The basic fact is easy to understand and known since the invention of money. If poor people get more money, they become less poor and their lives are improved. That it would, in a modern economy, result in less homelessness follows logically.

If you are living online in the Appleverse, you probably know Airdrop, Apple’s messaging app. It has been used around the world to help organize protests of all sorts, but not the current ones in China.

Treatment of depression generally focuses on the low feelings and keeps watch for suicidal thinking. In my training (way back when), dissociative symptoms in depression (except very extreme cases) were not mentioned. This study says they are common and need attention.

One of my rules in dealing with robo calls (mostly avoidance) has been not to trust the caller ID and the displayed phone number because of spoofing (email addresses can also be spoofed). A company in the business of selling spoofing services has been taken down.

It was generally assumed that the record breaking heat event in the Pacific Northwest in 2021 was caused by climate change. The details of how different trends and interacting effects brought it about are the subject of this report.

The places where coffee grows are being hit by climate change. Is one of the world’s favorite drinks in danger?

a fairy tale life

EMJE – new tricks for new insights

Quixotic Mama

i am searching
for a way
to tell a story with my art
as the true story of me
unwinds in my heart
& head
with a new voice
i try to find
the best path

my process for this one (& for “escape”) is to stain a piece of watercolor paper, find an image in the stain, and bring that image/story to life with pencils, oil pastels, ink, & acrylics.
i like what is happening.
& it is kind of a blend of techniques i have used as well as new approaches to art.
maybe i should throw in some collage?
i guess as i figure out who i am…i figure out how to express what i need to express.

9X12 ink, oil pastel, pencil & acrylic on watercolor paper…suggested price of $75

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HASTY – Famine


I broke down

In a place

Called Famine


On my back

Good intentions

Safely packed

Sacred shrines

Built with

Dry split bones

Line streets

Paved with

Bricks of mold

A hungry place

With liquid teeth

And too many

Stranger things

Upside down

Reciting prayers

Of starving dread

Too many

Inky squids

Writing love letters

To the dead

Not my rodeo

Not my town

Broken down

In a place

Called Famine

No thank you

Call me Jonah

I’d rather die

Inside the belly

Of a whale

Named Nelly

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On The Media explores the connection between anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric and the Club Q shooting. And then, how talk radio got so bad (Hint – $)

Teri Kanefield considers why social media have such a hard time functioning as an effective public square in a democracy, and how they might be fixed, or, at least improved.

Male wolves infected with toxcoplasmosis are 47 times more likely that the uninfected to leave their birth packs and become leaders in other packs. The how and why, and what sort of leaders they become are yet to be discovered, but that is a huge effect from a microscopic parasite. I looked up the symptoms of the infection in humans. Most show no symptoms and many experience a flu-like episode, but there was nothing about cognitive or personality change.

When listening to a melody, our brains are busy predicting the next note. That has a lot to do with what we find interesting.

I always try to balance the climate bad news with some good news. This is the very bad for today.

And, this is the good, or at least hopeful for the day.