Philip Seymour Hoffman was Found Dead Today from an Apparent Drug Overdose

Posted by PITHOCRATES - February 2nd, 2014

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Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead today from an apparent drug overdose.  Sad.  Such a great talent.  The characters he brought to life helped us escape from our troubles for a couple of hours.  He could be a bit of a curmudgeon in real life, though.  But a warmth shone through the characters he played.  He worked hard to polish his craft.  And he was a natural.  Likeable.  Even if you didn’t like the movie he was in you enjoyed seeing him in it.  It is so sad that drugs have taken yet another great talent from us (see Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead at 46 by Jenny Depper posted 2/2/2014 on Yahoo! Movies).

Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment on Sunday. He was 46.

The New York City Police Department  confirmed to “The Insider With Yahoo” that the actor was found dead at 12 p.m. ET in his fourth floor apartment in the Greenwich Village of New York City.

While the official cause of death is still unknown at this point, police speculate that he may have died of a drug overdose. The actor was found with a needle in his arm and apparent heroin was found at the scene…

Hoffman had struggled with addiction in the past, but was reportedly clean for 23 years before falling off the wagon in 2012. He most recently checked into rehab in May 2013.

In a 2006 interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Hoffman discussed his earlier drug use dating back to the time after his graduation from New York University’s drama school.

“It was all that [drugs and alcohol], yeah, it was anything I could get my hands on… I liked it all,” Hoffman said. Eventually, he chose to seek treatment. “I went [to rehab], I got sober when I was 22 years old. You get panicked… and I got panicked for my life. It really was just that.”

He also revealed that his drug habit was life-threatening. “I have so much empathy for these young actors that are 19 and all of a sudden they’re beautiful and famous and rich. I’m like, ‘Oh my God. I’d be dead.’ You know what I mean? I’d be 19, beautiful, famous and rich. That would be it. I think back at that time. I think if I had the money, that kind of money and stuff. So, yeah [I would have died].”

Every time there is another death caused by a firearm the left screams for new gun control legislation.  But when a great talent dies from a drug overdose you hear no cry from the left for new drug control legislation.  No.  Instead they celebrate Colorado and Washington for decriminalizing recreational marijuana.  Because, as the left says, marijuana is safer than alcohol.

But making marijuana more readily available will only make more kids start using it.  Just as it made out-of-state college applications explode in those two states.  Because these kids want to get high.  And will get high.  For the more readily available marijuana is the more they will get high.  Developing new drug habits.  And then, perhaps, moving on to something stronger.  Like heroin.  Which Hoffman didn’t start with.  But he ended with.  And no doubt more will.  Because while the left calls for new gun control legislation whenever anyone dies by a firearm they have no problem with people developing drug habits.  They even encourage it with pushing for the decriminalization of marijuana for recreational use.  The drug pretty much everyone who ever died from a drug overdose started with.

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Girl sits on Phone in Back Pocket and starts Fire just as Damaged Batteries start Fires in Electric Cars

Posted by PITHOCRATES - February 2nd, 2014

Week in Review

Lithium-ion batteries are a wonder.  But they can be temperamental.  Which you can expect when you put highly reactive chemicals together.  Which is the price of higher energy storage densities.  Danger.  To make that charge last longer in the batteries powering our electronic devices.  And they can only do that by a chemical reaction that produces heat.  Boeing had a problem with their lithium-ion batteries that nearly caught a couple of their new Dreamliners on fire.  Resulting in an FAA grounding of the entire fleet until they found a way to make their batteries safer.  But it’s not just big lithium-ion batteries that can burst into flames (see iPhone catches fire, teen girl burned by Chris Matyszczyk posted 2/1/2014 on CNET).

An eighth-grader in Maine is sitting in class when she hears a pop. Then she notices smoke coming from her back pocket…

The culprit is said to have been her iPhone. Images suggest it had caught fire…

The division chief of the local emergency medical services, Andrew Palmeri, told Seacoast Online that the phone’s battery had “shorted out.” He suggested that the phone had been crushed in the teen’s back pocket. Local fire services are investigating…

Cell phones of whatever brand do catch fire. iPhones have caught fire on planes, just as Droids have exploded in ears.

So lithium-ion batteries can be dangerous.  Despite being the wonders they are.  For these chemical reactions are powerful.  And need to be confined perfectly.  But if you sit on a cell phone you can damage the confinement of those chemicals.  Causing a fire.  Just as accidents in electric cars have resulted in battery fires that have totaled these cars.  Or a faulty charging circuit started a fire overnight while charging in an attached garage.  Starting the house on fire.  Or nearly started a plane on fire.

The greatest hindrance to electric car sales is a thing called range anxiety.  Will I have enough charge to get home?  The answer to this problem is, of course, increasing the charge available in these cars.  Typically with bigger and more powerful batteries.  Which can burn the car to a crisp after an accident damages the battery.  Or debris on the roadway is thrown up by a tire into the battery.  Things that won’t total a gasoline-powered car if they happen.  Because gas is a high-density energy source.  Like these lithium-ion batters.  But it takes a lot more abuse to the gas tank to get it to start a fire.  Which is why electric cars will not replace the gasoline-powered car.  As they provide a far greater range and are safer.  And until the electric car can out do the gasoline-powered car on these two points the electric car will remain a novelty.

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Democrats Lie to Women about the Gender Pay Gap to get them to Vote Democrat

Posted by PITHOCRATES - February 2nd, 2014

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The Democrats tell women that Republicans have a war on women.  They, after all, don’t want to pay for their birth control.  They don’t want to allow them to have an abortion.  And they defend businesses that only pay women 77 cents to every dollar a man earns.  Yes, Republicans may prefer seeing women as something other than sexual objects.  Preferring they marry, raise a family and live happily ever after.  Instead of just being sexual play things.  While Democrats tell women that the only thing important to them at election time is birth control and abortion.  But that gender pay gap is simply not true (see Gender Pay Gap: When You’ve Lost Slate… by Walter Olson posted 1/30/2014 on Cato).

White House speechwriters couldn’t resist sticking an applause line into President Obama’s State of the Union speech about how women supposedly earn only 77 cents to every dollar a man earns in America. Even more depressing, it drew some of the night’s biggest applause. But as almost everyone familiar with the numbers has had reason to know for years and years, it simply isn’t true. Most, if not all, of the gap melts away once you factor in variables such as hours worked, choice of occupation, and midcareer family interruption, among others.

The big applause can only mean one of two things.  Either that those applauding are very ignorant of the facts they are debating.  Not a good quality in a representative of the people.  Or that they are lying about the facts.  Which is also not a good quality in a representative of the people.  So which is it?  Well, let’s see.  Are there any examples of Democrats lying to get something they want?  Why, yes there is. The lie of the year.  When President Obama said if you like your health insurance you can keep it.  Period.  It turns out that Obamacare wouldn’t work if people kept the health insurance they liked.  So they wrote the law to make it impossible for that to happen.

So there is a history of telling big lies.  Lies so big that they win the title of lie of the year.  So one would have to conclude that they are knowingly lying about the gender pay gap.  But why?  Because women are 50% of the electorate.  That’s why.  And if they don’t scare or anger them into voting Democrat they may just vote based on the facts.  And vote Republican.

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National Health Care would only be as good as the Obamacare Rollout

Posted by PITHOCRATES - February 2nd, 2014

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The Affordable Care Act was passed into law in 2010.  The Obamacare website opened for enrollment in 2013.  Just under 4 years since its passage.  That’s a lot of time to build a website.  But they couldn’t do it.  The rollout of the Affordable Care Act was an embarrassment for the Obama administration as the website was plagued with problems.  People struggled to get on it in the beginning.  The enrollment information did not make it to the insurers.  The backend of the site that processed payments was apparently not built yet.  And security experts have said the sight is so insecure that no one should use it.  Then we find out this (see Obamacare computers not yet equipped to fix errors: report by Peter Cooney and Roberta Rampton posted 2/2/2014 on Reuters).

The HealthCare.gov website is not yet equipped to handle appeals by thousands of people seeking to correct errors the system made when they were signing up for the new federal healthcare law, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.

The newspaper, citing sources familiar with the situation, said appeals by about 22,000 people were sitting untouched in a government computer.

“And an unknown number of consumers who are trying to get help through less formal means — by calling the health-care marketplace directly — are told that HealthCare.gov’s computer system is not yet allowing federal workers to go into enrollment records and change them,” according to the Post.

You can just feel Jon Stewart’s frustration over those in government.  As the government wants to get ever bigger to make our lives supposedly better.  But veterans’ benefits are held up because computer networks can’t talk to each other.  They couldn’t build a functioning website in 4 years’ time despite it costing hundreds of millions of dollars.  And now this.  If there was ever a case against national health care this pattern of failure and ineptitude is it.  And the last thing we want these stumblebums responsible for is our health.  Unless you want national health care as good as the Obamacare rollout.

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Obama’s myRAs are just another way to Transfer Money from the Private Sector to the Government

Posted by PITHOCRATES - February 2nd, 2014

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Social Security has failed to provide for our retirement.  So President Obama wants another government retirement program.  So it, too, can fail the American people (see What Americans think about Obama’s myRA retirement accounts by Melanie Hicken posted 1/31/2014 on CNNMoney).

Obama’s new ‘myRA’ retirement accounts aim to help millions of workers begin saving for retirement. The accounts will be backed by the government, charge no fees and you’ll be able to contribute directly from each paycheck…

“Why would anyone consider giving a broke and bankrupt government any more of your money? That’s foolish,” said 62-year-old reader Steve Keller…

[Kathryn Riss] and her husband keep the modest savings they do have in money market accounts, which earn less than 1%. The myRA, on the other hand, will invest in government savings bonds and provide returns of around 2% to 3%, depending on interest rates.

Why can’t people earn more than 1% on their retirement savings in a bank?  Because of the Federal Reserve.  And Keynesian economics.  That focuses on consumer spending with tunnel vision.  It’s the only thing that counts as far as they are concerned.  And keeping interest rates near zero is supposed to encourage people to borrow and spend money.  For they will only lose purchasing power if they don’t.  What with banks only offering something less than 1% interest.  Thanks to the Federal Reserve printing money.  Making it so plentiful that people can borrow it practically for free.  And if they are paying the banks practically nothing to borrow it that’s all the banks can afford to pay their depositors.  Practically nothing.

The government will invest those myRAs into government savings bonds?  Yeah, right.  The government is going to take that money and spend it.  Because they have a voracious appetite to spend.  Which is why the Social Security Trust Fund has nothing but IOUs in it.  Government bonds that the government can’t afford to redeem without printing more money.  The Keynesian source of all our woes to begin with.  Which will only get worse the more ways the government thinks of to transfer money from the private sector to the government.  Taxes.  Service charges, surcharges, fees, etc.  Regulatory fines and penalties.  Treasury bonds and bills.  Medicaid.  Medicare.  Obamacare.  And now myRAs.

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