Thursday, October 6, 2016

234th post

"Someone's road to death is fraught by dangers from other family members." 

Forrest Caricofe

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After Aunt Nita and I had helped clean Uncle Paul up, we left knowing that 

the emergency room would transfer him to a hospital room. 

The next day I visited Uncle Paul in the hospital and saw that they had cut off

all of his beard and long hair. He was in a coma state and I could not talk to 

him. I phoned his doctor in Dayton who said that if Uncle Paul quit drinking,

he could live a few years more.

I believe that I visited Uncle Paul the next day who was in the same coma state

as the day before. I phoned the doctor again a he said the same thing that he 

did yesterday. 

I had planned before to visit my son, Michael, in Omaha, Nebraska, so 

I left thinking that Uncle Paul would come out of his coma state and live a few more

years, but I received a phone call several days saying that Uncle Paul had died.

I decided that I would not return and go to his funeral since I had spent the last 

few days with him alive.

Uncle Paul died, sadly, of cirrhosis of the liver, no friends, alone and without his best

friend who was his dog.


"The beauty of ancient cities is a most wonderful sight to behold."
Forrest Caricofe

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I told you I had again joined which is a site dedicated to

the exchange of postcards between people thru out the world. I received my

first postcard yesterday of beautifully dressed dolls from a young person who 

lives in Vienna, Austria. 

And from From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



 • Capital city 414.65 km2 (160.10 sq mi)

 • Land 395.26 km2 (152.61 sq mi)

 • Water 19.39 km2 (7.49 sq mi)

Elevation 151 (Lobau) – 542 (Hermannskogel) m (495–1,778 ft)

Population (1 July 2016)

 • Capital city 1,852,997 Increase

 • Density 4,326.1/km2 (11,205/sq mi)

 • Metro 2,600,000

 • Ethnicity.... 61.2% Austrian - 38.8% Other
Demonym(s) Viennese, Wiener

Time zone CET (UTC+1)

 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Postal code 1010–1423, 1600, 1601, 1810, 1901

Vehicle registration W


Logo City of Vienna.svg

UNESCO Region Europe and North America

Vienna (Listeni/viˈɛnə/;.... German: Wien, pronounced [viːn] ( listen)) is the capital 

and largest city of Austria and one of the nine states of Austria. Vienna is Austria's 

primary city, with a population of about 1.8 million.... (2.6 million within the 

metropolitan area,.... nearly one third of Austria's population), and its cultural, 

economic, and political centre. It is the 7th-largest city by population within city limits 

in the European Union. Until the beginning of the 20th century, it was the largest 

German-speaking city in the world, and before the splitting of the Austro-Hungarian 

Empire in World War I, the city had 2 million inhabitants..... Today, it has the second 

largest number of German speakers after Berlin.... Vienna is host to many major 

international organizations, including the United Nations and OPEC. The city is located 

in the eastern part of Austria and is close to the borders of the Czech Republic, 

Slovakia, and Hungary. These regions work together in a European Centrope border 

region. Along with nearby Bratislava, Vienna forms a metropolitan region with 3 

million inhabitants. In 2001, the city centre was designated a UNESCO World Heritage 


Apart from being regarded as the City of Music.... because of its musical legacy, 

Vienna is also said to be "The City of Dreams" because it was home to the world's first 

psycho-analyst – Sigmund Freud.[12] The city's roots lie in early Celtic and Roman 

settlements that transformed into a Medieval and Baroque city, and then the capital of 

the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is well known for having played an essential role as a 

leading European music centre, from the great age of Viennese Classicism through the 

early part of the 20th century. The historic centre of Vienna is rich in architectural 

ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, and the late-19th-century 

Ringstraße lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks....

Vienna is known for its high quality of life. In a 2005 study of 127 world cities, the 

Economist Intelligence Unit ranked the city first (in a tie with Vancouver, Canada and 

San Francisco, US) for the world's most livable cities. Between 2011 and 2015, Vienna 

was ranked second, behind Melbourne, Australia.... For seven consecutive years 

(2009–2015), the human-resource-consulting firm Mercer ranked 

Vienna first in its annual "Quality of Living" survey of hundreds of cities around the 

world, a title the city still holds in 2015.... Monocle's 2015 "Quality of Life Survey" 

ranked Vienna second on a list of the top 25 cities in the world "to make a base 


The UN-Habitat has classified Vienna as being the most prosperous city in the world in 

2012/2013....The city was ranked 1st globally for its culture of innovation in 2007 and 

2008, and sixth globally (out of 256 cities) in the 2014 Innovation Cities Index, which 

analyzed 162 indicators in covering three areas: culture, infrastructure, and markets.

Vienna regularly hosts urban planning conferences and is often used as a 

case study by urban planners....

Between 2005 and 2010, Vienna was the world's number-one destination for 

international congresses and conventions. It attracts over 3.7 million tourists a year...."


Most people alive today set to witness dangerous global warming in their lifetime, 
scientists warn

Average temperature could rise to two degrees Celsius above the norm by 2050 or 
‘even sooner’

Ian Johnston Environment Correspondent Thursday 29 September 2016

"Dangerous' climate change could arrive as early as 2050.

The trend is unlikely to continue. Because there is less sunlight and a rise in demand 

for heating and lighting during the winter months, coal will once again overtake solar.

However scientists have recently been working on using a novel technology to store 

energy from the summer sun until it is needed in the winter.

Chernobyl could be turned into the world’s biggest solar power plant

And energy storage systems, which solve potential intermittency problems with some 

renewable generators, have been increasing.

“The role for solar is significantly expanding as we develop complementary energy 

storage technologies, but we need government support to continue to achieve its 

potential,” Mr Court said.

A report by the Renewable Energy Association found there were now 35 grid-scale 

electricity storage projects and at least 1,500 residential ones, totaling about 3.2GW.

These include hydro schemes, where electricity can be used to pump water uphill so 

that it can be used to drive turbines when needed.

Gluts of renewable electricity can cause prices to go very low or even negative, which 

happened in Germany among other countries.

The latter scenario means those with storage capacity can make money twice: once 

when they are paid to take electricity from the grid and again when the electricity is 

used at a time when electricity prices turn positive again.

Frank Gordon, a senior policy analyst at the Renewable Energy Association, said: 

“Energy storage has great potential in the UK, and can unlock billions worth of savings 

according to the Government’s advisers. 

“Our research indicates that there are multiple gigawatts of capacity that are being 

proposed or are ready to be developed, but a joined-up and supportive policy 

structure is critically needed.”

The Government announced last year that it planned to phase out what it called 

“unabated” coal-fired power stations by 2025.

This suggests emissions would need to be at least partially “abated” or reduced by 

that date. The Government has not said what level would be allowed.

Juliet Davenport, chief executive of renewable energy supplier Good Energy, said: 

"Renewable energy has been an unbelievable success story in the UK and around the 


"When I started my company 15 years ago, you could fit the whole UK renewable 

energy industry into a small room, and now nearly 25 per cent of the UK’s power 

comes from renewables.

"We've also seen a renewable revolution on people's rooftops with more than 750,000 

UK homes generating their own energy from the sun.

“As clean technology advances, Britain is bidding farewell to coal. The transition to a 

100 per cent renewable future is within Britain's grasp.”

September 2016 was the 4th warmest on record going back to the 1600s. It was 2.3 deg 

C warmer that the 30 year average which is astonishing. We need to get millions of 

these panels on public buildings and get the battery storage systems out too. 

Must have a second referendum

Switch to only renewables

I did not realise that we are subsidising North Sea Oil to the tune of 10 Billion a year to 

receive only 5 BN in taxes, same for coal and other fossil fuels yet the enlightened 

thickos hear refuse wind, tidal and solar and prefer to pollute with Coal

the calls in the right wing press is to ditch renewables when they work the best!

Les. Hayward
Solar panels surpass coal-fired electricity in previously ‘unthinkable’ feat" Hardly 

surprising, since the brainwashed have been closing coal stations left right & centre. 

Next headline will be no wind, no sun, no electricity.

Solar panels work better in overcast conditions. 

Les. Hayward

Coal works in ANY conditions!

Surely the point is that we have not had electricity cuts - so the UK's energy needs have 

been met, and met more by renewables than fossil fuel burning.

So, there is no problem.

Over the winter, we will currently need more fossil, BUT, this is the time of year when 

energy from the UK's wind turbines increase, and once the new Hornsea wind farms 

come on stream, we might well find that during winter again renewables cann 

overtake coal.

Must have a second referendum. Have you not heard of global warning

if you have you dismiss this as alie ostrich policy will not work for our futures!

The UK's waste amounts to 4.5m cubic metres - enough to fill 4 Wembley Stadiums, and 

that does not include intermediate waste.

In the United States alone, the Department of Energy states there are "millions of 

gallons of radioactive waste" as well as "thousands of tons of spent nuclear fuel and 

material" and also "huge quantities of contaminated soil and water.""


I went to the Cleveland Clinic yesterday like I told you and was delighted with

all the smiles and friendly faces. The Cleveland Clinic is ranked 2nd nationaly

behind the Mayo Clinic, but I believe if US News and Report would have counted

all the smiles and friendly faces as above, the Cleveland Clinic would have 

certainly been rated number one.

The Cleveland Clinic has red-coated and smiling employees thru out the hospital 

who help and guide you to to places you need to go.

My first appointment was to get an electrocardiogram and the second was to check

the defibrillator in my right chest. I lost my monitor that can tell the stories of my 

defibrillator to the the clinician whose name was __________ order a new one from 

Medtronic and said it should  arrive in two weeks. 

I was early to the appointments and was taken on in but I had to wait until 12:00 PM 

to see Dr Bhargava who is my device doctor so I went to the main cafeteria to get 

something to eat. I learned that the Cleveland Clinic had finally gotten rid of 

McDonald's who I thought were trying fight to stay.

The food was very delicious and ate more than I should have, my will power

sometimes to not eating disappearing for the time.

The cashier with the good old name of __________ was friendly and took my

money with a smile and then I returned to the 2nd floor to what I believe was

section J 2-2. The Cleveland Clinic is number one in heart care and ahead of

that clinic in Minnesota whose name I'll will not mention again.

The friendly and smiling receptionist at the check-in desk were there to check 

me again and the one with the short hair whose name was ___________ 

checked me in again. I told her that she had customers/clients waiting and she

said those waiting were called patients and not those names from above.

Doctor Bargava's nurse who I was to see first called out my name and said my 

last name of Caricofe with perfection. Her name was ___________ and took me to 

a patient room where she made sure that my medical records were correct in 

preparation for my appointment with Dr Bhargava. 

He came in a little later with a handshake and maybe a very small smile and we

sat to talk about my health. He said that my defibrillator check indicated some 

quick bursts of heart rate and suggested that I start to take a beta blocker. I 

responded by saying I rather not, but he like my old people's doctor, Dr Kwok

in Wooster, went ahead and electronically sent the prescription with 12 refills

to the CVS  Pharmacy in Orrville. He said that I am getting older and needed 

to take care of my body. I believe that it's my body and not his and Dr Bhargava

and my old people's doctor should let may have some say so in its care.

He also wanted me to take stress test and took me to a young woman who set in 

a cubicle near the wide hall way and to the right. Her name was __________ and 

and she kidded around with the serious Dr Bhargava and maybe he displayed

a faint smile again.

She scheduled me for a stress test on the 12th of October at 8:00 AM and cannot

partake of my favorite beverage, coffee and food 24 prior to the test. I hope I 

can survive without coffee for a while.

So, in summary and in my mind, Cleveland Clinic is number one in health care

in the nation and not the one in Minnesota whose name I will never ever mention 


Gallup: Older Employed People Are Healthier Than Younger Jobless

By R Williams   |   Tuesday, 04 Oct 2016 04:35 PM

"Being old and employed is better for your health than being young and unemployed, 

according to a study by Gallup Inc.

About 30 percent of people over the age of 50 who have a job can be classified as 

“thriving,” compared with only 23 percent of people ages 18 to 29 who are out of work, 

according to the research. Physical well-being means having good health and enough 

energy to get things done daily, Gallup said.

“In the U.S., age has less of an influence on physical well-being, while employment 

status — particularly unemployment — has a significant one,” Gallup said in a 

statement. “For some demographic groups, such as black men, unemployment takes 

an even greater toll on well-being.”

Highly educated people throughout the world suffer in greater numbers while 

unemployed than people with an elementary or high-school education. Only 15 

percent of the jobless with a college education or advanced degree can be considered 

“thriving,” while 28 percent of unemployed people who finished grade school are in 

good health.

“Young adults in high-income economies stand to lose a great deal in terms of the 

effect of unemployment on their physical well-being — and even more so among those 

living in the U.S.,” according to Gallup. “This is perhaps a characteristic of developed 

countries, where the differences between employed and unemployed youth are 

starker. In these high-income societies, unemployment seems to take more of a toll on 

young people.”"


Millions Flee as Southeast US Braces for Hurricane Matthew

Thursday, 06 Oct 2016 06:31 AM

"The fiercest Caribbean storm in nearly a decade slammed into the Bahamas early on 

Thursday, intensifying as it barreled towards the southeast U.S. coast where millions of 

residents heeded warnings to flee inland.

Roadways in Florida, Georgia and North and South Carolina were jammed and gas 

stations and food stores ran out of supplies as Hurricane Matthew approached, packing 

storm surges, heavy rain and sustained winds that accelerated overnight to around 125 

miles (205 km) per hour.

Matthew, which killed at least 26 people and damaged swathes of homes in southern 

Haiti, was predicted to strengthen from a Category 3 to 4 storm en route to eastern 


Landfall was expected there on Thursday night, the U.S. National Hurricane Center 

said, extending its hurricane warning area further north into Georgia in its 6 a.m. EST 

(1000 GMT) advisory.

"Everyone in our state must prepare now for a direct hit," Florida Governor Scott told a 

news conference in Tallahassee on Wednesday. "If Matthew directly impacts Florida, 

the destruction could be catastrophic and you need to be prepared."

The four states in the path of the hurricane, tracked 255 miles (410 km) southeast of 

West Palm Beach, declared states of emergency enabling their governors to mobilize 

the National Guard.

Shelters in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina opened their doors after authorities, 

along with President Barack Obama, urged locals to evacuate their homes.

Federal emergency response teams were coordinating with officials in all four states 

and stockpiling supplies, Obama said.

Scott requested that Obama declare a pre-landfall emergency for Florida, which would 

bring resources including as food, water and waterproof coverings and double the 

active National Guard force to 3,000.

Schools and airports across the region were closed on Thursday and some hospitals 

evacuated patients, according to local media.

In all, more than 12 million U.S. residents were under a hurricane watches and 

warnings, according to the Weather Channel.

In Florida, fuel stations posted "out of gas" signs after cars waited in long lines to fill up.

"Every gas station I went to is empty," said motorist Charles Bivona in a Tweet late 

Wednesday. "Here comes Hurricane Matthew. Um, yikes."

Others, meanwhile, prepared to wait out the storm.

People stocked up on water, milk and canned goods, emptying grocery store shelves, 

footage from local media showed.

Residents and business owners boarded up windows with plywood and hurricane 

shutters and placed sandbags down to protect property against flooding.

"All boarded up and ready to bunker down. God be with us," West Palm Beach Florida 

resident Brad Gray said in a Tweet.

The National Hurricane Center said it was still too soon to predict where in the United 

States Matthew was likely to do the most damage.

On Tuesday and Wednesday the storm whipped Cuba and Haiti with 140 mile-per-

hour (230 kph) winds and torrential rains, pummeling towns and destroying livestock, 

crops and homes .

The devastation in Haiti prompted authorities to postpone a presidential election."

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Millard Fillmore

13th U.S. President

"Millard Fillmore was an American statesman who served as the 13th President of the 

United States from 1850 to 1853. He was the last Whig president, and the last president 

not to be affiliated with either the Democratic or Republican parties.

Born: January 7, 1800, Summerhill, NY

Died: March 8, 1874, Buffalo, NY

Presidential term: July 9, 1850 – March 4, 1853

Buried: Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, NY

Political parties: Anti-Masonic Party (?–1832), More

Spouse: Caroline C. Fillmore (m. 1858–1874), Abigail Fillmore (m. 1826–1853)

Millard Fillmore was the Vice President for Zachary Taylor. Millard Fillmore was the 

13th and Zachary Taylor was the 12th President of the United States.

Millard Fillmore was the 13th and Franklin Pierce was the 14th President of the United 


Millard Fillmore was the 13th and James Buchanan was the 15th President of the United 

States. Both were candidates in the United States presidential election, 1856.

James Buchanan

Millard Fillmore was the 13th and John Tyler was the 10th President of the United 



When was Trump last ahead?

The Republican candidate has made substantial gains on Mrs Clinton since her leads of 

about 20% in the summer of 2015 (when the field was far wider) but he has only crept 

ahead of her a few times.

The last came after the Republican National Convention at the end of July when Mr 

Trump officially accepted the party's nomination.

The lead didn't last long though, with his rival receiving a similar boost to her ratings at 

the end of the Democratic National Convention a few days later.

What would a Donald Trump presidency look like?

How did the VP picks affect the polls?

In the past, an astute pick for a candidate's running mate could earn them a double-

digit boost in the polls - Bill Clinton got a 12-point bounce after naming Al Gore as his 

pick for vice-president in 1992.

But in recent years the bounces have been far smaller and 2016 followed that trend.

Neither Trump's choice of Indiana Governor Mike Pence (15 July), or Clinton's 

unveiling of ex-Virginian governor Tim Kaine (22 July) changed much in the polls."

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

"updated 6 October 2016             Hillary Clinton 48%      Donald Trump 43% 

updated 3 October 2016               Hillary Clinton 49%      Donald Trump 45% 

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%" 


I was finally able to water the flowers yesterday as well as some areas in

the yard where I had planted grass seed. I need more black mulch in the

two corner back flower gardens to help enable the ground to retain moisture.

I hope that I can do that today and have to go to Wooster to Walmart or Lowes

to get the mulch. I can maybe get 3 bags of black mulch in Mother's Honda.

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