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I was trying to talk my 9 month old Brittany mix into
dropping a half rotten green apple when he dropped it and jumped up and bit me
in the wrist. I’m not unaware that trying to take something out of a dog’s
mouth is risky, but he evidently didn't like my intent and responded as dogs
are accustomed to doing even before I actually made my move. What happened to me is not unusual, as the US
Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are 4.5 million dog
bites annually from a population of 75 million dogs, with approximately
880,000 visits to the emergency room for this reason. 15-20 people die of dog
bites in any given year. So could this have been avoided?
One way to avoid this problem is to teach your dog submissive
behaviors like rolling over on its back for a belly rub and not growling when
you take away food—oops, I didn't get that far. I did however, have him
neutered which is supposed to reduce a male dog’s aggressive behavior. That is
definitely overrated. Part of the problem may be tethering. I thought I was
doing him a favor by leaving him outside where he could smell the air and bark
at cats, squirrels and passing dogs, and in truth he was much better behaved
than when left free to roam in the kitchen. Now our kitchen is a safe area for
him, at least now that we eliminated the wires to the alarm that he constantly
tore up, and learned to ignore the wall paper hanging in softly flapping
strips. Being nibbled to death and otherwise annoyed while eating was also
disconcerting, and tying him for brief periods outside seemed like a winning
idea, especially as he immediately quieted down unless he heard a dog bark or
was otherwise interrupted.
Belatedly I discovered that the Humane Society considers
this inhumane when done for extended periods, and when it’s reflexive of a lack
of care and attention on the part of an owner.
This is decidedly not the case with me or my family, but it may account
for some of his hysterical behavior when children are around. Not being able to
flee when feeling threatened can cause aggressive behavior in dogs and other
animals, and exposes them to possible attack by local critters (raccoons,
opossums, other dogs) as well). So tethering will have to go.
Fortunately, I know the medical history of this particular
dog, and need not fear rabies or the like, and having had a tetanus shot
recently eliminated any fears on that score. So I’ll watch the wound for any
signs of infection and treat
it quickly if I discern any redness or signs of infection. Also, I’m going
to talk to my family about creating an outdoor space where he can have a little
more space to roam un-tethered, and maybe figure out a way to get food out of
his mouth without getting a mouthful of teeth in return.
How will energy become less expensive in the future? Thanks
to miniaturization, consumer-electronic devices are becoming more and more
affordable each day. With that also comes a new class of devices that will
ultimately make household energy bills virtually non-existent. Most people
don't realize that radio waves are actually a form of light. In fact, visible
light is only about 7% of the light all around us. The remaining forms of light
may surprise you. In order of wave lengths these are:
Types of Electromagnetic Waves
Infrared rays denote the heat given off by an object. The
military uses infrared to spot targets at night. Ultraviolet or UV rays are a
form of radiation that is responsible for suntans and sunburns. Gamma rays
are produced by violent natural events such as supernovas (explosions of large
stars). They can also be produced here on Earth to see deeper in the body than
x-rays can reveal.
What does this mean to us? Light is a form of energy. Since
radio waves of various frequencies (including broadcasting & WiFi) as well
as other forms of light (infrared, ultraviolet, microwaves, etc.) are abundant,
in theory we should be able to tap these forms of energy to power homes of the future. Although the typical solar panel only works on visible light,
prototypes for using non-visible light in addition to visible light are already in the
working. In the future, we'll likely see more of this and smaller, less
discreet panels that can capture a multitude of light sources giving nearly
unlimited free power. Whoever can produce an inexpensive power cell that takes
up no more room than an average sized furnace and does not require an unsightly
array of panels will likely be at the forefront of tomorrow's energy needs.
A fascinating article by Michael Posner in Reform Judaism
Magazine suggests the unthinkable. It appears that many, if not all, of the
questions about the authorship of the plays by one William Shakespeare can be
answered by pointing to one Amelia Bassano Lanier, born in 1569 and who died in
1645. She was the daughter of a converso, Baptista Bassano, who outwardly
converted to Christianity but inwardly remained a Jew. In fact, there is a
documented instance of a bris [ritual circumcision] being performed by a
Portuguese servant in her home. At the age of 7 she was given to a countess to
be educated, at 13 she was a mistress to the man in charge of English theatre
who was also the Queen’s master falconer (50 references to hawking in the
Shakespeare’s works), her closest relatives were professional court musicians,
one of whom was the most popular composer of music for Shakespeare’s plays, and
she was, in her own right, the first
woman to publish a 3000 line book of original poetry called Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum
(Hail God, King of the Jews) in 1611. She spent time in Italy with her cousins
after she was forced to leave the royal court after she got pregnant, which
could account for the fact that half of the non-historical canon is set in
Italy. Her Jewish roots are seen in the Merchant of Venice, which can be
interpreted as a cry for equality in a bitterly anti-Semitic Elizabethan
England, and also show up in the use of Jewish sources like the Talmud and the
presence of spoken Hebrew, as in the character Parolles in “All’s Well That
Ends Well” who says “Boskos v’vado [B’oz k’oz v’vado—in bravery, like boldness,
in his surety] I understand thee and can speak thy tongue. She was also
identified as the Dark Lady of the sonnets by other scholars, her decline in
fortune as her life ebbed reflected in the poetry there (“in sorrows cell”). There are many other clues as to her
authorship of the many works of Shakespeare, but what drives the search for the
real William Shakespeare?
people have always doubted the fact that William Shakespeare had the necessary
knowledge, talent and experience to write the plays for which he is given
credit. The first one to doubt him was the Reverend James Wilmott in 1785, who
refrained from publishing his doubts for fear of offending people. After his
death, James Corton Cowell heard of this theory at a dinner party and later
gave a lecture on the subject at his local philosophical society. From there it
took off. Today, the Shakespearean Authorship Trust encourages and supports
alternative suggestions to the bard, basing its position on the discrepancy
between what is known about Shakespeare himself and the high quality of his
work. For someone, for example, who created proto feminist characters in
abundance, neither daughter could sign
her name—one even signed a deed with a crude mark. There is no evidence of
travels beyond Stratford and London, no obvious way he could have learned about
falconry, and little to indicate any sympathy or understanding of Judaism or
the Jews. Not one poem, paper, or play
has ever been found in Shakespeare’s own hand, no evidence of musical talent or
knowledge has been unearthed, and indeed, there is not even one shred of
evidence of a formal education that might have set the table for the multiple
references to astronomy, the classics, law and philosophy. The man’s life is a mystery, and far more is
known about Ameila Bassano Lanier’s life, along with that of Francis Bacon,
Christopher Marlowe, Edward de Vere (the Earl of Oxford) and a host of others
that some scholars suggest may deserve the real credit for Shakespeare’s work. The fact that it was common for
patrons to conceal their identity or to hire actors to serve as front men, and
the fact that Amelia had very good reasons to hide her identity, also provides
fodder for this line of argument.
Bassano died broke and penniless and was buried in an unmarked grave. Were it
not for the efforts of feminist scholars in the 1970’s researching historic
women writers, she might have been forgotten entirely. That would have been a
tragedy only the bard, whoever she was, could properly have embraced in all its
pathos and futility.
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What careers will be hot in the future? Registered nurses often tops the list. High-tech is also expected to grow with many businesses unable to even operate without some form of technical management. According to businessinsider.com, the median average income for programmers in 2012 was $90,060 and will continue to be one of the most in demand professions. Accounting skills also remains highly sought after as well as management and computer systems analysts. Medical specialists, particularly physicians and surgeons are also expected to be highly in demand.
Lawyers as one would expect, will continue to enjoy the perks of higher paid jobs. Marketing specialists will also remain greatly needed. Although no forecast can possibly account for every possible scenario, these projections appear with great consistency across multiple forecasts. While jobs are returning, some professions are expected to also decline. Over-mechanization and outsourcing labor over-seas has produced a fundamental shift in the way businesses now operate to compete. Even in an improving economy, these factors will remain key challenges for companies to compete on the global stage.
Although the economy still has bumpy roads ahead, it's nice to see some good news for a change. According to the npr.com blog:
"The U.S. hit a milestone Friday, as the government's monthly jobs report showed that in May, the country finally surpassed the number of jobs it had before the recession started."
Despite continued progress, certain sectors of the economy could use improvement. Housing pricing are increasing steadily and jobs may be returning, but consumer confidence is a little shaky. The pessimist in me could say a lot but my more optimistic side nonetheless sees the bowl half full!