Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of October 17, 2014. My Dear Friend, Judge Dennis Smith developed an interactive Adobe Acrobat Form 14 program a few years ago, (absolutely the best Form 14 program available … by just a simple request to be added to his Email list: Dennis.Smith@courts.mo.gov) … and he migrated the program into an App, for the iPhone and iPad. I don’t have any Apple products. Don’t trust them … because they appeal to folks who want a simple solution … and want it spoon fed. Course, a lot of folks love Apple … but then … so did Eve … who managed to convince Adam to bite into the product, as well. I suppose the good news? …. He didn’t have to wait in line to get his Apple. Not a bunch of folks hanging around the Best Buy in the Garden of Eden. The losers? Snakes in general. Banned to crawl on their bellies in the dust … and sadder yet? Never allowed to evolve and have thumbs … so they could text their buds … and share snake selfies. Doomed to just hiss and slither. Bite an occasional heel. Sad. From what I have heard … they REALLY, REALLY hate Satan for hijacking their brand. Honestly? … I can’t blame them. As for the Form 14 program? Just Email Judge Smith and ask for a copy.
Fanning the debate about what constitutes “brain dead”: (BBC NEWS) — Vegetative patients show glimmers of consciousness. “Scientists have uncovered hidden signatures in the brains of people in vegetative states that suggest they may have a glimmer of consciousness. Doctors normally consider these patients – who have severe brain injuries – to be unaware of the world around them although they appear awake. Researchers hope their work will help identify those who are actually conscious, but unable to communicate.” One of the reasons we used to draft teenagers … isn’t it? “Unaware of the world around them although they appear awake.”? In Israel, “ … Since 2005 it’s been illegal … to turn off ventilators when a person is dying or has no hope of recovery. The result is that large numbers of patients spend years on life support, many of them unconscious.”
In the “OMG!!” news!!: (BBC NEWS) — Woman finds three-inch leech in nose after South East Asia trip. “A backpacker found a 3in (7.5cm) leech that had been living up her nose for a month after a trip to South East Asia. Daniela Liverani, 24, from Edinburgh, had been having nosebleeds for weeks but put them down to a burst blood vessel from a motorbike crash. Ms Liverani was having a shower last Thursday when she was realized the dark shape wriggling in her nose was actually an animal. Hospital staff used forceps and tweezers to remove the parasite.” She must have one big honker, if she couldn’t see a 3 inch leech in it! Rumor has it, she didn’t discover the leech while in the shower. In fact … she was snorting cocaine and the leech got so stoned … it fell out … and started a leech “happy dance” at her feet!
In biology news: (BBC NEWS) — Hermaphrodite snail named after marriage equality. “A new species of hermaphrodite land snail found in Taiwan has been named in support of marriage equality. Biologists christened the species Aegista diversifamilia, referring to a diversity of family types, because it “represents the diversity of sex orientation in the animal kingdom”. The snail is widespread throughout eastern Taiwan, but was previously mistaken for a closely related species.” Since they have both male and females plumbing … when they get together to reproduce … how do they decide who uses which parts? Perhaps they use both? Which may explain why “Natural Selection” never favored them developing vocal cords. Can you imagine how loud a couple of Chinese snails could get while mating? Easy prey for birds!
And the Ebola pandemic cranks on: (BBC NEWS) — Ebola crisis: No impact from pledges of help, MSF says. “International pledges of deployments and aid for Africa’s Ebola-hit regions have not yet had any impact on the epidemic, a major medical charity says. Christopher Stokes of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said the disease was still out of control. He said it was “ridiculous” that volunteers working for his charity were bearing the brunt of care in the worst-affected countries. The disease has killed about 4,500 people so far, mostly in West Africa.” The projection now is: in January there will be 10,000 new infections per week … and the kill rate is now up to 70%. That said … there will be more infections in the US, and we are totally unprepared to deal with them, as evidenced by the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital fiasco.
The archeology news: (BBC NEWS) — Greece archaeologists uncover Amphipolis floor mosaic. “Archaeologists unearthing a huge ancient burial site at Amphipolis in northern Greece have uncovered a large floor mosaic. The mosaic – 3m (10ft) wide and 4.5m (15ft) long – depicts a man with a laurel wreath driving a chariot drawn by horses and led by the god Hermes. The burial site is said to be the largest ever found in Greece. It dates from the late 4th Century BC, spurring speculation that it is linked to Alexander the Great of Macedon.” It is actually the first Greek Yogurt factory: the ancestral home of Chobani. “First, to be clear: Both Greek and regular yogurt, in their plain, nonfat or low-fat forms, can be part of a healthful diet. They’re low in calories and packed with calcium and live bacterial cultures. But our Mediterranean friend—which is strained extensively to remove much of the liquid whey, lactose, and sugar, giving it its thick consistency—does have an undeniable edge. In roughly the same amount of calories, it can pack up to double the protein, while cutting sugar content by half.”
Sitting here editing these Ramblings, waiting for Susan to come home. Susan has to work tomorrow and Sunday. On CNN … back to back stories about the Ebola outbreak … some Iraqi pilots have joined ISIS and are training some ISIS folks to fly the 3 warplanes ISIS has captured … apparently, with the help of coalition air strikes, the Kurds defending the Syrian town being invaded by ISIS … kicking some jihadist butt. And … “President Barack Obama’s credit card was declined at a restaurant in New York City last month, he said. “It turned out I guess I don’t use it enough,” Mr Obama said. “They thought there was some fraud going on.” Fortunately, he said, First Lady Michelle Obama had a credit card on hand and paid for the meal.”. No comment.
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 not my intent. As always …
A Warm Brotherly Hug
KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri … and the Editorial Staff)