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While Cleaning Out My Files…

Published November 26, 2018 by Nan Mykel

I came across some instructions that may be of use to you, sometime, like they were for me:

HOW TO GET OUT OF THE BATH TUB WHEN YOU’RE OLD

  1. Beginning on your bottom, use the side of the bath to pull yourself onto your side, then onto your hands and knees.
  2. Holding onto both sides of the bath, push yourself up onto your knees only.
  3. Hold onto the side of the bath, closest to the exit, lift your knees off the bath floor, so that you are balancing on your feet.
  4. Continue holding onto the side of the bath, and bring one leg over the side of the bath.
  5. When you are safely standing on that leg, continue holding onto the side of the bath, bring the other leg over the side of the bath so that both legs are outside of the bath.
  6. When you are safely standing on both feet, let go of the side of the bath.
  7. Towel dry.

CAUTION:

  1. Never do what I once did,  stand sideways in the tub with your back against the wall and slowly slide down the wall.  I was trapped for two hours, until I figured which way my various limbs worked.

Listen — a poemette about Climate Change

Published November 26, 2018 by Nan Mykel

LISTEN

There is a great unease in the land.

The ginkgo shed its tears of gold

last night, November 24 it was, the

age-old communal obeisance to its

surrounds, root systems and their

fungal networks continuing to fortify

together with next of kin,  in the presence

of change in the air. The oldest living fossil

stirs.

Today’s Quote from…

Published November 25, 2018 by Nan Mykel

Jill Dennison via Dr. Rex:

How does Trump know so much about so many things? Explaining his disagreement with scientists on climate change, Trump told the Associated Press: “My uncle was a great professor at MIT for many years. Dr. John Trump. And I didn’t talk to him about this particular subject, but I have a natural instinct for science.” 

Photo by Nancy Romans – Not Quite Old

BORROWED QUOTE OF THE DAY

Published November 25, 2018 by Nan Mykel

!!!!!!!  From jilldennison on Filosofa’s Word

“And then they remind me, that there’s a lot of liberal folks in those other schools who that maybe we don’t want to vote. Maybe we want to make it just a little more difficult. And I think that’s a great idea.”

From a Nov. 2 campaign stop in Starkville, Mississippi by Cindy Hyde-Smith.

 

Photo Face Book 2014

TWO ANIMALS — a poemette

Published November 23, 2018 by Nan Mykel

On a path two                                          

interplanetary

beings meet:

human animal and

animal animal.

 

Is one food

for the other?

Who will move

first, and where?

 

Whose fear is

that in the air?

 

Reason has instinct

by the throat, or

is it the other

way around?

 

Tethered by memories

of other meetings on

other paths, the two

step cautiously by.

WAR OF THE SEXES

Published November 23, 2018 by Nan Mykel

Evolutionarily speaking, human nature seems to be approaching the boiling point.  Just a few decades ago the movies portrayed glamor pusses with leading men whispering uncertainly “No,” and then melting into their arms.  Anyone old enough to recall this?

Now spoken words can get a man or woman fired.  I heard one of Rump’s sons say into a microphone from a podium, “If women can’t take it at work they should stay home.”

Will the #Me Too movement really change things or backfire?  I would have “Me Too”-ed if I’d understood how to do it.

Headlines above the Ohio anti-choice bill article read “Forced Motherhood.”

There was no headline “Forced Fatherhood.”

Our president has been revealed to enjoy using his prestige to fondle strange women, uninvited.

Incest survivors are haunted by the memory that their body responded when they knew it shouldn’t.

Some female sex workers enjoy the power they have over men.

The news reported that a man charged some women of raping him.

David DeSteno and Piercarlo Valdesolo, psychologists and authors of Out of Character: Surprising Truths About the Liar, Cheat, Sinner (and Saint) Lurking in All of Us (2011, 69) , reported on an experiment in which ovulating women  in a lab were asked to smell a number of men’s  unwashed t-shirts and asked which man’s scent they preferred.  “We know, it sounds a bit strange, but believe it or not , the ovulating women overwhelmingly preferred the smell of men who had more symmetrical features [and therefore were more genetically fit]. (R. Thornhill and S. Gangstad,  Human Nature 4 (1993) 237-69.

The mind is loaded with mechanisms meant to ensure that  our genes are passed on, and the urge to have sex with an attractive (and thus genetically fit) stranger is one of them.” lbld, 68

Work by Mattie Haselton at UCLA  indicated that when ovulating, even relatively demure women will dress more sexily…ibid, 70

There is a new movement of men called “Incel,” in which men who are unattractive to women commiserate sadly and angrily, even aggressively:  “Incels are members of an online subculture who define themselves as unable to find a romantic or sexual partner despite desiring one, a state they describe as inceldom. Self-identified incels are mostly white, male, and heterosexual.” Wikipedia

What’s one to make of all this?  I don’t think it’s a harmless Lysistrada, especially with the current “might makes right” philosophy afoot.

 

ARE THEY ENCOURAGING LESBIANISM?

Published November 22, 2018 by Nan Mykel

Surely not, but…

“It’s unlikely that the birth control pill will ever legally be considered “murder,” but anti-choice activists are using the claim that it kills fertilized eggs as a pretext for cutting off government and insurance funding for contraception. The appointment of Scott Lloyd, a lawyer who has worked to allow pharmacists to deny contraception prescriptions to women, to work at the Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives in the Department of Health and Human Services suggests that this new office, created in May, department, exists mostly to create bureaucratic obstacles for women seeking contraception.”

AMANDA MARCOTTE on Salon.com
She’s on Twitter @AmandaMarcotte

 

 

 

 

 

DON’T DICTATORS AND THEIR MILITARY GO TOGETHER?

Published November 22, 2018 by Nan Mykel

It seems whenever I read of a country’s people attempting to rise up against their dictator,  his military supports the ruler against the people.  I read now that Critics have raised questions about the need to use active-duty troops for a mission already involving Border Patrol agents and National Guard personnel, citing concerns the deployment could violate the Posse Comitatus Act, a law limiting military activities within the United States.

Trump has already corrupted good republicans, waged war on our checks and balances including the judiciary,  trashed our reputation and influence among our allies,  kept the most armed better armed, raised the possibility of a nuclear war, insulted our CIA, and now he’s getting the military to do his political bidding.  Dictators also imprison their opponents.

Trump  wants to jail Hillary.  Haven’t heard a word about his daughter’s similar behavior.

Rural folks seem to want to believe Trump is just a good ole bumbling dyslexic boy who made good, as they’d like to do.  I fear au contraire he is craftily orchestrating the   castration and subsequent annihilation of the American Dream for his very personal gains.  He knows what he’s doing to America.

 

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