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Name: Steve
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Hometown: Florida
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Invest 90L dawdles in Gulf of Mexico

Last Updated 6/6/2014, 2:00:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Location 19.3 94.5W Movement NNW at 0 mph
Wind 35 MPH


Giant 3-foot-long rats invade Florida Keys


MIAMI – Flamingos, manatees — and rats the size of toaster ovens. Yep, the list of animals Florida is best known for is about to grow by one. But unlike the other two, the Gambian pouched rat isn’t likely to be featured on any tourism brochures or commemorative keychains.

The giant non-native rodent has invaded the Florida Keys and it will. Not. Go. Away.

Despite ongoing efforts to eradicate (e-rat-icate? Eh???) it from Grassy Key since 2007, new sightings confirm the rat — once thought to be on its last freakishly large legs — is harder to kill than Chris Brown’s career.

Not that it’s too hard to catch sight of one of these guys. Adult Gambian pouched rats weigh about 3 or 4 pounds and average 2 to 3 feet long, not counting their tails.

AP was there: Hitler's Atlantic Wall under assault


In his second paragraph, Greene uses the derisive term "boche" to refer to the Germans. The word had come to mean "blockhead," as it was a shortened form of "caboche" or "head."

Seventy years after its original publication, the AP is making Greene's original report available.


ON A BEACHHEAD IN FRANCE — Hitler's Atlantic wall cracked in the first hour under tempestuous allied assault.

As I write, deeply dug into a beachhead of northwestern France, German prisoners, mostly wounded, are streaming back. But the Boche still is putting up a terrific fight.

much more at link

IE 11 really sucks for HTML5

Big surprise, huh ? It scores 376 out of 555 at html5test.com. Latest Chrome canary scores 507. I guess M$ is not real worried about being relevant.

Mea culpa to members of CHaS

As a co-host of CHaS, I strive to 1) stay out of discussions that are beyond my technical depth and 2) give accurate information when I do get involved. The other day, I mistakenly assumed that Malwarebytes and Super Anti-Spyware would take care of viruses. I was incorrect. One must be careful to have an explicit anti-virus application, in addition to MB, SAS or any others similar to it. Of course, my link is only an example of where to find anti-virus programs and it's always best to go directly to the developer's website.

In the future, I won't assume anything and will double-check my information. Thanks all for your patience.


Invest 90L forms in Gulf of Mexico

Last Updated 6/5/2014, 8:00:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Location 19.1 94.5W Movement N at 0 mph
Wind 35 MPH


Tropical Depression Boris trudges north towards Gulf of Mexico

Last Updated 6/4/2014, 5:00:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Location 16.2N 93.9W Movement N at 5 mph
Wind 35 MPH Pressure: 1003 MB


I've been watching VH1 "Behind the Music" videos on YouTube

I love this series because they are all from my era. My quick and dirty impressions so far:

Journey: Steve Perry said he never really felt like part of the band. WTF. Also, Jonathan Cain was secure enough in himself to cry on camera about the little boy who died after they visited him in the hospital. I thought that was awesome of him.

Megadeth: Dave Mustaine sure had an issue with Metallica for a long time.

Metallica: I knew nothing about them. They put on a great show.

Melissa Etheridge: I had no idea she had two kids. She's very strong and very brave.

Woodstock: The financier guys were sure brave.

Anthrax: These guys have been through hell and back.

Judas Priest: I knew nothing about them. I was not aware how famous they were (ok ok, yes I'm clueless about heavy metal).

Doobie Brothers: Wow talk about lineup changes.

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Anthony Kiedis comes across as very intelligent and articulate. It's very touching how close the band members are to each other.

Styx: I was not overly sympathetic to Dennis DeYoung.

Darryl Hall and John Oates: I had not seen their MTV videos, which were described as not being very good. The VH1 guy's words, not mine. To me they were ok for 80's videos.

As I said, quick and dirty. Most enjoyable way to catch up on an artist's work quickly.

Tropical Depression Two-E heads north for Chiapas and perhaps the Gulf

Storm Track Statistics
Date Time Lat Lon Wind (mph) Pressure Storm Type
Jun 02 2100 GMT 13.1 -94.1 30 1002 Tropical Depression
Jun 03 0300 GMT 13.8 -94.2 35 1001 Tropical Depression

More info here: http://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/east-pacific/2014/tropical-depression-Two-E?text=disc

Barking dogs targeted with poisoned meatballs


video at link

LONGMONT, Colo. — A family that once received a letter with threats to kill their dogs if they didn't "shut up," discovered three meatballs laced with poison in their front yard.

Tammy Deitz with Longmont Animal Control says meatballs laced with 'd-Con', a common rodent poison, were found at a home Saturday.

Deitz said the meatballs were found tossed in the front yard over a short two-foot fence adjacent to a sidewalk.

The owners of the home have two wirehaired Dachshunds. The family reported one of their dogs brought a plastic bag containing several of the blue-green pellets into the house within the past two weeks.
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