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Monday, October 17. 2016
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Skip that annual physical exam: Evidence increasingly suggests it’s useless
I go every 3 yrs when my doc gets pissed at me for not coming in. I hate it. I do like him, though and I understand that he needs some money to keep me on his roster.
Bob Dylan and the Sound of Music
His delivery is part of it. But without good words, why would his words be quoted so often?
Remembering Neville Marriner - The maestro of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields was an English gentleman.
A very happy little hockey fan
Connecticut school apologizes for 'Hitler' football play
Call it Bismarck instead. Or Stalin. The word Hitler not allowed anymore except for Republicans.
Sex Appeal, Fitness, and Fat Shaming - The History and Biology of Getting Jacked 'n Tan
Looking good is not just for gay guys. For excitement, gals prefer strong, fit guys, and vice versa.
I have no postable comment to that
Rolling Stone Reporter Won’t Admit UVA Jackie’s Gang-Rape Was A Total Hoax
The Fallen Women: Were Victorian Prostitutes Really Fallen?
War On Coal Can’t Stop Fuel’s Enduring Demand
Why is this guy unemployed?
I blame the lousy economy
Pronouns, Ordinary People, and the War over Reality
Planned Parenthood: From eugenics to abortion on demand
Today’s Orange County: Not Right Wing—and Kinda Hip - Immigrants
Taxpayers And Medicare Patients Can't Afford ObamaCare's 'Savings'
Goldman Sachs, the Democrats’ Best Friend
Ref Tammany Hall, where you owned the judges, the cops, and the papers - and just handed out cash to the voters.
No. He is the voice of a large portion of the country. Lousy messenger, but the messenger.
What it’s like to be a college professor who supports Donald Trump
Donald Trump is officially the worst candidate in history
The Clinton Record - A devastating exposé of the most unfit and undeserving individual ever to seek the American presidency.
CNN Attempts to Scare Viewers – Says It’s Illegal to Read Wikileaks Podesta Emails
CNN’s Jake Tapper: Donna Brazile's Leak to Clinton Camp ‘Unethical,’ ‘Horrifying’
Hillary’s Emails Allowed Clinton Foundation Donors To Get Favors On A ‘Global Scale’
Clinton promises major wealth redistribution — starting with Trump
Where the Trump Name Is Emblazoned Now: The Front Yard
Do not like Donald Trump the human being but feel compelled to vote for him anyway - ‘He might be a traitor to women, she is a traitor to her country’
Clinton Operatives Brag They “Scared Off” Chief Justice
Just think of the MSM as Democratic operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.
Stop complaining about Trump’s “war on the media” because he’s right
Trump's moral fervor:
Image below from Grabbing Art by the Pussy. Must have some humor in this political circus.
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"The United Nations Is Run By A Bunch Of Depraved Totalitarians, Villainous Barbarians, And Anti-Semitic Scum"
What's your point?
Skip that annual physical exam. So, would you go along with the 55 year-old captain of that Airbus you're riding having been allowed to skip that annual physical for the past several years? I used to do it, and more than a few times I've seen pilots grounded for life that sailed through their annual the year before.
Skip that physical exam, go climb a mountain instead.
If you want more anxiety and drama then get a yearly physical. I guarantee you that your cholesterol will be too hign, you will need to lose a few pounds and something just not right will show up on your lab tests. But if you hike every day and once a week go for a 10-15 mile hike with a 5000' altitude gain you will absolutely know if you are healthy or unhealthy. This kind of vigorous exercise will identify weaknesses and your health and fitness will improve which is a solid indication that you are indeed healthy.
"Pronouns, Ordinary People, and the War over Reality"
I suggest you ignore this silly fad unless you're unfortunate enough to be intimately connected somehow with a university. In my view, this "personal pronoun" obsession just doesn't have legs for two reasons:
1. The demographic involved is statistically insignificant within the overall population of English-speakers.
2. From a pure language perspective, this sort of thing - making the selection of third-person pronouns a conscious mental exercise - is utterly counter-intuitive. Language doesn't work this way.
"Society has come to expect this yearly trip to the doctor. It’s the day to ventilate concerns about nagging aches and pains, inquire about the validity of fanciful findings on WebMD searches or ensure that a disease that has afflicted a friend or relative will not affect us."
This explains why the doctor's/mammogram/staff speak to me the way they do -- as if they are calming my fears of the unspeakable and that I'm trembling in fear of what might be lurking inside (which they don't have a clue of anyway by cursory exam).
I don't have time for that.
"But mostly it provides that modicum of reassurance that all is well, propelling us forward for another year."
It also allows them to siphon more from your insurance company who in turn siphons more out of you, if you pay for your own insurance.
I live in North Carolina. Language may not work that way but since HB2, politics does.
If Trump is a 'traitor to women,' then that must mean a whole huge swath of men in this country as also. Does that mean Billy Bush is a 'traitor to women'? Where does it end?
Can we also point out that Amy Schumer or any raunchy female comic is a 'traitor to men'? That any and all righteous feminists are 'traitors to men'?
What exactly makes someone a 'traitor to women'? For I have no idea what this means. I knew that Donald Trump had been on the Howard Stern show. LOADS of men love this show, quote this show, laugh at this show. Are you saying that all of Stern's audience and Stern himself are 'traitors to women'?
This whole thing is ridiculous. I'm a woman, others in my family voting Trump are women, friends voting for Trump are women...and we do not feel this way. So stop putting out this ridiculous notion.
Look at his rallies. LOADS of women. We are not falling for the media telling us who our candidate is. We just aren't.
Meanwhile, Hillary is a traitor to the whole country. Blatantly obvious. The Clinton Cash book, which was already footnoted to the nth degree, is now proven out as truth after the Wikileaks release. No media outlet (with the exception of a few minutes on Fox) seems to care. The Clintons, the media, and their cronies are selling out America. THIS should be what we are talking about.
This whole subject is so disingenuous coming from the left in the first place. It has been the Democrat presidents who have had the affairs (Kennedy and Clinton), Johnson was famously crude (having staff meetings in the bathroom), inviting musical "artists" singing songs with disgusting lyrics (the Obamas inviting Beyonce and rap artists to the White House) . It was uber feminist, Gloria Steinem who said a man was entitled to one grope (in response to the Kathleen Willey allegations), it was all the NOW chapters, save one, that supported sex between a person of power and an underling in the workplace (a central position before Clinton/Lewinski), and on and on.
But none of that is really surprising. If your party can lie like this https://www.democrats.org/about/our-history, you probably don't mind being intellectually dishonest.
Men/women/groping--What do they mean? What's the youngest groping incident from our readers? Did you or some of your friends play Doctor as a very young child? Maybe the groping began with curiosity, but boys are interested in girls--big surprise. Boys will also test to see how far they can go--another surprise. Sheesh, is this furor brought about by feminists trying to deny the truth of biology?
I agree, MissT, talk about the traitor who would sell favors as a President.
So, what he is doing is what Trump is being castigated for doing to women.
Sexual assault is sexual assault.
The left politics of hate. Should everyone give in? Should men take showers with girls? Should we all squat and crap together? Should the bully's force us to accept their bizarre idea of morality and sexuality? Can't we all just get along? Everyone act polite and stop trying to impress/intimidate/embarrass me with bizarre sexual preferences?
Were I Trump, I would merely reply to all the allegations with, "I was a Democrat when all that happened; so it was OK."
Be aware that you have to see your primary care doctor at least once every three years, or you lose your doctor. I went too long and have lost access to the best doctor in the world. He's not taking new patients. It's a BS law but my husband lost his primary care doctor the same way.
Everyone needs to watch the Project Veritas video that came out today. STUNNING. Dem operatives paying the mentally ill (not kidding, they discuss openly) to riot and instigate violence at Trump rallies. They proudly declare they caused the shutdown of Trump's rally in Chicago.
Also, point to one elderly woman with an oxygen tank who was supposedly 'punched' by a blind Trump supporter as a PAID operative of the Dems.
This is horrendous stuff. Watch the whole thing. You will be shocked. People in the video talk about the money changing hands and this stuff comes from the top. Share with all.
I get so tired of the Insurance company's ruling the day. I do not have a primary care doctor. I go to the doctor when I am sick, (I end up paying for all services anyway based upon my high deductible). I do, however go to my GYN regularly. I believe I am healthier by staying out of doctor's office. Isn't that where all the germs are. Hate healthcare today too many damn rules!
You can never lose sight of the fact that the United Nations is not an organization of the world's peoples, it is an organization of the world's governments. As such it will always tend to represent the interests of the world's governments over the interests of the people. As increasing bureaucratic capture has strained the ties aligning the interests of people and governments even in the "traditional" Western democracies, the United Nations increasingly is going to advocate for the subordination of individual liberty to the control of the state or quasi-state organizations.
In other words, by its very nature, the United Nations can't care about a farmer in Burundi; it can only care about farming in Burundi. As such it will tend to push for the centralized, bureaucratic, management-centric approach to dealing with any crisis, with the people actually impacted being little more than pieces on a gameboard or numbers in a report.