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  Feux Follets   ignore (1)   2018 May 26, 3:41am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Is Shingles Contagious? People who have never had chickenpox are at risk for developing the illness if they come in contact with a shingles patient’s blisters.

Q. Is shingles contagious?

A. Shingles, the painful and blistery rash that arises when the chickenpox virus becomes reactivated, can be contagious, but only for people who are not already immune to chickenpox. Those who have never had chickenpox or been vaccinated against it are at risk for developing chickenpox — not shingles — if they come in contact with fluid from the blisters of a shingles patient.

The blisters are contagious until they crust over, “and people should keep them covered,” said Dr. Pritish K. Tosh, an infectious disease specialist with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

He noted that it’s important to “make sure people who are at risk not come in contact with these lesions.” Those at risk include anyone who has never had chickenpox or has not yet been vaccinated. Special caution should be taken with pregnant women or those with a compromised immune system, who may not know whether they are immune to the disease.

  Feux Follets   ignore (1)   2018 May 26, 3:44am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

What Scott Pruitt’s been doing while you weren’t looking. As the public fixates on the EPA chief's travel habits, he's making it easier for industry to pollute.

Nearly a quarter of the nation's coal-fired power plants in 2017 lacked pollution controls limiting emissions of lung-damaging sulfur dioxide even though some of their counterparts have been using the controls for almost 40 years.

Federal data show this disparity. It leaves communities like Labadie, Missouri, exposed to stubbornly high levels of the pollutant even as emissions nationwide have plummeted. Some power-plant operators have exploited a 1977 congressional loophole to avoid installing the controls, environmentalists say. Now, as the public focuses on multiple investigations into U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s spending habits and personnel choices, Pruitt is moving swiftly to grant one of industry’s major policy wishes: He’s making it easier for plant operators to sidestep equipment upgrades in the future.

Pruitt is making it easier for coal plants and other industrial facilities to avoid New Source Review altogether. Since he became EPA administrator, he has issued several “guidance documents” addressing the topic. One, in December 2017, instructs state and federal regulators not to second-guess companies’ pollution estimates, which determine whether they must apply for permits. Another, in March of this year, offers a new interpretation of a formula that could result in lower pollution estimates – and fewer permits.

Businesses have been largely supportive. Companies from BP America to Koch Industries requested some of these changes in written comments filed with the EPA last year. The National Environmental Development Association’s Clean Air Project, a coalition that includes Koch, cited New Source Review among “regulations that impose mammoth costs on U.S. manufacturers with little or no environmental benefit.” Ameren Services said the program’s “mechanisms are highly inefficient and the case-by-case application of obtuse and ill-written terms through guidance documents causes uncertainty, delay, and frustration for construction of new facilities or technology improvements at existing facilities.”

  Feux Follets   ignore (1)   2018 May 26, 4:14am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

The History of the National Anthem in Sports.

THE FIRST THING to remember is that it's a battle song

Back to 1918

"For a baseball game in a world's Championship series," the Chicago Tribune wrote, "yesterday's combat between the Cubs and Red Sox was perhaps the quietest on record."

With one exception: the seventh-inning stretch. As was common during sporting events, a military band was on hand to play, and while the fans were on their feet, the musicians fired up "The Star-Spangled Banner." They weren't the only active-duty servicemen on the field, though.

Red Sox third baseman Fred Thomas was playing the Series while on furlough from the Navy, where he'd been learning seamanship at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Chicago. But Thomas' months of military training had hardly dulled his diamond skills.

Upon hearing the opening notes of Key's song from the military band, Thomas immediately faced the flag and snapped to attention with a military salute. The other players on the field followed suit, in "civilian" fashion, meaning they stood and put their right hands over their hearts. The crowd, already standing, showed its first real signs of life all day, joining in a spontaneous sing-along, haltingly at first, then finishing with flair.

The scene made such an impression that The New York Times opened its recap of the game not with a description of the action on the field but with an account of the impromptu singing: "First the song was taken up by a few, then others joined, and when the final notes came, a great volume of melody rolled across the field. It was at the very end that the onlookers exploded into thunderous applause and rent the air with a cheer that marked the highest point of the day's enthusiasm."

The Cubs front office realized it had witnessed something unique. For the next two games, it had the band play "The Star-Spangled Banner" during the seventh-inning stretch, to similarly enthusiastic crowds. By Game 3, a bigger crowd of 27,000 was in attendance. Not to be outdone, the Red Sox ratcheted up the pageantry when the Series relocated to Boston for the next three games. At Fenway Park, "The Star-Spangled Banner" moved from the seventh-inning stretch to the pregame festivities, and the team coupled the playing of the song with the introduction of wounded soldiers who had received free tickets.

In subsequent years, through subsequent wars, it grew into the daily institution we know today.

What, after all, does an antagonistic, difficult-to-sing 200-year-old tune about a flag have to do with playing ball?

Quite a bit, actually. Congress didn't officially adopt the "The Star-Spangled Banner" until 1931 -- and by that time it was already a baseball tradition steeped in wartime patriotism. Thanks to a brass band, some fickle fans and a player who snapped to attention on a somber day in September, the old battle ballad was the national pastime's anthem more than a decade before it was the nation's.


So by playing the anthem at every available opportunity we continue to glorify war and have "forced" patriotism.

Potus isn't about being patriotic - this is very thinly veiled disguise to stamp out protest and dissent and one more small step towards totalitarianism.

Then again Potus probably dreams of this.

China's answer to anthem disrespect: up to 3 years in prison

  Feux Follets   ignore (1)   2018 May 26, 6:12am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Why Do Americans Stay When Their Town Has No Future?

Family and community are the only things left in Adams County, Ohio, as the coal-fired power plants abandon ship and the government shrugs.

Full Article, Graphs, Video Etc. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-05-23/why-do-americans-stay-when-their-town-has-no-future
  Feux Follets   ignore (1)   2018 May 26, 7:51am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Not to worry, the Flintstones was a reality television program and of course the earth is just slightly over 6,000 years old, and that includes the Grand Canyon.

Those who shrink back in horror, ensconced in the evolutionary dogma of billions of years, should take a moment to attempt to prove their position. Their first discovery should be that they can neither define truth nor proof. Secondly, they’ll find that their position can’t be proven because it’s simply not true. Concerning the origin of the universe and its age, evolutionary scientists have changed their opinions (that they often offer as truth) numerous times. But be advised that God’s Word stands sure. His Word never changes.

It wasn’t until the 19th century and Darwin that the principle of a young earth was seriously (or should I say "popularly") challenged. Much evil has cascaded down upon mankind because of this blatant rebellion against truth.


Potus is also God's chosen messenger to deliver the United States from the grips of Satan.
  Feux Follets   ignore (1)   2018 May 26, 7:56am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (2)   quote        

Strategist says
Whatever Trump is doing vis a vis NK, is obviously working

Try whatever Trump and the Trump organization is getting or may not get from China for Potus to do his quick about face.

Kim and Moon did pull off a susprise meeting though in the last 24 hours.


Maybe best if we stay the hell out of there for awhile and see what Moon and Kim come up with.
  Feux Follets   ignore (1)   2018 May 26, 8:00am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote        

TwoScoopsOfDragonEnergy says
What did Trump mean in his letter when he said "Good for both parties (US and for North Korea)?"

Good for Potus to get photo ops, publicity and a chance at a No-Bell prize and salvage the value of those challenge coins that were made up for the summit.

Probably more investment dollars from the Chinese for things Trump related as well.

Kim- keeps his nukes, agrees to a freeze, more assistance from China and Russia.
  Feux Follets   ignore (1)   2018 May 26, 8:03am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote        

TwoScoopsOfDragonEnergy says
Toughness gets results

So does flattering the Golden Golem of Humility.

What is the world going to do when Trump leaves office ? The oceans' tides will no longer function, the phases of the moon will stop, gravity will be in danger, there is no telling what will occur when someone this great and humble leaves the world to it's own devices.
  Feux Follets   ignore (1)   2018 May 26, 8:09am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Please send your "love offerings" in the amount of 10% of your gross income not adjusted for taxes to any of the following:

Pat Robertson

Joel Osteen

Paul and Jan Crouch

Kenneth Copeland

Benny Hinn

PTL Ministries

Can't make up your mind ? Pick from this list.


No checks !

Cash or credit card only !
  Feux Follets   ignore (1)   2018 May 26, 8:10am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote        

Strategist says
NK was testing Trump to determine how much they could get out of the negotiation

As much as they want provided Trump gets all of his investment money that China promised him and a No-Bell Prize so he won't get outdone by a black man.

Trump is so far out of his league right now it is pathetic. He is being played on the world's stage for exactly what he is (it's not positive) and now there is a mad scramble for him to look good again - i.e. save face.

Trump bet Kim would back out - he didn't and Trump did.

Kim outflanked him again and came right back saying it was still a go - thus leaving someone with egg and more on his face.
  Feux Follets   ignore (1)   2018 May 26, 5:15pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Sniper says
many even have their hands on their hearts!! They must really hate America, right?

36 U.S. Code § 301 - National anthem

(a) Designation.—
The composition consisting of the words and music known as the Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem.

(b) Conduct During Playing.—During a rendition of the national anthem—
(1) when the flag is displayed—
(A) individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note;

(B) members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute in the manner provided for individuals in uniform; and

(C) all other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; and

(2) when the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.

(Pub. L. 105–225, Aug. 12, 1998, 112 Stat. 1263; Pub. L. 110–417, [div. A], title V, § 595, Oct. 14, 2008, 122 Stat. 4475.)

WORTH NOTING : The First Amendment does prevent prosecution for violation of this code, but it is a code anyway.

Large Picture, Small Picture too small for Details:

Obviously they don't know which direction to stand - Infraction 1

They are not all their right hand over the heart - Infraction 2

They are not all at attention - Infraction 3

Sniper says
Hmmm, why aren't there any people kneeling in those pictures?

Blind obedience to tradition ?

Some of them no doubt have no idea why but are doing it because everyone else is.

Peer Pressure ?

Sniper says
Interesting, as hard as I look, I don't see a single person kneeling during the national anthem at NASCAR races

Watch them all now do you especially the anthem part ? Not much into NASCAR myself let alone to make sure I would catch the Anthem before each one just to see who is doing what.

Does this include in the stands ?

What about at the concessions ?

What about in the broadcast booth ?

Notice any minorities in the crowd on pit row ?
  Feux Follets   ignore (1)   2018 May 26, 5:21pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote        

It used to be illegal to not stand for the national anthem.

When it comes to Colin Kaepernick’s continuing protest, everyone’s on the same page about one thing: choosing not to stand for the national anthem is a recognizable sign of protest. It only makes sense as a statement because standing is customary.

And like all rituals of patriotism, standing for the anthem is not timeless or innate. It has a history — and not a very long one, relatively speaking.


  Feux Follets   ignore (1)   2018 May 26, 5:22pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote        

It's a symbolic ritual just like something at the Elks Lodge, Scout Meetings, Churches - symbolic rituals for symbolic minded individuals.

Nothing to do with the measure of someone's patriotism -nada, zero, zilch.
  Feux Follets   ignore (1)   2018 May 26, 5:29pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (2)   quote        

BayArea says
Of course there would be.

No there wouldn't be.

If there was some brouhaha, whatever was causing angst would be addressed and an excuse would be forthcoming to swiftly correct said problem/grievance.

This whole episode has nothing at all to do with Patriotism. It is a wedge issue P.R. stunt designed to motivate the base.

Potus bone spurs has now gotten around to dictating what does and what doesn't constitute appropriate forms/displays of proper patriotic behavior ?

Serving his country instead of hiding behind a deferment would have been nice.

Maybe he can delve into ethical behavior as well.

After that he can delve into telling the truth on a more frequent basis along with the rest of the administration.
  Feux Follets   ignore (1)   2018 May 26, 5:38pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote        

TwoScoopsOfDragonEnergy says
Have you ever heard North Korea say "Sorry" about not having a meeting and "Appreciated" or "Looking Forward" to efforts by a US President aka "Trump Method", in reference to anything involving the USA?

By now it would seem vitually every grade schooler know the Golden Golem of Humility and Greatness is easily swayed by flattery.

TwoScoopsOfDragonEnergy says
Lightsaber goes to China early next month

More like "dimbulb" or even "wetbulb" - light saber ? RFLMAO

Once again it would bear repeating - keep the expectations low, very very low.

TwoScoopsOfDragonEnergy says
Trump pre-empted the old "Last Minute Backout" by backing out first, though I think this was more aimed at China than DPRK.

And promptly got bushwhacked (no pun intended) by Kim not firing off a round of stupidity and instead being the consummate diplomat and grownup.

The base better hope this doesn't move beyond Chinese Checkers into a chess game.

Then again Bolton has yet to be heard from or his sidekick Pence. These two are like "after" and "birth".

Keep the expectations low, very very low and pray Donnie is not wearing flavored shoes.
  Feux Follets   ignore (1)   2018 May 26, 5:42pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote        

mell says
German government-run ARD aired a piece about the Iran situation "what if Trump is right?"

What did they say about Hitler ?

Everyone keeps forgetting Potus will act on the last thing he hears that registers and should that be Bolton - well.....
  Feux Follets   ignore (1)   2018 May 26, 5:48pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote        

mell says
He can protest in his free time, not at work. The NFL has ruled. The case is closed.

Wouldn't count on that.

On the other hand isn't nice to know your government is diligently working to help everyone understand what is and isn't an acceptable form of dissent/protest, what hours you may engage in such activity, what days, and so much more.

They are even working equally as hard to discredit any organization that publishes true but offending and disparaging commentary on the administration and family members of administration officials and members.

Guess the appropriate religion, dress codes for everyone from birth thru death - all this coming in our future.

Wonder what the options will be for education and medical care. Needs based ?

What a swell country we live in.
  Feux Follets   ignore (1)   2018 May 26, 5:50pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote        

mell says
lol at invoking Godwins law again. Everyone who doesn't agree with me is literally Hitl

Show me where I stated that, I did not even infer that.

Perhaps a response instead of a reaction would be more appropriate.

I did however ask what the ARD had to say about Hitler.
  Feux Follets   ignore (1)   2018 May 26, 5:51pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote        

mell says
Trump is doing the right thing here and more and more are acknowledging it.

More and more neocons and Bolton fans ?
  Feux Follets   ignore (1)   2018 May 26, 5:53pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote        

mell says
And Obummer sent suitcases full of money!

Dubya sent it by the planeload - and the point is ?

Trump is on the dole from the Chinese, the House of Saud and anyone else who can use him to get something they want.
  Feux Follets   ignore (1)   2018 May 27, 6:10am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Trump Slams Media For Concocting Official Who Actually Ran His White House Briefing !

Matthew Pottinger has been identified as the senior White House official quoted in a report from The New York Times about President Donald Trump’s proposed—and then canceled— meeting with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump previously accused the newspaper of making up the quote and using "phony sources."

  Feux Follets   ignore (1)   2018 May 27, 6:13am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

And Now for Some Crises That Are Completely Different ! As the Trump administration struggles to keep track of the usual hotspots, major trouble is brewing in forgotten corners of the world.

Take, for example, the Aegean Sea, where Greek and Turkish warplanes routinely engage each other in a long-running dispute over territory and airspace.

Then there is Bosnia and Herzegovina. Yes, the Balkans are back, and with the same ethno-nationalist chauvinism that tore the region apart a quarter of a century ago.

If war doesn’t break out in the Aegean or in the Balkans, it might in the Red Sea and Horn of Africa. The Egyptians are at loggerheads with the Ethiopians over the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which threatens a 1950s treaty that gives Egypt the bulk of the Nile River’s water.

Then there is the presence of Emirati forces — Egyptian allies — in Eritrea. The Eritreans have fought two wars with Ethiopia since they formally seceded from it in 1993. Reports earlier this year that Egypt deployed forces to the Emirati base in Eritrea added another destabilizing dimension to the Horn of Africa, where there are three conflicts playing out: Egypt vs. Ethiopia over Nile water, Egypt vs. Sudan over Nile water and territory, and Qatar (with Turkey) vs. Egypt (with the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain) over, well, everything. The deterioration of any one of them could trip the other two into violence, wreaking havoc in the area and among countries that can ill afford conflict. It would also impact international trade given that the Red Sea feeds into and out of the Suez Canal.

  Feux Follets   ignore (1)   2018 May 27, 6:15am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Jared Kushner Laughed as Trump Used Made Up Hispanic Names to Discuss Immigrants Committing Rape, Murder: Report

President Donald Trump used made up Hispanic names as he predicted that his supporters would react with delight if he threw criminal immigrants out of the United States in a manner to match his rhetoric on the campaign trail, according to a Washington Post report Thursday. The scene is said to have played out in the Oval Office shortly after his inauguration last year, the night before his first speech to Congress.

Also in attendance were the president’s son-in-law, and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, as well as senior policy adviser Stephen Miller. Both laughed at Trump’s use of fake Hispanic-sounding names and description of potential crimes, like rape and murder, they could commit, The Post reported.

  Feux Follets   ignore (1)   2018 May 27, 6:18am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor closed indefinitely.

Damage to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu is worse than expected, so it will remain closed indefinitely, officials said.

Boat transportation to the attraction was suspended May 6 after one of the vessel operators noticed a crack on the outside of the memorial, Hawaii News Now reported.

Engineers are working to figure out possible long-term solutions.

"The amount of time needed to implement the repairs is unknown, but the [National Park Service] will continue to provide information to the public as our team of specialists works together to restore access as soon as possible," memorial staff said Friday in a news release.

Other areas of the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center remain open.

  Feux Follets   ignore (1)   2018 May 27, 6:25am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

As computers get harder to crack, thieves are pillaging mailboxes.

•"Mail fishing" is on the rise across the country, according to law enforcement officials.

•Here's how to keep your correspondence safe.

Josefina Gomez Pando, 83, dropped a check for $112 into a blue mailbox on a corner on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Then she proceeded to her doctor's appointment.

Her check would never make it to the mailman.

That's because someone else, most likely using a sticky rat trap attached to the end of a string, fished her check right back out of that mailbox.

And then they wrote a new one for $3,500.

"I pay all my bills by mail  —  around 30 checks a month," said Pando, who owns three buildings in New York City. "This never happened to me."

Mailboxes increasingly are a target for criminals

"Mail fishing" is when people use tools to retrieve envelopes out of the blue mailboxes lining the streets, and it's on the rise, according to law enforcement officials.

"It's doubled over the last two years, at least," said Lt. John Grimpel, a spokesman for the New York City Police Department.

Mail fishers are not unique to Manhattan either. Mail is under siege in Texas, Florida, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Colorado and California, among other places.

More: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/25/as-computers-get-harder-to-crack-thieves-are-pillaging-mailboxes.html
  Feux Follets   ignore (1)   2018 May 27, 6:30am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (3)   quote        

Funny that the Trumpettes can't let a week go by without bringing up Hillary, Barrack, Nancy.

Must be a not so secret love affair with the forbidden fruit from the other side of the aisle.
  Feux Follets   ignore (1)   2018 May 27, 6:33am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

If this is what I have to stand for, I'd rather sit.

  Feux Follets   ignore (1)   2018 May 27, 6:35am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote        

The base better hope this doesn't move beyond Chinese Checkers into a chess game.

Then again Bolton has yet to be heard from or his sidekick Pence. These two are like "after" and "birth".

Keep the expectations low, very very low and pray Donnie is not wearing flavored shoes.
  Feux Follets   ignore (1)   2018 May 27, 6:39am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote        



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  Feux Follets   ignore (1)   2018 May 27, 4:00pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote        

Compare my top three picks to ARLP since 1999

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The rest just made money and paid dividends like they always do and quietly made people much better off than they were in 1999.

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Who ever gave me the dislike doesn't know their ass from a hole in the ground.
  Feux Follets   ignore (1)   2018 May 27, 4:23pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote        

Hedge funds are hedge funds - my picks have been around for quite awhile and have always delivered consistent but boring growth and dividends.

Boring and consistent is a good thing and allows people to go about their business and do other things without constantly adjusting their investments.

It's not always about chasing the latest % return but if that is what trips someone's trigger - go for it.

Fort Wayne asked for "stable" investments. Mine are all stable, boring - but stable with a stable dividends histories as well and are not run by someone's "buddy".

That being said it may be worthwhile to see if there is a correction before piling into any of them right now.
  Feux Follets   ignore (1)   2018 May 27, 4:26pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote        

Don't like my picks, go back and read some of Logan's threads...

You want winners - you stick with winners. You want to gamble - go to a casino, or invest in the "buddy" system.
  Feux Follets   ignore (1)   2018 May 27, 4:29pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

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