We are about to say goodbye to the pachyderm,
That animal of transport, gray and strong and firm.
Elephant ivory has become your doom,
Carvings of your tusks are in the living room.
And then the grounding of your tusks to a powder,
Save this beast of burden! can I state it louder?
They are disappearing from the earth, an animal of God,
These animals that paraded in circus arenas and made as awed.
And why, for ivory handles on the guns of man,
For prescriptions in China made into powder by hand.
For statues of whatever to adorn the table in the living room,
We have killed these magnificent creatures with guns going boom.
And so the elephant will soon join the dodo bird,
Or just be saved in a few zoos and a few protected herds,
How absurd that a future generation of man will say what is that,
With a book on his or her lap they will be amazed as they sat.
And they will look at their parents and ask why?
And their parents will not know why the elephant had to die,
Goodbye Babar, and Dumbo with a tear in my eye,
I do sigh.
A blast from the past
He’s a master detective, an imaginative inventor, an expert surgeon,a great martial artist, a philantropist billionaire, a famous archeologist and treasure-hunter.
Who was this comic book sensation of the past?
Doc Savage is a fictional character originally published in American pulp magazines during the 1930s and 1940s. He was created by publisher Henry W. Ralston and editor John L. Nanovic at Street & Smith Publications, with additional material contributed by the series’ main writer, Lester Dent. The illustrations were by Walter Baumhofer, Paul Orban, Emery Clarke, Modest Stein, and Robert G. Harris.
The heroic-adventure character would go on to appear in other media, including radio, film, and comic books, with his adventures reprinted for modern-day audiences in a series of paperback books. Into the 21st century, Doc Savage has remained a nostalgic icon in the U.S., referenced in novels and popular culture. Stan Lee has credited Doc Savage as being the forerunner to modern superheroes.
A slight note: In the books I have read Savage saves the evil people and has them undergo brain surgery to correct the evil impulses that they possess. Radical to say the least. But do we not have shock therapy.
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), formerly known as electroshock therapy, and often referred to as shock treatment, is a psychiatric treatment in which seizures are electrically induced in patients to provide relief from mental disorders. The ECT procedure was first conducted in 1938 and is the only currently used form of shock therapy in psychiatry. ECT is often used with informed consent as a last line of intervention for major depressive disorder, mania, and catatonia. ECT machines have been placed in the Class III category (high risk) by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 1976.
A round of ECT is effective for about 50% of people with treatment-resistant major depressive disorder, whether it is unipolar or bipolar. Follow-up treatment is still poorly studied, but about half of people who respond relapse within 12 months. Aside from effects in the brain, the general physical risks of ECT are similar to those of brief general anesthesia.:259 Immediately following treatment, the most common adverse effects are confusion and memory loss. ECT is considered one of the least harmful treatment options available for severely depressed pregnant women.
On a personal note: My Aunt Sylvia was in a car accident. She avoided a cat and crashed into a tree. The woman in the car with her died. My aunt had deep depression from the incident and underwent shock therapy. Did it do any good? I really do not know. Is it still used today?
As of 2001, it was estimated that about one million people received ECT annually.
There is wide variation in ECT use between different countries, different hospitals, and different psychiatrists. International practice varies considerably from widespread use of the therapy in many western countries to a small minority of countries that do not use ECT at all, such as Slovenia.
About 70 percent of ECT patients are women. This may be due to the fact that women are more likely to be diagnosed with depression. Older and more affluent patients are also more likely to receive ECT. The use of ECT is not as common in ethnic minorities.
Sarah Hall reports, “ECT has been dogged by conflict between psychiatrists who swear by it, and some patients and families of patients who say that their lives have been ruined by it. It is controversial in some European countries such as the Netherlands and Italy, where its use is severely restricted”.
Mihaly “Michu” Meszaros (Hungarian: Mészáros Mihály; October 1, 1939 – June 12, 2016) was a Hungarian actor, circus performer/entertainer and stuntman, who as an American citizen was best remembered as a performer with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and for his role in the NBC sitcom ALF. He was 2 feet 9 inches (84 cm) tall. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Meszaros was a television and film actor, and he also appeared opposite pop singer Michael Jackson in a Pepsi commercial and on the Strange Days album cover for The Doors. His last appearance was in 2015’s Death to Cupid.
For the first season of the ALF television series, Meszaros donned a costume whenever a full-body shot was needed for scenes of the alien walking, running, or standing. For the most part, however, upper-body shots of a mechanical puppet were used instead, since the full-body costume was extremely hot and uncomfortable for the actor to wear for long periods of time under bright studio lights. The ALF puppet and costume can be distinguished on first view because the head proportions are slightly different.
Wadlow was a quiet and mild-mannered young man, which led to him be called a “gentle giant.” He enjoyed photography and playing guitar — until his hands grew too large to do either.
A hyperactive pituitary gland fueled his extraordinary growth.
Wadlow broke the record for world’s tallest man when he reached 8 feet, 4 inches in 1937.
After graduating high school, Robert went on tour with the Ringling Brothers Circus, and later crisscrossed the country to promote the International Shoe Company, which graciously provided Robert’s size 37AA footwear.
Wadlow suffered from weakness and lack of sensation in his legs and feet, and as he grew he required leg braces and a cane to walk.
In 1940, a faulty brace rubbing against his ankle caused a blister, which became badly infected. On July 15, 1940, Robert passed away at the age of 22. Eighteen days earlier, doctors had measured his height at 8 feet, 11.1 inches.
Robert’s body was returned to his hometown and buried in a 1,000-pound casket which was carried by a dozen pallbearers and eight assistants. A life-sized bronze statue honoring him still stands in Alton.
A nightmare in a rocking chair.
The cat awoke from its long lasting nap,
It stretched in the lap of the old woman.
It wanted to be scratched. It purred and snuggled.
But then the smell of food got its attention.
It leaped down and went to the bowl to catch the few scraps left.
Then it went back to the lap.
No petting occurred even though he meowed.
Wake up owner and pet me he meowed.
But his murmurs went unanswered.
Ten days later they found the old woman because of the smell.
The cat was very hungry but at least it did not starve.
It eat tough old flesh with little meat but at least it was some substance.