Monday, October 31, 2016

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"Those who stand alone are free of society's burdens."

Forrest Caricofe

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"Diaries are for writing someones secret thoughts and should not be read 

by others, but destroyed when they are dead."
Forrest Caricofe

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"they (the US Military) sent a plane load of us so-called California boys to a hell 

hole in the south they called....

Ft. Polk, Louisiana. 

I cannot recall some of the things that happened at that time in my life and some 

of the things I tell may not have happened at all. I may have made them in the 

memories of because of them happening so long ago.

I believe we were transported to by plane and not by bus, but were taken by

bus from the airport to to the army barracks. I don't remember if the airport was

a civilian airport or an airport on the army base.

But I do remember this. When we got off the bus we were met by a grissled army

Drill Sergeant who was maybe a Staff Sergeant in rank.

"Get off the &$%  ^%@ bus now!"  Go, go, go! You all ain't movin your fat asses

fast enough. Move, move, move!

Get in circle, now!  You all ain't quick enough. Move,move, move. What do you all 

have in them &$% ^%@  bags you brought. This ain't no &$%  ^%@ hotel. Empty 

them dam bags on the ground. 

This is where I'm not sure of what happened, but I believe the drill sergeant yelled 

at all the trainees to throw everything that was a paper product into the center and he 

lighted a match and burned the pile to the ground. I, like my Grandmother Cline 

and my Mother kept a diary and that diary was in that pile of papers and now

those written down memories are gone forever....



"A majority of kind and friendly people make up the world that it is today."

Forrest Caricofe

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As a member of I received a postcard yesterday from a young 

woman from Taiwan who is a senior in high school. She said that this was her first 

postcard to mail and because I said in my profile that that I liked flowers she sent 

to me a postcard of pink water lilies on the front. Beautiful!

If you are reading this, thanks again.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Taiwan is a small island nation 180 km east of China with modern cities, 

traditional Chinese temples, hot springs resorts and dramatic mountainous 

terrain. Taipei, the country’s capital in the north, is known for its busy night 

markets, Chinese Imperial art at the National Palace Museum and 

Taipei 101, a 509 m-tall, bamboo-shaped skyscraper with an observation 


Capital: Taipei

Dialing code: +886

Currency: New Taiwan dollar

Population: 23.51 million (2016)

Official language: Standard Mandarin"


Harvard Health Blog » Artificial sweeteners: sugar-free, but at what cost? - 

Harvard  Health Blog

Artificial sweeteners: sugar-free, but at what cost?

POSTED JULY 16, 2012, 1:28 PM , UPDATED DECEMBER 08, 2015, 3:27 PM

Holly Strawbridge, Former Editor, Harvard Health

Artificial sweeteners

By offering the taste of sweetness without any calories, artificial sweeteners 

seem like they could be one answer to effective weight loss. The 

average 12-ounce can of sugar-sweetened soda delivers about 150 calories, 

almost all of them from sugar. The same amount of diet soda—zero calories. 

The choice seems like a no-brainer.

The American Heart Association (AHA) and American Diabetes Association 

(ADA) have given a cautious nod to the use of artificial sweeteners in place 

of sugar to combat obesity, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes, all risk factors 

for heart disease. 

“While they are not magic bullets, smart use of non-nutritive sweeteners 

could help you reduce added sugars in your diet, therefore lowering the 

number of calories you eat. Reducing calories could help you attain and 

maintain a healthy body weight, and thereby lower your risk of heart disease 

and diabetes,” said Dr. Christopher Gardner, an associate professor of 

medicine at Stanford University in California, in a press release accompanying 

the scientific statement.

As with everything, there’s more to the artificial sweetener story than their 

effect on weight. To learn more about them, I spoke with Dr. David Ludwig, 

an obesity and weight-loss specialist at Harvard-affiliated Boston Children’s 

Hospital. He has a keen interest in products designed to help people lose 

weight at keep it off. And what he has learned about artificial sweeteners 

worries him.

All artificial sweeteners are not created equal

The FDA has approved five artificial sweeteners: saccharin, acesulfame, 

aspartame, neotame, and sucralose. It has also approved one natural 

low-calorie sweetener, stevia. How the human body and brain respond to 

these sweeteners is very complex.

One concern is that people who use artificial sweeteners may replace the 

lost calories through other sources, possibly offsetting weight loss or health 

benefits, says Dr. Ludwig. This can happen because we like to fool ourselves: 

“I’m drinking diet soda, so it’s okay to have cake.” The AHA and ADA also 

added this caveat to their recommendation.

It’s also possible that these products change the way we taste food. 

“Non-nutritive sweeteners are far more potent than table sugar and 

high-fructose corn syrup. A miniscule amount produces a sweet taste 

comparable to that of sugar, without comparable calories. Overstimulation 

of sugar receptors from frequent use of these hyper-intense sweeteners 

may limit tolerance for more complex tastes,” explains Dr. Ludwig. That 

means people who routinely use artificial sweeteners may start to find less 

intensely sweet foods, such as fruit, less appealing and unsweet foods, such 

as vegetables, downright unpalatable.

In other words, use of artificial sweeteners can make you shun healthy, 

filling, and highly nutritious foods while consuming more artificially flavored 

foods with less nutritional value.

Artificial sweeteners may play another trick, too. Research suggests that they 

may prevent us from associating sweetness with caloric intake. As a result, 

we may crave more sweets, tend to choose sweet food over nutritious food, 

and gain weight. Participants in the San Antonio Heart Study who drank more 

than 21 diet drinks per week were twice as likely to become overweight or 

obese as people who didn’t drink diet soda.

But you say you can give up diet drinks whenever you want? Don’t be so sure. 

Animal studies suggest that artificial sweeteners may be addictive. In studies 

of rats who were exposed to cocaine, then given a choice between intravenous 

cocaine or oral saccharine, most chose saccharin.

What’s your definition of safe?

Whether non-nutritive sweeteners are safe depends on your definition of safe. 

Studies leading to FDA approval have ruled out cancer risk, for the most part. 

However, those studies were done using far smaller amounts of diet soda than 

the 24 ounces a day consumed by many people who drink diet soda. We really 

don’t know what effect large amounts of these chemicals will have over many 


And there are other health concerns beside cancer. In the Multiethnic Study 

of Atherosclerosis, daily consumption of diet drinks was associated with a 36% 

greater risk for metabolic syndrome and a 67% increased risk for type 2 

diabetes. Aren’t these diseases that artificial sweeteners may help prevent in 

the first place?....



The Cleveland Indians baseball team lost to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field

in Chicago last night 3-2. The series now moves back to Progressive Field in

Cleveland for the last two games if needed. The Indians need to win one and 

the Cubs need to win both games to become World Series Champions.

Progressive Field

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Arena in Cleveland, Ohio

"Progressive Field is a baseball park located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, 

United States. It is the home field of the Cleveland Indians of Major League 

Baseball, and together with Quicken Loans Arena, (Cleveland Cavaliers)

Address: 2401 Ontario St, Cleveland, OH 44115

Capacity: 35,225

Construction started: January 1992

Opened: April 4, 1994

Owner: Cuyahoga County, Ohio"


Cleveland Indians home field with a mezzanine-level kid's club, concessions & 

youth workshops. - Google

"Great sight lines, good food /beer options and all seats are good."

"Excellent food options also, not just peanuts, popcorn and hot dogs!"

"Great place to watch baseball and have a fun night out."

Curse of the Billy Goat

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"The Curse of the Billy Goat is the name of a sports-related curse that was 

supposedly placed on the Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball franchise 

in 1945 by Billy Goat Tavern owner William Sianis. Because the odor of his 

pet goat, Murphy, was bothering other fans, Sianis was asked to leave 

Wrigley Field, the Cubs' home ballpark, during game four of the 1945 World 

Series....Outraged, Sianis allegedly declared, "Them Cubs, they ain't gonna 

win no more," which has been interpreted to mean that either the Cubs would 

never win another National League pennant or else that they would never 

again win a World Series.

The Cubs lost the 1945 World Series to the Detroit Tigers, and have not won 

a World Series championship since 1908. After the incident with Sianis and 

Murphy, the Cubs did not play in the World Series for the next 71 years until, 

on the 46th anniversary of Billy Sianis' death,... they defeated the Los Angeles 

Dodgers 5–0 in game 6 of the 2016 National League Championship Series to 

win the NL pennant....The Cubs are currently behind three games to two in 

the 2016 World Series with the American League champion Cleveland Indians, 

who have a long-running alleged curse of their own that supposedly has kept 

them from winning the Series since 1948, despite several subsequent 


In popular culture

"Jim Butcher, in the short story "Curses" included in the 2011 short story 

collection Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy by Ellen Datlow, popular fictional 

character Harry Dresden discovered that the goat at Wrigley Field was actually 

Welsh mythological figure Gwyn ap Nudd disguised as a goat, and the baseball 

fanatic King of the Tylwyth Teg issued the curse when he was not allowed to 

watch the game."


Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq 

and Syria, Islamic State, and by its Arabic language acronym Daesh, is a 

Salafi jihadist militant group that follows a fundamentalist, Wahhabi doctrine 

of Sunni Islam. 

Founder: Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

Founded: 1999

Originated as: Jama'at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad (1999)"

CBS News

By ALEX TIN CBS NEWS October 27, 2016

ISIS faction raises black flag over Somali port town

"QANDALA, Somalia -- While the international community has focused on 

combating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq, 

the terror group has steadily been gaining ground in Somalia.

On Wednesday, ISIS captured the ancient port town of Qandala, signaling a 

new front emerging in the war against the terror group on the strategic 

Gulf of Aden.

“This is a symbolic victory because this is the first major town that ISIS has 

captured in Somalia,” said Mo Fatah, a Somalia expert.

In video posted by the group, militants are seen advancing into Qandala, 

and raising their flag over the East African fishing town.

Militants took over the town early Wednesday to little resistance, overwhelming 

local police forces.

“Qandala town fell into the hands of Daesh this morning,” Jamac Mohamed 

Khuurshe, a senior official in Qandala, told Reuters. “Our soldiers were few 

and so could not fight any longer.”

Daesh is the Arabic term for ISIS.

Up until now, the area had been considered among the safest in Somalia 

because of its proximity to the major Somalian city of Bosaso, the economic 

hub of the Puntland region.

“People in the region have been worried about it, asking the international 

community for support. Almost a million people living in the region want to 

establish their own security forces to push them out, but they don’t have the 

funds and resources to combat [ISIS],” Fatah told CBS News.

Puntland is a mountainous, semi-autonomous northern state in Somalia. The 

region is located at the tip of a major shipping lane through the Gulf of Aden, 

and has been the focus of international efforts to combat piracy.

“Now with ISIS in Yemen, Syria, and Iraq, the fact they hold can hold a major 

own in this country as well gives them an opportunity. Puntland is harder to 

attack because of its mountainous nature, it’s not Iraq or Syria, and can provide 

them a place they can go and group,” Fatah said. 

The faction of ISIS in Somalia involved in Wednesday’s attack is reportedly led 

by Abdiqadir Mumin, a former recruiter and spokesman for al Shabaab.

Al Shabaab, a rival Islamist militant group, has long operated in the region.

The United States designated Mumin a terrorist in August, saying that he 

“along with around 20 of his followers” had pledged allegiance to ISIS in 

October 2015.

The force that captured Qandala suggests the organization has grown 

significantly in the year since. Local media estimates that at least 50 militants 

were involved in the attack.

Fatah doubts the forces will be able to hold the town permanently, but warns 

that the capture of Qandala is a sign of the new and growing threat ISIS poses 

in northern Somalia."


"Most politicians can be described with that old saying "liar, liar pants on fire.""

Forrest Caricofe

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BBC News Poll of Polls

Clinton   49%        Trump 46%

Newsmax headlines

"FBI Gets Warrant to See Huma-Weiner Emails

One FBI official said the total number of emails on the computer was 650,000, 

though not all were likely related to the Clinton probe. 

FBI Gets Warrant to See Huma-Weiner Emails

FBI Clinton Email Probe


Harry Reid: Comey May Have Broken Law

WSJ: Tensions High Inside FBI, Justice Department

Pence to Kudlow: Avalanche of Hard Evidence in Clinton Case

Ex-Bush Lawyer Says Comey Violated Hatch Act Commenting on Emails

FBI Agents Waited Weeks to Tell Comey of New Emails

Goodlatte: Comey Should Release As Much as He Can

Fmr. FBI Fuentes: Emails May Be Linked to Foundation Probe

CNN: Huma Abedin Negotiating With FBI Over Emails

Pence: Comey Was 'Pressured' Not to Go Public Last Summer

Trump: 'Dishonest' Social Media Burying FBI Email Case

Ex-Asst. FBI Director Kallstrom: Clintons Are a 'Crime Family'

FBI Finds Tens-of-Thousands of E-mails on Huma-Weiner Laptop

More FBI Clinton Email Probe

Campaign 2016


CBS Battleground Tracker: FBI News Has Little Impact So Far

Democrat Schoen: Withdrawing Support for Hillary

Chicago Tribune Columnist Urges Dems to Dump Clinton

Dick Morris: Beware of Hillary's Collapsing Poll Numbers!

Trump: Never Thought We'd Say Thank You to Anthony Weiner

NYT Poll: Trump Pulls Ahead by 4 Points in Florida

Gen. Allen: Trump Doesn't Understand Strategy, Doesn't Want to Learn

Wash Post Poll: Trump Surges to Within 1 Point of Clinton

Kudlow to Trump: 'Mistake' to Talk about Emails, 'Stay on Message'

NBC/WSJ/Marist Poll: Clinton-Trump Tied in Florida

Poll: Clinton Up by 4 in Alaska

Wash. Post: Trump History of Charity a Facade

IBD/TIPP Poll: Clinton's Lead Shrinks to 2 Points

Trump Offered Christie VP, Then Rescinded Offer

Zakaria: Trump Ran 'Most Chaotic, Poor' Campaign in History

AI System Predicts Trump Victory, Picked Last 3 Winners"

Breaking News at


Why can't Hillary Clinton admit to what she's done and step done from running

for the Presidency?

President Nixon admitted to what he did (Watergate) and announced to the 

American public that he was resigning as President. 


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Barack Obama

44th U.S. President

Barack Hussein Obama II is an American politician who is the 44th and current 

President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office 

and the first president born outside the continental United States.

Born: August 4, 1961 (age 55), Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and 

Children, Honolulu, HI

Height: 6′ 1″

Parents: Ann Dunham, Barack Obama Sr.

Siblings: Maya Soetoro-Ng, Auma Obama, David Ndesandjo 

Education: Harvard Law School (1988–1991)

Children: Malia Ann Obama, Sasha Obama

No wife from above, but two daughters, and you know his wife's name is Michelle.


Bill watching me listening to the TV. The woman weather forecaster is saying

that it is 48 degrees right now (5:15 AM 10/31/2016) and will be a high 

of 50 degrees today.


The forecaster also said that a standing room only ticket to the World Series

tomorrow night in Cleveland will cost $800. Like I told you before, I've been

standing all my life and I ain't never paid someone for standing.

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