Friday, December 15, 2017

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Thank you, Gary Varvel for this great cartoon.

 

This is a good news - bad news week. Good news - abnormally dry areas decreased 2.9%. Bad news -  moderate drought areas of 4 southeastern counties (Richardson, Pawnee, Jefferson. Thayer) are increased by 0.6%.   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 Hours Days to winter
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 07:08 17:11 10:03 41
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 07:09 17:10 10:01 40
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 07:10 17:09 09:59 39
Sat, Nov 14, 2015 07:11 17:08 09:57 38
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 07:12 17:07 09:55 37
Mon, Nov 16, 2015 07:14 17:07 09:53 36
Tue, Nov 17, 2015 07:15 17:05 09:50 35

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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 History Net

November 11th, 1918 - The German leaders sign the armistice ending World War I.

1919 - The first two minute silence is observed in Great Britain to commemorate those who died in the Great War (World War I).

1921 - The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is dedicated in Arlington Cemetery. 15TUS1

1938 - Irving Berlin's 'God Bless America' performed for the first time by Kate Smith.

1970 - U.S. Army Special Forces raid the Son Tay prison camp in North Vietnam but find no prisoners.

1973 - Israel and Egypt sign a cease-fire.

1993 - Sculpture honoring women who served Vietnam dedicated at the Wall in Washington, DC.

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2004 - New Zealand Tomb of the Unknown Warrior dedicated at the National War Museum, Wellington.

November 11th is one of the most important days in not only in the US, but other countries as well. It is time to honor those men and women that put their lives on the line for their countries. Veterans' Day Information

November 11th is Veterans' Day. 15veteransday3

"I am not a hero but the brave men who died deserved this honor." - Ira Hayes (Iwo Jima flag raiser)

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November 12th, 1968 - The U.S. Supreme Court voids an Arkansas law banning the teaching of evolution in public schools.

November 12th is Chicken Soup for the Soul day.

"The theory of evolution, like the theory of gravity is a scientific fact." - Neil deGrasse Tyson

November 13th, 1940 - U.S. Supreme Court rules in Hansberry v. Lee that African Americans cannot be barred from white neighborhoods.

1952 - Harvard’s Paul Zoll becomes the first man to use electric shock to treat cardiac arrest. - We carry two of Zoll's products in our ambulances.

1956 - The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously strikes down two Alabama laws requiring racial segregation on public buses.

1969 - Anti-war protesters stage a symbolic “March Against Death” in Washington, DC.

1982 - The Vietnam Veterans Memorial dedicated in Washington, DC. 15veteransday4

2001 - President George W. Bush signs an executive order allowing military tribunals against foreigners suspected of connections to planned or actual terrorist acts against the US. - "Don't think that was constitutional." - Me

Novemer 13th is National Indian Pudding, Sadie Hawkins and World Kindness day.

"I deliberately did not read anything about the Vietnam War because I felt the politics of the war eclipsed what happened to the veterans. The politics were irrelevant to what this memorial was." - Maya Lin

November 14th, 1960 - New Orleans integrates two all-white schools.

1961 - President Kennedy increases the number of American advisers in Vietnam from 1,000 to 16,000.

1965 - The U.S. First Cavalry Division battles with the North Vietnamese Army in the Ia Drang Valley, the first battalion scale ground combat for American troops. - 'We Were Soldiers Once, and Young' by LTC Harold Moore gives an accurate account of the battle(s).

1995 - Budget standoff between Democrats and Republicans in the US Congress forces temporary closure of national parks and museums; federal agencies forced to operate with skeleton staff.

November 14th is Operating Room Nurse and World Diabetes day.

"Now we have a problem in making our power credible, and Vietnam is the place." - John F. Kennedy

November 15th - 1969 - A quarter of a million anti-Vietnam War demonstrators march in Washington, D.C.

1984 - Baby Fae dies 20 days after receiving a baboon heart transplant in Loma Linda, California

November 15th is Clean Out Your Refrigerator, America Recycles and National Philanthropy day.

"The military don't start wars. Politicians start wars." - General William Westmoreland

November 16th - 1902 - A cartoon appears in the Washington Star, prompting the Teddy Bear Craze, after President Teddy Roosevelt refused to kill a captive bear tied up for him to shoot during a hunting trip to Mississippi. - I don't think much has changed in the last 113 years in Mississippi.

1945 - Eighty-eight German scientists, holding Nazi secrets, arrive in the United States.

November 16th is Button and Have a Party With Your Bear day.

"A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards." - Theodore Roosevelt

November 17th, 1980 - WHHM Television in Washington, D.C., becomes the first African-American public-broadcasting television station.

1993 - US House of Representatives approves the North American Free Trade Agreement 234 -200..

November 17th is Electronic Greeting CardHomemade Bread, Take a Hike and World Peace day. Y

"Caring for our veterans shouldn't be a partisan issue. It should be an American one." - Jennifer Granholm

"Congress should stop treating veterans like they're asking for a hand out when it comes to the benefits they were promised, and they should realize that, were it not for these veterans, there would be nothing to hand out." - Nick Lampson

In Congress, while the House's proposed defense budget calls for significant increases, it also cuts 11 billion dollars from veterans spending - including healthcare and disability pay. Be clear: we can't equate spending on veterans with spending on defense." - Jennifer Granholm

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