Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Notes & Comment: She's not just a pretty face

From all over:

Likes what he sees.
Class act. Our new First Lady represented us well in Europe. "Trump is unique in that she is the only first lady in modern history to be born outside the United States," CNN notes. "She was raised in Slovenia, and also lived in Paris, France, and Milan, Italy, before moving to New York. She speaks five languages, including Italian. Beyond that, her worldly background gives her a diplomatic advantage on this trip."

You can't get there from here. Motorists waste the equivalent of 29 hours every year using sat navs, according to a new study. The time is lost when the devices send drivers either the long way or wrong way to their destinations. Almost half (47%) of those surveyed have had a "verbal disagreement" with their device, while 31% admit to shouting at it "as if it was a real person." Well, that was in England. Here in the U.S. we're much more efficient at wasting time.

Good for your heart. Statins are associated with improved heart structure and function, according to research. The benefits were above and beyond the cholesterol lowering effect of statins. "Statins are primarily used to lower cholesterol," said lead author Dr Nay Aung, a cardiologist. "They are highly effective in preventing cardiovascular events in patients who have had a heart attack or are at risk of heart disease. Statins can also improve the function of the blood vessels, reduce inflammation, and stabilize fatty plaques in the blood vessels. Studies in mice and small studies in humans have shown that statins also reduce the thickness of heart muscle but this needed to be confirmed in a larger study."

From Salon, no less. Wake up, liberals: There will be no 2018 “blue wave,” no Democratic majority and no impeachment. Forget about the “blue wave” of 2018. Forget about the Democratic majority of 2019. Forget about the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Have you even been paying attention? Because none of that stuff is happening and it’s all a massive distraction.

Polite people will avert their eyes.  It is utterly shameful for the defeated candidate to join a "resistance" against the lawfully elected winner, for no other reason than she lost. Americans despise a sore loser, and both Clinton and her entire graceless party have been wailing since last November about the cosmic unfairness of it all -- all the more because they fully expected that the fix was in, and she would cake-waddle into the White House. As Johnny Caspar complains in Miller's Crossing: "if you can't trust a fixed fight, what can you trust?"

Google is getting scary. Google has begun using billions of credit-card transaction records to prove that its online ads are prompting people to make purchases – even when they happen offline in brick-and-mortar stores. The advance allows Google to determine how many sales have been generated by digital ad campaigns, a goal that industry insiders have long described as “the holy grail” of online advertising. The announcement also renewed long-standing privacy complaints about how the company uses personal information. Google already analyzes users’ Web browsing, search history and geographic locations, using data from popular Google-owned apps like YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps and the Google Play store. All that information is tied to the real identities of users when they log into Google’s services.

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