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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Lone Star Tick

June 24, 2017 daaswampman 0

Title: Something worth knowing as your Doctor might not! or How to stay alive despite Modern Medicines best efforts!

Case: Patient was seen repeatedly and nearly crocked before he was diagnosed!

Treatment: Don’t do that anymore!

Worth reading:

OH, LOVELY: THE TICK THAT GIVES PEOPLE MEAT ALLERGIES IS SPREADING

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It’s an unusual condition that has only been recognized for less than a decade: red meat allergy. The allergy develops after a bite from a Lone Star tick triggers a person’s immune system to begin producing IgE antibodies to alpha-gal, a sugar found in meat such as beef, lamb, venison and pork.

It can be a confounding condition to diagnose. Unlike other food allergies in which a reaction occurs soon after eating – alpha-gal meat reactions often don’t develop until three to six hours after red meat has been consumed. So while the allergic symptoms (ranging from hives and itchiness to full-blown anaphylaxis) may be obvious, doctors and patients can miss that red meat is the culprit.

https://www.wired.com/story/lone-star-t … spreading/

Red Meat Allergy: Incidence on Rise, Therapy in Works

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It’s an unusual condition that has only been recognized for less than a decade: red meat allergy. The allergy develops after a bite from a Lone Star tick triggers a person’s immune system to begin producing IgE antibodies to alpha-gal, a sugar found in meat such as beef, lamb, venison and pork.

It can be a confounding condition to diagnose. Unlike other food allergies in which a reaction occurs soon after eating – alpha-gal meat reactions often don’t develop until three to six hours after red meat has been consumed. So while the allergic symptoms (ranging from hives and itchiness to full-blown anaphylaxis) may be obvious, doctors and patients can miss that red meat is the culprit.

“I think it really is increasing,” says Commins. He says there are 3,500 documented reports of red meat allergy in the United States, and suggests the number is even higher. While the recent availability of blood testing for alpha-gal allergy may have improved diagnosis, it also seems a true increase.

“When we put out that first paper in 2009, we had 24 patients and we had to get five of those from southern Missouri,” says Commins. When he speaks to fellow allergists, this allergy “has really has taken over the adult food allergy side in a lot of the southeastern and eastern U.S. states practices.”

The habitat of the Lone Star tick (Amblyomma americanum) also appears to be expanding. While reports of red-meat allergy were originally confined to Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas and Missouri, some cases are now reported in states like Ohio and New Jersey.

One allergist based on Long Island, New York says she has over 200 patients with red meat allergy – patients who got tick bites.

https://allergicliving.com/2016/07/19/r … apy-works/

We have seen two this Spring! They are our first cases, perhaps the first we figured out?

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Lone Star Tick

June 24, 2017 daaswampman 0

Title: Something worth knowing as your Doctor might not! or How to stay alive despite Modern Medicines best efforts!

Case: Patient was seen repeatedly and nearly crocked before he was diagnosed!

Treatment: Don’t do that anymore!

Worth reading:

OH, LOVELY: THE TICK THAT GIVES PEOPLE MEAT ALLERGIES IS SPREADING

[snip]

It’s an unusual condition that has only been recognized for less than a decade: red meat allergy. The allergy develops after a bite from a Lone Star tick triggers a person’s immune system to begin producing IgE antibodies to alpha-gal, a sugar found in meat such as beef, lamb, venison and pork.

It can be a confounding condition to diagnose. Unlike other food allergies in which a reaction occurs soon after eating – alpha-gal meat reactions often don’t develop until three to six hours after red meat has been consumed. So while the allergic symptoms (ranging from hives and itchiness to full-blown anaphylaxis) may be obvious, doctors and patients can miss that red meat is the culprit.

https://www.wired.com/story/lone-star-t … spreading/

Red Meat Allergy: Incidence on Rise, Therapy in Works

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It’s an unusual condition that has only been recognized for less than a decade: red meat allergy. The allergy develops after a bite from a Lone Star tick triggers a person’s immune system to begin producing IgE antibodies to alpha-gal, a sugar found in meat such as beef, lamb, venison and pork.

It can be a confounding condition to diagnose. Unlike other food allergies in which a reaction occurs soon after eating – alpha-gal meat reactions often don’t develop until three to six hours after red meat has been consumed. So while the allergic symptoms (ranging from hives and itchiness to full-blown anaphylaxis) may be obvious, doctors and patients can miss that red meat is the culprit.

“I think it really is increasing,” says Commins. He says there are 3,500 documented reports of red meat allergy in the United States, and suggests the number is even higher. While the recent availability of blood testing for alpha-gal allergy may have improved diagnosis, it also seems a true increase.

“When we put out that first paper in 2009, we had 24 patients and we had to get five of those from southern Missouri,” says Commins. When he speaks to fellow allergists, this allergy “has really has taken over the adult food allergy side in a lot of the southeastern and eastern U.S. states practices.”

The habitat of the Lone Star tick (Amblyomma americanum) also appears to be expanding. While reports of red-meat allergy were originally confined to Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas and Missouri, some cases are now reported in states like Ohio and New Jersey.

One allergist based on Long Island, New York says she has over 200 patients with red meat allergy – patients who got tick bites.

https://allergicliving.com/2016/07/19/r … apy-works/

We have seen two this Spring! They are our first cases, perhaps the first we figured out?

Statistics: Posted by daaswampman — Sat Jun 24, 2017 4:02 pm


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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Dirty, Dingy Hospitals: Doctors Blame Debt-Fueled Takeov

June 5, 2017 rebnavy1862 0
Dirk Williams wrote:
VA is my health care provider. I’m fortunate, to date only minor issues. Certainly not what’s being reported in the news.

It’s only going to get worse,

DW

My VA hospital was among the worst in the nation. Since Trump started firing the incompetents, he has put the “fear of God” into them.
The turn-around and change of attitude for the better is utterly amazing. The dems couldn’t accomplish this is eight years? Obama promised he would!
Reb

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Dirty, Dingy Hospitals: Doctors Blame Debt-Fueled Takeov

June 3, 2017 Stahlrosen 0

Same here. I have had several unfortunate Dr. / hospital visits lately, and they want to treat you, with something that may or may not help, they don’t even really know, or run tests, that cause other problems, but wait, they have a drug to fix those problems >:( So they load you up with more drugs that cause other problems, but then they have a drug to fix that too >:(
Our medical system is truly evil. I am sure there are a handful of Dr.s that get into it for the right reasons, but I haven’t found too many lately. The Dr. who put my ankle back together 3 years ago was one, but haven’t seen one since.
The last major univ. hospital I was in, I think I would have to clean the room before I let my dog in there. Parts of it were ok, others not so much.

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Dirty, Dingy Hospitals: Doctors Blame Debt-Fueled Takeov

June 3, 2017 Stahlrosen 0

Same here. I have had several unfortunate Dr. / hospital visits lately, and they want to treat you, with something that may or may not help, they don’t even really know, or run tests, that cause other problems, but wait, they have a drug to fix those problems >:( So they load you up with more drugs that cause other problems, but then they have a drug to fix that too >:(
Our medical system is truly evil. I am sure there are a handful of Dr.s that get into it for the right reasons, but I haven’t found too many lately. The Dr. who put my ankle back together 3 years ago was one, but haven’t seen one since.
The last major univ. hospital I was in, I think I would have to clean the room before I let my dog in there. Parts of it were ok, others not so much.

Statistics: Posted by Stahlrosen — Sat Jun 03, 2017 2:53 pm


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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Dirty, Dingy Hospitals: Doctors Blame Debt-Fueled Takeovers

June 2, 2017 daaswampman 0

Dirty, Dingy Hospitals: Doctors Blame Debt-Fueled Takeovers

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There are two groups Community Health Systems Inc. can’t push too far: the doctors at its hospitals, and the debtholders it owes billions of dollars. Right now, the creditors are winning, and the doctors aren’t happy.

In Fort Wayne, Indiana, the rancor about Community’s neglect of a local health system has gotten so bad that a group of doctors tried to get rid of corporate ownership and buy the company out. And 1,500 miles away on the island of Key West, Florida, doctors say patients are being overcharged so that Community, sometimes called CHS, can rake in cash.

The two locations are among Community’s most lucrative, and their conflicts are part of the flip side of an industry wide acquisition binge over the last decade. For-profit hospital chains like Community borrowed billions to snap up rivals, facing massive debt reimbursements just as the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, began to wane.

“I understand that they have billions in debt and may need to take money from this chain to service it,” said William Pond, an anesthesiologist at one of the Fort Wayne hospitals and president of the county health department’s executive board. “But it’s very disappointing to see the course that CHS is taking and the devastating effect they’re having on our community.”

Once the biggest U.S. for-profit hospital chain, Community is selling off other, poorly performing facilities to pay off $2 billion of its $15 billion in debt. Yet even as the company skimps on spending and patient satisfaction lags at key facilities like Fort Wayne, its bonds are rising in value

Quality has been suffering at the flagship Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, which has about 400 beds. Patients rate their overall experience at two stars, compared with four stars at the crosstown hospital owned by nonprofit Parkview Health, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Medicare.gov website.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles … eover-boom

This is a widespread problem an not limited to this company. If you have not checked out https://www.medicare.gov/, you should. Not every hospital is rated and if yours is not rated, that should concern you! Go to site, choose find hospital, and enter your zip code.

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Dirty, Dingy Hospitals: Doctors Blame Debt-Fueled Takeovers

June 2, 2017 daaswampman 0

Dirty, Dingy Hospitals: Doctors Blame Debt-Fueled Takeovers

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There are two groups Community Health Systems Inc. can’t push too far: the doctors at its hospitals, and the debtholders it owes billions of dollars. Right now, the creditors are winning, and the doctors aren’t happy.

In Fort Wayne, Indiana, the rancor about Community’s neglect of a local health system has gotten so bad that a group of doctors tried to get rid of corporate ownership and buy the company out. And 1,500 miles away on the island of Key West, Florida, doctors say patients are being overcharged so that Community, sometimes called CHS, can rake in cash.

The two locations are among Community’s most lucrative, and their conflicts are part of the flip side of an industry wide acquisition binge over the last decade. For-profit hospital chains like Community borrowed billions to snap up rivals, facing massive debt reimbursements just as the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, began to wane.

“I understand that they have billions in debt and may need to take money from this chain to service it,” said William Pond, an anesthesiologist at one of the Fort Wayne hospitals and president of the county health department’s executive board. “But it’s very disappointing to see the course that CHS is taking and the devastating effect they’re having on our community.”

Once the biggest U.S. for-profit hospital chain, Community is selling off other, poorly performing facilities to pay off $2 billion of its $15 billion in debt. Yet even as the company skimps on spending and patient satisfaction lags at key facilities like Fort Wayne, its bonds are rising in value

Quality has been suffering at the flagship Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, which has about 400 beds. Patients rate their overall experience at two stars, compared with four stars at the crosstown hospital owned by nonprofit Parkview Health, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Medicare.gov website.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles … eover-boom

This is a widespread problem an not limited to this company. If you have not checked out https://www.medicare.gov/, you should. Not every hospital is rated and if yours is not rated, that should concern you! Go to site, choose find hospital, and enter your zip code.

Statistics: Posted by daaswampman — Fri Jun 02, 2017 6:32 pm


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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: A Happy Ending!

April 30, 2017 DR1VENbyKNOWLEDGE 0

lol….ya, read that on Friday.

I hadn’t even heard of this thing before it went kaput…Guess I’m not the social butterfly I used to be. :rolleyes:

My favorite video was the smug comments as they were being chained in the terminal awaiting a flight out….Like their self entitled asses cant believe how they’re being treated in … SOMEONE ELSES COUNTRY!….lol…laughable.

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • A Happy Ending!

April 30, 2017 daaswampman 0

It made me happy!

‘Rich kids of Instagram meets Hunger Games’: Guests at luxury Fyre Festival where tickets cost $12,000 ‘mugged, stranded and hungry’

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It was supposed to be the most glamorous event of the year, with all the selfie opportunities and flower-crowns a young, gym-bodied social media influencer could dream of. But Fyre Festival, an elite concert event on a deserted island in the Bahamas with tickets priced up to $12,000 has quickly turned into a terrifying B-movie, with flocks of Instagram models forced to seek shelter in an airport after arriving to discover a lack of food, violent locals, appalling accommodation and feral dogs roaming the grounds.

As a result, social media has exploded overnight with tales of Instagram-filtered terror and disappointment, with beautiful festival-goers arriving on the island to discover half-built tents, their luggage being thrown out of the back of a truck, muggers and thieves laying in wait to steal wallets from trust fund kids, unhelpful staff, and “gourmet cuisine” that turned out to be nothing but ham and cheese sandwiches.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/news/f … ets-turns/

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Banks! Here we go again!

April 30, 2017 anita 0

I covered bank failures when I did business writing between about 2009-2014.

After I saw the story posted by Swamp, I went back and looked at the FDIC bank failure list, which I’ve rarely done since I quit.

https://www.fdic.gov/bank/individual/fa … klist.html

The list is worth a look, because it’s so amazing how few banks failed before 2007. The number of failed banks has really slowed in the last few years.

This list is also of interest:

https://www.fdic.gov/bank/statistical/s … c/fdic.pdf

What is interesting about this list is how much consolidation has gone on in banking in the last couple of decades. We now have well under half the number of banks that there were in 1990. There are just a little over 5,000 banks currently. Only two banks have been started in the last 5 years. (Thanks largely to Dodd-Frank.)

This list also shows that there are 123 “problem” banks remaining out there.

Sadly, rather than pushing the break-up of large banking institutions, and perhaps reinstate something similar to Glass-Steagall, Dodd-Frank has pushed consolidation within the industry.

I saw on the news this week that a congressman (whose name I don’t remember) just proposed a bill that would allow small banks to opt-out of Dodd-Frank, which seems like a good first step to encourage more banks to be created, rather than the current situation, where the small banks are merging or being bought out by the larger banks due to all the regulation.

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Banks! Here we go again!

April 29, 2017 daaswampman 0

I know there are many local considerations, but how many other “special situations” are lurking out there after the last administration? Then consider all the student loans hanging out there, that everyone expected Hillary to forgive and forget! We may have a problem!

Louisiana bank failure is costliest since financial crisis

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Regulators on Friday seized New Orleans-based First NBC Bank in the costliest bank failure since the financial crisis, with cleanup costs estimated at $1 billion .

The Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions handed the bank to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in the fourth failure of a federally insured bank this year.

Hancock Holding Co. of Gulfport, Mississippi, bought $1.6 billion in deposits and $1 billion in assets, including $600 million in cash. Hancock will fold First NBC’s 24 Louisiana branches into its Whitney Bank unit and First NBC’s five Florida Panhandle branches into its Hancock Bank unit.

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Bank closures have been infrequent since the 2010 peak in the wake of the Great Recession. That year, regulators shuttered 157 banks, the most in any year since the savings and loan crisis two decades earlier and topping the 140 that were closed in 2009.

The billion-dollar loss comes from the difference in the FDIC’s obligations and what it can expect to collect from the assets. The last time the FDIC paid more than $1 billion to absorb losses was when two banks in Puerto Rico failed in 2010.

Hancock agreed to pay $35 million for the deposits it took over. Hancock had bought $1.3 billion in loans, $400 million in deposits and nine branches from First NBC earlier this year, as First NBC sold chunks of itself in an ultimately futile attempt to raise capital and avoid failure.

The FDIC, though, was only able to sell part of the bank to Hancock, which FDIC spokesman David Barr said was the sole bidder. The FDIC will mail $1.4 billion in checks beginning Monday to depositors who mostly hold certificates of deposit, individual retirement accounts and brokered deposits. No depositor will lose money, and the checks will include interest accrued through Friday. The FDIC will also have to dispose of roughly $2.5 billion in assets that Hancock didn’t want. For now, though, depositors and borrowers can keep doing business with their current branches.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business … e62f3e3f63

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • EMP and Stored Data

April 28, 2017 daaswampman 0

I recently read several articles related to how an EMP may effect stored data! It seems that the data could be corrupted even if the device survives!?!

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If you’re not using OPTICAL storage, all your data may be wiped out in a nuclear war, solar flare or EMP attack

While more people are becoming aware of the risk of an EMP attack, what almost nobody seems to realize is that magnetic storage media is also subject to data loss from electromagnetic phenomena. This includes hard drives, RAID storage arrays, thumb drives and even SD cards.

http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-04-26-i … ttack.html

Magnetism and EMP

Magnetism is a property of some materials. Magnetism is convenient for computerized data storage, because of the achievable high density, low latency, and possibility of multiple rewrites. However, this last property is also the bane of long-term storage: stored data can be affected by external magnetic sources, and is subject to gradual leakage. Even reading implies “grabbing” a bit of energy from the medium, thus weakening the data storage. Magneto-optical drives fare a bit better:

The medium magnetism can be altered only at high temperatures; at room temperature, it is “fixed”.
Reading can be done optically (because the medium optical qualities are modified by the magnetic orientation which was forced upon it when it was last heated), thus leaving the magnetic field “alone”.
Although manufacturers of magneto-optical drives claim reliable storage for long durations (decades, up to a century or two), this heavily depends on environmental conditions, and has never been tested “in full size” since the technology itself is not that old.

In particular, magnetic storage, whether magneto-optical or not, can be disrupted by applying a huge amount of magnetism in one go, something known as an Electromagnetic Pulse. This is the electromagnetic equivalent of a full stadium of beer-powered sport fans bellowing simultaneously (this has been used by some movie directors to obtain sound effects which are hard to simulate in a lab, resulting for instance in this scene — a cricket stadium was involved). The method of choice for generating big EMP is through nuclear weapons: nuclear fission and fusion emit huge amounts of high energy gamma rays, which, by colliding with electrons, create the EMP. EMP can also be generated with non-nuclear devices, albeit with a much lower energy.

Hollywood, in its everlasting educational mission, has depicted a non-nuclear EMP in which the generating device looks like a jukebox. There has been some allowance for artistic license, though: a non-nuclear EMP works by rapid compression of a conductor in a magnetic field, where “rapid” means “high explosives”. While the EMP effect has some military applications in specific situations (especially disabling onboard electronics in missiles, without needing to actually hit the missile with another missile), the common wisdom is that the explosives are more a general threat than the EMP itself. Would-be terrorists would not care about electromagnetism; they would just blow up things with the explosives alone.

A Faraday cage is effective against EMP proper; however, it does not block gamma rays and neutrons from a nuclear explosion, so gamma rays may enter the cage and generate a local pulse by interacting with the magnetic storage medium itself. The best protection for magnetic storage devices against a nuclear event is a deep underground bunker (it is also efficient for protecting human operators). That’s what they do for NORAD: the headquarters are buried under a mountain.

https://security.stackexchange.com/ques … ta-storage

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: The big one is coming!

April 9, 2017 daaswampman 0
Dirk Williams wrote:
This one scares me the most. No running, no hiding.

DW

You have options most don’t have! Social Isolation is the best plan in a Pandemic. You can drive to lots of nothing! The Lava Beds, Northern Nevada, all would be great options in a pandemic and you know the areas! How long does it take you to drive out of town – five minutes or less?

My plan is to fall back to my place in the Big Thicket, as there ain’t no fighting a pandemic! And hoping a mask will protect you 24/7, ain’t much of a plan. Swamp

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: The big one is coming!

April 9, 2017 daaswampman 0
Dirk Williams wrote:
This one scares me the most. No running, no hiding.

DW

You have options most don’t have! Social Isolation is the best plan in a Pandemic. You can drive to lots of nothing! The Lava Beds, Northern Nevada, all would be great options in a pandemic and you know the areas! How long does it take you to drive out of town – five minutes or less?

My plan is to fall back to my place in the Big Thicket, as there ain’t no fighting a pandemic! And hoping a mask will protect you 24/7, ain’t much of a plan. Swamp

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Another Shot Fired In The War On Cash

April 9, 2017 ajax727 0

That plastic money is the is the greatest tracking device ever produced and people use it freely without understanding this small fact . The dollar coin was a bust and the new and improved ones will be a bust also . Just like the New $10.00 that will be coming out they will be a flop people will cut them up turn them in for replacement and cut them up also till reprinting them will become useless or so i have heard of this action against the new ten .

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: The big one is coming!

April 9, 2017 Drakenstead1 0

Figured that this would be the way things really hit the fan. It seems that pandemics are the way the planet “clears the air” of an out of balance situation. Now I don’t really believe that the planet is a rational entity capable of formulating and executing a plan but what ever “it” is seems to mimic that capability. When the American South planted nothing but cotton they got the boll weevil, up here in the corn belt we’re getting super weeds in response to our poisons. When there are too many of one type of fish in one of our lakes it seems that eventually we have a serious die off. There seem to be these systems for balance that jump up and bite without warning.

I would suggest that once we began to here reassurance from our government and the media propaganda outlets telling us that there is nothing to fear it’s time to go into lock down. We’re fairly well prepared to do just that. Though I suspect that “fairly” well prepared is just as bad as being wide open. Consequently with opportunity and availability of cash we expand our plans and capabilities.

The eventuality of a pandemic is well established. The question is when & where it starts and what is it’s nature going to be. I won’t go into the nuts and bolts of preparation as they are very well elucidated on this forum and others like it. What I can say is that there is an inevitability that we will all have to deal with. I’d suggest that our primary focus should be two pronged. We need to be able to lock down and isolate and we need to have the capability to exist sustainably and independently long term. I’ve seen the graves of folks who did not do this. A photo of a plague cemetery would be an excellent motivational poster.

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Another Shot Fired In The War On Cash

April 9, 2017 daaswampman 0
oldasrocks wrote:
The idiots that designed the last metal dollar made it so close to the quarter in size it was confusing to use. That’s why it was rejected.

I agree that they are way too close to the quarter in size, but few people use half dollars and they are easy to identify. They already changed the design of the dollar and made it gold colored, still no takers! Swamp

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Another Shot Fired In The War On Cash

April 9, 2017 daaswampman 0
oldasrocks wrote:
The idiots that designed the last metal dollar made it so close to the quarter in size it was confusing to use. That’s why it was rejected.

I agree that they are way too close to the quarter in size, but few people use half dollars and they are easy to identify. They already changed the design of the dollar and made it gold colored, still no takers! Swamp

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Another Shot Fired In The War On Cash

April 9, 2017 daaswampman 0

Another Shot Fired In The War On Cash

Two senators announce plan to eliminate penny, replace dollar bill with a coin.

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Another effort is underway to eliminate the penny and replace the dollar bill with a coin, reports WKYT.

On Wednesday, U.S. Senators John McCain and Mike Enzi announced the reintroduction of the Currency Optimization, Innovation, and National Savings Act of 2017, or the COINS Act for short.

According to a press release about the legislation, they said it would “modernize our currency by moving to a $1 dollar coin, reduce the cost of nickel production and suspend the minting of the penny, which currently costs more than one cent to produce.”

The release also emphasized the estimated cost savings of the plan which have been projected to be as high as $16 billion.

The COINS Act had been introduced a few years ago by the two senators and others; it focused on replacing the $1 bill with a coin.

Although it is unclear why that legislation did not pass, the Wall Street Journal pointed out in 2013 that, according to the Federal Reserve, dollar coins were so unpopular that about $1.4 billion worth of them had been produced but were not being used.

A Fed official also suggested at the time that the switch over may not produce any cost savings at all due to increased expenses in other areas.

As for the penny, CNN Money reported last April that it costs 1.4 cents to make each one.

Despite the relatively low utilization rate, one group fighting to keep the penny—funded by the company that makes the metal sheets pennies are cut from—argues that the government will need to issue more nickels which it loses more on per coin—about 2.4 cents each.

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/0 … /22022666/

There is no reason the cent and nickel cannot be made out of steel or aluminum. This would reduce the cost way below face and it is proven technology throughout the world. It appears the reduced nickel in the nickel is just McCain looking out for the mining interests. The argument for the cent can and has been argued Ad nauseam and will continue.

Ending the dollar bill and only having a dollar coin is all about making cash difficult to use and pushing us toward electronic transactions and the total control that comes with it.

Being older than hell and from Nevada, I can tell you that most people hated the Silver Dollar – until silver went away. They were big, awkward, and largely unused in everyday commerce. The only place you seen them widely used was at the casinos. Swamp

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Another Shot Fired In The War On Cash

April 9, 2017 daaswampman 0

Another Shot Fired In The War On Cash

Two senators announce plan to eliminate penny, replace dollar bill with a coin.

[snip]

Another effort is underway to eliminate the penny and replace the dollar bill with a coin, reports WKYT.

On Wednesday, U.S. Senators John McCain and Mike Enzi announced the reintroduction of the Currency Optimization, Innovation, and National Savings Act of 2017, or the COINS Act for short.

According to a press release about the legislation, they said it would “modernize our currency by moving to a $1 dollar coin, reduce the cost of nickel production and suspend the minting of the penny, which currently costs more than one cent to produce.”

The release also emphasized the estimated cost savings of the plan which have been projected to be as high as $16 billion.

The COINS Act had been introduced a few years ago by the two senators and others; it focused on replacing the $1 bill with a coin.

Although it is unclear why that legislation did not pass, the Wall Street Journal pointed out in 2013 that, according to the Federal Reserve, dollar coins were so unpopular that about $1.4 billion worth of them had been produced but were not being used.

A Fed official also suggested at the time that the switch over may not produce any cost savings at all due to increased expenses in other areas.

As for the penny, CNN Money reported last April that it costs 1.4 cents to make each one.

Despite the relatively low utilization rate, one group fighting to keep the penny—funded by the company that makes the metal sheets pennies are cut from—argues that the government will need to issue more nickels which it loses more on per coin—about 2.4 cents each.

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/0 … /22022666/

There is no reason the cent and nickel cannot be made out of steel or aluminum. This would reduce the cost way below face and it is proven technology throughout the world. It appears the reduced nickel in the nickel is just McCain looking out for the mining interests. The argument for the cent can and has been argued Ad nauseam and will continue.

Ending the dollar bill and only having a dollar coin is all about making cash difficult to use and pushing us toward electronic transactions and the total control that comes with it.

Being older than hell and from Nevada, I can tell you that most people hated the Silver Dollar – until silver went away. They were big, awkward, and largely unused in everyday commerce. The only place you seen them widely used was at the casinos. Swamp

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: USA is back

April 8, 2017 Dirk Williams 0

While I agree with the Manchuria? invasion, all true. I was intent on our part of WWII why is a warrior culture for centuries, in SE Asia our responsibility. Then /now? The Japanese were always a warring culture. How was invading a backwards country with little constructive resources a threat to the US. For gods sake they still have a king, or monarch. While symbolic, the empour wields great power.

Not until their defeat after WWII did they develop a three tiered govt, simlar to ours. If the US didn’t apply pressure, their culture would rapidly revert back to their old ways, at least on the islands.

Don’t misunderstand me, I love my country, I’m just a realist, when I point out that it is we the US, who are the bullies on the block, once a republic, now a fascist nation. It’s not to be mean, it’s the truth.

I like to pretend that I don’t care. At the end of the day, I care deeply for the people of this nation. Not so much for our sell out govt.

Dirk

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April 8, 2017 Dirk Williams 0

While I agree with the Manchuria? invasion, all true. I was intent on our part of WWII why is a warrior culture for centuries, in SE Asia our responsibility. Then /now? The Japanese were always a warring culture. How was invading a backwards country with little constructive resources a threat to the US. For gods sake they still have a king, or monarch. While symbolic, the empour wields great power.

Not until their defeat after WWII did they develop a three tiered govt, simlar to ours. If the US didn’t apply pressure, their culture would rapidly revert back to their old ways, at least on the islands.

Don’t misunderstand me, I love my country, I’m just a realist, when I point out that it is we the US, who are the bullies on the block, once a republic, now a fascist nation. It’s not to be mean, it’s the truth.

I like to pretend that I don’t care. At the end of the day, I care deeply for the people of this nation. Not so much for our sell out govt.

Dirk

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: The big one is coming!

April 8, 2017 ReadyMom 0
AuntBee wrote:
I notice the drug stores are overflowing with OTC cold remedies lately. And posters all over the place inviting everybody to get a flu shot

Aunt Bee
Not a CNN fan

It’s flu season (or the end of it). Drug stores HAVE been better at promoting flu supplies & flu shots, the past several years, after the H5N1 scare and then the actual start of of the 2009 Swine Flu Pandemic that was stopped with the large-scale Fall-School vaccinations that were administered. Flu season is definitely more openly advertised now. -k

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April 8, 2017 ReadyMom 0
AuntBee wrote:
I notice the drug stores are overflowing with OTC cold remedies lately. And posters all over the place inviting everybody to get a flu shot

Aunt Bee
Not a CNN fan

It’s flu season (or the end of it). Drug stores HAVE been better at promoting flu supplies & flu shots, the past several years, after the H5N1 scare and then the actual start of of the 2009 Swine Flu Pandemic that was stopped with the large-scale Fall-School vaccinations that were administered. Flu season is definitely more openly advertised now. -k

Statistics: Posted by ReadyMom — Sat Apr 08, 2017 10:26 am


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April 8, 2017 ReadyMom 0
daaswampman wrote:
The big one is coming, and it’s going to be a flu pandemic:

(CNN)Experts say we are “due” for one. When it happens, they tell us, it will probably have a greater impact on humanity than anything else currently happening in the world.

And yet, like with most people, it is probably something you haven’t spent much time thinking about.

Pandemic Flu is where I got my prepping start, back in 2006 … with the H5N1 pandemic scare. There was so much preparation for that possible pandemic. National prepping. National meetings. Global monitoring. Then it fizzled out. I spent SO MUCH time & energy on this possible event. I gave public prepping presentations. Sat in on National level meetings. Went to so many seminars & participated in & was a part of conferences & exhibits to help show people how to prepare. I have to admit … I’m burned out with flu concerns and read with new warnings with skeptical caution, now.

If you prep for a pandemic or EMP, you’re prepping for just about anything else, because both events are so all-inclusive. Difference with Pandemic prepping is you need to REALLY BEEF UP your MEDICAL preps. Add ‘Sick Room’ supplies … ‘Death by Pandemic’ supplies … ‘Personal Protection’ supplies (No … not birth control :whistling: … N95/N100 masks, surgical style gloves, tyvek coveralls & aprons, head coverings, goggles & contaminated trash disposal options) Pandemics are a whole ‘nother world to prep for! -k

Statistics: Posted by ReadyMom — Sat Apr 08, 2017 10:22 am