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Amazon.com reached an agreement with the State of California legislature, so the Silver Buzz Cafe Store is back. :-)


“Green” Blogging


We believe in protecting our environment, so the Silver Buzz Cafe web site is hosted on a server in a "green", energy conserving data center. 100% of the power for the datacenter is bought from suppliers that use renewable energy sources, such as hydroelectric, windmill and solar plants.


The Upside Of Living In A Disciplined Socialist Society

What do you get if you suspend some privileges that we take for granted in the United States? If you’re a Singaporean, a whole lot… [...]

Governor Of Texas Ignores The Constitution And Breaks The Law

The Republican Governor of Texas has ignored International law and defied the precise wording of the Constitution. Even worse, he has put all Americans traveling abroad at risk. [...]

Chip And PIN Money Cards Make Life Easier When Traveling Abroad

Our old magnetic strip credit cards have been overtaken by newer technologies, making it harder to use plastic to pay for things abroad, where the newer Chip and PIN technology is used instead. Here’s a solution to the problem. [...]

Simulators May Help Seniors Keep Driving Longer

Everyone knows that driving skills deteriorate rapidly as we age. Many states have tests designed to take unsafe drivers off of the road, but a new study suggests an alternative approach. [...]

Health Insurers Take It Out On The Kids

Health care insurers have decided to circumvent new provisions of the health care reform bills that involve coverage for children who have pre-existing conditions. [...]

Church Run Hospitals Provide Best Care

A Thomson Reuters study, built on data from the Reuters Top 100 Hospitals report, found that church run hospitals are more likely to provide better care and are run more efficiently than their secular counterparts. [...]

New Super Bug Arrives From Asia

Researchers in the United Kingdom (UK) have identified fifty cases related to a “Super Bug” bacteria that makes an enzyme called NDM-1. Similar infections have been seen in Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and the USA and the researchers say that NDM-1 could become a major global health problem. [...]

Finding The Best Deal On Flights

We decided to take a look at the most popular flight reservation sites to see what they came up with for a simple search for an international flight. The worst offer was 30% more than the cheapest. [...]

iPhone/iPad Apps For Seniors – Part 4 – Weather Tools

In earlier articles in this series we’ve looked at health, travel and news Apps for the iPhone and iPad. Both devices come with a standard, but rather limited Weather tool. It’s adequate, but it only provides minimum and maximum temperatures and an icon for rain, cloud, sunshine etc. for the list of cities that the user selects. There are many other tools that provide better local or wide area information. [...]

Proposed Device Could Reduce Deaths On Rural Roads

There were over 2300 road traffic accidents that resulted in fatalities in the United Kingdom in 2008 and 60% of them occurred on rural roads. The proportion is approximately the same in the United States, where 57% of road fatalities occur in rural areas, even though only 27% of the overall population live there. The first people to arrive at the accident scene will probably not be trained in triage, so a team of clinicians, computing scientists and physiologists from the University of Aberdeen, in Scotland, is developing a device that would provide medical advice and support for injured persons. [...]

Learn How To Be a Better Patient

The Joint Commission is a non-profit organization that was formed in 1910 to “evaluate health care organizations and inspire them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.” They have produced an online quiz that is aimed at improving patients’ knowledge of health safety issues. [...]

iPhone/iPad Apps For Seniors – Part 2 – Traveling

In the first part of this series on iPhone Apps for seniors we looked at tools related to health and fitness. In this article we’ll look at Apps that are useful for planning, booking and enjoying trips. [...]

iPhone Apps For Seniors - Part 1 - Health Related

There are now tens of thousands of application (“Apps”) in the iPhone/iTunes store, many of them free and hardly any costing more than a few Dollars. Most Apps also run on the iPad, which has a much larger screen. In this series of articles we’ll look at ones that seniors will find useful, starting with health related ones. [...]

National Nurses Week and International Year of the Nurse

National Nurses Week is celebrated from May 6-12, ending on the day of Florence Nightingale’s birth. Nightingale was the British woman recognized as the founder of modern nursing. It’s also 100 years since her death, so organizations worldwide have joined together to honor her legacy. They have launched a sustained public awareness campaign to actively involve the world’s nurses, estimated to be more than 15 million, in a “celebration of commitment to promoting health in their communities, locally and worldwide.” In today’s article we look at the life and achievements of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. [...]

Grandkids Really Can Be Fun

We were in Las Vegas last week for a wedding. We drove there (nine hours each way) to help with the logistics. We took two of our grandchildren with us. It’s the first time that we’ve been in the car with them for more than an hour. One is ten and the other is seven. All of us survived. [...]

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