Link to Maki Naro’s “Vaccines Work! Here’s Proof!” from The Nib on Medium

Okay, I know the title up there may appear confusing…
There’s a social media platform that shares editorial cartoons and written copy of an op/ed nature: it’s called “Medium.”
One of the communities within Medium which focuses on editorial cartoon artists is called “The Nib.”  (The Nib is that pointy end of an old-style ink pen that actually transfers the ink to the paper and gets the writing done.)
Maki Naro is a cartoonist.
The link below will take you to a piece of his work which explains why vaccines are important enough that we shouldn’t stop getting vaccinated, no matter what certain simple-minded non-medical folks may think or say, nor how loudly they may say it.
Hopefully, we are now all on the same page here and you will click on the link below and you will understand what you’re seeing once you get there.
At least I sincerely hope so.
That’s it!   Here’s the link:
As always, thank you so very much for reading!
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Video: First World Problems

Okay, I know I’m not always the first one to find something from the Internet, and certainly not the first one to find something on YouTube…
But my lovely wife, Jamie (“Hi, Sweetheart!”), found this and showed it to me and I begged her and begged her to send me the link so I could post it and then one day it dawned on me:
I could search for it myself…
Did I mention she’s the BRAINS of the outfit?…
So anyway, here it is and…
Thank you, Sweetie!  I LOOOOOOVVVE YOU!!!  
Oh, and Hi, Jamilah!  I LOOOOOOVVVE YOU, TOO!!!

And Now, a Word from Officer Friendly

Having worn a uniform or two in my day, I cannot help but applaud what this editorial cartoonist is doing.  As in any other field of work, you have practitioners who bring care and compassion to what they do, and then you have those who do not.

When those practitioners hold the power of Life or Death in their hands, our Society has an obligation to view them with greater scrutiny when they exercise that power.  It’s just that simple.

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As always, thank you for reading.
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Astronomers Theorize: Earth’s near twin helped make the moon!

But solving one puzzle of lunar origins has raised another linked to the abundances of tungsten in the primordial bodies…

It’s beginning to appear the moon was born in the collision of a Mars-sized body and the early Earth, but beyond that, much about the world we see in our skies every night is still a mystery. After 61 missions, including six astronaut visits that collected samples of moon rocks, many questions remain, including how much of the moon is made from that lost planet’s leftovers, and how much was stolen from Earth? Answering these questions could offer fresh insights into the evolution of both celestial bodies…

Now, scientists in France and Israel have found evidence that the smaller body that smashed into the proto-Earth was likely made of similar stuff to our home world. Also, according to their computer models, the current composition of lunar material is best explained if whatever hit early Earth formed nearby. Two additional studies suggest that both bodies then built up a veneer of extra material as smaller protoplanets continued to bombard the young system, but Earth picked up much more of this later coating.

According to the “giant impact hypothesis,” the moon formed about 4.5 billion years ago, when a planet-like object about a tenth of Earth’s current mass slammed into our planet. Simulations and recent studies of moon rocks suggest that the moon should be mostly made from the remains of the impactor, nicknamed Theia. This would explain why the moon seems to be made of material that looks a lot like Earth’s mantle, as seen in rock samples and mineral maps.

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/moon-was-formed-smashup-between-earth-and-near-twin-180954915/#Qb2I1dF6plmxq3Ah.99

Earth’s near twin helped make the moon..

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Gefilte Fisherman’s Friend (Part 2)

And now, as promised (or threatened, depending upon your point of view)…

Passover Commandments Draft


Passover Moses Leads Into the Dessert

Passover Horseradish

Passover Easter Chocolate Rabbis


Once again, I remind all you gentle folks that the images above (including Moe) are the property of their respective owners and may not be used without permission.
Could somebody please pass the Charoset?  Thanks!

Tom Tomorrow Lives Up to His Name!

Man, I don’t know where he gets his inspiration, but I gotta find out and then try some of it myself!
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Hanukkah Harry

Matzoh or Bust (Part 1)

Okay, gang!  Here we go again!…

Passover Sandwiches

Passover Gluten Free

Passover gefilte fishermen

Passover Matzoh Carb Addicts

Passover Lamb Recipe

Please note: 
The attorneys make me say this: These images are the property of their respective copyright holders and are presented here for private amusement only.  
Thank you for visiting!  And…
Don’t forget to keep a sharp eye out!  Because…
Part 2 will be here before you know it!

LLAP Leonard … And Other Thoughts

Like countless others, I was saddened late last month to learn of the passing of actor Leonard Nimoy, who will forever be associated with the role he played on the TV series, “Star Trek”, that of the Vulcan science officer, Mr. Spock.

As a disenfranchised pre-teen at the time of the television show’s debut, I strongly identified with Spock, a character with feet in two disparate worlds, one of passion and one of dispassion.

As is often the case with obituaries, I learned more of the man than I thought I had known.

I knew he was Jewish, but I didn’t know he had been raised in the Orthodox branch of the faith.  I assumed the so-called “Vulcan salute” with the forked fingers was something that had been written for him.  In fact, it was something he devised largely on his own, with its roots in the characters of the Hebrew alphabet: a subtle but significant acknowledgement of the one true living God.


I also knew he had – for a number of years – sought to distance himself from his “Star Trek” role, concerned that his career would be limited by typecasting.

I got to see him act in Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” as Malvolio, the villain.  He was wonderful.


It was 1975 when he came to appear in the Pittsburgh Public Theatre production.  I had been working at the local fine arts radio station, WQED-FM, at that time.  One of my colleagues got to interview him for the radio station.

He came with just one caveat.  His media handlers were very explicit on the point: “Please DON’T ask Leonard ANYTHING about “Star Trek” or Mister Spock.  He doesn’t want people to conflate his entire career with this one role.”  (He had recently published an autobiography pointedly entitled, “I Am Not Spock.”)


Naturally, his interviewer did his best to comply.  Nevertheless, at one point, he couldn’t seem to help himself and made some thinly-veiled references to “the body of your television work.”  You could almost hear Nimoy rolling his eyes in the interview session, but he gamely touched briefly on the matter, acknowledging that the role had been a great opportunity for him and his family.

His stage performance in “Twelfth Night” was absolutely enchanting and he achieved something I think Shakespeare had always intended for Malvolio: he made him ever so slightly sympathetic even as he plotted against the gender-bending hero and his mistress, Olivia.  The scene in which he discovered Sir Toby Belch’s cryptic “love letter” was at once poignant and hysterical.  As is so often the case with an antagonist’s role, he made the play and he made the show.

If memory serves, he took three curtain calls that night.

As for his work as a screenwriter and a director, I considered those “Star Trek” franchise movies in which he performed those additional duties to be among the finest of that particular series.  His guest star appearances on the syndicated television series, “Star Trek: The Next Generation” were virtual media events and those episodes rank among my favorites.

Several years before his death, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry told more than a few interviewers and fans that the “Next Generation” characters Lt. Cmdr. Data and Lt. Worf were each spawned by the Spock character.  Data represented the dispassionate side of Spock, seeking to be human.  And Worf represented the fiercely strong and loyal side of Spock, raised in a human family and hungering to re-connect with his native Klingon culture.

That’s some kind of exceptional immortality for an actor and his most iconic role.  The late Leonard Nimoy will not only be missed, but unlike so many, he will continue to be loved.

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Live Long And Prosper…

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‘Star Trek’ Co-Stars William Shatner, George Takei Remember Leonard Nimoy


There’s not a lot to say and precious little I can add. I’m working on something of a personal recollection to be posted shortly.

In the meantime…

Originally posted on Variety:

Leonard Nimoy has died at the age of 83, and Hollywood has taken to social media to mourn the “Star Trek” icon, from fellow “Trek” alums like William Shatner and George Takei to comedy stars including Seth MacFarlane and Jason Alexander.

The Hollywood Historic trust also announced that flowers will be placed on Nimoy’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 10:30 a.m. Friday. The star is located at 6651 Hollywood Blvd.

Rod Roddenberry, CEO of Roddenberry Entertainment and son of “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry, released a statement on Nimoy’s passing: “The death of Leonard Nimoy is indeed an immense loss to us all. I only hope that during this difficult time we can all take comfort in the everlasting impact he has made. As Spock he portrayed the first Roddenberry character, an outsider who truly let us see ourselves. Leonard Nimoy’s talent allowed millions to learn more…

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