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Posted in General by muzeuterpe on July 21, 2010

There is a discussion on WVa Red, concerning what was probably a hack job of the WV GOP page. At issue are comments by some cat named Gary Howell. He used some seriously poor judgement in some of his comments.  Now, this is the clip from Howell’s Facebook page originially posted on WVa Red.

Originally posted on WVa Red

What you see is one “Like” which is not included in the “Comment” total, and “View all 4 Comments”. Only 2 comments are displayed, one by Howell and one by Gibson. This suggests there are two additional comments not displayed. Check the order. If Howell’s and Gibson’s posts ARE displayed, that must mean there are two not displayed.

Now, look at the expanded comments:

Expanded comments on Howell post

What you see here is a total of five comments. Only ONE comment comes before Howells shown above, that being Chandra Gruman’s.  Then you have a comment by Gibson followed by Howell’s and some cat named Smoot.  Smoot’s comment comes sometime AFTER the post on WVa Red. But, somewhere a post is missing.  Howell’s response “No clue. Sounds like it,” is to Gruman.

The comment order in WVa Red‘s post should be:

Gruman, Howell, Gibson, Howell, Smoot.

But it isn’t. Howell’s final comment was clipped for effect. It didn’t need to be.

KV Live’s New Contributor – Muze

Posted in General by muzeuterpe on July 1, 2010

It’s up! It’s up! My first KV Live contributor post is up here!

It is actually a simple introductory post. Nothing very exciting. I agreed to try to have at least one post per week and figured Thursdays were good. I didn’t get the login information and style guide until last night. Since I have a full day scheduled today I figured I would put a quick introduction out there.

KV Live uses Joomla. I have never worked with it before but it seems pretty easy from my side of the screen. This gives me a bonus, as I am learning a new program as well.

Stop by and take a look at the entire site.  Leave a little evidence somewhere.

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Long, strange, trip …

Posted in General by muzeuterpe on April 7, 2010

Yes yes, I know. It has been a long time since I posted anything.  I’m just very, very busy. My small business is going well. I’m not in the Soros league yet, but I still dream.

Those of you still checking on me, I’ll try to do better. I just can’t promise much.

I am so into you … (not)

Posted in General, health by muzeuterpe on February 11, 2010

Hey kids, long time no see.  Actually, it has been more Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), personal/family problems and trying to keep my business running.

I’ve routinely written about my mild SAD symptoms. The Evil Twin’s Wife has commented on occasion that she struggles with SAD as well. It being February, it is time for me to start getting over it. As the number of hours of daylight gradually increase, the extreme fatigue begins to slowly lift. I have a couple full spectrum lights, but they aren’t the light boxes that are recommended as treatments. For me, I just get extremely tired.

Something new for 2010 – Menopause. Yep, believe it or not. Doctor certified change-o-life. According to the Mayo Clinic, 51 is the average age for a woman in the United States to enter this “wonderful” time of life. I am so not close to 51. But, my gyn has confirmed the crapping out of hormone levels and symptons. Hot flashes are amazing. Out-of-the-blue the spine starts heating up, it radiates upward to your head and your hair starts to sweat. When it’s over you freeze to death.

The family stuff.  Well, that’s an issue that has been going for over two years now. A member of my family is in trouble. They have been arrested, twice. This person is now in a jail outside West Virginia. Family can’t come up with the bail. To visit takes a full day of driving or a plane trip. The trial isn’t until September. The public defender is very confident.

Business, well, I’m doing ok with my business. The SAD is causing me to be scattered and it’s difficult to keep my focus some days. But, I have two steady clients and some hit and missers. I have re-evaluated my advertising and will try to be a little more targeted with it this year. I spent WAY too much on it last year.

I am going to host a Stand Against Racism event in April. I’m looking for some quality speakers. If you would like more information drop me a note at muzeuterpe1 [at] aol.com.

PS – I hate this new WP theme. Gonna have to pick a new one.

46% of Climate Science Report Authors Part of Climategate

Posted in General by muzeuterpe on December 8, 2009

I’m sure it will come as a shock that the two groups largely overlap. The “small group of scientists” up to their necks in Climategate include 12 of the 26 esteemed scientists who wrote the Copenhagen Diagnosis. Who would have ever guessed that forty-six percent of the authors of Copenhagen Diagnosis belong to the Climategate gang? Small world, isn’t it?

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Getting You Ready For Rationed Care

Posted in General by muzeuterpe on November 17, 2009

The recent mammogram guideline revisions are one of the first steps in rationing care to women.

A government task force said Monday that most women don’t need mammograms in their 40s and should get one every two years starting at 50 — a stunning reversal and a break with the American Cancer Society’s long-standing position. What’s more, the panel said breast self-exams do no good, and women shouldn’t be taught to do them.

Say what you want.

My gynecologist, the doctor who knows me best, not only encourages bi-annual mammograms but EXPECTS me to be doing breast self-exams. This is preventive medicine.

Breast cancer is just as, if not more, terrifying to women as prostate or testicular cancer is to men. We no more want our breasts carved like a turkey as you men want your bollocks nipped. In fact, it may be worse for us, as a woman without breasts is a little more obvious to the naked eye than a man without testes or a prostate. I mean, really, show me one man, without a prosthetic, that you know has no prostate just by passing him on the beach?

From the American Cancer Society:

How Many Women Get Breast Cancer?

The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates for breast cancer in the United States are for 2009:

  • 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer
  • 40,170 deaths from breast cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer.

The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer some time during her life is a little less 1 in 8. The chance of dying from breast cancer is about 1 in 35. Breast cancer death rates have been going down. This is probably the result of finding the cancer earlier and better treatment. Right now there are more than 2½ million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

Last Medical Review: 09/29/2009
Last Revised: 09/29/2009

 But. don’t believe the Cancer Society, a non-profit with millions and billions in research and statistics to support their findings. Believe the government, those low paid public servants. They are here to help.

WV Grows Amid Historic Unemployment

Posted in General by muzeuterpe on November 16, 2009

Many thanks to West Virginia Watchdog for the heads up on this one. If not for them I would never have heard about how great our state is doing!

Over a billion dollars has come to West Virginia thanks to the Recovery Act.

$2,387,321 of that total is going towards eight fictional Congressional districts: the 54th, 9th, 4th, 6th, 12th, 13th, and 00. Here are the Recovery Act success stories for these districts (located at www.recovery.gov):

  • Three jobs were created in the 54th, 9th, 6th and 12th Congressional districts, which received $1 million, $439,296, $208,117, and $191,795 in stimulus funding respectively.
  • Two Jobs were created in the 13th Congressional District, which received $111,732 in stimulus funding.
  • Zero jobs were created in the 4th and 00 Congressional districts, which received $429,296 and $6,587 in stimulus funding respectively.

Say it with me now … Aaaalllll Rrriiiiiiiiiiggghhht!

Climate Change Can’t Wait – Will Wait

Posted in General by muzeuterpe on November 16, 2009

“…legal technicalities might otherwise distract the talks in Copenhagen…”

WOA!!! Hold on!  This is where I place a “phone a friend.” JDB – what is the legal definition of “technicality?” 

When people don’t get what they want in a legal battle they often use the term ‘technicality’ to imply that someone cheated to get their way. For instance, Bubba gets pulled over for speeding. The cop recognizes the guy as someone who stole his wayward b*tch girlfriend a few months before. So the cop decides he’s gonna search the vehicle and low-and-behold finds a crack rock. Bubba gets arrested.

[This is where I need JDB to tell me if my anagolgy is logical.]

So, Bubba is in front of the judge and the defender points out that the cop never secured a search warrant. He pulled Bubba over for speeding and nothing else gave the cop probable cause to do a search. Bubba wasn’t weaving, driving erratically [except for speed], didn’t smell funny – nothing that would give cause to search.  The judge throws the charge out.  The cop tells all his buddies that Bubba got off ‘on a technicality.’ The truth is, more specifically, the cop violated the law in order to arrest Bubba.

This climate change delay tactic is being used because the supporters can’t comply with rules or laws that govern ‘internationally.’ Somewhere someone is saying “You are going to take these actions or we will _______,” but they can’t under current rules. And guess who’s to blame?

“The problem is the United States, there’s no doubt about that,” Borloo, who has coordinated France’s Copenhagen negotiating effort, told Reuters in an interview.

“It’s the world’s number one power, the biggest emitter (of greenhouse gases), the biggest per capita emitter and it’s saying ‘I’d like to but I can’t’. That’s the issue,” he said.

But wait, further down the story:

It was not clear if China, now the world’s biggest carbon emitter, had backed the two-stage proposal in Singapore.

And, remember what I said about “technicality” being used to show failure to follow a law or rule:

“In Copenhagen, governments need to create a legally binding framework with an amended Kyoto Protocol and a new Copenhagen Protocol. Legally binding is the only thing that will do if we want to see real action to save the planet.”

What they fail to mention is the growing dispute regarding the global temperatures DROPPING over the past decade, the contribution sun spots play in global temperatures, and just why the glasiers melted a 15-thousand years ago.

Econ 101 And Marx

Posted in General by muzeuterpe on November 12, 2009

Capitalism: An economy in which the factors of production (such as land, capital) are owned by individuals; basic allocation decision are made by market forces.

Communism: A stateless, classless, economy in which there’s no private property and everyone shares in production and consumption according to individual abilities and needs.

Socialism: An economy in which all nonlabor means of production are owned by the state, which exercises control over resource allocation.

Market shortage: The amount by which the quantity demanded exceeds the quantity supplied at a given price; excess demand.

Suppressed inflation: Inflationary imbalances reflected in nonprice forms (like market shortages and rationing) when prices aren’t permitted to rise.

Involuntary saving: Consumer saving compelled by shortages of consumer goods.

Centrally planned prices are used to achieve specific planning goals, for example, to discouage consumption of luxury (or unhealthy (tobacco)) goods or ensure access to necessities.  Resource allocations (production decisions) are determined by central planners (FDA) however; prices don’t function as conventional market signals.

According to Marx’s labor theory of value, all output was the product of the workers. Ownership of land and capital served only as a mechanism for “expropriating” part of labor’s (read also slaves and indiginous peoples)  rightful income. Once capitalists were sent packing everyone would share equpally in access to the means of production and the output it yielded. The abolition of private property implied that nobody would have the means of exploiting anybody else. There’d be no central authority – no state – because the only function of a state was to express and pursue the interest of the dominant class. (Hmmm Those who run our state (elected officials) are millionaires.)

However, he foresaw that a central government (the state) would be required for some time to give direction to the “new society.” The proletariat wouldn’t be prepared to embrace fully the basic tenets of communism, nor  would it have the “technical expertise” required to organize the means of production. In the interim, a central authority, a socialist state, would have to solidify class consciousness, reorganize property and production rights, and plan the transition to a truly communist society.

Why Are All The Goode Shows Cancelled?

Posted in General by muzeuterpe on November 10, 2009

Every time I start liking something it gets cancelled. It happens with shampoo, razors, deodorant (Try to find unscented!) and often TV shows. Here’s one I really enjoyed. But — Cancelled after 13 episodes

The Goode Family