Monday, July 24, 2023

Monday Musings - July 24, 2023


1. Welcome to the 4th Monday of July. It is fairly hot and steamy everywhere. There are 22 Mondays remaining in the year. 

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2. The Orioles continue to amaze and win tough games. They are alone atop the American League East Division with a two game lead over the previously seemingly invincible Tampa Bay Rays after taking 3 of 4 games in Tampa, where Orioles dreams used to go and die. There are 63 games remaining in the regular season. Let's hope the O's continue to win their share and can get into the post season. They have not been in the playoffs since 2016 and have not won the division since 2014.

3. Air travel in America needs a major overhaul. Passengers need to be considered as more than self-loading cargo when airlines make decisions that keep passengers strapped into their seats for multiple hours on the ground. My most recent air experience found me strapped into my seat sitting on an active taxiway for more than two hours when both ends of the trip are totaled. 

4. How are you coping with the heat? I still venture outdoors for short walks. I actually completed a 17 mile bike ride yesterday morning. I had to get back into the saddle. We need to get used to the fact that we are going to be hot.

5. Today in History. On July 24, 1911, American archeologist Hiram Bingham gets his first look at the ruins of Machu Picchu, an ancient Inca settlement in Peru that is now one of the world’s top tourist destinations.

Tucked away in the rocky countryside northwest of Cuzco, Machu Picchu is believed to have been a summer retreat for Inca leaders, whose civilization was virtually wiped out by Spanish invaders in the 16th century. For hundreds of years afterwards, its existence was a secret known only to the peasants living in the region. That all changed in the summer of 1911, when Bingham arrived with a small team of explorers to search for the famous “lost” cities of the Incas.

Ukraine claims responsibility for strikes in Moscow and Crimea - CNN

‘Barbie’ breaks records while crushing right-wing outrage - CNN

There is a ‘gravity hole’ in the Indian Ocean, and scientists now think they know why - CNN

Second US submarine arrives in South Korea amid North Korea tensions - Reuters

'Oppenheimer' sparks online outrage in India due to Hindu scripture scene - Reuters

China to step up policy adjustments amid tortuous recovery - Reuters

Why the Fed Isn’t Ready to Declare Victory on Inflation - The Wall Street Journal

U.S. and North Korea Start Talking About U.S. Soldier Who Crossed the Border - The Wall Street Journal

Drone strikes skyscraper in Moscow, Russia says; another night of attacks in Odessa - The Washington Post

-- Bob Doan, Tequesta, FL

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