Monday, December 29, 2008

US to End in 2010

No, I'm not joking - at least not about the prediction.

A respected (in Russia anyway) Russian professor has made this dire prediction for the US.

This is not a new prediction by this Russian professor, but it certainly is his craziest. Still, the Russians are broadcasting this potential demise of the US twice a day. I guess they conveniently overlooked that even the good psychic professor only gives this demise a 45-55% chance.

My laughter came to an abrupt halt and was replaced by a terribly unsettled feeling when I saw this statement...

"...dean of the Russian Foreign Ministry's academy for future diplomats."

Yikes! This bozo is manipulating the minds of future foreign diplomats?

For a decade, Russian academic Igor Panarin has been predicting the U.S. will fall apart in 2010. For most of that time, he admits, few took his argument -- that an economic and moral collapse will trigger a civil war and the eventual breakup of the U.S. -- very seriously. Now he's found an eager audience: Russian state media.


Full Story and map at WSJ.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Attracting Miracles

There are currently 23 scientific studies which show that we can help each other attract what we want. Can it be true?

I believe it can be true. I believe it is within our power to come together and help each other attract miracles. I know Christians believe in this, but many other faiths have had similar experiences also.

Over the last 50 years independently verified studies have shown that small groups of people holding the same intentions (thoughts, prayers, wishes, etc.) have lowered crime, ended wars and improved the economy in their area.

There's even a formula that determines how large a group needs to be to have an affect on the population - and it takes just 8,185 people to affect the world's population!

Dr. Joe Vitale has created a website called "Atract Miracles," which is devoted to gathering more than 8,185 people together, to attract miracles.

Each member can ask for miracles, and the entire group can hold the intention for much larger miracles too.

If you haven't heard of Dr. Joe Vitale before, he's the best selling author of The Attractor Factor as well as many other books, and he's been featured in over 8 movies, including the hit "The Secret." He has also appeared on Larry King Line and the Donny Deutsch show on CNBC.

Oh, and he includes a ton of his books, courses, audios, and more for members of the new community each month.

I'm very excited about this and I thought since we all could use miracles right now in our lives that possibly some blog readers would want to check it out.

Take a look at it here.

Shall we focus on attracting miracles?

Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Gift Ideas for Your Girlfriend

I won!
I'm having a great day!

First, I thought I wouldn't have enough money left over to get my daughter a Christmas present, but then I remembered a gift card from last year. There was only $9 left on it, but I found a shirt that was marked down to $11, from $36. Cool!!

Then I came home and checked my email, and found I just won first place over at Helium for an article... WOOHOO!

Ok, there were only 26 articles in this category, but hey, I won.

Every little victory counts!

Christmas gift ideas for your girlfriend

Excerpt:

Hopefully, you haven't decided to break up with your girlfriend just so you don't have to worry about a Christmas present. Everybody has trouble choosing presents, so it's definitely not a good excuse. Presents don't need to be expensive to be cherished and enjoyed. It's also nice to include a second, less expensive gift such as some candy or other little trinket, preferably something that reminds you of her.

Read More...

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Chance to win an iPod

I'd like to have an iPod for my daughter, if not for Christmas then for her birthday in March, or graduation in May.

One of the newsletters I subscribe to has 2 drawings each month, one for those who refer new readers and one for new readers.

It's a self development newsletter focusing on goals, inspiration, self-growth, etc.

I am sending these thoughts out into the universe....

I need a few people who would actually like to read the newsletter to allow me the privilege of recommending them as new subscribers. Then I shall have a good chance of being chosen, as will one of those I recommend.


Interested?

Direct message me at Twitter with your name and email address.
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Or fill out my form...
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Thank you.

God bless and Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Learning from the ants

I love ants, just not in my home. They need to understand that they have altered my universe by intruding on my sacred space and that will not be tolerated.

This has been going on for a couple of weeks now, and so I am trying to learn SOMETHING from this.

Surely there is a life lesson in there somewhere!

Four or five little scout ants appear every day in and around the bathroom sink, apparently to scout the area and see if there is any food available.

Persistance - that's an okay lesson. So what if things didn't work out yesterday, let's try the same thing again today. You can't give up - Never give up.

But what about the lesson the ants aren't learning?

Haven't they noticed that their scouts never return?

Why do they keep sending more ants out to the same place when that place is their graveyard?

So, maybe my lesson is to learn that you can't find food in a desert, or you can't drink from an empty well.

Or... sometimes it's just time to move on, leave your comfort zone, and seek a more fertile environment.

Now THAT's a good lesson.

Now I just need to figure out which aspect of my life needs to be left behind.

Thank you, ants, for teaching me - now move on!

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Cash Contest plus Random Winners

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Friday, December 12, 2008

How Much do Bailout Beggars Make?

Lee Iacocca cut his salary to $1 a year when Chrysler was in trouble.

The following statistics are for CEOs for the year 2007 as posted in April of 2007... view these statistics and more on the nation's top earners at WSJ

GM: Rick Wagoner's $1,283,333 salary + perks : $10.19 million

Ford: Alan Mulally's $666,667 salary + perks : $28.18 million

Wachovia: G. Kennedy Thompson's $1 million salary + perks : 23.85 million

Why would we want to bail out these people?

Thank God the senate didn't pass the automaker bailout. Unfortunately, President Bush has indicated that he could tap into the initial $700 billion bailout and help them anyway. See NPR for more info.

The defeat of the $14 billion bill by a 52-35 procedural vote late Thursday prompted lawmakers in both parties to call for the White House to tap into the $700 billion Wall Street bailout to help General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC, which have said they could run out of cash within weeks.


Let's face it, when they start pinching pennies, they obviously aren't pinching their pennies, their pinching the salaries of employees.

I realize the devastation NOT bailing out the auto manufacturers could cause across the country, but I don't see how bailing them out will help.

People cannot afford new cars.

People who can afford to buy a new car apparently aren't very interested in the vehicles that are being produced by these particular auto makers.

White House officials and President-elect Barack Obama have said the weak economy cannot afford the collapse of the auto industry.

Obama said Thursday that an industry shutdown would have a "devastating ripple effect" on the already battered economy.

Detroit's Big Three employ nearly 250,000 workers, with more than 730,000 others producing materials and parts for cars.



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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Wednesday Challenge - Verbs

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The Fearless Blog has unknowingly challenged this particular avid blog reader to avoid using state-of-being verbs.

The typical every day blogger usually doesn't think about such things when posting, but after some contemplation, it is the opinion of this humble blogger, that taking such things as verbs into consideration could certainly help to improve an article's impact.

Another inspiring factor to consider is the actual challenge of writing without using a state-of-being verb. This process is considerably more difficult than one might think.

Creativity and challenges give many bloggers the motivation to write when the daily grind saps all inspiration from the mind. Such is the case on this day.

May all bloggers who have read this post and the post at The Fearless Blog feel free to accept this challenge and leave a brief excerpt using the comments feature below.

God bless bloggers!

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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Birth Certificate Not Fake

According to the AP the Supreme Court has refused to review the legitimacy of Obama's birth in the US. I just wonder why it took so long to get this issue off the map.

The state of Hawaii previously concluded that there is no doubt that Obama was born there. A birth announcement has even been found in the Honolulu Advertiser.

The birth certificate is not a fake.

The nonpartisan Web site Factcheck.org examined the original document and said it does have a raised seal and the usual evidence of a genuine document.


* Full Story

Gotta buy a laptop

laptop
My daughter is graduating high school this year and even though I am hoping that she will remain at home and go to college within driving distance, I am still planning to give her a laptop as a Christmas/birthday/graduation gift. Even if she remains at home, it will be a huge benefit for both of us to have computer time whenever we want. My old laptop just doesn't work well with all of the new flash features and interactive sites such as facebook and myspace which are sites I don't believe she could live without.

Recently I came across a site that offers reviews of several different brands of laptops and even helps you determine which features you need depending on who will be using the laptop and for what purpose. Top picks are also listed as determined by C-Net, PC Magazine and About.com.

Apparently, the overall best laptop across all categories is the Lenovo ThinkPad X300. This one looks great and I would love to have it, but it is a little more than I wanted to spend right now.

The Sony Vaio AR seemes to be the best buy for us partly because it has Bluetooth and a webcam built into the system, and it comes with Vista Home Premium installed.

How do you use Facebook?

networking
I love facebook for keeping up with my family and out-of-town friends and my church group, some of children's friends, and I've been able to connect with many friends from my past.

A couple of days ago, I added the "Facebook Me" link at the top of my blog. But now, I'm wondering, should I really use facebook to "connect" with fellow bloggers and blog readers?

Since facebook constantly shows what is being "written" on walls of your friends, will having a group of people not associated with your actual family and close friends infringe on their privacy, or maybe become an aggravation?

I am able to see what other facebook "friends" (who are not on my list of facebook friends) write on MY friends' walls, and so I just can't figure out how having a large group would be a good thing.

Especially if every time one of my friends writes on my wall, every friend on my list will see it.

Are you using facebook?

If so, is it just for your family and close friends, or have you extended it to include blog readers and internet friends?

I would love to know how some of you are using facebook.

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Monday, December 08, 2008

Laid Off Chicago Workers Occupy Plant

The laid-off workers hoisted placards saying,

"Bank of America:
You got bailed out. We got sold out."


I saw this story on one of the cable news networks, but could only find it online at Reuters.

The TV version had a brief interview with one of the workers who was asking people to take their business away from Bank of America. They feel that BOA is not properly managing business considering their recent bailout and that they should have continued to extend credit to their employer, Republic Windows & Doors.

I agree.

The story goes on to say that the window company has known for weeks that they would close, but didn't inform employees until last Tuesday, that last Friday would be their last day.

By law, they should have given them 60 days notice, but how is such a law enforced? If there's no money, then you close, law or no law.

Unfortunately, they are losing benefits including vacation pay which has already been earned - by merit, at least.

The company blamed BOA's cancellation of their credit line for the closing.

By all accounts, the employees are still occupying the closed plant.

The parties involved were expected to meet today to discuss the problem.

Activism is still alive and well in the US.

Full Story: Reuters

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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Tiptoe into senililty

My 91 year old aunt was at our Christmas family gathering yesterday. She was frail and couldn't walk, and sometimes forgot who we were or that we had already said hello, but otherwise she was spry and in good humor.

As we were talking, she took part in the conversation by stating that her Grandmother was 100 years old. Naturally, we thought she was "lost" somewhere in time, and we didn't think we had an ancestor that lived that long, so there were multiple voices of "Oh really?" and "Wow!" and "How about that!"

Then silence.

A few seconds passed and suddenly Aunt Ola spoke up and said "I was lying."

OMG, the room roared with laughter!!

It's such a paradox dealing with the elderly who have tiptoed into senility but don't always stay there. You never know if they are serious or if they are actually trying to make you laugh.

My Father was the same way. He had Alzheimer's and he had such a good sense of humor. I remember many times he had to tell us he was joking and we were relieved, but also sad because he had to tell us he was joking.

God bless them all!

Long live laughter - it IS the best medicine.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Why I eat Ice Cream

ice cream sundae
Ice cream - I ate it every night with my Dad.

It was one of the few things we did together.

My daughter hardly knew him, and the few years she had with him were riddled by Alzheimers.

She is 17 now, and we rarely miss a night of ice cream.

We only have a bowl though, not a whole pint or anything.

My Father liked his ice cream with fruit and/or nuts. I didn't, I only wanted chocolate or vanilla. But that has changed over the years and now I enjoy my ice cream in a "few" flavors.

My favorite is Banana Split, folowed closely by vanilla with caramel and almonds. My favorite standby is fudge royal or an ice cream sundae.

I just can't seem to give it up, even though I have known for some time that it is an emotional bond to my Father.

It's my comfort food and

eating it is my comfort time when I am at home

in my comfort zone.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Colors and their meanings

the color red
Found a really interesting story about colors of the year over at The Artist's Muse: "What Color is the Coming Year?"

It's definitely worth the read...

Included in the story was a "synopsis of the meanings ascribed to the colors often used in Christian religious icons" which I have included below for future reference... I think it's interesting to know what the colors might mean to others, especially our favorite color.


* Gold symbolizes divine light.

* Blues are associated with heaven, mystery and the mystical life.

* Red is linked with heat, passion, love, beauty, life.

* Orange-red, associated with fire, suggests fervor and spiritual purification.

* Purple & crimson are associated with royalty and the divine. It is the symbol of supreme power.

* White is associated with the divine world, purity, innocence, and is sometimes used with what Orthodoxy calls "the uncreated light."

* Green represents the earth's vegetation, fertility, youth, hope and freshness, and martyrdom.

• Brown is affiliated with poverty, humility, bare earth, dust, inert matter and all that is transient and perishable.


As you might have guessed, my favorite color is red.

Be sure to visit The Artist's Muse.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Early Earth

early earth

Dr. Mojzsis said... “The stage was set for life probably 4.4 billion years ago, but I don’t know if the actors were present.”

Well, I don't know either, but personally, I do believe that the PRODUCER was present. I call him God.

As it is with any producer or director, it is up to them how much or how little they actually do with their production. They might micromanage it from beginning to end, or they might set the stage, give some preferences, and then let the project develop on its own. Either way, they should still get credit for the implementation and completion of the project.


Scientists have again modified their opinion of the formation and habitation of an early earth. I find it comforting to know that they actually do update the public whenever they uncover new information or have new theories.

Science
A New Picture of the Early Earth
By KENNETH CHANG
Published: December 2, 2008

Geologists now think the planet soon became a cool place of land, seas and perhaps even life.


NYTimes.com

Monday, December 01, 2008

A Secret Observed

fishing
They were in oblivion, the young man and the old. They could have been figures in a painting: not moving, just quietly fishing, so calm and serene.

They didn't see me watching; I could not be so bold. I knew I was intruding on their sacred ritual for men. A snapshot of a lesson passed from Father to son, that words cannot transcend. My soul sang and leapt for joy as I quietly drank it in.

It was then I knew that a secret observed shouts more loudly and penetrates the heart more deeply than a secret simply overheard.

I longed to stay and remain a hidden participant of their fold. But the knowledge and the spirit of life's sacred moments had not escaped me, and so I tiptoed away, allowing them their day.

Yet in my heart I carried a vision that is with me to this day. My husband and our son - experiencing life in the very best way, on a very good day.

* Writing for 1000 words meme

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Whatever happened to tolerance?

confused
According to most teens, anything they aren't interested in is "lame."

That's the consensus at least among the ones that feel they absolutely must post on every topic under the sun.

How can we ever expect to have true tolerance of other races, religions and cultures if our youth have no tolerance of another person's interests? Why do they feel the need to "put down" and mock other people who have different hobbies, interests, etc?

While I don't believe we need to go all the way back to the times when children were meant to be seen and not heard, I do think a happy medium is long overdue.

Actually, I know a few adults who have the same problem. Their hobbies are outright ridiculous to me, but I never say anything like "grow up already," which is what I'm thinking.

Yet they have no problem expressing the "lameness" of other people's hobbies, even being so rude as to laugh at people who are interested in things they don't understand.

Yep, we are certainly lacking tolerance - and wisdom - among all age groups.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Steve Foss on Obama

Steve Foss, prophet of God?

Never heard of Steve Foss until this week, when I stumbled upon a few blogs who have posted his prophecy regarding Obama, which was apparently "known" to him in the year 2000, but just recently sent via email to a select few who have wasted no time spreading the news.

The problem with prophets is that they can sometimes get their own "feelings" woven into the prophecy. Also, just as in the days of Jonah, a prophet's vision will NOT come true if certain actions are taken. Today, too many people judge a prophet based on the actual outcome when actually, that should not be the case. But that's another topic altogether.


I do NOT take the prophecy of Steve Foss literally.

One of the things he stated is that Obama would win the election, and that Obama would be an ungodly president. Hogwash.

I have NEVER heard a prophet (of God) condemn anyone by name. The whole idea is very disturbing to me.

My feeling is that Foss possibly "wanted" to believe that Obama would be ungodly when possibly the vision indicated ungodliness in Washington, DC. None of us would be wrong to say that there is at least some ungodliness among our representatives in Washington.

It is also possible that the "ungodliness" had to do with us as a nation, or with future events that may come upon us on our own soil.

As you can see, there are many possible outcomes to a prophetic vision. Unfortunately, the one prophesying doesn't always understand the complexity of the possibilities.

I do not believe that God told Foss that Obama is ungodly. Period.

Meanwhile, fear mongering is still affecting the religious right, which keeps us from moving forward.

Bible 101: The opposite of fear is love. Love dispels all darkness and all fear. Now this love that can dispel fear and darkness is a deep love, a true love, and a righteous love.

What our nation needs now is just that - a righteous love for all of our American brothers and sisters, especially those in office.

Lesson learned?

Don't believe someone totally and whole-heartedly based solely on their claim to be a Christian. Take it with a grain of salt and wait for the outcome.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Twilight Movie Review

I feel a little sad for the teenaged girls who have read the book Twilight into the wee hours of the morning and anxiously anticipated the movie - which they loved for the most part - and are now hearing the negative reviews the movie has received from so-called experts.

I feel sorry for them because many of the movie reviewers have dismissed the movie as successful only for young girls.

What's wrong with that?

The movie nor the book was ever targeted to adults. It was written specifically for teenagers, so let's allow the girls to enjoy their flick without all the sarcasm.

All movies are not for all people, nor should they be.

I'm glad to see a well written book turned into a movie for teens.

The love of reading and the anticipation of watching the movie afterwards are excellent motivations to encourage more reading among our youth.

I remember that wonderful excited feeling of watching Jane Eyre and Little Women after reading the books when I was young. Sadly, those movies are too corny for most young girls today. Let's just be thankful that Stephenie Meyer has addressed this market with some of the old-fashioned class and dignity of high schoolers left in tact.

I read the book because my daughter wanted to read it and since it was about vampires, in spite of her assurances that it was okay to read, I read it first to make sure. I highly recommend the book as a unique love story with a touch of vampirism. Some Moms might like it too, I did.

I found it to be delightfully good reading without sex and with very little violence. There is always a fight of good over evil in any good story, so a touch of violence is sometimes unavoidable. It deals with high school romance that can take all of us back to high school - before everyone had sex with everybody.

Synopsis:

The lead female character has divorced parents and is off to live with her Father in another state. The new high school has people she has never seen or heard of before, vampires. Of course, she doesn't know this when she falls head over heels for the lead male character who is "half" human and half vampire. However, he doesn't attack humans. There are good vampires in conflict with bad vampires who threaten the female lead character. Naturally, he protects her and so we have a thrilling tale of survival and forbidden love.

Here is the best (brief) review I have found for the movie:

TIME: Verdict: Positive

“So Twilight isn't a masterpiece — no matter. It rekindles the warmth of great Hollywood romances, where foreplay was the climax and a kiss was never just a kiss.” —Richard Corliss


* Hollywood Insider Reviews

Amy Wilkinson of the Hollywood Insider says...

... But for the uninitiated, consensus so far seems to be that it's an ineffectual love story combined with cheesy special effects that will leave moviegoers craving more.


Au contrare, not if the movie goers are the people the book was written for.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Burned out on blogging, or politics?

Burned out on blogging, or just burned out on politics?

You probably haven't noticed but I didn't post for over a month.

Matter of fact, I didn't even spend much time reading other blogs.

Why? That is the question I've been pondering.

I would think about logging in, but when I went over to the computer I ended up logging into facebook and checking out my family and friends. I love facebook. It's light hearted banter between family and friends for the most part, with the occasional somewhat "urgent" message written on the wall.

Then there are the games. Sometimes I just sat for a couple of hours playing online games by myself. It became my "therapy" for NOT dealing with issues I have no control over.

I think I just got burned out on the hoopla of the Republicans over Obama's win. Honestly, I am quite proud to live in this nation which elected an extremely intelligent man to the presidency. I am also quite proud that the color of his skin did not deter the voters of different colors.

During such troubling times, I believe that most Americans have placed their hope in a man who is certainly determined to deliver. Only time will tell.

Meanwhile, the air seems to be a little lighter since the election (unless you are amidst a Republican dominated group).

People have hope again. It's been a long time coming.

I, for one, will pray for Obama. I will regard him with the dignity, respect and admiration that ANY person in the Presidency deserves.

Palin may focus on Alaska for now

CNN reports that Palin's spokesman, Bill McAllister, has received multiple (to say the least) offers and requests for appearances and interviews with Sarah Palin.

However, the people of Alaska seem to want her to focus on them right now.

Actually, it's probably in "good taste" that she wait until after Obama officially takes office before she is seen nationally.

I, for one, can't wait to see how she will handle the media blitz. Wonder how the Oprah interview will go? We'll have to wait and see.

* Full story...

Monday, October 13, 2008

Woman awarded 10.7 Million

New York City or more specifically, a hospital in Queens, neglected a woman for two hours during which time she lapsed into a coma and is now partially paralyzed. It seems she was waiting for a brain scan to check for bleeding in her brain.

The lady is now 71 years old, not that it matters. It wouldn't matter what age she is or was, what matters is that she was harmed due to negligence and should be compensated for her misery.

I am the first to admit and even rant about the lack of patient care in this country, but let's get real. Who in the world needs 10.7 million dollars?

There is apparently no sense of logic or common sense among our people.

What were these jurors thinking?

God help us.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Postpone the debate

Both presidential candidates should be in Washington doing their "current" job.

I've been wondering all week when they were going to step up to the plate. McCain is finally stepping up.

I can't fault Obama though. Obviously he has no pull or clout in the Senate, so why waste his time just being in attendance?

McCain, on the other hand, is and has been vital to getting things done and bringing important issues to the table. His input is crucial during this critical time.

IMO, it shows a severe lack of logic and common sense to say that McCain is avoiding the debate by "running away" to Washington. He works there and there is a crisis.

The debate is just being postponed.

How is that avoiding the debate?

McCain has never been one to run from anything.

CNN and other networks insinuating otherwise are just being outrageously ridiculous.

What happened to true journalism? You know, the kind of journalism where they just give the facts without adding their political slant to the picture. I miss it.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Leaning towards McCain

The Independent voter (me) is leaning towards the McCain Palin ticket for many reasons, TRUST, CHARACTER and INTEGRITY being among the top criteria.

As for experience, who, really tell me who, is ever experienced enough to be President?

Experience is not on my list of criteria. Was George Washington experienced? Yes, I know he was a General, but that is not experience in leading a country. There is literally no job on earth that can qualify as proper "experience" for being the President of the US.

McCain, however, has the experience by most standards. More importantly, to me at least, is that he has a history of public service that cannot be equalled by anyone who has thrown their hat into the ring of campaigning for President.

While I am still torn and saddened by the lack of concern by many Republicans for the "least" of our citizenry, and indeed, the rhetoric of some who would like to see an end to welfare programs, I am still inclined to vote for McCain / Palin.

I have supported McCain in the past, but until he chose Palin, I thought he would not be able to usher in the changes that he has fought for these many years.

Above all, I would like to see honesty and concern for ALL citizens become the governing factor that directs our folks in Washington.

McCain and Palin are our best chance for restoring honesty and integrity in Washington (IMHO).

Saturday, September 06, 2008

FDA Publishes Problem Drugs on Web

As of yesterday, September 5th, the FDA has finally posted a page at their website listing the top 20 potentially harmful drugs in compliance with a bill passed by Congress last year forcing them to report potentially unsafe drugs to consumers.

Problem is, the percentages of people affected are not listed. So you don't know how many people have reported a problem compared to how many people have taken the medicine without incident. The most the list can do for you is alert you to ask your doctor (or pharmacist) for further information if you see your medication on the list.

The list covers reports gathered during January, February, and March of 2008. I find it disturbing that it took a full 4 months after the end of the quarter for this report to get published.

Hmmm, let's see, the government requires quarterly payroll reports to be compiled and submitted by the end of the following month. Our state requires monthly sales tax reports to be filed and submitted by the 20th of the following month.

I guess the government can take their time reporting to us because we have no method of holding them accountable, or do we? YES. It's called ELECTION DAY.

Anyway, I digress - back to this list....

The list includes the name of the drug and the problems that have been reported.

"My message to patients is this: Don't stop taking your medicine," said Dr. Janet Woodcock, who heads the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "If your doctor has prescribed a drug that appears on this list, you should continue taking it unless your doctor advises you differently."


Seems like the FDA is doing the least it can get away with to comply with the new rules.

References:
* Explanation of website
* FDA Drug List


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Friday, August 22, 2008

The screaming Savage

Michael Savage is certainly named appropriately - he is a savage sometimes. I don't know why in the world I listened to him at all the other night, even though I only tolerated about 10 minutes of his screaming nonsense before I turned him off.

He actually had the nerve to say that Obama was a marxist and would take our private homes from us if he became president. All of this because Obama took a (well-deserved) jab at McCain for not knowing how many houses he owned.

This whole house thing is so out of control. Who cares how many houses McCain owns? But, shouldn't he "know" how many houses he owns?

I don't care about his "investment" properties, although I must admit I would be curious to know how many homes, second homes and vacation homes he has access to at any time - to actually live in without evicting someone.

It seems that the radical right wing can't find enough points to argue against an Obama presidency, so they are grabbing at anything, taking pot shots, and employing scare tactics to frighten their disciples, um, I mean listeners.

I have plenty of problems with some democrats too, and ALL people who scream.

I believe in moderation, communication, bipartisanship, cooperation, and common sense.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Exquisite Corpse Poetry Game

This week's poem is "Midnight Shadows"

Stars apparent shining dark skies

cloaked secrets in midnight blue

mysterious shadows like venomous illusions

thick shadows folding lucid dreams

million cricket chirps, stillborn stars


the serenely silent sanctuary beckons

Succulent kisses, mysterious smudged eyes.

tangled hair entwines enfolding arms

sleepy abyss of confounding dreams


silent, unwieldy, deep shadows night


distraught nightmares child snuggly daddy

dark world disappears peaceful rest


Exquisite Corpse is provided by Before I am Famous.

The end.


I've finally taken the plunge and decided to participate. It's fun and it forces me to be creative which is good for the mind. I used to write poetry quite often, but lately it seems I'm too busy. Maybe this little game will get my creative juices flowing again.

What is exquisite corpse? It is a game and basically the rule is simple are people participating follow the rules creating something, whether it be scuplture, collage, or poetry. Sometimes it can be silly or serious it all depends on the participants.

Welcome to Exquisite Corpse- blog style!!!

Sometimes we can all come up with one line of poetry but nothing else follows. Those lines in conjunction with someone else’s line can make something special! After reading about “Exquisite Corpse” online, I thought this might be a good idea to bring to the blog world. And our goal is to make poetry!

Political fund-raisers calling

My state doesn't require a registered voter to register with a party, so I should not be on a phone calling list for any political party.

And yet I am.

I have received Republican fund-raiser calls for years so that's no surprise.

But today, I received my first Democratic fund-raising phone call and I am not happy about it.

First of all, even after I told him I couldn't afford to give any money, he proceeded with his script. I interrupted him to inform him that I was one of those people who had to borrow from family members just to keep my utilities on. Then he politely ended the call.

How do I get on these lists???!!!???

I don't think political parties should be allowed to invade the privacy of a person's home by calling and asking for money. Those who want to donate will find a way to donate.

Besides, if you catch me home in the middle of the day, what does that say about me?

1. Either I'm rich and don't have to work so maybe you can get some money out of me.

2. I don't have a job and therefore I don't have extra cash laying around to support the cause of a political party.


More often than not, I believe option 2 will be the main reason you catch someone at home in the middle of the day.

Personally, I think they ought to have to donate a portion of their funds raised to a charity that takes care of the homeless and the sick.

Put your money where your mouth is politicians!

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Population Explosion

The population in America should increase by over 130 million people in less than 45 years according to the census bureau.

Not trying to sound cynical here, or pro-abortion, but I can't help but wonder how abortion is playing into the big picture of those who are possibly very subtly trying to control the population without drawing any attention.

You know who I'm talking about: the unseen, faceless, nameless people of the "powers that be."

Other interesting projections show that white (non-hispanic) people will only make up 46%, which means that the minority peoples, at least when grouped together, will make up the majority of the population in 2050, with the largest growing Hispanic group at the top with 30%.

This might be the first time in our short history that minority peoples in total, are higher in numbers than the majority.

Assuming this projection is accurate, we will probably be a bilingual country by then, regardless of the attempts by some today to make everyone learn English. (By the way, the language thing is not an issue with me. I see more important issues that need tending to.)

The most disturbing projection economically speaking, is that the population of those over 85 is expected to triple to 19 million people. Since we barely take care of the elderly now, what do you suppose their living conditions will be like in 2050? It's scary!


The U.S. has nearly 305 million people today. The population is projected to hit 400 million in 2039 and 439 million in 2050.

That's like adding all the people from France and Britain, said Steve A. Camarota, director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington group that advocates tighter immigration policies.




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Monday, August 11, 2008

Cloaking has arrived

Enterprise replica in Vulcan

One of my favorite movies is Star Trek IV, The Voyage Home. Yes, I'm a huge fan of the original series, with Bill Shatner as Captain Kirk.

Remember the scene where Catherine Hicks was frantically searching for Kirk and Spock in the park and bumped into the invisible starship?

This scientific fantasy of cloaking has arrived.

They can't cloak anything as large as a truck yet, but they can cloak smaller objects using metamaterials. Metamaterials are mixtures of metal and circuit board materials such as ceramic, Teflon or fibre composite which can deflect radar, light or other waves around an object.

Read more of the simplified explanation here.

Besides the cloaking models, Milton is working on a different project, "something similar to a force shield in 'Star Trek,' " he said.


Get the more detailed scientific explanation here.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Al Gore Places Infant Son In Rocket To Escape

Gore-Al?

This is a brilliant piece which chronicles the parallels of Al Gore's deteriorating planet with the story of Superman.

A MUST Read!

Brought to you by those crazy but hilarious folks over at TheOnion.com.

Al Gore Places Infant Son In Rocket to Escape Dying Planet

Excerpt:

EARTH—Former vice president Al Gore — who for the past three decades has unsuccessfully attempted to warn humanity of the coming destruction of our planet, only to be mocked and derided by the very people he has tried to save — launched his infant son into space Monday in the faint hope that his only child would reach the safety of another world.



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Saturday, August 09, 2008

John Edwards

John Edwards
I was watching CNN yesterday as they were covering the story of John Edwards' affair.

I was appalled - literally - at the number of callers, mostly female, who thought the media coverage wasn't fair and that this matter should be kept "private" for his family's sake.

Sorry ladies, but protecting his family was Dear John's job, and he not only failed, he is the only reason they are being humiliated. I feel sorry for them, but the truth has to be told.

These ladies apparently have the attitude that "boys will be boys," but that old adage should never apply to the MEN, not boys, who lend themselves to public service.

Since when do we consider leaders of the nation as little boys who can't help but misbehave and cheat on their wives?

This is not about religion - it is about accountability, integrity, morality, trust and decency.

This was the ultimate act of betrayal, made even more disgusting because of the poor health of his wife who needed his support more than ever.

If men can't stand loyal and true by their wives, the Mother of their children, when the wife needs them the most, then how can they be expected to be loyal and true to the core values of America?

His character is sorely lacking as is his self-control and moral compass.

It is time for us to demand a standard of morals and decency from those who would represent us in Congress, in the Senate, and certainly in the White House.

Once Dear John became a "public servant" and then proceeded to break his marriage vows and bring shame to his family, his behavior became fair game for the media.




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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Demand action on healthcare

Do you have health insurance?

Many do not. It is my opinion that a citizen of America should be able to go to a doctor and receive medical care when they are ill.

I am not as concerned about any other issue facing us today, as I am about the suffering of our sick and elderly citizens who have no hope of living in fair health.

Dear Senator McCain and Senator Obama, Nearly 50 million Americans have no health insurance at all, while the middle class is getting squeezed by skyrocketing health care costs. Meanwhile, insurance companies will only cover the healthiest among us, denying people with pre-existing conditions the coverage they need. We urge you to lead the charge for quality, affordable health care for all Americans, including those with pre-existing conditions.


Sign the petition here.

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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Vote out incumbents

Let's have a revolution in America.

Not one with guns or even protest marches.

Let's voice our opinion on Election Day.

Let's vote out ALL incumbents.

Yep, let's oust them from their comfy chairs in the congress and the senate.

Let's vote for newbies who will at least be in touch with mainstream Americans.

Let's show the politicians who they really work for.

Let's fire them and show future politicians that there are consequences if you do not take care of business.

Let's show them that they must take responsibility for their actions or take responsibility for taking no action.

Who has been tending to the needs of the nation?

Who allowed this energy crisis in the first place?

Politicians, our elected officials.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Candidate offers cheap gas

Nick Leibham
Nick Leibham may have found the way to a voter's heart, offering 50 people gas for $1.27 per gallon.

I know it's only 50 people, but other voters will appreciate the gesture also because it shows that he truly knows the hardship that many people are facing.

Wouldn't it be nice if more of our political candidates spent some of that campaign money on voters instead of TV time?

CANDIDATE OFFERS CHEAP GAS would certainly get my attention.

Nick's a smart man, or at least he is smart enough to have hired a smart person to help him campaign.

Nick also found another way to subtly grab people's attention by not telling you up front which party he is with. When you visit his website, you have to make a couple of clicks to determine his party affiliation. Meanwhile, you're learning more about Nick, which appears to be all good. He has been a school teacher, a congressional aide, a prosecutor and now a practicing attorney in San Diego.

From Nick's profile...
He hopes to move our country toward “an era of post-partisanship and return to civil engagement.”


I'm not in California, but even if Nick isn't able to win this election, I believe he is someone we will hear more from in the future.

Thanks go to Vixen's Den who blogged about receiving the low cost gas.

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Saturday, August 02, 2008

A Few Good Posts

a few good posts
Ever have one of those days when there are so many things rattling around in your head that you can't seem to focus enough to write about just one?

Instead of torturing myself today, I decided to alert everyone to a few good blog posts I've read while browsing with Entrecard... (links will open in a new window or tab).

First, a bit of humor written earlier in the week at Mankey Fables and Tales. If you've never read this blog you're in for a real treat. This particular post covers the nightmare men have to go through sometimes and it is hysterical. Don't worry, it's written in good taste, considering the topic.

Politi-Gal has written an informative piece on our current oil situation, showing that oil is not overly in demand and backing it up with references. Excellent job.

I Will Not Die has posted an interesting article as to Why Smart People Fail.

The Fearless Blog has posted a nice little link list of where to find free books online.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Rising seniors

I can't do it. I must speak. Even though the photo is self explanatory, I find it next to impossible to post a photo without a description. I guess I'm not very good at Wordless Wednesday.

So here we have four rising seniors, one of which is my daughter.

Have a great day!

wordless wednesday

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Getting Featured at EntreCard

Bloggers are great, especially Entrecard bloggers. I have found so much information that is helping my blogging efforts.

Here's one for getting your blog featured at Entrecard from
dreadbob.blogspot.com

"I was wandering on Entrecard to find something to boost my ad sales on Entrecard. Then in the Shop there, I found a lot of things which you can buy at the cost of your Entrecard Credits. I entered the Upgrades Section where I found Featured Status item. It costs you around 750 Ec."



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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Death by Stoning

Iran is still executing those found guilty of adultery and other sex crimes.

Death is by stoning.

Men are buried up to their waists.

Women are buried up to their chests.

Then the stoning begins.


The first stones thrown are not to be large enough to kill immediately.

Torture - that's what is happening here.

Currently, there are eight women and one man who have been sentenced to death.

The women are accused of adultery, prostitution and incest. I can't help but wonder if these charges are true, or if they are twisted to protect the men. The women range in age from 27 to 43.

The man is a 50 year old music teacher who had relations with a student.

Maybe we should sentence our pediphiles to life in Iran.

LINK: Read the full story at the BBC.

LINK: Learn how you can help Iranian women at Amnesty.org.


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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

How to get .gov & .edu backlinks

We all know how important backlinks are. Many bloggers have experienced a higher authority rating at Technorati and other social networking sites by joining groups at the same networking sites and then helping each other out.

Now there's a more legit way to get those backlinks.... it must have been a secret because this is the first time I've seen this information.

Just a SUPER simple way to get some valuable .gov and .edu backlinks for your SEO efforts.Check it out!

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Monday, July 14, 2008

reflections

reflections

So far, today is not just another manic Monday, at least not at my house. Of course, it IS a manic Monday for Obama, McCain, Bush, Schumer, Gramm and The New Yorker. But I'm not worrying over any of that right now.

I just saw this photo my daughter took down by the marina. She's in the middle, snapping their reflections in the river. Pretty cool. She's turning into quite a photographer, but what a muddy river!

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

More gas - now

The US has a Strategic Petroleum Reserve known as SPR. It is the world's largest supply of crude oil which is kept in case of an emergency shortage of oil. It was started after the oil embargo of 1973-74.

When needed, as in the aftermath of Katrina, the oil reserves are sold to US markets.

You can learn more about the SPR at http://fossil.energy.gov

Nancy Pelosi has strong feelings on releasing at least some of the SPR to help lower the prices of gas...

LINK: Peloshi to Bush: Free our Oil

“Americans convinced the Bush Administration to not keep filling the SPR a number of weeks ago. We are calling upon them now to free our oil, call the White House, e-mail the White House so that we can increase the supply to reduce the price at the pump. The President’s number is (202) 456-1414, and his e-mail is comments@WhiteHouse.gov.”

Schumer causes run on bank

IndyMac Bank is broke
The Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) are the regulators of the IndyMac bank which was seized yesterday following a panic withdrawal of funds by many of their customers.

“It’s the biggest failure in 24 years,” said Chip MacDonald, a banking lawyer at Jones Day in Atlanta. “You haven’t had a lot of failures of that size, yet.”
LINK: NYTimes

The OTS is at least partially blaming the panic on a letter written by Charles Schumer, the democrat senator from New York.

So our question should be, why did Schumer target one particular lender?

Was this really to benefit the American public, or is their some more dastardly reason for his letter? Hopefully, someone who "can" will find the answers for us.

Hopefully, the right reasons were the basis of the letter. Perhaps making the letter public was the mistake. Obviously people will react to such warnings.

The immediate cause of the closing was a deposit run that began and continued after the public release of a June 26 letter to the OTS and the FDIC from Senator Charles Schumer of New York. The letter expressed concerns about IndyMac’s viability. In the following 11 business days, depositors withdrew more than $1.3 billion from their accounts.


LINK: Full story - Feds cite Schumer

Schumer's response:

"If OTS had done its job as regulator and not let IndyMac's poor and loose lending practices continue, we wouldn't be where we are today," Schumer said. "Instead of pointing false fingers of blame, OTS should start doing its job to prevent future IndyMacs."

LINK: Government shuts IndyMac

LINK: FDIC IndyMac page

According to a blog by Jeff Kornfeld, a senior mortgage consultant for WCS Lending, 232 lenders have folded since late in 2006. Please note that I am in no way pointing anyone to a lender, this guy just happens to have the information I was searching for - the watchlist.

There are 17 lenders on the "watchlist" right now.

LINK: 17 Lenders on watchlist

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Friday, July 11, 2008

Republicans launch new site

republican elephant
Today launches not only a new site for the Republican party, but also a new day - one which should have arrived much earlier.

You can now tell the Republican party exactly what you think, and hopefully have some positive dialogue addressing platform issues.

You don't have to be a Republican to participate, but be advised that if you are there to just trash the party, your comments will not be published.

Genuine users can log on and submit their ideas, issues of concern and things that they would like to hear discussed by the Republican party.

All in all, it's a good idea.

Could it be possible that the powers that be, of the Republican party, are indeed clueless as to what our primary concerns are?

  • Gas prices

  • Healthcare

  • jobs and wages

  • the homeless

  • credit card companies and their outrageous practices

  • environment

  • living in a self-sufficient country, dependent on no one for our survival


... in other words, our economy and our future.

And here's another one - who is in charge?

Who dropped the ball and sat back watching the oil crisis develop without doing anything about it?

Why weren't we prepared with alternate fuel sources?

http://www.GOPPlatform2008.com

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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

mondegreen

What is mondegreen?
Mondegreen is the word to know...

Merriam Webster has added 100 new words to the most recent update of their collegiate dictionary. The new words are associated with technology, food and science, among other things.

Here are some of the new words:

Webinar (1998): live, online educational presentation during which participating viewers can submit questions and comments.

netroots (2003): grassroots political activists who communicate via the Internet, especially by blogs

Pescatarian (1993): vegetarian whose diet includes fish

A mondegreen most often comes from misunderstood phrases or lyrics. Mondegreen is defined as a word or phrase that results from a mishearing of something said or sung, according to the update.

Mondegreen was first coined by author Sylvia Wright in 1954 in Atlantic magazine, when she confessed to a childhood misinterpretation of the Scottish ballad "The Bonny Earl of Moray." When she first heard the lyric "they had slain the Earl of Moray and had laid him on the green," she felt terribly sorry for the "poor Lady Mondegreen."


Do you have a favorite mondegreen? Mine is from childhood, before I could read the hymnal at church. One of my favorite songs was "Bringing in the Sheaves." But my version was "bringing in the sheep."

Mirriam-Webster is asking the public to submit their own favorite mondegreen on their website by July 25th. The editors' favorite will be revealed starting the week of July 28.

Click here to see more new words

Click here to submit your own mondegreen.

Feel free to clue me in on your favorite mondegreen in a comment.

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Free Money

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Free money, if only it were true.

Thanks to MoneyBites, it's almost free!

Here's what you need to do if you want to be entered into the drawing for 3 paypal cash prizes...

Well this is a simple contest that I’ve cooked up for you guys. All you have to do is write a short post about this contest, and provide at least one link back to Moneybites.com using the anchor text “how to earn online”. You must also have subscribed to the Moneybites.com RSS feed through email to qualify.


How often do we get a chance at winning actual cash? Not often!

So hurry on over to MoneyBites.com and enter to win.

You'll also learn a few things, especially if you're trying to earn online. I especially liked his post on "The Importance of Posting Consistently," an excellent read for bloggers.

Good Luck!

Monday, July 07, 2008

Opera browser

Manic Monday
Just another manic monday...

A song by the Bangles, read the lyrics to Manic Monday here.

OPERA Browser Upgrade

I downloaded the upgrade to my Opera browser and it's running faster than ever!

My computer hates these things...

I stopped using Firefox because it took up too much ram. My computer is old, I've had it since 2002. It was one of the first PCs to have Windows XP, so my ram is minimal compared to today's standards. Other than that, it works just fine.

I joined Social Sparks last week, but apparently their site is based on Java, and again, it's such slow going that I doubt I will remain a member.

Another thing that annoys me and my slow computer is FeedJit. I HATE this widget. Why do we need to have a live feed on where our visitors are coming from? It takes forever to load. You can opt out, but you have to do it on every single site and frankly, that just takes too much time.

Opera saves me from these annoying widgets.

The Opera browser shows how many objects are being loaded in the url address bar. When I see that it appears to be stuck on an object, I can just hit the big red X and voila, the action stops and I can continue scrolling the page.

One last thing that bothers me when browsing blogs is the music. Please, I don't want to hear your favorite song. If you must inform me as to it's title, at least have the courtesy of allowing me to decide if I want to hear it or not. Waiting for the song to buffer takes too long on my slow computer.

Okay, enough ranting for one day.

Have a great week!


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