George Rucker's Radical Newsletter for May 22, 2018

Greetings once again,                                                                    22 May 2018
 Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here, we might as well dance!


This is about our third stop and another two day pitstop on our road trip, The Inns of Charleston, it is run by the United States Air Force.  I have stoped here once before but there is so much history in this area it is worth a second visit.  We have already sailed out to Fort Sumter National Monument, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired.  USS Yorktown an aircraft carrier (CV-10) and its co-located musium on Patriots Point was also interesting.
This time we did not have a lot of luck and will need to explore some other areas of this city as one of the major bridges had a cable snap.  MOUNT PLEASANT — A broken cable in a historically problematic bridge over the Wando River has closed westbound Interstate 526 for at least two days, snarling traffic throughout East Cooper.
The faulty cable that helps hold together concrete blocks in the James B. Edwards Bridge was discovered Monday morning during a weekly review, the S.C. Department of Transportation said.
A more thorough evaluation was expected to take two days, DOT officials said. Depending on those findings, the bridge running from Mount Pleasant to Daniel Island could be closed for longer, they added.  Added some bridge information later in the letter.

Pattys internet search shows about 20 percent of the bridges in this area are sub par but still usable.   This is a problem as it restricts a lot of exploring.
Day one in historic Charlotte was taking a one hour carriage ride through the city and after which we had a great meal at "Henry's Seafood & Jazz" on the Market.   We had She Crab soup sort of the answer to our Quahog Chowder just with no potatoes and quahogs.

Today was sort of a beach day with one exception.  The beach we chose was restricted to a small area due to the filming of a movie about 18-year-old Michelle Carter of Fair Haven, Massachusetts, is accused of urging  her friend, 18-year-old Conrad Roy III, to kill himself.  Patty and I wonder how they could use South Carolina as the movie set and not Mattapoisett Mass.  My guess is probably cost and trafic control.  The section of the beach they were on did not have any palm trees to give the production area away.   I think she was sentenced to prison but it is under appeal.  The water temperature here is 71 degrees.
Our day otherwise was quiet and we plan to leave for Florida in the morning for our next stop which is a week long stay.

Chinese takeout favorite Hunan Chicken is an easy classic Chinese stir-fry dish with garlic, ginger, broccoli, bamboo shoots and mushrooms in a garlic and ginger spicy stir fry sauce.

Hunan Chicken
1 pound chicken breasts, shaved thinly
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup canola oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon ginger, minced
1 green zucchini, cut into half moon shapes
4 ounces mushrooms, sliced thinly
3 cups broccoli florets
1 can bamboo shoots, drained
Hunan Sauce
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon Sambal Oelek chili paste

Add the chicken and cornstarch in a large ziplock bag with air in the bag, closed tightly.
Shake the bag until the chicken is well coated.
Add the canola oil to te pan on medium-high heat and cook the chicken until cooked through on both sides, about 2-3 minutes on each side.
In a small bowl mix the sauce ingredients together.
Remove the chicken from the pan and add in the garlic, ginger, zucchini, mushrooms, broccoli and bamboo shoots.
Stir, cooking for 2-3 minutes.
Add in the sauce and chicken and toss to coat, cooking 1-2 more minutes until the sauce has thickened.


Ebola outbreak in Congo enters 'new phase' as it spreads to large city.  The spread of the virus from rural areas into a city has raised fears it could quickly spread and become harder to control.
A total of 45 cases of hemorrhagic fever have now been reported, including 25 deaths, the health ministry said Thursday. Fourteen cases have been confirmed with laboratory tests. 

The firm that designed the problem-plagued Wando River bridge is known for its work on some of the nation’s most breathtaking spans and for two destructive collapses that drew scorn and threatened lives. 
Tallahassee, Fla.-based FIGG Bridge Engineers was founded by Eugene Figg Jr., a 1958 Citadel graduate whose innovative and stylish work earned him an international reputation for creating "bridges as art." Figg, who died in 2002, was known in professional circles as the "father of concrete segmental bridges in America," a style embodied by the 7,900-foot-long James B. Edwards Bridge over the Wando.
Other spans in FIGG's portfolio include the Sunshine Skyway in Tampa, Fla.; the Seven Mile Bridge leading to the Florida Keys; and the Linn Cove Viaduct along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. FIGG also designed a mammoth 10-lane span over the Mississippi River into Minneapolis after its predecessor came crashing down in a deadly 2007 collapse. The firm also was in the running at one point to design Charleston's now-iconic Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge over the Cooper River. 
More recently, however, FIGG's name has been tied to the failure of a pedestrian bridge that collapsed in March near Florida International University in Miami, killing six people. The 950-ton, 174-foot span fell onto the eight-lane highway below it, crushing several vehicles.
In June of 2012, a 52-foot-long section of the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge that FIGG was building in Virginia collapsed, sending a 90-ton load onto the railroad tracks beneath it. Four workers suffered minor injuries in the mishap.

If I had the authority this company would not be in business any longer.  They might be the lowest bidder but quality of material and workmanship is lacking.


This is from
If there's one truism about computers, it's that they're getting smaller. While doomsayers might warn that our current tiny processors are about to hit the limits of Moore's Law — that is, we almost can't get any tinier — a new development says otherwise. March 19 marked the first day of IBM Think 2018, where the company unveiled a computer so small, you might need glasses to glimpse it.
Blink and You'll Miss It

Perhaps a month ago a C-130 cargo plane operated by the Puerto Rico Air National Guard  went down near Savannah, GA during a training mission. The crash happened about three miles east of Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. Nine people were on board. All of them perished.  The video posted by the news channels was horiffic to me.  I have flown on many C-130s with equipment to set up when at destination.  I guess at that time the aircraft was relativly new.  I have always been rather proud of being in the very first Mobile Communications Group.  At that time we were just called the First Mob.  Our motto was a picture of a fist gripping a turnip, with a drop of blood dripping out.  It was surrounded with the words "The Hell We Can't."  We also wore black  baseball hats with the words "1st in Last Out."  This was the unit where I received the Presidential Unit Citation from President Johnson.
Investigators are still trying to determine what exactly went wrong with the C-130. But here's what we already know: These kinds of military accidents have gotten much too common lately as an overtaxed military is tasked with maintaining a remarkably old fleet of planes.
After the latest in a rash of military accidents these accidents are up 40 percent since 2013, which just so happens to be when the budget-cutting Sequestration went into effect.
Some might say that lack of money is the issue.  In June this year I will be retired from the military 40 years after 20 years of service.  This plane has been used before I even entered the service and that would be in the 50s.  Whether you're talking about a cargo plane like the C-130, a bomber like the B-52, an attack plane like the A-10, or a fighter like the F/A-18, the U.S. military is keeping it planes flying for decades upon decades, much longer than their originally planned lifetimes, to the point that there's now a go-to joke about airmen working on the very same planes their grandfathers serviced. The badass, reliable C-130 has been flying in some form since the 1950s.

Yesterday Patty had some Fried Green Tomatoes made with green tomatoes and a super crispy cornmeal crust served with a delicious remoulade sauce. 
2 large green tomatoes
2 eggs
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
canola oil, for frying

Cut out the core of the tomato.
Slice the tomatoes into 1/4 inch slices.
Make a dredging station, in one bowl eggs and milk are whisked together, in a second bowl the flour and in the third bowl the cornmeal, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper mixed together.
Dip the tomato slices in the flour, then the milk/egg bowl then the breadcrumbs bowl.
Place onto a cookie sheet while you coat the remaining slices.
To a deep skiller add the canola oil, 1 inch deep on medium high heat.
Using a spatula slide the tomato slices into the hot oil and cook for 3-4 minutes or until browned on each side.
Remove the cooked tomato slices to a cooling rack.

Remoulade Sauce Recipe: (looks zippy)
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup chopped celery
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
3 tablespoons ketchup
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 tablespoon Louisiana Hot Sauce
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Add all the ingredients to a food processor and process for 30-45 seconds or until creamy.


Where Does the Carbon Dioxide Really Come From?

Professor Ian Plimer's book in a brief summary:  

PLIMER : "Okay, here's the bombshell. The volcanic eruption in Iceland.  Since its first spewing of volcanic ash, it has, in just FOUR DAYS, NEGATED EVERY SINGLE EFFORT you have made in the past five years to control CO2 emissions on our planet - all of you.  

Of course, you know about this evil carbon dioxide that we are trying to suppress - it's that vital chemical compound that every plant requires to live and grow and to synthesize into oxygen for us humans and all animal life.  

I's very disheartening to realize that all of the carbon emission savings you have accomplished while suffering the inconvenience and expense of driving Prius hybrids, buying fabric grocery bags, sitting up till midnight to finish your kids "The Green Revolution" science project, throwing out all of your non-green cleaning supplies, using only two squares of toilet paper, putting a brick in your toilet tank reservoir, selling your SUV and speedboat, vacationing at home instead of abroad, 
replacing all of your 50 cent light bulbs with $10.00 light bulbs.....well, all of those things you have done have all gone down the tubes in just four days! 
The volcanic ash emitted into the Earth's atmosphere in just four days - yes, FOUR DAYS - by that volcano in Iceland has totally erased every single effort you have made to reduce the evil beast, carbon. And there are around 200 active volcanoes on the planet spewing out this crud at any one time - EVERY DAY.

Perhaps I should talk about Hawaii, or the Philippine volcano.


We walked up to the podium, and I said to the girl behind the podium, I said, 'We would like a table, please.' And she said, 'I'm sorry, sir, there are no tables available right now. You'll have to go in the waiting room and wait.' So, we went in the waiting room, and while we were waiting in the waiting room, I couldn't help but think, 'Why don't they just put some tables in here?'


A shady-looking guy sticks his head into a barbershop and asks, "How long before I can get a haircut?"
The barber looks around the shop and says, "About two hours." The guy smiles and leaves.
The barber looks over at a friend in the shop and says, "Hey, Bill, follow that guy and see where he goes." In a little while, Bill comes back into the shop.
"Bill, where did he go when he left here?"
"To your house."


With this laptop I can't tell how many pages I have written, it looks like one long page.  I also can't give Patty a written copy to edit.  I just write stuff until it seems like I have written enough.  Have another great week.

With this laptop I can't tell how many pages I have written, it looks like one long page.  I also can't give Patty a written copy to edit.  I just write stuff until it seems like I have written enough.  Have another great week.