Posted by: maboulette | October 29, 2014

NATIONAL CAT DAY


Today is National Cat Day and I am going to introduce you to my three cat:

Sleeping Kitten

 

This is Baby  Kitten – she really my son’s –   and she is a mess – she thinks that she is  special when the other cat don’t think so!

Biggins

 

This is Biggins and she is probably the real leader of the pack – she makes the plans and tells the other two what to do.  If anything happens, she is the one that will make the other two do it!  She is the biggest but the youngest.

KayKay

This is my cat – KayKay – she will never look at the camera.  She is the oldest but the smallest – she is my constant companion!

Since today is National Cat Day – please comment by telling me about your cat!

Posted by: maboulette | October 27, 2014

HUMANS HAVE SMELLED OUR FIRST COMET — AND IT SMELLS TERRIBLE


The European Space Agency’s star spacecraft, Rosetta, is honing in on its target, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. And the closer it gets, the more scientists are learning.

The latest report is the scent with which this comet is permeating space. If all comets smell like this one, then the solar system is a very stinky place!
Mix together the bitter smell of almonds, the sour odor of rotten eggs, the dank aroma of horse stable, the pungent aroma of formaldehyde, the biting scent of alcohol all together and voila: comet perfume.

Scientists can smell this comet because Rosetta has a spectrometer, which detects the chemical make up of the comet’s misty aura, called a coma, which forms around the comet when it travels close to the sun and the ice turns into a gas.

The chemicals that make up these nasty smells on Earth are usually pretty dense whereas the chemicals scientists are detecting from this comet are relatively sparse. As the comet approaches close to the sun, however, its fuzzy coma will grow. Thankfully, it will be too far for us to smell.

This stinky discovery is getting scientists pretty excited for what this comet will teach us.

“This all makes a scientifically enormously interesting mixture in order to study the origin of our solar system material, the formation of our Earth and the origin of life,” Kathrin Altwegg of the University of Bern, said in a release, for which an English version is avaible in pdf on the right of the site.

Posted by: maboulette | October 26, 2014

ONLY IN TEXAS


AUSTIN, Texas — Dan Patrick is a political dirt-digger’s dream, a candidate with a history of incendiary comments, a bankruptcy and two hospitalizations for mental health issues, one after an attempted suicide.

He is also poised to become lieutenant governor of Texas and thus one of the most powerful and important politicians in the country’s second most-populous state.

The tea party movement may be flagging elsewhere in the country. But here in Texas it’s going strong, shoving establishment Republicans out the door and promising to push this already deeply conservative state even further right.

Texas is no longer the bastion of country-club Republicanism that twice elected George W. Bush governor in the 1990s. Even the departing governor, Rick Perry, might have a hard time surviving a GOP primary these days; Patrick has gained considerable traction with a pledge to end in-state tuition for college students in the country illegally, a policy that Perry defended at great political cost when he ran for president in 2012.

While Patrick’s story, with its harrowing valleys, may be a testament to perseverance and personal redemption, his expected election Nov. 4 also speaks to the impotence of Texas Democrats, whom Patrick promises to further undercut with the formidable powers the lieutenant governor wields as the state Senate’s presiding officer.

He has promised to appoint fewer Democratic committee chairs and to scrap the long-standing convention that requires two-thirds support to bring a bill to a vote on the floor; the latter has been one of the few levers of power held by outnumbered Democrats in Austin, the state capital.

But it’s not just Democrats who fret about Patrick’s ascension. Many fellow Republicans wince at his heat-seeking rhetoric, especially on illegal immigration, and fear his short-term success will hurt the party in the long run, given Texas’ shifting demographics and rapidly growing Latino and Asian populations.
“It’s going to bite us in the butt,” Jerry Patterson, who lost to Patrick in a nasty four-way GOP primary, said in an interview. Patterson, the state land commissioner, plans to vote for the Libertarian candidate for lieutenant governor rather than support his party’s nominee.

Patrick, 64, a two-term state senator from Houston, came to the Legislature via talk radio and, before that, sports broadcasting, where he acquired a reputation for stunts such as painting himself blue to support Houston’s former NFL team, the Oilers. (He shares a name with a better-known sportscaster who works for NBC.)

Along the way there was his bankruptcy, owing to a failed chain of sports bars, and two hospitalizations in the mid-1980s, for anxiety and depression.


In a speech to the International Association of Penal Law on Thursday, Pope Francis pointed out many flaws in the criminal justice systems of most countries. He spoke on many issues that needs to be improved on in order to “…respect the dignity and rights of the human person, without discrimination”.

Capital punishment

Not surprisingly, Francis spoke about capital punishment and the fact that many countries today have not come up with better punishment than capital punishment. “It is impossible to imagine today that the United cannot have another means not capital punishment for the aggressor to defend the lives of other people.” The church stands against the death penalty for many reasons but the two that Francis spoke about were cases where an innocent has been convicted and when regimes of countries use capital punishment as an “instrument of suppression of political dissidents or persecution of religious and cultural minorities…”

Abolition of death penalty

Francis further stated that “ all Christians and people of good will are….called to fight not only for the abolition of the death penalty, legal or illegal it is, and in all its forms, but also to improve prison conditions, in respect for the human dignity of persons deprived of their liberty.” Conditions in some prisons in the world today for those who have been given life imprisonment – the sentence is only the death penalty hidden.

Detention without trial or conviction.

The conditions of detention, “prisoners sentenced without trial and without conviction – these are not fairy tales: as you well know.” “……is another contemporary form of punishment illegal covert, of the beyond a veneer of legality. This is a situation that in some countries is so severe there the number of prisoners without sentence exceeds 50% of the total. “The deplorable conditions of detention that occur in different parts of the planet, are often a real stretch to inhuman and degrading treatment, many times the product of the shortcomings of the criminal justice system, sometimes the lack of infrastructure and planning, while in many cases are nothing more than the result of the arbitrary and ruthless power over persons deprived of their liberty.”

Torture

As demonstrated by studies carried out by different bodies for the defense of human rights, the lack of sensory stimuli, the complete lack of communication and the lack of contact with other human beings, causing physical and emotional suffering as paranoia, anxiety, depression and weight loss and significantly increase the tendency to suicide.

Extraordinary Renditions

Francis then spoke against the torture in clandestine detention centers or in modern concentration camps where prisoners are kidnapped from their country and taken to these torture centers. The legitimization of torture in these conditions, open the way for further and more extensive abuses. “Many states are also responsible for having practiced or tolerated kidnapping in their own territory, including the citizens of their respective countries, or to have authorized the use of their airspace for illegal transportation to detention centers in which they practice torture. These abuses will stop only with the strong commitment of the international community to recognize the primacy of the principle of pro homine, namely the dignity of the human person above all else.”

Last Pope Francis spoke about the crime of trafficking in persons. He pointed out that slavery including trafficking in persons, is recognized as a crime against humanity and as a war crime under international law as much as many national laws. He does not believe this crime can be committed without the acting or omission of the countries that it is occurring in.

There are a billion people trapped in absolute poverty One and a half billion has no access to sanitation, drinking water, electricity, elementary education or the health system and have to endure economic hardship incompatible with a life of dignity. Although the total number of people in this situation has declined in recent years, it has increased their vulnerability, due to the increased difficulties faced to get out of this situation. This is due to the increasing amount of people who live in countries in conflict. Forty-five million people have been forced to flee due to violence or persecution in 2012 alone, of these 15 million are refugees, the highest figure in 18 years. 70% of these people are women. Additionally, it is estimated that in the world, seven out of ten of those who die of hunger are women and girls.

Posted by: maboulette | October 22, 2014

WHITE HOUSE


Reuters is reporting that a man jumped the White House fence on Wednesday and was attacked by Secret Service dogs before being arrested, a Secret Service spokesman said.
“Dogs got him,” the spokesman said, referring to the intruder.
Video showed Secret Service agents surrounding the man on the north lawn of the White House, which was put on lockdown.
The incident comes roughly a month after an intruder armed with a knife scaled the White House fence and made it inside the executive mansion, raising questions about security levels at the heavily guarded complex and spurring the resignation of then Secret Service Director Julia Pierson.
A Secret Service spokesman said no further information was available about the jumper on Wednesday.

Posted by: maboulette | October 20, 2014

BEAUTY and the BEAST


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Photographing a stunning image of beauty and the beast – a man photographs his wife who is posing in front of an epic storm. This is not the first times that Nicolaus Wegner, 34, snapped his other half Daow, 32, dangerously close to a storm as well as others taken close to tornadoes and storms with lightening.
These results are remarkable – as she stands in a fearless pose looking at Mother Nature’s most extreme creations. They use tools for forecasting in order to predict where storms will develop before chasing them down and waiting for them to materialize. Most of their photos are taken across Wyoming, but often travel to neighboring states like Nebraska and Montana.

Posted by: maboulette | September 28, 2014

KATHY GRIFFIN SET TO REPLACE JOAN RIVERS ON “FASHION POLICE”


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E! has announced that “Fashion Police” is planning to stay on the air even without icon Joan Rivers, leaving many to wonder if Kathy Griffin is all set to replace Rivers on this show.

But the cable channel that carries “Fashion Police” is refuting all these reports. E! Rep told TheWrap that any rumors are extremely premature.

Griffin, who knew Rivers quite well and could often be seen, dining out with Rivers, said that Rivers was her mentor and reports have floated even before Rivers death for Griffin to replace Rivers on that show. At that time, many media channels claimed the comedienne was aggressively lobbying for the gig.

There are reports that also state Griffin is at the very top of a very short list of replacement for Joan, which does include some men.  The future of this show, with Melissa Rivers as executive producer – was up in the air in the days following Rivers death on September 4th.

Last Friday, E! shared its decision to continue the show on Monday, January 12th in time to be ready to cover the Golden Globe Awards.

Meanwhile, an autopsy on the comedy legend has been finished, but results did not return a firm conclusion on manner of death, spokeswoman for the New York Medical Examiner’s Office stated TheWrap.
Additional studies will be conducted to conclude how Rivers died, the spokeswoman said. The New York State Department of Health is also investigating the conditions surrounding Rivers death.

Posted by: maboulette | September 21, 2014

WE HAVE AN EPIDEMIC


Have you read the news lately – people are all up in arms because the government has allowed 3 sick Ebola cases to enter the United States as an epidemic could start. Well, folks, we already have an epidemic one that has been going on for over 30 years. And yet others are afraid of 3 Ebola cases.
Over thirty years ago the AIDS epidemic entered our world, and we are faced with a choice. Are we content to tinkering at the fringes of this epidemic, spending untold billions to treat a fraction of those in need for decades into the future? Or can we summon the political will to effectively deploy the prevention and interventions that are already available to us and to make the necessary investments in research that could end this epidemic in our lifetime?
No one seems to remember that we are currently into a viral epidemic – one that has already killed 28 million from this epidemic since 1980. That is 28,000,000 – 28 followed by 6 zeros. Every one of those people had a mother and father, perhaps a spouse with kids. My point is that this epidemic has effected more than those that have died but untold millions of others.
You are probably wondering why I am writing about this subject – two weeks ago I bought “The Normal Heart”. This was first a Broadway play and is now a movie. It took me three times to get through the movie completely – and lots of Kleenex. It is about the beginning of the AIDS virus.  Let me give you some facts:

• There are currently approximately 1.1 million people living with HIV in the U.S.
• It is estimated that over one-fifth or 18.1% of those people do not know that are infected.
• Since the beginning of this AIDS pandemic, over 1.7 million Americans have been infected with HIV and more than 650,000 had died of AIDS.
• World-wide this pandemic has killed 28,000,000 – oh, I already told you that.
• An estimated 50,000 new HIV infections occur in the U.S. each year.
• In 2011, more than 20% of people diagnosed with HIV in the U.S. were women.
• The vast majority of newly diagnosed HIV-positive women contracted the virus through heterosexual sex.
• In 2010, gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) accounted for 78% of new HIV infections among men and 63% of all new infections although they comprise only 4% of the U.S. male population.
• African Americans accounted for 47% of new HIV infections diagnosed in 2011 although they comprise only 14% of the population.
• The rate of new HIV infections among black women in 2010 was 20 times that of white women and nearly 5 times that of Hispanic women.
• In 2010, 31% of all new infections occurred among people aged 25-34, followed by individuals aged 13-24 at 26%.

These are the people who are in the prime of their lives – doctors, lawyers, actors, singer, writer and hundreds of other intelligent and gifted people who talents we will never get to enjoy.

Did you see the aged group with the more new infections – 25-34, and 13-24 this is because in these age groups they have never seen 100s of their friends suffering with and dying as was the case during the early ’80. Instead they probably don’t even have a friend dying from this virus so they just assume that there has been a vaccine or there are drugs that cure this virus.

Let me get this straight to you – – there is no vaccine for the AIDs virus, and treatments that just take care of symptoms in some cases, but they do not cure HIV or AIDs.
And I am so very angry that this virus is still ravaging young men and women from all around the world.
This is what all of you need to do – get tested for HIV/AIDs – have you ever been tested, if the answer is no then get tested; especially if you have entered a new relationship – both of you need to be tested. Don’t be the person that affects another person!
Every day in the United States 136 more people are diagnosed every day!


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Comic Joan Rivers was hospitalized in critical condition Thursday morning after she reportedly went into cardiac arrest during an outpatient procedure to her vocal cords.

Rivers, 81, was rushed to Mount Sinai Medical Center after she stopped breathing during the procedure at an endoscopy clinic. Her assistant was reportedly overheard saying Rivers was “not conscious but stable.”

The performer had appeared to be in good health just prior to the procedure. Her family was gathering at her Manhattan apartment.

Top cardiologist Chauncey Crandall, M.D., told Newsmax Health that such heart complications are not rare during throat operations on elderly patients like Rivers.

“Her oxygen level may have dropped too low during sedation, and respiratory arrest could have been the result,” said Dr. Crandall, director of preventative medicine at the Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic.

When a patient goes into respiratory arrest, this can trigger an irregular heartbeat, which in turn can result in cardiac arrest, he said.

“Respiratory arrest could also have occurred for other reasons. Among the most likely is that she had underlying coronary heart disease or a lung problem, said Dr. Crandall.

It’s impossible to provide a prognosis for Rivers based on the circumstances, he said, but prompt emergency care would be crucial.

Emergency workers responded to a call from the clinic where Rivers was being treated at 9:40 a.m. and transported her Mount Sinai.

The hospital released this statement: “This morning, Joan Rivers was taken to The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where she is being attended to. Her family wants to thank everybody for their outpouring of love and support.”

Posted by: maboulette | August 28, 2014

GOD CAN FORGIVE HIM BUT RIGHT NOW I CAN’T


I really try not to get angry at this man but there are sometimes I just can’t help it! Is he really as stupid as some of the remarks he makes?

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