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  • Getting a little ticked off:
    Ticks are now more common in more parts of the country — and year-round. “This year’s mild winter and early spring were a bonanza for tick populations in the eastern United States,” the National Science Foundation reported in September. “Reports of tick-borne disease rose fast.” Moreover, “Identifying health risks in the face of changing climates will be critical in coming years.” Especially as disease-ridden ticks are active and reproducing year-round above 38 degrees. Basically, ticks love our warming planet.

    So don’t forget to tuck those pants into your hiking boots this weekend! And forever after!

    But global warming isn't an issue at all, right?
  • The Los Angeles Times has it right. If you want to fix voting across the nation, look at how we do it in California:
    A starting point could be found in California. Once the election results are certified here, in mid-December, the total number of voters will come close to 2008's high, although the turnout percentage will be lower.

    That's because California added to its voter rolls, which is the first "fix that" step. This year, California made it easier to join the electorate, passing a law permitting online voter registration. More than 1 million people took advantage of the new system, 61% of whom were under 35. This expansion of the eligible electorate in California was accomplished with minimal administrative cost and helped get millions of new voters to the polls.
    ...
    And plenty of Californians did vote this year — more than 12 million and counting. Remarkably, the demographic group known as millennials (voters 18 to 30 years old), who are often incorrectly accused of voting at far lower rates than older generations, participated in California at rates greater than their presence in the population. Millennials make up 24% of the adult population of California, but according to exit polling data, they made up 27% of those who voted. By contrast, nationally, millennials were about 19% of the electorate.

    Now, we all know that Republican states want to do everything they can to prevent people from voting, as opposed to fixing it. There's also a lot more that California could do, like same-day registration. But you'll never see any news about people waiting in line in California until 2 in the morning.
  • The Pope declares war on Christmas.
  • There's a stench coming from La Jolla, California. And no matter what Paul Ryan says, it's not because Mitt Romney has a home here:
    In beautiful La Jolla Cove, art galleries and coffee shops meet a stretch of unspoiled cliffs and Pacific Ocean. Home to former presidential candidates (Mitt Romney has been spotted pumping his own gas here in recent days) and seal colonies alike, the neighborhood provides one of this city’s primary tourist draws.

    But the smell, a pungent stench that emanates from the accumulation of bird feces on the rocks, has become a growing problem. And strict environmental regulations in the cove have stymied the city’s efforts to address the problem before it drives tourists and businesses away, effectively roping the rocks off with red tape.

  • The New York Times opines that if the Republican Party wants to stop being seen as so anti-woman, they should stop opposing the Violence Against Women Act.
    Speaker John Boehner and his Republican colleagues blame Democrats for the impasse, suggesting the Democrats inserted changes to invite opposition and score political points. But the provisions at issue respond to real humanitarian and law enforcement needs identified by experts working in the field.

    By refusing to accept the principle of protecting all victims of domestic violence, House Republican leaders are conveying a belief that rapes of gay people and immigrant women are not “legitimate” rapes, as Representative Todd Akin, the failed Republican candidate for the Senate from Missouri, put it so appallingly. Is that really what Republicans want to stand for?

    The Gray Lady perhaps doesn't understand that, yes, this is exactly what Republicans want to stand for. And then they say that the problem is how they sell their policies.
  • Apparently, Birther Donald's kids went to his office to beg him to stop attacking President Obama because he was ruining the family name, a task which Celebrity Apprentice had somehow not quite finished.
  • Five tea party Republicans who won't be in Congress in 2013.
  • In case you somehow haven't been looking at it, here is Dave Wasserman's handy spreadsheet with all the latest news about national vote percentages. When will Mitt Romney's number (currently at 47.503%) decline to below 47.5 so it rounds down to that magic 47? We shall see...

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  •  A diary from earlier today (6+ / 0-)

    Steven Rattner offers ideas on raising tax revenue and I respond in which I explore the thoughts of the man who was Obama's "car czar" and is the economics guy on Morning Joe.

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 12:03:14 PM PST

  •  First Link Does Not Work (1+ / 0-)
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    Will look for that full diary later as I will be flying home shortly.  :)

  •  PBO haz stimulus! (0+ / 0-)
    Tomgram: Nick Turse, The Secret Building Boom of the Obama Years

    http://www.tomdispatch.com/...

    Move Single Payer Forward? Join 18,000 Doctors of PNHP and 185,000 member National Nurses United

    by divineorder on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 12:13:22 PM PST

  •  Cat has a major case of the Crazies today. (8+ / 0-)

    Like a dozen Midnight Frenzies rolled in to one.  Wheeee!

    "Let's see what fresh fuckwittery these dolts can contrive to torment themselves with this time." -- Iain Banks, The Hydrogen Sonata

    by Rikon Snow on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 12:14:08 PM PST

  •  No doubt if somebody tried to turn the Birdy Poo (9+ / 0-)

    into BioFuel it would raise an even bigger stink amongst the GOP

    The 1st Amendment gives you the right to say stupid things, the 1st Amendment doesn't guarantee a paycheck to say stupid things.

    by JML9999 on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 12:14:53 PM PST

  •  Obama defending Rice at press conference (7+ / 0-)

    I know this is old news, but I saw this article today where Kirsten Powers calls Obama "sexist" for defending Rice at his post-election press conference.

    link.

    I dont really get it. Is the president not supposed to defend one of his admin members, a close adviser? If he didnt, wouldnt the criticism be he is throwing them under the bus?

  •  One thing the Pope might have mentioned (4+ / 0-)

    is that, theologically, the birth of Jesus was not very important. What is theologically important is that Jesus died and rose from the dead. Without that signal event, Christianity is a parade in funny clothes. Christmas is in fact a very recently important day simply because gifts are given, and for no other major reason. So it is a commercially important day, not a religiously important one, although it is, of course, not insignificant. But it doesn't even rank as high as Palm Sunday or Pentecost. That it is commercially important is, no doubt, reason enough to give it some weight in our society because it is a celebration of consumption. Now that we are consumers rather than citizens, it deserves a central place in our calendar. It's ironic that the giving of gifts at Christmas derives from the fact that it represented the end of the Roman civil year and was the Emperor's birthday, a fact that merely underlines the fact that Zeus was renamed God, and Juno was renamed Mary. Otherwise the Roman empire still lives.

    For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

    by Anne Elk on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 12:18:08 PM PST

    •  So 'son of god' being made flesh is no big deal (0+ / 0-)

      in the Christian club?

      •  Is it? I thought it was more about name it and (1+ / 0-)
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        claim it type issues.

      •  No. His death and resurrection is the big deal. (0+ / 0-)

        Jesus always had the choice of not accepting his mission on Earth. Remember that in the Garden of Getshemane he cam very close to not accepting it. Common misunderstanding.

        For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

        by Anne Elk on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 10:37:26 PM PST

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    •  rising from the dead is not the singular event (1+ / 0-)
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      theologically, in christianity. some fundies have fixated on that part to the exclusion of pretty much everything else, but there is a lot more to the religion than its salvationary aspects.

      christmas - at least the celebration of the birth of the savior in a mean and humble manner, at the margins of respectable society - is actually just as central to the message of the gospels as the resurrection, the theological details of which early christian groups contested anyways.

      granted, the way we celebrate christmas owes as much to yule and saturnalia as anything in the gospels, but it isn't theologically meaningless.

    •  Just extrapolating from the religious right's (0+ / 0-)

      viewpoint, wouldn't the conception be the most important anniversary ?

      you don't believe in evolution, you understand it. you believe in the FSM.

      by Mathazar on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 05:29:27 PM PST

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      •  No. It is important (0+ / 0-)

        but the death and resurrection of Jesus is utterly central. Anyone can be born; only Jesus can conquer death.

        For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

        by Anne Elk on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 10:38:49 PM PST

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  •  I almost swore off of Meet The Press, (12+ / 0-)

    but I heard Ken Burns was on the panel and I had to tune in.

    It was gratifying, because Burns nailed the best thing I saw all morning on all the talk shows, flipping around.

    He mentioned how much of a role racism was playing in the all of the nonsense now directed at Barack Obama.
    The secessionist talk lately, for example--it was all because a black man was president. He thought it was so germane that he mentioned it twice.

    Bravo, Ken Burns. Keep it up.

    "There's a lot to be said for making people laugh. Did you know that that's all some people have? It isn't much, but it's better than nothing in this cockeyed caravan." --Joel McCrea as "Sully," in "Sullivan's Travels."

    by Wildthumb on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 12:21:14 PM PST

  •  The war on christmas lnk is bad (1+ / 0-)
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    "Let us never forget that doing the impossible is the history of this nation....It's how we are as Americans...It's how this country was built"- Michelle Obama

    by blueoregon on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 12:21:19 PM PST

  •  Kentucky has a great (2+ / 0-)
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    Crashing Vor, high uintas

    system as far as voting registration is concerned. Once you are registered... You are registered. Thats it. You never have to renew your registration so long as you remain at your current residence. Never.

    Im always left wondering, why doesnt every state do this? It seems like a really obviously good idea.

    Then you came out all of a sudden and said, "You're Prism Indigo!" but I don't get it...

    by kamrom on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 12:22:04 PM PST

  •  Look what the California Endowment is running (1+ / 0-)
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    on tv about Obamacare and why at least one person is thankful:

    http://tcenews.calendow.org/...

    Bless them !

    I must be dreaming...

    by murphy on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 12:23:21 PM PST

  •  I bet Ratzinger approves of the Krampus story. (1+ / 0-)
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    wu ming

    Pardon our dust. Sig line under renovation.

    by Crashing Vor on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 12:25:32 PM PST

  •  I'm not really optimistic regarding (2+ / 0-)
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    714day, Eyesbright

    these stories about GOP reps and senators(Peter King, Chambliss, Graham) saying they might break the Norquist pledge. No one is saying they will raise rates, as far as I can tell.

    Someone last week wrote that you can tell who is winning a negotiation, by which person is moving closer to which position. So perhaps the GOP moving closer to the president's position on taxes is a good sign, but I cant see them agreeing to a rate increase.  

  •  Debra Bowen is the unsung hero of this election (8+ / 0-)

    in California.  Online voter reg probably made the difference in many races -- most recently Gagliani's win over Berryhill.  And she did it by being the opposite of corrupt -- that is, by being honest, competent, and brave.  I hope that our next Secretary of State is comparably good -- if that's even possible.

    Plaintiffs' Employment Law Attorney (harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblowing, wage & hour, &c.) in North Orange County, CA.

    "I love this goddamn country, and we're going to take it back."
    -- Saul Alinsky

    by Seneca Doane on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 12:37:36 PM PST

    •  she is a model for secretaries of state n/t (2+ / 0-)
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      •  I hope Ohio can elect another model SoS in 2014 (3+ / 0-)
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        wu ming, Seneca Doane, Eyesbright

        and evict its SoVS (Secretary of Voter Suppression Jon Husted.

        How about her?:

        DSC_0077

        This is Ohio state senator Nina Turner (with her husband Jeff) standing by their tent on the sidewalk in front of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, where they slept the night before early voting started. Her intention was to get media coverage to draw attention to early voting. Husted hasn't been able to pull any voter suppression tricks without Nina speaking out. So she's got plenty of campaign material already in the bag.

        Jon Husted is a dick.

        by anastasia p on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 02:09:23 PM PST

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        •  ok by me! n/t (0+ / 0-)

          Plaintiffs' Employment Law Attorney (harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblowing, wage & hour, &c.) in North Orange County, CA.

          "I love this goddamn country, and we're going to take it back."
          -- Saul Alinsky

          by Seneca Doane on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 03:11:00 PM PST

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  •  Racial Profiling in online ads... (5+ / 0-)

    check out this story on the NBC website:

    http://www.nbcnews.com/...

    apparently if your name is "Ted Wilson" and someone searches for you...they might see ads like "we found Ted Wilson"....but if your name is Tyrone or Latisha? you are much more likely to see ads like "check Tyrone Wilson's arrest records"

    WTF?

    PLEASE donate to a global children's PEACE project: Chalk 4 Peace

    by RumsfeldResign on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 12:39:46 PM PST

  •  winter storm coming on tuesday (0+ / 0-)

    oh joy

  •  Online registration in Mississippi?! (1+ / 0-)
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    annieli

    Who's got the computer this week?

    Fuck Big Brother...from now on, WE'RE watching.

    by franklyn on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 12:51:05 PM PST

  •  a sunday without the Pats playing is so boring (0+ / 0-)
  •  climate change diseases (3+ / 0-)
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    GreenMother, JeffW, Eyesbright

    An added problem to tick and mosquito borne  infections being in the "wrong" place at the "wrong" time is that doctors don't look athis possibility.  My daughter was misdiagnosed because she moved to an area unfamiliar with chronic lyme disease and her doctors swore she had multiple sclerosis.  She had the money to go to NY, find a specialist, and get cured.  Others in similar situations will be treated symptomatically for the rest of their lives--5 other s from Seattle made it to the same NY doctor and were cured.
    As the weather changes, more diseases will show up at the doors of doctors unfamiliar with the problem.  

    Apres Bush, le deluge.

    by melvynny on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 01:01:34 PM PST

  •  bob woodward is a pissant (1+ / 0-)
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    "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

    by Sybil Liberty on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 01:01:51 PM PST

  •  I watched the TPM clip. (0+ / 0-)

    That's as close to watching Fox as I can get.
    I didn't laugh out loud until the loss of the "little drummer boy" was bemoaned in the "war on Christmas."

  •  Thanksgiving leftover tostadas for supper! (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    I'm single, so no way Im' making a whole turkey. I did brine 2 bone-in chicken breasts, just to see if it really kept things moist (pretty much, yes).

    Now I'm almost done making some Spanish rice. When it's ready, I'll nuke the now-shredded chicken to take the chill off, fry a corn tortilla in a bit of oil, and eat!

    I had a chicken tosatada for breakfast yesterday in a little hole-in-the wall cafe,(she was out of enchilada sauce at 7:30AM, imagine!), so this gringo Iotally knows what I'm doingf

    Don't let millionaires steal Social Security.
    I said, "Don't let millionaires steal Social Security!"

    by Leo in NJ on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 01:08:17 PM PST

  •  The burgeoning deer population & ticks (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    In peak tick season, an adult deer can carry as many as 60 ticks.

    But they're sooooo cuuuuuuuuuute!  There are suburban areas in the Northeast that have so many deer hanging around, and if anyone suggests doing something about it an uproar ensues.

    Enjoy your ticks.

    Oregon: Sure...it's cold. But it's a damp cold.

    by Keith930 on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 01:09:07 PM PST

    •  There are no deer near us but lots of ticks. (2+ / 0-)
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      JeffW, Eyesbright

      It looks like they latch on to other animals as well so killing all the deer isn't going to help much.

      •  Watch out for the ticks (0+ / 0-)

        I have another comment about how they can cause an allergy to beef, pork and lamb.

        Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

        by splashy on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 01:47:44 AM PST

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    •  Ticks are often carried by local rodents and (0+ / 0-)

      birds. This explains how mobile and quickly the tick population can be spread.

      We also move livestock: cattle, horses and other animals which may have ticks around by train, truck, trailer, and air, so the tick has many ways to hitch a ride.

      Interestingly, mice, woodrats and other rodents show little or no impairment from their infections. And some bird species as well. Some birds do get sick. With rodents it could be their short life spans, which means they outlive the symptoms.

      But they are around long enough to be infected then become a vector giving infection back to a tick or other competent carrier.

      The PNW is a publicly quiet. but environmentally hot spot for tick borne illnesses.

       

      Science is hell bent on consensus. Dr. Michael Crichton said “Let’s be clear: The work of science has nothing to do with consensus... which is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right,”

      by Regina in a Sears Kit House on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 01:36:53 PM PST

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  •  Same day reg comes to California in 2013 (3+ / 0-)
    There's also a lot more that California could do, like same-day registration. But you'll never see any news about people waiting in line in California until 2 in the morning.
    As an election officer same day voter registration makes me shake in my boots because the first time we do anything new there are always things that need to be tweaked - think voting machines etc.

    As I've said before, Debra Bowen is the best  SoS ever.  We need to franchise her to other states.  This last election I never had more than 5 people in line to vote, and everyone was saying how glad they were that they didn't live in Florida, Ohio, or Pennsylvania.

    "It is from the Bible that man has learned cruelty, rapine and murder; for the belief of a cruel God makes a cruel man." -- Thomas Paine

    by sailmaker on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 01:10:17 PM PST

    •  Not many long lines in Ohio this year (2+ / 0-)
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      thanks to early voting. Which of course is why our Secretary of Voter Suppression Jon Husted wanted to limit it as much as possible. Also, for you Ohioans out there, don't let Husted pat himself on the back about sending mail-in vote applications to every registered voter in the state. He was FORCED to do that as part of a deal struck with Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald who put his feet to the fire. Thank Ed. You may have the opportunity in 2014 to thank him by voting for him for governor to oust John Kasich (Ed is already a declared candidate for governor, and I think he'd be good. He just needs to let the women of the state know he's pro choice, which hasn't come up in his campaigns so far, in order to avoid a replay of 2010).

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 02:13:20 PM PST

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  •  "It's where I keep my stuff!" (5+ / 0-)
    Basically, ticks love our warming planet.

    yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 01:15:29 PM PST

  •  I found out the hard way about ticks. (4+ / 0-)
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    Due to a promotion for my wife, we moved to a area next to a forest preserve. We knew about Lyme disease but we had no idea there was this new to this area disease called anaplasmosis in humans and ehrlichia in dogs. It’s the same disease and it’s tick-borne. It killed one of our Beagles then I contracted it and spent four days in the hospital with fever and convulsions.

    Ask your vet to perform a 4DX test on your dog at least twice a year. If you get bit, report the bite to your doctor as soon as possible to get on a course of antibiotics. This is nothing to play with.

  •  DK Quilt Guild Service Projects & Diary (1+ / 0-)
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    DK Quilt Guild Diary will be available Sunday approx. 3pm  (Pacific).  

    DK Quilt Guild: A place for quilters to gather, share ideas, projects, and to make the world a better place, one quilt at a time. Join us and share your thoughts, projects, questions, and tips. Quilters here are at many different levels of skill. Beginners and non-quilters are welcome, too.
    Jack~Sandy Curran

    Jack~Sandy Curran
    Quilt from Pacific International Quilt Festival XX Show

    The DK Quilt Guild has several cool quilt service projects that support our Veterans, Okiciyap Food Pantry, and NFTT Community. Each project will be promoted within Daily Kos Quilt Guild Diaries.  If anyone is interested & need more info please contact either SaraR (Veteran Wheelchair Quilts), glorificus or Melanie in IA (Okiciyap Block & NFTT Community Block).

    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 01:30:57 PM PST

  •  Squinting at cats (3+ / 0-)
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    high uintas, anastasia p, Eyesbright

    About 15 years or so ago, I worked for a data processing and billing outfit in Silicon Valley. The company was purchased and moved to Omaha.

    The brass invited some of us for a week to try to sell us on moving to Nebraska. I took the offer and though I found the city quite pleasant, personable, and pretty, I passed on the opportunity.

    While I was there I did a bit of pub crawling and found myself chatting up a young lady over a pint of Guinness.

    She told me she worked at the Henry Doorly Zoo, specializing in big cats. She asked if I would like an after-hours tour and see some recently-born tiger kits. I don't think I even finished my beer before we were out the door.

    The tigers were totally awesome. The dad was separated from mom and the kits but they were adjacently housed and could minimally interact.

    This gal (I am SO sorry I can't remember her name) noted the stare the big female was giving us through the glass. As with so many other creatures (humans included) that stare is a warning.

    The male, on the other hand, would look at us and look away, frequently yawning. My companion said "Here's a cool thing you can do with cats of any sort. When you make eye contact, slowly narrow your eyes to almost closed but maintain the contact. Open them just as slowly and watch the cat's reaction. If the cat repeats your actions, you've been accepted."

    So I squinted at the tiger and it did the same. We kept that up for a few moments then the huge cat got up and walked to the glass in front of us. He began to rub his cheek on the glass then sat and put a terrifyingly large paw gently on it.

    My trainer friend asked if I would like to get in the enclosure with she and the tiger. I jokingly told her that was the second stupid question she'd asked that evening.

    The next thing I know I have my arms wrapped around 450 lbs of the most magnificent animal on Earth. I buried my head in his neck and could hear his heartbeat.

    It is a memory that ranks in the top five of my most precious moments in a life that is rich in them.

    I note this here and now because I saw this on the ICHC site and those memories came back in a rush. I can still smell the musky scent of that tiger.

    I think the pace is accelerated in this animated gif. If not, then this is a blink and not a squint.

    The squinting thing does indeed work, even with house cats. Try it! You may not get to be the cat's best friend, but you won't get shredded, either, if the cat responds.

    "Nov. 6 2012 - Republicans are being dragged, kicking and screaming, into the 20th century. That this is the 21st century is irrelevant to them."

    by Darryl House on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 01:51:04 PM PST

    •  I call them "Kitty Kisses" (2+ / 0-)
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      I use this technique on my feral kitties to gain trust and try to get in physical contact with them. Some will never trust, but will get closer and stick around while I feed and talk to them. Some I have been able to touch and mostly tame, at least enough to medicate and check them out.

      BTW, I'm insanely jealous of your experience.

      "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

      by high uintas on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 02:00:41 PM PST

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    •  I adore tigers. (1+ / 0-)
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      Darryl House

      I think they are the most gorgeous animals on earth (along with the Siamese cat). However, when it comes to close proximity, I think I will stick with the house cat, especially the Siamese.

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 02:15:38 PM PST

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  •  Tick populations are way down in Eastern MA (0+ / 0-)

    I don't know about disease levels or number of reports of disease but the idea that warm winters favor ticks is hogwash. Except for a brief period this October there have been virtually no ticks all year - and I am out twice every weekend.

  •  Wikipedia now has Romney at 47.48% (1+ / 0-)
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    Eyesbright

    Dave Wasserman seems to have taken time off, after initially continuing updates during the holiday weekend. Hope he is back at it by tomorrow. In the meantime, this is nice to look at; scroll down to find the percentages broken out to two decimal places and see Romney below 47.5.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

  •  Some tick math (0+ / 0-)

    Two hundred eggs per bug.  Larval stage are the size of a poppy seed.  They feed on humans and cause a fever like malaria. You don't feel them bite.  You don't see them.

    Ticks have been found on birds.

    First Lyme diagnosis in Connecticut in 1975

    About 10% of adult ticks carry Lyme and serious co-infections  About 10% of  tests for Lyme are accurate.

    The Center for Disease Control is very much at odds with some of the doctors who seem to be most successful treating Lyme patients.  (It's worth checking out the CDC web site.)

    My kid had to drop out of college his freshman year.  He was a good scholar and strong athlete.  We are guessing he went undiagnosed for 3 years.  Uncertain but hopeful prognosis.

    He needs about 15 hours of sleep a day.  He has memory loss.

    Some Lyme victims in our neighborhood are unable to walk.

  •  Beware of ticks (0+ / 0-)

    There is a relatively new thing where ticks can give you an allergy to beef, pork and lamb.

    It happened to me around 30 years ago, in Arkansas. Fortunately I knew what an allergic reaction was like, so have managed it all these years. Used to be people in food service looked at me funny when I told them about it, and it was very hard to avoid beef and pork, but now they just accept it and accommodate me.

    Non-fat milk is not a problem, but dairy products with fat will give me a bit of a headache. I assume it's the allergy.

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    by splashy on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 01:46:24 AM PST

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