Wednesday, November 16, 2016

November 16 Link Log

I am just running slowly today, possibly due to celiac sprue, though that doesn't explain the computer's running slowly too. Pictures are to browsers what wheat is to celiacs? Categories: Animals, Censorship, Food, Green, Health, Movie, Phenology, Politics, Zazzle.

Animals 

The first...three links...to animal stories are all to the Detroit pit-bull-terrier-type story discussed yesterday. Today's Petfinder links will therefore feature the next type of cat or dog featured in a link someone sends me, which is...Manx cats. The position of this web site is that all Manx cats should be spayed or neutered due to the lethal quality of the Manx gene. Those cute, different-looking superficial deformities tend to accompany more serious internal deformities. So in the case of Manx cats the Humane Pet Genocide Society's policy of demanding that you pay for all cats or kittens to be sterilized is not entirely unjustified. Despite their genetic problems Manx cats can be very lovable pets; they have extra-soft fur and often bond intensely with one human, for life, with doglike fidelity. Some, not all, also fetch and retrieve objects like dogs. Some, not all, grow up to twice the size of normal domestic cats (and you can't tell which kittens in a litter are going to be extra-large), like dogs. So some people call them "dog-cats"...often as a term of praise or endearment. Meh. The extra-long hind legs and lack of tail give show-quality Manx cats a look, especially from above or behind, that reminds me more of miniature bears.

Rain  160900
Rain from Atlanta...reminds me of Magic's foster kitten, Three...https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35506114

Andrea
Andrea from Herndon, Virginia, somehow doesn't look so much like Three's big sister Davidson. Shaggier, I guess. Anyway, https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35424176
Aspen
Aspen from Youngsville, North Carolina, is the smallest, thinnest Manx I've seen. They tend not to stay this way--they're thickset cats and typically gain weight easily. https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36291294

Censorship 

Not good news. No, it's not "good riddance" to White supremacists. They need to be able to "out" themselves as stupid jerks!

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37997864

Food (Yuck) 

Dieters beware! +patriciabragg shared this list of 100 big-chain restaurant salads that are "worse" (higher calories, more fat, more sodium) than a Big Mac:

http://www.pcrm.org/health/reports/100-salads-that-are-worse-than-a-big-mac

Yep...guess it was the Cheerios last weekend, then. Botheration. I had missed Cheerios.

http://bit.ly/2ey7FWv 

PDF, but...

https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.fooddemocracynow.org/images/FDN_Glyphosate_FoodTesting_Report_p2016.pdf

Food (Yum) 

Attention, Big Ag! Forbes.com made it official: Young people want to know what's in their food, and while they may be more concerned with how it tastes than with whether somebody thinks it's "healthy," they want to know it's at least, y'know, safe for human consumption.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/eveturowpaul/2016/11/11/how-foodies-are-slowly-upending-the-ag-supply-chain/print/

Her "book" is available only in Kindle form--baddie, baddie--but somebody may be interested enough to print it out so they can actually read it. (Or can you do that with the Kindle?)

A Taste of Generation Yum: How the Millennial Generation's Love for Organic Fare, Celebrity Chefs and Microbrews Will Make or Break the Future of Food by [Turow, Eve]

I personally happen to like garlic, so I naturally enjoy this list of reasons why you might want to learn to love garlic, too, if you don't. Your mileage may vary. Some people don't digest garlic. These "health benefits" accrue only to the majority of people who do digest garlic.

https://authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-health-benefits-of-garlic/

If you frequently buy whole chickens, or plan to buy a Thanksgiving turkey, for roasting, do you get the benefit of the giblets?

http://gracelinks.org/blog/7622/taste-it-don-t-waste-it-giblets?platform=hootsuite

Green 

Bad news, sandwiched with pretty pictures from beautiful British Columbia. (There is some good news though. Petroleum is a natural substance; it makes a nasty mess, and some living things die, when it's spilled, but over time oil spill sites recover.)

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/11/fuel-spill-great-bear-rainforest-british-columbia-161114120342856.html

Health 

Dr. John McDougall presents another free webinar with psychologist Doug Lisle, whom you can ask about the interaction of nutritional factors with anxiety attacks and other mood disorders, tomorrow afternoon:

http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=5e58f59d97611f910916b6276&id=fbed3c164b&e=4d57a9fdfb

Movies 

Virginia actually has two towns named after the same place in jolly old England. The English town was officially called Bristow, but people heard the way locals pronounced that name as "Bristol." (There was also a joke about the girls whose parents called them Evil, Idle, and Normal...) So now we have the city of Bristol, straddling the Virginia-Tennessee border, and also a town called Bristow, Virginia, which is the home of action-adventure movie maker Michael Neal. Most of you readers have made it clear that you're not zombie fans. Those who are may want to check out MN's work:

http://www.indieactivity.com/interview-with-michael-neal/

Phenology 

It's not often that the Eastern States get anything that can seriously be called dry weather, but this autumn we've had some. Locally we had a forest fire around High Knob, while down in Georgia...

http://www.ajc.com/news/local/metro-counties-assist-north-georgia-wildfires-continue-spread/zuyOEk5NJL0lQMhRk1s60O/

Politics 

Terry Kilgore doesn't post a lot on Twitter; what he does post tends to be good. Like this article by neighboring Delegate Todd Pillion:

http://m.roanoke.com/opinion/commentary/pillion-we-don-t-always-get-what-we-want/article_d3543373-21f2-5da6-ac31-c8bcb1fd8cc7.html?mode=jqm

I'm not sure why this web site is suddenly getting referrals from Al-Jazeera, but that site generally features interesting news stories. Here's a very progressive-Muslim-friendly report on the Minneapolis election, not just of a Somali woman, but of Ms. Omar's successful 2016 campaign as a Democrat against a Republican whose name is Askar (and her disagreement with a local official whose name is Warsame). It used to be true that the U.S. population was dominated by various European ethnic groups, each of which gravitated toward places similar to what they'd left in Europe, and so Minnesota attracted mostly people from the Arctic and near-Arctic countries. No more!

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/11/ilhan-omar-female-somali-american-lawmaker-161114070518000.html

Zazzle 

Today's Zazzle sale features cards and stamps. Here's Valentino:


Here's a Christmas card, for those who buy them in quantities and mail them early:

Funny Cute Cat Dog Christmas Hugs Greeting Card
http://www.zazzle.com/funny_cute_cat_dog_christmas_hugs_greeting_card-137696064624765926
For more immediate holiday greeting needs:

Postage?