58 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 7-24-19

  1. Good morning everyone but Jo.
    I hope you had a good day jo.
    Has anyone ever listed the things that need to be done before we put a man on Mars?
    First thing is to sample the atmosphere. If it isn’t oxygen, forget it now.
    The problems with putting a man on the moon are orders of magnitude greater on Mars.

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  2. Morning all, morning, Chas. It was a good day. One child was sick and one just came from the village today. So 15 today and should be 17 tomorrow. I did ask about the school policy on duct tape at lunch. I am sorely tempted to affix some to one little boys mouth. He did not do preschool so has no idea about school routines, so just does his thing. And talks constantly. I asked whose turn it was to talk and he said mine. Nope, it was mine. Just chatters and chatters.

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  3. wonderful photo of the bird.
    We are grieving here today. A longterm aviation employee died yesterday. It was the birthday of one of his children. He told his wife to make the cakes, he would go play soccer and then come help her cook. He collapsed after the soccer game and died. It was a holiday, I heard that all of the aviation staff went to the clinic. My aide, Wendy, was nodding off during school. Turns out that she spent the night at their home. They will have a haus krai and spend the night grieving with the family. Peter was our flight coordinator and the one who made things work. I have taught one of his daughters.

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  4. Thank you.

    It’s actually 2 birds. If you look closely you’ll see it’s a white egret landing behind a heron. It just looks like one. 🙂

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  5. Morning! What an amazing shot AJ! I had to scroll back up to see that it was indeed two birds!
    And Chas I must admit I have never even given a second thought about what must be in place in order to put a man on Mars….perhaps I should seeing the way things are going here on earth!!
    Took me a minute to figure out the configuration of each bird but I finally figured it out!
    How very sad about your aviation guy Jo….do they know what happened?

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  6. I cannot see us putting a man on Mars in the near future, or anytime. Who wants to spend up to 10 years just to go be on a planet with no known life forms, no natural oxygen or water, depending on equipment produced by the lowest bidder? How much food and water would need to be on that spacecraft? How much fuel would they need to get there and back? How much money would they spend, which could be better spent improving life on this planet?

    Continue to send robots. It’s a lot cheaper.

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  7. That’s what the Soviets figured out a long time ago.

    The reason they’re pushing so hard to go to Mars is that in 10 Million years the sun will have expanded so much that earth will be uninhabitable. Musk and Bezos, among others, are pushing this to “save humanity.”

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  8. Personally, I always thought it would be absolutely amazing to go live on Mars. Well, at least until I got older I did. An adventure beyond adventure. But, yes, it would be rather complicated. It is not all Star Trek out there.

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  9. Here in Georgia we use to have a House Representative who came from Mars: Cynthia McKinney. She could tell you all about it. The red substance in her veins is Mars dust. Now I think she lives in CA.

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  10. Why? Because it’s there … man’s insatiable desire to explore and to push mankind’s boundaries, forever conquering new frontiers whether it’s Columbus’ New World, traveling by wagon ever further west or exploring the Moon (or Mars) or deep under the sea. Not so complicated and really quite predictable. It’s the way we’re wired.

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  11. Very artsy two-birds-in-one photo, took me a moment as well.

    I “return” to work today — I’d actually like going in to the office just for the A/C but I’m still coughing and could still be contagious (not to mention annoying to be around) so I’ll work from home.

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  12. Kennedy challenged us to go to the moon.
    Trump challenged us to go to Mars.
    I’m pointing out that we don’t just go to Mars and there’s nothing to do when we get there. Like the moon. It was an interesting venture, but the payoff was negligible

    Trump was making a speech. He said, “Build the wall and Mexico will pay for it.”
    People says “Yahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh”
    Trump repeated it.
    He just recently decided that we should bypass the moon and go directly to Mars.
    I hope no one says “Yaaaaaaaaaa”
    He is a great president. I like everything he has done. But his mouth runs ahead of his brain; I’ve said many times before.

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  13. Elon Musk says Yaaaaa. 🙂 Who knows, space exploration may become more the purview of entrepreneurs as opposed to government in the future. Using private funds would take some of the sting out of it for critics, perhaps, but also raises new concerns I suppose.

    Bottom line is that there will always be a drive to learn and find out more about places we haven’t been to yet. I don’t see that as stopping anytime soon. If we can figure out a way to get there, someone, eventually, maybe in a generation or two, will go.

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  14. Just posted this on the news thread, but decided to share it here, too, for any who may not read the news thread.

    The other day, former WMB regular Kyle wrote this on Facebook:

    “A few people commented on my post about Jesus’s command to love our enemies. There was almost unanimous agreement that Jesus meant exactly and literally that–love your enemies. He also said to pray for them, as some of the commenters pointed out.

    Who are your enemies?

    Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez your enemy? Is Ilhan Omar your enemy? If so, do you love them? Do you pray for them?

    Is Donald Trump your enemy? If so, do you love him? Do you pray for him?

    Are hispanic refugees your enemy? If so, do you love them? Do you pray for them?

    Are white men in the halls of power your enemy? If so, do you love them? Do you pray for them?

    Are Muslim immigrants your enemy? If so, do you love them? Do you pray for them?

    I chose people who might be regarded as enemies by different political factions. I wonder if Jesus’s command matters more or if one’s political leanings matter more?

    I’m just wondering. I am asking myself the same questions, and my list would include a lot of other people who might qualify as enemies but whom I am commanded to love and pray for.”

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  15. Nightingale and Boy are having a great time each day at the Boy Scout Day Camp. She is one of the leaders, and enjoys what she is doing.

    She is giving this boy as great a childhood as she can. And that includes her firmness and discipline.

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  16. I remember GS day camps — lots of crafty stuff. 🙂 We made nickname pin-on tags to wear made out of pieces of tree bark.

    The overnight/weeklong camps (Catalina was the best, we barely left the water) and ranch camp (horses!) were the best though.

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  17. Going to Mars certainly would not cure cancer, not with the high levels of perchlorates in Martian soil, which are known to be cancer causing.

    The Seconds have also developed extensive car trouble (gas tank leak). It never rains but it pours seemingly.

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  18. AJ, being familiar with both species, I was actually going to ask was that a great egret behind a great blue heron, but I see you already answered. 🙂 Both birds are so lovely!

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  19. Kizzie @11:27: That reminds me, World had an article about the International Religious Freedom Award Winners. Here is what the official site said about one of the award winners (https://www.state.gov/international-religious-freedom-award-winners/):
    ‘Imam Abubakar Abdullahi, Faith leader, Nigeria
    ‘Imam Abubakar Abdullahi selflessly risked his own life to save members of another religious community, who would have likely been killed without his intervention. On June 23, 2018, ethnic Fulani herdsmen, who are predominantly Muslim, launched coordinated attacks on 10 villages in Barkin Ladi, killing hundreds of ethnic Berom farmers, who are predominantly Christian. As Imam Abdullahi was finishing midday prayers, he and his congregation heard gunshots and went outside to see members of the town’s Christian community fleeing. Instinctively, the Imam ushered 262 Christians into the mosque and his home next to the mosque. The Imam then went outside to confront the gunmen and he refused to allow them to enter, pleading with them to spare the Christians inside, even offering to sacrifice his life for theirs. Although the gunmen killed 84 people in Nghar village that day, Imam Abdullahi’s actions saved the lives of hundreds more. Born in Bauchi State around 1936, the Imam has lived in Nghar for 60 years and led the Muslim community through the mosque, which was built on land provided by the Christian community. Imam Abdullahi’s courage in the face of imminent danger and his history of outreach across religious divides demonstrates his lifelong commitment to promoting interfaith understanding and peace.’

    “And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward” (Matthew 10:42). When I was in West Africa, I was told the story of how once, a mob was stirred up in a neighbouring village by a rabble rouser, who announced their intention of going to attack the team. The village leaders came to the team and said not to worry, if the mob came, the elders themselves would be standing in front of the team’s compound gates to prevent the mob from attacking. The mob never showed up, but the offer of protection was never forgotten. Like Hobab the Midianite (Numbers 10:29-32), like Rahab the Canaanite (Joshua 2), like Shobi the Ammonite (II Samuel 17:27-29), those outside God’s people may be agents to protect and support the people of God.

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  20. You know I listen to Ancient Aliens as I am going to sleep. There have been several episodes regarding going to Mars. We have mapped Mars. We now know more about Mars than we do about the bottom of our oceans.
    I am not a fan of colonizing Mars. Maybe the Martians colonized Earth?

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  21. We’re insatiable explorers, always will be.

    And what Kim said about the ocean is true, we have a research campus being developed in our town that aims to make ocean exploration its prime focus (Robert Ballard is among those signed on to the project).

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  22. Seventeen year old is working on figuring out the ins and outs of working with adults as an almost adult. It is challenging. You may think I am tactless but she is triple that. I don’t suppose calling her worker a liar was a good idea even though she claimed to have said, “I think you lied about me when you said I liked to fill out this calendar when I don’t like to fill it out but I do it because you want me to. “

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  23. Miss Bosley got an A-OK report from her new doctor. Her lab work #s were all good with a slight elevation in her white count due to her fleas (the doctor expects). Miss B is still pretty lazy today, but her appetite is fine. They will put more Revolution on her the next time we take her in. I asked about her weight since I decreased her food per the previous vets advice. Her weight has slightly gone down over the past year. She is close to 15 lbs. When I cook our daily fried eggs she usually gets a bit of the left over runny yolk. I also feed her bites of organic chicken, turkey, and beef when I cook that, and she gets a tablespoon of my Stoneyfield organic plain lowfat yogurt daily. Those are her cat treats to supplement her (now) Blue Buffalo indoor cat food.

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  24. Organic foods are an investment that I hope will pay off in this older age we have entered. Our filters of junk are not as effective now so I figure, less junk in, less junk stuck inside to wreck our heslth.

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  25. All my animals are now over 10 years old (dogs are both 13, cat is probably around the same — when I adopted her in 2009 she was 1-2 or? years old, though still young).

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  26. DJ – That was ten years ago that you adopted Annie?! Wow!

    My Heidi turns ten this December. Angel recently turned eleven, and Rudy, the baby of the family, will be eight in October. The time really does go so fast.

    *******
    Janice – How old is Miss Bosley now?

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  27. The McKs have a cat who is 20 years old now. Another, the sister of my late beloved Peanut, is 18. (Peanut only made it to 12. She was such a sweetheart, and I still miss her a lot.)

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  28. I think it was ’09 (for Annie), maybe it was later though. Problem was that I was told at the shelter she was about 1 year old but vet later said she was a bit older than that.

    I remember when Miss Bosley was a kitten 🙂

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  29. Daughter still does not have her license back. Idaho would allow it but Washington says no. I don’t know what it is now. Neither do the folk at the sheriff dept. And so it goes. Long term ramifications of stupid decisions. And I am the designated driver but only to things I approve: preg center for mommy classes, work, dr appts, counseling, and CNA course. And that, of course, requires the entourage to accompany us. I wonder if she will ever know how much she is loved and how much people do for her. I hope so. Then maybe she can start to love herself and start thinking before acting.

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  30. Oh I remember when Bosley was a found kitten…and Janice was smitten!! Hope Miss Bosley feels better soon!!
    It was a warm day today and a thunderstorm just rolled through. My friend and I got a walk in before the storm hit. We cried together the entire walk…she picked up her dog Maxie’s ashes yesterday and it was so painful. So then we talked about our losing Babe 4 years ago and we both were just a blathering mess crying over losing our precious dogs….I suppose that’s what friends are for sometimes….getting through painful times one step at a time.

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  31. Our weather changed, suddenly the strong, cool breeze came back and it’s about 75 outside now, 80 inside (but that’ll come down quickly with all the windows open and the cool winds blowing. Relief.

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  32. I tore carpet out of a bedroom that had water in it, meaning moldy carpet, padding, and wall. A contractor is coming next week to replace the wall. As for the floor, I discovered a crack in the concrete all the way across the room. Bummer.

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  33. I am up in the night. I had to do the second eyedrops I did not do after the first eyedrops at 11 p.m. I fell asleep after the first eyedrops. I am suppose to wait five minutes or so between the the two different meds but I tend to fall asleep within that five minutes and later wake to go to the bathroom and remember to do second round of eyedrops. Then I am good to be awake when I should be asleep.

    In case Kizzie reads this, to answer your question, Miss Bosley is six years old.

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  34. Peter, a crack all across the room isn’t necessarily problematic. We had that when we were buying this condo and the carpet had been torn up; the professionals who saw it said it wasn’t a problem. (You know from patios and sidewalks how readily concrete cracks.)

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