Sunday, March 30, 2014
towns without so many big-city problems.
I like to walk at least 10 miles per day.
If there is trouble I would likely run in to it sooner or later.
So having non-racist people of my color would be a plus.
White college students may be noisy spoiled brats, but are not dangerous.
Asian students are always in the library studying.
Looks like Bloomington Indiana is the best, and farther south, warmer;
in the smallest city.
Purdue U, W Lafayette Indiana is also good but farther north, colder,
near Urbana Champaign Chicago.
Maybe a small town between Purdue and Urbana Champaign would be ok but
then would have to drive between them.
I hate driving.
State College Pennsylvania is huge, biggest in USA? in the middle of
Has a top journal and reasonably good in many fields but below Michigan,
Rather cold up there, though. Summers are great.
Lots of Amish, good tax rates for retirees.
The largest eastern state, mostly rural, rugged, forested.
Economy, funding, not too bad.
Far from Reconquista Mexico.
I would probably want a small condo close to campus.
Too much work to take care of a big house.
Can do it but waste of time.
I attach profiles of Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Oakland CA of
good places to avoid.
Might be fun for some people but not for daily long distance walks in
Eventually might get murdered, drive by shooting gang initiation,...
Vitamins contain impurities.
Too much vitamins can be as harmful as too little.
Nobody knows the impact of large quantities of vitamins -- more than
have been consumed over history.
Chemicals are dangerous.
Artificial vitamins are different than natural vitamins that have many
other chemicals as found in natural foods.
There are several forms of most vitamins.
Not all forms are found in all pills.
Children are much more sensitive than adults.
Vitamins may not hurt you but may damage your offspring, spouse or
co-workers due to epigenetics.
Epigenetics: chemicals in food, air,...; exercise, lifestyle can
transmit to future generations without DNA.
Sperm, egg contains thousands of chemicals besides DNA
Non DNA inheritance.
Carefully controlled experiments.
Human population pathologies.
Chemicals combine, mixtures, portfolios.
Synergy: stew of many chemicals is worse.
Small dose can be worse than a big dose.
Cause of homosexuality gender bender chemicals? (Hormone disruptors).
Upset the apple cart.
Excellent podcast show 941:
Interview of Professor Skinner.
The Buckminster Fuller Challenge is an annual international design competition that awards $100,000 to the most comprehensive solution to a pressing global problem. The Challenge was launched in 2007 and is a program of The Buckminster Fuller Institute. The competition, open to designers, artists, architects, students, environmentalists, and organizations world-wide, has been dubbed "Socially-Responsible Design's Highest Award" by Metropolis Magazine.Sent via Wikipanion
Saturday, March 29, 2014
The whitest big state University in a white county.
One hour south of Indianapolis the 10th largest city in the USA.
#1 in Music, both quality and quantity
#1 in Environmental Policy, a very important field, of great interest to
#2 in Public Policy
#1 best Business and Public Administration Library
#15 in Business (Kelley School of Business)
Numerous fields in top 10.
Top 10 in Library Science.
#24 or #14 in Law depending on rankings
#15 in education
#24 in Philosophy http://www.philosophicalgourmet.com/overall.asp
#24 in Medicine.
Top 5 most beautiful campus made from limestone, Indiana the best source
used on Empire State Building, etc.
Two counties have large Amish populations..
Farmers market, not as heavily farmed as the north state.
"America's Best Places to Live" says Bloomington is one of the nation's
"Top Ten College Towns". Livability.com says the city reaps the benefits
of being home to a large, prestigious college and lauds the
entertainment and recreational opportunities on campus and throughout
Unfortunately Engineering Purdue is up north, near University of
Illinois Urbana Champaign.
43,000 students enrolled at the Indiana University Bloomington campus
ranch. We often ate real hamburgers in Hereford Texas, with a chocolate
malted milkshake. Real good, not like today's imitation burgers made of
fake meat and wheat that fatten and sicken couch potatoes. Real food
and real exercise keeps people lean and healthy.
Cowboys were not fat. Cowboys did not need guns. Cowboys did not drink
or gamble. Cowboys obeyed law and order.
Too bad Mexico Reconquista, loss much great land. At least the USA
stock market is booming and spring flowers are blooming.
The XIT Ranch was a cattle ranch in the Texas Panhandle which operated
from 1885 to 1912. Comprising over 3,000,000 acres of land, it ran for
two hundred miles along the border with New Mexico, varying in width
from 20 to 30 miles
The XIT Ranch had a number of rules including the following:
No employee was allowed to carry any weapons for offense or self-defense.
Gambling or card playing of any description was strictly prohibited.
No liquor or intoxicating beverages were allowed to employees during
their time of service.
No employees were allowed to hunt wild game on any of the XIT horses.
Employees were not allowed to own any of the horses or cattle on the ranch.
Carson's main argument is that pesticideshave detrimental effects on the environment; they are more properly termed "biocides", she argues, because their effects are rarely limited to the target pests. DDT is a prime example, but other synthetic pesticides come under scrutiny as well—many of which are subject tobioaccumulation. Carson also accuses thechemical industry of intentionally spreadingdisinformation and public officials of accepting industry claims uncritically. Most of the book is devoted to pesticides' effects on natural ecosystems, but four chapters also detail cases of human pesticide poisoning, cancer, and other illnesses attributed to pesticides. About DDT and cancer, the subject of so much subsequent debate, Carson says only a little:
Thursday, March 27, 2014
good cheap place for domains and email and hosting. The PW Professional
Web top level code is new so you may be able to buy your surname before
others beat you to it. It is $20 or so per year with free DNS and lots
of bells and whistles included that take a while to learn.
NameCheap.com is a Los Angeles company, a newer aggressive competitor in
the crowded field. Godaddy.com and Gandi.com (a French company) also
have very competitive offerings popular with professionals. Internet
offers terrific value for business. Missouri driving is down 30% as
people stay home and do more online, posing problems financing road
repairs from declining tax money that depends on gallons of gasoline.
I have taken 500 MG Vitamin C daily since a teenager, in part due to
Linus Pauling. I take more when I feel beat up from exercise. I can
feel the difference. But too much interferes with my sleep. Best to cut
the dose into 3 pieces and take with each meal as it is rapidly excreted.
Even better is real fruits. Vitamin C is only one of many related
chemicals. Fruits also contain thousands of other vitamins and other
chemicals. Fermented fruits and vegetables contain even more chemicals
and substances such as probiotics that have good effects.
I lived on a farm for High School where I developed good habits eating
lots of oranges, figs, persimmons, pecans, walnuts, grapes of all kinds,
and vegetables of all kinds, all grown organically. I exercise a lot
and can remember that my performance greatly increases when I get lots
of fresh whole raw organic fruits and vegetables. I am now learning how
to identify wild foods. And fishing and hunting. Very clean ecosystem
here. Many local products are mostly organic, even if not labeled as
such. I can taste the difference.
There is a lot of research on Vitamin C. What I have read indicates it
has been over-hyped in the past especially in regard to preventing
colds. But I have not read much of it except online. If I move closer
to a research library or medical biochemistry university I will try to
read more or ask an expert what to read. Excess Vitamin C is easily
excreted. Most animals make their own Vitamin C equivalent to 5000 mg
per day and more when stressed indicating humans may be defective -- in
perpetual Vitamin C deficiency!
This email pumpkin color scheme lacks blue light that would disturb your
sleep melatonin production if you read this at night. Red, Green is
ok. Red + Green = Yellow, Brown, Pumpkin. Blue is bad and overused
> I have taken on average 4000mg of ascobic acid since I was 19.
> Much of the basis for my decision to take such an amount was based on
> Pauling's research and animal studies involving treatment groups
> taking the equivalent to humans taking about 5000mg. per day.
> 1) When lab subjects were killed tensile strength of the muscles
> were measured by applying pull until the muscle tore. The muscles of
> the test group of animals receiving the ascorbic acid took over twice
> the calibrated pressure to tear apart. A friend and world class power
> lifter told me that ascorbic acid can be thought of as the mortar of
> the cells. He held an MS in Biology. Another friend who is a world
> class power lifting coach takes 5000mg. per day. He is now in his
> eighties and quite healthy.
> 2) Early studies also showed that ingestion of ascorbic acid in
> doses over 3000mg. increased interferon levels and stimulated the
> immune system in lab animals.
> 3) Dr. Russell Blaylock in summarizing the anti oxidant effects
> of ascorbic acid states that older studies using buffered ascorbic
> acid between meals showed a significant reduction in oxidative cell
> damage brought on by subjecting animal subjects to physical tasks
> resulting in stress. Blaylock acknowledged that more current studies
> showed the same effects were achieved when ascorbic acid was taken
> with meals.
> 4) I have been a follower of the Pauling-Rath theory of
> arteriosclerosis for about thirty years. According to this theory
> arteriosclerotic plaques form in arteries near the heart when a sticky
> form of LDL cholesterol attaches itself to the arterial walls. Lysine
> allows the LDL to attach itself to the Lysine instead and ascorbic
> acid is used to rebuild the arterial wall by properly forming
> collagen. Arterioschlerosis is thought by some of these scientists to
> be the result of improper formation of scar tissue in repairing
> arterial walls. This is due to a lack of ascorbic acid being
> available. Humans are the only mammal that does not produce ascorbic
> acid within the body. Dr. Michael Savage attributes his
> heart health to mega doses of Ascorbic acid taken throughout his life.
> His father had multiple heart attacks beginning while he was in his
> 40s. Savage's father died of a massive heart attack at age 62. ( I am
> sure there were other factors such as Savage's father being a smoker
> and Savage being careful with his diet. Michael Savage is 72)
> 5) Oral megadose ingestion of Ascorbic acid as well as IV
> administration before and after heart surgery has shown faster tissue
> damage recovery over control groups in human subjects.
> VERY controversial article on Vit C (IMHO) – would welcome any input
> you may have on Vitamin C. I've read of IV vitamin C performing some
> remarkable cancer recoveries, and that alone seems grounds for
> higher-than-recommended doses. My problem locally (other than
> questionable quality) is that it's difficult to impossible to find
> /time-release/ C.
> Vitamin C: Myths And Reality Outside The Research Laboratory
> By Bill Sardi
> March 27, 2014
> If a news reporter asks the vitamin C experts at the Linus Pauling
> Institute <http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/> today about how much vitamin C
> is needed to maintain health they are going to answer with the same
> nonsense that has polluted the minds of millions over the past 3-4
> decades – only 200 milligrams a day and forget vitamin C pills, fruits
> and vegetables will do.
> As one reads the latest discourse from the experts ("Myths, Artifacts,
> And Flaws: Identifying Limitation And Opportunities In Vitamin C
> Research," Nutrients
> <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3875932/> Volume 5, page
> 5161, 2013), who certainly must know more than the rest of us, after
> careful examination one begins to wonder if they live in the real
> world or just their world filled with test tubes and lab rats where
> they can create their own reality.
> And it is so odd to find their myth-busting report never really
> addresses a primary criticism of vitamin C, that it is rapidly
> excreted and produces nothing more than expensive urine.
> Consumption of vitamin C at one point in time transiently raises
> vitamin C blood plasma levels for a short time. Fear not – a blood
> plasma level above 11 will avert scurvy and intake of 200 mg/day will
> achieve a plasma level of ~50 which is a state of vitamin C
> adequacy.* What more needs to be said? End of discussion.
> *Now the above asterisk points to the fine print that says this expert
> advice only applies to:
> * A perfectly healthy adult who does not take any vitamin
> C-depleting drugs (aspirin, acetaminophen, steroids, diuretics,
> pain relievers);
> * Those who have no health habits that deplete vitamin C (smoking,
> excessive alcohol, refined sugars);
> * People who are not under excessive emotional or physical stress
> that depletes vitamin C from the adrenal glands;
> * Those who do not have an onboard chronic or acute viral or
> bacterial infection that increase the need for vitamin C
> (Hepatitis C, herpes, tuberculosis, cold or flu viruses
> chronically or acutely infect most of mankind);
> * Not growing children who need more vitamin C to meet the
> challenges of growth and to build more connective tissue and bone;
> * Are not a pregnant or peak-menstrual cycle female whose high
> estrogen levels weaken blood capillaries that induces blood serum
> leakage and swelling;
> * Is not the typical older adult who does not secrete sufficient
> stomach acid to properly absorb vitamin C;
> * Does not have H. pylori infection (52% of Americans do) that
> impairs vitamin C absorption due to the ability of this bacterium
> to shut off cells that secrete hydrochloric acid;
> * Are not undergoing wound healing that requires more vitamin C;
> * Does not have allergies which raise blood histamine levels which
> mega-dose vitamin C quells;
> * Does not have yeast (Candida albicans) overgrowth (~70% of
> Americans do) that drastically reduces vitamin C levels.
> * Is not anemic and may require more vitamin C to absorb more iron
> from foods and to release iron for availability.
> Who's left?
> *To be fair*
> To be fair, the vitamin C myth-busters at Linus Pauling Institute do
> gloss over some of this in their well-referenced 32-page report. So
> let's quote them:
> A dose of 200 mg/day can be achieved through a diet rich in fresh
> fruit and vegetables. Although the limitations of extrapolating this
> data have been discussed, it has been suggested (by themselves, mind
> you <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22698272>!) that 200 mg/day of
> vitamin C should be set as an optimal intake level for the general
> population .… it is possible that increased intake of vitamin C is
> necessary for plasma saturation in some individuals, such as the
> elderly or individuals with various genetic polymorphisms, which would
> likely necessitate the use of supplements."
> That "genetic polymorphism" (genetic predisposition) that these
> experts mention above applies to a couple billion people of Asian
> descent who have high blood plasma haptoglobin levels that oxidizes
> (degrades) vitamin C (Clinical Chemistry
> <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=haptoglobin+vitamin+C+asian>, volume
> 53, page 1397, 2007), that's all. A billion people here, a billion
> people there, who needs vitamin C pills, right?
> In the real world outside of the laboratory where they don't wear the
> blinders worn by the vitamin C myth-busters at the Linus Pauling
> Institute, dietary supplement makers appear to know better and don't
> even make a vitamin C pill under 500 milligrams any longer.
> *That expensive urine problem*
> These experts conveniently overlooked the work of Joseph A. Vinson of
> the Department of Chemistry at the University of Scranton in
> Pennsylvania (American Journal Clinical Nutrition
> <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3414575>, volume 48, page 601,
> 1988) who convincingly demonstrated that the provision of
> bioflavonoids with vitamin C increased vitamin absorption and that
> bioflavonoids slowed absorption, thus maintaining a higher blood level
> for a longer period of time.
> *Vitamin C revolution led by a health quack*
> With published reports like these it's no wonder Quack Watch still has
> Linus Pauling on its list of health quacks (The Dark Side Of Linus
> Pauling's Legacy
> <http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/pauling.html>). Why
> Dr. Pauling mindlessly swallowed down vitamin C pills all day long.
> Those experts who follow in Dr. Pauling's footsteps, who use his good
> name to raise funds for their nutrition institute up there in Oregon,
> just confirmed Quack Watch's negative designation of Dr. Pauling as
> the biggest vitamin huckster of them all.
> Never mind that Linus Pauling has been vindicated in numerous research
> studies that confirm intravenous vitamin C achieves high vitamin
> concentrations sufficient to produce a cancer-killing effect
> (Biochemistry Biophysics Acta
> <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3608474/>, volume 1826,
> page 443, 2012). Dr. Pauling is the only two-time Nobel Prize winner
> who has been called a health quack. You have to ruffle feathers in
> this world if you are going to change things.
> *Never question propaganda sources*
> Tomorrow some wanna-be journalist, wanting to protect the public from
> the dangers of overdosing on vitamin C pills and those reported kidney
> stones they produce (you might want to read another opinion about that
> at the Orthomolecular.org website
> <http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v01n07.shtml>), and wanting
> to protect consumers from the clutches of those dastardly vitamin
> supplement makers, will gain front-page headlines in any of Big
> Pharma's propaganda platforms such as The Wall Street Journal and New
> York Times with their litany of factitious anti-vitamin C reports
> (Taking Too Much Vitamin C Can Be Dangerous, NY Times April 9, 1998
> The Case Against Vitamins, Wall St. Journal
> <http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB114235146814497776>, March 20,
> Those financial news sources don't want you to know that vitamin C
> replaces some billion-dollar drugs like statin cholesterol-lowering
> pills ($30 billion annual sales) and anti-anemia medications (Procrit,
> Epogen, Aranesp – ~$6 billion annual sales).
> Vitamin C prevents the very type of arterial plaque that statin drugs
> don't address, plaque that ruptures and causes sudden mortal heart
> attacks (New England Journal Medicine
> <http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM200009283431303>, volume
> 343, page 915, 2000). Vitamin C prevents that kind of life-robbing
> plaque (Circulation <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11914259>,
> volume 105, page 1465, 2002); and vitamin C can be used as a
> substitute for anti-anemia drugs (Journal Medical Association Thailand
> <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21721439>, volume 94, Page S134,
> 2011). Despite contrary studies that exonerate vitamin C
> <http://www.thenhf.com/article.php?id=684>, these publications have
> never retracted their own erroneous stories.
> So who's to question these university-based experts and reports about
> their work published by prestigious news sources? Why the
> biology-trained news reporters at the New York Times and Wall Street
> Journal certainly must have checked their sources and obtained
> contrary opinions before going to press. Why shouldn't we believe them?
> If you are a neophyte to this subject, you might want to read a more
> fair and balanced report about Linus Pauling and vitamin C (Ascorbate:
> The Science of Vitamin C, a review and interview with Steve Hickey PhD
> at DoctorYourself.com <http://www.doctoryourself.com/hickey.html>)
> *Rest assured, you don't have scurvy *
> Relax, don't worry, be happy; most likely you don't have scurvy.
> Scurvy is when the blood vessels in your eyes hemorrhage and you have
> red and blue spots on your skin, your gums bleed and are swollen, your
> joints ache, you are short of breath from anemia and your skin bruises
> easily. Until these symptoms arise, you have nothing to worry about,
> suggest the experts.
> The US Department of Agriculture says only 42% (131 million) of
> Americans do not consume adequate amounts of vitamin C (USDA
> Agriculture Research Service
> <http://www.ars.usda.gov/Services/docs.htm?docid=15672>). Just
> consume 9-13 servings of fruits and vegetables every day and
> everything will be OK. (Advances in Nutrition
> <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23674808>, volume 4, pages 384S,
> 2013) Vitamin C pills? They are for lab rats only. (Experimental
> Oncology <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22217712>, volume 33:
> page 226, 2011)
> Never mind that sedentary obese men and women taking a 500 mg vitamin
> C supplement experienced a -5.9 kilogram (nearly -13 pound) weight
> loss. (Journal Nutrition
> <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17585027>, volume 137, page 1757,
> Disregard a study that showed that young adults who progressively
> consumed more and more supplemental vitamin C (250 mg, 500 mg, 1000
> mg, 2000 mg/day) experienced a 60-90% decrease in measured oxidative
> stress in just 10 weeks. (Journal American College Nutrition
> <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11771678>, volume 20: page 623, 2001).
> Ignore the survey that showed 82% of Americans living in the most
> advanced country in the world consume low or marginally low amounts of
> vitamin C from their diet. (European Journal Clinical Nutrition
> <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10918468>, volume 54: page 573, 2000)
> Pay no attention to the report that shows 2000 mg/day of vitamin C
> increases the ability of white blood cells called neutrophils to track
> down and destroy (called chemotaxis) pathogenic germs and roaming
> cancer cells via its ability to reduce blood histamine levels and (get
> this) this positive effect was not related to blood plasma levels that
> the Linus Pauling Institute experts hold as their gold standard!
> (Journal American College Nutrition
> <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1578094>, volume 11, page 172, 1992)
> Also nix the study that reveals oral vitamin C when given in divided
> high doses can achieve blood concentrations (greater than 73.8
> micromole per liter) which are documented to reduce the risk of
> mortality from cancer and all causes of death by 57% to 62%
> respectively! [American Journal Clinical Nutrition
> <http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/72/1/139.abstract>, volume 72: page
> 139, 2000]
> And yes, the vitamin C experts are right, you CAN obtain all the
> vitamin C to achieve optimal blood levels throughout the day by
> consuming six oranges or six kiwi fruit every six hours or so (that's
> about 18 servings of fruit during waking hours). Of course a
> 500-milligram vitamin C pill is more practical and economical and
> comes without all that fruit sugar that negates some of the beneficial
> effect of vitamin C <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15695475>.
> Beware: there are a lot of vitamin C hucksters out there pandering
> sensationalist conspiracy theories about vitamin C. Here's one of
> them (VitaminCProject.com <http://vitamincproject.com/>).
It's become quite clear that instead of evidence-based decision making, we now have decision-based evidence making... Scientific evidence appears to be largely concocted to support analready established corporate agenda, and any scientific investigation that refutes or questions it is squelched by virtually any means.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
A score that assigns you a value based on the average credit score in your ZIP code could limit your financial choices by putting you in a less desirable pool of potential borrowers.
Some scores route certain people to higher-ranking customer service representatives based on estimated purchasing power.
Other scores designed to catch identity fraud can even affect your ability to open a bank account, purchase a cellphone or board an airplane.
But unlike credit scores, the so-called "e-scores," or "predictive scores" used for marketing or fraud detection, are not regulated by the government.
Consumers have no legal right to see their scores or correct errors in them.
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
riot-prone, high crime, dangerous, diseased areas with worse jobs and
education. I live on the clean White River. Just north is the much
more polluted Missouri river, the longest river in North America. The
Missouri drains Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana,
Colorado, Wyoming, and Missouri. Agricultural pollution runs off into
the river, plus all the industrial and population in the basin. May not
be as bad the Ohio River, Cleveland, Detroit and some other areas where
occasionally the river catches on fire due to chemical pollution. But
the Missouri needs a cleanup. Lake of the Ozarks in mid-state is
supposedly more beautiful but so close to Kansas City and Saint Louis
became overdeveloped and polluted without sufficient building codes and
zoning, complete with riotous drunken nude parties on the water. I am
lucky to live where I live in terms of environmental cleanliness, beauty
and safety. Ironically it is not expensive to live here. Much cheaper
than polluted Los Angeles Riverside Inland Empire for example. I was
marching at March Air Force base in Riverside where I could not see the
sunset because of all the smog blowing in. Big orange ball drops into a
brown bucket. Hard to breathe until the Pacific Ocean breeze blew in
Since the beginning of river commerce and industrial development in the
1800s, the Missouri has been severely polluted and its water quality
degraded by human activity. Most of the river's floodplain habitat is
long gone, replaced by irrigated agricultural land. Development of the
floodplain has led to increasing amounts of people and infrastructure
within areas at high risk of inundation. Levees have been constructed
along more than a third of the river in order to keep floodwater within
the channel, but with the consequences of faster stream velocity and a
resulting increase of peak flows in downstream areas. Fertilizer runoff,
which causes elevated levels of nitrogen and other nutrients, is a major
problem along the Missouri River, especially in Iowa and Missouri. This
form of pollution also heavily affects the upper Mississippi, Illinois
and Ohio Rivers. Low oxygen levels in rivers and the vast Gulf of Mexico
dead zone at the end of the Mississippi Delta are both results of high
nutrient concentrations in the Missouri and other tributaries of the
Monday, March 24, 2014
Another plot to sicken sheeple. Protect yourself: Eliminate TVs,
Computers, video games,and other lights at night, especially blue light.
Early to bed, early to rise. Follow the sun.
I am trying to adjust settings on my computer to avoid blue light as
much as possible. I can set grayscale (Apple Imac) easily. But not amber
Back in the old days amber monitors that do not emit blue light were
easy to get.
I have a big problem with too much time on the computer, especially at
night. My whole adult life.
This partly explains various syndromes I have faced. Not enough sleep.
Bags under my eyes like a panda.
Fireplace and candles were better. Amish lifestyle is healthy. The old
yellow bulbs were healthier.
Obama should protect Negroes by confiscating their TVs and cell phones.
Send this junk to Iran and Russia as part of sanctions.
Research has demonstrated that nighttime light exposure suppresses the
production of melatonin, the major hormone secreted by the pineal gland
that controls sleep and wake cycles. Therefore, a reduction in melatonin
at night is associated with subjective levels of sleeplessness. But
melatonin suppression has far worse consequences than simply poor sleep
outcomes: it has also been shown to increase the risk of cancer, impair
immune system function, and possibly lead to cardio-metabolic
consequences such as type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, and
heart disease. With serious consequences like these, preventing
melatonin suppression should be a top priority in anyone's healthy
The health risks
Study after study has linked working the night shift and exposure to
light at night to several types of cancer (breast, prostate), diabetes,
heart disease, and obesity. It's not exactly clear why nighttime light
exposure seems to be so bad for us. But we do know that exposure to
light suppresses the secretion of melatonin, a hormone that influences
circadian rhythms, and there's some experimental evidence (it's very
preliminary) that lower melatonin levels might explain the association
A Harvard study shed a little bit of light on the possible connection to
diabetes and possibly obesity. The researchers put 10 people on a
schedule that gradually shifted the timing of their circadian rhythms.
Their blood sugar levels increased, throwing them into a pre-diabetic
state, and levels of leptin, a hormone that leaves people feeling full
after a meal, went down.
Even dim light can interfere with a person's circadian rhythm and
melatonin secretion. A mere eight lux—a level of brightness exceeded by
most table lamps and about twice that of a night light—has an effect,
notes Stephen Lockley, a Harvard sleep researcher. Light at night is
part of the reason so many people don't get enough sleep, says Lockley,
and researchers have linked short sleep to increased risk for
depression, as well as diabetes and cardiovascular problems.
/Light at night is bad for your health, and exposure to blue light
emitted by electronics and energy-efficient light bulbs may be
Until the advent of artificial lighting, the sun was the major source of
lighting, and people spent their evenings in (relative) darkness. Now,
in much of the world, evenings are illuminated, and we take our easy
access to all those lumens pretty much for granted.
But we may be paying a price for basking in all that light. At night,
light throws the body's biological clock—the circadian rhythm—out of
whack. Sleep suffers. Worse, research shows that it/may/contribute to
the causation of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.
But not all colors of light have the same effect. Blue wavelengths—which
are beneficial during daylight hours because they boost attention,
reaction times, and mood—seem to be the most disruptive at night. And
the proliferation of electronics with screens, as well as
energy-efficient lighting, is increasing our exposure to blue
wavelengths, especially after sundown.
Daily rhythms influenced by light
Everyone has slightly different circadian rhythms, but the average
length is 24 and one-quarter hours. The circadian rhythm of people who
stay up late is slightly longer, while the rhythms of earlier birds fall
short of 24 hours. Dr. Charles Czeisler of Harvard Medical School
showed, in 1981, that daylight keeps a person's internal clock aligned
with the environment.
The power of the blues
While light of any kind can suppress the secretion of melatonin, blue
light does so more powerfully. Harvard researchers and their colleagues
conducted an experiment comparing the effects of 6.5 hours of exposure
to blue light to exposure to green light of comparable brightness. The
blue light suppressed melatonin for about twice as long as the green
light and shifted circadian rhythms by twice as much (3 hours vs. 1.5
In another study of blue light, researchers at the University of Toronto
compared the melatonin levels of people exposed to bright indoor light
who were wearing blue-light–blocking goggles to people exposed to
regular dim light without wearing goggles. The fact that the levels of
the hormone were about the same in the two groups strengthens the
hypothesis that blue light is a potent suppressor of melatonin. It also
suggests that shift workers and night owls could perhaps protect
themselves if they wore eye-wear that blocks blue light. Inexpensive
sunglasses with orange-tinted lenses block blue light, but they also
block other colors, so they're not suitable for use indoors at night.
Glasses that block out only blue light can cost up to $80.
If blue light does have adverse health effects, then environmental
concerns, and the quest for energy-efficient lighting, could be at odds
with personal health. Those curlicue compact fluorescent light-bulbs and
LED lights are much more energy-efficient than the old-fashioned
incandescent light-bulbs we grew up with. But they also tend to produce
more blue light.
The physics of fluorescent lights can't be changed, but coatings inside
the bulbs can be so they produce a warmer, less blue light. LED lights
are more efficient than fluorescent lights, but they also produce a fair
amount of light in the blue spectrum. Richard Hansler, a light
researcher at John Carroll University in Cleveland, notes that ordinary
incandescent lights also produce some blue light, although less than
most fluorescent light-bulbs.
What you can do
Use dim red lights for night lights. Red light has the least power
to shift circadian rhythm and suppress melatonin.
Avoid looking at bright screens beginning two to three hours before bed.
If you work a night shift or use a lot of electronic devices at
night, consider wearing blue-blocking glasses.
Expose yourself to lots of bright light during the day, which will
boost your ability to sleep at night, as well as your mood and
alertness during daylight.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
watershed. No agriculture or industry. Little population. Mostly
fish, deer, fowl, squirrels, groundhogs...
Google turns up many sources of mortality statistics. Homicide is rare,
a few thousand. Blacks killing whites is extremely rare, a few hundred
Even throwing in suicides and accidental shootings you are still only up
to 30,000 deaths per year
In contrast, preventable medical errors in hospitals kill 440,000
Diet lifestyle pollution smog diseases kill millions
Number of deaths: 2,468,435
Heart disease: 597,689
respiratory diseases: 138,080
Influenza and Pneumonia: 50,097
It is illogical to waste time and money on problems that are very rare.
Always focus on the big problems first: avoid junk food, driving,
flying, sitting, idleness. Eat clean organic food and get lots of
exercise. Guns drugs doctors are just more ways to separate fools from
their money and health. Guns and gold are magnets for burglars.
Strangers can stab you on the street and claim self defense if cops find
a gun on your dead body if the crooks are dumb enough to get caught.
The rich 1% own the big companies that promote these problems in order
to inflate themselves further. Wear down the sheeple and sicken them so
they cannot defend themselves or vote well. All they can do is clamor
for Obamacare and welfare to replace the money wasted on guns.
I paid $69 for a single shot 12 gauge shotgun after the 1989 Earthquake
San Francisco when I realized I did not have a gun at my second
residence. I would not waste more money than that on something I will
never need. I often keep it in vehicles and try to carry it when
walking around remote wilderness areas (many times not, though, when
needed). Texas pickups usually have gun racks for good reason.
Shotgun, 30-30 rifle, and 22 is typical and will suffice. Pistols are
jokes. If SHTF throw away your guns, grab your bow and arrows and fly
away in a balloon.
NYTimes: N.S.A. Breached Chinese Servers Seen as Security Threat
As the United States made a public case about the dangers of buying from Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant, classified documents show that the National Security Agency was creating its own back doors — directly into Huawei's networks.
WASHINGTON — American officials have long considered Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant, a security threat, blocking it from business deals in the United States for fear that the company would create "back doors" in its equipment that could allow the Chinese military or Beijing-backed hackers to steal corporate and government secrets.
But classified documents show that the National Security Agency was creating its own back doors — directly into Huawei's networks.
The agency pried its way into the servers in Huawei's sealed headquarters in Shenzhen, China's industrial heart, according to N.S.A. documents provided by the former contractor Edward J. Snowden. It obtained information about the workings of the giant routers and complex digital switches that Huawei boasts connect a third of the world's population, and monitored communications of the company's top executives.
plans went further: to exploit Huawei's technology so that when the company sold equipment to other countries — including both allies and nations that avoid buying American products — the N.S.A. could roam through their computer and telephone networks to conduct surveillance and, if ordered by the president, offensive cyberoperations.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
I am trying to setup an email account that I can use on computer and
mobile devices worldwide.
It takes about a week for me to recover from a hard workout. Monday I
lifted weights a little too soon because of a snowstorm so got very sore
and ruptured an abdominal muscle so am sleeping 12 hours per day. Could
barely walk 5 miles Tuesday, too painful. Rapid growth in strength,
though. I figured out how to use pulleys to strengthen iron cross
muscles, etc. Usually I just do heavy power lifts and leave soon. Now
I am spending more time working small muscle groups that I never have
before. I see why teenagers and college students have trouble getting
up in the morning and staying awake in class and eat so much. It is
hard to grow muscles, etc.
I would not waste money on guns. You could build a herd of black sheep
for less money that would be far more useful in case SHTF. The average
family has a dozen guns or more. Ordinary hunting rifles are plenty
powerful enough. If you can't stop them a mile away with a 30-06 it is
time to get out of there. Use black sheep, loom, spinning wheel to
build a balloon. Solar panel to generate hydrogen by hydrolysis. At
dark, fill the balloon and fly away, up to 15,000 feet to get over the
Sierras and prevailing winds should take you to Kansas or Missouri or
some other civilized place. Take bow, arrows, BB gun, Bowie knife,
water and survival gear. Maybe a gun or two. If minor SHTF people will
find and take care of you. If everybody dead you will need to survive
in the wilderness without alerting the enemy so guns could not be
used. USA has a deer overpopulation epidemic so you will not go hungry.
Anybody with arm strength should learn archery. Useful for regular
hunting too. Unfortunately I learned guns real young and never heard
about archery until recently. Very popular around here. Good season for
deer hunting, legal in many city limits. No detached retinas or hearing
damage. Only 5% of the population shoot powerful guns is why only 5% of
the population gets detached retinas.
If California Reconquista battles, they will be shooting at you with 50
caliber machine guns, rockets, drones, or firebombs. Actually I have
regularly walked over numerous bad areas in Chicago and they are not so
bad. Have to use common sense. Millions use trains daily
uneventfully. But it is probably best to put large distances, like 50
miles or at least 5 miles in the suburbs, from those cities unless you
really need to be there. I have lived years in expensive slums densely
packed neighborhoods. 90 pound teen Chinese girls walking through seedy
areas in tight white shorts. Not much bad ever happens even with very
large populations. I did have a 220 pound strong looking negro jump on
my second floor balcony one day. I was going to toss him back off but
before I could get up he saw me and jumped off quickly. I was working
on a math problem and did not want to be disturbed. He loudly banged on
my front door for several minutes before. I don't usually answer
phones or doors so ignored him. I could see that the sliding glass
doors on the balcony had been pried open numerous times but moved in
anyway. Very nice apartment with great views. Keep guns there,
though, and burglar will get them eventually. Home security guards
can't get there fast enough.
I sleep with two 12 gauge shotguns under the bed which is the only safe
gun in an urban area. Rifles shoot through multiple walls and autos
endangering bystanders. Not many scenarios for using guns. If you don't
shoot your guns you won't get a detached retina. Knife fork spoons help
weight reduction by slow proper eating. Fast food is the main culprit
-- soda pop, chips, dips, fries, burgers, cookies, crackers, snacks. I
am amazed walking through grocery stores -- not much traditional food
but lots of carbo sugar vegetable oil fast food. Suicides and accidents
are more common than homicide, most of which is black on black. If you
aren't black its not going to happen.
Guns are just one more item that will get stolen by the enemy after you
leave to escape the California Reconquista Holocaust. Mexican gangs are
beheading their own even before the main hostilities begin. They will
treat the enemy worse. Vertical escape at night in a black wool balloon
will be about the only way out.
I don't follow your reasoning. An air rifle is next to useless against
two legged predators with heavy clothing such as worn in northern kill
zones such as Chicago. Brandishing one will also get you killed by
someone with a real gun or knife or a cop if you live long enough to be
alive when LE arrives. Don't buy the argument that guns kept after the
age of 65 cause suicides. By that reasoning spoons and forks kept at any
age cause obesity.
There is much variation of opinion as to what is the best all
around gun. I would say a twelve gauge with a variety of loads. Could
defend against gangs with heavy loads or hunt small animals and birds
with very light loads. Barrel lengths also interchange. Maybe a twenty
gauge if one is light in weight or small in stature. A basic shotgun at
around $300. will hold value quite well. Somewhat like a well maintained
vehicle that is about fifteen years old. These same model shotguns used
to sell for around $200. Since inflation of the fiat dollar is
nonexistent any price increase can be attributed to those greedy gun
I have seen widows selling guns of the deceased at bargain prices
or even trading them in for coupons at gun buybacks. Many of these same
persons also believe that annuities and whole life insurance are a good
buy and can't wait to sign up for Obamacare. They regularly take their
It is actually more important for older persons to own AND be
trained in the use of a gun. As one retired person and crack shot once
told me:"You don't expect me to wrestle with a young armed assailant."
When you are face to face with a young burly armed predator
at2AMremind yourself that you passed on a shotgun because of the 5% or
less chance of getting a detached retina after multiple training
sessions. If that is one's reasoning maybe just mark a "V" on your
forehead because you shouldn't be armed and also lack the ability to
make common sense judgments in any area of your daily life.
I have worked in the neighborhoods of poor mostly minority
families who bought the "kool aid" of NWO disarmament. They own no
"evil" guns, pray day and night, and at night live in terror behind
multiple deadbolts. They are also the ones leading candlelight vigils at
funerals for other disarmed and now deceased victims. During the day
they attend community meetings and plead with law enforcement to
increase patrols in their neighborhoods. They leave such meetings before
dusk to allow plenty of time to get home and bolt the doors and windows.
Friday, March 21, 2014
While the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs some 66 million years ago was a violent and dramatic end, this end-Cretaceous event wasn't the worst extinction in Earth's history. That dubious honor goes to the end-Permian event 252 million years ago, which wiped out nearly 90%t of all life in water and close to three-quarters of life on land.
The scammers have targeted thousands of people in nearly every state, the agency said.
Callers claim to be from the IRS and tell people they owe taxes that must be paid immediately using a pre-paid debit card or through a wire transfer. The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of business or driver's license.In 'largest scam of its kind,' 20,000 taxpayers bilked of $1 million
The Fed's staff recommended cutting the fee from 44 cents per transaction on average to just 12 cents. But after heated protests from the financial industry, the Fed in June 2011 set a cap of 21 cents per transaction.
Yes, USA narrowly escaped catastrophe last summer. USA would be
clobbered with one degree different trajectory. Millions of people
would die. Maybe billions. My question is what is the probability of
occurrence and what should be done about the threat (sell cars and
planes; buy acres, cows and horses; move to mild climates). I dug
through the science links and the study first paragraph said "It has
been unclear how an extreme space weather storm forms and how severe it
"My space weather colleagues believe that until we have an event that
slams Earth and causes complete mayhem, policymakers are not going to
A 1989 geomagnetic storm caused by a CME from a solar storm in March
1989 resulted in the collapse of Hydro-Quebec's electricity transmission
system, causing 6 million people to lose power for at least nine hours,
said Baker. The auroras from the event could be seen as far south as
Texas and Florida.
"The Carrington storm and the 2012 event show that extreme space weather
events can happen even during a modest solar cycle like the one
presently underway," said Baker. "Rather than wait and pick up the
pieces, we ought to take lessons from these events to prepare ourselves
for inevitable future solar storms."
*SOLAR 'SUPERSTORM' NARROWLY MISSES EARTH: *The heliophysics communitty
is buzzing today in response to an article
/Nature Communications/, which describes an intense solar storm that
narrowly missed Earth almost two years ago. On July 23, 2012, a CME
rocketed away from the sun at 2000 km/s, almost four times faster than a
typical eruption. The storm tore through Earth orbit, but fortunately
Earth wasn't there. Instead it hit the STEREO-A spacecraft, which
experienced the most intense solar proton storm since 1976. Researchers
have been analyzing the data ever since, and they have concluded that
the storm was akin to the Carrington Event of 1859
Scroll past this movie of the CME to learn more:
"Had it hit Earth, it probably would have been like the big one in
1859," says Janet Luhmann of UC Berkeley, a co-author of the paper. "The
effect today [on] our modern technologies would have been tremendous."
The Carrington Event was a series of powerful CMEs that hit Earth
head-on, sparking Northern Lights as far south as Tahiti. Intense
geomagnetic storms caused global telegraph lines to spark, setting fire
to some telegraph offices and disabling the 'Victorian Internet." A
similar storm today would have a catastrophic effect on modern power
grids and telecommunication networks. According to a study
the National Academy of Sciences, the total economic impact could exceed
$2 trillion or 20 times greater than the costs of a Hurricane Katrina.
Multi-ton transformers fried by such a storm could take years to repair.
The paper in /Nature Communications/ describes what gave the July 2012
storm Carrington-like potency. For one thing, the CME was actually two
CMEs separated by only 10 to 15 minutes. Plus the CMEs traveled through
a region of space that had been cleared out by another CME four days
earlier. As a result, they were not decelerated as much as usual by
their transit through the interplanetary medium.
The storm clouds crossed Earth's orbit in a place where Earth itself
would be about 1 week later, so it was a relatively narrow escape. The
whole episode highlights the perils of space weather. Many observers
have noted that the current solar cycle is weak, perhaps the weakest in
100 years. Now we see that even a weak solar cycle can produce a very
strong storm. Earth is not safe from these kind of events, so it's time
to be prepared
The original research reported here may be found in /Nature
Communications/: "Observations of an extreme storm in interplanetary
space caused by successive coronal mass ejections
by Ying D. Liu et al., published on March, 18, 2014.
*MAGNETIC FILAMENTS: *The biggest structures on the sun today are not
sunspots. Dwarfing all of the ordinary active regions, a pair of dark
magnetic filaments are stretching across the almost-entire circumference
of the sun's southern hemisphere. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory took
this picture mid-day on March 19th:
Containing masses of relatively cool plasma held suspended above the
solar surface by magnetic forces, the sinuous structures are each more
than 600,000 km long. If you put one end on Earth, the other would
stretch far beyond the orbit of the Moon. Their dimensions make them
easy targets for backyard solar telescopes
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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exercise since elementary school. I can think better during periods of
more exercise, sunshine and better diet (more saturated fat and
cholesterol, liver, fish and cod liver oil.)
We're Only Beginning to Uncover the Many Roles Exercise Plays in Your
Exercise boosts your brain health through multiple pathways, including
improving your hormone levels, increasing blood flow to your brain,
reducing stress, and many others likely yet to be discovered. For
instance, it's known that exercise:
Jump-starts neurogenesis — the creation of new brain cells. Neurogenesis
is thought to be especially prevalent in your hippocampus. As you age,
the stem cells in your brain tend to become less active and you produce
fewer new cells, which may slow your brain function.
Encourages new brain cells to join the existing neural network, instead
of "rattling around aimlessly in the brain before dying." Exercise helps
the new brain cells learn how to "multitask."
Upregulates production of brain chemicals and growth factors, like BDNF,
which is key in maintaining memory, skilled task performance, and
overall cognitive function.
Lifts your mood and helps neutralize the harmful effects of stress by
boosting neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, dopamine, and
norepinephrine, and may even protect your brain cells against the
effects of stress hormones.
Increases insulin sensitivity and may even help you make better food
Additionally, according to John J. Ratey, a psychiatrist who wrote the
book Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain,
there's overwhelming evidence that exercise produces large cognitive
gains and helps fight dementia. In addition to the benefits above,
exercise also protects your brain by:
Increasing production of nerve-protecting compounds
Improving and increasing blood flow to your brain
Improving development and survival of neurons
Altering the way damaging proteins reside inside your brain, which
appears to slow the development of Alzheimer's disease. In animal
studies, significantly fewer damaging plaques and fewer bits of
beta-amyloid peptides, associated with Alzheimer's, were found in mice
Your Brain Craves Regular Activity
If you work out religiously for three months, then suddenly stop for an
extended period, your muscle tone will definitely suffer – but so, too,
will your brain. Two studies presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the
Society for Neuroscience revealed just how quickly the brain benefits of
exercise fade if your exercise program stops.6
In the first study, active rats that had a week of inactivity were
pitted against completely inactive rats while performing memory tests.
The previously active rats completed the tests much faster and had at
least twice as many new neurons in the hippocampus region of their
brains. But remember, this was after just one week of inactivity. At
three weeks of inactivity, their new neurons began to decrease, as did
their performance on the memory test.
After six weeks of no activity, the neurons declined even more, as did
their memory test scores, leading the study authors to suggest the
"exercise-induced benefits may be transient." In the second study, rats
that were active for 10 weeks, followed by three weeks of inactivity,
had brains that were nearly identical to those of rats that had been
completely inactive. The bottom line is that your brain needs regular,
ongoing physical activity, not just a brief stint here and there. The
good news is that while the benefits may fade fast, they're felt rather
quickly too, providing ample motivation to keep going.
What Does a Brain-Boosting Exercise Regimen Entail?
The type of exercise program that will benefit your brain is one and the
same as the one that will benefit the rest of your body. Ideally, to get
the most benefits from your exercise, you need to incorporate workouts
that push your body hard enough for a challenge while allowing adequate
time for recovery and repair to take place. One of the best ways to
accomplish this is with HIIT, or high-intensity interval training, which
consists of short bursts of high-intensity exercise, as opposed to
extended episodes of vigorous or moderate exertion. This is a core part
of my Peak Fitness program.
HIIT maximizes your secretion of human growth hormone (HGH), optimizes
your metabolism, and helps regulate your insulin and blood sugar. And
nothing beats it in terms of efficiency. You can complete an entire Peak
Fitness workout in 20 minutes or less. For detailed instructions and a
demonstration, please see my previous article, "High Intensity Interval
Training 101." In addition to HIIT, I also recommend incorporating the
Stand Up Every 15 Minutes. While not intuitively obvious, emerging
evidence clearly shows that even highly fit people who exceed the expert
exercise recommendations are headed for premature death if they sit for
long periods of time. My interview with NASA scientist Dr. Joan Vernikos
goes into great detail why this is so, and what you can do about it.
Strength Training: Rounding out your exercise program with a one-set
strength training routine will ensure that you're really optimizing the
possible health benefits of a regular exercise program. You can also
"up" the intensity by slowing it down. For more information about using
super slow weight training as a form of high-intensity interval
exercise, please see my interview with Dr. Doug McGuff.
Core Exercises: Your body has 29 core muscles located mostly in your
back, abdomen, and pelvis. This group of muscles provides the foundation
for movement throughout your entire body, and strengthening them can
help protect and support your back, make your spine and body less prone
to injury, and help you gain greater balance and stability.
Foundation Training, created by Dr. Eric Goodman, is an integral first
step of a larger program he calls "Modern Moveology," which consists of
a catalog of exercises. Postural exercises such as those taught in
Foundation Training are critical not just for properly supporting your
frame during daily activities; they also retrain your body so you can
safely perform high-intensity exercises without risking injury. Exercise
programs like Pilates and yoga, as well as bodyweight exercises, are
also great for strengthening your core muscles, as are specific
exercises you can learn from a personal trainer.
Stretching: My favorite type of stretching is active isolated stretches.
With Active Isolated Stretching, you hold each stretch for only two
seconds, which works with your body's natural physiological makeup to
improve circulation and increase the elasticity of muscle joints. This
technique also allows your body to repair itself and prepare for daily
activity. You can also use devices like the Power Plate to help you stretch.
A Secret Weapon for Your Brain: Intermittent Fasting and Exercise
Growing evidence indicates that fasting and exercise trigger similar
genes and growth factors that recycle and rejuvenate both your brain and
muscle tissues. These growth factors include BDNF, as previously
mentioned, as well as muscle regulatory factors, or MRFs. These growth
factors signal brain stem cells and muscle satellite cells to convert
into new neurons and new muscle cells respectively.
Even better, exercise while fasting can help keep your brain,
neuromotors, and muscle fibers biologically young. For more information
on how to incorporate intermittent fasting into your exercise routine
for maximum benefits, please see this previous article.
Monday, March 17, 2014
Bright sunny day quickly melted off the 2" of snow we got overnight.
I don't like the idea of US$ leaving US soil. Foreign currencies are the
world's biggest market. Banks are quite adept at changing money. Wiring
US$ to Nigeria in what might be a scam should be prohibited. Same for
wiring money to Russia, China, Ukraine, etc. Lots of foreign operations
are scamming and stealing from Americans.
US$ need to stay in the USA where those $ can enable USA transactions
enforced by USA courts. If people want to travel overseas or buy foreign
products then convert the money to foreign currency. All countries have
currencies. Let them use it. Not US $.
Also get rid of US$ paper currency and coins. All money only needs to be
electronic entries in computers. Cheap Efficient. Keep paper checks as a
backup system, and horses for pony express in case electricity goes down.
Example 1: If I want to buy shares in Alibaba China then I should tell
Wells Fargo to convert my money to Chinese Currency and buy those shares
in China where I expect the courts to enforce my ownership in that company.
Example 2: If BMW wants to sell a car in the USA then customer pays USA
BMW subsidiary in $. If BMW wants to repatriate that money then convert
it to German currency before it is wired from USA to Germany. Banks do
this every day.
Does this make any sense? Should USA banks be holding deposits in all
sorts of foreign currencies? Should Foreign banks be holding US$? Seems
that currencies should stay in the country that issued them. Change
currencies at the border. It would simplify and protect banks to only
have 1 currency to worry about. That way Banks could focus on reducing
costs. Also banks could do better on security and safety, like what to
do if SHTF no electricity, plague, drought, quake, tornado,...
Today's USPO mail is much cheaper and faster than the Pony Express due
to price deflation and quality inflation. But if SHTF USA may have to go
back to the old systems and pricing. In general USA needs better backup
plans for all vital services. Citizens are at great risk.
The Pony Express was a mail service from St. Joseph, Missouri across the
Great Plains, over the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevada to
Sacramento, California by horseback. it reduced the time for messages to
travel between the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to about 10 days. October
1861, it became the West's most direct means of east–west communication
before the telegraph was established and was vital for tying the new
state of California with the rest of the country.
Pony Express mail cost to send a 1/2 ounce letter was $5.00 at the
beginning. By the end period of the Pony Express, the price had dropped
to $1.00 per 1/2 ounce ($26 in 2013 U.S. Dollars)
Probably more than any other rider in the Pony Express, William Cody
(better known as Buffalo Bill) epitomizes the legend and the folklore of
the Pony Express. in Wyoming where he made the longest non-stop ride
from Red Butte Station to Rocky Ridge Station and back when he found
that his relief rider had been killed. The distance of 322 miles over
one of the most dangerous sections of the entire trail was completed in
21 hours and 40 minutes, and 21 horses were required to complete this
section. Cody was present for many significant chapters in early western
history, including the gold rush, the building of the railroads and
cattle herding on the Great Plains. A career as a scout during the Civil
War earned him his nickname and established his notoriety as a
frontiersman. he had a contract to supply Kansas Pacific Railroad
workers with buffalo meat. Cody is purported to have killed 4,282
American bison in eighteen months. Cody competed with a larger-caliber
Springfield Model 1863 he called Lucretia Borgia after the legend of a
beautiful Italian noblewoman daughter of Pope Alexander VI. She is
described as having heavy blonde hair which fell past her knees, a
beautiful complexion, hazel eyes, a full, high bosom, and a natural
grace which made her appear to "walk on air"; "her mouth is rather
large, the teeth brilliantly white, her neck is slender and fair, and
the bust is admirably proportioned" Lucrezia was mother to seven or
eight known children
At age 11, Bill Cody took a job with a freight carrier as a "boy extra."
Next he joined Johnston's Army as an unofficial member of the scouts
assigned to guide the Army to Utah to put down a rumored rebellion by
the Mormon population of Salt Lake City. According to Cody's account in
Buffalo Bill's Own Story, the Utah War was where he first began his
career as an "Indian fighter". 'Hi!' he cried. 'Little Billy's killed an
Indian all by himself!' So began my career as an Indian fighter. At the
age of 14, Cody was struck by gold fever, but on his way to the gold
fields, he met an agent for the Pony Express. He signed with them, and
after building several stations and corrals, Cody was given a job as a
rider, which he kept until he was called home to his sick mother's bedside.