Spring Has Sprung

At least here on the Gulf Coast…..we have the usual cycle of wind, rain and sun with cool nights and warm days…..and then more rain….

Here on the property the air is filled with the scents of tangerine and satsuma the wild edibles are growing well….

This the wild strawberry…..the little red berries….

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The dewberries…..

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The blueberries…..

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The first olives of the season….

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All this new fruit in bloom made me think about something in Denmark….which to me is a fine idea…..

They will be planting fruit trees for the public to enjoy…..

Soon people roaming the streets of Copenhagen won’t need to buy snacks, they can pick fruit off the trees. The city council recently voted to plant fruit trees for the community. A delicious variety of trees will be planted, including apple trees and blackberry bushes. They will be planted in public areas such as parks, churchyards, and playgrounds.

The council aims to reconnect people with local vegetation and flora. The present generation of Danish people has lost the connection with plants and food. Hopefully, by planting fruit trees and vegetation, the traditional flavors in the diet can be re-introduced.

Foraging has been on the rise. There are many ecological and gastronomic benefits related to foraging. The tradition of local foraging has been in Denmark since the Middle Ages, with law books allowing citizens to harvest food from the public lands freely. The people were also allowed to crop from privately owned properties with footpaths. However, they had to remain on the trail. So, the council’s recent decision to plant trees for the community is an old tradition.

The Streets of Copenhagen Will Soon Have Communal Fruit Trees

Another fine idea from our Scandinavian friends….

Now I must wait for the fruit to ripen so we can enjoy….

Be Well….Be Safe….

“lego ergo scribo”

Closing Thought–12Apr21

We are living in the age of TMI…..like these days we have minute by minute updates on Covid and a trial and now the death of a prince……we do NOT need this much information.

As the world says good-bye to Prince Phillip…..I have read many thoughts on his life……I am sure that he lived a good life considering he was part of the pampered royals.

I am sorry that he has passed on….but I still do not see why this is a major news story here in the US. Yes he was a force on the world stage only because he was married to the queen.

Even in the UK and the coverage of his death has gotten a bunch of complaints…..

The UK’s national broadcaster switched instantly into mourning mode when Prince Philip’s death was announced Friday. The BBC canceled its regular programming and aired special coverage hosted by black-clad news anchors throughout the day. Popular prime-time shows such as the cooking contest MasterChef were supplanted. Some Britons saw the BBC’s actions as a fitting mark of respect. For others, it was a bit much. The broadcaster received so many complaints alleging its reporting was excessive that it set up a special website page for viewers to register objections if they felt there was “too much TV coverage of the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.” The AP reports it didn’t disclose how many people had complained by Saturday.

The publicly funded BBC often finds itself under fire from all sides for its treatment of major national events. When the Queen Mother Elizabeth died in 2002, the broadcaster received criticism because the announcer who delivered the news did not wear a black tie. Britain’s other TV stations also gave extensive coverage to Philip’s death, but the BBC is under unique pressure because it is taxpayer-funded. Scrutiny and questions about its role have grown in recent years as commercial rivals and streaming services give audiences more choice. BBC Director-General Tim Davie has acknowledged the organization must evolve with changing times, but says it remains essential to British society. “We have a different purpose” than broadcasters such as Netflix, Davie told UK lawmakers last month. “I’m not running a business for profit. I’m running … an organization for purpose.”

I am sorry that the queen has lost her mate of 73 years…..but here in the US it should not be the major suction on the news cycle….it will be endless.

I apologize if this offends but our country is going to Hell and yet we are ‘treated’ to hour after hour of the mundane .

Turn The Page!

“lego ergo scribo”

From The “Can’t Fix Stupid” Files

This edition comes from the mouth of the GOP/NRA favorite pedophile….Ted Nugent.

Poor Teddy is being prevented from going on his tour and he is so angry he just had to show his extreme ignorance…..

If there is anything Ted Nugent loves more than guns, racism, and adopting teenage girls so he can have sex with them, it is truth and logic and common sense. That is what everyone always says about good ol’ Ted Nugent, for sure. He’s just a very truthful, logical, and sensible person. Probably very well-informed too, what with his interest in the truth.

Nugent took to Facebook to share his very logical thoughts on the COVID-19 pandemic, which is very rudely preventing him from going on tour yet again this year.

He said, with a straight face:

You know, I guess I would ask you, because I’m addicted to truth, logic, and common sense, and my common sense meter would demand the answer to ‘Why weren’t we shut down for COVID 1 through 18?’

There was a COVID 1 and 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18. COVID 1 through 18 didn’t shut anything down, but WOAH! COVID-19, even though it’s 99.8 percent survivable.

Perhaps next we should ask him what he thinks about violins on television.

https://www.wonkette.com/ted-nugent-demands-to-know-why-we-didnt-shut-down-for-covids-1-18

Just another ‘inflencer’ with little knowledge and a big worthless mouth.

Nugent is not alone.

There is the ignorance of Rep. Crenshaw of Texas (go figure)…..it seems he has his panties in a twist because corporations have come out in opposition to the voter suppression laws……..

Republican U.S. Congressman Dan Crenshaw of Texas is getting roundly criticized and mocked after attacking the growing number of major corporations publicly opposing voter suppression laws, like Georgia’s, and calling their statements and actions “fascism.”

Republicans increasingly are tossing around terms like “socialism,” “communism,” “cancel culture,” and “fascism” without using them properly or even, as some on social media charged Crenshaw with, not even knowing what they actually mean.

Crenshaw claimed these companies are “venturing into territory that they don’t understand, that they that they don’t know that they know nothing about.”

“In an attempt to what – this is what I call the phenomenon that that’s going on, it’s it’s progressive fascism, because what is fascism?” Crenshaw asks. “Well, it’s the it’s the it’s the regimentation of the economy, of society, and it’s the forced suppression of of your opposition. That’s what’s happening right now. The Democrats have successfully captivated the institutions, you know, pop culture, Hollywood, our education institutions and now our corporations into their own woke agenda,” Crenshaw charges.

https://www.alternet.org/2021/04/dan-crenshaw/

Yet another prime example of you ‘can’t fix stupid’

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Living In The Matrix

First I would like to ask…just what about the UK royals fascinate us Americans so damn much?

The weekend….that magical time of the week when I can step back from the insanity of the news cycle and look into something interesting, weird or just funny…..

A show of hands please….how many saw the film “The Matrix”?

I saw all three and I understand there is at least one sequel in the works…..the first film was good but I did not think much of the two sequels…..

I bring this up because a neuroscientist that says we are actually living in a simulation…..

It turns out none of us have actually experienced real life – it’s just a simulation that our brain makes up, a neuroscientist has explained.

Essentially, our brain gets all of its information from our sensory organs. The catch is that there is a lot of information in our external environment that our sensory organs either can’t perceive.

All of this has been laid out by TikTok user jacostak, who explains why we’re actually living inside a simulation. But viewers should be warned that it can send him into an existential crisis when he thinks about it too long.

‘All of our sensory systems have evolved to pick up relevant information in our external environment. For instance, our eyes are sensory organs that have evolved to pick up light from the electromagnetic spectrum,’ he begins, adding that our eyes then relay that information back to the brain, which makes sense of what we have just seen.

But, what many people don’t realise is that we can only perceive a tiny snippet of electromagnetic waves.

https://www.unilad.co.uk/viral/neuroscientist-explains-why-were-actually-living-inside-a-simulation/

Okay this gets a bit deep….and at one point all I could think was TMI…..

Whatcha you guys think?

Are we living in a Matrix like simulation?

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Saturday’s News Round-Up

A new month and daily changes in my weather ranging from highs of 78 to lows of 39….there is news that you cannot use….so I shall continue along those lines.

When you are around bubble wrap to you have the desire to pop the bubbles?

That desire could be expensive…..

Popping bubble wrap is a source of satisfaction for many people. For a man in Canada, however, it may be the source of legal troubles. Police in Vancouver are asking for tips from the public as they work to track down the unidentified man shown in a video damaging a piece of art at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Vancouver Sun reports. The piece, titled “Delta Trim,” is crafted from moose hide, Velcro, zip ties, reflective tape, and bubble wrap. The video, which was posted to TikToc earlier this year, reportedly shows the man popping some of the bubble wrap. The artist behind the piece, Maureen Gruben, tells the Globe and Mail that it is inspired by a parka owned by her late mother. “It speaks about the memory of love and care from your mother,” the Indigenous artist says. “That’s what Inuit women do for their children, out of necessity but also out of love.”

“It is very upsetting to see the blatant disregard towards the artist’s time, energy and creative expression that it took to create this piece of art,” a Vancouver police spokeswoman said, per Global News. The cost to repair the damage to the $14,000 piece could top $6,500, because more than 20 feet of bubble wrap will need to be replaced. “It’s all one roll; it’s not like you could take a section out,” Gruben’s gallerist, LaTiesha Fazakas, tells the Globe and Mail. “That would be super labor-intensive.” The vandal is described as being between 19 and 23 years old, with dark skin, brown eyes, and black, shoulder-length curly hair. Initially, Fazakas thought the damage may have been accidental. But then the TikToc video emerged: “He was super smug about it and thought it was really funny and saw it as an opportunity to create a social-media post,” she says.

Ever heard of poop testing?

Well it is a thing….and the founders of a group that does this sort of thing is in big financial trouble…..

Not too long ago, the company was a trendy medical startup being compared with another trendy medical startup, Theranos. And now, as with Theranos, the founders are facing allegations of running a huge fraud, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Zachary Schulz Apte and Jessica Sunshine Richman, co-founders of the now-defunct fecal-testing company Ubiome, were indicted last week and face charges including conspiracy to commit securities fraud, conspiracy to commit health care fraud, and money laundering, per the AP. Prosecutors allege that their Silicon Valley company raked in money for tests that “were not validated and not medically necessary.” At one point, Ubiome was valued at $600 million after gaining the backing of prominent venture capital firms. The couple married in 2019, the same year their company shut down after filing for bankruptcy.

A report at Business Insider notes that the company started on a small scale in 2012, marketing their “poop tests as fun, educational tools to help ordinary people understand the community of bacteria living in and on them,” aka the microbiome. In fact, they were so small that the company initially raised money through crowdfunding. But as interest grew, Apte and Richman shifted strategy in 2014 in a big way to go after money provided by medical insurers. Instead of those initial “fun” tests that cost about $100, the company began offering what they described as more clinical tests through doctors that cost insurers $3,000. Prosecutors, however, say the tests and the company’s pitches to patients, the medical community, and VC firms amounted to a $60 million fraud.

Enough of that sort of stuff….now let’s move on to animal stories…..

Alaska has a thief with feathers…..

Some Alaska Costco shoppers said they’ve had their groceries stolen by ravens in the store parking lot, the AP reports. Matt Lewallen said he was packing his groceries into his car in the parking lot of an Anchorage Costco when ravens swooped in to steal a short rib from his cart, the Anchorage Daily News reported Friday. “I literally took 10 steps away and turned around, two ravens came down and instantly grabbed one out of the package, ripped it off and flew off with it,” Lewallen said. Lewallen said the piece of meat was about 4-by-7 inches (10-by-18 centimeters) large—a sizable meal for a sizable bird. “They know what they’re doing; it’s not their first time,” Lewallen said. Additional raven thief sightings have emerged on social media. “My parents were minding their business after a shop and made it home with one less steak!” Kimberly Waller wrote on Facebook. “The bird snatched it right out of the pack in the parking lot.”

 
Anchorage resident Tamara Josey replied to Waller’s post and referred to the ravens as “calculating.” She said ravens hovered her in an attempt to steal her groceries. “I had two ravens, one that was on the car next to me and he kept squawking really loud,” Josey said. “He would sit on the car and stare at me, then hop next to the bed of the truck on the other side, and he kept going back and forth. The other raven was on the ground. He kept trying to pull—I had those little mini-melons you have in the mesh baggies—he kept trying to grab the netting and pull my melons off the cart.” Rick Sinnott, a former wildlife biologist, said hundreds of ravens fly to Anchorage in the winter for food. “For years, decades, they’ve watched people in parking lots of grocery stores with all this food,” Sinnott said. “They know what a piece of fruit looks like in a grocery cart because they’ve seen it on the ground or seen it in a garbage can.”
Attack of the angry Octopus…..
A man was taking a dip in sunny Australia—which we might as well call the land of beasts—when he was attacked by the “angriest octopus.” Lance Karlson, a geologist and former lifeguard, was walking along the shores of Geographe Bay in Dunsborough, Western Australia, on March 18 when he spotted an octopus lashing out at a seagull, according to an Instagram post. The octopus then moved toward Karlson and his 2-year-old daughter at the water’s edge, lashing out at the pair, per the BBC. “Ow, it got me!” a shocked Karlson says in a video that captured the sudden strike. Karlson wrote that his family then moved farther down the beach, but the octopus appeared again. Karlson was swimming some 30 yards from shore when he spotted tentacles moving away from a bed of shells.
“I was only there for a few seconds looking at the shells when I was struck on the arm from behind,” he tells 7News. “My goggles fogged up and then I was struck again, this time on the neck.” Karlson later shared photos showing red welts across his neck. “I can only describe it as a whipping sensation followed by a stinging,” he tells Yahoo News Australia. He says he prefers to use vinegar on such ocean wounds, but had to settle for acidic cola. “Turns out it works,” Karlson tells 7News. His video quickly went viral. “I can’t believe how fast those tentacles whipped out of the water,” one commenter wrote, per 7News. “I was already hesitant with sharks and saltwater crocs,” wrote another. “You have attacking octopus … I’m never going in the water again!
OMG!  Its toilet paper again!
More than a year into the pandemic, toilet paper prices are going up—not because people are still hoarding it, but because commodity prices are rising, according to Kimberley-Clark Corporation. The company, which makes brands including Cottonelle, Scott, and Viva, along with Kleenex tissues and Huggies diapers, says most of its products in North America will see “significant” price hikes “in the mid-to-high single digits” by June, USA Today reports. Analysts say the cost of wood pulp has surged 35% over the last year and price rises from other toilet paper makers will likely follow, reports Bloomberg.
In case you do not remember the ‘panic’ at the onset of this pandemic over TP then read this…..Last year, toilet paper became the “icon of panic buying.”
 
Now for a ‘feel good’ story…..and of course it is a canine story….

Dogs may be man’s best friend, but apparently, a unicorn — a stuffed purple one at that — is a dog’s best friend.

Animal control officers were called to a North Carolina Dollar General store after a stray dog kept coming into the store and beelining for the toy aisle.

“He went straight for the unicorn, the same one every time,” says Joe Newburn, a supervisor at Duplin County Animal Services.

“It was so strange, one of the strangest calls I’ve ever dealt with,” Newburn adds.

Workers at the Kenansville store (about 80 miles from Raleigh) told animal control officers that they caught the Lab mix darting into Dollar General every time a customer exited. Each time the stray dog made it in, he went to grab the same plush purple unicorn toy.

https://people.com/pets/dog-stealing-unicorn-toy-from-dollar-general-store-rescued-north-carolina/

That is AWWWWW moment if there ever was one.

Enjoy your weekend.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Mongrel

Back in the early 70s I fancied myself as a poet of sorts….I even self-published a short book of a few of my shorter poems…the book was titled “Mongrel”….

Over the years I had lost many of the volumes and Katrina made sure the rest were totally destroyed…then a woman that was friends with my father had a copy that she eventually returned to me…to say I was thrilled would be an understatement.

Mongrel because it was a mixture of short poems…..some are dark….others are metaphysical and others are just a commentary….

This is the cover….

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These are a few of the poems included in the volume….

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I apolgize for the crappy photos…..

Like I said…there was a time in my youth that I fancied myself a poet….I tried to generate some interest by posting some of my earliest poems here on IST…..they bombed badly so I discontinued the effort….but these are the first of several that I posted…..

Poem #1–1969

Poem #2–1969

If interested then my search will get you there…just type in POEM…..

Keep in mind that these were written in my early to mid twenties……some are morbid and metaphysical and some are risque…..

Enjoy the poetry and the rest of your weekend……

Be Well….Be Safe….

 

IST Music Review

I admit it I was a country fan in my younger days…the operative word in there is ‘was’……country music today is garbage…..and even the great Loretta Lynn agrees…..she states that “country music is dead”…..I wrote about this last year…..https://lobotero.com/2020/02/08/that-old-time-country-music/ (please read that post to see what she and I are talking about)

One of my favorites was Waylon Jennings….I ran into him back in 1979 in a club owned by country musician Cash Cotton, the”Wildfire”…..and I was bummed when I learn of his death Jennings not Cotton)……my son-in-law turned me onto his son Shooter Jennings….and I agree he has a lot f his dad in him……

The song I first heard by Shooter was “Outlaw You”……

The words tell the story of his Dad…..

I get home from a long day, put on the radio
Lookin’ for some country soul, but I don’t find it, no
It’s a dirt road free for all, some old boys sayin’ they’re outlaws,
They dress the part and they talk the talk
You know they’ve been taught to walk the walk
These boys think they’re tough like they been robbin’ banks
Cause they name drop Johnny Cash and they name drop poor old Hank

Hey pretty boy in the baseball hat
You couldn’t hit country with a baseball bat
Country ain’t just about where you’re at
It’s about bein’ true to what’s inside
You say you’re an outlaw with your perfect boots
That you got from your record label’s image group
Sing another man’s song with a big drum loop
Listen, son, you ain’t got a clue
You can’t buy true, tell you what they should do
They should outlaw you

Let me paint a picture for you, Nashville in ’62
The formula had proven true, they didn’t let nothing new through
When Waylon came to town, they didn’t like his original sound
They tried hard to keep him down, they tried hard to starve him out
But he kept playin’ shows and pressin’ on, chippin’ away, song by song
After years and years of strugglin’ strong, he got his chance and he took it to #1
With “This Time” back in ’74, with his band in the back and 4 on the floor
That one record busted down the door and the record labels had the control no more
Then in ’76 came the Outlaws record, sold the first million in country music ever
Those old boys with long hair and braids stayed true to their sound and freed the slaves
And all these years later, the suits got back their grip
They took the outlaw concept and they re-packaged it
And there’s a million Ol Waylon fans
Singin’ “Don’t y’all think this outlaw bit has gotten way out of hand”

Hey pretty boy in your cowboy hat
You couldn’t hit country with a baseball bat
Country ain’t just about where you’re at
It’s about bein’ true to what’s inside
You say you’re an outlaw with your perfect boots
That you got from your record label’s image group
Sing another man’s song with a big drum loop
Listen, son, you ain’t got a clue
You can’t buy true, tell you what they should do
They should outlaw you
They should outlaw youHey pretty boy in the baseball hat
You couldn’t hit country with a baseball bat
Country ain’t just about where you’re at
It’s about bein’ true to what’s inside
You say you’re an outlaw with your perfect boots
That you got from your record label’s image group
Sing another man’s song with a big drum loop
Listen, man, you ain’t got a clue
You can’t buy true, tell you what they should do
They should outlaw you

Now listen to his song…..

Here is what Waylon thought of the ‘Outlaw’ tag that was used to promote his music….

Hope you enjoyed the tunes…..

I like Shooter for he is keeping his dad’s traditional music going…..

Be Well…..Be Safe….

“lego ergo scribo”

Saturday’s News You Cannot Use

There is so much news these days…the antics of the GOP, shootings of Asians, insurrection investigations, Pandemic, on and on…..but there is ‘other’ news that seldom makes the headlines…..and there is where I come in…..

I joyful give you all the news you cannot possible use or could care less about…..

I began with red states…..

Their residents are ailing, dying, homeless and hungry and yet they spend their energies on pure bovine fecal matter…..

Colorado declared Saturday, March 20, “MeatOut Day,” encouraging residents to go meatless on that day. Now, neighboring Nebraska has declared the same day “Meat On the Menu Day” in a direct rebuttal of Colorado’s move. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said the nonbinding MeatOut Day, which came alongside a proclamation from Colorado Gov. Jared Polis encouraging Coloradans to eschew meat one day per week, “a direct attack on our way of life,” referring to Nebraska’s largest industry, beef production, the Guardian reports. He was surrounded by officials from the state’s meat, agricultural, and restaurant industries as he signed his own declaration Monday, ABC News reports.

The Farm Animal Rights Movement started MeatOut Day in 1985 to encourage people to consider a vegetarian diet, and Colorado’s own ranching industry has criticized Polis (who does eat meat) for backing the day, as have some local governments and conservative groups. In fact, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association has declared Saturday “MeatIn Day,” per the Denver Post. Polis, apparently in response to the controversy, went on to declare March 22 “Livestock Proud Day,” per the Journal-Advocate. Says Ricketts, “If you were to get rid of beef in our country, you would be undermining our food security, an important part of a healthy diet, and also destroying an industry here in our state that’s very important.”

This ought to solve the problems the peasants in these states.

Peleton is everywhere these days….they want you to spend thousands on exercise equipment that eventually become a coat rack….the company had to submit a warning…..

Peloton has advised treadmill owners to be careful after a child was killed in an accident involving its Tread+ product. “While we are aware of only a small handful of incidents involving the Tread+ where children have been hurt, each one is devastating to all of us at Peloton, and our hearts go out to the families involved,” chief executive John Foley wrote in a post Thursday. That treadmill model is the company’s latest, and it has knobs for quickly changing belt speed, People reports. The company urged users to “take care to review and follow all the safety warnings and instructions that we provide” and to keep children and pets away from any exercise equipment. It also advised making sure the area around the equipment is clear before working out.

The treadmill won’t work without a safety key inserted, per CNN. After a workout, users should store the key out of the reach of children, Peloton said. The company did not provide details of the fatal accident. A 2014 study by the National Institutes of Health found that 25,000 children under age 10 are injured by exercise equipment each year. One-fourth of exercise machines are treadmills, but the NIH said they account for two-thirds of all injuries involving exercise machines. In another case, per Bloomberg, a 3-year-old suffered a brain injury in an accident involving the Tread+. Peloton updated its Consumer Product Safety Commission report this week, saying the child is expected to make a full recovery, per the Verge.

I knew those machine were dangerous.

The creator of the worldwide web has an excellent idea…..

World Wide Web creator Tim Berners-Lee on Friday marked the 32nd birthday his digital innovation by arguing that “we must recognize internet access as a basic right and we must work to make sure all young people can connect to a web that gives them the power to shape their world.”

Noting that the milestone comes a day after the one-year anniversary of health experts declaring the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, Berners-Lee and World Wide Web Foundation co-founder Rosemary Leith wrote in a blog post that “as we repair and rebuild, we have an opportunity to reimagine our world and create something better. The web’s power to catalyze change can and must help shape the world we want.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/03/12/web-inventor-tim-berners-lee-argues-internet-access-must-be-basic-right

Now there is an idea whose time has come….don’t you think?

Those magic ‘shrooms!

Scientists in Denmark believe the psychedelic substance psilocybin might produce rapid and lasting antidepressant effects in part because it enhances neuroplasticity in the brain. Their new research, published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, has found evidence that psilocybin increases the number of neuronal connections in the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus of pig brains.

Psilocybin — the active component in so-called “magic” mushrooms — has been shown to have profound and long-lasting effects on personality and mood. But the mechanisms behind these effects remain unclear. Researchers at Copenhagen University were interested in whether changes in neuroplasticity in brain regions associated with emotional processing could help explain psilocybin’s antidepressant effects.

New research provides evidence that a single dose of psilocybin can boost brain connections

Speaking of neural connections…..

Instead of getting invasive neural implants needled into your brain, doctors may someday be able to flood your head with millions of nanoparticles that can read your neural signals from inside and relay them to a nearby computer.

At least, that’s the future that University of Miami engineer Sakhrat Khizroev is hoping for. He’s developed magnetoelectric nanoparticles (MENPs) that can travel through your bloodstream, permeat your brain, and read individual neurons’ signals in a way that can be picked up by a specialized helmet, according to a university press release.

In short, it’s a tool that could drastically change the way scientists approach brain-computer interface tech by taking away invasive, localized probes and replacing them with millions of particles that are injected like any other shot and can cover the entire brain — and one that’s already attracting interest from the military.

https://futurism.com/neoscope/darpa-nanoparticles-brain-neural-signals

Okay this has scary implications.

This final news item probably means nothing to anyone that does not have to deal with hurricanes every year….well I live on the Gulf Coast and during the Summer we live just North of a hurricane…..and as the season approaches there is an announcement on the naming of these storms…..

The World Meteorological Association’s Hurricane Committee meets every year to decide what hurricane names should be retired. This year, they retired an entire alphabet. The WMO decided that the use of Greek letters was too much of a distraction from the impact of the hurricanes themselves, the Verge reports. In the record-breaking 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, Greek letters were used for the first time since 2005 when the regular list of names was exhausted. The WMO used Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, Zeta, Eta, and Theta before the final named storm of the season, Hurricane Iota, formed on Nov. 13. “The Greek alphabet will never be used again as it was distracting and confusing,” the WMO tweeted Wednesday.

It said the names caused confusion when translated to different languages, and the similarity of Zeta, Eta, and Theta also caused confusion. The WMO uses rotating lists of names in six-year cycles and retires names of storms that were especially damaging. The committee, which was mulling over names to retire from both the 2019 and 2020 seasons because last year’s meeting was canceled, decided to retire Dorian because of the severe storm in 2019 and Laura because of the 2020 storm, the Weather Channel reports. Eta and Iota would have been retired even if the entire Greek alphabet hadn’t been dropped. The WMO also released a list of supplemental names that will be used for storms if the regular list is exhausted this year.

There is the news you cannot use for this Saturday.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Saturday’s Useless News

I begin my Saturday with the usual worthless news….news that means little to anyone…..

First some space news……Russia and China have come to deal……

China and Russia are gearing up to become America’s biggest rivals on the moon as well as the Earth. China’s National Space Agency and Russia’s Roscomos agency have announced plans to jointly build a lunar research station, the BBC reports. “China and Russia will use their accumulated experience in space science, research and development, and use of space equipment and space technology to jointly develop a road map for the construction of an international lunar scientific research station,” which will be built “on the lunar surface and/or in the lunar orbit,” the Chinese agency said in a statement. Roscosmos said the two countries would “conduct close interaction” in the planning, construction, and operation of the lunar station.

“This will be the largest international space cooperation project for China, so it’s significant,” says Chen Lan, an expert on China’s space program, per the Guardian. The Chinese agency said the project will be “open to all interested countries and international partners,” though the US is moving forward with lunar plans of its own. Under the Trump administration, NASA announced plans to put “the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024,” but the target date may be pushed back under President Biden, NPR reports. Russia has cooperated with the US and other countries in space for decades, but it did not sign onto the Artemis Accords for lunar conduct that NASA released last fall.

Continuing with space…..

We are always looking for life out there….we send robots and probes to search out life….but maybe we are looking at this all wrong….

Astronomers have been offered a cheat sheet on the kinds of things to look out for – from air pollution to energy production – when hunting for signs of intelligent life on faraway exoplanets.

“We have no idea whether intelligence is something very common in the Universe or, on the contrary, whether it is extremely rare,” said physicist Hector Socas-Navarro on Wednesday.

“For that reason we cannot know whether these searches have any chance of success. There is no choice but to search and see what we find, because the implications would be tremendous.”

But what exactly should we be searching for? Radio signals? Intergalactic re-runs of Big Bang Theory? Glad you asked: Socas-Navarro, who works at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, is the first author of a paper published in Acta Astronautica detailing the so-called technosignatures scientists ought to be trying to pick up when looking for intelligent alien life. You can get a preprint list of these signature concepts here.

https://www.theregister.com/2021/03/11/technosignaturesaliens/

I admit it….I am what the English call a “Twitcher”…..I feed the birds on my property….I have house finches, cardinals, sparrows, doves, pigeons, wrens, on and on….so I saw the news about bird deaths…..

Throughout the pandemic, health experts have discouraged people from gathering in large groups to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Now, wildlife biologists are advising that avian enthusiasts pitch in to keep birds from congregating in an effort to curb an uptick in cases of salmonellosis, a fatal, quick-spreading gut disease, SFGate reports. And that means removing bird feeders and baths from their property. Over the past few months, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has been “inundated” with calls from people finding sick or dead finches at bird feeders, the agency said in a statement. Birds contract salmonellosis, which is caused by Salmonella, when they ingest food or water, or come into contact with objects that are contaminated with feces from an infected bird. Most birds die within a day of becoming infected, an avian disease specialist tells LiveScience.

Pine siskins, a type of finch, have been most affected. But the disease also has been reported in lesser goldfinches and American goldfinches. In California, reports of infected birds have largely come from the Central Coast, Bay Area, and Sierra Nevada communities, authorities say. But reports of a “concerning number” of birds being infected are also coming from across the country. The News & Observer reports that people in North Carolina are being asked to take down their feeders. And the same goes for South Carolina residents, per the State. “Keeping bird feeders clean, and temporarily removing them for the next few weeks, is something people can do to help keep birds safe” as they migrate north over the next four weeks, an expert says This year’s pine siskin irruption—the increase in the number of the birds migrating—is the biggest in a decade, per the Audubon Society.

Do you eat three meals a day?

My mother made sure that if nothing else we had 3 meals a day….but is that the best these days?

The three-meals-a-day habit is fully engrained. But it may not suit us anymore, Amanda Mull writes in the Atlantic. People working at home during the pandemic have less reason to eat when the clock tells them to, and some are finding themselves less committed to breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Our customary eating schedule never was the law, anyway; it came about when industrialization pulled people out of their homes and put them on a set workday schedule, a food historian says. Before that, people were on “more like a two-meal kind of schedule that was based on outdoor physical labor and farm labor, and those meals tended to be quite big,” she said. Breakfasts later became small and less than nutritionally robust—cereal, for example—so people had to eat again to make it through their workday. Then it was time for a sit-down dinner, central to family life.

People have adapted during the pandemic. Some put together meals of snacks to avoid cooking and cleanup. People are figuring out new meal schedules or eating when they’re hungry instead of when it’s time. Mull has settled on what she calls “Big Meal.” It doesn’t fit any of the previous boxes. Sometimes it’s eaten at what used to be the breakfast hour, and sometimes it’s at what was the dinner hour, but it can be at any time in between. It’s once a day, usually late afternoon. Around her Big Meal, Mull snacks if she’s hungry. Such changes shouldn’t be cause for worry, a dietitian says—including weight gain and loss, as well as eating more or less than usual. That happens, she said. “We’re really not taught that we can trust our body’s cues,” she said. “It can feel so destabilizing to have to think about them for maybe the first time ever.”

One final thought…..a deep probing desire for knowledge……stuff like why are we here?  Is there anyone out there?  What is life?  And the most important deep subject….why is old dog poop no longer white?

From Fotomat booths to typewriter erasers, many things that were common a few decades ago have been phased out by new technology. The reason for the disappearance of white dog poop, however, is less obvious. It wasn’t a product of your young imagination: Chalky, white dog poop really was everywhere in the 1970s and ’80s. It started to become a rarer sight in the 1990s, and today, it’s practically nonexistent. Dogs are still doing their business as much as they were 30 years ago, but thanks to changes in pet food formulas, what comes out has changed.

According to Treehugger, the culprit behind the white dog waste of the past was a surplus in calcium. Dog food used to contain an overabundance of meat and bone meal, both of which are high in the mineral. Whatever the dog couldn’t process ended up in its feces, and as the wet matter dried out in the sun, the hard calcium stuck around. This led to crumbly, mummified turds littering our sidewalks and green spaces.

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/643437/what-happened-white-dog-poop-used-be-everywhere

That ends my useless portion of the blog.

Be Well….be Safe…..

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

The Saturday News Update

The weekend once again….and all the news that did not make the news cycle for the past week….

The most important story that did not make into the silliness that is the MSM is about dogs…..important to me since my best friend is a canine……it seems some flea collars are killing dogs…..

Hundreds of pet deaths and thousands of injuries to pets and humans have been linked to one of the most popular flea and tick collars in the US, according to documents from the EPA. However, there has been no warning about the Seresto collar made by Bayer and sold by Elanco, reports the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting. The group received the documents from the Center for Biological Diversity, an EPA watchdog. They include 75,000 incident reports related to the top-selling flea and tick collar on Amazon from their introduction in 2012 to June 2020, including almost 1,000 involving injury to humans, from skin rashes to neurological issues. One boy who slept with his collar-wearing dog was hospitalized for seizures and vomiting, according to the report. It also describes tens of thousands of injuries to pets and at least 1,698 pet deaths.

The EPA’s silence “strikes me as bordering on criminal,” says Center for Biological Diversity senior scientist Nathan Donley. “You don’t even see these kinds of numbers with many agricultural chemicals,” he adds, noting the actual number of incidents likely exceeds those reported. The Senesto collar slowly releases imidacloprid and flumethrin, two pesticides “found eligible for continued registration” by the EPA. “No pesticide is completely without harm, but EPA ensures that there are measures on the product label that reduce risk,” a rep says, adding that some pets and humans “are more sensitive than others and may experience adverse symptoms.” An Elanco rep says “an adverse event report does not necessarily mean the product caused the problem.” Customs and Border Protection warned about issues tied to counterfeit versions of the collar in May, per PennLive.

Here in the Deep South fleas are a constant fight…..I use the 3 month pill and it works really well.

“Poo Power!  Power To The Poo!

Looks like there is a possibility that the UK will get some power from waste…..

Thousands of homes could soon be heated by human waste in a first-of-its-kind “poo-power” system.

Thames Water plans to use excess heat recovered from the sewage treatment process to warm more than 2,000 new homes in Kingston, southwest London as part of a regeneration plan.

Rather than returning all of the final treated warm water directly to a river, about one-third will be captured and sent to a new energy centre at the company’s Hogsmill site, where it will help heat water connected to Kingston’s Cambridge Road housing estate.

If successful, up to seven gigawatt hours of low-carbon heat per year could be supplied by a sealed network of pipes to the district heating system at the estate when it is eventually regenerated.

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/thames-water-heating-poo-power-b1808147.html

This is far from a sh*tty idea!

An excellent idea for low income regions to help the poor get nutritious food……

Townhouses were once intended for a 7-acre plot in southeast Atlanta. But the project fell through, and the area needs food more anyway. One-third of the Browns Mill neighborhood’s residents live below the poverty line, and the nearest grocery store is a half-hour away by bus. For Atlanta overall, one-fourth of residents live in food deserts, per CNN. So instead of townhouses, the land is occupied now by 2,500 pesticide-free edible and medicinal plants in what is the nation’s largest free food forest. It’s a project of the city of Atlanta, the Conservation Fund, and Trees Atlanta, funded by a grant from the US Forest Service. The mission has several aspects. “We host lots of students for field trips, and for a lot of them, it’s their first time at a garden or farm or forest,” said Michael McCord, an arborist and expert edible landscaper who helps manage the forest. “So here they get to experience everything urban agriculture and urban forestry all in one day. It’s really special.”

The idea has been around for decades, per Modern Farmer, but city planners recently have been incorporating edible public spaces in their designs. The project is one of 70 free food forests in the US. Laws had to change to allow it; growing food on Atlanta’s residential lots was illegal until 2014. The city has set a goal of having healthy food available within a half-mile of 85% of its population by next year. Atlanta owns the plot, and the parks department manages it with more than 1,000 volunteers pitching in. The volunteers harvest and distribute any food not grown in plots. Members of the community have priority at harvest time. “Every time I go there’s a community there who respects and appreciates the fresh healthy foods,” said a councilwoman who helped get the project going. “There’s a mentality there that people know to only take what they need.” In addition to food, McCord said, “we’re raising awareness about sustainability and agriculture.”

A damn good idea!

Should be more projects like this around the country….we have one ‘community garden’ in my town it helps seniors and low income people get the nutrition they need.

Finally, this shows just how ignorant people can be and still be elected…..this idiot is in Arizona…..

Rep. Joseph Chaplik, a first-term Republican legislator from Scottsdale, said his House Bill 2770 would give businesses the choice of whether to enforce the mandates that many communities already adopted.

Chaplik, however, argued that the mandates are an overreaction and that society has managed to survive other viral outbreaks without masks.

For example, he cited HIV “that was going to wipe our global destruction of human bodies with AIDS.”

 

“We heard about that in the ’80s,” Chaplik said. “Yet no masks were required.”

(tucson.com)

Maybe I can help this moron out about Covid and AIDS….my advice to this dullard….learn to read!

Here is my promise to help this “person” out…..

Medical consensus is that HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is spread through exchange of bodily fluids, usually through sexual transmission or through the sharing of infected needles. It is not spread by air or water, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

Sad to say it appears stupid is running deep here in the Good Old US of A.

I Read, I Write, You Know

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