Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of October 31, 2014. Quiet evening at Ft Timmeran. Susan is at work … she works at the CVS in Harrisonville until 8:00 p.m. today. Tonight, little ghosts and goblins will be roaming the street: it is Halloween! “Evolving from the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain, modern Halloween has become less about literal ghosts and ghouls and more about costumes and candy. The Celts used the day to mark the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, and also believed that this transition between the seasons was a bridge to the world of the dead.” The merchants in downtown Holden stay open a little later for the “Trick or Treaters”. That is “small town” living … with parents walking with their children, house to house. I did not realize other parts of the world celebrated “Halloween”. (ABC NEWS) — Scary Halloween Monsters Threatened With Arrest on Beijing Subway. “Dressing up as a monster or a zombie for Halloween might get you arrested tonight in Beijing because authorities fear the costumes could cause “panic.” Expats in Beijing had organized Halloween parties on the subway in the past two years. Each year, the weekend before Halloween, “ghouls” and other Halloweeners would hop on subway Line 2 carrying bottles of beer and mixed drinks. When subway security personnel tried to stop the crowds, they were often swallowed up in the throngs of revelers – which included many people dressed up as subway security guards.” I wonder how you say “Trick of Treat in Chinese? “Tlick o Tleat?”
And as predicted: (CNSNEWS.COM) — Over 214,000 Doctors Opt Out of Obamacare Exchanges. “Over 214,000 doctors won’t participate in the new plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA,) analysis of a new survey by Medical Group Management Association shows. That number of 214,524, estimated by American Action Forum, is through May 2014, but appears to be growing due to plans that force doctors to take on burdensome costs. It’s also about a quarter of the total number of 893,851 active professional physicians reported by the Kaiser Family Foundation. In January, an estimated 70% of California’s physicians were not participating in Covered California plans.” … and in other bad news: “A fast-growing, short-term alternative to ObamaCare that allows customers to get cheap, one-year policies could put the government-subsidized plan into a death spiral. The plans, the only ones allowed for sale outside of ObamaCare exchanges, generally cost less than half of what similar ObamaCare policies cost, and are increasing in popularity as uninsured Americans grapple with the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. The catch — that the policies only last for a year — is not much of a deterrent, given that customers can sign up for ObamaCare during open-enrollment periods if their short-term coverage is not renewed. “Applications rose 30 percent compared to last year,” eHealthInsurance.com Enrollment Specialist Carrie McLean told FoxNews.com.” Yup … you can keep your current coverage, doctors … and … lower premiums, (in fact, the first year “Obamacare premiums soared as much as 78% to help cover ‘essential health benefits’”)
Interesting. My Democrat friends honestly believe the Democrat Party, is the party that can best identify with “working” people. (The Economist) — Money and Power. “In some countries, the best way to get rich is to go into politics. In America it is the other way round: the best way to break into politics is to be rich. Every year Roll Call, a sister paper of The Economist, compiles a list of the richest members of Congress. What is striking is how few of them have grown rich because they are politicians (though many will cash in on their connections after they retire)). If this were true, share with me why, of the 10 richest members of Congress, the top two are Republicans … and the next 8 are Democrats? Of the top 25, 13 are Democrat and 12 are Republican. Doesn’t this prove there is no difference between Red Pigs and Blue Pigs? Isn’t a Pig a Pig? (NOTE: the “Pig” reference is to George Orwells “Animal Farm”. You may wish to re-read it!)
Other medical news? Who knew that Koala Bears have STD’s? (BBC NEWS) — Koala chlamydia vaccine trial raises hope. “Australian scientists say they have successfully tested a vaccine aimed at protecting wild koalas from Chlamydia. The disease has ravaged the native marsupial, which is under increasing threat. Microbiologists in Queensland now hope to protect some of the remaining population after successfully trialing a vaccine developed over five years. Koala numbers have plummeted in recent years and there are believed to be as few as 43,000 left in the wild. In some areas, numbers have dropped by as much as 80% in the past 10 years. The strain of Chlamydia that affects koalas can lead to blindness, infertility and death among the animals.” How did Koala Bears get infected to start of with? No doubt a lonely Aborigine wanting a little pouch action and a cold winter night had something to do with it! Australian scientists had to develop a vaccine … after they discovered … Koala Bears refuse to wear condoms. I also didn’t know Koala Bears never come down with chest colds … because their diet consists primarily of eucalyptus leaves.
Immigration news: (BBC NEWS) — Frogs’ chorus leads to discovery of new species in US. “Scientists have confirmed that a frog found living in New York City wetlands is a new species. Jeremy Feinberg, of Rutgers University in New Jersey, who led the study, first reported the discovery when he heard their “very odd” chorusing call. Teaming up with genetics experts to confirm the finding, Mr Feinberg has now published the discovery in the journal Plos One.” The frogs were discovered because they were croaking in Spanish. Turns out, the frogs are undocumented Puerto Ricans. They were croaking “Everything’s Nice in America”. Listen to the lyrics in this song from “West Side Story”. It would be condemned as being racist.
Just plain interesting! (CNN) — Why this crab’s blood could save your life. “During World War Two, soldiers learned to fear treatment as much as enemy bullets. Unsanitary conditions and equipment in field hospitals made open wounds a breeding ground for bacteria that killed thousands, particularly the fast-acting and barely detectable gram-negative strains that caused toxic shock syndrome, meningitis, and typhoid. Today, vast improvements in medical hygiene have greatly reduced the odds of patients being poisoned on the treatment table. And our safety is protected by an unlikely source — the bright blue blood of the horseshoe crab … When faced with toxins produced by bacteria, amebocyte cells in the blood — colored blue by their copper-based molecules — identify and congeal around the invading matter, trapping the threat inside a gel-like seal that prevents it from spreading. Nature’s method is now utilized on a grand scale. Over 600,000 crabs are captured each year during the spring mating season, to “donate” around 30% of their blood in a handful of specialist facilities in the United States and Asia. The blood is worth $60,000 a gallon in a global industry valued at $50 million a year.” The crabs are bled, and then released. How in the world did some pilgrim discover Horseshoe Crab Blood jelled when it comes in contact with gram negative bacteria??
Sitting here editing these Ramblings, waiting for Susan to come home. The dogs are all waiting by the door. WE are expecting our first hard freeze this evening. Before long, the pellet stove will be heating up the back end of Ft Timmerman. On the evening news, (CNN), Virgin Galactic’s tourism spaceplane crashed killing one of it’s 2 pilots. With the elections set for next Tuesday, the “talking heads” on CNN are opining Republicans stand a good shot at winning back the Senate. Frankly … I don’t see how either side winning will impact Susan and I’s life. Shades of 1964: “U.S. readying plan to send advisers to Iraqis fighting ISIS in Anbar.” Share with me how that is not “boots on the groud?” Time to post these Ramblings. “Sunday Lunch and a Movie?” Home made beef stew. The movie? “Zombeavers ”, (and no, it is not a movie about female zombies). Later when I hit the sack and say my Thank You’s for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share them with, I will 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)