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where are the statesmen and stateswomen?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

* Not in office! Witness Bill Bradley.

* Elizabeth Warren spoke up; Wall Street still got what they wanted.

* A few try, but most who do have the gumption, get lost in the noise.

* Why can't these people stay in office?

.--Too many people believe that voting doesn't matter.
.--People believe they have more important things to do. You can't lead without followers.
.--What's that got to do with what Kim Kardashian is rumored to be doing, now?
.--But, Burger King is having a sale on Deep Fat Fried Cholesterol this week
.--Hey, I had my Kellog's carb fix. I've done my part.
.--Stay on topic, will ya. Will the Red Sox have a bull pen this year?
.--My husband's out of a job; my boss is talking about laying me off, and you want me to campaign for who?
.--Heh, McDonalds is putting two grapes in every Happy Meal!! ??
.--Do YOU know what's trending on Zuckerbook, right now?
.--Dude, I'm starting a Fantasy 43-Man Squamish League. Are you up for it?


Am I done with the non sequiturs?

Are they non-sequiturs? Is the POTENTIAL electorate done with NON-SEQing?

Lee emoticon

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NELLIEH1 12/18/2014 9:32PM

    You are so right about voting...but one wonders about what is really happening behind the scenes. My husband ran for congress...and our eyes were opened about what those in office really think is follows similar lines to your descriptions here of the electorate!...and that was 1966!

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GARDENCHRIS 12/18/2014 7:31AM

    voting does matter and people need to ACT like citizens and do their civic duties.... elections have consequences

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KAREN-IS-HERE 12/17/2014 9:06PM

    I live in Missouri

need I say more ???? emoticon

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ROSEWAND 12/17/2014 11:57AM

    Follow the money. Most of the representatives in
office are owned by the monied interests who put
them there. Until the voters stop falling for the
thirty second ads that mislead them into voting
against their own interests, this is the government
we get. emoticon

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GABY1948 12/17/2014 11:38AM

    It's just a crazy world...I don't like it....I want to get off!

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MARGARITTM 12/17/2014 8:12AM

    Frustrating - I watch the news and become more convinced that the world has gone mad!

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LSDALOIA 12/17/2014 7:33AM

    Shoot, I live in Texas. Talk to me about crazy politicians. Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, oh, and our new governor is a real treat, too. At least it keeps Maher, Colbert, and Stewart with plenty of material.

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GRAMMYEAC 12/16/2014 10:09PM

    If it doesn't fit into 15 seconds, it won't play in today's world. We can only see, and hear, the non-sequiturs.

In less than 50 years, we have become a nation of sheep.....

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/16/2014 9:38PM

    My area gets worse all the time. The people drift further from the truth and what matters.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/16/2014 7:40PM

    agree . . . doubt it.

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MSLZZY 12/16/2014 7:34PM

    I doubt it.

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Why is Food Labelling Bad & Congress a Mess?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

* People of lower economic status tend not to vote. (They don't even register.)
* Unions and the civil rights movement, historically, have tended to counteract this. Neither is a significant force, any longer, especially for people of lower economic status.
* Many people believe that the only issues are direct pocket book issues (DPBIs), and the only people, by and large, that get their DBPIs addressed are rich people and corporations; the latter can "amortize" the cost of influence across sufficient savings, or profit. ("Influence" includes lobbying, participation in public councils and forums, political campaign investment, and political ads.)
* The American people do not agree about certain hot button issues, such as the role of religion in government and public life, abortion, guns, etc., and various "parties" use these issues to influence various groups into making decisions against their own best interests.

Not the post you were expecting, I bet.

But, I believe it to be most relevant.

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MSLZZY 12/16/2014 7:35PM


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GABY1948 12/16/2014 6:19PM

    emoticon with all the commenters here! And you

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NELLIEH1 12/16/2014 5:18PM

    where are the statesmen and stateswomen?

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1CRAZYDOG 12/16/2014 2:45PM

    And don't forget about PAC's. POWERFUL lobbyists for their causes.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/16/2014 9:01AM

    It's, unfortunately, all true. Now if you could come up with a solution before this country goes the way of all great nations who sink themselves by allowing a 2 level caste system to form - the rich verses the poor. It's all about greed. Eventually the rich have all the dollars and the poor are starved out and not willing to work for peanuts any more. They don't feel like building a pyramid for a prick. What they are willing to do is cut off the head of the beast and that doesn't solve the problem. The tzar is dead - his cronies are not. Lots of people who do vote are really too stupid to be allowed to. My husband's boss, who is a rabid member of his own political party doesn't even know who George Will is. Sickening. It amazes me how stupid people can be.

Comment edited on: 12/16/2014 9:03:42 AM

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Latest Online/SP Lexicon of Acronyms and Text Emoticons

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Online & SparkPeople Lexicon Text, including Acronyms & Emoticons

2013-05-13 (Last Updated 2014-12-13, 18:59:52, v16)

Apparently, there are folks who have read blogs or other posts
and are confused by TLAs and emoticons. Ergo (;-)):

!= -- unequal(s). logical inequality. The '!' "reads" NOT.
(_x_) -- kiss my "butter"
10Q -- thank you
10Qgg -- thank you very much (replace each 'g' with a
. greater than sign; disallowed at SP)
4 -- for
404 -- I havenít a clue (originally, the return code for
. a missing web page)
4got -- forgot
:( -- frowny (unhappy, with a button nose)
:) -- smiley (happy, with a button nose)
:-( -- frowny (unhappy)
:-) -- smiley
:-* -- kiss
:-0 -- shocked
:-P -- tongue wag smiley (satirical smile)
:-| -- seriously
:| -- seriously (with a nose job)
;-) -- smilie/winkie
;-| -- sarcastic, perhaps, but also true
== -- equal(s). logical equality. In many programming
. languages '=' is used for assigning values to
. variables; hence '==' is required to express
. equality.
ADIH -- another day in hell
ADIP -- another day in paradise (often used
. sarcastically)
AFAIC -- as far as I'm concerned
AFAICT -- as far as I can tell
AFAIK -- as far as I know
AFAIR -- as far as I recall
ASAP -- as soon as possible
B/C -- because
B4 -- before
B4N -- bye for now
BCNU -- be seeing you
BF -- brain fart ("pilot error", user error, "my
. mistake")
BFD -- big "friggin'" deal
BFF -- best friend forever (now days, often, used
. sarcastically, as in, "I'll be your BFF -- for
. at least the next hour, if you'll do this for
. me")
BFN -- bye for now
BM -- byte me
BOL -- best of luck
BRB -- be right back
BTW -- by the way
BWK -- big wet kiss (always meant as a slight -- or
. greater -- derision)
BYO -- bring your own
CRS -- can't remember "$hit"
CU Soon -- see you soon
CU2 -- see you too
CU@ -- see you at ...
CUL -- see you later
CUL8R -- see you later
CYA -- cover our "a$$"
DNC -- does not compute ("you are making no sense!")
doh -- See: BF
FAQ -- frequently asked (and answered) questions
foo/foobar -- one variable is foo; another variable is foobar
. (following math usage bar means "not"; i.e., two
. distinct instances; also, a play on words with
. "FUBAR")
FUBAR -- "fouled" up beyond all recognition
FUD -- fear, uncertainty, doubt (disinformation)
FWIW -- for what it's worth
FYI -- for your information
GMTA -- great minds think alike
HTH -- hope this helps
IIRC -- if I remember correctly
IMAO -- in my arrogant opinion
IMHO -- in my humble opinion
IMNSHO -- in my not so humble opinion
IMO -- in my opinion
IOW -- in other words
IRL -- in real life
KMA -- kiss my "grits"
L8R -- later
LMAO -- laughing my "a$$" off
LOL -- laughing out loud
MDH -- my dear husband
MDW -- my dear wife
NBD -- no big deal
NFW -- no "forkin'" way
NOYB -- none of your business
NSAID -- non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug -- e.g.,
. aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxin,
. oxaprozin
NSFW -- not safe for workplace (viewing; warning: sexual
. or repulsive content)
NSV -- non-scale victory; while dieting something good
. that happens, or that you do, that does not
. immediately result in a weight loss as measured
. by a scale.
O+O -- over & out (goodbye)
OMG -- oh my "gullibility"
OP -- original poster (starter of the current
. discussion thread)
OT -- off topic
OTOH -- on the other hand
PCP -- primary care physician
PITA -- pain in the "a$$"
QED -- quod erat demonstrandum (Latin; therefore, it
. has been demonstrated -- as in a formal
. mathematical proof)
QEF -- quad erat faciendum (Latin; therefore, it has
. been shown -- as in a geometric demonstration --
. not as iron-clad as a proof)
ROFLMAO -- rolling on floor laughing my "a$$" off
ROTFL -- rolling on the floor laughing
RSN -- real soon now (probably, not in your lifetime)
RTFM -- read the "friggin'" manual (matter at hand)
RU -- are you
SAHM -- stay at home mom
SNAFU -- situation normal, all "fouled" up
SO -- significant other
SOL -- "$hit" outta luck
SSDD -- same "$h1t", different day
TIA -- thanks in advance
TLA -- three letter acronym (recursive!)
TMI -- too much information
TPTB -- the powers that be
TTFN -- ta-ta for now
U -- you
UOK -- are you OK?
VNP -- Vulcan nerve pinch (CTRL-ALT-DEL; reboot; start
. over)
W/ -- with
W/O -- without
WFM -- works for me (I'm in agreement)
WIIFM -- what's in it for me
WRT -- with respect to
WTF -- what the "f@ck" ("how can this be?")
WTF,O -- what the "f@ck", over (your point or message is
. obtuse, at best, indecipherable, at worst; are
. you processing, at all)
WTG -- way to go
WTH -- what the "he11"
WYSIWYG -- what you see is what you get
XO -- hug and kiss
XOR -- eXclusive OR. Boolean evaluation where only one
. of the alternatives may be TRUE; NOT both.
XOXO -- hugs and kisses
YMMV -- your mileage may vary (your results may differ
. from the ones I've just described)
YMWV -- your mileage will vary (likely, your results
. will differ from the ones I've just described)

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/15/2014 3:11PM

    Jeez, I will never remember them all. Too old for this. LOL.

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LJCANNON 12/14/2014 11:00PM

    emoticon Very Educational! !

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NELLIEH1 12/14/2014 10:27PM

    Whew...some list!

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GABY1948 12/14/2014 3:44PM

    I love this! Thank you for sharing...I am copying this and emailing it to myself! emoticon

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MSLZZY 12/14/2014 1:52PM

    need to copy this (10-4)

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1CRAZYDOG 12/14/2014 12:04PM

    All righty then! TY

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GARDENCHRIS 12/14/2014 11:04AM

    crazy! I wouldn't have time or energy to remember all that! LOL

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DRAGON-CHICK 12/14/2014 9:15AM

    OMG! LOL! ROFL!!!!
I almost just died laughing.
My boss' initials are BF.

emoticon emoticon

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 12/14/2014 9:02AM

    what happened to plain old talking...LOL....I get so confused with all this lingo since I don't text or even own a cell phone

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KAREN-IS-HERE 12/14/2014 9:00AM

    emoticon emoticon now I can figure out what everybody is saying

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Yet, Again, More on Nutrition Labels.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

ANAICT, the reason that Tuna labels have serving sizes that are not integral of contents, e.g., 2.2 servings per can, is to create a servings size, such that, the mercury content falls within acceptable guidelines.

I believe that similar misleading quantification is also carried out WRT trans fats, cholesterol, and other regrettable food properties.

In the case of tuna, and school lunches, this kind of machination would appear to be borderline criminal. This also seems to indicate that the FDA is not only allowing the required information to be hard to use, they are allowing unsafe practices.

Thought you might be interested.

Lee emoticon

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GOLDENRODFARM 12/15/2014 6:09AM


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KAREN-IS-HERE 12/14/2014 5:03PM

    emoticon dang it

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BMCOLLEY 12/14/2014 6:41AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/13/2014 10:33PM

    The problem is that businesses are allowed to poison us and nothing is done to stop it. All fish are contaminated in varying degrees. Our bodies are full of all kinds of unwanted substances like pesticides, plastics, mercury, etc. We would get more than enough of some of these substances which occur naturally. The government standards are too low and most other developed countries protect their citizens better than we do.

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MARAGRAM 12/13/2014 9:26PM

    Keep posting this information--it's vital!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/13/2014 7:10PM

    Thank you. That's sad, for sure!!! **SIGH**

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GABY1948 12/13/2014 7:07PM

    I APPRECIATE your blogs...It is amazing the JUNK that passes for "food" all in the name of "money" emoticon

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Why I Write Things Out, When Tracking/Recording

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I have in my house/home office 3 Android phones (1 with a telephone contract, the other two, obsolete, used as handy information devices, and Android tablet (Kindle), and a Windows notebook, not including my desktop and server. Moreover, the 3 Android phones all have speech to text translation that works very well for my voice

So, why do I still use paper and pencil? Because I don't want to wet and vanquish any of my mobile devices.

Even with the paper and pencil, I make sure that I put the paper and pencil on a horizontal surface that I actually have to walk to, to record.

Is this a matter of increasing my activity level?

Nope. I'm a messy meal preparer, and this protects my devices, and paper from wet and sloppiness.

I also keep a dish towel near my food prep so I can dry my hands before recording even on the scrap paper.

Why do I leave nothing to chance? No chances for excuses! And!, trial, and ERROR! emoticon

Lee emoticon

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MSPENCER7 12/12/2014 12:03AM

    I use to write everything down, too. However, since I purchased an Android, I found it was easier and faster for me to use the app to track.

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NELLIEH1 12/11/2014 12:01PM

    Ah...sounds like the write (sic) thing for you emoticon My DH does everything on paper, too...for similar reasons (He's a great chef!) and also because that's how things were for much of his life. Have a great rest of the day!

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MSLZZY 12/11/2014 7:05AM

Sounds like my house

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GOLDENRODFARM 12/11/2014 2:52AM

    Writing things down has always made me think it through, it helps me learn things too, but I have to admit I like the tracking on the computer for food, it takes so much less time! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/10/2014 7:40PM

    I'm not a techie person so I don't have a lot of devices. I don't have a phone or any other device in the kitchen either but I can usually remember what I ate as most if it is not processed.

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MOM2ACAT 12/10/2014 6:48PM

    I still track my food by pen and paper, I actually find it much easier than trying to keep up with entering everything into the computer, and it keeps me much more aware of what I am doing right or wrong.

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GABY1948 12/10/2014 6:13PM

    emoticon I still write LOTS of things!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/10/2014 6:08PM

    IU find the hand to brain connection of writing makes me think!

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