Monday, January 30, 2012
Getting old is when your toupee looks good , your false teeth works fine , your peg leg is O.K. , but you sure do miss your mind .
We do not stop laughing because we grow old ; we grow old because we stop laughing !
A preacher visited an elderly woman in the nursing home , and while talking with he he began to eat some pesnuts in a bowl by her bed . After a while , he noticed he had eaten nearly all of her peanuts , so he apologized and told her he would bring some more the next visit . She said , "That's quite alright , sonny , it's all I can do to suck the chocolate off them ."
Boudreaux and Thibodeaux , who was greeters at the local Wal-Mart , were taking a break . Boudreaux said , "Man , this old age is terrible , I ache all over ." Thibodeax said , "Not me , man , I feel like a new born baby ... no hair , no teeth , I'm hungry , and I think I just soiled my pants."
The old man that could not read or write went to a bank to cash a check . He said , "I can't write ." She told him , "Just put an 'X' on the check ." He put a big "X' on it and then a little "x" next to it . The teller said , "I understand the big 'X' but what is the little one for ? "Oh," he said . "I'm a junior ."
A 92-year-old man got married . His friend asked , "Is she a good cook ?" He replied , "No." Then the friend asked , "Is she good looking?" He said, "No." Exasperated , the friend demanded , "Well , why in the world did you Get Married?" He replied , "She can drive at night ."
Come back , ya hear .
Today, these aging chimps are living in large enclosures called primadomes at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio, available to be used for still more experiments. When Rosie and Ken and a dozen other chimps were shipped to the lab, in 2010, after a 10-year hiatus from invasive testing, it provoked a public outcry.
We met Rosie and Ken not long ago, when, after months of negotiation, Texas Biomed gave NBC News unprecedented access to the highly secretive world of primate research. Dr. Robert Lanford, who has experimented on chimps for 27 years, said he wants the public to see what it's like at his research lab today. "The American people have had the wrong opinion that these animals are in little bitty cages in a dark room with no windows," he said. "I want them to see who we are and how we take care of the animals and why we're doing it."
Dr. John VandeBerg, director of the primate research center, says chimpanzees here are treated "with the utmost of reverence," and have a "high quality of life." But that quality of life is a matter of intense debate and part of the emotional argument over whether experimenting on chimps is morally and scientifically justified to save human lives. Also at issue: When is enough enough? When do chimps who've given much in the name of science get to retire to the relative freedom of a sanctuary?
One reason chimpanzee research is so controversial is that these amazing creatures share 98 percent of our DNA and have many human traits, including emotions ranging from joy to sadness and fear.
"Remember we're talking about our closest living relatives with brains so sophisticated that they can do a lot of problems on a computer with a touchpad, faster than secondary school students. That's how bright they are," said famed anthropologist and primatologist Jane Goodall in an interview with NBC News.
Over the four days our team spent at Texas Biomed, our cameras were required to shoot from a "safe zone," since many of the chimps, like Ken and Rosie, are infected with viruses such as Hepatitis C and HIV. So to get close-ups of the chimps, we built special equipment to attach small cameras to the cages. At first, the chimps tried to remove them — and then, were fascinated by seeing their own reflections in the camera lens.
We saw three different types of housing where the chimps live, enrichment which involves activities to keep them engaged, and their interaction with behaviorists. We observed how the chimpanzees are trained to voluntarily present their own body parts to receive shots. We also were allowed to watch one of Lanford's experiments in which a chimp who'd been infected with the Hepatitis C virus was sedated and then bled. Lanford has been working to find a vaccine for over a decade. Testing on chimps has saved lives in the past: it helped produce the Hepatitis B vaccine which is now given to children at birth.
But scientists disagree about whether chimps are needed to find a cure for Hepatitis C. Lanford says testing on chimps will save human lives. Chimps are crucial, he says, because they're the only animals that can be infected with the virus. Unlike humans, they don't develop liver disease. Scientists here also argue that they provide a quality of life for chimpanzees which is just as good as a sanctuary, and that instead of being retired, chimps like Rosie and Ken should live out their days in the labs, in case they are needed for research in the future.
"I think of the chimpanzees in the same way that I think of a library. There are many books in the library that will never be used this year or next year," VandeBerg says. "Many of them might never be used again. But we don't know which ones will be needed tomorrow, next year or the year after."
Goodall says that's a terrible idea. "Most of them are just stockpiled. Most of them are not being used. They're just there in case maybe one day we might want to use them again," she said. "I definitely think at a certain point, they deserve to be freed from this kind of life of servitude."
Whether a chimp gets to retire is entirely up to the labs and the government. There is no ethical standard or uniform criteria. According to Goodall, "the tragedy is that some of the chimps in the labs know nothing else. They have never tasted any kind of freedom in their lives. Freedom to choose, freedom to go where they want." To see what life looks like for lab chimps lucky enough to be deemed no longer needed for research, we spent two days at the National Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Shreveport, Louisiana. It's aptly known as "Chimp Haven."
In the back woods of Louisiana, for the first time in most of their lives, the chimps can walk on grass, swing in the trees ... and forage in the forest. Dr. Linda Brent founded Chimp Haven, after spending 16 years as a behaviorist at Texas Biomed. "Everything we do here, from the way the facility was built to the things we give to the chimpanzees and the way we manage the facility, every decision we make is for the welfare of the chimpanzees," she says.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
In November of 1994 at the Denver Zoo, twin polar bears were abandoned by their mother, and the zoo staff lovingly raised them by hand. Klondike and Snow are grown up now, and currently live at Seaworld in Orlando. They are also huge and pretty dangerous, But when they were babies they were very cute.
Asked about rumors that they would get back together for the Summer Olympics in London , Brown reportedly told an Australian TV in tervirwer , "Ooh , I think the Queen's Jubilee concert is the event I'd be looking at most closely for that to happen .
The Sun claims she admitted backstage that she had let slip "top secret" news .
A Spice Girls reunion ... for the Jubilee , Olympics or otherwise . has not been confirmed .
The 1990s pop group ... Brown , Victoria Beckham , Emma Bunton , Melanie Chisholm and Geri Halliwell ... staged a hugely successful reunion tour 2007 - 08.
The Diamond Jubilee , honoring the 60th anniversary of the Queen's coronation , is scheduled to take place in June .
Would you like to see the Spice Girls return ??
35 Nilla Wafers, finely crushed
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Rep. Giffords says she needs to focus on her continued recuperation from last January's shooting .
"Thank you for your prayers and for giving me time to recover ," Giffords says in a video posted on her YouTube Channel . "I have more work to do on my recovery . So to do what is best for Arizona , I will step down this week."
Giffords adds , "I don't remember much from that terrible day , but I will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice ."
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
*Acrylic or Latex craft paint
*Masking tape (mine is green)
- Take 3 tablespoons of pink latex craft paint and mix with a smidge of yellow. Note: the yellow is not necessary, but I find mixing a dab of an earthy/neutral tone in any color paint always helps the end results look more organic.
- Mix in half a cup of water and stir with a fork until lumps disappear. Add more paint or water until it's the consistency of milk.
- Add 2 cups of water and mix again
- Submerge your filters, up to 20 at a time. Squish until paint is well distributed.
- Wring out excess paint, and if color is too bold, rinse with cold running water until you achieve the desired tone. Dry thoroughly.
1. Take one previously dyed filter and cut a spiral shape, roughly 1” from the outer edge. The result will be a long strip, roughly 1” wide by 36” in length (don’t worry if it’s longer or shorter, just know your going for a long skinny strip).
2. Think of the strip as a piece of ribbon. Starting at the center point of the filter, stick it to the edge of 12” piece of masking tape, leaving 1” of tape available at the end. Continue down the strip, pleating/gathering as you go. Pleating/gathering, pleating/gathering, pleating/gathering….
3. Continue to pleat/gather down the strip. Just squish it, no big deal. There is no math involved here. It will take
you a while to get a rhythm going, but you will get there I promise! Note: If you reallllllly struggle to get the hang of the pleating/gathering, you can also sew a running stitch down the edge of the filter and pleat that way, but personally, I like the inconsistent results from pleating by hand.
4. Once the strip is finished, take that first empty inch of tape and wind it around the tip of a drinking straw. Continue to wind the tape around the end of the straw.
5. Add another 12” piece of tape to the base, on the diagonal.
6. Wrap the tape around the straw to make a stem.
7. Ta Da!
Level 2: Happy Ruffled Rose 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0
1. Fold three filters in quarters, then trim scalloped edges along the edge and through the center.
2. Results will be three scalloped circles and three scalloped doughnuts. Cut across the doughnuts to open them up (see, your making strips, just like the Simple Spiral Rose)
5. Attach the other scalopped doughnuts, and, if you wish an empty strech of tape, followed by a couple of leaves
6. Starting from the inside, stick the tape to the end of the straw and roll your way up.
7. Ta Da!
Level 3: Giant Ruffled Rose 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0
1. Get your cat-child to model some giant coffee filters. Isn’t she cute? She has been brushing up on her Vanna White skills. I know, I know, she is so talented! Lola also wanted to show you the scale of these babies –they are HUGE. You can get them online, or at your local coffee shop, pancake house, or even your Church basement. Anywhere that serves large quantities of coffee. Ask nicely, then promise to return with a finished flower, and I bet they will give you a few.
2. Tip: when you dye the extra large filters, rinse the edges out so the center is a slightly deeper color. This will really help to give the impression of a realistic blossom.
3. Similar to the Happy Ruffled rose, fold in quarters and cut scalloped shapes (this time there are three levels instead of two)
4. Because one filter will generate a large flower, you only need one twisted piece in the center. Follow with the inside scallop doughnut strip.
5. Follow with the outer scallop doughnut
6. Attach to the tip of a straw and roll.
7. Keep rolling. This will quickly thicken up –try to keep your tape in line as much as possible.
8. Ta Da! One filter will generate a rose as big as your hand, but keep going and three filters will make rose as big as your face. Try it!
Tips and Tricks 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0
When you dry your flowers, dry them upside down, clipped to a string or laundry line. This will encourage the dye pigments to settle toward the center of the spiral, same as in nature. It’s a subtle difference, but it really enhances the end result. You can also get this result by rinsing the edges of your flowers with water before they dry.
- Instead of cutting scallops, cut skinny jagged edges to get a spider mum
To get a two-tone rose, paint the edges a deeper color.
Monday, January 16, 2012
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Prep Time : 5 minutes ... Baking Time : 30 minutes
1/4 cup vegetable oil (olive oil)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour baking mix
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons Creole seasoning
1 teaspoon seasoning salt
1 teaspoon galic powder
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1) Preheat oven to 450*F . Poor the vegetable oil (olive oil) evenly over bottom of 15-X 10-X 1-inch baking pan
2) Combine the baking mix , paprika , creole seasoning , seasoned salt, garlic powder , Italian seasoning and black pepper in a large bowl . Mix well . Pour into a paper bag ( or large plastie freezer bag).
3) Ad the chicken drumsticks , a few at a time , to the bag and shake to coat . Arranged on the prepared baking dish .
4) Bake chicken , turning once , until jucies run clear when pierced with the tip of a knife , about 30 minutes . Transfer to a serving dish .
Spice Sercet :
Creole seasoning contains black pepper , cayenne pepper , garlic power , oregano and sometime thyme and paprika , most of which are found in other seasoning in this recipe . If you prefer not to purchase a separate jar of Creole seasoning , slightly increase the amount of the other seasonings.
Better Baking :
The chicken will cook more quickly and evenly if you fit it in the pan in a singlr layer . If you don't have a pan large enough , divide the oil and chicken drumsticks between two pans .
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
8 medium fresh peaches (about 2 lb), peeled, each cut into 6 wedges
1 cup (250 mL) fresh blueberries
1 tbsp (15 mL) cornstarch
1/2 cup (125 mL) granulated sugar
1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice
1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground cinnamon
Biscuit Topping 1 cup (250 mL) Bisquick* mix
1/4 tsp (1 mL) groung nutmeg
2 tbsp (25 mL) milk
2 tbsp (25 mL) butter or margarine, softened
2 tbsp (25 mL) granulated sugar
2/3 cup (150 mL) chopped walnuts
2 tsp (10 mL) milk, if desired
1 tbsp (15 mL) coarse sugar
- Meanwhile, in medium bowl, stir all biscuit topping ingredients except 2 teaspoons milk and coarse sugar until firm dough forms.
- Drop dough by 6 spoonfuls onto warm fruit mixture. Brush dough with 2 teaspoons milk. Sprinkle with coarse sugar.
- Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until biscuits are deep golden brown and bottom of center biscuit is no longer doughy. Cool 10 minutes on cooling rack. Serve warm.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
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Thursday, January 5, 2012
1 can (14.5 ounces ) petie-diced tomatoes
1 generous tablespoon olive oil
1 medium - large onion , cut into medium dice
1 bell pepper (color choice is yours) cut into small dice
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoons each ground cumin and oregano
2 cans (15.5 ounces each) drained black beans
2 cans (15 ounces each) drained hominy
3 large garlic cloves , minced
1 ounce bittersweet chocolate (optional)
1/4 chopped fresh cliantro
Microwave broth and tomatoes in a microwave-safe container on high power until steamy hot , about 5 minutes .
Meanwhile , heat oil in a dutch oven or small soup kettle over medium-high heat . Add onions and peppers ; saute until solf and golden brown , about 5 minutes . Add chili powder , cumin and oregano ; saute until fragrant , a minute or so . Add beans and hominy along with hot broth mixture . Bring to a simmer , partly covered , until vegetables are tender and flavors have blended , about 20 minutes . Stir in garlic , chocolate (optional) and cilantro and simmer a couple of minutes to blend flavors . Turn off heat and let stand a few minutes . Adjust seasoning and serve .
Makes 4-6 serving.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Have you ever been in a airplane when it is changing directions ? Usually there is a drop in altitude . There may even be some turbulence which will cause your stomach to flip and your heart to flutter . There is a lost of speed . Or the plane may pick up speed and then drop , suddenly and unexpectedly , which can be frightening . Changing directions in life is like hitting a turbulence in the air , and fear is the normal response to the turbulence caused by the change . Things are going to be rough for a while , but you must hold on and ride it out .
When the turbulence of change hits you , make believe you are a pilot , well trained and experienced , able to ride out the turbulence until a tailwind takes you up again .If that doesn't work , make believe you are a stewardess . Keep yourself calm , give yourself encouragement , stand firmly and confidently that all is well , no matter how rough it gets . If you are afraid of flying , just lay down on the floor , cover your head , and do not worry about the turbulence .
Words of Wisdom
Hold on for a change ! You can take it ! You can make it !Respond to the truth within yourself ! Be willing to stand up as you are to bow down .Do your best . Give your best . Humor the child in you ! Do not terrorize yourself .Today , I am going to live all of life . No dream it to good to come true .I have something to offer to the world . I have got to talk about it .What I do can not change who I am . This storm is just passing over !
Pass it on : do not worry , no storm , not even the one in your life , can last forever. This storm is just passing over !
Monday, January 2, 2012
The video is even more inspiring when you think about how we can unite to fight big business and erase imaginary copyright borders.' Here's to freedom'.