Disgusted

I haven’t posted in a while. Been living under my rock where it’s peaceful and quiet. I venture out on your blogs when I have time and drop a comment, or leave a like. Thing is with the never ending shit show that is our government today, well it’s wearing on me. I want so bad to do the Homer Simpson Bart Strangle on Donald tRump I cant stand it.

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I watch the news for 5 minutes and get pissed enough to look for something, ANYTHING, besides the Shit Show.

And just in from the Shit Show, tRump authorized his lap dog Barr, to investigate the investigation. Correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems like the guy who has been screaming witch hunt for the last 2 years, is now going on… a Witch Hunt!

I sometimes feel like we’d be better off if an asteroid blasted us all into oblivion.

We have some D’s who can’t seem to decide if impeachment is what needs doing, we have others darn well intent on doing just that. But it seems like they want to uncover as much info as possible first, and I don’t disagree with that. Fact of the matter right now we only have one, count em one R, right now who would vote towards impeachment, even if our asshat in chief did shoot someone on Main Street. It’s rather amazing really that one R out of dozens in the House/Senate has the balls to say what everyone else can certainly see for themselves.

So it would be futile right now to impeach. We need more info, and the WH is doing everything in its power to stonewall everything they can. The courts so far have done the right thing and ordered a lot of stuff to be handed over. But as expected they have/will appeal. And it drags on…

Then we have several states now passing or attempting to pass anti abortion laws that will set us back into the stone age as far as womens rights goes. Just disgusting.

Yep, this looks better every day…

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Hope all is well in your parts of the world, and I’ll try to get a Picture Day thingy going, I believe I have enough stuff for one. Till then y’all keep on keeping on, and just maybe we will get through all of this. Notwithstanding any wayward asteroids.

 

 

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More Evidence For Chicxulub Impact Being The Death Knell For Dinosaurs

We all of course have heard of this massive meteor impact and it is supposed that it was the cause of the end of the dinosaur days on Earth. I did not know they had found what appears to be a place, that when you think about it makes sense, where the massive tsunami – like wave (in this case a seiche) resulting from the impact would wash up a layer of what resulted in fossilized plant and animal debris. This debri layer has been found in North Dakota, and what they have been finding there is spectacular. I quote:

“This unique, fossilized graveyard — fish stacked one atop another and mixed in with burned tree trunks, conifer branches, dead mammals, mosasaur bones, insects, the partial carcass of a Triceratops, marine microorganisms called dinoflagellates and snail-like marine cephalopods called ammonites — was unearthed by paleontologist Robert DePalma over the past six years in the Hell Creek Formation, not far from Bowman, North Dakota. The evidence confirms a suspicion that nagged at DePalma in his first digging season during the summer of 2013 — that this was a killing field laid down soon after the asteroid impact that eventually led to the extinction of all ground-dwelling dinosaurs. The impact at the end of the Cretaceous Period, the so-called K-T boundary, exterminated 75 percent of life on Earth.”  …and:

“This is the first mass death assemblage of large organisms anyone has found associated with the K-T boundary,” said DePalma, curator of paleontology at the Palm Beach Museum of Natural History in Florida and a doctoral student at the University of Kansas. “At no other K-T boundary section on Earth can you find such a collection consisting of a large number of species representing different ages of organisms and different stages of life, all of which died at the same time, on the same day.”  End Qoute.

Wow. This pic shows several fish fossils layered up.

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The only other thing I can think of where something like this might happen would be where a large body of water drained or dried up rather quickly, leaving the fish behind, to meet their fate. But the thing is these fossils are associated with huge amounts of tektites, glass gravel like objects formed by guess what? Meteor impacts. Debris gets blasted into the atmosphere, likely into space, and falls back to earth in a dangerous glassy rainstorm.

This pile of debri also has burned (it is thought the tektites rained down in such a massive scale the energy released would have ignited massive wildfires) plant matter from the time, and a few dinosaurs mixed in. All of this directly underneath the KT impact iridium layer. Making for a compelling case.

For much more in depth detail, read up on it here:

66 million-year-old deathbed linked to dinosaur-killing meteor

 

What A Way To Start The Day

Gotta get up at 4:30, hit the button on the coffee maker, get a cup of joe down, make some lunch for the wife, she has a 12 hour shift to pull. Get her off to work. Then I have to go home, pick up the shoes my son got with his rented tux for the prom and forgot to return with the tux, head to town, pay the light bill, then pick up my sister in law to drive to an appointment an hour away in the same town I need to drop off the shoes. I can handle this.

Got home from taking the wife to work, left to pick up the sister in law, as I was pulling up to the stop sign at the highway to turn, I saw a vehicle had wrecked in the woods straight in front of me, an arm hanging out the drivers window. I pulled into the highway, hit my emergency flashers, and headed in to the woods to investigate. As I approached I could tell it was a woman driver, and as I’m making my way to the vehicle I’m calling out “Ma’am can you hear me, are you ok?” No response. I get to the vehicle notice a young child in the back seat of the SUV, apparently unharmed (praise jeebus). I tap the woman on the shoulder looking for some response. The drivers door is all caved in, she is alive and I could see no visible outward signs of serious injury, but she was still quite addled from the wreck. I start making my way back to the car to call 911, but a gal had stopped behind my car and asked me if she needed to make the call, so I told her yes, and we need an ambulance. I’m heading back to the wreck and apparently the 911 operator had asked the young lady making the call how accesible the patient would be? To which I replied “it will be difficult to get her out.”

The lady was pretty big, I’d guess 250-260 lbs, the drivers door was smashed in and there was a console between the seats. Yeah, it wasn’t going to be an simple extraction.

I got back to the wreck and looked in on the young passenger, there was glass everywhere, the little girl (I’d guess a 1st or 2nd grader and dressed for school) was cool as a cucumber, I asked her name, she told me her name was Jasmine, and I told her I was going to get her out of the vehicle, which I did. At this point there were other people showing up, a young lady took to looking after miss Jasmine.

The drivers door was pretty unaccessible without a lot of tree branch removal so I went to the passenger side where the same work would be much easier. I got the door open and by this time the woman was coming around a bit, I told her an ambulance is on the way, then I asked her if there was another vehicle involved, she replied someone had come into her lane and she swerved off the road. I asked if she had anyone to pick up Jasmine, and she wanted Jasmine to go with her to get checked out. At which point I informed her Jasmine was fine, but I understand.

At this point a cop shows up, another one right behind him, the first cop asked me if I saw the wreck to which I responded “No, but I got here very soon after it happened.” He focused his attention to the driver and began asking all the questions as was his duty to do, I heard sirens coming from both directions indicating an ambulance and more police incoming, I saw Jasmine in good hands, and I told the cop you guys have got this “I’m clearing out.”

I still have shit to do today…

Headed for town, here come several more cops, the rescue squad, a state trooper, I knew right where they were going. I got to the in laws place, picked up the sister in law, we headed for her appointment. A couple miles out of town she inquired if I had the shoes? I forgot the damn shoes! Had to do a U turn and head back home for the stupid shoes. By the time I got to my turn to head home from the highway the scene had cleared, except for the wrecker retrieving the vehicle. It was pretty banged up, totaled I’m sure. Got the damn shoes and headed back out. The rest of the day uneventful so far, but I could use a stiff drink and perhaps a nap.

Hope you all are well as you read this. You just never know what sort of day it will be when you roll out of bed in the morning…

There Are No Transitional Fossils!

Well, according to those whose business model requires lying to their marks.

But wait just a minute, a new whale fossil (and we all know whales evolved from land based cow-like critters right?) from around 42.6 MYA has been discovered. And it is an amphibious intermediate form, with hooved feet. (and I did some grammatical research on hoofed vs. hooved it seems either is appropriate, and since the way I know to pronounce the word has ‘vvvv’ in it…)

The fossil was discovered along the coast of Peru.

I quote:

“The presence of small hooves at the tip of the whale’s fingers and toes and its hip and limbs morphology all suggest that this whale could walk on land, according to the researchers. On the other hand, they say, anatomical features of the tail and feet, including long, likely webbed appendages, similar to an otter, indicate that it was a good swimmer too.”

And interestingly:

“This is the first indisputable record of a quadrupedal whale skeleton for the whole Pacific Ocean, probably the oldest for the Americas, and the most complete outside India and Pakistan.”

This is a pretty big deal in my book. An intermediate, amphibious form, of an animal we already know evolved in such a fashion. Now we have a transitional form (one of likely several yet to be found.) The con men, I mean preachers, and other spewers of fantasyland alternate realities for financial gain, as the likes of AIG, ICR, CSI and the very same Ken Ham (The liar in chief of AIG) I posted on recently, have some more hand waving to do.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190404114455.htm

 

 

Highly Trained Detective

Am I.

I was browsing through some homo erectus literature just for the heck of it and I saw this pic as a reproduction of the skull:

…and the features rang a bell way back in the far recesses of my memory. I have seen that look before, but where? Then it dawned on me…

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Evolution +1     Creationism 0

And while I was searching for a good Hambone pic I saw this:

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So it was fun, but ground already well plowed 🙂 In case anyone is wondering, Ken Ham is the creationist con man with an ark themed roadside creationist tourist trap in Kentucky. Yee Haw Y’all!

Aww Nuts!

I just read about a study that makes the case for eating nuts. I quote:

“In a study of 4822 Chinese adults aged 55+ years, researchers found that eating more than 10 grams of nuts a day was positively associated with better mental functioning, including improved thinking, reasoning and memory.”

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No, no, no, not those kind of nuts. And thank you Billy Bob.

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No! Not that kind of nut either.

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There we go! The study went on to say that “Lead researcher, UniSA’s Dr Ming Li, says the study is the first to report an association between cognition and nut intake in older Chinese adults, providing important insights into increasing mental health issues (including dementia) faced by an ageing population.”

And: “”By eating more than 10 grams (or two teaspoons) of nuts per day older people could improve their cognitive function by up to 60 per cent- compared to those not eating nuts — effectively warding off what would normally be experienced as a natural two-year cognition decline.”

As well as: “The UniSA study analysed nine waves of China Health Nutrition Survey data collected over 22 years, finding that 17 per cent of participants were regular consumers of nuts (mostly peanuts). Dr Li says peanuts have specific anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects which can alleviate and reduce cognitive decline.

“Nuts are known to be high in healthy fats, protein and fibre with nutritional properties that can lower cholesterol and improve cognitive health,” Dr Li says.

“While there is no cure for age-related cognition decline and neurogenerative disease, variations in what people eat are delivering improvements for older people.” End quotes.

So if these researchers are on to something, a dose of nuts a day may help keep the dementia away. I don’t know about you, but I eat nuts fairly regularly. Usually peanuts, honey roasted, and most often through the winter months. I don’t know why I just seem to have a craving for them this time of year, so we usually have some nuts in the house (besides the people who live here.)

I seem to recall through the years that any time we visited family as a kid, they more often than not had nuts in the house through the winter months. I’m curious now if there is just something about our makeup that craves nuts in the winter…? Have any of you noticed this trend in your travels?

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190319100803.htm

 

 

 

Psychological Profile Of An Internet Troll

I was at Mr. Steves blog today, he has a post on the mass murder in Christchurch NZ. I read his post, wanted to comment, but really could find nothing good to say. This being such a human tragedy it is difficult to find words of wisdom, or words that do come seem to somehow only fall short of a proper comment. But lo and behold there was the troll.

The troll had nothing to say about the post except that for him it was an act of evil, but for us silly secularists, and this was the implication of his comment, “Oh woe is me, how on earth would an ignorant secularist be able to identify evil without a god?” Such an imbecilic question only meant to rile up the posters there.

And it worked, to a degree, I responded. And true to an internet troll the prods and pokes, and the sickening fascination with the back and forth volley of words began. Well I played for a minute, then I quit. You know why? Because I know the secret to a troll. They want no intellectual discourse. They want no friendly conversation. They only live for the fight. They get some sort of momentary satisfaction from their perceived perch of justifiable confrontation. They wander around the internet plying their trade, hopeless little dopamine junkies looking for a fix. Nothing leaves the troll more deflated than someone just walking away. So when I encounter this situation, it is what I try to do, just because I know that is the deepest cut you can give a nasty troll.

Now I’m no psychological expert. I was married to a gal for over 10 years though, who had a slew of personality disorders. (we were young when we got together and things developed as we moved along, I was 2 kids and a mortgage deep before the full realization set in) She was eventually diagnosed with Schizoaffective disorder. Which is a panoply of several differing disorders ranging from bi polar, to depression, to schizophrenia, to delusions, and who know what all else. Needless to say I have experienced the entire deck of cards, and I know when my buttons are being pushed. This is the trolls calling card. Pushing buttons just for the sake of eliciting a response. I won’t go so far to say that all trolls have personality disorders, but I’ll bet you a buck fifty it damn well helps. Don’t give them the satisfaction of giving them the sort of engagement they desire 🙂

I have already admitted I’m no expert on the matter. I wonder what say the experts? I’m pasting an entire page here with the link to follow. Please note to access the study you have to at least create an account, which I have no interest in doing, only to probably find out it’s behind a paywall… if someone else decides to pursue the study I’d like to hear what you ran into.

“In this month’s issue of Personality and Individual Differencesa study was published that confirms what we all suspected: Internet trolls are horrible people.

Let’s start by getting our definitions straight: An Internet troll is someone who comes into a discussion and posts comments designed to upset or disrupt the conversation. Often, in fact, it seems like there is no real purpose behind their comments except to upset everyone else involved. Trolls will lie, exaggerate, and offend to get a response.

What kind of person would do this? Some Canadian researchers decided to find out.

They conducted two online studies with over 1,200 people, giving personality tests to each subject along with a survey about their Internet commenting behavior. They were looking for evidence that linked trolling with the “Dark Tetrad” of personality traits: narcissism, Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and sadism.

They found that Dark Tetrad scores were highest among people who said trolling was their favorite Internet activity. To get an idea of how much more prevalent these traits were among Internet trolls, see this figure from the paper:

Look at how low the Dark Tetrad scores are for everyone except the trolls! Their scores for all four traits soar on the chart. The relationship between trolling and the Dark Tetrad is so significant that the authors write in their paper:

“… the associations between sadism and GAIT (Global Assessment of Internet Trolling) scores were so strong that it might be said that online trolls are prototypical everyday sadists.” [emphasis added]

Trolls truly enjoy making you feel bad. To quote the authors once more (because this is a truly quotable article): “Both trolls and sadists feel sadistic glee at the distress of others. Sadists just want to have fun … and the Internet is their playground!”

The next time you encounter a troll online, remember:

  1. These trolls are some truly difficult people.
  2. It is your suffering that brings them pleasure, so the best thing you can do is ignore them. ”    END QUOTE

Yep, I’m no expert, but I can’t argue with that. Link:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/your-online-secrets/201409/internet-trolls-are-narcissists-psychopaths-and-sadists

An excerpt from another site:

“Trolls glorify in their own worldview. As such, they bait others of different bends on social media in order to mock and abuse them. They’re motivated by a need for attention, by boredom, by a flash of excitement due to causing others pain, or by exacting revenge.”  I could have sworn I pretty much just said that. Maybe I am an expert 😉     Link:

https://bigthink.com/philip-perry/who-are-internet-trolls-psychologists-build-a-profile

Any good guesses who the troll is? Im sure some of you know 🙂