June 26, 2015

Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of June 26, 2015.    Listed Ft. Timmerman for sale Monday, AS IS.  Got an offer Monday evening  …  the closing is July 27.  As quickly as Ft Timmerman sold   …  I have NO DOUBT the move to Mississippi is part of God’s plan for us.  Susan gave her 2 weeks notice today.  She has already applied for and is a licensed Pharmacy Tech in Mississippi.  I am STILL filling out and hunting down the information the MS Bar requires on their reciprocity application.  As an aside? Their (*&*^&% application to take a Bar Exam   …  is the same!!  Beginning to wonder if I REALLY want to pay $2,275.00 to get a MS License   …  to work pro bono or part time for Legal Aid. I am a highly educated, (AAS, BA in Psychology, MA in Psychology and a Juris Doctorate, named Missouri Lawyer of the Year in 2008), who just wants to finish his career   …  serving/helping folks.

Been looking, (online), at houses in Pascagoula.   Some nice houses a couple of blocks from the beach   …   in the $60 – $75K range, (1,100 – 1,700sqft). Mississippi is the least expensive State to live in:  “In Mississippi, you’re looking at a rent payment of around $875 (if you pay the state median). If you were to buy a home, low property taxes and lower-cost housing make Mississippi an affordable option. Zillow reports median home values are just over $112,000 and median list prices are currently $155,000. The median property tax rate is only 0.52%.  In addition to affordable housing, you can also find lower-priced food, healthcare, and utilities in the Magnolia state. In Jackson, utilities in a small place can be purchased for around $175 per month, and you and a guest can go out for the night for dinner and a movie for around $60”.  And   …  people 65 and older pay no personal property taxes.

The big news today!  Washington (CNN)  —  Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide.  “In a landmark opinion, a divided Supreme Court on Friday ruled that same-sex couples can marry nationwide, establishing a new civil right and handing gay rights advocates a historic victory.  In the 5-4 ruling, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority with the four liberal justices. Each of the four conservative justices wrote their own dissent.”  Well, now that same sex marriage is universally legal    …   share with me   …  as asked by a dear friend   …   “Will two inmates who want to marry   …  get to share a cell?”  This ruling is touted as a “victory for love”.  The argument that two souls who love each other should have the ability to enjoy the societal benefits that marriage conveys   …  (shades of “Sister Wives”),  wouldn’t the same argument apply to 3 or more souls who love each other?

In other gay news:  (BBC NEWS)  —  Baseball welcomes first openly gay professional player. “Baseball has welcomed its first openly gay professional player, in a minor-league game in California.  Pitcher Sean Conroy, 23, took the mound for the Sonoma Stompers after agreeing to come out publicly in time for the team stadium’s gay pride night.  The team is part of the independent Pacific Association of Baseball Clubs.  Several baseball players have disclosed their sexual orientation while in retirement but Conroy is thought to be the first active player to do so.”  Rumor has it   …  he has been pitching balls for years.

Any more, seems like everything is bad for your health! (BBC NEWS)  —  Skinny jeans given health warning. Skinny jeans can seriously damage muscles and nerves, doctors have said.  A 35-year-old woman had to be cut out of a pair after her calves ballooned in size, the medics said in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.  She had spent hours squatting to empty cupboards for a house move in Australia. By evening, her feet were numb and she found it hard to walk. Doctors believe the woman developed a condition called compartment syndrome, made worse by her skinny jeans.”  So   …  will jeans now have a warning label?

Sitting here editing these Ramblings while trying to figure out the cost of moving.  PODS would charge us $3,439.00  …   give us a month to load and unload an, 8’ x 8’ x 16’ “pod” and deliver it to Pascagoula.  U-PACK would charge us $1,688.00 to deliver an  8’ x 8’ x 13’ of trailer to Pascagoula   …  with 3 days to load and 3 days to unload the container.  I wonder why one costs twice as much as the other?  We will be packing this weekend.  Sunday Lunch and a Movie?  BBQ’s Brats, Corn on the Cob and Potato and Garden Salads.  The movie?  “Mad Max Fury Road [2015]”.

Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman.  Later when I say my Thank You’s for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share them with   …  I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?)  Be and sleep well, the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can.  If my post offends, I apologize  …  that is certainly not my intent.  I remain nicotine free.  As always  …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri and the Editorial Staff)

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June 19, 2015

Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of June 19, 2015.   The Solo and Small Firm Internet Group, (the SFIG), was formed by David Browning as an Email List after the 2nd Solo and Small Firm Conference in 1996.  It’s core function?  Be a support group, both social and legal, for Solo and Small Firm Lawyers.  A virtual “water cooler” for folks to gather around and share their lives because the solo practice of law can be very isolating.  In 1999, the list had grown so large, the format had to change.  The SFIG Listserve was formed, which the Bar agreed to host on it’s servers.  Now, 16 years later, the Bar is migrating all of the Listserves it manages, (and I suspect it’s internal IT functions), to a 3rd party vendor, “Higher Logic” as early as September, 2015:  From Lucas Boling, MOBar Director of Membership Services:

“When the online communities launch, all Listserves will ultimately move to the Higher Logic platform. Members will have the option of sending and receiving posts to the community by email or they can communicate through the web portal. Email posts and website posts will appear in the online community and will be archived, threaded, and searchable through the Higher Logic platform.”

“Higher Logic” is a company that specializes in maintaining “Online Communities”.  “Higher Logic’s mission is to bring organizations and their people together. Online communities galvanize a greater audience, and ultimately create stronger relationships and long-term member and customer advocacy. As in many organizations, only a small portion of the “knowledge” exists in databases, manuals and white papers. The vast amount of important information exists within the heads of its members and customers, partners and employees, making them your greatest asset. An online community provides a platform for this wealth of knowledge to be shared, enhanced, searched and promoted.”  Sounds good, doesn’t it?  To “provide a platform for this wealth of knowledge to be shared, enhanced, searched and promoted”,  Higher Logic, (no doubt at the behest of MoBar), has adopted rules called “Terms of Service”, (TOS), defining what may and may not be discussed.  What may not be discussed?

“…   (A)dvocating for or against any candidate or campaign, including persons running for elected positions within The Missouri Bar. Avoid commenting on any political policy, cause or legislation on which The Missouri Bar has taken no official position.”

“Keep your questions and comments relevant to the focus of the communities.  Do not forward jokes, chain letters or other messages not related to the practice of law.”

“Do not post messages that encourage or facilitate members to arrive at any agreement that either expressly or impliedly leads to price fixing or other violations of antitrust laws, a boycott of another’s business or other conduct intended to illegally restrict free trade.

 “Do not post commercial messages on any discussion list, calendar, resource library entry, or other area where others might see it. Commercial messages include notification or promotion of CLE events offered by any entity other than The Missouri Bar or MoBarCLE.

 “Do not initiate discussion for the purpose of supporting, endorsing or opposing any candidate for partisan or non-partisan office or for any position within The Missouri Bar.”

 “Do not initiate general discussions regarding politics and religion.”

 So share with me   …  if the purpose of the SFIG is to be a virtual water cooler, for folks to share their legal knowledge, personal and legal experiences  …  in essence their lives   …  how can that be done given the limitations imposed by the TOS?

The health news:  (BBC NEWS)  —  Nuts ‘protect against early death’.  Eating half a handful of nuts every day could substantially lower the risk of early death, a Dutch study suggests.  Previous studies had already indicated a link with cardiovascular health, but this is the first to look at specific nuts and diseases. Maastricht University researchers found a 23% lower chance of death during the 10-year study in people eating at least 10g (0.3oz) of nuts or peanuts a day.  There was no benefit for peanut butter, which is high in salt and trans fats.”   A related study found that holding nuts also substantially lowered the risk of early death and increased the quality of life.

(CNN MONEY)  — Colorado top court says Dish worker can be fired for medical marijuana. “Colorado’s Supreme Court ruled Monday that employers can fire workers who use marijuana for medical reasons, even though it’s legal in that state.  The case involved Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic who was fired by Dish Network in 2010 after he failed a company drug test for pot.”  Obviously a quadriplegic wouldn’t be up on a ladder installing satellite dishes.  Smoking 1 gram of dope usually results in a 2 hour “buzz” and several hour of catering to the “munchies”.  So why would an employer be concerned about what an employee did in his home, while not on the job?

Not a job I would care to have.  Nairobi, Kenya (CNN) — Once a menace, African ‘killer bees’ are all the buzz for health solutions. “Africanized bees, known as “killer bees,” once gained notoriety in the United States for swarming and killing.  But while Africa’s bees tend to be more aggressive than their European or American counterparts, their aggression also makes them more productive and resilient.  The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology in Nairobi is working to utilize the African bee and its aggression to the continent’s advantage  …  In the center’s lab in Nairobi, a scientist collects the semen from male drone bees, squeezing their thoraxes and killing them in the process. Twelve male drone bees will die to artificially inseminate one queen bee. She puts the queen in a plastic tube, attached to carbon dioxide gas. The gas sends the queen to sleep, temporarily paralyzing her.  Once the bee is asleep, the scientist opens up the bee’s vaginal canal and drops the semen into it. The bees that will come from this queen will be less hostile to humans than this typical strain of African bee, and more productive and more resistant to disease.”  Artificially inseminating queen killer bees is probably not a job description you would find in the help wanted section of the Sunday paper!!

And the latest “fashion trend”!  (CNN)  —  Armpit hair a growing trend for women.  “The newest summer trend has nothing to do with fashion choices or diet plans; some women are focusing instead on how lengthy and colorful their armpit hair can get.  Around the world, women are challenging the norm and embracing their natural underarm hair by posting photos on social media. The reasons range from feminist ideology to just plain loving the natural look, feel and convenience of unshaved pits.”  Apparently, some female folks dye their underarm hairs to match their head hair color.  No doubt turquoise hair body hair has it’s charms.  Miley Cyrus makes another statement as she shows off her underarm hair  …

Sitting here editing these Ramblings waiting for Susan to make it home   …  saddened by what our Bar is going to do.  Moderating the SFIG will destroy it.  On the evening news, 24/7 full coverage by CNN of the Charleston, South Carolina church shooter.  The talking heads opining that South Carolina flying a Confederate Flag at the State capitol cased the racial hatred felt by Dylann Roof.  That the Confederate Flag should not be displayed anywhere, except in a museum.  Perhaps so  …  but when did the Confederate Flag become the symbol for slavery?  Sunday Lunch and a Movie?  Thinking about Grilled Brats, corn on the cob and a potato and garden salad.  The movie.  “Skin Trade [2015]”. Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman.  Later when I say my Thank You’s for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share them with   …  I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?)  Be and sleep well, the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can.  If my post offends, I apologize  …  that is certainly not my intent.  I remain nicotine free.  As always  …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri and the Editorial Staff)

 

 

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June 12, 2015

Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of June 12, 2015.  I drove to Branson on Wednesday to break bread with old friends on Wednesday Evening, and say “Good Bye”.  I will not be attending another conference because we are moving to Pascagoula, Mississippi.  I captured a few images and posted them on the MoSFIG Facebook page. The MoSFIG  is a secret, hidden, by invitation ONLY, Facebook Page limited to Missouri Solo and Small firm lawyers. Members can chat, access and contribute forms, images  …  and it is TOTALLY un-moderated.  ANY subject is open for discussion, including and especially ANY complaints/suggestions for improving our Bar and the practice of law in Missouri.  For an invite, Email me, Tom Farnam or Chuck McCloskey.  After verifying identify, (attorney licensing and good standing) …  an invite WILL issue. This is exactly the “mission statement” for the SFIG, (Solo and Small Firm Internet Group), David Browning envisioned, (and shared with me back in1996), when he created the SFIG.

During the dinner, I discovered, the “powers that be”, have decided the SFIG, (hosted by the Bar), will be moderated.  I have been told, it will not be an “active” moderation  …  will not be “intrusive”. “Not every post will be read. No one will be hired to moderate.”  So … which posts will be read   …  and if found offensive or inappropriate, scrubbed?  Who determines what is an appropriate topic?  Who gets to decide which posts should be removed?  After 19 years of free, open and contentious discussions, resulting in the SFIG being the most popular, largest and most active listserve hosted by the Bar … why is moderation necessary now?  Perhaps to limit the ability of lawyers to organize dissent, like the uproar over the BOG meeting in Bermuda:  using $1.5 million in Bar dues to “educate the public” about the benefits of the “Non-Partisan Plan” when a change was on the ballot;  making Pro Se forms available on the Court Administrators website;  making the MAI and MAI-CR available online instead of forcing lawyers to buy them from Westlaw and the Bar respectively and enacting a $30.00 Bar Dues increase to benefit a private legal services entity and do so in violation of Article V Section 5 of the Missouri Constitution, (6 month publication notice)?    I certainly mean no disrespect nor ill will   …  but, why fix something that has worked so well for so many years?

Of course, this raises an interesting issue.  Can our MANDATORY Bar, (a committee of the Supreme Court and as such, a “governmental” entity),  limit speech on a listserve it hosts?  Wouldn’t doing so violate the 1st Amendment Rights of the members of a MANDATORY Bar? Think the ACLU will step in and defend the 1st Amendment rights of lawyers   …  or just defend the 1st Amendments rights of Nazis or Westboro Baptist Church nut jobs?

Something I have suspected about my cat loving friends.  (CBS NEWS)  —  Cat parasite linked to mental illness, schizophrenia. “Everyone loves cuddling with kittens. But there can be a little-known danger lurking behind that furry little face and that innocent-sounding meow: a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii).  T. gondii is the most common parasite in developed nations, according to Schizophrenia Bulletin. The cat-carried parasite can infect any warm-blooded species, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates more than 60 million people in the U.S. may have it. Most people never suffer any symptoms at all. But in those with weaker immune systems, infection with T. gondii can cause an illness called toxoplasmosis, which can result in miscarriages, fetal development disorders, weeks of flu-like illness, blindness and even death. It has also been associated with mental disorders including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Now two more studies explore the mental health issues in greater detail.”  Makes me wonder?  Are folks crazy for owning cats   …  or does owning cats make them crazy?

(CNN)  —  4 fined, released for naked photos on top of Malaysia’s Mount Kinabalu. “Four foreign hikers who posed naked on Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia were freed Friday after they were fined and sentenced to time served.  The backpackers — from Britain, Canada and the Netherlands — were arrested after stripping naked May 30 and posing for photos on the mountaintop, the nation’s  Bernama news agency reported. The mountain is considered sacred in Malaysia.”   Who in their right mind would engage in this type of behavior in a conservative Muslim country? What is the difference between “crazy” and “insane”?  “Insane”:  in a state of mind that prevents normal perception, behavior, or social interaction; seriously mentally ill.  “Crazy”:  mentally deranged, especially as manifested in a wild or aggressive way.  Obviously, these pilgrims were insanely crazy!

In the organ donor news:  (BBC NEWS)  —  First penile transplant recipient ‘to become father’.  “The South African recipient of the world’s first penile transplant is to become a father, a surgeon who performed the operation has told the BBC. His girlfriend has reported that she is about four months pregnant, and this showed that the “transplant worked”, said Andre van der Merwe.  The 21-year-old recipient, whose identify is being protected, lost his penis in a botched circumcision. The operation took place in December.”   Since I plan on being cremated   …  I signed the “organ donor” paperwork.  This was not one of the “organs” that I thought could be “re-tasked”.  Course   …  it would still be performing the same tasks   …   but if this organ performed a certain task by another man   …  would it be “adultery”?

Crazy?  (The Independent)  —  Rachel Dolezal storms out of interview after being asked about her race. “Rachel Dolezal, a local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) leader has been accused of portraying herself as black, despite records showing that she was born to white parents.  Her parents, Ruthanne and Lawrence, have also confirmed that their daughter is white, telling KREM 2 News that they wanted people to know that Rachel is Caucasian, specifically Czech, Swedish and German. There is also a trace of Native American heritage in the family.”  Yeah   …  them Czech, Swedish, German and Native American colored folks   …  are sure discriminated against.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings   …  waiting for Susan to come home.  Her babies waiting for her by the door.  On the evening news, one of the Republican presidential candidates, Ben Carson, was struck by “hoof in mouth” disease:  “…  being gay is a choice because people “go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay.”  Sheesh! Carson is not stupid!  He is the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  Amazing how Republican candidates have a knack for self destructing!  While Jeb Bush is in Warsaw, Poland and will meet with Radoslaw Sikorski, “who resigned his speakership atop the Polish parliament Wednesday, one year after he compared Poland’s subservience to the U.S. to providing oral sex.”  Really, Jeb?  Is this really a smart campaign move!  Sunday Lunch and a Movie?  Crockpot Garlic, Mushroom, Pot Roast, mashed potatoes and corn on the cob.  The movie?  “Cinderella [2015]”

Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman.  Later when I say my Thank You’s for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share them with   …  I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?)  Be and sleep well, the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can.  If my post offends, I apologize  …  that is certainly not my intent.  I remain nicotine free.  As always  …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri and the Editorial Staff)

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June 5, 2015

Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of June 5, 2015.  Found an interesting article on the BBC NEWS WEBSITE:  How US students get a university degree for free in Germany. “While the cost of college education in the US has reached record highs, Germany has abandoned tuition fees altogether for German and international students alike. An increasing number of Americans are taking advantage and saving tens of thousands of dollars to get their degrees  …  More than 4,600 US students are fully enrolled at German universities, an increase of 20% over three years. At the same time, the total student debt in the US has reached $1.3 trillion  Each semester, Hunter  (one of the students in the article), pays a fee of $120 to the Technical University of Munich (TUM), one of the most highly regarded universities in Europe, to get his degree in physics.  Included in that fee is a public transportation ticket that enables Hunter to travel freely around Munich.  Health insurance for students in Germany is $87 a month, much less than what Amy would have had to pay in the US to add him to her plan  …  To cover rent, mandatory health insurance and other expenses, Hunter’s mother sends him between $6,000-7,000 each year.”  …   while here in the United States   …   “In 2013, the average public law school graduate carried a debt of $84,600, while graduates of private colleges incurred $122,158 in debt. At the same time, legal firms are cutting back on hiring, causing a glut of attorneys and rising unemployment.  In 2012, only 56.2 percent of all law school graduates found full-time employment in their chosen field, and nearly 28 percent were unemployed or underemployed, according to Law School Transparency, a reform group.”   In the greatest, wealthiest nation on this earth   …  why do our children have to incur crippling debt to gain an education?

$87.00 per month for health insurance for students in Germany?  I seem to remember DEAR FRIENDS   …  sharing how Obama care will reduce costs, save the average family close to $2,500.00/year in health insurance premiums.  Anybody remember that?  (KC STAR)  —  Health insurance firms propose to increase rates in Kansas and Missouri. “People who pay premiums for individual health insurance policies — either directly from a company or through HealthCare.gov — could pay a lot more for insurance next year.  Insurance companies are proposing to increase rates by up to 34 percent in Missouri and up to 39 percent in Kansas.  Small businesses that buy group insurance policies for their employees also are likely to see an increase. Changes to rates on group health insurance offered through large employers won’t be released until later this year.”  Heard on the news the other day, that 10 million Americans, who before Obama Care didn’t have health insurance,  signed up for health insurance on 2015  …  with the commentator making the statement that almost all Americans were now covered.   Weren’t there 30 million uncovered Americans prior to Obama Care?  Did the other 20 million Americans move to Germany?

In the yucky medical news!  (BBC NEWS)  — Eating placenta ‘does not benefit health’.  “There is no scientific evidence that eating the placenta after childbirth can protect women against depression and boost energy, US research suggests. Claims that the placenta contains vitamins which could benefit a woman’s health have increased interest in the practice in recent years.  But a review by Northwestern University found no proven benefits and no research on the potential risks.”   Who comes up with this nonsense?  Eating your babies placenta because it contains vitamins?  How about you take a “One a Day Vitamin” and donate the placenta to stem cell research.

Good news for lady folk with a low libido.  (BBC NEWS)  —  ‘Female Viagra’ nears US approval after expert backing.  “A US government panel has urged regulators to approve a drug to treat low sexual desire in women, nicknamed the “female Viagra”.  The experts backed flibanserin, but said it must carry warnings about strong possible side effects including fainting and tiredness.  The final decision now moves to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  The FDA has rejected the drug twice since 2010 but it usually follows the advice of its experts.  Women taking the drug reported between 0.5 and one more sexually satisfying event per month, results experts admitted were “modest”.  I wonder what ½ of a “sexually satisfying event” looks like?  Side effects? Fainting. Tiredness.  Headache reduction and pronounced stiffening of the tongue.

And research against increasing the minimum wage, (fast food funded). (BBC NEWS)  —  Cooking skills may have emerged millions of years ago. “New research suggests that chimps have most of the mental capabilities needed to cook food. This suggests that the ability to cook food is deep seated and may have arisen in human ancestors millions of years ago. The conclusions also indicate that humans may have developed the ability to cook very soon after they learned how to control fire  …  Surprising as it may seem, even boiling an egg requires advanced mental skills. Whereas other animals tend to start eating whatever food they find or hunt straight away, humans can store and cook their food, even if we are fairly hungry, because we know that if we wait what we eventually eat will taste better.”  If a chimp has the intellectual capability to cook food   …  how much less is required to grill a burger?  There is a reason “Minimum Wage” is called minimum wage.  It is not called  “A Living Wage to Support a Family”. That said, it should be increased to $10.00.

It is only in the last few years that we have started to appreciate the intelligence of animals.  Man is not the only animal that uses tools.  (BBC NEWS)  —  Monkey Invents a Toothpick.  “Not every ‘Eureka’ moment has to change the world. Scientists working in Brazil have filmed a clever little monkey inventing a new tool – a toothpick.  What’s more the female monkey, a bearded capuchin, also created a “sneeze stick”, a nasal probe she would stick up her nose to make herself sneeze  …  The scientists were studying another group of monkeys in the area, which regularly use stone tools to pound and break open hard nuts and fruits to eat.”  Primates and some birds also use tools.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings.  Susan is in the other room playing a game on her computer.  On the evening news?  An ISIS fighter takes a selfie and posts it on social media    …   and the selfie image has GPS coordinates imbedded   …  24 hours later   …  with the help of the US Air Force, the fighter, (and his friends), met their 72 Virgins. ‘Star Trek’ actress Nichelle Nichols, 82, who played Lt. Nyota Uhura suffered a stroke. Star Trek actors, like Leonard Nimoy are moving on.  Apparently China hacked the Office of Personnel Management Website, gaining access to 4 million government workers personal information.  Sunday Lunch and a Movie?  Leftover Shrimp Alfredo, Spaghetti and Meat Balls or leftover Lasagna.  The movie?  “Survivor [2015]”.

Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman.  Later when I say my Thank You’s for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share them with   …  I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?)  Be and sleep well, the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can.  If my post offends, I apologize  …  that is certainly not my intent.  As always  …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri and the Editorial Staff)

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May 29, 2015

Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of May 29, 2015.  Got an EKG today, at the VA Clinic in Warrensburg.  Have had EKG’s in the past.  Private insurance   …  out of pocket expense?  $1,200.00.  At the VA?  $00.00.  So  …  why is that?  Simple.  The VA is providing medical services on a “not for profit” model.  Sorta like what the medical profession looked like, when services were provided by your family physician, not for profit religious organizations, or community service organizations. You remember Nuns running hospitals?  Now  …  medical care is provided by “for profit” corporations/entities   …  with payment guaranteed by “Obama Care”.  The “Affordable Care Act” is an oxymoron:  it makes health care affordable for folks who, (like Susan, an insulin injecting diabetic), due to their risk profile, were uninsurable or paid an outrageous premium. Now you and I pay an increased premium to cover the cost of their care.

Mississippi has law license reciprocity with Missouri.  They call it “Admission on Motion”.  $1,500.00 filing fee, $25.00 recording fee   …  and a $750.00 background check by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.  The “Application” is 35 pages long, and that doesn’t include the requested ancillary forms.  Requested documentation?  My Missouri Bar application. The pleadings for any civil action I was a party:   why would the Mississippi Bar have me attach a copy of the pleadings and decree from my divorce in 1992? A form for every employer I have had from age 18, to be filled out by the employer.  A Form for the Dean of Capital University, Penn Valley, UMKC and UMKC School of Law to fill out, and attach my transcript!

Susan loves all of her tattoos, (she has a few).  I’m not into tattoos.  (BBC NEWS)  —  Tattoo troubles ‘common’, survey suggests. “Troublesome skin reactions after getting tattoos are “relatively common”, a small study from the United States suggests. Writing in the journal Contact Dermatitis, researchers asked 300 people if they had any unwanted side effects after getting inked.  Ten per cent reported symptoms such as itching, pain and scarring. Some lasted longer than four months. Scientists are calling for monitoring to see how widespread the problem is.”  The only way I would get a tattoo is   …  if I was convicted of a crime and stood in jeopardy of serving some prison time.  Then   …  I would have “Exit Only” tattooed on my butt cheeks.

Human nature.  (BBC NEWS)  —  Evidence of 430,000-year-old human violence found. “Human remains from a cave in northern Spain show evidence of a lethal attack 430,000 years ago, a study has shown.  Researchers examined one skull from a site called the Pit of Bones, which contains the remains of at least 28 people. They concluded that two fractures on that skull were likely to have been caused by “multiple blows” and imply “an intention to kill”  …  As well as providing a clue as to why the bodies were in the cave, scientists say the study provides grisly evidence that violence is an intrinsic part of the earliest human culture  …  “We have not changed much in the last half million years.”   Indeed.  We have only gotten more sophisticated in the way we kill.  Also found? Stone business cards for several criminal defense lawyers.  Doctors, Lawyers and Priests comprise some of the oldest professions   …  no doubt, their fees paid for by “The Oldest Profession”.

We are making significant progress in our fight against cancer.  (BBC NEWS)  —  Cold sore virus ‘treats skin cancer’. “A genetically engineered version of a virus that normally causes cold sores shows real promise for treating skin cancer, say researchers.  The modified herpes virus is harmless to normal cells but when injected into tumors it replicates and releases substances to help fight the cancer. Trial results published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology show the therapy could lengthen survival by years – but only for some melanoma patients   …   UK trial leader Prof Kevin Harrington, from the Institute of Cancer Research, London, said: “There is increasing excitement over the use of viral treatments like T-Vec for cancer, because they can launch a two-pronged attack on tumors – both killing cancer cells directly and marshalling the immune system against them.  “And because viral treatment can target cancer cells specifically, it tends to have fewer side effects than traditional chemotherapy or some of the other new immunotherapy’s.”  I fully expect a cure for cancer within my children’s life time.

I remain nicotine free!  (CNN)  —  Why you quit smoking: 10 reasons for kicking the habit. “Globally, more than 1 billion people are estimated to smoke tobacco. Collectively, they smoked 5.8 trillion cigarettes in 2014, according to the 2015 Tobacco Atlas.  Whilst the number of smokers has fallen rapidly in countries such as the UK, Brazil and Australia, this decrease has been countered by the rapid rise of people now consuming tobacco in China where numbers are higher than the top 29 countries combined.  But kicking the habit is no easy feat. According to the World Lung Foundation, 85% of smokers in the USA say they have tried to quit at least once.”  The almost universal reason remains health related.  My father quit smoking on his 65th birthday and lived to be 87.  I did too.  3 packs a day for 53 years.  Over 2 years now, and I acknowledge that I remain 1 puff away from being a 3 pack a day addict again.  Over $6,500.00 saved.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, waiting for Susan to come home. She is looking forward to attending Rockfest tomorrow.  I would rather crawl on my bare stomach over broken beer bottles   …  than attend “Mudfest”.  I have outgrown “Hard Metal”   …  No accounting for taste.  Sunday Lunch and a Movie?  Leftovers!  Either Lasagna, Shrimp Alfredo, Brat Fried Rice or Spaghetti with Meatballs.  The movie? “Unfinished Business [2015]”

Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman.  Later when I say my Thank You’s for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share them with   …  I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?)  Be and sleep well, the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can.  If my post offends, I apologize  …  that is certainly not my intent.  I remain nicotine free. As always  …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri and the Editorial Staff)

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