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Imagine expecting to get paid for your work in [current year].


Comment from RushBabe
Time: June 26, 2019, 9:40 pm

Beth Chapman, 51, wife of “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” dies from lung cancer. RIP

Congrats to thefritz, winner of Round 121 of the Celebrity Dead Pool.

Comment from OldFert
Time: June 26, 2019, 10:36 pm

An alternate, microbiome version of Desiderata?

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: June 26, 2019, 11:08 pm

Somewhere on the internet I read some words that someone had written: The human body is more like a lose confederation of independent colonies – a colony of kidney cells, a colony of pancreatic cells, a colony of lung cells, & etc and so forth. And these independent colonies can live on after ‘you’ have died, if someone harvests these colonies, and keeps them on ice until they can be inserting into another human body where they will flourish, after a fashion.

The one thing that makes ‘you’ you is some indescribable something that happens inside your brain. Your kidney cells don’t really care about that indescribable something that makes you who you are. They, and all the other colonies, would be quite happy living somewhere else, like in a glass container, if the nutrient fluids were compatible.

Henrietta Lacks’ cancer tumor lives on in drug company labs everywhere making money for the drug companies long after Ms. Lacks has expired in poverty.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: June 27, 2019, 3:49 am

It just occurred to me that in a special and personal sense, I can celebrate my own diversity! I’m sure my immune system, if nothing else in my set of collaborative colonies, is stronger (“diversity is our STRENGTH!”) for having a microbiome that has lived for over a year in Asia, over three years in South America, and the rest of the time gallivanting around 13 of the United States. Plus vacations. Plus a few cruises, and we all know that cruise ships are closed systems wherein everybody “shares” with everybody else when it comes to microorganisms, especially pathogens. And don’t get me started on the hideous perils of airplane travel (*shudder*).

Comment from peacelovewoodstock
Time: June 27, 2019, 11:03 am

We have almost as many bacteria and other species of gut flora living in us as we have actual dna-bearing cells in our bodies.

We are only at the threshold of understanding how our individual microbiomes affect our mood, thinking, and behavior.

This book, for example, is an eye-opener: https://www.amazon.co.uk/This-Your-Brain-Parasites-Manipulate-ebook/dp/B011H55MY0

Comment from dissent555
Time: June 27, 2019, 1:19 pm

I am old enough that my microbiome gives me regular reports of its satisfaction (usually dissatisfaction) with how I’m running the show up top.

Comment from unkawill
Time: June 28, 2019, 2:16 am

dissent555 Thanks for the best laugh I’ve had in weeks.

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