If you witness a rape and do nothing, you are pond scum


PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Two college students have been charged with sexually attacking a woman on a crowded Florida beach filled with spring break revelers who apparently did nothing to stop it, authorities said…

“This is happening in broad daylight with hundreds of people seeing and hearing what is happening, and they are more concerned about spilling their beer than somebody being raped,” he said…

The FBI Lets Criminals Walk in Order to Keep This Device a Secret



The Federal Bureau of Investigation is notoriously secretive about its mobile phone tracking tools known as Stingrays. Now, new documents obtained by the ACLU show how the FBI keeps its surveillance gadgets shrouded in mystery: the FBI makes cops dismiss criminal cases if they threaten to reveal secrets about Stingrays…

Meet Gertrude

Hi, I’m Gertrude. I’m single and I live in Albuquerque. I’m not potty trained (as you can see), but I have a beautiful singing voice and I speak 3 different bird languages. I’m looking for a special cage to retire in, along with a human that loves bud. I’ll eat bird food, but I prefer chocolate. Call me!

(Photo taken yesterday.)

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OMG, my internet connection is soooo slow… It took 30 minutes to download a Windows update yesterday.  And today, I’ve been connected for about 15 minutes, and I’ve had to reset my wireless adapter 5 times.  I just don’t have the patience for this shit…

“Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.”  Joyce Meyer

I’m glad I don’t own a gun, because if I did, my Verizon wireless adapter would be toast…

I’m going to go start some homemade chicken soup, and hopefully, by the time I return, the internet won’t be so crowded.

Relearning how to breathe

You’d be surprised at the number of muscles involved when you take every breath.  Since most of my pain is in my upper body, it literally hurts to breathe.  When I take a breath, my shoulders, my neck, and the back of my head cry out:  That hurts!

I didn’t really discover this until I stopped taking prescription medications, as it appears they helped manage this kind of pain.  So, I had to learn another way to breath — from my stomach. Try it:  When you breath in, push out your stomach and try not to move your shoulders or your chest.

When I use this breathing technique, my stomach muscles (what’s left of them) push up against my diaphragm and some of the pressure against my upper body is eased, allowing me to take deeper breaths.  It’s those really deep inhales that help me to relax some of the tension in my body caused by chronic pain.

One of the reasons I use music therapy is because when I sing along to a song (hey, that rhymes), I can use and strengthen this breathing technique.


Most people don’t really take any time to consider the interesting work that goes on in the body when they sing. They seem to assume that the voice just magically “appears” whenever they will it to.

Nearly everyone has probably heard expressions like “sing from the diaphragm (or belly)” and “support the breath (or voice)”, used frequently by many singing teachers. However, if a student doesn’t understand some basic human anatomy that is related to making breath and sound, these common expressions can become encased in mystery…

Vocal technique is as much a science as singing is an art form. While, initially, a student may have to concentrate very hard on his or her breathing, tone placement and muscle control, these techniques will become easier, more natural and even automatic in time, making singing much more enjoyable…


Singing is indeed an “athletic” activity, in that it involves toning and strengthening muscles, and developing stamina in using them…

“My wife has a slight impediment in her speech. Every now and then she stops to breathe.” Jimmy Durante

Lauren Hill Dead At 19 After Battle With Brain Cancer


“I feel like I can do it. I can stand up and go walk and play. And go play in that playground out there, if there is one. I can’t remember because radiation has fried my brain. They need to find better treatments,” Hill said…


Scientists Are Investigating Ayahuasca As A Treatment For Depression


Now, the substance has caught the attention of not only the American tourists and spiritual seekers traveling to South America to participate [in] ayahuasca retreats, but also medical researchers, who are investigating ayahuasca (also known as the “spirit vine”) as a treatment for mental health problems such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

This week, the results of the first clinical trial investigating ayahuasca as a treatment for depression were published in the Brazilian Review of Psychiatry. Its publication marks a promising early step toward clinical use of the psychotropic substance as a treatment for depression and other mental health problems…

So how does the brew provide both immediate and lingering relief from depressive symptoms? Like pharmaceutical antidepressants, ayahuasca seems to alter concentrations of the mood-boosting neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain…

A different kind of scammer


According to the complaint, since at least 2010, the defendants used a host of business names to target consumers who obtained or applied for payday or other short-term loans, pressuring them into paying debts that they either did not owe or that the defendants had no authority to collect…

In response to the defendants’ repeated calls and alleged threats, many consumers paid the debts, even though they may not have owed them, because they believed the defendants would follow through on their threats or they simply wanted to end the harassing phone calls.

Brainy quotes on being Selfish

“I’m selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I’m out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”  Marilyn Monroe

“It’s good to be selfish. But not so self-centered that you never listen to other people.”  Hugh Hefner

“A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbor’s.” Richard Whately

“Sometimes you have to be selfish to be selfless.”  Edward Albert

“When so many are lonely as seem to be lonely, it would be inexcusably selfish to be lonely alone.”  Tennessee Williams

“It is easier to do one’s duty to others than to one’s self. If you do your duty to others, you are considered reliable. If you do your duty to yourself, you are considered selfish.”  Thomas Szasz

“I think if we want to find happiness by finding a life partner, then it’s a little selfish. You should be complete within yourself, so that when you’re in a relationship, you can give out happiness rather than expect it.”  Shahid Kapoor

“A woman asking ‘Am I good? Am I satisfied?’ is extremely selfish. The less women fuss about themselves, the less they talk to other women, the more they try to please their husbands, the happier the marriage is going to be.”  Barbara Cartland (romance novelist)  (Yikes!)

Two years after meningitis outbreak, pharmacy oversight remains lax


The state agency that oversees compounding pharmacies is still in disarray two years after a deadly meningitis outbreak, failing to inspect facilities, allowing dirty labs to stay open and rarely publicizing recalls of possibly tainted meds, a Herald review found…

The FDA and DPH opened a joint review into the Woburn offices of Central Admixture Pharmacy Services, (CAPS) a national company, in 2013 and 2014, but there are no records that the company, which is still operating, has been inspected in more than a year…