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Hawaii – Haiku Stairs, a.k.a. ‘stairway to heaven’

Hawaii – Haiku Stairs, also known as the ‘stairway to heaven’ – It is a steep hiking trail on the island of Oahu. The trail starts as a wooden staircase leading to the cliff on the south side of the Valley of Haiku. The staircase was installed in 1942 to stretch a cable from one side of the hill to the other side. This was necessary in order to provide a continuous link to the naval station during the war. In 2003, the staircase was restored at a cost of $875,000. Due to current legal issues of land use, the city and county of Honolulu said there is no current plan to open the stairs for public use.

The Boeing 747 is 52 Years Old, still Working Hard and carried 4-Billion Passengers.

The Boeing 747 is 52 Years Old, still Working Hard, carried 4-Billion Passengers and several Space Shuttles.

Fifty-two years ago today, on Feb. 9, 1969, the first Boeing 747 ever built completed its first flight. Called the City of Everett, it took off from a brand-new runway at Boeing’s specially built 747 factory in Everett, Washington. A new era in commercial aviation was born and the original jumbo jet started making history immediately.

The 747 is one of the greatest airplanes in aviation history. You will marvel at the amazing Boeing 747 and its five decades of extraordinary service.

Come and celebrate the 52th anniversary of this pedigree airplane.

 Rarely do the commercial aviation and spirituality share the same conversation — unless it’s the 747 we’re talking about.

It’s hard to look at a 747 without focusing on its most distinctive feature — its upper deck. The position of this second-story annex. The upper-deck’s design is smoothly integral to the rest of fuselage.

 The 747 design is a demonstration of the elegant, almost organic flow of the jet’s profile.

 In the 1990s, Boeing ran a magazine promotion for the 747. It was a two-page, three-panel ad, with a nose-on silhouette of the plane against a dusky sunset.

 “Where/does this/take you?” asked Boeing across the centerfold. Below this dreamy triptych, the text went on:

 “A stone monastery in the shadow of a Himalayan peak. A cluster of tents on the sweep of the Serengeti plains. The Boeing 747 was made for places like these. Distant places filled with adventure, romance, and discovery. The 747 is the symbol for air travelers in the hearts and minds of travelers. It is the airplane of far-off countries and cultures. Where will it take you?”

 Nothing nailed the plane’s mystique more than that ad.

 The plane’s replacement is Boeing’s own 777-300, which can carry almost as may people as a 747, at around two-thirds of the operating costs, that has rendered the four-engine model otherwise obsolete. Pretty much every 777-300 that you see out there — and there are hundreds of them — would have been a 747 in decades past. The -300 has quietly become the premier jumbo jet of the 21st century.

Here are the 27 original customers.

Delta Air Lines
Eastern Airlines
Air India
National Airlines
World Airways
United Airlines
American Airlines
Air France
BOAC
Lufthansa
Sabena
Iberia
South African Airways
Air Canada
El Al
Braniff International
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS)
Swissair
Qantas
KLM
Aer Lingus
Alitalia
Northwest Airlines
Continental Airlines
Trans World Airlines (TWA)
Japan Airlines (JAL)
Pan American

Twenty-seven carriers got things rolling, though many more would follow.

KLM (The Netherlands) is the world’s oldest airline, and this logo, a masterpiece of simplicity, is still in use today, only barely altered. There are 17 747s in the KLM fleet. With United out of the picture, KLM joins Lufthansa, Qantas, El Al and BOAC/British Airways as the only members of the original 27 to have operated the jet continuously since 1970.

Ukraine – Potemkin Stairs in Odessa

Ukraine – Potemkin Stairs in Odessa – It is the formal entrance into the city from the sea and the most famous symbol of Odessa. It was originally known as the ladder Richelieu. The top step is 12.5 meters wide, and the lowest step widens to 21.7 meters. Because of the different widths above and below, the stairs create the illusion of greater length. The beautiful landscaping along the sides provides a little shade for the challenging climb.

Tips on How You Should Manage Delivered Boxes to Obstruct the Spread of Coronavirus.

Tips on How You Should Manage Delivered Boxes to Obstruct the Spread of Coronavirus.

Amazon, USPS, FedEx, UPS and DHL have a few suggestions if you are worried if packages are safe.

What to do to stay safe from your delivered packages?

Is it possible for a virus to live and for how long on a package to keep ourselves safe? What proactive procedures should we follow!

Better safe than sorry.

Spray or wipe down with disinfectant shipping containers in a few phases.

Option A precautions:

1.) First spray or wipe down with disinfectant the outside packaging. 

2.) Immediately throwaway the outer packaging.

3.) Wash your hands.

3.) Spray or wipe down with disinfectant the Product packaging.

Option B precautions:

1.) Either place your packages outside, front porch, garage or even the trunk of your car for a few days. Then bring in your parcels. 

2.) Then to be extra cautious spray or wipe down with disinfectant the product packaging.

Most products shipped by Amazon, USPS, FedEx, UPS and DHL have been packaged for some time.

Greta Thunberg, environmental activist receives distinguished recognition on Swedish postage stamp.

Greta Thunberg, environmental activist receives distinguished recognition on Swedish postage stamp.

Illustration of environmental activist Greta Thunberg is part of a series highlighting Sweden’s environmental quality goals.

Greta Thunberg received recognition of her work to “preserve Sweden’s unique nature for future generations”.

She turned 18 on 3 January and is shown standing on a rocky cliff top wearing a yellow raincoat, with Swifts birds (Swifts are placed in the order Apodiformes with hummingbirds.) flying around her, as part of a set by the artist and illustrator Henning Trollbäck titled Valuable Nature.

Sarah Fuller makes history again in College Football with the Vanderbilt Commodores.

Sarah Fuller makes history again as first woman to score points in Power Five game

Sarah Fuller continues to leave her mark with the Commodores

Sarah Fuller, Vanderbilt kicker am nice again made history when she kicked an extra point in the first half of the Commodores’ game against Tennessee.

Sarah became the first woman to play and score points in a Power Five game by kicking the ball off on Nov. 28 against Missouri.

Sarah Fuller said, “I just want to tell all the girls out there that you can do anything you set your mind to. You really can. If you have that mentality all the way through, you can do big things,” 

Sarah Fuller is among good company joining April Goss and Katie Hnida as the only women to play in an FBS game. April Goss played at Kent State in 2015 and kicked an extra point against Delaware State. Katie Hnida in the New Mexico against Texas State in 2003 kicked two extra points.

Vanderbilt plays their home games at Vanderbilt Stadium, located on the university’s Nashville, Tennessee campus.

“Christmas in Rockefeller Center” at 8/7c & “At Home Holiday Special” at 10/9c on Dec. 2 on NBC

“Christmas in Rockefeller Center” at 8/7c & “At Home Holiday Special” at 10/9c on Dec. 2 on NBC

About the Shows

The world-famous Rockettes perform in the celebrated show that has become a staple of the holiday season at the iconic Rockefeller Center venue.

Network: NBC

First special: “Christmas in Rockefeller Center with the Rockettes“ at 8/7c

Second special: “At Home Holiday Special” airing at 10-11 p.m. ET/PT

Day & Time: Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 8/7c and 10-11p.m. ET

An Incredible Lineup of Talent Set to Join the ‘Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes – At Home Holiday Special’

NEW YORK–NBC and the Radio City Rockettes are bringing the holiday cheer with the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City  The second special is “At Home Holiday Special” airing Wednesday, Dec. 2 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT) following the telecast of NBC’s “Christmas in Rockefeller Center.”

The iconic performances in the special, which were previously recorded at Radio City Music Hall in Rockefeller Center, will also feature special appearances and holiday messages from Jenna Dewan, Whoopi Goldberg, Josh Groban, Carla Hall, Padma Lakshmi and John Legend.

NBC News’ “TODAY” co-anchors Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb will host the joyous event.

Beloved by generations of families and starring the incomparable Radio City Rockettes, the “Christmas Spectacular” is a one-of-a-kind tradition where the magic of Christmas in New York comes alive. The “Christmas Spectacular” transports audiences to the North Pole, Central Park and the manger in Bethlehem, and features magnificent Rockettes performances and stunning costumes. This iconic Christmas tradition featuring select performances from the annual live show will continue to bring joy and holiday spirit to viewers at home, during what is the first time in Radio City’s history that the “Christmas Spectacular” has not performed this beloved holiday celebration.

Since their debut at Radio City Music Hall in 1932, the Rockettes have inspired and delighted audiences from around the world and helped fans of all ages celebrate the holidays in the most memorable way. The dance company has appeared in some of the most prominent events in entertainment, including their annual performances in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting. The Radio City Rockettes are the longest-running precision dance company in America, admired for their iconic style of dance and their teamwork both on-stage and off. Their talent and athleticism are unrivaled and their intricate choreography is both graceful and powerful.


Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” Album Review

Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” Album Review.

Listened/watched Taylor Swift’s perform “Folklore” on Disney Prime. This is a radical change of musical and lyrical style. Her earlier seven albums were biographical, “Folklore” is a departure. 

When Taylor was a very young teenager her family relocated to Nashville to help her musical career. For a few years she was a professional song writer, writing songs everyday for other artists. Taylor Swift has mastered her craft. 

The “Folklore” album is mostly a guitar, piano and her lovely voice and lyrics. Due to the Pandemic all of the recording studios were closed so she recorded the album in her house, Long Pond Studios and another smaller studio up the road. Taylor Swift had a choice to wait out the Pandemic or accomplish something. She delivered. 

I was surprise at Long Pond Studios how much very old musical instruments (Kay guitar, Fender amp and an ancient Vox bass, etc.) we’re laying all over the studio and metal stands. In 1981 I was in Ronnie’s studio in Nashville, Tenn. I asked why were all of the music stands, chairs everything in the studio made of wood? They were surprised I noticed. The studio manager reply, “Ronnie Milsap can “hear the metal” resonant and demanded everything to be switched over to wood.” Now that’s a set of ears. 

The “Folklore” album was just recently released and became the first million-selling album of 2020 in U.S. If you need to chill this is the album for you. 

American Music Awards 2020: Sunday, Nov. 22 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST, on ABC.

American Music Awards 2020: Sunday, Nov. 22 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST, on ABC.

The 48th annual “2020 American Music Awards,” music’s hottest night of the year, will feature marquee performances and signature breathtaking moments, live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST, on ABC.

Two-time AMA winner The Weeknd and rapper Roddy Ricch snagged eight American Music Award nominations each, the most of any nominee, both earning a nomination for the night’s most coveted award, Artist of the Year. First-time nominee Megan Thee Stallion earned five nominations, becoming the most nominated female artist this year, including nods in the New Artist of the Year and Collaboration of the Year categories. And in a six-way tie, Bad Bunny, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and first-time nominees DaBaby and Doja Cat all earned four nominations each.

Nominees for the coveted Artist of the Year category are Justin Bieber, Post Malone, Roddy Ricch, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd. Swift is the current record-holder for most wins in this category with five wins, and could also break her own record for most AMA wins of all time, 29, should she win in any of the four categories she’s nominated in.

This year, as Latin and R&B/Hip-Hop genres achieved undeniable crossover success, the AMAs will expand their categories to match their overarching popularity. The new categories include Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Female Artist (Rap/Hip-Hop); and Favorite Male Artist, Favorite Female, Favorite Album and Favorite Song (Latin). Additionally, Cheetos is partnering with the AMAs to present the expanded Latin categories. Voting is now open for all AMA categories. For more information, please visit TheAMAs.com/Vote.

Pop singer and American Music Award nominee Dua Lipa will be performing.

The American Music Awards, the world’s largest fan-voted award show, is seen in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. Nominees are based on key fan interactions – as reflected on the Billboard charts – including streaming, album and digital song sales, radio airplay and social activity. These measurements are tracked by Billboard and its data partners MRC Data and Next Big Sound, and reflect the time period of Sept. 27, 2019, through Sept. 24, 2020. The American Music Awards winners are voted entirely by fans.

100 years ago, the first commercial radio broadcast announced the results of the 1920 election.

100 years ago, the first commercial radio broadcast announced the results of the 1920 election – politics would never be the same.

Only 100 people were listening, but the first broadcast from a licensed radio station occurred at 8 p.m. on Nov. 2, 1920. It was Pittsburgh’s KDKA, and the station was broadcasting the results of that year’s presidential election.

On November 2, 1920, station KDKA made the nation’s first commercial broadcast (a term coined by Conrad himself). They chose that date because it was election day, and the power of radio was proven when people could hear the results of the Harding-Cox presidential race before they read about it in the newspaper.

For centuries, the principal medium for mass political news was the printed word. When Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas participated in a series of nine debates for a U.S. Senate in Illinois in 1858, in-person attendees numbered in the thousands, but millions followed the debates through extensive newspaper accounts nationwide. The candidates were expected to make arguments, and each of the debates lasted three hours.

Totalitarians such as Mussolini and Hitler would broadcast speeches to incite passions in a way that also made possible for them to rise to power.

Halloween full Moon hadn’t appeared for everyone in all time zones since 1944!

Farmers’ Almanac explains, “but a Halloween full Moon hadn’t appeared for everyone in all time zones since 1944!”

Halloween will be extra spooky this year when a blue moon rises on Oct. 31, something that won’t happen again for nearly two decades. 

Yes, a Halloween full moon! Because it’s the second full moon in a calendar month it’s called a Blue Moon. The last time a Halloween full moon happened for all of the US time zones was in 1944. The next time it will happen is 2039.

It’s great that it is happening on Halloween!

EarthWatch Forecast: SuperMoon

Tonight’s full moon occurs at 7:20 p.m. With clear skies predicted look to the east then, you can’t miss it!

Something like this only happens about once every 18 years. Moonrise tonight is 8:44 PM. With clear skies predicted look to the east then, you can’t miss it!

2020 CMT Music Awards, airs October 21 at 8PM ET/7PM ET/CT Six-Network Simulcasts

True country legends and 10 first-time nominees — that’s what you’ll find on the ballot for the fan-voted 2020 CMT Music Awards, which will air October 21 at 8PM ET/7PM ET/CT.

Ashley McBryde, Dan + Shay, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs, Sam Hunt and Thomas Rhett top this year’s star-studded list with the most nods. In addition, 14 artists will compete for Video of the Year; the nominees will narrow to five leading up to the show.

More artists with multiple nominations include Blanco Brown, Carrie Underwood, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion and The Chicks, who return with their first CMT nomination since 2007.

Country music’s only entirely fan-voted awards show celebrates music’s biggest stars and bring Nashville’s one-of-a-kind energy to music fans across the globe through epic outdoor performances in and around Music City. The 2020 CMT Music Awards will be broadcast with a six-network simulcast across MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network, Pop and TV Land.

The 2020 CMT Music Awards will spotlight a new generation of country music stars with all six Breakthrough Video of the Year nominees — Blanco Brown, Caylee Hammack, Gabby Barrett, Ingrid Andress, Riley Green and Travis Denning — receiving first-time nominations. The supergroup The Highwomen and the legendary Tanya Tucker are also receiving their first nods.

Well known for its tradition of embracing genre-bending collaborations across musical formats, the 2020 CMT Music Awards also highlights a wide range of talent spanning the worlds of pop and dance/electronic with Halsey, Marshmello and Gwen Stefani receiving their first-ever nominations.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video of the year; awarded to the artist (male, female, group/duo or collaboration) and the video director. Final nominees announced on 10/12, with final voting held until 10/16 and announced in-show.

• Ashley McBryde – “One Night Standards”
• Blanco Brown – “The Git Up”
• Carrie Underwood – “Drinking Alone”
• Dan + Shay – “I Should Probably Go To Bed”
• Keith Urban – “Polaroid”
• Kelsea Ballerini – “homecoming queen?”
• Little Big Town – “Sugar Coat”
• Luke Combs – “Beer Never Broke My Heart”
• Miranda Lambert – “Bluebird”
• Old Dominion – “Some People Do”
• Sam Hunt – “Hard To Forget”
• Tanya Tucker – “Bring My Flowers Now”
• The Chicks -“Gaslighter”
• Thomas Rhett – “Remember You Young”

GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video by a group; awarded to the artists
• Lady A – “Champagne Night”
• Little Big Town – “Wine, Beer, Whiskey”
• Midland – “Cheatin’ Songs (Live From the Palomino)”
• Old Dominion – “One Man Band”
• The Chicks – “Gaslighter”
• The Highwomen – “Crowded Table”

Billie Eilish singing “Bad Guy” on Rotating Stage

Tonight I throughly enjoyed watching/listening to Billie Eilish singing “Bad Guy” (Live From Saturday Night Live) on a rotating stage. Wow what a phenomenal effect. Click here to view the video, you will love it!

https://youtu.be/Jn1Uwsg3eRQ

First to dance on a rotating stage was Fred Astaire. It’s no great secret how Fred Astaire was able to literally “dance around the room” in Stanley Donen’s 1951 movie Royal Wedding. The hotel room set was constructed inside a huge rotating steel cage, all the furniture was bolted down, and the camera and cameraman were strapped down and traveled around 360 degrees while Astaire danced away, always remaining upright as the room rotated around him.

Second to dance on a rotating stage was Michael Jackson.

Billie Eilish did a phenomenal job singing and dancing on her rotating stage on Live From Saturday Night Live singing “Bad Guy” Watch the attached video.

“Flying-V” Dutch developed futuristic aircraft makes successful maiden flight

“Flying-V” Dutch developed futuristic aircraft makes successful maiden flight

Dutch Researchers ‘“Flying-V” has completed a successful maiden flight of the futuristic and fuel efficient aircraft that could one day carry passengers in its wings. 

The unique design of the Flying-V places the passenger cabin, the cargo hold and the fuel tanks in the wings, and experts hope that the plane’s aerodynamic shape will cut fuel consumption by 20% compared to today’s aircrafts.

The Flying-V is developed by researchers at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and partner Dutch airline KLM, to take the highly anticipated aircraft along its next developmental steps.

Experts worked hard to optimize the plane: in order to improve telemetry, the team was forced to change the aircraft’s center of gravity and adjust its antenna.

A team of researchers and engineers tested the aircraft at a guarded airbase in Germany, where they worked with an Airbus team to test takeoffs, maneuvers and approaches, and landing. 

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/flying-v-maiden-flight-intl-scli-grm/index.html

National Dog Day – August 26th

National Dog Day – August 26th

Over 15,000 years ago, a lone hunter came across an injured wolf and aided the animal by nursing him back to health.

Or so the theory goes. One thing is for sure, that when early humans domesticated wolves they formed a friendship that has endured the test of time.

National Dog Day is celebrated August 26th annually and was founded in 2004 to bring attention to the plight of animals around the globe and encourage adoption.

National Dog Day celebrates all dogs, mixed breed and pure. Our mission is to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day…for personal protection, for law enforcement, for the disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage, now they’re detecting cancer and seizures…things even humans cannot do.

Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock, Fifty-one years ago, on Aug. 18, 1969

Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock, Fifty-one years ago, on Aug. 18, 1969

Conservatives cringed @ his rendition of Star Spangled Banner @ the time, but now it is iconic piece of American music. RIP Jimi.

WORCESTER, Mass. – Fifty-one years ago, on Aug. 18, 1969, legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix stepped onto the stage at the Woodstock, N.Y., Music Festival and started upon an uninterrupted set lasting nearly two hours — one of the longest performances of his career. It concluded with a long medley that included the solo performance of the Star Spangled Banner that would become emblematic not only of Woodstock, but of the 1960’s.

Woodstock Music & Arts Festival 51st Anniversary. Held on August 15 – 17, 1969

The historic Woodstock Music & Arts Festival began on this date in 1969. Held on August 15 – 17, 1969, the landmark event for the era’s counterculture drew hundreds of thousands of people to Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel, New York for a rain-drenched, muddy, three days of peace, love and most of all, music.

As we mark Woodstock’s 51st birthday, we celebrate not only our history, but look squarely at our present and the better future we all aspire to create.

Richie Havens’ festival-opening performance. Havens took the stage first because Sweetwater, the intended openers, were stuck in traffic and ended up needing a police escort to get on site. The rest of the playlist follows chronologically through the weekend, ending with Jimi Hendrix’s legendary sunrise performance the morning of Monday, August 18, 1969.

Included are partial or complete sets performed by Tim Hardin, Melanie, Joan Baez, Santana, Mountain, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Sly & The Family Stone, The Who, Jefferson Airplane (with Nicky Hopkins), Joe Cocker, Country Joe & The Fish, Ten Years After, The Band, Johnny Winter, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Sha Na Na.

Best Comedians on Netflix

With today’s Political climate may I suggest the following six comedians who are the best (In my humble opinion) comedians on Netflix. For the most part fairly low potty mouth. If a comedian or writter has to hide behind profanity to be funny then they aren’t that funny. These six comedians are the Super Bowl of Funny. I hope you like them. 

Comedians:

1.) Jim Gaffigan – Grammy-nominated 

2.) John Mulaney – Intellectually he is at the very top. Both of his parents were Attorneies. Very classy guy, former writter for SNL. 

3.) Jerry Seinfeld – “23 Hours” routine. 

4.) Sebastian Maniscalco

5.) Dana Carvey – Surprisingly funny 

6.) Kathleen Madigan 

* I do not recommend Ali Wong, what a Potty (Filthy) mouth! 

Soothe Dry and Cracked Paws

Give your furball some well-deserved TLC with the Pet Head Oatmeal Paw Butter. Specially formulated to soothe dry and cracked paws, there’s no need to tread lightly after a dose of paw butter. Using shea butter, oatmeal, mango, vitamins E and F, coconut oil, olive oil, and aloe vera, it packs a powerful—yet gentle—blend of soothing therapy. Just gently massage into your best bud’s paws and let him go back to playing! Safe for cats, dogs and any furball with paws, it’s ideal for homes with multiple furry friends. Plus, it smells great, and it’s made in the USA with completely safe and pet-friendly ingredients.

Key Benefits

  • Wholesome and eco-friendly formula is pH balanced and safe if licked or swallowed
  • Blend of shea butter, oatmeal, mango, vitamins E and F, coconut oil, olive oil, and aloe vera.
  • Gently massage into paws to keep smooth and healthy.
  • Made in the USA and free of parabens, sulphate, and DEA.
  • Paw butter soothes dry and cracked paws.

Changes (Work in Progress) in Airport Travel:

UK Researchers in trail tests are using specially trained airport dogs at key entry points at airports to sniff out the coronavirus in humans. The basic idea is to detect those people infected and isolate them from the rest of the community.

The US Transportation Security Administration is working on plans to check temperatures at some American airports.

The Las Vegas airport announced that it had installed vending machines loaded with personal protective equipment.

TSA working on plan to check temperatures at some American airports.

At the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), officials are trialing a live operation of CLeanTech, a full-body disinfection booth.