August 22, 2014

Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of August 15, 2014.   Watched in horror this week, on CNN, the beheading of a journalist by ISIS   …   by a person who spoke with a southern London, British accent.  Western intelligence agencies estimate that there are over 400 European Jihadists actively fighting with ISIS.  That is 400 persons, with European passports, with easy access to our America, by a group that has stated it intends to kill Americans. A well organized, funded, internet and social media savvy group with over 10,000 members actively fighting in Lebanon, Syria, Libya and Iraq   …  intent on establishing a Caliphate. ISIS is a social cancer that needs to be eradicated.  One would think the massive beheading of men, women and children  …  displaying the heads in public places and the summary execution of prisoners, crimes against humanity, would trigger world wide revulsion and a call at the United Nations to unite and put together a force to take them out. Without a doubt, as a nation, we are war weary.  We have no stomach for putting boots on the ground to combat ISIS. Air strikes will not illuminate the threat ISIS poses.  Sooner or later, the West/we will have to confront ISIS.  I hope we do so before there is a massive loss of life   …   instead of a reaction to it, afterward.

Of course, the protests in Ferguson continued as CNN provided 24/7 coverage.  Conflicting eye-witness testimony and an impaneled Grand Jury to determine whether there is probable cause to indict the officer involved.  Just like in the Zimmerman/Martin case, it is fascinating to me, how so many folks have already made up their minds based solely on the  bits and pieces of information reported in the media. The polarizing split between blacks and whites, based on the same information.  (CNN) –-  Legal defense fund for Darren Wilson grows through crowdsourcing. “According to the website GoFundMe.com, a defense fund established to support Ferguson, MO Police Officer Darren Wilson is now over $146,000 and it’s going up fast.” 

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Average cost of raising a child hits $245,000. “New parents be warned: It could cost nearly a quarter of a million dollars to raise your child — and that’s not even including the cost of college.  To raise a child born in 2013 to the age of 18, it will cost a middle-income couple just over $245,000, according to newly released estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That’s up $4,260, or almost 2%, from the year before.  Estimates can vary widely depending on where you live and how much you earn. High-income families who live in the urban Northeast, for example, are projected to spend nearly $455,000 to raise their child to the age of 18, while low-income rural families will spend much less, an estimated $145,500, according to the report. ”  I wonder how much it costs an average tax payer,  to help a single Mom raise her child/children?

Other child related news? (BBC NEWS)  —  Breastfeeding ‘cuts depression risk’, according to study. “Breastfeeding can halve the risk of post-natal depression, according to a large study of 14,000 new mothers. However, there is a large increase in the risk of depression in women planning to breastfeed who are then unable to do so. The study, published in the journal Maternal and Child Health, called for more support for women unable to breastfeed. A parenting charity said mental health was a “huge issue” for many mothers.  The health benefits of breastfeeding to the baby are clear-cut and the World Health Organization recommends feeding a child nothing but breast milk for the first six months.”   I didn’t know you should feed breast milk for the first 6 months of a babies life.  The ancillary study?  The massive increase in depression of new fathers, when their partners breast feed.  

And you wonder why some folks are skeptical about “Global Warming?   (BBC NEWS)  —  Global warming slowdown ‘could last another decade’. “The hiatus in the rise in global temperatures could last for another 10 years, according to new research.  Scientists have struggled to explain the so-called pause that began in 1999, despite ever increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.  The latest theory says that a naturally occurring 30-year cycle in the Atlantic Ocean is behind the slowdown. The researchers says this slow-moving current could continue to divert heat into the deep seas for another decade.”   So   …  the hiatus began in 1999 and now is considered part of a 30 year cycle.  It will be over in 10 years.  I guess these climate scientists are not math majors.

The stupid news!!  (BBC NEWS)  — United States: Boy held for ‘killing pet dinosaur’. “A high-school student in the US state of South Carolina has been arrested and suspended from school over a writing assignment in which he claimed to have killed his neighbor’s pet dinosaur, it’s been reported. Alex Stone, 16, says he was told to write something in the style of a Facebook status update for a project at Summerville High School. But when he allegedly wrote: “I killed my neighbor’s pet dinosaur. I bought the gun to take care of the business,” worried teachers called the police, local news station WCSC reports. Officials questioned Stone and searched his schoolbag and locker but didn’t find any weapons. But police say the boy was difficult during questioning, and he was arrested and charged with disturbing the school, the SF Gate website says.  Stone was also suspended for a week”   This is insane.  A kid writes a story about killing his neighbors pet dinosaur   …   the cops are called  …  and he gets arrested, charged with disturbing the school  …  and suspended????

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, settled in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman.  The Editorial Staff hunkered down after enjoying their evening treats.  On Wednesday, Susan took her Pharmacy Tech Certification Exam   …  and passed.  She is now Susan Timmerman, CPhT.   And on Sunday, we will have been married    …  18 years.  Tonight, on CNN   …  the Ferguson coverage continues.

Time to post these Ramblings.  Sunday Lunch and a Movie?  Grilled Steak, Baked Potato and Corn on the Cob.  The movie?  “The Prince [2014]“.  Later when I say my Thank You’s for the namy blessings in my life and Susan to share them with   …  remaining nicotine free, ($4,780.00 saved!!!)   …  and 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 as a nation have, 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.)

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August 15, 2014

Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of August 15, 2014.  Short Ramblings this evening.  I have a bunch of Holden Home Pics to process.  On the news?  ISIS attacked another Iraqi village, massacred the men and kidnapped the women.  EBOLLA  is killing hundreds in Africa. And in the Ukraine, the war rages on killing hundreds.  In Africa, Boko Harem has abducted more young girls.  And the story CNN is focused on? According to CNN,  earlier in the week, an innocent, unarmed, black teenager is killed by a racist white cop/man.  The facts have started to trickle out.  Today, the police report was released.  Apparently, this was an 18 year old, 6′ 4″, 295 pound black male   …   who the press have called “a gentle giant”    …   had just performed a strong arm robbery at a nearby convenience store.  Under Missouri Law, that is a Class B Felony, punishable by imprisonment for “a term of years not less than five years and not to exceed fifteen years“.  At 18,  he would have been tried as an adult. Not exactly the innocent gentle giant portrayed in the media.  Ultimately, the facts will come out   …   and of course, will not matter to the race baiters in our society.  As for me?  I will sit back and see what the facts turn out to be.

Economic sense? NEW YORK (CNNMoney)  —  I’m 57 and owe $152,000 in student loans.  “Rosemary Anderson, 57, is on the hook for $152,000 in student loans she took out 20 years ago.  The divorced mother of two grown daughters represents a growing number of older Americans with student debt.  The 50-and-over crowd makes up 17% of $1.2 trillion in outstanding student loan debt — a 30% increase since 2005, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Anderson’s loans financed her own education. However, one of the main reasons for the big increase is because more parents have taken out loans to finance their children’s college education.”  That is a student loan debt owed the Federal Government, and none dischargeable in bankruptcy. Bottom line?  “Next April, Anderson won’t be able to do that anymore and will have to make payments of $699 a month until she is 81 years old. She worries about how she will make ends meet. Anderson brings home $3,400 a month from her job in business operations at the University of California in Santa Cruz. She has a $2,200 mortgage payment and has to live on what’s left, and earning some extra income by finding odd jobs on Craig’s List.  “I will be working for as long as I’m employable. I will never be able to retire,” said Anderson.”  So  …  share with me  …  is it really worth paying $152,000.00 to get a $40,000.00, ($19.00/hr), a year job?

Criminal law update.  (HLN)  —  Mugshot: Alleged beer thief had mouse in pocket?  “Police say a 20-year-old man accused of stealing a case of beer from a distributor outside a convenience store had a pet mouse in his pocket when he was apprehended  …   John Jacobson was charged with two counts of third-degree theft and one count of third-degree robbery.”  He was also charged with having an unlicensed mouse in his possession.  At least he was smart enough not to assume the risk of keeping a squirrel in his pocket. 

(BBC NEWS)  —  What does America have for breakfast? “Imagine an American breakfast and what comes to mind? Ham and eggs, with hash browns? Pancakes with maple syrup and bacon? The reality tends to be simpler. Cereal and fruit juice have been breakfast staples for generations – though that now seems to be changing.  The breakfast cereal behemoth, Kellogg, announced in July that quarterly global earnings had fallen by a sizable 16% over the year before. That same month, orange juice sales plummeted to the lowest in a decade, according to the Florida Department of Citrus.”  The replacement?  “Portable items like yogurt, breakfast sandwiches, toastable pastry items, fruit, and breakfast bars have all been responsible for stealing cereal’s lunch, so to speak.”  Honey Wheat Cheerios for me!

The latest dope news?  (BBC NEWS)  —  Hemp fibers ‘better than graphene’. “The waste fibers from hemp crops can be transformed into high-performance energy storage devices, scientists say. They “cooked” cannabis bark into carbon nanosheets and built supercapacitors “on a par with or better than graphene” – the industry gold standard.  Electric cars and power tools could harness this hemp technology, the US researchers say   …   “We’re making graphene-like materials for a thousandth of the price – and we’re doing it with waste. “The hemp we use is perfectly legal to grow. It has no THC in it at all – so there’s no overlap with any recreational activities.”   Graphene is stronger than diamond, more conductive than copper and more flexible than rubber   …  and until now, VERY expensive.  No longer.

Editing these Ramblings   …  the Editorial Staff laying by the door waiting for Susan to come home.  She is helping a friend, as a server, at her friend’s restaurant.  I have a bunch of images to process for my Holden Homes Gallery.  Sunday Lunch and a Movie?  Grilled steak, baked potato and corn on the cob.  The movie?  “A Good Man [2014]“. …  the latest Steven Seagal movie.  Later when I say my Thank You’s for the many blessings in my life and Sudan 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 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)

 

 

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August 8, 2014

Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of August 8, 2014.   As a “love’s aftermath” lawyer, based on years of experience, I share with clients, there are two types of relationships. “Sandbox” and “Beach”. In a “Sandbox” relationship, folks move in together and build their sand castles, but never become “we”.  Just partners, leading parallel lives.  In a “Beach” relationship … you have folks who could care less about building sand castles. They live to make each other smile. They surrender themselves to each other, as a result, becoming one. The sad part? The majority of today’s folks, this generation, will settle for “sandbox” relationships. They are unwilling to become “we”.  Even sadder?  They believe that is the way it is supposed to be.  It isn’t.  This is what “we” looks like:   (BBC NEWS)  —  Couple married for 62 years die together.  “Don and Maxine Simpson from Bakersfield, California, died four hours apart on adjoining beds, holding hands during some of their final hours.  Melissa Sloan said her grandmother died first and when her body was removed from the room, her husband followed.  “All Don wanted was to be with his beautiful wife. He adored my grandmother, loved her to the end of the earth,” she told KERO-TV. He was 90 and she was 87, and they met at a bowling alley in Bakersfield in 1952, getting married in the same year.”  A union of souls.  This reminds me of Collin Raye’s song:  “Love me.”

“If you get there before I do,  Don’t give up on me.

I’ll meet you when my chores are through.

I don’t know how long I’ll be But I’m not gonna let you down.

Darling wait and see. And between now and then, til I see you again. I’ll be loving you.  Love, Me.”

And, a good thing stupidity is not painful.  (KHAU,COM, HOUSTON, TEXAS)  —   Houston man charged with child porn possession after Google cyber-tip.  “A cyber-tip generated by Google and sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children led to the arrest of a 41-year-old Houston man who is charged with possessing child pornography.  Police say Google detected explicit images of a young girl in an email that John Henry Skillern was sending to a friend, the company then alerted authorities.  “He was trying to get around getting caught, he was trying to keep it inside his email,” said Detective David Nettles of the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce. “I can’t see that information, I can’t see that photo, but Google can.”  Have no sympathy for “kiddy-diddlers”   …  but have to admit   …  any more, I have a concern about using Email to communicate with my clients. Is a FAX any more secure? And of course   …  what about using “The Cloud” to store client data?

Proof that stupidity is contagious:  (BBC NEWS)  —  Microsoft tip leads to child porn arrest in Pennsylvania.  “A tip-off from Microsoft has led to the arrest of a man in Pennsylvania who has been charged with receiving and sharing child abuse images.  It flagged the matter after discovering that an image involving a young girl had been allegedly saved to the man’s OneDrive cloud storage account.  According to court documents, the man was subsequently detected trying to send two illegal pictures via one of Microsoft’s live.com email accounts.”  Of course there is no “Reasonable Expectation of Privacy” to stockpile kiddy porn    …  but that said, what is a “Reasonable Expectation of Privacy” in this digital age? Is there one? 

(FORTUNE)  —  The 10 most corrupt states in the U.S.. “When we think of government corruption (as one tends to do),  our biased minds often gravitate to thoughts of military juntas and third world governments. But, of course, corruption is everywhere, in one form or another. And it’s costing U.S. citizens big time   …  researchers studied more than 25,000 convictions of public officials for violation of federal corruption laws between 1976 and 2008 as well as patterns in state spending to develop a corruption index that estimates the most and least corrupt states in the union. Based on this method, the most corrupt states are: 

            1. Mississippi                           2. Louisiana                             3. Tennessee

            4. Illinois                                  5. Pennsylvania                       6. Alabama

            7. Alaska                                 8. South Dakota                      9. Kentucky             10. Florida”

So   …  how many are Red or Blue States?  I suppose being a crook   …  remains an equal political opportunity.  Why else, would you spend thousands   …  to get a job that pays hundreds?

And perhaps the star of another Japanese horror movie? “Snapzilla!!!”  (BBC NEWS)  — Japan: Snapping turtles menace farmers and residents. “Japan is reportedly facing a surge in its population of snapping turtles – threatening some of the country’s fragile ecosystems as well as its people’s fingers. Snapping turtles originally come from the Americas, but turned up in Japan as pets in the 1960s, Kyodo news agency reports. Some turtles must have escaped to the wild, as there were an estimated 1,000 turtles roaming the Chiba Prefecture 10 years ago   …  They can be up to a meter, (about 3.2 ft), long and weigh 77 lb, and can apparently cause serious harm with their bite.”  The good news?  Our Japanese brethren are developing exciting new turtle recipes.  “Suppon Nabe“, a Hot Pot turtle stew, sounds good!!  A 77 pound turtle can feed a bunch of folks.  BTW:   NO turtle sushi.  Seems turtle meat needs to be FULLY cooked to avoid food poisoning.

And speaking of rogue turtles:  (BBC NEWS)  —  US police detain giant tortoise after brief chase. “Police in Alhambra in greater Los Angeles have recaptured a giant tortoise called Clark after a brief chase along the city’s streets.  “The tortoise did try to make a run for it, but our officers are pretty fast,” said the Alhambra Police Department on its Facebook page. It took two officers to maneuver the 150lb (70kg) reptile into a police car.  Clark was taken to an animal rescue center, from where he was later claimed by his owners.”   The turtle triggered the cops attention   …  when it swooped in snatching one of their donuts   …  and ran away.   Nothing like a really fast turtle, with an attitude, to trash a cop’s donut break.

And the “isn’t that special” news:  (BBC NEWS)  — UK sperm bank to be opened in Birmingham. “A national sperm bank is to be set up to meet increasing demand and a UK-wide shortage. Heterosexual and same-sex couples will be able to use the service, as well as single women. People from ethnic minority backgrounds will be able to choose from culturally-matched donors.  It will be run by the National Gamete Donation Trust and Birmingham Women’s Hospital and is due to open in October   …  The trust said it hoped the bank will reduce the number of patients putting themselves at risk by using unregulated sperm donation services.”  Doesn’t it make you wonder what an “ unregulated sperm donation service”  looks like in real life?  Black market sperm or a Craig’s List ad?   …  or Ebay? Or some Dude in a alley offering to    …  er   …  (shuddering)   …  never mind.

Sitting here Editing these Ramblings  …  the Editorial Staff could give a damn. They are chilled out, enjoying Ft Timmerman, no doubt looking forward to their evening treats.   I am watching CNN.  Seems Islamist Fundamentalists in Iraq, “ISIS” is killing everyone who does not adhere to their twisted form of Islam:  Shia, Sunni, Christian, Jew, Yazidi and any other belief structure.  Convert or be killed.  They are raping and snatching everything in their path. The talking heads on CNN estimate they have stolen well over a billion dollars from banks in the territories they have overrun.  Human locusts  …  doing their dance.   They document the atrocities, crimes against humanity they commit,  on Social Media Sites. They believe they are untouchable.  Why is there no massive outcry from the Western World, the UN    …   or Muslim Nations in the region? Why is there no massive outcry from Muslims around the world?  Where is the Iraqi army, with it’s BILLIONS of dollars of military equipment, (which WE paid for)?  “ISIS” is a cancer poised to slaughter over 250,000 Yazidi in Northern Iraq.  Why are we the only Nation in the world dropping in humanitarian supplies and running air strikes?

Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman.  I remain nicotine free, having saved over $4,657.00 these last 530 days, (and not smoked 28,660 ciggybutts).   Sunday Lunch and a Movie?  Grilled Steak, a baked potato and corn on the cob, (bought at Holden’s Farmers Market).  The movie?  “Tammy [2014]“.  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     …   and that God protect the men, women and children who stand in harms way, threatened buy the animals that comprise “ISIS”.  Be and sleep well.  We do not have to live in fear because of the men and women in uniform, stationed world wide, standing watch.  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, Dinker, Karly, Floyd and my Little Buddy)

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August 1, 2014

Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of August 1, 2014.  Not much to report this week, other than watching the tragedy playing out in Gaza.   Crash investigators were finally allowed  access to the MH17 crash site  …  and promptly discovered more remains.  And in Africa:  “Ebola crisis: Virus spreading too fast, says WHO.”  And then you read something like this:   (The Examiner)  —  Senior Labrador retriever walks 30 miles to return home: Owners say no. “A senior black Labrador retriever hasn’t had a very pampered life so far, and her luck doesn’t seem to be getting much better. Now at Chautauqua County Animal Shelter in Sedan, Kansas, Ma Kettle has been here before. Ma Kettle’s story goes back to the fall of 2012 when her owner died and no one wanted her. Luckily she was adopted and was living happily until a small dog came into the family and Ma Kettle couldn’t adjust. And we all know what happens far too often with old dogs – they get sent to animal shelters. Several weeks ago she was given to a lady in Independence, Kansas, but Ma Kettle’s desire to come home was overwhelming. The dog escaped from the yard and walked almost 30 miles back to Sedan to return to her home. The owners will not take her back.”  Breaks my heart.  The things we do to each other sicken me. Much of the time in the name of God. The “Good Book” teaches God gave us dominion over all living things   …  and we are to be “Good Shepherds”.   I honestly could not blame God, if HE decided to give up on us. 

Shared with a client this week  ….   “Take a step back, turn around, close your eyes and walk away. While doing so, picture a button, in your minds eye, black, clear and bright, against a white background. On the button, in bright red letters, is printed … “KISS OFF“. This is a tool you can create to deal with the pieces of sh*t in your life. USE IT.   …    If you serve yourself as a pancake   …  you will get eaten as a pancake”.

When Law Students attend the Solo and Small Firm Conference, they wear yellow shirts … in my mind, to signify they are Puppy Sharks who have not, as yet, lost their yoke sacks.   Passing The Bar Exam transforms them into full blown, feeding Puppy Sharks.  Some free range and others become stall fed.  Upon becoming Puppy Sharks, free range sharks strive to reach the ultimate status among sharks:   a “Great White”.   You earn the status and respect of your peers  …  by taking a case up to the Missouri Supreme Court and refining the law. There are over 28,000 licensed lawyers in Missouri,  a bunch of Sharks  … but few are Great Whites.

Short Ramblings tonight.  Really don’t have much else to share and I have a few images I want to work on.  If you have an interest in seeing my work, check out “KarlT, Digital Artist” on Facebook.  Sunday Lunch and a Movie?  Grilled Steak, Baked Potato and Corn on the Cob.  The movie?  “The Expendables 3 [2014]“.  Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for the evening.  Later, when I say my Thank You’s, I will say a prayer of thanks for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share tem with   …  and of course, 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 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.)

 

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July 25, 2014

Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of July 25, 2014.   On Wednesday I watched the Netherlands come to a complete stop, for almost an hour, as the first 40 victims of  MH17 were driven from the airport to the Lab for identification  …  in a 40 Hearst convoy.  An incredible number of people spontaneously lined the roads to pay their respect, some throwing flowers.  Courts took a recess   …  many, many church services,  television commercials pulled from the air.  An incredible sign of respect by a whole nation.  Reminded me of the days following 9/11.  Without a doubt, there are beasts among us   …  like the animals who brought down a civilian airliner   …   or ripped wedding bands from victim’s fingers, as their bodies lay rotting on a Ukrainian field    …   or using credit cards stolen from the murder scene.  There are reports of people answering calls on stolen cell phones.  But I KNOW these beasts are a minority.   All the proof I needed, was to see/watch the folks, on CNN, lining the streets in the Netherlands. Thousands  …  versus  … a few hundred wastes of perfectly good skin.

Course that begs the question:  “Is folks speaking up after the fact enough to thwart the evil perpetrated my the beasts/animals among us?”  NO!!!  Nazis were a minority, in Germany   …   yet, this minority murdered how many million people because the majority remained silent, did nothing?  Stalin murdered, how many millions, while the majority did nothing?   Pol Pot and his minions were a minority, yet they murdered how many Cambodians? Idi Amin murdered how many Ugandans?  You have example after example. And there are how many Billion Muslims in the world with Islamic Fundamentalists  comprising a very small minority   …  and this minority have killed how many?  Where is the overwhelming condemnation?  What have the majority of Muslims done to bring these beasts/animals under control?  Nothing.  (CNN) —  Extremists destroy Jonah’s tomb, officials say. “If you blink during the video, you might miss the moment an explosion destroys what is said to have been the tomb of Jonah, a key figure in Christianity, Judaism and Islam. The first few frames show the revered shrine towering over its landscape. Then comes a sudden burst of dust, fire and smoke.  Then, nothing.  Militants with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, planted explosives around the tomb and detonated them remotely Thursday, civil defense officials there told CNN.”   This isn’t a Shia or Sunni issue.  This is a crime against our common human cultural heritage.  Disgusting.  Where is the Muslim outcry?

On a different note.  What is with all these political ads on TV   …  for a “primary” in a week or so  …  in almost every case, Republicans eyeball to eyeball?  Republicans trashing fellow Republicans.  NO infighting among Democrats. Don’t see any Democrat folks running, (at least here in Johnson County, Missouri.) Guess they are having a hard time, (at least in Johnson County, Missouri), getting folks to run.  Makes me wonder  …  why?  On the other hand, Libertarians have their own problems.  Mostly trying to figure out who the person running is   …  where they came from and where are they running.

And in plans run awry:  (BBC NEWS)  — Russia loses control of gecko sex experiment satellite. “A Russian satellite containing geckos, fruit flies and mushrooms could plummet to earth if control is not regained, according to reports. The engine of the Foton-M4 satellite, with several experiments on board, has stopped responding to ground control.  All other systems are intact, the Progress space centre stated, including “one-way” transmission of information. The five geckos are in space for a study of the effect of weightlessness on their sex lives and development.”   The Russians had planned to draw the worlds attention away from the war crimes they are committing in the Ukraine, by broadcasting Gecko Porn from outer space.  What they didn’t count on?  They sent FIVE geckos into space, (five is a really interesting number of participants in sex studies)    …  who promptly ate the fruit flies    …   and perhaps, Psilocybin mushrooms were a poor choice.  After eating the mushrooms, the geckos turned off the engine on the Foton-M4 satellite   …  and remain perched by the satellites window enjoying/tripping on the earth view.

And the “Duh!!” news: NEW YORK (CNNMoney)   —  Smart people buy generic brands. “Sudafed or Wal-Phed: Which would you choose?  Nine times out of 10, pharmacists and doctors will buy the generic version of aspirin, rather than a brand-name like Bayer. Likewise, professional chefs prefer store-brand sugar, salt and baking powder instead of brand name ingredients  …  Americans are wasting about $44 billion a year on name brands, when they could be buying the exact same products if they switched to cheaper store brands. Store brand products cost on average about half the price of national brands.  Take that bottle of aspirin for example. A 100-tablet package of 325 mg Bayer Aspirin costs $6.29 on www.CVS.com. The CVS version? Just $2.27 when it’s regularly priced, and $1.14 when it’s on sale.”   Identical ingredients.

Soldiers remain soldiers:  (BBC NEWS)  —  #BBCtrending: Sexy selfies in support of IDF.  “A Facebook campaign has been launched which encourages women to submit sexy selfies to boost the morale of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers. The “Standing with IDF” page was launched on Wednesday and now has more than 12,000 likes. It includes dozens of photos of skimpily-dressed women, with “I love IDF” scrawled across their bodies.”  No different I suppose, from the “Pinups” that become popular in every war.  Interesting collection of WW II pinups on Pinterest.  Wonder what the Pinups from the Civil War looked like?  Brings back memories:  I remember having a revealing picture of Ann-Margret taped to my wall locker. Rumor at the time had it   …  the revealing parts were airbrushed in. They looked real to me. 

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, watching CNN   …  the Editorial Staff crashed on the floor.  Both central air units cooling down Ft Timmerman.  The Russians are upping the ante in the Ukraine by transferring more heavy weapons to the Rebels.  Iraq, Syria, Gaza, Egypt, Libya and Nigeria all in flames.  Where are the peace loving Muslims?  I remain nicotine free, (almost a year and 1/2, 27,906 ciggybutts not smoked,  $4,534.00 saved and 1,860 hours added to my life).  And I still, every once in a while, think   …  “Gee.  Wouldn’t a cigarette taste good now.”   It wouldn’t.  Sunday Lunch and a Movie?  BBQ’d Smoked Ribs, French Fries and a Garden Salad.  The movie?  “The Expendables 3 [2014]“.

Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman.  Later when I say my Thank You’s, I will say a thank you for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share them with   …  and 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 as a nation have, are on watch so you can.  If my post offends, I apologize.  That was not my intent.  As always  …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT  (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri   …  and the Editorial Staff).

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