July 21, 2017

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of July 21, 2017. Not a lot to share in this weeks Ramblings. We are just enjoying a typical Pascagoula summer:   a thunder storm/rain shower early in the morning   … and a bright, sunny afternoon. We have fallen into the routine of walking every non-dialysis day. Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We did a 2.9 mile death march today.

A fascinating read: (BBC NEWS) — The Hidden Ways Your Language Betrays Your Character. “If you overheard a conversation on a bus, do you think you could tell from the words that were used and the topics discussed, the personality of the people who were chatting? What about if I showed you a short story? Could you glean something about the character of the author from their language? We’re often reminded “choose your words carefully” – well it turns out the words themselves may reveal far more than what we’re actually trying to say. There’s mounting evidence that our personality is written, quite literally, in the language that we use, from the tweets we send to our choice of email address.” 

And the penal news, (no pun intended). (BBC NEWS) — Inmates offered reduced sentences for birth control procedure. “A judge in the US state of Tennessee is offering to reduce jail sentences for any inmate that volunteers to undergo a birth control procedure. Since Judge Sam Benningfield signed the legal order in May, 32 women and 38 men have volunteered in exchange for 30 days shaved off their sentence. The order has drawn fire from the local prosecutor, and by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Vasectomies are offered for men and hormone implants in the arm for women. “I hope to encourage them to take personal responsibility”, the White County judge told WTVF-TV “and give them a chance, when they do get out, not to be burdened with children.” So much for equal protection/treatment! There is no guarantee a vasectomy can be reversed while a hormone implant wears off over time.

Legal news? (BBC NEWS) — Kodi magazine ‘directs readers to pirate content’. “A British magazine is directing readers to copyright-infringing software, the Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact) has said. Kodi is a free, legal media player for computers – but software add-ons can make it possible to download pirated content. The Complete Guide to Kodi magazine instructs readers on how to download such add-ons. Dennis Publishing has not yet responded to a BBC request for comment. The magazine is available at a number of retailers including WH Smith, Waterstones and Amazon. It was spotted on sale by cyber-security researcher Kevin Beaumont. It repeatedly warns readers of the dangers of accessing pirated content online, but one article lists a series of software packages alongside screenshots promoting “free TV”, “popular albums” and “world sport”. If a magazine in the US printed something like this … you can bet your bippy, their butt would be in Federal Court before the ink on the magazine could start to fade!! I wonder if a case could be made for conspiracy to incite copyright infringement under Federal Copyright law?

Obviously, Australian Aborigines are direct descendants of Adam and Eve. (BBC NEWS) — Australia human history ‘rewritten by rock find’. “Archaeologists have found the first evidence to suggest that Aboriginal people have been in Australia for at least 65,000 years. The discovery indicates their arrival on the continent was up to 18,000 years earlier than previously thought. It was made after sophisticated artifacts were excavated from a rock shelter in the Northern Territory. Researchers unearthed what they say are the world’s oldest stone axes and ochre crayons, thought to be used for art. The research, which has been peer-reviewed, was published in the journal Nature.   It is based on findings at the Madjedbebe shelter, near Kakadu National Park. Australian Aborigines are believed to be the world’s oldest continuous civilization.” I guess this proves the “Garden of Eden” was in Australia.

Genetic basis for behavior? (BBC NEWS) — Why dogs are friendly – it’s written in their genes. “Being friendly is in dogs’ nature and could be key to how they came to share our lives, say US scientists. Dogs evolved from wolves tens of thousands of years ago. During this time, certain genes that make dogs particularly gregarious have been selected for, according to research. This may give dogs their distinctive personalities, including a craving for human company. “Our finding of genetic variation in both dogs and wolves provides a possible insight into animal personality, and may even suggest similar genes may have roles in other domestic species (maybe cats even),” said Dr Bridgett vonHoldt of Princeton University.” There has been an ongoing debate in the Social Psychology community about the role genetics play in behavior. “Nature vs. Nurture”. The consensus is, it does   … based on animal behaviors which are not “learned”. For example? The ability of birds to build nests without being taught how to do so. As an aside   … “Buddy” has been gone a couple of weeks now. I find myself looking at the chair he would lay on   … to check on him. A 19 year old habit is hard to break.

Sitting here watching the evening news while editing these Ramblings. Big news on CNN? The ongoing “horse and buggy” show at the White House. Sean Spicer is out as Press Secretary. (Whispering   …   I really don’t care!!) Looking forward to a quiet weekend at Ft Timmerman. Susan has dialysis from 11:00am – 3:00pm. tomorrow. Hopefully, the yard will be dry enough for me to mow.  Still hurting and missing my little “Buddy”. I saw a show earlier today about how “service dogs” are trained   … the incredible bond that is formed between a service dog and his/her master.   Service dogs are generally larger breeds, which typically only live 10 – 12 years. I can only imagine the pain, the sense of loss, a person would feel when their service dog dies.

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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