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Strange Goings-On…

Published November 23, 2022 by Nan Mykel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(That means things that I don’t yet understand:)

A non-binary who goes by “them” committing the Club Q mass killing…

A Walmart manager killing his employees near closing time in a breakroom. (Were they supposed to be working to close up?)

Resistance to using the Red Flag law to forestall possible-to-probable mayhem.

How the 2010 Citizens United vs. the FEC case effectively blocked the ability to enact limits on campaign spending, opening the floodgates to the billions of dollars that have since poured into the election system, enabling those with access to concentrated wealth to have vastly more influence over our political system than the average American.  How can that be democratic?

Better stop now…

IN WHOSE IMAGE WAS AN EMERALD JEWEL WASP FASHIONED?

Published November 23, 2022 by Nan Mykel

So many things today blow my mind.  God made man in his own image, but who made the magic emerald jewel wasp (who can turn a cockroach into an obedient zombie that will host her larvae and serve as dinner?)  I believe it’s not curiosity that killed the cat, but that adds years to the questioning aged.

Since many of us have given up on the Why question, attention is drawn even more to the How:

First, the wasp plunges its stinger into the cockroach’s midsection to briefly paralyze the legs. Next comes a more delicate operation: stinging the head to deliver a dose of venrmin to specific nerve cells in the brain, which gives the wasp control over where its victim goes. But how does a wasp know when it’s reached the brain?  The stinger’s tip is a sensory probe.

In experiments using brainless cockroaches, a wasp will sting the head over and over again, searching fruitlessly for its desired target.

It’s enough to make me wonder, but then I’m always curious.

 

 

SILLY?

Published September 26, 2022 by Nan Mykel

 

 

I have realized that  I’ve been preaching to the choir.  What do you think the real usefulness of it is?

I don’t purposefully follow MAGA people so they don’t read my blog, and I don’t want to contend with their hate and lack of reason. I only recently received one comment from a MAGA person, but that was because Word Press seemed to recommend or at least call attention to  it.   I was polite in my response, but failed to Follow.  Several years earlier I had received another from a chance visitor I had “Followed” by mistake, and I undid it.  I’m unclear if fellow bloggers can “Press” something or only ask Word Press to do it., or if it can invite MAGA persuaders on its own.

How do you deal with seeming to preach to the choir?  How can it not be a waste of time and what is your own solution?   Please share in your Comments or tell me how to extend the comments back and forth.

I don’t have the energy to knock on doors and I resent any who do, whatever their spiel, and I don’t answer phone calls from unknowns.  I seem to resent personal efforts to minipulate me in any way and perhaps that’s a problem it’s too late to tackle….

A BUNCH OF WONDERINGS

Published August 24, 2022 by Nan Mykel

First, what’s the story behind the ads selling U.S. postage stamps?  I can’t imagine.  If it’s a scam, why is it advertising itself?  The more I wonder about it the crazier it seems.   I’m stubborn and don’t like to Google everything!

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Second is not so much a wondering as it is a sharing.  Acording to Mother Jones, Martin Luther King Jr. was refused a gun license despite credible threats to him and his family.  The article refrained from pointing out that he was eventually killed by a white man’s gun.

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The following is not so much a wondering as it is an answer to questions tht arise when reading the daily news.  I’m educating myself as I share.  For instance, what are the recent generations’ definitions?  Oh, alright, I used Google:  Currently, five generations make up our society.

What are the primary generations today?

  • Generation Alpha, named but not characterized except by some politicians…It hasn’t happened yet…
  • Gen Z, iGen, or Centennials: Born 1996 – 2015.
  • Millennials or Gen Y: Born 1977 – 1995.
  • Generation X: Born 1965 – 1976.
  • Baby Boomers: Born 1946 – 1964.
  • Traditionalists or Silent Generation: Born 1945 and before.

So what happened after 2015?  And who says the Silent Generation is silent?  I reckon 2015 to present and beyond might some day be dubbed “End of the World As We Know It.”  Or–might 2022 forward be the generation “That Saved the World As We Know It?”  I keep on reading…Generation Z (or Gen Z for short), colloquially known as zoomers, is the demographic cohort succeeding Millennials and preceding Generation Alpha.

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LOL…I’m never sure what that means.  Lots of Luck?  Lots of Love?  Via Google I learn it also can mean Laughing Out Loud,  even “I hear you.”

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I think by now we’ve all learned the meanings of  Woke  and Cancel Culture

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MAGA – “Make America Great Again,”  Trump’s slogan

Antifa – Antifa’ is a shortened version of ‘anti-fascist

WASP –  White Anglo-Saxon Protestant: an older descriptive acronym for a racially prejudiced person

KKK – Ku Klux Klan,  with its long history of violence, is the oldest and most infamous of American hate groups

Oath Keepers, Three Percenters and the Proud Boys are only three of a number of  US terrorist groups.  Google has an apparent hesitancy in listing many of the paramilitary groups across the US.

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That’s enough for today…

YOU RECKON? WOW

Published February 3, 2022 by Nan Mykel

 

The fineness of the details in this colored scanning electron micrograph showing nerve cells in a fruit fly’s antenna which enable it to sense odors up to four miles away really impressed me, relative to the seeming magic of evolution.  Flies have a brain of 100,000 neurons, no nose, and can taste with their wings, according to Google.

 

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A Yale psychologist reports that compared to what you’d expect by chance alone, there are more people named Ken who moved to live in Kentucky, Florences who moved to Florida, and more named Louis who moved to St. Louis; there are more Denises and Dennises who became dentists and Laura and Lawrences who became lawyers, compared to people with names that do not share letters with these occupations.  If your first or last name begins with “H” you are more likely than chance to own a hardware store, and if one of your names begns with “R”, you are more likely to own a roofing company, with “C” a computer company and with “T” a travel business.  From the essay “The Letters in Your Name Are Hidden Persuaders” by John A. Bargh in Are We Free?  Oxford U. Press, 2008.    (Shuckies, his name isn’t “Paul!”)

 In a blog post for Psychology Today, University of Miami neuroscientist Berit Brogard writes about an incident where an orthopaedic surgeon who was struck by lightning developed an urge to learn to play the piano. He began to compose music he had mysteriously started hearing in his head since the strike. After a few months he abandoned his career as a surgeon and became a classical musician. This type of phenomenon baffles scientists. From <https://www.sciencealert.com/what-happens-after-being-hit-by-lightning>

The vast migrations of Bronze Age Eurasian pastorialists were enabled by the drinking of horse milk.  –Harper’s Findings 

A New York Review of Books contained Our Silent Partners by Zoe Schlanger, which led me to the book Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, and Shape Our Futures by  Merlin Sheldrake. (I gave several copies as Christmas presents this year).  Fungi are a kingdom unto itself (as opposed to the Animal and Plant kingdom). There are believed to be between 2.2 and 3.8 million fungal species.    Some species can recognize color,  thanks to receptors sensitive to blue and red light, though it is not entirely clear what they do with that information. One can detect light, apparently to see where to grow, and are also able to sense the presence of nearby objects and will bend away from them before ever making contact.  I had read earlier that “we” trace back to fungi ourselves.

The shaggy ink cap mushroom is a species capable of erupting through asphalt and lifting heavy paving stones overnight, “although they are not themselves a tough material” (No one knows how they do it).  Ibid

Mushrooms are the fruiting device of fungi, and reproduce by spores instead of seeds, ejecting them by means of tiny, specialized catapults so they accelerate ten thousand times faster than a space shuttle during launch. See Aliya Whitely  The secret Life of Fungi: Discoveries from a Hidden World, 2021.

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