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


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GOP Myths – #9 – Democrats Weaken America

Republicans like conflict. They like to slug it out, John Wayne style. In their playbook there is no need or room for negotiation. The GOP positions itself as the party that defends America better than anyone else and the Democrats as being weak for wanting to get us out of wars that we shouldn’t be in and for trying to negotiate peace with our enemies, or between our allies who are still foes. Their thinking is outdated. [...]

GOP Myths – #8 – The Economy Isn’t Recovering

We all know that the economy tanked in 2007 and 2008, but the North Dakotans seem to be having a really rough time. Until you look at the facts. The Recovery Act isn’t working. Until you look at the facts. The economy isn’t improving. Until you look at the facts. [...]

GOP Myths – #7 – President Obama Is A Socialist

When they can’t think of any other names to call the President, Republicans charge him and his administration of being Socialist. They seem to equate the label with communism and other un-American outrages. However, socialistic health care systems seem to work better than ours? is there any evidence that the President is socialist? [...]

GOP Myths – #6 – Voter Fraud

If you watch Fox News or read any right wing publications you can easily get the impression that voter fraud is rampant and that it threatens our freedom. The reality is that the whole issue is a myth and that the real problem is GOP bullying designed to prevent people from voting against them. [...]

GOP Myths – #5 – Medicare Is Under Threat

The GOP lied consistently about the threats that the new health care reform bills would pose to our health, our economy, physician’s incomes and anything else they could think of to scare people into believing that high quality, affordable health care shouldn’t be allowed at any cost. Now their lies are scaring seniors into believing that Medicare is under threat and that their benefits will be cut! [...]

GOP Myths – #4 – President Obama Isn’t An American

A recent poll of self-identified Republicans revealed that 41% of them believe that the President wasn’t born here. A poll of Tea Party members revealed that 59% either believe that he’s foreign or that they “Don’t Know”. Why don’t they want to understand the facts? [...]

GOP Myths – #3 – Fiscal Responsibility

The Republicans have used their new found commitment to fiscal responsibility to block bill after bill in the past two years. However, does their claim to be the fiscally responsible party hold water? What about their plans for the future? [...]

GOP Myths – #2 – Republicans Are Against Bigger Government

The Republicans, particularly the Tea Party faction, relentlessly make the claim that they are against “Big Government”. Unfortunately for them, the historic record completely destroys their case. What are they really after? [...]

GOP Myths – #1 – Corporations Are Overtaxed

Why do Republicans continue to claim that American corporations are burdened by excessive taxes when the truth is that two thirds of them, including many of the largest, paid ZERO last year and most years? [...]

Further Evidence Emerges Of Racism Within The Tea Party

We wrote recently about the apparent trend that seems to demand that Tea Party and other right wing candidates be intellectually challenged. More worryingly, the NAACP published a special report this week on the various factions of the Tea Party and the mounting evidence of racism, anti-Sematism, white supremacism and nationalism within them. [...]

Gene Makes People More Susceptible To Alcohol

Alcohol dependence costs the United States over $200 billion a year and affects over three million seniors, with men being three times more likely to suffer from it than women. Researchers at the University of North Carolina believe that they have found a version of a gene that makes some people feel the effects of alcohol sooner than others. If they are right it may open the way to a treatment that could help the growing number of alcoholics worldwide. [...]

Hospital Robots Improve Drug Handling

In our series on medical equipment we covered the various kinds of robotic surgery systems out there. We’ve also looked at Japanese research into using humanoid robots for routine but arduous nursing tasks, such as lifting patients. Today we’ll look at the application of industrial robotics to a relatively simple, but extremely important problem, dispensing prescriptions in hospitals. [...]

Safeguarding Your Digital Assets

If you store financial information in programs like Quicken, digital photos and videos, music and correspondence, it would be inconvenient or sad to lose it all. Disk drives don’t last for ever. Today we look at a range of options for keeping your data safe. [...]

Are We Headed Towards A Feudal USA?

Let’s suppose that the big corporations and rich individuals get their way, unhindered by the electoral processes that voters think are in place. Let’s leave aside moral and religious issues and focus on just the financial aspects. How do you feel about being a serf? [...]

FBI Arrests Gangsters Behind The Largest Ever Medicare Fraud Scheme

The newly-created interagency Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT) is focused on strengthening existing fraud prevention and detection systems and the application of modern computing technology to the analysis of Medicare transactions. That activity lead to the arrest on Wednesday of 73 members and associates of an Armenian-American organized crime scheme behind more than $163 million in fraudulent Medicare billing [...]

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