Friday, October 24, 2014

Casual Friday: Proud Mary

Just two working days til Monday!


"I was walking down the street wearing glasses when the prescription ran out." ~ Steven Wright

If your mind is right, so is your heart

Aware.
If you are typically aware of what you are thinking and feeling in the moment, you're doing your heart a favor.

This kind of mindfulness is at the heart of meditation. Researchers have now linked it with better cardiovascular health.

They call it dispositional mindfulness. I couldn't find a definition for that term, but dispositional means "the predominant or prevailing tendency of one's spirits; natural mental and emotional outlook or mood; characteristic attitude."

If you are focusing on your breath, you can't be worrying about Ebola. That sounds dumb, but that's basically the idea.
“Mindfulness is changeable, and standardized mindfulness interventions are available,” Eric Loucks, assistant professor of epidemiology in the Brown University School of Public Health, says. “Mostly they’ve been looked at for mental health and pain management, but increasingly they are being looked at for cardiovascular risk factors such as obesity, smoking, and blood pressure.”

The connection may come about because people who are attuned to their present feelings may be better at minding and managing the various cravings—for salty or sugary foods, cigarettes, or even some time on the couch—that undermine health, Loucks says. Mindfulness interventions, for example, have already shown efficacy in helping people to quit smoking.
You don't have to move to a temple in the Himalayas and sit with monks all day to experience mindfulness. You can make this kind of thinking part of your everyday life. Here are some suggestions

Morning Rush: Gas receipts, Putin, and more

Here and there on the Web this Friday, October 24, 2014:

Is this your future?
Try to ride one of these trends

Be aware of how you feel 

Always save your gas receipts

Putin is playing cold war again

And he's ahead in nukes

How to find your purpose

Don't look down.
These people were living high

They're after your gasoline

Guess we don't know how to eat

It already got worse

Are these things watching you?

Why coffee tastes and smells so good

You should learn to pick locks

Financial planners for millennials

A potential blood marker for lung cancer

A new Washington overlord

What is Obama doing with our Internet?

A hero grandpa saves granddaughter 

Tragedy: global warming is shrinking goats

Today's Word: one who take part in conversation 

Hahaha: Hall of Fame acquires Manning's arm

Butter vs Margarine:


Louis Nizer: craftsman

"A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist."

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Does your plant know it's being eaten?

Ouch!
Lots of weird things happened in the Sixties. One was a book written by a guy named Baxter. It was revealing.
Backster and his collaborators went on to hook up polygraph machines to dozens of plants, including lettuces, onions, oranges, and bananas. He claimed that plants reacted to the thoughts (good or ill) of humans in close proximity and, in the case of humans familiar to them, over a great distance. In one experiment designed to test plant memory, Backster found that a plant that had witnessed the murder (by stomping) of another plant could pick out the killer from a lineup of six suspects, registering a surge of electrical activity when the murderer was brought before it. Backster’s plants also displayed a strong aversion to interspecies violence. Some had a stressful response when an egg was cracked in their presence, or when live shrimp were dropped into boiling water, an experiment that Backster wrote up for the International Journal of Parapsychology, in 1968.
I guess you had to be there. It's so hard to explain the Sixties.

Jump forward however many years it's been, and I'm reading online a magazine named Modern Farmer, in which it is revealed that,
Plants can tell when they’re being eaten, and they don’t like it.
Well, if ever there was an argument against eating okra, that would be it.
Turns out, the thale cress actually produces some mustard oils and sends them through the leaves to deter predators (the oils are mildly toxic when ingested). And the study showed that when the plants felt or heard the caterpillar-munching vibrations, they sent out extra mustard oils into the leaves. When they felt or heard other vibrations? Nothing. It’s a far more dynamic defense than scientists had realized: the plant is more aware of its surroundings and able to respond than expected.
In the olden days, scientists discovered things like gravity. Seems today they've pretty much done all the good stuff.

Well, it's just a quaint old document anyway

First it was the illegal children, who were often adults, and who were carefully spread around the country. Then it was the 100,000 Haitians.

Now we have these headlines: 
What words do you use to describe this abuse of the Constitution in a naked attempt to create a huge new voting block? Astonishing? Brazen? Blatant? Audacious? Most of it awaits the election, because the American people are opposed. That just adds to the audacity of it.

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano noted a few years ago that most presidents and all congresses of both political persuasions have violated the constitution in one way or another. For example:
When Franklin Delano Roosevelt first proposed legislation that authorized the secretary of agriculture to engage in Soviet-style central planning -- a program so rigid that it regulated how much wheat a homeowner could grow for his own family's consumption -- he rejected arguments of unconstitutionality. He proclaimed that the Constitution was "quaint" and written in the "horse and buggy era," and predicted the public and the courts would agree with him.
You can peruse his many examples. It's interesting perspective. But it strikes me that most of those attempts were thwarted and, at any rate, weren't nearly as permanent and unreversible as what this president has in mind.

One must add to this abolition of borders the administration's never-ending efforts to make it easy for just anyone, citizen or not, to vote.

There is no doubt that this is underway. I just wonder if it could be stopped. I'm not sure anyone knows or has the will to find out.

Well-tested, well-proven principles

"Recent affirmances of same-gender marriage seem to suffer from a peculiar inability to recall the principles embodied in existing marriage law. Traditional marriage is “exclusively [an] opposite-sex institution . . . inextricably linked to procreation and biological kinship.” Traditional marriage is the fundamental unit of the political order. And ultimately the very survival of the political order depends upon the procreative potential embodied in traditional marriage.

"Those are the well-tested, well-proven principles on which we have relied for centuries. The question now is whether judicial “wisdom” may contrive methods by which those solid principles can be circumvented or even discarded."

Morning Rush: Saving, walking, and more

Here and there on the Web this Thursday, October 23, 2014:

Be the first on your block to see it!
Partial eclipse today!

Small ways to save big 

Oh, that vote fraud

Walk like a happy person! 

Make the most of your IRA

The money changes hands secretly

Idiot of the Day: Charlie Crist

Lunatic of the Day: Ingrid Newkirk 

Know your nuts

The workplace violence epidemic

Multitasking damages your brain

The networks ignore the election

Get people to follow your bidding

The truth about cats: they're good

The truth about cats: they're bad

The curable disease that killed 1.5 million 

Learn your body's natural sleep cycle 

How To: find cheaper airfares

Today's Word: very dark or gloomy

Hahaha: Halloween extended for slow obese kids

Rise and walk:


Socrates: wisdom

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Miracles and wonders: Rise and walk

A man who was completely paralyzed from the waist down can walk again after a surgical breakthrough that offers hope to millions of people who are disabled by spinal cord injuries.
Polish surgeons used nerve-supporting cells from the nose of Darek Fidyka, a Bulgarian man who was injured four years ago, to provide pathways along which the broken tissue was able to grow.

The 38-year-old, who is believed to be the first person in the world to recover from complete severing of the spinal nerves, can now walk with a frame and has been able to resume an independent life, even to the extent of driving a car, while sensation has returned to his lower limbs.
Here's how they did it.
In the first of two operations, surgeons removed one of the patient's olfactory bulbs and grew the cells in culture.

Two weeks later they transplanted the OECs into the spinal cord, which had been cut through in the knife attack apart from a thin strip of scar tissue on the right. They had just a drop of material to work with - about 500,000 cells.

About 100 micro-injections of OECs were made above and below the injury.

Four thin strips of nerve tissue were taken from the patient's ankle and placed across an 8mm (0.3in) gap on the left side of the cord.

The scientists believe the OECs provided a pathway to enable fibres above and below the injury to reconnect, using the nerve grafts to bridge the gap in the cord.
This will turn out to be one of the extraordinary discoveries of our time.

Getting out the low info vote

In North Carolina someone put out a flyer featuring a picture of a lynching and saying that if Democratic candidate Kay Hagan doesn't win Obama will be impeached.
Of course nobody knows anything about it. It's not the only racially-tinged campaign flyer. This one appeared in Georgia:
So someone is calling on black people to vote Democratic -- actually, just to vote at all. It may well  be that blacks are as tired of the politicians as whites and will just not vote.

This pandering by white elitist Democrats is not news. Think for a moment,  however, what it implies.

It says that the politicians believe black voters can best be motivated by fear and passion, not reason. They can't point to positive achievements, when Obama has made life worse for blacks:
  • For black adults, labor force participation has slipped from 63.2 to 60.9 percent. While 29.6 percent of blacks aged 16 to 19 were working when Obama took power, only 27.9 percent were employed last month.
  • The share of black Americans living in poverty expanded from 25.8 to 27.2 percent.
    Blacks' inflation-adjusted median income slid from $34,880 to $33,321.
  • For blacks, food stamp numbers are 7,393,000 when Obama arrived to 10,955,000 in 2012.
  • Meanwhile, black home ownership during this interval sagged from 46.1 to 43.3 percent.
The writer who collected those numbers is, by the way, black.

Another black writer, Mychal Massie, observes:
Truth be told, they have no choice but to make this presidential cycle about race. Race is all Obama has to run on. He cannot run on jobs – there are none. He cannot run on housing – the housing market is abysmal. He cannot run on energy – high fuel prices are dragging the economy down and working families with it.
There is even more reason for elitists  to mask their contempt for blacks that eschew the zeitgeist of victimology and dystopia created by liberal bigots who today still view blacks as incapable of being independent of them.

I, for one, will not sit silent as the bigoted elitist brood of liberal racists look down their arrogant noses at blacks as being worthy only of a handout or indentureship.
Oh, Mychal, stop fretting. Barack puts us white people down, too.

Morning Rush: Photo apps, toxic people, and more

Here and there on the Web this Wednesday, October 22, 2014:

A perfect panorama.
10 photo apps for your phone

How to handle toxic people

Lowering the cost of eldercare

Talking to your kids about money

Oh, that vote fraud

Oh, that vote fraud, too

Meditation for those who hate it

$1 trillion in taxes -- and counting

Another reason to eat fish 

Hey, let's trash the First Amendment

Government workers paid to stay home 

Now they're making intestines

Idiot of the Day: Guy McPherson

One way to fill church pews

If someone chases you with a gun

Today's Word: political realism or practical politics 

Hahaha: Police department acquires nuke

America's heroic dogs:

Al Batt: happiness

"The secret of happiness is to make others believe they are the cause of it."

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What you think you see

Adam and Steve.
When it comes to seeing things, the brain does the heavy lifting.

Experiments show that our perception depends in large measure on stored visual experiences in our memory, researchers say.
The only part of the eye that can actually see an object with precision is the fovea, a thumbtack size magnifying glass in the center of the retina. Most of the time we’re seeing objects out of focus with the rest of the retina, which has a coarse and less-clear focus of the world around us. We get the impression we can see large parts of our surroundings in sharp detail when in reality it’s only a fragment. How are our eyes creating this illusion of sharp focus? It’s our brain.
Over the course of our lifetime we see millions of objects, and one by one, our fovea gets the chance to focus on them. We collect a catalogue of in-focus images into our memory, such as an apple. When an apple is seen through the coarse, less clear part of our eye it’s actually a blurred image. However, it connects to our brain as an apple, and the memory of seeing it in focus through the fovea fills in the blurry details for us. The brain then projects an in-focus apple from the memory center to replace the blurry apple, so we think we’re seeing it clearly out of our peripheral vision.
This explains why Adam ate the apple Eve offered him. He'd never seen one before and the one she had in her hand was blurry. So I think we can forgive his indiscretion.

I've had enough

"For the first time, the weird and the stupid and the coarse are becoming our cultural norms, 
even our cultural ideal." ~ Carl Bernstein
 
He's fixed now.
When exactly did it become okay to violate norms of behavior that have existed since before the word "norms" existed? Please explain:
For those who predict the coming collapse of Western civilization, there’s always MTV for proof. This summer MTV put on a panel discussion for the press with the cast and creators of a forthcoming series called "Happyland." The female star of the show, actress Bianca Santos, announced the new MTV motto: “Incest is hot, and we’re going to have fun!”

The lesbian parents of an 11-year-old boy who is undergoing the process of becoming a girl last night defended the decision, claiming it was better for a child to have a sex change when young.

A student who was born female felt perfectly comfortable identifying as a man at Wellesley College — until people said he shouldn’t be class diversity officer because he is now a white male.

California governor Jerry Brown is set to sign a bill that would allow California death certificates to reflect a person’s chosen gender identity rather than the sex listed on the deceased’s birth certificate.

Brown has signed into law a measure deleting the terms “husband” and “wife” from California's marriage law. SB 1306 was introduced by openly homosexual State Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco).

A TV show on the supposedly family friendly network ABC Family aired an episode of the show “The Fosters” depicting a lesbian couple getting a late-term abortion.

Abortion giant Planned Parenthood has announced that a local ice cream parlor has created an ice cream just for them.

The Department of Health and Human Services recently recognized the RISE project (Recognize, Intervene, Support, and Empower) in Los Angeles County for its work to fight "anti-gay and anti-transgender bias" in the child welfare system in the county. RISE engaged youth to design posters. One of the posters features the rainbow colors now ubiquitous in LGBTQ literature along with a message to "embrace, encourage, celebrate who we are."
Twenty years ago Daniel Patrick Moynihan noted:
The amount of deviant behavior in American society has increased beyond the levels the community can "afford to recognize" and that, accordingly, we have been re-defining deviancy so as to exempt much conduct previously stigmatized, and also quietly raising the "normal" level in categories where behavior is now abnormal by any earlier standard.
I don't think you're supposed to say that in 2014.

Morning Rush: Personal AC, feeling safe, and more

Here and there on the Web this Tuesday, October 21, 2014:

It's cold in here.
A personal wrist air conditioner

No more reading glasses? 

Girls just like their guns

Women aren't feeling safe

Banks are under cyber attack

Soda is slowly killing you 
Will be the world's largest.

Nigeria: smart on Ebola

Building a really big ship 

Time to stop eating bats

The gladiators were vegetarians?

But were they fertile?

Oh, that vote fraud

Our politicized NIH

A new way to deal with pollutants

I still call them Redskins

Make your LinkedIn profile sing

The Fake Indian hits the campaign trail

Today's Word: to harm, injure, or excoriate

Hahaha: Here comes harvest-resistant corn

How to remove your hazmat suit:


Ethel Barrett: others

"We would worry less about what others think of us if we realized how seldom they do."

Monday, October 20, 2014

Don't be that Columbian man


(Happy Acres via American Digest)

A belated Happy Birthday, Word Guy

Nice work, old boy.
I missed this: Noah Webster was born on October 16, 1758, in New Haven, Connecticut, not far from here.

Here are some amazing facts about his dictionary:
Webster published his first dictionary, A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language, in 1806, but it was his two-volume American Dictionary of the English Language published in 1828 (when he was 70 years old) that earned him his place in history as the foremost lexicographer of American English.
The statistics alone speak for themselves: Webster's American Dictionary took him 28 years to complete. In preparation he learned 26 languages, including Old English, Ancient Greek, Latin, and Sanskrit. The final draft listed and defined 70,000 words, more than any other dictionary in history (and 30,000 more than Samuel Johnson's dictionary had almost a century earlier). 
One in every six of Webster's words had never been listed in a dictionary before; as a dictionary of American English, he radically chose to include a whole new vocabulary of emerging Americanisms like squash, skunk, hickory, chowder and applesauce for the very first time. And he famously took the opportunity to push through his ideas on English spelling reform - some of which took (center, color, honor, ax), and some of which didn't (dawter, wimmen, cloke, tung). 
Despite all of his efforts, Webster's dictionary sold just 2,500 copies on its publication and he was compelled to mortgage his home in New Haven to fund a second edition in 1840. Three years later, having never quite gained the recognition his work deserved in his lifetime, he died at the age of 84. Today however, as both a literary and scholarly achievement Webster's 1828 dictionary is widely regarded as both the first truly comprehensive dictionary of American English, and as one of the most important dictionaries in the history of our language.
Heavens, I'm still learning how to work the Venetian blinds.

It's bad all over

Yikes!
I'm calling on everyone to stop what you're doing, put on your hazmat suit, and get involved.

~ The Drudge Report

Things your learn as you get older

Well, I never!
"I think the biggest transition of the 40s is realizing that we’ve actually, improbably, managed to learn and grow a bit," author Pamela Druckerman writes. Here are some things we know today that we didn’t know a decade ago:
If you worry less about what people think of you, you can pick up an astonishing amount of information about them. You no longer leave conversations wondering what just happened. Other people’s minds and motives are finally revealed.

Eight hours of continuous, unmedicated sleep is one of life’s great pleasures. Actually, scratch “unmedicated.”

People’s youthful quirks can harden into adult pathologies. What’s adorable at 20 can be worrisome at 30 and dangerous at 40. Also, at 40, you see the outlines of what your peers will look like when they’re 70.

Emotional scenes are tiring and pointless. You and your partner know your ritual arguments so well, you can have them in a tenth of the time.

It’s O.K. if you don’t like jazz.

More about you is universal than not universal. My unscientific assessment is that we are 95 percent cohort, 5 percent unique. Knowing this is a bit of a disappointment, and a bit of a relief.
And my favorite:

There are no grown-ups. We suspect this when we are younger, but can confirm it only once we are the ones writing books and attending parent-teacher conferences. Everyone is winging it, some just do it more confidently.

Disaster of our generation

Headlines from The Drudge Report this morning:
'DISASTER OF OUR GENERATION'
Quarantine for Ebola Exposure: 21 Days of Fear and Loathing
WIRE: Monitoring Inconsistent as Virus Spread
Researchers try to quell Ebola fears
Outbreak causing some to change travel plans
Communities taking dramatic steps to avoid virus
Wanted: Screeners for $19 an hour
CARNIVAL cruise ship returning to dock in TX
Obama hits the links


Morning Rush: Coffee, diapers, and more

Here and there on the Web this Monday, October 20, 2014:

Hope he doesn't get a call.
Heart surgery with cell phone light 

When dealing with difficult people 

Drink as much coffee as you like

What if bugs are the cure?

Amnesty is already underway

Our brazenly lawless president

What you learn in your 40s

Cleaning up a house after Ebola 

Identifying "aware" vegetative patients

Ebola: six reasons to panic

Oh how those Brits talk

When Aristotle invented science

Boomers have too many stocks 

Do cloth diapers really save money?

Here come personalized cancer vaccines

Today's Word: having two parts; double

Hazmat worker: It's perfectly good food

A taste of New Orleans:


General Douglas MacArthur: opportunity

"There is no security on this earth, there is only opportunity."

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Vespers: Pachelbel's Canon in D Major


This is "Pachelbel's Canon" -- the original version based on the earliest original manuscript and performed on instruments from the time of Pachelbel. It's the authentic baroque sound performed by the San Francisco Early Music Ensemble Voices of Music.

They use the bowing techniques from the time of Pachelbel. The string instruments are not only baroque, but they are in baroque setup: this means that the strings, fingerboard, bridge and other parts of the violin appear just as they did in Pachelbel's time. No metal hardware such as chinrests, clamps or fine tuners are used on the violins, allowing the violins to vibrate freely. 

A good example of baroque bowing can be seen in the extended passage of repeated notes: the musicians play these notes on one bow—the shorter and lighter baroque bow—to created a gliding effect. The players also hold the bow very differently, which affects the balance and touch. Both the style and the amount of vibrato are based on baroque treatises which describe the methods for playing, bowing and articulation in the late 17th century. The narrow, shimmering vibrato blends with the baroque organ.

The organ used is made entirely of wood, based on German baroque instruments, and the pipes are voiced to provide a smooth accompaniment to the strings, instead of a more soloistic sound. The large bass lute, or theorbo, provides a complement to the organ not only in the texture of the chords but also the long strings which occasionally sound the bass notes an octave lower. The continuo players play supporting chords and voices to the canon, carefully avoiding parallels and doublings of the parts.

More about the video here.

Johann Pachelbel (1653 – 1706) was a German composer, organist and teacher who brought the south German organ tradition to its peak. He composed a large body of sacred and secular music, and his contributions to the development of the chorale prelude and fugue have earned him a place among the most important composers of the middle Baroque era.

Like most other works by Pachelbel and other pre-1700 composers, the Canon remained forgotten for centuries and was rediscovered only in the 20th century. Several decades after it was first published in 1919 the piece became extremely popular. The piece's arrangement was particularly prevalent in the pop charts of the 1990s, being sampled and appropriated in numerous commercial hits. It is frequently played at weddings and included on classical music compilations.

Make the most of your walking

From Medical Daily:


They were amazed

From The Lectionary:

Matthew 22:15-22

22:15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said.

22:16 So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality.

22:17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?"

22:18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, "Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites?

22:19 Show me the coin used for the tax." And they brought him a denarius.

22:20 Then he said to them, "Whose head is this, and whose title?"

22:21 They answered, "The emperor's." Then he said to them, "Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's."

22:22 When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.

Joseph Chilton Pearce: creation

"We must accept that this creative pulse within us is God's creative pulse itself."

Friday, October 17, 2014

Casual Friday: Rave On

Just two working days til Monday!



"I'm the kind of guy who stops the microwave at 1 second just to feel like a bomb defuser." ~ Anon

Should you prepare for Ebola?

What are we supposed to do, if anything, to protect ourselves?

Oh, it's in Liberia. It's in Texas. Except ... folks in Ohio are worried. As were folks in New Haven, Connecticut, about 40 minutes from me. And there was the vomiting death on a flight into JFK, about an hour from me. False alarms, the last two. However, the CDC has told New York City to get ready.

Well, at times I go to New Haven. And JFK. And Manhattan.

I'll tell you what I've done. I ordered some face masks and gloves and hand sanitizer. I felt kind of silly doing it, justifying it by saying I could use them when I'm sanding and painting in the garage. I see people around here wearing masks on their riding mowers. I won't smirk anymore.

That's what you call "an abundance of caution," which is why they've closed two schools in Ohio, where that infected nurse from Dallas went.

After 9/11, when I was commuting into Manhattan, some companies were handing out face masks and other gear to their employees. So I bought some masks at the hardware store and carried one in my briefcase.

We just didn't know what to expect or what to do then. That's how it is now. I've learned that a mask rated N95 is pretty good for most things. You can buy those at the hardware store. Tell them you're sanding something. A mask rated N100 is even better. I found both on Amazon.

If you want to feel "prepperish" like me, here are some sources from a prepper blog:
N95 masks: here, here, and here
N100 masks here, here, and here
Nitrile gloves here, here, and here
Tyvex suits here, here, and here
Safety goggles here, here, and here
The first thing to do is learn the symptoms.

I bought some hand disinfectant, the kind you  carry in your pocket. I suspect that's what I'll use the most. A nurse told me that a solution with alcohol is what to get. I'll probably use those wipes, too. The grocery stores offer those at the door, and I guess it's time to look silly there, too.

Here's advice from the CDC. It's stuff like: don't handle dead bodies or bats. That's helpful. I found a couple of good articles in British Newspapers: here and here.

I think hand washing is the best thing to do. Do it a lot, with warm water and soap, like your mother told you. Use the hand sanitizer when you don't have soap and water. But but don't trust me: I'm not a doctor, although I play one in my basement where I keep my masks and gloves, which I think have arrived, although I'm not sure, because I haven't opened several boxes.

Avoid people in the grocery store who are vomiting and bleeding from the eyes.

Well, what are we gonna do? Do you have any better ideas? I'm not a prepper, although I like to pretend that I am. For several years I've been looking for a black backpack that I'm pretty sure I saw in the attic and that I'm going to use for my go bag. I've accused each of my children in turn of stealing it. They are reliving the days when they were still at home and I roamed my estate with wild schemes and dreams.

They don't come near me now. It's as though my eyes are bleeding.

Clowns in hazmat suits

Czar in Hiding.
Barack Obama has now appointed an "Ebola Czar." This is an empty and cynical public relations gesture.

The czar is Ron Klain. He's not a doctor, but he plays one in the White House. His previous experience: chief of staff to Joe Biden and chief of staff to Al Gore. What does that tell you?

Did you know we already have an Ebola Czar?
The federal government not ten years ago created and funded a brand new office in the Health and Human Services Department specifically to coordinate preparation for and response to public health threats like Ebola. Dr. Nicole Lurie, who heads that office, and reports directly to the HHS secretary, has been mysteriously invisible from the public handling of this threat. And she’s still on the job even though three years ago she was embroiled in a huge scandal of funneling a major stream of funding to a company with ties to a Democratic donor—and away from a company that was developing a treatment now being used on Ebola patients.
We also have a director of the Centers for Disease Control. His background? He was mental health chief for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the idiot nanny state billionaire.
He was the innovative New York City health commissioner who took on one of the top health scourges, tobacco, with a smoking ban in workplaces and bars that has now been replicated in many major cities. He tackled obesity and cardiovascular disease with a ban on trans fats and rules that chain restaurants post calorie counts -- moves that have also proved popular elsewhere.
That's a political agenda. It's what the NIH and CDC have been up to under Obama.

Here's advice from the clown Frieden:
Frieden was asked during a press conference if you could contract Ebola by sitting next to someone on a bus—a question prompted by a statement from President Obama the week before, when he declared that you can’t get Ebola “through casual contact, like sitting next to someone on a bus.”

Frieden answered: “I think there are two different parts of that equation. The first is, if you’re a member of the traveling public and are healthy, should you be worried that you might have gotten it by sitting next to someone? And the answer is no. Second, if you are sick and you may have Ebola, should you get on a bus? And the answer to that is also no. You might become ill, you might have a problem that exposes someone around you.”
Go ahead and read that again.

Morning Rush: Umbrellas, spoiled kids, and more

Here and there on the Web this Friday, October 17, 2014:

When it rains, it blows.
Air umbrella will blow you away

How to focus better

Our kids are spoiled rotten

How Nigeria stopped Ebola

Exercise for computer slouch

Oh, that terrorist plot  

Oh, those WMDs 

Electronic health records are trouble

Bird brain.
What the heck is a robobird?

An end to awkward handshakes

What cheap oil will do

How to tip when traveling 

A disaster safety check app

Good News: We're living longer

How To: purify water

Today's Word: the essentials of a subject

Hahaha: Nation fondly recalls simpler swine flu days

Let's make bacon!


The Dalai Lama: compassion

"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."