Monday, June 1, 2020

Monday Musings - June 1, 2020

1. The sixth month of the crazy year 2020 begins today. I am pretty sure no one saw all of this coming when the year started. 

2. Although the country is opening, the coronavirus has extracted an huge toll by claiming the lives of at least 103,000 Americans.

Eastern Black Swallowtail
Elkridge, MD
May 30, 2020
3. I saw one of my first butterflies of the season on Saturday, an eastern black swallowtail. It was flying in and around the grasses near my pool.
Robins Nest with 2 Eggs
Elkridge, MD
May 28, 2020

4. The robins are back and when last I saw the empty nest, there were two eggs in it. 

5. It was strangely cold this morning at 47 degrees! 

6. There is concern that the protests in over 100 U.S. cities demanding Justice for George, may cause a spike in COVID-19 cases

7. The past few afternoons have been great pool days. It appears that summertime weather has arrived! At least for a while. Well, until this morning arrived. 

8. There are at least three things that I wish we could return to China and never have to deal with again: coronavirus, stink bugs, and the emerald ash borer

9. Sometimes I feel as if our society is caught in a maze of choices that have no good outcome. Down one path is COVID-19, and down another is justifiable civil unrest, then there is a path to economic disaster, followed by trade wars, failed fiscal policies, and a crashing stock market. I'm not sure there is a path to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness left on the table.

10. Today in History. On June 1, 1980, CNN (Cable News Network), the world’s first 24-hour television news network, makes its debut. The network signed on at 6 p.m. EST from its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, with a lead story about the attempted assassination of civil rights leader Vernon Jordan. 
CNN went on to change the notion that news could only be reported at fixed times throughout the day. At the time of CNN’s launch, TV news was dominated by three major networks–ABC, CBS and NBC–and their nightly 30-minute broadcasts. Initially available in less than two million U.S. homes, today CNN is seen in more than 90 million American households and over 160 million homes internationally.

Astronauts Dock With Space Station After Historic SpaceX Launch - The New York Times

As Protests and Violence Spill Over, Trump Shrinks Back - The New York Times

Twitter Had Been Drawing a Line for Months When Trump Crossed It - The New York Times

Rebounding U.S. Stocks Outpace Rest of World - The Wall Street Journal

Hong Kong leaders say Trump ‘completely wrong’ for curbing ties - OANN

Hundreds of protesters rally in London, Berlin over U.S. death - Reuters

Ronald Reagan Quote for the Week

America has always been greatest when we dared to be great. We can reach for greatness again. We can follow our dreams to distant stars, living and working in space for peaceful, economic, and scientific gain. Tonight, I am directing NASA to develop a permanently manned space station and to do it within a decade. 

From State of the Union Address (25 Jan 1984).

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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