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    CV is a French program, isn't it?

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    C'est évident
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    Stewart Ethier's magnificent The Doctrine of Chances has about eight pages on the history of the math of baccarat, pp. 613-621. There were greater mathematicians than one might imagine in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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    I added the origins to the Wikipedia article 4 or 5 years ago based on a book I found in the Bibliotheque nationale de France. They have a ton of stuff online. Thing is, the players didn't know the math either. Probably didn't care. Same was true with the original game of blackjack which was very positive EV.
    And most of them still don't.

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    C'est évident
    "1 out of 1 members found this post helpful. Thank you for rating this post!"

    I am this member :-)
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    Cassie, the animated character, was, in fact, created by a French company.
    "Croyez ceux qui cherchent la vérité, doutez de ceux qui la trouvent." --André Gide

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    Interesting read!!

    Earth's Population Statistics in Perspective

    The population of Earth is around 7.8 Billion.

    For most people, it is a large figure However, if you condensed 7.8 billion into 100 persons, and then into various percentage statistics the resulting analysis is relatively much easier to comprehend.

    Out of 100 :
    11 are in Europe
    5 are in North America
    9 are in South America
    15 are in Africa
    60 are in Asia

    49 live in the countryside
    51 live in cities

    75 have mobile phones
    25 do not.

    30 have internet access
    70 do not have the availability to go online

    7 received university education
    93 did not attend college.

    83 can read
    17 are illiterate.

    33 are Christians
    22 are Muslims
    14 are Hindus
    7 are Buddhists
    12 are other religions
    12 have no religious beliefs.

    26 live less than 14 years
    66 died between 15 - 64 years of age
    8 are over 65 years old.

    If you have your own home,
    Eat full meals & drink clean water,
    Have a mobile phone,
    Can surf the internet, and
    have gone to college,
    You are in the miniscule privileged lot.
    (in the less than 7% category)

    Amongst 100 persons in the world, only 8 live or exceed the age of 65.

    If you are over 65 years old, be content & grateful. Cherish life, grasp the moment.

    If you did not leave this world before the age of 64 like the 92 persons who have gone before you, you are already the blessed amongst mankind.

    Take good care of your own health. Cherish every remaining moment.

    If you think you are suffering memory loss.......

    Anosognosia, very interesting...

    In the following analysis the French Professor Bruno Dubois, Director of the Institute of Memory and Alzheimer's Disease (IMMA) at La Pitié-Salpêtrière - Paris Hospitals, addresses the subject in a rather reassuring way:

    "If anyone is aware of their memory problems, they do not have Alzheimer's."

    1. forget the names of families.
    2. do not remember where I put some things .

    It often happens in people 60 years and older that they complain that they lack memory. "The information is always in the brain, it is the "processor" that is lacking."

    This is "Anosognosia" or temporary forgetfulness.

    Half of people 60 and older have some symptoms that are due to age rather than disease. The most common cases are:
    - forgetting the name of a person,
    - going to a room in the house and not remembering why we were going there,
    - a blank memory for a movie title or actor, an actress,
    - a waste of time searching where we left our glasses or keys ..
    After 60 years most people have such a difficulty, which indicates that it is not a disease but rather a characteristic due to the passage of years ..

    Many people are concerned about these oversights hence the importance of the following statements:
    1."Those who are conscious of being forgetful have no serious problem of memory."
    2. "Those who suffer from a memory illness or Alzheimer's, are not aware of what is happening."

    Professor Bruno Dubois, Director of IMMA, reassures the majority of people concerned about their oversights:

    "The more we complain about memory loss, the less likely we are to suffer from memory sickness."

    Now for a little neurological test:
    Only use your eyes!

    1- Find the C in the table below!

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOCOOOOOOOOOOO
    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    2- If you found the C, then find the 6 in the table below.

    99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999
    99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999
    99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999
    69999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999
    99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999
    99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999


    3- Now find the N in the table below. Attention, it's a little more difficult!

    MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMNMM
    MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
    MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
    MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
    MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

    If you pass these three tests without problem:
    - you can cancel your annual visit to the neurologist.
    - your brain is in perfect shape!
    - you are far from having any relationship with Alzheimer's.

    We are truly blessed, So, share this with your over-55 friends, it can reassure them.



    Time is like a river, you can only touch the water once.

    Because the flow that has passed, will never pass again.

    Enjoy each moment of life.



    You have survived 100% of your bad days!

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    I'm getting old - for a long time I tried to deny it - but I can't deny it anymore
    yesterday, I woke up and I forgot all my logins and passwords to all my sites
    and I forgot when and how to pay my bills
    I sat at the computer for a long time searching and I got back the info - changed some of it and wrote it all down
    It was scary
    maybe it happened because I'm boozing more now, killing off a lot of brain cells, I don't drink anywhere near a lot - but more - I don't know
    going to research how to slow down the memory loss if possible - any suggestions would be great


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    believe half of what you see...........and none of what you hear..............Edgar Allan Poe

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    Exercise stimulates various growth factors such as BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) which stimulates the growth of neural stem cells to make new neurons, at any age.

    Reducing mental stress improves memory. Increased mental stress & high cortisol levels cause axons & dendrites (the connections between brain cells) to retract & lose connection (& memory) but they grow back with reduced stress.

    Sleep hygiene (the quality and quantity of sleep) is huge. Ensure you have a good sleeping environment, like a dark room or get eye cover things for sleeping, use ear plugs if the environment is noisy.

    Alcohol is very disruptive to good sleep. Not only is it a diuretic that will make you get up and pee more often during the night, alcohol also fragments your sleep, disrupting the consolidation of memory. With alcohol in your system, it’s just like sleeping a few minutes at a time with constant interruptions, even though you are unaware of it.


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    I think exercising the brain also helps. I do the NYT crossword and other puzzles every morning. Have been for decades. I've read this helps to stave off Alzheimer's. Oddly, I've also read that alcohol can reduce the likelihood of Alzheimer's. In moderation, of course. It can reduce blood thickness and increase HDL. But, I don't think there are any definitive studies. Binge drinking is another matter.
    "Croyez ceux qui cherchent la vérité, doutez de ceux qui la trouvent." --André Gide

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