Second Tuesday Motes

Wrong, just wrong: Tanzania has installed high-speed internet services on the slopes of Kilimanjaro, allowing anyone with a smartphone to tweet, Instagram or WhatsApp their ascent up Africa’s highest mountain. The summit of the 5,895-metre mountain would have internet connectivity by the end of the year. I can’t tell you how many ways that pushes my “wrong” button.

I remember when it happened: Frederick Woods, at age 70, has been officially granted parole. Parole from what? In 1976 he kidnapped a school bus full of children  and buried them alive. In March, Woods was approved for parole during a hearing at California Men’s Colony, a state prison, after previously being denied 17 times. He was 24 when he and two others kidnapped the 26 children and their bus driver in Northern California. The group took the hostages 100 miles away to Livermore where they were placed into a moving truck and buried alive. Woods and the brothers demanded $5 million ransom. The children, aged 5 to 14, and bus driver were able to dig their way out after 16 hours.  The crime was used as a training topic for many generations of investigators.

Yes, I will be seeing it: Staring Zac Efron, Bill Murray, Russell Crowe, Viggo Mortensen and Ruby Ashbourne Serkis, The Greatest Beer Run Ever. Coming out late September it is a true story often repeated when Nam vets get together. It tells the story of John “Chick” Donohue (Efron), a U.S. Marine Corps vet who embarks on an outrageous journey: Deliver American soldiers on the frontlines of the Vietnam War their favorite beer to give them a little piece of home. This oten a story talked about whenever a bunch of Nam vets get together.

Please, no: One of my absolute favorite movies is “The Hunter” with Willem Defoe. A professional “hunter” searches for the last “Tasmanian tiger”. It is, to me, an incredibly emotional performance by Defoe. Now Colossal Laboratories and Biosciences, a genetic engineering company, are now looking to resurrect an extinct species, the Tasmanian tiger. The Australian thylacine (Tasmanian tiger), a predator exterminated in the early 20th century. the University of Melbourne’s Thylacine Integrated Genetic Restoration Research, or TIGRR will use the complete Tasmanian tiger genome from a preserved specimen to eventually create an embryo. No, please leave them in peace.

Not a secret anymore: For years, the Wagner private military company has done Moscow’s dirty work in eastern Ukraine, Libya, Syria and parts of Africa. The Kremlin always officially denied any relationship with Wagner, whose soldiers for hire have been accused of massacres and other human rights violations. Now, Wagner and its mercenaries have suddenly emerged from the shadows in the Ukraine war, openly celebrated on Russian state media and lauded as heroes of President Vladimir Putin’s bloody invasion. A recent special report on the most-watched state TV channel trumpeted the group’s gains on the Ukrainian front lines. 

How bad is the current world heat wave “drought”?: Well, close to a half dozen bodies in 55-gal drums are being revealed in Lake Mead, the mighty river Danube tis at one of its lowest levels in almost a century, exposing the hulks of dozens of explosives-laden German warships sunk during World War Two near Serbia’s river port town of Prahovo, and in Spain, the country’s worst drought in decades has delighted archaeologists — the emergence of  the Dolmen of Guadalperal but dubbed the Spanish Stonehenge, the circle of dozens of megalithic stones is believed to date back to 5000 BC.  a prehistoric stone circle in a dam whose waterline has receded.

Weekend playlist, volumes 1-2-3 of Ryman Country Homecoming. Just too damn good not to keep playing. Buto threw in a little Hi-way 101, and John Denver.

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