August, Hotter Than July


August 10, 2023

The new world order has begun, and the United States and the West are not in the driver’s seat.

The Mega Millions jackpot is now over 1 and 1/2 billion dollars.    (8-8-2023)


Rarely do I buy lottery tickets.  Sometimes I do spend as much as $10 on lottery tickets when the Mega Millions jackpot goes above 700 million dollars. Even then, I only buy the tickets once -and-a – while.   When I consider the odds of winning, buying a lottery ticket is nothing more than buying some time to dream until the next drawing. This realization keeps me from throwing a lot of money to the wind, and I never have regrets or feel bad when I discover that I didn’t have the winning numbers.  What about you?




August 7, 2023,   I was unable to connect to the internet on my computer for more than a week because of the intentional lousy service and installation by Astound Broad Band. The company had service men come out on 4 different days to correct their “mistakes” or faulty equipment settings.   I still could only connect up to the internet on my cell phones.  I had to switch back to Comcast Xfinity to get working and reliable internet connectivity on my computer.



About 7,700,000 results

Last week, I read about India, now having the largest population of world countries.  Africa’s population projection:


2.5 billion


Further investigation reveals that Africa’s population could reach 6 billion by 2021.







Then, there is the story of the encounter between the hummingbird and the eagle.  It was not the first time that the wind brought them near (each other).

The mighty eagle with its talons so sharp and powerful, soared high as the tiny hummingbird sailed on the grace of the wind.


To be continued….

Just take a look at that. . . . . . . and find yourself in dream land. This is my choice for a road car.  Pigeon blood beautiful!   Yes, I know that “pigeon blood red ” is the term used to describe the color most desired for beautiful red rubies, but that is the color I would choose for this beauty.

Above, . . pure, sleek elegance.


The image above, of the white and gold custom RR is a design evolution of the Jaguar XK 120, 140, and 150 produced in the 1950’s.  Split windscreen, elongated hood, cropped top, accentuated rear wings, modified front and sides.

Forget the Jaglet.  The car above, the car below, and my #3 that can be viewed on the next blog page (August 2023), are my dream sports cars for all time.

A former META employee says she was paid a $190,000 salary to do absolutely nothing — here are 3 ways to gain passive income if you aren’t so lucky

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Madelyn Machado claims she joined Meta as a recruiter in the fall of 2021 with a stunning salary of $190,000 per year — but wasn’t able to actually perform the job she was hired to do.

“We weren’t expected to hire anybody for the first six months — even the first year,” she said in a TikTok video discussing her experience at Meta. “That really blew my mind.” The clip has gone viral and has been watched more than 470,000 times since being posted in March.

Machado’s LinkedIn profile shows she worked at Meta from September 2021 to February 2022. Publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Post and Fox News tried to contact the company but did not immediately receive a comment.

It’s an astonishing story of corporate waste that many of us will never experience, but may serve as motivation to find ways of boosting your income on the side with little to no effort.

If you’re looking to earn more without a high-paying corporate job, here are three ways to increase your passive income.

Explore dividend stocks

Depending on your age and investing strategy, dividend stocks can be a great way to grow your savings. Dividends are payments made by publicly traded companies to their shareholders, and they can sometimes offer a bit of stability when the market is rocky.

Although this option brings its own unique benefits and risks, reputable companies with a strong track record of dividend payouts and performance can help your portfolio grow at a faster rate.

If you’re looking to invest in dividend stocks Robinhood* makes it seamless to get started. Their easy-to-use app is free of charge, so you can start trading without incurring any fees.

You can choose individual stocks yourself, or – if you’re nervous about taking the reins – Robinhood offers ready-made plans designed to meet your investment goals. You’ll pay zero commissions on trades either way, and the app lets you pick and choose from stocks, options, ETFs and even cryptocurrencies – so you’ll have a wide range of investment options no matter what you’re passionate about*.

If you’re brand-new to investing, you may want to opt for an even more hands-off approach. Acorns* — an automated investing platform — is a great option to do just that.

Any time you make a purchase, Acorns automatically rounds up the cost to the nearest dollar and invests your extra change in a smart portfolio*. Outside of those “Round-Ups,” your contributions can help you generate a significant amount of passive income.


Eating This Fruit Could Prevent Frailty in Old Age, Study Shows

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As we age, our body naturally loses a degree of bone strength and frailty, or weakness, becomes a more common issue. Now, a new study shows how eating certain foods, including apples, may help keep frailty at bay and keep you feeling stronger as you get older.

A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition looked at how certain foods that contain quercetin, a specific subclass of flavonoids (compounds found naturally in many fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidant activity), affect frailty in older adults.

The study looked at 1,701 individuals who were not considered frail at the start of the program, and had them fill out a self-questionnaire that assessed flavonoid intake. After 12 years, 13.2% of the participants had developed frailty. Frailty is a common clinical syndrome in older adults that carries an increased risk for poor health outcomes including falls, incident disability, hospitalization, and mortality.

Quercetin-rich foods are linked to reduced frailty in older adults, a new study shows. Here, nutritionists explain how foods like apples can prevent frailty.

Quercetin-rich foods are linked to reduced frailty in older adults, a new study shows. Here, nutritionists explain how foods like apples can prevent frailty.© FG Trade – Getty Images

Although total flavonoid intake was not associated with frailty development, each 10 mg/day of higher flavonol intake was linked with 20% lower odds of frailty onset. More specifically, every 10 mg/day of higher quercetin intake was associated with 35% lower odds of frailty onset, while other subclasses of flavonoids showed no association.

So, what is quercetin and how does it affect frailty?

Quercetin is a plant compound with antioxidant properties, explains Keri Gans, M.S., R.D., registered dietitian and author of The Small Change Diet. Quercetin is important for our health because they combat inflammation, adds Melissa Prest, D.C.N., R.D.N., national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and member of the Prevention Medical Review Board.

Quercetin is found naturally in many foods, including:

  • Yellow and green peppers
  • Cherries
  • Apples
  • Red grapes
  • Kale
  • Berries
  • Tea
  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Olive oil
  • Capers
  • Parsley
  • Asparagus
  • Citrus fruits
  • Leafy vegetables

Quercetin has been the topic of scientific research in the past. It has been studied and considered a promising agent in improving bone health and another ongoing clinical trial is specifically studying quercetin’s ability to protect against bone loss and stimulating bone formation. And according to this new study, a higher intake of quercetin was associated with a lower risk of frailty in adults, says Gans.

What can older adults do to prevent frailty?

Aside from loading up on quercetin-rich foods, there are other things you can and should do to maintain your strength and lower your risk of frailty later in life. “In order to decrease the risk of frailty in aging adults, one should consume adequate calories daily, especially protein,” says Gans. Protein is very important for older adults and many do not eat enough, adds Prest. “Add some protein-rich foods, low-sugar or plain low-fat yogurt, low-fat milk, beans, eggs, or chicken, to each meal and snack.”

Incorporating a fitness routine that includes walking and resistance exercises is also key, Gans adds. Muscle mass decreases as we age, so engaging in activities like walking and/or strength training can help you stay strong, explains Prest.

People who have strong social connections and continue learning also have a lower risk of frailty, says Prest. So it’s important to keep your mind sharp to keep your body strong.

The bottom line

Frailty is not uncommon in older adults, and studies have found that it only becomes more common the older we get. One study found that frailty increased steadily with age, starting with 4% of adults 65-69 years, 7% of adults 70-74 years, 9% of adults 75-79 years, 16% of adults 80-84 years, and 26% of adults aged 85 years and older.

This study is another good reminder that a variety of plant-based foods should be consumed daily for health-promoting benefits, says Gans. So take a good look at what your daily diet looks like, and if you could stand to load up on more quercetin-rich foods, they might just help you maintain your bone strength and keep you from feeling weak in the long run.

While fruits and vegetables are a great way to get quercetin, some people may want to take a quercetin supplement, says Prest. “Make sure to discuss taking a quercetin supplement with your provider since there are some possible interactions between quercetin supplements and antibiotics, anticoagulants, chemotherapy, corticosteroids, cyclosporine, digoxin, fluoroquinolones, and medications changed by the liver,” she notes.

Dietary supplements are products intended to supplement the diet. They are not medicines and are not intended to treat, diagnose, mitigate, prevent, or cure diseases. Be cautious about taking dietary supplements if you are pregnant or nursing. Also, be careful about giving supplements to a child, unless recommended by their healthcare provider.








Above, is a sleeper.  It is understated sporting elegance. The subdued color is easy on the eyes, and when it is examined thoroughly, appreciation of its beauty (in the eyes of the beholder) likely increases.





During a time of reflection and remembrance of pleasant memories and times of her childhood, my mother told me of her discovery of hummingbird nests and how beautiful and wonderful their little eggs looked in the tiny nests.





















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