Thursday January 31st – Open Thread

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen †

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251 Responses to Thursday January 31st – Open Thread

  1. Dora says:

    I should have known this would be next.

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    Assisted suicide proponents renew push to legalize it in New York

    On the heels of New York’s Reproductive Health Act, which allows for abortions at any time under reasons of the mother’s “health” — broadly defined to mean emotional, mental, physical, familial, etc., according to Roe v. Wade’s companion case, Doe v. Bolton — comes a new push to legalize physician-assisted suicide in the state.

    https://www.liveaction.org/news/assisted-suicide-legalize-new-york/

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  2. Janie M. says:


    European Jays (Garrulus glandarius) ‘anting’ on Wood Ants’ nest.

    This is the wildest nature fact I have learned to date!

    What Unusual Behaviors Do Birds Engage in?

    [snip]
    Over 200 bird species engage in “anting,” a little-understood behavior in
    which they rub ants on themselves.

    Birds of a feather might flock together, but some birds prefer the company
    of ants, it seems. In a behavior that ornithologists are unable to fully
    explain, more than 200 bird species have been observed either resting on an
    anthill to let the little insects crawl through their feathers, or picking
    up dead ants and rubbing themselves with them. This practice is known as
    “anting,” and theories abound to explain just why birds display this
    curious behavior.

    More at:
    https://www.wisegeek.com/what-unusual-behaviors-do-birds-engage-in.htm

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      😕 Maybe the ants eat bugs that bother the birds?

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      • Janie M. says:

        According to wiseGEEK, auscitizenmom, the ants secrete secrete formic acid, which can kill lice and other pests. So it would appear ants leave a residue when they crawl over the birds’ bodies. Very smart move – how did the birds know? Learned behavior from watching other birds? I duuno. And I think it is possible the ants also eat the bugs on their body – a twofer! 😉

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        • Mandy says:

          Remember the blackbirds in … I think England? Anyway, people there would put mothballs outside their homes (don’t recall why) and the blackbirds would pick up the mothballs and rub them on their feathers!

          Just a delightful bit of bird info, Janie, THANK YOU!!!!!

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          • Janie M. says:

            You’re welcome. I love wiseGEEK. Mandy. It covers a wide variety of subjects, the majority of which have been interesting and enlightening.

            I noted the information about the mothballs. And again I wonder, how do they know it is a remedy for lice? Remember the insult, calling someone a “birdbrain”? Appears it is a misnomer. Birds are clever. Crows are suppose to be highly intelligent.

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            • piper567 says:

              Anyone interested in Corvid intelligence might want to check out “Bird Brains” by Candace Savage…lots of info on research, principally in (what was once) Sweden which actually tests and observes much.
              Beautiful to look at, the book also may surprise you by the number of birds which belong to this highly intelligent group.
              I dote on Ravens…so different than crows, and bc they’re solitary, there is a completely different focus in research…with crows as most of you know, it is their complex social structures which have been the primary focus of research.

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        • Dave says:

          When I’m working in the backyard under the cabbage palms, ants will purposely drop on me just like snakes are apt to do. Only, they don’t want to rub on me like they do the birds…they want to bite me! Usually they drop in pairs, crawl under my t-shirt, and after a synchronized countdown, begin their painful bites! The large carpenter ants are the worst offenders from the trees, and the fire ants are the worst from the ground! Maybe if I had feathers, I’d get more respect!

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  3. ZurichMike says:

    Well, I live here, so it must be the reason:
    https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/overall-rankings

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  4. andyocoregon says:

    Did you leave your car parked at the Newark, N.J. airport this morning? If so, you may not want to watch this video.

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  5. JX says:

    House Dems Reject GOP Proposal to Block Raises for Federal Employees Guilty of Sexual Misconduct – Vote was chaired by Democrat Tony Cardenas, who is accused of drugging teenage girl

    https://freebeacon.com/politics/house-dems-reject-gop-proposal-to-block-raises-for-federal-employees-guilty-of-sexual-misconduct/

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      lilbirdee12’s prayer:

      Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

      Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

      Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

      Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
      Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

      We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
      Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

      In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  6. JX says:

    STAMFORD, CT — John Mallozzi, the city’s former Democratic Party chief, was arrested Wednesday on charges of absentee ballot fraud in the 2015 municipal election. He allegedly forged ballots for relatives, Spanish-speaking residents and Albanian-Americans new to the election system, according to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

    Mallozzi was charged with 14 counts each of filing false statements and second-degree forgery. He turned himself in to Stamford police on the charges, both Class D felonies punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000 per count.

    https://m.stamfordadvocate.com/local/article/Former-Democratic-Party-boss-charged-with-13573967.php

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  7. BigMamaTEA says:

    “Largest Fentanyl Drug Bust In History Made As Truck Tried Crossing The Southern Border”
    https://dailycaller.com/2019/01/30/fentanyl-drug-bust-southern-border/?utm_medium=email

    FTA: ……..“Well, the U.S. border patrol has made the biggest fentanyl bust in history. An enormous amount, enough fentanyl to kill—they estimate—57 million people. That’s more than the combined population of the states of Illinois, New York and Pennsylvania. It’s a lot,” Carlson stated…..

    ………”They found this under the floor of the trailer. They found 114 kilograms of fentanyl. According to the DEA, just two milligrams is considered a lethal dose. They also grabbed 179 kg of methamphetamine and one gram of fentanyl in pill form. The street value for the fentanyl over $102 million. The CBP officers arrested the smuggler, a Mexican national who attempted to drive the drugs across the border. The suspect was a part of the DHS’s trusted traveler program called FAST, that stands for free and secure trade for commercial vehicles. The program started after 9/11″………….

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  8. Dear Fellow Treepers,

    Please consider signing this petition to Virginia Governor to retract his statement allowing babies to die – and pass it on to your friends who are concerned about the brutal way we in ‘civilized society’ are treating the most vulnerable…

    https://lifepetitions.com/petition/petition-tell-virginia-governor-to-retract-outrageous-statement-allowing-babies-to-die

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  9. dogsmaw says:

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  11. Mandy says:

    MMT – Modern Monetary Theory. Y’all might want to read this. Hubby put the reader on and I listened. Admittedly I didn’t grasp all of it – sounds to me a lot like what we already have today. I’m pretty “Austrian” in my outlook so naturally my gut screams “NO NO NO!!!” but like the author says, doesn’t much matter whether we like it or hate it, it’s coming. So I’m thinking of this article as a sort of ‘heads up’ on the subject (which I admit I’d never even heard of ‘MMT’ before I listened to the piece).

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-31/eveything-you-wanted-know-about-mmt-were-afraid-ask

    We’re still in the midst of discussing it here (a HEARTY discussion, I must say, lol)

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  12. getfitnow says:

    FTA – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced an executive order to eliminate Common Core standards in Florida schools.
    https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/education/florida-governor-ron-desantis-orders-state-to-get-rid-of-common-core-standards/67-e91ad318-cdeb-4da5-8a5f-63fbe9a5dcf3

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  13. Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

    The persecution of innocent citizens continues and no one is doing anything about it.

    “The Deep State had amphibious team in the water and an helicopter in the sky during the arrest.
    The US is now a police state. The Mueller deep state leaked to NBC News on Thursday that they now have a treasure trove of information from Republican Roger Stone’s decades of conservative activism. The Democrats on the Mueller probe leaked this information to the press.
    What is stopping them from leaking to the Democrat Party?” ~ Jim Hoft over at GP

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/01/mueller-police-state-leak-fbi-seized-all-of-roger-stones-years-of-contacts-during-pre-dawn-raid-likely-to-be-leaked-to-dnc/

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  14. dogsmaw says:

    Hobo Dinner

    Ingredients

    1/4 pound ground beef
    1 potato, sliced
    1 carrot, sliced
    2 tablespoons chopped onion
    1 sheet heavy-duty aluminum foil (18 inches x 13 inches)
    Salt and pepper to taste, optional

    Directions

    Shape beef into a patty; place in the center of foil with potato, carrot and onion. Sprinkle with salt and pepper if desired. Fold foil over and seal well; place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Open foil carefully.

    Dinner may also be grilled, covered, over medium coals for 45-60 minutes or until potato is tender. And you can also substitute a can of mixed vegetables 😛

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  15. BigMamaTEA says:

    senate tee-vee just adjourned, and will return on Mon. Feb. 4th at 3:00pmEST.

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  16. andyocoregon says:

    L.A. swift-water rescue earlier today.

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  17. Nunya Bidness says:

    I still want to know who Nellie Ohr was talking to on her Ham radio, and about what!

    Liked by 4 people

  18. phattcat says:

    Anti-abortion movie financed by My Pillow guy Mike Lindell gets nationwide distribution.
    “Unplanned” to be shown in 800 theaters thanks to a new distributor.

    link: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/jan/31/anti-abortion-movie-financed-by-my-pillow-guy-mike/

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  19. dogsmaw says:

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  20. Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

    Local evening news broadcasters tonight breathlessly reported bad news for the city’s Catholic Churches as the area Diocese released the names of 22 current and former priests who had sexual molestation claims against them. As the fake news talking heads happily bad-mouthed Christians in general and Catholics in particular they somehow failed to mention that those accused were charged with molesting young alter boys and, as such, were obviously gay pedophile predators. With today’s journ0lists it’s not that everything they report that is false; it’s what they refuse to reveal that makes them phony.

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  21. dogsmaw says:

    so I’m reading this…

    https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/press-release/file/1125736/download

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      So dogsmanw……Whenever you’re done reading that….will you give us a summary? Pretty please.

      Liked by 1 person

      • dogsmaw says:

        https://www.hud.gov/press/press_releases_media_advisories/HUD_No_19_004
        HUD No. 19-004
        HUD Public Affairs
        (202) 708-0685

        FOR RELEASE
        Thursday
        January 31, 2019
        HUD SECRETARY CARSON ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT TO ADDRESS LONGSTANDING ISSUES AT NYCHA

        WASHINGTON – U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson today announced an agreement with the City of New York and the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to provide a new roadmap forward for NYCHA that will address the longstanding issues at the housing authority’s properties. Read the agreement ( this is what I read ) .

        “The families who have endured unimaginably poor housing conditions deserve better from their housing authority,” said Secretary Carson. “Today we are presenting NYCHA residents with bold new solutions for decades-old problems.”

        The agreement, made under the authority of Secretary Carson and not subject to court approval, establishes specific requirements and milestones to address the serious health and safety hazards at NYCHA properties, including lead-based paint, mold, heat, vermin, among others. It also recognizes the existence of a substantial default by NYCHA but does not impose a receiver.

        As part of the agreement, the City is committing at least $2.2 billion in funding over the next 10 years to address these issues. HUD will continue to provide funding to NYCHA, which is estimated to be $1.5 billion this year.

        The agreement also establishes a federal monitor selected by HUD and the Southern District of New York (SDNY) with input from the City. The monitor will submit quarterly reports to HUD and SDNY, which will be made publicly available. The City will pay the cost of the monitor in addition to its other financial commitments. The parties expect to announce the monitor in the near future.

        In addition, the plan meets the following key principles as required by HUD in December 2018 when Secretary Carson agreed to work with Mayor Bill de Blasio to reach an agreement to avoid receivership:

        A sustainable commitment to decent, safe and sanitary affordable housing using all tools available

        Setting specific performance targets for lead, mold, elevator, heat and vermin issues

        Robust oversight to assure remediation objectives are met

        Milestones for measuring meaningful progress toward remediation goals and other institutional improvements at NYCHA

        Reduction of unwarranted costs and elimination of bureaucratic impediments to efficient operations

        Management of the highest quality and commitment

        Local control of day-to-day operations by NYCHA and New York City

        Strong remedies that are immediately available to address any future failure to perform, whether in the case of individuals or organizational structures

        Commitment of all relevant emergency powers available to NYCHA by New York City and New York State

        Commitment of additional financial resources from New York City and New York State for remediation and future sustainability

        “This is a very positive outcome, one that I believe can bring meaningful change to living conditions of the many thousands of families who depend upon NYCHA for their housing,” said Secretary Carson. “But there is still a lot of work to be carried out. We look forward to continuing what has been a productive working relationship with the Mayor and his team. HUD will continue to advocate for the hundreds of thousands of children, women and men in New York City whose lives and livelihoods depend on having safe, fair and affordable housing. They deserve nothing less.”

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        HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.
        More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet
        at http://www.hud.gov and https://espanol.hud.gov.

        You can also connect with HUD on social media and follow Secretary Carson on Twitter and Facebook or sign up for news alerts on HUD’s Email List.

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  22. P says:

    2nd Vote has compiled this reference list of companies that have directly or indirectly supported Planned Parenthood so that you as a consumer can know if your dollars are funding an agenda that violates your Pro-Life values. https://www.2ndvote.com/plannedparenthood/

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  23. andyocoregon says:

    View this post on Instagram

    🤣🤣🤣

    A post shared by Donald Trump Jr. (@donaldjtrumpjr) on

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  24. andyocoregon says:

    For anyone born after about 1990.

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  25. auscitizenmom says:

    A prayer for Justice Kavanaugh and Col. Flynn:

    Prayer to St. Michael

    St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;
    be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
    and do you, O prince of the heavenly host,
    by the power of God,
    thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits
    who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  26. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  27. BigMamaTEA says:

    Report – from Director National Intelligence Coats – World Wide threat assessment Jan 29, 2019

    https://www.dni.gov/files/ODNI/documents/2019-ATA-SFR—SSCI.pdf

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