What a disappointing start to the day!
Let me explain this as delicately as possible.
Reading the paper this morning I felt the usual urge to sit upon the “throne” and take a load off my mind.
From the urgency I felt it looked like it was going to be one of those times where, when all was said and done, ya looked into the bowl and exclaimed: “Wow, look at the size of that thing!”
Instead, as I sat down, I proceeded to pass more gas than I thought was humanly possible , and then expelled a little chunk about the size of a chihuahua pellet!
Looking at it, my first thought was that if the rest of the day was going to be this anti-climatic …………………………….., I might as well go back to bed!
Down in the States Republican House Speaker John Boehner said: “The nation’s credit is at risk because of the administration’s refusal to sit down and have a conversation!”
That’s right folks, it’s the Democrats fault …………., because they won’t do things the way the Republicans want!
That’s about the same as a terrorist saying: “If you don’t give in to our demands ….., it will be your fault that we have to kill him!”
While most House Republicans have remained firmly opposed to reopening the government without some changes to Obamacare, Republicans in Democratic-leaning states have been trying to build support for a revolt against that stance.

In an opinion piece on Sunday on local news website Philly.com, seven Republican House members from districts in northeastern states called for a measure to reopen the government without conditions.

imagesCACVDJ6012-year-old Joseph Lyssikatos of Coventry, R.I. was suspended from school last month after bringing a 2-inch keychain with a toy gun on it, that he won at an arcade, to Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School!

Another student found it and showed it off to classmates, and Joseph was suspended.

He has already served the suspension, but his parents hope to get it expunged from his record so Joseph can try for perfect attendance this year.
(Guess what kids, your long suffering reporter is not going to offer any opinions on this story………………., I will let it speak for itself!!!!!)

The Asian death toll from a spate of attacks by giant hornets has reached 41.
More than 1,600 people have been stung in China, with 37 in a serious condition in hospital.
untitledcvExtra medical staff have been trained to treat victims in central Shaanxi province, while firefighters have been drafted in to remove hornet nests.
The cities of Ankang, Hanzhong and Shangluo have been worst affected.
The type of hornet blamed for the attacks is the Asian giant hornet, which can grow up to 5cm long with a 6mm sting.
It is thought that drier, warmer weather has contributed to the ferocity of the attacks.
The hornets are also said to be most aggressive during the months of September and October when they mate and migrate.
(Remind me NEVER to go there!)
Speaking of things that “BUG” you, the cockroaches of three NYC neighborhoods—the Upper West Side, the Upper East Side, and Roosevelt Island—are genetically distinct.
Like many of the city’s humans, each group tends to stay in its own neighborhood.
So how are roaches like New Yorkers?
Well, they’re definitely immigrants. We know these are tropical species that are thought to have come from Africa, though there’s no definite proof of that. They require a very warm, moist environment. And we’ve made a nice home for them in cities, because we have underground tunnels and sewers where they can live year-round. In the summer they come up above ground, and that’s when we usually see them. But they’ve only been here as long as we’ve had an underground environment that’s congenial for them.
So they’re all immigrants and like New Yorkers in that way. The other way—the biggest finding of the study—is that there are four distinct genetic types of cockroaches within this species [the American cockroach]. Evolutionarily these genetic types are separated by a million or two million years. So they were probably living in different parts of the world. We brought them here.
They do interbreed, so we don’t think they’re separate species. But on the other hand, in the New York City neighborhoods where we’ve looked in detail—the Upper West Side, the Upper East Side, and Roosevelt Island—the genetic types are quite different.
So they must be staying close to home.
(So there ya have it kids, cockroaches have their own “hood, ” just like us!)
And since we’re talking about “hoods!”

rexusa_1765276c-600x399“There is an island on the middle of the Chobe River to which this elephant had crossed. The hippo was not happy about it and was apparently defending its territory,” said photographer Nicole Cambre, a 43-year-old lawyer from Brussels who captured this scene while visiting Botswana in August.
Cambre watched, and photographed, the partially submerged hippopotamus swim toward the elephant as the latter stood impassively near the shoreline. When the hippo emerged onto the island, it showed off massive teeth and jaws in a bellicose display meant to intimidate the trespassing pachyderm. (Related: “‘Unusual’ Pictures: Lions vs. Hippo.”)
Face to face with the largest land animal on Earth, which had lowered its head for possible battle, the hippo showed no signs of backing down—but it eventually reconsidered when reinforcements arrived, Cambre reported. “When more elephants crossed the river to the island, the hippo backed off and went back into the river.” (Related: “Rare Pictures: Crocodile Attacks Elephant.”)
And while the hippo didn’t pose a lethal threat to the giant ellie, the big mammals can back up such belligerence with most other species—including humans. In fact, hippos may be the most dangerous animal to encounter in all of Africa—unless you’re the size of a bull elephant.

It’s a long-known association: hard drinking leads to weak bones.
men8Doctors know that alcohol abusers are more likely than abstainers to suffer from frequent bone fractures, and slow bone healing.
Now a team of researchers from Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill., has found how alcohol slows bone healing at a cellular and molecular level.
This effect of poor bone healing, the researchers said, would apply to binge drinkers as well as alcoholics.
Speaking of drinking, my sister, who lives in Victoria, tells me my brother in law has seen several of these while walking in the woods near their house………….!

The fossilised skeleton of a giant marsupial the size of a small car has been found near Victoria.
The prehistoric creature, a diprotodontid, was common in coastal areas during the Ice Age and has been described as a giant wombat.
It would have weighed almost a tonne.
Victoria palaeontologist Erich Fitzgerald said the discovery was exciting because the fossilised skeleton was not only well preserved but relatively complete.
The mega fauna fossil is at least 40,000 years old but may prove as much as 200,000 years old. ”This is probably the most superb example of this giant extinct marsupial yet discovered in Victoria,” Dr Fitzgerald said.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/40000-years-old-and-counting–sorrentos-giant-wombat-the-diprotodontid-20131002-2us53.html#ixzz2h344PBHe