why winter is good for you

Bad weather is good for you, if it doesn't kill you first.

I grew up in Upstate New York. We had winter. Real winter. Winters there were long and hard. From November to May, winter brought cold, snow and ice. Lots of cold, lots of snow and lots of ice. Months and months of it.

Early on, by age 5, I learned that Nature could hurt you if you weren't prepared or paying attention. As a child, the first time I went out the front door in January without a coat or mittens, into below-zero weather, I learned something, something important. I learned never to do that again. It was painfully cold. My hands, nose and ears were ice cold in seconds. It hurt. If you do not know what it feels like, stick your head in the freezer for 5 minutes, that's what it feels like. That pain taught me something about Nature and about life. It taught me to be aware of my surroundings, evaluate reality, and to be prepared for what it may bring. It's a good way to avoid pain. Or death. Yes, a deep new snowfall is often picturesque and beautiful. It's also a pain in the ass, cold as hell, and it can cause you to be snowed in and stranded for days.

Later on, at 16, I learned to drive. I learned how to drive in snow and ice. If you are not careful and knowledgeable about driving in severe weather, like blizzard conditions or ice on the road, you can easily die. Or quickly slide right off the road and into a ditch. Nature can be beautiful and comforting. Nature can also be unforgiving and deadly. It's smart to be able to tell the difference. Living in the harsh natural conditions of Upstate New York winters, I learned the difference in my formative years. And, as a result, throughout my life, learning and applying this first-hand experience with hard and long winters has made me stronger and smarter and forced me to deal with reality. Because if you don't recognize or deal with reality, or prepare for it, it can cause you a lot of pain, or kill you. In real winter, if you go outside without paying proper attention, you can die.

I am lucky. I grew up with beautiful and deadly Winter. She was a harsh teacher. And she forced me to learn some valuable life lessons. For that, I am truly grateful.

Now I live in sunny warm Los Angeles. We don't have real winter. We don't even have four seasons, we only have two seasons: hot and hotter.

solar polluter

Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System

From Fox News

"Even as the Obama administration announces another $120 million in grants to boost solar energy, new reports indicate a centerpiece of the administration's green-energy effort is actually a carbon polluter.

Located in Southern California's Mojave Desert, the $2.2 billion Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System benefited from a $1.6 billion Energy Department loan guarantee, and a $539 million Treasury Department stimulus grant to help pay off the loan.

Yet it is producing carbon emissions at nearly twice the amount that compels power plants and companies to participate in the state's cap-and-trade program."

Huh. So the government gave $2.2 billion dollars in TAXPAYER FUNDS to a solar power plant that ended up actually polluting the environment at twice the acceptable rate? There are so many things wrong about that:

Green energy that doesn't work or isn't green

Extreme environmentalists

Global warming zealots

Wasteful government spending

Why is the government promoting and funding and forcing alternate power sources that don't work efficiently or are economically unfeasible? Or, in this case, why is the government wasting $2 billion of OUR money on a solar power system that pollutes?

Obviously, this is another brilliant government idea that, in reality, cost a fortune and went way wrong, making things w-o-r-s-e. And, according to liberals, we should have MORE government?

I stopped smoking in 1 day

I stopped smoking in 1 day. Thanks to electronic cigarettes. I smoked a pack a day for 50 years and, thanks solely to e-cigs, I stopped smoking in 1 day. It has been 3 years and 10 months since 1 smoked a cigarette. I don't even want a cigarette.

Thanks to using e-cigarettes instead of smoking cigarettes, I feel better, I feel 10 years younger, and I don't stink! Plus, I have saved thousands of dollars by using e-cigs as opposed to tobacco cigarettes.

I couldn't be happier.

And the government wants to prevent me from doing this???

medicare is stupid

Medicare.gov is stupid, really stupid.

I'm on medicare and today I went to log in to my medicare.gov account online. I did so in order to convert my monthly medical summary from snail mail to electronic delivery, which will save the government paper, time and money.

Medicare.gov is the government run website for medicare. I have an account there and my medicare info is kept there, online. I go to log in to my account and it won't let me. I get a notice that my password has to be updated every 60 days. This is for privacy protection. And the new password must be different from the previous six (6) passwords. That makes it IMPOSSIBLE for me to remember (or write down) my password, or store it on my computer, if I have to keep changing it every 60 days. I'm old - I am NOT going to try to dream up a brand new 8-16 character password every 2 months and write it down somewhere or try to remember it.

Being very annoyed at this, I find a feedback area on the website and decided to send feedback about this issue to the government. I clicked on "Submit Feedback to Medicare.gov". Nothing happened. It did not go to a feedback form or another page or anywhere. Nothing happened. I clicked on it 5 times, with the same result. This, of course, made me even more annoyed and disgusted. They invite you to send feedback but prevent you from doing so!

Thanks to the idiots who are forcing medicare recipients - old people - to do something they can't do - create and remember a new password every 60 days - I will no longer be using the medicare.gov website. Nearly 50 million people are on medicare in the United States. In trying to protect us, by forcing us to change our password every 60 days, medicare has made old people's lives more difficult. And that's just plain stupid!

wash your hands

Washing your hands often may prevent spreading diseases. When should you wash your hands? According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control):

Before, during, and after preparing food

Before eating food

Before and after caring for someone who is sick

Before and after treating a cut or wound

After using the toilet

After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet

After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste

After handling pet food or pet treats

After touching garbage

So, you pretty much have to wash your hands like 10-20 times day.

I think the CDC left off some other times when you should wash your hands. I would add:

After shaking hands with someone. "Hi, nice to meet you. Excuse me, I have to go wash off the germs you just infected me with."

Before, during and after sex

Before and after using your TV remote control

Before and after typing on a computer keyboard

Before, during and after using your dirty, filthy cell phone

AFTER washing your hands, because the faucet was full of germs when you touched it

After touching money. Unless you have a lot of it.

After voting for any politician

eat meat and die

from motherjones.com

"A new report released by the World Health Organization on Monday reveals that processed meats such as bacon, hot dogs, and sausage cause cancer. Red meat, while carrying a slightly lower risk than processed meats, likely does as well.

According to the organization, daily consumption of 50 grams of processed meats—defined as meats that have been transformed by salting, curing, or other taste-enhancing methods—increased the likelihood of cancer by 18 percent.

Processed meats, which are linked to an increased likelihood of bowel cancer, were found to be as carcinogenic as cigarettes, arsenic, and alcohol."

OMG! Processed meat is as carcinogenic as smoking? OK, everyone says smoking causes cancer. And, as a result, in many/most public places in America it is illegal to smoke. What about second hand meat, does that cause cancer too? Here's a thought: if processed meat causes cancer, if "Processed Meat Kills", why don't all the anti-smoking state and local governments in the U.S. make eating meat i-l-l-e-g-a-l, like they did with smoking in public!?

people died, Hillary lied

Four Americans were killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The Obama Administration lied to the American people about the cause of the attack. And so did Hillary Clinton.

From the National Review:

" ...Clinton herself knew the attacks were driven by terrorists, even while she continued to tell the American people it was a spontaneous, video-driven assault. Approximately one hour after she signed off on a State Department release blaming the video on the night of the attack, Clinton e-mailed her family. “Two officers were killed today in Benghazi by an al-Qaeda-like group,” she wrote.

The night of the attack, Clinton also called the prime minister of Libya, explaining that Ansar al-Sharia had claimed responsibility. And in a call with Egyptian prime minister Hisham Kandil, Clinton deliberately rejected the video idea. “We know the attack had nothing to do with the film,” she says. “It was a planned attack, not a protest . . . Based on the information we saw today, we believe that the group that claimed responsibility for this was affiliated with al-Qaeda.”

People died, the Democrats lied. As head of the State Department, Hillary Clinton outrageously and knowingly lied to the American people about the cause of the deadly terrorist attack which took American lives. Who else knowingly lied about it? Barack Obama, the President of the United States. Both of them knowingly lied to the American people about the cause of the attack. Both are Democrats.

And now Hillary Clinton is running for President in 2016, as a Democrat. Really? Do we really want outrageous liars, people who already knowingly lied to the American people, running our country? You decide.

Fair and equal and free

Many Americans today seem to want everything to be fair. Many Americans today seem to want everything to be equal. Many Americans today seem to want everything to be free. Fair. Equal. Free.

Many Americans would like to be given free housing, free food, free health care, free transportation, free college education, and free marijuana. "Just give it to me, I don't want to have to work for anything, or earn it, I just want it. Free. It's a "right".

Here's a news flash for those that believe everything in life should be fair and equal and free: Life is not fair. People are not all the same. The basics of life are not free.

Do you know who thinks everything in life should be fair and equal and free? 5-year-olds.

To those people of voting age in America who think that everything in life should be fair and equal and free, I say, "Grow up, be an adult, and face reality".

"No, I don't want to!"
"OK, then go to your room."

diversity everywhere

From the Washington Post:

"There's little doubt that there's a race and gender gap in the tech industry. Look at any of the major tech firms' diversity reports and you'll see that there are proportionally fewer women, blacks and Hispanics in the tech world — particularly when it comes to engineering positions.

That's the problem, and it's one we know well. But what could be the solution?"

Hey, here's a news flash: EVERYTHING does not have to have diversity! OK, what if there is a "race" or "gender" gap in an industry? It may simply be that minorities and woman are not overly interested in being tech engineers. Should we FORCE them to become something they do not wish to become - in the name of diversity? Does that make any sense? No. Now, if minorities and women are being "excluded" from an industry, that's something else and should be dealt with.

There's a big difference between not being interested in being part of something and being excluded. Diversity for the sake of diversity? It may not always apply. Indeed, we should definitely show a little diversity ... in our thinking.

biopsy bullshit

I had a skin rash for a few weeks on my arms. Flaking skin, red welts. It did not itch and did not hurt but it was unsightly. I finally went to the dermatologist. He diagnosed me with eczema. He gave me some creams and made an appointment for me to come back in two weeks. I used the creams, 5 different ones, still had the flaking and red welts and went to the derm appointment two weeks later. My eczema was still the same, no improvement. Just in case, the doctor cut off a piece of my arm and sent it out to the lab for a biopsy test. The doctor said it would take like 3 days for him to get the results. One week later I am still waiting.

For a full week I have been very anxious and nervous about the results yet I am forced to keep waiting - for the lab to do the testing, send the results to the doctor, and for the doctor to let me know the outcome. The procedure is taking too long, or the results are too slow to get to the doctor, or both. A week? Two weeks? A month? That's not acceptable. Patients throughout America are sitting on pins and needles awaiting biopsy results and being told whether or not they have cancer. In some cases, the biopsy results can mean life or death, yet these patients are being forced to wait weeks or longer to find out their lab results. That's bullshit. Biopsy bullshit.

The U.S. labs that do biopsy testing MUST speed up the process and/or get the results to the doctor faster. Why? Because biopsied patients in the United States of America should NOT have to wait weeks, or months, to find out if they have cancer!!!

California floodslides

Here comes El Nino. It's here already, in Los Angeles. Recently we had huge rainfall and mudslides which closed the main road from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and stranded hundreds of motorists for days.

The worst is yet to come.

According to meteorologists, in L.A., "We will encounter numerous stormy periods. The biggest problems will result from heavy rainfall. These storms could produce flash floods and all the associated calamities. If we receive large amounts of precipitation in short periods, flooding could develop in unexpected areas. Mudslides and debris flows will likely start in the numerous burn areas across the region. After extended periods of rainfall, the potential for mudslides will spread to all the foothills and mountains.

Coastal flooding will also be a major problem. Strong storms can produce enormous waves. Combining elevated surf with increased sea levels, due to the warming, increases the likelihood of damaging tides and flooding. Numerous piers and coastal structures have been destroyed during previous El NiƱo events."

Oh, great! Flood and mud. Floodslides. As for me, I live at the base of a small mountain in the heart of Los Angeles. Just what I need this winter, to be swept away in a furious flash flood or a murderous mudslide! So, what will I do? Well, I could move before El Nino hits. I could move to what will become a warmer, safer Alaska this winter. Or maybe I will beat the rush and move to Cuba, soon to be the #1 travel destination in the world, as soon as the Castro brothers finally die and Donald Trump builds a bunch of casinos and hotels there. Or, I could simply stay here in Los Angeles and hope to survive numerous floods and mudslides (floodslides) this winter, a winter which will prove to be extremely miserable weather-wise. Hmm, yes, maybe I will just stay in L.A. and buy some new rain gear -- and a kayak.

anti-oxidants can kill you

Since the term "antioxidants" made the leap from the realm of biochemistry labs and into the public consciousness in the 1990s, Americans have come to believe that more is better when it comes to consuming the substance that comes in things like acai berries, green tea and leafy veggies.

A provocative new study published Wednesday in the journal Nature raises important questions about that assumption.

Antioxidants — which include vitamins C and E and beta-carotene, and are contained in thousands of foods — are thought to protect cells from damage by acting as defenders against something called "free radicals" which the body produces as a part of metabolism or that can enter through the environment.

That's all great for normal cells. But what researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center found is that antioxidants can work their magic on cancerous cells, too — turbo-charging the process by which they grow and spread.

Researcher Sean Morrison and his colleagues conducted experiments on mice that had been transplanted with skin cancer cells (melanoma) from human patients. They gave nothing to one group. To the other they gave doses of N-acetylcysteine (NAC) which is a common antioxidant that's used in nutritional and bodybuilding supplements and has been used as a treatment for patients with HIV/AIDS and in some children with certain genetic disorders.

The results were alarming: Those in the second group had markedly higher levels of cancer cells in their blood, grew more tumors and the tumors were larger and more widespread than in the second.

"What we're starting to learn is that there can be bad cells from cancer that appear to benefit more from antioxidants than normal cells," he said in an interview.

Here we go again. Everything that we were told was good for us turns out to be for us. Antioxidants: ANOTHER good thing turns out to be bad for us!

C'mon, you stupid scientists, something is either good for us, bad for us, or neither good nor bad. Make up your minds, stop doing a 180 on everything we consume, get it right the first time!

America is racist

I hear a lot these days that "America is racist". I respond with:

What country elected a black man as President in 2008?

What country elected that black man as President AGAIN - in 2012?

Huh, how about that. How racist could America be if it elected a black man the leader of the free world??? Twice. Gee, I must be dumb: for the past 50 years I thought that we baby boomers ended racism in America way back in the 1960's. Color me stupid.

And no, for the record, I am not an old white male Republican. I'm an old white male Independent. And don't call me a racist: I had a black girlfriend, probably before you were even born!

In my world, I have always dealt not with race but with the individual. And whether or not I like a person is dependent on their character not on their race. People are people. And, if a person is an asshole, they're an asshole - it doesn't matter what color their skin is.

Blame liberals

What are the top problems facing America?

From Gallip Poll ...

Most Commonly Named Problems in February 2015 vs. March 2015

And who should be blamed? Liberal Democrats. They caused EVERY ONE of the above problems.

California bans guns

from Fox News

"Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill banning concealed weapons from California schools and universities, a measure that drew renewed attention after a recent massacre at an Oregon community college.

SB707 by Democratic Sen. Lois Wolk of Davis will prohibit people with concealed weapons permits from carrying firearms on school and college campuses.

People who have concealed carry permits would be allowed to carry firearms within 1,000 feet of a public or private K-12 school, but not on the grounds.

Retired law enforcement officers who are authorized by their former agency to carry concealed weapons would be exempt. Police chiefs and school districts could also set their own concealed weapons policies.

Gun owners' groups said they would/would have immediately sued to challenge the bill that Brown approved on Saturday."

Why did the government legally issue people a concealed carry permit if the State will not allow them to do so? Banning legal guns? I guess Jerry Brown (and the State of California) never heard of the U.S. Constitution and the Second Amendment. "... the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed". Yet, by passing this law which bans legally registered and legally permitted weapons from selected public and private facilities in California, California obviously infringed.

And, no, I am not a Constitutional lawyer. Or a member of the NRA. Or a Republican. I am an American citizen.

Here's a newsflash for the Governor and the State of California:

too much political news!

With nearly an entire year before the 2016 Presidential election, the cable TV news media is burdening viewers and voters with wall-to-wall, 24/7 coverage of the candidates. It's way too much, way too early!

With 11 months to go, I am already sick (and bored) of the constant in-depth news and opinion reporting by ALL the cable TV news media, reporting and opining on ALL the leading presidential candidates, even the candidates who stand no chance of even making it to the semi-finals. I, and millions of other viewers, are not interested in the constant coverage of the Presidential posturing of politicians.

I urge the major cable TV news media outlets - Fox News, CNN, MSNBC - to stop the unnecessary, unwarranted and unwanted early coverage of the 2016 Presidential Election. It's only October 2015, the election is not until November 2016, 11 months away!!! Start your constant coverage no earlier than 3 months before the election. That's plenty of time for the two chosen front-running politicians to try to bullshit their way to winning.

If the news media does not immediately reduce their way-too-early Presidential coverage, I will stop watching the TV news altogether and get all my news from online sources, where I can control what news I want to get. Who's with me?

funny names for politicians

These would be good names for bad politicians:

Yuran Ahole

Hugh Bastard

Ima Pussie

Ima Lyer

Iman Idyit

I. Spendit

Wie Dontcare

the President misses the whole point of America

President Obama, upon commenting on the horrific Oregon mass shooting, said this:

"But we are not the only country on Earth who has people with mental illnesses who want to do harm to other people," he said. "We are the only advanced country on Earth who sees these kinds of mass shootings every few months."

Dear Mr President: you are leaving out one critical fact. We are also the only advanced country on Earth that has a unique Constitution which includes the Bill of Rights, a Bill of Rights which, as part of our founding document, guarantees certain rights and freedoms, among those are the right to bear arms. It is the Second Amendment. The exact wording is: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

Here's a news flash: America is NOT like other advanced (or unadvanced) countries. We are unique. In part, this uniqueness is due to the fact that we have a unique Constitution, a Constitution which safeguards the rights of citizens ... a Constitution which safeguards the rights of citizens AGAINST their government. These safeguards include the Right To Bear Arms, which shall not be infringed upon. Like many other parts of the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights, you, and your liberal cronies, choose to ignore this. And frankly, we, the people, are fed up!

This mass shooting at a school in Oregon once again raises the question: should America be a country where mentally ill people who wish to harm others have more rights and protection than the people they harm?

Obviously, people who undertake mass shootings are not well mentally and emotionally. They are a danger to society. But preventing mass shootings is a MENTAL HEALTH issue, an issue of preventative mental health intervention. How to stop the mass violence -- BEFORE it occurs. That is the real issue -- not a misguided attempt at controlling "how" someone harms others.

And, for the record, I am not a member of the NRA, and I am not a Republican. I am an American.