Historical happenings

7/21/1865 ~ Wild Bill Hickok kills gunman Dave Tutt in Springfield, Missouri, in what is regarded as the first formal quick-draw duel.

7/21/1906 ~ French Captain Alfred Dreyfus is vindicated of his earlier court-martial for spying for Germany.

7/21/1954The French sign an armistice with the Viet Minh that ends the war but divides Vietnam into two countries.


Good deeds…

…always have adverse effects when the Watermelons augment them.

Starbucks Bans Plastic Straws, Winds Up Using More Plastic

2018 will forever be remembered as the year that hating plastic straws went mainstream. Once the lonely cause of environmental cranks, now everyone wants to eliminate these suckers from daily life.

In July, Seattle imposed America’s first ban on plastic straws. Vancouver, British Columbia, passed a similar ban a few months earlier. There are active attempts to prohibit straws in New York City, Washington, D.C., Portland, Oregon, and San Francisco. A-list celebrities from Calvin Harris to Tom Brady have lectured us on giving up straws. Both National Geographic and The Atlantic have run long profiles on the history and environmental effects of the straw. Vice is now treating their consumption as a dirty, hedonistic excess.

Not to be outdone by busybody legislators, Starbucks, the nation’s largest food and drink retailer, announced on Monday that it would be going strawless. [snip]

The World Wildlife Fund and Ocean Conservancy both provided ebullient quotes for Starbucks’ press releases. Liberal magazine The New Republic praised the move as an “environmental milestone.” Slate hailed the Starbucks straw ban as evidence of as a victory for a bona fide anti-straw movement, one that would hopefully lead to bans of more things plastic in years to come.

Yet missing from this fanfare was the inconvenient fact that by ditching plastic straws, Starbucks will actually be increasing its plastic use. As it turns out, the new nitro lids that Starbucks is leaning on to replace straws are made up of more plastic than the company’s current lid/straw combination.

Right now, Starbucks patrons are topping most of their cold drinks with either 3.23 grams or 3.55 grams of plastic product, depending on whether they pair their lid with a small or large straw. The new nitro lids meanwhile weigh either 3.55 or 4.11 grams, depending again on lid size.

(I got these results by measuring Starbucks’ plastic straws and lids on two separate scales, both of which gave me the same results.)

This means customers are at best breaking even under Starbucks’ strawless scheme, or they are adding between .32 and .88 grams to their plastic consumption per drink. Given that customers are going to use a mix of the larger and smaller nitro lids, Starbucks’ plastic consumption is bound to increase, although it’s anybody’s guess as to how much. [snip]

The individuals pushing this are the ones who stated a dead whale had some wild number of straws in it’s stomach.They also claim that there is plastic trash and garbage the size of Texas floating mid-Pacific. Weird since satellite images never seem to image this monster.

These are the same “concerned” clods that coffee, donuts, eggs, breathing, sex, cars, polyester, fast food, elevator farts and backyard grilling were bad for you. The only way to survive all this was to send them money for more fax paper.
(they may be right about elevator farts, jury still out on this)

Note to the readers

I’m finished with the eye treatment and surgery, I hope. Full use of my right eye isn’t there yet. I can see with some blurriness and the computer magnifier which the Doctors at the VA believe will clear up as some time passes.

Being the One-eyed Jack is no better than being the Joker.

Right now I’m tired and don’t have the wherewithal to read many lines of copy to assemble a decent post. I shall try later after I rest .

Historical happenings

6/30/1859 ~ Jean Francois Gravelet aka Emile Blondin, a French daredevil, becomes the first man to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope.

6/30/1936 ~ Margaret Mitchell’s novel, Gone With the Wind, is published.

6/30/1948 John Bardeen, Walter Brattain, and William Shockley demonstrate their invention, the transistor, for the first time.

Note to the readers

I’ll try to post later if I can see the type more clearly. I still have not gotten my sight back in my right eye. The left eye is only 20/100; the fatigue from trying to read is high and the pain is always present in the right eye.

I have an appointment at the VA tomorrow and Friday at 0800 hours. The glaucoma cleared up briefly then came back.. Sorry to disappoint all, but I can’t take the effect of working with just one eye.

Historical happenings

6/11/1895 Charles E. Duryea receives the first U.S. patent granted to an American inventor for a gasoline-driven automobile.

6/11/1930 ~ William Beebe, of the New York Zoological Society, dives to a record-setting depth of 1,426 feet off the coast of Bermuda, in a diving chamber called a bathysphere.

6/11/1987~Margaret Thatcher wins her third consecutive term as Prime Minister.

Historical happenings

6/10/1776 The Continental Congress appoints a committee to write a Declaration of Independence.

6/10/1916 ~ Mecca, under control of the Turks, falls to the Arabs during the Great Arab Revolt.

6/10/1948~ The news that the sound barrier has been broken is finally released to the public by the U.S. Air Force. Chuck Yeager, piloting the rocket airplane X-1, exceeded the speed of sound on October 14, 1947.