Newsletter by George Rucker 3/29/2016

Tuesday greetings,

This is the last Tuesday of March and I hope everyone had a great Easter.  I will check on the Ebola situation in Africa today.  I am also sorry I did not have an invention last week so I will put one in this letter.  I think I will start with it.

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If you live on or near Cape Cod there are those that totally oppose this weeks invention.  They believe if an accident occurs there is no way to leave this peninsula or island as it does have water surrounding it but connected by two bridges.

When scientists first discovered nuclear fission, the process that provides power for nuclear reactors, they focused their efforts on creating the atomic bomb, but soon discovered fission’s potential as a source of energy.  Atoms, the building blocks of matter, have a nucleus filled with protons and neutrons held together by energy.  Certain isotopes, like uranium-235, can be split and will release their energy as heat.  Some neutrons are released with the heat and may hit other atoms, which also split, creating more fission in a chain reaction.  Under the right conditions in a nuclear reactor, a continuous chain reaction occurs, creating a great deal of heat.  The heat is converted to steam, which turns a turbine and generator, producing electricity.  Unlike steam power plants heated by coal, oil or gas, nuclear power plants can generate a cleaner and more efficient source of energy.

A German chemist named Martin Klaproth first discovered uranium in 1789.  A century later, famed scientists Pierre and Marie Curie coined the name radioactivity,” also know as nuclear decay, and scientists struggled to learn more about atoms and nuclear arrangement.  When the first atom was split scientists confirmed Einstein’s theory about the relationship between mass and energy, sparking a flurry of activity in laboratories.  The first controlled and self-sustaining nuclear reaction was achieved at the University of Chicago in 1942, and three years later the atomic bomb put a decisive end to World War II.  After the war, plans shifted to commercialize nuclear fission as power.  In 1955, the first reactor produced a usable amount of electricity from nuclear energy in Idaho.  Since then, nuclear energy has been developed as a viable source of power and safety has remained a controversial issue.

In 1986, a nuclear disaster occurred in Chernobyl, Ukraine.  Four reactors overheated, and the resulting explosion released radioactive particles into the atmosphere over the European continent.  Because of the accident in Chernobyl and, more recently, in Fukushima, Japan, many people fear the negative risks of nuclear reactors.  Although the potential for catastrophe is always there, nuclear energy remains a cleaner alternative to burning fossil fuels.  Some people, however, believe there are better energy sources available, Mark Jacobson, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, told NPR that nuclear power plants are costly and don’t compare to renewable energy, such as solar power and wind turbines.

“If you wanted to power the entire world on nuclear, you’d need about 17,000 large nuclear poser plants, each 850 megawatts, and we only have 400 today.”

Nonetheless, nuclear energy helps slow the progress of global warming and exists as a major source of power for cities around the world.

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Some jokes can be for either party....Just use the person you are against... I am being kind to the democrats today...

Trump's First Night In The White House

The Donald is elected president....

On the first night he spends in the White House, he is visited by the
ghost of George Washington.
He asks him, "George, what can I do to best serve the United States?"

The ghost of George Washington responds, "Never tell a lie."

He says, "Oh, I don't think I can do that."

The next night, he is visited by the ghost of Thomas Jefferson.
He asks him, "Thomas, what can I do to best serve the United States?"

The ghost of Thomas Jefferson responds, "Do not bully the people."

He says, "Oh, I don't think I can do that."

On the third night, he is visited by the ghost of Abraham Lincoln.

He asks him, "Abraham, what can I do to best serve the United States?"

The ghost of Abraham Lincoln responds, “Go see a play."

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Lesson on Your SS Card

Your SS Card - did you know????
HERE ARE FACTS THAT WILL   KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OR STOCKINGS OFF...!

History Lesson on Your Social Security Card Just in case some of you young
whipper snappers (& some older ones) didn't know this. It's easy to check out, if you don't believe it. Be sure and show it to your family and friends. They need a little history

lesson on what's what and it doesn't matter whether you are Democrat or Republican. Facts are Facts.

 Social Security Cards up until the 1980s expressly stated the number and card were
not to be used for identification purposes. Since nearly everyone in the United States
now has a number, it became convenient to use it anyway and the message, NOT FOR IDENTIFICATION, was removed.

Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, introduced the Social Security (FICA) Program. He
promised:

1.) That participation in the Program would be Completely voluntary, No longer Voluntary

2.) That the participants would only have to pay 1% of the first $1,400 of their annual
Incomes into the Program.  Now 7.65% on the first $90,000 Plus your employer contribution of an additional 7.65% to be put into the program

3.) That the money the participants elected to put into the Program would be deductible from their income for tax purposes each year, No longer tax deductible

4.) That the money the participants put into the independent 'Trust Fund' rather than into the general operating fund, and therefore, would only be used to fund the Social Security Retirement Program, and no other Government program, and, Under Johnson the money was moved to The General Fund and Spent

5.) That the annuity payments to the retirees would never be taxed as income.  Under Clinton & Gore Up to 85% of your Social Security can be Taxed

 Since many of us have paid into FICA for years and are now receiving a Social Security check every month -- and then finding that we are getting taxed on 85% of the money we paid to the Federal government to 'put away'
--
Q: Which Political Party took Social Security from the independent 'Trust Fund' and put it into the general fund so that Congress could spend it?

A: It was Lyndon Johnson and the democratically controlled House and Senate.

Q: Which Political Party eliminated the income tax deduction for Social Security (FICA)
withholding?

A: The Democratic Party.

Q: Which Political Party started taxing Social Security annuities?

A: The Democratic Party, with Al Gore casting the 'tie-breaking' deciding vote as President of the Senate, while he was Vice President of the U.S.

Q: Which Political Party decided to start giving annuity payments to immigrants?

AND MY FAVORITE:   A: That's right!  Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Party.  Immigrants moved into this country, and at age 65, began to receive Social Security
payments! The Democratic Party gave these payments to them, even though they never paid a dime into it!

Then, after violating the original contract (FICA), the Democrats turn around and tell you that the Republicans want to take your Social Security away!

And the worst part about it is uninformed citizens believe it!

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Lets check in on the worlds 2014 Ebola infection.  When writing my last Tuesday letter during the month of February, they had one case reported on the 17th of January in the country of Sierra Leone.

We are two years into trying to eradicate this virus.  It appears that the World Health Organization considers Sierra Leone free of Ebola on the 24th of March 2016 as they have gone 42 days with out any new cases.

Myself I feel apprehensive as certain fluids and parts of the human body seem to be able to control the virus and keep it under the radar.  There have been 17,333 survivors of the disease and 11384 deaths.  It is by far the most ever from an Ebola virus outbreak.

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American Stupidity Top 10 List

This is so sad…….from a proud, strong country to a laughing stock of the
world .

Canadian's Version of David Letterman's Top 10. Just makes you want to shake your
head in disbelief, and, just maybe choke someone in  charge.


  This is  Canada 's Top Ten List of America 's Stupidity Of course we look like idiots - we are!

# 10 Only in  America ... Could politicians talk about the greed of the rich at a  $35,000.00 per plate  Obama campaign fund-raising  event.

# 09 Only in  America ... Could people claim that the government still discriminates  against black Americans when they have a black President, a black  Attorney General and roughly 20% of the federal workforce is black  while only 14% of the population is
black, 40+% of all federal entitlements  goes to black Americans - 3X the rate that go to whites, 5X the rate  that go to Hispanics!

#  08 Only in  America ... Could they have had the two people most responsible for our  tax code, Timothy Geithner (the head of the Treasury Department) and  Charles Rangel (who once ran the Ways and Means Committee),  BOTH turn out to be tax cheats who are in favor of higher  taxes.

#  07 Only in  America ... Can they have terrorists kill people in the name of Allah and  have the media primarily react by fretting that Muslims might be harmed  by the backlash.

#  06 Only in  America ... Would they make people who want to legally become
American  citizens wait for years in their home countries and pay tens of  thousands of dollars for the privilege, while they discuss letting  anyone who sneaks into the country illegally just 'magically' become  American citizens. (probably should be number one)

#  05 Only in America ... Could the people who believe in balancing the budget and  sticking by the country's Constitution be called  EXTREMISTS.

#  04 Only in America ... Could you need to present a driver's license to cash a check  or buy alcohol, but not to vote.

# 03 Only in  America ... Could people demand the government investigate whether oil companies are gouging the public  because the price of gas went up when the return on
equity invested in a  major U.S. Oil company (Marathon  Oil) is less than half of a company making tennis shoes  (Nike).

#  02 Only in  America ... Could you collect more tax dollars from the people than any  nation in recorded history, still spend a Trillion dollars more than it has per year - for total spending of $7 Million PER  MINUTE, and complain that it doesn't have nearly enough money.


#  01 Only in  America .... Could the rich people - who pay 86% of all income taxes - be  accused of not paying their "fair share" by people who don't pay any  income taxes at all.

PLEASE DON'T SIT ON THIS - SEND IT OUT TO YOUR ENTIRE LIST.

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Interesting slant on things...

AMERICA'S HUNTERS Pretty Amazing!

A blogger added up the deer license sales in just a handful of states and arrived at a striking conclusion: There were over 600,000 hunters this season in the state of Wisconsin...

Allow me to restate that number: 600,000!

Over the last several months, Wisconsin 's hunters became the 8th largest army in the world.

(That’s more men underarms than in Iran. More than France and Germany combined.)

These men, deployed to the woods of a single American state, Wisconsin, to hunt with firearms, And NO ONE WAS KILLED.

That number pales in comparison to the 750,000 who hunted the woods of Pennsylvania's and Michigan's 700,000 hunters, ALL OF WHOM HAVE RETURNED HOME SAFELY.

Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia, and it literally establishes the fact that the hunters of those four states alone would comprise the largest army in the world. And then add in the total number of hunters in the other 46 states. It's millions more.

______The point?________

America will forever be safe from foreign invasion with that kind of home-grown firepower!  Hunting... it's not just a way to fill the freezer.  It's also a matter of national security.

That's why all enemies, foreign and domestic, want to see us disarmed. Food for thought, when next we consider gun control. Overall it's true, so if we disregard some assumptions that hunters don't possess the same skills as soldiers, the question would still remain...

What army of 2 million would want to face 30 million, 40 million, or 50 million armed citizens???

For the sake of our freedom, don't ever allow gun control or confiscation of guns.

(If you agree, as I do, pass it on, I feel good that I have an army of millions who would protect our land, and I sure don't want the government taking control of the possession of firearms.)

AMERICA! Designed by geniuses. Now run by idiots.

I'm not sure if I ever sent this but if so .. you're getting a repeat.

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After probably 20 years of playing a multiplayer on line game I have managed to not play “World of Warcraft” for about a month now.  But just as I get over leaving the city named after my character the on line company has come out with a movie using the game as its background.  I probably will go and see it.  Here is the plot.

Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization, led by the humans, faces a fearsome race of invaders: orc warriors fleeing their dying world of Draenor to find their place in another. As a gateway known as the Dark Portal opens to connect the two worlds, the humans face destruction while the orcs face extinction. Anduin Lothar (Travis Fimmel), leader of the humans, and Durotan (Toby Kebbell), leader of the orcs, are then sent on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home.

While playing this game in the past there were those writing books about the life of their character and I sometimes I would help them just by my ability to fight some of the major villans or by keeping them alive with healing during a battle.

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Baked Pork Chops I

Recipe By: bdld from www.allrecipes.com

"A pork chop recipe that is quick and easy. You may have all the ingredients already in the house. Try serving over rice."

Ingredients:

6 pork chops
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon seasoning salt
2 egg, beaten
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups Italian-style seasoned bread crumbs
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
½  cup milk
1/3 cup white wine


Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Rinse pork chops, pat dry, and season with garlic powder and seasoning salt to taste. Place the beaten eggs in a small bowl. Dredge the pork chops lightly in flour, dip in the egg, and coat liberally with bread crumbs.
Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the pork chops 5 minutes per side, or until the breading appears well browned. Transfer the chops to a 9x13 inch baking dish, and cover with foil.
Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour. While baking, combine the cream of mushroom soup, milk and white wine in a medium bowl. After the pork chops have baked for an hour, cover them with the soup mixture. Replace foil, and bake for another 30 minutes.

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I served the above rice and some snow peas.  Here is the recipe for the snow peas.

Mediterranean Snow Peas

"This takes 5 minutes in a pan. You want to barely cook these as noted to keep the lightly crunchy natural sweetness of this seasonal delicacy! Wash and trim the tips and pull larger strings off the snow peas."

Ingredients:

1 ½  teaspoons butter
1 clove garlic, minced
½  teaspoon Italian seasoning
½  pound fresh snow peas, trimmed
1 tablespoon water, or more as needed
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste

Directions:

Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir garlic until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in Italian seasoning and snow peas. Add water; cook and stir until peas are bright green and tender, about 2 minutes. Stir in olive oil and lemon juice. Season with salt and black pepper.

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A nice, calm and respectable lady went into the pharmacy, right up to the pharmacist, looked straight into his eyes, and said, "I would like to buy some cyanide."

The pharmacist asked, "Why in the world do you need cyanide?"

The lady replied, "I need it to poison my husband."

The pharmacists eyes got big and he exclaimed, "Lord have mercy! I can't give you cyanide to kill your husband! That's against the law! I'll lose my license! They'll throw both of us in jail! All kinds of bad things will happen. Absolutely not! You CANNOT have any cyanide!"

The lady reached into her purse and pulled out a picture of her husband in bed with the pharmacist's wife.

The pharmacist looked at the picture and replied, "Well now. That's different. You didn't tell me you had a prescription."

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A guy goes to the supermarket and notices an attractive woman waving at him. She says hello.

He’s rather taken aback because he can’t place where he knows her from. So he says, "Do you know me?"

To which she replies, "I think you’re the father of one of my kids."

Now his mind travels back to the only time he has ever been unfaithful to his wife and says, "My God, are you the stripper from my bachelor party that I made love to on the pool table with all my buddies watching while your partner whipped my butt with wet celery?"

She looks into his eyes and says calmly, "No, I’m your son’s teacher."

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That is all for now.  Off to exercise is a few minutes and remember to smile.


Do you like rice served in a Mexican restaurant?  I is easy to make without using any of the boxed mixes.

Mexican style rice.

Ingredients

1 cup rice, white, basmati and jasmine work great
2 cups Progresso chicken broth
1 10oz can Old El Paso enchilada sauce
salt and pepper to taste


Directions

In a large skillet or saucepan add the rice, Progresso chicken broth and Old El Paso enchilada sauce. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stir well, cover the pot, then turn down the heat to a medium.

Cook for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until the rice is completely cooked, stirring occasionally.

Season with salt and pepper.

Top with tomatoes, green onions and cilantro or whatever else you prefer before serving.

I could personally just have rice, or rice and beans for lunch or dinner. I know not everyone feels that way though. This rice works as a filler for burritos as well. You’ll find that it’s simple to remember, too; which allows you to just whip it up whenever as the perfect side. This rice goes so perfectly with pretty much anything that you don’t have to pay too much attention to your main dish.

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