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In honor of the 3 raccoons we have trapped the past three nights.....

And released elsewhere.

Denture Dog!

Year 2065....Quarantine is over!

Pierce Brosnan Visa ad--best ever!

Steele Dossier's Billionaire Claim 'Misleading', Judge Says

A central allegation by a former British spy in his dossier about alleged ties between Moscow and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was “inaccurate and misleading,” a London judge ruled.

Christopher Steele stated in his report that Mikhail Fridman and his fellow Alfa Group billionaire Petr Aven arranged for the delivery of “large amounts of illicit cash” to Vladimir Putin in the 1990s. But Judge Mark Warby ruled Wednesday that Steele’s intelligence firm “failed to take reasonable steps to verify the allegation” as he awarded 18,000 pounds ($22,600) in compensation to each man.

“Ever since these odious allegations were first made public in January 2017, my partners and I have been resolute and unwavering in our determination to prove that they are untrue, and through this case, we have finally succeeded in doing so,” Fridman said in a statement.

Before the London lawsuit, the so-called Steele Dossier had been a major political issue in America because of its allegations.

Steele, who Trump once called a “lowlife,” was retained by a Washington-based research firm, Fusion GPS, in June 2016 to examine Trump’s links to Russia. The Democratic National Committee and the campaign of Hillary Clinton hired Fusion after Trump was headed for the nomination.

While Steele admitted during questioning at trial that the individual who allegedly delivered the cash didn’t work for Alfa at the time, he insisted that it didn’t mean the incident was inaccurate, the judge said.


Horseshoe crab blood is key to making a COVID-19 vaccine

Conservationists worry the animals, which are vital food sources for many species along the U.S. East Coast, will decline in number.

Each spring, guided by the full moon, hundreds of thousands of horseshoe crabs clamber onto beaches across the U.S. mid-Atlantic to lay their eggs. For hungry birds, it’s a cornucopia. For drug companies, it’s a crucial resource for making human medicines safe.
That’s because these animals’ milky-blue blood provides the only known natural source of limulus amebocyte lysate, a substance that detects a contaminant called endotoxin. If even tiny amounts of endotoxin—a type of bacterial toxin—make their way into vaccines, injectable drugs, or other sterile pharmaceuticals such as artificial knees and hips, the results can be deadly.
“All pharmaceutical companies around the world rely on these crabs. When you think about it, your mind is boggled by the reliance that we have on this primitive creature,” says Barbara Brummer, state director for The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey.
Every year, pharmaceutical companies round up half a million Atlantic horseshoe crabs, bleed them, and return them to the ocean— after which many will die. This practice, combined with overharvesting of the crabs for fishing bait, has caused a decline in the species in the region in the past few decades.

In 1990, biologists estimated 1.24 million crabs spawned in Delaware Bay, a main egg-laying spot and prime collection point for the companies. By 2002, that number had dropped to 333,500. In recent years, numbers of Delaware Bay spawning crabs have hovered around the same amount, with the 2019 survey estimating about 335,211. (The pandemic canceled the 2020 crab count.)
Catching crabs and harvesting their blood is time-consuming, and the resulting lysate costs $60,000 per gallon. In 2016, a synthetic alternative to crab lysate, recombinant factor C (rFC), was approved as an alternative in Europe, and a handful of U.S. drug companies also began using it.

But on June 1, 2020, the American Pharmacopeia, which sets the scientific standards for drugs and other products in the U.S., declined to place rFC on equal footing with crab lysate, claiming that its safety is still unproven.
Starting in July, Swiss-based Lonza will begin manufacturing a COVID-19 vaccine for human clinical trials—and they’ll have to use lysate in the vaccine if they plan to sell it in the U.S. (Here’s how we’ll know when a COVID-19 vaccine is ready.)


For those people who insist on going out without a mask....

Here you go folks... for those people who DON'T understand what it means to be on a VENTILATOR but want to take the chance of going out without a MASK...

For starters, it's NOT an oxygen mask put over the mouth while the patient is comfortably lying down and reading magazines. Ventilation for Covid-19 is a PAINFUL intubation that goes down your throat and stays there until you live or you die

It is done under anesthesia for 2 to 3 weeks without moving, often upside down, with a tube inserted from the mouth up to the trachea and allows you to breathe to the rhythm of the lung machine. The patient can't talk or eat, or do anything naturally - the device keeps you alive

The discomfort and PAIN they feel from this means medical experts have to administer sedatives and painkillers to ensure tube tolerance for as long as the machine is needed. It's like being in an artificial coma

After 20 days from this treatment, a young patient loses 40% muscle mass, and gets mouth or vocal cords trauma, as well as possible pulmonary or heart complications

It is for this reason that old or already weak people can't withstand the treatment and die. This is NOT the flu

Anyone want to try all that out? Stay home and wear a mask when you go out! Stay safe and well!


Posted by one of my contacts, don't know the source.

Email from Amy McGrath

I'm humbled that Kentucky Democrats have nominated me to take on Mitch McConnell in November, and I can't wait to get started in sending him into retirement.
Let me start by thanking you, (and each and every person who helped build this campaign). Without supporters like you, we wouldn’t be heading into the general election ready to give Mitch the fight of his political life.
I also want to thank every candidate who stepped up to run in this race. Running for office is not an easy task, and it requires a lot of commitment and sacrifice. You are all patriots.
Like so many Kentuckians, I was and am inspired by the powerful movement Charles Booker built toward the causes of defeating Mitch McConnell and fighting systemic racism and injustice in our country. He tapped into and amplified the energy and anger of so many who are fed up with the status quo and are rightfully demanding long-overdue action and accountability from our government and institutions.
And I commend Mike Broihier, who has served his country and his commonwealth in so many ways—as a Marine, a farmer, a teacher and a candidate who was dedicated to representing each and every Kentuckian.
I am proud to have been in this race with these candidates. I look forward to seeking their help, guidance, and advice for the bigger fight ahead of us.
The issues our primary election focused on aren’t going away. Our system isn’t working for everyday Kentuckians, and we need elected officials who have the courage to meaningfully tackle the legal, educational, and health inequities that continue to prevent true racial and socio-economic equality in our country.
That’s the kind of senator I intend to be.
As a woman in the military, I learned quickly that I’d have to repeatedly fight the establishment during my 20-year career. No one will ever need to convince me how urgently our state and country need equal pay and equal justice, affordable health care for all, action to protect our voting rights, and an end to the corrosive grip that corporate special interests have on our federal government.
That work starts by removing Mitch McConnell from office. And I’ll be honest: doing so was never going to be an easy task. The only way we can overcome the odds is by coming together to build something bigger than just one candidate. That’s why I will work hard to earn the trust and support of as many Kentuckians as I can, including those who voted for someone else in last week’s primary.
There is far too much at stake, and it’s on all of us to fight for it. Mitch McConnell has destroyed our institutions for far too long, and he’ll keep on doing it as long as Kentucky voters let him.
Remember this: Last November, Kentuckians didn’t hesitate to replace an incompetent and unpopular incumbent Republican. This November, we’re going to do it one more time.

97-year-old vet dances while socially distancing

Problems with setting up new Apple I-phone

Jeez! Give me my Android any day.

Mr. Bayard was shipped a new Apple I-phone for his new job. I'm supposed to set it up for him. I have never had an Apple product. Been working on it all day and its making me kind of crazy.

I've finally gotten to the screen where its wanting my wifi password. Problem? I put the passwords for everything into the Memos on my android phone. It wiped out all those files last weekend. I've tried a couple different recovery websites now, and nada.

Any help, my technological friends?

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