Obamacare Will Cover Alternative Medicine

 "Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as "Obamacare," what is now called alternative medicine may become as accessible and as widely accepted as conventional medicine."

Obamacare will cover alternative medicine - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather:
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Obama Care is not just the best thing to happen to AA's since the civil rights laws of the 1960's, It's the best thing to happen to Western Medicine in my life time. Imagine that, a bill that tries to use all the tools available to help a patient. Why the next thing you know people will start talking about integrative medicine.

America up to now has only sanctioned allopathic Sick Care System. This is the first move toward an actual Health Care System. There are many more citizen benefits that will be reveled over time as the President's health reform law is implemented.

Dammit, I’m a doctor, not an iPhone!

 "Your iPhone now tells you when it’s time to visit the doctor. Soon it could save you the trip.

In 2013, the biggest revolution in medicine will be in the palm of your hands, as smartphones are reconfigured to turn into mini doctors’ offices and medical labs. This is the year your Android measures your blood sugar, your iPhone becomes an ECG machine and the hardware we keep in our purses and pockets diagnose everything from ear infections to cancer."
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Iphone always gets the leading med apps. I have a doctors bag folder and it had a stethoscope with EKG capability 2 years ago, Iphone what to fist to have an app and attachment to measure blood sugar. I have Sleep Timer in my bag (the Iphone watches me as I sleep) that provides detailed sleep analysis. i.e. how much on average, quality etc and I have ITriage just to name a few. Yes the Star Trek doc's tools are coming to us.   

Poll: Kwanzaa 101 2012 (Video)

Poll: Kwanzaa 101 2012 (Video) - Aunk (The Cultural Health Guy)'s column on Newsvine: "Hetep and Respect, every holiday is a Cultural Health opportunity. If you have never seen the seven principles of Kwanzaa take a look. If you have seen them and need a refresher here it is. One of the nice things about the holidays is that we get a chance to learn about each others holidays and the culture behind it ."

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iPhone tool automatically screens calls - CBS News

Corporate executives have administrative assistants to screen their calls for them. Now you can do the same thing yourself with your iPhone.

Call Bliss is a powerful iPhone app that extends the phone's "do not disturb"feature, which appeared in Apple's (AAPL) latest operating system for its mobile devices, iOS 6. Using iOS 6, it's easy to block all calls at particular times of day. You can also mark "favorite" contacts who can get through the filter,

I said to Siri Do Not Disturb

Sire said:
OK, Just let me know when you need me.

If you don't want your apps to disturb you, you might want to change your Do Not Disturb settings,

Siri while you are accurate that is not what I meant, lolt but you were helpful.

Bottom line Siri does not do DND yet, but Call Bliss does.

Now I thought that when I left corporate America my Admin Asst days were behind me, well not so fast. See link for details below. Now just wait until Siri has This Do Not Disturb added to here knowledge bank.

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Winter Solstice 2012 - Infographic

There are all types of complex astrologically calculated explanations of the sun and how the winter solstice works. I built this simple Infographic for the average Joe like me.

The world Celestial Clock c 10,000 BCE
In Dr. Amen's lecture he mentioned the Great Pyramids first of the seven wonders of the world as a celestial clock that told seasonal time i.e. Summer Solstice and winter solstice. I could not picture it in my mind as is the case for many of us so I made this Infrgraphic to help me and you.

In Classical African Civilization, Kemet (Ancient Egypt) everyone knew when the seasons changed and the Winter Solstice arrived because they had the biggest celestial clock in the world. Like the watch on your wrist one just need look at it.

These Africans invented the calendar we use to this very day consisting of 360 days with 5 days added. The Kamu (Kematians) in accordance with their monothiestic practice lived for 360 days and listened to God and the cosmos on these five from the 21 to 24 ending on 25.

For more on this subject see the link below to Dr Amen's Radio Show on the topic

Winter Solstice 2012 - End of What World?

Is this the time to plan an end of the world party or a beginning of a new era party? You have heard many views on this holiday season come hear the central worldview on this important event through Dr. Amen.

Winter Solstice 2012 - End of What World? 11/29 by Taui | Blog Talk Radio

I will post some more here on this subject as we go through this Solstice the once in a life time end of a 5,000 year era.

A Field Guide to Mesozoic Birds and Other Winged Dinosaurs

Those who read my lowly blog will no doubt be familiar with the work of Matt Martyniuk. As an incredibly talented paleoartist, Matt's restorations of prehistoric life are both aesthetically appealing and meticulously researched. In particular, he specializes in (and is probably best known for) depicting Mesozoic birds (=Aviremigia in his personally preferred usage). Additionally, he is a founding member of WikiProject Dinosaurs, a collaborative project that aims to increase the quality of Wikipedia dinosaur articles, and is single-handedly responsible for many of the life restorations and (especially) iconic scale charts present on the online encyclopedia.

One of the greatest contributors to the excellence of Matt's paleoart is the sheer thought and research that has been put into them. Many of the posts on his blog, DinoGoss, discuss aspects of paleoart that are frequently glossed over and yet immensely crucial to the field, such as the processes and biological significance behind feather colors. For this reason I have long thought that it would be magnificent if Matt wrote a self-illustrated book on restoring Mesozoic birds.

As it turns out, he did. About a month ago he teased us all with a picture of the following book cover on Facebook, and later wrote a more extensive article about the subject on DinoGoss.

The book is now out. Having spent two years in the making (so that's why Matt hasn't uploaded much on his DeviantArt for a while), for most part the book does not disappoint. The first few sections of the book detail the evolution and diversity of Mesozoic birds as well as things to take into account when restoring them, some of these incorporating updated versions of DinoGoss posts. Being the very topics I'd hoped Matt would cover were he to write a book, I found these chapters highly enjoyable and they will doubtless serve as a useful guide to other paleoartists looking to illustrate Mesozoic avifauna. Longtime followers of Matt will likely be able to identify nods to his online interactions and activities. Case in point, in order to demonstrate how feathers can obscure skeletal features, Matt uses the deinonychosaurs Troodon and Saurornitholestes to show that even dinosaurs that are supposedly anatomically disparate may have been hard to distinguish in life were we armed only with skeletal characteristics for identification, the same genera Mickey Mortimer used as an example in a comment on DinoGoss.

The main bulk of the book is presented in, as the title implies, a field guide format. With two chapters on oviraptorosaurs, five on deinonychosaurs (and some phylogenetically ambiguous paravians), one on non-ornithothoracine avialans, four on enantiornithines, and five on Mesozoic euornithines, each preceded by a phylogeny indicating the likely positions of taxa discussed, this presents near-comprehensive coverage on the known extent of aviremigian variety in the Mesozoic. Life restorations of almost all known Mesozoic aviremigian species are present, often shown in multiple views, poses, and sometimes ontogenetic stages, each accompanied by a scale chart done in Matt's recognizable style. For a great many aviremigian species, especially avialans, these are likely the first time they have been seriously restored, much less in print. Ornithologically savvy readers will be able to identify choices in coloration inspired by modern birds, though none fall into the trap of being a direct ripoff of a modern species. The succinct but informative text (as is typical for a field guide) lays down the physical characteristics, habitat, and known natural history of each taxon. Much of this will be a great help for buffing up the descriptions in my own list of maniraptors, again particularly with respect to avialans. There are a few cases where I felt that certain interesting facts that could have been added were missing, like Sinornithosaurus being known to have been preyed on (or at least eaten) by the compsognathid Sinocalliopteryx, but such preferences delve into the subjective side of things. Species too fragmentary to be reliably restored are listed in an appendix at the end of the book.

The book is immensely up to date, including even the last aviremigian to be published prior to its launch (Shengjingornis) and incorporating new research on the number of covert layers present in basal aviremigians. A recent paper that heavily influences the content of the book but came out too late to be extensively incorporated was the description of wings in ornithomimosaurs. Though the wing feathers of these specimens are not directly preserved, the authors of the study suggest they were pennaceous, potentially making ornithomimosaurs (and thus all maniraptoriforms) aviremigians. Should this be the case, any subsequent editions or companion volumes to this book would have to include at least ornithomimosaurs, therizinosaurs, and alvarezsaurs in addition to the groups it already has. Commendably, this discovery does get acknowledged in the introductory chapters of the book, and either way this does not cheapen this guide's value. Science marches on is an inevitable acquaintance of the best of us, and the book remains an indispensable reference for the groups it has managed to include.

If there's anything that does remotely detract from this gem, it's the typos. While on the whole they don't hamper the usefulness of the book, typos are abundant enough to be noticeable, especially to paleo-savvy readers. Most of these are spelling errors, but the most glaring example is that Cryptovolans is incorrectly stated to hail from the Upper Cretaceous Dinosaur Park Formation in Alberta, Canada. More extensive proofreading could've considerably increased the quality in this regard.

A bibliography is available at the back of the book, which I approve of (the last reference listed even has quite a bit of tongue-in-cheek humor to it), though I do feel that even more references could have been included. For instance, Velociraptor being known to have scavenged was evidently based on Hone et al. (2010), and yet this paper was not listed as a source. There are also countless specimen description papers that must've been referenced in a project of this type but are not mentioned. Although creating an exhaustive bibliography may not have been the main purpose of this book, it does appear strange to me that only some of the references used were credited. This is arguably especially important for the unpublished tidbits that are brought up. For example, Tianyuraptor is said to have had long neck feathers based on an undescribed mid-sized dromaeosaurid that preserves this feature and may be a specimen of said taxon. Those who are aware of this specimen will know the source of this, but those who know Tianyuraptor only from its published description (based on a specimen that preserves no feathers at all) may well be confused by this information.

There are also a few unexplained omissions to the list of Mesozoic aviremigians. Borogovia, Pamparaptor, Shanag, Otogornis, and Longchengornis are neither included as field guide entries nor mentioned in the appendix (or anywhere else that would explain their truancy). Hesperonychus is also bizarrely absent, despite being namedropped in one of the introductory chapters. (Edit: And Alethoalaornis too. See comments for more on the situation with these MIA taxa; thanks for chiming in, Matt!)

These are but quibbles, outweighed immeasurably by the book's numerous finer points, and if this review appears to imply otherwise it is only because I hold this work to such high standards. This is a book I'd recommend to everyone with an interest in some of the most wonderful of all creatures (i.e.: birds) and easily deserves a place of its own among works of this genre.

Netherlands' Put on Cultural Terrorist Nations Watch List.

Today  the Netherlands' became the first nation in modern history to be put on the Cultural Terrorist Nations Watch List. The Dutch people and their nation earn this dubious holiday distinction for "Black Pete" and the dis-ease it infects their children with.   

 Here is how I rate "Black Pete" and the Dutch Nation on Cultural Health. (I also put this post here so that readers do not think I did not give them a chance to respond and to provided additional information)

USA's National Cultural Health Rating is 53% (up from 0 to 25% pre 2008)

Netherlands' National Cultural Health Rating is maybe 5%

Their Culturally Poisoned national holiday has earned them the distinction of being the first nation in modern history to be put on the cultural terrorist nations watch list.

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