Monday, October 22, 2018

Oct. 22, 2018
Millions of pounds of ready-to-eat salads and premade food items including entrees, burritos, wraps and pizzas at several big name retailers such as Harris Teeter, Kroger, Whole Foods, 7-Eleven, Trader Joe's and Walmart have been recalled due to the potential risk of listeria and salmonella contamination.
Oct. 22, 2018
Hurricane Warnings for Mexico as Hurricane Willa Intensifies to Category 5
[It has since weakened to Category 4, still very dangerous.]
Oct. 22, 2018
Several days of torrential rain have caused flooding in eastern and southern Spain. At least one person has died and dozens rescued or evacuated.
The heavy rain began on 18 October, 2018, particularly in the Valencia region where Vinaròs in Castellón Province recorded 374.6 mm [14.7 in] in 24 hours to 19 October. AEMET said that 159.2 mm [6.3 in] of rain in Vinaròs fell in just 1 hour.
This week, floods in Americas [Trinidad and Tobago, Columbia, Texas], Africa [Tunisia], Asia [Qatar, Oman, Yemen, Indonesia], Europe [Spain, France, UK]

Global warming is causing increased flooding around the world, and some seniors, including my own father, have flat out told me that they don't care because they don't expect it to affect them. It is already affecting people around the world, including a lot of seniors from severe weather. But they expect their children and grandchildren to pay for their social security, medicare, and medicaid.
Nov. 16, 2016
It turns out that Medicare payroll taxes fully fund Part A hospital expenses (together with your share of uncovered Part A expenses), but that is literally where the buck stops. Expenses for Parts B, C (Medicare Advantage) and D (prescription drugs) are paid mostly by Uncle Sam, to the tune of nearly $250 billion. And this is, by the way, not a fixed line item in the federal budget but more of a blank check every year.
So while I not only support and respect seniors, and in fact have become a member of the seniors’ club myself, please do not attempt to blow smoke on me or anyone else by saying that you’ve paid for your Medicare. You haven’t, and I haven’t either. I happen to think my tax dollars are relatively well spent by Medicare and that supporting the health needs of older Americans is one of the best things this country and government do. But it doesn’t come close to paying for itself, and the gap will get larger and larger as baby boomers inevitably succumb to the realities of aging bodies and rising health care expenses. This doesn’t mean I support cutting Medicare benefits. Far from it. Today’s seniors deserve quality health care.
Oct. 22, 2018
The Museum of the Bible is withdrawing five fragments it had thought were part of the Dead Sea Scrolls after lab tests indicated that they could be fakes.
The museum in Washington, D.C., said in a statement Monday that it sent the fragments for testing to a lab Germany in April 2017 and had learned that the five fragments "show characteristics inconsistent with ancient origin."

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