It has been a while since I have posted. I have suffered from fibromyalgia for 22 years now, and I have a better understanding of the disease process. Recently, I realized I had not had a Vitamin B-12 Level, nor a Folic Acid level ever done. So, I had them done—and both were below-normal levels, respectively. I have been getting B-12 shots now for about 9 months, and my energy level is better than it has been since 10 years ago. I tried taking Folic Acid, but I got diarrhea when I took it. So, I will have to ask my physician if I can have the injections of Folic Acid instead. My IBS started in 1997. I do not know when my hypothyroidism, and low vitamin levels stated—but I would say it was at the same time. The lesson here is that despite all the money spent on healthcare in the USA, we really do not have a system that can properly diagnose, using low-cost blood-tests, diseases correctly. I have suffered unnecessary pain because of the failure of this system. I got my correct diagnosis from ‘Dr. Google’. I, for one, look forward to A.I. -powered ‘medical diagnosis and treatment plans’. Recently, I had a hemorrhoid ‘banded’—and that was a complete failure. As the little ‘rubber band’ came off, I experienced the worst physical pain of my life. It was like my root-canal infections, but worse. I am now thinking that most things cannot be fixed because they are due to the degenerative diseases of aging. Everyone should be aware of this reality. I certainly am. OUCH!
I am very-sure I had two-close-relatives who had this ‘disorder’ (‘no pun intended)!
A friend on Facebook shared this thought provoking essay.
This is a must read!!
From Heather Richardson, professor of History at Boston College:
“I don’t like to talk about politics on Facebook– political history is my job, after all, and you are my friends– but there is an important non-partisan point to make today.
What Bannon is doing, most dramatically with last night’s ban on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries– is creating what is known as a “shock event.”
Such an event is unexpected and confusing and throws a society into chaos. People scramble to react to the event, usually along some fault line that those responsible for the event can widen by claiming that they alone know how to restore order.
When opponents speak out, the authors of the shock event call them enemies. As society reels and tempers run high, those responsible for the shock event perform a sleight of hand to achieve their real goal, a goal they know to be hugely unpopular, but from which everyone has been distracted as they fight over the initial event. There is no longer concerted opposition to the real goal; opposition divides along the partisan lines established by the shock event.
Last night’s Executive Order has all the hallmarks of a shock event. It was not reviewed by any governmental agencies or lawyers before it was released, and counterterrorism experts insist they did not ask for it. People charged with enforcing it got no instructions about how to do so. Courts immediately have declared parts of it unconstitutional, but border police in some airports are refusing to stop enforcing it.
Predictably, chaos has followed and tempers are hot.
My point today is this: unless you are the person setting it up, it is in no one’s interest to play the shock event game. It is designed explicitly to divide people who might otherwise come together so they cannot stand against something its authors think they won’t like.
I don’t know what Bannon is up to– although I have some guesses– but because I know Bannon’s ideas well, I am positive that there is not a single person whom I consider a friend on either side of the aisle– and my friends range pretty widely– who will benefit from whatever it is.
If the shock event strategy works, though, many of you will blame each other, rather than Bannon, for the fallout. And the country will have been tricked into accepting their real goal.
But because shock events destabilize a society, they can also be used positively. We do not have to respond along old fault lines. We could just as easily reorganize into a different pattern that threatens the people who sparked the event.
A successful shock event depends on speed and chaos because it requires knee-jerk reactions so that people divide along established lines. This, for example, is how Confederate leaders railroaded the initial southern states out of the Union.
If people realize they are being played, though, they can reach across old lines and reorganize to challenge the leaders who are pulling the strings. This was Lincoln’s strategy when he joined together Whigs, Democrats, Free-Soilers, anti-Nebraska voters, and nativists into the new Republican Party to stand against the Slave Power.
Five years before, such a coalition would have been unimaginable. Members of those groups agreed on very little other than that they wanted all Americans to have equal economic opportunity. Once they began to work together to promote a fair economic system, though, they found much common ground. They ended up rededicating the nation to a “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”
Confederate leaders and Lincoln both knew about the political potential of a shock event. As we are in the midst of one, it seems worth noting that Lincoln seemed to have the better idea about how to use it.”
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The Greek Crisis is all about greed. Space may be the ‘final frontier’, but the Greek Crisis proves that the real ‘final frontier’ is changing people from being greedy, money-grubbing jerks to being loving, empathic individuals! The Germans continue to be German which explains why we even have this ‘crisis’ in the first place! They are the most money-grubbing, and selfish group of people on the European continent! They set up the euro because it benefited them, and they were then able to steal money from the weaker countries. This is how the world seems to be running now, but it does not bode well for the future. ‘Greed may be good’ in the short run for the crooked people, but it inevitably leads to war. World War I, and World War II were caused by greed. And, now we are facing World War III. The hard human heart is the final frontier that must be conquered, or there will be no future.
I recently read an interesting article from the NY Times titled (I think): As Robots Get Smarter, Workers Struggle To Keep Up. The title says to me that our employment problem is really caused by the obsolescence of the average, and above average human being. I encourage you all to read the article. If the article is correct, and I think it is, we will all be on SSDI because machines do better work in comparison to people.
I saw an interesting graph, on Dr. Krugman’s blog, showing that in 1993 the top 20% of incomes stated to increase at a much higher rate than in past USA history. I would blame both NAFTA, and changes in the USA tax code for stock and bond investments for this change. The USA’s government is responsible for selling out the middle class. There is no doubt in my mind that the problems we are facing are due to these two economic policies with their ‘designed in defects’. 40% of the USA’s workforce is unemployed, and it is not the people’s fault but rather the federal government’s.
I have a friend from the gym I used to be a member of, and he writes a blog. His latest entry explains why there are fewer, and ever fewer good jobs. The title of his blog is BizSinc-Bringing Business To Life. His latest entry is titled Can’t Refuse. His name is Thomas W. Smith. His other entries are worth reading, as well. Google the entry (especially you Dude).
I caught a cool video on YouTube of a tourist railway in Britain that is using broad gauge engines from what I believe was the Great Western Railway. Anyway, it is really cool! I think 7ft. should have been the ‘standard’ gauge for all the mainline railways in the world. Not 4 ft. 8 in. What do you think?
I keep having to change my password to post here. Is this some sort of safety measure? Has anyone else had this problem. I also get a ‘server has problem’ message. What is going on? Will the engineers please comment. Thanks. :-).
I am corresponding with a woman I met on OKCupid. She is a teacher. Perhaps you, NWP, can meet some nice guys on that site. It beats Fred Astare! Love that name! What is happening with his DUI. That can be a very expensive problem. Here in PA someone has set up a taxi service for drunks, so they do not have to drive their car home. The service has a driver return their car to their home for them, and then the service picks up the driver at the drunks home. Maybe Fred Astare can sign up with a similar service so he can avoid future DUIs.
My Friend Mike.
My friend Mike is a nice guy. In college he was very talkative, and bright. He got his degree in Meteorology, and served in the US Navy for six years using his meteorological training. Then he worked, for four more years in the private sector using those same skills. Now he works nights at a ‘big box’ hardware store. I caught up with him on Facebook, but he did not seem the same guy I knew in college. I mentioned this, and other things I had noticed in my correspondence with Mike, to my mom and she said it may be early dementia. I was shocked, but I had seen the same thing with a close relative. I think Mike is about to turn 50. It is so sad the way people deteriorate. But I guess that is just life.
Yesterday (4/03/2014) David Letterman announced he would retire sometime in 2015. I am not a late night talk show watcher, but I do recognize Mr. Letterman was a good interviewer. His training at a regional radio, and later his working at a regional TV station, obviously helped him develop his talent. He probably could have gone into journalism if he had not chosen comedy. That multifaceted talent is what made him different from all his peers. Johnny Carson wanted ‘Dave’ to be his replacement hosting The Tonight Show, but NBC chose Jay Leno instead. I think, considering what has happened to NBC, Mr.Letterman definitely ended up with the better deal. I look at this as a ‘flipping’ point’. This is my term which I use to ‘describe a sudden culture change which has been slowly building’. After David Letterman retires all the major late night talk show hosts will be people who were born after 1968, as far as I know. My college generation watched ‘Dave’. Then they graduated, and watched David Letterman. Their parents generation watched Johnny Carson. Now the next working (if anyone is ‘working’ in this economy!) generation has taken over, and they will watch the late night talk show hosts they watched in college. If anything says ones generation is been shunted of the stage of life, it is no longer seeing your generation represented on TV by the late night talk show hosts you were watching as a young adult in college.
The Freedom Tower.
I am glad some ‘base jumpers’ parachuted off The Freedom Tower recently, but I still feel it represents the decline of the U.S.A. because it seems like such a small ‘gesture’ in its symbolism. It is the triumph of the philosophy of “knowing the cost of everything, and the value of nothing” that now dominates this once inspirational country. Very sad.
My Friend Jim.
I first met Jim though mutual friends, who I had become acquainted with in ninth grade, when I first started high school. Jim was a good, honest, and well intentioned guy. He ‘friended’ me on Facebook a few years back, and I caught up with what was going on in his life. He was an avid sports fan, and posted a lot about local minor league teams; As well as Philly teams. He even had just looked into purchasing season tickets to a local minor league team. Then one day, about six weeks ago, I went on Facebook and the mutual friend who had introduced me to Jim many yeas ago had posted about Jim’s sudden, untimely death. Jim died in his sleep at the age of 53. I miss his posts, but he was fortunate because he never outlived his joy of life. Everyone should be so blessed.
Crimea (A River?).
Is Crimea a river that will lead to WWIII. It seems a lot like the pre-WWI, or pre-WWII period in Europe currently. I, at first thought President (Boorish) Putin just wanted that little part of Ukraine but now he seems very Hitlerian in his goals. He just wants to steal everything!!! It makes no sense, unless you realize that he is ‘nuts’. Then it makes perfect sense!!! :-).
I like skyscrapers. I also find ice scrapers very useful at this time of year :-). But, I think it is sad that the new tower at Ground Zero was not made bigger and taller. I would have made its footprint ‘square’ the same square footage of the Twin Towers combined. I also would have made it 120 stories high just to make the statement to the world: We’re back!!!
NWP, And Her Romantic Misadventures.
I have a friend who is attracted to guys who end up being short term ‘flings’. The problem is that she is the one being ‘flung’ each time. NWP, get some counseling to change your ‘programing’. Also watch the Steve Harvey show, and read some of his books. As I said to my friend: ‘With a trend like you have with boyfriends, the problem is you’. Counseling is available in the Medicaid expansion in Illinois. Use it.
When you are older, unless the economy is very good, you are thrown away. So, do not beat yourself up because you are unemployed. It really is:(age) + (the bad economy) = (unemployment). But if you have not tried LinkedIn, please do.They have a lot more jobs listed now.
First, I should say the reason I have not been posting was because this site kept losing my password. So I took some time off to let the software be fixed. So here are some thoughts on different subjects:
The NYC mayors race.
Do not be too concerned about crime in NYC because in the age of terror every politician is a ‘law and order conservative. After all, Mayor Bloomberg was a liberal Democrat before becoming a Republican before becoming an independent. Competence is what counts, and that is what the new mayor will hopefully have. The reason NYC was a ‘basket case’ from the late 1960’s to the time Mayor Giuliani(sp?) took over was because the Baby Boomers ran the show, and as a generation they are total twits. They live by the rule that ‘it is easier to get forgiveness then permission’. This explains why the world is so screwed up.
What to do if your parents do not think you are trying hard enough to find a job?
Apply for any job nearby after taking home the application, and filling it out in front of your parents. Make sure you list any disabilities you have on the application, and have your parents proofread it :-). This way they will know you are trying, and will not think you are being negative about your life because they will see you are trying to get a job.
What to do if you do not have any heat in your house?
Go to the welfare dept. and apply for all govt. programs, and also get a list of charity programs, including the one funded by world largest supplier of plastic surgery enhanced Miss Universes, Venezuela. They are also a large oil producer as will as a ‘hot babe ‘ producer to the world :-). Not that I generally notice these things :-).
This is a bit of a problem for me to understand. You see the Netherlands, and Switzerland both adopted the plan now called Obamacare some time ago (I think it was the late 1990’s). It really should be called Heritage Foundation Care because that conservative think tank came up with the idea in the early 1990’s. Anyway, I cannot understand why the Dutch, or the Swiss did not supply the relevant software to the USA to run the Obamacare system. The Swiss, and the Dutch have had their respective IT systems working for at least 10years, probably longer which means the ‘bugs’ are all gone from both their respective IT systems. Talk about reinventing the wheel. By the way: cost containment will come in time with Obamacare. I will explain it in another post on another day.
I have the flu, I think.
I think I have the flu, so I can relate to Admin being cranky. I hope Dude, and NWP stay healthy. I also hope Admin, and his wife are feeling better.
1. The Germans (and other European nations) are looking to enact an asset tax to balance their federal budget.
2. Research now shows that you become unemployable if you cannot find a job after 6 months of trying.
The article written about the research is titled:
The Terrifying Reality of Long-term Unemployment.
It is a Yahoo Finance article. Google it.
Everything NWP, and Dude have experienced is explained and supports their explanations of why they were not hired.
Sad, but true.
3.Iceland is now recognized as having handled things correctly in the financial crisis, and today voted for anti-EU candidates. So, it appears that they will stay out of the EU. Wise people, those Icelanders.
4. Senator Rand Paul has questioned the rules about drone strikes. Next step: Questioning everything.
5. On the Frontline documentary series (on PBS on last Monday- 4/22/2013), the corrupt 401K system was revealed In one mutual fund a person who saved/earned on investments $1,000,000, would only get out of the fund $330,000. The other $670,000 would go to fees, and expenses. This is legalized robbery.!!! Everyone here should watch this documentary, and also check your own 401K using a 401K calculator.
On the positive side: At least the truth is getting out about this corruption. That is something to be happy about.