Monday, March 31, 2014

As a man thinketh so is he

Or "As a man or a woman thinketh so are they"

My parents taught me this way of thinking. Most people don't seem to understand that what you put your attention upon affects your life and what happens to you a lot. So, putting your attention on the good things you want rather than spending time being freaked out about what you don't want is helpful.

In the old days in Asia people avoided wars, murders and other cultural difficulties sometimes just by going off by themselves and living in caves sometimes for years alone. This isn't for everyone but some of them succeeded in becoming enlightened before they died or teaching these secrets to others and so on and so on.

And one of the basic secrets is to put your attention upon what you want to happen in your life rather than what you don't want to happen in your life.

When I was young I wanted everything to happen exactly as I wanted it to be. Life doesn't work like that. If you have ever sailed a boat it is more like that. Depending upon the wind the water and waves and wind will blow your boat all over the place so you aren't heading towards where you want to go. But, if you learn to be a good sailor in you sailboat, you can use the winds and tiller or wheel and sails to get you going in the direction you want to go. But, you have to watch the wind isn't too much and when there are storms maybe you don't want to sail those days unless you have the right boat and skills for that. But, if you are a good enough sailor and choose the days and winds and days without storms to sail in you might be able to go anywhere you want on earth.

So, this is more what it is actually like to be in sync with God and Life. It is more like sailing a boat or ship than anything else. Just don't try to sail through a rocky area while it is foggy or too windy and you might just be okay.

So, keep your attention on your destination but watch out for the rocks and storms along the way. Keep your attention on the goal you set for your life so you can actually get there. But, unless you are practical and in the moment about all variables you won't ever get to where you are going.

New cars to be required to have backup cameras

New cars to be required to have backup cameras

WJXT Jacksonville - ‎24 minutes ago‎
A lot of cars already have them, but by May of 2018 all new vehicles under 10,000 lbs. will be required to have backup cameras. Show Transcript Hide Transcript.
Backup cameras latest requirement for new cars
US orders rearview cameras in new cars, light trucks by 2018
NHTSA to require backup cameras on all vehicles - by Chris Woodyard
US orders rear cameras for new cars - by David Undercoffler
Backup cameras latest requirement for new cars

Backup cameras latest requirement for new cars

Reporter- Elizabeth Fields
Photojournalist- Randall Barnes

PADUCAH- Some of the most dangerous places we drive, we drive in reverse, which is why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ruled Monday a requirements for all light-weights vehicles to have “rear-view visibility systems” or backup cameras.
The rule would mean every new car, truck, and SUV manufactured after May 1, 2018 would have to have a camera. According to the NHTSA, 210 people die each year and more than 15,000 injured in light-vehicle backup accidents. The agency estimates once ever car on the road has the technology, by 2054, 58 to 69 lives will be saved every year.
Paducah driver Teddy Messenger said if the camera saves one life or stops one accident, it’s worth its cost, but understands why some fear the requirement will drive up sticker costs on dealership lots.

The NHTSA estimates the cost per vehicle to equip vehicles would be about $130 to $140 dollars for an entire system, and $43 to $45 per car to add a camera to a car that already has a display screen.
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A lot of little kids that wouldn't be seen without these cameras and others likely will stay alive because of this new Federal Law

Turkish military fires into Syria after rocket hits mosque

Turkish military fires into Syria after rocket hits mosque

Turkish military fires into Syria after rocket hits mosque

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31 March 2014, Monday /REUTERS, ANKARA
The Turkish military fired back into Syria on Monday in retaliation for mortar shells and a rocket from over the border that hit a mosque in the town of Yayladağı, the provincial governor's office and local media said.
Three mortar rounds landed on Turkish soil, fired during fighting between the opposition fighters in Syria and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for control of the Armenian Christian village of Kasab.
Insurgents launched an offensive about ten days ago into Syria's Latakia region on the Mediterranean coast, taking both the border crossing and Kasab on the Syrian side.
Since then, Assad has sent army and militia reinforcements, backed by air power, to repulse the rebels, leading to heavy fighting across the strip of territory along the Turkish border.
"Our artillery troops have fired back at the region from where the shots originated," the Hatay governor's office said in a statement on its website.
The mortar shells hit a field, the statement said, but the rocket hit a mosque next to a refugee camp, injuring a 50-year-old Syrian woman who was passing by.
Turkey has been one of Assad's staunchest opponents and hosts around 900,000 refugees from Syria's civil war. Its 900 km (560-mile) frontier with Syria has seen frequent spillovers of violence from the conflict.
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Turkey accused of sending fighters to Syria

Turkey accused of sending fighters to Syria - ‎17 hours ago‎
Syria's information minister has lashed out at Turkey, accusing Ankara of sending foreign fighters across the border to fight Syrian government troops in President Bashar Assad's ancestral homeland in Latakia province. Omran al-Zoubi told the state TV ...
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Turkey accused of sending fighters to Syria

Damascus says Ankara sends foreign fighters to Syria to fight government troops.

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Recently, the Syrian government complained to the UN that Ankara was providing cover to rebels [Reuters]
Syria's information minister has lashed out at Turkey, accusing Ankara of sending foreign fighters across the border to fight Syrian government troops in President Bashar Assad's ancestral homeland in Latakia province.
Omran al-Zoubi told the state TV on Sunday that neighbouring Turkey is facilitating the entry of "groups of foreigners, armed to their teeth" into Latakia, where fighting is raging between Syrian government forces and rebel fighters trying to oust Assad.
Recently, the Syrian government complained to the UN that Ankara was providing cover to rebels crossing the border to Syrian soil. 
Turkey is a NATO member that once had good ties with Syria. But the two countries had a falling out over Ankara's support for the Syrian opposition in the three-year-old conflict.
Hostilities have flared along the border on several occasions and last week, Turkey shot down a Syrian fighter jet, saying it violated its airspace.
Damascus rejects Ankara's airspace violation allegations, saying that the plane was hit on Syrian airspace.
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Enrollment surge overcomes glitches to hit 7 million

Enrollment surge overcomes glitches to hit 7 million

USA TODAY - ‎11 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON - A surge of interest and last-minute technical glitches marked the final day of enrollment in health insurance through federal and state websites Monday, as a target once thought out of reach - 7 million enrollees - was on the verge of being ...
AP sources: Health law sign-ups on track to hit 7M stumbles as consumers swarm to get health coverage on last day
A Repeal by any other name
Obamacare pushes toward 7 million

Enrollment surge overcomes glitches to hit 7 million

WASHINGTON — A surge of interest and last-minute technical glitches marked the final day of enrollment in health insurance through federal and state websites Monday, as a target once thought out of reach — 7 million enrollees — was on the verge of being reached.
Late Monday, a government official told USA TODAY that 7 million people would sign up for insurance by the midnight deadline. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because officials were not authorized to speak before the enrollees were all counted.
It is likely to be weeks before there is a final, official tally of how many people signed up for insurance under President Obama's signature Affordable Care Act as the administration has said will continue to work with late arriving applicants to get them covered.
Last week, Obama said 6 million people had enrolled in health insurance, and the number of sign-ups continued to rise over the weekend and into Monday.
The 7 million target was reached despite a series of glitches that stuck Monday. The federal website went down early Monday for four hours for what Health and Human Services Department officials called routine maintenance. Outages and intermittent delays hampered customers throughout the day, as more than 2 million people visited the site and more than 1 million had called the call centers by 8 p.m.
At one time, HHS spokeswoman Joanne Peters said, more than 125,000 people were using the site simultaneously. Officials with the federal and state exchanges said those who tried but couldn't complete the enrollment process would be allowed to finish this week and still be considered to have met the deadline. Users of the federal site just need to show they made a "good faith" effort to enroll to get an extension.
"We have been completely overwhelmed," said Liz Lee, community impact director for United Way, from her office in Cocoa, Fla. "We got to the point where we were booked up solid two weeks ago."
In Connecticut, customers who were unable to get through to the state site were asked to call a toll-free number and leave their contact information so they could complete their enrollment this week, said Kevin Counihan, CEO of the state's insurance exchange.
Despite the problems Monday, White House reaction was positive, said Jay Carney, Obama's press secretary.
"There has been a remarkable story since the dark days of October and November, which has resulted in a situation where here on the last day of enrollment we're looking at a number substantially larger than 6 million people enrolled," Carney said.
Monday's surge and delays mirrored those on Oct. 1, the first day the exchanges were open. Then the federal site couldn't handle the initial crush of interest and crashed often until a "tech surge" of Silicon Valley experts worked virtually around the clock to fix the site by Nov. 30. Since then, enrollment has risen.
The site's problems led the Congressional Budget Office, which last year estimated that 7 million people would use the exchanges to buy health insurance, to cut the estimate to 6 million last month. A decline in enrollments in February led some analysts to wonder if that goal would be met, a fear dispelled by last week's announcement.
"I daresay that there are few people in this room, including some of the folks who work in the White House, who would have predicted that we would get to that number," Carney said Monday.
The late enrollment success has not slowed the opponents of the Affordable Care Act, who unsuccessfully tried to kill it in Congress, hoped the Supreme Court would rule it unconstitutional in 2012 and passed more than 50 bills in Republican-led House to repeal it. Led by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, they have accused Obama of manipulating enrollment figures and hiding the number of people who have actually paid their premiums.
"The president's health care law continues to wreak havoc on American families, small businesses and our economy, and as I've said many times, the problem was never just about the website — it's the whole law," Boehner said in a statement. "We will also continue our work to replace this fundamentally-flawed law with patient-centered solutions focused on lowering health care costs and protecting jobs."
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday that at least 80% of those who have enrolled have paid their first premiums, while California officials have placed that figure at 85%. On Monday, California reported that 1.2 million people have signed up for health insurance in the nation's most populous state.
"We are being swamped with huge interest, which is slowing down our system," said Peter Lee, executive director of California's exchange.
Health insurer Aetna has received premiums for about 80% of their newly enrolled members, said spokeswoman Susan Millerick. Cigna spokesman Joseph Mondy also estimated about 80% of people have paid their premiums.
"The welcome letters we send when we get their enrollment files processed are clear that the benefits do not begin until we receive payment," says Millerick. An incentive to pay: Consumers don't get their ID cards and detailed documents until after the payments are processed.
While the deadline passed Monday, insurance officials said the industry has plenty of work to do.
"We anticipate problems for many in the next couple of months," said Jessica Waltman, senior vice president of government affairs at the National Association of Health Underwriters, which represents insurance agents and brokers.
The big concern is the number of people who agents can't confirm actually have accounts and can establish they were actually in the queue. "It's very nerve-racking," Waltman said.
CBO's initial 7 million estimate was based on the number of people it believed were necessary to buy health insurance and balance out the risk pools for various health insurers. A system skewed toward older and less healthy people meant potentially higher premiums for everyone in the system.
Just like automobile and homeowner's insurance depends on the majority of people paying premiums but not making claims, so too does health insurance. The system, analysts said, relies on younger and healthier people paying into the system but not using many health services, in effect subsidizing the costs of those who do.
So far, federal records released in mid-March show, about 27% of those enrolling in insurance are younger than 35.
Insurers need "broad participation among the young and healthy," said Robert Zirkelbach, spokesman for the insurer trade group, America's Health Insurance Plans. Still, he notes, "age is not definitive." What's important is that insurers have a large number of relatively healthy to offset the sicker, and often older patients who have higher treatment costs.
"We know from the experience of several states in the '90s that tried insurance market reforms, it was incredibly disruptive, there were fewer cost savings for consumers and the number of uninsured didn't go down when there wasn't broad participation through an individual mandate for people to buy insurance," Zirkelbach said.
Still, "mix is what's most important," said Zirkelbach. "Having a balanced risk pool — young and healthy versus older and sicker — is more important than the total number of people that participate."
The open enrollment period was for more than just those buying insurance on the private market. The law allowed states to expand access to Medicaid, the federal-state program for low-income Americans, to those making up to 138% of the federal poverty level.
The federal government will pay for that expansion for four years. After that, the federal share would drop to 90% and the states would have to pay the remaining 10%. But the Supreme Court decision that upheld the law in June 2012 also allowed states to choose to not expand, and about half of the states have not decided to.
So far, however, at least 4.7 million Americans have enrolled in Medicaid, either through the expanded program or by learning they qualified for the regular system.
That's particularly true in Kentucky, where Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has enthusiastically embraced the law and Medicaid expansion. Officials there said Monday that more than 350,000 Kentuckians have either signed up for Medicaid and private health insurance since Oct. 1.
For some, the wait and frustration proved to be worth it.
Darryl Manlove of Wilmington, Del., had meant to enroll before the deadline, but like millions of his fellow Americans, never got around to it.
The website was jammed when he met with marketplace guide Allison Russell of Brandywine Women's Health Associates, but she got him through on the phone, and Manlove found out he could get a silver insurance plan with a 94% discount.
Contributing: Beth Miller of The News-Journal of Wilmington, Del.; Chris Kenning, The Courier-Journal of Louisville and Chuck McClung of Florida Today.
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Can a person go to a secular college and come out still believing in God?

Maybe. It greatly depends upon the person. However, I think people who are strong enough actually are helped by this experience. Some kids might just be driven to suicide if they came from very Christian communities, however, if they haven't been exposed to the rest of the world much which tends to be mostly agnostic (at least in public).

It all depends upon what one is trying to do in one's life. Even when I was around 40 or so and returned to UCSC in Santa Cruz I found myself competing with Class presidents, Valedictorians of their high school classes that had been 4.0s or 4.2s or 4.whatevers since they were 10 or 12 years old and I found this very difficult because UCSC is a very academic School and most people who go there eventually also get Master's degrees or Doctorates too. So, the competition was very fierce for grades and I found myself at times losing my intuitive center which even at 40 I didn't think was a good thing. So, each person has to do whatever is best for them.

I like to compare a college education to a hammer. You can take that hammer and build yourself a house (I have done this more than once) or you can take that hammer and hit yourself in the head and die (or you can miss the nail and smash your other hand's fingers that is holding the nail). So, it all depends what you do with your education.

God's Not Dead 2014

God's Not Dead

‎1hr 53min‎‎ - Rated PG‎‎ - Comedy/Drama‎
Director: Harold Cronk - Cast: Kevin Sorbo, Shane Harper, David A.R. White, Dean Cain, Willie Robertson
Present-day college freshman and devout Christian, Josh Wheaton, finds his faith challenged on his first day of Philosophy class by the dogmatic and argumentative Professor Radisson. Radisson begins class by informing students that they will need to disavow, in writing, the existence of God on more »

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I haven't seen this movie yet, but because it is a comedy I likely will eventually.

And yes. Secular non-religious colleges can be like this even though many colleges prefer people to be individuals not cut out of the same cookie cutter and so allow diversity of ideas.

My experience with all this was when I was 18 and started taking a Sociology Course at Glendale College in Fall 1966. My family had raised me to be a creationist and even though I am a very logical person my beliefs I was taught were emotionally and culturally a part of me. So, as a natural intuitive I realized immediately that most young and older people taking this Social Science class also believed in evolution and this sort of broke my mind at first. So, I found myself dropping out of college for a year and getting a full time job while I sort of straightened all this out in my emotions and mind. In the meantime my mother needed a hemorrhoid  operation and since my family didn't have health care my father asked me to work longer than spring semester to help him pay for her operation. I actually was kind of relieved I needed to work instead of going to school right then anyhow. So, I didn't return to college until Fall 1967. 

It actually took me until I was 20 or 21 to reconcile all this properly in my head and emotions. I realized Creationism is a theory and so is evolution. Neither can really be proved logically. So, I left it at that and moved on with my life on all levels. This was a very good thing.

However, I used the scientific method on literally everything in my life and put everything into categories because of this into hypotheses, Theories and Laws. In this way I didn't have to throw anything away because often things that aren't useful now can be put in the hypotheses drawer and stay there until they might become useful later. So, I wound up with almost an infinite amount of hypotheses, more theories and very few laws regarding living here on earth in general and in regard to life in the universe ongoing.


Noah (2014)

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Rating: 6.9/10 - ‎14,129 votes
Directed by Darren Aronofsky. With Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson. A man is chosen by God to undertake a momentous ...
This is a very psychologically terrifying movie. Of course most Old Testament stories tend to be in the first place. So, if you aren't ready for literally everyone who isn't Noah's family to die horrible then you probably shouldn't watch this movie.
I, personally always related a lot to Moses and Noah in the Old Testament because I sort of could relate to what they went through a lot. But, I really wasn't prepared for a lot of what I experienced in the movie because I wasn't prepared for a lot of it partly because I'm going to be a new grandfather soon myself. So, a lot of this was kind of hard to take.
It is a very different kind of movie and a very unusual rendition of a really unusual kind of movie so I would say that expect the unexpected with this movie. It likely isn't what you are going to expect to see unless you have read the script or something like that. However, it is an epic kind of movie with good stars in it and all that.

Trash to treasure: Turning Mt. Everest waste into art

I was looking up a Nepalese name called Sushma and this is one of the articles that turned up. My wife was telling me about having planned in the 1980s to go to Nepal to help remove the trash from Mt. Everest but the lady she was going with got pregnant so they didn't go then. Though I didn't try to climb Mt. Everest myself I do have friends that have. However, it is expensive to do this so mostly only fairly rich people do this and some die because the altitude and cold is too much for them. However, unlike the trash I think most bodies that can be recovered eventually are.

Though I didn't go directly into the Mt. Everest Area on the other side of the 20,000 foot pass where buses go into Tibet from Nepal there is Helambu district which is where my family and I trekked with backpacks and one guide and a part time packer who was 15 years old named Bimbahadure which meant "STrong one" in Sherpa. At 15 he was already married. We trekked for about 50 miles over about a week's time from about 5000 feet in elevation up to about 10,000 feet in elevation in February 1986.

Trash to treasure: Turning Mt. Everest waste into art

By Paavan Mathema, for CNN
updated 7:52 AM EST, Wed January 16, 2013
Visitors look at art made from trash collected on Mount Everest, commissioned for the "Mt. Everest 8848 Art Project" in Kathmandu on November 19, 2012. Visitors look at art made from trash collected on Mount Everest, commissioned for the "Mt. Everest 8848 Art Project" in Kathmandu on November 19, 2012.
'Mountain' of art
  • A group of 15 artists in Nepal turn trash collected from Mount Everest into art
  • The project aims to raise awareness about pollution at Everest
  • 1.5 tons of garbage have been turned into 74 pieces of artwork
  • The pieces are on sale, priced from $17 to $2,400
(CNN) -- Since Sir Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide, Tenzing Norgay, first conquered Mount Everest in 1953, thousands of trekkers have tried to follow their footsteps.
According to the Nepalese Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, more than 3,500 have successfully climbed the 8,848-meter (29,029-foot) mountain, the world's highest. More than a tenth of that number scaled the summit last year alone.
But with the mountaineers' lofty dreams come a price: a trail of trash that now threatens the peak's environment.
A group of 15 artists in Nepal are turning that trash into art. Under a project called "Mt. Everest 8848 Art Project I" created last year, they have collected 1.5 tons of garbage brought down by climbers from the mountain, including remains of a helicopter that had crashed into the slopes during the 1970s.
"With this collaboration we aimed to raise awareness about pollution at Everest," explained Kripa Rana Shahi, director of Da Mind Tree, the organization that initiated the project.
Conquering the world's highest peak
Working tediously for a month, the artists transformed oxygen cylinders, cans, glass bottles and discarded trekking tools into 74 pieces of art and held their first of many exhibitions for interested buyers in November 2012.
We hope our creations will help inspire actions against pollution at the Everest
Nara Bahadur BK, artist
"Many of the artworks reflect mountain life and mountaineering experiences," says artist Sushma Shakya. "It was interesting what we came up with, and how this trash could turn into something beautiful."
"The visitors are amazed by the artwork, and we've received encouraging feedback. We hope our creations will help inspire actions against pollution at the Everest," Nara Bahadur BK, another artist, said.
The exhibitions have attracted more than 3,800 visitors, with the pieces priced from $17 to $2,400.
Nineteen pieces have been sold so far, and part of the proceeds will be given to Everest Summiteers Association, which has collaborated with the project. The association was the first to initiate a cleanup trip to Mt. Everest in 2005 and has continued its efforts to make the mountain pollution free.
"Each expedition to Everest is required to take a garbage deposit and bring their waste back," Diwas Pokhrel, the group's general secretary, said. "But this system has not been strictly implemented."
In last two years, the association has collected over 10 tons of garbage from the Everest, but it estimates that another 10 tons are still littering the slopes.
According to the association, biodegradable garbage is separated from the collection and turned into compost at Namche Bazaar, the major stop point before the base camp. But much of the garbage comprises non-degradable items such as oxygen cylinders, tin cans, and plastic and glass bottles. These are airlifted to Nepal's capital, Kathmandu.
Turning trash into art is one way of managing waste. Da Mind Tree says it will continue working on similar projects. "We hope our creative works of art will inspire and encourage people to keep the mountains clean," Shahi said.

Entertainment news: CNN, Fox News, MSNBC

Ever since the Malaysian flight disappeared from public view first CNN, then Fox and Finally MSNBC have been spending about 23 hours covering the missing plane and about 1 hour a day covering real news.

When CNN did this I first thought (and this may actually be true) that our governments and world governments in general didn't want people thinking too much about what is happening regarding Russia, Crimea and the Ukraine and so directed all these networks to cover the flight instead.

However, it has also come to my attention that CNNs ratings doubled (the amount of viewers of CNN doubled) when they put information regarding the disappearance of the plane out 23 hours a day. I suppose you still get about 1 hour (total) a day of actual important news but it sort of makes me and hopefully you wonder what is actually going on?

If you actually want real news about what is going on in the world I suggest Google news or:

Google News
Comprehensive up-to-date news coverage, aggregated from sources all over the world by Google News.
for the widest diversity of news articles in English if you are in the United States.
Another good source that has a lot of news combined with entertainment and human interest news is

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Also, another good source if you are new to the U.S. is:
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      There are many more good choices than this but these are the first ones that come to mind for me. 
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        So, if you want to find out about something quickly around the world
        or or likely would be your best bets for finding actual news that is important to you and your survival rather than entertainment news which is "mostly for entertainment" more than actual survival.  So, basically what I'm saying is that (in order to keep the most people's attention) the TV networks CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC are much less about actual news and more about getting and keeping viewers 24 hours a day more than any other thing. This means that what grabs the most people's attention gets covered. But that doesn't mean it will necessarily help you survive what is actually coming in your life and the lives of those around you.