Götterdämerung

Barataria - The work of Erik Hare

The response came as you might expect in a flurry of angry tweets, but it included a cynically combative ray of hope. “It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to.”

The Trump campaign has been compared many times in the past to a kind of fire – a dumpster fire, a tire fire, perhaps even a landfill fire. But with this great “stab in the back” by Republican leaders desperate to save their own skins there is little doubt the fire will indeed spread. Call it a funeral pyre, if you want, but eventually we can see it will ignite the highly flammable Republican panoply of Gods and Heroes alike.

We’ve seen such an epic blaze before – first in the stagecraft of Wagner and later made real through Hitler. Yes, we’ll go…

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Second Avenue Subway Test Trains Action

Test cars have been spotted running on the Second Avenue Subway track, and now officials are confirming it.

The revelations seem to counter media reports last month which indicated that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) was nowhere near meeting its goal to launch service by Dec. 31. The project, which began in 2007, was expected to stall due to concerns over whether the 72nd Street Station was complete.

New Yorkers aren’t allowed to ride the test trains yet, but they can apparently sneak a peak if they’re standing in the stairwell at the public area of the Lexington Ave and 63rd Street station, according to Dj Hammers, who uploads transit-related videos onto his YouTube channel (see the clip).

An MTA spokeswoman later confirmed that test runs began this past weekend. The trains are also carrying weights in each of the cars as a way to simulate the weight of some of the passengers.

Past reports suggested that testing was behind schedule and were not to begin until at least mid-November at the 63rd Street, 72nd Street, 86th Street and 96th Street stations.

The Second Avenue subway will be used as a new route for the Q train and is expected to officially open on New Year’s Eve, as part of the MTA’s plan to launch service on Dec. 31.

Railroad tracks back in service after Hurricane Matthew

Railroad tracks in St. Augustine that were underwater during Hurricane Matthew were back in service Tuesday, according to a spokesperson with Florida East Coast Railway.

Crews went out Saturday and put more rock around the tracks and made repairs.

Some railroad signals in Flagler and Brevard counties are out because of the power outages there, and generators have been put in those locations to power the signals until power is restored.

Book Beans To Beat The Heat I

Cafe Book Bean

61320c2189a7c67808a67c621ee2520dI’m headed out of town and the forecast is a scorcher.
I don’t do well in the heat so I need some good reading and nice cold drinks to get me through.
So with more hot days ahead and summer just around the corner, I’ve done a roundup of good summer reading, and some recipes to beat the heat.

Simmer down with these cool books and icy drinks:

“Love & Gelato”

Jenn Evans Welch
gives us a a summer in Italy that turns into a road trip across Tuscany in this sweeping debut novel filled with romance, mystery, and adventure.

“But then Lina is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret…

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Matching Pair

Glam Meets Girl

Hello Lovelies,

This weekend I decided to go back home to Carlow for a couple of days. Sometimes, it is nice to step back from all the hustle and busy and enjoy some home comforts every now and then. There is nothing as nice as a home cooked meal and some TLC after what has been a hectic couple of weeks.

Having no space outside to call our own in Dublin, I love coming back here to take full advantage of the garden. Like most gardens, we have a wide variety of plants, ensuring that something will be in bloom all year long. It’s refreshing to shoot some pictures at our ease. So earlier Saturday morning, we took to taking some of the below pictures.

I bought this co-ordinated set in H&M last summer as a casual option for the weekends and have worn it way more already than I had…

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