Saturday’s News From The Dumpster

The weekend and I need a break!

As per my tradition I would like to offer up some news that was missing from your nightly report.

I write a lot about education because I think the some states are failing the people and children under their care all in the name of party politics……..

Gov. Greg Abbott said Texas may fight a Supreme Court ruling mandating that public education for all children, including undocumented immigrants, be provided free by the states. Texas already sued the federal government over the cost of complying with the ruling, the Hill reports. That was a loss for the state, in the Supreme Court case Plyler v. Doe. “I think we will resurrect that case and challenge this issue again, because the expenses are extraordinary and the times are different than when Plyler versus Doe was issued many decades ago,” Abbott said.

Texas changed its laws in 1975 to keep children who were not “legally admitted” to the US out of its public schools and refuse funding for their education, per KHOU. The US Supreme Court voted 5-4 in 1982 that the law was unconstitutional. The ruling guaranteed all children, documented and undocumented, a free public education. Abbott made the comments Wednesday on “The Joe Pags Show,” a radio program.

And Texas is not alone in their hate of education.

Speaking of Texas (why?  only a pack of morons can be this stupid)…..

Some experts are warning that Christian nationalism is on the rise, shaping American politics. Hate crimes recently skyrocketed to the highest point in 12 years, led by a spike in offenses against Black and Asian people.

But certain Texas Republicans see things a little differently, according to a new poll. Some believe it’s white people and God-fearing Christians who face the most hate.
We have all seen the stats on what has happened during the Covid pandemic….but here is a stat that was missing from national dialog…..
The pandemic has wreaked havoc on a variety of fronts, and gun violence hasn’t escaped its path. According to a new report from the CDC, the firearm homicide rate in 2020 reached its highest rate since 1994, increasing nearly 35% from the previous year, reports Axios. “That’s nearly 5,000 more lives lost to firearm homicides in one year,” Thomas Simon, associate director for science at the CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention, said during a Tuesday news conference, per NBC News. About 79% of homicides and 53% of suicides in the nation were linked to firearms during that first year of the pandemic, with the CDC calling both of those types of deaths in America a “persistent and significant concern,” per Axios. The report also parses the demographics: The largest spikes in gun murders were found among Black males ages 10 to 44, and among Native American or Alaska Native men ages 25 to 44

“Unfortunately I am not surprised, but it is heartbreaking,” Debra Houry, director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control and acting principal deputy director of the CDC, tells ABC News. The outlet notes that the rise during the pandemic in the buying of firearms, as well as the associated violence and murder, can be tied to the accompanying pressures of the last two years, such as people losing jobs and not being able to pay for rent or arrange for child care. “The COVID-19 pandemic might have exacerbated existing social and economic stressors” already in place due to “long-standing systemic inequities and structural racism”—all of which could have contributed to the violence, the CDC report notes.

The CDC researchers point to pandemic lockdowns and social distancing as adding to the overall tension. Houry cites an urgent need to modify policies to curb the current trends in the US. “[Gun] violence is not inevitable, it’s preventable,” she tells ABC. The CDC report’s suggestions include bolstering welfare initiatives, looking more closely at urban renewal proposals, and hospital-based violence prevention programs (ie, helping young people who are brought to hospitals with gunshot wounds). Meanwhile, though the report gives us a lot of figures to absorb, Simon reminds us of the people behind them. “Our reports contain statistics and numbers, but it’s also important to reflect on the individual lives lost,” Simon said at Tuesday’s presser. “Even one homicide or suicide is too many.”

Did you know that supposedly there a 2 jobs for every unemployed person?   The AP points out that, on average, two jobs are now available for every unemployed person, which is the highest proportion in history. Related to that, a record 4.5 million quit their jobs in March, apparently unworried about landing another one.

A small bit of good news….

The Biden administration said Monday that 20 internet companies—including Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T—have agreed to provide discounted service to low-income Americans. The program could effectively make tens of millions of households eligible for free service through an already existing federal subsidy, per the AP. The $1 trillion infrastructure package passed by Congress last year included $14.2 billion funding for the Affordable Connectivity Program, which provides $30 monthly subsidies ($75 in tribal areas) on internet service for millions of lower-income households. With the new commitment from the internet providers, some 48 million households will be eligible for $30 monthly plans for higher-speed service—making internet service fully paid for with the government subsidy if they sign up with one of the participating providers.

  • Providers: The providers are Allo Communications; AltaFiber (and Hawaiian Telecom); Altice USA (Optimum and Suddenlink); Astound; AT&T; Breezeline; Comcast; Comporium; Frontier; IdeaTek; Cox Communications; Jackson Energy Authority; MediaCom; MLGC; Spectrum (Charter Communications); Starry; Verizon (Fios only); Vermont Telephone Co.; Vexus Fiber; and Wow! Internet, Cable, and TV.
  • Eligibility: American households are eligible for subsidies through the Affordable Connectivity Program if their income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty level, or if a member of their family participates in one of several programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA), and Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit.

Ukraine’s newest ‘hero’……

A very special awards ceremony was held over the weekend in Kyiv to honor the nation’s newest hero amid the Russian invasion: a 2 1/2-year-old dog named Patron, reports the BBC. A medal was bestowed upon the Jack Russell terrier at a Sunday news conference by none other than Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was in town on a surprise visit, at his side. Patron—whose name means “cartridge” or “ammo” in Ukrainian, per the Washington Post and New York Times—received his badge of honor for sniffing out more than 200 land mines across the country.

Zelensky praised Patron, “a wonderful little sapper … who helps not only to neutralize explosives, but also to teach our children the necessary safety rules in areas where there is a mine threat.” Patron is already a well-known character across the land, seen in videos on social media and serving as the inspiration for kids’ artwork and knit toys. It’s not clear if Patron, decked out in his trademark safety vest for the occasion, totally understood the weight of the moment, but Trudeau, who announced $50 million in added military aid from Canada to Ukraine, seemed to get the pooch’s attention when he patted his pockets as if searching for a dog treat, causing Patron to bark. “Even if the dog barked at me, we’re helping fund that,” Trudeau joked.

There you have the news that I dived into the news dumpster to retrieve for your enjoyment.

Have a great day…..

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

MoMo Gets Traumatized

Spring has sprung here in the South…..birds are everywhere…..bugs especially the mosquitos….lizards and snakes….and this is where the story picks up.

My hunter-seeker MoMo, spends her days doing what she does best….she hunts. She has decimated the squirrel population….as well as the mole population…she has dug up and removed 11 moles…..and numerous wood rats and field mice and at least one opossum….she has to investigate anything that moves in her domain, the wooded area in the back of the property.

We have several garter snakes, which are harmless, on the property…..they help keep the bug population down in the garden.

The largest one, about 3 feet, was finding his way from the oasis, named that because of the numerous palm trees, to the woods crossing the back part of the property…as he made his way MoMo picked up on the movement and went to investigate.

I need to add here that most of the property’s critters when MoMo approaches turn and run and she joyfully gives chase.

As MoMo came up on the garter, we named Gary, he decided that running was not an option and made his stand…..

Since Gary did not run MoMo approached slowly and Gary decided he had had enough and went into his defensive mode.

MoMo tried to sniff the critter and it struck out at her…..she backed up and stood confused at the snake’s reaction….”Why did it not run so I could give chase?”

Her confusion was amazingly entertaining.

Gary approached MoMo and she decided that it might be a better plan to give him and wide berth.


She spent the remainder of the day on the back patio…bummed and confused….for there is a creature in her domain that will not be bullied.

Let me close this post by wishing all the Mothers that visit my site a very happy Mother’s Day….enjoy your day….be well and be safe….

Mother's Day Events and Brunches in NH

May all your days be as happy as you are today.

Peace and love….

Saturday’s Worthless News

There is news then there is worthless news…..staying true to my weekend tradition I bring you ‘worthless’ news……

This first offering is not worthless….especially if you hate war…..

Pay Pal closes down antiwar journalism….

Over the past week, the online payments company PayPal has launched a censorship campaign against independent and left-wing publishers who have been critical of the official narrative about the US and NATO war against Russia in Ukraine by arbitrarily shutting down their accounts.

On Sunday, Consortium News (CN) reported that PayPal had canceled its account without warning or explanation. Editor-in-Chief Joe Lauria reported that CN’s PayPal account was “permanently limited” just as the publication was launching its Spring Fund Drive.

Lauria wrote that CN had lost one of the “most important ways for its viewers and readers to show their support through donations.” Meanwhile, PayPal told Lauria that the CN balance the payments company was holding might never be returned to the publication.

Upon the shutdown of the account, PayPal sent CN an email that stated, “You can’t use PayPal anymore. … We noticed activity in your account that’s inconsistent with our User Agreement and we no longer offer you PayPal services. … Because of potential risk exposure, we’ve permanently limited your account. You’ll no longer be able to use the account for any transactions.”

In a phone conversation with a PayPal customer service agent, CN was told that there was no reason recorded in their system as why the account had been shut down. The agent said that the account was under “investigation and review” and that CN’s “history found some potential risk associated with this account.”

Regarding the remaining balance in CN’s Pay Pal account, the agent said the money would be held for 180 days while an investigation was completed before a decision would be made about whether or not the funds would be returned. The agent said, “If there was a violation,” it is possible that the money would be kept by PayPal for “damages.”


CN reported that, among the violations listed under Restricted Activities of the User Agreement are “false, inaccurate or misleading information” to PayPal, other PayPal customers “or third parties.”

Just in case the American people come to their damn sense and oppose this stupidity with Ukraine…the powers that be want to stop all contrary journalism….kinda like the same thing Zelensky did for Ukraine….silence opposition voices.

Is Google part of this attempt?

MY small part I will not use any service that requires Pay Pal…..if you are interested in cancelling your Pay Pal credit card….

  1. Call (844) 373-4961.
  2. When prompted, press “1” to continue with your call.
  3. You can then enter the phone number associated with your account or your Social Security Number.
  4. When asked by the automated system what do you need help with, say “More Options” and then say “Close Account”.
  5. Wait to be connected to a customer service representative.

Keep in mind that canceling the card might hurt your credit score for a short period of time. Since it doesn’t have an annual fee, it’s best to just keep it open without a balance. But if you do decide to cancel your PayPal Credit Card, you can check the effect it will have on your score by using WalletHub’s free credit score simulator.

***After I wrote this draft news has come up that Pay Pal is backing down on their action….if true what will be the next attempt to silence antiwar supporters?)***

***Update– “Access to your account will remain limited until you perform the steps required to lift the limitation.” The steps needed to be taken were never specified. Now PayPal says that information was sent in error and there is nothing Consortium News can do to restore its account. CN is unlikely to want to restore the account after its experience with PayPal. But an attempt to take the steps to reopen it would have yielded the reasons why Consortium News was banned in the first place. PayPal has never given any reasons for its actions.   ***

I guess dissenting voices are no longer tolerated in the ‘land of the free’.

Now to worthless…..

We worry about food shortages…..water depletion…..lack of good paying jobs…..but do you worry about the loss of sand?


Well you should!

Humans’ reckless use of sand could soon be reaching a crisis point, warns a new report from the United Nations. 

Sand is the world’s most-exploited resource after water, playing a vital role in both construction and the natural environment. Unlike water, however, sand isn’t recognized as a strategic resource

The new report argues that our relationship with sand needs to change urgently or else humanity and the natural world could face some real difficulties. 

“Our sand resources are not infinite, and we need to use them wisely,” said Pascal Peduzzi, Director of GRID-Geneva at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and report programme coordinator. “To achieve sustainable development, we need to drastically change the way we produce, build and consume products, infrastructures and service.”

Sand is the key ingredient in the concrete, asphalt, and glass that make up our infrastructure. As per the report, around 50 billion tonnes of sand and gravel are used each year, enough to build a 27 meter (88 foot) wide and 27 meter (88 foot) high wall around planet Earth. This heavy use significantly outpaces the rate it is naturally replenished in some regions, meaning the supply of sand could soon be facing trouble. 

With the next few decades set to see more population growth and further urbanization, these problems are likely to become even more strained.

AS if we do not have enough to worry about…..they give us this.

If one reads much then one will come across those scientific papers that stir up some sort of controversy….ever think that it is time to stop this archaic practice?

Once upon a time, scientific papers were physical things. Today, almost everything can be read online, writes Stuart Ritchie in the Guardian. But while that aspect has changed, the publishing process has not: “We still have scientific papers; we still send them off to peer reviewers; we still have editors who give the ultimate thumbs up or down as to whether a paper is published in their journal.” Ritchie runs through a litany of related problems—publication bias, or the pressure to publish positive results; the tendency for researchers to dumb down their science to “tell a better story” within the confines of a paper, etc.—and he suggests it’s time for things to change. He writes that it makes sense to further embrace the internet and turn papers into “mini websites,” sometimes called “notebooks.”

Under such a model, all related data could be attached and reviewed by anyone. Corrections could be easily made and logged, a far cry from the laborious process now required. “Sure, throwing sunlight on the whole process might reveal ambiguities or hard-to-explain contradictions in the results—but that’s how science really is,” writes Ritchie. Science keeps progressing, and it’s time for the publication process to do the same. “Some fields of science are already moving in the direction I’ve described here, using online notebooks instead of journals—living documents instead of living fossils,” he writes. “It’s time for the rest of science to follow suit.”

(Read the full essay.)

Personally I think it is as worthless as the archaic practice of defending ones position in doctoral pursuits to a board of old farts that just want to make the candidate feel small and stupid.

Let me end with a factoid:  By now we all have heard about Elon Musk and Twitter… is a fact that should give one thoughts…..


Elon Musk’s bid for Twitter: $44 billion
Biden’s Climate budget: $44.9 billion.

Of course, it’s even worse than that, because Musk will probably actually pay the $44 billion. Biden won’t get the entire $44.9 billion and he’ll probably spend much of what he gets on projects like biomass that actually exacerbate the climate crisis.***

Have a great weekend…..enjoy the approaching Summer…..

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Saturday’s News You Can’t Use

The weekend begins and we need a break from the ‘news’ from Ukraine….hence ‘news you can’t use’……

The popularity of the movies and such like “Jackass” baffles me (probably has something to do with me being an old fart)…..but I read about the king of stupid….

The Federal Aviation Administration has launched a probe into a failed stunt in the sky. Cousins Luke Aikins and Andy Farrington, daredevil Red Bull skydivers who’d hoped to swap Cessna single-seat airplanes in midair, didn’t see their feat go as planned on Sunday: One of the pilots made it and landed the aircraft in the Arizona desert, but the other didn’t, sending the second plane crashing to the ground; that pilot still managed to parachute to safety, per NBC News. No one else was injured, but the FAA is steamed, as it had denied the pilots’ request for certain safety exemptions to carry out their Hulu-livestreamed stunt. “The FAA has considered the petition, and finds that granting an exemption … would not be in the public interest,” the agency noted in its Friday denial letter, adding it couldn’t determine “the proposed operation would not adversely affect safety.” Check out the failed attempt. Our original story from Thursday follows:

A pair of cousins with a fondness for both flying airplanes and jumping out of them are about to attempt both in the same flight—while swapping planes midair. The never-before-seen stunt will be attempted Sunday by Luke Aikins, 48, and Andy Farrington, 39, members of the Red Bull Air Force aviation crew. Aikins—who became the first person to jump from 25,000 feet and land safely without a parachute in 2016—says he’s been thinking about the stunt for more than 20 years and is finally ready to make the attempt. “It’s the pinnacle of my career, and my goal is to inspire the world and show that anything is possible,” he says in a statement, per ABC News.

In an event to be live-streamed on Hulu, the pair will take off in separate Cessna 182 single-seat aircraft. Red Bull says three of four seats were stripped from the aircraft to lighten the aircraft and create space. At 14,000 feet, they’ll put those planes in a synchronized nosedive, cut the engines, engage custom airbrakes meant to “hold the planes in a controlled-descent” at 140mph, then exit, per USA Today. After skydiving to the opposite plane, they’ll enter the cockpit through a door “about the width of a household refrigerator,” disengage the airbrakes, restart the engines, and hopefully land safely. It will take all of 40 seconds, according to Red Bull.

You can’t fix stupid!

I read the headline of this article and broke into LOLs……”We need to probe Uranus”…..

Next stop, Uranus? An influential panel of scientists is arguing that a space exploration mission to deeply probe Uranus should be a top priority within the next 10 years.

The latest Planetary Decadal report argues that NASA should focus on sending an interplanetary probe to study the ice giant planet within the next decade. This potential mission, they say, could see an atmospheric probe and orbiter being sent to the seventh planet from the Sun with the hopes of deepening our knowledge of ice giants. 

The decadal survey, which is put together by scientists from the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, is released every 10 years to recommend space exploration projects for the next decade.

We still know relatively little about the internal composition of Uranus compared to most of our other planetary neighbors. It’s currently assumed that the planet has a gaseous hydrogen and helium atmosphere, an icy mantle, and a rocky core in the middle, but finer details are still few and far between.

After all, scientists have only gained a close-up look at Uranus once before when the Voyager-2 probe made a brief flyby in 1986. The spacecraft glided within 81,500 kilometers (50,600 miles) of the planet’s cloud tops, discovering 10 new moons, two new rings, and a strong magnetic field. Other than this brief encounter, Uranus has only been studied from afar using telescopes and such.

Okay I have a sick mind at times…..

The old saying….leave nature the way you found it….pack out your waste….that saying has a new meaning …..

For a long time, the standard protocol for hikers and campers who had to poop in the woods was to bury it in what’s known as a “cat hole,” writes Krista Langlois at Outside. But with more people than ever on the trails, a new sentiment is taking hold: It’s time for people to pack up their waste and bring it out with them. Langlois’ essay rounds up the grisly details. For one thing, those cat holes—six inches deep and 200 feet from water—have never been particularly good about keeping pathogens in human waste from leaching into the soil and spreading from there. But with relatively few people in the woods, they were good enough, even if they were more about getting waste out of sight than anything else.

Things are different now, as the number of people using public lands has “exploded” in the last few decades. Today, unburied waste—aka “surface turds” to those in the know—and discarded toilet paper are all too familiar sights. More and more, parks are suggesting people bring WAG bags (“waste alleviation and gelling” bags) to pack up their waste, and Langlois’ piece details some options. “Honestly, bringing WAG bags on every backcountry excursion and carrying days’ worth of your own poop out of the wilderness on a multiday trip is not appealing,” writes Langlois. “But ultimately, it’s less gross than eating, sleeping, and playing on poop-filled public lands.”

(Read the full piece.)

Remember those images of the Nazis burning books back in the 1930s?

Disgusting right?

Well if one Tennessee GOP lawmaker has his way….it will return….

A Republican lawmaker in Tennessee is taking heat for claiming that he would burn books that had been banned from school libraries. 

The outlandish remark came during an exchange between Democratic state Rep. Ray Clemmons and Republican state Rep. Jerry Sexton, as both lawmakers debated a recently-passed bill that gives a state commission the sole authority to decide which books are appropriate for school libraries. At one point, Clemmons directly asked Sexton what he planned on doing with all the books that would be deemed objectionable. 

“You going to put them in the street? Light them on fire?” he asked. “Where are they going?”

“I don’t have a clue, but I would burn them,” Sexton replied. 

“That’s what I thought,” Clemmons said.

Is he channeling his inner Nazi?


Finally a PSA.

If you live in one of those backward states that are banning books then rejoice there is someone that can help…..

The New York Public Library is pushing back against book bans elsewhere in the country by making banned books available to all—with no New York library card needed. The Books for All initiative will allow readers over 13 anywhere in the country to access four books that have been banned in some jurisdictions for dealing with themes including race and sexuality, NPR reports. The titles, which will be available until the end of May, are Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, and perennially banned book The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger.

Hopefully they will expand this service…..

Enjoy your weekend…..Be well… Safe….

“lego ergo scribo”

Your Saturday News Round-Up

These are stories and reports that were not part of the weekly offering by the MSM……plus a little FYI to start your weekend.

The big news story, other than Ukraine, has been the possibility of a nuke war started….here is a story that could add some stress for those tortured minds….

On a record of decision regarding Project Pele issued by the Pentagon’s Strategic Capabilities Office this week, officials confirmed plans to produce an “inherently safe by design” transportable microreactor that can deliver 1 to 5 megawatts of electrical power for at least 3 years in full operation. 

“Advanced nuclear power has the potential to be a strategic game-changer for the United States, both for the DOD and for the commercial sector,” Project Pele Program Manager Dr. Jeff Waksman said. “For it to be adopted, it must first be successfully demonstrated under real-world operating conditions.”

Microreactors can operate independently from the electric grid and generate roughly up to 50 megawatts of power. 

Project Pele marks the first electricity-generating, fourth-generation nuclear reactor to be designed and built in the United States. Once operational, it will be a High-Temperature Gas Reactor that relies on High-Assay Low Enriched Uranium Tristructural Isotropic fuel. China’s HTR-PM was the first nuclear reactor demonstrated in the world, reaching criticality last September. 

This announcement comes several years after Defense officials articulated intent to conduct an environmental analysis associated with making such a reactor, as mandated by the National Environmental Policy Act—and also launched a microreactor design competition.

There has been a rash of book banning especially in those moronic Red States…..but there is an answer…..

The New York Public Library is pushing back against book bans elsewhere in the country by making banned books available to all—with no New York library card needed. The Books for All initiative will allow readers over 13 anywhere in the country to access four books that have been banned in some jurisdictions for dealing with themes including race and sexuality, NPR reports. The titles, which will be available until the end of May, are Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, and perennially banned book The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger.

“The recent instances of both attempted and successful book banning—primarily on titles that explore race, LGBTQ+ issues, religion, and history—are extremely disturbing and amount to an all-out attack on the very foundation of our democracy,” library president Tony Marx said in a statement, noting that the American Library Association reported a record 729 attempted bans of 1,597 individual books last year. “The Library’s role is to make sure no perspective, no idea, no identity is erased,” Marx said.

The library worked with authors and publishers to ensure that the books would be available with no fees or wait times. Angela Montefinise, the library’s vice president of communications and marketing, tells Engadget that the library’s SimplyE app had to increase server capacity three times to deal with a spike in downloads when the program launched last week. “Making these books available shouldn’t feel like an act of defiance, but sadly, it is,” Marx said. “And we are proud to be part of it.”

If you live in one of those idiotic states where  books are banned…then go to the NY public library site… may find what you search for…..

The US Army chooses a new rifle to replace the M4 which replaced the M16 which replaced the M14 which replaced the M1….it is supposedly more lethal than the one it replaces….(just what we need)….

The Army has picked a replacement weapon for the venerable M-4 carbine, the service’s standard-issue weapon that was wielded by combat troops in Iraq and Afghanistan for several years.

After a 27-month prototyping and evaluation effort, New Hampshire-based Sig Sauer won a $20.4 million contract to manufacture and deliver two Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) variations — the XM5 rifle and the XM250 Automatic Rifle — along with the 6.8 mm common cartridge family of ammunition, Army officials said late Tuesday.

The XM5 Rifle will replace the M4 carbine while the XM250 Automatic Rifle is the planned replacement for the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW).

Finally news from the ‘shroom.

The active compound in magic mushrooms helps to unlock rigid patterns of brain connectivity associated with depression, according to a new study in the journal Nature Medicine.

The psychedelic molecule psilocybin has been shown to trigger a more flexible and expansive brain state that lasts for several weeks, correlated with reductions in depressive symptoms.

Depression tends to go hand-in-hand with heightened brain network modularity, whereby connectivity patterns within key brain regions are excessively strong while communication between different networks is restricted. This has been associated with a reduction in cognitive flexibility and a tendency to get stuck in cycles of negative thoughts.

Yet brain scans have indicated that psychedelics detonate a riot of connectivity throughout the brain, causing networks that wouldn’t normally communicate with one another to interact, resulting in more flexible patterns of thought and cognition. This explosion of brain activity is believed to underlie the apparent anti-depressant properties of psilocybin and other psychedelics.

They should have asked us old hippies we could have saved a lot of research cash…..we know the benefits of the ‘shroom.

Your round-up is complete…..

Enjoy your weekend……

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Saturday’s News You Cannot Use

It is the weekend and I would like to offer a few tidbits for my reader’s consideration…..hence “News You Cannot Use”…..

Panic buying in Europe….

Europeans are stocking up on survival gear like sleeping bags and camping cookers, as well as canned and dried food, in part to donate to refugees arriving from Ukraine and also due to fears of supplies being disrupted and conflict spreading.

Sales of products such as plastic cans, camping gear, batteries, flashlights and cell phone solar chargers jumped as much as sixfold in the past two weeks at Swedish hardware store chain Clas Ohlsson, a spokesperson said.

“It’s clear that people want to be prepared for crises. The biggest increase is for products recommended to have at home during a crisis, for example radios,” he said.

Sales of milk powder, pasta, grains, and canned foods rose by up to 20% in the past four weeks, according to Swedish grocery retailer Ica Gruppen.

Food stuff is not the only panic buying going on…..Iodine…..

People across Europe are stocking up on iodine tablets against the backdrop of fears that the Russian invasion of Ukraine may “go nuclear.” 

Following antagonistic comments from President Vladimir Putin, people living in many former Eastern Bloc states, including Poland, Bulgaria, and Czechia, have been flocking to pharmacists to stock their cupboards with iodine tablets, Reuters reports. There have been similar reports of iodine selling out in pharmacies in Finland, which shares a border with Russia.

Panic buying has also hit the US with high demand for iodine tablets seeing packets selling on eBay for upwards of $149. But can iodine tablets really protect against radiation poisoning?

The mouth of the South, Rep. Taylor-Green, has a new nemesis…..Anonymous.

The decentralized hacktivist group Anonymous does not take kindly to Marjorie Taylor Greene’s stupidity. When they call her “one of the dumbest politicians ever,” they are most likely referring to everything from her anti-vax/mask/science stance to her anti-Ukraine rhetoric to the Q-injected drivel that comes out of her mouth (or thumbs) every single day.

“Russian asset Marjorie Taylor Greene will go down in history as one of the dumbest politicians ever,” Anonymous tweeted yesterday. “History will not be kind to you, nor will we.”

About time these activist get involved with the BS that Green and her ilk spread.

I have made my thoughts on Daylight Savings time….now a couple of Senators wants to make it permanent and there are reports that Pelosi is on board with the idea…..but hopefully the Dems will fight back successfully…..

This week, the “Sunshine Protection Act” (what an adorable name) passed the Senate. The bill, which would make daylight saving time permanent, is popular with the public; people hate switching their clocks back and forth. And who doesn’t like sunlight?  (I do not believe it is as popular as they claim)

Time might stand still for the legislation to make daylight saving time permanent. The bill sailed through the Senate last week, but House members are less sure about it, the Hill reports. Several lawmakers of both parties said that they’d like to see more research on the issue or that the war in Ukraine is dominating their time now. Also, some argue permanent standard time would be healthier. Rep. John Yarmouth said House members weren’t expecting the Senate to pass the bill so quickly. “I don’t know that many members have really thought through it,” he said. House leaders plan a more deliberative approach, per the Washington Post.

The Biden administration isn’t sure about the time change, either. White House officials are looking the bill over, as are the Domestic Policy Council and National Economic Council. “I don’t have a specific position from the administration at this point of time,” White House spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters last week. “We were unexpectedly sent this bill by the Senate. Now, we’re trying to absorb it,” said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, head of the House Democratic Caucus. A two-year trial of year-round daylight saving time wasn’t extended in the 1970s. For one thing, the promised energy savings were oversold. When the Senate rejected continuing with it, President Biden was a senator but didn’t case a vote; the White House has not said why.

Dark mornings were another issue. “Many, many people were getting up into pitch dark, going to work in the pitch dark, which they disliked,” said David Prerau, who’s written a book on the subject. “And they also disliked sending their kids to school in the dark, having to walk on dark country roads.” Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal said she has constituents opposed “because we’re in Seattle and it is so dark.” If daylight saving time becomes the norm, she said, “it’s gonna be dark until like 9 o’clock in the morning.”

Now ask yourself….who benefits from making this waste of time permanent… is a hint….it is not you!

Finally, we all have heard all the claims of massive voter fraud in the 2020 election….and yet most of those charged have been from the GOP….and even some of the higher ups like Mark Meadows, Trump’s man…..

Former Trump aide Mark Meadows is under criminal investigation. Following a New Yorker story earlier this month raising the question of why Meadows registered to vote in North Carolina in 2020 when he was not living there, the State Bureau of Investigation confirmed it has opened a probe into the allegations, the News & Observer reports. Meadows, who moved to North Carolina from Florida in the 1980s and represented the state in Congress until he resigned to become then-President Trump’s chief of staff, sold his residence there in 2020 and has not lived there since, according to the New Yorker.

Yet on his voter registration paperwork, he claimed his residence was a mobile home in the state that, the New Yorker reports, he does not own and may never have even visited. The previous owner of the residence says Meadows’ wife rented it out briefly sometime in the past few years, but that Mark Meadows did not spend any time there during that rental period. The couple expressed no interest in buying the property when she put it up for sale, and someone else purchased it, she says. Local news station WRAL says it confirmed many of the details in the New Yorker story.

A spokeswoman for the North Carolina Attorney General’s office says the office got a request from Macon County District Attorney Ashley Welch that the state Department of Justice’s Special Prosecutions Sections assume her role in the issue due to a conflict of interest; Meadows had appeared in campaign ads for her and contributed to her campaign. The DOJ agreed, and the AG’s office requested the SBI investigate alongside the State Board of Elections

When will the idiots on the Right admit they lost the election and the voter fraud thing is not as massive as they claim….and when will the dullards realize they are being played by the GOP?

That is the news for this Saturday…..enjoy your weekend….

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Saturday’s News Dump

Weather here has improved (for now) so I took advantage and got the garden started….tomatoes, potatoes, radishes, herbs….my citrus is in bloom as well as my blueberries and the figs are filling out nicely……more to come….

Enough about my boring life……

Ukraine/Russia conflict has taken some of the news and sent it to the news dump files…..and IST is proud to bring some of this news to light.

New Hampshire made the news when a small group brought a bill to light for a ‘national divorce’ from the US…..

The nation will hold at 50 states for now, after New Hampshire legislators voted down a constitutional amendment calling for the state to secede. Lawmakers said it was the first secession vote held in any US legislature since the Civil War era, WMUR reports. The measure would have sent voters an addition to the state’s constitution saying New Hampshire “peaceably declares independence from the United States and immediately proceeds as a sovereign nation,” per the AP.

The vote to reject the measure, which was brought by libertarian Republicans, was 323-13. All 13 supportive votes came from Republicans; it needed the votes of three-fifths of the Legislature to go to voters. “This is not a fringe idea. #NationalDivorce trends on the internet,” said GOP Rep. Matthew Santonastaso, adding, “National divorce is going to happen.” Some of the sponsors had signed onto a document in 2020 calling the state government illegitimate and Gov. Chris Sununu a tyrant. Claiming fraud, they said the 2020 election was void.

Other Republicans said voting for the bill violated the oath of office, and some Democrats called the attempt treason. “It is beyond disgraceful, and it is a stain on the proud history of this state that we even have to entertain this,” said Democratic Rep. Timothy Smith. Supporters of the amendment said they’re not giving up. “This amendment reinforces Article VII of our Constitution, which declared New Hampshire to be forever a free, sovereign and independent state,” said Republican Rep. Michael Sylvia.

A colossal waste of time and energy for a legislative body.

Ever looked at a pony tail on a girl and immediately went to some sexual fantasy?

Apparently it is a problem in Japan…..

The Japanese school system is rife with strict rules on what students can wear, from their socks to their hair.

But one rule is now attracting growing backlash for the reasoning behind it: female students are banned from wearing their hair in ponytails because men could find the nape of their necks arousing.

Former teacher Motoki Sugiyama is taking a stand over the strict rules in Japanese schools, taking a deep dive with VICE World News on the reasoning behind the tough regulations.

“They’re worried boys will look at girls,” Sugiyama said. “I’ve always criticised these rules, but because there’s such a lack of criticism and it’s become so normalised, students have no choice but to accept them.”

My state of Mississippi has drank the stupid kool-aid and passed a bill that will limit CRT being taught (a course that is taught nowhere in the state school system with the exception of law school and it is NOT mandatory)…..

Blaming the “radical left” and the news media for spreading misinformation about “critical race theory,” Gov. Tate Reeves signed legislation Monday limiting the teaching of racial issues in schools. “Across the country, we’re seeing a full-court press by a vocal minority of well-organized and well-funded activists who seek to tear down the unity that has helped make our country great,” Reeves said, per the Oxford Eagle. The measure takes effect immediately, per the AP. Democratic Rep. Zakiya Summers was critical. “Censoring teachers, dismantling education bit by bit, attempting to erase the past, refusing to acknowledge the hurt and the horror and the heinous acts that have been done to my people and then hiding behind this ‘inferior versus superior’ argument—that’s what this bill will do,” she said. Our original story from March 4 follows:

The same Mississippi Legislature that proclaimed racial reconciliation after removing the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag nearly two years ago passed a bill Thursday to limit how race can be discussed in classrooms. Several Black legislators said during the six-hour debate that the bill could squelch honest discussion about the harmful effects of racism because parents could complain if history lessons make white children uncomfortable. The Republican-controlled House voted 75-43 to pass Senate Bill 2113. It will go to Republican Gov. Tate Reeves, who has pledged to sign it into law, the AP reports. All House votes for the bill on Thursday came from white Republicans.

The bill’s short title says it would prohibit “critical race theory.” But the main text of the bill does not mention or define the theory, and many supporters of the bill also have said they cannot define it. The bill says no school, community college or university could teach that any “sex, race, ethnicity, religion, or national origin is inherently superior or inferior.” Democratic Rep. Zakiya Summers of Jackson said she has been told by some colleagues that the bill does nothing substantial but it gives them a talking point at election time. “Censoring teachers, dismantling education bit by bit, attempting to erase the past, refusing to acknowledge the hurt and the horror and the heinous acts that have been done to my people and then hiding behind this ‘inferior versus superior’ argument—that’s what this bill will do,” Summers said.

I get tickled when some ignorant idiot on the Right calls others ‘radical Left’…..Dems are no more radical than I am a Mexican gardener…..anyway another colossal waste of legislative time and energy.

Speaking of CRT…..that idiot Donald the Orange gives a call to arms…..

“Getting critical race theory out of our schools is not just a matter of values, it’s also a matter of national survival,” Trump told his MAGA supporters. So-called critical race theory is not something that is taught in K-12 grades, it is a college-level interdisciplinary means to examine social and institutional constructs surrounding race.

“We have no choice,” Trump continued, a claim he often makes when speaking falsely.

That’s when he laid the groundwork for weaponizing his followers in the racist battle inside his mind that one day may erupt in physical war on our streets.

“The fate of any nation depends upon the willingness of its citizens to lay down – and they must do this – lay down their very lives to defend their country. If we allow the Marxists and communists and socialists to teach our children to hate America there will be no one left to defend our flag or to protect our great country or its freedom.”

This is the biggest non-issue in the nation these days… has become a dog whistle for idiots and haters.

Finally, Daylight Savings Time….I made my thoughts known about this worthless waste of energy and time (no pun intended)…..

Spring Forward (Again)

Now our senators, you know that useless appendage of the governing process, has come up with a bill to make this crap permanent….

If you’re still feeling crabby over Sunday’s time change, take heart: The Senate on Tuesday gave the green light to a proposal to make Daylight Saving Time permanent. If the House does the same and President Biden signs the Sunshine Protection Act, the “fall back” ritual that happens each year would be done away with—eventually. The Hill reports the change would go into effect on Nov. 20, 2023, in order to give airlines and other transportation companies adequate time to prepare. It would make for darker mornings but lighter evenings during the winter. The Hill’s two examples: The sun wouldn’t rise until 8:15am on Dec. 21 in New York, but it wouldn’t set until 5:31pm, versus the typical 4:31pm.

Axios reports the bill, which has Democrat Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio as its sponsors, passed by unanimous consent. Politico notes “The quick and consequential move happened so fast that several senators said afterward they were unaware of what had just happened.” It adds that Whitehouse says he has gotten no pledge from Nancy Pelosi to get the bill across the line in the House. The Washingtonian reports Congress approved permanent Daylight Saving Time in 1973, but it wasn’t a long-lived change.

The speaker of the House, another corporate owned Dem, Pelosi has said she likes the idea……

The good news for anyone who hates switching their clocks twice a year: Nancy Pelosi is on board with making daylight saving time permanent, and the Hill reports the proposal passed by the Senate on Tuesday is racking up bipartisan support in the House. The bad news: Pelosi hasn’t committed to taking up the legislation any time soon, noting that Ukraine remains front and center for lawmakers right now. In general, she sounded positive though, saying, “I think it’s not going to be much of an issue for us. But we have to socialize it in our caucus, and our Congress, not just the caucus.”

How much did this stupidity costs the corporations?

This issue is widely unpopular with us mere mortals but that matters not…..if business wants it then they will make it so… buys every politician in DC.

Now you know what news you missed…..aren’t you glad you stopped by?

Enjoy your weekend, my friends.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Spring Forward (Again)

Warning:  The included video uses hard language that some may find offensive…so if expletives offends your sensibilities then by all means do not read and move on.

Here we go yet another year…..

It is that time again….when a government mandate gives Americans jet lag twice a year….daylight savings time.

Personally I think this is the biggest waste of time (no pun intended) that accomplishes nothing but confusion and chaos.

Where did this stupidity begin?

Actually we can lay some of the blame on Ben Franklin…..

Benjamin Franklin gets some credit for the idea of daylight saving time, though his recommendation was really a joke.

In a letter to the editor of the Journal of Paris, Franklin jokingly recommended the people get out of bed earlier in the morning to minimize the use of candles and lamp oil.

He never even mentioned setting clocks back or forth.

In 1895, George Hudson, an entomologist from New Zealand, came up with the modern concept of daylight saving time. He proposed a two-hour time shift so he’d have more after-work hours of sunshine to go bug hunting in the summer.

Hudson suggested moving clocks ahead two hours in October and then a two-hour shift back in March.

In 1905, William Willett, a British builder, suggested moving clocks ahead 20 minutes every Sunday in April and then setting them back every Sunday in September. That’s eight time changes every year!

What about here in the US?

In the United States, daylight saving time was first used in 1918 when a bill introduced the idea of a seasonal time shift. It lasted seven months before the bill was repealed.

During World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt re-established the idea of daylight saving time. It was called “War Time.”

War Time began in February 1942 and lasted until the end of September 1945.

In 1966, the Uniform Time Act of 1966 established the idea of regulating a yearly time change. Daylight saving time would begin the last Sunday in April and end the last Sunday in October.

During the 1973 oil embargo, the United States Congress ordered a year-round period of daylight saving time to save energy. The period would run from January 1974 to April 1975. The plan did little to save energy and in October 1974, the U.S. switched back to standard time.

From 1987 through 2006, daylight saving time started the first weekend in April, running through the last weekend in October.

Now you know where this wasted stupidity began and who we can blame for our confusion.

I cuss this day every year….and start my vigil waiting for a return to normal time.

But what are the benefits?

This is the propaganda to keep it…..

  1. Saving Energy. During DST, the sun sets later in the day. This means people don’t need to use as much electric lighting in the evenings. It also rises later in the morning, but that doesn’t matter because the days are so long. By the time most people get up, the sun has already risen.
  2. Preventing Traffic Accidents. The time shift means that people do more of their driving in daylight. The DOT claims this reduces the number of accidents because people can see better.
  3. Reducing Crime. Crimes are more likely to take place when it’s dark out. The change to DST means people are more likely to be out and about during daylight, when crime is less common.

I have not seen these ‘good’ reasons to keep it in my region….have you?

Then there are the side effects of DST…..

Depression. Studies in other countries show that the switch to DST can make people depressed. A German study, published in Economics Letters, found that people’s mood and life satisfaction drop for about a week after the switch. An 2008 study in Sleep and Biological Rhythms found that in Australia, suicide rates rise in the weeks following the switch to DST. A BBC News story from 2011 reports that Russian officials noted the same problem, but in the fall rather than in the spring. As a result, Russia decided to stop setting its clocks back and use DST all year.

Heart Attacks. Several studies show that the number of heart attacks rises when DST starts. For example, a 2008 study in the New England Journal of Medicine looked at heart attack rates in Sweden dating back to 1987. It found that during the first week of DST, the rate was about 5% higher than normal. A 2010 study at the University of Alabama at Birmingham found an even bigger effect: Heart attack risk increases by 10% in the first two days after the switch to DST – and then drops by 10% after the switch back in the fall.

Activity Level. Some people argue that extra daylight in the afternoon is good for our health because it encourages us to be more active. However, studies suggest this doesn’t really work. A 2014 study in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity measured the activity level of children in nine countries before and after the time change. It found that European and Australian children only increased their outdoor play time by about two minutes for each extra hour of daylight – and American children didn’t increase it at all. A 2014 study of American adults in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health also found no increase in physical activity during DST.

Lower Productivity. The loss of sleep right after the switch to DST in spring tends to make us less productive at work. A 2012 study in the Journal of Applied Pyschology shows that workers spend more time “cyberloafing” – that is, surfing the Internet instead of working – on the Monday after DST starts.

Problems for Farmers. There’s a common myth that DST was started to give farmers more hours of daylight for their work. In reality, most farmers oppose DST because it messes with their schedules. Having less light in the morning gives them less time to get their crops ready to go to the market. And for dairy farmers, it’s difficult to deliver the milk an hour early, because cows prefer to be milked at the same time each day.

Time Spent Resetting Clocks. Every time we switch to or from DST, we have to spend about 10 minutes resetting all our clocks. That’s 10 minutes we can’t devote to more productive activities. 10 minutes isn’t much, but multiply it by all the people in the country and it adds up. According to the American Enterprise Institute, just the act of changing our clocks costs our country about $2 billion a year.

Effects on Spending. There’s one group of people that DST is definitely good for: our nation’s retailers. It turns out that when people have extra daylight at the end of the work day, they’re more likely to go shopping. Businesses involved in outdoor sports, such as golf, are also happy about the time change. Michael Downing, a professor at Tufts who wrote a book on DST, says the golf industry lobbied hard for the expansion of DST back in 1986. Since it passed, the industry has been earning an extra $400 million each year.

There you have your answer…..profits… why this waste of time (no pun intended again) exists.

Commerce makes billions off an unpopular idea and after all that is all that counts, right?

You know Biden could end this nightmare with the stroke of a pen……but he does nothing….but then I would no expect a politician that makes millions off this in donations to do anything.

As frustrating as this issue has become….I will let Lewis Black give my feelings on ‘daylight savings time’…..

Warning:  Harsh language to come.

Have a day my friends….

Be well….Be safe….

“lego ergo scribo”

Saturday’s News Dump

The Ukraine conflict has moved many slow moving news stories to the back page…..this is just my way to show that there is still news…..just not the news that the MSM finds marketable…..

During the Olympics I wrote about the cross country skier and his bout with a ‘frozen penis’…..

Closing Thought–23Feb22

The question was asked….Is this dangerous?

A frozen penis is a rare side effect of sport, but for athletes at the Winter Olympics, it seems nothing’s off the cards. A recent race at the Beijing Games ended in exactly that for a cross country skier, who survived freezing winds and was eventually able to regain feeling, only to be rewarded with terrible pain.

The unfortunate incident occurred during what was meant to be the men’s 50 kilometer mass start skiing race. It had been delayed for fears the weather was getting a little nippy even for winter sports, but eventually went ahead at a shorter distance of 30 kilometers.

Perhaps not quite such a torturous test of endurance as the original race length, but it proved to be a challenge for heat-sensitive penises all the same.

Cross country skier Remi Lindholm, representing Finland, perhaps felt this more so than anyone, speaking candidly of the grueling experience:

AS a former cross country skier I never thought about this…..but now……

The newest trend of ‘plant-based’ anything…..but what about us meat eaters?

The newest trend in-waiting….cell cultured beef…..

“We are changing the paradigm. We are detaching the meat from the animal.” Of course, that is essentially what butchers have always done, but it carries different meaning coming from Dr. Uma Valeti, cardiologist and cofounder of Upside Foods, a prototype lab/restaurant specializing in cell-cultured chicken. New York Times food writer Kim Severson’s taste review was ambiguous. “I sampled a slightly grainy chicken pâté,” she writes. “Generous seasoning masked the flavor of the meat.” However, professional tasters and other panelists in this YouTube of the “World’s First Cultivated Meat Blind Tasting” were fooled by the taste, texture, and smell. One called it “a historical moment.”

Still, it is downright hard to make it sound appealing. That has been a core problem for tissue engineers and their marketing teams ever since the “Burger Professor” of Maastricht University introduced a patty grown from cow stem cells in 2013. His $375,000 price tag was another problem at the time. Costs are way down now, but production remains relatively flat on a global scale. Singapore is the only country to grant regulatory approval. The FDA is writing rules. Global investors are not waiting, however, including ADM, which bet $347 million recently and happened to change its motto to “Unlocking Nature, Enriching Life.” Analysts with McKinsey say the industry could grow to $25 billion by 2030 (compared to $1.4 trillion for the meat industry).

In an interview with Modern Farmer,investor Rahim Rajwani of Atelier Meats remains confident, saying, “I think the ick factor goes away strictly through education and, ultimately, through taste profile.” The biggest selling point involves the enormous environmental impact of the actual meat industry, which accounts for 60 % of greenhouse gas emissions from food production, per the Guardian. That is why investors are betting on cell-cultured meat, but not everyone is eager to give up the traditional approach to “detaching the meat from the animal.” The Times notes potential issues around culture, ethics, health, and general unintended consequences stirring a nascent anti-lab-meat movement. Furthermore, the jury is still out on the environmental impacts, per this Vox report.

Sorry but that just sounds icky to me.

This story is just sick.

It seems that a GOP candidate when talking about rape said he would tell his daughter to ‘enjoy the ride’….

A Republican candidate for the Michigan House of Representatives who was campaigned against by his own daughters during 2020’s election season has made new remarks they’re also sure to dislike. The conversation on Sunday during a Facebook Live meeting of the Rescue Michigan Coalition, a group formed last year to “reclaim the lost liberties of the people of Michigan,” turned to election decertification, which is when Robert “RJ” Regan made a comment that drew immediate reaction from other guests on the show. “Having three daughters, I tell my daughters, ‘If rape is inevitable, you should just lie back and enjoy it,'” Regan said, drawing a shocked open-mouthed reaction from Amber Harris, a show attendee the Washington Post identifies as a Republican strategist.

Harris, who had to wait a few more minutes as Regan finished his comments, eventually got to weigh in on what he’d said. “Shameful,” she noted, adding that in terms of giving advice to his daughters along those lines, she’d say: “Don’t do that. Fight all the time.” Show host Adam de Angeli pointed out to attendees they were streaming live on YouTube, though “probably not for much longer after what Robert just said.” Both Dems and Republicans hit back immediately on the comment by Regan, who in the past has also called the pandemic “fake” and said that feminism is a “Jewish program to degrade and subjugate white men,” per the Post. “Offensive and disappointing,” Meshawn Maddock, the Michigan GOP co-chair, said. Carol Glanville, the Democrat who will face off against Regan in May after he earned the Republican nomination in an upset special-primary win last week, also weighed in.

“I am stunned that a person who wishes to hold public office would hold such beliefs,” she noted, per WXYZ. De Angeli was contacted by the outlet on Monday, and he said he believed Regan “misspoke” while trying to say that by not contesting the 2020 election, which Regan is an advocate for, it was akin to telling his daughters to sit back and enjoy being raped. “Maybe not the best analogy, but he was speaking extemporaneously,” de Angeli said. Regan himself spoke to Bridge Michigan after the controversial comment, insisting his remark meant only that “nothing is inevitable” and that he doesn’t use wording that’s as “smooth and polished” as other politicians. “I’m working on it,” he said. “The only reason the [politically] left trolls attack you is because they know you’re directly over the target, dropping direct hits on an issue.”

Just how sick is this SOB?

A short list of the stories you missed…..hope they were to your liking….

Be Well….Be Safe….

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Sunday And It Is That Time Again

News that no one could possibly use.

Last week I bitched about the ban of Mexican avocados entering the US….well the issue has been settled….

First my bitch….

Closing Thought–16Feb22

The ban was very short lived….

The US is lifting a ban on inspections of Mexican avocados, freeing the way for exports to resume. Ambassador Ken Salazar said in a statement the decision came after Mexico and the United States agreed “to enact the measures that ensure the safety” of agricultural inspectors who are in charge of making sure Mexican avocados don’t carry diseases or pests that would harm US orchards, per the AP. The inspections were halted last week after one of the US inspectors was threatened in the western state of Michoacan, where growers are routinely subject to extortion by drug cartels.

The US Department of Agriculture said Thursday that the inspector had received a threat “against him and his family.” It said the inspector had “questioned the integrity of a certain shipment, and refused to certify it based on concrete issues.” Michoacan is the only Mexican state certified as pest-free and able to export avocados to the US market. There have been frequent reports that some packers in Mexico are buying avocados from other, non-certified states, and trying to pass them off as being from Michoacan. The temporary ban threatened to send prices soaring.

As we grow older the common misconception is that our brains slow down to a crawl….this may not be accurate…..

Don’t let the youngins tell you your brain is slower than molasses. Though plenty of research shows response times slow beginning around the age of 20, that doesn’t necessarily support the widely held view that brain processes slow from that age. Indeed, a new study finds this slowing in response times might simply be because, with age and wisdom, people become more cautious in their decision-making. So when do we see mental processes significantly decline? Turns out, it’s much later in life, around the average retirement age, according to the study published Thursday in Nature Human Behaviour.

In analyzing reaction times of more than 1.1 million people who took part in an online experiment requiring them to place words and images into one of two categories with the press of a key, researchers did find the average time for a correct response peaked around the age of 20. But they suggested this was because young adults were “most willing to trade accuracy for speed,” per the Guardian. In other words, they didn’t think too hard before pressing the key. Up to the age of 60, participants became more accurate but slower due to what researchers concluded were “increases in decision caution” and slower motor processes involved in pressing the key, “rather than to differences in mental speed.”

Mental speed appeared to peak around age 30, but “until older adulthood, the speed of information processing in the task we studied barely changes,” lead author Dr. Mischa von Krause of Heidelberg University tells New Scientist. “Our results show that average levels in mental speed in contexts demanding fast and forced decisions do not decline until relatively late in the lifespan,” he adds. Boston College psychologist Dr. Joshua Hartshorne, who was not involved in the study, says it “joins a body of work suggesting that the way mental abilities change throughout life is complicated,” per the Guardian. “But whatever’s going on, it’s definitely not that we peak at 20 and go downhill from there.”

We all suffer from ‘brain farts’ but that does not mean that we are slipping into dementia.

Keep your brain active and I think it can continue to be ‘sharp as a whip’…..

Finally some worthless international news.

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday called Israel’s creation the “greatest political achievement of the 20th century”, in a speech to the Israeli parliament.

Leading a delegation of seven Democrats, including Ro Khanna, Adam Schiff and Barbara Lee, Pelosi told Israeli lawmakers that Washington’s support for Israel remained “ironclad”, as she warned against the threat of a nuclear Iran.

“I am very proud that America is Israel’s oldest ally,” she told the Israeli Knesset. “The US remains ironclad, I keep using that word, in our support of Israel’s security and its regional stability.”

Bet that cost the Israeli PAC dearly!

Seriously, the greatest political achievement”?


Civil rights act….the collapse of the USSR and many countries getting their independence….those are great achievements.

Israel was just another reaction to the rise of Soviet influence in the Middle East for the US….and since the founding they have NOT proved to be a good neighbor……just another drain on the US treasury.

Then there is the ‘regional stability’?

Has anyone looked at the region lately…it is anything but stable.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Be Well….Be Safe….

I Read, I Write, You Know

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