Saturday Thoughts

A new year and another weekend and another of IST Saturday thoughts…..

Let us start with loonies in the Flat Earth movement…..it seems that took out a sailboat to prove Earth’s flatness…….

If the Earth was flat it would be incredibly easy to prove. For instance, you could go to any seashore and look at a boat sailing far out in the distance and not dipping over the horizon, or ask any of the astronauts onboard the International Space Station to just take a quick photo of the flat circle below as a favor.

So far, not a single flat-Earther has been able to find any proof, which should tell you something about whether the theory has merit, even if you discount all the evidence that Earth is indeed round as a global conspiracy that only YouTuber “GlobeEarthCuck1848174” has seen through.  

Despite Italy’s lockdown, a couple from Venice recently set out to prove Earth’s flatness once and for all by sailing to the edge of the world, which they believed to be somewhere near Sicily. It’s amazing how people who live locally never visit famous tourist attractions, like the leaning tower of Piza or the edge of the Earth where the sea meets the infinite void.

https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/flat-earthers-attempt-to-get-to-the-edge-of-the-world-ends-in-massive-disappointment/amp.html

Then there are those people that believe that aliens (ET not immigrants) have been visiting our planet…as recently as 2017 for one MIT professor…..

theoretical physicist Avi Loeb outlines his belief that aliens came to Earth in 2017. The Harvard University professor and chairman of the school’s astronomy department reveals his theory about an unidentified object that entered our solar system three years ago.

Dubbed “Oumuamua,” Hawaiian for “scout,” the interstellar object was first spotted by the Pan-STARRS telescope at Hawaii’s Haleakala Observatory in 2017, passing through the ecliptic plane September 6 from the direction of Vega, a star in the Lyra constellation 25 light-years away from Earth. Three days later, Oumuamua began accelerating for the sun before coming towards our planet “moving swiftly toward the constellation Pegasus and the blackness beyond,” according to Loeb.

https://hypebeast.com/2021/1/harvard-professor-claims-alien-technology-came-to-earth-2017-info

Let’s move past the space and conspiracies…..

Why not post on “Breastaurants”?

Move over, Hooters. There’s a new “breastaurant” franchise invading Texas with full force, and you guessed it; it’s military-themed.

“Bombshells” — an eatery thus named for the seemingly scantily-clad modern-day pin-ups who will serve all-American fare — is set to open three new franchise locations, including one in San Antonio, at an undisclosed date.

“We believe Bombshells is a significant entry into the market for modern sports bar restaurants,” said Nick Mehdi, manager of the San Antonio franchise, in a press statement. “It appeals to singles, couples, and families, including millennials.”

Ah, yes. Breastaurants for the whole family!

https://www.militarytimes.com/off-duty/military-culture/2021/01/05/watch-out-hooters-theres-a-new-breastaurant-in-town-shocker-its-military-themed/

Enough jocularity.

Have a good day…..be well…..be safe…..

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

 

Happy Perihelion Day

Perihelion Day, huh?

My last post of this Sunday is an FYI…one of those fun things that seldom gets noticed.

Everyone knows the Earth goes around the sun, but something you might not know is that its orbit isn’t perfectly circular. Earth orbits in a slight ellipsis, so it isn’t always the same distance from the sun: sometimes it comes closer, and sometimes it’s further away. Today, Saturday, January 2, the Earth is at its closest point to the sun, in an event called the perihelion.

At its perihelion, the Earth will be just 91.5 million miles from the sun, compared to its further point (called the aphelion, which will happen on July 5 this year) when it is 94.5 million miles away. According to NASA, the distance between the sun and the Earth varies by around 3 million miles throughout the year, which is 13 times the distance between Earth and the moon.

Alas, that difference in distance isn’t enough to bring noticeable extra warmth, so if you’d been hoping for a warm day in the middle of winter in the northern hemisphere then you’re going to be disappointed. That’s because the seasons are caused by the tilt of our planet, which is set at a slight angle so some parts of the globe face the sun more than others at different times of the year. The tilt is different from the elliptical orbit, which is why we won’t be getting warmer weather even though we’re closer to the sun.

This year though we can expect to learn a whole lot more about our nearest star, with missions like the Parker Solar Probe which will be getting closer to the sun than any human-made object before to observe the sun’s corona. The probe will study the sun’s outer atmosphere to learn more about solar winds, which are streams of charged particles that are periodically released from the corona and which affect space weather.

There’s also the European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter which has a camera on board to capture images of the sun directly, and which will take the closest-ever photos of the sun. Its aim is to shift in its orbit so eventually it will pass over the sun’s poles, which have never been observed before. Researchers believe that imaging the poles is essential for understanding the magnetic field of the sun.

I remember in school wondering how it could be cold when we were closer to our heat source…..it was always a bit confusing…..

And now I know….

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Saturday Thoughts And Bitches

The weekend is once again here and we start a New Year…..let us all hope the 2021 will be a better year or at least a less stressful year.

But there are few things that irk me and irk me bad…..

First, dog walkers need to take responsibility for their canines and clean up the dog poop from people’s yards and the sidewalks.  We use to have very responsible people and now that there are some many new home owners they allow their dogs to crap and leave.  These people are lower than slugs in my book and that is really low.

Then there are those sickos that refuse to wear a mask or wear it properly…these people (I use the term loosely) care nothing about infecting others because of their stupidity.

Is there some way that we could get morons to do the right thing?

Governors, mayors, and public health officials are sounding the alarm about rising levels of Covid-19 across every part of the country. The disease is surging, the death toll is soaring, and it’s clear that some states need more restrictive measures to control the spread.

What continues to frustrate so many leaders is that nine months into this pandemic, science and data have painted a clear path for how to beat the virus and reduce transmission. But the disappointing and deadly truth is that in many cases, it’s difficult to get Americans to follow the rules.

Boosted by a president who celebrates breaking rules and deliberately defies science and time-tested norms of civility, millions of Americans have been flagrantly flouting simple requests to wear masks in public, to refrain from congregating in large groups, or to limit their unnecessary travel. With the rule-makers themselves publicly disregarding the recommendations of experts and scientists of their own administration, rule-breaking Americans have quickly followed.

https://www.vox.com/2020/12/24/22194234/mask-public-health-conformity-psychology-covid

More morons acting during a pandemic….

A Wisconsin health system said Wednesday that 500 doses of coronavirus vaccine that had to be discarded after they were left unrefrigerated now appear to have been deliberately spoiled by an employee, the AP reports. Aurora Medical Center first reported on the spoiled doses on Saturday, and said they had been accidentally left out overnight by an employee at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton. In a statement late Wednesday, Aurora said the employee involved “today acknowledged that they intentionally removed the vaccine from refrigeration.”

Aurora’s statement said they had fired the employee and referred the matter to authorities for further investigation. Their statement said nothing about a possible motive for the action, and health system officials didn’t immediately respond to messages seeking more information. “We continue to believe that vaccination is our way out of the pandemic. We are more than disappointed that this individual’s actions will result in a delay of more than 500 people receiving their vaccine,” the statement said. Aurora declined to provide additional information, but said they would provide more details Thursday.

Was this an act of terrorism from some moron anti-vax believer?

Not to worry the prick has been charged……

Authorities arrested a suburban Milwaukee pharmacist Thursday suspected of deliberately ruining hundreds of doses of coronavirus vaccine by removing them from refrigeration for two nights. The arrest marks another setback in what has been a slower, messier start to vaccinate Americans than public health officials had expected. Police in Grafton, about 20 miles north of Milwaukee, said the Advocate Aurora Health pharmacist was arrested on suspicion of reckless endangerment, adulterating a prescription drug, and criminal damage to property, all felonies. The pharmacist has been fired and police said in a news release that he was in jail. Police did not identify the pharmacist, saying he has not yet been formally charged. His motive remains unclear. More on what allegedly occurred, per the AP:

  • Police said that detectives believe he knew the spoiled doses would be useless and people who received them would mistakenly think they’d been vaccinated when they hadn’t.
  • Advocate Aurora Health Care Chief Medical Group Officer Jeff Bahr told reporters during a teleconference Thursday afternoon that the pharmacist deliberately removed 57 vials that held hundreds of doses of the Moderna vaccine from refrigeration at a Grafton medical center overnight on Dec. 24 into Dec. 25, returned them, then left them out again on the night of Dec. 25 into Saturday. The vials contained enough doses to inoculate 570 people.
  • A pharmacy technician discovered the vials outside the refrigerator on Saturday morning. Bahr said the pharmacist initially said that he had removed the vials to access other items in the refrigerator and had inadvertently failed to put them back.
  • The Moderna vaccine is viable for 12 hours outside refrigeration, so workers used the vaccine to inoculate 57 people before discarding the rest. Police said the discarded doses were worth between $8,000 and $11,000.
  • Bahr said health system officials grew more suspicious of the pharmacist as they reviewed the incident. After multiple interviews, the pharmacist acknowledged Wednesday that he removed the vaccine intentionally over the two nights, Bahr said.
  • That means that the doses people received Saturday are all but useless, he said. Moderna has told Aurora that there’s no safety concerns, but the hospital system is closely monitoring the people who received the spoiled doses, he said.

If so then this person needs to be charged under the terrorism statue…..

More troubling Covid news……seems the wrong infect was given to people…..

They thought they were being inoculated against COVID-19; instead, 42 people in West Virginia were mistakenly administered Regeneron’s experimental monoclonal antibody treatment. The West Virginia National Guard, which is at the helm of the vaccine distribution effort in the state, confirmed that the goof occurred Wednesday in Boone County. The Guard said Thursday that the Regeneron vials were, due to human error, mistakenly put with Moderna vaccine vials at a distribution hub, and the two were then sent together to Boone County.

Though the Regeneron cocktail is supposed to be delivered via an IV rather than injection, the Guard says none of the 42 people on the receiving end of the mix-up have had any issues thus far but will continue to be monitored. The New York Times reports that while the vials do look a bit alike, both the vials and the box they come in are “clearly labeled.” Both require refrigeration prior to use. The Guard noted in a statement that “these individuals will be offered the vaccine as soon as possible with a priority status.”

Appears that Operation Warp Speed is hitting some bumps in the pandemic road……a smooth and orderly roll out of the vaccine is not in the cards for now.

The smoking ban….

For years society has been bombarded with anti-smoking ads and then they went to anti-vaping….but I read an interesting report about smoking and Covid-19….

Few of those hospitalized with the coronavirus are smokers, and researchers are trying to understand why, according to VICE.

One hypothesis is that nicotine, which has anti-inflammatory properties, may interfere with the way that COVID-19 causes an overreaction of the immune system.

The hypothesis comes from Konstantinos Farsalinos, a cardiologist in Greece who focuses on tobacco-use reduction. Farsalinos noticed that few COVID-19 patients who were hospitalized in China were smokers, though about half of men in the country smoke.

https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200430/smokers-hospitalized-less-often-for-covid-19

I know it is one premise but I found it interesting….

Speaking of smoking……after we banned smoking did we increase drunk driving?

While smoking bans indoors have become pretty ubiquitous, this research may have new relevance as states begin liberalizing marijuana laws and cracking down on e-cigarettes and vaping. Policymakers have to determine if tamping down or easing up on drug restrictions affects the use of other potentially dangerous substances. If legalizing marijuana has the unintended consequence of increasing cigarette usage or cracking down on e-cigarettes pushes those consumers to smoke cigarettes more, that’s a big problem. Burton’s research looks to see if a policy that worked to stop smoking actually could have led people to drink more and led to measurable increases in drunk driving fatalities.

https://www.vox.com/22174826/smoking-drinking-cigarettes-health-drunk-driving-vaping-research-marijuana-legalization

I do like it when animals get even with trophy hunters….like the lions in Africa that attacked and hate a couple of poachers……then I read another story about a hunter that got zapped by an animal…..

A hunter in Ireland died Tuesday after a pet deer he was feeding attacked him, the Irish Examiner reports. Gerard Withers, described as a “renowned huntsman,” was gored and trampled by the stag at the Duhallow Hunt Kennels in Liscarroll, per the Irish Independent, which notes that male deer become aggressive during the breeding season that runs from September to December. Deer and other animals are often kept at kennels so foxhounds become familiar with them and don’t chase them during hunts, according to the Examiner.

Withers, a married father of three young children, was found after friends became worried about him when he didn’t return from feeding the animal. The 45-year-old was unresponsive. He was given emergency medical care, but was pronounced dead later at a local hospital. “It happened out of the blue,” one friend tells the Independent. “You can’t anticipate something like this happening. We are all devastated. We have lost a good man and a good huntsman.”

Score another point for animals.

Finally, the Boy Scouts have had their problems with law suits for behavior of some of their leaders….now scandal is finding the Girl Scouts….

They are two young girls from two very different worlds, linked by a global industry that exploits an army of children. Olivia Chaffin, a Girl Scout in rural Tennessee, was a top cookie seller in her troop when she first heard rainforests were being destroyed to make way for ever-expanding palm oil plantations. On one of those plantations a continent away, 10-year-old Ima helped harvest the fruit that makes its way into a dizzying array of products sold by leading Western food and cosmetics brands—including Girl Scout cookies. Ima is among the estimated tens of thousands of children working alongside their parents in Indonesia and Malaysia, which supply 85% of the world’s most consumed vegetable oil. An AP investigation found most earn little or no pay and are routinely exposed to toxic chemicals and other dangerous conditions.

Some never go to school or learn to read and write. Others are smuggled across borders and left vulnerable to trafficking or sexual abuse. Many live in limbo with no citizenship and fear being swept up in police raids and thrown into detention. The AP used US Customs records and the most recently published data from producers, traders, and buyers to trace the fruits of their labor from the processing mills where palm kernels were crushed to the supply chains of many popular kids’ cereals, candies, and ice creams sold by Nestle, Unilever, Kellogg’s, PepsiCo, and many other leading food companies. Child labor has long been a dark stain on the $65 billion global palm oil industry. In some cases, an entire family may earn less in a day of laboring than a $5 box of Girl Scout Do-si-dos.

Just a closing thought….I do enjoy wine mostly reds but from time to time I find a white that I will drink….like white Bordeaux or a Chenin Blanc and a couple of Spanish whites….so with the holidays I went looking for a white that would pair well with turkey and ham…. and I hit on a very good white blend (no compensation offered or given)…..

The name is the first thing I noticed……

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It is a blend of chardonnay, muscato and chenin blanc…..subtle and refreshing…..very clean.

Sorry for the lengthy post on this Saturday but there was a lot happening while we were looking forward to the New Year…..

Be well….Be Safe….

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Thoughts On 2020

And so 2021 begins……

A look back to 2020 through graphs presented by Vox….

2020 was such a terrible, bad, no-good year that even complaining about it got old. A pandemic knocked the world to its knees, killing 1.6 million people so far and leaving untold suffering in its wake. Social distancing kept us inside, away from our friends and loved ones. Businesses shut their doors. Economic inequality grew.

Still, not everything was bad.

It’s been a very good year for bread, hand sanitizer, and pets. Also, greenhouse gas emissions declined in the United States. Earlier in the pandemic — back when people still made jokes — we joked that nature was healing itself.

Here’s a roundup of some of the most important 2020 trends, in charts.

https://www.vox.com/recode/21727016/2020-in-charts-covid-vaccine-pandemic-election

The Federal Reserve has some good news for 2021…..

The policymakers now foresee the economy contracting 2.4% this year, less than the 3.7% decline it envisioned in September. For next year, with anticipation of a rebound, the officials have upgraded their growth forecast from 4% to 4.2%. By the end of 2021, the Fed expects the unemployment rate to fall to 5% from the current 6.7%—lower than the 5.5% rate it had forecast in September. Fed Chair Jerome Powell and many other officials have repeatedly urged Congress to approve more economic aid to carry the economy through what’s expected to be a financially painful winter. “Economic dislocation has upended many lives and created great uncertainty about the future,” Powell said

We will see how accurate their predictions will be…..as the year drags on too many variables can crap on good news.

This year has been a wealth of bummers…..from pandemic to storms to fires to….well you pick a topic…..but as the year comes to an end and a new one begins can we say that something good had happened?

I say yes we can….and here is a list…..

The editorial page of the Washington Post has an annual tradition of compiling a list of the good things that happened that year. Finding 16 positive things that happened in 2016, or 17 in 2017, was easier than finding 20 things for 2020—even without a pandemic. But the Post met deadline, even coming up the bonus development of a panda birth at the National Zoo. Some may feel a little strained, including good things that were only made necessary by horrific events. Still, this year, we’ll take the positive where we can find it. Here’s a sampling:

  • Thousands of volunteers risked taking expermental vaccines to help come up with a way to protect others.
  • The scientific world worked together, across borders, to understand the virus and produce vaccines.
  • A record number of Americans kept the national commitment to vote, despite the health risks.
  • For the first time, a Black person was elected vice president. Sen. Kamala Harris also will be the nation’s first Asian American vice president and the first woman in the job.
  • A Supreme Court ruling declared that no American can be fired for being gay or transgender.
  • Drive-in movie theaters are back.
  • People learned to connect with doctors, colleagues, friends and relatives with Zoom and FaceTime.
  • A new appreciation formed for medical workers including janitors, receptionists, orderlies, nurses and doctors who helped care for the people who fell ill with the coronavirus and their families. Grocery workers, bus drivers, delivery crews, farmworkers and everyone else who tried to keep the nation going are rightfully included.
  • The panda.

(You can read the full story here.)

What was the word of the year?

It has been decided that “Pandemic” wins the title.

Be Well and Be Safe….and please party responsibly…..

Seer you next year.

“lego ergo scribo”

Saturday Thoughts

‘Tis the day after Christmas

And all through the land

The paper and the bows are in the trash

Food has filled the ‘frig

2020 was a mess

Soon we will rid ourselves of the corrupt band

We can celebrate a New Years bash

Drink the drink

And dance the jig

For a New Year is about to begin

Peace out!

Now that I have found I am not Longfellow I shall continue with the post.

First as the Trump presidency dies an ignominious death at that (don’t know what that means then use Google for for god sake)…..but in case you are lazy for Google….If you describe an experience or action as ignominious, you mean it is embarrassing because it shows a great lack of success.  I want to throw a few thoughts out there….got it now?

Those Trumpites that like to use Thomas Paine as some sort of hero for the movement know NOTHING about Paine or his writings. He had NO use for Christianity and his ideas on society border on the extreme Left…..so please pick some one to pretend to know what is what…like Hitler or Mussolini…

Merciful the Christmas music end…..at this point I was seriously considering put a contract out on the Little Drummer……and Silent Night needs some noise.

Do you buy “organic” meat?

If so then here is something to think about…..

You’re doing the planet no favors by eating meat that was produced organically, at least when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions—and whatever meat you’re eating, it should cost much, much more than it currently does. That’s the determination of a new analysis based on German food production and published in Nature Communications. The analysis linked conventional livestock with elevated emissions due to the grain they eat—which can be imported or cause deforestation. Organic livestock avoid those imports and can be grass-fed, but here’s the issue: They grow at a slower pace, meaning they emit more greenhouse gases via their manure and by burping methane; they also ultimately supply less meat. That was just part of the research: The other component involved looking at how meat should be priced in order to cover its associated climate costs.

As the Guardian explains, under such a “meat tax” plan, “consumers eating climate-damaging diets would pay for their pollution, rather than the costs of increased storms, floods, and droughts being spread across everyone in society as they are today.” Using a government estimate that puts the cost of climate damage at about $200 per ton of CO2, researchers with the University of Augsburg determined that conventional meat prices would need to increase by 146%, per Science Alert. Since organic meat is pricier to begin with, it would need a 71% increase. Conventional milk prices would need to jump by about 91%, and organic milk by 40%. Those who eat an organic plant-based diet would be in luck, as those prices would require a slim 6% increase.

Now does that make any sense to you?

Speaking of meat…..ever tried “Tree Chicken”?

It’s an unusual concept to many people, but for Floridians, a showering of iguanas is becoming a seasonal event. Iguanas aren’t native to Florida, but as an invasive species, they have thrived in the state and are wreaking havoc on its native species and ecosystems. While they are hardy invaders, iguanas are quite sensitive when it comes to the weather. During the warm summer months these cold-blooded reptiles are right at home, but come winter they suffer as the cold air near-petrifies them. “Frozen” iguanas then rain down from the trees where they had perched, plopping to the ground like an over-ripe apple.

Iguana fall is becoming frequently more familiar for Florida’s residents, as despite efforts to cull this invasive species – and even serve it up as dinner, ever tried tree chicken? – their numbers continue to grow. As such, each year when the iguana fall season (also known as winter) creeps in, the cold air sends increasing numbers falling to the ground.

https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/forecast-predicts-iguana-fall-for-miami/amp.html

Personally I do mind the iguanas…it is those damn 20 foot snakes that makes my skin crawl.

Finally something really weird/cool depending on your perspective…….the Assassin Bug

 Evolution has churned out some pretty exceptional defense mechanisms in the history of the natural world, from poop-hoarding bees to the craven “playing possum” response of Virginia opossums, but a worthy contender for the most grisly strategy has to be the assassin bug, Acanthaspis petax, which uses its victims’ corpses as a means of camouflage.

The assassin bug gets its sinister nickname for its lethal hunting technique. It uses its long proboscis to pierce its prey, often ants, and inject saliva laced with a paralyzing agent and enzymes, which dissolve tissue. The assassin bug then sucks up the contents of its prey until all that remains is a hollow exoskeleton.

Not one to waste a perfectly good corpse, it then fashions the bodies into a sort of morbid backpack. Assassin bugs can be seen walking around with as many as 20 dead ants glued to their back. The accessory corpses are bundled together in a lump sometimes larger than the living bug itself, which secretes viscous saliva to stick them together.

https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/the-assassin-bug-wears-its-victims-corpses-as-camouflage/amp.html

My final thought for a Saturday….

Ever wonder what the world looked like in 300 million years ago….

Now you know.

Enjoy your Saturday and get some much need rest.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Saturday News

The weekend before Christmas…..(there is a country song in there somewhere)…if you have had enough news about the election and the antics playing out….then IST is the place to be today.

I am all for getting rid of the oil addiction…..and how would we do this?

Alt energy…..those huge windmills that some thinks takes away from the view…..there may be a way around all that criticism…..

Conventional wind turbines have been criticized as ugly, large, and often so noisy they are too obtrusive for backyards.

But French firm New Wind wants to change that with the ‘Wind Tree,’ a 26-foot-tall tree fitted with 63 tiny blades that can generate electricity.

Called aeroleaves, the tree’s leaf-like blades—essentially micro wind turbines—work at speeds as low as 4.5 miles per hour (mph), regardless of the wind’s direction. They are also silent, so they could theoretically be installed along buildings, streets, or even in people’s backyards.

Each tree ranges from $20,000 to $50,000 depending on the model, and it can generate approximately 3,500 Kilowatt hours (kWh) to 13,500 kWh annually. New Wind breaks this down as the ability to power 15 street lamps, 83 percent of the electrical consumption of a typical family household, or one electrical car for 10,168 miles in a year.

https://archive.curbed.com/2017/3/14/14914302/wind-tree-turbine-for-sale

There is more on the alt energy front…..this is a way to generate energy with wave action….

 
Surely my readers have heard or read some of the more outrageous theories out there….you know kinda like the “Hollow Earth” meme

Owen Egerton, director of horror movies such as Mercy Black and Blood Fest, is also a talented novelist. In his recent book Hollow, a religious studies professor who is mourning the loss of his son becomes fixated on the idea that the center of the Earth is inhabited by an advanced civilization.

Hollow is the intersection of two obsessions, one being the Book of Job and the other being Hollow Earth Theory,” Egerton says in Episode 444 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “Who knew that those two intersected? But I think they were meant to be.”

The idea of a Hollow Earth may sound ridiculous, but the theory was once taken seriously by scientists and politicians, and even today it still has a few diehard adherents. “Almost every book event I did for Hollow, there would be one or two people at the back of the room, and they’d be really excited that I’d written this book, and I think really disappointed when I started saying the Earth is not hollow,” Egerton says.

The Hollow Earth Theory Isn’t So Funny Anymore

Can we have too many women in leadership rolls?

Apparently the City of Paris says you can and has been fined…..

Paris has been fined nearly $110,000, but the mayor says she’s happy to pay the penalty: It was issued because the city of lights appointed too many women to senior government positions in 2018. Specifically, 11 females and five males. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said Tuesday that she will personally deliver the check to the Ministry of Public Service, along with the other women in her government, NPR reports. A rule in the city requires that at least 40% of government positions be appointed to each gender, though a waiver (which became law too late to apply in this case) voids the fine if the new hires don’t cause an overall gender imbalance.

Hidalgo says more must still be done to resolve the imbalance that does exist—in favor of men: “Yes, we must promote women with determination and vigor, because the delay everywhere in France is still very great,” she told the Paris Council. “So yes, to promote and one day achieve parity, we must speed up the tempo and ensure that in the nominations there are more women than men.” Currently, women hold 47% of senior positions in the city, and are paid 6% less than their male counterparts, which is likely why Hidalgo said, per the Guardian, the fine is “absurd, unfair, irresponsible, and dangerous.”

The holidays and a mere days away….time for a little holiday cheer….and our friends in Alabama have an idea….

This is for my loyal read Kim over at By Hook Or By Book

Sheriff’s officials say they’ve busted an illegal winery that was operating at a municipal sewage plant in a small Alabama town. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that it received an anonymous tip about an alcohol operation at a municipal building in the town of Rainsville on Thursday. Investigators then uncovered what’s described as a large illegal winery inside the Rainsville Waste Water Treatment Plant, the AP reports. Photos released by investigators (in the gallery with this story) show glass containers, buckets, a fermenting rack, and other equipment used by people who make wine at home.

It’s legal to make limited amounts of wine at home in Alabama, but it’s illegal to have more than 15 gallons of homemade wine or beer at a time. Police photos show multiple fermenting vessels filled with what appears to be more than 100 gallons of white and red liquid. The agency said that officers seized a lot of illegal alcohol and that arrests are expected. The town of about 5,100 people is 100 miles northeast of Birmingham. “I want to thank the mayor for his cooperation and willingness to allow law enforcement to do our job and shut something like this down,” Sheriff Nick Welden said in a statement. “This is definitely one of the biggest operations we’ve seen in our county and possibly our state.”

Now aren’t you glad you stopped by on this Saturday?

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Saturday’s News

The weekend and this is for all those readers that has had enough Covid news, enough Biden vs Trump news…..I shall try to amuse as well as educate…..

The big story was that “Break Dancing” is now an Olympic sports….

Old notions of what constitutes an Olympic sport are going to be turned on their head and spun around at the Paris 2024 Games. Breakdancing became an official Olympic sport Monday, and skateboarding, surfing, and sport climbing were added to the Paris roster, the AP reports. The latter three sports will make their Olympic debuts when the delayed Tokyo games are held next year. When breaking—as it will be called at the Olympics—was first proposed for the Paris games last year, Tony Estanguet, head of the organizing committee, said new sports would make the Olympics “more artistic,” Sports Illustrated reports. “It’s going to be great for breaking as it gives us more recognition as a sport,” British breakdancer Karam Singh tells the BBC. “And for the Olympics, it will attract young people who may not follow some of the traditional sports.”

Breaking was a sport at the 2018 Youth Olympics, where competitors were judged on personality, technique, variety, creativity, performativity, and musicality, per SI. “The biggest part is your stage presence and character and your rhythm, whether or not you’re really feeling it,” competitive breaker Ronnie Abaldonado tells Reuters. “People can hit the moves but if you’re not feeling what they’re doing then you just kind of look robotic and that’s what kind of separates it being a sport to it being an art form.” The AP notes that breaking will take place at the Place de Concorde in Paris, while surfing events will happen in a very different part of France—French Polynesia, specifically Tahiti, more than 15,000 miles away.

I guess if the wealthy can have their horse dancing and yachting then the young can have their mindless endeavors.

I like beer!  I like beer that taste like beer….Sam Adams Lager…..Modelo Negra…….I just cannot do these so-called “Light beers” like Blue Moon…..if you drink this beer you might want to read on…..

If you’re drinking Blue Moon because it’s a craft beer? There’s some controversy over Blue Moon’s classification as such. Is it? Really? So of course the courts got involved. A lawsuit to that effect included Blue Moon and its parent company, MillerCoors. As Forbes explained, calling Blue Moon a craft beer is a debatable topic. The Brewers Association isn’t too pleased with the designation, because Blue Moon falls under MillerCoors (which is now part of Molson Coors Beverage Company, reports the Milwaukee Business Journal) and doesn’t comply with the association’s definition of craft beer. In this case, smaller is better, because to qualify, says the Association, a brewery has to produce 6 million barrels of beer (or less; they also add the word “approximately”) per year. A global entity like Molson Coors? Probably not.

https://www.mashed.com/290038/heres-why-you-shouldnt-drink-blue-moon/

I do not understand the younger ones that must everything flavored and that includes beer……here’s a thought if you do not like the taste of beer then drink kool-aid.

Then there has been a breakthrough in computing science….

A new type of quantum computer has proven that it can reign supreme, too.

A photonic quantum computer, which harnesses particles of light, or photons, performed a calculation that’s impossible for a conventional computer, researchers in China report online December 3 in Science. That milestone, known as quantum supremacy, has been met only once before, in 2019 by Google’s quantum computer (SN: 10/23/19). Google’s computer, however, is based on superconducting materials, not photons.

“This is the first independent confirmation of Google’s claim that you really can achieve quantum supremacy,” says theoretical computer scientist Scott Aaronson of the University of Texas at Austin. “That’s exciting.”

Named Jiuzhang after an ancient Chinese mathematical text, the new quantum computer can perform a calculation in 200 seconds that would take more than half a billion years on the world’s fastest non-quantum, or classical, computer.

The new light-based quantum computer Jiuzhang has achieved quantum supremacy

Most human know that Newton was a flippin’ genius, right?

Sir Isaac Newton, the acclaimed physicist, mathematician, and astronomer, may be one of the most renowned scientists of all time, but his wide-ranging research took him to strange places far outside what we now consider to be science.

Amidst his outstanding legacy of academic output, numerous fragments and unpublished notes – many discovered after his death in 1727 – stand as a testament to his long and said-to-be obsessive interest in matters of the occult, alchemy, and biblical apocalypse theory.

These mystical leanings – much of which would have been considered heretical thinking in Newton’s day – are evidenced in some fragmentary manuscript notes currently being auctioned by Sotheby’s.

In this case, the texts are literally fragments, in that they are the scorched survivors of a fire, said to have been started by an upset candle accidentally toppled by Newton’s dog, Diamond.

https://www.sciencealert.com/burnt-great-pyramid-fragments-reveal-isaac-newton-s-occult-apocalypse-theories

Finally…the owner of Trump’s childhood home wants to turn it into a house ofm worship……

The owner of President Trump’s childhood home wants MAGA fans to donate $3 million to turn the house into a gift for the outgoing commander in chief. 

The real estate agency attempting to crowdsource funds on behalf of the anonymous seller is encouraging Trump fans to envision turning the residence into a “house of worship.” The final decision about what to do with the property, however, would be up to Trump. 

https://www.vice.com/en/article/epdbxz/the-owner-of-trumps-childhood-home-wants-dollar3-million-to-turn-it-into-a-house-of-worship

On the lighter note……watch these ducks….

Then there is this….

Enjoy your weekend…..

Be Well….Be Safe…..

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Randomness For Saturday

The weekend begins and I have some wonderful thoughts to share…..

I like to eat so I watch the food fads and write about them….most are moronic and a waste….like the most recent post on a food fad…..https://lobotero.com/2020/11/22/a-new-food-fad/

WE all have had enough of the ad tagline “plant based”…..but now Singapore has passed a new law….

Singapore has given U.S. start-up Eat Just the greenlight to sell its lab-grown chicken meat, in what the firm says is the world’s first regulatory approval for so-called clean meat that does not come from slaughtered animals.

The meat, to be sold as nuggets, will be priced at premium chicken prices when it first launches in a restaurant in Singapore “in the very near term”, co-founder and CEO Josh Tetrick said.

Demand for alternatives to regular meat is surging due to concerns about health, animal welfare and the environment. Plant-based substitutes, popularised by the likes of Beyond Meat, Impossible Foods and Quorn, increasingly feature on supermarket shelves and restaurant menus.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-eat-just-singapore-idUSKBN28C06Z

I know these days of social distancing it can be difficult to meet the opposite sex….and even harder to find a perspective mate….one guy has found a balance…..

A famous Kazakhstani bodybuilder is making international news after marrying his silicone sex doll. Yuri Tolochko proposed to his girlfriend, who he calls Margo, back in December of 2019. 

According to Sport Bible, the two had been in a relationship for eight months before he popped the question. The wedding was delayed twice, once because of COVID-19 and again after he was assaulted while participating in a transgender rally. 

Now, Tolochko and Margo are finally wed and he’s been sharing photos and footage on social media. 

https://www.narcity.com/en-ca/people/yuri-tolochko-the-kazakhstani-bodybuilder-just-married-his-silicone-girlfriend-video

The video of the happy couple is imbedded in the article above….

Telepathy will rule the battlefield in the future….

Soldiers in the future may be able to communicate with their colleagues telepathically, following new research about decoding signals from the brain.

The findings, funded by the US Army Research Office over the next five years, managed to separate brain signals that influence behaviour from other signals that do not.

Brain activity related to directing motion and other behaviour-relevant signals could be filtered out from other activity using an algorithm.

“Here we’re not only measuring signals, but we’re interpreting them,” said Hamid Krim, a program manager for the Army Research Office, told C4ISRNET.

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/us-army-mind-reading-soldiers-b1762713.html

Covid obit says it all….especially for those inconsiderate MORONS that refuse to wear a mask in these times….

An 81-year-old man died this week at his Scott City, Kan., nursing home, and he “was not surrounded by friends and family.” That’s not because Marvin James Farr wasn’t loved: The farmer and veterinarian died after being infected by COVID-19, and his obituary is now serving as what the Kansas City Star deems a “scathing critique” of those who dismiss the seriousness of the virus and the associated safety precautions against it. “He died in a room not his own, being cared for by people dressed in confusing and frightening ways,” reads the obit, written by son Courtney Farr. “His final days were harder, scarier, and lonelier than necessary.” The younger Farr notes his dad was born right before World War II, a time of great sacrifice, yet “he died in a world where many of his fellow Americans refuse to wear a piece of cloth on their face to protect one another.”

“As a young man he debated between studying mortuary or veterinary science,” the obit continued. “He chose life over death. The science that guided his professional life has been disparaged and abandoned by so many of the same people who depended on his knowledge to care for their animals and to raise their food.” In a Wednesday Facebook post, Courtney Farr said he wrote the obituary in this manner after spending most of 2020 hearing locals “talk about how this disease isn’t real” or otherwise shrug their shoulders at it, including by mocking masks. The Star notes that even though Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has issued statewide mask orders, counties are able to opt out. “Because of the prevalence of those attitudes, my father’s death was so much harder on him, his family, and his caregivers than it should have been,” Courtney Farr wrote. (Read the obituary here.)

Well Said!

Be well….Be Safe….

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Closing Thought–03Dec20

Remember the classic movie 2001?

All about first contact and it was with a monolith back in the early days of humanity……it disappears and is seen once again many centuries later by men on the Moon…..hold that thought.

I recently reported about the discovery of a metal monolith in an isolated part of Utah…..

It’s just “about the strangest thing that I’ve come across out there in all my years of flying,” a Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter pilot tells KSL-TV: That thing is a 10- to 12-foot high metal monolith sticking up out of the ground in a “very remote” red rock area in the southeastern part of the state. The helicopter was assisting Utah Division of Wildlife Resource officers in counting bighorn sheep when a biologist spotted the monolith. “He was like, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, turn around, turn around!” the pilot says.

“We came across this, in the middle of nowhere, buried deep in the rock. Inquiring minds want to know, what the heck is it? Anyone?” the Department of Public Safety’s Aero Bureau posted on Instagram. The team says the monolith seems to have been planted in the ground, as opposed to having been dropped from above, and that it appears to be manmade; some of them suspect it was installed as some sort of artwork. There’s also, of course, rampant speculation that it was installed by aliens. “It is illegal to install structures or art without authorization on federally managed public lands, no matter what planet you’re from,” the DPS notes in a press release.

Then it disappeared from Utah….

Just days after the monolith disappeared in Utah…..another one appeared in Romania…..

Days after Utah’s mysterious monolith disappeared, a very similar one has appeared elsewhere. This hollow, triangular, 13-foot monolith, which Sky News reports “bear[s] a close resemblance” to the one found in Utah, was found on Batca Doamnei Hill in the city of Piatra Neamt, facing a mountain known locally as “Holy Mountain” and considered one of the country’s seven wonders, according to the Mirror. Vice says it’s “almost identical” to the Utah one, which was about the same height and also shiny and metallic. Local officials say it’s on private property in a protected archaeological site—not far from the city’s oldest historical monument, the Petrodava Dacian Fortress—and it’s not yet clear how it got there, TMZ reports.

(Cue creepy SciFi music)

The disappearance in Utah is said to have been explained…..

  • The dismantling: Photographer Ross Bernards says he was at the Utah site Friday night taking pictures when four men appeared with a wheelbarrow, then pushed over and quickly dismantled the monolith, reports the Times. (The story includes grainy cellphone images of the dismantling.) Were they the same people who put it up? Not clear. Bernards says he and his companions didn’t try to stop the men. “As they walked off with the pieces, one of them said, ‘Leave no trace,'” Bernards says.
  • On Instagram: You can read Bernards’ own account of this on Instagram. He writes that the men were right to remove the object because it was beginning to attract lots of visitors who weren’t respecting the delicate environment. “This is why you don’t leave trash in the desert,” he quotes one of the men as saying.

Second one disappears…..And now a third monolith has appeared….

For the third time in a week, a mysterious metal monolith has captured the public’s attention. This time, a 10-foot-tall steel obelisk was found atop a mountain in Atascadero, California, reports the Guardian, which features pictures hikers have posted to social media. Unlike the monolith found in Utah, this one does not appear to be planted in the ground, the Atascadero News reports. The Utah one, and the first “copycat” found in Romania, have both disappeared.

This is getting interesting.

Whatcha think?

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Saturday’s News

The weekend…the one that followed the holiday and shopping will be the biggest thing on people’s minds for Christmas is a mere one month away.

The one thing that pisses me off is when some sanctimonious a/hole tries to give me grief because I eat meat….nothing they can say will change my eating habits…..then I come across something that gives the down side of eating nothing but veggies….

The largest study of its kind suggests that those who don’t eat meat are more likely to suffer bone fractures. Vegans, who shun both meat and dairy, appear to have the greatest risk relative to vegetarians and pescatarians, particularly when it comes to hip fractures, reports CNN. To keep things in context, New Scientist explains that the overall risk to vegans in the study was still pretty small, “equating to about an extra 20 bones broken per 1,000 people over 10 years.” The research in BMC Medicine, which draws from a long-running study of about 65,000 people in Britain that began in the early 1990s, found that vegans suffered broken hips at about the twice the rate as meat-eaters. Vegetarians and meat-eaters also had an increased risk for broken hips, though at a smaller rate of 25%.

hen it comes to broken bones of other kinds, vegans had a higher risk than meat-eaters there as well, but not vegetarians and fish-eaters. Some caveats: This study involves mostly white Europeans, and vegans have better options today than in the 1990s, including plant-based milks fortified with calcium. Another factor: Part of the increased risk might be chalked up to a simpler factor than the complexities of diet: Vegans and vegetarians tend to have lower BMIs than meat-eaters, which gives them less of a cushion when they fall. Researcher Tammy Hong of Oxford says at Eureka Alert that the takeaway for vegans and vegetarians is to keep an eye on their protein and calcium and supplement if necessary. She also notes that participants had an average age of 45 when the study began, adding that the risk might be higher for elderly vegans and vegetarians.

Most know that I am an Old Fart….and when I see news that revolves around my age group I take notice….and this one caught my eye immediately…..

In order to provide companionship to elderly people who are stuck in isolation, University of Washington School of Medicine bioethicist Nancy Jecker suggests developing a new kind of sex robot.

Senior citizens are living longer but may lead lonelier, more isolated lives due to physical disabilities and especially the COVID-19 pandemic. In lieu of human interaction, The Seattle Times reports, Jecker is arguing that robots could provide the social and sexual companionship that’s missing from their lives — a departure from the raunchier way we often see sex robots.

https://futurism.com/the-byte/bioethicist-sex-robots-lonely-seniors

A Bioethicist?

As long as we are talking about sexy stuff….here are 30 things that need to be de-sexified……

Ask Reddit wants you to stop sexualizing the following things ASAP.

1.Going on your knees or bending over. I always hesitate to pick up things and often reposition myself.

2.Yoga pants! They’re comfortable and practical whilst practicing yoga. WTF is up with people?!

3. Cheerleaders. Cheerleading is a predominantly high school sport and most cheerleaders are children. It’s icky.

(there is more)

30 Things That Need To Stop Being Sexualized Because It’s Annoying AF

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