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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Human Chain with Links of Love

Links of Love     (Public Domain)
It's amazing what a difference ordinary citizens can make when they care to.

Recently, off the Gulf Coast of Florida, a group of nine was drowning.  Caught in a sudden riptide, they were going under fast.

Police were around, but chose to remain safely on shore.  Not so a hardy group of beachgoers.  They bravely formed a human chain that extended well into the ocean.

One rescuer described it this way:  To see people from different races and genders come into action to help TOTAL strangers is absolutely amazing to see… 50 plus

The victims were also quite heroic.  One drowning grandmother told a rescuer:  Let me go, just let me die and save yourself!  A drowning Chinese couple urged another rescuer to “save the kids first.”

By the end of the saga, a total of 70 had joined the human chain.  They managed to save all lives in question by risking their own.  Chivalry itself is not dead, not even close.


Copyright July 20, 2017 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Who's Weird?

Apolipoprotein E    (Image by JonSDSUGrad) 
From one perspective or another, everyone seems weird.  But from a sociological perspective, “Weird” specifically means “Western, educated, industrialized, rich and democratic.”

This kind of “Weird” can wreak biological havoc. Researchers suspect that Alzheimer’s is linked to a so-called “civilized” lifestyle.  Whereas the Alzheimer’s-related gene ApoE4  used to help keep parasites in check, it now assists in attacking the brain’s own cells. 

The upside of creature comforts is that creatures are relatively benign.  The downside is that ApoE4 therefore gets bored and begins hitting on neurons.

Shall we then all hightail it back to the jungle?  Or shall we instead develop designer parasites for APOE to torture?  Since jungles are rapidly shrinking, and humans are rapidly expanding, the latter seems preferable.


Copyright July 19, 2017 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

HS diploma at 97: What's next?

Maybe this?    (Fair Use)
Deciding after decades that “graduating” World War II with “two Purple Hearts and four Bronze Star medals” was worth at least a high school diploma, the School District of Philadelphia finally gave 97-year-old Charles Leuzzi an honorary one.

This amazing veteran was then asked what he intended to do next.  Leuzzi is considering a run at college, figuring: I don’t have anything else to do.


Copyright July 18, 2017 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved