Would You Like a Hot Beverage?

So enters the weekend….that magical time when an analytic mind relaxes and enjoys life…….and as usual I will find those unusual topics on which to post…..

I exist on caffeine……coffee keeps the mind going and working at an incredible rate…..I have seen all the studies that say it is bad for a person….also the ones that say it is good and cannot hurt……and now there is a new study……

It’s no news flash that consuming caffeine close to bedtime can interfere with sleep. But scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder report in the journal Science Translational Medicine that caffeine has another physiological impact on sleep by delaying the body’s natural surge in the production of the sleep hormone melatonin, which in turn pushes back the body’s circadian clock. “To our surprise, no one had really tested this question,” one of the researchers tells NPR. “What we’re seeing here now is another way that caffeine impacts our physiology that we didn’t know about before in humans.”

The problem in this case is that the circadian clock is “present in cells throughout our entire body,” says the researcher. “It’s in your fat cells; it’s in your muscle cells.” Messing with it appears to play a role in a wide range of health problems, from obesity to cancer. Many studies have recently suggested that bright light at night, especially the blue light emanating from our screens, impedes melatonin production. Caffeine’s effect is about half what scientists found when exposing volunteers to bright light alone; volunteers who drank a double espresso three hours before bedtime experienced a 40-minute delay of the melatonin surge. Now the researchers plan to study whether caffeine consumption five or six hours before bedtime produces a similar effect.

Sleep?  There is plenty of time for sleep when I crap out!

Next the fad….green tea.  You have seen or heard the claims that green tea can do everything from weight loss to sexual prowess……

I bet there is one that you have not heard…….

A 16-year-old girl in England decided she was going to lose weight by drinking green tea, so she ordered two boxes online, the Telegraph reports. Most of the ingredients were written in Chinese, but the girl spent the next three months drinking three cups a day. According to ABC News, she had lost only a few pounds when she started suffering from nausea and joint and abdominal pains. She would eventually develop jaundice. “I was very scared when I was admitted to hospital and had lots of tests,” the girl says in a report published Wednesday in the British Medical Journal Case Reports. “I didn’t fully understand what was going on at the time.” The initial suspicion was a urinary tract infection, but it turns out she had acute hepatitis.

Doctors gave the girl intravenous fluids and medication—and made her stop drinking the tea—and she recovered quickly, ABC reports. According to the Telegraph, green tea has been rumored to be help everything from depression to breast cancer to dementia, thanks to its antioxidants. The report’s authors even “acknowledge that green tea is predominantly a very safe and healthy drink.” And while they didn’t test the girl’s tea, they believe chemical additives or pesticides were likely the cause of her hepatitis. One expert tells ABC that consumers need to be careful when buying herbal supplements or tea over the Internet. It’s a lesson one 16-year-old girl learned the hard way. “I will never buy any online tea again,” she says in the report

Personally I think green tea is an overrated consumer item….and now I know for damn sure I will not bother with it……

Another Month…..More Deaths!

I am not going to go into great lengths about the most recent lunatic with a gun and a grudge……let’s just say….when is enough enough?

The media has given you all the info you need….from what the dog down the street does during his outside time to what pizza company this a/hole preferred……

All I want to do is remind my readers of all the gun deaths since 1991…..sorry that would take a lifetime……these are the mass shootings in that time period……

-Killeen, Texas, October 16, 1991: A man shoots dead 23 people in a restaurant and then kills himself.

– Littleton, Colorado, April 20, 1999: Two teenaged boys shoot and kill 12 fellow classmates and a teacher at Columbine High School before killing themselves.

– Atlanta, Georgia, July 29, 1999: A stock market trader goes on a day-long shooting rampage, killing 12 people, including his wife and two children, before taking his own life.

– Red Lake, Minnesota, March 21, 2005: A teenage boy kills two people at his grandfather’s home on an Indian reservation and then goes to his local high school where he kills seven others before committing suicide.

– Blacksburg, Virginia, April 16, 2007: A student goes on a rampage at Virginia Tech University, killing 32 people before committing suicide.

– Covina, California, December 24, 2008: A man dressed in a Santa Claus suit opens fire at a family party and then sets fire to the house. Nine people are killed. The gunman commits suicide.

– Binghamton, New York, April 3, 2009. A gunman shoots dead 13 people at a civic centre for immigrants.

– Fort Hood, Texas, November 5, 2009. US army psychiatrist Major Nidal Hasan opens fire at his military base, killing 13 people and wounding 42, before being overcome by police.

– Oikos, California, April 2, 2012: A male nursing student methodically kills seven people at a Christian university.

– Aurora, Colorado, July 20, 2012: A man kills 12 people when he opens fire at a movie theater showing a late-night premiere of a Batman film in a suburb of Denver.

– Oak Creek, Wisconsin, August 5, 2012: A white supremacist and US army veteran fatally shoots six people and wounds four others at a Sikh temple before taking his own life.

– Newtown, Connecticut, December 14 2012: A young man kills 26 people, including 20 children at Sandy Hook elementary school. He also fatally shoots his mother. He commits suicide.

– Miami, Florida, July 26, 2013: A gunman kills six people in a shooting rampage at an apartment building, taking two people hostage before being killed by police after a lengthy standoff.

– Washington, DC, September 16, 2013: A gunman fatally shoots 12 people at a naval base in the US capital. The gunman is killed by police.

– Charleston, South Carolina, June 17, 2015: A white gunman kills nine people at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

– Roseburg, Oregon, October 1, 2015: A gunman goes on a shooting rampage at a college in the western state of Oregon, killing 10 people and wounding seven before he died in a shootout with police.

Now there is something to be proud of….(sarcasm in case you missed it)……

The clock is ticking on the next incident……tic…..toc…..

Apartheid: Then And Now !

An op-ed that I wrote for Ace News Room…….

There is much going on in the Holy Land but for some reason the media will not report on it……that is unless it has something to do with Israel…..any negativity will NOT be reported.

Israel is in the process of building an Apartheid State….something we thought was gone with the fall of South Africa……we were WRONG!

Please read the op-ed and comment if you would like to…..and visit Ace News Room for all the news you may have missed……

Source: Apartheid: Then And Now !

You just thought apartheid ended with the fall of white South Africa……Israel is doing all it can to keep the practice alive…..

Palestine: A Little Justice

After years of being ignored by the world community Palestine has finally gained a small amount of respect and yes….a little justice…..

The flag of Palestine now flies proudly at the HQ of the UN in New York City……a small step forward after decades of setbacks by the body….

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas raised the Palestinian flag at the United Nations for the first time on Wednesday with a promise that it will be raised soon in Jerusalem, “the capital of our Palestinian state.” More than 300 ministers, diplomats, and well-wishers who crowded into the rose garden at UN headquarters where a temporary flagpole had been erected for the ceremony applauded his words. Abbas told the crowd it was a historic moment on the Palestinian road to independence. Palestine was designated as a non-member observer state at the United Nations in November 2012 and Palestinian statehood also has been recognized by many countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. As the black, white, green and red flag went up the flagpole, cheers and shouts of “Peace! Peace! Palestine!” erupted.

The Palestinians campaigned for a General Assembly resolution that was overwhelmingly approved on Sept. 10 allowing UN observer states to fly their flags alongside those of the 193 UN member states. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Wednesday a day of “pride” and “hope” for Palestinians around the world. He urged the Palestinians to pursue their long-held dream for their own state by first uniting Gaza and the West Bank, and he urged Israel and the Palestinians to revive negotiations that collapsed last year and conclude “a successful peace process.” That will lead to the unfurling of the Palestinian flag “in its proper place—among the family of nations as a sovereign member state of the United Nations,” Ban said.

The president of the PNA, Abbas, made a speech before the General Assembly……Abbas had promised that his speech at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday would be a “bombshell”, but his declaration that the Palestinian government will no longer uphold agreements signed under the Oslo Accords

“The continuation of the status quo is unacceptable because it means giving in to the logic of brutal force being inflicted by the Israeli government,” Abbas said, echoing previous speeches he has made to the UN. “We therefore declare that we cannot continue to be bound by these agreements with Israel.”
What were the Oslo Accords?  I am glad you ask……
It is an opinion piece and will be leaning toward the Palestinian point of view….but it will give you a good idea about the Accords……
You can read his full speech here……
They can now take their place as the true representatives of the Palestinian people on the world stage…..

A 1000 Years Of History–Gone!

The recent event at UN HQ I will do posts on Palestine today…..The Palestinian flag now flies ….it has taken its rightful place among the nations of the world…..

On that faithful day ….14 May 1948 a thousand years was history began to disappear and all of it at the behest of the UN and the US……


Since that awful day the land of Palestine has shrunk….a 1000 years of history being eating away by geopolitics….in a little less than 70 years the world has allowed a whole culture and land to become only a memory…

Watching the ISIS thing I see many similarities to what Israel is being allowed to do…..if it was not acceptable in World War 2….why is it acceptable today?

Let me give a guess…..because of some mythic tale in a non-historic context……

Source: Why did UN erase 1,000 years of Palestinian heritage? | The Electronic Intifada

Ever since 1948 there has been one plan or another for a peaceful existence of the people of Palestine….the most popular is the two state solution and has been for years but in recent times there seems to be a loss of confidence in this plan…..a recent poll shows a disturbing trend…..

More than half of Palestinians no longer support a two-state solution to the conflict with Israel, a survey released on Monday showed, rejecting the goal that has underpinned four decades of international diplomacy.

The poll by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, a leading research group in the Palestinian territories, found that 51 percent of Palestinians oppose the two-state solution while 48 percent support it.

The figures were down from 51 percent support and 48 percent opposition three months ago.

I can understand their reluctance these days…..why?

–the confiscation of agricultural and grazing land in the areas surrounding Palestinian population centers;
–the freezing of growth in Palestinian villages by denying building and planning rights;
–the systematic demolition of Palestinian homes and businesses
–planned Jewish settlement aimed at breaking up the territorial continuity of Palestinian areas;
–the denial of access to basic services such as water (and the theft of that water); and
–policies aimed at preventing Palestinian economic subsistence and forcing dependence on settlers.

Show me an American that would not push back on these restrictions and I will show you a coward.

Slowly Israel is eating away at the history of the Palestinians……and the world watches and does NOTHING!

Thanx to the decision by the UN to fly the flag of the state of Palestine……Now maybe their plight will get more attention than it has in the past…..

Fact Check: Netanyahu’s 2015 UNGA Address | IMEU

This week has been a plethora of political posturing and lying……world leaders get to speak to the General Assembly of the United Nations…..everybody gets a turn….it is kinda a big deal for foreign policy geeks like myself……it is so amusing as well as frustrating…..but mostly it is entertainment at its best.

BiBi went before the General Assembly of the UN and made one of his BS speeches……like most of them filled with horse manure and outright lies……

My fave BS line is the one he uses and our trained monkeys of AIPAC, the GOP, used the one term that I hate more than anything……

“Israel the only democracy in the Middle East”……..that my friends is a……..LIE!

Here is a breakdown of BiBi’s UN speech……….point by point……

Source: Fact Check: Netanyahu’s 2015 UNGA Address | IMEU

He Said What?

Did I mention the Pope stopped by for a cup of Joe?  Well he said he was the Pope and who am I to dispute a man in a white dress?

This month we will say good-bye to Boehner, Speaker of the House and the Freedom Caucus will not have him to kick around anymore….

Looks like Rep. Kevin McCarthy is vying for the position of Speaker……all I can do is laugh……why?

In the coming years the most daunting task the government will have is in the area of foreign policy…..and McCarthy is about as sharp there as a rotting turnip…..he is a mumbling babbling mess….a typical GOPer these days……

His recent speech on foreign policy should point you in the direction of how he will run the House….

Kevin McCarthy is about to ascend to the highest office in the House of Representatives and become second in line to the presidency.

But there is a problem: The speaker-apparent apparently still can’t speak.

I have been tracking the California Republican’s valiant but often unsuccessful struggles with the English language for some time now, and I was alarmed to watch him lose another round Monday during a foreign policy speech to the John Hay Initiative, a new outfit of the neoconservative bent.

“If I look at history of where we are it seems a lot like 1979,” McCarthy informed his audience in the ballroom of Washington’s St. Regis hotel.

“We must engage this war of radical Islam if our life depended on it because it does,” he opined.

“I have visited Poland, Hungria, Estonia,” he said, and also “visited in our, uh, the allies in the Arab Gulf.”

He has, furthermore, been informed that we “live on the greatest nation that’s ever been on the face of the Earth.”

McCarthy called for “an effective politically strategy to match the military strategy,” and he lamented that “we have isolated Israel while bolding places like Iran.” He blamed President Barack Obama’s White House for “putting us in tough decisions for the future,” but he voiced hope that a “safe zone would create a stem the flow of refugees.” And he scolded the Department of Veterans Affairs for failing to assist returning servicemen “who fought to the death in Ramadi.”

That babbling mess from a Congressperson that has sponsored two bills…..both to rename buildings….does that make him the best person for the job?

He needs to practice before he speaks……after over a year of denying that the Faux investigation into the Benghazi debacle was a Clinton with hunt…..he said this about the investigation…….

“Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee. A select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she’s untrustable. But no one would have known that any of that had happened had we not fought to make that happen,” McCarthy said.

This moron has all but admitted that the investigation was nothing more than a witch hunt…..and he wants to be Speaker of the House?  Seriously?

Think about it…if he is that big of an idiot he will be the perfect person to run the House….he can be bullied and control by the Freedom Caucus and every moronic idea will become a bill…..more money down the toilet.

I cannot wait for his next batch of utterances that will make my day…..

Thank you McCarthy!

On A Side Note:  Speaking of the Benghazi investigation……..

as if we didn’t know this was the agenda, we’ve been writing this for years here at Politicus. And just yesterday we discussed the outrageous fact that the Benghazi probe has gone on longer than the Watergate probe.

But the party that sells itself as “fiscally responsible”, in spite of their claim that “deficits don’t matter” when they were in charge, would definitely want to reimburse taxpayers the $4.5 million they have spent on lowering former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers and manufacturing sound bites for free campaign ads against her, which they will all use since Republicans always have to run “against” a person since they can’t run on their own ideas.

The GOP toads owes the American people money…….TIME TO PAY IT BACK!