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Now MSNBC's Pete WIlliams says the Secret Service chief is out!

That's all I have, just a banner up. I missed his commentary. No link - live on air.

Trump says DHS Secretary Nielsen leaving

Source: CNN

By Priscilla Alvarez, Jake Tapper, Jim Acosta and Jeremy Diamond, CNN

Updated 6:24 PM ET, Sun April 7, 2019

(CNN)Kirstjen Nielsen, the secretary of Homeland Security who has become a face of President Donald Trump's hardline immigration push, is leaving the administration, President Donald Trump announced on Twitter Sunday afternoon.

"Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, and I would like to thank her for her service," Trump said on Twitter.

"I am pleased to announce that Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, will become Acting Secretary for @DHSgov. I have confidence that Kevin will do a great job!" Trump continued.

Senior administration officials told CNN that Nielsen had a 5 p.m. meeting at the White House with Trump where she was planning to discuss with him the immigration and border issues and a path forward. She had no intention of resigning, according to one of the sources, but rather was going there with an agenda.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/07/politics/kirstjen-nielsen-homeland-security/index.html

Caught this live - everybody on CNN shocked!

Any advice for how to soften a blood clot/scab in long hair?

As I related elsewhere (https://www.democraticunderground.com/10181203177) while in the hospital last weekend I fell and bashed my head - no concussion but a small abrasion that bled for almost two days. I was not stable enough for the nurses to try to clean the wound and with my long hair, bandages wouldn't have stayed in place. Now I have a scab of hardened blood about .5" x 1.5" stuck in my hair.

Since getting home from the hospital on Monday I have taken a shower every day (as part of my instructions from discharge) and washed my hair but the scab is not dissolving very fast. I'd love to get it out of my hair, though it really is not bothering me otherwise. Any suggestions other than washing it daily?

The original thread was locked in the Latest Breaking News - here is the video

Original thread by Kind of Blue: https://www.democraticunderground.com/10142297904
She Survived a Slave Ship, the Civil War and the Depression. Her Name Was Redoshi
Source: The New York Times

It has long been believed that a man named Cudjo Lewis was the last living survivor of the trans-Atlantic slave trade in the United States. Now a researcher at Newcastle University in Britain says she has discovered testimony from someone who may have lived even longer — a woman named Redoshi.

The new findings, published last week in the journal Slavery & Abolition, are likely to be subject to scholarly debate, because there are few records documenting the lives of the last Africans to be captured and brought to the United States on slave ships.

Regardless of Redoshi’s precise historical status, the researcher, Hannah Durkin, has pieced together accounts from different sources and census records to carve out the remarkable life of a woman who survived the treacherous Middle Passage voyage at age 12, was sold as a child bride, and lived through the Civil War and the Great Depression. According to Dr. Durkin, Redoshi died in 1937; Lewis died in 1935.

“It was thought that this woman was lost to history,” Dr. Durkin, a lecturer at Newcastle University, said in an interview.

But Redoshi was not lost. She is believed to have been taken from a West African village before being brought to the United States in 1860 on the Clotilda, the last recorded slave ship to arrive in the country after more than 240 years of slavery.

The rest of her life provides a stark example of the physical and psychological trauma left on those who survived the trans-Atlantic slave trade, scars that continue to inflame tensions in the United States today.

Dr. Durkin wove together bits and pieces of Redoshi’s life that were found in Hurston’s unpublished writings and an interview she gave to The Montgomery Advertiser as well as in “Bridge Across Jordan,” a memoir by the civil rights leader Amelia Boynton Robinson. Redoshi was also filmed for an instructional film released in 1938 by the Department of Agriculture called “The Negro Farmer: Extension Work for Better Farming and Better Living,” possibly making her the only female Clotilda survivor who appeared on film.

The film, which was meant to showcase issues facing formerly enslaved people as they tried to become farmers, shows Redoshi as an old woman on the porch of her small home, made out of wooden planks on a plantation in Alabama. As a narrator speaks, she can be seen talking to someone as she sits in a chair, wrapped by a quilt. Her white hair looks fuzzy, marked by stray braids poking out of it, and her skin is dark and thick but still vibrant. She has a gaptoothed smile, and cheekbones rising up to her eyes.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/03/us/transatlantic-slave-trade-last-survivor.html

I found the video at: https://www.al.com/news/2019/04/last-african-slave-brought-to-us-now-thought-to-be-woman-who-lived-in-alabama.html

Sally Smith (Redoshi) is at the 1:50 mark in the video:

Ok, I survived another surgery

My list of major surgeries impress even the doctors and medical professionals. The latest was fusion of the L5 to S1 vertebrae. I lost over forty pounds so they could do the non-invasive version. This means I have only three pretty small incisions.

The surgery was Friday afternoon - it was scheduled for 10:30 in the morning but with various things I wasn't taken into the operating room until 3 PM. I was in my hospital room at 6:30 PM.

Saturday was great - I felt good, aced the first physical therapy session and they were going to try to discharge me that afternoon. Unfortunately (or maybe not) getting home physical therapy set up with the insurance company was slow so I stayed over Saturday night.

Sunday morning after breakfast I needed to pee and being a good patient I buzzed for assistance and sat up on the side of the bed. I began feeling nauseous and didn't want to make a mess so I took my walker and went in the bathroom. I stood over the sink, not sure if I was going to throw up or not. Then suddenly I was under the sink and the walker was on the floor with me.

I could not reach either of the emergency pull cords in the bathroom and couldn't seem to make much noise. Fortunately a CNA tech in training came in, probably in response to my original buzz. Poor thing panicked and ran out into the hall yelling, "Help, Help!" She was really shaken up the rest of the day and I kept apologizing for scaring her.

I was really gray feeling, my sight was grayed, out and apparently I was very white. When they took my blood pressure before trying to get me up it was 78/47. The second and third times were not much higher. They got me into a wheelchair and back into bed. Later they took me for a CT scan of my head - I had a bad laceration and had whacked it pretty good - I still have a good sized sore area. The CT proves yet again that I have a hard head - no damage to my skull or brain.

My blood pressure did not return to normal for hours and it is still trending low. They did check my heart - EKG, heart monitor and echo-cardiogram. With my history of aortic valve replacement, they wanted to make sure I was OK. The current theory is that with my weight loss (66 pounds since I had the valve replacement) and surgery I may not need blood pressure medicine any more. They told me to take it here at home, but with my blood pressure hovering at 105/60 I have not. I'm also not taking the opioids that were prescribed since those can also lower blood pressure.

I guess I was better off staying in the hospital Saturday night so I was there when I fell rather than at home.

Tomorrow I start home physical therapy and I hope everything goes OK. I hope the therapist will let me walk around outside - I am tired of being cooped up!

Mueller makes history exposing crime spree by former Trump aides

Mueller makes history exposing crime spree by former Trump aides
March 18, 2019

In a special report, MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent, Ari Melber, examines how despite claims that the Russia probe is a “witch-hunt”, Bob Mueller has proven to be one of the fastest and most effective Special Counsels in U.S. history, racking up indictments at the fastest pace since Watergate. Melber runs through the numerous achievements in the Russia probe, noting that “it’s a lot” and demonstrates how despite Trump’s relatively short period in office, the Mueller probe has seen “the highest rate of indictments for his aides than any President ever”. Former Chief of Staff to Bob Mueller, John Carlin, tells Ari Melber “we should be proud as Americans, but also alarmed at what he’s been able to show us has occurred”.

Video at link: https://www.msnbc.com/the-beat-with-ari/watch/mueller-makes-history-exposing-crime-spree-by-former-trump-aides-1460531779810

I've hit my target!

In late August last year I was told I had to get below 230 pounds before the surgeon could perform the spinal fusion of the L5 vertebrae I need. At that point I weighed 273. I had been up to 287 before my aortic valve replacement and kidney removal and had gotten down to 260 during my cardio rehab. After my back started acting up and I had to stop exercising I gained back 13 pounds.

So I began using My Fitness Pal, recommended by someone on DU, to keep a food diary. I kept my calories between 1000 and 1200 a day and tried to keep my sugar under their recommended daily amount. By January I was at 245 but couldn't seem to drop more weight so I read up on low carb diets and started a modified low carb diet. I'm using Adkins shakes to make it easier, but also reducing carbs while eating regular foods. Unlike the Adkins diet, I am still watching my calories and keeping my fats low.

My Fitness Pal recommends 150 carbs a day and I try to stay under 60. The free version will not let you change your target nutrient levels so I can't reset that without paying them money.

It's worked great - when I went to my orthopedic surgeon's office last week I was under 230. This morning I weighed 222.2! I've now lowered my target weight to 175 and have real hopes of getting there - though we're leaving on a long trip in July and that may make it more difficult to keep to my diet.

One complaint I have - doctor's office's only allow 2 pounds for your clothes and shoes. I've weighed myself naked then dressed and my clothes and shoes add 5 pounds. So every time they enter my weight, it is 3 pounds OVER my actual weight. That may not seem like much but when you are fighting to lose every single pound that is an insult.

The day I went into my surgeon's office, I weighed 228 at home but they almost wouldn't allow for my surgery since according to their calculations I was ONE FUCKING POUND OVER their target. Maybe if I wore a light weight cotton dress and sandals my clothes would only add 2 pounds - but I wear jeans with a belt, tee shirt, and shoes with good support, all of which add weight.

Just got polled by Quinnipiac!

Asked about voting in 2016, who I'd vote for if I voted today, opinion of various candidates: Trump, O'Rourke, Harris, Biden, Booker, Klobuchar, Gillibrand. They also asked how I was registered, how long I have been registered, how strong a Democrat I am, and if I consider myself liberal, etc.

The guy was really happy that I was pleased to complete the poll and cheerful about stuff. He was slightly amused when I told him I wouldn't vote for Trump if he held a gun to my head - my standard response for any Republican candidate.

Trump Furious After Nobel Committee Gives Him Participation Trophy

From last summer but still relevant!
Trump Furious After Nobel Committee Gives Him Participation Trophy

By Andy Borowitz
May 24, 2018

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Donald J. Trump was reportedly furious after the Nobel committee informed him on Thursday that he would not receive a Nobel Peace Prize but would get a participation trophy instead.

In Oslo, a Nobel spokesman said that Trump would have the distinction of becoming the first world leader to receive such a trophy, also known as the Nobel Consolation Prize.


Traveling to the UK this year - what groups to join to get passes?

With my husband. We'll be in Scotland in August, York and Lincolnshire early September, a tour for ten days, a week in London, Southeast England including Cornwall and Devon, then Wales for a week or two, then travel through the middle of England to Southampton to voyage home at the end of October.

Mostly we will be doing genealogy or visiting places ancestors lived, birdwatching and hiking, and visiting various tourist spots (we prefer those of archeological and historical value rather than big show theme park types deals).

I've joined:
Royal Society for the Preservation of Birds
Scottish Wildllife
English Heritage
Historic Scotland
National Trust for Scotland
Cadw (Welsh group for "protect"
Wildlife Trust of SOuth & West Wales

Most of these organizations provide free access to their sites with a membership card. What other organizations should I consider joining to get access to great sites? Even if we don't make it to all of them, I consider a year's membership worth the cost to support the organizations, so suggest any you can think of.

Thank you!
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