GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Venezuela is a textbook example

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/30/world/americas/venezuelas-supreme-court-takes-power-from-legislature.html?_r=0

AMERICAS
Venezuela Muzzles Legislature, Moving Closer to One-Man Rule
By NICHOLAS CASEY and PATRICIA TORRES
MARCH 30, 2017

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QUITOS, Peru — Venezuela took its strongest step yet toward one-man rule under the leftist President Nicolás Maduro as his loyalists on the Supreme Court seized power from the National Assembly in a ruling late Wednesday night.

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Here’s a textbook example of how Gooferment goes to dictatorship. Socialism leads to disaster. 

The money is destroyed by the Gooferment policies and the people starve.

We don’t have to go back to the German Weirmar Republic any more.

Just look at Venezuela!

Argh!

“We, The Sheeple” are so stupid. The FED — The Federal Reserve Bank is a misnomer. IT ain’t “federal”. It reserves nothing. And, it ain’t a “bank”. It is a private cartel of the elite banks run for their benefit and that of the entrenched politicians. — is very simply inflating the value of the dollar away. 

Soon the USA will be in the same shape, or worse, as Venezuela. It took a long time — 100 years — but the result is the same!

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RANT: The human civilization is dying out

https://twitter.com/dennisandjudi?lang=en

Coming back from the dentist, I was listening to Dennis Malloy about childlessness and millennials not marrying or having children.

Interesting.

I tweeted the show: 

Ferdinand Reinke‏ @reinkefj:

@DennisandJudi Childness does cost society. Japan? Social Security? IA contra survival trait, eliminates the human race eventually.

By our “education system” and parental guidance / example, we are “eliminating” future generations. Never mind the impact of “free” and encouraged abortions, gay marriage, and heavy Gooferment taxation.

Look at Japan, where their posterity will depopulate the island in the next decades.

Look at Europe, where the “Muslim refugees” have a deliberate strategy of out reproducing the local indigenous population.

Look at the USA’s Social Security Ponzi scheme that absolutely REQUIRES new suckers, I mean taxpaying youngsters, to pay off the oldsters whose wealth has been stolen by the politicians and bureaucrats of the past and present.

So, in essence, it all comes down to humanity breaking the “be fruitful and multiply” commandment.

“If you’re green, you’re growing; brown, dying.”

The human civilization is dying out. Like the dodo, or any other extinct species.

So sad.

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https://twitter.com/dennisandjudi?lang=en

HEALTH: Science moves from 10K to 15K; some say 21k?

https://lifehacker.com/15-000-steps-is-the-new-10-000-1793576452

15,000 Steps Is the New 10,000
Patrick Allan
Thursday 1:00pm
Filed to: HEALTH

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We’ve all heard the “walk 10,000 steps a day to be healthy” pitch, but new research says that, while 10,000 is better than nothing, it might not quite be enough.

The study, published in the International Journal of Obesity, looked at postal workers in Glasgow, Scotland, including office workers and carriers who primarily deliver mail by foot. Each participant wore an activity tracker and had their body mass index, waist size, blood sugar level, and cholesterol profile measured throughout the study. All of which, of course, are risk factors for heart disease.

Unsurprisingly, those who sat most of the day had higher BMIs, larger waistlines, poor blood sugar control, and less than ideal cholesterol profiles when compared to those who moved around more. In fact, for every hour of sitting during the day beyond five hours, participants had a .2% increased likelihood of developing heart disease in their lifetime based on the researchers’ model.

But those who walked a lot throughout each day were the picture of health. Workers who walked 15,000 steps or more each day (which is roughly seven miles), or were standing upright for seven hours or more, had normal BMIs, average waistlines, and had no features of metabolic syndrome. Overall, their risk of heart disease was very low when compared to those who walked fewer than 15,000 steps, assuming they weren’t already at high risk for hereditary reasons. This research suggests that our current estimate of 10,000 steps per day may be too conservative, and that 15,000 steps is the mark we should be aiming for if we want to stave off life-threatening cardiac conditions.

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Argh!

I haven’t gotten to 10k on any kind of consistent basis. Let alone 15 or 21!

Argh!

Argh!

So I guess I have to rethink my commitment to steal back all my social security losses due to their Ponzi theft. By my rough calculation, I probably have to life to 120 to steal it back. 240, if you add in the Time Value Of Money. Argh!

So I better get moving.

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GUNS: Personal Defense Plan

https://www.shootingillustrated.com/articles/2017/3/14/why-you-need-a-personal-defense-plan/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=insider&utm_campaign=0317

Why You Need a Personal-Defense Plan
by Sheriff Jim Wilson – Tuesday, March 14, 2017

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A strong personal-defense plan may be all the difference in the world between your saying, “They told me this could happen and I know just what to do about it,” as opposed to, “Good grief! What the hell do I do now?”  Which will it be when the time comes?

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“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”
— Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Fail to plan; plan to fail.”

Have to do this asap.

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FINANCIAL: Get a big mortgage BEFORE you retire

AN EMAIL TO A FRIEND
 
 
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Please permit me to “pontificate” since I feel strongly about this bit of “whizdom”.
 
The desire to pay off the mortgage before retiring is based (imho) on a false paradigm and a obsolete meme.
 
The false paradigm (perception of reality) is that it’s “safe” not to have a payment in retirement when your earnings are reduced. While it’s not “safe” to have any “bad” debt ever (i.e., Macy’s at 21%; etc.), a mortgage is “good debt” (i.e., your living in an asset that will probably appreciate). Isn’t it safer to have a big chunk of cash, “safely” invested, that you can use when needed?
 
The obsolete meme (framework of thinking) is based on the pre-1940-ish mortgage where the bank could demand payment in full of the whole mortgage at anytime. That’s why depression era folks lost their homes or farms to foreclosure. After the New Deal (I believe) mortgages were not subject to the bank’s demand, so you can never lose the house due to foreclosure — as long as you make the payments.
 
The argument FOR a big long mortgage going into retirement is that you will have the cash, the house, and a very low tax deductible interest rate (i.e., 4%).
 
The argument for doing it BEFORE you retire is that you CAN NOT do it after you retire. So if you were to need money, then you’ll have to sell the house to get the cash or take a Home Equity Loan at a higher and variable interest rate.
 
I invite you to talk to my “finance guy” to get the scoop. He loves to chat with all my friends and relatives who are all broke and don’t have two nickels to rub together. Laugh! The Edelman Group’s philosophy is they to help everyone get rich.
 
Now I don’t have to rant next time I see you. 
 
Laugh!

 
 
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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Social Security IS now a Ponzi scheme (and it always was)

2017-Mar-23

AN EMAIL FROM MY LUDDITE “OLD” FRIEND

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Alan Simpson, the Senator from Wyoming calls senior citizens the Greediest Generation as he compared
“Social Security ” to a Milk Cow with 310 million teats. Here’s a response in a letter from PATTY MYERS in Montana …

I think she is a little ticked off! She also tells it like it is!…….

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I’D AGREE BECAUSE I’M <past tense synonym for urine output> off too!

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“Hey …Alan, let’s get a few things straight!!!

1. As a career politician, you have been on the public dole (tit) for FIFTY YEARS.

2. I have been paying Social Security taxes for 48 YEARS (since I was 15 years old. I am now 63).

3. My Social Security payments, and those of millions of other Americans, were safely tucked away in an interest bearing account for decades until you political pukes decided to raid the account and give OUR money to a bunch of zero losers in return for votes, thus bankrupting the system and turning Social Security into a Ponzi scheme that would make Bernie Madoff proud.

4. Recently, just like Lucy & Charlie Brown, you and “your ilk” pulled the proverbial football away from millions of American seniors nearing retirement and moved the goalposts for full retirement from age 65 to age 67. NOW, you and your “shill commission” are proposing to move the goalposts YET AGAIN.

5. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying into Medicare from Day One, and now “you morons” propose to change the rules of the game. Why? Because “you idiots” mismanaged other parts of the economy to such an extent that you need to steal our money from Medicare to pay the bills.

6. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying income taxes our entire lives, and now you propose to increase our taxes yet again. Why? Because you “incompetent bastards” spent our money so
profligately that you just kept on spending even after you ran out of money. Now, you come to the American taxpayers and say you need more to pay off YOUR debt.

To add insult to injury, you label us “greedy” for calling “bullshit” to your incompetence. Well, Captain Bullshit, I have a few questions for YOU:

1. How much money have you earned from the American taxpayers during your pathetic 50-year political career?

2. At what age did you retire from your pathetic political career, and how much are you receiving in annual retirement benefits from the American taxpayers?

3. How much do you pay for YOUR government provided health insurance?

4. What cuts in YOUR retirement and healthcare benefits are you proposing in your disgusting deficit reduction proposal, or as usual, have you exempted yourself and your political cronies?

It is you, Captain Bullshit, and your political co-conspirators called Congress who are the “greedy” ones. It is you and your fellow nutcase thieves who have bankrupted America and stolen the American dream from millions of loyal, patriotic taxpayers.

And for what? Votes and your job and retirement security at our expense, you lunk-headed, leech. That’s right, sir. You and yours have bankrupted America for the sole purpose of advancing your pathetic, political careers. You know it, we know it, and you know that we know it. And you can take that to the bank, you miserable son of a bitch.

P.S. And stop calling Social Security benefits “entitlements”. WHAT AN INSULT!!!!

I have been paying in to the SS system for 45 years “It’s my money” – give it back to me the way the system was designed and stop patting yourself on the back like you are being generous by doling out these monthly checks .

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You were robbed. And, the politicians and bureaucrats escaped scott free. 

So sad that “We, The Sheeple” don’t recognize it.

If an insurance exec did it, they’d be in jail.

Argh!

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GOVERNACIDE: SEVENTY people would have died by following the FDA’s diktats

https://youtu.be/iVByXXQjB3w

Right to Try Act: Doctor Saves Lives by Ignoring FDA Restrictions
Tenth Amendment Center

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When the FDA told a Texas Doctor to stop treating terminal patients, he continued under the Right To Try Act. Instead of death they now have hope for life.

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This is why the FDA MUST be made an “advisory only” function.

More than SEVENTY people would have died by following the FDA’s diktats. For something that’s been in use in Europe for 15 years?

That’s murder by Gooferment!

Argh!

I am a proud supporter of the Tenth Amendment Center

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HEALTH: Eat your veggies and ONLY veggies

http://nutritionfacts.org/video/dont-wait-until-your-doctor-kicks-the-habit

Don’t Wait Until Your Doctor Kicks the Habit | NutritionFacts.org

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Just like most doctors smoked in the 1950s, most physicians today continue to consume foods that are contributing to our epidemics of dietary disease.

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Strong words for good advice.

But it does require all us autodydactics to reprogram our eating habits.

As hard as that is, we should take that doc’s quote: “I don’t mind dying, I just don’t want it to be my fault.”  — Michael Greger M.D. FACLM  March 10th, 2017 

Many a true word is said in a joke.

So sad that patients have to die because of their doctors’ stupidity, ignorance, and (I hope not) avarice.

Of course, the Gooferment has a big role in this continuing stupidity.

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” — attributed to Einstein

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RANT: Gooferment cuts! “Effective Compassion” will emerge (imho)

<A real friend stated on Facebook>

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John, I would like to think the world is full of caring People. However, that is not the case. I choose to believe that we live in a nation, the United States, that has the capacity to care about the needs of all citizens. The evidence is that our corporate world, through Citizens United, is able to suppress our best human instincts.

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OF COURSE, I REPLIED:

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Unfortunately, I think your paradigm or perception is wrong.

The USA is a very charitable nation. Even with the high taxation, Americans donate a lot to charity. (Not the politicians and bureaucrats, but real people.) Look at how they respond to international disasters or 911.

AND, if we stop Gooferment funding, then people will not think “oh the Gooferment is taking care of it”.  

When real people and private charities get involved, charity is more efficient and effective. Example, the Salvation Army. Or the myriad of stories about individuals stepping up. The USA has a tradition of neighbors helping neighbors.

It’s only when Gooferment takes over “the problem” does it become a “real problem”.

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Or course, I forgot to cite that “Effective Compassion” article. http://www.acton.org/public-policy/effective-compassion/seven-principles-century-ago

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GOVERNACIDE: “Federal cyanide trap”?

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/03/17/federal-cyanide-trap-injures-eastern-idaho-boy-kills-dog.html

IDAHO
Federal cyanide trap injures eastern Idaho boy, kills dog
Published March 17, 2017  Associated Press

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POCATELLO, Idaho –  An eastern Idaho sheriff says he’s investigating after a cyanide trap placed by federal authorities to kill coyotes injured a 14-year-old boy and killed his dog.

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While there are a lot of questions still outstanding:

  • was it an accident
  • was the boy tresspassing on private land
  • was it posted
  • were there warning signs

The point remains!

Where in the Constitution does the Federal Gooferment have any authorization to kill anything outside of a declared war?

At best, coyotes are a state level problem. At worst, this is the Federal over-reach and even maybe </tin foil hat> an ‘experiment’ (Yeah, like you never heard of  the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male<tin foil hat/>.

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TECHNOLOGY: Small developers get “Sherlocked”; that’s one word for it.

https://www.howtogeek.com/297651/what-does-it-mean-when-a-company-sherlocks-an-app/

What Does It Mean When Apple “Sherlocks” an App?

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Perhaps you’ve read that F.lux, which reduces eye strain and helps you sleep, is being “Sherlocked” later this month. What does that mean? In short, “Sherlocked” means that macOS will soon offer features that make installing the popular third-party tool F.lux unnecessary. When macOS 10.11.4—the latest update for Sierra—comes out, the “Displays” panel in System Preferences will offer the Night Shift feature that debuted on iPhones last year. For lifelong Apple fans, this term barely needs explanation, but recent converts might feel confused. So, let’s take a look at where the term “Sherlocked” comes from.

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In a blog post, Wood said Steve Jobs told him Apple can and will do this to developers on the platform. Here’s Wood paraphrasing a phone call from Jobs himself:

“You know those handcars, the little machines that people stand on and pump to move along on the train tracks? That’s Karelia. Apple is the steam train that owns the tracks.”

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Well, it’s better to be quick and nimble than slow and stiff.

That’s Apple “slow and swift”. Independent developers aren’t the only one getting <synonym for the past tense of the procreation act.> by Apple. Look at their planned obsolesce strategy and no thought of the Customer when pulling products. (I was particularly “frosted” when they pulled iWeb!)

So be warned and don’t trust anyone (i.e., MicroSloth; RottenApple; even Google) long term.

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WEBSITE: NCAA “bracket challenge” looks like it has a bug to me

https://bracketchallenge.ncaa.com/?cid=BCG2017_Dedicated_Picks_Offers_031217#bracket?entry_id=1051065&controller=bracket

 
No, I had ark. I was looking a frenchy’s bracket. 
 
Whew.
 
But the brackets say I’m 25\160 and he’s 23\96. The summary has him leading 33 to 26?
 
Looks like a bug to me.
 
And, it’s really annoying me.
 
 
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FINANCIAL: What is the defined-benefit pension plan alternative?

FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL “The 10-Point”

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Jerome Schmid of South Carolina commented: “Sad to see defined-benefit plans slip away into history. But employers no longer care about employee welfare (despite volumes of acclamations in various mission statements), as once-paternalistic corporations have been reduced to financial schemes, manipulated like exotic derivative securities. It is probably a very good idea to turn over the plans to insurance companies who are staffed with people who are (thought to be) competent risk managers, and who are far more likely be around 10 years from now.”

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Well, I’m no Ric Edelman, but here’s my suggestion.

Remember the history of defined-benefit plans and take action accordingly.

Remember “benefits” — that is employer supplied and paid for “entitlements” — is a vestige of the World War II wage and price controls. Prior to that, the employer just paid you what you had earned. What you did with it was up to you. To get around the WW2 wage and price control, employers offered “benefits” which were found to not be wages — probably due to Crony Capitalist bribing the politicians. Of course, as an expense to the company they were tax deductible. Unfortunately, if the employee bought the very same “benefits”, then they paid with “after tax dollars”. (That’s how the whole “pre existing conditions” and “health insurance tied to the job” disaster got started! Thanks to the Gooferment.)

So, the defined-benefit pension plan is a fiction. Some companies like AT&T were rigorous in their financial planning for it. To the extent of setting up a completely separate corporate entity, with its own Board of Directors, to manage the funds. (And, to insist that all liabilities be 100% funded.) Other, like Enron forced their pension and 401k plans to hold only Enron stock in the plans. (We all know how that worked out.) Also, look at Dallas where the city my have to file for bankruptcy because of the unfunded liabilitiesOther horror stories exist. Like CalPers underfunded by many trillions of dollars. Like some Union pension funds underfunded by 75%. And other pension making risky investments, like Puerto Rican junk bonds, to try and catch up.

My suggestion?

Easy. Take responsibility for yourself and your own future. The Gooferment is NOT your friend. Your employer is NOT your friend. Your insurance agent, your broker, and your banker are NOT your friends. So you have to treat them and their promises like a used car salesman’s as you driving off the lot. (At least, the salesman is “honestly” lying to you.)

You have to hire a “team” — lawyer, accountant, and registered financial advisor — that you WILL pay for out of your own pocket — to help you. Then, you figure out how much you will need in retirement to NOT be eating dog food and choosing between medicine or heat. How much you “discount” the promises of Social Security, Pensions, and Retirement savings is an important calculation. And, finally, you build your own “defined-benefit pension plan” with a well diversified investment portfolio that you save into. 

Hard, not really. Essential, absolutely.

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This is entertainment; not investment advice. Call Ric for help. 1-800-call-ric anytime.

Remember the sources of my education! I’m just a fat old white guy retired injineer who’d now a poor old senior citizen on a fixed income with:
* Law “degree” from watching Judge Judy;
* Medical “degree” from watching Doctor Phil;
* Building “degree” from watching “Holmes on Homes”;
* Investing “degree” from reading about Bernie Made-off;
* Finance “degree”from listening to Ric Edelman;
* sensitively managing Human Resources from watching Chef Ramsey; and
* creating loving / caring human relationships from studying the movie roles of Gunny Ronald Lee Ermey

http://www.recedelman.com

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INTERESTING: The Ingenious Design of the Aluminum Beverage Can

https://youtu.be/hUhisi2FBuw


The Ingenious Design of the Aluminum Beverage Can

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Bill details the engineering choices underlying the design of a beverage can He explains why it is cylindrical, outlines the manufacturing steps needed to created the can, notes why the can narrows near it lid, show close ups of the double-seam that hold the lid on, and details the complex operation of the tab that opens the can. 
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Absolutely stunning to this fat old white guy injineer.

(I knew a lot of this but never saw it so well explained. 

Reminds me of the great economics text “I, pencil” and the various adaptions of it.

How much we stand on the shoulders of our predecessors and their intellectual discoveries and capital investments.

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FINANCIAL: LC$

A menagerie of fallacies
http://www.rationaloptimist.com/blog/statistical-fallacies/

 — via my feedly newsfeed

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Pretty funny stuff.
 
I have seen a lot of “hippos” in my career and completely agree about the coin flip risk — although in my case it’d be 10k$ to 10k$+100 before I’d puke. (I wouldn’t take such a risk unless it was for “life changing money” aka LC$). Hence my play of the lotto when it’s over 400M$. Then, I wouldn’t mind the 50% tax bite.
 
Less than that, shrug! It’s not LC$. Remember 85% of winners of more than 1M$ go bankrupt in 3 years.
 
1M$ at 5% is 50k$ per year forever.
 
Hmmm, maybe I need to lower my definition of LC$? I think I’ll move the selctor dial down to 8M$ — half for taxes, and that 200k$ per year. Have to check with Dan the Finance Man, but that would make different life.
 
Maybe I could afford another additional gal pal, better car, or even a plane.
 
Yup, that’s how folks go broke. Laugh!
 
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RANT: ACA is a national disaster

I disagree. The ACA is a national disaster. We were much better off under the old non-system. Hopefully, “We, The Sheeple” can convince you to extract us from the mess that originated in the WW2 wage and price controls (i.e., “benefits” are tax deductable to corporation but not to individuals). While I don’t care for the R’s solution, how about if you champion: (1) tax deductibility for ALL health care; (2) catastrophic health care for the uninsurable; and (3) remanding “health”, “health care”, “health care insurance”, or something else to the States for their programs. NOT EVERYTHING is a “federal” problem. I see nothing in the Constitution that gives Congress any power in this area!
 
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March 9, 2017

Dear friend,

I’ve been reading the bill that House Republican leadership and President Trump released this week to repeal the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) and I’ve got to tell you, it’s a total disaster. Despite their many promises to the contrary, President Trump and House Republicans are pushing a bill that would severely undermine healthcare coverage for millions of Americans. It would also be a devastating blow to our efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. On top of taking health insurance away from millions of Americans, the House Republican plan decimates the Medicaid program, increases premiums for seniors and older Americans, forces the middle class to pay more for less, and defunds vital preventative and reproductive care for women.

Mind you, not everyone is hurt by this bill: Insurance company CEOs get a special tax break. That’s right, hidden in the Republican health care bill is a special tax break that allows Health Care companies to write off CEO pay over $500,000 a year. What’s more outrageous is that this tax break for CEOs is paid for by charging senior citizens an additional $7,000 a year for health care. This bill is a tax giveaway to the wealthy, masquerading as health care reform. It’s shameful.

In dozens of visits to New Hampshire during the campaign, President Trump promised to provide treatment to end the opioid crisis. So why is he pushing for healthcare repeal and many other policies that would take away substance misuse treatment and many other resources that New Hampshire desperately needs to fight the drug epidemic? That’s exactly the question I put to him in a 
letter
last week. In it, I call on the President to keep his promise to communities across New Hampshire that are fighting this epidemic with everything they have. I’ll keep you updated and let you know if President Trump responds.

As I’ve said many times, the Affordable Care Act isn’t perfect, but it has undoubtedly made New Hampshire healthier and has helped expand substance misuse treatment coverage to those who desperately need it. In New Hampshire, the uninsured rate has dropped by 43%. A big part of that reduction comes from the coverage provided through Medicaid expansion. Instead of repealing this progress, House Republicans should be working across the aisle to improve the Affordable Care Act. In the last congress, I successfully improved the law to help small businesses. I’ve proven that bipartisan progress on healthcare is possible. This is the much better route for the health, well-being, and peace of mind of Granite Staters. I’m strongly against this reckless repeal bill and I’ll be urging my colleagues in the Senate to oppose it.

Jeanne Shaheen

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FINANCIAL: “THE TRUTH ABOUT YOUR FUTURE”

http://www.edelmanfinancial.com/promotions/the-truth-about-your-future?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTTJNeVl6UXlOVE5sWmpFdyIsInQiOiI4eHFVWWttNkdQdXIyVXNhTFlyVktPUDJXdHZSVnN4Qkh2SVk1MVlabTJ3ekF6N3hQTld1Q3o1NmJIbnd2eExKOEM2djRGM0JmTEsxdFZsb2Zvb0tEZXc5c01nbDNJTFwvRFQ2eGpFQVJpZkhQcEdDWWppR3hMY1wveCtPMUJZWWVIIn0%3D

 THE TRUTH ABOUT YOUR FUTURE

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Full disclosure. I am a fan. And, he’s sending me a book for free.

But I pre-ordered the book so I can share it with those who promise to return it.

On his podcast, he’s be teasing the book and I have  say I’m excited to get his insights on the future.

In the immortal words of my personal poetess laureate Taylor Swift “Everything Has Changed” !

Only the dullest Luddite wouldn’t want to know what he’s predicting.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Berkeley Removes 20,000* Free Online Videos

https://reason.com/blog/2017/03/07/berkeley-deletes-200000-free-online-vide

Berkeley Removes 20,000* Free Online Videos to Comply with Insane Department of Justice Ruling
In the name of equality, destroy your valuable public resource
Robby Soave|Mar. 7, 2017 8:31 am

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The handicappers general in the Department of Justice strike again: the University of California, Berkeley, is deleting a massive amount of free, online content in order to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Berkeley previously housed an online library consisting of more than 20,000 videos of lectures. These videos were free and accessible to the public. But they are free no longer: next week, administrators will withdraw access to anyone who isn’t a Berkeley student or professor.

Why? Because the federal government left them no other choice.

Two employees of Gallaudet University—a school for the deaf in Washington, D.C.—filed a complaint with DOJ alleging that Berkeley’s online content was inaccessible to the hearing-disabled community. After looking into the matter, DOJ determined that Berkeley had indeed violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to Inside Higher Ed.

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I can’t imagine the authors of the ADA intended to destroy a valuable public resource because it wasn’t perfectly accessible to all, but here we are. Taking the quality out of equality: that’s clumsy federal regulation for you.

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Hard to imagine the logic that this represents.

The “authors of the ADA” have to bear the brunt of the “Unintended Consequences” of STUPID legislation!

I have heard and blogged about the ADA absurdity — like the drivers exam had to be given in Braille.

We really need a Gooferment department of common sense to review all Gooferment actions that impact the public. Sadly, I hate to ask for more bureaucrats but maybe we could have a blue ribbon panel composed of $1/year grumpy fat old white guy injineers, grade school children, and retired poor old senior citizens on a fixed incomes to “staff” this new “department”.

Argh!

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RANT: The IRS scam now on texts

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WARNING:I.R.S is filing a lawsuit against you, for more information call on +1-2026979175 on urgent basis otherwise your arrest warrant will be forwarded to your local police department and your properties, social benefits and bank accounts will be frozen by the government.

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I blocked the phone number when I was called this morning. 

How do I block the text messages?

Argh!

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WARNING:I.R.S is filing a lawsuit against you, for more information call on +1-2026979175 on urgent basis otherwise your arrest warrant will be forwarded to your local police department and your properties, social benefits and bank accounts will be frozen by the government.

Categories WSJ

TECHNOLOGY: Verizon Fios is changing email providers

2017-Mar-08

Verizon Fios switching over to AOL Mail Servers

Effective April 06, 2017, we’ll no longer provide verizon.net email service. Other than this change, your Verizon service(s) won’t be affected.

We have two options for you to consider below. Please review both options and take action today to avoid losing access to your email.

Choosing an option is easy.

Click here to sign into your verizon.net email account.
Simply select Keep verizon.net email address or Try any other email provider to complete the setup.

Option 1. Keep your current email address with AOL Mail.

By choosing this option you will:

Keep your verizon.net email address
Migrate to AOL Mail
Retain email, contacts and calendar(s) automatically

Option 2. Try any other email provider.

By choosing this option, you will:

No longer be able to use your current verizon.net email address
Establish an account with a mail provider of your choosing like Outlook.com or Gmail
Manually move your email, contacts and calendar(s)

To confirm this message is valid, visit verizon.com and select Announcements under the Tools section at the bottom of the page.

Have questions? More information can be found at verizon.com/Email.

Take action by April 06, 2017 or you’ll lose access to your verizon.net
email account.

Don’t wait, act now.

We hope you are enjoying AOL Mail. We value
Verizon customers and want to make your
transition as smooth as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does AOL have a mobile email app?

When it comes to getting your AOL Mail on your mobile device, you have choices – the Alto for Mobile app or the AOL app. To learn more visit the Verizon Move to AOL Mail: Using the Alto for Mobile App and the AOL App help article.

Can I use a third party email program such as Outlook or Thunderbird, to access my verizon.net email with AOL Mail?

Yes, you can use a third party email program such as Outlook or Thunderbird to access your verizon.net email with AOL Mail.

If you previously used a third party program to access your mail, you simply need to update your password to the one you created when you registered with AOL Mail. To update your password settings, follow the instructions in the help article titled, Verizon Move to AOL Mail: Updating your third party email program or mobile device with your new account information (POP3).

If you would like to use an email client with your new AOL Mail account and you ARE NOT currently using an email client configured with POP3, follow the steps in the help article titled, Verizon Move to AOL Mail: Setting up your new AOL account in a third party email program or mobile device (IMAP).

How do I get support for email or if I notice any problems during the move of my email to AOL?

Refer to our AOL Mail for Verizon Customers Help page for articles related to common questions and additional information about AOL Mail. You can also contact Verizon at 1-800-VERIZON or verizon.com/support.

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Another example of why you should not trust any ISP with your email address.

May I suggest that you have your own domain? The common wisdom, or is that common whizdumb, is to own your own name as a domain name. I own “reinke.cc”. (I like saying “sea sea me at reinke.cc”! me@reinke.cc will actually work!) I gives one quite a bit of control. And, it’s very cheap. I know three solutions at 15$/year using wordpressdotcom with gmail, 25$/year email only with 1and1, and 60$/year for domain+email+webspace also at 1and1. My point is not that you should use 1and1. http://www.1and1.com/?k_id=9113251 I could care less which one you use. It’s that getting on to your own domain with email is cheap and easy. And, it’s not hotmail, yahoo, or gmail. It IS your own “personal brand”.

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TECHNOLOGY: Testing WordPress for Google Docs

2017-Mar-08

Now this is a most interesting “feature”.

If it works, then it could make blogging even easier and more “fun”.

We’ll have to test and see.

It claims to carry over everything.

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INLINE_DRAWING: InlineDrawing

Well, the inline drawing didn’t come over.

Nor the change in font size. Needs some more “testing” but I like it.

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POLITICAL: Why do I identify with the underdog?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4285968/Epic-battle-British-soldiers-African-tribe.html

What happened AFTER Rorke’s Drift: Remarkable untold story of an epic battle between British soldiers and an African tribe which brought a definitive end to the Zulu War is revealed 140 years after the conflict 

  • Little know (sic) battle between British and Bapedi tribe at Fighting Kopke was a definitive moment in the Zulu War
  • Despite being outnumbered more than three to one and having far less weapons, tribe fought to the very end 
  • Bapedi were finally defeated by Brits and their Swazi allies under the command of Sir Garnet Wolseley in 1879

By Keiligh Baker for MailOnline
PUBLISHED: 07:30 EST, 6 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:43 EST, 6 March 2017 

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The remarkable story of an epic battle between British soldiers and a vastly outnumbered African tribe which brought a definitive end to the Zulu War has been revealed in a new book.

The little known Battle at Fighting Kopke was overshadowed by the story of the British defence of Rorke’s Drift which took place 11 months earlier and was later immortalised in the film Zulu.

Following the British annexation of land north of the Vaal River in South Africa in 1877, the native Bapedi tribe had been at loggerheads for two years with the British.

The conflict came to a head in a fierce four day battle at Fighting Kopke where the Bapedi were finally defeated by British troops and their Swazi allies under the command of Sir Garnet Wolseley in November 1879.

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Tremendous casualties and everyone “loses”.

Hard to feel sympathy for the British and their Empire. Built over the bodies of their fellow human beings.

For some reason, I empathize with the underdog.

I wonder if someday, Americans will be fighting in their own homeland. Hopelessly against insurmountable odds?

It reminds me of: “And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? . . .” — Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Hope I’m wrong, but it might be against our “own” Gooferment someday!

Can’t happen here!

Remember the Japanese internment, Waco, and Ruby Ridge?

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RANT: USPS trying to “help’ — when I really need discard!


My USPS® Free Upgrade Offers Preview of Incoming Mail


Example of Informed Delivery on desktop and mobile device

We are excited to announce that the My USPS application will soon be upgraded to offer you more benefits and convenience.

No action is required from you – you will retain your My USPS benefits, but will also have access to Informed Delivery® notifications, a new, free feature that gives you the ability to see a digital preview of your incoming mail. Informed Delivery allows you to view grayscale images of the exterior, address side of your household’s letter-sized mailpieces* on a computer, tablet, or mobile device. This new feature offers the convenience of seeing what is coming to your mailbox – anytime, anywhere.

Now when you log in to your My USPS account, you will be able to track packages and view a preview of your letter-sized mailpieces in one, integrated dashboard. Your dashboard will display mailpiece images for a seven-day period; you can also opt to receive these images via email notification.

To learn more about Informed Delivery notifications, please visit the Informed Delivery FAQs. We are proud to offer you more insight into your mail delivery, and thank you for being a valued USPS customer.

Sincerely,
Your United States Postal Service®

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Now all I need is a way to discard it — electronically.

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RANT: Some charity “leaders” are overpaid

FROM WSJ

The Rewards of Charity 

Charities are becoming a lot more generous with pay at the top. The tax-exempt organizations, which include many hospitals and colleges as well as traditional charities, provided seven-figure compensation to roughly 2,700 employees in 2014, our analysis of newly available data shows. The total is higher by a third than in 2011. While many of the big earners ran large enterprises, others were leaders of small charities, such as a couple who run an online ministry. Researchers who study pay at charities say it has been increasing for decades as organizations have grown more professional and adopted pay strategies from the corporate world, where executive compensation has also been on the rise. High pay at charities has drawn scrutiny from some lawmakers because the organizations receive substantial tax breaks for committing to public service.

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I use the Salvation Army as the exemplar.

And all Big Charity entities (i.e., Red Cross; anything connected with the UN or the Clinton Foundation) as the negative!

Sigh!

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INTERESTING: Mushrooms to bricks like the Bible’s straw into bricks

https://hackaday.com/2017/03/05/mycelia-sawdust-house/

MYCELIA + SAWDUST = HOUSE?
Michael Uttmark March 5, 2017

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Take a guess. What is the featured picture for this article? If you’re channeling your inner Google image recognition, you might say: “Best guess for this image: rock.” But, like Google, you’d be wrong. Instead, what you see are bricks made out of fungi obtained from tissues of mycelia.

By taking fungi obtained from tissues of mycelia and storing them in a jar filled with a growth medium (usually sawdust), MycoWorks is creating all sorts of materials with exciting properties. In just three to seven days, the fungi and sawdust mixture expands and forms into clumps of material, which are then used to create products like handbags, purses, bricks, you name it. According to co-founder Phil Ross, “production of this material is similar to making ravioli from scratch, and the final product is more resilient than concrete.”

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Wow, just look at the video, it’s extremely impressive. 

A building material that won’t break in an earthquake!

A simply stunning idea.

Like that college professor who reengineered plywood to make it “bullet proof” (actually flying debris proof; think the movie “Twister”), this could revolutionize the home / office building meme — fireproof and earthquake proof buildings?

Ahh, to be a young injineer again with these “paints” on your “palette”!

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