Situational awareness – August 12, 2019

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City

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Here are the stories you need to pay attention to this morning:

  • President Trump’s unpopularity could hurt Republican chances of knocking off Rep. Ben McAdams in 2020.
  • Allegations fly after Jeffrey Epstein commits suicide.
  • Protesters shut down the Hong Kong airport.
  • Democratic candidates flood Iowa over the weekend.

Back from vacation

I’m back from a much-needed trip to northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area. A big thanks to LaVarr and Dave Webb and Bob Bernick for holding down the fort while I was gone. 

While on holiday, we trekked to Monterey Bay to do a little whale watching. We were extremely fortunate as an extraordinary number of humpback whales were feeding on anchovies in the bay. There were at least 20 whales, maybe more, around the boat. There was so much activity it was difficult to know where to look at any given time.

My son snapped this picture of one humpback diving maybe 15 feet away from us.


Photo credit: Eli Schott


I’ve been whale watching several times in the past, but the number of whales and the amount of activity we saw was remarkable. Even our guide said it was an exceptional afternoon

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