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January 25, 2022

Adorable toddler of the day: "Can I speak to the manager?" "Nope!"

Adorable toddler refuses to give mom a refund on her toy pizza l GMA
Jan 17, 2022
Good Morning America

Rules are rules, OK?

I'm a 74-YO male and would love a pair of those Elmo slippers..... ......
January 25, 2022

Best mini-lecture I've heard in years. I was enthralled....

by this molecular biologist's presentation. It is a few years old (Feb., 2013) but still applicable!

How bacteria "talk" - Bonnie Bassler
Feb 9, 2013
Talk by Bonnie Bassler

View full lesson: https://www.youtube.com/redirect?event=video_description&redir_token=QUFFLUhqbnZBYkFCME93U0hBdDd4Smt3VDJMdDFhbWxqd3xBQ3Jtc0tuSGYzS3J0T0ZXYmdVbmxMdWpKVlN6M2FFV0tXQTE4ZUlyaVJLdFh4M1BfV0NnMXdDZVZTOWNLMVRMREdSRUZXM0NPN3pUc1NoRzlPMFQ3Mk9mQjBHZ1dvQ0V0cG1xTGFJNzVFaEtZbHM1djRhWk52UQ&q=http%3A%2F%2Fed.ted.com%2Flessons%2Fhow-bacteria-talk-bonnie-bassler

Bonnie Bassler discovered that bacteria "talk" to each other, using a chemical language that lets them coordinate defense and mount attacks. The find has stunning implications for medicine, industry -- and our understanding of ourselves.

From her bio on Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonnie_Bassler :

Early life and education

Born in Chicago and raised in Danville, California, Bassler was intellectually curious from a young age, as she enjoyed solving various logic puzzles. Bassler began her career in science "as a veterinarian’s assistant at the Miami Zoo and later at a local dog and cat clinic." Bassler received a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from the University of California, Davis. Despite her entry as a major in veterinary sciences, she preferred to focus on genetics and biochemistry. She stated that these subjects allowed her the "gateway to solving biological puzzles." She began to work for UC Davis biochemistry and molecular medicine professor Frederic Troy. Troy's research focuses included bacterial carbohydrates and the relationship between the Epstein-Barr virus and cancer. At the time, the cancer project appealed to Bassler more than the research on bacteria, but Troy assigned her to the bacteria research project. Within this project, Bassler characterized an enzyme in E. coli which cleaved sugars from various membrane glycoproteins. Eventually, Bassler admired working with prokaryotes as she stated that "they're the perfect creatures to work on."

Following her undergraduate research, Bassler received a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Johns Hopkins University. She achieved key insights into the mechanism by which bacteria communicate, known as quorum sensing. Her postdoctoral research was conducted at Agouron Institute in genetics for four years. Here, she studied glow-in-the-dark bacteria that cause the oceanic light show. She used her previous knowledge and research to demonstrate that when there were enough cohorts to make effort, bacteria gave off light. In 1994, Bassler joined the Princeton faculty. She is currently the chair of the department of molecular biology and the Squibb Professor in molecular biology. Following her postdoctoral research, the MacArthur Foundation awarded Bassler its fellowship in 2002, which recognized her for her immense contributions to the bacterial lexicon.

January 22, 2022

Some people say Alexa and Siri are threatening to quit due to this issue.

Maybe adults around the globe need their screen time limited just like the kids....


January 16, 2022

Happy Birthday, Michelle Obama.

From an American Bridge email this morning....

Michelle Obama is a hero to all of us, friend – and tomorrow is her birthday!

As our nation's First Lady, she was an advocate for women and children's rights, and even after leaving office, she's been a staunch defender of democracy – including speaking out against the GOP's "Jim Crow 2.0" draconian voter restriction laws.

Since there are SO many reasons to be grateful for her, friend, we wanted to show our gratitude by rounding up as many signatures as possible for her birthday card!

Great day to shovel snow in a tan suit....

The Office of Barack and Michelle Obama: https://barackobama.com/

Michelle Obama Twitter: https://twitter.com/michelleobama @MichelleObama

Michelle Obama Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michelleobama

Happy birthday, First Lady Obama!........ ...... ......
January 8, 2022

This triggered a get-rich-quick idea: Sell our liberal tears in little jars to Republicans....

for $1,000 per milliliter. They're stupid enough to believe they trigger and "own" us which if true would make us cry. Why not sell them tiny little glass jars of saline for a grand a pop so they can show Rethug friends a trophy of their "wins"?

We could spice it up a little and offer male or female tears in a choice of glass colors and styles.

A high-dollar members only section could offer Hillary and Barack tears for $100,000 per jar, sealed with gold foil tape....


My only thought about Ms. Matto is that her shit must not stink.......

January 6, 2022

How we get our popcorn while watching Rethugs self-destruct...

Small Popcorn Factory - Stop Motion Cooking & ASMR
Dec 24, 2021

More of tomosteen's animations: https://www.youtube.com/c/tomosteen/videos

I love the part when he drinks his beer.

January 3, 2022

Nance, in reality all that you cited leads back to those who fund the Republican Party...

and they mostly remain hidden behind a very thick curtain out of public view.

All these miscreant Rethug politicians (including tRump) and their minion voter base are just window dressing distractions from the core of our problem: big money's control and influence on our political systems.

Without those huge sums corporations and those of high wealth have invested in think tanks, public and social media and our elections, the Republican Party would have long ago been relegated to the margins of our news cycles (like Bob Dole's clockwork rituals in the '60s before news cameras to bitch about taxes).

We're living in a warped form of fascism call plutocracy that I fear is very fragile.

Let us endeavor to pull back and destroy that curtain of concealment.......

January 3, 2022

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on Severe Weather (copy of email)


1/2/2022, 3:02 PM

Contact: Crystal Staley
[email protected]

Angie Van Berkel
[email protected]

Gov. Beshear Provides Update on Severe Weather
Freezing temperatures, snow expected for many impacted areas tonight; four tornadoes confirmed so far.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 2, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear said the state is continuing to respond to a severe weather system that impacted much of Western, Eastern and South Central Kentucky Saturday and is preparing for winter weather to arrive tonight.

The weather event generated heavy rain, thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail and strong straight-line winds and caused flash flooding, loss of power and damage to public infrastructure and private properties.

The Governor urged Kentuckians to monitor the weather as snow and freezing temperatures are forecast for many of the affected areas this evening.

“We are urging Kentuckians in impacted areas to please stay off the roads as much as possible tonight,” Gov. Beshear said. “Cold temperatures and the possibility of snowfall, combined with wet roads and standing water, are expected to create even more hazardous road conditions.”

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is preparing snowplow trucks and working with Kentucky Emergency Management to monitor conditions.


The National Weather Service (NWS) has confirmed four tornadoes so far:
Bowling Green, Warren County, EF-0, 85 mph;
Union City, Madison County, EF-1, 110 mph;
Northwest of Glasgow, Barren County, EF-1, 95 mph; and
Campbellsville, Taylor County, EF-1, 105-110 mph.

At this time, no fatalities or injuries have been confirmed.
NWS is still conducting tornado surveys in Warren, Barren, Hart, Marion, Taylor, Madison and Christian counties.
A possible tornado touched down in Hopkinsville, Christian County. Numerous buildings were damaged on the east side of the city, on 13th and 14th streets.
A possible tornado touched down six miles southwest of Russellville in Logan County. Damage assessment indicates damage to several outbuildings.
A possible tornado touched down in Marion County at 135 Wendy Lane, damaging a barn.
Possible tornado touchdowns in Green and Metcalfe counties caused damage to several homes.
Local State of Emergency Declarations are in effect in Casey, Clay, Floyd, Madison, Owsley, Pike and Taylor counties.
Electric customer outages have been reported in Pike County, affecting 1,190 customers, and 342 customers have been affected in Floyd County.
Heavy rains caused more than 75 roadway closures throughout the day Saturday, primarily due to flooding in Eastern Kentucky. Thirty-two roads remain closed.
At least seven landslides have been reported as well as washouts. One bridge embankment was destroyed in Owsley County.
The State Emergency Operations Center remains activated with personnel from the Kentucky National Guard, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Kentucky State Police and Kentucky Department for Public Health.

Based on preliminary data, 31 counties were impacted in some way by the weather event. Those counties are Adair, Barren, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Christian, Clay, Floyd, Graves, Green, Hart, Hopkins, Jackson, Knott, Lee, Logan, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Mason, Metcalfe, Monroe, Nicholas, Owsley, Pike, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Simpson, Taylor and Warren.

The Governor will travel to Hopkinsville tomorrow to assess damage, as well as to Graves and Hopkins counties to check on rebuilding efforts following the deadly Dec. 10 tornadoes. Details regarding media availability in Western Kentucky tomorrow are forthcoming.

To read yesterday’s news release regarding the Governor declaring a State of Emergency, click here. For more information about KYEM, visit kyem.ky.gov.


January 3, 2022

I fear the Scientific Method and rational debate are endangered species.

Let's hope the internet and our drift away from solid, old-fashioned core education does not allow humanity to devolve and lose our instinctive, innocent curiosity of things and desire to learn about everything.

Our instinct to play and experiment to learn throughout our lives is instinctive in both humans and animals and it requires constant face-to-face exposure to other humans and Mother Nature, not face-to-screen with a cell phone, tablet or computer.

What we're losing is our innate craving to learn, our ability to think and create independently and rationally as well as our sense of the need for human community.

My father's biggest problem with me as a child was my borrowing his tools to disassemble everything in our house just to see how they were made and to understand how stuff works. I'm not seeing that level of curiosity in our youth much these days.

About all I get these days for my old-fashioned thinking, curiosity and thoroughness is resentment. Even as an engineer (retired), I fear the direction the internet and consumerism is taking us.

KY rant done.....

Thanks for posting this important topic, Milestogo.......

January 1, 2022

Amazing! Explore the OneZoom tree of life.

What is the tree of life?

The tree of life shows how all life on earth is related. Each leaf represents a different species. The branches show how these many species evolved from common ancestors over billions of years. In our interactive tree of life you can explore the relationships between 2,235,322 species and wonder at 105,317 images on a single zoomable page.

Apparently, a lot of folks around the world are just discovering this site and it may be slow to load. So, please be patient.

Link: https://www.onezoom.org/


Article on this project in the British Ecological Society's web site:

Dynamic visualisation of million-tip trees: The OneZoom project
Yan Wong, James Rosindell
First published: 13 December 2021

Link: https://besjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/2041-210X.13766

This video is a nice introduction to this amazing project. I really like Anton's science videos:

Most Detailed Tree of Life Ever Made That You Can Actually Explore!
Dec 30, 2021
Anton Petrov
YouTube home page: https://www.youtube.com/c/whatdamath/videos

Hello and welcome! My name is Anton and in this video, we will talk about the most incredible tree of life ever created that you can actually explore yourself!

Main site: https://www.onezoom.org
Popularity Index: https://www.onezoom.org/popularity/index.html/


(cross-posted in GD)

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