2020 Democratic Debates: Mark Shields & David Brooks Debate Merits Of Candidates (Podcast)

Shields & Brooks PBS NewshourSyndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s political news, including the first debates for 2020 Democratic candidates, whether that party has shifted too far to the left to be viable and Supreme Court decisions on partisan gerrymandering and including a citizenship question on the 2020 census.

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“An Ode To The Land Of Little Rivers”: A Poetic Short Film Tribute To Fly Fishing In The Catskills

“An Ode To The Land Of Little Rivver” is a gorgeously filmed promotional short film celebrating the beautiful Catskills region of New York State. Filmed on location at the Livingston Manor Fly Fishing Club for the design and lifestyle firm Homestedt by Peter Crosby of  Bullrush Films.

An Ode To The Land Of Little Rivers Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Peter Crosby (2019)

An Ode To The Land Of Little Rivers Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Peter Crosby (2019)

An Ode To The Land Of Little Rivers Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Peter Crosby (2019)

Website: https://cinematicpoems.com/2019/06/28/an-ode-to-the-land-of-little-rivers-a-cinematic-poem-short-film-directed-by-peter-crosby-2019/

Famous Chess Sets In History Featured In Apollo Magazine

“The game of chess is believed to have originated in India, before spreading via Iran into Arab countries and from there to Europe. The nexus of the Islamic world is the focus of Deborah Freeman Fahid’s fascinating catalogue of chess and other games pieces from the private al-Sabah collection in Kuwait, published by Thames & Hudson last year. At the heart of the collection is a group of rock-crystal pieces, believed to have been made in Egypt, Iraq or eastern Iran sometime around the 9th century, and deposited in the late 11th century in a monastery in Àger in Catalonia.”

From Apollo Magazine (June 25, 2019 Issue)

Famous Chess Sets in History Apollo Magazine 2019

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A Lewis chessman (a warder), walrus ivory, Sotheby’s London (estimate £600,000–£1m). Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Sotheby’s

Boomers Health Podcast: “Hip Preservation In The Active Adult” (UCTV)

UCTV Health and MedicineDr. Alan Zhang is an orthopedic surgeon at UCSF specializing in sports medicine and minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery of the hip, knee and shoulder. He explores conservative (non-surgical) treatment of the hip and also looks at hip arthroscopy surgery. Series: “Mini Medical School for the Public”

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Boomers Are Increasingly Moving To Southwestern U.S. As They Downsize And Rent Their New Homes

“Many older adults are downsizing and moving into rentals. Out of the 30 most populous cities in the United States, 16 experienced an increase of more than 40% in the age 60-plus renter household share between 2007 and 2017, according to research by RENTCafé. Austin, Texas takes the first-place spot as the city with the highest percentage change in the share of 60-plus renter households, increasing by 113% in the 10-year period. Phoenix shows the second highest increase of 112%.” (From Forbes.com article below)

60+ Age Group List of Cities with highest renter growth Census Bureau

Boomers Move to Southwest U.S.
Click on link below to read more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/brendarichardson/2019/06/26/these-zip-codes-show-sharp-increases-in-baby-boomer-populations/#63be9b486869




Road Tripping Through Glacier And Yellowstone National Parks

“…a 1,000-mile family road trip across Big Sky Country—with brief side trips to fly-fish a few trout streams. We wouldn’t do any backpacking, but Montana’s scenic highways offer plenty of chances to gawk at rushing rivers and jagged alpine vistas, not to mention scope wildlife. Our checklist included sandhill cranes, ospreys, and eagles; bighorn sheep, mountain goats, and bison; and grizzly bears, black bears, and wolves.” 

Glacier Park Yellowstone Road Trip

Westways magazine (June 2019) posted this wonderfully detailed road trip through Montana and Wyoming. Read more by clicking on link below:


Medical Devices: Heartbeat-Powered Pacemaker Successfully Tested In Living Pigs

“The development of these battery-free technologies will revolutionize implantable devices,” says Ramses Martinez, a researcher in industrial and biomedical engineering at Purdue University, who was not involved in either study. “Soon traditional rigid implants will evolve into conformable systems capable of harvesting the energy they need to function from the patient.”

Scientific American Heartbeat-Powered Pacemaker

Current pacemakers have batteries that last less than 10 year and require expensive surgery to replace them. Harini Barath (Scientific American, May 28, 2019) reports that the pig’s heart generated ample energy to power a human pacemaker. Read more below:



Perils Of Retirement Investing: Victims Of Ponzi Schemes Often Wait For Up To A Decade To Receive Any Repayments

“After investment frauds break open, how much and how fast investors will get repaid depends in large part on the arsenal of professionals—usually lawyers or accountants—called in as trustees to pick through the wreckage.”

Ponzi Scheme WSJ     If the investment sounds to good to be true, it almost certainly is. Katy Stech Ferek of the Wall Street Journal writes a comprehensive article on the tedious and expensive work of law firms, accountants and investigators in tracking down and facilitating the repayment of funds to victims of Ponzi schemes. Click on the link below to read more in the WSJ:



Health Issues: Seizures and Blood Pressure Swings Complicate a Medical Diagnosis

“Seizures are not uncommon in the elderly. Nearly a quarter of those who have a first seizure are over 65. Most are caused by a stroke or a mass; traumatic head injuries can cause them. So can abnormalities in blood chemistry. In the emergency room, the man had no sign of any of these, despite a thorough exam and extensive testing and imaging.”

The patient had both neurological and psychiatric symptom, which complicated a speedy diagnosis. A “new group of disorders” involving the “immune system wrongly attacking the brain” was a final diagnosis. Read the NY Times Magazine article in the link below to learn more: