Sunday’s Random Thoughts

As usual I have more notes than posts so I share some of them with my readers as “Random Thoughts”….

For the last few years there has been the rumblings from the Far East about the engineering of babies….and the possible side effects….

Looks like a highly controversial attempt to create HIV-immune babies didn’t work out and may have even gone wrong, the Guardian reports. This according to an MIT Technology Review report on the work of Chinese scientist He Jiankui, who sparked outcry with his plan to edit the embryonic genes of twins in 2018. Releasing parts of his manuscript for the first time, the report dismisses Jiankui’s claim of “success” and says he may have created unintended genetic mutations. Jiankui “makes little attempt to prove that the twins really are resistant to the virus,” writes Antonio Regalado, the Review‘s senior editor for biomedicine. “And the text largely ignores data elsewhere in the paper suggesting that the editing went wrong.”

Using the gene editing tool Crispr, Jiankui singled out the gene CCR5—a mutation of which can create HIV immunity—but it’s unclear whether he replicated the “Delta 32” variation needed for immunity or perhaps created unintended changes. The report also criticizes Jiankui for leaving out the names of doctors involved, possibly tricking them into doing the work, not saying who funded it, and falsely claiming that embryo editing will help millions of people. Another concern: The twins’ HIV-positive father might have joined the research simply to get a fertility treatment in a country where the virus still carries a major social stigma, per the Telegraph. All told, not a ringing endorsement.

I think this should be outlawed…..think Khan.

How about that organism that can eat meteorites?

A microbial descendant of some of Earth’s earliest life can not only survive by eating meteorites, but also seemingly thrive on the space rocks — a finding that could help us detect signs of past life throughout the universe.

Humans and all other animals need to eat organic matter to survive. The single-celled organism Metallosphaera sedula (M. sedula), however, can produce its energy by eating non-living things, such as metals — which allows it to thrive in some of the most hostile conditions on Earth, including inside volcanoes.

https://futurism.com/organism-eats-meteorites-find-alien-life

Those vegan diets are all the rage these days…..for me I will eat my meat and let those sup on bean burgers…..but a report from a vegan after eating meat has surfaced….

A formerly vegan influencer revealed to her fans that she spent 30 days eating nothing but meat and animal products. She also revealed that the new diet had some surprisingly positive effects on her health.

Alyse Parker, who has over 200K Instagram followers and over 700K Youtube subscribers, explained her decision on Instagram. In a post, she revealed that she decided to try the Carnivore Diet after hearing about all of the health benefits from friends who switched from being vegan to eating only meat and animal products.

Parker explained, “I had my own fair share of health struggles and eventually reached a breaking point where I was willing to try anything to function properly again.”

https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/vegan-influencer-carnivore-healthier

A new study shows the more cursing you do the more authentic you are as a person…..

The next time someone tells you to watch your language, feel free to tell them to fuck off.

Sure, swearing is considered poor form in certain settings—like courts, classrooms, and most offices. But people who do it may be more trustworthy, according to a new three-part study analyzing swearing and straightforwardness in individuals and society.

“The consistent findings across the studies suggest that the positive relation between profanity and honesty is robust, and that the relationship found at the individual level indeed translates to the society level,” concludes the final paper, set to be published in the journal of Psychological and Personality Science this year.

https://qz.com/881289/a-new-study-linking-profanity-to-honesty-shows-people-who-curse-are-more-authentic/

DAMN!  I must be one of those authentic people…you bet your ass I am.

How is that for random on this Sunday?

MoMo is tired of waiting….time to venture out into that cruel cruel world……

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2019–The Best Quotes Of The Year

As this year creeps towards its end and my weekend begins…….and of course award shows almost every weekend night….I give my readers the quotes of 2019 that will become part of history.

Activist Greta Thunberg and actress Emma Watson have two of the 10 most notable quotes of 2019, according to a librarian at Yale Law School. But it’s the line at the center of the impeachment inquiry—”I would like you to do us a favor, though”—from President Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that’s at the top of the heap assembled by Fred Shapiro in the annual update to The Yale Book of Quotations. The other new additions, meant to reveal the spirit of the times, per the AP:

  • We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!” — Greta Thunberg in her Sept. 23 speech at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York.
  • “When we’re dancing with the angels, the question will be asked: ‘In 2019, what did we do to make sure we kept our democracy intact? Did we stand on the sidelines and say nothing?'” — Rep. Elijah Cummings, in his closing statement at Michael Cohen’s Feb. 27 hearing before the House Oversight Committee.
  • “I would rather be dead in a ditch [than ask the European Union for a delay in Brexit].” — UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, speaking Sept. 5.
  • “The Prime Minister’s advice to Her Majesty was unlawful, void, and of no effect.” — Supreme Court of the UK President Brenda Hale, ruling on Sept. 24 that Parliament was never legally suspended.
  • “If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.” — Special counsel Robert Mueller, speaking May 29 at the Department of Justice.
  • “I have a plan for that.” — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, remarks at She the People forum in Houston on April 24.
  • “Poor kids are just as bright, just as talented, as white kids.” — Presidential candidate Joe Biden, remarks to Asian and Latino Coalition, Des Moines, Iowa, on Aug. 8.
  • “I’m very happy [being single]. I call it being self-partnered.” — Emma Watson to British Vogue‘s December issue.
  • “I love you 3000.” — actress Alexandra Rabe in Avengers: Endgame.

I am sure that there are others but these stick in my mind the best.

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Toilets For A Sunday

As usual when our president Tweets something then the whole of Twtter goes batcrap crazy…..well this time Trump made a comment about the water saving toilets…..

Donald Trump’s latest target for deregulation is Americans’ toilets.

The White House has RSVP’d, sort of, to an invite to send lawyers to the next impeachment hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. “House Democrats have wasted enough of America’s time with this charade,” White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote Friday in a note to committee chief Jerrold Nadler, per USA Today. “You should end this inquiry now and not waste even more time with additional hearings.” NBC News notes Cipollone’s letter didn’t flat-out refuse the request to send an attorney or other official to the next hearing set for Monday, or other future hearings, but a senior administration official told the network “the letter means that the White House will not participate in the House proceeding.” Nadler’s response, per USA Today: Trump “cannot claim that the process is unfair” if his team won’t take part, and that either way, his panel would “[carry] out our solemn constitutional duty.”
Meanwhile, President Trump’s mind has been caught up in other matters besides impeachment—namely, how well toilets flush. In an announcement Friday at a small-business roundtable at the White House, Trump noted that the Environmental Protection Agency is currently reviewing water efficiency standards, “looking very strongly at sinks and showers, and other elements of bathrooms,” per the Hill: “You turn the faucet on … and you don’t get any water. They take a shower and water comes dripping out.” He added, “People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times, as opposed to once. They end up using more water. So EPA is looking at that.” An EPA rep tells USA Today that the agency “is working with all federal partners to review the implementation of the Federal Energy Management Plan … to ensure American consumers have more choice when purchasing water products.”

God knows I have been extremely critical of the president and his antics….but on this issue I find myself in complete agreement with him……although he did take some liberties with the amount of water needed to flush the solids down the drain.

The original tanks help about 5 gallons of water and flushed just fine…..now the “new” tanks hold about 3.5 gallons and in some cases needs to be flushed twice or three times….not the the 10 or 15 times claimed by the president.

Water saving devices are bullshit.  Just as the energy saving light bulbs are better…..may last longer but better I cannot agree with that supposition.

But  the is an order for the EPA……a review of the WaterSense program was mandated under 2018 legislation passed by Congress that said the agency should look at any regulations adopted before 2012. That means the government is forced to revisit specifications for tank-type toilets, lavatory faucets and faucet accessories, showerheads, flushing urinals, and weather-based irrigation controllers.

Write it down…I have found something that I can agree with Trump on besides some of his original foreign policy stands.

As long as we are talking about toilets…..anyone remember that stolen gold toilet?

The fully functioning solid gold toilet, made by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, was stolen on September 14.

Well arrests have been made but still NO toilet…..

The fully functioning toilet is a piece of art made entirely from 18-karat gold that was installed in Blenheim Palace, England as part of an exhibition by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan.
Police have been investigating its theft since it was stolen on September 14 and previously made two arrests.
A 66-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary before being released on bail, and a 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to burgle and was released under investigation.
Philip Austin from Fine Art Specie Adjusters (FASA), the palace’s insurance company, told CNN that a reward of up to £100,000 would be paid if specific conditions were met.
First, the item must be safely returned; second, there must have been an arrest as part of the investigation.
(cnn.com)

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A New You

Ever considered to having a bit of work done?

Saturday and I need to decompress from the events of the past week……so to do so I will post on the growing trend of plastic surgery…….

I admit it I have always been a girl watcher……I read about a research project by plastic surgeons on the shape of breasts…..

Plastic surgeons have difficulty assessing the success of a breast surgery because, well, the beauty of a pair of breasts is in the eye of the beholder.

“Terms such as ‘beauty’ or ‘aesthetics’ are subjective and thus poorly defined and understood,” plastic surgeon Piotr Pietruski told Motherboard. “Due to this fact, both aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery suffer from the lack of a standardized method of postoperative results analysis.”

That’s why Pietruski and his colleagues in Poland asked a hundred people to spend about a half hour each staring at naked breasts, all to gather data for a new study published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

https://futurism.com/neoscope/surgeons-eye-tracking-tech-perfect-breasts

If it were not labelled “research” then it would be condemned as “soft porn”……some would say…..

We all have heard of tummy tucks, chin reconstruction, nose jobs and even butt implants and all the beauty extenders……and how sad when all that money spent goes terribly wrong…..

Model Courtney Barnes may have a little less room this Thanksgiving to stuff her turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and dessert.

That’s because she has been told by doctors she may need to have her entire ass amputated, after “enhancing” it with illegal injections, according to the NY Post

Barnes, who is known as Miss Miami, said on the E! show “Botched” that she is desperate to get her body back after the injections. But Doctors told her that in order to fix her ass, it may have to be amputated. 

“Amputate the whole booty? I’m not doing that. No, I’m not doing that. I’m not amputating butts,” she responded. 

She had the illegal fillers injected when she was 22 years old and working as a dancer in a club. 

She said: “When I was in college I got a job dancing at a club. The first night, after really not making no money on the stage, there was a dancer who walked up to me and she told me that I needed some more booty if I wanted to make some more money. That’s when I found out about the injections that gave me my big booty problems.”

https://www.blacklistednews.com/article/75583/stuffed-woman-needs-her-ass-amputated-after-enhancing-it-with-illegal.html

We humans can find ways to spend our hard earned cash…..me?  I will stay as I am….a grumpy old man with sagging pieces parts of the bod.

If I must enhance my body then make me a cyborg.

In closing a “Blast From The Past”…..old farts will remember……

Be well, Be safe…….

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Saturday’s Random Thoughts

I guess that the population is still recovering from too much food consumed and the shopping that we all had to go through on Friday.

During the holidays readership is down for most people want to think about more positive stuff than the world around us…..so IST will just post a few random thoughts on this weekend day.

First the noble endeavor of deer hunting when we revert back to our backwoodsman mentality once a year……but as with so much we endeavor to do stupid seems to play a role,,,,,

Wisconsin’s 9-day deer hunting season opened on Saturday, but four-legged creatures weren’t the only ones who ended up shot. ABC News reports at least four people were shot as well, though none were hit fatally. A press release from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says two of the incidents on Saturday involved a hunter shooting his or her own foot: In Oneida County, a 38-year-old man did so, and in Marathon County, a 29-year-old woman did the same. Also on Saturday, a hunter who fired at a running deer struck a 19-year-old female hunter’s left hand, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

The fourth incident, on Sunday, has the state’s DNR asking the public for help. A hunter was struck by a single bullet, and the agency is seeking info on any individuals or groups who were hunting around 11am in a specific part of Washburn County (more info here). The victim was flown to a nearby hospital. The weekend total outpaces the number of non-fatal shootings for 2018, which was three. The last fatal shooting of a hunter happened in 2015, when three were killed.

Years ago I heard a story where a Wisconsin farmer was tired of his cows being shot so in neon orange painted cow on the sides of the animals and he found one dead shot through the “O”……I do my hunting these days at my local supermarket….it it is a bit safe plus I do not have get as early.

Next those vegans…not my favorite of people….because they are mostly like ex-smokers that want evweryone to suffer because they had to……anyway…Burger King’s new “Impossible Whopper” is in the middle of a controversy….

Burger King was sued on Monday by a vegan customer who accused the fast-food chain of contaminating its meatless “Impossible” Whoppers by cooking them on the same grills as its traditional meat burgers.

In a proposed class action, Phillip Williams said he bought an Impossible Whopper, a plant-based alternative to Burger King’s regular Whopper, at an Atlanta drive-through, and would not have paid a premium price had he known the cooking would leave it “coated in meat by-products.”

The lawsuit filed in Miami federal court seeks damages for all U.S. purchasers of the Impossible Whopper, and an injunction requiring Burger King to “plainly disclose” that Impossible Whoppers and regular burgers are cooked on the same grills.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-rstrnt-brnd-burger-king-impossible-wh/lawsuit-claims-burger-kings-impossible-whoppers-are-contaminated-by-meat-idUSKBN1XS2FP

Booze in the Muslim World……

Verse 4:43 of the Quran offers the kind of advice you might expect from a country song: don’t go to church drunk. The handful of mentions in the Quran of alcohol, generally referred to as wine made of grapes or date palm, are mostly disapproving, but not as straightforwardly as you might think. In the Quran, drinking is not strictly forbidden, but frowned on. It is in the Hadith — a series of aphorisms attributed to the prophet Muhammad — that alcohol is designated as forbidden, or haram, along with selling grapes to Christians and Jews.

Like the rules of any religion, this one may have ambiguous origins, but it has become conventional wisdom. Every Muslim knows you are not supposed to drink, just as you are not supposed to eat pork, or charge interest on a loan. But this does not stop all Muslims from drinking.

https://theoutline.com/post/8280/how-johnnie-walker-black-became-the-house-liquor-of-the-muslim-world?zd=3&zi=genx3cth

Now that Thanksgiving is over I can post this tidbit…..did the first thanksgiving have human on the menu?

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-22362831

Just a thought to close out my Saturday.

That is my offering on this Saturday…..I have lots to do in the property with the nicer weather….

Have a great day and be well and be safe.

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More Random Thoughts

How many have seen the ads by some jock who’s head looks so small compared to his body hawking some pill that will put lead in your pencil…..like they would know…steroid use makes the “pencil” a useless appendage.

Okay off my soap box…..do these testosterone pills have any side effects?

In a new study, researchers found that testosterone therapy may double a man’s risk of suffering a potentially life-threatening blood clot.

They found that men had twice the risk for a deep vein blood clot if they’d been receiving testosterone during the previous six months.

The increased risk occurred whether or not a man had the low-testosterone condition known as hypogonadism, but appeared to be more pronounced in middle-aged men than in seniors

The research was conducted by a team at the University of Minnesota.

The “low-T” fad caused testosterone prescriptions to soar early in the 21st century, increasing more than 300% between 2001 and 2013, the study authors said in background notes.

Common testosterone supplements may increase men’s risk of blood clots

I love museums…all the history, the art, the artifacts…..it is a culotural adventure that everyone should participate in……but there is a new museum in London…..a Vagina Museum…..

An new exhibit opening in London this weekend is a glittery and garish homage to the hooha.

The Vagina Museum, built in Camden’s Stables Market, was made possible through a fundraising campaign, which collected almost $64,484 (£50,000) from more than 1,000 vag advocates.

Museum director Florence Schechter was inspired by a similar concept in Iceland: a museum all about the male member. “I discovered there was a penis museum in Iceland but no vagina equivalent anywhere else, so I decided to make one,” she told The Guardian.

https://nypost.com/2019/11/15/worlds-first-vagina-museum-tackles-female-body-taboos/

Speaking of museums….would you like to eat like a Babylonian?

What did a meal taste like nearly 4,000 years ago in ancient Babylonia? Pretty good, according to a team of international scholars who have deciphered and are re-creating what are considered to be the world’s oldest-known culinary recipes.

The recipes were inscribed on ancient Babylonian tablets that researchers have known about since early in the 20th century but that were not properly translated until the end of the century.

The tablets are part of the Yale Babylonian Collection at the Yale Peabody Museum. Three of the tablets date back to the Old Babylonian period, no later than 1730 B.C., according to Harvard University Assyriologist and cuneiform scholar Gojko Barjamovic, who put together the interdisciplinary team that is reviving these ancient recipes in the kitchen. A fourth tablet was produced about 1,000 years later. All four tablets are from the Mesopotamian region, in what is today Turkey, Syria, Iran and Iraq.

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/11/16/779930201/eat-like-the-ancient-babylonians-researchers-cook-up-nearly-4-000-year-old-recip

Speaking of the desert and sand…..is it possible that the world is running out of sand?

South African entrepreneur shot dead in September. Two Indian villagers killed in a gun battle in August. A Mexican environmental activist murdered in June.

Though separated by thousands of miles, these killings share an unlikely cause. They are some of the latest casualties in a growing wave of violence sparked by the struggle for one of the 21st Century’s most important, but least appreciated, commodities: ordinary sand.

Trivial though it may seem, sand is a critical ingredient of our lives. It is the primary raw material that modern cities are made from. The concrete used to construct shopping malls, offices, and apartment blocks, along with the asphalt we use to build roads connecting them, are largely just sand and gravel glued together. The glass in every window, windshield, and smart phone screen is made of melted-down sand. And even the silicon chips inside our phones and computers – along with virtually every other piece of electronic equipment in your home – are made from sand.

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20191108-why-the-world-is-running-out-of-sand

That is my randomness for this Saturday.

Have a day……Be well….Be safe

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

Random Thoughts For A Sunday

Cool weather…..falling leaves and the approach of our Thanksgiving….a few thoughts that I had that did not make it into separate posts and Sunday is a good day to post those thoughts…..as random thoughts.

I am an animal lover so let’s begin with a couple of stories that involve animals……

First, some good news in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian…..

Three cows swept away from North Carolina’s Cedar Island by Hurricane Dorian in early September were presumed dead, along with dozens of wild horses. But they had actually built new lives as castaways in the Outer Banks, the BBC reports. Authorities believe that after they were swept away by a wall of water likened to a “mini-tsunami,” they swam up to 5 miles to reach Cape Lookout National Seashore park. The cows were part of a herd that roamed private land on Cedar Island, reports the Charlotte Observer. National Park Service officials say they have set a 30-day deadline for somebody to submit a plan to remove the cows from federal land. They may have to be sedated and returned to Cedar Island by boat.

Authorities say the first cow was spotted on the group of narrow barrier islands the day after the hurricane and two yearlings were spotted a few weeks later. “It’s a tremendous story of how they made it,” park spokesman BG Horvat tells the New York Times. “If the cows could talk, imagine the story they can tell you of enduring that rush of water,” he says. “That must be incredible.” The herd’s caretaker has confirmed that they are from Cedar Island. “Ever since they found each other, they have been hanging out together,” Horvat says. “They are just grazing on the North Core Island.

Next is an oh crap moment……

A group of drug traffickers heard on a wiretap complaining that pigs had found their cocaine stash weren’t talking about the police. Authorities in Italy arrested four suspected traffickers after they heard them lament that a pack of wild boars had dug up a package of cocaine worth around $22,000 and scattered its contents in a forest in Tuscany, Fox reports. The traffickers—one Italian citizen and three Albanians—had been under investigation since a drug-related murder last year. The Local reports that feral hogs have been proliferating in the Italian countryside, making life difficult for farmers and motorists as well as drug traffickers. It’s not clear what happened to the pack that dug up the drug stash.

There is something that all “Preppers” should be chomping at the bit….a way to survive the coming disaster (whatever that may be)………

Not trying to be a downer, but humanity’s future on Earth isn’t looking so bright.

Between the threats of climate change, nuclear warfare, antibiotic resistance, biological weapons, incoming asteroids, and killer robots, civilization could seemingly collapse at any moment — and if or when it does, you’re really going to wish you bought this decommissioned nuclear missile silo in Arizona.

From 1963 through the early 1980s, the United States operated 18 underground missile silos near Tucson, Arizona, each containing a Titan 2 missile armed with a nine-megaton nuclear warhead.

https://futurism.com/the-byte/someone-selling-decommissioned-nuclear-missile-silo

Is it possible to pull food out of thin air?  Some say yes…..

While several startups are already selling “meat” made from plants, California’s Air Protein says it’s figured out how to make meat from thin air — by building on an idea NASA had in the 1960s.

According to Air Protein’s website, NASA thought it might be able to use microbes called hydrogenotrophs to created a closed-loop feeding system for astronauts in space. The astronauts would breathe out carbon dioxide, which the microbes could eat and convert into nutrients that the astronauts could then eat, starting the cycle over again.

https://futurism.com/the-byte/this-startup-creating-meat-air

That concludes my Sunday post…..have a day and see yo8u soon…..

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