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Posted by kestrel91316 in Science
Fri Nov 04th 2011, 02:55 PM
http://www.nature.com/scientificamerican/j...


Morse's Telegraph.
This wonder of the age, which has for several months past been in operation between Washington
and Baltimore, appears likely to come into general use through the length and breadth of our land.
Arrangements are already made for extending the lines to Philadelphia, New York, Albany, Buffalo,
Springfield, Boston, and various other cities and sections. Hon. Amos Kendall, Ex-Post-Master
General, has taken the management of the inven­tion,-whether as proprietor or agent we are not
informed,-while the inventor is on a tour to Rus­sia. We shall take an early opportunity to give our
readers a full and minute description of this inven­tion, with explanations and illustrations of its prin·
ciples; but in consequence of the press and variety of matter which presses on it this our first number, we
are constrained to defer it. We will add the re­mark, however, that it is contemplated by the mer·
chants of our Western states, to communicate their orders for goods, &c. by means of the telegraph,
instead of abiding the slow and tedious progress of rail·road cars.
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Posted by kestrel91316 in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Jul 05th 2010, 02:38 PM
It's JULY 5, right????

So I am sitting here at my computer SHIVERING, and it's only 65F. For the uninitiated, that's 30 degrees below normal for this time of year and over 50 degrees below the record for July.

I need to warm my numb hands in a basin of warm water and put on a sweater. I'm dead serious.

ETA: CORRECTION - the temp out on my balcony is 62F!!!!!

I'm in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles.
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Posted by kestrel91316 in Latest Breaking News
Fri Dec 14th 2007, 01:17 PM
the builder/developer who bought the house I was renting may be coming to regret his ill-timed purchase. He bought in 9-06, and gave me notice to vacate in 7-07, specifying that he was going to demolish (to build a Persian Palace). I moved out in 10-07.

When he FINALLY refunded my deposit he thoughtfully deducted $475 for cleaning and repainting (because one always cleans carpets and repaints a house that one is going to promptly demolish, right?). My theory is that he changed his mind and now wants to rent it out while he sees what the market does. There's just one teeny weeny problem. It's illegal. He got me out only because of the pending demolition, and if he doesn't demolish it's basically fraudulent inducement or some such. He also lied to the city. They are gonna want to prosecute him is my guess.

Oy. Time to talk to the client who's a landlord-tenant law attorney AGAIN (this guy tried to evict me illegally in the spring and I won/he lost - he just doesn't learn, does he???).

Anyway, the bad housing market is having real-life repurcussions all around.

Note: the house was under rent control and he couldn't jack my rent up, but with me out he will probably try to DOUBLE the rent, and he'll get it, too. Can we say "ILLEGAL"?
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Posted by kestrel91316 in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Apr 03rd 2007, 10:36 PM
First of all, this will be fairly brief. I am on my crappy old computer at home. Doing any research on it is nearly impossible due to Windows ME, 15 GB hard drive, Pentium 3 processor, and dial-up. So I am not going to be able to post links for everything I think should be here. My internet service at the office (where I have a GREAT computer) has gone out 4 times in 8 days, and is down again (thank you, AT&T DSL, you total POS). I will add additional comments and links to published, peer-reviewed research and official government and NGO policies once I can get online at the office again.

There appears to be some confusion about where I stand with respect to feeding pets raw foods (raw meats, in particular). I was posting a reply to a thread about this earlier today when I lost the internet. The poster seemed to think, for some unfathomable reason, that I had said pets should be gradually switched onto raw foods.

PLEASE NOTE: I DO NOT advocate ANY feeding of raw meats to dogs or cats EVER. This ALWAYS constitutes a risk to the animal's health AND MORE IMPORTANTLY a risk to the health of humans who may have contact with the animal in question.

Raw meats are ALWAYS contaminated with bacteria to some degree when they are purchased. This is inevitable. Germs come with the territory, and the government position is that sterility can not be achieved nor should it be sought for raw meats. It is simply not achievable.

The bacteria commonly found in/on raw meats and likely to cause illness are Salmonella, Campylobacter, and E. coli O157H7. Raw meats may also contain, within the flesh, parasites such as Trichinella, Toxoplasma, and tapeworms. Of these, Toxoplasma is the biggest danger.

Salmonella can make dogs and cats seriously ill and even cause their death. IIRC Campylobacter can also (when I can surf the net I can look up sources on this). Toxoplasma may or may not make any particular cat ill or cause its death, but its greatest danger is to unborn human fetuses. Generic E. coli is ubiquitous in meat packing plants, and anywhere it is found, it may be accompanied by its evil twin, E. coli O157H7, a notorious killer. I do not have information this evening as to whether that one can harm dogs or cats, but it bears looking into. The point is, contaminated meats can AND DO make dogs and cats ill and even cause their deaths with some frequency.

Pets infected with these pathogens may pass them on to humans. The young, the old, the chronically ill and the immunosuppressed are particularly vulnerable. Dogs and cats frequently become asymptomatic carriers of Salmonella and have been widely shown to then pass the infection on to humans. These humans are at risk of serious illness and even death. Same problem with Campylobacter, though I do not recall offhand if an asymptomatic carrier state exists for it. Animals and their food dishes and toys and such may act as fomites for transmission of these pathogens.

The evidence is clear. It is indisputable fact that raw meats should not be fed to dogs or cats because of the disease risk to the pets and the risk of zoonotic disease in humans.

I have been viciously attacked for pointing this out on other threads. But it is my firm belief that, if someone is going to make an outlandish claim that is FAR outside the realm of mainstream scientific thought, it is incumbent upon the claimant to prove their case. My case has already been proved, time after time, in refereed journal after refereed journal, and in study after study.

If you are going to call me a liar (and you people know who you are) you had better be able to back up your claims that raw meat is harmless with some published, peer-reviewed data of your own. I will not accept the rantings of some mad internet bloviator as fact. I don't care HOW many breeders advocate it, or how many "alternate practitioners" in my own profession do. That doesn't make it safe.

I took my professional oath very seriously 26 years ago. I have a duty to the public, and when I see advocacy of something so potentially deadly as feeding raw meats to pets, I intend to speak out.

As I said, when I can navigate the internet normally I will post links to my sources and back up what I say. It's unfortunately not possible to do so tonight.

For those who will no doubt attack me again for daring to speak out, you are on notice. I will aggressively alert on anyone who attempts to start in with the flaming. If you think raw meats are the greatest thing since sliced bread, go back to one of your many threads already here. This one's my baby.
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Posted by kestrel91316 in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Thu Mar 08th 2007, 07:57 PM
Note: some personal identifying information has been removed


Senator John Ensign
119 Russell Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510

March 8, 2007


Dear Senator Ensign,
You might remember me. Or perhaps not. I was one of the teaching assistants for your freshman microbiology class in veterinary school at Colorado State University in the fall of (year), and I certainly remember you. This, plus the fact that I am and have been for the past 24 years a resident of California, might be sufficient grounds for you to discard this letter and with it my opinion. But please bear with me for a moment.
I was born in Washoe County General Hospital in Reno. My father was born in Ely, White Pine County, in (year). My grandfather was born in (year) on the George (last name) homestead in the Snake Valley at the turnoff to the dirt road to Silver Creek Reservoir on what is now Highway 6/50. My great-grandfather came to the Snake Valley alone in 1880 at the age of 16 and was the first rancher to run cattle up on Bald Mountain and Wheeler Peak for summer pasture. My grandparents raised 6 boys, of whom my father was the youngest, on the last lonely little hardscrabble ranch where Weaver Creek peters out in the sagebrush north of Baker.
As a child I spent innumerable vacations in White Pine County, where my grandparents lived until they died – where my twenty-some (last name) cousins grew up to become miners and mine engineers, ranchers and housewives – where my Uncle (first name) had his long career as a State Brand Inspector – where my grandfather, (full name), was a White Pine County sheriff and Ely’s Chief of Police. My father left Nevada for college in Colorado (at our alma mater) and then a highly decorated career in the USAF, but he always considered himself a Nevadan. And so do I. You can take the girl out of Nevada, but you can’t ever take Nevada out of this girl.
Before I get to the purpose of this letter, in all fairness I must give you credit where credit is due. I have read your summary of the White Pine County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of 2006 and applaud your efforts in this regard. Though it would be nice to keep the area as I have always known it, I accept that this is not realistic. What I do know is that too many young people have had to leave this beautiful land, as my father did, in order to have any future at all. A larger tax base, larger population (within reason), and more jobs would allow more of my extended family, which includes Bakers, Smiths, Hesselgessers, Tilbys, Hickmans, Meachams and countless others, to stay right where they want to. My generation has spread to the four winds, and it’s a family tragedy. Please continue to keep an eye out for the well-being of this forgotten corner of America that my heart still knows as home.
Now to my point in writing to you: I note with some interest your dissatisfaction with the firing of Nevada’s US Attorney Daniel Bogden. According to The Las Vegas Review-Journal you are not happy with how you were misled by the Justice Department. I know full well how supportive you always have been of George Bush and his plans for this country.
Now that you have tasted the bitter fruit of those plans do you feel the same? Do you feel betrayed? Do you feel cheated? Do you perhaps even feel just a little bit afraid? Remember the old joke that ends “You knew I was a snake when you picked me up”? Remember this poem from your history lessons?


First They Came for the Jews……..

First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left
to speak out for me.

--- Attributed to Pastor Martin Niemoller

They have come for the Jews, when they came for the Muslim “terrorists” who languish without benefit of trial. They have come for the Communists, when they came for the “commie pinko liberals” who dissented. They have come for the trade unionists, when they came for the United States Attorneys who asked too many questions. And now, John, they will come for you, and the other Republicans from whose eyes the scales are falling.
Are you happy now, John?


Sincerely,



(full name), DVM (CSU ’(year))

Yes, I know the format is hinky. It's normal format in the letter. I don't do HTML. I sent the letter by snailmail as I am not legally a constituent.

I wrote it on my professional letterhead.

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Posted by kestrel91316 in Pets Group
Fri Mar 17th 2006, 10:39 PM
Today I just took custody as the new owner of a kitty relinquished to me by a client who couldn't afford to pay for the very expensive surgery it needs. So I get to do the surgery for free on what is now MY OWN cat, lol! I get suckered by these periodically.

Kitty (not his real name) is a 9-yr-old male with a prior perineal urethrostomy for FUS/obstruction who wound up with a large (1 cm x 1 1/2 cm) bladder stone, and the poor thing has been suffering for so long he is very underweight and anemic. I will be stabilizing him on antibiotics and good nutrition over the weekend and do a cystotomy on Monday to get that darned thing OUT, already! He is only going to go downhill more the longer I wait. I hope he does ok postop. The long-term plan is to place him with one of my better clients (whichever one wants him). These sickies can be a tough sell, though, so I may have a new mascot.

Wish me luck.

Pics to follow if I can ever figure out how to post them here.
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Posted by kestrel91316 in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sat Sep 18th 2004, 11:25 PM
As the daughter of a highly decorated career USAF officer, I have taken great personal umbrage at the photo on the GHWB Library website that shows * wearing a ribbon he did not earn. I have demanded an apology from GHWB for posting this on his website. We'll see how bland and meaningless the response, if any, is.

Subj: Re: George W. Bush photograph
Date: 9/18/2004
To: Media.Bush@nara.gov
CC: president@whitehouse.gov



Dear President Bush:
A photograph provided online by your presidential library has been brought to my attention. The photograph in question is of your son, George W. Bush, in military uniform and is marked "Bush, George W. 2 Lt." in the lower lefthand corner. Lt. Bush is shown wearing two military ribbons, one of which is the Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, which his military records clearly indicate he earned and had the right to wear.
My issue is with the other ribbon he is wearing. This is obviously the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. Lt. Bush's TANG records do not indicate ANYWHERE that he earned and had any right to wear this ribbon. He never served in a unit which, during the time he served in it, was awarded this honor. This fact is indisputible.
Military regulations specifically prohibit the wearing of unearned decorations. It is my understanding that the punishment for doing so is/was loss of all pay and benefits, six months in prison, and/or a bad conduct discharge. Clearly the United States Armed Forces take an extremely dim view of anyone who fraudulently wears decorations.
My father, D---- L. R-----, served twenty-two years in the USAF, retiring in 1976 as a Lt Col. During his illustrious career, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, the National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with one bronze service star, the Vietnam Service Medal with four bronze service stars, the Air Force Longevity Service Award with three bronze oak leaf clusters, and the Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon. I will repeat myself. He earned these awards. They don't just blithely hand them out like candy for shell-shocked Iraqi children or as color for junior TANG officer photo-ops.
I am incredibly proud of my father's loyal, heroic service to this nation, and because he is not alive to address this issue I have a daughter's duty to do so in his stead. He placed his life at risk voluntarily and went well out of his way while serving during the Vietnam War in order to perform his duties superlatively. He was completely incapable of mediocrity, as his military records so amply demonstrate.
Your son, George W. Bush, dishonored his uniform, the TANG, and this nation when he posed for that photograph many years ago. The fact that he got away with it at the time and that so many years have passed is completely irrelevant. His despicable act is comparable to spitting on my father's uniform and desecrating his grave. Indeed, it is akin to spitting on everyone who earned this award, and desecrating the graves of all of them who are gone.Time has not diminished the wrong your son perpetrated. You yourself multiply the harm many times over by your tacit approval of the deed demonstrated by the proud display of this photograph.
I am writing to you today to demand that you:
1) Apologize personally to me and my family in writing within fifteen days.
2) Hold a press conference to publicly apologize to this nation within fifteen days.
3) Remove this photographic evidence of fraud from your website. Your son should not receive any accolades for posing with a ribbon he did not earn when he should have gone to the brig for it.
I look forward to your prompt response.



Sincerely,
G----- A. R-----
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

***Format is screwy???? I have deleted personal ID info for security reasons.
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