Tuesday, December 22, 2015

We Ran Hillary Clinton’s Symptoms Through WebMD And The Diagnosis Isn’t Pretty

The Daily Caller ^ | 22 Dec 2015 | Steve Guest 

Hillary Clinton’s health has become the focus of many people’s concerns, so, with the help of WebMD, The Daily Caller offers up the following diagnosis. (RELATED: Limbaugh On Clinton’s LONG Bathroom Break: ‘Where Are Her Medical Records?’ [VIDEO])
According to a WebMD diagnosis, the 68-year-old Clinton should really check to see if she has a urinary tract infection.
The symptoms, as observed by TheDC and entered into WebMD include fatigue, mood swings, swelling, weight gain, impaired judgment, confusion, slurring words, frequent urination, and bald spots.
These symptoms characterize such possible conditions as — in order of likelihood — urinary tract infection (UTI), medication reaction or side-effect, overeating, depression, Type 2 Diabetes, hypothyroidism, acute sinusitis or acute stress reaction.
Arriving at these symptoms was made possible by scouring the selected medical records released by her doctor Lisa Bardack, and news reports relating to her mental and physical comings and goings.
Clinton’s latest physical from March 21, 2015 indicates the haggard presidential candidate deals with hypothyroidism and seasonal allergies, and she is on a long-term anticoagulant. In 1998 and 2009, Clinton faced deep vein thrombosis.
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Sen. Cruz Goes After Sen. McConnell For Being Democrats' Puppet

Breitbart ^ | 12/21/2015 | Michelle Fields 

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)97% went after House Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)46% Monday, arguing that he works for Democrats , including Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) ,to help get their liberal policies passed in Congress. "I have said that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is the most effective Democratic leader in modern times" wrote Cruz in Politico. He added:
But don't take my word for it. Take Sen. Chuck Schumer's, the vice chair of the Senate Democratic conference. Today Sen. Schumer summed up what's wrong with Washington when he told Politico, "Sen. McConnell wants to see the Senate work. But the good news for [Democrats] is, to make it work, he has to do basically our agenda."
Cruz also went after the record of Republican leadership in the Senate.
"Since taking control of the Senate, Republican leadership has joined hands with a majority of Democrats to thwart their own caucus' efforts to stop the Obama agenda 24 times. During each of these 24 votes, this so-called Republican majority successfully passed legislation with a majority of Democrats in support and a majority of Republicans opposed."
Last week, Schumer gloated over the Democrats' win in the 2016 budget talks, and declared that:
“Well, if you would've told me this year that we'd be standing here celebrating the passage of an omnibus bill, with no poison pill riders, at higher [spending] levels above sequesters than even the president requested, I wouldn't have believed it, but here we are. Almost anything, the Republican leadership in the Senate achieved this year, they achieved on Democratic terms… Democrats had an amazingly good year."
Since his election in 2012, Cruz and McConnell have clashed repeatedly over conservative priorities.
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2017 Ford GT: The Star-Spangled, 600-plus-hp Hypercar!

Car and Driver ^ | Jan, 2015 | Alexander Stoklosa 

"Engineered to keep company with exotics" is how Ford modestly refers to its bombshell 2015 Detroit auto show debut, the GT hypercar. The concept's appearance wasn't a huge surprise, as we learned months ago that Ford was taking a new GT to Le Mans in 2016, and such a car must be homologated. But as it slinked onto a stage at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena, Ford kept feeding us a host of stats that had our jaws opening wider by the second. It packs more than 600 horsepower. It utilizes full carbon-fiber construction and body panels. It has active aerodynamics. The new GT is poised to not only keep company with other exotics, but perhaps also force them to up their game.
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Climate change shock: Burning fossil fuels 'COOLS planet', says NASA

Express UK ^ | December 21, 2015 | By JON AUSTIN 

BURNING fossil fuels and cutting down trees causes global COOLING, a shock new NASA study has found.

Major theories about what causes temperatures to rise have been thrown into doubt after NASA found the Earth has cooled in areas of heavy industrialization where more trees have been lost and more fossil fuel burning takes place.

Environmentalists have long argued the burning of fossil fuels in power stations and for other uses is responsible for global warming and predicted temperature increases because of the high levels of carbon dioxide produced - which causes the global greenhouse effect.

While the findings did not dispute the effects of carbon dioxide on global warming, they found aerosols - also given off by burning fossil fuels - actually cool the local environment, at least temporarily.

The research was carried out to see if current climate change models for calculating future temperatures were taking into account all factors and were accurate.

A NASA spokesman said: "To quantify climate change, researchers need to know the Transient Climate Response (TCR) and Equilibrium Climate Sensitivity (ECS) of Earth.

"Both values are projected global mean surface temperature changes in response to doubled atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations but on different timescales.

"TCR is characteristic of short-term predictions, up to a century out, while ECS looks centuries further into the future, when the entire climate system has reached equilibrium and temperatures have stabilized."

The spokesman said it was "well known" that aerosols such as those emitted in volcanic eruptions and power stations, act to cool Earth, at least temporarily, by reflecting solar radiation away from the planet.

He added: "In a similar fashion, land use changes such as deforestation in northern latitudes result in bare land that increases reflected sunlight."

Kate Marvel, a climatologist at GISS and the paper’s lead author, said the results showed the "complexity" of estimating future global temperatures.

She said: "Take sulfate aerosols, which are created from burning fossil fuels and contribute to atmospheric cooling.

"They are more or less confined to the northern hemisphere, where most of us live and emit pollution.

"There's more land in the northern hemisphere, and land reacts quicker than the ocean does to these atmospheric changes.

"Because earlier studies do not account for what amounts to a net cooling effect for parts of the northern hemisphere, predictions for TCR and ECS have been lower than they should be."

The study found existing models for climate change had been too simplistic and did not account for these factors.

The spokesman said: "There have been many attempts to determine TCR and ECS values based on the history of temperature changes over the last 150 years and the measurements of important climate drivers, such as carbon dioxide.

"As part of that calculation, researchers have relied on simplifying assumptions when accounting for the temperature impacts of climate drivers other than carbon dioxide, such as tiny particles in the atmosphere known as aerosols, for example.

Climate scientist Gavin Schmidt, the director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York and a co-author on the study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, said: "The assumptions made to account for these drivers are too simplistic and result in incorrect estimates of TCR and ECS.

"The problem with that approach is that it falls way short of capturing the individual regional impacts of each of those variables," he said, adding that only within the last ten years has there been enough available data on aerosols to abandon the simple assumption and instead attempt detailed calculations.

But, rather than being good news, NASA has concluded the lack of taking these factors into account means existing climate change models have underestimated at the future impact on global temperatures will be.

NASA researchers at GISS accomplished a first ever feat by calculating the temperature impact of each of these variables -- greenhouse gases, natural and manmade aerosols, ozone concentrations, and land use changes -- based on historical observations from 1850 to 2005 using a massive ensemble of computer simulations.

The spokesman said: "Analysis of the results showed that these climate drivers do not necessarily behave like carbon dioxide, which is uniformly spread throughout the globe and produces a consistent temperature response; rather, each climate driver has a particular set of conditions that affects the temperature response of Earth.

"Because earlier studies do not account for what amounts to a net cooling effect for parts of the northern hemisphere, predictions for TCR and ECS have been lower than they should be.

"This means that Earth's climate sensitivity to carbon dioxide -- or atmospheric carbon dioxide's capacity to affect temperature change -- has been underestimated, according to the study."

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which draws its TCR estimate from earlier research, places the future estimate rise at 1.8 degrees F (1.0 degree C).

But the new NASA study dovetails with a GISS study published last year that puts the TCR value at 3.0 degrees F (1.0 degees C).

Mr Schmidt said: "If you've got a systematic underestimate of what the greenhouse gas-driven change would be, then you're systematically underestimating what's going to happen in the future when greenhouse gases are by far the dominant climate driver."

Will Ted Cruz Be the Candidate to Unite the Blue-Collar and White-Collar Wings of the GOP?

New York Magazine's Daily Intelligencer ^ | December 21, 2015 | Ed Kilgore 

It's been obvious for months to anyone reading polls that break down by educational levels that Donald Trump's main support base isn't among conservatives, or moderates, or old folks, or new folks, but among non-college-educated Republicans. This helps explain why he gets away with defying GOP-elite orthodoxy on issues like immigration and trade and entitlements; his white working-class fans have bonded with Republicans over cultural more than economic issues, and don't particularly agree with the country-club wing of the party on a lot of policy issues.
But what about those college-educated Republicans who do favor free trade and "entitlement reform" and maybe guest-worker status for undocumented immigrants so as to make sure the gardens get tended and the meals cooked?
At FiveThirtyEight today, the Cook Political Report's outstanding analyst David Wasserman looks at the highly educated cadre of GOP voters that flocked to Mitt Romney's upscale banner in 2012, and speculates that a consolidation of such voters — like Mitt accomplished against the divided downscale support bases of Gingrich and Santorum — might carry the day this time as well. Who might benefit from this well-heeled coalition? Perhaps Marco Rubio, who, as Wasserman notes, has the highest college-to-non-college ratio of support in the field, at least in recent polls. Or perhaps the Establishment candidates battling Rubio for pretty much the same votes in New Hampshire, like Christie, Kasich and Bush....
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Donald Trump May Not Be In Any ISIS Recruitment Videos - But Guess Which Notorious 'Fornicator' Is?

dailymail.co.uk ^ | 21 December 2015 

A propaganda video the ISIS terror army released last month in several languages used the image of former U.S. President Bill Clinton as a rallying point, calling him a 'fornicator' whose wishes were carried out by America's military in the last decade of the 20th Century.
The four-minute video, titled 'No Respite,' urges male Muslims to take up the cause of the ISIS 'caliphate' and counter the influence of America.
Conservative bloggers leapt on it Monday to cry hypocrisy.
Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party's front-runner to succeed President Barack Obama, claimed during a primary debate on Saturday that Donald Trump's heated anti-Muslim rhetoric had become a recruiting tool for the Middle Eastern terrorists.
ISIS, she insisted during the New Hampshire event, is 'going to people showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists.'
That claim has yet to be proven. Trump demanded an apology on Monday - and the former secretary of state's campaign shot back a terse refusal.
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Presidential Front-Runners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Face Off

wsj.com ^ | Byron Tau 

Mrs. Clinton has been dogged by media coverage and Republican-led congressional inquiries focused on her handling of the 2012 Benghazi, Libya, terror attack and her use of personal email for official business at the State Department.
In a Wall Street Journal/NBC News October poll, Mrs. Clinton was rated poorly for being "honest and straightforward," with 50% of registered voters giving her low marks, including 40% who gave her the lowest possible rating.
Experts who study terrorism say the evidence is thin that Mr. Trump, who urged a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. and mosque surveillance after the Paris and California attacks, has been a specific focus in terrorism recruitment and propaganda to date.
"The claim that ISIS has featured Trump in its videos is untrue, to the best of my knowledge," said J.M. Berger, a terrorism researcher and fellow at the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at the Brookings Institution in Washington. "They do talk about him and his comments on social media, as a vindication of their views on how the West treats Muslims, but so far, not in an organized or overwhelming way."
Civilian casualties from Western airstrikes are more often used to promote a sense of victimhood and the narrative that Islam is at war with the West, a study by the counter-extremism think tank Quilliam Foundation found. Many of those strikes are carried out by the U.S. military, an anti-Islamic State tactic endorsed by most presidential candidates.
"Collateral damage is the Islamic State propagandist's friend; dead babies and maimed children are instrumentalised, routinely integrated into a catalogue of crimes that have been perpetrated by the 'enemy,' " the report's author concluded about the damage inflicted by bombing and airstrikes.
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Trump Spells Trouble for Clinton

The American Spectator ^ | December 22, 2015 | By Ross Kaminsky 

If recent polls from more than half a dozen reputable polling organizations are to be believed, of the six leading Republican candidates for president Donald Trump is the one least likely to defeat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 general election.
Polling can be and has often been wrong, sometimes spectacularly so, but Trump's electability gap has been a consistent feature of his primary campaign as a fire-breathing self-funding willing-to-say-anything non-politician politician.
However, even if you believe (as I do) the conventional wisdom that Hillary Clinton is "clearly itching to run against Mr. Trump," he nevertheless poses a substantial threat to her presidential aspirations in advance of November's elections.
The Donald has a remarkable ability to break through conventional restrictions on acceptable political conversation and to make people think about issues in ways opponents call "extreme" but which resonate among much of the American public. Beyond his often nativist and economically illiterate base, he is having this effect, whether for good or for ill, on millions of Americans who would not consider voting for Mr. Trump in a general election.
It's not so much that Donald Trump breaks new ground in his pronouncements; rather he amplifies what many are already thinking even if in some cases, such as his persistent denigration of free trade as "America losing" or the suggestion that most Mexican illegal aliens are dangerous criminals, the Trump base and their brash human amplifier are wrong.
(complete article at link)
http://spectator.org/articles/65011/trump-spells-trouble-clinton
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