July 18, 2018

*TRUMP IGNORED STAFF ADVICE BEFORE PRESS CONFERENCE
WITH PUTIN:

President Donald Trump did the opposite of what his staff recommended ahead of his joint presser with Vladimir Putin, ignoring most of about 100 pages of briefing materials outlining a tough stance toward the Russian strongman, according to a report.

Trump’s remarks during the 46-minute news conference in Helsinki, where he expressed skepticism about the US intelligence community’s findings that Russia meddled in the 2016 election, were “very much counter to the plan,” a source told the Washington Post.

“Everyone around Trump” urged him to take a firm posture with the Russian leader, according to a second person familiar with the preparations.

Aides covered matters from Russia’s annexation of Crimeato its interference in the US elections, but the president threw out the playbook and “made a game-time decision” to handle the summit his way, the second source told the paper.

*Nights Are Warming Faster Than Days:
Nationwide, summer nights have warmed at nearly twice the rate of days, with overnight low temperatures increasing 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit per century since 1895, when national temperature records began, compared to a daytime high increase of 0.7 degrees per century. (Nights have warmed faster than days during other seasons, too.)

That pattern, which is in keeping with climate change models, is expected to continue as the world warms.

Derek S. Arndt, chief of the climate monitoring division at theNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, called the increase in summer nighttime temperatures a “dramatic example” of how small shifts in average temperature can lead to big consequences in the extremes.

*Drug to Treat Smallpox Approved by F.D.A., a Move Against Bioterrorism:
The Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug intended to treat smallpox — a move that could halt a lethal pandemic if the virus were to be released as a terrorist bioweapon or through a laboratory accident.

The antiviral pill, tecovirimat, also known as Tpoxx, has never been tested in humans with smallpox because the disease was declared eradicated in 1980, three years after the last known case.

But it was very effective at protecting animals deliberately infected with monkeypox and rabbitpox, two related diseases that can be lethal. It also caused no severe side effects when safety-tested in 359 healthy human volunteers, the F.D.A. said.

“This new treatment affords us an additional option should smallpox ever be used as a bioweapon,” said Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the F.D.A.’s commissioner.

*Is There Such a Thing as
‘Traveler’s Constipation’?:
Traveler’s constipation is probably real. And the scientific evidence behind it is fascinating.

The largest study of traveler’s constipation appeared 40 years ago in the Swiss medical journal Schweizerische Medizinische Wochenschrift. The authors administered a questionnaire to 10,500 tourists returning to Switzerland after visiting the tropics. They found that 14 percent of the respondents experienced constipation associated with air travel.

Thirty years later, these findings were supported by a small study of missionaries returning to the United States from overseas. Of 68 subjects who responded to a questionnaire, 9 percent reported travel-related constipation.

But the most robust study — one that is probably unique in the annals of medicine — appeared in 2003 as a modest letter to the editor in the American Journal of Gastroenterology. Spanish gastroenterologists studied 70 people traveling from Europe to the United States for a short stay. In addition to the usual questionnaires, all subjects maintained diaries on their bowel habits, had stool samples evaluated for consistency according to a standardized methodology, and had their colonic transit time measured after ingesting radioactive tracers. Colonic transit time is the time required for stool to move through the large intestine.

Nearly 40 percent of the subjects complained of constipation while traveling, but their objective measures of constipation were less impressive. The average frequency of bowel movements decreased from once a day to about once every day and a half. Constipation was most pronounced during the first days of travel, and the degree of constipation correlated with the degree of jet lag. The authors appropriately cautioned that factors other than travel, such as changes in diet and physical activity, may have played a role as well.

While traveler’s constipation seems to be a real phenomenon, one must bear in mind that constipation is also common in general. A systematic review of the prevalence of constipation in North America, pooling data from high quality studies and encompassing the experiences of nearly one million people, concluded that between 12 percent and 19 percent of people suffer from constipation.

Thus, constipation is common at home and is even a bit more common while traveling. One may take consolation, however, from the stoic approach of the Swiss investigators who noted that “the vast majority of the illnesses were of no consequence.”

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Dr. Srini Pillay, best-selling author of
TINKER DABBLE DOODLE TRY, aptly reveals five counterintuitive ways of benefitting from psychotherapy.

Lesson #1: “Goals” are far less obvious than they seem. When we say we have a goal, we may simply be reporting what our brains have already decided. Deeper thought may reveal that this is not what we truly want. The real goal may be obscure, so you may want to question and examine your actual goals from time to time.

Lesson #2: When you are logical, you may succumb to habit pathways in the brain. This will not help you get unstuck. One way to overcome this is to allow your mind to wander. This kind of unfocusing will turn on more “self” representations in the brain. You feel more self-connected. As a result, you will be more likely to find creative solutions to your problems.

Lesson #3: Your brain is a little like a telephone. Sometimes you may be in sync with your therapist; at other times, not. Either way, it’s helpful to look at those feelings in the interaction and not just what comes from you.

Lesson #4: Being practical is not always the best thing. Also, becoming intolerant of ambiguity and uncertainty could rob you of the power of your paradoxes, sterilizing you and removing the motivation that authenticity can bring when you are holding contradictory feelings.

Lesson #5: When therapists are reflective out loud, detailing even minutiae, it may seem that they are off track. They wouldn’t be remembering their story if you had not contributed to it.  Called reverie, this could be something to explore instead of reject or ignore.

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Welcome to the next edition of the revealing TV interview show, “Without Notes,” featuring America’s Most Prominent Trial Attorney, Tom Girardi, Episode 2.

During Episode 1, we invited you to meet the legendary attorney, Tom Girardi, who built a case against Pacific Gas & Electric, which later became the inspiration for the film “Erin Brockovich” starring Julia Roberts.

In Episode 2, Girardi candidly continues his discussion by focusing on the power of mentors, lessons learned from his first trial, and the building of Girardi/Keese, his prestigious personal injury law firm in Los Angeles.

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McDonald’s

1. McDonald’s has sold well over 100 billion hamburgers.

2. McDonald’s serves up over 30 million chickens in Great Britain alone every year. Of this total, 60% of the chicken is important frozen from Brazil, 9% comes from Thailand, and 30% from Holland. Just 1% of the McDonald’s chicken in Great Britain comes from Great Britain.

3. In the United States alone, people eat over 1 billion pounds of beef at McDonald’s in a year, which is 5½ million head of cattle.

4. McDonald’s Corporation sells over 1 billion cups of coffee each year around the world. It sells 500 million cups a day in the U.S. alone.

5. McDonald’s opens a new restaurant every four hours.

6. McDonald’s is the nation’s largest purchaser of beef, pork, and potatoes. It is the second largest purchaser of chicken.

7. Since 1948, McDonald’s has sold over 4 trillion fries. McDonald’s serves about 9 million pounds of fries globally—per day.

8. McDonald’s Corporation is the largest owner of retail property in the world. The company earns most of its profits not from selling food, but by collecting rent.

9. The smallest McDonald’s restaurant is only 492 square feet. It is in Tokyo, Japan.

10. The largest McDonald’s restaurant is over 28,000 square feet and is located in Beijing.

*EXAMINER-COMMENTARY by Tara Parker-Pope:
Dan Buettner, a National Geographic fellow and author, has studied the health habits of people who live in so-called blue zones — regions of the world where people live far longer than the average. He noted that positive friendships are a common theme in the blue zones.

“Friends can exert a measurable and ongoing influence on your health behaviors in a way that a diet never can,” Mr. Buettner said.

In Okinawa, Japan, a place where the average life expectancy for women is around 90, the oldest in the world, people form a kind of social network called a moai — a group of five friends who offer social, logistic, emotional and even financial support for a lifetime.

“It’s a very powerful idea,” Mr. Buettner said. “Traditionally, their parents put them into moais when they are born, and they take a lifelong journey together.”

*EXAMINER-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd:
I had dinner with Vladimir Putin once. He made me lose my appetite. The then-fledgling president of Russia was polite and smiling at first with me and the other journalists present at the 21 Club.

But then Katie Couric asked about his bloodless behavior in the wake of the Kursk submarine disaster in the summer of 2000, when the boat sank and all 118 on board were killed. She pressed him on why he didn’t come back from vacation when all those Russian sailors were suffering and dying in the submarine at the bottom of the sea.

His face completely changed, almost as though he had ripped off a “Mission Impossible” mask. Suddenly, he stared coldly at Katie, every inch the minacious K.G.B. agent. He looked likeRichard Widmark playing a psychotic thug in a ’50s film noir.

Just beneath the surface of the leader was a killer.

*EXAMINER-COMMENTARY by Dennis Prager:
Many Americans are naive, about life, about good and evil, and about America. They don’t realize how rare America is and how good they have it. This mass naiveté was vividly expressed by the reaction of tens of thousands of mostly white middle-class Americans to then-candidate Barack Obama in 2008, when he was campaigning in Columbia, Missouri. Obama announced, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

I frequently play the recording of Obama’s statement on my radio show not only to explain a basic difference between right and left — the left believes America needs to be fundamentally transformed, while the right thinks America needs to be incrementally improved — but also for people to hear the crowd’s reaction.

Very few contemporary American recordings are as depressing as the ecstatic and prolonged cheering the crowd gave that terrible promise from Obama. I believe it is not an exaggeration to say that had he announced a cure for cancer, the cheering could not have been louder and probably would not have been longer.

Why would middle-class Americans — people who have more affluence, more opportunity, better health, better health care and more liberty than almost anyone alive in the world today, and certainly than anyone who ever lived — thunderously applaud a call to fundamentally transform their decent country?

One answer —  is naiveté.

*EXAMINER-COMMENTARY by W. Neil Gallagher 
(Prominent financial planner, author):
Another misconception people have is that their spouse will take care of them, and vice versa. In fact, if you were to ask your spouse right now, they would say “yes” without a second thought. They say so because they love you.  They believe that under their care, you will get the best care. That’s noble.

But what if your assumption (and theirs) is wrong?

Try this: Tell your spouse to lie in bed, as dead weight: a sack of cement. Lift them out of bed. Guide them to the bathroom. Lower them in the tub, lift them out, and dry them. Sit them on the potty, lift them up, and wipe them.

Can’t do it?

If you can’t do it now, how will you do it when you’re both older and weaker? The care he will need–at some point– is professional care.

*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….

Boyd Fortin, thirteen-year-old rattlesnake skinner,
Sweetwater, Texas, March 10, 1979

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