July 14, 2017

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of July 14, 2017. Susan and I went our separate ways today. Me to my dentist for 4 fillings and Susan to her Doc for a “Stress Test” and a “Mammogram”. Seems like the primary reason we leave the house any more is for grocery shopping and doctor appointments!   As a practical matter, with Susan having dialysis every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday   … day trips are about all we could do anyway … not to mention leaving 5 dogs alone in the house overnight.

After checking my Facebook page earlier, it is amazing to me that 7 months into Trumps presidency, the same folks who bad mouthed him after the election, are still bad mouthing him. Trump is a political outsider who campaigned and was elected on his promise to make a change and take insiders out, by campaigning for and establishing term limits … won’t happen. Insiders from both parties refuse to offer legislation to do so and he can’t do it without them. Against all odds, he was elected. Then and now, you have the “insiders” in BOTH parties, the “left” and “right” actively engaged in a campaign to denigrate his character and intellect. These attacks are “stupid”, (Note: “ignorant” is fixable with education. “Stupid” is to the bone!), because the posters don’t understand, Trump has the American people behind him … for now. They are counting on their campaign to “denigrate his character and intellect” with the American people, to counter that support. It may … if you hear something often enough, after awhile, you believe it’s true. There are some Trump policies I agree with … and some I don’t. But I sure don’t have to worry about Trump trying to feed me a line of BS to further his personal goals. It saddens me to see anti-Trump posts by people I like and respect. Makes me wonder? Is their opinion “ignorant” or “stupid”? I want to believe … it is “ignorance” … they just haven’t taken the time to research and investigate … instead, just decided to follow the “party line”.

The legal news: (BBC NEWS) — Judge rules pacemaker data admissible in court. “An Ohio judge has ruled that data from a pacemaker can be used in court. Defendant Ross Compton, who faces aggravated arson charges, claims he was woken by a fire at home, packed a case, broke a window and threw out the bag. A cardiologist told police his explanation was “highly improbable” based on his heart rate and cardiac rhythms at the time. Mr Compton’s lawyer said allowing pacemaker evidence expanded government snooping into private data. “We take the strong position that medical data regarding the inner functions of one’s body, designed to assist a doctor in keeping a patient alive, should be safeguarded against government overreach,” he told tech news website CNet. “As was argued to the court, what is next on this slippery slope as technology advances?” I don’t see how this ruling could survive an appeal. Two issues. “Reasonable expectation of privacy” and the prohibition against “self incrimination”. Although there is no specific mention, in our Bill of Rights, of the fundamental right of privacy, the Supreme Court of the United States, in Griswold v. Connecticut, recognized that “privacy” is a fundamental penumbra right implied in the 4th, 5th and 14th Amendments. Isn’t there a “reasonable expectation of privacy” in internal medical devices? Further, the 5th Amendment to our Constitution states in it’s pertinent parts: “nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself” Will be interesting to see how this plays out.

And in the “Why would you do this?” news. (BBC NEWS) — Gif and image written into the DNA of bacteria. An image and short film has been encoded in DNA, using the units of inheritance as a medium for storing information. Using a genome editing tool known as Crispr, US scientists inserted a gif – five frames of a horse galloping – into the DNA of bacteria. Then the team sequenced the bacterial DNA to retrieve the gif and the image, verifying that the microbes had indeed incorporated the data as intended. I suppose being able to store vast amounts of data in something as a small as a bacteria has value. But to whom? Certainly not something you could hook up to your PC and store family pics.

Interesting! (BBC NEWS) — Lark or night owl? Blame your ancestors. “Our ancestors could be to blame for the wide variety of human sleeping habits, from larks to night owls. Staggered sleeping patterns would have been an advantage in the distant past, when we lived in groups and needed someone to look out for wild beasts, say researchers. Anthropologists monitored sleep in the Hadza people of Tanzania who still live a hunter-gatherer existence. Over 20 days and nights, someone was awake for almost all of the time. “Out of some 200 hours for the entire study, for only 18 minutes were they actually all sleeping synchronously,” said lead researcher Dr David Samson of the University of Toronto, Canada. “The median was eight individual adults who were alert at any given time throughout the night – so that’s 40% of the entire adult population of these camps.” A person’s circadian rhythm, or body clock, is 40% -70% genetic. The rest is influenced by environment and, interestingly, age. I did not know that young people’s are much more likely to be active later in the day while older people are more active earlier in the day.

Legal fees. (BBC NEWS) — Philip Morris: Tobacco giant ordered to compensate Australia. “Tobacco giant Philip Morris has been ordered to pay the Australian government millions of dollars after unsuccessfully suing the nation over its world-first plain-packaging laws. In 2012, Australia legislated that cigarettes must be sold in unappealing packets with graphic health warnings. Philip Morris had tried to force the laws to be overturned, but a court dismissed its claim in 2015. The tobacco giant has now been ordered to pay the government’s legal costs. The exact sum was redacted from the international Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) decision, but the Sydney Morning Herald reported it was as high as $38m. Under Australian law, (based on the British Common Law), the victor in a civil suit gets attorneys fees. In the US, attorney’s fee are not recoverable in civil actions, UNLESS the civil action is based on a writing that specifically authorizes them. 

Sitting here editing these Ramblings while waiting for Susan to come home and listening to the evening news. She went shopping with her niece. We are looking forward to a quiet weekend at home. On the evening news? Continued Trump trashing with additional swipes at Trump Jr. Sunday Lunch and a Movie? Stuffed chicken breasts, rice and corn. The movie? “Kong Skull Island [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 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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One Response to July 14, 2017

  1. Michael R. Nack says:

    Thanks Karl!

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