5 February 2007
Monday, 31 December 2007
5 February 2007
This is me on Christmas Eve, and I think - I'm not sure, but I think - it was taken right after I was blinded by my own flash on my camera. Luis took the shot, no doubt. The double chin is a little freaky... but this me weighing in at 170lbs. That is about 30lbs difference.
I don't know. I still see a fat woman. And I still have 30 - 40lbs to go. It is a journey that is hard but worth it. I'd like to look slimmer - slim enough that I can see the difference!
Sunday, 30 December 2007
Well, I benefitted! I got a teapot and cup set that I like!
Saturday, 29 December 2007
I make the most of going downstairs once the outlaw goes to bed!
It will be interesting to see how many postings I will manage.
Is it possible to meet someone who could tell one the future and then have that future come true? Would one believe anyone who said such and such was going to happen? And if it did happen, how would one feel? Astrology has been around for some 10,000 years and astrologers believe that they can predict an individual's future (This could be a city or even a country) by determining the position of the planets and stars. Certainly it is based on observations of individual traits and cosmic correlations over those many centuries. One can easily surmise that people who believed that substances in nature such as trees, rocks and streams were animate would also believe that the stars and planets might be animate, especially since they could see them move in the night sky over the course of a year. This study of the heavens at night was also very useful for telling time and the seasons and for navigating ships while at sea.
The astrologer has developed a system in which the location of the various planetary bodies and their locations may determine how and why a person may behave in a certain way or undergo some action directed at him or her. For the astrologer, it definitely does determine this but for the nonbeliever, there's no way to tell. It may be merely coincidence that a prediction comes true forgetting all the other predictions that did not.
Astrology in Islam
Astrology is strictly forbidden in Islam, in the Koran and in the hadith or traditions that were written down and offer guidance for Muslims' daily lives. In Islam the Prophet Mohammed is considered the last prophet and there were to be no others after him. So the Prophet could prophesize but no one else could. That ruled out anyone attempting to tell the future. In addition it is known that Mohammed believed that astrology was some kind of sorcery. Others condemn astrology as practiced by those ignorant of true knowledge and by the unbeliever.
What's in store for 2008?
Well, most astrologers believe that 2008 will not be a great year for the world. For example they say: The housing market crisis will continue and have a strong impact on the worldwide economy; the crisis over the value of the dollar will lead to more and more countries to look to the Euro; the Internet will gain even more popularity although it already has millions of users; developing countries will cease to provide regular telephone service encouraging the further use of the mobile telephone and saving billions of dollars in providing telephone cables; Turkey will again have negotiations on full membership in the European Union postponed for its attacks on outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorists; and the weather will continue to be wildly unpredictable as climate change speeds up.
A year from now we will look back to see just how accurate these and other predictions were. Until then, Happy New Year!
Police shot the animal to death after a Christmas Day rampage that began when the tiger escaped from an enclosure surrounded by what zoo officials said are an 18-foot wall and a 20-foot moat. Two brothers who also were visiting the zoo were severely mauled. Police Chief Heather Fong said the department has opened a criminal investigation to "determine if there was human involvement in the tiger getting out or if the tiger was able to get out on its own."
Police said they have not ruled anything out, including whether the escape was the result of carelessness or a deliberate act. Fong said officers were gathering evidence from the tiger's enclosure as well as accounts from witnesses and others.
One zoo official insisted the tiger did not get out through an open door and must have climbed or leaped out. But Jack Hanna, former director of the Columbus Zoo and a frequent guest on TV, said such a leap would be an unbelievable feat, and "virtually impossible."
"There's something going on here. It just doesn't feel right to me," he said. "It just doesn't add up to me."
Instead, he speculated that visitors might have been fooling around and might have taunted the animal and perhaps even helped it get out by, say, putting a board in the moat. Similarly, Ron Magill, a spokesman at the Miami Metro Zoo, said it is unlikely a zoo tiger could make such a leap, even with a running start.
"Captive tigers aren't nearly in the kind of shape that wild tigers have to be in to survive," he said. He said taunting can definitely make an animal more aggressive, but "whether it makes it more likely to get out of an exhibit is purely speculative."
The police chief would not comment on whether the animal was taunted.
The same tiger, a 4-year-old female named Tatiana, ripped the flesh off a zookeeper's arm just before Christmas a year ago while the woman was feeding the animal through the bars. A state investigation faulted the zoo, which installed better equipment at the Lion House, where the big cats are kept.
Zoo director Manuel Mollinedo said Wednesday that he gave no thought to destroying Tatiana after the 2006 incident, because "the tiger was acting as a normal tiger does." As for whether Tatiana showed any warning signs before Tuesday's attack, Mollinedo said: "She seemed to be very well-adjusted into that exhibit."
It was unclear how long the tiger had been loose before it was killed. The three visitors were attacked around closing time Tuesday on the 125-acre zoo grounds. Four officers hunted down and shot the animal after police got a 911 call from a zoo employee. The zoo has a response team that can shoot animals. But zoo officials and police described the initial moments after the escape as chaotic.
The dead visitor was identified as 17-year-old Carlos Sousa Jr. of San Jose.
The zoo's director of animal care and conservation, Robert Jenkins, said the tiger did not leave through an open door. "The animal appears to have climbed or otherwise leaped out of the enclosure," he said. But the zoo's director admitted, "We're still not too clear as to exactly what transpired."
Hanna predicted other U.S. zoos would reassess their tiger enclosures if it turns out the tiger was able to leap out. He said he never before heard of a zoo visitor being killed by an animal. "It's much safer going to a zoo than getting in your car and going down the driveway," he said. Hanna said that since zoo tigers are well fed, it is unlikely the animal was looking for food when it got out. "Were they taunting the animal?" he said. "Were they throwing things that were making it angry?"
The first attack happened right outside the tiger's enclosure — the victim died at the scene. Another was about 300 yards away, in front of the zoo cafe. The police chief said the animal was mauling the man, and when officers yelled at it to stop, it turned toward them and they opened fire. Only then did they see the third victim, police said.
The zoo was closed on Wednesday. Officials said they expected to reopen the place on Thursday, but the big cat exhibit will remain closed "until we get a better understanding of what actually happened," Mollinedo said. He said colleagues from other U.S. zoos will be brought in to help re-evaluate the big cat exhibit.
After last year's attack, the state fined the zoo $18,000. The zoo added customized steel mesh over the bars, built in a feeding chute and increased the distance between the public and the cats.
Tatiana arrived at the zoo from the Denver Zoo a few years ago, with officials hoping she would mate with a male tiger. Siberian tigers are classified as endangered and there are more than 600 of the animals living in captivity worldwide. U.S. Department of Agriculture spokesman Jim Rogers, said his agency is looking into the attack for violations of federal animal-welfare laws.
The San Francisco Zoo is as an accredited member in good standing of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Animal escapes at accredited zoos are so very rare and each one is different," association spokesman Steve Feldman said. "But we are always looking for ways to improve safety for our visitors."
Not Misty - she really did her research with this.
MY STORY and some FACTS:
What Is Clostridium difficile?
Symptoms and Duration:
Recovery, Long Term Effects & Immunity:
How Is Clostridium difficile Spread?
How Do You Prevent Clostridium difficile Infection?
# 1 - My husband (and grandkids) have been well
# 2 - He has not used any antibiotics
Friday, 28 December 2007
A New Year's with no drunks? Naaaaahhhhhh!
I hate filing! Hate it!
I know it needs to be done, but it is boring. And I cannot have anyone else do it, as everything is so confidential. I would love to have someone do it for me, but that is not possible. So it will be an hour or so of filing, once I have it in alphabetical order. Not my favourite thing. But the timing is good.
Oh, the things I am going to get done!
Back to this, I am now up to 362 posts. Clearly I can do this!
CrystalChick has left a new comment on your post "Astrology is Perfect Science Like Astronomy":
I think if you are finished reading the book you had gotten a little bit ago, you probably have a decent grasp of the basics.
Wishes of peace to you and yours in the new year!
Chat again soon. Mary :)
Hence this "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) Campaign
The concept of "ICE" is catching on quickly. It is a method of contact during emergency situations. As cell phones are carried by the majority of the population, all you need to do is store the number of a contact person or persons who should be contacted during emergency under the name "ICE" ( In Case Of Emergency).
The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when he went to the scenes of accidents, there were always mobile phones with patients, but they didn't know which number to call. He therefore thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognized name for this purpose. In an emergency situation, Emergency Service personnel and hospital Staff would be able to quickly contact the right person by simply dialing the number you have stored as "ICE." For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3 etc. A great idea that will make a difference!
Let's spread the concept of ICE by storing an ICE number in our Mobile phones today!
Please forward this. It won't take too many "forwards" before everybody will know about this. It really could save your life, or put a loved one's mind at rest.
ICE will speak for you when you are not able to.
Still... I tried it and it is really neat!
Wise men from East
1. An unburned, sun-dried brick made of clay and straw.
2. Silt or clay deposited by rivers, from which such bricks are made.
3. A building made of such material.
1. A boat with two parallel hulls, joined by a frame.
2. A quarrelsome person, especially a woman.
A person's name or nickname.
1. A priest or a medicine man.
2. An important person (usually in the phrase: big kahuna).
What is C. diff?
If C-diff Is a normal GI flora, why does it make people sick?
Why Does C-diff Overgrow?
Antibiotic Use – We all know that antibiotics are used to kill bacteria that are causing infection somewhere in the body. At the same time, the antibiotic can kill the “good” bacteria in the GI tract, allowing the “bad” bacteria such as C. diff to grow unchecked, producing the toxins that cause severe diarrhea. Some estimates say that about 90 percent of all health care associated C. diff is related to broad spectrum antibiotic use.
Anti-ulcer Medications – Anti-ulcer medications decrease the acidity of the stomach which in turn prevents gastric reflux and ulcer formation. However, altering the acidity of the stomach and GI tract can kill off “good” bacteria, allowing C-diff to grow out of control. In addition, altering the acidity of the GI tract can create an environment that is perfect for “bad” bacteria such as C-diff to grow unchecked.
Long Hospital Stays – A combination stress from illness, weakness from laying around in a hospital, and the potential for C-diff contamination from patient to patient makes extended hospital stays a risk factor for C. diff infection. In fact, C. diff infections within hospitals is a major problem for all infection control departments. Special isolation procedures are in place to limit the spread of C. diff from patient to patient via health care workers.
Underlying Chronic and Acute Illness – As mentioned earlier, acute and chronic illness can weaken a body’s defenses, making it more susceptible to C. diff infection.
Age – Like many infectious illnesses, people older than 65 years of age seem to be more at risk for C. diff. In addition, younger children and infants are also at a greater risk. Most likely, the risk is greater in these age groups due to weak or immature immune systems that are unable to fight a C. diff infection.
Immune System Suppression – Chronic diseases like HIV and cancer that are characterized by suppressed or weakened immune systems have proven to increase the risk of C. diff.
How Does C. diff Spread?