What’s New?

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… [...]

The Great Debt Ceiling Non-Debate

The Republicans are lying about the potential consequences of not raising the debt ceiling. They’ve created a confrontation that should never have been allowed to get started. [...]

A Sad Day For Norway And Humanity

I’ve travelled all over the world, but when people ask me to list my favorite cities I always put Oslo, Norway at the top… [...]

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. [...]

The Day The Internet Went Down

Egyptians woke to a strange world this morning. Their government had turned off Internet access and cellphone services overnight. [...]

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. [...]

Waterborne Infections Cost the United States Over Half a Billion Dollars Annually

A study conducted in 13 US states in 2008 forced the closure of one in eight public pools for public health and safety code violations. Approximately 13,500 of the 112,000 pools inspected were found to be in serious violation of health and safety codes and were immediately closed down. Last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC) released a report that estimates the cost of waterborne infections to the United States health care system at around $539 million a year. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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