In This Week’s Show, episode 192, it’s hot as fuck in Wyoming so we’re going to the EUs to drink with some monks with dogs!
Now, grab a beer and help us test the god hypothesis — because, while Asclepius (the Greek god of the medical arts) hasn’t struck us down yet, we are trying his patience!
Shea’s Life Lesson
This week I learned that if the Black Panther were to make Jewish bread for Thor’s birthday party in Asgard it would be T’Challa making challah for the Valhalla gala.
Jenn’s Actual Lesson
Did you know that the winged serpents on the staff icon, used on hospitals, ambulances, etc., is called a caduceus, named after a son of Asclepius? When the symbol has only one, wingless snake it’s known as the Rod of Asclepius and is also used to signify medical aid.
But before we get to all that, let’s have a beer!
This Week’s Beer
The Shining Ale No. 217 – Estes Park Brewery
By Tim, Keith, and Anna
BA Link: bit.ly/2MNoESf
BA Rating: 2.98/5
- Aaron: 5
- Jenn: 6
- Shea: 5
- Steve: 5
This Week’s Show
Round Table Discussion
Laramie Brewfest tomorrow, looking forward to getting to meet Lonely Wyoming in person!
Fun update, the Orange Baby Donnie balloon is one step closer to take-off for our Embarrassment in Chief’s visit to London (day of airing actually). The Mayor of London has given it the green-light (probably because Trump and mayor Sadiq Khan don’t have a good history.) All organizers are still awaiting final approval from the Metropolitan Police and National Air Traffic Service.
ln hotshot news today, recent clinical trials of necklaces-that-make-you-bulletproof came to a screeching halt when Chinaka Adoezuwe, 26, offered to prove the efficacy of his by allowing a would-be buyer to shoot him. He’s dead now.
Apparently, this is a booming industry. Another “traditional” bulletproof-er died earlier this year the same way. So popular are these charms in Nigeria that even the police wear them. Many admitted to having more confidence in being protected “the traditional way,” anon quote “even my wife knows about the charm and we are both Christians. She does not complain because at the end of the day, she does not want me to lose my life facing armed robbers. There is nothing wrong with double protection,” one officer told the publication.
Steve – Eat nuts to improve your nut? Apparently, there is a general decline in sperm counts across the Western world linked to pollution, smoking, and diet. The BBC is reporting in a story which doesn’t mention the source, that a study shows that adding nuts to your diet can improve the health of your sperm. The nuts in question consist of two ounces of mixed almonds, hazelnuts, and walnuts daily in addition to the regular diet of the 119 healthy male participants aged 18-35. As with all limited study’s, experts caution against thinking that this could apply generally across populations and just becoming healthier generally is probably the best way to shoot a better load. bit.ly/2KSI62n
A very silly, but at the same time serious name war is brewing between Scandinavian breweries and German brewery Wacken Brauerei. Wacken Brauerei is currently patenting names from Norse Mythology and threatens others to “involve lawyers and in the worst case even courts,” if they use the names for their beer. Wacken Brauerei claimed in a Facebook statement that they filed for these patents to defend themselves, from having someone else forcing them to retract their products under these names. The strange thing is – this is exactly what Wacken Brauerei is doing towards other breweries.
Norse Mythological names patented by Wacken Brauerei.
Crafty Loki ) :: Mjölnir :: Heimdall :: Hugin :: Munin :: Yggdrasil :: Donar (Old German for Thor) :: Surtr :: Sleipnir :: Tyr :: Ragnarök :: Baldur :: Ullr :: Hymir :: Freya :: Asathor :: Idun :: Forseti
But did they use the Death Note to do it?
No. No, they used a short rope and a long drop. In an update to my cult-ish second half from episode 189. You might recall Aum as the would-be religious leader who launched a Sarin gas attack in Japan’s subway system in 1995 which killed 8 and injured 600. Well, Tuesday morning, with no pomp, prior public notice, or any fucks given, Japan executed Aum and six others of his cult, with six more still hanging out on death row. “I reacted calmly… But I did feel the world had become slightly brighter,” said Atsushi Sakahara, a film director who was caught in the attack.
Steve – Stolen clouds and missing common sense. In what apparently is a new form of warfare that I know I hadn’t heard of, an Iranian commander is blaming Israel of stealing Iran’s clouds to manipulate their weather. Rather than thinking in a rational and educated way about how climate change is affecting Iran and the world in general, Brigadier General Gholam Jalali, head of Iran’s Civil Defence Organisation, is convinced that, “Israel and another country in the region have joint teams which work to ensure clouds entering Iranian skies are unable to release rain.” In 2011, former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also blamed Israel of having plans to cause drought in Iran. Of course, former president dipshit also accused Western states of creating the HIV virus to weaken the developing world and create a market for pharmaceuticals.
Terry Gilliam is tired of the BBC trying to shoehorn together a newer diverse equivalent of Monty python. BBC’s controller of comedy, Shane Allen, emphasized the corporation’s commitment to “the stories that haven’t been told and the voices we haven’t yet heard”. In response to a question about Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Allen said: “If you’re going to assemble a team now, it’s not going to be six Oxbridge white blokes. It’s going to be a diverse range of people who reflect the modern world.”
Gilliam said: “It made me cry: the idea that … no longer six white Oxbridge men can make a comedy show. Now we need one of this, one of that, everybody represented… this is bullshit. I no longer want to be a white male, I don’t want to be blamed for everything wrong in the world: I tell the world now I’m a black lesbian… My name is Loretta and I’m a BLT, a black lesbian in transition.”
Let’s play a free association game.
What does, California, Woolworths, Australia, Coles, Boston, Kenya, and the Somali militant group Al-Shabaab have in common?
They’ve all banned single-use plastic bags because of their terrible environmental impact. Yeah, in a world where Representatives are blaming rising tides on rocks falling into the fucking ocean, even Al-Shabaab has managed to get this one right. PJ Media, the group’s radio station, Radio Andalus, broadcast that they would be banning single-use plastic bags in the territories they control because the discarded bags “pose a serious threat to the well-being of humans and animals alike.” Apparently, there has been some speculation from news agencies like the BBC about how they might regulate the use of plastic bags… seemingly forgetting about Al-Shabaab’s willingness to explodenate people who don’t do as their told.
This Week’s Stories
We all know how terrible the arrival of Europeans was to the native peoples of North America, not to mention the land and many wild species. (Seriously, read the books Silent Spring or the Endangered Kingdoms and see if you don’t wish for a white-person centric super plague.) Read a passage from The Endangered Kingdom.
Ok, now that we are in the appropriate misanthropic mindset, let’s discuss how European settlers dogs wiped out (as far as scientists can tell, ALL of the originally domesticated dogs on the continent. The earliest dog remains found in North America were buried nearly 10,000 years ago in what is now Illinois. By 7,000 years ago, other bones show that “we have lots of dogs all over the place,” said Angela Perri, a zooarchaeologist at Durham University in England.
But then, sometime after the 15th century, these ancient dogs disappeared. European colonists — and the canines they brought with them — all but wiped the early dogs’ genetic signature from Earth, according to the largest-ever study of ancient and modern dog DNA in North America and Siberia. (The title of the paper is the Lineage Losses for Man’s Best Friend and boy, that stings.)
According to this study, published this past Thursday, July 5th, “pre-contact” American dogs possessed a unique genetic signature derived not from the North American wolf, as previously thought, but from domesticated Siberian ancestors.
The researchers analyzed genetic material from 71 “pre-contact” dogs, whose remains spanned 9,000 years, and compared it with the DNA of 145 modern dogs. Just five of the modern samples contained even a hint of ancient dog — at most 4 percent. Compare this to most modern humans of European descent have around 2.5% of DNA from Neandertals, and they went extinct millennia ago, whereas the influxes of settlers dogs started no earlier than 500 yrs ago.
It was the European wave of immigrants that spelled doom for American dogs, the study found. Perri said historical accounts suggest various possibilities for the demise. Colonists may have killed the native dogs because they viewed them as pests or to prevent them from sullying the bloodlines of their own dogs, which were used for herding, hunting, and protection. They may also have been eaten by starving settlers.
But Perri said the disease is the most likely suspect, and Elinor Karlsson, a professor at the University of Massachusetts who studies dog genetics (and was not involved with the study) concurred.
“If there were millions and millions of dogs all over this continent, and a small number of European dogs came in, there would have been plenty of time for them to do what dogs do, which is mate with each other and leave their DNA behind,” Karlsson said. “At the same time, there was actually a big thing that was killing off all the humans at the time — infectious disease. That seems a much more likely explanation to me.”
But it appears these earliest canines didn’t leave without something of the last laugh, what Perri said she and her colleagues darkly joke is “the revenge of these native American dogs.” While doing their analysis, the researchers happened to discover that the genes of one pre-contact dog live on in a sexually transmitted canine cancer. The cancer cells, which still spread from dog to dog today, are mutated cells that originated with an ancient dog, its first host, which the study found may have lived as long as 8,225 years ago.
But the scientists can also agree that we don’t have all the evidence yet. From the Washington Post: Karlsson said it is still possible that the genetic signature of ancient American dogs will be found in modern-day dogs, not to mention other surprises.
“It’s a nice data set, but ancient DNA is a growing field. People are going to be digging up and sequencing bones all over the Americas,” Karlsson said. “There’s a good chance we’re going to find out there’s more complexity out there.”
Perri did not discount that. That digging, much of it taking place in the area where humans first crossed over to the Americas, might also yield evidence for the presence of dogs before 10,000 years ago, she said. Some ancient remains excavated decades ago and labeled wolves or coyotes might actually be from dogs or hybrids, but it will take DNA analysis to find out, she said.
“We just hope constantly that we’re going to get a call that they found some kind of dog,” Perri said of ongoing excavations. If that happens, she added, researchers can “work our way further back in time.”
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Next Week’s Beer
Sawtooth Ale – Left Hand Brewing
- BA Rating: 2.72/5
- Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
- ABV: 5.3%
Faith In Humanity Restored
Approximately 1.6 million Minnesotans — 30 percent of the state’s population — have limited access to healthy foods based on their distance to full-service grocery stores. In addition to the obstacle of distance, the expense associated with fresh, healthy foods also at times creates barriers for those in lower-income households.
In the part of North Minneapolis where 17-year-old Leensa Ahmed grew up, drugs and crime are and more easily found than produce.
Leensa is the CEO of the completely teen-run Green Garden Bakery, which uses vegetables to create desserts like jalapeno chocolate chip cookies, beet brownies, and carrot pumpkin bread.
“The kids didn’t really like vegetables, so that was the start of it to try and get them to eat their vegetables,” said Jacobi Simmons, 18, one of the teens working at Green Gardens.
The teens began concocting the idea for a bakery in 2014 when they met at a community center cooking class that also taught nutrition and gardening and was hosted by national community planning and development non-profit Urban Strategies.
Initially, they began baking as a way to raise money for a friend who was in a car accident. But soon they began to develop a business plan in the class — eventually earning a $10,000 grant for their idea.
Then came the beginnings of a community garden. Where once there was a “food desert,” now the teens grow vegetables for their desserts.
They also run a youth development program, which helps about 100 middle school kids learn to bake, to garden and the basics of business.
Currently, the teens are working out of a borrowed kitchen, which they travel to on a 45-minute bus ride after school. But after receiving a recent $100,000 grant, they hope they’ll soon be able to own their own commercial kitchen.
Although providing their community with healthy baked goods is the teens’ main objective, they’ve also grown closer and found solace in the kitchen and with one another.
Jasmine Salter, 17, who helps prepare the vegetables, said the day her father died she still came to work at the bakery, feeling it was one of the few unchanging parts of her life.
“It’s like a home. It’s like one of the only stable things in my life right now. So it’s like I’m welcome,” she said.
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