Eyes Can Change Color Completely, Over Time

The experts say “eye color fully matures in infancy and remains the same for life,” although conceding that “in a small percentage of adults, eye color can naturally become either noticeably darker or lighter with age.

I beg to differ. The color of a person’s eyes can indeed change over time to more than just a lighter or darker shade of the same color.

I know that for a fact because my own eyes changed color completely over time — not once, but twice.

My father was a Louisiana Cajun of predominantly French and Irish descent. He had black eyes. My mother was of French, Dutch and Irish descent. She had blue eyes.

I had hazel eyes as a small boy, and they turned green in my teens and blue in my forties.

How about that?

The Politicization and Poisoning of Spectator Sport

From The Editorial Board of the Wall Street Journal:

Healthy democracies have ample room for politics but leave a larger space for civil society and culture that unites more than divides. With the politicization of the National Football League and the national anthem, the Divided States of America are exhibiting a very unhealthy level of polarization and mistrust.

The progressive forces of identity politics started this poisoning of America’s favorite spectator sport last year by making a hero of Colin Kaepernick for refusing to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” before games. They raised the stakes this year by turning him into a progressive martyr because no team had picked him up to play quarterback after he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

The NFL is a meritocracy, and maybe coaches and general managers thought he wasn’t good enough for the divisions he might cause in a locker room or among fans. But the left said it was all about race and class.

President Trump was scathing in his condemnation of the millionaire athletes who publicly disrespect the American flag, saying Friday: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s fired.'”

So far, so good. It is quite reasonable for the president to express outrage — no doubt shared by many, if not most, Americans — at the blatant disrespect for the national anthem shown by those kneeling players.

But here’s the problem: “Trump never stops at reasonable, and so he called for kneeling players to be fired or suspended, and if the league didn’t comply for fans to ‘boycott’ the NFL.”

Talk about coercion.

Even so, players who “want to be politicians and use their fame to lecture other Americans,” are stretching to the limit the tolerance and goodwill of their fans — the ones who, above all, are patriotic Americans.

So when the fans stop showing up at the games, those same players will have only themselves to blame for bringing politics into sport — and thus bringing sport as well as themselves, into disrepute.

Donald Trump Is Running Out of People to Piss Off

President Trump is currently waging a war of words on so many fronts, it’s hard to keep track of them all.

From Mashable:

Donald Trump is running out of people to piss off.

Sure, he’s already on the bad side of plenty of Americans: immigrants, women, minorities, generally any decent people. Now, we can add professional athletes to the list.

The president has whipped up what is perhaps his most bizarre and misguided controversy yet, calling any football player that protests a “son of a bitch” and separately going after NBA superstar Steph Curry.

His comments immediately led to broad condemnation from U.S. professional athletes, players’ associations, and teams. Every NFL game on Sunday had some form of protest, but the blowback didn’t stop there. Even people like Terry Bradshaw, a former NFL quarterback who has spent years as a commentator on Fox, weighed in.

Martha, the Very Last Passenger Pigeon

At the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, in a large glass case, “is a rusty-brown bird, wings mottled black and gray, mounted to appear as if she’s perching on a stick.”:

Martha “was a passenger pigeon,” and “the last of her kind.”

She “died at the Cincinnati Zoological Gardens” a hundred years ago this month.

“Immediately after Martha’s body was discovered in the Cincinnati Zoo, scientists” packed her “into a 300-pound block of ice, then onto a train bound for Washington. Smithsonian officials received her three days later in “fine condition,” according to an account written by R.W. Shufeldt, the man who performed her dissection.”

Shufeldt, in an article published by the American Ornithologists’ Union, wrote: “With the final throb of that heart, still another bird became extinct for all time, the last representative of countless millions and unnumbered generations of its kind practically exterminated through man’s agency.”

The passenger pigeon was once “the most common bird in North America,” flying in flocks of “hundreds of millions, if not billions.”

Until the hunters came.

Mueller Team Under Fire for ‘Brass-Knuckle’ Tactics in Bid to Squeeze Manafort

From Fox News:

When a report surfaced that federal agents picked the lock on Paul Manafort’s front door for a surprise raid over the summer while the former Trump campaign chairman was in bed, it was also a wake-up call for prominent Houston attorney Tom Kirkendall.

“Here is a United States citizen where the FBI is coming in, picking his lock, and raiding his home in the early morning, over what? It doesn’t matter which side you’re on. It’s just crazy. We’re not the Soviet Union. It’s appalling,” said Kirkendall, who has worked on cases involving one of the special counsel’s key investigators, Andrew Weissmann.

The intensity of the focus on Manafort is widely seen as a potential effort by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team to pressure him into providing information on others, possibly President Trump himself, in the Russia probe.

But the “brass-knuckle” tactics have raised eyebrows in the legal community.

China Warns Its Banks to Stop Doing Business With North Korea

According to a Reuters report, “China’s central bank has told banks to strictly implement United Nations sanctions against North Korea”:

Chinese banks have come under scrutiny for their role as a conduit for funds flowing to and from China’s increasingly isolated neighbor.

The sources said banks were told to stop providing financial services to new North Korean customers and to wind down loans with existing customers, following tighter sanctions against Pyongyang by the United Nations.

The sources said lenders were asked to fully implement United Nations sanctions against North Korea and were warned of the economic losses and reputational risks if they did not do so.