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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Sizing up Donald Drumpf editorial


Drumpf appears to be an adolescent in a man’s body. He holds childish views of people and the world:

1. I’ll be nice to use if you are nice to me (naive reciprocity).

2. vengeance is mine if you cross me.

3. I’m invincible and can weasel out of lie my way out of any situation.

4. Naive world view: Nuclear weapons are a deterrent, not an active means of military force or foreign policy.

5. Adolescent speech pattern that is often grammatically incorrect or uses words not in the English language.

Drumpf behaves like a petty small business tyrant in the White House. He rules by intimidation, and many of his staff have been fired or resigned. Because of this he has not been able to attract first rate talent to his administration.

Drumpf's management skills are marginal. Suspect he had left management of his business empire to his family and immediate staff in the Trump business organization.

Drumpf constantly lies—about 5 lies per day—according to the Washington Post and is considered politically unreliable in the US House and Senate. He doesn’t know when to quit when caught in lies.

The La David Johnson situation is a good example. The wife of La David Johnson, the father of the young fallen man and a US congressman all agreed that Drumpf handled condolences in very ham fisted way. A simple apology would have done the trick. A week alter Drumpf is still saying he is right and the Gold Star family is wrong. Very stupid, Mr. President!

Is Drumpf intelligent? Relative to Presidents I can recall starting with Dwight B. Eisenhower would put Drumpf at the very bottom of this esteemed crowd. We really have no information on Drumpf’s IQ. By the way, IQ is a concept that is widely debated in academics. We don’t even have transcripts of Drumpf’s high school or college grades. No ACT or SAT scores either. We do know that Drumpf got into Wharton under grandfather rules, not based upon his academic merit.

The late Professor William T. Kelley, who taught marketing at Wharton for 31 years said:

Donald Drumpf was the dumbest goddamn student I ever had. 

The professor “often said that Drumpf came to Wharton thinking he already knew everything.” (Source; http://verifiedpolitics.com/trumps-wharton-professor-trump-dumbest-goddam-student-ever/)
Is Drumpf a narcissist, a sociopath or a megalo-maniac or perhaps all three? We do know that Drumpf always think he is right, which doesn’t work well in the world of politics and compromise.
 Drumpf sees the US House and Senate as working for him while according to the US Constitution, the Congress and Presidency are co-equal branches of government. D

rumpf has had similar problems with the judicial branch because he has signed executive orders that are at odds with public law. His executive orders on immigration are an example. The Democrats have also hauled him into court for his attempt to cut coprolite subsidies for the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Drumpf would like to be a dictator and nearly 22 per cent of Americans think that would be fine (source: http://www.con-alerts.com/poll-shock-nearly-a-quarter-of-americans-want-a-dictator/

Of interest, conservatives are certain those authoritarian Americans “are leftist, young folks.” Really? Haven’t noticed any “leftist, young folks” marching with torches in Charlottesville. Although I have seen alt-righties with Nazi flags giving the fascist salute.
Sizing up Drumpf, he is a poor match for President He thought process is adolescent.
Drumpf came into office with the preemption he was a dictator, and has had a revolving door of WH staffers.
We have a President who constantly lies and has not credibility in Democratic and many GOP circles.
Drumpf lacks the native intelligence, especially political, of other modern US Presidents. This situation is made worse by his inability to to use his WH staff effectively.
Drumpf has an authoritarian and narcissistic personality in which he is always right. This works poorly in Washington, where compromise rules the day!






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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Where to start on a VA clain: Do you have a presumptive condtion?

 Most people start veteran claims by filing online or through a service organization like the DAV, VFW or AMVETs.

Thai means providing medical evidence form doctors, preferably the board certified variety. 

However, many Veteran Service Officers (VSO) aren't familiar with VA directives, although they are well-versed with the Veteran Affairs Disability system.

This is the case because many states do not require VSOs to have legal training. VSOs are often not familiar with VA legal directives found in 38 CFR 3.3nn.

In the past, Rightardia has advised vets to file medical evidence using Disability Benefits Questionnaires. See 
http://www.benefits.va.gov/COMPENSATION/dbq_ListByDBQFormName.asp

You should also read 38 CFR 3.309: Disease subject to presumptive service connection.

These are the original presumptive conditions  in the 1947 law. Theese are diseases and NOT injuries.


Anemia, primary.
Arteriosclerosis.
Arthritis.
Atrophy, progressive muscular.
Brain hemorrhage.
Brain thrombosis.
Bronchiectasis.
Calculi of the kidney, bladder, or gallbladder.
Cardiovascular-renal disease, including hypertension.
Cirrhosis of the liver.
Coccidioidomycosis.
Diabetes mellitus.
Encephalitis lethargica residuals.
Endocarditis. (This term covers all forms of valvular heart disease.)
Endocrinopathies.
Epilepsies.
Hansen's disease.
Hodgkin's disease.
Leukemia.
Lupus erythematosus, systemic.
Myasthenia gravis.
Myelitis.
Myocarditis.
Nephritis.
Other organic diseases of the nervous system.
Osteitis deformans (Paget's disease).
Osteomalacia.
Palsy, bulbar.
Paralysis agitans.
Psychoses.
Purpura idiopathic, hemorrhagic.
Raynaud's disease.
Sarcoidosis.
Scleroderma.
Sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral.
Sclerosis, multiple.
Syringomyelia.
Thromboangiitis obliterans (Buerger's disease).
Tuberculosis, active.
Tumors, malignant, or of the brain or spinal cord or peripheral nerves.
Ulcers, peptic (gastric or duodenal)
There are separate presumptive condition lists for tropical diseases, prisoners of war, and Agent Orange exposure: etc.  The law has been revised after wars and there is even a section on the water poisoning at Camp LeJeune.


If you have a presumptive condition, your claim will get expedited treatment by the VA regional office. You do not want to find out, after the fact, your claim was a presumptive condition after several years.

So, before you file a claim,  check 38 CFR. 3.309 to see if you have a presumptive disease. Injuries do not pertain to this directive.

sources;

https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/38/3.309
http://www.benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/factsheets/serviceconnected/presumption.pdf 


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Thursday, March 23, 2017

How Ivanka recovered her retail enterprise

As you know, some major retail chains discontinued Ivanka's line of clothing, garments and shoes. But Ivanka recovered by moving her merchandise online.

However, her big item  which is  selling like hotcakes is her famous No 45 butt plugs. If you are a Russophile, you can also purchase Vladimir Putin butt plugs, too. 

These realistic butt plugs are "Hecho in Mexico. Mexico , of course, is one of Donald Trumps' favorite trading partners. 


These sets are sire to become valuable collector's items


Each set costs $30 US. If you wish to celebrate the forthcoming Cinco de Mayo with your ICE friend agents, you can also dress up the butt plugs with tiny sombreros for a additional $5.99 US.


For every set you order, Ivanka will donate $1 US to the No. 45 Mexican Wall project.

Why Not more?

Well Ivanka, is a Trump, isn't she?

Don't delay before Number 45 puts an excise tax on these plugs!


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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

West Word for the Alt-Right

Saw West World with Yul Brynner many years ago. it was one one of the first SCIFI movies with robots. Haven't seen the TV version yet, but one of my FaceBook pals, Ruben Betancourt, says it is terrific.

This is a concept for an alt-right version of West World. 

 

Donald Trump is the sheriff is a perfect American town. His deputies are all West World robots who patrol the town to make sure all the towns people fly American flags. The deputies also have mock gunfights with the townspeople for entrancement.

No one got hurt until some Russian and Wikileaks hackers mistakenly break into the West World mainframes, turning the deputy robots into killers. The  deputies start shooting up the villagers who had flag violations. Anyone driving while black in the village was also gunned down.  Women wearing a Hijab or men Wearing turbans  were also attacked.

The Donald called up Jeff Sessions and asked him to send some of his white knights to West Word for help. The militia men drove into town if full Klan regalia in jeeps and humvees.

Gunfights between the robots and the Klan went on for several days until the robo-deputies were driven form the town.

The leader of the robos is named Jules Berner. He is wanted deactivated or alive. 

Sheriff Donald Trump was elated and opened the  town saloon to the victors who we allowed to play grabass with the robo-dance hall girls. Many of the robo-ladies were refurbed Stepford wives.
According to Sheriff trump. all of the robo-ladies are 10's


Ensuing episodes will show  the White Knight and militia men hunting down the escaped robo-deputies, Silicon Valley has built a Underground Railloop to help the robots who are still on the lam.

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Canon Imageclass MF4770 printer maintenance mode

My Canon MF4770 multifunction printer could send an receive faxes, but could not print faxes that were received.  So I thought,  time for a new printer.

It's an amazing laser printer that can copy, print  and fax, They are usually about $100 when on sale.

Canon technical may not be much help unless you fax them a receipt showing you own the canon printer. Some of the Canon multifunction printers are CARP raster scanning printers. It is hard to find Linux drivers for these printers. The MF 4770 works great in Linux Mint 17 and 18. The updated version, the MF216n doe not have a Linux driver. If you can't find a Canon printer driver on Canon USA, try Canon UK.

If you bought your printer through Staples or Office Depot in the past couple of years, you my be able to go to their respective web sites, create an online account and download proof of your past purchases.

There are a lot of solutions on the Internet for getting into Canon Maintenance mode. Suspect there are different sequences for different Canon printers. Once you get into maintenance mode, the options may be different based up the firmware version.

This particular sequence works on a MF4770 with a boot ROM of 1.07.

Press Menu, then 2, 8 and Menu again. 

Most problems can be cleared by by going into COPIER, FUNCTION, CLEAR, ALL. This printer should then reboot.

Use the back key  to back out of the maintenance menus. 

Then turn the printer off and back on again. 

Tried the maintenance fix on my old MF4770. after clearing the copier functions it was able to receive faxes again. 


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Friday, July 15, 2016

What is the fuss about in the Republican National Convention?

Donald Trump wants his Evangelical police (EP) to monitor the convention. The EP's are armed with metal rulers and will slap the wrists of anyone involved in hanky panky on the floor of the convention.

Trump has already had a major sex scandal when it was revealed that former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and press secretary Hope Hicks were secret lovers. Trump staffer Sam Nunberg got fired over the story and also because he revealed Trump had a secret and illegal campaign finance account.. Trump is suing Nunberg for $10 million for violating a non-disclosure agreement.

The EPs are also passing out Hanzoff anti-mastubatory gum. This is a real product you can buy at Amazon.com. Ina addition, the Trump has ordered that saltpeter be added to any sandwiches or finger food served at the the event. The Donald wants to keep the convention pure in accordance with conservative Evangelical standards,

Fappy the anti-masturbation porpoise will also be at the event. He was recently bonded out of of jail for public indecency when he was caught polishing his own porpoise. Fappy is very popular with conservative and Evangelical children.

Property Christians will also be prominently featured in the event. Will Joel Osteen, the Chistian Prosperity king be there? Hard to say, but but hidden in the schedule is Rev. Mark Burns, an enigmatic and sometimes gaffe-prone  African American pastor from South Carolina. Burns who has been a big Trump supporter. He may even plug the capitalistic Trump Institution.


Whether you vote Republican not, this convention should be an eye opener. 


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Sunday, July 3, 2016

How to extend the life of an electric water heater.

You can double the life of an electric water heater by replacing the sacrificial anode. If you had your electric water heater replaced, change out the anode after 6 months and every year thereafter. Changing out the anode can double the life of the water heater,

The anode is a threaded bar usually made of magnesium. Water, iron, magnesium and calcium in the water will attack the anode before it attacks the tank and its heating elements. If elements start to fail, consider replacing the anode at the same time.

You will need to purchase two items to remove the anode. One is a 1/2 inch impact wrench and the other is a 1-1/16 socket. Th electric wrench from Harbor Freight is a simpler alternative than a pneumatic wrench that requires a compressor. This wrench can also easily remove lug nuts to change out a tire.
You will also need the 1-1/16 socket to remove the anode.
And a replacement anode. You can see the difference between the new and old anodes. Besides scale, the old anode will have pock marks all over it where the magnesium has been eaten away, Make sure both anodes are the same length. Cut the new anode to the correct size with a hack saw if you have to.
At the this point, you can start the installation.

  1. Turn off power to the water heater.
  2. Torn off the water supply to the power heater. 
  3. Drain out about two gallons from the tank by opening the valve at the bottom of the heater, Connect a hose to the valve if necessary to drain a few gallons form the tank. If you open the pressure release valve at the top of the tank, no water should be released,
  4. The tank will have  2 inch cut out in it with a plastic insert on top of the anode, Remove the plastic insert and cut around the insulation with a paring knife. Remove the insulation to expose the cap on the anode.
  5. Place the socket over the anode to make sure your have a snug fit. Attach the impact wrench and hold it tightly before giving a 4 second reverse burst. A second burst may be needed. At this point you should be able to unscrew and remove the old anode. 
  6. Make sure the new anode is the same length as the old and put two turns of Teflon tape or plumbers putty around the screw threads. Hand tighten the anode into the tank and give a forward burst with the impact wrench, 
  7. Turn the water back on. At this, open the valve and let the tank drain for 5 minutes and then close the valve. 
  8. Replace the insulation in the hole for the anode and snap the plastic cap back on.  
  9. Turn the power back on to the hot water heater. 
You are finished. 



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Monday, May 30, 2016

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Pituitray disease is progressive and often fatal if not detected




It is not uncommon for a woman to damage or destroy their pituitary during pregnancy. One of the reasons is that the pituitary increases its size by one-third during pregnancy. The pituitary sits behind the nose in a a bony carapace called the sella.

If an empty sella condition is identified during an MRI of your brain, your are missing your pituitary, which can be a serous and often fatal disease.

Sometimes the pituitary stalk will take over for the pituitary and you may be only deficient in just one pituitary hormone. Pituitary disease iS progressive. It may take may years for the endocrine system to fail.

When you are in the process of losing the entire endocrine system, the term panhypopituitarism is used

First to go is the growth hormone (GH), next the gonadotropins (LH and FSH) which control sexual/reproductive functions, followed by thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) which controls thyroid hormone release, and finally the Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) which controls adrenal function.

If you have low LH and FSH you may also lose your sense of smell and taste.

Most endocrinologists (endo) will look for hypothyroidism first because there is really no replacement therapy for LH and FSH. Often the blood tests for thyroid simulating hormone (TSH) are inconclusive even after months of testing. An endo may give you a small dose levothyroxine to see if your feel better. People who are hypothyroid may be sensitive to cold and have a low pulse (bradycardia). Most people with thyroid conditions do not feel well at all.


Adrenal insufficiency is dangerous because you need cortisol in your system to survive. If cortisol get too low you may vomit, feel like your are spinning in a room and have and adrenal episode or crises. The latter results in death about 20 per cent of the time,

Adrenal insufficiency is not easy to test for. An endo has to inject an ACTH stimulator and monitor the response of the adrenal glands.

A damaged or missing pituitary may also result in diabetes insipidus a disease that is not related to diabetes mellitus I or II. In this case you wil constantly drink water and urinate every hour because you are missing the anitdiuretic hormone (ADH) that is actually produced in the hypothalamus.

The hypothalamus has a connection to the pituitary, providing a junction between the nervous system and the endocrine system,

If you are diagnosed with hypopituitarism or panhypopituitarism, it is important to have your GH tested, An endo can test your insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) level. If it is too low you need to be put on a somatropin or a growth hormone regimen.

This is important because people with pituitary disease have shortened life spans. Daily Somatropin injections have many benefits, but extending your life is the most important.

sources:
https://labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/growth-hormone/tab/test/
http://www.pathguy.com/lectures/pituitar.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Growth_hormone
http://www.medkorat.in.th/admin/ckfinder/userfiles/files/panhypopituitarism.pdf




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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Jeb can't fix shit!

Mitt Romney said he would not run for president if Jeb bush did. He later told Jeb he thought his candidacy was a long shot.

Jeb was not a distinguished Florida governor. Like his brother, George, he entered politics at the gubernatorial level. Jeb claimed his greatest accomplishment was education, Florida public education has been in shambles since the Jeb Bush  was governor.

Jeb's big problem with his bother, George. George was a Big "F' failure as president. George an his neo-conservative pals may have brought down the World Trade Center in a false flag operation hoping to benefit Israel. Bush's invasion of Iraq was a monumental error and his ownership society nearly tanked both the US and international economies.

No, even the Republicans remembered George W. Bush, the comedy about him, and had no interest in putting another Bush in the White House. Jeb lacked the charisma of his brother and never did well in the GOP primaries, finishing poorly even in Florida.

Jeb even had problems in Florida raising campaign finances because many pundits believed Marco Rubio was a better candidate. Yet, Jeb amassed the biggest war chest of all the Republicans,  estimated between $115 and $150 million.

His brother used the same approach to win the GOP nomination in 2000 by outspending his opponents in the primaries and the caucuses.

Jeb went thought the campaign cash, winning 0 delegates. At the end of his candidacy he took out a loan to keep the campaign going.

Big mistake. The pundits were right. Rubio was a better candidate.

Jeb now has a $260,000 debt with $31,000 left of campaign funds.

Should you fell sorry for him?

Not at all.
The Scarlet letter

source: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/04/jeb-bush-campaign-debt


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