You may have heard of Toxoplasma before. It’s one of the most common parasites in the world (1/3 of humans may be infected). It’s a very interesting parasite because of how it can change the host’s brain and behavior.
It thrives in cat’s guts. So if it infects mice or rats, it will actually change how the rats behave so that they are more likely to get eaten by cats.
Infected mice and rats lose their fear of cats, and they can even get sexually aroused by the smell of cats. I find it fascinating how a single-cell organism can change the way a complex organism thinks and acts.
But here’s the thing, there is now quite a bit of evidence that this same parasite can affect us humans. Although scientists don’t know exactly how it works, the parasite has been linked in humans to schizophrenia, depression, dark thoughts and even higher rates of suicide.
I often talk about cyber security threats. The more I study this issue, the more I realize that the term “cyber security” is an oxymoron. The internet is a cobbled together mess that is held together with duct tape.
As I understand it, there are two basic types of hacking; the wide net approach and the spear fishing approach. Most hackers put out wide nets to catch many people at once. It’s the way to get the biggest results for the least amount of effort. The way to defend yourself from this type of attack is to stay under the radar and make yourself a harder target to hit than other people.
The other type of cyber attack is when someone puts a target on your back and singles you out. This is much more difficult to defend against. And the more powerful you are, the more high-powered weaponry is aimed at you, and the harder it is to defend against.
One of the biggest targets possible? The US elections. No other event has more impact on the global economy than the US elections.
So does Russia want to affect our elections? Hell yes. China? Yes. Iran? North Korea? Yes. Hundreds of other countries, factions, political powers, banks, etc. want to influence our elections and they would in a heartbeat if they could.
Do you think that either party wouldn’t rig the election if they thought they could get away with it?
My wife and I went to see the new Stan and Ollie movie last week. It’s almost 100 years after their peak performance years, and everyone still has heard of them. They are iconic, yet I have to admit to having never watched any of their material before this movie.
It’s truly a snapshot into a different time. It was the golden age of film, yet the actors were broke. The comedy was simple and sincere. And they were both very gentle men.
Have you heard of jicama (pronouonced Hick-a-Ma)? If not, I recommend that you check it out. It’s pretty fantastic. Think of a perfectly crisp apple; not as sweet (it’s mild-sweetness is perfect).
My wife and I LOVE it. In fact, we now find ourselves planning our grocery shopping based on which grocery stores sell jicama.
And, it’s one of those foods that you feel really good about eating because it’s good for you in so many ways. Jicama is packed with nutrients, and it’s very high in fiber and inulin, which is a prebiotic – this means that it’s really good for gut health, which is something I’ve been really focusing on lately.
There are all kinds of ways to eat jicama. Some people like to put all kinds of seasonings on it and dress it up, but I like it raw. No seasonings at all.