D.I.M.; the acronym

6/9/2017: D.I.M., the acronym stands for Domination, Intimidation, and Manipulation.  When any one of these is recognized you must be alert as the origin is evil.  If all three exist in a situation or relationship; RUN.

Where did all the golfers go?

June 3, 2017:

They went bicycling, kayaking, and hiking.  Allow me to explain with these photographs.

This is Bruce Blinkhorn who rebuilds sailboats and builds light weight trailer for bikes and kayaks.  His sailboat is in the distance as he stands by his golf substitutes.

bblinkhorn@gmail.com

I engaged him in conversation today at the port city of Frankfort, Michigan.  The conversation lead me to these photographs and this BLOG entry.

Society has changed and left golf behind.  Golf is expensive and time consuming.  In golf one has the purchase of the clubs and it does not stop there.  One has to buy balls and green fees to enjoy your new clubs.  You have to schedule a tee time.

By way of contrast the capital outlay for bicycle or kayak could be as much as golf clubs, but you expenses end there.  You can go when you want, where you want and stop when you want.

The enjoyment time is a far less commitment than golf.

Years ago at an orthopedic surgeon’s meetings, the scientific program had to end at 12 noon so all the members could go golfing.  Today one third bicycle, one third hike and maybe one third will play golf.

I am on my way for 9 holes to keep the game alive.

Christian’s Reason for Optimism

June 2, 2017: Here are a few reasons why Christians should enjoy optimism which may require reviewing the reference in the written document.

  1. God of the Universe loves us. John 3:16
  2. Sins are not remembered against us: Hebrews 8:12.
  3. Jesus is constantly interceding on our behalf: Hebrews 7:35.
  4. What ever happens can be for our benefit:  Romans 8:28.
  5. We shall enjoy prosperity in what ever we put our hand to: Deuteronomy 28:8.
  6. Not to worry about something coming against us. Isaiah 54:17.

Note: Some are conditional.

Stopping Fake News

May 31, 2017:

I bind every lying demon spirit that is coming against the righteous and or those in high places in public office, In Jesus name.

According to Your Word cause those propagating such lies to fall into the hole they have dug for another and or have the boulder they intended to roll onto another roll back on them.  Proverbs 26:27.  And make it pubic what happened to the perpetrator.

Ever Escalating Debt

5/17/2017: As it is today, and as it was yesterday and will be again tomorrow; the national, corporate and personal debt in America will rise.  The ever escalating debt defies the law of physics.  How does this work and how does it keep going?  The answer is inflation and/or devaluation of the US dollar.  The other choices are not generally acceptable; higher taxes and bankruptcy.

Or borrow on a credit card with the following interest rates and see if you can make credit card debt work.

Card Type Low High
Airline 14.62% 21.99%
Hotel 15.24% 21.99%
Business Credit Cards 13.12% 19.87%
Cash Back Credit Cards 13.24% 22.99%

Handling Disapointment Proactively

4/30/2017:

Disappointment handled the Biblical way without presumption.  The following proactive approach is outlined in James 4:13-15.

“Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit. Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.  Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.”

High Cost of Drugs; Why?

4/27/17: Drugs are expensive for one main reason; cost of FDA regulations.  New drug submissions require a Phase I to show they are safe.  Then a Phase II of 500-1000 cases to show it works.  If still positive then a Phase III of 2000 to 10000 cases are required with at least a 2 year follow-up.

Here are the facts.  Only 15% of drugs are approved.   85% fail, but unfortunately they fail in Phase III when the millions are spent.  So the drug companies must cover the cost of the 85% that fail in the charge for the 15% that pass.

Cases in point: I have a patented means to reduce surgical infections by coating a total joint implant at time of surgery so that any bacteria or biofilm colony would be destroyed upon contact.   No total joint company is interested in that the cost of the FDA study would be 50 to 150 million dollars to attempt to gain approval.  There would be a humanitarian and societal benefit, but the companies are in business to make money.

It was announced today that back in 2014, Roche spent $725 million upfront on Seragon Pharmaceuticals, but three years down the line, it has now canned work on its leading drug, ARN-810.