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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Learn Other Languages, Prevent Alzheimer’s; and Other News…

A new study is speculating that linguistic skills can help prevent dementia. That sounds like some sort of comminist un-American gimmick to destroy the moril fabrik of our great nation.

(PSSSST — If you can find the spelling error in each of those pictures, you musta been dabblin’ in one of them furrin languages.)

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: OK, the issue has been settled. We’ve been warned in no uncertain terms — if gays are allowed to serve openly in America’s armed forces, our once-great military will degenerate into a bunch of Nancy Boys, just like those sissy armies of Israel and Australia. Case closed. Back to the closet.

And then the Obama Administration said to the mortgage industry: Fox, please guard this henhouse. I trust you completely.

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Blogger Demeur said...

I've been demented for years now.

On the gay issue since so many republicans are closet queens maybe we could start a new batallion and call it the Republican Guard. What do you think?

July 13, 2009 at 10:53 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Demeur: Trouble is, too many Republicans are chickenhawks. We might need a draft to get them into that Republican Guard.

July 13, 2009 at 2:38 PM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

I see a major conspiracy going on here: Republicans want to keep gays out of the military because they can spell, and wingtards can't. How can an officer command respect if some enlisted man is constantly correcting his spelling?

July 13, 2009 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Lew: And don't forget a lot of translators -- Arabic to English -- got kicked out of the army because they were gay. So what if we don't know the meaning of the intelligence reports we intercept; at least we aren't letting a bunch of homos desecrate the uniform.

July 13, 2009 at 3:31 PM  
Anonymous Bee said...

They better quit worrying about gays 'ruinin' the military and worry more about those guys they are recruiting with IQ's of 60 and the former felons et. al.

I read an article some number of years ago, probably 10 years ago now, about a convent in Canada (?) where all the nuns were octogenarians and older. All had donated their bodies to science. When they started to die off at the ages of 98, 100, autopsies found that their brains were riddled with visible signs of Alzheimers, but none showed no symptoms outwardly throughout their old age. These nuns also tended to hold multiple college degrees in everything including basket weaving. They kept their brains working throughout their lives and kept learning new subjects right up to their deaths. The speculation was that the brain formed new neural pathways when old ones were destroyed by the disease (think of a detour around a roadway with a huge sinkhole right in the middle of it), but that learning was the key to forming those new pathways and detours. I never could find anything else regarding that convent, unfortunately.

July 13, 2009 at 4:51 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Bee: I've seen similar articles; basically these new neural pathways keep being formed no matter how old the person is, as long as he/she keeps learning new things.

It makes sense to me. And it also explains why so many closed-minded conservatives have IQs lower than their shoe sizes.

July 13, 2009 at 7:00 PM  
Anonymous S.W. anderson said...

Demeur, you get laugh of the day honors for your Republican Guard suggestion. Well done, sir.

On linguistic skills and a relationship with Alzheimer's: That's intriguing and could well be significant. But could it be that those with a facility for learning multiple languages also have a genetic predisposition against getting Alzheimer's?

As a general proposition of physiology, you use it or lose it. That applies to muscle and connective tissue, and no less to the nervous system and brain.

Re: gays in the military. Would that we put good former military people discharged because of their orientation in charge of outing adulterous members of Congress, high administration officials and upper levels of the federal judiciary. I suspect the calls for repeal of DADT would become numerous and loud in very short order.

Re: the mortgage industry. Please, I can only take so much tight-jawed aggravation at once.

July 13, 2009 at 7:35 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: "Would that we put good former military people discharged because of their orientation in charge of outing adulterous members of Congress, high administration officials and upper levels of the federal judiciary..."

An excellent idea.

July 13, 2009 at 8:26 PM  

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