Pretty amazing. Way back in 1981, a few weeks before we left the Cayman Islands and moved to NY, we met a hammerhead at about 95 feet while diving off "Chisholm's Trail" on the north coast of Grand Cayman. That brief encounter was even more amazing ...
In the article The Clintons and the Reality of a Long Marriage, the women’s magazine attempts to make the case that the Clinton marriage is actually one that everyone should look up to. Apparently, hating philandering men is no longer a part of the feminist agenda. At least, as long as one’s wife is running for president.
Bill Cllinton’s lengthy stroll down memory lane reminded Cosmo writer Ada Calhoun that the Clintons’ 45-year marriage has “outlasted the Gores, the first two Trump marriages, and the first two Gingrich marriages.” Wow, rather a low bar. Why not throw in Elizabeth Taylor or Henry VIII?
Alcohol contributes to poor dietary habits in a multitude of ways. The empty calories you’re drinking can completely derail the calorie count you’re trying to adhere to. Two or three beers can top out at over 500 calories. A Long Island Ice Tea has over 780 calories in it.
Studies have also shown that drinking at mealtimes is associated with insufficient intake of healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables, and with excessive intake of animal protein.
Alcohol disrupts your sleeping patterns and causes fatigue and dehydration. Combine those three factors, and you’ll find yourself skipping the gym on Thursday morning after Wine Down Wednesday.
That fatigue is going to last through the day, so you’ll probably be dragging after work, too. It’s easy to bypass your Zumba class for the couch and a bag of chips instead.
The most profound impact that alcohol has on your workout and your body is in your muscles themselves. You build muscle through protein synthesis. A study by Penn State showed that alcohol slows muscle growth by 15 to 20%.
Alcohol is also a hormone disruptor. It lowers testosterone levels while increasing estrogen. Testosterone is the single most important muscle-building hormone in your body. How much muscle a person can gain is dependent upon their level of free-flowing testosterone.
Basically every drinking day negates an entire workout when it comes to building muscles. Also, remember that alcohol slows reaction time and your ability to create glucose for energy. It robs your body of nutrients and carbohydrates.
Alcohol has a huge ego. When you drink, alcohol more or less takes over and demands that it be processed first. So, everything else that you’ve consumed is put on hold. Alcohol becomes the first fuel your body will use, but it lacks any nutrients or minerals.
To top it off, while alcohol is being metabolized, your body won’t burn any fat. Since alcohol is mainly sugar, the only thing your body can convert it to is fat.
Funny how accusations that Donald Trump is racist have only come up since he decided to run for President. And too bad that Kristof, who I always felt had a lot of integrity - even when I mostly disagreed with him - went down this path.
A new, 10-year study showed that speed training—computer exercises that get users to visually process information more quickly—beat out memory and reasoning exercises, two other popular brain-training techniques. Researchers found that a total of 11 to 14 hours of speed training has the potential to cut by as much as 48% the risk of developing dementia 10 years later.
The results of the study, called Active, for Advanced Cognitive Training in Vital Elderly, were presented Sunday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Toronto, the world’s largest gathering of Alzheimer’s researchers. The study is believed to be the first to demonstrate that a behavioral intervention can reduce the incidence of dementia. Many people practice various brain-training exercises to keep the mind limber as they age.
The study, which was funded by the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Nursing Research, included 2,832 healthy subjects, ages 65 to 94, at six study sites around the U.S. Participants were randomized to get one of the three cognitive-training programs or be in a control group. Memory and reasoning training were done with an instructor, not on a computer, and didn’t cut the risk for developing dementia.
The speed-training participants had 10 one-hour training sessions over five weeks with an instructor on hand for help. Some had booster sessions a year later and three years later.
Participants getting only the initial 10 hours of training had on average a 33% lower risk for developing dementia 10 years later, whereas those who received the additional sessions reduced their risk by 48%....
If it's true, then that's a great return on just a few hours invested in training. Almost too good to be true. And maybe it is.
... The data is considered preliminary because it hasn’t yet been peer reviewed or published in a medical journal. Jerri Edwards, director of the School of Aging Studies and Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute at the University of South Florida, who presented the data and led the most recent analysis, says the researchers wanted to disclose the findings as soon as possible.
Every so often I get an email from the famous, left wing, multi-millionaire, movie producer.
All of his email letters are INCREDIBLY tedious and with this one I read the first couple of paragraphs and the five headings.
But I have some readers who enjoy self-flaggelation, so I have cut and pasted the entire letter below:
5 Reasons Why Trump Will Win
I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I gave it to you straight last summer when I told you that Donald Trump would be the Republican nominee for president. And now I have even more awful, depressing news for you: Donald J. Trump is going to win in November. This wretched, ignorant, dangerous part-time clown and full time sociopath is going to be our next president. President Trump. Go ahead and say the words, cause youll be saying them for the next four years: PRESIDENT TRUMP.
Never in my life have I wanted to be proven wrong more than I do right now.
"Someone does have to be held accountable," Weaver said during an interview with ABC News. "We spent 48 hours of public attention worrying about who in the [Donald] Trump campaign was going to be held responsible for the fact that some lines of Mrs. Obama's speech were taken by Mrs. Trump. Someone in the DNC needs to be held at least as accountable as the Trump campaign."
Weaver said the emails showed misconduct at the highest level of the staff within the party and that he believed there would be more emails leaked, which would "reinforce" that the party had "its fingers on the scale."
Jeremy Corbyn is a real old line leftist socialist (something of a British Bernie Sanders) who took over leadership of the British Labor Party after they got crushed in the 2015 general election. He's currently being challenged for the leadership of the Party.
But a couple of days ago he voted against renewing the British nuclear submarine and nuclear missile program. I, like him, am a "unilateralist" when it comes to nuclear weapons. they're immoral weapons which should never be used and certainly don't deter terrorists.
The prime minister confirmed she would be prepared to press the nuclear button if necessary as she opened a debate about whether the UK should spend up to £40bn replacing four submarines that carry nuclear warheads.
After more than five hours of discussion, parliament voted in favour of Trident renewal by a majority of 355 in a motion backed by almost the entire Conservative party and more than half of Labour MPs.
It was opposed by all Scottish National party (SNP) MPs, the Lib Dems and Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, a lifelong unilateralist who spoke out strongly against the plans during the debate.
Intervening in her opening speech, the SNP MP George Kerevan, asked: “Is she personally prepared to authorise a nuclear strike that can kill a hundred thousand innocent men, women and children?”
May responded: “Yes. And I have to say to the honourable gentleman the whole point of a deterrent is that our enemies need to know that we would be prepared to use it, unlike some suggestions that we could have a deterrent but not actually be willing to use it, which seem to come from the Labour party frontbench.”
Common in Central and South America as well as in Haiti to mix in the ancient beliefs with Catholicism/Christianity. I posted about the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel three days ago Big feast day today - Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Pilgrims at Saut d’Eau, 40 miles north of Port-au-Prince. The site is revered in both Christianity and Vodou for its association with Our Lady of Mount Carmel and her Vodou equivalent, Ezili Dantor
Joycelyn Jackson was already sitting in church when she found herself needing God most. She hadn’t yet learned that her little brother Montrell Jackson was among the three officer killed in Baton Rouge when her pastor asked the congregation to send prayers to her family.
“I didn’t want to break down in church but it was just something I couldn’t hold,” Jackson, 49, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, said. “He was a wonderful person. A wonderful person.”
Joycelyn Jackson said she understands the anger behind the movement Black Lives Matter but that “God gives nobody the right to kill and take another person’s life.” Montrell Jackson, 32, was married in the last few years and had a baby boy he adored, she said.
“It’s coming to the point where no lives matter,” she said, “whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or whatever.”
If she could talk to the shooter, or anyone considering violence against more officers, she said she’d remind them of a judgment beyond the penal system.
“If I could say anything to anyone, it is to get their lives right with God,” she said. “Hell is a horrible, horrible place to be.”
I wouldn't quite put it that way, but it's understandable and on the mark.
Pretty good. whole press release - I highlighted the first paragraph
Statement by the President
I condemn, in the strongest sense of the word, the attack on law enforcement in Baton Rouge. For the second time in two weeks, police officers who put their lives on the line for ours every day were doing their job when they were killed in a cowardly and reprehensible assault. These are attacks on public servants, on the rule of law, and on civilized society, and they have to stop.
I’ve offered my full support, and the full support of the federal government, to Governor Edwards, Mayor Holden, the Sheriff’s Office, and the Baton Rouge Police Department. And make no mistake – justice will be done.
We may not yet know the motives for this attack, but I want to be clear: there is no justification for violence against law enforcement. None. These attacks are the work of cowards who speak for no one. They right no wrongs. They advance no causes. The officers in Baton Rouge; the officers in Dallas – they were our fellow Americans, part of our community, part of our country, with people who loved and needed them, and who need us now – all of us – to be at our best.
Today, on the Lord’s day, all of us stand united in prayer with the people of Baton Rouge, with the police officers who’ve been wounded, and with the grieving families of the fallen. May God bless them all.
The Interior Castle is quite fascinating, as St. Teresa takes you through the "Seven Mansions" of spiritual advancement. The way I approached the book - I read 15-25 minutes a day, usually in the early morning &/or at the end of the day, for about four weeks. It was great, even though or course you don't absorb it all. The key is to just keep going. One of the great, great mystics of the Catholic Church, who reformed the Carmelite order. And she has a sense of humor. She wrote the first part of the book and then put it aside for about five months, before returning to it to finish in the space of a few weeks. When she got back to it she wrote that she hadn't even re-read what she'd written and she hope she wouldn't be repeating herself. And she would write comments - to keep the Inquisition off her case - like "I knew a woman who..." when it was clear she's referring to herself. The two virtues she emphasized - humility and charity.
Teresa wrote the book when she was 63, and died four years later, in 1582. That particular book of hers wasn't published until after she'd died (again, concerns about the Inquisition). The original transcript is in a convent in Spain. Hundreds of her other letters and writings are still preserved - the originals - so quite a bit is known about her. I will be reading more, by her and about her.
Bearing in mind, that reading about contemplation, is not contemplation...
A father and son from Texas and 10 children are among the 84 people murdered Thursday night when a terrorist plowed an explosives- and weapons-laden truck into a crowd of thousands gathered along a seaside promenade in Nice, France, to watch the city’s Bastille Day fireworks.
The driver, who sources identified to Fox News as a 31-year-old Tunisian national, left a mile-long swath of carnage along the seaside walkway before police killed him in a shootout. French authorities did not hestitate to pronounce the attack, which began at 10:40 p.m. local time, an act of terrorism.
“Such a monstrosity,” French President Francois Hollande said Friday morning. “France is deeply saddened, but it is also very strong. I can assure you we will always be stronger than the fanatics who are trying to attack us.”
One site calculates that so far in 2016, there have been 1,268 Islamic attacks in 50 countries, in which 11,664 people were killed and 14,087 injured. Most of these attacks occur in Iraq, Syria, Somalia, and never make the news in the United States.
In the summer of 1981, after Brigid and I left the Caribbean, we spent nine or ten weeks in Europe, including 50 days driving around France, Italy and Switzerland. We went to the beach in Nice and spent a couple of days camping in the hills above it. it's a very lovely area. We know exactly where the attack was. Bastille Day will never be the same.
Three times in the past week, Justice Ginsburg has publicly discussed her view of the presidential race, in the sharpest terms. In an interview with The Times published Sunday, Justice Ginsburg said, “I can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president,” joking that if her husband were alive, he might have said, “It’s time for us to move to New Zealand.”
Earlier, in an interview with The Associated Press that appeared on Friday, when asked to consider a Trump victory, Justice Ginsburg replied, “I don’t want to think about that possibility, but if it should be, then everything is up for grabs.”
On Monday Justice Ginsburg doubled down, calling Mr. Trump “a faker,” who “has no consistency about him.” In that interview, with CNN, she added: “He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego.”
Mr. Trump responded on Tuesday. “I think it’s highly inappropriate that a United States Supreme Court judge gets involved in a political campaign, frankly,” he told The Times. “I couldn’t believe it when I saw it.”
In this election cycle in particular, the potential of a new president to affect the balance of the court has taken on great importance, with the vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. As Justice Ginsburg pointed out, other justices are nearing an age when retirement would not be surprising. That makes it vital that the court remain outside the presidential process. And just imagine if this were 2000 and the resolution of the election depended on a Supreme Court decision. Could anyone now argue with a straight face that Justice Ginsburg’s only guide would be the law?
I think he showed a lot of class, allowing for the vote to determine whether the U.K. would stay in the European Union, and now resigning when his side - the "remain" side - lost. We should show this kind of class here, but don't hold your breath.
The Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence would be a very good choice. He was in Congress for 12 years, and Trump has said he wants someone with Washington experience. Pence would be better then any of the other discussed candidates like Gingrich, Christie or General Flynn.
Theresa May replaces David Cameron who resigned after the "leave" the European Union won the recent vote. Her challenger, Andrea Leadsom, dropped out two day ago. The way it works, the Conservative Party is in power and stays in power but the Conservative Prime Minister changes.
A preview and look back before the Tuesday night All Star game.
Ted Williams, the "Splendid Splinter", who would probably have set all the major league hitting records if he hadn't been in the Marine Air Corps in World War II AND Korea. In Korea he flew 39 combat missions and his plane was hit by ground fire three times.
1941 was the year he batted .406 -the last baseball player to hit over 400. And he didn't get the MVP award - Joe Dimaggio did, for his 56 game hitting steak and 125 RBI's. Probably helped DiMaggio that he played in big media New York.