INSPIRATIONAL: Amyloidosis IS the Grim Reaper?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Reason TV: Who Wants to Live Forever? Dr. Stephen Coles on the Secrets of the World’s Oldest People

March 21, 2011

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UCLA’s Dr. Stephen Coles studies the oldest people in the world. Hitting the century mark isn’t enough to pique his interest because Coles’ research focuses on supercentenarians, that is, those at least 110-year-old. Today Coles recognizes only 88 people worldwide as supercententarians, and the list is available at the Gerontology Research Group website.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Death linked to inability to pay

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Immigrant’s death linked to inability to pay for medical care
March 11, 2011

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A comatose immigrant woman died after she was discharged from Georgetown University Hospital and removed from her feeding tubes—against the wishes of her family—in a case that has raised concerns about the impact of finance on medical care.

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A New York Times report on the case quotes bioethicist Arthur Caplan: “Any hint that withdrawing treatment might be linked to financial considerations—that’s a big ethical no-no. That’s death panel stuff.”

Moreover, providing nutrition through a feeding tube is not normally classified as “treatment,” but as fundamental “care” for a patient. The Vatican has indicated that the removal of nutrition and hydration, in order to hasten the advent of death, is never morally acceptable.

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Having just had to make a similar hard decision, I can understand how difficult it is.

In my case it was easy since Frau Reinke and I had discussions about it as recent as the week before the inevitable happened.

That’s why it’s important to have all your papers in order.

Her wish was always to go home. If she couldn’t, she didn’t want absurd heroics. It never came to that. But, I was ready to execute her wishes.

To have someone’s ability to pay intrude on decisions is sad. To have it at a supposedly “catholic” institution is very sad.

Donna Nobis Pacem

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INSPIRATIONAL: Nice to be held in high regard

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A certain young lady I know called me to announce her engagement. I was so pleased to hear that. She’s great young lady and deserves every happiness in the world.

I was modestly embarrassed that she felt it necessary to tell me herself before I read it on Facebook. Folks don’t have to show me such respect.

Remember the one of the sources of my education: … … and creating caring human relationships from studying the movie roles of Gunny Ronald Lee Ermey!

So, I was honored by the call.

Today, I got a call from the Mother of the Bride. Of course, she’s tickled. And, we chatted about it.

Then she said something that really moved me. “When {Privacy Invoked} told me, she said: “He’s just like Uncle John but younger.”

I was stunned some one using me as a measuring stick. I’d say that is very small stick and should be easy to surpass.

I hope he’s much better than me. Because I know all my short comings and failures.

In a very bad year, this could be high point.

Mozel Tov.

And, I’d have been just happy if I had read it on Facebook.

Remember Frau Reinke dictum: “Don’t give him any compliments. His head barely fits through the door now.” She, of course, was absolutely right.

Now how will I get this giant head in the front door? Guess I can get it in through the patio sliding glass one.

Hope this makes you laugh. It makes me very humble.

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INSPIRATIONAL: “Subject to all the usual caveats”

Saturday, March 5, 2011

“Your Mom and I love you very much. We want the best for you. We will do whatever we think is in your long term best interest as we see it. We may be wrong, but don’t ever doubt that we want you to be happy, healthy, and wise. That being said, be careful what you ask for, it may be more than you wanted. We will not deprive you of the chance to be happy by paving the road in front of you; someday we won’t be here to do it for you and happiness is in the struggling journey. We will not deprive you of the chance to be healthy by doing for you or not allowing you to grow; that, which doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger. We will not deprive you of the chance to be wise by giving you the ‘test’ answers; while we might even be occasionally right, we recognize any answer, that is the ‘right’ answer for us from our point of view in our circumstances, maybe totally the ‘wrong’ answer for you from your pov and in your circumstances. Having said that, we will love you, regardless of anything. We will provide a shoulder to cry on, a modicum of advice, and a swift kick if needed. You call us heroes? We’re just travelers on the same road as you, just a little further down that road. Remember we are all in the Holy Presence, and His Grace is Abundant, if you ask for it.”

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INTERESTING: Carlina White, followed her instincts to reunite

Friday, January 21, 2011

Cold Case Solved: Carlina White Reunites With Parents
White Was Kidnapped as a Baby 23 Years Ago From a New York City Hospital

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Carlina White, separated from her family when she was kidnapped as a baby 23 years ago, followed her instincts to reunite with her biological parents, Joy White and Carl Tyson. “Carlina was a missing link and we have gotten her back in the name of Jesus, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah,” Pat Conway, White’s godmother, said. On Aug. 4, 1987, worried parents Joy White and Carl Tyson took their feverish baby daughter to Harlem Hospital’s emergency room. The visit turned into horror when…

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As much as I like happy endings, there is a LOT more to the story.

Gooferment screw ups: <1> Hospital; <2> School; … must be others.

It would seem that there are a lot of charges to be investigated and filed in this case.

Technology had a role in finding with the computer aged photos.

Perhaps, this will have a happy ending?

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INSPIRATIONAL: Peaceful non-violent non-cooperation!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Government Violence: The Real Evil in the World
by Murray Sabrin

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Not surprisingly, law professor Butler Shafer expressed my sentiments 100%. There is no need to dissect the events in Tucson, except to say, the killing of any human being is a horrific tragedy.

From the murderous street mugger to the violent carjacker and armed robber, killing another human being is the highest immoral act an individual can commit. However, the real evil in the world is the violence perpetrated by governments around the world, including our own.

As a son of Holocaust survivors whose parents were the only ones to have lived through the horror of government-sanctioned mass murder, we as a people should be more outraged about the thousands of innocent people in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan who have been killed by our military as “collateral damage” in the juiced up global war on terror. In addition, where is the outrage by our political leaders, the pundits and others about our government invading a country – Iraq – that made no hostile acts against the American people?

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The violence of government is all around us, 24/7. From taxation to regulations to military adventurism, the federal government has become a role model for individuals prone to violence. If the government can use violence to achieve its goals, then violence becomes acceptable in the minds of the unstable. If the government can perpetuate Ponzi schemes, then some in the financial community will try to create their own fraudulent investment programs to enrich themselves at the expense of their fellow citizens.

The role model for violence is not heated political rhetoric, but the actions of government officials who assert they are doing “good” by taxing, spending, regulating, borrowing, debasing the currency and invading other nations. This is not to condone violence against any government official. On the contrary, we should criticize unequivocally their use of violence against the people, while we work toward reestablishing liberty as the highest social good.

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No violence towards anyone.

More correctly state “Zero Aggression”.

(I think that’s a “principle”.)

Peaceful non-violent non-cooperation!

(I know I’ve heard that before!)

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INSPIRATIONAL: Best and Worst of 2010?

Friday, December 31, 2010

Ten best and worst moments of 2010
The bad and good, the ying yang of news stories from this year
By PATRICK COOPER , Staff Writer

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Everyone seems to be doing this. Guess I’ll have to do one as well.


① Frau Reinke escapes the clutches on RWJUH and appears to be good enough to stay out. Barely!

② The genuine admiration of Frau Reinke for my completion of “CHURCH 10●19●62″

③ Blood and platelets were available every time she needed them.

④ My oldest friend calls to console me on Mom’s death and, reflect on my Aunt’s death a few weeks prior, tells me: “Things happen in threes”, not knowing that Ev’s just crashed and is in the Cardiac Cath lab with the Doctors disagreeing on what to do. I found it hard to tell him and his chagrin was funny. I laughed so hard … Well let’s just say that’s the type if thing I do. No wonder I love him.

⑤ A fun afternoon with an “older” friend who can’t stand hospitals. Great beer and wings. I gotta get back there.

⑥ She requalified for her “black label”; thanks to our “old” friends coming to visit her. That was all she was worried about. Not dying, but losing her “black label” status. That, and missing out on her pillows. ROFL!

⑦ The rapport she established with the Four North staff. She has a gift to connect with people that I just don’t have. She made them laugh. As she does me. Or used to before she got so sick. Now not so much is funny.

⑧ The rapport she established with the nurses of the SPUH Infusion Lab and other patients in the lab. She encourages others; I don’t have that skill.

⑨ The great prix fix dinner at Sea Blue when Frau Reinke was healthy enough to enjoy it and our old friends.

⑩ The few times when I’ve been able to help people with their problems, it’s been very satisfying. Like the worried old woman coming in to 4 North, and I told her she was coming to the “best floor in the hospital”. She relaxed and gave me a big smile. The nurses told me later that she was a different person after that comment. Made me feel good! Connecting folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Jottings.


❶ Frau Reinke hits an HG of 3 and rushed to the ICU. Several doctors give me “the talk”.

❷ Frau Reinke spends the better part of the summer and fall in RWJUH with no diagnosis. (It upsets me how the medical folks make her “my problem”. Threw her out the door, like a boomerang, and they act surprised when she comes back into them in critical, or near critical, condition.)

❸ The death of a baby, third grandchild of our “old friends”, of a blood abnormality at exactly the same time as Frau Reinke. To have potential life lost is sad. One wonders at “The Plan”?

❹ TV rental at RWJUH of almost 5 bucks a day. Parking 20$/day unil I got their Frequent Flier card. The ambulance bills from RWJUH; let them sue.

❺ The inability to get anyone to read my magnus opus “CHURCH 10●19●62″; I still cry when I read it. What could have been. That’s the story of my life. Like Rocky, “I coulda been a contender”.

❻ Continued inability to focus on much of anything but her. Writer’s block, paperwork block, diet block. Frustration!

❼ Realization that I am now unemployed / retired. I’m now a home health aide. It’s not how I expected to spend my retirement.

❽ Regret for lost opportunities! So many, makes me sad.

❾ Fender bender on the way to RWJUH!

❿ Realization of what life would be like without my soul mate. Realization of how much life has changed with her condition. Realization of how much she can’t do. Frustration with her insistence “to do it herself” and I have to clean up after.

Now it’s time to move on!

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INSPIRATIONAL: Every parent should see this picture!

Friday, December 31, 2010

Anorexic model who appeared in shock fashion campaign dies at 28
Last updated at 11:30 AM on 30th December 2010

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Isabelle Caro, a French actress and model whose anorexic image appeared in a shock Italian ad campaign, has died at the age of 28.

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The pictures look like she was a concentration camp victim.

We should take this as a wake up call to how we allow women to be treated.

Young girls are obviously at special risk.

“We, The Sheeple” need to speak up and not allow women to be abused.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Flash mob choral

Friday, December 24, 2010


>This is why I avoid malls

>Just click and enjoy.


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Interesting that everyone forgets why we “celebrate”.

Just the other day, I was asked “Why are you a Scrooge?”

My quick one word answer was “Commercialization”.

The questioner agreed sadly.

I continued: “And, it the time of year when every parent LIES to their children. Children should KNOW that their parent is the ONE person in the world that always tells them the truth. Santa Claus exists as the famous editorial response tells us. Just that parents can’t EVER lie to their children. That’s the death of innocence and the beginning of cynicism. People wonder why youth rebel. THey’ve been lied to.

Any way, Season Greetings.

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INSPIRATIONAL: The military at Christmas

Friday, December 24, 2010

They SHOULD be home!

Donna Nobis Pacem!

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INSPIRATIONAL: Express our displeasure in very effective ways

Friday, November 12, 2010

Residents of Missouri Town Block Protesters From Picketing Soldier’s Funeral
Published November 07, 2010

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Members of a small Missouri town banded together Saturday to block a controversial pastor and members of his Westboro Baptist Church from protesting the funeral of a fallen U.S. soldier, reports.

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That’s “We, The People” in action. We don’t need our Gooferment to abridge anyone’s right of free speech. But, we can express our displeasure in very effective ways. No parking available? Gee that’s just too bad.

“Reinforcing that cordon, the locals applied firm pressure to ‘visitors’ not to intrude. The gas station wouldn’t sell gas to the intruders. The local sheriff was issuing warnings for parking violations. There were no rooms available for fifty miles around. And, those that wouldn’t ‘get with the program’ were usually arrested on trespass or violating some MV code or another. Reporters who transgressed were sent to the Guv’s woodshed.” — CHURCH 10●19●62 Volume 2 Page 285

“We, The People” have tremendous power to “instruct” our fellow citizens in proper conduct in so many ways.

As a little L libertarian, there’s no one who is more anti-war more pro-life than anyone, but intruding on the funerals of the military is hust NOT the proper place to conduct essentially a political discussion.

The fact that a town full of people recognized the problem and actioned it without fuss or muss is inspiring to me!

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INSPIRATIONAL: Budwiser’s 911 spot

Saturday, September 11, 2010

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This is the commercial spot Budweiser produced after 9-11. They only aired it once so as not to benefit financially from it – they just wanted to acknowledge the tragic event. Wow.

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I think of how I was in that very spot the day before for a job interview; it could have been me there the next day. I think of the 100+ fellow alumni and their family members who died that day. I think of the 3,000 who died that day — horribly; some driven to jump. (It was truly a miracle it wasn’t more.)

I think of the Ground Zero Mosque controversy and how everyone has forgotten Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. (It was tiny. Three pews. Twenty people was a crowd.)

I think of the outrage we should be feeling at our Gooferment that (1) The Towers are NOT rebuilt by now. With a third one, taller in the middle. As a message to our friends and enemies. (Think Rodney Dangerfield pissed off in “Back To School”.) (2) We still haven’t secured the borders. The TSA is your typical Gooferment joke. And, they think we are amused by their ineptitude. AND (3) The responders and victims haven’t been taken care of; neither have our returning Wounded Warriors.

I wonder what in the Creator’s name are people thinking.

Are we waiting for a nuke in Las Vegas?

Let’s hold our Gooferment accountable. If it’s not there to protect us, then what are we paying for? Some type of variety show in the District of Corruption and the fifty other venues. Featuring highly paid corrupt clowns pretending to to be “self sacrificing public servants”. I’m not amused.


  1. End the personal and corporate dole;
  2. Dismiss gooferment public education;
  3. Stop the various wars — foreign and domestic;
  4. Repatriate ALL the troops home;
  5. End the drug war; pardon all non-violent drug offenders;
  6. Downsize ALL gooferments; AND
  7. Eliminate all taxes but tariffs and excise.

The Gooferment won’t protect us, won’t protect our rights, and won’t do things right. So the Declaration of Independence says we can abolish it. Lets do just that … for the children. Let each State go its own way.


It worked for the USSR. It can work for us.

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POLITICAL: Telemed abortion; telemed everything?

Monday, September 6, 2010

Iowa Board of Medicine Creates Committee, May Study Telemed Abortion Process
by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 26, 2010

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The organization contends Planned Parenthood is breaking the law because Iowa state law requires abortions to be done by physicians and a doctor is not physically present with the woman at the time she get the abortion drug. Instead, a potentially untrained or unlicensed staffer sits with the woman as she visits with the abortion practitioner, who may be out of state at the time, during a videoconfernce.

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Why regulate medicine?

To make jobs for bureaucrats and drive up costs for the benefit of the monopoly suppliers. Argh!

If one can have video conference abortions, then why can’t we have video conference everything else?

Good way to ship doctor’s jobs to third world countries.

As a little L libertarian, why do we permit the Gooferment to “regulate” medicine? Not like it does anything but drive up costs.

(And, btw, how much does this “committee” cost?)

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INSPIRATIONAL: Chinese should embarrass us into action

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

News: China Plans To Mine the Yellow Sea Floor on Sunday August 29, @09:33AM
Posted by timothy on Sunday August 29, @09:33AM

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eldavojohn writes “Details are limited but state media is reporting on $75 million being put into a new research facility in Qingdao, Shandong Province that will conduct research into mining the sea floor. From the article: ‘Scientists believe sea beds at a depth of 4,000 to 6,000 meters hold abundant deposits of rare metals and methane hydrate, a solidified form of natural gas bound into ice that can serve as a new energy source.’ The research center’s first goal is to do surveying and exploration with a new submersible named ‘Jiaolong’ (a mythical aquatic Chinese dragon). Hopefully these quests yield energy resources to meet growing demand for resources like liquefied coal in China.”

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So, why should this be “inspirational”?

It should be inspirational, because we should be embarrassed that we are so far behind. And, out of touch with reality.

Why aren’t we DOING the big things?

Venial leaders, lazy people, and an economy that is suppressed by the Gooferment!

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INSPIRATIONAL: John Taylor Gatto “schooling and education”

Monday, August 30, 2010

John Taylor Gatto: Here he is on the difference between schooling and education.

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What gets taught in schools:

  1. confusion — everything is interrupted
  2. class position evy fear – contempt — rigged competition
  3. indifference — lesson of bells — nothing is permitted to upset routine
  4. emotional dependency — surrender to the chain of command
  5. intellectual dependency — told what to think
  6. evaluation of experts of what you are worth
  7. you have no privacy — closely watched

Taught to be an Egyptian slave —- stones in a pyramid


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INSPIRATIONAL: Donate Vital Organs Before He Dies

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Man Wants to Donate Vital Organs Before He’s Dead
Ronald Bailey | August 6, 2010

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Should a person who is dying of an incurable illness be allowed to donate his organs before the disease kills him? Gary Phebus who is suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) wants to do just that: donate his heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, the whole shebang now. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord leading in most cases to complete loss of control of voluntary movement and which eventually kills the patient.

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Well, as a little L libertarian, I’d suggest that the Gooferment stay out of it and allow the free market to solve the problem.

Clearly we may need some “rules” to ensure an orderly market. We can have “suicide by organ donation”; any more than we want “suicide by cop”. Can’t have kidney’s being “repoed” by bill collectors. Can’t have poor people sacrificing their organs to pay the bills.

By the same token, we are burying and incinerating organs that could save human lives due to stupid public policy. Why shouldn’t a poor man be able to sell his organ and leave his family a legacy? Other people make big bucks out of transplants. Only the donor doesn’t get a check. That’s not fair either.

We have organ tourism. Rich people shop for venues that are most favorable to them.

So let’s not pretend that the current system is “sweetness and light”!

At the very least, these guys have a starting point.

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Welcome to LifeSharers

If you ever need an organ for a transplant operation, chances are you will die before you get one. You can improve your odds by joining LifeSharers. Membership is free.

LifeSharers is a non-profit national network of organ donors. LifeSharers members promise to donate upon their death, and they give fellow members first access to their organs. As a LifeSharers member, you will have access to organs that otherwise may not be available to you. As the LifeSharers network grows, more and more organs may become available to you — if you are a member.

Members Even if you are already a registered organ donor, you should join the LifeSharers network. By doing so, you will have access to organs that otherwise may not be available to you.

By joining LifeSharers you will help reduce the deadly organ shortage. By offering your organs first to other organ donors you create an incentive for non-donors to become donors. As more people register as organ donors, fewer people will die waiting for transplants.

By joining LifeSharers you will also make the organ transplant system fairer by helping registered organ donors get their fair share of organs. About half of the organs transplanted in the United States go to people who have not agreed to donate their own organs when they die. That’s not fair, and it’s one of the reasons there is such a large organ shortage.

Join LifeSharers now. It’s free. It could save your life. Everyone is welcome to join. There’s no age limit, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition. Once you’ve joined, you can sign up your children as well.

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If there’s a recipient who wants to pay for an organ and a living donor who is willing to sell their organ why prevent it? Is it ethical to play God and forcefully condemn donors to poverty and potential recipients to death?

A person’s autonomy should be respected. It doesn’t matter whether the donation is motivated by charity, financial desperation or unmitigated greed and whether the selling of organs offend the moral sensibilities of the religious, medical or Canadian community, organ donation is a personal choice.

So, let people work out the ethical implications of selling their body parts and increase the supply by allowing a free market in organs.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Hopefully you’ll give a pint!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Dear Reader:

I told the story of how I first started to give blood in Jasper Jottings back in 2005.

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Like the good Brother who encouraged me to give blood for the first time with the exhortation, “you’re probably not too stupid to bleed right … …

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I started giving and it seemed easy enough. I never kept track of how much I gave over the years. But it was a lot. Never thought too much about it. Just a function of habit. Have an opportunity present and I’d go bleed.

(Always thought about that forgotten Brother, and wonder if he thought we all got smarter with age?)

That ALL changed in the last five weeks.

Frau was in the ER, CCU, and various parts the hospital. She had a (still) unexplained blood loss. She required 26 pints over the 5 weeks in and out of the hospital as the various doctors tried to figure it out. The magic liquid just came every time it was called for.

Wasn’t until today, when I received an email from the Red Cross about donating blood, that it really clicked.

It was this past week end, when they gave her steroids, and the blood loss slowed to a manageable pace. (She’s on a pace that says she’ll need a pint in a month.) Not a cure by any means, BUTT (there’s always a big but), if those 26 people hadn’t made time to donate, we’d be having a completely different blog post.

Now, evidently, we have good health insurance, since no one has asked me to replace or pay for the blood she’s needed.

But, believing in the Law of Karma, I’d like to replace those 26 pints. Since I don’t have 26 to spare, it would take me a few years to satisfy that “cosmic debt”. (Even though, I’ve probably “pre paid” it.) So I’m going to ask for your help.

We don’t need a formal “directed donation” of O+. But, I would appreciate if you would donate a pint. In her name, for her: “Frau Reinke”.

p.s., don’t tell her, she’d be embarrassed at the attention and mad at me for make her the center of attention.

By way of “reward”, or “punishment” depending upon your view point, I will enter everyone who donates a pint into a raffle for an autographed copy of “CHURCH 10●19●62”. Value somewhere between zero and about $60. Contest runs between now and the last day of September. Please email or mail me some evidence of the donation. I’ll figure out some way to get a random number.

Thanks for considering this request.


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It is often difficult to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients during the summer months. With schools out and families on vacation, it’s important for eligible donors to come forward and give the gift of life.

All blood types are needed, especially types O negative, A negative, and B negative.

Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or CLICK HERE to find a convenient donation opportunity and to schedule an appointment.

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Summer Need1(1)-1

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MONEY: The Pope should lead the way to “honest money”

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Vatican coin now in circulation

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Vatican City, Jul 23, 2010 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Coins bearing the image of Pope Benedict XVI are now in open circulation within Vatican walls. As of this month, Vatican visitors will find that 50 cent pieces are being given as change at places such as the gas station, pharmacy and post office.

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Imagine the impact on the world if the Pope led the way to “honest money”?

Hard to imagine.

Gooferments, around the world, steal the people’s wealth by inflation. They claim the “King’s right”, the “Soverign’s duty”, or the “Tyrant’s Treasure Chest” to produce “honest coins” or “money”. (Like the marketplace could not figure out what “money” was “honest” on its own. Gresham’s Law would demonstrate whats good and what’s not, without any “inspectors”. The Gooferment steals the wealth by printing more paper money, called “fiat currency”. Fiat because it has value because the Gooferment says it has value. No conflict of interest there.

Now here’s why the Pope should care. Inflation, the printing of “extra” money, impoverishes the poor, middle class, savers, and old age pensioners. That’s why he should care.

Inflation results in higher prices in the marketplace. Wages lag inflation. If they rise at all, it won’t be proportional. Investment, similarly, never “catch up”. So pensioners get hit with a triple whammy: their pensions are usually fixed and so don’t go as far as they used to, their savings are eroded, and prices go up.

So that’s why the Pope should act.

The Church has always been the traditional refuge for the serf from the abuses of the King. (I’ve seen enough Robin Hood and Zorro movies to know that.) It’s time for that to happen again.

Imagine if the Pope ordered all Vatican coinage to be in gold or silver?

First impact, that they’d be selling like hot cakes to the tourists. Then would come the folks overseas. As an example of “honest money”. The Vatican could even show a profit; much more than what they rip off coin collectors for meaningless proof sets.

And the little people would have money that could not be stolen silently by the King’s printing press.

Even the most illiterate dumber-than-a-rock parishioner could see the benefit of using the Pope’s money for savings.

It would be the ultimate control on the power of the King — the Gooferment.

IMHO one of the reasons, or possibly THE reason that Old Sadam got knocked off his horse was NOT wmd; the tyrant had the audacity to suggest that he wanted to be paid for his oil in gold. Rumor was that he was months away from starting an oil exchange denominated in gold. Remember the “Gold Dinar”? Not that he had a religious bone in his tuckus, he was pushing the religious aspect too. Hey, he realized that the FED was going to “tax” him on his dollar holdings. Silently. With no muss ‘n’ fuss, as the printing presses kept rolling out dollars.

So, Holy Father, the little people of the world would like you to end the tyranny of the King, who steals their little bit of wealth, give us honest money. If you truly believe in the workman being worth his wage, then make sure he get it in something that is worth something. Honest money is Godly money. And, slapping on a few saint’s pictures on the coins wouldn’t hurt morality either.

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INTERESTING: Doing impressive scary stuff for its own sake

Saturday, July 3, 2010

FROM ONE OF MY HIGH SCHOOL CHUMS (N.B. ten minutes, SFW, in German)

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The following was produced as a commercial for a German heavy equipment manufacturer. You don’t want to be in the same marketplace with competitors like this.

The operator isn’t exactly a slouch either.

They didn’t tell us how they got it down

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Very entertaining.

We, in the USA, have lost that “competitive feeling”.

Why did these guys do it? Who cares they did it.

I think it has to do with the feminization of our culture. Women’s rights has emasculated us. No one does big scary shit just for the sake of the adrenalin rush. Still still, be polite, don’t offend anyone, political correctness, graft, laziness, and corruption are the values praised today.


We should have rebuilt the WTC in record time with three towers, the middle one being a little taller.

We should throw out all these “leaders” an get some Pattons, some Jesse Venturas, some Reagans. To inspire us.

We have a temporary advantage while the Arab countries fight with one hand behind their back (i.e., they suppress their women).

We need to eliminate the welfare / warfare state and throw open the borders to anyone who wants to come here to work. We need the energy.

Drill, nukes, as well as conservation and new technology.

We need honest money to make this all possible.

Most of all we need to take back our birthright as “not females”!


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<Yes, dear, put down the computer and finish the housework.>

Argh! Squared!

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FUN: Completed the 750WORD monthly challenge

Thursday, July 1, 2010


Strangely addictive!

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QUOTE: “Do every act of your life as if it were your last.” ~Marcus Aurelius

Sunday, May 23, 2010

“Do every act of your life as if it were your last.” ~Marcus Aurelius

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INSPIRATIONAL: Mothers’ Day memories

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother’s Day!

I wish my Mother and Mother-in-law was here so I could wish them both a great day.

My Mom passed early in April. Her last years were hard on her: physically and emotionally. Her dignity was gone many years before. I know she was upset with her life in her last years.

My Mother-in-law passed 38 years ago. Way to soon. And, Frau was never the same after that. She went quickly and, while shocking, it was dignified. Wonder what would have been if she’d been permitted to stay around. Life would have been different!

Neither women tolerated fools well. Both we’re hard workers.

Both women grew up poor and that went with them throughout their life.

I have many regrets, but “Life Goes On”.

Miss you Moms!

(Interesting how “Mom” is defined in the media. Mother-in-laws probably have as big an impact on your happiness as your Mom does. THe popular phrase “If momma ain’t happy, no one is” is always applied to wives; I extended it to the Moms as well.)

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JOBSEARCH: Build a inet biz; it may take off

Monday, May 3, 2010

Advice From Founders Who Bootstrapped Their Way to Success
by Vivek Wadhwa on May 1, 2010

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It was founded in 2000, after Nickell, then a 20-year-old web developer, won a t-shirt-design contest. With an investment of $1000, he built a website to which people submitted t-shirt designs, and the favorites were printed in limited-edition runs. In 2006, the company had gained traction, was generating nearly $10 million in revenue, and took a small investment from Insight Venture Partners.

My Q&A with Jake:

Would you have taken a VC investment if you could have, when you started?

Definitely not, as I was starting a hobby and not a business. It’s kind of like asking if I would consider a VC investment to help me start learning to skateboard. Sure, I’d spend a couple hundred bucks on a board, some pads and maybe some materials to build a ramp, but I’m not looking for millions or even hundreds or tens of thousands to just create something for fun. Even if I was starting a business, I don’t think I was raised that way or have that type of personality. I didn’t even have my first credit card until I was maybe 23, so I really just don’t do well with spending money I don’t have.

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This timely post reinforces my formula points #5 and #6. (imho)

Success for your generation is:

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(5) one or more internet based businesses — your store is always open;

(6) a free time hobby that generates income;

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In the cited example, the hobby became his internet business and it carried him away. We should all be so lucky.

But don’t over look the essential point, bootstrap a hobby into a source of income.

Thanks to my old workmate Vivek. Guess I should have listened to him more when we worked together. Who knew he was so smart?

(Sotto voce: He didn’t seem that smart at the time.)


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INSPIRATIONAL: My Summertime friends

Monday, May 3, 2010

One of the interesting parts of owning a “summer home” is neighbors.

You become attached, involved, and friends.

But, only for the “summer”.

That’s defined for us from when we turn the water on to when we turn it off.

Each spring, we sort of hold our breaths while we find out if everyone survived. As one of the “younger couples” on the street, each year we dread losing a few neighbors.

“Life goes on.”

Some of the neighbors are like us and open up asap and close as late as possible.

(I wish it was year round. Virtually no people in the winter. Perfect for an ITSJ like me.)

When one of my neighbors was AWOL, I decided to break my own rules about phones — I didn’t have her email — and call. With some trepidation.

(Our “rutgers womens bball games” friends have also suffered the fate of old age and passed. We have a similar dread of the first game each season to see who didn’t make it.)

So I called fearing the worst.

But it was good news, there’s a baby on the way. So we’ll have a baby next door this summer. Great. It means life goes on. And, someone to inherit that family’s summer home.

And, maybe some one to mark when our time comes.

I informed the lady in question about the direct path to my will for children named “Ferdinand”. She thanked me for a good belly laugh.

That’s me just spreading humor around.

When I introduced myself as “her favorite author calling”, she laughingly told me that I was the only author she knew. (She’ll have to get out more.) And, she too had an excuse for not reading it over the winter. Pregnancy. Guess you have to keep your priorities straight.

She should have read the book! ROFL.

Great news!

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INSPIRATIONAL: My father’s sister has passed

Friday, April 30, 2010

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Berniece M. Reinke

(June 14, 1919 – April 21, 2010)

Berniece M. Reinke, age 90, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at Elijah’s Place in Oshkosh. Berniece was born on June 14, 1919, the daughter of the late Jerome and Amanda (Plude) Burbey. She attended school in Dunbar and graduated high school there in 1937. Berniece was married to Robert E. Faehling from May 1937 to 1946. She married Carl E. Reinke in 1947 and he preceded her in death on March 30, 2006.

Berniece was a welder in the Sturgeon Bay shipyard during World War II and later worked for Hudson Company in Oshkosh. She was also employed by Sears in Oshkosh and other locations where her husband Carl was stationed with the Air Force. Berniece was also a volunteer Gray Lady for many years.

Berniece will always be cherished and missed by her daughter, Diane (George) Clark of Oostburg; son, Robert (Evelyn) Faehling of West Bend; seven grandchildren, Michael (Jody) Clark of Monument, Colorado, Todd (Debra) Clark of Stevens Point, Kristen (Kevin) Pisula of Orlando, Florida, Tami (James) Slayton of West Bend, Michelle (Brian) Schraufnagel of West Bend, Chip (Rhonda) Faehling of Kewaskum, Robin Faehling of West Bend; and fourteen great-grandchildren. She is further survived by several nieces, nephews and friends. Berniece was preceded in death by her husband, Carl; parents; four sisters and four brothers-in-law; six brothers and six sisters-in-law; two nieces and two nephews.

Memorial service for Berniece will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 2, 2010 at Seefeld Family of Funeral Chapels, 1025 Oregon Street, Oshkosh. A time of visiting and sharing of support will take place at the funeral chapel on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. until the time of service. Please visit to send online condolences to the family.

The family would like to a send a special thanks to the staff of Elijah’s Place, Chaplain Vicki Marxen, and Hospice Care for the kindness and wonderful care they showed our loved one.

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It’s serendipity that I found this sad news. My Mom just died in April. She always spoke lovingly about “Bernie” and how she helped her, a “Nu Yawker”, with a newborn out on the “frontier”. Strange how fate joins, separates, and rejoins us.

Even though, I didn’t know my father’s family well, I have fond memories of Grandma Reinke and my visit with her in the nursing home when I was enroute to Fairchild AFB.

I feel a little poorer now. “No man is an island, entire of itself … any manʼs death diminishes me”. I am sorry for your loss.

I’ll try to post some pictures later. Or on my blog “Reinke Faces Life”.

(I’m top row on the right.)

It’s like the “hidden from me” pane of my JoHari window just became a little smaller. I’ve opened a special email address if any of the Oregonians want to communicate with me.

Tonight, I will say a prayer for Aunt Bernie and for all that might have been. Shoulda, coulda, and woulda! They’ll kill you. You have to declare an amnesty after a year, or you’ll drive yourself nuts. Still hard to imagine what would have been possible. Were war time marriages doomed to failure? Does this all have to be chalked up to the casualties of a long ago war?

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.” — Robert Frost

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I guess I wasn’t clear enough. Bernice was married to Carl that’s my father’s brother. That makes her my aunt-in-law.

When my Mom and Dad separated, (never divorced; Catholics), it was nasty. And, I had very little contact with my West Coast Oregon Reinke family. Whenever my East Coast Bellew family did something I didn’t like, I’d always declare I was a “Reinke”. My Mom always laughed, but I think she knew it was true. I didn’t share a lot of the East Coast’s values. Still don’t. And, I attribute my “I don’t give an <synonym for excrement>” attitude to my Reinke roots. I remember my Dad wistfully describing how when fishing season came, everyone dropped everything and went fishing. While I don’t fish, (Thanks, to Ferdie, my childhood pet goldfish who died on me!), I do like that meme. Drop everything and go relax!


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RANT: Prayers for Ms. Bullock

Thursday, April 29, 2010,,20364464_20364640,00.html

EXCLUSIVE: Sandra Bullock Has Filed for Divorce

Wednesday April 28, 2010 07:00 AM EDT

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I give not a rat’s tush for Hollywood, its marriages, or its politics.

After Rosie (Queeeen of Nice when she needed us) O’D, I don’t believe any celebrity’s public persona.

I enjoyed Bullock’s movies. Even the bad ones. They were mostly clean and mostly funny.

She conducted her personal life in a dignified and quiet manner.

For her to be ignored by the Hollywood elite for an Oscar somewhat endeared her to me. (The enemy of my enemy is my friend.)

When what’s his face appeared on the Apprentice (Hey Season One was good!) I had no idea who he was and, when I found out, I said “everyone gets to choose their mate”.

When she spoke highly and lovingly of him at the Oscar win, I was impressed.

Then this trash came out.

I felt sorry for her. They say Reagan became the heros that he portrayed in the movies. I wish the same to her. She always (for the most part) played “happy”. I wish her “happiness”.

While she (unlike the rest of us) probably never has to worry about money again, I hope she’s able to overcome the betrayal by this slimy fellow (I’d say that about any man who cheats on his wife. No matter how good he is at golf. We should shun them all. They are untrustworthy and, to me, completely despicable.)

I’ll say a silent prayer for her to rebound. And, unlike Jane Fonda, (an old vet never forgets), I look forward to her next movie.

I hope she rebounds. I hope she uses her platform to cry foul eventually, call on me to grow up, and sneer at all this “sex rehab” stuff.

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