RANT: Where NOT get life lessons


10 Life Lessons Learned in Grade School
July 21st, 2010 by BestOnlineColleges.net

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Grade school was an impressionable time for everyone. It’s when we became immersed into a mini-society, learning valuable life lessons that have remained through adulthood. If you think about it, many comparisons can be made between life in grade school and life in the real world. For example, back then, we had to learn to coexist with our peers – for better or for worse. And for many, it has proven to be a never-ending learning process; though you’re hopefully better at it now than you were as an 8-year-old. Here are a few life lessons we learned during that fun yet trying time, when the world was fresh and we were a bit more resilient.

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I have to think about this one. But I’m sure that school was not good for me personally. I carry “scars” to this day that I’ve never gotten over.

OK, I thought it over.

  1. Don’t stand out from the crowd. (I later learned the psuedo-Chinese expression “The tallest nail gets hammered”.)
  2. Learn the rules of the game. (The stated rules of life are NOT the real rules of life.)
  3. Having the “right answer” quickly is of little value later in life. (You’re a pushy know it all.)  
  4. Your supposed friends will use you and you won’t even know it until it’s too late.
  5. Life can’t be learned from books no matter what your parent, relatives, or teachers tell you.
  6. Teachers are usually “wrong”, but won’t admit it, and may not even know it.
  7. School is poor preparation for life. It’s an artificial world that distorts your world view.
  8. There’s no substitute for TWO good loving parents; it can’t be substituted for or mailed in.
  9. You’re so dumb! (You don’t know what you don’t know. And, you don’t know how many “paths” you’re shutting off without even realizing it.)  
  10. You have to develop physical courage to stand up to bullies — no matter what costume they wear. (“They may torture my body, break my bones, even kill me, then they will have my dead body. NOT MY OBEDIENCE!” — from the movie Gandhi (1982) spoke by Ben Kingsley )

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SERVICE: Are all RX services this dense?

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From: Caremark

To: Caremark Participant

Date: Sent: 07/19/2010

Subject: We are about to contact your doctor for a new prescription – Case ID [#144609535

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One or more prescriptions enrolled in our automatic prescription renewal program have no fills remaining or will expire soon. CVS Caremark will contact your doctor to obtain a new prescription for you. If your doctor approves the new prescription, your order will be shipped within 10 days. If approval is not received, CVS Caremark will notify you.

This is an automated message. Please do not reply to this message. The security of your personal information is important to us. If you have further questions, Contact Caremark to ensure a secure transaction. You may also call the toll-free number on the back of your benefit ID card.

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CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This communication and any attachments may contain confidential and/or privileged information for the use of the designated recipients named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you have received this communication in error and that any review, disclosure, dissemination, distribution, or copying of it or its contents is prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the sender immediately by telephone and destroy all copies of this communication and any attachments.

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Copyright 2009 Caremark All rights reserved.

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* 2 item(s) in this order was/were voided

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(1) This is sent to her on a closed web based email system. So why can’t I just reply to this message?

(2) How CAN it be sent to someone else in error?

(3) Why not just mention the drug and the doctor without making me hunt through their obtuse “portal” looking for it?

(4) Once an item is “voided”, it no longer is part of the “order”. (Argh!) And, “unfindable”.

Did ANYONE ask the Users of this pig what share of lipstick they wanted?


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This is what is wrong with Obamacare, and insurance in general. If I was paying the bill, then I wouldn’t have to jump through hoops to make the system responsive to our needs. Right now, the LAST thing I need is more irritants.

Argh! Squared!

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p.s., I still can NOT find what drugs they magnanimously voided for us!

And how can you copyright an email message? Guess they haven’t heard of “fair use”.

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We apologize for any inconvenience you have experienced. The reason you see 2 items mailed and 2 items voided is due to the prescriptions were entered 2 times by our pharmacy. The 2 prescriptions that were duplicated were voided. Again, we apologize for this inconvenience.

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TECHNOLOGY: As done today, electronic medical records are poor substitutes


Saturday, July 10, 2010
10 Ways We Are Being Tracked, Traced, and Databased
Are technological advances infringing on our right to privacy?

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Microsoft’s HealthVault and VeriMed partnership is to create RFID implantable microchips. Microchips for tracking our precious pets is becoming commonplace and serves to condition us to accept putting them in our children in the future. The FDA has already approved this technology for humans and is marketing it as a medical miracle, again for our safety.

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Two points: Obama’s health care is going to depend upon electronic medical records to save money. And, those same EMRs are going to make care better.

If the current crop of “Health Vault” type offerings — Microsoft’s, Google, Caremark, or WallGreens — are any indication, then there is a long road before they will see and “savings”. The systems are inaccurate, lose data, and are not ready for Prime Time.

The interfaces are rudimentary at best. And bad data flows from system to system. The consumer facing data capture are kludges at best and not descigned form a Human Factors pov for the fast, accurate, and comprehensive data collection.

If used in the real world with real patients, they are going to cost: wealth, time, and eventually lives.

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RANT: Ties suck; coin flips are insult to the effort put out

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The draw to decide which two squads join Siena and Mount St. Mary’s in the MAAC Tournament will be held on Sunday morning. Whichever team is drawn will not be in the field, while the other two will be seeded third and fourth depending on the result of their regular season meeting.

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I dislike ties. Not so much. At least a tie is honest.

I really dislike random ways ties are broken.

Those are disrespectful to the effort put out getting to the tie.

On the game show, CATCH21 there are no ties; a player who freezes on a number (i.e., the player got their score first) “owns” that value space.

That seems “fair”.

For an athletic team to work their butt off and have it decided by a coin flip or other random event seems disrespectful to me.

They could have started with the coin flip and forgot about the work. Makes as much sense.

ARGH! No coin flips; use the CATCH21 rule. No ties; no coin flips.

Hear that baseball: No extra innings. Hear that pro basketball: no OTs that end with the curfew. (Have to make sure the “athletes” can get to the disco!). College bball exempted; they play till they drop.) Hear that pro football: No coin flip that decides every thing for the most part. BUT especially — hear that ncaa football: Your tie break is boring and insane — the coin flip there is de facto the game for the most part.

REMEMBER: “There are NO ties in Catch 21!” http://tv.gsn.com/shows/catch21/

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SERVICE: Using the user to … …

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Dear Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia Member

   This weekend there was a patch implemented that corrected the Portal Error members have been receiving. Please go to the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia website and try to access your account. If you continue to get the Portal Error, please give Web Support a call at (866) 292-6253 Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. excluding Holidays. Please reference this email when speaking to a Technician.

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I’d call this “using the user as unpaid debugging help”!


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INSPIRATIONAL: Milton Friedman on Capitalism and “greed is universal”; it’s good for the poor too


Milton Friedman Teaches Phil Donahue
Posted by Karen De Coster on April 14, 2010 07:15 PM

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Sure, Donahue was a boob, even when he was right (such as war), but just 30 years later, can you imagine any television talk show host bringing on an intellectual with the caliber of Milton Friedman? Compare Oprah or Sally Jesse Raphael. Donahue also interviewed Ayn Rand. In light of that, I have many fond memories of the Phil Donahue show. My Mom had his show on all the time, so I watched it, whenever possible, from the time I was about ten years old. I learned much from the debate/discussion on his show.

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Two minutes; Safe For Work. Stunningly inspirational!

In the movie, we learned from the character Gordon Gekko that “Greed is Good”.


“I am not a destroyer of companies. I am a liberator of them! The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind. And greed, you mark my words, will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA. Thank you very much.”

Here we learn from Milton Friedman, that it’s not only good for the poor unwashed masses, but that it’s inescapable.

All “leaders” always have clay feet pursuing their own ends. They can’t help but be human.

And, Milton Friedman warns us to trust none of them.

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SERVICE: Use a Google Voice number for reminders


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Send Yourself Voicemails After Calls to Remember Important Info

I have created a Gmail account and gotten signed up for Google Voice on that account (btw, don’t set it to your cell phone number for this setup.)

Once that GV account is in place, I enable the Do Not Disturb feature which sends incoming calls straight into voicemail.

I also have the settings such that it sends a Speech-to-Text translation to an email address on my Blackberry. Further, I set up my phone to speed dial “Q” (Quick Msg) so, as soon as I get done with the call, I dial Q and go straight into VM. I leave an articulate VM of the details I just committed to and almost instantly, upon completion, it feeds back to my Blackberry signaling that I have a new msg.

I DON’T look at the msg so that when I get back online, I can pull up the Unread msg (or listen to the voicemail attachment) and update the appropriate calendar entry or whatever is necessary to follow-up on the commitment.

Even if the translation isn’t verbatim, that’s fine because it’s usually pretty close and that should be PLENTY to serve as a reminder that I can act on. It’s really a great system, very simple and free. Not too shabby.

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I have it setup, but I have to play with it a little.


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JOBSEARCH: Remember Sacajawea’s baby


Sunday, April 04, 2010
Pay It Forward

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“Mad Men” there is a great quote. Bert (the founder of the ad agency) tells Don (the main character) “that Sacajawea crossed the country with a baby on her back, and somewhere there’s a baby who thinks he discovered the Pacific Ocean”.

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Here’s admirable advice with a great TV quote as a memory “hook”.

Remember Sacajawea’s baby!

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TECHNOLOGY: Thinkg about non-stopping Toyotas


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ABCDEF wants to know how you can be trapped in a runaway car with a stuck accelerator for 20 minutes. I would like to know if people are so stupid to not know that turning off the car will at least allow you to coast to a stop if the brakes are not working (icluding the emergency brake). Or is there some hidden part of the st…ories where the cars cannot be turned off? If there is… why hasn’t any media outlet said that?

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I “believe” (Medicine from Doctor Phil, Law from Judge Judy, and Politics from Glen Beck) that the stupid things do NOT respond to turning the key OFF. (Not to ACC or to the position that allows the key to be extracted and locks the steering.) The lame street Press has reported that there is SOME kind of a button, somewhere in the cabin, that can … See Morebe pushed for an “emergency stop”. (I’d have thought pushing the brake pedal would engage the brake. OH NO, dumm, there’s some SOFTWARE involved in the process. Are they out of their freakin’ minds. Nobody involved ever done “software” support.) Sigh.

P.S. In my Mom’s garage, sometimes people block me in. I used to move cars. Now, if it’s a Toyota, I call the attendant. :-) Discretion!

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I, and others, don’t think it’s that easy. From what I understand, admittedly just from what I read, software is allowed to over ride the operator stomping on the brake. I find that incredulous. But, evidently, this little gem has a software that has a mind of its own. I’ll play Sargent Shultz, who says “I know nuthin, Nuting, Nothing at all”! But, it may not be so clear cut. Just an opinion.

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GHIJKL: sorry , i’ve never known a car that doesn’t allow you to take it out of gear , and emergency breaks are a physical cable with 0 electronics in them ( thats sort of the point of them else they wouldn’t be able to pass inspection ) although i believe breaks could be disabled due to abs and you may not be able to turn off the engine , a gear box is a gear box , can ALWAYS put it in neutral even if you cant do park/reverse.

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Sorry, but I think we are ALL going to need to do a “software update”. A month ago, I’d have said the same thing. (Probably with a lot more sarcasm!) Without having gotten one of these gems and ripped it apart, the Main Stream Media — or Lamestream Media — has led me to believe that this is no longer true. The car has a significant software …

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[JR: I’ll continue to follow the reports.]

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Now it appears that there is some question about the authenticity and accuracy of these claims.

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JOBSEARCH: Revising SFYG for 2010

Success for your generation is:

(1) ruthless financial discipline — no bad debt;

(2) a life long interest in learning — education — a degree — they can’t take it away from you;

(3) a NON-OFFSHORABLE white collar job in order to save big bux;

(4) a blue collar skill for hard times — never saw a poor plumber;

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

(6) develop a second business or avocation – under the radar – start small part-time;

(7) a large will-maintained network of people who can “help” you;

(8) buy assets that hold their value over time; and

(9) emulate the Amish and Mormons for their sense of community, simple thrifty living, and true to core values.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Old vet is still courageous


Retired railroad man recalls World War II battles
Howard Benthine will go on Honor Flight April 23
The Register-Mail
Posted Feb 14, 2010 @ 08:12 AM

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Howard Benthine was not even 19 years old when he killed another man for the first time.

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Benthine faces cancer with the same attitude with which he faced war.

“We’ve had a hell of a good life. An outstanding life.”

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Life was simpler then. Go to war, come home, get a job, work your way up the corporate ladder, and wed.

“Bon courage a vous tous”

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INTERESTING: The term retronym


What’s a Retronym?
by Maeve Maddox

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Earlier than that, back when he mowed the grass, my big brother longed for an “electric mower.” Now the kind of mower he called a “lawnmower” is called a “push lawnmower.”

“Cloth diaper” and “push lawnmower” are retronyms.

The term retronym came into the language in 1980 when William Safire credited Frank Mankiewicz, president of National Public Radio, with its first use.

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I never heard of this. Have you?

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RANT: Time compression causes heartaches


It’s Over
December 31st, 2009

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2009 is over. The entire decade is over.

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OK, you fell for the anti-mathematical propaganda. (I had teacher in high school geometry that ranted until we understood cardinality and ordinality. Year 1 ends 12/31/0001. By extrapolation, the “first decade” runs from 1/1/1 until 12/31/0010. Run it forward to today; this is the last year of the decade. Redefining decade? Maybe a new word.

On a more serious note, the urge to a decade review before the decade ends is indicative of time compression and language corruption. It’s indicative of our short term thinking and that’s one thing that is killing us as a civilization and a society. Corporations and their investors focus on the quarter’s results. Executives are compensated (excessively) on short term results that themselves create a contrary incentive.

GM is a classic example. Well compensated execs signed labor contracts that ENSURED the demise of the company. That string of executives are long gone, like the train robbers of old, and the people are reaping the negative rewards. We didn’t even have the common sense to INSIST that the corpse be buried in bankruptcy. Instead we now have another gooferment department that will be a drain on the Public’s purse for decades to come.

We need to change our focus. And, the tax code policy.

The model of the “family farm” is a better one. Sustainable over eons. An inter-generational asset. Instead, the estate taxes ensure that it has to be sold to pay the death taxes. Crazy. Family farms, family businesses, and such are all at risk. SO the thinking becomes short term.

The Dead Old White Guys had the gooferment running on import duties. That would have ensured that industries couldn’t be moved overseas. Now we have to look for wealth building activities that we can do that are NOT off-shorable. Farming, and food production, seems to be a great idea. We can feed the world.

So here we are at the end of my rant. The decade “mistake” points out our short term focus. The short term focus has led us to make some very bad mistakes. (Age discrimination being one of them. That calendar thing again!) Those mistakes when recognized can lead us to a long term solution.

Yeah, I know get a job.

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LIBERTY: We should be ashamed



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The original attempt at reaching the United States was done with a converted 1951 Chevy pickup truck on July 16, 2003. The truck’s drive shaft was attached directly to a propeller and the craft could reportedly reach a leisurely 7 knots (8 mph). 55-gallon oil drums were used for flotation. The dozen or so Cubans in the truck were caught just south of Key West after being sighted by a U.S. Customs aircraft.

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We should put a giant garbage bag over the Statue of Liberty.

It mocks us.

If we eliminated welfare, then we could throw open the “Golden Doors”.

We’d be a better place.

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SURVIVAL: Take zero chances. Ever?


Boy, 9, killed rescuing duck from the road
By Joel Currier

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ST. CHARLES COUNTY — Danny Bampton’s compassion for animals cost him his life.

Investigators say the 9-year-old St. Charles County boy was riding with his mother on Highway P near a relative’s house Wednesday afternoon when he saw an injured duck in the road and asked her whether he could save it. After she pulled the car over, Danny hopped out and put the duck in a roadside culvert on the south side of the highway.

But when he tried to cross back over the rural, two-lane road to his family’s car, Danny was struck by a westbound Subaru Legacy driven by Alayna R. Hitz, 18, of Wentzville.

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Wow, what a tragedy for ALL involved.

I bet Mom is going to rethink that decision for a long time.

Accidents happen.

But, someone always wins the lotto.

Maybe, there’s a lesson there. But I’m having a hard time seeing it.

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RECOMMENDED: Julie & Julia


Julie & Julia

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Julia Child (Meryl Streep) and Julie Powell (Amy Adams) are featured in writer-director Nora Ephron’s adaptation of two bestselling memoirs: Powell’s Julie & Julia and My Life in France, by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme. Based on two true stories, Julie & Julia intertwines the lives of two women who, though separated by time and space, are both at loose ends…until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible. Written by Columbia Pictures

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It was “funny peculiar”; not “funny haha”.

Maybe it resonated so well for the mid-life crisis aspect.

Not a chick flick, it had a poignant tone to it. Sadly funny.

I liked it; Frau didn’t. YMMV

p.s., especially funny; who would ever write a 700 page book? rofl!

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