On December 24 the United States Senate approved a bill that could lead to a government takeover of YOUR health decisions. If this doesn't bother you, how's'bout sending a Thank You note to your Senator and thank him or her for moving one step closer to putting a bill into your mailbox for $7500 a year for your health care. And they'll have a medical board to determine what health care you will be able to get (you and your doctor are not qualified to make decisions about your health), and the quality of that health care will be far less than what we enjoy today as Americans, just like the joy we get at the Post Office or the Department of Motor Vehicles. Not up for hearing government employees making the unmistakable snap of the rubber glove? Good! Send your Reps and Senators a stern Season's Greeting to tell them to keep this coal out of your stocking as this monster of a plan enters its second round.
representatives of the global warming conference showed up in
Copenhagen in 140 planes and over 1200 limousines. Ironic?
Yeah, well... Eager to seek their own selfish enrichment,
investors who stand to earn millions in the carbon exchange market
(hello Al Gore) and representatives of poorer nations scrape and claw to
force cap and trade initiatives onto economies of the world.
Meanwhile the threat of cap and trade looms over all of us, a policy
designed not to cure global warming (which is now being shown as a hoax)
but a means to tear down economies of the world and transfer capital to
those with their grubby little hands in the game.
Yet those in elected office in the United Socialist States of America seem bent on destroying the engine that drives prosperity for the entire world and creating second and third class citizens of its own people.
True Americans remember the Constitution and will not be silenced.
The march toward the USSA continues...
Americans were told by The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force that women should not seek preventative care through mammograms until they are over 50, and then a mammogram is not needed every year. Any yearly mammogram or any mammogram done before the age of 50 is a waste and doesn't help.
Tell that to all the women who had a mammogram at age 40 (or earlier where there was a family history of breast cancer), discovered something, and are alive today. Shouldn't this decision be between a woman and her doctor?
This type of health care rationing is exactly what to expect with the monstrous health care reform bill soon to be forced on Americans. The bill's supporters deny that the health care reform bill will mean coming between the patient and the doctor, rationing, and providing preventative and curative care based on budgets and actuarial tables. Yet the declaration about mammograms by this "independent" government organization clearly shows the future of health care decisions in the United States.
American voters: Tell your employees (your reps and senators) to stop this nonsense. Government should lead, not dictate, by getting the right people together to come up with creative solutions that don't mean that your next visit to a medical professional will be akin to visiting your local Department of Motor Vehicles. A government takeover of the health care system is not the solution.
Click here to send a message through Downsize DC to keep government from getting between you and your doctor and destroying our first rate health care system.
I am thankful for all the women in my life. They are dear friends who bring me great joy. I want the health care decisions for all of my friends to be between them and their doctor. Some government bureaucrat looking at a budget should not be anywhere in the health care picture.
* Fifty years of The Twilight Zone!!!
* Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize.
Hmmm...Yeah, I'd say these two things are related...
My thoughts are with my
friends Jerry and Mali Korb with the passing of Jerry's mom, Margaret
Recording Pioneer, Musician
If you haven't played a Gibson Les Paul, try one. Very rich, deep tone, great to play. Les helped bring solid body electric guitar technology to us, and this helped usher in the era of rock music. As a musician, Les developed his own style of playing and used effects in creative ways to get new sounds from his guitar. And where would the recording industry be without multi-track technology? Les invented that. What an accomplishment!
Les was 94.
WBCN: Legendary Boston Radio Station Silenced
As of midnight on August 11, radio station 104.1FM WBCN--The Rock of Boston--is no longer on the air. WBCN started as the "Boston Classical Network", but then you'd hear all kinds of stuff as the popularity of eclectic FM radio soared in the 70's. One night I heard them play Pink Floyd's "Echoes"--the entire thing. Radio stations simply don't do that anymore! I grew up listening to Charles Laquidara on the Big Mattress and his alter-ego, Duane Ingalls Glasscock...and even heard the Saturday show where they "killed" Duane and left him in a dumpster.
Disc jockey Bradley J. ended WBCN's final broadcast with Pink Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond." Shine on, WBCN!
(WBCN will still be available as a webcast and as an HD radio sub-channel of another station.)
July: What? You want More Mike Dickson Mellotron? Excellent! Mike has added
more classical tracks on his site
Included is one of my favorite pieces, "Moonlight Sonata."
|Catch Some Invisible Rays!
|Brendan Haley - featured in the
September 2006 MONEYPIT Report -
and his band The
Invisible Rays put out some retro-cool pop.
Click here for the Rays' YouTube Channel with videos from their summer 2009 release Salute the American Popular Song.
Declare YOUR "Independence"
this July 4th
April: Patent award comes
through! US Patent #7516438, "Methods and apparatus for tracking
problems using a problem tracking system", was issued on April 7!
This patent outlines the innovations made when I was working with a
colleague on a defect tracking system.
March: Long time Boston radio
talk show host Larry
Glick is no longer with us, having passed away after heart
surgery. I listened to "Lorenzo Glickiano" many, many nights when I
was a kid. Great humor, great guests, great calls.
Listen to The Orangutan Story (which I was fortunate to have heard on its original broadcast years ago) and The Graveyard Marauder on YouTube.
Listen to a variety of clips on NortheastAirChecks, PodOMatic, and StaffAnnouncer.
Fortunately the "old style talk radio" tradition of Larry Glick, Norm Nathan, and others continues in the Boston area. Steve Leveille is back on the air after a misguided decision to replace him with a bland, generic talk show out of the midwest. Listeners revolted, and Steve was hired back to fill his old time slot!
Paul Harvey (1918-2009): I will miss Paul Harvey's "News and Comment" and "Rest of the Story" stories. Mr. Harvey had his own way of delivering the news, and his "Rest of the Story" stories were always entertaining and amazing.
What the heck!!??!!!?!?!!!
I have been exiled from the United States and now find myself living in
the USSA - The United Socialist States of America!
"Stimulus packages" that take money out of one pocket and put it into another pocket and produce no real wealth, taxpayer funded "bailouts" that go to private businesses that ran themselves poorly, a race to nationalize everything, tax increases on the producers to shift wealth to those who don't produce...
"...from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs..." - Karl Marx
I guess that's "change" in the good ol' USSA!
Mellotronist Mike Dickson
adapts a few classical pieces for the Mellotron using familiar Mellotron
sounds and some new ones. Click
to check out Mike Dickson's "mellotronworks"--and more!
A Mellotron documentary film has been created with interviews by Mellotron players and others associated with the musical instrument. Click here for the web site and more information.