Daily Focus 067

The world is back spinning at full speed, the words are flowing as I need them to once again. A quick Dr. Dolittle brush over, to me it was fun to look at but hard to watch. Learning the importance of leaving a positive impact on the world from Gil Scott Heron. The difference in influencing vs inspiring. Women don’t understand that there are some men that don’t want to get in your panties, shocking I know right. I be full, lets say it together “pla-ton-ic”. Updates on how I feel about micro-dosing psilocybin in combination with purple sea moss. Poker nights and almost missing flights in Vegas from pulling all nighter gambling sessions. Virtual reality can make reality feel dull  or force us to push beyond the boundaries set and that effect is still lingering upon the All Star weekend dunk contest. Corona conspiracy theories from reddit. We are here, we as in me.

Quotes Of The Day 

Without you I cant live with the part of me that wants to live without you

There is love of course and then theres life. Its enemy

There is very little difference between men and women in space

Loves a fire whether its going to warm your heart or burn down your house you can never tell.

Word of the day 

Platonic – (of love or friendship) intimate and affectionate but not sexual.

Book Select: Skimmed

How Black Women Were ‘Skimmed’ By Infant Formula Marketing

Here & Now‘s Tonya Mosley speaks with Andrea Freeman — whose book “Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race, and Injustice” looks at how formula was marketed to black women in the late 20th century.

Book Excerpt: ‘Skimmed’



On May 23, 1946, in the rural southern town of Reidsville, North Carolina, a small miracle occurred. The woman responsible for this miracle was Annie Mae Fultz. Annie Mae was a tall, beautiful, Black-Cherokee mother of six children. She had lost her ability to speak and hear during a childhood illness. Beginning at 1:13 a.m., Annie Mae gave birth, in short intervals, to the world’s first recorded identical quadruplets. Against the odds, each of these four tiny girls survived their first few hours and began to grow steadily. Word of their birth spread quickly throughout the country. Annie Mae’s joy at her perfect new daughters was irrepressible, expressed in exuberant debates with friends and relatives at her hospital bedside about possible names for the girls. But this overwhelming happiness was far too short-lived.

Andrea Freeman.
Andrea Freeman.

Fred Klenner was the White doctor who delivered the girls in Annie Penn Hospital, in the basement wing reserved for Black patients. Dr. Klenner quickly realized how his new patients’ instant celebrity could benefit him. He began testing his controversial theories about vitamin C on the girls on the day of their birth, injecting them with fifty milligrams each. He did not stop there. Dr. Klenner snatched the privilege of naming the girls from Annie Mae and their father, Pete, a tenant farmer on a nearby tobacco farm. Dr. Klenner gave all the sisters the first name Mary; then middle names belonging to his wife, sister, aunt, and great-aunt: Ann, Louise, Alice, and Catherine.

Dr. Klenner was still not done. He began negotiating with formula companies that sought to become the newly famous Fultz Quads’ corporate godparent. The company with the highest bid would be the first to target Black women with a formula advertising campaign. Dr. Klenner selected St. Louis’s Pet Milk company for this honor. The deal he made with Pet Milk set in motion a chain of events that would lead to Annie Mae losing, not just the right to name her girls, but the girls themselves.

The consequences of this contract reached far beyond the Fultz sisters. Pet Milk’s campaign directed at Black women reaped unexpectedly high profits. The company was one of the first to market anything but alcohol, tobacco, or beauty products directly to Black families. Through Pet Milk’s bold marketing scheme, many Black women became convinced that formula was just as healthy as, or even healthier than, breast milk. This comforting belief made it easier for them to succumb to a host of external pressures not to breastfeed.

Over the following decades, as images marketing formula to Black women increased, positive images of Black women breastfeeding remained virtually nonexistent. Magazines such as National Geographic portrayed breastfeeding Black women as exotic and savage. Popular and media imagery reflected and perpetuated wide disparities in breastfeeding rates between Black and White mothers. Selling formula to Black women aligned with the stereotype, first popularized in slavery, of Black women as cold and incompetent mothers.

Half a century after the birth of the Fultz sisters and Pet Milk’s ad campaign, the Bad Black Mother stereotype played a role in the misfortune that befell Tabitha Walrond, a young Black woman from the Bronx, and her son, Tyler. After nineteen-year-old Tabitha became pregnant, she spent weeks struggling to break through the bureaucracy of New York’s Medicaid offices to get a card for her son before his birth. Despite her exhaustive efforts, when Tabitha went into labor, Medicaid still had not corrected the computer error that had caused the delay. The system’s indifference to the needs of a young, poor, pregnant Black woman was typical. In this case, it proved fatal.

Tabitha’s delivery was rife with complications, forcing her to extend her hospital stay by a few weeks and to delay breastfeeding. Eventually, Tabitha’s doctors released her and Tyler from the hospital. When they did, they discharged her with false information. It is common for doctors not to see Black women as individuals and to ignore symptoms that they would pay attention to in White women. Tabitha’s doctors overlooked the fact that her difficult delivery and a previous surgery would affect her milk supply. The hospital staff negligently assured Tabitha that her baby would thrive on a steady diet of her breast milk. They were wrong.

Instead, Tyler lost weight. Tabitha did not notice, because, as a new mother who never left her infant’s side, she could not easily perceive changes in his size. Although friends and family urged her to take him for a postnatal checkup, no doctor would see him without a Medicaid card. Tyler was born on August 27, 1997. He died from inadequate nutrition eight weeks later, in a taxi on the way to the emergency room. White mothers who lost children under similar circumstances received sympathy and inspired legal changes in the length of required hospital stays. In Tabitha’s case, the prosecutor charged her with second-degree manslaughter. Mourning the loss of her son, Tabitha faced the prospect of losing her freedom as well. Throughout her ordeal, the press pounced on the opportunity to demonize Tabitha and blame her for Tyler’s death.

Continuing reading the full article at WBUR.ORG

Moon ‘shrooms? Fungi eyed to help build lunar bases and Mars outposts

Fungus could be very much among us when humanity sets up shop on the moon and beyond.

NASA researchers are investigating the potential of mycelia — the mass of nutrient-absorbing, widely branching underground threads that make up much of a fungus’s bulk — to help construct outposts on the moon and Mars.

“Right now, traditional habitat designs for Mars are like a turtle — carrying our homes with us on our backs,” project principal investigator Lynn Rothschild, of NASA’s Ames Research Center in California, said in a statement.

This is “a reliable plan, but with huge energy costs,” she added in a NASA statement. “Instead, we can harness mycelia to grow these habitats ourselves when we get there.”

Video: How fungus among us could build moon bases  

Rothschild and her team are conducting their research with the aid of funding from the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program, which seeks to encourage the development of potentially game-changing exploration technologies.

And the myco-architecture project could indeed be game-changing, if everything works out. (There’s certainly no guarantee that it will, however; the project is in the early stages.)

“Ultimately, the project envisions a future where human explorers can bring a compact habitat built out of a lightweight material with dormant fungi that will last on long journeys to places like Mars,” NASA officials wrote in the same statement. “Upon arrival, by unfolding that basic structure and simply adding water, the fungi will be able to grow around that framework into a fully functional human habitat — all while being safely contained within the habitat to avoid contaminating the Martian environment.”

A researcher holding a petri dish containing mycelia — the underground threads that make up the main part of a fungus — growing in simulated Martian soil. (Image credit: NASA/Ames Research Center/Lynn Rothschild)

There could be many different manifestations of off-Earth “mush-rooms.” For example, one habitat concept would consist of three layers, NASA officials explained. On top would be water ice, which may be sourced locally. (Both the moon and Mars are known to harbor the stuff.) The ice would shield the habitat’s human occupants from harmful radiation and would also provide resources to the tiny denizens of the middle layer — photosynthesizing microbes called cyanobacteria. These creatures would produce oxygen for the astronauts and nutrients for the fungal mycelia, the chief constituent of the bottom layer.

That basal layer provides the main structure of the habitat. The mycelia that make it up would be heavily processed, baked into sturdy bricks. This would kill the fungus, ensuring that none could escape and proliferate in the alien wilds. But as a second safeguard, any fungi used in this manner would be genetically altered to make them incapable of surviving beyond the base, NASA officials said.

The mycelia could do more than just serve as walls and ceilings, however. Fungi could also help filter water for off-Earth pioneers and extract minerals from their sewage, NASA officials said. And, like many technologies developed for space exploration, myco-architecture could end up having significant applications here on Earth as well — perhaps helping to reduce the huge carbon footprint of the construction industry, for example.

A stool constructed out of mycelia after two weeks of growth. The next step is a baking process process that leads to a clean and functional piece of furniture. The myco-architecture project seeks to design not only for habitats, but for the furniture that could be grown inside them as well. (Image credit: 2018 Stanford-Brown-RISD iGEM Team)

“When we design for space, we’re free to experiment with new ideas and materials with much more freedom than we would on Earth,” Rothschild said. “And after these prototypes are designed for other worlds, we can bring them back to ours.”

Rothschild and her colleagues aren’t the only researchers working on novel and efficient habitat designs. For example, teams around the world are investigating the potential of 3D printing to construct habitats out of native Mars or moon material, spurred in part by competitions such as NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge.

Mike Wall’s book about the search for alien life, “Out There” (Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrated by Karl Tate), is out now. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Facebook

Who Is Gil Scott-Heron?

Who Is Gil Scott-Heron? has been re-released to coincide with the 10th anniversary of Gil’s album, I’m New Here.

https://xl.ffm.to/imnewhere Directed by Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth. A word from the directors: “In 2010, Gil Scott-Heron made his first album in 16 years, ‘I’m New Here’, on XL Recordings. We directed the video for the title track and got to know Gil a little around then. Sadly, he died the following year. A few years later Richard Russell from XL suggested making a film. Gil left behind a body of work that has influenced writers, academics and musicians. He’s been called ‘the godfather of rap’ and ‘the black Bob Dylan’ and his words have influenced every generation of hip-hop. This film isn’t about that Gil. It’s a portrait seen through the eyes of those who loved Gil, his friends, his family, and the musicians he played with. This is the Gil we met, the places he took us to see, and the people whose lives were changed by him.”

Daily Focus 066

This twenty minutes felt like 2 days. These recordings can ease off the tongue like drool when the food taste good and the laughs wont stop or they can feel like your running through 20 miles of desert land with no water. Welcome to the Sahara, its rare that we are in this vibe but nonetheless the show must go on. Feeling venomous for various reasons. Professional crazy or crazy hobby, Is it real if your not getting paid for it? Munchies has possessed my tongue and the spirit of pizza and pu#%^ has found me.


Daily Quote 

The slight that burns twice as bright burns for half as long

Power of Hand Washing

Sometimes a prime example is better than words — especially when it comes to explaining something to children. That’s exactly what Jaralee Metcalf, a teacher from Idaho, decided to do to show her pupils the importance of washing their hands properly. And now the whole world is following her example!

Here at Bright Side we were so impressed by how simple and clear this project was, that we couldn`t hold back from telling you about it.

At the beginning of winter, when flu season had just started, Jaralee Metcalf, a behavioral specialist from Idaho Falls Elementary School, shared that she was tired of always being sick. Although the spread of bacteria in her class was inevitable, she wanted to show the kids why they needed to wash their hands to kill germs.

The point of the experiment

To explain how bacteria spread and why it’s important to wash your hands well and often, Jaralee came up with a simple classroom activity with her students: she asked several kids with various levels of hand cleanliness to touch 5 pieces of white bread that were taken from the same loaf, at the same time. Then, they put the bread in individual plastic bags to observe what would happen over the course of one month.

Steps of the project

“We took fresh bread and touched it.” — explains Jaralee in her Facebook post that has been shared about 70K times.

The first piece was rubbed on all of the classroom laptops. The second one was a control piece — it wasn’t touched, it was placed immediately in the plastic bag and labeled “Fresh & untouched.” The third piece of bread was touched by the whole class using unwashed hands. For piece #4 the whole class washed their hands with warm water & soap and, again, touched the slice. And for bread piece #5, they cleaned their hands with hand sanitizer and then touched it.

A slice wiped on laptops

One month later the Chromebook-rubbed slice looked worse than all the other specimens. As the teacher explains, at their school they do sanitize the laptops, obviously they didn’t do that for the project.

The effect of soap & warm water

The only slice of bread that didn`t have the obvious bacteria on it was example #4. It was the one that was touched by hands that were just washed with warm water & soap, which clearly showed the children why they should wash their hands often.

The “dirty hands” slice

Example #3, the “dirty hands” slice, was covered in spectacular mold growths one month later and didn`t need any additional explanation.

How to Make Mushroom Broth

Dashi, a flavorful, umami-packed broth, is a fundamental ingredient in many Japanese dishes. It’s usually made with a combination of kombu (dried kelp), dried bonito flakes and iriko (dried anchovies). Shiitake mushrooms can also be added to the mix, resulting in a stunningly clear, clean broth.

For this broth, we put our own TT spin on a dashi made only with dried shiitake mushrooms that have been soaked in cold water overnight. They’re then gently simmered with onions, leeks, garlic and herbs. What results is an umami-rich broth that is a tiny bit sweet with just the slightest touch of acidity coming from a strip of lemon.


40 dried shiitake mushrooms

½ medium yellow onion, peeled and quartered

1 cup roughly chopped leeks (white and pale green parts)

1 head garlic, split crosswise

4 sprigs thyme

4 sprigs parsley

1 bay leaf

1-inch strip of lemon, peeled using a vegetable peeler

1 teaspoon black peppercorns


1. In a large bowl, cover the shiitake mushrooms with 8 cups cold water. Place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or (preferably) overnight, making sure the mushrooms are completely submerged in the water.

2. Over a 4-quart saucepan, strain the shiitake mushrooms, reserving the liquid. Gently squeeze the mushrooms to drain any excess water. Remove the stems and reserve the mushrooms for another use.

3. Add the onions, leeks, garlic, thyme, parsley, bay leaf, lemon and peppercorns to the mushroom liquid and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the broth is reduced by half, 2 hours. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl. Cover and chill until ready to use.

Source – TastingTable 

Grip of The Lions Paw


An important form found among Freemasons is the ‘Lion’s Paw’, or ‘Lion’s Grip’ formed by placing the fingers in the form of a cat’s paw. This grip and its reference to the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, has significance in several respects, both legendary and allegorical as it’s message is of transition and everlasting life.

As a symbol, the lion has always been a favorite during Antiquity which lasted through the Christian era as well as during the Middle Ages. The lion has in all ages been noted as symbol of strength and sovereignty. The ‘King of the Beasts,’ whose mighty roar brought fear to the hearts of all, was known and respect by many ancient cultures. The lion’s head and mane, was used in ancient Kemet, recognizing this animal as the ruler of the animal kingdom. Having the ‘heart of a lion’ was, and is today, deemed an acknowledgment of strength and character. Medieval knights adorned their shields and coats of arms with representations of lions, lion’s heads, manes, and paws. Richard, the Lion Hearted, and his famous shield of three lions are well documented, both in history and legend, signifying his sovereignty over England.

The Jews sometimes used the lion as an emblem of the Tribe of Judah as they expected the Messiah to descend from this tribe. This reference was carried over to Christianity where the Lion of the Tribe of Judah refers to Christ, the Messiah. To the ancient craft of Masonry, this symbolism was seen further in the death and the resurrection to life of man. Legend had that a lion’s cub, or whelp, was born dead and brought to life by the roar of its sire. As such, the reference to the lion may be applied to the Messiah, who brought life and the light of immortality to the tribes of Israel, through the roar of God’s word.

Its connection in the legend of Masonry is that, as Solomon was the Chief of the Tribe of Judah, the symbolism of the Lion represents the achievement of that Tribe in producing the Christ who brought all of us the promise of light and the immortality of our soul. Just as Solomon built the beautiful Temple unto the Lord, so the candidate is raised to the living perpendicular of righteousness by the Lion’s Grip. Symbolically he has been resurrected by restoring the purity of his soul. The candidate now bears the responsibility of building his spiritual temple here on earth which will be worthy of eternal life.

This is also the theme of the 3rd degree, or Hiramic Legend which is a story of ‘rebirth’. It is about the resurrection of Hiram Abif, as well as the candidate himself. The candidate symbolically ‘dies’ to his past, the life of the profane, not knowing light, and is ‘resurrected/reborn’ into further light in Masonry. He puts his past life behind him and is now a seeker of enlightenment and moral rectitude. The name HIRAM originates with the word ‘Khairum’ or ‘Khurum’; Khur meaning “white, noble.” The Egyptian deity called by the Greeks, “Horus,” was ‘Her-Ra Khurum’, therefore, improperly called Hiram, is ‘Khur-om’, the same as ‘Her-Ra’, ‘Her-mes’, and ‘Her-acles’, the personification of Light and the Son, the Mediator, Redeemer, and Saviour.

The symbolism of resurrection in masonry is clearly an important part of the journey and quest for Light. In moving from darkness to Light, the initiate recognizes his personal transformation and improvement. Applying this symbolism to the candidate means that he entered the Lodge as a natural man, lost in sin and spiritually buried. By the strong Grip of the Lion’s Paw, he is raised again to a new life, or born again to spiritual righteousness, standing, again in a living perpendicular with a purified inner self accomplished through the direct action of the Redeemer, who was the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.

Albert Pike, in his book ‘Morals and Dogma’, gives this interpretation of our legend, saying “The Lion of the House of Judah is the strong grip, never to be broken, with which Christ of the Royal Line of that House, has clasped to Himself the whole human race and embraces them in His wide arms as closely and affectionately as Brethren embrace each other on the five points of fellowship.”

The front cover of his book is the illustration of an “X,” in the form of a crossed gavel and a measuring stick, or rule. The illustrated picture within this book shows how the grip of the Lion’s Paw was given in the Pyramid Mysteries. The priest wore over his head the mask of a lion. By this grip the spirit in man, long buried in the sepulcher of substance, is raised to life, and the candidate goes forth as a builder entitled to the wages of an initiate. The origin of this illustration can be found in a depiction copied from a ‘bas-relief’ in an ancient Kemetic temple at Denderah, which sheds light as to the ORIgin of the Lion’s grip.

In the relief, the candidate, lying on the floor, is about to be ‘raised’ by the powerful grip of the Lion’s paw. The lion is carrying in his right hand the Ankh, symbol of life and reincarnation, or regeneration. The “X” on the man’s chest tells us this is Ausar/Osiris, the Sun God who was slain but arose from the dead, being pieced back together by his beautiful Queen, Auset/Isis. The Black God is represented first as a mummy lying flat on his back. Bit by bit he is raising himself up in a series of positions, till he rises between the outstretched wings of Auset/Isis. This is the same raising of Heru who was raised up to life in This world and not into the world to come.

* Morals and Dogma – Albert Pike
* The Encyclopedia of Freemasonry Vol.1 – Albert Makey
* 777 Qabbalistic Teachings – Aleister Crowley
* Codex Magica – Texe Marrs

The Lion of Kush/Kemet/Judah :


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The Dreamer

J. Cole & Puma – The DREAMER Credits Agency: Dreamville Directors: Amber Grace Johnson, J. Cole, Scott Lazer Executive Producer: Justin Benoliel Producer: Whitney Jackson Production company: Object & Animal Director of Photography: Danny Hiele Editor: Roberta Spitz Colorist: Joseph Bicknell Labi Siffre – My Song Composer: Labi Siffre Licensed courtesy of Demon Music Group Ltd. Billy Joel – Vienna Composer: Billy Joel Connect with J. Cole: https://www.instagram.com/realcoleworld/ https://twitter.com/jcolenc https://www.facebook.com/JColeMusic/

30 Million Year Old Praying Mantis

Embedded within a clear piece of amber, a small praying mantis sits at attention, frozen forever in time. The piece, which measures just slightly over one inch tall, was sold via Heritage Auctions for $6,000 in 2016. The pristine piece of amber, which comes from the Dominican Republic, gives a rare view of this incredible mantis.

The amber itself derives from the extinct Hymenaea protera, a prehistoric leguminous tree. Most amber found in Central and South America comes from its resin. Amber from the Dominican Republic is known as Dominican resin, which is noted for its clarity and a high number of inclusions.

Heritage Auctions dates the piece in question to the Oligocene period, placing it anywhere from about 23 million  to 33.9 million years old. It’s an important period of time where the archaic Eocene transitions into more modern ecosystems of the Miocene period, which lasted until 5 million years ago. Incredibly, the mantis itself doesn’t appear so different from what we see today.

There are over 2,400 species of mantises today, mainly living in tropical climates. But the earliest mantis fossils, which date back 135 million years, come from a place that is, today, much colder—Siberia. Some early fossils even show mantises with spines on their front legs, just like modern mantises. Whoever bought this piece of amber took home an interesting piece of evolutionary history, one that can be gazed at each day.

Take a look at this 30 million-year-old praying mantis, encased in amber and forever frozen in time.

Source – https://mymodernmet.com/praying-mantis-dominican-amber/

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