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Brooklyn NY person developes social media app to spy on us all

Big brother and his family are watching

Social media – dangerous to our freedom.
A new app allows people to take pictures of “crimes” and “suspects”, send it to a group of retired detectives and “they” decide if its worth sending onto the police via a “secure” facebook page

Need we discuss how secure a facebook page is?
I said before – “see something – say something” will be distorted
we are being watched – george orwell 1984 – read it

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The 16oz Drink Debacle – I will have 2 large fries, tripple patty burger and a SMALL DIET COKE!

Mayor Bloomberg is pushing to ban any drink over 16 oz because we are fat and don’t know any better.It seems is philosophy is the same as our presidents, “The government knows better – they know how healthy we should be” They will control our weight, they will control our health, they will the foods we eat – THIS IS NOT A TEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My question to the mayor in banning large drinks is that if he truly believes we are fat and need the government to manage our food intake and change or behavior for our “better good”, then why is Shake Shack allowed to keep its doors open?

I am not attacking Shake Shack, McDonalds or any other food establishment. I firmly believe its MY choice and in what I choose to eat and which establishment i choose to spend my money in.

However based upon the Mayors theory, these establishments do more harm than our 32 ounce drink. Shake Shack and Mcdonalds and Burger King etc… server thousands of people a day  – just look at their calorie count for an average hamburger, fries and drink meal – and we think a smaller drink is going to help? Its akin to ordering large fries, a hamburger, chicken nuggets and a diet drink – meaningless.

Whats the average calorie count of a Sake Shake meal for the average person? 1000, 1500, 2000 calories? Hence the mayors attack on large drinks is selective – how much in taxes do these restaurants pay the city? and you think it was about your health?

Whats next dictating how large the portion size will be allowed in restaurants (hmm i believe they already dictate salt), the size of a hamburger? size of fries? Or will be issued a Food Intake Card – where we will have to swipe it at every restaurant we visit and if we visit some more than once a day, sorry you cannot be served.

Do you think this is far off? Obama care is already going ot penalize you if you do not “conform” to the health status the government sets -how far of a leap is this? Don’t forget, we WILL need a national health ID card for the socialized insurance to work – ………….

National ID card, meal card, restriction card, penalize me card… its coming.
Perhaps White Castle with their small burgers always had the right idea!

Mayor Bloomberg cannot be selective in his”idea” of helping us be healthy – if he is truly want to promote health, than he has to “control” all food establishments and ALL stores that sell food.Remember we can still goto a food store and purchase a 64oz bottle of soda

Wait a moment – the government does not have to ban sizes of food items – all they need to do is tax us on anything over a certain size! They do it now with our cars and houses – its called a “gas guzzler tax” and a “mansion tax” Remember in a previous post, that they are thinking of charging extra to register your car based upon its weight – its coming!

So we will be taxed into good health!
Welcome to Obama care!

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Affordable housing without responsibility

The discussion of affordable housing and the responsibility of the people accepting this charity.

By the good grace and charity of us, the tax payers, we are willing to spend our tax dollars to help the ones not as fortunate as us. I think we can all agree that this is both good for us, the people and America as a whole. However, such charity and handouts must come with responsibility and accountability.

I own a home. I maintain my home. I make sure its clean, the front side walk and street are cleaned, the house is in good repair (to the best of my budget and ability), teh grass is cut, the garbage is neat, the inside is cleaned, the sheets are cleaned, the windows are washed etc………… I think you get my meaning where this house is MINE, I own it, I want it clean and neat. I wake up at 5am to accomplish this at times, then off to work, then return home and finish what was not done. I am responsible – I am accountable.

If I am looking to purchase a new home or rent an apartment, I choose neighborhoods that I can afford. I don’t demand and expect anyone to give me money to live in places i cannot afford.

So the affordable housing division (HUD) has to answer some very serious questions BEFORE they spend my  hard earned money.

1. Why are we building affordable housing in expensive neighborhoods thereby lowering property values? Should we to be building them in neighborhoods that need help and have the affordable housing be the model of the NEW neighborhood – this will solve 2 problems 1) affordable housing 2) better neighborhoods that need the help

2. This charity we provide MUST come with responsibility. Don’t just “give it and forget it” Each person accepting the affordable housing MUST have a list of responsibilities that they MUST accomplish to continue to get the “affordable housing”

3. They must provide several hours of community service per month. This will offset the “handout” they are receiving for their affordable housing

4. They must actively look for a job. If they cannot find one, they need to “work” off the cost of the rent by performing community service

5. They must understand that they “own” this and its theirs and they have to pay for it

6. No drugs/no liquor/no smoking – if you are also on food stamps then we want receipts to verify our charity money is used for actual food

7.The majority that can, have 2 years to get on their feet (this number can be modified as economic conditions change) then they MUST move – charity is not free forever

There must be quick consequences for non compliance – 3 strikes and you are evicted

FREE is a 4 letter word – as i always say – Once FREE is given its not respected BUT expected

Make them accountable – the days of FREE are over!

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Obama announced today that he wants to bail out all businesses!

Is there no end to this madness!

Obama’ s plan to fix the economy and bring jobs back to the US is to give our money away!
That’s his economic plan?
And he is shouting that Mitt Romney has no plan?
Is he kidding us here!

GM was a good bailout? The company owes us 34billion dollars that we will never get back! They still cannot compete in the car market, have no innovations, kept the unions on board and continues to pay unsustainable wages and pension plans and last year GM gave a 30 million dollar advertising contract to a British company! Lets not forget the additional raises GM execs gave themselves for a job well done!

So bailing out companies that continue business as “failed” usual and pat themselves on the back for a good job well done is his economic plan!

Whats more frightening, is that the people he was telling this to were cheering him! His perpetration of class warfare, supporting of an entitlement culture and his Robin Hood philosophy actually resonates with this group of people who want everything for nothing.

And he will get re-elected – WHERE IS ROMNEY ATTACKING THIS PRESIDENTS RECORD – does he want to win?

Margaret Thatcher, in a television interview for Thames TV This Week on February 5, 1976. Prime Minister Thatcher said, “…and Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They [socialists] always run out of other people’s money. It’s quite a characteristic of them.”

“Socialism is a philosophy of  failure, the  creed of ignorance, and the gospel of  envy, its  inherent virtue is the equal sharing of  misery..”—Winston  Churchill

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Feds look to health IT to improve behavioral health

I do not care for the intent of the title of this article – no matter what the article reads, it states to me that the feds want to change my or your behavior using technology – sounds socialistic to me – ever read George Orwell s, 1984? Read on – way to many parallels for my liking – what do you think?

Nineteen Eighty-Four is a novel by George Orwell published in 1949. It is a dystopian and satirical novel set in Oceania, where society is tyrannized by The Party and its totalitarian ideology.[1] The Oceanian province of Airstrip One is a world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, and public mind control, dictated by a political system euphemistically named English Socialism (Ingsoc) under the control of a privileged Inner Party elite that persecutes all individualism and independent thinking as thoughtcrimes.[2] Their tyranny is headed by Big Brother, the quasi-divine Party leader who enjoys an intense cult of personality, but who may not even exist. Big Brother and the Party justify their rule in the name of a supposed greater good.[1] The protagonist of the novel, Winston Smith, is a member of the Outer Party who works for the Ministry of Truth (Minitrue), which is responsible for propaganda and historical revisionism. His job is to re-write past newspaper articles so that the historical record always supports the current party line.[3] Smith is a diligent and skilful worker, but he secretly hates the Party and dreams of rebellion against Big Brother.

As literary political fiction and as dystopian science-fiction, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a classic novel in content, plot, and style. Many of its terms and concepts, such as Big Brother, doublethink, thoughtcrime, Newspeak, and memory hole, have entered everyday use since its publication in 1949. Moreover, Nineteen Eighty-Four popularised the adjective Orwellian, which describes official deception, secret surveillance, and manipulation of the past by a totalitarian or authoritarian state

Feds look to health IT to improve behavioral health
By Dan Bowman

The federal government will hand out more than $4 million in grants nationwide in an effort to use health information technology to help substance abuse and mental health professionals in underserved areas, according to an announcement.

The six U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grants range from $718,000 to $840,000. According to SAMHSA, grant recipients will use the money to pay for technologies such as smartphones, behavioral health electronic applications and web-based services to improve communications, tracking and management efforts.

Among the grantees are the Iowa Department of Public Health in Des Moines, slated to receive $838,200; the Irene Stacy Community Mental Health Center in Butler, Pa., which will receive $718,547; and Promesa Behavioral Health, Inc., in Fresno, Calif., which will receive $840,000.

The grants are part of a three-year effort announced by SAMHSA last October that will provide up to $25 million to a total of 29 behavioral health treatment programs across the U.S.

Momentum for incentivizing the use of technology for behavioral health and substance abuse providers has been steadily growing of late. A bill introduced to the House earlier this summer by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) seeks to extend Meaningful Use incentives to eligible providers who offer such treatment. What’s more, the Rhode Island Quality Institute in March received a $600,000 grant from the federal government to extend access to its statewide health information exchange to behavioral health providers.

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How Twitter was used in a potential mass casualty scenario

Pre-Post Amble

Social media has a use – but reading the last paragraph “I was getting much more accurate up-to-the-second information on what was going on through the many eyes of the Twitter users, than I was getting from official paramedic and police channels.” are we to actually believe people? How do we know they are even at the scene? Social media, as we have seen, can be done from anywhere. And like the doctor that tried to fight the negative feedback, how can we be sure people will not just tweet what they “believe” they know – media is a powerful tool that can easily be distorted – “when the legend is better then the truth – print the legend”.

Police know that average people have very different perceptions of the same crime scene even though they all were present within a few feet of each other. Perception is not based upon reality all the time but is a mix the current emotions being felt and what we though we saw. Think about trial attorneys an dhow they manipulate the medieval devices used to wrench babies out of mothers secure wombs or the unreadable notes a doctor kept on a patient and no wonder a mistake was made – when in realty these devices are the standards of care and all to familiar to physicians who are trained on them and their paper notes, what they call scribble, is actually very readable and understandable to how a doctor make diagnosis. But presented to a jury in a certain way playing on their emotions – it gets distorted and turned into an alternate realty that they believe.In the heat of a crisis, people respond differently and see different things and experience the same situation differently. How do we knwo those tweets are actually what is happening? A building collapsing “looks” like it could have killed or hurt hundreds and will be tweeted as “building collapses many killed” which is an assumption not realty when in fact, no one was seriously hurt and only minor injuries were sustained. Remember 911 when someone said “I found 9 survivors” that was stated not tweeted/facedbooked and the media picked it up, ran it on tv and we were all led to believe people survived only to find out it was false.

Hence who are we to believe? the average person unaccustomed to situations and unable to make a clinical judgment without per-conceived conceptions or alternate agendas? or wait for the trained personnel to act, asses, understand and make informed meaningful decisions.

Hence – don’t believe everything that’s printed and certainly do not rely on anything posted to social media – if a 1000 people say a dumb thing – its still a dumb thing.

Now back to our scheduled article……………………………..

How Twitter was used in a potential mass casualty scenario

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It was my first ER shift in charge of the resuscitation area. Needless to say, my adrenaline and nerves were firing like crazy; being responsible for the sickest of the sick that rolls through our doors is a daunting task, especially since we were the local trauma center.

The shift was going relatively well, and with only a few hours left I was beginning to breathe a sigh of relief.

BEEP!

There is no mistaking that obnoxiously loud paramedic patch phone ring, even from the other end of the department. I turned and saw the charge nurse pick up the call. The knot in my stomach quickly tightened as I watched the color literally drain from her face, before asking over the phone, “I’m sorry, what?

 

Oh, I had forgotten to mention, it was a July evening with the biggest annual outdoor music festival being hosted in our city. Apparently, a freak thunderstorm decided to pound its way through the city, and the main stage of the final act collapsed mid-act:

How Twitter was used in a potential mass casualty scenario

The only information that was conveyed over the patch call before the paramedics rushed into the chaotic scene was this – “The main stage at Bluesfest collapsed on the crowd! Likely people trapped under with penetrating wounds! No idea how many – expect the worst!”

One of the most important decisions for a receiving mass casualty facility to make in such a scenario, is how to prepare adequately for the potentially overwhelming influx of critically ill patients. In Canada, most hospitals have structured contingency plans for this, commonly known as a Code Orange. It usually involves a rapid call-out to off-duty staff to come in, mobilization of patients out of the ER and into the hospital hallways, and canceling of all elective surgeries and procedures.

Code Orange is a very expensive protocol, and can negatively affect patients who are already in the hospital as we try to create surge capacity for mass casualty events. You might even remember stories of Code Orange being called for severe ER overcrowding.

And the decision to trigger a Code Orange for the stage collapse? All mine.

The problem was, I felt like there just wasn’t enough information to make that decision. Were we expecting 2, or 200 patients? Were they serious wounds or minor scratches? How quickly would they be coming through our doors – all at once by ambulance, or slowly as patients make their own way to the ER?

We tried calling the paramedics back, but no luck – they of course were physically busy at the scene. Then I heard a resident beside me wonder out loud as she pulled out her iPhone, “Hmm, I wonder what people there are tweeting.”

I paused. Tweeting? Isn’t that some weird online blogging thing?

We quickly logged onto Twitter, and found a steady stream of live updates from spectators at the scene.

Wow, main stage collapsed, while the band was still on!

Giant storm hits Bluesfest! Stage down! Everyone running – but no one hurt?

Paramedics searching … no one seems hurt!

I was getting much more accurate up-to-the-second information on what was going on through the many eyes of the Twitter users, than I was getting from official paramedic and police channels. It was the first time I caught a glimpse of what a powerful tool social media could potentially be in healthcare, despite all the press on the concerns regarding confidentiality, reliability of medical information, and lack of regulation.

How do you see the evolution of social media in your healthcare?

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The Twitter Tweet Threat

Twitter was issued a court order to release the tweets of someone who threatened a redo of the killings in Colorado.

The Good:
We want our law enforcement to have access everything they need. We want people who threaten mass murder, terrorism and any other social chaos stopped. We want pedophiles stopped, we want gangs stopped, we want crime to go down, we want to be safe in our country. Hence, if someone or some group threatens to cause mayhem, death & destruction, and used social media or any form of media to “advise” us of their intentions, then i fully expect their identity and all information about them to be handed over to authorities for an investigation. Just as you cannot yell “FIRE” in a movie theater, nor can you kill people in one or yell “FIRE” out in public without ramifications. Social media is akin to “yelling” out to the world. Hence i support Twitter being forced to release all records of this tweeter.

The Bad:
With the ever present slow creep of socialism being felt in this country, are we giving up our freedom of speech and anonymity when our social rambling can be released to authorities and scrutinized? Employers now look at social media post of job applicants and 34% of applicants are not hired based upon those reviews.  Are we to be afraid of anything we write or say that it can be misused against us? As i stated in a previous post, will the “see something- say something” be perverted for us to watch our neighbors? What happened to the media’s “protecting their sources” or a priest not breaking the vows of confession (vows may be wrong word – great catholic i am today) or even the ramblings of posts and blogs? I think our current laws need tweaking on this matter to protect our freedoms tempered with protecting our “freedoms”

The Ugly:
I said it before, SOCIAL MEDIA IS DANGEROUS! Be very careful what you say – it never goes away – it follows you forever. Its worse than a bad credit score! Parents – teach your children well! what they put on Twitter and facebook today, while cute and funny, may stop them form getting a job in the future. Like a tattoo you get at age 16 – later in life you regret it only to find out its hard to get rid of.

The Proof:
24% of job applicants are not hired because of their social media postings – and that number is rising

Mitt Romney – remember he was chastised for supposed bullying someone in high school before the rise of social media – now imagine if we had it then!

Google, twitter, Facebook all keep records forever! read their ULA please.

 

 

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Bayridge Muni Meters – The Grafitti Poles of Brooklyn

I am not a munimeter fan. They require us, the drivers, to walk to the end of the block in all type of weather then back to our cars to place  apiece of paper on our dash. Is this a major problem compared to the benefits of a munimeter? Munimeters do increase parking spaces, are easier to maintain, allow us to pay with a credit card and remove all those unsightly meters – so why am I complaining?
bayridge minu meters - totem poles of graffiti
The reason is simple. The reduced maintenance has not translated into reduced fees. On the other hand the fees continue to rise for parking where in Bayridge Brooklyn, we are now paying .25cent for 15 minutes. Lets not forget the premise of this article – the munimeter has become a target for graffiti.

Bayridge muni meters - totem poles of graffiti
Bayridge muni meters – totem poles of graffiti

These totem poles of graffiti now poison the neighborhood, attract additional thugs &  vandals, cheapens the businesses they are placed in front of & lowers property values. Calling 311 gets you a noncommittal response. What are businesses to do? Yes we can attempt to remove the filth at our own expense and time Are we now in charge of their maintenance? Do we receive a discount for such maintenance?

Whilst munimeters are an excellent idea, we, The People, do not reap the benefits of the reduced maintenance and management, pay more for this “privilege” to park and now have to maintain them to keep our neighborhood vandal free. As business owners we work 24x7x365 to make our businesses successful, pay our employees, our taxes and hope to have a few dollars left to buy food for ourselves. Customers are attracted to a clean looking, upscale businesses to spend their hard earned money – and when i state customers, i mean the ones that actually spend money and we are happy to service – Now in this repressed economy we are again straddled with our governments attempts to “make our lives better” – note to government, leave us alone – thank you!

laissez-faire
– 
a doctrine opposing governmental interference in economic affairs beyond the minimum necessary for the maintenance of peace and property rights
– 
a philosophy or practice characterized by a usually deliberate abstention from direction or interference especially with individual freedom of choice and action