Monday, December 2, 2019

Monday Musings - December 2, 2019

1. It is the first Monday in December and the 48th Monday of 2019. There are 23 days until Christmas.

2. Welcome to the Christmas Season. This season is six days shorter than last year's season.

Elkridge, MD
November 30, 2019
3. Squirrels like eating birdseed from our window boxes. It can be annoying as they chase away the birds. 
Elkridge, MD
November 30, 2019

4. The season of the turkey is over. Over the weekend we replaced all of the turkeys with snowmen and Santas. 

5. It rained yesterday. All day.

6. Family NFL Results
    - Ravens defeat 49ers 20-17
    - Steelers defeat Browns 20-13
    - Cowboys lost to Bills 15-26
    - Redskins defeat Panthers 29-21

7. I am glad that I was not traveling this past weekend for the holiday. It do not appear to be a pleasant travel experience anywhere in the country. 

8. Now that the Christmas decorations are in place, what is next? Oh yes, the shopping.

9. Today in History. On December 2, 2001, the Enron Corporation files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a New York court, sparking one of the largest corporate scandals in U.S. history.
An energy-trading company based in Houston, Texas, Enron was formed in 1985 as the merger of two gas companies, Houston Natural Gas and Internorth. Under chairman and CEO Kenneth Lay, Enron rose as high as number seven on Fortune magazine’s list of the top 500 U.S. companies. In 2000, the company employed 21,000 people and posted revenue of $111 billion. Over the next year, however, Enron’s stock price began a dramatic slide, dropping from $90.75 in August 2000 to $0.26 by closing on November 30, 2001.


With Brutal Crackdown, Iran Convulsed by Worst Unrest in 40 YearsWith Brutal Crackdown - The New York Times

Warming Waters, Moving Fish: How Climate Change Is Reshaping Iceland - The New York Times

Hong Kong police fire tear gas as thousands take to the streets in fresh protests - Reuters

At least 14 killed in attack on Burkina Faso church - Reuters

Ronald Reagan Quote of the Week

We Americans are slow to anger. We always seek peaceful avenues before resorting to the use of force -- and we did. We tried quiet diplomacy, public condemnation, economic sanctions, and demonstrations of military force. None succeeded. Despite our repeated warnings, Qadhafi continued his reckless policy of intimidation, his relentless pursuit of terror. He counted on America to be passive. He counted wrong. I warned that there should be no place on Earth where terrorists can rest and train and practice their deadly skills. I meant it. I said that we would act with others, if possible, and alone if necessary to ensure that terrorists have no sanctuary anywhere. Tonight, we have.

 - Address to the Nation on the United States Air Strike Against Libya April 14, 1986

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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