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alvo news, october 21st, 2015

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Alabama is back - and they rock! They released their first studio album since 2001 on September 18th, and it is a keeper. We got our copy at Cracker Barrel, but you can get it from Amazon, on iTunes or at Walmart. The songs are not vintage Alabama, but they touch your soul. There are thirteen NEW songs on the CD and our favorite is "No Bad Days" - which is about life. They are all excellent. Here's the link to the Rolling Stone review. By the way, Chip Davis helped with some of the song writing.



Another 3/10 of a percent increase in dryer than normal soil area in a week adds another 130,500 acres or 203.9 sauare miles of ag land drier than normal. Meaning - another 143 average size(913 acres) operations are looking at abnormally dry conditions.  The only good news is that there are no moderate drought areas, YET. Click HERE for the national NOAA Climate Prediction site and HERE for the Omaha site.

Just a point to ponder - although earth is a water planet, only 0.0078% of that water is available to sustain plant, animal and human life. For details, click HERE for the US Geological Survey Water School.


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Nebraska is still much better off than a lot of other states - Click here to see

Date Sunrise Sunset Sun hours Days until Winter
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 07:43 AM 06:36 PM 10:53 62
Thursday, October 22, 2015 07:44 AM 06:35 PM 10:51 61
Friday, October 23, 2015 07:46 AM 06:34 PM 10:48 60
Saturday, October 24, 2015 07:47 AM 06:32 PM 10:45 59
Sunday, October 25, 2015 07:48 AM 06:31 PM 10:43 58
Monday, October 26, 2015 07:49 AM 06:30 PM 10:41 57
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 07:50 AM 06:28 PM 10:38 56

Full moon 7:05 AM, Tuesday, October 27th - the sun won't be up for 45 minutes.



During this week in history - with a little humor thrown in.

If you want  the funny, go to Bizarre Holidays

For the serious go to History Net

October 21st, 1805 - Vice Admiral and Viscount Horatio Nelson wins his greatest victory over a Franco-Spanish fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar, fought off Cape Trafalgar, Spain. Nelson is fatally wounded in the battle, but lives long enough to see victory.

1872 - The U.S. Naval Academy admits John H. Conyers, the first African American to be accepted.

1961 - Bob Dylan records his first album in a single day at a cost of $400.

October 21st is Babbling, Count Your Buttons and National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day.

"Money doesn't talk, it swears." - Bob Dylan - I wonder if he knows Donald Trump

October 22nd, 1955 - The prototype of the F-105 Thunder Chief makes its maiden flight.- You can see one on I-80 just east of the Platte on the north side. This Thud shot down a Mig over North Viet Nam.

1962 - U.S. reveals Soviet missile sites in Cuba. President Kennedy orders a naval and air blockade on further shipment of military equipment to Cuba. Following a confrontation that threatens nuclear war, Kennedy and Khrushchev agree on October 28 on a formula to end the crisis. On November 2 Kennedy reports that Soviet missile bases in Cuba are being dismantled.

October 22nd is National Nut Day

"Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate." - John F. Kennedy

October 23rd, 4004 BC - According to 17th century divine James Ussher, Archbishop of Armagh, the world was created on this day, a Sunday. - Click HERE fo read an excerpt from Ussher's .'Annals of the World' on Princeton's web site.

1983 - A truck filled with explosives, driven by a Moslem terrorist, crashes into the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. The bomb kills 237 Marines and injures 80. Almost simultaneously, a similar incident occurs at French military headquarters, where 58 die and 15 are injured. - We Americans are very good about not noticing bad things happening to others.

October 23rd is National Mole (celabrated from 6:02 AM to 6:02 PM) and TV Talk Show Host Day.

"Creationists make it sound as if a 'theory' is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night." - Isaac Asimov

Octorber 24th,1916 - Henry Ford awards equal pay to women.

1929  - Black Thursday–the first day of the stock market crash which began the Great Depression.

2008 - Many stock exchanges worldwide suffer the steepest declines in their histories; the day becomes known as "Bloody Friday." - Can you say 'taxpayer bailout'?

October 24th is Make a Difference (4th Saturday in October), National Bologna and United Nations Day.

"It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking or monetary system, for if they did, there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning." - Henry Ford

October 25th, 1854 - During the Crimean War, a brigade of British light infantry is destroyed by Russian artillery as they charge down a narrow corridor in full view of the Russians.- This was the 'charge of the light brigade' and a testament to command stupidity.

1923 - The Teapot Dome scandal comes to public attention as Senator Thomas J. Walsh of Montana, subcommittee chairman, reveals the findings of the past 18 months of investigation. His case will result in the conviction of Harry F. Sinclair of Mammoth Oil, and later Secretary of the Interior Albert B. Fall, the first cabinet member in American history to go to jail. The scandal, named for the Teapot Dome oil reserves in Wyoming, involved Fall secretly leasing naval oil reserve lands to private companies. Guess to which party Fall belonged. Now guess Senator Walsh's party.

October 25th is Mother-in-Law (4th Sunday in October), Punk for a Day and World Pasta Day

"Ours not to reason why, ours but to do and die." - Alfred Lord Tennyson

October 26th, 1881 - Three Earp brothers and Doc Holliday have a shootout with the Clantons and McLaurys at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona Territory.

1970 - Gary Trudeau’s comic strip Doonesbury first appears.

2001 -The USA PATRIOT Act signed into law by Pres. George W. Bush, greatly expanding intelligence and legal agencies’ ability to utilize wiretaps, records searches and surveillance.

October 26th is National Mincemeat Day.

"We are expected to believe that anyone who objects to the Department of Homeland Security or the USA Patriot Act is a terrorist, and the only way to preserve our freedom is to hand it over to the government for safekeeping." - L. Neil Smith

October 27h, 1553 - Michael Servetus, who discovered the pulmonary circulation of the blood, is burned for heresy in Switzerland.

1873 - Farmer Joseph F. Glidden applies for a patent on barbed wire. Glidden eventually received five patents and is generally considered the inventor of barbed wire.

1954 - Benjamin O. Davis Jr. becomes the first African-American general in the US Air Force.

1962 - American U-2 reconnaissance plane shot down by a surface-to-air missile over Cuba, killing the pilot, Maj. Rudolf Anderson, the only direct human casualty of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

1997 - Stock markets crash around the world over fears of a global economic meltdown.

October27th is Navy Day.

 "Reagan and Bush... made the world safe for hypocrisy." - Julia Phillips

"Satire is a form of social control, it's what you do. It's a job." - Garry Trudeau

"We must come to the point where we realize the concept of race is a false one. There is only one race, the human race." - Dan Akroyd

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