April 14, 2017

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of April 14, 2017. Susan took 4 vacation days this week to apply for Medicaid and Social Security Disability. She had dialysis Tuesday and Thursday. Her blood sugar levels went through the roof after dialysis resulting in her having no energy; she was lethargic. We had an appointment with her diabetes doctor because of the high blood sugar levels after dialysis and found out dialysis also removes/reduces insulin levels. He recommended changes to the settings on her insulin pump. We will see what the new settings do.

In the prison news: (BBC NEWS) — Ohio prison inmates ‘built computers and hid them in ceiling’. “A prison work program has backfired, after two inmates in the US state of Ohio built computers from PCs they were supposed to be dismantling for recycling. The unsupervised inmates later hid the PCs in the ceiling of a training room. Investigators found software, pornography and articles about making drugs and explosives on the machines. The discovery came after IT staff flagged unusual levels of internet activity on a contractor’s account.”  The inmates were offered a job by Dell Computers when they are released. Nice to receive vocational training while incarcerated.

Hard to believe there are still p[laces on this Earth where folks eat dogs and cats. Beijing (CNN) — Taiwan bans eating dog and cat meat. “Taiwan has outlawed the consumption of dog and cat meat, as the island’s legislature on Tuesday passed a landmark amendment to its animal protection laws, according to island’s official Central News Agency (CNA). “Taiwan’s progressive ban is part of a growing trend across Asia to end the brutal dog meat trade,” said Wendy Higgins with Humane Society International. “Previously, the Animal Protection Act only covered the slaughter and sale of dog and cat meat, but this amendment specifically prohibiting the actual consumption of dog meat today is welcome,” said Jill Robinson, founder and CEO of Animals Asia Foundation. Individuals who eat or trade dog or cat meat can now be fined between $1,640 and $8,200.” I wonder how you say “hotdog” in Chinese? [Note: this is an interesting article containing information about other animals folks munch down on.]

It’s been a really bad week for United Airlines (CNN) — What next? Scorpion stings passenger on United Airlines flight. “It’s been a rough week for United Airlines. The same day a passenger was infamously dragged off a United plane in Chicago, a man on a United flight from Houston to Calgary was allegedly stung by a scorpion. The venomous creature fell from an overhead bin and landed on Richard Bell’s hair as he was eating lunch Sunday in his business class seat, according to his wife Linda. “My husband felt something in his hair. He grabbed it out of his hair and it fell onto his dinner table. As he was grabbing it by the tail it stung him,” she told CNN.” How in the world would a scorpion get into an overhead bin in an aircraft? But then, those Texas scorpions are really sneaky.

Talk about getting screwed over by an Ex! (CNN TECH) — 1,100 strangers showed up at his home for sex. He blames Grindr. “Over the past five months, Matthew Herrick says that 1,100 men have showed up at his home and workplace expecting to have sex with him. Herrick is suing Grindr, the popular dating app for gay and bisexual men, because of it. According to the complaint, Herrick, 32, is the victim of an elaborate revenge scheme that’s playing out on Grindr’s platform. An ex-boyfriend of Herrick’s, who he says he met on Grindr, has allegedly been creating fake accounts since October 2016. The accounts have Herrick’s photos and personal details, including some falsehoods like a claim that that he’s HIV positive. The ex allegedly invites men to Herrick’s apartment and the restaurant where he works. Sometimes as many as 16 strangers each day will show up looking for Herrick. In some instances, they are told not to be dissuaded if Herrick is resistant at first, “as part of an agreed upon rape fantasy or role play.” Why in the world is he suing Grindr? “Grindr | The world’s largest gay social network app”  I never heard of it What liability would a social network, (like Twitter or Facebook), have for the actions of users?

Sitting here editing these Ramblings and waiting for Susan to come home. She has dialysis tomorrow afternoon. On the evening news? The potential threat posed by North Korea to South Korea and Japan. We have 78.000 troops in the area. If there is a war, it will have a dire impact on the US … make Hyundai and Kia parts unavailable. Easter Sunday is coming up this weekend. I am planning a traditional Easter meal: ham, mashed potatoes and corn. Haven’t thought about a movie to watch.

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 remain 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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