Monday, November 14, 2016

273rd post


"School education is important for learning reading, writing and arithmetic, but 

life's experiences is just as important for a higher education." 

Forrest Caricofe

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"After the big car came to a stop, Father turned the ignition key back on and it 

was pedal to metal and off to the races...."

Father drove down the street that I believe is Dinkle Avenue now that was named 

after some local celebrity. I don't remember what was on the right or left exactly

until we got to a brick building on the right that was Bridgewater High School. 

This where Father, Aunt Lottie, Aunt Nita, Aunt May, Uncle Ray, Uncle Paul and 

maybe Uncle Dallas (Aunt Lottie's husband) went to school. All of these Aunts 

and Uncles except for Uncle Dallas were Father's sisters and brothers. Some of

the spouses of Father's sisters and brothers might have gone to Bridgewater High

School too, but I'm not sure about that. I know, of course, that Mother went to

Weyers Cave High School, but I don't know about the in-laws. They were Uncle 

Ken (Aunt Nita's husband), Aunt Faye (Uncle Ray's wife), Uncle Jack (Aunt May's

husband) and Uncle Paul had more than one wife and right now, I don't 

remember any of them. 

Father only went to or graduated the 8th grade and I'll tell you more about that




"The sky displays some formations that only occur once during someone's 

lifetime here on earth."
Forrest Caricofe

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Skygazers gear up for extra bright 'supermoon'

November 14, 2016 by Sam Reeves

"Skygazers were heading to high-rise buildings, ancient forts and beaches 

Monday to witness the closest "supermoon" to Earth in almost seven decades,

hoping for dramatic photos and spectacular surf.

The unusually big and bright Moon will appear at its most impressive just as 

night falls over Asia, but astronomy enthusiasts will be able to see Earth's 

satellite loom large anywhere in the world shortly after sunset, weather 


The phenomenon happens when the Moon is full at the same time as, or very 

near, perigee—its closest point to Earth on an elliptical, monthly orbit. It 

should appear at its most impressive at 1352 GMT (9:52 AM EDT)

It will be the closest to Earth since 194:8 at a distance of 356,509 kilometres 

(221,524 miles), creating what NASA described as "an extra-supermoon".

From India to Australia, skygazers and photographers were seeking the 

best viewing spots in the region where the phenomenon will be visible first, 

hoping that cloudy skies and the perennial pollution that blights many Asian 

cities will not spoil the fun.

Thousands of people were expected to head to Sydney's Bronte Beach to 

witness the event after author Gavin McCormack created a Facebook page 

to let friends know of his plans.

"Bring a flask of tea... bring a picnic, bring the kids and bring your binoculars 

because this is going to be fantastic," he wrote.

An exceptional Super Moon

Delhi residents were hoping toxic smog shrouding the world's most polluted 

capital in recent weeks would abate to allow spectacular views as the 

supsersized moon rises over the Red Fort, the former Mughal emperor's 


Picnics were being organised in downtown Hong Kong for residents to 

watch the supermoon rise over the financial hub's famous skyline, while 

hikers were heading to the greener, more distant corners of the Chinese 

city to enjoy views with less light pollution.

The landmark Taipei 101 skyscraper in Taiwan, one of the world's tallest 

buildings, was set to welcome skygazers, with astronomers predicting it 

would be one of the biggest moons seen from the island in nearly 100 years.

'More super than others'

Special viewing events were being organised by astronomy groups, with 

members of one in Indonesia's Yogyakarta—the heart of an ancient sultanate

—taking to the rooftop of their club headquarters to get a glimpse of the 

supermoon as it rises over the city's historic buildings.

Meanwhile, professional astronomers were at the ready at observatories 

across the region to explain the phenomenon to curious members of the 


Cities around the world have been enjoying the spectacle of an unusually 

big and bright moon

"We are getting students calling in, there are many who want to come," 

said Mario Raymundo, head of the Philippine government's main 


The supermoon will also mean a stronger high tide, something that gets 

surfers giddy with excitement, not only at the prospect of riding bigger 

waves, but doing so at night.

Tides were predicted to be higher than usual on the popular Indonesian 

holiday island of Bali, a favourite with surfers.

In Thailand, astrologers were variously predicting the supermoon would 

bring disaster or great fortune.

Soraja Nuan-yoo, renowned for predicting the 2004 tsunami that killed 

many in Thailand and other countries round the Indian Ocean, warned that 

when the moon gets close to the Earth, "natural disasters happen".

Astronomers say it can be hard to notice that the Moon appears brighter 

than usual. Once it is high in the sky, it would be hard to tell the Moon is 

larger but on the horizon, it could appear quite spectacular.
Experts recommend people choose somewhere with a well-known landmark 

in the foreground to get the best view of the 'supermoon'

To get the best view, Pascal Descamps of the Paris Observatory recommended 

that people choose somewhere with a well-known landmark in the foreground.

Supermoons are actually quite common—there is one every 14 months on 


"But some supermoons are more super than others," said Descamps."

Explore further: There's an 'extra-super' Moon on the rise


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"A least half one's good health is dependent upon the good thoughts of the 

Forrest Caricofe

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U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

National Institutes of Health (NIH) - Turning Discovery into Health

Talking to Your Doctor

Part 1: Preparing for Your Medical Appointment 

Part 2: Talking Openly with Your Medical Provider 

Part 3: Understanding Diagnosis and Treatment Plans 

"You can play an active role in your health care by talking to your doctor. 

Clear and honest communication between you and your physician can help 

you both make smart choices about your health. It’s important to be honest 

and upfront about your symptoms even if you feel embarrassed or shy. Have 

an open dialogue with your doctor – ask questions to make sure you 

understand your diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.

Here are a few tips that can help you talk to your doctor and make the most 

of your appointment:

Write down a list of questions and concerns before your appointment.

Consider bringing a close friend or family member with you.

Take notes about what the doctor says, or ask a friend or family member to 

take notes for you.

Learn how to access your medical records, so you can keep track of test 

results, diagnoses, treatments plans, and medications and prepare for 

your next appointment.

Ask for the doctor’s contact information and their preferred method of 


Remember that nurses and pharmacists are also good sources of information.


NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison

Building 31, Room 5B64

Bethesda, MD 20892-2094

Tel: 301-402-7337

Note: I'm going to phone Dr. Kwok today about my sore back and other 

questions I have and I will surely follow the advice from above.



By Stephen Kalin | BAWIZA, IRAQ

"Iraqi soldiers fighting just north of Mosul, within sight of city neighborhoods, 

said on Sunday they were ready to tighten the noose around Islamic State 

militants waging a brutal defense of their Iraqi stronghold.

Four weeks into the campaign to crush Islamic State in Mosul, the city is 

almost surrounded but the jihadists' defenses have so far been breached 

only to the east, where they have battled elite troops for control of around 

a dozen districts.

The battle for Mosul, the biggest city held by the ultra-hardline Sunni 

Islamist group in Iraq and Syria, is the largest military operation in Iraq in a 

decade of turmoil unleashed by the 2003 U.S. invasion which toppled Saddam 


Iraq's Shi'ite-led government, which has assembled a 100,000-strong coalition 

of troops, security forces, Kurdish peshmerga fighters and mainly Shi'ite 

militias, backed by U.S. air power, says it will mark the end of Islamic State 

in Iraq.

But it says the fight will be a long one.

An army special forces officer on the northern front line said his men aimed 

to target Hadba, the first neighborhood ahead of them within city limits. The 

district was visible from his position in the village of Bawiza.

Brigadier Ali Abdulla said Islamic State fighters had been pushed out of 

Bawiza and another village, Saada, although progress had been slowed 

by the presence of civilians he said were being used by the militants as 

human shields.

"Our approach (to Hadba) will be very slow and cautious so that we can 

reach the families and free them from Daesh's (Islamic State's) grip,

" Abdulla said.

One man who escaped from Saada to Bawiza with his young son and 

daughter said they had to move from house to house and hide among 

sheep to avoid being caught by Islamic State fighters.

The timing of the decision to move on Hadba would depend on progress 

on other fronts, Abdulla said. Security forces are advancing to the south 

of Mosul, targeting the city's airport on the west bank of the Tigris river.

Abdulla said Islamic State was using suicide car bombs, roadside bombs, 

snipers and long range mortars to try to hold back the army advance in the 

north - all tactics it has used to lethal effect on the eastern front as well.

Another officer, Captain Oqba Nafaa, said the militants were still fighting in 

Saada, using a network of tunnels to carry out surprise strikes on the 

attacking forces.

The urban warfare tactics were similar to those they have deployed to 

lethal effect in the east of the city against elite Counter Terrorism Service 

(CTS) forces and an armored division.

In some districts, control has changed hands three or four times as the 

militants, using tunnels and exploiting the presence of civilians as cover, 

have launched night-time attacks and reversed military gains of the 

previous day.

One resident of al-Qadisiya al-Thaniya district, which the CTS entered on 

Friday, said the special forces later pulled back and Islamic State fighters 


"They came back to us again, and this is what we feared. At night there were 

fierce clashes and we heard powerful explosions," she told Reuters.

A military statement later said that CTS forces had cleared all militants from 

two districts of eastern Mosul, Arbajiya and Karkukli, and were still clearing 

three others.


About 30 km (20 miles) south of Mosul, troops recaptured the 3,000-year-old 

Assyrian city of Nimrud which was overrun by Islamic State militants two years 

ago, a military source said.

Nimrud, once the capital of an empire stretching across the ancient Middle 

East, is one of several historic sites looted and ransacked by the militants, 

who deem the country's pre-Islamic religious heritage idolatrous."


Iraqi civilians stranded north of Mosul grow desperate

Iraqi troops say recapture Nimrud, site of Assyrian city

Iraq's deputy culture minister, Qais Hussain Rasheed, said that recapturing 

the remains of Iraq's rich heritage from the jihadists represented a triumph 

for the world.

Islamic State still controls other Assyrian landmarks including the ruins 

of Nineveh and Khorsabad, as well as the 2,000-year-old desert city of Hatra.

"Liberation of ancient Iraqi archaeological sites from the control of forces of 

dark and evil is a victory not only to Iraqis but for all humanity," Rasheed, deputy 

minister for tourism and antiquities at the culture ministry, told Reuters.

The scale of the damage inflicted on the sites is not completely clear, but Iraqi 

officials say many buildings have been totally destroyed.

More than 54,000 people have been forced to flee their homes so far in the 

Mosul campaign.

The Norwegian Refugee Council said on Sunday tens of thousands of people 

"lack access to water, food, electricity and basic health services" in areas 

recaptured by the army in Mosul and surrounding towns and villages.

Ultimately, 700,000 people were likely to need shelter, food, water or medical 


In the north of the country, Iraqi Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State 

unlawfully destroyed Arab homes in scores of towns and villages in what may 

amount to a war crime, the U.S.-based rights group Human Rights Watch said 

on Sunday."

(Additional reporting by Ahmed Rasheed and Dominic Evans in Baghdad; 

editing by Giles Elgood)


"Sometimes a politician cannot accept responsibility for their election loss, 

they whine, cry and blame others for their bad luck."

Forrest Caricofe

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Priebus Chief of Staff, Bannon Chief Strategist in Trump White House

The Trump Transition


Trump Vows to Begin Up to 3 Million Criminal Alien Deportations

Trump to People Bullying, Harassing Minorities: 'Don't Do It'

First Up for Trump: Healthcare, Immigration,Tax Bill

Trump Says He Will Only Take $1 Presidential Salary

Mary Matalin, Van Jones Spar Over 'Whitelash' Comments

Trump: Border Wall May Be Fence in Places

Conway: Hillary Should Stop Looking for People to Blame

Trump Adviser: He Won't Be 'Burdened' By Conservative Ideas

Tweeter-in-Chief Trump: I'm Not Quitting Twitter

House Leader McCarthy: No Clinton Hearings on GOP Agenda

Jeb, Romney, Kasich Call Trump to Congratulate Him

Gingrich: Drain the Swamp Now, Or It Will Drain You

Ed Klein: Hillary Couldn't Stop Crying, Told Friend She Blames Comey 

and Obama For Loss

Michael Moore Wants 'Special Prosecutor' for Comey, FBI Letter

Giuliani on Trump Inc: 'Blind Trust' Laws Don't Apply to President

Conway: Trump Will End Washington 'Gravy Train'

Giuliani: Decision on Prosecuting Hillary 'Tough One'

Trump Blasts NY Times in Sunday Morning Tweets

Paul Ryan: Trump Is Not Racist, No Deportation Force


Suck it up Hillary Clinton. Be a woman.


Weather for Smithville, Ohio

Today                 PARTLY_CLOUDY            56° 31°

Tue                     PARTLY_CLOUDY            56° 41°

Wed                    PARTLY_CLOUDY            55° 34°

Thu                     SUNNY                                 59° 40°

The Weather Channel - Weather Underground - AccuWeather

It is a lot warmer this morning with no frost on the grass like the last few days.

When I went out to the garage (4:21 AM 11/14/2016 EDT) to make my first 

pot of coffee the temperature was around 40°.  As you know, I always go 

barefooted and wear shorts, so I can almost tell the temperature by the feel

of the air upon my feet and legs.

I went out to the garage again (6:48 AM 11/14/2016 EDT) to make my usual 

second pot of coffee and my first fish sandwich of the day. Of the deliciacs I

have I chose Beach Cliff Kippered Snacks. It is a fillet of herring and a product 

of Canada. I drank the juice from the can first before placing it on the creamery

buttered whole wheat bread. The juice tastes somewhat like anchovies and I

was delighted with its taste and that of the sandwich. Hmm, hmm, good.

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