Catching Up Again! (plus Tweets)

Hello everybody. I’m still in apology mode I’m afraid. My new chair isn’t here yet, though I’m expecting it some time next week. It can’t come soon enough! The pain is getting worse with each passing day, and it’s getting harder and harder to get through those days. So a few tweets and other items of interest is all I can manage just now.

“My” Cat

My relationship with the neighbour’s cat is deepening every day. She always went home of her own accord at night time, but a few days ago she didn’t do that, and hasn’t since. I’d shut the window, thinking she’d gone home, only for her to appear a couple of hours later from wherever she’d been sleeping.

Three nights ago I put her out myself to make sure she was gone.  Then, a couple of hours later I heard this weird noise. She was throwing herself against the front door to be let in! So I did. She was very cold, and wanted food.

The neighbours appear to have gone away on holiday. I’ve no doubt another neighbour has the task of feeding her, but her own home will be cold and lonely. So, she’s wanting to spend all night with me as well as all day. And, of course, I let her. She even sleeps with me for at least part of the night, and wakes me when she wants to go out.

I’m becoming a crazy cat lady! But then she’s just come and curled up on my chest again, purring loudly, and it’s adorable!

3-D Art

I love the visual trick of 3-D Art. Over the last few days I’ve taken to watching videos of it. To me, even the most simple, like the one below are really cool.


This one is more complicated.


Political Tweets

You may have missed it, but Alex Jones was telling his listeners and viewers that liberals were going to start a hot civil war on 4th July. Here’s an appropriate response:


There will be massive protests in Britain when Trump visits. This is not the first time a US president has faced protests when visiting Britain. The problem is that Trump thinks no one should be allowed to protest, and that officials should stop the protests, as in the countries of his favourite dictators.


Meanwhile, in New Zealand, tolerance rules.


US Immigration Tweets

Whatever side you’re on when it comes to immigration in the US, if you’re a decent person you likely agree that the way things are being handled at the US southern border is a disgrace. However, it seems that this is just the tip of the iceberg.

From the linked article in the tweet:

Some immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged, the Associated Press has learned.

The AP was unable to quantify how many men and women who enlisted through the special recruitment program have been booted from the Army, but immigration attorneys say they know of more than 40 who have been discharged or whose status has become questionable, jeopardizing their futures.

(Via Ann German.)


This was all over the news yesterday, so most of you probably already heard about it, but just in case we have another entry in the chronicle of why Trump is unfit to be president of the most powerful country ever.


Mueller is Coming Tweets

(Previously Pre-Mueller Time Tweets.)

As usual, Trump can’t help it with the lies. The problem is so many otherwise intelligent people believe him. They blindly follow him and somehow manage to rationalize it all.
(Via Ann German.)


The next two tweets aren’t related to the Mueller topic – they’re just here to demonstrate the above mindset.

(The first via Ann German.)


As does this one. He says this stuff. Everyone cheers. They just believe it because he says it.

This has become true of the entire Republican party. It is now the Party of Trump, and not a normal political party. Those that don’t worship the cult leader are not welcome.

Back on topic … and note, this is by the EDITORIAL BOARD, not just anyone.


Healthcare Tweets

The US Healthcare system is likely to get worse with a fifth conservative on SCOTUS. Look at this. It’s a disgrace. The rest of the developed world is leaving the US in the dust when it comes to the healthcare of citizens.


Religion Tweets

Many of you are regular readers of Jerry Coyne’s website, Why Evolution is True (aka WEIT). Thus, you will be aware that his site has recently come to the attention of the authorities in Pakistan for posting Jesus and Mo cartoons. As a result, several of his posts are blocked in Pakistan.

It’s a long time since I posted a Jesus and Mo cartoon, and I’m nowhere near as popular as WEIT of course. I checked my stats, and in the last year I’ve only has 84 visits from Pakistan. My first post was on 30 August 2014 and since then, all time views from Pakistan are only 292. The tiny UAE (United Arab Emirates) is ahead of Pakistan. (#1 is USA at 109,324 at time of writing. Thanks everyone there and everywhere!)

However, I wanted to make a point by posting one of my favourite Jesus and Mo cartoons, which I think is an appropriate one at the moment given what’s happening with the probable appointment of a fifth anti-choice justice to the US Supreme Court.


Lego Tweets

Even in the 70s, Lego had it right …


Climate Tweets

Another problem with the GOP in general, and the Trump administration in particular, is the denial surrounding climate change. The next three tweets are from Ann German. The first two are self-explanatory. The third is a great video if you’re looking for help in arguing against a denier. I know I’ll be watching it a few more times to get it fixed in my mind.




Gorgeous pic …


Scenic Tweets

This is beautiful. but I didn’t retweet it because I’m not supporting a country where women don’t have equality.


This one got a retweet …


Space Tweets

The ESO observatory in Chile is in the path of the 2019 solar eclipse. What a cool trip that would be! I haven’t seen a solar eclipse since I was a kid, and it was only a partial one.

Other Apes Tweets

Teasing the cat!


Insect Tweets



Reptile Tweets

Now you know!


Other Animals Tweets

Cuteness personified!


I don’t know where this is from, but the fact of the sheep, the rugby ball, and the name “Bruce” for the sheep, makes me think there’s a good chance it’s New Zealand.


What else would you do with a pale hedgehog?


I like sea otters even more than hedgehogs.


Another one!


Even the deer in Japan know their manners!


This great news has been zipping around the wires recently. I hope they’re successful.


Dog Tweets



Awwww ….

One of my sisters, and one of my cousins, are both suckers for corgis, and they both have a birthday today. So, this is especially for them. Happy Birthday Brenda! 🎂 Happy Birthday Katy!  🎂


Cat Tweets



It’s almost enough to make you believe in karma. This isn’t the first time I’ve heard a story like this either in relation to poachers in Africa.




That screen door is not going to last! I speak from experience of cats vs screen doors!


I’m not going to ask.


(This bit of fluff of a post took me well over four hours in my current condition, and I’m absolutely shattered. That’s why you’re not getting proper posts.)


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45 Responses to “Catching Up Again! (plus Tweets)”

  1. Well done Heather – despite your pain you have produced a really good mix of stuff

  2. John Switzer says:

    I have been watching veritasium on youtube for quite some time. try potholer54 for more good stuff.

  3. Diana MacPherson says:

    I wish that chair would hurry up & get to you!

    • Me too! But then it will be a good one, and this is the NZ healthcare system, so it’s not costing me anything and I couldn’t afford it on my own without breaking into retirement savings. Those of us with good healthcare systems are in the minority, so I’m pretty lucky really. Compared to most, I don’t have much to complain about.

      • nicky says:

        I’m glad to hear you’re confident the chair will arrive next week. In other places than NZ it might take months, if ever.
        Chronic pain is a bitch.

  4. Randall Schenck says:

    Let’s get the chair delivered. Can we call someone…
    Another information packed posting and educational too. I believe you are a full cat owner, like it or not. The more important thing about Trump’s trip to Britain is, why are they letting the scum in? Send him on to his Handler who he will meet in Finland. Glad to see you included the shameful way he is treating the non-citizen recruits. This is disgusting and yet another impeachment worthy item to add to the long list. More than 10,000 non-citizens have joined the military from 2009 to 2017. And now this. Other than separating children and babies from their parents this is the lowest so far. One tiny flaw in your reporting was the phrase – otherwise intelligent people believe him. I don’t think so. If we had the time to evaluate these people we will find a great lack of intelligence among them. With thousands of lies coming out of the mouth, there is no reasonable human who buys this rubbish. There are lot’s of really stupid people here, take my word for it. Farmers in Iowa and aircraft manufacturing in Kansas will be in for a real shock on the trade wars and they don’t seem to understand. They all voted for this guy with all of their intelligence??

    • Linda Calhoun says:

      And, it’s depressing how proud they are of their stupidity. “Elite” is spoken by them as a pejorative.

      I’m elitist and proud of it. It seems to me that it’s on their head to explain, in detail, just what it is that they find so horrible about intelligence, education, achievement, and excellence.


      PS: Heather, please take care of yourself. We all can wait until you feel better for more posting.

      • Thanks Linda. 🙂

        I worry about the anti-elite thing too. To me almost everyone has their area of expertise, and we should all defer to those who know more in particular areas than we do.

        As most of us understand, you ask a plumber about plumbing, a hairdresser about hair, a dentist about teeth, and a farmer about farming. You do NOT ask a businessman to run a country without an apprenticeship in another part of government first. The first thing Republicans criticized Obama about was always being a Community Organizer. They ignored the fact he has a law degree from Harvard, and his experience as a senator.

        The main reason so little has been done by the Trump administration is obviously that so few of them know how things work. Their EOs, for example, were always going to be successfully challenged because none of them knew how to write one that would pass muster.

    • Randall Schenck says:

      Yes, seems like all you really need to know is how to spot a carnival barker. All the carnivals have left town and the only thing left behind is Trump. Crooked as a dog’s hind leg. Not sure if you have heard that one before but nothing against the dog. And Trump has a whole box full of names for anyone who does not agree with every lie and everything he says. The ultimate shake down artist is going to shake down the entire country.

      • Mark R. says:

        I heard one recently that I like on a thread consisting of two words to describe Trump: Overachieving Con-artist.

    • Jerry thinks the same about the cat. I’m not so sure. We’re talking about a cat here. I love her, but she has priorities above me – my warm home and the food I give her!

      On our news in NZ last night there was an interview with a soy bean farmer in the mid-west who voted for Trump. He’s taken a hit because their biggest market is China. However, he believes that Trump is a businessman, therefore he knows what he’s doing, and so the US will win in the end and it will be better. I suspect that analysis is quite common. There was a lot of it even before the election – people who thought that the government could and should be run like a business and who believe that Trump is a great businessman and therefore was the one to do it.

      There are several obvious flaws with that argument of course, which I know you know already:
      1. Trump is NOT a good businessman. He’s averagely successful when it comes to real estate. He’s a failure in several transaction businesses. He’s a known fraudster in several others.
      2. A country cannot be run the same way as a business, especially in the international arena.
      3. There is a difference between macroeconomics and microeconomics. That is why they are separate disciplines obviously. Even if he’s become good at microeconomics from running his businesses, that does not translate into understanding macroeconomics. It is clear from multiple statements and actions that he does not understand macroeconomics, 3. In addition, although he’s capable of getting on with international leaders on a personal level, he clearly doesn’t have a clue what’s really going on. He thinks getting on with people means he’s good at diplomacy.

      There’s more than just this of course, but you know that, and these are the main things.

      In some ways, I see the betrayal of the recruits as being worse than what he’s doing at the border. I mean obviously splitting up families and taking children from their parents is the lowest of the low, but the betrayal of those recruits is really shocking to me. And no one is taking any notice because of what’s being done to those poor children.

      There there are the lies being told about their parents. I listen to people trying to defend the policy, and they’re making out that the reason it’s taking so long to get them back together is because they’ve got to check to make sure none of the parents are really selling the kids into sex slavery etc, as if that’s what the majority are doing.

    • nicky says:

      Randall, ‘otherwise intelligent people’….? I’ll go with you there (sorry Heather) .
      Mr Kosta interviewing some proponents of ‘Space Force’ on TDS, it would be funny if it weren’t so tragic. It changed my mind about ‘otherwise intelligent people’.

  5. Lee Knuth says:

    The post about the crocodile and the alligator gave me a good laugh. Sorry about your pain but glad your neighbor’s cat is keeping you company. A purring cat on one’s lap is soothing. Scary times here in the US and wonder when people will finally realize Trump is leading us into disaster. The cartoon was so good. Hope more people saw it. Thanks.

    • Cheers Lee. Jerry Coyne says I should believe in God now because He sent the cat along just when I needed it!

      It shocks me the number of people who think Trump is their saviour. Republicans used to go on about Democrats seeing Obama as Jesus, but I can’t say I ever saw that. However, I can’t say the same about Republicans and Trump. And no one is even trying to hide that’s what they think, even at the highest levels. Pruitt’s resignation letter was frankly shocking:
      “My desire in service to you has always been to bless you as you make important decisions for the American people. I believe you are serving as President today because of God’s providence. I believe that same providence brought me into your service. I pray as I have served you that I have blessed you and enabled you to effectively lead the American people. Thank you again Mr. President for the honor of serving you and I wish you Godspeed in all that you put your hand to.”

      Especially, “I believe you are serving as President today because of God’s providence.”

      The GOP is now the Cult of Trump imo. I doubt very much I was the first to think that, and I’ve noticed more and more people are saying the same.

    • nicky says:

      It took me ages before I got it, see you later alligator, in a while crocodile.
      I fear my Alzheimer’s is starting precociously.

      That J&M was -as so often- spot on. You need more viewers in Pakistan, I’d say.
      The Wisconsin one was worthy of that competition, about the most blatant lie.
      And some very nice tweets, the Climate Change argument was particularly good. Although I was aware of all those arguments, I particularly liked the systematic way he dismantled the denialist arguments.
      Thanks for a good collection (as we are used to).

  6. Mark R. says:

    I feel guilty that you are in agonizing pain creating your homilies. I guess the most I can do is enjoy them, which I always do. Thank you very much for your efforts and dedication to one of the most informative sites out there…not to mention interesting and sincere with a whole lot of fuzzy cuteness.

    For the past few weeks, Trump has been even more unhinged than usual at his rallies. I think the rallies are really the only thing he’s got going for himself…that and his bank account. He loves the adoration; he loves the fact that anything he says is believed; he loves that everyone there shares his hate. It is the perfect setting and atmosphere for an authoritarian. Among his rantings and ravings, he’s lately been spouting this lie about Korean war MIA soldiers: “We got back our great fallen heroes, the remains. In fact today, already 200 have been sent back.” Of course, his cultists foam and frenzy over the fake news. The L.A. Times reported there was some discussion about repatriation during the “summit” and that’s all there’s been. But talk ain’t cheap for this huckster. I wonder if NK even has US soldiers’ remains. Maybe dogtags? The whole thing is mind numbing and bizarre. To watch the spectacle of these propaganda speeches is really unnerving…so much fear and loathing. America is in a really dark place.

    And the world is in a really hot place. I liked that video of the anthropogenic climate change denier vs. reality. Though I will say, the denier was a lot more sophisticated than any I’ve ever come across. For most deniers in America, a snowstorm in winter is enough proof the planet’s not warming. Other than that, “talk to the hand”. This is what happens when a generation of schools fail, the status quo is struggle and religion fills the gaps.

    The polar bear cub cheered me up though, as did the head butting sheep. To quote Monk (the tv show), it made me “lol out loud”.
    My wife loves corgis too and she was surprised to see black ones. Apparently, she’d never seen a black corgi. Color variants of certain breeds differ among countries. We have German Short-haired Pointers that are brown and white. Almost all of them are brown/white in the U.S., but in Germany black and white is prevalent. I did a google image search for ‘corgi’ and the golden/white or black/gold/white was by far the most prevalent. Though there were a smattering of black ones. cool.

    Take care and have a peaceful weekend.

    • Thanks Mark. It’s nice getting all the sympathy here. I come from a family where we just get on and do stuff without complaining, which obviously has its upside. We’re all pretty good at coping whatever the circumstances. However, woe betide anyone wanting any sympathy.

      Ann German sent me that video about the denier vs reality because after she sent me the first one about how hot it is everywhere, I said something about what a cold winter we were having though I also said I wasn’t turning into a denier because of it!

      The cousin Katy I mentioned has a black and white corgi. They seem to be more and more common here. I get the feeling it’s about liking the dogs, but not wanting ones the same as the queen. All hers seem to be gold and white.

      I’m not a big dog person, but I don’t recall ever seeing a black and white German short-haired Pointer here. As far as I can recall, I’ve only seen brown/white ones. I can’t guarantee I’d notice though. You’d have to ask my dog-person sister who notices things like that.

      • nicky says:

        I think the German Pointers are by definition chocolate and white, the black and white ones are English Pointers, if I’m not mistaken. The latter have also a slightly more upward pointing nose, a slightly more ‘square’ snout profile. As a youngster we had a German Pointer, excessively sweet dogs, and good learners. So much so that if you allow them a naughty thingy once, it immediately becomes and ‘acquired right’.
        The ‘All Chocolate’ ones are Weimaraners.

    • Jenny Haniver says:

      This declaration about US soldiers’ bodies, or more properly, “remains” having been returned is indeed bizarre. But his base doesn’t care.

      What a ludicrous disaster his meting with Kim Jong Un is turning out to be — just as many had predicted.

      • He keeps telling them he’s started building THE WALL too. As you know, that’s not true, but they believe him. I can see I’ll soon have another post to write about Trump’s lies when he hits the next thousand.

  7. Hope you get some relief from the pain soon.

    You’re hooked…crazy cat lady!

    • I hope I’m not hooked. It cost me a fortune for cat food at the supermarket yesterday, and I’m only a supplementary feeder for one cat! 💖😺💖

      • You’re a good surrogate cat mummy!

        • I think I may have been abandoned for now. I noticed there were lights on at the neighbour’s last night, so I didn’t give her any wet food (she still has some dry food there if she’s hungry). Eventually, she wanted to go out, and she didn’t come back. Obviously she prefers her real Mum and Dad.

          I’m not sure I’ll see her today either because she’ll have to go out into heavy rain to get here. I’ll open the window just in case she decides to check during a break in the rain though of course.

        • I was wrong. She was waiting for me at the window when I opened the curtains, and couldn’t get inside fast enough. She’d obviously been waiting for a while too, because although it’s raining heavily, she was dry, so she’d had time to clean herself up.

          She’s snuggled up on one of her favourite spots now.

          • Awwww! She may choose YOU!

            Are you feeling better? I hope so!

          • Her staff appear to be away again already, and she’s moved back in. She’s discovered my mohair rug in the last couple of days. Earlier today I went to put on a load of laundry before sitting down with it over my lap, only to discover she was curled up on top of it. I have to get it before she does, at which point she sits on me in order to get her share of the rug. But if she gets it first, I can’t move her off course!

            I’m a bit pissed off. I’ve just heard from my case manager that there’s a problem re the chair. I have to have another assessment to make sure I still need it before I can get a new one. A physio has to travel to where I live (a six hour round trip) to do the assessment, which means it won’t happen until next week, then it will depend on whether I get a good physio or not. S/he might say no. Some are really awful. I had an occupational therapist one refuse me home help because I’m an atheist and atheists are liars and therefore I’m making it all up. (She was a devout Catholic. I don’t even know how the subject came up. It shouldn’t have in an assessment of my physical needs!) I complained and got a new assessment of course, but it took weeks. In the meantime I had to pay for my home help myself, and I couldn’t get all the help I needed because I couldn’t afford much. This time, I would have to pay for the new chair myself, which would be a major problem. Either way, it’ll be at least two more weeks before the chair is replaced.

          • That is just plain awful! To deny you what, no doubt, your taxes have covered: assistive adaptations based on a lack of belief???!??? These people should keep their religions out of their work; it doesn’t belong there! My friend is a Psychiatrist and currently, she is having problems with the GMC and strongly suspects it is because she is half Palestinian. Some prejudices, for some unfathomable reason, appear to be acceptable. I hope a week is the longest you have to wait.

          • That was one of the (many) things that annoyed me about the Brexit vote. Hatred towards immigrants was ramped up, saying they were taking all the resources of the NHS. But the truth is they put much more in than they take out, and the NHS relies heavily on immigrants for staffing.

          • And the fool “leavers” were mostly racists who dislike “dark” people. Uhm, you uneducated jerks, Brexit shan’t purge the UK of African and Asian people.

          • Another thing I noticed (I’m sure you’re already aware of all this stuff) is that in the places where there are lots of immigrants, the Britain-born people were for Brexit. It was only in the areas where there aren’t many immigrants that anti-immigrant feeling was making people vote for Brexit. That makes it even clearer that it’s about the fear of the unknown that causes hatred and bigotry. It’s similar in the states. The greatest anti-immigrant feeling is in places where
            there aren’t many immigrants. Like Trump’s bed.

          • How true your statement. It also runs rampant in areas where people are not as well educated and less “worldly.” These types never change.

          • nicky says:

            Sorry to hear about your chair. Thought these things went smoother in NZ.
            The atheist/catholic thing you mentioned is a scandal and totally unconscionable. Did you report her? I mean, in a medical profession, letting your personal creed interfere is an absolute nono -or should be.

          • I didn’t report her directly to her professional body. Quite honestly, I didn’t think of it. I assumed ACC (the part of our healthcare system that looks after accident and medical misadventure/error victims) would take care of that. However, I know at least one doctor I made a pretty serious complaint about still contracts to them, so maybe not.

            I’m actually pretty happy with my current case manager. The reason for the initial delay was I was away etc, so it’s not his fault. Then he forgot, but I was prepared to forgive him that because he was honest about it and we all cock up sometimes. Then tried to circumvent things to make the chair come more quickly by ordering it without the physio assessment, but he got caught.

            I’m not pissed off with him personally though, just generally pissed off at the extended time with this high pain level which is getting slowly worse, and so harder to deal with. But I know from experience things will get better and I’ll all but forget about this time once things are back to normal. It makes a huge difference to your life when you have a good case manager, and he’s been great overall.

          • nicky says:

            Talking about Brexit, I think you meant to say that in areas with many migrants the ‘British born’ were not for Brexit.
            It appears now that the Russian troll-farms were also involved in Brexit. It is not very clear yet, but it fails to surprise me.
            Facebook -which is not really an uninterested party, of course- appears to deny substantial Russian meddling though

          • Yeah. I haven’t looked at your links yet, so it may be there, but that organisation of Steve Bannon’s that was doing the Facebook stuff appears to have been involved in Brexit too. Deliberately stirring up hate through lies. I’m all for free speech of course, but this is just wrong.

  8. Jenny Haniver says:

    Love the tweets, as usual. The photo of the nighttime thunderstorm is beautiful. And now I have my number one Science Quote. That’s brilliant wordplay.

    I join those who hope your chair arrives post haste, and that not only will it make your life easier, but that you won’t be in the kind of pain you’re in now. You shouldn’t feel that you have to apologize for the infrequency of your posts during this (or any) time. You’ve given us an explanation; an explanation doesn’t have to be an apology — you have nothing to feel guilty about or apologize for. You are in physical pain, don’t compound the misery by indulging in psychological self-flagellation for something beyond your control.

    And re Trumplstiltskin, have you heard the news that he’s now going after naturalized citizens, too? Investigating them for questionable statements that could be used against them to revoke their citizenship and send them packing. I heard someone opine that then the first person to be investigated for immigration fraud must be Melania Trump.

    What next? African Americans, because they have African Blut; ergo, primary allegiance to Africa, which makes them aliens and traitors, just like Obama.

    More news about the criminal debacle of the immigrant families and kidnapped children (I say kidnapped because that’s damned well the way I see it — it has been reported, and I stress this is just a report, that identifying records have ‘disappeared’ or been destroyed. I’m surprised they even bothered to gather such information, and when gathered and available, it seems haphazard at best. A significant portion of the littlest children’s (from infants to 5 yrs) parents have already been deported, and another significant portion of them are in complete limbo, they don’t know (or care?) where the parents are. I mentioned Stephen Miller as being an eminence grise, he definitely is regarding immigration, and I read that he and his evil little clique cook up these policies without a care in the world about how they are going to be implemented or the consequences; Trump approves them.

    Another consideration — there’s a heck of a lot of money, BIG bucks, being made by private contractors involved in housing and transporting all these immigrants — so all the chaos pays off in spades. Lucre, xenophobia, racism, Trump finds a way to monetize it all.


    • There’s a lot of money being made by some of those looking after the kids too, and many seem to be close to Trump in some way. I read an article about it a few days ago. I can’t remember many details, but the family of Betsy De Vos is one.

      • Randall Schenck says:

        I’m sure you are right, it is standard procedure. Recall Halliburton with Cheney or Blackwater with her brother in Iraq. It’s the rich American way. They all get rich while poor people die. Trump has his big hotel right next to the white house – it’s all good.

  9. nicky says:

    Two weeks now. Are you ok?, Did your chair arrive?

    • My chair hasn’t arrived yet. An OT visited on Tuesday to assess whether I needed it. She decided I did. She had to write a report and recommendation to my case manager. I have no doubt he will have gone with her recommendation as he was prepared to order the chair without it. So now I’m waiting. I expect it will be here next week sometime.

      It’s too hard to write how things are now, though I am worried about the new chair too. I’ve no doubt it will be good, but it will still take my body time to adjust. I’ve rather got out of the habit of writing too, which isn’t good.

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