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Hometown: Nokomis, FL
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Retired 3x, living comfortably on the Gulf Coast, biking, beachwalking, lifting free weights, eating mostly properly, keeping my mind active, in my seventh decade, intending to give Methuselah a run for the record...

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Freedom in the 50 States... New York - #50.. LAST!

New York has been the least free state in the country for a long time. Economic freedom is the most significant weakness, but the state has not kept up with the rest of the country on personal freedom either.

The only fiscal policy area where New York is not below average is the ratio of government to private employment, where the state has actually improved significantly since the early 2000s. The government GDP ratio has scarcely fallen over that same time period, suggesting that New York pairs relatively low government employment with high salaries and benefits for public employees. New York’s local tax burden is twice that of the average state: 8.5 percent of income in FY 2015. This is a dramatic rise from the early 2000s, when it was 7 percent. However, New Yorkers have ample choice in local government: 2.9 competing jurisdictions per 100 square miles. The state tax burden, at a projected 6.8 percent of income in FY 2017, is also higher than the national average. Debt is the highest in the country at 31.2 percent of income, and liquid assets are less than half that, at 14.2 percent of income.

New York is also the worst state on regulatory policy, although here it is at least within striking distance of number 49. Land-use freedom is very low, primarily because of the economically devastating rent control law in New York City. Local zoning is actually fairly moderate compared with surrounding states not named “Pennsylvania.” Renewable portfolio standards are high. The state enacted a minimum wage in 2013–14 and also has a short-term disability insurance mandate. Cable and telecommunications are unreformed. Occupational freedom is a bit subpar, but nurse practitioners did gain some independence in 2013–14. Insurance freedom is a mixed bag (the state has stayed out of the Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Compact), but property and casualty insurers gained some freedom to set rates in 2013–14. The civil liability system looks poor, but we may underrate it slightly because of the state’s large legal sector.

https://www.freedominthe50states.org/overall/new-york

Venezuela Adds to Chaos With One of Biggest Currency Devaluations Ever

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro carried out one of the greatest currency devaluations in history over the weekend -- a 95 percent plunge that will test the capacity of an already beleaguered population to stomach even more pain.

One likely outcome is that inflation, which already was forecast to reach 1 million percent this year, will get fresh fuel from the measures. Prices are currently rising at an annualized rate of 108,000 percent, according to Bloomberg’s Café con Leche index. A massive exodus of Venezuelans fleeing the crisis to neighboring countries will likely increase and with it, tensions and restrictions like the ones seen over the past few days.

The official rate for the currency will go from about 285,000 per dollar to 6 million, a shock that officials tried to partly offset by raising the minimum wage 3,500 percent to the equivalent of just $30 a month.

https://www.bloombergquint.com/global-economics/2018/08/19/venezuela-s-95-devaluation-adds-to-turmoil-after-drone-attack#gs.8wdOJJ8

Another one of the Triumphs of Socialism we won't be hearing much about from our Progressives...


The "forgotten" (and forgettable) Republicans...

The ranks of forgotten Republicans are growing.

Some were forced out, such as Tim Pawlenty, a former two-term Minnesota governor who lost this week's bid for a political comeback. Some, such as the retiring Republican Sen. Bob Corker, chose to leave on their own. Others still serve, but with a muted voice.

Whether members of Congress, governors or state party leaders, they are struggling to fit into President Donald Trump's Republican Party.

The expanding list of marginalized GOP leaders underscores how thoroughly Trump has dominated — and changed — the Republican Party in the nearly two years since he seized the presidency. The overwhelming majority of elected officials, candidates and rank-and-file voters now follow the president with extraordinary loyalty, even if he strays far from the values and traditions many know and love.

Trump remains popular among rank-and-file Republicans. And the vast majority of Republican candidates across the country this midterm season are pledging unconditional loyalty — and being rewarded with primary victories.

Gallup found that 82 percent of Republicans approved of the president's job performance earlier this month. That's compared to just 34 percent of independents and 7 percent of Democrats.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-warnings-grow-forgotten-republicans-044631823--election.html

The Associated Press and assorted establishment media yearn for the days when Democrats were in charge, or even when Republicans were in charge, so long as they closely paralleled Democrats...

CNN Accused of intimidating Paul Manafort jury

CNN is being accused of attempting to intimidate the Paul Manafort jury after the far-left cable channel (and six other anti-Trump outlets) requested the jurors’ names and home addresses.
Manafort, who worked for a short time as President Trump’s campaign chairman during the 2016 presidential election, has been charged by special counsel Robert Mueller with various financial crimes, none of which have anything to do with Trump or the campaign.

Manafort’s fate now sits with the jury, and after two days of deliberations, anti-Trump media outlets like CNN are becoming concerned Manafort could be acquitted, which would be a major blow to Mueller’s credibility and his ability to remove Trump from office — an outcome the establishment media are desperate to orchestrate.

And so, on Thursday, CNN, along with six other far-left media outlets (the Washington Post, BuzzFeed, Politico, the New York Times, NBC, and the AP) sued for the release of the names and home addresses of all of the Manafort jurors, a move that is both disturbing and almost unprecedented.

As Bre Payton at the Federalist points out, “Publicly outing the names and home addresses of jurors is considered ethically questionable, as outlined in this guidance sheet on the topic from the Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press.”

To begin with, it is seen as unseemly to thrust jurors into the spotlight against their will when they are not volunteering for publicity; they are chosen. What many see here, and not without precedent, is yet another attempt by the media, most especially CNN, to bully and intimidate private, everyday citizens into convicting Manafort.

https://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2018/08/18/cnn-accused-intimidating-paul-manafort-jury/

Do not steal the eggs of protected species.. or of species' that can protect themselves!...

Omarosa Goes on MSNBC to Drop Bombshell Tapes of Her Getting a Job Offer From the Trump Campaign

After several hours of hype from MSNBC, Omarosa Manigault Newman appeared on TV again to show off a new secret White house recording and it revealed…nothing we didn’t already know before.

Manigault Newman spoke to Craig Melvin today in order to counter the attacks on her credibility, and defend her new gossip-filled book about the Donald Trump White House. She released a new clip in order to back up her claim that the Trump campaign tried to offer her monthly $15,000 cash payments if she’d accept a job with them and never speak publicly about her time with the administration.

The recording captured a phone conversation with Lara Trump, who offered Manigault Newman a yearly salary of $180,000 if she’d take up a position in the campaign and take speaking engagements on the president’s behalf. The alleged $15,000 payoff Manigault Newman previously alluded to was described in the clip as the monthly paycheck she would’ve received.

https://www.mediaite.com/tv/omarosa-goes-on-msnbc-to-drop-bombshell-tapes-of-her-getting-a-job-offer-from-the-trump-campaign/

Next up, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow has Donald Trump's income tax record from 2005!!!...

Marital rows could make you ill, say scientists

Occasional squabbling is a normal part of marriage, but when it descends into vicious rows it can makes couples ill, a new study suggests.

Researchers at Ohio State University, in the US, found that people who became embroiled in bad-tempered fights are more likely to suffer from leaky guts, which unleashes bacteria into the blood and triggers disease. It is the first study to show how bad marriages can make people sick.

Lead author Dr Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, of The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, said: “We think that this everyday marital distress - at least for some people - is causing changes in the gut that lead to inflammation and, potentially, illness. “Hostility is a hallmark of bad marriages - the kind that lead to adverse physiological changes.”

For the study, researchers recruited 43 married couples, surveyed them about their relationships and then videoed them for 20 minutes while they discussed touchy topics such as money and their in-laws. They recorded episodes of hostile behavior, including dramatic eye rolls or criticism of a partner, and took blood samples before and after the confrontations.

Men and women who demonstrated more hostile behaviors during observations had higher levels of one biomarker for leaky gut, and also high levels of inflammation throughout the body.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/08/15/marital-rows-could-make-say-scientists/


A regimen of anti-inflammatories would seem to have yet another benefit...

Come to America, where the streets are paved with food stamps...

More than half of the annual inflow of foreign refugees arriving in the United States are on food stamps, a government report reveals.

Since 2008, as Breitbart News reported, the U.S. has permanently resettled more than 1.7 million foreign nationals and refugees through a variety of humanitarian programs like the Special Immigrant Juveniles and the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act. This is a foreign population larger than Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — a city with more than 1.5 million residents.

An annual report by the Office of Refugee Resettlement was analyzed by the Center for Immigration Studies’ Jason Richwine, in which the analyst revealed that about 56 percent of households headed by foreign refugees who arrived in the U.S. between 2011 and 2015 are using taxpayer-funded food stamps.

https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/08/13/more-than-half-of-foreign-refugees-are-on-taxpayer-funded-food-stamps/

Don't shake hands with anyone about to murder or to BE murdered...

Forensic Nightmare: The Perils of Touch DNA

This mundane, yet menacing phenomenon exposes the double-edged sword of forensic science. With just an innocent handshake, an indirect transfer of epithelial cells, you could find yourself suspected of heinous crimes, charged with rape or convicted of murder.

Detection methods involving tinier and tinier DNA samples have advanced rapidly during the last three decades.

But the mere presence of DNA does not prove a crime happened. It does not tell you how or when the material got to its discovered location. Contrary to Hollywood crime show oversimplifications, DNA is not a synonym for “guilty.”

You may be familiar with a few high-profile cases where touch DNA led investigators astray. Trace amounts of DNA on a knife and bra clasp in 2007 were key to American student Amanda Knox’s prosecution and conviction on charges of murdering her roommate in Italy. But when American forensic expert Dr. Greg Hampikian and others exposed contamination, interpretation and replicability/reliability problems with the DNA evidence, the Italian Supreme Court threw out the convictions eight years after the killing.

At the annual American Academy of Forensic Sciences conference last February, experts spotlighted the case of a homeless man charged with murdering a Silicon Valley mogul at his mansion — despite the accused being hospitalized, nearly comatose and under 24/7 medical supervision the night the crime occurred in 2012. As Scientific American reported, the defendant’s DNA had been transferred inadvertently by paramedics who had touched and treated him three hours before arriving at the businessman’s home. The EMTs used the same oxygen monitor on both men’s fingers, unknowingly transferring skin cell DNA from the homeless man to the multimillionaire he had never met.

http://www.gopusa.com/forensic-nightmare-the-perils-of-touch-dna/

They be pirates An old scourge is reappearing in the Caribbean

There have been reports of piracy over the past 18 months near Honduras, Nicaragua, Haiti and St. Lucia. But nowhere has the surge been more notable, analysts say, than off the coast of Venezuela.

An economic crisis in the South American country has sent inflation soaring toward 1 million percent, making food and medicine scarce. Malnutrition is spreading; disease is rampant; water and power grids are failing from a lack of trained staff and spare parts. Police and military are abandoning their posts as their paychecks become nearly worthless. Under the socialist government of President Nicolás Maduro, repression and corruption have increased.

One Venezuelan port official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to address official corruption, said that Venezuelan coast guard officers have been boarding anchored vessels and demanding money and food. He said commercial ships, in response, are increasingly anchoring farther off the coast, and turning off their motors and lights to avoid being seen at night.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/world/pirates-return-to-the-caribbean/?utm_term=.314b0b7986ac


The miracle of Socialism at work...
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