August 18, 2017

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of August 18, 2017. And the Presidential “Horse and Buggy Show” continues. That latest? (BBC NEWS) — Steve Bannon fired as Trump White House’s top strategist. “White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is the latest top aide of President Donald Trump to leave his post. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that Friday was his last day. His exit follows a review of his position by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. Mr Bannon, a right-wing nationalist and former head of Breitbart.com, helped shape the “America First” message of Mr Trump’s election campaign. But critics had accused the 63-year-old of harboring anti-Semitic and white supremacist views.” At some point, the infighting will stop   … I just hope it is sooner, rather than later. It is time to start governing.

And the stupidity isn’t limited to the White House. (BBC NEWS) — US lawmaker Chappelle-Nadal’s Trump assassination post investigated. “A Missouri lawmaker is being investigated by the US Secret Service for saying she hopes President Donald Trump will be assassinated. Democratic state senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal posted the comment on Facebook but later deleted it. The Secret Service has confirmed they are “looking into the comments” and say “all threats against the President” will be investigated. The senator says she was wrong to write the post but that she will not resign.” There have been calls for the senators resignation by a host of her colleges including US Senator Claire McCaskill, In response Ms Chappelle-Nadal insists she was exercising her right to free speech. “I refuse to resign for exercising my First Amendment rights, even though what I said was wrong,” she said.”  

The natural history news: (BBC NEWS) — The algae that terraformed Earth. “A planetary takeover by ocean-dwelling algae 650 million years ago was the kick that transformed life on Earth. That’s what geochemists argue in Nature this week, on the basis of invisibly small traces of biomolecules dug up from beneath the Australian desert. The molecules mark an explosion in the quantity of algae in the oceans. This in turn fuelled a change in the food web that allowed the first microscopic animals to evolve, the authors suggest. “This is one the most profound ecological and evolutionary transitions in Earth’s history,” lead researcher Jochen Brocks told the BBC’s Science in Action program. The events took place a hundred million years before the so-called Cambrian Explosion, an eruption of complex life recorded in fossils around the world that puzzled Darwin and always hinted at some kind of biological prehistory. “And for my “creationist” friends, a video you may enjoy.

Exciting medical news! (BBC NEWS) — Plants ‘hijacked’ to make polio vaccine. “Plants have been “hijacked” to make polio vaccine in a breakthrough with the potential to transform vaccine manufacture, say scientists. The team at the John Innes Centre, in Norfolk, says the process is cheap, easy and quick. As well as helping eliminate polio, the scientists believe their approach could help the world react to unexpected threats such as Zika virus or Ebola. Experts said the achievement was both impressive and important. The vaccine is an “authentic mimic” of poliovirus called a virus-like particle. Outwardly it looks almost identical to poliovirus but – like the difference between a mannequin and person – it is empty on the inside. It has all the features needed to train the immune system, but none of the weapons to cause an infection. “ This is another step in biomedical engineering … training our immune system to identify and attack pathogens.

And the birth control news. (BBC NEWS) — The Swedish physicist revolutionizing birth control. “Inventing the first app in the world to be approved as a contraceptive started as a hobby project for Elina Berglund Scherwitzl. The nuclear physicist, who’d been working on the team that discovered the Higgs boson, was tired of using hormonal contraception but wasn’t ready to have a baby. So the Swede set about using her data skills to find an alternative. “Like many women I had tried many different contraception options since my teenage years and hadn’t really found a solution that fit me,” she explains. “It was in my quest for an effective natural alternative that I discovered that you can see when you’re fertile by your temperature, and for me that was really a revelation.” Using complex mathematics and data analysis, Mrs Berglund Scherwitzl began developing an algorithm designed to be so precise it could pinpoint exactly when in her cycle she would ovulate. This enabled her to map out the days when she would need to use protection, to a much higher degree of certainty than similar “rhythm” or natural planning methods. She was so pleased with the results that, together with her Austrian husband, fellow physicist Raoul Scherwitzl, she set about founding her own business called Natural Cycles.” You know what you call folks who use the “rhythm method” for birth control? Parents.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, listening to the evening news. Did a 2.2 mile death march this morning. We have fallen into a routine: a death march every day Susan doesn’t have dialysis, (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday), On the news? Another car based terrorist attack in Spain   …   removal of confederate statutes … and of course the Eclipse on Monday. A nice piece about getting dark glasses for our pets/livestock. Susan and I remain nicotine free! Sunday Lunch and a Movie?  Spaghetti with Meat Balls. The movie? “Origin Wars [2016]”.

Time to post these Ramblings. Later … I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) Be and sleep well, the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is certainly not my intent. As always …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri   …   now retired and living in Pascagoula, Mississippi   …   and the Editorial Staff)

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August 11, 2017

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of August 11, 2017. It’s Friday evening again. Another week has rolled by. Summer is almost over: the fall semester for public schools started on Monday. The big news this week is the kafuffle between Trump and North Korea’s Jim Jong-un. (BBC NEWS) — Trump warns N Korea that US military is ‘locked and loaded’. “President Donald Trump says the US military is “locked and loaded” to deal with North Korea, ramping up the rhetorical brinkmanship. “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong-un will find another path!” he tweeted. He spoke as Pyongyang accused him of “driving” the Korean peninsula to the “brink of a nuclear war”. North Korea has announced plans to fire missiles near the US territory of Guam. The Pacific island’s homeland security agency issued a fact sheet on Friday with tips for residents to prepare for any missile threat.” Talk about the proverbial “Mouse That Roared”! There is no way North Korea could survive a war with the US. They wouldn’t want to. If provoked, the US would clean North Korea’s plow   … and afterward, if history teaches anything, we would go in and completely rebuild the country. Perhaps that is Kim Jong-un’s game plan?

When I was in my 20’s, the thought of a woman in her 60’s and 70’s having sex   … would have grossed me out!! (BBC NEWS) — Three women over 60 talk honestly about their sex lives. “Three women over 60 have spoken openly to BBC Radio 5 live about their sex lives. Speaking to Emma Barnett, Joyce, aged 82, Shirley, 61, and Dee, 69, explained what sex is like as an older woman. This comes after a new survey conducted for BBC Radio 5 live which suggests that one in five people in their 60s have sex several times a month. The number stays relatively high even as people get older, with one in six people aged 70 or older claiming to have sex a few times a month or more.” Now, being 69, (and 70 in January)   … geriatric sex doesn’t gross me out at all!! Interesting how your perspective changes as you age.

In the sports news: (BBC NEWS) — Dallas Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott suspended over domestic abuse. “Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended for six games after domestic violence incidents, the NFL announced. The move came after a yearlong league investigation into claims he abused his then-girlfriend in Ohio in 2016. Prosecutors decided not to charge Elliott, but the league’s inquiry found substantial evidence showing physical confrontations with his ex-girlfriend. The 22-year-old footballer has three days to appeal the decision. According to a statement by the National Football League (NFL), Elliott will be suspended without pay for “violating the league’s Personal Conduct Policy”.   According to ESPN, the suspension also voids the guarantees in his four-year – nearly $25m contract – with the Cowboys   … He may also be forced to forfeit other payments received from the team including over $1m in signing bonus pay.”    Elliot will be suspended without pay for the team’s first six 2017 regular-season games. He will be eligible to return to the team’s active roster on Monday, October 23 following the Cowboys’ Sunday, October 22 game against the San Francisco 49ers. Since Susan is a rabid Football fan   …   no doubt she would find this interesting. As for me? I could care less.

In the “give me a break” news: (BBC NEWS) — Kansas doctor faces discipline over 13-year-old’s abortion. “A Kansas doctor is accused of breaking the law in his handling of an abortion on a 13-year-old girl, but he says he did not realize her age. A state board is weighing disciplinary action against Dr Allen Palmer over the procedure he carried out in 2014 at the women’s group Planned Parenthood. State law requires that fetal tissue from abortions on patients younger than 14 be preserved. Dr Palmer said he relied on staff to tell him the age of patients. Under state law in Kansas, abortions can be provided to children with parental consent.”  He couldn’t tell he was dealing with a 13 year old? She must have been a really, really “early bloomer”! The father was 19. No mention as to whether he was charged with “Statutory Rape”.

The medical news: (BBC NEWS) — GM pigs take step to being organ donors. “The most genetically modified animals in existence have been created to help end a shortage of organs for transplant, say US researchers. The scientists successfully rid 37 pigs of viruses hiding in their DNA, overcoming one of the big barriers to transplanting pig organs to people. The team at eGenesis admits preventing pig organs from being rejected by the human body remains a huge challenge.   But experts said it was a promising and exciting first step. The study, published in the journal Science, started with skin cells from a pig. Tests identified 25 Pervs – porcine endogenous retroviruses – hidden in the pig’s genetic code. Experiments mixing human and pig cells together showed those viruses could escape to infect human tissues. But the researchers then used the game-changing gene-editing technology Crispr to delete the 25 Pervs.  Pig pervs are bad   … human pervs are worse.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, listening to the evening news. I usually listen to ABC at 5:30 and NBC at 6:00. It is amazing how both news organizations basically report the same “news”. It is almost like they were using the same script. Susan and I spent the day together in Biloxi, She went shopping at Hobby Lobby, while I had an appointment at the VA Complex. Yesterday morning, after a Xiaflex shot on Tuesday for Dupuytrens contracture on my left pinky, the cartilage cord was snapped, allowing my finger to straiten. When your Doc says, “This may sting a little.” Bring a change of socks! Have to wear a splint for a week. Sunday Lunch and a Movie? Air fried chicken tenders, (I have a Power AirFryer XL) … corn on the cob and a garden salad. The movie? “Max 2 White House Hero [2017]”.

Time to post these Ramblings. Later … I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) Be and sleep well, the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is certainly not my intent. As always …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri   …   now retired and living in Pascagoula, Mississippi   …   and the Editorial Staff)

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August 4, 2017

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of August 4, 2017. A typical delightful, Pascagoula summer day. Drenching thunder storms in the morning … and a bright and sunny 82 degrees in the afternoon   …   with everything dried up by early evening. Pascagoula is crisscrossed with storm drains and drainage ditches, so standing water is rare. The largest employer in Pascagoula is Engalls Shipbuilding … with several contracts to build cutters for the Coast Guard.   Engalls is currently hiring in its apprentice pipe fitter and sheet metal programs. No student loan debt and once a journeyman   … a guaranteed job, just about anywhere in the US. Fact is: there is a severe tradesman shortage. There is no shortage of folks with a liberal arts degree. McDonalds is hiring.

A fascinating article! (BBC NEWS) — The ugly story behind a breakfast meat. “I was sitting at a hotel cafe in the Dominican city of La Romana, when the waitress slid my breakfast plate in front of me. It was a plato típico, the standard Dominican breakfast that came free with my stay. Looking down at the heavy mix of mashed mangú (plantain), fried eggs, slices of deep-fried cheese, and circular slabs of crispy, fried and strangely addictive salami, it seemed the last thing I should be eating on a sweltering day. I’d only been in the DR for a few days, but I knew by now that this was breakfast. It was served everywhere, almost every day, and it was downright delicious. Salami is a Dominican staple. It’s eaten cubed in spaghetti with tomato sauce, stewed with peppers and onions, tossed in rice and sliced thick and deep fried. I’d been served it every one of those ways over my trip. It was extremely tasty, but I was still a little baffled. How, I wondered, had a processed meat become such a staple?” At the 1938 Evian Conference, representatives of 32 nations and 24 voluntary organizations met at Évian-les-Bains, France to discuss the hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees fleeing the rapidly spreading Nazi regime. Dominican dictator Rafael Leónidas Trujillo Molina stood out as the only world leader willing to accept Jews seeking asylum. He agreed to allow 100,000 into the country   …   although, due to travel restrictions in other countries, no where near that many made it to the Dominican Republic. I did not know that the Dominican Republic had an active thriving Jewish Community.

And the “shaking my head” news. (BBC NEWS) — Ta-Ta Towel: Why the world has gone mad for a towel bra . “Bum-enhancing leggings! Light-up phone cases for better selfies! A stick-on bra to “give your girls a lift!” These are just a few of the products tech-savvy companies have launched into women’s social media feeds in recent months, in pursuit of viral marketing campaigns. Now we have the Ta-Ta Towel, which at first glance is the most ridiculous yet. Variously described as “a bizarre boob hammock” and “the breast accessory you didn’t know you needed,” it’s an absorbent towel for women that only covers their breasts.” And of course   … folks are buying it!! Why?

And in the “Karma” news: (BBC NEWS) — ‘Pharma bro’ Martin Shkreli convicted of fraud. “Former pharmaceutical chief executive Martin Shkreli has been found guilty of three counts of securities fraud. A New York City jury cleared him on five other counts after five days of deliberations. He was on trial in relation to a drug company he previously headed, Retrophin, and a hedge fund he managed. Shkreli, 34, was branded “the most hated man in America” in 2015 when his firm hiked the price of a medication used by Aids patients. Despite facing prison after being convicted of two counts of securities fraud and conspiracy to commit securities fraud, Shkreli professed himself pleased with the outcome.” Let’s see how pleased he is, after meeting his cell mate.

I wonder who funds research like this? (BBC NEWS) —   Men’s sexist attitudes ‘shaped by first exposure to pornography’. “The age at which a male first sees pornography is associated with certain sexist attitudes later in life, according to a team of researchers from the University of Nebraska. Their survey revealed the younger the first viewing occurred, the more likely a male was to want power over women. While if they were older, they were more likely to be sexually promiscuous. Of the 330 undergraduates surveyed, with a median age of 20, the average age they first saw pornography was 13. The youngest was only five, while the oldest was 26. “  How did they define “pornography”? Our Supreme Court has been unable to do so!! How do you test the conclusions reached? Isn’t there a difference between talking about doing something and actually doing it?

Sitting here editing these Ramblings and listening to the evening news. The big news? Severe weather systems in the North East …   the leaked transcripts of phone calls President Trump made to other world leaders. Not in the news? Changes in the peoples business, tax code reform nor repeal and replacement of Obamacare. Sunday Lunch and a Movie? “Alien Covenant [2017]”.

Time to post these Ramblings. Later … I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) Be and sleep well, the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is certainly not my intent. As always …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri   …   now retired and living in Pascagoula, Mississippi   …   and the Editorial Staff)

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July 28, 2017

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of July 28, 2017. After our 2.5 mile Pascagoula Death March this morning, Susan and I attended a home Hemodialysis training session at the DeVita Dialysis Training Center in D’Iberville. It is amazing how far medical technology has come in just the last 10 years! Now, they actually make a portable Hemodialysis machine!! The unit is a little larger than a portable sewing machine   … and the user interface is simple and easy to use. Of course needles have to be inserted in the arm to cycle the blood. That seemed really bad until the trainer pointed out, that by inserting the needles in the same exact position/location, over a period of weeks, the body develops a callus around the opening, just like it does for an earring. The actual training with the machine will start in 9 weeks. Needless to say, Susan and I are ready!!

Medical news?  (BBC NEWS) — Indian court rejects abortion for 10-year-old rape victim. “India’s Supreme Court has refused to allow an abortion for a 10-year-old girl, allegedly raped by her uncle, on the grounds that she is too far into her pregnancy. A doctors’ panel told the court that, at 32 weeks, termination of the pregnancy would be “too risky”. Her pregnancy was discovered two weeks ago when she complained of stomach ache and her parents took her to hospital. A lower court had earlier turned down her plea on similar grounds. Without disclosing the details of the medical report, the judges on Friday ruled that termination was “not good for the girl”. They have asked the government-run Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research hospital in the northern city of Chandigarh to ensure that proper medical care is provided to her.” I did not know that a 10 year old can get pregnant! Apparently they can. Youngest female/woman to give birth? “Lina Medina, a Peruvian girl born in 1933, began menstruating at the age of eight months, was tragically raped as a 5-year-old and gave birth at six years, five months. She is the youngest confirmed mother in medical history. Medina is still alive today. Her son, born by caesarian section, was raised as her brother.” There are some sick bastards out there!!

In other medical news: (BBC NEWS) — US plans to curb nicotine in tobacco. “The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking to limit nicotine content in tobacco products, for the first time in its history. The policy announced on Friday has a goal of cutting back on nicotine levels in order to discourage addiction and lower the number of US smokers. The FDA says tobacco is responsible for 480,000 American deaths each year, and $300bn (£228bn) in medical costs. Stock market shares of tobacco plummeted after the plan was announced. On the New York Stock Exchange, shares in Altria dropped by up to 17%, British American Tobacco’s stock fell as much as 11%, and Philip Morris dropped by 7% before they all recovered some of their losses. “The overwhelming amount of death and disease attributable to tobacco is caused by addiction to cigarettes – the only legal consumer product that, when used as intended, will kill half of all long-term users,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement.”   No doubt nicotine is a highly addictive drug: “Nicotine is the harmful, addictive substance found in all tobacco products. When you smoke a cigarette, chew tobacco, or otherwise ingest nicotine, the effects are immediate: Nicotine travels through the body in the bloodstream and heads straight for the brain, arriving in 7 to 15 seconds. In the brain, nicotine boosts the “reward center,” releasing chemicals that cause a pleasant, happy feeling. Adrenaline is then released, increasing heart rate and blood pressure, and making breathing rapid and shallow. As nicotine use continues, these effects can damage your heart, arteries, and lungs, increasing the risk for heart attack, stroke, and chronic lung disease.”  So … will the Feds also limit the amount of nicotine in “nicotine patches”? Fact is, nicotine is bad, but worse are the tars and other chemical byproducts formed by burning tobacco. I quit, “cold turkey”, 3 years ago, after smoking 3 packs a day for over 53 years. If Mr’s Timmerman’s little boy can do so   … so can you!!

And the latest “Psycho-Drama” at the White House. (BBC NEWS) — John Kelly appointment: Trump replaces chief of staff Priebus/ “US President Donald Trump has named General John Kelly, who currently heads the Department of Homeland Security, as his next chief of staff. The announcement, made over Twitter on Friday afternoon, effectively removed Reince Priebus from the role. The embattled former chief of staff had faced pressure since being named as a possible leaker by Mr Trump’s newly appointed director of communication. Mr Kelly is a retired general who has become the face of border security. Anthony Scaramucci, who was appointed communications director one week ago, had accused Mr Priebus of leaking to the press in a tweet that he quickly deleted. He also phoned a reporter to unleash a profanity-filled rant against Mr Priebus, whom he called a “paranoid schizophrenic”. In a series of tweets just before 17:00 local time (22:00 GMT) on Friday, the president praised the former Marine Corp general as a “great American” and a “great leader”. The behaviors by, (seems like), almost all players at the Whitehouse is wearing thin. Seems more like a bunch of “corporate in-fighting” than governing. And the Republicans in Congress are not doing any better, much to the delight of their Democrat contemporaries, who have their own problems! We have an election coming up next year. All 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be contested. Time to get politically involved   … isn’t it?

And in the good news and bad news: (BBC NEWS) — Drinking a few times a week ‘reduces diabetes risk’. “People who drink three to four times a week are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who never drink, Danish researchers suggest. Wine appears to be particularly beneficial, probably as it plays a role in helping to manage blood sugar, the study, published in Diabetologia, says. They surveyed more than 70,000 people on their alcohol intake – how much and how often they drank. But experts said this wasn’t a “green light” to drink more than recommended. And Public Health England warned that consuming alcohol contributed to a vast number of other serious diseases, including some cancers, heart and liver disease.” Sucking down some wine a few times per week reduces your chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes … but increases your chances of getting, cancer, heart and liver disease. Life has it’s tough choices.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, the dogs waiting by the door for Susan to come back home. She is visiting her niece. I have an appointment on Monday to have two crowns prepped. Looking forward to a quiet Friday Night at Ft Timmerman. Sunday Lunch and a Movie? Pot Roast, Mushroom Gravy with Mashed Potato. The movie? “Spider-Man Homecoming 2017” 

Time to post these Ramblings. Later … I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) Be and sleep well, the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is certainly not my intent. As always …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri   …   now retired and living in Pascagoula, Mississippi   …   and the Editorial Staff)

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July 21, 2017

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of July 21, 2017. Not a lot to share in this weeks Ramblings. We are just enjoying a typical Pascagoula summer:   a thunder storm/rain shower early in the morning   … and a bright, sunny afternoon. We have fallen into the routine of walking every non-dialysis day. Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We did a 2.9 mile death march today.

A fascinating read: (BBC NEWS) — The Hidden Ways Your Language Betrays Your Character. “If you overheard a conversation on a bus, do you think you could tell from the words that were used and the topics discussed, the personality of the people who were chatting? What about if I showed you a short story? Could you glean something about the character of the author from their language? We’re often reminded “choose your words carefully” – well it turns out the words themselves may reveal far more than what we’re actually trying to say. There’s mounting evidence that our personality is written, quite literally, in the language that we use, from the tweets we send to our choice of email address.” 

And the penal news, (no pun intended). (BBC NEWS) — Inmates offered reduced sentences for birth control procedure. “A judge in the US state of Tennessee is offering to reduce jail sentences for any inmate that volunteers to undergo a birth control procedure. Since Judge Sam Benningfield signed the legal order in May, 32 women and 38 men have volunteered in exchange for 30 days shaved off their sentence. The order has drawn fire from the local prosecutor, and by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Vasectomies are offered for men and hormone implants in the arm for women. “I hope to encourage them to take personal responsibility”, the White County judge told WTVF-TV “and give them a chance, when they do get out, not to be burdened with children.” So much for equal protection/treatment! There is no guarantee a vasectomy can be reversed while a hormone implant wears off over time.

Legal news? (BBC NEWS) — Kodi magazine ‘directs readers to pirate content’. “A British magazine is directing readers to copyright-infringing software, the Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact) has said. Kodi is a free, legal media player for computers – but software add-ons can make it possible to download pirated content. The Complete Guide to Kodi magazine instructs readers on how to download such add-ons. Dennis Publishing has not yet responded to a BBC request for comment. The magazine is available at a number of retailers including WH Smith, Waterstones and Amazon. It was spotted on sale by cyber-security researcher Kevin Beaumont. It repeatedly warns readers of the dangers of accessing pirated content online, but one article lists a series of software packages alongside screenshots promoting “free TV”, “popular albums” and “world sport”. If a magazine in the US printed something like this … you can bet your bippy, their butt would be in Federal Court before the ink on the magazine could start to fade!! I wonder if a case could be made for conspiracy to incite copyright infringement under Federal Copyright law?

Obviously, Australian Aborigines are direct descendants of Adam and Eve. (BBC NEWS) — Australia human history ‘rewritten by rock find’. “Archaeologists have found the first evidence to suggest that Aboriginal people have been in Australia for at least 65,000 years. The discovery indicates their arrival on the continent was up to 18,000 years earlier than previously thought. It was made after sophisticated artifacts were excavated from a rock shelter in the Northern Territory. Researchers unearthed what they say are the world’s oldest stone axes and ochre crayons, thought to be used for art. The research, which has been peer-reviewed, was published in the journal Nature.   It is based on findings at the Madjedbebe shelter, near Kakadu National Park. Australian Aborigines are believed to be the world’s oldest continuous civilization.” I guess this proves the “Garden of Eden” was in Australia.

Genetic basis for behavior? (BBC NEWS) — Why dogs are friendly – it’s written in their genes. “Being friendly is in dogs’ nature and could be key to how they came to share our lives, say US scientists. Dogs evolved from wolves tens of thousands of years ago. During this time, certain genes that make dogs particularly gregarious have been selected for, according to research. This may give dogs their distinctive personalities, including a craving for human company. “Our finding of genetic variation in both dogs and wolves provides a possible insight into animal personality, and may even suggest similar genes may have roles in other domestic species (maybe cats even),” said Dr Bridgett vonHoldt of Princeton University.” There has been an ongoing debate in the Social Psychology community about the role genetics play in behavior. “Nature vs. Nurture”. The consensus is, it does   … based on animal behaviors which are not “learned”. For example? The ability of birds to build nests without being taught how to do so. As an aside   … “Buddy” has been gone a couple of weeks now. I find myself looking at the chair he would lay on   … to check on him. A 19 year old habit is hard to break.

Sitting here watching the evening news while editing these Ramblings. Big news on CNN? The ongoing “horse and buggy” show at the White House. Sean Spicer is out as Press Secretary. (Whispering   …   I really don’t care!!) Looking forward to a quiet weekend at Ft Timmerman. Susan has dialysis from 11:00am – 3:00pm. tomorrow. Hopefully, the yard will be dry enough for me to mow.  Still hurting and missing my little “Buddy”. I saw a show earlier today about how “service dogs” are trained   … the incredible bond that is formed between a service dog and his/her master.   Service dogs are generally larger breeds, which typically only live 10 – 12 years. I can only imagine the pain, the sense of loss, a person would feel when their service dog dies.

Time to post these Ramblings. Later … I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) I remain nicotine free. Be and sleep well, the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is certainly not my intent. As always …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri   …   now retired and living in Pascagoula, Mississippi   …   and the Editorial Staff)

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