Sunday, November 20, 2016

279th post

I went to a local grocery store yesterday and the DAV (Disabled American 

Veterans) had a booth set up just inside the entrance. I usually give to all 

worthwhile organizations and this was one. The were giving out little DAV 

Flags with a wire attached to place somewhere on your clothing and Hershey's

kisses. All in all, this is my most proudest donation of the year. And at the end 

they handed to me a thank-you card with "Old Glory" on the front and on the back 

it read;


"The road back home is not a lonely road if there are 

interesting landmarks 

along the way."

Forrest Caricofe

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"a muffler garage and just a few steps and on the same side of the main street is 

a fast food place and I'll let you guess what that is until tomorrow...."

And, you guessed it. It's McDonalds. Almost everyone's favorite fast food place.

But that is now and not then. If I was 12 years old and it was 1954, there would have

to be a few more years, perhaps, before McDonald's came to the town of 


History of McDonald's

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Main article: McDonald's

Type - Public

Traded as - NYSE: MCD

DJIA Component

S&P 100 Component

S&P 500 Component

Industry Restaurants

Genre Fast food restaurant

Founded McDonald's:

May 15, 1940; 76 years ago

San Bernardino, California

McDonald's Corporation:

April 15, 1955; 61 years ago

Des Plaines, Illinois

Founders McDonald's:

Richard and Maurice McDonald

McDonald's Corporation:

Ray Kroc

Headquarters - Oak Brook, Illinois, U.S. (moving to Chicago in 2018)

Number of locations 36,615 (September 30, 2016)

Area served - Worldwide

Key people

Andrew J. McKenna (Chairman)

Steve Easterbrook (President and CEO)

Products - Hamburgers chicken french fries soft drinks milkshakes salads 

desserts coffee breakfast

Revenue - Decrease US$ 25.413 billion (2015)

Operating income - Decrease US$ 7.146 billion (2015)

Net income - Decrease US$ 4.529 billion (2015)

Total assets - Increase US$ 37.939 billion (2015)

Total equity - Decrease US$ 7.088 billion (2015)[3]

Number of employees - 420,000 (2015)

Website -

The oldest operating McDonald's on Lakewood and Florence in Downey, 

California, was the chain's third restaurant and the second to be built with 

the Golden Arches.


"As proud to make history as we are to make burgers.

From drive-thru restaurants to Chicken McNuggets to college credits from 

Hamburger U, we’ve had quite a journey. And we’re still going. But to take a 

look into our past, we need to share the story of one man.

The Ray Kroc Story

How do you create a restaurant business and become an overnight success at 

the age of 52? As Ray Kroc said, “I was an overnight success alright, but 30 

years is a long, long night.”


In 1917, 15-year-old Ray Kroc lied about his age to join the Red Cross as an 

ambulance driver, but the war ended before he completed his training. He 

then worked as a piano player, a paper cup salesman and a Multimixer 


In 1954, he visited a restaurant in San Bernardino, California that had 

purchased several Multimixers. There he found a small but successful 

restaurant run by brothers Dick and Mac McDonald, and was stunned by the 

effectiveness of their operation. They produced a limited menu, concentrating 

on just a few items – burgers, fries and beverages – which allowed them to 

focus on quality and quick service.

They were looking for a new agent and Kroc saw an opportunity. In 1955, 

he founded McDonald’s System, Inc., a predecessor of the McDonald’s 

Corporation, and six years later bought the exclusive rights to the McDonald’s 

name. By 1958, McDonald’s had sold its 100 millionth hamburger.

A Unique Philosophy

Ray Kroc wanted to build a restaurant system that would be famous for 

providing food of consistently high quality and uniform methods of 

preparation. He wanted to serve burgers, buns, fries and beverages that 

tasted just the same in Alaska as they did in Alabama.

To achieve this, he chose a unique path: persuading both franchisees and 

suppliers to buy into his vision, working not for

McDonald’s but for themselves, together with McDonald’s. He promoted the 

slogan, “In business for yourself, but not by yourself.” His philosophy was 

based on the simple principle of a 3-legged stool: one leg was McDonald’s 

franchisees; the second, McDonald’s suppliers; and the third, McDonald’s 

employees. The stool was only as strong as the three legs that formed its 


“If I had a brick for every time I’ve repeated the phrase Quality, Service, 

Cleanliness and Value, I think I’d probably be able to bridge the Atlantic 

Ocean with them.” – Ray Kroc

System First

First and foremost, Kroc advocated adherence to the system approach. So 

while many of McDonald’s most famous menu items – like the Big Mac, 

Filet-O-Fish and Egg McMuffin – were created by franchisees, the 

McDonald’s operating system required franchisees to follow the core 

McDonald’s principles of quality, service, cleanliness and value.

The Roots of Quality

McDonald’s passion for quality meant that every single ingredient was tested, 

tasted and perfected to fit the operating system. Kroc shared his vision of 

McDonald’s future, selling his early suppliers on future volumes. They believed 

in him and the restaurant boomed. 

Again, Ray Kroc was looking for a partnership, and he managed to create the 

most integrated, efficient and innovative supply system in the food service 

industry. These supplier relationships have flourished over the decades. In 

fact, many McDonald’s suppliers operating today first started business with 

a handshake from Ray Kroc.

Hamburger University

In 1961, Kroc launched a training program, later called Hamburger University, 

at a new restaurant in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. There, franchisees were 

trained on the proper methods for running a successful McDonald’s restaurant. 

Hamburger U utilized a research and development laboratory in nearby 

Addison, Illinois to develop new cooking, freezing, storing and serving 

methods. Today, more than 80,000 people have graduated from the program.

The Legend Lives On

Right up until he died on January 14, 1984, Ray Kroc never stopped working 

for McDonald’s. His legacy continues to this day as the system provides 

McDonald’s customers with great tasting, affordable food; crew and 

franchisees with opportunities for growth; and suppliers with a shared 

commitment to provide the highest quality ingredients and products.

From his passion for innovation and efficiency, to his relentless pursuit 

of quality, to his many charitable contributions, Ray Kroc’s legacy continues 

to be an inspirational and integral part of McDonald’s – today and into the 



Grinding it Out: The Making of McDonald’s by Ray A. Kroc, ©Ray A. Kroc 1977.

McDonalds: Behind the Golden Arches by John F. Love ©John F. Love 1995. 2009.

One Milestone At A Time

From the first drive-thru to the first Chicken McNuggets, we’ve had a lot of 

memorable milestones...."


"The world would be a better and safer place if all the countries would be like 

those in Western Europe."
Forrest Caricofe

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Countries that are a part of Western Europe:

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 United Kingdom

I received a postcard from the Netherlands yesterday and 

sent to me the following email:

Hello Forrest!

This is a copy of the message you wrote when you registered postcard 

NL-3628944 from (a person) in Netherlands. Use it for archiving/tracking 


You wrote:


Thank you for the postcard with seeds inside the paper. I have not seen anything 

like it before. It's a wonderful gift. Thank you. I will mention you (not your name), 

your country and your city in my story of tomorrow (Nov 20 EDT) on my web site: 

Thanks again, 



City and municipality

Nickname(s): Mokum, Damsko

Motto: Heldhaftig, Vastberaden, Barmhartig (Valiant, Steadfast, Compassionate)

Location in North Holland

Coordinates: 52°22′N 4°54′ECoordinates: 52°22′N 4°54′E

Country Netherlands

Province North Holland


8 districts[show]


 • Body Municipal council

• Mayor Eberhard van der Laan (PvdA)


 • Municipality 219.32 km2 (84.68 sq mi)

 • Land 165.76 km2 (64.00 sq mi)

 • Water 53.56 km2 (20.68 sq mi)

 • Randstad 3,043 km2 (1,175 sq mi)

Elevation[4] −2 m (−7 ft)

Population (municipality & urban, September 2016 (CBS); metro 2014 (OIS 

Amsterdam); Randstad, 2011

 • Municipality 844,667

 • Density 4,908/km2 (12,710/sq mi)

 • Urban 1,343,647

 • Metro region 2,431,000

 • Randstad 7,100,000

Demonym(s) Amsterdammer, Adammer

Time zone CET (UTC+1)

 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Postcode 1000–1109

Area code 020


Amsterdam (/ˈæmstərdæm, ˌæmstərˈdæm/;[9][10] Dutch: [ɑmstərˈdɑm] 

( listen)) is the capital."

Netherlands vs. Holland

"What is the difference between Holland and the Netherlands? The Netherlands 

consists of 12 provinces but many people use “Holland” when talking about 

the Netherlands.

The two provinces of Noord- and Zuid-Holland together are Holland.

The 12 provinces together are the Netherlands.

Holland is often used when all of the Netherlands is meant.

The official name of the country is the Kingdom of the Netherlands. King 

Willem-Alexander is the king of the nation. Holland actually only means 

the two provinces of Noord-Holland and Zuid-Holland. However, the name 

Holland is often used when all of the Netherlands is meant.

A brief history of the Netherlands and Holland

Between 1588 and 1795, the area currently representing the Netherlands 

was the Republic of Seven United Netherlands. The republic was conquered 

by French troops in 1795 and became the Batavian Republic. Napoleon 

appointed his brother Louis as king in 1806, turning the country into a 

kingdom. The Netherlands remained a kingdom after Napoleon’s defeat. 

At that time, the area called “Holland” made the biggest contribution to 

the entire nation’s economy and wealth. As such it became the commonly 

used name to indicate the entire country.

Nature in Holland

Holland is known as a flat country. As such the landscape is perfect for 

cycling and walking tours. The countless nature parks, each with its own 

character, offer up wonderful landscapes. You could visit Oostvaarders 

Plassen or the Hoge Veluwe, for instance, and explore the unique flora and 


Holland also boasts a long coastline with beautiful beaches. Because there 

is so much water, the Netherlands is at risk of flooding. The authorities have 

implemented measures like the Afsluitdijk and Delta Works, unique structures 

that are definitely worth visiting. 

Typically Dutch

When you think about Holland, you probably think of tulips, windmills and 

cheese. These and other icons can be found throughout Holland. Friesland 

and Zeeland are wonderful provinces for cycling tours, Noord-Brabant and 

Gelderland are the place to discover art by Vincent van Gogh, Bosch and 

other Dutch masters, and traditional cheese can be enjoyed in Limburg. 

Unique in Holland: Drenthe boasts prehistoric remains, such as the 

megalithic tombs called hunebeds.  If the weather turns cold enough, 

ice-skating enthusiasts can register for the Elfstedentocht. This route on 

natural ice takes you to eleven Friesian cities. If there is no ice, the cities 

are well worth a visit even when the weather is good.

Holidays in Holland

Every country has its own holidays. The most famous holidays in Holland are 

Sinterklaas and King’s Day. Sinterklaas is celebrated in December, with 

children receiving presents when they have been ‘good’. King’s Day is when 

the Dutch celebrate their king’s birthday. It is a national holiday celebrated 

mainly in the streets with many music acts and draws many tourists every 


City trip in Holland

Are you looking for a great city for a weekend trip? Holland has many cities 

that offer plenty of entertainment with historic architecture, museums, city 

parks, and restaurants and cafés. You can visit Amsterdam, Rotterdam, 

Utrecht, Den Haag, Maastricht or Haarlem, for instance.

Visiting Holland becomes even more special if you spend the night in a 

wonderful location. And there are plenty of those. Check out our selection 

of hotels, both in cities and in smaller villages and natural surroundings." 


"In the good old days, people used lard, bear and hog grease or real butter for 

their cooking, but we now use the plastic (chemical) kind for frying and the like."
Forrest Caricofe

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Avoiding Chemical in Plastics Causes Weight Loss

By Sylvia Booth Hubbard   |   Friday, 04 Nov 2016 

"Bisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial chemical used to make plastics used in food 

and beverage containers. More than 130 studies have linked BPA, which is a 

proven endocrine disrupter, to a long list of health problems, including 

diabetes, breast and prostate cancer, weight gain, diabetes, and infertility.

However, avoiding the chemical for only three weeks can reduce the amount 

of BPA in the urine, says a new study reported in Journal of Women's Health, 

which also found that women lost a significant amount of weight.

Women who participated in the study were divided into two groups. One 

group avoided foods, cosmetics, and other products packaged in plastic 

containers that contained BPA, and the second group served as a control.

At the end of three weeks, the women who avoided BPA had large reductions 

in the amount of the chemical in their urine. The women in the control group 

who did not take part in the BPA-limiting intervention, had significant 

increases in both urinary BPA levels and weight gain after three weeks.

"This study shows that by switching to BPA-free products it is, in fact, possible 

for women who have been exposed to BPA to reduce their body burden of the 

compound, as measured by urinary BPA levels," says Susan G. Kornstein, MD, 

editor in chief of Journal of Women's Health.

"Although many consumers tend to reject products made of plastics containing 

BPA, there are unfortunately still many other endocrine disrupting chemicals 

in our environment."

You can avoid BPA by choosing fresh foods and those in glass containers 

instead of those in cans. Buy plastic containers with the recycling labels 

No. 1, No. 2, No. 4 , and No. 5 on the bottom, and avoid those with No. 3, No. 7, 

or PC (polycarbonate)." 

© 2016 NewsmaxHealth. All rights reserved.


"Actors can apologize but they'd be just pretending."
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BBC News

Analysis by Anthony Zurcher, BBC News, Washington

Trump election: Jeff Sessions picked for top law job

18 November 2016

From the section US & Canada

Excerpt from full article:

Trump elected

The people around Donald Trump

The hotel developer who became president

Donald Trump has named more conservative hardliners for key posts, with 

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions nominated as attorney general.

Mr Sessions, a former prosecutor, was turned down for a federal judgeship 

in 1986 because of alleged racist remarks.

Congressman Mike Pompeo is nominated as CIA director and retired Lt Gen 

Michael Flynn made national security adviser.

Mr Trump's latest picks were praised on Twitter by David Duke, former 

leader of the white supremacist KKK group.

In a statement, Mr Trump called Mr Sessions a "world class legal mind".

"Jeff is greatly admired by legal scholars and virtually everyone who knows 

him," he added.

Mr Sessions said in a statement that he "enthusiastically" embraced 

President-elect Trump's vision for "one America and his commitment to equal 

justice under law".

"I look forward to fulfilling my duties with an unwavering dedication to fairness 

and impartiality," he said.

The people around President-elect Trump

Jeff Sessions dogged by racism claims

Mike Pompeo - America's likely new spymaster

Mr Sessions, 69, and Gen Flynn, 57, have been close allies of Mr Trump since 

the early days of his campaign and share many of his views.

Retired three-star general Michael Flynn will be national security adviser, 

according to insiders

Mr Sessions opposes any path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants 

and was an enthusiastic backer of Mr Trump's pledge to build a wall on the 

border with Mexico.

In 1986, Mr Sessions was nominated by then-President Ronald Reagan for a 

federal judgeship, but was rejected because of allegations that he had made 

racist remarks. He strongly denied the claims.

The Trump administration is taking shape, and so far he is filling the top slots 

with men who are hardliners, close allies or both.

The president-elect has been making overtures towards portions of the party 

that opposed him, such as meeting with South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley 

on Thursday and scheduling a sit-down on Sunday with 2012 Republican 

nominee Mitt Romney - who earlier this year called him a con artist and a 


Time will tell, however, whether those moves are legitimate efforts to diversify 

his coterie of advisers or just for show....

Mr Pompeo has also been a fierce critic of President Barack Obama's nuclear 

deal with Iran, tweeting on Thursday: "I look forward to rolling back this 

disastrous deal with the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism."

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke previously praised Mr Trump for his 

appointment of Stephen Bannon as chief White House adviser. But Mr Trump 

has poured scorn on the KKK and Mr Duke, describing him as "a bad person".


"Ain't no one satisfied with the weather forecast."
Forrest Caricofe

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Weather for Smithville, Ohio

Today                  SHOWERS_SNOW                    34° 23°

Mon                     PARTLY_CLOUDY                   37° 23°

Tue                       PARTLY_CLOUDY                   41° 25°

Wed                      SCATTERED_SHOWERS       41° 36°

The Weather Channel - Weather Underground - AccuWeather

I went out to the garage (4:21 AM 11/20/2016 EDT) to make my first pot of coffee.

I had to wear shoes because there was a light dusting of snow on the ground. The 

temperature is about 30° with my guess of about a 25° wind chill factor.

I went out to the garage (5:48 AM 11/20/2016 EDT) again to make my 2nd pot

of coffee and to have my breakfast sandwich. The weather is much the same 

except the wind has picked up a little and the wind chill has dropped maybe 

to 20°. I now drink the cottonseed oil from the can (smoked oysters) before 

putting it on the 100% whole wheat bread with mustard. The oysters have 28% 

cholesterol, 330mg of sodium, 180mg of potassium, 14g of protein, 8% of 

vitamin A, 4% of calcium, iron 60% and 10% of folic acid. Seems like a 

nutritious sandwich to me.

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