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sm_landlord wrote:

We have plenty of soil decontamination experts in Cali that learned their trade cleaning up after the fuel additive disaster.

Sounds good to me.

There's some urban farming already: Urban farming invigorates Detroit neighborhood | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

Detroit Urban Farming Gets Boost From New Michigan State University Agricultural Innovation Initiative

and Hantz Farms | Introduction

sm_landlord wrote:

Detroit? Two words:

Farmland Recovery

Might have to do some soil recovery first and/or some superfund work. Lead, other stuff.

At least it's got a reasonable amount of rainfall, no need to mine groundwater.

sm_landlord wrote:

Did you see the recent bit about US marshals dressing up in Mexican Marine's uniforms to chase narcos South of the Border?

Nope, but did read this: First Snowden. Then tracking you on wheels. Now spies on a plane. Yes, surveillance is everywhere | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | The Guardian

Then there's use of drones for surveillance. Wherever he is, J.Edgar must wish he were alive now and running the FBI.

sm_landlord wrote:

and seems to have driven some advances in wiretapping technology, but that's about it for the positives.

some advances in treating PTSD, TBI and design/manufacture of prosthetic devices--for the usual horrible reasons.

robj wrote:

unless we can come up with a convenient war.

When has the US not been in a war since the 1960's? The Korean war has never actually ended, so I guess I should have said the 1950's.

"It was a highway robbery but the bandits got more than they bargained for when they stopped a taxi in Guinea and made off with blood samples that are believed to be infected with the deadly Ebola virus." Bandits in Guinea steal suspected Ebola blood - seattlepi.com

" A plague outbreak has killed 40 people on the island nation of Madagascar, with 119 people diagnosed with the bacterial disease since August." . . .

"WHO said a national task force has been set up to manage the outbreak, with the cost of the project reaching $200,000. The international health organization said it is working with the Red Cross and Madagascan health authorities to control the disease.

The plague is a disease carried by rodents and spread by fleas. Humans are most often infected when they are bitten by fleas, causing swelling of the lymph nodes and sometimes pneumonia.

Combatting the disease in Madagascar has been made more difficult by a high level of resistance to an insecticide used to control fleas, according to WHO.

Early treatment and antibiotics have been effective in curing the disease, according to WHO." Plague outbreak kills 40 people in Madagascar - seattlepi.com

Some historical perspective (provided by a friend's e-mail)

"a nation brought to the verge of moral, political and material ruin. Corruption dominates the ballot box, the legislatures, the Congress, and touches even the ermine of the bench. The people are demoralized....The newspapers are largely subsidized or muzzled, public opinion silenced, business prostrated, homes covered with mortgages, labor impoverished and the land concentrated in the hands of capitalists....The fruits of the toil of millions are boldly stolen to build up colossal fortunes for a few, unprecedented in the history of mankind; and the possessors of these, in turn, despise the Republic and endanger liberty."
(From 1892 Populist Party campaign literature, quoted in The World of Carnegie Hall, which is as much a social, political and musical history as it is of the building -- fascinating!)

leaving now, thanks for the link skk

Outsider wrote:

technology is eliminating a lot of tedious tasks.

If you can afford the cost of the "technology." Your smartphone costs you (or someone) a monthly payment/agreement to a several year contract (sometimes).

edit to add: off to spend some time outside/dodge raindrops.

Outsider wrote:

but yearly registration renewals are online. I haven't been to a DMV office in years.

I've renewed auto registration by mail for years, being able to do it online isn't much of an advantage (unless I want to rack up travel points). I've had to go to the DMV only to: provide proof of loan payoff so title could be reissued in my name only; renew my license (every 5 years)--which requires a personal appearance, vision test, photo taken, and thanks to the DIA (I think that's the Congressional legislation) provide acceptable proof of my "identity"/US citizenship.

Outsider wrote:

Nowadays most services can be handled online, thereby reducing painful visits to the DMV or the PO

You can transfer title to a vehicle online in NH?

You can also put outgoing mail in your mail box (if you have one), and the mail carrier will pick it up. Far as I know, mail carriers still sell stamps too--or so a friend living in a rural area tells me--because she sometimes buys stamps that way.

Paradigm Lost wrote:

All the docs belong to one of two major hospital/clinic systems.

Pretty much what's happening or has happened here too, in a tri-county area (w/one county not being that rural).

And despite the takeover by this corporate "non-profit" everyone in the county still gets to pay, via their taxes, to have a "hospital district." That tax was instituted years ago, as a means of supporting a community hospital. Now the hospital's owned/run by a chain, and no one seems to be able to tell me why we (taxpayers) still have to subsidize the hospital. If the chain can't support itself, then what's the point/advantage? A corporation that needs a subsidy in capitalist US? Isn't that sacrilege? Snark (or a contradiction in terms).

sm_landlord wrote:

Maybe you should patronize your local independent doctor before the conglomerates drive him/her out of business?

I joined "health care for all" (pro single payer) group a year or so ago. One of the members is a local MD who retired a year or two ago. He had a private practice most of his career (practiced in the UK Virgin Islands for awhile so had experience w/the NHS too--said it worked ok for him).

He was a popular MD, I doubt if he didn't have enough business (from what I saw of his chartnotes, he was a pretty good MD). What got to him were the paperwork requirements AND he said that he discovered after going over the the dark side (becoming a corporate employee--local chain) that the chain was able to get a higher reimbursement for a service then he'd been able to.

You can blame "gov't" if you want to (for not regulating corporations more successfully & better), but if you do, it'd be nice to acknowledge the role of corporations in creating this mess-- thanks to the tax code and their own unending efforts, their use of their profits (or the money that alleged "non-profits" manage to accumulate)--not to improve service or make that better widget--but to lobby and press for laws & regulations that destroy competition, minimize accountability, etc. All in the name of "good business."

That's why "Health Care for All" argues that health care should be a human right, not another commodity/market product.

edit: and if we want to see how to do it better-well, there must be at least 5 nations that have figured out a better way--we could (and so could Congress) take a look at what those nations do so much better and come up w/a better way for providing health care in the US. Only reason not to is that the health insurers, etc., all might lose profits.

lawyerliz wrote:

Not avoiding a conflict of interest is just asking for it,

If MDs aren't forced to disclose a potential conflict, how would you know if you are "asking for it"?

and: The Two Things That Rarely Happen After a Medical Mistake - ProPublica

sm_landlord wrote:

Government, by it's nature, has no competition, since it exists by a monopoly of force. So it needn't care about customer service or satisfaction, and there is no credible threat of being put out of business by a competitor.

Um, revolutions, invasions by other nations, annexation by other nations, gov'ts, destruction of gov't so you have anarchy, and then there's what the US did when it went from the Articles of Confederation to a constitution, which was to change the type of gov't. Certainly there are people in other nations who feel that the US gov't has way too much influence on their national gov'ts--so does their gov't have a true "monopoly"? If NAFTA or TPP can prempt state legislation or US regulatory action (which has been alleged), then can the US gov't be truly said to have a "monopoly" over what happens in the US? Given the power of corporations in some states, do the state gov'ts truly have the type of monopoly you posit?

And yes, corporations are a creation of gov't, since gov't or the representatives of the people (so-called) create legislation. Which means that, should there ever be sufficient pressure or need, those laws can be revoked and corporations no longer have any existence in law and no longer have the protection of gov't, including the courts (and wouldn't that make for some interesting times).

As for product or service being better--I'd add to that or substitute "appearing to be better" since marketing/advertising (including lying) has played a huge role in making a product "successful" (i.e. sell well at a profit). Including creation of demand when there is no real need for the product. Advertising has creating demand since at least the 1880's in the US, I think, if not before. My impression is that advertising can make a less well made or designed product sell better then the better product.

sm_landlord wrote:

With a concierge doctor, you can spend the time to discuss your case.

The MD I had before my current MD did that w/me and she was not a concierge MD. Current MD does rush more. Both MDs had the same employer. I think my prior MD was a better diagnostician.

I think it's great if a MD actually takes the time to discuss matters w/a patient. Oth, maybe 15 years ago, there was a MD in my area who spent time w/people, etc., all that nice stuff--and kept kept a patient on medication that was a primary factor in the person's eventually developing type II diabetes (individual was not overweight, etc) and that MD did not recognize that the person HAD developed diabetes. It was not until the individual became so ill he went to the VA (VAMC in PDX) for assistance that he was (immediately) diagnosed w/diabetes and received the treatment he needed, which included hospitalization until he'd stabilized and started being weaned off that medication as much as was possible--some other glandular functions had been impaired too.

The patient wasn't interested in suing the MD for malpractice, although I sure thought the MD had.

I was also surprised to find--maybe 10 years ago--that a much liked local pediatrician (liked partly because he was good w/kids, would talk to the parents, etc) was willing to prescribe ADHD, ADD meds for children based on very little evidence--pretty much going on what the parents said. There are/were some specific tests that are supposed to be administered to reach a diagnosis of ADD or ADHD, this MD didn't bother.

YMMV.

sm_landlord wrote:

If you purchase a vehicle from a private party, you have to go somewhere to get the registration transferred.

You can go to the DMV, where you have to make an appointment a week in advance and still have to wait an hour to get it done.
Or you can go to the Auto Club without an appointment, and be in and out in 15 minutes.

I don't know what autoclub you're talking about and I don't know what the difference in payment is (i.e., is the Auto Club more expensive then the DMV because you're essentially paying the Auto Club to stand in line for you.).

And for sure the DMV could be made more efficient--by adding staff/expanding office hours. When I moved to OR from NY (Long Island) I was amazed at how fast I was able to take the test to get an OR license, register my car, etc. The DMV was very well staffed at the time. Many budget cuts later, that's not true, although the local DMV is still faster to get in & out of, then the PDX DMVs. Also possible to do more by mail/online then there was 20 years ago, so registration renewal is easy.

What I meant by "efficiency" was how do you measure "efficiency" when you want to make sure that due process of the law is observed? Corporations don't have to care about due process of the law, they are hierarchial, CEOs, et al have alot of power, etc. That's not the structure people in the US have chosen at least according to the US Constitution and most state constitutions (regardless of what's actually happened in the US). A goal of the US gov't (according to the Constitution) is to provide due process of the law, freedom of speech, etc. Achieving either doesn't necessary promote "efficiency" in the way most businesses define efficiency.

Corporations don't have those goals. Corporate goals are, as far as I know, to make a profit (for shareholders if public, for owners if not), and to provide a legal structure that provides protections for some of the people in the corporation (including Board members) or who own shares in the corporation--protection against liability and financial responsibility.

Does being a conceirge MD mean the MD won't accept any $$ from bigpharma and medical device manufacturers? And how would you know if he/she didn't? Does CA law require MDs to disclose that information? If the law exists, how well is it enforced? Does the law/regulation authorize patients to sue for damages if the MD did not disclose and injury results?

And OR court has ruled that MDs must disclose that information (re: medical device manufacturers) and last I heard, MDs were extremely upset about that requirement. Groundbreaking Oregon DOJ cases target doctors' failure to inform patients about device payments | OregonLive.com Don't know if ruling applies to choice of chemo, other meds, type of surgery, etc.

"The doctors, who both performed surgeries at Salem Hospital, were part of a Biotronik program to train and certify sales representatives to assist other doctors in programming and calibrating their products. Fedor and Turk "had the potential to be paid each time he selected a Biotronik device for his patients rather than another manufacturer's device," said the complaints against the doctors. The amounts paid for training weren't included in the DOJ documents.

Oregon's Unlawful Trade Practices Act requires that professionals disclose this sort of information when providing services. And by failing to, the doctors were leading the patient to believe they were free of any conflict of interest and doing the implants "for the exclusive benefit of the patient ... when this was not the case," according to the DOJ."

sm_landlord wrote:

Probably works both ways - psychopaths are attracted to positions of power, be they corporate or government.

But somehow others, voters, "thinkers", pundits, etc., have had to be persuaded of the validity of those behaviors and beliefs. Other then just propaganda, I've never understood why people thought governments should be run "like" businesses, when their purposes & goals are quite different. "Efficiency" has a different meaning when applied to gov't then a business or corporation.

Attitudes had to be changed. Listen to some of FDR's speeches re: corporations/businesses (need to control/regulate) and think of how they'd go over today. Or even Ike's speech re: MIC, for all the talk of "individualism" in the US, there has been little regarding militarization (such as use of public forest land by the military for "training exericises, etc.) of much of the US.

Corruption's always been around. Particularly some small towns, small cities, NYC, Boston ,Chicago, et al, at times, etc.

edit to add: one of the changes that's been interesting is how it's become possible/accepted for corporations to unilaterally alter employment contracts to remove promised benefits. Employee have kept their side of the contract, done their work, etc., but corporate employers aren't required to, or so it seems. Seems to violate contract law, but--no repercussions, no litigation (unless some former CEOs are suing), people are unhappy but just seem to accept the employment contract violation. Unless there's some special laws re: corporate employers in each state or at the federal level that authorizes corporate employers to act in that way.

sm_landlord wrote:

That sort of thing now seems to be SOP in the high-tech business, as you pointed out at Jesse's site previously:
Jesse's Café Américain: Sarah Lacy and the Darker Side of Über Corporatism

I guess it trickles down.

Or the other way around--I seem to remember one of the alleged advertised advantages of Bush II was that he'd run the gov't more like a business, since he had been such a stunningly successful businessperson.

tg wrote:

  • NY Times

how medical care is being corrupted

Interesting that is news to Harvard MDs. Many members of the public are already aware of how insurers control treatment by denying coverage for X treatment, allowing it for Y.

Mental health care: pay for pills, not for therapy, in last 5 years or so (prior to ACA) get rid coverage for any mental health care.
Physical care: pay for surgery, not for PT that might allow individual to avoid therapy.
Refuse to pay for preventive care unless forced by law.
Exclude basic/preventive vision & dental care from basic health insurance policies--I've never figured out how it is that my eyes, teeth, tongue, mouth weren't part of my "health".

All have been true for years where I live. Could be other states mandated coverage (as in, the insurer actually had to pay for X, not just put the cost towards an ever higher deductible).

edit to add: recently a woman under a great deal of stress & w/a past history of mental illness, threw her young autistic son off a bridge, into the ocean/estuary. She was receiving "treatment" at the time, sounded like pills only, had reported hearing voices--her medication had been "adjusted." That sure worked well, didn't it? Jillian McCabe tried to commit suicide, sought help before reporting she threw son off bridge, relatives say | OregonLive.com

Power has flickered a few times due to storm time to get offline Nytol

Lobbyist Ben Dover wrote:

The HHS cash for kids does have a big influence on unwed mothers.

TANF is for 5 years--lifetime. Since 1996, Clinton administration.

"TANF was created by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act instituted under President Bill Clinton in 1996. The Act provides temporary financial assistance while aiming to get people off of that assistance, primarily through employment. There is a maximum of 60 months of benefits within one's lifetime, but some states have instituted shorter periods.[3] The reform granted states wide discretion of how to distribute TANF entitlements. States also have the authority to eliminate payments to recipients altogether. Under the new act, TANF recipients are required to find a job within 24 months of receiving aid.[4] In enforcing the 60-month time limit, some states place limits on the adult portion of the assistance only, while still aiding the otherwise eligible children in the household." Temporary Assistance for Needy Families - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

What is TANF - Temporary Assistance For Needy Families

fathers can get TANF benefits too, just need to be single parents.

I'm not sure what the median and/or average stay on TANF benefits have been since the recession, but prior to that, in OR, average time on TANF was 6 months. Friend whose marriage broke up and whose spouse declined to pay even a little child support, etc., after they separated, was on TANF for 5-6 months. That's how long it took her to find a full time job. The ex-spouse never did pay child support on anything like a regular basis, didn't remember (send a card even) children's birthdays, nothing. Receiving TANF benefits during those months (plus health care coverage for her children) was a huge help to her.

Outsider wrote:

The social planners who advocate abortions for the poor are full of sh*t.

Which ones are those? In many states in the US, abortion is de facto illegal, because there is nowhere to get one. Or maybe there's one or two heath care providers who will perform them (and their lives are threatened regularly).

As has often been said at HCN, & elsewhere in "family values" United States, lives are cherished (kinda) until they emerge from the womb, then, only if their parents are well off. And stay that way. If they don't, they're just a burden on society. Unlike Bush, Cheney, Inc, et al.

Outsider wrote:

Actually, it doesn't say that Patrice is single.

No mention of a spouse or partner though, either. Even if she does have a spouse, she can STILL be blamed for (1) not waiting to have children until she & spouse/partner were sure, much surer (for real) then, say, Bush, Cheney, Inc, had to be about the success of their Iraq strategy (given that they've never been held liable in any way for what a disastrous decision it was and the millions of people it injured/damaged), that they would always be able to support those children and spend sufficient (according to "family values" standards) time w/them, (2) not choosing a better earning father; (3) not being a better earner & mother herself.

Being poor is a self-imposed sin in the US, a result of personal flaws, possibly genetic flaws as well. Snark

Outsider wrote:

The working definition of hell. Or, abject poverty. Which is about the same thing.

you missed an opportunity to blame someone--Patrice is a single mom which automatically makes her a prime target for blaming: why is she single? Isn't she aware that's against US "family values"? Why did she start having children before she was sure she'd be able to support themno matter what happened? How could she be so irresponsible as to marry (or not marry) a man who'd leave/not fulfill his child support requirements? . . . .

edit to add: but of course more people in the US are supposed to have children, because after all, we don't want to end up like the Japanese. But forget assistance in raising them.

Rajesh wrote:

Will they pay me to see more ads?

In a better world, we'd have the power to make google, et al, pay for each data collection event. Negotiate price per data collection, since after all, it OUR data or information about us.

Outsider wrote:

Google: You can pay as little as $1 to see fewer ads - Nov. 21, 2014

Cable TV redux. No commercials/ad because you pay for the service. How long did that last?

Top nursing group backs Navy nurse who wouldn’t force-feed at Guantánamo | The Miami Herald

"“I think he has acted in the highest traditions of the nursing profession,” Meister told the Herald by phone Tuesday, ahead of the conference call. “How can you condemn a nurse who takes into consideration everything he’s been taught about patient welfare and obtaining consent and making individualized decisions and acting on everything he’s been taught?”

Disclosure of the nurse’s dissent has recast attention on the long-running hunger strike by detainees , many of them long ago cleared for release, and criticism by civilian medical groups of the way Guantánamo conducts its forced feedings.

A senior military medical officer identifies candidates to be force-fed. The detention center’s commander, an admiral, approves each case. Then Army guards shackle each hunger striker into a five-point restraint chair for a nurse to insert the tube and a corpsman to control the flow of, typically, a can of liquid vanilla Ensure."

Rumsfield stated publicly that every single Gitmo detainee was a dangerous terrorist.

Lobbyist Ben Dover wrote:

Public Defender, sorry.

Since I know an attorney who represents felony offenders (murderers, etc) via contract w/the state of OR, I can't say I agree w/you. Yes, he gets paid and why not? The work he does is stressful and difficult. He worked in a DA's office for years, w/the goal (so he told me) of prosecuting as many child molesters as possible. Then he moved into defense, but of the most serious felonies. In OR you have to be what's known as "murder qualified" or have enough trial, etc., experience to defend people accused of the most serious felonies.

See also Pro Bono Program - Oregon Law

Oregon State Bar Pro Bono Program

"In 2013, we donated more than $5 million worth of pro bono hours to disadvantaged individuals and organizations that cannot afford legal counsel.

Lane Powell fully endorses the pro bono policies of the American Bar Association, Oregon State Bar Association, Washington State Bar Association and the Multnomah Bar Association. The Firm encourages its attorneys to devote time to pro bono activities and provides billable hour credit for up to 100 hours of pro bono work." Pro Bono | Lane Powell PC

For Pro Bono Attorneys | Victim Rights Law Center

Lawyers' Campaign for Equal Justice

The kind of assistance I've provided a few links to is what I was talking about. It's not enough, many people still can't obtain the assistance they need, for bankruptcy, family law matters, juvenile issues, etc., particularly in more rural areas.

Same for medical care.

Lobbyist Ben Dover wrote:

Public attorney gives a S---t about the little guy as long as they get a pay check.

What's a "public" attorney?

Paradigm Lost wrote:

Are there still lawyers out there who give a 5h!t 'bout the little guy?

Yes.

But I think you have to work to find them.

Some law schools have very good clinics that provide assistance, but due to budget cuts, some of those clinics have been closed or have reduced the number of people they assist. Ditto for Legal Services (Legal Aid).

edit, like I said, it's more important to keep those MIC people fat. Better everyone else w/a problem, going through a bad time, should have to rely on charity or luck.

ResistanceIsFeudal wrote:

Yeah,but who wants all that crap?

The wealthy usually want their use of private aviation to remain heavily subsidized, so the infrastructure supporting way more airports, airstrips & helipads then are needed, needs to be maintained to support their lifestyle. After all, you don't want to have to pay the true cost of maintaining all those airstrips/airports you fly your Gulfstream jet to, now do you? Or have to actually PAY for your pilot's training?

You gotta think these things through.

Paradigm Lost wrote:

You need an excellent one to defend YOU.

Yep, w/YOU being the Mafia, politicians, and the erring children of wealthy people.

Tomgram: Nick Turse, When Is a "Base Camp" Neither a Base Nor a Camp? | TomDispatch 

But there's "not enough money" in the US budget to improve/maintain/replace domestic infrastructure, or to provide a decent quality of preventive health care to all, affordable housing, low cost college or vocational education . . . .

KarmaPolice wrote:

The GOP platform:

Texas' Greg Abbott on Obama's Immigration Order: I'm Going to Sue

Lawyers are only evil ambulance chasers who litigate for no reason at the drop of a hat when they represent people you don't like.

" Washington family of four must spend 46 percent more on average to make ends meet today than 13 years ago, according to a new report from the University of Washington.

The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Washington State 2014, released Thursday (Nov. 20), provides a sobering look at how much it costs individuals and families statewide to meet basic needs—and how far short they're falling.

The study found that Washington families with two adults, a preschooler and a school-aged child saw the costs of meeting their most basic requirements jump as much as 72 percent between 2001 and 2014, depending on where they live. But median wages increased just 21 percent during that time." Cost of meeting basic needs rising faster than wages in Washington state

edit to add: am sure all of these families are ready to buy a new SFR home.

"(HealthDay)— Seniors in America have more chronic health problems and take more medications than seniors in 10 other industrialized countries do, according to a new global survey. The United States also stood out among the 11 nations surveyed by The Commonwealth Fund for having more seniors struggling to get and afford the health care they need.

For the survey, the researchers collected responses from 15,617 older adults in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Most all of the other countries have some form of universal health insurance, and American seniors have Medicare." US seniors' health poorest, global survey shows

Must be a lie as sure our crony corporate capitalist masters have created the best of all possible worlds for us--after all that's what they keep telling us.

Latin American Herald Tribune - WHO Supports Uruguay in Legal Battle with Philip Morris

"In 2010, Philip Morris brought a claim against Uruguay at ICSID alleging that public health regulations implemented during the 2005-2010 administration of Mujica’s predecessor, Tabare Vazquez, violated the company’s trade rights established under an investment agreement between Uruguay and Switzerland, where the tobacco giant’s operation center is located.

Vazquez, an oncologist by profession, launched a crusade against tobacco consumption during his administration that included measures requiring cigarettes packages to feature health warnings on 80 percent of their main surface and prohibiting them from containing the words “light” or “mild.”

Additional regulations barred smoking at offices, bars, restaurants and other enclosed public spaces.

Cigarette companies were hard hit by the measures, with tobacco consumption declining by 23 percent between 2005 and 2011, according to a private study cited by PAHO/WHO."

Latin American Herald Tribune - Bolivia, France Sign Accords on Nuclear Energy, Lithium

"Russia, Argentina and France are potential partners of Bolivia in this effort."

"A second letter of intent signed Tuesday refers to the lithium industry and states that Bolivia and the CEA will cooperate in the “development of programs throughout the value chain, from lithium carbonate to battery systems.”

Bolivia is home to the Uyuni salt flats, the world’s largest lithium reserve.

The Andean nation says that area may contain 100 million tons of lithium, although the United States Geological Survey puts the total at just 9 million tons."

Bolivia seismic map

poicv2.0 wrote:

But I really hate highway driving around here at night, especially in the rain.

Me too. About once a week, I do a 60 mile (each way) commute on a mostly 2 lane state highway. Fairly winding. Deer are around this time of year, but the drivers, particularly the pickup drivers, are a pain. It can be pouring rain & dark (few street lights, much of the road is through rural/wooded areas), but some of them feel 60-65 mph is the speed to go. Some drivers, for reasons I don't understand, stay close behind me, even when I'm on a stretch of the highway that's downhill, straight, has good visibility for about a mile, and has a passing lane that can be used by drivers going in either direction--and there's no one coming in the other direction. I've slowed to 45 mph, in an effort to persuade such a driver/s to pass. Some just won't.

Instead, if I get tired of pickup lights shining into my vehicle & messing up my vision, I end up pulling over about 10 minutes after the long downhill, let the jerk go by, hope he/she hits the deer instead of me.

poicv2.0 wrote:

Nice steady rain.

One day (today) w/milder weather (50's) & no drying/cold wind from the east. No wind/mild breeze, mostly cloudy. Tomorrow a storm is supposed to arrive by 10 am/midday w/wind gusts of up to 55 mph (65 on the beach/headlands), winds to decrease by night (I think) w/1 1/2 to 2" of rain possible.

tg wrote:

if we build it the war will come

unfortunately, some of us couldn't wait and went out and created the unending war they desired. snopes.com: Yellowcake Uranium Removed from Iraq

Pogo (comic strip) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

tg wrote:

falling wages at factories squeeze the middle class

FTA: "When Timothy Shelly first started working at the Faurecia Automotive Seating plant in Cleveland, Miss., he was earning $8 an hour. Nearly 10 years later, with a promotion that moved him up to managing three other workers, he earns $12.72, not much more than the rise in the cost of living over the same period.

“The work is very strenuous. It’ll wear you down,” said Mr. Shelly, who loads 35-pound tubs of parts on pushcarts and then walks miles every day delivering them."

and that's one of the reasons so many people end up experiencing a period of disability in their 50's. SSA knew this back in the 1980's and they were expecting an substantial increase in people filing a claim for SSDI benefits. The definition of disability is severe medical impairment(s) that prevent an individual from performing work at substantial gainful activity level on a regular and continuing basis for 12 months or longer (or you die before 12 months). Just 12 months. Generally, SSA schedules disabled individuals for case review, some people after 3 years, some after 5.

Of course, "even as dwindling resources mean we have far fewer employees available to serve the public. In fact, since FY 2011, average daily visitors per employee have increased by 4 percent. In the offices with the highest employee attrition (over 10 percent), average daily visitors per employee have increased by 16 percent." Statement of Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner, Social Security Administration before the House Committee on Appropriations so sometimes, those reviews don't get done as scheduled.

I'm sure the money is sooooooo much better spent on yet another only somewhat functional F-35, on the DOJ's flying aircraft around to spy on people, NSA contractors, etc.

Not everyone is suited for less physically demanding work or can find less physically demanding work if they want to.

"Meanwhile, the Georgia Ports Authority yesterday announced its terminals in Brunswick and Savannah set a cargo volume record of 2.79 million tons in October.

Savannah's Garden City Terminal handled a record 311,759 TEUs, up 13.6 percent year over year. The terminal also set high-water marks for the number of truck gate moves at 213,445 and containers moved via intermodal rail at 31,238. The Port of Savannah's on-terminal rail yards are served by CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway.

In Norfolk, Va., the Port of Virginia also set an October volume record at 221,105 TEUs, a 7 percent year-over-year increase.

Rail volume increased 3.9 percent, truck volume rose 8.7 percent and barge container volume climbed 12.3 percent. The port previously exceeded the 200,000-TEU mark in April, May, July, August and September." Rail News - Ports: Congestion in Southern California; October volume records in Georgia, Virginia. For Railroad Career Professionals

Nuthin' but good times ahead. Snark

Outsider wrote:

It appears living a long life is linked to dementia.

Not always:
"The Balance Brain Center was put together to help those with cognitive problems connected to computer and smart phone use — one example of the many such clinics that have been popping up all over South Korea.

This is the type of brain damage typically associated with stroke, tumors, traumatic brain injury, or psychiatric illness. Left brain damage can cause problems with attention, memory, organization, orientation, problem solving, reasoning, and social communication, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. In addition, in the long term, underdevelopment of the right brain can lead to serious health issues like early-onset dementia." Digital Dementia On The Rise In South Korea; Childhood Internet Addiction Must Be Addressed, Experts Say

Doc Holiday wrote:

Pretty dumb to go on vacation that close to due date .... live and learn (morons)

3 months before the due date is too close?

josap wrote:

To take a walk away from close car exhaust, noisy trucks.

My impression was the post was about walking to work. Generally, people walk the shortest route, perhaps taking a slightly longer route to avoid the streets w/the worst traffic. Or that's what I've done/do when I've been able to walk to work, or school, or to do errands.

But sometimes you can't avoid walking on noisy, streets where the air reeks with exhaust fumes.

josap wrote:

Driving out to the xurbs probably defeats the purpose.

What purpose?

josap wrote:

health costs.

Not if your walk is along busy streets. Breathing in exhaust fumes increases risk of asthma, the noise of all the traffic (particularly large trucks, boom boom vehicles, loud pipe vehicles, low flying helicopters the wealthy use for commuting . . . ), raises blood pressure, plus the risk of being hit by a motor vehicle that does a right on red w/out stopping to see if there's a pedestrian crossing, or a vehicle running a red light.