Sunday, May 13, 2012

How to Beat the Dishonest Members of Congress

Books by the zillions telling all about what's wrong with the past and present , A few mention that something should actually be done about problems. Politicians tell us they will correct problems but not HOW. So I have the nerve to tell all a secret. I know a way and here it is. First the major problem by the mood of the public is that a majority of our legislators appear to have been bought and paid for by for profit corporations who work for investors and not for our government. Here is a statement in the form of a PLEDGE I have created with a few words added at the ending. THE PATRIOT'S
PLEDGE,  IF ELECTED TO PUBLIC OFFICE NEITHER I NOR MY STAFF WILL HAVE A CONFLICT OF INTEREST OR A SEEMINGLY CONFLICT OF INTEREST WITH ANY FOR PROFIT CORPORATION OR THEIR REPRESENTATIVES WHEN A MAJORITY OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AGREE WITH THE PLEDGE. Think about that pledge and I will tell you the only way   it cannot be a success. We know the majority of members of Congress are dishonest and if a majority were honest they would separate the for profit corporations from the halls of Congress. We must surmise the dishonest members of Congress will adopt the PLEDGE to show their constituents they are honest. .How could the PLEDGE fail? Only if the voting public does not become aware of the presence of it. The Wall Streeters, The Unions, The Teapartiers, conservatives  and liberals all will favor the PLEDGE. Will you readers help spread it? I have asked our Vermont members of Congress and  President Obama and  Editors of the NYTimes and The New Yorker and many other progressive publications and so far no responses.Please help.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Patriot Pledge

Question:Do you think it possible to compose one sentence embracing the reasons for all ideologies to be concerned with the state of the union at this time? That includes ultra conservatives and left wing ideologues,Wall Street occupiers and Tea Party members and all in between including YOU? It embraces an idea whose time has come that is not only realistic but is absolutely mandatory to save our Republic. Nothing to sign, no monitory contribution but a quiet inner dedication to never vote for a candidate for office who does not agree with the following PATRIOT PLEDGE:
IF ELECTED TO POLITICAL OFFICE NEITHER I NOR MY STAFF WILL HAVE A CONFLICT OF INTEREST OR SEEMINGLY A CONFLICT OF INTEREST WITH ANY FOR PROFIT CORPORATION OR THEIR REPRESENTATIVES. If you are against that pledge you are among strange bed fellows such as Corporations who treat our Government like a private sacred cow to be milked at will and Lobbyists who do their dirty work. Let there be a tsunamis of voters embracing the Patriot Pledge and we will be on a course to clean house in Washington DC. If you are against the PLEDGE do me the favor of telling me why.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Your "SUCKER" Test

The definition of SUCKER I am assuming is to be taken advantage of and doing nothing about it. Sorry to be so crude but another word for it is being screwed and doing nothing about it. I presume we all know that many corporations pay lobbyists salaries to influence our legislators. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont mentions it in his book, "The Speach." Do you think those salaries are a cost of doing business to corporations? If so those salaries would otherwise go to the IRS as part of their income tax bill. If those monies do go to lobbyists in effect you and I are paying the salaries of lobbyists to take advantage of or to screw us and those who sit back and do nothing about it are Suckers. Now listen to this. There is a way and it is a simple way to BEAT THE BASTARDS. If you and I and your friends and mine and all of them and their friends agree with the Patriot Pledge we shall overcome. We must all agree to vote for candidates for Congress who will agree to the pledge. Here it is. IF ELECTED TO POLITICAL OFFICE NEITHER I NOR MY STAFF WILL HAVE ANY CONFLICT OF INTEREST OR A SEMBLANCE OF A CONFLICT OF INTEREST WITH ANY FOR PROFIT CORPORATION OR THEIR REPRESENTATIVES. Do you as I do want to stop that being taken advantage of? When you recognize the problem and do something about it you are no longer a SUCKER. By working together we will win as Patriots.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Climate Warming

We hear a lot about the causes of climate warming but little about what goes into the causes other than the burning of fossil fuels and the excess carbon dioxide accumulating between our earth and the sun. I have heard nothing about the actual excess warming caused by the extensive black topping of so much highway expance and house roofs. The figure of almost 50 acres of highway surface for each mile of road is mentioned and think of the heat with summer sun absorbed with sunshine that is released when the sun sets that would not be present without the ever expanding highways of every developed country. Consider the heat from each vehicles exhaust system as well as the fumes. Think also of summer heat in cities and of those who go to the country to escape at least some of it. The cities are virtually covered with black topped houses and roads all absorbing heat while the sun shines that would not be present from natural wildlife. So when you give it a little thought there is no way we can exist as we do without affecting an increase of man made elevation of heat.

Monday, November 7, 2011


With my observation of traits caused by a pregnant mother ingesting toxic material during pregnancy has on its list of possibilities not only Autism in humans and Hip Dysplasia in canines but also varying sexual traits such as homosexuality. Also on my list is the possibility of MS, MD, Alzheimer, ALS and many less obvious conditions. We humans are exposed to thousands of chemicals our ancstors were never exposed to while evolving in Africal. An example of one condition scrableing genes while the embryo was developing was the result of the drug, Thalamide ingested while pregnant. It is critical that research be directed toward that possibility.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

To Lose Weight

How often do you hear the expression, "I'm on a diet to lose weight?" We all know the answer to that question and that expression is rarely true. The answer is so obvious, "eat less."
However there has to be a state of mind that most who verbally say they are on a diet don't really mean it. First, leading up to one real answer I am reminded of years ago in my veterinary practice when asked how to reduce an over weight dog or cat or any animal. I would ask the client to add up all the food the animal is eating and then to restrict the diet to just half that amount and to return in a week and weigh the creature on our large platform scale to see the results. For some time I thought someone was feeding the animals, "under the table" or that some food must have been available not accounted for as all the reweighed overweight animals had not lost a pound or an ounce. Why? I answered that by the fact that the overweight animals had been eating over twice as much food as was needed for the energy expended. That means that the overweight animal was passing half of the food eaten as unadsorbed nourishment. That meant to reduce the fat pet it was necessary to reduce the food eaten by more than 50%. When I know that everybody knows the answer to the statement, "I'm on a diet to lose weight" when about 95% of them have to know in spite of the statement they are not serious about it. I did not plan it but when at 80 years of age I became a runner the weight situation became important to me. At 5 feet 10 inches the charts indicated I was in a healthy weight bracket with my 183 pounds. In running I began to think of my running with a 10 pound bag of say potatoes on my back. I decided to reduce the 10 pounds and did. Then having improved my running times I wondered about another 10 pounds and leveled off at 150 pounds. After the expected age related slowing in 5 years I began to seriously consider losing another 10 pounds.I'll tell all about how I lose weight whenever I want to shortly. At age 85 began an unplanned for experiment. When about 10 years of age my father brought home a house guest who was visiting Yale University from England. J. B. S. Haldane was famous for many discoveries in science and often had used himself as an experimental animal. With my reducing I decided to do the same. The experiment seemed interesting because I can find no evidence that anybody has ever reported about it. How much weight can I lose and still be healthy? If any reader of this has an answer for me please let me know. Perhaps it was unfortunate that I realized what I had in mind when I told my four children about my experiment because it was like something hit the fan. Were they ever upset! Enough said and now how to lose weight by taking in less energy than required for a days need. I believe a breakfast of bacon and eggs, toast and coffee with a little marmolade on the toast and every couch potaato has taken in all the calories needed for a day. For me a day consists of a 5k run around town and reading and writing. I decided for the most important meal of the day, breakfast, one glass of orange juice starts my day before a 5k organized race or training. For lunch I eat one small yogurt of 100 calories and for supper I eat most anything and as much as I want. Being my own chef since my love died I find I over due the amount of foods I prepare and put the excess in my freezer for a long hard winter here in Brattleboro. I do enjoy chocolate and ice cream so, as far as chocolate and cookies and chips and other finger food I eat it all and savor it before I spit it out thereby enjoying the flavors and consistency of each goodie. I swallow the ice cream. However if my scale does not indicate the loss of weight I desire I do an extra 5k that day and watch the weight fade away and I still feel great. I hope I will be able to report when I pass the tipping point but I must confess I feel so great you may have to read about the results in the Obits.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Anecdote 57

Animal Anecdote 57

Sometimes it takes time to define just what a friend is. That was the case with Glover. He would do anything for me or so he said. He was remarkable in his contacts. When my station needed new tires at a time when it was difficult for me to get away he offered to get the tires as a gift- someone owed him a favor. In an hour he was back with the car newly shod. He had told mutual friends that I would do anything for him. That’s how thick our friendship was. He would bring animals to me from owners that no way could afford the necessary services such as inoculations and even minor surgery that I was pleased to perform for needy. Later I found most were not needy.
We were landscaping our new house and he could get just the young white pine and blue spruce we needed. When did we want them? He arrived with a flat bed trailer load with a dozen of each species that were shoulder high young trees. I had expected 10 inch tall trees. He even helped dig holes and plant them.
Then one day I had a question as to his ethics. Would I give him a statement that his pet snakes were harmless as someone had reported him as having some dangerous snakes? He had mentioned to me that he had permission to keep his venomous specimens several of which I had treated and they were deadly species. I asked who had given him permission and he said, never mind and it was forgotten.
One day he came in unannounced with of all things a young male African Lion and asked me if I would keep it for him for a few days until he returned. I was pleased to care for a species I had never had as a patient before. The poor animal had rickets I presumed from feeding the likes of hamburger with no calcium. I had some dead rodents in my freezer for snake food and bought some chickens to feed bones and feathers. A day after his arrival the papers reported the theft of a young African Lion from an auto agency where one had been illegally displayed as an ad stunt and a legal arm of the state of Conn. was investigating the animal’s whereabouts.
Glover was nowhere to be found and I phoned the authorities who arrived promptly.
Having no idea how to care for the Lion they asked if I would care for him until they could resolve the case. That Lion was the size of a beagle dog and had a huge appetite and we could almost see it growing from day to day. A week passed when one day I returned from lunch and there was a van with the logo and letters of our local TV station and Glover hugging the critter and giving a lecture about how he had become the owner.
So I was left with a hot lion as it was announced the creature may have been the one that disappeared from a roadside nature center shortly before it came to me. That was the last contact I had with Glover but not with some of his kindness. A year later a tire salesman arrived to ask his whereabouts as he owed $200 for a set of tires for a station wagon.
Then came a horticulturist who was looking for Glover to collect $300 for trees Glover had purchased from him. As far as the lion, my help called Tiger, a friendly client checked around and convinced the Bush Gardens in Florida to adopt him and a large wire crate arrived to send Tiger there. By thwen he was the size of a Great Dane. So ended my adventure with a “friend” I have not heard of since.

Next time poison ivy anyone? 652 words