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Boycotting myself…

Update:  As awful as this will sound, it’s stories like this that lift my spirits.  No, breaking and entering doesn’t deserve a death sentence but the fact remains – had he decided to be a law-abiding citizen and not tried to steal from other people he would be alive today.

Columbus police Sgt. Steven Little tells The Columbus Dispatch investigators believe the man broke a window to enter the apartment and severed an artery on his arm in the process.

Little says the apparent intruder “sat down on the floor and bled to death.” Police believe the man died Sunday or Monday, when the body was found.

If more people cut themselves and bled to death while committing a crime there would be a lot less crime.

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As veeshir noted a few days ago, I seem to be boycotting my own blog, which he heartily approves of.

Perhaps “boycotting my own blog” is not the proper terminology.

As you know, I haven’t been doing so very hot physically and I’ve been working these ridiculous hours while also traveling.

Just two hours ago I got done with the second epidural in three weeks.

They asked to set up another appointment for a third epidural in four weeks, but… and this “but” is a doozy… but, if I don’t see any improvement by one week from today I am to go to a surgeon.  It looks like the newest of the symptoms – a burning sensation where there was pain and numbness in my left thumb and forefinger means that if the epidural doesn’t work then it’s a sign of things that need more aggressive treatment.

It probably means the hack-n-slash surgery, not the laser kind, and it freaks me out a bit.

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Difficulty in finding work may scar young Americans?  I prefer to think that adversity encourages personal growth but it can never be that if one looks at it as a life-altering negative.

Teenagers hung out on street corners and on the steps of boarded-up buildings in impoverished downtown Newburgh one blisteringly hot August day this year.

With the economy still in the doldrums and government summer work programs losing funding, there was little for them to do in this town about 60 miles north of New York City.

They were not alone: It was the worst summer on record for U.S. teenagers seeking work, delaying millions of young Americans’ entry into the labor force and creating a generation that history suggests may be scarred by the experience.

Cruel Wife and I were both out of work for eight months (at different times) and I think I can say that we both grew as a result.  Yes it was tough.  Scarred, though?

This chaps my ‘nads:

“There’s also the social aspect: You’re suggesting to them they are not worth that much, when at 19 they can’t even get crummy jobs.”

Tim Barnicle, a former assistant secretary of labor in the Clinton administration

There are wider consequences too: a lack of morale may sap energy out of the generation on whose shoulders the burden of paying for the retirements of the baby boomers will lie.

Hey, I thought Social Security was where we paid for our own retirements?  :-7

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Update:  I’m out today.  Just not feeling great and tired of going to work no matter what.  It gets old showing up day after day to do your job when all you want to do is lie down.

I know that didn’t sound too cheery.  This ought to help – Got the link on a tip from Monster (cbullitt) over at Aardvark’s and Asshats.  Published in The Canadian.  All through the article the author/compiler peppered the thing with “could”, “could be”, “probably”, “as much as”, and my favorite “if validated”.  Emphasis mine…

Over 4.5 Billion people could die from Global Warming-related causes by 2012

Hydrate hypothesis illuminates growing climate change alarm  – Compiled by John Stokes

To summarize, human activity is causing the Earth to warm. Bacteria converts carbon in the soil into greenhouse gasses, and enormous quantities are trapped in unstable clathrates. As the earth continues to warm, permafrost clathrates will thaw; peat and soil microbial activity will dramatically increase; and, finally, vast oceanic clathrates will melt. This global warming chain reaction has happened in the past.

Atmospheric concentrations of CO2 rose by a record amount over the past year. It is the third successive year in which they have increased sharply. Scientists are at a loss to explain why the rapid rise has taken place, but fear the trend could be the first sign of runaway global warming.

Runaway Global Warming promises to literally burn-up agricultural areas into dust worldwide by 2012, causing global famine, anarchy, diseases, and war on a global scale as military powers including the U.S., Russia, and China, fight for control of the Earth’s remaining resources.

Over 4.5 billion people could die from Global Warming related causes by 2012, as planet Earth accelarates into a greed-driven horrific catastrophe.

Maybe the Mayan 2012 thing had merit?  Ohgoshwe’reallgonnadie!

The “hydrate hypothesis” (if validated) spells the rapid onset of runaway catastrophic global warming. In fact, you should remember this moment when you learned about this feedback loop-it is an existencial turning point in your life.

By the way, the “hydrate hypothesis” is a weeks old scientific theory, and is only now being discussed by global warming scientists. I suggest you Google the term.

Now that most scientists agree human activity is causing the Earth to warm, the central debate has shifted to when we will pass the tipping point and be helpless to stop the runaway Global Warming.

The author paints a picture where all scientists are working day and night as a cohesive organism, grim faced, with scurrying engineers and acolytes – all tirelessly sacrificing to understand the process by which a large portion of humanity will die – all because of greed.

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Whups.  That is going to leave a mark.


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That’s what my mother told me when I finally got my diploma and headed towards the “real world”.

Let’s not analyze her or her remarks too closely but focus instead on a generalization that we can make based on the statement as presented.

Education is very useful, valuable even, but if you are a blithering idiot it’s a waste of your time and dangerous to others.

On NPR’s Environment report this morning I heard a piece about toxic chemicals in things we use every day – cleaning supplies, household goods, and even perfumes.  The idiocy was here:

Ann Steinemann is an environmental engineering professor at the University of Washington, and has studied hundreds of cleaning products. She says nearly all brands on the market, even those labeled green products, contain undisclosed carcinogens – which are considered hazardous by the Environmental Protection Agency:

“According to the EPA, things that are classified as carcinogens have no safe exposure level. There is no safe exposure level. Even one molecule cannot be considered safe.”

Some of the most toxic shit known to mankind, ricin and botulinum toxin – will not kill you with one molecule… NOTHING will.

Nor can it be considered unsafe at any level.  This is such a bogus statement.  Sure it’s technically true but it has no intrinsic value.  It’s like saying human’s diet includes bugs because we get them in chocolate.  Well, yeah, we do get bugs in our chocolate, but so freakin’ what?

The EPA is not the final arbiter of information about what is good and what is bad – they hold no universal truths and they can be wrong.  The problem is that when you start labeling things as toxic or carcinogenic those claims are based on testing that is the biological equivalent of testing to failure in the mechanical engineering fields.   There is no number where you say “Oh, after 10,032 molecules you’ll die of gangrene of the eardrum”.

Why scare people with statements that lead them to believe that even one teensy little bit that can only (maybe) seen wtih a gas chromatograph is going to kill them?  What if it is a thousand times some teensy amount?  Is that bad enough?  It’s not at all clear that even then it’s ok to declare a product “unsafe”.  Just claiming that the presense of a substance is enough to ban it is asinine.

Yes, lots of things are carcinogenic.  Yes, some things are scary.  That doesn’t mean we should freak everybody out with technically correct claims that are still so far removed from reason as to immediately lower the IQ of anyone who hears them.

Disclaimer:  I am not even remotely interested in debating chemicals in consumer goods, not even a teensy bit.  I’m ranting about scary-sounding statements used to make one’s cause seem more urgent, like the one above.

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It is time to come out, come clean… I… I… I am a fountain pen freak.  My father is disgusted – he says “We embraced ball-point pens for a reason!”  Yeah, well, my hand gets tired with BP and fine-point pens – and a good fountain pen is smooth as glass.  And no one steals them, either, because 97.23% of the people out there can’t write with ’em.  Good, I say.

The Skyline model (Eversharp) is something I drool over.  Note the art deco design.

I’m showing an image from that link as a teaser… go look at the beautiful pens…

Note:  The website requested that I only use this image provided… go look at the pens on the page…

PenHero.com Main Page
Read about more great pens at PenHero.com

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I lived in the Tri-Cities for years and met Cruel Wife there so this article caught my attention.

I’m cynical and I piss Cruel Wife off regularly by saying “I have faith in human nature.”   I mean it in the most unflattering way possible.

There are good people around still.  How about that?

I still have faith in human nature.

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Got a raging sinus infection and I am not up to much clever tonight.  So just kind of play along, won’t you?

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Angry Haitians block roads with corpses.

Yeah, that’ll help.

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Behind closed doors, transparently, of course…

Big Labor got some big love from President Obama and congressional Democrats yesterday after they agreed to exempt union workers from the whopping “Cadillac tax” on high-cost health-care plans until 2018.

The sweetheart deal, hammered out behind closed doors, will save union employees at least $60 billion over the years involved, while others won’t be as lucky — they’ll have to cough up almost $90 billion.

The 40 percent excise tax on what have come to be called “Cadillac” health-care plans would exempt collective-bargaining contracts covering government employees and other union members until Jan. 1, 2018.

The only way they could hope to pass it is to pander to the biggest whiners and screw everyone else.  This is why I hate unions.  I was a union member several times.  Hated them then, too.

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This kind of talk scares me.  Already has.  Continues to do so.  Excerpts from an editorial by C.L. Gray:

Two weeks ago the Mayo Clinic shocked the nation when it closed the doors of one of its Arizona clinics to patients on Medicare. Just this past June President Obama himself praised Mayo as a model of medical efficiency noting that Mayo gives “the highest quality care at costs well below the national norm.” If Mayo feels compelled to walk away from this government-run program, others will surely follow. The nation must understand why.

President Obama reflected this [abusive posture towards physicians] last summer. On national television, he stated as fact a surgeon is paid between $30,000 and $50,000 for amputating a patient’s foot.

In reality, a surgeon is paid between $740 and $1,140 to perform this unfortunate, but often life-saving procedure. This reimbursement must cover a pre-operative evaluation the day of surgery, the surgery, and follow-up for 90 days after surgery—not to mention malpractice insurance, salaries for clinic nurses, and clinic overhead. It is frightening to think our president is so wildly misinformed even as he stands on the cusp of overhauling American health care. But it gets worse.

Given massive federal deficits, Washington now faces increasing pressure to cut Medicare spending. One way to do this is to intimidate physicians into under-billing. To do this Washington intends to spend tax payer dollars to ramp up physician audits using Recovery Audit Contractors (RAC audits) to randomly investigate private physician’s Medicare billing.

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Finally, after one year, something I agree with the Obama White House on…

Robertson’s remark “utterly stupid”.

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manishmah.com gets Kudos for this picture of him/her/it.

I’m going to have nightmares all darned night long.

Which means I shall not be alone, I will SHARE. DPUD is right, all variants are horrifying. You rub your eyes, you scratch them, you grind sand into them, and even bleach doesn’t work… the vision is still there… burned

INTO YOUR MIND.

I fear I may have blinded Old Iron, who by his comment below apparently can touch-type. Hope this does not hinder his travel plans in the future.

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Lots of ugly pics on the trail lately… Here’s one of Sen. Clinton just before she unhinges her jaw to swallow a Fox News reporter whole. If you dare, click on the smaller pics to get the larger view – people who do this sort of thing are usually eaters of Red Savina and Jolokia peppers, i.e., chiliheads and/or not an ounce of brains (yours truly included).

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Some more… isn’t it great that in this day and age we can freeze-frame people and laugh or cringe for years later?

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Another one, the pimped-out daughter of Sen. Clinton – Chelsea… apparently she has just filed her teeth to chisel points using the scary-sharp method. She looks hungry to me. Doesn’t she look hungry folks? Granted, she’s a liberal, but doesn’t she seem extra-extra dangerous? She’s got the “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” aura about her.

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Perhaps this was during one of those “We’ll Pay You to Vote for Us” moments.

Ok, back to work.

– LK

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