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Soda Drinks Banned In NYC
NOW HEAR THIS:
 
The Board of Health of New York City, NY (BHONYC) has attempted to ban soda drinks (Pepsi, Coke, etc.); imposing restrictions on the sale of such products in the City. The issue purported was the sugary drinks contain high-fructose corn syrup which the BHONYC speculates is the underlying cause of the epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
 
The inclusive dates when the BOHNYC has been banning the soda drinks is not clear, but New York City's highest court refused to reinstate the ban in a recent ruling. According to the ruling, the BOHNYC overstepped its bounds when it engaged in law-making beyond its health regulatory authority. Thus the merits of the "Portion Cap Rule" (legislature in nature, banning soda drinks) that it used to implement the ban cannot be recognized as legislative.
 
The lower courts of NYC had been blocking the "Portion Cap Rule" when some of the affected City's businesses sued, and their decision was upheld when the ban was overturned.
 
Soda drinks cause obesity and diabetes? Why ... hundreds of millions of people consume soda drinks regularly, nearly since birth, and they are neither obese nor sick with diabetes! I am one of them! 
 
What will somebody like the BOHNYC ban next? Bread?  According to some minds akin to the BOHNYC, foods are carcinogens. I'd ban eating if I were they.
 
 
26Jun2014rbm111743
 
 
Now Drones In The Laborious Attempts By Theoreticians To Modify The Weather
Weather modification is a process of inducing clouds to yield rain. Theoreticians, both past and present, posit that when certain parti-culates are spread into a cloud formation, water vapor (cloud) will nucleate around each of the particulates (seed) and form countless minute airborne particles of water. The cloud formation eventually becomes a precipitation which is too heavy for the atmosphere (air) to hold. The precipitation comes down from the atmosphere as rain.
 
The theory posited is called "cloud seeding", which was serendipitously discovered in 1946. The particulates referred to are known as cloud condensation nuclei, CCN (I'd call them "seeding agents"). These are very fine solid compounds such as Silver Iodide and solid  Carbon Dioxide, not excluding table salt, carbon black, dust, soot, etc. L iquid Propane has also been tried: When allowed to expand into a cloud formation it supercools the water vapor (cloud) which will nucleate into ice crystals and henceforth, precipitation.
 
Cloud seedings have been done using manned airborne aircrafts and ground-based rockets and flares to dump or spread the "seeding agents" into cloud formations. Now the elite drone business, at its best, is obviously trying to bore into the seeding operation for  rea-sons that are all too good not be a ubiquitous pretext, viz., (1) Aircrafts and pilots weigh several times more than a drone, therefore, fuel consumption is comparatively more expensive. (2) Ground-based rockets and flares are limited in aerial coverage while drones  cover wider and farther air space. (3) Drones can be made to fly and seed above, into or below cloud formations that are at close proximity to terrain, a flying environment which is too risky for manned airborne aircraft and prohibited by the FAA. (4) Cloud-chasing  during a storm means multiple take-offs and landings, too risky for manned airborne aircraft.
 
The drone business avoids to divulge: (1) A drone is operated by radio control which is prone both to unprecedented operator errors and numerous electronic/equipment malfunction. (2) Unknown and unexpected parameters especially during a storm can easily send  the mediocre-powered drone plummeting to the ground. (3) The probability of transmitter sabotage from the ground exists.
 
All of the aforementioned sound convincing! Unfortunately, the cloud seedings that have been done so far evidently indicated success only on supercooled water vapor. This means seeding will most likely work only in winter atmospheric conditions. Therefore, this seren-dipity is more for bringing down snow (hopefully not hailstones) than rain!
 
Moreover, previous cloud-seeding operations were mostly precarious, laborious attempts, mostly error and failure. This theoretical process has not been established since its inception. It is an unpopular, rarely sought business. There would not be any areas in this country and elsewhere on earth suffering from drought today if cloud seeding were undoubtedly effective.
 
Some of these theoreticians are even outspoken on how cloud is formed. For those interested, their theories are available in several websites in the internet under the general topic "Nucleation or Cloud Condensation Nuclei".
 
In solitary retrospect, I ponder how the earth and generations of its inhabitants lived through eons of times, including the present,  without cloud seeding. Our ancestors had profound faith that rain could be brought down as a blessing through solemn prayers or invocations or even offerings.
 
It seems the drought-stricken areas in this U.S.A. were implying to the cloud-seeding theoreticians that the Almighty God is saying:
"Let us see what your theory can do."
 
 
10Jun2014parawonder
 
 
Brief Perspective On U.S. Minimum Wage Hikes
At least 21 states have each hiked their minimum wage, "on their own", this year from the Federal minimum of $7.25/hr. The hike varies from one state to another and ranges from $7.40/hr to $9.32/hr.
 
"On their own" means each of the 21 states could not wait for the Congressional National Minimum Wage of $9.32/hr or the $10.10/hr hike the President is crying for. Both have stalled in Congress.
 
Taking into perspective a hypothetical family of three (one wage earner, spouse and one child), the present rate of $7.25/hr brings an income of $1,160/mo (assuming take home, no deductions). The expenses for this family generally can be estimated at $1,125/mo which amounts to a cost of living of 96.98%.
 
With a Congressional minimum wage hike of $9.32/hr, the total income for this family is $1,491, an increase of 28.53% from the previous wage.
 
Assuming at this point that expenses (prices) remain constant, the cost of living will be 75.45%, a decrease of 21.53% from 96.98%.
 
So far so good.
 
However, raises in prices of rents, goods, commodities, services, etc., are a most probable impact of this wage hike. By some customary devil's curse or through some nagging traditional statistics, such raises are commonly 1/2 of the wage increase; in this case 1/2 of 28.53%. Conservative projection could be anywhere from 10-14%, regardless. Therefore the wage hike to $9.32/hr will consequently increase the cost of living to 83% instead of the 75.45%.
 
With taxes and other pay deductions, the total cost of living will amount to approx. 87-90% for this hypothetical family. Remember 96.98% before minimum wage hike!
 
Well, there is at least a 7% decrease in the cost of living to be thankful for from this Congressional wage increase. Not bad at all for those employed!
 
The perspective is dismal for the unemployed and those living on fixed income. The hike in minimum wage will cause a projected 10-14% inevitable increase in living expenses.
 
It seems like nobody at minimum level can afford to spend anymore or not to be employed in this U. S. A.
 
 
14May2014rbm111743
 
 
NO LONGER SUPPORTED
NO LONGER SUPPORTED
 
When your body is NO LONGER SUPPORTED by one of your legs, you hop with one leg to move from point A to point B or fall on the ground.
 
When your body is NO LONGER SUPPORTED by both legs, you fall on the ground and use your arms and hands for mobility.
 
When a chair is NO LONGER SUPPORTED by one or two legs, it rests on the ground to securely support whoever sits on it.
 
When a building is NO LONGER SUPPORTED by its support structures such as posts, beams, walls, etc., it lists to the most stable position on the ground or collapses into inconceivable chunks and debris that definitely assume stable positions.  
 
When your computer system, such as browser is NO LONGER SUPPORTED by a website or parts thereof, it is useless for that website or parts thereof. Move on and forget that website or parts thereof.
 
NO LONGER SUPPORTED
 
WHY? The client (user) computer greets the website server with information (codes written in computer language) which the latter server scrutinizes.  
 
The error message "NO LONGER SUPPORTED" spits out when the server finds an tissue in one or more of the following (details of which require one or 100+ exquisite explanations by an expert):
  • General information
  • Operating System
  • Browser features
  • Accessibility features
  • Acid scores
  • HTML
  • Web Technology
  • Plug-ins and syndicated content
  • JavaScript
  • Protocol
  • Image format
  • Native multimedia
  • Security and vulnerabilities
Neither the user's computer nor the website server will give any recommendation to address the issue(s). You, the user, are on your own.
 
By the way, not all websites have the courtesy to display “NO LONGER SUPPORTED” or something similar. Through protocol, the user’s browser recognizes the issue and defaults to display “… cannot open the Internet site.” or ” … cannot open the webpage.” or something similar. There are cases where the user’s PC just freezes. All these mean the same thing, ”Your browser (or O/S or Platform) IS NO LONGER SUPPORTED by our website.”
 
There are options. 
  • Install THE LATEST MOST POWERFUL BROWSER. There are more than 45 browsers available, one or more of which might be compatible with the platform of your computer as well as satisfy the website's needs for browsing and thereby address the issue. Some of these browsers (at least 4 here in the U.S.) are downloadable for free.
The dilemma and/or regret to this option is: Installing a new browser is like renovating or remodeling your house whereby sections or parts of your house must be torn down and  removed. Eventually your house will be no longer the "Original". Very similarly, your computer will certainly lose one or more functions which are valuable to you, and/or lose its entire originality (functionality) after installing a new browser. You will be appalled your computer is no longer what you bought years ago.
  • Preserve the originality and integrity of your computer and never visit websites that NO LONGER SUPPORT your computer system. Unfortunately this could include such websites as credit cards, banks, some news sites, games, online vendors, etc.
  • Buy a brand new PC.
NO LONGER SUPPORTED
 
This is how demanding, complicated, impossible, etc., etc., etc., the internet has become from the informative, entertaining, useful piece of program it was intended to be.
 
 
 
05May2014rbm111743
 
Climate Science, Anyone?
An Ausralian published a blog that the Prime Minister of Australia, Mr. Tony Abbot is an audacious opposition to Climate Science.
 
Since he became Prime Minister, the budget for climate science had been drastically slashed, causing the unemployment of a quarter of the climate scientists.
 
If budget cuts are necessary for more imperative use, the Australian Prime Minister, Mr. Tony Abbot, should not slash a quarter of the climate scientists only. He should ax the climate science outfit down to a quarter or to zero.
 
Climate Science indeed.
 
For generations, Meteorology has been good enough in forecasting weather and climate with only the barometer, wet-and-dry bulb sling psychrometer, anemometer, compass, thermometer, and rain gauge as measuring instruments. Civilization needed no more than information from the meteorologist that a violent weather was brewing nearby. People took necessary precautions. If ever there were casualties from a devastating weather, there never was significant impact on population. Life went on and weather forecasting mainly remained as news accessory. There were no indications that Meteorologists desired to know the mysteries of climate and weather.  
 
Computers and observation satellites were invented and went in operation from which climate science was invented and evolved no too long ago.
 
Now climate science speculates human activities cause adverse climate changes. Would you believe the CO 2 level of countries are now automatically monitored? This will be used in the future to control, among meriads of other things, your use of home cooking stoves !!! According to climate science cooking contributes to the CO level in the atmosphere which traps heat from the earth that causes climate changes and global warming and will eventually suffocate all living creatures.
 
Had there been no computers and observation satellites there would not be bunches of climate scientists to purport such speculations today.
 
Therefore climate science is only a product of computers and satellites. It considers weather and climate as quantifiable statistical data from which their properties can be theoretically predicted for today, tomorrow, next week, next month, next year and far into the future. Only ... wait until yesterday's forecast for today's weather is totally in error.
 
Climate science has done and will do nothing for humankind than provide employment for minds mesmerized by computers and satellites. Not bad at all, but it is abused.
 
Once again, Meteorology is good enough as it has always been. Humankind does not really need to know the mysteries of, let alone attempt to control, climate and weather .
 
 
18Apr2014rbm111743
 
 
 
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