GIS Map of the World


Click the link below to see a GIS map of the world.  Some countries have more data than others.



I am glad that the Feds have a Sense of Humor.


"The Sea, Lake and Overland Surges from Hurricanes (SLOSH) model is a computerized numerical model developed by the National Weather Service (NWS) to estimate storm surge heights resulting from historical, hypothetical, or predicted hurricanes by taking into account the atmospheric pressure, size, forward speed, and track data."

"Composite Approach - Predicts surge by running SLOSH several thousand times with hypothetical hurricanes under different storm conditions. The products generated from this approach are the Maximum Envelopes of Water (MEOWs) and the Maximum of MEOWs (MOMs)"

Flood Surge Map Manatee County

Zone A is the lowest and most likely to be flooded area, along the coasts and rivers. Zone A is under order to evacuate in Manatee County as of August 29, 2023.  The danger is from flood surge - water sent up against the shoreline by a hurricane at high tide.


Mapping The Population



Write Your Story

Now would be a good time to write your history and put it online. Your stories can be short and sweet, or the great American novel.

The story can cover an interesting event or your entire life. You can write about yourself or a friend or relative that you would like to honor.

Pictures are worth a thousand words. You can write the story for a relative, friend, or ancestor. You can add to your story. We look forward to publishing your story on the blog.

We can also post videos to our blog. If you want to make a video do so and email it to me and I will post it on the blog.
If you wish, we will put your story online on https://militaryveteranstories.blogspot.com/
Take a look at the stories to see what people have already written.​ Email your story to Craig Hullinger craighullinger@gmail.com.


U.S. and Japanese Aircraft Carriers WWII

U.S. and Japanese aircraft carrier strength and losses at the end of each year from 1941 to 1945

Source:  https://www.statista.com/statistics/1353080/wwii-japan-us-aircraft-carrier-strength-and-losses/

As shown by the graph, Japan had more aircraft carriers than the US at the start of WWII, 11 Japanese to 7 US carriers. Japan lost 5 carriers in the pivotal 1st year of the war, while the US lost 4. The first six months of the war were mostly Japanese successes. But the battle of Midway was pivotal, and the Japanese lost 4 carriers at the battle.  


American industry substantially out built the Japanese and in the later years of the war the US was much stronger.  But the existing US Navy beat the Japanese at Midway, and the Marines and Army won Guadalcanal, and the US was on the offensive for the rest of the war. 


Social Media - Stay Connected















A few years ago I performed CPR on a neighbor.  I had practiced it many years ago, but I was uncertain about the frequency and depth of the compression strokes.  I talked to the 911 operator who guided me. I put this little GIF on the blog to remind me and anyone who reads the blog to know how often and how deep your compression strokes should be.

Sadly, my neighbor did not survive. More about CPR from the American Heart Association at: 


CPR – or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation – is an emergency lifesaving procedure performed when the heart stops beating. Immediate CPR can double or triple chances of survival after cardiac arrest.

The American Heart Association invites you to share our vision: a world where no one dies from cardiac arrest. Every year, 350,000 people die from cardiac arrest in the United States. Big number. Bigger opportunity. With your help, we can bring that number down to zero.

Immediate CPR can double or triple chances of survival after cardiac arrest.

Why Is CPR Important?

Keeping the blood flow active – even partially – extends the opportunity for a successful resuscitation once trained medical staff arrive on site.

Chain of Survival

CPR is a critical step in the AHA’s Chain of Survival. The term Chain of Survival provides a useful metaphor for the elements of the ECC systems concept.

The 6 links in the adult out-of-hospital Chain of Survival are:

  • Recognition of cardiac arrest and activation of the emergency response system (calling 9-1-1 in the US)
  • Early CPR with an emphasis on chest compressions
  • Rapid defibrillation
  • Advanced resuscitation by Emergency Medical Services and other healthcare providers
  • Post-cardiac arrest care
  • Recovery (including additional treatment, observation, rehabilitation, and psychological support)

A strong Chain of Survival can improve chances of survival and recovery for victims of cardiac arrest.

Automated External Defibrillators (AED)

AEDs can greatly increase a cardiac arrest victim's chances of survival. The AHA offers a two-page guide on how to implement an AED program at a company or organization. To minimize the time to defibrillation for cardiac arrest victims, deployment of AEDs should not be limited to only trained people (although training is still recommended).

How is CPR Performed?

There are two commonly known versions of CPR:

  1. For healthcare providers and those trained: conventional CPR using chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth breathing at a ratio of 30:2 compressions-to-breaths. In adult victims of cardiac arrest, it is reasonable for rescuers to perform chest compressions at a rate of 100 to 120/min and to a depth of at least 2 inches (5 cm) for an average adult, while avoiding excessive chest compression depths (greater than 2.4 inches [6 cm]).

  2. For the general public or bystanders who witness an adult suddenly collapse: compression-only CPR, or Hands-Only CPR. Hands-Only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. It is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an out-of-hospital setting (such as at home, at work, or in a park).

2 STEPS to save a life

Hands-Only CPR consists of two easy steps:

  1. Call 9-1-1 (or send someone to do that)
  2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest

About High-Quality CPR

High-quality CPR should be performed by anyone - including bystanders. There are five critical components:

  1. Minimize interruptions in chest compressions
  2. Provide compressions of adequate rate and depth
  3. Avoid leaning on the victim between compressions
  4. Ensure proper hand placement
  5. Avoid excessive ventilation


Code of Conduct for United States Judges - Except For The Supreme Court


Code of Conduct for United States Judges

Except for the US Supreme Court, which apparently has no ethical standards.  Amazing.  What a load of crap. Congress has to enact standards for these clowns since they won't do it themselves.  

The Code of Conduct for United States Judges includes the ethical canons that apply to federal judges and provides guidance on their performance of official duties and engagement in a variety of outside activities.

(4) A judge should comply with the restrictions on acceptance of gifts and the prohibition on solicitation of gifts set forth in the Judicial Conference Gift Regulations. A judge should endeavor to prevent any member of the judge’s family residing in the household from soliciting or accepting a gift except to the extent that a judge would be permitted to do so by the Judicial Conference Gift Regulations. A “member of the judge’s family” means any relative of a judge by blood, adoption, or marriage, or any person treated by a judge as a member of the judge’s family.



Pathetic.  This behavior would and should get any government employee fired and likely prosecuted.  But not the Supreme Court, which tolerates this.  I used to have respect for the Supreme Court. Not any more. Political slime.

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has received dozens of luxury vacations, private jet flights and other gifts from wealthy friends, ProPublica reported Thursday, going beyond the publication’s previous reporting about Thomas’ relationship with real estate magnate Harlan Crow and fueling an ongoing ethics controversy about the conservative-leaning justice receiving luxury gifts without disclosing them.

Editorial: The Supreme Court would help itself by creating a code of ethics

The two of them had it made. They lived in the greatest resort in the world, with everything they could possibly need and want, and were best friends with the guy who made it. They just had to avoid doing one small thing he told them not to do. And they did it because a stranger told them to. Why? Who knows. They tried to talk their way out of it, but the big guy booted them out. 

The story of Adam and Eve should be on the summer reading list for Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and some of his colleagues, as they refuse to consider an ethics code for the high court.

The obvious need for one won’t go away. The court’s senior justice, Clarence Thomas, has yet again come into the news for taking very expensive gifts from very rich people, gifts he did not disclose to his colleagues or to the public. In its second major report on the justice, the investigative organization ProPublica found that “Thomas’ leisure activities have been underwritten by benefactors who share the ideology that drives his jurisprudence.” 

These include: “At least 38 destination vacations, including a previously unreported voyage on a yacht around the Bahamas; 26 private jet flights, plus an additional eight by helicopter; a dozen VIP passes to professional and college sporting events,” and much more.

Mr. Thomas has claimed these gifts did not affect his decisions. That may be true, but he would be the rare human being whose choices aren’t moved by gifts. Benefactors have said they never tried to influence him. Possibly, but they would be the rare human beings who would not use the chance to ask for something they want.

But even if everyone behaved angelically, the nine justices have such power and influence that they must be above any possible reproach. That means both the reality and the appearance of propriety. 330 million people must be able to trust that they will do their work as selflessly and objectively as humanly possible. 

And this particular court should take even greater lengths to protect its reputation. When you believe you need to tell the nation the Constitution requires something many Americans don’t want, you must make sure the nation feels sure of your integrity. Many will already be questioning your legitimacy because of your beliefs. You shouldn’t give them even more reason because of your behavior.

The justices should remember the story of Adam and Eve. Human beings fall to temptations they thought they never would. They take bad advice and do what bad people seduce them into doing.

The Supreme Court is tasked with interpreting a document written by men with a pessimistic view of human nature, who created a government with checks and balances to temper the effects of our bad behavior. The justices should apply the Founders’ wisdom to themselves, and create a detailed and binding code of ethics, which includes public disclosure of gifts — especially those of the magnitude Clarence Thomas received, and kept to himself.

First Published August 12, 2023, 5:30am







World Population Growth


Some interesting world population data on the link below.  Thankfully, population growth rates are slowing.


The forecasts below project that population will continue to rise more slowly, eventually stoping at about ten billion people.

World Population Projections

World Population
20238,045,311,4470.88 %70,206,29154
20248,118,835,9990.91 %73,524,55255
20258,191,988,4530.90 %73,152,45455
20268,264,364,5090.88 %72,376,05655
20278,335,977,6710.87 %71,613,16256
20288,406,828,7920.85 %70,851,12156
20298,476,889,3910.83 %70,060,59957
20308,546,141,3270.82 %69,251,93657
20318,614,532,7450.80 %68,391,41858
20328,682,091,9840.78 %67,559,23958
20338,748,798,5420.77 %66,706,55859
20348,814,575,1710.75 %65,776,62959
20358,879,397,4010.74 %64,822,23060
20368,943,206,7020.72 %63,809,30160
20379,006,026,3700.70 %62,819,66860
20389,067,889,0260.69 %61,862,65661
20399,128,661,2150.67 %60,772,18961
20409,188,250,4920.65 %59,589,27762
20419,246,673,3000.64 %58,422,80862
20429,303,896,8510.62 %57,223,55162
20439,359,836,4200.60 %55,939,56963
20449,414,408,4230.58 %54,572,00363
20459,467,543,5750.56 %53,135,15264
20469,519,190,8040.55 %51,647,22964
20479,569,297,8860.53 %50,107,08264
20489,617,774,4700.51 %48,476,58465
20499,664,516,1460.49 %46,741,67665
20509,709,491,7610.47 %44,975,61565
20519,752,656,9160.44 %43,165,15565
20529,794,102,0430.42 %41,445,12766
20539,833,861,1910.41 %39,759,14866
20549,871,900,6020.39 %38,039,41166
20559,908,304,8690.37 %36,404,26767
20569,943,123,2620.35 %34,818,39367
20579,976,440,1500.34 %33,316,88867
205810,008,310,1110.32 %31,869,96167
205910,038,705,8610.30 %30,395,75067
206010,067,733,6060.29 %29,027,74568
206110,095,573,0640.28 %27,839,45868
206210,122,307,6790.26 %26,734,61568
206310,147,949,1150.25 %25,641,43668
206410,172,513,7750.24 %24,564,66068
206510,195,964,9000.23 %23,451,12568
206610,218,273,0160.22 %22,308,11669
206710,239,583,7800.21 %21,310,76469
206810,259,872,9910.20 %20,289,21169
206910,279,074,8700.19 %19,201,87969
207010,297,166,7110.18 %18,091,84169
207110,314,142,3030.16 %16,975,59269
207210,330,059,8540.15 %15,917,55169
207310,344,891,4920.14 %14,831,63869
207410,358,552,7630.13 %13,661,27170
207510,370,994,1980.12 %12,441,43570
207610,382,180,3970.11 %11,186,19970
207710,392,082,0000.10 %9,901,60370
207810,400,749,7530.08 %8,667,75370
207910,408,266,9220.07 %7,517,16970
208010,414,637,1890.06 %6,370,26770
208110,419,851,4890.05 %5,214,30070
208210,424,022,8960.04 %4,171,40770
208310,427,226,4000.03 %3,203,50470
208410,429,447,3950.02 %2,220,99570
208510,430,679,1010.01 %1,231,70670
208610,430,926,2810.00 %247,18070
208710,430,267,624-0.01 %-658,65770
208810,428,830,626-0.01 %-1,436,99870
208910,426,601,147-0.02 %-2,229,47970
209010,423,541,036-0.03 %-3,060,11170
209110,419,647,132-0.04 %-3,893,90470
209210,414,959,829-0.04 %-4,687,30370
209310,409,491,089-0.05 %-5,468,74070
209410,403,272,149-0.06 %-6,218,94070
209510,396,305,844-0.07 %-6,966,30570
209610,388,517,149-0.07 %-7,788,69570
209710,379,888,448-0.08 %-8,628,70170
209810,370,445,196-0.09 %-9,443,25270
209910,360,269,362-0.10 %-10,175,83470
210010,349,323,038-0.11 %-10,946,32469