Monday, July 17, 2017

How do we judge people, on what aspect of their life, and what counts for what?

I leave you to judge for yourselves.  Sometimes it's easy, Hitler built great roads. Sometimes it's not so easy. What counts for what?

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-usc-doctor-20170717-htmlstory.html

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Why I think blogging is non productive, fun for us, but ultimately achieves nothing.

I read several blogs, comment on several, though occasionally deleted because it doesn't fit their philosophy or political bent, or just because they don't like me. Here's a sampling of comments from several blogs, no names included.

You are correct, there is enough bad in this world. All of us should be able to look back on days that were wonderful and carefree and enjoy reminiscing and called them good old days.

I like your attitude!!

etc, etc. Find a blog that has differing opinion, one that does not delete them. What then is the point?

Do we do these just to get praise, affirmation, and reason to post more of the same?  Rather like trump, who's still holding election rallies.

I don't have an answer, not even many suggestions or ideas.  One might be to not delete responses you think somehow impugn your ideas. Or even disagree with them.

If what you want is what you have, blogs that have comments that essentially say "Good Job, we agree", then you've found your home.  Me, I'm unsatisfied with it.

The best of our blogs, and I won't mention his name, has few if any comments that disagree. And he is a analytical writer, with a lot of experience. If he can't generate some controversy, what hope do I, a retired medico, have?

I'm asking you out there, bloggers, to let some controversy in. Encourage disagreement. Otherwise at the beginning of your writings say "all disagreements will be deleted".

And there we'll be, trump's america.

Cheers,
Mike

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Rockin' and Rollin'


Woke at 12:30 to feel somebody shaking the bed.  Didn't last very long, maybe 10 seconds. Another milder one a few minutes later.  First one I've ever felt in Montana. 5.8 earthquake centered near Lincoln

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Sudden cooling

A series of thunderstorms moved through in the last couple hours. It dropped from 62 to 48 at my house in a matter of 10 minutes when this one passed over.


Saturday, June 24, 2017

A really geezer post.

Hey you! Yeah, you! Out there. You kids. WTF haven't you heard/listened to this music before this?? It's near fucking 50 years old.....where have your sorry asses been and why haven't you corrected the mistakes that we, your parent's made? Anyway, here's my offering.




Cheers,
Mike


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Wild Roses and a Rant of sorts

Behind the house, on the alley, I have a large, unruly wild rose but a beautiful yellow.


And now, the 'rant'....

Got an email today from Daines, R/MT, regarding the importance of our protecting our 'constitutional rights of conscience'. He was of course referring to various business being able to refuse service to people they find 'objectional'.  My reply:
Staffer
When your boss wrote (or whoever writes this stuff) used the phrase 'Protecting our Constitutional rights of conscience', there are a few issues. One is there is no 'constitutional right of conscience', written or implied, unless one does a hell of a stretch. It's my 'constitutional right of conscience' to stand and yell Fire! in a crowded theater, implied by the first amendment, and struck down by the Supreme Court.
Second, what they really mean to say is there is a constitutional right to discriminate against anyone we want, claiming 'conscience'....it's a right to refuse service to blacks, because it goes against your 'conscience'.
 What a bunch of weasels your boss's club is, and he's a member in good standing.
Remember, there are a whole bunch of Montanans who are not in even remote agreement with most of his views.
I addressed this to 'staffers', because I don't think he get's within a thousand yards of posts that don't praise him. Sort of like his boss, eh?
Sincerely,
Mike Mulligan
P.S. As always, this is going on my blog also. Let me know if you're interested in reading me occasionally trash your boss.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tuesday drive and dinner

Today instead of going south, we went west up to Georgetown Lake, with the Pintlar Mtns around.





Then we decided that shrimp shishkabobs (sp?) were just the thing....shrimp, small tomatoes, asparagus and red bell peppers.  About to go fire up the grill.


Cheers all, from a place that'll get down to 49 tonight from a high of 84.  





Sunday, June 18, 2017

A Sunday drive

My friend L. is in town, escaping the heat of SoCal. We went for a drive today, into the Highland mtns south of Butte.




A dirt road, leading up to the 10K mountains and beyond.  The air was so redolent of pine, with the new growth putting out their sap and aroma.  Why I live here. 


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Stirring meself......

Been a week since I've posted, nothing really to blog about.  Been reading the facebook account I have r.e. oldest daughter.....it just seems like the choir talking to each other. Not that that is a criticism, mind, the choir do need to develop tactics, strategies, and missions. But there is a limit to what I can read without posting 'shut the fuck up and do something!', until i realize they are in fact, doing something. More perhaps than my less than honorable generation has done.

Anyway, it's a late spring day here at 6K feet. As I write the temp has soared to 60f, from  28f when I got up at 6:30.

The street is so quiet, a car hasn't passed in over an hour.


And the lilac in my backyard is in full. 


Cheers to you from the Rockies.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A wake up call......

Some readers may not agree with this, but coming on the heels of what else recently happened in Portland (where my son lives), it's something to pay attention to, and think about. Following is a message Henry posted:

So Sunday I had to subdue a man who attacked a gay man on the bus. He is in jail (I have to testify at his grand jury next week), and everyone is fine. But this is a real thing, not isolated incidents overblown by the media. Attacks on minority groups are skyrocketing in our city. White supremacists are coming here to use violence and I don't think anyone can assume they can exist in this city unmolested.
Get a gun. Seriously. Or pepper spray at least. Oregon has a "will issue" policy when it comes to concealed carry permits (meaning that they have to give you one unless there is a specific reason they shouldn't). If anyone wants to learn how to shoot I will be happy to show you.
This is happening here, and inaction is immoral and nonviolent intervention is ineffective. I strongly suggest you think about what you will do when faced with racist violence, because it very well may happen.


A recent picture of Henry:

One a few years ago, in Afghanistan:



Monday, May 29, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Fewer political posts....

You might have noticed that I'm doing less of the politically bent posts. The reason is twofold;, one, one of the bloggers we all follow, Tom Cochrun of Light Breezes does it better, is a better writer and has a deeper understanding of the issues than do I. And, it's preaching to the choir here. If there is a trump supporter in the readers of my blog, they don't comment, therefore they don't exist to me.

So that's why. Not to say I won't at some point, if like Obie, I think there is a point.




Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Turn around, and they are 6, turn around and.......

Seems like yesterday she was in the NICU at Seattle Children's, liver half out of her body, tubes everywhere......

Now, nary a backward look as she's off to the school bus.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Back in actual springtime

In Seattle for a week, visiting kids, grandkids, former colleagues, etc....

The view of Mt. Baker from the oldest daughter's house:


Monday, May 15, 2017

One of my favorite actors

Powers Boothe, 1948-2017

One of my favorite actors, especially for his role in "Tombstone"......He and Val Kilmer stole the show.


Friday, May 12, 2017

A long time ago, in a land far, far away


50 years ago, me on the left, trying to put in a trach, not successful. 50 years......

Monday, May 8, 2017

Sunday, May 7, 2017

From my eldest's facebook

Really, Republicans? You want to piss HER off? Take away her access to healthcare, you're going to be the first up against a wall someday.


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Dinner

What would a visit to the Santa Monica area be without dinner at Vito's. We had a table for 7 at eight pm on short notice, primarily because L. is a family member of the clan that own's the place.


L's seafood pasta:


and my sand dab's....heaven on earth:


Hope you all are having an enjoyable weekend also. 



Friday, May 5, 2017

Weekend trip

My friend's research group is having a meeting on the specifics of a Hawaiian miniature squid, around 1" in length, a Hawaiian Pink Squid.


The group is meeting in Marina Del Rey, near L.'s house in LA. We're spending the weekend at a marina hotel.


It's a tough life, but somebody has to step up, righ?

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Somewhere in the crowd...

Are my daughters, I'd like to be with them.


The were not alone, scientists across the globe participated, including a 97 year old Nobel Laureate, Eddie Fischer, 97, 1992 winner of Nobel prize in Medicine, as saying "Damn right I'm in this". 


Somewhere, someday, truth will out. People will stop believing everything that comes out of a demagogue's mouth, and discover critical thinking. We'll stop believing that skin color makes us different, that sex determines anything except who can bear a child. Someday. I won't be there, but some of you younger ones might. Maybe, just maybe. If you work harder and smarter than we did. 

Cheers


Thursday, April 20, 2017

What I'm missing in Butte, episode 2

Been on one of the meds, seems to have some effect, hope springs eternal, eh?

Anyway, the last post......what I'm missing. The photo was taken above slightly the condo area my friend lives, and in the distance you see the burbs, miles upon miles of subdivisions, each increasing in price as one get's closer to the beach.

I actually was being a bit either ironic or sarcastic, not sure which, with the title.

I'll try again.

Here's what I'm missing in Butte:




Depending on the time and the temp, a break from the sometimes bleak midwinter of Butte is great. Here, I hear incessant traffic, there is no hour where everyone is abed, people avoid looking at each other's eyes in the markets.  Dunno, I guess it has it's attractions. 

Anyway, I'll be here a couple more weeks....I may change my mind. 

Cheers



Tuesday, April 18, 2017

What I'm missing by living in Butte

Saw the EP Cardio guy here, impressed me quite a bit.  He went over the tests and info that Swedish had sent him, kudo's to Swedish for being so thorough. The procedure I thought might be done turned out to not be optimum for me, it's an ablation of a portion of the ventricle where the miscreant beats were originating. Alas, I have more than one area, as I had been led to believe. I have at least three, which renders me not the optimum patient.

He does have some suggestions on a couple meds, one I've started, another I'm going to clear with the Swedish docs who are still in charge, if anyone is, with my care. So it's not a wasted trip at all.

I'm staying with a good friend here, won't go back to Butte for a few weeks.

Here's what I'm missing by living in an area that has snow when others are enjoying warmer climes:


I might pick my home instead, but ask me when it's hitting a minus 40, maybe I'll change my mind. 

Cheers all

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

My kind of protest

Might be new to some....


In LA, OC actually, still on my magical mystery tour of cardiology land. Might know more after tomorrow. 

Cheers to all. 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

April Springtime

Sometimes, it doesn't go as planned, weather-wise.  Today....trucks having some issues just west of town..


Heading to LA on Monday, will post from the beach. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Slander, and obvious innocence

The Adorable One, my granddaughter, fixing a cake for University of Washington football fans....wearing her University of Oregon dress. Some people have said she looks suspicious. That's ridiculous. Have you ever seen such innocence?


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Unintended Consequences

I've posted several times about my mendacious senator daines (r-mt), remember some months ago when he interrupted Senator Warren, citing a arcane rule. I don't remember if it was him or the equally obnoxious ryan who came up with the statement afterwards, in an attempt to explain.

It's become a symbol, and an excuse to post another picture of my granddaughter, The Adorable One:



As her mother will attest, it applies to her in more ways than one. 

Friday, March 31, 2017

It ain't exactly post hoc, ergo propter hoc, but close...

Remember the shooting at the community college in Roseburg, Oregon a couple years ago?  The President visited around a week later, greeted by confederate flags, signs, many were so vile the newspapers wouldn't print them. Here's a couple:



So today, a headline in the Oregonion is (btw, Roseburg is in Douglas Co.):

Douglas County libraries to close after voters reject funding

Somehow, I think there is a link, a connection.....

Monday, March 27, 2017

Real signs of Spring

A grizzly sow and two cubs out of their winter den, near Anaconda, about 20 miles from here.


Spring has sprung, watch out on your spring walks here, they might be feeling peckish. 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The 'Tall Firs' are back

My beloved Oregon Ducks are in  the final four for the first time since they won it all in 1939.  This meme is from the old Oregon Trail video game, one of the oldest around....my eldest played it in the mid-eighties. Oregon beat Kansas, the number one seed, by 14 points.



The weather is gradually warming here, the snow is gone from my lawn, it was 23 this morning and by noon it'll be 50 and people will be frolicking in the streets. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

This time of year...

The Big Hole River, flows into the Jefferson, then the Missouri, then on to the Mississippi, ends up in the Gulf of Mexico, after passing New Orleans.

Up here however, it's a different river. A 'blue ribbon' trout stream, great fishing, and less than 30 minutes from my house. It's also a magnet for millionaires and billionaires, from all over, but seems like most from California.

They build these McMansions, thousands of square footage, for the two to six weeks they spend here. They build them near the river, for convenience's sake. Don't want to walk to far to fish.

In the winter the river ices over, sometimes completely, no open water. Large ice sections build up, become dams of a sort, then in the spring, with rising temps, break loose and head downstream. Sometimes these 8,000 sq ft houses wash away.

Oh dear.



Perhaps I'm insensitive. 


Monday, March 13, 2017

Less the last, but other.....

Long ago, Christmas '88'd I'g guess

The three of them, Henry, Kate and Emily. Couple years ago.
My 8th grade school, around the time I was there. One room, 1-8 grades
A cute couple, seem made for each other. 
"I love genetics, mix a species here, one there...."
A fishing blog, right? A decent 15" brookie, sacrificed for lunch. 

More, doubtfully any better, another time.