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Name: Pet Rock
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Hometown: TN, KY
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Shouldn't flint-lock muskets and pistols be the only legal weapons in the US of A?

If we all believed in constitutional originalism like some on our Supreme Court, then "arms" would mean only those arms available to citizens of the original 13 States in 1789 when the Constitution was finally ratified. That is, black powder and ball muskets and pistols.

What would Justices Thomas and Barrett say?.............

We're at a level of meanness and insanity now that should demand we revert back to only sticks and stones and even those would need to be strictly regulated.

KY......... ....... .......

Educating ourselves and friends on Ukraine.

Good general info on Ukraine (history, stats & maps):

CIA World Factbook - Ukraine
Link: https://www.cia.gov/the-world-factbook/countries/ukraine/

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukraine

U.S. Dept. of State on Ukraine: https://www.state.gov/countries-areas/ukraine/

Ukraine Official Government Website: https://www.kmu.gov.ua/en

Office of the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy official website: https://www.president.gov.ua/en/

A brief review of the geography of Ukraine:

Ukraine: Geography Overview
Geography King
Mar 1, 2022

A look at the geography of Ukraine and what the country was like prior to the Russian invasion. Hopefully things will return to a semblance of normalcy in as short of time as possible.


Learn and enjoy!


Help celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week

Summary: https://nationaltoday.com/teacher-appreciation-week/

Teacher Appreciation Week is celebrated in the first full week of May, from May 1 through May 8 in 2022, and is when teachers get the extra credit they deserve. The big day is Teacher Appreciation Day on May 5, but teachers are just so great that they get a whole week to savor our appreciation. Whether you have a teacher, know a teacher, or are a teacher, there are endless ways to give a little extra support to teachers and teachers organizations. Teaching is known to be a time-consuming and challenging profession, so this week is our chance to say thank you to those that play or have played such a huge role in our lives. Who doesn’t have a fond memory of a teacher who inspired us in some way?

Teaching is one of the oldest professions – in 561BC, the first private teacher in history was one of the most learned men of all time, Confucius. In Ancient Greece, there was huge value placed on educating children, and in the 1600s the Pilgrims also placed a similar emphasis on the practice.

By the 19th century, politicians began to believe that education was needed for political order, and elementary through college education was widespread and public, and the need for teachers has been growing ever since!

Remarks by President Biden at the 2022 National and State Teachers of the Year Event
April 27, 2022


Secretary — Secretary Cardona, thank you. And — and I want to thank Jill. Jill is the nation’s first First Lady to work full time as a professor — as a teacher. She taught high school and she teaches at a community college for a long time now.

We made a deal that — she was so — teaching is not what Jill does, it’s who she is, like most of you — who you are, what you believe. And so when we got elected — the presidency and as Vice President, as well — I suggested and she agreed fully that she should continue to teach. And people said, “What?” (Laughter.)

Well, she teaches 14 credits a semester at community college full time, and she does her job.

I think you will enjoy this video:

Thank a teacher, hug a teacher or send one a nice card. They need and deserve all the encouragement and gratitude they can get. I'm very grateful to have a smart, beautiful daugher who is an elementary school teacher and love expressing my appreciation to her often.

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Wed May 4, 2022, 08:24 AM (1 replies)

Come experience the bungee bass!

Some folks will go to any length to achieve the sound they want....

So, today gaffer's tape plays second fiddle to the bungee cord.......

Check out this fellow's other ingenious instruments:

Nicolas Bras - Musiques de Nulle Part: https://www.youtube.com/c/musiquesdenullepart/videos


Breathtaking rendition: The Corrs - All the Love in The World (BBC Radio 2)

The Corrs - All the Love in The World (BBC Radio 2)
BBC Radio 2 in 2001

Just recently became a big late-life fan of The Corrs and loving every minute I can find on Y'allTube.

Kudos also to the guy playing those lovely acoustic guitar fills.


Even at 74, I learned some new words tonight.

Seen while shopping for seed starter trays on Amazoo.com.

I've heard of dribblers and widgets but never knew about dibbers and widgers......

Still trying to figure out what lables are. Must be a French contraption......

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Mon Apr 4, 2022, 04:45 AM (9 replies)

Only in America - Sued for low prices.

Gas Station facing lawsuits over cheap prices
Mar 19, 2022
WISN 12 News

I wonder what Wisconsin free-market freaks say about this situation.....

Putin/Lukashenko/Trump nails, meet Anne Applebaum hammer.

Anne Applebaum: Autocracies Don’t Believe In Rules or Norms | Amanpour and Company
Apr 1, 2022

Anne Applebaum is a staff writer for The Atlantic and a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian. Her latest article, "There Is No Liberal World Order," argues that unless democracies defend themselves together, the forces of autocracy will destroy them. She joins Michel Martin to discuss this existential struggle.

Well worth watching. One of the best, most factual and truthful reviews of the biggest global political challenge we've ever seen including wars because with this enemy, we're suffering from a long-standing slow-growing deadly global cancer.

As she says, this is a mostly invisible foe whereas in war, you at least know and can see the enemy. This foe also does not give a tinker's damn about the future of our planet.

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Fri Apr 1, 2022, 11:22 PM (4 replies)

Disinformation for profit: scammers cash in on conspiracy theories

Disinformation for profit: scammers cash in on conspiracy theories
Some accounts claiming to support the Canada trucker protests are run by con artists abroad
Nick Robins-Early
The Guardian UK, International Section
Mon 21 Feb 2022

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/media/2022/feb/20/facebook-disinformation-ottawa-social-media

hen Facebook removed dozens of groups dedicated to Canada’s anti-government “Freedom Convoy” protests earlier this month, it didn’t do so because of extremism or conspiracies rife within the protests. It was because the groups were being run by scam artists.

Networks of spammers and profiteers, some based as far afield as Vietnam or Romania, had set up the groups using fake or hacked Facebook accounts in an attempt to make money off of the political turmoil.

That foreign networks of social media scammers had seized on a divisive political issue may feel like somewhat of a throwback. Before investigations into Russian troll factories’ operations during the US presidential election and culture war conflicts over content moderation, one of the biggest challenges facing social media platforms was profiteers pushing fake news articles and spam for easy money. Hundreds of websites mimicking US news outlets pushed their content on social media, reaping ad revenue from the traffic they generated.
Disinformation for profit

It is hard to know the exact scale of the for-profit misinformation industry, researchers say, since it functions as part of an underground economy and comes in various forms. In addition to content mills and ad revenue schemes, there are also private firms across the globe that are hired to create fake engagement or push political propaganda. In 2021 alone, Facebook said it removed 52 coordinated influence networks across 32 countries that attempted to direct or corrupt the public debate for strategic goals, according to a company report on inauthentic behavior.

I am glad that Republican voters are far more gullible and likely to be scammed than our typical Democratic voters. The more money they shell out to scammers, the less available for Rethug political campaigns.

However, I'm surprised the Rethugs have a penny left to their name after all of tRump's dozens of grifts.


Your Textbooks Are Wrong, This Is What Cells Actually Look Like

Your Textbooks Are Wrong, This Is What Cells Actually Look Like
Nov 24, 2019

You probably remember being taught about the cell in your high school biology class—learning the cell structure, labeling the membrane, the nucleus, and the cytoplasm.

But it turns out, what we’ve learned from our biology textbooks is likely an oversimplification, and biologists at research organizations like the Allen Institute for Cell Science are working to take a more integrated and holistic view to better understand the cell and all its complexities.

We are in a new era of cell biology. For centuries, microscopes have illuminated previously invisible worlds, and the recent advancements in microscopy are no different. Breakthrough laser microscopes are not only allowing biologists to image a cell in three dimensions, but also providing the opportunity to reveal hidden patterns inside of living cells.

Find out more about this new microscopy technology capturing cells like never before and what this could mean for the next decade of cell biology on this episode of Focal Point.

My latest hobby is microscopy and I'm enjoying hell out of it, just looking at microorganisms captured from my lawn. There's an entire micro-universe on us, inside us and throughout our environment.

This video is over two years old and I would love to hear more about their recent progress.

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