Whoa ! Alligators Under Ice, “They poke their noses up and are able to breathe and be perfectly fine, so they’re doing this as a mechanism so…

Whoa ! Alligators Under Ice
“They poke their noses up and are able to breathe and be perfectly fine, so they’re doing this as a mechanism so that if it freezes over, they can still breath,” Howard said. “(It’s) just an absolute amazing survival technique and these guys were built tough millions of years ago and they remain tough today.”


U.S. Ends El Salvador’s TPS
It is a sad and exhausting time as our families and community members discuss options and plans for the next 19 months. Our lives are up-rooted by injustice, but I will take the advice of my family members and friends who have been enduring these injustices much longer than I have, “Stay strong, resilient- take care of eachother, and hold on to hope.”
#Honduras #Haiti #ElSalvador #saveTPS

Today we hiked and then popped into the Brand Library & Arts Center to see the art exhibition One Year: The Art Of Politics In L

Today we hiked and then popped into the Brand Library & Arts Center to see the art exhibition One Year: The Art Of Politics In L.A.
Highlight photos with works by:
(In order of appearance)
Mark Steven Greenfield
HK Zamani
Linda Vallejo
Kohshin Finley
Ben Sakoguchi
Star Montana
Scott Grieger
Emily Helpern
Thinh Nguyen
And many more

Some people are listing their 10 favorite movies

Some people are listing their 10 favorite movies. I don’t know if these are my top ten but I liked them all, a lot and would watch them again, which is a clear indicator for me..
Sound of Music (and so many musicals: My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins, etc.)
Life is Beautiful
Babette’s Feast
Central Station (Brazilian)
Il Postino (Italian)
Iphigenia at Aulis (Greek)
A Period of Adjustment
Second Hand Lions
A Man for All Seasons
All About Eve
Honorable mention: Spanglish; Of Gods and Men

Yep, pretty much

Yep, pretty much…
“From Dorothy Reilly:
“The recipe for regime change (now being used in Iran) from Christopher Coman…
“The US’s easy guide to overthrowing governments:
Step 1. Create problems in foreign country. (Pay/train/equip/control insurgents, sanctions, CIA, NGO destabilisation)
Step 2. Report a crisis. (Protests, unrest)
Step 3. Demonise the country’s leader. (Compare to Hitler etc)
Step 4. Report atrocities. (“He’s killing his own people”)
Step 5. State “We must act”. (Bomb, murder, destroy)
Step 6. Control country. (Oust uncompliant leader, install puppet)
Step 7: Declare success. (“freedom”, “democracy”)
Step 8. Steal resources.
Step 9. Repeat anywhere else leaders have independent and sovereign countries.*
*Exact steps may differ from coup to coup”””

“Considering the fact that the younger population of Iran is so large (over 60℅ is under 30) and given their education and embrace of secularism,…

“Considering the fact that the younger population of Iran is so large (over 60℅ is under 30) and given their education and embrace of secularism, progress, etc., things MUST change. The intelligence and spirit of the people seem to be collectively and fundamentally at odds with anything less (the status quo). What they are demanding is a demand from their very heart and soul. I salute them!”

Investigations of the Preclinical Stage of, Alzheimer’s Disease, ABSTRACT, Neuropathological changes associated with late onset Alzheimer’s…

Investigations of the Preclinical Stage of
Alzheimer’s Disease
Neuropathological changes associated with late onset Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are thought to develop at least a decade prior to symptom onset. Successful interventions designed to alter these early neuropathological changes during the preclinical stage can increase the probability of delaying or preventing the onset of AD. This presentation will discuss three topics based on a series of studies conducted on healthy elders at risk for developing AD. The first topic will report the results of a 5-year longitudinal functional and structural neuroimaging and neuropsychological study comparing cognitively intact elders with and without the APOE e4 allele. The second topic will highlight a series of studies examining the interaction between physical activity levels and MRI/neuropsychological changes as a function of APOE e4 status. This discussion will also describe a newly funded NIA translational grant (humans and mice subprojects) that will examine the role of immunological factors that mediate AD neuroprotection with exercise (IMMUNE-AD project). Finally, the third topic will discuss the utility of a battery of self-administered, iPad-based, computerized cognitive tests for use in mass screening of healthy elders in the primary care clinical setting. This approach is based on longitudinal neuropsychological studies that document a long period of gradual cognitive decline in episodic memory as well as non-memory domains during the preclinical stage of AD.
The Annual Arthur L. Benton Lecture
Joint Meeting, Psychology Section NY Academy of Sciences
Monday, January 8, 2018
7:00 pm (Registration begins at 6:30pm)
info at NYNG dot org
Stephen Rao Ph.D.
Ralph and Luci Schey Endowed Chair
Director, Schey Center for Cognitive Neuroimaging
Professor, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of CWRU
Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Neurological Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio

It’s very early morning here and the day is already sweet

It’s very early morning here and the day is already sweet. I’m receiving so so much. If I could only bring you here just for a minute. It’s 5:30 am, I can see the full moon through my window, sinking into the forest covered mountains. Mountains that look like sleeping Devas and Devis. Generosity. I am learning, taking the first steps, over and over again. Astonished by the beauty of the Sri Vidya. Loved and held in the mind-blowing devotion of the Devipuram family. This is a photo of our New Year’s Sri Joyti Puja. Happy New Year to you and yours! <3

Sound familiar?, “

Sound familiar?
“…Some see the shift to political slogans as a boon for the authorities, allowing them to crack down on protesters as anti-social and violent elements…”
“…Though the protests started over high living costs, they quickly spread across the country and turned against the Islamic system as a whole, with chants of ‘Death to the dictator’ and attacks on symbols of the regime lending them a revolutionary air…”
“The system prefers political protests over economic because they’re easier to control.”
“As the protests have gathered steam, the government has blamed ‘hostile elements’ based abroad. But others suspect Rouhani’s hardline rivals of stoking the initial unrest..”
“It can be an uncomfortable idea for some people to treat Iran the same as other countries,” said Esfandyar Batmanghelidj, an analyst and founder of the Europe-Iran Business Forum. “But what brings Iranians out on the streets most consistently are normal economic problems — frustration with the lack of jobs, uncertainty about their children’s future.”
“…He blames the unrest on the austerity measures introduced by President Hassan Rouhani since he came to power in 2013, which included another round of welfare cuts and fuel price rises in the latest budget announced a few weeks ago…’Rouhani has run austerity budgets with the idea that it’s a tough but necessary pill to swallow to manage inflation and currency problems and try to improve Iran’s attractiveness for investment…But choosing years of austerity immediately after a very tough period of sanctions is bound to test people’s patience’…”
“Minor protests have been bubbling away: in the weeks leading up to the current unrest, the union-linked ILNA news agency reported on hundreds of oil workers and truck drivers protesting the late payment of wages; tractor makers in Tabriz against their factory’s closure; and Tehran tyre workers at bonuses being delayed.”
“…A major groundswell of anger has also been building over the collapse of unauthorised lending companies that left millions of investors out of pocket. These companies mushroomed in the financial free-for-all under former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, lending wildly during the construction boom and collapsing when the bubble burst. Rouhani said in December that such lending companies had captured a quarter of the financial market with three to four million accounts by the time he took power in 2013 and started shutting them down…”
“…’I’m not surprised by these recent protests. For the past two years, we have witnessed street protests against banks and credit institutions. Everyone says the protesters right now are from the lower class, but many are middle class people who lost lots of their assets,’ said Tehran-based political analyst Mojtaba Mousavi.”
“All this has combined with a wider sense that corruption and a rigged system have created immense wealth for a narrow elite, while a stifled media and lack of civil liberties have left few avenues for complaint — a point even hardliners have begun to accept.”
[EXCERPTS FROM Eric Randolph,AFP Mon, Jan 1]

Christmas gifts

Christmas gifts. Second chilfhood? I recall sharing a bed with my little brother Morris, Christmas 1939, on Camino del Monte Sol, telling him what good parents we had, giving us such nice warm pajamas as gifts. Maybe I was trying to convine myself, thinking that clothing was one of the basics parents provided, and secretly disappointed at not giving something more exciting. Forty-eight years later, my daughter and son-in-law gave me nice warm flannel pajamas. VERY warm and confortable, improving my sleep immensely, and I am truly grateful!