Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of December 19, 2014. Hard to believe we are 5 days away from Christmas Eve: another year has gone by. Technology has evolved … from desk tops, to laptops, to tablets, to smart phones. Language, what is permissible in polite company, has also evolved. I can remember a time when saying “damn”, “shit” or “crap” was taboo … and the “F-bomb” was absolutely prohibited. I remember the uproar over “George Carlin – Usage Of The Word F*ck” comedy routine. Apparently, it’s use as an adjective has now become acceptable … if it’s use on Facebook is an indication of acceptance. I guess I must be old fashioned. I still find it’s use offensive.
Our British allies are also sending troops to battle ISIS: (CNN) — Hundreds of British troops going to Iraq, official says. “The United Kingdom will deploy hundreds of troops to Iraq in the coming year to train Iraqi and Kurdish forces — the country’s latest contribution to the fight against ISIS — British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon told The Telegraph newspaper. The British have participated in a multinational airstrike campaign against ISIS in Iraq for months, but sending troops to train Iraqis and Kurds increases Britain’s military involvement there. The United Kingdom hasn’t had a significant ground troop presence in Iraq since 2011, the same year the United States withdrew its forces following a 2003 invasion to topple Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.” Obama signed off this week on another 1,000 boots hitting the ground in Iraq as trainers and attached to front line units as FOB.s, (forward observers to call in and coordinate air strikes). That raises the total number of American boots on the ground to over 3,000. Got news. Because FOB’s are front line troops, they have to see the enemy to laser targets or call in coordinates … it is only a question of time before one of them falls.
In other military news: (BBC NEWS) — Canadian navy sailors face near-total alcohol ban. “Canada’s navy has imposed a near-total ban on its sailors from drinking while at sea. Previously, sailors were permitted to drink while off duty; now they will only be allowed to on special occasions at the captain’s discretion. The new measures come after a warship had to be recalled after incidents involving allegedly inebriated crew. The new restrictions bring the Canadian navy closer in line with the navies of the US, Britain and New Zealand.” So … just what do you DO with a “drunken sailor … early in the morning.”
Medical news: (BBC NEWS) — Scientists make ‘feel full’ chemical. “Scientists have created a chemical that can be added to food to make people feel full. Initial tests showed it helped people to eat less and slow weight gain. It harnessed the power of a propionate, which naturally makes us feel full when it is produced by breaking down fiber in the gut … The tricky part of the research was finding a way to deliver the proprionate into the colon, where it triggers the release of hormones that control appetite.” I have no doubt having to insert an anal suppository before you eat … will curb your appetite as well.
Only the British!! London (CNN) — ‘Face-sitting’ protest held over UK porn censorship law. “Visitors to the Houses of Parliament on Friday may have seen more than they bargained for. Protesters against new rules limiting online pornography gathered to simulate some of the now-banned sex acts, including “face-sitting.” … The new regulations, which came into force on December 1, ban various acts being depicted in online pornography produced in the United Kingdom, including face-sitting, female ejaculation and spanking, in part to protect children from being exposed to potentially harmful content. However, they do not make it illegal for people to watch videos produced outside Britain or to perform the acts themselves.” I like to think I’m a somewhat knowledgeable “adult” about sex … but … what in the world is “face sitting”? So, you can do and watch this stuff if it is produced outside Britain? So, it is less harmful to children, if it produced some other place? [Footnote: for an interesting overview of European pornography production and laws, by country … CLICK HERE]
I have no doubt other species have abilities we don’t. (BBC NEWS) — Birds ‘heard tornadoes coming’ and fled one day ahead. “US scientists say tracking data shows that five golden-winged warblers “evacuated” their nesting site one day before the April 2014 tornado outbreak. Geolocators showed the birds left the Appalachians and flew 700km (400 miles) south to the Gulf of Mexico. The next day, devastating storms swept across the south and central US. Writing in the journal Current Biology, ecologists suggest these birds – and others – may sense such extreme events with their keen low-frequency hearing. Remarkably, the warblers had completed their seasonal migration just days earlier, settling down to nest after a 5,000km (3,100 mile) journey from Colombia.” Geese use the earths magnetic differences to navigate. Dogs have an incredible sense of smell and hearing. Bats can echo-locate and whales use sonar to locate prey and navigate. Kind of puts our species in it’s place … doesn’t it?
This is a blooming legal issue given how wide spread the Internet is. (BBC NEWS) — Tech rivals join Microsoft in fight over US data demand. “Apple and eBay are among those supporting Microsoft’s stand against handing over data stored in Ireland to the US government. One year ago, prosecutors issued a warrant for emails stored by Microsoft in an Irish data centre, in connection with a drug-related investigation. The tech giant refused to comply but was ordered by a judge to hand over the information in July … The firm and its supporters argue that the centre in Dublin is outside US jurisdiction, while the prosecutors claim that as the data itself is accessible by the firm from within the US, this does not apply … “We believe that when one government wants to obtain email that is stored in another country, it needs to do so in a manner that respects existing domestic and international laws,” wrote Microsoft’s Brad Smith, general counsel and executive vice president of legal and corporate affairs … “In contrast, the US government’s unilateral use of a search warrant to reach email in another country puts both fundamental privacy rights and cordial international relations at risk.” I agree with Microsoft.
Interesting quiz: (BBC NEWS) — Booze calculator: What’s your drinking nationality? “In the month of December alcohol consumption increases as many people celebrate the festive season. But how does your drinking measure up to the average from countries around the world? Find out below if you are similar to a boozy Belarusian or a teetotal Kuwaiti.” CLICK HERE. (Whispering) — I drink like I am from Haiti!!
Sitting here editing the Ramblings and listening to CNN. Of course, in depth repetitive coverage of the Sony Hack … and an explanation why Sony caved, will not release “The Interview” … and the talking heads explaining why they should release the movie. Go figure. Now that I am nicotine free, given the lifting of the embargo on Cuba … I could legally buy Cuban Cigars!!! Sunday Lunch and a Movie? Pork Roast with baby peas and mashed potatoes. The movie? “Kung Fu Jungle ”
Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman. Later when I say my Thank You’s for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share them with … 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. And yes, I remain nicotine free, 663 days, 35,849 ciggybutts not smoked … and $5,825 saved. As always …
A Warm Brotherly Hug
KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri … and the Editorial Staff)