Monthly Archives: September 2016

Can OPEC members reach an oil reduction agreement?

Will the faint rise in OPEC’s oil prices improve the United States economy, or will it continue to decline as usual? This bothered me because the glut in oil production ruined the price of oil in the United States in 2008. The answer lay in whether the nations of OPEC: Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, were able to reach an agreement on November 30 in Geneva as to how much to reduce their oil output.

Right now, the biggest issue among the OPEC nations is how much each member is to reduce oil production. The catalyst being Iran, who did not want to reduce the number of barrels of oil it produced. This also went against the rules Saudi Arabia followed. Being its biggest producer, they had the idea that by over production, they were able to drive other American producers, who produced shale oil, oil from rock sediment and clay, out of business.

Saudi Arabia and Russia relied on oil to improve their economies. Of late, they all suffered. Saudi Arabia had to cut spending on public programs in its economy to absorb the loss of low output and save their financial reserves. Iran is still suffering from the imposed sanctions of 30 years ago. They were one of the last holdouts to the November 30 agreement. Other countries, like Lybia and Nigeria were also turning to oil for economic growth after years of infighting. Apparently, Russia might have failed in trying to open up an oil and gas pipeline through the Ukraine into Syria, where it had a base to fight ISIS. If Vladamir Putin had what he needed, he wouldn’t have to sit at the OPEC bargaining table.

Even though this OPEC oil reduction was meant to hold up the price of oil, it might cause further ruffled fir among the members if the United States continued shale oil drilling. That’s why this price war was created. A cut in production could boost oil prices through this untraditional method of drilling for oil and steady the market.

OPEC has so far only reached a preliminary agreement to strike a deal to cut production by 200,000 to 700,000 barrels a day, from 33.2 million barrels. The breakdown of which countries will trim output is expected to be worked out by its November meeting. But BofA points out that Saudi Arabia normally cuts back at this time of year. the Saudis produced about 10.6 million barrels a day last month.

“After all, Saudi has cut production seasonally by 320,000 (barrels per day) every year between July and January. The move in Algiers may reflect the impending fiscal pressures, as many OPEC government budgets are starved for cash. Also, it is critical to remember that pegged currency regimes across many oil producers have put a huge strain on foreign exchange reserves in key OPEC members,” the BofA analysts wrote.

As for the U.S., domestic oil production has been around 8.5 million barrels a day recently, down by about 1.1 million barrels a day from the all-time high in the spring of 2015. In November 2014, OPEC, led by Saudi Arabia, gave up on production levels and opted for a new strategy of letting the market determine oil prices. Producers, from the U.S. to Russia and Saudi Arabia, kept pumping and created a giant oil glut. Oil plunged, and ultimately hit a bottom in February 2016 at just about $26 per barrel.

Saudi Arabia’s aim went beyond revamping their economy. They also wanted less dependent on oil in its Vision 2030, where two-thirds of the jobs existed in the public sector. Right now, though, their role was to steady the fledgling oil market. Let’s hope they can.

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Monday’s debate finally had a ‘winner’ after many polls

Ok, Monday’s debate took some time to ingest. Before commenting on the much anticipated forum, this blogger noticed a few things about the two candidates that squared off for 90 minutes. As a nation, it feels like all of us have forgotten our roots and what we stood for as Americans. This blogger is going to put aside the lies and half-truths told by both sides.

Race will always be an issue as long as there is mistrust between the community and police. What some of the die hard Republican supporters of DonaldTrump refuse to see is how he alienated half of the minorities in the country, including the military, which he was unfit for. When there is mandatory frisking done to African Americans anyone else of color or nationality, there will always be some sort of racial profiling done that borders the law and its legality. What was Donald Trump going to do, send troops in to trample over the rioters? They already don’t respect or trust the police. Re-establishing trust between protectors and the people came before ‘law and order’ so Hilary Clinton had it right.

Their tax plans differ just like their personalities. Trump believed that by giving the top 1%, the largest cut, in taxes, it would trickle down to the middle class and beyond. Lets get real here, guys. Donald Trump’s plan has a lot of holes in it. First of all, he is assuming that under his plan, which raised the national deficit 39.2% rather than reducing it, that there will be jobs and economic growth. It also didn’t say what the middle class would pay in taxes either. Would they be equal to the top 1% or get the 15% ?

At least Hilary Clinton wanted to raise the minimum wage and give small businesses tax incentives and offer child care to struggling families and paid sick leave to take care of an ill family member or members. Yes, the minimum wage has been raised, but not without pain for those that did not have the budget to offer  higher wages to new workers. I remember when $3.25 an hour was the going rate for the longest time. By the time I started working it was $4.25 an hour at first, but my second job paid $5.25. Her tax plan was more moderate. It also reduced the deficit by 11.2%. Right now, families paid out of pocket for child care or chose to stay home until their child was school aged. My mother didn’t want us to be latch key children, so she stayed home till all of us were in school.

I doubt very seriously, whether there will ever be free college tuition. A lot of my friends from Germany were in high school taking college courses. Their country paid for their education, just like the students from Africa and the Caribbean. A few people known be me got to do this too through the Spectrum Program. I’m not sure whether it was free though.

Now that the polls are in, it is clear that Hilary Clinton won the first debate. As stated before, she had the tact and poise needed to move in these kind of circles, unlike Donald Trump. She is a wife of a former president and a First Lady.

While Lester Holt maintained order, or tried to, Donald Trump refused to stay silent while Clinton answered questions. Today, he claimed that there was something wrong with the mike. We all heard him try to talk over Hilary and completely ignore Holt’s redirection and reprimand for interrupting. No wonder he felt invisible, bruised and subjective. What Trump did was down right rude. Media wasn’t corrupt, he just lacked self control. In this sense, he embarrassed himself. Trump got knocked on his rump. As a further sting, the Arizona Republic refused to endorse the Republican candidate because of his past behavior and banter on stage during the debate.

My mind hadn’t been changed either. My vote was reaffirmed.

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Chrohn's Disease break through

Science finds break through for Crohn’s Disease sufferers

Science is closing in on Crohn’s Disease, a debilitating inflammatory bowel disease, which causes severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss, and fatigue. Part of the equation is the fugus recently found in the gut. The other part, found this week, were two bacteria that played a major role in how the person developed the disease.

My mother suffers from a form of Chrohn’s Disease, called Ileitis,, formerly Regional Ileitis. This affects primarily the small and large intestines, but which can occur anywhere in the digestive system between the mouth and the anus. In her case, it affected the stomach. Certain things in her diet cause blockage in the small intestines that cause pain, diarrhea, and nausea.

The list of hazzard foods get longer every year. Things like broccoli, cabbage, stuffing, apple, grape skins, orange juice pulp, etc.

 “Essentially, patients with Crohn’s have abnormal immune responses to these bacteria, which inhabit the intestines of all people. While most researchers focus their investigations on these bacteria, few have examined the role of fungi, which are also present in everyone’s intestines. Our study adds significant new information to understanding why some people develop Crohn’s disease. Equally important, it can result in a new generation of treatments, including medications and probiotics, which hold the potential for making qualitative and quantitative differences in the lives of people suffering from Crohn’s.”

In the past, studies found that E coli bacteria had been a major factor in Crohn’s sufferers. Now there were two more, Serratia marcescens and the fungus Candida tropicalis, are contributors to this disease too. The main factors that cause this disease are genetic along the lines of environment and one’s diet. As long as the probiotic did not have yogurt,the active cultures irritated her Crohn’s Disease, she wouldn’t get sick.

My mother lost so much weight during one of her attack that she fit into clothes she wore before marrying my father. She couldn’t wear her wedding ring because it wouldn’t stay on her finger.

The researchers found strong fungal-bacterial interactions in those with Crohn’s disease: two bacteria (Escherichia coli and Serratia marcescens) and one fungus (Candida tropicalis) moved in lock step. The presence of all three in the sick family members was significantly higher compared to their healthy relatives, suggesting that the bacteria and fungus interact in the intestines. Additionally, test-tube research by the Ghannoum-led team found that the three work together (with the E. coli cells fusing to the fungal cells and S. marcescens forming a bridge connecting the microbes) to produce a biofuel — a thin, slimy layer of microorganisms found in the body that adheres to, among other sites, a portion of the intestines — which can prompt inflammation that results in the symptoms of Crohn’s disease.

This is good because it is the first time a fungus and bacteria are linked to Crohn’s Disease. Of course, with the studies, the stomachs of the relatives in the Crohn’s Disease family are different from the ones that are disease free family. A good indication that there is trouble in the gut is when the doctor recommends a soy formula other than regular formula for their baby. A writer friend had a son with Crohn’s and she told me that.

Thankfully, this condition is not hereditary. Mom had a blood transfusion at 18. It made me feel better that treatment is improving for Crohn’s sufferers. Maybe someday, there will be a cure.

 

 

 

Sources:

Credit: © vaakim / Fotolia Fungus in humans identified for first time as key factor in Crohn’s disease

Definition of ileitis – MedicineNet

Crohn’s disease affects primarily the small and large intestines, but which can occur anywhere in the digestive system between the mouth and the anus.

Experts May Have Finally Found The Cause Of Crohn’s Disease

Sarah DiGiulio Sleep Reporter, The Huffington Post  09/26/2016 08:09 am

 

 

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Windows 10 software

Microsoft: Refund faulty Windows 10 software to complainers

As a Windows 10 user, I am in agreement with the article that stated that Microsoft should refund its users if they have issues with faulty Windows 10 software. So far, this user has not had any, except with the downloaded Amazon.com music program. It was not Windows 10 compatible, even though it said so. In the article, the problems with Windows 10 software were with things like web cameras and internet protection software after being added to the computer.

The issue with my laptop was the software already on the computer. For instance, Windows 8 already had McAfee, which had to be removed in order to install and operate Windows Defender. Both of these together butt heads, locking up computer performace by slowing it down. This blogger disagreed with the article’s continued allegations that Microsoft forced the latest upgrades to its users though its updates. Any time an update was free and didn’t mess up my OS system, it was a blessing.

Microsoft says Windows 10 has been installed on more than 350 million devices, and as of August this year was running on 23% of PCs on the market globally.

The Windows 10 upgrades were free to Windows 8 and 8.1 users, if they scheduled their upgrade before the button was removed this year after July. There was no way, this blogger is paying $99.99 a piece for two upgrades. Granted, Mom had to send both the new and old laptops to my brother to fix them. The weird thing about this is they just needed to be plugged in at his house.

Why return to a previous state when Windows 8 went the way of Windows XP? One should enhance, not got back unless their computer is damaged. The trick here is going back far enough so that one didn’t have to do a full restore. In my case, the flash player ads on the internet messed up the computer my mother loaned me a few years ago. With no reimaged software, my only recourse was to purchase a new one for her.

For those that had trouble with the Windows 10 upgrades, they should be reimbursed for the faulty sotware. Microsoft should honor it too.

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How will Trump’s tax plan affect the nation?

The media needed to ease up on Hilary Clinton’s pneumonia and other ‘supposed illnesses‘. Donald Trump is almost as old as the late Ronald Reagan when he was first elected back in 1980. President Bush actually threw up in the Japanese Prime Minister’s lap. Let’s move on to the real issues. The trick here is whether he can survive the oncoming debate next week. The polls have both cadidates even. Depending on how they respond in the debate September 26, determines who pulls ahead. Who had the better tax plan? What were their plans to improve the economy and stabilize jobs?

Lets face it, Donald Trump has backtracked on a lot of things he said on the campaign trail. Remember the visit to Mexico this month? Social media said his visit was over the top, meaning positive. Others showed protesters during that time. Frankly, this blogger didn’t blame them for holding on to the offense earlier in the campaign. He still wants to build that wall.

Here is what the pontiff said:

“A person who only thinks about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” the Buenos Aires-born pontiff said when asked about Trump’s now infamous promises to erect a wall aimed at keeping Mexicans out of the U.S.

Here is Trump’s reaction:

For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful. I am proud to be a Christian and as President I will not allow Christianity to be consistently attacked and weakened, unlike what is happening now, with our current President. No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith. They are using the Pope as a pawn and they should be ashamed of themselves for doing so, especially when so many lives are involved and when illegal immigration is so rampant.

There were a lot of Christians that do unchristian things, Donald Trump. GET A CLUE! It’s the attitude against foreigners that he doesn’t like.

Trump should listen to Sadiq Khan:

I think to suggest somehow that Muslims aren’t welcome in the U.S.A., to suggest somehow that being a Muslim isn’t compatible with being western, unintentionally plays into the hands of daesh or so-called ISIS,” Khan said.

Trump has offered an evolving stance on Muslim immigration into th United States since his original December 2015 call for a ban on Muslims entering the country.

So far, his tax plan might be too much. The media said that it is cheaper, but more expensive. While every tax bracket got a break, the largest portion went to the top earners. There are snags in his theory, though, His plan works off a stable economy, and constant job growth, something that hasn’t existed since 2008.

The United States rode on the backs of the middle class for years. One article claimed they are to suffer a lot more under this tax plan. The conflict is the definition of ‘pass through’ income that might affect smaller organizations like LLCs and not the big ones like Google. Trump’s plan left out which level of taxes middle class paid, the top 33% or the bottom 15% flat rate. Moreover, what effects his tax plan had on the rest of the economy.

Here’s even more pain for the middle class:

Those in the middle three-fifths of the income scale would have seen their incomes boosted by 2.2 percent, 6 percent, and 7.3 percent under his original proposal; those increases have been sharply reduced to 0.8, 1.3, and 1.9 percent.

While Clinton’s tax plan offered no cuts to the top earners, they didn’t see too much of an increase either. The good thing is that lower taxes improved the economy. Trump’s tax plan increases the national deficit to 39.2%, making it more expensive over 10 years. Clinton’s tax plan reduced the deficit by 11.2%.

My concern is whether those on Social Security were getting a cost of living increase. Probably not, even though someone from my church said to expect $200. This blogger will believe it when she sees it. Most of the time, the increase is 3% across the board, since Obama took office, this was the second time in eight years there was no increase. When there is, it is usually 1.3% to 1.7%. No one is to know until the fall. Right now, it looks as dismal as last time, in 2012. As projected, it was still under 2%

Only time will tell what the nation decided in November.

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Alzheimer’s treatments look promising

The breakthroughs in fighting the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease are great this week. First, CBN News reported on the 36 factors affecting Alzheimers Disease. Then, a report today on CNN stated that a new drug destroying plaque on the brain of those in the early stage might change the outcome of those affected. While this is too late for the late Gene Wilder, these two breakthroughs looked promising for those in the earliest stages.

According to the CBN report, the debilitating disease is reversible, even avoidable if the current study produces actual results based on 36 factors. These factors must be researched in order to get to the root of the problem to find a cause. Things like diet and lifestyle are considered. Wouldn’t it be something if they found out the cause is due to sleep deprivation or eating too much processed sugar?

The beauty of discovering the cause is, that the person affected can change his lifestyle and or diet as needed to reverse the process. Right now, the developed drugs only worked on the symptoms. It seemed to me that a lot of the studies are hitting the rim, but missing the basket. The report read by me last month was scary because the writer, a doctor, sounded gloomy, almost apocalyptic when anyone got a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease. Well now, there’s more that just a ‘faint chance’. The light just got brighter with these two findings.

Everyone knew the effects of a poor diet had on the brain, especially excessive intake of sugar. Among other things, like diabetes, obesity, and heart disease, sugar played a major role in the development of Alzheimer’s Disease. More than half of the population in the U.S were resistant to insulin. This made them carry extra weight around the middle. According to some of the infomercials seen on late night television, this was a major reaso why losing weight was a problem or men and women with this condition.

Most of the time, a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s meant a death sentence. Drugs offered relief,but they only worked on symptoms, not the cause of the disease. This new drug honed in on deadly plague on the brain by destroying it. This drug,called  aducanumab, is administered monthly for a whole year by infusion. It removed these hurtful toxins found in the brain. Well, if oatmeal removed plaque in the arteries, this drug worked something like that. It stopped the nerve cells from being interrupted by the plaque.

Thankfully, those 36 points might be able to help with the type of foods and what to change in their life to reverse Alzheimer’s Disease without the use of drugs. Only time will tell if these new developmental work with patients suffering from this disease.

 

 

Sources:

Is new Alzheimer’s drug a ‘game-changer?’  By Susan Scutti, CNN Thu September 1, 2016

Health Shocker! Alzheimer’s Can Be Prevented, Reversed Lorie Johnson 08-30-2016 

Alzheimers 36 Differet Factors CBN.com August 30, 2016

Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease Is Easier Than You Think Science shines a new light on root cause of memory problems Georgia Ede, MD Sept. 7, 2016

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Walmart top 25 holiday toys chosen by children, suppliers and trends

Ladies and gentlemen, start your shopping now! Get ready for the trending toys this Christmas. Walmart already had their top 25 holiday favorites listed. The beauty of this is, they didn’t rely Walmart treding holiday toys2016bon the recommendations of parents, but children aged toddler to preteen and toy suppliers also. Another plus, they are supposedly to boost holiday sales.

If the child is interested in a specific toy, it is bound to be on the shelf. The trick, though, was getting there early. Black Friday started earlier every year. So far, a racing playset, a Disney princess carriage, a Sky Viper Steaming drone and a  Razor Power Core E100 Electric Scooter are very popular among this chosen set

Of course, Star Wars remained among the top sellers also. This is due to last year’s hit movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which bought back a shift in focus to galactic defense. Tmely, since North Korea and Iran have nuclear weapons. I lost count after the first three movies in trilogy came out years ago. I had to wait two years before Star Wars: Return of the Jedi came to cable. It was still good though. Star Wars: Rogue One, due in theaters Dec. 16, is destined to bolster holiday sales also.

Toy suppliers are important too. They are given the difficult task of developing toys that interests children. Thankfully, last year’s, hit Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, made things a lot easier. Remember how it got panned by critics? Well, Walmart counts on the bat cave from this franchise becoming a premier item sold from Mattel. It had strong sales from November to spring 2016.

Shoppers wanting to get a jump on toy shopping might like the Walmart layaway policy, which gives early-bird shoppers more time. There are no fees ad customers are allowed as little as 10%. Before being phased out in 2006 on all products except jewelry, it got re-instated five years later. When my niece’s mother bought her oldest daughter the contraband Easy-Bake Oven, only the oven got placed on layaway, not the cake mixes.

Let’s not forget the ever popular video games and their consoles. Other than Amazon.com, the best place to buy locally is Walmart.. Of Course, the Sony PlayStation Virtual Reality Bundle is a standout, along with standards like cookware and make-up kits. I got my T-Fal ten piece set in 2001 and it is still holding up well.

 

Source: Walmart names its 25 hottest toys for holidays: Get in line now

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