July 15, 2016

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of July 15, 2016.  Susan and I attended a “Kidney Smart” class yesterday afternoon.  VERY, VERY informative, (Link to content of the class.)   I was unaware of all the things kidneys do!  They clean and filter blood,  remove extra fluid and make urine, balance chemicals and fluids and produce hormones that help control blood pressure, make red blood cells and ensure bone health.  Further, I  did not know that there are two different types of dialysis:  Peritoneal dialysis (PD) uses the lining of your abdominal cavity, called the peritoneum, as a filter to remove waste and excess fluids from your body and Hemodialysis removes wastes and fluid from your blood by cycling it through an external filter called a dialyzer.”  Peritoneal dialysis can be done at home with a either a gravity feed or a peritoneal dialysis machine.  Hemodialysis can be done at home but requires a “Care Partner” to insert the needles for the dialyzer.  It can also be done at a dialysis clinic, where clinic personnel can insert the needles. Hemodialysis requires surgery to set up a blood port.  Modifying your diet    …  and yes, there is a kidney friendly diet. Bottom line?  Obviously we will do everything possible to keep Susan at Stage IV as long as possible  …  but when  the time comes that dialysis is required  …  it will be the two of us, shoulder to shoulder doing what it takes to keep her alive.

And in the Pokemon Go news: (BBC NEWS)  —  Pokemon Go: Sex offender caught playing game with child. A registered child sex offender has been arrested after being caught playing Pokemon Go with a minor near a courthouse in the US state of Indiana.  Randy Zuick was put on the sex offenders list in April after pleading guilty to molesting a child. The terms of his probation specify that he avoid contact with children. Zuick was spotted by a probation officer based at the courthouse in Greenfield, who alerted police. He will face a judge later today.“  Mr. Zuick’s cell mate, a Jamaican pilgrim, greeted Mr Zuick with   … “Now you in the pokie, mon.” 

And a health news update. (BBC NEWS)  —  Can gardening improve the nation’s health?  “Amanda Miller has her hands in the soil as she builds a garden in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace.  Crouched on a bank beside a stream, she is putting the final touches to a garden that attempts to convey the solitude of depression. Her creation is one of several at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show exploring links between health and horticulture.  “The one I’ve focused on is depression because I have family members and friends who have suffered from it,” she says.  “Rather than being inspired to do it, I was compelled to do it.”   She is not depressed …  and her marijuana plants are doing real well.

And it has taken how many years for this supposedly august institution to recognize this barbarity? (BBC NEWS)  —   FGM is child abuse, says UN Population Fund chief. The head of the United Nations Population Fund has, for the first time, described female genital mutilation as “child abuse”. Dr Babatunde Osotimehin told the BBC that the custom was a human rights abuse and needed to end immediately. More than 200 million women and girls around the world have undergone the procedure, where parts of the female genitals are removed.  The UN estimates a further three million are at risk of being mutilated.  Dr Osotimehin said: “There is absolutely no reason to cut anybody, and it seemed to us that it is part of the gender imbalance that has always existed in these communities which are based on patriarchy. I think it’s child abuse.”   I remain of the opinion that the United Nations has evolved into a dysfunctional political eunuch, with the United States picking up the tab.  We no longer derive any benefit.  UN Peace keeping expenses, alone, as of June 2016, were $8.27 Billion, of which the “United States pays 28.38%   …  Japan (10.83%), France (7.22%), Germany (7.14%), United Kingdom (6.68%), China (6.64%), Italy (4.45%), Russian Federation (3.15%), Canada (2.98%) and Spain (2.97%).”  As of 2009:  “The U.S. has been the largest financial supporter of the U.N. since the organization’s founding in 1945. The U.S. is currently assessed 22 percent of the U.N. regular budget and more than 27 percent of the U.N. peacekeeping budget. In dollar terms, the Administration’s budget for FY 2011 requested $516.3 million for the U.N. regular budget and more than $2.182 billion for the peacekeeping budget.” Time to walk away.

In the political “horse and buggy” show news: (BBC NEWS)  — US election: Anti-Trump rebellion quashed in vote. “The movement to stop Donald Trump from gaining the Republican presidential nomination prior to the party’s convention has been crushed by a vote. The party’s rules committee rejected a proposal that would have allowed delegates to back the candidate of their choice.  The panel approved a rule that would “bound” delegates to candidates decided by state primaries and caucuses. Trump supporters say the movement to stop the candidate is now finished.”  …  and  …  (BBC NEWS)  —  Donald Trump chooses Mike Pence as his running mate.  “Republican Donald Trump has selected Indiana Governor Mike Pence to be his vice-presidential running mate.  Mr Trump’s campaign planned to announce his selection on Friday, but cancelled the event because of the attack in Nice, France.  On Friday, Mr Trump confirmed the selection on Twitter.  Mr Trump hopes Mr Pence – a former congressman popular among social conservatives – can help him shore up support among wavering Republicans.”  Mr. Trump has played the media like a cheap piano, with his ridiculous statements. Even caused a Supreme Court Justice to publically comment about a Presidential Campaign. If you think Trump is stupid   …  you have been played!! 

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, watching CNN and waiting for Susan to come home. Her “fur babies” are hunkered down by the door waiting for her.  On CNN,  in depth coverage of the French Terrorist attack.  84 men, women and children killed. France has some of the strictest gun control laws in Europe   …  yet folks intent on killing have no problem getting them.  And the “breaking news”:  a military coup in Turkey.  We have 1,500 troops stationed there, most air force personnel.  Susan is off work tomorrow   …  so we plan on working in the yard Saturday and Sunday.  Susan has a follow up appointment with her orthopedic surgeon Monday morning    …  and in all probability the staples will come out.  Sunday Lunch and a Movie?  Grilled Hamburgers, French Fries and a Garden Salad.  The movie?  “Central Intelligence [2016]” 

Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman. I remain nicotine free.  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.  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 8, 2016

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of July 8, 2016.  Susan’s broken clavicle was not healing.  In fact, last Friday, her orthopedic surgeon opined the two pieces had moved further apart.  He scheduled Susan for shoulder surgery last Tuesday.  The procedure went well.  After making a 7” incision over the bone  …  because the break was close to the joint, there was limited room for screws to hold the joining plate in place  …  so he wrapped wire around the bone and plate, to hold the two pieces of bone together and in place. Six weeks wearing a brace to ensure no movement of the bone. A week from Monday, she will go back and have the staples removed.  Even with some good pain meds, Susan is hurting … and it KILLS me that there is NOTHING I can do to fix it  …  all I can do is hold her and make her as comfortable as I can.

And our America is spinning out of control.  After two black men were killed by police officers   …   this:   (BBC NEWS)  — Dallas police shootings: What we know so far. “Five police officers have been killed by gunmen in Dallas, Texas, during a large protest against fatal police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota.  Three people are in custody and one man who was involved in a stand-off with police reportedly shot himself dead.  Police Chief David Brown said the gunmen “planned to injure and kill as many officers as they could.”  …  “More than 1000 people were killed in police operations in the US in 2015, nearly a third of them black – despite the fact that black people are 13% of the population. A protest movement has grown up against that but is is a complex, amorphous group: both a formal organization and, at the same time, a vast informal collection of ordinary people who tweet the slogan Black Lives Matter.”  I remember folks complaining about the “militarization” of police departments.  I have news:  9mm pistols, (standard police issue), are no match against a person, with military training, firing a .223 AR-15.  They didn’t have the firepower to take this shooter out.  They had to jury-rig an explosive device on the extending arm of a remotely controlled, bomb sniffing robot.  I have NO PROBLEM with ensuring that our law enforcement officers are better armed than the criminals they are going against. Why would you?

Some facts about breast feeding: (BBC NEWS)   —  The surprising links between human milk and the wild. Nine out of every 10 glasses of raw milk produced in the world come from domestic cattle. The remaining one is sourced primarily from goats, buffaloes, sheep, and camels. Less commonly, humans consume the milk of a menagerie of domesticated and semi-domesticated ungulates, such as alpaca, elk, llama, moose, musk ox, and yak   …   According to the CDC, more than three-quarters of American parents provided at least some breast milk to their infants in 2013. While there are many benefits to breastfeeding, one of its primary functions is to provide nutrition to a growing infant. But what’s actually in human milk, from a nutritional perspective? How similar is human milk to milk produced by domestic cows? And what other animals might have milk closer in make-up to our own? Fortunately, the scientific literature is awash in milk research.“   Turns out:  “Human infants require a very long period of parental care following birth. That allows their mothers to produce more watery, diluted milk. If their milk were too energy-dense, like hooded seal milk, our mothers would not have enough energy left to chase their kids around. So human milk contains just 4% fat, 1.3% protein, and 7.2% lactose. Around 90% of the stuff is just water. As anthropologists Katie Hinde and Lauren Milligan explain, it turns out that plains zebra produce very similar milk, with 2.2% fat, 1.6% protein, 7% lactose, and 89% water. Human and zebra milk are both characterized by high water content and low energy density, with more of that energy coming from lactose than from fat. And yet Homo sapiens is separated from zebras by some 95 million years of evolution.” I can honestly share    …   I find a woman’s breasts way more attractive than the tits on a zebra, (even a cute one!)

What is “homeopathy”?  (BBC NEWS)   — Vets: Ban the use of homeopathy in animals.  “About 1,000 of the UK’s vets have signed a petition calling for a ban on homeopathy being prescribed to animals. The petition calls on the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons to stop vets from offering homeopathy on animal welfare grounds. But the veterinary regulator says “it is difficult to envisage any justification” for a ban. About one in seven practices offers some form of complementary therapy. Figures suggest about 500 farmers and 40 vets are trained in homeopathy.” So what is homeopathic medicine“Homeopathy or homoeopathy is a system of alternative medicine created in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann, based on his doctrine of like cures like (similia similibus curentur), a claim that a substance that causes the symptoms of a disease in healthy people would cure similar symptoms in sick people. Homeopathy is a pseudoscience – a belief that is incorrectly presented as scientific. Homeopathic preparations are not effective for treating any condition;  large-scale studies have found homeopathy to be no more effective than a placebo, suggesting that any positive feelings that follow treatment are only due to the placebo effect and normal recovery from illness.”  Isn’t that like causing constipation to cure constipation?  …  or  …  causing blindness to cure blindness?

And in the medical news: (BBC NEWS)  —  The pigeon will see you now. A rat or pigeon might not be the obvious choice to tend to someone who is sick, but these creatures have some superior skills that could help the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases. Pigeons are often seen as dirty and an urban nuisance, but they are just the latest in a long line of animals that have been found to have abilities to help humans.  Despite having a brain no bigger than the tip of your index finger, pigeons have an impressive visual memory.  Recently it was shown that they could be trained to be as accurate as humans at detecting breast cancer in images   …  Inside a rodent’s, (rat’s), nose are up to 1,000 different types of olfactory receptors, whereas humans only have a feeble 100 to 200 types. This gives rodents, such as rats, the ability to sniff out subtle scents. As a result, African-pouched rats – commonly described as “kitten-sized rodents” – are being put to work in Mozambique to detect tuberculosis.”   The medical department at the University of Phoenix has established medical treatment education programs for pigeons and rats here in the United States.  Apparently the problem they are having is   …  getting the pigeons and rats to move to Phoenix, (not to mention the pigeons and rats qualifying for student loans.).

Sitting here editing these Ramblings   …  Susan dozing in the recliner in her office   …  watching TV.  We went grocery shopping today and we bought ribs for Sunday Lunch and a Movie.  On the evening news   …   wall to wall coverage of the Dallas Massacre.  My heart goes out to the families of the murdered police officers.  For the life of me, I can not understand the antipolice rhetoric spewing forth from “Black Lives Matter”.  Are there rogue police officers?  Without a doubt   …  just as there are rogue doctors, lawyers and priests.  But to condemn a class of persons for the bad behaviors of a few   …  is no different than condemning all African Americans for the bad behaviors of a few.

Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman. I remain nicotine free.  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.  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 24, 2016

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of June 24, 2016.  Haven’t written a Ramblings since May 27, 2016. There have been significant changes with Susan   …  but I felt uncomfortable sharing them in a Ramblings, until now. I suppose I could have commented about “current events”   …  and other “stuff”.  Susan is an insulin injecting Type I Diabetic, (since age 13).  She is legally blind in one eye   …  and two weeks ago, learned her kidney function is down to 20%.  At 15% she has to go on dialysis.  We are preparing for her to do so.  The Doc recommended a complete change in diet   …   there are quite a few foods she can no longer eat. Strange how things work out.  We moved down here for her to be around family, due to my medical issues, not hers.

As for me? I have NO PROBLEM with the VA providing medical treatments and financial support for our Veterans.  I would rather see our government do so, than provide such support for illegal aliens and refugees from the middle east.  Had an appointment at the VA on the 13th.  My “Agent Orange” claim was denied.  I appealed   …  and lost.  My medical issues are not recognized by the VA as being part of an Agent Orange claim.  Seems the VA’s game plan, (like the folks at Social Security), remains   …  deny all claims and wait for the claimant to die.  I have had a stroke.  Not covered.  I have uncontrolled hypertension, (may average BP is 180/120 +/-).  Not covered.  I have a brain tumor, (acoustic neuroma),  not covered.  I can’t hear a damn thing out of my right ear   …  (chucking)   …  not a bad thing  …  when Susan and I take a road trip!!   Macular degeneration in my right eye.  Not covered.  Peripheral neuropathy, right leg.  Not covered.  According to the GOV?  My medical issues are all the result of bad life choices    …   and age.  Share with me.  Folks who elect to become alcoholics   …  or folks who elect to do dope, (shoot crap in their veins)   …  are covered by Social Security Disability   …   and me, a veteran, is not covered by the VA?  How about the result of self serving choices made by our elected representatives, intent on getting re-elected   …  instead of representing me  and my fellow veterans   …  is an unemployment check??!!  In November, clean the house!!

Seems the folks in the UK have once again screwed to pooch, (obviously an English Bulldog)   …  by voting to leave the European Union.  “The European Union – often known as the EU – is an economic and political partnership involving 28 European countries (click here if you want to see the full list). It began after World War Two to foster economic co-operation, with the idea that countries which trade together are more likely to avoid going to war with each other.  It has since grown to become a “single market” allowing goods and people to move around, basically as if the member states were one country.  It has its own currency, the euro, which is used by 19 of the member countries, its own parliament and it now sets rules in a wide range of areas – including on the environment, transport, consumer rights and even things such as mobile phone charges. Click here for a beginners’ guide to how the EU works.  The biggest losers?  The current generation of young UK citizens, who will lose the ability to freely move and work in the 28 EU member countries.  The “pound” dropped to a 7 year low,  The Dow lost over 611 points today   …  and no one can predict future economic consequences.  Further fallout?  The Scotts, (which were in favor of remaining in the EU), are expected to mount another secession referendum and the Irish also want a unification referendum. 

Looking for a new car? (BBC NEWS)  — South Korea’s Kia tops US car quality ranking.  “South Korean car maker Kia has come top in a closely watched US car quality ranking, edging out the luxury brands that usually claim the crown.  It is the first time that a non-premium brand has come first in the annual study by consultancy J.D. Power.  The survey of more than 80,000 car buyers found that Kia had the fewest problems in the first 90 days, followed by Porsche, Hyundai, Toyota and BMW.  Worst performers were Daimler’s Smart, Fiat, Volvo, Land Rover and Mini.“   Over the years, I have owned just about every brand of passenger vehicle available   …  from a VW Beetle,  a diesel VW Rabbit, (both really, really good reliable transportation), to a 1966 Jaguar XKE convertible, (an automotive work of art and mechanically the worst vehicle I have every owned)   …  with Corvettes, Cadillacs and Mercedes Benz in between.    I bought a Hyundai Elantra 5 years ago.  It is the best vehicle, (for the money), I have ever owned.  10 year, 100,000 mile warranty, 37mpg highway, a to die for stereo system, backup camera and console GPS:  $18,500.00 in 2011.  

In related car news: (BBC NEWS)   —  Electric car sets world acceleration record. An electric racing car built by Swiss student engineers has broken the world record for acceleration by battery-powered vehicles. The grimsel car took only 1.513 seconds to reach 100kph (62mph) – slashing about a quarter of a second off the previous record time. So far, no petrol-powered production car has managed to hit the same speed in a comparable time. The grimsel needed only 30m (98ft) of track to reach the landmark speed. The previous record of 0-100kph in 1.779 seconds was set by a team from the University of Stuttgart last year. By comparison, the fastest production vehicle, the Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid, takes 2.2 seconds to reach the same speed.”  An impressive accomplishment.  The vehicle reached 62 mph on 98 feet of track in 1.513 seconds.  It took an additional .43 seconds for the driver’s rear end to catch up.

An in the really fascinating health news: (BBC NEWS)  —  Can we predict when we will die? “Death is inevitable – but is it predictable? Some researchers think it might be. They say that experiments with fruit flies have revealed a new and distinct phase of life that heralds the approach of death. It’s a stage of life they call the death spiral – and they think humans might experience it too. Until about 25 years ago biologists assumed there were just two fundamental phases of life: childhood and adulthood. This is a division we can all recognize. Childhood is characterized by rapid growth and development, a stage before we are sexually mature. During the phase, the likelihood of dying is constantly low. In the early 1990s researchers realized there was more to life than this. They identified a third phase of life that the very oldest members of our society pass through: “late life”.  What distinguished late life from the rest of adulthood is its unique pattern of mortality. The year-on-year rise in death rates that are a feature of adulthood don’t apply in late life. Whereas a 60-year-old has a much higher chance of imminent death than a 50-year-old, a 90-year-old has roughly the same chance of dying as a 100-year-old.”   The reason a 90 year old has the same chance of dying as a 100 year old?  Neither has any chance of getting killed by a jealous spouse.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, waiting for Susan to come home. All of her furry babies are waiting for her at the front door   …  except my “Little Buddy” who is hunkered down on the chair next to me.  Last Friday, we had to help “Rosie”, (a brown short hair Dachshund),  pass to the “Rainbow Bridge”.  She was a “Puppy Mill” survivor,  bred nonstop for years   …  then left to die.  We rescued her.  She was 19 years old, deaf, blind, incontinent   …  but not in any pain or discomfort until last Wednesday.  By Thursday, it was evident she was in pain   …  Friday, Susan held Rosie while our Vet gave her a sedative to knock her out    …  then, once unconscious, administered a drug to stop her heart. She passed peacefully away    …  while Susan and I held her   …  tears streaming down our cheeks.  This is not the first time we have had to help one of our rescues pass   …  it NEVER gets any easier.  If you love your charges enough to help them fight for life   …  then you have to love them enough to let them go, when the time comes.

Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman. I remain nicotine free.  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.  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 27, 2016

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of May 27, 2016.  Ok   …  so I want an answer to one of the greatest cosmic mysteries I/we have experienced.  Why are there 5, FIVE sausages when you buy a pack of brats, (Original, Cheese, Mexican, German, French, Italian   …)   …, why not 2 or 4?  and there is only Susan and I?  Perhaps the reason is  … the average American family consists of 2.5 members.  The half person only gets one brat!

Susan’s mother had 4 children   …   all have heart issues. Both of her brothers have had heart attacks   …  and a heart attack took her sister’s life. Susan had been complaining of chest pains and heart “flutters”.  Last Wednesday, we had an appointment with a cardiologist.  He scheduled a stress test.  I was surprised to learn heart attack symptoms for women are different than men’s.  They are much milder and harder to detect. Women can have a mild heart attack and never realize they have had one.  Of course she will have a “stress test”   …  although there is an ongoing debate among cardiologists about the usefulness and reliability of the test:   “Many non-cardiac conditions can cause the heart to look as though it is having trouble when it is actually not – things like abnormal electrolytes, fluctuations in blood pressure, breathing too fast, and certain medications. Not surprisingly then, false positive stress tests are a common problem. “The opposite problem also occurs. False negatives happen when the stress test fails to reveal a potentially dangerous blockage. The supply/demand challenge of stress tests only identifies major blockages. But, the vexing way heart disease works is that most often it is the minor – not major – blockages that cause heart attacks or sudden death. Stress tests can’t see these minor blockages.  “The next sentence is not a typo: You can pass a stress test and have a major heart attack the next day.”

The “having a bad day” news:   (BBC NEWS)  —  Python in Thai toilet gives man nasty shock.  “A Thai man is recovering in hospital after a 3m (10ft) python emerged from a squat toilet and sank its teeth into his penis. Attaporn Boonmakchuay said the python was “yanking very hard” as he and his wife tried to wrestle it off.  Doctors said Mr Attaporn, who lost a lot of blood in the ordeal, was making a good recovery.  Workers dismantled the toilet and extracted the python which had slithered through domestic plumbing.  It was released back into the wild.”  Apparently the snake bit the man and then tried to drag him down the drain.  Obviously the snake was female.

Medical news: (BBC NEWS)  —  Dr Heimlich saves choking woman with maneuver he invented. “The 96-year-old inventor of the Heimlich maneuver has used the technique himself to save a choking woman at his retirement home.  It is thought to be only the second time Dr Henry Heimlich has used it in an emergency.  He dislodged a piece of hamburger from the 87-year-old woman’s airway, staff at Deupree House in Cincinnati said.  Dr Heimlich said it made him appreciate how wonderful it had been “to be able to save all those lives”.  Dr Heimlich’s maneuver has saved countless lives over the years.  This was the first time the good Doctor personally used the maneuver to save a life.

The religious news. (BBC NEWS)  — Why are women banned from Mount Athos? “Russian President Vladimir Putin is visiting Mount Athos in Greece to mark the 1,000-year presence of Russian Orthodox monks there. The Mount – actually a 335 sq km (130 sq mile) peninsula – may be the largest area in the world from which women, and female animals, are banned  …  Mount Athos has barred women for more than 1,000 years – they are not allowed within 500m of the coast.”  Females cats are allowed   …  they are better “mousers” than males.  This is not a place where they celebrate “Mothers Day”.  I wonder how they enforce the ban on female animals?  Do they have monks roaming the countryside   …  lifting tails to check gender?  Ostensibly the reason for banning females?  To ensure celibacy.  And part of orthodox tradition:  “One of the traditions is that the Virgin Mary was blown off course when she was trying to sail to Cyprus and landed on Mount Athos. And she liked it so much that she prayed to her son that she should be given it as her own and he agreed,” says Speake. “It’s still called ‘the garden of the mother of God’, dedicated to her glory, and she alone represents her sex on Mount Athos.”

It seems like we have back to back environmental disasters. (BBC NEWS)  — Japan’s hanami cherry blossom ritual ‘under threat’.  “There are fears that Japan’s iconic cherry blossom festivals could be a thing of past as the trees are threatened by an invasive pest, it’s reported.  The culprit is the red-necked longhorn beetle – or aromia bungii – a species of beetle whose larvae feed on cherry and peach trees, often killing them, the Asahi Shinbun newspaper reports. Up to 4 cm (1.5 inches) long, the insect is thought to be native to China and South Korea, but has already been making its presence felt in Japan in the past few years. “  Hope these bugs don’t make it to Washington. 

Waiting for Susan to come home and editing these Ramblings. On the evening news?  Trump will be the Republican Presidential Candidate   …  and everywhere he goes, violent confrontations between folks who support him and folks that don’t.  Also a government study suggesting that cell phone radiation causes brain and heart tumors in male rats.  It was a long term study because   …  it took a really long time to train the rats how to use the cell phones. Their rate plan was not disclosed.  Susan has to work tomorrow and on Monday.

On day, Memorial Day, we honor men and women in uniform, past and present, for their service. While we celebrate with family, friends and neighbors   …   some will be on watch, others on patrol on our streets or waiting to be called at Firehouses.  I am grateful to have made it home  …  when far better persons than I  …  did not.  I will stop what I am doing at 3:00pm tomorrow and join a legion of Americans …  who will also stop what they are doing   …  and honor the memory of our fallen.  Freedom has never been free   …  it has a cost.  We as a nation are blessed to have men and women willing to pay the price.  May God bless them all.

Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman. I remain nicotine free.  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.  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 20, 2016

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of May 20, 2016. Susan had the day off Wednesday.  Her father took us to the person who does his taxes   …  and we had our taxes done, (I had filed for an extension.)   … Missouri, Mississippi and Federal income tax returns.  For only the second time in 21 years   …  we will get a refund!!! Only $650.00 of my Social Security Payments were classified as income. The accountant was a very nice lady  …  who charged us $120.00 for all three returns.  My first 2 years practicing law, (1982 – 1983), I prepared my own income tax filing   …  and triggered an audit both times.  In both instances I had made mistakes, in my favor   …  and had the IRS credit the over payments to the next years withholdings.  I learned a valuable lesson.  If I could add and subtract   …  I would have gone to medical school.

I guess Ronald McDonald has had to go into hiding in New Zealand!  (BBC NEWS)  —  McDonald’s fish: Row over sustainability ‘cover-up’.  “A leaked New Zealand government memo casts serious doubts on the sustainability of fish that are widely used in McDonald’s restaurants. The document shows that the government was aware of made-up data and illegal practices such as the dumping of vast quantities of unwanted fish. There are also concerns that unlawful fishing in NZ waters is threatening the world’s rarest dolphin. Campaigners have called on McDonald’s to drop New Zealand fish from menus.  A study published earlier this week highlighted the long term problems of illegal fishing in New Zealand waters, concluding that the amount of fish taken from the seas was 2.7 times greater than the numbers reported.”  I knew there was something fishy about a hamburger joint serving fish burgers!!  In the United States, McDonald’s uses “Alaska Pollock for our Filet-O-Fish sandwich  …  which is 100% sourced from sustainable fisheries certified by the Marine Stewardship Council.”  So   …  has the Marine Stewardship Council also cooked the books for Alaskan Pollock?

Bad medical news. (BBC NEWS)  —  Global antibiotics ‘revolution’ needed. A global revolution in the use of antimicrobials is needed, according to a government backed report. Lord Jim O’Neill, who led the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, said a campaign was needed to stop people treating antibiotics like sweets.  It is the first recommendation in the global plan for preventing medicine “being cast back into the dark ages”. The report has received a mixed response with some concerned that it does not go far enough. Superbugs, resistant to antimicrobials, are estimated to account for 700,000 deaths each year.  But modeling up to the year 2050, by Rand Europe and auditors KPMG, suggests 10 million people could die each year – equivalent to one every three seconds.”  We already have “superbugs, resistant to antimicrobials.” :

Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

Clostridium difficile (C.Diff)

Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE)

Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) and Carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae(CRKP)

Necrotizing fasciitis, the flesh-eating bacterial disease

The pharmaceutical companies are in overdrive trying to come up with new antibacterial drugs. It takes years, (and millions of dollars), to go through the clinical trials necessary to bring a new drug to market.

Drug testing for the upcoming Summer Olympics in RIO are such more strident. (CNN)  —   IOC: 31 possible Rio Olympians failed drug tests in Beijing. “Thirty-one athletes hoping to compete at August’s Olympics tested positive for banned substances at the 2008 Beijing Games and could now be ruled out of Rio, the International Olympic Committee says. The IOC didn’t reveal where the athletes came from or their names, but said 12 countries and six different sports were involved. The ruling body said its executive board “agreed unanimously to initiate proceedings immediately, with the 12 (national Olympic committees) concerned informed in the coming days.”  Will be interesting to see who will have to return the medals they have won.

The pain and suffering of concentration camp inmates was horrific! (CNN)   —  Treasures found hidden in Auschwitz mug for more than 70 years.  “A mug confiscated by Nazis at Auschwitz has been hiding a secret for more than 70 years. Workers at the Auschwitz Museum this week found a gold ring and necklace that had been carefully wrapped in canvas before being concealed in a false base. They are some of the last possessions held by someone deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau, one of the largest concentration camps established by the Germans during WWII, the museum said.”  Pleases me to see this small victory!!

Sitting here editing these Ramblings. Susan is sitting in the screened in porch sipping on some wine  …  watching her babies playing in the yard.  I’m watching the evening news, CNN   …  wall to wall coverage of the Egyptian Plan crash.  Donald Trump has warned that there will be another 9/11 type terrorist attack here.  I have no reason to doubt him. It is only a question of time.  Susan is not working this weekend, so we will be working in the yard.  Sunday Lunch and a Movie?  Grilled burger and French Fries. The movie?  “Zootopia [2016]”

Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman. I remain nicotine free.  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.  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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