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Top Ten Legal Drugs Linked to Violence | TIME.com

I would suggest that people taking the drugs listed in this article probably need to be closely supervised while taking these drugs.

URL: http://healthland.time.com/2011/01/07/top-ten-legal-drugs-linked-to-violence/

‘Burden of Disease’ study shows a world living longer and with more disability – The Washington Post

A new study is showing that worldwide we are living longer but not living longer well. Advances in medicine and a reduction in world poverty is allowing people to live longer. This change is leading to us finding ourselves unequipped to deal with the health challenges a longer life gives us.

People are living longer lives, but the time they are gaining isn’t entirely time with good health. For every year of life expectancy added since 1990, about 9 ½ months is time in good health. The rest is time in a diminished state — in pain, immobility, mental incapacity or medical support such as dialysis. For people who survive to age 50, the added time is “discounted” even further. For every added year they get, only seven months are healthy.

via ‘Burden of Disease’ study shows a world living longer and with more disability – The Washington Post.

As I enter into the “older” phase of my life I’m becoming more aware of how my aches and pains are increasing and how I need to address health concerns that weren’t there just five years ago.

Chrysler Workers Drinking: Fired Employees Reinstated At Jefferson North Plant In Detroit

I think it is very likely that unions would still be viewed in a positive light if it weren’t for things like this.

Chrysler has reinstated more than a dozen Jefferson North assembly line workers who were filmed drinking and smoking pot during their breaks.

via Chrysler Workers Drinking: Fired Employees Reinstated At Jefferson North Plant In Detroit.

A news crew filmed over a dozen Chrysler workers drinking and smoking dope on their break. Chrysler fired them, the union filed a grievance in their behalf and an arbitrator told Chrysler to rehire them.

I have no problem with people drinking and smoking dope on their own time as long as they aren’t endangering me or anyone else. I do have a problem with them stepping out for a break from work and coming back intoxicated or stoned. I especially have a problem with them doing this in a manufacturing environment. It is a way to get people killed.

That’s why I’m very disappointed in the union for defending this type of behavior. I think I’m not alone in this and I think this is but one example of why Michigan is about to become a right to work state.

He REALLY Wanted that Man Dead

Y’all need to read this: News Nearby: Man Caught Plotting to Kill Norcross Man from Jail Cell – Peachtree Corners, GA Patch.

A man offers another man $3,000 to kill his former business partner, $1,500 up front with another $1,500 when the job is done. Of course the “hit man” is an informant. (Lesson to all of you here, in real life ALL hit men are informants.) So the “hit man” brings back a doctored up photo showing the target is dead and gets the first man to agree to pay the rest of the money. He’s arrested and carted off to jail.

End of story. Right?

In November, a plain clothes officer met with the suspect, 65-year-old Duluth resident Joseph Memar, during his visitation time, according to a news release from Gwinnett Police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith.

Memar offered the undercover officer $10,000 to kill his original victim, Alireza Jebraeilli, of Norcross. Jebraeilli is his former business partner whom Memar made a hit to kill in June.

Memar directed the officer to a source outside the jail for payment, but when detectives approached that source, he refused to participate in any way.

So the price goes up once you’ve failed once. :) I’m actually beginning to question the sanity of Mr. Memar.

URL: http://peachtreecorners.patch.com/articles/man-caught-plotting-to-kill-norcross-man-from-his-jail-cell

Stabilize Money and Cut Taxes

Brian Domitrov points out something I think is important. I hear supply side economics being trashed every day and I don’t really think the people doing the trashing understand exactly what supply side economics is. It seems most people think it means tax cuts for the rich and it does, but it also means tax cuts for the poor and the stabilization of currency. People also attempt to claim that Pres. George W. Bush’s economics plan was classic supply side economics. But it wasn’t! Everything his administration did devalued our currency and did nothing to seek to stabilize it.

But in current circumstances, you see how it can be so…tempting…to say that supply-side economics was only ever a policy of tax cuts. This is because the George W. Bush tax cuts—those things on the chopping block in this fiscal cliff drama—supervised a mere boomlet in the mid-2000s, and then the Great Recession after 2008. If you trash W.’s policy by calling it supply-side, then by association you can discredit the Reagan success too. Conservative economic policy: a comprehensive failure in its decades-long response to Keynes!

via Ignorance Abounds About Supply-Side Economics – Forbes.

As Domitrov points out Reagan saw both approaches, lower taxes and stabilize the currency, to be equally important and that brought us slowly out of the recession he inherited from the 70s and enabled the growth we saw after his administration in the 90s. The younger Bush administration only went the cut taxes route. He couldn’t stabilize the currency when he had two wars to fight and only a credit card to finance them. He was not a supply sider.

They Go In Easy But Taking Them Out Is Hard.

Okay, in this article, “Porcupine Quills Inspire New Medical Adhesives“, I can understand what they are looking for and I can applaud them for trying to find a way for hypodermic needles to go in easier but from what I’m reading what makes the porcupine quill go in easy is the exact same thing that makes it hard to pull out. I’m all for a hypodermic needle going in easy but I’m even more for it being easy to pull back out, not harder!

URL: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/253825.php

So you want to get rid of those corporate loopholes. Eh?

A lot of people are pointing to corporations as not paying their fair share of taxes. If you are one of those maybe you should read this article, “Closing ‘Corporate Tax Loopholes’: As Easy As It Sounds? – ABC News“,  before you totally make up your mind. This is leading me even further in not just believing, but knowing that we must move our taxation from the production side to the consumption side in order to have any form of tax equity in this country.

Taxing consumption just makes things fair. Right now we are taxing income progressively using charts that take only economic brackets into consideration and not regional costs of living. We are also trying desperately to tax only income and not the expenses used to create income which opens up all sorts of “loopholes” for individuals and corporations.

Remember a few years ago when everyone was buying Hummers because the cost of a Hummer was being subsidized by depreciation costs? Things like that would go away if we just taxed consumption rather than production. So would all the problems the article points out.

URL: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/closing-corporate-tax-loopholes-easy-sounds/story?id=17928780#.UMclvuT7JvA

Rethinking the Source of Earth’s Water

Earth did not form containing water. Earth was much too hot for water to hang around in its formative years so where did the water come from? Scientists use to think it was brought here by icy comets from outside our solar system. Evidence, however, is pointing elsewhere.

It seems that the deuterium to hydrogen ratio in comets is too high. Had our water come from comets our deuterium to hydrogen ratio would match that of the comets but it doesn’t so that isn’t where our water came from.

However:

After studying 85 carbonaceous chondrites, supplied by Johnson Space Center and the Meteorite Working Group, they show in a paper released today by Science Express that they likely did not form in the same regions of the solar system as comets because they have much lower deuterium content. They formed closer to the Sun, perhaps in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. And its that material that rained on early Earth to create the wet planet we know today.

via Rethinking the Source of Earth’s Water.

Which I find to be just absolutely cool when you consider that the chondrites with the highest proportion of water are the CI chondrites that can contain up to 22% water and organic matter in the form of amino acids. That’s primordial soup contents right there, the origin of life stuff.

Most likely these meteors were spun off by the solar nebulae before it condensed into our sun. Somehow the Earth wound up being bombarded by so many of these carbonaceous chondrites that our seas formed from the water they contained.

So my question is how many other stars out there formed from a stellar nebulae as ours did and threw off carbonaceous chondrites like I’m supposing ours did and bombard planets in their solar system much like happened to our Earth?

No Limits

“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”
― Shel Silverstein

Someone telling you that you can’t do something is often all it takes to make it true. While that’s especially true with children it’s true for adults too. How many cures for cancer have we missed because someone told someone else they would never amount to anything or that their dream was impossible? It’s one thing to point out flaws in a plan but while pointing out those flaws look for alternatives that will work to suggest. That one positive bit of criticism may result in magic.

The Monthly Business Lunch Cliff

Let’s say you walk into a restaurant with a dozen business partners, your business credit card and no cash. You turn to Fred, who is the CFO of your company, and you ask him, “Fred, how much credit do we have left on this card?” Fred tells you that the company has exactly $100 of credit available on that card and you all sit down knowing what the credit limit is and you each order a $10 meal. After the meal the waiter brings out the bill and it is $120, which is $20 more than is on the card and that isn’t considering the tip the waiter gets or sales tax on the bill.

Fred tells you that you need to call the bank and tell them they need to raise the credit limit on the card. Marty, the COO of the company, tells you that raising the credit limit on that card would be irresponsible and that you needed to cut expenses before you raise the credit limit on the card. Jeff, the CTO, points out that his department is on the verge of introducing a new product that should increase revenues by 20% and if those expenses are cut by reducing resources available to R&D it would drastically delay the introduction of this new product. A few more partners pipe in with their ideas with all split down the middle on whether or not expenses should be cut or revenues increased instead of increasing the credit limit.

Meanwhile, the waiter is needing to open up the table for the next party and the restaurant owner is needing you to pay the bill for the food you have already eaten and the only way you are getting out of their is to do the dine and dash or call the bank and get the credit limit increased. So you make a deal with your business partners. You can raise the credit limit on the card if all of them will find ways to increase revenue and reduce expenses before the next monthly business lunch. If that doesn’t occur then all deparment budgets will be slashed by 25% and everyone’s monthly bonuses will be forfeited to pay for that month’s business lunch with all excesses going to the waiter as a tip.

Sound familiar?

New DVR will use camera and microphone to target advertisements based on recordings of users

You know those ads that pop up on websites that are based on recent web searches you have made? Well, something like that is about to happen with TV. Verizon has a patent involving using a camera and microphone in their DVRs  that allows Verizon to target ads to you based on how many people are in the room and what they are talking about.

“If detection facility detects one or more words spoken by a user e.g., while talking to another user within the same room or on the telephone, advertising facility may utilize the one or more words spoken by the user to search for and/or select an advertisement associated with the one or more words,” Verizon states in its application,which was first reported by Fierce Cable.

via New DVR will use camera and microphone to target advertisements based on recordings of users | The Sideshow – Yahoo! News.

Now this is just a patent, not a real product, but it shows what our cable companies are considering. Note that this is for use on a DVR, not live cable transmissions so this is going to be ads sent to you for programs you have recorded. I’m wondering who would allow an invasion of privacy such as this.

After this past weekend I’m ready for the end of big box stores and a return of specialty stores. I’d really like to see a “Cleaner Store” where I could go and find all the cleaning supplies I need, including specialty cleaning supplies, in one small area rather than having to search over 100,000 square feet of store space for what I need.

Christie 2016?

Derek over at Businomitics has a very strong opinion on the GOP running Chris Christie in 2016. I can understand that. A lot of people think Christie handed Obama the election. Personally, I think Christie was doing everything he could to make sure that New Jersey after Sandy didn’t end up like Louisiana after Katrina.

Let me tell you, though. That’s not what handed the election over to Obama. The Democrats were able to make a caricature of Romney appear to be very much a realistic photo of the man. Romney made that easy for them.

I think the real problem with Christie is that he is a pragmatic Conservative who doesn’t seem to be a part of the religious right. You know the difference between a pragmatic Conservative and a staunch conservative. Don’t you? A pragmatic conservative actually gets conservative legislation passed.

Another problem may be that he doesn’t see Islam as a problem, he sees radical Islamacists as a problem. I guess that’s because he isn’t a part of the religious right he can still remember that he is a member of a party that purports to be in favor of getting the government off the backs of the citizens and should be for religious freedoms for all citizens.

In NRO Noah Glyn writes:

Christie has been a consistent conservative. His reform of state workers’ benefits and pensions helped balance the state budget, and it foreshadowed other conservative reforms at the state level, similar to those of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker. He has proposed cutting income taxes 10 percent for all New Jersey citizens, and he was instrumental in capping property-tax increases at 2 percent per year. Christie recently vetoed a health-insurance exchange mandated under Obamacare. He cut funding for Planned Parenthood and vetoed a gay-marriage bill. And if that wasn’t enough, Christie also pushed for school choice for New Jersey families.

Now that’s conservative enough it has this moderate independent hesitant to vote for him but it is exactly the type of candidate that the GOP needs to win back much of the moderates their staunch conservatism drove away. Christie is pragmatic. He will work with people and from the looks of what Glyn wrote about him he didn’t back off from a lot of the core principles the GOP claims to stand for.

Understanding Arguments: An Introduction to Informal Logic, 8th Edition by Sinnott-Armstrong/Fogelin | CengageBrain

The free online course I’m taking suggests this book to make the course easier. At that price? I don’t think so.

URL: http://www.cengagebrain.com/shop/en/US/storefront/US;CMGTJSESSIONID=2yJKQqGFtXhWnKTSRYvDhbL23hBVb5yMGv3116YVLL2XKLjVY7CR!-505911154!-276896687?cmd=catProductDetail&entryPoint=storefront&ISBN=9780495603955&messageType=catProductDetail

Staten Island Relief Efforts Are A Community Affair

I know you’ve seen all those status updates on Facebook and Twitter throwing up how much we depend on government during times of disaster but do we really depend on government or on our neighbors?

The truth is that we depend on both but from what I’ve seen on the news it is our neighbors and our own community public servants that we rely on for the initial survival of a disaster. FEMA comes in later and makes it possible for a lot of people to build back.

Still, without the help from our neighbors a lot of people wouldn’t survive the disaster for FEMA to help. So while I’m glad that the Federal Government is there to support us I’m much more dependent upon my neighbors. If I had to choose to get rid of one I’d be keeping my neighbors.

Staten Island Relief Efforts Are A Community Affair : NPR.

URL: http://www.npr.org/2012/11/18/165384828/staten-island-relief-efforts-are-a-community-affair