Theobroma cacao

In Greek Theo- Broma – god food

In Aztec and Mayan cultures cacao beans were used as currency

An average American consumes 10 pounds of it!! ( about 4.5 kilograms )

Cacao flowers are pollinated by flies called midges in the wild.

In the US botanic gardens, the flowers are hand pollinated by rubbing flowers from one cacao tree on those of another tree !

The tree is big! Therefore it is called a chocolate tree – not a Plant !

The corpse flower

I live near the world famous US botanical Garden (never mind they have ‘botanic’ in their name, my quibble)

I was listening to WETA classical radio yesterday evening and the elegant Nicole Lacroix had mentioned about this most fascinating ( well I felt that way after looking at it today ) flower

It is about to bloom – it smells like a corpse and

it is yuge! The wonderful Ricardo from Columbia who has been volunteering for our great institution is explains it

It is all they way from Indonesia !!

And the only time a public institution there are three flowers on display for the first time in history of USA !

One cannot just make this up! – This is hilarious!

israeleing dog poo

Israel was awesome when i had visited it and it was fun being checked for security for a couple of hour before I boarded the flight from JFK. they had a personal machine gun totting guy exclusively for Israeli airline El Al.

I did not know El Al even existed. And then i knew them- very nice and kind people. They had asked me the same question by three different people quite politely and nonchalantly. Then on guy was extremely surprised that i only travel with a backpack! He said – “Yoooo tak light travail to new lightness”

yes sir, But it is better than talking about dog – poo, na?

The above words translates too – you did not pick your dog poo!

according to BBC

Yair Netanyahu, 25, responded with an obscene gesture, a neighbour said on Facebook, after she told him to clear up the waste left in a Jerusalem park.

As the incident gained attention, Molad, an Israeli think-tank critical of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, published an excoriating online article called Five Facts You Didn’t Know About Crown Prince Yair Netanyahu.

It questioned the cost of Yair’s lifestyle, highlighting the provision of round-the-clock security for the young Netanyahu at the taxpayers’ expense, his inclusion on his parents’ foreign trips and the fact that as an adult he lives at the Netanyahus’ official Jerusalem residence.

Yair Netanyahu responded in a Facebook post, accusing Molad of being “a radical, anti-Zionist organisation” and of printing “lies”.

He said the group should similarly criticise wrongdoings of other prime ministers’ offspring, including a son of Ehud Olmert, whom he said had “interesting relations with Palestinians” which, he alleged, had national security implications.

The post was signed off with emojis of a middle finger and a smiling poo…

HAHAH

Which reads –  … In the spirit of these days I have a message to all the members of the Foundation for the Destruction of Israel and their allies – “

Mr Olmert’s son Ariel struck back with a facetious Facebook post, introducing himself as his father’s “secret gay son” who “lived with a Palestinian and fled with him to France”.

He went on to say “In fact, this story is totally false. I love women, I live with one of them and we have a daughter”, before accusing Yair Netanyahu of “racism and homophobia”

One cannot just make this up!!

 

USA is doing great!

usa

For 38 weeks in a row – straight weeks, since Donald Trump was elected the 45th U.S. President the market has been in a bullish trend. That is it has been around 269 days of relentless bull (a very, very mature bull market though – it is a eight year old bull market!!).

Many people got left out, because they predicted the market collapse. The market is a leading indicator of the overall health of the economy of the USA

S@P gained around 18%

DOW gained around 21%

NASDAQ gained around 23%

41 times DOW hit new highs!! 41 times!

Monday August 21, 2017 is a coast to caost solar eclipse and some people as usual are predicting dire straits for USA. They may or may not be right. But as of today USA is doing great!!

But for the naysayers, here is some good news too…

Electronics for Imaging – EFII, collapsed 41% in thousands of times more volume than average. This might be a time to time to buy Put Options. Remember Enron accounting irregularities! – Thursday was quarterly results and they failed to release it , citing issues over revenue recognition!!

Applied Optoelectronics – AAOI, plummeted 27%. The maker of optical-communications devices forecast current-quarter revenue that was well below estimates. fiber optics industry group is #1 rank in all industry groups.

Trivago- TRVG, collapsed 18% to a three-month low after the travel-booking company reported loss in the quarter.

Impinj- PI, skidded 23% in more than seven times its usual volume. The tracking-chip company beat Q2 sales and earnings views, but gave a soft outlook.

USA is doing great!

usa

For 38 weeks in a row – straight weeks, since Donald Trump was elected the 45th U.S. President the market has been in a bullish trend. That is it has been around 269 days of relentless bull (a very, very mature bull market though – it is a eight year old bull market!!).

Many people got left out, because they predicted the market collapse. The market is a leading indicator of the overall health of the economy of the USA

S@P gained around 18%

DOW gained around 21%

NASDAQ gained around 23%

41 times DOW hit new highs!! 41 times!

Monday August 21, 2017 is a coast to caost solar eclipse and some people as usual are predicting dire straits for USA. They may or may not be right. But as of today USA is doing great!!

But for the naysayers, here is some good news too…

Electronics for Imaging – EFII, collapsed 41% in thousands of times more volume than average. This might be a time to time to buy Put Options. Remember Enron accounting irregularities! – Thursday was quarterly results and they failed to release it , citing issues over revenue recognition!!

Applied Optoelectronics – AAOI, plummeted 27%. The maker of optical-communications devices forecast current-quarter revenue that was well below estimates. Before Friday’s drop, Applied had best-possible IBD ratings. Its fiber optics industry group was ranked No. 1 of 197.

Trivago- TRVG, collapsed 18% to a three-month low after the travel-booking company reported loss in the quarter.

Impinj- PI, skidded 23% in more than seven times its usual volume. The tracking-chip company beat Q2 sales and earnings views, but gave a soft outlook.

Only in DC – the butterfly effect

weiner-sex-scandal-part-3-feature

Butterfly effect – It was made famous in a movie. It is now a cultural trite. But my good friend Liza mentioned this and she had connected the dots that i did not see! Thank you Liza!

Basically it is small prior events of no special consequence during their occurrence but whose effect is significant and causal for a big following event.

Now lets see.

Comey effect is already well know. It is when Former FBI Director James Comey released a letter during the final stages of the election of POTUS.

Nate Silver (I respect him a lot) writes : Hillary Clinton would probably be president if FBI Director James Comey had not sent a letter to Congress on Oct. 28. The letter, which said the FBI had “learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation” into the private email server that Clinton used as secretary of state, upended the news cycle and soon halved Clinton’s lead in the polls, imperiling her position in the Electoral College.

from CNN

“FBI Director James Comey revealed Wednesday that Hillary Clinton emails containing classified information were “somehow” being forwarded to former congressman Anthony Weiner by his wife and top Clinton aide, Huma Abedin.

Comey provided new details to Congress about how Clinton’s emails ended up on Weiner’s computer as the FBI director strongly defended his decision to alert Congress just days before the 2016 election about his agency’s investigation into emails potentially related to Clinton’s personal server.”
Weiner get into court and pleads guilty on May 19th
but, the daily Mail of UK publishes the story of Weiner on September 21st 2017, just weeks before the election
Weiner is under Federal Investigation

Oct. 28, 2016 : Comey announced that new emails had been discovered on the laptop of former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, who was married to top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, and that messages may be related to the Clinton probe. His announcement came 11 days before Election Day.

How did Weiner get caught? Who informed the daily Mail in September? When FBI launched investigation into Weiner, they had surreptitiously discover the emails!! Who was the 15 year old? How did this happen for months when he was texting to her? Was she planted by someone who knew Weiner had classified information from Hillary Clinton?

Then after all said and done. Comey had to say something!! That was new evidence right before elections!

Now we have the link – 15 year old that led to downfall of Hillary Clinton’s POTUS run!

and i thought i never believed in conspiracies!!

Yours from inside the beltway

PL

 

Solar energy and solar panels and costs

 

solar kumulathi

Solar energy is becoming cheaper. The above photo is the ‘The Kamuthi Solar Power Project in Tamil Nadu’ is the largest solar farm in the world

It stretches across 2,500 acres, and its 2.5 million solar modules are cleaned each day by a team of robots, themselves solar-powered!!

and here is a heartwarming story

“Rameshwarlal Choudhary, a 45-year old farmer, and his wife Dakha, 40, live with their two children in a small shack near the village of Solawata in India’s Rajasthan.

Their home has thatched walls, a tin roof, and one side is completely open to the elements.

Until six months ago, they were part of the 44% of India’s rural households who lack electricity.

Now, through a 40-watt solar panel perching on a tree branch outside the hut, they have enough power for three lights: one inside the house, one in the fields, and one on a tree above the roof.

“With the extra light we can study until 10 pm,” says their daughter Pooja, a 17-year-old student. ”

Solar energy prices are crashing through the floor in India.

In the last three months, solar tariffs have dropped by over 25%, with much of the recent action focused around Rajasthan’s Bhadla solar park, a 10,000-hectare facility on the edge of the Thar desert.

At an auction for 500 megawatt (MW) of capacity at the park on May 12, the state-run Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) managed to discover a record-low tariff of Rs 2.44 per kilowatt-hour (kWh). The previous low was two days before that when tariffs hit Rs 2.62 per kWh during auctions for another phase of Bhadla solar park.

Incredible!!

Wholesale solar power prices have reached another record low in India, faster than analysts predicted and further undercutting the price of fossil fuel-generated power in the country.

The tumbling price of solar energy also increases the likelihood that India will meet – and by its own predictions, exceed – the renewable energy targets it set at the Paris climate accords in December 2015.