Monthly Archiv: June, 2023

Random Panting Dogs, Older Dogs Unexplained Panting


Good Morning

I'm not sure if I need to be worried…

Last night wasn't as bad as 2 nights ago (photo on sofa)  My older dog was panting pretty heavy.  She's now lying down, and her heavy breathing almost always slows then.  She does well on walks.  All other behavior remains the same.  Loves to eat and beg. Drinks water. Appetite unchanged.  I know air quality has been bad.  She's inside (73 degrees) all day except walk and maybe 30 minutes in yard.  Usually a walk around the perimeter, then sitting on deck enjoying nature.


There's nothing that would make me worry very much but if the rapid panting at rest is  “really a thing” –  ( So noticeable and so suddenly ) that is disruptive AND unexplainable, I can check her out. 'There are at least three things that cause panting, with pain in the lead, existential angst third, and then “decreased pulmonary compliance” in third. 

Cardiac failure or pneumonia are practically impossible because other symptoms would be present. In spite of that, the franchise vets love an Xray, Holter monitor, bloodwork, echocardiogram, EKG, MRI and transtracheal wash and culture of recovered fluids. $4,000 

Decreased pulmonary compliance is that gradual process where a chest (ribcage) gets more and more stiff. Like a puppy is entirely compressible, and can fit through narrow spaces, an elderly dog has a stiff barrel-chest.  It's “normal” as they get older and older and then causes these bouts of shallow panting where the dog acts like nothing-at-all is wrong. 

Pain, the most common cause of panting, can be pancreatic, back, hips and knees, even bladder or teeth. But normally the owner has extra-signs to support or tip-us-off to those issues. 

“Existential Angst” also known as Sundowners, and Night Pacers, the dogs can be going deaf, and their vision may be closing in, and it causes the dogs to be anxious and even have quick panting bouts (like little anxiety-attacks) and still act “pretty normal” but the owners usually supply that “She seems kinda anxious when these events occur.” 

Severe Concentric Left Ventricular Hypertrophy

Severe concentric left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is a medical condition characterized by the thickening of the muscular walls of the left ventricle of the heart. In this essay, we will delve into the diagnosis, causes, prognosis, treatments, and estimated lifespan of patients with severe concentric LVH.

The diagnosis of severe concentric LVH begins with a thorough medical history, physical examination, and assessment of symptoms. Physicians often use imaging techniques such as echocardiography, cardiac MRI, or computed tomography (CT) scans to evaluate the thickness of the left ventricular walls. These tests also help determine the overall structure and function of the heart.
Severe concentric LVH can result from various underlying conditions or factors. One of the primary causes is hypertension (high blood pressure), which forces the left ventricle to work harder to pump blood throughout the body. Other contributing factors may include aortic valve stenosis (narrowing of the aortic valve), hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (a genetic condition causing thickening of the heart muscle), or systemic diseases like amyloidosis or Fabry disease.
The prognosis for individuals with severe concentric LVH depends on several factors, including the underlying cause, the presence of associated conditions, and the individual's response to treatment. If left untreated, severe LVH can lead to complications such as heart failure, arrhythmias, and increased risk of cardiovascular events. However, with appropriate management and lifestyle changes, the prognosis can be improved.
The treatment of severe concentric LVH aims to address the underlying cause and manage the associated symptoms. Lifestyle modifications play a crucial role and may include weight loss, regular exercise, a heart-healthy diet, and blood pressure control. Medications such as beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, or angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) may be prescribed to reduce blood pressure and alleviate symptoms. In some cases, surgical interventions like aortic valve replacement or myectomy (removal of a portion of thickened heart muscle) might be necessary.
Estimated Lifespan:
The estimated lifespan of patients with severe concentric LVH can vary widely depending on multiple factors. The underlying cause, the presence of additional comorbidities, the response to treatment, and individual variability all contribute to the overall prognosis. It is important to note that severe concentric LVH increases the risk of cardiovascular complications, which can potentially reduce life expectancy. However, with appropriate medical management and a healthy lifestyle, individuals can lead fulfilling lives. Regular monitoring, adherence to treatment plans, and close collaboration with healthcare professionals are essential to optimizing outcomes.
In conclusion, severe concentric left ventricular hypertrophy is a condition characterized by the thickening of the left ventricular walls of the heart. It can be caused by various factors, most notably hypertension. The prognosis and estimated lifespan of patients with severe concentric LVH depend on the underlying cause, associated conditions, and response to treatment. Lifestyle modifications, medications, and, in some cases, surgical interventions are employed to manage the condition. While severe LVH poses risks, appropriate medical management and a healthy lifestyle can improve outcomes and allow individuals to lead fulfilling lives. Regular monitoring and collaboration with healthcare professionals are crucial for optimizing the prognosis of patients with severe concentric LVH.

Tiger Barb – Barbus Tetrazona – one of my favorite fish

 Hi, Doc Johnson here. With a few words about one of my top five favorite community tank fish. That’s the “Tiger Barb” in any of it’s many colors. 

They have a powder blue, a dark green, an all-black, normal, and even albino which is a delightful golden color. 
My MAIN purpose in this article is to tell you the TWO most important things. 
First: They have to eat practically constantly. If you’re forgetful and miss a day between feedings, it’s probable that your Tiger Barbs won’t last more than a couple months. I keep all my Tiger Barbs on an automatic feeder –  with a tiny pellet food and they do AMAZINGLY.  
Second: In tanks over 25-30 gallons their fin nipping is NOT that big of a deal. Even then, in a ten gallon tank their attentions are usually focused on each other, similar tetras, or anything with long(ish) fins. 
Past these personal musings, I think you’ll like them. Just keep ‘em fed, and keep them in at least “trios” or even five-at-a-time depending on tank size. I my 55 gallon plant tank I have almost 15. 
Now for the “meat and potatoes” of my article on Tiger barbs, barbus tetrazona
If you like this article, there’s a LOT more (more than a thousand) articles at on this and many other topics, written BY A VET and an accomplished aquarist –  NOT written by ChatGPT –  and there’s nothing wrong with ChatGPT as long as it’s proofed by an expert for errors. Thank you. 
Title: Exploring the Fascinating World of Barbus Tetrazona: Natural Range, Habits, and Care
Barbus Tetrazona, commonly known as the Tiger Barb, is a captivating freshwater fish species that has gained popularity among aquarium enthusiasts. With its striking appearance and engaging behavior, the Tiger Barb adds vibrancy and liveliness to any aquatic environment. In this article, we will delve into the natural range of the Tiger Barb, its feeding habits, water quality preferences, aggression levels, suitable tank sizes, and uncover three interesting facts about this remarkable fish.
1. Natural Range:
The Tiger Barb is native to the waters of Southeast Asia, specifically in Indonesia, Malaysia, Sumatra, and Borneo. In these regions, it can be found inhabiting rivers, streams, and ponds with dense vegetation. These habitats are characterized by warm, clear waters, which serve as the ideal environment for the Tiger Barb to thrive.
2. Feeding Habits:
Tiger Barbs are omnivorous, which means they consume both plant matter and small invertebrates. In their natural habitat, they feed on algae, aquatic insects, small crustaceans, and plant material. When kept in an aquarium, a well-balanced diet should consist of high-quality flakes or pellets supplemented with occasional live or frozen foods like brine shrimp or bloodworms.
3. Water Quality Preferences:
Maintaining suitable water conditions is crucial for the health and well-being of Tiger Barbs. They prefer slightly acidic to neutral pH levels ranging from 6.0 to 7.5. The water temperature should be kept between 72°F and 79°F (22°C – 26°C). Tiger Barbs are adaptable and can tolerate a range of water hardness, although slightly soft to moderately hard water is generally preferred.
4. Aggression Levels:
Tiger Barbs are known for their feisty and active nature. They exhibit a hierarchical social structure, and within their own species, they can display aggression, especially if kept in small groups. It is recommended to keep Tiger Barbs in groups of at least six or more to help distribute aggression and prevent individual fish from being singled out. Mixing them with other fast-moving and similarly sized fish can also help reduce aggression.
5. Suitable Tank Size:
Providing ample space is essential when considering Tiger Barbs for your aquarium. A minimum tank size of 20 gallons (75 liters) is recommended for a small group of Tiger Barbs. They are active swimmers and appreciate a well-decorated tank with hiding spots and plenty of swimming space. Dense vegetation and open areas are both appreciated by these lively fish.
Three Interesting Facts:
a) Fin Nipping: Tiger Barbs are notorious for their fin-nipping tendencies, especially if kept in small groups or with slow-moving, long-finned species. Care should be taken when selecting tankmates to avoid fish with delicate fins.
b) Breeding Behavior: Male Tiger Barbs are known for their vibrant coloration and interesting courtship rituals. During breeding, males intensify their colors and chase the females, often leading to elaborate displays of courtship. Proper breeding conditions, such as densely planted tanks and soft water, can encourage successful reproduction.
c) Schooling Behavior: Tiger Barbs are highly social fish that thrive when kept in schools. They exhibit fascinating schooling behavior, swimming together in coordinated movements. Witnessing a group of Tiger Barbs in harmony is a captivating sight that adds to the allure of keeping them in your aquarium.
The Tiger Barb, with its distinctive appearance and captivating behavior, has become a beloved species in the aquarium hobby. Understanding its natural range, feeding habits, water quality preferences, and social behavior is essential for providing the best care. By replicating their natural habitat, maintaining suitable water

Germs in your brain

Did you know that there are GERMS in our brains?
Yeah, science can’t grow a single one of them, but they found DNA fingerprints of numerous bacteria.
These indigenous, resident bacteria, are killed by antibiotics that cross the blood brain barrier.
We have absolutely no idea what the impact of that is. Could be dementia, Alzheimer’s, anxiety, serotonin synthesis defects, and any other chemical imbalance. 
Equally interestingly, the body shows no immune response to those bacteria. That would suggest that they BELONG there. And what does that tell us? 
Since we don’t know anything about 99% of the germs in our bodies, how do we know that some of the medicines that we take such as blood pressure medicine or cholesterol pills aren’t killing or at least inhibiting specific germs.  
If we already KNOW that there are germs that manufacture and secrete various hormones and important biological compounds, then, of the literally 99% of the germs in our body that we can’t grow, and cannot study (besides their DNA fingerprinting), how many of those germs are beneficial or even essential to us? 
Taking a educated, scientific guess, I would bet my net-worth, that American neuropathies, auto immune disorders, generalized anxiety, inflammatory, bowel diseases,  even Alzheimer’s and certain forms of dementia, Parkinson’s are caused by the ABSENCE of certain, Neuro-supportive, beneficial bacteria.
These are conditions that are almost never reported in populations that do not get antibiotics, weather, by choice, geography, or economic factors.
It’s probably actually healthier to be poor, Amish, or an Eskimo. 

Chicory Root Inulin, Fiber, boost soluble fiber for a better immune system

“ I take about two or 3 teaspoons of powdered chicory root in my coffee every morning, and I try to time it with my supplements, (but quite often I fail that). But I get FOS every day.”

This is exactly the one I buy:

There’s an article over at that provides seven highlights to white chicory root inulin can do for you or your dog.

I recommend reading:

…at least six months before your next colonoscopy. I also recommend reading it if you are feeding raw to your dog because they still need soluble fiber in some amount. And I recommend it for dogs that may have irregularities in bowel function sometimes. It’s easier and cheaper than canned pumpkin, and twice as good.


Robert McElvaine: Millsaps’ Anti-Republican Drum Beat

Academician McElvaine believes every word of what he writes.  I wish I had that. But when I was formally diagnosed by Dr. Wagner as a Grandiose Narcissist, I lost McElvaine’s (and my) special gift. Discovering that you are any species of Narcissist forces you into the harsh, hard-to-see, easy-to-deny realization, that: 

1. What you believe, may not actually be reality, and

2. That you can actually be wrong, and

3. That things may often not be quite as they appear, 

4. That you may not have all the facts. 

It’s fortunate, and comfortable, that McElvaine has not been diagnosed yet.

Prior to 2019, my ego and rhetoric would have seen me decline all four of the above vulnerabilities, but it would not actually translate into my beliefs and actions. Nor McElvaine’s.

Once we accept our diagnosis as Narcissists we strive to gain culpability, we internalize earnest development of humility, cultivate a more open, comprehensive mind, and our impervious “intellectual Superman” is killed. This will never happen to McElvaine. 

While I disagree with most of how McElvaine *articulates* his position, you’d be surprised that I 100% agree with his *intent*.

I am 100% without qualification OR reservation in support of women *and* abortion, at any developmental stage, all the way up to the age of 18 years, and the reason is that the rock-solid arguments used by pro-choice advocates absolutely apply:

1. A child consumes the parent, and derails their lives.

2. The parent has the constitutional right to their “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”, of which the nuisance-cells (both fetuses and pubescent juveniles are both clumps of cells, right? ) deprive them, or unfairly limit. 

3. The presence of a functioning brain, the capacity for thought, a heartbeat, the ability to breathe, should *continue* to remain as irrelevant to the discussion as the simple LOCATION of the offending child: Being inside or outside the vagina. Stupid differential.

It is stupid for Republicans and Democrats to make the argument fulcrum to be “where the baby is relative to the vaginal labia” that matters. 

Wait a second, who said anything about Democrats versus Republicans? Isn’t abortion kind of a standalone, lightning-rod *human* issue? 

Oh, no, it’s not. Actually, McElvaine turned it into a Republican vs Democrat thing. But that weak and specious connection is the reason I have so little use for McElvaine’s anti-male, anti-Republican writing.

I disagree, alot, with McElvaine’s argument, because I think there is a THIRD position. Not ‘right to life’, or ‘pro choice’. (And like McElvaine. as a grandiose Narcissist, mine is simply “The” only valid perspective and all other perspectives belong to the political party opposite mine): 


I just think that the babies, which are conceived by women who can’t, shouldn’t or won’t raise them are BETTER OFF dead. A baby (any age) should not suffer a mother who is not:

1) Able

2) Capable

3) Interested

It’s not even a question of whether Mom is ‘good’ or ‘bad’. 

Nope, keep in mind that this (at first blush) seems to be a complex moral and ethical dilemma! But it can be broken down to ONE correct perspective, which, of course is mine or McElvaine’s.

And we have lots and lots of big soothing intellectual words and specious arguments to prove that.

For example, I can “McElvaine-prove” (Hey! I invented a new verb) that there are parallels between ‘battery acid in your eyes’, and having a baby: 

1. Somebody else does it to you

2. It hurts like hell.

3. It can maim or even kill you.

4. Hardship can follow you for the rest of your life as a result.

5. You should have the right to choose whether it happens or not.

So, we all “know” that battery acid in your eyes *should* be illegal, and surveys show that no one approves of it. And so, I can make the argument that babies should be illegal and optional. If I am Robert McElvaine. And if that’s my agenda.

Abortion is absolutely not a complicated subject, as McElvaine easily proves. It is as “dead-simple” as whether 1800’s slavery is right or wrong. No other thoughts or facts or considerations apply. 

McElvaine argues that the Supreme Court should’ve voted based on the only ACTUAL issue: To wit: Is *slavery* (also known as “humans as chattel, or personal property“) constitutional or not?

The rest of the issues, reasoning, legalities, accessibility, regulation, intent, impact, cost, psychiatry, psychological impact, nuances, could all be summarily neglected, just as McElvaine proved in his article. So it’s extremely simple!

He even showed that contemporary people objected to 1800’s slavery. Which validly proves his point that everyone *also* objects to a pro-life supreme court ruling.

Why are people so stupid? Can’t they see THROUGH the issue however; that this is all, in the end, a Republican-conspiracy being revealed? 

McElvaine and I both finally and ultimately blame Trump and ALL Republicans for the issue. And the reasoning behind the placement of that ‘blame’, is actually the *most* valid point of our stance on ‘right to life’ versus ‘pro choice’.

Specifically, it’s our politics. And drastically simplifying a very complex issue, in order to weaponize it, to our political ends.

McElvaine. Anti-Republican. And if you understand his actual sub-plot “point”, (His reasoning for writing at all), his narrative and agenda, you can kind of discount what he says. Because it’s not really an argument genuinely addressing issues at hand, or even accurately-informing, but actually maneuvering the issue to a perch, for impaling Republicans on “McElvaine-smithed” swords of blame. 

Someone on CNN told me that Donald Trump was anti-LGBTQRSTUV WXYZ… And Donald Trump is a red tie wearing Republican… Therefore, Republicans are offensive… Therefore, American history is fraught with problems that were all caused by Republicans… I hate men… 

You can go see his substack, and there you will find lop-sided, inaccurate, specious and manipulative (therefore valueless), anti-Republican rants that state that everything from global warming to global terrorism to inflation are the result Republican male activities. Apparently in his viewpoint, there are no female Republicans.

If you’d like to save yourself, the trouble, here’s an article that addresses every issue:

“Hi, I’m Professor McElvaine. Because I’m a teacher, you know you can believe everything I say. I get a lot of information on Facebook from my liberal friends. I don’t realize that Facebook algorithms have deprived me of any *other* viewpoint because it only gives me MORE of what I “Like” and that’s only Republican-bashing. So I form my judgments based on the biased media that I am being fed by artificial intelligence on social media that is trying to keep me there, agitated and “checking back” often. Honestly, I couldn’t tell you what’s really going on. Because I’m only getting half the story from Facebook. 

Anyway, here’s the issue, blah blah blah, and the one right-thought is simple, according to me. No one else knows the solution is so simple and obvious, but I figured it out. And I know that at the root of it, are Republican conspiracies.”

And there you have it.

Keep in mind McElvaine is a teacher at Millsaps college, I know I know, I hear ya: “Never heard of it”, and never run a business. Never been self-employed, never been anything but a Socialist propagandist at the teat of taxpayer dollars. It is the way of things for his type to prefer Socialism. Capitalism does not advance anyone in his line of work. 

You should read someone else if you’re looking for the facts on an issue. Or even looking for a balanced prescient insight! …besides a biased op-editorial on anti-Republican issues from a fellow who is apparently also extremely anti-male. He can fit an anti-male generalization and pejorative idea into practically anything he pens. 

What is the opposite of a misogynist? Answer: Robert McElvaine.

^^^I watched this^^^. I take back most of what I said above. I’m pretty sure that guy is not still in control of his full faculties. The doctor interprets everything as “the Republicans fault” even if it means grossly misinterpreting or at least misrepresenting the situation. For example, he said that in the 30s, the idea was that government-spending would end a depression by infusing the economy with money, which was supposedly wrong, yet, he turned around and said that when the US entered World War II …THAT solved the depression, without acknowledging that America turned to spending, printing money, hiring and manufacture in a very big way, WITH SPENDING, ending the depression. 

Does he know history? Or does he know *agendized* history? What is the value of a history professor who teaches a history completely biased against half of a pretty decent bipartisan government? 

He’s not graduating any fully educated people. 

Mantis Shrimp As Marine Pets in Thick Acrylic Tanks

Mantis shrimp come in a variety of striking colors, including vibrant shades of green, red, blue, and orange. They have segmented bodies and prominent eyes on stalks, providing them with excellent vision. The size of mantis shrimp varies depending on the species, ranging from a few centimeters to up to 45 centimeters (18 inches) in length.

Mantis shrimps are fascinating creatures known for their remarkable intelligence and unique attributes. They possess highly developed visual systems and complex behaviors, making them captivating pets for enthusiasts. Here are some key aspects of their intelligence and attributes when kept as pets:

1. Visual prowess: Mantis shrimps have one of the most advanced visual systems in the animal kingdom. They possess compound eyes capable of perceiving an extensive range of colors and polarized light. This remarkable vision helps them navigate their surroundings and hunt with precision.

2. Hunting skills: Mantis shrimps are formidable predators. They have powerful claws that can strike with incredible speed and force, capable of breaking through shells and even glass aquarium walls. Their hunting techniques and ability to catch prey make them captivating to observe.

3. Intricate behaviors: Mantis shrimps exhibit various complex behaviors, including burrowing, cleaning their surroundings, and constructing intricate burrows or nests. They can also display social behaviors, such as sharing a burrow with a mate or engaging in courtship rituals.

4. Aquarium setup: Keeping mantis shrimps as pets requires a carefully designed aquarium. They need a suitable environment with appropriate water parameters, hiding places, and substrate to mimic their natural habitat. Proper research and understanding are crucial to ensure their well-being.

5. Individual personalities: Mantis shrimps can display unique personalities and behaviors, which adds to their allure as pets. Some individuals may be more curious and interactive, while others may be more reclusive. Observing and understanding their individual traits can be an enjoyable aspect of keeping them as pets.

It's important to note that mantis shrimps can be challenging to care for due to their specialized needs and potential aggression. They require an experienced and responsible owner who can provide the appropriate care and environment to ensure their welfare.

Because Mantis Shrimp can break the tank they’re kept in, I’d recommend finding a fish tank with extremely thick acrylic. These kinds of tanks are usually custom made. For information about Custom Made Acrylic Tanks at a very reasonable price, you should look at the super thick acrylic tanks they make at Big Fish Custom Acrylic Aquariums.

I got my 55 gallon ‘scrap glass’ acrylic tank for under $300 but I was “johnny on the spot” 

4. Lifespan:

The lifespan of mantis shrimp can vary, but most species live for an average of 3 to 5 years. However, with proper care and a suitable environment, some species can live up to 10 years or more.

5. Proper Care and Feeding:

You can read the whole article which is also illustrated at:
Also check out: 

Zoo Quality Acrylic Tanks and Enclosures That Will Surprise You

Do you think you’d like a great big acrylic tank? Would you want it to be custom made for a particular room or a particular kind of fish? 

Big Fish Custom Acrylic Aquariums makes, installs and sells some of the dream tanks we only wish we could have. I went to their shop in Atlanta and it’s amazing. Full-on professional and they’re building thousand-gallon tanks. 

For the full article with more images, examples, links and their pricing:

I thought Clarity Plus, Tenecor and the other big names were the way to go, if considering a zoo-quality acrylic enclosure for fish. I found a company here in Georgia that specializes in ‘overbuilt’ indestructible-quality acrylic tanks. 
Big Fish Custom Acrylic Aquariums

The tank I got from them is made with scraps from their major commercial and residential installations. (There are people getting tanks put in their houses and businesses that are thousands of gallons). 
(And thousands of dollars) 
But when “all is said and done” they end up with some “decent sized” acrylic scrap that’s too good to throw away so they sometimes make these smaller tanks. With 1” acrylic in some cases!
This would be AMAZING for a tank to keep a Mantis Shrimp in. Amazing to put an actual Maine Lobster in because of the R-value insulation qualities of really thick acrylic. 
With the quality of the build, the quality of the acrylic and especially the thickness of the acrylic this tank should have cost $1000 but it was under $300 
I’m “next in line” for their next two “Scrap tanks” because I do intend to get a Maine Lobster and in the other tank: A Mantis Shrimp. 
You can visit their web site at: would be your contact at Big Fish Custom Acrylic Aquariums 
1 (800) 123-1234
I got a 50 gallon acrylic tank for a very small amount of money and I’m setting it up as a proper habitat for land hermit crabs, coenobita. I’ll share some pictures of that soon, and also, when I start to set it up, the Lobster habitat and the Mantis Shrimp home. 

Play the song in my hospital room when I’m sick and dying

So some guy, who works at the cardboard box plant, found a mixer and decided to write a song. This is the song. And he put it through ChatGPT to remove any semblance to a decent melody.
Put this on a little cassette tape player, not a CD player anything with good fidelity. Put it on a shitty tape player in my room so that I hope the chemo fails. 

TalkingHumans AI Human Voiceovers Software Abandoned in Scam

June 3 2023. After waiting from May into the month of June for “server upgrades” and two days off to move to the new “Talkinghumans AI”
server, the service has yet to render a backlog of voiceovers in software that has been generating hundreds of dollars a day for the “Talkinghumans AI”
Apparently, not “Talkinghumans AI”
users since users can't get a render and after waiting through the end of May and into early June for renders, this organization is calling the “Talkinghumans AI” application “Abandoned” and also: “Scam”
TalkingHumans AI is a cloud-based platform powered by ChatGPT4, an AI language model, that sometimes enables users to eventually create unique, high-quality content. With just a few clicks, users can occasionally transform their content into 3D talking human avatars and voiceovers. The platform offers a variety of features, including sooner-or-later content generation, 3D talking human creator, AI cartoon images and graphics generator, AI voice generation and audiobook creation.