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Mousie: Sunday am

She is alert a lot of the time.
She is also sleeping.
She is drinking and urinating.
Mousie is also stretching and this doesn't appear to be muscle spasms.
She will meow and purr at me some, but not a lot.
Her back is still sensitive. It is not extremely sensitive all the time.
Her pupils are reactive to light and no longer dilated.

I want to talk to the vet to get an idea if she can recover without a lot of stuff.
I will let her go. I thought she was already gone. I am on the edge of doing just that.
Everything happened so rapidly without any vet to talk to.

I really appreciate everybody's kind words and support. It means a lot.

Grits, Mousie, and Scat
(Scat is just hanging out. She can't hear so that may help her stress although I know she knows something is going on.)
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sun Mar 16, 2014, 08:57 AM (33 replies)

Mousie has hyperesthesia.

In addition to obsessive scratching or grooming and running about, another frequently observed sign of hyperesthesia syndrome is a rippling or rolling of the skin on an affected catís back. ďThatís because there is a skeletal muscle called the cutaneous trunci under the skin that is hyperresponsive when you scratch it,Ē Dr. de Lahunta explains, ďand that makes the skin ripple. The skin canít move by itselfóit has to be stimulated by the muscle.Ē

She has had a mild form for a while. The skin would ripple and stop. This was a major episode.
I am calling a vet who has Sunday hours here. I don't want her to suffer and any touch to her back still causes the rippling. That isn't subsiding.

I finally found some condition that matched her symptoms. She always has had weird diseases.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sun Mar 16, 2014, 03:02 AM (10 replies)

The dawg is NOT supposed to get on the bed. What happens when he's home alone?

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sun Mar 16, 2014, 02:13 AM (49 replies)

Mousie had a seizure at 11:45.

I think she's passing. My vet is closed. Emergency clinics are 2 hrs away.
I am just petting her and telling her stories. I don't know if it's the right thing, but car rides upset her a lot.
I don't want to make it hard on her.
My brother has had a lot of experience with cats and he said that being with her in a quiet familiar place was probably best. So here I am.
She's softly purring while I'm softly talking to her and crying.
My heart is breaking.

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sat Mar 15, 2014, 01:42 PM (207 replies)

Anti-war march in Moscow:

Laura Mills is the AP Moscow correspondent

Moscow anti-war march, at least 10,000 people here

Elena Volkova, antiwar protester: "Propaganda shows moral sense has atrophied. Don't know who terrifies me more, Putin's govt or my own ppl"
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sat Mar 15, 2014, 07:51 AM (2 replies)

I will not believe ANYTHING about flight 370

until the plane is found and some credible evidence can be shown and backed by reliable sources.
Even then, there has been so much BS given out that anything found will be suspect.

It's the old questions.
Who knew what? When? Why the coverup/and or delay?

It all reeks.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sat Mar 15, 2014, 06:40 AM (36 replies)

NBC Today Show TV interview with Jerry Sandusky's wife an insult to his victims

NBC Today Show TV interview with Jerry Sandusky's wife an insult to his victims

Almost two years ago, a jury in Bellefonte, Pa., listened to eight days of evidence and testimony, much of it from eight boys turned men who fought through tears and suppressed anger to deliver emotional, first-hand accounts of being sexually assaulted at the hands of Jerry Sandusky.

The jurors poured through everything, including defense arguments and cross-examinations, for a day and a half and finally declared Sandusky guilty of 45 counts of various degrees of abuse. Sandusky, now 70, was sentenced to 30 to 60 years behind bars.

An appeal by Sandusky for a new trial went nowhere and an appeal of that appeal is, legal experts believe, likely to find the same fate. Meanwhile, Sandusky sits isolated for 23 hours a day in a Western Pennsylvania prison cell, running out the clock on his sorry life.

Sadly, that hasn't stopped his family's ability to continue to attack his victims.

On Tuesday, NBC's "Today" show sent Matt Lauer to State College to give Dottie Sandusky, Jerry's wife, a nationally broadcasted forum. It allowed her, without too much counterpoint, to accuse her husband's prey of actually being the ones who committed heinous crimes.
Read the rest:

This BS has to stop. If the media is going to let anybody spout baseless accusations they need to have people on who can rebut these claims.
If NBC is on some crusade with the Sandusky 'truthers' to free a supposedly innocent man, then put up the evidence NOW!
Only 2 groups are served by this hot mess. Those who claim Sandusky is innocent and NBC for ratings.
I don't mean censor Dottie or anybody else. However, don't let this bullshit pass without the other side being given a chance for rebuttal right then. A rebuttal broadcast later on will not get the same number of people watching.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sat Mar 15, 2014, 06:36 AM (22 replies)

Hank the dawg, the Brewers mascot was called up. He's coming to Milwaukee!

It's a big day for Hank the dog, the stray who became an unofficial mascot of the Milwaukee Brewers when he wandered into the team's spring training facility in Arizona. The Brewers have decided that Hank, because he is such a good doggie, will be spending the baseball season in Milwaukee with the team.

You made it, Hank. You're a good doggie.
Video here: (It's great!)

Love his uniform!
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Fri Mar 14, 2014, 04:05 PM (14 replies)

A Guide to Crap Detection Resources

A Guide to Crap Detection Resources
How this came about, how you can help:

This document is a resource for assessing the accuracy or veracity of online information, organized under a number of headings. The objective of the resource is to improve the digital lives of individuals and to improve the quality of the online commons by increasing the number of people who know how to separate good info from bad info.

It began as a chapter for my 2012 book, Net Smart: How to Thrive Online. I wrote the book to improve the quality of the commons and lives of individuals by introducing them to five fundamental literacies.
In the order I presented them, these literacies involve skills (both individual and social) having to do with attention, crap detection, participation, collaboration, and network know-how. Attention came first because it is basic to thought and communication of any kind.

Crap detection came next because we have lived since the invention of the search engine in a world where almost everybody almost everywhere can ask any question and receive many answers in a fraction of a second -- however, after millennia of vesting authority in the authors of texts, it is now up to the information seeker/user to decide whether the answers they receive are accurate, inaccurate, outright bogus, or deliberately misleading.

In addition to writing the book, Iíve taught a course based on Net Smart at Stanford University and have made available a syllabus for others to adopt and modify. Access to all the published information in the world is a danger rather than a benefit to those who donít know how to test it.

Here are some tools that anybody can use to judge the quality of online information. Any reader can comment on this document. If you want to edit, request editing privs. First, make sure that what you want to add is an effective tool. Then, make sure that your candidate resource isnít already here.
Link to document:
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Fri Mar 14, 2014, 11:06 AM (3 replies)

Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane Jetliner 'Pinged' Satellites With Location, Altitude for Hours After

Satellite Data Reveal Route of Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane
Jetliner 'Pinged' Satellites With Location, Altitude for Hours After Disappearance

Malaysia Airlines missing jet transmitted its location repeatedly to satellites over the course of five hours after it disappeared from radar, people briefed on the matter said, as searchers zeroed in on new target areas hundreds of miles west of the plane's original course.

The satellites also received speed and altitude information about the plane from its intermittent "pings," the people said. The final ping was sent from over water, at what one of these people called a normal cruising altitude. They added that it was unclear why the pings stopped. One of the people, an industry official, said it was possible that the system sending them had been disabled by someone on board.

The people, who included a military official, the industry official and others, declined to say what specific path the transmissions revealed. But the U.S. planned to move surveillance planes into an area of the Indian Ocean 1,000 miles or more west of the Malay peninsula where the plane took off, said Cmdr. William Marks, the spokesman for the U.S. Seventh Fleet.

He said the destroyer USS Kidd would move through the Strait of Malacca, on Malaysia's west coast, and stay at its northwest entrance. Malaysia, which is overseeing the search effort, directed Indian forces to a specific set of coordinates in the Andaman Sea, northwest of the Malay peninsula, an Indian official said Thursday. "There was no specified rationale behind looking in those areas, but a detailed list was provided late Wednesday evening," the Indian official said.

The automatic pings, or attempts to link up with satellites operated by Inmarsat PLC, occurred a number of times after Flight 370's last verified position, the people briefed on the situation said, indicating that at least through those five hours, the Boeing Co. BA -2.04% 777 carrying 239 people remained intact and hadn't been destroyed in a crash, act of sabotage or explosion.

Wonder how long they knew this?

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Fri Mar 14, 2014, 04:40 AM (5 replies)
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