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After being diagnosed with a brain tumor a little over a year ago, Senator John McCain has chosen to end treatment for the deadly cancer. The 81-year-old Vietnam veteran and former POW was diagnosed with a primary glioblastoma in the summer of 2017. Since then he has bravely fought the malignant brain tumor. His family reported this week the following: Last summer, Senator John McCain shared with Americans the news our family already knew: he had been diagnosed with an aggressive glioblastoma, and the prognosis was serious. In the year since, John has surpassed expectations for his survival. But the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict. With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment. Our family is immensely grateful for the support and kindness of all his caregivers over the last year, and for the continuing outpouring of concern and affection from John’s many friends and associates, and the many thousands of people who are keeping him in their prayers. God bless and thank you all. Although still politically vocal, Senator McCain has not been in Washington since December. He’s been at his home in Arizona with his family. What is Primary Glioblastoma? Primary Glioblastoma Multiforme is a type of brain tumor that arises in the brain and spinal cord and is very aggressive in nature. “Primary” suggests the tumor is not secondary to another cancer, such as the melanoma Senator McCain successfully battled. In 1993, 2000 and…
It is with a heavy heart that I write you today in confirmation of the recent passing of Paul Parent, host of The Paul Parent Garden Club here on our network. Paul passed quietly in his sleep this past Monday, August 13th due to natural causes. He leaves behind him a legacy of excellence in both broadcasting and his passion for gardening. He will be sorely missed. His son, Patrick Parent will be taking over his show host duties sometime in the near future. From Paul's obituary: Paul Parent, 69 KENNEBUNK - On Aug. 13, 2018, Paul Parent left to tend a new garden with the angels, passing peacefully in his sleep, joining his Aunt Ruth Soucy, his mother, his father and his beloved dogs, Duncan, Sabrina Barkley, and Abby. Paul lived an amazing life to say the least. Paul was born June 16, 1949, in Lewiston, Maine, the son of Rita and Roland Parent of Scituate, who predeceased him. He graduated from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture in 1970. The following year he met the love of his life, best friend, and partner, Christine Duncan Parent. They married June 24, 1972, surrounded by family and friends. Together they had three children and three grandchildren, whom they cherished greatly. Outside of family time, Paul's sanctuary was his garden. He spent countless hours tending his plants, getting his hands dirty and thinking of innovative designs. He channeled this love for gardening into his livelihood - The Paul Parent Garden Club. "Good…
Italian researchers have discovered a Martian lake! Well - probably. You see, way back in 2003 the European Space Agency launched the Mars Express and it’s been orbiting the red planet ever since. It’s not the first Martian orbital mission, nor will it be the last. But Express certainly hit the jackpot recently when it scanned what appears to be a 12 mile radius underground lake in the southern polar region of Mars. From the researcher’s abstract report: “The presence of liquid water at the base of the Martian polar caps has long been suspected but not observed. We surveyed the Planum Australe region using the MARSIS (Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding) instrument, a low-frequency radar on the Mars Express spacecraft. Radar profiles collected between May 2012 and December 2015 contain evidence of liquid water trapped below the ice of the South Polar Layered Deposits. Anomalously bright subsurface reflections are evident within a well-defined, 20-kilometer-wide zone centered at 193°E, 81°S, which is surrounded by much less reflective areas. Quantitative analysis of the radar signals shows that this bright feature has high relative dielectric permittivity (>15), matching that of water-bearing materials. We interpret this feature as a stable body of liquid water on Mars.” Water on Mars. Check. Well, I guess I mean - it is very probable that there is water on Mars. Looks to me like my dream of being a Martian colonist is one step closer. Of course, massive terraforming would need to happen for…
For centuries man has tried to translate the “Ruffs”, “Yowls” and “Gruffs” of man’s best friend to no avail. But researchers at the University of Salford have been able to define 19 of the 47 dog gestures studied in footage by their owners. “I wanted to better understand dogs and what they wanted from us … dogs are doing something similar to great apes, but they’re doing it across species. ” says study leader Hannah Worsley, a graduate student at the University of Salford in Manchester, England. Dogs are using referential signals, which is a type of gesture conveying a message without using words. The study concluded that the following 19 referential dog signals mean: Head under – “Get me my toy” Roll over -- "Tickle my tummy" Head forward – “Scratch me” Hind leg stand – “Play with me” Head turn – “Get me that” Shuffle – “Scratch me” Back leg up – “Scratch me” Paw hover – “Get me my toy” Crawl under – “Get me my toy” Flick toy – “I’m hungry” Jump – “I’m hungry” Paw reach – “Give me that” Nose – “Scratch me” Lick – “Scratch me” Front paws on – “Open it” Paw rest – “Get me my toy” Head rub – “Get me my toy” Chomp – “Play with me” Paw – “Get me my toy” As you can see, Fido may be redundant, and possibly dangle his participle. But many of us dog owners agree that these gestures hit the mark…
Anthony Bourdain, the famous world traveler, chef and Parts Unknown host was found dead in his room at Le Chambard, a luxury hotel in eastern France. The cause of death was hanging and local prosecutor, Christian de Rocquigny du Fayel said there was, “no reason to suspect foul play.” Another tragic loss to suicide. I did not know Mr. Bourdain personally, but like most folks, I knew all about his world travels from his really fantastic CNN show - Parts Unknown. I certainly don’t know what haunted Mr. Bourdain enough to take his own life so I won’t speculate. He leaves behind him a daughter, family, friends and legions of fans. It’s odd to think, “But he seemed like he was so happy - on TV!” Right? We like to think that we know people because we see them on TV, or in films, or through social media. We don’t. His death, it seems has shocked Mr. Bourdain’s friends and colleagues. Usually, there are warning signs of depression and / or other things before an apparent suicide attempt. It really sounds, from what I’ve read, that no one had any idea he was suffering from whatever it was that drove him to take his own life. Mr. Bourdain’s long time girlfriend, the actress, activist Asia Argento released a quick statement saying he was, “my love, my rock, my protector … I am beyond devastated.” Condolences seem to be coming in from all over the world which shows the vast reach…
Charley Jones Overnight comes to GCN. Broadcasting Thursday - Sunday from 11:00 pm - 2:00 am (central) time. Charley Jones, a native Texan, has enjoyed a 40 year radio career entirely within in the Dallas/Fort Worth radio market. Conversant with and passionate about the American Revolution, world history and global affairs, Jones majored in History at the University of Texas Arlington before landing his first radio job at one of America’s premier rock stations, KZEW-FM, The Zoo, in Dallas, Texas. In 1980 he met Janel, the station's new music director, who soon became his wife. For almost four decades they’ve loved worked together in radio, traveling the world, and becoming the proud parents of two outstanding children. Following the Zoo, the couple was chosen to become original air staff at a newly created jazz / new age station - KOAI-FM, The Oasis in Dallas. Charley signed on as the news director, Janel became the music director and both hosted top-rated shows. In 1992 Jones got the “tap on the shoulder” he’d always anticipated: he was selected to join the Texas State Network where he would host Texas Overnight for the next 25 years. Jones was honored to be inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame and the Texas Panhandle Hall of Fame. He was a political commentator for CBS television and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and was the winner of the Vivian Castleberry Award presented by the Association for Women Journalists. Charley treasures time with his wife, their…
After several weeks of fake news about iPhone X sales, Apple revealed the truth. It was the company’s best-selling smartphone every single week it was on sale over two quarters. This is the first time Apple’s most expensive model achieved that level of sales. This comes after all the fear-mongering that people wouldn’t pay for a mobile handset costing $999 and more, depending on the configuration. There were surveys demonstrating that a majority of potential customers would reject the costlier models, which is understandable. But with iPhones starting at $349, it only demonstrated that different people have different priorities and different budgets. But the iPhone X still led the pack among iPhones. I’m sure this is clear to you. Now I suppose some of you might be skeptical of Apple’s claims about revenue, profits, and the number of items shipped. But the company is following SEC requirements. Filing false reports could get them in a heap of trouble. Look up companies who have run afoul of that agency. In short, it’s fair to say that Apple is reporting the truth, whereas some members of the media who have repeated the fictions about poor sales are clearly mistaken, or perhaps deliberately lying. Some of the fake news about poor iPhone X sales allegedly originates from the supply chain. But Apple CEO Tim Cook has said on several occasions that you can’t take one or a few supply chain metrics and assume anything about sales. Apple will routinely adjust supply allocations among…
Some feel that Apple should be doing more, producing a greater variety of products. After all, a company of its size ought to be able to deliver a far wider catalog of tech gear. To some it may be seriously underperforming based on its huge potential. Take the expected decision, as announced last week, to discontinue AirPort routers. After all, Apple was a pioneer in that business, so why should it abandon it? One key reason may be that there is no longer a place for Apple’s entry into this market. If sales were good and profits were high, AirPort would surely have had further updates after the last one, in 2013. It was no doubt strictly a business decision. Compare that to the Apple LaserWriter, one of the original products that heralded the desktop publishing revolution. Equipped with Adobe PostScript, a LaserWriter was a mainstay for businesses, an expensive mainstay. By 1997, when the LaserWriter was killed by Steve Jobs, it was hardly a unique product. There were plenty of equivalent printers available, all compatible with Macs, and Apple needed to ditch underperforming gear. So the LaserWriter joined the Newton and other products in being discontinued. In any case, on last week’s episode of The Tech Night Owl LIVE, we presented outspoken commentator Jeff Gamet, Managing Editor for The Mac Observer, who briefly talked about the Slenderman urban legend, which was featured on our other radio show, The Paracast, before jumping full tilt into technology. There was a detailed…
In late Sept. 2017, North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un called the United States President a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard" in response to insults hurled by Donald Trump during his first speech to the United Nations. Trump called the North Korean dictator a “madman” on a “suicide mission” and that the U.S. would “totally destroy” North Korea if it or its allies were attacked. Mighty Trump Says “Might” be Open to Talk The dick measuring continued, with Trump basically saying “mine’s bigger than yours” in a tweet on Jan. 2. He was referring to the size and power of his nuclear launch button after Kim bragged that the United States was within range of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and he had a nuclear launch button on his desk. Eight days later, the White House released a statement announcing the Trump Administration might be open to holding talks with North Korea. It was an obvious attempt to reign in the war rhetoric so everyone could enjoy the Winter Olympics in Seoul, South Korea without worrying about a nuclear attack, but it was more than welcome given the threats of nuclear war made by both bullies with no regard for anyone else on this playground called Earth. Trump’s official White House statement was hardly responsible for Kim and Trump planning to meet within a month. The statement put much of the worried world at ease despite Trump committing to nothing at all. Considering U.S./North Korea relations consisted of name calling and…
Had you been living under a rock the last month you’d still somehow know the 2018 NFL Draft’s first round was deep with quarterbacks. The fact five quarterbacks were taken in Thursday’s first round shouldn’t have surprised anyone, but, as always, there were surprises throughout the draft’s first round, starting with the very first pick. The Best: The Cleveland Browns got their franchise quarterback, probably Many “experts,” including ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr., predicted Cleveland would take quarterback Sam Darnold, but Baker Mayfield is the next potential savior of the Browns franchise. I don’t know if Mayfield is a franchise quarterback. I’m no expert, but even the experts can’t predict who will go where and how good they will be in the NFL. ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. had Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson as the 25th best player on his big board in 2001 and promised in 2010 to retire if Jimmy Clausen wasn’t a successful NFL quarterback. The Cleveland Browns struggling to draft the right quarterback since Vinny Testaverde went 16-15 over the 1994 and 1995 seasons shouldn’t be such a surprise. All teams miss more than they hit when it comes to drafting players at any position let alone the most important position. The Browns missed on quarterback Tim Couch with the first overall pick in 1999, but they did worse in the following draft, selecting pass rusher Courtney Brown with the first overall pick. He finished his career with 19 sacks. The Browns managed to miss…
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