Sunday’s Random Thoughts

The weekend….Mississippi has its first virus case….our temps are from 66 to 77 degrees….so our winter that never appeared is still just a hope of us old farts.

It s that time again!

As usual….more notes than posts….so I will let you know what I was marking for posts that never appeared…..

As we get older it is said that our brains have a tendency to shrink… a couple of exercise in case you are worried about that…..

In a new study, researchers found that older people who regularly walk, garden, swim or dance may have bigger brains than their inactive peers.

The effect of exercise was equal to four fewer years of brain aging.

The research was conducted by a team at Columbia University.

Recent studies have shown that as people age, physical activity may reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia.

The study involved 1,557 people with an average age of 75. None had dementia, but 296 people had mild cognitive impairment and 28% had the APOE gene that is linked to a greater risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

These 4 exercises may prevent brain shrinkage in older people

A little something for those people that believe that aliens have visited earth in the far past……

A mineral-like Jarosite, which is found on the surface of Mars, has been discovered at Ashapura temple in Kutch (Gujarat) by scientists, proving the fact that the land at the holy place is similar to that of Mars, according to Zee Media report.

Many renowned scientists from the country and the world are jointly researching on this subject. They believe that the only place in the basalt terrain containing jarosite has been buried at the temple site in Kutch from the last 7.2 million years.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur and National Geographical Research Institute Hyderabad will start a joint exercise on the surface. NASA scientists have also visited the site.

That ought to keep the Ancient Alien people busy for awhile concocting a theory to fit the finding…..

Now a little scientific stuff……AI wonks have created a drone that can echo-locate like a bat……

Drone technology just got a step closer to becoming fully self-navigating: Taking a page out of a bat’s playbook, engineers developed a rig that lets drones chart out their surroundings using echolocation.

Purdue University engineers equipped a drone with a speaker and an array of four microphones and let it loose in a series of rooms, according to research published last month in the SIAM Journal on Applied Algebra and Geometry. And while self-navigating drones are neat, the engineers said in a press release their work could lead to better car backup cameras or help people with disabilities navigate.

That is just plain cool.

One last thought…..Drive Through virus testing…..

Medical centers are trying out an ingenious method of coronavirus testing that minimizes contact, maximizes efficiency, and relies on a near-ubiquitous mode of transport: drive-through testing stations.

After all, drive-through windows are already used for picking up food, coffee, drugs, cash, and even groceries.

Drive-through tests for the deadly COVID-19 disease, first pioneered in South Korea, are becoming an increasingly popular option, with countries including the US, Germany, and the UK working on opening their own.

“There’s less face-to-face contact,” Lee Jae-joon, the mayor of Goyang, a city in northern South Korea, told CNN earlier this month. “If you operate a testing site indoors, there is concern that suspected patients can infect each other in the waiting room.”

We have drive thru weddings, drive thru pharmacy, drive thru funerals, drive thru food so a drive thru testing sounds pretty logical to me…..

My day begins in the garden with the hint of citrus blossoms in the air…..I wish I could bottle that smell……NOTHING smells better!



Plus the Peach tree is blooming as well…..sadly not as fragrant as the citrus…..


MoMo had a bout with a coon early this morning…..she could have woke up the dead….LOL…..right now she is torturing me for making her give up the chase for the coon…..she is pouting.


Enjoy your day… a little and laugh a lot.

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Eating For Stupid?

Weekend yet again and I am waiting for the vote tally out of Nevada……so while I wait how about a little dietary news?

The Western Diet, as opposed to the Med Diet, could be making us Westerners more stupid.

A “Western diet” (or the “Western pattern diet”) is exactly what you think: Fatty, sugary, salty, and lousy with red meat and processed products — in stark contrast to diets comprised mostly of whole grains, or plants, or legumes, or natural fats.

As you also might guess, the Western diet is regularly linked to historical upticks in obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and so on. But now, thanks to new research coming out of Sydney, Australia’s Macquarie University, we can finally add “making us stupider” to the mix of risks run by abiding a contemporary eating philosophy best summed up by the value system colloquially understood to be NOM NOM NOM.

The research was titled “Hippocampal-dependent appetitive control is impaired by experimental exposure to a Western-style diet” and published in the richly-titled, possibly gout-diseased Royal Society Open Science.

So that fatty, processed foods, salty, etc diet is making us Westerners more dumb…then could be extend those findings to explain the mental process of Repubes?

And yet the other side of that coin is……older people should eat more fatty foods to help save their memory…..

Diet’s implications for our memory and brain health are well documented. Leafy greens, beans and legumes, and even fatty foods have been shown to support our brains and prevent cognitive decline.

While following guidelines for healthy eating and being mindful of nutrients for our brain may seem like lifelong practices, new research is investigating whether we actually need to be adjusting our diet as we age.

I guess that shoots my theory about Repubes in the ass, huh?

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Evolution For a Sunday

This is a topic that I intended to offer at the meeting of the Psi Phi Society but it never made it to the get together…..I decided it would be a good weekend post……

It is widely accepted that Charles Darwin’s work of 1859, Origin of the Species was the first work to establish the theory of evolution…..or as some would like to believe…..”Intelligent Design”…..

Sorry but about 500 years before Darwin’s ground breaking work…..another scholar, ibn Khaldun……made a profound observation….

“One notices how these elements are arranged gradually and continually in an ascending order, from earth to water, to air, and to fire. Each one of the elements is prepared to be transformed into the next higher or lower one, and sometimes is transformed. The higher one always finer than the one preceding it. Eventually, the world of the sphere is reached. They are finer than anything else.”

Then, concerning what he called “the world of creation”, he wrote:

“It started out from the minerals and progressed, in an ingenious, gradual manner, to plants and animals. The last stage of minerals is connected with the first stage of plants, such as herbs and seedless plants. The last stage of plants, such as palms and vines, is connected with the first stage of animals, such as snails and shellfish which have only the power of touch. The word ‘connection’ with regard to these created things means that the last stage of each group is fully prepared to become the first stage of the next group.

“The animal world then widens, its species become numerous, and, in a gradual process of creation, it finally leads to man, who is able to think and reflect. The higher stage of man is reached from the world of the monkeys, in which both sagacity and perception are found, but which has not reached the stage of actual reflection and thinking. At this stage we come to the first stage of man.”

Class Dismissed!

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Random Thoughts For A Sunday

All those damn notes I take daily and nowhere to put them…so I give you my thoughts on this weekend…..

First thought–there is a repeating cycle of some signal from deep space…..

A mysterious radio source located in a galaxy 500 million light years from Earth is pulsing on a 16-day cycle, like clockwork, according to a new study. This marks the first time that scientists have ever detected periodicity in these signals, which are known as fast radio bursts (FRBs), and is a major step toward unmasking their sources.

FRBs are one of the most tantalizing puzzles that the universe has thrown at scientists in recent years. First spotted in 2007, these powerful radio bursts are produced by energetic sources, though nobody is sure what those might be. FRBs are also mystifying because they can be either one-offs or “repeaters,” meaning some bursts appear only once in a certain part of the sky, while others emit multiple flashes to Earth.

Could it be ET telling us to leave them alone?

Scientists are always looking for the alt energy discovery….solar, wind, tidal, geo-thermal and now……RAIN.

A team of engineers has figured out how to take a single drop of rain and use it to generate a powerful flash of electricity.

The City University of Hong Kong researchers behind the device, which they’re calling a droplet-based electricity generator (DEG), say that a single rain droplet can briefly generate 140 volts. That was enough to briefly power 100 small lightbulbs and, while it’s not yet practical enough for everyday use, it’s a promising step toward a new form of renewable electricity.

We Americans rent everything these days…cars, lodging, furniture, electronics etc….but will they buy into the new trend of renting clothes?

Renting clothes could be the future of fashion—or it could just be a fad. But traditional retailers can no longer afford to wait on the sidelines to find out, per the AP. That’s why a growing number are now offering customers the option to rent clothes for a monthly fee instead of buying them. Bloomingdale’s, Banana Republic, and Urban Outfitters are the latest to offer the services. Even footwear chain Designer Brands says it’s considering launching a rental service for shoes. Now a booming $1 billion business, the clothing rental sector is expected to reach $2.5 billion by 2023, according to research firm GlobalData. When combined with resale, it will account for 13% of the total $360 billion US clothing market within the decade, up from 7.3% today.

Clothing rentals are one more piece of the sharing economy, where customers—particularly those in their 20s and 30s—are less interested in owning or making big investments but still want access to different brands and services, says Steve Barr, consumer markets leader at PwC. “You no longer have to buy into the myth of continuous consumption,” says Jennifer Hyman, CEO and co-founder of Rent the Runway, which in 2009 pioneered the business model that many retailers are now trying to replicate. For clothing retailers, rentals offer hope at a time when they are dealing with mounds of unsold goods. Several have already gotten into the second-hand business. JC Penney and Macy’s, for instance, have partnered with ThredUp to sell “gently-worn” clothes in a couple dozen locations. Nordstrom is testing resale at its flagship store in Manhattan.

Do you really want to wear clothes that someone else has rubbed their stinking body against?

Then there is the vegan movement and TOFU…..personally I think it taste like solidified snot…..

Meat is often derided as one of the most environmentally damaging foods to consume, but new research is leading some farmers to claim that tofu could actually be worse.

This is despite studies showing that following a vegan diet could be the “single biggest way” to reduce your environmental impact on earth.

Speaking at the National Farmers Union (NFU) on Monday, Dr Graham McAuliffe of the Rothamsted Institute explained that his unpublished research on tofu has found that the soya-based protein could have a more drastic impact on the planet than beef, pork and chicken.

Dr McAuliffe, who specialises in measuring the environmental impact of foods, pointed out that his findings should be “interpreted with caution” given they were currently just a “proof of concept”, reports The Times.

Not to worry few people will believe any study…..

Do you use “Nootropics”?  Are you a user?

These are those “boosts” you get from those little bottles that cost about 3 bucks for that mental boost…..

More and more people are using nootropics to give themselves a mental boost, and it’s not hard to understand why. Studies have shown that nootropic supplements may enhance cognitive functions such as reasoning, memory, alertness, focus, willpower, creativity, flexibility, and verbal fluency.

But with so many different nootropics currently on the market, how do you know which type is right for you? The best solution is to find a company that is fully committed to science and transparency, so you always know exactly what you’re putting in your body and why. And when it comes to science and transparency, nobody beats Neurohacker Collective, the group behind Qualia Focus and Qualia Mind, two of the most advanced and comprehensive nootropics supplements in the world.

Me?  I stick to my  usual…

Peace Out!

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Deepwater Horizon

Closing Thought—14Feb20

Not some terrible movie that did a little to help change things but rather the real life disaster that is still adversely effecting the Gulf of Mexico……

Seafood is still not recommended for consumption….which is devastating to a region that depended on seafood for a livelihood….plus all the freshwater in the Gulf has killed the oyster harvest for a couple of years.

Back to the oil spill…..a decade on and the news it was worse than first reported……

The Deepwater Horizon spill was worse than thought, thanks to “invisible and toxic oil,” say researchers. Ahead of the 10th anniversary of the Gulf of Mexico disaster, a study out of the University of Miami suggests the spread of the spill was 30% larger than satellite data indicated, reports the Washington Post. “There was a substantial fraction of oil invisible to satellites and aerial imaging,” says study co-author Igal Berenshtein, per USA Today. Co-author Claire Paris-Limouzy explains that satellites easily detect oil that comes to the surface “as a thick layer” but miss smaller concentrations. The researchers used 3D computer simulations to identify a greater range of damage, one that stretches from Texas to the east coast of Florida, reports CNN.

What’s more, the “invisible” oil was so toxic it could have killed half of all marine life it touched, according to the study in Science Advances. “Oil in these concentrations for surface water extended beyond the satellite footprint and fishery closures, potentially exterminating a vast amount of planktonic marine organisms across the domain,” the authors write. The hope is that their approach will be used in conjunction with satellite imagery to detect the full extent of future spills. The Deepwater spill dumped somewhere between 168 million to 210 million gallons of oil into the Gulf.

After destroying the economy of the Northern Gulf of Mexico what did BP do to change things?

The changed their ad direction to make them sound all sunshine and unicorns and green tech…..

In 2014 BP asks the SCOTUS to let them off the hook….

By way of background, in the wake of the catastrophic Deepwater Horizon oil spill, BP sought to buy its way out of thousands upon thousands of lawsuits brought under the federal Oil Pollution Act. BP knew that defense of many of those cases would be nigh on impossible, and would take literally decades and untold billions of dollars in legal fees. The beleaguered business owners of the Gulf Coast states, who’d seen their businesses throttled by BP’s massive pollution, knew that protracted litigation would not serve their interests, either. After all, when your seafood restaurant in Jackson faces both a decline in sales due to a concern over safety and an increase in price for inferior replacement items, the prospect of money 5 years down the line is cold comfort.

Enter the class action settlement of all Business Economic Loss (BEL) claims.

I spend time talking with locals and there are areas that they will not fish and their business is still suffering….

My small protest I do not sue BP products unless it is an emergency…..just my small voice.

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Random Thoughts For A Sunday

More notes and not enough posts to cover them…so once again it is time for those famous Random Thoughts…

I have made no bones about the fact that I think Daylight Savings time is a waste of time and energy… there is another reason to stop the madness….

Spring forward and fall back if you must, but be careful. A study released Thursday found a connection between Daylight Saving Time and an increase in fatal auto accidents. During the week or so after the spring time change, researchers determined that the risk of fatal car crashes rises about 6%—another 28 accidents, Courthouse News Service reports. The study considered whether the time change has other unwanted effects, such as causing more workplace accidents, heart attacks, or suicides. The evidence on those theories was inconclusive. But “the acute adverse effects of DST on fatal traffic accident risk are real and can be prevented,” said Céline Vetter, senior author of the study and a circadian sleep scientist at the University of Colorado.

Sleep deprivation and circadian misalignment are part of the problem, says the study published in Current Biology. The dramatic change in lighting in the early morning each spring derails drivers’ circadian rhythms for a period, making the darker, early morning commutes more dangerous. The effects of the change don’t last long. But Vetter said, “We must not forget that DST transition affects billions of people every year, and thus small changes in risk can have a substantial public health impact.” And she pointed out that the study didn’t count serious but nonfatal accidents. The researchers said their goal is to see governments end Daylight Saving Time.

Let’s move to the Heavens…..

Keeping up with the times….NASA is adding a hotel capsule to the IST… await the space tourists…..

NASA announced Monday that it’s chosen private space station manufacturer Axiom Space to build the first “commercial launch destination” — read: space hotel for the super wealthy — and attach it to the International Space Station. The goal is to help grow an economy in low-Earth orbit, according to NASA.

According to an Axiom Space statement, the startup is planning to “launch a node module, research & manufacturing facility, crew habitat, and large-windowed Earth observatory to form the ‘Axiom Segment’ of the ISS,” starting in the latter half of 2024.

Just like a bear sleeping through Winter so can us humans…..

Bears may be the most famous example, but they aren’t the only animals capable of hibernating.

Various types of squirrels, bats, and even birds can also lower their bodies’ core temperatures, putting themselves in a state of dormancy for weeks or even months at a time — and one day, humans could join them on that list.

“We couldn’t find any showstoppers, any reason it wouldn’t be possible,” John Bradford, an aerospace engineer researching human hibernation for NASA, recently told The Atlantic.

Bradford’s NASA work should clue you into one of the reasons scientists are so interested in human hibernation: it could be useful for deep-space travel.

Enough space….how about magic ‘shrooms?

About five years ago, a study found that cancer patients who took one dose of the compound found in magic mushrooms had much less anxiety. A followup study suggests the psilocybin’s effect is still in place, reports NBC News. The study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology suggests that psilocybin “may be able to profoundly reshape how people handle stress and fear,” per ScienceNews. One caveat is that the study sample is small, involving 29 patients in the original 2016 study and a followup of 15 of them in the new study. But the results are “mind-boggling” to researcher Stephen Ross of New York University’s Langone Medical Center. The patients were given the psilocybin in tandem with psychotherapy sessions. In about six months, most saw notable reductions in depression and anxiety. What researchers did not know was how long those effects would last.

“The drug seems to facilitate a deep, meaningful experience that stays with a person and can fundamentally change his or her mindset and outlook,” says another of the researchers, Gabby Agin-Liebes, per CNN. In the followup study, one-third of the patients still had active cancer and the rest were in some stage of remission. But the majority still had improved feelings and behavior, and they credited psilocybin. One in remission, for example, says she was not obsessing over a possible relapse. So what’s going on? That part is unclear, but an expert at Imperial College London floats a theory: Depression is marked by “over-organized thinking,” says David Nutt. “People think about themselves repeatedly in a negative way, they get locked into these cycles.” Psilocybin “disorganizes thinking and allows people, for a period of time, to think differently and break those cycles.”

‘shrooms seem to have their uses other than a trip unto wonderland……Read more psilocybin mushrooms stories.

That is enough for this Sunday……MoMo is waiting for her walk and I cannot postpone it any longer…she gets testy……LOL

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Green New Dud

Lots has been writing, argued, debated and lied about when the climate is brought out in polite circles (that excludes deniers and the network they worship)…..

The Dems have been pushing a Green New Deal….well true progressives that is…..and there have been some attempts to calm the rhetoric around climate.

Then there is the worthless attempt by Pallone of New Jersey……

Broadly, Pallone’s climate plan—which came after 15 committee hearings about the human-caused crisis—aims to enable the United States to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas pollution by 2050. It would direct all federal agencies to use their existing authorities to meet that goal, and includes provisions for the power, building, transportation, and energy sectors.

The proposal would require states to develop plans to meet the 2050 target that must take into account the needs of communities on the front lines of the climate crisis. It would also establish a first-of-its-kind National Climate Bank to help states, municipalities, and companies transition.

It is a dud……this does little but help the industries that profit from exploiting the climate for profits….

The draft Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation (CLEAN) Future Act—largely seen as a “competing plan” to the Green New Deal—was announced earlier this month by the committee’s chair, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.). Crafted after 15 committee hearings, the bill (pdf) aims to ensure that the United States achieves net-zero greenhouse gas pollution by 2050.

In a joint statement with Reps. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) and Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), Pallone said Tuesday that “every day, communities across the country are paying the price for inaction through record wildfires, flooding, and drought, and Congress cannot afford to simply watch from the sidelines.”

Just another attempt to be doing something while doing NOTHING substantial.

But for those that need a simpler explanation to why this is not a good deal then please click on this analysis….

You truly want some true action on climate change?  Then use a Tried a true technique of presidents……Executive Order.

Not long lasting but it would be a start….and the planet will thank you.

This Dem proposal is weak and a worthless waste of time…..but can we expect from them?

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