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With a majority-Republican Federal Communications Commission led by Republican Ajit Pai on the verge of reversing net neutrality rules put in place by President Barack Obama in 2015, people won’t even be able to guide their own education anymore, and they won’t even know they aren’t in control. All of this despite more than a million public comments submitted to the FCC opposing net neutrality probably being fake. Pai’s proposal to destroy the freedom of the Internet would allow Internet service providers to influence the “answers” users receive when surfing the web. ISPs would be allowed to guide users to information on websites they own or of which they approve, providing a guided tour of information acceptable to them instead of allowing the user to investigate all information available. The information superhighway would be exactly that -- if said highway’s path was dictated by those providing the concrete and materials and not the people who pay the taxes to build it. A highway with infinite exits would gave way to a highway of limited exits, determined by the biggest companies providing services along the highway. If your business is too small, it doesn’t get an exit on the information superhighway. People will have to pay extra to find you. The proposal would also allow ISPs to break up their information offerings and charge separately for them. Say, for instance, Verizon provides your mobile data. Well, under the new rules, which are expected to be adopted on Dec. 14, Verizon could…
This year there were three Thanksgiving NFL games (up from the traditional two) and the playoff picture is starting to clearly emerge. This late in the season two of the games were a bit inconsequential but there was a good battle in the NFC Central - the MN Vikings vs. the Detroit Lions. It was no surprise to many that the MN Vikings outpowered the Lions, despite a really strong 4th quarter comeback by Detroit’s QB Matthew Stafford. The Vikings look unstoppable in the NFC except for perhaps, the other dominant team in the division (more on that in a minute). The NFL is really starting to see that the Vikings have a super star receiver in Adam Thielen who already has 1000 yards receiving with another five games to play. Despite losing rookie sensation Dalvin Cook in game 4 the Vikings remain strong in the running game and have a top five defense. The 9-2 Vikings remain dominant on top of the Black and Blue division (NFC Central) and are legitimate contenders this year. That being said, the 9-1 Philadelphia Eagles remain the team to beat in the NFC. Skeptics say the Eagles (who were 7-9 last season) had an easy schedule this year but beating winless teams (like they did vs. the 49ers) and beating teams that you should beat is all part of the NFL. There is a reason “any given Sunday” is a known colloquialism. Winning is hard in the NFL and you just never know…
Mass shootings continue across the nation where no part of the country is from a “wild west” mentality. The recent loss of life has been staggering. Those slaughtered range from one-year old kids to 77-year-old adults. A country music festival in Las Vegas was the scene of 58 people killed. In the small town of Sutherland Springs, Texas, 26 people were murdered in the middle of a Sunday church service. A deranged gunman in northern California killed five people just last week. And those of us living in Louisiana can look back on a series of mass killings including those executed at a Lafayette movie theatre and officers shot down on a Baton Rouge highway. Gun rights supporters say we should arm more people, and gun control advocates call for more restrictions on gun ownership. I remember reading a book back in the 70s called “Bible in Pocket, Gun in Hand: The Story of Frontier Religion.” The problem today is that the entire country is now the frontier, and there is no place that is a safety zone. So where does responsible action begin? How about this refreshing idea? Let’s start by enforcing the present laws on the books. No new radical initiatives for the time being. The judicial system, on both the federal and state levels, has the tools to get many potential mass killers off the streets. But a number of laws are not being enforced. Take killer Devin Kelley, the mass murderer at the small church in…
Editor's note - 11/28/17: This story was mistakenly attributed to "Dr. Daliah Wachs," when in fact it was written by Bradlee Dean. The error has been corrected. It seems that over the last couple of weeks the CIA-controlled media has, once again, succeeded in diverting the American people’s attention away from The Clintons’ Uranium Ore scandal to the fall guys that are conveniently picking up the attention for their sexual promiscuities in office, and that, at a most opportune time, Al Franken, Bill Clinton, Dan Schoen, Tony Cornish and the list goes on. And these were the ones that have been caught! Hopefully, this will bring to the light why this country is in the serious trouble that it is in (Psalm 9:17). These corrupt politicians have been so emboldened to take taxpayer dollars in an attempt to cover up their sexual misconduct. It is their job to uphold the laws of our Constitutional Republic, not tear them down (Article 4, Section 4 of the United States Constitution). In a time where the media has declared the guilty as innocent and the innocent as guilty, it is hard, at times, playing the arbiter when it comes to who is guilty and who is not. Yet, for the most part, when the media declares someone innocent, it usually means that they are attempting to protect the establishment players such as the Bushes, the Clintons, the Obamas, etc… And when they declare someone guilty, you can rest assured, that they are the…
Thanksgiving (and the in-laws) has come and gone. And now we have lots of leftovers. And lots of pets. Can pets eat Thanksgiving table scraps and leftovers? Let’s look at what they can and cannot eat. Dogs According to the American Kennel Club, dogs can eat the following (in moderate amounts): Turkey, Chicken, Beef (remove all bones so they don’t get swallowed and perforate the gut) Ham Shrimp Salmon Eggs Cheese Peanut Butter Bread (without raisins) Popcorn Corn Honey Coconut Avoid the following in dogs: May be toxic; cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea; kidney damage; pancreatitis due to high fat content, or intestinal obstruction. Onions Garlic Avocado Raisins Grapes Chocolate Cinnamon Ice cream Almonds Macadamia nuts Alcohol Nutmeg Mushrooms Energy drinks Fatty/fried foods In addition to my dog Apollo, I have 4 cats. So they’re begging for Thanksgiving leftovers as well. Cats Fluffy can eat – but again only in moderation: Meat Fish Grains Vegetables (though many stick their nose up at it) Eggs Cheese Butter Avoid similar foods as with dogs due to toxicity and also (according to Vetsnow) Alcohol Artificial Sweeteners Raw fish and eggs Coffee, tea and energy drinks Fish Yes, even Nemo can join in for Thanksgiving leftovers. It appears fish can eat many types of meat and vegetables and even cooked rice but be careful of toxins and cooking oils. Parakeet I don’t have any of these and if I did, I doubt I’d share my turkey with it. But according to pethelpful.com, many fruits,…
Thanksgiving is here!! Good food, no school, no work, and most of all….. family!! For many this is one of the best holidays ever!! For some…..the most dreaded all year. This is your very rare and valuable time off, and you have to spend all of it with people who don’t like you and you’re not particularly fond of. Four days of staying with family, (especially if they don’t let you stay a hotel and insist you stay with them), can be more than many can bear. So here are some steps you can take to make the holidays easier. 1. Huddle up Usually your spouse wants to avoid controversy just as much as you do. Before the encounter, huddle up and create a strategy for: a. How to deal with insults b. How to take a break – take the car to go grab some last-minute Thanksgiving necessities c. Where you get to sit at the table d. Potential arguments regarding the children and their upbringing 2. Try to get a hotel room This gives you the much-needed reprieve at the end of the day. However, if the family insists you stay with them and 4 nights at Hotel Hell are just too much to bear, plan a “sneak away” for an evening with your wife and tell the Grandparents they will host the kid’s slumber party. Remember to thank them for the huge favor they are doing allowing you and the wife a much needed night away “from…
Greetings interstellar traveller / hyperbolic asteroid 1I/2017 U1, welcome to our solar system! Technically you’ve been here for quite a while just passing through, drifting about, minding your own asteroid business but we’ve only just found you! You have no way of knowing this but, you’ve been named -- ‘Oumuamua from the Hawaiian word meaning “scout” and generally translates as “scout from the past.” You have a very lovely name. Also, for clarification, that first character in your name is a Hawaiian ‘okina, not an apostrophe. Our Earth scientists have long suspected that tens of thousands of space rocks, such as yourself, have visited our fine solar system but until recently we were unable to detect you all. That all changed, of course, when very smart folks at Haleakala Observatory (in Hawaii) brought the first Pan-STARRS telescope (PS1) online. ‘Oumuamua -- just to be clear, this PS1 is totally different than what you probably believe a traditional PS1 to be (currently upgraded to a PS4). The PS4 stands for “PlayStation” 4 and is a kick ass console blu ray / game player. The PS4 according to wikipedia: “...is a line of eighth generation home video game consoles developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment.” The PS1, the one we used to find you, stands for “Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System” (Pan-STARRS). The PS1 according to wikipedia: “… consists of astronomical cameras, telescopes and a computing facility that is surveying the sky for moving or variable objects on a continual basis,…
Hypertension is the measured change in pulse and resting phase pressure in the peripheral circulation. The heart is pumping against blood vessels, that should respond to the heart. In a healthy circulatory system, blood vessels provide about three quarters of the pump action moving blood, oxygen and nutrients to peripheral tissues. All of the blood flow back to the heart results for the peristaltic wave of contraction of veins back to the right side of the heart. The right heart only pumps to the lung fields to pick up oxygen. To lower blood pressure we must improve blood vessel secondary wave of contraction, and support mitochondrial metabolism that makes up three quarters of the muscular middle layer, responsible for flow. To lower blood viscosity is essential, reduce free radicals that make vessels stiff with oxidized plaque from fatty acids and cholesterol that has be damaged. Singlet oxygen radical, hydrogen peroxide radical, and nitroperoxide radicals must be quenched. A byproduct of inadequate methyl group transfer from folate, B12, and methyl group deficiency is homocysteine which must be reduced to prevent vessel wall injury. Cholesterol is not dangerous to the artery, but small particle HDL and VLDL3 can be swallowed by macrophages and die becoming plaque forming foam cells. They release local molecules that can cause fibrin and platelets to aggregate like tar on a shack. Do not take cholesterol lowering drugs as these reduce myelin in the brain, lower adrenal and sex hormone levels, and can cause reduced cardiac Coenzyme Q10,…
I’ve been to plenty of stadiums. I’ve been to Miller Park -- a dump in a bad part of Milwaukee. I’ve been to the Metrodome -- a terrible place to watch baseball but loud and fun nonetheless. I’ve been to Safeco Field -- a beautiful, quaint place to watch baseball as long as the roof is open. I’ve been to Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City -- a beautifully vast stadium. I’ve been to Fenway Park, which makes me feel spoiled every time I visit Target Field. But even Target Field nor the newly renovated Target Center compares to the decadence that is U.S. Bank Stadium. The Bathrooms The most important aspect of any stadium experience is the bathroom experience. Long lines are bad, but dirty, smelly bathrooms are worse. Both the Metrodome and Target Center had urinal troughs omitting a smell no number of fresh urinal cakes could mask. The U.S. Bank Stadium bathroom I used was as clean at the end of the third quarter as it was prior to kickoff of Sunday’s game between the Vikings and Rams. Not only are the U.S. Bank Stadium bathrooms fresh, they’re smartly located and designed to limit time spent in line. I didn’t spend any time in line for the bathroom, but had I, I wouldn’t have been that disappointed. In our section (C7 of the second level), there’s a lounge with televisions and comfortable seating so you can watch the Vikings game or any other game for that matter. The…
Civil rights activist, Jesse Jackson, revealed Friday that he’s been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The 76-year-old two-time Democratic presidential candidate stated he and his family noticed changes three years ago and, “after a battery of tests, my physicians identified the issue as Parkinson’s disease, a disease that bested my father.” His father, Noah L. Robinson, died in 1997 at the age of 88 of a heart attack and complications of Parkinson’s. What is Parkinson’s Disease? Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder, next to Alzheimer’s, and the most common movement disorder that affects 1% of the world’s population over 60 years old. In the US, 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. It affects several areas of the brain, primarily the substantia nigra, altering balance and movement by affecting dopamine producing cells. Image from the Science of Parkinson’s Disease It was first described in 1817 by James Parkinson as a “shaking palsy.” What are the Symptoms of Parkinson’s? Common symptoms of Parkinson’s include: Stiffness and rigidity Poor balance Tremor at rest, especially a pill-rolling tremor Slow movement Inability to move Shuffling steps, gait and patients may later develop… Depression Anxiety Memory loss Constipation Decrease ability to smell Difficulty swallowing Erectile dysfunction Pneumonia Fractures from falling Hallucinations Delusions Dementia Who is at Risk for Parkinson’s? Most cases are idiopathic, meaning the disease arises with no specific cause. However some cases are genetic and multiple genes have been identified that are associated with the disease. The average age of onset…