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April 26, 2020

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Manuel Transmission

First!

Manuel Transmission

In the event of an actual apocalypse, if you don't own a gun you're only collecting supplies for someone who does.

Over the years whenever someone suggests you need to hoard gold for when the system collapses and money loses any value, I always retort that I hoard lead and it is always worth more than gold. :-)

As a practical matter, it really has a dual value. You can use it as barter and you can use it for its original purpose.

Another Bob

I'm encountering people who still believe the mortality rate of the WuFlu is 5%.

Narciso

The horde reminded of the little known classic fin de siecle russian novel petersberg by andrei bely (nee blok)

jimmyk

AB: I think they did jimmy as they allowed their baser SJW instincts to overwhelm common sense, with their refusals to cancel large public events like the Chinese new year events in February.

Oh they did f up, but so did everyone else. Remember Pelosi telling everyone to celebrate the Chinese New Year and crowd up downtown SF? I presume local officials were with her and on board. Most places shut down within a week of each other. Sure NY was 4 days after CA. I don't think it made much difference. And since I don't think the mass shutdown was the right solution anyway, it's hard to quibble.

Old Lurker

A-Bob "I'm encountering people who still believe the mortality rate of the WuFlu is 5%."

In a population with an average IQ of 98, about half the people have IQs below 98.

Sobering, no?

sbwaters

So what type of zinc is recommended as a supplement?

joan

Ha! Wallace tries to get Governor Stitt to say President Trump is wrong -- even though Wallace is trying all thru this interview to prove the governor is wrong and doesn't know what he's doing about relaxing mandates on corona restrictions in the state. If you're interested the interview starts about minute 22.30. It's sort of amusing how Stitt is smooth in evading Wallace as he the same as calls Stitt a moron and uses a Democratic mayor to prove it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJYyoyVjl-8

sbwaters

half the people have IQs below 98.

and half of them lower still.

D

New York should have shut down the two airports in Astoria in Queens where
people from other countries were bringing in the virus.Massive mismanagement on the part of DiBlasio.
Because of his ill-fated ,ridiculous presidential run he neglected his mayoral duties to protect and prepare his city.Please wise up New Yorkers and elect a person who knows how to run the city.
Atlanta mayor trumped by the mayor and those tweets are her pouty immature way of dealing with her b power being usurped by the governor.
Elect better people Georgians.
You were smart enough to shut down Stacy Abrams .
Now work on electing Republicans on the local level.
I nominate RSE or Stephanie for office.

henry

sbw, Walgreens carries (carried?) 50 mg Zinc Gluconate tablets, you can get Zinc Orotate online. Both work. The gluconate is harder on my stomach, but costs much less. I noticed the B-complex now comes with C and 30 mg zinc. So pay attention to other sources re dosing. As I recall anonamom uses zinc lozenges, and Kevlar uses liquid form.

Jack Lillywhite

Sbw,

I get my Zinc in tablet form at GNC. 500mg a day with D3, C, potassium and quinol every morning.

joan

sbw: I am not a doctor. :) I wouldn't advise anyone to take zinc. However, I've been taking zinc carnosine since February. I'd been diagnosed with ulcers -- and the gastroenterologist said they were less than a week from bleeding. However, the PPI he prescribed has a new warning about a bad side effect of the PPIs, clostridium difficile (which I don't want -- for good reason.)

Anyway, I didn't take the PPI. I've been taking the zinc carnosine and DGL, Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice, for the ulcers -- and the painful stomaches have abated. (I also followed the guidelines on no NSAIDs at all, plus eliminating some foods that exacerbate the pain.)

Anyway, after the news on zinc and the virus with the hydrochloroquine + antibiotic, (I realize the zinc has a trouble getting into the cells) I started my husband on a daily dose of the zinc carnosine, (didn't figure it could hurt him for a short time and might help him in some way) -- and, I wouldn't be surprised if anonamom would tell me it's futile. :)

In the past two weeks, my painful, painful stomach aches are gone.

Anyway, that's my 2 cents.

sbwaters

Thnx for the zinx info.

D

Joan:
Thank God you have a Republican Governor who can shut up Chris Wallace.
At this point, if you don’t live in the state I don’t think we need to hear any reporter’s opinion on anything.
If you want to quarantine and post your antics on CNN fine, but you don’t get to tell the rest of us who are brave and use common sense , how to live.

Jack Lillywhite

My bad. Zinc is 50 not 500 mg. GNC is a one stop service and the more purchase points you earn you get money back or discounts. Frederick gets all his pre and post workout shake powders there.

D

Joan,
Glad you are feeling better.

D

Jane:
Glad you had fun with Marlene and her husband.

Buford Gooch

Alcohol kills coronavirus. The quinine in tonic water fights against it. Therefore, wash your zinc down with gin and tonic.

sbwaters

joan, I avoid proton pump inhibitors, too. I do avoid eating late at night to minimize acid reflux. PPI plus Irbesartan (blood pressure) together made leaving the house impossible.

Marlene

Thank you to Jane and Kiwi! It is so humid here,we don't have to worry about the virus!
Oh,Jane's golf cart is awesome! :)

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Indiana U. Profs Ordered to Report Students Who Join Online Classes Naked

Jane

At least it's not snow, TM! Heard they got that in Maine.

Jane

No bail=out of states!

henry

Fine sunny day here.

Jane

I took this great zinc, which I could chew and was delicious, but I ran out and forget the name. (COuldn't find it on Amazon or at Walmart before I lost the bottle.) Now I take 50mg of spring valley. Boring but not expensive.

Jack Lillywhite

Ex,

Frederick takes his classes in bed with his hoodie on and his Beats over that. According to himhalfthe kids are still in jammies or underwear. One just got of the shower with only a towel wrapped around him.

jimmyk

Re zinc, there are so many different kinds (gluconate, acetate, picolinate, citrate, etc.) I'm not sure which is best in terms of virus mitigation. I vaguely recall amom suggesting zinc acetate. That seems to be hardest to find, but Zicam lozenges seem to have a mix of zinc acetate and gluconate.

Extraneus

Pelosi: State, Local Government Bailouts Coming in Next Relief Bill

henry

Public companies vacuuming up PPP $.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/26/small-business-loans-public-companies-took-855-million.html

anonamom

There's lots of zinc in oysters. A can of smoke oysters is about $2.50

Examples of foods high in zinc include:
oysters, 3 ounces (oz): 74 mg.
beef patty, 3 oz: 5.3 mg.
Alaska king crab, 3 oz: 6.5 mg.
fortified breakfast cereal, 3/4 cup serving: 3.8 mg.
cooked lobster, 3 oz: 3.4 mg.
cooked pork chop loin, 3 oz: 2.9 mg.
baked beans, 1/2 cup serving: 2.9 mg.
dark meat chicken, 3 oz: 2.4 mg.

Extraneus

Trump just spent his last two tweets saying that reporters received "Nobel" prizes for fake Russia reporting.

Old Lurker

Ext, sounds like it (free tulip bulbs for States & Cities) is a done deal, Ext.

LUNACY

Extraneus

McConnel said he opposes state and local bailouts, so we'll see. I think it would be filibustered in the Senate even if he supported it.

I agree it's insane. Federalism would be dead, right at its best run possibly in history. When the red states open up and the blue states are still closed and begging for money, few in flyover country will be sympathetic.

henry

Ext, those were “Noble” prizes, fwiw. Serious press bait.

jimmyk

Afraid I'm allergic to seafood, amom.

Extraneus

I see. Says he'll provide recommendations to the Noble Committee. Heh.

jimmyk

I agree it's insane. Federalism would be dead, right at its best run possibly in history.

Trump seems to get that the feds shouldn't be subsidizing states' profligacy, as he pushed the repeal of SALT deductions. Let's hope he sticks to his guns, and we see the Daily News headline: "Trump to State: 'Drop Dead.'"

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Stocks Skid, Dow Down 12

Jane

I'm ready to march if thye vote to bail out states!

rse

MT--

Hubby was on the phone with afriend who was in a gun shop within the last week when a famous atlantan known for his philanthropic work came in and bought 10 pricey rifles.

I guess he is going the better than gold route too although I suspect he wants one to protect the other. Nothing like buying groceries for the elderly as a surprise to make you even more high profile.

MissMarple2

Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump
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1h
.@CardinalDolan

Thank you for a great call yesterday with Catholic Leaders, and a great Service today from @StPatsNYC!

MissMarple2

Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump
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The people that know me and know the history of our Country say that I am the hardest working President in history. I don’t know about that, but I am a hard worker and have probably gotten more done in the first 3 1/2 years than any President in history. The Fake News hates it!

MissMarple2

Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump
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I work from early in the morning until late at night, haven’t left the White House in many months (except to launch Hospital Ship Comfort) in order to take care of Trade Deals, Military Rebuilding etc., and then I read a phony story in the failing @nytimes about my work....

....Lawsuits should be brought against all, including the Fake News Organizations, to rectify this terrible injustice. For all of the great lawyers out there, do we have any takers? When will the Noble Committee Act? Better be fast!

MissMarple2

Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump
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49m
When will all of the “reporters” who have received Noble Prizes for their work on Russia, Russia, Russia, only to have been proven totally wrong (and, in fact, it was the other side who committed the crimes), be turning back their cherished “Nobles” so that they can be given....

....to the REAL REPORTERS & JOURNALISTS who got it right. I can give the Committee a very comprehensive list. When will the Noble Committee DEMAND the Prizes back, especially since they were gotten under fraud? The reporters and Lamestream Media knew the truth all along....

MissMarple2

Jon McNaughton
@McNaughtonArt

I drew this in my sketchbook yesterday, a quote from President Trump. "We are one movement, one people, one family, and one glorious nation under God." This is my hope for the future of this country.

D

Jimmyk:
DiBlasio already got the same headline with President Trump so it won’t work a second time.
The fact that Pelosi wants it makes me against it.
Let her sit and wait as she made small businesses do twice because Planned Parenthood and the Kennedy Center were more important, in her mind than real hurting Americans.

D

TM:
The sun will come out tomorrow according to the Weather Channel.
How are the Maguires holding up?

MissMarple2

My friend just texted me, and for the 3rd week in a row, she cannot get chicken (and her husband has a heart condition).

I want the Chinese divested of their shares of those 4 meant companies and OUT of the country! It's getting hard to get meat here unless you either live on a livestock farm or get to the grocery at the crack of dawn!

henry

MissM, just the news of a pork processing plant closing and all meats become this week’s toilet paper. Total insanity.

MissMarple2

henry,

I agree! Milk dumped, too!

Another Bob

"shut down the two airports" Actually five if you count Newark, White Plains and Teterboro.

I still wonder why that wasn't done.

henry

Worst case, there is a dairy herd next door.

Extraneus

I still wonder why that wasn't done.

Cuomo this week again bragged about his state’s open arms, which resulted in New York’s current crisis. The reason New York now has so many more cases of coronavirus, even more than California, is “because we welcome people from across the globe,” he said on March 25. “We have people coming here, we have people who came here from China, who came here from Italy, who came here from all across the globe.”

No one, of course, should be surprised that a leading Democratic politician prioritized open borders diversity politics over public health.

https://amgreatness.com/2020/03/26/cuomo-deserves-no-plaudits-for-his-handling-of-crisis/

MissMarple2

Oh, no!

Jack is Back!

If there are no restaurants open except for T/O, then it is not surprising that meat, milk, poultry, paper products, produce, etc. fall short. Publix here is usually stocked to the point people spend hours looking at the meats and fish trying to decide what to get.

Not anymore. Was going to do my Morrocan dish using thighs. Not even on the bone were available much less the boneless. So, we are going with Mrs. JiB, Flemish dish - Fricadeau - aka Meatloaf with that distinctive nutmeg taste served with Kriek aka Cherries in syrup. They also use apple sauce from time to time.

She had so much made up, she made Bolleke's (lie meatballs) for Frederick. They are the size of golf balls and they are better than your traditional beef meatballs.

You wash it down with a Hoogarten or Leffe Abbey beer:)

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VIDEO: Hundreds Attend Chicago House Party During Coronavirus Pandemic

The lockdowns can't last.

Pinandpuller

“The regular act of applied science is to introduce into labor a labor-saving device or a machine. Whether this is benefit depends on how far it is advisable to save the labor. The philosophy of applied science is generally quite sure that the saving of labor is a pure gain, and that the more of it the better. This is to assume that labor is an evil, that only the end of labor or the material product is good. On this assumption labor becomes mercenary and servile, and it is no wonder if many forms of modern labor are accepted without resentment though they are evidently brutalizing. The act of labor as one of the happy functions of human life has been in effect abandoned, and is practiced solely for its rewards.”

The Southern Agrarians.

Jack is Back!

Hoogarten s/b Hoegaarden.....tastes my-t-fine.....my first one in, what 3 years...not much of a beer drinker but today the humidity is up along with the heat....CoVid doesn't stand a chance here.

Ralph L

So what type of zinc is recommended as a supplement?

I lick galvanized steel whenever I see some.

clarice

DJT is thinking of buying up years' worth of discounted airline tickets for govt use. (Creative!)

https://neonnettle.com/news/11095-michigan-democrat-gov-whitmer-has-emergency-powers-repealed-by-state-legislature and Michigan witch gets her wings clipped.

Another Bob

Anyone using one of these UV-C disinfecting wands?

Are they really any good at all, or just rubbish? I haven't found an online review/evaluation of these that I trust yet.

Extraneus

I don't know about that site, Clarice. The headline doesn't seem to be reflected in the story.

lyle

https://nypost.com/2020/04/26/de-blasio-appoints-wife-head-of-coronavirus-racial-inequality-task-force/?fbclid=IwAR25BFZRqRfQNg3Zxzm_GI3b5FGrxrO5Frql69z29zUlCCGwsM9H9yuyHeQ

“Coronavirus Racial Inequality Task Force” isn’t Orwellian-sounding at all...

Les Nessman

Hoegaarden is the perfect summertime beer. I have 6 in the fridge right now. Maybe only 4, I better check...

I know you have to protect your eyes from exposure to UV light devices.

Jim,SunnyvaleCA,USA

"Another Day In Paradise"

I talked to the NYC daughter and she said it was rainy.
To people stuck in place, losing your chance to get out of your tiny apartment sucks ...

She gets groceries delivered, the process has become more stable.
She hangs out with her bf and a couple from the next door building, thus a group of four. All of them are careful about distancing with outsiders but they don't mask or distance around each other. It's like a single family with 3 living spaces. She says it's a common pattern among her friend group.

Les Nessman

Dang, now there's only 3...

MissMarple2

Captain Hate, Buckeye!


Cross mark
@LadyImpactOhio


· 37m
Replying to @MaryGraceMedia and @stevenmnuchin1
Did you know the #Ohio unemployment fund will be insolvent in June? This was known even before #COVID19 hit. Gonna be a mess.

Pinandpuller

Robert Fulton is the Patron Saint of Cross Fit.

Melinda

Hugh Son
@Hugh_Son
NEW: Even as the #PPP is set to reopen Monday w/ fresh funding, the full extent that public cos tapped the emergency facility is only now becoming clear. Firms got $855 million, incl. $126.4 million tied to a single Texas hotel magnate. 👇👇

cnbc.com/2020/04/26/sma…

https://twitter.com/Hugh_Son/status/1254487581384990723

[Redirect scheme by The Street, by all appearances]

MissMarple2

Melinda,

Can the government get that money back? Seem like it should be illegal.

MissMarple2

https://thedcpatriot.com/trust-the-cdc-a-reminder-of-when-the-former-head-of-the-cdc-was-arrested-on-sex-abuse-charges/

I had forgotten this, and it was the same position!

jimmyk

To people stuck in place, losing your chance to get out of your tiny apartment sucks ...

Now there's such a thing as an umbrella. I just took a walk with one. It's a fairly light rain, though a bit breezy, so as usual in NYC it's easy to get an umbrella flipped inside out or broken. But still worth getting out. I usually take at least two walks a day, rain or shine.

clarice

Ext--FTA :The state Senate passed a bill that would repeal the 1945 Emergency Powers of the Governor Act during Friday’s special session.[snip]The legislature approved a committee to provide oversight on Whitmer’s actions during the coronavirus pandemic, according to The Detroit News."The state’s response must be transparent, and we all have to work together to hold state government to higher standards for its actions and choices,” Chatfield said. "The House is taking action today to deliver that transparency and help guide the way for better results.”

READ MORE: https://neonnettle.com/news/11095-michigan-democrat-gov-whitmer-has-emergency-powers-repealed-by-state-legislature


Now she says she'll veto this, but if she does and they cannot override it, she will be solely responsible for all the anger re the shutdown.

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Pelosi Claims China Travel Ban Didn’t Go Far Enough

Pelosi did not say whether she supported the restrictions but claimed the ban wasn't a "great moment" because it still allowed some people to travel from China to the United States.

"If you're going to shut the door because you have an evaluation of an epidemic, then shut the door," Pelosi said during an interview on CNN's State of the Union.

"Actually, tens of thousands of people were still allowed in from China," she said. "So it wasn’t, as it is described, as this great moment. There were Americans coming back or green card holders coming back. But there were tens of thousands."

...

The day the China travel ban was announced, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden criticized the president's "record of hysteria and xenophobia." Biden's campaign has since stated that the former vice president was not referencing the travel restrictions on China.

These people are so disgusting.

D

Jimmyk:
Walks are good and getting some sun also helps you.
My husband and I were out walking yesterday and then went down by Lake Erie.
Lots of people out and about.

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Pelosi Suffers Brain Freeze, Stutters, Forgets California Governor’s Name, Calls GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy “Mitchell” (VIDEO)

The look on Jake Tapper’s face says it all.
Jack is Back!

Signs of the times:

Sacre bleu, non frites!

https://www.theepochtimes.com/frozen-french-fries-in-short-supply-as-farmers-sit-on-tons-of-potatoes_3326809.html

Smoke Fags, Save Lives!

https://www.spiked-online.com/2020/04/23/smoke-fags-save-lives/

Moving Out & Not Coming Back: The Deurbanization of America?

https://www.nationalreview.com/the-morning-jolt/moving-out-and-not-coming-back/

Coronavirus ModelsDeal Another Blow to Faith of Americans

https://www.nationalreview.com/the-morning-jolt/moving-out-and-not-coming-back/

lyle

https://amgreatness.com/2020/04/25/post-hoc-vs-propter-hoc/

Kimball.

GUS

What kind of zinc is good to take. I wait for that racist dimwit DRUMPF to tell me, then I inject it with Lysol.

D

Ext:
Pelosi, Biden Schumer and all the Dems are on the wrong side of history here and are desperately trying to mute previous comments and beliefs.
It will not work.
We have the tapes to prove it just like Reade has the Larry King tape to pin the sexual abuse on Biden.

MissMarple2

Rudy W. Giuliani
@RudyGiuliani

Why did the US (NIH) in 2017 give $3.7m to the Wuhan Lab in China?

Such grants were prohibited in 2014.

Did Pres. Obama grant an exception?

4:53 PM · Apr 26, 2020·Twitter for iPhone
==============================
Good question, Rudy!

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Pastor given ankle bracelet for defying stay-at-home order continues to preach anyway

Louisiana pastor Tony Spell, who leads Life Tabernacle Church in Baton Rouge, was placed on house arrest and fitted with an ankle monitoring device last week for refusing to suspend church services amid the coronavirus crisis.

On Sunday, Spell continued to defy the stay-at-home order.

According to The Advocate, Spell, who lives just 50 yards from the church where he pastors, held services despite a judge's order prohibiting the pastor from leaving his house.

lyle

We have the tapes to prove it just like Reade has the Larry King tape to pin the sexual abuse on Biden.

Ummm....

https://twitchy.com/samj-3930/2020/04/26/well-isnt-that-convenient-cnn-larry-king-footage-featuring-biden-accusers-mother-magically-disappearing-from-the-internet/

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Texas cops use undercover sting operation to arrest women offering salon services at their homes

Officers from the Laredo Police Department were informed of the activities through an anonymous tip sent to the Laredo Police Department mobile app on April 15. The tipster informed police that the women were advertising salon services on social media.

Police went on an undercover sting operation and arrested the women for offering beauty services from home. The cops were part of the COVID-19 task force enforcement detail.

Laredo police arrested Ana Isabel Castro-Garcia, 31, after she allegedly agreed to provide an undercover officer with a manicure. She was charged with "Violation of Emergency Management Plan C/B," according to KGNS-TV, an NBC affiliate in Laredo. Castro-Garcia was taken to the Webb County Jail for booking, where she was held on a $500 bond.

Brenda Stephany Mata, 20, was arrested after she reportedly agreed to perform eyelash service inside her home for an undercover cop. She was also charged with "Violation of Emergency Management Plan C/B" and was also taken to Webb County Jail and held on a $500 bond.

GUS

Warren Wilhelm stokes the fires of racism. Of course it's okay, because as AO-Corrrrrrtezzzzz, told us that all white men are RACIST. We just don't know it. So Warren Wilhelm's black wife is qualified for the CHINESE VIRUS RACIAL INEQUALITY TASK FORCE.

Would he prefer that the CHINESE VIRUS KILL ALL RACES on an equal per capita basis???
What about murder victims and their assailants.

This MAN, is actually the MAYOR of NEW YORK CITY.

It shows that LOSERS can clearly get rich in AMERICA.

MissMarple2

PORCHLIGHT!

Used to lack of oxygen, as I said! ((Hat tip to Jack!)

Talk about confirmation bias:

"The quango should have paid more attention to how FEW smokers were in hospital in the first place. In a country where 27 per cent of adults smoke, only 6.4 per cent of the Covid-19 cases were smokers. This was NOT a fluke finding. Awkwardly for the anti-smoking lobby, smokers have been strangely under-represented in all the studies for which smoking prevalence data is available. They made up just 1.4 per cent of the cases in Zhang et al, 6.7 per cent in Wan et al, 3.9 per cent in Mo et al, seven per cent in Huang et al, nine per cent in Dong et al, 10 per cent of cases in Yang et al, 1.9 per cent in Guan et al, six per cent in Zhou et al, and 6.4 per cent in Liu et al. In Shi et al, only 8.2 per cent of cases had any smoking history."

So, It is as I thought! Lack of oxygen!

GUS

Lyle, try to do research on how many "LYNCHINGS" actually happened in America.

Used to be there. I guess the INTERNET ran out of room.

MissMarple2

GUS,

There used to be a LOT!

My great, great uncle got run out of Corydon, Indiana just in time to arrive for the Oklahoma Land Rush.

My grandmother wouldn't talk about it much, but my mom told me.

Pinandpuller

This bloody Canadian MP can’t give a Ramadan message inside her own home without a headscarf. Talk about Dar al Islam:

https://twitter.com/rachelnotley/status/1253433373093052416?s=21

Pinandpuller

If 13 do 50 now maybe 50 of the lynchings then were warranted.

Pinandpuller

Emmit Till’s daddy beat the hell out of his mama and a judge gave him the option of going into the army. He was later charged and tried for the brutal rape and murder of at least one Italian girl and hanged by the army.

But that’s none of my business.

Jim,SunnyvaleCA,USA

"Hi, I'm not a celebrity but all it's the celebrities who are helping my get through this."
(Satire)
https://imgur.com/gallery/qdEEu38

GUS

Hi Miss M. There were a LOT less lynchings than people have been led to believe. Not that, that is so important, but I helped my son research it 4 or 5 years ago. Later, I went back for some reason, and the details were GONE. NOT BY ACCIDENT.
The INTERNET and SOCIAL MEDIA have been corrupted by Google and Dorsey, and Zuckerberg. Again, not by accident.

Jim,SunnyvaleCA,USA

Helping "me" get through...

GUS

Do they have EASTER EGG hunts for Ramadan??

GUS

So the COP violated Social Distancing by hand cuffing her?? Undercover cop. SERIOUSLY.

The government is BEGGING for REVOLUTION. When the rank and file cannot see how ridiculous this shit is, do we really want them PROTECTING us??

Jim,SunnyvaleCA,USA

I would rather hunt for BACON than Easter Eggs.

MissMarple2

I am so happy! I found a CANE! It belonged to my uncle when he showed hogs. Heavy oak and thick. YAY!

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/Birds

Researchers have been studying bird migration for a long time, and only fairly recently have they had the ability to attach tracking electronics to record such things as daylight hours (allowing them to determine latitudes and thereby infer locations), or even GPS location. One of the main questions is: how do the birds navigate?

Experiments on homing pigeons established that they can navigate based on the position of the sun relative to the birds' internal clocks that know the time of day, but birds often migrate at night or for days without landing, so are they watching the stars, too? There is (not gonna say "are") data that suggests that they might be able to detect direction at night by how the stars rotate relative to the birds' frames of reference.

The ability to migrate sometimes thousands of miles and find the exact spot where they were born or where they've bred over the years suggests they might have other navigational capabilities. What else can they do?

It has been known for a while that migrating birds have the ability to sense the earth's magnetic field using cells in their upper bills that contain magnetite, a magnetic mineral. Devices that counteract the magnetic field have been attached to birds to verify this. However, it was only recently discovered that light at the blue end of the spectrum interacts with a pigment called cryptochrome in the avian retina, exciting electrons which are sensed by neurons that are somehow able to detect the effect of the earth's magnetic field on the spins of these excited electrons.

So these cryptochromes may be able to give migrating birds a visual pattern inside the retina that allows them to "see" the magnetic field in addition to what they can sense from the magnetite in their bills.

I hesitate to post a pic of Spock saying "fascinating."

Birds/

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