George Rucker's Outstanding Newsletter for June 19, 2018

GeorgeJun 19 (7 days ago)to me

Hola a todos, (hello to everyone)                                                   19 June 2018

I have a bird observation to disclose.  At my house I have four bird feeders, plus one humming bird feeder and one bird bath which is heated to 36 degrees during the winter.  Many of the birds, I feel, know me.  The squirrels think all of my feeders are squirrel feeders.  I have given up trying to stop them from feeding.  One particular squirrel, probably the one I freed while trapped inside one of the feeders seems not to mind me.  Chipmunks will run across my feet when drinking coffee on the deck and I do not know what their story is.  Chipmunks can climb the metal poles holding the birdseed as well as squirrels.  I have always liked their color or markings and would really like to have a wallet made of chipmunk fur.  There are also two rabbits that I think eat bird seeds that fall to the ground.

Here is my observation, the smaller the bird the less fear.  I have had chickadees buzz by my ear when filling the feeders.  So close I can feel their wings brush my ear.  They will start eating from the full feeder while I am filling others.  I have had a humming bird so close I could hear the hum of the wings.  Now for the other side of the coin, large birds, say turkeys and crows do not like me being around.  I do not have a lot of turkeys, thank God, but the ones I do tend to be males in packs of two or three and weigh about 15 to 20 pounds.  They just walk away and can drink from the bird bath from the ground.  When erect and looking around they just miss their heads on the bottom of the feeders.  Now for the crows, they all scurry at my sight, except for one.  He or she will let me get to 10 feet away before flying away.  That crow is also the one that seems to let me know I should put out more food by talking to me when it is hungry.   During my life I have noticed that crows seem to have their own vocabulary and seem to use some rudimentary tools.  

Predators stop here perhaps twice a year and just eat what I have put out for the crows, or a squirrel or two it can catch one.


It is rare that I have anything bad to say about Trump, but this is, I think, my first one.

“Carrier” made air conditioners and other equipment at a plant in Indianapolis for 60 years. When they announced it was moving to Mexico, the president stepped in and made it an election issue. A year later, this is what remains of the work force. 

When a large company decides it just can’t go on another day manufacturing its goods in the U.S. of A., things get messy. The company comes up with a plan, and they announce it with euphemistic corporate-speak (“separations,” not “layoffs”), and they try to execute it with no fanfare. It happens all the time. Only this one got caught in the political crosshairs of a presidential election, in part because you had an incoming president who wanted to make “Made in the U.S.A.” one of his stumpable causes, and his vice president happened to be the outgoing governor of the state of Indiana, and the Carrier stuff was all going down right about then—so, they picked it. Made a spectacle, announced that they had stepped in and said “No way!” and saved the jobs.  

That was late 2016, early 2017. It’s now early summer 2018. What do things look like there on South Girls School Road, and in the rest of the small universe these layoffs have touched?     

Be clear: There are still jobs at the fan-coil assembly plant in Indianapolis. The workers who survived the layoffs, the senior-most members of Carrier’s Indianapolis assembly process, are there. These are the jobs President Trump claims to have saved. About 700. “There were five production lines there before the announcement,” the local union head says. “There are 300 now.”  

I look at this as 300 jobs have been saved instead of 700 lost to the Mexican labor force.  Wit the math I know that actually 400 jobs have been lost.  

Much of the article is about cut personnel and if you are interested, please read.


Most of my life I have been a coffee drinker.  I have always known it increased my capacity for work.  I would say at one point in my life I drank probably five or six cups a day.  I do not ever think it hurt my sleep patterns, say from age 30 on.  I usually went to bed about 9 or 9:30, with the exception of a night out for sports (mine were bowling and darts).  

Since my two heart attacks I have been told to avoid caffeine.  I actually do not like decaffeinated coffee.  That means that I still drink coffee however, only two cups per day.  I also drink them mostly in the morning, occasionally the second one in the afternoon. 

Are you wondering why this coffee piece of writing?  Well for one thing coffee is one of those drinks that the medical profession says “do not drink” and then in a couple of months they say it is ok to drink but in moderation.  But then they go back and forth once again.   I have always found that a cup of coffee increased my capacity for work and was my incentive to drink it.  I have watched my whole family, close and extended, drink coffee through the years and never felt any of them were hurt from the practice.  In the military there were large urns of coffee, by large the water was piped in and it used about a pound of coffee grounds per pot.  When I was working an evening or night shift coffee was an essential part of my day. 

The U.S. Army Figured Out the Best Time of Day to Drink Coffee—With Math

Their new algorithm could soon tell you exactly when to consume caffeine.  A new study says there is a right time to drink coffee so it's most effective.  U.S. Army researchers created a computer algorithm that studies sleep patterns to make recommendations about a personnel coffee intake.  The scientists hope to incorporate the algorithm as an existing online tool for personnel to use as recommendations.

Go figure.  How cool is that?  Some dieticians must be rolling over in their graves.  I am probably going to need a coffee app for my phone.  Me who uses very few Apps as I do not trust them.

If you love caffeine, you may think there's never a wrong time for coffee, but a new study says there might actually be  a right time to get the most out of your daily cup.

Researchers from the United States Army developed an algorithm that makes personal recommendations for timing your caffeine consumption, so you can drink the least amount of coffee to achieve the maximum level of alertness, LiveScience reported.

The study found that the algorithm helped many people improve their alertness by up to 64 percent — without consuming any more caffeine than normal. On the flip side, it found that with the right dosing schedule, people could reduce their caffeine consumption by up to 65 percent and still achieve peak alertness.

The researchers came to this conclusion by feeding their algorithm into a pre-existing computer model predicting how sleep deprivation, schedule, and caffeine impact alertness during different times of the day.

For more on this subject here is the URL. It was written on June 6th.  

Please note however there are some variables like the amount of prior sleep, type and amount of work, things like that.  For me it looks like 8:00 and 10:00 are about right but until I see the information required by the algorithm I can’t be sure.


These are said to be the BEST EVER Baked Beans and have won four BBQ competitions! Prepped in just 15 minutes, they are going to be the hit of your summer barbecue.


    ½ pound bacon, diced
    ½ yellow onion, chopped
    1 red bell pepper, chopped finely
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1 (16 ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
    1 (16 ounce) can butter beans, drained and rinsed
    1 (16 ounce) can baked beans
    1 (16 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
    3/4 cup ketchup
    1/4 cup molasses
    1 teaspoon hot sauce (I use Tabasco)
    2/3 cup packed brown sugar
    ½ teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
    1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    1 tablespoon yellow mustard


    Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
    In a large cast iron skillet cook the bacon on medium high heat.
    Remove the bacon and let cool.
    Drain half the fat, then add the onion to the skillet and cook for 5-7 minutes or until it just begins to caramelize.
    Add in the garlic and bell pepper and cook an additional 30 seconds, stirring well.
    In a large mixing bowl add the bacon, onions, garlic and the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
    Pour the beans into a 9×13 baking pan and bake, covered with foil, for one hour.
    Uncover and bake for an additional ten minutes.


3 of the Oldest Weapons in the Pentagon’s Inventory

The M2 Heavy Machine Gun

If it ain't broke, why fix it?  The M2 heavy machine gun is the undisputed survivor of the Pentagon Wars, and this year 2018 marks the M2’s 100th birthday. The M2 was developed by legendary gun designer John Moses Browning, who also developed the Colt .45 M1911A1 handgun, the Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) squad automatic rifle. Browning was responding to a request by General John “Blackjack” Pershing for a heavy machine gun for use in the trenches of World War I.

Today the M2 still serves with each of the armed services and the Coast Guard. In the Army it is generally used by vehicle crews, including M1A2 Abrams tanks, while the Marines use a tripod-mounted version and on vehicles. The Navy and Air Force use it to defend ships and air bases. The M2 is an air cooled machine gun shooting the heavy .50 caliber round at a rate of fire from 450 to 550 rounds per minute, out to a range of 1,250 yards. The M2 can penetrate an inch of armor plate at 1,000 yards.

The original M2 weighs 85 pounds, but the U.S. Army is currently working on a lighter version it projects will weigh 20 to 30 percent less. Despite occasional improvements to the basic design however there is no replacement for the M2 in sight and the “Ma Deuce” could very well serve until the 22nd century. 

KC-135 Stratotanker

During the Cold War, the U.S. Air Force purchased 732 Boeing 707 commercial airliners and turned them into tankers. The KC-135 Stratotanker was equipped with aerial refueling booms and enough internal fuel storage to transfer up to 32,200 gallons of fuel to thirsty fighters, bombers, and transports per mission. The KC-135 could also transport up to 41.5 tons of cargo at a time in an internal cargo hold.

Boeing began delivering KC-135s in 1957 and the airborne tanker fleet supported Strategic Air Command bombers flying patrols against the Soviet Union, U.S. air operations over Vietnam, and even Operation Desert Storm in 1991. The Air Force, Air Force Reserve, and Air National Guard still fly 414 KC-135s today. Although each plane is an average of 58 years old the KC-135 fleet will fly on for decades to come, with no real replacement waiting in the wings. 

Patty and I had an opportunity to fly to Hawaii on a KC-135 while it escorted some F-15s to Japan.  When I mentioned the plane she refused and said, “You want me to fly in a flying gas station?”

B-52H Heavy Strategic Bomber

The B-52H bomber was designed to carry thermonuclear bombs to the Soviet Union and back. The B-52 was conceived immediately after the end of World War II and first flew in 1952. The first B-52H bomber was delivered in 1961 and the last in 1963.

Today 76 of the original 102 B-52Hs are still flying with the U.S. Air Force. Arms control agreements and platform obsolescence has forced the conversion of the planes into conventional-only bombers, their ability to carry nuclear weapons permanently stripped out. The B-52 currently provides a versatile, long-range platform that can drop precision bombs on enemies without advanced air defenses such as the Islamic State, launch long range standoff weapons like the Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile - Extended Range against enemies with more sophisticated air defenses, and even lay minefields at sea with “Quickstrike” air-dropped naval mines. 


America’s new supercomputer beats China’s fastest machine to take title of world’s most powerful

The winner: The US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee has taken the wraps off Summit, which boasts peak computing power of 200 petaflops, or 200 million billion calculations a second. That makes it a million times faster than your typical laptop.

Why this matters: Topping the supercomputing charts isn’t just a matter of national pride. The machines are widely used in industry and also for national security tasks, such as developing nuclear weapons. Lessons from Summit will also inform the push to create “exascale” computers capable of handling a billion billion calculations a second. These are expected to come online in the early 2020s.


A mother complained to her consultant about her daughter’s strange eating habits.
–“All day long she lies in bed and eats yeast and car wax. What will happen to her?”
–“Eventually,” said the consultant, “she will rise and shine.”


A sign on a cosmetic surgery clinics says:
“If life gives you lemons, a simple operation can give you melons.”


    My favorite is a true story. During residency, I got paged at 3AM to the SICU. I called them, a bit curious as to what was going on, as 3AM calls to the neurologist rarely come from the SICU.

    When I introduced myself as the on-call neurologist, the very southern-sounding nurse loudly exclaimed:

    “Neurology? I wanted Urology. I got the wrong end!”


These 20 One-Liners Come Straight from the Doctors’ Notes

This is a collection of funny one-liners, exactly as typed by medical secretaries:

    Patient has left her white blood cells at another hospital.
    Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.
    On the second day the knee was better and on the third day it disappeared.
    The patient has been depressed since she began seeing me in 1993.
    Discharge status: Alive, but without my permission.
    Patient had waffles for breakfast and anorexia for lunch.
    While in ER, Eva was examined, x-rated and sent home.
    Skin: somewhat pale, but present.
    Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities.
    The patient was in his usual state of good health until his airplane ran out of fuel and crashed.
    Mrs. Evans slipped on the ice and apparently her legs went in separate directions in early December.
    Patient was seen in consultation by Dr. Jones, who felt we should sit on the abdomen and I agree.
    The patient refused autopsy.
    The patient has no previous history of suicides.
    She is numb from her toes down.
    She stated that she had been constipated for most of her life until she got a divorce.
    Both breasts are equal and reactive to light and accommodation.
    Examination of genitalia has revealed that he is circus-sized.
    Patient was found in bed with her power mower.
    She has no rigors or shaking chills, but her husband states she was hot in bed last night.


I hate it when I see an old person and then realize that we went to highschool together!


During the 2014 Ebola outbreak, of the four African countries involved, my experience with the Democratic Republic (DR) of the Congo was the worst.  I could not find any current data on the number of deaths involved.  This 2018 outbreak in DR of Congo is again going along just the same, with no data updates.  Sorry but there is no June data.

I feel the country imposes a news blackout on this topic.


I have had the same barber for the past 40 or so years.  We have been to many parties together, dart teams, club meetings or fund raisers together.  He knows my family and I know his.  We have met at many mutual friends’ homes during the year.  I have never gone out on the internet to look for some “Barber Jokes,” but decided today to start.


A barber gave a haircut to a priest one day. The priest tried to pay for the haircut, but the barber refused, saying, "you do God's work." The next morning the barber found a dozen bibles at the door to his shop.

A policeman came to the barber for a haircut, and again the barber refused the payment, saying, "you protect the public."  The next morning the barber found a dozen doughnuts at the door to his shop.

A lawyer came to the barber for a haircut, and again the barber refused payment, saying, "you serve the justice system." The next morning the barber found a dozen lawyers waiting for a free haircut.

Perhaps this is more of a lawyer joke!


Bill enters a barbershop for a shave. While the barber is foaming him up, he mentions the problems he has been getting a close shave around the cheeks.

"I have just the thing," says the barber taking a small wooden ball from a nearby drawer. "Just place this between your cheek and gum."

Bill places the ball in his mouth and the barber proceeds with the closest shave Bill has ever experienced. After a few strokes, Banta asks in garbled speech, "And what if I swallow it?"

"No problem," says the barber. "Just bring it back tomorrow like everyone else does."


A man was getting a haircut prior to a trip to Rome. He mentioned the trip to the barber who responded, "Rome? Why would anyone want to go there? It's crowded & dirty and full of Italians. You're crazy to go to Rome. So, how are you getting there?""We're taking TWA," was the reply. "We got a great rate!""TWA?" exclaimed the barber. "That's a terrible airline. Their planes are old, their flight attendants are ugly, and they're always late. So, where are you staying in Rome?""We'll be at the downtown International Marriott.""That dump! That's the worst hotel in the city. The rooms are small, the service is surly and they're overpriced. So, whatcha doing when you get there?""We're going to go to see the Vatican and we hope to see the Pope.""That's rich," laughed the barber. "You and a million other people trying to see him. He'll look the size of an ant. Boy, good luck on this lousy trip of yours. You're going to need it."

A month later, the man again came in for his regular haircut. The barber asked him about his trip to Rome."It was wonderful," explained the man, "not only were we on time in one of TWA's brand new planes, but it was over booked and they bumped us up to first class. The food and wine were wonderful, and I had a beautiful 28 year old stewardess who waited on me hand and foot. And the hotel-it was great! They'd just finished a $25 million remodeling job and now it's the finest hotel in the city. They, too, were over booked, so they apologized and gave us the presidential suite at no extra charge!""Well," muttered the barber, "I know you didn't get to see the pope.""Actually, we were quite lucky, for as we toured the Vatican, a Swiss Guard tapped me on the shoulder and explained that the pope likes to personally meet some of the visitors, and if I'd be so kind as to step into his private room and wait the pope would personally greet me. Sure enough, five minutes later the pope walked through the door and shook my hand! I knelt down as he spoke a few words to me.""Really?" asked the Barber. "What'd he say?" 

He said, "Where'd you get the lousy haircut?


Finally I am on the last page.  This letter seemed harder to write this week.  My last topic will be things I would like to see or have invented from an article I recently read.

I think the CEO Shelly Ibach of Sleep Number is working on this now.  A bed that automatically adjusts its position and the room lighting to help you settle in a bit of reading before you go to sleep.  After a night of adjusting for comfort, support, temperature, lighting and ambient noise, your bed uses biometric data to know when to wake you up.  As you emerge from a cycle of deep REM sleep, your bed now changes these factors again too help you wake up fully refreshed and alert.  

In a Hilton Garden Hotel while in Florida they used this company’s bed in our room.  The beds were standard in all of the rooms.  Once Patty and I adjusted our sides for comfort we both had a very good night sleep.  


This next item will be at the top of my list.  My passwords fill a 3 x 5 file card box.  I get reminders that it is now time to change my password for many sites.  I keep a record of the site and the new password.  I try to keep different passwords for each site and there is no way in hell I could remember them all.

In the next five years, we will do away with passwords.  I have always believed that passwords are for tree houses.  This is a 1964 technology that we should not be using still today.  There is a new technology that exists today from Trusona that can 100 percent authenticate the person on the other end of the device, without the need for passwords.  This information is from FBI consultant and subject of the movie “Catch Me If You Can.”  The internet was supposed to be pure, a place for people to share and do business.  It got cornered by big business.


That is all for another week.


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