A Flagler County resident who heads the local branch of the State Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida and the board of trustees of Americans United for Separation of Church and State has joined a lawsuit against Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet over the offering of tax credits to parents who send their children to religious private schools.
“Our major concern is that more than 70% of the schools involved who receive students are religious schools,” said Merrill Shapiro, the former rabbi of Palm Coast’s Temple Beth Shalom and current rabbi of Temple Shalom of Deltona. “So, for example, Seventh Day Adventists, who notoriously don’t get along well with Catholics, they have to pay into the coffers for the Catholic kids to study religion in Catholic schools. Catholics are paying so that Presbyterians can learn about their religion. Mormons are paying so that Muslims can learn about their religion. Muslims are paying so that Jews can learn about their religion.”
And taxpayers who aren’t Christian, he said, have their tax dollars sent “to schools that teach children that because we are not Christians, we are going to hell.”
What else is Brownback hiding from the people of Kansas?
That’s a sobering detail you won’t hear from Gov. Sam Brownback or his staff. They continue to promote the myth that tax cuts will bring in more money — ignoring the reality that Kansas’ budget ended the last fiscal year $300 million below expectations.
State officials again undermined their credibility after the August numbers were released.
In a statement, the Department of Revenue didn’t report the $11.1 million shortfall in income tax receipts. Instead, it opted to say August revenue had been $10.3 million higher than in the same month in 2013, “an indication that either more Kansans are working or they are earning higher wages.”
That was extremely misleading. The agency didn’t acknowledge the fact that income tax revenue in July had been an alarming $15.5 million lower than it had been in July 2013. So for the first two months of the new fiscal year, the state actually had collected $5 million less in those taxes than it did in the last year.
From the youtube page of Buddhanz1:
I was looking for the angry ram with my fpv quadcopter, I got a bit close & he managed to hit it knocking it into a bush, luckily no harm done. When I went to retrieve it he followed me, I had my hands full so he got me pretty good.
This is a challenge I posted three years ago last February, and it’s still standing - I didn’t think it would last this long, so here it is again. If there’s money to be made selling run trackers and sports gimmicks, there’s certainly more to be made on the home medical front.
A couple of weeks back I wrote a post about how we are entering the age of the cheap sensor and as example used some medical devices that could be incorporated into a home medical app.
I’ve decided to turn that into a challenge, so here is is:
Create a device and application for home use that contains the following sensors and which creates an ongoing Data Base and dashboard of measurements for under $70.00:
1. Blood pressure cuff
2. Pulse Oximeter
All of the devices above are available separately, and there is some high quality gear out there there, like fingertip Pulse oximeters or the Blood Pressure device from Omron that I use. I see very little reason that all of these sensors could not be combined, built into a single chip inside the BP device or scale and either wifi or USB network to it.
All four of these are important health measures that your physician is going to collect at every visit, but why shouldn’t you have a history of these measures taken daily at home? It takes several visits to your doctor before they can build a true history of these measures, and see the real patterns you are in.
This could revolutionize health care by enabling you to detect things going wrong much earlier. It could aid your physician in diagnosis and detection, and further if we anonymize the data and load it XML to a national Database, then we collect important health data for everyone.
Whoever creates this kit first is going to leapfrog competitors, and open a new home health market that is worth millions with the first wave of health concious baby boomers just beginning to retire.
This is just the start - there could be EEG attachments, blood sugar meters, etc. etc. etc.
Specs / Design
The moving parts (scale tensor, air pump for the BP cuff) should be housed in the base. A collapsible or telescoping rod could hold a display at eye height, and should have hangers for the BP cuff and other leads. The Display should be large print LCD or LED, and the cable from base to display should be USB/Air hose or other RS-232/air hose. The base should talk to the home medical app via either wireless or SDHC or other type of mem stick or chip port.
A group of South Florida filmmakers who were violently arrested for video recording from a public observation deck on a beach last year produced an impressive investigative documentary of their ordeal, documenting everything from their arrest to the ensuing coverup by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office where authorities went as far as intimidating a business owner into getting rid of a surveillance video camera that had captured the incident as well as deleting footage from cameras they had confiscated from the men.
Yes, the same Broward Sheriff’s Office whose attorney, Ron Gunzburger, sat on a panel with me earlier this year, proclaiming that all its deputies were properly trained in recognizing our right to record in public, only to be proven wrong a day later by Jeff Gray.
However, this video is much more infuriating than Gray’s video, guaranteed to get your blood pressure soaring for the entire 22 minutes. It’s definitely worth the time to view it.
In the latest video, Mr. Sotloff describes himself as “paying the price” for the Obama administration’s decision to strike ISIS targets in Iraq. The same masked fighter who appeared in the video of Mr. Foley’s beheading also appears beside Mr. Sotloff, asserting, “I’m back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State.”
if we don’t respect our environment it will turn on us.
The gravity of the world’s current extinction rate becomes clearer upon knowing what it was before people came along. A new estimate finds that species die off as much as 1,000 times more frequently nowadays than they used to. That’s 10 times worse than the old estimate of 100 times.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — It’s hard to comprehend how bad the current rate of species extinction around the world has become without knowing what it was before people came along. The newest estimate is that the pre-human rate was 10 times lower than scientists had thought, which means that the current level is 10 times worse.
Extinctions are about 1,000 times more frequent now than in the 60 million years before people came along. The explanation from lead author Jurriaan de Vos, a Brown University postdoctoral researcher, senior author Stuart Pimm, a Duke University professor, and their team appears online in the journal Conservation Biology.
“This reinforces the urgency to conserve what is left and to try to reduce our impacts,” said de Vos, who began the work while at the University of Zurich. “It was very, very different before humans entered the scene.”
Also worthy of note among Film’s problems: the mass migration of serious adult drama to Television.
The movie industry is facing a crisis: Seduced by mobile phones and video games, younger audiences are drifting away. This year, domestic box office, at $7.5 billion, is down more than 5 percent. But there is a possible future in which the industry rebounds.
Picture it: Ten years from now, some members of the family might watch Star Wars: Episode XII at a giant widescreen theater that makes current Imax houses look puny. With the latest interactive technology, their own faces could be projected into the crowd scenes, making them, literally, part of the action. Tomorrow’s “movies” could boast images so real, they’re more like “the feelies” Aldous Huxley imagined in Brave New World.