Muzings

China and Iran

Posted in National by muzeuterpe on February 18, 2010

I have been wrong many times, and may be right now.  But I believe that China will give great consideration to selling our debt to Iran, in exchange for oil.

China’s silence sometimes speaks volumes, and with growing international momentum for new sanctions on Iran, Beijing’s recent reticence suggests it may give ground if it can insulate its oil and business ties.

China has repeatedly said in recent months that expanded U.N. sanctions on Iran are not the way to draw Tehran into serious talks about curtailing its uranium enrichment programme, which Western powers say could lay the groundwork for a nuclear weapons capability.

The amount of our debt that China owns is staggering. We can’t possibly pay it back. We are owned.

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Read My Lips …

Posted in National by muzeuterpe on February 15, 2010
Main Entry: 1ag·nos·tic
Pronunciation: \ag-ˈnäs-tik, əg-\
Function: noun
Etymology: Greek agnōstos unknown, unknowable, from a- + gnōstos known, from gignōskein to know — more at know
Date: 1869

1 : a person who holds the view that any ultimate reality (as God) is unknown and probably unknowable; broadly : one who is not committed to believing in either the existence or the nonexistence of God or a god
2 : a person unwilling to commit to an opinion about something <political agnostics>

ag·nos·ti·cism \-tə-ˌsi-zəm\ noun

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Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama said he is “agnostic” about raising taxes on households making less than $250,000 as part of a broad effort to rein in the budget deficit………

Obama repeatedly vowed during the 2008 presidential election campaign that he would not raise taxes on individuals making less than $200,000 and households earning less than $250,000 a year. When senior White House economic adviser Lawrence H. Summers and Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner suggested in August that the administration might be open to going back on that pledge, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs quickly reiterated the president’s promise.

Hows that hopey changey thing goin for ya?

Nothing up my sleeve ….

Posted in National by muzeuterpe on February 14, 2010

Oh I love it!

Climategate U-turn as scientist at centre of row admits: There has been no global warming since 1995

Professor Jones also conceded the possibility that the world was warmer in medieval times than now – suggesting global warming may not be a man-made phenomenon.

And he said that for the past 15 years there has been no ‘statistically significant’ warming.

World may not be warming, say scientists

Christy has published research papers looking at these effects in three different regions: east Africa, and the American states of California and Alabama.

“The story is the same for each one,” he said. “The popular data sets show a lot of warming but the apparent temperature rise was actually caused by local factors affecting the weather stations, such as land development.”

When are they going to come clean? And when will those who earned exorbitant profits off this lie be given the Madoff treatment?

Good For The Goose – What About The Gander?

Posted in National by muzeuterpe on February 13, 2010

So the Dems and the Big O are pissed about blocked appointments?

If the Senate does not act — and I made this very clear — if the Senate does not act to confirm these nominees, I will consider making several recess appointments during the upcoming recess, because we can’t afford to allow politics to stand in the way of a well-functioning government.”…

The actions of Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, and other Republican obstructionists will continue if President Obama allows them to run roughshod over him. When you’re the top dog, you do what you have to do to govern. Allowing Republican senators to continue to deny your appointments is nonsense.

Well … kiss my @ss and let’s have a flashback ….

Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, chose to schedule the so-called pro forma sessions because Mr. Bush took advantage of past recesses to install nominees including John R. Bolton, as ambassador to the United Nations, and, most recently, Sam Fox, a donor to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, as ambassador to Belgium. This time, Democrats were particularly suspicious of plans to appoint as surgeon general a nominee they oppose.

“This is the first time that pro formas have been used to block recess appointments,” said Jim Manley, a spokesman for Mr. Reid.

Some of you people act as if Dems have never stood in the way of anything.

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.

Ahhhhhh ….. Change. Ain’t it great?

Posted in National by muzeuterpe on February 11, 2010

Ahhh haa haaa!

Feds push for tracking cell phones

 the Obama administration has argued that warrantless tracking is permitted because Americans enjoy no “reasonable expectation of privacy” in their–or at least their cell phones’–whereabouts. U.S. Department of Justice lawyers say that “a customer’s Fourth Amendment rights are not violated when the phone company reveals to the government its own records” that show where a mobile device placed and received calls.

Now, what was that about warrantless wiretapping?

Nah! There won’t be any rationing of care …

Posted in health, National by muzeuterpe on January 3, 2010

Mayo Clinic in Arizona to Stop Treating Some Medicare Patients

Dec. 31 (Bloomberg) — The Mayo Clinic, praised by President Barack Obama as a national model for efficient health care, will stop accepting Medicare patients as of tomorrow at one of its primary-care clinics in Arizona, saying the U.S. government pays too little.

More than 3,000 patients eligible for Medicare, the government’s largest health-insurance program, will be forced to pay cash if they want to continue seeing their doctors at a Mayo family clinic in Glendale, northwest of Phoenix, said Michael Yardley, a Mayo spokesman. The decision, which Yardley called a two-year pilot project, won’t affect other Mayo facilities in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota.

Full article.

The government won’t need to ration healthcare, the market will take care of it. Scarcity of medical resources will set in and citizens of this country will receive care in the same way we received the bogus swine flu shot. The ineptitude of the government will become personal to the people. That is, it won’t just be some cloud government interferring with your “right” not to wear a seatbelt. Everyone will be affected, and directly.

You won’t be able to run to the doc for that headcold. Why? Because it is too expensive to see people who are just a little sick. We need he doctor’s time for people who are REALLY sick. You’ll have to get your little neti pot and herbs and take care of it the natural way. Big Pharma won’t be doing much R&D so we’ll all be walking to the library to find books on traditional healing.

But don’t worry. The government has tons of experience providing medical care. Just look at the great care our Veterans get. Why, it’s in so much demand that you don’t dare miss your appointment. If you do, it takes you six months to get another one.

Stories of neglect and substandard care have flooded in from soldiers, their family members, veterans, doctors and nurses working inside the system. They describe depressing living conditions for outpatients at other military bases around the country, from Fort Lewis in Washington state to Fort Dix in New Jersey. They tell stories — their own versions, not verified — of callous responses to combat stress and a system ill equipped to handle another generation of psychologically scarred vets.

Boy oh boy, I just can’t wait till the government provides my healthcare.

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!