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Pink armadillos ain’t your Texas critters

DIGGING DIRT  Pink fairy armadillos have claws so specialized for digging that they struggle to walk on hard surfaces.by Susan Milius

Here’s an Internet bizarrity that you can believe in: the pink fairy armadillo.

It’s a real animal, the smallest armadillo species in the world. At about 100 grams, it would fit in your hands. It’s covered with “very fine, silky white hair,” says Mariella Superina of the CONICET research center in Mendoza, Argentina. And its hard outer covering, rich in blood vessels, can blush pink.

Full details of Chlamyphorus truncatus biology, though, might as well be a fairy tale. It’s known only from a dry, sandy swath of Argentina and spends most of its time underground. The pink fairy is so hard to spot that Superina and her colleagues are struggling to determine whether it’s endangered or not. She heads an international group of specialists now trying to assess the risk of extinction for the world’s 21 known armadillo species, plus their close relatives, the sloths and anteaters.

In 10 years of field work, she has never caught sight of the pink species in the wild. She has seen tracks made by digging claws and the diamond-shaped tip of its tail. After several meters, the tracks just stop where, she presumes, the armadillo disappeared underground. Locals, she says, “can track down any animal — except the pink fairy armadillo.” Occasionally someone captures one and soon panics about keeping it alive. These rare captives, she reports, usually live no more than about eight days.


Republicans Put "National Interest" Requirement on National Science Foundation

A proposed bill would require the NSF to justify awards using criteria including economic competitiveness and national defense
 NSF's current headquarters, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Va.By Sarah Zhang and Nature magazine

Key members of the House of Representatives are calling for the National Science Foundation (NSF) to justify every grant it awards as being in the “national interest.” The proposal, which is included in a draft bill from the Republican-led House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology that was obtained by Nature, would force the NSF to document how its basic-science grants benefit the country.

The requirement is similar to one in a discussion draft circulated in April by committee chairman Lamar Smith (Republican, Texas). At the time, scientists raised concerns that "national interest" was defined much too narrowly. The current draft bill provides a more expansive definition that includes six goals: economic competitiveness, health and welfare, scientific literacy, partnerships between academia and industry, promotion of scientific progress and national defense.



Technology News

Mobile Wallets: How to Safeguard against an Evolving Hacker Threat

Mobile walletby Lynn Price, IT Security Strategist, IBM

What would you do if your wallet was stolen? Anyone who has experienced the headache and frustration of canceling credit cards or reordering a driver’s license will affirm the importance of knowing where your wallet is at all times, and being extra wary of having it pilfered by a pickpocket when wandering through large crowds, riding the subway, etc.

Our mobile wallets should be no different.

What’s a Mobile Wallet, and Do I Have One?

The concept of a wallet that doesn’t reside in your back pocket can seem foreign at first. But carrying cash and other forms of physical currency is a convention that’s rapidly declining in popularity. Mobile wallets aren’t a fixture of the distant future – they’re very real, and heavily in use today.

If you’ve gotten your caffeine fix by using a smartphone at your local coffee shop, then you’re a mobile wallet user. Paying credit cards, checking on the health of your checking account – all these everyday activities affirm that humans are a mobile species that takes full advantage of the scan-and-go culture.


Steve Jobs’ childhood home is now a historic site

If you’re in Los Altos, CA, you can stop by 2206 Crist Drive and take a look at the childhood home of Apple’s co-founder, Steve Jobs.
By Nicolette Emmino

The residence was just named a “historic resource” by the Los Altos Historical Commission.

Why?

Aside from Jobs just living there, he also built the first 100 Apple computers right in the garage.

Steve Jobs' childhood home.

The first 50 he sold to Paul Terrell’s Byte Shop in Mountain View for $500. (The originals are now worth much more than that. One sold for $213,000 at a 2010 auction.)

According to the Commission’s property evaluation, in the same home, first investors such as Chuck Peddle of Commodore Computer and Don Valentine of Sequoia Capital visited the property for demonstrations of the first Apple computers.

According to the evaluation, the property is so monumental because it “represents the fourth wave (of progress in Silicon Valley) where youngsters working in their respective garages were experiments with electronics and the new computer industry as tools for human use.”

The single-story ranch-style house is very different from the ones that succeeded it.

Jobs’ lived in the Woodside Mansion for a few years in the 1980s.



Environmental News

Solar Activity Playing a Minimal Role in Global Warming, Research Suggests

Sunrise over planet Earth. Changes in solar activity have contributed no more than 10 per cent to global warming in the twentieth century, a new study has found. (Credit: (c) marcel / Fotolia)Institute of Physics

Nov. 7, 2013 — Changes in solar activity have contributed no more than 10 per cent to global warming in the twentieth century, a new study has found.

The findings, made by Professor Terry Sloan at the University of Lancaster and Professor Sir Arnold Wolfendale at the University of Durham, find that neither changes in the activity of the Sun, nor its impact in blocking cosmic rays, can be a significant contributor to global warming.

The results have been published today, 8 November, in IOP Publishing's journal Environmental Research Letters.

Changes in the amount of energy from the Sun reaching Earth have previously been proposed as a driver of increasing global temperatures, as has the Sun's ability to block cosmic rays. It has been proposed that cosmic rays may have a role in cooling Earth by encouraging clouds to form, which subsequently reflect the Sun's rays back into space.


Global Warming Finally Reaches the Last Arctic Region

The Hudson Bay Lowlands in northeastern Canada were one of the last holdouts against the trend of global warming in the Arctic, but has in a very short period succumbed
Hudson Bay Lowlands are staying greener for longer as temperatures rise.The Conversation

Lakes of the Hudson Bay Lowlands, in northeast Canada, are showing evidence of abrupt change in one of the last Arctic regions of the world to have experienced global warming, according to Canadian research published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B journal.

The research team consisting of Drs. Kathleen Rühland, John Smol, and Neal Michelutti from Queen’s University Ontario, Dr. Andrew Paterson of Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment, and Bill Keller from the Laurentian University Ontario, retrieved sediment cores from lakes around the western shoreline of Hudson Bay and looked for changes in the microscopic algae that settle at the lake bottom after death.

These algae, known as diatoms, are at the base of the food chain and are an important component of lake ecosystems. When they die and fall to the lake bed they leave behind an environmental archive in the sediment layers that continually accumulate year after year. By examining the changes through time, researchers can trace the environmental history of the region.



Medical News

Newborns’ weak immunity may allow helpful bacteria to gain a foothold

Though infant immune systems raise risk of infection, they also allow good microbes into the body
GROWING GOOD BACTERIA  An immature form of red blood cell helps suppress the immune system of newborns, experiments with mice suggest. Immune suppression leaves infant mice and humans susceptible to infection but may allow good bacteria to settle in the gut.By Nathan Seppa

The seeming failure of newborns to muster a robust defense against infections is a trade-off that delivers long-term benefits, a new study suggests. In infants, the body’s immune army stands down for a month or two and then gears up. While this gap leaves babies at risk of infection, it also may allow beneficial bacteria to populate an infant’s intestines, a development that carries lifelong advantages, researchers working with mice report November 6 in Nature.

The findings suggest that the lackluster response of the neonatal immune system “is a normal developmental feature,” says biochemist Sidney Morris Jr. of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, who wasn’t involved in the study. The immune suppression shows up “during the transition from the sterile in utero setting to a decidedly nonsterile external environment,” he says.


Bacterial Toxin Sets the Course for Infection

Yersinia (in blue) cause serious infections. (Credit: HZI/Manfred Rohde)Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research

Nov. 7, 2013 — Every year gastro-intestinal diseases have lethal consequences for more than five million individuals. Scientists have now discovered what makes a specific strain of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis --  one cause of gastrointestinal infections -- so dangerous: the bacteria produce a molecule called CNFy that facilitates the infection process for them. It changes the host cells in a manner that enables the injection apparatus of Yersinia, which injects toxins into the cells, to work more efficiently. This strengthens the gastrointestinal infection and leads to inflammation of the tissue.

Whether an immune cell divides, alarms other immune cells or dies is strictly controlled in our immune system. "Molecular switches" influence these processes and basically set the course for different pathways. In light of the evolutionary competition between the immune system and the microbes, researchers have found that bacteria produce different substances to manipulate the position of the switches to their advantage.



Space News

Photos of the Day: Olympic Torch in Space

Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, center, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin, bottom and U.S. astronaut Rick Mastracchio, crew members of the next mission to the International Space Station, pose with an Olympic torch prior the launch of Soyuz-FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Shamil Zhumatov, Pool)by Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian rocket soared into the cosmos Thursday carrying the Sochi Olympic torch and three astronauts to the International Space Station ahead of the first-ever spacewalk for the symbol of peace.

Video streamed by the U.S. space agency NASA reported a flawless docking with the space station about six hours after the craft blasted off from Russia's manned space facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

The unlit torch for the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian city of Sochi is to be taken on a spacewalk Saturday, then return to Earth on Monday (late Sunday EST) with three departing space station astronauts.

The arriving crew members Thursday were Russia's Mikhail Tyurin, American Rick Mastracchio and Koichi Wakata of Japan.


When is a comet not a comet?

NASA, ESA, D. Jewitt (University of California, Los Angeles), J. Agarwal (Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research), H. Weaver (Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory), M. Mutchler (STScI), and S. Larson (University of Arizona)ESA/Hubble Information Centre

Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have observed a unique and baffling object in the asteroid belt that looks like a rotating lawn sprinkler or badminton shuttlecock. While this object is on an asteroid-like orbit, it looks like a comet, and is sending out tails of dust into space. Normal asteroids appear as tiny points of light. But this asteroid, designated P/2013 P5, has six comet-like tails of dust radiating from it like the spokes on a wheel. It was first spotted in August of this year as an unusually fuzzy-looking object by astronomers using the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii [1].

Because nothing like this has ever been seen before, astronomers are scratching their heads to find an adequate explanation for its mysterious appearance.

The multiple tails were discovered in Hubble images taken on 10 September 2013. When Hubble returned to the asteroid on 23 September, its appearance had totally changed. It looked as if the entire structure had swung around.



Odd News

PETA introduces fleet of drones to curb illegal hunting

Animal rights activists to use modern-day technology as a means of keeping tabs on hunters
Air AngelBy Jeffrey Bausch

The animal rights activist group known as PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has introduced a fleet of surveillance drones called “Air Angels,” which it is willing to sell to anyone who wants to keep tabs on local hunters.

The idea behind this program is that if any watchers witness illegal or cruel hunting practices via this eye-in-the-sky program, they can call the authorities and contact PETA to get the footage shared online.

PETA debuted the Air Angel this past Monday, the first day of bow hunting season in Massachusetts. In an interview with Mashable, PETA spokeswoman Lindsay Rajt said that activists could use the drone to see which hunters jumped the gun on their Monday morning hunting session, and could not wait until one-half hour before sunrise, as is stated in state regulations.

Drone users spying on hunters did, in fact, catch some hunters, and reported the footage to local authorities.

"[Authorities] were very receptive, and they said they were going to look into it," Rajt said. "I think people should call in violations as they see them."

Dennis Boomer Hayden, president of the Massachusetts Bowhunters Association, disagreed with Rajt’s assessment.

Originally posted to Overnight News Digest on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 09:00 PM PST.

Also republished by SciTech.

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  •  To think that for most of my life (27+ / 0-)

    ...I lived in Palo Alto just 1/2 mile from Steve Job's house.

    While I lived there, it was no big deal.  Now that I've moved to Iowa, it's quite a story to tell....

    "Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions." - Thomas Jefferson

    by rfall on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 06:23:58 PM PST

  •  security clearance (10+ / 0-)

    here is example of former NSA summer intern:

    http://www.umich.edu/...

    summer intern NSA

    (Cleared for Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information)

    ------
    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    sensitive compartmented information

    http://usmilitary.about.com/...

    military security certification

    http://theweek.com/...

    Edward Snowden's Security Clearance

    http://hotair.com/...

    Just as Edward J. Snowden was preparing to leave Geneva and a job as a C.I.A. technician in 2009, his supervisor wrote a derogatory report in his personnel file, noting a distinct change in the young man’s behavior and work habits, as well as a troubling suspicion.

    The C.I.A. suspected that Mr. Snowden was trying to break into classified computer files to which he was not authorized to have access, and decided to send him home, according to two senior American officials.

    But the red flags went unheeded. Mr. Snowden left the C.I.A. to become a contractor for the National Security Agency, and four years later he leaked thousands of classified documents.

    The supervisor’s cautionary note and the C.I.A.’s suspicions apparently were not forwarded to the N.S.A. or its contractors, and surfaced only after federal investigators began scrutinizing Mr. Snowden’s record once the documents began spilling out, intelligence and law enforcement officials said

    This isn’t about protecting abortion it’s about protecting women. It’s about trusting women to make good decisions for themselves empowering them with tools to do that. ~ Candidate TX governor, Wendy Davis

    by anyname on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 09:07:29 PM PST

    •  surveillance (0+ / 0-)

      http://tinyurl.com/...

      Below is a partial Congressional Research Service Report (CSR), Summary and Background, for Congress which gives an accurate history of the U.S. Spy Satellite initiative.

      A full, detailed report, can be located at Satellite Surveillance: Domestic Issues, dated February 1, 2010.

      Satellite Surveillance: Domestic Issues
      Congressional Research Service
      Summary

      Reconnaissance satellites, first deployed in the early 1960s to peer into denied regions of the Soviet Union and other secretive enemy states, have from time to time been used by civilian agencies of the federal government to assist with mapping, disaster relief, and environmental concerns. These uses have been coordinated by the Civil Applications Office at the U.S.Geological Survey, a component of the Interior Department.

      Post 9/11, the Bush Administration sought to encourage use of satellite-derived data for homeland security and law enforcement purposes, in addition to the civil applications that have been supported for years.

      In 2007, it moved to transfer responsibility for coordinating civilian use of satellites to the Department of Homeland Security. The initiative was launched, however, apparently without notification of key congressional oversight committees.

      Members of Congress and outside groups raised concerns that using satellites for law enforcement purposes may infringe on the privacy and Fourth Amendment rights of U.S. persons.

      Other commentators questioned whether the proposed surveillance will violate the Posse Comitatus Act or other restrictions on military involvement in civilian law enforcement, or would otherwise exceed the statutory mandates of the agencies involved.

      Such concerns led Congress to preclude any funds in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008 (H.R. 2764, P.L. 110-161), from being used to “commence operations of the National Applications Office … until the Secretary [of the Department of Homeland Security] certifies that these programs comply with all existing laws, including all applicable privacy and civil liberties standards, and that certification is reviewed by the Government Accountability Office.” (Section 525.) Similar language has been
      included in a subsequent Continuing Appropriations Act (P.L. 110-329) approved in September
      2008.

      The Obama Administration conducted its assessment of the issue and terminated the NAO in June 2009, maintaining that there were better information sharing programs to meet the needs of state and local homeland security partners.

      Little public information is available concerning current policies for the use of satellite information for domestic purposes.

      This report provides background on the development of intelligence satellites and identifies the roles various agencies play in their management and use…..

      This isn’t about protecting abortion it’s about protecting women. It’s about trusting women to make good decisions for themselves empowering them with tools to do that. ~ Candidate TX governor, Wendy Davis

      by anyname on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 02:39:33 AM PST

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      •  global (0+ / 0-)

        http://en.wikipedia.org/...

        global surveillance disclosures

        This isn’t about protecting abortion it’s about protecting women. It’s about trusting women to make good decisions for themselves empowering them with tools to do that. ~ Candidate TX governor, Wendy Davis

        by anyname on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 02:44:30 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  stop watching (1+ / 0-)
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          EXCERPT

          "Stop Watching US" rally in Washington DC, October 26, 2013

          On 26 October 2013, an anti-NSA rally called "Stop Watching Us" was held in Washington, DC, billed by organizers as the "largest rally yet to protest mass surveillance". A diverse coalition of over 100 advocacy groups organized the event and attracted thousands of protestors calling for an end to the mass surveillance made public by Edward Snowden.

          According to the Guardian, the most popular sign was printed with the words "Thank you, Edward Snowden". In a statement written by Snowden and read to the crowd by Jesselyn Radack, Snowden said, "This isn't about red or blue party lines, and it definitely isn't about terrorism. It's about being able to live in a free and open society...elections are coming up, and we are watching you", adding that elected officials should be "public servants, not private investigators."

          Other speakers included former governor Gary Johnson and NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, who said to the crowd,"It's time to roll back the surveillance state...It is time for the US government to stop watching us". Protests also took place in Germany.

          The rally was held on the 12th anniversary of the Patriot Act, which protesters see as the beginning of the mass surveillance of American citizens.

          The "Stop Watching Us" website states that it demands reform of "Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act, the state secrets privilege, and the FISA Amendments Act to make clear that blanket surveillance of the Internet activity and phone records of any person residing in the US is prohibited by law and that violations can be reviewed in adversarial proceedings before a public court."

          It also calls for an investigation into the extent of domestic spying, and asks that officials found violating the constitution be brought to justice.

          This isn’t about protecting abortion it’s about protecting women. It’s about trusting women to make good decisions for themselves empowering them with tools to do that. ~ Candidate TX governor, Wendy Davis

          by anyname on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 02:45:16 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

    •  Psychology & Industrial Operations - INTERN NSA (0+ / 0-)

      http://en.wikipedia.org/...

      EXCERPT

      Engineering psychology is the science of human behavior and capability, applied to the design and operation of systems and technology.

      As an applied field of psychology and an interdisciplinary part of ergonomics, it aims to improve the relationships between people and machines by redesigning equipment, interactions, or the environment in which they take place.

      The work of an engineering psychologist is often described as making the relationship more "user-friendly."

      Engineering psychology was created from within experimental psychology.

      Engineering psychology started during World War I (1914).The reason why this subject was developed during this time was because many of America’s weapons were failing; bombs not falling in the right place to weapons attacking normal marine life.

      The fault was traced back to human errors. One of the first designs to be built to restrain human error was the use of psychoacoustics by S.S. Stevens. S.S. Stevens and L.L. Beranek were two of the first American psychologists called upon to help change how people and machinery worked together. One of their first assignments was to try and reduce noise levels in military aircraft.

      The work was directed at improving intelligibility of military communication systems and appeared to have been very successful. However it was not until after August 1945 that you saw the level of research increase in engineering psychology.

      http://www.hfes.org/...

      EXCERPT

      Psychoacoustics

      In the human engineering area of psychoacoustics, the intelligibility of speech transmitted over the noisy aircraft interphones of World War II presented serious problems for pilots and their crews.

      At Harvard University's Psycho-Acoustic Laboratory, S. S. Stevens, J. C. R. Licklider, and Karl D. Kryter, with help from a young George A. Miller, later the 77th president of the American Psychological Association, conducted a series of articulation tests of standard and modified interphones at altitudes of 5,000 and 35,000 feet in a B-17 bomber.

      Intelligibility was improved by peak clipping the powerful vowel sounds in human speech and then amplifying the remaining balanced mixture of vowels and consonants (Licklider & Miller, 1951).

      ENTER THE ENGINEERING PSYCHOLOGISTS

      In the Military

      None of the wartime "human engineers" had received formal training in engineering psychology; indeed, the term hadn't even been coined.

      Those who became involved in the study of human factors in equipment design and its application came from various branches of psychology and engineering and simply invented the budding science on the job.

      B. F. Skinner stretched the concept a bit by applying his expertise in animal learning to the design of an air-to-sea guidance system that employed three kamikaze pigeons who learned to recognize enemy ships and voted on which way to steer the bomb they were riding (Skinner, 1960).

      It worked fine (and still would), but there were moral objections.

      After the war, the field of engineering psychology quickly gained momentum. The Applied Psychology Unit in Cambridge, England, was expanded under the leadership of Donald Broadbent, who succeeded Bartlett as director.
       

      This isn’t about protecting abortion it’s about protecting women. It’s about trusting women to make good decisions for themselves empowering them with tools to do that. ~ Candidate TX governor, Wendy Davis

      by anyname on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 05:47:34 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Big business has generally taken most of their (14+ / 0-)

    R&D departments and migrated at least a good portion of their efforts directly to money-making endeavours.  The thought being that hard science is hard to quantify in terms of business value to some Executives, so linking them to specific contracts or product efforts at least helps to justify the R&D dollars - and, maybe they can be a front-end for productizing internal research by-products.

    In truth, I feel this has not borne the fruit most Execs thought, overall.  After the first few years of such a shift in emphasis, the truly "aha!" moments of accumulated research/scientific study which can show potential for tectonic product changes in an industry become far less and you are generally left with specific focus areas gaining more deep analysis.

    In my personal opinion only, and from what I've read in public extracts across various industries, etc.

    Thanks, rfall.

    "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

    by wader on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 09:08:09 PM PST

  •  When A Woman Doesn't Tell You She Has A Boyfriend (10+ / 0-)

    I once dated a woman who had just graduated from college, and lived at home with her parents. She never wanted me to pick her up at home, and always wanted to meet me places. When we first started going out, I thought she was just being cautious, and if I was a bad date she had her car as a way to escape.

    I finally found out she had a boyfriend, and the real reason she didn't want me to pick her up at home is that she didn't want to explain who I was to everyone. Interestingly, there's a mix of conflicting emotions with the situation.

    • Had I totally misjudged the situation, and we were going on something other than "dates" as friends? If you had a girlfriend/boyfriend, would you be cool with them going out with a "friend" to dinner at night, where they got drunk,  hugged and made out with the "friend" at the end of the night?
    • You like the person. So a part of you wants to make excuses for their shitty behavior like "well, maybe she's in an open relationship? And if she's going out with me, that must mean her relationship is in trouble. So maybe we can make this work if I hang in with it."
    • However, it feels crappy. Even though the other dude is technically in the shittier position of being in the committed relationship with someone and you're just having fun, it still feels like a betrayal.

  •  Leave it to Republicans ... (12+ / 0-)

    who insist that government doesn't work well because  government gets in the way now intend to make sure that government gets in the way. In order to receive government funds, scientists would have to spend time filling out forms instead of doing science.

    The proposal, which is included in a draft bill from the Republican-led House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology that was obtained by Nature, would force the NSF to document how its basic-science grants benefit the country.
    Thank you rfall. As always great OND and as always nice pictures to go with the stories.

    The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.― Neil deGrasse Tyson

    by maggiejean on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 09:30:52 PM PST

  •  Outgoing NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly... (12+ / 0-)

    wants taxpayers to foot the bill for a $720,000-per-year 6-person private security detail when he leaves office (presumably to take a 7-figure job at JPMorgan).

    As I very wittily commented in Gawker's post about it, if he didn't do anything wrong, he's got nothing to worry about.

    :-)

  •  Just a little happy birthday (8+ / 0-)

    joni mitchell

    ...to Joni Mitchell. She wears 70 well.

  •  A most excellent OND tonight. Thank You rfall!!! (4+ / 0-)
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    Short update on the Mr. Goo. It was not a good day. Bottom line, the hospital was not on their game regarding #2. Of course, he wanted out of the hospital so he didn't say shit about his lack of shit. So by my estimation he has about 9 days backup in the colon. Today included, 4T - milk of magnesia. 2T epsom salts in water. 1 - suppository. 2 senokat tablets. By 4pm he was in the bathroom crying in pain - have to go and can't. Went to the pharmacy and we did two rounds of mineral oil enema. I ain't kidding when I say he passed a major league baseball. At least we did not end up at the hospital which is where I thought we were headed next. MD Anderson Cancer center has an excellent pdf on severe constipation which got me through this.

    I feel terrible. If I could have been at the hospital more, I think I would have been more aware of it. Those damn pain pills are awesome at causing severe constipation. I have a grocery list for tomorrow for high fiber foods and he will be drinking much more water with benefiber in it. The hospital sent him home with a RX for 200mg of stool softener. Not good enough.

    At least for now he is resting comfortably, Rocky The Cat is warming his feet and all is good. This is not a subject I wanted to write about, but if your loved one is taking pain pills, it really is something to be aware of. When a 6'2" tough guy is literally crying because of the pain.....it freakin breaks your heart.

    if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

    by mrsgoo on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 10:24:37 PM PST

    •  so sorry to hear of this... it sounds all too (3+ / 0-)
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      familiar with my late spouse and now my mom - the reciprocating pattern of pain meds and constipation - have you looked into using lactulose?

      Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

      by annieli on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 11:03:15 PM PST

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      •  Never heard of lactulose but I will look it up. (3+ / 0-)
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        Anything that will help! Tonight was really bad. Mr. tough guy is feeling humiliated (really, it is a sad state of affairs when your wife is mopping your shit off the floor of the bathroom) and you is wearing a depends. The vow is for better or for worse isn't it? Tonight was for the worse indeed. I told him that we'll just tell people that we're into ass play. So we are past that thang where he thinks that he is in control. His body is in control and we just have to deal with it.

        This is above your pay grade is what he told me this afternoon. No, it's not. I married him for better or for worse. Today, it's worse. Tomorrow, it will be better.

        Considering the the neurosurgeon said that another 5MM and he would have been paralyzed from the waist down - this shit today is baby shit compared to the bullet that we dodged. He is going to have full recovery! And that is the blessing that I will take. What happens in between really does not matter.

        if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

        by mrsgoo on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 11:26:35 PM PST

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    The idea behind this program is that if any watchers witness illegal or cruel hunting practices via this eye-in-the-sky program, they can call the authorities and contact PETA to get the footage shared online.

    PETA debuted the Air Angel this past Monday, the first day of bow hunting season in Massachusetts. In an interview with Mashable, PETA spokeswoman Lindsay Rajt said that activists could use the drone to see which hunters jumped the gun on their Monday morning hunting session, and could not wait until one-half hour before sunrise, as is stated in state regulations.

    Drone users spying on hunters did, in fact, catch some hunters, and reported the footage to local authorities.

    "[Authorities] were very receptive, and they said they were going to look into it," Rajt said. "I think people should call in violations as they see them."

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 10:59:54 PM PST

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      Worried about the government's increased use of drones to spy on citizens? Well, for the price of a new car you may be able to block unmanned vehicles from snooping.

      Oregon-based company Domestic Drone Countermeasures announced last month that it would sell customized anti-drone defense systems to anyone interested in a little extra privacy. Drones will be an increasingly significant issue for people and companies seeking to limit aerial images of themselves or their property, company president Amy Ciesielka told The Huffington Post.

      Domestic Drone Countermeasures' anti-drone system would not disable drone technology nor jam the machines, Ciesielka said, but would neutralize the ability of a small air-bound drone to capture sound and images through its on-board cameras, video recorders and microphones. The anti-drone service uses patent-protected technology, and all the components already exist; Domestic Drone Countermeasures is simply joining them together into a single product for consumers, she said.

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      by annieli on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 11:19:52 PM PST

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    is so strong that some companies make it up.

    This American Life
    383: Origin Story
    Transcript
    06.19.2009

    Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

    by Simplify on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 11:12:29 PM PST

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