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Scientists unveil 10,000 sq ft model of Mississippi delta to help save coastline

Scientists working to stop rising seawater damaging the fragile ecosystems of the Louisiana coastline have unveiled a massive new weapon: an enormous replica of the lower Mississippi delta.

At some 10,800 sq ft, the model is more than twice the size of a regulation basketball court. Housed at Louisiana State University’s center for river studies, the “Lower Mississippi River Physical Model” will help experts work out how best to enact a state plan to fight coastal erosion.





Posted by papamike on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 13:48:38 UTC (2 reads)

Barbara Bush, matriarch of Bush dynasty, dies at 92

Barbara Pierce Bush, one of only two women in American history to be the wife of one U.S. president and the mother of another, died Tuesday.

She was 92 and had been recently reported by Jim McGrath, a family spokesman, to be in failing health. McGrath did not immediately specify the cause of death.





Posted by papamike on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 13:43:05 UTC (2 reads)

White House hypes North Korea trip to boost Pompeo’s image


The CIA director is facing a narrow confirmation vote to be Trump's next top diplomat, and supporters say the high-stakes trip proves he can handle the job.



Posted by papamike on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 13:37:02 UTC (2 reads)

My life in the deep-deep South



My Southern Influence has served me well. The South is a different country. If you haven't been to the South you owe it to yourself to pay a visit. If you can become accustomed to the language, heat, humidity, and friendliness of the people you might enjoy your visit.

Let's go to the South is what you hear but I've never heard let's go to the North. It's just understood that anything south of the Mason Dixon is just plain out The South. I left the South in 1976 and returned in 1996 having served and retired from the Air Force. I traveled all over but memories and family drew me back to the South.

Born and raised in the Deep South I never understood Jim Crowe. I didn't understand what Jim Crowe was, being a kid, but later in life, I understood. The conditions that black folk lived through shock me. It's hard to fathom now because life is sacred and racism is a bad thing.
Black history abounds throughout the South. It is nowhere more clear than in the foods eaten, still today, and still recognized as a southern subsistence not only among blacks but also whites.
Soul Food is pig nose, pigs feet, sowbelly, pigtails, collard greens and a lot more. If you were a black person living in the South (not that long ago) you ate Soul Food because the conditions black folk lived through forced the diet upon them. These days it serves as a remembrance for what life was like for black people and I don't mean just under Jim Crowe laws but throughout their lives before and after Jim Crowe.

Have you ever eaten grits? Try it you might like it. Everywhere I went in the Air Force they served grits in the mess hall. It was grits, scrambled eggs and biscuits. Now that's a breakfast to live on.
I remember my favorite Sunday meal then and now. Baked beans, potato salad, and meatloaf. Friday nights were hamburger nights and through the week it was vegetables and chicken right out of our garden and chicken yard.

We had a rather large garden and an average size chicken yard (my oldest brother was the chicken executioner ). There were also grapes, figs, apple and pecan trees. My mother and father grew up on farms and knew the value of being self-sufficient. My father had served in the Army during WWII and the Korean Conflict so he knew just how to raise 4 boys, keep 'em busy. We worked in the garden and shelled peas, butter beans, snap beans (green beans). Picked squash, tomatoes, grapes, figs and other stuff.

Now I think back on my days as a boy and the fun times we had living in a small town where everybody knew each other. Sundays and Wednesday nights we were in church, weekdays was the school or summer and evenings was riding our bikes around town and fixing flat tires at the old service station on the back street. It was football at school and in the front yard, there was the little league in the lot beside the sawmill (I can smell the fresh cut wood today), and the taste of a stolen watermelon or cantaloupe.

Life was different back then and regardless of how hard an effort is being made these days at changing things for the better not much has changed. Regardless of how far away I go I always return home to the South.

By. Mike Boyles

Posted by papamike on Thursday, March 01, 2018 @ 19:04:38 UTC (70 reads)

Po’ Monkey's, The Last Juke Joint

Life, death, and the blues in the Mississippi Delta.

He was called simply 'Po Monkey

The man Willie Seaberry was better known as 'Po Monkey.  "Po' Monkey's. It’s hard not to know those words if you’re from the Mississippi Delta. The juke joint outside of Merigold — arguably the most famous of its kind anywhere in the world — is a mandatory stop on the constant blues pilgrimage that flows through the region." 

Merigold is a small community not far from my home. The once renowned Mississippi juke joint "Poor Monkey Lounge" and the man are both just a memory now. Along with the passing of Po Monkey one of the dying relics of the Mississippi Delta, Juke Joints, may have passed with him. You see Poor Monkey's Lounge was a meeting place for people from all over the world who would congregate on Thursday nights to socialize. Race and the color of ones skin just simply didn't matter. And some of those who look down their noses at Mississippi would think that strange. But you see, those people don't know the folk in this great state like they should. (Mike)

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Posted by papamike on Thursday, March 01, 2018 @ 18:58:41 UTC (68 reads)

"The other night at the grocery store, I saw a man give his shopping cart to a young woman. It was an important moment for me, a reminder for why I moved here in the first place so many years ago."


Posted by papamike on Thursday, March 01, 2018 @ 18:33:33 UTC (66 reads)

Posted by papamike on Thursday, March 01, 2018 @ 18:21:04 UTC (67 reads)

Disneyland announces new Tropical Hideaway experience

Disneyland – and island – fans are about to get a double dose of excitement with the parks newest announcement, a Tropical Hideaway experience.

The theme park, located in Anaheim, CA, has revealed in a blog post that a new exotic destination is coming to Adventureland, complete with a “traders’ market, featuring all of the sights, sounds and flavors of the tropics.”


Posted by papamike on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 21:58:05 UTC (65 reads)

Former Slave Escaped To US, Competed In The Olympics Twice, Joins Air Force To Give Back

Guor Maker has lived an extraordinary life. After enduring countless hardships, which includes escaping slavery twice, Maker went on to earn a college education, competed in the Olympics twice, and has now joined the United States Air Force to give back.

A refugee from South Sudan, Maker was captured and enslaved twice during his early childhood years.

"When I was captured, I was forced to be a slave laborer," said Maker. "I would wash dishes or do anything else needed to get by. I slept in a small cell and rarely got to eat...but not always."

Maker successfully escaped from enslavement both times. He eventually made it to the United States.

"I was very excited to come to the U.S.," said Maker. "Looking back at everything my family and I endured, it is a miracle that we made it out of there."


Posted by papamike on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 16:26:55 UTC (73 reads)

One state pursues 'end of ObamaCare,' setting stage for new fight

Idaho has become ground zero in a new ObamaCare fight, with officials pursuing major changes that could serve as a national model for other states looking to expand insurance options in defiance of the law – even as Democrats warn of higher costs for vulnerable customers.

As soon as April, Blue Cross of Idaho is planning to make new options available.

That’s after Gov. Butch Otter and Lt. Gov. Brad Little co-signed an executive order asking the Department of Insurance to seek creative ways to make health coverage more affordable. The move opened the door for plans that don’t adhere to ObamaCare coverage requirements – though with the Trump administration testing similar ideas, the state may be unlikely to face much resistance from the White House.


Posted by papamike on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 12:35:49 UTC (73 reads)

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