My Usual Saturday News

That time again when I drop some news that few will care about….but hopefully a bit of FYI can be thrown in… grin and bear it……

 News from the UK (Pete will inform us)…..

British consumers have just one week left to spend the last £11 billion ($12.4 billion) of paper banknotes that remain in circulation before the cash ceases to become legal tender.

As of Sept. 30, almost £6 billion of old £50 notes and more than £5 billion of the £20 ones will no longer be accepted by UK businesses, the Bank of England said Friday. That’s a total of more than 360 million notes.

People can exchange the paper for new currency made of a plastic-like polymer by appearing in person at the BOE’s London headquarters in Threadneedle Street, sending them through the  post or at certain Post Offices. Many commercial banks will also allow them to be deposited into accounts.

Now for the rough stuff…..

How many times have you heard some mental deficient GOPer tell us that the US is a Christian country?

They may be mistaken or it could be just what they do most of the time….a LIE.

Christianity is currently the majority religion in the United States, but it’s not on track to stay that way. CBS News reports on a new study by Pew Research Center and the General Social Survey that examines various scenarios of religious “switching” over the next few decades, and in all cases, it’s not good news for the Christian faith: Depending on which switching scenario plays out, “people who identify as atheist, agnostic or ‘nothing in particular’ could become America’s largest (non)religious group within our lifetime,” driven by young people defecting from their faith, per Pew researcher Stephanie Kramer. The report notes that in 1990, 90% or so of Americans identified as Christian—a number that dropped to 64% by 2020. On the flip side, those who don’t consider themselves affiliated with any religion saw their percentage rise from 16% in 2007 to 30% in 2020.

The researchers looked at four scenarios of switching, with that switching either staying the same compared to current rates, speeding up, or stopping entirely. In all four scenarios, the number of those who don’t consider themselves part of any religion will approach or surpass those who identify as Christian by 2070, according to Pew researchers. The report stresses that these are just some of the possibilities, and none is a definite. It also doesn’t examine the reasons for a shift away from Christianity, but NPR looks at a couple of theories. “Some scholars say that it’s just an inevitable consequence of development for societies to secularize,” Kramer tells the outlet. “Once there are strong secular institutions, once people’s basic needs are met, there’s less need for religion.” Others point to a conflict between their church’s teachings and their own beliefs or identity.

“For me, especially, when I started to come out as queer, it became impossible for me to reconcile this church that was basically admitting that they wanted kids like me dead or suicidal,” says Eliza Campbell, who two years ago left the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “I decided I had to choose myself and choose my well-being.” There’s also the possibility that Christianity could end up on the rise if major events take place—such as with the rise of authoritarianism, climate change, migration, or war—but current switching patterns don’t bear out such a scenario. As for how these changes will affect the country overall, Pew doesn’t get into specific speculation, but it notes “the decline of Christianity and the rise of the ‘nones’ may have complex causes and far-reaching consequences for politics, family life, and civil society.”

This does not surprise me….how about you?

It appears the STDs are at the highest rates in decades in the US……

Sharply rising cases of some sexually transmitted diseases—including a 26% rise in new syphilis infections reported last year—are prompting US health officials to call for new prevention and treatment efforts. “It is imperative that we … work to rebuild, innovate, and expand (STD) prevention in the US,” said Dr. Leandro Mena of the CDC in a speech Monday at a medical conference, per the AP. Infection rates for some STDs, including gonorrhea and syphilis, have been rising for years. Last year, the rate of syphilis cases reached its highest since 1991 and the total number of cases hit its highest since 1948. HIV cases are also on the rise, up 16% last year.

An international outbreak of monkeypox, which is being spread mainly between men who have sex with other men, has further highlighted the nation’s worsening problem with diseases spread mostly through sex. David Harvey, executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors, called the situation “out of control.” Officials are working on new approaches to the problem, such as home-test kits for some STDs that will make it easier for people to learn they are infected and to take steps to prevent spreading it to others, Mena said. “I envision one day where getting tested (for STDs) can be as simple and as affordable as doing a home pregnancy test,” he said. Another expert said a core part of any effort must work to increase the use of condoms.

New syphilis infections plummeted in the US starting in the 1940s when antibiotics became widely available. They fell to their lowest ever by 1998, when fewer than 7,000 new cases were reported nationwide. But by 2002 cases began rising again, largely among gay and bisexual men. By 2020 cases had reached nearly 41,700 and they spiked even further last year, to more than 52,000. The rate of cases has been rising, too, hitting about 16 per 100,000 people last year, for the highest in three decades. While the rate for women is lower than it is for men, officials noted that it has been rising more dramatically among women—up about 50% last year.

There is always a new fad or trend that is all over social media….the newest involves NyQuil……

The Food and Drug Administration wants Americans to know that cooking chicken in cough syrup is as bad an idea as it sounds. In an FDA warning about social media challenges, the agency referred to a TikTok video that showed somebody cooking chicken in NyQuil cough and cold medication, which contains acetaminophen, dextromethorphan, and doxylamine, NBC reports. “The challenge sounds silly and unappetizing—and it is. But it could also be very unsafe,” the FDA said. “Boiling a medication can make it much more concentrated and change its properties in other ways.”

“Even if you don’t eat the chicken, inhaling the medication’s vapors while cooking could cause high levels of the drugs to enter your body,” the FDA said. “It could also hurt your lungs.” TikTok said it discourages dangerous challenges and has asked users to report them. “Content that promotes dangerous behavior has no place on TikTok,” a spokesperson told CNET. “This is not trending on our platform, but we will remove content if found and strongly discourage anyone from engaging in behavior that may be harmful to themselves or others.” The FDA urged parents to keep medication in a safe place and to remind their children that overdoses can occur with over-the-counter drugs as well as prescription drugs.

Again….”Can’t Fix Stupid”…..

That is about all the great news I have for this Saturday.

I hope everyone has a great weekend….

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

That Usual Saturday News…But On Sunday

Sorry about the change up…..

My A/C has been replaced and the new one is working excellently….my wallet is a lot lighter….but Summer in the Deep South demands A/C……

I found a couple of reports that could be amusing as well as informative…..

These days I listen to no rock music…too boring….and country is out because it is NOT country at all…..and now see some else agrees with me on the future of rock.

Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner has a memoir (Like a Rolling Stone) coming out in a few days, and Maureen Dowd of the New York Times is out herself with a lengthy interview/profile/sneak peak that makes for entertaining reading. Up high, Wenner gives Dowd a not-so-optimistic assessment of the fate of rock music. “I’m sorry to see it go,” the 76-year-old Wenner says. “It’s not coming back. It’ll end up like jazz.” Also of note: Wenner says he doesn’t read his old magazine much in its current iteration under son Gus. “I don’t read that many magazines,” he adds. “It’s about people I’m not personally interested in. I don’t really care for K-pop. I don’t really know who Cardi B is.”

Wenner also contrasts his at-the-time controversial cover photo of a naked John Lennon with modern celebs doing much the same. “John Lennon being naked on the cover was a statement,” he says. “How would the most popular man in the world be willing to go out and be naked?” Lennon made himself vulnerable. “Now JLo goes out and it’s like, ‘I’m doing this to sell like hot cakes. I’m not doing this for a reason.'”

Wenner also offers his desert-island song picks (including “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” by Nina Simone and “Speedway at Nazareth” by Mark Knopfler) in the interview, which concludes with a “confirm or deny” segment. For example, “You slept with Mick Jagger,” says Dowd. Wenner: “Swishful thinking, as Bette Midler would say. I never slept with a rock star.” Read the full piece.

There is a report of a new ‘human traicking’ technique….cyber-scammers….

When the subject of human trafficking is raised, it’s common to think of people forced into sex work or perhaps grueling manual labor. But a story at ProPublica digs into human trafficking with a more modern bent—people forced to work as cyberscammers. In this case, the focus is on Chinese criminal syndicates that lure desperate people from China, Thailand, Vietnam, and elsewhere into taking “marketing” jobs that promise lucrative pay. The victims move onto compounds—a major hub is in Sihanoukville, Cambodia—where they soon discover the truth. They’re kept in prison-like conditions, subject to physical and verbal abuse, and forced to learn scripts to dupe victims in the US and elsewhere (language-translation software is used) to hand over their money in get-rich-quick schemes.

Worse, these workers quickly fall into debt to their employers and are told they can buy their freedom again for sums that are out of reach. Trouble-makers get sold to other outfits, with the price of their freedom increasing. The word “sold” is not an exaggeration. The story finds back channels on the Telegram network with chilling ads that read like Craigslist listings, if not for the details: “Selling a Chinese man in Sihanoukville just smuggled from China. 22 years old with ID card, typing very slow,” reads one ad, with a listed price of $10,000. Another reads, “Cambodia, Sihanoukville, six Bangladeshis, can type and speak English.” They read like “handbills in the days of American slavery,” writes Cezary Podkul. Read the full story, which details the “pig butchering” scams in play as well as the experience of one such trafficking victim who made it out.

Now is time for me to sit back and let cool air surround my body while listening to some good tunes and having Thai food.

I hope everyone’s Sunday is good and restful… well my friends….

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”


Closing Thought–16Sep22

Please let me apologize for the sad shape of my comments and replies but 5 days ago my A/C crapped out and I have been waiting for my turn for a repairman…..he came yesterday and confirmed my worse thought…..the unit is dead and really dead.

Bad news is the whole system needs to be replaced at a cost of $5000+….glad I was seated when the news came.

I need an outside unit, an inside unit and a heating unit….they started today…ripped out the old unit….rebuild closet it sits in and the dismantled the outside unit…..

I was promised it would be up and running by today….fingers crossed.

Hopefully all will be back to normal come Monday.

Thanx for your understanding.

Have a great weekend.

Not My Usual Sunday News

All the news that we cannot use for anything other than entertainment……

On the local front… A/C crapped out…..but at least for now the weather is mild so it may not be as unbearable as it could be….

There are a wealth of people that are all consumed with the American West….what were the choices for grub of our famous cow pokes?

When you think of cowboy food, what comes to mind? For many of us, it’s a tired and dusty cowhand sitting by the fire with a pot of beans and a cup of coffee. Though beans and coffee were staples of their diet, a cowboy’s daily meals weren’t always as mundane as you might think, especially for anyone who rode with a chuck wagon.

The term “chuck wagon” is a Southern term, according to America Eats (via Montana State University). It was known as the “mess wagon” on the Dakota prairies. The Dutch oven was often the preferred cooking tool. The cook held great power, meaning that cowboys would do favors for the cook so they could get a little extra food in the evenings. The cook had so much influence in the group that even the mighty trail boss often deferred to him.

According to Legends of America, the cook (or Cookie, as he was sometimes called) brought easy-to-preserve items in the wagon, such as beans, cured meats, coffee, lard, and potatoes. Because they were driving cattle, beef was readily available, but many also hunted and foraged along the way. So, what did the trail drive’s VIP do to keep hungry cowboys fed and morale high? Here’s what Cookie served up on a regular basis.

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If you have a canine friend…. are you walk him/her in the proper way?

Walking your dog seems simple enough—it’s just you, your pup, and the great outdoors. But without the right equipment and approach, a much-anticipated W-A-L-K can be disappointing.

Search for “walking a dog” online and you’ll find pages of photos with people holding leashes attached to a collar around a dog’s throat, which is exactly what the experts we spoke to advise against.

“I’m not a big fan of anything around the neck that’s pulling,” says Anna Mynchenberg, a manager at Bark, the company behind BarkBox. “I can’t imagine having any pressure on my neck, so I wouldn’t want to do that to my dog.”

Okay enough with the mundane… we move onto the eeewwww category…..

First what is it with not shaving the underarms?

There’s an old adage about fashion being cyclical. What came and went out of style will be back in again, in due time — and we’re not just talking about clothes. Makeup trends, hair-dos, and even the way we keep our body hair are all subject to change with the passing of time. This time around we’re seeing a revival of some of Woodstock’s famous looks — long locks, bell bottom pants, and a little pop of armpit hair.

How women keep or don’t keep their body hair has a long history of public scrutiny. In fact, a 2004 study published in Psychology of Women Quarterly reported that body hair on women elicited a disgust response in both male and female participants. However, much like they did in the 60s and 70s, some modern women have tossed out their razors as a symbol of rebellion against that notion (per Wall Street Journal). Others leave their underarm hair simply because it’s their personal preference to do so. Whatever the motivation, there are a few good reasons science supports not shaving your underarms.

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And now for a real eewwww moment…..

There have been many reports but how our fresh water may soon run out…..what will we do if that event arrives?

Garden hose bans are in place across much of Britain, where rivers and reservoirs are at unusually low levels following months of low rainfall. In the future, part of the solution will be “to reprocess the water that results from sewage treatment and turn it back into drinking water,” James Bevan, head of Britain’s Environment Agency, writes in the Sunday Times, urging Britons to become “less squeamish” to the concept, which is “perfectly safe and healthy.” Though recycled drinking water isn’t used in Britain, it is in Australia, Singapore, Namibia, and parts of the US, reports the New York Times. And with climate change triggering more severe droughts, more US cities are looking to sign on.

For decades, cities have used water derived from a system called indirect potable reuse, or IPR. Here, sewage water goes through a wastewater treatment plant, an advanced purification facility, then an environmental buffer, like an underground aquifer. Direct potable reuse, or DPR—legal in Texas and “on a case-by-case basis” in Arizona, per CNBC—skips this final, expensive, and time-consuming step. According to experts, the water that exits the advanced purification facility already meets or exceeds state and federal drinking water quality standards and can be sent directly to a drinking water system. Residents of Big Spring and Wichita Falls quickly got over the ick factor as the Texas cities utilized DPR in response to severe droughts in 2014.

Some 96% of citizens who toured a demonstration facility in El Paso in 2016 were also on board, leading to plans to build a large-scale facility, which will produce 10 million gallons of drinking water daily, by 2026. “It’s a way to make sure that El Paso will thrive 50 years out from now,” Christina Montoya, communications and marketing manager at El Paso Water Utilities, tells CNBC. “We can’t just be planning when an emergency happens. We need to be planning all the time for the future.” Other states, including California, Colorado, and Florida, are formulating regulations to legalize DPR, and Los Angeles plans to open a demonstration facility in 2024. In Britain, there will be a public consultation on wastewater recycling proposals in November, per the New York Times.

Speaking of urine…how about a little history on this Saturday…..

But Rome certainly needed many taxes in order to pay for the organization of its vast empire and the military machine which had won it. This public purse also paid for landmarks in Rome such as the Colosseum, more properly known as a Flavian amphitheater.

The Flavian emperors may have built it, but they did not pay for it: that cost was shouldered by the citizens they ruled. And in order to fund all these projects, taxation needed to get more and more creative.

One of the most peculiar of these taxes the Roman empire turned to in apparent desperation was the Urine Tax. But where did it come from, and what did it do for Rome?

The Urine Tax of Ancient Rome: A Novel Income Stream?

I told you it was absolutely worthless news….

Enjoy your weekend…..

Peace Out my friends.

The Usual Saturday News

AS we begin the Labor Day weekend….I set aside the boring humdrum news of the day for something different…..

First a bit of good news for my area….NOT since 1997 has there been NO named storms in the Gulf for the month of August….

Have you ever wondered why hippies are almost always ‘tree huggers’?

There maybe an answer…..

People who have undergone a mystical experience after consuming a psychedelic substance are more likely to engage in behaviors aimed at protecting or conserving the environment, according to new research published in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology.

Psychedelic drugs can cause drastic alterations in consciousness, and research has indicated that the substances can produce lasting changes in personality. The authors of the new research sought to better understand whether these changes had implications for people’s relationships with the natural world. They were particularly interested in whether the mystical qualities of a psychedelic experience played a role in influencing pro-environmental behaviors

Mars is not a good candidate for colonization because of the lack of oxygen….but that is becoming less of a problem…..

The comparisons are small scale at the moment: A device the size of a toaster generated oxygen comparable to that of a modest tree. But given that this took place on Mars, the implications are of the large-scale variety. In a study published in Science Advances, NASA researchers report that the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) was able to turn carbon dioxide—which accounts for 96% of the Mars atmosphere—into breathable oxygen, reports MOXIE has done so seven times since April 2021, each time converting the CO2 into about 6 grams of oxygen per hour, per CNN.

“This is the first demonstration of actually using resources on the surface of another planetary body, and transforming them chemically into something that would be useful for a human mission,” says researcher Jeffrey Hoffman in a news release from MIT. “It’s historic in that sense.” The Washington Post spells out the significance: Before humans can explore Mars in person, NASA has to figure out how to supply them with oxygen. The ongoing MOXIE experiment—part of the Perseverance rover mission—suggests a blueprint for doing so.

The process would have to be scaled up by a factor of several hundred times, meaning NASA would have to send much larger devices to the planet ahead of a human mission, per CNN. But that is both feasible and necessary: In addition to helping humans breathe while on the planet, oxygen also would be needed as a fuel propellant for the trip home. “To support a human mission to Mars, we have to bring a lot of stuff from Earth,” Hoffman tells the Post. “But dumb old oxygen? If you can make it there, go for it—you’re way ahead of the game.”

With all the legal issues in the news these days…I thought I would look into what is illegal…..

The world is full of strange laws.

And a lot of those strange laws are specific to a town, or a state, or a country.

And today we’re gonna learn about a whole bunch of them!

People on AskReddit talked about what most folks don’t even know is illegal.

Let’s have a look.

What Do Most People Not Realize Is Illegal? Here’s How People Responded.

A bit more good news for this Saturday…..for those that drink tea, especially a black tea…….

When it comes to the potential health benefits of tea, the green variety tends to get all the glory. However, a large new observational study suggests that black tea also does good things for those who drink it, reports the Guardian. The study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that those who drink two or more cups a day might live a bit longer than those who don’t, per the AP. Specifically, researchers from the National Cancer Institute discovered that these “higher intake” drinkers of tea have a 9% to 13% lower risk of mortality, a modest but statistically significant figure.

“These findings suggest that tea, even at higher levels of intake, can be part of a healthy diet,” the researchers conclude in the study. The tea’s temperature, or whether people added milk or sugar, didn’t matter. The US researchers used a large database in the UK, given the popularity of black tea there. The UK Biobank allowed them to follow nearly 500,000 tea drinkers ages 40 to 69 for about 11 years, per a news release from the National Institutes of Health, to which the NCI belongs.

The study can’t prove cause and effect, only that researchers observed a possible connection between tea drinking and longer lives. “Observational studies like this always raise the question: Is there something else about tea drinkers that makes them healthier?” Marion Nestle, a professor of food studies at New York University, tells the AP. “I like tea. It’s great to drink. But a cautious interpretation seems like a good idea.”

It is that time of the year again…..everything you see in ads is ‘pumpkin spice’…lattes, creamers, yada yada….and now there will even be a pumpkin spice noodles…..

Fall is the time for curling up with a cup of something warm and comforting. The pumpkin spice latte is the official beverage of the season, and a bowl of hot noodle soup is an excellent choice if you’re looking for something more substantial. If you can’t choose between sweet and savory, you don’t have to. As Yahoo! Reports, Nissin is bringing back its pumpkin spice Cup Noodles for autumn 2022.

The seasonal product from Nissin is part of a long-running trend of sticking pumpkin spice flavoring where it arguably doesn’t belong. The brand debuted the limited-edition variety in September 2021, and it was apparently popular enough to warrant a comeback.


According to the brand, the noodle soup uses “special pumpkin seasoning” to achieve its sweet-and-savory flavor combination. Brave taste-testers who reviewed the concoction on YouTube were baffled—and a little nauseated. Jason Mazurek said, “It’s really creamy[…] It starts to make your stomach turn a little bit.” The YouTubers behind the channel 5 Minute Eats described it as “a warm dessert.”

That is about all the useless information for this Saturday…..

Enjoy your holiday weekend….be well and be safe…..

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

That Usual Saturday News–27Aug22

It is Saturday again and time for the usual news that no one can use…..

It’s what is called the ‘Dog Days Of Summer’ that time before Autumn, that time when the final vacay days like going to the beach before cooler weather sets in.

If you are planning that last trip to the seaside keep in kind the dangers that could await you… sharks, jellyfish, rip tides ans of course beach umbrellas…..

Beach umbrellas?

Glad you asked.

A midweek beach outing turned tragic for a South Carolina woman after an umbrella blew over and fatally impaled her. WMBF reports that 63-year-old Tammy Perreault of Horry County was struck in the chest Wednesday around 12:40pm by the umbrella. It had toppled with the wind on the shore of Garden City. “It just kept going and going,” friend Sherry White tells the news station. “Everyone [said], ‘Duck,’ and we did, but unfortunately she was in the line of fire.” Off-duty medical professionals and other beachgoers assisted Perreault, who was suffering from chest trauma, until first responders arrived to take her to a nearby hospital, per a spokesman for Horry County Emergency Management.

She died there about an hour after the accident. Per a study last year in the Journal of Safety Research, most patients treated at the ER due to injuries from beach and patio umbrellas were women over the age of 40 like Perreault, reports CBS News. “The most frequently reported injury was laceration followed by contusions or abrasions and internal organ injury, and the body part with the highest proportion of injuries was the head/neck followed by the upper extremity,” the study notes.

Such incidents have been concerning enough that Democratic Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner of Virginia asked the US Consumer Product Safety Commission to run a safety campaign around them, spurred by the death in 2016 of a 55-year-old Virginia woman. WTKR cites a CPSC warning that “airborne beach umbrellas can be dangerous, even deadly.” The agency notes that between 2010 and 2018 there were about 2,800 unconfirmed injuries due to beach umbrellas. The CPSC offers tips on safely erecting one, including anchoring the base of the spiked pole with something hefty to keep it down, packing sand down around the base, and tilting the umbrella into the wind.

Keep that in mind while you visit the seaside.

How many of you old farts remember the gorgeous Gina Lollobrigida?

She has decided to enter into Italian politics…..

The Italian screen legend Gina Lollobrigida has said she is running in general elections next month because she is “fed up with quarrelling politicians”.

Lollobrigida, who turned 95 in July, is endeavouring to become a senator with the Sovereign and Popular Italy party (ISP), a new Eurosceptic, anti-Mario-Draghi political alliance that opposes sending arms to Ukraine and “warmongering Atlanticism”.

She told Corriere della Sera she was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, for his “way of doing things, for his non-violence” and that she was a “great friend” of India’s first female prime minister, Indira Gandhi. “I saw her every time she came to Rome. She was an extraordinary woman.”

If you live anywhere mosquitoes are a problem and what to do about them in your yard…..

Life comes with lots of little annoyances, few of them littler or more annoying than mosquitoes. Although it may seem difficult to avoid mosquitoes, the AP offers some ways to reduce or eliminate them from your yard and garden—without resorting to insecticidal foggers or sprays (which the AP points out threaten essential pollinators and other beneficial insects while controlling only a small portion of the adult mosquito population). With the exception of those who live near a lake, marsh, or swamp or in densely packed neighborhoods, most of the blame for mosquito invasions usually falls on the property’s residents.

Mosquitoes need only one-quarter inch of water to breed, and a female can lay hundreds of eggs at a time. Inspect your property for standing water. Drain or dump water as you see it, even if the amount appears insignificant—in a children’s playset, clogged gutter, pot saucer, overturned trash can lid or flying disc toy—and drill drainage holes in the bottoms of vessels like tire swings. For water that’s intended to stand, such as in ponds and bird baths, the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti) is a safe and effective way to kill mosquito larvae.

Several strains of Bt are available, each targeting different insects, so be sure to buy the israelensis strain to target mosquitoes. Bti comes in various forms, including donut-shaped briquettes called “Mosquito Dunks.” The floating rings offer 30 days of protection and “will not harm people, pets, and other animals, aquatic life, or other insects, including honeybees,” according to the CDC. If you don’t have a pond or bird bath, you can make a DIY mosquito trap. Add a handful of straw, hay, or grass clippings to a (preferably dark-colored) pail filled with water, and let it sit for 1-2 days. Then add one mosquito dunk.

For large infestations, tuck several buckets around the yard. The decomposing organic matter will attract the insects, which will lay eggs on the treated water. Replace water and add a fresh dunk every 30 days to thwart future generations of mosquitoes. As for so-called “mosquito plants” marketed as repellents: They do contain oils or chemicals that the insects find unappealing, but they’re not effective unless those compounds are released, such as by crushing the leaves. Merely having such a plant in the garden or a pot will not provide any benefit. In case you’re wondering, mosquitoes do serve a purpose—as pollinators and bird food. Still, because the roles they serve in these areas are minor, eliminating them from your yard will not adversely affect the ecosystem.

Finally, a new study has me concerned…..bacon could cause dementia…..

There are 10 million new cases of dementia every year and this trend is expected to accelerate in the coming decades. The reason for the jump is ageing populations. However, it’s worth pointing out that age is a risk factor not a cause of dementia, and there are things you can do to modify your risk. Research published earlier this year suggests cutting back on processed meat.

Scientists from the University’s Nutritional Epidemiology Group used data from 500,000 people, discovering that consuming a 25g serving of processed meat a day, the equivalent to one rasher of bacon, is associated with a 44 percent increased risk of developing the disease.

But their findings also show eating some unprocessed red meat, such as beef, pork or veal, could be protective, as people who consumed 50g a day were 19 percent less likely to develop dementia. 

The researchers were exploring whether there is a link between consumption of meat and development of dementia.

Okay this sounds like a story by the Turkey Bacon people to increase sells…..besides with enough bacon I could eat a bowling ball.

This is it for all the news that means absolutely nothing….hope you enjoyed it.

Have a great weekend.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

That Usual Saturday News

The weekend again….it seems like it comes around every week or so…..and news from around the world that means absolutely nothing to anyone.

I recently did a post about the bikini where it originated and why….after the bikini was introduced there came the monokini…..

Today marks what would have been Rudi Gernreich’s 100th birthday. A dancer-turned-designer, Gernreich’s designs were intensely body-focused and freeing, and noticeably lacking in prudery.

“As if I invented nudity,” the designer remarked to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in 1964, on the subject of his famous breast-baring monokini. It’s mind-boggling that more than half a century later Gernreich’s most iconic design is unpostable on Instagram with its institutionalized nipple ban. Though provocative then and now, there is a rigor to the design of Gernreich’s monokini that is akin to that of Achille Castiglioni’s Arco Lamp, which was designed just a few years earlier.

Born into a Jewish family in Vienna, Gernreich was introduced to fashion through his aunt, who had a dress shop. In 1938 he escaped Europe with his mother and settled in California. He studied modern dance with Lester Horton from 1939 to 1944 (making costumes along the way). After his dance career, he got a job styling and doing advertising for Hoffman California Fabrics. In 1947 he designed dresses as a fabric promotion that were so well received he went on to develop a capsule collection.

Water is becoming a problem in this country and across the world…..back in the day the Colorado River was ‘tamed’…..and now there is a plan to do the same to the Mississippi River…..

Work could soon begin on the great Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion, considered the “largest ecosystem restoration project in US history,” writes Boyce Upholt for Hakai Magazine. Aspects of the $2 billion engineering scheme have been in the works for decades, ever since people began noticing the alarming pace of land loss in the Delta caused by centuries of efforts to tame the Mississippi River. If nothing is done, Louisiana stands to lose the vital marshlands that dominate the Delta. Environmentalists, shrimpers, oil companies, coastal communities, tribes, and officials at all levels of government agree that something must be done, but nobody wants to live with the consequences of the proposed solutions.

It’s all about mud. Tributaries from 32 states plus two Canadian provinces drain into the Mississippi, which carries not only water but more than 300 million tons of dirt to the Gulf of Mexico each year. Over three centuries, efforts to tame the river have resulted in an uninterrupted system of levees stretching hundreds of miles and disrupting the natural distribution of all that mud. Adding to the problem, oil companies have built a vast and under-regulated network of canals, causing up to half of the land loss across the Delta by some estimates.

The proposed diversion will punch a gap in the levee system and enable restoration of thousands of acres of marshland. An impact study by the Army Corps of Engineers suggests existing ecosystems and communities will be dramatically altered in the process. However, for all the hubbub, Upholt concludes that it might not matter much unless something is done to address rising oceans caused by climate change.

I am not sure that messing with a river and its course is always the best plan.

I take my best friend MoMo for a walk every day rain or shine….and there is a chance that I am doing my part to help fight crime in my neighborhood…..

Employing drug-sniffing canines and patrol dogs offer one potential way to combat criminal activity, but it turns out that even the simple act of walking a dog can act as a deterrent.

A new study from researchers at The Ohio State University and the University of Texas at Austin, published in the journal Social Forces, found that communities in Columbus, Ohio with greater concentrations of dog owners experienced fewer incidences of crime. Researchers examined the crime rate for 595 Census groups from 2014 to 2016, as well as data from a 2013 survey about dog ownership. They also looked at information measuring the level of trust between residents in a given neighborhood.

Areas with high levels of neighborhood trust had lowered crime; areas with high levels of trust and greater concentrations of dogs were lower still. The dog-heavy areas saw just two-thirds the number of robberies and half the number of murders compared to low-trust areas.

It’s not that the dogs are warding off scofflaws—instead, the study suggests that owning a dog brings with it a greater level of community involvement. If you own a dog, you’re walking a dog, which means having more sets of eyes in a community as well as opportunities to interact with neighbors. The dog isn’t so much the reason as the spark for creating a more tightly-knit area that makes suspicious behavior more, well, suspicious.

Finally the probing question of the day is just how will we humans will change in the next 10,000 years…..a quick unofficial look forward……

Humanity is the unlikely result of 4 billion years of evolution.

From self-replicating molecules in Archean seas, to eyeless fish in the Cambrian deep, to mammals scurrying from dinosaurs in the dark, and then, finally, improbably, ourselves – evolution shaped us.

Organisms reproduced imperfectly. Mistakes made when copying genes sometimes made them better fit to their environments, so those genes tended to get passed on. More reproduction followed, and more mistakes, the process repeating over billions of generations. Finally, Homo sapiens appeared. But we aren’t the end of that story. Evolution won’t stop with us, and we might even be evolving faster than ever.

It’s hard to predict the future. The world will probably change in ways we can’t imagine. But we can make educated guesses. Paradoxically, the best way to predict the future is probably looking back at the past, and assuming past trends will continue going forward. This suggests some surprising things about our future.

That is the major useless news stories for this Saturday.

Do enjoy your weekend….I know I shall….

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Special Sunday News Edition

Today is Sunday and I would like to give my brain a rest so we have another useless news post……enjoy.  Okay I am being lazy!

Those iconic pyramids of Giza have had people scrambling to explain how they were built……some say aliens did it….others believe that slaves were beat into submission while building the structures……and physicists may have found an answer to this age old question…..

One of the seven wonders of the world are the pyramids of ancient Egypt, and now scientists think they may have worked out how they were built.

It was all thanks to a painting and the outside-of-the-box thinking of physicists including Daniel Bonn, who worked out that water was used to move the heavy pyramid stones and statues.

Bonn and other physicists at the University of Amsterdam decided to see if there was any logic behind the building technique shown in a wall painting in the tomb of Djehutihotep.

Philosophers have ask the question…what is the purpose of life on Earth for ages… all philosophy it is just an opinion.

I found an article that may answer this burning question for some…….

Before I jump into this essay, let’s clarify what I mean here by “purpose.” It is best to start with what I do not mean. I am not talking about a sense of purpose in our private lives, our personal choices and hopes, and the plans we make along the years. I hope, of course, that each of us lives with a sense that our life does have a purpose, even if this sense is sometimes elusive and fragmented. But what I mean to discuss here is the purpose of life, of biology as a natural phenomenon — this strange assembly of matter endowed with autonomy, capable of absorbing energy from the environment and of multiplying itself through reproduction.

Since this theme generates confusion and controversy, we must be careful. All life forms share at least one essential purpose: survival. This is even more important than another key purpose for life, reproduction. Plenty of organisms, after all, are alive but do not reproduce. To be alive is more than passing genes along to the next generation. To be alive is to want to remain alive. This is an essential difference between living creatures and other complex but non-living forms of material organization such as stars or rocks. These non-living material forms simply exist. They passively undergo the unfolding of the physical processes that shape them. For rocks, this is a give-and-take with erosion; for stars, it is about countering gravitational implosion while there is enough nuclear fuel to fuse in their cores. There is no strategy to any of this, and no action can be taken to delay what is inevitable.

I admit it I am no fan of this new tech that makes people more lazy than they already are… can control your A/C, your car, your refrig, your life.  I mean there is even a vacuum that does the light removal of dust and stuff….and this is where I pick up this thought…..

You’ll soon have one more thing to be forced to thank Amazon for: a cleaner home. That’s because the retail giant is set to buy iRobot Corp., the company that makes Roomba vacuum cleaners, as well as other robotic tidying-up products like mops and lawn mowers. CNBC reports that Amazon agreed to pony up $61 a share, or $1.7 billion in total, in the all-cash deal, which will boost Amazon’s smart-home portfolio of products such as Ring camera doorbells, Alexa virtual-assistant speakers, and voice-activated microwaves and thermometers.

Despite a sales surge of Roomba vacuums, which debuted in 2002, during the earlier part of the pandemic when more people were stuck at home, revenue for this year’s second quarter came in at $255.4 million—a far cry from the $303 million that analysts had anticipated. iRobot says these results can be attributed to a drop-off in orders, supply chain issues, and a stronger dollar, reports the Wall Street Journal. The firm also notes that it will be laying off about 140 of its employees, the equivalent of 10% of its workforce.

Over at the Verge, Jennifer Pattison Tuohy takes a look at the bigger picture behind why Amazon may have been interested in acquiring the company that makes robot vacuums. Basically, she writes, because Roombas have the capability to map out and gather intel on your residence’s floor plans, “Amazon bought iRobot to see inside your home.” She sees this merger, along with Amazon’s existing smart products, as a way for the company to get “a pretty complete picture of your daily life” and set up a comprehensive “ambient intelligence” home—which could raise eyebrows on privacy concerns. The founder of iRobot, Colin Angle, will remain at the helm of the company once the deal is approved by shareholders and regulators.

I know I am an old fart and still resist tech invading my life……I may be old but I can still change my thermostat and start my car….I will not Alexa into my home for any reason.

There are some thoughts and stuff for this Sunday….hopefully you found something either useful or entertaining….

Enjoy the rest of your weekend….be well….

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

That Usual Saturday News

The weekend and time to lighten up the posts.

Today’s edition is about the food we eat…..

The big news….as the Halloween season approaches Hersey has issued a statement…..

Halloween could be haunted by candy shortages this year, Hershey warned Thursday. The company said supply chain issues including shortages of raw materials like cocoa meant it would fall short of meeting demand over Halloween—its busiest time of year—and the holiday season, reports Reuters. Chief executive Michele Buck said the issues affecting the supply chain include the war in Ukraine, which has disrupted energy supplies to Germany (which provides Hershey with some of its equipment and supplies), the BBC reports. The company’s products include Twizzlers, Jolly Ranchers, Kit Kat bars, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Halloween production kicks off in the spring each year, and uses the same production lines as its everyday candy. When asked why Hershey hadn’t taken an “all hands on deck” approach to producing a Halloween stockpile, Buck said the company had decided to focus on keeping store shelves stocked now, the Washington Post reports. “It was a tough decision to balance that with the seasons, but we thought that was really important,” she said. Hershey said Thursday that second-quarter sales had grown 19% year-over-year. The company raised its profit forecast, with most of the growth expected to come from higher prices, Reuters notes.

A candy shortage?  Does that mean the sale of toilet paper will go up?

It is the age of Mountain Dew, a gamers favorite beverage, looks like Europe and Japan will have to do without the drink of choice….

“Mountain Dew’ll tickle yer innards, cuz there’s a bang in every bottle!” That’s what the hillbilly spokesmascot for the carbonated beverage used to say in this old TV commercial for the “Sof’ Drink.”

I thought the “bang” was the added caffeine (54 mg per 12 oz ounce serving as compared to 34 mg for the same amount of Coca-Cola) but it turns out to be brominated vegetable oil, which contains bromine.

According to NewsNation, bromine is “the element found in brominated flame retardants, which can build up in the body and potentially lead to memory loss, as well as skin and nerve problems.”

Sadly, our friends in Japan and the EU can no longer enjoy Moutain Dew or the equally delicious Fresca, because food containing bromine is banned in those places.

Mountain Dew and Fresca banned in EU and Japan because they contain an ingredient that can lead to memory loss

I live on the Gulf Coast and seafood is all the rage….one of those favs is crab….crab cakes, crab gumbo, crab salad et etc…..but these days the prices of crab meat is almost prohibited for most people…..about $10 a pint… many are switching to ‘imitation crab’…..what the Hell is that?

While it may seem like fake, processed food, indicative of modern cuisine, the roots of imitation crab go back hundreds of years to a substance called surimi. Surimi is a paste made from minced and washed mild white fish—typically pollock, but sometimes cod or tilapia—with additives to extend its shelf life. The main ingredient is usually Alaskan pollock or another type of white fish.

Japanese chefs originally created surimi to make use of extra or leftover fish fillets. It has been considered a delicacy for more than 900 years, and it’s still used in many popular Asian dishes, such as fish cakes. Chefs eventually stabilized the recipe and introduced it to other countries in the 1970s and ’80s, when it gained popularity in the United States as the foundational ingredient for imitation crab.

You’ll find surimi products clearly labeled as imitation or as a “processed seafood” or “fish protein,” per FDA policies. When dining out, be sure to ask waiters or other service staff if you’re getting the real deal or not. While it’s not the fresh, unprocessed original and will never taste exactly like real crab, many diners find that imitation crab is a satisfying, versatile and low-cost alternative.

What Is Imitation Crab Meat, Exactly?

Finally this report may be a bit yukky….and could make one leary of the food we eat…..

Among all the creepy-crawly creatures in the world, cockroaches are the creepy crawliest, according to many. These hearty insects live on nearly every continent and tend to build their homes in all sorts of nooks and crannies — and, in the view of the cockroach, the dirtier and more unappealing that place is, the better (via the BBC). In some parts of the world, though, cockroaches are on the menu, although that buggy diet has yet to catch on everywhere, as U.S. News & World Report notes. Even though roaches may yet to be served at a restaurant near you, far more people eat bits and pieces of insects — including cockroaches — than they realize, and the U.S. Government says it’s okay.

This makes some sense because insects are among the most plentiful and industrious living things on the planet, with nearly a million species so far identified, according to the World Atlas. What’s more, new orders of insects are discovered consistently, even today, as Scientific American goes on to report. Given the ubiquity of insects in every climate — and especially in and around our agricultural operations where food is grown and where what we eat gets processed and packaged — is it really reasonable to expect that no insect parts at all will make it into our food supply? Not according to the FDA’s Food Defect Levels Handbook.

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EEEEEEEW!  Well there goes my appetite for this morning.

Finally…..back in the day I was addicted to Altoid’s sour tangerine drops….and then one day they disappeared much to my chagrin….there are other foods food miss and would like to see them return…..

BuzzFeed posted the 40 discontinued foods that the world wants back…..and surprise my Altoids are on that list…….

Any thoughts?

Enjoy your Saturday and do not eat too much.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

That Usual Saturday News

The weekend begins and my service of providing my readers with the most worthless news out there…..hopefully they, my readers, will get a chuckle or two to start their weekend.

Spain has done something unique….I say bravo for Spain……

Spain has assured women that all of them are welcome on its beaches this summer. The nation’s equality ministry tweeted an image of five women of various ages and body types, one of whom appeared to have a mastectomy scar, with the message: “Summer is ours too. Enjoy it how, where and with whomever you want.” The tweet is part of a body positivity campaign produced by the ministry along with a Spanish rights group, NBC News reports. The Instituto de las Mujeres said Thursday it’s in response “to the fatphobia, hate and questioning of non-normative bodies, particularly women’s bodies that is more pronounced in the summer period.”

The campaign raised questions. A former leader of the United Left party called the effort absurd and said it’s an attempt to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. Others wondered whether women really need the government’s permission to go to the beach. Some posts asked why men were excluded, adding photos of various male body types. The ruling Podemos party answered the criticism, per the Guardian, by tweeting, “If bodies bother you, you can stay home tweeting.”

This is just scary…..makes one want to stay away from the pleasures of watery vacay……

The Missouri resident who was infected with a brain-eating amoeba while visiting Iowa has died. The unnamed person is believed to have contracted the amoeba while swimming in Taylor County’s Lake of Three Fires in late June; the lake was closed afterward as a precaution. No other cases have been reported. “Because these cases are so incredibly rare and out of respect for the family, we do not intend to release additional information about the patient which could lead to the person’s identification,” the communications director from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services tells the Des Moines Register.

The Naegleria fowleri amoeba, which has been called “the worst parasite in the world,” causes primary amebic meningoencephalitis, which has a fatality rate of 97%. The rare but deadly series of events happens when, while in warm freshwater, the amoeba goes up a person’s nose. It travels from there to the brain tissue and starts destroying it. Headaches, fever, nausea, and vomiting are among the initial symptoms. Of the 154 cases reported in the US over the past six decades, only four people have survived, NBC News reports. The lake has not yet been confirmed as the source, and other public water sources are being tested, officials say.

This gives a whole new definition of the term ‘brain worms’….

I live on the Gulf Coast and it was once the hub of the seafood industry….but when it declined casinos too over…..but I live in the center of seafood and yet I do not eat any of it…..for all those lovers of shrimp there is bad news.

Despite its popularity, there are a few reasons people avoid this seafood: For starters, the contaminants and cholesterol in shrimp are two concerns. Then, add in the serious questions about farming and harvesting and you may be wondering if shrimp is bad for you.

But, even with the downsides, there are plenty of benefits to snacking on this tasty crustacean. “In addition to being a healthy protein option, shrimp is a great source of selenium, copper and B12, which are all important in many parts of metabolism,” says Amanda Lane, RD, CDCES, founder of Healthful Lane Nutrition.

Here’s what you need to know about shrimps’ health risks, benefits and how to pick quality seafood.

Just like all animal products, there are a few health and sustainability concerns with eating shrimp.

Since I do not consume seafood I do not fish….but sport fishing is a big industry for the Gulf region…..this report illustrates it can be dangerous as well as sporty….

A 70-year-old woman was stabbed by the bill of a 100-pound sailfish that leapt out of the water as her companions were trying to reel it in on a boat near the Florida coast, authorities said. The sailfish stabbed the woman from Arnold, Maryland, in the groin area with its pointed bill on Tuesday while she was standing in the boat as two companions tried to bring it in on a fishing line about two miles offshore from Stuart, Florida, according to a report from the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, per the AP.

The companions applied pressure to the wound, and the woman was taken to Stuart for medical treatment. The woman told deputies that the incident happened so fast that she didn’t have time to react, according to the sheriff’s office report. Sailfish are among the fastest fish species in the ocean and, like the swordfish, are recognizable by their extended, pointed bills.

In these times of high inflation I try to give my readers something to help out their food choices…..this time it is roasted chick peas…..

Those cans of chickpeas sitting in your cupboard have been hiding an amazing secret. Roasted in the oven, chickpeas transform into a crispy, salty, savory snack. So tiny. So easy to eat by the handful. So irresistible. This is dangerous knowledge.

If you haven’t yet been introduced to this snack, please allow me to do the honors. Here is our step-by-step recipe for roasting chickpeas in the oven.

That be it for this Saturday……enjoy the read and enjoy your weekend… well and be safe….

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”