Wednesday, November 16, 2016

275th post


"Eight years of a high school education along with common sense and life's

experiences is just as good as a paid for higher education."
Forrest Caricofe

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I believe that the quote above pretty much sums up my Father. He probably had

to quit school anyway to help with Grandmother Caricofe and some of his 

younger siblings with the household expenses because of Grandfather leaving.

Father probably got more of an education from life than he would have if he 

would have attended 4 more years of schooling. On top of that, he got paid full

time for working those 4 years.

I know nothing of Father's life as a kid or a teenager, but I believe he did grow up

mostly in the town of Bridgwater:

Bridgewater, Virginia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bridgewater, Virginia


Location in Virginia

Coordinates: 38°23′12″N 78°58′11″WCoordinates: 38°23′12″N 78°58′11″W

Country United States

State Virginia

County Rockingham

Founded 1835


 • Mayor Hallie Dinkel


 • Total 2.4 sq mi (6.2 km2)

 • Land 2.4 sq mi (6.2 km2)

 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)

Elevation 1,178 ft (359 m)

Population  (2013)

• Total 5,879 

• Density 2,169.2/sq mi (837.5/km2)

Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)

 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)

ZIP code                  22812

Area code(s) 540

Bridgewater (formerly Dinkletown and Bridgeport) is an incorporated town 

in Rockingham County, Virginia, United States. The population was 5,644 at 

the 2010 census. It is included in the Harrisonburg, Virginia Metropolitan 

Statistical Area. Bridgewater is also home to Bridgewater College, a private, 

coeducational, four-year liberal arts college founded in 1880, historically 

associated with the Church of the Brethren.



"The world would be a lot more peaceful place if countries of the world would

police themselves."
Forrest Caricofe

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I received a postcard yesterday from the country of Germany and my message 

to the sender:


Thank you for the postcard of the beautiful butterfly and flower. I will mention 

you (not your name) and your country in my story of today (Nov 16 EDT) on 

my web site: 

I also have a new video on YouTube called 'Woe is me.' 

Thanks again, 


The sender's Postcrossing statistics:

 Postcards - 150 sent - 148 received

Distance sent: 348,495 miles (of all postcards)

 Last seen: about 11 hours ago (on the postcrossing web site)

 Languages: German and English

 Birthday: 18th March

 Interested in direct swaps: Yes 

And I hope I got this right. The sender, I believe, is from Wuppertal, Germany.


City in Germany

Wuppertal is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located in and 

around the river Wupper valley, and is situated east of the city of Düsseldorf 

and south of the Ruhr area. Wikipedia

Note: the sender has ask for a reply and I will surely do that in the form of

a postcard.

I also mailed out postcards today to people in the countries of The 

Netherlands, China, Germany, The United Kingdom (Glasgow) and The Russian



"A happy person is most often a healthy person."

Forrest Caricofe

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NIH News in Health

Asking Your Doctor About Health Risks

"What are my personal health risks? Are these risk over my lifetime or over 

a shorter period?

What steps can I take to reduce my health risks? (such as through exercise 

or a healthy diet)

What are my options? (for treatments, screening tests, or making healthy 


What will the results of this test or therapy tell us about my risks?

What are possible benefits and side effects? What are the chances these 

might affect me?

Speak up if there’s something you don’t understand. It’s the health care 

provider’s job to explain health risks in a way that makes sense to you."


NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison

Building 31, Room 5B64

Bethesda, MD 20892-2094

Tel: 301-402-7337

Note: I sent this email message to NIH this morning: You are surely a life savior. 

Other sources do not want you to use their information except reading it, but 

you encourage people to do the opposite. Thanks again. Forrest 

And from Wikipedia in an email: 

Excerpt from full email:

Jimmy Wales <>Nov 15 (1 day ago)

Dear Randolph, (I have to use my Father's name since I'm a Junior for credit 

card purposes).

'Thank you for your donation of $ 20.00 to the Wikimedia Foundation. The 

Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that supports Wikipedia 

and other free knowledge projects. Our mission is to build the most 

accessible and comprehensive source of free knowledge in the world."


"The Islamic State is not a state because no one, except their soldiers, want to

live in their barbaric and moving borders."

Forrest Caricofe

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Airstrikes on Aleppo Resume as Russia Begins New Offensive in Syria


Russia Begins New Offensive in Aleppo

"Russia's defense secretary, Sergei K. Shoigu, revealed some details of the 

renewed military strikes on Syria after a relatively calm few weeks. By THE 

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Russia resumed airstrikes on the besieged rebel-held 

sections of Aleppo, Syria, on Tuesday, as it began a major new offensive 

against insurgents battling Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad.

Russia’s defense minister, Sergei K. Shoigu, said it had started “a big 

operation to deliver massive strikes” against the Islamic State and the Levant 

Victory Front, formerly known as the Nusra Front, in Idlib and Homs Provinces.

Jets taking off from Russia’s aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, 

conducted their first strikes on Syria, the Russian military said, noting that 

its forces were hitting targets in the two provinces. It was unclear whether 

the strikes on Aleppo were by Russian or by Syrian government warplanes.

The fighting shattered the relative calm that had prevailed in the rebel-held 

eastern parts of Aleppo for about three weeks.

“Our house is being shaken,” Modar Sheikho, a nurse and antigovernment 

activist in rebel-held Aleppo, said in a text message. “The warplane is still 

in the sky.” He shared an audio recording with the roar of a plane and the 

sound of explosions.

Residents reported airstrikes on at least five Aleppo neighborhoods. The 

extent of the casualties was unclear, but they appeared to include at least 

three civilians, including a woman, who were killed in the neighborhood 

of Masaken Hanano, and 10 others wounded. There were conflicting reports 

about whether the attack had consisted of barrel bombs, which are usually 

dropped from helicopters, or an assault by fighter jets.

“Since this morning, until now, dozens of shells and rockets have bombed 

Aleppo,” Mohammad al-Sheghal, a resident of eastern Aleppo, said in a 

text message, adding that he believed that the planes were Russian fighter 


Mr. Shoigu, at a meeting in Sochi, Russia, with President Vladimir V. Putin, 

said that a Russian warship, the Admiral Grigorovich, was taking part in this 

operation, launching cruise missiles against insurgent targets.

“For the first time in the history of Russian Navy, the Admiral Kuznetsov 

aircraft carrier took part in combat, too,” he said. “Today, our Su-33 fighter 

jets began to work from this warship.”

Mr. Shoigu also briefed Mr. Putin on what he called the use of chemical 

weapons by the insurgents. The Russian military said that chemical weapons 

used by insurgents had caused three deaths of Syrian soldiers, and the 

hospitalization of dozens of soldiers.

On Monday, a Russian fighter jet crashed off the Syrian coast as it tried to 

return to the Admiral Kuznetsov. The pilot ejected safely and the Russian 

Defense Ministry blamed a technical failure.

The fighting broke out a day after Mr. Putin spoke to President-elect 

Donald J. Trump and agreed to cooperate on fighting “international 

terrorism and extremism,” according to a Kremlin statement. That 

declaration echoed Mr. Trump’s recent comments that he would try to 

work with Moscow and with Mr. Assad to fight against the Islamic State, 

also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh.

Mr. Trump’s comments concerning Syria also received a favorable 

reaction on Tuesday from the United Nations special envoy for Syria, 

Staffan de Mistura. “What he’s been saying is quite interesting,” Mr. de 

Mistura said, speaking on the BBC’s “Hardtalk” program. “The focus, 

the priority, is Daesh, fighting terrorism. Second to do, if possible, a 

deal with Russia. Both points make a lot of sense.”

The diplomat said he had yet to speak directly to Mr. Trump or his associates. 

He also emphasized that in his view, the Syria conflict still required “a 

completely new approach to what is a political solution.”

The Syrian government has tended to call all its opponents terrorists, and 

Russia makes little distinction among the different groups fighting Mr. Assad. 

A constant sticking point has been that some of the rebels that the United 

States has supported have 

made battlefield alliances with Qaeda-linked groups considered terrorists by 

Moscow and Washington alike. The United Nations special envoy to Syria, 

Staffan de Mistura, has estimated that perhaps a few hundred of the 10,000 

or so fighters inside besieged eastern Aleppo are affiliated with Al Qaeda; 

rebels say that number is lower and the government says it is higher.

The Obama administration has said that fighting the Islamic State is the 

priority of the United States, not toppling Mr. Assad — though that is another 

stated American aim. Under Mr. Obama, the United States government has 

continued to support some rebel groups that Washington deems not to be 

extremist, and it has shunned direct cooperation with Moscow and Damascus, 

contending that their campaign in Syria has been focused less on defeating 

extremists and more on battling opposition groups fighting Mr. Assad.

The Obama administration has also condemned what it says is indiscriminate 

bombing by the Syrian government and its Russian allies.

A change in American policy under Mr. Trump, who is to take office in January, 

could involve a shift toward direct cooperation with Mr. Assad and with 

Russia against the Islamic State."

Follow Anne Barnard @ABarnardNYT and Ivan Nechepurenko @INechepurenko 

on Twitter.

Anne Barnard reported from Beirut, and Ivan Nechepurenko from Moscow. 

Reporting was contributed by Neil MacFarquhar from Moscow, Hwaida 

Saad from Beirut, Maher Samaan from Paris, Sewell Chan from London, and 

Rick Gladstone from New York.


"Politicians do not normally live in Hollywood, but they are sometimes our 

biggest forms of entertainment."
Forrest Caricofe

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BBC News

From the section US & Canada

A break with protocol: By David Willis, BBC News, Washington

Donald Trump denies transition disarray after sackings

"Mr Christie (R) was replaced as head of the transition team last week

US President-elect Donald Trump has defended his handling of the transition 

to the White House, amid reports of disarray in his team.

Mr Trump tweeted that the process of selecting his new cabinet and other 

positions was "very organised".

US media say two senior members of the transition team working on national 

security have been forced out.

Mr Trump, a property tycoon and Republican outsider, won an unexpected 

victory against Hillary Clinton.

He has already replaced New Jersey Governor Chris Christie with Vice-

President-elect Mike Pence as head of the transition team.

Five bumpy White House transitions

Could Trump's children be his advisers?

Can Donald Trump get what he wants?

Meet President Trump's possible cabinet

Media reports say Mr Trump's son-in-law and close adviser Jared Kushner was 

behind the change.

Mr Christie was New Jersey attorney general when Mr Kushner's father was 

tried and jailed in the state for tax evasion, illegal campaign contributions 

and witness tampering in 2004.

Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner is thought to be behind Mr Christie's 

and Mr Rogers' departure.

Former Congressman and House intelligence committee chairman Mike Rogers, 

who was handling national security for the transition, announced on Tuesday 

that he was leaving.

Who is Trump's chief strategist?

Obama urges Trump to reach out

Trump's promises: Before and after

He and another member of the national security team, Matthew Freedman, 

were sacked, according to the New York Times.

Mr Rogers is thought to have been close to Mr Christie, while Mr Freedman 

is said to be a protege of Paul Manafort, Mr Trump's former campaign manager 

who quit in August.

But Mr Trump sought to calm fears of turmoil.

"Very organized process taking place as I decide on Cabinet and many other 

positions," he tweeted.

"I am the only one who knows who the finalists are!"

Grey line

A break with protocol: By David Willis, BBC News, Washington

Donald Trump has spent the week since his election holed up in the Manhattan 

skyscraper that bears his name.

He's been looking to fill key posts in his cabinet, but the early indications are 

it's proving a less- than-straightforward task.

There have already been calls for Mr Trump to rescind one of the appointments 

he has made - that of the former head of the right wing Breitbart website Steve 

Bannon as senior White House adviser.

Following a day of meetings, and a reassurance from his press spokesman 

that he would be staying in for the evening, Mr Trump took to a New York 

steak house for dinner with his family last night - a break with protocol which 

left some reporters speculating that he might not be fully comfortable with 

the sort of scrutiny that comes with the presidency.

Grey line

The former mayor of New York, Rudolph Giuliani - who has been tipped for 

a senior post - said presidential transitions were always a complex process, 

and glitches were normal."

Mr Trump is due to be inaugurated as president on 20 January 2017.


"There is always a place in our world you can move to for your favorite 

kind of weather."
Forrest Caricofe

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Weather for Smithville, Ohio

Today                    PARTLY_CLOUDY           55° 36°

Thu                       PARTLY_CLOUDY           61° 44°

Fri                         MOSTLY_SUNNY             69° 47°

Sat                         RAIN                                   49° 28°

The Weather Channel - Weather Underground - AccuWeather

Just went out to the garage (4:01 AM 11/16/2016 EDT) to make my first pot of

coffee. It was 48° and it should be a good day for planting the rest of the bulbs

and watering the the bare seeded places of the yard that I did yesterday.

 I also have 4 bags of black mulch that I need to put down, but I need to move

dirt from the southwest corner flower bed near the farmer's field before I can 

do that. Will just see what the day brings.

Went back out to the garage (7:10 AM 11/16/2016 EDT) to fix my second and 

last pot of coffee for the day. My special breakfast sandwich of the day was Wild

Caught King Oscar sardines in extra virgin olive oil. There are two layers of

from 12 - 22 fish of the finest bristling sardines and packed in Poland. A team of

mules could not have held me back from enjoying that.

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