Saturday News Dump

The weekend and time for news that did not make the headlines….

First the local news…..

Yesterday the high was 104…it is now mid-night and the temp is 90…..no air movement so it is damn hot!….and today they say will be at least 4 degrees warmer….oh joy.

Mississippi and in particular the Coastal counties have a large surge in the Delta…..and the state governor…my daughter calls hims “Tater Twat”….. is a foolish leader and his denial….

Gov. Tate Reeves called the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent guidance on mask wearing “foolish” during a Thursday speech at the Neshoba County Fair, despite rocketing numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state, according to WAPT reporting.

“It has nothing to do with science,” the governor said in reference to the CDC guidelines, WAPT reported.

The majority of Mississippi is considered a high COVID-19 transmission area because of low vaccination rates causing climbing cases of new infections, according to the CDC data tracker. On Thursday, the one-day count of new COVID-19 infections in Mississippi reached 1,908, with the seven-day total of new cases at 9,999. The state hasn’t seen case counts that high since February.

(clarionledger.com)

Why can we NOT hold these ‘leaders’ accountable for the deaths that they cause?  Being stupid and partisan should be a crime.

The big push the the legalization of pot is ever present….but the Danes have found some problems in the research…..

A new study out of Denmark shows a link between increased cases of schizophrenia and cannabis use disorder. The study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, notes that both the use and potency of cannabis have gone up in the last 20 years. Cannabis use disorder is not the mere use of the drug, but a pattern of behavior that could include using too much even when there are negative consequences, or difficulty stopping use, per CNN. The study says cases of cannabis use disorder are going up, and it’s turning up in people diagnosed with schizophrenia. “There is, unfortunately, evidence to suggest that cannabis is increasingly seen as a somewhat harmless substance, Carsten Hjorthoj, one of the study’s authors, said.

Other researchers have suggested a link between use of cannabis and risk of schizophrenia. This study says schizophrenia cases have gone up in Denmark. The study used data from people who had already been diagnosed with cannabis use disorder—not people who use the drug more occasionally—and tracked who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, too. “Cannabis use disorder is not responsible for most schizophrenia cases, but it is responsible for a nonnegligible and increasing proportion, Tyler J. VanderWeele, a Harvard professor, wrote in a commentary accompanying the study.

Is this a joke or for real?

There are a few that call themselves “flat earthers”….they seem to believe the Earth is truly flat….

‘Be curious, not judgemental,’ Walt Whitman once said. Alas, when it comes to people who honestly believe the Earth is flat, it’s hard to think of anything but ridicule. It’s a fact that the planet is spherical, ergo round, and you can’t just fall off the side like Captain Jack Sparrow.

In a recent video from Brofessor Megan (@brofessorMegan), she speaks to a pair of ‘flat Earthers’, with one telling an absolutely wild story about their uncle. People still aren’t sure whether it’s all a big ruse.

‘Be curious, not judgemental,’ Walt Whitman once said. Alas, when it comes to people who honestly believe the Earth is flat, it’s hard to think of anything but ridicule. It’s a fact that the planet is spherical, ergo round, and you can’t just fall off the side like Captain Jack Sparrow.

In a recent video from Brofessor Megan (@brofessorMegan), she speaks to a pair of ‘flat Earthers’, with one telling an absolutely wild story about their uncle. People still aren’t sure whether it’s all a big ruse.

The brofessor asks if they’re running with flat Earth theory, sparking one of them to tell a nightmarish, sea-faring story. They explain they’re from Maine and apparently they’re a lobster fisherman.

‘So my uncle one time… he got in his boat, and he went way f*cking past the three-mile line, all the way out towards Canada. I swear to f*cking god, we never saw that motherf*cker again. He went all the way past towards Canada, and I believe personally that he sailed off the edge of the Earth,’ they say.

https://www.unilad.co.uk/viral/flat-earther-says-their-uncle-sailed-off-the-edge-of-the-earth-and-nobody-can-tell-if-theyre-joking/

Do you think people spend too much time staring at there phone screens?

From computers and tablets to smartphones and TV sets, nowadays most people’s days consist of staring at one screen and then moving on to the next. As such, a recent poll of 2,000 British adults reports a whopping 73 percent can’t even imagine going a full 24 hours without at least one screen to stare at.

How glued are we to our devices exactly? On average, researchers report adults spend about six hours daily in front of screens.

Consequently, respondents say their eyes are paying the price. Many told researchers they struggle just to keep their eyes open by around 6 p.m. The survey, which was commissioned by Artelac, also reports 41 percent of adults are experiencing dry eyes more frequently ever since the pandemic started.

Digital daze: 73% of adults ‘can’t imagine’ going a full day without looking at a screen

Addiction?

IMO, yes!

I have never been a big on running….well as they say only if being chased by a jealous husband…..and something I read about distance runners illustrates why…

In 2016, French walker Yohann Diniz soiled himself, and heroically continued, and was able to finish in eighth place, despite fainting several times due to his gastrointestinal distress. Paula Radcliffe stopped by the roadside during the 2005 London Marathon to relieve herself, while cameras caught the whole incident on camera.

Julie Moss – who entered the Hawaii Ironman Triathalon as part of her research for her exercise physiology thesis – unfortunately, lost control of her legs and bowels at roughly the same time during the marathon event, which is as messy as you’d imagine. If you need further help imagining it, she described the incident as the “ultimate, giant, chocolate mess”.

So what is it about the sport that makes so many participants poo-their-pants?

First off, runner’s diarrhea, as it is known, is a real thing. A study published in the National Library of Medicine in 1992 asked 109 long-distance athletes about their bowel movements around their runs. Sixty-two percent reported that they had stopped for a bowel movement during training, 43 percent said that they had “nervous” diarrhea before a race, 51 percent said that they had experienced diarrhea after a race, and 12 percent reported full-on fecal incontinence while running.

https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/marathon-runners-poop-themselves-an-extraordinary-amount-heres-why/

Have a great weekend…I will make myself scarce for a couple of days for we are dealing with a family health issue….

Be Well Be Safe

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Saturday News Dump

All the news that fell through the media cracks…..this week is medical/health news and some other stuff for good measure.

But first some really useless news…..birds cannot fart but spiders can…..

On a personal note–my fig tree is producing nicely this year….enough for me to have a midday snack of figs/feta and honey for the last week….

Now on to the important stuff….

There may be some good news for the treatment of breast cancer….something is is effecting my family now…..

One such cancer is metastatic estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer. This aggressive form of breast cancer is the most common form of breast cancer, yet some cases are entirely incurable due to various mutations that can make it resistant to treatment. 

However, scientists may have discovered a new weakness – and it’s a big one. 

In a recent study published in Science Translational Medicine, researchers from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign outline a new compound that directly targets human metastatic breast cancer cells and all their metastases (secondary growths around the body as a result of the cancer spreading) in mice, resulting in almost complete tumor regression. 

They hope the new compound opens a new line of inquiry into halting and destroying the aggressive form of cancer, potentially developing a new class of anti-cancer drugs that could finally combat metastasis. 

Metastatic estrogen receptor-positive (ERα) breast cancer is special in that it utilizes estrogen as a means to grow. As such, current therapies aim at depleting estrogen in the bodies of afflicted people – stop the “food” source and the cancer cannot grow out of control. Unfortunately, ERα cancers have a tendency to gain mutations that allow them to bypass this limitation and continue to grow, making it much harder to treat and incredibly deadly. 

https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/new-drug-destroys-breast-cancer-and-all-secondary-growths-in-mice-by-almost-100/

The news about the treatment of Alzheimer’s is not so good…..

Alzheimer’s disease is, among all the ailments that afflict humanity, perhaps the most terrifying: a disease that robs a person of their identity and disintegrates their relationships; for which there is no proven treatment or cure; and that can last for years, requiring enormous sums of money to ensure that many patients have specialized or round-the-clock care.

And it all leads toward an inevitable destination: death. Because this is also a disease with a 100 percent fatality rate.

That is the reality that millions of Americans and their families are currently confronting, and that millions have before them. They are the people at the center of the fight over the FDA’s controversial approval of Aduhelm, the first new Alzheimer’s drug in decades.

The FDA approved Aduhelm over the objections of its own scientific advisers, who said the mixed evidence of its benefits did not outweigh the known risks. The agency has now called for an independent investigator to probe the approval process. Medicare has begun a months-long process to decide whether it should cover Aduhelm and for whom, and several private health insurers have said they won’t cover the drug, given the limited evidence of its effectiveness. Last week, the Cleveland Clinic and Mount Sinai, two of the best-known hospital systems in the US, said they wouldn’t administer it for the same reason.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/22577776/alzheimers-disease-dementia-symptoms-aduhelm-drug

Some of the big news last week was the billionaire’s race to space…..

What about the pollution that those damn rockets throw off?

Burning these propellants provides the energy needed to launch rockets into space while also generating greenhouse gases and air pollutants. Large quantities of water vapour are produced by burning the BE-3 propellant, while combustion of both the VSS Unity and Falcon fuels produces CO₂, soot and some water vapour. The nitrogen-based oxidant used by VSS Unity also generates nitrogen oxides, compounds that contribute to air pollution closer to Earth.

Roughly two-thirds of the propellant exhaust is released into the stratosphere (12 km-50 km) and mesosphere (50 km-85 km), where it can persist for at least two to three years. The very high temperatures during launch and re-entry (when the protective heat shields of the returning crafts burn up) also convert stable nitrogen in the air into reactive nitrogen oxides.

These gases and particles have many negative effects on the atmosphere. In the stratosphere, nitrogen oxides and chemicals formed from the breakdown of water vapour convert ozone into oxygen, depleting the ozone layer which guards life on Earth against harmful UV radiation. Water vapour also produces stratospheric clouds that provide a surface for this reaction to occur at a faster pace than it otherwise would.

https://www.iflscience.com/space/space-tourism-rockets-emit-100-times-more-co-per-passenger-than-flights-imagine-a-whole-industry/

My thought is since you guys have massaged your damn egos then how about paying your damn taxes!

Here is another look at the so called race to space……https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/07/22/billionaire-space-race-ultimate-symbol-flawed-capitalism

Finally….did you know BIRDS are not real?

Yes Irene this in the newest stupidity from the conspiracy morons…..birds are not real……

The group “birds aren’t real”, who claim that birds are no longer real, have conducted a rally in the US, in the hope of converting others to their views.

For those uninitiated, the birds aren’t real movement claims that birds were once real but have now been replaced with drones by – you guessed it – none other than Barack Obama, back in 2001. The new robot birds are used to monitor Americans, according to the conspiracy theory.

“After the government killed off the last real bird in 2001, they released the beta versions of the first prototype bird drones, as shown in these tapes. WHAT A COINCIDENCE that on October 27th, 2001, PEARL HARBOR happened. Yet no one seems to draw the correlation. Sheep.

“Call me misinformed, call me stupid, call me under-educated, I don’t care. Just because I didn’t go to ‘high school’ doesn’t mean that I’m any less intelligent. I just haven’t been brainwashed and institutionalized like you all. I know that I am #WOKE and one day you all will see.”

Despite the obvious absurdity of the premise, the movement has a lot of supporters both online and offline. The rally, which took place in Springfield, Missouri, was attended by a large number of people, given that they were there to spread the word that birds are robots.

https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/birds-arent-real-the-hot-new-conspiracy-theory-taking-america-by-storm/amp.html

Please enjoy your weeks…..be well and be safe….

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Saturday News Dump

News that you may be able to use……

Covid is still the big story in the media…..and the vaccines are making the news….J&j vaccine has some bad news……

Another setback for the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine: The FDA has added a new warning to on the one-shot vaccine after reports of a rare side effect. The CDC says there have been around 100 reports of people contracting Guillain-Barre syndrome after receiving the J&J vaccine. Most of them were hospitalized and one person died, though regulators say it’s not entirely clear whether the shot caused the problem, the AP reports. The CDC says around 12.8 million doses of the vaccine have been administered and there does not appear to be a similar increased risk of the autoimmune disorder with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine, the Washington Post reports.

The CDC describes the syndrome as a “rare disorder where the body’s immune system damages nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis.” The CDC says most of the estimated 3,000 to 6,000 people who develop GBS each year in the US recover fully. People sometimes develop the syndrome after the flu or other infections, including COVID-19. The CDC says the cases linked to the J&J vaccine mainly occurred in men over 50 around two weeks after vaccination. Health officials describe the issue as a “small possible risk.” The FDA says people who receive the J&J shot should seek medical attention if they experience symptoms including tingling sensations and double vision.

As a massive coffee drinker I am always reading about the benefits and the side effects of the caffeine I consume…

It seems that I am in a ‘altered state’ because of my love of coffee….

When author Michael Pollan decided to tackle the subject of psychoactive drugs—specifically, opium, mescaline, and caffeine—for his new book, This Is Your Mind On Plants, he consumed the first two in the name of experimental journalism. But he actually stopped using caffeine, just to see what would happen, and it’s that experience he documents in an excerpt published Tuesday in the Guardian. Besides detailing his withdrawal symptoms once that “dark day” of eliminating coffee from his diet arrived, Pollan also takes a look back at the centuries-old use of caffeine found in coffee and tea, with everyone from Buddhist monks trying to stay awake during meditation sessions to writers in English coffeehouses gulping down the drug. Caffeine has even become political at times: England’s King Charles II, worried that said coffeehouses were incubators for political rebellions, kick-started an ill-fated “war on coffee” to shut such foment down.

Pollan delves into both the physical benefits caffeine confers—he cites studies that show the drug has been tied to increased alertness, memory, focus, and even physical performance such as endurance—and its issues, notably the havoc it causes to our sleep cycles. This, he notes, leads to an “insidious” irony: “The drug is not only a leading cause of our sleep deprivation; it is also the principal tool we rely on to remedy the problem.” He also comes to realize how ingrained caffeine is in our daily existence and functioning. “It’s so pervasive that it’s easy to overlook the fact that to be caffeinated is not baseline consciousness but, in fact, an altered state,” he writes. “It just happens to be a state that virtually all of us share, rendering it invisible.” More here on how Pollan fared during his caffeine-free three months—and what happened once he finally allowed himself a double-shot espresso again.

Since I am getting oh so old coffee is one of the last addictions that I have….but I refuse to drink those uber caffeine drinks that the kids are addicted to….I prefer my coffee and black.

You know that the ‘oval office’ (my name for the bathroom) is time of silence and contemplation…but what happens when that ‘me’ time is disturbed?

This report is hilarious and at the same time a bit scary…..

An elderly Austrian man had an unpleasant surprise waiting for him while answering nature’s call early Monday: a python, in his toilet. The man, identified by the BBC as 65-year-old Walter Erhart, tells the broadcaster that he “went to the toilet as usual” in his Graz apartment around 6am on Monday, “switched on the light, turned, sat down as I always did”—and then “suddenly felt a nip” in his genital area. Police in the province of Styria say that nip was from a 5 1/4-foot albino reticulated python hanging out in the bowl, an escapee from the apartment of Erhart’s 24-year-old neighbor, per the AP. A reptile expert retrieved the python from Erhart’s toilet, cleaned it up, and returned it to its owner. Erhart was said to have suffered just minor injuries.

Police think the python may have ended up in the drainpipes of its owner’s apartment and then made its way into Erhart’s bathroom. They note that the neighbor keeps a total of 11 nonvenomous constrictor snakes, as well as a gecko. He’s under investigation on suspicion of causing bodily harm by negligence. Meanwhile, back in the States, the public is breathing a sigh of relief in Baton Rouge after a Burmese python named Cara was found early Thursday, two days after she escaped from her enclosure inside Louisiana’s largest shopping mall, per WPLG. Cara, described as a “nonpoisonous” and “very sweet” snake, slithered out of her home in the Mall of Louisiana’s Blue Zoo on Tuesday; the zoo shut down during the search for Cara, though the mall remained open. She was recaptured just after 4am on Thursday.

I do not know if I would have been so kind as to return the snake to owner.

There is your Saturday news dump….

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Imagine A Country Like This

This is an excellent look at the direct of this country through the pen of Paul Street……

Imagine a nation so reactionary and racist that “Black Lives Matter” is considered a “radical slogan” inside its borders.

Imagine a nation so racially unequal that the median household wealth of its Black households is equal to 7 cents on the dollar of its median white households.

Imagine a nation so sexist that its women make 82 cents for every dollar men make while 15% to 20% of its women have been raped and girls and women are regularly subjected to sexual harassment and domestic violence.

Imagine a nation so sexist that its women’s rights to control their own bodies and reproductive decisions are under constant patriarchal assault.

Imagine a nation so racist that its states pass laws suppressing the votes of non-whites and forbidding honest teaching about the country’s long and ongoing history of racial oppression, including two and a half centuries of Black slavery.

Imagine a nation so classist that it taxes its teachers, secretaries, and waitresses at a higher rate than it taxes its parasitic corporate and financial oligarchs.

Imagine a nation so classist and plutocratic that it lets a lethal pandemic produce an increase in its already obscene over-concentration of wealth while hundreds of thousands of its citizens die from the disease.

Imagine a “democracy” so classist and plutocratic that it can only and barely replace its fascist billionaire president with a conservative corporate toady who promised his wealthy backers in advance that “No one’s standard would change, nothing would fundamentally change” when he became chief executive.

Imagine a nation that claims to be the homeland and headquarters of democracy while its politics and government are structured to render majority public opinion irrelevant beneath the hidden rule of an underlying un-elected class dictatorship of capital.

There is more to think about….read on……

Imagine a Nation Like This

Any thoughts?

Closing with a classic John Lennon tune…..

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Saturday Round-Up

Lots of use less news and I would like to let my readers know stuff they may not be aware of….this is stuff that is not important enough for the MSM to bother reporting…..

Most of us know the saga that an asteroid ended the dinosaurs rein as the supreme creatures of this planet and that may not be the whole story…..

You’ve heard how an asteroid strike 66 million years ago wiped out the dinosaurs. But there’s more to the story, according to a new study, which suggests non-avian dinosaurs weren’t doing so hot before sulfates and dust filled the atmosphere—some 10 million years before, in fact. “The alternative scenario is that dinosaur diversity was … lower just before the asteroid impact than millions of years before,” Fabien Condamine, lead author of the study published in Nature Communications, tells New Scientist. Condamine and colleagues developed a computer model to assess species diversity and extinction rates, factoring in 1,600 fossils from 247 dinosaur species dated from 150 million to 66 million years ago. They determined species were going extinct faster than they were being replaced ahead of the asteroid impact.

The dinosaurs’ “sudden” troubles began 76 million years ago, when “rates of extinction rose and in some cases, the rate of origin of new species dropped off,” Condamine says in a release, per CNN. Co-author Mike Benton notes “the longer-lived dinosaur species were more liable to extinction, perhaps reflecting that they could not adapt to the new conditions on Earth.” This coincided with a cooling of the global climate, says Benton. “Then, the loss of herbivores made the ecosystems unstable and prone to [an] extinction cascade.” In this view, the asteroid impact was “a coup de grâce,” Condamine tells New Scientist. However, some fault the study, which contradicts another that found dinosaurs would’ve thrived had the asteroid missed, for its basis on an incomplete fossil record.

WE are all worried about getting older…..well the military is testing a pill that will preserve the mental process as soldiers get older…..

Special Operations Command expects to move into clinical trials next year of a pill that may inhibit or reduce some of the degenerative affects of aging and injury — part of a broader Pentagon push for “improved human performance.”

The pill “has the potential, if it is successful, to truly delay aging, truly prevent onset of injury — which is just amazingly game changing,” Lisa Sanders, director of science and technology for Special Operations Forces, acquisition, technology & logistics (SOF AT&L), said Friday.

“We have completed pre-clinical safety and dosing studies in anticipation of follow-on performance testing in fiscal year 2022,” Navy Cmdr. Tim Hawkins, a SOCOM spokesperson, said.

https://breakingdefense.com/2021/06/socom-to-test-anti-aging-pill-next-year/

Plant a tree and save the planet…..we all have heard this statement in one form or another….but how accurate is it?

Afforestation is an unreliable way of sequestering atmospheric carbon, according to several key figures interviewed by Dezeen as part of our carbon revolution series.

 

While trees capture huge amounts of carbon, they need to remain growing for a long time to be effective carbon stores, experts say.

In addition, the timber they produce needs to be put to long-term use to prevent the carbon it contains from quickly going back into the atmosphere when it rots or is burned.

“Planting trees is probably the most difficult potential method from a measurement and verification perspective,” said Paul Gambrill, CEO of carbon marketplace Nori in an interview with Dezeen.

“Forests need to have a permanence of 100 years to be effective”

https://www.dezeen.com/2021/07/05/carbon-climate-change-trees-afforestation/

In a hundred years there will not be much left of this planet….more needs doing and now.

This is for all the dog lovers……and the Covid bitch that is raging the planet…..

There’s a “surprisingly high chance” people who contract COVID-19 will pass it on to their pets, according to the author of a yet-to-be-published study, with cats especially susceptible. Researchers searched for antibodies in 48 cats and 54 dogs from 77 households where a prior COVID-19 infection was confirmed and found them in 67% of cats (32) and 43% of dogs (23), per Live Science. Researchers also tested 75 stray cats and 75 dogs and cats in animal shelters, and found they had far lower rates of antibodies. Just 3% of stray cats (2) and 9% of shelter animals overall (7) tested positive. That suggests human-to-animal transmission is at play, because the shelter animals have less contact with people. Indeed, there is no sign of transmission from pets to humans, as noted in a Dutch study that found some 20% of exposed pets were infected, per the BBC.

Owners reported that most pets with antibodies developed only mild symptoms, if any. Some 20% of pet dogs (11) were symptomatic with cough, loss of appetite, and reduced energy levels at the time their owners were sick, but recovered quickly. On the other hand, 27% of pet cats (13) had mild symptoms, including runny nose and difficulty breathing, while 6% (3) had severe symptoms. “Cats, especially those that sleep on their owner’s bed, seem to be particularly vulnerable,” lead author Dorothee Bienzle of Canada’s University of Guelph says in a release. Researchers say the virus may bind more easily to the cell receptors of cats than dogs. But they also say cats may be more likely than dogs to sleep near an owner’s face.

If you do not give a crap about your family at least show some sympathy for the possibility that you could infect your canine companion who depends on you to keep them safe.

Here is a closing thought that was sent to me by my best friend Gene….

Here is the final word on nutrition and health. It’s a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting medical studies.
The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than do the British or Americans.
The French eat a lot of fat and also suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.
The Japanese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.
The Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and also suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.
The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

CONCLUSION
Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what could kill you. 

Have a great weekend…..

Be Well…..Be Safe…..

“lego ergo scribo”

Sunday Observations

AS the weekend begins and I stand down from the news of the day….I would like to offer some observations……

Bars and eateries are non-smoking because second hand smoke could be hazardous to your health…..but yet something as infectious as Covid it is perfectly okay to go unprotected and possibly expose people to the virus. Where is that commonsense?

Do eggplants have a gender?

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How much is spent every year on those people that are determined to stop that aging clock?

Sorry to say that is money pissed away…..

You can stop looking for the fountain of youth now. It does not exist, according to new research, which finds it’s likely impossible to slow the rate of aging due to biological constraints. While that might seem like a foregone conclusion, an unprecedented study brought together scientists from 42 institutions in 14 countries to test the theory that species face a relatively fixed rate of aging from adulthood. This involved monitoring 30 species of primates over decades so their lifespans could be compared to those of humans. The same general pattern of mortality—a high risk of death in infancy, followed by a rapid decline into early adulthood, then a constant rise with advanced age—appeared across populations of gorillas, baboons, chimpanzees, and guenons in the wild and in zoos, as well as modern and historical human populations, including hunter-gatherers, per the Guardian.

This suggests that “rather than slowing down death, more people are living much longer due to a reduction in mortality at younger ages,” Oxford University researcher José Manuel Aburto says in a release. He notes life expectancy in 17th-century Europe was low because many people died young. “More people get to live much longer now,” thanks to “medical, social, and environmental improvements.” But “the trajectory towards death in old age has not changed.” Indeed, “this study suggests evolutionally biology trumps everything.” Basically “human death is inevitable … no matter how many vitamins we take, how healthy our environment is or how much we exercise,” co-lead author Fernando Colchero of the University of Southern Denmark says in another release. He leaves a little hope for those aiming to live forever, though, noting scientific advances might yet achieve “what evolution could not.”

This should go into the “Can’t Fix Stupid” file….

Of course one of the biggest stupids is FOX’s lead moron, Tucker Carlson…..seems he found a new piece of crap to d a freak out on air…..the shrinking of our children……

Tucker Carlson is freaking out about something a professor said at a conference five years ago, as Tucker Carlson is prone to do. He also used those remarks to insinuate they’re about the future scientists want despite that being false, as Tucker Carlson is prone to do.

In a segment on Tuesday night, the Fox News host played a clip of Matthew Liao, a bioethicist at New York University, speaking at the 2016 World Science Festival. In it, Liao discusses using forms of what he calls “human engineering”—or genetic modification—to curb the climate crisis. The ideas are bad, but they’re utterly fringe. Activists are clamoring for transforming society, not individual humans. You’d never know that from watching the segment, though.

In another clip from the 2016 conference, Liao said that since it takes more energy to transport large people than small ones, we could use human engineering to make people have smaller children. At this suggestion, Carlson went wild.

https://gizmodo.com/tucker-carlson-thinks-climate-change-is-a-conspiracy-to-1847158016

I cannot let One America Network off the hook….they belong in the “Can’t Fix Stupid” file as swell….

OAN’s Pearson Sharp called for the execution of any “traitor” involved with what he described as a “carrying out a coup against the presidency.”

Sharp opened the essay by claiming “the simple facts point to massive and widespread problems with voting integrity,” suggesting of course that former President Donald Trump lost the election to President Joe Biden solely due to alleged widespread voter fraud. He did not.

This is a baseless and dangerous lie, of course, as Republican and Trump-appointed judges have found no such evidence in dozens of court cases last year, and former Attorney General Bill Barr said that the Justice Department found no evidence either.

OAN Host Calls For Execution of Thousands Who Stole Election From Trump in Shocking Video

Not to worry here is more stupid to be had……

This time it is a senator from Oklahoma on the possibility of statehood for DC…..

Sen. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) does not want the District of Columbia to become a state, no he does not! And in a hearing held by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Tuesday, he laid out his very sound logic on why it’s perfectly reasonable for the 689,000 people who live in the District to go without meaningful representation in Congress. Basically, it boils down to “DC has never had representation in Congress, so that’s how it goes.”

But the details get pretty darn goofy, particularly when Lankford starts talking about the people who actually live in DC. He seems to think maybe they’re all lobbyists, legislators, journalists, and others who “move to” DC, so they know what they’re in for.

Then he moved on to the dubious claim that the founders absolutely never intended the federal district to become a state, insisting the original intent was that the “federal government does not exist under the authority of any state, or try to interact with the state,” which seems to ignore that there actually is a pretty sizeable population there, somehow.

He also noted that DC isn’t even big enough to be a state, and that it’s “literally one-tenth of the size of my hometown of Oklahoma City, which is a fun little distortion. He must mean land area, since METRO Oklahoma City’s population — you know, including the suburbs — was 989,000 in 2020, just 300,000 people more than live in DC. (The city itself is more like 669,000.) So by that standard, perhaps both Dakotas, Alaska, Vermont, and Wyoming should lose representation.

https://www.wonkette.com/us-senator-explains-dc-can-t-become-state-because-nobody-has-to-live-there

DAMN!  The “Can’t Fix Stupid” file just keeps expanding…..

 

Those Worthless Links

Before I go any further I need to wish all my fathers out there a very happy Fathers Day…

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When I post on something I try to include links so that my reader can check the information and my accuracy……as well as the back story so that gaps can fill in any blanks that I may have inadvertently left to the imagination.

Like on 08 June I posted an article remembering the dastardly attack in 1967 on the US Naval vessel, USS Liberty, there is a wealth of information about this attack that killed 34 sailors wounded many….and yet not one person click on the links to see the “rest of the story”.

Looks like since it was Israel that killed those sailors no one wants the story to be told…..it is as if no one gives a sh*t about the deaths and injuries. But let a couple Americans get killed in say a hijacking and these same Americans are ready to go to war.

I think it is PATHETIC that Americans care so little about our war dead.

I am rethinking the use of links.

Since they are about as useful as soiled toilet paper….why bother?

Why waste my time trying to help the reader understand complex issues?

Maybe I would do better if I wrote fluff pieces.  Self-help, fashion, yada yada yada……but I rule out mind numbing BS.  Or maybe try poetry again (tried and was a failure).

I read many posts that bitch about the condition of this country…..and yet those posts are about as well received as a rattlesnake in heat…..they want answer to what is happening then look no further than unused links.

I provide these links as a service to my readers….but few bother….so why continue to assist at every turn?

This type of apathy is what drove me out of political commentary for a decade….and it is very close to doing it again.

I fight every day trying to inform and educate….most of my effect falls on blind eyes…..so why bother?

Now I can understand why QAnon and the ilk are so popular….the people do not care!

Think about it….the country is going to Hell and rapidly and my most popular post is “Watermelon Makes You Horny”…..for me that says it all.

To say that I am a bit disappointed that few care enough to check the ‘rest of the story’ would be an understatement….keep in mind that when you are bitching about the state of our country and you look in a mirror then you are face to face with the problem.

Please do not misinterpret my post….I am proud of the followers and readers and commenters that visit IST on a regular basis….to those loyal readers I say thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I shall continue (for now) to write what I know….but the links may be sparse or non-existent….that is what I want to do….but I know that I will continue and hope concern will return.

Have a great day and enjoy the time with your children….

Peace Out!

“lego ergo scribo”

Saturday News

As the holiday begins we here on the Gulf Coast are looking at our first storm of the season….lots of wind and rain…..TS Claudette…..rain hard and steady for 6 hours….

The weekend begins and I have a wealth of absolutely useless news to share with my reader…..

Can a 7 year old be arrested for rape?

In New York state, children as young as 7 can be arrested and charged as juvenile delinquents in family court. But is that age too young? It’s a question being asked in the state, one that was amplified by the March 23 arrest of a 7-year-old in Brasher Falls, NY, on a charge of third-degree rape, reports WWNY. Virtually no additional details of the case are known due to privacy regulations (the New York Post reports the incident allegedly happened on Thanksgiving), but the New York Times uses it as a springboard for examining whether said arrest should have happened at all. According to some judges, lawyers, and juvenile justice experts they spoke to, no—they say at his age, it would be better for social service agencies to step in, which does occur in hundreds of cases each year. In 2019, New York’s family courts heard 121 cases involving children 12 and under.

Dawne Mitchell, head of the Legal Aid Society’s juvenile rights practice, says that’s because children of that age aren’t cognitively capable of understanding the consequences that follow their actions, and that being put in handcuffs and taken to court exacts a psychological toll that can be traumatic and set them on a path toward recidivism. And a Queens attorney suggested to the Post that the case was as pointless as it is “absurd”: “They’d have to prove he actually physically committed this act, which to me it almost seems to be an impossibility.” New York’s State Legislature may have a chance to weigh in by way of a bill that would up that age from 7 to 12; the Times notes that the UN in 2018 urged countries to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 14. Connecticut also has a minimum age of 7; North Carolina has the lowest specified age in the country, at just 6.

Really?

Looks like an ex-Marine wants to make the state of Maine an all white state….

According to private chat logs obtained by Vice News, a neo-Nazi and ex-Marine has plans to turn the state of Maine into an all-white ethnostate.

Chris Pohlhaus, 34, who has thousands of followers on his popular far-right social media network, sent a series of messages on Telegram that details his plans for white people to move to Maine and make a “white future” for themselves.

Speaking to Vice News, Pohlhaus said that he’s “not doing anything illegal.”

https://www.rawstory.com/leaked-messages-show-ex-marine-has-plans-for-maine-to-be-an-all-white-ethnostate/

Those damn flag burners!

GOP Sen. Steve Daines (Mont.) on Monday reintroduced a constitutional amendment to bar the “physical desecration of the American flag.”

“The American flag is a symbol of liberty and a beacon of hope. It represents the ideals that our nation was built upon and for decades, brave men and women have carried its colors into battle to defend the United States of America,” the Montana senator said in a statement released on Flag Day.

“The Stars and Stripes are a representation of freedom. We must always protect and respect the American flag,” he added.

Daines has introduced this amendment two times before.

The measure was co-sponsored by Republican Sens. Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), Mike Crapo (Idaho), Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.) and Kevin Cramer (N.D.).

Flag burning, an often controversial form of protest, is considered to be a protected form of self-expression under the First Amendment. In the landmark 1989 Supreme Court case Texas v. Johnson, the court ruled 5-4 that Gregory Lee Johnson, a protester who burned a flag, could express politically charged symbolic speech even if it meant desecrating a national symbol.

(the hill.com)

So the Supreme Court is not the last word on law…..gotta love the GOP…they never miss a chance to do stupid stuff.

“My opponent wants me dead”  Uttering from an in-bred Floridian running for office…..

Anna Paulina Luna want to unseat Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist in next year’s election—but she’s worried that potential rivals for the Republican nomination will kill her first. Luna, who lost to Crist in Florida’s 13th District last year, has obtained a stalking injunction against William Braddock, who plans to enter the race this week, the Tampa Bay Times reports. In her petition, she says she was made aware of a a plan “to murder me made by William Braddock in an effort to prevent me from winning the election.” She claims Braddock is working with two other people she describes as “political rivals,” including Amanda Makki, her opponent in the district’s 2020 GOP primary, to “take her out.”

The injunction bans Braddock from a conservative-friendly coffee shop and any event where Luna is speaking. A spokesperson for Luna tells the Hill that there are multiple ongoing law enforcement investigations based on Braddock’s “own threats and actions, and we are confident the facts will be public at the appropriate time.” There will be a hearing on extending the injunction on June 22 and Braddock tells the Times that he’s not planning on preparing for it because he hasn’t done anything wrong. “This woman is off her rocker and she does not need to be representing anyone,” says Braddock, who accuses Luna of filing a false police report. Luna won the 2020 nomination with the help of a nomination from Rep. Matt Gaetz, Raw Story notes

Just a typical GOP candidate these days….batcrap crazy!

How much do you enjoy lobster?

Seems Red Lobster is making false claims about the lobsters it serves to his diners….

Red Lobster has been making some fishy claims about its product, according to a class- action lawsuit filed in California. According to court documents, the plaintiffs say the chain markets its lobster and shrimp as “sustainable” and “responsible” when the truth is very different, IntraFish reports. The lawsuit, which accuses Red Lobster of making deceptive claims, says the chain’s Maine lobster comes from suppliers who use “environmentally destructive practices that threaten endangered populations of North American right whales.” Part of the Maine lobster fishery lost its Marine Stewardship Council certification last year after a judge ruled that it was a threat to whales.

The lawsuit also states that Red Lobster’s shrimp comes from sources that “do not employ the highest environmental or animal welfare standards,” including farms in Indonesia, Vietnam, India, and China. The lawsuit calls for the chain to pay damages to consumers and drop its claims of sustainability. Red Lobster declined to comment on the suit, but Marianne LaCroix, executive director of the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative, tells Maine Public Radio that it is misguided. “The fishermen and the state have been working to protect right whales for over 20 years now and have made great strides,” she says. “

Just another marketing scheme to make diners feel better about the stuff they use or consume.

Boycott Red Lobster if you have a soul.

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Sunday News Round-Up

It is a Sunday……and that means News that you cannot use……

The national news this morning was that some golfer who was leading a tournament had to withdraw because he tested positive for Covid……

May I see a show of hands of those that give a crap about some golfer?

Really!  Who gives a toss?

Can you remember back in the early days of the pandemic?  All the panic buying of toilet paper….now that the country is starting to open up once again there is a new panic buying spree……

It wasn’t that long ago we were reading about pandemic-triggered rushes on items such as toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Two stories in the Wall Street Journal reflect how times have changed. For one thing, there’s a now a glut of hand sanitizer on the market, so much so that supermarkets are struggling to move it from their shelves, according to the Journal. The second story, headlined “The Great American Cleanup,” might be more telling: It catalogs a surge in sales for products related to personal grooming and the end of cooped-up living. Think deodorant, teeth-whitening gel, sunscreen, perfume, nail polish, swimsuits, luggage, and alarm clocks. The story notes that these sales aren’t spiking as dramatically as the shortage-related sales in the worst of the pandemic, but they still reflect a clear trend as masks come off and people get together more.

“Caring for oneself became a real personal and even introspective exercise, while other areas that relate more to presenting yourself to other people took a back seat,” says Eric O’Toole of Edgewell Personal Care Co., whose brands include Schick razors for men and women. “That’s beginning to shift back.” While increased sales of such items might not be a huge surprise, USA Today reports on another spike in a more unexpected area: multi-generational homes. Sales of houses where grandparents will live with their children and grandchildren, and perhaps an aunt and uncle or two, ticked up from 11% to 15% during the pandemic. The trend toward such living has generally been on the rise in recent years, but the pandemic appears to have accelerated it, writes Swapna Venugopal Ramaswamy.

Hide your Axe and Dove….horde your beauty products from all those nefarious social climbers.

Health news…..fir good health turn off the TV…….

With the explosion of streaming services on top of cable and satellite and even old-fashioned over-the-air viewing, there’s more TV to watch than ever. That might be the problem. Three studies have found middle-age people who watch moderate to high amounts of TV are at greater risk of losing brain function and memory when they get older, Health Day reports. But researchers aren’t sure whether the declines are caused by the act of watching television or the act of sitting on the couch for hours. The pandemic makes the research timely, said the president of the American Heart Association. “We know people are spending more time engaging in sedentary behaviors such as watching television,” said Mitchell S.V. Elkind, per Courthouse News. But the habit is “easy to modify and could make a big difference in maintaining and improving brain health.”

The studies were conducted differently, but all tracked viewing habits over years, using brain scans or performance tests to check for changes. Researchers found less deep gray matter later in life among those who sometimes or often watched TV. One study’s author said that the findings are significant because the origins of dementia have been traced to midlife. “That’s a period where modifiable behaviors such as excessive television viewing can be targeted and reduced to promote healthy brain aging,” he said. More than 7 million new dementia cases are diagnosed globally each year, and the rate is climbing. Sedentary habits are so harmful that the benefits of, say, going for a run can be wiped out by then sitting at a desk, Elkind said. “The more movement, the better,” he advised. “Try to get some activity in every hour.”

Take walk for christ sake!

There has been a lot written about the invasion of the cicadas….a 17 year phenom…well for most but not here in the South they seem to be around every year….

The FDA issued a “ruling”…..

Trillions of Brood X cicadas have emerged in eastern states after 17 years underground—and while the insects are being praised as a tasty low-fat food source, the Food and Drug Administration has sounded a note of caution. “Yep! We have to say it! Don’t eat cicadas if you’re allergic to seafood as these insects share a family relation to shrimp and lobsters,” the FDA tweeted Wednesday. United Nations researchers recently warned that people allergic to crustaceans are “particularly vulnerable to developing allergic reactions to edible insects, due to allergen cross-reactivity,” reports NBC.

David Stukus, a member of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s Medical Scientific Council, tells the Washington Post that people with seafood allergies would be wise to take a better-safe-than-sorry-approach. “There’s no good clinical research evaluating the risk of ingesting cicadas for people with shellfish allergies, so we are extrapolating,” he says. Stukus says the allergic reaction to shellfish is triggered by the ingestion of a muscle protein and there is no danger of a reaction if people just handle the insects or their skeletons. The Post notes that chefs have been sharing recipes for cicada cookies, cicada sushi, cicada tacos—and, for the first time, cicadas cooked in air fryers.

Bon Apetite….

Just a little of the news you probably missed…..

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Why I Hate The 24 Hour News Cycle

AS a political activist on many levels I enjoyed reading the news and write about what was happening here in this country and around the world….and then in 1980 Ted Turner started CNN and I was thrilled at the opportunity to have news whenever I wanted it….a writers dream.

That was then and this is now.

The media has become the driving force of the hegemony……Media hegemony is a perceived process by which certain values and ways of thought promulgated through the mass media become dominant in society.

Media hegemony has been presented as influencing the way in which reporters in the media – themselves subject to prevailing values and norms – select news stories and put them across.

Take the recent news about the pandemic…

A poll found that 13% of respondents overall said they will “definitely not” be vaccinated, signaling that significant hurdles remain in the nation’s vaccination campaign. (KHN is the editorially independent newsroom of KFF, an endowed nonprofit organization providing national information on health issues.)

Among all groups, Republicans and white evangelical Christians were the most likely to say they will not get vaccinated, with almost 30% of each group saying they will “definitely not” get a shot.

Now if these fools have decided not to get vaccinated then no amount of endless positive news on a loop will change their minds and yet I am still hearing the same news over and over.

If these people want to be stupid then I say screw them and move on.

And this is not the only time the MSM has beat a story to death to fill air time.

The media wants to drive the conversation no matter the issue…they are creating news instead of reporting it.

How can this be?

First of all thank the toads in the Clinton admin….they helped corporations buy the news so they can make the news.

As a news junkie there is only so much redundancy I can tolerate.

Then it is the constant use of the term “jab”….apparently the MSM thinks that we Americans cannot grasp the term inoculation…..then there is the term “the Big Lie” in constant use….first which Big Lie there have been so many…..second why must the attempt to invalidate an election be dumbed down to a two word slogan?

Apparently our attention span is worse than that of a goldfish and we are to be treated like a 4 year old.

Then there is the attention paid to pure bullsh*t like anything to do with celebs or anything that does NOTHING to effect your day.

Just a few things that makes me hate the 24 hour news cycle.

I have found that some of the English channels of international news organizations are more unbiased than anything here in the US.

Again all these ‘news’ organizations are nothing more than the propaganda arm of the government.

Turn The Page!

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