Friday, December 22, 2017

DEC 22, 2017 - 9:11 AM ET - 10 NEWS ITEMS & COMMENTS

 *I'm "a day late and a dollar short," the following was yesterday:

"Winter Solstice: The Science of the Shortest Day of 2017.

On the winter solstice, the sun is at its southernmost point in the sky in the 

Northern Hemisphere. The winter solstice is in full stride today (Dec. 21), which 

boasts the fewest hours of daylight for 2017 in the Northern Hemisphere." By 

Laura Geggel, Senior Writer.  

*"Plotting Your Afterlife. Spotted in the classifieds: “For sale: cemetery plot, 

$200, so 
I don’t have to spend all eternity 
beside my ex!”"

Anthony Cialella, New Castle, Pennsylvania.

*"Holiday Cheer: Santa Trump Keeps Delivering Strong Economic Data." Home | 

Joel L. Naroff.

 Image: Holiday Cheer: Santa Trump Keeps Delivering Strong Economic Data


*"The opioid crisis is driving down U.S. life expectancy, new data shows.

In 2016, the average American’s life expectancy dropped to 78.6 years, the 

second time in two years the U.S has seen a dip in how long people are expected 

to live.

And drug overdoses are a big part of the reason why people dying sooner, 

according to new data released Thursday. 

Credit gettyimages.

*"Fungal disease poses global threat to snakes." By Matt McGrath,

environment correspondent.

I know some of you don't like snakes just like I don't like fly's, but they're God 

creatures you know.


Image caption. A northern water snake suffering from a fungal skin infection.

*"Senate ends first year under Trump by voting to prevent shutdown. Senators 

voted 66-32 to approve the roughly four-week continuing resolution (CR), which 

funds the government through Jan. 19, hours after it passed the House."

BY JORDAIN CARNEY - 12/21/17 07:15 PM EST. The only reason that I can see for voting 

against this shutdown is revenge. This is certainly good for the country. 

*"Defying Trump, over 120 Countries at U.N. Condemn Jerusalem Decision.

Trump had threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that voted in favor. A 

total of 128 countries backed the resolution, which is non-binding, nine voted 

against and 35 abstained. Twenty-one countries did not cast a vote. What aggravates me most in all this is that Taiwan 

does not have a seat at the UN because of China's "one China" policy. Will any

country stand up to China and ignored their "one China" policy?

Credit AP.

© 2017 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

*"HEALTH NEWS Eating Fish May Help With Sleep And IQ." By Zye Angiwan. 

Posted on December 22, 2017.


I have a pill I take for sleeping that's called seroquel that I call Sarah Palin, so I 

don't need to eat fish for sleeping. I do eat fish at least twice a day. Right now 

I'm having microwaved tilapia. As much fish that I've eaten over my long life, I 

should have an IQ of 150. 

*"Donald Trump announces 'we can say Merry Christmas again.'" Mythili 

Sampathkumar. New York @MythiliSk.

Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, Merry 

Christmas, Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas and "Merry 

Christmas to all and to all a good night." 

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