Sunday, August 22, 2010

"Morning Papers" - Its Origins

The Rooster and "Chick"


"Good Night, Moon"

There are somethings about the past best forgotten, but, the vigilance that focused on PREVENTION is not one of them !!!!

Is it only women that can get the job done? There was MADD and now perhaps we need MAPD (Mothers Against Phone Driving)

I think the Amish are really on to something.  They completely reject modern conveniences.  They don't even use electricity. 

There needs to be a ban, a complete ban on cell phone use in a moving vehicle of any kind. 


...Here are more cell phone statistics (click title to entry - thank you)  from the recent study, “Role of cellular phones in motor vehicle crashes resulting in hospital attendance” by S. McEvoy et al. published in the British Medial Journal:

The main finding of a fourfold increase in injury crash risk was consistent across groups of drivers.

Male and female drivers experienced about the same increase in risk from using a phone.

Older and younger than 30 drivers experienced the same increase in risk.

There was no difference in accident statistics between drivers using hand-held cell phones compared to those using a hands-free cell phone device.

Weather played no factor in the accidents with 75 percent of them occurring during clear weather conditions.

Eighty-nine percent of the crashes involved additional vehicles.

Over half of the injured drivers reported that their crashes occurred within 10 minutes of the start of their trip.

Risk of Car Accident is the Same In Hands-free Versus Hand-Held Cell Phones....

Not driving while detached is the Consumer Safety Law that should have been written BEFORE the technology started killing people.

This accident happened on September 28th, 2005 in Riverview FL. A careless driver on a cell phone blazed through a red light at 55 mph and struck my mom's drivers door as she was going 20 mph attempting to make a left turn towards home. Her car was pushed 40 feet and my mom's neck was broken in 2 places. She died instantly. As her daughter, and someone that had to go to the scene to identify her, I can't tell you enough.

The technology humans have created is causing deaths among the innocent.  Who is going to be responsible?  Where will the impact be felt most to bring the change needed to stop this idiocy? 

I walked through a shopping mall today and there were innumberable opportunities to purchase a cell phone, cell phone service and all its paraphenalia.  I lost count after the first 120 seconds of my stroll.  As I walked through the mall I began to feel a sincere fear creep into my conscience and it was obvious there was more than mayhem about, but, some real lunacy regarding this technology. 

As I walked back to my vehicle which has a radio, disk player and cigarette lighter I use for emergency electricity when necessary, I realized I could be next and it was due to the frenzy created by an industry that doesn't care about PREVENTING death, so much as reaping profits.

The first 'cell phone' had a noble cause. It would allow people to move about and still make important phone calls from one phone number.

Dr Martin Cooper, a former general manager for the systems division at Motorola, is considered the inventor of the first portable handset and the first person to make a call on a portable cell phone in April 1973. The first call he made was to his rival, Joel Engel, Bell Labs head of research.

The Cell Phone was about efficiency and making it easier to carry on a business conversation.

It converged technologies to make it happen.  A wireless device that would use airwaves rather than wires to transmit voice signals.


Something went ? wrong ?

Someone got greedy and marketed this seemingly safe entity of society as a consumer product.  A consumer product that was supposed to be benign, all of a sudden wasn't.

The USA military always had a strange way of contorting the ideas of national security and technology.

Whether developing cyborg insect surveillance or a nose-spray brain chemical to replace sleep, DARPA always keeps us on our toes trying to guess what on Earth (or beyond) they are going to come up with next. Will here it is folks, DARPA says they are now developing a submarine that can fly (or an airplane that can go under water—whichever way you choose to look at it.) The submersible aircraft/flying submarine would be used to get small clandestine teams to coastal waters unnoticed, so they can then sneak onto land less noticeably than landing an aircraft.

While flying submarines may seem the future of SCI-FI, the military was actually the first innovators of the internet.  The research started in 1958 and would be perfected for use seven years later.  (See timeline at title to entry - thank you)

And Texas had nothing to do with it.

1965 - First Network Experiment: Directed by Larry Roberts at MIT Lincoln Lab, two computers talked to each other using packet-switching technology.

The Computer is born. Time line click here.

Hewlett-Packard is Founded. David Packard and Bill Hewlett found Hewlett-Packard in a Palo Alto, California garage. Their first product was the HP 200A Audio Oscillator, which rapidly becomes a popular piece of test equipment for engineers. Walt Disney Pictures ordered eight of the 200B model to use as sound effects generators for the 1940 movie “Fantasia.”

As early as the 1930s it became obvious passive restraints on drivers and passengers of moving vehicles were needed.

1930s  (click title to entry - thank you)
Several U.S. physicians equip their own cars with lap belts and begin urging manufacturers to provide them in all new cars

Colorado State Medical Society publishes policy supporting installation of lap belts in all automobiles.

Sports Car Club of America requires competing drivers to wear lap belts

American Medical Association House of Delegates votes to support installation of lap belts in all automobiles.

California Vehicle Code is amended to require State approval of seat belts before their sale or use National Safety Council, American College of Surgeons, International Association of Chiefs of Police vote to support installation of lap belts in all automobiles.

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) appoints Motor Vehicle Seat Belt Committee...

...“against unreasonable risks of injuries associated with consumer products.”...

1972 was an interesting year and an interesting and turbulent time in the USA.  Having survived the 1960s, the change instilled in the social fabric was still churning, but, taking root.

Escambia High School proved to be one of the more turbulent arenas when its 'sports symbols' remained racially charged.  They openly displayed the Confederate Flag, their mascot was the "Colonel Rebel" of Ole Miss. and their official school song was "Dixie." 

The school saw both violent and nonviolent demonstrations with lawsuits besides.

The students of the sixties were now entering their professional lives taking their values with them.

Consumer Protection was part of it as well and the Consumer Products Safety Act and Commission were born.  (click title to entry - thank you).

For the first time in American history, the consumer was important to the government and it would oversee the safety of their hard earned purchases.

In 1955 the population of the USA was 165,938,202. Consumerism was rampant and the 'status' of the USA people was booming.

The advent of consumerism in the USA would change the face of 'status' and the Middle Class was born.  It would also expect to be safe, in time, as their new products proved to be a little less than they expected in providing carefee service.
This 1955 Chevy is a classic and cultural icon.

By the 1950s, the telephone was so much a part of the USA culture there were jokes about it.

"What is the fastest mean of communication?"

"Telephone, Television and Tell a Woman."

With that women found they were needed as telephone operators.

The first woman on USA television was Edna Mae Horner.

When AT&T held its pioneering demonstration of television (click title to entry - thank you) on April 7, 1927, Edna Mae Horner, an operator at the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company, helped guests in Washington, D.C., exchange greetings with the audience in New York. Throughout the presentation, viewers in New York could see and hear Edna as she called eager audience members to the transmitting equipment.
In reporting the day’s events, The New York Times noted that Edna was “one good-looking girl with fluffy hair, and as cool and efficient as if she had been at the television-telephone switchboard all her life.”

The First Telephone and Receiver proved to be safe.

In 1876, at the age of 29, Alexander Graham Bell invented his telephone. In 1877, he formed the Bell Telephone Company, and in the same year married Mabel Hubbard and embarked on a yearlong honeymoon in Europe.

Some time later, the telephone was perfected and life in the USA would never be the same.

Telegraphy is the long-distance transmission of written messages without physical transport of letters

In 1837 as the interruption of letters were an issue and the transportation of communication was slow, a new method of transmitting information was developed. 

It was through the development of the Morse Code and the transmission of sound along a wire.

The telegraph was born and it became an invaluable tool during the USA Civil War.  It was before the Civil War the insulatoin for the wire was achieved and it was safer for longer distance transmission without an electrical shock.

As a young nation grew in size the need to communicate was important.

The Pony Express was important because they got mail to the east coast west coast In a shorter amount of time. This was important because sometimes mail would not reach it's destination for months.This had a big impact on politics and communications. Even though the Pony express lasted only a year it changed the way people were informed about the latest events.

From time beginning people have needed to communicate.  It is sometimes the most expensive aspect of any society and business.  Maintaining a forward movement of any purpose for human history has surrounded communication and transportation. 

Writing with pen and ink, be it a quill, was a necessity to any form of civilization.  During the day of The Pony Express, there were inherent dangers to making progress.  They were known and measured dangers and compensated with enough monies to make the 'risk taking' worth it.  The Pony Express would be replaced by stage coach and railroad.  As time went by and cities grew the dangers diminished and today the USA Postal Service is in danger with competition from private carriers.  A different danger, but, a concern just the same.
It's Sunday Night

"Flowers After the Fact" by Terri Clark

Ten days too late you show up

With a sheepish grin and a bouquet in your hand
You make mistakes by the dozen
Don't think you can make it up the same way again

Flowers after the fact
Ain't gonna get me back
You gotta do something sooner and better than that
When you bring red roses
There's an ulterior motive
Don't give me flowers after the fact

No part of your heart's ever in it,
You're just trying to get your foot back in the door
I might feel like you meant it
If those long stems had come in the name of love before

Flowers after the fact
Ain't gonna get me back
You gotta do something sooner and better than that
When you bring red roses
There's an ulterior motive
Don't give me flowers after the fact

When you bring me red roses
There's an ulterior motive
Don't need no flowers after the fact
Now don't give me flowers after the fact

This weapon is as good as declaring war by Iran. This is simply stupid on the Iranians part.

Sun Aug 22, 2010 7:8AM

Iran unveils its first domestically-manufactured long-range Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in a ceremony marking Defense Industry Day in the country.

There is only one purpose for this weapon and we all know what it is.  As soon as it leaves the airspace of Iran it will be shot down and there will be an impetus to war.  Nothing else to say.  Iran is inviting war with this weapon to justify its political rants.  It is a method of taunting The West and Israel into war.  It can't be ignored.  This IS an issue.