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Tuesday, 24 March 2020 16:42

Discontinuing the use of Facebook

I've been "off facebook" for a long time now, but I stumbled across a well-written explanation as to WHY people are leaving.  Wanted to share:

Starting on November 19, 2019, we are discontinuing the use of Facebook. Here's why we are taking this step.

Back in 2011, Facebook was innovative, exciting and interesting. It was fun to organize and maintain a Facebook community around the web site. However, things changed over the years. Due to very strict rules about who sees our content, nobody can reliably predict what will be delivered to our page's subscribers and when.

Latest Action: March 10, 2020

To end the epidemic of gun violence and build safer communities by strengthening Federal firearms laws and supporting gun violence research, intervention, and prevention initiatives.

Read the full text:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/5717/text?r=1&s=1

Stop. Just stop.

It is no longer a request. It is a mandate.

We will help you.

Many people have heard of Bitcoin and if you’ve done any research on the overall adoption of blockchain-based money is the speed at which transactions take place.  They are too slow for Bitcoin to replace the much-faster methods that Visa and MasterCard use.  It needs to be able to handle many transactions per minute.  

The advantage, however, is that blockchain based record-keeping is extremely reliable.  Bitcoin has proven this because the blockchain is available to anyone, you can go back and look up the very first bitcoin transaction.  Any bitcoin transaction is permanently logged, and that’s by design.  

Monday, 19 November 2018 15:00

Book Review: Marihuana, Deceptive Weed

This book goes into lots of great detail and it discusses a 5000-year history of cannabis, citing a lot of studies and includes lots of data and charts.  BUT, it doesn't mention "Reefer Madness" and the anti-marijuana propaganda of the United States 1930's and 40's.  In my opinion, most of the research that the book cites in the 60's and 70's need to be taken with a grain of salt.  People who were participating in these studies had been essentially told that marijuana will make you lose your mind and go crazy.  So I believe a lot of them 'acted out' the way they believed it would affect them. 

First, I'm not a CPA and I am not offering any tax advice.  I came across the new pdf2018 W4 form and wanted to share my findings when I compared it to the pdf2017 form.  See images below.  The screenshots have the 2017 version on the left, and the new 2018 version on the right. 

It seems the deductions for children for lowest income bracket are now worth double (4) compared to 2017 (2): 

w4-comparison-1

 

The standard deductions also doubled:  

w4-comparison-2

The following documents are not constituted to be legal advise.  Please consult an actual attorney if you have any questions about your case or particular situation.  

I used the following as a reference when I purchased a Jeep from an out of state seller that majorly misrepresented the condition of the vehicle.  I won by default because they had no defense.  Easy, open and shut case.  So I am providing the information in hopes that it helps someone in a similar situation.

Procedure:

  • You must send a corrected copy of this letter (pdfEXAMPLE 1) to the defendant by first class mail, return address included, and also on the envelope.  Make and keep a copy of the letter AND the envelope, and the date that you sent it.  You have to wait ten (10) days from the mailing date, if you do not receive an answer, or if the letter is not returned undelivered, service on the defendant is complete. 
  • Wait a total of fifteen (15) days after mailing, go to the Prothonotary’s office with this proof and a corrected copy of pdfEXAMPLE 2 to request a praecipe for the default judgement, you must also include a corrected copy of pdfEXAMPLE 3 and pdfEXAMPLE 4.  
  • After that they should issue pdfEXAMPLES 5 & pdfEXAMPLE 6.  You must include a self addressed envelope at the prothonotary’s office at this time.   

- A new father's perspective - 

Background

My wife and I had planned on having our first baby at home with a private midwife. Unfortunately, we were unable to actually have the baby at home, as my wife required magnesium via IV to keep her blood pressure down. We wound up having the baby in our nearest hospital, formerly known as Pocono Medical Center.  (In January 2017, Lehigh Valley Health Network absorbed Pocono Medical Center, which is the ‘primary’ hospital in the Poconos.  There is now a St. Luke’s hospital in the area but they don’t have a delivery / newborn facility... yet.)

This study is the first large RCT of a state-funded pre-k program and one of only two such studies ever conducted of a public preschool program in the United States. As such, it provides uniquely credible evidence in the area of early childhood education.

While the study found positive short-term effects on child achievement (at the end of the pre-k year), these effects dissipated as children entered elementary school and turned modestly negative by third grade. At the third-grade follow-up, the control group scored significantly higher in math and science achievement than the pre-k group.

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Now you get to do the work that China won’t.

The huge dirty secret of recycling was also one of the world’s worst polluters.

Every branch of government from Washington D.C. to your local town council had spent a fortune convincing people that recycling is a magical process that turns your old pizza boxes into new pizza boxes while creating those imaginary “green jobs” in the community. The reality was a lot dirtier.

All of America’s industries, including trash sorting, had been outsourced to China.

And recycling is just a fancy lefty way of saying "trash." All that recycling, which children in progressive communities are taught to sort as the closest thing to a religious ritual, was really being dumped by the ton on dirty ships and sent over to China. We weren’t recycling it. The Chinese were.

But now China is banning foreign recycling because it’s bad for the environment.

  • "I think one of the things that really separates us from the high primates is that we’re tool builders. I read a study that measured the efficiency of locomotion for various species on the planet. The condor used the least energy to move a kilometer. And, humans came in with a rather unimpressive showing, about a third of the way down the list. It was not too proud a showing for the crown of creation. So, that didn’t look so good. But, then somebody at Scientific American had the insight to test the efficiency of locomotion for a man on a bicycle. And, a man on a bicycle, a human on a bicycle, blew the condor away, completely off the top of the charts.

    And that’s what a computer is to me. What a computer is to me is it’s the most remarkable tool that we’ve ever come up with, and it’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.” ~ Steve Jobs