Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Delayed Exit

I was supposed to go home today.  But I mentioned to the nurse that I had some discomfort in my left lung, and this led to a CT scan and blood draw at 2:00 PM which requirs a second blood draw eight hours later to checck enzye levels to see if my heart is okay.  The CT scan looks fine, but the second blood draw means no release today.  On thw plus side,in the elevator  I ran into the heart surgeon that did my aortic valve replacement last year, and he wanted to know what I was doing in here, so he's coming by in the morning to check the images and inspect his handiwork a year later.

Hiring Employees

Have any of my readers started a business that had employees here in Idaho?  Until such time as my right arm is working, I am seriously thinking of hiring someone for ScopeRoller.  Partly this is because labor is cheap in Horseshoe Bend, and while I could just subcontract out the labor, subcontracting is a fast way to get in trouble with various state agencies that understandably regard subcontracting as a ruse to avoid payroll taxes.

Why I Am Less Fearful About Ebola Than I Used To Be

Ebola is a hemorrhagic fever.  It turns that mant Americans (at least those of European ancestry) are likely immune to it, because so many of us have the CCR5-delta 32 mutation, which protects from HIV and hemorhhagic fevers.  Even if it were to break into the general population, the net effect would be to disproportionately kill the poorest and most reliably Democratic voters.  Since many Americans have already been exposed to HIV (especially in the 1980s through blood transfusions) without developing AIDS, my guess is that the risks of getting Ebola are relatvely lower than for the unlucky people of West Africa.  Our ancestors in Europe paid the price during the Black Death, thank them for their sacrifice.

The Buck Stops Here

That was the sign on President Truman's Oval Office desk.  Gov. Christie (not one of m favorite politicians) is calling Obama out for saying "they" (the intelligence agencies) didn't give enough warning that ISIS was dangerous.  They  work for you, Obama.,  If they aren't doing their jobs well, fire them.

I was also surprised to see a former associate of Michael Moore talking about how Islam is dangerous, describing how hate-filled the Koran is.  While to emphasize that most Muslims are not a problem, he pointed out that many of the world's Muslims are illiterate, an their knowledge of Islam is pretty shallow.  The Muslim-in-Chief, in an interview a few days ago kept saying that Islam is the religion of peace.  Actually, as this Islam-sympathetic web site points out:
Islam is derived from the Arabic root "Salema": peace, purity, submission and obedience. In the religious sense, Islam means submission to the will of God and obedience to His law
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Submission to God will certainly bring peace, but submission to Islam is slavery.  I wish Obama wasn't so ignorant.

More Tragedies

At breakfast this morning, I saw a young woman, maybe 25-30, who one of the CNAs was teaching to feed herself.  Stroke is a horrible thing.

Volcanos and Global Warming

The September 29, 2014 Washington Post has this article about a recently published paper that indicates  changes in Earth's rotational period (length of day) may cause increases in volcanic eruptions.and suggests a connection to our ice ages.  No surprise, eruptions throw a lot of greenhouse gases into the air.  Of course, the article has to end with the obligatory global warming hysteria:
The link between climate change and volcanism is still poorly understood. Many volcanoes do not seem to have been affected by it. Nor is it a particularly pressing concern today, even though we face an ice-free future. It can take thousands of years after the glaciers melt for volcanic activity to rise.

Yet while it may not be an immediate hazard, this strange effect is a reminder that our planet can respond to change in unforeseen ways. Contrary to their brutish reputation, volcanoes are helping scientists understand just how sensitive our planet can be.
 The link "is still poorly understood.:"  So impoverish much of the world.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Detroit Real Estate As An Opportuniy

I was watching PBS coverage of Detroit's efforts to demolish blighted houses, and I found myself wondering how cheap houses in Detroit have become.  The answer was "very cheap."  This 3 bedroom 1 1/2 bath house lists for $750.  That;s not a down payment, but purchase price.  Ir looks like a nice ranch-style brick home.  Okay, it is Detroit, but Michigan is shall-issue. If you are retired, or self-employed, that makes housing costs effectively zero.  My mistake that's a rental.

Do you have a really big family?  This house is 6,202 square feet, 14 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms.  #239,900.