Saturday Open Thread

Good Morning. Enjoy this weekend with family and friends.

This week, the White House hosted the second Annual Kids’ State Dinner, while the President laid out his vision for building a better, smarter, faster government, awarded the 2012 National Medals of Arts and Humanities, met with the Congressional Black and Congressional Hispanic Caucuses, and honored the Washington Kastles and the 1963 Ramblers.

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14 Responses to Saturday Open Thread

  1. rikyrah says:

    John Cole of Balloon Juice is a big animal lover.

    His most beloved cat – Tunch was killed today.

    Here’s the thread:

  2. CarolMaeWY says:

    Hello, where is everyone? I’m getting nervous now. . .

  3. rikyrah says:

    Kerry Washington’s on the cover of Vanity Fair..just saw it in the store.

  4. rikyrah says:

    ‘Human Wall’ Leads Baby Turtles to the Ocean

    By Geetika Rudra
    Jul 5, 2013 4:29pm

    Every year hundreds of baby loggerhead turtles hatch on the beaches of the Caribbean and journey towards the ocean. This year one group of baby turtles on the Dutch-controlled island of Bonair needed a little help.

    “This group of baby turtles hatched on a beach next to an airport,” Dr. Sue Willis, the program director of Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire, told ABC News.

    “After the turtles hatch they crawl towards the brightest light they see, which is usually the moon over the ocean. But the airport’s bright lights distract the turtles and make them crawl in the wrong direction. Two years ago we lost an entire group of hatchlings after they crawled onto a busy road,” said Willis.

    On July 1, when it was time for the baby turtles to make the trek towards the ocean, Willis and other volunteers used a unique method to ensure that this time the baby turtles reached the ocean safely.

    “We created a human wall of sorts,” Willis explained. “We surround the baby turtles on both sides so that they cannot see the airport lights. We give them ample space to crawl and form a line all the way down to the ocean so they stay on path.”

  5. Jay is crying. He has to stand in the corner for jumping in the bed.

  6. rikyrah says:

    — Organizing for Action raises $8.2M in second quarter–
    ——Organizing for Action (OFA), the group spun off of President Obama’s reelection campaign, raised $8.2 million in the last three months, the group announced Friday afternoon.
    That represents an uptick in donations from earlier in the year. OFA raised $4.9 million during the first three months of 2013, which was viewed as a slow start for the group.
    “In just our second quarter, OFA more than doubled the number of donors that have stepped up and taken ownership of the future of this organization,” said an OFA official.

    More than 230,000 donors have now contributed to the group, with an average donation of $55.- OFA has been busy working at its goal of promoting Obama’s agenda. The group recently ran television ads touting ObamaCare, which is scheduled to come online later this year, and has also run campaigns advocating for increased gun control, immigration reform and climate change legislation.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Pennsylvania teens chase down kidnapper’s car on their BIKES and save five-year-old girl

    By Alex Greig
    Two Pennsylvania teens are being hailed as heroes after they chased down a man in a car who had snatched a five-year-old girl from her grandmother’s front yard – on their bikes.

    Jocelyn Rojas, five, was missing for two hours yesterday when Temar Boggs and a friend saw the child in a car near Lancaster Township and gave chase.

    After Boggs, 15, and his friend had been tailing the vehicle for 15 minutes, the driver let the little girl out of the car and sped off.

    Now that the little girl is safely back with her family, police are focusing on finding the suspect.

    The family notified police and officers sprang into action, blocking off streets and scouring the area with canine units. Police showed Jocelyn’s picture around the neighborhood and Boggs and his friend joined more than 100 first responders searching for the girl.

    Boggs spottted the girl in the abductor’s car and he and his friend began to follow the car.

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  8. rikyrah says:

    Why I Donated My Stool

    This spring I saved a friend from a terrible illness, maybe even death. No, I didn’t donate a kidney or a piece of my lung. I did it with my stool.

    About 18 months ago, my friend, whom I’ll call Gene to protect his privacy, fell sick with stomach pain, intestinal cramps and copious bloody diarrhea. He had ulcerative colitis, a colon riddled with bleeding ulcers.

    His gastroenterologist started him on steroids and anti-inflammatories — standard treatment for these ulcers. He felt better and within a few weeks was able to taper off the steroids, which can be dangerous if used over the long term. But a month later, the bleeding and diarrhea were back. He was in horrible pain that worsened when he ate or drank. He couldn’t sleep at night.

    The doctor put him back on the steroids, but this time the symptoms weren’t held in check. For the next excruciating year, my friend went through episodes where he could do nothing but lie writhing in bed in pain. He lost frightening amounts of weight, became anemic from the blood loss and was forced to take medical leave from a job he loved.

    According to his doctors, he was left with two options: powerful immunosuppressant drugs (the kind they give people after organ transplants) or a total colectomy (the removal of the colon). The drugs might not be effective, and they raised the risk of lymphoma or fatal infections, while with the surgical option, the tissue left behind could and often did eventually become ulcerated itself.

    That’s when Gene started reading about a procedure called fecal microbiota transplant, or F.M.T.

    Transplanting the stool from one person into the digestive tract of another seems, well, repulsive, but it also makes sense. The majority of the matter in stool — roughly 60 percent — is bacteria, dead and alive, but mostly alive. While bacteria can make us sick, they also constitute a large part of who we are; the hundreds of trillions of cells in an individual’s microbiome, as this collective is known, outnumber human cells 10 to 1. The bacteria serve many functions, including in metabolism, hormone regulation and the immune system.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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