INTERESTING: Immigration Most Important; Gooferment and Economy close behind

Thursday, July 24, 2014

July 16, 2014
One in Six Say Immigration Most Important U.S. Problem
Immigration concerns surged in July, while economic mentions ebbed
by Lydia Saad

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PRINCETON, NJ — With thousands of undocumented immigrant minors crossing the nation’s southern border in recent months, the percentage of Americans citing immigration as the top problem has surged to 17% this month, up from 5% in June, and the highest seen since 2006. As a result, immigration now virtually ties “dissatisfaction with government,” at 16%, as the primary issue Americans think of when asked to name the country’s top problem.

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Funny how it all circles back to Gooferment!

Mix in the Middle East, Terrorism, and Oil; “Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into!” to quote Oliver Hardy.

Wonder who The Sheeple will blame now?

Or just go back to Survivor, DWTS, or Kardashian nonsense.


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INTERESTING: Hospital Elevator Buttons

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hospital Elevator Buttons Dirtier Than Toilets, Study Says
Diana Vilibert
July 9, 2014 4:03 pm

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One thing you can do to keep your risk of transmitting bacteria down on any elevator? Make sure you’re washing your fingertips, especially the pointer finger on your dominant hand. “Often when people use a hand cleanser, they’re very good at washing their palms, but not their fingertips,” Dr. Redelmeier explains. “And yet most of the transmission does not occur in the middle of the hand, it occurs at the periphery of the hand.”

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For the amount of time I spent in hospitals, I should be dead.

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INTERESTING: A “dry” Las Vegas

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The race to stop Las Vegas from running dry

Amid a brutal drought the reservoir that supplies 90 per cent of Las Vegas’s water is fast disappearing and desperate attempts to save Sin City are under way

Lake Mead: boaters seen in front of a white
Lake Mead: boaters seen in front of a white “bathtub ring” on the rocks on the upstream side of the Hoover Dam Photo: Getty

By Nick Allen, Las Vegas4:11PM BST 28 Jun 2014

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Outside Las Vegas’s Bellagio hotel tourists gasp in amazement as fountains shoot 500ft into the air, performing a spectacular dance in time to the music of Frank Sinatra.

Gondolas ferry honeymooners around canals modelled on those of Venice, Roman-themed swimming pools stretch for acres, and thousands of sprinklers keep golf courses lush in the middle of the desert.

But, as with many things in Sin City, the apparently endless supply of water is an illusion. America’s most decadent destination has been engaged in a potentially catastrophic gamble with nature and now, 14 years into a devastating drought, it is on the verge of losing it all.

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I remember visiting Lake Mead when the “bath tub ring” was first appearing.

I say to my bride: “There is what happens when no one person owns the water. A private business would raise the prices to equilibrium. Selling exactly as much water — or pretty close to exactly — as is replenished. And cheap people would conserve.”

So true then. So true now.

The “tragedy of the commons” demonstrated.

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INTERESTING: Standing up for three hours a day

Saturday, June 21, 2014

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A leading UK sports consultant has said that the public should be encouraged to do more “low-level” exercise and that standing up for three hours a day can extend life span by two years.

Dr Mike Loosemore, head of the Institute of Sport Exercise and Health at University College London, said: “There is now enormous evidence that simply standing makes huge differences to your health.”

“Low-level activity, even regularly getting off your seat, can change your life forever,” said Dr Loosemore, writing for the BBC. “Active individuals reduce their risk of heart disease by 40% against their inactive counterparts.”

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I think I’ll try this at work.

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INTERESTING: What’s Shabbos Elevator?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Working Around God: Technology, the Pace of Life, and the Shabbos Elevator
Theology and technology in New York City’s elevators

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Why the hold up? I live in a historically Jewish building in New York City. On most days, its two elevators service each section of this rather monolithic structure—just enough to keep up with the flow of residents going up and down. But come Friday evening, one of the cars is switched into Shabbos mode, meaning that it stops at every single floor automatically, backing the tenants up like resentful clogs in beige-yellow arteries. It does so for religious reasons, since many observant Jews avoid pressing electric buttons on Shabbat.

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Despite growing up in mixed ethnic NYC neighborhood, I never heard of such a thing.

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INTERESTING: Unfair competition?

Tuesday, June 10, 2014–rah.html

California Chrome co-owner rips Triple Crown rules
By Larry Fine

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“If you’ve got a horse that earns points to run in the Kentucky Derby, those 20 horses that start the Kentucky are the only 20 eligible to run in all three races,” he said.

“This is the coward’s way out.”

Belmont runner-up Commissioner, who lost by a head, also did not run the first two Triple Crown races, and third-placed Medal Count skipped the Preakness after finishing eighth in the Derby.

Only three horses in the 11-horse field ran the entire Triple Crown series, including Ride On Curlin’, who finished dead last at Belmont.

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Interesting, so they other owners “game” the system.

I’m sure that there is money as a motivation.

Guess they have to make better “rules”.

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INTERESTING: DNA Sequencing Diagnoses

Monday, June 9, 2014

DNA Sequencing Diagnoses Boy’s Mysterious Bacterial Disease
This is the first time doctors have used DNA sequencing for emergency diagnosis and treatment.
By Francie Diep Posted 06.06.2014 at 4:00 pm

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In this case, 14-year-old Joshua Osborn fell seriously ill in the summer of 2013. Fluid collected in his brain and he had serious seizures. Yet all of the tests doctors gave him didn’t found any traces of fungi, bacteria or viruses, the doctors reported in The New England Journal of Medicine. So the doctors asked Osborn’s parents’ permission to try an experimental DNA test.

The test looked for bits of genetic material of illness-causing microbes in samples taken from Osborn’s blood and spinal fluid. This contrasts to the medical genetic testing most people are familiar with, in which scientists search for genetic problems in a person’s own DNA. In Osborn’s case, doctors were looking for bits of DNA from foreign critters. The international team that developed the test published a paper about it this week.

Two days after scientists received Osborn’s samples, they had a diagnosis: leptospira, a type of bacteria that only rarely causes the symptoms Osborn was suffering. The boy’s doctors decided to treat him with penicillin. He recovered gradually over the next seven days, his doctors reported.

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Now we are getting somewhere!

Hate to think of what it cost, but WOW! What results!!!

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