Sunday, October 2, 2016

230th post


Father continues to drive and arrives at a stop sign just before turning right

on to US Route 11. There was probably nothing but farm fields then but now

there is a milk company on the left, and a power company and a gas station/

Burger King combination on the right. There is also a stop light here now and if 

you go straight for about 2 miles, you will gain entrance to Interstate 81 

turning right on the off ramp to go south or crossing the interstate and turning 

left to go north. There is also a McDonald's, service station and a new Walmart

Distribution Center that's just about a mile distance and north from the road

that leads to the service station and McDonald's.

Back to the past and Father driving. After turning right on to US Route 11, we 

are now going south and see nothing of today except maybe some cabins 

on the left and homes close together as we enter Mt Crawford. There is a 

housing complex on the right today and a convenience store, a baseball field

and a shelter with tables where lawn parties are held and a new post office

with a garage that works on/sells cars that is on the same side of the street 

and on the right of the post office if you're facing them from the street.

Father driving up an incline slightly with close houses, maybe clapboard,

lining the main street of Mt Crawford on both sides and then down again 

passing the short cut road to/from town that I talked about yesterday and 




From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

James K. Polk

"James Knox Polk was the 11th President of the United States. Polk was born in 

Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. He later lived in and represented Tennessee. 

Born: November 2, 1795, Pineville, NC

Died: June 15, 1849, Nashville, TN

Party: Democratic Party

Spouse: Sarah Childress Polk (m. 1824–1849)

Presidential term: March 4, 1845 – March 4, 1849


No president who performs his duties faithfully and conscientiously can have any 


Peace, plenty, and contentment reign throughout our borders, and our beloved 

country presents a sublime moral spectacle to the world.

One great object of the Constitution was to restrain majorities from oppressing 

minorities or encroaching upon their just rights."


"The first quote from above is not the reality of today, the president of today 

spends most of his time on Air Force One."

Forrest Caricofe

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"Migrants are the result of wars that should not be fought."

Forrest Caricofe

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BBC News

"Hungary holds referendum on EU mandatory migrant plan

From the section Europe Related TopicsEurope migrant crisis

An overwhelming rejection would give Mr Orban power to fight for a change in 

migration policy, analysts say

Migrant crisis

People in Hungary are voting in a referendum on accepting mandatory EU quotas for 

relocating migrants.

Right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban opposes plans to relocate a total of 160,000 

migrants across the bloc.

Under the scheme, announced after last year's migrant crisis, Hungary would receive 

1,294 asylum seekers.

Opinion polls suggest strong support for a rejection among those who say they will 

vote. To be valid, turnout needs to be over 50% of voters.

During the migrant crisis, Hungary became a transit state on the Western Balkan route 

to Germany and other EU destinations.

In an effort to curb the influx, it sealed its border with Serbia and Croatia. The measure 

was popular at home but criticised by human rights groups.

Vote sparks Hungarian poster war

Why Central Europe says 'No' to refugee quota

Relocation deal explained

Voters are being asked: "Do you want the European Union to be able to mandate the 

obligatory resettlement of non-Hungarian citizens into Hungary even without the 

approval of the National Assembly?"

Mr Orban has previously described the quotas as "illegal and unreasonable"

In December Hungary filed a court challenge against the EU plan, which would see 

relocations over two years.

In a TV interview on Thursday, Mr Orban said: "If there are more 'no' votes than 'yes' 

votes, that means Hungarians do not accept the rule which the bureaucrats of the 

European Commission want to forcefully impose on us."

"The more migrants there are, the greater the risk of terror," he added, according to 

excerpts published by Reuters news agency.

The EU proposal was meant to ease pressure on Greece and Italy, the main entry 

points for migrants and refugees into the bloc.

Referendum explained, by Nick Thorpe, BBC News, Budapest

Why has the government called it?

Mr Orban closely links migration to terrorism, and what he regards as the dilution of 

European Christian culture. He wants to play a bigger role on the European stage, as a 

"champion of the concerns of ordinary Europeans", against the actions of "an 

unelected, liberal elite".

Mr Orban proposes that all migrants be put in a giant refugee camp in Libya, from 

which they can apply to come to Europe. His policy has proven popular in Hungary. 

His Fidesz party has regained voters it had lost, and the referendum is a useful 

organising tool ahead of the next parliamentary elections in 2018.

What is the mood?

Fidesz and the opposition nationalist party Jobbik favour a "No" vote, although Jobbik 

would privately like Mr Orban to fail. Some opposition parties propose a boycott, 

others propose spoiling one's ballot.

The tiny Liberal party urges people to vote "Yes".

To be valid, more than 50% of Hungary's 8.3 million electorate needs to cast a valid 


What consequences could it have?

Legally none, politically many. As an EU member, Hungary is bound by EU rules. But 

the bloc's executive is wavering over compulsory quotas.

Mr Orban would like the satisfaction of Chancellor Angela Merkel falling from power 

in Germany, the EU abandoning compulsory quotas, and the Visegrad 4 countries 

(Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland) emerging as a strong power bloc for 

a Europe of nation-states, against the federal vision of French, German and other 


If the referendum is not successful, however, after throwing so much money and effort 

into it, Mr Orban will look weak, even foolish."


Breaking News at 


"Gingrich Scolds Trump: You Can't Tweet at 3 a.m.

Ex-Reporter Rips Trump on Profane-Laced Tirade on '88 Article

Trump Rips Clinton on Comments About Bernie's Supporters

Trump Slams Debate Organizers for Not Fixing Microphone

Weld: He and Gary Johnson Are 'A Dangerous Ticket'

S&P 500 October Rally Will Indicate Hillary to Win White House

Carson: Trump Needs to 'Walk Away' From 'Rat-Hole' Issues

Trump Surrogate Epshteyn: Hillary Not a Champion on Women

Clinton, Trump Working to Get Under Each Other's Skin

Ukip Denies Reports Farage Flew Over to Help Trump

Poll: Half of Trump Backers Don't Trust Vote Count

Debate Organizers: There Were 'Issues' With Trump's Mic

Governor Hopefuls Distancing Themselves from Clinton, Trump

Clinton Leads Trump in Key State Polls

Trump Rips Hillary on Bill's Affairs: 'A Serious Problem for Them'

Clinton Hits Trump on Porn Cameo After He Tweets of 'Sex Tape'

Larry Kudlow: Hillary's Red Army March of Tax Hike Destruction."

BBC News 

US election poll tracker: Who is ahead - Clinton or Trump?

updated 2 October 2016             Hillary Clinton 49%      Donald Trump 45%    

updated 1 October 2016             Hillary Clinton 49%      Donald Trump 45%        

         30 September 2016            Hillary Clinton 48%      Donald Trump 46%    



Proton Therapy: Game Changer for Breast Cancer?

By Charlotte Libov   |   Friday, 30 Sep 2016 03:32 PM

"When Erin Grant was 31, she was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer and told 

she had a year to live. Chemo, radiation, and other treatments staved off that prognosis 

for three years, but then  the cancer spread to her spine, and her Miami doctor told her 

nothing more could be done.

But Grant decided to travel to Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York to undergo 

an innovative treatment known as "proton therapy," in a last-ditch effort to save her 


Now she is cancer-free, and her experience spotlights the hope that proton therapy is 

bringing to breast cancer survivors.

“When I got the news, I couldn’t believe it. I even asked my doctor to double check the 

name on the scan to make sure it was mine,” Grant tells Newsmax Health.

As millions observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month, doctors and patient advocates 

are spotlighting new ways of treating the disease.

Proton therapy, known also as proton beam therapy, is not new – the idea of using this 

type of nuclear medicine to treat cancer has been around for decades. But it's only 

coming to the forefront now, Dr. Brian Chon tells Newsmax Health.

“Over the past 20 years, there’s been innovations in three areas – technology, 

imaging, and computer software – so we finally have the technology to deliver the 

protons to where they need to go,” says Chon, medical director at ProCure Proton 

Therapy Center in Somerset, N.J., where Grant was treated.

Like standard radiation, proton therapy is a type of external-beam radiation, but it 

uses protons instead of X-ray beans.

Protons are positively charged particles that, at high energy, can destroy cancer cells. 

When it comes to treatment, the main advantage is that proton therapy is more precise.

“A proton beam can come in and stop where we need it to stop, whereas conventional 

X-ray beams behave like bullets. They enter with a lot of energy, traverse through, and 

they leave with a lot of energy," says Chon.

“This means they do a collateral damage on the way to and after they strike the 


Proton therapy is currently one of the hottest trends in cancer treatment. There are 24 

proton therapy centers in the U.S., with 11 more in various stages of development, the 

National Association for Proton Therapy says.

Because the use of protons to treat cancer has not been widespread, there is a lack of 

studies on it. But this is changing, says Chon, who is overseeing three on breast cancer 


Proton therapy has been in longer use for a variety of cancers, including prostate, 

brain, and pediatric cancers, so more research is emerging – and it’s looking good, he 


For instance, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania looked at the use of proton 

therapy on patients suffering from late-stage pancreatic cancer, lung cancer, and 

non-small cell lung and chordoma and chondrosarcoma, which are sarcomas.

These types of cancers are difficult to treat cancers with high mortality rates.

These studies found those people treated with proton therapy experienced fewer side 

effects and also lived longer.

For pancreatic cancer, where survival time is measured in months, survival was in 

some cases doubled."



The Future History of the Two Human Races: A Parable

Things are not looking good for the long haul...

By Jeremy E. Sherman / AlterNet October 1, 2016

"There turned out to be two races of humans, not based on ethnic origin or creed, but 

on adaptive strategy. When times got tough, the species split. One regressed toward 

brute strategies, the other toward attempts to reason out solutions that work for the 

long haul.

Both species were human, of course, which meant there was brutishness in them both 

as there always had been. But one species leaned and settled into brutishness while 

the other strained to curb that part of its human nature.

For a while, it was hard to tell the two races apart. Since brutishness had always been 

there, both races expressed it. Since reason had been the norm at the time of the split, 

the brutish race pretended it was expressing that side, that it was reasoning when it 

was not.

They got away with pretending because brutishness had earlier gotten dressed up in 

the language of reason. It was no longer grunting, chest-beating and howling.

And the reasonable reasoned that it would be better long-term if they were open to all 

voices. They tried to embrace and accommodate the increasingly brutish race. They 

tried to be tolerant, hoping it would be reciprocated.

It wasn't. With the brutish race, there was no give and take. The brutish humans 

pretended to reason that there shouldn't be. "No compromise!" they grunted.

Finally the reasonable realized it was a battle, not a collaboration. So they retaliated 

against the brutes. The brutes cried, "Foul! You're being unreasonable." It became 

very hard to tell the races apart.

The races never split biologically. There wasn't enough time for that. One might argue 

that they were two cultures occupying the same planet, but it wasn't merely cultural 

differences. It ran deeper than that, one race taking any cheap shot it could, the other 

struggling against its partial nature to remain reasonable.

Over time, the differences became more pronounced, which is why we now think of 

humans as two races.

As the enthusiastically brutish population grew, resources grew scarce—as they would 

with all that unchecked appetite. Fighting over what few resources remained, the 

brutes eliminated the reasonable. With force and a willingness to use it, they naturally 

had the upper hand.

But then, of course, the brutes didn't last. They didn't adapt well. You can't be short-

sighted for long. Natural selection eliminates you.

More than they ever realized, the race they had killed off so victoriously–the people 

straining to find rational long-term solutions–were the ones who kept things running as 

long as they had." 

Jeremy E. Sherman, a contributor to Psychology Today, is an evolutionary 

epistemologist studying the natural history and practical realities of decision-making. 


"When they who use brute force as opposed to those who use reasonable conversation 

to survive, the former is gradually eliminated because of natural selection."

Forrest Caricofe

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My lower back is still sore, but there is no urgency in the flower beds as far as I'm

concerned. I have done nothing in the flower beds for three days, but if I get a 

chance and feel up to it, I would like to get the bulbs in the ground. 

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