Browsing All Posts published on »January, 2014«

Using the Internet to See the Traffic Mess in Atlanta in Real Time

January 31, 2014

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Need to know what to pack, what route to take, or traffic conditions?  The information is probably at your fingertips. Hubby’s Mom lives in Atlanta, which was pummeled by a rare snowstorm Tuesday night.  Over the phone, she told him how traffic was paralyzed everywhere in the city.   Just a few years ago, that phone […]

Joan Larsen Presents: Unbelievable Spycam Videos – Catching the Private Lives of Penguins

January 29, 2014

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By Joan Larsen Hidden cameras – cameras disguised as snowballs, bird eggs, snowpiles, mechanical life size penguins – can be found “hanging out” in an up-close-and-very-personal way in Antarctica’s penguin colonies – their little camera eyes filming the cute, funny, and especially poignant behavior  of the little guys.  The resulting special programs and small videos […]

If Terrorists Attack the Games in Sochi, Don’t Evacuate. Play On.

January 27, 2014

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So they want to scare everyone into stopping the Games?  Don’t let them. Amid concerns about terrorism and security at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, on the coast of the Black Sea in Russia, both the US and Canada have contingency plans in place to evacuate their athletes in the event of an attack […]

Statistics Show US Population is Too Sick, Uneducated and Impoverished

January 24, 2014

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Warning:  this is not a politically correct post. Any  population will always have some individuals who are diseased, incompetent, weak, and generally unfit for reproduction or survival, to put it in Darwinian terms.  A healthy, competent, self-sufficient population will always have some minimal number of these individuals, but the majority of a successful population will […]

Joan Larsen Presents: A New Look Back at Tippi of Africa

January 22, 2014

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By Joan Larsen   Readers have continually remained fascinated, returning to our site to again read the story of a little girl named Tippi, who had the most special bond the world had seen with the animals of Africa. Searching, I have been able to find some additional videos as well as a few photos […]

Let Kids Be Kids: Go Play Outside!

January 20, 2014

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The most important skills that children everywhere must learn in order to live happy, productive, moral lives are skills that cannot be taught in school. Such skills cannot be taught at all. They are learned and practised by children in play. – Peter Gray Okay, raise your hand if you grew up in the 1950s, […]

The Cult of Life at any Ghoulish Cost

January 17, 2014

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Why do we accept, even celebrate, the most ghoulish medical procedures – so long as they have a whiff of a chance of producing an infant, even an unhealthy one? For those who have read Frank Herbert’s Dune novels (original series published 1965-1985), you may recall the mysterious but universally loathed axlotl tanks, a closely […]

Joan Larsen on the Trail of Mexico’s Hidden Secrets: Swimming With Whale Sharks

January 15, 2014

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By Joan Larsen Excitement reigned as our small plane seemed to skim the clear waters of the almost unknown islet off Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula — called Isla Holbox (pronounced Hol-Bosh).  A bit of  paradise, I thought, . . . and when the pilot further whetted our appetites by saying that the blue waters below were […]

Women Beware: Your Living Will May Be Ignored, and Your Family’s Finances Devastated

January 13, 2014

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If you are even one day pregnant and suffer a medical catastrophe that renders you brain-dead, your wishes, even  in a written living will, might not be honored.  Depending on where you live (or are hospitalized), your empty husk could be kept marginally alive, at your family’s great and unwilling expense, until your fetus can […]

Dennis Rodman and North Korea: Playing With Fire

January 10, 2014

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He was naive.  He should never have gone to North Korea in the first place.  But human-rights activists expecting him to free an imprisoned American are expecting far too much. Dennis Rodman first traveled to North Korea under the auspices of Vice Media, which was filming a documentary there and used Rodman and several members […]

Joan Larsen Encore: Bora Bora – A Glimpse of Paradise

January 8, 2014

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By Joan Larsen TRAVEL…  just saying the word is a way of dreaming, looking forward to those times of “getting away” from our everyday world.  We become tantalized by the beauty of the advertising world of today — the unbelievable photos, their ability to make us want to pack our bags immediately with words like “unforgettable”, […]

Before You Buy That All-Terrain Vehicle: Where Can You Ride It?

January 6, 2014

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An explosion in ATV ownership, coupled with a lack of public trails for their use, is a recipe for disappointment.  It is not a license to trespass on private property. When we moved to our current home with its two acres of woods, Hubby mentioned it at work.  “Ooooohhh,” said one of his co-workers, “Can […]

Health-Care System Reform: What Doctors Would Change

January 3, 2014

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Last month, MedPage Today started running a series of interviews in which they ask leading doctors and clinicians ten questions about medical practice, our health-care system, and their experiences and opinions.  Two of those ten provide some exceptional insights into what’s wrong with our health-care system: 1)  What’s the biggest barrier to your practicing medicine […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Abandon Ship! The Sinking of My Ship in Antarctica

January 1, 2014

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by Joan Larsen As we approach midlife, I think most of us have to acknowledge that life itself has given us endless surprises, large and small . . .  surprises we had never dreamed of.  Vacations of any sort usually seem equated with pleasant “escapes”.  And for most, some of their happiest moments have been […]