Surprise – eating pills made of raw rattlesnake meat isn’t good for you. Excerpt:
In its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the CDC includes notification of two cases occurring in late 2017 of people falling seriously ill with salmonella – both linked to the consumption of rattlesnake pills.
In the first case, in Texas, salmonella was found both in the patient and in the pills he had been taking as part of a “natural health” regime. The particular salmonella strain isolated by whole genome sequencing was found to be a close match for that found in another patient, a man from Kansas.
The Texan victim refused to be interviewed by CDC investigators, but the Kansas gent admitted to having travelled to the state of Chihuahua in Mexico, and purchasing five homemade rattlesnake pills – or, as they are also known, pastillas de víbora de cascabel. He had swallowed all of them.
The pills, made from dehydrated and smashed up snake flesh, are popular in Mexico and among some Hispanic communities in the US. They are marketed as cures for acne and cancer.
So stupid. Stacy McCain explains
The Democratic governor of Oregon said Wednesday that she will refuse to send National Guard forces to guard the border with Mexico.
Gov. Kate Brown even trolled President Trump, tagging his “RealDonaldTrump” handle in the tweets in which she said her state’s units will not participate in his border-security plan.
“If @realDonaldTrump asks me to deploy Oregon Guard troops to the Mexico border, I’ll say no. As Commander of Oregon’s Guard, I’m deeply troubled by Trump’s plan to militarize our border,” she wrote on Twitter.
In a later tweet, she said there had been no request by the federal government to send Oregon’s Guard units.
But nevertheless, “I have no intention of allowing Oregon’s guard troops to be used to distract from his troubles in Washington,” she wrote.
Dies she realize part of the military’s job IS national security?
Sometimes I would like to slap my fellow Conservatives for trying to say video games cause criminality. Frankly, tens of millions of people, of many ages play violent video games and never harm a fly, so please, stop! Scott Greer at The Daily Caller has a nice piece that sums up my feelings
Video games have been blamed for mass shootings ever since Columbine, and many conservatives have argued they need to be further restricted or flat-out banned in the wake of the Parkland shooting.
We put our kids at too much of a risk by allowing games like Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto to exist, so the argument goes.
But there are already restrictions in place to keep kids from buying graphic violent. In order to purchase a game rated Mature, you have to be at least 18. It’s not like 10-year-old can just walk out of a store with the game that allows them to chainsaw innocent civilians.
So the next step would be to ban the games, which is incredibly dumb. The majority of American households include a frequent gamer and the average age of male gamers is 35. For women it’s 44.
The vast majority of people playing these games are not troubled teens but adults.
Arguing that the few bad apples justify getting rid of violent video games is a similar argument to the one gun control proponents make. Because a few crazy people — who usually are precluded from owning firearms by law, but the system fails to ensure that — may use guns to murder, we must take guns from the 99.999999 percent of law-abiding gun owners.
That’s the exact same argument conservatives make when they want to ban violent video games. Just because teens might be negatively influenced by video games, we have to make sure 30-year-olds can’t play Wolfenstein.
Bravo! Go read it all
Are NFL owners really stupid enough to ignore the declining ratings and attendance? Do they not get that social justice is not what fans want? Apparently not.
he NFL has established a player-owner committee focusing on social and racial justice initiatives that Commissioner Roger Goodell cautions is just a start, with lots of work ahead.
Goodell credited “unprecedented dialogue” for helping players and owners get to the point of Tuesday’s announcement. He said the committee will focus on education, economic development, community and police relations and the criminal justice system.
“We feel that we are going to make significant progress as we have more meetings, as we get more focused on our efforts, it’s going to actually come to life,” Goodell said. “And frankly, we will get better as the days go by.”
The league also said Tuesday it is beginning a “Let’s Listen Together” campaign that includes digital content and commercials highlighting player-led work on equality issues. That platform will include social media support and letters from players and owners.
Owners on the committee are Arizona’s Michael Bidwill, Atlanta’s Arthur Blank, Jacksonville’s Shahid Khan, Cleveland’s Jimmy Haslam and Miami’s Stephen Ross. Current players Chris Long, Josh Norman, and Kelvin Beachum, Pro Football Hall of Famer Aeneas Williams and former player Anquan Boldin are on the committee.
Amazing that such stupidity exists, it really is. Or maybe it is cowardice? Maybe the fear of being accused of RAAAAACISM is so strong it makes billionaires quake in their boots?
Jeb, the Left will still hate you, no matter how many times you lick their boots
….but, as Animal Magnetism points out, some of the lyrics are, well, deeply inane
When I was a kid back in the Seventies, there was a song by the British band Ten Year After called I’d Love To Change The World. That song included these lyrics:
Tax the rich, feed the poor
‘Till there are no rich no more
Even the seventeen-year old me thought that was stupid. “If there are no rich no more,” I remember thinking, “who the hell is going to feed the poor then?” These lyrics seemed to that younger me to describe the very folly of killing the goose that lays the golden eggs.
Yep, I loved that song musically, but the lyrics? Based in nonsense on top of more nonsense. But, like Animal, I find it is John Lennon’s Imagine that takes the Cake of Idiocy
I loathe this song. I’ve been called a heartless bastard for saying so, but I nevertheless loathe this song. it’s the worst sort of mushy-headed puffery masquerading as some kind of high ideals. Consider:
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world
Oh good grief! Could Lennon have been more foolish? Yet, Leftists still buy into this garbage today, and, basically, if you break it down, the lyrics seem to echo today’s Democratic Party rhetoric. Wealth is greed, possessions are bad, Individualism is to be rejected……………
Intellectual? No, just failed, foolish ideas fools cling to