Yesterday they drove to Washington DC to meet up with my brother Jim and his wife Maria - who is from Peru. They fly out today to Lima and also going to Cusco and Machu Picchu. Both very excited about the trip as well they should be.
Tom and Tim not so fortunate - we are staying behind to hold the fort in Croton.
Before they left yesterday we all had brunch together at the diner - here's a picture showing how excited the boys are to be eating out with their parents.
And here's the dynamic duo as they set out for Washington.
A sad tale. I hope their treatment of employees gets lots of publicity. A PR from the Catholic League.
Macy’s Sordid History: Pregnant Women
August 10, 2016
Bill Donohue comments on Macy's firing of an employee going through a high-risk pregnancy:
Anabelle Mayi had been working at Macy's flagship store in Manhattan for two-and-a-half years when she was diagnosed with a high-risk pregnancy in April 2015. She requested reasonable accommodations, like a chair or stool so she could sit down periodically while working at the counter. According to Manhattan Legal Services, which filed a charge with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, she was first told "this would not be possible" but that a transfer to an office job would be. But although her physician filled out the required Family and Medical Leave Act paperwork requesting the needed accommodations, Macy's did not provide them. When Mayi subsequently took several sick days for pregnancy-related illness, Manhattan Legal Services says she found her employee access blocked. On July 7, she was officially terminated.
It is incredible that Macy's can make accommodations for men who think they are women—allowing them to use the women's bathrooms, even at the discomfort of other customers, and firing employees who voice religious objections (click here). But they cannot give a chair to an employee with a high risk pregnancy in order to safeguard her and her baby's health.
Mr. Trump is still pushing anti-growth trade policy—as is Mrs. Clinton—but the Trump tax and regulatory agenda would create the conditions for American economic revival. The editorial board concludes, “One economic speech won’t persuade Americans who have doubts about President Trump. To revive his campaign, he’ll need to carry the economic growth theme every day from here to November.”
In his homily at the canonization Mass, Pope John Paul II said: “Because she was Jewish, Edith Stein was taken with her sister Rosa and many other Catholics and Jews from the Netherlands to the concentration camp in Auschwitz, where she died with them in the gas chambers. Today we remember them all with deep respect. A few days before her deportation, the woman religious had dismissed the question about a possible rescue: ‘Do not do it! Why should I be spared? Is it not right that I should gain no advantage from my Baptism? If I cannot share the lot of my brothers and sisters, my life, in a certain sense, is destroyed.’”
Addressing himself to the young people gathered for the canonization, the pope said: “Your life is not an endless series of open doors! Listen to your heart! Do not stay on the surface but go to the heart of things! And when the time is right, have the courage to decide! The Lord is waiting for you to put your freedom in his good hands.”
Shahram Amiri, an expert in radioactive isotopes at Tehran’s Malek Ashtar University who was accused of giving away state secrets, has been executed in Iran. The Iranian scientist’s disappearance in Saudi Arabia in 2009 and his subsequent return to Tehran a year later from Washington remains shrouded in mystery. His execution lends weight to the theory he had defected to the US as part of an intelligence coup. The release of Hillary Clinton’s emails last year by the state department appeared to have been damning for Amiri. A number of emails sent to the then secretary of state appeared to support claims that he was a defector.
Yeah he knows his Tolkien; I was surprised (a little) that I knew 95% of what he was talking about (I'm bragging). Long ago, I read The Silmarillion (finished by JRR Tolkien's son, so it lacks the charm) as well as Tolkien's other stuff.
Phurpa Tashi, 45, head sherpa and a record holder with 21 Everest summits
We respect the mountains here the way we would respect a god. It’s very important to our economy that people from other countries come here to climb mountains. Every time I get to the top, I feel very proud, and happy to see all the other people who have made it. As a sherpa, each time is different, whether you’re guiding a climber or fixing the ropes. I’m always very worried about getting people back to base camp.
Ven. Fulton Sheen on the moral effects of the bomb
Ven. Fulton Sheen cuts right to the heart of these effects, ironically when talking to school students about sex. The talk, “Youth and Sex,” pinpoints the moral turning point of country to “8:15 in the morning, the 6th of August, 1945,” when, he says, the world changed. The dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima
blotted out boundaries. There was no longer a boundary between the military and the civilian, between the helper and the helped, between the wounded and the nurse and the doctor, and the living and the dead. For even the living who escaped the bomb were already half dead. So we broke down boundaries and limits and from that time on the world has said we want no one limiting me. … You want no restraint, no boundaries. I have to do what I want to do.
Sheen makes the connection between the bomb and the moral chaos, which would follow in America, especially in the sexual revolution, when we initiated a culture of death.
Why did the dropping of the bombs obliterate boundaries? The key moral question comes down to the principle that the end does not justify the means. A noble intention to end the war does not make immoral acts moral. The same is true in the moral life more generally. Chris Stefanick sums it up quite well in his piece, “The Fruit of the Bomb”:
It has been said that “the fruit of abortion is nuclear war.” The logic is that abortion creates a society where human life isn’t valued above all else, where the end justifies the means, and where moral absolutes can be obliterated by good intentions. All of that was engrained in our nation’s psyche 30 years before Roe v. Wade. I think it would be more accurate to say, “The fruit of nuclear war was abortion.”
The indiscriminate killing of the innocent in the war preceded and foreshadowed the holocaust we would initiate on our own shores, among our own innocent.
Elsewhere Sheen (In his talk, The Approach of Midnight) that the nuclear bombings were "the worst acts in United States history" and that "eliminating the boundaries" led to the acceptance of abortion.
“Evil is a mystery that reaches summits of horror beyond what is human,” the Archbishop said. “Is that not what you meant, Jacques, by your last words? Falling to the ground after the first stab, you try to push away your attacker with your feet saying, ‘Go away Satan!’”
The archbishop said that the priest then repeated a second time: “Be Gone, Satan!”
During the same homily, with members of the Muslim community present, Archbishop Lebrun explicitly addressed those who may be tempted by jihad.
“You who are tormented by diabolical violence, you who are drawn to kill by a demonic, murderous madness, pray to God to free you from the devil’s grip,” he said. “We pray for you, we pray to Jesus who healed all those who were under the power of evil.”
Symbolically, a stole was placed on a large cross, because the priest’s death was “similar to that of Christ, unjustly condemned and put to death,” according to a statement from the archdiocese.
In a separate memorial Mass celebrated for the French priest, Paris Cardinal André Vingt-Trois told the Christian faithful that jihadists “wrap themselves in the trappings of religion” while announcing a “God of death,” whom the cardinal compared to the ancient pagan god “Moloch”—a demon who demanded live human sacrifices as a tribute.
“Those who wrap themselves in the trappings of religion to mask their deadly project,” Vingt-Trois said, “those who want to announce to us a God of death, a Moloch that would rejoice at the death of a man and promise paradise to those who kill while invoking him, these cannot expect humanity to yield to their delusion.”
The comparison between the “Allah” of the Islamists and the monstrous “Moloch” of ancient pagan peoples was especially forceful, since Christians have generally understood Muslims to be an Abrahamic religion, and a “people of the book.” Moloch, on the contrary, was a demon who demanded infant sacrifices, often identified with the Carthaginian god Baal.
Ok so it was probably a slip up. Are the dolts in the background who are cheering - are they paid supporters? Maybe paid by Warren Buffett (old guy billionaire in the suit) who is sitting there clapping?
Briefly mentioned at the beginning of this short video is fracking. I have friends passionately against fracking, while I think their concern is very misplaced. Not mentioned at all in the video is the fact that much of the energy from LNG is & will go to improving the lives of Third World people. Tell me the morality of preventing their improving living standards in the name of a misplaced ecology?
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."