Wednesday, February 29, 2012

An Electric Cigarette-Found Poem from Spam

An electronic cigarette, or simply smokeless cigarette,
it just happens to be an electric instrument.
The model's act of cigarette smoking
is a result of creating a particular enduring,
the particular bodily feeling, looks, and the best kinds
the taste, in addition to various written content,
in cigarettes nevertheless without the presence of fragrance
It works by using warmth, to help you vaporize choice
in a particular misting, just as the process simply vaporizes intended breathing.
Almost all of us can be like actual cigarettes,
cigars, or simply plumbing,
however, many use ballpoint pens or simply screwdrivers
because those variations are usually sensible to particular mechanisms
which humans call for. Many are moreover reusable, changeable
refillable items, however, many types can be used-and-thrown.
Tobacco is an instrument, considering that efforts to give you the knowledge
of smoking cigarettes not having unfavourable overall health outcomes
Inquiries happen to be elevated involving your instrument
nonetheless health risks will probably attract non-smokers, certainly babies,
due to the novelty, seasonings, even overstated cases of safety

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Found Poem from Spam (some minor editing)

Austin, computer swabbing from his sunflowers, scarred instead his pastime with the gun.
He put the opposite face, raw for screens.
Of only old dropped they said reaching the first.
Then learned she the back north physical!
My merchants before the viagra pointed reproachfully
to bring she into no round of wreckage. He took in the pill,
dying cheap viagra didn’t help with pretty terri,
she hesitated to keep as the twisted first animals. Being her,
to make beneath my people, them felt its cases and said a corner
and two of a foil. Grimly told of  a routine inche. And she panned
been luckier of his estimate. Side for as the good viagra and toward a soft door.
If that guest at caribbean, of a fog of limp – viagra and butler power,
chartrukian walls went at both streets. Filing about its memories
had the recollection on immobile beams but sails. Hers is their ant.
Garrison flayed tied its tired – viagra entrance again like so to be the eyes.
He want to say to a tilted. El will once answer crushing instead. The travel at cloud,
act i’ve asked. And that’s modified spanish. Up, and its viagra, wrote I
for the real viagra, camping up in her anus or sizzling beneath the hoof while I started.
And she returned being had completely.  Ones he can crack into door but revulsion.
New name baron of the duration to five,’ know sound only. All held gone over alone.
I am an earlier aircraft.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Floral Euthanasia

One of my poems was just published in the March edtion of Thrush:

Floral Euthanasia
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful
than the risk it took to blossom.
~ Anais Nin
At the flower hospital, millions lie on stick stretchers.
The “Unblossomed Emergency Room” is so loud with complaints
the flower nurses and doctors have to wear acorn hearing protection.
It is rare one cannot blossom for medical reasons.
99% of the time it is only psychological.
The disappointment screams are unbearable,
so unbearable
their water vases are removed.
They wilt, still shut tight,
cursing the sky
they cannot see.
Cindy Goff

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Georgia Democrats propose limitations on vasectomies for men

As members of Georgia’s House of Representatives debate whether to prohibit abortions for women more than 20 weeks pregnant, House Democrats introduced their own reproductive rights plan: No more vasectomies that leave "thousands of children ... deprived of birth."
Rep. Yasmin Neal, a Democrat from the Atlanta suburb of Jonesboro, planned on Wednesday to introduce HB 1116, which would prevent men from vasectomies unless needed to avert serious injury or death.
The bill reads: "It is patently unfair that men avoid the rewards of unwanted fatherhood by presuming that their judgment over such matters is more valid than the judgment of the General Assembly. ... It is the purpose of the General Assembly to assert an invasive state interest in the reproductive habits of men in this state and substitute the will of the government over the will of adult men."
“If we legislate women’s bodies, it’s only fair that we legislate men’s,” said Neal, who said she wanted to write bill that would generate emotion and conversation the way anti-abortion bills do. “There are too many problems in the state. Why are you under the skirts of women? I’m sure there are other places to be."
Personally, Neal said, she has no qualms with vasectomies.
“But even if it were proposed as a serious issue,” she said, “it’s still not my place as a woman to tell a man what to do with his body."
The anti-vasectomy bill was a response to a bill that would punish abortions performed after the 20th week of pregnancy with prison sentences between one and 10 years. Georgia law currently prohibits abortion after the second trimester, except to preserve the life and health of the mother. Neal's bill borrows some language directly from the anti-abortion bill.
The anti-abortion bill makes exceptions to avert death or “serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function” of the mother, but doesn’t include “diagnosis or claim of a mental or emotional condition.” If an abortion occurs after the 20th week, the bill requires doctors to attempt to deliver a living baby.
Earlier discussions about the bill have been “outstanding,” said Rep. Doug McKillip, a Republican from Athens, Georgia, who introduced the anti-abortion bill this month. He said legislators are “drilling down" on questions about when a fetus can feel pain and what exceptions can allow abortions later in pregnancy, and he expects more testimony late this week.
“I’m just disappointed in my colleague, that they would take this opportunity to make light of a very important topic,” McKillip said. “I believe this is a serious topic deserving of serious debate. It feels like a poor attempt at humor.”
Neal said she's serious about making legislators recognize women's rights to make private decisions about their bodies.
"I hope that through the madness this has caused, it gets him to understand where the woman is coming from," she said. "There are a number of women in other states trying the same ploys we’re trying here."
Earlier this month, Democratic Oklahoma Sen. Constance Johnson added then withdrew a provision to an anti-abortion bill that read "any action in which a man ejaculates or otherwise deposits semen anywhere but in a woman's vagina shall be interpreted and construed as an action against an unborn child." The state Senate passed the bill this month.
In January, as the Virginia state Senate debated a bill that required women to have an ultrasound before an abortion, Democrat Janet Howell attached an amendment that required men to have rectal exams and cardiac stress tests before they could receive prescriptions for erectile dysfunction medication like Viagra. The amendment was rejected in the Senate, 21-19.
CNN affiliate WAVY reported that hundreds gathered this week to protest the ultrasound bill, which is up for a vote in Virginia's House of Delegates, and another that says life begins at conception.
On the Georgia House floor, Neal doesn't anticipate her anti-vasectomy bill will generate much serious debate.
"If it moves anywhere," she said, "that’ll be a very interesting day."

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Raining animals

From Wikipedia:

Raining animals is a rare meteorological phenomenon in which flightless animals "rain" from the sky. Such occurrences have been reported in many countries throughout history. One hypothesis offered to explain this phenomenon is that strong winds traveling over water sometimes pick up creatures such as fish or frogs, and carry them for up to several miles. However, this primary aspect of the phenomenon has never been witnessed or scientifically tested.
Sometimes the animals survive the fall, suggesting the animals are dropped shortly after extraction. Several witnesses of raining frogs describe the animals as startled, though healthy, and exhibiting relatively normal behavior shortly after the event. In some incidents, however, the animals are frozen to death or even completely encased in ice. There are examples where the product of the rain is not intact animals, but shredded body parts. Some cases occur just after storms having strong winds, especially during tornadoes.
However, there have been many unconfirmed cases in which rainfalls of animals have occurred in fair weather and in the absence of strong winds or waterspouts.
Rains of animals (as well as rains of blood or blood-like material, and similar anomalies) play a central role in the epistemological writing of Charles Fort, especially in his first book, The Book of the Damned. Fort collected stories of these events and used them both as evidence and as a metaphor in challenging the claims of scientific explanation.
The English language idiom "it is raining cats and dogs", referring to a heavy downpour, is of uncertain etymology, and there is no evidence that it has any connection to the "raining animals" phenomenon.
Note that this is a regular occurrence for birds, which can get killed in flight, or stunned, and then fall (unlike flightless creatures, which first have to be lifted into the air by an outside force). Sometimes this happens in large groups, for instance, the blackbirds falling from the sky in Beebe, Arkansas, United States on December 31, 2010. It is common for birds to become disoriented (for example, because of bad weather or fireworks) and collide with objects such as trees or buildings, killing them or stunning them into falling to death. The number of blackbirds killed in Beebe is not spectacular considering the size of their congregations, which can be in the millions. The event in Beebe, however, captured the imagination and lead to more reports in the media of birds falling from the sky across the globe, such as in Sweden and Italy, though many scientists claim such mass deaths are common occurrences but usually go unnoticed.

French physicist André-Marie Ampère was among the first scientists to take seriously accounts of raining animals. He tried to explain rains of frogs with a hypothesis that was eventually refined by other scientists. Speaking in front of the Society of Natural Sciences, Ampère suggested that at times frogs and toads roam the countryside in large numbers, and that the action of violent winds can pick them up and carry them great distances.
More recently, a scientific explanation for the phenomenon has been developed that involves tornadic waterspouts. Waterspouts are capable of capturing objects and animals and lifting them into the air. Under this theory, waterspouts or tornados transport animals to relatively high altitudes, carrying them over large distances. The winds are capable of carrying the animals over a relatively wide area and allow them to fall in a concentrated fashion in a localized area. More specifically, some tornadoes can completely suck up a pond, letting the water and animals fall some distance away in the form of a rain of animals.
This hypothesis appears supported by the type of animals in these rains: small and light, usually aquatic. It is also supported by the fact that the rain of animals is often preceded by a storm. However the theory does not account for how all the animals involved in each individual incident would be from only one species, and not a group of similarly-sized animals from a single area.
Doppler Image from Texas showing the collision of a thunderstorm with a group of bats in flight. The color red indicates the animals flying into the storm.
In the case of birds, storms may overcome a flock in flight, especially in times of migration. The image to the right shows an example where a group of bats is overtaken by a thunderstorm. The image shows how the phenomenon could take place in some cases. In the image, the bats are in the red zone, which corresponds to winds moving away from the radar station, and enter into a mesocyclone associated with a tornado (in green). These events may occur easily with birds in flight. In contrast, it is harder to find a plausible explanation for rains of terrestrial animals; the enigma persists despite scientific studies.
Sometimes, scientists have been incredulous of extraordinary claims of rains of fish. For example, in the case of a rain of fish in Singapore in 1861, French naturalist Francis de Laporte de Castelnau explained that the supposed rain took place during a migration of walking catfish, which are capable of dragging themselves over the land from one puddle to another. Thus, he argued that the appearance of fish on the ground immediately after a rain was easily explained, as these animals usually move over soft ground or after a rain.

The following list is a selection of examples.


1555 engraving of rain of fish
  • Singapore, February 22, 1861
  • Olneyville, Rhode Island, May 15, 1900
  • Marksville, Louisiana, October 23, 1947
  • Bhanwad, Jamnagar, India, Oct 24, 2009
  • Lajamanu, Northern Territory, Australia, February 25 and 26, 2010,
  • Kerala, India, February 12, 2008
  • Loreto, Agusan del Sur, Philippines, January 13, 2012

Frogs and toads

  • Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, June 2009 (Occurrences reported throughout the month)
  • Rákóczifalva, Hungary, 18–20 June 2010 (two times)


  • An unidentified animal (thought to be a cow) fell in California ripped to tiny pieces on August 1, 1869; a similar incident was reported in Olympian Springs, Bath County, Kentucky in 1876
  • Jellyfish fell from the sky in Bath, England, in 1894
  • Worms dropped from the sky in Jennings, Louisiana, on July 11, 2007.
  • Spiders fell from the sky in Salta Province, Argentina on April 6, 2007.
  • Scottish school children are hit by worms during PE class on a cloudless day, April 1, 2011.
  • Orange goo believed to be the eggs of an unknown species of invertebrate washed up on the shores of the Alaskan city of Kivalina on August 4, 2011.