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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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John Oliver in his raucous and informative HBO television show Last Week Tonight covered the issue of Tobacco and international effects of trade regulations already in effect. Which reminded me of the still being pushed forward new international Trade agreement currently under development, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Keep in mind there have been leaks about the proposed TPP (even though it's been kept secret, for the most part), and most of them note it will be like NAFTA on steroids, including ISDS (investor state dispute settlements) in lieu of nation-based judicial courts. Countless news organizations have reported on the TPP.

Like the Guardian, which covered this issue, in depth, here in Why support the TPP when it will let foreign corporations take our democracies to court? by Melissa Parke.

But I haven't seen anyone, anywhere explain, with examples, how the idea that corporations should be allowed to sue a nation for restricting it's future possible revenues by instituting new laws on things like work safety regulations or health safety concerns or environmental pollution regulations is one fraught with danger for us and our children and their children, too.

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WHAT IF... You could change just one moment in the past?



The idea of going back in time and changing just one thing, one event or one person has been covered by Hollywood films for decades. Comedies, dramas, science fiction epics and mysteries have all been used as backdrop to the central theme:

If you could change something, what would it be?

From the classic 1946 "It's a Wonderful Life" with James Stewart.

Where an honest man brought to the brink of ruin by an avaricious banker considers suicide on Christmas Eve, only to be shown what the world would look like without him, how he impacted more lives than he could have ever imagined.

What does George Bailey learn? That kindness and generosity of spirit cannot be bought at any price by one who has not earned them.
1986's hit comedy/drama "Peggy Sue Got Married".

Peggy Sue faints at a high school reunion. When she wakes up, she finds herself in her own past, just before she finished school, with the unprecedented option to use "if I only knew then what I know now" to her advantage to avoid the future she loathes.

Much to her dismay, Peggy Sue makes a lot of the same choices, only the second time around, she has the experience of her prior lifetime to understand why she and her once-and-future husband are making them. That new point of view changes everything about her future, because knowing gives her courage.
2003's "Timeline", the film version of the book by Michael Crichton.

A group of archaeological students become trapped in the Medieval past when they go there to retrieve their professor, the father of one of them, at the behest of the slightly insane billionaire inventor who sent him there to begin with.

A true film rendition of the theory that "life is what happens while you're making other plans".
So, is there a moment in the past or even just in your past you'd like the opportunity to go back and change?

A conversation, a meal you cooked, the purchase of an item... or something more serious like a proposal you could take back (or decline) or a date you would avoid or hobby you would not take up?

Tell us about the day you'd like to return to and what you'd like to change about it.



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Short diary.

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow will have Senator Elizabeth Warren tomorrow, Tuesday March 31st in a one-on-one interview.

9 pm Eastern Standard Time

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WHAT IF... Corporations were NOT 'legal persons'?



There is a lot of confusion over the issue of Corporate Personhood. Beginning with the fact that no Supreme Court has EVER ruled that such is the case. You can read a pretty in-depth description of what the Santa Clara County vs Southern Pacific Railroad lawsuit was about and how it resulted in the modern era which is clearly infested with corporate hegemony in my diary from 2010 right here: Santa Clara vs Southern Pacific Railroad. The full story.


The heart of the matter is that in that case the Court did not issue a finding which declared that corporate entities were 'persons' in the context of the 14th Amendment; which in fact the plaintiffs did want to happen.

The railroads and other then developing corporate behemoths were trying for years to get such a finding, as they wanted desperately to be able to use Laws intended for the benefit of living, breathing, human persons because those Laws could save them money.

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The Court Clerk in Santa Clara v Southern Pacific Railroad,  J.C. Bancroft Davis (former president of Newburgh and New York Railway Company) inserted this into the Headnote (a summary) of the case:

One of the points made and discussed at length in the brief of counsel for defendants in error was that "corporations are persons within the meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States."

Before argument, MR. CHIEF JUSTICE WAITE said:

"The Court does not wish to hear argument on the question whether the provision in the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution which forbids a state to deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws applies to these corporations. We are all of opinion that it does."


That Headnoted remark was referenced by subsequent SCOTUS Justices as stare decisis on the issue of corporate personhood:
Justice Hugo Black wrote "in 1886, this Court in the case of Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad, decided for the first time that the word 'person' in the amendment did in some instances include corporations...The history of the amendment proves that the people were told that its purpose was to protect weak and helpless human beings and were not told that it was intended to remove corporations in any fashion from the control of state governments...The language of the amendment itself does not support the theory that it was passed for the benefit of corporations."

Justice William O. Douglas wrote in 1949, "the Santa Clara case becomes one of the most momentous of all our decisions.. Corporations were now armed with constitutional prerogatives."

The only problem is, none of that is the actual truth.

The Chief Justice, during his pre-trial remarks noted that the Court "would not hear arguments on the question" of corporate access to the 14th Amendment. The fact that he concluded that remark with the statement that "We (the SCOTUS justices) are all of opinion that it does" is irrelevant insofar as the Law is concerned.

Because the Headnote is NOT part of the case and has no legal bearing. From the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Research Guide on Federal Cases:

How to Use a Digest
6) ALWAYS READ THE FULL TEXT OF THE CASE. NEVER RELY UPON THE HEADNOTE. NEVER CITE TO A HEADNOTE IN A DIGEST.
Because the Headnote is merely a summary of the case and has no legal standing.

So, perhaps it's not really WHAT IF.

There is a real chance that corporations are NOT 'persons' as far as the 14th Amendment is concerned, and that even Supreme Court Justices since the 1886 era have referenced such in error.

Because a former Railroad president happened to be the Supreme Court Clerk who wrote the Headnote of a case brought by a Railroad, and included a preparatory remark which was not included in deliberations by the Court on the Case in question.

History, it's a funny thing sometimes, how what becomes what everyone knows is sometime just not true.




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WHAT IF... Science cannot prevent Rising Sea Levels?



What if Global Climate Change does change the face of the Earth?

How should we deal with THAT reality, and what will it look like?

Be sure to remember that as of 2013 "over 3 billion people live in coastal city areas that are at risk of rising sea levels and other consequences of global warming".

That's about HALF of the human beings on Earth at risk of forced migration as sea levels rise...

From the National Geographic online:
IF ALL THE ICE MELTED

Explore the world's new coastlines if sea level rises 216 feet...

The maps here show the world as it is now, with only one difference: All the ice on land has melted and drained into the sea, raising it 216 feet and creating new shorelines for our continents and inland seas.

There are more than five million cubic miles of ice on Earth, and some scientists say it would take more than 5,000 years to melt it all. If we continue adding carbon to the atmosphere, we'll very likely crate an ice-free planet, with an average temperature of perhaps 80º Fahrenheit instead of the current 58º.

Look at how many of the cities along the United States coastlines will just be GONE, submerged and abandoned. What will it cost to move the people and build new cities further inland? How long will it take? Who will pay for all of this?

From a WaPo piece entitled "Washington D.C. under water, what sea level rise and inundation would look like", with a slide show rendered by Nickolay Lamm, an artist and researcher. Go check out the whole slide show, it's pretty scary to imagine the nation's capital abandoned and underwater for the most part...

From the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Coastal Sea Level Rise online site, you can see what the change looks like from current sea level to a modest five foot rise in sea level. Pick your state, and see birds-eye views of various places currently in the area you pick.

This link will show the Portland, Oregon/Vancouver, WA Metro area, it's amazing and terrifying what just five feet of water can do to change the landscape.

That's our future, right now, staring us all in the face. If we do nothing except what we're doing right now.

If science cannot find a way to reverse the carbon influx into the atmosphere, it's what our grandchildren's grandchildren will have to start dealing with. But if we leave it that long, it's likely that no matter what THEY do, the current civilization we all know will be gone or fading as the cities of the world empty and their inhabitants flee to safer territory.

Is this a certainty? No. But it's a lot more likely than any other scenarios currently contemplated - because the world's governments are too busy fighting each other over petroleum still in the ground instead of working together to ameliorate the damage already done by hydrocarbons pumped into the atmosphere over the past 150 years from all the petroleum already taken from the ground and burned by our ever industrialized world.

Are you scared? I am. But maybe science will still save us... after all, remember that there are smart and energized scientists like Angela Belcher working to prevent this Doomsday scenario from coming to fruition. They might win. But I don't think that we can count on it.

What is YOUR plan for the future, in light of rising seas, and will it affect where you and your family live?


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WHAT IF... You could change the world?




MIT professor Angela Belcher is a modern marvel, and I am not exaggerating.

This is just one of her TED Talks seminars:

From genetically engineering viruses to create better batteries, to improved solar cell performance to new ways to manufacture materials for touch screens to using yeast to sequester CO2, this singularly innovative scientist has been working to change the world, and doing a significant amount of it before the age of 46.

From 2010: Putting carbon dioxide to good use:

MIT engineer Angela Belcher is now taking a new approach that would not only remove carbon dioxide from the environment, but also turn it into something useful: solid carbonates that could be used for building construction.

“We want to capture carbon dioxide and not put it underground, but turn it into something that will be stable for hundreds of thousands of years,” says Belcher, the W.M. Keck Professor of Energy.

By genetically engineering ordinary baker’s yeast, Belcher and two of her graduate students, Roberto Barbero and Elizabeth Wood, have created a process that can convert carbon dioxide into carbonates that could be used as building materials. Their process, which has been tested in the lab, can produce about two pounds of carbonate for every pound of carbon dioxide captured. Next, they hope to scale up the process so it could be used in a power plant or industrial factory.

Imagine turning the CO2 which our industrialized world is pumping out and dangerously changing our global climate with into the building blocks of future cities?

I'd never heard of Professor Angela Belcher before today, and that is a crying shame. I'll bet that none of you have ever heard of her before today either.

If our society can make famous such fools as Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly for the masterful way they lie their way through life, shouldn't we at least know the names of the people (like Professor Belcher) who can help us all live better lives?

I think we should.

So here's to Angela Belcher and her many, many accomplishments. May she continue to find new and innovative ways to improve our way of life and change our world.



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WHAT IF...Psi abilities were real?




To begin with, what do we mean by "psi?"  Psi is actually the 23rd letter of the Greek alphabet and first letter of the word "psyche."  It is the term parapsychologists use to generically refer to all kinds of psychic phenomena, experiences, or events that seem to be related to the psyche, or mind, and which cannot be explained by established physical principles.

To qualify as psychic, an experience must involve interactions that are qualitatively different from our normal ways of exchanging with the world (verbal and nonverbal communication, sensations, bodily movements). A genuine psi exchange can not be based even upon subtle, subliminal forms of perception or action.

Psi (or psychic) phenomenon spans a group of abilities from telekinesis (also called psychokinesis) [mind over matter] to telepathy [speaking mind to mind without vocalization] to clairvoyance [future seeing] to teleportation [transfer of matter or energy from one point to another without traversing the physical space between them] and other similar 'gifts' like Pyrokinesis [throwing fire].

We've seen such abilities portrayed in books and movies like Firestarter, about a young girl named Charlie whose family is tormented because of a government agency which wants to harness her ability to cast fire.

For Charlie, this ability can hardly be seen as a "gift", because the only thing which this ability brings to her and her family is disaster - her mother is killed, she and her father have to go on the run and attempt to hide from the dangerous and apparently crazy men who want to use her and her ability to do evil.

Not all portrayals of Psi are about scary and dangerous abilities. Take the story of Phenomenon... George Malley is an ordinary guy until one night he is outside walking home from an evening at the local bar, and experiences a blinding, bright light coming from the sky - and ends up unconscious on the ground for a short period of time. In the following days and weeks, George begins to notice that his IQ is increasing exponentially and he can DO things, things which he can't explain, like spin a pen on the desk in front of his friend without touching it and learn an entire language in less than an hour.


Original painting of author Anne McCaffrey, featured in Doris Vallejo's book The Art of Rowena
Some tales of Psi are completely on the good for Humanity scale of things, and a great example are the books of Anne McCaffrey. From The Talents series to the P.E.R.N. Books, Anne McCaffrey imagined worlds made better with the introduction of abilities like Telekinesis and Telepathy, from throwing starships from one solar system to another with the power of the mind to empathically bonding with flying, teleporting, fire-breathing, time-traveling dragons who've been bred to save your people from an interstellar menace raining down on your world.

If YOU had a Psi ability, which one would you want?

How do you think people would react to you, if you had one and could prove it?



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For going on 24 hours, I keep reading about Hillary Clinton's stint as Secretary of State and how she used a private email service instead of an official Dept of State email.

I keep reading how this is making a mountain out of a molehill.

That the law that the Republicans are trying to say she broke wasn't a law until after she wasn't Secretary of State anymore.

That it's No Big Deal.

None of that is the primary issue here. What is? The Freedom of Information Act, which was enacted on July 4, 1966. And perhaps, National Security.

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What if...


You got caught in a time loop, like these characters did:

Groundhog Day

One of Bill Murray's best parts, a Weatherman finds himself reliving Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania endlessly and he doesn't know why.

But he learns a lot while on this journey, from Ice carving with a chainsaw to piano to the secret to the heart of a woman he never knew he might love...

Edge of Tomorrow

A man who wears the Uniform but wants nothing to do with the front lines gets caught reliving the same day of battle with an alien invasion force over and over again. His only hope? To learn enough to reach the source of the invasion's strategy and destroy it. His only help is another soldier who has already gone down his road, and back again...

What sorts of skills or abilities would you take up the learning of? Piano playing like Murray's character, Phil, did? Foreign languages or haute cuisine? You'd be limited to learned skills not projects with tangible results and whatever was within 2 hours distance by travel of any sort, or you'd lose the day just getting there.

What if your Loop Day caught you up in some violent or criminal action, day after day and always ended with you dying? Would you be able to take up training to ensure that you could survive the day, instead of ending it a bloodied, beaten corpse?

Would you keep your own secret, or try to find a friendly ear to discuss your situation with?

Would you embark on an endless series of crimes, knowing that all would be re-set in the morning? Is there a moral quandary when your "crimes" would all be erased with the rising sun?

What would you do, if it happened to you?

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WHAT IF...

... a real live extra-terrestrial arrived here on Earth? You know First Contact. Where would you rate it on the list of "biggest world events"? How do you think the world would react?

Do you think if real live aliens do show up some day, it'll be for good (altruistic) reasons, or because we have something they want? If it's the latter, how optimistic are you about the survival of our civilization much less our species? What has happened every time a more technologically advanced civilization interacts with a less technologically advanced civilization here on Earth? Yes, the less advanced civilization gets absorbed by the more advanced, their citizens taking a 2nd Class or worse position as a result and sometimes being enslaved in the process.


EARTH, IN RELATIONSHIP TO THE REST OF THE UNIVERSE

When you consider the physical location of Earth, our lovely blue marble is in a tiny backwater in the hinterlands. We're at the far end of one of the long spiral arms of the Milky Way Galaxy. So, we're far off the beaten path, and a visitor would need a good reason for spending the energy and time to drop in on us. What would they want in return for that energy and time spent to get here?

I am, by nature, a fairly optimistic person. But when it comes to First Contact, I'm quite convinced that it won't be the sort imagined by Gene Roddenberry...

In this NASA.gov article, "Beyond Our Solar System: Overview", is list of 10 Need-to-Know Things About the Universe. This one stands out for me:

There are at least 100,000,000,000 galaxies in the universe. A galaxy is full of stars: Our sun is just one of at least 100,000,000,000 stars in our own Milky Way galaxy, and each of those stars could have their own planetary system.
Those numbers are why people like Carl Sagan (astronomer, astrophysicist, author and researcher) and Stephen Hawking (theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology) have made public statements about the probability of extraterrestrial life.
The aliens in Hawking's vision would be much like the malefic beasties in the blockbuster science-fiction flick Independence Day.  He describes, "We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet. I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they can reach."

He says that humans should try to avoid alien contact as we colonize space.  He states that such contact would be "a little too risky".  What would result?  He states, "If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans"

Much like the eminent Hawking, I fear First Contact will be bad for Terrans (derived from Terra, the Latin term for Earth).

Still, I cannot but wish that this other possible future were more likely, the one brought to life in the imagination of men who dreamed of traveling the universe in the decade the Apollo 11 took the first humans to the Earth's moon. The future where THIS is the universal sign of good will:

President Barack Obama and Nichele Nichols in the Oval Office
Live Long and Prosper



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WHAT IF...?

... you won the lottery. The BIG one, you know like the PowerBall interstate lottery which is over $450,000,000 (yeah, nearly half a Billion) this week and sold here in Washington State.

My mom used to play the Lottery regularly for decades. She never won much, like most people, but she did get about $4,000 once and her alcoholic 2nd husband spent it on booze and gambling. Go figure.

I used to smoke a pack of cigarettes a day, until I quit for the last time on October 15, 2002. Today, those death sticks would cost me about $56 a week. So I play the Lottery each week. $3 for two tickets, a $2 Powerball & a $1 MegaMillions. Money I would have wasted (and $50+ more, too) and now I'm adding to the State Education fund with part of each ticket I purchase. In the past five years I think I've won a sum total of about $40 give or take a couple bucks.

But I think about what I'd do with that kind of money, if I did win. I be giving it away by the truck loads if that $450,000,000+ came my way...

1) Pay off my and my family's mortgages and student loans.
Have a Mortgage & Loan burning party. In Hawaii. Maybe bring all y'all along for the party.

2) Pay for college education for anyone in the family who wanted to go. If they get a degree and want to train to do something else? Twice more on me. Education is a good thing. Always.

3) $25 Million to fund a Trust for Clark County, WA:
Uninsured Hospital care for working people & homeless
Refund a portion to those who paid cash for services in time payments over past five years (up to $3 Million)
$5 million dedicated to Dental care
$1 Million dedicated to Vision Care.


4) Give Occupy Wall Street's "Rolling Jubilee" (@strikedebt on Twitter) a cool $5 Million to help some of our fellow proles receive a Get Out of Student & Medical Debt Free Card.


5) Create a non-profit to hire unemployed or semi-retired 50+ at a living wage, to provide daycare for working parents and/or single parents who are students at our local community college.

6) Fix my 1996 Geo Metro. OK, I'll buy a Smart Car, too. (I love those little quiet cars of the future)

7) Start a non-profit Temporary Services firm which hires only 50+ year old labor. Experience should be a benefit when an employer is hiring. Government clerical and administrative contracts would be the target of the non-profit, and unlike corporate commercial Temporary/Contract Labor Service companies, would pass on the lion's share of the wage for the position, retaining only enough to cover the cost of the recruiters and bricks and mortar costs.

8) $10 Million to fund a WA State initiative for the Democratic Party. To organize and activate every single precinct in the entire State. Hire permanent Field Organizers to create and rollout Training seminars across the State and to prepare and organize Events for GOTV and Voter Registration.

9) $20 Million to fund a non-profit for the benefit of Veterans who need employment. Again, Government contracts would be the target for jobs.


10) $20 Million to fund a non-profit to assist Political Candidates, from local to National, who are Daily Kos members and at least willing to Caucus with the Democrats, if not a Democratic Party member, like democratic Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.






That's the the cream off the top of my head, I've got a lot more ideas about what I could do, what good I could do, with that amount of money Power.

How about you? Ever engage in Instant Millionaire day dreams? Nightmares?

What would you do with that kind of money? Seriously?

Do you think it would help or hurt your family connections (the siblings, cousins and so on)? Would you keep working at your current job? Would you take a long cherished vacation somewhere exotic? Would you buy a new car? A fleet of new cars? Endow a favorite charity?

Tell me what you'd do if fortune smiled on you so hard it filled your 'lucky bucket' up permanently...

as always --

#StrongerTogether for a better future for OUR posterity
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