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Spring Forward: Why Do We Change Our Clocks?

Spring forward in March! Greetings to all of you!  Tonight don’t forget to change clocks and put some new batteries in those smoke alarms. We hope you have a wonderful prosperous month!

The beginning of Daylight Saving Time is a great reminder to change the batteries in your smoke detectors, too.

World on Time

Most of the United States, including New Orleans, will lose an hour at 2 a.m. Sunday by moving forward into Daylight Saving Time.

So, why the heck do we observe Daylight Saving Time? The simple answer… it is to save on energy costs!

One of the biggest reasons we change our clocks to Daylight Saving Time (DST) is that it reportedly saves electricity.

Recently, newer studies, are challenging long-held reason.

In general, energy use and the demand for electricity for lighting our homes is directly connected to when we go to bed and when we get up. Bedtime for most of us is late evening through the year. When we go to bed, we turn off the lights and TV.

In the average home, 25% of all the electricity we use is for lighting and small appliances, such as TVs, VCRs and stereos. A good percentage of energy consumed by lighting and appliances occurs in the evening when families are home. By moving the clock ahead one hour, we can cut the amount of electricity we consume each day.

Studies done in the 1970s by the U.S. Department of Transportation show that we trim the entire country’s electricity usage by about 1% EACH DAY with Daylight Saving Time.

Franklin in Paris

Benjamin Franklin proposed Daylight Saving Time as an American delegate in Paris in 1784. The idea didn’t really catch on in the United States until World War I, in an effort to save on artificial lighting costs. The same thing happened during World War II.

After the war, states individually chose whether to observe daylight saving time and when they wanted to begin it during the year. As you can imagine, this just caused a lot of confusion, especially for travelers and those of us in the news business.

The Uniform Time Act of 1966 provided the basic framework for alternating between Daylight Saving Time and standard time, which we now observe in the United States. But Congress can’t seem to resist tinkering with it.

For example, in 1973 Daylight Saving Time was observed all year, instead of just the spring and summer. Again in 1986, Congress declared that DST would begin at 2 AM on the first Sunday in April and end at 2 AM on the last Sunday in October.

In 2007, Congress voted to switch the end of daylight saving time to the first Sunday in November to offer trick-or-treaters more daylight time to venture into the streets, even though most children wait until after dark to go out anyway.

While most states observe the spring forward / fall back switch in time, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands and Arizona do not change the clock.

However, the Navajo Nation in Arizona does participate in daylight saving time and will roll the clock back Sunday. The Hopi Reservation, entirely surrounded by the Navajo Nation, does not observe daylight saving time, creating a “doughnut hole” in time in the middle of Arizona.

When’s the next time change? Fall back Sunday, November 2, 2014.

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Information Overload lol?

February is  here! Already? Wow, so fast! We are trying to keep up with the cisco classes, the crunch time finals, and all the drama of day to day life! God almighty, and now – the 28 team is learning about……

Information Overload ?

In many ways, the advent of information technology has increased the focus on information overload: information technology may be a primary reason for information overload due to its ability to produce more information more quickly and to disseminate this information to a wider audience than ever before (Evaristo, Adams, & Curley, 1995; Hiltz & Turoff, 1985). “Information overload” (also known as infobesity or infoxication) is a term popularized by Alvin Toffler in his bestselling 1970 book Future Shock. It refers to the difficulty a person can have understanding an issue and making decisions that can be caused by the presence of too much information.[1] The term itself is mentioned in a 1964 book by Bertram Gross, The Managing of Organizations.[2] “Information overload occurs when the amount of input to a system exceeds its processing capacity. Decision makers have fairly limited cognitive processing capacity. Consequently, when information overload occurs, it is likely that a reduction in decision quality will occur.”[3]

In today’s society, day-to-day activities increasingly involve the technological world where Information technology exacerbates the number of interruptions that occur in the work environment. [4] There has been a study from 1997 that found 50% of management in Fortune 1000 companies were disrupted more than six times an hour by emails they were receiving. Being compared to this decade’s use of the internet, management are commonly more disrupted which leads to more interruptions on their decision making and result in more poor quality made decisions.

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The President Moves us Forward

Tonight is the 28th of January – State of the Union –

We hope everyone had an amazing new year, and this year will be even better!

First 28th of the year – we are inspired by god and his wisdom – so as I try to stay positive as I break through the difficult times.

This State of our Union speech was on tonight given by the Prez. This is the 6th union speech given by President Obama. So, I gave it a go.

I really don’t know – but I do hope the President can delivery. I want to believe him. 5 years later – I just want to get us all moving on the same page. We balance each other.

Like 9/11 – America needs to be united before we can take on our Debt and world challenges. One thing he did say was climate change is a fact – and I do continue to feel that proved consecutive year after year, records in all.

The year of action. That’s what 2014 is all about for President Barack Obama, and it was the underlying theme of Tuesday night’s State of the Union address.

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Felony DUI for Justin Bieber

EDIT: 9/17/2021 = WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES. I am glad that Justin has become an amazing human being and this is in his past. The post is here to let you know we all make mistakes, and we must not make the same ones twice.

Wishing him the best.

Drunk Driving Isn't Cool
We have a responsibility to our community not to drive intoxicated.

Children, elderly, mothers and fathers are driving the streets every single day.

Do you know someone who was affected by a drunk driver?

This just happened yesterday at 4am Miami time. He retired right into DUI and resisting arrest. Check out the scope:

Justin Bieber was charged with drunken driving, resisting arrest and driving without a valid license after police saw the pop star street racing early Thursday morning, Miami Beach police said.

“What the f*** did I do? Why did you stop me?” Bieber asked the police officer who pulled him over just after 4 a.m., according to the arrest report.

Bieber, 19, was released from a Miami jail an hour after he made a brief appearance through a video link before a Miami judge, who set a “standard” $2,500 bond Thursday afternoon.

He strutted out of the jail dressed in black, with a baggy hoodie covering his head. His pants appeared to be baggy leather. Bieber briefly sat on top of a black Cadillac Escalade, where he waved to screaming fans, before he was chauffeured away.

Bieber was booked into a Miami jail after failing a sobriety test, Miami Beach Police Chief Raymond Martinez told reporters Thursday.

Bieber “made some statements that he had consumed some alcohol, and that he had been smoking marijuana and consumed some prescription medication,” Martinez said.

A Miami Beach officer saw Bieber driving a yellow Lamborghini in a race against a red Ferrari in a residential area of Miami Beach, Martinez said. The cars were speeding at about 55 to 60 mph in a 30 mph zone, he said.


The officer pulled Bieber’s car over, but the singer was “was not cooperating with the officer’s instructions,” Martinez said.

“At first, he was a little belligerent, using some choice words questioning why he was being stopped and why the officer was even questioning him,” he said.

He allegedly ignored a police officer’s request to keep his hands on the car while he did “a cursory patdown for weapons,” the report said.

“I ain’t got no f***ing weapons,” the arresting officer quoted Bieber as saying. “Why do you have to search me? What the f*** is this about?”

The arrest report describes Bieber as having a “flushed face, bloodshot eyes, and the odor of alcohol on his breath.”

We are shocked that this young man is making all these terrible decisions in life. Thank god nobody was hurt or killed – drunk driving is very serious and I doubt this was the first time Mr. Bieber participated.

We hope you give back to the community and fight drunk drivers like yourself, abandon this lifestyle Justin and hire some advisors. And maybe get some limo drivers?

Alcohol was involved

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 32,885 people died in traffic crashes in 2010 in the United States (latest figures available), including an estimated 10,228 people who died in drunk driving crashes, accounting for 31% of all traffic deaths that year.

Since NHTSA began recording alcohol-related statistics in 1982, drunk driving fatalities have decreased 52% from 21,113 in 1982. Since the inception of The Century Council and our national efforts to fight drunk driving, drunk driving fatalities have declined 35% from 15,827 in 1991. (Source: NHTSA/FARS, 2011)

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Are you virus protected?

Have you updated your virus software for 2014? What we want in virus software is something FAST. We want something CLEAN. And we want it LEAN and MEAN. lol I have checked many reviews on all the new virus software, free and paid. I was a big Mcafee guy – and Norton eventually for a few years.

If you want malware software – use Malwarebytes free version is top rated. Or try Avast! for anti-virus.

Seems Avast! and Microsoft Security Essentials are my current top picks.

Avast! Free Antivirus
Gizmo’s Freeware award as the best product in its class!
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user’s computer

Top pick for best free antivirus program, full real-time capabilities, behavioural blocking features, script malware protection, low rate of false positives

Default settings require certain user interaction. Bundled with Chrome browser by default (see notes).
2014.9.0.2006
81.3 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Feature limited freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Windows 2000 – Windows 7, Mac OS

Take care to avoid the default inclusion of Chrome browser during the install process by using the custom install option. The attempt to install Chrome will also be repeated at the program update if the automatic option is chosen.
Quick Start Guide: http://www.avast.com/download-documentation
Forum: http://forum.avast.com/

Doc Brown CES 2014

We just love all things Back to the Future!

I grew up in the 80’s

, and I kinda miss this kind of good sci adventure with Steven Spielberg style movie.

Hope you all had a great holiday in 2013. This year we have tons of exciting technology coming out of Las Vegas at CES. This website is built around my home in Las Vegas area however we couldn’t get tickets! Next year we will tho!

I would go visit Comdex every year until it closed. We went from 1996 till around 2001, those were the days!

Apparently Christopher Lloyd is at CES for Gibson Guitars, and is celebrating their 120th year birthday. That new Rocksmith game looks promising if I wanted to learn to play one.

Keep rocking Doc into this new year!


Christopher Lloyd posing for the crowd of fans at CES.

LAS VEGAS, U.S.— Even though it’s been almost 30 years since the first Back to the Future movie was screened in cinemas, there are obviously still many fans out there, judging by the huge turnout at the Gibson booth at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas today.Christopher Lloyd, who is more popularly known as Doc Brown in the film, made a guest appearance at CES as part of the guitar maker’s 120th anniversary.

Lloyd joins the host on stage.

Dressed in a white lab coat (as his character did in the movie), Lloyd seems to be in a jovial mood and sportingly posed for pictures and even tried on the Google Glass. He joined the host on stage talking about the various iconic guitars from Gibson over the years. He also revealed that he will be appearing in an upcoming episode of the Michael J. Fox Show TV series, where he will re-unite with his Back to the Future co-star onscreen. 

Holding one of the iconic guitars from Gibson.
The Delorean time machine which Lloyd arrived in was a replica of the futuristic model shown in Back to the Future II.
Fans of the movie should have no problems recognizing the flux capacitor.
(Credit: Reuben Lee/CNET)
Doc Brown (explaining the time circuit to Marty McFly): “This readout tells you where you are going, this one tells you where you are, this one tells you where you were.”
(Credit: Reuben Lee/CNET)
The Delorean replica comes complete with the Mr Fusion Home Energy Reactor, which is used in the movie to convert waste products to power the time machine.

 

Lloyd is seen here posing with the host just before he leaves the venue.
(All Picture Credit: Reuben Lee/CNET)

SOURCE    –   We also want to thank Reuben Lee at CNET for taking the great pics – thanks Reuben!

Vitamin Study posted by American College of Physicians

So before you check out this info – let me just say the physicians are losing money – stop taking vitamins so they can give you more medication that kills hundreds of thousands of people each year.

Vitamins don’t kill people – they might not be that effective – but Dr. OZ swears by them and he is one of the best Doctors of our time. A genius. Check out his advice for vitamins!

Here is the post from the study.

Vitamin and Mineral Supplements in the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer: An Updated Systematic Evidence Review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force FREE

This article was published online first at www.annals.org on 12 November 2013.

Background: Vitamin and mineral supplements are commonly used to prevent chronic diseases.

Purpose: To systematically review evidence for the benefit and harms of vitamin and mineral supplements in community-dwelling, nutrient-sufficient adults for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer.

Data Sources: MEDLINE, Embase, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, and Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects were searched from January 2005 to 29 January 2013, with manual searches of reference lists and gray literature.

Study Selection: Two investigators independently selected and reviewed fair- and good-quality trials for benefit and fair- and good-quality trials and observational studies for harms.

Data Extraction: Dual quality assessments and data abstraction.

Data Synthesis: Two large trials (n = 27 658) reported lower cancer incidence in men taking a multivitamin for more than 10 years (pooled unadjusted relative risk, 0.93 [95% CI, 0.87 to 0.99]). The study that included women showed no effect in that group. High-quality studies (k = 24; n = 324 653) of single and paired nutrients (such as vitamins A, C, or D; folic acid; selenium; or calcium) were scant and heterogeneous and showed no clear evidence of benefit or harm. Neither vitamin E nor β-carotene prevented CVD or cancer, and β-carotene increased lung cancer risk in smokers.

Limitations: The analysis included only primary prevention studies in adults without known nutritional deficiencies. Studies were conducted in older individuals and included various supplements and doses under the set upper tolerable limits. Duration of most studies was less than 10 years.

Conclusion: Limited evidence supports any benefit from vitamin and mineral supplementation for the prevention of cancer or CVD. Two trials found a small, borderline-significant benefit from multivitamin supplements on cancer in men only and no effect on CVD.

Primary Funding Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.


Vitamins and minerals are commonly used as dietary supplements to promote health and prevent chronic diseases (1). In the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III (1988–1994), nearly half of the U.S. population reported using a dietary supplement. A “multivitamin” was the most frequently used supplement (2). Americans spend an estimated $11.8 billion each year on vitamin and mineral supplements (3).

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer are the leading causes of illness and death in the United States (4). Cancer and CVD have several shared risk factors, including inflammation, oxidative stress, and methionine metabolism. The rationale for using these supplements is supported by many in vitro and animal studies showing that they protect against these damaging cellular mechanisms.

In 2003, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) concluded that there was insufficient evidence to recommend for or against the use of vitamins A, C, and E; multivitamins with folic acid; or antioxidant combinations for the prevention of CVD or cancer (5). The USPSTF recommended against the use of β-carotene supplements, either alone or in combination, because they found good-quality evidence that they not only carried no benefit but in fact caused harm among adults at an increased risk for lung cancer. To help the USPSTF update its recommendation, we identified and reviewed additional evidence on the benefits and harms of vitamin and mineral supplementation to prevent CVD and cancer in the general adult population.

Appendix Table 2. Summary of Evidence of Included Studies 

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We found consistent null results for CVD incidence and cancer incidence across 6 trials of β-carotene (Figures 1 and 3) (2429). We found a probable increase in lung cancer incidence in high-risk subgroups (smokers and asbestos workers). We found 5 trials for vitamin E supplementation that showed no effec

Six trials evaluated the effects of vitamin D and calcium supplementation on CVD and cancer incidence when used alone or in combination. Four of these trials provided data on calcium supplementation without vitamin D (40, 43, 4546) and reported no statistically significant effect on CVD or cancer incidence or on all-cause mortality (Figures 1, 2, and 3). Although the overall cancer rate reported for calcium supplementation was lower than the rate in the placebo group in 2 trials (43, 46), the opposite was observed in another trial (40); neither difference was statistically significant (Figure 3). Vitamin D plus calcium supplementation was specifically studied in 2 trials (4344), 1 of which examined CVD incidence and found no effect (4

4). Both of these trials reported cancer outcomes, and while the smaller trial found a statistically significant decrease in overall cancer incidence over 4 years (43), the larger trial did not (44). The pooled unadjusted relative risk was 0.98 (CI, 0.91 to 1.04). Another trial examined vitamin D and calcium supplementation under a 2 × 2 factorial design and also found no main effect for either supplement (40).

We found little consistent evidence of harm across studies. Although vitamin A use in 1 trial was associated with increased risk for lung cancer, it was combined with β-carotene (29). Two cohort studies also implicated vitamin A use for increased risk for hip fracture (23, 38), although the total fracture rate was not higher in the study that reported this outcome (38). One study assessed folic acid supplementation in patients with prior colorectal adenomas and found that folic acid supplementation was associated with an increase in prostate cancer incidence.

In conclusion, we found no evidence of an effect of nutritional doses of vitamins or minerals on CVD, cancer, or mortality in healthy individuals without known nutritional deficiencies for most supplements we examined. In most cases data are insufficient to draw any conclusion, although for vitamin E and β-carotene a lack of benefit is consistent across several trials. We identified 2 multivitamin trials that both found lower overall cancer incidence in men (19, 21). Both trials were methodologically sound, but the lack of an effect for women (albeit in 1 trial), the borderline significance in men in both trials, and the lack of any effect on CVD in either study makes it difficult to conclude that multivitamin supplementation is beneficial.

 

NASA Petition!

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A young boy who dreams of being an astronaut is on his first mission; save NASA.

The six-year-old started an online petition on the White House website.

“The whole reason I want to be an astronaut (is) so I can discover, like, new worlds,” Connor Johnson said.

NASA has given thousands of kids fascinated by space like Connor, something to aspire to.

When Johnson learned Congress is cutting funding to NASA, he wanted to do something. His allowance, about $10.41 was not quite enough.

So he started a petition, and is asking for support. If his petition gets 100,000 signatures, it will get a response from the White House.

His petition, “Increase NASA funding”    – wh.gov/lkKc0

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Akhenaten

Akhenaten – meaning “Effective for Aten” known before the fifth year of his reign as Amenhotep IV, was a Pharaoh of the Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt who ruled for 17 years. Died perhaps in 1336 BC or 1334 BC.

 He is especially noted for abandoning traditional Egyptian polytheism and introducing worship centered on the Aten, which is sometimes described as monotheistic or henotheistic.

An early inscription likens the Aten to the sun as compared to stars, and later official language avoids calling the Aten a god, giving the solar deity a status above mere gods.

Akhenaten tried to bring about a departure from traditional religion, yet in the end it would not be accepted.

After his death, traditional religious practice was gradually restored, and when some dozen years later rulers without clear rights of succession from the Eighteenth Dynasty founded a new dynasty, they discredited Akhenaten and his immediate successors, referring to Akhenaten himself as “the enemy” in archival records.

His son is known as King Tut (Tutankhamun).

One of my favorite subjects!

Server Load Blows – and American Dad is New!

This is just about to happen – but I know it is long over due. This site deserves a custom banner – I mean come on!

Hello 28th President of the United StatesDecember!

Wow – Christmas comes so fast every year.

We will be upgrading this MoFo server in the next 3 days or so – something to procrastinate and hinder around here – but still make happen. Just a note, that’s the way we roll. Lol.

ALSO – new American Dad tonight at 9:30 for anyone who cares – ha.

American Dad

This entire website thing needs a rapid overhaul – I also want a new keyboard for Xmas.

Learn more about Pres 28!

BLACK Friday!

Just heard someone got shot in the leg defending his new big screen by the local thieves guild.

Went to FRYS – the entire parkinglot was packed – that is like a football field full of cars –

CARMAGEDDON!

In other news – I have a new job coming! Already been promised it – just needing to complete
this last test for my licensing…

Learning a bunch – my loyal fans I love you all – and god bless you!

The number 29 – or 30th on my site –  is getting more love today – but we will win the fight! ( wtf – why is the date a day forward – hmm – mental/web note FIX IT! )

Wow – Getting Close but Neglecting my Website!

So I have ordered a new motherboard – should be in FedEX tomorrow –

very excited that I will be building a new computer!

My subnetting is really strong – I can do that very well – and I am almost finished with these massive text books.

I can take the test now and pass – but I want to make sure I have taken ALL the knowledge I can…

School has been a tad stressed – but more so with my family.

Tomorrow I have to see my counselor in the morning – she is really great – going to ask how her vacation went.

This site needs some love – and also it is still getting transfered – I just have been studying so been trying to find time for everything.

Thank you all who support me – and I just want to say – we are all gods children – remember that!