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Thursday, September 22. 2016
How to live to 100: Town full of centenarians spills its secrets
No secrets there. Some drink a lot, some don't. Some smoke a lot, some do not. Some eat "healthy," many do not. Good genetics. In small southern Italian towns, everybody is a cugino.
Your dog can make you feel better, and here’s why
Real Reasons Americans Are Fatter Than Ever
"Would I like to go on a hike? A hike? Do you know what we call a hike in New York? We call it walking."
Why not pacifiers? And diapers?
Italy: Let's mock them for that
Soros-Linked ‘October Surprise That Will End Trump’: The Campaign To Register 8 Million ‘Global Citizens’ To Vote
America still in a depression
They have a million friends
House votes to halt Guantanamo detainee transfers
An Appalling Appeal - President Obama warns blacks to vote Democratic—or risk insulting him.
Obama to U.N.: ‘In America, There Is Too Much Money in Politics.’
Bill Clinton on immigration
Douthat: Clinton’s Samantha Bee Problem
Clinton campaign raced through $50 million last month
Hillary Clinton Outlines Vision of More Job Opportunities for People With Disabilities
Nobody disagrees with that, in principle. But this is just more pandering.
The Decline of Economic Liberty During the Bush-Obama Years
"Cops dehumanize African Americans in order to administer an
What horse hockey. Cops kill more white guys than black guys, despite the crime disparity
Money Laundering Scheme Exposed: 14 Pro-Clinton Super PACs and Non-Profits Implicated
Media Bias Grows as Trump Gains
Post-Ebola, West Africans flock back to bushmeat, with risk
Syrian writers, artists, journalists condemn U.S., Russia involvement
U.S. says some 360,000 refugee spots pledged at United Nations
Eastern Europe: The Last Barrier between Christianity and Islam
In Gaza and West Bank, Palestinian journalists fear squeeze on free press
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Soros-Linked ‘October Surprise'
How many degrees of separation can there be between a check from Soros for some purpose to some organization and a completely different organization, before the different organization is not considered "Soros-linked"?
I'm not expecting anything to come of this effort.
US citizens living abroad can vote (via absentee ballot) for federal offices. Some places may let them vote for state and local offices too.
Your "voting address" is wherever you last lived in the US or (if you were born abroad and never lived in the US) where your parents last lived.
The application is extremely difficult/s - you sign the application and post it to the voting officials for that county. If you have trouble with signing your name and addressing a postcard, there is a step-by-step wizard at https://www.fvap.gov/, or both "democrats abroad" and "republicans abroad" in your country of residence will be happy to help you.
I usually used "Democrats Abroad" to request my postcard form, because the website for "Republicans Abroad" was an affront to all concepts of accessibility and user friendliness.
In the countries where I've I found that the local "Party-Abroad" organizations made extensive use of government and commercial databases to find me and keep me informed of my ability to vote in presidential election years.
If the process is annoying, people will not do it. Especially if they are living abroad most of the time and don't really have a connection to what is going on in the U.S. It won't be worth the trouble. Only the most die-hard voters will do it...and how do we know some of them aren't Trump people?
I think this news is just supposed to scare Trump voters into thinking it it 'hopeless' and that with Soros behind her, Clinton has it in the bag.
Looking at today's newest polls for WI & IL with suspiciously high Dem numbers should have her worried. Only 5 ahead in Illinois? With a +17 D sample, which should only be around +10 D? Oh, yeah, they should be freaking out.
All about turn out. Republicans have the advantage this time. It is not 2008.
I may not like Soros's intent here, but there's nothing illegal or unethical about it. American citizens abroad have the right to vote, and encouraging them to do so hardly seems unfair in any way.
My son in Norway voted in the primary and will likely vote in the general. He doesn't like any of the presidential candidates, however, and only one person in the state races, so he may not bother.
Indeed -- and if as an American abroad you have had any contact with a US Expat group or have your foreign postal address in the database of any number of US organizations, the encouragement to vote will find you.
Anyone thinking this is an untapped well is fooling themselves.
"360,000 refugee spots... Where?"
C'mon, you know the answer to that: in the most economically depressed, most Republican areas; far, far away from the Democratic areas; in the areas which have already been screwed hardest by our foreign policy-- the source of the troops which fought the wars, the location of the factories outsourced.
The Dems like "multi-cultural" cities, but not the "bad" kind, the "good" kind: H1Bs that can't insist on following the work laws, people who open funky-but-Americanized ethnic restaurants and play funky-but-Americanized ethnic music, that sort of thing. Not the pressure-cooker-bombs kind of multi-cultural people. Those go to Appalachia, because both the Appalachians and the immigrants are equally despised.
actually they are being placed where they can siphon the most out of the system in free bennies. and thats in DEM controlled areas.
We aren't seeing them out here in the rural boonies. Although I'm sure they are working on it.
I'm not detecting much pattern here in recent refugee resettlement locations:
ARIZONA: Glendale, Phoenix, Tucson
CALIFORNIA: Burbank, Chatsworth, El Cajon, Fair Oaks, Glendale, Los Angeles, Los Gatos, Modesto, Moorpark, Oakland, Pasadena, Plumas Lake, Sacremento, Salinas, San Diego, San Jose, Santa Ana, Turlock, Van Nuys, Walnut Creek, West Covina
COLORADO: Colorado Springs, Denver
CONNECTICUT: Bristol, Hartford, New Haven, West Haven
FLORIDA: Clearwater, Jacksonville, Kissimmee, Miami, Orlando, Pensacola, Tampa, Zephyrhills
GEORGIA: Atlanta, Stone Mountain
ILLINOIS: Alsip, Aurora, Chicago, Des Plaines, Prospect Heights, Rock Island, Rockford, Wheaton
INDIANA: Carmel, Indianapolis
KANSAS: Overland Park, Wichita
KENTUCKY: Lexington, Louisville
LOUISIANA: Baton Rouge, Kenner, New Orleans
MARYLAND: Baltimore, Riverdale, Saverna Park, Silver Spring
MASSACHUSETTS: Beverly, Lowell, South Boston, Springfield, Tewksbury, West Springfield, Worchester
MICHIGAN: Ann Arbor, Clinton Township, Dearborn, Eastpointe, Farmington Hills, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Troy, West Bloomfield Township
MISSOURI: Fenton, St. Louis
NEVADA: Las Vegas
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Concord
NEW JERSEY: Bellmawr, Camden, Clifton, Elizabeth, Jersey City
NEW MEXICO: Albuquerque
NEW YORK: Buffalo, NYC, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica
NORTH CAROLINA: Charlotte, Durham, Greensboro, High Point, New Bern
OHIO: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus,Toledo, Westerville
OREGON: Beaverton, Portland
PENNSYLVANIA: Allentown, Erie, Harrisburg, Kingston, Lancaster, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre
TENNESSEE: Memphis, Nashville
TEXAS: Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston
UTAH: Salt Lake City
VIRGINIA: Burke, Centreville, Charlottesville, Falls Church, Newport News, Roanoke
WASHINGTON: Kent, Richland, Seattle, Spokane, Vancouver
WEST VIRGINIA: Charleston
All this reminds me of the way Stalin moved Russians into the satellite states to spread Russian culture at the expense of the local cultures and make it less likely there would be revolts against communism.
Obummer wants to inject these people into places where it will do him the most good politically and culturally.
This is very cool:
'Last Shipwreck' from WWI's Battle of Jutland Found Near Norway
The wreck of the British warship HMS Warrior — the "last shipwreck" from the Battle of Jutland during World War I — has been discovered near Norway. The marine exploration team that found the shipwreck also recently located the wreck of a World War II-era British submarine in the same region.
The Warrior is the second major shipwreck found in the area within a few months by McCartney . .
In March, the team reported the discovery of the wreck of the HMS Tarpon, a British submarine from World War II that sank with around 59 crewmembers aboard after a battle with an armed German merchant ship in 1940.
"The survey was initially aimed at Jutland, but there were 25 ships sunk in that battle, and we've found 10 times that number," McCartney said. "In the case of Tarpon, it was simply a matter that the direction that we left harbor took us past a potential location for this sub, so I requested we stop and do a survey there. And within about an hour or so we found it."
The Muslim refugees should be settled in Muslim countries. Not in states like Idaho or in small cities to prey upon our citizens.
Syrian Refugees (millions):
United States, 0.007
The figures are even more dramatic if you consider it as a proportion of population.
Life expectancy is a statistical fabrication that is often swayed by things beyond the control of the person gathering the data or compiling the results. Most of these small towns in Italy and East European countries are not typical or normal. If you look closely you will notice that most of the people there are in fact old. Young people leave for better opportunities. Additionally the data collected is for the most part from the living. Historic data is sparse and inaccurate. Essentially what you are seeing is a data dump based on those who are left in those towns. How many died in the past? Who really knows, good records aren't available. It would be like going to The Villages in Florida and using the statistical data to determine life expectancy. It would of course ignore the many who died and never made it to the retirement community and the many who died young of illness or carelessness. It would be a snapshot in time and of little value.
But anecdotal lifestyle content rules, Bob. Smokes and bacon good.
Anyway, the Wiki has this to report about Earth's longest-living people:
The dietary intake of Okinawans compared to other Japanese circa 1950 shows that Okinawans consumed: fewer total calories (1785 vs. 2068), less polyunsaturated fat (4.8% of calories vs. 8%), less rice (154g vs. 328g), significantly less wheat, barley and other grains (38g vs. 153g), less sugars (3g vs. 8g), more legumes (71g vs. 55g), significantly less fish (15g vs. 62g), significantly less meat and poultry (3g vs. 11g), less eggs (1g vs. 7g), less dairy (
Okinawa and Japan have long life expectancies but most probably due to their family structure that reveres the older generation and takes care of them. Probably not from the food that they eat. Okinawa is an outlier without a large enough population to be significant. The U.S. population of European descent has a pretty high life expectancy, if their diet was causing poor health and early deaths that wouldn't be the case.
I do not understand why the current events in Charlotte NC are not called terrorism. This isn't peaceful demonstrations or people exercising their 1st amendment rights. These thugs are their to break things, steal property and hurt people. Most of them appear to be clueless either to what really happened and life in general. I am really concerned about the trend to block traffic on the interstate and to then attack the drivers. This will eventually end up with a large number of people getting hurt, run over or innocent civilians shooting perps in self defense.
I would think this would backfire. Most of the folks I know living abroad are doing so because of the crappy American economy. They would likely vote Trump before they ever voted Hillary. Most likely is they don't care any more.
Sorry this got posted in the wrong spot--I was trying to post a reply to the posts about Americans voting abroad.
"Steyn: The Left Would Rather Ban the Debate Than Win It"
The Left does that because when confronted by actual, ya know, FACTS, they always lose!
The Left's arguments are always predicated upon feelings and suppositions, not fact. Foe example, they are easily persuaded by intentions rather than results. Otherwise, failed programs would be changed rather than doubled down upon.
How many times have we heard the Left lament their failure as the result of "bad people" or "lack of adequate funds", when the problem is endemic in the nature of the proposed solution? See the "War on Poverty" as the prime example!
Re: An Appalling Appeal - President Obama warns blacks to vote Democratic—or risk insulting him.
Average blacks have gotten the worst of his policies and he's all but encouraged a race war, but it's all about Obummer, isn't it?
Douthat calls it the Samantha Bee problem, without telling us anything about Samantha Bee, of whom I've never heard. Must be a big-city thing.
That Steve Sailer: Clearly an alt-rightist, whatever the hell that is, may be, could be, or just plain ol' BS. I'm going for BS.
55 No-Go Zones in Sweden, and police resigning. Sounds like their Army, such as it is, will have to destroy those zones to save Sweden.
The Pali controllers hate free speech? Who woulda thunk it?
Where's the Gang of Z today?
"Clinton wonders why she isn't 50 points ahead "
Hey, I know, the real story is the look and shrill of that video, but really, Hillary is coming out full-bore against "right to work"? Way to latch on to the 1970's issue, there.
An even greater side of the personal liberty right, more important at least today because more likely to be denied, is the right to labor and to trade; to acquire thereby property, to exercise one's faculties in any lawful way, to increase one's comfort and one's powers by the acquisition of wealth or the exercise of property rights. This right was recognized in the express words of Magna Charta (sic), where it says that "no free man of England shall be deprived of his freehold or of his liberties or of his free customs"; for this expression, under the law of the time, was understood to mean the right to labor at any trade, to earn one's living in any lawful manner; and the right to be protected in this from any hindrance of others, either physical or by contract in restraint of trade; from combinations of the Guilds, or from monopolies created by the State.
--The American Constitution by Frederic Jesup Stimson,1908