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Florida Facts…

They changed their minds?…keep the original official Florida song…we shall see if both chambers agree or forge ahead to a more “politically correct” as some call it new version…

full text online…

but a few that stumped many…fun facts…

What is the state tree?

a… palm tree

b…sabal tree

c…orange tree

What is the state butterfly?

a…Monarch

b…Zebra Longwing

c…Pale Cracker

What is the state shell?

a…conch shell

b…horse conch

c…queen conch

What is the state soil?

a…shell and coral sand

b…myakka fine sand

c…white beach sand

Answers to all….. B

4/28/08 Opinion…

April 15 is day of dread…Richard Klitzberg …Boca Raton..

a portion…full text online….

Each year at this time, trillions of dollars are paid to governments to do their work. Despite, or perhaps because of, their inefficiencies governments are the fastest growing worker pool in America.

This makes their voice loudest when the subject of constraints is raised. …..

The top 1 percent of earners pays 40 percent of all taxes, and almost half of all Americans pay no taxes.

If our universities functioned this way, our Ph.D programs would be populated by the least intelligent students. If baseball teams were constructed this way, no player would hit over .200. And if Congress were composed of idiots, it would not be able to entertain and enact changes that diminish the tax burdens from its most productive citizens while rewarding its least productive citizens…..

While this opinion may ruffle some feathers…it is worth a look…

as in previous posts…as government grows its pool of workers…with pensions…perks and those who pay continue to shrink from the additional harsher methods that will surely be imposed….something’s gotta give…

An additional agreement with this author…

the truly super wealthy…usually the very same that propose more taxes from the simply well off…the politicos…. Kennedy….Clinton ..Kerry….. or Global elites…Gates…and his group…hide or export their wealth….to friendlier parts of the world and a series of “trusts” and “foundations”….

4/29/08

One Sweet Deal…

Warren Buffet… #2 to Bill Gates…or did they switch spots again this year?…. Bill Gates’ surrogate father…Bill Gates’ partner in retaining the inheritance tax….Bill Gates …is designated to take the reins from Warren …if he ever step down…at Berkshire Hathaway… so Bill will retain his #1 status of world’s wealthiest man…

Warren Buffet…knows about the recession…the inflation…and what people need……

He owns Dairy Queen….and now he will own Wrigley … so he will give the people what they need…..comfort foods…in times of discomfort…

so much sugar…might ease their pain…when Warren and Bill get the inheritance tax back into play…….it’s on their list…

Sun-Sentinel led state in Web site pages views…

40 million online views in March…

losses of their hard print were offset by the web…

see ….the wave of the future….

now if they can just do well enough to cut ties with their seedier web site…Topix…that would be worth cheering for…

www.miamiherald.com

4/28/08…

Faithful readers know…BCbythesea loves the info on what people have accomplished in their lives…

an unfortunate placement by the Herald of this incredible recipient …being honored for a lifetime of creating new medical devices…Bill Murphy…

Father of Invention… full text online…

Cordis Founder Bill Murphy 84… he started a company in 1957 called Medical Development Corp…2 years later became Cordis and is now subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson…

His Mother was descendant of President John Adams…the first licensed dentist in Mass….Father was a physician …graduated from Harvard…shared Nobel prize in 1934 for cure for pernicious anemia…Bill Murphy graduated from Harvard…went to Illinois….had a chance meeting with the president of MIT …who got him admitted to the school…spent 2 years auditing mechanical engineering courses…went to work at Brigham Hospital…was a research fellow and nephrologist…he was invited to be the engineer on the first artificial kidney in U.S…..

The first such machine was made in Holland.. size of a crib….in Boston the doctors changed it to stainless steel…Murphy saw…and made changes to it…by updating the couplings and the pump….

His company oversaw the development of a dialyzer…. the size of a pneumatic tube…called the hollow fiber artificial kidney…

In 1949 …it took a week for an x-ray…by 1951 Murphy and a partner came up with a projector and a 1,500 watt bulb …making the image available as soon as the film was developed…it was patented and called Roentgenogram projector…

he worked with another colleague on the sealed blood bag…the colleague is credited with developing the first blood bank….

While serving in the Korean War…he took blood to the front…and made the necessary changes from glass to plastic…and figured out how to transfuse it into the patients in the Mash units…

1955…he came to Miami to type and test blood…with a new partner …his company made a disposable medical tray…

His company made the first pacemaker that changes the hearts pace as activity requires….

He will take his place at The national Inventors Hall of Fame…Akron, Ohio…with 371 other incredible people…

list of others inducted online…

4/29/08

Mayor: Trade trip’s a bargain…Broward County mayor…also a ceremonial post as LBTS Mayor is…wants us to pay for her and other commissioners to be “ambassadors” …as they go to Europe…

Time to get real…and put on the breaks…for all levels of government…

do not tell us taxpayers what we will go without…and then ask for yet another perk…

FAU Ocean project getting $8.75 million…

state lawmakers earmarked the money fro ocean energy research project includes Boca campus in a consortium to find alternative energy sources in Florida…Originally wanted $10 million…it will further the centers main projects which includes placing a turbine in the Gulf Stream to create energy…using deep ocean water as an air conditioner for coastal areas and generating energy from extreme temp. differences that naturally occur in the ocean….

Insurance

Health premiums outpace incomes…

Timely as BCbythesea…and hubby deal with our new insurance premiums for the year…but the article in the business section states 29% increase over 5 years…those who had that kind of change……are lucky…

for most it is much higher… including our small business…

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