Fined For Running in Valley Forge Park!

A marathoner says he was fined $100 for running in Valley Forge National Historical Park during the government shutdown.

John Bell, a 56-year-old realtor, said he parked his car on Sunday in a remote parking lot, not one blocked by a barrier.

Bell, of Chadds Ford, has competed in a marathon on every continent of the world, but one of his favorite places to run is Valley Forge.

“From a safety standpoint, I like running down there, along with the scenery,” he says.

But on Sunday, Bells says there were two rangers waiting with their car lights flashing when he returned. They slapped him with the $100 citation.

While Bell says he knew that national landmarks were closed, he didn’t realize Valley Forge would be affected.


This came from CBS News Philadelphia


Public Health Surveillance and HealthCare.gov

If you were buying a system that enabled you to see  what everyone without insurance in the US was purchasing, or was interested in having insurance for?  Would you want to use that information in the future?  I guess if you were smart you would want to be able to analyze it all.

The more I find out about this health care “solution” that the US government purchased from a company that is largely operating out of Canada with clients in the UK, I’m a little surprised.

When you hear how much money was invested in this company because of their vast experience in “federal contracts”…Which doesn’t mean the United States Federal Government!  It’s pretty shocking, especially because I’m hearing from programmers who are saying the costs are outrageous.

These contracts have no limit on costs.  There apparently wasn’t much in the way of bidding.

And worst of all, I now see why people on the far right were complaining about death panels. If the Government can decide where and what health requirements people need to access- then what is to stop them from getting themselves more involved in areas that at this point seem outside of their purview.

Why would they want a “cloud with  surveillance”?




HealthCare.gov by CGI

Here is how CGI, the company that has created part of the new Healthcare.gov site sees it’s work-

  • Provider based services  Helping both the Medicare provider community and large-scale, private-sector payers design, code, implement and support national enrollment, enumeration, financial and case management, and identity and access management systems.
  • Public health surveillance  Linking office, clinic and hospital-based medical data sources to provide continuous, centralized analysis and reporting.
  • Portal integration  Providing timely, accurate, secure and personalized information through a consistent, easy-to-navigate interface.
  • Security  CGI’s Security Management Life Cycle (SMLC) complements agencies’ system development life cycle to adhere to their security Certification and Accreditation (C&A) methodologies and to provide a framework that embeds appropriate security activities into every phase of a system’s development.
  • Enterprise architecture/service oriented architecture  Our EA and SOA approach maps closely to Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) reference models and integrates processes across strategic planning, SOA, project and program management, Capital Planning and Investment Control (CPIC), performance management and business operation.
  • Business intelligence  Through data warehousing, business analytic tools and content/knowledge management services, CGI’s BI practice helps federal agencies develop the processes, technologies and end-user tools needed to turn data into information and information into knowledge.
  • Applications development  Using our CMMI Level 3-certified methodologies, reference architectures and reusable 3-tier development frameworks, CGI offers a portfolio of custom development, legacy improvement, migration, application conversion and platform consolidation services.

Peanut Butter Scent Could Help Diagnose Alzheimers

What an odd story this is, but a grad student in Florida found that since some nerves in the brain are the first to die, that if she tested patients with something that would use those nerves, then she might be able to diagnose Alzheimers early and inexpensively.  Well, read for yourself-

A plop of peanut butter on the end of a ruler could be the key to an early Alzheimer’s diagnosis, claims new research coming out of the University of Florida. 

Graduate student Jennifer Stamps reported her group’s findings from a small study in the Journal of the Neurological Sciences.

The university reported that she came up with the idea of using peanut butter to test the smell sensitivity after noticing that patients were not tested for sense of smell.  The ability to smell is associated with the first cranial nerve, often one of the first nerves affected in cognitive decline. 

But why peanut butter?  Stamps said it’s a “pure odorant” that is only detected by the olfactory nerve, and peanut butter is easy to get. 


So?  Can you smell peanut butter?




Who Shot a BB Gun At A School Bus?!!!

Over at Philly.com there is this-

Authorities in southeastern Pennsylvania are looking for the person who fired a BB gun at a school bus filled with middle-school children.

Police in Upper Pottsgrove Township, Montgomery County, said no one was hurt Tuesday afternoon when an occupant of a passing car leaned out the passenger-side window of a sedan and fired at the bus. The safety glass on the bus door shattered but remained in place.

Authorities said a camera on the bus captured the sounds of a gun but did not get any footage of the vehicle or the suspect.

Police are seeking public’s help to find the suspect who shot at the bus.
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20131009_ap_d4b52c88819a43e797caa7f141aa5f30.html#rdst3BbTxJhw4xZK.99

If anyone has seen this kind of dangerous nonsense, or you know someone who saw it, or you are someone who did it!  Please make the right decision and do the responsible thing.  No hurting children or vehicles that carry children!




Remember “This Land Is Your Land, This Land is My Land”…

The Christian Science Monitor has an article this evening about people ignoring the shutdown laws and trespassing on closed properties.  I found this comment by law professor Glenn Reynolds to be a little sad-

“We’ve gone from ‘this land is your land, this land is my land,’ to the government saying this land is its land,” writes University of Tennessee law professor Glenn Reynolds in an e-mail. “President Obama said that government is just a word for the things we do together. Apparently that includes kicking WWII veterans off their memorial.”

I sort of liked that song…

This land is your land,

this land is my land,

from California, to the New York Island,

from the Redwood Forrests,

to the gulf stream waters,

this land was made for you and me!





Practicing Free Speech Gets You Into Shut Down Venues

I’m not upset about an immigration rally that took place but I also wouldn’t arrest visitors to National sites around the country…but some people are upset that there was a rally for immigration rights and they are upset that veterans were arrested for checking out a memorial in NY city.  Officials apparently have said that if a rally is a First Amendment rights kind of thing- then it must be allowed to occur.

National Parks Service spokesman Mike Litterst said Tuesday’s immigration rally is being allowed because it is considered a First Amendment demonstrations. He also said the park service is now allowing veterans to visit the memorial for the same reason.

However, non-veterans not practicing free speech are still barred from the memorials and mall.

So, don’t be knocking down barriers, or charging into areas that are shut down, unless you are engaging in “Free Speech”.

In other news in DC, the House Gym has not been shut down, it was said to be on the list of things that were closed during the shut down, but it isn’t.  And do you know how the news station found out?  The
Congressional staffers gym HAS been closed, so workers and staff aren’t allowed to use their gyms, but House members are showering and working out in theirs!

Is this odd news or what?  I told you, it’s getting a little weird around here.

Move On.org just called me about  my opinions on the government shut down.  If you want to talk to them and give them your opinions you can call them at  1-877-281-1957.

Oh, and over at the Morning Call in Allentown, they have an article about shutdown employees being able to sign up daily for a free “Adult toy”.  The toy begins with a “v”.