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My personal obsession with prion diseases with smidges of music I like and rescue dog advocacy from a disabled Oregonian.


Monday's a dog. [via]


Monday's a dog. [via]


Monday's a dog. [Sera made up as Petey for 4th of July parade].


Monday's a dog.[via]


Monday's a dog.  [Sera]


Monday's a dog. [via]


Oil Train Derailment In Oregon National Scenic Area

Crude oil from frakking, is leaking from at least one rail car near Mosier a town too small to handle an oil fire with its limited resources.  This was bound to happen sooner or later....if the winds pick up, in this area known for its windsurfing, evacuations of people within a mile could be necessary.


Gulf Oil Spill Worse Than Reported

Scientists working in the Gulf of Mexico have found that contaminants from the massive 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill lingered in the subsurface water for months after oil on the surface had been swept up or dispersed. In a new study, they also detailed how remnants of the oil, black carbon from burning oil slicks and contaminants from drilling mud combined with microscopic algae and other marine debris to descend in a "dirty blizzard" to the seafloor.  LINK
Monday's a dog. (Scooter is up for adoption via)


Monday's a dog (up for adoption. via)

Mysterious Brain Wasting Disease Found In Europe

A highly contagious and deadly animal brain disorder has been detected in Europe for the first time. Scientists are now warning that the single case found in a wild reindeer might represent an unrecognized, widespread infection.
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) was thought to be restricted to deer, elk (Cervus canadensis) and moose (Alces alces) in North America and South Korea, but on 4 April researchersannounced that the disease had been discovered in a free-ranging reindeer (Rangifer tarandus tarandus) in Norway. This is both the first time that CWD has been found in Europe and the first time that it has been found in this species in the wild anywhere in the world.  LINK


The Mysteries Of Prions..Now Found In Plants

Why these misfolded clumps of proteins are found in plants will lead to many more questions about degenerative illnesses in mammals.

Prions, the misfolded proteins that are known for causing degenerative illnesses in animals and humans, may have been spotted for the first time in plants.
Researchers led by Susan Lindquist, a biologist at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, report that they have found a section of protein in thale cress (Arabidopsis) that behaves like a prion when it is inserted into yeast.  LINK


Monday's a dog. [via]


Queen & David Bowie - Under Pressure (Classic Queen Mix)

Are You Almost Homeless Like Me?  "Pressure...Puts People On The Streets"


Monday's a dog. (My mother and her Jack Russell terrier, 1950's)


Monday's a dog.  (Little Rascal's Petey and my rascal Sera.)


Monday was a dog.

My beautiful Jack Russell terrier-boxer mix, Sera from last spring.


Leven met NPS / Living with NPS

                                                            Nail-Patella Syndrome                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
I was recently investigated for being a malingerer, someone who fakes or exaggerates their disability.  Nail Patella Syndrome is complex, an invisible illness and exhausting.  


Monday's a dog. 


Monday's a dog. 


Rex Jakabosky has passed from this life and has gone to his eternal life with his Lord and Savior.
 “Ramblin” Rex was born in Upland California. As a young man, his love of music was clear and he pursued his passion throughout his life. He sang, played piano, guitar, harmonica, which he learned from his grandmother, the trumpet and just about anything he got his hands on. While they were in high school together in Lancaster, California, he met and played with Frank Zappa, who later formed the group, The Mothers of Invention and and Henry Vestine, one of the original members of Canned Heat.  LINK


 Want your McBSE with fries?

Food and Drug Administration's new guide for feeding farm animals has no legally binding components but provides "guidelines" for safe feeding.

This guidance is intended to help animal producers develop procedures and practices to ensure the use of safe feed in animal production. It applies to all feed offered to farm animals,whether the feed is obtained from commercial suppliers, or produced on the farm. It also applies to products consumed by animals during pasture grazing, pre- or post- harvest grazing, free-rang.....LINK


To the right is a picture of my shadow on Thanksgiving day 2015, holding my shawl out.  I knew that picture reminded me of something and I came across this Eagles album cover recently.
Monday's a dog.  (Sera attacking the sprinkler and getting her teeth cleaned.)


Monday was a dog. (Sera and playmate)


Environmental Contamination From Prions

Can Mad Cow disease be contracted from the environment?  Possibly.

Various studies have shown that infectious prions can enter the environment through saliva, feces, urine, blood, or placenta from infected animals, as well as by decaying carcasses LINK
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Monday's A Dog (Beautiful Pyrenese Mix Roxie)