Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Clouds Over The Mountains


I managed to get a couple of snapshots yesterday morning that pretty well illustrate my impression of a typical Tucson December day.

Here is one of them . . .

Eva Surveying The Scrubland At 8:10 A.M.
Tuesday Morning, December 10, 2013

Here's another one . . .
Storm Clouds Again Drifting Northeast
 Tuesday Morning, December 10, 2013
Note: As always, the picture does not do justice to the real thing.

Did You Know . . .?

A lobsters blood is colorless but when exposed to oxygen it turns blue.



On this day in 2008, financier Bernard Madoff was arrested at his New York City apartment and charged with masterminding a long-running Ponzi scheme later estimated to involve around $65 billion, making it one of the biggest investment frauds in Wall Street history.

The fallout from Madoff’s scam was widespread: The victims included everyone from his wealthy country-club acquaintances, Hollywood celebrities, banks and hedge funds to universities, charities and ordinary individual investors, some of whom lost their life savings.

On June 29 of that year, a federal district court judge in Manhattan sentenced Madoff to 150 years behind bars, calling his actions “extraordinary evil.”



1.  a particular instance of such deceit or trickery: mail fraud; election frauds.
2.  any deception, trickery, or humbug: That diet book is a fraud and a waste of time.
3.  a person who makes deceitful pretenses; sham; poseur.
4.  deceit, trickery, sharp practice, or breach of confidence, perpetrated for profit or to gain some unfair or dishonest advantage.



Terry Ann "Teri" Garr
(born December 11, 1944)
Teri Garr is an American actress and dancer best known for her film roles in Young Frankenstein, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Tootsie, Oh, God!. Mr. Mom, After Hours, The Black Stallion and One from the Heart, and television's Friends.

Jermaine La Jaune Jackson
(born December 11, 1954)
Jermaine Jackson is an American singer, bass guitarist, composer, member of The Jackson 5, and occasional film director. He also produced and recorded duets with American singer Whitney Houston in her early years as a recording artist and was a producer for Bobby DeBarge's band Switch.

Lynda Day George
(born December 11, 1944)
Linda Day George is an American television and film actress whose career spanned three decades from the 1960s to the 1980s. She was a cast member on Mission: Impossible (1971–1973). She was also the wife of actor Christopher George.

Rita Moreno
(born December 11, 1931)
Rita Moreno is a Puerto Rican singer, dancer and actress. She is the only Hispanic and one of the few performers to have won all four major annual American entertainment awards, which include an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony, and was the second Puerto Rican to win an Academy Award.

In 1961, Moreno landed the role of Anita in Broadway musical, West Side Story, which had been played by Chita Rivera on Broadway. Besides appearing in Singin' in the Rain, The King and I, Summer and Smoke (1961), West Side Story, The Night of the Following Day (1968) and Carnal Knowledge (1971), and she made other guest appearances on television series such as The Rockford Files, The Love Boat, The Cosby Show, George Lopez, The Golden Girls, and Miami Vice.


Everyone should know that most cancer research is largely a fraud, and that the major cancer research organizations are derelict in their duties to the people who support them.
--Linus Pauling

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