From Divided States, A ‘united’ Nation — Thanks To These Men

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The U.S. Treasury has said that on or about October 17 the government will reach its borrowing limit, thereby putting at risk its ability to pay its bills. Fitch is operating under the assumption that even if the debt limit is not raised before or shortly after Oct 17, there will be sufficient political will and capacity to ensure the United States will honor its debts. A Treasury spokesman said Fitch’s decision is a reminder for U.S. lawmakers that the United States is dangerously close to defaulting on its obligations. Negotiations between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders cycled through a stop-start process again on Tuesday, but no agreement was reached to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. Last week Fitch said that it would only consider the United States in default if it failed to make payments due on interest or principal of U.S. Treasuries. “It lets investors know that this kind of risk is on the horizon. We’ll see what happens. I was hopeful earlier today that sides were moving to an agreement, but now, I don’t know,” said John Carey, portfolio manager at Pioneer Investment Management in Boston. The warning came after the U.S. stock market closed for the day, after a volatile trading session in which benchmark U.S. equity indexes fell amid the political uncertainty.

The United States is still getting rid of its chemical weapons

all Chicago’s sewage and I don’t want to put people off their breakfasts here but all the sewage would sweep through central Chicago out into the lake. And of course, on a hot day, the effluent, it was a ghastly smell. And so there were numerous pleas from the citizens of Chicago, saying, “Let’s get the sewage out and send it to the West and to where people don’t care about it.” So, they did build first of all the Illinois and Michigan Canal … and then finally they took it upon themselves this engineer called Isham Randolph to build an almighty canal to serve the dual purpose of sending the sewage out to the West, but also to allow ocean-going ships. A longtime journalist with The Guardian, Simon Winchester is also the author of The Professor and the Madman. Setsuko Winchester/Courtesy of Harper A longtime journalist with The Guardian, Simon Winchester is also the author of The Professor and the Madman. Setsuko Winchester/Courtesy of Harper On the “wire rope express,” a name for the early telegraph That was the name given by Native Americans to this peculiar phenomenon of a copper or metal wire suspended between poles. … Samuel Morse’s telegraph that allowed the transmission of information from one corner of America to the other in seconds changed everything. And, of course, it led the way to the telephone and radio and television and, of course, to the Internet. So Samuel Morse: hugely important figure. On two American presidents and one massive road system This remarkable, curmudgeonly man Thomas MacDonald who was the chief of the Bureau of Roads was called into the Oval Office by FDR, who unrolled an enormous map and drew, with a chinagraph pencil, three lines east and west, five lines north and south and said to MacDonald, “Build me a road system along those lines.” But it was actually Eisenhower who, long before that, had the first idea of the system, and that was in 1919. Just after the first world war, the American National War College was somewhat afraid that … the United States might be attacked by an “Asiatic enemy,” and by that presumably they meant the Japanese. How do we get troops as rapidly as possible across the country by such roads or railways as exist?

A longtime journalist with The Guardian, Simon Winchester is also the author of The Professor and the Madman.

He said the U.S. effort took billions of dollars, the cooperation of many levels of government — including the military — and a safe environment to make sure the destruction was done safely. “We had a coordinated effort, we had a government that insisted that it be done safely and that the community was protected,” said Mathews, who now works with the Tooele County emergency management team, which makes sure the Utah community is aware of the project. “I don’t think those things are in place in Syria.” Mathews briefly worked at the Desert Army Chemical Depot in Tooele, a desert town bracketed by mountains outside of Salt Lake City where 43% of the nation’s chemical weapons were once stored. The rest was stored at eight other sites around the country. The weapons were first warehoused at the Tooele facility in 1942, during World War II, and grew over time. At one point, the United States once housed the majority of its chemical arsenal –13,000 tons — and a million munitions at the facility. Former inspector: Timeline not practical Syria said to be ‘cooperative’ Weapons inspectors face difficult task Tooele was chosen because military leaders figured Japanese warplanes could hit the West Coast but not fly over the mountains to Utah without refueling, said Richard Trujillo, who spent 40 years working at the facility. “There was mustard gas originally … a lot of smoke-type bombs, smoke pods,” Trujillo recalled. Then, in the 1950s, a lot of nerve gas was transported to the facility, he said. Eventually, the United States signed the international chemical treaty in the 1990s and got serious about getting rid of the chemicals in a way that would not harm the environment or the people working at the plant or living in the area. While the process was slow and expensive, Trujillo said there was not a single casualty despite the volatility of some of the chemicals. “You know the whole task is nothing short of miraculous in my mind,” Trujillo said. “And I was part of it.” Today there are no weapons at the Tooele facility.

“Anti-Aging” Formula Receives United States Patent

Patent for the SeroVital formula, an oral growth hormone booster that’s been clinically validated to raise mean, serum (blood) hGH levels by 682%. United States Patent Number 8,551,542 protects the SeroVital formula as a method and composition for increasing growth hormone. The background of the patent says, “The primary biological function of human growth hormone (hGH) includes stimulating growth, cell repair and regeneration. Once the primary growth period of adolescence concludes, the primary function of hGH in adulthood becomes that of cell regeneration and repair, helping to regenerate skin, bones, heart, lungs, liver and kidneys to their optimal, youthful cell levels Some embodiments [of the SeroVital formula] include a method for increasing growth hormone (e.g., hGH) in a subject (e.g., a human subject) that comprises orally administering a nutritional supplement to a subject to improve one or more objective health metrics, including for example and without limitation: increasing lean body mass; reducing obesity, adipose tissue mass, and anxiety; supporting weight loss; decreasing appetite and atrophic processes in skeletal muscle, liver, kidney, spleen, skin, and bone; and improving at least one of energy, endurance, sleep, metabolism, heart rate, blood pressure, cardiovascular health, sympathetic nervous activity, thyroid response, glucose utilization, mental/cognitive function, reaction time, bone density, hair health and appearance, nail health and appearance, skin health and appearance, and libido.” “We are extremely excited about being granted this patent,” says Chantelle Daines, spokesperson for SanMedica International, SeroVital’s distributor. “There are hundreds of products on the market that claim to increase growth hormone levels without injections. We’re very proud to receive the distinction of having a United States Patent that protects our SeroVital formula from imitators.” SeroVital makes it possible for people to increase their human growth hormone levels through an entirely different approach than hGH injections offer. “Rather than introducing synthetic hGH into the body via injections, SeroVital increases the body’s own, endogenous levels of human growth hormone by promoting pituitary health, the gland that manufactures hGH,” says Dr. Amy Heaton, PhD, Director of Scientific Affairs for SanMedica International. In addition to allowing consumers to increase their hGH levels naturally, SeroVital offers another benefit. As the patent information points out, “Until recently, hGH was available only in expensive injectable forms, and benefits from the restoration of hGH levels available only to those with the ability to pay.” But with SeroVital, consumers can increase their hGH levels for a fraction of the cost of synthetic injections about $100 a month rather than the $1000-$1500 per month they would pay for injections. For the full story on SeroVital-hgh, go to www.SeroVital.com . SeroVital is available at Ulta stores nationwide, or you can purchase it directly from the manufacturer at www.SeroVital.com . Use promo code PATENT at checkout and shipping is free.* *Free standard shipping in the continental U.S. only. All trademarks are the property of their individual owners.