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Three Things Thursday, #28

Back by popular demand, another installment in the Thursday series!

Yeah, right.

1) I really liked this article in Money magazine several weeks ago, "7 Amazing Things America Could Have Bought Instead of a $1.45 Trillion Jet," because it illustrates opportunity cost in a breezy, accessible way. I'd love for more constituents to be armed with this kind of information and get in Congress's face about the budget and spending priorities.
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Dynamic Response

"Epigenetics is an emerging field of science that studies heritable changes caused by the activation and deactivation of genes without any change in the underlying DNA sequence of the organism. The word epigenetics is of Greek origin and literally means over and above (epi) the genome." (National Human Genome Research Institute)

"The epigenome dynamically responds to the environment. Stress, diet, behavior, toxins, and other factors regulate gene expression." (University of Utah)

Below are excerpts from Dr. Rachel Yehuda's unedited conversation with Krista Tippett on July 30, 2015.

"...what we look for when we study the impact of a trauma is how big the event is compared to what usually goes on for a person."

"But the purpose of epigenetic changes I think is simply to increase the repertoire of possible responses. I don't think it's meant to damage or not damage people. It just, it expands the range of biologic responses. And that is, can be a very positive thing when it's needed."

"You cannot run from your past. But maybe you would run farther if you carried your past with you, as long as you can control it, and I think that that is really what we want to understand. We want to understand what it means to have a greater repertoire of behavior..."
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Three Things Thursday, #27

1) This Apollo 17 website is one of the best things I've seen on the web in a long time.

It feels strange that the last manned mission to the moon occured before I was born. And just as strange is the video of Cernan and Schmitt skipping about the lunar surface; the quality of the video makes it look fake, like a somewhat bad sci-fi movie.
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Votie Mac

Whenever I come across comedy gold after the fact, I feel like I might be missing out on mainstream, or popular, culture a little too much because I don't watch television. I remember the proliferation of crime shows years ago like Law & Order and CSI. I imagine the network got up to CSI: Biloxi by the time the CSI series ended. During the evening news, every other commercial advertised a pharmaceutical, "Ask your doctor ______." And I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the hospital drama. You can probably hear the intro music in your head of at least one show.
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Weekend End

I and two other civilians met with Donald Rumsfeld last night. Somehow he heard about my strategic thinking skills and had me brought to his office to secure my help with the war in the Middle East. The map that materialized, as things do in dreams, centered around Kazakhstan. I went along with what was asked of me. I would be fighting in a war now.

I know some folks are bemoaning the April weather and the suppression of Spring, but I like the cold. I don't like to perspire when I go outside. And absolutely refreshing it is to go for a walk on a bright, chilly day. Maybe someone, or I, can invent a jumpsuit that will keep you cool in hot weather, as well as protect you from UV rays. Then everyone would be happy.
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Choose your battles, as they say

On a whim I decided to take a chance on Wild Tales after seeing its trailer two or three times. I didn't know it had been nominated for several awards, and went into it with no expectations or preconceived ideas. If you're like me and have a dark side to your sense of humor, chances are you'll enjoy this Argentinian film. However, I would not recommend it to someone who seriously fantasizes about revenge or is on the verge of becoming unhinged. The movie ought to elicit smiles and a shake of the head, not inspire people to take action.
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