Monthly Archives:September 2007

Over the past two weeks, I have been barraged with pay for this and increase tax that: you now have to pay this fee and cover this expense for someone else.

/pulls out soap box/

I have now been working for almost 20 years and with the exception of taking one summer off, I have worked at least one job during this time. I have had some horrendous jobs, worked awful hours and had some great jobs (like my current one) I have scrimped, saved, cut corners (and coupons) and gotten by on meager wages. Praise God that I have the job I have now. While we still need a bit more [earnings] so we can save, things are better now than they have been in the past. I can only give credit to God for providing the opportunities and the having me stick with things.

So….in the news I have heard from her slithered tongue that the Lizard Queen wants everyone to have health care. mmmm Nice thought. But, I am guessing that she is not going to pay for it. Anyone have a guess at who will. If you said we will….Ding ding ding ding ding, you are correct. So, now, not only do I have to pay for health care for my family and support a welfare system with my tax money, I have to pay for someone else to go to the doctor. Lovely

Next, the wonderful governor of our state wants to raise taxes and bring in slot machines (Please note, for the record, I wrote in HCS’ name on the ballot) Slot machines are being proposed for the county in which I live. Never mind the fact that I moved out here to get away from such madness. Then a 1% increase in sales tax, plus I will now have to pay a tax on the gym membership. (hmmm, I wonder if other service based professions will have to charge tax). All of this to make up for state-level government spending, which cannot be reigned in. So, I am paying for someone else’s mess. Lovely.

Then we received a letter today about collection charges that we have to pay when another party owes us money. I might have to get a sign for this one. The sheer stupidity of this is overwhelming. Not only are we charged a fee when money is intercepted on our behalf (regardless of whether or not we asked for it) we now have more that has to be paid because someone can’t honor their commitments. Lovely.

/puts soap box away/

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There are 6 lists of names the are used each year for storms. The names remain on the list until there is a devastating storm, then the name is retired. So, we will never have another Hurricane Katrina. For reference, here is our list of storms for 2007

2007 Hurricane Names

In looking through this list, I am extremely curious how one arrives at these names. Van? Pablo? Humberto? What on earth….?

Out of curiosity, I looked up the number of names that start with the letter A. According to, there are about 540 girl names and about 325 boy names. Now, of course some of those names have been retired, but is also leaves a lot of room to add another name.

And so, my charge…..Can we please come up with some new lists of names? These six lists are getting old. Perhaps, add some names that don’t raise eyebrows quite so much?


The Apple Iphone even when it’s off(but it really isn’t off it turns out) continues to download mail and make data connections. This can have scary financial results.

I just saw this on
My advice? Head to GRC’s password generator and use this page to make your passwords. Make sure to use at least 12 characters. Also keep that a/v and firewall software updated.

here’s the msnbc story via AP

here’s the text:

Popcorn maker to drop toxic chemical
ConAgra to remove buttery flavoring linked to lung disease
The Associated Press
Updated: 12:07 p.m. ET Sept 5, 2007

OMAHA, Neb. – The largest U.S. microwave popcorn maker, ConAgra Foods Inc., said Wednesday it will change the recipe for its Orville Redenbacher and Act II brands over the next year to remove a flavoring chemical linked to a lung ailment in popcorn plant workers.

The announcement comes a day after a doctor at a leading lung research hospital said in a warning letter to federal regulators that consumers, not just factory workers, may be in danger from fumes from buttery flavoring in microwave popcorn.

ConAgra spokeswoman Stephanie Childs said the company decided in the past few months to remove the butter flavoring diacetyl from its popcorn because of the risk the chemical presents to workers who handle large quantities.

The chemical diacetyl has been linked to cases of bronchiolitis obliterans, a rare life-threatening disease often called popcorn lung.

ConAgra’s announcement comes a week after another popcorn manufacturer, Weaver Popcorn Co. of Indianapolis, said it would replace the butter flavoring ingredient because of consumer concern.

ConAgra does not know how soon it will be able to replace diacetyl with a different butter flavoring, Childs said, but the change will be made sometime over the next year.

“We’ve made that decision based on the knowledge for the potential risk to our employees,” Childs said.

Impact on consumers?
The Omaha-based company has already been making changes at its popcorn plants over the past few years to reduce employee exposure to diacetyl, she said.

But the company does not believe diacetyl in popcorn represents a safety risk to consumers, Childs said.

“We’re fully confident that microwave popcorn is safe for consumers in the home,” she said.

It was reported Tuesday that a pulmonary specialist at Denver’s National Jewish Medical and Research Center had written to federal agencies to say doctors there believe they have the first case of a consumer who developed lung disease from the fumes of microwaving popcorn several times a day for years.

The first government study to look at what fumes are produced by microwaving popcorn at home is due to be published as soon as this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday.

The two-year study by EPA researchers was completed in late 2005 and has been under wraps since then, prompting critics to charge that the agency was protecting industry interests. But an EPA spokeswoman said the delay was due to a string of requirements including scientific review, submitting the report to industry and the time it took to get into a scientific journal.

EPA spokeswoman Suzanne Ackerman said the paper was recently accepted for publication as early as this month in a major scientific journal that she would not name.

Ackerman confirmed that the study had been submitted to popcorn manufacturers ahead of its release. She said that was done to let companies make sure there were no competitive secrets in the report. EPA scientists signed nondisclosure agreements with industry in return for lists of ingredients the makers use in the popcorn and the packaging.

The report, titled “Emissions from Cooking Microwave Popcorn,” is not a study of the health effects of diacetyl or any other fumes on consumers. Instead, it looks at exactly what gases including diacetyl are produced in what amount when consumers make microwave popcorn at home.

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