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Coming Swine Flu, scare or reality?

Friday, August 28th, 2009   10:33 am | Author: Bob | Health/Medical | Add Comment
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Listening to some reports lately you would think the world is coming to an end.

 

Some predictions estimate that 90,000 Americans could die of the Swine flu during the coming flu season.

 

But the reality seems to be that the Swine flu is no more dangerous than other strains of the flu. The question remains, how to keep it from spreading?

 

Last season we watched as Mexicans wore surgical masks whenever they went out. It looked like everyone had suddenly decided to attend medical school. Fear in the States spread much faster than the actual flu as people stayed home and were advised unwittingly to stay out of confined space, airplanes and subways.

 

As with most things the fears subsided and things returned to normal.

 

This year the word from the White House is to be more cautious, stay home if not feeling well and be sure to wash your hands frequently. It appears that closing ..continue reading

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Shareholders and Executives win, Jobseekers lose

Saturday, August 15th, 2009   4:42 am | Author: Bob | Economy, Work/Employment | Add Comment
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The corporate share buyback has accelerate recently as the markets tanked.

 

While this may be a good thing for corporate executives it is a terrible thing for those searching for jobs in this economy.

 

An article in BusinessWeek this week points out that with the jobless rate hovering around 10% it is unconscionable that companies are buying back shares instead of using that money to retain, hire or even expand their businesses.

 

Many of the share buyback plans wind up enriching their top level management teams with stock based compensation.

 

The BW article points out that

 

“The amount of money spent on buybacks is staggering. From 1997 through last year, 438 companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index spent $2.4 trillion on them. In 2007, as profits soared, the average buyback bill for each was about $1.2 billion—a record amount. And faced with a dramatic drop in their combined net income in 2008, ..continue reading

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The threat of climate change

Sunday, August 9th, 2009   6:08 am | Author: Bob | Environment, Politics/Government | Add Comment
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The NY Times published an article yesterday that again re-iterates the major problems that will be the result of climate change in the coming years.

 

This has irritated me for years. I remember that every time someone in the Bush administration including Bush himself stood up and denounced global warming/climate change as nothing but nonsense my blood pressure rose. We wasted 8 years doing almost nothing about this major issue because of ignorance and willful self serving denials of the truth.

 

Every major scientest has acknowledged the climate change problems long ago.

 

Now military and intelligence analysts warn “The changing global climate will pose profound strategic challenges to the United States in coming decades, raising the prospect of military intervention to deal with the effects of violent storms, drought, mass migration and pandemics.”

 

 

“Such climate-induced crises could topple governments, feed terrorist movements or destabilize entire regions, say the analysts, experts at the Pentagon and ..continue reading

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Cellphone use while driving research

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009   4:52 am | Author: Bob | Education, Health/Medical, Technology | 3 Comments
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The other day I was driving on a two lane road at about 45 miles per hour and I noticed a driver on a cellphone in the car behind me. She was holding the phone with one hand while driving with the other. The conversation was intense as she was animated while talking. As I approached an intersection the light turned red and I slowed to stop. I took a quick look in the rear view mirror and saw that she failed to notice that I slowed down and she was still driving at 40-45 mph. In the last few seconds before hitting my car she saw that I stopped and jammed on her brakes and I saw the cell phone fly out of her hand. Meanwhile I pulled into the intersection to avoid the rear end collision. Luckily there were no other cars in the intersection.

 

This morning I noticed ..continue reading

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Tetris hits 25

Saturday, June 6th, 2009   9:34 am | Author: Bob | Entertainment/Sports | Add Comment
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I saw a report that the game Tetris is celebrating its 25th year anniversary.

 

I can’t say how annoyed I am knowing that I probably wasted several weeks if not months during that time playing this game.

 

but I plan to keep playing  :-)

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