A few shots of a sick eagle. It has been allowing people to get within 20 feet which almost never happens with adult birds and never happens when they aren't being fed. The local avian rescue group has been looking to capture it but as it can still fly reasonably well it may have to get sicker before they can. They have incredibly powerful talons they use for attack and defense that can make rescuing them hazardous. A friend of mine who tried to catch one with a broken wing had its talons pierce his hand and penetrate his wrist to the bone. As they lock, he was fortunate to have his friend nearby to pry them loose much less not having a vital blood vessel severed. As it was it took months to heal enough for him to return to work.
The bird pictured may be on its last legs. As in older birds the eyes have almost white irises with me radial marks rather than the more uniform yellowy ones in younger birds.
On Tuesday evening, Garry Kasparov was a guest of conservative radio host Charlie Sykes. They discussed life under authoritarian regimes with callers who've lived under these regimes.
Kasparov is a retired chess grandmaster and political activist believed by many to be the greatest chess player of all time. He left Russia in 2013 after numerous warnings that his life was in danger because of his opposition to Putin. He's been beaten by Russian police and lost friends to assassination by Putin's operatives.
I've been following Kasparov for a long time, both in the news and literally in social media. He's now a permanent US resident, though not yet a citizen. Nonetheless, I consider him a better American than most because of his clear-eyed admiration for American ideals. In this discussion, Kasparov recommends strategy for opposing Putin and authoritarian wannabes like Donald Trump.
We've had some extremely warm weather over the past week and a half, some of it accompanied by sunshine. Today we're headed toward a sunny 72 F. (Update: not going to get that high).
I've noticed an obvious uptick in positive mood among patients, with many attributing it to the recent weather.
Graph Below: Chicago's daily February average low (blue) and high (red) temperature with percentile bands (inner band from 25th to 75th percentile, outer band from 10th to 90th percentile). Previous high temperature for this date is 68F. Highest February temperature since 1873 is 75F.
Good lecture series: I'm six vids into Paul Freedman's History 210.
An MS treatment that works for about half of patients. Unfortunately, it also kills some.
A North Korean envoy called for a joint probe of the Kim Jong Nam assassination. That ain't happening. I don't think the North Koreans understand the concept of social capital. In their world, cooperation is built on fear rather than trust. Unless they plan to attack Malaysia, the Malaysians have absolutely no reason to include them.
The Russian ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, died after passing out at the Russian embassy in New York. Reports I've heard say that there was nothing suspicious about the death, but anytime anyone tied to Putin dies, I feel an inkling of doubt. I wonder if something like diplomatic immunity applies to mandated autopsies in New York State?
The NY Times has a piece on the cozy relationship between Trump and Alex Jones. Jones is one of the most despicable conspiracy crackpots out there. He commands a large national audience, and his vicious conspiracy theories have had real world consequences for innocent people, including the relentless harassment of parents of children killed at Sandy Hook.
A UNITED KINGDOM is based on extraordinary true events. In 1947, Seretse Khama, the King of Botswana, met Ruth Williams, a London office worker. They were a perfect match, yet their proposed marriage was challenged not only by their families but by the British and South African governments.
This is an interesting chapter in history that I'd never heard about, but somehow the filmmaker managed to craft a film that is at best only mildly interesting.
Most of you out there are probably using apple products, so for browsers you're using Safari and maybe Chrome. Firefox is available for apple, but I don't think many people use it. I have it and Chrome on my iPad, but I prefer Chrome. Once in a while I use Safari, but mostly I stick with Chrome
Being otherwise a PC user for my own stuff, I drifted away from Firefox into Chrome a couple of years ago. Recently, however, I've been using Microsoft's Edge browser. Gotta say, I like. It's very clean and fast. I'm impressed. With Microsoft hanging on to Explorer for so long, I had a strong anti-Microsoft browser bias, but playing around with Edge for a week now, I've done a 180. I think Edge is going to be my default.
We saw Toni Erdmann, an off-beat, pleasant-enough German-Austrian comedy, about a world full of bullshit, the soul-stripping work of business consultants and, more generally, alienation from self and others that can overtake us if we aren't intentional about maintaining strong relationships. There's more to it than that, but it doesn't rise higher than 87/100 on the X-ometer.