The world will NOT come to an end on October 1

If Congress cannot pass a “continuing resolution” keeping the bloated government funded for a few more months, some federal workers might have to take some time off, but the sun will still come up in the morning and set at night. The average person will feel NO effects of a “government shutdown”, and many of us will be glad to see it shut down. The US Senate has not passed a real budget for FOUR YEARS, which is why the continuing resolutions are necessary. Thank the Democrats for this.

Those of you who may be affected by the ObamaCare rollout tomorrow may find it instructive to actually go to the online exchanges and try to sign up for Government Control of Your Life (government-mandated health “insurance”). My sources tell me that it promises to be a big mess. I trust none of you work in IT for HHS or the IRS. My condolences to those who do.

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Obama Lied, Your Employer-provided Health Benefits Died

The inhabitant of the White House in Washington DC stated, when trying to convince the American People to like ObamaCare (he likes that title now), that “If you like your health plan, you can keep it”. That was a bald-faced LIE. For most of us, the health plan that we have is not ours, it is OUR EMPLOYER’S. Our work-provided health benefits are decided upon and paid for by our employer, and we have little or no say in what kind of plan that we have access to at work. So, if our employer discovers that it will cost HIM millions of dollars more for that health plan next year, due to the onerous additional costs and restrictions imposed by ObamaCare, then he may decide to change providers, or even discontinue covering some or all of his employees.

Many large businesses in the USA have already stated that they are ceasing covering some employees. United Parcel Service will be stopping coverage of about 15,000 employee spouses who have access to coverage by their own employers. Just today, the Walgreen Company announced that they will be ceasing health benefits for 160,000 employees; they will simply provide a set dollar amount each year for their employees to shop for their own coverage on a Private Health Exchange run by insurance giant Aon Hewitt. IBM and Time-Warner are moving many of their retirees to a similar private exchange for their health benefits. Home Depot is moving ALL its employees onto the ObamaCare exchanges for their benefits.

Several large retail and restaurant companies have announced that they are either ceasing any coverage of part-time employees (Trader Joe’s), or are reducing their part-time employees’ hours so they are not required to provide coverage (Darden Restaurants, Sea World, Subway, St. Petersburg College, and many local governments).

So when Dear Leader Obama reassured you that you’d be able to keep your health plan, he lied to you. And he continues to lie about the (INTENDED) consequences of the Democrat Party’s government takeover of the US health care system. There will be, in the not-too-distant future, fewer private health plans, fewer doctors, and skyrocketing costs. And when the government controls all of your health care, they control you. Get ready for a bumpy ride, (and don’t get too attached to your health care benefits from work).

The lightbulb wars begin…straitjacket?

Today, for the first time, two of the retail stores I visited (Target and Lowe’s), had NO incandescent light bulbs on their shelves. They did have fancy signs detailing which more-expensive light bulb varieties you will be permitted to purchase, now that your all-powerful Government in Washington, DC has determined that you, the citizen, are not competent enough to decide how to light your home. Welcome to the Brave New World of Government-Mandated Light Bulbs.  And, by the way, if you have lamps designed to work with three-way light bulbs, you can kiss them goodbye.  No three-way LED or CFL bulbs.

…and the Straitjacket continues to tighten…and your Liberty diminishes…

And my response?  NO, NO, 1,000 TIMES NO!

…and I Threw It All Away

This weekend, I’ve again been thinking about one of the most stupid things I have ever done. This one action could have completely changed my life, maybe even made me famous, and I threw it all away.

Back in the 1970’s, when I was a senior in college, majoring in psychology, I had to take a course entitled “Research Participation”, nicknamed “rat-running” by generations of psychology students. We had to design and carry out an experiment, using rats in a maze, with an “experimental” group and a “control” group of lab rats. Now, at this stage in my life, I wanted to be a therapist, not a researcher, so I wasn’t too keen on research in the first place. But I designed a rather clever experiment to test the effect of noise on the rats’ behavior. I went to the college computer lab, and recorded an endless loop of really awful, screechy guitar music–guaranteed to make anyone cover their ears and run from the room. The test group of rats had this noise played for them for two hours, every night for a week. The control group of rats heard no noise. Then, later, my research partner and I tested all the rats in a maze, and recorded how long it took them to get to the rat chow in the center of the maze. We also recorded their behavior, making notes of everything they did in and around the maze. It turned out that the test rats were very skittish and jumpy, and some could not complete the maze at all, even for the food at the end. The control rats found the food just fine.
Well, I wrote up this experiment, using the guidelines set out by our psychology instructor, and submitted our paper. We had a one-on-one meeting with the teacher to go over our results, and we got an A+. In fact, the teacher was extremely impressed with our paper and our results, and he suggested that I should go over it with a graduate student, and try to get it published! Unfortunately, I was just not ready to listen to that, and I said, nope, I want to be a counselor, and I’m not interested in research. So I put the paper away, and totally forgot about it.
I did go to graduate school, and got a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, which I never used. I was really bad at being a counselor, and I never had a paying job. And some time over the years, and many moves, I simply threw out all my old college papers.
BIG mistake! It seems that, way back in the 1970’s, I had actually done the seminal research into the effects of noise on animal behavior, and what I had done back then was never published until some time in the 1990’s! I remember reading about this group of psychology researchers who determined the effects of unpleasant noise on human behavior, and their findings pretty much agreed with mine! So maybe I could have been famous, if I had only listened to my undergraduate psychology instructor. Instead, I threw it all away, for basically nothing.
You live and learn.