Americans Not the Most Obese?

November 27th, 2010 by Nathaniel Coleman AKA Jonathan Whitcomb No comments »

(KSN) One could assume that the United States would top the world-wide list for obesity, but no: The tiny island nation of Nauru has 95% of its population obese. The U. S. comes in at # 8 with 79%. . . . the new global food chain provides an abundance of soda and potato chips, meat and butter compared to traditional diets, which were based on less calorie- and fat-dense foods. To make matters worse, junk food is often cheaper than fruits and vegetables.

South Korea Alzheimer’s Campaign

November 25th, 2010 by Nathaniel Coleman AKA Jonathan Whitcomb No comments »

According to a recent article in the New York Times:

As one of the world’s fastest-aging countries, with nearly 9 percent of its population over 65 already afflicted, South Korea has opened a “War on Dementia,” spending money and shining floodlights on a disease that is, here as in many places, riddled with shame and fear. . . . South Korea is training thousands of people, including children, as “dementia supporters,” to recognize symptoms and care for patients. The 11- to 13-year-olds, for instance, were in the government’s “Aging-Friendly Comprehensive Experience Hall” outside Seoul. . . . they viewed a PowerPoint presentation defining dementia and were trained . . . to perform hand massage in nursing homes.

Volcano Erupts in Indonesia

November 4th, 2010 by Nathaniel Coleman AKA Jonathan Whitcomb No comments »

This part of the world seems prone to tsunami, earthquake, and volcanic eruption dangers.

The combined death toll from a tsunami and volcanic eruptions in Indonesia climbed to 449, as aid workers shifted their focus to prevent outbreaks of disease . . .  there were still some areas where aid wasn’t getting through because of shortages of boats or inadequate or damaged infrastructure, raising fears of possible outbreaks of malaria . . .

Giants Take Game One of World Series, 11-7

October 28th, 2010 by Nathaniel Coleman AKA Jonathan Whitcomb No comments »

It was supposed to be an impressive pitching duel, but it turned into a hitter’s day, as the San Francisco Giants (who have not yet won a World Series contest) beat the Texas Rangers 11-7.

“This pitchers’ duel fizzled as Lee was knocked out in the fifth inning after giving up seven runs.” (New York Times) “The San Francisco Giants did the unimaginable Wednesday against the Texas Rangers in Game 1 of the World Series. They knocked the mystique and aura right out of burgeoning postseason legend Cliff Lee.” (USA Today)

Soccer in England

October 27th, 2010 by Nathaniel Coleman AKA Jonathan Whitcomb No comments »

Arsenal qualified for the quarter-finals of the League Cup by routing Newcastle 4-0 at Saint James Park.

(AFP) Walcott’s brace, an own goal from Newcastle reserve keeper Tim Krul and a Nicklas Bendtner strike settled the tie for Arsene Wenger’s men, riding high after last weekend’s victory over Manchester City.

“Walcott is more composed in front of goal this season. His first touch is better. He is an intelligent boy and because of that he will always improve,” Wenger told Sky Sports 2.

 

Giant Pterosaur in South Carolina

September 27th, 2010 by Nathaniel Coleman AKA Jonathan Whitcomb 1 comment »

Of course this account brings to mind the pterosaur sighting by Susan Wooten, also in South Carolina. Her giant flying creature, also seen in daylight, also very large, also appeared featherless. This new eyewitness remains anonymous, but we’ll examine his testimony.

I saw a pterosaur in Clinton, SC when I was 15 or 16 while at a soccer camp at Presbyterian College in 1994 or 1995. . . . It was huge, as big as a plane . . . I saw a huge pterodactyl-looking creature, flying very high in the sky. The strangest thing . . . how slow the wings were flapping and how high it was flying. . . . Years later in college . . . [a friend] ended up blurting out that he saw a pterodactyl. I told him I had seen one too . . . Seeing Susan Wooten’s story on your website further reinforces my belief in what I saw. . . . I periodically search for stuff about pterodactyls on the internet. This time I searched “pterosaur sightings south carolina”, and [a] site popped up. [Wooten sighting].

We should pay attention to these sightings in this part of the United States. If only someone would have a camera ready when one of the creatures flys by in daylight!

Flying Dinosaurs

August 25th, 2010 by Nathaniel Coleman AKA Jonathan Whitcomb 1 comment »

We have been taught that giant flying creatures soared overhead long ago. We could call them “dinosaur birds,” but that would be technically incorrect: They were pterosaurs, and they came in two varieties: long-tailed and short-tailed. They’re also called “pterodactys,” but that is also incorrect. Say “tear-uh-sore,” and spell it “pterosaur.”

But dinosaur birds (pterosaurs) seem to have soared overhead not so long ago. In fact one of them could fly over your house tomorrow night; I say “night,” for most of them seem to be nocturnal. They are seen rarely, for they are anything but common. When they are seen in the United States, the main danger to the eyewitness is not being attacked by the pterosaur, it is being ridiculed by those who hear about the sighting.

Live Pterosaur in Ohio

. . . The creature was reported “chasing sparrows as it flew over the Route 49 bridge near Antwerp, Ohio.” [reported in a local newspaper in Antwerp]

The challenge faced by most . . . eyewitnesses of apparent living pterosaurs in the United States (Ohio, or Kentucky, or any other state) is this: Who can you tell? Our culture frowns on reporting anything like a live dinosaur or live pterosaur . . .

Ghost Lights or Flying Dinosaurs?

So how do glowing owls relate to reports of live pterodactyls? In Papua New Guinea, the ropen is seen usually from a distance at night. How is it seen? It glows, sometimes brightly, as it flies. How can anyone conclude that it is a pterosaur? When it is seen up close, it is seen to be one.

Manage Stress

July 21st, 2010 by Nathaniel Coleman AKA Jonathan Whitcomb No comments »

From Reporter News, we read about how to reduce stress. Here are some of the suggestions:

Pop in a humor CD. Keep one in the car and steer clear of traffic frustration.

Eat well. Our bodies — and our brains — need good fuel to function well.

Take care of your spirit. Taking care of your spirit means connecting to whatever you consider meaningful and holy, whether that’s God, nature, art or something deep within yourself.

Talk with others who share similar spiritual beliefs and learn from each other.

Inspiring tip: People who have strong spiritual lives may be healthier and live longer. Spirituality seems to cut the stress that can contribute to disease.

In a previous “Mental Health Column,” was mentioned:

The first five “tools” are: connect with others, stay positive, get physically active, help others, and get enough rest.

Another strange flying creature in California

June 28th, 2010 by Nathaniel Coleman AKA Jonathan Whitcomb No comments »

From the blog Live Pterosaurs in America, the post “Flying Creature in Los Angeles” says:

Flying only about 300 feet above the heads of two astonished humans . . . the creature appeared to have a wingspan of 10-20 feet. Also astonishing was the faint glow that led one of the eyewitnesses to connect the creature with the ropen of Papua New Guinea.

The sighting was in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles County, in 2009. The two eyewitnesses seemed to be credible.

California Pterosaurs Still Living (a different sighting, also early 21st century)

An apparent ropen sighting in California is being investigated by Jonathan Whitcomb (author of the book “Live Pterosaurs in America”). According to an anonymous eyewitness, a very large creature, in daylight, in August of 2007, flew over the wildlife refuge, crossing a road in front of the car that the eyewitness was driving.

It seems that live pterosaurs or strange flying creatures may not be so rare in California.

Strange Holes in Clouds

June 16th, 2010 by Nathaniel Coleman AKA Jonathan Whitcomb No comments »

Under the right atmospheric conditions, an airplane flying through clouds can punch a whole in them, sometimes causing local snowfall. According to Wired Science, “Odd clouds can sometimes elude explanation for decades, and these mysterious gaps in the sky, aptly called hole-punch clouds or channel clouds, have been puzzling sky gazers and scientists alike since the 1940s. A 1968 article in the magazine Weatherwise called them “A Meteorological Whodunit?”

Wired Science continued: “Previous research also suggests that propeller planes could make snow fall when they flew through supercooled clouds, where water droplets remain liquid despite subfreezing temperatures. But until recently, a direct connection between airplanes, hole-punch clouds and snowfall was missing. Now, a team of atmospheric scientists report observing all three in the June Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.”

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Pterosaur Sighting in South Carolina