicts God’s plan for individuals and society, and his merciful justice. Nor is it consonant with any just purpose of punishment.”
Noting this sentence does not render justice to victims, but instead fosters vengeance, Francis reminded those watching, “The commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ has absolute value and applies both to the innocent and to the guilty.”
The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, the Pope told them, is a proper occasion for the world to better respect the life and dignity of each person.
“It must not be forgotten that the inviolable and God-given right to life also belongs to the criminal,” he said.
The Pope also encouraged all to work not only for the abolition of the death penalty, but also for the improvement of prison conditions, so that they fully respect the human dignity of those incarcerated.
“‘Rendering justice,’” he highlighted, “does not mean seeking punishment for its own sake, but ensuring that the basic purpose of all punishment is the rehabilitation of the offender. The question must be dealt with within the larger framework of a system of penal justice open to the possibility of the guilty party’s reinsertion in society.”
Before concluding, assuring the participants of his prayers, Pope Francis said, “There is no fitting punishment without hope! Punishment for its own sake, without room for hope, is a form of torture, not of punishment.”
“I trust that this Congress can give new impulse to the effort to abolish capital punishment.”
“Half of the 60 million people displaced globally today are children,” Catholic Relief Services stated on Monday. The average refugee spends 17 years in a refugee camp, according to the UN, which means that tens of millions of children could grow up homeless and without proper education, creating a “lost generation,” CRS noted.
The gun is a semi-automatic rifle and completely legal. But a 30 round magazine? That can be for only one purpose and it's not hunting or home defense. Magazines should be limited to eight or nine rounds.
Saturday, kind of on the spur of the moment - and a beautiful day to go.
One of the things I wanted to do was test my MapMyHike phone app. I have the free version (naturally) and it's really great. The GPS is amazing - it is accurate to just a couple of feet. I know because I've tested it on in and out hikes/walks where I've gone in the two directions on opposite sides of a six foot trail and it differentiates.
Anyway, from the Beacon Mountain parking lot to the top of North Beacon - a considerable gain in height - like close to 800' - took me just a few seconds short of 45 minutes and was exactly 1.00 miles. The app measures distances to the hundredth of a mile. The round trip up to the South Beacon fire tower and back to the parking lot is just shy of 4 miles.
A couple of pictures all taken with my galaxy phone - beautifully clear day - I bet you can see 60 miles looking west over the Hudson.
From North Beacon
Heading from North Beacon to South Beacon and the fire tower, here's the cairn field that is slowly taking shape as people add to it -
The South Beacon fire tower comes into view. South Beacon Mountain at 1,610' is the highest point in the Hudson Highlands. This time I did not go up it.
Here's the view from the top of South Beacon looking west. Don't know who those people are; wanted to give the picture some scale.
And the view from there, looking northwest -
On the way back down, on the trail between the two mountains were two black rat snakes, gaining the attention of hikers as they seem to be trying to start a family. I watched for a minute or two and no kidding, every few seconds you could hear a kind of purring sound.
Almost all the way back down and here's another shot of the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge.
Will be back up at least one more time this season; probably to go all the way to Sugarloaf Mountain to the south.
He laid waste to a field of straw men, cable-TV pundits and the always-evil “partisan rhetoric,” by which he means anyone who disagrees with him. It was a striking display of personal anger and pent-up grievances — and a total failure of leadership during a national crisis.
It also, inadvertently, captured why Donald Trump was able to brawl his way to the GOP nomination. ...