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Re: Golden Oxen's News - Spanking the Monkey - James Howard Kunstler
« Reply #1200 on: November 12, 2017, 05:52:14 AM »
Quite a rant from James, a bit more potent than his usual style I thought.  ::)

The MSM really does suck something awful. :-\

Spanking the Monkey

The hysteria manufacturing business formerly known as the news media is enjoying multiple orgasms this morning in the outing of notoriously vulgar comedian Louis CK for exactly the sort of vulgar behavior offstage that he riffed about onstage. What a surprise. We also learn today that Jeremy Piven, beloved and admired for his role as a bimbo-berating Hollywood agent in the HBO comedy Entourage, is alleged to have groped a starlet in his trailer. Or was he just doggedly staying in character between set-ups? And what was she doing there, anyway? Stopping by to share the everything bagel with jalapeño cream cheese that she picked up at craft services?

I suppose these guys will be joining Kevin Spacey in his new dinner theater in Tampa, since they’ll never work in Hollywood again, and surely they have bills to pay, especially to their lawyers. Hollywood itself, being the vulgar place it has always been, must be nervously awaiting the inevitable next phase of this melodrama: when various actresses, and other women around the biz, are revealed to be sluts who screwed and blew their way to stardom — not to put too fine a point on it. Surely a few ladies out there have misbehaved in the way that ladies can, trading favors for fame and fortune — or do you suppose that never happens? Or only when men force them to? (Anyway, don’t count on hearing about that in The New York Times.)

Then the whole prurient cavalcade of cross-allegation and litigation will be as forgotten as a mass slaughter in Las Vegas, or Texas, or Lower Manhattan, and it will be back to business-as-usual in the news racket: nattering about contacts with Russia, a faraway land that, we’re told, is determined to corrupt the morals of our shining city on a hill.

The metamorphosis of the news business from a dignified and necessary component of the public interest to a gong and geek show is now complete. Some of you may remember that it used to be the task of news organizations to actually gather the news from far and wide. When Walter Cronkite came over the airways on CBS news, he “anchored” the revolving team of reporters in the field: we go to Marvin Kalb in Moscow… Fred Graham in Atlanta… Peter Kalischer in Paris… Lesley Stahl in New York…. Do you know what those people were doing? They were reporting the news on site, because it was important to actually be in the places where events were happening and talking to the people involved in them. And, by the way, do you think Marvin Kalb made contact with Russians? Or perhaps reported on other fellow Americans in contact with Russians? (And that was back in the Cold War, when Russia was run by the wicked Boris and Natasha).

Turn on Anderson Cooper on CNN these days and what do you get: “And now lets turn to our panel for analysis.” Our panel? Analysis? A gang of moonlighting kibitzers with an opinion about what might have actually happened in the world that day, which none of them have been busy actually reporting on. The transformation on the cable networks especially has been insidious. Not so distantly as the days of the Iraq War, CNN checked in every night with Christiane Amanpour, the last of the great foreign correspondents, roving about the Middle East. Do these so-called news organizations even employ any reporters anymore?

I don’t think so. Perhaps the most important story of the decade is the developing meltdown of governance and authority in Saudi Arabia and a Defcon Red level of potential for major war breaking out between them and Iran. How many reporters do the cable networks have in Riyadh today? What’s on CNN’s home page this morning? Boy dies after eating grilled cheese; Why men use masturbation to harass women; and the lead under their “Top Stories” banner: ‘Magnum, P.I.’ actor John Hillerman dies. Maybe you can find a clue in here why the USA has become a reality-optional society. Maybe it’s the American news media that actually has its dick in its hand.

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Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
« Reply #1201 on: November 12, 2017, 07:50:55 AM »
Well, fuck JHK and his bald-ass attempt to monetize Breitbart and Daily Stormer eyeballs from the inevitable cross-posts. Bashing Hollywood and the MSM, while perhaps deserved, is nevertheless tres au Trump these days.

And leave it to. one of the last outposts of while male chauvinism to attempt to change the subject from sexual assault to blaming the culture, especially the liberal end of it. Did I say fuck JHK and the Proud Boy horse he rode in on?

His point about reportage as it was in the days of Cronkite is true. But what he omits is that was before the shredding of the wall between news and business operations. When news is part of the entertainment division, shit happens. Suddenly there is just no money to keep Leslie Stahl in Paris, or Marvin Kalb in Moscow. Or to maintain crews, aside from skeleton or pickup operations, despite the steep decline in transmission expenses, all of which accrued to corporate accounts as reduced expenses. This is what happens when news is managed by accountants and finance.

It is far easier to understand what cable "news" product is when you realize that it is entertainment. A kabuki show, or a punch-n-judy, with roles cast and played. Real journalism, particularly the investigative sort, is hard, long, unglamorous, and expensive. On the other hand, booking an "expert panel" requires a segment booker, a rolodex, and a phone, plus a budget for the heads that talk. Whether its Faux News for the right, MSNBC for the center and... Bueller?? Bueller? nothing for the left, segments have to be created to eat up the time between commercials for dick pills and direct advertising from Big Pharma companies.


Take it from the blogger driftglass, who casts both Van Jones and Jeffrey Lord into the deserved pit of hell:
http://driftglass.blogspot.com/2017/04/everything-you-feared-about-cable-news.html

Everything You Feared About Cable News Is True


Jeff Zucker explaining the rules of the cable news game.

This is Drew Magary's summary in GQ of this article in The New York Times:
To alchemically convert politics into sports, you have to dumb them down to a point where all nuance and meaning is lost—which is exactly what Jeff Zucker has done. Zucker has built CNN on the premise that the news can be First Take, but instead of arguing about whether or not Tony Romo was elite, the talking heads argue about whether women have a right to birth control.
Van Jones told me that he thinks (Jeffrey) Lord has played a valuable role at CNN, helping its viewers understand the Trump phenomenon. “He’s a Trump translator, really, for the whole country,” Jones said.
If that's the truth, then maybe Van Jones is no better than Lord, or any other opportunist whose worldview has been thoroughly distorted by a paycheck from CNN. Jeffrey Lord is a liar and a racist, and is only on television because people like Jeff Zucker want you to believe that lying and racism are crucial vantage points in exploring any particular issue...
But of course if you visit the back alleys and underpasses of the media -- if you are a connoisseur of the nearly-dead Liberal blogosphere -- none of this will come as a surprise to you. Just as the rise of the Fascist Imbecile Bigot Right has not been a surprise to you.
We saw this coming long, long ago and have been raising the alarm on our wee blogs and tiny podcasts as loudly and with as much skill and passion as we could muster. But no one wanted to cover those stories because they did not fit the Accepted Beltway Both Siderist Narrative and were not framed as "characters in a drama" with zoomy graphics and talking heads screaming at each other, which is the default fault format dictated by the jolly little monsters who run America's cable news networks.
That Van Jones, purveyor of the Love Army rhetoric, would buy in to any of that, at least publicly, is both confusing (for us) and embarrassing. It plays into the long-futile need for Democrats to cater to their enemies more than they cater to their own constituents.
As Zucker sees it, his pro-Trump panelists are not just spokespeople for a worldview; they are “characters in a drama,” members of CNN’s extended ensemble cast. “Everybody says, ‘Oh, I can’t believe you have Jeffrey Lord or Kayleigh McEnany,’ but you know what?” Zucker told me with some satisfaction. “They know who Jeffrey Lord and Kayleigh McEnany are.”
OF COURSE I know who they are, because YOU WON’T STOP PUTTING THEM ON TELEVISION...
We've been sold out, cats and kittens. The watchers on democracy's wall deserted us and guard towers of the fourth estate were abandoned years ago.
And all to make parasites like Jeff Zucker rich beyond your wildest dreams.



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Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
« Reply #1202 on: November 12, 2017, 08:14:09 AM »
Well, fuck JHK and his bald-ass attempt to monetize Breitbart and Daily Stormer eyeballs from the inevitable cross-posts. Bashing Hollywood and the MSM, while perhaps deserved, is nevertheless tres au Trump these days.

Surly, Aren't you just bashing the messenger?
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Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
« Reply #1203 on: November 12, 2017, 01:26:37 PM »
Well, fuck JHK and his bald-ass attempt to monetize Breitbart and Daily Stormer eyeballs from the inevitable cross-posts. Bashing Hollywood and the MSM, while perhaps deserved, is nevertheless tres au Trump these days.

Surly, Aren't you just bashing the messenger?

GO,  I hoped to make it clear that I am bashing both the messenger and his message.

But not the poster.
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Re: Golden Oxen's News - Another Revolution in Lexington
« Reply #1204 on: November 13, 2017, 04:04:11 AM »
Something pleasant for morning coffee Diners.  :icon_sunny:

  Another revolution in Lexington

You might see something like this in any middle school across the US or beyond. Yet hidden in its seemingly unoffensive positivism is something altogether more radical.


                                       



November 12, 2017 —This column is about the photograph above. So I’ll twiddle my thumbs for a moment while you look at it. It appears in the entrance hall of Diamond Middle School in Lexington, Mass., where my children attend some weekend classes.

The bulletin board is, in many ways, unremarkable. You might see something like this in any middle school across the US or beyond. Yet hidden in its seemingly unoffensive positivism is something altogether more radical.

For the students of Diamond Middle School, this bulletin board is more than just wall space. On the wall next to it are attached handwritten testimonials of how someone in the school exemplified these qualities. One girl “was mindful of several other people and let them speak before her,” one student wrote. Another girl “helped translate and comfort one of the exchange students from China who was upset/homesick while visiting our school,” a different student wrote. A boy “sat with me at lunch when I was sad and alone,” a third student wrote.

To a random parent walking the halls of Diamond Middle School, the message is clear: These are our superheroes. These are the people who make our community special.

And then you wonder: Is this a lesson just for middle-schoolers? Is there a place where demonstrating these qualities no longer makes sense? Are there people who do not deserve to be treated this way? In other words, is this practical for the “real world”?

Much of the news of today would persuade us to answer “no” to that last question. At a recent Monitor event, a professor at a liberal arts college here in New England told me, essentially, that what we might call the “Diamond Middle School” approach was naive to the point of moral dereliction. He was a liberal. But I’ve heard conservatives say the same thing. The times seemingly demand strong stands and hard lines.

Yet, to me, what sets the Monitor apart is that it seeks to ground its strong stands on those values and ideals, and not for person, party, or policy. It stands for the notion that the values we are all taught in middle school are not bromides simply to get us to stop fidgeting at our desks, but the glue of any society and the fuel of any progress. Bullying and bad behavior happen at all stages of life, and the way to defeat them never changes.

The Founders of the United States recognized that theirs was a nation built on ideals, and they crafted a constitution specifically to protect them. Only then could the incomparable power of “we the people” be realized.

Their lesson remains. Without common ideals, there is no basis for that “we.” And the expression of those ideals is not the province of any political party. The ideals are the “we” that defines us much more deeply, expressed in honesty, humility, kindness, responsibility, bravery – to name a few.

The first shots of a revolution were fired from Lexington’s Battle Green in 1775. Today, perhaps, they are being fired from a middle school bulletin board just down the street.

https://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/upfront-blog/2017/1112/Another-revolution-in-Lexington :icon_study: :icon_study: :icon_study: :emthup: :icon_sunny:

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Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
« Reply #1205 on: November 13, 2017, 05:47:52 AM »
Message to Knarf.

Try Afrin, inexpensive and available everywhere.
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I get it horrible when fall arrives until spring.  :dontknow: :dontknow:
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Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
« Reply #1206 on: November 13, 2017, 06:29:53 AM »
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Their lesson remains. Without common ideals, there is no basis for that “we.” And the expression of those ideals is not the province of any political party. The ideals are the “we” that defines us much more deeply, expressed in honesty, humility, kindness, responsibility, bravery – to name a few.

Wonderful article.

Sign me up.

We don't require common outcomes, but we do require shared ideas and standards. Guardrails for decency, if you will.
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Re: Golden Oxen's News - Venezuela, S&P Declares Default
« Reply #1207 on: November 14, 2017, 05:16:46 AM »
Venezuela Creditor Meeting Is a Bust as S&P Declares Default


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Venezuela Creditor Meeting Is a Bust as S&P Declares Default
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November 13, 2017, 10:04 PM EST Updated on November 14, 2017, 7:26 AM EST

    El Aissami rails against Donald Trump, global financiers

    Fewer than 100 investors said to be in attendance at meeting

Venezuela’s grand gathering with creditors Monday lasted all of 30 minutes and didn’t produce anything of substance. To make matters worse, S&P Global Ratings declared the country in default while Fitch Ratings cited missed payments by the state oil company.

The actions from the ratings companies came after an odd spectacle in Caracas, where bond investors who made the trek found a red-carpet welcome, an honor guard salute and gift bags stuffed with state-produced chocolate and coffee. Fewer than 100 creditors showed up at the downtown Caracas office building, and at least one hightailed it out after realizing that two government officials sanctioned by the U.S. were in attendance, fearful of violating rules governing interactions with them.

He didn’t miss much. Very little was announced and nothing was resolved, according to attendees who said they left just as confused about the government’s intentions as they were going in. Vice President Tareck El Aissami was the only official to speak, and devoted most of his prepared remarks to railing against Donald Trump and global financiers who he said have conspired to keep the country from making debt payments on time. He pledged the nation would continue to honor its obligations and work with bondholders to find new ways to get them their money, but offered no concrete proposals for restructuring.

President Nicolas Maduro had summoned holders of some $60 billion of bonds issued by the government and state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA to begin a renegotiation as the nation’s cash crunch worsens, sanctions make it difficult to transfer money and delayed payments pile up. Central bank reserves have fallen to a 15-year low and oil output has sunk to the lowest since 1989. Over the weekend, the grace period on $280 million in bond payments expired, and late Monday first Fitch Ratings declared PDVSA in default followed by S&P’s announcement on the government.

“We would very likely consider any Venezuelan restructuring to be a distressed debt exchange and equivalent to default given the highly constrained external liquidity,” S&P said in the statement. “In addition, in our opinion, U.S. sanctions on Venezuela and government members will mostly likely result in a long and difficult negotiation with bondholders.”

The nation, home to the world’s largest oil reserves, owed investors about $200 million and failed to make those payments by the end of a 30-day grace period, S&P said in the statement in which it lowered the country’s rating to SD. Plagued with payment delays and running low on cash -- and with most of its debt trading near 30 cents on the dollar -- it’s the first time in recent years the government has exceeded the buffer period on its bonds.

With bonds already deeply distressed and the prospects for credit-default swaps to trigger on the late payments, the market reaction early Tuesday was relatively muted. Venezuela’s government debt has lost 20 percent in November alone, compared with an average 0.9 percent decline for developing nations, according to the Bloomberg USD Emerging Market Sovereign Bond Index.

Investors in Venezuela’s $5 billion of bonds maturing in 2019 and 2024 can organize to demand that the nation immediately pay back all they’re owed, and down the line, holders of the nation’s other debt, which have cross-default provisions, could choose to do the same.

On Tuesday, the International Swaps & Derivatives Association will reconvene to consider whether PDVSA’s delayed debt payments will trigger default-insurance contracts. ISDA, as the group is known, may also receive new requests to rule on whether the government is also now non-compliant with its obligations.

A QuickTake explainer about Venezuela’s bond woes

It’s possible investors won’t take those actions, and instead put their hopes on getting a delayed payment. Otherwise, they risk setting off what could be the start of one of the messiest debt restructurings ever. S&P said there was a 50 percent chance Venezuela will default again within the next three months.

The event in Caracas, held across from the presidential palace at the Palacio Blanco, was promoted as a critical conclave for foreign investors. Most of the attendees were locals, and none were allowed to ask questions. Finance Minister Simon Zerpa, Oil Minister Eulogio del Pino, PDVSA President Nelson Martinez and planning vice president Ricardo Menendez were also in attendance.

In a statement, the Information Ministry called the meeting a “resounding success,” and “extremely positive.” Creditors from the Venezuela, the U.S., UK, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Japan, Germany and Portugal were in attendance, the ministry said.

It was never clear what the country could accomplish in terms of a restructuring. U.S. sanctions currently prohibit the type of bond swaps that would usually be part of any debt relief, and investors have shown a reluctance to engage with a government that’s become an international pariah amid allegations of anti-democratic activities. The Treasury had advised U.S. investors to exercise extreme caution to avoid running afoul of sanctions.

El Aissami blamed an international financial blockage for making it difficult to get the money to investors, citing a move by Citigroup Inc. to close some of the country’s accounts, Euroclear freezing PDVSA bond payments and Deutsche Bank AG’s decision to discontinue its role as a correspondent bank this month. A Deutsche Bank official declined to comment. Spokesmen at Euroclear and Citigroup didn’t respond to requests for comment.

In a speech before the UN Security Council on Monday, U.S. envoy Nikki Haley said Venezuela is “increasingly a violent narco-state that threatens the region, the hemisphere and the world.” Representatives from the South American country boycotted the meeting in Manhattan, as did Russia and China, two countries that have served as lenders of last resort.

— With assistance by Andrew Rosati, Christine Jenkins, Jose Enrique Arrioja, Fabiola Zerpa, and David Papadopoulos

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Re: Golden Oxen's News - Venezuela, S&P Declares Default
« Reply #1208 on: November 14, 2017, 07:22:33 AM »
Venezuela Creditor Meeting Is a Bust as S&P Declares Default


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President Nicolas Maduro had summoned holders of some $60 billion of bonds issued by the government and state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA to begin a renegotiation as the nation’s cash crunch worsens, sanctions make it difficult to transfer money and delayed payments pile up. Central bank reserves have fallen to a 15-year low and oil output has sunk to the lowest since 1989. Over the weekend, the grace period on $280 million in bond payments expired, and late Monday first Fitch Ratings declared PDVSA in default followed by S&P’s announcement on the government.

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El Aissami blamed an international financial blockage for making it difficult to get the money to investors, citing a move by Citigroup Inc. to close some of the country’s accounts, Euroclear freezing PDVSA bond payments and Deutsche Bank AG’s decision to discontinue its role as a correspondent bank this month. A Deutsche Bank official declined to comment. Spokesmen at Euroclear and Citigroup didn’t respond to requests for comment.

I wonder what the Maduro government was trying to achieve with this meeting. With the FSoA and their Saudi allies effectively controlling the price of oil and thus Venezuela's source of foreign exchange, and operating under US sanction, it is pretty clear what the US intention is: to snap the spine of the socialist government and get Venezuela back in the hands of the oilmen and oligarchs where it belongs. Any ambiguity erased by Haley's fulminations.

So I wonder, why the kabuki?
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Re: Golden Oxen's News - Venezuela, S&P Declares Default
« Reply #1209 on: November 14, 2017, 08:21:08 AM »
Venezuela Creditor Meeting Is a Bust as S&P Declares Default


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President Nicolas Maduro had summoned holders of some $60 billion of bonds issued by the government and state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA to begin a renegotiation as the nation’s cash crunch worsens, sanctions make it difficult to transfer money and delayed payments pile up. Central bank reserves have fallen to a 15-year low and oil output has sunk to the lowest since 1989. Over the weekend, the grace period on $280 million in bond payments expired, and late Monday first Fitch Ratings declared PDVSA in default followed by S&P’s announcement on the government.

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El Aissami blamed an international financial blockage for making it difficult to get the money to investors, citing a move by Citigroup Inc. to close some of the country’s accounts, Euroclear freezing PDVSA bond payments and Deutsche Bank AG’s decision to discontinue its role as a correspondent bank this month. A Deutsche Bank official declined to comment. Spokesmen at Euroclear and Citigroup didn’t respond to requests for comment.

I wonder what the Maduro government was trying to achieve with this meeting. With the FSoA and their Saudi allies effectively controlling the price of oil and thus Venezuela's source of foreign exchange, and operating under US sanction, it is pretty clear what the US intention is: to snap the spine of the socialist government and get Venezuela back in the hands of the oilmen and oligarchs where it belongs. Any ambiguity erased by Haley's fulminations.

So I wonder, why the kabuki?

I had thought they were calling a meeting to explain that the default was not their doing, but that of the US.

Thus trying to appear credit worthy for a rewrite on more favorable terms, since the true defaulter was the US and they were trustworthy and credit worthy.

It's complicated Surly with many parties involved and they have borrowings and swap deals as well with their gold reserves as collateral.

It's also a fact that China could bail then out with ease and it may be a way to beg them for help publically with other countries on the outs with the US watching closely to see how truly cozy the Dragon is with Trump.    :dontknow: :Thinkingof_:

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Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
« Reply #1210 on: November 14, 2017, 09:07:47 AM »
Message to Knarf.

Try Afrin, inexpensive and available everywhere.
Works for me after doctor's visit and recommended by him for real bad post nasal drip.
I get it horrible when fall arrives until spring.  :dontknow: :dontknow:
Worth a try for  few bucks

                               

                             

This stuff will work, but only use it for short term relief if you try it. It is addictive, you get a tolerance, and it will stop working eventually.
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Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
« Reply #1211 on: November 14, 2017, 09:22:51 AM »
Message to Knarf.

Try Afrin, inexpensive and available everywhere.
Works for me after doctor's visit and recommended by him for real bad post nasal drip.
I get it horrible when fall arrives until spring.  :dontknow: :dontknow:
Worth a try for  few bucks

                               

                             

This stuff will work, but only use it for short term relief if you try it. It is addictive, you get a tolerance, and it will stop working eventually.

I thought your advice to knarf was pretty good.

Interesting, isn't it, how some OTC remedies work really well for some folks and not for others. Have had that experience for OTC cold remedies. Some that friends swear by don't do a damned thing, while others diminish my symptoms near immediately. I've never tried Afrin, but next cold I might give it a whirl.

I chalk it up to differences in body chemistry and reaction to active ingredients, but would be interested in the opinion of someone who has actually had a medical education.
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Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
« Reply #1212 on: November 14, 2017, 10:00:02 AM »

I thought your advice to knarf was pretty good.

Interesting, isn't it, how some OTC remedies work really well for some folks and not for others. Have had that experience for OTC cold remedies. Some that friends swear by don't do a damned thing, while others diminish my symptoms near immediately. I've never tried Afrin, but next cold I might give it a whirl.

I chalk it up to differences in body chemistry and reaction to active ingredients, but would be interested in the opinion of someone who has actually had a medical education.

I don't use any of these products of the pharma industry.  I don't get colds or runny nose, never have.  So I can be of no help on this one.

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Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
« Reply #1213 on: November 14, 2017, 10:29:00 AM »
Message to Knarf.

Try Afrin, inexpensive and available everywhere.
Works for me after doctor's visit and recommended by him for real bad post nasal drip.
I get it horrible when fall arrives until spring.  :dontknow: :dontknow:
Worth a try for  few bucks

                               

                             

This stuff will work, but only use it for short term relief if you try it. It is addictive, you get a tolerance, and it will stop working eventually.

I thought your advice to knarf was pretty good.

Interesting, isn't it, how some OTC remedies work really well for some folks and not for others. Have had that experience for OTC cold remedies. Some that friends swear by don't do a damned thing, while others diminish my symptoms near immediately. I've never tried Afrin, but next cold I might give it a whirl.

I chalk it up to differences in body chemistry and reaction to active ingredients, but would be interested in the opinion of someone who has actually had a medical education.

Austin has to be one of the worst places in the whole world for seasonal allergies of all kinds, but especially what is known here as "cedar fever" which is an allergy to a particularly nasty form of pollen from the junipers here, which aren''t really cedars at all.

The week before Christmas, I usually start to have serious symptoms. It doesn't get better until about Valentines Day. I've tried just about everything, other than the latest prescription stuff, and I know what works for me. The saline rinses are not a panacea, but they reduce the amount of antigen load as well as provide some relief of the horrible stuffiness that can last for months. And they are completely benign. You need to use non-iodized salt, which you can get from the grocery store, but also now is available in kit form with a squeeze bottle at pharmacies.

The nasal sprays like Afrin are similar to ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, which have largely disappeared from stores due to the fact that they can be used to cook meth. They can be very effective if you've never used them, but long term use is not a good idea. They work by shrinking swollen nasal membranes with strong chemicals.

Claritin is one of those drugs that is so mild that a normal dose may not seem to make much difference, especially at first. I have found that a 2X dose works better for me, and my understanding is that there is no harm with higher dosing.

Real sinus infections are difficult to resolve, and may require long term antibiotic therapy. Most of the time though, infection is not the problem, it's inflammation, which, once aggravated, can persist for a long time.

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Scientists Shocked As Fisheries Collapse On West Coast: ‘It’s The Worst We’ve Seen”   :o

                                   

The Gulf of Alaska cod populations appears to have taken a nose-dive. Scientists are shocked at the collapse and starving fish, making this  the “worst they’ve ever seen.”

“They [Alaskan cod] get weak and die or get eaten by something else,” said NOAA’s Steve Barbeaux. The 2017 trawl net survey found the lowest numbers of cod on record forcing scientists to try to unravel what happened. A lot of the cod hatched in 2012 appeared to survive, but by 2017, those fish were largely gone for the surveys, which also found scant evidence of fish born in subsequent years. Many of the cod that have come on board trawlers are “long skinny fish” according to Brent Paine, executive director of United Catcher Boats.

“This is a big deal,” Paine said. “We just don’t see these (cod) year classes disappear from one year to the next.” The decline is expected to substantially reduce the gulf cod harvests that in recent years have been worth — before processing — more than $50 million to Northwest and Alaska fishermen who catch them with nets, pot traps, and baited hooks set along the sea bottom.

Barbeaux says the warm water, which has spread to depths of more than 1,000 feet, hit the cod like a kind of a double-whammy. Higher temperatures sped up the rate at which young cod burned calories while reducing the food available for the cod to consume. And many are blaming “climate change” for the effects on the fish, although scientists aren’t directly correlating the two events. “They get weak and die or get eaten by something else,” said Barbeaux, who in October presented preliminary survey findings to scientists and industry officials at an Anchorage meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

    The 2017 trawl net survey found the lowest numbers of cod on record, more than 70 percent lower than the survey found two years earlier.   :o :-\

    Barbeaux said the cod decline likely resulted from the blob, a huge influx of warm Pacific Ocean water that stretched — during its 2015 peak — from the Gulf of Alaska to California’s offshore waters.

    Biologists tracked increases in bird die-offs, whale strandings, and other events such as toxic algae blooms. Even today, its effects appear to linger, such as in the dismal survey results for salmon last summer off Washington and Oregon. – The Olympian

The blob began to take hold in 2014, and within a year had raised temperatures as much as 7 degrees Fahrenheit in some surface waters of the Gulf of Alaska. In deeper waters, where cod feed, the temperature rose by more than 1 degree Fahrenheit. The surface temperatures recorded during the blob’s peak could be close to the average at century’s end, according to a recent report on climate change by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Thus, future blobs could push temperatures much higher than the most recent event.

“They may not necessarily be more frequent, but they will be more intense,” said Nicholas Bond, a University of Washington climate scientist who assisted in the Gulf of Alaska cod research. “This is really going to be uncharted territory.”


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