Saturday, August 08, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
I was thinking about how the inventor(s) came up with the name Twitter. Then, I thought about the word "twitter" itself and in doing so, I looked at the root of that word. And if you're having a hard time remembering your elementary school grammar/English class and what "root words" are I'll help you out. (I'm just that nice!) It's defined as follows:
noun (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed.
Therefore, if you take the word twitter and "remove the affixes," you get the word "twit." And, if you look at the definition of twit you get this:
twit–noun Informal. an insignificant or bothersome person.
Now, I know you're wondering where the heck this is going. I'm about to tell you! (Aren't you just SO excited and hanging on the edge of your seat?!?!)
Some people are sitting around talking about this idea where people can instantaneously let everyone in the world know what they are doing every moment of the day. Then they're thinking "Geez, these people must be twits in order to actually want to use this 'service'" Another person says, "OMG! (and they really say 'OMG' and not 'Oh my God' cause they're probably pre-pubescent teens who are now millionaires from coming up with this in the first place.) We should like call it like 'Twits-R-us' or like something like that!" (cause they can't quite say a full sentence without the required 10 'likes' in them)
Then another one says, "Let's just like call it like 'Twitter!'" Which a few kind of grumble about the suggestion and think it's too obvious that they're making fun of everyone who will use their site thus making the population not want to use their site and subsequently creating their inability to retire by 24. However, this brain trust couldn't think of anything better so, Twitter stuck.
Now, that's where we're at, a bunch of kids sitting around throwing about the word 'like' as if it was the Carbon Dioxide tearing apart our environment....oops! Guess not like that since they use that word WAY much more than the CO2 in the atmosphere. Anyway, you get my point. They come up with this idea, give it a silly name and then make TONS of money from it.
*whew* It's hard being me and thinking the way I do. Tiring, isn't it?! :oD
Friday, March 27, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
After more than 100 dead dogs were dumped in a trash dumpster over four weeks, police in Ahoskie, N.C., kept an eye on the trash receptacle behind a supermarket. Sure enough, a van drove up and officers watched the occupants throw in heavy plastic bags. They detained the two people in the van and found 18 dead dogs in plastic bags in the dumpster, including puppies; 13 more dead dogs were still in the van. Police say the van is registered to the headquarters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and the two occupants, Andrew B. Cook, 24, and Adria Joy Hinkle, 27, identified themselves as PETA employees. An autopsy performed on one of the dogs found it was healthy before it was killed. Police say PETA has been picking up the animals -- alive -- from North Carolina animal shelters, promising to find them good homes. Cook and Hinkle have been charged with 62 felony counts of animal cruelty. In response to the arrests PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said it's against the group's policy for employees to dump animals in the trash, but "that for some animals in North Carolina, there is no kinder option than euthanasia." (Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald) ...Oops, my mistake: that's "Playing God" Defined.
In his author's notes section, Cassingham had more to say about this story:
The more I learn about PETA, the less I think of them. The story of them killing animals isn't even unusual. According to PETA's own filings, in 2004 PETA killed 86.3 percent of the animals entrusted to its care -- a number that's rising, not falling. Meanwhile, the SPCA in PETA's home town (Norfolk, Va.) was able to find loving homes for 73 percent of the animals put in its care. A shortage of funds? Nope: last year PETA took in $29 million in tax-exempt donations. It simply has other priorities for the funds, like funding terrorism (yes, really). But don't take my word for it: I got my figures from http://www.PETAkillsAnimals.com -- and they have copies of PETA's state and federal filings to back it up. The bottom line: if you donate money to PETA because you think they care for and about animals, you need to think some more. PETA literally yells and screams about how others "kill animals" but this is how they operate? Pathetic.
And you know what I wonder? PETA's official count of animals they kill is 86.3 percent. But if they're going around picking up animals, killing them while they drive around and not even giving them a chance to be adopted, and then destroying the evidence by dumping the bodies in the trash, are those deaths being reported? My guess: no. While 86.3 percent is awful, the actual number is probably much, much higher. How dare they lecture anyone about the "ethical" treatment of animals!
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Monday, February 23, 2009
Then...have a summit on "Fiscal Responsibility."
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Health care investments ($112.1 billion)
It will affect every part of health care, from medical and nursing education, to how patients are treated and how much hospitals get paid. The bill allocates more funding than for the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force combined (90-92, 174-177, 181).
- $87 billion for a temporary increase in the Medicaid matching rate for the states
- $20 billion for health information technology, including electronic medical records to prevent medical mistakes, provide better care to patients and introduce cost-saving efficiencies
- $4.1 billion to provide for preventative care and to evaluate the most effective healthcare treatments.
The National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure the doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective so as to reduce costs and “guide” the doctor’s decisions (p.442, 446).
Hospitals and doctors that are not “meaningful users” of the new system will face penalties by the HHS secretary, who will be empowered to impose “more stringent measures of meaningful use over time” (p.511, 518, 540-541).
The Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research ($1.1 billion) (p.190-192) will slow the development and use of new medications and technologies because they are expensive.
Medicare would apply a cost-effective standard set by the Federal Council for the elderly (p.464).
Drugs "that are found to be less effective and in some cases, more expensive, will no longer be prescribed."
It approves or rejects treatments using a formula that divides the cost of the treatment by the number of years the patient is likely to benefit.
Treatments for younger patients are more often approved than treatments for diseases that affect the elderly, such as osteoporosis.
So....tell me how this will stimulate our economy???
Friday, February 06, 2009
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
When your co-worker is walking around the office with a streamer of toilet paper hanging out of the top of her pants.
What's grosser than gross??
When that same streamer has remnants of what it was used for on it.
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Saturday, January 03, 2009
Year 2009 Overview
As we enter the Golden Age of Aquarius, you are ready to receive all the blessings that are there for you, especially in the areas of communications and relationships.
Being understood and getting the responses you desire helps you believe in your ability to succeed and reach your highest potential. Your focus is excellent, and you know what you want. Use this to your advantage when working with others, but don't demand that they see your ideas as visionary -- even if you do. As ideas start flowing freely to you, make sure you articulate your insights clearly.
This year, you will be strongly motivated by transformation, especially in romantic unions. When balanced in your heart and mind, you easily express your emotions and are quick to support others. It is important for you to have a partner who is willing to explore different ways of doing things. You will experience many changes as you learn new ways of expressing yourself.
As you make this shift, avoid putting restrictions on yourself and stopping the flow. You are learning to behave in a new positive way, not worrying about the outcome. This will curb your need to control situations and enable you to take your relationships -- work and personal -- to a higher level of consciousness.