Monday, August 31, 2015

Backing Up Is Hard to Do

Mom is backing up the hard-drive.  It makes her swear...  She'll be back in a day or two.

My cat has purple toes.  Really!

Is that puppy still here?!


Dogs in the bathroom, shoo fly, shoo. 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Stuff Him with Candy and Beat Him with a Stick

Trump's mass deportation idea was tried in the 1930s

ASSOCIATED PRESS This 1932 photo from the Los Angeles Herald Examiner Collection of the Los Angeles Public Library shows hundreds of Mexicans at a Los Angeles train station awaiting deportation to Mexico.

Honolulu Star Advertiser  By Russell Contreras  Associated Press  POSTED: 7:19 a.m. HST, Aug 30, 2015  
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. >> Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's call for mass deportation of millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, as well as their American-born children, bears similarities to a large-scale removal that many Mexican-American families faced 85 years ago.

During the Great Depression, counties and cities in the American Southwest and Midwest forced Mexican immigrants and their families to leave the U.S. over concerns they were taking jobs away from whites despite their legal right to stay.

The result: Around 500,000 to 1 million Mexican immigrants and Mexican Americans were pushed out of the country during the 1930s repatriation, as the removal is sometimes called.

During that time, immigrants were rounded up and sent to Mexico, sometimes in public places and often without formal proceedings. Others, scared under the threat of violence, left voluntarily.

About 60 percent of those who left were American citizens, according to various studies on the 1930s repatriation. Later testimonies show families lost most of their possessions and some family members died trying to return. Neighborhoods in cities such as Houston, San Antonio and Los Angeles became empty.

The impact of the experience on Latinos remains evident today, experts and advocates say.
"It set the tone for later deportations," said Francisco Balderrama, a Chicano studies professor at California State University, Los Angeles.

Two weeks ago, Trump said that, if elected president, he would expand deportations and end "birthright citizenship" for children born to immigrants who are here illegally. Under his plan, American-born children of immigrants also would be deported with their parents, and Mexico would be asked to help build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

"They're illegal," Trump said of U.S.-born children of people living in the country illegally. "You either have a country or not."

Amid his comments on immigration, polls show negative impressions of Trump among Latinos. A Gallup poll released Aug. 24 found that Hispanics were more likely to give Trump unfavorable ratings than favorable ones by 51 percentage points.

Some immigrant advocates pointed to the removal of prominent Latino journalist Jorge Ramos from an Iowa press conference last week as a metaphor for the candidate's desire to remove Latinos from the United States.

"Mr. Trump should heed the following warning: Our Latino and immigrant communities are not going to forget the way he has treated them," the Washington, D.C.-based Fair Immigration Reform Movement said in a statement.

Ramos, an anchor for Univision, was escorted out by a Trump aide after Ramos, who had criticized Trump previously, tried to question Trump about his immigration plan. Trump interrupted Ramos, saying he hadn't been called on, and ultimately told Ramos, "Go back to Univision."

Ramos was saying, "You cannot deport 11 million people," as he was escorted away. He was later allowed to return.

Trump has provided few details on how his proposed deportation effort would be carried out. The conservative-leaning American Action Forum concluded in a report it would cost between $400 billion to $600 billion and take 20 years to remove an estimated 11.2 million immigrants living in the country illegally.

The large-scale deportation he envisions would be impractical to enact, due to the extent to which Mexican immigrants have integrated into U.S. society, said Columbia University history professor Mae Ngai.

U.S.-born children of immigrants have been automatically considered American citizens since the adoption of the Constitution's 14th Amendment in 1868. A Supreme Court ruling in 1898 halted previous attempts to limit the birthright of Chinese-American citizens after the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act.

The ruling upheld the clause for all U.S.-born children, Ngai said, and there have been no successful challenges to the clause since.

In the 1930s, Balderrama said, officials skirted the issue of birthright citizenship by saying they did not want to break up families.

"But they did break up families and many children never saw their parents again," said Balderrama, co-author of a book about Mexican repatriation in the 1930s with the late historian Raymond Rodriguez, who testified before a California state committee about seeing his father for the last time at age 10, before the father left for Mexico.

That legacy lingers in songs, often played on Spanish-language radio stations, that allude to mass deportations and separation of loved ones, said Lilia Soto, an American studies professor at the University of Wyoming.

For example, the lyrics to "Ice El Hielo," by the Los Angeles-band La Santa Cecilia, speak of a community afraid that federal agents about to arrive and launch deportations raids at any moment. The ballad "Volver, Volver," sung by Mexican ranchera performer Vicente "Chente" Fernandez, speaks of someone vowing to return to a lover despite all obstacles.

"They're about families being apart," Soto said. "The lyrics are all indirectly linked to this past."

Thump the Trump!

Science Helping to Get It Up

This Is How a Penile Implant Actually Works 

The truth about the so-called 'bionic penis.'

The Huffington Post /  By Rachael Rettner  Posted: 08/27/2015 08:38 AM EDT
By: Rachael Rettner Published: 08/26/2015 11:00 AM EDT on LiveScience

A man in the United Kingdom recently made headlines when he had surgery to get a so-called "bionic penis." But experts say the man actually received a penile implant — a relatively common device typically used to treat men with erectile dysfunction.

The man, a 43-year-old from Edinburgh named Mohammed Abad, was hit by a car when he was 6 years old, and lost his penis and one testicle as a result of the accident, according to the Daily Mail. Over the last three years, Abad has undergone a number of operations to place a replacement penis on his body, which can become erect with a push of a button.

The device consists of two tubes that are connected to a "reservoir" of fluid, as well as a pump. When a man with this device presses the button, the pump pushes the fluid (in this case, water) from the reservoir into the tubes, inflating them and giving the appearance of an erection. In Abad's case, the tubes were covered with a graft of skin taken from the arm, the Daily Mail said.

Although Abad's device has been dubbed "bionic," Dr. Elizabeth Kavaler, a urologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said, "It's not a 'bionic penis'; it's a penile implant. We do this all the time."

Indeed, a 2015 study of more than 1.7 million men with erectile dysfunction who used Medicare between 2001 and 2010 found that about 53,000 of them had undergone surgery for a penile implant.
Penile implants are used for men with erectile dysfunction, which can include men who have had surgery to remove their prostate after prostate cancer, and men who have experienced trauma to their pelvis and penis, Kavaler said.

The implants can restore penile function to some degree, Kavaler said. However, "It's a completely mechanical process," and does not respond to sexual stimulation, she said. [7 Surprising Reasons for Erectile Dysfunction]

The implant does not help men reach orgasm or ejaculate, and cannot change a man's ability to feel sexual sensations if this has been lost, Kavaler said. The device only helps with erections, which can allow for penetration during sex, she said.

Abad said his "ultimate goal" is to have kids, "which would be a miracle itself," The Sun reported.
However, Kavaler said that, because the device doesn't help with ejaculation, it can't help men who are not able to ejaculate to get a woman pregnant. And even men who can ejaculate may not have enough viable sperm to cause pregnancy during intercourse.

But if a man has even a few viable sperm, he may be able to have children through in vitro fertilization, Kavaler said.

White Yolks and Organic Chicken Farms in Japan

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Plans hatched to introduce white-on-white eggs to Japan

The Japan Times  by Jiji  Aug 28, 2015 

Eggs with whitish yolks, laid by hens fed with Japanese rice, are attracting attention in Japan amid growing public consciousness about food safety and the government’s efforts to boost rice production.

The color of an egg yolk reflects the color of what the hen that laid it was fed.

Rice-fed hens lay eggs with yolks that are close to white, in contrast to the yellow yolks of eggs from chickens given feed that mainly comprises imported corn.

Some believe that eggs with whitish yolks may spread widely across Japan, backed by the government’s support for rice production for livestock feed, as part of measures to increase the country’s feed and food self-sufficiency rate.

Demand for rice as a staple food is falling by around 80,000 tons every year. In response, the agriculture ministry is promoting a policy of maintaining rice paddies by encouraging production of rice as livestock feed. It has set a production target of 1.1 million tons of such rice in fiscal 2025, up sharply from the 110,000 tons of rice set aside for that purpose in fiscal 2013.

Takeuchi poultry farm in the town of Otofuke, Hokkaido, raises its hens with feed that is 99.8 percent locally produced — 68 percent of which is rice grown in Hokkaido.

The eggs are called Kometsuya, a portmanteau of kome (rice) and tsuya (luster). Sales manager of the farm, Yasuhiro Takeuchi, says naturally sweet Kometsuya eggs are gradually gaining recognition.
The farm’s annual usage of rice for chicken feed was 80 tons in 2011, the year it was launched, and this year, marking the product’s fifth year, it aims to raise the figure to 170 tons.

The Tokiwa agricultural cooperative for poultry farming, located in the town Fujisaki, Aomori Prefecture, in northeastern Japan, is shipping Kometama eggs, from chickens that are pasture-raised on mixed feed, 68 percent of which is rice.

Kometama sales from January to July this year rose 13 percent from the same period last year. As the poultry that produces Kometama eggs live a relatively less stressful life compared with that experienced by chickens reared in cages, their eggs taste good and are receiving positive feedback from consumers, an official from the cooperative said.

In the Hokkaido Dosanko Plaza shop, an antenna store promoting products from Hokkaido in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward, sales of Kometsuya in July increased 40 percent from the year before. Fifty-one packages of Kometsuya, each containing six eggs and priced at ¥432, including tax, have been sold, according to the shop.

Many of the purchasers of the eggs are women in their 40s to 60s, who picked them up for better food safety and as part of dietary education for their children or grandchildren, said an official from the shop.

“In the not-too-distant future, white sunny-side ups will be part of the daily cuisine for Japanese,” the official added.

Organic Chickens in Japan

thenaturalfarmer  Elizabeth Henderson

This is Shinji’s recipe for bokashi, the traditional home made fertilizer Japanese organic farmers use: 94 K rice bran, 46 K chicken manure, 40 K oilseed cakes, 10K oyster shells. 300 cc molasses. 300 cc EM (Effective Microorganisms), 20 liters water

Shinji mixes all the ingredients in a vat, similar to one he used for chicken feed, then stores the mix in thick paper bags, with a plastic layer between the inner and outer layers of paper, for 2 – 3 weeks to allow fermentation. The final product smells like yeast.

When I visited Teikei (Japanese CSA) farms in Japan eight years ago, I noticed that all of the chickens were kept in large pens. The farmers I spoke to said they did not have enough land to allow their chickens to range freely or to use chicken tractors. Hayashi Shiganori, an organic farmer near Tokyo, told me that he provides domestic feed for his chickens because he fears that any corn or soybeans imported from the US might be GMO. In designing his ration, he looked to traditional Japanese practices using a mixture of sea products and grains like millet that grow better than corn in their wet conditions. The farmer who started the very first Teikei in the early 1970’s, Yoshinori Kaneko feeds his chickens a mix of ground barley, rice and wheat waste. At the Uozumi family farm to the north of Tokyo, Michio and Michiko feed their chickens a combination of wheat, oyster shells, sake waste and rice bran.

Upon hearing the theme for this issue, I emailed Shinji Hashimoto, a Teikei farmer in Ichijima, near Kobe, and this is what he had to say: "We have not found the solution for organic livestock and most of the free range chicken growers in Japan rely for their feed on imported so-called GM free and Post Harvest Application (Pesticide) corn. There are some interesting experiments on a small scale growing rice for livestock feed. The climate in Japan is humid and it is difficult to grow corn which prefers dry weather. Of course, the area of cropland is also limited in small islands with many steep mountains. In the northern part of Japan, farmers have started growing a rice variety that grows faster and has a good harvest for livestock feed instead of using high flavor Kosihikari rice, the most popular blend among Japanese customers. Rice has been grown regionally to feed local chicken and chicken dung has been recycled for fertilization. The only problems are its price and the color of the yolk. The price of a 10-egg packet has to be 800 yen while conventional eggs sell for only 100 yen meaning this egg price is 8 times higher. These egg have been sold at a special department store. The yolk is rather light yellow while many costumers expect a deep yellowish color in natural grown eggs and corn brings the deep color. The Teikei group, Tukaishute, in Kyoto, is doing the same experiment. I tasted one but those eggs are not satisfactory. Rice has fewer calories than corn, so a different recipe is necessary. I think it is a good alternative to corn and opens the chance to bring local feed production and consumption by livestock growers in the future. I also think governmental support will be necessary for success to fairly compete with international market pricing."

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