March 10, 2017

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of March 10, 2017. On Wednesday, Susan and I attended our first Peritoneal Dialysis Class. An eye-opening experience   … it triggered the realization that Susan and I are in for a massive life style change. Susan and I were both fearful   …   overwhelmed. No longer. In part because of this class   … but more so, the following Internet resource We have learned that kidney failure is NOT a death sentence, but a change in life style. Dialysis, like brushing your teeth or combing your hair, is just something you do. With and by the Grace of God, with a little planning, there is NO reason we can not enjoy a full and happy life together. Our glass is half full!

Other medical news? (BBC NEWS) — Neanderthals ‘self-medicated’ for pain. “Neanderthals dosed themselves with painkillers and possibly penicillin, according to a study of their teeth. One sick Neanderthal chewed the bark of the poplar tree, which contains a chemical related to aspirin. He may also have been using penicillin, long before antibiotics were developed. The evidence comes from ancient DNA found in the dental tartar of Neanderthals living about 40,000 years ago in central Europe. Microbes and food stuck to the teeth of the ancient hominins gives scientists a window into the past. By sequencing DNA preserved in dental tartar, international researchers have found out new details of the diet, lifestyle and health of our closest extinct relatives.” Now we kn w where our “self medicating” gene came from.

In the political news   … nothing has changed. Folks that don’t like Trump, (for whatever reason), continue to snipe and find fault, no matter what he does. If he found a cure for cancer   … they would argue he did so to benefit his rich friends. His supporters are no better. If he was accused of performing unnatural acts with chickens   … they would argue he was only engaged in good animal husbandry practices. Fact is   …   the current political discussions are monologues broadcast by the 10% nut jobs on the Democrat and Republican sides. I can not remember such political polarization in my lifetime. Need proof? (BBC NEWS) — Reasons to vote for Democrats tops Amazon bestseller list. “’s bestseller list has been topped by a US political manifesto with a twist – all 266 pages are blank. Reasons To Vote For Democrats: A comprehensive Guide contains no words other than page headings and a bibliography. “You can go cover-to-cover in about 15, 20 seconds,” author Michael Knowles, a conservative journalist, told Fox News. A one-word cover review of the literary phenomenon-cum-political joke simply reads: “Thorough”.”

And in the legal news? (BBC NEWS) — The ‘robot lawyer’ giving free legal advice to refugees. “ When Joshua Browder developed DoNotPay he called it “the world’s first robot lawyer”. It’s a chatbot – a computer program that carries out conversations through texts or vocal commands – and it uses Facebook Messenger to gather information about a case before spitting out advice and legal documents. It was originally designed to help people wiggle out of parking or speeding tickets. But now Browder – a 20-year-old British man currently studying at Stanford University – has adapted his bot to help asylum seekers. In the US and Canada, it’s helping refugees complete immigration applications, and in the UK, it can aid asylum seekers in obtaining financial support from the government.” The ‘robot lawyers’ have formed a Bar Association, in the UK have contingent fee contracts, (25% of whatever “financial support” they can get for their clients)   … and like their flesh and blood counterparts … are universally hated by the lay public.

A sign of the times? Not something I needed when I was dating! Course, there was no Internet when I was dating! (BBC NEWS) — What are online dating sites doing to keep us safe? It’s a Friday night and I’m about to meet a hot date I hooked up with on a dating app. But how do I know he’s really who he says he is? After all, online dating fraud is on the rise and it seems easy for people to adopt false identities, stealing photos from other websites and concocting plausible back stories. Luckily, my date seemed legit, but if I’d been concerned I could have used a service like Circle 6. You can let six of your closest friends know where you are at all times, and with just one tap you can contact them should you feel in danger while out on a date.” Does anyone have 6 actual, real world, flesh and blood friends any more? I can see a couple going out on a date, both tap their 6 friends   … then sit back, nosh on some popcorn   … and watch 12 of their friends duke it out!! An entertaining, cheap, date!! Oh! And there is a popular “reality show” on MTV, Catfish: “The TV Show is an American reality-based documentary television series airing on MTV about the truths and lies of online dating.” It introduces people in real life to folks they have been “dating” online, in some cases for years! Nothing like confronting reality.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings watching the evening news. Apparently, there is another snow storm hitting the North East this weekend. One foot of new snow projected and temperatures in the low teens. A sunny 80 degrees in Pascagoula this weekend. I sure don’t miss the helter skelter temperature variations up north. And in other news, nude photos of female Marines   … springing online like mushrooms on the Internet. In response, the American Psychological Association has designated a new mental disorder: “Marinaphilia”, “developing debilitating palm cramps while viewing images of naked marines.” Sunday Lunch and a Movie? Lasagna with garden salad. The movie? “The Adventure Club [2017]”.

Time to post these Ramblings. Later … I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) I am now close to 4 years nicotine free. 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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3 Responses to March 10, 2017

  1. Mitchell Moore says:

    I love the book review.

    Best to you both!


  2. Tom Farnam says:

    Delight to see the good news for you and Susan. Or perhaps the great understanding you have been given.

  3. Kellie says:

    I’m in the circle!

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