Cancer Schmancer!

Fran Drescher’s anti-cancer organization is not breaking news but nonetheless it is interesting, relevant and important for your health.

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Besides admitting to being a little behind in many ways, I also admit to taking advantage of every chance I have to post something about Fran Drescher. J’love Fran Drescher, and now she can help us all to avoid cancer in the fyoochah!

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Government Shutdown Allows Shitheads to Destroy Precious Joshua Trees

With most of the park’s rangers furloughed, vandals and inconsiderate guests ran amok. A small number of the park’s namesake trees were outright destroyed. Replacing them may take centuries, according to conservationists.CreditCreditJae C. Hong/Associated Press

By Liam Stack

The partial government shutdown ended last week after 35 days, but conservationists have warned that its impact may be felt for hundreds of years in at least one part of the country: Joshua Tree National Park.

The Southern California park, which is larger than Rhode Island and famed for its dramatic rock formations and the spiky-leafed Joshua trees from which it takes it name, had only a skeleton crew of workers during the shutdown.

With most of its park rangers furloughed, vandals and inconsiderate guests ran amok. Gates and posts were toppled, new roads carved through the desert by unauthorized off-road drivers, and a small number of the park’s thousands of Joshua trees were outright destroyed, conservationists said.

Pictures posted to social media showed trees that were chopped down or that appeared to have been driven over by cars. The sensitive ecosystem of desert and craggy rock formations that surrounds them was littered with garbage and other telltale signs of illegal camping.

Most visitors to the park were well-behaved, said John Lauretig, a former park ranger who now runs Friends of Joshua Tree, a nonprofit group that organized a small army of volunteers to help clean the park during the shutdown.

“It was just a few vandals or people acting out of ignorance that caused these problems,” he said, reflecting on the broken trees. “Hopefully it’s not malice. Maybe they just didn’t see them.”You have 4 free articles remaining.Subscribe to The Times

The volunteer cleanup crew, which numbered about 100 people, cleaned bathrooms and repaired broken gates and fences. But, unlike those tasks, replanting and growing the park’s namesake Dr. Seussian trees takes a very long time.

A spotlight on the people reshaping our politics. A conversation with voters across the country. And a guiding hand through the endless news cycle, telling you what you really need to know.Campgrounds at Joshua Tree National Park were blocked off after the federal government’s partial shutdown forced many park rangers to stay home.

Campgrounds at Joshua Tree National Park were blocked off after the federal government’s partial shutdown forced many park rangers to stay home.

“Because these trees are so big and they grow so slowly, it can take hundreds of years for a tree to mature,” Mr. Lauretig said. “We say they grow an inch a year, and in a wet year it might grow five inches or a foot but in a dry year it might not grow at all.”

At a rally on Saturday near the park, Curt Sauer, the former park superintendent who retired in 2010, agreed.

“What’s happened to our park in the last 34 days is irreparable for the next 200 to 300 years,” he told the crowd, according to The Desert Sun, a local newspaper. Mr. Sauer did not respond to messages seeking comment, nor did David Smith, the park’s current superintendent.

An online guide to Joshua trees published by the National Park Service identified them by the scientific name Yucca brevifolia, a form of yucca plant that is a member of the Agave family.

That taxonomy means it can be tricky to determine their age or to estimate the length of time it might take to a replace a destroyed specimen, Mr. Lauretig said.

“They’re yucca plants, so they don’t grow with rings, like a tree, so you can’t count their age that way,” Mr. Lauretig said. “All we can do is make estimates.”

According to the park-service guide, the plants — which it says are valued for their “grotesque appearance” — tend to grow at a rate of one-half inch to three inches per year, so conservationists often use a Joshua tree’s height to guess its age.

That’s a not-insignificant margin of error, though, caused in part by the erratic nature of the tree’s growth: Young ones can grow quickly for the first five years of their lives, only to slow down or pause for the next several years, the park said.

In short, there are a lot of unknowns. Especially when the trees get to be tall.

“The tallest Joshua tree in the park looms a whopping 40 feet high, a grand presence in the Queen Valley forest,” the park said. “Some researchers think an average life span for a Joshua tree is about 150 years, but some of our largest trees may be much older than that.”

PLEASE RE-POST

Please post these pics wherever you can. Let’s call a turd a turd. This kid is doing exactly what shit-head asshole bullies have been doing since they were doing it to me in High School and well before that. To call this anything but blatant bullying is lie. I hope to meet this useless piece oh shit one day – I have a lot of things saved up for him.

Instagram, Facebook, Twitter – wherever – Please let’s call this worthless rotten kid exactly what he is. After that, we can talk about forgiveness….LOL (SMILE)

Hey, Melania – WHERE ARE YOU? I thought bullying was your thing? REMEMBER? Did anybody translate this for her? Is this shithead really “Being Best?” – or whatever you called it???

See Egg, Love Egg

EGG begins playing in theaters this FRIDAY! 1/18

My friend RISA MICKENBERG wrote it, I saw it and it’s great. You should see it too.

EGG is a dark comedy that explores the duplicities of marriage and parenthood: why we revere it, fear it, delegate it, or forgo it.

Starring Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Alysia Reiner, (Orange Is The New Black), Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect) Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Wire) and David Alan Basche (The Good Wife).
Written by Risa Mickenberg. Directed by Marianna Palka. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Distributed by Gravitas Ventures.

Great article in The Washington Post

100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes

EGG THEATRICAL SCHEDULE
1/18 New York The Roxy Cinema at the Tribeca Hotel #2 6th Avenue NYC Starts 1/18 for 1 week (click to purchase now!)
1/18 Los Angeles at Universal Los Angeles, Universal Cinema AMC at CityWalk Hollywood, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City CA 91608 Starts 1/18 for 1 week
(Tickets will be on sale in L.A. and in all below AMC theaters by Wed 1/16 pm)
1/18 San Francisco, AMC Deer Valley 16, 4204 Lone Tree Way, Antioch CA 94531 Starts 1/18 for 1 week
1/18 Denver, AMC Westminster Promenade 24, 10655 Westminster Blvd, Westminster CO 80020 Starts 1/18 for 1 week
1/18 Orlando, Barnstorm Theater, 2733 Brownwood Blvd, The Villages FL 32163 Starts 1/18 for 1 week
1/18 Cleveland, Tower City Cinemas, 230 W Huron Rd #7256, Cleveland OH 44113 Starts 1/18 for 1 week
1/18 Atlanta Southlake Pavilion 7065 Mount Zion Cir Morrow 24 Starts 1/18 for 1 week
1/18 Boston Liberty Tree Mall 20 100 Independence Way Danvers, MA Starts 1/18 1 week
1/25/19 Chicago Emagine Frankfort 19965 South LaGrange Road Frankfort Starts 1/25 for 1 week
1/25 Detroit Emagine Royal Oak 200 N Main Street Royal Oak MI Starts 1/25 for 1 week
1/23 Southbury CT, Riverview Cinemas 1 night
1/18 Houston Alamo Drafthouse Cinema LaCenterra 2707 Commercial Center Blvd Katy TX 1/18 for 1 night
2/13 Lubbock TX Alamo Drafthouse 120 West Loop 289 2/13 1 night

The End Of Make-Up???

Real-world Photoshop: Procter & Gamble debut a handheld device that could replace makeup
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Procter & Gamble debuted its newest tool in the fight against aging. At CES this week, the company introduced the world to “Opté,” a handheld device that prints anti-aging product on top of your skin, acting as a real-world Photoshop, essentially.

Opté covers up hyperpigmentation, or age spots, by gliding a device the size of an electric shaver over the skin‘s surface.

Using blue LED lights, the device maximizes contrasts in melanin before using onboard cameras to take more than 200 images per second. Images are then sent to a microprocessor that analyzes 70,000 lines of code to determine the size, shape, and intensity of each blemish. After photographing and analyzing the skin, a tiny onboard printer with 120 nozzles, each thinner than a human hair, deposits a specially-formulated skin care serum directly to the problem area — foregoing solution on areas where it’s not needed.

According to Procter & Gamble, its internal inkjet printers can reproduce any skin color, starting with cartridges for fair, medium, and dark skin as a base.

For anyone currently wearing makeup to cover blemishes, the company says, this could replace it entirely. And, bonus, it won’t sweat off like traditional concealers. It’s not just a concealer, though. Opté could, over time, reduce the appearance of these blemishes with anti-aging ingredients used in the coverup solution.

Pricing information is still up in the air, but Procter & Gamble plans to release the device later this year, or in early 2020.