October 17, 2014

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)

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October 10, 2014

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of October 10, 2014.  It is raining and cold outside.  Proof that summer is over and winter is only weeks away.  The pellet stove insert has been cleaned and serviced.  The pellet bin is loaded with pellets, (with a ton stacked in the garage), and is ready to heat the whole back end of Ft Timmerman.  The stove has reduced our gas bill from $350.00/mo to less than $60.00.  We burn 2 tons of pellets during October – March at a cost of $189.00/ton.  Just dump in a 40 pound sack of pellets every other day and vacuum out the ashes every 3rd or 4th day.

On the way back from court yesterday, I noticed that the leaves are starting to turn. I wonder if the leaves have started to turn in the Ozarks?  Perhaps time to take a trip to Ha Ha Tonka State Park and capture some Fall landscapes.  Fall colors in the Ozarks are breath taking.

In the medicinal okra news: (CNN) —  Drug cops converge on Georgia man’s property after spotting … okra. “The grower was alarmed when the police helicopter swooped low over his property. Soon, Bartow County, Georgia, deputies — “strapped to the gills” and with a drug dog in tow — converged on his doorstep. They had the grower dead to rights. Except the plant that the chopper cops had spotted from the air was … okra.”  Medicinal okra, has been used for years   …  it is after all  …  food for the soul.  Many consider it “Soul Food”.  Frankly  …  I have not found Zig-Zags large enough to roll it.

(BBC NEWS)  — Wal-Mart’s insurance move reveals Obamacare truth. “As the 800-pound gorilla of retailers, Wal-Mart made national headlines when it announced on Tuesday that it was cutting the health benefits for its 30,000 employees who work fewer than 30 hours a week. A company blog post put the move down to rising healthcare costs, but the 30-hour cut-off gives a clue as to the real cause – President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform.”  The net effect?  These folks will have to buy their own health insurance through the exchanges and most will qualify for some amount of government assistance. “The only question now is how many and how fast other companies partake of the new all-you-can-eat entitlement buffet. Get whatever you like, the bill’s on taxpayers.” Can we really afford to keep spending at the rate we are?  When President Bush took office, (January 20, 2001), the National Debt was $5.8 Trillion Dollars.  Two wars and 8 years later, when he left office, the National Debt was $10.9 Trillion Dollars.  When President Obama took office, (January 1, 2009), the National Debt was $10.9 Trillion Dollars.  Today, with one war over, (Iraq, 2003 – 2012), and the other winding down, 5 years later, on October 10, 2014,  the National Debt is $17.8 Trillion Dollars.

In science news:  (BBC NEWS)  — ‘Love hormone’ controls sexual behavior in mice.  “A small group of neurons that respond to the hormone oxytocin are key to controlling sexual behavior in mice, a team has discovered.  The researchers switched off these cells which meant they were no longer receptive to oxytocin. This “love hormone” is already known to be important for many intimate social situations. Without it, female mice were no more attracted to a mate than to a block of Lego, the team report in journal Cell.”   Having represented many male clients over the years, with “Love’s Aftermath” issues, (divorce),  many of my clients swear a wedding band has the same effect on the female of our species.

Already a tragedy, and getting worse.  (BBC NEWS)  — Global Ebola outbreak deaths exceed 4,000 – WHO.  “The number of deaths attributed to the Ebola outbreak has risen above 4,000, the World Health Organization says. The latest figures show there have been 4,024 confirmed or suspected deaths in the worst-affected West African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.  Eight deaths are linked to the hemorrhagic fever in Senegal and one in the US.  In total, there have been 8,399 confirmed or suspected cases, mostly in West Africa.”  Experts on CNN opined, given the lack of infrastructure in this part of Africa   …   for every recorded infection and death there are 3 or 4 which are unreported.  Potentially, that is a huge number of persons.

And a different kind of tragedy: (BBC NEWS)  —  A cancer patient’s decision to die. “The 29-year-old was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in January, after suffering from debilitating headaches for more than a year. Following months of treatment, and a progressively worsening prognosis, Ms Maynard decided she had to change course …  She and her husband moved from California to Oregon, one of five US states where physician-assisted suicide is permissible. Once she had established residency and proved that she had less than six months to live, she obtained a prescription for life-ending medication. She says she plans on using it on 1 November, two days after her husband’s birthday.”  Share with me, what would you do if faced with:  “I could develop potentially morphine-resistant pain and suffer personality changes and verbal, cognitive and motor loss of virtually any kind  …  because the rest of my body is young and healthy, I am likely to physically hang on for a long time even though cancer is eating my mind. I probably would have suffered in hospice care for weeks or even months. And my family would have had to watch that.”  Not a choice/decision I would want to make.

Changing times. Gone are the days of the caveman bonking a potential mate on the head and dragging her back to his cave!! (BBC NEWS)  —  Will ‘yes means yes’ laws change the rules of sex? “California Governor Jerry Brown signed the country’s first affirmative consent law last week, which requires that both partners give ongoing consent during sexual activity.  Following suit, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo last week ordered all of state-run universities to include an affirmative consent policy in their sexual assault investigation guidelines. The law defines affirmative consent as a conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity. Under the law, lack of protest, silence or previous sexual history do not count as consent   …   “Most of us know what this kind of consent looks like in practice, but as a legal standard, it’s hard to imagine how it would be implemented,” writes the Nation’s Michelle Goldberg. “Do moans count as consent? How about a nod, or a smile, or meaningful eye contact?”  I guess to play it safe   …  get written consent and seal the deal with a handshake and a video clip showing consent, using your cell phone.  WAIT!!!  Isn’t that what the celebrities whose nude/compromising pics were posted on the Internet did?

Sitting here editing these Ramblings and listening to CNN. The Editorial Staff curled around my feet. ISIS keeps expanding and consolidating the ground it has captured.  The Turks, are sitting by watching the eminent slaughter of Kurds on their boarder.  New violence projected, “4 Days of Resistance“, in Ferguson, Missouri.  I guess there are still stores to loot/trash.  Given Missouri has the “Castle Doctrine“,  I am amazed there aren’t piles of bodies  …  shop owners, snuffing looters.  I wouldn’t blame them:  breaking into Ft Timmerman will give a pilgrim the opportunity to “French Kiss” my 12 gauge.

Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman. I remain nicotine free: a recovering nicotine addict taking it one day at a time.  I have a friend was has an alcohol addiction.  While visiting with her, I asked if she was sober.  She replied, “Of course. I only had a couple of drinks with my supper.”  Sunday Lunch and a Movie?  Left over Shrimp Alfredo. The movie? “Earth to Echo [2014]“.  Later when I say my Thank You’s for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share them with, I will say a special prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform.  Care to join me? Be and sleep well knowing 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)

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October 3, 2014

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of October 3, 2014.  Susan was offered a Pharmacy Tech job at the CVS in Harrisonville. About a 56 mile round trip from Holden.  Her truck, a 2011 Ram 1/2 ton, extended cab 4 x 4 gets 15 – 18 miles per gallon. That is 3.4 gallons, daily, to get to and from work. Put another way,  with gas peddling for $3.00 per gallon, that is $10.50 a day, travel expense, (or $52.50/week, $231.00/month).  We decided to trade in the truck for a more gas friendly vehicle.  Shopping criteria? All wheel or 4 wheel drive because portions of the route between Holden and Harrisonville, are secondary roads and not all that well maintained in winter.  At least 20+ miles per gallon and a 5 star crash safely rating   …   and of course, a vehicle Susan would like. Whatever the vehicle, (and I have no clue why), the vehicle had to be the color “green”.  We found a “pre-owned” and “Subaru Certified”, 2013 Subaru “Outlander”.  GREEN, all wheel drive, 30mpg and a 5 star crash rating with a 100,000 mile bumper to bumper extended warrantee …  and Susan LOVES it.  Instead of a recommended oil change every 3,000 miles   …  Subaru recommends an oil change every 7,500 miles.  Reduced our insurance by $11.00/mo and reduced our car payment by $41.00 per month, a $52.00 reduced equipment cost.  Gas savings? $28.00 instead of $52.50/week, $123.00 instead of $231.00/month.  Next step?  Have the vehicle blessed by Fr. Pete.

And a turtle news update:   (BBC NEWS)  —  Dozens of turtles found in man’s trousers at Canada border. “A Canadian man has been charged with wildlife smuggling after guards at the US border found 51 turtles in his trousers, US authorities have said. US fish and wildlife officers tracked Kai Xu across the border between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, after receiving a tip from a postal worker. He was stopped by Canadian border guards who found the turtles taped to his legs, prosecutors said. Mr Xu, 26, was released on a bond on Thursday but has not entered a plea. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.”  I have heard of “trouser trout”   …  but “trouser turtles”?  You know   …  using an athletic supporter has to be more comfortable than taping turtles to your crotch.  If he gets jail time   …  I suppose he could protect himself in the shower, by taping a snapping turtle to his butt. 

Interesting: (Huffington Post)  —  White Woman Who Sued Sperm Bank Over Black Baby Says It’s Not About Race. “An Ohio woman who sued a sperm bank after it mixed up donors and gave her sperm from an African-American man instead of the white one she and her partner selected said Wednesday that the family is simply trying to get compensation to deal with a situation they weren’t prepared to handle.” So   …  what are the damages?  Does it cost more to raise a bi-racial child?  Ostensibly, they are suing to make sure this could not happen to another couple.  I suppose keeping better records could help   …  but then, so would putting tiny black bands around black sperm cilia   …  so you could tell them from white sperm cilia.

Ever hear of hear of Captain and Tennille?  (NATIONAL POST), OTTAWA — Conservative government refuses to bow to ‘radical’ animal rights activists, orders RCMP to keep fur hats.  “A move by the Mounties to doff their fur hats in favor of more animal-friendly tuques isn’t getting any muskrat love from the federal Conservatives. Leona Aglukkaq, the environment minister, told the House of Commons Tuesday the public safety minister had told the Mounties to reverse the decision.   In August, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police wrote to the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals to say it had tested a tuque that works well in normal winter conditions, and cadets would get the new hats as early as this fall.”  If this isn’t “Muskrat Love”, I don’t know what is!!

Scary stuff. (BBC NEWS)  — Ebola outbreak: Texas checks 100 for exposure. “As many as 100 people in Texas are being checked for exposure to Ebola, health officials have said.  The list includes “potential or possible contacts” with Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national diagnosed in Dallas on Tuesday, and “will drop”.  Four of his relatives have been ordered to stay home while they are watched for signs of the disease, say medics.  Mr Duncan, believed to have caught the disease in Liberia, is in a serious condition in hospital.  He was the first case diagnosed on US soil and on Thursday, Liberian officials said they would prosecute Mr Duncan for lying on an Ebola questionnaire form.”  The result of a “comedy of errors” with Mr Duncan initially sent home from the hospital, complaining of symptoms after mentioning he had just returned from Liberia. If you have symptoms, you are capable of spreading the disease. At the rate Ebola is expanding, the projected million deaths by January   …  may be an underestimate.

The cinema news: (BBC NEWS)  — Sherlock Holmes silent classic uncovered in Paris vault. “A silent Sherlock Holmes film made in 1916 and featuring the only screen performance by William Gillette has been found in the French film archive. The film, thought lost forever, had been wrongly catalogued decades ago by staff at the Cinematique Francaise. US actor Gillette made his name as Holmes mainly on stage, bringing his trademark deerstalker and pipe to life for the first time.  The movie is being restored and will be shown at a French festival next year  …  Gillette, who died in 1937, gave the definitive portrayal of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary sleuth during his lifetime, adopting many of the traits that have been seen since and survive to this day.”  William Gillette, (July 24, 1853 – April 29, 1937), was a fascinating guy!!  Actor, author, playwright and inventor!

Sitting here editing these Ramblings and listening to CNN. ISIS has beheaded another hostage.  Another aid worker.  The coalition of nations involved in airstrikes is growing   …  but ISIS can not be eradicated without boots on the ground.  Airstrikes have been unable to keep ISIS out of the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani.  Everyone is paying lip service, expressing outrage   …  and doing nothing.  Turkish Parliament voted yesterday to assist the coalition   …  we will see whether they do or not.

Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman. I am 586 days nicotine free, 31.686 ciggybutts not smoked and $5,149.00 saved.  I wonder how much money I could have saved, how many Corvettes I could buy now, if I had put the money I spent on ciggybutts into a saving account?  I have noticed, they don’t smell good any more   …  they are starting to stink   …  and you can sure smell the smoke on folks that smoke. Susan indicated she will not smoke in her new car   …  no doubt a reaction to the sales manager’s comment yesterday, that we could have gotten more when trading in the RAM   …   if she had not smoked in it so he could advertise it as a smoke free vehicle.  Vice has it’s price.  Sunday Lunch and a Movie?  Leftover’s from the freezer.  Seems when I cook on Sunday, there have been leftover’s that I have frozen   …  and they have piled up.  Lasagna. Chili. Alfredo, (chicken, potato and shrimp). Roladin, etc.  The movie?  “A Walk Among The Tombstones [2014]“.

Later, when I say my Thank You’s for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share them with, I will say a pray 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 standing 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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September 26, 2014

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of September 26, 2014.  Really not much to share this week.  Had lunch with my daughter Wednesday.  She is a beautiful young woman, (she takes after her mother)  …  has my sense of humor    …   but is cursed with my curiosity and intellect.  She is also quite capable of arguing both sides of any argument!  She has a teaching degree  …  loves to teach but hates the politics involved  …   so, works as a “nanny”.   And of course,  like most folks her age   …  is a staunch liberal “Tree Hugger” and an advocate for “Social Justice”,  (leaning somewhat to the left of Mao Zedong!).  Our views of how to achieve “social justice”    …   differ greatly, making for most interesting discussions over lunch!

The Ebola epidemic, folks infected, is expanding logarithmically:   (USA TODAY)  —  CDC: Ebola could infect 1.4 million people by January. “If the world doesn’t get the Ebola outbreak in West Africa under control quickly, the disease could become a permanent fixture in the region, spreading as routinely as malaria or the flu, the World Health Organization warns Tuesday in a new report. In the worst-case scenario – if nothing is done to effectively control the outbreak — there could be 1.4 million Ebola cases in Liberia and Sierra Leone by the end of January, according to a report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”  Ebola is a self limiting disease:  once infectious, (capable of infecting others),  persons are too sick to infect others.  People get infected by coming in contact with an infected person as a care giver, or as part of the funeral process.  Ebola kills 70% of it’s victims.  [Footnote: "The C.D.C. has issued a Watch Level 3 warning (“avoid nonessential travel”) for Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, and a Level 2 warning (“practice enhanced precautions”) for Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo".]

Space research news: (CNN) — India’s spacecraft reaches Mars orbit … and history. “India’s Mars Orbiter Mission successfully entered Mars’ orbit Wednesday morning, becoming the first nation to arrive on its first attempt and the first Asian country to reach the Red Planet. “We have gone beyond the boundaries of human enterprise and human imagination,” declared India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who watched from the space agency’s nerve center in Bangalore. “We have accurately navigated our spacecraft through a route known to a very few.” The staff at the Indian Space Research Organization erupted into applause and cheers after learning that the Mars Orbiter Mission, also known as Mangalyaan, reached the planet’s orbit and made history.” The spacecraft was funded by Hilton Grand Vacations, (Hilton Worldwide),  to scout out possible Hilton Inn locations on Mars.

The medical news:   (CNN) —  Beer may be good for your brain. “Here’s a roundup of five medical studies published this week that might give you new insights into your health. Remember, correlation is not causation — so if a study finds a connection between two things, it doesn’t mean that one causes the other. Beer may be good for your brain. You may not guess it stopping by your average neighborhood fraternity party, but an element in beer may be good for your brain. Scientists discovered that xanthohumol, a type of flavonoid found in beer, seems to help cognitive function, at least in young mice. They tested this hypothesis in a study that ran in Behavioral Brain Research this week. Xanthohumol did not have the same impact on older mice.”  Which only goes to prove   …  youth is wasted on the young!

Good news for men, (who don’t cross dress):   (BBC NEWS)  — Skirt size increase linked to breast cancer risk, says study. “Going up several skirt sizes in midlife could be a warning sign of increased cancer risk, research suggests. Women who went up a skirt size every decade after their mid-20s had a 33% greater risk of breast cancer after the menopause, say researchers at University College London. Watching your skirt size from your mid-20s onwards could be a simple way to track weight gain, they told BMJ Open. Obesity is a known risk factor for cancer, particularly midriff fat.”  I guess   …  if you don’t wear a skirt, you can’t get breast cancer.

Editing these Ramblings watching CNN. Seems CNN is totally focused on reporting ISIS news.   ISIS is a cancer that appears to have metastasized   …  now with a cell in Algeria …  and  …  a corresponding beheading of a French tourist.  Muslims around the world are finally speaking out:  “Not in my name, Muslims speaking out against ISIS“.  Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman.  Picked up a ton of pellets for the pellet stove insert this week   …  and the nights are getting cooler.  The “Woolley Worms” are REALLY woolly   …  harbingers of a cold winter.  Sunday Lunch and a Movie?  A pork roast, mashed potato and creamed corn.  The movie?  “November Man [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   …  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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September 19, 2014

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of September 19, 2014. Last night, I was sitting in the “Library”    …  when “Max” came in to see what I was doing.  Max is one of our oldest rescues, (a medium/small Yorkshire Terrier).  Almost blind, hard of hearing   …  and having only 2 or 3 teeth remaining   … and having the desire to share his existence   …  by lifting a leg.  He lifts his leg  …  a lot!!  A most annoying resident of Ft Timmerman.  But a life  …  Susan and I will tolerate, (only because every inch of Ft Timmerman is tiled  …  and running a mop solves the problem.)  Tried a case, a contested custody case, pro bono, Tuesday.  Just lifting my leg   …  wanting to test the constitutionality/take up R. S. Mo. 514.040.  Perhaps my last case.  Thinking about my life, life in general   …  and what makes a life WORTH living.  The conclusion I reached?  A life worth living is one NOT focused on being there    …  but instead, focused on helping others get there. Historically, there are only 3 “professions”:  doctors, lawyers and priests.  The common denominator?  Service to others.

The political news: (BBC NEWS) — Scottish referendum: Scotland votes ‘No’ to independence. “Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom after voters decisively rejected independence.  With the results in from all 32 council areas, the “No” side won with 2,001,926 votes over 1,617,989 for “Yes”. Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond called for unity and urged the unionist parties to deliver on more powers.  Prime Minister David Cameron said he was delighted the UK would remain together and that commitments on extra powers would be honored “in full”. I wonder   …  if there was a referendum in the former confederate states   …  how many would vote to cede from the union?

Medical news: (BBC NEWS)  —  Berries in cancer therapy experiment . “Wild berries native to North America may have a role in boosting cancer therapy, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Pathology.  Scientists suggest chokeberries could work in combination with conventional drugs to kill more cancer cells.  But the UK research is at an early stage, with experiments carried out only on cancer cells in laboratories.”  Never heard of “Choke Berries”. “Chokeberries are cultivated as ornamental plants and as food products. The berries can be eaten raw off the bush, but are more frequently processed. They can be found in wine, jam, syrup, juice, soft spreads, tea, salsa, chili starters, extracts, beer, ice cream, gummies and tinctures.  The name “chokeberry” comes from the astringency of the fruits, which create a sensation making one’s mouth pucker.”  Particularly useful in pancreatic cancer.  Life expectancy after diagnosis:  6 months.  From the article: Pancreatic cancer is particularly hard to treat and has an average survival period of just six months after diagnosis. The study found that when the berry extract was used, together with a conventional chemotherapy drug called gemcitabine, more cancer cells died than when the drug was used alone.  But the scientists say the chokeberry had no effect on normal body cells tested in this way. They believe compounds known as polyphenols in the berries may reduce the number of harmful cells.”  Chokeberries are ostensibly, one of the 8 “superfruits” because of their high antioxidant qualities.

The technology news: (BBC NEWS)  — Chin strap makes electricity from chewing. “Engineers in Canada have built a chin strap that harnesses energy from chewing and turns it into electricity.  They say the device could one day take the place of batteries in hearing aids, earpieces and other small gadgets.  Made from a “smart” material that becomes electrically charged when stretched, the prototype needs to be made 20 times more efficient in order to generate useful amounts of power. The researchers claim they can achieve this by adding layers of the material.”  I would assume moving your jaw while talking would generate electricity as well.  Can you picture how much electricity a sewing circle could generate?

The science news:   (BBC NEWS)  —  Slippery banana study wins Ig Nobel.  “Research that investigated why bananas are slippery when you step on them has won one of this year’s Ig Nobel prizes. The spoof awards that have become almost as famous as the real Nobels were handed out at their annual ceremony at Harvard University, US.   Kiyoshi Mabuchi’s Japanese team measured the friction of banana skin in the lab, and showed why apple and orange peel are not quite so hazardous   …   Another winner this year was the study that examined the brains of people who see the face of Jesus and other figures in slices of toast. The work won the neuroscience Ig.”  The interesting thing remains   …  this is actual research funded by grants!!

The “birds and the bees” news: (BBC NEWS)  —  The Twisted World of Sexual Organs.  “It’s February 2008. The location; a hospital emergency department within the city of Seoul, in South Korea. A 63-year-old woman has arrived complaining of sharp pains in her mouth and clutching a chunk of squid from her seafood dinner. The physicians examining her find what appear to be a number of tiny writhing animals stuck to her tongue, cheeks and gums. Assuming the creatures are some form of squid parasite, the medics quickly remove them. But a closer look shows that these are no parasites: they are in fact spermatophores – tiny guided missiles containing a payload of squid sperm. Male squid release spermatophores during mating. They then lodge themselves in the female squid’s skin near her genital opening, and release their sperm as the female lays her eggs.”  Interesting article!!

Legal news:   CNN) —  Peanut company owner found guilty in deadly salmonella outbreak. “A jury convicted a former peanut company owner Friday of conspiracy, fraud and other federal charges in a landmark case stemming from a deadly salmonella outbreak almost six years ago. The jury’s verdict came after a seven-week trial for Stewart Parnell and his brother and food broker, Michael Parnell, both charged with 76 federal counts linked to intentionally shipping out salmonella-laced peanut products   …   The 2008-2009 salmonella outbreak killed nine people and sickened at least 714 others nationwide and cast a pall over one of America’s favorite foods: peanut butter. Food safety advocates said the trial was groundbreaking because it’s so rare corporate executives are held accountable in court for bacteria in food. Never before had a jury heard a criminal case in which a corporate chief faced federal felony charges for knowingly shipping out food containing salmonella.”  I am glad the jury busted his nuts.  I hope it sets a precedent for more charges being filed in these types of cases.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, listening to the evening news on CNN.  ISIS has taken more villages in Iraq.  The French have started bombing missions in Iraq   …  and the Australians have arrested 18 ISIS sympathizers who had planned to snatch some person off of the street and behead them   …  then post the video online.  The Senate approved arming moderate Syrian resistance groups    …   and you know    …   this whole scenario is starting to look like the script for the “End Times”:  “End time (also called end times, end of time, end of days, last days, final days, or eschaton) is a time period described in the eschatologies of the dominant world religions, both Abrahamic and non-Abrahamic. The Abrahamic faiths maintain a linear cosmology, with end time scenarios containing themes of transformation and redemption. In Judaism, the term “end of days” is a reference to the Messianic Age, and includes an in-gathering of the exiled diaspora, the coming of the mashiach, olam haba, and resurrection of the Tsadikim. In Christianity, end time is traditionally depicted as a time of tribulation that precedes the second coming of Christ, who will face the emergence of the Antichrist and usher in the Kingdom of God. However, some Christians believe that the end time represents the personal tribulation experienced before they are enlightened with the Word of God. In Islam, the Yawm al-Qiyāmah or Yawm ad-Din, the Day of Judgement, is preceded by the appearance of the Mahdi atop a white stallion. With the help of Isa (Jesus), Mahdi will then triumph over Masih ad-Dajjal (the false messiah).” 

Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at FT Timmerman. I have a couple of images to work on and print.  Sunday Lunch and a Movie?  Pork pot roast, mashed potatoes and corn on the cob.  The movie? “Sniper Legacy [2014]“  Later, when I say my Thank You’s 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 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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