Book promo…

Larry Lambert has a short story collection out! The Shorts

As always, click the cover for the Amazon link!

The blurb-

The collection of short stories comprises two sections. The first includes thirty-six ‘shorts’ with topics marked as fictionnonfiction, or based on a true story. The topics vary between stories of espionage, science fiction, historical fiction, and true crime. The second section consists of seven non-fiction case studies of police informers under the general theme of how to make money by being a government informant.

Raconteur Press is out with their newest anthology- Hooves, Tracks, and Sabres!

The blurb-

Alternate history allows us to explore, in thrilling detail, what might have been. Come with these authors down the untrodden divergences from reality, while still staying close to the possible. Can history be fun? Yes! Be entertained by these stories and find yourself wondering along with the authors. What if…? Cavalry had evolved from hooves, sabers, and tracks in other ways than we know happened.

And last but not least, Holly Chism has a nice little short up in her Modern Gods series Same Liver, Different Vulture

The blurb-

When you know you can regenerate any organ, fast…why not donate your kidneys?

Prometheus has been a teacher all of his life, nearly. Sometimes, like with teaching Man to harness fire, it got him in trouble. Sometimes, he’s able to make an even bigger difference for his students. Especially when they need a kidney as much as they need knowledge.

It’s a steal at 99 cents!!!

All three are highly recommended!

How much…

Is the hamburger in the window???

Fast food is beloved in America because it is cheap and convenient. 

The recent inflation report for April showed that since President Biden took office, the cost of eating out at restaurants is up nearly 22%. However, fast food has been hit particularly hard, with prices dramatically rising at the most popular restaurant chains beginning even before the COVID-19 pandemic.  

A Big Mac sandwich at McDonald’s, for example, cost $3.99 in 2019. Now, that price has more than doubled to $8.29, according to Fast Food Menu Prices, an online tracker. 

Full article, HERE from Fox.

I will admit to a ‘guilty pleasure’ of an occasional Big Mac meal. I used to do that about once a week if I was in a hurry.

Now, it’s maybe once a month, at best. And I used to like the bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit and an orange juice to go with my coffee on the way to work. That used to be right at $5 in 2018. Last week, I was running late so decided to hit Micky D’s on the way into town. Same sandwich and OJ is now $7.88!

So now I cook my own…

The real question is what happens when those fast food places go away? When they are no longer profitable to the franchises? I’m betting they will be closed in a heartbeat.

Do you have small local restaurants? I know we do, and we make sure we support them on a regular basis, because we don’t want to lose them. Granted they are not as fast as ‘fast food’, but they’re hanging on because the locals support them! And most of them are cheaper than the fast food places!!!

Might be worth thinking about.

National Health Services…

Are good, right? Right???

Well…

From Slashdot…

UPI reports that the British government covered up “a multi-decade tainted blood scandal, leading to thousands of related deaths, a report published Monday found.”Britain’s National Health Service allowed blood tainted with HIV and Hepatitis to be used on patients without their knowledge, leading to 3,000 deaths and more than 30,000 infections, according to the 2,527-page final report by Justice Brian Justice Langstaff, a former judge on the High Court of England and Wales. Langstaff oversaw a five-year investigation into the use of tainted blood and blood products in Britain’s healthcare system between 1970 and 1991. The report blames multiple administrations over the time period for knowingly exposing victims to unacceptable risks…

In several cases, health officials lied about the risks to patients… The NHS also gave patients false reassurances, an attempt to “save face,” failing victims “not once but repeatedly….” The situation could “largely, though not entirely, have been avoided,” Langstaff found…

The British government on Monday began operating a support phone line for people and their families affected by the tainted blood scandal.
The article notes that Langstaff described the coverup as “subtle” but “pervasive” and “chilling in its implications…

“To save face and to save expense, there has been a hiding of much of the truth.”

The full article from UPI is HERE.

I can’t help but wonder how many Americans that were treated in Britain might have been affected by this mess.

Especially since it is obvious this was a long term effort. I wonder how much of this was driven by costs for ‘good’ blood vs. whatever they could get?

I’m just glad ‘I’ never had to get blood over there…

For those sailors…

Who didn’t come back…

Unlike those buried in the cemeteries, Sailors went down at sea, with no markers.

‘In Waters Deep’

In ocean wastes no poppies blow,

No crosses stand in ordered row,

There young hearts sleep…beneath the wave…

The spirited, the good, the brave,

 

But stars a constant vigil keep,

For them who lie beneath the deep.

‘Tis true you cannot kneel in prayer

On certain spot and think, “He’s there.”

 

But you can to the ocean go…

See whitecaps marching row on row;

Know one for him will always ride…

In and out…with every tide.

 

And when your span of life is passed,

He’ll meet you at the “Captain’s Mast.”

And they who mourn on distant shore

For sailors who’ll come home no more,

 

Can dry their tears and pray for these

Who rest beneath the heaving seas…

For stars that shine and winds that blow

And white caps marching row on row.

 

And they can never lonely be

For when they lived…they chose the sea.

 

The poem is called ‘In Waters Deep’ and was written by Eileen Mahoney

Memorial Weekend…

My cousin sent me this, she wrote it for a class she’s taking, she’s about 15 years younger than I am…

As I sit here tonight listening to a show on TV and working on my latest assignment, I realize that Memorial Day weekend is quickly approaching and celebrating the “Greatest Generation” is highlighted everywhere.

The younger people might ask you, isn’t this the greatest generation? I say no way. We all like to think we are but we are not, as a boomer, I am a product of the greatest generation. We still appreciate what their lives were like.

For most of us it was our grandparents’ generation, some of our parents. All of us benefited from this terrible World War. I am not here for a new history lesson. You should already know it. Hate fueled the world then until it just took over and grabbed hold to squeeze until you either conformed to what was dictated or you died. I grew up hearing the stories that my maternal grandfather shared with his three daughters. He was in the Canadian Royal Airforce, and I understood that he photographed all he could when he was in Europe. The photographs were so graphic that it was not until I was in 8th or 9th grade before those photographs could be shared with us, the next generation. So, graphic that it would give you nightmares until you really understood the gravity of the stories that went with those photographs. Those are the stories that have been part of my history, these photos making it so real. These Photographs have been donated to The Holocaust Museum in Houston; they really did not belong to us. They belong to all those they represented. I am grateful my grandfather took the time to take them, to teach us hate has no place in our society or our lives.

Moving forward to today, watching the news (and it does not matter what news you watch) hate is being spread by the media. I believe that most of us are peaceful and respectful of each other. By allowing this slow spread of hate to brew underneath the surface of our communities we will repeat the sins of the past in the present and future. I say it just needs to stop.

Stop and say hello to your neighbor out on your morning walk.

Stop and say hello to your grocery store worker or the worker at the big box store.

Stop and visit a nursing home and see someone that never gets a visitor.

Stop and volunteer at the local school in your neighborhood.

Stop and volunteer at the library or at a shelter.

Stop the hate.

Stop the hate creeping back now. Stop the hate that started this roll back because we became complacent and self-centered and could not be bothered. All this hate did not just start over night, and it will take more than over night to fix it.

So here is your challenge. When will you stop and make a difference? Do I believe this will make a difference? Well it will not unless you at least make the effort to make the change and meet the challenge.

I have to say I pretty much agree with her. What we have today is NOT what I spent over 20 years defending/protecting! Get out and ‘see’ what and whom are around you. Forting up in your house doesn’t do you or anyone else any good!!!

Rules…

For thee and not for me… Version 253…

Navy supply ship was run aground by a junior officer off the coast of Bahrain shortly after the ship’s master — or captain — left the bridge to eat dinner, an investigation revealed.

The USNS Alan Shepard had finished up a maintenance period on July 15 and was on the way to a port in Bahrain when she was directed to an area just off shore to wait on a pilot. The master took the ship there and then went to eat dinner, leaving the ship in the hands of a much more junior third officer.

Less than 30 minutes later, the Alan Shepard was grounded on a shoal.

Full article, HERE from Military.com.

It is noted that an actual Navy CO was relieved last month for running aground in the Pacific, but this guy…not so much.

Why?

Well, USNS ships are run by ‘contract’ seamen, with just a few military folks on there, who, by the way, are NOT allowed to command at sea. They are mostly supply types, who manage the cargo/stores on the ship with their enlisted sailors and provide the same to the various ships during underway replenishments (UNREPS).

And they have a union!

So, the ‘rules’ don’t apply to them like they do for the Navy, even though it’s a Navy ship managed through MSC… sigh…

 

Owie…

Managed to screw up my wrist and hand a bit. Hard to type, so I’m using text to speech from my iPhone for this. 

Go read the folks on the sidebar, I hope I’ll be better in the next day or two.

Sorry.

Posted from my iPhone.

Research follow-up!!!

My friend Stretch sent this as a response to my research post- Some additional search resources you can use to find things!

www.refseek.com – Academic Resource Search. More than a billion sources: encyclopedia, monographies, magazines.

www.worldcat.org – a search for the contents of 20 thousand worldwide libraries. Find out where lies the nearest rare book you need.

https://link.springer.com – access to more than 10 million scientific documents: books, articles, research protocols.

www.bioline.org.br is a library of scientific bioscience journals published in developing countries.

http://repec.org – volunteers from 102 countries have collected almost 4 million publications on economics and related science.

www.science.gov is an American state search engine on 2200+ scientific sites. More than 200 million articles are indexed.

www.base-search.net is one of the most powerful researches on academic studies texts. More than 100 million scientific documents, 70% of them are free.

And if you’re REALLY bored, you can go to this link and hear Lawdog and I get interviewed on BizTV about short stories and anthologies!

Self-driving???

Safe or not so?

The technology behind self-driving cars has been around for quite some time. However, its commercialization – from companies offering and operating ride-share services to those selling self-driving cars – is still rather new. One well-known taxi company is Waymo, which, despite its successes, is now under federal investigation due to traffic safety concerns.

So, what do you need to know about this investigation? Is Waymo still considered safe? What about other self-driving cars? Is it time to get in on this trend now, or is it better to wait until this technology improves before stepping into a self-driving vehicle? Here’s what you need to know.

Full article, HERE from Fox News.

I don’t know what y’all think, but I’m still leary of ANY self driving software, taxi, Telsa, GM, or anybody else!

Edit-

Intarwebz problem- Go read the folks on the sidebar please.

Posted from my iPhone.