Thursday, October 13, 2016

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"Father rounds the hill on this dirt-graveled road and curves again to the 

right and over a one-lane bridge, crossing Naked Creek again and then

straight up the road and almost to our destination...."

About a quarter mile to go as I can see either dairy cows or maybe planted

corn on my left. This land is owned by my grandparents and extends from the

east where we are at right now to the west and I cannot see the ending border,

in either direction. Father turns left onto the lane to my grandparents house

and just to right is house half-facing both the lane and Burketown Road. 

I am not quite sure about the circumstances then, but I will relate what I 

believe is the truth of it. 

I believe at that time that Uncle Orvine and Aunt Esther and their kids, my

cousins, lived in the house and ran the dairy farm of Holstein cows that I 

might have seen to the left in Father's approach to lane.

My uncle and aunt either bought or rented the property from my 

grandparents, Uncle Orvin's parents, and were responsible for the operation

of the dairy farm and maybe sharing a part of the profits with my 


As Father continued to drive I saw to the right the milk barn and the cow

pasture which extend as far as I could see. To the left was more cow 

pasture and/or planted corn and a runway for cows herded across the lane 

and to the milk barn. And an area on further to left and in the pasture that 

I will tell you about tomorrow....



Live ScienceHealth


Heart-Harming Supplements? Calcium Pills Linked to Artery Buildup

By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer | October 12, 2016 04:32pm ET

Heart-Harming Supplements? Calcium Pills Linked to Artery Buildup

Credit: Kozorez Vladislav/

"People who take calcium supplements may be at increased risk for developing 

buildups of plaque in their arteries, which is a sign of heart disease, a new 

study found.

However, people who consume a lot of calcium through the food they eat 

may actually be at a lower risk of heart disease, the study showed.

The findings add to a growing body of evidence that some dietary 

supplements, such as calcium supplements, may have harmful effects...."

The study was published Oct. 11 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Original article on Live Science.

Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer

Rachael has been with Live Science since 2010. She has a masters degree in 

journalism from New York University's Science, Health and Environmental 

Reporting Program. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in molecular biology 

and a Master of Science in biology from the University of California, San Diego.


Listening/watching TV (5:19 AM 10/13/2016)

China chooses children from their schools at an early age to live and train in other 

special Olympic training schools. The children are then raised by the state with 

an almost total separation from their family. Their training is rigorous compared 

to most other countries who do not train their Olympic hopefuls this way. 


What is more important, the state or the child?

The child, of course. China cares more about olympic nedals than they do 

about the childhood of a child.

The US won more medals than China in the last olympics without taking a child

from their parents and China has a population 1.357 billion (as of 2013) compared 

to the US population of 316.5 million. 

And because of what has been said above, the family is much better in raising 

the child than the state.


"There is a second series of soap operas on TV called the US Presidential Elections."
Forrest Caricofe

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US Presidential Elections."



Trump: Clinton 'has to go to jail'  

"Ocala, Florida (CNN) Donald Trump said Wednesday that Hillary Clinton "has 

to go to jail" because the scandal over her email server, comments that mark a 

major departure from the American political tradition."

A Putrid Election: the Horserace as Farce by Andrew Levine

FRIDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER 2016 11:03 This article was first published on 


"Why, then, waste a moment’s thought on that horse race?   The only reason I 

can think of is the hope that, playing to his strength, Trump, an inveterate 

entertainer, will make the spectacle interesting by going dirty.

He could have done that in the first debate, had he followed through with his 

threat to seat Gennifer Flowers in the front row. Monica Lewinsky would be 

better, but Gennifer will do.

He didn’t, though, – to be “nice,” he said, to the Madam Secretary. Don’t 

despair yet, however; unless the orange-maned boogeyman wigs out, 

there are two more debates ahead.

Clinton’s handlers and their media flacks, desperate to generate 

enthusiasm for their lackluster client, want people to think that Trump 

could win. With Hillary and the Donald still some way away from the final 

stretch, their machinations, along with the ebb and flow of events, did 

combine for a while to create the illusion of a real contest underway.

This was enough to make some eighty-five million people tune in to the 

first debate. “The Apprentice” never had an audience like that.

But the illusion cannot last – not with the entirety of the American power 

elite doing all it can to assure a Hillary victory; and not with Trump being 


There is a lot of work to be done, even so, persuading voters, that there 

really is no work to do – that, thanks to the demographics of the electorate,

anti-Trump hysteria is and always has been irrational; and therefore that even 

people who believe that Trump is, by far, the greater evil should feel no need 

to pile on votes for Hillary, when their time and energy would be better spent 

working, say, to assure that the Green Party does well enough to gain ballot 

access and federal funding in future elections.

Don’t count on anything like that happening, however; not with corporate 

media pulling out all the stops building up the Trump menace, and doing 

everything they can, in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, 

to make Hillary look good.

The debate last Monday night – or rather the consensus narrative about it 

that began to emerge even before it was over – turned the tide back 

decisively in Hillary’s favor.

During the first half hour or so, when the Donald was fairly restrained, it was, 

we are told, a tie. Then Hillary started pushing Trump’s buttons, and the 

Donald, predictably, lost his cool. Hillary soared ahead.

That is the story, and the talking heads of the corporate media world are 

sticking with it. Why wouldn’t they; it serves their purpose, and it seems right.

Before long, the polls should start reflecting this understanding.

In a slightly less irrational world, the rising tide for Hillary would also be 

reflected in a diminution in anti-Trump hysteria, and therefore in a 

non-negligible up-tick in the numbers of people determined to do something 

constructive with their votes.

Even disorganized protest votes would be useful – for impressing upon our 

next President that not only is there “a vast rightwing conspiracy” out to get 

her, but also that everyone to the left of, say, Donna Brazile, who is not already 

against her, soon will be — once the consequences of her fondness for war 

and her servility to corporate interests and to Wall Street start to sink in.

Voting for Jill Stein, the Green candidate, would be even more constructive.

Stein could still get enough votes to help move the Greens out of the margins. 

But most voters are not about to put their votes to this or any other constructive 

use. The duopoly’s stranglehold over peoples’ minds is still too strong; and 

Trump still scares too many liberals.

And so, the farce goes on.

Because she is a Cold Warrior at heart, who seems undaunted by the prospect 

of hostilities with Russia, Hillary Clinton is a very dangerous woman. This is one 

of many reasons why the outcome of the farce now unfolding, a Clinton 

presidency, is dreadful to contemplate.

The process that has brought us to this point is dreadful too – for the many ways it 

offends democratic values and principles.

Forget about discovering the general will through collective deliberation and 

debate; forget even about aggregating preferences. The Clinton v. Trump 

contest has nothing to do with any of that.

This is not exactly news; presidential elections in the United States have 

never been particularly (small-d) democratic.

Our elections are marketing campaigns; they are about selling candidates 

to voters, in the way that advertisers sell goods and services to consumers.

But even this description doesn’t quite capture what is going on now.

In normal marketing campaigns, the idea is not to sell the public on the idea 

that the competition’s wares are too horrible for anyone to consider buying. 

It is to promote the virtues of the products or services that the advertisers 

they are peddling.

In fairness, it must be said that both the Clinton and Trump campaigns do 

try to conform to this model. But because they are selling defective goods, 

neither campaign has enough to work with to “accentuate the positive.” 

And so, there is nothing for either of them to do except deride the opposition.

How could it be otherwise when the best, perhaps the only, compelling 

argument for Hillary Clinton is Donald Trump.

Conventional wisdom has it that Hillary knows her way around Washington 

and in the corridors of power throughout the world, and that she is adept at 

getting things done. Well, yes, if knowing her way around means having 

been there and having had a lot of power for most of her adult life; and if 

getting things done means making a mess whenever she undertakes to use it.

If it means getting worthwhile things done, the kindest thing that can be 

said is that examples are hard to find. No matter how many times it is 

repeated in liberal print, broadcast and cable media, the idea that Hillary 

is a “progressive pragmatist” is a confabulation.

As for views on issues and general ideas about governance, Hillary has even 

less to offer. Her neoliberal, liberal imperialist and recklessly bellicose views 

and ideas are the very ones that, day by day, more and more people are 

coming to reject, with ever increasing militancy.

And so, only Trump is left. He is the only compelling reason Hillary and her 

supporters can advance for voting for her.

For them, though, making Trump’s views and ideas, as best they can be 

ascertained, the problem is problematic. Much that comes out of Trump’s 

mouth truly is horrendous, but some of his ideas are more progressive 

than Hillary’s.

Trump’s awful ideas pertain mainly to Muslims and Latinos; but also, in 

one way or another, to everyone who is not male, white, and long in the 


His more progressive ideas have mainly to do with matters of war and 

peace, trade policy, jobs creation, and infrastructure development.

These are matters that voters care about; it would hardly do therefore to 

dwell on them insofar as Trump, not Clinton, occupies the high ground.

No wonder, then, that, as the campaign has unfolded, Hillary and her 

people have decided to focus mainly on the Donald’s temperament.

This is one of those rare instances where the line Clintonites push tracks

reality tolerably well. Trump really is an adolescent in a septuagenarian’s 

body. It is easy to get under his skin, if you know what buttons to push; 

and he is inclined to act out.

These character traits bring out the inner fascist in large swathes of the

American population; this is not a virtue in a leader of a highly fractious 

and racially divided country.

More importantly, they are not qualities one would want in the 

Commander-in-Chief of a country with a huge military presence all over 

the world, and with enough nuclear weapons to destroy civilization many 

times over.

Similarly, the best argument for Trump is Hillary – because he too doesn’t 

have much going for him.   Needless to say, this is not Trump’s view of himself, 

but it is true nevertheless.

Having started out with a lot of money, Trump acquired a whole lot more. 

Americans are taught from birth to worship at the altar of business success, 

so this counts for something, even though governments are not businesses, 

and even though the skills required for succeeding or just getting by in the 

one hardly transfer to the other.

In any case, it would be fair to say that, even more than Clinton, Trump has 

accomplished nothing worthwhile – unless making truckloads of money by 

catering to gamblers and to the luxury needs of the nouveau riche counts as 


Moreover, his business successes depend almost entirely on dealings with 

sleazy operators and bought and paid for politicians. His is hardly a Horatio 

Alger story.

Trump does have a defiant attitude, though; one that people suffering from 

politics as usual, Clintonite politics, can identify with.

No matter that many of his “solutions” would only make the problems worse 

or that there are more constructive alternatives readily at hand.

Sanders was an exponent of some of them. Elements of his solutions have 

found their way into the Democratic Party platform — where they remain 

dead on arrival. No surprise there: it was all just a consolation price for 

Bernie, and a sop to his supporters.

Jill Stein has better solutions, but the leaders of the Democratic and 

Republican Parties, working though their corporate media flacks and 

the Commission on Presidential Debates, have seen to it that most voters 

don’t even know who she is.

That leaves just Hillary as the argument for Trump.

There we have it: if you fear and loathe Trump, vote for Hillary; if you hate 

Hillary, vote for Trump.

This is what democracy in America has come to – a tragedy and a farce all in one.

The truly sad part is that, once it is over, and we are left with Hillary at the helm, 

not only will President Drone look good in comparison, but this putrid electoral 

season, with its ridiculous, mind-numbing debates will be looked back upon 

nostalgically – as a time when Hillary wasn’t yet quite so much in peoples’ faces or 

doing quite so much harm."

ANDREW LEVINE is a Senior Scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, the author 

most recently of THE AMERICAN IDEOLOGY (Routledge) and POLITICAL KEY 


(Blackwell) as well as of many other books and articles in political philosophy. 

His most recent book is In Bad Faith: What’s Wrong With the Opium of the 

People. He was a Professor (philosophy) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison 

and a Research Professor (philosophy) at the University of Maryland-College 

Park.  He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion 

(AK Press).

Putin Ally Tells Americans: Vote Trump or Face Nuclear War

"MOSCOW - Americans should vote for Donald Trump as president next month 

or risk being dragged into a nuclear war, according to a Russian 

ultra-nationalist ally of President Vladimir Putin who likes to compare 

himself to the U.S."

BBC News

"The BBC poll of polls looks at the five most recent national polls and takes the 

median value, ie, the value between the two figures that are higher and two 

figures that are lower."

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

Election day 8 November 2016

"updated 13 October 2016                   Hillary Clinton 49%      Donald Trump 40%

updated 12 October 2016                     Hillary Clinton 49%      Donald Trump 43%    

updated 11 October 2016                     Hillary Clinton 50%      Donald Trump 44% 

updated 10 October 2016                     Hillary Clinton 48%      Donald Trump 44% 

                    30 September 2016           Hillary Clinton 48%      Donald Trump 46%"


Barring a hat trick by Donald Trump at the last moment, Hillary Clinton will

win the presidential election with a great majority of electoral votes. As seen

above he has lost 3 percentage points nationally and is behind in key battle-

ground states to include Florida, Ohio, Virginia and others whose electoral

votes he must have to win.

Maybe President Vladimir Putin of Russia will come to his rescue. He's been


Maybe he will make peace with his fellow Republicans to include Paul Ryan,

but that ain't his way of doing things and I doubt it. 


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 


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)


"The coming of cold and harsh winter would indicate to me that climate 

change is only a natural occurrence of  the changing weather of the earth."

Forrest Caricofe 

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No results found for "The coming of cold and harsh winter would indicate to 

me that climate change is only a natural occurrence of the changing weather 

of the earth."


Its raining right now (4:32 AM 10/13/2016) and it's suppose to quit about 9:00 AM

according to the weather report I'm listening to on TV right now. With all the

black mulch I've put down in the flower gardens, the plants should retain this

water for 3 or 4 days. A cold front, coming from the west, will give to us a high 

temperature of 53 degrees today.

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