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An Honest Man: Sec. Shinseki (Gen.-Ret.) Versus the GOP



Sec. Shinseki appears to be quite an honest man who deserves support. On the other hand, the GOP continually refuses to "support the troops" whom they so love to thank:


U.S. Senate Republicans block veterans' health bill on budget worry
By Richard Cowan
WASHINGTON Thu Feb 27, 2014 3:50pm EST


(Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans blocked legislation on Thursday that would have expanded federal healthcare and education programs for veterans, saying the $24 billion bill would bust the budget.

Even though the legislation cleared a procedural vote on Tuesday by a 99-0 vote, the measure quickly got bogged down in partisan fighting.

Supporters said the measure would have brought the most significant changes in decades to U.S. veterans' programs. For example, it called for 27 new medical facilities to help a healthcare system that is strained by veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

With Democrats pressing for passage this week, Senate Republicans, backed by their leader, Mitch McConnell, attempted to attach controversial legislation calling for possible new sanctions on Iran that President Barack Obama opposes.

...

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/27/us-usa-veterans-congress-idUSBREA1Q26O20140227


Were these funding levels sufficient?


Veterans Affairs: Historical Budget Authority, FY1940-FY2012
Veterans Affairs: Historical Budget Authority, FY1940-FY2012
Congressional Research Service

Table 1. Historical Budget Authority for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in
Current and Constant (FY2011) Dollars, FY1940-FY2012 (dollars in millions)

...

2000 44,818.9 58,531.5
2001 48,665.2 61,449.3
2002 53,495.0 66,372.7
2003 59,673.1 72,445.7
2004 63,824.8 75,827.4
2005 69,436.4 80,084.3
2006 73,736.8 81,924.4
2007 82,013.8 88,823.3
2008 90,525.5 94,538.6
2009 99,447.3 102,425.9
2010 112,694.6 114,957.6
2011 124,383.5 124,383.5
2012 125,304.3 125,304.3

...

https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RS22897.pdf


Speaker Boehner and Senator Mcconnell - simply saying thank you without supporting proper funding is false gratitude - no matter how floridly, frequently or profusely you intone the words 'thank you':


Speaker Boehner's Veterans Day Message from Nov. 12, 2012:


Senator Mcconnell's Veterans Day Message from Nov. 11, 2013:


Bush et al and the GOP wanted the war in Iraq - now the GOP needs to agree to pay for the consequences of its warmongering.

It is time for the GOP to consent to proper funding for the support of US veterans instead of playing political games with that funding. It is time for the GOP to stop treating veterans like throw-away rag dolls who may be summarily thanked and then discarded at the end of their service.

Sen. McConnell and Speaker Boehner, either you truly support the troops or you do not. Which is it?

Drinking Harmonized H20 as a Sunscreen...How far does one need to read to find complete idiocy?

It only takes one sentence on their about page to reveal idiocy that is contrary to any reasonable empirical understanding of modern physics (please do continue down the rabbit hole though):


About Harmonized Water

There is growing recognition in the scientific community that the body is better described as a hologram than "matter". These revelations have empowered energy medicine advocates and give credence to existing energetic strategies like acupuncture, frequency medicine, and other researched medicinal practices. Harmonized Water works because it shares Hundreds of Thousands of beneficial vibrational messages (frequencies) with the body that restore a harmonious environment.

...

http://www.harmonizedwater.com/About.aspx


So, the human body is not really best thought of as matter, but instead as a hologram? Clearly, they mistook "Red Dwarf" for a series of scientific lectures.

Is this company potentially dangerous? Will ignorant and gullible people believe their marketing and use their "product" in lieu of sunscreen?


UV Neutralizer Assists with Sun Exposure

Achieve UV protection before the sun even hits you with our innovative new technology that isolates the precise frequencies needed to neutralize UVA and UVB.

...

Results

  • Neutralizes UV radiation
  • Allows for increased sun exposure (30x more than normal)
  • Enhances tanning effect from the sun


Directions

Take 2ml every 4 hours while in the sun (preferably with 2+ oz of water). Wait 1 hour before exposure to the sun. Monitor sun exposure carefully. Take second dose if still in sun 3 hours after first dose. For extended intense exercise outdoors, use alternate protection after 30-40 minutes.

...

http://www.harmonizedwater.com/UVProtection.aspx


So, what does "Neutralizes UV radiation" mean? Beyond that, what does "Allows for increased sun exposure (30x more than normal)" mean exactly? Does the latter mean that if one uses this product, one will be subjected to greater (unprotected) exposure than if one actually were protected by a sunscreen? Is their latter statement a veiled, cynical admission that their product has no effect at all?

On the Harmonized Water facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/HarmonizedWater), they link to an article that helps them hawk their product:


Drinking Up for Sun Safety
Posted: May 2, 2014

As the multifunctional trend continues to grow and branch out, innovative companies and brands are looking for new ways to bring multiple benefits to consumers through just one product. As Mintel’s senior beauty analyst Charlotte Libby discusses in her blog post “Inside Out Beauty: The launch of a UV protection water supplement,” this has brought the trend of nutricosmetics back around.

Libby writes in her post, “With the promise of summer just around the corner, many will be stocking up on bottled water and sunscreen to safely enjoy the hot weather. Looking to combine these two summer essentials is a new sun protection product, Osmosis Harmonized H20. Developed in the United States, it has a defense comparable to an SPF 30 and is one of the first drinkable waters with sunscreen properties.”

More and more, beauty is working to align itself with healthy living, and this type of product targets that marketing aspect perfect—and it’s likely going to take off even further. “This trend for inside-out beauty is now moving into other areas of beauty and personal care, such as sun protection. While supplement innovation has existed in the sun care market before, with products such as Nurture Protect Skin Nourishment Supplements claiming to protect the skin from UV damage as well as improving general skin health, the new Osmosis Harmonized H20 is one of the first drinkable waters with sunscreen properties. The company claims that after drinking, molecules vibrate on the skin in a unique way which cancels 97% of UVA and UVB rays, giving a comparable SPF protection rating of 30,” Libby writes.

...

http://www.skininc.com/treatments/suncare/Drinking-Up-for-Sun-Safety-257690001.html


This - in turn - links to another "article" on their product:


Inside Out Beauty: The launch of a UV protection water supplement
Author: Charlotte Libby. Published on May 2nd, 2014

With the promise of summer just around the corner, many will be stocking up on bottled water and sunscreen to safely enjoy the hot weather. Looking to combine these two summer essentials is a new sun protection product, Osmosis Harmonized H20. Developed in the US, it has a defense comparable to an SPF 30 and is one of the first drinkable waters with sunscreen properties.

BPC markets move toward an ’inside out’ approach

In the UK, we have seen product launches in the beauty and personal care markets move toward a more ‘inside out’ approach.

This trend for inside-out beauty is now moving into other areas of beauty and personal care, such as sun protection. While supplement innovation has existed in the suncare market before, with products such as Nurture Protect Skin Nourishment Supplements claiming to protect the skin from UV damage as well as improving general skin health, the new Osmosis Harmonized H20 is one of the first drinkable waters with sunscreen properties. The company claims that after drinking, molecules vibrate on the skin in a unique way which cancels 97% of UVA and UVB rays, giving a comparable SPF protection rating of 30.

...

http://www.mintel.com/blog/beauty-market-news/inside-out-beauty-the-launch-of-a-uv-protection-water-supplement


If one wants to contact, Harmonized Water, one has a contact address from their webpage:


Harmonized Water

Address:
30746 Bryant Ave
Ste 410
EVERGREEN, CO 80439
UNITED STATES

E-mail:
info@harmonizedwater.com

Telephone:
877-819-2837

http://www.harmonizedwater.com/ContactUs.aspx


One may also look to their facebook page for an address:


Harmonized Water

Address:
30746 Bryant St. Unit 410
Evergreen, Colorado 80439

Phone:
(877) 819-2837

Email:
info@harmonizedwater.com

https://www.facebook.com/HarmonizedWater/info


But - wait - on the Harmonized Water facebook page, they do have one who 'likes' them, an organization named - Osmosis Pür Medical Skincare. This company likes Harmonized Water. How does one contact Osmosis Pür Medical Skincare?

From the Osmosis Pür Medical Skincare facebook page, one obtains:


Osmosis Pür Medical Skincare

Location: 30746 Bryant Dr. Unit 410, Evergreen, Colorado 80439

Phone: (877) 777-2305

Email: info@osmosisskincare.com

https://www.facebook.com/osmosisskincare/info


From the Osmosis Pür Medical Skincare webpage, one obtains:


Osmosis Pür Medical Skincare

Address:

30746 Bryant Dr. Unit 410
EVERGREEN, CO 80439
UNITED STATES

E-mail: info@osmosisskincare.com

Telephone: 1-877-777-2305 / 303-674-7660


Are these organizations closely related? Let's see if Osmosis Pür Medical Skincare's YouTube videos shed any light on this question:

Osmosis Pür Medical Skincare offers this 'helpful' video on YouTube which eventually offers a link back to harmonizedwater.com:




Further, Osmosis Pür Medical Skincare also offers another truly helpful video that truly illustrates the quality of their understanding of water molecules:




To cut to the chase as it were, here is the frame whereby they put their advanced knowledge on display.

Behold the "water molecule" as it is subjected to "imprinting" with radio frequency energy:




Spectacular in its glory, is it not? Good old HO2!

With that molecular beauty occupying center stage, let's shift over to some uncritical news coverage:




One wonders if news anchors ever actually check out the qualifications of their guests.



Circumzenithal Arc Photographed in UK

A nice photograph of a circumzenithal arc accompanies this story. Unfortunately, the explanation of the phenomenon is given as "sunlight bouncing off ice crystals...."

'Rare' upside down rainbow spotted in Wiltshire
19 May 2014 Last updated at 07:04 ET

A "rare" upside down rainbow has been spotted in the sky over Wiltshire.
The circumzenithal arc, or Bravais' arc, was photographed at Bowood Golf Club near Calne early on Saturday.

Created by sunlight bouncing off ice crystals high in the atmosphere, it is hard to spot inverted rainbows as they appear so high in the sky.

A Met Office spokesman said: "They are seen relatively rarely in the UK but the more defined they are, the rarer they are."

The phenomenon or "smile in the sky" only occurs when thin wispy cirrus clouds - made of ice crystals - are at a specific angle to the sun, according to the Met Office.

...

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-27466519


A better explanation would have explicitly mentioned or illustrated the refraction of light and not implied reflection. Here is a site that provides a such an explanation of this phenomenon along with several others:

Circumzenithal Arc

The CZA is produced by oriented plate crystals, the same crystals that form sundogs.

Downcoming sunrays enter the uppermost horizontal face and leave through a vertical side face.

The refraction of rays nearly parallel rays through faces inclined at 90° produces very pure and well separated prismatic colours. The colours of the circumzenithal arc are purer than those of the rainbow.

...

http://www.atoptics.co.uk/halo/czaform.htm


This site is a nice one, but the description of the colors that are produced as "purer" and "well separated" is straying far into the subjective unless there is some quantitative measure of color purity and separation of which I am unaware.

"Landlocked" in the Camps by Flooding: Teabaggers unable to Attend Operation American Spring

At 0:55 in the video, one discovers one of the purported reasons for so few attendees to Operation American Spring:



No, she doesn't mean the FEMA camps: those are undoubtedly for after Operation American Spring - after the "true" patriots and "real" Americans have made themselves known...

Here is an updated definition of landlocked, one that takes into account the teabag vernacular:

landlocked (ˈlændˌlɒkt)

— adj
0. (of a teabagger) completely surrounded by water
1. (of a country) completely surrounded by land
2. (esp of lakes) completely or almost completely surrounded by land
3. (esp of certain salmon) living in fresh water that is permanently isolated from the sea

From:
"landlocked." Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition. HarperCollins Publishers. 16 May. 2014. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/landlocked>.


It is interesting to note how words seem to take on opposite meanings when used by teabaggers. If one were ambitious, one could compile examples of this and author "Definition Zero: The Teabag Vernacular".

However, in the meantime: "Where you at!? WHERE ARE YOU AT!1!1??!?..."
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