the fourth branch speaks from the bunker, blue traffic lights, there is a healthy body mind connection

city on rusty metal

While soon to be relegated to a footnote in the trash bin of historical warts, Dick Cheney is worried about U.S. forces being drawn down in Iraq. Cheney Worries about Wasting the Sacrifices made in Iraq on behalf of Big Oil

Third, Cheney’s own administration (it was Bush-Cheney, remember Dick?) that negotiated the Status of Forces agreement under which the cessation of stand-alone US patrols of major Iraqi cities was scheduled for this summer. Cheney is trying to imply that this policy is that of the Obama administration!

Remember back in civics class when we learned there were three branches of government. Then came Cheney who maintained that he belonged to his own special fourth branch. Now that he is no longer VP he appears to think, in continuance of his other bizarre theories of U.S. governance, that he can dictate policy from his retirement bunker. Maybe someone needs to change Dick’s air filter. The SOFA that Dick thinks President Obama should not adhere to is the same one he and Dubya insisted did not even require Congressional approval as treaties normally would. Cheney’s attitude seems slightly ironic in that he would probably still insist that he and George were small government visionaries, yet thinks it best U.S. taxpayers continue to baby sit Iraq to the tune of $8 billion dollars a month in perpetuity. That news as U.S. unemployment rises to 9.5%. Too bad the nation cannot get a $3 trillion dollar refund for George and Dick’s Excellent Iraq Adventure.

blue traffic light

And now is time to take a break and give thanks for the small things that make life a little easier, USB 3.0: A Primer – “However, later this year computers will start shipping that include USB 3.0 ports, which can transmit data up to ten times as fast”

Fit Body, Fit Mind? Your Workout Makes You Smarter

In a study published in 2006 psychologist Stanley J. Colcombe of the University of Illinois and his colleagues examined the influence of fitness training on potential changes in brain structure. The six-month trial included 59 healthy but sedentary community-dwelling volunteers, age 60 to 79. Brain scans after fitness training showed that even relatively short exercise interventions can begin to restore some of the losses in brain volume associated with normal aging.

It was also reported that even starting regular exercise and doing some cognitive training enhancement beginning in one’s late 30s to early 50s can extend memory capability into your senior years.