Thursday, June 24, 2010

Ka Tet

I believe in everything about it....
What more needs to be said.

Vaccinations and my own personal opinion

Any parent who denies their child the right to be free of deadly illness...by refusing vaccines is a stone cold jack ass.
Thats my opinion and I stand by it.
The people in the UK who resist vaccines are idiots....the most common attitude I found among the posters of this issue were old time docs who said...harumph...I had the disease ( whatever the said disease was ) and I survived..so whats the problem.
Thats the difference I thought, between us and the UK....
Ignorance.
Jeez maree....I was wrong.
If theres an outbreak of Whooping cough here in the US, thats supposedly educated people that are denying their kids protection from a potentially fatal disease.
What the hell were they thinking?

There are idiot parents out there who don't vaccinate their kids..and this is what happens

AOL News (June 24) -- California health officials report whooping cough has reached an epidemic level in the state, with five babies dying of the highly contagious disease and a surge in the number of infections on pace to break a 50-year record.

The state Department of Health announced that 910 cases of whooping cough -- or pertussis -- have been reported as of June 15, compared with 219 cases during the same period last year, reports said.

Tim Boyle, Getty Images
Whooping cough has reached epidemic level in California, according to health officials in the state. Here, fourth-grader Arylu Paniagua, 9, receives an immunization shot on February 22, 2005 in Cicero, Illinois.
Local health departments are investigating an additional 600 cases, putting the number of known and suspected cases at 1,510. That's a higher number than the 1,200 cases confirmed midway through 1958, which ended up with a record 3,847 cases by the end of the year, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The five pertussis-related deaths in California were all infants under the age of 3 months, according to Los Angeles' KTLA-TV, prompting doctors to urge parents and infant caregivers to take precautions.

"Children should be vaccinated against the disease, and parents, family members and caregivers of infants need a booster shot," the California Department of Public Health's director, Dr. Mark Horton, said Wednesday.

While children are vaccinated against whooping cough before kindergarten, the vaccinations do not provide lifetime immunity. According to the California Department of Public Health, whooping cough diagnoses are often delayed or missed due to "deceivingly mild" early signs like runny nose and light coughing. Untreated pertussis will eventually lead to respiratory distress and a high white blood cell count.

Collateral damage?

AOL News (June 24) -- Two weeks after he was hired by BP to help with the oil spill cleanup, William Allen Kruse killed himself.

The 55-year-old charter boat captain shot himself in the head Wednesday morning as he prepared to spend another day skimming oil off the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, clearing the spill that threatened to destroy his livelihood and community.

Kruse left no note, so it's impossible to know why he took his life. But those who knew him say the veteran fisherman and father of four was almost certainly the latest casualty in the gulf oil crisis, and a symbol of the spill's exacting human toll.

Julie Bennett, Montgomery Advertiser
Allen Kruse, a charter boat driver, sits beside his boat on May 6. The 55-year-old shot himself in the head Wednesday and those who knew him say the veteran fisherman was almost certainly the latest casualty in the gulf oil crisis.
"There's not a doubt in my mind, the oil spill was the cause of this," Tom Ard, who fished alongside Kruse for 25 years, told AOL News this morning. "It was just too much for him."

In a phone interview, Ard, 39, the president of the Orange Beach Fishing Association, said Kruse was in his prime when he killed himself and had been enjoying taking his 13-year-old son out on his boat to teach him how to fish.

"He had everything going for him. He was at the top of his game," Ard said. "He was the kind of guy that made everyone smile, and he was one heck of a fisherman."

In Orange Beach, Ala., where Kruse ran a sport boat business for more than two decades, acquaintances of the man known as "Rookie" said he did not have any psychological problems. And many said he was no more devastated than anyone else in the community, which has been hit hard by the spill.

"He didn't show any signs he was going to do this that would have thrown up any red flags where you'd think you better keep an eye on him," Jason Bell, Kruse's co-captain, who knew him for a decade, told the Press-Register of Mobile, Ala.

"He wasn't any more aggravated with the whole situation than any of the rest of us," Bell said. "I hate to say it, but I'm surprised something like this hasn't already happened."

Bell said Kruse had planned on retiring soon. He declined comment this morning.

Ard described a community under a severe amount of stress that doesn't know what will become of businesses that have been in families for generations.

"This is something that you put your whole life and soul into. You've done it for 25 years. Just the thought of all that gone, when it's not your fault, you didn't do anything wrong ... that's a lot of stress," he said.

Ard is grateful to have been hired by BP to help in the cleanup efforts, but said the oil spill has threatened an entire way of life.

"The cleanup is all we've got right now. It's the only work here," he said.

The death of a second cleanup worker Wednesday was unrelated to the spill. The unnamed worker drowned in a swimming pool accident. But when Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen announced the deaths at a press conference Wednesday, they seemed to emphasize the human cost of the crisis anyway.

"On a more somber note, we had two deaths reported on people that were involved in this response earlier today," he said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families. We know this is a devastating thing to happen."

A BP official told AOL News today the company extends its condolences to the families.

Until now, the psychological toll of the disaster has not been widely discussed, but experts say the oil spill could cause emotional and social devastation in communities along the gulf.

Ard said the emotional toll of the spill killed his friend. "It's been a ton of stress on all of us," he said. "I guess everybody handles stress differently. And I guess he went off the deep end."

The Washington Post noted that Dr. Howard Osofsky, a Louisiana State University psychiatrist, said he'd noticed "an increase in suspiciousness, arguing and domestic violence" among those affected by the spill.

In Kruse's case, the boat captain had asked his staff to help him prepare to go out on the water one more time when he apparently chose to take his life instead.

"He had just let his deckhands off the boat and sent them to get something," Baldwin County Coroner Rod Steade told the Press-Register. "He was going to meet them at the fuel dock. They heard a pop, and when the boat didn't come around, they went back and found him."

Bell remembered Kruse as a kind man. "Even in the wintertime when things got tough, if you needed a little extra cash, he was always like, 'Here, take it,'" he said.

The community where Kruse lived is in mourning. But Ard said the town would recover.

"We are a very resilient bunch. We've had to deal with hurricanes and fishing closures and everything. I truly believe we'll all be fine. This morning we all went up, and we got to work," he said.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Look at this poor child...can you save her?


AOL News (June 21) -- The family of Brittanee Drexel, a New York teen who vanished while on spring break in Myrtle Beach, S.C., last year, will be attending her high school graduation ceremony this week to accept a diploma on her behalf.

"They called last week to inform me that the school would honor my daughter with an honorary diploma," said Brittanee's mother, Dawn Drexel. "I miss my daughter and ache for her to come home."

Dawn Drexel will accept the diploma in her daughter's absence at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the RIT Gordon Field House in Rochester, N.Y.


Myrtle Beach Police Department
Brittanee Drexel, who went missing last year in Myrtle Beach, S.C., will be given an honorary diploma by her Rochester, N.Y., high school.The 17-year-old was last seen by friends on April 25, 2009, when she left the Bar Harbor Hotel in Myrtle Beach to meet friends at the nearby BlueWater Resort. Surveillance footage shows Drexel arriving at the resort, then leaving roughly 10 minutes later. What happened to her after that remains a mystery.

In April, authorities said a break in the case was at their fingertips, and said they had several suspects. However, no further updates have been provided and no arrests have been made.

Meanwhile, volunteers continue to search the Myrtle Beach area for Drexel. One of the primary missing-person groups searching for her is the CUE Center for Missing Persons in Wilmington, N.C.

"We remain hopeful that Brittanee will be found, and [we] will continue all efforts necessary to help locate her and provide aid to her family for a resolution," said CUE's founder, Monica Caison.

The summer solstice

Is today

Thirty percent from Zero....

Its funny

I was looking at pics from my marriage past....
And all I could see was my Lil one.
Ex? He burned all his bridges with me as far as I'm concerned.
Any fondness I had for him, any love he destroyed and burned.
He CRUSHED any love I had.
He accused me of cheating.
CHEATING??????
How can you cheat on someone who is sexless and loveless to you?
How can you cheat on someone who cuts you off at the emotional waist?
How can you cheat on someone who was so unhappy and miserable and made you feel as if you were the scum of the earth?
As if you were to blame for all the ills in their life?
At the end, I just detached myself.
As far as I was concerned, I was no longer married, or at least no longer liable to be faithful.
It ended up with my acting like a fool in several instances.

So go figure how I lucked out.

Another loss

I had to have my Baby Boy put to sleep today.
He was incontinent, and it was persistent.
He was having trouble walking and getting up.....
And I feel guilty.
Should I have put him in doggy diapers? That would have meant a cone collar to keep him from chewing at his diaper....
No...I couldn't do it.
He's gone.
Lil one was there too, it was much more peaceful than Fally, he simply lay down on the floor, and when the doc injected the med he stayed where he was, and we just talked to him....mostly me.
Told him he was a good boy, the best boy, the most wonderful boy....
I cried, Lil one cried....
But it was time....
Lil one took his collar.
When we left the office, Lil one told me I'm not going home, I need to go out.
I told her go.
I understood.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Well fuck a duck


Since I posted five mins ago....now its 60%
SHIT...

From the National Hurricane Center.....


Greater than 50% chance of development.
Watching closely...

Other great influences on my young life

Joe Henderson
Jim Fixx
Bill Rogers
I was fixated. I started running at 21
I never had a runners body, never the body I wanted. I struggled....I ran...
I had a baby...I struggled....I ran....
I kept it all up till about three years ago. My knee wouldn't cooperate.
As far as I'm concerned I'm more of a champion than any Olympian....
I never got a medal, I never got an endorsement from Nike.
I just kept running, and zoning...and trying....
And God help me I miss it still.
I dream of running, I dream of trying, and my legs won't go.
I still dream of running.
Still.

Ladies...you have no clue..unless you were alive and adult then


You have no clue.
This was the first time women were ALLOWED to run a marathon in the Olympics.
ALLOWED....1984 Lil ones....1984
Not so long ago, but longer than most of the current young crop can conceive.
Before Title 9...ya'll babies don't remember that.
Women weren't encouraged in sports, women weren't allowed to run long distances for medals...women weren't acknowledged for SHIT.
Its been fairly well recognized that women shine in ultra distances....
After all, we give birth.
What other endurance sport can compare?
Watch this if for no other reason than to honor Joanie Benoits achievement, the first Womans Marathon, and the first Gold Medal.

My hero....Joan Benoit Samuelson


Joanie is my hero.
I remember watching every step that was video cast of the marathon.
The FIRST womens marathon in Olympic history.
Long overdue, men are such asses.
Joanie stole the show...little and strong..she powered home..
She was one of my heroes then and still is.
GO JOANIE....





Joan Benoit
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Joan Benoit
Personal information
Full name Joan Benoit Samuelson
Nationality American
Date of birth May 16, 1957 (1957-05-16) (age 53)
Place of birth Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Sport
Country United States
Sport Track and field athletics
Event(s) Marathon
Achievements and titles
Olympics 1984

Medal record
Women's Athletics
Competitor for the United States
Olympic Games
Gold 1984 Los Angeles Marathon
Pan American Games
Gold 1983 Caracas 3,000 metres


Joan Benoit Samuelson (born May 16, 1957) is a retired American marathon runner, who won gold at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, the year that the women's marathon was introduced. As a result she was the first ever women's Olympic marathon champion.



Early life and Boston Marathon victory
Born in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Benoit took to long-distance running to help recover from a broken leg suffered while slaloming. At Bowdoin College she excelled in athletics and then entered the 1979 Boston Marathon as a relative unknown. She won the race, wearing a Boston Red Sox cap,[1] in 2:35:15, knocking eight minutes off the competition record. She repeated that success with a victory again in 1983 that took more than two minutes off the world's best time, set by Grete Waitz in the London Marathon just the day before, despite having had surgery on her Achilles tendons two years earlier. Her Boston course record of 2:22:43, set in 1983, was not broken for another 11 years.[2]

Olympic success
At the 1984 Summer Olympics she won the first Olympic women's marathon in a time of 2:24.52 in hot and smoggy conditions, more than a minute ahead of her rivals; again despite surgery, this time arthroscopic surgery on her knee 17 days before the trials earlier that year. The athletes behind her were Grete Waitz, Rosa Mota and Ingrid Kristiansen, all marathon legends in their own right.

Benoit enjoyed success at non-marathon distances as well, winning the prestigious Falmouth Road Race (7.1 miles) a total of six times (1976, 1978, 1981-1983, and 1985), breaking the course record on four of those occasions.

Although she won the 1985 Chicago marathon, defeating Kristiansen and Mota in an American Record time of 2:21:21 (that would last as the AR 18 years until broken by Deena Kastor in 2003 in London), Benoit was hampered in the years after her Olympic victory by injuries and struggled to compete in major races. She received the 1985 James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States.

After retirement
Since retirement from competitive running, she has written books including Running Tide and Running for Women, and has opened a running clinic. She is also a coach to women's cross-country and long-distance athletes, and is a motivational speaker and sports commentator. She also founded the Beach to Beacon Road Race, a 10 km (6.21 mile) race held in Cape Elizabeth, Maine each August that goes from Crescent Beach State Park to Ft. Williams Park and Portland Head Light. The race attracts many of the world's top distance runners. Elite runners often run this race and then, the following weekend, run the Falmouth Road Race on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Benoit has also won that race several times, and ran it last in 2008, finishing as 28th woman and first in her age group. In 2003, at age 46, Benoit won the Maine half marathon, defeating a field dominated by runners two decades her junior, and she was faster than all but six men overall, finishing in 1:18. In 2006 she helped pace former cycling champion Lance Armstrong as he competed in the New York City Marathon. At the 2008 US Olympic Team trials, at the age of 50, she finished in 2:49:08, setting a new US 50+ record and beating her personal goal of a mid-2:50s retirement marathon. When she ran the New York City Marathon on November 1, 2009, she broke the 50+ division record with a final time of 2:49:09.[3] Benoit resides in Freeport, Maine.[4]

She is featured on the Nike+ iPod system as one of the congratulatory voices, along with the likes of Lance Armstrong. Benoit and husband Scott Samuelson have two children, daughter Abby and son Anders.

Achievements
All results regarding marathon, unless stated otherwise
Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing the United States
1979 Boston Marathon Boston, United States 1st 2:35:15
1983 Boston Marathon Boston, United States 1st 2:22:43
1985 Chicago Marathon Chicago, United States 1st 2:21:21

No positive comments

So I changed the blog template.
Nice and boring huh?
Enjoy you silent majority.
I'll be honest, ya'll come and read, regularly but never comment.
Its like you're voyeurs...peeking thru my window and seeing the color of my underwear but never saying a word.
Whatever.
The new template was not appreciated, so here you go.
Enjoy

Adorable!!!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Well????

Any comments on new format???
I'd had the old template so long that I felt I needed a change.
Still pondering it, but input is cool
Buehler?????Buehler???

Friday, June 11, 2010

Imagine....if this happens...

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC2 Channel) transmitted “Mega-tsunami; Wave of Destruction”[5], which suggested that a future failure of the western flank of the Cumbre Vieja would cause a "mega-tsunami."

Day et al. (1999)[6] and Ward and Day (2001)[7] hypothesize that during a future unascertained eruption, the western half of the Cumbre Vieja - approximately 500 km3 (5 x 1011 m3) with an estimated mass 1.5 x 1015 kg, will catastrophically fail in a massive gravitational landslide and enter the Atlantic Ocean generating a so called "mega-tsunami." The debris will continue to travel - as a debris flow, along the ocean floor. Computer modelling indicates that the resulting initial wave may attain a local amplitude (height) in excess of 600 metres (1,969 ft) and an initial peak to peak height that approximates to 2 kilometres (1 mi), and travel at about 1,000 kilometres per hour (621 mph) (approximately the speed of a jet aircraft), inundating the African coast in about 1 hour, the southern coast of England in about 3.5 hours, and the eastern seaboard of North America in about 6 hours, by which time the initial wave would have subsided into a succession of smaller ones each about 30 metres (98 ft) to 60 metres (197 ft) high. These may surge to several hundred metres in height and several apart but retaining their original speed. The models of Day et al.[6], and Ward and Day[7], suggest that it could inundate up to 25 kilometres (16 mi) inland. This would greatly damage or destroy cities along the entire North American eastern seaboard. The physical damage would take tens if not hundreds years to repair and restore. The economies of the countries affected would likewise take several years to return to the pre-inundation levels.

Detailed geological mapping shows that the distribution and orientation of vents and feeder dykes within the volcano have shifted from a triple rift system (typical of most oceanic island volcanoes) to one consisting of a single north-south rift.[8][9][10] It is claimed that this structural reorganization is a response to evolving stress patterns associated with the development of a possible detachment fault under the volcano's west flank.[6][7] Siebert (1984)[11] showed that such failures are due to the intrusion of parallel and sub-parallel dykes into a rift. Eventually the structure becomes unstable and catastrophic failure occurs. There is no evidence that the 1949 section of the rift extends in a north south direction or that there is a developing detachment plane. Research is ongoing.

There is controversy however, about the threat presented by Cumbre Vieja.[12] Current indications are that recent landslides may have been gradual, and therefore may not generate tsunamis unless they increased in magnitude. Studies of possible local "mega-tsunami" in the Hawaiian Islands, draw distinctions between the tsunami wave periods caused by landslides and subduction-zone earthquakes, arguing that a similar collapse in Hawaii would not endanger Asian or North American coastlines.[13]

Sonar surveys around many volcanic ocean islands including the Canary Islands,[14] Hawaii, RĂ©union etc., have mapped debris flows on the seafloor. Many of these debris flows are about 100 kilometres (62 mi) long and up to 2 kilometres (1 mi) thick, contain mega-blocks mixed up with finer detritus.

Moore (1964)[15] was the first geologist to interpret such features depicted on a United States Navy bathymetric chart. The chart showed two features that seemed to originate from the Hawaiian islands of Oahu and Molokai.

In recorded history, the Krakatau eruption generated devastating tsunami, yet the damage was local and did not propagate across long distances. This may have been due to the confining geography of the areas.

Approximately 3615 years ago, the volcano on Santorini exploded in a VEI estimated at 6. Research suggests that the eruption generated a tsunami which inundated Crete, possibly triggering the downfall of the Minoan civilization.

An earthquake and landslide in Crillon Inlet at the head of Lituya Bay, Alaska, on 9 July 1958 generated a "mega-tsunami," with an initial amplitude (height) of ~524.256 metres (1,720 ft), which stripped trees and soil from the opposite headland and inundated the entire bay, destroying three fishing boats anchored there and killing two people. Once the wave reached the open sea however, it rapidly dissipated.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Orchid in bloom


Picture from this morning.
The flowers are small, and so perfect in color and shape