Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Reinventing America

This interesting site created a buzz, this is all about platform on America's innovation. If your interested and would like to join the conversation you may check Reinventing America.

Freedom of Choice Act

"The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion"
Mother Teresa

The tuesday's inauguration of Barack Obama brought concern from pro life groups....with the incoming administration--particularly the "Freedom of Choice Act". This bill is the most serious threat to pro life policies ever. Obama has said he would sign this bill into law (he just declared in one of his campaign speeches that the first thing he would do, as president, is sign the Freedom Choice Act.)

The proposed bill would get rid of all restrictions on abortions, that minors would not have to get consents of a parent and taxpayer's money would pay for abortions. Well, it seems that he will promote a culture of death, not a culture of life.

Here's what the Freedom of Choice Act all about:
The Freedom of Choice Act declares that it is the policy of the United States that every woman has the fundamental right to choose to (1) bear a child; (2)terminate pregnancy prior to fetal viability; (3) terminate a pregnancy after fetal viability when necessary to protect her life or her health.
Prohibits a federal, state, or local government entity from (1)denying or interfering with a woman's right to exercise choices; or (2) discriminating against exercise of those rights in the regulations or provisions of benefits, facilities, services, or information. It also provides that such prohibition shall apply retroactively.
It authorized an individual aggrieved by a violation of this act to obtain appropriated relief, including relief against a government entity, in a civil action.
---source: Govtrack.us

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Have fun playing Paintball

If you love action, speed, sneaking up and shooting, then paintball is the game for you. Paintball popularity has been growing for sometime now, mainly because of the thrill that it gives to those players. My husband shot real good, his shooting ability is above average. I knew he was a sharp shooter in the army , but now, I thought he is not that sharp anymore because of the age, lol. I'm wrong, the man still good in handling guns, that's why he love paintball. We played once and it was fun, the act of sneaking up on him and shooting him, while not hurting him except for a small paintball mark makes it more exciting. You can also play outdoors in the woods style or indoors, closed quarters, but I like outdoors better.

If you want to play and in a budget, and you need to buy a good quality low-priced paintball guns try paintball accessories. Their top selling guns are on sale right now for 40-80% off. Some items are on clearance too. They offer the best prices with free shipping too.

PPD Test and the BCG vaccine

This shows a positive PPD test result (a red swollen with 2mm diameter)
Here in the United States, health care providers uses a simple skin test called the PPD (purified protein derivative) to test for exposure to tuberculosis. This procedure is done by injecting the tuberculosis germ under the skin and if there is an induration or swelling, hardness or firmness of the skin, then you are positive. Unlike in the Philippines where they normally uses Chest xray for pre-employment requirements, here they require you to have a PPD test. When the hospital hired me, they required me to have a PPD test, and I was positive. I was scared of course, I've been exposed to a lot of TB patients back home, and I know that being exposed to a person with an active TB, you can have their infection too, you will not aware you've got it because your immune is strong. It is called an inactive TB in your system. The germ is already in your body but not yet causing disease. This is the scenario that I thought I have when I was positive for a PPD test.

My employer scheduled me for a chest x-ray just to make sure if I have an active pulmonary tuberculosis, but the result was negative. The nurse asked me if I had a BCG vaccine , and I said yes I did, but I am not sure when. I showed her my vaccine scars on my shoulder. Then she told me maybe that's the reason why I am PPD positive, due to the vaccine itself rather than from exposure to the germ. I learned that BCG vaccine is not common or not available here. If you had BCG vaccine before then more likely, you will get a positive result. If your an immigrant, and your employer asked you to have a PPD test done, just let them know you had a BCG vaccine before, they may not let you do the test anymore.

Friday, January 16, 2009


Your car is most likely one of your biggest investment, so in the event that you've got an accident, you don't want to leave your car in the hands of just any collision repair shop. If your choosing for a quality collision repair center to fix your car, you must opt for a certain business services that takes pride in the job they perform. A friend from Portland, Oregon just had a misfortune last year, he got a car accident. His friend recommended auto body shops portland, according to him he used their services before and very satisfied with quality of their work. His car had the same looks like it was before the accident, like nothing accident happens, the dents gone. They repaired his car back to manufacturer's specifications.

These network of expert body shops are composed of collision repair experts from different city of Oregon. You can just type the zip code you live in and it will lead you to the proper auto body shop of your city. Or if you are a collision repair expert and a shop owner, you can join their network and be a part of their "best in class" collision repair experts. Just fill out the form on the Join page. You must be committed to excellence in quality and customer service and also be focused on continuous improvement.

The network holds its members accountable to its core values.
Core Values: Trust - Commitment - Care – Competence

Transcription at home

In today's world everyone is looking ways to increase their productivity and save time. Transcription services able to save your time by simply dictating it to basically an online secretary or a transriptionist. If you have a good listening skills and above average in spelling, then you can make money in the comfort of your home. I have a bunch of friend who are doing transcription at home, I want it too...but I'm poor in listening skills. I even tried to enroll in a trancription school in the Philippines, I was so confident that this is the kind of job that qualifies me 100%, because I know I can take dictations fast and I'm not that poor in spelling. But I failed in listening skills, I can't get some of the words the doctor's dictated. I'm not sure if I have hearing problem or it's just the slang words. Even I rewinded it many times I still can't get what it means, so I gave up, lol. The word "Robitussin" in the dictation was pronounced "Robi-tasin", hehehe.