Hello to you, it’s Sunday morning about 7:10 am as I start to write to you. I’m on a time limit lol. Kyle wants to get the dogs walked soon before it gets hot. We still haven’t had any rain but not giving up hope just yet on that!
I wanted to let you know yesterday was a personal “record” for me….over 10,000 (10,018 recorded) steps! The counter is relatively accurate, the only other more accurate way would be to get a clicker like they use in team sports lol…Kyle joked about that yesterday….”click, click, click.”
Got a new catalog from the Pyramid Collection and was excited to see a lot of really cool costume ideas in there which included the Steampunk theme we are both building on. This catalog is one of my absolute favorites! I can’t afford to buy from them often but sometimes they have things that are just what I’m looking for! I need a pair of pants or an appropriate skirt to go with my outfit and they have some options that look interesting – “The Clara!” like from Dr. Who for example! The Baker Street Sherlock Holmes coat caught my eye too lol. We’ll see! https://www.pyramidcollection.com/ – link to their online catalog.
Last night was emotional for us watching the Olympics….so proud of everyone we saw which included of course Michael Phelps and his “alleged” lol final race. We both cried. We joked that thank goodness we have video now because if it was back in the times of Hercules what would the story be for Michael Phelps? “His arms were as long as he was tall and one wave of his arm across the water was sufficient to defeat his millions of opponents and win his pile of gold, silver and bronze medals that stacked high enough to reach the heavens…” There would be some seriously “tall tales” going on I’m sure. Watching people like we are watching in Rio…these are the people that stuff of story books back in the day….legends! I hope Michael will consider his future carefully….go out on top and further the path he’s already forged for male and female swimmers for centuries to come.
Along with the triumphs from Rio I included a couple other headlines that caught my eye, Fidel Castro’s 90th birthday and his sentiments about President Obama’s visit….wow! I am not surprised….the Empire did try to kill him more than once and sadly, Obama has inherited ALL the sins of his forebears during his time in office. Also thought it was interesting to see the GOP got hacked like the DNC did supposedly by the same Russian group. There is a part of me that is realizing the only way in to expose the depths of corruption going on in our country is probably how it’s happening. I am not condoning nor am I condemning these actions….it’s interesting to me. An undertone that came to me thinking about this, “Snowden is still very useful.” I have nothing negative to say about Edward Snowden except in regards to any harm that may have come to my fellow military personnel as a result of the data leaks.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/edward-snowden-making-most-digital-000000490.html Michael Isikoff and Michael B. Kelley
•August 11, 2016- “More than three years after fleeing the United States with a massive cache of top-secret documents, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden remains a federal fugitive, living in Moscow courtesy of President Vladimir Putin of Russia.”
Anyhew….my very best to all that pass through here today! Justice, Love, and Hugs through the wires….from my dimension to yours.
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/08/13/sport/michael-phelps-legacy-rio-2016-olympics/index.html – Michael Phelps: How swimming legend regained his ‘immortality’
By Matt Majendie, for CNN
Updated 0345 GMT (1145 HKT) August 14, 2016
(CNN) — Michael Phelps set out with the goal “to change the sport of swimming.”
And, owning a record 23 Olympic gold medals after his final race at Rio 2016 ended with victory in Saturday’s 4×100-meter medley relay, he has. Swimming is richer because of him, and will be poorer without him.
People talk about the Phelps legacy, with some arguing his greatest contribution is yet to be realized with the list of pool performers he has inspired.
But the current legacy is illustrated in a decade-old photograph of a delighted nine-year-old Katie Ledecky with Phelps — the American teenager is proving to be the dominant female swimmer of these Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Similarly it was captured on Friday in Rio as Joseph Schooling, who himself had been inspired by the Phelps phenomenon and was photographed with him as a youngster, stood disbelieving on the top step of the 100-meter butterfly podium above the US star.
http://www.foxsports.com/olympics/story/team-usa-takes-the-womens-4x100m-im-relay-gold-081316 – Team USA takes the women’s 4x100m medley relay gold The USOC is calling it the Americans’ 1000th gold medal of the Summer Olympics
By Allyssa Lee
Aug 13, 2016 at 10:36p ET
The American women won gold in the 4 x 100m medley relay at Rio on Saturday night.
Kathleen Baker started with the backstroke, Lilly King maintained in the breaststroke, Dana Vollmer got them the lead in the butterfly and Simone Manuel, who won silver in the 50-meter freestyle earlier in the day, swam the anchor leg with a winning time of 3 minutes and 53.13 seconds.
Not only did it mark the latest in a growing medal haul by the Americans, it is also being recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee as the nation’s 1,000th gold medal in Summer Olympics history.
http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/olympics/michelle-carter-wins-gold-in-shot-put/ar-BBvzrof?ocid=ansmsnsports11 – Michelle Carter wins gold in shot put
by Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY Sports
USA TODAY Sports Images
RIO DE JANEIRO — Michelle Carter won the shot put on Friday with a throw of 20.63 meters (68 feet, 8 1/4 inches), the first gold by the USA in the history of the event.
She earned the gold on her final throw, smashing her own American record (20.24, 66-5) in the process.
Valerie Adams of New Zealand (20.63) was second, and Anita Marton of Hungary (19.87) was third.
Monica Puig Makes Olympic History, Winning Puerto Rico’s First Gold Medal
August 13, 2016·6:51 PM ET
Puerto Rico now has its first Olympic gold medal, courtesy of tennis star Monica Puig, who beat Germany’s Angelique Kerber in the women’s singles tournament at Rio’s Summer Olympics Saturday.
“I”m speechless,” a smiling Puig said after her historic win. “I wanted it so bad.”
“I never imagined in my wildest dreams that this would happen,” Puig added — and she said her experience in Rio de Janeiro has been like a dream. She’s looking forward, she said, to waking up tomorrow morning and seeing her gold medal sitting on her bedside table.
As for her plans after the Olympics, Puig said, “I know my life is going to change a bit.” But she said some things won’t — because, she added, “I love what I do.”
http://www.hindustantimes.com/olympics/jamaica-s-elaine-thompson-wins-women-s-100-meters/story-o1w0MRIxKPhnfDwxqyPn3L.html – Rio 2016: Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson upstages Fraser-Pryce to win 100m
Associated Press, Rio de Janeiro
Updated: Aug 14, 2016 09:26 IST
A changing of the guard in women’s sprints doesn’t mean a redrawing of the map.
That 100-metre Olympic gold medal is heading back to Jamaica, only this time in the hands of Elaine Thompson, the 24-year-old who took down America’s best, to say nothing of her training partner, two-time defending champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
Thompson turned what was supposed to be one of the most competitive races on the Olympic program into a runaway. Running even at the halfway mark with Fraser-Pryce and Tori Bowie of the United States, Thompson pulled away over the last half and defeated Bowie with a bookshelf-sized slice of daylight in between.
Thompson finished in 10.71 seconds, a full .12 seconds better than Bowie and only .01 off the time she ran to beat Fraser-Pryce at Jamaica’s national championships last month. Thompson’s 10.70 in Kingston was the best of five sub-10.8 women’s sprints this year and served notice that things could be changing once the sprinters reached Rio.
“Jamaica has so many talented sprinters,” Thompson said. “To be the second champion, I’m really happy.”
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/on-90th-birthday-fidel-castro-thanks-cuba-criticizes-obama/ar-BBvAzd9 – On 90th birthday, Fidel Castro thanks Cuba, criticizes Obama
By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, Associated Press
HAVANA (AP) — Fidel Castro thanked Cubans for their well-wishes on his 90th birthday and criticized President Barack Obama in a lengthy letter published in state media. He appeared but did not speak at a gala in his honor broadcast on state television Saturday evening.
“I want to express my deepest gratitude for the shows of respect, greetings and praise that I’ve received in recent days, which give me strength to reciprocate with ideas that I will send to party militants and relevant organizations,” he wrote.
“Modern medical techniques have allowed me to scrutinize the universe,” wrote Castro, who stepped down as Cuba’s president 10 years ago after suffering a severe gastrointestinal illness.
http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/suspected-russian-dnc-hackers-also-hit-gop-researchers-say-226984 – Suspected Russian DNC hackers also hit GOP, researchers say
By Cory Bennett
08/13/16 12:47 PM EDT
Hackers linked to Russian intelligence services may have targeted some prominent Republican lawmakers, in addition to their well-publicized spying on Democrats, based on research into leaked emails published on a little-noticed website.
The site, DC Leaks, launched in June but started getting new attention in recent days, when researchers said they had uncovered ties between the site and suspected Moscow-backed hackers. Those are the same hackers whom researchers have blamed for previous digital break-ins at the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
“We believe DC Leaks is another Russian-backed influence outlet,” digital security firm ThreatConnect said in a Friday blog post.