April 2012


An update to yesterday’s email. Apparently, Congress wasn’t going to allow the CIPSA to go down due to voter opposition, like the SOPA did, so they moved up the vote, and passed it yesterday night. They also added some amendments to basically eliminate the 4th amendment from applying to online communications (and note my ‘foot in the door’ quote):
“Basically this means CISPA can no longer be called a cybersecurity bill at all. The government would be able to search information it collects under CISPA for the purposes of investigating American citizens with complete immunity from all privacy protections as long as they can claim someone committed a “cybersecurity crime”. Basically it says the 4th Amendment does not apply online, at all. Moreover, the government could do whatever it wants with the data as long as it can claim that someone was in danger of bodily harm, or that children were somehow threatened, again, notwithstanding absolutely any other law that would normally limit the government’s power.”
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120426/14505718671/insanity-cispa-just-got-way-worse-then-passed-rushed-vote.shtml
http://yro.slashdot.org/story/12/04/26/239239/house-passes-cispa

The police state is coming faster and faster

This morning, I looked into the mirror with the sun shining just right and saw a throat that looked as bad as it felt. Now this has been going on a month with the start of a z-pac almost exactly a month ago with the assistance of an oral steroid and other meds for cough which lessened, but did not relieve my symptoms. Actually, I believed the throat was worse than when this escapade started a month ago. That being the case, and the original doc-in-a-box only assisted with tessalon pearls, I decided to try the other doc-in-a-box on the West side of town. I had been there previously (about 4 years ago) and had a good word from my boss. Well, the opening was normal for an office as they tried to verify that they would get paid for providing services. (What a novel concept for the libs in Washington) That done, I was weighed and taken to the exam room where a normal history of the symptoms was rehashed. The doctor came in after a short time and we had a bit of discussion about the possibilities as I had already received an antibiotic and steroids. The plan was to start with 2 weeks of another antibiotic, an injected steroid, if the cough didn’t settle in 3 days, I was to begin an acid reduction med (over the counter) for a week to see if acid reflux was the culprit. If all these measures didn’t provide relief, I was to return for a referral to an ENT for an endoscopy and a chest x-ray which we both admitted up front would show nothing. So the plan was set and the doc left the room. The nurse entered a few minutes later and announced my prescription had arrived and here it is. I looked and noted 14 tablets of an antibiotic for twice a day. Ummm. Excuse me, but this was supposed to be for 2 weeks. “Well, this is normal dosage.” (look) “I’ll go ask.” I hear the doc’s voice around the corner. “Oh, that’s right. It was supposed to be two weeks. I must have just let my hand do the normal writing.” (pause) The nurse returned. OK. I have the prescription here for the two weeks and here’s your instructions. If you are not better in a couple of weeks, come back in for a referral. “Umm. You forgot the PPI (antacid) in three days.”
“Oh yes. I see that here. I can write it in if you want.”
“No. Never mind.”
“All right. I hope you get to feeling better.” And she led towards the door.
“How about the steroid?”
“Oh, that’s right. I knew I was supposed to draw that up. Just a minute. I’ll be back.”
A couple of minutes later, the nurse returned and did the injection appropriately. I left and had to drive towards the pharmacy in wonder of the interactions that had just occurred. I told spouseinbox and received the wonder that I had not requested the syringe to do my own injection. Actually, it would be kind of hard to twist that far for a good shot. Oh well. I may stick with the other doc-in-a-box from now on, even if I disagree with their opinions.

“We guarantee that it is used.”

I had a pleasant morning wake up yesterday. The natural alarm clock rumbled across the plain nearly shaking the house. It’s flashy owner presented himself as raindrops danced down the roof. Quite a pleasant sound for waking. (we also needed the water)

I had mentioned earlier going to a jail ministry. While there, we are instructed not to ask why the individuals are incarcerated. If the individuals offer, we may listen. There was one there who told me the reason for a 10 year prison sentence. He dropped his cell phone on the floor of his van and was bending over to pick it up when he struck another car and killed the occupant. I took this story back to the home health group and told them that phone use may be costly. It comes down to a question. How much time is that phone call worth?

But he is in error. He is in error because he’s comparing apples and oranges. Marxism and capitalism are not two opposing economic theories as many people believe. Marxism is a religion, and capitalism is an economic theory. Moreover, capitalism is an economic theory THAT WORKS. As even the Dalai Lama admits, capitalism in China “…brought a lot of positive to China. Millions of people’s living standards improved.”

Capitalism is amoral because it is an economic theory. Marxism has a morality because it is a religion.
Read the rest.

I have known for quite a length of time that spouseinbox’s veins are good. Actually, would be easy for venipuncture or IV. Someone at spouseinbox’s work today – who isn’t a nurse – mentioned how it would be easy to get an IV into those veins. When this was mentioned, I had to note that even a non-medical person admires those pipelines. I was informed that I would not go anywhere near them. Oh well…

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