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Air Swimmers - I WANT one! UPDATE - ThinkGeek has a Zombie Shark one!

Wild Turkeys in my front yard!

No pictures, unfortunately. Three adult wild turkeys and seven small poults, about as small as I've ever seen baby turkeys. All look very healthy. Two of the adults were about ten feet out from the front steps so about 22 feet from where I stood inside the front door. The hen and youngsters were up the hill about 40 feet away at a bad angle for viewing.

It's a very grey day here. I could have gotten pictures of two of the adults but the hen with the poults was under the shade of the live oak at a very bad angle. I'll have to leave the camera out handy and hope they come by on a sunnier day and that I will see them out in the open.

The fairy tale that should be told!

This is the fairy tale that should have been read to us when we were little:

Once upon a time

in a land far away,


a beautiful, independent,
self-assured princess


happened upon a frog as she sat
contemplating ecological issues
on the shores of an unpolluted pond
in a verdant meadow near her castle.


The frog hopped into the princess' lap
and said: " Elegant Lady,
I was once a handsome prince,
until an evil witch cast a spell upon me.


One kiss from you, however,
and I will turn back
into the dapper, young prince that I am

and then, my sweet, we can marry


and set up housekeeping in your castle


with my mother,


where you can prepare my meals,


clean my clothes, bear my children,


and forever feel

grateful and happy doing so. "

That night,
as the princess dined sumptuously
on lightly sauteed frog legs
seasoned in a white wine
and onion cream sauce,
she chuckled and thought to herself:
I don't fucking think so.

Are the residents of Murrieta California anti-vaxxers?

Every story I see about the idiots blocking the buses the morons natter on about their children being exposed to diseases from the immigrant children. Why are they so concerned? I haven't heard of any major disease outbreaks as a result of immigrants into the country or of illness among the most recent influx of immigrants from Central America.

Do the citizens of Murrieta no vaccinate their children to protect them from the ordinary childhood illnesses? That's the only reason I can think of that they are so afraid of their children being near children from other locations.

That and blatant prejudice.

Whoever posted the link to GeoGuessr - a challenge!

I think I just maxed out the score! I just totaled 24998 - only two points short of a perfect score!

If you want to try the same set of maps: https://geoguessr.com/challenge/oB1j3rb3YAwx0s06

Ashleigh Banfield on CNN skewering Hobby Lobby for investments

Of HL's retirement funds into the same companies that make the birth control methods that HL claims to object to. Her guest is pointing out that HL could have instructed their investment management to not invest in those companies. Both women are being very critical of Hobby Lobby's owners.

No link - it's on right now.

Hispanic Newborns at Higher Risk of Neural Tube Defects

Hispanic Newborns at Higher Risk of Neural Tube Defects

Kathleen Lees k.lees@scienceworldreport.com
First Posted: Jun 20, 2014 05:03 PM EDT

The findings are updated from a similar 2008 paper by the March of Dimes, a nonprofit foundation that highlights the growing number of Hispanic women who have children each year in the United States. The report found that this group has more babies each year than any other population in the country.

Unfortunately, many of these women are also more prone to giving birth prematurely or before the 37th week. This puts many of their future children at an increased risk of spina bifida and anencephaly, brain and spinal cord malformations that are a form of neural tube defects.

Many researchers believe that because corn masa flour is common staple of the Hispanic diet, some women's children in this population will be at an increased risk for certain neural tube defects because of a lack of folic acid and vitamin B in their diet. The report also found that Hispanic women are less likely to take a multivitamin than other ethnicities.


From the comments:

stephelinda nosuprise 19 hours ago

We've known for a long time that folic acid deficiency can cause neural tube defects. Most cereal products -- but not corn masa -- are fortified with folic acid. In addition, folic acid can be acquired from dark leafy greens, asparagus, turnip, beets, and mustard greens, Brussels sprouts, lima beans, soybeans, beef liver, brewer's yeast, root vegetables, whole grains, wheat germ, bulgur wheat, and some beans. But young Mexican American women, many of whom live on a tight budget, typically consume neither fortified grains nor quantities of fresh vegetables. So while I share your suspicion around GMOs, I think we could prevent birth defects by fortifying corn masa.

stephelinda 18 hours ago

The original report, Fortification of corn masa flour with folic acid in the United States: an overview of the evidence, in "Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences," of which this is an attempted synopsis, can be found at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com...

(For some reason the URL is truncated when I post, but anyone interested can google it.)

Regarding the complaint that Lee used "Hispanic" carelessly, it's worth noting that the original study showed "no difference was observed between Hispanic women who reported speaking primarily English at home and white women."

In other words, the increased incidence of pregnancies with neural tube defects was found only in a population of Mexican American women who had immigrated less than 15 years earlier and who spoke Spanish at home. This is the primary target population for fortification of corn masa flour. The term "Hispanic" was far too general to be meaningful.

stephelinda's comments were in response to some racist complaints and comments but stephelinda adds some very important facts to the discussion. My question is why corn masa unlike most grain products not fortified with folic acid? It's a simple, inexpensive step that would save so many lives and so much grief.

Anybody else having a problem with ActBlue?

I got an email from Nancy Pelosi about the petition to support a Constitutional Amendment ending Citizens United but I keep getting error messages when I try to get to ActBlue to sign the petition. Neither the link in the email or just the direct link.

Every link reverts to a https secure connection and I get a message:
Secure Connection Failed

An error occurred during a connection to secure.actblue.com. The OCSP server found the request to be corrupted or improperly formed. (Error code: sec_error_ocsp_malformed_request)

The page you are trying to view cannot be shown because the authenticity of the received data could not be verified.
Please contact the website owners to inform them of this problem. Alternatively, use the command found in the help menu to report this broken site.

I see a Facebook account for them, but I hate Facebook and don't want to use it.

A balancing act!

Amazing dog, Nana, balances all sorts of things.

Lawrence O'Donnell will be back Monday night!

Just now on Rachel Maddow, he said he will be back on his show Monday night!

No link.
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