Are you being track right now? Image courtesy of Lars Kristian Flem on Flickrcc.
Over the course of several years, there have been a plethora of stories about the U.S. government taking allowances to track people in various ways. They use license plate tagging, email archiving, and more. The government can have this freedom because of a few reasons – including The Patriot Act.
A More Concerning Point
Even the government has a certain accountability for their tracking and local/state police officials have to get a warrant in order to electronically track a citizen’s movements. Yet, were you aware there are no laws in place that protect a citizen from tracking another citizen on their own? Continue reading
Multiple regulations need to be written and instated before NY’s medical marijuana program can proceed. Images of lady justice courtesy of Vectorstock.com and the leaf is courtesy of Jon Richfield of Wikimedia Commons.
Although the recently passed law of medical marijuana in NY may have brought a rise of applause or debate, the pathway toward actual usage appears to be farther off than one might expect.
A Quick Run-Down of What Needs to Occur First:
- The program can not begin until the superintendent of the state police and the health commissioner can assure the system can be administered consistent with public health and safety.
- A regulatory commission set up by the governor will regulate the price – not the manufacturers or distributors.
- Doctors and practitioners will be required to first attend a 2-4 hour course as predetermined by the commission on the regulation before having the ability to recommend a certification of a participant.
- Certification cards will need to be issued – including a photo of the applicant/caregiver.
- The commissioner must approve the distributors and the testing labs to allow for accurate product.
- The commissioner must develop and approve an informational insert(such as those given for other prescriptions).
- Only a handful of registered organizations will be allowed the main registration certifications and those companies may have subsidiaries that can distribute and so forth.
Other Stipulations Within Law:
Innovation – it’s what makes life so interesting. We’re not talking about a new Apple product here, but some of the funniest and surprising products that can make a person wonder: How did the inventor even think about coming up with this idea?
For many of these products, there has to be a good back story to be told. Yet for now, here is a list of products that look like something out of a Mad magazine or an article from The Onion, rather than real life inventions.
The Sweet Smell of Success
Shreddies look like any other pair of underwear and comes in a variety of colors. Yet, the company touts their “Shreddies flatulence filtering underwear features a ‘Zorflex’ activated carbon back panel that absorbs all flatulence odors.” They even have an incontinent line for the entire family.
Poo-pourri has the most hilarious commercial. A prime and proper woman (dressed impeccably) while sitting on a throne, talks about how one spritz of Poo-pourri can stop odors from occurring in any bathroom. The video ad can make even the grumpiest person giggle. The company touts their product has a better rating than the iPhone 5, with over 4 million bottles sold.
A Positive Spin on a Prank
Every day a child waits for treatment that may be denied because a pharmaceutical or insurance company may feel their life is not worth saving. Image: My baby girl hooked up to machine, courtesy of FlickrCC,48395185@ N03/12444307375.
Josh Harding is a 7-year-old boy who is in critical condition and his life teeters in the balance because of a pharmaceutical company’s refusal to give him the drug he needs. Another patient needed a very expensive antibiotic because she acquired necrotizing fasciitis in the hospital after a C-section and when doctors wanted to give her a life-saving medication, they had to ask for insurance approval and were denied.
While reading one of my favorite blogs: Renae Rude – The Paranormalist, I ran across a heartwarming story about the simple, yet often overlooked wonder of Christmas and the Elf on the Shelf by Ray Yanek.
My story is not as sweet, but I wish it was. My 8-year-old daughter Megan has enjoyed the Elf on the Shelf since 2012 and waited impatiently for when it would return this Christmas.
The elf arrived the week after Thanksgiving and although Megan had read the story and rule book the previous year, she reread it again – taking in every word much more seriously.
She knew that touching the elf would make her lose her magic and was so focused on trying to see when and where the elf went to, she wouldn’t go to sleep. She told me it creeped her out that a toy could come alive while she was sleeping. Continue reading
There are very few things that stop me in my tracks. A serious illness that prevents me from thinking or typing coherently, or…death of a loved one.
It is the later mentioned circumstance that has me at a stand still. These are the first words I’ve been able to type. My 26-year-old daughter died unexpectedly and has turned my world upside down.
The world is a little darker with the beautiful light that was dimmed. My daughter – Tiffany Scheel.
I want to apologize to my followers for the lack of offerings – especially during these holidays that I am usually all about. I also want to apologize to the people I follow and engage with. I miss our collaboration of creativity.
So for those who enjoyed or looked forward to my posts, please have patience. Somewhere within my broken heart is the writer who wants to continue to share and communicate.
I’m hoping that with each day, I will feel more capable of returning to our exchange and commentary. But for now, this is all I can offer.