Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Pitchers

The momentum continues tonight as the Mets play the Royals in Kansas City - Game 1 of the 2015 World Series. It's been 15 years for our Mets and for many fans the thrill of a victory is a walk down memory lane. For younger fans - many of who play baseball - it's the excitement of seeing their home team win the pennant. This is Halloween Week - a time for children to get out there have fun and hopefully those here in New York see their team win.

This year seems to be about the pitchers as baseball's pace has never been faster - meaning the rate of travel of each pitched double-seamed, 108-stitched cowhide, rather than the speed of the games themselves. For the first time in history, the major leagues' average fastball topped 92 mph, and no one harnessed that velocity so regularly as the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals who threw 95 or faster more than any other teams in baseball: 22.1% of all Mets pitches and 14.8% of all Royals pitches. On display as the World Series starts Tuesday are some of the game's most dynamic pitchers with live arms: The Royals will send their history-making trio of Dominican starters - Edinson Volquez, Johnny Cueto and Yordano Ventura - and the Mets will oppose with their 20-something quartet of Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz.

Tuesday October 27, 2015

Full Moon 3° Taurus

Tuesday October 27, 2015

Earth Changes.
The aftermath of Monday's powerful 7.5 earthquake that struck Afghanistan near its border with Pakistan may be more frightening than what we do know. Rescuers are struggling to reach remote areas affected by the magnitude-7.5 quake. So far, the number of deaths in Pakistan and Afghanistan exceeds 300. Areas of the Persian Gulf could be hit by waves of heat and humidity so severe by the end of this century that being outside for several hours could threaten human life, a new study says.

Bikini islanders seek US refuge as sea levels threaten homes   BBC - October 27, 2015
About 1,000 Bikini islanders have applied to relocate to the United States as rising seas threaten their adopted home.

Five years of discord between Republican congressional leaders and President Obama took a breather overnight, as they reached a tentative deal on a two-year budget plan. The budget agreement would modestly increase spending, cut some social programs and raise the federal borrowing limit, averting a government debt default in November. It still faces House and Senate votes.

  Budget deal divides Hill Republicans   CNN - October 27, 2015

Obama travels to Chicago today to talk at a conference of police chiefs about overhauling sentencing laws. Congress is considering legislation - its first major criminal justice overhaul in a decade - to cut certain mandatory minimum prison sentences to address federal prison overcrowding.

A U.S. Navy destroyer has passed close to the artificial Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, in a direct challenge to Beijing. Most of the world does not recognize China's territorial claim on the island chain, nor on much of the South China Sea.

The death of a 24-year-old Nevada woman at a center that uses extreme cold for therapy is prompting scrutiny of cryotherapy's safety. The treatment is used by athletes and celebrities, but it is rarely studied and is not regulated by any one group. Doctors do not agree on its benefits.

Walmart is joining Amazon in pushing ahead with plans to use drones for home delivery and at its distribution centers and stores.

There are so many young men like him out there today.

Sixty years ago today, "Rebel Without a Cause" opened in U.S. movie theaters, a month after its 24-year-old star, James Dean, died in a car crash. The film is now part of the National Film Registry for its cultural, historic and aesthetic significance.

Penny for your thoughts. History of the Penny in several English-speaking countries

How long will the American penny last? Some coin experts say for only about 10 years. 'The plight of the 1 cent coin adds another chapter on Wednesday. That's when shops in Ireland, on a voluntary basis, can start rounding cash purchases in euros up or down to the nearest 5 cents, to reduce the need for 1 and 2 cent coins. (A euro cent is equivalent to about 1.1 U.S. cents.) Rounding is likely to be extremely popular, judging by a trial run in which 85 percent of consumers and 100 percent of retailers wanted to see it spread nationwide. The Central Bank of Ireland says that, in euros, it costs 1.65 cents to make a 1 cent coin, and 1.94 cents for a 2 cent one. (In the U.S., the mint says a penny costs 1.7 cents to produce and distribute.) Countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Britain have dropped their lowest-denominated coins over the last 30 years or so. The U.S. did too, back in 1857, when the half-cent coin was eliminated, followed by the end of 2 and 3 cent coins.