…A hug is an amazing thing
It’s just the perfect way
To show the love we’re feeling
But can’t find the words to say….
~Johnny Ray Ryder, Jr., “A Simple Hug”
…A hug is an amazing thing
It’s just the perfect way
To show the love we’re feeling
But can’t find the words to say….
~Johnny Ray Ryder, Jr., “A Simple Hug”
Nightmare of galactic proportions…
Black Widow deadly spider bites increasing!
[via FOX23]The Oklahoma Poison Control Center is warning people; watch out for black widow spiders. The creepy crawlers have been biting almost double the number of people this year as last.
“They’re poisonous, and they hurt,” Lindsay Boles said about spiders.
Folks are noticing more of the eight legged creatures with a distinctive red hourglass on their underbellies.
“Matter of fact, I saw one a couple weeks ago when cleaning up the trash,” Hank Ray told FOX23.
Spiders are not just staying in the shadows. This year, 49 black widow spider bites have been reported to the Oklahoma Poison Control Center. That may not sound like many but that’s double last year’s number.
“I guarantee the numbers are higher, those are just the numbers of calls that have been reported to us,” Randy Badillo with OPCC said.
FOX23 asked Tulsans why they thought there has been a biting bonanza.
“(It’s) probably because of the drought and the heat. They love the heat. They’ll get in your attic in the summer,” Judy Fisher said.
The black widow bite is easy to recognize.
“(It’s) like a pain prick type pain, right there at the site immediately,” Badillo said.
The symptoms are simple nausea, headache, and muscle cramps. Fisher says for people with other health problems, the bites can be deadly.
“If the blood pressure gets too high, if the heart rate gets too high, if in fact we have kidney involvement with this stuff (you need to get to a hospital as soon as possible).”
The spiders like cool dark dry places, so next time you’re in the garage attic of linen closet, so Fisher warns, look before you reach.[Read More]
Two words I NEVER want to hear mentioned when discussing spiders: Biting. Bonanza.
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Right this SECOND?!
I’m going to go take a bath in Raid bug spray, shampoo in Off bug deterrent, wrap myself in protective sheets of thick plastic, then hide under my bed…
And never sleep again.
Someone tell me when its safe to come out.
Cause I sure as Hecate am not coming out until it is!
Why a trained police dog would jump off a building…
[via Pantagraph] BLOOMINGTON — Keej the canine had finished posing for photos Tuesday on the roof of a downtown parking garage when, instead of getting back into his McLean County squad car, he leapt off the five-story building.
“My first thought was, ‘He’s dead.’ I didn’t even have time to say his name. I will never forget him leaping that wall,” said Deputy Jon Albee, who rushed downstairs to find the 4-year-old Belgian Malinois walking into the garage after hitting the roof and windshield of a car.
Tina Braden of Peoria was returning from the adjacent McLean County Law and Justice Center when she saw several officers standing near her Kia Amanti. She feared for the worst when she saw the extensive damage and learned of the dog’s 60-foot fall.
Albee and the dog’s veterinarian say Keej suffered some bruises but no serious injuries. He will be off work for about five days.
“It’s really a miracle that he survived. My car must have been meant to be there for the dog to be safe. This is just a car that can be fixed, but for the dog, this is his life,” Braden said Wednesday.
Sheriff Mike Emery was waiting to present his budget to the McLean County Board’s justice committee around 4 p.m. Tuesday when a deputy interrupted to tell him.
“My first concern was the health of the canine and making sure he was taken to the vet for an examination. When I was first told, my thought was that the next thing I would have to deal with was an authorization to put the dog down. I was very excited to hear that the initial exam was positive and Keej was on his way home with his handler to recuperate,” Emery said Wednesday morning. [Read More]
And why an SUV would roll over on its own?
Your guess is as good as mine, the true answer is totally…
[via Desmoines Register] An SUV mysteriously rolled onto its top in southwest Des Moines on Saturday evening, and the vehicle’s occupants weren’t sure how it happened.
Police responded to a report of a flipped Ford Bronco at 709 Olinda Ave.
Danny Deal, who was in the vehicle before it flipped, said no one was hurt in the accident.
“It rolled on its own,” Deal said.
Deal said his friend, who owns the vehicle, had just dropped him off when it started to roll down the inclined street. He said he thought it might have been because the vehicle wasn’t shifted into park.
“Nobody was even in it,” Deal said, adding that he and his friend left the vehicle before it flipped.
The vehicle landed on its roof in a driveway.
Police at the scene declined to comment. [Read More]
Then again, upon much processing (i.e. a few beers)…
I think I might have a pretty good guess.
[via Heritage]Here’s a list of 100 storylines blaming climate change as the problem.
1. The deaths of Aspen trees in the West
2. Incredible shrinking sheep
3. Caribbean coral deaths
4. Eskimos forced to leave their village
5. Disappearing lake in Chile
6. Early heat wave in Vietnam
7. Malaria and water-borne diseases in Africa
8. Invasion of jellyfish in the Mediterranean
9. Break in the Arctic Ice Shelf
10. Monsoons in India
11. Birds laying their eggs early
12. 160,000 deaths a year
13. 315,000 deaths a year
14. 300,000 deaths a year
15. Decline in snowpack in the West
16. Deaths of walruses in Alaska
17. Hunger in Nepal
18. The appearance of oxygen-starved dead zones in the oceans
19. Surge in fatal shark attacks
20. Increasing number of typhoid cases in the Philippines
21. Boy Scout tornado deaths
22. Rise in asthma and hayfever
23. Duller fall foliage in 2007
24. Floods in Jakarta
25. Radical ecological shift in the North Sea
26. Snowfall in Baghdad
27. Western tree deaths
28. Diminishing desert resources
29. Pine beetles
30. Swedish beetles
31. Severe acne
32. Global conflict
33. Crash of Air France 447
34. Black Hawk Down incident
35. Amphibians breeding earlier
36. Flesh-eating disease
37. Global cooling
38. Bird strikes on US Airways 1549
39. Beer tastes different
40. Cougar attacks in Alberta
41. Suicide of farmers in Australia
42. Squirrels reproduce earlier
43. Monkeys moving to Great Rift Valley in Kenya
44. Confusion of migrating birds
45. Bigger tuna fish
46. Water shortages in Las Vegas
47. Worldwide hunger
48. Longer days
49. Earth spinning faster
50. Gender balance of crocodiles
51. Skin cancer deaths in UK
52. Increase in kidney stones in India
53. Penguin chicks frozen by global warming
54. Deaths of Minnesota moose
55. Increased threat of HIV/AIDS in developing countries
56. Increase of wasps in Alaska
57. Killer stingrays off British coasts
58. All societal collapses since the beginning of time
59. Bigger spiders
60. Increase in size of giant squid
61. Increase of orchids in UK
62. Collapse of gingerbread houses in Sweden
63. Cow infertility
64. Conflict in Darfur
65. Bluetongue outbreak in UK cows
66. Worldwide wars
67. Insomnia of children worried about global warming
68. Anxiety problems for people worried about climate change
69. Migration of cockroaches
70. Taller mountains due to melting glaciers
71. Drowning of four polar bears
72. UFO sightings in the UK
73. Hurricane Katrina
74. Greener mountains in Sweden
75. Decreased maple in maple trees
76. Cold wave in India
77. Worse traffic in LA because immigrants moving north
78. Increase in heart attacks and strokes
79. Rise in insurance premiums
80. Invasion of European species of earthworm in UK
81. Cold spells in Australia
82. Increase in crime
83. Boiling oceans
84. Grizzly deaths
85. Dengue fever
86. Lack of monsoons
87. Caterpillars devouring 45 towns in Liberia
88. Acid rain recovery
89. Global wheat shortage; food price hikes
90. Extinction of 13 species in Bangladesh
91. Changes in swan migration patterns in Siberia
92. The early arrival of Turkey’s endangered caretta carettas
93. Radical North Sea shift
94. Heroin addiction
95. Plant species climbing up mountains
96. Deadly fires in Australia
97. Droughts in Australia
98. The demise of California’s agriculture by the end of the century
99. Tsunami in South East Asia
100. Fashion victim: the death of the winter wardrobe
And the list goes on. [Read More]
Evil Climate Change…
It’s being blamed for everything else, at this point I figured…
Why not add to?
What studies like this do not take into account…
Is that it is not about being only optimistic.
That is not the key for success:
[via eScienceNews] For some people, the glass is always half full. Even when a football fan’s team has lost ten matches in a row, he might still be convinced his team can reverse its run of bad luck. So why, in the face of clear evidence to suggest to the contrary, do some people remain so optimistic about the future? In a study published October 9 in Nature Neuroscience, researchers at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at UCL (University College London) show that people who are very optimistic about the outcome of events tend to learn only from information that reinforces their rose-tinted view of the world. This is related to ‘faulty’ function of their frontal lobes.
People’s predictions of the future are often unrealistically optimistic. A problem that has puzzled scientists for decades is why human optimism is so pervasive, when reality continuously confronts us with information that challenges these biased beliefs.
“Seeing the glass as half full rather than half empty can be a positive thing — it can lower stress and anxiety and be good for our health and well-being,” explains Dr Tali Sharot. “But it can also mean that we are less likely to take precautionary action, such as practising safe sex or saving for retirement. So why don’t we learn from cautionary information?”
In this new study, Dr Sharot and Professor Ray Dolan from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, together with Christoph Korn from the Berlin School of Mind and Brain have shown that our failure to alter optimistic predictions when presented with conflicting information is due to errors in how we process the information in our brains.
[...]Dr Sharot adds: “Our study suggests that we pick and choose the information that we listen to. The more optimistic we are, the less likely we are to be influenced by negative information about the future. This can have benefits for our mental health, but there are obvious downsides. Many experts believe the financial crisis in 2008 was precipitated by analysts overestimating the performance of their assets even in the face of clear evidence to the contrary.”
‘Understanding the brain’ is one of the Wellcome Trust’s key strategic challenges. At the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, clinicians and scientists study higher cognitive function to understand how thought and perception arise from brain activity, and how such processes break down in neurological and psychiatric disease.
Commenting on the study, Dr John Williams, Head of Neuroscience and Mental Health at the Wellcome Trust, said: “Being optimistic must clearly have some benefits, but is it always helpful and why do some people have a less rosy outlook on life? Understanding how some people always manage to remain optimistic could provide useful insights into happens when our brains do not function properly.”
The research was funded by the Wellcome Trust, the British Academy and the German Academic Exchange Service. [Read More]
What does matter is remembering and acknowledging all that is possible from past experiences…
Taking those into account and pushing forward NOT despite all of the variables, but because of them.
[via Medical Xpress] What makes people great? Popular theorists such as the New Yorker’s Malcolm Gladwell and the New York Times’ David Brooks argue that intelligence plays a role — but only up to a point. Beyond that, they say, it’s practice, practice, practice.
Zach Hambrick agrees with the practice argument — imagine where Bill Gates would be if he hadn’t honed his programming skills, after all — but the Michigan State University scientist takes exception to the view that intelligence plays no role in determining excellence.
In a provocative new paper, Hambrick suggests working memory capacity – which is closely related to general intelligence – may sometimes be the deciding factor between good and great.
In a series of studies, Hambrick and colleagues found that people with higher levels of working memory capacity outperformed those with lower levels — and even in individuals with extensive experience and knowledge of the task at hand. The studies analyzed complex tasks such as piano sight reading.
“While the specialized knowledge that accumulates through practice is the most important ingredient to reach a very high level of skill, it’s not always sufficient,” said Hambrick, associate professor of psychology. “Working memory capacity can still predict performance in complex domains such as music, chess, science, and maybe even in sports that have a substantial mental component such as golf.”
In the paper, which appears in the research journal Current Directions in Psychological Science, Hambrick notes that both Gladwell and Brooks wrote bestselling books that make the argument that intelligence only goes so far.
“A person with a 150 IQ is in theory much smarter than a person with a 120 IQ, but those additional 30 points produce little measurable benefit when it comes to lifetime success,” Brooks writes in “The Social Animal.”[...]
Memory is key, utilize all of your experiences to best of your ability…
Take nothing for granted.
THAT is not being overly optimistic.
Is being smart.
Quickly followed by?
Science thinks there are evolutionary conditions in which domestic violence happens as a result of “very predictable circumstances”.
[via New Scientist] What can evolution tell us about domestic violence? Two researchers in the US suggest such violence has ancient origins and that establishing evolution’s role could help to better identify those at risk. Others argue that the research makes simplistic assumptions, and warn that some people will interpret the research as an excuse for violence.
Each year more than 500,000 women in the US alone report to the police violent attacks by current or former male partners. There is a reason why domestic violence is so widespread, says David Buss, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Texas in Austin: it carries a selective advantage, tied with reproductive success. In other words, men who are violent are trying to make sure that their partner has his child and not another man’s.
Buss has previously suggested that jealousy is an adaptation to keep couples together.
“There are very predictable circumstances in which violence occurs,” says Buss. “For instance, with the threat of sexual infidelity or the threat of relationship termination.” [Read More]
Additionally obvious Science also says…
This makes some females of the species grumpy and aggressive when they are so harassed.
[via New Scientist] PITY the friends of a sexually harassed female guppy – they are likely to feel her anger.
In her lab, female guppies were more likely to chase and nudge other females after exposure to a male (Biology Letters, DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0807). Darden thinks harassed females of other species may react in the same way.
Men should also not, one bit of ‘obvious science’ that was conveniently left out of both of these studies…
And although men of ALL species may not get the comeuppance they deserve immediately…
It always comes about…
And often in the manner least expected.
Tread carefully and…
Never forget it.
What looks like dancing moves ‘gone wrong’ is a part of the South Korean President Secret Service training show.
Enjoy the full demonstration demonstrating just what the South Korean Secret Service men and women can do.
When shadow boxing
with fast kicks at the drawing sticks.
I fastly remove
everything that moves.
Having gun . . . Check
Close to the shooting target . . . Check
Shoot myself in the knee . . . Check
What? That wasn’t on the list.
It is now.