Thursday, November 3, 2016

262nd post



"At about 4:00 AM in the morning the door to the drill sergeant's door opened 


The drill sergeant yelling "get the hell out of them bunks you dirt bags."

"Move, move, move!"

Us trainees had to get dress in our olive drab uniform, make our bunks with two

white sheets on the bottom and an olive drab blanket on the top and made up 

like Mother did when she worked at Orkney Springs.

If the quarter the drill sergeant threw on the made up bed didn't bounce high 

enough, he tore all the bunks apart, not just the one, and he yelled at us "don't

you dirt bags know how to make a bunk, do it again and hurry up you scumbags

because we might miss breakfast." 

And there was another thing I did not like....



I received another postcard yesterday as a member of

The sender was from Brazil.

There is a place beneath my entering the two letter country ID and the country

number to type in a message to the sender:


Thank you for the postcard of the beautiful flower. It's a beautiful postcard and 

so are stamps on the back.

I will mention you (not your name) and your country in my story of tomorrow 

(Nov 3) on my web site:

I covered much of the Olympics that your country hosted and Christ the 

Redeemer that overlooks your city of Rio de Janeiro.

Thanks again,


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Country in South America

"Brazil, a vast South American country, stretches from the Amazon Basin in the 

north to vineyards and massive Iguaçu Falls in the south. Rio de Janeiro, 

symbolized by its 38m Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mount Corcovado, 

is famed for its busy Copacabana and Ipanema beaches as well as its 

enormous, raucous Carnaval festival, featuring parade floats, flamboyant 

costumes and samba music and dance."

Capital: Brasília

Population: 200.4 million (2013) World Bank

President: Michel Temer

Currency: Brazilian real

National anthem: Brazilian National Anthem

Official language: Portuguese

Points of interest:

Christ the Redeemer


Iguazu Falls


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At a Glance

"Researchers created a model, based on brain activity and exposure to stress in 

childhood, that predicts the likelihood that antidepressants will benefit a patient.

The study suggests a new way to help inform treatment decisions for people with 


People with depression may need to try several treatments over many weeks 

before finally getting symptom relief.Adam Edwards/Hemera/Thinkstock

Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the U.S. It can 

bring a persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood and affect your ability to 

function and enjoy life. There’s no “one-size-fits-all” therapy. Depression is 

usually treated with antidepressant medications, psychotherapy, or a 

combination. It’s often a trial-and-error process to figure out which approaches 

will work best for each individual.

Early life stressors and the brain’s processing of emotions can each contribute 

to depression. Stress can activate and eventually cause physical changes 

to the brain’s amygdala region, which processes fear. A group of scientists, led 

by Drs. Leanne Williams and Andrea Goldstein-Piekarski at Stanford University, 

investigated whether they could predict the likelihood that antidepressants 

would work for patients with depression based on their childhood stress 

exposure and amygdala activity. The research was funded in part by NIH’s 

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and National Institute of Biomedical 

Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). Results were published in the Proceedings 

of the National Academy of Sciences on October 18, 2016.

The team analyzed data from 70 patients with major depressive disorder 

from the International Study to Predict Optimized Treatment for Depression 

(iSPOT-D). Patients were asked how many life stressors they’d experienced 

before age 18. This included abuse, neglect, family conflict, illness or 

death, and natural disasters. Using functional MRI, the researchers measured 

brain activity in patients while they viewed pictures of emotional faces. 

Brain scans were taken before patients started an antidepressant treatment 

and 8 weeks after. Participants were randomly selected to receive 1 of 3 

commonly prescribed antidepressants: sertraline (Zoloft), escitalopram 

(Lexapro), or venlafaxine-XR (Effexor-XR).

The team compared how well early life stressors and brain responses to 

positive or negative facial expressions correlated with patient recovery. 

A model combining all 3 factors predicted the likelihood that 

antidepressants would benefit patients with over 80% accuracy.

The researchers grouped patients into 3 categories based on the number 

of stressful events they’d experienced (low, medium, or high). 

Antidepressants were less likely to work for those in the high-stress category. 

However, these patients had a greater chance of benefiting from the 

medications if their brains were highly responsive to happy facial 

expressions. Patients with low childhood stress were most likely to benefit from 

antidepressant treatment. Their chances rose if their brains were less sensitive 

to both happy and fearful stimuli. These results suggest that, for some patients, 

it might help to first try therapy techniques that address the impact of trauma 

in a person’s life before considering medication.

“We were able to show how we can use an understanding of the whole 

person—their experiences and their brain function and the interaction 

between the 2—to help tailor treatment choices,” Williams says. More research 

is needed to determine whether this model could be used to predict if a specific 

antidepressant would benefit a patient."

―by Tianna Hicklin, Ph.D.

Reference: Human amygdala engagement moderated by early life stress 

exposure is a biobehavioral target for predicting recovery on antidepressants. 

Goldstein-Piekarski AN, Korgaonkar MS, Green E, Suppes T, Schatzberg AF, 

Hastie T, Nemeroff CB, Williams LM. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Oct 18;113

(42):11955-11960. Epub 2016 Oct 10. PMID: 27791054.

Funding: NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and National Institute 

of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB); and BRC Operations

Pty. Ltd.

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"People remember things by using word association which I use for 

remembering medications."

Forrest Caricofe

Google search: About 2,800,000 results (1.57 seconds) 

No results found for "People remember things by using word association 

which I use for remembering medications."


I told you this before but I will tell it again so both of us will remember it.

My Mother was shy in being friendly and my Father was real friendly 

and I ended up being over friendly and because of that I'm considered to be 

manic and bipolar.

I was arrested and handcuffed once for that and taken to a local hospital

where the physiatrics prescribed antidepressants that I call drop-a-coat 

(depakote) and Sara Palin (Seroquel ) and I'll tell you more about this at 

a later date.

And to beat it all, my doctor at the Cleveland Clinic said "you are getting 

older and now and and you need a medication that will help your heart."

So, he prescribed another medication called Metoprolol and my name

for that is Marco Polo. Sounds good to me.

Marco Polo

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Marco Polo was a Venetian merchant traveller whose travels are recorded in 

Livres des merveilles du monde, a book that introduced Europeans to Central 

Asia and China. 

Born: 1254

Died: January 8, 1324, Venice, Italy

Nationality: Venetian

Spouse: Donata Badoer (m. 1300–1324)

Parents: Nicole Anna Defuseh, Niccolò Polo


"The losing team in a championship game always say, "wait till next year,""
Forrest Caricofe

Google search: bout 29,000,000 results (1.89 seconds) 

No results found for "The losing team in a championship game always say, 

"wait til next year,""



By Matt Snyder & R.J. Anderson 

Nov 02, 2016 

Excerpt from full article:

"The Chicago Cubs completed a World Series miracle comeback on Wednesday 

night, rallying from down 3-to-1 in the best-of-seven series to defeat the 

Cleveland Indians in seven games."

ABC News


Nov 3, 2016, 12:50 AM ET

Excerpt from full article:

"The Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 (in 10 innings) to win

the 2016 World Series Wednesday night at Cleveland's Progressive Field, 

ending the team's 108-year drought."



"Infliction of injury, harm, humiliation, or the like, on a person by another who 

has been harmed by that person; violent revenge: But have you the right to

vengeance? 2. an act or opportunity of inflicting such trouble: to take one's  


I believe that this is the right section of this story now for Donald Trump and

Hillary Clinton.


BBC News

BBC Poll of Polls

Yesterday     Nov 2         Clinton 48%      Trump 46%

Today            Nov 3        Clinton  48%      Trump 45 %

Last updated     November 3

Election day      November 8

Five days and counting.

"The numbers have begun to tighten as we approach election day amid crises 

affecting both Democratic contender Hillary Clinton and her Republican rival 

Donald Trump."


Who I'm voting for? I ain't going tell you because this is a free country and I

don't have to.

"The weather is a hot topic for those old people sitting at their local McDonalds

drinking coffee."

Forrest Caricofe

Google search: About 219,000 results (1.41 seconds) 

No results found for "The weather is a hot topic for those old people sitting at 

their local McDonalds drinking coffee."


"One great burden of mankind are those darn wire weeds who are a pain in

the arse."

Forrest Caricofe

Google search: About 2,750 results (0.74 seconds) 

No results found for "One great burden of mankind are those darn wire weeds 

who are a pain in the arse."


Weather for Smithville, Ohio

Today                     RAIN                                63° 44°

Fri                          PARTLY_CLOUDY       52° 35°

Sat                          SUNNY                            61° 40°

Sun                         SUNNY                           62° 38°

The Weather Channel - Weather Underground - AccuWeather

I believe I accomplished a lot yesterday mainly because of the Summer-like


Ryan was mowing the grass with the garden tractor, so I walked, bare foot

of course, to the back flower gardens with the things I needed that I told you

about and will tell you again so we both will remember:

" mulch, grass seed, shovel, sunscreen, flower bulbs, scissors for cutting the 

grass seed bags, container of poison to spray on the wire weeds, well water 

for drinking in a gallon jug and a canister of Pringles (cheddar) that I can eat 

without my false teeth."

But everything was not the same because I forgot to remove my false teeth.

I only used the shovel, grass seed, scissors, gallon jug of well water and

the canister of Pringles (cheddar).

I dug up some Rose of Sharon sprouts and planted those in the back flower

gardens that Bill asked me to do and then used the Fiscus or Fall grass seed

to seed the bare places in the yard. 

If you remember me telling you that the Lowes' employee advised me to 

poison the wire weeds from a spray container. Then wait 3-5 days and then

seed the resulting dead places in the yard with the grass seed.

I ran out of seed, but maybe have only 10 bare spots to go.

It's lightly peeing rain right now (6:32 AM 11/3/2016 EDT) as forecasted with

no thunder and lightening (a Farmer's Rain) and I believe I can finish seeding

and do some others things in the flower gardens and the yard today.

Just went out to the garage again for the second time this morning to make 

another pot of coffee and to make an oyster sandwich with 100% whole wheat

bread, real butter and Bumble Bee Fancy smoked oysters farmed raised in 

China, of course. 

The rain has stopped (7:34 AM 11/3/2016 EDT), and there is some clearing to

the southwest. 

We'll see if the weather forecaster's of rain all day is the right forecast for today?

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