Tuesday, July 18, 2017


I guess if I were stuck at home and running out of supplies I could try this  https://brandless.com/
Reminiscent of Aldi, but you have to dig for size/weight if you really want to compare.  New way shopping.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Universal access to health services

British National Health Service (NHS)
Universal access to health services is a founding principle of the NHS.
The NHS has been judged the best, safest and most affordable healthcare system out of 11 countries analyzed and ranked by experts from the influential Commonwealth Fund health thinktank.
It is the second time in a row that the study, which is undertaken every three years, has found the UK to have the highest-rated health system.
The NHS has held on to the top spot despite the longest budget squeeze in its 69-year history, serious understaffing and the disruption caused by a radical restructuring of the service in England in 2013.
Its ranking is even more notable because the thinktank found the UK to put the fourth smallest amount of GDP into healthcare among the 11 countries. While the US spends 16.6% of its national income on health, the UK comes near the bottom, investing just 9.9%. Only New Zealand (9.4%), Norway (9.3%) and Australia (9%) put in less.

etc. Read it all - https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jul/14/nhs-holds-on-to-top-spot-in-healthcare-survey

UK first,  USA 11th

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Best Gifts

Every week my family sends me a new picture of fresh cut flowers from their Mass. garden.  FTD is out of business.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

New vocabulary

"Trumping" as in " When the TV is trumping you have to turn it off"  ie. excessive coverage and discussion of Trump family red herrings, distractions, fake news, alternate facts, blunders, etc.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Hearing Aids - 2 sides

Costly hearing aids nearly matched by inexpensive devices

Those with hearing loss don’t have to pay thousands of dollars to get effective relief, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Personal sound amplifiers purchased over the counter can perform nearly as well in improving speech understanding as hearing aids costing five times as much, the study found. It can be read at j.mp/heaids.
Hearing aids can only be purchased in the United States from a licensed professional. They cost an average of $4,700 for two devices, which are not covered by Medicare, the study stated.
Personal sound amplifiers cannot legally be sold to help the hearing-impaired, but are sometimes used for that purpose. The expense of professional hearing aids places them out of reach of many people.
Hearing specialists have said some of these sound amplification devices are being sold inappropriately as a hearing corrective.
The study suggests an alternative, which is to set up a new regulatory category for over-the-counter hearing devices that meet specifications.
Researchers led by Nicholas S. Reed of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine compared one hearing aid, which costs $1,910, to five personal sound amplifiers, costing from $350 to $30.
The devices were tested by 42 adults with mild to moderate hearing loss. The subjects had an average age of 72, and two-thirds were women.
All testing was performed in a sound booth by an audiologist, the study said. The testers were presented with a “moderately difficult listening environment,” with sentences delivered by a speaker directly in front of the subjects, while speech babble was projected directly behind the subjects.
“The mean unaided accuracy was 76.5 percent,” the study stated. “The hearing aid improved speech understanding accuracy to 88.4 percent for an absolute improvement difference of 11.9 percentage points.”
Three of the personal sound amplifiers improved speech understanding to within 5 percentage points of the hearing aid. One device produced little improvement, and the fifth actually decreased speech understanding.
Limitations of the study include the modest number of participants, and testing with a small sample of hearing technologies, it stated.  

Friday, June 30, 2017

15 second Mold Stain & Mildew Stain Remover

RMR-86 Instant Mold Stain & Mildew Stain Remover

Buy here  https://www.amazon.com/RMR-86-Instant-Stain-Mildew-Remover/dp/B01MFGKWNM/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1498691302&sr=8-1&keywords=rmr+86&linkCode=sl1&tag=whatagreatidea-20&linkId=9157f1bde3eda86aa7152f4ce6225ee2

Friday, June 23, 2017

We the People

Not now - it is 'we the 13 corrupt male politicians' who draft a tax cut bill for the top 1% while pretending it helps health.

Sanders - We are seeing the results of how oligarchy functions right now in Congress, where the Republican leadership wants to throw 23 million people off of health insurance, cut Medicaid by over $800 billion, defund Planned Parenthood, cut food stamps and other nutrition programs by over $200 billion, cut Head Start and after-school programs, make drastic cuts in Pell grants and other programs that help make college more affordable. And, unbelievably, at exactly the same time, they want to provide the top 1 percent with $3 trillion in tax cuts. The very rich get much richer, and they get huge tax cuts. The middle class shrinks, and the poor struggle, and they will find it harder to get health care, housing, nutrition, education or clean water.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Be my guset

Photo taken by R.Slattery. It shows a recently repainted bumper in one of the guest parking spots of a neighboring CV association, which I will let remain anonymous.