Monday, Evening Reads and Stuff….

Good Evening!

I’ve spent the day getting another tattoo…so I’m clueless as to what sort of things you have been discussing this afternoon. I also am in the dark about a lot of the news stories I just scanned over in my feeble attempt to catch up.

So, let’s just stick with some lighter news links tonight.  I must admit, there was a part of me that wanted the Cruise/Holmes thing to hit the fan, I bet Katie knows some big Scientology secrets…well, if she did we will never find out because Cruise has reached a settlement. Attorney: Holmes, Cruise reach an agreement

I saw this next story the other day, it looks like it has been picked up by the news media:  Cape Cod kayaker experiences close encounter with shark – You may have seen this image, it certainly is scary…like something out of a nightmare…or a Spielberg flick.

Walter Szulc Jr., in kayak at left,...
Photo by AP
Walter Szulc Jr., in kayak at left, looks back at the dorsal fin of an approaching shark at Nauset Beach in Orleans, Mass. in Cape Cod on Saturday, July 7, 2012.
The giant dorsal fin sliced through the sparkling blue water, trailing an oblivious kayaker. Closer to shore, bathers splashed in the waves. One tourist shot video of the idyllic scene.The only thing missing was the ominous soundtrack from “Jaws,” the 1975 blockbuster about a great white shark eating its way through a seaside resort.That, and terrified hordes fleeing the water. But this came soon enough, after a paddleboarder spotted the huge fin behind the kayaker and shouted the one word sure to clear swimmers from the sea: “Shark!”Within seconds of Saturday afternoon’s shark sighting, Nauset Beach on Cape Cod resembled a scene from “Jaws,” as bathers rushed for the sand and kayaker Walter Szulc Jr. paddled faster to get away from the 12- to 14-foot great white shark tailing his tiny boat. “I had a deep swallow, that ‘Oh my God’ moment, then I just paddled,” he told the Boston Globe.

Makes you want to run out and take a dip doesn’t it?

There is supposed to be a break in the heat wave, Heat blamed for at least 46 deaths, relief on the way

Two weeks of scorching temperatures are being blamed for at least 46 deaths across the United States, and the sweltering heat has shattered more than 2,100 temperature records since July 1 – and it’s only three weeks into the summer.

While millions of Americans from the Midwest to the East Coast are getting a bit of a break Monday from the oppressive heat – thanks to a massive cold front pushing in from Canada – out West, they won’t be so lucky. A high-pressure system is already pushing temperatures well above 100 degrees in some cities.

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The blistering heat has taken its toll on the nation’s infrastructure. Phillip Dugaw snapped a photo of his U.S. Airways flight in Washington, D.C., Friday. The trip was delayed for three hours after the plane’s wheels sank into the melting tarmac.

“The pilots went out and they were kind of chuckling that because of the heat,” Dugaw said, “the plane had sunk several inches into the asphalt.”

From Madison, Wis., to Minneapolis, Minn., roadways buckled under the scorching sun. It was so hot in Maryland, the Metro track expanded, forced three train cars to derail and triggered big delays.

See, I thought that headline was a little too optimistic, no mention of any cool down…unless I just missed it…nope, nothing in that CBS story mentions a cool down. Hmmmm…

Also from CBS, January to June 2012 warmest first half of any year on record – CBS News

January to June 2012 was the warmest first half of any year on record for the contiguous United States, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The average temperature during that period was at 52.9 degrees F, which is 4.5 degrees above the typical average. Twenty-eight states east of the Rockys were had record warm temperatures, with an additional 15 states in the top 10 for warm temperatures. Every state across the contiguous U.S. had warmer than average temperatures, except Washington.

Here it is, 8pm EST and check out the temps:

US: Current Temperatures

Try and stay cool tonight, it looks like it will be another scorcher tomorrow.

This is an open thread.


16 Comments on “Monday, Evening Reads and Stuff….”

  1. Fannie says:

    108 degress in Eagle, Idaho today………………..

    Here’s another scorcher:

    http://nation.foxnews.com/unemployment-rate/2012/07/08/unemployment-rate-dropped-every-state-elected-gop-gov-2010?cmpid=NL_FiredUpFoxNation

    I don’t know how the hell dot com (examiner) came up with these numbers, but somebody’s pants is on fire. Nevada has the highest unemployment rate in US, Fla is 3rd highest, and Michigan has double digits………..Georgia has lost jobs, NJ has lost job, and so has SC………..
    Somebody ought to contact the US DEPT. of Labor for some facts…………….and stop spreading this bullschitt information.

  2. RalphB says:

    Rachel Maddow just did a great segment on Romney’s fund raising debacle. 🙂

  3. bostonboomer says:

    It cooled down a little here. I guess it was in the mid-80s or so.

    • Beata says:

      It was 107 degrees here on Saturday but we got some thunderstorms yesterday that cooled things off. Today’s high was 87. Tonight it is supposed to get down to 64. What a relief! Great sleeping weather.

  4. Fannie says:

    Here’s another question…………….Romney makes 250 million, how many people does he employ?

    • bostonboomer says:

      Fannie,

      The Romneys claim they don’t even have servants. The least they could do is employ a few peons to keep their houses clean. Actually I can’t believe that is true!

      • northwestrain says:

        I don’t believe the Romneys — first of all she is supposed to have MS. If so there are times she was/will be too ill to even walk. Just one more way that the 1% is really different from us normal folks.

        Someone cleans their homes and takes care of the cars — I’m still saying that they have have a corporate account which handles the “domestics”. I’ve seen this among the 1% who have homes in the Caribbean. They have staff — but the staff is paid from a corporate account and never directly by the really wealthy.

    • bostonboomer says:

      He’s the guy that removed a labor history mural from the State Dept. of Labor building, remember?

      • Seriously says:

        Yeah, and refused to attend Martin Luther King Day events, remember that? He’s such a proudly ignorant buffoon he makes Scott Brown look like a genius in comparison. How he ever became Mayor of Waterville is baffling.

  5. bostonboomer says:

    I love the shark story. Jaws is still one of my favorite movies.

  6. northwestrain says:

    http://www.startribune.com/local/east/161793165.html

    Nancy Grace has another kill under her belt.

    The woman who may or may not have killed her infant by rolling on him while she was asleep has set herself on fire — thanks in part to Nancy Grace and others.

    I cannot stand this Nancy Grace sub-humanoid zero. I’ve never seen her or listened to her but she is worse than any of the people she goes after.

    It was a sad story to begin with. What kind of country is this when the media can set itself up as judge, jury and executioner.

    Now the killer Nancy Grace isn’t talking to the press. What a horrible horrible way for someone to die.

    Is Nancy Grace going after the wall street or the bankers who are stealing people’s homes?