Category Archives: Science

Oroville Dam threat grows as does blame

Authorities in California were so sure the Oroville Dam was going to catastrophically collapse that they abandoned their command post on Sunday evening with Acting Chief of the Department of Water Resources Billy Croyle ordering his staff to flee.

Officials also admitted they are in a race against time to drain up to 50-feet of water from the stricken Dam before a storm hits Wednesday.  Almost 200,000 people were frantically ordered to evacuate along a 40-mile stretch of the Feather River below the dam. Continue reading

Com. John Doak encourages ECHO program

OK Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak is calling attention to a new effort to combat health issues in rural Oklahoma. He attended the Rural Health Leadership Summit hosted by the OSU Center for Health Sciences (OSU-CHS) on Tuesday. At the event, OSU-CHS officials introduced Project ECHO, an effort to use technology to address addiction, mental health, women’s health, HIV/AIDS and obesity in rural Oklahoma. Continue reading

You’re Old, You’re Sick, Get Over It

Senior citizens, don’t be fooled. The federal government asserts that Medicare sets a high bar for medical care and we are lucky to have it. Not so. It does, however, claim a virtual monopoly on health insurance coverage for all eligible persons.

All citizens who receive Social Security or Railroad Retirement Board benefits automatically receive a Medicare Part A card in the mail around their 65th birthday. Part A covers hospital, hospice, and limited skilled nursing services. This entitlement has very long strings attached. If retirees disenroll from Medicare Part A they lose future Social Security benefits and must return all past benefits. Even working seniors enrolled in Medicare or collecting Social Security cannot participate in Health Savings Accounts (HSA)/high deductible health plans. Continue reading

Mullet Over #699

baseballhorsehideUntil 1975 it was a rule that all major-league baseballs had to be covered with horsehide. Horsehide gradually became increasingly more expensive resulting in 1975 baseballs optionally being covered in either cowhide or horsehide. Nowadays cowhide is used almost exclusively.

Speaking of baseball — during the 1970’s and into the 1990’s, a bosomy blonde gained fame for sprinting onto fields during games and kissing targeted players. Known as the Kissing Bandit, she smacked George Brett, Pete Rose, Nolan Ryan and several others. However, it was the osculation on Nolan Ryan that resulted in Morganna Roberts’ (her real name) arrest. Morganna is now 69 years old and was reported to be residing in Louisville, Kentucky.

Continue reading

The case for being uninsured

HealthcareAlertRepublicans say they are going to “replace” ObamaCare, but they will come up with something very similar and at least as bad if they start with the same misguided objective: “universal coverage.”

There are necessities of life, but insurance is not one of them.

Just what good is that little card in your wallet? Once it has expired, it is good for absolutely nothing, even if you have paid $100,000 or more for it over a period of years.

Continue reading