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I was born in North Carolina. I plan to die in North Carolina. But, I have traveled, a lot.

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How to Roast and Carve a Turkey from Illustrated Bites


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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Nov 14, 2018, 07:15 PM (6 replies)

Blind Faith

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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Nov 14, 2018, 01:41 PM (3 replies)

Sorry drmeow, but I'm not sure I'm buying it. But wouldn't it be nice.

I do like some of your ideas but I don't know how much good they'd do. Sociopaths are like leopards, they can't change their spots. Refusing to signal boost his trash talk and lies would be a welcome change. Could possibly have an effect. I'm not sure if it will be the effect we want though.

I'd love not having to see his face or hear his voice. I wish they'd just use a static "stock photo" to replace a living breathing video of him. It would also be great to hear more mockery of him by the artists and comedians.

Limiting reporting on him to once a week in summary form would be nice, too.

Just save up a whole weeks worth of his nonsense and report it as a synopsis. I'd like to see them try that. If anyone wants to know what he's up to then, just go to twitter.

He's a colossal waste of time and oxygen.

How about a medical 'progress report' type of reporting. Just a weekly, "no change in condition" stamp. That's sufficient, imo.

We should have all figured out by now, that what is currently passing as pertinent information is really just the ego stroking, self serving, word salad, confabulatory behavior of an uneducated, raving lunatic, insipid twit.

His verbiage is so blah. We shouldn't be surprised or shocked by what's really just an example of a poorly executed smoke and mirrors side show. We should have figured that out by now, at the very least.

Presidential Alert me on my phone when he keels over. That'll do.

Ho hum. Yawn, already.
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Mon Nov 12, 2018, 05:10 PM (1 replies)

He's a sociopath. It's way beyond petulant.

The more harm and chaos they create, the happier they are. It's the sociopath creed. To love is to hurt, causing harm equals happiness. I keep telling folks this fact but people just keep getting amazed at his bad behavior. It is their modus operandi. It takes a truly twisted mind to be able to wrap your head around the thought processes that exist in such an aberrant universe, but that's the long and short of it. The sociopath lives to do harm. The gaul comes from their belief that they exist above the law and outside of consequences. The more chaos they create, the better and that's just them being their form of normal. It's twisted and sickening. There are no limits to the lengths they will go to, to create their form of happiness, which is pain and chaos. I can't repeat this enough.

Cool photos, though. One of my prized possessions is a Marine One matchbook given to me by a secret service agent on duty with Henry Kissinger. Maybe one day I'll tell the story.

Thanks for posting the pictures. They brought back some memories.

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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Mon Nov 12, 2018, 12:41 AM (0 replies)

Clothes touching.

Of the categories of non-verbal communication falls into the costuming and cosmetics category. Signifies nervousness, fear.

I taught verbal and nonverbal communication at a university in NC for three years, as a teaching fellow while I worked on my masters. I learned lots and used observation, as well as role play to teach. It turned out to be a really good and fun experience.

I learned how to spot a liar. Probably the most helpful lesson in the curriculum. I have great memories of my students and will always be grateful for their enthusiastic class participation and the gratitude they showed me for the practical knowledge they gained.

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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Sun Nov 11, 2018, 02:13 PM (0 replies)

The Fourth Estate

Folks keep asking why the press doesn't just walk out en masse or stop coverage of the White House or ignore press briefings. Here's why. They are the Fourth Estate.
So it's a really bad idea. To quote the Washington Post, "Democracy dies in darkness."

This is from the Yale University Law School Blog:

Final Check
November 22, 2016
By Delbert Tran
The election brings a major shift in power. Not only did the presidency shift from the Democratic Party to the Republican candidate, Donald Trump, but Republicans retained control of Congress, and judicial vacancies indicate that the courts will fall under the sway of the same party. No matter your political persuasion, the political alignment of all three branches of government raises concern about our system of checks and balances.

But beyond the three traditional branches of government, there is another that has often been described as a fourth branch: the free press. Edmund Burke reportedly said that “there were three Estates … but in the Reporters Gallery yonder, there sat a fourth Estate more important far than they all.”

A free press has been a staple of our nation’s liberties and history. During the American Revolution, the press provided a key source of information. In fact, it was so important that Congress provided the Continental Army with a printer so that Americans could maintain access to a newspaper during the war. After independence, the press was pivotal in publishing the Federalist and Antifederalist Papers, which provided a staging ground for the ideas that would form this country’s Constitution.

Since then, the press has continued to play an active role in keeping the government accountable. In the 1950s, the press monitored Senator McCarthy’s Communist investigations, revealing all of McCarthy’s charges against the army to be false, and putting an end to McCarthy’s witch hunt. In 1971, the press investigated the Watergate break-in, exposing the Nixon scandal, leading to the indictments of forty administration officials and the eventual resignation of President Nixon.

More recently, in 2013, the press played a vital role in unveiling the NSA mass surveillance programs of American citizens, leading to significant reforms to ensure the protection of American citizens and their civil liberties. In other words, if you ask: “who watches the watchmen?” We answer: the press.

The press has always had its eyes on the government, and has always served as the voice of the people, speaking truth to power. And the Media Freedom and Information (MFIA) Clinic stands by their side, ready to protect their role in our democracy.

No matter the administration, the MFIA Clinic will continue the work it’s been doing: promoting transparency, challenging abuses of government power, and protecting the press and this country’s fundamental civil liberties. In prior and current cases, the Clinic has brought suits against the National Security Agency, the Department of Defense, and Attorney General, among others, to ensure the protection of First Amendment rights and the public’s access to essential information. The Clinic will continue its efforts to ensure that the press and the people can keep our government accountable.

—Delbert Tran ’18


From Wikipedia:

The concept of the media or press as a fourth branch stems from a belief that the news media's responsibility to inform the populace is essential to the healthy functioning of the democracy. The phrase "Fourth Estate" may be used to emphasize the independence of the press particularly when this is contrasted with the press as a "fourth branch".


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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Sat Nov 10, 2018, 02:11 PM (2 replies)

Boost your magnesium

Magnesium is a mineral found in most of the foods and beverages you consume on a daily basis. While having a magnesium deficiency is rare in healthy individuals, there are some circumstances that may require the use of a magnesium supplement. Nevertheless, most healthy people can naturally boost their magnesium levels through diet.

A diet doesn't require a complete overhaul to increase magnesium. Take a look at at these 14 ways to boost your magnesium levels. You may be surprised to learn about the foods and beverages that contain this mineral.
1. Stay hydrated. Did you know that every cup of water contains 2 mg of magnesium? While that's not nearly enough to make a significant impact in your daily intake of magnesium, every little boost counts. So drink up -- and remember, magnesium is also in the water you cook with.

2. Drink coffee. Many studies conclude that coffee may help to prevent several chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes and liver disease. Each cup of coffee contains 7 mg of magnesium. Drink one cup of coffee each day to boost your magnesium levels.

3. Enjoy leafy greens. Naturally boost your magnesium levels every time you eat half a cup serving of spinach. One serving of boiled spinach contains 78 mg of magnesium. Spinach is loaded with nutrients, especially the antioxidant carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin.

More at the link.


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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Fri Nov 9, 2018, 03:07 PM (5 replies)

We shouldn't disregard the ideas that come from teens' developing brains

We shouldn't disregard the ideas that come from teens' developing brains
Teens may be works in progress, but they help society evolve.

By Eleanor Cummins February 28, 2018

When the students of Stoneman Douglas High School started class on February 14, it seemed to be a Valentine’s Day like any other. But by 2:30 p.m., it was clear it was a day that would live in infamy. Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old who was expelled from Stoneman Douglas last year, killed 17 students and injured 14 more, making it one of the deadliest school shootings in American history.

In the two short weeks since, many of the teenaged survivors have spoken out against gun violence to national papers and TV news networks, and organized protests and legislative meetings to fight for stricter gun control in the United States. While many have spoken out in support of their efforts, from political figures to celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres, others have taken issue not just with the survivors’ message—but with the notion they have the right to say anything at all.

Stoneman Douglas High School students have been called immature, disrespectful, and overly emotional; their motivations have been called into question, as has the clarity of their thinking. A 2008 tweet by NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch that said “Teenagers piss me off” recirculated following her combative interactions with Stoneman Douglas survivors and their supporters. For many, it seems the students are too young to have an opinion on the shooting that so dramatically affected their lives.


More recently, scientists have begun to identify empirical and biological markers of adolescence. Physically, the human body undergoes incredible change in the teenage years, thanks to the onset of puberty. Puberty—and the racing hormones that go with it—causes enormous changes in cognitive, social, and sexual development, too. Teenagers, for example, naturally feel tired later in the evening than children or adults. And, famously, their prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain linked to executive functioning, is thought to be incomplete until age 25.

Much more at the link.

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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Fri Nov 9, 2018, 11:57 AM (0 replies)

13-year-old scientist invented a safer way to treat pancreatic cancer

This 13-year-old scientist invented a safer way to treat pancreatic cancer, and he hasn't even started high school yet

David Anderson and Jessica Orwig Nov. 7, 2018, 5:49 PM

Pancreatic cancer survival rates are extremely low — around 9% for five years and around 1% for 10 years — and haven't improved significantly in the past 40 years.
But 13-year-old Rishab Jain is determined to change these statistics with his AI-based tool, PCDLS Net, that improves pancreas tracking during radiotherapy.
Jain won the 2018 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, before he's even started high school.
Watch the video above to see how Jain combined his passions for medicine and engineering to create a safer way to treat pancreatic cancer.

Following is a transcript of the video.

Rishab Jain: It all started in the summer of 2017 when I went to visit my brother in Boston, and there I learned about some research that was happening, and the surprisingly low statistics about pancreatic cancer, like its survival rate. My name is Rishab Jain. I'm in 8th grade, 13 years old, from Portland, Oregon, and I created an artificial intelligence-based tool called PCDLS Net to improve pancreas tracking during a treatment called radiotherapy for pancreatic cancer.

The five-year survival rate of pancreatic cancer is around 9%, and the 10-year survival rate is around 1%, which is extremely low, and these survival rates have not improved significantly in the past 40 years, so currently, pancreatic cancer is detected in a late stage, and by then, doctors try to use radiotherapy to help treat it, but most of the time, it's not effective enough, so I got inspired to do some research on this because I'm a big programmer, and I like artificial intelligence, so I wondered if I could combine my knowledge in the two areas to help solve the problem, and I created an artificial intelligence-based tool called PCDLS Net to improve pancreas tracking during a treatment called radiotherapy for pancreatic cancer.

I contacted over 253 doctors, and got around 30 replies from leading experts from institutions at cancer centers and around the world. So as you can see in the pancreas right here, there's other organs such as the stomach and liver that may cover the area, and also, it's right below the lungs causing it to move during some of the treatments. It's also very hard to reach in. It's right in the center of the abdomen next to the spinal cord, so for surgery, biopsies, other things like that, it may be hard to find where the pancreas is. It's sometimes detailed as a mushy or angry organ because of its position in the body.

This right here is a real patient's CT scan, and as you can see throughout its transforming, it's very hard for the human eye to detect where the pancreas is, and this is especially a problem in real time when radiologists and oncologists have to find the pancreas and apply radiation treatment. So over here on the left side, my tool can be run to find where exactly the pancreas is in one of these CT or MRI slices and output this result instantaneously. So currently, doctors have to apply sometimes a seven-millimeter overlay around the pancreas of radiation, and this can affect millions of healthy cells, so my tool is able to reduce that area to around four millimeters, so that saves millions of healthy cells and can improve patient quality of care.

Video and complete transcript at the link.


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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Fri Nov 9, 2018, 11:39 AM (4 replies)

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do
~by Amy Morin, LCSW

Mentally strong people have healthy habits. They manage their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in ways that set them up for success in life. Check out these things that mentally strong people don’t do so that you too can become more mentally strong.

1. They Don’t Waste Time Feeling Sorry for Themselves

Mentally strong people don’t sit around feeling sorry about their circumstances or how others have treated them. Instead, they take responsibility for their role in life and understand that life isn’t always easy or fair.

2. They Don’t Give Away Their Power

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do The Wall Street Journal BestSellerThey don’t allow others to control them, and they don’t give someone else power over them. They don’t say things like, “My boss makes me feel bad,” because they understand that they are in control over their own emotions and they have a choice in how they respond.

3. They Don’t Shy Away from Change

Mentally strong people don’t try to avoid change. Instead, they welcome positive change and are willing to be flexible. They understand that change is inevitable and believe in their abilities to adapt.

4. They Don’t Waste Energy on Things They Can’t Control

You won’t hear a mentally strong person complaining over lost luggage or traffic jams. Instead, they focus on what they can control in their lives. They recognize that sometimes, the only thing they can control is their attitude.

5. They Don’t Worry About Pleasing Everyone

Mentally strong people recognize that they don’t need to please everyone all the time. They’re not afraid to say no or speak up when necessary. They strive to be kind and fair, but can handle other people being upset if they didn’t make them happy.

6. They Don’t Fear Taking Calculated Risks

They don’t take reckless or foolish risks, but don’t mind taking calculated risks. Mentally strong people spend time weighing the risks and benefits before making a big decision, and they’re fully informed of the potential downsides before they take action.

7. They Don’t Dwell on the Past

Mentally strong people don’t waste time dwelling on the past and wishing things could be different. They acknowledge their past and can say what they’ve learned from it. However, they don’t constantly relive bad experiences or fantasize about the glory days. Instead, they live for the present and plan for the future.

More at link:

Print copy of article: https://www.amymorinlcsw.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/13-Things-Mentally-Strong-People-Dont-Do-by-Amy-Morin.pdf


Link to book:
By Amy Morin

Additional article:

10 Strategies to Make Yourself Mentally Stronger

When most people set out to become fitter in the New Year, they're thinking about their physical fitness: Getting in better physical shape tops the list of New Year's resolutions. According to a Nielson survey, 37 percent of people aim to stay fit and healthy in the new year, while 32 percent of people want to lose weight. Sadly, most people will never achieve those goals. Statistically speaking, only about 8 percent of people keep their resolution.

If more people focused on their mental fitness, however, they'd likely become more successful in achieving the goals they set for themselves—physical fitness or otherwise. After all, your body won't do what your mind doesn't tell it. Building mental muscle is the key to self-discipline, delayed gratification, grit, and perseverance. And those are the skills you need to become the best physical and mental version of yourself.

1. I will spend at least 15 minutes a day in quiet reflection.

A few minutes of quiet time gives you an opportunity to reflect on your progress and think about what you want to do better. Schedule a few minutes every day to recharge your batteries with a little bit of solitude. It will help you gain clarity and renew your motivation to reach your goals.

2. I will do at least one tough thing every week.

Whether you sign up for a photography class or join toastmasters, do something that forces you to step outside your comfort zone. Facing your fears head-on can shift the way you see yourself. Rather than assume you need to avoid hard things because you might fail or because you can't tolerate the stress, you'll chip away at your self-limiting beliefs.

3. I'll write in a gratitude journal.

Write down three things you're grateful for every day and you'll change the way you see the world. Studies link gratitude to a multitude of benefits, from better sleep to reduced psychological distress. It only takes a few minutes each day, but it's an easy way to boost your mental strength.

More at link.


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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Tue Nov 6, 2018, 04:33 AM (18 replies)
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