TWIC update

On March 30, 2015, in Coast Guard, Security, Uncategorized, by CaptRR


TSA – TWIC notices

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued notices related to the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). Delays in processing TWIC applications continue. Individuals are strongly encouraged to submit applications at least 10 to 12 weeks prior to when the card is required. In addition, applicants who request to receive their TWICs by mail will receive phone or email notification that the card has been mailed. After such notification, applicants have 60 days to report non-receipt of the card. Failure to report non-receipt of the card within 60 days will result in a $60 fee to replace the lost card. (3/23/15).


A beginner’s guide to RUM

On March 30, 2015, in Uncategorized, by CaptRR



Gizmodo is reporting:

The Royal Navy’s successful invasion of Jamaica in 1655 had a lot of terribly negative outcomes. The commanders ended up in the Tower of London. Many of the English sailors fell sick or starved. A lot of Spanish settlers died. But there was one undeniably positive outcome: rum.

The complete Gizmodo post by Adam Clark Estes is here.


Pirate Radio

On March 29, 2015, in Interesting, by CaptRR



Pirate Radio: A Visual History by Owen James Burke

The concept of offshore broadcasting for entertainment was first explored by the Royal Crown in the early 19th century, but decades went by before Radio Caroline established itself and the term “pirate radio” was coined.

But long before there was Ronan O’Rahilly and Radio Caroline in the 1960s, there was the SS City of Panama, a cargo ship hired by the Panamanian government to promote U.S. tourism to the country. Instead, it began broadcasting popular music under the call sign “RXKR” off the California coast in 1933. Within just three months, the station was shut down at the request of the U.S. Department of State…

(Thanks to MonkeyFist via Facebook)


Oh no

On March 28, 2015, in Just for Fun, Things Octopod, by CaptRR



California Drought-Field Poll

Wired is reporting:


CALIFORNIA IS NOW heading into its fourth year of record-breaking drought, with no liquid relief in sight. High temperatures, little precipitation, and historically low snowpack have left the state with dwindling water reserves. The situation is so bad, as NASA scientist Jay Famiglietti wrote in an LA Timesop-ed last week, that California has only a year of water left in its reservoirs.


The complete Wired post is here.



The Dodo is reporting:

Here’s A Truthful Version Of SeaWorld’s New ‘Truth’ Ad

As a former SeaWorld orca trainer’s scathing new book trends on Facebook, the company’s public relations hamsters are madly dashing on their wheels.

A new ad campaign on Monday debuted several videos meant to shine a happy light on the marine park’s captive residents. The first begins with SeaWorld veterinarian Chris Dold, who addresses the life span of captive orca compared with those in the wild.

The complete Dodo post by Melissa Cronin is here.


On the Road Again

On March 25, 2015, in Interesting, by CaptRR

The Delta Queen left Chattanooga, Tenn., on Sunday after five years. The Delta Queen will undergo a full renovation before it will resume cruising in 2016 as an overnight inland waterways passenger vessel.


Any Questions

On March 24, 2015, in Rules of the Road, by CaptRR


(a) When two sailing vessels are approaching one another, so as to involve risk of collision, one of them shall keep out of the way of the other as follows:

(i) when each has the wind on a different side, the vessel which has the wind on the port side shall keep out of the way of the other;
(ii) when both have the wind on the same side, the vessel which is to windward shall keep out of the way of the vessel which is to leeward;
(iii) if a vessel with the wind on the port side sees a vessel to windward and cannot determine with certainty whether the other vessel has the wind on the port or on the starboard side, she shall keep out of the way of the other.

(b) For the purposes of this Rule, the windward side shall be deemed to be the side opposite that on which the mainsail is carried or, in the case of a square-rigged vessel, the side opposite to that on which the largest fore-and-aft sail is carried.

(Thanks to Chris Wallace via facebook)



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