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WHAT IF... Imaginary or Mythological critters were REAL?




If Unicorns and werewolves and flying horses were real, which one would you like to have for a pet/companion?

Me? I would want a Dragon from PERN. Like young Jaxom, pictured here with Ruth the White Dragon:


"Jaxom and Ruth"
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I was going to limit the choices to non-sentient critters, but I couldn't do that, because the Pernese Dragons are sentient, as are Werewolves and Mermaids and a variety of other non-human beings.

So go all out and think of the strangest and most interesting mythological or legendary critters of all time, and tell the rest of us which one of them YOU would most like to have as pet or companion.

Here's some assistance for those without a favorite at hand:

List of Legendary creatures

A to Z mythical creatures

List of mythical creatures, organized by type

List of mythical creatures, organized alphabetically

30 mythical humanoid creatures




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This is ROUND TWO of Scheduling for the Blogathon. If you asked to Join the Nuz Hounds Group, and missed the last diary, please respond in the comments and pick your shift!

We will be running our Blogathon for Animal Nuz from

June 6 to June 13.



Anyone who wants to use a template will have one available, in a variety of formats, no later than Sunday, May 17th, in the Nuz Hounds queue.

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WHAT IF... The rising seas of global climate change make our coastal cities uninhabitable, would you have to move and if so, where would you go?



I'm lucky in this respect, I live inland and even 80 feet of seashore rise in oceans wouldn't swamp me out (but according to at least one online interactive site, I'd be real close to ocean-front property at that point).

But what about those of you living in NYC, Florida, California's southern basin and coastline cities, Boston, the Massachusetts Bay area and all the rest of our American towns and cities on shorelines or the lower end of the Mississippi?

JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratories)/California Institutes of Technology:
The case for a .5 to 1.4 meter rise in sea level by 2100
[SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS – Confidence = High]


Courtesy JPL Labs and California Institutes of Technology
ONE METER of Sea Rise


FIVE METERS of Sea Rise

You can see the interactive map HERE at NASA's Climate Time Machine site.

I believe as a species that we will begin to find ways to combat some of the effects of global climate change, but I fear that we won't do enough, fast enough, to save the bulk of the world's shoreline and river mouth inhabited areas. There are going to be some massive dislocations in the coming century, and possibly even in this one.

If the cost of rebuilding our infrastructure right now is too high, how do you think our elected officials will act on the need for the funds to relocate 10s of millions of our fellow citizens... as the waters rise?

Which of you would be impacted and forced to move due to rising waters and their secondary side effects, like infiltration of potable water tables and aquifers (which is already happening to some Florida areas)?

Where would you re-locate to?

These are serious what if questions, I know. Not so fun to explore or think about - but there is going to be a day in the not so distant future when some of you may have to answer this question for real.

Are you ready for that day?




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We will be running our Blogathon for Animal Nuz from

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WHAT IF... You could go back in time and listen LIVE to a momentous speech from America's past?  Which one would you pick?



My List:

All three of these addresses spoke volumes to the generations which heard them live, and to those of us who have come after, too.

They weave a path towards that more perfect Union promised by the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution and it's Preamble and the better future for OUR posterity which We The People are still seeking...

#1

The Gettysburg Address
[I always thought that this speech was a long one. I was wrong, this is the entire text. Imagine a President today speaking this little and saying so very much with so few words...

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863

I ask you to now to re-read that third paragraph, and imagine that it was written last week in support of #BlackLivesMatter and #Baltimore and #FreddieGray (and all those who came before him, and so that none should follow him) ... and that it reads like this instead --
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who having lost their lives have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that the Right of The People to Due Process, before any agent of the Government take a citizen's life, liberty or property be applied to all of The People, equally.
#2
I Have a Dream

"I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children...."

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

Martin Luther King Jr
August 28, 1963

Perhaps the most significant political speech since Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech echoes down the years and it's full-throated cry for the promise of Equality for All to come to fruition is still as moving as the day he spoke these words to the nation, and to the world...  

#3

JFK Inaugural Address

Kennedy began this first Inaugural Address: "We observe today not a victory of party but a celebration of freedom--symbolizing an end as well as a beginning--signifying renewal as well as change. For I have sworn before you and Almighty God the same solemn oath our forebears prescribed nearly a century and three quarters ago.

The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe--the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.

We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans--born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage--and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

This much we pledge--and more."

Kennedy concluded with the line which more than one American generation has now heard call them to civic duty of one sort or another:

"And so, my fellow Americans: Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country."




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Did you recently accept an invitation to the new group Nuz Hounds?

If so, please check your DKosmail for a message from Angie in WA State regarding the upcoming Animal Nuz blogathon!

If you are wondering what this is all about, please see this diary Announcing a new group: Nuz Hounds from April 21st.

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WHAT IF... You could bring back just one television show?



Not just bring back the old episodes, although in many cases that would be great, and the proof is in the popularity of Netflix and television shows years or decades old (Dr. Who the original series from the 1960s). But bring back that old show, with the original actors; just in brand new episodes.

Now this is a WHAT IF question, so yes the insanely crazy is not only possible, but for the purposes of maximizing entertainment value for me and the rest of the crowd this morning, it is encouraged! So yes, even though Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland are gone with the wind at this late date, you could voice your support for a new Captain Blood movie, if we weren't only covering tv shows. Keep up, please!

There are so many shows which, over the years, I've allowed myself to begin watching, only to realize after no more than two or three episodes that it would never see a season two. Mostly because it was so bad. But more oftentimes than seems reasonable, it was because it was rather good, and here in America evidently that is a ticket right to Cancellation Hell for television programming.

There are many shows that got the axe and which I would have broadcast forever and one of them is...

Moonlight (CBS) 2007
Starring eye candy Alex O'Laughlin in the main lead. CBS make an error of epic proportions when they cancelled Moonlight. It was out the year before Twilight came out. CBS had a show just curling over the edge of the wave before the Tsunami of everything vampire. It had a hot cast, including Sophia Myles (of the startlingly green eyes, and a propensity for Vampire stories) and Jason Dohring (who hasn't had a great role since). It had decent plotlines and terrific dialogue. It had Alex O'Laughlin (There's a reason CBS kept looking for a home for him). Stupid CBS. At least it has two of the all-time best kiss scenes in TV history. I'll confess, I nearly wore out the 'rewind five seconds' button on my remote control on this scene in Episode 13, which I kept rewinding and watching again and again and... well, you get the picture. Here, Mick (Alex) has been trying to get his humanity back for 85 years, and he finds a cure... but he has to give it up and become vampire once more to save Beth. That was yesterday, in this scene. See for yourself:

My 2nd nominee for BRING BACK NEW EPISODES is a recent show which people should have made the number one show on TV just last year...

Almost Human (Fox) 2014
Starring eye candy Karl Urban AND Michael Ealy. (Hey, I didn't make up the rule about needing eye candy in order to have a successful TV show in America. But I certainly do enjoy it.) Urban played Detective John Kennex and Ealy his Android AI sidekick, Dorian. It was a cop-buddy film cast as TV show. But the storylines were fresh, interesting and the sets were spectacular. Just as the show began to kick into high gear, it got pulled. The guy JJ Abrams brought in to play the (more handsome yet just as irascible) Doctor McCoy on the revamped Star Trek (where he was frickin fantastic), just wasn't good enough for tv audiences? I'll never understand why the masses never watch terrific television en masse. I've loved stupid and dreck before myself, but only as a treat on occasion, not as a main dish all the time. This was a show worth watching, but what should I expect from the Network that cancelled Firefly in it's first year?

Of course, that's the other show I'd bring back. Browncoats Forever!

Firefly (Fox) 2002
Mal and crew flew the Serenity through the empty reaches of space, and into my heart for all time. All you Johnnie-come-latelies who think Christina Hendricks is hot now on Mad Men? You missed her as a femme fatale extraordinaire on Firefly, where she married Mal to escape a planet and then tried to kill him to steal his ship. Woah!

FYI:This is the entire episode.

But if you loved Firefly, you've seen that episode at least 10 times. Watch this instead. I guarantee you probably haven't seen it. Unless you own the Disc set with the bonus features. In which case, you know it's well worth watching again.  

So what shows do you still think about fondly and secretly wish could be brought back to the (in most homes now, not so) small screen, with all new episodes for your delight? Which characters do you still miss and wonder about how their lives turned out during the odd, quiet moments when no one else but you is around and your brain is full of wandering thoughts?  




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Across America we continue to see local communities arise in frustration after the killing of another citizen by a police officer, or following the memorial services of such a victim.

Today in Baltimore, Maryland we're seeing it again.

What greets these (for the most part) peaceably assembling citizens who want a redress of their grievances from the local government?

In every single case, so far, what we see are RIOT POLICE uniformed in what appears to be some of that donated Military Gear and Armor greeting them.

What if instead of a line of kevlar-armor bearing riot police, the local Mayor and his City Council members came out in public to treat with those citizens...

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WHAT IF... You could play a leading role in a movie?



You can have your own physical countenance or you may take on another, as it suits you. So play yourself or as anyone alive or dead.

What role would you choose? Hero, Heroine or Rapscallion? The inventive adventurer in search of long lost treasure? A warrior taking on a terrible foe to Save the World or maybe Save the Galaxy? A time-traveling scientist searching endlessly for a way home?

Would you prefer Drama, Comedy, Mystery or Thriller? Want to leave the audience in stitches or your character, after a heart-thumping chase scene?

Is there a hidden Clara Bow or Mila Kunis, a Rudolph Valentino or a Chris Pratt lurking somewhere in your imagination?

Want to take a starship across the Universe or ride a wild horse over a pristine highland meadow?


The iconic sign read 'Hollywoodland' until 1949
From the History of the Hollywood Sign
Stories have been part of human culture as long as humans have had culture. You might say, storytelling is in our nature. Young children love to play parts in backyard presentations, to their family and friends, or even just their stuffed animal menagerie. As adults, we often find ourselves daydreaming of the moments in our past when a single moment colored everything which followed... and wondering WHAT IF I chose the other path?

What role have you dreamed of and wished you could play, even if just for a single day?

Me? I'd take any role, on any version of the Enterprise, although I'd prefer to serve under Captain Archer. To live in a society which honors your contributions to society and nurtures the best in each member of that society to help them achieve the most they can? That would be like living in Paradise.


Which stage calls your name gently, in the quiet and dark of night when everyone is asleep and dreaming?




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Animal Nuz has been gracing the pages of Daily Kos now since July 6, 2010 and with 247 episodes in the can, Eric Lewis (ericlewis0) has been hard at work creating spot on commentary cleverly disguised as a Cartoon Strip for about four and a half years now.

For most of that time, he's done so without any compensation. He does receive some remuneration from Daily Kos at this point, but truthfully, pay per episode is quite small (think a modest lunch for one).

I'd like to change that. So early in the month of May this new group Nuz Hounds will be holding a week long Fundraiser Blogathon!

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WHAT IF... You ran for public office in 2016?




Which Office would you run for? Congress, federal or state? A local mayoral or county commissioner position? What about Port Authority or Transit Commission? County Clerk or Auditor?

Do you know that there are dozens of political offices in each and every community in the nation, and that there will be at least one in your town, city or county which has NO DEMOCRATIC candidate (statistically speaking)?

Why not let 2016 be the year in which We the People do what our founding fathers (and mothers!) meant when they signed the Declaration of Independence and created out of whole cloth a new nation and become the Government we seek?

I've been reading and writing here at Daily Kos since 2003 and those of us on the Left have been agitating that entire time for a more representative membership in our elected officials. We find out about more progressive and liberal candidates and work to help them get elected, sometime in our own states and sometimes in others.

But what I've seldom seen here in Orange Territory is a lot of Kossacks who take that enthusiasm and energy and put themselves in the spotlight and declaring as a Candidate. Why ever not, I began to wonder about two years ago.

Then I saw the campaigns of one of our own in California, when Senaca Doane (Greg Diamond) ran for three different offices although he won none of them (and politely asked for some help to retire his campaign debt).

So this last year, after a lot of self-searching I made the decision that I would take the leap and run myself. I considered running for a lot of local positions, from county Commissioner to State Representative. But like a lot of places, all of those local positions are filled with people who are doing a decent job and are incumbents. I'd hardly want to get in a race and end up losing a Democratic seat to a Republican because my candidacy split the vote!

The seat I've chosen is likely going to be filled by the stepford wife Republican who has occupied it for three terms now, Jaime Herrera Beutler (R) come January 2017. But nothing is certain when it comes to politics, until the votes are counted.

So expect to hear a formal announcement from me about my entry into the US House WA-03 race sometime in either May or June. I'm still working on selecting a Treasurer and a campaign manager, and once that is done, I'll be shouting from the cheap seats, "Vote for ME!"

I've asked and am waiting for a response from OccupyDemocrats.com for the authorization to use this as part of my campaign materials. What do you all think of it?


America used to be great for a reason, we did great things.
We can again.
Because we ARE #StrongerTogether
But what about the rest of you? Can any of you see your way to throwing your hat in the ring and taking a walk on the wild side with me in 2016? Have you ever imagined yourself becoming a politician instead of just talking about and voting against the ones who represent you now?

There is the issue of money, let's be honest, that idea scares the hell out of far too many people and prevents them from running. But I'm not letting it scare me off. I've been stone cold broke for so many years, I just don't see how it could get any worse. Plus, I've got a plan for how to beat that lack of money, and it could be replicated ANYWHERE, in any state or county or city in the country. If you've been reading Meteor Blades this spring, you'll have heard about it already.

The 174K Precinct Organizing Project
Get with your local County Democratic Party Central Committee. Talk to them about your desire to run for office. Discuss the 2nd Week Canvassing project (canvassing each precinct in the District the 2nd week of July, August, September and October every year). Talk about how you plan to use the Power of the People and not the power of money to win votes.

This plan will take time, shoe leather and determination to bring about the result I desire. But I've never been afraid of hard work and I've got nothing to lose by using this campaign strategy.

Neither would any of you, excepting some time.

So how about it. I'm challenging each and every one of you to either become a candidate or FIND a candidate where you live to help run for office next year.

If we want a better country, then it's up to US to do something about it.

That starts with some of us becoming the Government we seek, at every level from your local city to the US Congress.

Who is with me?

Because we can't sit idly by and let guys like this (or their minions) run everything, they'll burn the place down around us...




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WHAT IF... Dogs and Cats could talk?



I'm not a scientist, but I have had furry family members for decades now, and I am convinced that dogs and cats understand a lot of verbal language. But I can't help wondering on occasion what our world would be like if Dogs and Cats could talk back.

Or just talk. Imagine being a cat burglar and being arrested and charged and convicted based on the testimony of your pet Dog.

I've seen (on YouTube) videos of both cats and dogs which appear to be using English words, albeit clothed in yips, meows and woofs. Some of them are quite amazing.

Imagine your home with a cat and dog who not only chase each other around the house sometimes, but do so while throwing verbal barbs back and forth while doing so...

"Spot, you fool, you shall never catch me, and if you did, I'd make you sorry," snarled Bob the Cat as he climbed the sofa, all too unaware that Spot the Dog had already launched himself off the floor in a spectacular leap until Spot, moments before contact barked back, "GOTCHA!"
I've read of genetically modified animals like cloned, glow-in-the-dark cats

South Korean scientists say they have cloned cats whose genes have been altered so that they glow in the dark - taking advantage of a technological twist that could someday be used to make more dramatic genetic changes in all sorts of creatures.

A research team at Gyeongsang National University, headed by Kong Il-Keun, produced several kitty clones in January and February, the government-managed Korea.net news service reported Wednesday. This week the scientists showed off the cats, which now weigh about 7 pounds (3 to 3.5 kilograms) and glow a dull red under ultraviolet light.

How about genetically modified Seahorses?

Forget about gold-encrusted phones, bacon sprinkled with gold, or gold-plated cars: if you really have the cash to throw around, you can now buy yourself a glittery gold seahorse. These creatures are created by Vietnamese scientists and are the first ever genetically modified animal from Vietnam. Gold dust was mixed with jellyfish proteins, then inserted into seahorse’s eggs by using the “gene shooting method,” which has incredible potential uses. With more research and trials, gene shooting can potentially treat incurable human diseases, like diabetes, by replacing problematic DNA in the patient’s body.

So perhaps the technology to upgrade our furry family members so that they can do more than bark or meow is not too far off. The upside? True companionship complete with conversation. The downside? You can't get your friends, your kids or your significant other to just shut up and be quiet when you want them to, imagine if your cat or dog yammered on endless about their boring day in the house waiting for you to come home, day after day after....

On second thought, I'll take the glow in the dark cat, it might save me on night lights and still leave me in blessed silence when I'm trying to catch up on my favorite tv series.




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