COW DUNG PATTIES SELL LIKE HOTCAKES
In The Asian Reporter, there was a story recently about the sale of cow dung patties in India. As you probably know, dung is an ancient form of fuel throughout the world.
Now, cow dung from India is selling, as the headline in the paper noted, “like hotcakes.” That wouldn't be news except for how it is being sold and snapped up these days [emphasis is mine]:
”The patties — cow poop mixed with hay and dried in the sun, made mainly by women in rural areas and used to fuel fires — have long been available in India’s villages.
“But online retailers including Amazon and eBay are now reaching out to the country’s ever-increasing urban population, feeding into the desire of older city folks to harken back to their childhood in the village.
Here's part of the Amazon page:
It's not just that east meets west in this story but that the 21st century meets – oh, about 10,000 BCE. The Amazon page is here.
OREGON MILITIA GUYS GET PRANKED
A few days ago those militia “patriots” who are occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Oregon for some reason or another, issued a hilariously long list supplies they want donated.
According to GQ, the list included shampoo, conditioner, oven cleaner, even French vanilla creamer for the tough guys.
Here's a report on how people responded to the urgent request list:
NO WONDER I'M PARALYZED TRYING TO DECIDE WHAT TO WATCH ON TV
I have no interest in sports. Nor do I care about reality shows. I don't have grandkids so I have no need to keep up with kiddie shows. I follow news and politics, some documentaries although with a few exceptions the quality has been slipping in recent years.
So what I watch when I want to veg out are mostly dramas and except for old favorites, I've been having a terrible time figuring out what to choose.
Now I know why: the number of original scripted shows on television has nearly doubled in just six years. Look at this chart:
From 211 series in 2009 to 409 last year. That's way too many reviews to read or promos to watch. At this rate, I suppose my viewing will just dribble away as my favorites are canceled one by one and I don't bother to find new ones.
You can read more here.
DOGS IN THE ICE AND SNOW
Dogs love to play outside in winter weather and it's a hoot to watch them having fun.
WHICH CANDIDATE DO YOU MOST SIDE WITH
I seem to recall doing this quiz during a previous election cycle with other candidates. It's a bunch of question on the usual issues with an opportunity in the left sidebar to choose how strongly you agree or disagree with the position.
It includes all the candidates, even the Republicans who have dropped out. I tried it and came in pretty much as I expected: I side with
Bernie Sanders 98% of the time
Hillary Clinton 96% of the time
Martin O'Malley 83% of the time
All the rest less than 30%
Darlene Costner sent this. Give it a try yourself at I Side With and let us know who you side with.
MEDICARE SCAM ALERT – IMPORTANT
There has been a sizeable uptick in criminals calling elders pretending to be Medicare employees asking for the person's bank account number. You would think anyone who got such a call would hang up, but apparently not.
This has become a big enough problem that not just Medicare but the U.S Federal Trade Commission has issued an alert. The first thing for you to know is that Medicare will never – as in never - ask your bank account or Social Security or any other number on the telephone.
If you get such a call, here is what the FTC says to do:
- Don’t give out your bank account number — or any part of your Social Security number.
- Simply hang up the phone.
- Report your experience at 1-877-FTC-HELP or ftc.gov/complaint. Click on “Scams and Rip-offs,” and then “Imposter Scams.”
- If you have questions about your Medicare benefits, call 1-800-MEDICARE.
You can read the entire alert here.
WILD COYOTE PLAYING WITH BALL
Apparently wild coyotes do not play ball games. But this one did. As evnissyen explained on his YouTube page:
“I saw this guy playing on the hill while I was getting ready for work. It's pretty rare to see a coyote this close to the house at all, and totally unexpected to see one playing with the neighbour-dog's ball in broad daylight!”
AND THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY COMPAIGN ROLLS ON
As you probably know, Senator Ted Cruz has been running around this week on his presidential campaign disparaging New York City as a way of attacking Donald Trump. It came up at the Thursday evening debate:
"Moderator Neil Cavuto asked Cruz to elaborate on his statement that Trump 'embodies' New York values.
“'I think most people know exactly what New York values are,' Cruz responded. Well, Ted, there are a couple of implications there, reported Balloon Juice, "and he went with both. 'Everyone understands that the values in New York City are socially liberal or pro-abortion or pro–gay marriage,' [said Cruz]. Check."
New York hometown newspaper, the Daily News wasn't going to let anyone get away with maligning their fair city. They ran with this front page on Friday:
If you set aside your disgust with the schoolyard level of debate performance from pretty much the entire Republican field for moment, you gotta enjoy the sideshow. (Hat tip to friend, Jim Stone)
MONKEY SEES MAGIC TRICK
My apologies for losing track of who sent me a still image of this monkey. I've since tracked down a video and it makes me smile every time I watch it. We're not so different from our monkey cousins at all.
(If this will not play, click here to watch on YouTube. It's worth the effort.)
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