June 23, 2017

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of June 23, 2017. Thunderstorms all week, with periods of sunshine, which allowed us to do the Pascagoula Death March each day. Did 2.2 miles this morning. For lunch, I picked up a Dominos pizza   … large with extra pepperoni and cheese: $6.00! We have enough left over for Susan to snack on later and in the morning. I’m no fan of cold or reheated pizza. The “big” news this week was the Democrat Party candidates in 4 special elections had their plow cleaned after the media’s “talking heads” all predicted a Democrat sweep. Supposedly, the public sending a message of disapproval to Trump. Meanwhile the Republican Party is in the processes of splintering itself into irrelevance. And that was the week that was.

On the war against ISIS front: (BBC NEWS) — Canadian sniper ‘kills IS militant two miles away’. “A sniper in the Canadian special forces shot and killed an Islamic State (IS) fighter from a distance of 2.1 miles (3,540m) in Iraq last month. Military sources told Toronto’s Globe and Mail newspaper that the gunman is a member of Joint Task Force 2, and made the shot from a high-rise building. It took the bullet almost 10 seconds to hit its target, it reports. The Canadian Special Operations Command confirmed to the BBC the sniper “hit a target” from that distance. The shot, which sources tell the paper was filmed, is thought to be a record for the longest confirmed kill. The sniper worked in tandem with an observer, who helps to spot targets, and used a standard Canadian military issued McMillan TAC-50 rifle.” The McMillan Tac-50 sniper rifle   … “is produced in Phoenix, Arizona in the United States by McMillan Firearms Manufacturing. This long-range anti-materiel/anti-personnel weapon is based on previous designs from the same company, which first appeared during the late 1980s. McMillan makes several versions of .50 caliber rifles, based on the same proprietary action, for military, law enforcement and civilian use. The Tac-50 is a military and law enforcement weapon, which, designated as the C15, is the standard Long Range Sniper Weapon (LRSW) of the Canadian Army since 2000. Rifles of the Tac-50 family are capable of outstanding accuracy and guaranteed to provide 0.5 MOA groups with match-grade ammunition.” If you are into eating buses … this will drop one … but they are pricey: $9,499.99!

I remember the US being the worlds only computing super power. No more. The Chinese are: (BBC NEWS) — Meet the world’s most powerful computer. China only started producing its first computer chips in 2001. But its chip industry has developed at an awesome pace. So much so that Chinese-made chips power the world’s most powerful supercomputer, which is Chinese too. The computer, known as the Sunway TaihuLight, contains some 41,000 chips and can carry out 93 quadrillion calculations per second. That’s twice as fast as the next-most-powerful supercomputer on the planet (which also happens to be Chinese). The mind-boggling amount of calculations computers like this can carry out in the blink of an eye can help crunch incredibly complicated data – such as variations in weather patterns over months and years and decades.” A couple of thousand years ago, the Chinese ruled the world. If we, as a nation, don’t get off of our butts and fund basic research   … in my children’s life time … the Chinese will rule the world once again.

And a question we all want to know the answer to!! (BBC NEWS) — Coffee under threat. Will it taste worse as the planet warms? “Coffee drinkers could face poorer-tasting, higher-priced brews, as a warming climate causes the amount of land suitable for coffee production to shrink, say scientists from London’s Kew Gardens. Coffee production in Ethiopia, the birthplace of the high quality Arabica coffee bean and Africa’s largest exporter, could be in serious jeopardy over the next century unless action is taken, according to a report, published in Nature Plants today. “In Ethiopia and all over the world really, if we do nothing there will be less coffee, it will probably taste worse and will cost more,” Dr Aaron Davis, coffee researcher at Kew and one of the report’s authors, told the BBC.” How can we survive as a species if we are doomed to face each new day, and the challenges it will pose   … armed only with a bad tasting cup of coffee? Could providence be that cruel?

And in the interesting read news: (BBC NEWS) — The country where tampons may cause a security alert. “Cairo airport’s security screening starts at the door to the terminal buildings. Only passengers are allowed in. Even before check-in, they have to put their belongings through the large scanners, have their tickets and passports checked and walk through a scanner themselves. It was at this point that I was pulled aside for a patdown. A uniformed woman ran her hands down my body and legs and came back up to find a lump in my right-hand jeans pocket. It was small and bullet-shaped. The guard pointed and said, in Egyptian Arabic: “What’s that?” “Oh nothing”, I said. “It’s just…” Thinking it was a tissue, I pulled it out… then realized that to my horror, I was waving a tampon in her face. She raised her eyebrows, apparently oblivious to my embarrassment, then looked perplexed. “What’s that?” She said again.” We take a lot for granted in Western culture. 3rd World cultures view and deal with menses in an entirely different manner.

And for my cat loving friends: (BBC NEWS) — How cats conquered the ancient world. “The domestic cat is descended from wild cats that were tamed twice – in the Near East and then Egypt, according to the largest study of its kind. Farmers in the Near East were probably the first people to successfully tame wild cats about 9,000 years ago. Then, a few thousand years later, cats spread out of ancient Egypt along maritime trade routes. Today, cats live on all continents except Antarctica. Scientists think wildcats began hanging around farms to prey on mice attracted to grain stores, starting the long relationship between humans and felines. “There were two taming events – one in the Near East at the beginning and one in Egypt much later,” said lead researcher Eva-Maria Geigl. “And then the cat spread very efficiently all over the ancient world as a ship’s cat. Both lineages are now present in modern cats.” Interesting.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings. Once you retire, every day is like a Sunday   … days just blend together. That is one of the reasons we do the Pensacola Death March. It forces us to get up, get dressed and get out of the house. It is way too easy to fall into a routine, where you park your butt behind a computer or television screen   … and have your mind and body atrophy. Susan is now 3 weeks nicotine free, although she still sucks on a nicotine free vape. Sunday lunch and a Movie? BBQ’s Ribeye, Baked Potato and Corn on the Cob. The movie? “Blood, Sand and Gold [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?) 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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June 16, 2017

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of June 16, 2017. Another nut job went on a shooting rampage using an AK47 type rifle on Wednesday. 6 people were hospitalized and the shooter was killed. Within hours, there was a renewed call by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to ban “assault rifles”. He also claimed guns accounted for 93 million American deaths, per day. If that were true, the total population of the United States would be dead in 4 days. The actual facts? “Some 13,286 people were killed in the US by firearms in 2015, according to the Gun Violence Archive, and 26,819 people were injured [those figures exclude suicide].” … and … “40,200 people died in accidents involving motor vehicles in 2016” … “More than 2.5 million Americans went to the emergency department (ER)—and nearly 200,000 were then hospitalized—for crash injuries in 2012.” Certainly grants some perspective, doesn’t it?

And talking about “perspective”? (BBC NEWS) — The oldest living thing on Earth. “Mayflies live a day, humans live a century, if we’re lucky, but what is the oldest living organism on the planet? For scientists, accurately proving the age of any long-lived species is a hard task. Under the boughs of a 300-year-old sweet chestnut tree in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, Tony Kirkham, head of the arboretum, confirms that trees are capable of outliving animals.”   … A team of researchers in the US keeps a list, called the Old List, of officially dated ancient trees. They’ve found a sacred fig tree in Sri Lanka that is at least 2,222 years old. There’s a Patagonian cypress tree in Chile which, at 3,627 years old, is as old as Stonehenge. A Great Basin bristlecone pine in California’s White Mountains named Methuselah comes in at 4,850 years old. But the oldest tree on the list, an unnamed bristlecone pine from the same location, has a core suggesting it is 5,067 years old. This time-worn tree has lived through the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. It was already established when the Ancient Egyptians started building pyramids.”   “The Old List” is an interesting website which lists type of tree, location and age!

An interesting legal development: (BBC NEWS) — Michelle Carter guilty of texts urging boyfriend’s suicide. “A Massachusetts judge has ruled that a woman who sent dozens of texts encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide is guilty of his death. Michelle Carter, now 20, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for her messages to 18-year-old Conrad Roy urging him to kill himself. He took his own life on 13 July 2014 by running a generator in his vehicle in a car park in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. Carter, who could face up to 20 years in prison, sobbed in court. She encouraged her boyfriend to take his own life so she could seek attention as the “grieving girlfriend”, the trial heard.” Remember the childhood mantra: “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never harm me.”? I know of no legal theory under the “Common Law” that would support this conviction. Since there is no liability under the common law, “Black Letter Law”, (a statute, ordinance, or regulation), would control. There isn’t any. “Involuntary Manslaughter”: “Involuntary manslaughter usually refers to an unintentional killing that results from recklessness or criminal negligence, or from an unlawful act that is a misdemeanor or low-level felony (such as a DUI).” In this case there will be an appeal. Telling someone who announces they will kill themselves, to go ahead and do it     …   may be heartless and stupid, but not reckless nor criminally negligent. I can not see how a Court of Appeals would allow this conviction to stand.

And in the quantum mechanics news:   (BBC NEWS) — China’s quantum satellite in big leap. “The term “spy satellite” has taken on a new meaning with the successful test of a novel Chinese spacecraft. The mission can provide unbreakable secret communications channels, in principle, using the laws of quantum science. Called Micius, the satellite is the first of its kind and was launched from the Gobi desert last August. It is all part of a push towards a new kind of internet that would be far more secure than the one we use now.”  I have no clue what “quantum mechanics” is about other than … “Quantum mechanics is the body of scientific laws that describe the wacky behavior of photons, electrons and the other particles that make up the universe. Quantum mechanics is the branch of physics relating to the very small. It results in what may appear to be some very strange conclusions about the physical world.” That said, it is an interesting article to read.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, Susan is in her office watching TV. We just got back making a run to Jerry Lee’s, (our local grocery store), to pick up ice cream and the components for Sunday Lunch and a movie   … lunch? Beef and Sausage Lasagna. The movie? “Power Rangers [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?) 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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June 9, 2017

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of June 9, 2017. Susan is a Type I diabetic. She checks her sugar levels several times a day, even though the test strips are pricey!! Given the number of diabetics our America now has, and the complications suffered by poorly managed blood sugar levels, the greatest medical cost saving thing, (Medicare, Medicaid), our government could do? Encourage good blood sugar management by make testers, test strips and insulin readily and publicly available!! Blood sugar levels in Type II diabetics is unpredictable because their pancreas produces varying amounts of insulin, which their bodies may or may not use/process it. They NEED to test more. Type I diabetics , (early onset, usually around puberty), have a pancreas that, in most cases, doesn’t produce insulin … allowing less frequent testing. Blood sugar levels in Type I diabetics, normally don’t yo-yo nor drop significantly over a short period of time.

Susan and I walk at least 1 ½ miles every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. This past Wednesday, Susan didn’t check her blood sugar level before the walk. About half way into the walk, her sugar level got so low, she could not walk any further. I made her sit down and literally ran back to the house, got the car, a can of 7-Up and a Glucagon Pen. A Glucagon Pen is used to inject Glucagon to raise blood sugar levels when a person’s sugar level is so low they can not safely swallow. By the Grace of God, after 21 years together, I have only had to use the pen one time. When we got home, her blood sugar level was 37. After drinking the 7-Up, an hour later, she was back to normal. As result, we have now added an extra action to our exercise regimen. Susan checks her blood sugar level before we leave the house. We learned a lesson: if you are a diabetic, test before you exercise.

And in the “there’s no accounting for taste” news: (BBC NEWS) — A sauce made from flying ants. “Every spring, Oaxaca residents await the arrival of the chicatanas, a flying ant that has become a delicacy in high-end restaurants throughout the region … In the kitchen of Criollo, one of Oaxaca’s most exclusive restaurants part-owned by celebrity chef Enrique Olvera, I watched Arellano prepare his mother’s sauce. He started by toasting the ants ‒ wings and all ‒ on the comal, pushing them around gently with a palm brush. He then toasted avocado leaves and chile de arbol peppers before adding all the ingredients to a molcajete, a traditional Mexican pestle and mortar made from volcanic rock, with some raw garlic. The sauce, which I sampled on a freshly made corn tortilla, wasn’t smooth; it was chunky and rustic with bits of crispy ant and fragrant garlic on which to chew. It had a complex taste despite so few ingredients. The deep flavor of many insects that I have eaten often reminds me of a smoked cheese, and these ants were no different.” He must have access to some really different smoked cheese!

And a Chelsea Manning update: (BBC NEWS) — Chelsea Manning thanks Obama in first interview. “Chelsea Manning, the former US soldier jailed for leaking classified information, has spoken out for the first time since her release, accepting responsibility for her crime and thanking President Barack Obama.” Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison. Obama pardoned him/her after 7 years. While in prison, he had a sex change operation. A sex change operation can cost well over $100,000.00. A really cost effective sanction, isn’t it? Tax payers provided Manning a roof, 3 squares and a sex change operation. Go figure!

In the “there’s an App for everything” news: (BBC NEWS) — Do mums really need breastfeeding help from technology? “Caring for a new baby can be an overwhelming experience – there’s lots to cope with and keep track of. And breastfeeding isn’t as easy as it looks. Can technology help new mums or is it just another layer of complexity in an already hectic life? Ashley Albert, 34, from Sacramento, California, is a real estate executive and the proud mother of Kayley and Teagan, both under four years old. She says she found using Baby Connect, an app that helps parents record breastfeeds, nappy changes, sleep times and so on, very useful. “The newborn days are such a blur – you’re in survival mode – so having something to look back to was essential,” she says.” How in the world were mothers able to breastfeed for thousands of years … without an APP on a smart phone?

And the answer to an age old question: (BBC NEWS) — The many reasons why dogs might roll in smelly poo. “The sun shines overhead, while the hum of insects and birdsong completes a beautiful day. On the other side of the park, your pet dog bounces around excitedly. Snuffling the ground, he suddenly stops to enthusiastically roll on the grass before bounding back to you. It is only when you bend to greet him that it hits you: a pungent, foul musky stench. Your dog has rolled in poo. This is something most dog owners will have experienced during a walk. But why do domestic dogs seem to get such joy from smearing another animal’s feces on their coat?” An interesting read. 

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, Susan in her office surrounded by her “fur babies”. We walked 1 ½ miles today. On the evening news? The interview with Chelsea Manning on ABC World News.   Point of fact? She has served more time than any other whistler blower, ever. We have settled in for a quiet Friday evening at Ft Timmerman. Susan has dialysis from 11:00am to 3:30pm, tomorrow. Sunday Lunch and a Movie? Grilled Brats, French Fries and a Garden Salad. The movie? “Life [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?) 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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June 2, 2017

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of June 2, 2017. I suffer from wet macular degeneration in my right eye. Susan drove me to the VA eye clinic this morning. Vision in the eye has deteriorated from 20/40 to 20/70. The retina specialist opined that it was time for another Avastin shot in my eye. He gave me one.

So being “gay” is unnatural? (BBC NEWS) — ‘Gay’ vultures become parents in Amsterdam zoo. “A Dutch zoo says two male vultures in a long-standing relationship have become parents after successfully hatching an egg. Staff gave the gay griffon vultures an abandoned egg, which they cared for in their nest for two months. Zoo keeper Job van Tol said the two fathers are “a very tight couple” and are doing the job perfectly. “We have had them for some years. They always build a nest together, bond and mate together,” he told the BBC. “But, as two males, the one thing they could not do was lay an egg.” So when staff discovered a lone egg that none of the other vultures would adopt, they first cared for it in an incubator, and then decided to place in the male couple’s nest. “It was a bit of risk as we had no guarantees of success, but we thought, finally, this is their chance,” said Mr Van Tol. Artis Amsterdam Royal Zoo said the new parents are very protective of their fast-growing chick, which is now 20 days old, and they have been breaking up its food to make it manageable to eat.” Interesting. “(B)uild a nest together, bond and mate together …” Don’t you wonder … when they “mate”   … who decides who the “mator” is and who is the “matee”?

And speaking of the evolutionary background of human “mating”: (CNN) — Who orgasms most and least, and why. “More and more studies are shedding light on the “orgasm gap,” which refers to how men orgasm during sex more frequently than women. But why does this gender gap exist, and what can be done to achieve orgasm equality? After all, about 40% of women experience sexual dysfunction, associated with a chronic difficulty in achieving orgasm.” This is an absolutely fascinating article, well worth the read!!

How about that? (BBC NEWS) — Obamas buy $8.1m home in Washington DC.   “The family of former US President Barack Obama has purchased the home they had been renting in Washington DC. The nine-bedroom, 8.5-bathroom stone mansion in the upmarket Kalorama neighborhood was sold for $8.1m, property records indicate. The Obamas are remaining in Washington until their youngest daughter, 15-year-old Sasha, finishes high school. The former first couple have been traveling the world since departing the White House in January.” Fact is: “Since 2001, the president has earned a $400,000 annual salary, along with a $50,000 annual expense account, a $100,000 nontaxable travel account, and $19,000 for entertainment. The most recent raise in salary was approved by Congress and President Bill Clinton in 1999 and went into effect in 2001.” And, as of 2015, (Obama lobbied to have a President’s retirement increased), leaving office, he will receive $203,700 per year for the rest of his life. Must be nice, after paying off student loan debt, a stint in the legislature and 8 years as President   … to be able to buy an $8.1m dollar house. Sure proves the “American Dream” doesn’t it?

Live and learn. (CNN) — Some call it ‘stealthing,’ others call it sexual assault. “Some people call it “stealthing” — a practice where men secretly remove or damage condoms without their partners’ knowledge. Others call it sexual assault. But giving it an official name could be a major support for survivors of sexual assault, many of whom face an uphill battle in the legal system, according to an article in the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law. Taking action may also add a new layer to the ongoing discussion about consent and sexual assault, the author said.”  How would you prove you are the victim of a “stealthing” attack? As a form of birth control, condoms are not 100% effective. “If you use condoms perfectly every single time you have sex, they’re 98% effective at preventing pregnancy. But people aren’t perfect, so in real life condoms are about 82% effective — that means about 18 out of 100 people who use condoms as their only birth control method will get pregnant each year.”  (Whispering) … does the phrase “Assumption Of Risk” sound familiar?

Justice is a slow and steady steed. (CNN) — Former Penn State President Spanier gets jail time in Sandusky case. “The former president of Penn State University and two other former administrators were sentenced to jail terms Friday for failing to report a 2001 allegation that assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was molesting young boys. The sentence of two months in jail plus another two under house arrest against a once-leading figure in American higher education marks a low point in the largely distinguished career of Graham Spanier, who was Penn State’s president from 1995 to 2011. He was found guilty in March of one misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child.” Obviously there is a moral obligation to report this kind of behavior ,,, but there is also a legal obligation enforceable with criminal sanctions? So … would Sandusky’s priest or lawyer also face criminal sanctions if they heard allegations??

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, having some difficulty focusing my right eye after the Avastin shot this morning. I have had 5 Avastin shots over the last couple of years. This is the first time I have had this level of discomfort! Other than Susan’s dialysis tomorrow, we will spend a quiet weekend at Ft Timmerman. Sunday Lunch and a Movie? Spare Ribs, Mashed Potatoes and Peas. The Movie? “Fist Fight [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?) 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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May 26, 2017

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of May 26, 2017. On Wednesday morning we left Ft Timmerman at 5:00am and drove to Ochsner Transplant Medical Center in New Orleans.   Once there, at 7:00am, they drew 20 vials of Susan’s blood. We then had a presentation explaining how the transplant is done and the recovery times and process. We then met with the individual members of the transplant team who compiled Susan’s complete medical and psychological recrd. After a brief break for lunch, Susan had a series of sonograms, x-rays and had her immunizations updated. This was the most complete medical exam I have ever seen. We learned that the waiting time for a kidney is between 4 – 7 years. The waiting time for a kidney/pancreas combination implant is between 1 – 1 ½ years. With Susan’s age, she may not qualify for a kidney/pancreas. We finally made it home at 6:00pm.

In the legal news: (CNN) — Judge sentences man who raped sister to probation, citing ‘stigma’. “A 20-year-old California man who pleaded guilty to raping his drugged younger sister was granted probation and is expected to serve just four months in jail, a sentence that the prosecutor says is worse than that given to Stanford swimmer Brock Turner. The convicted man, of Crescent City, gave his 16-year-old sister high-potency marijuana “dabs” and repeatedly asked her to have sex, according to a criminal complaint. She said no several times until she became so “out of it” that she no longer recognized him as her brother, the complaint states.” The family must have just moved there from Arkansas.

And the what’s going to happen here news: (BBC NEWS) — Germany vaccination: Fines plan as measles cases rise. “Parents in Germany who fail to seek medical advice on vaccinating their children could face fines of up to $2,800. Health Minister Hermann Gröhe said it was necessary to tighten the law because of a measles epidemic. A mother of three died of measles in the city of Essen this week. The government wants kindergartens to report any parents who cannot prove they have had a medical consultation. However, Germany is not yet making it an offence to refuse vaccinations – unlike Italy.” The measles virus is extremely contagious because it is airborne. It can linger in the air for hours. I can see mandatory immunization coming in the US. Why? Measles were supposed to have been eradicated in the US in 2000. It hasn’t been. “From January 1 to April 22, 2017, 61 people from 10 states (California, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Washington) were reported to have measles. In 2016, 70 people from 16 states were reported to have measles. In 2015, 188 people from 24 states and the District of Columbia were reported to have measles. In 2014, the United States experienced a record number of measles cases, with 667 cases from 27 states reported to CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD); this is the greatest number of cases since measles elimination was documented in the U.S. in 2000.” 

And the robotics news: (BBC NEWS) — A sex doll that can talk – but is it perfect Harmony? “Harmony is a new type of sex doll – one that can move and talk. Her head, eyelids and lip movements are fairly crude and her conversation is even more limited. But she is part of a new robotics revolution that is seeing artificial intelligence incorporated into an extremely human-like body. Some think that it will revolutionize the way humans interact with robots while others believe that it represents the very worst in robotic advancement.” … and   … (BBC NEWS) — Google AI defeats human Go champion. “Google’s DeepMind AlphaGo artificial intelligence has defeated the world’s number one Go player Ke Jie. AlphaGo secured the victory after winning the second game in a three-part match. DeepMind founder Demis Hassabis said Ke Jie had played “perfectly” and “pushed AlphaGo right to the limit”. Following the defeat, Ke Jie told reporters: “I’m a little bit sad, it’s a bit of a regret because I think I played pretty well.” We are definitely in the beginning stages of a robotics revolution. Need proof? Compare the capabilities of the cell phone you used 10 years ago, and the cell phone you are using now?

And this weeks “You have to check out this link” news: (BBC NEWS) — Britain’s great explorations now online . “The Royal Geographical Society is releasing the films of the scientific explorations it sponsored in the early 20th Century. The priceless footage, some of which has not been seen for nearly 100 years, is being digitized and put online. The films are also helping scientists today learn more about the impact of climate change.” There are hundreds of films going back 120 years.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings while watching the NBC Evening News. Apparently, the rate of people dying from Alzheimer’s disease in the United States rose by 55% over a 15-year period. The number of those patients dying at home also rose, from 14% to 25% over the same time period studied. Nancy Reagan called Alzheimer’s “The Long Goodbye”. And of course, Trump is in the news   … Melania wore a $51,500.00 designer jacket in Sicily. I wonder who actually cares?? Sunday Lunch and a Movie? BBQ’d Spare Ribs, Mashed Potato with Corn on the Cob. The movie? “John Wick Chapter 2 [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?) 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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