20 December 2011
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12 December 2011
There have been stories about the United States Postal Service reducing mail service. One big issue is that customers that receive their prescription medicine by post may not receive them in time due to the closure of postal centers and the deduction of delivery days. Well, order the medications earlier. And the complaint of all the "ad" (junk) mail. Greatly increase the postage of said mail. That will reduce some of the mail and increase revenue.
The main problem is the charter of the Postal Service. If Congress would get off its butt and change the charter to allow the USPS to provide services similar to what European and other governments are allowed to provide, that may delay the disappearance of mail service a bit longer.
Food giants fight proposed nutrition guidelines: http://t.co/G5CLgE5 via @pearltrees || All they care about is money, not their customers' health. No wonder our health care is so expensive. Oh, and we don't need all that colorful packaging and advertising. We know what's out there and don't need you to tell us what crap to purchase. We're just not smart enough not to buy it.
11 December 2011
Keurig's new "Choose, Brew, Enjoy" TV advert is a large FAIL. There is no mention of recycling the K-Cups or using the K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter. If Keurig is an environmentally responsible company they would mention these points. Apparently they are not.
10 December 2011
Observed over 300 pronghorn while traveling through Wyoming. Saw 100+ in one herd. Very impressive. Interesting in how they approached a fence on a wide front but would jump over the fence in only one place following one another.
30 November 2011
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22 November 2011
It was three years ago today that our beloved Freda crossed the Rainbow Bridge. This morning was a foggy morning, Freda's favorite.
Suzy and I went to our special place and took time to remember Freda.
This is very similar to the last video of Freda.
It was three years ago today that our beloved Freda crossed the Rainbow Bridge. This morning was a foggy morning, Freda's favorite.
Suzy and I went over to our special place and took time to remember Freda.
This video is very similar to the last video of Freda.
We continue to miss our dear Freda.
16 October 2011
10 October 2011
I will not be posting here or other social sites for a while. Will it save a little server space and electricity needed to maintain the huge server farms? Who knows? Will anyone care? When I delete some of my old tweets and blog posts will it save even more? Foolish? Possibly. Lonely? Yes.
Happy H.U.M.P Day.
29 September 2011
19 September 2011
14 September 2011
Freda would have been pleased. Much appreciated, Splash. Thank you.
More photos of the red bunny can be seen here.
10 September 2011
Have spent way too much time online today.
08 September 2011
16 August 2011
For once I have to say Facebook has done something right. The big pharmaceuticals are afraid of the truth. Most of their drugs poison people. They harm countless patients. They do not want to hear that many of the illnesses their medications supposedly control or cure can be controlled by acupuncture and/or herbs. Traditional Chinese Medicine has thousands of years of experience and success that challenges the poor record of the drug companies. If the truth came out, the big pharmas would lose billions in profits. They are frightened of TCM and continue to try to prevent this news from becoming mainstream while attempting to get their bedfellow, the FDA, to make it more difficult for practitioners to use herbs that have proven to work over and over. Of course the drug companies would close down their Facebook comment feature. "They can't handle the truth." Kudos to Facebook.
15 August 2011
13 August 2011
Climate change and global warming/cooling have been around since the "beginning". Any student knows that, if they received a credible education. If they missed out on a proper education I would suggest they return to the classroom and study a bit more diligently next time. But I fear that will not be possible in most cases because our education system is in such a shambles. Eventually there will not be enough teachers to teach because of the poor education our children are now receiving. Few of them will qualify to enter university and even fewer will become educators. That does not bode well for our country's future.
"Some of the exact same people -- by name, I can go down a list of their names -- are involved in this," Gore said Thursday at an Aspen Institute forum in Aspen, Colo. "And so what do they do? They pay pseudo-scientists to pretend to be scientists to put out the message: 'This climate thing, it's nonsense. Man-made CO2 doesn't trap heat. It's not -- It may be volcanoes.' Bullshit! 'It may be sun spots.' Bullshit! 'It's not getting warmer.' Bullshit!"
He continued: "There are about 10 other memes that are out there, and when you go and talk to any audience about climate, you hear them washing back at you the same crap, over and over and over again. They have polluted this shit. There is no longer shared reality on an issue like climate, even though the very existence of our civilization is threatened."
Both news organizations have posted partial audio of Gore's remarks, and a third, AspenJournalism.org, has put up a full recording.
However, the Aspen Institute said Monday it does not plan to make a full recording or transcript available.
Climate 'no longer acceptable in mixed company'
Gore "was at another conference and came over to speak to our group at late notice (at the request of a friend)," said Charlie Firestone, executive director of the Aspen Institute's Communications and Society Program. "He was not a regular participant, so did not know, as the others did, that the conference was being streamed. ... We are according our normal rule of 'not for attribution.'"
Gore spent more than an hour addressing the institute's Forum on Communications and Society, Firestone said, "covering topics of the history of communication, neurobiology and civic discourse."
But it was the former vice president-turned-environmental activist's comments on climate skeptics that drew news coverage -- and subsequently lit up the conservative blogosphere this weekend.
"It's no longer acceptable in mixed company, meaning bipartisan company, to use the goddamned word 'climate,'" Gore said. "It's not acceptable. They have polluted this to the point where we cannot possibly come to an agreement on it because of this organized activity."
The same tactics used by climate skeptics and the tobacco industry were also deployed during the recent debt-ceiling debate, Gore added.
"During the debt-ceiling debate, Crossroads and Americans for Prosperity and a collection of smaller groups did exactly the same thing," Gore said. "Unnoticed in Washington and New York, as the debt-ceiling debate was going on, the ratio of television advertisements was 9-to-1 -- 9-to-1! -- on the 'Don't-lift-the-debt-ceiling' debate. 'Spending is the problem. We have to shrink government.' And now we're going to tip the country back into recession. It's absolutely insane."
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Mr. Gore is correct and states it well. Climate skeptics do not believe in any science except that an ostrich sticks its head in the sand. It is amazing that so many bird brains are content to vote for "Struthio camelus" and allow them run the country into the ground. But it has been said "birds of a feather flock together". "GOP" now makes sense to me. (There are so many more analogies that can be made but my time is short.)
08 July 2011
07 July 2011
Sad to read of the decline of this amazing experience. A wonderful and spiritual place. When we visited in 1997 we were able to spend the night right next to the citadel on the mountain. There were less than 120 visitors in the ruins while we were there. Aguas Calientes was a marvelous sleepy little village with a few rooms offered for rent. A bus took us up the zigzagging mountain road to the hotel. The train from Qosqo was slow and the restroom filthy but that was part of the charm. Climbed neighboring Huayna Picchu and pondered the wonder of it all. While on top we saw representatives of the largest and smallest flying bird species at the same time. A condor and a hummingbird. We were lucky to see this magnificent place before it was ruined by tourists and big business. It is a must see as those that have been there will attest to but you have missed out on the tranquility of Machu Picchu if you did not visit during the twentieth century.
06 July 2011
05 July 2011
04 July 2011
to a great adventure, my retirement. My own declaration of independence if you will. I don't know why or how this minor occurrence in the scheme of things has exploded into hugh fireworks displays around the country. I did not see any such displays on the anniversary of our country's declaration of independence on the second of July. If you deem it appropriate to celebrate my retirement, I thank you. Hope you have a great time. But instead of setting off skyrockets, and colorful aerial bombs thus polluting our skies, I ask that you use the "ILoveFireworks" app (99 cents) on your mobile device. Then you can celebrate any and all special occurrences whenever you like and save our atmosphere. Thank you. #declarationofindependence #adventure #July2nd #pollution # retirement #celebration #July4th #atmosphere ;-)
03 July 2011
02 July 2011
01 July 2011
Again this year, the citizens of the United States of America will celebrate their country's declaration of independence on the wrong day. And again this year, I will post the history why...
"So, it was done, the break was made, in words at least: on July 2, 1776, in Philadelphia, the American colonies declared independence." Page 129 "John Adams" David McCullough On July 4, 1776, only John Hancock and Charles Thomson signed the document to authentic it so it could be printed. Page 136 ("John Adams") "The actual signing of the document would not take place until Friday, August 2, after a fair copy..." Page 137 ("John Adams") "...Thomas McKean of Delaware appears not to have signed until January 1777, which made him the last." Page 138 ("John Adams") Independence was achieved, ""His Britannic Majesty acknowledges the said United States . . . to be free, sovereign and independent states." "Done at Paris," read the final line, "this third day of September, in the the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty three." The mighty Revolution had ended. The new nation was born."" Page 285 "John Adams"
Happy Independence Day!
29 June 2011
28 June 2011
22 June 2011
Tonight's BBC World News on PBS left us thinking that the United States has no other manned space vehicle to take us back into space once the shuttle fleet is retired. They did not do their homework. NASA and Lockheed Martin have been working on Orion for several years. My brother-in-law has been working on procuring materials for the heat shield for quite some time.
First, apparently your ad agency and editor did not attend class when evolution was presented, or they were asleep, do not subscribe to the theory of evolution or don't understand evolution basics. Birds evolved from reptiles. Many reptiles lay eggs. Eggs appeared before birds. Your "rooster v the egg" advert is moot.
Secondly, your "Hot House" (fireman falling through the floor) advert is in bad taste considering the recent loss of two firefighters in San Francisco and others around the world. It should have been pulled.
Thirdly, I will never return to your service. Stop the junk mail and save a tree. #directv
21 June 2011
18 June 2011
Proud to be among the 8% that do not (no longer) use fookbace and the 13% that use Twitter. Can't believe that so many trust fookbace with their privacy. Talk about misplaced trust. See that fb is losing members in Canada and the U.S. (http://www.insidefacebook.com/?p=52528) Those ex-members must know something.
17 June 2011
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31 May 2011
I purchased a set of Apple iPod earphones with Remote and Mic five months ago. They now pause and start "Play" all by themselves. It's great. I enjoy the stuttering ambiance it creates while I am listening to podcasts and music. Until I can find a set of reasonably priced earphones that are robust enough to last more than a few months, my Touch will reside on my nightstand as an expensive alarm clock.
30 May 2011
26 May 2011
"Although, as everyone knows, facts have a liberal bias." Jon CarrollRead more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/05/25/DDPH1JKARJ.DTL#ixzz1NTwIjNkz
Another great column from Mr. Carroll.
25 May 2011
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16 May 2011
Today I received a postcard stating that I may have won two new automobiles or $49K. Maybe a cruise, a two day getaway with airfare or perhaps a seven day cruise. I'm so excited but I have to hurry. I must call within 72 hours. Wait. The missive mentions the offer expires in the middle of June. Whew! Thought I might miss out. Now I must decide which prize I will select and with whom I will share this happy time. Decisions. Decisions.
15 May 2011
If so, you may want to read the June 2011 issue of Consumer Reports. You may be looking for an alternative social site after reading the article about facebook. "...you share the details of your life on Facebook, assuming that you and other users are its main customers and that it's accountable to you. But Bruce Schneier, cheif technology officer at security firm BT Global Service, says you're not Facebook's customer. 'You are Facebook's product that they sell to their customers,' he says, refering to the network's advertisers." You have to ask yourself who is using whom? Stand up, be brave and seek out a better alternative. Invite your friends to follow you. True privacy is lost on the Internet but you can do a better job of protecting your personal information than on facebook. Does billionaire Mr. Mark really need you to help line his already bulging pockets? Check out other social sites. You may find a less offensive organization that may fill your needs. Twitter may be all you need. Or Blogger? Tumblr? WordPress? Posterous? You may also want to avoid friendfeed which is owned by facebook. Remember, The Beatles were warning us of the Blue Meanies so long ago. I left facebook and am glad I did.
28 April 2011
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23 April 2011
How about nutritionally responsible? Nutrition labels? Big deal. Old news. Those labels have been around for a while. How about removing HFCS that is made from GMO corn, that requires atrocious amounts of petrochemical fertilizers that are then washed down the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers to the Gulf of Mexico creating a dead zone? All those acres poisoned by chemical fertilizers could better be used to grow crops that would provide healthy, environmentally and nutritionally sound food crops. Instead, they produce GMO corn that is fed to millions of cattle forced into crowded, filthy feed lots eating a product they are not meant to consume thus requiring antibiotics that contaminate our beef. And how about all the corn products under multiple pseudonyms that pervade human food products? If Coca-Cola wants to be environmentally and nutritionally responsible at the same time, they can remove high fructose corn syrup from all their products. That would be great news on Earth Day.
22 April 2011
And what about all those single cup, e.g. K-Cup, plastic cups? Luckily the industry is looking into a more environmentally responsible single brew container. We use a single cup brewer but use the optional wire basket that allows us to use the ground coffee of our choice. And it is also much easier to recycle the grounds. To show good faith in their statement of becoming environmentally friendly in the future, the single brew machine manufacturers should supply the over priced brewing basket free with all new coffee makers and to present owners. Brewing one cup of coffee, or tea for that matter, is a waste of energy. So even with a recyclable "K-Cup" or the screen basket, the single brew machine should be recycled and replaced with a French press or other more efficient coffee maker. And something else to consider, is bisphenol A present in the tubing of single brew coffee makers? How far will you go to help make Earth Day count?
21 April 2011
20 April 2011
It said that we will be paying for just about everything with our subsidized smart phones in the near future. I think the advent of the near-field communication (NFC) payment system is fantastic. I have a real problem with the requirements though. Such as the possession of a smart phone and a monthly data plan. Not all of us will have a smart phone or want one. When the day comes when all purchases are made by bumping or swiping our communicator will the telecommunication monopolies subsidize the required smart phone monthly data plan? How many can actually afford the monthly phone bill now? If the big telcoms want us to use our smart phone (which we may be forced to obtain) to pay for our necessities, let alone to make a call, they will have to subsidize the phone bills for many of those that can not afford the phone they don't want and certainly the compulsory data plans. To do this will AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, etc, have to raise the price of the data plans of those who actually use them? Smart phones are nice but that doesn't mean the telecoms, or the government in their regulation of said phones, is smart. They are just greedy. But isn't that what big business is all about? IMHO
12 April 2011
11 April 2011
09 April 2011
Two years ago this day our precious Suzy took it upon on herself to adopt us. Apparently, and luckily for us, we suited her needs. Suzy has continually stressed that a diva and a princess are not the same and have different demands. In return for our following precise instructions in meeting her wants and whimsies, she has condescended to become my mentor and art critic. Suzy and "Mum" are still sparring as to which one is the true queen of the castle. All in all it has been a glorious two years and we look forward to many more. Thank you Suzy for being you.
08 April 2011
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30 March 2011
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09 March 2011
I always thought that my wife and I were average Americans*. Recently I began looking at "America" and how most of the citizens live their lives. I have had to reconsider our status as "average" Americans. We do not eat fast food, conusme soft drinks, like tall food, shop at Costco and Walmart. We do not Facebook. We drive a Prius. We eat organic foods when possible. Given we do not follow the average American eating and buying demographics, I have come to the conclusion that we are not "average" Americans. We are AB normal Americans. Actually, we are AB normal USers**.
*I loosely use the term "American" to represent those individuals that reside in the nation we call the United States of America.
**The term "USer" has yet to gain popularity in the general media. Since all people residing in North, Central and South America are Americans, the term "USer" would be more appropriate in labeling those who live in the United States of America. (Also given that we USers consume more per capita than other countries the label is even more relevant.)