Archive for: August 2012

Married Idiots — Kindle version free today

Somtimes authors advertise their books (the Kindle editions) for free to gain some publicity. A book that is free today only is called We All Married Idiots: Three Things You Will Never Change About Your Marriage And Ten Things You Can

Here is what the author says about this book:

I married an idiot--and so did my spouse. The word, "idiot" is derived from the Greek word meaning "common man." Aren't we all common man? In fact, there is only One who was uncommon man--Jesus Christ. Elaine W. Miller encourages couples to keep their eyes fixed on Jesus and run a marriage marathon like an idiot, but not like a fool. An idiot may stumble or fall, but a fool runs the wrong way.

We All Married Idiots teaches husbands and wives to stop concentrating on the three things you will never change in your marriage and begin focusing on the ten things you can. Then, you will esteem your mate as a gift to treasure, not as an idiot to tolerate.

You can get this book free from Amazon today if you want the Kindle version. Click here to get it now while you can.


This chicken has teeth

Recently had an ear infection. No problem... a trip to the clinic and get a doctor to prescribe some antibiotics certainly wasn't any big deal. I was given a seven day supply of Aureomycin . It's reported to be effective against 90 percent of bacteria-caused infections.

By the end of the medication, the infection seemed to be lingering a bit. By the middle of the next week, it was a full blown infection again. Back to the doctor I went again.

People are becoming immune to antibiotics from eating meat that is being fed antibiotics whether the animals are sick or not. The CBC reported on this a year ago. In their article they say:

Marketplace researchers bought 100 samples of chicken from major grocery chains in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.

The chicken included some of the most familiar label names in the poultry business.

The 100 samples were sent to a lab for analysis. Two-thirds of the chicken samples had bacteria.

What was surprising was that all of the bacteria uncovered during the Marketplace sampling were resistant to at least one antibiotic. Some of the bacteria found were resistant to six, seven or even eight different types of antibiotics.

You can watch the video below.  You will see brands of chicken that are sold at local grocery stores, and even one of the popular brands that has resistance  to Aureomycin, is a brand I've been buying.

The article goes on to say:

A representative of the Chicken Farmers of Canada group denied that antibiotics are being overused. "I think there's judicious use that is going on," said Mike Dungate.

I'm not sure what they call "judicious use". I'm familiar with process of manufacturing chicken feed and there isn't any judicious use. The steroids and antibiotics are pumped into the feed. It reduces the time it takes to get them to the slaughterhouse by half.

Our American neighbors to the south of us, no doubt are facing the same problem, but it may be worse. An article in the LA Times shows that "the U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to let chicken slaughterhouses run production lines faster and with fewer federal inspectors, angering food safety advocates and poultry plant workers."

More information can be discovered in a book by Thomas K. Shotwell called Superbugs: E. coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus And More!

The current flood of alarming scientific papers, books, newspapers, television, and Internet sites generates near hysteria in some circles, but the general public is now learning about super bacteria and how they threaten us all. This book places the emergence of antibiotic resistance into a wide framework, describes our general knowledge about the origin and persistence of antibiotic resistance, describes new ways of coping with resistant bacteria, provides the first detailed itemization of how antibiotics and other antibacterials are used in animals, which are used as pesticides, which are used in humans, as well as which uses overlap.


Support Woodwynn Farms

With the billions of dollars Canada pours into foreign aid each year, I find it troublesome to read how our own people here at home in Canada are often treated. According to an article on the CBC website, Richard LeBlanc, founder, has established Woodwynn Farms to help the homeless and and those recovering from alcohol and drug addictions. Here is what the farm is all about:

Woodwynn Farms is our 193 acre organic farm for our therapeutic community for the homeless, offering an opportunity to change peoples’ lives with educational and work programmes based on responsibility, dignity, independence and the principles of peer-to-peer help.

The affection, understanding and support that every person receives are daily examples of the kind of selflessness that cannot be considered a simple exchange because it can only come straight from the heart.

There is no single, failsafe recipe that can save everyone, only a fundamental rule – Respect and Unconditional Love.

The road that people have to travel can be long and complex, but the aim is to help them become aware of their true potential. Outcasts that have been overcome by life’s difficulties are encouraged and supported through trust and dialogue.  All those who enter Woodwynn will find a home, health and legal assistance and the chance to study and receive vocational training.

Work skills, Community, Self-Respect and a deep understanding of Sustainability are fundamental to reintegration into society.

Therapeutic communities, both locally and internationally, such as San Patrignano, Italy have proven lasting success rates of over 70%.

Founder and Executive Director Richard LeBlanc saw a 76% success rate in Victoria with his YEP program which helped 385 street youth transform their lives.

Apparently the farm is violating a bylaw which only permits up to four people to be on the farm, so many residents who have been camping on the property are being evicted by the Central Saanich council on Vancouver Island. An application to the Agricultural Land Commission to rezone one hectare of the property to allow housing was opposed by council and subsequently rejected by the ALC.

From what I understand, it's being appealed and a crucial vote will be occurring at a meeting of Central Saanich Council on the evening of Monday August 13.

Woodwynn Farms is asking for your support by submitting a letter. They have a form on their website where this can be done, and if you're not up to writing a letter they list a few other ways yu can help support their cause. Click here to go to their website and submit your letter.


Who is retiring — not me!

No siree, Bob! I ain't no quitter!!!!

I worked for a couple of companies that no longer exist. Heck, the building aren't even standing any longer. Then along the way, I decided I could make more money if I worked for myself. But my little business doesn't have a pension plan, so the only thing I pay into is the Canada pension. Too bad I wasn't an MP.

According to estimates that come from the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and are based on an MP retiring in 2019 and ceasing to receive their pension at age 80, here is the top 10:

10. Michael Chong - $3,124,903 (2015 = $2,684,816)
9. Peter Van Loan - $3,194,114 (2015 = $2,462,029)
8. Rona Ambrose - $3,330,876 (2015 = $2,429,149)
7. Rob Anders - $3,643,873 (2015 = $3,034,089)
6. Denis Coderre - $3,701,989 (2015 = $3,288,821)
5. Scott Brison - $3,723,666 (2015 = $3,113,881)
4. James Moore - $3,795,386 (2015 = $2,893,658)
3. Gerry Byrne - $3,996,498 (2015 = $3,450,711)
2. Jason Kenney - $4,318,507 (2015 = $3,416,779)
1. Stephen Harper - $5,596,474 (2015 = $5,456,109)

That's pretty good when you stop to think that if I retired when I was 65 and lived until I was 80, I would make about $162,000, which isn't even close to any of these.

An article on the CBS website says:

According to a poll by the Associated Press and, a website for the middle-aged, among baby boomers, 73 percent plan to work past retirement -- a number that's up six percent since March.

And... over half of them said they are not likely to ever retire.

Well... I guess I have a lot of company. I'm just going to keep busting these keys....


Damn! I broke a nail!

My method of playing the guitar is to hold a guitar pick between my index finger and thumb and use the other fingers on the right hand to pick notes or additional chord tones. In order to do this, my nails on the right hand have to be a little longer than normal. But the problem is, they wear down and brake too quickly.

I was reading researching what other guitar players do. Of course many of them use finger picks on the right hand fingers. Unfortunately, I can't see myself doing it. I've tried the picks on; just didn't like it at all. Then I discovered that others have their fingernails gelled at a salon. That sounded like an idea I could live with so I gave it a try.

It worked out well for the first two times. I noticed when the gel wore off/grew off that the nail on my middle finger looked a little stressed. I didn't think it was much to worry about so I went ahead and had it done again. This time, when the gel's time was up and the remainder came off the nail, it looks like it has eaten almost half of my nail.

Was this normal? I certainly had no idea. Then a friend who works in salons told me:

Your nails are thinning due to the lack of oxygen at the nail bed. This occurs in 98% of gel nail clients. Go to a salon and get nail envy in a matte finish. It is applied daily and works quickly. In the meantime duct tape picks to your fingers. Duct tape can fix anything! LOL

I've been reluctant to try the duct tape. I will save that thought for later. I may need it later on. I saw a few reviews for Nail Envy online. One reviews I saw claimed it was quite expensive; around $20 for a small bottle. But I found OPI Nail Envy Natural Nail Strengthener, 0.5-Fluid Ounce can be bought from Amazon for 77% off list price for just $3.95.

Here are the directions:

To strengthen natural nails, apply two coats of Matte Nail Envy, followed by one coat every other day. Complete instructions enclosed. Excellent for men

The only thing I'm wondering about is if I need to let the damaged nail grow out a bit more before I start using this. And sadly, it looks like I'll be a little handicapped when it comes to picking for the next month or so.