Finding it hard to believe but realize it must be true. People don’t know the difference between million/billion/trillion. And, that there is no coordination between the pentagon and the VA hospitals. Nobody knows the true coast of war if they only look at the pentagon figures. Why do veterans kill themsleves at a 22 lives per day? Obviously, the VA is underfunded in this period.

Why don’t they prescribe ecstasy to veterans with PSTD. It works like magic. Hopefully, they get it anyway off the black market. I’ve never tried ecstasy. But read an interesting study.


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Voting recommendation

I read that if your state is not a swing state, you should vote for a third party candidate so we get more choices in the future. Iowa is a swing state so I recommend voting for Clinton.

People ask about who I am voting for and I say Clinton.  No surprise here.


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Wealth inequality

econ injust

At least the issue is being brought up during this presidential campaign. Here is a cartoon that sums it all up.

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Spring 2015 Session

We are well underway for Spring 2015. I am fortunate to work with Anthropology professors and lectures this semester. Topics range from Mesoamerica, native people in North America, and the topic of genocide. I’ve tuned into the course recordings to check that they are going well. With the help of the library I am also providing video clips for limited playback on the web. My second faculty person has been trained to run their own setup and recordings. It is possible to train some faculty to take that responsibility. It saves me trips to the location. I think it empowers faculty.

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It is about time for presidential candidates to declare running for 2016. I think it is Hillary’s to lose. But others might jump in the race. Jeb Bush seems like a logical choice.  I don’t think Hillary is as liberal as Obama. I’d really like to see Elizabeth Warren as president. She is my pick. But I want to hear what all the candidates have to say. It would be funny to see Bill Clinton as First Husband.

Look at Merkel in Germany. Apparently she can fluently speak in Russian, German, and English.  I think she shows that women can lead in a position of authority.

I love how the republicans want to outlaw the filibuster in the Senate. They must think people are stupid or don’t know their recent history.

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Just read that the inequality of income and wealth in the US is at a pre French revolution level. I wonder if that will continue or grow. Where is the tipping point? Is media the “church” of the masses. As long as people listen to the media for information they are happy with the reporting and take it as factual information. What would spark a revolution? Police killing unarmed young people? The whole notion of wealth seems to go back to Reagan’s trickle-down myth. I read the cup doesn’t overflow but rather the rich just get bigger cups. What is the demarkation line? 1 million in wealth? 10 million? I’d like to know. I wonder how you got on the list of people lined up for the guillotine in the french revolution? There must have been a criteria. Maybe not. Perhaps it was political and wealth identified.  I will look on wikipedia.


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Post Election

I received the news today via the Internet. I didn’t stay up last night to see the results.

Brailey had some negatives. 79 million dollars was spent on one senate seat. That would build part of a children’s hospital on a regional level.

Jutta and I were interested in local politics and that went well. Locals removed a republican from the county board of supervisors. Voters said no to a jail extension. Our candidate won in the supervisors race.

I wonder how the Hatch/Branstead race turned out as far as votes. Looks like a big win for Branstead.


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Tech Forum 2014

The two sessions I went to are:

  • Lync Panel Discussion (another online meeting software)
  • Large Lecture Transformation Project (ID implications)

Did you know you can now have your genome sequenced for $1000?

There is 50 times the power of a Cray computer in your smartphone.

47% of USA population take at least one medication per day.





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About half way through Spring 2014

We are approaching the mid point for the Spring 2014 semester here at Iowa. I am monitoring 3 anthropology courses. I get to hear most of it unless I am working on something else or get distracted by a support call. I am learning about native people in North America and Ancient civilizations in another. The nice thing is that these courses are originating in our classroom so I can be in the office more of the time during the day. Just finishing up on developing a course on Health. It will be all online so making the materials for the modules was so important. I have some touch up things to do with the lectures for the health course and place the captions on the introduction video and we are ready to go.

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Flame Painter Pro

Flame Painter makes drawings that I love. I am just beginning to explore custom brushes and layers.

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