Marching On Together


Marching On Together I have had a romance with a lady since my childhood just like thousands of other people around the world who are also in love with her. I have remained in love with her through the many bad times and the few good times, my love for her has never faltered and never will. My lady's name is Leeds United and she is just five games away from returning to the English Football Premiership, after sixteen years in the football wilderness. In the sixties, seventies and early nineties my lady was known as "Super Leeds," however in 2003, my love was relegated from the English Football Premiership due to financial miss-handling by her owners. "Super Leeds," dropped down to the third tier of English football. If Leeds United can grab ten points from their last five games my lady will be back where she belongs in the higher echelons of English football and I can once more embrace my love with happiness.

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Clouds of monstrous hyperaggressive mosquitoes Psorophora ciliata have invaded the Carolinas in the wake of Hurricane Florence

Photo entomology.ifas.ufl.edu

As the Carolinas recover from Hurricane Florence which dumped six months rain on the two states in just a few hours which produced the worst flooding in 73 years a new horror is unfolding.
As the flood water recedes leaving thousands of houses damaged from mud and water a mega-mosquito outbreak has occurred.
Clouds of monstrous, hyperaggressive mosquitoes, nickel-sized bloodsuckers, known to scientists as Psorophora ciliata have invaded twenty-seven counties in North Carolina alone.
While not known to transmit human disease, the supersize skeeters are quick to mob any mammal they can find, any time, day or night, and deliver a fearsome bite.
“It’s like somebody shoving a hot poker in your arm,” says Turturro.
“It burns like hell.”
According to the report, all mosquitoes come equipped with serrated mouthparts called maxillae they use to carve through the skin.
For most species, these structures are so small and sharp that you don’t feel much more than a tingle to let you know you’ve been bitten.
But the gallinipper’s chompers are designed for bigger prey—it’s one of the only species that can pierce cattle hide.
Its bite is so deep it sets off nerve cells in the epidermis designed to alert the body to a serious wound.
In other words, your body thinks it’s being stabbed.

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