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(AP Yellow): Just hours after shaking the hand of President of The United States Barack Obama, the leader of Cuba addressed his nation and stated that he was instructing his government to resume full trade and normalize relationships with The United States. He invited the leaders of the American economic community to a summit to be held in Havana on February 1st in order to reestablish a full and fair capitalist economy. A rough translation of his speech included the phrase: "...you can keep your Marxist ways, 'cause it's only just a phase, for it's money money money makes the world go 'round."
Just kidding, of course but wotta a burner that would be on those Rethuglicans...I can hear Rush and Hannity sputtering now...
Posted by PCIntern | Tue Dec 10, 2013, 07:41 PM (7 replies)
Really...the media here in Philly has been working this latest "Snowmegeddon" for all it was worth: Live Reports!, Breaking News!, Storm Headed Our Way!, and MORE!!!!!
It's good business for the bread, eggs, and milk companies, since much French Toast will be made in the ensuing days when these folks have four loaves, three dozen eggs, and gallons of milk. People pushing and shoving to get into the cashier's line so's they don't get stuck in the snarling traffic and become part of the tens of thousands of dead in the charnel house that would become the streets near the shopping centers.
...and SHOVELS! (What happened to last year's shovel? Do people throw it out in the spring?) and SALT or HALIDE! for the sidewalks and driveways which will be covered by meters of snow!
...but...not a flake on the major thoroughfares and while the side streets are slippery, I doubt if this is going to be the next Pompeii here.
Posted by PCIntern | Tue Dec 10, 2013, 01:48 PM (66 replies)
and were greeted at the door...at the frigging DOOR, with a "joke", if you want to call it that, about President Obama. I'm not gonna relate the joke here since I don't post that which I can't stand hearing and it isn't funny on any level, really.
So he prefaces the joke by saying that his son had called him and told him this - as though that somehow validates the material and exonerates him in case it doesn't go over well. At the end of the joke, neither Mrs. Intern nor I smile and I count to three to myself and say:
"That is a recycled joke from the George W. Bush Presidency, or whatever you want to call that hot mess."
That was the last mention of politics for the (mercifully short) evening.
I am tired of being randomly shot at, so I pack my own brand of heat.
As an aside, we don't get as many of those "You wouldn't believe what my brother-in-law told me about the Democrats/President/Liberals/Hillary" posts which then told the story in exquisite detail as we used to. I think. Maybe I'm wrong.
Posted by PCIntern | Sun Dec 8, 2013, 07:11 AM (6 replies)
at the home of some wonderful people I know.
He's a progressive businessman from York, PA who served in the Rendell Administration - because, he likes to say, that he's the only Democrat from York county who owns a tie. Pretty good line...
I won't bother you with the details of his speech BUT I will tell you that for my (substantial (for me)) check which I handed his aide personally, I gave him two pieces of advice:
1. Under no circumstances denigrate the political machinations of Pennsylvania in the manner in which he did: it will become his 47% moment. All someone has to do is record him saying that with an iPhone and it's all over.
2. He went into the Peace Corps when he was 19, putting his studies at Dartmouth on hiatus. He accentuated this aspect of his life and how he worked in India assisting them in increasing their rice production. Of course, in that era, Peace Corps and Draft Dodging were synonymous and he should never forget what state he's campaigning in. In addition, many minority voters or their brothers or sons or cousins would have had to have been drafted because they weren't in college and they might not be so interested or appreciative of his duty assignment, so to speak. I mentioned that he probably needs to frame his experience in a context which would prevent "misinterpretation" (read: Rethug smear tactics) He started explaining the complex nature of his draft status and we are contemporaries and I just held up my hand and said, "I believe you. But as they say, if you have to explain, it means you're losing. No one is going to listen to this - the Republicans will tar and feather you if you don't present this well.
Surprisingly, he actually took me seriously and lost that "Campaigning Look" that these guys and gals have and you could tell that he was concerned. He's probably a good guy as far as this stuff goes and I will continue to work for him. You can expect a big advertising blitz coming soon - he's self-funded to the tune of about 2/3 of his initial budget.
Posted by PCIntern | Fri Dec 6, 2013, 07:01 AM (5 replies)
I awakened at the usual 4:05 and checked my various mediaaaaaaa and the first fricking thing I see is a FB post from a dental school classmate where he's telling anti-Obamacare "jokes" with a bunch of HAHA replies including one which states "ain't it the truth". Then I come here and read all the posts about Martin Bashir and can't stop thinking about the crap that Limbaugh has gotten away with for decades and, since he's self-employed (so to speak), he doesn't have to worry about anything in this, or apparently any other, regard. Then I go to work and found that my unit which has the handpieces on it, SO I CAN DO MY DAY'S WORK was on the fritz so I had to spend an hour jury-rigging it so I can at least get through the day. The repairman charges, and get this, 175 dollars just to show up and 125 an hour plus parts. Want to get someone cheaper? Sure...call them and wait a day or two and not do any work for that time. I have personnel and staff issues up the wazoo and have to deal with two major ones by Friday at quitting time, (YABBADABBADOO), and we are in the middle of the Christmas.New YEar Rush-to-get-done. The phone doesn't stop ringing with people's problems, some real, some fantasy, some just to get attention, some factitious. I could go on and on...and on top of everything else, my 98 year-old Father-in-Law is in the hospital and the doctors are fumbling the ball and kicking it into their own end zone. Later today, I'm attending a fund raiser for a Democratic candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania and of course, he is the one who is not only least likely to be elected, but was almost jeered off the stage the other day.
Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, the day's gonna be great...
Posted by PCIntern | Thu Dec 5, 2013, 07:01 AM (21 replies)
Do I have your attention? Perhaps? Good...then please read this entire post before you start spitting out your cornflakes or wheat germ or whatever...
In the early 1980's, what with all the narcissism, self-help books, ego-boosting, People Magazine buying, self-improvement kicks, one of things which people took note of was the presence of "unsightly" metal in their mouths, specifically amalgam and gold restorations otherwise known as fillings. In order to achieve a Hawthorn-ian Perfection of appearance, patients asked their dentists if they could place composite, normally specified only for front teeth, in their premolars and molars. The dental manufacturers, sensing a good thing, developed composites which were marginally appropriate for back teeth, if what you want to define as "marginally appropriate" was horrendously poor by then-community standards. This material began to fail, for the most part, before the check for the services rendered cleared the bank. Of course, the last thing a dentist wanted to do in those days was to have to revisit a tooth he or she had restored within 10-15 years and the practitioners were upset and most agitated that they were not having their usual 95-99% success rate. You must understand that 95% success over 10-15 years was considered poor back then. So the companies started working on their composite materials day and night and you cannot imagine the number of different brands proffered to the profession since then.
Now this is the interesting part of the story thus far: the economic pressures to increase production at the practitioner level brought a level of carelessness not often seen in the profession. We have a term for each material which we utilize which is how "technique sensitive" it is: that for example, you can place an amalgam restoration in the presence of some moisture, which you would call saliva, and be assured that it will have some fair success, say 10-12 years rather than 25-40 years. So amalgam is not too bad in this regard. Composite, however, has to be placed in an absolutely dry field and the etching for the placement of the unfilled resin has to be 100%...not 98...not 95...100% or it will begin leaking immediately leading to recurrent decay and virtually certain doom for the dental pulp of the tooth, necessitating a root canal, or if left undetected long enough, fracture and extraction. Now that is not the only problem: there are many others associated with composites. For example, if you place too much composite in a tooth which has a wide isthmus, or channel on the biting surface, the material will shrink, and since it is bonded to the outer and inner cusps of the tooth, it will tend to pull them together causing constant pain, as though someone placed extraction forceps on the tooth and squeezed continuously. This pain can be relieved, by the way, by channeling medio-laterally through the restoration and refilling it, thus relieving the internal tensions.
Now, what with all this going on, the manufacturers might have been screwn as they say, but no. They just kept merrily producing this stuff to this day and denying that there are any problems associated with its placement. Meanwhile, the technic (yes that is spelled correctly in dentistry) requires the use of aids to place it properly which are extremely time-consuming, intricate, and often simply fail: these include but are not limited to, fancy matrix bands and wedging techniques in order to establish a contact so food doesn't pack between the teeth, bases and liners which protect the nerve inside the tooth from the harm which might befall it due to the nature of the treatment materials, and other arcane issues which require resolution in order to have a satisfactory outcome. And of course, since there is a big big big profit motive here, and I say this without a smile on my face, there is NO CREDIBLE EVIDENCE THAT THIS MATERIAL CAUSES PROBLEMS WHEN USED CORRECTLY. As an aside, my friends who are endodontists who do root canals all day, were well-pleased that some of their referring practitioners use this composite even for upper second molars which even we have problems visualizing with a mirror and bright light. Now of course, the manufacturers are dealing with people who are actually pretty bright, so instead of publishing a comprehensive study which would demonstrate that there is a dental morbidity and mortality associated with its use, they published literally hundreds of studies with all kinds of variables which were so confusing when read that you had no idea whether you were coming or going. And now, composite is the "material of choice" for back teeth. Anytime you attempt to quote a study which might demonstrate that there are significant problems, someone else will come up with three papers showing fifty different conclusions and you spend much of your time debating the experimental issues rather than the issues at hand.
And so it is with the assassinations of the Sixties and beyond: they put out so many theories, some sounding reasonable, some, not so reasonable, and some downright insane, that many people who can't distinguish one form the other, lump them all together and say, well, since I can't make heads or tails out of all this, then the official version must be true. Those who deny that there was variance with the Reports which emanated from official sources have many techniques for doing so which include but are not limited to: pure denial, denial of the existence of any credibility of any evidence to the contrary of their stated "facts", diminishing of the individual by associating them with such "wacky" issues as ostensibly faked moon-landings, disproving of the individual by pointing out one possible flaw in the entire argument, postulating that eyewitnesses are notoriously unreliable, stating unequivocally that there is an absolute profit motive surrounding the perpetuation of the issue, and many others.
To these and others I say, hogwash. The truth is staring you in the face, but the Establishment and others have set up so many two-way mirrors and falsities that you have no idea what is truth now and what is fiction. But the manufacturers have convinced many that their product is sound, we have come to accept failure as routine as a populus so that not only will you get restorations replaced in your mouth every five years instead of twenty-five years and that is all right, and also, incidentally, that you can have your President, his brother, and the leading Civil Right figure shot down in their primes and it really does not matter who might or might not have been involved. Good luck to all of us in these, and all respects. We are going to need it.
Posted by PCIntern | Sun Dec 1, 2013, 08:24 AM (92 replies)
You don't believe a word of one, two, or any of the various theories out there. Fine. As a CT believer for the entire fifty years since the occurrence, I could not be happier that you are all so resolute in your opinions. I sincerely mean that. Certainty is a wonderful thing, I must say.
I have only one question: why are you so angry at us for suggesting that which even Lyndon Johnson did when he impugned the Warren Report as it was handed to him ceremonially. Why the vituperation? Why the ridicule? Why the demeaning?
In my humble opinion, and I am humble in this regard at least, it is neither an exercise in intellectualism nor in realpolitik to dismiss an argument out of hand. The statement that there is no credible evidence to the contrary of the Official Version 1.0 is simply a falsehood. There may be contrary evidence, there may be evidence which is shown to be false or misinterpreted, but that it was not 'credible' is not reasonable. In a debate, one may have a civil discussion, and, as the cliche goes, agree to disagree.
I for one am not angry at those who accept the Warren Report as Gospel. I shrug my shoulders and discuss, but I do not hate. I attempt to posit logical arguments and am willing to listen. Most of us are. It is just that when it is reported that Ruby shot Oswald because he did not want Jackie to have to endure the rigors of a trial, well, it just doesn't quite ring true for me. But I'll be pleased to consider that his empathy for the Kennedys overcame his desire to live out his existence outside of a jail cell or a gas chamber.
Anyway, good luck to all of you. May you be so certain and in addition, so absolutely correct about everything else in your, and everyone else's, existence.
Posted by PCIntern | Fri Nov 22, 2013, 09:40 AM (365 replies)
A couple minutes ago you could hear someone say "uh-oh" and then someone else said that there was a hot mic! LOL!
Posted by PCIntern | Tue Nov 19, 2013, 07:55 PM (5 replies)
Pure as the driven snow...one thing I'll say, at least he varies his choice of weapons.
Posted by PCIntern | Tue Nov 19, 2013, 01:39 PM (9 replies)