It is late, very late, and I am just finishing off the Open Thread for today. And yes, my computer is still acting up, although either I am becoming accustomed to its antics, or it isn't happening as much. It has been a very busy day with 2.5 hours of physio and an extended teaching session helping my student ready herself for an English test on Friday. It has rained a bit late this afternoon but we are scheduled for thunder storms tonight and Thursday. Last week we were told that our local reservoirs were at 91% of capacity and that the snow pack had not made it down from the mountains yet. We are looking good for water this year but we still have water restrictions in place. Summer is here and it is a long time until the cooler temperatures of autumn.
Jig Zone Puzzle
Today’s took me 3:50 (average 5:42). To do it, click here. How did you do?
The New Yorker — In what some are calling a sign of its desperation to raise cash, the Presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump is auctioning off New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on the popular e-commerce site eBay, campaign officials have confirmed.
Christie, who is described on the site as being in lightly used but good condition, is believed to be the first sitting governor ever to be auctioned on the Internet.
According to the description of Christie on eBay, the governor can perform a full range of escort duties and has “extensive experience in chauffeuring, door-opening, umbrella-holding, reflexive clapping, and soothing end-of-the-day foot massages.”
Speaking at Trump Tower, in Manhattan, the presumptive Republican nominee said that he was still considering financing his general-election campaign himself, but he added, “First I wanted to see what I could get for Chris.”
I think Drumpf is in for a surprise — Christie is damaged goods and not likely to bring in much even from the staunchest Republicans!
Daily Kos — Georgia Rep. Rep. John Lewis, the heart, the soul of congressional Democrats, is leading his colleagues in a sit-in for a vote on gun safety legislation. You won't see it televised, because the Republicans controlling the House also control the cameras. C-SPAN, however, is replaying the speeches of Democrats leading up to the action.
Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, who led the talking filibuster to force the votes in the Senate earlier this week is on the House floor in solidarity.
This courtesy of Raw Story
As I travelled about today, I kept hearing news of the Democratic sit-in in the House of Representatives over bringing gun control bills up for a vote. The Republicans, who control the House, attempted to bring order but ended up shutting off the cameras and calling a recess.(Raw Story) According to a story in Politico, when Paul Ryan slammed his gavel, Democrats started chanting. Members of the public in the gallery joined Democrats in the chanting. According to some sources, 80% of Americans favour some common sense gun control measures but Republicans continue to obstruct. The people's House?
CBC — Contagious cancers are a scary idea to begin with, but scientists have made some startling new discoveries about them – they are likely more common in nature than originally thought, and some can even spread between species.
A new study has found a contagious, leukemia-like disease appears to be widespread among shellfish with hinged shells, called bivalves, such as clams, mussels and cockles. And, for the first time, researchers have found evidence of the cancer spreading from one species to another.
Mussels living off the coast of British Columbia, along with cockles and golden carpet shell clams in Spain, are all prone to the contagious cancer, similar to one that has devastated soft-shell clam farming operations in P.E.I., the Canadian, U.S. and Spanish scientists reported Wednesday in Nature.
"It may be more widespread in nature than we know," said Jim Sherry, an Environment Canada scientist based in Burlington, Ont., who co-authored the study.
Because cancers originate from the mutated cells of an individual and are genetically similar to that individual, genetic analysis of the cancer cells allows scientists to figure out their origin.
I thought it would be appropriate to have a short break from US politics — one can only take so much Drumpf! This contagious cancer crossing between species is interesting, and presents the possibilities of cancer cell transfer with other species.
My Universe — OK, so I figured I'd have to give some page time to dawgs! From Petcha.com
The dogs take turns scoring the ice and making it hail all over the kitchen floor. The video is called Ice Cube Jackpot, and that’s exactly what it looks like.