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  1. Trump's approval rating is 43 percent, down from 46 percent in a Fox News poll last month, and 56 percent of voters now disapprove of his job performance, just shy of his record disapproval rating of 57 percent recorded in October 2017. "Record numbers of men (53 percent), white men (46 percent), and independents (64 percent) disapprove," Fox News notes. Fifty-nine percent of voters agree that Trump is "tearing the country apart," including 59 percent of independents, 53 percent of white voters, and 74 percent of non-white voters. A 51 percent majority disapproves of Trump's tweeting, while just 16 percent approve. The poll was conducted Aug. 11-13 via phone by Beacon Research (D) and Shaw & Co. (R) among 1,013 registers voters nationwide. It has a margin of sampling error of ±3 percentage points for all registered voters.
  2. According to the Hill, Trump’s disapproval rating jumped five percentage points to 56 percent in a Fox News survey released Wednesday, just one point shy of the record high of 57 percent in October 2017.
  3. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/15/donald-trump-greenland-purchase-denmark Donald Trump reportedly wants to purchase Greenland from Denmark US president has ‘expressed interest’ in the icy territory, according to the Wall Street Journal, but the Danes have yet to weigh in Trump travels to Denmark next month in his first official visit to the kingdom, though Greenland is not thought to be on the agenda. The Journal reported that the president raised the issue at a dinner last year in which he said he had heard Denmark was finding its financial support to the self-governing territory burdensome. Floating the thought of the US buying the island, he asked the other guests: “What do you guys think about that?”
  4. The original painting is called 'Parsing Bill' and is by Australian-American artist Petrina Ryan-Kleid, although it is unclear if Epstein had bought the canvas or had a print mounted. Ryan-Kleid exhibited for her degree show when she graduated with an MFA in 2012 from the New York Academy of Art.
  5. We have a higher college dropout rate than Germany. Our dropout rate is 40%. Graduation rates Question: What are the graduation rates for students obtaining a bachelor's degree? Response: The 6-year graduation rate for first-time, full-time undergraduate students who began seeking a bachelor’s degree at 4-year degree-granting institutions in fall 2011 overall was 60 percent. That is, by 2017 some 60 percent of students had completed a bachelor’s degree at the same institution where they started in 2011. The 6-year graduation rate was 60 percent at public institutions, 66 percent at private nonprofit institutions, and 21 percent at private for-profit institutions. The overall 6-year graduation rate was 63 percent for females and 57 percent for males; it was higher for females than for males at both public (62 vs. 57 percent) and private nonprofit (69 vs. 63 percent) institutions. However, at private for-profit institutions, males had a higher 6-year graduation rate than females (22 vs. 20 percent) SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2019). The Condition of Education 2019 (NCES 2019-144), Undergraduate Retention and Graduation Rates.
  6. https://www.vox.com/2019/7/9/20686347/jeffrey-epstein-trump-bill-clinton Epstein’s connections to Trump By Trump’s own description, his social relationship with Epstein started several decades ago, in the late 1980s. Describing Epstein to Landon Thomas Jr. of New York magazine for a 2002 profile, Trump made a comment that, in retrospect, was frighteningly on-the-nose: That is: Trump praised Epstein, dated their social relationship as beginning around 1987, said they shared a taste for “beautiful” women, and specifically noted that Epstein liked women “on the younger side.” Since Epstein’s legal troubles became known, Trump’s attorneys have tried to downplay his association with Epstein. (“He had no relationship with Mr. Epstein and had no knowledge whatsoever of his conduct,” Trump lawyer Alan Garten told Politico in 2017.) But even beyond Trump’s own words further up, there’s a good deal of evidence that the two were friendly social acquaintances at least through the early 2000s: Media reports from the late 1990s and early 2000s frequently mention Trump attending Epstein-hosted social events, and Epstein attending events at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club. “Friends and associates” of the pair told the Washington Post that Epstein and Trump “had socialized for years, drawn together by a mix of money, women and power.” NBC News recently aired a video from 1992 of Trump and Epstein together at a Mar-a-Lago party, discussing women and laughing together. The New York Times reported that, according to businessman George Houraney, Trump asked him to organize a “calendar girl” party at Mar-a-Lago — and said he and Epstein would be the only men in attendance. The New York Times also reported that Epstein has claimed to people that he introduced Donald Trump to Melania — though this hasn’t been corroborated. Trump called Epstein twice in November 2004, according to message pads seized from Epstein’s Florida mansion by the government. Several phone numbers for Trump, including an emergency contact and a number for Trump’s security, were among many notable people’s numbers listed in Epstein’s “black book” (which was later obtained by the government). Epstein’s brother Mark testified that Epstein once took Trump on one of his planes to go from Florida to New York, saying he thought it happened in the late 1990s. Mark Epstein also told the Post Trump flew on Epstein’s plane “numerous times.”
  7. I'm just a fact checker. Find Roger Graves. I can't check the facts of a man who doesn't seem to exist.
  8. I checked on this. This is a blog. I googled the name of the author, Roger Graves, who claims to have 20 years experience teaching in Germany. Absolutely nothing. If he was anywhere in the education system; he would have a biography. Here is another fascinating opinion from this blog: https://no-pasaran.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-era-of-drama-queens-every-crisis-is.html The Era of the Drama Queens: Every Crisis Is a Triumph We live in hard times. [Re-posted — because of eternal relevancy.] This is a hard, hard time for the Republic.We live in the era of the Drama Queen.We have been digging ourselves deeper and deeper into that era for the past fifty years.[Update: thanks for the the links, Ed Driscoll and Bird Dog]Leftists are drama queens. Leftists constantly erupting in hysterics — male (girly men?) or female — rule the roost.
  9. These people do not have employer insurance and don't qualify for subsidies. However, Obamacare state exchanges faced significant challenges for Americans that do not qualify for the Obamacare advance premium tax credit (APTC) and must pay the entire health insurance premium themselves. One study found that, between 2016 and 2018, 2.5 million Americans without Obamacare subsidies left the exchanges, which represents a 40 percent drop.
  10. Seventh Day Adventist Vegetarian and Vegans Living Long in Loma Linda Eat a Mostly Plant-Based Diet: Nonsmoking Adventists who ate two or more servings of fruit daily had 70 percent fewer lung cancers than nonsmokers who only ate fruit once or twice a week. Likewise, Adventists who consumed legumes (peas, beans) three times a week had a 30-40 percent reduction in colon cancer. Lastly, Adventists women who ate tomatoes at least three to four times a week reduced their chance of getting ovarian cancer by 70 percent, compared to those who ate tomatoes less often. Similar to the Okinawan residents, the Loma Linda population’s longevity is largely attributed to their vegetarian diet as well as other lifestyle factors like regular exercise, alcohol abstention, and no smoking. Here we will examine the scientific studies of this population since 1960, and conclude with lessons learned about the Seventh-Day Adventists’ secrets to longevity. What the Research Reveals Loma Linda has been explored through a series of Adventist Health Studies (AHS) conducted by Loma Linda University, designed to examine the link between lifestyle, diet, disease and mortality in the Seventh-Day Adventist population. There has been a total of three studies. The first two were held over the last 40 years and focused on Adventists in California. The third, ongoing study examines Adventists throughout the US and Canada. The First Study The first study (Adventist Health Study or AHS) began in 1960 and observed 22,940 California Adventists. It included intensive follow-up studies five and 25 years later. Here are some of the findings that demonstrate the health benefits of their lifestyle: Adventist men live 6.2 years longer than non-Adventist men, while Adventist women live 3.7 years longer than their non-Adventist counterparts. Death rates from all cancers were 24 percent lower for Adventist women and 40 percent lower for Adventist men, compared to non-Adventists. The prevalence of specific cancers was also lower in Adventist men and women: lung cancer (79 percent) colorectal cancer (38 percent), and breast cancer (15 percent). The rate of coronary heart disease was 34 percent lower for Adventist men and 2 percent lower for Adventist women, compared to non-Adventists. The Second Study The second study (Adventist Health Study 1 or AHS-1) was conducted from 1974-1988 and included 34,000 California Adventists over the age of 25. Unlike the previous research which focused on mortality, the purpose of this second study was to understand what Adventist lifestyle factors are most important in protecting against chronic disease The findings uncovered a set of simple health behaviors that have been practiced by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church for more than 100 years and which likely contribute to their long life spans. On top of the list are not smoking and eating a mostly vegetarian diet! The research also revealed important details about the Adventist diet and disease prevention: Reducing red and white meat consumption was associated with a decrease in colon cancer. Legumes also appeared to protect against colon cancer. The risk of heart attack was reduced up to 50 percent by those who ate nuts several times a week. Eating whole wheat bread (versus white bread) reduced non-fatal heart attack risk by 45 percent. Drinking five or more glasses of water a day reduced the risk of heart disease by 50 percent. Men who consumed a lot of tomatoes reduced their prostate cancer risk by 40 percent. Drinking soy milk more than once a day reduced prostate cancer by 70 percent. The Third Study The third major Adventist study (Adventist Health Study 2 or AHS-2) began in 2002 and is funded by the National Cancer Institute. This study includes 96,000 Adventists aged 30 to 112 who come from all 50 US States and Canada. This latest ongoing research continues to explore the links between lifestyle, diet, and disease among Seventh-Day Adventists. At the beginning of the study, each participant filled out a 50-page diet and lifestyle questionnaire. Here is a summary of their dietary habits: 8 percent are vegan (no red meat, fish, poultry, dairy or eggs). 28 percent are lacto-ovo vegetarian (consume milk and eggs, but no red meat, fish, or poultry). 10 percent are pesco-vegetarian (eat fish, milk, and eggs but no red meat, or poultry). 6 percent are semi-vegetarian (consume red meat, poultry, and fish less than once per week). 48 percent are non-vegetarian (eat red meat, poultry, fish, milk, and eggs more than once a week). Also, only 1.1 percent are current smokers while 6.6 percent drink alcohol. The study is ongoing, but here are some preliminary findings: Non-vegetarian eaters are (not surprisingly) heavier than their vegetarian counterparts. For example, 55-year old male and female vegans weigh about 30 pounds less than non-vegetarians of a similar height. The 5-unit BMI difference between vegans and non-vegetarians suggests that vegetarianism protects against obesity as well as type 2 diabetes. Pesco-and semi-vegetarian diets afford only intermediate protection The more you adopt a vegetarian diet, the less likely you are to have high cholesterol levels, diabetes, high blood pressure and metabolic syndrome. The prevalence of type 2 diabetes in vegans and lacto-ovo vegetarians is half that of non-vegetarians. Vegetarian diets also protect against cardiovascular diseases, some cancers, and total mortality.
  11. I have put certain groups on ignore: 1. That group of White Supremacists/NeoNazis. I'm not interested in seeing anything they have to say. 2. Anyone who posts sexual content. 3. People who don't use paragraphs. A long post with no paragraphs is completely unreadable. 4. People who seem to be mentally ill.
  12. A Bear Somehow Fell Onto A Moving Police Car, Then Things Got Really Weird Watch for falling bears. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/bear-police-car-fire_n_5d4d007de4b09e729743f40b A bear fell onto a police car, causing a crash and fire that destroyed the vehicle and half an acre of vegetation in Northern California. The driver wasn’t injured and the bear fled the scene. The Humboldt Country Sheriff’s Office car had its lights and sirens on at 11 p.m. on Aug. 3 while it responded to an overdose call. En route, a bear fell from an embankment and onto the hood, per KRCR, the ABC station in Redding. Caltrans, the state highway department, said via Facebook that the patrol car struck an embankment, rolled over and caught fire. The flames then spread to nearby vegetation. The outcome of the overdose which sparked the initial call wasn’t clear. “Travelers are reminded to stay alert while exploring the beautiful highways and nature of District 1,” Caltrans said on Facebook. “Bears, elk and deer are just some of the critters sharing our coastal home.”
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