Clinton's Doctor Says 2016 Candidate in 'Excellent' Health

Hillary Rodham Clinton's physician said Friday that the Democratic presidential candidate is in "excellent physical condition" and has completely recovered from the effects of a concussion she suffered in 2012, pronouncing her "fit to serve as president of the United States."
Clinton is the first 2016 presidential candidate to release her health records. The details came in a two-page letter from Dr. Lisa Bardack, an internist and chairman of the department of medicine at the Mount Kisco Medical Group near Clinton's suburban New York home.
Clinton sustained the concussion in December 2012 after fainting, which Bardack attributed to stomach virus and dehydration. During the course of her treatment for the concussion, Clinton was also found to have a blood clot and was given medication to dissolve it. She's remains on the medicine as a precaution, Bardack wrote.
The blood clot, which was in a vein in the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear, led Clinton to spend a few days in New York-Presbyterian Hospital and take a month-long absence from the State Department for treatment.
Bardack said testing the following year showed "complete resolution" of the concussion's effects, including double vision, which she wore glasses with specialized lenses to address.
According to her doctor's assessment, Clinton's cholesterol and blood pressure are in normal, healthy ranges, and she has had the major cancer screenings and exams recommended for someone her age. She has a very common thyroid condition and seasonal allergies, and takes a blood thinner — Coumadin — as a precaution since her fall and blood clot a few years ago.
There was no mention of Clinton's height or weight, but it did say Clinton gets routine mammograms and breast ultrasounds, as well colonoscopies and gynecological exams.
"There's no red flags there," said Dr. Mark Creager, director of the Dartmouth-Hitchkock heart and vascular center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, and president of the American Heart Association. In terms of heart problems, he said, "she is at low risk for anybody, particularly for somebody in her age group."
At her most recent exam in March, her blood pressure was 100 over 65. Her total cholesterol was 195; her LDL or "bad" cholesterol was 118, and her HDL or "good" cholesterol was 64 — all within healthy levels and not signaling the need for any medications.
The doctor noted that Clinton's father lived into his eighties and her mother, into her nineties. She has two brothers, and one had premature heart disease.
Due to her family history, she had full cardiac testing, including an ultrasound exam of arteries in her neck, and all was well.
Clinton's doctor said she exercises regularly — practicing yoga, swimming, walking, and weight training — and eats a diet rich in lean proteins, vegetables and fruits. She does not smoke and drinks alcohol "occasionally," Bardack wrote.

THE LAST WORD 07-31-15

Mass shootings have become an incredibly common occurrence in America. With every tragedy comes pleas for gun laws to change and prevent the loss of more lives. As the U.S. continues to grapple with a solution to the growing problem, Australia just marked 19 years since they experienced one of the worst massacres in their history. In 1996, a 28-year-old man opened fire in a Tasmanian tourist town, killing 35 people and seriously wounding 18 others. The country’s officials passed new gun laws less than two weeks later and Australia hasn’t suffered a similar incident since. MicGregory Krieg notes that there’s no fundamental right to bear arms in Australia, and their government is built for swift action. But if now’s not the right time for enacting more gun legislation in the U.S., how many lives will we have to lose before it is?


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Today In One Photo 07-31-15

Extreme protesters took an environmental battle to new heights by hanging from a Portland, Oregon, bridge to block the way of a Shell Oil icebreaker headed to the Arctic on a drilling mission. After facing the blockade, the ship headed back toward its dock Thursday. The protesters may have won their battle for now, but victory comes at a cost. (Don Ryan/Associated Press)


Beijing, China won the bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. Despite concerns over a lack of snow, the International Olympic Committee selected the city Friday morning, making it the first to host both summer and winter games. 
An investigation by the Associated Press released Thursday revealed that 2016 Olympic athletes will be swimming and boating in highly contaminated water. Samples of Rio de Janeiro’s water were reportedly "so contaminated with human feces that [athletes] risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games.” The Olympic Committee promised that the water would be up to standard in time for the event, but some athletes have already become ill while training.
An Orthodox Jewish man stabbed six people at Israel’s annual Pride parade. Yishai Schlissel was arrested Thursday for the attack that injured six and critically wounded at least one parade goer. He had just finished serving a prison sentence three weeks ago for the stabbing of three people at the same parade in 2005.
Ray Tensing pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter. Bond was set at $1 million Thursday for the former University of Cincinnati police officer charged with the fatal July 19 shooting of Samuel DuBose. Tensing was released on bond less than eight hours after entering his plea. Officials shared body camera footage of the incident Wednesday, and its release sparked another wave of calls for widespread body cameras.

Hillary Clinton: ‘Racial disparities go against everything I believe in’

Hillary Clinton: ‘Racial disparities go against everything I believe in’
During a speech at the National Urban League conference, Hillary Clinton talks about racial inequality in America, saying unfortunately, race determines who gets ahead in America and who gets left behind. She says this occurs because of discrimination that is still ongoing. Duration: 19:14 hillary clinton spoke on race in america at the gave a great speech today at National Urban League Conference Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, former Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL), Dr. Ben Carson, former Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD), and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) spoke at the National Urban League conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking to a mostly African American crowd here Friday morning, decried racial inequality and took an indirect swipe at Republican rival Jeb Bush, who will speak here later in the morning.

"The opportunity gap that America is facing is not just about economic inequality," said Clinton, mentioning the central theme of Democratic rival Bernie Sanders. "It is about racial inequality."

Clinton saved her most pointed criticism for Bush. While she did not mention his name, she called out "Right to Rise," the name of the pro-Bush super PAC operated by his top allies.

"I don't think you can credibly say that everyone has a right to rise and then say you're for phasing out Medicare or for repealing Obamacare," she said. "People can't rise when they can't afford health care."

She added: "And you cannot seriously talk about the right to rise and support laws that deny the right to vote."


Donald Trump: I Don't Blow Up

“I don’t blow up.”
That was Mr. Trump’s message to the CNN reporter Dana Bash as she interviewed him on Wednesday about a report of a court deposition he abruptly left when a lawyer involved in the case asked for a break to pump breast milk for her infant child.
The deposition dominated the discussion around Mr. Trump on Wednesday as the Republican presidential primary inches closer to the first debate.
In the interview, Mr. Trump was familiarly combative, insisting that the lawyer involved is a “horrible person who manufactured a negative story about him and is now posing as an expert on him for the news media.
The media scrubbing of Mr. Trump, as the current front-runner in opinion polls for the Republican nomination, has begun in earnest. But it remains to be seen whether any of the flare-ups around him will dent his poll numbers.
Some data suggest his support in New Hampshire dipped immediately after he insulted the war record of Senator John McCain, who is popular in the early primary state. But other polls in the aftermath showed him unscathed.
He is a celebrity candidate, and so far, he has proved to be fairly impervious to the types of questions that normally imperil a candidacy.

Is Rep. Trey Gowdy Feeding Malicious Lies and propaganda To NY Times About Hillary Clinton

Vox's Jonathan Allen suggested that House Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy knew about the request to the Justice Department regarding Hillary Clinton's email practices "at least a day" before The New York Times published its botched story relying on anonymous sources that "had it wrong" according to "a top-ranking editor directly involved" with the report. 
On July 23, the Times published a report headlined "Criminal Inquiry Sought In Clinton's Use Of Email" which stated that "[t]wo inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into whether Hillary Rodham Clinton mishandled sensitive government information on a private email account she used as secretary of state." The Times has since issued two corrections, acknowledging that the referral in question was not criminal and did not specifically request an investigation into Clinton herself. They have yet to correct the piece's remaining error to indicate that the referral was actually made by only one inspector general.
The Times public editor Margaret Sullivan published a column examining the problems with the error-riddled story, and acknowledged that the paper should have a discussion not only about increasing transparency, but also about its use of anonymous sources: "In my view, that must also include the rampant use of anonymous sources, and the need to slow down and employ what might seem an excess of caution before publishing a political blockbuster based on shadowy sources." According to Sullivan, a "a top-ranking editor directly involved with the story" explained "We got it wrong because our very good sources had it wrong."
In a July 28 Vox article, Jonathan Allen reported that Gowdy was "fully aware" of the request to the Justice Department before the Times broke its story, and noted that "Gowdy's team has been accused of leaking something untrue to a reporter before":
I don't know who the Times's sources are, but I do know this: My reporting suggests that House Benghazi Committee Chair Trey Gowdy was fully aware of the request to the Justice Department at least a day before the Times broke the story. If he or his staff were sources, it should have been incumbent upon the Times to check every detail with multiple unconnected sources. Gowdy's team has been accused of leaking something untrue to a reporter before.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democratic member on the House Select Committee on Benghazi essentially suggested on MSNBC's Hardball that Republicans on the Benghazi Committee were responsible for faulty information, and has previously criticized the "reckless pattern of selective Republican leaks and mischaracterizations of evidence relating to the Benghazi attacks" a claim supported by numerous examples


Parliament House Orlando’s 40th Anniversary- Documentary #throwbackthursdays #TBT

Orlando – With Parliament House Orlando’s 40th Anniversary Week drawing to a close, Parliament House shared a video created by one of their loyal patrons, David Bains, commemorating the last four decades of fun, memories, laughter, and drinks.
The documentary goes through the history of Parliament House and the Central Florida area starting with its beginning in 1962 as the Parliament House Motor Inn. It wasn’t until 1975 that Parliament House became the hotel, nightclub and restaurant that we all know and love today.

editors note wow I spent my sorta "Honeymoon" There in 1978, went back just for dinner and drinks a few years ago, I think they still had the same comforter on the bed in the room we stayed in
OMG Greg Peterman was my partner, I was so naive, I could not figure out why the phone would keep ringing late at night, and he would go for a walk, for hours, not only did he cheat on me for 13 years he cheated on our honeymoon- lol 

THE LAST WORD 07-30-15

A bill just cleared France’s senate that would make it illegal to insult the poor or discriminate against them in employment and housing matters. Breaking the proposed law could land a perpetrator in jail for up to three years, and could lead to a fine of $45,000 euros (nearly $50,000). The U.S. could look to this legislation as an example of what basic protections look like for this oft-discriminated against group. Mic’s Zeeshan Aleem notes that while people living in poverty in the U.S. have some legal protections, like the right to free counsel, they face abundant discrimination. As we ramp up efforts to protect marginalized groups on the basis of gender, race and sexual orientation, we should make sure we aren’t leaving socioeconomic class out of the conversation.


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Today IN ONE PHOTO 07-30-15

Whether you’re planning to vote for Donald Trump, or just enjoy Googling his name for the memes, you have to admit: Trump has been dominating media coverage of 2016 presidential candidates. While TV time might not equate to success on Election Day, the data shows that he might own the air until then.


The University of Cincinnati officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man was charged with murder. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters saidWednesday that if convicted, Ray Tensing could face life in prison for shooting Samuel DuBose during a July 19 off-campus traffic stop. "This is the most asinine act I've ever seen a police officer make," Deters said at a press conference. "It was unwarranted. It's an absolute tragedy that in the year 2015, anyone would behave in this manner." The Cincinnati Police Department has been looked at as a national model for law enforcement reform over the past decade, and this incident has the potential to quickly ruin their reputation.
Taliban leader Mullah Omar was confirmed dead by Afghan officials. Omar, a close friend and protector of Osama bin Laden and one of the most wanted men in the world, has been rumored to be dead before. But Wednesday’s report that he died in 2013 of health problems in Pakistan was deemed credible by the White House. The announcement came before a second round of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban was reportedly supposed to occur, but early Thursday Taliban officials said they were "not aware" of any such talks.
United Airlines was reportedly hacked. Bad news for frequent fliers: The same team who hacked into the Office of Personnel Management’s database also obtained records on millions of passengers who flew with one of the world’s biggest airlines. This latest hack, which occurred in late May or early June but wasn’t disclosed until Wednesday, raises questions of whether the perpetrators could be developing cyber weapons that could knock a nation’s infrastructure offline.
Want to see if your personal information has ever been exposed? This New York Times quiz will tell you.
A professional hunter arrested in the death of Cecil the lion appeared in court. Zimbabwean Theo Bronkhorst was charged Wednesday with “failing to supervise, control and take reasonable steps to prevent an unlawful hunt.” He and landowner Honest Ndlovu, who will appear in court at a later date, were reportedly paid $50,000 by Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer to facilitate the hunt. A petition demanding justice for Cecil went viral Wednesday.
Airplane debris found in the Indian Ocean appears to be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Authorities said Wednesday they're working on verifying that the wing piece belongs to the passenger flight that mysteriously went missing in March 2014.

Beatles Black Album From Movie: Boyhood #ThrowbackThursdays


I wanted to give you something for your birthday that money couldn’t buy, something that only a father could give a son, like a family heirloom. This is the best I could do. Apologies in advance.
I present to you: THE BEATLES’ BLACK ALBUM.
The only work I’ve ever been a part of that I feel any sense of pride for involves something born in a spirit of collaboration — not my idea or his or her idea, but some unforeseeable magic that happens in creativity when energies collide.
This is the best of John, Paul, George, and Ringo’s solo work, post-BEATLES. Basically I’ve put the band back together for you. There’s this thing that happens when you listen to too much of the solo stuff separately — too much Lennon: suddenly there’s a little too much self-involvement in the room; too much Paul and it can become sentimental — let’s face it, borderline goofy; too much George: I mean, we all have our spiritual side but it’s only interesting for about six minutes, ya know? Ringo: He’s funny, irreverent, and cool, but he can’t sing — he had a bunch of hits in the ’70s (even more than Lennon) but you aren’t gonna go home and crank up a Ringo Starr album start to finish, you’re just not gonna do that. When you mix up their work, though, when you put them side by side and let them flow — they elevate each other, and you start to hear it: T H E B E A T L E S.
Just listen to the whole CD, OK?
I guess it was the fact that Lennon was shot and killed at 40 (one of Lennon’s last fully composed songs was “Life Begins at 40,” which he wrote for Ringo — I couldn’t bring myself to include it on the mix as the irony still does not make me laugh) and that I just turned 40 myself that conjured this BLACK ALBUM. I listen to this music and for some reason (maybe the ongoing, metamorphosing pain of my divorce from your mother) I am filled with sadness that John & Paul’s friendship turned so bitter. I know, I know, I know, it has nothing to do with me, but damn it, tell me again why love can’t last. Why do we give in to pettiness? Why did they? Why do we so often see gifts as threats? Differences as shortcomings? Why can we not see that our friction could be used to polish one another?
I read a little anecdote about when John’s mother died:
He was an angry teenager — a switchblade in his pocket, a cigarette in his lips, sex on his mind. At a memorial service for his “unstable” and suddenly dead mom (whom he’d just recently been getting close to), he — pissed off and drunk — punched a bandmate in the face and stormed out of the memorial reception. Paul, several years his junior — a young boy, really, who didn’t yet care about girls, who was clearly UNCOOL, and who was let into the band despite his lack of badass-ness and sexual prowess due to the fact that even at 14 he could play the shit out of the guitar — chased John out onto the street saying, “John, why are you being such a jerk?”
John said, “My mum’s fuckin’ dead!”
Paul said, “You never even once asked me about my mum.”
“What about her?”
“…My mum’s dead too.”
They hugged in the middle of the suburban street. John apparently said, “Can we please start a fucking rock ‘n’ roll band?”
This story answered a question that had lingered in my brain my whole music-listening life: If The Beatles were only together 10 years and the members of the band were so young that entire time, how did they manage to write “Help,” “Fool on the Hill,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “Yesterday,” “A Day in the Life”? They were just 25-year-old boys with a gaggle of babes outside their hotel room door and as much champagne as a young lad could stand. How did they set their minds to such substantive artistic goals?
They did it because they were in pain. They knew that love does not last. They knew it as extremely young men.
With the BLACK ALBUM, we get to hear the boys write on adult life: marriage, fatherhood, sobriety, spiritual yearning, the emptiness of material success — “Starting Over,” “Maybe I’m Amazed,” “Beautiful Boy,” “The No No Song,” “God” — and still they are keenly aware of this fact: Love does not last.
I don’t want it to be true. I want Lennon/McCartney to write beautifully together forever, but is that really the point? I mean if the point of a rose was to last forever, it would be made of stone, right? So how do we handle this idea with grace and maturity? If you’re a romantic like me, it’s hard not to long for some indication of healing between the two of them. All signs point that way.
When Paul went on SNL recently, he played almost all LENNON. And he did it with obvious joy.
Listen to McCartney’s “Here Today.”
Can you listen to “Two of Us” (the last song they wrote side by side) and not hurt a little? What were those two motherless boys who hugged in the middle of the road so long ago thinking as they wrote “The two of us have memories longer then the road that stretches out ahead”?
The dynamic of their breakup, like any divorce, is mysterious. Some say that Paul, the pupil, had surpassed John, the mentor, and they couldn’t reach a new balance. Some say Paul was a little snot who bought the publishing rights out from underneath the other three. Others say without Brian Epstein there was no mediator between their egos. Who knows.
I played Samantha “Hey Jude” the other day, and of course she listened to it over and over. I told her the song had been written by McCartney for Lennon’s son after Lennon’s divorce and she listened even more intently. George once said that “Hey Jude” was the beginning of the end for the Beatles. Brian Epstein had just died and John & Paul were left alone to run the brand-new Apple label. They recorded “Hey Jude” and “Revolution” as a single. Normally, Brian would decide which song was the A-side and which was the B-side, but now it was up to the boys. John thought “Revolution” was an important political rock song and that they needed to establish themselves as an adult band. Paul thought “Revolution” was brilliant but that The Beatles were primarily a pop band and so they should lead with “Hey Jude.” He knew it would be a monster hit and that the politics should come on a subversive B-side. They had a vote. “Hey Jude” won 3-1. George said that John felt Paul had pulled off a kind of coup d’etat. He wasn’t visibly upset but he began to withdraw. It was no longer his band.
The irony/punch line of this story is another story I once heard: When the “Hey Jude”/”Revolution” single was hot off the press, the boys had the mischievous idea of bringing their own new single to a Rolling Stones record-release listening party. Mick Jagger says that once the Fab Four arrived and let word of their new single slip — just as Side 1 of the Stones’ big new album was finishing — everyone clamored to hear it. Once The Beatles were on, they just kept flipping the single over and over. Side 2 of BEGGARS BANQUET never even found the needle.
So no matter how mad John was, he wasn’t that mad…
Once when John was asked whether he would ever play with Paul again, he answered: “It would always be about, ‘Play what?’ It’s about the music. We play well together — if he had an idea and needed me, I’d be interested.”
I love that.
Maybe the lesson is: Love doesn’t last, but the music love creates just might.
Your mom and I couldn’t make love last, but you are the music, my man.
“And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love…”
I love you. Happy birthday.
Your Dad

Listen to tracks from Hawke’s The Black Album  compilation:

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And, for completion’s sake, the full Black Album

Disc 1:

1. Paul McCartney & Wings, “Band on the Run”
2. George Harrison, “My Sweet Lord”
3. John Lennon feat. The Flux Fiddlers & the Plastic Ono Band, “Jealous Guy”
4. Ringo Starr, “Photograph”
5. John Lennon, “How?”
6. Paul McCartney, “Every Night”
7. George Harrison, “Blow Away”
8. Paul McCartney, “Maybe I’m Amazed”
9. John Lennon, “Woman”
10.Paul McCartney & Wings, “Jet”
11. John Lennon, “Stand by Me”
12. Ringo Starr, “No No Song”
13. Paul McCartney, “Junk”
14. John Lennon, “Love”
15. Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney, “The Back Seat of My Car”
16. John Lennon, “Watching the Wheels”
17. John Lennon, “Mind Games”
18. Paul McCartney & Wings, “Bluebird”
19. John Lennon, “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)”
20. George Harrison, “What Is Life”
Disc 2:
1. John Lennon, “God”
2. Wings, “Listen to What the Man Said”
3. John Lennon, “Crippled Inside”
4. Ringo Starr, “You’re Sixteen You’re Beautiful (And You’re Mine)”
5. Paul McCartney & Wings, “Let Me Roll It”
6. John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band, “Power to the People”
7. Paul McCartney, “Another Day”
8. George Harrison, “If Not For You (2001 Digital Remaster)”
9. John Lennon, “(Just Like) Starting Over”
10. Wings, “Let ‘Em In”
11. John Lennon, “Mother”
12. Paul McCartney & Wings, “Helen Wheels”
13. John Lennon, “I Found Out”
14. Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney, “Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey”
15. John Lennon, Yoko Ono & The Plastic Ono Band, “Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)”
15. George Harrison, “Not Guilty (2004 Digital Remaster)”
16. Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney, “Heart of the Country”
17. John Lennon, “Oh Yoko!”
18. Wings, “Mull of Kintyre”
19. Ringo Starr, “It Don’t Come Easy”
Disc 3:
1. John Lennon, “Grow Old With Me (2010 Remaster)”
2. Wings, “Silly Love Songs”
3. The Beatles, “Real Love”
4. Paul McCartney & Wings, “My Love”
5. John Lennon, “Oh My Love”
6. George Harrison, “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)”
7. Paul McCartney, “Pipes of Peace”
8. John Lennon, “Imagine”
9. Paul McCartney, “Here Today”
10. George Harrison, “All Things Must Pass”
11. Paul McCartney, “And I Love Her (Live on MTV Unplugged)”

THE LAST WORD 07-29-15

George Washington University just became the largest top-ranking private school to drop standardized tests scores as an admissions requirement. The SAT has been used as a way to judge academic ability since the early 20th century, but as Mic’s Zeeshan Aleem writes, it is becoming increasingly apparent that there are significant downsides to using standardized test scores as a criteria for admission. Since the scores tend to correlate with household income, colleges may be unconsciously weeding out certain candidates and creating a major lack of diversity. Perhaps other schools should follow GWU’s example. Imagine what could happen if we looked at academic performance metrics that aren’t influenced by a student’s ability to afford an SAT prep class.


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