Olivia Manning a 12-year-old girl has been accepted into Mensa International after learning she is more intelligent than both Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking. Olivia Manning resides in Liverpool, succeeded to get a massive score in an IQ testof 162 well above the 100 average. Her score is not only two points better than famous physicist Einstein and Professor Stephen Hawking, but puts her in the top one per cent of smart people in the entire world.
Trumpeter Chris Botti took our National Anthem to a whole new level with his performance during Monday Night Football last night.
Bottis beautiful rendition even brought Colts WR Reggie Wayne to tears and had former Giants defensive lineman Michael Strahan lost in humming it, until the camera broke his spell.
Its wonderful that this one song still retains the power to make us (briefly) forget our differences and remember how great this nation really is.
God bless America.
Retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson once said he wouldn’t accept a spot in President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet. According to his latest interview, though, he’s considering a job offer to be secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Dr. Carson — once a 2016 Republican presidential primary front-runner — guested on Neil Cavuto’s Fox News show Tuesday to effectively announce that he was offered the HUD secretary job and that he’d be “thinking and praying over it seriously over the holiday.”
“Our inner cities are in terrible shape,” Carson told Cavuto. “They definitely need some real attention. There have been so many promises made and nothing has been done. So it certainly is something that has been a long-term interest of mine.”
Asked if he’d formally been offered the job, Carson said, “We have had offers, yes,” and that the HUD position “was one of the offers on the table.”
Cavuto carefully asked the decorated neurosurgeon what the hell he knows about housing and/or urban development.
“I know I grew up in the inner city,” Carson said, “and have spent a lot of time there, have dealt with a lot of patients from there, and recognize that we cannot have a strong nation if we have weak inner cities.”
Earlier Tuesday, Trump himself confirmed on Twitter that he’s “seriously considering” Carson for HUD secretary:
I am seriously considering Dr. Ben Carson as the head of HUD. I’ve gotten to know him well–he’s a greatly talented person who loves people!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2016
Still, the question remains: What qualifies Ben Carson to head HUD?
Michael Scott might offer some insight into Trump’s thought process.
On the American version of “The Office,” Michael Scott (Steve Carell) deferred to black employee Stanley Hudson (Leslie David Baker), who he said offered an “urban vibe,” on all things “ghetto.”
Donald Trump saw keyword “Urban” in the Department of Housing and Urban Development and offered the job to the last black person he talked to.
In his closed-door meeting with The New York Times, Trump similarly suggested Jared Kushner is somehow qualified to mediate peace between Israel and Palestine, adding that his Jewish son-in-law “would be very good at it” because “he knows the region.”
YouTube user gasturbine101 has invented a flyable personal helicopter he calls The Swarm Manned Aerial Vehicle Multirotor Super Drone.
The Swarm features a garden chair on a sleigh-like frame with an umbrella over the head of the pilot for protection.
In a video posted online, the man is seen taking off and landing his DIY machine over and over again.
Although he never flies much higher than about fifteen feet in the air, the video demonstrates the helicopters apparent ease of control.
According to the YouTube page, The Swarm cost about 6,000 to build and is powered by four cell batteries.
He writes: The Swarm man carrying multi-rotor airborne flight testing montage. 54 counter-rotation propellers, six grouped control channels with KK2.15 stabilization. Take-off weight 148kg, max lift, approx. 164kg. Endurance 10 minutes. Power approx. 22KW.
He ends his description by observing there is a major flaw in the design of the vehicle.
That is the large number of props running at high speed means the net torque reactions are relatively low, so the craft has little yaw authority. So it probably needs a tail rotor for spot turns.
Wisconsin Governor and likely 2016 GOP candidate for President Scott Walker last night joined Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and others in opposing the majority of Americans by supporting ObamaTrade. Walker called on House Republicans to ally with Obama and pass the TPA fast-track package, a move opposed by conservatives, liberals and plenty between.
Walker, Bloombergs Halperin and John McCormick wrote, expressed agreement with President Barack Obama on the pressing issue of fast-track trade legislation.
Walker said he supports giving Obama the authority to submit trade agreements to Congress for an expedited, up-or-down vote without amendments, they wrote, before quoting Walker himself.
There is no question Ted Cruz is hurting because of his vote on ObamaTrade. A quick look around the official Cruz FB page makes it clear his supporters are abandoning ship.
Heres a small example from his latest post as of the time of writing this.
A few comments posted to the page.
I admit I was previously a Walker supporter. This move in and of itself has me leaving the Walker corner. Time will tell if others do the same.
High above, somewhere behind the black glass faÃ§ade, President-elect Donald J. Trump was huddled with his inner circle, plotting just how they would “drain the swamp” and remake Washington, perhaps the world. On the street far below, inside a warren of metal fencing surrounded by hefty concrete barriers with “NYPD” emblazoned on them, two middle-aged women were engaged in a signage skirmish. One held aloft a battered poster that read “Love Trumps Hate”; just a few feet away, the other brandished a smaller slice of cardboard that said “Get over it.”
I was somewhere in between . . . and the Secret Service seemed a little unnerved.
Trump Tower is many things — the crown jewel skyscraper in Donald Trump’s real-estate empire, the site of the Trump Organization’s corporate offices, a long-time setting for his reality television show, The Apprentice, and now, as the New York Times describes it, “a 58-story White House in Midtown Manhattan.” It is also, as noted above its front entrance: “OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 8 AM to 10 PM.”
When planning for the tower began in the late 1970s, Trump — like other developers of the era — struck a deal with the city of New York. In order to add extra floors to the building, he agreed to provide amenities for the public, including access to restrooms, an atrium, and two upper-level gardens.
When I arrived at Trump Tower, less than a week after Election Day, the fourth floor garden was roped off, so I proceeded up the glass escalator, made a right, and headed through a door into an outdoor pocket park on the fifth floor terrace. Just as I entered, a group of Japanese tourists was leaving and, suddenly, I was alone, a solitary figure in a secluded urban oasis.
But not for long.
Taking a seat on a silver aluminum chair at a matching table, I listened closely. It had been a zoo down on Fifth Avenue just minutes before: demonstrators chanting “love trumps hate,” Trump supporters shouting back, traffic noise echoing in the urban canyon, the “whooooop” of police sirens, and a bikini-clad woman in body paint singing in front of the main entrance. And yet in this rectangular roof garden, so near to America’s new White House-in-waiting, all was placid and peaceful. There was no hint of the tourist-powered tumult below or of the potentially world-altering political machinations above, just the unrelenting white noise-hum of the HVAC system.
On his majesty’s Secret Service
The Stars and Stripes flies above the actual White House in Washington, D.C. Inside the Oval Office, it’s joined by another flag — the seal of the president of the United States emblazoned on a dark blue field. Here, however, Old Glory flies side by side with slightly tattered black-and-silver Nike swoosh flags waving lazily above the tony storefronts — Louis Vuitton and Saint Laurent, Burberry and Chanel — of Manhattan’s 57th Street, and, of course, Trump Tower-tenant Niketown.
That I was standing beneath those flags gazing down at luxe retailers evidently proved too much to bear for those who had been not-so-subtly surveilling me. Soon a fit, heavily armed man clad in black tactical gear — what looked to my eye like a Kevlar assault suit and ballistic vest — joined me in the garden. “How’s it going?” I asked, but he only nodded, muttered something incomprehensible, and proceeded to eyeball me hard for several minutes as I sat down at a table and scrawled away in my black Moleskine notepad.
My new paramilitary pal fit in perfectly with the armed-camp aesthetic that’s blossomed around Trump Tower. The addition of fences and concrete barriers to already clogged holiday season sidewalks has brought all the joys of the airport security line to Fifth Avenue. The scores of police officers now stationed around the skyscraper give it the air of a military outpost in a hostile land. (All at a bargain basement price of $1 million-plus per day for the city of New York.) Police Commissioner James O’Neill recently reeled off the forces which — in addition to traffic cops, beat cops, and bomb-sniffing dogs — now occupy this posh portion of the city: “specialized units, the critical response command, and the strategic response group, as well as plainclothes officers and counter-surveillance teams working hand-in-hand with our intelligence bureau and our partners in the federal government, specifically the Secret Service.” The armed man in tactical gear who had joined me belonged to the latter agency.
“You one of the reporters from downstairs?” he finally asked.
“Yeah, I’m a reporter,” I replied and then filled the silence that followed by saying, “This has got to be a new one, huh, having a second White House to contend with?”
“Yeah, pretty much,” he answered, and then assured me that most visitors seemed disappointed by this park. “I think everyone comes up thinking there’ll be a little more, but it’s like ‘yeah, okay.’”
Small talk, however, wasn’t the agent’s forte, nor did he seem particularly skilled at intimidation, though it was clear enough that he wasn’t thrilled to have this member of the public in this public space. Luckily for me (and the lost art of conversation), we were soon joined by “Joe.” An aging bald man of not insignificant girth, Joe appeared to have made it onto the Secret Service’s managerial track. He didn’t do commando-chic. He wasn’t decked out in ridiculous SWAT-style regalia, nor did he have myriad accessories affixed to his clothing or a submachine gun strapped to his body. He wore a nondescript blue suit with a silver and blue pin on his left lapel.
I introduced myself as he took a seat across from me and, in response, though working for a federal agency, he promptly began a very NYPD-style interrogation with a very NYPD-style accent.
“What’s going on, Nick?” he inquired.
“Not too much.”
“What are you doing? You’re all by yourself here…;”
“Yeah, I’m all by my lonesome.”
“Kinda strange,” he replied in a voice vaguely reminiscent of Robert De Niro eating a salami sandwich.
“I don’t know. What are you doing? Taking notes?” he asked.
I had reflexively flipped my notepad to a fresh page as I laid it between us on the table and Joe was doing his best to get a glimpse of what I’d written.
I explained that I was a reporter. Joe wanted to know for whom I worked, so I reeled off a list of outlets where I’d been published. He followed up by asking where I was from. I told him and asked him the same. Joe said he was from Queens.
“What do you do for a living?” I asked.
“I was just saying to your friend here that it must be a real experience having a second White House to contend with.”
“Yeah, you could call it that,” he replied, sounding vaguely annoyed. Joe brushed aside my further attempts at small talk in favor of his own ideas about where our conversation should go.
“You got some ID on you?” he asked.
“I do,” I replied, offering nothing more than a long silence.
“Can I see it?”
“Do you need to?”
“If you don’t mind,” he said politely. Since I didn’t, I handed him my driver’s license and a business card. Looking at the former, with a photo of a younger man with a much thicker head of hair, Joe asked his most important question yet: “What did you do to your hair?”
“Ah yes,” I replied with a sigh, rubbing my hand over my thinned-out locks. “It’s actually what my hair did to me.”
He gestured to his own follically challenged head and said, “I remember those days.”
Trump Tower’s public private parts
Joe asked if there was anything he could do for me, so I wasn’t bashful. I told him that I wanted to know what his job was like — what it takes to protect President-elect Donald Trump and his soon-to-be second White House. “You do different things. Long hours. Nothing out of the ordinary. Probably the same as you,” he said. I told him I really doubted that and kept up my reverse interrogation. “Other than talking to me, what did you do today?” I asked.
“I dunno,” he responded. “Look around. Security. We’re Secret Service.” It was, he assured me, a boring job.
“Come on,” I said. “There’s got to be a lot of challenges to securing a place like this. You’ve got open public spaces just like this one.”
There are, in fact, more than 500 privately owned public spaces, or POPS, similar to this landscaped terrace, all over the city. By adding the gardens, atrium, and other amenities way back when, Trump was able to add about 20 extra floors to this building, a deal worth at least $500 million today, according to the New York Times. And in the post-election era, Trump Tower now boasts a new, one-of-a-kind amenity. The skies above it have been declared “national defense airspace” by the Federal Aviation Administration. “The United States government may use deadly force against the airborne aircraft, if it is determined that the aircraft poses an imminent security threat,” the agency warned in a recent notice to pilots.
Back on the fifth floor, a metal plaque mounted on an exterior wall lays out the stipulations of the POPs agreement, namely that this “public garden” is to have nine large trees, four small trees, 148 seats, including 84 moveable chairs, and 21 tables. None of the trees looked particularly large. By my count the terrace was also missing three tables — a type available online starting at $42.99 — and about 20 chairs, though some were stacked out of view and, of course, just two were needed at the moment since Mr. Tactical Gear remained standing, a short distance away, the whole time.
This tiny secluded park seemed a world away from the circus below, the snarl of barricades outside the building, the tourists taking selfies with the big brassy “Trump Tower” sign in the background, and the heavily armed counterterror cops standing guard near the revolving door entrance.
I remarked on this massive NYPD presence on the streets. “It’s their city,” Joe replied and quickly changed topics, asking, “So business is good?”
“No, business is not too good. I should have picked a different profession,” I responded and asked if the Secret Service was hiring. Joe told me they were and explained what they looked for in an agent: a clean record, college degree, “law experience.” It made me reflect upon the not-so-clean record of that agency in the Obama years, a period during which its agents were repeatedly cited for gaffes, as when a fence-jumper made it all the way to the East Room of the White House, and outrageous behavior, including a prostitution scandal involving agents preparing the way for a presidential visit to Colombia.
“What did you do before the Secret Service?” I inquired. Joe told me that he’d been a cop. At that point, he gave his black-clad compatriot the high sign and the younger man left the garden.
“See, I’m no threat,” I assured him. Joe nodded and said he now understood the allure of the tiny park. Sensing that he was eager to end the interrogation I had turned on its head, I began peppering him with another round of questions.
Instead of answering, he said, “Yeah, so anyway, Nick, I’ll leave you here,” and then offered me a piece of parting advice — perhaps one that no Secret Service agent protecting a past president-elect has ever had occasion to utter, perhaps one that suggests he’s on the same wavelength as the incoming commander-in-chief, a man with a penchant for ogling women (to say nothing of bragging about sexually assaulting them). “You should come downstairs,” Joe advised, his eyes widening, a large grin spreading across his face as his voice grew animated for the first time. “There was a lady in a bikini with a painted body!”
Joe walked off and, just like that, I was alone again, listening to the dull hum of the HVAC, seated in the dying light of the late afternoon. A short time later, on my way out of the park, I passed the Secret Service agent in tactical gear. “I think you’re the one that found the most entertainment out here all day,” he said, clearly trying to make sense of why anyone would spend his time sitting in an empty park, scribbling in a notebook. I mentioned something about sketching out the scene, but more than that, I was attempting to soak in the atmosphere, capture a feeling, grapple with the uncertain future taking shape on the chaotic avenue below and high above our heads in Manhattan’s very own gilt White House. I was seeking a preview, you might say, of Donald Trump’s America.
Descending the switchback escalators, I found myself gazing at the lobby where a scrum of reporters stood waiting for golden elevator doors to open, potentially disgorging a Trump family member or some other person hoping to serve at the pleasure of the next president. Behind me water cascaded several stories down a pink marble wall, an overblown monument to a bygone age of excess. Ahead of me, glass cases filled with Trump/Pence 2016 T-shirts, colognes with the monikers “Empire” and “Success,” the iconic red “Make America Great Again” one-size-fits-all baseball cap, stuffed animals, and other tchotchkes stood next to an overflowing gilded garbage can. Heading for the door, I thought about all of this and Joe and his commando-chic colleague and Trump’s deserted private-public park, and the army of cops, the metal barricades, and the circus that awaited me on the street. I felt I’d truly been given some hint of the future, a whisper of what awaits. I also felt certain I’d be returning to Trump Tower — and soon.
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As of January 2015, the Pentagon had wasted roughly $125 billion.
At least this is what The Washington Post claims in a story by Craig Whitlock and Bob Woodward on Monday. According to the report, the Pentagon issued an internal report on Jan. 22, 2015, entitled “Transforming DoD’s Core Business Processes for Revolutionary Change.” In that study, the Pentagon claimed that a “clear path” existed for the Defense Department to save $125 billion over five years without laying off military personnel or civil servants.
“Instead, it would have streamlined the bureaucracy through attrition and early retirements, curtailed high-priced contractors and made better use of information technology,” The Washington Post writes.
The Washington Post also claimed that the Pentagon initially supported the study because it called for using that $125 billion for troops, weapons, and rebuilding America’s nuclear arsenal.
When other Pentagon leaders became concerned that the study would have the unintended effect of contradicting the military’s longstanding claim that cutting their budget would provide them with inadequate funds, they became concerned that the study would prompt politicians in the White House and Congress to cut their budget instead of giving them more money for the projects they wanted, the Post reported. The study was suppressed and its data subjected to secrecy restrictions.
According to a fact sheet issued by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute in April 2016, the five countries with the highest military expenditures in 2015 were the United States with $596 billion, China with $215 billion, Saudi Arabia with $87.2 billion, Russia with $66.4 billion, and the United Kingdom with $55.5 billion. This means that, if these figures are accurate, the amount of waste discovered in the Pentagon’s report is nearly twice as much as all of Russian military spending, as well as greater than the combined military spending of both Russia and the United Kingdom.
Indeed, the Pentagon’s $125 billion waste alone would be enough to fund the world’s third-most expensive military.
A parting, but equally relevant, thought:
Remember: the annual cost of the entire Temporary Assistant for Needy Families (TANF) program is $32 billion. https://t.co/xywhjIM9WJ
— sean. (@SeanMcElwee) December 6, 2016
Another epidemic is sweeping across the world. According to experts, there are as many as 30 million people suffering from a form of thyroid disorder in the United States alone and half of them are undiagnosed. That is a staggering 12% of the nations total population.
Worldwide, approximately 430 million people are estimated to have a thyroid disorder.
Strangely, there is little concrete information about this problem worldwide since many patients and their doctors mistake the common symptoms for something else.
One serious cause of thyroid dysfunction is iodine deficiency. We get very little of it in our modern diet but iodine is a nutrient obtainable from food. It may seem overly simplistic to use food for thyroid health but it works and could be the answer in your particular case to getting this important gland functioning normally again.
10 Symptoms of Thyroid Malfunction
- Fatigue: Persistent exhaustion no matter how much sleep you get.
- Poor Sleep Quality: Being unable to sleep or wanting to sleep all the time.
- Mood Swings: Feelings of sadness or anxiety.
- Appetite Changes: Changes to food preferences or altered taste.
- Brain Fog: Inability to concentrate or difficulty with simple cognition.
- Bowel Irregularity: Bloating, gas, constipation, or diarrhea.
- Temperature Sensitivity: You persistently feel too hot or too cold.
- Chronic Pain: Aches in joints or muscles for no particular reason.
- Reproductive Issues: Infertility, miscarriages, or premature births.
- Menstrual Changes: An increase or decrease in cramps, flow, or length of periods.
What Does Your Thyroid Do for You?
The thyroid hormones thyroxine (T-4) and triiodothyronine (T-3) produced by your thyroid gland a butterfly shaped gland in your lower throat are responsible for managing your metabolism, body temperature, and blood pressure. Though this part of the endocrine system is small, it is mighty. It literally effects all of you because every cell and organ in your body use thyroid hormones.
Hyperthyroidism (less common) is the term used when your thyroid produces too much hormones. It is also referred to as an overactive thyroid. This condition can result in unexplained weight loss, feeling jittery or anxious, inability to relax, lack of focus, rapid heart rate, fatigue, marked increase to appetite, deterioration of nails, skin, and hair, heart disease, irritability, sleep irregularity, and intolerance to heat.
Hypothyroidism (most common) is the term used when your thyroid produces too little hormones. It is also referred to as an underactive or sluggish thyroid. You may notice no symptoms initially but they tend to worsen as time goes by. Deficiency in these essential hormones lead to feelings of fatigue, depression, obesity, pain in joints, muscle weakness, deterioration of hair, skin, and nails, heart disease, poor memory and focus, and intolerance to cold.
Hashimotos Disease is an autoimmune condition. Your immune system malfunctions and sends out antibodies to attack thyroid tissue. Over time, the thyroid is beaten down and unable to function properly. The majority of patients with hypothyroidism test positive for these antibodies. It is important to keep your immune system strong and lower body-wide inflammation to prevent these antibodies from destroying your thyroid.
Your thyroid is stimulated by signals from your brain (hypothalamus) and your pituitary gland tells the thyroid gland to either produce hormones or to hold back. When the signals are blocked or false, it can result in serious repercussions throughout your system.
Common Causes of Thyroid Malfunction
- Iodine or other nutrition deficiency.
- Graves is a genetic autoimmune disease that stimulates thyroid hormone production.
- Plummers disease is benign lumps that stimulate thyroid hormone production.
- Pregnancy can trigger thyroid dysfunction.
- Thyroiditis is inflammation that triggers excess thyroid hormone to flood the blood.
- Physical, mental, or emotional stress may affect how your thyroid functions.
- Environmental toxins are thought to play a role in dysfunction of the thyroid.
This condition can affect adults, children, and infants. Newborns tested and treated early respond well and the practice has prevented poor mental development.
There are synthetic hormones available (thyroid drugs are the fourth highest selling in the United States) that can eventually get your thyroid back on track. However, most patients have to have a thyroid that no longer functions for the synthetic replacements to work.
Preventing the destruction of your thyroid in the first place is a far better solution.
5 Best Foods for Thyroid Health
- Seaweed and seafood (scallops, shrimp, sardines, salmon, and tuna)
- Yogurt, eggs, and cheese
- Coconut oil
- Cranberries and cranberry juice
- Baked potatoes (with skin)
5 Worst Foods for Thyroid Health
- Soy products
- Refined gluten grains
- Sodas, alcohol, or excessive coffee
- Hydrogenated oils (avoid processed or fast foods)
- Refined sugar
Currently, there is no cure for autoimmune diseases such as Hashimotos that cause extensive damage to the thyroid and result in conditions such as hypothyroidism. As with most autoimmune conditions, it is crucial to pay close attention to diet and lifestyle habits. It may not reverse thyroid damage completely but it will slow the advance and ease symptoms.
Good choices for your thyroid benefits your entire body. All of your systems are connected and they depend on each other to function properly. Choosing the right foods for thyroid health are also good choices for your heart, brain, and gut. All of you will feel the difference.
by Brian Hayes | Top Right News
The mayhem outside St. Louis we reported last night continued late into the morning hours in Ferguson, Missouri, as rioters looted dozens of stores, including a WalMart and Target, damaged or destroyed over 200 cars, including 5 police cruisers, and even burned down a QuikTrip convenience mart.
One official also reported that gunshots were fired at police by some rioters.
Earlier, looters ransacked that QuikMart, along with at least 4 dozen other stores on the main thoroughfare, West Florissant:
Above: We take anything we want! Rioters loot a QuikMart before setting it ablaze
The situation had escalated quickly in Ferguson after people began protesting Saturdays police shooting of the unarmed Michael Brown on Sunday afternoon.
During the rampant looting and vandalism, one local official, Patricia Byrnes, reported that rioters were shooting at police:
The officers have asked me to stay behind their vehicles. Shots have been fired toward the officers
Patricia Bynes (@Patricialicious) August 11, 2014
After the fire had been put out, KTVI-TV reporter found what she called a deeply distrubing spray painted message on a neighboring store:
Even as the QuikMart burned, local Blacks took to Twitter to express their anger at the rioters. But not for the wanton destruction, which sullied the cause of protest against the police killing of an unarmed teen.
No, these Tweeters were angry only that rioters attacked stores in Black areas, instead of White ones. A seemingly endless thread of vile racist Tweets (h/t Twitchy) followed throughout the night, putting several communities on notice:
Loot in the white neighborhoods guys!!!
The Original Man (@ItsMeGrizz) August 11, 2014
ya I can”t get down with niggas ripping up their own neighborhoods
The Original Man (@ItsMeGrizz) August 11, 2014
@Salute_DeezNutz gonna have to loot the white neighborhoods then
Luke Crip Walker (@JP_Izzzz_Me) August 11, 2014
Smh they tearing up their own neighborhood instead of terrorizing the white neighborhoods..loot,burned down and rob them,not your own
Madam Nori (@JamaicanHoney) August 11, 2014
Burn only the white neighborhoods
Free Palestine (@djkilllist) August 11, 2014
Disgusting. But I thought electing Barack Obama would cure all of our racial strife. Not so much.