Procrastination

I’m gonna write some verses on procrastination now.

They will be so witty that the critics will shout ‘wow!’

I’ve pulled up my thesaurus, and my rhyming site’s all set.

I’m shutting off my cell phone and my Netflix, too, no sweat.

This’ll be a masterpiece, there’s no denying that;

I think it will be quoted far, like “Casey at the Bat”. 

From Ogden Nash and Robert Frost a little style I’ll borrow.

(But since Big Macs are two for one, I’ll start on this tomorrow.)

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The Importance of Drinking Water

Throughout history, water has been crucial for sustaining life, both for humans and other organisms, making it a significant part of the world. There are many areas of the world where humans do not have access to sufficient potable water or rely on water sources that are contaminated with toxins, suspended solids, pathogens, or disease vectors.

Either drinking this water or using it to cook can lead to both chronic and acute illnesses, which is one of the major causes of suffering and even death around the world. Therefore, reducing waterborne diseases with developing safe water sources has become a major goal for public health, particularly in developing countries.

But even here in the United States and Canada, a natural or man-made disaster could deprive large areas of the country of potable water. What then? How would you and your family survive without a reliable source of good drinking water?

Hikingware.com has a full line of ProPur water filtering systems for home use. One of these systems can literally save your life and the lives of your loved ones if your normal water supply is cut off.

Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to the importance and availability of potable water:

You may be asking yourself what is potable water, but the answer is fairly simple. Potable water has been filtered, cleaned, or treated to meet the standards for drinking water, meaning that it is reasonably clear of contaminants and harmful bacteria. This makes the water safe for drinking and cooking. Water purified via reverse osmosis, distilled, or UV filtered and water treated within municipal water systems all qualify as potable water.

Most non-potable water will be raw water from ground wells, springs, ground water, rivers, or lakes that is not treated. It is not safe to drink as there are unknown contaminants in untested water. It is possible for non-potable water to taste normal, but carry health risks.

It is common to worry about getting sick after drinking tap water, particularly because of news stories, such as those related to the Legionella outbreaks. Some people will choose to install a water purification system or simply drink bottled water.

Bottled water can be an expensive item to purchase and it can actually be dirtier than the tap water, depending on where you live and the bottled water you buy. To remain safe, ensure that what you buy is potable water by making sure that the company supplying the water is part of the IBWA (International Bottled Water Association) as this ensures that they live up to the rigorous testing requirements for drinking water. Every year the IBWA sends inspectors to visit each of their companies, ensuring that the water produced by the plant is potable and safe.

You can also spare yourself the additional cost of bottled water by having a private lab or your local health authorities test your tap water. If you discover contaminants, then simply purchase a unit that removes this specific contaminant.

How Does Potable Water Become Contaminated?

There are various contamination sources for water systems. The most common sources which lead to contamination include:

  • Malfunctions in wastewater treatment systems (such as nearby septic systems)
  • Sewer overflows
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Use practices on local land (such as concentrated animal feeding, livestock, pesticides, and fertilizers)
  • Chemicals and minerals which occur naturally (such as uranium, radon, and arsenic)

750 million people currently lack access to clean water, and 840 thousand die each year from water-related illnesses. Make sure that you and your family do not join these alarming statistics by protecting your source of potable water!

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Gun Carrying Permits Reach Record Highs in the Midwest

One in twenty Minnesotans carries now a gun;

and 19 in 100 of ’em just might be a nun.

Sherburne County has the most permits to carry arms,

which just might cause her neighbor counties many false alarms.

Permits last for five years and they cost a hundred bucks.

(Unless you only want one for the shooting of some ducks.)

Carrying a firearm is getting normal quicker,

as the country fills with crooks more brutal and more sicker.

O, how I wish for those sweet days, before the world went south,

when the only thing a man would shoot off was his mouth! 

from a story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune

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I’ve set my thermostat on high

I’ve set my thermostat on high, but tepid stays my core;

my ventilated preaching is lukewarm, and nothing more.

I am afraid to ask for help from Him that knows my pipes —

imagining He will require suffering and stripes.

Why do I fear the Master of Mechanics and His tools?

He only can repair the damage done by chance and fools!

Each day I place a call for maintenance, but when He comes

I cannot bring myself to ask for more than mundane crumbs.

Yet well I know that if and when I offer invitation

He will build me up unto celestial elevation.

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Celebrities are all alike; so goes the common saying.

Selfish, egotistical, and from good manners straying.

Josh Groban, on the other hand, seems not to know this notion;

he often gives a concert for a charity promotion.

If only Hollywood produced more stars like him, we’d be

more inclined to watch them in a film or on TV!  

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What the Hell is the Dow Jones Average, and Why Should I Care?

The Wall Street Journal headline screamed at me from my laptop: U.S. Stock Plunge Picks Up Speed!

The subheading was even worse: Ugly week ends with worst day for the Dow and other indexes in years.

The New York Times also used the dreaded P-word in its ominous headline: Stocks Plunge Sharply for a Second Day on Wall Street.

The article attached to this fear-mongering headline gives us the somber details: “Such concerns on Friday helped push stocks far below the peaks they reached just weeks ago when investors were ebullient. The Dow Jones industrial average is more than 10 percent below the high it reached in May. At Friday’s close, the index was down 530.94 points, to 16,459.75, a loss of 3.1 percent on the day.”

CNBC does not help matters any with their headline: Dow, Nasdaq plunge 3% into correction.

Okay. I get it. The stock market is all screwed up. Again.

But will somebody please tell me just exactly what the hell is the Dow Jones industrial average? Or Nasdaq?  I’ve been hearing about them ever since I was a child in Huggies, and nobody has ever taken the trouble to tell me what this stuff is. Or why I should care about it.

It’s like Mark Twain’s old adage about the weather: Everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything to explain it.

Naturally enough, I have Googled the Dow Jones, and this is what I got: “The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a price-weighted average of 30 significant stocks traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq. The DJIA was invented by Charles Dow back in 1896.”

Clear as sludge.

But I will admit I did find out what Nasdaq means:  National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations.

My pappy done told me to never trust an acronym with more than three letters in it.

I get the feeling that “Dow Jones” and “Nasdaq” are not meant to be understood by the layman; they are meant to overawe us, like sawing a woman in half. The wizards of Wall Street can make money disappear like Houdini, that’s for sure.

The whole schmegegge is moot for me anyways, since I sold the last of my stock holdings years ago and invested in an anchovy farm — making me independently destitute.

When Nasdaq droops and Dow Jones dips

I know I’ll not be in the chips.

My broker won’t return my calls

and moves his office to Sioux Falls.

Take my advice when you invest,

and learn to live on lemon zest. 

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One Summer Eve

One summer eve I sat upon the top step of my porch;

the kids were gathered round me — it was hotter than a torch.

The grateful cooling breezes were as yet not come to play,

and it had been a long and dusty, weary kind of day.

I moved down from the top step to the next one, on a whim.

The kids moved down a step as well, all serious and prim.

Out of curiosity I yet again descended;

down they came as if it were a kind of game so splendid.

We went inside for dinner, then, while mother’s food was hot;

The episode a cipher in the day, and soon forgot . . .

But now the evening finds me on the porch in silence sown;

all the kids are wafted far away, and I’m alone.

The steps are there in front of me, and heavily I drop.

God forgive me for not staying always on the top . . .

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What was fake on the internet this week

Pinnochio could not have used the internet at all,

otherwise his nose around the planet sure would crawl.

If you these stories swallowed for the truth, I pity you;

you’re gullible enough to think the sky is painted blue.

The Dow Jones fell so far because Obama has a cold.

Ted Cruz is cleaning closets so he’ll find someone to scold.

Huggies comes with Windex, cuz they are made out of glass.

A football player’s girlfriend beat to death his ugly ass.

Harold Stassen still is running for the White House goal.

Danny’s not a hurricane, it’s just a wet black hole.

Jared Fogle married super model Niki Taylor.

Jon Stewart joined the Navy and is working as a sailor.

Carrie Underwood is pimping now for Big Tobacco.

They’re handing out free iPhones in the Polish city Cracow.

They’ve hacked into The Cloud and all the data, without cause,

has gone up to the North Pole for the use of Santa Claus.

Vodka has been found to cure the hiccups when inhaled.

On a charge of tax evasion Bill Gates has been jailed.

That’s all the news that wasn’t news this week — hope you enjoyed it.

You can bet your bottom dollar Rush Limbaugh has employed it.