Friday, December 27, 2013

New Species Discovered in 2013: An odd animal roundup reminder

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Good Day World!

 Amazing as it may seem, scientists keep finding new species of animals – well, at least new to mankind. They’ve been out there all along.

Every year we get to hear about things like spiders as big as our faces or beautifully colored frogs that will poison us if we even touch them.

I love this time of year when everyone is making up lists about what happened throughout the year. This year is one of my favorites: 

On remote forest tree-tops and in deep Arctic oceans, researchers spotted and identified a varied collection of new species in 2013.

Among them: a "cocoa frog" from Suriname, a shark that walks, and a tarantula the size of a dinner plate.New species: this sleek chocolate-colores

Though this year’s haul of new species runs into the thousands, researchers estimate that there are about 8 million species still unidentified by science skulking in remote corners of the world, and sometimes hiding out right under scientists' noses.

And that’s not including most of the microbial world. "When you throw in the bacteria and archaea and cyanobacteria and those early groups, all bets are off," Quentin Wheeler, incoming president of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and founder of the International Institute for Species Exploration, told NBC News.

Science is catching up with Mother Nature — but slowly. About 18,000 species are discovered every year, and as of 2013, "we’re fast approaching 2 million named things," Wheeler said.” (Read whole story here)

Time for me to walk on down the road…

Thursday, December 26, 2013

A wink at the weirdest political moments of 2013

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 In another year marked by a steady stream of gaffes, scandals, and strange controversies, the late night comedy pros have had no drought of material from Washington, D.C., as the stars of our nation’s body politic continued to say goofy things into microphones on a shockingly regular basis.

Here are three of the eleven most bizarre quotes for 2013. They’re head scratching, strange moments, in the words of the men and women who brought them to you:

I knew that by putting something out as a tweet that I deleted that the press would see it, and if they could read something into what was an innocent tweet about how hot Cyndi Lauper was as a performer, that it would get the press’s attention, and it did in a monster way.” – Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., April 12.

I will eat them anywhere. I do so like green eggs and ham. Thank you, thank you, Sam I Am!”  - Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Sept. 24.

The most shocking part of the story was learning that there is a vegan strip club in Portland.” – Cory Booker spokesman Kevin Griffis, Sept. 25.

Read the whole story here

Time for me to walk on down the road…

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Marry Christmas from As It Stands!

 Good Day World!

 Merry Christmas to everyone in the world, and may you enjoy peace and love in abundance.

 Wherever you may be, I hope the seasons blessings are upon thee!

 Thank you for stopping by.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

It’s the day before Christmas & throughout Lakerdom there’s little hope for a Christmas Day miracle!


 Good Day World!

The seriously depleted Laker squad this season is a collection of castoffs and young players with good attitudes and limited skills.

There will be no Kobe Bryant to give them at least one superstar on the court Christmas Day when they play against the powerhouse Miami Heat.

For fans such as myself, these are the down days of a once proud Laker dynasty. I cringe when they play anyone now. Teams that used to mean automatic wins are now clobbering the mismatched group of Lakers who are trying to get by without a point guard.

If Farmer comes back from his hamstring injury on Christmas Day I don’t expect much100_1278 from him. The only upside will be he’s a point guard. I couldn’t believe what happened when Coach Di’ Antonio reached down into the D-League and brought in a point guard for the last game against Golden State.

The guy, I refuse to use his name (Kendall Marshal), lasted for several plays. He managed to get a foul called on him, and then was ejected from the game in mere minutes! This is the kind of season it’s been for the hapless Lakers.

Pau Gasol played despite a lingering upper respiratory infection played against the Suns last night and scored a season low 10 points before retiring. Who knows if he’s going to be up to playing again on Christmas Day? The Suns ran them off the court 117 to 90.

So, that leaves us with guys like Jodie Meeks playing starting point guard. His backups, Henry and Young, are not point guards either. Jordan Hill, who has been playing well of late, will really have a challenge on his hands guarding Miami Heat Center, Chris Bosch.

But you know what? I’m going to have my Laker/Santa Claus hat on with my Laker robe this Christmas Day hoping for a miracle for my team…the Los Angeles Lakers! What else can a true fan do?

MERRY CHRISTMAS – I’ll see you on December 27th.

Time for me to walk on down the road…


Monday, December 23, 2013

Decorated Combat Veteran on a Mission for Medical Marijuana

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 As a combat veteran with PTSD, I closely follow any new treatments that come up in the news.

Two trends have recently captured my interest because they’re non-traditional means of dealing with my condition.

                                           (Photo Credit: / Perry Parks)

They are, PTSD dogs and medical marijuana.

I’ve got a news item on the topic of medical marijuana which is really making the rounds on the social media circuit today: 

Perry Parks, a Vietnam combat veteran and highly decorated retired military officer of 28 years, says killing is an unnatural act.

If you take the average person off the street, he said, he will not be able to point a gun at somebody and pull the trigger.

“They have to be trained to kill, so most people will pull the gun up at the last minute and miss,” Parks said, noting that the U.S. military got hip to this trend following WWI, when which soldiers subconsciously missed the mark about 75 percent of the time.

Combat training has since been altered to better teach people to kill. Instead of fixed bullseye targets, soldiers now practice shooting at popup human silhouettes. But whether or not a person has been trained to kill, the brutality of war can leave a dark and sometimes permanent mark on their psyche.

Parks, like 30 percent of all Vietnam War vets and at least 20 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, left the army with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

He was featured in the 2009 Emmy Award-winning documentary, The Good Soldier, which follows five combat vets, each from a different American war, as they sign up, go to battle, then eventually become disillusioned with war and rethink what it means to be a “good soldier.” In the film, Parks explains how the act of killing later torments so many combat veterans, himself included.

Now, Parks is leading the national fight to allow veterans to access cannabis. He is the former president of the North Carolina Cannabis Patients Network, which focuses on medical marijuana policy reform in the state, and continues to work with the organization as a legislative liaison. His primary job is to reach out to state officials and raise money for the organization.

While 20 states and Washington D.C. have legalized medical marijuana, only a few of those states grant medical marijuana access to people with PTSD—and Parks lives in North Carolina where the use of the herb for any purpose is restricted and severely enforced.

Take Josh Cook, a veteran from North Carolina who was injured in Iraq and medically discharged when he began to experience seizures. After trying a series of legal seizure medications, Cook found that cannabis alone helped; in fact, it stopped his seizures altogether for eight months. But in January the local police showed up at Cook’s door and asked to search his house. He agreed, and the cops found an electric coffee bean grinder Cook had been using to grind his marijuana. Cook was arrested and charged with two counts of marijuana possession.

Nevertheless, Parks is public about the fact that he uses an “illegal substance,” and he has never been arrested—yet. He chalks his good fortune, in part, to the fact that he’s extremely outspoken about his pot use. He’s brought medical information about cannabis to meetings with the local DA and mayor, his preacher, and even the local sheriff to try to educate them about the proven medical benefits of cannabis use.

“And, of course, I’ve taken full advantage of the military background,” he said, noting that people tend to be much less inclined to arrest a white, retired military officer in uniform than they are a black man or a teenager, for example.

“For years I didn’t wear my uniform, but got to thinking about how the joint chiefs of staff, when they go in and ask for millions of dollars for the military, they don't go in in civilian clothes," he said. "They wear their uniforms with all them brightly colored ribbons up front." 

(Read the rest of this story here at AlterNet)

Time for me to walk on down the road…

Sunday, December 22, 2013

5 Great Breweries Where I live in Medford, Oregon

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 I’m going to brag a little by sharing the great Brew Scene in Medford, Oregon, where I live.

No matter what time of the year you can find some tasty craft beer here!

Speaking of craft beers,here’s something I put together I think you’ll enjoy.

Here’s the 5 Breweries in Medford:

APOCALYPSE BREWING COMPANY, 545 Rossanley Drive, was established Sept. 15, 2012, in a roll-up garage door warehouse space, with metal sheeting walls and a concrete bar.
Co-owners Nick and Erin Ellis and Dennis Poncia believe in "big beers that are approachable but with the character necessary to challenge the mundane."
Operating on a half-barrel system, the brewers are targeting a production level of six barrels a month. They strive to offer five regular beer selections on tap, one rotating specialty tap and one guest tap.
The brewery's regular beers are: The Tunguska Event (cream-style ale); Blast Radius (American pale ale); Fallow Fields (American brown ale); The Sixth Seal (Northwest pale ale); Devastated Sky (American stout).
Specialty beers are continually under experimentation. The current pour is River Runs Red.
The tap house is open Thursday and Friday 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fans can join a Survivors Corps membership program.
For more, 541-210-8550,

BEERWORKS, 323 E. Main St., is a specialty bottle shop and pub with more than 450 beers that can be bought to take home or to enjoy on site. It has six beers on tap as well and kegs for sale and hosts weekly beer tastings.
Owner Chris Dennett opened the place in July 2011.
It's open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
For more, 541-770-9100

• BRICKTOWNE BREWING COMPANY, 44 S. Central Ave., opened in November 2012 by the father-and-son team of Dennis and Craig McPheeters. Craig is the master brewer, with assistance from Chris Pearson.
Craig tends to focus on a more English style brewing, while keeping an open eye to the Pacific Northwest's love of IPAs.
The place has an industrial blue-collar feel, with a horseshoe-shaped wooden bar, built by Dennis.
Bricktowne's featured beers are: Blue Collar Cream Ale, and Blue Collar Light (American cream ale); Siskiyou Pass English Pale Ale (ESB); Applegate Pale Ale (American pale); Rogue Trail IPA (English IPA); HopJaw IPA (American IPA); Workin' Gal BrownE (American brown ale); Table Rock Red Ale (American amber); Gunslinger Double India Pale Ale (imperial or double IPA); Barrique Black Ale (robust porter).
In addition to the beers, they offer pub grub, appetizers, cheese and sausages and desserts. There's a banquet room to rent.
Their current winter hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday noon to 6 p.m. Minors are welcome until 8 p.m.
For more, 541-973- 2377;

• SOUTHERN OREGON BREWING COMPANY, 1922 United Way, opened in fall 2007 by Medford anesthesiologist — and beer lover — Tom Hammond, to "make amazing beer." Head brewer Scott Saulsbury makes three year-round beers: Nice Rack IPA, Na Zdravi Pilsener and Pin-up Porter. His seasonal beers are Black Heart Imperial Stout, Holy Water Maibock Big Rack Imperial IPA and Old Humbug winter Ale.
The beers are sold on tap and in 22-ounce bottles. Come April, 16-ounce cans also will be available.
The tap room is open Monday through Saturday 3 to 9 p.m., Sunday from noon to 6. Free brewery tours are available Saturdays at 4 p.m.
Private food vendors have food trucks on site Tuesday through Saturday.
For more, 541-776-9898,

WALKABOUT BREWING COMPANY TAP ROOM, 921 Mason Way, opened in Medford in July 2012, though owner and brewer Ross Litton founded the microbrewery in 1997 in Central Point.
His aim was to produce beers in the Northwest style with ingredients grown in Oregon and Washington.
Walkabout's regular beers are Worker's Pale Ale, Jabberwocky Strong Ale, Wallaby White, Redback IPA, Aussie Amber and ESB.,
Its seasonal beers are Point the Bone IPA (Halloween), Crocktoberfest (fall), and St. Outback Stout (winter).
The tap room is open Monday through Friday 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. The tasting room does not make food, but patrons are welcome to bring their own.
For more, 541-734-4677 (tap house) or 541- 664-7763 (brewery).

Time for me to walk on down the road…

Blog Break Until Presidential Election is Over

I finally hit the wall today. I can't think of what to say about all of the madness going on in this country right now. I'm a writer...