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Posted:Oct 14, 2019 7:37 pm
Last Updated:Oct 14, 2019 7:53 pm
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I am a pressed for "freetime" for an extended blogging. We mixed and poured two slabs for the new driveway this morning since the fields were too wet to get into to start harvesting again.



I made the guys out harvesting fried potatoes and onions with Hillshire Farms Polska Kielbasa for supper tonight. I also included homemade dinner rolls & jelly. Our newest guy John asked JD if he ate this way every night and JD responded"yaaah !" They all loved it.



I also listened to HRH Speech before both Houses. She sounded well informed on the progress of Brexit along with making certain a smooth transition from the EU takes place. I laughed as the biased BBC coverage filled with DOOM & GLOOM that their little Globalist realm was crumbling beneath their feet. I also chuckled with poor Boris having walk in with that "male Hillary" Jeremy Corbyn. Best wishes to the UK and look forward to doing business with you directly in just 17 more days.
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Our next Purchase............
Posted:Oct 13, 2019 8:31 pm
Last Updated:Oct 14, 2019 7:09 pm
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a three-D Printer



A Colorado physicist is putting his scientific expertise to a practical purpose -- using a 3D printer to build a Lamborghini with his 11-year-old . Erie, Colorado resident Sterling Backus and his , Xander, 11, started work on their full-size, working model of an Italian supercar -- specifically the Lamborghini Aventador -- when the boy asked his father if it was possible.



"One day I said to him, hey can we build one of those?" Xander Backus told WCNC-TV.



Sterling Backus said his background as a "gear head" has thus far been more helpful than his training as as a physicist.



The car won't be a proper Lamborghini, it contains a Corvette V8 engine and various parts procured from a junkyard, including Porsche components, but Backus said it will look like the real thing.

The father and recently posted video of the vehicle going for a short drive test.
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Scored
Posted:Oct 12, 2019 7:21 pm
Last Updated:Oct 14, 2019 7:14 pm
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A quiet evening for us. Too wet for any harvesting so we pretended it was a winter night having dinner while watching hockey. I toted in some firewood and made us roast beef, mashed potatoes & gravy with herbed broccoli to fill us up.



A great game our LA Kings took off to a point lead. Got tied 4/4 in the 3rd that's when the Kings fired up in the last 8 minutes and scored then all hell broke loose in the last 59 seconds with 2 more goals against an unsecured Predator's net.



Ronnie likes roast beef too!
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Russian Sues Apple
Posted:Oct 11, 2019 7:00 pm
Last Updated:Oct 14, 2019 7:13 pm
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A Russian man has filed a lawsuit against Apple for moral harm claiming that an iPhone app had turned him gay, according to a copy of the complaint seen by AFP. The man filed suit in a Moscow court asking for one million rubles ($15,000) after an incident this summer in which a cryptocurrency called "GayCoin" was delivered via a smartphone app, rather than the Bitcoin he had ordered.



His lawyer Sapizhat Gusnieva insisted the case was "serious," telling AFP that her was "scared, he suffered".



The GayCoin cryptocurrency arrived with a note saying, "Don't judge until you try," according to the complaint.



"I thought, in truth, how can I judge something without trying? I decided to try same-sex relationships," the complainant wrote. "Now I have a boyfriend and I do not know how to explain this to my parents... my life has been changed for the worse and will never become normal again," he added.



"Apple pushed me towards homosexuality through manipulation. The changes have caused me moral and mental harm."



Apple's representatives in Russia did not immediately respond to AFP's request for comment.



Gusnieva said the US technology giant "has a responsibility for their programmes" despite the alleged exchange taking place on a third-party app. The suit was filed on September 20 and the court will hear the complaint on October 17, according to information on its website.

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Fiesta Nacional de Espana
Posted:Oct 11, 2019 5:56 pm
Last Updated:Oct 11, 2019 10:12 pm
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Spain’s National Day, known as Fiesta Nacional de Espana, is held annually on 12th October. The date commemorates Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas in 1492, with celebrations having been observed since 1935.~~~hmmm invented by Fransisco Franco?~~~



The main celebrations are in Madrid, with an impressive parade providing the highlight of the day. The Royal family attend, the Prime Minister leads the procession, and the military get involved, as it is also the country’s Armed Forces Day. The army is part of the parade, and the sight of the air force planes leaving red and yellow smoke trails in the sky is much photographed.



Although many people take the day off work, as it is a public holiday, most people across Spain do not actively celebrate their National Day. The only large-scale public events are in Madrid, although there are smaller celebrations in regional capitals.


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Thurzday
Posted:Oct 10, 2019 7:31 pm
Last Updated:Oct 11, 2019 5:31 pm
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Conflageration !
Posted:Oct 9, 2019 7:07 pm
Last Updated:Oct 10, 2019 7:02 pm
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Legend has it on October 8, 1871 a cow, owned by Patrick and Catherine O’Leary at 137 DeKoven Street on the city’s southwest side.kicked over a lantern in the barn and started the fire. Other theories hold that humans or even a meteor might have been responsible for the event that left an area of about four miles long and almost a mile wide of the Windy City, including its business district, in ruins.



The summer had been exceptionally dry. Only 5" of rain dropped on the windy city from July 4th to October 10th. Many of the city's residents were loading in the wood & coal for use in the upcoming winter. Most of the buildings were wood framed or brick veneer over wood with a very loose and haphazard city building code. Add to this even many streets and sidewalks were made of creosote treated wooden blocks. On the Chicago river an oily sludge from the slaughter houses waste had built up without rain to flush it away. Even the streets and river burned aiding the spread of the fire.



The fire burned wildly throughout the following day,creating it's own fiery vortex (Tornadoes of fire) Finally coming under control on October 10, when rain gave a needed boost to firefighting efforts.



The Great Chicago Fire left an estimated 300 people dead and 100,000 others homeless. More than 17,000 structures were destroyed and damages were estimated at $200 million in 1871 dollars.



The disaster prompted an outbreak of looting and lawlessness. Companies of soldiers were summoned to Chicago and martial law was declared on October 11, ending three days of chaos. Martial law was lifted several weeks later.



In the aftermath of the fire , Joseph Medill (1823-99) was elected mayor after promising to institute stricter building and fire codes, a pledge that may have helped him win the office. His victory might also be attributable to the fact that most of the city’s voting records were destroyed in the fire, so it was next to impossible to keep people from voting more than once. (Typical Chicago style!) Following the blaze, reconstruction efforts began quickly and spurred great economic development and population growth



Despite the fire’s devastation, much of Chicago’s physical infrastructure, including its transportation systems, remained intact. Reconstruction efforts began quickly and spurred great economic development and population growth, as architects laid the foundation for a modern city featuring the world’s first skyscrapers. At the time of the fire, Chicago’s population was approximately 324,000; within nine years, there were some 500,000 Chicagoans. By 1890, the city was a major economic and transportation hub with an estimated population of more than 1 million people. (In America, only New York City had a larger population at the time.) In 1893, Chicago hosted the World’s Columbian Exposition, a tourist attraction visited by some 27.5 million people.



Today, the Chicago Fire Department training academy is located on the site of the O’Leary property where the Great Chicago Fire started. In 1997, the Chicago City Council passed a resolution exonerating Catherine O’Leary, an Irish immigrant who died in 1895, and her cow.

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Crossed My Desk
Posted:Oct 8, 2019 8:47 pm
Last Updated:Oct 9, 2019 11:37 pm
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While you might think I am jumping up on my soapbox again... This topic affects ALL American irregardless of your political aspirations.



Originally the small pocket on jeans was for pocket watches. Now it's where you can keep your paycheck after taxes. Last year Americans paid more in taxes ($18,617 ) than food, clothing, health care, electricity, and telephone services combined ($14,758 ).

let that sink in awhile............
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"Victory Liberty Loan"
Posted:Oct 8, 2019 7:33 pm
Last Updated:Oct 9, 2019 5:41 pm
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Another piece of history from the First World War came into my possession today. On March 3, 1919, the "Victory Liberty Loan Act" was signed into law.



The Government always needs more , and the Great War, or "War to End All Wars," was to be no exception. Liberty loans or bonds were sold by the federal government during World War I (1917-1919) to raise for the war. These were labeled as 'loans,' because they promised interest to the bearer. As one advertisement from the period wrote: "The to be raised by the Victory Liberty loan already has been spent. It furnished the "'punch'" that won the war and saved the lives of 100,000 of America's bravest boys. It is this unshed blood you are paying for when you subscribe to the Victory Liberty loan."



About a half dollar in size piece, the obverse of the medal, exhibits a eagle grasping three arrows in one claw, and an olive branch in the other, flying the U.S. Treasury Building, and reads "Victory Liberty Loan".



The reverse reads: "Awarded - By the U.S. Treasury Department For Patriotic In Behalf of the Liberty Loans - Made From Captured German Cannon"....The medals were made from German cannons captured by American troops Chateau Thierry. These cannons were melted, and the metal roiled into sheets, from which the medals are made. They were conferred by the Treasury Department on volunteers in the Victory Liberty loan campaign volunteers.



I am not certain there was an official ribbon attached to the medal since I have seen several variants.
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I noticed the anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele is coming up. In 1917 the second stage of thebattle began on 30 October, to complete the previous stage and gain a base for the final assault on Passchendaele. The attackers on the southern flank quickly captured Crest Farm and sent patrols beyond the final objective into Passchendaele. The attack on the northern flank again met with exceptional German resistance. The 3rd Canadian Division captured Vapour Farm on the corps boundary, Furst Farm to the west of Meetcheele and the crossroads at Meetcheele but remained short of its objective. During a - pause, the Second Army took over another section of the Fifth Army front adjoining the Canadian Corps. Three rainless days from 3–5 November eased preparation for the next stage, which began on the morning of 6 November, with the 1st Canadian Division and the 2nd Canadian Division. In fewer than three hours, many units reached their final objectives and Passchendaele was captured. The Canadian Corps launched a final action on 7th of November, to gain control of the remaining ground north of the village near Hill 52. There were 448,688 British Canadian and ANZAC casualties and German casualties as 270,700 . That British casualty amounts 1 man for every two inches captured from the Germans.



Does that muddy total destruction look like it was worth the price in human life?
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Hey Carolina Guys !
Posted:Oct 7, 2019 8:03 pm
Last Updated:Oct 8, 2019 10:55 pm
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The secession of the state of North Carolina from the American Union occurred on May 20, 1861; this date was chosen to celebrate the anniversary of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence of 1775. The right of a state to separate from the Federal Union was not seriously questioned during the formation of the American Republic and had even been contemplated by some New England states during the War of 1812. North Carolina’s secession, however, was more in accord with the doctrines of John C. Calhoun (1782-1850) of South Carolina.



In 1860, during the presidential election, discord between the pro-Union and pro-secession Democrats and successful Whig appeals to North Carolinians' patriotism deepened divisions in the state, thereby preventing any group from gaining enough power to enact their proposed platforms. The state thus did not act on the secession question until after the battle at Fort Sumter. Even then, William Boyd's ';North Carolina on the Eve of Secession (1912 ) 'asserts, North Carolina only grudgingly left the Union to avoid "fighting against the South"



The Tar Heel State, which only acted after Lincoln called for troops, became a bulwark of the Confederate defense, providing more men and supplies to the CSA and suffering more casualties than any other Southern state. In the end, most Tar Heels seceded in the name of self-defense.



The Confederate State of North Carolina issued currency during the years 1861, 1862, 1863 and 1864 by an Act of the legislature on Oct. 1st, 1861. The '5 cent bill from 1861 was among the smallest denomination bills printed during the Confederate period of North Carolina. It was also one of the smallest physical bills, measuring approximately 3" by 1 5/8" ( I was out bid on getting the five cent note.)



Many of the North Carolina banknotes are similar to period issues from other Confederate States; this is not surprising, as the North Carolina banknotes were printed by many of the same printers that were used by other states.It is estimated that the printing of approximately $11,350,000 in banknotes was authorized over the four-year period, but it is unknown how much was actually printed and put into circulation. I WON this Oct. 15,1861 $1 note featuring the goddess Minerva to the left.



The reverse is a monochrome orangy/yellow with tiny printers "extras" to fill in around the Denomination.



. The strains of war made it impossible for the state's currency to hold its value. In the closing months of the Civil War, runaway inflation and the advancing Union armies led to the frantic production and distribution of southern currency. Clothing and basic foodstuffs by then were commanding huge prices, and gold or other personal valuables, not paper money, were required to buy them. By early 1865, a North Carolinian needed as much as $600 to buy a pair of shoes and $1,500 to purchase an overcoat.



Even with the state and authorized State Banks having issued and printed about $16 million dollars in banknotes ; many of this era command a good price in reasonably decent condition.
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