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    Posted: February 26 2016 at 3:18am
....................'And for any budding tarot readers out there!

We are all doing it wrong!!  We have a card missing!!!


If you can't be bothered to read all the pseudo-intellectual b*££*£(%$,  it stands for trickery and mischief making, or means you are "nuts".
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Hi Technophobe.

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Squirrel Symbolism THE HAPPY BLOODY SQUIRREL!

Quote from article :. “Squirrels can teach us balance within the circle of gathering and giving out.

NO THEY CANT.... !!!!!!


Quote :. “Squirrel: Plan ahead so that you have time, resources, and energy stored.”

SQUIRRELS used to do this yes...until they learned to live in human houses uninvited where they party all night and hang about the roofs all day.. no need to store any food when there are bins to raid, stupid neighbours who feed them, and electrical wires and plasterboard to chew on causing thousands pounds of damage... they store nothing where I live, so this over romantic profile of the squirrel gathering and storing is out of date, nowadays they stroll down to McDonalds and the local pub as seen in our previous posts.   Mr Urban SQUIRREL doesn't plan ahead work hard and store..what absolute rubbish...

Quote :. you want a spiritual guardian .....NOT A BLOODY SQUIRREL I DONT.....spiritual or real.


The number assigned to the happy squirrel is interesting ...number 23....that's about the number of grey bushy tails I see trying to jump from trees into my roof each day,. 23 little heads poking out the bins, 23 times 4 little legs running along my garden wall. 23 little bowls of food put out by my bonkers neighbour everyday and 23 little personal names she has for them...Tinkers, Little Miffy, Bush Boy, Nutkin, Leap Lord, Chantelle...


I do fully agree with the article about the squirrel, called Ratatosk section. Running up and down the tree causing all the gossip and reveling in mayhem....but I don't have one Ratatosk...I have 23 of them...it is total chaos and my house will fall down soon under the weight of too many fat Ratatosks.


Interesting to read that the Wabanaki Native Americans believed Meeko the squirrel was originally created to be a GIANT monster of intense destruction. It wasn’t until the god Glooskap came along and brought judgement to the squirrel and made him small. But though his size was changed his temperament wasn’t and thus kept sowing discord through words and taking delight in it. ....well Technophobe while I am indeed most grateful to this Glooskap, perhaps he/ she could have used a little bit more of the shrinking powder on them.... made them just a bit smaller...like ant size, or even better flea size, or bacteria size, or virus, or smaller still perhaps prion size.

Also agree Squirrel is an agent of chaos, confusion and trickery. Yet my neighbour keeps feeding them out of little blue and pink bowls. They have brainwashed her. When mice become infected with the parasite Toxoplasmosis in their brains they start to take risks such as running out from under cover at night. They think this helps the mice get caught and eaten thus passing on the parasite. I wonder if squirrels have a parasite they pass onto humans which causes them to do irrational things like buy huge bags of nuts to feed them daily with.


Lastly

Quote : one of the Squirrel family gathered the energy of Eagle and connected to the Great Spirit… now this Squirrel can fly.”- ......Well that's just great wonderful news, that is all we need.. although we don't have flying squirrels here YET.... give them time and like wraiths on wings they will come and my house will be the one ring they flock to.

If I read tarot cards and The " happy squirrel" came up in any reading .....I would simply tell the subject to RUN while they can .

All this talk of pandemics and flu and it will be the squirrels that will be the end of us.

For anyone not following our previous posts on squirrels..this is an on going joke and not the rantings of some mad people ...I think.

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Did I once describe facebook as facile?  I was wrong!
 
Much spiritual guidance can be found there:  https://www.facebook.com/bewarethesquirrel/
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Seems you were right all along Hazlepad.  Squirrels are the unseen demons in our lives:

Could Squirrel trade have contributed to England's medieval leprosy outbreak?

October 25, 2017
Could Squirrel trade have contributed to Englands medieval leprosy outbreak?
Leprosy is likely to have had a severe impact on the Woman' from Hoxne's life. The visible damage to her skull provides evidence that she would have had extensive facial lesions and is likely to have suffered nerve damage to her extremities. Credit: Dr Sarah Inskip

Genetic analysis of a pre-Norman skull unearthed in a garden in Hoxne, Suffolk, has added to a growing body of evidence that East Anglia may have been the epicentre of an epidemic of leprosy that spread through medieval England. A strain of the disease may have been brought to East Anglia's coast line through contact with Scandinavia via Anglo-Saxon movement or possibly the later sustained trade in squirrel fur, the new study suggests.

The research, reported in The Journal of Medical Microbiology, identified evidence of a strain of Mycobacterium Leprae (M.leprae), the bacteria that causes leprosy, in ancient DNA extracted from a female skull discovered in Suffolk. "The Woman from Hoxne" is one of a growing number of medieval leprosy cases identified in human remains found in or around East Anglia in the early medieval and Norman period. The researchers suggest that an explanation for the prevalence of leprosy in the area may be found in medieval trade, possibly in fur, which would have included that of squirrels - an animal known to carry the disease.

Working in collaboration with The Friends of Diss Museum and the University of Surrey, the study examined genetic information from a skull held in the collections of the Diss museum in Norfolk since its accidental discovery in the late 20th century. On account of its size and shape, researchers suspected the woman had lived between the 5th to 11th centuries, but their interest was piqued by abnormalities visible on her skull - such as destruction to the nasal spine -which had the hallmarks of leprosy.

Through radiocarbon dating, a team of researchers confirmed that the woman, who probably lived on a diet of wheat, barley and pottage with a small amount of animal protein, is likely to have lived between 885-1015AD. Taking shavings of bone from the skull in order to extract ancient DNA, they also detected traces of the bacteria M.leprae.

The disfiguring disease is likely to have had a severe impact on the woman's life. The visible damage to her skull provides evidence that she would have had extensive facial lesions and is likely to have suffered nerve damage to her extremities.

Analysis of the bacteria revealed that the "Woman from Hoxne" had been infected with the same strain of leprosy already identified in skeletal remains found in East Anglia. The strain had previously been found in the skeleton of a man from Great Chesterford who lived as early as 415-545 AD, suggesting that it persisted for hundreds of years in the South East of Britain.

Sarah Inskip, Research Associate at St John's College, Cambridge, and lead author of the paper, said: "This new evidence coupled with the prevalence of leper hospitals in East Anglia from the 11th century onwards adds weight to the idea that the disease was endemic in this region earlier than in other parts of the country.

"It is possible that apparent clustering of leprosy cases in the East Anglia region could be attributed to chance - perhaps more medieval human remains have simply been uncovered in the region and the discoveries have been better conserved by a soil type containing high levels of bone-preserving chalk. However, the same conditions are also found in areas such as Hampshire and Dorset, where many early Anglo-Saxon cemeteries have been excavated, but no cases of leprosy have yet been reported."

The same strain of leprosy has also been identified in skeletal remains in Medieval Denmark and Sweden and the study's authors suggest that North Sea trade links with Scandinavia may offer an explanation for the apparent prevalence of the disease in East Anglia. "It is possible that this strain of leprosy was proliferated in the South East of England by contact with highly-prized squirrel pelt and meat which was traded by the Vikings at the time this woman was alive. Strong trade connections with Denmark and Sweden were in full flow in the medieval period, with Kings Lynn and Yarmouth becoming significant ports for fur imports" added Dr Inskip.

The last case of human leprosy in the British Isles was over 200 years ago, but a recent study demonstrated leprosy infection in red squirrels on Brownsea Island in Dorset. The disease affects the squirrels in much the same way as humans - resulting in lesions on their muzzles, ears and paws. Sequencing of the M.leprae strain in modern red squirrel showed it to be closely related to that detected in the woman from Hoxne. The same strain infects the only other animal based source known to exist, the nine-banded armadillo, which has caused some human cases of leprosy in Florida.

"Research has already established that leprosy can be passed from armadillos to humans, so that it may also come from squirrels is an interesting idea," said Inskip. "It is questionable how long the bacteria could have survived on fur or meat, but it's notable that squirrels were also sometimes kept as pets."

"Perhaps it's the movement of people and prolonged connection between East Anglia and Scandinavia that's important to our understanding of the history of leprosy in the UK, but further research refuting or confirming the role of the fur trade could be highly enlightening and exciting".

The research paper, Leprosy in Pre-Noman Suffolk, UK: Biomolecular and Geochemical Analysis of the Woman from Hoxne is published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology.

 Explore further: Leprosy strain genotyped from medieval pilgrim at UK burial site

More information: Sarah Inskip et al, Leprosy in pre-Norman Suffolk, UK: biomolecular and geochemical analysis of the woman from Hoxne, Journal of Medical Microbiology (2017). DOI: 10.1099/jmm.0.000606 



Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-10-squirrel-contributed-england-medieval-leprosy.html#jCp

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Hello Techhnophobe, Squirrels the gift that keeps on giving. Read today about a big hollow hole in the great pyramid....telling you it is the squirrels, they did that to my roof also. Hx
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The squirrels are always there in the thick of it, and it gets worse....I think they may have had a role in the whole dinosaur extinction thing....yep read this in Science Daily recently..

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When dinosaurs disappeared about 65 million years ago, mammals thrived. But ancient-mammal fossils are still exceedingly rare, mostly because of their small sizes. In 2005 scientists sent a small skull to a technician, who spent three years removing the rock from around the fossil—finally revealing a saber-toothed, squirrel-like creature.

A bloody saber toothed squirrel, that's just great.

Hope you doing OK Technophobe. It's a dangerous world out there which just got more dangerous because in my experience SQUIRRELS don't get extinct, those sabre toothed vermin won stay quiet for long...THEY WILL BE BACK when we least expect it.

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They did not die out, Hazlepad.  They just learned how to hide well.  But occasionally one is spotted.......................

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Excuse my cultural ignorance, but what is it with all the squirrel posts?  Was there a film, or book, or tv show, or computer game that I missed that started it all?

Anyway, here is part of a serious article for bed time reading entitled "Killer Squirrel has World's Bushiest Tail"

Quote The tufted ground squirrel, Rheithrosciurus macrotis, is an elusive species living in the dense rainforests of Borneo. Few scientists have set eyes on this rare squirrel, currently listed as vulnerable, though according to folklore, the fierce squirrels have attacked and killed tusked deer called muntjacs to eat their stomach contents, liver, and heart. The squirrel waits on a low branch, then jumps on to the back of a passing muntjac and bites its jugular, forcing the larger animal to bleed out. A disemboweled deer or domestic chicken with none of its flesh eaten is a sure sign of a squirrel kill.


Sweet dreams Evil SmileEvil SmileEvil Smile

ps I believe this squirrel is also called a Vampire Squirrel


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Hazlepad has squirrels in the roof.  No, not like my bats in the belfry.  They are relentless, unforgiving and very smart.

Perhaps, it is better if she tells it.........................

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