We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We reportedly have a blizzard arriving today on the Snowball Express. That's fine with me, except that the Lad and his charming Mrs. are airport-stuck in Birmingham (with the Memphis Blues again?). Well, not really stuck - they are there with loving family.
Don't be surprised if we lose power, though. We usually do, with good strong storms. This one looks to be a winter Nor'easter. Think I'll feed the birds this morning.
Mrs E awoke me at 2:30 to alert me to the ducks quacking outside the window. We lost one to Mr Fox a week ago when he crept across the ice to them. So it was on with Uncle Percy's overcoat over the dressing gown and out I went with the Marlin underlever to try and deliver some 357 Magnum 125 Grain Full Metal Jacket Flat Christmas Cheer to our visitor.
He scuttled off the through the fence too quickly and by the time I was over the road he had headed for the hills. But the moon was out, the snow was crisp and his tracks were trackable.
I failed to catch up with him but the armed stroll up onto the downs on such a night was worthwhile. Not a soul apart from me was stirring, miles across the valley street lights sparkled but otherwise I was only in the company of the friendly ghosts who have trod these ancient hills on thousands of winters in the past pitting their wits against the weather and wild animals.
But a medical friend of mine saved a 90 year-old lady who had cardiac arrest on the sidewalk. She got a lawyer to sue him. She claimed her time had come, and that she should have been left alone. He was protected by Good Samaritan legal protections, but his legal costs to get to that point were considerable. You can be sued for not helping, too.
Evidently the message is that children’s bodies are a collective resource that needs to be managed by agents of the state for their own good and the good of society, regardless of what they or their parents think.
It’s not like schools have anything better to do.
I can understand parents' not wanting schools to feed their kids candy, but what's with the salt?
I must confess, speaking as an Law Enforcement Badger, that I probably would have had some questions for someone I saw running across the countryside at 0230 Christmas morning in his PJs, and an overcoat and a Marlin. Duck Defense works for me as a valid reason, but would certainly have had my interest piqued. It's not the sort of thing you see every night.
"I can understand parents' not wanting schools to feed their kids candy, but what's with the salt?"
Excessive salt (and most packaged food ARE excessively salty) is far worse than a bit of candy, not to mention it tastes bad.
high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney failure, etc. etc..
Humans don't need nearly as much salt as they ingest through their food as is, the very few exceptions being those who sweat heavily from doing hard labour in hot environments.
I like that part about "food kept in employees’ drawers as rewards for themselves" (vision of TSA, here). Maybe things like "recess" and "gym class" and letting kids "run around" and even "play" would be more efficacious.
"Three minutes", huh. No wonder the divorce rate is as high as it is.
"And treating of His Passion, with very great accuracy, some say that it took place in the 16th year of Tiberius, on the 25th of Phamenoth [March 21]; and others on the 25th of Pharmuthi [April 21] and others say that on the 19th of Pharmuthi [April 15] the Savior suffered." And now many Americans suffer on the 19th of Parmuthi. (Learn something every day!)
When the cause is not known, there is often a resort to a simple slogan -- such as, "Gastric ulcers are caused by excess acid," (Google Marshall and Warren, Nobel) and "high BP is caused by too much salt." Hypertension is not a disease, but a condition resulting from any of an unknown number of underlying disorders. Iit's like headaches, in that it is an effect that signals trouble. Every hypertensive patient must be individually evaluated and treated for the cause of his high BP. Too little salt elevates BP.