An Open Letter to My Boobs - April 19, 2014 by zeldalegacy

Dear Bionic Boobs, I know you’ve been adjusting to your new digs since the reconstruction surgery seven months ago. I’ve protected you from wild elbows, supported you with a bra, and exercised you by smooshing you girls together. (Doctor’s orders.) You seem happy enough and pretty perky. I do have some concerns. One night, I […]
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I am a Nationalist - April 19, 2014 by zeldalegacy

By David Morgan There you go – I’ve said it. I subscribe to a political philosophy that (in the context of the Scottish Independence debate at least) dare not speak its name. The very word itself has become a term of almost universal opprobrium. Whether it’s Scot Nats, Cybernats or Brit Nats the very word […]
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The Energy Source of the Future - April 18, 2014 by zeldalegacy

“Scientists have discovered an enormous energy source for the world…located in the poorest countries in the world,” announced Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) President John Hamre recently. “If we tap it, this energy source will double or triple GDP growth in those countries.” CONTINUE READING

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I’m all for doing good to the poor … - April 18, 2014 by zeldalegacy

Some experts believe the decline in workforce participation is the legacy of the Great Recession and that it will improve. That rate is only 63.2%; it was nearly 67% in 1990.

But structural changes are plainly at work too, based in part on slower-moving demographic factors. A 2012 study by economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago estimated that about one-quarter of the decline in labor-force participation since the start of the Great Recession can be traced to retirements. Other economists have attributed about half of the drop to the aging of baby boomers.

Baby boomers can’t be the whole story, though, since the participation rate has declined for younger workers too. This part of the drop is a function of various factors, including simple discouragement, poor work incentives created by public policies, inadequate schooling and training, and a greater propensity to seek disability insurance. Globalization and technological change have also reduced employment and wage growth for low-skilled workers—which raises questions about whether current policy is focused enough on helping workers to achieve the skills necessary to work productively and earn decent incomes. Excerpt from WSJ 4-5-14

I think I said something like this before, we are focused on the wrong things. That is, we pat ourselves on the back at the growing numbers of participants in government programs for the poor and low income (programs that make not working more comfortable for those so inclined) when we should delight in increasing the employment and employment participation rate and work toward that goal. What good does it do to hype raising the minimum age when 37% of the adult workforce has stopped looking for work?

I, like most Americans, want more than the basics, mere subsistence in life. However, for some especially low-skilled and poorly educated citizens, going from unemployment to Social Security disability with food stamps and Medicaid and tax credits may be sufficient to stop trying.

As Benjamin Franklin said, “I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.”

Shouldn’t our focus be not on palliative care, but on correct diagnosis and treatment focused on a cure? Instead we have more programs providing disincentives to work and grow income.

Filed under: Government, Observations on life Tagged: poor, underemployed, unemployed, workfore participstion
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Stuck in Password Hell - April 17, 2014 by zeldalegacy

It has to be the most common annoyance experienced by users of technology everywhere.  As soon as you want to partake in the pleasures and treasures of modern comforts, a password is required.  For every frigging thing.

Where did they get my list of passwords from?

Where did they get my list of passwords from?

A password is required if you want to buy stuff, read stuff, access stuff, post stuff, play stuff, write stuff, approve stuff, release stuff.  A password is even required if you just want to retrieve your own goddamn stuff.  You end up with a thousand different places where you need to type in those eight crucial characters.

The problem is an obvious one:  What normal human being has the ability to remember all the different passwords that is required for daily functioning?

No one, I tell ya.  Not one single person.  (And Spock is not a person.)

The reality is that most people simply pick one.  A password for everything.  One word that rule them all.  One that grants the user the ability to access everything about you.  A whole Internet portfolio available if you know the crazy combination of the user.  Allowing cyber criminals the opportunity, to not only hijack your credit card, but steal your blood and kidneys as well.

The second conundrum in selecting a password is finding something that you will remember tomorrow.

So it will most probably end up being something relatable.  Something the user likes or dislikes.  Maybe a favourite movie.  Or band.  And this proves that the spy movies are accurate.  You know which ones I’m referring too?  Those where the hacker sits and access a computer because he sees a painting in the study and types in the painter’s name that appears on the golden frame.  And we think what poor sod would choose such an obvious, easy password?  And we laugh at the ridiculousness of the scene.  The absurdity of another Hollywood cop-out.

Well here’s my little secret.  I’m very close to that sod.  I am SO hackable.  Hollywood might know something after all.

Anyhow, if I didn’t have a word to rule them all, then I’ll probably end up with this sequence next time I want to check my non-existing bank balance:

Please enter log in name:

pieterk

Your password has expired.  Please enter new password:

thor

Your password requires a minimum of eight characters.  Please try again:

thorshammer

Your password requires a capital letter.  Please try again:

Thorshammer

Your password requires a numeric number. Please try again:

1 Thorshammer

Your password doesn’t allow spaces. Please try again:

1Thorshammer

Your password requires a symbol key.  Please try again:

#1THORSHAMMER

Your password doesn’t allow subsequent capital letters.  Please try again:

Take#1Thorshammerandshoveitupyourassandgivemefuckingaccess

That password is already in use.  Please try again:

 

And I’m off to my happy place with my good friend Jack.  (which I got on credit.)


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ASB Stock Market Portfolio & Unitholder Distributions for 2013 - April 17, 2014 by zeldalegacy

ASB pay 8.70 sen in dividend and bonus for financial end 2013. This comprise of 7.7 sen dividend and 1.0 sen bonus. In the same period, a total of 8.26 million peoples subscribe to ASB with total fund size of more than RM127.26 billion. At this size, ASB is the biggest funds that manage by ASNB. […]



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Recommended low salt intake harmful for health: Study Is conventional wisdom dangerous? - April 16, 2014 by zeldalegacy

Did you ever notice that whenever a new study regarding health and medical care contradicts conventional wisdom, the new information is generally criticized? Makes you wonder what they will be saying about our health care a hundred years from now. It seems that for every study with one result there is another showing the opposite. How do we know we are actually receiving the best and appropriate health care?

Recently my wife had cataract surgery. As I am prone to do I ask a lot of questions. I asked a nurse how many of these procedures they handled each day. She said one doctor does twenty-two such surgeries in one day.

How was that possible I thought, just do he math. Later I asked another eye doctor if the story could be true. Yes, he said, this doctor is there until seven at night. He also said they set up two operating rooms for the doctor so he can just keep going from one to another. And then he explained that to do this so quickly the doctor placed each patient in a deep anesthesia, far deeper than would be typical for the procedure, and more risky for the patient especially for those in their 80s and 90s. In fact, he said some anesthesiologist wouldn’t work with the doctor. What do you want to bet each of his patients believe he is a great doctor?

The volume of conflicting information, the immense difficulty in defining quality and the propensity for patients to have unquestioning faith in their doctor are the most critical issues facing the health care system, affecting not only quality, but cost as well.

Hey, conventional wisdom bled George Washington to death and as a kid I was basted in baby oil and iodine to “protect” me from the sun. Have you noticed the flood of advertising promoting use of testosterone

Gold Tickets Giveaway for National Achievers Congress 2014 - April 14, 2014 by zeldalegacy

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72% Think It Would Be Better if Most in Congress Are Not Reelected – Rasmussen Reports™ - April 14, 2014 by zeldalegacy

More voters than ever would rather scrap the current Congress than to see it reelected.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just nine percent (9%) of Likely U.S. Voters think it would be better for the country if most incumbents were reelected this November. Seventy-two percent (72%) say it would be better if most of them were defeated instead. Nineteen percent (19%) are undecided.

via 72% Think It Would Be Better if Most in Congress Are Not Reelected – Rasmussen Reports™.

Well, if that’s true, vote them out. It’s really quite simple. However, a better long-term solution is term limits.

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Blast those damn potholes - April 13, 2014 by zeldalegacy

We all know about our crumbling roads and bridges. If you listen to the news, you probably wouldn’t drive on a highway or cross a bridge. Ignoring that apprehension I recently drove Interstate 95 from Massachusetts to south Florida and back.

20140204-174625.jpgThe most exciting part of the drive was staring at the road and weaving to avoid the potholes. I did get a chance to notice one thing though. There was a great deal of construction, not repairing the roads and bridges, but rather widening roads, adding new exit and entrance ramps and my very favorite, tearing down and building new rest areas. There is no doubt all these things are desirable, but com’on guys, priorities please!

What about the crumbling bridges and all the potholes? I already had to replace a wheel, tires and have had two alignments in the last three months. Could it be all this new construction is more lucrative for somebody?

imageNot to worry, Congress is on top of the situation. According to the Congressional Budget Office, The Highway Trust Fund will be bankrupt next year unless Congress acts. The Trust is the main source of revenue of funds for road repairs and construction. The Trust is funded by the gasoline tax which has not been raised since 1993. It stands at 18.4 cents a gallon. If it had just kept pace with inflation it would be 29 cents in 2014. What to do, what to do?

I have every reason to believe Congress will tackle this funding crisis with the same vigor and forthrightness it has applied to Social Security and Medicare. Problem solved!

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