Thursday, March 5, 2015

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The-Coconut-Telegraph-w-CoconutsSince 2002. Anonymous Letters to the Editor with pictures. Published Monday through Friday by Noon.

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[Sanctuary Creep] Key West city leaders Tuesday backed a statement opposing any further restrictions proposed by the agency. When we approved the Sanctuary we didn’t give them permission to incrementally exclude all fishing and diving activities as they have been steadily doing since its inception. Enough is enough. They must be stopped.
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fishing5Fishing provides time to think, and reason not to. If you have the virtue of patience, an hour or two of casting alone is plenty of time to review all you’ve learned about the grand themes of life. It’s time enough to realize that every generalization stands opposed by a mosaic of exceptions, and that the biggest truths are few indeed. Meanwhile, you feel the wind shift and the temperature change. You might simply decide to be present, and observe a few facts about the drifting clouds. Fishing in a place is a meditation on the rhythm of a tide, a season, the arc of a year, and the seasons of life.  I fish to scratch the surface of those mysteries, for nearness to the beautiful, and to reassure myself the world remains. I fish to wash off some of my grief for the peace we so squander. I fish to dip into that great and awesome pool of power that propels these epic migrations. I fish to feel and steal a little of that energy.
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[Doubting Thomas’s] I disagree with the poster who states that science is practically always right. Nothing could be further from the truth. In my life alone, scientists have reversed themselves on everything from the consumption of coffee to sugar to alcohol to milk to salt and now cholesterol’s effects on the human body- just to name a few. Tobacco use seems to be the only exception. The truth is uber complex systems, such as the human body and climate, are simply too vast in scope and our knowledge of them is far too meager.
I believe in evolution not because science tells me to believe it, but because there is actual proof- skeletal fossils do not lie. Scientists have no such proof when it comes to climate change. Just because there’s change doesn’t ipso facto mean humans are causing it. All we have so far are guesses, paltry information, and emotional reactions. I am not going to run around yelling “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” because Poindexter over here tells me to. Oh my, the evils of drinking caffeine, milk and, oh no, wine! Ahhhhh, run for the hills!
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I haven’t seen Sloan in a while, but I find his towel.
[Low death rate for Big Pine residents] At least by one measure­ment, the 3.900 residents of Big Pine, No Name and Bahia Honda keys have among the best health outcomes in Monroe County.The 2015 Community Health Improvement Plan, released earlier this month by the Monroe County Department of Health, shows that the Big Pine area’s mortality rate is well below the county average on five leading causes of death.

Between 2008 and 2012, the years upon which the health plan’s data is based, the area’s death rate from lung cancer, other types of cancers and heart disease was less than half of the aver­age for both Monroe County at-large and for the state of Florida. The Big Pine area’s death rates from uninten­tional injuries and from liver disease were also well below the country average.

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kimono-dragon[“Monitors are more closely related to the Kimono Dragons”] I’m not familiar with that species? Perhaps you meant the Kimono Dragon lady? But seriously, you don’t have the slightest idea what you are talking about. The video clearly showed a Black Spiny-Tailed Iguana. Show me a picture of any type of monitor with spines.
[Greenland] What does nothing look like? The longest night of his life, photographer Murray Fredericks says, was spent on an ice cap in Greenland in March 2010. He had been dropped off by helicopter about ten days earlier to begin work on his Greenland Ice Project.  Video (scroll down)
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It’s such a shame that we may lose our Bank of America in June. I called their main office & they were truly interested in feedback about their decision. Call 1-800-432-1000 & tell them how inconvenient it will be for the older population to reach one of their ATMs.
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Reading what you want to see.
This problem is chronic on the Coconut Telegraph.
Mister-in-fact-that-is-a-monitor-lizard, that is in fact not a monitor lizard in the video . That is an iguana. Most likely a spiny tailed one. Get your facts, factual.
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quahog clamI was raised on traditionally made clam chowder with quahogs, those big, tough clams found in New England. My mother made it all the time after we came home from the beach where we would dig out the mollusks with our toes. They were real easy to find, they felt just like rocks in the smooth sea floor. The thing I don’t remember is if she cooked them for a long time to break down the meat or if she just put them in the pot at the end to prevent them from cooking and getting tougher. Do you cook quahogs for a long or a short time to make them tender?
Liberia discharged its last Ebola patient today. If there are no others in the next 42 days Liberia will be declared Ebola free by the World Health Organization.
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[Slasher] Pelicans Turning Up With Slashed Pouches, Missing Wings”]  Florida Wildlife officials are searching for a person or people who slashed a number of pelicans’ pouches and hacked their wings off. They are also trying to work with other agencies like the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to find the culprit or culprits.” These two statements from the story confirm this is a Keys issue.The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for ruthlessly slashing the throat pouches of 14 brown pelicans in South Florida, leaving 10 dead and another four injured. This adds to existing rewards totaling $6,000 offered by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and a local construction company. Link
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About time pot was legal in D.C. That follows a long tradition of dopy people in Washington. It was started by Mayor Marion Barry who was caught smoking crack. The people were so happy they even reelected him.
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gnostic5[Conspiracy Man] The biggest conspiracy of all time, and still existing today, is Christianity. Believing in an invisible Hebrew God who only favors Jews as his “Chosen people”. Yet, Christians are not Jewish. Then believing that Jesus of Nazareth was his son and savior of the human race. The people who followed Jesus were never called Christians in their time. Jesus and his followers were devout “Gnostics”. The Gnostic movement became increasingly larger after Jesus was executed and it caused serious problems for both the Jews and Romans. This is when Rome, with the help of the Jews began executing the Gnostic followers for centuries until they were all abolished. Why? Because of the Gnostics knowledge that Jesus wasn’t the messiah or the son of god. Not until all the Gnostics were eradicated was it possible for the Romans to change history and begin calling their movement Christians, by the Roman Emperor Constantine. When mentioned in the bible that Christians were being executed in the Roman arena’s, the truth is that it was the Gnostics that were being executed.The proof of this is written by the Gnostics themselves in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Jesus was married to Mary Magdalena. It was unfavorable according to Jewish beliefs back then for a man to be in his 30’s and still be unwed, it was unheard of and not accepted. In the Dead Sea Scrolls books written according to Mary Magdalena and Judas Iscariot were discovered. How is this possible, if Judas was supposedly dead before Jesus’s crucifixion?

In the Old Testament it claims that Moses led the Jews out of slavery from Egypt, and thus the Exodus began. Yet, the Egyptians were precise historic record keepers, regardless if it were favorable or unfavorable information. Yet, there isn’t any mention of a son of a Pharaoh who liberated the Jewish people out of Egypt. A recent discovery by Egyptologists has been discovered that Egyptians did not believe in slavery, and in fact, paid for all labor and soldiers needed by the empire. In Hebrew the words, slave and mercenary are spelled the same. This explains how it was possible for a slave race to develop such military tactics on every city the Jews had raped, pillaged and plundered while on their quest for the Chosen Land, according to the Old Testament. The Jews were paid mercenaries for over 200 years in Egypt, because they were known for their fierce and brilliant military tactics against any enemy. Yet, what many don’t know is that while on their quest to the chosen land, Jews were making slaves out of all the people they conquered. The surrounding nations, Egypt, Babylon etc. were totally against this act being committed by the Jews, and this is why the Israelites had so many neighboring enemies. The Jews true homeland is in Mesopotamia, which is modern day Iraq, Iran and Syria. Abraham lived in and was born in Mesopotamia. The Jews homeland was never what is called Israel today. The only reason why the WWII allied countries gave them Palestine as a homeland, is because the allied nations needed an ally that they can depend on for the future security of the Arab oil exploitation, which is occurring today. But then again, like I said at 1st. The biggest conspiracy of all time.

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[“Pot is now legal in Washington DC”] Not only will Congress be lethargic, they’ll also get paranoid! It will give new meaning to ‘Political parties’ though.
native american indian day[Immigration] Native American Council offers amnesty to 240 million undocumented Whites. At a meeting on Friday in Taos, New Mexico, Native American leaders weighed a handful of proposals about the future of the United State’s large, illegal European population. After a long debate, NANC decided to extend a road to citizenship for those without criminal records or contagious diseases.“We will give Europeans the option to apply for Native Citizenship,” explained Chief Sauti of the Nez Perce tribe. “To obtain legal status, each applicant must write a heartfelt apology for their ancestors’ crimes, pay an application fee of $5,000, and, if currently on any ancestral Native land, they must relinquish that land to NANC or pay the market price, which we decide. “Any illegal European who has a criminal record of any sort, minus traffic and parking tickets, will be deported back to their native land. Anybody with contagious diseases like HIV, smallpox, herpes, etc, will not qualify and will also be deported.”

European colonization of North America began in the 16th and 17th centuries, when arrivals from France, Spain and England first established settlements on land that had been occupied by native peoples. Explorers Lewis & Clark further opened up western lands to settlement, which ultimately led to the creation of the Indian reservation system.

Despite the large number of Europeans residing in the United States, historical scholars mostly agree that indigenous lands were taken illegally through war, genocide and forced displacement. Despite the council’s decision, a native group called True Americans lambasted the move, claiming amnesty will only serve to reward lawbreakers. “They all need to be deported back to Europe,” John Dakota from True Americans said. “They came here illegally and took a giant crap on our land. They brought disease and alcoholism, stole everything we have because they were too lazy to improve and develop their own countries.”

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father5When they hung Jesus on the tree it finally dawned on him that there was no “Father” because when no help came, he called to the heavens, “My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” He was mind blown that there really wasn’t a God to save him and none of his expected help was coming. All that fuss about a “Father” was something he imagined.I believe that Jesus was the greatest man who ever lived. But that was it. There is no more.
For a house to “look like a million dollars” it has to cost a million dollars. There are no shortcuts
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[“Anger management“] I started anger management, but got pissed and stormed out.
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[“Doubting Thomas”] The blonde who thought Chicken of the Sea was chicken was not McCarthy but Jessica Simpson. Jenny is a bit smarter than the latter.
That wasn’t a monitor lizard in the vulture/lizard video. It was an iguana. Two very different reptiles.
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[Band Camp] Maybe there is hope for the future. Watch these kids rock out Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir on — xylophones! Video
Now that the Republicans control Congress it looks like they want to turn some of our important foreign policy matters over to Israel, as evidenced by their giddy response to Bibi, the Israeli leader who defied our President by coming here to speak to them.  That’s kind of funny seeing as how deep down inside they really don’t like Jews very much at all, and 70% of American Jews know it and  tend to vote Democratic.
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[Subprime Crisis] An excellent and accurate account of the events, reasons and causes leading up to the near economic meltdown is available on Netflix. The name is Money For Nothing. Basically it was this, the Federal Reserve Bank was attempting to avoid runaway deflation caused by both a retiring baby boom generation and cheap exports from China. Japan suffered previously and attempted a slow approach that failed, so Greenspan adopted a overheat the economy approach instead. Deflation is much worst than inflation as they knew how to control inflation, but had little experience fighting the other. It’s a great watch, just as Death By China is also.
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Remember kids, when you join a cult, the first thing they tell you is everyone else is lying to you
[Fish Of The Day] The newspaper said that two men were caught while they were about to cook and eat a tarpon they had just speared.  The local restaurants really didn’t need to see that, the price of bulk tilapia filets being what it is!
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Hey Conservatives how are those “We will completely repeal Obamacare and will repeal Obama’s immigration plans” thingy working out?
Having buyers remorse? You’ve been sold a bill of goods.
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From yesterday (AMENDED): Conservatives are only interested in keeping what they got (EARNED.) They only want to keep brown people (ALL FREE LOADERS) away and continuing to live their lives of privilege (SATISFACTION.) Tea Partiers are just terrified of losing their advantage (RIGHTS.) (I know, I ran for office and went to their meetings.)
The frightened (ANGRY) whites (ANYONE WHO WORKS) could care less about the deficit (NOT TRUE,) welfare (TRUE,) or any of that–their only goal is to keep ‘opportunity for themselves (EVERYONE) and their progeny as a white (ANYONE) upper-class privilege. Income in infinite, wealth is infinite, prosperity, too–but opportunity is finite (LIE,) and if you keep the underclass out of the equation (BIGGER LIE,) then white( EVERYONE,) below average, wealthy Americans (talking about you, GWB), have the distinct advantage.
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email message in bottleThe New York Times has reported that Hillary Clinton used only private email accounts during her tenure — a move that prevented the National Archives and Records Administration from automatically archiving her correspondence for historical purposes when she left office.The Clinton disdain for the law and rules is astounding.  We have just learned that while she was Secy of State she refused to use the secure and encrypted government e mail system. Instead she actually installed her own personal and private server and e mail system in her home. It’s apparent that this was no simple error. It’s obvious that she was trying to avoid subsequent public scrutiny of her emails. In fact her domain clintonemail.com, was registered on Jan. 13, 2009, the day she testified before the Senate as the nominee for secretary of state.

Please recall that we were told that there were no e mails to or from Hillary during the loss of the Benghazi consulate. Please recall that she was never even interviewed about the event by the investigators of the debacle.

The fact of her using her own private system is likely to be a criminal act. The exact criminal act that General Petraeus has just plead guilty to. That illegal act is retaining, keeping or maintaining classified material in an unsecured site.

It is no surprise that she would engage in such illegal activity given her penchant for avoiding compliance with law. Forget the probable illegality of using a commercial private e mail account as Secy of State. Then consider that her actions made it infinitely easier for our enemies to hack into her e mails and learn all that she wrote. Perhaps worse, they could have examined all that was sent to her. She should have been using the secure, encrypted government supplied e mail service.

State Department technology experts expressed security concerns that then–Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was using a private email service rather than the government’s fortified and monitored system, but those fears fell on deaf ears, according to a current employee on the department’s cybersecurity team

smoking gun .45The Smoking Gun, a website that often publishes leaked documents, pointed Tuesday to an email sent to her by Sidney Blumenthal, a former campaign adviser and longtime confidant, with attached memos regarding important security issues around the world. Her system had been hacked, and they reported that at least one e mail carried the cautionary note in all caps: ““THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION COMES FROM EXTREMELY SENSITIVE SOURCES AND SHOULD BE HANDLED WITH CARE.” That hacked email was leaked to the press and the world.

How much damage was done to America’s foreign policy is anybody’s guess.

Yet another example of her scofflaw attitude is her accepting massive donations to her “Clinton Foundation” from foreign nations and special interests while she was Secy of State.

At least 60 companies that lobbied the State Department during her tenure donated a total of more than $26 million to the Clinton Foundation.” All of this occurred while Clinton was pushing governments to sign deals and change policies to the advantage of corporate giants such as General Electric Co., Exxon Mobil Corp., Microsoft Corp. and Boeing Co. All were among the foundation’s donors.

Hundreds of big-dollar Bill Clinton speeches sailed through a State Department ethics approval process while Hillary Clinton served as America’s top diplomat. Not a single case appears where the State Department explicitly rejected a Bill Clinton speech. Instead, the records show State Department lawyers acted on sparse information about business proposals and speech requests and were under the gun to approve the proposals promptly.

We should not forget H’s early forays beyond the law. Do you remember when she was First Lady of Arkansas?  As First Lady of Arkansas Hillary engaged in a series of trades of cattle futures contracts. Her initial $1,000 investment had generated nearly $100,000 when she stopped trading after only ten months. An accomplishment described as impossible by veteran traders absent insider information. In 1994, after Hillary Rodham Clinton had become First Lady of the United States, the trading became the subject of considerable controversy regarding the likelihood of such a spectacular rate of return, possible conflict of interest, and allegations of disguised bribery.

hillary funny5Hillary Clinton portrays herself as a champion of women in the workforce, but women working for her in the U.S. Senate were paid 72 cents for each dollar paid to men. That according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis of her Senate years’ salary data. During those years, the median annual salary for a woman working in Clinton’s office was $15,708.38 less than the median salary for a man. That’s from an analysis of data compiled from official Senate expenditure reports. She claims to be a champion for women, but when it is time for action she could care less. All of this is nothing more than a mote of her disdain for her duty and responsibilities. She is not worthy of trust or public office.