Thursday, May 24, 2018

A Marvelous TED talk about the brain and our perception of who we are: what a brain scientist learned from her stroke

Don't miss this incredible talk by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, a brain scientist who tells of her experience of having a stroke -- and how it changed her perception of herself and the world.  It's only 18 minutes long, but is one of the most powerful talks I've ever heard. She gave this talk in Monterey, California in 2008, and it is probably the most popular TED talk ever given anywhere at any time.  If you click on the link below and watch it, you will see why.  She is amazing, and her story is magically told--and unforgettable. The audience was riveted -- and I was, too, watching it here online tonight. She calls her experience A Powerful Stroke of Insight.  I think you will agree with her that it was that -- and More.  I'm grateful that she lived to share it with the world.


Monday, May 14, 2018

Native American teachings to live by

If only all Earth residents could live by them, what a different world this would be.

From Sacred Science site:

Like many of the teachings that come from indigenous culture, the 10 virtues below are intended as a roadmap for living a more balanced and connected life. The beauty of these ancient pillars of existence is that they always remain relevant, regardless of how evolved or learned we think we've become.

10 Ancestral Teachings

1) The Earth is our Mother, care for her.
2) Honor your ancestors through your actions.
3) Open your heart and soul to the Great Spirit.
4) All life is sacred; treat all beings with respect.
5) Take from the Earth what is needed and nothing more.
6) Put the good of all before your own interests.
7) Give constant thanks for each new day.
8) Speak the truth; but only of good in others.
9) Follow the rhythms of nature; rise and retire with the sun.
10) Enjoy life's journey, but leave no tracks.

They seem so simple right? But somehow these core concepts are easy to forget or take for granted when life gets challenging.


Saturday, May 12, 2018

Good afternoon Mjmaceri








Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Monday, April 30, 2018

Mystery: Rare ocular cancer in two southern states

North Carolina is where they have all the pig farms and polluted water from them ... am wondering if that might have something to do with this. See:

North Carolina's big pig waste problem |

Oct 2, 2017 - North Carolina's number one industry is agriculture. Just take a scenic drive around any rural town in the Tarheel state and you're bound to see tobacco and sweet potato farmlands of past and present. However, one farming industry is doing its best to remain as hidden as possible. The hog farming ...

And it's strange how girls who went to the same college were diagnosed with this very rare cancer -- what is going on at that college?

So far... 36 people have responded saying they, too, attended Auburn University and have been diagnosed with ocular melanoma.


CBS News

Researchers want to know what may be causing a rare eye cancer in two states. Ocular melanoma is an extremely rare form of cancer, usually found in just six of every one million people. But it has been identified in a group of 18 patients in Huntersville, North Carolina, and in a second group in Auburn, Alabama, some of whom were friends who'd attended Auburn University together.

Juleigh Green was diagnosed first: at age 27, she saw odd flashes of light. 


Juleigh Green was diagnosed with ocular melanoma. Subsequently, two of her friends from Auburn University were diagnosed with the same rare cancer. 


"He said, 'There's a mass there, there's something there, I don't know what it is, but it looks like it could be, you know, a tumor,'" Green said. "It's like you had the breath knocked out of you, you know?"

In 2001, it was her college friend Allison Allred, 31 at the time. "I was just seeing some mild flashes of light for, say, 7 to 10 days," Allred said.

A doctor told her she had a detached retina, but then, "He said, 'Well, it's detached because there's a 10-millimeter melanoma sitting on it.'"

Both women had to have an eye removed. Then their friend Ashley McCrary found black spots in her iris. It was the same rare cancer.

"What's crazy is literally standing there, I was like, 'Well, I know two people who've had this cancer," said McCrary.  

"And did you understand then how strange that was?" asked CBS News correspondent Anna Werner.

"No. No, I didn't."


Ocular melanoma, usually found in just six of every one million people, has been identified in patients from Huntersville, N.C., and in a group of former Auburn University students.


Strange enough that she mentioned it to Dr. Marlana Orloff, the oncologist treating her at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC) at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

"Most people don't know anyone with this disease," said Dr. Orloff. "We said, 'OK, these girls were in this location, they were all definitively diagnosed with this very rare cancer –  what's going on?'"

Dr. Orloff and her colleagues are now studying these patients, many of whom travel to Philadelphia for treatment.  Another Auburn grad, Lori Lee, kept her eye, but the cancer metastasized to her liver. She now travels from Alabama to Philadelphia every six weeks, to be treated in a clinical trial.


Dr. Marlana Orloff examines Lori Lee at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.


"This is a rare cancer, so it's not like you can just go anywhere and have anybody know anything really about it," Lee said.

There is no known cure. Allison Allred's cancer has recurred nine times in six places in her body.

"Two days ago found out that it's come back to my brain," Allred said, "So, I'm actually gonna have radiation on my brain tomorrow."

Werner asked, "How do you sit there with a smile, given everything that you've been through?"

"It's totally the Lord – totally the Lord that has carried us through, every step of it."

Werner said, "The other thing that's kind of touchy is that people think of what happened to the three of you as a disfiguring injury."

"That was very hard for me," McCrary replied. "Growing up, the one thing that I liked about myself was my eyes."

But their own struggles motivated them to help find other cancer victims. McCrary started a Facebook page. So far, she says, 36 people have responded saying they, too, attended Auburn University and have been diagnosed with ocular melanoma.

"We believe that when we're looking at what's going on in Huntersville, North Carolina, and what's going on here, there is something that potentially links us together," she said.

"Until we get more research into this, then we're not gonna get anywhere. We've got to have it so that we can start linking all of them together to try to find a cause, and then one day, hopefully, a cure," said Lee.

Auburn University officials say they are hopeful that research and awareness will advance the prevention and treatment of this cancer. The Alabama Department of Health believes "it would be premature to determine that a cancer cluster exists in the area."


Good News! Richard Painter is running as Democrat for Senate in Al Franken's seat!

I love Richard Painter!  He once was a Republican--until Trump--who, along with Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, has horrified him with what the GOP has become. Richard is now an avowed Democrat, running to take Al Franken's seat.

Make no mistake: Richard Painter is running for Senate, thanks to Trump
Washington Post
4 hours ago
Richard Painter to run as Democrat for Minnesota Senate seat vacated by Franken | TheHill
The Hill
3 hours ago
Prominent Trump critic Painter to seek US Senate as Democrat
Minneapolis Star Tribune
5 hours ago

TRUMP IS AN ENEMY OF THE STATE - Failure to recognize this is to our Peril as a nation.

A warning interview that we MUST pay attention to. But I fear we won't. Trump and his supporters are pushing us on a downward course away from our democratic republic, heading into a faux-Christian, authoritarian oligarchy:


 ...regarding American views about our system. There's this notion...that you have to respect the office even if you don't respect the man. This is part of American political culture. And yet we're talking about a man  in Trump who is shitting on the office on a regular basis. Right? But we have to respect the office.

I think what happens, in this attempt to maintain political norms in the face of someone who has overturned all of those norms so disastrously, are, for example, these arguments about whether we should refer to Trump's lies as actually being what they are — which is lies — and not as "untruths," "mistakes," "alternative facts" or some other verbiage. A wise man once said that the only reason our system in America works is that it's based on the notion of shame. A lot of what we think are legal restrictions on the office of the presidency are not actually legal restrictions. They're actually moral restrictions that the founders didn't bother to put in writing because they simply assumed that shame would keep a person from abusing the powers of the presidency. They did not recognize the possibility of an absolutely and utterly shameless man being in this position.

But Donald Trump's power comes from the fact that he has no shame whatsoever, and yet we in the media continue to treat him with a level of respect that his office deserves, all the while watching him overturn all those moral norms. It's time to stop pretending that this man and situation are normal. It's time to treat Donald Trump as an enemy of the state, which is what he is.

There has literally not been a single major crisis that our country has faced in the last year and a half. What happens when this government is confronted with a real crisis? We are on the precipice right now. If we are not willing to do whatever it takes to overturn this moment, then we deserve what's coming to us.

A thought experiment: If this right-wing Christian fundamentalist or fascist movement were to get its way, how would America be different on a day-to-day basis for the average person?

It would be a country that looked enormously like a Christian version of Saudi Arabia or a Christian version of Iran. Nearly one-third of Americans can be defined as Christian nationalists. That is, by the way, more than 100 million people. Let's just keep that in mind for a minute. More than 100 million Americans believe the country is a Christian nation that should be predicated on Christian values and where religious minorities have rights — but rights determined under Christian law. That is the country we are moving towards. That is not the United States that our forefathers thought to create.


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

New interesting movie on streaming Netflix: "COME SUNDAY"

The film tells the true life story of Rev. Carlton Pearson, an evangelical minister who gave up on the idea of Hell and how his religious community then abandoned him. His story was presented on the radio show This American Life. The producers of that show helped create the movie. 

It's truly amazing how people want to believe in everlasting hellfire/damnation and will fight with all their being to keep that belief -- even to deserting and condemning anyone who tries to convince them God is at least as loving and merciful as they are (most people admit that they themselves wouldn't be able to condemn anyone that way).  Come Sunday is a good movie, telling how Pearson's life changed dramatically when he realized he had been preaching and believing the wrong message.