Processor Wars Continue

Holocaust Not The First German Genocide
The African website, Quartz, posted a report on the recent apology made by the German government to the government of Namibia for the systematic destruction of the Herero tribe more than one hundred years ago, 1904 to 1907. According to the report, the parallels between the Holocaust and this genocide are strikingly clear. One hundred plus years ago in the Southwest African country, the German Army commanded by General Lothar von Trotha, brutally killed, starved and imprisoned Herero tribe members in an effort to end local resistance to German expansion in the area. The general ordered his troops to shoot to kill men, women and children if the tribe did not move from tribal lands. The conflict pitted guns and artillery against spears and bows. German troops killed 85% of tribe members. In addition to killing most of the Herero, the German troops forced survivors to unbury their dead and skin and boil the heads of their ancestors. This, so that German scientists could attempt to prove scientifically the genetic superiority of German peoples. To read more about this horrific episode in human history, visit ,Frightening foreshadowing of what was to come later.

New Technology Makes Wood Stronger Than Steel
Two University of Maryland researchers have discovered a process that makes wood products stronger and lighter than steel. Researchers report that the new wood product is 12 times stronger than steel and six times lighter. This new material offers potential improvements in building construction as well as cheaper, lighter airplanes and stronger vehicle armor. Two websites provide more information about this new wood process. To learn more, surf over to Additional information may be accessed at Does this mean a mach five wood fighter jet? Maybe.

Processor Wars Continue With AMD Now Leading Intel
During the last 4 decades, the processor war between AMD and Intel have seesawed back and forth. Now the edge seems to favor AMD. Gizmodo reports that the newest AMD chips have onboard graphics capabilities that eliminate the need for additional graphics cards. Two new AMD processors rival Intel processors, have a much lower price and eliminate the need for a graphics card except for extreme game players and graphic designers. To find out more about this new AMD chip advance, visit In my view, AMD processors have always provided more bang for the buck than Intel chips. It’s too bad that AMD has most frequently been relegated to base model computers not the high end ones. Maybe this will now change.

DEC Announces Summer Internships Available
The New York Department of Environmental Conservation recently posted information about summer internships and 10 month school- year internships. Prospective applicants must be 18 years old or older. Be a citizen or foreign national eligible to work in the US; be currently attending a New York State college, university or graduate program; or be a New York State resident attending a college, university or graduate program outside New York. Summer internships do not require New York residency. Additional requirements may be found at In addition to the DEC, New York State provides a host of other internship opportunities. To find out more about New York internships, use your search engine to find other New York State agency internship opportunities.

Civilian Afghan War Casualties Dominate UN Report
In the 17 years since the war in Afghanistan began, Americans have understandably focused on American military losses. As the war continues, however, civilians increasingly bear the brunt of the fighting. In 2017 according to the UN, nearly 3,500 Afghanis were killed with more than 7,000 more wounded. Suicide bombers and IEDs constitute the majority of the deaths and wounds. It is another illustration of the price innocents pay for ideological wars. To learn more about the conflict, click on And so it goes.

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Clarit;y Please

Clarity Please
The website recently published a sample of President Trump’s convoluted thinking. The website says that the aforementioned quote represents a real Donald Trump sentence. The example is too long to quote, but you can access it at For truth’s sake, one must note that the Daily Kos is a very liberal website. Nonetheless, the Trump sentence is truly bizarre.

February Is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
A Health Services Research Information Central website posted a link that offers teens help in combating date violence. The site logo says “Healthy Relationships Are Violence Free.” What follows is a listing of helpful advice for teens to identify whether or not a relationship could turn into a violent one. To learn more about this, visit Ironically, Valentines Day and Ash Wednesday fall on the same date in 2018. This note has nothing to do with date violence. But I couldn’t resist noting the connection that is referenced in the link.

Another One Bites The Dust
It seems that our president is not the only one experiencing woman troubles. White House staff secretary, Rob Porter, recently announced he would resign his post after his two ex-wives told a TV news show that Porter had subjected them to physical and emotional abuse during their marriages. Porter worked for General John Kelly and directed the paper flow to the president’s desk. The allegations came to light after news reports that Porter and fellow White House staffer Hope Hicks were dating. To read more about the White House circus, visit No wonder the Republicans can’t seem to get anything done.

75th Anniversary Of Guadalcanal Fight
As a kid in the 1950′s I remember reading Guadalcanal Diary by war correspondent Jim Tregaskis. The book detailed the fight for the island waged by US Army soldiers and Marines. The battle was bloody and was the first encounter with Japanese forces after Pearl Harbor. The Library of Congress has two links that discuss just what our soldiers experienced during the six months the fighting raged. To read about the price many paid for our Pacific War victory, visit the following two sites:; and The second website comes from a new LOC site ‘picture of the war at VHP WEB experiencing war, 75 years later.’ The links feature many first hand accounts of the fighting.

LIDAR Science Reveals Number Of New Maya Structures
Lidar is a radar-like machine, short for light-detection and ranging, which relies on 3-dimensional lazer images bounced back from Earth to a receiver in Earth orbit or in an airplane. Lidar maps topography with such precision that features such as roads, buildings and plazas just “pop out.” The new sites in Guatemala were discovered in 2009, but archeologists had to verify the actual sites on the ground which took time. One major finding is that the Maya civilization was much larger and more widespread than previously believed. To find out more about Pre-Columbian history, click on

Redneck Fix Pics
Here are some funny pictures of ingenious fixes for life’s problems. Enjoy. And so it goes.,

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A Case Of Man Biting Dog?

Android Users Face New Worm Attack
Zdnet recently reported that a new malware crypto-miner called ABD Miner attacks android devices and is spreading rapidly. The malware uses the ABD debug interface on port 5555 to spread. The bug is a strain of cryptocurrency mining software. To learn more about this new threat and how to fight it, click on Thankfully, Apple users are not affected by this threat.

A Case Of Man Biting Dog?
The Washington Post recently reported that a hunter in Maryland was hospitalized as a result of an injury he sustained when a goose fell from the sky and hit him on the head. It seems that Robert Meilhammer of Crapo, Md was hunting for waterfowl with three companions when a hunting-party-member shot dead a goose which fell on Robert’s head knocking him out and causing head and facial injuries. First responders airlifted Meilhammer to a shock trauma unit. To learn more about this incident, surf over to Is there any sympathy for the goose? Maybe the headline should have read “Crapo Resident Is Crapped On.”

In The Age Of Healthcare Cutbacks, A Ray Of Hope
UK paper, The Guardian, recently printed a story about a poor country that recently began providing eye care to all citizens. Rwanda found that 34% of its population could benefit from some degree of eye care. The effort makes Rwanda the first poor country in the world to provide this health service to its citizens. Such treatment provides many benefits to poor coffee bean sorters, an industry very large in the country. To read more about this new initiative, click on The US does not provide universal eye care to all of its citizens. How ironic that a poor African country is now doing what our Federal Government says is too expensive.

New State Ranking Of Best/Worst Diets
These rankings come from www.24/ Even though mach attention is now given to the importance of diet, residents of many states do not regularly follow nutrition guidelines. In the best to worst listing, New Hampshire comes in at number 1 on the healthy eating list. According to a survey 82.7% of New Hampshire residents include vegetables in at least one of the daily meals. As no surprise, the state has the 13th lowest obesity rate in the country. Since wealthier individuals tend to eat well, New Hampshire’s lowest state poverty rate helps in this ranking. As one might expect the five worst states in terms of diet all fall in the South. Arkansas, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana place ast the bottom respectively. To find out where New York lands, click on

Will President Trump Jump On This?
In the Is This Research Really Necessary? category, Newsweek recently published a story about a study that linked physical attractiveness to political party choice. According to the new research, conservative Republicans are more physically attractive than more liberal Democrats. The study appeared last December in Politics and Life Sciences. According to co-author Carl Palmer, an assistant professor at Illinois State University, “…two individuals similar in most respects, such as having similar education and annual income, but different in their physical appearances, the more attractive person is more likely to lean conservative than the less attractive individual.” Certainly our president will agree with this, I’m sure. To learn more about the whys of political affiliation, visit

Fun Pictures Of People Just Before Disaster Strikes.
A website recently posted a number of photos featuring people at the point of disaster. For example, a deer hunter unaware he is being eyed by a mountain lion. To find more unusual pictures, surf over to And so it goes.

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New Writing Contest For All Ages

There Is Some Justice
The Boston Herald recently posted an article about NECC, New England Compounding Center, supervisory pharmacist Glenn Chin. A federal court judge sentenced Chin to eight years in prison for his part in the meningitis outbreak in 2012. This outbreak killed 80 people and sickened 800 due to contamination in the clean room where steroid drugs were produced. A contrite Chin told the court, ” This is something that should never have happened, and I am sorry that you and your families had to go through this.” Prosecutors had asked for a sentence of 35 years. Chin’s attorney asked for just over three years. To read more about the worst public health crisis in recent years, click on

That’s Not Your Neighbor Calling
The Federal Trade Commission recently posted a report which cautions consumers to be careful about spoofing telephone calls. Scammers frequently spoof telephone numbers to confuse people into thinking that a neighbor is calling. Should this occur, hangup as soon as your realize the call is not genuine. You can also register your cell phone with the Do Not Call Registry to avoid unwanted calls. To learn more about telephone protection actions, visit Will Republicans cut funding to this agency in the next federal budget? Contact your representative and ask.

A New Writing Contest For All Ages
The New York DEC recently posted the rules for a writing contest open to everyone. The Department is looking for stories about hunting, trapping and fishing that feature introducing new people to the sports. The categories include Youth Hunters [grades 6 through 8]; Senior Youth Hunters [grades 9 through 12]; and Adult Hunters/Trappers [ages 18 and older]. The contest deadline is March 15, 2018. To find out more about the rules and submission requirements, click on,. Good luck to all who enter. DEC is offering cash prizes as well as publishing the winning stories.

Google Advice Helps Prevent Airlines From Screwing You
A recent Gizmodo post informs readers about two new services available in Google’s flight booking program. As travelers search for tickets from Delta, American and United Airlines the app indicates which services travelers miss when booking the cheapest seats. For example, if a basic economy seat is booked, the passenger may have to pay $60 per checked bag. Cheap seats may not be as attractive once extra fees add on. To find out more, surf over to

FDA Offers Advice To Latinas About Preventing Birth Defects
For many decades, commercial bakers have added folic acid to breads of all kinds. This additive helps prevent birth defects in children. For families whose culture features masa instead of cereal grains, the FDA now recommends that folic acid be added to corn masa flour to reduce the number of Latino babies born with neural tube defects (NTDs). Foods such as tortillas, tacos, and tamales will benefit from folic acid added to corn flour. To learn more about this nutritional advice, visit Another government service provided by your tax dollars.

Oxford English Dictionary Adds New Words
The definitive English dictionary, the OED, recently added new words to the 10 volume compendium. Words such as “ransomeware” and “hangry” recently joined the rest of the 700,000 words in the dictionary. Another recent addition was “mansplaining” as well as TTC [trying to conceive] and CIO [cry it out]. Other slang words didn’t make the list. “Poop” words such as “poonami’ and “apoocalypse”failed to create interest. To learn more about these new English additions, visit And so it goes.

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Sierra Club Unearths Toxic Waste Scandal

Is The Red Cross Guilty Of Enabling A Sexual Predator?
A recent news report indicated that a senior Red Cross official, Gerald Anderson, was forced to resign because of allegations of sexual misconduct brought by a subordinate. After termination, the Red Cross provided Anderson with “very positive references,” including one from a very senior official. Even though Anderson’s departure had been forced for sexually harassing a subordinate, the Red Cross did not tell Save The Children about the reason for his leaving. To learn more about how the white, male establishment protects its own, visit

Benefits For Senior Citizens
Senior citizens face many challenges from money issues to health issues to worries about dementia. But seniors can take advantage of their age and score significant discounts when buying items and services. For example, seniors can get a 15% senior citizen discount from Banana Republic simply by asking. Walgreens has a “Seniors Day” once a month where 20% discounts accrue to Rewards card members. Some grocery chains also give seniors a discount. Publix offers shopping discounts once a week for seniors 55+. To access the entire list of bargains for seniors, click on AARP also provides members with many discount programs as well.

Pedestrian Deaths Down
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced a drop in pedestrian deaths in 2017. This constitutes a 32% drop over the previous year and continues a four-year-long reduction in pedestrian deaths. In 2017, 214 people, 101 of them pedestrian, died in traffic related crashes. The mayor attributes the reduction in deaths to the successful implementation of Vision Zero. Last year’s total pedestrian death count is the lowest since 1910 when recordkeeping began. To learn more about this largely unreported news, click on This may be a politically motivated news release, but the news is good nonetheless.

Federal Agencies Address Opioid Epidemic
The current drug crisis affects all neighborhoods: large and small, urban and rural, rich and poor. Many organizations have offered help to end the crisis. The Federal Trade Commission recently offered a website that provides links to services individuals may access that address the opiate problem. The site provides a link to a national help line. In addition, the site suggests people take great care with dietary supplements which may exacerbate the drug problem or become addictive substances in their own right. To learn more about help available, visit Let’s hope that Republicans support this effort as they reduce the role of government.

Vikings Contributed Many Words To English Language
Norsemen or Vikings visited England and Ireland beginning in the 7th Century. Some visitations consisted of marauding raiders while in parts of England and Ireland, Vikings came to stay. The Vikings established the Irish City of Dublin, and parts of England were known as the Danelaw. In addition to words, Old Norse also contributed grammar and syntax to Old English. Words such as blunder, glitter, cake and mug are all derived from Old Norse. For a list of 139 Norse words now in English, surf over to

Sierra Club Unearths Toxic Waste Scandal
Republicans think that private sector businessmen are the saviors of the country: that unrestricted business brings uncounted prosperity to the country. But the Sierra Club recently published a story about greedy business operators and crooked politicians which produced a toxic waste dump in the City of Birmingham, Alabama. Federal investigators recently charged Drummond Coal Company executives and a crooked politician in a scheme that dumped toxic waste in what later became residential areas. The company wished to avoid disposal costs and costs of environmental mitigation. To find out more about this illegal scheme that put the citizens of Birmingham at risk, click on And so it goes.

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Good News For California

Can Speaking At A Government Meeting Get You Arrested?
The Atlantic recently published an article that indicates that speaking in public to a government body may get you arrested if politicians don’t like what you say. Recently, a Kaplan, Louisiana teacher asked school board members why the superintendent just received a five digit salary increase when teachers had not had a raise in 5 years. The teacher asked the question during a public comment period during the meeting. The school board president asked a police officer to remove the teacher and she was thrown to the floor, handcuffed and taken to jail. Isn’t this a right protected under Amendment 1 of the Constitution? To learn more about the power of government to stifle dissent, click on And also read how the Lozman case presently before the Supreme Court may impact this.

Good News For California
The website, ZME Science, recently posted a report that earthquakes are not caused by moon phases, the time of year or other non scientific gibberish. For eons, people have superstitiously attributed earthquakes to moon influence or time of year. In fact, earthquakes occur when underground rock suddenly shifts along tectonic plate fault lines. For those planning a trip to California and who are worried about mud slides, fires, drought and traffic, this is a bit of good news. Scientists note, however, that California is due for a huge earthquake sometime soon. To read more about earthquakes, surf over to You never know how much the earth will move or when it will happen.

Website Tracks How Lack Of Healthcare Affects Disease Treatment recently posted research that indicates individuals lacking healthcare coverage frequently delay or go without necessary treatment. A recent survey conducted by the site shows that nearly 10 percent of survey participants delayed or ignored treatment when not covered by health insurance. More participants reported that their current health was worse without insurance. Ninety percent of insured patients reported they were in good health. To learn more about the health toll uninsured people face visit, The site presents data in easy to interpret graphics. This is a very necessary report in light of the fact that Congress has not yet passed a new appropriation for CHIPS, a child health insurance program. Shame on Congress.

Tax Time Hints From The IRS
The IRS recently posted hints for consumers on how to choose a tax preparer. Some of the advice seems obvious such as “never sign a blank return.” To learn what to look for in finding a qualified tax preparer, click on Another government service paid for by your tax dollars. Note: employers are required by law to send out tax documents by the end of January. If you have not received your employer tax forms by the end of January, contact the IRS.

Poorest Counties Listed By State
The data maven www.24/ recently reported on the poorest county in each of the 50 states. The site lists states alphabetically and includes the annual income of the poorest county compared to the average income in each state as well as comparing both averages to the national average income. Generally, the poorest county in each state has about one half the income average listed for the state as a whole. Some counties fall way below their state averages. For instance, the Sumpter County Alabama income of $20,428 is only about 44 percent of the state average of $44,758. To learn which of the 62 New York counties is the poorest, click on

Not All Microbes Are Dangerous
National Institute of Health, researchers recently posted results of a study that found microbes on the skin of mice promote healing and provide immunity to infection. These beneficial bacteria work with mouse immune systems to defend against disease and accelerate wound healing. Researchers originally published the study in the journal Cell. To read an understandable summary of the research, visit Will this program survive the Republican budget cuts? Contact your representatives to find out. And so it goes.

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Adding Insult To Injury

Many Websites Now Urge Consumers To Avoid Romaine Lettuce Purchases
The Centers for Disease Control is investigating 17 cases of E.coli outbreaks in 13 states. Canada’s public health agency is also investigating a lettuce caused outbreak. At least 12 websites urge consumers avoid buying Romaine lettuce until health investigations have been completed. To read a concise report, visit Remember, you are responsible for your own well being.

Propublica Tracks Frequency Of Medicare Visits By Speciality
Federal governmental physician reimbursements are based on a 1-5 scale with one being the lowest amount and five the highest amount. In addition to tracking the type of billing physicians submit, the study also indicates how much each state paid for medicare claims. The national amount comes in at $93.2 billion and states are ranked by amounts spent. For example, in 2016 California spent $9.55 billion while Wyoming only spent $119 million. So, if you want to see how much Medicare costs and the typical bill submitted by speciality practitioners, surf over to This is very interesting reading. You may also track the billing practices of your doctor by scrolling down the page.

Some Good Environmental News
Newsweek recently reported that the Ozone hole over the Antarctic is getting smaller. Scientists believe that the 20% reduction comes from the fact that countries banned the use of chlorofluorocarbons. Chlorine levels have lowered by 0.8 % each year from 2005 to 2016. Ozone protects the Earth from UV rays from our sun. Scientists had previously warned that depleted Ozone would cause an increase in cancers and increases in other harmful effects. To learn more about this good news, click on See, not everything related to the environment is bad news.

So, You Want To Donate Your Collection To A Library Or Museum
The Library of Congress recently posted an article aimed at individuals who have collections they may wish to donate to an institution. Your collection of bottle caps may just be a valuable addition to a museum or library archive. But before you make a donation offer, consider the following: is this a good collection for the archives; what is the expected cost to the institution for maintaining the collection; under what terms are you willing to donate? To learn more about collection donations, visit

Adding Insult To Injury
The New York Times reported that Puerto Ricans trying to rebuild from Hurricane Maria now face the threat of bank foreclosures on their property. About one third of the island’s homeowners are now behind on their mortgage payments to banks and Wall Street firms that bought up distressed mortgages. Porto Rico’s foreclosure and delinquency rate is now 35 percent. This rate more than doubles the 14.4 % national rate of foreclosure during the housing implosion of 2010. To find out more about Porto Rican distress, surf over to

Update On Internet Ageism
Several weeks ago this column reported on age discrimination in hiring committed by Facebook, Google, LinkedIn and other websites. Now ProPublica reports that AARP and a number of Senators are calling on Facebook and others to end discrimination by preventing targeted ads from ignoring older workers. The AARP and Congress are reacting to a Propublica/ New York Times story on Internet discrimination that appeared on December 20, 2017. To learn more about this reaction, visit -recruiting-on-facebook/ The Internet is a powerful tool when used wisely and legally. And so it goes.

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Unusual Ancestries Listed By State

Brookings’ Study Reveals Access To Health Care Reduces Crime
The Brookings Institution recently released a study that argues access to healthcare lowers crime rates. The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC The institution regularly conducts studies that may offer new insights and solutions to current problems faced by government. Data from this study show that three out of five state prisoners and sentenced jail inmates suffer from substance abuse problems. In addition, one half of federal and state prisoners and two thirds of jail inmates find themselves in serious psychological distress or have a history of mental illness. Prisoners cost state and federal agencies more than $50,000 per year each to house. Medical treatment is much cheaper. To find out more about sick prisoners and how governments treat them, visit To all stern justice adherents, ignoring this problem is a bit like cutting off your nose to spite your face.

Dictionary Definition Writer Presents 8 Words Writers Should Use More Frequently
Writer Kory Stamper whose day job focuses on writing word definitions for dictionaries says that a number of old fashioned words and phrases still produce a zing in modern texts. For example, when did you last read or hear anyone say, “Don’t get yourself in a swivet?” This word encapsulates the emotions of students facing an important exam. Tizzy and frenzy are synonyms we more commonly use today. But swivet adds an unusual zip to a modern sentence. To learn more about this and seven other useful words, surf over to Readers wishing to find out more about Kory Stamper should visit Kory’s blog at Enjoy and learn.

Doxing: An Increasing Cyber Threat To Contend With
For the Internet unlearned, Doxing consists of researching and posting private identifying information online to threaten, harass or embarrass someone. Most recently, a California doxer called 911 and told local police someone in Kansas had a gun and was holding relatives hostage. California police contacted Kansas officers who accidentally shot to death an innocent man. This act will undoubtedly generate a legal swivet about who the offenders are: the police in Kansas or the California doxer. To learn more about doxing and how to prevent it, click on While the specific incident arose from a 911 call to California police, the same type of actions occur on the Internet such as posting “revenge porn.” Sometimes, doxing is useful as some individuals identified rioters in Charlottesville, VA from Internet postings of the violence. So, some good, some bad.

Unusual Ancestries Listed By State
Did you know… that the most unusual individual ancestry in New York state is someone who hails from St. Vincent and Grenadine Islands? True. New York residents with this background comprise 0.06% of state and 0.01% of US residents. And 69.94% of all these folks live in New York. The website 24/7 Wall St recently posted a listing of the most unusual country ancestries in each state. To find out which state has the most Congolese residents, visit Fascinating.

What Did 19th Century Tradespeople Look Like?
History buffs will enjoy this post by the Library of Congress. The post provides portraits of 19th Century tradespeople . The list of early photos starts with a portrait of three firemen. Pictures of coopers, shoemakers, watchmakers and taxidermists show the tools of their trades. To step back to the 19th Century, visit Enjoy. And so it goes.

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List of 20 Companies With Highest Profits Per Employee

Good News For 2017
The New York Post reported that the crime rate in New York City is the lowest it has been since the 1950s. Crimes in the seven major categories fell by 2.8 percent. To find out the specific statistics by category, visit So, those of you who postponed a trip to The City because of crime fears should now plan to see the Big Apple in safety. Enjoy.

New Data Show How Americans Spent Money In 2017
The website 24/7 Wall St recently reported a list of categories on which Americans spent money in 2017. The list begins with the lowest category, bicycles and accessories at $53.28 billion and ends with the highest, number 50, occupied housing payments at $19.39 trillion. Prescription drugs rank at 45 on the list with $3.74 trillion. To read the entire list, visit

Feds Report That High Drug Costs Prevent Some Cancer Patients’ Treatment Options
The NIH recently reported that high out-of-pocket expenses prevent some cancer patients from life-saving or life-prolonging cancer treatments. Today’s cancer drugs are so expensive that even with drug prescription insurance, many patients cannot afford treatment. Although some drug companies have programs to help low income patients, individuals who cannot meet the low income cutoff, find themselves priced out of treatment. In some cases, co-payments for specific drugs may be as high as $2,000 per treatment, well beyond the ability of most patients to pay. To learn more about this, click on Some browsers have difficulty finding some of the medlineplus articles. But keep looking and you will find the information.

List of 20 Companies With Highest Profits Per Employee
The website recently reported on the 20 largest international corporations with the highest profits per employee. It comes as no surprise tech companies fall on this list. In fact, Facebook reports a total of $599,307 profit per employee. Qualcomm and Alphabet, Google parent company, posted profits per employee as $170,000. In fact, twelve of the top twenty companies are headquartered in the U.S. These are the companies that will benefit most from the new Republican tax cuts. To read more, surf over to The rich seem to only get richer. Note: Fannie May, a Fed mortgage agency, posts an astounding $1,759.000 profit per employee. Holy Moly! To see the ranked list, scroll down from the graphic at the top of the web page. How much profit is too much?

Wounded Veterans Not A New Problem
The Library of Congress recently posted an article about injured World War 1 vets. During the Great War, 200,000 soldiers returned home with physical and mental injuries. One vet wrote, “[A] man could not go through that conflict and come back and take his place as a normal human being.” Two modern organizations, The American Legion and The Disabled American Veterans formed as a result of WW 1 to help disabled veterans . To learn more about the problems faced by returning World War 1 vets, visit The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Corporations Use Internet To Discriminate Against Older Workers
Companies such as Verizon, Amazon, Goldman Sachs and Target use Internet recruitment ads to find younger workers while experienced older workers are left out in the cold. The study jointly undertaken by ProPublica and the New York Times indicates that some Facebook ads targeted the 25 year-old to 36 year-old demographic. This of course violates the 1967 federal law against age discrimination. Facebook even defended the practice saying “that [age targeted ads] is an accepted industry practice.” But of course, the Department of Justice will never hold these corporations accountable for discrimination violations. It’s good business to discriminate. To learn more about this, click on So, use the Internet to find jobs only if you are under 40. And so it goes. Happy New Year!

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Watch Your Words, Passwords

Holidays Pose Hazards To Pet Health
Medline Plus recently posted tips to keep dogs and cats healthy during the holiday season. Most Vets caution pet owners to keep human treats such as chocolate away from pets. Cat owners need to make sure that cats stay away from poinsettias. The plants will kill them. For other very easy suggestions on how to keep pets safe during the holidays, visit

American Presidents Ranked Worst To Best
The Trump presidency has barely completed its first year and the presidential rankings have just been published. According to CBS News, Abraham Lincoln holds first place in the pantheon of presidents, followed by George Washington, Franklin Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower in that order. To find out where Donald Trump falls, click on Hint: George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton find themselves in the middle of the pack.

Oxford English Dictionary Chooses Word Of The Year
In the English Language world, the Oxford English Dictionary, OED, operates as the final arbiter in word correctness. In choosing the 2017 word of the year, the OED, has language scholars scratching their heads. Even OED spokes people admit that the word, “youthquake,” presents a puzzle. Many don’t even agree on the meaning of the word. To learn more about this topic, surf over to Good luck with this one.

After 50 Years Of Service, Last 747 Will End Passenger Flights
Delta Airlines scheduled the last flight of the regal plane which took off from Seoul, Korea and landed at Detroit, MI on Tuesday, December 19th. Declining airline orders for the plane sealed its fate since airlines now prefer smaller, two engine planes that conserve fuel. Freight airlines will continue flying the plane for the immediate future. To shed a tear for the passing of a transportation icon, click on
The plane will go on a farewell tour to four Delta hubs before finally landing in Everett, Washington and retirement.

International Tea Day, Anyone?
According to a number of sites, December 15th is celebrated as International Tea Day in tea producing countries such as Kenya, Malawi, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and India. To learn more about this day, visit Next up is international coffee day or maybe tequila day. Or…

New Literacy: Digital
The Southern Poverty Law Center produces many materials that aid educators’ efforts to teach tolerance. The organization recently produced materials that help students identify responsible sources for research by evaluating the source for accuracy and bias. In addition, the site provides teachers with safe arenas for students to communicate with others online. To learn more about these efforts, visit

Watch Your Words, Passwords
Passwords are a necessary evil in the Internet world. But some people don’t take information protection seriously and use very simple-to-hack passwords that put all their data at risk. Gizmodo recently published the 25 worst passwords people use to protect files. Some popular but ineffective passwords include: “whatever.” “iloveyou,” ‘trustno1.” and the old standby “123456.” To read more about the importance of good passwords, visit And so it goes. Merry Christmas.

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