Dog Ownership And Longevity

There is a new study - there is always a new study -  that associates dog ownership with a longer life in humans (even longer for single humans, for some reason). 

Now, to my non-analytical eye this smacks a little of "We have measured A and B, and have decided they are related in some way that sounds cool after a few drinks the other night."

Don't get me wrong, we love the doggos in our house, and we definitely feel they enrich our lives. Also, if you commit to a dog you likely have to engage in "walkies" and I would guess that is a positive thing for most folks' general health.

CNET has a (delightfully pun-filled) report on this study here, if you want to cast a critical eye upon in.


Booze Or A Joint, Which Is Worse?

Okay, I don't know how scientific this article actually is - and with the softening of attitudes in some areas you can probably anticipate where it is heading - but Business Insider tackles the comparison between the adverse effects of alcohol and marijuana.

A lot of Americans drink alcohol to a greater or lesser degree, and some of us smoke the wacky tobaccy. To hear the proponents of pot describe it, you wonder why enlightened folk everywhere are not sharing in this miracle crop!

Anyway, the article goes through several examples and is at least something to seed further discussion.
According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, alcohol is a factor in 40% of all violent crimes, and a study of college students found that the rates of mental and physical abuse were higher on days when couples drank.
On the other hand, no such relationship appears to exist for cannabis.
...and so on.

Note that the Business Insider site does complain if you are using an ad blocker.


Most Email Is Just Crap

In days of yore, when I had an (almost) full head of hair, email was the "killer app" of the Internet age; the ability to send and receive letters and even photos to and from virtually anywhere in the world in a few seconds. Wow.

Now, it's mostly crap. At the very least it's nuisance, at it's worst it sows the seeds of malware or cunningly weasels out personal information from you by pretending you are due a refund on something, or need to change your password. 

Veterans Day 2017

Veterans Day is an official United States holiday that honors people who have served in armed service, also known as veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect.)

Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving. Wikipedia