The weird egg laying mammal with a duck’s bill on its face may hold the key to the problem of our antibiotics not working well against resistant bacteria and germs. Via Sky News:

A breakthrough by Australian scientists has found that the platypus – which is already a unique creature – is also in possession of fairly unique biochemistry.

Researchers from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Deakin University have discovered a special protein contained in platypus milk.

CSIRO scientist and lead author Dr Janet Newman said: “Platypus are such weird animals that it would make sense for them to have weird biochemistry.

“The platypus belongs to the monotreme family, a small group of mammals that lay eggs and produce milk to feed their young.

“By taking a closer look at their milk, we’ve characterised a new protein that has unique antibacterial properties with the potential to save lives.”

The study, published in Structural Biology Communications, finds that the way platypus mothers feed their young – which unusually for mammals hatch from eggs – has led to the antibacterial properties developing.

Platypus do not have teats, but instead express milk on to their belly where the young suckle it – meaning the milk becomes exposed to an environment where it could be contaminated by local bacteria.

Evolutionary processes have meant that the milk contains a special protein which protects the platypus babies against this bacteria.

Dr Julie Sharp of Deakin University said: “We were interested to examine the protein’s structure and characteristics to find out exactly what part of the protein was doing what.”

They found that the protein contained a unique 3D fold which had never been seen before in the structure of the molecule.

As Instapundit likes to say, “Faster, Please.”

Pic: Laura Romin and Larry Dalton. Via Sky News

Platypus, funny face, savior of the human race? (Apologies to The Doors)

Which will come first, the Zombie Apocalypse, or the Cure from mammals who lay eggs?

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by baldilocks

One Ring to rule them all.

With Louis Farrakhan’s well-known anti-Semitism, hatred of whites, and alliance with the Women’s March and the Congressional Black Caucus being in the news, I am reminded of something startling that I talked about back in 2012.

When I was on my way to church this morning, I saw something very interesting near my house.

The “Church” of Scientology has been building centers in and around South Central Los Angeles and in Inglewood — something that had previously been unheard of. Today, being Fathers’ Day, I guess there was some big event at the center near me.  But guess which organization was celebrating the day with them? The Nation of Islam.  FOI, bean pies, and white “garments” (similar to burkas) all over the place!

Did a little research when I got home.  There isn’t much to go on, but one website reports that, back in 2009, Louis Farrakhan said that there was some sort of “marriage” between the two organizations.  Marriage, eh? One wonders who will get to be on top in the end.

(I recall getting a funny look when one of the FOI tried to give me an unsuccessful hard-sell on a bean pie. Yes, I recall that they are delicious, but I can’t in good conscience give my money to that organization.)

A “marriage?” Between those two? Bizarre doesn’t begin to describe it.

I don’t live in that house anymore and, therefore haven’t had an up-close view of the evolution of this relationship. So, let’s see what’s out there. Continue reading “These are Some Really Strange Bedfellows”

Sgt. Schulz: [seeing the prisoner wearing Hitler mustaches and doing a Nazi salute] Bah! One Fuhrer is enough!

Stalag 17 1953

Today My son was playing the Youtube video on the tricks that makers of WW 2 video game RAID had to go though pass legal muster for sale in Germany because of their strict laws concerning Nazi references

It got me thinking, one might understand these laws in the context of the occupation of Germany post WW 2, but it’s now 2018 nearly 75 years after the fall of the 3rd Reich and it’s still going on. I don’t know what it tell you but here is what it tells me:

Germany’s Insistence on censoring WW 2 video Games removing any reference to Hitler or Nazi symbols mean that German lawmakers simply don’t trust their own people not to go all 4th Reich if given the slightest bit of encouragement.

Now I don’t claim to know more about the German cultural Psyche than actual Germans but it seems to me that if they think their people are just one video game image of Hitler away from having another go at conquering the Europe and then the world,  then the next time someone suggests moving US bases out of Germany and letting the Germans handle their own defense I think I’m going to politely disagree.


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At Robert Stacy McCain’s site there is a post about some amazing developments in Canada concerning their version of the “Woman’s March” in Vancouver BC (which has apparently changed a lot in the 30 years since my wife and I spent a day of our honeymoon there). A feminist site has details.

To be clear, a woman is being threatened with violence and legal repercussions for stating, at a march for women, that women are female, and for challenging an ideology that claims gender is internal and biological rather than imposed by a patriarchal society. Not only have women been told they may not center their female bodies at the numerous women’s marches across the world, but when they dare to challenge the idea that trans-identified men should be centered at these marches, they are being pushed out and targeted.

There is a lot to be said about the consequences of liberal women under social threat or social opprobrium when they are brave enough to state basic facts of biology willing due to fear for their safety, or fear of social opprobrium etc etc etc but the most fascinating thing about the Canadian “woman’s march” not only giving a speaking spot to a transgender “dominatrix” for hire was this part of his/her speech concerning what he/she can contribute to the woman’s movement (all emphasis mine):

When you welcome us into your spaces, and allow us to be open and honest, you’ll find that we have so much knowledge to bring you, and not just about how to have amazing sex. We can teach you life skills, like how to take amazing selfies, how to use bitcoin, how to build a following on social media.

Let me be blunt: No conservative woman would be stupid enough to consider that a list of “life skills” and no liberal woman with any sense left in her would consider these “skills” ones that their daughters need to know to get by in the world.

But of course liberal woman find themselves in a catch 22, they used the rejection of reality as a sword to use on traditional values, western culture, western civilization and those who admire it, so they find themselves unable to deal with it when that rejection of reality is turned on them.

Of course the future belongs to those who show up In a generation or two these narcissists will die out and be marginalized and people will marvel that so man were willing to play along with this game.

Closing thought: If you wonder why middle eastern immigrants cling to a misogynistic radical Islamic ideology rather than embrace western culture this is your answer.

by baldilocks

Remember that old warning that came from your parents if you said a bad word?

“If you say that again, I’ll wash your mouth out with soap.” Of course, my various parental units never had occasion to give me that warning because I was Miss Goodie Two Shoes, baby. Now might be a different story.

Anyway, some kids are preemptively putting soap in their mouths and swallowing it; not because they feel guilty for using four-letter words; not because they feel dirty inside.

But, just because.

Spring cleaning may be several months away, but laundry detergent is making big headlines this week as a dangerous stunt called the “Tide Pod Challenge” is going viral on YouTube and other social media platforms.

The challenge is for participants –- primarily teens and young adults, in the videos making the rounds –- to put the pods into their mouths, sometimes even chew them, and then post videos of what happens. Some of these individuals experience foaming at the mouth and severe coughing spells after consuming a pod.

It’s more than just a strange behavior, it’s potentially deadly. Here are some facts about the craze to help

friends and family protect teens from the hazardous experiment.

What are Tide pods?

Tide pods, the brand’s version of the popular laundry detergent pods, are small packets of detergent designed to dissolve while washing clothes. Each pod contains pre-measured, concentrated detergent levels.

The outside wrapping of a tide pod is made of polyvinylalcohol (PVA), a water soluble plastic compound. For the same reason that this packet dissolves in the machine washing laundry [sic], it can also dissolve in a person’s mouth — leading to the immediate release and absorption of the contents.

Even if the stuff couldn’t kill you, who would want to put soap in their mouths? The whole reason that the old-school fake threat was so useful was that soap tastes horrible.

But, as a friend pointed out, we old people did crazy things when we were kids. My “crazy” usually involved biking/rolling skating down a steep incline. Helmets and knee-pads never crossed our minds or those of our parents.

In short, old-school crazy usually involved fun.

But I guess You Tube fame is the new fun.

May they all remove themselves from my lawn with prejudice. As a matter of fact, I don’t even want them on my street. That much stupidity is probably more contagious than this year’s flu.

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I’m old enough to remember when seeing a piece on Pink Pussy Hats being considered exclusionary and offensive to leftists like this was a sign that you were reading a parody or comedy site

Not anymore.  From  The Detroit Free Press

But this time when marchers take to the streets in cities from Lansing to Las Vegas, there could be fewer pink pussyhats in the crowds.  

The reason: The sentiment that the pink pussyhat excludes and is offensive to transgender women and gender nonbinary people who don’t have typical female genitalia and to women of color because their genitals are more likely to be brown than pink.

“I personally won’t wear one because if it hurts even a few people’s feelings, then I don’t feel like it’s unifying,” said Phoebe Hopps, founder and president of Women’s March Michigan and organizer of anniversary marches Jan. 21 in Lansing and Marquette.

Of course I’m also old enough to remember when a story about thousands marching in Washington hats resembling vaginas would have by definition been considered parody.

Via the Canada Free Press who comment:

The hat was so politically correct that it’s suddenly politically incorrect.  Congratulations progressives, you’ve outdone yourselves.

The world is out to prove my pined tweet correct

Chicago Police camera

George Washington McLintock: Now Katherine, are you going to believe what you see, or what I tell you?

McLintock! 1963

Two years ago I wrote about an interesting incident in Jerusalem.  It seems that the “Palestinians” were objecting to treatment they claimed they were receiving when visiting the Temple/Mount area and a solution was suggested by King Abdullah of Jordan to solve the problem, Cameras.  That way if Israel was violating the rights of Muslims visiting the 3rd holiest site in Islam they would be caught.

To his credit then secretary of state John Kerry supported the idea and after some pushback from the cabinet Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu got them to go along with the plan.  However Palestinians who had been claiming oppression loudly objected claiming it was a “Trap”.  As I wrote at the time:

I don’t see how it can be a trap. After all the Palestinians have insisted that they haven’t been inciting anybody or smuggling weapons or doing anything nasty, if they’re telling the truth how could film backing them up be a trap? That would be like a police office arguing that dash cameras and body cams were all about framing him for something he hasn’t done.

You’d think they were trying to hide what’s actually going on or something?   Or as Bibi put it:

it would show where the provocations are really coming from.

And as I tweeted at the time:

Well it’s two years later and with the move to make sure police are wearing bodycams to catch them if they try to plant evidence or bully harass and murder innocent suspects (particularly if they are black) now the accepted norm, I thought we have the answer to that question. However said answer is apparently not a question of police claiming body cams are a “trap”, it’s the liberal civil rights black lives matter crowd doing so:

“Unrestricted footage review places civil rights at risk and undermines the goals of transparency and accountability,” said Vanita Gupta, former head of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and current head of the Leadership Conference, in the report’s introduction.

Yes you are reading that right. You are hearing a former Obama “civil rights” official saying that camera footage of what actually happens at an arrest undermines “transparency and accountability”

You see if a police officer makes out his report after seeing his video, it’s less likely that he will state an inaccuracy that a defense lawyer can exploit and that’s bad. After all we can’t have police giving accurate reports that puts a criminal in danger of actually going to jail.

You’d think transparency and accountability in law enforcement was supposed to be about truth and facts but apparently if those recorded videotaped facts either fail to impeach the trustworthiness of an officer or help lead to the conviction of a criminal then they aren’t welcome by those on the left who demanded them.

I wish I could say I was surprised by this but then again these days left has lost its capacity to surprise me anymore.

There are two stories out there that are winding the irony meter to 11.

The first is the one that everyone is talking about, that is Hollywood Leftist and kingmaker Harvey Weinstein’s outing as a serial Sexual Harasser by the New York Times.

The idea of course that a Hollywood exec would use his power to bed actresses etc is not much of a surprise (as they say, what else is a private island for?) but the real irony is his advocacy for Hillary on down and various “women’s” causes that gave him a pass from those on the left who doubtless knew this was going on and said nothing are now rushing to return the funds  he  gave em over the years although I doubt Obama will be in a rush to give back the $600K plus he bundled for him after all this time together.

I don’t know if Weinstein’s “I’m a liberal Maybe give me a pass” defense will save him, but Bill Clinton isn’t being shunned by anyone these days

I’ll give the last word to Iowahawk

Irony #2 involves this Budweiser

The same day that the Wall Street Journal declared Cornoa the new King of Beers Budweiser is still taking calls like this:

Anheuser-Busch is asking NFL fans for their opinion on the National Anthem issue. NOTE: This is legitimate. I personally called and they have option 1 solely for this issue.

1-800-342-5283 (Option #1)

This is the number to Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis. They want to know how you feel about NFL players kneeling during the anthem and if they should continue supporting the NFL through advertisement dollars. When you call you will get an automated response and it asks if are calling about the NFL. Press 1 and then leave your message.

Budweiser is running ads like this during the Baseball playoffs

Does anyone see the irony of running ads with an “America” can while the NFL is protesting during the national anthem and complaining about police and getting responses like this:

“To the brave NFL players that ran into a hotel with an active sniper… Nevermind, those were police officers…”

I don’t think the problems for Budweiser and the NFL are going anywhere.

At that time some people who were present there told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices.  He said to them in reply, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were greater sinners than all other Galileans?  By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!  Or those eighteen people who were killed when the tower at Siloam fell on them do you think they were more guilty than everyone else who lived in Jerusalem?  By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!”

Luke 11:1-5

We interrupt our Robert Stacy McCain in Massachusetts blogging to note something concerning Hurricane Irma.

When last I brought up Irma it was to use the vast differences between the US and European computer models for Irma’s projected path three days out illustrate the absurdity of making economic policy based on computer models of climate 50 to 100  years out.

Since then several of my Magnificent Seven writers have given the subject, particularly those in Irma’s projected path, their full attention but while I’ve kept an interested eye on the path of the storm I’ve been too busy with my houseguest Robert Stacy McCain and the event we put on yesterday to write anything on the subject.

There has however been a development on the subject worth of interrupting of Stacy McCain in Massachusetts blogging (which will resume after this post) namely it’s shift in path:

 Hurricane Irma’s leading edges whipped palm trees and kicked up the surf as it spun toward Florida with 125 mph winds Saturday on a projected new track that could subject Tampa — not Miami — to the storm’s worst fury.

Tampa has not taken a direct hit from a major hurricane in nearly a century.

The westward swing away from Miami in the overnight forecast caught many people off guard along Florida’s Gulf coast and triggered an abrupt shift in storm preparations. A major round of evacuations was ordered in the Tampa area, and shelters there soon began filling up.

This story brings two points to mind the first scientific:

If you were looking at the various computer models I was mentioning plus a few others this change in path would be a massive surprise as the idea that Tampa might be the possible target wasn’t really on your radar.  This is why residents of Tampa Bay are now scrambling to get ready for the storm heading their way.

In my opinion this doesn’t poorly reflect on the State’s moves to evacuate people in the path, nor on those who produced the models as they were based on the best data available.  Furthermore hurricanes being “complex natural phenomena that involve multiple interacting processes” it’s always possible that there will be another shift so given the immediate danger it’s better to be safe than sorry.

However it DOES reinforce my point concerning making decades long range economic decisions over computer models forecasting 50 to 100 years out. It’s one thing to take a week long economic hit when life is in clear and visible danger, it’s quite another, to redirect hundreds of billions toward the well connected for an ephemeral threat three to five generations in the future based on computer models whose variables are astoundingly vast and the hysteria of individuals who are incredibly shallow.

But there is a second point to be made, a social one:

One of the more disgraceful things we’ve been seeing from our friends on the left has been the apparent glee that they’ve expressed at the imminent danger to those they blame for the results of the election.  Despite the left eschewing all things religious they’ve apparently bought into the idea that this is a sign of God’s wrath at trump voters ,ignoring the fact that the President got few votes from Cuba and Haiti and Puerto Rico where Irma has vented so far.

So imagine their dismay at the shift in Irma’s path given the voter data Hillsbourough County including Tampa Bay from election 2016 showing that Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump in Tampa Bay by nearly seven points!

Now to any properly catechized Christian the entire concept is offensive.  First of all Christ specifically warned about this type of misconception over and over again both in the quote from Luke above and in dealing with the man born blind (John Chapt 9), but more importantly for a Christian all of the people both those already affected by the storm and those potentially affected are souls of equal value before God and deserving our help and support during this time of need,  furthermore as a pluralistic society it is our obligation to help our fellow americans in this crisis no matter who they are.

But I am curious to hear how those who so confidently expressed their delight at the plight of trump voters handle mother nature’s apparent change of heart.  Isn’t Irma woke?  Has mother nature donned a MAGA hat?  Perhaps ANTIFA should declare her a fascist and the Southern Poverty Law Center will label her a white supremacist and put her on a watch list.  I can see the marches and hear the protest chants now:

Hey Hey, Ho Ho, Mother Nature has got to go!


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A Democratic Councilman in New Milford, Connecticut has been forced to resign after it became public knowledge that he is a “furry” fetishist who lists rape among the things he “tolerates” on an adult site for people who are into dressing up like cartoonish stuffed animals – often for sexual gratification.

Via NewsTimes:

NEW MILFORD — Town Council member Scott Chamberlain had never made a secret of his deep involvement in Furry Fandom, a subculture of adults who dress in mascot-like animal costumes, attend role-playing conventions and interact regularly online.

But an uproar ensued when a town resident posted on a community Facebook page several screenshots of Chamberlain’s profile from a private website catering to “furries,” many of whom participate in or write about unusual sexual practices. The profile includes a list of Chamberlain’s “loves,” “likes” and “hates,” some sexual in nature, but also said that he “tolerates” rape.

In an interview at midday Thursday, Chamberlain explained his involvement in the “furry” community as a harmless hobby.

“It’s nothing to do with sex; it’s an interest in cartoon animals,” said the first-term Democrat, who was up for re-election.

Riiight, he likes cartoons, that’s it and that’s all, except for the porn stories he wrote and published involving sexual adventures among people dressed as furries.

Chamberlain also writes what he calls a “soap opera” read by hundreds of users that includes furries in some sexual situations.

This is apparently what it takes to make people protest against a Democrat these days.

On Thursday night, as town Democrats held a previously scheduled opening ceremony of party headquarters on Bank Street, a small group of protesters gathered outside.

Among them was Rick Agee, the resident who had made the original Facebook post. He carried a sign saying, “No perverts running our town!”

”I have kids and grandkids in this town, and I don’t want him representing us,” Agee said.

And he’s gone:

Meanwhile, party officials removed a green sign saying, “Scott Chamberlain — New Milford Town Council” from the headquarters’ front window and peeled a Chamberlain bumper sticker from the glass door. Gronbach’s wife, Vanessa, ordered that a stack of Chamberlain bumper stickers be taken off the front table.

Democrat Scott Chamberlain is apparently pictured below, on the left (natch):

Whenever a Republican, at any level of government, is discovered to be an adulterer or some sort of other deviant, ALL Republicans are grilled about it and asked if they denounce said creep  – repeatedly – , so when do you think that Democrats on the national scene will be asked how they feel about the disgraced weirdo in Connecticut? My guess is it will happen at about half-past never.

H/T: NY Post

 

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