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(The wife and I were watching storage wars: Texas (well, she was watching it, I was listening) any ways, this guy was saying that there are ants, and there is a fungus that attacks their brain, making them zombies. I heard this and had to check it out… this is what I found.)

The world just got a little weirder: Scientists have identified four new species of brain-controlling fungi that turn ants into zombies that do the parasite’s bidding before it kills them.

Identified from samples collected at two sites in Brazil’s tropical rain forest, each of the four species specializes in controlling a different species of carpenter ant.

The original zombie-ant fungus, Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, was first identified in 1865, and it seems to exist around the world.

Once it infects an ant, the fungus uses as-yet-unidentified chemicals to control the ant’s behavior, Hughes told LiveScience. It directs the ant to leave its colony (a very un-ant-like thing to do) and bite down on the underside of a leaf — the ant’s soon-to-be resting place. Once it is killed by the fungus, the ant remains anchored in place, thanks to its death grip on the leaf.

Ultimately, the fungus produces a long stalk that protrudes from the ant’s head, shooting spores out in the hopes of infecting other ants. Two of the four newly discovered species also sprouted smaller stalks elsewhere, including from the victim’s feet and lower leg joints – the equivalent of knees.

The spores of the four species also had distinct features and germination processes.

This article found here

(My step father use to say that if you watch people who are watching television, they look like zombies, I suppose that is the same with cell phones and computers and he would probably say the same about them if he were alive today. I think we all have problems that take over our thought process and that would be like a fungus that is unhealthy for us till we rid ourselves of what has taken over our brain. ) The only cure I know is “too much mind” … in zen, no-thought … ground yourself in the moment, breath in the here and now. And Live!

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those who fail to prepare, prepare to fail

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Corey, (my 11 year old nephew) was talking about how he needed a survival bag so that when a world catastrophy happens he will be ready. First I asked him why he thought the world might have such a cotastrophy and he replied they talk about it at school. (which I always say, “those who fail to prepare prepare to fail”) Then second I asked what he might need in this survival bag.

He began with a hunting bag filled with… a knife, matches, a tiny shovel and then I asked, “what about extra clothes? a rain coat? Something to cook with? Then he added, a bow and arrows, maybe a rifle, and it was then that he realized he could not live without his ‘tower’ computer. (He doesn’t have a smart phone, a touch-pad nor a lap-top. So, now came the questions… “Can I take a car battery to work the computer?”

“No,” I replied, but you can use a generator. So he then added this to his list. “What about a TV?” I asked. “Might as well, you have a generator to make it work.” He agreed and then added that if he took his TV he could take his DVD player and all his DVD’s.

“Corey? How are you going to carry all this stuff?” I asked.

“We’ll use your truck!” He finished.

“Why don’t we just stay here at the house and ride it out?” I asked.

“Because… the zombies will come!”

I found this all to be humorous, then I changed the channel and there was a show on the TV about doomsday prepers. These people have supplies that will help them to survive when commerce and stores, along with society melts down. Who will have the last laugh when an asteroid comes? I then thought about the old TV series, ‘Kung Fu’ where Cain travels across the desert with nothing more than a coat and a bag over his shoulder. We spend years filling our homes with the things we need and or want to survive from day to day. What if Corey is right and all we need is a survival bag when the time comes. (Those who fail to prepare prepare to fail!) We take with us into the next life what we came into this world with.

I like to think of it as we are the Captain’s of our own destiny and have aquired a ship that is filled with the things we love and anchored where we want to be. And if we have to move? All we have to do is raise the anchor and sail on.

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self-reflection is the tool of wisdom

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