The Saturday News Post

I have found a few subjects that seldom get covered by the MSM for it does not bleed or rant or appeal to the big spenders…..but there is me who does not answer to the master of the universe.

Did you ever see the Matrix trilogy?  Of course you did!

Well there is a chance it is REAL!

In an influential 2003 paper, University of Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom laid out the possibility that our reality is a computer simulation dreamed up by a highly advanced civilization. In the paper, he argued that at least one of three propositions must be true:

  1. Civilizations usually go extinct before developing the capability of creating reality simulations.
  2. Advanced civilizations usually have no interest in creating reality simulations.
  3. We’re almost certainly living inside a computer simulation.

https://futurism.com/columbia-professor-50-percent-chance-simulation

I am a pain sufferer….at times it is massive and I have been following many of the techniques to the control of this problem.  One of those treatments is the microdosing of Psychedelics…..

People who take microdoses of psychedelic drugs consistently report that it results in improved mood and creativity, while having few side effects, according to new research published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.

Study author Rotem Petranker, director of the Canadian Centre for Psychedelic Science, and his colleagues noticed a growing public interest in taking sub-threshold doses of LSD or psilocybin to enhance cognitive or emotional functioning. But scientific research on the issue is scant.

https://www.psypost.org/2020/10/people-who-microdose-psychedelic-drugs-report-that-the-benefits-greatly-outweigh-the-drawbacks-58328

More news of the “acid” front…..

New research lends further credibility to anecdotes that microdosing lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), or taking too little of the psychedelic drug to trip but enough to feel effects, can help your focus.

In the placebo-controlled study, published in the journal European Neuropsychopharmacology on Saturday, scientists from Switzerland’s University of Basel and the Netherlands’ Maastricht University gave volunteers either a small dose of LSD or a placebo, then measured their ability to pay attention and process information, as well as keeping an eye on their mood.

https://futurism.com/neoscope/study-microdosing-lsd-improves-mood-cognition

Good news for Mobile users….the Moon is getting cellular service…..yep that is correct a service for the Moon….

NASA wants any human presence on the Moon to have a great cell signal, so it’s investing in a lunar 4G network.

The Space Agency gave Nokia’s Bell Labs a $14.1 million in grant money to build out the Moon’s telecom infrastructure, Business Insider reports. With the goal of having a network up and running by 2030, the goal is to get a network in place that could help any sort of outpost on the Moon manage life off-world.

https://futurism.com/the-byte/moon-getting-4g

Speaking of space communications…..

It’s no secret that SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wants to build a city on Mars.

But in a recent interview with TIME magazine, SpaceX president and COO Gwynne Shotwell laid out the company’s plans to bring its Starlink broadband satellite constellation technology to the Red Planet as well.

“Once we take people to Mars, they’re going to need a capability to communicate,” Shotwell said during a previously recorded interview with TIME. “In fact I think it will be even more critical to have a constellation like Starlink around Mars.”

https://futurism.com/the-byte/spacex-starlink-like-constellation-mars

Musk sees dollar signs every time he mentions space……

Ever heard of a “universal translator”?

MIT has come up with one for “dead” languages…..

A team of researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have created an AI that’s capable of automatically deciphering long lost languages, even without any other advanced knowledge of how it relates to other languages.

The goal is to uncover relationships between “lost” languages for which historians have found written records, but which nobody has actually spoken in a long time.

https://futurism.com/the-byte/mit-invents-ai-decipher-ancient-languages

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Learn Stuff!

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Random Thoughts For a Sunday

The weekend and I feel like going off the rail as they say…..just a few thoughts that got my blood boiling this past week.

I recently wrote a letter to the City Council thanking them for putting in the sidewalks in my neighborhood and giving the self-absorbed d/bags a place to park their extra cars…..god forbid any pedestrians do not need to use them there is always the street in which they can walk or jog.

Buffalo wings…..first that sauce is nothing more than butter and hot sauce.  This fad always amazes me….the industry has conned people into paying good money for something that is mostly bone and with a big price tag.

Hummus can only be made with chick peas…..if it is not made with chick peas then it is nothing but a “dip”.

Are you a baller?

There is a fad for artisan ice cubes……you can even buy a refrig that makes ice balls.  Why?  How pretentious can people get?

After 60 years Coke is dropping its iconic diet soda….Tab….

Coca-Cola is discontinuing its first-ever diet soda, Tab, which acquired a huge fan base in the ’70s and ’80s and maintained a small but devoted following through the years.
“Tab had an amazing run,” said Robert Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition and a longtime Tab enthusiast. Bixby said messages of condolences have been pouring in. “As a business decision I can understand it, but it’s a very sad day … I do feel it’s like losing a friend.”
Tab is one of several “underperforming” products Coke has said it is eliminating from its brand lineup by the end of the year as the company seeks to streamline production and focus on bestsellers.
 
More bad news for Florida…..not only have hurricanes made living on the Coast an exercise in futility….but now the prediction for 2045 is not so good either…..
A 2018 study warned that 64,000 Florida homes were at risk to chronic flooding by 2045 because of rising sea levels. The figure rises to 1 million homes by 2100. Now, new research suggests this effect already is showing up in the state’s real estate market, reports NPR. The volume of home sales in areas most at risk in Florida have dropped along with prices, according to Benjamin Keys and Philip Mulder at Penn’s Wharton School. They say the downturn started in 2013, per the New York Times. From that year to 2018, the volume of homes sold in Florida’s “more exposed” coastal areas fell 16% to 20% relative to “less exposed” areas, according to the researchers’ working paper.
It took longer for prices to start falling as well, but the researchers say that began in 2018. Since that year, prices of homes in “more exposed” areas have dropped compared to those in “less exposed” tracts, for a difference of 5% to 10% in 2020. This suggests “fewer buyers are willing to bear [flooding risks] at current market prices,” the authors write, noting Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and a pair of 2014 climate change reports may have played a role. The bottom line is that “coastal housing is in more distress than we thought,” Keys tells the Times. Jeff Dorian at the Miami Herald weighs in: “South Florida can’t afford any more delays,” he writes. “To mitigate sea-level rise, the global emissions curve must be reversed.”
But don’t worry there is no climate change and there is nothing for Floridian home owners to worry about, right?
 
A local crematorium held a “Customer Appreciation Barbecue”….think about that….

Next for all you nerds that live and breathe Star Wars…..some engineers have come up with a real live honest to god light saber……that’s right a real light saber…..

The engineers behind the YouTube channel “The Hacksmith” have crafted a real-world “Star Wars”-style lightsaber that burns hot enough to cut through steel.

The steampunk hilt can send out a laminar flow of compressed liquid propane gas and oxygen, which burns at 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

To allow it to burn in such a specific way, the team used “laminar nozzles,” which allow an extremely concentrated flow of gas to escape, creating a beam of plasma. These nozzles cost a pretty penny — about $4,000 each — and are often used in the glass-blowing industry.

https://futurism.com/the-byte/engineers-create-plasma-powered-lightsaber-cut-metal

For a mere $4000 and it can be yours and the envy of every geek at ComicCon.

Almost the closing…music from space…..

Finally….my region will celebrate the Civil War this weekend…..

Beauvoir in Biloxi will host its 34th annual Fall Muster Saturday and Sunday.

The Civil War came to an end in 1865, but spectators still gather for battle reenactments 155 years later. The home of former president of the Confederate States holds over 150 years of history and this year more than 1,000 people are expected to visit the property to attend.

There will be guns and cannons, soldiers, cooking over open fires, and live music.

The battles take place Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $12.50 for adults, $7.50 for children, and kids six and under get in free.

(wxxv25.com)

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

17 October 1968

As FDR would say….”A day that will live in infamy”……every year I reflect on a turning point in my life….a day that no sane person could ever forget.

On this day in 1968 my plane touched down at Bien Hoa Air Base…..Republic of South Vietnam…..a day I shall never forget.

I was a young Army soldier brimming with anticipation at my very first overseas posting.

We arrived at 0900 hrs and temperature was already hovering around 90 and the humidity was about 95%…little did I know that I was in for some nasty weather….the Monsoon season….when heavy rain fell and fell and fell as if there was no end.

After a de-brief we were giving our final a destination mine was the 9th Infantry Division.

After a miserable deuce and half ride we arrived at Long Thanh HQ of the 9th.

Upon arrival we were given our sleeping assignments and our unit within the 9th…..mine was the LRRPs.

Amazon.com: MAGNET E Company (RANGER), 75th Infantry (AIRBORNE), 9th  Infantry Division 11.75 Inch Magnetic Sticker Decal: Automotive

For the next 11 months I spent almost every waking minute sneaking around the local flora and keeping as eye on the “bad guys”……

For those that are fuzzy of the Vietnam War…..

The Vietnam War was a long, costly and divisive conflict that pitted the communist government of North Vietnam against South Vietnam and its principal ally, the United States. The conflict was intensified by the ongoing Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. More than 3 million people (including over 58,000 Americans) were killed in the Vietnam War, and more than half of the dead were Vietnamese civilians.  Opposition to the war in the United States bitterly divided Americans, even after President Richard Nixon ordered the withdrawal of U.S. forces in 1973. Communist forces ended the war by seizing control of South Vietnam in 1975, and the country was unified as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

https://www.history.com/topics/vietnam-war/vietnam-war-history

A photo history….

Life magazine photographer Larry Burrows (far left) struggles through elephant grass and the rotor wash of an American evacuation helicopter as he helps GIs carry a wounded soldier on a stretcher from the jungle to the chopper in Mimot, Cambodia, May 4, 1970

A US paratrooper wounded in the battle for Hamburger Hill grimaces in pain as he awaits medical evacuation at base camp near the Laotian border, May 19, 1969

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2015/apr/22/vietnam-the-real-war-a-photographic-history-by-the-associated-press-in-pictures

War has a way of changing a person….some get the blood lust and others see the obscenity of war and work to end it …..I became the later.  Let me state here…there is NOTHING romantic about war….regardless what Hollywood tells you.

Be Well….Be Safe….

“Lego ergo scribo”

News–Weekend Edition

Another Saturday and much cooler temps in South Mississippi….a much appreciated diversion from late Summer….more time in the garden for me.

Here is the round-up of news that you did not necessarily hear or read or ….

The most sad news is that WP is losing an excellent blogger and my friend……Pete of  https://beetleypete.com/ ……he has come to the end of his patience with the tech problems he has been having with WP and Block Editor.  I hate that he will depart I so look forward to his post on Ollie especially and Sue enjoyed his stories.  I say bye and please be well.

Most people know what a problem plastics has become on our environment….and now there may be yet another solution…..

Plastic waste is a large and ever-growing problem around the world. Now, researchers say they’re closing in on a potentially game-changing solution that could be commercially available in a year or two, reports the Guardian. Scientists have engineered a “super-enzyme” that breaks down plastic six times faster than a previous iteration. The breakthrough came when they combined a previously discovered enzyme (PETase) with a second one (MHETase), explains a release from the UK’s University of Portsmouth. “Our first experiments showed that they did indeed work better together, so we decided to try to physically link them, like two Pac-Men joined by a piece of string,” says researcher John McGeehan. The result sped up the process faster than expected, per the new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.4

“When we linked the enzymes, rather unexpectedly, we got a dramatic increase in activity,” McGeehan says, per the Guardian. The super-enzyme degrades polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, the major component of single-use bottles and such, per CNN. The speed at which it works remains too slow to be commercially viable, but the researchers think that has the potential to change quickly, especially if they partner with firms such as Carbios of France, which discovered a plastic-eating enzyme of its own, though one that needs high temperatures. “If we can make better, faster enzymes by linking them together and provide them to companies like Carbios, and work in partnership, we could start doing this within the next year or two,” says McGeehan, per the Guardian. Another enzyme combo with PETase might improve the recycling of clothes made of fabrics such as polyester.

Crows are much hated……why most people cannot tell you…but these feathered beasties are as intelligent as humans……

Whether crows, ravens, and other “corvids” are making multipart tools like hooked sticks to reach grubs, solving geometry puzzles made famous by Aesop, or nudging a clueless hedgehog across a highway before it becomes roadkill, they have long impressed scientists with their intelligence and creativity.

Now the birds can add one more feather to their brainiac claims: Research unveiled on Thursday in Science finds that crows know what they know and can ponder the content of their own minds, a manifestation of higher intelligence and analytical thought long believed the sole province of humans and a few other higher mammals.

A second study, also in Science, looked in unprecedented detail at the neuroanatomy of pigeons and barn owls, finding hints to the basis of their intelligence that likely applies to corvids’, too.

Brainiacs, not birdbrains: Crows possess higher intelligence long thought a primarily human attribute

Humans have been mining gold for thousands of years….the next question should be….how much is left to be mined?

Experts talk about the concept of peak gold – when we have mined the most we ever can in any one year. Some believe we may have already reached that point.

Gold mine production totalled 3,531 tonnes in 2019, 1% lower than in 2018, according to the World Gold Council. This is the first annual decline in production since 2008.

“While the growth in mine supply may slow or decline slightly in the coming years, as existing reserves are exhausted, and new major discoveries become increasingly rare, suggesting that production has peaked may still be a little premature,” says Hannah Brandstaetter, a spokesman for the World Gold Council.

Even when peak gold happens, experts say the years immediately after it are not likely to see a dramatic decrease in production. Instead, we could see a gradual depletion of output over a few decades.

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-54230737

Do you want the secret to living longer?

Silly question…of course you do.

You may not have to do anything…..

People with chunky thighs or large hips are less likely to die early compared to those with bigger bellies, a new study suggests.

The study, published this week in the medical journal BMJ, says that central fatness or fat stored around the abdomen is associated with a higher risk of early death from any cause — regardless of overall body fat – while larger hips and thighs are associated with a lower risk.

The results suggest that measuring central fatness may be a more reliable indicator of risk of death from extra weight — and could be used in combination with body mass index “as a supplementary approach to determine the risk of premature death,” researchers said.

https://nypost.com/2020/09/24/people-with-big-hips-and-chunky-thighs-live-longer-than-big-bellied/

Finally…..dig site is Egypt coughs up many mummies……

Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed more than two dozen ancient coffins in a vast necropolis south of Cairo, an official said Monday. The sarcophagi have remained unopened since they were buried more than 2,500 years ago near the famed Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara, says Neveine el-Arif, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. She said 13 coffins were found earlier this month in a newly discovered, 36-foot-deep well, and that 14 more were found last week in another well, per the AP. Footage shared by the ministry showed colorful sarcophagi decorated with ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, as well as other artifacts the ministry said were found. The Saqqara plateau hosted at least 11 pyramids, including the Step Pyramid, along with hundreds of tombs of ancient officials, ranging from the First Dynasty (2920BC to 2770BC) to the Coptic period (AD395 to AD642).

Archaeologists were still working to determine the origins of the coffins, el-Arif says, adding that more details and “secrets” would likely be announced next month. El-Arif notes further excavations are underway in the necropolis, and more coffins are expected to be found. Last year, archaeologists found a cache at Saqqara that included hundreds of mummified animals, birds, and crocodiles, as well as two mummified lion cubs. The Saqqara plateau is part of the necropolis of Egypt’s ancient city of Memphis, the ruins of which were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the 1970s. In October 2019, archaeologists unearthed 30 ancient wooden coffins with inscriptions and paintings in the southern city of Luxor. The Luxor coffins were moved to be showcased at the Grand Egyptian Museum, which Egypt is building near the Pyramids of Giza.

The Irish Supreme Court has made its ruling….Subway bread is not bread….

Subway bread doesn’t qualify for a value-added tax exemption because it doesn’t meet the legal definition of “bread,” or indeed “food” under the relevant law, Ireland’s Supreme Court has decided. The court ruled that all six varieties of bread used in the company’s sandwiches are far too sugary to officially qualify as bread, reports Food & Wine. The court found that Subway bread had a sugar content equivalent to 10% of the weight of the flour in the dough, when Ireland’s Value-Added Tax Act states that for a baked good to be exempt from the tax, ingredients like sugar and fat should not exceed 2% of the flour’s weight, the Irish Independent reports.

The law aims to ensure that pastries and similar goods are taxed differently from ordinary bread. The ruling was made in a case brought by a Subway franchise owner who sought a VAT refund on the basis that takeout sandwiches qualified as a “staple food.” “The argument depends on the acceptance of the prior contention that the Subway heated sandwich contains ‘bread’ as defined, and therefore can be said to be food for the purposes of the Second Schedule rather than confectionary,” the court wrote, per the Guardian. “Since that argument has been rejected, this subsidiary argument must fail.” Subway’s head office hasn’t commented on the ruling.

There you have the news that the MSM has overlooked for one reason or another……and that is where the Old Professor comes in…..

In closing let’s look at the Mexican Weather reports….

Enjoy your Saturday.

Be Well…..Be Safe…..

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

A Few Things To Bitch About

I am an old fart so according to popular belief I must be cranky and bitch about stuff all the time.

If you ask Sue I am sure that she would agree.

There are always something to bitch about no matter who you are…..today I have picked a couple of items to vent my anger upon…..

Cats! I realize that some of my readers are cat people but this is more about their owners than their feline friends.

When I walk my MoMo I am obliged to carry crap bags so that I can clean up her mess…..well yesterday I stepped in a bunch of cat crap not making me happy….plus my canine friend must be on a leash but not the cats in the neighborhood…..they roam the neighborhood starting fights and crapping wherever they want.  If MoMo gets out and wanders the neighborhood she gets picked up and I get fined.  Racism!  I tell you it’s racism!

Self-adsorbed dickwads that think that the sidewalks belong to them and stack their crap and trash and block the walkway or they park their cars so no one can walk on the sidewalks.

Television! Nowadays there are two types of TV….game shows and fake reality……and you wonder why people seem more ignorant than they were in the past…..these two types of “entertainment” lower your IQ several points every time you watch.

Finally…..those phone calls begging for money for state troopers, police and firemen.

First if the city/state are not caring for their employees then the problem is the government…..second….what idiot thought that in time of a pandemic and joblessness was a good time to beg cash over the phone?

I bitch about the price of fresh veggies every time I go to the store…if you hate it as well then I have a story for you…..economics come to play….scarcity drives price up but surplus does not drive the prices down.  Remember when they use to use the price of gas as a reason to up their prices and it also never came down when the price of gas declined.

When I go to a local park and give MoMo a new territory to explore I am always pissed to see the crap people leave behind….then I read a story about a great idea from Thailand….

Some visitors to Thailand’s beautiful Khao Yai National Park will be receiving a memento of their trip—all the trash they left behind. In a series of Facebook posts, Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa slammed campers who left garbage strewn around a campsite over the weekend and said officials should take it to the post office and send it back to them, the Bangkok Post reports. He added a photo of a package of trash that was being returned to the tourists. “You forgot these things at Khao Yai National Park,” says a note with the package.

Authorities say the trash is a hazard for the park’s wildlife, which includes numerous endangered species and some of the country’s only remaining herds of wild elephants. Visitors to the 770-square-mile park near Bangkok are required to register with their names and addresses, which has made it easy for authorities to track litterbugs down, the BBC reports. Park officials have also lodged a complaint with police, meaning the offenders could face a fine of up to $16,000 and a possible prison sentence for littering in a national park.

A DAMN fine idea!

I feel better already!

That is my meager offering for this Sunday….cooler weather has me and Sue enjoying the garden before the heat returns.

Be Well…..Be Safe……

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Closing Thought–03Sep20

Yesterday I wrote about the observation of a “jet pack” by airline pilots over LA…….that was at 3000 feet…..https://lobotero.com/2020/09/02/closing-thought-02sep20/

Today it is about some idiot tethered to a balloon at 25,000m feet….

Ah, to float away. David Blaine realized that dream Wednesday by rigging up to balloons and floating nearly 25,000 feet over Arizona—until he cut the cord, USA Today reports. The 47-year-old magician drifted for nearly an hour in a livestreamed broadcast called “Ascension,” which began with him learning how to skydive, fly balloons, and handle cooler temperatures. “This is the most that I have ever prepared for any performance to date,” he said in a video shared on Instagram. But even that didn’t spare his nerves before takeoff: “This is where it gets real,” he said, calling himself “the worst person with directions.” He soon had hundreds of thousands of viewers watching him float over the city of Page in his helium-balloon rig.

The complex contraption had to receive FAA approval and included a couple dozen weather balloons, including one made of fiberglass. Blaine talked to his 9-year-old daughter Dessa during the flight, saying, “Wow, it’s so beautiful. It feels like I’m floating.” Blaine was too far off-course to reach his preordained landing zone, but he detached himself anyway and landed safely with the help of a parachute he’d put on during the flight. “Wow!” he exclaimed, “that was awesome!” and told Dessa, “I love you. This is all for you!” It was Blaine’s first big live stunt since “Electrified: One Million Volts Always On” in 2012. He has also buried himself in a water tank for seven days, fasted for 44 days in a box, and stood on a 100-foot pillar for 35 hours, per the Arizona Republic.

Not much from this washed up magician until now….maybe he can con the world into caring about the things he does….

Personally, I do not appreciate stunts…..maybe he would be better off flipping burgers…..for I think his magic days are waning.

“lego ergo scribo”

Closing Thought–02Sep20

Look! Up In the Sky…..it’s a bird….it’s a plane…holy crap it is some dude with a jet pack…..

“We just passed a guy in a jet pack.” Those were the words from an American Airlines pilot approaching Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday night, and they have prompted an investigation. Another pilot also reported seeing a man in a jet pack at 3,000 feet; the first pilot said he was just 300 yards to the plane’s left. The FBI and the FAA are probing the incident, the New York Times reports. In what is perhaps the most unsurprising observation of the week, one expert notes it’s “very dangerous” to fly that close to a plane, not to mention illegal without FAA approval. He notes that among the many risks, the person could get “ingested” into the engine. The same expert says he does not think it’s likely the pilots were mistaken, and a second expert echoes that to CBS LA, noting pilots are trained to spot a situation exactly like this.

However, jet packs have so far only been able to make short flights, and not that many companies make them. One Jetman Dubai pilot flew almost 6,000 feet into the air using a jet pack earlier this year, but the flight only lasted three minutes. A company near LA does, in fact, sell a jet pack that can get 15,000 feet high and fly for 10 minutes, but it does not sell them for recreational use. Its founder says he would guess the pilots actually spotted a drone: “The likelihood of a real turbine-powered jet pack taking off from the LA area, getting up to 3,000 feet, maneuvering long enough to be sighted by two airliners and then coming back down and landing—it’s very, very low,” he said. “The other thing is that they’re pretty noisy so we haven’t had, as far I know yet, any reports of people on the ground or any cell phone footage from people on the ground seeing this thing take off and land, which is weird.”

This could make you swear off the gin on flights.

“lego ergo scribo”

 

This Could Make One Crap One’s Pants

We have all seen the comedic thing when the guys and gals are in the morgue and a body sits up and everyone falls over themselves running…..right?

What would really happen if this situation happened in real life?

Wonder why I ask?

Authorities in Detroit are investigating a bizarre and scary mistake: A young woman was declared dead before employees at a funeral home realized she was still alive, reports WDIV. This began unfolding about 7:30am Sunday when the Southfield Fire Department responded to a call about an unresponsive female. (She has been identified as a 20-year-old by some authorities and as a 14-year-old by others, notes the Detroit News; the details should become clearer later.) After 30 minutes of CPR and other measures, paramedics concluded she was dead. “Because there was no indication of foul play, as per standard operating procedure, the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office was contacted and given the medical data,” says a Southfield Fire Department statement.

“The patient was again determined to have expired and the body was released directly to the family to make arrangements,” the statement continues. The James H. Cole Funeral Home in Detroit says it was contacted to pick up the body and did so after getting clearance from the medical examiner’s office, per the News. Staff at the funeral home then discovered the woman was still breathing, reports MLive. “We couldn’t believe it,” says Dave Fornell, deputy commissioner of the Detroit Fire Department, which responded to the funeral home. The woman was taken to the hospital, and no information has been released about her condition.

Now that could make one talk to one’s self…..all this makes me think of a song by Tom Waits….

Be Well….Be Safe…..

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Can He Sell You A Car?

This is my feel good story for this weekend…..

Most of my regulars know that I am a canine person and try to pass on all stories that I find about dogs and their lives…..

Stray dog kept visiting car dealership. So, they gave him a job and his own employee badge.

Looks like MoMo……

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I know some people use the term “work like a dog” to describe the effort they have put forth. Perhaps out of respect they should be more careful with their words. Some dogs do not stop until they reach the top. Meet Tuscan Prime: canine, and Hyundai Prime’s newest employee, as in badge and everything (although it is still unclear whether he has filled out the equivalent of a W-4 form).

According to Bored Panda, it all started when the employees of the Brazilian car dealership took notice of a stray dog spending some time around the building. At first everyone thought he was just passing through, but the pup soon to be known as Tuscan Prime had other ideas. On one fateful rainy night, showroom manager Emerson Mariano ushered the poor guy in from the wet conditions and offered him food, water and shelter. The bond between the two was instantaneous. It was then that Mariano had the idea to make him their mascot.

https://www.upworthy.com/stray-dog-gets-job-at-car-dealership

I would buy from the dog, Tuscan and from the dealership that has done something nice.

In closing here is some of the better of the ads with dogs as the stars……..

There is more…..

Hopefully these made you feel good at least for awhile….

The local weather service has started issuing warnings about 36 hours before the event……so I guess I should go and make sure everything is ready……

My closing thought…..

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Be Well and Be Safe……

“lego ergo scribo”

Saturday News Round-Up

News on Covid-19, Dem Convention, Post Office and Trump….those are the headlines in the past week…..believe me when I say that there is so much more in the news than those four topics.

If we humans are to travel and live in space we need to overcome the problems of no gravity will have on our bodies…like the loss of bone mass……could be that a solution is at hand….

With funding from NASA, a team of researchers have created a negative pressure “gravity suit” to help astronauts counteract some of the dangers of spending time in microgravity.

Previous research has shown that weightlessness can lead to muscle atrophy and even lead to blood fluid pooling around and squishing their brains.

To counteract these dangers, a team of researchers built a “mobile gravity suit” that applies negative pressure to the lower extremities, shifting blood there. The idea is to generate “ground reaction force,” or the force exerted by the ground on a body in contact with it, in order to ensure that muscle and bone density aren’t affected by microgravity.

https://futurism.com/the-byte/gravity-suit-astronaut-health

Finally the flying cars of the Jetsons are close to reality…..in Japan that is……

The Japanese government is pouring money into the development of flying cars with aims of commercializing the futuristic mode of transportation as soon as 2023, the Japan Times reports.

A number of flying car concepts are being developed throughout the globe, with the likes of Airbus, Boeing and Uber leading the charge.

The dream of covering smaller distances in vehicles capable of vertical take off and landing (VTOL) is very much alive — and that’s especially true in Japan.

https://futurism.com/the-byte/flying-cars-are-actually-finally-becoming-a-reality-in-japan

Then there is gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB)…..far out, man!

Occurring naturally in the body, gamma-hydroxybutyric acid was first synthesized in a lab in the 1960s. Although its application in medicine has always been limited, GHB has had various recreational uses. In the 1980s, health food stores marketed the compound as a dietary supplement. Then, in the ’90s, the drug found its way into American nightlife.

In small doses — mere milliliters — GHB produces feelings of relaxation and confusion and heightens sexual arousal, lending to its allure as a party drug. It can also cause amnesia and hallucinations.

While not particularly addictive, the drug has a steep dose-response relationship, meaning the difference between experiencing euphoria and losing consciousness is a matter of a few drops of the clear, viscous liquid. It is this quality of GHB that gives it the nickname “the date-rape drug,” although the compound is rarely a factor in sexual assault. Overdoses can result in coma and respiratory arrest, which to an unaccustomed observer may appear as if the affected person has only fallen asleep.

https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/dangerous-party-drug-has-been-everywhere-even-amazon-n1236481

Branding is a problem for an American serrano-style ham……

Like acorn-fed Iberian ham? Well, now you can try US versions of the Spanish delicacy—a development that culinary purists are none too thrilled about, the Guardian reports. “The real problem is that we are a nation of idiots who have given away our heritage that our governments have done nothing to protect, and then the media present the people exploiting it as great innovators,” says Constantino Martínez, a ham industry consultant in Spain. “Their real game is to get access to the American market on better terms and at better prices than Spanish producers.” For those who don’t spend big bucks on ham—like up to $4,500 per leg in 2019—Insider explains that jamón Ibérico is made from black Iberian pigs, a rare breed that’s fed mostly acorns.

Then they’re hung and dry-cured for up to three years, giving them a unique acorn-inspired flavor: “Taste is nutty,” says Claudia Romeo, an Insider video producer. “It’s really nice, and especially the fat. … It’s very nice and greasy.” The two American companies, Acornseekers and Iberian Pastures, will market their product with the slightly altered names jamón ibérico americano and Ibericus meat. And Iberian Pastures will feed their pigs pecans, peanuts, and sunflower instead of acorns. That’s “not the same thing at all,” says Martínez, who argues that jamón Ibérico should be a protected denomination like champagne or Japanese wagyu. But America tends to be casual about such things; for example, it sells a homemade version of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese by calling it parmesan.

There is NO Champagne produced in Italy and there is NO serrano made in America.

Is that not a piracy of sorts stealing the process?

Just wondering…..

Finally, Germany has issued a Law that sez you MUST walk your dog…….

Germany is bringing in a new law that aims to make unwalked dogs and lonely puppies a thing of the past. Under the “Hundeverordnung”—Dogs Act—owners will be required to walk or otherwise exercise their dogs at least twice a day, for a total time of one hour, the BBC reports. It will also be illegal to leave dogs alone all day, or leave them chained up, and puppies will be required to have human company for at least four hours a day. “Pets are not cuddly toys, their needs have to be taken into account,” says Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner. Under the law, which is due to be introduced next year, dog breeders will be banned from looking after more than three litters at a time.

Klöckner says the law is being introduced because evidence shows many of the country’s 9.4 million dogs are not getting enough exercise, though critics say it is unrealistic, the Guardian reports. “I find it patronizing to be told how long I should take my dog out for. And who is going to check up on me?” says Berlin resident Bärbel Kleid, owner of a Yorkshire terrier called Sam. “Will the neighbour call the police if they suspect me of not taking Sam for long enough walks?” Other dog owners argue that the law shouldn’t apply to older dogs. The government says enforcement will be up to authorities in Germany’s 16 states.

Bravo to Germany!

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