George Rucker's Progressive Newsletter for May 29, 2018

Another week, 29 May 2018

This is a week long stop and longest stay on our fantastic road trip. In reality this is the trade of our annual February Cape Cod Time Share vacation spot for this year. I do not remember when it was purchaced but it has been more than 30 years ago but less than 40 ago. All our children, and some of their cousins have vacationed at Brewster Green on Cape Cod. I do not remember when Patty and I started to trade our unit or week as for some reason the children did not want to go anywhere elce during the winter months. It was close to home, had a pool and other amenities that they liked and we could drive them to school or hockey if needed. The advantage to the purchase was we have use of all the facilities at Brewster Green year round, so it was not unusual for our family to swimming even when not our week even if we traded our week.

This year we are in the Marriott Vacation Club. This club is named Sabal Palms but we actually have access to all Marriott clubs nearby. The windows we have all face a golf course, however it has raining here most of the time. We did manage two hours of sun so we went over to the pool about 40 yards away. You can't leave Florida without some bit of a tan.

We have had a ton of rain and while at the pool very overcast. Now Wednesday morning blue sky and sunshine so se spent two hours at the pool. Our trip yesterday to Marriott Imperial Palms for lunch was a bust. The Fall Pool & Grill was a bust. Birds try to steal your food and I am surprised as it was not that good. We did get two days of great 85 degree sun shine.

We did eat at Disney Springs and give the Boat Yard Restaurant an A++ rating. Three different meals and all were 5 star quality . All eating in this area is pricy but I will not be wasting my money at any of the Marriott Convention group due to my experience mentioned above.t

Left here on Friday with a good tan and heading for Virginia with a stop in South Carolinia

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Bumper sticker seen: "Make liberals cry again, 2020!"

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The two fastest-growing forms of energy generation in the world today are wind and solar, and both have the same fundamental limitation. They're subject to the weather, and routinely go for hours or days without generating any electricity at all. Energy companies relying on these generation methods need some sort of backup while their solar farms and wind turbines are offline.
There aren’t too many options for these energy companies, and most simply turn to fossil fuels like coal or natural gas which significantly undercuts the benefits of green energy in the first place. An alternate solution—and one being trialed in places like Australia—is battery storage, so that excess power produced from renewable energy can be saved for later.
But batteries have their own problems. Most utility-scale battery systems are expensive to build, and there’s a limit to how long they last. Typically, rechargeable batteries have a lifetime of around a decade before they can no longer effectively hold a charge and need to be replaced.
The new battery developed by researchers at Stanford solves these problems with a cheap, long-lasting battery perfect for utility-scale energy storage. The battery is a manganese-hydrogen battery, and it’s made by dissolving manganese sulfate, a common salt, in water.
When electricity is pumped through the solution, it triggers a chemical reaction, creating manganese dioxide and pure hydrogen gas. That hydrogen gas can then be stored and later burned as fuel whenever excess electricity is needed. The battery itself can be recharged with more electricity and the process repeats.

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Home greenhouses range in size from small closets that can grow a few potted plants to 50 square foot spaces and larger. The easiest way to build a greenhouse is to buy a greenhouse kit, which should contain most of what you need to build a greenhouse, although you may have to run out to your local home center for a few extra ingredients if you've got any special criteria or extra features you want or need.
You can also build a greenhouse from scratch and there are numerous greenhouse plans available online and video tutorials to get you started once you figure out a few crucial details.
Here are some web URLs
https://www.amazon.com/Blissun-Tier-Mini-Greenhouse-27/
https://www.amazon.com/Palram-Hybrid-Greenhouse-Hangers-Included/
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=search_videos&search_query=greenhouse+plans

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"Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don't need it and hell where they already have it."
'Here's my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose.' - Ronald Reagan
'The most terrifying words In the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'
'The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so.'
'Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S was too strong.
'I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress.. -Ronald Reagan
'The taxpayer: That's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination.'
'Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other'
'The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.'
'It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first'
'Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it' - Ronald Reagan
'Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed, there are many rewards; if you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book.'
'No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.'
'If we ever forget that we're one nation under GOD, then we will be a nation gone under.'

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Garlic Butter Herb Scallops

Garlic Butter Herb Scallops are pan seared and have the best buttery garlic herb sauce. This is a quick and simple meal that tastes straight from a restaurant!
Ingredients
⅓ cup kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
1 cup hot water
1 Pound Large Scallops
Salt and Pepper
1 Tablespoon olive oil
3 Tablespoons butter
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon cup freshly chopped oregano
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
garnish with lemon wedges and chopped parsley if desired
Instructions
In a medium-sized bowl combine salt and 1 cup hot water, stirring to dissolve the salt. Add ice water to cool the brine. Add scallops to the brine and let stand for 10 minutes. Line a sheet pan with paper towels and set aside.
Drain the scallops, rinse under cold water, and then arrange in a single layer on the paper towel-lined sheet pan. Place another paper towel on top of the scallops and gently pat scallops. Remove as much surface moisture as possible for the best browning results when cooked.
In a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat, add the oil and let heat until it starts to smoke. Salt and pepper the capers and add to the skillet. Sear scallops for 3- 3½ minutes on each side until they are golden brown on each side. Remove from the pan and set aside on a plate.
Add the butter, garlic, and fresh herbs. Saute for 1-2 minutes and add the scallops back to the pan and heat through. Garnish with lemon and fresh chopped parsley on top.

Recipe by The Recipe Critic at https://therecipecritic.com/garlic-butter-herb-scallops/

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The NFL's new anthem rule will penalize teams if everyone on the field does not stand for the anthem, and allow Roger Goodell to discipline players any way he wants.

In continuation with our current dystopian fever dream, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and owners released a statement outlining a new policy that will require players to stand for the national anthem, a policy which received unanimous approval from the owners. Players who don't want to stand, can stay in the locker room and teams will be fined if everyone on the field does not stand for the anthem. The new policy is a direct reaction to police brutality protests that spread throughout the league since 2016.

It is about time for this rule.

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A new paper calls into question some of the thousands of planet's NASA's Kepler spacecraft has discovered.

Over the past several years, the Kepler Space Telescope has been staring at a section of the sky, waiting for the stars to get a little bit dimmer. A sudden drop of brightness could mean that a planet is passing in front, and Kepler has seen thousands of these brightness dips over the past decade, discovering a wealth of planets outside the solar system.
Kepler has transformed what astronomers know about the number of exoplanets in the galaxy, but some worlds thought to be discovered may not be there after all. A recent paper published in the Astronomical Journal scrutinizes one way that astronomers confirm the brightness dips that Kepler sees are actually planets.
In the first few years of operation, whenever Kepler spotted one of these brightness dips, that star would be examined by another telescope to determine if there really was a planet there. Sometimes, the dimming of the star is caused by noise in the data or by something else blocking the star’s light.
But as more and more potential planets were discovered, astronomers shifted to a different strategy for confirmation, simply calculating the statistical chance that a signal was in fact a planet. Any likelihood over 99 percent was considered a ‘confirmed’ planet. But according to the study, this analysis doesn’t take into account potential errors in the telescope’s instruments.

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Why the Leaning Tower of Pisa Hasn't Been Taken Down by an Earthquake Scientists just figured it out. Written by David Grossman May 10, 2018

Throughout the years, Italy has seen several devastating earthquakes. Central Italy is particularly to the line where the Eurasian and African tectonic plates grind against each other, resulting in vicious quakes. Yet one historic building has withstood the shaking for centuries: the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Scientists have now figured out the key to its longevity.
The Leaning Tower was built on a foundation of soft soil and constructed several floors at a time. Engineers throughout history thought that the tilt would eventually straighten out.
The Leaning Tower has struggled to stay up ever since it was finished in 1372. In 1964, the Italian government announced it was soliciting public ideas on how to prevent the Tower's collapse and since then, efforts ranging from liquid nitrogen to soil extraction have been on the table on how to keep the architectural marvel standing. For all the worries over a collapse, it's withstood quakes past 6.0 on the Richter Scale.
It turns out that the soil causing the tilt is part of what's protecting the Tower from the shaking earth. The height of the Tower, 183 feet (55 meters) combined with the stiffness of the marble its built with, also play an important role. Together, all three elements modify the vibrational characteristics of the building to the extent that the Tower does not resonate with earthquake ground motion.
"Ironically, the very same soil that caused the leaning instability and brought the Tower to the verge of collapse, can be credited for helping it survive these seismic events," says George Mylonakis of the University of Bristol, who with Italian scientists at Roma Tre University undertook the study, in a press statement.
It's a special circumstance that has brought forth a special building. In 2013, researchers built a laser scanned 3D map of the building in order to better understand how it's still standing. For a building nearly a thousand years old, it's still got a few surprises left.

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Not checking into a military establishment this Friday but I learned something important. Do not leave reservations for your trip to the last minute, the earlier the better. We are in sort of a lurch as a storm is quickly approaching the state. We headed north into South Carolina and stayed in a Microtell owned by Wyndham. It was ok but believe it or not not as good as the military Inns and lodging.

My sister is not expecting us so we plan to stop about two or three hour drive from her house on Sunday morning in the state of Virginia.

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We were standing next to this guy with a bandana and a tattooed teardrop and a knife, and I said to my friend, 'I don't want to hang out here.' My friend said, 'Don't judge people.' I said, 'The dude's got a knife.' He said, 'He could be a chef.'

I would think this could be true if I was a Democrat.

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Beer and the Wheel (an old joke but a good one)

The two most important events in all of history were the invention of beer and the invention of the wheel. Beer required grain and that was the beginning of agriculture. Neither the glass bottle nor aluminum can were invented yet, so while our early humans were sitting around waiting for them to be invented, they just stayed close to the brewery. That's how villages were formed.

The wheel was invented to get man to the beer and vice versa. These two were the foundation of modern civilization and together were the catalyst for the splitting of humanity into two distinct subgroups:

1. Liberals.
2. Conservatives.

Some men spent their days tracking and killing animals to BBQ at night while they were drinking beer. This was the beginning of what is known as the Conservative Movement.

Other men who were less skilled at hunting (called 'vegetarians' which was an early human word meaning 'bad hunter') learned to live off the Conservatives by showing up for the nightly BBQ's and doing the sewing, fetching, and hairdressing. This was the beginning of the Liberal Movement.

Some of these liberal men evolved into women. Others became known as girlie-men. Some noteworthy liberal achievements include the domestication of cats, the invention of group therapy, group hugs, and the concept of democratic voting to decide how to divide the meat and beer that Conservatives provided.

Over the years Conservatives came to be symbolized by the largest, most powerful land animal on earth, the elephant. Liberals are symbolized by the jackass for obvious reasons.

Modern Liberals like lite beer (with lime added), but most prefer white wine or imported bottled water. They eat raw fish but like their beef well done. Sushi, tofu, and French food are standard liberal fare.

Another interesting evolutionary side note: many liberal women have higher testosterone levels than their men.

Most college professors, social workers, personal injury attorneys, journalists, film makers in Hollywood, group therapists and community organizers are liberals. Liberals meddled in our national pastime and invented the designated hitter rule because it wasn't fair to make the pitcher also bat.

Conservatives drink real beer. They eat red meat and still provide for their women. Conservatives are members of the military, big game hunters, rodeo cowboys, lumberjacks, construction workers, firemen, medical doctors, police officers, engineers, corporate executives, athletes, airline pilots, and generally anyone who works productively. Conservatives who own companies hire other Conservatives who want to work for a living.

Liberals produce little or nothing. They like to govern the producers and decide what to do with the production. Liberals believe Europeans are more enlightened than Americans. That is why most of the liberals remained in Europe when Conservatives were coming to America. They crept in after the Wild West was tamed and created a business of trying to get more for nothing.

Here ends today's lesson in world history. It should be noted that a liberal may have a momentary urge to angrily respond to this post.

A Conservative will simply laugh and be so convinced of the absolute truth of this history that it will be shared immediately to other true believers and to just piss-off more liberals.

And there you have it. Let your next action reveal your true self, I'm going to grab a few beers and grill steaks!

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Still on my way home...Have a great day.

George

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