Monthly Archives: April 2013

Frankenfish – genetically modified salmon

  frankenfish  The first genetically engineered salmon – dubbed “frankenfish” – could be in grocery stores and restaurants as early as 2014. The FDA is expected to approve AquaBounty Technologies’ GE salmon after a 60-day public comment period. If approved, it will be the first approved food from a transgenic animal application to enter the U.S. food supply

The so called Frankenfish would be the first man made animal approved for human consumption. The tweaked Atlantic salmon contains a Chinook gene that makes it  grow up to three times faster than normal. The Food and Drug Administration concluded last year that the fish will not have any significant impacts on the human environment, and is unlikely to harm wild fish. 

 Cut; It’s been portrayed in the media as a bizarre concoction that is somehow unnatural. But the fact of the matter is that it reflects a change of less than one ten thousandth of one percent of the entire genetic material of the fish. That is less change than one normally sees, for instance, in normal sexual mating. 4

 Ronald Stotish is president of Massachusetts-based Aqua Bounty, the GM salmon creator.  

 Cut: We understand the sensitivity of the fishermen and the industry in Alaska. However, our product we believe does not represent a threat to them because it will simply displace an imported product that is coming in from offshore at the present time.  2

  The fish will be grown out primarily in Panama.    Alaska’s delegation has fought hard to derail the approval. Senator Lisa Murkowski is critical of the FDA for what she calls ignoring the public.   

 Cut:  This is especially troubling as the agency is ignoring the opposition of salmon and fishing groups as well as more than 3000 consumer and health organizations. I just don’t believe these fish should be approved.

 Because the changeling process is categorized under ‘veterinary procedures,’ no labels will be required to be truthful to consumers about what they are buying.   So far the FDA has gotten nearly 37,000 individual comments and thousands more from groups, running 100 to one against approval. (

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Historic Photographs

photos and descriptions that tell us what it
was like to be there and, perhaps, surprise us
with something we didn’t know and haven’t seen.

A boxing match on board the USS Oregon in 
Real Samurai
Samurai taken between 1860 and 1880. 

A shell shocked reindeer looks on as World 
War II planes drop bombs on Russia in 1941

Disney brothers, wives                                              and mom when they opened the                                              studio
Roy O. and Walt Disney on the day they opened Disney Studios. 

Che                                              Guevara.
Che Guevara. 

Microsoft Staff Photo                                              1978
The Microsoft staff in 1978.

The last known Tasmanian Tiger photographed 
in 1933. The species is now extinct.
Tank Man Tiananmen                                              square
A different angle taken of “Tank Man,” the man who stood against a line of tanks in Tiananmen Square. He is standing in the street between the tree trunk and the fleeing man. You can see the tanks approaching from the right. 

Winston                                              Churchill.
Winston Churchill out for a swim.

The London sky following a bombing and 
dogfight between British and German planes in 1940.
Google                                              Start
Google begins.

Nagasaki, 20 minutes after the atomic bombing 
in 1945.
Native Railroad                                              overlook
A Native American overlooking the newly completed transcontinental railroad in 1868.
great                                              fire and earthquake in San                                              Francisco April 18th, 1906
The Great San Francisco Fire and Earthquake of 1906.

A Japanese plane is shot down during the 
Battle of Saipan in 1944.
McDonald's Ronald 1963
The original Ronald McDonald — played by Willard Scott!
Hitler in Paris.
Halifax airport plane
Grounded aircraft on September 11, 2001 await orders.

British SAS back from a three month long 
patrol of North Africa, January 18, 1943.
Disney Cafeteria
Disneyland employee cafeteria in 1961.
First                                              McDonalds
The first McDonalds.

Fidel Castro lays a wreath at the Lincoln 
Lumberjacks in                                              CaliforniaLumberjacks in                                              California

California lumberjacks work on Redwoods.

Beatles                                              at the age of 15
Young Beatles
Franz Ferdinand with                                              his wife
Archduke Franz Ferdinand with his wife on the day they were assassinated in 1914,
an event that helped spark World War I.

The 1912 World Series.
Hilary and Bill                                              Clinton
Bill and Hillary Clinton playing volleyball in 1975.

Elves                                              Presley in the Army
Elvis in the Army.
Machu Picchu discovery
The first photo following the discovery of Machu Pichu in 1912.

Child laborers in 1880.
Time Square approx.                                              1911
New York‘s Times Square in 1911.
Construction of Christ the Redeemer in Rio da Janeiro, Brazil.
Mississippi Steamboats
Steamboats on the Mississippi River in 1907.

Leo Tolstoy tells a story to his 
grandchildren in 1909.
The Beatles and                                              Muhammad Ali
The Beatles meet Muhammad Ali.
Disneyland                                              Construction
The construction of Disneyland. 

Arnold Schawrzenegger                                              on the day of citizenship
Arnold Schwarzenegger on the day he received his American citizenship.

Fourteen year-old Osama bin Laden. He’s 
second from the right.
Construction of the                                              Statue of Liberty 1884
Construction of the Statue of Liberty in 1884.


HISTORY LESSON – a condensed version

For those that don’t know about history, here is a condensed version: 

Humans originally existed as members of small bands of nomadic hunters/gatherers. 

They lived on deer 
in the mountains 
during the summer and would go to the coast 
and live on fish and lobster in the winter. 

The two most important events in all of history were the invention of beer

and the invention of the wheel. 
The wheel was invented to get man to the beer. 
These were the foundation of modern civilization and together were the catalyst for the splitting of humanity into two distinct subgroups:

1. Liberals 
2. Conservatives. 

Once beer 

was discovered, it required grain and that was the beginning of agriculture. 
Neither the glass bottle nor aluminum can 
were invented yet, so while our early humans were sitting
around waiting for them to be invented,
they just stayed close to the brewery.
That’s how villages were formed. 

Some men spent their days tracking and killing animals to BBQ at night while they were drinking beer. This was the beginning of what is known as the Conservative movement….

Other men 

who were weaker and less skilled at hunting learned to live off the conservatives by showing up for the nightly BBQs and doing the sewing, fetching, and hair dressing.This was the beginning of the Liberal movement.

Some of these liberal men eventually evolved into women. They became known as girlie-men. 

Some noteworthy liberal achievements include the domestication of cats, the invention of group therapy, group hugs, 
and the concept of Democratic
voting to decide how to divide the meat and beer
 that conservatives provided. 

Over the years conservatives came to be symbolized by the largest, most powerful land animal on earth, the elephant. 

Liberals are symbolized by the jackass for obvious reasons.

Modern liberals like imported beer (with lime added), but most prefer white wine or imported bottled water. They eat raw fish 

but like their beef well done. Sushi, tofu, and French food are standard liberal fare.. Another interesting evolutionary side note: most of their women have higher testosterone levels than their men.
Most social workers,personal injury attorneys, journalists, dreamersin Hollywood and group therapists are liberals. Liberals invented the designated hitter rule because it wasn’t fair to make the pitcher also bat.

Conservatives drink domestic beer, mostly Bud or Miller. They eat red meat and still provide for their women. Conservatives are big game hunters, rodeo cowboys, lumberjacks,construction workers, firemen, medical doctors, police officers, engineers, corporate executives, athletes, members of the military, airline pilots and generally anyone who works productively.

Conservatives who own companies hire other conservatives who want to work for a living. 

Liberals produce little. They prefer to govern the producers…. and decide what to do with the production. Liberals believe Europeans are more enlightened than Americans. That is why most of the liberals remained in Europe when conservatives were coming to America.   They crept in after the Wild West was tamed and created a business of trying to get something for nothing.

Here ends today’s lesson in world history: 

It should be noted that a Liberal may have a momentary urge to angrily respond to the above before forwarding it.

A Conservative will simply laugh and be so convinced of the absolute truth of this history that it will be forwarded immediately to other true believers and to more liberals just to piss them off. 

And there you have it. Let your next action reveal your true self…

..I’m going to have another beer…or whiskey.

Trust, but verify! – humor

Comes a time when a woman just has to trust her husband …


A wife comes home late at night, and quietly opens the door to her bedroom. From under the blanket she sees four legs instead of two. She reaches for a baseball bat and starts hitting the blanket as hard as she can.


Leaving the covered bodies groaning, she goes to the kitchen to have a drink.


As she enters, she sees her husband there, reading a magazine.


“Hi Darling”, he says. “Your parents have come to visit us, so l let them stay in our bedroom. Did you say ‘hello’?”

National Park-picture 360 degree view


panorama…………   canyonland-Utah canyonlands-Utah





Next Generation Photography.

360 Degree Pictures. Amazing!!
OK, this is absolutely incredible!! Note, it is not just 360 it is 360 at
every latitude…try going up or down!
Don’t get dizzy!!
You can also look straight up and down too.
Click on the pictures below and when they come up, click again
and drag your mouse in any direction and the picture will give you a 360 degree view.

45 lessons life taught me…

good advice


7% Written by a 90 year old

This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!! Make sure you read to the end!!!!!! 

Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio .

“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I’ve ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short  enjoy it.

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye, but don’t worry, God never blinks.

16.. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

19.. It’s never too late to be happy. But its all up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative of dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you need

42. The best is yet to come…

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

Its estimated 93% won’t forward this. If you are one of the 7% who will, forward this with the title ‘7%’.

I’m in the 7%. Friends are the family that we choose.

I can see the deer moving around in the back yard.


Yep, won’t be long now.

 it’s amazing

This is real mesmerizing!! 

(You may need to do a Ctrl/Click)
Click on the photo
This page tells you how many days old you are and on which day you were born.

* The number of leap years you have lived through actually shows how many February 29’s you’ve been in. For instance, someone born in August 2012 will have 0 leap years because he was born after February 29th.

The year 2000 is a leap year. Year numbers divisible by 100 aren’t leap years, unless they can be divided by 400.

You may have to wait a minute or two for these pictures to load. 

Let me chew on your ear a minute…

I got your toes…No, I got YOURS!   This one just broke me up!
Round and round we go… This sure beats chasing your own tail.

By spring, this cat’s gonna be a hop-scotch champ!

These two truly make an ODD COUPLE!

Just a minute Mr. DeMille, let me get ready for my close-up!

You think outgrowing your clothes is a problem?
Try outgrowing your pet


A selection of photos of the largest U.S. cities, made about 100 years ago.


Woodward Avenue , Detroit , Michigan , in 1917.


Atlantic City , 1910.


The main street of Memphis , North of Avenue Gayoso, 1910.


Station “Louisville-N ashville”,Florida , in 1910.


Forsyth Street , Jacksonville , Florida , in 1910.


The beach in Atlantic City , 1915.


Grant Avenue after an earthquake in San Francisco in 1906.


Carts for transporting dairy Thompson , Washington , 1927.


Washington , DC , 1914.


Cadillac Square , Detroit , Michigan , 1916.


Ninth Street , Washington DC , 1915.




Corner of Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street , New York , 1910.


Broad Street north of Spruce Street , Philadelphia , 1905.


View of Manhattan Bridge from Brooklyn in 1909.


Fire at 55th Street , New York , 1915.


Fifth Avenue , New York , 1913.


Wabash Avenue , Chicago , 1907.


The New York Public Library, New York , 1915.


Wall Street, New York , 1911.


Fifth Avenue , New York , 1913.


Manhattan , 1907.


The Northern part of Fifth Avenue , New York , 1913.


City Hall – City Hall in New York .


Dexter Avenue and the Capitol, Montgomery , Alabama , in 1906.


Valnut Street , Cincinnati , Ohio , 1910.


Washington , DC , 1913.


Broadway and the building of “The Times”, New York , 1915.


Size of Government in Cincinnati , Ohio , in 1905.


Boston , MA , 1906.


New York , 1905.


Grand Central Station and Hotel, Manhattan , New York , 1903.


Treasury Building , Washington , DC, 1913.


Post Office, Brooklyn , New York , 1906.




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Puppy Size

This is one of the neatest stories you will ever hear. You will know precisely what this little girl is talkingabout at the end (you’ll want to share this one with your loved ones and special friends)!

‘Danielle keeps repeating it over and over again. We’ve been back to this animal shelter at least five times.It has been weeks now since we started all of this,’ the Mother told the volunteer.

‘What is it she keeps asking for ?’ the Volunteer asked.’Puppy size!’ replied the Mother.

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‘Well, we have plenty of Puppies, if that’s what she’s looking for..’

‘I know…. We have seen most of them,

‘the Mom said in frustration…

Just then Danielle came walking into the office.
‘Well, did you find one?’ asked her Mom.

‘No, not this time,’ Danielle said with sadness in her voice.

‘Can we come back on the weekend?’

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The two Women looked at each other,

shook their heads and laughed

‘You never know when we will get more dogs. Unfortunately, there’s always a supply,’ the Volunteer said.

Danielle took her mother by the hand and headed to the door.

‘Don’t worry, I’ll find one this weekend,’ she said.

Over the next few days both Mom and Dad had long conversations with her.

They both felt she was being too particular. ‘It’s this weekend or we’re not looking anymore’,     Dad finally said in frustration.

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‘We don’t want to hear anything more about ‘Puppy size’, either,’ Mom added.

Sure enough, they were the first ones in the shelter on Saturday morning .

By now Danielle knew her way around, so she ran right for the section that housed the smaller dogs.

Tired of the routine, Mom sat in the small waiting room at the end of the first row of cages. There was an observation window so you could see the animals during times when visitors weren’t permitted.

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Danielle walked slowly from cage to cage, kneeling periodically to take a closer look.

One by one the dogs were brought out and she held each one. One by one she said,                ‘Sorry, but you’re not the One.’

It was the last cage on this last day in search of the perfect pup. The volunteer opened the cage door and the child carefully picked up the dog and held it closely. This time she took a little longer.

‘Mom, that’s it! I found the right puppy! He’s the one! I know it!’ She screamed with joy.

‘It’s the Puppy Size !’

‘But it’s the same size as all the other Puppies you held over the last few weeks,’ Mom said.

‘No not Size. ‘The Sighs’. When I held him in my arms, he sighed,’ she said. ‘Don’t you remember? When I asked you one day what Love is, you told me love depends on the sighs of your heart. The more you love, the bigger the sigh !’

The two Women looked at each other for a moment. Her Mom didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. As she stooped down to hug the child, she did a little of both.

‘Mom, every time you hold me, I sigh. When you and Daddy come home from work and hug each other, you both sigh. I knew I would find the right Puppy if it sighed when I held it in my arms,’ she said. Then, holding the puppy up close to her face, she said, ‘Mom, he loves me. I heard the sighs of his heart!’

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Close your eyes for a moment and think about the Love that makes you sigh.

I not only find it in the arms of my loved ones, but in the caress of a sunset, the kiss of the moonlight and the gentle brush of cool air on a hot day !

They are the sighs of God. Take the time to stop and listen; you will be surprised at what you hear. ‘Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.’

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I hope your Life is filled with many Sighs !

Appreciate every single thing you have, especially your friends !

Life is just too short and friends are too few.
Love the people who treat you right and forget the rest !

Next time you are considering water skiing in Florida….Life is about choices
The first 2 pictures were taken by a KTBS helicopter flying over LakeThomas , Winter Haven , Florida .

The helicopter pilot and the game wardens on the ground were in communication via 2-way radios.
Here is a transcript of their conversation.
Air1, have you a visual on the gator, Over’
‘Approaching inlet now, Over’
‘Roger Air1’
‘Gator sighted. Looks like it has a small animal in its mouth….moving in, over’
‘Roger Air1’
‘Oh Crap it’s a Deer!’
‘Confirm Air1.. Did you say Deer?, Over’
‘Roger………a Deer in its mouth….looks like a full sized buck….that’s a big gator, boys.
We’re gonna need more men, Over’
‘Roger Air1…..can you give me a idea on size of animal, over’
‘It’s a big one…..25 feet at least, please advise, gator is heading to inlet….do I pursue?, Over’

That has to be a HUGE gator to have a whole deer in its mouth!
The deer was later found to be a mature Stag.
If you ski at the west end of the lake —- try not to fall overboard.

This alligator was found between Lakeland and Winter HavenFlorida near the house of Anita and Charlie Rogers, who could hear the beast bellowing in the night.

Their neighbors had been telling them that they had seen a mammoth alligator in the waterway that runs behind their house, but they dismissed the stories as exaggerations.

‘I didn’t believe it,’ Charles Rogers said, but after the alligator was killed, they realized the stories were, if anything,  understated.

Game wardens were forced to shoot the alligator. Joe Goff, a 6’5″ tall game warden, shown below, walks past the 28-foot, 1-inch long alligator that he helped shoot and kill in the Rogers
‘ back yard.

Look carefully in each picture for the cat as it makes its way down from the roof to the dog. Then, check the explanation at the end.




The story behind this picture is this: Every day – at the same time – she waits for him. Sometimes she barks to call him.

He comes; they rub and greet each other and they go for a walk. They have done this for 5 years and no, they don’t belong to the same owners. The owners didn’t know until neighbors seeing them together so frequently commented to the cat’s owner, who then followed the dog home which was a distance away – not in a house close or next door. How it started no one knows.

Wouldn’t it be great to have friends like this – always There, no words needed, they just intuitively recognize the value of each other in their lives and act accordingly.

Live, Laugh, Love
Life is not the way it’s supposed to be. It’s the way it is.
The way we cope with it is what makes the difference

it is interesting when you read. I got this thru email.

americaisspeakingout   see this below:


Remember, not only did you and I contribute to Social Security, but your employer did, too. It totals 15% of your income before taxes. If you averaged only $30K over your working life, that’s close to $220,500. Read that again!

Did you see where the Government paid in one single penny?

We are talking about the money you and your employer put in a Government bank to insure you and I that we would have a retirement check from the money we put in, not the Government. Now they are calling the money we put in an ENTITLEMENT when we reach the age to take it back.

If you calculate the future invested value of $4,500 per year (yours & your employer’s contribution) at a simple 5% interest (less than what the Government pays on the money that it borrows), after 49 years of working you’d have $892,919.98. If you took out only 3% per year, you’d receive $26,787.60 per year and it would last better than 30 years (until you’re 95 if you retire at age 65) and that’s with no interest paid on that final amount on deposit! If you bought an annuity and it paid 4% per year, you’d have a lifetime income of $2,976.40 per month. If you have a deceased spouses who died in their 50’s — their S.S. money will never have one cent drawn from what they paid into S.S. all their lives over the past 30 years!


Entitlement my foot, I paid cash for my social security insurance! Just because they borrowed the money for other government spending, doesn’t make my benefits some kind of charity or handout!!

Remember Congressional benefits? — free healthcare, outrageous retirement packages, 67 paid holidays, three weeks paid vacation, unlimited paid sick days.
Now that’s welfare!!! And they have the nerve to call my social security retirement payments entitlements?!?

We’re “broke” and we can’t help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, or Homeless.
Yet in the last few months we have provided aid to Haiti, Chile and Turkey. And now Pakistan……home of bin Laden. Literally, BILLIONS… if not TRILLIONS of DOLLARS are unaccounted for!!!

They call Social Security and Medicare an entitlement even though most of us have been paying for it all our working lives, and now, when it’s time for us to collect, the government is running out of money. Why did the government borrow from it in the first place? It was supposed to be in a locked box, not part of the general fund.


Dark Urine? Smelly Urine? Frequent Urination? What Your Pee Says About Your Health


You would be surprised by how much information can be gleaned from the urine that you produce each day (one to two quarts, on average). For example, the simple “dipstick” urine test that doctors often use to check for a urinary tract infection also can help them diagnose kidney disease, diabetes, cancer and other conditions. But there is more.

What you may not realize: If you know what to look for, you can tell a lot about your health just by being aware of the physical characteristics of your urine—such as color, smell and frequency. What to watch out for…


When you’re healthy and drinking enough water, your urine should be mainly clear or straw-colored with just a hint of yellow. The yellow color comes from urochrome, a pigment produced by the breakdown of a protein in red blood cells.

Urine is naturally darker in the morning because you don’t drink water while you sleep. If a color change persists, however, it could be a problem. For example…

Brown or dark brown. Pay attention if your urine is dark for more than a week.

What this usually means: Liver disease. The liver normally breaks down and excretes bilirubin, a pigment that’s produced by the turnover of red blood cells. Patients with liver disease accumulate bilirubin. This initially will cause jaundice, a yellowing of the skin or the whites of the eyes. As more bilirubin accumulates, it can cause the urine to become brown. A combination of dark-colored urine and jaundice means that liver disease might be getting worse. See your doctor right away.

Dark-colored urine also can be a side effect of some antibiotics, laxatives and muscle relaxants. Eating large amounts of fava beans, rhubarb or aloe can cause brown urine as well. In some cases, dark-colored urine can signal kidney failure.

Red or pink. Urine that’s tinged with red or pink could simply mean that you have been eating beets. (The medical term for beet-induced urine changes is beeturia). Or it could mean that you’re urinating blood.

The amount of blood will affect the color. If the urine resembles cabernet wine, you’re bleeding a lot…urine that’s pinkish or just slightly red contains only traces of blood. A microscopic amount of blood won’t be visible—it can be detected only with a laboratory test.

What this usually means: Blood in the urine is always a problem. Make an appointment to see your doctor. If you see blood and it also hurts when you urinate, you could have an infection—in the urethra, bladder or kidney or even a malignancy in the bladder, for example. Bleeding without pain also can indicate these conditions.

Green. Though rare, a person’s urine can turn a greenish color.

What this usually means: Green urine can appear when you’ve consumed a chemical dye—from food coloring, for example, or from taking medications such as amitriptyline (Elavil), an antidepressant, or indomethacin (Indocin), a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. In some cases, urine with a greenish tint can signal a urinary tract infection with certain bacteria (such as pseudomonas) that affect the color.

If your urine is greenish, increase fluid intake to see if it clears. If it doesn’t in two days, see your doctor or a urologist.


If you’re healthy, your urine should be highly diluted, consisting of about 95% water, with only small amounts of dissolved chemical compounds and metabolic by-products. It typically has no—or only a faint—odor.

Of course everyone is familiar with the effect that asparagus and some other foods, such as onions or fish, have on the smell of one’s urine. This strong “rotten” smell is due to the chemical compounds in certain foods, particularly molecules that are not completely broken down by the body. The smell usually disappears within a day or so.

Some other less common urine smells include…

Ammonia-like. If your urine is concentrated, with a larger-than-normal amount of urea (a chemical compound in urine), you might smell an aroma that resembles ammonia. Or you might just notice that it has a stronger smell than usual.

What this usually means: Dehydration. The less water you drink, the higher the concentration of urea and other substances—and the stronger the smell. You can diagnose this yourself by drinking, say, one extra glass of water an hour for several hours to add water to your urine. The strong urine smell will probably disappear within a few hours. If it does not, see your doctor.

Foul-smelling. If your urine smells foul or unusual in any way for more than a few days, pay attention to the odor.

What this usually means: If it’s not caused by a food that you’ve eaten, it could signal an infection in the bladder or kidneys. Less often, it’s due to a metabolic disorder that reduces the body’s ability to fully break down foods during digestion.

Uncontrolled diabetes can cause an abnormally sweet odor, and penicillin can cause a distinctive medicinal odor.

Even if you have no other symptoms, such as pain while urinating, but your urine continues to have an unusually strong smell for more than a couple of days, talk to your doctor.


It’s natural to see foam in the toilet when you really have to go and have a heavy stream. But urine that’s consistently foamy or bubbly could mean that you’re losing protein.

What this usually means: Kidney disease. Large amounts of protein in the urine is one of the main signs of chronic kidney disease. See your doctor right away.


Mucus in urine could indicate inflammation in the urinary tract.

What this usually means: Urinary tract infection. See your doctor.

Cloudy urine also can be related to infection but often is just an indication that your urine is alkaline, which is harmless at low levels.


The average adult typically urinates four to eight times in 24 hours. A change in the frequency of your urinary habits, including getting up more than twice a night to urinate, or an increase or decrease in the amount that you urinate, warrants attention.

What this usually means: An increase in the frequency of urination, along with an increase in volume, is one of the telltale signs of diabetes.

If the amount of urine seems the same but you’re urinating more often, you could have a urinary tract infection. If this is the case, you’ll probably have very strong urges to urinate even when just a small amount comes out.

Frequency of urination and/or urinary urgency in the absence of a urinary tract infection can indicate an overactive bladder.

In men, enlargement of the prostate gland can trigger urinary urgency. Patients with neurological conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, can also have this symptom.

Don’t worry if there’s been a decrease in the amount or frequency of urination. You probably just need to drink more water. If this doesn’t help, see your doctor.

Source: Jonathan M. Vapnek, MD, a urologist and clinical associate professor of urology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. A member of the American Urological Association, he’s been named by New York Magazine as one of New York City’s best urologists. Dr. Vapnek has authored or coauthored more than 35 papers on urological topics.

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 Tax Return (no offense to anyone)

I just received my tax return back from the IRS. It puzzles me!!!

They are questioning how many dependents I claimed.

I guess it was because of my response to the question: “List all dependents?”

I replied: 12 million illegal immigrants; 3 million crack heads; 42 million unemployed people on food stamps, 2 million people in over 243 prisons; Half of Mexico; and 535 persons in the U.S. House and Senate.”

They said this was NOT an acceptable answer.

History before our time in Black and White

Some great hi-res’ photographs from the turn of the century.  Several taken in Detroit* and the Great Lakes area (Charlevoix, Petoskey, etc.).  Note the gal in the steam launch in Florida (photo 16).  She’s got a rifle and is drawing a bead on something in the water – maybe a gator or a water snake.

* I think the Tashmoo may have been one of the Bob-Lo boats that was still operating into the ‘60s.

People  come a long, long way.
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004 | 1865 | ” City Point , Virginia (vicinity). Medical supply boat Planter at General Hospital wharf on the Appomattox “
005 | 1890 | Florida . “Brown’s Landing, Rice Creek”

006 | 1896 | U.S.S. New York . “Group of sailors” | Edward Hart

007 | 1897 | “Commodore H.M. Gillig’s racing sloop Vencedor on Lake Erie ” | John S. Johnston

008 | 1897 | “Berth deck cooks, U.S.S. Oregon” | Edward H. Hart

009 | 1897 | “U.S.S. Massachusetts, fire room” Tending the battleship’s coal-fired boilers. | Edward H. Hart

010 | 1898 | “U.S.S. Oregon in dry dock, Brooklyn Navy Yard”

011 | 1899 | “Berth deck cooks aboard cruiser U.S.S. Brooklyn” | Edward H. Hart

012 | 1900 | “U.S. Battleship Texas, chief petty officers” | Edward H. Hart

013 | 1900 | Chicago . “12th Street Bascule Bridge ”

014 | 1900 | Charlevoix , Michigan . “Harbor entrance and light house”

015 | 1900 | “Car ferry ‘Transport’ entering slip, Detroit River ”

016 | 1900 | Florida . “A landing on the Tomoka” | William Henry Jackson

017 | 1900 | “A bit of country life near Henryville , Pennsylvania — making soap”

018 | 1900 | ” Brooklyn Bridge , East River ”

019 | 1900 | New Jersey circa. “Bergen Tunnel, east end”

020 | 1900 | Chicago . “A walk in Lincoln Park ”

021 | 1900 | Buffalo , New York . “Labor Day parade, Main Street ”

022 | 1900 | “U.S.S. Oregon quarterdeck” | Edward H. Hart

023 | 1900 | “U.S.S. Chicago. One of the crew”

024 | 1901 | Buffalo , New York . “Unloading ore from whaleback carrier”

025 | 1901 | “Hanging rock on the Susquehanna near Danville , Pennsylvania ”

026 | 1901 | Petoskey , Michigan . “Grand Rapids & Indiana R.R. station”

027 | 1901 | Detroit . “Excursion steamers Tashmoo and Idlewild at wharves”

029 | 1902 | “A happy family”

030 | 1902 | Iowa . “Chicago & North Western Railway — steel viaduct over Des Moines River ” | William Henry Jackson

034 | 1904 | The Jersey Shore . “Steeplechase Pier and bathers, Atlantic City ”

037 | 1905 | St. Clair , Michigan . “Launch of steamer Frank J. Hecker”

041 | 1905 | Cleveland , Ohio . ” Cuyahoga River from the Viaduct”

042 | 1905 | Buffalo , New York . “Jack-Knife Bridge, City Ship Canal , foot of Michigan Street ”

043 | 1905 | The Detroit River . “Transfer steamer Detroit in the ice”

044 | 1905 | Houghton , Michigan . “Loading copper on steamer Juniata ”

088 | 1912 | “Dime Savings Bank and Detroit City Hall ”

093 | 1919 | Washington , D.C. ” Alexandria shipyard views” | Harris & Ewing Collection

094 | 1920 | “Shad fishing on the Potomac ”

098 | 1922 | Washington , D.C. “Group winners at Tidal Basin bathing beach”

Time is like a river, you cannot touch the same water twice, Because the flow that has passed will never pass again! Enjoy every moment of life!

Wow! I’ve seen this with the letters out of order, but this is the first time I’ve seen it with numbers. Good example of a Brain Study:

If you can read this OUT LOUD you have a strong mind. 

And better than that: Alzheimer’s is a long, long, ways down the road before it ever gets anywhere near you.

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To my ‘selected’ strange-minded friends: If you can read the following paragraph, forward it on to your friends and the person that sent it to you with ‘yes’ in the subject line. Only great minds can re ad this. This is weird, but interesting!

If you can raed this, you have a sgtrane mnid, too.

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Even if you are not old, you will find this interesting..


What would you do?
You make the choice. Don’t look for a punch line, there isn’t one. Read it anyway. My question is: Would you have made the same choice?

At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended.
After extolling the school and its
dedicated staff, he offered a question,
“When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does, is done with perfection.

Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do.

Where is the natural order of things in my son?”
The audience was stilled by the query.

The father continued. “I believe that, when a child like Shay, who was mentally and physically disabled, comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child.”

Then he told the following story:

Shay and I had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball.

Shay asked, “Do you think they’ll let me play?”
I knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but as a father I also understood that, if my son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.I approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play.

The boy looked around for guidance and said,
“We’re losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we’ll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning.”Shay struggled over to the team’s bench and, with a broad smile, put on a team shirt..

I watched with a small tear in my eye and warmth in my heart. The boys saw my joy at my son being accepted.In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay’s team scored a few runs but was still behind by three.

In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as I waved to him from the stands.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay’s team scored again.

Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.

At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game?

Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat.

Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn’t even know how to hold the bat properly,
much less connect with the ball.However, as Shay stepped up to the

plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside for this moment in Shay’s life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact.The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed.

The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay.

As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher.

The game would now be over.

The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman.

Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game.

Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the first baseman’s head, out of reach of all team mates.

Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling, “Shay, run to first!

Run to first!”

Never in his life had Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base.

He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.Everyone yelled,
“Run to second, run to second!”

Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to the base.

By the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball. The smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance to be the hero for his team.

He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher’s intentions so he, too, intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman’s head.

Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home.

All were screaming, “Shay, Shay, Shay, all the way Shay!”

Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him in the direction of third base, and shouted, “Run to third!

Shay, run to third!”As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators, were on their feet screaming,

“Shay, run home! Run home!”Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his team.

“That day,” said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, “the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world.”

Shay didn’t make it to another summer.

He died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making me so happy,
and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!AND NOW A LITTLE FOOTNOTE TO THIS STORY:

We all send thousands of jokes through the e-mail without a second thought, but when it comes to sending messages about life choices, people hesitate.

The crude, vulgar, and often obscene pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion about decency is too often suppressed in our

schools and workplaces.
If you’re thinking about sharring this message, chances are that you’re probably sorting out the people who aren’t the “appropriate” ones to receive this type of message. Well, the person who wrote his believes that we all can make a difference….

A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience with a raised glass of water. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, ‘half empty or half full?’… She fooled them all …. “How heavy is this glass of water?” she inquired with a smile.
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. To 20 oz.

She replied , “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it.
If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm.

If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She continued, “and that’s the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.”

“As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden – holding stress longer and better each time practiced.
So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down.
Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night… Pick them up tomorrow.

1 * Accept the fact that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue!

2 * Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

3 * Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

4 * Drive carefully… It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.

5 * If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

6 * If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

7 * It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

8 * Never buy a car you can’t push.

9 * Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won’t have a leg to stand on.

10 * Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.

11 * Since it’s the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

12 * The second mouse gets the cheese.

13 * When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

14 * Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

16 * Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.

17 * We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.

18 * A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

19 * Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today.


20 *Save the earth….. It’s the only planet we live on!*

Today someone asked me if I liked you.  I laughed, and I said, “Ha! That’s  funny!!   I absolutely LOVE  that   person!!  They are funny, caring, crazy as heck, sweet, beautiful,   they are reading this  right now & I love them!!”  Share this with other people you love!

Be the kind of person  that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says~~ “Oh Crap,   They’re up!”

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Ice cream sandwiches being made:
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Springs being made:
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Pencils being sharpened:
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Mold forming:
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Bread dough being cut:
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How holes are drilled in metal:
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Trombones being made:
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What a liter bottle of soda looks like before compressed air is added:
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CDs being made:
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Popcorn popping:
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How fences are made:
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Iron being shaped:
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Gloves being made:
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The horrible, horrible process of making a hot dog:
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The making of a dart:
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A knuckleball in slow motion:
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How keys work:
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Still a long ways to go, but  progress is being made.
Impressive Highways system above the Rainforest in Sao Paolo, Brazil
Dinner in the sky in Brussels, Belgium
Beijing International Airport, China
Super Moon rising above Sierra Nevada Sequoia National Park California
The Amazing Stone Mirror in Istanbul, Turkey
Amazing view of Schwerin Castle, Germany
The water is so clear it looks like the boat is hovering! – Bora Pearl Beach
Heart Island in mangrove delta of the Vaza-Barris River, Brazil
Escalator of the New World Trade Center
Airplanes rolling over highway at Leipzig-Halle Airport in Germany
Amazing walk at West Side of Taihang Mountain in Shanxi Province, China
Impressive Swim Pools Balconies at Bandra Ohm Residential Tower in Mumbai, India
Mesmerising Niagara Falls – Rainbow Bridge, USA
Ferrari World Theme Park In Abu Dhabi
Amazing Corinthos Channel in Greece
Awesome Singapore – Dance of Light
World’s Largest Ice Cave in Austria
The Streets of Monaco Yacht
World’s first billion dollar house in Mumbai, India – 27 Floors Ambani’s Palace
Amazing Landwasser Viaduct Switzerland
The best & most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched –
They must be felt with the heart.