Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Gift item of the day

Just in time for summer:

3D glasses for your pet praying mantis:

Headsup  Davebarry

Update on MERS: WAGD

more cases in Saudi, including a Pinay pharmacist.

and the Philippines has a million OFW working in the middle East, including many health care professionals.

Obama won't defend Philippines, despite treaties

If you are wondering why you are reading so much about the Mulatto Girlfriend from hell reporting her boyfriend doesn't like blacks, well, maybe it's because Obama's trip to Asia is a bust.

Not only did he diss the Japanese, but now he has told the Philippines that our mutual defense treaty doesn't mean anything (essentially he is giving a green light to China to take the west Philippine sea from the Philippines, Vietnam etc. despite international laws that mandate against it).

From YahooPhil:

The questions were embarrassing because they reflected our mendicant mentality and our fantasy about America. But they had to be asked because many Filipinos wanted to hear from the leader of the world's superpower that he will take care of us if we get clobbered by a neighborhood enemy that is the world’s number two superpower.

ah, but the dirty little secret is that if China claims land right off the coast of the Philippines, and if no one opposes them, they not only could steal the potential natural gas resources, but could block important sea lanes.

But never mind. Obama apparently doesn't know anything about sea lanes either.

In answer to a question from reporters accompanying him about the situation in Ukraine and the perceived weakness of his foreign policy,Obama gave a reply that is applicable to the armed conflict scenario in the Spratlys:” My job as Commander-in-Chief is to look at what is it that is going to advance our security interests over the long-term. To keep our military in reserve to where we absolutely need them.”
WTF? uh, sea lanes? SEA LANES?

LNG shipments through the South China Sea constitute two-thirds of the world's overall LNG trade. Japan is the recipient of the bulk of these shipments; in 1996 Japan was dependent upon LNG for over 11% of its total energy supplies. South Korea (over 7% of energy consumption) and Taiwan (over 4% of energy consumption) also import large amounts of LNG via the South China Sea.
The other major shipping lane in the region uses the Lombok and Makassar Straits, and continues into the Philippine Sea. Except for north-south traffic from Australia, it is not used as extensively as the Strait of Malacca and the South China Sea, since for most voyages it represents a longer voyage by several hundred miles.
Japan is aware of this.

nope, no strategic security there, folks, just move on.

update:  I should note that our print edition of the Manila Bulletin quotes Obama's speech to military types lauding the alliance, and the headlines suggest he would indeed defend the Philippines..

And the Inquirer has the same story

he really makes them smile, doesn't he...

I guess it depends on what the meaning of "is" is....

I had to laugh at the headlines about the small protests. Less than a thousand communist protesters, (who are worried the US will recamp here and help kill the NPA instead of the Abus) get all the headlines, but this is a very tiny protest: heck, thousands protest all the time, and church rallies gather up to a million people.

and Obama did sign a "defense pact"..
but it's actually about the Philippines letting the US "train" them, and getting bases (that last part is denied). Full details pending.
Nevertheless, the mutual defense pact does not specifically state that the United States must come to the Philippines’ defense over remote islets and reefs in the South China Sea.
Obama made no mention of the hotspots when referring to the mutual defense pact, but did again call on China to not use intimidatory tactics to assert its claims.

Read more: Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook

in other words, no red line here.

We're toast...

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

BBC Fargo?

BBC has a new miniseries on the old film "Fargo", which is actually about Minnesota and the original film had lots of Minnesota jokes that were only understood by natives there.

No, I haven't seen it: we get these things 3 year later.

And no, the story is not "real": it's fiction. Sheesh.

and here is how to tell if you are from Minnesota:

You betcha you're from Minnesota when...

  • You only own three spices...salt, pepper and ketchup.
  • You have more miles on your snow blower than your car.
  • Grumpy Old MenYou thought Grumpy Old Men was documentary.
  • You design your Halloween costumes to fit over snowmobile suits.
  • You feel warm and toasty at -12°.
  • You know the four seasons—Winter, Still Winter, Not Winter and Almost Winter.
  • Or: You know there are only two seasons—Winter and The Time When They Fill In The Potholes In The Road.
  • Though you're not breaking the law, you break into a cold sweat when the game warden appears.
  • The Remarkable Saga of Ole and LenaYou know Ole and Lena personally.
  • You owe more money on your snowmobile than your car.
  • You think the opening of deer season is a national holiday.
  • You find -40° only a mite chilly.
  • You think everyone from a different state has an accent.
  • Your husband thinks sexy lingerie is a flannel nightgown with only eight buttons.
  • You've ever taken your kids trick-or-treating in a blizzard.

Monday, April 28, 2014

CSI: The White ship Disaster

The tragedy of the korean ferry, or the "princess of the stars" ferry disaster here remind us that not just ships in the ocean, but ships traveling short trips in well known seas can sink.

Here is the story of the "white ship" disaster, that killed the heir of Henry I of England, resulting in a long time of civil wars and troubles. Includes conspiracy theories.

But one doubts that Stephen, who was one of the contenders for the throne if the heir died, was behind it; his softheartedness and lack of ruthlessness is well known.

Archeological news of the week

Via various archeology blogs

the long lost Atari ET game cartridges have been located and excavated.

Fuel Entertainment and XBox Studios earned a ton of press this weekend when an excavation crew unearthed hundreds of buried cartridges of Atari‘s 1982 E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial video game in a dumpsite in Alamogordo, N.M. The archaeological discovery confirmed a long-held legend in the gaming world that Atari had buried millions of unsold units of what’s believed to be one of the worst games ever made

medical stuff

from my medical blog:

lead in ancient Rome

what works, what doesn't

Medieval malnutrition

Rice and heavy metals

Factoid of the day

The Chelengk:

From Alan Phipps:
A chelengk was a decoration of the Ottoman Empire... It wed;as a jewelled aigrette consisting of a central flower with leaves and buds, and upward-facing rays. In modern Turkish, a çelenk is a wreath or garland, a circular decoration made from flowers and leaves, usually arranged as an ornament.

A specially-made chelengk was awarded to Horatio Nelson by Sultan Selim III in honour of the Battle of the Nile in 1798. This was the first time that a chelengk was conferred on a non-Ottoman. The usual seven rays were augmented to thirteen, as described in a contemporary letter:
The Aigrette is a kind of feather; it represents a hand with thirteen fingers, which are of diamonds, and allusive to the thirteen ships taken and destroyed at Alexandria, the size that of a child's hand about six years old when open
From TeaAtTrianon

Insomnia download of the day

Instructions to lightkeepers.

no, not a religious tract, but an instruction on how to run a light house.

Includes this chapter:

Funck Lard-Oil Float-Lamp; Funck Mineral-Oil Float-Lamp; Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth-Order Lights

Stuff around the net

StrategyPage discusses Iraq, the Kurds, and the murderous ISI who are killing Muslims in Iraq (for being Shia) to try to stop a free election.

Two key passages:

If Iraq seems like a mess it is and has been that way for a long time. It seems worse since 2003 because now there is no dictatorship to keep foreign (and domestic) journalists from reporting about the true extent of the mess
One of the first scandals of the MSM was when CNN admitted they covered up the atrocities and problems under Saddam, including how he was bribing politicians in France etc. to stop "sanctions". Later, they left the left manipulate the news to destroy Bush as a warmonger, ignoring the background of the war.

second passage:

 NATO and Iraq wanted foreign trainers (including Americans) to remain in Iraq after 2011. But the issue of immunity from local prosecution became a hot item in Iraqi politics and the “status of forces” agreement was impossible to get through parliament. Such immunity was essential because the Iraqi justice system is corrupt, and foreign troops could be falsely prosecuted. 

Yes, we know.

The overblown "Subic rape case" was about a drunken bar girl who claimed five US Soldiers raped her in the car. Luckily the evidence only showed one person had sex with her, which correlated with the soldiers story. She left the bar willingly with this soldier, according to other evidence, but was a bit drunk.

Now, Philippine law did not allow mild drunkeness as an excuse to say one was raped (although a previous case said a girl completely unconscious could claim it).

So the left, who hate Americans,manipulated the story story, even after the evidence was in..., and the feminists, who wanted to change the law to allow mild intoxication as a way to claim rape, were the ones who originally pushed the case. After two years, the case fell apart: The girl took a bribe and presumably married a new boyfriend.

As an aside: This is one reason that John Paul II did not believe a lot of the "pedophile" charges against priests: Because under communism, such charges were often false, to destroy a good priest.

Andrew Greeley, in his autobiography, describes how the offices of a certain US diocese often allowed cover ups for their friends and lovers, and he actually defended the bishop involved as not being gay, but merely naive and not involved in such trivia. Heh. Sounds like Bishop Law, who also was lazy, although other bishops merely "obeyed" the Johns Hopkins sexual predator experts. And a similar clique was believed to have covered up stuff in the Vatican, at least until Benedict took over. The rumor was that he retired so that his predicessor could get rid of these types without the scandal of having to fire them (because they all hand in their resignation with the change of Popes)

We will know that the NWO takes over when we start hearing about such thing in the Philippines (right now they are only in the left wing press). So far, more priests (and pastors) have been killed by drive by shooters than accused of busy fingers....

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Oldest living things on earth

Photos at MomJones

Stuff around the net

Carthage's "warriors"?

In Carthage's Lost Warriors, Secrets of the Dead offers us a fabulous tale of a band of Carthagenians, Celts and Majorcans who cross the Atlantic (I'm really not sure when this is supposed to have happened, but the press release says 1,500 years before Columbus), land on the Brazilian coast, travel up the Amazon through the jungle and climb the Peruvian Andes.
Along the way, of course, they influence various cultures of South America with their wily European ways. We all need a good laugh now and then.

TV show results in a lot of scepticism...maybe because the South American Indians were as advanced in most ways (except for metal use) if not further advanced than Europe/Middle East.


I had always understood Carthage didn't use their own people as soldiers, but hired them from the locals. Indeed, Hannibal's "Army" was Iberio-celts and then he recruited Celts from Cisalpine gaul and later Greeks from southern Italy to fight Rome..
Or maybe I got it wrong: I feel asleep in the middle of the lecture from Stanford itunes on Hannibal


Related  item: Medieval Barbie?

you can send money to be in on the development of the 3D printed armour. more HERE.

why not a Joan of Arc Barbie? Action figure here

and yes, don't forget Eowyn.

But my favorite would actually be the Eleanor of Aquitaine action figure.

not only a sex goddess who inspired medieval music and stories, she went on the crusades, divorced her dull husband for a 19 year old boy toy, and ten kids later went to war against him when he found a girlfriend...

and yes, there is a kickstarter for medieval Halloween costumes, to replace the decrepid stuff that is seen nowadays.

and yes, Eleanor is there:

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Nice Stuff

ComeAwayWithMe blog visits the Prasadeo Mission and the parts founded by Father Serra. Lovely photos: Here is an example of the front of the mission.

and the article notes:
The first recorded planting of a vineyard was by the Jesuit Missionary Eusebio Francisco Kino at San Bruno in 1683, but since the mission at San Bruno was abandoned about a year and a half after its founding, the vineyard likely never matured or was harvested. In 1779, Franciscanmissionaries under the direction of Father Junipero Serra planted California's first sustained vineyard at Mission San Diego. Father Serra founded eight other missions before his death in 1784, these initially or eventually incorporating vineyards. Hence, he has been called the "Father of California Wine". 

Yes, I know: The good father is not considered "PC" by modern multiculturalists...but of course, any of us trying to improve the lives of people by teaching them modern ways and how to get out of dire poverty is not PC today. Of course, the PC ignore that their idea that every society should be left alone was once done: it is the idea behind apartheid in South Africa.


writer Brian Sibley links to an art book that includes lithographs of Dragons, by Ian Miller.

IanMiller's website is HERE. if you want to view his art. I'd steal an example but don't know about the copyright stuff.


TYWIKIWDBI blog has an article on the "Sundog" painting, and it's place in Swedish history.

A "sundog" is the rainbow like circle around the sun (or moon) refracted from tiny ice crystals in the clouds...and as Wikipedia notes: sometimes it makes it look like there are three suns...

At  Toxel: Honest job titles.


The "some politicians have too much time on their hands" post comes from Dave Barry:

Massachusetts moves closer to approving fluffernutter as official state sandwich

Read more here:

Friday, April 25, 2014

The "WAGD" post of the day

 MERS is the next SARS. WaPost article on the problem here.

On Thursday, the Saudi Arabian health ministry confirmed 13 more cases of patients contracting MERS-CoV, the acronym for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, as well as two more deaths. MERS-CoV is an infectious disease with no known cure and is considered more deadly than SARS--which killed some 800 people during a 2002-2003 outbreak that first started in China. Since 2012, 83 people have died and 285 people have contracted the virus in the Kingdom alone. It has spread to the neighboring United Arab Emirates. Reports also suggest pilgrims from as far afield as Malaysia and the Philippines contracted the virus while on hajj in Mecca.
actually the real danger is our OFW...especially our nurses and doctors who work in Saudi.

Filipino health authorities also are increasingly concerned about the virus spreading there, with a significant number of its citizens working in the Gulf and potentially carrying the disease when they travel home.
It has boosted screening for the virus at airports.
“It is important that families, friends and members of their local communities fully understand all that must be known about the MERS coronavirus,” Filippino Health Secretary Enrique Ona said on Saturday.

Of course, if it does spread via the Hajj everyone is in real trouble.
There is a minor scandal brewing in Saudi about this...more HERE

And one OFW came here with it from Saudi so they are testing everyone on the plane with her and plan to screen everyone at the airport for fevers.

It's a real worry here because we have so many OFW in the Middle East, including many health care workers who might be in contact with the virus.

Photo of the day


stories below the fold

So guess who has released a book on ecology?

...there is a big difference between a religion of stewardship, the allows using the environment carefully to benefit people, and the religion of ecology, Which has a Malthusian hatred of poor people.,

Quick: Do you allow mining (which results in destruction of the environment but brings jobs) or forbid it (which results in "mom-pop mining, with lots of accidents, that destroys the environment but keeps most people poor?)

The answer: neither. You allow mining with strict regulation.

However, in the third world, it's a lot cheaper to bribe regulators/politicians to ignore the laws, so the real problem is personal morality.

And here the many small Protestant churches teach hard work and honesty, (which enables them to get and hold jobs) while the Catholics tend to "love" the poor but aren't big on namecalling of crooked lots of the Catholic (rich elite) establishment prefers to trumpet "green" cliches....and of course, working to " help the poor"...(just ignore that 20 percent skimmed off the top of the funds).

I mean, you don't expect our bishop to refuse to honor the mayor here, whose father ordered the hit that killed our nephew, do you? Or stop the governor from putting in a casino that will bring more drugs and the sex trade to the area?

except of old leftie Archbishop Cruz, who once named names and was sued for libel...

Via Instapundit:


Then why does my new tablet say that adding face recognition isn't as good as a password for security, and why does it keep telling me that it can't see my eyes?

Intelligent software in the phone provides face and voice recognition.
The phone will come with a "smart stay" feature that recognizes how a user's eyes are moving when reading an e-book or browsing the Web and will adjust the screen brightness accordingly. In a demonstration video, Samsung showed how the phone's screen will go black when a user's eyes are closed.

Right. Then why does it have that face recognition thingamagiggie to unlock it?

related item: SavageMindsBlog (an anthropology blog) notes how Facebook is expanding and using our information to increase big business:

Online payment isn’t the problem. Facebook, Google, and others who monopolise and monetise our digital lives on closed centralised systems are. The financialisation of our private lives as well as unwarranted, indiscriminate, illegal, bulk surveillance flourish in these spaces where corporations and governments gain direct access to our private lives.
What we need is a social movement to demand an information commons, decentralised servers, and digital literacy along with so-called financial literacy. We don’t need to hand Facebook yet another key to our private spaces.

and remember: The NSA know what you befriend on facebook...


Is child sacrifice the way to go if you want to be rich? 

BBC report here. And yes, it happened when I was in Africa...

But I have a correction: these murderers are not "witchdoctors": They are witches.
Witchdoctors are the ones who diagnose witchcraft....

Jamie Uyes (best known for "the gods must be crazy" film) made a film about this called Dingaka. 

of course, killing children so someone can fulfill their dreams would never happen in the civilized world. /s

one of the doctors killed in Afghanistan was a FilAm pediatrician from Chicago.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Family news

I went to the bank to deposit a check  and then with Ruby and cousin to Waltermart to shop. Bought a bunch of junk that I needed, like a large sponge to clean up water on the floor and decent nail clippers that actually can clip toenails. (lots of stuff here is very shoddy, but cheap...good quality is a problem).

We ate hamburgers before coming home.

It's still very hot out.

The second white dog had one puppy that died, after the small white dog's four puppies died...they were premature. I don't know if it was the heat, a virus, or poor nutrition, or the fact they both were full of ticks and anemic. At least now I can use stronger tick shampoo on them.

Still pregnant: The small white dog who is the mom of the other two, and Lolo's dog Blackie. So far it looks like they will carry the puppies to term (all of them were in heat the same time: which meant lots of fighting visitor dogs outside at the time).

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Your government keeping you safe

Well, Homeland security couldn't be bothered to check up on students who the Russians warned them were terrorists planning to bomb the Boston Marathon last year, but don't worry: They will keep you safe from...chocolate easter eggs.
They can't get Mexican illegals or Dagestani terrorists en route to blow up the Boston Marathon, but they could, if only those guys made the mistake of traveling with a Kinder egg.

Mark Steyn reports how in a previous trip he ran into trouble:

"Oh, just some Easter eggs," I said, breezily - and instantly regretted it.
The hitherto somewhat somnolent agent sprang visibly alert. "Easter eggs?" he said, with a palpable menace in his voice.
"Not Kinder eggs," I replied, trying very hard not to roll my eyes. "Just regular home-made Québécois Easter chocolate."
He de-bristled, and waved us through. "Close call, Dad," said my daughter.
Indeed. I'd smuggle in a dirty nuke before I'd risk another Kinder egg in the car. Three Easters ago, the United States Government gave me a delightful seasonal gift of a Department of Homeland Security "Custody Receipt for Seized Property and Evidence". Late the previous night, crossing the self-same Quebec/Vermont border posr, my children had had two boxes of "Kinder Eggs" ("Est. Dom. Value $7.50″) confiscated by Customs & Border Protection.

Insomnia download of the day

Ten hours of the clucking chicken singing the chicken song....

Chicken item of the day

PDF of the talk HERE.

headsup via Improbable research

History lesson for today

StrategyPage has a history of countries that were once empires, and now are beginning to think they should be empires again.
Nothing like "glory" to make headlines so people forget reality.

 many Chinese never forgot the imperial glories. The Chinese government, like their counterparts in Russia, Iran and the Islamic world are calling for the return of past glories and power in order to distract people from more immediate realities (corruption, bad government and a long list of related complaints).

as this earlier essay notes, the Philippines is in China's crosshairs as the weakest link.

lots of background stuff for those who only hear headlines by the clueless ideologues of CNN.

and they end on this cheerful note:

 Today, these obscure disputes have the potential of escalating into the kind of nuclear nightmare that most people are justifiably terrified by. This limits the activities of empire builders if both sides have nukes and remain rational. You can’t always rely on that last item.

Important lesson for today

How to blow bubble rings....underwater.

What's going on?
A vortex is a swirling parcel of fluid. 'Torus' is the name for the shape of a doughnut or a ring. The proper name for a bubble ring, therefore, is a toroidal vortex. Apart from being one of the most mesmerising and joyful things to look at, these toroidal vortex bubble rings are also surprisingly easy to blow. You don't need any special skills, fancy equipment or expert knowledge of physics. Nature does all the work for you.

if  you can't get the video working at the link here is one from Youtube:

Monday, April 21, 2014


an article about Jeepneys, with lots of photos.

We still have intercity jeepneys to travel to Manila or other local towns.

And they linked to this youtube video by one of our local wags:

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Factoid of the day

MigrantRights reports a new film to orient garment workers going to work in Jordon...which has some interesting factoids:

Jordan has a thriving garment trade which takes place largely in Qualifying Industrial Zones (QIZ). Products from these special economic zones, which were established in 1997, can be exported to the US duty-free as long as they contain a certain percentage of inputs from Israel. QIZ’s were initially created with a view to providing jobs for Jordanians, but today around 70% of employees in the garments factories in these zones are South Asian women.
WTF? Cooperation with Israel?
And note all those workers are now imported. What does this say about Arabs willing to work? Are Palestinians refusing to work or are they being exploited so refuse to work, or is it that the companies prefer to hire hard working women from south Asia?
This hints at a possible reason:
Labour standards at these zones have been called into question by both local and international human rights groups in recent years. Last year, 100 Nepali women requested repatriation after facing abusive and exploitative conditions at the Dulay Industrial Park, located in one of the country’s QIZ’s.

Yes, Nepal exports a lot of workers...which says a lot about the American green types who see Nepal as Shangri La (or Tibet, which China is trying to bring into the 20th century).

partly related item:

All those Sherpas killed taking up supplies and setting lines on Mt Everest were hired by a bigshot American network for a TV wonders if they were pushed into doing these things in dangerous areas to fit the TV schedule, where schedule was more important than safety....

Tashi told his visiting relatives that the Sherpa guides woke up early and were on their way to fix ropes to the higher camps but were delayed because of the unsteady path. Suddenly the avalanche fell on the group and buried many of them, according to Tashi's sister-in-law Dawa Yanju.

And, of course, poverty is the reason so many locals work as guides.

Family news

Happy Easter.
It is 90 degrees, and I let Lolo sleep in instead of going to the crowded hot church. his asthma is bad, and I tend to faint.

Emie is having a party so we go there for lunch and maybe supper.

Chano is going to various business related parties so we haven't seen much of him.

And lots of orders for similar parties for our organic salads.

Rice harvest is going on too.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Answering the really important questions of the day

When Thor hits Captain America’s shield, where does all the energy go? That was the question inMatt’s excellent post with an answer from material scientist Suveen Mathaudhu. Suveen suggested that the energy of these collisions must go somewhere – maybe in the atomic bonds of the material the shield is made from. The shield would be sort of like a capacitor.
Homework. Obviously, this brings up many more questions. Here is your homework assignment.
* What happens to the momentum? Think of some creative way to explain how Captain America can use the shield to take a huge hit and not violate conservation of momentum.
* Is the shield made of vibranium? If not, then what? Oh, you think the shield is made of adamantium instead of vibranium? Well, I can hear your complaints. For me, the answer is simple. Stephen Colbert said it was vibranium. I guess this isn’t a homework question then since I answered it.

see: I told you Colbert was a geek...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Family news

House cleaning day... and will have to go to the bank and get lots of money for Easter gifts to the staff.

The small white dog had four puppies, but two died. We hope the other two will live. One is white and the other looks like Papadog...

Lolo is okay. Ruby's friends all went home but she still has my new computer. I am using my old computer to blue screen of death (so far)...

Headlines below the fold

Our prayers go out to the families of the Korean ferry disaster.

A town will be in mourning...reminds me of TWA800, where a dozen kids from a PA town were on a field trip and died.

These things happen in the Philippines every couple of years. But was this an "on/off" ferry, or was there a reef nearby?? Not mentioned in the articles I read.


StrategyPage has the good news from Afghanistan that you won't read in the paper:

The taliban gets headlines but didn't stop the election. And then there is this:

Afghan public health officials recently revealed that life-expectancy had increased from 45 years in 2001 to 63 years now. This, plus the rapid economic growth since 2001 means Afghanistan is no longer the poorest country in Eurasia. The increased life expectancy is largely the result to improved sanitation and medical care, especially for newborns and children under five. One reason for the growing hostility towards the Taliban is the continuing efforts of these Islamic radicals to limit the spread of better health care and economic improvements in general. The most obvious example of this is the continuing Taliban opposition to vaccination programs, which the Taliban consider a Western effort to poison Moslem children. Then there is education, which has rapidly increased, despite constant, and often fatal, Taliban resistance...


AustinBay at strategypage has a summary of the Ukraine crisis, and how "the big lie" works.


and this critique of women in combat at strategypage notes:

 None of these proponents of women in the infantry have ever served in the infantry, but they understand that if they proceed without proof that women can handle the job, that decision could come back to hurt them (not to mention getting a lot of American soldiers and marines killed first).
So far the tests, overseen by monitors reporting back to civilian officials in Congress and the White House, have failed to find the needed proof. The main problem the military has is their inability to make these politicians understand how combat operations actually work and what role sheer muscle plays in success, or simply survival... 
Yet women have often been exposed to a lot of indirect combat. As far back as World War II, 25 percent of all troops in the army found themselves under fire at one time or another, although only about 15 percent of soldiers had a "direct combat" job. In Iraq women made up about 14 percent of the military personnel but only two percent of the casualties (dead and wounded). Most women do not want to be in combat but those who do get the job have proven that they can handle it. Moreover many proponents of female infantry fail to appreciate the fact that all these women in combat incidents was not the same as women in the infantry or special operations.


We couldn't see "the blood moon" here due to clouds. Lots of stupid "prophecy" stuff around the net on this, which is superstition, not religion...


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The alphabet for those over 65

 New  Alphabet :
 is  for apple,  and B is  for  boat,
 That  used to be right, but now it won't  float!
 Age  before beauty is what we once  said,
But  let's be a bit more realistic  instead. 
Now The Alphabet: 
 for  arthritis, B's the  bad  back, C's the  chest  pains, perhaps  car-di-ac?
is  for dental decay and  decline, E is  for eyesight, can't read that top  line!
 F is  for fissures and fluid  retention, G is  for gas which I'd rather not  mention. 
 high  blood pressure--I'd rather it  low, I for  incisions with scars you can  show.
J is  for joints, out of socket, won't  mend, K is  for knees that crack when they  bend.
L 's  for libido, what happened to  sex? M is  for memory, I forget what comes  next.
N is  neuralgia, in nerves way down  low, O is  for osteo, bones that don't  grow! 
 for  prescriptions, I have quite a  few,  just  give me a pill and I'll be good as  new!
Q is  for queasy, is it fatal or  flu? R is  for reflux, one meal turns to  two. 
is  for sleepless nights, counting my  fears, T is  for Tinnitus; bells in my  ears!
U is  for urinary; troubles with  flow; V for  vertigo, that's 'dizzy,' you  know. 
W for  worry, now what's going  'round? X is  for X ray, and what might be  found.
 Y for  another year I'm left here  behind, Z is  for zest I still have-- in my  mind! 
I've survived all the  symptoms, my body's  deployed, 
 And  I'm keeping twenty-six doctors fully  employed.


Recycling in the good old days

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older
woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the

The woman apologized and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days."

The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."

She was right -- our generation didn't have the 'green thing' in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over.

So they really were recycled.

But we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.

Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we reused for numerous things, most memorable besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks. This was to ensure that public property, (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our

Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper

But too bad we didn't do the "green thing" back then.

We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.
But she was right. We didn't have the "green thing" in our day.
Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throwaway kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that young lady is right; we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.
Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana . In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or
plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she's right; we didn't have the "green thing" back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But we didn't have the "green thing" back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family's $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the "green thing." We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the "green thing" back then?

Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smartass young person...
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