Good mourning, it’s Monday! Week 7

Welcome to another installment of Good mourning, it’s Monday! This weekly blog looks to cover various topics in the news, along with personal stories or encounters from the past week at home and work to help you through your first day back at work (unless you don’t work). Hopefully my seven followers like this and share this to make it eight. Enjoy…

Canadian woman, 96, becomes a great-great-great grandmother

CAROLINE WAGNER/CBC

CAROLINE WAGNER/CBC

Source: (BBC) At the age of 96, Vera Sommerfeld has just become a great-great-great-grandmother. Baby Callie, born in October, is the newest addition to a family with six living generations of women.

The delighted matriarch told Canada’s CBC News: “It’s pretty wonderful, really.”

“I just couldn’t wait for this baby to be born, because it was going to be my sixth generation, and I waited for it for a long time.”

Two-month old Callie’s mother, Alisa Marsh, is 20. Her grandmother Amanda Cormier is 39, and Grace Couturier is a great-grandmother at 59. Gwen Shaw, the baby’s great-great-grandmother, is a sprightly 75. The Guinness World Record for the most generations in an unbroken line is seven, but to reach six is still extremely rare – and rarer still when they are all women.

I’m not impressed. Records like this aren’t exactly mind-blowing. It’s like having the longest live stream online or longest time spent on the couch. Takes no effort to accomplish something like this. Just pop out a baby every 20 years and you have have a dozen generations (could be less time, but I’m not going anywhere near under-age jokes).

What does impress me however, is great-great-great grandmother’s secret to a long life: booze.

But after almost a century on earth, Ms Sommerfeld credits her drink of choice – rum and soda.

“She drinks them every day,” Ms. Marsh confirmed.

What a Canadian treasure Vera is. She found the fountain of youth and it’s 40 proof, my friends. People think eating healthy and being cautious is key. Just don’t change your routine and you’ll live close to 100-years-old.

P.s.;  Huge surprise she doesn’t drink Seagram’s VO. What’s next, she doesn’t put syrup on her pancakes?

Apple reveals self-driving car plans

Source: (BBC) In a letter to US transport regulators, Apple said it was “excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation.” It added that there were “significant societal benefits of automated vehicles” to be realised. There have long been rumours about the firm’s plans but it has not publicly admitted them. However, Ford, which itself plans to have self-driving cars on the road by 2021, has said it was working on the basis that Apple was building one. The tech firm has already registered several car-related internet domains, including apple.car and apple.auto.

This should be bigger news, but if we haven’t seen Steve Jobs Tim Cook on stage in a creepy outfit, then it isn’t official news. I think the concept of automatic driving cars have sort of been phased out. Not sure if it’s a lack of production, lack of interest, or it’s just not that fascinating, but I hope it happens sooner than 2021. But Apple? I’d like to see them make a game system to compete with Microsoft and Sony before jumping up to cars. Who knows though; Tesla is doing well with their electric vehicles so who’s to say Apple won’t be able to hop on the bandwagon with success.

Fake US embassy in Ghana shut down after a decade

Source(CNN) It flew the American flag, hung a photo of President Obama and issued US visas for more than a decade. But a building that operated as an US embassy in Ghana was a fake, the US State Department says. The enterprise, which issued fraudulently obtained legitimate visas, counterfeit visas, and other false identification documents, was overseen by figures from Ghanaian and Turkish crime rings working in cahoots with corrupt Ghanaian officials, the US State Department said in a statement. It operated three days a week in Accra, the capital. The State Department did not say how many people may have entered the United States illegally using documentation issued by the crime ring, nor did it say how the ring may have obtained official documents.

I wonder how long it’ll take our glorious President-Elect to catch wind of this story, since CNN is fake news in his mind. Regardless, crazy operation to be producing fake documents and getting away with it. I love seeing this in the movies, like Frank Abagnale in Catch Me If You Can, but real life is obviously different with all the actual bad guy stuff going on. Fake passports being produced isn’t the surprising aspect to this story, it’s the building itself…

US DEPARTMENT OF STATE PHOTO

US DEPARTMENT OF STATE PHOTO

THIS WAS THE FAKE EMBASSY?!? This run-down shack hung a U.S. flag, a photo of Obama, and managed to operate for TEN YEARS? If you told me this was a hideout for a crime ring, then sure. But they publicly boasted this building as the U.S. embassy. “The sham embassy advertised its services through fliers and billboards to cultivate customers from Ghana and neighboring countries, the State Department said.” I’d be my luck to receive a cease and desist for any aspect of my site that resembles some other 20-something-year-old wannabe blogger, but this crime enterprise can advertise and do just fine for a decade. If you’re gonna fake it, you might as well go full-out and hope for the best.

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