General Discussion, Tuesday, April 2, 2019

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  1. Lucille says:

    Luke 12:27: Consider the lilies, how they grow. They neither toil nor spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these.

    “Avalanche Lillies” – photo by Inge Johnsson

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  2. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all!

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  3. nyetneetot says:

    Mornin’ stella! (Smiter of those that ought to be smote) 😎 🍸 (Long Island Iced Tea)
    Mornin’ WeeWeed! (Master Mixologist Extrodinare) 😎 🍸 (Old Fashioned)
    Mornin’ Menagerie! 😎 |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Jack Daniels – Single Barrel)
    Mornin’ Ad rem! (Queen Felis catus) 🐱 🍸 (Flaming Lamborghini)
    Mornin’ Sharon! 😎 🍸 🍸 (earthquake)
    Mornin’ ytz4mee! 😎 🍸 (cosmopolitan)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! 🙂 🍸 (white wine and perrier)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! 🙂 |_| (Tom Collins)
    Mornin’ texan59! 🙂 |_| (Black & Tan)
    Mornin’ ZurichMike! 🙂 🍸 (fuzzy navel)
    Mornin’ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) 🙂 |_| (Boilermaker)
    Mornin’ czarina33! (aka czarina) 🙂 🍸 (Lynchburg Lemonade)
    Mornin’ czarowniczy! 🙂 |_| (Wild Turkey Rare Breed)
    Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! 🙂 |_| (Irish Car Bomb)
    Mornin’ Patriot1783-ctdar! (aka “ctdar”) 🙂 🍸 (grasshopper)
    Mornin’ tessa50! 🙂 🍸 (flaming volcano)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! 🙂 🍸 (sidecar)
    Mornin’ varsityward! 🙂 |_| (Godfather)
    Mornin’ MaryfromMarin! 😀 |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Mortlach)
    Mornin’ Wooly Covfefe! (aka “Wooly Phlox” aka “taqiyyologist”) 🙂 |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Mornin’ Howie! (aka “doodahdaze”) 🙂 |_| (Classic Daiquiri)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! 🙂 |_| (Gin & Tonic)
    Mornin’ Sha! 🙂 🍸 (Lemon Drop)
    Mornin’ BigMamaTEA! 🙂 🍸 (Harvey Wallbanger)
    Mornin’ cetera5! (aka “Cetera”) 🙂 |_| (Blackberry wine)
    Mornin’ The Tundra PA! 🙂 🍸 (Gentleman Jack Whiskey Sling)
    Mornin’ lovely! 🙂 |_| (Backdraft)
    Mornin’ michellc! 🙂 🍸 (Salty dog)
    Mornin’ auscitizenmom! 🙂 🍸 (Kiss on the Lips)
    Mornin’ Margaret-Ann! 🙂 🍸 (White Russian)
    Mornin’ Auntie Lib! 🙂 🍸 (Tom and Jerry)
    Mornin’ holly100! 🙂 🍸 (Jack & Coke)
    Mornin’ Pam! 🙂 (Not even water)
    Mornin’ Ms.Tee! 🙂 🍸 (Mojito)
    Mornin’ koolkosherkitchen! 🙂 🍸 🍸 (Cuba Libre)
    Mornin’ ImpeachEmAll 🙂 |_| (Flaming Dr. Pepper)
    Mornin’ Monroe! 🙂 |_| (Stinger)
    Mornin’ Les! 🙂 |_| (Rusty Nail)
    Mornin’ shiloh1973! 🙂 |_| (Jack Daniels)
    Mornin’ TexasRanger! 🙂 |_| (Whiskey Smash)
    Mornin’ Ziiggii! 🙂 |_| (B52)
    Mornin’ oldiadguy! 🙂 |_| (Rum & Coke)
    Mornin’ smiley! (“stuck in spambucket”) 🙂 🍸 (Spanish coffee)
    Mornin’ derk! (“Stellars”) 🙂 🍸 (Kamikaze)
    Mornin’ Jacqueline Taylor Robson 🙂 🍸 (Shirley Temple)
    Mornin’ facebkwallflower! 🙂 |_| (Night Train Express)
    Mornin’ Ms. Cindy! (aka “Ms Cynlynn” aka “ms cynlynn”) 🙂 🍸 (1970 ducru beaucaillou)
    Mornin’ sandandsea2015! 🙂 🍸 (1961 Château Montrose)
    Mornin’ amwick! 🙂 🍸 (Blue motorcycle)
    Mornin’ hocuspocus13! 🙂 🍸 (1970 Chateau Latour)
    Mornin’ Sloth1963! 🙂 🍸 (1971 Moulin Touchais)
    Mornin’ MTeresa! (Ex-lurker) 🙂 |_| (Albanian Raki Moskat)
    Mornin’ rheavolans! (aka “Rhea Salacia Volans”) 🙂 |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ joshua! 🙂 |_| (Mudslide)
    Mornin’ John Denney! 🙂 |_| (RumChata)
    Mornin’ litenmaus! 🙂 |_| (Stolichnaya elit, no ice)
    Mornin’ kinthenorthwest! 🙂 🍸 (A Lonely Island Lost in the Middle of a Foggy Sea)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! 🙂 |_| (Smoking Bishop)
    Mornin’ patternpuzzler! 🙂 🍸 (Old Lady)
    Mornin’ Senatssekretär FREISTAAT DANZIG! 🙂 |_| (Red Russian)
    Mornin’ G-d&Country! 🙂 🍸 (Blind Russian)
    Mornin’ Gary! 🙂 |_| (Yuengling)
    Mornin’ valeriecurren! 🙂 🍸 (Flaming Sambuca)
    Mornin’ Lucille! 🙂 🍸 (Peach Schnapps)
    Mornin’ Lburg! 🙂 🍸 (Lburg lemonade)
    Mornin’ davidhuntpe! 🙂 |_| (Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks)
    Mornin’ skipper1961! 🙂 |_| (Brompton’s Cocktail – No cherry, no umbrella, no plastic monkey)
    Mornin’ mightyconservative! 🙂 |_| (Benjamin Franklin’s clarified milk punch)
    Mornin’ NC Nana! 🙂 🍸 (Beautiful)
    Mornin’ bjosz! 🙂 |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Some of Menagerie’s Jack Daniels – Shhhhhh)
    Mornin’ whiners and complainers! 😛 (No drink for you!)
    Mornin’ to people posting that I missed. 😳
    Mornin’ to all you lurkers! 😕

    Also just in case someday; mornin’ to Elvis Chupacabra, F.D.R. in Hell and sundance! :mrgreen:


    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Cinnamon rolls for coffee!

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    • Morning Nyet! Looks like a new breakfast up top! Thank you! 😊

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Yum! Those pancakes look so good. Mornin’ Nyet, everyone. 🙂

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    • Lucille says:

      Good morning, Nyet! The blueberry pancakes look good and maybe that egg on the other plate plus whatever is beneath it as long as it’s got bacon in it. Send it to Vermont’s Mad River Valley…at a place called Bragg Barn…

      …the Valley is quite pretty with many trails to bike and hike…

      …and plenty of watery spots like Warren Falls…

      …and I’m crazy about this covered bridge and river with a webcam to keep tabs on the local folk…

      Thanks muchly!

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    • bjosz says:

      Well hey, Nyet! I see I finally made it to your list 🙂 Aw, thanks!

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  4. WeeWeed says:


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  5. stella says:

    This made me smile!

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  6. Lucille says:

    Lilies of the Field
    In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus mentioned “lilies of the field.” Tulips, poppies, daisies and other wildflowers have been suggested as candidates for “lilies of the field.” In this photo essay we discover the subtleties of his message about these beautiful, short lifespan flowers.

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  7. stella says:

    Excellent article by a doctor with an autistic child writing about the non-existence of a link between vaccines and autism.

    Vaccines cannot and do not cause autism — there’s no debate

    We now have clinical studies with over one million children enrolled, showing there’s no link between vaccines and autism, not MMR, not thimerosal-containing vaccines, not vaccines closely spaced, not aluminum-containing vaccines, not to mention the fact there is no evidence showing that there is a link.

    Vaccines cannot cause autism

    There is no reasonable plausibility of vaccines causing autism. In the last few years we’ve learned a lot about the developmental pathways leading to autism and its associated intellectual disabilities.

    There are at least 99 autism genes to fetal brain development, mostly related to the expression of genes in brain cells or communication between neurons. Many of these result in anatomic changes during prenatal development (pregnancy), meaning well before children ever get vaccinated. Now, through the process of whole genome sequencing we are also learning a lot about Rachel’s autism and intellectual disabilities.

    The Attkisson article describes some of the legal proceedings around claims of vaccines causing autism, and she quotes Kennedy’s claim that the Department of Justice was involved in “one of the most consequential frauds, arguably in human history.”

    I’m not an attorney, but such claims were recently debunked by my colleague Dr. Dorit Reiss, a law professor at UC Hastings and by Dr. David Gorski a surgeon-scientist who is the managing editor of the Science-Based Medicine weblog.

    As someone who has deep involvement with the autism community, a vaccine scientist who has spent three decades developing neglected disease vaccines and who takes no industry money and will never make a dime on our vaccines for the poor, I would ask the U.S. Congress to not waste taxpayer money on meaningless searches for cover-ups or phony links between vaccines and autism. Instead we need meaningful government support for the autistic community and their families, including greater assistance for job placement and mental health counseling.

    We also need further research into the neurobiology and developmental pathways leading to autism and possibly innovative strategies for mitigating some of its associated intellectual disabilities.

    Peter J. Hotez M.D., Ph.D., is a vaccine scientist, professor of pediatrics and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

    Here is what Dr. Zimmerman (cited by Attkisson) actually said:

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    • stella says:

      Link to his book:

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    • stella says:

      Another angle, by an unnamed blogger who claims to be a surgeon and scientist. He says that the theory that mitochondrial dysfunction causes autism is also bunk.

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      • stella says:

        The “unnamed blogger” is:

        DAVID H. GORSKI, MD, PhD, FACS is a surgical oncologist at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute specializing in breast cancer surgery, where he also serves as the Medical Director of the Alexander J. Walt Comprehensive Breast Center, Professor of Surgery and Oncology at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, and faculty of the Graduate Program in Cancer Biology.

        That’s in Detroit, by the way.

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      • Menagerie says:

        I’m grateful you are sharing these sources. As you know, my daughter in law struggles so much with the “why” behind her sons autism. I hope that she will be more at peace as time passes, and she won’t feel like it is something she did.

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    • stella says:

      Measles outbreak in my neighborhood:

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    • jeans2nd says:

      What really gets me, Stella, is that the vaccines given to kids born somewhere around the late 70s-80s were given vaccines so weak that the kids had to be re-vaccinated. Wicked Son was re-vaccinated in his junior or senior year of high school.

      So how is it that kids, given weak vaccines, still have “autism” while older people, given regular strength vaccines, do not? Makes no sense to me.

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      • stella says:

        What vaccine did you son have to have again? I know that MMR is now given twice, but I don’t know if that was always the case. Also, some vaccines must be “boosted” as a matter of routine. Just why that is, I don’t know.


      • auscitizenmom says:

        Weren’t the numbers of cases of autism extremely low back then? I only heard about a few cases. It was one out of 2,000 cases.


        • stella says:

          There’s no known correlation between vaccines and autism. Supposedly autism cases are rising, but the definition of autism has broadened to “autism spectrum”. More children are being diagnosed as autistic, but does that mean that there are more, or just more identified as such?

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        • stella says:

          What I just said is what it says in the link you provided.

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        • stella says:

          A good example of a condition that is now covered under autism spectrum that formerly was not:

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          • Menagerie says:

            This video describes my five year old grandson, although he has stronger behavior actions in some areas. I suspect that this description she gives is what he will be like when he gets older. For example, he is very sensitive to eye contact, and often gets angry at school when people look at him.

            Unfortunately, the three year old grandson is much more affected. I suspect, I hope, that we are just seeing the tip of the iceberg in therapies and interventions for autistic people. I hope as my grandsons grow older that many more doors will be opened for them.

            I had to smile at the description she gave about how autistic people know so much about something they are interested in. The five year old already demonstrates this perfectly. We have all been educated on trains, excavators vs. backhoes (do not confuse the two!) and penguins. He has information on some of these that we don’t know how he found. Perhaps a sympathetic teacher or therapist helped him.

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  8. lovely says:

    Howdy foks 🙂 . I have an unexpected house guest here until tomorrow or Thursday. Miss chatting with you all !

    Meanwhile my favorite golfer, Phil Milckelson, remains Phil 🙂 .

    Phil Mickelson especially shuts Country Music Star Jake Owen : Go F**k Yourself “

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  9. Lucille says:

    Frozen Lake Michigan Shatters Into Millions Of Pieces And Results In Surreal Imagery

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  10. jeans2nd says:

    Evenin” all. Quiet in here today, so a question may not receive any response. But, that never stopped me from asking questions, so…

    Joe Biden had 2 brain aneurysms and 2 brain surgeries for the aneurysms in 1988, one on each side of his brain. It has been said that the aneurysms changed Biden’s personality from a 45 yo hard charging up-and-comer into what we know today, basically a lovable buffoon whose many gaffes and eccentricities are tolerated.

    Is this true, do you know? My knowledge/experience w/aneurysms, other than spelling the word correctly, is minimal. Thanks.

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    • stella says:

      I see your question, but don’t have an informed answer. I have heard that brain injuries can cause personality changes, but does an aneurysm like his qualify as an injury?

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    • Evening jeans2nd! I didn’t know about the aneurysms. If so, then should he have ever been VP to start with? I never believed Biden or Obama should have been VP and Pres, but if he was mentally incapacitated then he should not have been, in my opinion.


    • czarina33 says:

      An aneurysm is a bulging on an artery. Unless it ruptures, there is no damage. If it ruptures, blood leaks or flows out, causing brain damage. Surgery or other procedures are done to keep them from rupturing. So, unless there was a rupture, I don’t think there was damage. Now, there may have been damage from the surgeries. Or perhaps he made a decision to change himself to a less tightly wound pesonality. Strokes, both occlusions and bleeds, can cause many changes in people. I have had patients who went from serious managerial types to impulsive 5 year olds after their strokes. The American Stroke Association and other sites like Stroke Connection have lots of very readable info online.

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  11. czarowniczy says:

    The city of New Orleans strikes again. The city council/mayor, in response to threats of not being reelected, pulled all ticket-giving traffic cameras from the city except for those in school zones and 11 at hi accident spots. As it is hard to keep most modern cars at 20 mph the city’s traditionally given drivers 5 to 6 miles over the 20 mph limit but now you’re getting tickets at 22 mph. The City preparted a letter that was supposed to explain this to the media but before it was released the Mayor’s office pulled the paragraph telling the Great Unwashed about lowering the threshold.The news stations contacted the Mayor’s office but the Mayor and a group of chosen toadies have gone to Cuba for a week on a fact-finding mission and won’t be available for comment until next Monday at the earliest. I presume she’s visiting another 3rd world nation for tips on how to effectively govern a population heavily laced with impoverished and ill-educated. Oh wait, Cuba has a 99.7% literacy rate, it’s NOLA that has 26% functional illiteracy rate.

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  12. czarowniczy says:

    As long as we’re on New Orleans…

    The NOPD will no longer respond to non-fatality accidents, instead the city just hired a company that will respond instead. It will do a complete accident report, including ground and (if necessary) drone pictures, forward that report to NOPD who will analyze the data and issue citations if necessary. Here’s the sticky part: the city won’t pay the company (not now, we’ll see what happens later), the company will get paid by selling its proprietary report to the principals involved, i.e. the complainants, lawyers and quite possibly the insurance companies. The reports were previously free when the city handled it but now you pay. No word yet on how much you’ll pay.

    The city’s excuse is still the decades-long police manpower shortage, something each mayor over the last 30-or-so years has promised to resolve). Now it takes the city over two hours to respond to a non-fatality accident, with this new company (trumpet fanfare) the response time (tested for over two months) is down to 1 and 1/2 hours! Begs the question of why retired NOPD officers working for a private company respond a half of an hour faster than they did working for us.

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  13. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  14. auscitizenmom says:

    A prayer for Justice Kavanaugh and Col. Flynn:

    Prayer to St. Michael

    St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;
    be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
    and do you, O prince of the heavenly host,
    by the power of God,
    thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits
    who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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