And they come with no warning,
nature loves her little surprises.
Continual crisis!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Linkee-poo was the pride of the American side

"Some of the most popular Pro Football Hall of Famers are threatening not to return to Canton for the annual enshrinement or for the NFL’s centennial celebration planned for 2020 in Canton unless they receive health care benefits and a salary from the National Football League. Neither of which the Hall of Fame controls." Dear NFL, don't fuck this up. You don't want to piss off Canton.

"A unicorn of the sea somehow ended up separated from other narwhals. Luckily, the lost narwhal was welcomed into a pod of beluga whales, where they were spotted frolicking in the St. Lawrence River." (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

"About 1,200 nautical miles east of Hawaii lies a patch of ocean that researchers had thought to be a desert of sorts. But for reasons unknown to them, each winter, great white sharks would leave the food-abundant waters along the US and Mexican west coast for a sojourn in the middle of nowhere." The things we don't know about our world.

"Based on previous data, the amount of infrared radiation is much more than the neutron star should be emitting, Posselt said. So 'all of the emission in infrared we see is likely not coming from the neutron star itself,' Posselt said. 'There's something more.'"

"Mosquito larvae have been observed ingesting microplastics that can be passed up the food chain, researchers said Wednesday, potentially uncovering a new way that the polluting particles could damage the environment."

"Manteufel initially thought he had a bad case of the flu, but in his blood, doctors discovered a type of bacteria normally found in the mouths of dogs and cats." The normal bacteria around us can cause severe problems when it gets in the wrong environment, especially your blood. Sepsis is one the fastest growing areas of medical treatment. Practitioners are getting trained on how to spot and how to treat cases. It's not something to ignore. My guess is dogs licked and open wound or cut and that's how it got into his blood stream.

"Four European patients developed breast cancer after receiving organs from the same donor, a case report explains." There are risks with any medical procedure, and the current state of medical science isn't as advanced as most people believe.

The other casualties of Florence. "About 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs have been killed in flooding from Florence as rising North Carolina rivers swamped dozens of farm buildings where the animals were being raised for market, according to state officials."

"Last week, powerful Hurricane Florence was downgraded from a Category 4 to a Category 2 and eventually a Category 1 as it made landfall – and this may have contributed to a false sense of security."

"A 37-year-old Navy Chief Petty Officer in Florida was found dead on Monday -- the same day she was to appear at a court hearing for an order of protection she sought against a man she claimed kicked her in the stomach and pulled a gun on her, authorities said… In a heavily-redacted incident report released Tuesday, sheriff's officials wrote that the homicide is not related to domestic violence." Yeah, I'm not so convinced of that.

"Tesla shares tumbled on Tuesday amid reports of a potential criminal probe over its chief executive officer's statements about taking the company private." The ol' pump and dump. Starting an office poll on when Elon Musk will enter rehab.

"A former senior government official who oversaw refugee resettlement under Barack Obama warned that the Trump administration’s decision to slash the refugee admissions cap to a record low could have fatal consequences."

"North Korea said it would close a key missile test facility in the presence of "international experts" and potentially destroy its primary nuclear complex if the United States agrees to corresponding measures, South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced in a joint press conference with Kim Jong Un Wednesday." Dear North Korea, you are not our only threat.

"Roughly 25 percent of Americans believe in a conspiracy pedaled recently by President Donald Trump that the Hurricane Maria death toll was over-reported, according a new HuffPost/YouGov poll." I remember when people made fun of the Colbert Report's concept of "truthiness."

"The latest proposal is for Ford and Kavanaugh to testify under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday. However, these allegations are extremely serious and we — five former federal prosecutors with a combined experience of many decades — believe that a Senate hearing, if it indeed occurs, is not enough. It will not adequately provide the American public with the full facts and truth about these allegations, nor, importantly, will it allow the Senate to fulfill its constitutional role of “advice and consent” in the context of potential Supreme Court justices. Rather, there must be a thorough, unrushed investigation by the FBI or by another independent investigator and a full and fair public hearing, including all relevant witnesses and not just Kavanaugh and his accuser."

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