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Courtesy Notice:  As life is short, there are two sorts of people I must regretfully decline to allow to follow me on G+:

those profiles that, due to a lack of evidence of life behind the random posts and pretty pictures I must conclude are bots or people who wish to follow me without actually engaging in conversations.  Since I can't measure something from nothing, such profiles do get blocked on sight.   

And, those individuals who resort not to reason but hyperbole and emotion to argue for argument's sake.  I have no time for this sort of hand wringing and ego flexing.  Shame on me if I respond to such people at all, but those following me and slinging their dung in my direction will also be pruned.  

If you like what I post publicly but fall into either category, simply don't add me to your circles and you'll continue to see my public posts when you visit my profile.  
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For those of you that enjoy contemplating contemplation, this is a good read. I tend to agree with the article. As a software developer, it has always seemed to me that we are nothing like computers running software. We are much more like a vast mesh of oscillators connected in a vast circuit taking in a hundred thousand points of stimulus, each of which perturbs one or more oscillators changing their output and creating new and complex patterns that shift all the time, but for most of our lives, or for long enough periods, are recognizable as "us".
 
+JP Chastain​ I thought you would find this interesting
Your brain does not process information, retrieve knowledge or store memories. In short: your brain is not a computer
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No. But I'll Google it +Mike DiBaggio​. 😃

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Well, not sure if it was one of the kids, or if I have really puerile neighbors, but someone came through my itty bitty tree farm and snipped about a dozen red bud seedlings in half. No skin off my nose, about 9 of those were already dead, seeing as many did not take when transplanted, but about three were making it, and still will. Pretty petty. What's more - they had to trespass by a good 200 ft to do it. Next time, there will be a camera.
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Yeah, pretty clean +Mark Barton. And the angle was just right for someone reaching under the cloche with snippers.

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Take a skim down the list of brands posted on this food recall... and then think about what the various name brands are designed to convey to the buyer, and then realize, it's all packed in the same factory in Texas. Hm. Interesting.
 
That is a lot of food being recalled.
As a precaution, CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington is expanding its voluntary recall of frozen organic and traditional fruits and vegetables. We are performing this voluntary recall in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
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Same thing with the dog food contamination of several years ago. All these "premium" brands, made in the same factory, with probably the same ingredients, as the discount stuff.

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Relevant to my family, maybe to yours as well.
 
Not many surprises here.
Study finds use of computers by students in lectures and seminars has ‘substantial negative effect’ on performance
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Love this stuff. I listened to this stuff when I was a teenager. All my friends thought I was a mega nerd haha! I don't care tho. These chants are really powerful and moving if you listen. 

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I can't adequately convey how disappointing this is:

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2016/05/02/quaker-oats-sued-over-its-use-known-weed-killer-in-oats-production/?intcmp=hpff

I called my wife directly, my middle child just finished making oatmeal cookies and is in meltdown now.  Trying to clean up my diet to address my supposedly age related health conditions, I've been eating quaker oat products for a long while.  Nice.

+Quaker - you let us down. 
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Let me swing this over to a private post, OK.
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It would be really great, 8 years from now, to see these trends reversed.
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Transgender men in the crapper is the least of my worries ( I have seen men dressed up as women for years; it's hard to tell if a he is a she where I grew up. ( cape cod , Massachusetts ). I'd have to do a feel test to know.

I am more worried about our dollar being worth less than the Peso soon.
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I'm going to say: follow the money, on this one.

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/05/16/un-committee-finds-weed-killer-glyphosate-unlikely-to-cause-cancer.html?intcmp=hphz01

This latest review doesn't carry the weight of a carefully constructed lab study. The fact that it's coming from a committee tells me there was a request from Monsanto to ease the pressure coming against them from many directions.
The weed-killing pesticide glyphosate, made by Monsanto and widely used in agriculture and by gardeners, probably does not cause cancer, according to a new safety review by United Nations health, agriculture and food experts.
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+Brian Keith Lawson  I have it on good authority that zero  birth defects (or nearly zero) are caused by genetics, yet the search goes on.  It's all nutritional deficiencies, especially with trace minerals.  A wave of brain cancer was stopped in its tracks by giving gallium.  We're being lied to on so many levels.

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Always on Friday, or at Midnight, or in this case, at the end of the school year. The goal of the Obama regime is always to present rules and regulations when people are most ready to be focussed on something else, so that by the time they learn of it, it's too late, or they have had time to calm down, or there has been too much diffusion of angry dissent to mount an effective pushback. Will that be the case when millions of father's daughters across the nation are put at risk? I kind of doubt it. Prepare for much dissent.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/05/13/report-obama-administration-to-tell-public-schools-to-let-transgender-students-use-bathrooms-their-choice.html?intcmp=hpbt1

One hopes: a bridge too far for this presidency.
The Obama administration will send a letter to every public school district in the country telling them to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their chosen gender identity, as opposed to their birth certificate.
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Quit giving Federal money only to get mabe %10 percent of it back

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People who have used Lotus Notes might get a kick out of this.

I've made at least half my living over the past 20 years on Lotus Notes, much less so these past 5 years. I was reminded today of something we always viewed as a shortcoming with Notes, as application developers, in that the export options built into the client were very limited. Comma Separated Value is probably the most useful, but we always looked down on it for it's lack of rich text support.

Today, I helped someone export some data using that very feature. This is completely suitable for them because all of our "modern" systems, like SAP, Fieldglass, etc., are using... you guessed it: .csv files as the primary data import and export format.

All that time, Notes was quietly predicting the future... as if to say, sure, you love me for my Rich Text, but you really don't need it to be super productive.
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Somewhere, +Paul Hubble, I have the hex addresses written down for two ODS's that you zero out to dump the ACL. Worked well if you accidentally removed yourself and hadn't encrypted it.

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Driving a car with a leaky AC system? STOP!

First a little back story. In 2003, my wife and I bought our first minivan: a 2002 Dodge Caravan Sport. This would go on to be oun main family mover until 2012 when we bought a 2010 Honda Odyssey. Over the course of those years, I experienced headaches every time I drove the van. My wife seldom did the driving, and nobody else in the car complained of headaches.

I discovered only last year, after years of trying to diagnose the headaches, that we had a leaky corroded AC condenser, and the greenish oil I had been wiping out of the in-cabin air filter well wasn't mold or some growth, but the coolant fluid itself: R134a. As it turns out, R134a, while largely considered benign, has some exposure hazards. You aren't supposed to come in contact with it while your AC system is operating normally, however, so it's largely ignored as a concern.

You can read about the issues here:
http://www.ehow.com/list_7380383_dangers-r134_.html

One of the problems is that this chemical can displace oxygen in the air, and chronic exposure can lead to health issues similar to CO poisoning or Oxygen deprivation. Many of my other health issues, I'll not go into detail here, can be linked back to one of those types of body stresses.

All those years, we thought it was mold, or some other cause, but eventually I did figure out that it was driving the van itself that caused me the problem, and that the only way I could avoid it was to drive with the windows down, getting plenty of fresh air. Had I known then the harm I was causing myself, and the potentially life shortening ramifications, I would have ditched the car entirely. As is, my frugal nature prompted me to proudly pay it off and keep it, right up to today, where it sits parked in our driveway waiting for me to sell it to a junkyard. I'm not going to donate it or sell it, it's getting disposed of.

So, the moral of the story is this: if you have a chronic problem, and you have trouble identifying the source, consider everything you are regularly exposed to, and do your research.

While in my situation it may be too little too late in some regards, at least now I know, and I also know what extant conditions I should discuss with my Dr. Hopefully this information comes to others much sooner than it did for me.
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Wow, good to know. 
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