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April 07, 2019

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rse

Will bring this over from the end of last thread.

I have books all over this house, with what room they are in and the table or bookshelf they are on alerting me to when I had the insight.

Then I have all my kids' books, which they are unwilling to part with.

https://www.alzinfo.org/articles/prevention/exercise-may-prevent-falls-in-those-with-alzheimers-disease/?awt_l=6qqvu&awt_m=JvlTh1MdtNclTD came out recently and I sent it to the owner of the yoga studio I go to. Everything that aids balance seems to also have a role at keeping alzheimers symptoms at bay.

When we met with the palliative care specialist for my dad, we had to bring his medical records. Since I used to live near emory I know all the back roads and drove us there from my house. My mom was reading in the records where the doctor had noted that "patient's spouse refuses to accept the diagnosis."

I do remember there was a series of questions they asked and how you did showed changes from year to year. About 8 years after the original diagnosis, the doctor turned to my mom after the questions were asked and said she would be notifying the drivers license agency he should not be driving anymore. This was before there had been any problems with his driving.

My point is this was horrifically handled, but there is an underlying science that was picking up changes before they were apparent to the family.


Condolences to mom on the game outcome and I also cheered the rain. Glad we are finally out of 4 digit pollen counts today. 962 I think I read.

rse

Yes, that's correct. This shows what a sneezing, sniffing week we have had along with the blooming azaleas. http://www.atlantaallergy.com/pollen_counts

anonamom

anonamom
rse, I've long suspected we are sisters from another mother.

I have all my kids' books from when they were little--my choice--where are my grands????---and then nearly all of the rest of them too. I have one kid who left for college, and has not spent seven consecutive days here since---eleven years ago. He does manage to bring his boxes of books back from his travels though.

I have read enough to know this is all about memories. And if it's a vice, I say "don't judge."

It doesn't keep me from having people in, nor obstruct my egress from any room---

Maybe I will throw out those college catalogs though....but they do remind me of the fun it was looking at the schools.

Narciso79

Carrying over from the other thread when I came down to Miami we stayed at my grandfather's place a tiny one room apartment but it had a surprising amount of books including Jan valtins the night that stayed behind.

rse

Yes, my youngest who is currently on the other side of the world for spring semester, insists we cannot get rid of her "princess playhouse" so it is disassembled but still in our basement.

I did have a problem with one of my neighbors who came inside when I was on crutches with my knee for an HOA meeting. Seeing just the books in my foyer (I treat it as a morning room, as do the cats) and the music room (where I have set up card tables with book piles geared to topics), he asked if I had really read all those books.

I said yes and he looked confused. Just imagine if he had seen the books in my breakfast room or the sun porch or the kids' playroom.

Narciso79

Well technically it was a memory, not a new thought.

JM Hanes

rse:

Congratulations! According to the Weather Channel, Atlanta is our National Pollen Center, with more than double the pollen count of the closest contender (which is a toss up between Waco and San Antonio). I think pine pollen is the worst, because it not only blankets everything, it's sticky. Alas, as soon as the weather warms up, I start keeping my windows open....

I didn't include all the children's books I've saved, a few of my own, but shelves' worth of the ones my kids loved -- all still waiting for grandchildren, alas. I also didn't measure the bookshelves in my son's room, which is sort of walled with all the paperbacks he devoured. I'd pack them up, but they make him feel at home when he visits. I know the feeling!

Jane

Ukrainian to US prosecutors: Why don't you want our evidence on Democrats?

https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/437719-ukrainian-to-us-prosecutors-why-dont-you-want-our-evidence-on-democrats

Also, apparently Devin Nunes has some big news today.

hoyden

This sports philistine has been seeing on the news that the final four was here. Now I suppose it's on to the final two that they'll play somewhere else.

Beasts of England

The Tigers got screwed on that last foul. There's a frame by frame capture on FB today showing the refs arm raising from his thigh to call that foul before any contact was made, and was already at waist heighth at the moment the two touched. Premeditated. Sad!!

hoyden

Brung over from the other thread.

Mueller Express Fails to Deliver, Democrats Head for the Abyss

Beasts of England

And my apologies for being on topic...

Another Bob

Beasts, I’ve started thinking that most national-level sports are being intentionally “influenced” by or through officials.

Officiating has gotten so much worse in so many sports.

Manuel Transmission

CH, no worries. Just the current circumstance. Friction management was a big deal for the freights 2-3 decades ago and I had a small part of that. Now the body haulers are finally looking at it with even less competence and I’m kinda stuck nursing them along. With all the health talk here, I sorta feel like the guy politely suggesting docs wash their hands back before that was a thing. Oh, and the freights are back ignoring the issue cause it’s a pain and it puts this year’s direct costs against the long term capital savings, which never seems to matter to Wall Street.

MissMarple2

On books: When I moved here I had to get rid of about 2/3 of the books I owned. I kept ones of sentimental value or ones I really used, like my gardening books.

I have the 4 Riichard Scarry books from the late 60's that I read to my son, and eventually my grandkids. All of the characters are pen and ink drawn animals, watercolored in. "What Do People Do All Day" and Richard Scarry's Big Big Word Book were used to teach my son to read. I like seeing them in the house, een if we don't use them anymore.

hoyden

Officials could eliminate all the controversy by handing out Participation Awards.

Beasts of England

As my grandfather taught me, Another Bob - never bet on anything that can talk.

Another Bob

Mantran, when you say “friction management” you talking more effective wheel-slip detection/traction control? Or something else?

anonamom

MM, you are lucky enough that you might read those to great grands---your grandson sounds wise enough to not waste his life looking for the perfect* if the good presents itself!
And no college debt---he can marry and procreate!


*addressed here today, from Instapundit link

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/if-you-want-your-relationship-to-last-become-a-satisficer

MissMarple2

https://ijr.com/twitter-ceo-promotes-bashing-trump/

Not just bashing Trump; bashing all conservatives and taking the Republican party down for a generation or two.

Extraneus

Looks like Kobach is gunning for Kirstjen's job.

Kris Kobach to Trump: You Do Not Need Congress to Immediately Solve Immigration Crisis

“It’s not like we’re powerless and it’s not like we have to wait for Congress to do something,” Kobach said. “It’s sort of frustrating we see the Secretary of Homeland Security [Kirstjen Nielsen] saying ‘Well, we need Congress to help us before we solve this problem.’ No, we can actually solve the immediate crisis without Congress acting.”

Kobach detailed three steps DHS and the Trump administration can take, immediately, to not only lower illegal immigration levels, but unilaterally end the expanded policy of Catch and Release — where more than 17,000 border crossers and illegal aliens were released into the interior of the U.S. over the last 12 days.

Kobach explained:

I posted a comment on his 3 steps the other day.
He explains it in more detail, but to summarize:

1. Finalize Flores settlement regulation.

2. Create new detention space.

3. Prohibit remittances to Mexico from illegals.

MissMarple2


Donald J. Trump
‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump
7m7 minutes ago

Looks like Bob Mueller’s team of 13 Trump Haters & Angry Democrats are illegally leaking information to the press while the Fake News Media make up their own stories with or without sources - sources no longer matter to our corrupt & dishonest Mainstream Media, they are a Joke!

Momto2

Beasts - I'm heading over to FB to look for that slow video. It was SO out of sync with the calls throughout the game that it was highly suspicious. Do we ever hear the names of the officials or do they ever get reprimanded for bad calls?

MM - I just gifted a Richard Scarry book as a baby shower gift. An L.L.Bean monogrammed small tote with several books is my go-to baby gift now. (Did I first hear of it from someone here?) Anyway, it is usually a big hit and hopefully encourages parents to start reading to their babies right away. For this little boy (we always know the sex now before birth, don't we?) I included "The Little Engine That Could", "Moo, Baa, LaLaLa", "A Peaceable Kingdom: The Shaker Abecedarius", and the Richard Scarry one.

Jack is Back!

The Latin Phrase of the Day is in honor of anonamom's book recommendation on "Dying".

Nec mortem effugere quisquam nec amorem potest.

Melinda

About the dementia onset discussions, please take a glance at this institution’s links and research on the subject. Why they’re in Jackson, WY is kind of obvious from a fund raising perspective, but some of their preliminary results and associated tactics to buffer some of the causes of various contaminant dementia really are worth the time to look at.

I have met the head researcher/fundraiser and was not happy for the dodged answer to my question about neurosurgeon diagnosis rates over the general population. Not to throw the baby out with the bath water, and because dementia causes are more than likely more diverse than currently known, I do follow their work and have altered my diet, including supplements, to limit at least some onset due to causes they’ve discovered.

https://brainchemistrylabs.org/

Check out their work for yourselves. It’s a subject I've followed fairly closely since my father’s glio diagnosis in ‘78.

Other resources can be found here: https://www.thebrf.org/

Beasts of England

Momto2 - if you have the ESPN app they have the whole video from a perfect angle. You can freeze frame it on your device. No idea about the refs - sorry. :)

MissMarple2

https://amgreatness.com/2019/04/06/our-lazy-republican-senate-needs-to-start-confirming/

They only work 2.5 days per week.

MissMarple2

https://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-releases-report-on-attack-on-tucker-carlsons-home-suspected-hate-crime/?utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=press%20release

MissMarple2

Here's the story on that giant python caught in the Everglades. There is a picture, which I won't post here due to the snake-phobes among us.

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article228925134.html

anonamom

Make sure you read MM's 9:49

https://ijr.com/twitter-ceo-promotes-bashing-trump/

Not too different from what has been said here, just which side needs to "win."

MissMarple2

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/437729-mulvaney-democrats-will-never-see-trumps-tax-returns

I really like Mick Mulvaney.

anonamom

Melinda, do you take sulforanes? Which brand?

MissMarple2

I just got a text from an obviously upset young man who is having difficulties with his girlfriend. Quite a rant, but sent to the wrong number.

Boy, was he embarrassed when I told him he had sent it to a grandmother. LOL! He apologized, and I told him I would pray that his relationship worked out.

Tom R

As my grandfather taught me, Another Bob - never bet on anything that can talk.

When I learned Pete Rose lost money gambling on baseball I came to the realization that if one of the best players to ever play the game couldn’t make money gambling on baseball I probably couldn’t either.

MissMarple2

https://donsurber.blogspot.com/2019/04/trump-helps-chelsea-handler.html?spref=tw

I wonder how many people ranting on Twitter and on CNN have similar issues.

Momto2

MM - Maybe that will give him time to re-think what he had to say. Sometimes those "mistakes" are a God-thing!

MissMarple2


Maria Bartiromo
‏Verified account @MariaBartiromo
31m31 minutes ago

Breaking news: @SundayFutures @FoxNews @DevinNunes ready to send 8-criminal referrals to the AG 3 of them include conspiracy to lie to Congress & fisa court

Melinda

Sulforaphane supplements?

No, just heaped it into my diet the regular way.

I don’t want to directly endorse anything without doing your own research, but this angle is a bit more specific:

https://www.pharmacytimes.com/contributor/adam-remick/2017/09/amino-acid-l-serine-in-preventing-neurodegenerative-diseases-associated-with-bmaa

Manuel Transmission

AB, yes. You’re probably thinking about the loco control loop that reacts to the slip, whereas I’m measuring the condition of the rail surface that leads to that problem. There’s a lot of science exerted on that dime sized patch and the deeper the digging, the more bewildering the results.

One example: the Brits, in particular, have always suffered from a condition called ‘leaf fall’ which literally is triggered by leaves falling on the rail in the Fall. The mystery so far seems to be related to a cool saturated atmosphere in the early morning where the extremely high contact pressures under the wheel create an exotic form of ice at temperatures in the mid-30s within the crushed film of biomass and caused the train to race through a station without a hint of stopping. Hilarity ensues.

The Infamous Ignatz

So is this genius about to change his name to somethin somethin Muhammad?
He's starting to look like a duck.

Melinda

BMAA poisoning MAY be more widespread, and undiagnosed, than thought. Anyway, it’s a low risk angle of attack for me, and me alone, given my biases.

lyle

The Bron?

MissMarple2

Ignatz,

Who is that?

MissMarple2

Secretary Pompeo is now on Maria's show:


Maria Bartiromo
‏Verified account @MariaBartiromo
14m14 minutes ago

Happening now: ⁦@SundayFutures⁩ ⁦@FoxNews⁩ ⁦@SecPompeo⁩ "italy has BECOME AWARE OF THE RISKS TO THEIR OWN PEOPLE NOT ONLY DIRECTLY FROM Chinese TECHNOLOGY BUT THE RISKS AMERICA WON’T BE ABLE TO WORK AS CLOSELY WITH THEM, SOMETHING THEY OFTEN COUNT ON AND DEPEND"

The Infamous Ignatz

Lebron James, MM.

MissMarple2

Ignatz,

You can see I don't follow pro basketball much. LOL!

MissMarple2

A little more detail on Nunes' criminal referrals:


Kevin Shipp
‏ @Kevin_Shipp
47m47 minutes ago

Nunes just sent 8 criminal referrals to the DOJ connected to the Russian Dossier soft coup against the president. These include conspiracy, criminal referrals and international crimes (leaking to foreign governments). You already know who they are.

The Infamous Ignatz

President Trump is "neurologically impaired" says batshit crazy bastard.

The Infamous Ignatz

Gillette "transitioning" to a business model wherein it appeals to people too weird and messed up not to notice how outrageous their prices are.
Brilliant.

sbwaters

There is not a room in this house without bookshelves, except the bathrooms...

Who doesn’t put a small rack -- the kind you find holding magazines and charts on sail boats -- within reach of the throne?

Great place for Bertie Wooster books and catalogs.

MissMarple2


Sky News Australia
‏Verified account @SkyNewsAust
15h15 hours ago

Former George W. Bush advisor @Doranimated: @realDonaldTrump has a support base in those of Scotch-Irish background. That group loves Israel and they don't like the elite, and Trump's moves in Israel makes the heads of the elite explode.

========================
Nice to know the Bushies are overseas analyzing Trump's base. Perhaps he would like to analyze the Hispanic-American support, which is 50%.

jimmyk

Clarice, great to have your Pieces again.

I’ve found that recently libraries in NYC have stopped accepting books. Or at least they’ve put it on hold. Maybe they get too many, or they’re concerned about bedbugs.

anonamom

Libraries may not "accept" books, but a friend of mine puts hers in the return box after hours, nevertheless .
And that is the last she sees of them!

(And I suspect that some resourceful person at the library either sells them, or passes the majority of them on to other readers.)

MissMarple2

https://www.theepochtimes.com/tom-fitton-spygate-the-worst-corruption-scandal-in-american-history_2869268.html

Interview with Tom Fitton. Both video and transcript.

jimmyk

They foul call was correct. If the ref started up early it was probably because he could see the collision was inevitable, and if it was somehow avoided he could have put his arm back down without calling it. I had no stake in the outcome, in fact I think UVA probably deserved to lose. But the call was correct.

lyle

Wrong! 😬

Jane

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/03/28/devin-nunes-discusses-criminal-referrals-with-maria-bartiromo/?fbclid=IwAR3IdL36dw7wSdIWZjSzR1KticHFDM439lXQWHooIOKsFXxRkGCzg4kdGVw#more-161813

Click to hear Nunes

jimmyk

“My point is this was horrifically handled, but there is an underlying science that was picking up changes before they were apparent to the family.”

My point was that my dad’s doctor acted as though it was cut and dried, and yet her confident predictions of his rapid (say over 5 years) decline did not come to pass.

It was as though she’d been trained not to give any false hope, and she interpreted that as “act like the diagnosis is 100% certain.” The science isn’t settled.

Jane

Melinda,

I'm listening to your article, but there are studies out of Oz that say Alzheimers comes from gum disease (which I don't have thank goodness)

The Infamous Ignatz

Saw this in the comments of one of Melinda's links on L-serine which may help prevent neurodegenrartive diseases like ALS and Alzheimers;

"Paul Cox [L serine researcher] said, “There’s lots of L-serine in bacon”."

And there's an FDA chart that says creamy peanut butter has lots too. Jane, I'd say your bacon wrapped peanut butter is just what the doctor ordered. :)

MissMarple2


Devin Nunes
‏Verified account @DevinNunes

Cattle trucks all over the USA are putting these on in support of ⁦@realDonaldTrump⁩


Jack is Back!

In Southampton, there is an old Whaling Captain's house (Mercator Cooper)next to the library. In the lower floor (1,200 sf.) That is piled high with used books, that are for sale at bargain basement prices (10-50cents). They have a huge drop-off box where you leave your books you know longer need.

All manned by volunteers, and It makes over $5K per month on average.

Jim,SunnyvaleCA,USA

ZH alert
"The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat." —
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-04-07/did-left-just-hand-trump-next-election
Media bias discussed via Smollett and RussiaGate stories.
Conclusion:
Well, as the US moves into election cycle for 2020, there'll be all sorts of stories cropping up to discredit all parties.
But there is one party... or candidate that has just been gifted a "get out of jail free" card. And that candidate is the current President.

Another Bob

Yeah Mantran, when I was writing locomotive controls that was one of the items worked.

The fact that 6000hp and 160K lbs of tractive effort was all acting through about 12 square inches of a pretty-polished steel-on-steel contact patch is difficult to visualize.

What do the railroads do with capability to measure the rail condition? Simple speed or load reductions? Or is there tech the locomotive can use in real time to better react? (I've been out of that game for 20 years now.)

clarice

Gum disease can trigger lots of health problems, I think--including heart diseases. Don't worry about that diagnosis, in any event, Jane. we are mostly of advanced age here and unlikely to notice any cognitive decline in any poster.

Jane

Perfect Iggy, Thanks. It's been a hell of a month, but I'm managing to clear out my mind.

MissMarple2

https://twitchy.com/samj-3930/2019/04/07/bridge-status-burned-ap-asks-how-dems-can-get-the-evil-racist-straight-bigoted-white-mans-vote-and-it-goes-so-badly/

Heh.

One thing about the Scots-Irish so maligned by the Bush guy: they don't let go of a grudge.

Jim,SunnyvaleCA,USA

"The thunder announces that the lightning has struck"
Historical forces in motion.
https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/04/the_neverending_threat_of_civil_war.html#ixzz5kPaOoqwR
Few people, and even fewer officials, were genuinely interested in whether Robert Mueller was pursuing the truth or not. The assumption, on both sides, was that he wasn't. What matters now is simply which side wins. We won this round, but we should not read too much into that fleeting, rather technical victory. We delude ourselves if we believe that a report, a statute, or a ruling will make either of the two antagonistic nations abandon their respective causes. Both sides will continue to play the legal game only so long as they believe that the law can keep their adversaries at bay. If either side is ever proven irrefutably wrong in that belief, violence will follow soon after

Jack is Back!

AB & MT,

Here is the latest update on how the UK, especially Network Rail, is approaching "leaves on the track", as you know is an annual event every rail commuter dreds.

https://www.railway-technology.com/features/leaves-on-the-line/

Melinda

Jane,

Gum diseases as an indicator for anything wrong elsewhere in the body ( my private pet theory) may get more credence over time since that part of our largest organ gets the most traffic day in and day out. Sticking a flag one mountain saying “This is it!” doesn’t make it the only one. But that’s just me.

Momto2

People eat flying foxes? The things I learn here!

Had to Google melinda's BMAA poisoning to read this:


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beta-Methylamino-L-alanine

Flying foxes, a Chamorro delicacy, forage on the fleshy seed covering of cycad seeds and concentrate the toxin in their bodies.

We call these bats in the south.

MissMarple2

https://www.coreysdigs.com/ivy-league-colleges/6-dartmouth-professors-under-investigation-connections/

I am most interested in the two who are suspended and under investigation for unknown reasons.

joan

On topic: I was sorry Auburn lost -- and I was glad Texas Tech won. In one camera sweep of the crowd (and I'm sure it wasn't a sweep but gleefully on purpose by CBS because they'd picked out celebrities on most games) they showed KCC's QB Patrick Mahomes. He was quite happy. :)

I've donated all of my books except the book anonamom recommended when my husband had the terrible and frightening skull fracture and brain injuries,
Jill Bolte Taylor, My Stroke of Insight,
Gladstone's Blink (which my son gave me--along with several others he's given, too),
Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brodie novels,
Jane Smiley's Horse Heaven (I love this book), Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit,
Elizabeth Beresford's Wombles of Wimbledon books (we took our children to the stage play in London years ago; it was cute, cute, cute),
and Michael Bond's Paddington Bear books (also adorable and fun).

I would have kept all of my books but that might mean buying another house. :)

Beasts of England

lol, Tom R!!

MissMarple2

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/james-carafano-russia-is-a-menace-putin-and-obama-to-blame-not-trump

Beasts of England

jimmyk self-identifies as a Foul Truther!! ;)

Old Lurker

"Nunes just sent 8 criminal referrals to the DOJ connected to the Russian Dossier soft coup against the president. These include conspiracy, criminal referrals and international crimes (leaking to foreign governments). You already know who they are."

And we also know to expect no action at all from the DoJ on those referrals unless and until the POTUS orders it.

So far, crickets, discounting all the tweets to the contrary.

MissMarple2

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1114847719955124224.html

Svetlana Lokhova demonstrates that at least one Washington Post reporter was more involved in this hoax more than just carrying tales.

Tom R

Charles Barkley said it was a foul so that seems to settle that argument.

Manuel Transmission

JiB, good summary of the long term fight. I’m involved in a loose group of researchers who include that effort in the larger overall understanding of adhesion. Sheffield is doing a lot of the current work. Sharp bunch of guys.

AB, I’m guessing you played with the early AC traction motors. As I understand it, they presume you can induce ~5-6% slip based on a radar speed reference. The problem becomes two-fold: huge wear and rolling contact fatigue, and a negative friction slope in that part of the creep curve that induces corrugation. Pals of mine who used to be in a sister division in the company that bought us out, make all the fancy goop to modify and moderate that contact patch. BTW that cumulative contact patch over 12 wheels is probably closer to 6 inches. Unpossible!

Jack is Back!

Frederick told me about this when he was down for spring break.

Ancient Four-Legged Whale Swam Across Oceans, Walked Across Continents

https://www.livescience.com/65156-ancient-four-legged-whale.html?utm_source=ls-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190406-ls

Narciso79

Ah Ignatius a prince in katherine Graham's court. I noted miss lokhovas previous status would the most powerful bank in Russia have settled with her (represented by podeata) if they intended to use her as bait.

Beasts of England

I won't argue with Sir Charles - and I know almost nothing about basketball - I just thought it was an early signal. :)

Tom R

The tweet thread MM linked at 12:10 serves as a good reminder for the most likely reason Rosenstein extended the Carter Page FISA warrant. Page and Stefan Halper were known to be in contact with one another. Thanks to the two hop rule the Feds could monitor not only every communication Halper was involved with but all the communications of everyone in the Deep State Halper communicated with.

In other words, while the Deep State illegally got a FISA warrant on Page to spy on the Trump campaign, Trump’s team reversed it to monitor the communications of the Deep Staters who were spying on him.

MissMarple2

https://neonnettle.com/news/7055-google-facebook-twitter-to-testify-before-senate-on-conservative-censorship-

Hearings next week with reps of the 3 tech giants. Cruz is committee chair.

Manuel Transmission

From one of my local pals, who ran some big hospital systems:

It is difficult to separate the speculation from the facts, but there is a large contingent of folks who have been making the argument for years against the overuse of antibiotics. Given that it is the popular argument I am somewhat skeptical of its efficacy - similar to Global warming. This antibiotic overuse argument may be correct, however. The simultaneous outbreak of C-auris has been caused by the overuse of antibiotics used to kill fungus found in agricultural crops - i.e., we killed of other fungus strands leaving this one now dominant. That the epidemiology of C-auris seems to have a locus in Pakistan, China, India (the third world) does not seem surprising for a number of reasons. Recall, we are now seeing diseases largely eradicated world -wide show up in illegal immigrating population - measles, small pox, typhus, etc. Makes you wonder about the pathetic arguments against stopping illegal migration - remember the rationale for the use of Ellis Island past.

That our government apparatus follows a policy of keeping such things a secret, protecting the irrational and uneducated public from themselves, is inexcusable. Why is it that the government seeks to protect us from ourselves when obvious harm may result, but gleefully spreads false information when there is no harm (Russian Collusion, Global Warming, etc)? A rational person might think their motivation to be a nefarious play for consolidating power. Silly me.


Old Lurker

We are not who we used to be, Chicken Little (got tired of Eeyore) continues:

For the first time in history, atheists constitute the largest religious group in America. According to the General Social Survey, the number of Americans who have no religion has increased 266% over the past three decades and now account for 23.1% of the population, just barely edging out Catholics and Evangelicals as the nation’s dominant faith. Mainline Protestant churches have suffered the greatest collapse, declining 62.5% since 1982 and now comprising just 10.8% of the U.S. population."

sbwaters

OL, some of us who have no religion have considerable reverence.

joan

Also, Jane, I was shocked when I read your post last night about the doctor who seemed to casually tell you that your concern over short-term memory loss was Alzheimer's. Wow, hard to believe. I am so glad you had the support you needed to quickly get over that.

It reminded me of the time my mother had what appeared to be a mole underneath her fingernail, the dermatologist cut the nail off, and he reacted by being horrified and told her "My goodness, this could be malignant melanoma, and because I just performed this procedure, it was released into your system." My mother was scheduled to fly out to North Carolina to visit us the next day, but when she called me to tell me about the 'diagnosis' she also said, "I was stunned, and don't remember much but found myself in an alley behind his office building a little while later -- guess I left his office a little dazed." She didn't have a melanoma.

Also, on getting affairs in order for what we older people know is coming: I used to moan to my children: "How am I going to go through all of this?" about the mess of papers that we'd accumulated. My daughter said, "Mother, that's what black garbage bags are for," and I responded, "But some are important."

So, the past year I've shredded just about everything -- things I never wanted to part with like my book reviews for the newspaper. One time I sent one of mine to Nelson DeMille for his 'Up Country' and got the loveliest letter from him. He delighted me by saying "....Your review is better than those done by critics on the east and west coasts. You got what the book was about and they didn't." I had enclosed the front page of the newspaper along with my review, and he said, "We need reviewers like you from the heart of America." :)

Anyway, I had conference papers, research, awards, etc., but they're all gone. I did save a few things and put them in our grandchildren's boxes of drawings and school papers of theirs I've saved for them.

Getting rid of clutter is satisfying.

jimmyk

For the first time in history, atheists constitute the largest religious group in America.

That's a pretty warped interpretation. Divide all the non-atheists into a dozen different groups, and presto! Atheists are the largest group. But I'd read it as 23.1% atheists and 76.9% non-atheists. That's a lot more than a glass half-full

Momto2

BOE - I found the video and it does look suspicious.

Coach Pearl was gracious in defeat but did say this with which I heartily agree.

“There were lots of calls during the game, and you’re going to get some and some you’re not going to get. In my eyes, as an administrator of the game, if that’s a foul, call it. Call it at the beginning of the game, call it in the middle of the game, call it at the end of the game. Don’t call it any more or less at any one time during the game."

https://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/usa_today/bruce-pearl-to-team-after-auburn-s-loss-to-virginia/article_802c88ae-a735-57c2-b7b9-c7117c350223.html

anonamom

My sources, which are outstanding, tell me Sir Mickey had a TAVR---trans aortic valve replacement. It's done through the femoral artery.
No bypass. No "open heart".


This is hilarious, esp if you've been watching Billions---you can hear John Malkovich saying the whole thing in his Russian bozillionairre's broken English

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/lenins-back-on-jagger-and-healthcare/


And the powerline guys want it noted well that it seems NHS wasn't his choice.

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2019/04/annals-of-government-medicine-27.php

Momto2

A heartwarming horse story -
http://www.equestrianlife.com.au/articles/From-deaths-door-to-winners-ring?fbclid=IwAR2EabZoLJOFAZj98FeMXAT7gt7By70o8WIEZZCxH7kZP7MdpDrjucLMjwM

Jack is Back!

amom,

The Cafeteria at Mayo in Jacksonville is virtual UN with all the different languages you here from Europe and Canada, South Africa, Australia.

Marlene

Good afternoon! We were at the dog beach this morning. It is always fun to watch the dogs and their humans. The labs,goldens and spaniels love the water. Our dog sits under my beach chair and watches the dogs, I've decided he doesn't really like the beach. There is usually one dog who is funny to watch,this morning it was an overweight pug who was running with the big dogs.

MissMarple2

Marlene,

This morning my daughter was in the shower and the dogs started carrying on. I got up and let them out and it turned out Jack, the littlest and youngest, had his pit bull buddy out in the neighbor's yard behind us. They love to run up and down the fence line barking at each other.

Maggie sort of joins in for a couple of passes and then watches. Pibby, the oldest, goes out and stands on the porch for a minute and then comes back in thinking she deserves a treat.

Jane

Joan,

The hardest and weirdest part of the whole experience was how incredibly cavalier she was.

"Yeah it's alzheimers" after I had just taken a memory test and done well. Then:

"I've seen symptoms mentioned in other reports".

So whose reports and what did they say?

After talking with David, I am assuming everyone at my age has a lot of these symptoms, but I can honestly say the worst experiences in my life have come from MD's remarks, (with the exception of Anonamom and my other physisican friends.)

When I turned 40 at a routine eye exam (conducted by a newbee in the hospital) I was told I had a brain tumor. I spent the next 6 years trying to deal with it - including wearing tin foil hats and having every test on the planet. At the same time my eyes were getting bad so I could no longer read. Since I knew nothing about my eyes getting bad because I was getting older, I assumed it was the brain tumor (which is the reason I can't compete in the book department, because I lost my ability to read.)

I refused to go back to the DR until I had a new primary who sent me to MA General. The guy wanted to do another brain scan - I told him I'd had a million. He said he promised that he would tell me if I have a brain tumor when it was done.

No brain tumor after 6 years of hell. He told me I'd have to come back once a year and he would have the scheduler call me. She never did. I assumed that was a gift.

Sorry to vent like this - but I really should learn my lesson.

Jane

Thanks to whoever sent me the python pix. I gotta find a pix of Bubbles because she is cuter!

Old Lurker

So if you didn't like the snapshot about religions, here is the movie:

Which line does not match the others?

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6886705/Is-America-Godless-number-people-no-religion-rose-266-three-decades.html

Captain Hate

Beasts - I'm heading over to FB to look for that slow video. It was SO out of sync with the calls throughout the game that it was highly suspicious. Do we ever hear the names of the officials or do they ever get reprimanded for bad calls?

Your comment about it being out of sync is spot on. Part of the flow of the game is figuring out at the outset if the zebras are calling things tight or loose; once that's pretty well known you can adjust how you play the game accordingly unless something extreme happens like a fight breaks out and the refs have to exert control. Before that call there was a lot of contact being allowed which made the final call, technically correct as it was, an outlying point. In fact the trend is usually in the opposite direction: don't make a call that will impact the end of the game and draw too much attention to the refs and make them the story. That said, the Hoo making the free throws was a cool customer at the line

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