Is this why going to church is so healthy?

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It’s well known that going to church helps you to live longer. Now some scientists think they know a reason not previously considered.

Here comes a big word: telomeres. Here’s an explanation.

“Telomeres are the caps at the end of each strand of DNA that protect our chromosomes, like the plastic tips at the end of shoelaces.Without the coating, shoelaces become frayed until they can no longer do their job, just as without telomeres, DNA strands become damaged and our cells can’t do their job.”

Hang in there. A 2016 study published in the journal Social Science & Medicine that found:

“Adults who frequently attend religious services, pray with regularity, and consider themselves to be religious tend to exhibit longer telomeres than those who attend and pray less frequently and do not consider themselves to be religious.”

Did Jesus understand telomeres?

~ A.D. Litem

 

Three things The Donald has done for you

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Here are three things the media won’t tell you. Notice how The Donald is focused on the things that affect how you live.

Team Trump just called a halt to the Obama-era war on American suburbs

Many folks don’t even know about one of his best accomplishments: blocking the federal government’s power grab for control of America’s suburbs. During the Obama administration, the Department of Housing and Urban Development tried to install Washington bureaucrats as the decision makers for how communities across all 50 states should grow. Using an obscure rule,  HUD sought to remake America’s cities, towns and villages by forcing any community that was getting federal funds to meet racial quotas.

Trump’s order limits Washington ‘dictates’ on K-12 schools

Among the many campaign promises President Donald Trump has followed through on in 2019 is returning control of schools to the state and local level. Trump signed an executive order — the “Education Federalism Executive Order” — which called for a review of Obama-era regulations and guidance for school districts and directs Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to modify or repeal measures she deems an overreach by the federal government,

Trump Admin to End War on Incandescent Light Bulbs

The Trump administration has finalized a decision to roll back a 2007 rule calling for energy-efficient light bulbs, a move that states including New York and California are challenging in the courts. “The American people will continue to have a choice on how they light their homes,” said Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette.

Great moments in rhetoric

“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.”  ~ Søren Kierkegaard

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What we’re hearing:

“We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow and when she gives birth, we steal her baby. Even though her cries of anguish are unmistakable. And then we take her milk that’s intended for her calf and we put it in our coffee and our cereal.” ~ Actor Joaquin Phoenix at the Oscars

“You’re a lying dog-faced pony soldier.” Joe Biden to student in New Hampshire

“I’m very aware that racism and oppression in this country have left a long legacy. And it creates the kind of toxicity where people — power structures, people take advantage of other people.” ~ Elizabeth Warren after six “women of color” quit her campaign

“It’s not a sizzling, glamorous issue, but the shape of our democracy is the issue that affects every other issue.” Pete Buttigieg on the campaign trail

“CNN has people on the payroll who they pay to tell their lies to the CNN audience, in the middle of a CNN hour for some number of minutes, so Trump knows if you watch CNN, at least you’ll hear someone lying in his favor. That’s one of the reasons why he attacks CNN.” ~ MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell

“I have, unfortunately, responsibilities to save our country from peril this weekend.” ~ Nancy Pelosi on why she will miss a 49ers playoff game

“You know, this idea and this metaphor of a bootstrap started off as a joke because it’s a physical impossibility to lift yourself up by a bootstrap, by your shoelaces? It’s physically impossible. The whole thing is a joke.” ~ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

~ Splanchnic

Crazy Years: Top Ten Reasons We Know

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Here are the Top Ten Reasons we know these are the Crazy Years.

10. Pelosi’s ‘Impeachment Pens’ Could Fetch $1.5 Million At Auction

9. And There It Is… Democrat Candidate Blames Trump for Iowa Caucus Train Wreck

8. New York Requires Citizens to Obtain ‘Stargazing Permit’ To Admire the Stars in Public Parks

7. Mommy Can’t Talk Right Now — She’s Dopamine Fasting

6, U.S. Army Funds ‘Fully Automated Microaggression Detector’ to ‘Catch Implicit Bias’ In The Workplace

5. Call your animal a ‘companion’ instead of a pet: PETA chief says term is derogatory because it makes living things sound like a ‘commodity’ or ‘decoration’

4. Baltimore County hasn’t recycled glass in 7 years, but officials say residents still shouldn’t throw it out

3. Why liberal white women pay a lot of money to learn over dinner how they’re racist

2. Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for climate activism

And the No. 1 reason we know these are the crazy year:

1. Schiff: If You Don’t Convict Trump He Might Give Alaska Back to Russia

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~ Moloch

Surveillance Society: Your car is watching you

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Your Smart Vehicle Is Recording Your Every Move. Modern cars roll out of factories packed with cellular connections, powerful processors and growing suite of sensors, including cameras, radar and microphones. That’s turning them into the next information goldmine, rivaling the data-creating capabilities of smartphones.

Ring Doorbell App Packed with Third-Party Trackers. An investigation by EFF of the Ring doorbell app for Android found it to be packed with third-party trackers sending out a plethora of customers’ personally identifiable information (PII). Four main analytics and marketing companies were discovered to be receiving information such as the names, private IP addresses, mobile network carriers, persistent identifiers, and sensor data on the devices of paying customers.

Leaked Documents Expose the Secretive Market for Your Web Browsing Data. An Avast antivirus subsidiary sells ‘Every search. Every click. Every buy. On every site.’ Its clients have included Home Depot, Google, Microsoft, Pepsi, and McKinsey. (After this investigation, Avast announced it will stop the Jumpshot data collection.)

Hospitals Are Turning Over Detailed Medical Records to Big Tech Giants. Hospitals have reportedly granted Microsoft, IBM, Amazon, and Google access to detailed patient information as part of deals to process millions of medical records.

A facial recognition company dug up billions of photos from Facebook and beyond. A New York Times deep-dive into a facial recognition AI tool sold to law enforcement agencies uncovered that the company has amassed more than three billion images. Those images are scraped from all corners of the internet from social media sites to companies’ “About Us” pages.  That’s way more than the typical police or even FBI database.

~ Scheherazade