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(]CNN) - "When I hear benign kidney condition, most of the time, you're thinking a cyst and a cyst is basically a fluid-filled structure that can sometimes develop on top of the kidney, or within the kidney," CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta said. "It's not something that typically gets embolized. Was there a cyst and something else associated with that cyst? What is it ... is the question.... 'Benign (kidney) condition' is all we know. Typically, most people would think it was a cyst. This no longer sounds like a cyst because of the way it was treated and how long her recovery is going to be."

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Some years back when I was having an MRI they picked up something on one of my kidneys. The place in Memphis contacted my urologist here and he had some tests run to check it closer. It was a cyst, and it's still there. I guess that was about 30 years ago.
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Yeah.... My Mom had a cyst on her kidney once, too. It was picked up when she was having an ultrasound done, I think, for a different reason. Doctor was convinced it would resolve on its own. She never had any further problems, so I assume it did.

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Yeah.... My Mom had a cyst on her kidney once, too. It was picked up when she was having an ultrasound done, I think, for a different reason. Doctor was convinced it would resolve on its own. She never had any further problems, so I assume it did.



Ultrasound was what they did here. They could define it better than they were able to with the MRI. They did take extra time to look because the tech saw it and knew it was something that should get attention.
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That's great, Cooter. I appreciate when someone will take a little extra time to do it right when they notice something.... Glad yours resolved, too! emoticon

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I wish Melania well, but I'm wondering how long an ordinary Joe Sixpack would spend in the hospital for the same procedure? Just about everything seems to be outpatient surgery or at most an overnight stay.




I wonder if there's more to the Melania story than is being released.



Probably. Having said that, Trump went golfing on Mothers Day and wasn't there when she had her surgery. He flew to the hospital to see her later that day.

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Probably. Having said that, Trump went golfing on Mothers Day and wasn't there when she had her surgery. He flew to the hospital to see her later that day.




He would have done that if she had a life-threatening medical condition.

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It's probably best for her that he WASN'T there. She (and the staff) could focus on HER needs instead of his.

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Senate votes to save net neutrality rules.

"The Senate on Wednesday voted to reinstate the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) net neutrality rules, passing a bill that has little chance of advancing in the House but offers net neutrality supporters and Democrats a political rallying point for the midterm elections.

Democrats were able to force Wednesday’s vote using an obscure legislative tool known as the Congressional Review Act (CRA). CRA bills allow Congress, with a majority vote in each chamber and the president's signature, to overturn recent agency moves.

Three Republicans — Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and John Kennedy (La.) — joined the 49 Senate Democrats to pass the bill 52-47.

They argue that without the net neutrality regulations, which require internet service providers to treat all web traffic equally, companies such as Verizon and Comcast will be free to discriminate against certain content or boost their partner websites.

And despite the odds against the bill, Democrats see tremendous upside in the potential to use it as a campaign issue."


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The question now is will the House go along? I personally would be surprised. Getting 3 Republican Senators to support this surprised me. I think that if people understood what the change means they'd be all over their Congresscritters.
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I saw this on a link on Facebook but have no idea how this was arrived at.

]Top colleges as voted by students.
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I saw this on a link on Facebook but have no idea how this was arrived at.

]Top colleges as voted by students.



Congrats to Ole Miss!

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I saw this on a link on Facebook but have no idea how this was arrived at.

]Top colleges as voted by students.



Congrats to Ole Miss!



I have no idea who this was arrived at. If it was an internet survey then it really has no validity. It would still be cool, though!
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Trump has broken every populist campaign promise.


"]Trump has broken every populist campaign promise.

One of Donald Trump’s most well-received and attention-grabbing campaign promises was that he would allow the federal government to negotiate the price of prescription drugs it covers through Medicare. “If we negotiated the price of drugs, Joe, we’d save $300 billion a year,” he rather optimistically asserted. The reason this money-saving method had not been used, he told audiences, was the influence of the industry. “We don’t do it. Why? Because of the drug companies.” Liberals actually support the idea, which would allow the government to use its bargaining power to hold down prices, and which fed into Trump’s image as a populist outsider breaking with party orthodoxy. Trump claimed that other candidates were too compromised by their donors, but he had the financial independence to do the right thing. “We’re going to negotiate like crazy,” he said.

The “crazy” part of that promise has held up, but the “negotiate” part has not. Trump is announcing his Medicare prescription drug plan today, and Robert Pear reports it will not include the promised negotiations. “We are not calling for Medicare negotiation in the way that Democrats have called for,” an official says.

Donald Trump ran for president as an economic populist. This fact has been largely forgotten, buried by the flurry of bizarre and outrageous actions, and activists on both sides have had little reason to bring it up. Conservatives have pushed the administration to forget its unorthodox gestures and follow Paul Ryan’s lead. Progressives have emphasized the racist and sexist nature of Trump’s appeal. But Trump’s ability to distance himself from his party’s economic brand formed a decisive element of his appeal. Voters actually saw Trump as more moderate than any Republican presidential candidate since 1972. And he has violated every one of his promises.

This week, the administration announced very quietly there would be no infrastructure bill this year. Trump had forcefully positioned himself to Hillary Clinton’s left on this issue, promising to spend twice as much as she would, and painting lavish pictures of hard-hat jobs modernizing roads and airports across the country. Instead, he used all his fiscal running room on a large, regressive tax cut, which predictably has forced the deficit to a level where he no longer has political support for a deficit-financed infrastructure bill.

Trump promised over and over to pull out of Nafta and renegotiate a much better deal. Trump insisted Nafta was “at the center of the catastrophe” of declining blue-collar wages. He quoted Bernie Sanders’s attacks on Hillary Clinton as a free trader, and promised either to abrogate the treaty or to negotiate a much better deal as one of his first acts as president — “I don’t mean just a little bit better, I mean a lot better.” Unlike some of his other promises, this one was never terribly realistic — there is no easy “better” trade deal to be negotiated. Trump has instead tried to hide the ball by burying his policy in low-profile negotiations where he is requesting minor tweaks and hoping nobody notices.

Trump also repeatedly promised universal health care. Republicans as a whole had insisted since 2009 that they would replace Obamacare with something better, that did not deny anybody anything, but rather than fuzzing up this promise, like most of his party, Trump leaned heavily and explicitly into the benefits. “Everybody’s gotta be covered. This is an un-Republican thing for me to say … I am going to take care of everybody, I don’t care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody’s going to be taken care of, much better than they’re taken care of now … The government’s going to pay for it.” Instead, he never proposed an alternative to Obamacare, never compromised with Democrats on the issue, and instead sabotaged the existing program. After falling for several years, the uninsured rate is climbing again.

“Draining the swamp” has become a catchall-Republican slogan, like “lock her up,” that basically means doing anything to lash out at Trump’s opponents. During the campaign, though, it had a different and more specific definition. Trump promised to enact reforms to reduce the power of lobbyists and business. He specifically endorsed:

• A constitutional amendment imposing term limits on members of Congress
• A ban on federal employees lobbying the government for five years
• A ban on members of Congress lobbying for five years
• Tighter rules about what constitutes a lobbyist, instead of letting people call themselves consultants
• Campaign finance reform limiting what foreign companies can raise for American political candidates
• A ban on senior government officials lobbying for foreign governments

Trump has not merely forgotten these promises, his administration has embraced Washington sleaze with unprecedented gusto. Not only has he failed to prevent former administration officials from lobbying for foreign governments, he has had current administration officials lobbying for foreign governments. There has never been an American presidency so easily manipulated by domestic and foreign business interests. The most benign explanation for Michael Cohen’s secret payments to his hastily constructed Delaware shell company is that he was a conduit for business interests to buy their way into Trump’s good graces.

Trump promised to do a lot of un-Republican things to give resources and influence to blue-collar Americans, which would have threatened his party’s power brokers. Many of these promises were feasible if Trump actually wanted to follow through on them. Instead, the only promises he has kept are the ones that put money in the pockets of Trump and his cronies.
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It just doesn't matter to his supporters, Shiftless. There is no bridge too far.

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Petra the parrot gives instructions to Alexa


Florida parrot learns how to turn the lights on and off with Alexa

Here is a new reason to be wary of buying a home assistant device: Your African grey parrot might hijack it.

That is what has happened to Lydia Clark of Florida. Clark's pet parrot Petra has begun "terrorizing" the household by mimicking Clark's voice to ask Alexa to turn the lights on and off, NPR's Morning Edition reports.

Petra reportedly knows some 300 words, and also inquires with Alexa about the weather. "We are teaching her how to use Google Home," Clark told WOFL FOX 35. "Now she has them talking to each other."

Watch Petra in action below.

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You need a parrot, Cooter; and you need Alexa, Birdz. You all could make YouTube videos of them.
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I do NOT need a bird. Period.
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Just think how heartwarming it would be, Cooter, to watch Shadow and a parrot become friends.
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Just think how heartwarming it would be, Cooter, to watch Shadow and a parrot become friends.



Having a bird is like having kids. No thank you.
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The very definition of malice ...

At 3 a.m., NC Senate GOP strips education funding from Democrats’ districts

BY COLIN CAMPBELL

N.C. Senate Republicans were visibly upset with Democrats for prolonging the budget debate with amendments during an after-midnight session Friday morning.

As the clock approached 1 a.m., Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue was summoned to the front of the chamber to talk privately with Senate leader Phil Berger. The Senate had rejected five amendments from Democrats to fund their spending priorities, but each time one proposal was shot down, another one was filed.

Senate Rules Chairman Bill Rabon abruptly called for a recess, stopping the proceedings for nearly two hours. GOP leaders headed to a conference room with legislative budget staff, while Democrats – some surprised by the lengthy delay – passed the time with an impromptu dance party in the hall.

The session finally resumed around 3 a.m., and Republican Sen. Brent Jackson introduced a new budget amendment that he explained would fund more pilot programs combating the opioid epidemic. He cited “a great deal of discussion” about the need for more opioid treatment funding.

Jackson didn’t mention where the additional $1 million would come from: directly from education programs in Senate Democrats’ districts and other initiatives the minority party sought.

Sen. Erica Smith-Ingram’s rural district in northeastern North Carolina took the biggest hit from the amendment. It strips $316,646 from two early college high schools in Northampton and Washington counties, and it specifically bans state funding from supporting a summer science, math and technology program called Eastern North Carolina STEM.

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