“A Safe Streets Ground Dominance team will be physically deployed for the first time in Austin, Texas, this Saturday,” he continued. “We do expect that there will be sporadic bursts of individual acts of violence from Antifa and associated groups,” Throne warned. “As is true in any crowd gathering, mob mentality can certainly ensue. We will have cameras and work with law enforcement to make sure that people are not harmed and that Antifa crimes are prosecuted. This is a major evolution of our work.”
BRCA2 and BRAC1
Really something you have to read through, if you don’t already know it.
My aunt has a BRCA mutation, so did my grandmother (didn’t have the cancer).
My mom has diagnosed a few months after I joined the Navy; she is a survivor, no return…yet.
DNA testing was a thing when she was diagnosed, so when her only sister was diagnosed (prayers, please) and was found to have the gene…we all figured we had it.
Because of a research opportunity based on basically her doctor having an in with a doctor who had an in with a research guy, we found out that mom does not have the gene, so her daughters don’t, either.
(…because I have a feeling it will be assumed if nothing is stated: mom was before a lot of improvements, but my aunt’s treatment deteriorated under Obamacare. While she watched those who didn’t pay for their care getting not just better care than her, but frequently improving care…as long as they could game the system)
and I funked it up again, h/t NeoNeo.
A week or so ago I saw on Twitter a quotation attributed to John Chrysostom, which read as follows: Chrysostom liked to gloat that the apostles had gagged the tongues of the philosophers and stitch…
Well worth reading through; short version, reporter got caught doing a “Coolsville sucks” edit, although at one remove.
a woman, mother of some classmate, walked up to my mother in the store and demanded to know if she was still “proud” of me now that my “choice” had a “price.”
My mother singed her ears because when I signed up for the Navy in late December of ’00, I knew I was joining a military force.
I knew I was signing a check up to and including my life.
Because this country is worth it.
If some worthless scum whose primary job skill is manipulating people thinks that recognizing that is an insult? Then she has shown she’s more worthless than any insult I could possibly throw at her.
Yeah. I knew the risk when I signed up. And I got lucky enough to come back in one piece.
If you think that taking that risk, knowing it is real, is somehow an insult? Well… there is nothing worse I can say about you.
No idea why Israel is suddenly the source of a bunch of hits– but hi!
This makes me rather happy:
The National Park Service has concluded a successful test using laser ablation as a means of removing biofilm that has darkened the dome of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. The test paves the way to ultimately clean the rest of the memorial.
The full press release is here, on the National Park service website.
A company out of Chicago, Conservation of Sculpture and Objects Studio, Inc., seems to have developed a laser ablation technique delicate enough to clean a 3,500 year obelisk, buildings, graffiti off petroglyphs, and now, national monuments.
I like this because 1) the Jefferson is one of my favorite monuments (1st Secretary of State, you know) 2) the building is in desperate need of a cleaning (it has visibly gotten grey-er in the year since I’ve been here, and I go by it almost every day) and 3) it shows the…
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The Turkish government and local organizations from Demre (“The Santa Claus Peace Council,” run by local Muslim boosters such as the Muslim guy who has the keys to the church) have periodically pressured Italy and the Vatican to have the bones of St. Nicholas repatriated from Bari. But since it’s still a Muslim country, and since only a tiny number of Orthodox Christians have been allowed to move into Myra and have very occasional Masses at the shrine, nobody is very interested in depriving Bari of St. Nick.
OTOH, the rivalry between Venice and Bari came to a surprise ending in the twentieth century, when it was discovered and confirmed by various tests that the bones and bone fragments all belonged to the same guy.
Over the last decade or so, archaeologists have been digging out the buried city of Myra, focusing on the old basilica. The archaeologists recently sent out a press release, announcing that with ground-penetrating radar, they have found the area which was once St. Nicholas’ shrine. Good job!
However, they have allegedly announced that they have found St. Nicholas’ bones, which seems… unlikely.
Go read the whole thing.