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  1. 3 amk for obama
    September 4, 2015 at 10:31 am

    FURST. The real one.

  2. 5 57andfemale
    September 4, 2015 at 10:39 am

    • 6 pkayden
      September 4, 2015 at 10:44 am

      Woo hoo! POTUS is the best — especially when you consider how much he’s had to deal with obstructionism.

  3. 7 57andfemale
    September 4, 2015 at 10:41 am

  4. 11 0388jojothecat
    September 4, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Good Morning TOD family, lurkers, Vacationers (you know who), and Chipsticks. I hope everyone is having a lovely Friday going into the long holiday weekend, be safe and have fun.

  5. September 4, 2015 at 10:57 am

    ‘What if going in for a medical checkup didn’t involve waiting in a sterile white room decorated with cotton balls and otoscope attachments? What if, instead, you could step up to play a game, as if you’re visiting an old-school arcade? That’s the premise of Fitzania, an interactive exhibit that was on display at the UAE’s recent Museum of the Future installation, conceived by Tellart and produced by Specular. Fitzania is like a body-tracking Microsoft Kinect game, imagined for the year 2030. Players are challenged to swing a four-pound ball to match onscreen prompts, all while being inundated by the dazzling digital overload of a projection mapped room. “The angle we were going for was, most kids don’t get enough exercise. The user experience of going to the doctor is terrible and scary to most kid,” explains Dr. Noah Raford, Advisor to the UAE’s Strategic Projects Department. “How could we design an experience that could fit into the larger system of healthcare and wellness.”

    But it’s not just an exercise game. While kids (or adults) played the game, the system would, in theory, be tracking all sorts of biometrics during the challenge. Heart rate. Respiration. Reflexes and cognitive speed. The data would be uploaded to their private medical records, serving as an automated checkup, or another data point before their next physical. The idea may seem a bit absurd, but it’s actually a designed in response to a rapidly shifting medical infrastructure. Increasingly, we’re seeing healthcare shift away from hospital visits to services being offered by pharmacies and telemedicine. At the same time, wearables are teasing the possibilities of more data, drawing a longitudinal view of one’s health, rather than a once-a-year snapshot taken at your doctor. And many insurance carriers are focusing on the potential savings of preventing illness rather than treating it, and offering subsidized coverage of gym memberships and dietary counseling. Fitzania sits at a conceptual epicenter of these trends as a means of mixing decentralized health care with free workouts and the quantified self…continued’

  6. September 4, 2015 at 10:59 am

  7. September 4, 2015 at 11:03 am


    How Trump Outsmarted the GOP
    The real estate magnate didn’t just pledge his loyalty to the Republican Party. The GOP pledged itself to Trump.
    By Jim Newell

    And though Trump has signed this piece of paper saying he will and won’t do certain things next year, he has not signed any piece of paper requiring him to disavow the unorthodox nationalist, protectionist, tax increase–supporting agenda with which he’s carved his sizable lane. The Republican Party, however, has now committed itself to supporting this agenda, which goes against decades of its own dogma, if Trump is able to pull off the nomination. Most of today’s news has been framed as Trump signs pledge to support eventual nominee. Another way to look at it is Establishment Republican candidates pledge to support Donald Trump. Trump has not pledged to incorporate into his candidacy any of the cheerier tones or traditional Republican policies that the GOP establishment would like to see from him. The Republican Party, though, has agreed to incorporate Trump.

    In bringing his politics into the fold, the GOP has also handed Trump a shield just when he might need it. Jeb Bush’s campaign has begun the offensive against Trump’s political past, putting together a montage of Trump over the years stating that he’s pro-choice, a friend and admirer of Hillary Clinton’s, and an advocate for a single-payer health care system—all delivered with the same phony conviction that he wields now to emphasize the opposite. Now, when Bush or whoever else uses these attacks against Trump on the trail or at the next debate, Trump can fire right back: Didn’t you see Reince Priebus come to my office? Didn’t you see me just pledge my support to the Republican nominee? If I were a liberal, why would I do that?


    • 31 Don
      September 4, 2015 at 11:14 am

      I mean really, how smart can the GOP be if Sarah Palin was their nominee a few short years ago? It’s not like we’re not dealing with Phi Beta Kappa here.

      • 32 57andfemale
        September 4, 2015 at 12:14 pm

        that’s on McCain and McCain only. That he has no shame about that choice shows that he is totally unfit for public office.

  8. 33 Nena20409
    September 4, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Good Morning, Good Morning…….. 😉
    Sunny. Hot. Humid. TGIF Finally 🙂
    Congrats to all the Gold ⭐ winners, starting with this post and 2 posts back.

  9. September 4, 2015 at 11:19 am

  10. September 4, 2015 at 11:27 am

    While the world, rightly and finally, is focusing on the humanitarian crisis that is the inevitable consequence of prolonged war and civil unrest in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Egypt & Afghanistan, it must be proclaimed over and over again that one State has steadily and methodically moved toward apartheid – that State is Israel.

    I posted this tweet late in the night and am repeating it now because it’s the best encapsulation of the EVIL that is Netanyahu & his fellow travelers:

    Well into another long day and won’t be back for several hours.

    Wishing all of you a fine Friday & weekend …..

    #FORWARD Together

  11. September 4, 2015 at 11:29 am



    Police in Texas Hospital Shoot Patient in the Chest

    Thursday, 03 September 2015
    By Aaron Miguel Cantú,

    Christian Alexander Pean, a fourth-year medical student in New York City, had been anxiously texting his father in Houston throughout the morning to inquire about his younger brother, Alan Christopher Pean, a patient at St. Joseph Medical Center in Texas. The night before, on August 26, Alan had called his parents to tell them he was in the middle of a panic attack.

    “We knew it was an acute mental health crisis,” Christian told
    Truthout. Alan’s parents implored their son to seek help, so Alan, a
    student at the University of Houston, drove himself to the hospital.
    While in the parking lot, he experienced a severe mental health episode and crashed into multiple parked cars. He was treated for possible injuries in the emergency room, and officially admitted to the hospital early the next morning, when he was transferred to the medical psychiatric ward on the eighth floor.

    Alan’s parents, including his father, who is a doctor, flew up to
    Houston that morning from their home in McAllen, Texas. They immediately went to St. Joseph to corroborate Alan’s psychiatric health and implored the staff that he needed inpatient mental health treatment. But the hospital seemed bent on discharging him, Christian said. The staff did not even summon a physician to speak with Alan’s parents, claiming no one was available.


  12. 39 No Child Left Behind
    September 4, 2015 at 11:29 am

  13. 41 No Child Left Behind
    September 4, 2015 at 11:32 am

  14. 47 Vicki
    September 4, 2015 at 11:32 am

    !!!!!!!! #38 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. September 4, 2015 at 11:34 am

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  16. 57 No Child Left Behind
    September 4, 2015 at 11:38 am

  17. 58 Nena20409
    September 4, 2015 at 11:40 am

  18. 65 Vicki
    September 4, 2015 at 11:41 am

    First David Axelrod said that he didn’t think VP Biden should run in 2016.
    Now, Mr. Axelrod has announced he will be joining CNN’s team to cover the 2016 election.

    • 66 No Child Left Behind
      September 4, 2015 at 11:50 am


      Things move fast!

    • 67 donna dem 4 obama
      September 4, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      ??? I don’t understand the comparison. Does this mean that he has somehow changed his mind?

      Also, wasn’t he an analyst for MSNBC? So almost daily liberals/dems are leaving that station. I suggest that Morning Joe become Morning, Noon and Night Joe and just let him and Mika run the entire network and they can throw in Rachel at 11:00 PM for good measure. Geesh!

      • 68 Vicki
        September 4, 2015 at 12:57 pm

        I didn’t expect David to join CNN or to be in favor of Joe Biden passing on a presidential run.
        Probably lots of other things will be happening in this cycle that I don’t expect or particularly like.

  19. 69 donna dem 4 obama
    September 4, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Ummm how did I miss this? Denzel Washington’s son is playing in the new HBO series “Ballers” 🙂

  20. 70 FoxfireTX
    September 4, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Good day Chips, NW and everyone at TOD! First, a special thanks to Chips and Nerdy for the wonderful coverage this week of PBO’s Alaska trip. I always love coming here but your coverage of this spectacular trip was truly special. Thanks for all you do!

    And we have #38! Beginning to think that we just might make it to the filibuster number even with Manchin and possilby one or two others voting in favor of cloture. We’ve now had 4 additional senators come out supporting the deal since passing the veto mark, and it gets harder for the remainder to vote against. It no longer looks like a “free” no vote for them.

    And then there is the unemployment rate…..gets harder and harder for the GOP’s garbage about the economy. Hope everyone has a great end of summer weekend!

  21. 71 Nena20409
    September 4, 2015 at 11:47 am

  22. 72 donna dem 4 obama
    September 4, 2015 at 11:52 am

  23. 73 Nena20409
    September 4, 2015 at 11:52 am

  24. 76 Nena20409
    September 4, 2015 at 11:59 am

  25. 77 No Child Left Behind
    September 4, 2015 at 12:00 pm

  26. 80 No Child Left Behind
    September 4, 2015 at 12:01 pm

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    • 84 57andfemale
      September 4, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      Just told him what I think of him. Peaceful use of nuclear power is legal, and he knows it. Was Iran supposed to give up x-rays? I let him know he did not speak for THIS American Jew.

      • September 4, 2015 at 12:34 pm

        “In the op-ed, Cardin criticized the nuclear deal for referencing “good faith” and “mutual respect” between Iran and other nations, saying that “there cannot be respect for a country that actively foments regional instability, advocates for Israel’s destruction, kills the innocent and shouts, ‘Death to America.’ ”

        It’s like he lifted this straight from Chuck Schumer. Just say I did what Bibi told me to do and get on with it.

      • 86 sjterrid
        September 4, 2015 at 12:35 pm

        I hate this tweet by the Washington Post. This isn’t a symbolic blow to the White House! This is what they have to resort to, now that they have 38 gems supporting the agreement. He’s only the 3rd no.

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