Monday, August 24, 2020

Monday Musings - August 24, 2020

1. It is the fourth of five Mondays in August. August is dissolving into September sooner than I would like, but at least the temperatures generally remain summer-like. There are 71 days until Election Day.

2. The Orioles broke a six game losing streak with two tough wins over the Red Sox this weekend. They have crawled back to a 14-14, .500 record and are tied for 8th place in the American League!

Blue Heron
Columbia, MD
August 23, 2020
3. Chris and I went for a nice walk yesterday and saw this Blue Heron fishing in a stream. We enjoy seeing the wildlife as we walk. 

4. The name calling has to stop! I remember hearing that in Kindergarten. 
Buildings Across the Lake
Columbia, MD
August 23, 2020

5. Sometimes I take an image not because the scene is particularly pretty or interesting, but because my eye sees something that intrigues me. Like yesterday, for instance, when I snapped this image of the buildings in Columbia across Lake Kittamaqundi. I liked the reflections in the lake. Don't miss the duck in the lower left. 

6. Why do some leaders want to take credit for other people's work? 

7. The people of Belarus are protesting against a dictatorship-like government and the U.S. is nowhere to be seen. Why?

8. Let me get this straight--wearing MAGA hats at a factory is a more important issue than the lives of 170,000 Americans! If America isn't already great after four years, maybe it is time for a do-over.

9. I do not have the complete details, but the video of police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, shooting an unarmed black man seven times as he's getting into a car is a very bad optic. Did I mention some of his children were in the car at the time and witnessed the shooting. Don't the police officers have any concept of what is happening right now in this country?

10. Today in History. In 79 AD, on August 24, after centuries of dormancy, Mount Vesuvius erupts in southern Italy, devastating the prosperous Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum and killing thousands. The cities, buried under a thick layer of volcanic material and mud, were never rebuilt and largely forgotten in the course of history. In the 18th century, Pompeii and Herculaneum were rediscovered and excavated, providing an unprecedented archaeological record of the everyday life of an ancient civilization, startlingly preserved in sudden death.

F.D.A. Allows Expanded Use of Plasma to Treat Coronavirus Patients - The New York Times

Florida and Texas have joined California in topping 600,000 cases. Here’s the latest. - The New York Times

Government Debt Soars to World War II Levels - The Wall Street Journal

Even With a Strong Crop This Year, U.S. Farmers Are Suffering - The Wall Street Journal

 U.S. Existing-Home Sales Rose Nearly 25% in July - The Wall Street Journal

Trump obliterates lines between governing and campaigning in service of his reelection - The Washington Post

Hurricane warnings issued as Gulf Coast prepares for Marco and Laura - The Washington Post

Belarusian protesters, defying army, flood Minsk - Reuters

China reports 16 new COVID-19 cases, eighth day without local infections - Reuters

Ronald Reagan Quote for the Week

Politics is just like show business. You have a hell of an opening, coast for a while, and then have a hell of a close.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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