Beating A Dead Horse
Real News Daily. M.D. Creekmore provides a quick summary of the days ten most fascinating news stories…
1. BEATING A DEAD HORSE
For the past eight months, we have consistently been bombarded by the mainstream media about Trump colluding with the Russians during the last presidential election. The Democrats keep pushing it, and the mainstream media is more than happy to keep “reporting” on it even though it’s a huge basket full of nothing. But, the big question is how do Trump supporters feel about the whole thing? They don’t care – do you? Reported by the BBC News Service: Trump voters on Russia investigation: ‘Not bothered.’
+ Guns and Roses – Beating A Dead Horse.
+ And we can’t mention “the Donald” without mentioning health care reform – Senate Republicans release Obamacare replacement bill, fate uncertain.
2. GOOD SHOOTING
A sniper in the Canadian special forces shot and killed an Islamic State (IS) fighter from a distance of 2.1 miles in Iraq. The shot, which sources tell the paper was filmed, is thought to be a record for the longest confirmed kill. Reported by the U.S.A. today: Canadian sniper has shattered the world record for the longest confirmed kill in history. (Impressive! In my area, needing to shot anywhere near that distance while hunting is unheard of with most shots being well under 200 yards. But I’m good out to 500+ yards if needed.)
3. I DON’T KNOW OF ANYONE EVER BEING “SHOT BY A GUN.”
The Washington Post takes another jab at the Second Amendment with their article by Scott Clement entitled “44 percent of Americans know someone shot by a gun, and they’re just as divided about guns as the rest of us“. I’ve known a few unfortunate folks who have been shot by someone with a gun but I don’t know of anyone that’s ever been shot by a gun. The Washington Post is using a play on words to demonize the gun and to plant a picture in readers brains that somehow the gun itself is evil and at fault. News flash Scott Clement – firearms are inanimate objects and have no ill intent of their own, that comes from the person behind the hand that holds it.
+ And from ABC News: America’s Relationship With Guns? New Research Shows It’s Complicated. No, it isn’t – the only thing difficult about America’s relationship with guns is how we can afford to buy more guns.
+ And from McClatchy DC: About a third of gun owners with children keep guns unlocked and loaded, study says. (When I was growing up we had guns all over the house, and yes, they were all loaded and ready to go and guess what… no one was shot, but then my brother and I were raised around guns had proper training with firearms, their use, and safety.)
4. NO LONGER THREATENED
There are now an estimated 700 grizzlies in the area that includes northwestern Wyoming, southwestern Montana, and eastern Idaho, leading the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conclude that the population has recovered. Grizzly bears once numbered about 50,000 and ranged over much of North America. Their population plummeted starting in the 1850s because of extensive hunting and trapping, and the bears now occupy only 2% of their original territory. Reports The LA Times: U.S. officials to lift Yellowstone grizzly bear protections. (I’ve not been fortunate enough to have ever seen a grizzly bear in the wild but have I’ve seen a number of black bears but then the estimated black bear population my state is over 6,000 so seeing one isn’t all that rare of an occurrence here.)
+ What to do if you see a black bear – Being too close may promote aggressive behavior from the bear such as running toward you, making loud noises, or swatting the ground. The bear is demanding more space. Don’t run, but slowly back away, watching the bear. Increase the distance between you and the bear. The bear will probably do the same.
5. FACEBOOK SUCKS
If you’ve never had your profile picture stolen — lucky you. But it’s a serious problem, with fraudsters, trolls, and scammers often stealing the identity of others by harvesting the info they list publicly on Facebook. Via Business Insider: Facebook is trying to stop scammers from taking users’ profile pictures. (The best thing you can do to prevent this from happening is first to delete your Facebook account and then do something that’s useful.
6. RV LIVING AT IT FINEST
When Pete D’Andrea landed a job at Google, he and his wife Kara wanted to avoid paying the sky high rent in Silicon Valley. So, Pete and Kara decided to move into Google’s parking lot. After befriending the security officers on campus, the young couple lived in the parking lot for two years and saved around 80% of their income. Via Business Insider: This couple lived in Google’s parking lot for two years and saved 80% of their earnings — here’s how they did it. (It can be done, how do I know… because, I’ve done it. I lived in a travel trailer for several years, saved just about every penny that I made and ended up buying a four bedroom house.)
7. THIS LITTLE PIGGY WENT TO MARKET
A wooden big toe that enabled an Egyptian priest’s daughter to walk around 3,000 years ago has been found to be even more complex than researchers believed. It is thought to be one of the oldest prosthetic devices ever found. Reported by Ashley Strickland, CNN: Ancient Egyptian’s wooden toe is sophisticated prosthetic.
8. NOT A MATTER OF IF BUT WHEN
Some of the world’s worst diseases — think Ebola or AIDS — start in animals, jump the hurdle of species to enter humans and then get passed from person to person. These are called zoonotic or animal-origin infectious diseases. What if you could predict the location on this large and spinning globe where the next of these potentially deadly diseases will emerge? 69 news: Where in the world will next emerging disease appear?
9. PUT DOWN THE COCONUT OIL AND STEP AWAY
In a new advisory, the American Heart Association (AHA) is recommending that people do not consume coconut oil. Several studies have found that coconut oil raised LDL cholesterol the same way as other saturated fats found in butter, beef fat and palm oil, the AHA reports.
+ Stop eating coconut oil! It’s only good as a moisturizer, study says.
10. THE BOTTOM OF THE NEWS
+ Having more sex might keep you sharp in old age – I sure hope so, hey Susan read this…
+ Eating more fish could help reduce pain, other symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. (Or take a good quality fish oil – this is the one that I take.)
+ North Korea conducts another rocket engine test for ICBM, US officials say.
+ Meanwhile – US Navy ballistic missile intercept test fails.
Have a great evening – M.D. Creekmore