Archives for 2014

How ISO 14644 Works: A Look at the Standard Guiding the Sterilization of Medical Equipment

Codified rules are important in the medical industry because of the harm that mistakes can bring about. Scientists have known since the late 1800s that bacteria can cause complications and even death in patients. For sterilization methods, the standard is ISO 14644. This standard lays out the guidelines for clean rooms, the methodology for proper sterilization and the techniques for measuring contamination.… [Read more]

Love Him or Leave Him

I saw a poll among voters who consider President Obama to be the worst president in post-FDR history. They ranked President Reagan as the greatest.  It isn’t hard to dismiss this sort of faux-information as shallow, given the fact that Duck Dynasty and the Bachelorette continue to get high ratings, but I must admit that a wave of dark energy coursed through my veins.… [Read more]

Gambling as a Backup to States’ Budget

It seems in the aftermath of the recent economic crash a lot of states having begun reversing their policies on gambling in order to combat their budget constraints and expand the amount of money they pull in from taxation.

Online gambling and slot machines in lottery halls are common sight across the UK and other European countries, in fact you can visit a website like paypal-casinos.co… [Read more]

Dangerous Thinking Towards the LGBT Community

Former and possibly future presidential candidate Rick Perry touched off a firestorm of criticism last week when he compared homosexuality to alcoholism. Even though it does seem a little click-baity to suggest Perry meant homosexuality is exactly like a debilitating, family destroying disease, what he actually said after he was asked if he believed homosexuality was a disorder or not isn’t much better than what the headlines suggest.… [Read more]

School for Political Scandals

I’ve been reading a lot lately about the scandals under the Obama administration and I’ve been hearing right wing columnists and pundits saying that “things have never been this bad before.”

Really?

Let me see what I can remember, just off the top of my head, from previous administrations.

With George W. Bush we had the Valerie Plame spy scandal, a Medicare scam,  Abu Ghraib prison torture, manufactured evidence and false intelligence to justify the invasion of Iraq, Enron, Ashcroft’s violations of campaign finance laws, Halliburton no-bid contracts and Cheney’s secretive Energy Task Force.… [Read more]

New Jersey Pushing for Undocumented Residents to Get Driver’s Licenses

A bill introduced recently into the New Jersey legislature by Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Union) would allow undocumented residents in the state to obtain a valid driving privilege card similar in form and function to a regular state driver’s license.

Driving Privileges for the Undocumented

The controversial bill, sponsored by three other lawmakers from the New Jersey Assembly and Senate, is targeted specifically at those who cannot show proof of lawful residence in the U.S.… [Read more]

Congress Calls for Lung Cancer Screening Test Expansion Under Medicare

Preventative care is all the buzz these days in the medical field.  

Think about it: every so often, you take your car in for a tune up so as to hopefully prevent serious problems from occurring down the road. Maybe the mechanic will notice something’s slightly loose in your engine and tighten it. Had he or she not done that, a few more miles of wear and tear and your engine might have overheated—with you bearing the brunt of the bill.… [Read more]

The Preamble Scramble

The other day someone said to me, “I’m becoming a Libertarian. I’m tired of big government in my paycheck!” I understood where he was coming from. I wrote a check to Uncle Sam and, ouch! I don’t enjoy taxes, either. I have to admit, though, that I also don’t enjoy paying the cable bill; but it’s something I accept for getting the service.… [Read more]

What Is Shaping Our Cell Phone Design?

Consumer usage of social media and other applications has shaped smartphone development in many ways. A recent report by Nielsen shows that Americans spend about 29 percent of their total smartphone usage on social media and about 18 percent of their time playing games. Phone manufacturers have quickly adapted their designs to accommodate the demands of modern consumers.… [Read more]

Urban vs. Rural Drug Abuse

One of the fundamental questions about human behavior is whether or not our surroundings can influence our development and our habits. Do our personalities and heredity override everything else, or can we be a product of our environment? More specifically, what factors help create the habits of a drug addict? Does a person’s likelihood of encountering drug abuse – or specific drugs – change depending on where they live?[Read more]