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Friday, November 11, 2016

The Daily Drift

Welcome to Today's Edition of  
Carolina Naturally
Today also happens to be Origami Day ...! 
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Today is - Veterans Day

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Today in History

Pretender to the throne Perkin Warbeck is executed.
Indians, led by William Butler, massacre the inhabitants of Cherry Valley, N.Y.
Nat Turner, a slave who led a revolt against slave owners, is hanged in Jerusalem, Virginia.
Washington becomes the 42nd state of the Union.
Construction begins on the naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.
The German leaders sign the armistice ending World War I.
The first two-minutes’ silence is observed in Britain to commemorate those who died in the Great War.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery is dedicated.
Canada’s Vernon McKenzie urges to fight U.S. propaganda with taxes on U.S. magazines.
The first of the great dust storms of the 1930s hits North Dakota.
Albert Anderson and Orvil Anderson set a new altitude record in South Dakota, when they float to 74,000 feet in a balloon.
Irving Berlin‘s “Dog Bless America” is performed for the first time by singer Kate Smith.
Britain’s Royal Navy attacks the Italian fleet at Taranto.
Private Eddie Slovik is convicted of desertion and sentenced to death for refusing to join his unit in the European Theater of Operations.
The polio virus is identified and photographed for the first time in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The United States launches Gemini 12, a two-man orbiter, into orbit.
U.S. Army Special Forces raid the Son Tay prison camp in North Vietnam but find no prisoners.
Israel and Egypt sign a cease-fire.
The Soviet Union is kicked out of World Cup soccer for refusing to play Chile.
An unidentified buyer buys Vincent Van Gogh’s painting “Irises” from the estate of Joan Whitney Payson for $53.9 million at Sotheby’s in New York.
Sculpture honoring women who served in the Vietnam War dedicated at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.
House of Lords Act reforming Britain’s House of Lords, given Royal Assent; the act removed the right to hereditary seats (sitting members were permitted to remain).
Journalists Pierre Billaud (France), Johanne Sutton (France) and Voker Handlock (Germany) killed in Afghanistan during an attack on the convoy in which they were traveling.
New Zealand’s Tomb of the Unknown Warrior is dedicated at the National War Museum, Wellington.
Palestine Liberation organization confirms the death of its longtime chairman Yasser Arafat; cause of death has never been conclusively determined.
Queen Elizabeth II unveils New Zealand War Memorial in London.
RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2)sets sail on her final voyage, bound for Dubai.

Editorial Comment

Readers know we normally leave our editorial comment post(s) to our sister blog The Truth Be Told, but we felt those readers that have not read that blog deserved to hear the truth
In blog news ...
We have had tremendous growth in readership throughout this blog's existence but this year has been phenomenal.
We write this blog at an eighth grade level to get the widest range of readers, yet astoundingly enough, even that is too far above some  - especially domestic supposed English speaking dolts.
Our foreign readers and non-native English speakers have no problems with the English (and we are translated into over twenty languages anyway) - makes one wonder, it does ...
As you might have guessed (should you be able to comprehend basic English, that is) that those having difficulties reading and comprehending are of the wingnut variety and in typical fashion for the mentally ill they deflect and project their foibles onto others.
One prime example of this is their constant accusations that this and her sister blogs are hate blogs when it is our illuminating their hate that is what they cannot abide so of course we must be the haters.
Another often slurred example is their propensity for perversion, to wit - sex with underage children and animals. We have banned a number of wingnuts for just such - one particular vile one who sullied all of we veterans especially.
In other words ...
We are still bleary eyed from celebrating - well, some of us are - the Marine Corps Birthday last evening. Fellow Marines gathered for one heckuva party and many will still be here throughout Veterans Day today - and if they sober up in time we might make the parade(s)
Remember, as always ....
Have Fun and Be Happy

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The Oakwood Beach area of Staten Island was once home to hundreds of people. They endured floods and wildfires because they loved living on the beach. But then hurricane Sandy blew through in 2012 and caused untold damage. Since then, the state of New York has bought up 299 homes so the residents could relocate, and only 12 families remain on Oakwood Beach. The rest of the properties have been moving back to nature. Some homes were leveled by the hurricane, some have since been demolished, and some are just decaying on their own. The government plans a sea wall project to begin in 2019.
Nature, of course, doesn’t have to wait. The marsh is growing back where demolished houses once stood, and it now forms a natural buffer between the town and the sea. As a result, Oakwood Beach has turned into an unplanned experiment in managed retreat, the idea that people should abandon the coasts and give hazardous coastal habitats back to nature. To some, retreat looks like the best option to keep people safe, especially as scientists doubt that seawalls are effective protection and concerns about rising seas grow.

“Water will flow wherever it can; concrete walls, roads and houses will not stop it,” wrote Lisa Bova-Hiatt, the executive director of New York Governor Cuomo’s Office of Storm Recovery, in a statement to Audubon. “Managed retreat moves people and property out of harm’s way and allows the reestablishment of wetlands. The natural wetland buffer protects the upland communities and absorbs water, which it wasn’t able to do when the area was densely populated with homes.”
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The Tiny Kentucky Town That Eclipse Fans Are Obsessing Over

On August 21, 2017, the United States is in for a totally American solar eclipse. The path of the total solar eclipse runs from the beach at Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Astronomers have determined that the best place along that path to see totality will be Hopkinsville, Kentucky, a small town between Paducah and Nashville. The sun will be blocked for two minutes and 40 seconds in the middle of the day there. And that won't be the only thing going on in Hopkinsville.
In a strange coincidence, August 21, the day of the 2017 eclipse, carries a lot of significance for Hopkinsville. That’s the day, in 1955, that a local farmhouse in nearby Kelly received an alleged visit from a band of extraterrestrials and a fierce gunfight ensued. Local police and military police from nearby Fort Campbell investigated, and the incident received considerable coverage from the national press.
The community now celebrates the event annually with the “Little Green Men Days” festival. Next year’s four-day spectacular will be capped off with a total solar eclipse, and probably considerable UFO conspiracy theories.
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Man arrested after allegedly licking and nibbling woman’s foot for more than 30 minutes

A man who allegedly licked and nibbled a woman’s foot for more than 30 minutes was arrested on sexual assault charges in Japan on Monday. Police in the city of Kyoto said Akira Nishiyama, 56, allegedly talked the 20-something woman into sitting in the driver’s seat of his car under the pretense of helping him check the braking system. Nishiyama then grabbed her right foot, removed her sandal and began licking the sole of her bare foot.
The woman, whose name has been withheld, told police she could not immediately get free because he held on to her ankle. Nishiyama at times allegedly nibbled his victim’s heel with his teeth and said “thank you” before eventually letting her go.
Several similar cases had been reported in the same area since 2012 and local police had been pursuing the perpetrator, nicknaming him “the foot licker.” The woman in the latest case managed to use her mobile phone to record at least some of the ordeal. She also memorised the man’s licence plate number before alerting police.

Man in tree with pants undone looking in window had no reasonable explanation for being there

Officers were called an address in Madison, Wisconsin, on Monday night for a report of man in a tree possibly looking into a window of an apartment. According to the Madison Police Department, when officers arrived just after 9:30pm, they found 54-year-old John Kuznezow still in the tree.
He appeared to be looking into a second floor window of an apartment. They noticed Kuzezow’s pants were undone when they ordered him out of the tree. He had no reasonable explanation for being in the tree.
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Police say that face slapping contest at bar led to assault

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During the fracas, one of the suspects lost her wig, which was found on the ground, Linders said. Someone drove the victim to the hospital. She had significant bruising on both sides of her face, though she said the injuries on the right side were from the smack fight, according to Linders. The woman also had scratches and cuts to her face, and two artificial nails had been ripped from her fingers. "I just think that once people get outside after having some liquor, fights sometimes break out and that's just any bar - it doesn't mean anything happened inside," said KeshaRae. Police did not have information about the suspects and have made no arrests.

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