INSPIRATIONAL: Gallantry, courtesy, and respect

Sunday, June 22, 2014

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2014/02/10/always-treat-your-girlfriend-right-a-wwii-case-study/

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Consider this an invitation to be grateful for the close friendships in your life at this very moment.

It’s also a reminder that every dating relationship ends up one of two ways: you either break up as a couple, or you get married. There are no other options. That’s a healthy extrapolation to keep in mind while dating.

You might be tempted to gorge on your girlfriend’s goodness like a hungry man on a tin of canned pineapple, but there’s a strong chance that someday this same girl will be married to someone else. Her offspring and your offspring might even get married someday. So it will be in everybody’s best interest if you can always look each other in the eye with a clear conscience.

How can you guarantee that?

Simple.

Following the example of Sid Phillips, treat every woman you date with gallantry, courtesy, and respect.

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Hope that I’ve always done that.

I think I have.

I know I do.

Sigh!

Great story!

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INSPIRATIONAL: The Man! Andrew Higgins

Friday, June 6, 2014

http://formerspook.blogspot.com/2014/06/the-man-who-won-war-for-us.html

Friday, June 06, 2014

“The Man Who Won the War for Us”

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On D-Day, most of the landing craft that ferried troops and equipment ashore were the Higgins design, and many came from his yard in New Orleans.  The two-fisted, hard-drinking man who told the Navy it “didn’t know a damned thing about small boats” had revolutionized warfare.  No longer were amphibious forces required to attack through heavily-defended ports, to reach docks where troops and equipment could be off-loaded.  With Higgins’ LCVP (Landing Craft Vehicle/Personnel) and larger LSTs (Landing Ship, Tank), amphibious attacks could be planned over wider areas, complicating enemy defenses.  Even Adolf Hitler acknowledged Higgins’ contribution to the war effort, referring to him as “the new Noah.”  General Dwight D. Eisenhower, who led the Normandy  invasion, put it more succinctly, calling Andrew Higgins “the man who won the war for us.”  

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And as usual, he dies broke and forgotten!

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INSPIRATIONAL: “health”, “health care”, “health care insurance”, or something else

Thursday, May 29, 2014

http://www.impactlab.net/2014/05/24/3-predictions-by-vinod-khosla-for-the-future-of-health/

May 24th, 2014 at 8:25 am
3 predictions by Vinod Khosla for the future of health

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According to a newly released report, he predicts:

1. 80 percent of what doctors do, diagnostics, will be replaced by machines

2. Medicine will become tailor-made for each patient

3. Consumer-driven tech will create better incentives to keep people healthy

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Amazing predictions.

But the economic engineer will have to drastically change.

Will people be “smart” enough to manage their own health?

Not coming out of Gooferment Skrules!

They can’t balance a checkbook or other simple tasks.

But they are good test takers.

Argh!

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INSPIRATIONAL: Real people are driving medicine

Sunday, May 11, 2014

http://mosaicscience.com/story/medicine%E2%80%99s-dirty-secret

Medicine’s dirty secret
Bryn Nelson gets to the bottom of an emerging – and often shocking – therapy.

29 April 2014

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Some doctors have likened the recoveries of desperately ill patients to those seen with anti-HIV protease inhibitors in the mid-1990s. After the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, performed its first faecal microbiota transplant in 2011, a patient who had been bed-ridden for weeks left the hospital 24 hours later. And in 2013, researchers in the Netherlands halted a landmark C. diff. clinical trial early for ethical reasons when they saw that the overall cure rate of 94 per cent with donor faeces had far outpaced the 31 per cent cured with the antibiotic vancomycin.

Yet few other interventions elicit such disgust, revulsion and ridicule. Chronicling a potential advance by a team of Canadian scientists, one newspaper account warned readers: “Hold your nose and don’t spit out your coffee”. In 2013, the founder of a patient advocacy blog called The Power of Poop wrote an open letter to 13 gastroenterology associations detailing the story of a Kentucky man who contracted an acute case of C. diff. Despite his family’s pleas, his doctor dismissed the idea of a faecal transplant as “quackery”. The man died the next day.

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Perhaps Catherine’s testimony helped sway the FDA. Perhaps it was the deluge of bad press that caught the agency off-guard as it struggled to balance the growing evidence of benefits with a highly variable and virtually unregulated practice that had flown beneath the radar. On 18 June 2013, the FDA bowed to pressure and partially reversed course, agreeing to exercise “enforcement discretion” for faecal microbiota transplants used to treat C. diff infections that weren’t responding to standard therapy. They wouldn’t be FDA-approved, in other words, but neither would they be prohibited.

Since the small victory, Catherine and her foundation have continued to push for more faecal microbiota transplant (FMT) clinical trials aimed at other digestive disorders, more research funding and more public awareness and education. She and a few board members who share her sense of humour have also begun crafting slogans that might eventually adorn T-shirts or sweatshirts. Her favourites? “Poop is the Sh*t!” and “Give a sh*t. Donate to the Fecal Transplant Foundation.” Her site also features an FMT awareness ribbon. It’s brown.

“It is what it is,” she says with a laugh. “There’s no way around what we’re talking about or what we’re dealing with.”

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So the FDA backs off.

Guess the drug companies aren’t happy with a competition to their high priced drugs.

The Sheeple need to take back their power.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Cheap housing

Sunday, May 4, 2014

http://www.impactlab.net/2014/04/25/disposable-houses/

April 25th, 2014 at 7:39 am
Disposable Houses
in: Architecture,Breakthrough Thinking,Business,Latest Trend,People Making a Difference,Photo Perspectives,Science & Technology News

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Here are a few reasons why having a disposable mindset may beneficial when it comes to real estate.

When moving across town, or to a new city, it makes much more sense to reprint a home in the neighborhood you want than to settle for what available.

Housing needs change as people move through different stages in life. Families with small kids need a different house than those with teens, and once kids move out, it changes again.

Whenever wind or hailstorms cause roof damage, it may be easier and cheaper to reprint a house than to repair it.

People who work from home can easily add an office or two when needed.

In places where flooding, fires, shifting soil, or termites cause major damage to buildings, the entire architecture can be reworked to compensate for those problems.

As people get older and no longer want to do steps, two story houses can be turned into ranch homes.

When driverless cars make owning cars obsolete, garages can be eliminated and reformed into other kinds of usable spaces.

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Given the movement to smaller micro housing, this is an amazing contribution to humanity.

It’s not that the McMansions are “bad”. They are just inefficient.

And, the debt one takes is just wrong.

Again the Gooferment’s “tax” “code” is the cause of the problem.

“tax” = theft

“code” = gibberish that is unintelligible to the average person

We need to level the playing field between savings and debt.

The Gooferment should be a “referee”; protecting the People. Not shearing the Sheeple!

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INSPIRATIONAL: Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, Wrongfully Convicted Boxer, Dies

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, Wrongfully Convicted Boxer, Dies at 76

Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, has died at 76.

Mr. Carter spent 19 years in prison for three murders at a tavern in Paterson, N.J., in 1966. His ordeal and the alleged racial motivations behind it were publicized in Bob Dylan’s 1975 song “Hurricane,” several books and a 1999 film starring Denzel Washington.

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I wonder how much of his life he lost. Over and above the 19 years. Has to take a toll on you. Life is tough enough with having extra burdens placed on you.

Requiescat In Pacem, Hurricane.

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INSPIRATIONAL: A world made more beautiful

Friday, April 11, 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaWA2GbcnJU

“He witnesses happiness. Reaches a deeper understanding. Feels the love. Receives what money can’t buy — a world made more beautiful,” the ad says.

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My pick for best internet video of the year! Maybe ever?

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