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"Old homes of the past are a blessing to the ones that are looking."
Forrest Caricofe

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Just after McDonalds on the right of today, there is a house, a laundry mat and 

probably my favorite house in all of the town of Bridgewater. It has a nice front 

and side porch, nothing painted, flowers and plants not of plastic, but natural to

this earth. It is a one story house, just enough room for its occupants, I believe, 

with maybe a small attic. I never been inside this house that I like so much, but 

I'd like to. You see, the occupants don't know me and I certainly do not trespass. 

Its location is further explained by other businesses nearby. There is an Exxon 

station just a ways to the north and the house is straight across from Perdue and 

catty-cornered to a drug store, Bridgewater Foods and Ace Hardware across the 

street and in that order if your going north. That simple home reminds me of what 

might have been for me if had lived 200 years ago....



"God, Allah and other deities desire that we here on earth take care of those who 

are less fortunate than us."

Forrest Caricofe

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Most of the burden lies in poorer nations and not the U.S. and other wealthy 

countries, study finds.

High Blood Pressure Rates Have Doubled Worldwide Since 1975

"WEDNESDAY, Nov. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of people 

worldwide with high blood pressure has nearly doubled over the past 40 

years, a new study reveals.

At the same time, average blood pressure levels are at an all-time low in the

United States and other developed nations, the researchers said.

"High blood pressure is the leading risk factor for stroke and heart disease, 

and kills around 7.5 million people worldwide every year. Most of these 

deaths are experienced in the developing world," said study author Majid 

Ezzati, a professor at Imperial College, London in England.

"Taken globally, high blood pressure is no longer a problem of the Western 

world or wealthy countries. It is a problem of the world's poorest countries 

and people," Ezzati added.

The overall number of people with high blood pressure ("hypertension") rose 

from 594 million in 1975 to more than 1 billion in 2015, due to factors such as a 

large global population and an increasing number of older adults, the study 

authors said.

The largest increases in high blood pressure rates have been in low- and 

middle-income countries in south Asia such as Bangladesh and Nepal, and 

sub-Saharan African nations such as Ethiopia and Malawi.

High blood pressure also remains a serious problem in some Pacific Island 

countries, and some central and eastern European nations, such as Slovenia 

and Lithuania.

Meanwhile, the United States and other wealthy countries -- including 

Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan and Sweden -- have seen significant 

reductions in rates of hypertension.

In 2015, Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Peru, Singapore South Korea and 

the United States had the lowest rates of adults with high blood pressure

 -- about one in eight women and one in five men, according to the study.

The results were published Nov. 16 in The Lancet.

The findings "also reveal that [the World Health Organization's] target of 

reducing the prevalence of high blood pressure by 25 percent by 2025 is 

unlikely to be achieved without effective policies that allow the poorest 

countries and people to have healthier diets -- particularly reducing salt 

intake and making fruit and vegetables affordable -- as well as improving 

detection and treatment with blood-pressure lowering drugs," Ezzati 

concluded in a journal news release."

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians has more on high blood pressure   

SOURCE: The Lancet, news release, Nov. 15, 2016

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"Prescription medications are falsely credited for one's good health today."
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Kids Can Beat 'Complex' Pneumonia Without IV Antibiotics: Study

Drugs taken by mouth were just as effective for children after hospital 


"Kids Can Beat 'Complex' Pneumonia Without IV Antibiotics: Study

THURSDAY, Nov. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Antibiotics taken orally are as 

effective -- and doubtless much more welcome -- than intravenous antibiotics 

for children recovering at home from complex pneumonia, a new study 


Youngsters with complex pneumonia typically have to take antibiotics for one 

to three weeks after they leave the hospital, the researchers noted.

To see if one medication method outperformed the other, the investigators 

looked at more than 2,100 children treated for complex pneumonia at 36 U.S. 


Not only were oral antibiotics as effective as IV ones, they also avoided the 

risk of infection and other complications related to so-called peripherally 

inserted central venous catheters ("PICC lines"), which are used to administer 

intravenous antibiotics, the researchers said.

"PICC line complications can be serious, resulting in hospital readmission, 

additional procedures and more medications, as well as missed work or 

school, " said study lead author Dr. Samir Shah. He's director of hospital 

medicine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in Ohio.

"It's not surprising that children and families would rather not use PICC lines," 

Shah said in a hospital news release.

"Our findings, which provide compelling evidence to support the use of 

oral antibiotics for children with complex pneumonia, will contribute to safer 

care for children across the country," Shah added.

A PICC line is usually inserted into a vein in the arm and secured to the skin. 

Medication is given through the tubing, eliminating the need for frequent 

needle jabs.

The study was published online Nov. 17 in Pediatrics.

About 15 percent of children hospitalized for pneumonia develop complex 

pneumonia, according to the researchers. Complex pneumonia includes an 

infection in the area between the layers of tissue that line the lungs and the 

chest cavity."

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"Some religions advocate to go down on bended knee to beg for life whereas 

the rest of us will choose to stand and fight for life or death."
Forrest Caricofe

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How All-Female ISIS Morality Police 'Khansaa Brigade' Terrorized Mosul


"KHAZER CAMP, Iraq — Battle-hardened militants were far from the most 

terrifying thing for many women living under their harsh rule in the ISIS-

conquered city of Mosul.

"I was much more afraid of women," said Umm Fatma, referring to female 

members of the terror organization's morality police, known as the Hisbah.

"The women would beat you for the smallest thing — how you looked or how 

you wore your headscarf, " the 28-year-old mother of three who arrived at 

the Khazer Camp last week told NBC News. "They used whips and metal 


Restricted in where they could go and what they could wear while in Mosul, 

refugees described living in fear of the Khansaa Brigade, the all-female ISIS 

Hisbah units who patrolled the streets tasked with enforcing an extreme 

version of Shariah law.

Umm Azma, a 31-year-old mother of eight, said the female morality police 

favored a torture tool known as "the biter" — metal prongs designed to clip 

chunks of flesh as punishment for women who violated strict ISIS' dress codes.

"They used this on my neighbor who was cleaning in front of her house without 

the headscarf," said Umm Azma, gesturing to her own upper arm to illustrate 

where the tool had been used. "Then they took her away for lashings. She 

never came back."

While it is not possible for NBC News to independently verify such accounts, 

several female refugees interviewed this week shared similar stories.

The female units and the torture device were also described in a Human 

Rights Watch investigation of the suffering faced by female victims of ISIS.

As the battle for Mosul enters its second month, tens of thousands of Iraqis have 

fled the city and are now residing in makeshift camps. Lucy Kafanov / NBC 


More than 58,000 Iraqis have been displaced since military operations to 

clear Mosul began on Oct. 17, according to the United Nations High 

Commission for Refugees.

Many have sought refuge in camps like the one in Khazer, where they may 

be free of ISIS, but are far from home and haunted by their traumas.

Traumatized by years of conflict

Umm Ali has been through hell and back. Twice.

She said that a Shiite militia killed her 11-year-old son Omar in 2007, during 

the height of Iraq's sectarian war — forcing her family to abandon their 

home in a Sunni Baghdad neighborhood for the then-relative safety of 


Umm Ali and her husband were just starting to rebuild their shattered 

lives when tragedy struck again: In 2014, jihadist fighters seized Mosul, 

declaring the founding of a modern-day caliphate.(1)

(1) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A caliphate (Arabic: خِلافة‎‎ khilāfa) is an area containing an Islamic steward known 

as a caliph (Arabic: خَليفة‎‎ khalīfah About this sound pronunciation (help·info))—

a person considered a religious successor to the Islamic prophet, Muhammad 

(Muhammad ibn ʿAbdullāh), and a leader of the entire Muslim community.

The Rashidun caliphs, who directly succeeded Muhammad as leaders of the 

Muslim community, were chosen through shura, a process of community 

consultation that some consider loosely to be an early form of Islamic 

democracy.  During the history of Islam after the Rashidun period, many 

Muslim states, almost all of them hereditary monarchies, have claimed to be 

caliphates. Even though caliphs were thought to go back to Muhammad,

they were not thought of as having the same prophetic power as he did.

The Sunni branch of Islam stipulates that, as a head of state, a caliph should be 

elected by Muslims or their representatives. Followers of Shia Islam, 

however, believe a caliph should be an Imam chosen by God from the 

Ahl al-Bayt (the "Family of the House", Muhammad's direct descendants)."

 For two years she lived in a state of constant fear, witnessing beatings, 

executions, and terror while under ISIS' oppressive rule. Last week, she 

and her husband again abandoned their homes for the safety of a camp 

for displaced people in Khazer.

"I lost my life in Mosul and I lost my heart in Baghdad," said Umm Ali, 54, 

wiping away tears with the corner of her black and blue headscarf. "I 

don't want to go anywhere in Iraq — I want to leave this country."

 For women, life in the camps offers its own set of challenges.

Aid agencies have had time to prepare tents and bathroom facilities, but 

several women interviewed by NBC News said they didn't have enough 

supplies such as baby formula and hot water for showers. Privacy was 

another issue, as each family was assigned to a single tent.

"Until this week, all we had to feed the children was biscuits," said Sabah, 

a 28-year-old mother of three who declined to provide her last name 

because of relatives still trapped in ISIS-controlled parts of Mosul. "I just 

want to go back home as soon as possible."

But for Sabah and the other refugees here, the wait is likely to be a long one.




NEXT STORY A Real-Life Horror Movie Unfolds as ISIS Loses Control in Mosul


I have had a terrible time trying to remember who is bad and who is good in 

the Muslim World. Since Saudi Arabia is Sunni and Iran is Shia, I'll try to 

remember that the good, Sunni Saudi Arabia has two u' s and the bad, Shia Iran,

has none. Works for me.


"It ain't quite right to criticize politicians until they fail to do what's right by you."
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"It takes a real smart politician to forgive and hire your former enemies."

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Trump election: Mitt Romney considered for secretary of state

From the section US & Canada
Both Mr Trump and Mr Romney were tight-lipped after their meeting in New Jersey

Trump elected

The people around Donald Trump

The hotel developer who became president

"US Vice-President-elect Mike Pence has confirmed that Mitt Romney is being 

considered for the post of secretary of state, among others.

The statement, in a Fox News interview, comes after President-elect Donald 

Trump met Mr Romney, a Republican who criticised him during the campaign.

There has been speculation that the post of top diplomat was discussed.

Neither man gave details of their meeting on Saturday. Mr Romney said talks 

had been "far-reaching".

Mr Romney, who ran an unsuccessful campaign against Barack Obama in 2012, 

met Mr Trump at the president-elect's golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey.

"It was a warm and a substantive exchange and I know he is under active 

consideration to be secretary of state (...) along with some other distinguished 

Americans," Mr Pence told the Fox News Sunday programme.

In March, during the Republican primary race, Mr Romney said Mr Trump 

had neither "the temperament nor the judgement to be president", accusing 

him of bullying, misogyny (1) and dishonesty.

(1) Note: definition of misogyny: "a noun meaning dislike of, contempt for, or 

ingrained prejudice against women."

"Prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished" if Mr 

Trump became the nominee, he said.

Donald Trump said his meeting with Mitt Romney 'went great'

Mr Trump responded by mocking Mr Romney, calling him a "failed 

candidate" and a "choke artist".

However, US media have suggested that the role of secretary of state could be 

up for grabs. In the past, Mr Romney has taken a far more critical line on 

Russia than that suggested by Mr Trump.

Mr Trump has settled several posts so far, a number of them controversial.

They include:

The nominee for attorney general, Jeff Sessions, who was rejected from 

becoming a federal judge in 1986 because of alleged racist remarks

Lt Gen Michael Flynn, who is to be national security adviser and has drawn 

concern over his strident views on Islam

Mike Pompeo, a combative congressman who is a fierce critic of former 

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Chief strategist Stephen Bannon, the driving force behind the right-wing 

Breitbart News website.

Mr Pence was asked about the way he was treated when attending a 

performance of the Broadway musical Hamilton on Friday.

The audience booed the vice-president elect and a cast member read out 

a letter saying "diverse America" was "alarmed and anxious" at the future 


Mr Pence told Fox News Sunday that he was relaxed about it and had said to 

his daughter during the incident: "That's what freedom sounds like.''

But Mr Trump renewed his criticism of the cast on Sunday.

"The cast and producers of Hamilton, which I hear is highly overrated, should 

immediately apologize to Mike Pence for their terrible behavior,'' he tweeted.

On Saturday Mr Trump tweeted: "Our wonderful future V.P. Mike Pence was 

harassed last night at the theater by the cast of Hamilton, cameras blazing. 

This should not happen!"

Hamilton won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, along with 11 Tony awards 

for live theatre. Tickets to the show are the most coveted on Broadway, 

sometimes changing hands for thousands of dollars."

The Washington Post

Christie re-emerges after his falling out with Trump. But is he back on the inside?

By Karen Tumulty and Robert Costa November 20 

"He was in. And then he was out. And now, he’s — well, it’s hard to tell exactly 

where New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stands in the intrigue-filled orbit of those 

who surround the president-elect of the United States.

What is clear is that Christie has become an object lesson of the perils that face 

those who try to navigate Donald Trump’s world, a place where loyalty is 

demanded, but not always one where it is returned in kind.

Nine days after the public humiliation of being unceremoniously dumped as the 

head of Trump’s presidential transition, Christie on Sunday showed up among 

the parade of potential Trump administration job seekers to meet with the 

president-elect at his New Jersey golf course.

Asked if there would be a place for Christie in his administration, Trump did not 

exactly say yes. Instead, he declared Christie “a very talented” man, who is also 

“really smart and tough.”

A half-hour later, Trump ushered Christie out, following a private session that 

both men pronounced to have been a positive one.

Here’s what President-elect Donald Trump has been doing after the election

He has been holding interviews and meeting with Congress and the president 

as he prepares to transition into the White House.

Also among those who met with Trump on Sunday was former New York mayor 

Rudolph W. Giuliani, who is said to be under consideration for secretary of state.

How the Trump-Christie relationship came asunder — and whether there is 

any chance of putting it back together — suggests cautionary lessons for 

anyone in close proximity to the president-elect.

Trumpworld is a place where there are dueling centers of power, where 

actual motives are opaque and where only those related by blood or marriage 

are ever truly trusted and invulnerable.

“Trump’s little black book of people he trusts in politics is two pages long. 

The way it runs, which isn’t in Trump’s interest, is like court politics for some 

potentate in the 17th century,” said veteran GOP consultant Mike Murphy, 

who has been a vocal Trump critic. “It’s a snake pit where people die. But 

even when people die, they can get resurrected when there’s a vacuum.”

Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele, who 

worked with Christie informally on the transition, said he would like to see 

the governor have a role in the new administration.

“My hope is that no one has sidelined Chris Christie. That would be a mistake. 

It goes beyond loyalty,” Steele said. “It’s about competence and that’s 

something I’m sure isn’t lost on Donald Trump, even if there are storms 

brewing in the family.”

Trump and Christie are old friends, going back years before either decided 

to run for the highest office in the land.

When his own bid faltered, Christie became the earliest big national name 

to get behind Trump’s campaign — awkwardly at times and at a cost to his 

own stature.

On Super Tuesday in March, Christie’s discomfort as he stood onstage 

behind Trump at his victory rally was so evident that it quickly became an

Internet meme and prompted Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) to tweet that it 

looked like “a hostage situation.”

When Trump headlined a fundraiser in May to help Christie retire his 

campaign debt, he pointed at the portly New Jersey governor and asked: 

“You’re not eating Oreos anymore, are you?”

And then Trump passed over Christie in selecting his vice-presidential 

running mate, picking instead another governor whom he barely knew.

But entrusting Christie last May with putting together a transition had been 

seen as a sign of how crucial he had become to the New York real estate 

mogul. The combative, quick-witted New Jersey governor had also been 

deemed invaluable during Trump’s debate preparation, where he played 

the role of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Christie’s camp also recalls that he used his political muscle to help deliver 

New Jersey’s 51 Republican convention delegates to Trump — an important 

boost at a time when there was talk that the Cleveland convention might be 


So it came as a shock to Christie, his allies say, when he was informed three 

days after the election that he was out as head of the transition, to be replaced 

by Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

“He was just taken by surprise,” said one Christie ally, who asked for 

anonymity to speak frankly. “I don’t think he has any inkling.”

The news was delivered not by Trump, but by campaign chief executive 

Stephen K. Bannon, whom Trump subsequently named as his pick to become 

his top White House strategist.

Soon, most of the people Christie had brought in to run the transition were 

gone as well.

The Christie associate noted that the New Jersey governor had been meeting 

weekly with Trump’s adult children, as well as his son-in-law Jared Kushner, 

to brief them on transition planning, and that they had signed off on 

everything he had done.

Christie’s camp speculates that Kushner might have been the driving 

force in banishing the New Jersey governor. As a federal prosecutor, 

Christie prosecuted Kushner’s father, who in 2005 was sent to prison for 

tax evasion, witness tampering and illegal campaign contributions.

“I don’t know if that was all because of Jared. It’s hard to explain it any other 

way,” one Christie associate said.

Trump advisers, however, insist that Kushner played no role in the decision 

to hand over the management of the transition to Pence. They say the 

problem was Christie’s own performance.

One of the few things that Christie’s and Trump’s camps agree upon is that 

Trump had not paid all that much attention to his transition operation until 

after the surprising Nov. 8 election that made it clear he would actually 

need it.

Trump’s camp says it was then they discovered that Christie had installed 

lobbyists in key posts, undermining Trump’s frequent vow as a candidate 

that he would “drain the swamp.”

“The overall organization wasn’t where it should be,” said one Trump 

adviser. “Things just weren’t put together very well.”

They were also concerned about lingering fallout from the Nov. 4 conviction 

of two former Christie aides of charges stemming from a scheme to snarl 

traffic near the George Washington Bridge in 2013 to punish a mayor who 

had not endorsed the governor’s reelection.

“Chris has taken a justifiable pounding from Team Trump because the 

post-Bridgegate world reveals the raw flaws,” said New Jersey state Sen. 

Joseph Kyrillos (R), his former gubernatorial campaign chairman. “But 

he’s smart and resilient and will likely find a way back.”"

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"The weather ain't going to change just because you're complaining about it.

God, Allah and other deities control the weather so just forget about it."
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Weather for Smithville, Ohio

Today                     CLOUDY                      32° 24°

Mon                        CLOUDY                      36° 23°

Tue                          PARTLY_CLOUDY    40° 23°

Wed                        RAIN                             40° 36°

The Weather Channel - Weather Underground - AccuWeather

For two days now I have done nothing in the flower beds or yard. I guess that 

both being covered by a dusting of snow would be a good reason, but I have 

never liked hibernating like a bear.

I went to the garage (2:52 AM 11/21/2016 EDT) this morning to make my first pot 

of coffee. I was about 32° with a milder wind chill than yesterday of about 28°.

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