Hometown: Oswego, NY
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Hometown: Oswego, NY
Member since: Sat Jun 9, 2012, 08:30 AM
Number of posts: 971
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ditching handshakes in favor of more informal fist bumps could help cut down on the spread of bacteria and illnesses, according to a study released on Monday.
The study in the American Journal of Infection Control found that fist bumps, where two people briefly press the top of their closed fists together, transferred about 90 percent less bacteria than handshakes.
"People rarely think about the health implications of shaking hands," Dave Whitworth, a biologist at Aberystwyth University in the United Kingdom who co-authored the study, said in a statement.
"If the general public could be encouraged to fist bump, there is genuine potential to reduce the spread of infectious diseases," he said.
Standard procedure for me at work. I go in a lot of prisons & mental health facilities. Inmates & "clients" are always trying to shake hands. I usually carry tools or paperwork in my hands so I can't. But when I get caught off guard, I always throw up the fist.
Meeting people in casual circumstances is a little different. I tend to just shake hands to avoid awkwardness. I do hate cold, clammy hands though. Gross.
Posted by Inkfreak | Tue Jul 29, 2014, 11:18 AM (13 replies)
By Hannah Ewens Jul 7 2014
With US politics swimming in so much corporate money that it's pretty much an oligarchy, it can be hard to keep track of which particular set of lobbyists is trying to milk more cash out of health care, fossil fuels, and other very important issues from one week to the next.
But thanks to 16-year-old Nick Rubin, keeping track of just how much politicians have sold out has become a lot easier. He created Greenhouse, a new browser plug-in that operates under the motto "Some are red. Some are blue. All are green." The plugin aims "to shine light on a social and industrial disease of today: the undue influence of money in our Congress." It sounds like a bit of a lofty aim for an app, but it's actually pretty simple and effective—it provides a breakdown of a politician’s campaign contributions when that politician's name comes up in an article. It is currently available for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari and is completely free. As you can imagine, reading about how your member of Congress voted in a recent health bill becomes all the more enlightening if you know how much money the health industry showered him in at the last election.
I spoke to Nick Rubin about the plugin, politics, and what he calls the "money stories" behind what you read in the news.
How does Greenhouse work?
It works by highlighting the name of any member of Congress on any website, and when you hover over these names a little box appears that shows detailed contribution information with amounts and where those amounts have come from. It’s basically a list of the top-ten industries from which they receive their money. My goal was to create something that promotes transparency. It would be great if people used it on sites where they’re reading about politics every day. For example, if you’re reading a piece on Congress votes for energy policy, you might see that a sponsor has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the oil and gas industry. I like to say that Greenhouse allows people to see the money story behind the news story.
What do you hope from Greenhouse?
I just want it to educate people because that’s really the first step toward a solution. That’s exactly why I designed Greenhouse with simplicity in mind, so that everyone—even kids—are able to understand it. In terms of whether Greenhouse will solve this issue—well, education is the first step. I really do believe that increased transparency will help fix the problem. Easy access to data empowers voters to make better decisions. Once people are informed, they will reject elected officials who are motived by money instead of principles. But for now, I’ll leave the solution to others.
Smart kid and a neat tool. The full interview is at this link: http://www.vice.com/read/greenhouse-app-hannah-ewens-nick-rubin-201
I found his website where you can download the plugins. http://allaregreen.us
Posted by Inkfreak | Mon Jul 7, 2014, 03:04 PM (31 replies)
"Missouri defensive end Michael Sam is a polarizing prospect in more ways than one, but that didn't stop the St. Louis Rams from nabbing him with the 249th overall pick in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL draft.
Perhaps no player aside from Jadeveon Clowney and Johnny Manziel received more attention than Sam throughout the pre-draft process. Some of that related to his ability to translate to the NFL level, but there is no doubt that his decision to announce that he is gay bolstered media buzz even more.
The significance of Sam being the NFL's first openly gay active player isn't lost on anyone. It will inevitably be a talking point throughout his career; however, the length of that career will be based solely upon what he does on the field."
"Homosexuality in sports is seemingly more widely accepted now than ever before, but every player has his own belief system. Even so, NFL Players Association president Domonique Foxworth believes that Sam will be welcomed, according to ESPN.com:
The team's gonna build up around their teammate, and it's going to galvanize the team. Everyone's talking about how this could disrupt the locker room. Some NFL locker rooms need disrupting, to be frank. Coaches go through a lot of different things to try to build a bond between the team, and what's going to build a bond more than having a player that all the guys know is kind of a target for opposing fans and maybe a target for opposing players?
That type of stuff is what makes you build up around a guy, and Missouri seemed to have a pretty good season. So I expect whatever team he goes to is not going to be adversely affected. If anything, they could be positively affected by adding a man like that.
The fact that Sam already has a ringing endorsement from such an important figure obviously bodes well for his chances of NFL success. Even if Sam is received with open arms, though, he must prove that he belongs through his on-field performance.
Despite being undersized and perhaps lacking in terms of speed, Sam was a dominant force at the highest level of college football. That doesn't guarantee NFL success, but it suggests that he has the grit and determination to be a factor.
Sam is about to get the chance that he has earned, and his track record suggests that he will do everything in his power to make the most of it."
Posted by Inkfreak | Sat May 10, 2014, 07:06 PM (5 replies)
About 10:30pm last night I saw a car stopped about 150 or so yards from our house. It was curious because we live in a rather rural area. But it was kind of near my neighbor so I figured it was him. And mentioned it to my wife. About 2 minutes later she received a text from her cousin saying that she just hit a cat. It looked like ours.
A quick back story: 8 years ago a big tabby ran up to us as we exited the bar late one night. He was friendly and jumped right in our car! He looked rather scruffy so we took him home. I was adamant we would look for his owner. Well, he didn't have one. A neighbor to the bar told us he's been out living in the area for about 2 years. A hefty vet bill later, we had Butters! Or Mr. Butters as he became known. An outside cat except in winter. Loud purring, affectionate head-butting and a lil attitude if not listened to became a welcome addition.
I didn't want to go look. I felt it couldn't be him hit by the car. This cat has some incredible instincts. Going from the city streets to rural roads seemed like an easy transition. He always had an eye on a car if he heard/saw one. We trudged over to the car and there he was. Wet and lifeless. I thanked my wife's cousin for telling us (no blame. She was really upset) and wrapped my boy up and brought him home.
I placed him in the shed and figured I'd bury him in the morning. But I needed to distract myself. So I began digging. When finished I held my boy one last time and buried him. My wife and I sat inside and cried and expressed our shock. I told my wife that I couldn't believe it. I wanted to go to the door and jiggle the handle. It was his "dinner bell", if he was nearby he would come running. I really couldn't believe it.
About 30 minutes later I got up to turn off our porch lights and as I looked out the door I muttered "poor Butters, I loved that cat.". And right fucking then he walked up to my fucking door!!!!!! I buried his dang doppelgänger!!! Folks, I shit you not, I buried a cat that was not mine! We started freaking out. Can't describe it any better. Mr. Butters is alive.
I'll have to check the area today to find the buried cats owner. We don't have a lot of close neighbors and I've never seen another orange tabby like ours in this area. Our closest neighbor does have quite a few ferrel cats on his property. He lets them live in an old trailer. But they're all kinda small and scruffy. This cat was bigger and healthy looking.
So I'm rejoicing but saddened by this poor cat. And it's possible owners not knowing. I'm gonna do my best to find them. But my boy is back! And I can't stop petting him. Thanks for reading my crazy story.
Oh and this is Mr. Butters. Sleeping wherever the hell he wants. Cause he rules.
Posted by Inkfreak | Tue Apr 15, 2014, 07:36 AM (12 replies)
Comedy Central has a new show called Review. Where Forrest reviews life experiences. It's makes me laugh. This past week he reviewed being a racist.
Posted by Inkfreak | Sat Mar 15, 2014, 06:16 PM (0 replies)
"VISTA -- Tim Lambesis, lead singer for the Christian-themed band As I Lay Dying, pleaded guilty Tuesday to trying to hire a hit man to kill his estranged wife, who had filed for divorce.
Lambesis, 32, a resident of Carlsbad, faces a possible nine years in prison for soliciting a murder when sentenced May 2, according to prosecutors in the Superior Court case."
Check out the end of the article. His crowd-sourcing idea for a new album. What a loon. I hope the band gets a new frontman and continues on. They had some pretty sweet albums. Saw them with LOG & Atreyu a ways back.
Posted by Inkfreak | Wed Feb 26, 2014, 05:00 PM (20 replies)
Scriba (WSYR-TV) - Workers at Oswego County’s largest employer voted down a proposal to form a union. Novelis says workers in Scriba voted down the proposal during a two-day election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board.
Some employees say that the company has raised healthcare costs, cut overtime pay, and cut benefits at non-union facilities. The plant manager at Novelis says that to help absorb the higher costs, workers got a 5 percent raise and a $2,500 bonus.
Posted by Inkfreak | Fri Feb 21, 2014, 09:32 PM (7 replies)
"Football takes young men from the most diverse backgrounds, throws them together and expects harmony. But that can’t happen without a stronger hand, higher standards and better training on tolerance"
"The situation in Miami and other incidents around the league have compelled the NFL to enforce restrictions. Whatever the league adopts will be unpopular with a segment of players, to be sure. But I believe the NFL has no choice. Too many players have abused too many freedoms."
More at link: http://mmqb.si.com/2014/02/18/jason-avant-eagles-ted-wells-report-locker-room-culture/
Love this guy.
Posted by Inkfreak | Tue Feb 18, 2014, 01:20 PM (0 replies)
Word is he couldn't deliver.
Posted by Inkfreak | Mon Feb 3, 2014, 08:40 AM (1 replies)
Last week was 35 years on Earth. Short time to some but it's been a bit of a haul for me. I celebrated it as I like to do. Low key. My wife makes me a pie because I hate cake and we usually have a quiet dinner at home. I had keylime pie this year and it was so freaking good...crumbly graham cracker crust..omg.
And midway thru the day I saw a Facebook notification from my deadbeat dad. A friend request. He divorced my mother 33 years ago and aside from a phone call and a Christmas present when I was 5, I've heard nothing from the man. Not a dime. Not a letter. Nothing. We lived in NY and he started a new family in Tx.
My default position is always this. My Mom did a great job raising me and I'm a better man for it. She's proud of me & I make sure to give all credit to her. It was hard for her raising us alone. Unfair & difficult. But as a kid I just wanted a Dad, ya know? I wanted to have that connection that I saw on tv or at a friends house. It made me angry & sad that he wanted nothing to so with me. His only son.
So I denied his friend request. Fuck him. 35 years late. I'm not interested in him. His one gift to me is that I know if I have I child, he will be loved.
Posted by Inkfreak | Thu Jan 30, 2014, 08:02 AM (10 replies)