Thursday, December 14, 2017

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This is a good news - bad news week. Good news - abnormally dry areas decreased from 35.44% to 27.8.6%. Bad news 6 southeastern counties (Richardson, Pawnee, Jefferson. Thayer, Fillmore and Saline) are experiencing moderate drought conditions - 1.08%.   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, November 04, 2015 06:59 AM 05:18 PM 10:19 48
Thursday, November 05, 2015 07:01 AM 05:17 PM 10:16 47
Friday, November 06, 2015 07:02 AM 05:16 PM 10:14 46
Saturday, November 07, 2015 07:03 AM 05:15 PM 10:12 45
Sunday, November 08, 2015 07:04 AM 05:14 PM 10:10 44
Monday, November 09, 2015 07:05 AM 05:13 PM 10:08 43
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 07:07 AM 05:12 PM 10:05 42

 

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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 On This Day

November 4th, 1979 - Iranian militants seized the U.S. embassy in Tehran and took 63 Americans hostage (90 total hostages). The militants, mostly students, demanded that the U.S. send the former shah back to Iran to stand trial. Many hostages were later released, but 52 were held for the next 14 months.

1995 - Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, 73 years old, was assassinated by right-wing Israeli Yigal Amir after attending a peace rally.

November 4th is King Tut day.

"No Arab ruler will consider the peace process seriously so long as he is able to toy with the idea of achieving more by the way of violence." - Yitzhak Rabin

November 5th - 1605 - The "Gunpowder Plot" attempted by Guy Fawkes failed when he was captured before he could blow up the English Parliament. Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated every November 5th in Britain to celebrate his failure to blow up all the members of Parliament and King James I.

1992 - Malice Green, a black motorist, was beaten to death in Detroit during a struggle with police. Two officers were later convicted in his death and sentenced to prison.

2009 - At Fort Hood, near Kileen, TX, Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan killed 13 people and wounded 32 others. He was sentenced to death and is currently incarcerated in the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, KS. - I am not a death penalty supporter, but this guy needs to die.

November 5th is Guy Fawkes and Men Make Dinner day.

"Were I not a king, I would be a university man." - King James I

November 6th, 1961 - In the Sahara Desert of Algeria, a natural gas well ignited when a pipe ruptured. The flames rose between 450 feet and 800 feet. The fire burned until April 28, 1962 when a team led by Red Adair used explosives to deprived the fire of oxygen.

1986 - Former Navy radioman John A. Walker Jr., was sentenced in Baltimore to life imprisonment. Walker had admitted to being the head of a family spy ring. - This traitor deserves to die.

1986 - U.S. intelligence sources confirmed a story run by the Lebanese magazine Ash Shiraa that reported the U.S. had been secretly selling arms to Iran in an effort to secure the release of seven American hostages.

1989 - In the hopes of freeing US hostages held in Iran, the US announced that it would unfreeze $567 million in Iranian assets that had been held since 1979.  - "We will not negotiate with terrorists." -

Novemer 6th is Marooned Without a Compass and Saxophone day.

"If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire and amateur." - Red Adair

November 7th, 1637 - Anne Hutchinson, the first female religious leader in the American colonies, was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for heresy. - At least she wasn't burned at the stake.

1916 - Jeanette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to Congress.

1940 - The middle section of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington state collapsed during a windstorm. The suspension bridge had opened to traffic on July 1, 1940. - I made my checkout SCUBA dive on the wreckage of "Galloping Gertie" in 1972.

1973 - New Jersey became the first state to permit girls to play on Little League baseball teams.

November 7th is Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds day. - Well worth celebrating with two of the best food groups.

"I have been guilty of wrong thinking." - Anne Hutchinson

"If I had my life to live over, I would do it all again, but I would be nastier." - Jeanette Rankin

November 8th - 1950 - During the Korean conflict, the first jet-plane battle took place as USAF Lt. Russell J. Brown shot down a North Korean MiG-15. - For every USAF fighter lost, 14 North Koreans were shot down.

1956 - After turning down 18,000 names, the Ford Motor Company decided to name their new car the "Edsel," after Henry Ford's only son. - Wasn't the smartest choice.

1979 - Senators John Warner (R-VA) and Mac Mathias (R-MD) introduced legislation to provide a site on the National Mall for the building of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

2000 - In Florida, a statewide recount began to decide the winner of the 2000 US presidential election. - Wasn't good news for Al Gore.

November 8th is Cook Something Bold and Dunce day.

"Tragically, the effort to make America and the world safe and to defend freedom around the world is not without an enormous cost to this nation in terms primarily of lost lives and those who bear the scars and the wounds of war, and their families who must bear those losses." - John Warner

November 9th - 1938 - Nazi troops and sympathizers destroyed and looted 7,500 Jewish businesses, burned 267 synagogues, killed 91 Jews, and rounded up over 25,000 Jewish men in an event that became known as Kristallnacht or "Night of Broken Glass."

1984 - A bronze statue titled "Three Servicemen," by Frederick Hart, was unveiled at the site of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.

November 9th is Chaos Never Dies day.

"Make the lie big, make it simple and keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it." - Adolf Hitler

November 10th, 1775 - The US Marines were organized under authority of the Continental Congress. The Marines went out of existence after the end of the Revolutionary War in April of 1783. The Marine Corps was formally re-established on July 11, 1798. November 10th is observed as the birth date of the United States Marine Corps. - Happy Birthday and Semper Fidelis, Marines.

 1982 -The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was opened to visitors.

1984 - The Postal Service issued a commemorative stamp of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

1998 - At the White House, "The Virtual Wall" website (www.thevirtualwall.org) was unveiled. The site allows visitors to experience The Wall through the Internet.

November 10th is Forget-Me-Not, USMC and National Young Readers day. Young Readers is celebrated on the second Tuesday of November.

"Pain is weakness leaving the body." - General Chesty Puller, USMC

"It takes courage to know when you ought to be afraid." - James Michener

"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from indomitable will." - Mahatma Gandhi

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