WHEN ELIZABETH WARREN WAS ASKED ABOUT MARRIAGE EQUALITY
Last Thursday evening, CNN held an equality town hall with the Democratic presidential candidates. Elizabeth Warren was asked about marriage equality and she knocked it out of the park. Take a look:
CATS IN THERAPY
When cats need a shrink...
THE ALEX AND RONNI SHOW
Here's the latest episode of the bi-weekly chats with my former husband, Alex Bennett. This one was recorded last Tuesday.
SOCIAL SECURITY COLA FOR 2020
The Social Security Administration announced this week that the 2020 cost-of-living (COLA) increase for most Social Security beneficiaries will be 1.6 percent. Investment News noted that
”In 2020, individuals will be able to earn up to $18,240 per year if they are under full retirement age for the full year without forfeiting any benefits. That's up from $17,460 this year...
“The latest Medicare Trustees' report projects that basic Medicare Part B premiums will increase by about $8.80 a month to $144.30 per month in 2020. The official announcement about Medicare premiums for 2020 will be issued later this year.”
The Part B premium is deducted from the monthly Social Security benefit.
CHINA'S GIGANTIC ROAD NETWORK
China has more roadway than any other country in the world – 84 thousand miles including a bridge that is 34 miles long. This is amazing to see:
MAGIC MEERKAT MOMENTS
Meercats are the cutest little animals and a few BBC cameramen got some up close and personal fun with them. Flixxy, where I found this video, tells us,
”After being studied for years, the small mammals have no fear of humans, and simply treat them as a part of the scenery.
“The meerkat is a small mammal belonging to the mongoose family. Meerkats live in all parts of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, in much of the Namib Desert in Namibia and southwestern Angola, and in South Africa. A group of meerkats is called a 'mob', 'gang' or 'clan'".
AN ASTONISHING BEACH CLEANING CAMPAIGN
I am thrilled when I find what individuals are doing to help the planet. Take a look at this one:
If groups of us everywhere got together, we could do this cleanup part. Easy.
PSILOCYBIN REPORT ON 60 MINUTES
As many of you know, last December I took a psilocybin (magic mushrooms) session with a guide in an effort to make peace with the fear of dying that was crippling me after I had been handed a death sentence due to pancreatic cancer.
It worked. I can't say I am completely sanguine about dying, but I am a lot more comfortable with it and now see death as part of a larger phenomenon.
Throughout this year since my session, the medical community has been showing more and more interest in how psychedelics can help treat PTSD, anxiety, pain and many other conditions. Next year, legalization of psilocybin for therapeutic use in on the ballot in Oregon, in Denver and perhaps a few other locations.
This Sunday, tomorrow, the CBS News program 60 Minutes will present a segment about psylocybin. TGB reader Gary G. Trabucco sent this item for us including a trailer for Sunday's report:
Almost simultaneously, I found out about this feature-length documentary, Fantastic Fungi – The Magic Beneath Us. It's about fungi in general but also includes information about psychedelic mushrooms. (Even if you don't care about fungi, you should watch this for the stunning photography.)
Dates and venues for theater screenings of the documentary in the U.S. are listed at the film's website.
DOG RESCUED ONE MONTH AFTER HURRICANE
A full month after Hurricane Dorian killed an estimated 50 people and devastated the Bahamas,
”A drone flew over the wreckage, using an infrared camera to try to identify heat — a sign of possible life hidden amid the rubble," reported the Washington Post.
“Then, the drone operated by Florida-based shelter Big Dog Ranch Rescue sensed heat. A volunteer trudged more than half a mile over debris to where an air-conditioning unit and piles of metal had trapped the survivor: a 1-year-old mixed-breed puppy.”
The Washington Post continues:
”The dog had survived only on rainwater that filled a hole in front of him after the hurricane, so rescuers gave him some fluids to stabilize him before the hour-long flight [to Florida].
“When he arrived at Big Dog Ranch, Simmons said, his muscles had wasted away from a month of immobility and his body weight had plummeted from about 45 pounds to 22 pounds.”
The rescuers named him (her?) Miracle.
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