Monday, September 26, 2016

Make Google stop spying on you

Google tracks a lot of your data
If you’re comfortable with that, it can make your life a little easier. If you’re not, it can be a pain to figure out how to turn it off. Fortunately, there’s one settings page where you can disable a lot of it. 
Earlier this year, Google created a timeline of your activity that you can browse to see just what the company knows about you and delete it if you want. However, that only handles the data that Google already has. If you want to stop it from getting that data in the first place, follow these steps: 
  1. Head to this link to find your My Activity page.
  2. Click the menu button (three vertical dots) at the top-right of the page.
  3. Click “Activity Controls.” 
Here, you can scroll through a selection of different kinds of Google tracking, including web activity, location history, voice recordings, and YouTube history. You can disable as many of these as you want. Keep in mind that might mean you lose some Google features (for example, disabling voice recording will probably remove Ok, Google from your phone), but you can rest a little easier knowing that data isn’t tied to your account. 
This isn’t a perfect solution, as Google may still collect anonymized data, but it at least won’t be tied to your name.

The Passing Parade: Guns, dogs, crickets, iPhones

It's getting harder and harder to keep up, so I provide this public service. Grab your cotton candy and watch.

Don't drop your weapon! The Los Angeles Police Commission wants LAPD police officers to run away when a suspect confronts them with a weapon.

Don't sit! Despite living with six rescue dogs, two professors describe their pets as “non-human refugees,” according to an article they published. “Although we love them very much, we strongly believe that they should not have existed in the first place,” the couple wrote. “We oppose domestication and pet ownership because these violate the fundamental rights of animals.

Don't lie! CIA Director John Brennan recalled undergoing one of the first tests for a top security clearance, including a polygraph. He was asked the standard question: “Have you ever worked with or for a group that was dedicated to overthrowing the U.S.?” “I froze,” Brennan . “This was back in 1980, and I thought back to a previous election where I voted, and I voted for the Communist Party candidate.”

Don't beat your chest! A University of Kansas employee wrote to a resident advisor to explain that he cannot use an image of a gorilla for a floor decoration.“I think it would be best if your floor chose a different theme animal to be more inclusive. First, gorillas represent a very masculine image, and I feel that this would not be inclusive to all of our residents on that floor.”

Don't drill! Clueless iPhone 7 users have been tricked into drilling a hole into their phone in a bid to get a headphone jack. A fake YouTube video claiming to show users how to get the much-missed sound input has gone viral – with many unknowing victims following its lead.

Don't drink and carry! Anti-gun Democrat Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed had a gun in her possession at the time she was arrested outside the Ferguson Police Department. A Ferguson police officer said she was carrying a fully-loaded 9 mm handgun and additional rounds. Ferguson police requested a breathalyzer test because she “smelled strongly of intoxicants,” but Nasheed refused to do so. 

Don't polarize! Rep. Hank Johnson, a congressional Democrat who previously referred to Israeli Jews as “termites,” declared on Friday that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was too polarizing to be president.

Don't frenzy! A wacky subway rider released a cloud of crickets and urinated on herself in a rush hour train crossing the Manhattan Bridge, sending horrified straphangers into a frenzy.

Morning Rush: How to take your sick days, and more

Here and there on the Web this Monday, September 26, 2016:

Swoosh! Zap!
A missile drone for the Marines

How to take your sick days

The FBI's investigation was a sham

Now she's corrupted even Amazon

The right way to read a room

Bad science vs chronic fatigue

The futile search for global warming

A new way to fight cancer

Oh that voter fraud

The crisis of non-working men

You may not need premium gas

Ny bomber was no lone wolf

When you should pick up the check

Long-term alcohol abuse and your brain

Don't send your kid to U of Wisconsin

Today's Word: verbal fanfare; vain boasting

Hahaha: Diagnosing too many pets with ADD

The Talkies: Watch a home invasion:

Sunday, September 25, 2016

This just in ...

Junk Drawer Won’t Open Despite Repeated & Forceful Attempts

Grass Valley, CA — Local resident and average guy Chip Day failed to open a “Junk Drawer” in his Morgan Ranch home despite repeated and forceful attempts to do so. After almost 15 minutes of forcefully pulling on the drawer, it failed to open. Mr. Day was not happy about this development.

“This thing never opens,” said an irritated Mr. Day from his Grass Valley Home as he repeatedly yanked on the drawer handle. “What the hell is in here anyway?”

The great American junk drawer is a kind of household time capsule and a magnetic crap diary that draws all the odds and ends that have no other place in the household. Often, these drawers are chock full of so much crap, they fail to open in a reasonable manner leading many people into mild fits of rage.

“I have no idea what’s in there, ” said Mr. Day as he stooped down to peer through the 3cm. crack he managed to pry open. “I think I see the scissors that my teenager said he ‘didn’t’ use. I also see a glue stick, 3 forks, a crescent wrench, and look there[pointing with his finger]. There’s a tampon and a paperback book. And a blank DVD. Why is that in there?”

According to mental health experts and anthropologists, the contents of our Junk Drawers says a lot about what’s going on in the household.

“I snoop through people’s drawers, pantries, closets and garages as part of my research,” says Kit Yarrow, a consumer psychologist at Golden State University, “and I can say without hesitation that the junk drawer is the most revealing place I can look.”

As for Chip Day, he says he’s not giving up.

“The whole reason I’m even looking in here in the first place is I’m looking for a screw driver that my son said he put in here,” continued Mr. Day. “The ironic thing is I’m trying to fix another drawer in the kitchen. Once I get this open, I’m going to organize it.”

Film at 11.

God was made manifest

This is an early Christian hymn quoted by St. Paul in 1 Timothy 3:16. Hos Ephanerothe means "was made manifest."
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

Your First Amendment is in trouble

What part of this is confusing, Martin?
Barack Hussein Obama and his minions are waging war on your natural right to exercise your religion as you see fit. They are making their interpretations of civil rights more important than your First Amendment right.

That's what is involved when Christian bakers refuse to bake a cake for people with whom they disagree.

And that's what is behind the latest outrage: a statement by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
"The phrases 'religious liberty' and 'religious freedom' will stand for nothing except hypocrisy so long as they remain code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, Christian supremacy or any form of intolerance," Castro, a Democrat appointed by President Obama, said.
Here's more:
"[o]verly-broad religious exemptions unduly burden nondiscrimination laws and policies. Federal and state courts, lawmakers, and policy-makers at every level must tailor religious exceptions to civil liberties and civil rights protections as narrowly as applicable law requires." 
Commission Chair Martin R. Castro stated, "Our country was founded by those fleeing religious persecution. We must, therefore, always be vigilant to ensure that religion not be used as a pretext to persecute those whose civil rights and civil liberties should be protected."
Get it? Abortion rights and transgender rights trump First Amendment rights. This is serious business. It's war.

More here and here.

For the love of money

From The Lectionary:

1 Timothy 6:6-19

6:6 Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment;

6:7 for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it;

6:8 but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these.

6:9 But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.

6:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.

6:11 But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness.

6:12 Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

6:13 In the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you

6:14 to keep the commandment without spot or blame until the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ,

6:15 which he will bring about at the right time--he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords.

6:16 It is he alone who has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see; to him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.

6:17 As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

6:18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share,

6:19 thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.

Charles De Secondat: reading

"I've never known any trouble that an hour's reading didn't assuage."

Friday, September 23, 2016

Casual Friday: Born On the Bayou

"Maybe in order to understand mankind, we have to look at the work itself. MANKIND. Basically, it's made up of two separate words--"mank" and "ind." What do these words mean? It's a mystery, and that's why so is mankind." ~ Jack Handy

I get tired just thinking about it

Get 'em, Dano.
Brad Stulberg is a marathoner -- so I instinctively hate him -- and columnist -- now that's better -- for Outside Magazine. For me, it's important to make a wholesome activity a habit, and Stulberg seems to agree, making it even better:
Ask anyone whose day regularly includes a hard bike ride, sprints in the pool, a complex problem on the climbing wall, or a progressive powerlifting circuit, and they’ll likely tell you the same: A difficult conversation just doesn’t seem so difficult anymore. A tight deadline not so intimidating. Relationship problems not so problematic.

Research shows that, if anything, physical activity boosts short-term brain function and heightens awareness. And even on days they don’t train — which rules out fatigue as a factor — those who habitually push their bodies tend to confront daily stressors with a stoic demeanor.

Author Charles Duhigg, in his 2012 bestseller The Power of Habit, calls exercise a “keystone habit,” or a change in one area life that brings about positive effects in other areas. Duhigg says keystone habits are powerful because “they change our sense of self and our sense of what is possible.”This is also likely why it’s so common to hear about people who started training for a marathon to help them get over a divorce or even the death of a loved one.

Exercise isn’t just about helping out your health down the road, and it’s certainly not just about vanity. What you do in the gym (or on the roads, in the ocean, etc.) makes you a better, higher-performing person outside of it. The truth, cliché as it may sound, is this: When you develop physical fitness, you’re developing life fitness, too.
That's why, after the physical exertion of creating one of these brilliant posts, I turn on a rerun of Law & Order and rest.

Morning Rush: What to eat when you're sick, and more

Here and there on the Web this Friday, September 23, 2016:

Reading it with the help of technology.
One of the oldest Biblical texts

A brief history of coffee

Does your insurance cover these?

What to eat when you're sick

They have a potential Zika vaccine

Your sixth sense is in your genes

Signing up new Democratic voters

How ants find their way around

Using the WMDs that aren't there

Men don't need paternity leave

Look deep into her eyes

The benefits of going bald

Still reading Time Magazine?

Maybe they should stop killing them

First the Internet, now our sovereignty

Today's Word: Crude uneducated person

Hahaha: Stopping a terrorist attack

The Talkies: Obama's legacy:

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The ancients knew their GMOs

“GMO” foods may seem like a modern phenomenon, made possible only because of well-funded labs and genome analysis, Brigit O'Ryan writes
What most consumers don’t realize is that most of humanity’s crops were already genetically modified thousands of years ago. In almost all cases, our favorite fruits and vegetables were engineered to be fundamentally different from their wild ancestors.
She discusses ten, but I'll just select a few to tickle your taste buds.

Broccoli and Cauliflower

I picked this one because this chart is dandy. Also, if you eat this stuff you will live forever. The ancients knew that. That's why they're still alive.
Broccoli doesn’t exist in the wild. Neither does cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, collards, or kale. All of these plants are the result of human cultivation, and they’re all the same species. These crops are artificially bred variations of the mustard plant Brassica oleracea. In its wild form, this plant produces several large leaves, as well as bunches of small yellow flowers. Different subspecies such as broccoli or cauliflower are created by modifying the expression of genes controlling the way the plant grows. 
In broccoli, the flower clusters that once bloomed in the wild have been expanded into a cloud-like structure of many closed buds. In cauliflower, the flowery white head consists of mutant, undifferentiated cells that almost always remain sterile. One of the most striking examples of unique structures in this species is Romanesco broccoli: Its single modified bud is made up of smaller and smaller buds, forming a distinct logarithmic spiral pattern.
See how this is going to work? Are you bored? Are you outraged?

Sweet, juicy strawberries are a very recent creation. Tiny ancestors were sometimes collected throughout the British Isles during the ice age, but the strawberry we enjoy today was cultivated as recently as the 1750s. 
Mathematician and engineer Amedee-Francois Frezier brought a larger variety of wild strawberry while mapping out Chile for Louis XIV. After decades of trial and error, garden strawberries were created in France by crossing this plant with wild berries from America. 
In 1759, pine strawberries became commercially significant. Finally, the huge, “modern” type of strawberry appeared by accident during hybridization experiments in 1806.
Can you imagine life without strawberries? No wonder the Middle Ages were so awful. They probably welcomed the plague. They couldn't even enjoy their morning coffee, because it wasn't cultivated until the 1600s. If they had had coffee they could have had gluten-filled scones, because wheat was cultivated by prehistoric folks. And they did have the benefit of the paleo diet.

The state of our "union"

The underclass on a shopping trip.
In light of Barack Hussein Obama's disdain for police and his fervor for more Muslim immigrants, how are things going out there for all of you?

Matt Drudge has a way of collecting headlines to give us a snapshot:

Then, just below all of this, wrapping it up, and explaining it ... drum roll ....


Hey, Doris, here's a tip to get you started: those headlines are his legacy.

How immigrants from the Mideast are changing us

We will save his life and read him his rights.
What do the weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey and the stabbings in Minnesota mean for us? Daniel Greenfield offers some insight. It's an important piece, and I'm going to post all of it.
The wave of Muslim refugee terror began with a bomb targeting a U.S. Marine charity run in New Jersey. By evening a pressure cooker full of shrapnel has exploded outside a Manhattan building for the blind. An hour later, a rampaging Muslim terrorist began stabbing people inside a Macy’s, asking them if they were Muslim and shouting the name of “Allah,” the genocidal Islamic deity of mass murder.

And that was one Saturday, two Muslim refugees and a wave of national terror 1,200 miles apart. 
What did Elizabeth, New Jersey and St. Cloud, Minnesota have in common?

New Jersey has the second largest Muslim population in the country. This isn’t the first time it was used as a staging ground for Muslim terror. 
11 of the 19 September 11 hijackers hung out in Paterson (known colloquially as Paterstine). Head toward Jersey City and you can see where Muslim enemies of this country stood on rooftops and cheered the attacks on September 11. It’s also where the World Trade Center bombing mastermind and the Blind Sheikh who provided religious guidance for a proposed wave of Islamic terror operated.

Go south and in Elizabeth you can pass the First American Fried Chicken joint where the Rahami clan made life miserable for their American neighbors before one of their spawn began his bombing spree.

New Jersey is a map of Muslim terror plots because of its huge Muslim population.
Ahmad Khan Rahami came to America as the son of an Afghan refugee. He stabbed a man two years ago. His family was a local nuisance who cried “Islamophobia” at the least provocation. His brother was a Jihadi sympathizer and may have fled the country after assaulting a police officer. By the time Ahmad was done, he had wounded a police officer and 29 other people. If his plot had succeeded, he might have pulled off the largest Muslim terror atrocity in the country since September 11.

Sadly, Syrian Muslim “refugees” continued to be dumped in Elizabeth, NJ to seed the next wave of Muslim terror. The International Rescue Committee, one of the two largest migrant agencies plaguing the Garden State, is based in Elizabeth, 8 minutes away from the Rahimi chicken place.

Last year Erol Kekic, the head of the group, insisted that the issue would “blow over.” Instead of blowing over, it’s blowing up.

Minnesota has suffered from the presence of the largest Somali migrant population in the country. And so a state which used to be known for its Swedish and German immigrants instead became a recruiting ground for ISIS and Al-Shabab. Al-Shabab, which is aligned with Al Qaeda, attacked the Westgate mall in Kenya a few years ago. The Somali killers quizzed their victims to distinguish Muslims from non-Muslims.

Dahir Adan, the Somali Muslim migrant who invaded America from a refugee camp in Kenya, attempted to duplicate that attack, asking those he stabbed at the Crossroads Mall if they were Muslims.

Dozens of Somali migrants in America have joined Al-Shabab and ISIS. The only difference between Dahir Adan and them is that instead of getting on a plane back to his native Somalia to join the local Jihadists, he carried out his Jihad against the nighttime shoppers in a Macy’s.

The Crossroads attack was the tragic price paid by innocent people for Muslim refugee resettlement.

Muslim Somali migration dramatically increased under Obama, rising from 2,500 in 2008 to around 8,000 and 9,000 in the last few years. Somali settlers represent almost 1 percent of the population of Minnesota. Most of the “refugees” dumped in St. Cloud were Somalis migrants and Lutheran Social Services has taken the lead in inflicting Somalis on the unfortunate natives of St. Cloud.

From the very beginning of their arrival, the Somali colonists were a problem for the people of St. Cloud. They displaced American workers and clashed with the native population. In this decade, St. Cloud has become 10% Somali. The Crossroads attack was the inevitable result of that demographic growth.

What happened in New Jersey and Minnesota is the same thing that has been happening in Europe. Islamic terrorism is caused by Muslim migration. As the Muslim population grows, so does its terror.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton had declared that the Somali occupation of the state is here to stay. “Minnesota is not like it was 30, 50 years ago," he sneered. "Anybody who cannot accept your right to be here should find another state.”

Now Dayton has condemned the “religious bigotry” that motivated the Crossroads attack and declared that, “There is no place in Minnesota for intolerance of all Americans’ constitutional right to worship according to their beliefs.”

But the preferred mode of worship of Dahir Adan came from the religious book that he listed as his favorite, the Koran. “Slay the idolaters wherever you find them,” (Koran 9:5), “Strike upon the necks and strike from them every fingertip,” (Koran 8:12) and “Fight them until there is no unbelief and the religion, all of it, is for Allah” (Koran 8:39). Islamic worship is murdering those who exercise religious freedom. That’s what Dahir Adan was doing at the mall when he asked his victims if they were Muslims.

You can have religious freedom or Islam. You can have the Constitution or the Koran. But you can’t have both.

“I ask everyone in the St. Cloud area and throughout Minnesota to rise above this atrocity and act to make religious and racial tolerance one of the ways in which Minnesotans again lead our country,” Governor Dayton has said. If he and other Minnesotans really want religious tolerance, then the only possible way to achieve it is by ending the disastrous settlement of Somali Muslims in Minnesota.

The anniversary of September 11 has come and gone. And we have learned nothing from the experience. The cesspools of Muslim terror in New Jersey have only grown. And no amount of moments of silence will clean them up. The latest terror plot in New York City originates from the same swamp.

Meanwhile peaceful states like Minnesota have become terror hubs through refugee resettlement.

Refugee resettlement is becoming our biggest terror threat. Obama wants to hike next year’s refugee admissions to 110,000. That’s a 57% increase since 2015. The summer’s statistics showed that more Muslims were being admitted as refugees than Christians.

This weekend’s wave of terror is the result of our refugee policy. And that policy is getting worse.

Ahmad Khan Rahami and Dahir Adan were the products of our refugee policy of yesteryear. Today’s refugee policy will have far deadlier consequences and produce far more terror attacks.

Saturday was a bloody day of Muslim terror, but as the red tide of Muslim migration washes up on our shores, every day in our future will be a day of Muslim terror.

Only ending Muslim migration can stop that.
After 9/11, the the few quiet years we had, I frequently labeled posts "lest we forget." Well, we have forgotten. Not only that, but our leaders and a good many of our people are deliberately inviting another 9/11.

How to control your cockroaches

Fetch my sammich, roach!
A team of Israeli scientists has developed a contraption that uses a person’s brain waves to remotely control DNA-based nanorobots — while the nanobots were inside a living cockroach.
When prompted by a human thought, the clam shell-like robots opened up, revealing a drug-like molecule that tweaked the physiology of the cockroach’s cells.
The technology represents a new era of brain-nanomachine interfaces that link a person’s mental state to bioactive payloads such as drugs. Future techniques that build upon this prototype could be helpful for schizophrenia, depression or other mental disorders, in that the drugs only activate when a patient’s brain waves show signs of abnormality.
In my case, those signs would be showing all the time.
Hacking a cockroach’s bodily functions with our thoughts is pretty cool all by itself, but the scientists developed their technology with another goal in mind: to solve a thorny problem in drug delivery.
Oh, I don't know. I think mind-controlling cockroaches is a pretty good application. I mean, my cockroaches are totally out of control. Won't do a thing I tell them.

I think I'll ask Goodwyfe if she would mind swallowing one of these thingies.

Turn it to the game! I would think. I'll have my ham sandwich now! Have you mowed the lawn yet?

Morning Rush: Why your body hurts in the morning, and more

Here and there on the Web this Thursday, September 22, 2016;

Look, it's a fire!
First responders discover Google Glass

Can technology save the bees?

Why your body hurts in the morning

Please don't buy a flat-faced dog

Are you on track for retirement?

The fungus / Chrohn's connection

Being mindful about mindfulness

Hoping to work at Walmart?

Take your hands off our boys

How Big Sugar affected your heart

Still watching the NFL?

Of course she'd rather kill them

Still reading the Minneapolis Star?

Apps: Online meal planners

How To: manage your plastic bags

Today's Word: a deceptive move, especially in boxing

Hahaha: Dismembered Nate Silver found

The Talkies: Trump's sons kill a riceratops

Stephen S. Ilardi: exercise

"Physical exercise brings about profound changes in the brain -- changes that rival those seen with the most potent antidepressant medications."

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

This just in ...

Grandmother earns $6.7 million 

by helping Nigerian prince

OMAHA — A 74-year-old grandmother of six from Kearny has become rich overnight thanks to a generous Nigerian prince who had requested her aid in a financial matter.

Beverly Gorkin, a retired librarian who has lived in this rural farming community all her life, was surprised last month when she received a personal email from Prince Absalom Nurmani, a former Nigerian deputy energy minister who in March oversaw a huge sale of state oil reserves.

“Prince Absalom was very polite, but also quite anxious in tone,” Gorkin recalled. “His associates in Lagos had exhausted all other leads in finding someone trustworthy — and who held a U.S. bank account. Apparently, all the other ones in the world are no good.”

“They had discovered that I was his fifth cousin, 16 times removed, and that I was his last hope,” she said.

Prince Nurmani was in a bind. He alone had access to a National Bank of Nigeria account that held $34 million in state funds. Government officials had promised to spend it on self-driving bicycles for blind street children, but Nurmani learned that higher-ups in the Ministry of Finance had other plans.

“They were going to buy Fanta, and lots of it, to fill a huge artificial lake for the president’s daughter and her friends because they are crazy for orange fizzy drinks,” Nurmani said. “I refused to disclose the PIN that would allow them to withdraw the 34 million USD.”

“For months they tried to guess the four-digit number, but with no success,” he added. “It’s a really good one.”

In late August, Nurmani’s desperate plea was met with compassion. Gorkin responded with a handwritten letter saying that she was touched by the story of the blind orphans and the prince’s desire to stand up for them. On a separate sheet of paper, she wrote in large block letters her personal information and bank account number. She even included a copy of her Nebraska driving license and her AARP membership card.

Within 24 hours, the bank transfer was complete and Gorkin suddenly found herself $34,034,495 richer. Despite her grandchildren’s request that she buy them each a Ferrari and one ton of something they affectionately call “bath salt,” she is vowing to spend no more than the $6.7 million that Nurmani promised her, and that as per the agreement, she’ll keep the rest safe until further notice from him.

As for the prince, he is delighted to have found such a trusted associate after just a few weeks of searching.

“My fingers were starting to ache from typing so much, sending so many emails to people who either didn’t get back to me or accused me of being a conman,” Nurmani said. “It’s so heartwarming knowing that there are still honest and good people in the world.”

Prince Nurmani’s cousin, Prince Abu Ukbaki, the former head of Nigeria’s snack and beverage dispensers commission, also requires assistance in keeping 23 million USD out of the hands of corrupt Nigerian officials. If you are interested in getting a 25 percent cut of this money by temporarily opening your heart and bank account, please email your personal information and account number to the Dandy Goat and we will forward it to Prince Ukbaki.

Film at 11.

Something to worry about

Men who suffer from severe anxiety are twice as likely to die from cancer than men who do not, a study has found, but women with the mental health condition were at no greater risk.


The researchers suggest that anxious men may be more likely to ‘self-medicate’ their anxiety by drinking and smoking more than women, both factors that increase the likelihood of getting cancer.

To that let me add a giant bowl of vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce.

Women may also be quicker at going to the doctor – allowing the cancer to be detected earlier, making it easier to treat, these researchers found.

That's because women don't have anything serious to do. Whereas men are under pressure to meet other depressed men at sports bars that serve vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce.

Symptoms of depression in men can include muscle tension, insomnia, an inability to concentrate and restlessness.

Heck, I experience those watching football.

Lesson: Everybody do what you need to do.

The bomber showed us everything that's wrong

Gosh, how did this happen?
In the New York City and New Jersey bombings we can see everything we need to understand why this is happening and will continue to happen.

The Players:

The Bomber. Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Afghanistan, was nabbed by police and shot after a day-long dragnet in connection with a series of terror attacks in and around New York. He was a bad father who disliked America, hated gays and took long trips to his homeland of Afghanistan, according to the mother of his young daughter.  "He would speak often of Western culture and how it was different back home,” she said. “How there weren't homosexuals in Afghanistan. "He seemed standoffish to American culture, but I never thought he would cross the line," she added.

In other words, he was not assimilated. Well, he set up three bombs. Duh. Luma Simms: "Our nation faces an assimilation crisis as many Middle Eastern immigrants reject our culture, which they perceive as libertine. We could improve the situation through a renewed commitment to our founding principles, particularly the reunification of faith and reason."

The FBI. The father of bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami told New Jersey police that his son was a terrorist in 2014. Rahami was arrested during a domestic dispute and accused of stabbing his brother,  at which point his father Mohammad told police that Rahami was a terrorist. New Jersey police then relayed the claims to the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force in Newark. Officers responded by opening an assessment, the most basic FBI investigation. It's not clear if Rahami was ever interviewed by the FBI.

But President Obama has tied the FBI's hands behind its back. Steven Emerson, an expert on jihad: "The FBI [has been constrained by] the Department of Justice [which] put out guidelines that restricted the FBI and other law enforcement agencies from using religious factors in identifying threats, national security threats to the United States in the homeland. That is so if someone was a religious extremist, though they didn't plot to carry out an attack, that [indicator] could not be factored into an investigation, into an intelligence investigation, into identifying them as a potential threat to the United States. Therefore, they [law enforcement] would have to wait until they actually plotted to carry out an attack. Well that's too late."

FBI Director James Comey, Department of Homeland Security Director Jeh Johnson and Director of National Security James Clapper have each testified to Congress over the last year that they couldn't certify that every single refugee admitted into the United States was not a security threat.

The DHS. They should have been deported, but hundreds of illegal immigrants from dangerous countries were instead granted citizenship by Homeland Security because officials never checked their fingerprints to find out their real identities, the department’s inspector general said in a staggering report Monday. At least two of those who got citizenship have since been investigated for ties to terrorism, and two others managed to gain jobs in secure areas of airports. Perhaps most stunning is that Homeland Security and federal prosecutors have let the illegal immigrants turned citizens get away with their potential fraud. Charges were brought in just two of the more than 800 cases identified.

The President. President Barack Obama has no plans to address the American people regarding the bombings that happened in New York and New Jersey Saturday but will attend a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in New York on Sunday instead, according to White House pool reports.

President Obama will lead a special summit on the need to take in Syrian refugees, just days after weekend terrorist attacks that are raising more questions about whether the U.S. should be cracking down on immigration instead of opening the doors further. Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas: "There is a clear and present danger posed to our national security by these poorly vetted refugees that are pouring in, and the president continues to double down on his intentions to bring in more and more of the individuals from hot spots like Syria."

The Mayor. Mayor Bill de Blasio and top city officials, terrorism was the word that could not be spoken on Sunday. Seeking to project a responsible and measured reaction, the mayor pointedly avoided calling the bombing in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan on Saturday that injured 29 people — and the presence of a seemingly related but undetonated device a few blocks away — a possible act of terror, declining at several points on Sunday to do so.

Governor and Mayor: Oh yeah we bad.
In the wake of a radical Islamic terrorist attack on New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio is telling citizens not to worry about the threat of jihadist violence and pushing for even more questionably vetted migrants to be resettled in the United States.

The New York Police Department is shuttering a controversial, once-secret unit devoted to surveillance of local Muslim communities. “Our administration has promised the people of New York a police force that keeps our city safe, but that is also respectful and fair,” New York City Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “This reform is a critical step forward in easing tensions between the police and the communities they serve, so that our cops and our citizens can help one another go after the real bad guys.”

The Press. While authorities scrambled to determine what had happened, who was responsible, and whether or not this explosion was connected to the pipe bomb that went off near a New Jersey Marine Corps charity race, media scrambled to criticize Trump for calling it "a bomb." But then Clinton stopped to speak to the press on her plane, telling them that she had "been briefed about the 'bombings' in New York and New Jersey:

Ben Shapiro quickly called out the press: "If you're in the media and your chief worry is that Trump called a bombing a bombing too early for you, please find another line of work."
Now I'm feeling safer. How about you?

Give your man some skittles, ladies

Donald Trump Jr. tweeted:
The politically correct world was outraged. We're talking about their beloved Muslims. But it was okay when the same metaphor was used about men.
Being a heterosexual, diabetic male, I don't crave either of them.

Morning Rush: What's in your Big Mac, and more

Here and there on the Web this Wednesday, September 21, 2016:

Device tests for Ebola.
A new way to test for disease

Your youngster needs to play

Look who McDonald's is hiring

And look at what's in its food

When did your personality emerge?

You, too, can be an ambassador

Lemon balm repels mosquitos.
These plants repel pests

The lingering effects of smoking

Our public pensions are a sham

Child abuse, plain and simple

How the left is hacking the election

And giving up the Internet won't help

You could make your own EpiPen

Idiot of the Day: Jamilah Nasheed

Apps: Google is now a tour guide

Today's Word: a perfunctory speech

Hahaha: A classified dating app

The Talkies: Mic's on, Harry:

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Scarf that cheese, boys

I've written before about the goodness in whole milk, and now it's cheese's turn to take a bow.
A diet rich in cheese might actually be good for our health, according to a new study. 
A group of researchers from the University of Copenhagen found that eating cheese could help to improve health by increasing our levels of "good" high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol - thought to offer protection against cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.
You might want to skip the rest of this post and head on off to the kitchen. I'm tempted, myself. If you are able to exercise self-restraint, there's this:
This isn't the first time a study has linked cheese to good health. A recent study from Japan found that cheese consumption prevents fat accumulation in the liver and has the potential to improve serum lipid parameters - how we measure for cardiovascular risk.
Meanwhile, a small 2015 study found that cheese could be the key to a faster metabolism and reduced obesity.
There's more, but I'm feeling hungry.

Off the reservation

“If I hear anybody saying their vote does not matter, that it doesn’t matter who we elect — read up on your history. It matters. We’ve got to get people to vote. I will consider it a personal insult — an insult to my legacy — if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election. You want to give me a good send-off? Go vote.” ~ Barack Hussein Obama to Congressional Black Caucus

It's always about him, isn't it? A personal insult? It is he who has insulted black people for eight years. As Donald Trump said to them in asking for their vote, "What do you have to lose?"


Deroy Murdock, who is black, writes:
  • Even liberal black broadcaster Tavis Smiley has criticized Obama for this. As Smiley told HuffPost Live’s Alyona Minkovski, “Sadly — and it pains me to say this — over the last decade, black folk, in the era of Obama, have lost ground in every major economic category.”
  • Based on the Obama administration’s own latest-available statistics by the most basic economic-performance metrics — with one key exception — black Americans are worse off now than when Obama was sworn in on January 20, 2009. 
  • The seasonally adjusted labor-force-participation rate for black Americans across the board has slipped from 63.2 percent to 61.7 percent — down 2.4 percent. 
  • The seasonally adjusted labor-force-participation rate for black teenagers also sagged from 29.6 percent to 28.8 percent — down 2.7 percent. 
  • During Obama’s tenure, the percentage of black Americans struggling below the poverty line has advanced, according to the most recent Census Bureau data, from 25.8 in 2009 to 26.2 in 2014 — up 1.6 percent. 
  • Real median income among black households during those years, according to the Census Bureau, sank from $35,954 to $35,398 — down 1.5 percent.
  • The number of black food-stamp participants exploded across that time frame from 7,393,000 to 11,699,000, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports — up 58.2 percent. 
  • Also, from Obama’s oath of office through the fourth quarter of 2015, the percentage of black Americans who own homes foundered from 46.1 percent to 41.9 percent, according to the Census — down 9.1 percent. 
All this explains why Eddie Glaude, a Princeton professor African-American studies, blasted Obama for the "condescending" speech he delivered, during which he urged black voters to vote for Hillary Clinton.
I was really annoyed actually by the president’s speech. Instead of a series of rationale arguments from the president to black voters, we get, you know, don’t insult me.And I just find that condescending. And I know I’m going to get in trouble for it.
Don't need no job.
Remember, Barack is half white. He had to make a conscious decision to identify as a black American and not a genuinely African American, that is, a person of mixed race from Kenya. He went to Ivy League schools and vacations on Martha's Vineyard. He's not at one with poor blacks in rural or inner city areas. To him, these people are pawns in his incitement of racial unrest. This is what a radical leftist community organizer does. It's not what a president does. If he cared a wit about their well-being he would have called them off the streets and helped them find work.

Morning Rush: Why you feel busy all the time, and more

Here and there on the Web this Tuesday, September 20, 2016:

Found in NYC. Didn't explode.
Why bombers use pressure cookers

Air turbulence isn't dangerous

Laugh and exercise, live forever

Why you feel busy all the time

Good guy with gun saves the day

Your opioid addiction and cute kids

About those crooked Republicans

Teach your kids about food

How runaway slaves survived

Learning how to delete H's emails

Your HP printer will cause you grief

What Barack has done to our Navy

The death of traditional journalism

Today's Word: any of various boring tools

Hahaha: Man thinks he is holding court

The Talkies: Hillary just wants to power on through it:

Sir Henry Taylor: budgeting

"The art of living easily as to money is to pitch your scale of living one degree below your means."

Monday, September 19, 2016

Life in Barack Hussein's Islamic Amerika

It's hilarious.
The Methodists have been busy trying to kill people here and there.

Nearly 20 percent of the 4,600 Syrian refugees already brought to the United States were settled in the New York-New Jersey area, site of weekend bombings that reportedly could be a dry run of future terror attacks. The FBI described Rahami as a naturalized U.S. citizen of Afghan descent.

Wanted New York and New Jersey bomb suspect sued his local police claiming they persecuted him for being a Muslim. Ahmad Rahami filed federal lawsuit claiming cops in Elizabeth, New Jersey subjected his and his family to discrimination and 'selective enforcement.'

Looks the part.
President Barack Obama made a joke with unfortunately bad timing Saturday, quipping that the Islamic State was no big deal compared to his birth certificate, only to have America hit by two separate explosions.

Almost 100,000 Somali refugees have been resettled in the United States since 9/11, including 8,619 so far during the current fiscal year. The largest number – some 16 percent of the total over the past 15 years – have been resettled in Minnesota, home to the nation’s biggest Somali-American community.

Authorities are investigating the stabbings of nine people at a Minnesota mall as a potential act of terrorism, a finding that would realize long-held fears of an attack in the immigrant-rich state that has struggled to stop the recruiting of its young men by groups including the Islamic State. A young Somali man dressed as a private security guard entered the Crossroads Center mall in St. Cloud over the weekend wielding what appeared to be a kitchen knife. The city's police chief said the man reportedly made at least one reference to Allah and asked a victim if he or she was Muslim before attacking. The suspect was born in Kenya and raised in the United States.

The White House announced that the US had met President Obama’s goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country; it did so ahead of schedule.

If elected president, Hillary Clinton could permanently resettle close to one million Muslim migrants during the first term of her presidency alone, according to the latest available data from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Our culture implodes one move at a time

David Cole on the left's chess game:
Leftist intellectuals tend to see politics as more like a chess game. You don’t win all in one move. It takes time, and the ability to visualize the board as it will look several moves ahead.  
“Don’t ask don’t tell” was passed with the promise that the next step, the removal of all restrictions on gay service members, would never happen. Civil unions were championed as a fine compromise to stave off the unpopular notion of gay marriage. Affirmative action was promoted simply as a method of righting past wrongs against blacks, with no suggestion that it would end up being extended to everyone who isn’t a straight white or Asian male. And remember when future Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg swore that the leftist push for “sex equality” would never lead to the government demanding that men be allowed to use women’s bathrooms and locker rooms? Advance one step, and then promise that this step will not in any way lead to the next step.
All of this happened under Obama as he promised just the opposite. If you like your culture you can keep your culture.

Morning Rush: Talk so that people listen, and more

Here and there on the Web this Monday, September 19, 2016:

Put that tuna back!
Tracking illegal fishing from space

A brief history of tanks

Mark Twain's favorite foods

Barack's cash for jihad program

Controlled drinking is very hard

Louisiana's most famous sausage

How to talk so that people listen

Phone cameras keep getting better

Don't believe the feds on nutrition

Say goodbye to your schools

How to think like Shakespeare

Let's give Virginia death panels

Trump wasn't crooked after all

There won't always be a France

Today's Word: inconsistent, incompatible

Hahaha: Marines reach gender quota

The Talkies: These eagles take down drones:

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Vespers: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings "Love Divine All Loves Excelling," written by Charles Wesley.

Charles Wesley (1707 – 1788) was an English leader of the Methodist movement, most widely known for writing more than 6,000 hymns. Wesley was the son of Anglican cleric and poet Samuel Wesley and his wife Susanna Wesley, the younger brother of Methodist founder John Wesley and Anglican clericSamuel Wesley the Younger, the father of musician Samuel Wesley and grandfather of musician Samuel Sebastian Wesley.

Judging by general repute, "Love Divine" is among Wesley's finest: "justly famous and beloved, better known than almost any other hymn of Charles Wesley."Judging by its distribution, it is also among his most successful: by the end of the 19th century, it is found in 15 of the 17 hymn books consulted by the authors of Lyric Studies. 

On a larger scale, it is found almost universally in general collections of the past century, including not only Methodist and Anglican hymn books and commercial and ecumenical collections, but also hymnals associated with Reformed, Presbyterian, Baptist, Brethren, Lutheran, Congregationalist, Pentecostal, and Roman Catholic traditions, among others including the Churches of Christ. Specifically, it appears in 1,328 of the North American hymnals indexed by the online Dictionary of North American Hymnology, comparable to Newton's "Amazing Grace" (1,036),Wesley's "O for a Thousand Tongues" (1,249), and Watts' "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" (1,483).

Christ in the Stranger’s Guise

He had no shirt.
An old Gaelic poem, written maybe 1500 yearas ago:

Christ in the Stranger’s Guise

I met a stranger yest’re’een;
I put food in the eating place,
Drink in the drinking place,
Music in the listening place;
And, in the sacred name of the Triune,
He blessed myself and my house,
My cattle and my dear ones,
And the lark said in her song,
Often, often, often,
Goes the Christ in the stranger’s guise;
Often, often, often,
Goes the Christ in the stranger’s guise.

Listen to it sung:

Now watch it happen today:

You cannot serve God and wealth

From The Lectionary: Luke 16:1-13

16:1 Then Jesus said to the disciples, "There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property.

16:2 So he summoned him and said to him, 'What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.'

16:3 Then the manager said to himself, 'What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg.

16:4 I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.'

16:5 So, summoning his master's debtors one by one, he asked the first, 'How much do you owe my master?'

16:6 He answered, 'A hundred jugs of olive oil.' He said to him, 'Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.'

16:7 Then he asked another, 'And how much do you owe?' He replied, 'A hundred containers of wheat.' He said to him, 'Take your bill and make it eighty.'

16:8 And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light.

16:9 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.

16:10 "Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much.

16:11 If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?

16:12 And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own?

16:13 No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth."