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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May 13, 2016

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of May 13, 2016. Susan is healing well.  She took a half day off on Tuesday and rested up.  We spent the afternoon together.   She worked 10 hour days Wednesday and Thursday, an 8 hour day today and will work an 8 hour day tomorrow  …  all with a broken clavicle.  She will be off Sunday.  She is one tough Lady!!  I would crawl on my bare stomach over broken beer bottles if it would lessen her pain.

And when the chickens come home to roost! (BBC NEWS)  —  Traceable data ‘stolen from fetish forum’. “A hardcore fetish web forum has been hacked, with more than 100,000 accounts exposed, according to a prominent security researcher. Troy Hunt runs Have I Been Pwned?, a database of stolen user accounts dedicated to informing victims.  The data from the latest breach, which includes email addresses, usernames, IP addresses and passwords, reveals sexual proclivities people may not want known.  It included government and military email addresses, Mr Hunt said.”   No doubt there are “sexual proclivities people may not want known”!  Why in the world would anyone sign onto a kinko Website and share their “email addresses, usernames, IP addresses and passwords .. “ and risk having their “unusual” sexual preferences made public???  Ignorance you can fix with education.  Stupid is to the bone.

And America is not the only nation that has teenage morons.  (BBC NEWS)  —  Tougher sentences for young offenders who film their crimes. Young offenders in England and Wales who film their crimes in order to post them on social media could face tougher punishments under new proposals.  Judges and magistrates would be expected to consider such behavior a “serious aggravating feature” when sentencing offenders aged 10 to 17. Footage was sometimes used to embarrass, humiliate or blackmail victims, the Sentencing Council said.  The new guidance aims to reflect the harm caused, and to “stop reoffending”.  It comes a month after two teenage girls were given life sentences for murdering 39-year-old Angela Wrightson in Hartlepool.   The girls, then aged 13 and 14, took photographs of the attack, and uploaded them to the social media application Snapchat.”   Like I shared:  stupid is to the bone.

A historical find. (BBC NEWS)  —  ‘Oldest axe’ was made by early Australians. A tiny stone flake from north-western Australia is a remnant of the earliest known axe with a handle, archaeologists have claimed.  The fingernail-sized sliver of basalt is ground smooth at one end and appears to date from 44 to 49,000 years ago. This is not long after humans first settled Australia – and several thousand years earlier than previous, similar ground-stone discoveries.”  Some Australian archeologists are somewhat skeptical about the find.  The Sears “Craftsman” logo carved into the base of the ax fueled their skepticism. 

The science news. (BBC NEWS)  — Almost all snakes have the same superpower. “When a snake strikes, it moves so fast it could hit you four times within the space of one eyeblink. If a human moved that fast they would lose consciousness …  According to research published in March 2016, an average snake strike lasts somewhere between 44 and 70 milliseconds. To put that in perspective, it takes humans around 200ms to blink an eye. In the same time, the most ruthless snake could theoretically have carried out four strikes.  It is almost inconceivably fast, and it means that snakes are far better at striking their prey than we are at moving any part of our bodies. In fact, if we were to move at the sort of accelerations that snakes do, we would black out.”  The good news?  Humans can outrun snakes.  A Black Mamba is the worlds fastest snake, being able to hit 12 mph   …  the average human being can achieve 15 mph  …  and some can hit 20 mph.

(BBC NEWS)   —  Abortion study: 25% of pregnancies terminated, estimates suggest.  “One in four pregnancies ends in an abortion each year, global estimates from the World Health Organization and Guttmacher Institute suggest. The report in the Lancet said 56m induced abortions take place annually – higher than previously thought. Researchers acknowledge rates have improved in many rich countries but warn this masks no change in poorer areas over the past 15 years. Experts are calling for new approaches to contraceptive services.”  According to the study, “abortions worldwide increased from 50 million a year between 1990-1994 to 56 million a year between 2010-2014.”. Further, “the number of abortions per person has stayed stagnant in many poorer areas, in richer areas it fell from 25 to 14 per 1,000 women of reproductive age. Researchers point out that abortion rates were similar across countries – regardless of whether terminations are legal or not. They argue that laws banning abortions do not limit the number of terminations and can instead lead people to seek illegal abortions that can be unsafe.”   Interesting that the researchers used the word “termination” instead of abortion.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings. Susan finished her motion exercises and now has her PJ’s on and is ready to hit the sack.  After giving her “babies” their evening treats,  she usually reads one of her “Blouse Snatcher” Romance Novels in bed.  I have some images to edit.  The dogs are staring at Susan, waiting patiently for their evening treats. A typical Friday Night at Ft Timmerman.  Sunday Lunch and a Movie?  Baked Rosemary Chicken, Baked Potato and Baby Peas.  The movie?  Haven’t decided!

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 6, 2016

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of May 6, 2016. Went and saw Susan’s Orthopod today.  He is satisfied with her progress   …  and she can go periods of time without a brace. He recommended she start “range of motion” exercises   …   for short periods of time so her arm and shoulder muscles do not tighten up.  Susan’s niece works for a Physical Therapist   …  so we stopped by his office and had him explain what “range of motion” exercises are.  Susan will start the exercises tomorrow.

I guess the Chinese have some unusual sexual customs. (BBC NEWS)  — China bans ‘erotic’ banana-eating live streams.  “Chinese live-streaming services have banned people filming themselves eating bananas in a “seductive” fashion. New regulations mean that live-streaming sites must monitor all their output round-the-clock to ensure nothing untoward is going on, keeping an eye out for any “erotic” banana-eating, according to New Express Daily. It’s not just fruit that’s on their radar though – the paper adds that wearing stockings and suspenders while hosting a live stream is now also forbidden.”  I can understand that watching a banana being eaten can certainly arouse a “fruitaphile”. I guess they also have “stockingaphiles”.

In the environmental news: (BBC NEWS)  — Carpageddon: Australia plans to kill carp with herpes.  “The Australian politician who declared war on Johnny Depp’s dogs has a new enemy – the European carp.  Barnaby Joyce, the deputy prime minister, said the only way to get rid of the “bottom-dwelling, mudsucking” fish was to unleash herpes on it. The Australian $15m eradication program, dubbed “Carpageddon” by the government, aims to rid the Murray-Darling Basin of carp.”  …  I did not know there is a Herpes strain that only affects Carp.  MSNBC  — “To rid their streams and rivers of invasive European carp crowding out native freshwater species, officials plan to begin introducing a strain of the herpes virus — Cyprinid herpesvirus 3 (CyHV-3), or “carp herpes” — into fish populations   …   the virus kills European carp quickly, and that it does not develop in native fish, in other introduced fish species or in other animals — including humans.”   I had this vision of millions of carp swimming around with cold sores.  Given that virii evolve and mutate   …   isn’t introducing foreign virii into Australian waters   …  risky?

The British take science very seriously. (BBC NEWS) —  ‘Boaty McBoatface’ polar ship named after Attenborough. The UK’s new polar research ship is to be named RRS Sir David Attenborough, despite the title “Boaty McBoatface” previously topping a public vote.  A website inviting name suggestions had attracted huge interest, with Boaty McBoatface the runaway favorite.  But Science Minister Jo Johnson said there were “more suitable” names.  On Friday, days before Sir David turns 90, it was announced that the $288,610,000.00 vessel will be named after the world-renowned naturalist and broadcaster. Sir David said he was “truly honored” by the decision.”    “Boaty McBoatface” sounds like a McDonald’s Franchise!!

And dealing with bugs becoming antibiotic resistant? (BBC NEWS)  —  Tea, honey, hops and sponges: The antibacterial hunt.  “What do tea, beer, honey and marine sponges have in common? They are all among the natural products Welsh scientists are targeting in the hunt for sources of new antimicrobials.  With increasing bacterial resistance to antibiotics, the need to find new agents to tackle dangerous pathogens – many of them in hospitals – is acute.  So, Cardiff University’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science has turned to some unlikely Welsh sources – including a few found in ancient remedies.”   A fascinating read!!

Sitting here editing these Ramblings. Susan is resting comfortably in her easy chair   …  after taking a couple of pain pills.  Although she is in for a tough couple of months, she is in good spirits and glad the Orthopod recommended periods of time without the brace.  On the evening news,  a review of the Trump protests in California on Tuesday    …  I haven’t seen so many Mexican flags since the last Cinco-De Mayo celebration in 2015.  In California …  Cinco-De-Mayo is the equivalent of St Patrick’s Day in the rest of the country.  Also, some heavy weights in the Republican Party announced they would not support Trump if he was selected to be the Republican Party’s Presidential Candidate.  Susan is not working tomorrow, so we plan on working in the garden.  Sunday Lunch and a Movie?  Leftovers.  The movie?  “High Strung [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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