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.” :
Clostridium difficile (C.Diff)
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 ”
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)