Off Key!

By Bob Frederickson

From Hurricane Cures to Spiking the Curve…

“Oh No, There Goes Tokyo…”

Norwegian scientists have supposedly come up with a method they think can prevent major hurricanes. The key? Bubbles. Yes, bubbles. Like those you’d see floating up from the cheesy looking castle in the fish tank you hounded your mom and dad into getting you when you were a kid.

The idea here is similar to that aquarium example: pump air into deep, cooler water layers of the ocean which in turn forces that water to ride up along a trail of bubbles to the surface, bringing the temperature of the surface waters down, thus robbing storms of the heat energy they need to develop into major hurricanes.

Now I’m no scientist, but I do know that hurricanes supposedly serve a purpose: to equalize ocean temperatures by moving warm water from southern latitudes to cooler ones farther north. So, what makes us think we can control the earth’s thermostat better than the forces of nature that have aligned to take care of this assignment for the past 4.2 billion or so years?

Questions like that always remind me of the simple logic found in that great line from Blue Oyster Cult’s ‘70’s classic Godzilla:

“History shows again and again,

How nature points out the folly of men,

Go, Go Godzilla!

(Amen).

Political Science?

Now there’s an oxymoron for you. After all, a scientist is supposed to tell you things that are true. A politician is forever trying to find new and convincing ways not to.

Quote of the Day

Seek counsel of the wise and the many… –Aristotle

Sanibel North on Lido Key?

The controversial dredging underway to re-nourish neighboring Lido Key may not be popular with Siesta residents, but one group clearly thrilled with the project is shell collectors, a.k.a. ‘shellers’ who have been drawn to Lido from as far away as Lee County – home to some of the world’s most renowned shelling beaches – thanks to the bounty of shells the dredging operation is depositing on Lido shores.

The prospect of finding rare treasures has proven to be an unexpected draw at a time when Lido businesses clearly needed one.

But if you’re looking to add a rare jewel to your collection, don’t dawdle. The spigot will be turned off soon with dredging set to wrap up by the end of October.

And for all you folks worried about Siesta Sand being moved to Lido: Fear not. Prevailing currents in the Gulf all but assure it will return to Siesta and Big Pass over the months and years to come. In fact, one big storm might just get the job done.

Taking Good News Wherever We Find it

With all the grim news we’ve been hearing throughout the summer, I was surprised to see tourist development tax revenue for Sarasota was close to unchanged for July of this year compared to the same month in 2019. The county took in $1,710,621 this July vs. $1,753,072 last year. That’s a difference of just $42,451, or just over 2 percent, a far cry from the collapse of 40-87 percent in such revenue month-over-month for March and April of this year as the area locked down over virus concerns.

Heading Back to the Basement

Pew Research Center reports a majority of young adults in the U.S. live with their parents for the first time since the Great Depression.

Stupid is as Stupid Does

Police in Oxford, Ohio, home to Miami University, were called to an off-campus home to investigate reports of a large gathering of students in violation of state Covid-19 rules limiting such gatherings to 10 or fewer individuals. As an officer was checking the ID of one student at the ‘gathering’ he was stunned by what he found, telling the student “I’ve never seen this before. There’s an input on the computer that says you tested positive for COVID?”

To which this matriculating genius replied ‘yes,’ that he tested positive about a week prior.

One can only hope this underachiever isn’t a pre-med student.

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