|[The Former Coconut Telegraph] (Formerly Ed: After 13 years I stopped publishing the Coconut Telegraph on the first day of Spring. This site is too much for one person to operate. From now on I think I’ll publish on Saturdays or Sundays. Contributors will be by invitation only, in order to exclude negativity, sewers and politics. Although all advertisers’ contracts have expired I’m still going to display their ads for free until I figure out what I’m doing. Hopefully they will all want to keep advertising.)|
|The Annual Seven Mile Bridge Run took place Saturday. It was a beautiful day and the wind wasn’t so bad to hamper runners.|
|This Week at Springer’s Bar & Grill
Tuesday 4/21 6 pm – 9 pm: Glenn Harman Singer/Song Writer Performing Originals and Music of John Hiatt, James Taylor, Jim Croce, Van Morrison and more.
Thurday 4/23- 6Pm: Myles Mancuso Check it out – This is what we hear: “Best new Live Entertainer in town”, “Will come back to see him at Springer’s”, Wow”
Friday 4/24- 6 pm: Play Trivia – Lots of Giveaways
We’ll see you there!
|It is estimated that worldwide 18,000,000 acres are lost annually to deforestation.|
|[Time Travel] Person A is talking to person B. If you, person B, time travel and return to the same place you left, Person A won’t have noticed a thing because every moment of time must be accounted for. As person B, you may have experienced a lifetime in another dimension or time, but if you return to the same moment in time you started from, person A won’t have noticed you were gone.’When you alter gravity you affect time.’ ~A. Einstein|
|[Hops Getting Scarce] The craft beer boom is upon us. In 2014, the U.S. was home to 3,200 craft breweries; this year, a new one will open every 16 hours. The trend is a boon for adventurous drinkers, but its stretching the hop supply dangerously thin.”The demand is unprecedented” says Steve Miller, hop specialist at Cornell University. Hop consumption has nearly quadrupled in the past decade, thanks in part to the popularity of super-hoppy India Pale Ales, which now account for more than a fifth of the craft beer market.
Washington’s Yakima Valley, a hotspot for domestic hop producers, can’t keep up, so single-acre hop operations are popping up on other types of farms across the country. Growers in New York, Minnesota, and Colorado provide local brewers with hops that reflect a distinctive regional terroir. In return, many brewers agree to share up-front costs, guaranteeing a market for the harvest.
“The locavore movement has gone beyond the salad bowl to the pint glass,” says Tom Britz, founder of Glacier Hop Ranch, which supplies 18 Montana breweries. This new, more diverse model may buoy the rapid rise of craft breweries. And a sustainable supply of pumpkin peach ale is something we can all drink to
Oh, my God, what did you eat!
|AARP’s April Calendar Full Menu > Ongoing Events|
|[More Cops Getting Caught] George Orwell never thought that overwhelming surveillance would be used against Big Brother.|
Dude, I just peed on that.
|A short amusing film about the Key Largo Wood Rat. Video|
|[Phishing] This is to inform you to appear in the Court on the April 26 for your case hearing.
Please, prepare all the documents relating to the case and bring them to Court on the specified date. Note: The case will be heard by the judge in your absence if you do not come.You can review complete details of the Court Notice in the attachment. (Formerly Ed: Open the attachment and your computer dies.)
|Is dental floss going to foul the grinder pumps? You know, like fishing line on a propeller?|
|The economy is getting better, and so people feel better – 59 straight months of private-sector job growth and 11.8 million jobs created is a track record to be very proud of.|
The sailor’s brain.
|[Deadly Rat Lungworms] The rat lungworm is one of the most feared parasites on the planet. It travels in the blood to the edge of the brain, then burst through the brain’s defensive lining, causing hemorrhaging and tissue damage. The parasite is usually transmitted to humans by consuming food contaminated with rat feces. Video|
Extreme alligator luggage.
|Hi Formerly Ed, Have you considered making bigpinekey.com a forum where folks register and post in subforums? You could get a few trusted members to be moderators and you wouldn’t need to lift a finger most weeks. Thanks for running the C’nut Telegraph. (Formerly Ed: I’ve been trying to do just that, but the template I made doesn’t allow it, so I’m working on another template. Stay tuned…)|
|Do arteries make a sound as they clog? If so, prepare for a symphony of saturated fats in Delaware next month. Krispy Kreme is partnering with a minor league baseball team in Wilmington to sell a bacon donut hot dog.The Wilmington Blue Rocks, a single-A affiliate of the reigning American League champion Kansas City Royals, is even asking fans to name this crazy culinary concoction — which also has raspberry jam on it.|
|There was another fender bender in front of Boondocks last week. In the past few years, I can recall at least four others (including a fatality). Be careful in that area – look out for people turning (sometimes suddenly) from US 1 into that popular local attraction. The lovely grass on the north side of US 1 used to be DOT right-of-way. Boondocks bought it years ago. Perhaps DOT should consider buying it back and creating a center turn lane there (“suicide lane”) on US 1|
|[Apple Watch is not called ‘iWatch’] When speculation first surfaced about an Apple built smartwatch, it was thought that the device would be called the Apple iWatch. In light of other products like the Apple iPhone, Apple iPad and Apple iPod, the iWatch moniker seemed to be a no brainer. Even right up to the very day that Apple first unveiled the device, it was considered a foregone conclusion that the product would be called the iWatch.So it was a big surprise when Apple unveiled the Apple Watch last September. As it turns out, the reason why Apple could not use the iWatch name is that OMG Electronics had applied for the iWatch trademark in September 2012. The company was attempting to raise funds to produce a smartwatch on crowd funding site Indiegogo during September and October of that year. OMG was seeking to raise $100,000 and only was able to raise $1434.
In June 2007, a New York based company called M.Z. Berger & Co. filed to trademark the iWatch name, but was successfully shot down by Swiss watch maker Swatch. The latter argued that the iWatch name would cause confusion with Swatch buyers. In the EU, a firm named Probendi has owned the rights to the iWatch name since 2008. On its website, the company threatens to take legal action against any company that uses the iWatch name in the region. As it is, in Switzerland the Apple Watch name is protected by a trademark owned by Leonard Timepieces which could delay the launch of the device in that country.
|Aloha everybody! I’ve got the NY news on the TV and there’s a story about 2 guys who are going around to gas stations and stealing the tire air stations. Apparently there’s an average of $2,500 in each machine! Here’s the link.|
|I cannot wait for to Cuba to open for American travel without the travel ban. I was in Gitmo twice, and it was beautiful, but couldn’t get outside the gates. We are long overdue for this. I will be there before the Americans wreck it. I was on the boatlift in ’79 so I know what’s up. We (USCG) deal with Cuban gunboats every day. The Cuban people are good and the island is beautiful (don’t believe the bs), it’s long overdue|
The next time you make apple pie and have an extra 4 hours try doing this.
|[Today] The Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club (FKSCC) holds its monthly Show & Shine- Car Show this Sunday, April 19th. Noon to 4pm This event is for the lovers of classic, custom, and street rod automobiles of all years and makes. Fords, Chevys, trucks, sports cars, and chrome loaded motorcycles. If it cool and on wheels it will be here.We’ll meet at our great location at the Sugarloaf Lodge, MM17, on Sugarloaf Key. Cold beverages are available for purchase at the Tiki Bar. Bring the kids to enjoy these beautiful relics of the auto world. Vote for the Peoples Choice and that classic will take home a beautiful Plaque! This is a free event.
Club members are seeking new members for a full schedule of Club events, including the Conch Republic Parade Thursday, April 23rd. For more information contact Dick Moody 305- 942-1758
|Without parrotfish and other herbivores, algae and seaweed would overgrow the reefs, suppress coral growth and threaten the incredible array of life that depends on these reefs for shelter and food,” wrote Jackson and co-author Ayana Johnson in a New York Times editorial last September. Link|
|[Deep thought for today] If Hillary Clinton wins in 2016, it will be the first time two presidents have had sex with each other!|
|The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. Leave it as it is! Video|
The locust berry bushes are blooming like crazy!
|[Elbows] We have elbows to help us lay down, turn over and drink beer. Horses don’t have elbows and it’s hard for them to lay down gracefully–or drink a cold one.|
|The Key Deer refuge was founded in 1957 when the deer population was a low as 27. Today the population is estimated to be between 6 and 8 hundred of the little critters.|
|[Sundays] Great post describing the peace and tranquility Germany enjoys on Sunday, I am in for everything except the bottle clanging. I actually find the sound rather soothing. Besides, they can pile up fast on the weekend and if my neighborhood is any indication there is no way it would work on Big Pine. (Sent in good spirit. Welcome back CT).|
[Row, row, row your boat] Every Sunday we row on Newfound Harbor for health, fitness and fun. Call if you would like to participate aboard the “Camila” a 27 ft Whitehall Gig. 4 rowers, a helmsman, plus others aboard for 1-2 hrs of rowing. Call 305-304-5100
|[Orchid Society] Here is your April Newsletter. The meeting is this Sunday, April 19th at 1pm. Our speaker is the entertaining & informative Mac Rivenbark.Don’t forget to sign up for the May15th bus trip to the big orchid show at the Redand Fruit & Spice Park. We need to have a minimum number of reservations before we can order the bus.
The meeting, as usual, is at the West Martello fort, just to the right of the foot of White St., Key West.We’re so lucky now to have a remodeled, air-conditioned room in which to meet. April Orchid Society Newsletter Full Menu > Ongoing Events
|[Taser/gun continuing education] My dad was in the army and he said they made them stand with one hand on their crotch, the other holding their rifles yelling, “This is my weapon this is my gun. This is for fighting this is for fun.”|
|I like the new format and it must give you a lot of relief. Perhaps just once per week to keep it fresh and eliminate all the negative crapola.How much does it cost to have a banner add on the site? I would advertise “Gator Web Services” that designs and maintains websites for small business. I would provide all of the art work and detail. The IRS killed me this year ant my accountant said I need to create a business for deductions so I don’t get screwed again next year. I have built numerous sites including “bigpinemoose.org” and “friendsofbahiahonda.org” for your reference|
|We are back in Ontario, Canada and are happy that the former Coconut Telegraph is back. It is my information lifeline to the Keyes. See you back in December.|
|[Coconut Telegraph Returns] See, it’s not too hard to do if you pace yourself (and charge more for ads) (Formerly Ed: I haven’t raised the advertising rat since I started in 2002. I’m not a very good businessman.)|
|Aaahhhh, I think the exodus of winter visitors is now in full-swing. I’m ready for a break!|
|[Electric car charging station] Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary’s latest move to encourage environment-friendly travel is a new electric car charging station at NOAA’s Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center in Key West, Florida.The charging station is part of Tesla Motors’ “destination charging” program to make travelling in an electric car more convenient. Owners can charge their plug-in electric vehicles while they tour the Eco-Discovery Center and other local attractions. The center is particularly relevant for electric car owners, as one of the facility’s many environmental exhibits explains the link between fossil fuels, rising sea surface temperatures, and changing ocean chemistry. “This was the next logical step to ‘going green’ at the Eco-Discovery Center,” said Sean Morton, superintendent of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, which runs the center. “We’re thrilled to support car owners who have made a commitment to reducing their carbon footprint.”
Tesla provided the charger, and its installation was paid for by Florida Tesla Enthusiasts, a state-wide car club for Tesla owners. Mote Marine Laboratory, a non-profit ocean conservation organization that maintains the aquarium inside the center, will underwrite the charger’s operating costs through donations at the Living Reef Exhibit and through their “Protect Our Reefs” license plate program. A universal vehicle charger has also been installed to accommodate most other electric vehicles already on the road.
|Also glad to see you back. Your new formula seems to be what the Keys are about. Thank you.|
|It would be helpful if the AARP Calendar were for April rather than March. Thanks.|
|Just for the record. First: I did not choose the “handle” FTR. I believe it was our Deer Ed or one of the readers who invented it. It is the acronym for “From the Right”. I did not invent that “handle” either, although I do wish I had invented both handles. Once again it was either the invention of Deer Ed or readers. I like both handles.Second: anonymity was not my idea, it is the ground rule of the CT, and it is ironic that yesterday’s bitcher is also anonymous.
Third: I did not ask our Deer Ed to label me “one of the leading conservatives of our time.” I’m flattered that he thinks that is so, but he is wrong.
Fourth: As much as I would have liked to continue posting on CT, our Deer Ed decided to change the format. That is his right, and I wish him well in the new format.
Fifth: I have moved the flag to Facebook. I’m learning the medium and enjoying it immensely. I urge my critics to come and do battle, to come and defend their beliefs; but they won’t, they simply do not have the stones to step out of the cloak of anonymity. They are back shooters. Oh well, hopefully some folks who are interested in truth will come over and join the dialog. You can find me on Facebook at Walt Lagraves. All the best to the CT community. Walt Lagraves
|Deer Ed, we who enjoyed the old CT with all the political and local static wonder how you are healing after your castration? Who cut them off the local power boyz or the sewer rats? The new world order CT is nothing but a sissified patch of useless electrons. We also wonder what our freedom of the press and speech will be like with people like you cutting off all our sacks? Things change and usually not for the better! (Formerly Ed: This poster has been banned. This is the kind of crap I hate.)|