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Ed Engler, Mayor Of Laconia, Publisher/Editor Of ‘Laconia Daily Sun’ & My Friend At The 2019 ‘Laconia Multicultural Festival’.

by Anura Guruge


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That Ed had some health issues is no secret. He, himself, let it be known, in the Press, before taking some time-off.

I was delighted to see him today at the Laconia Multicultural Festival. He was seated on the lawn. He looked good. We spoke. I met him, when we were both in Laconia Rotary nearly 20-years ago. He tells me he is still Mayor for another month. He is not seeking office again, though from what I gather he will win, easily, again.

Well, I happened to take this picture, from afar, and it is SO ‘Ed’ that I wanted to share.


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by Anura Guruge

A New Samsung Gear S4, Even Without ‘BPM’, Would Be V. Bad News For Garmin.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access original article in the U.K. “Express”. Google “Samsung Gear S4” for many, many more over the last 72-hours.


From the same “Express” article referenced above. Use the link — above.


YouTube video claiming to confirm that the S4 will have
“Blood Pressure Monitoring” (BPM).


The Samsung Gear S3 was a pretty impressive and compelling SMART watch — and I know since I had one till last week (when I sold it on Facebook).

It lacked all of the activity, sleep, performance and stress tracking features to make it into a genuine alternative to a medium- to high-end Garmin. But, it was a decent Smartwatch for those that wanted just the basic activity tracking functionality.

In the last few days there has been a lot of talk in the media about the forthcoming Samsung Gear S4 — which might possibly be called the Samsung Galaxy Watch.

It is supposed to have a lot more activity and sleep features. But, it is also said to go all out on health monitoring, and might include “Blood Pressure Monitoring” (BPM). That would be big.

Some are talking some real fancy features like displays on the rim of the case and on the strap. That might be overkill. But, BPM will be a game changer.

I will keep you post.


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by Anura Guruge

Healthcare.gov (Obamacare/ACA) Does Have An Automatic Re-Enrollment & That Is What I Am Doing.

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Related posts:
>> NH health care premiums up 29%!

>> 88% tax penalty on Obamacare!

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Also Category ‘Health Care’ that should bring up ALL ‘Obamacare’ posts >>>>


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Starting in October I started getting letters and ‘packets’ from my current health insurance provider, Anthem, saying that I could be — and would be — automatically re-enrolled in the same plan as I now have IF I opt not to login to (bloody) healtcare.gov and chose another plan.

I thought they were joking. I was sure that it would not be that easy.

Last week I got another letter, from Anthem, stating what my revised new premium would be, as of January 2016, IF I stayed on the current plan and opted to re-enroll.

It was still up 19%.

But I am going to take it. I really can’t stomach the aggravation of dealing, yet again, with healthcare.gov.

As I found out this year, to my COST, it doesn’t really matter what you do on healthcare.gov. The day of reckoning is when you do your Federal taxes! So why bother. Just pay what you have to pay and then be PREPARED to pay MORE as a tax penalty in April. So screw it. I am NOT going to bother messing around with healtcare.gov. That alone would be good for my health.

So a heads up. Public Service Announcement. IF you have health insurance this year, i.e., 2015, you can keep that for 2016 — most likely with a higher premium — without bothering with healthcare.gov.


Stay Well Clear Of ‘coveringnewhampshire.org’ & Especially Their Insurance Cost Comparisons.

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Related posts:
>> Be leery of ‘coveringnewhampshire‘.

>> You may LOSE Obamacare Healthcare Subsidies.

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Also Category ‘Health Care’ that should bring up ALL ‘Obamacare’ posts >>>>


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I gave YOU a similar heads up last year. Click this image to access that post.





“Coveringnewhampshire.org” is a predatory wolf in sheep’s clothing.

They are but a front for the totally useless, rapacious, money-grabbing, ‘New Hampshire Health Plan’ — the OLD plan that those of us who had pre-existing conditions HAD to use before Obamacare.

PLEASE be wary of them. They are not an honest, ethical entity. They are out to exploit you whichever way they can. So PLEASE do not fall pray to their relentless, slick marketing and smooth talking.

Just a public announcement service to help YOU.


Brandon Bostian, Reckless Engineer Of Philadelphia Amtrak 188 — Does Amtrak Know His Mental Profile?

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Related posts:
>> Brandon Bostian
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>> Amtrak handling of crash ….
>> Philadelphia, Omni Hotel Independence Park …

≡≡ Was Germanwings Lubitz on antidepressants?
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Lufthansa to file Bankruptcy to avoid Germanwings liability?

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Both from this Fox News coverage. Click here to access.


I have a sinking feeling that we have some type of mental issue here — with Brandon Bostian.

There are more people with mental issues in the U.S. than most people even have a clue. I saw these pictures of Brandon Bostian, this morning, while having my coffee in bed, in the U.K. “Daily Mail“, the ONLY newspaper I read (and have been doing so since the 1970s).

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Click to access U.K. “Daily Mail” original.

Nice enough looking guy, even dashingly handsome in his later pictures, BUT look at some of the earlier ones.

Hhhhmmmm.

Simple question. Does Amtrak ever check the mental situation of their engineers?

The statement by Brandon Bostian’s lawyer (above) is VERY telling. No “health issues to speak of”. Good lawyer-speak. Says nothing about MENTAL health.

Says he was not on medication. So on face value it would mean he wasn’t taking any ‘psychiatric’ drugs. BUT again lawyer-speak. Did he STOP taking such drugs? Did that result in suicidal thoughts? Irrational behavior? Did anybody say anything to Amtrak about him acting strange?

Wakeup call for Amtrak. You have to be on top of the mental profile of all your employees.

We used to have the saying “Going Postal”.

Will be have to add “Going Amtrak”?


IBM: ‘Watson Health Cloud’ — Could End Up Being But High Level Flannel.

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>> IBM: Floppy disks & ATMs.
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Donate Hursley House To The National Trust.
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>> Punch-drunk IBM, 40% layoff — Oct. 21, 2014.
>> Continue to punish shareholder — Oct. 20, 2014.
>> Spin Off Watson — Oct. 8, 2014.

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I am already on record in stating that IBM’s ‘Watson‘ technology is the new jewel in its now slightly tarnished crown. ‘Watson’ is the future. Mainframes, at long last, the past.

I am sure that Watson has the potential to do much to enhance medicine and healthcare in the decades to come.

But knowing IBM as well as I do, I am not convinced right now, that IBM has the wherewithal and the will to make this ‘Watson Health Cloud‘ into anything meaningful. Yes, it will, of course, do specific, carefully crafted “party tricks” — but those aren’t going to get anybody far. Basically what I am trying to say is that we are unlikely to see this Health Cloud deliver useful, germane results for many years to come. Watson does have the technology analyze huge quantities of data BUT we still don’t know the right questions to ask. And that is going to take some time to work out how to best exploit what Watson can deliver. In the meantime Watson Health Cloud could end up becoming what they refer to as ‘High Level Flannel’ — i.e., a nice fluffy feeling without much substance behind it. Think ‘fluff’ and appropriately we in this case are also talking Cloud.

So this is my fear. IBM is going, through financial and marketing necessity, try to make this Cloud impress. But it is not going to ready. It will do, as I said, before some ‘party tricks’. People might get disillusioned with it before it gets a chance to mature and be productive.

And heaven help IBM if there is a data breach as happened to Anthem. IBM will, of course, have better security than bumbling Anthem, but you cannot always protect against insiders who are bought off!

So, I am happy to see this initiative, I just hope IBM doesn’t rush it.


Why Doesn’t McDonald’s Also Use These Handwashing Monitoring Bracelets.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
1. McDonald’s Alton Employees Not Washing Hands — Aug. 7, 2013.
2. State To Look Into Alton McDonald’s Handwashing — Aug. 8, 2013.
3. Biometric Bracelet & ‘Common Core’ — May 12, 2013.


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Seems like such a brilliant idea. Based on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) — a technology that I am very fond of. I even suggested that they use it in Keene for their famed Pumpkin Festival to accurately and instantaneously count the jack o’lanterns.

Yes, there will be a cost. But, McDonald’s and other fast food joints should really look into this to avoid what we encountered at the Alton McDonald’s earlier this month.

I saw this in a magazine earlier today and knew that I had to share it. Check it out.

Maybe we should use this with ‘Common Core’ rather than the infamous biometric bracelet. I am sure they can be made in lots of cool colors.

McDonald’s Alton (NH): Employees Not Washing Hands — State Is Going To Look Into Incident.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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The Mopping Floors to Dispensing Ice Cream Cones Without Washing Hands Incident on August 7, 2013.


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First time ever that I have ever filed a complaint about food service.

But I could not let this go unreported. That would have been irresponsible.

I am sure that more egregious violations happen all the time.

Lets see what will transpire.

Thanks.

McDonald’s Alton (NH): Employees Not Washing Hands, Mopping Floor Then Dispensing Ice Cream Cones!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Happened at 4:30 pm today, Wednesday, August 7, 2013.


Yes, I summoned the Manager — who happened to be seated at one of the tables!

Yes, I made sure that everybody within earshot heard about it.

Yes, I called up McDonald’s Corporate, gave them my name and contact information, and filed a report.

Yes, I have e-mailed NH Health & Human Services (Food Protection) & Copied the Alton Health Inspector

Anything more you think I should do?


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This was pretty amazing. Six hours later I am still in shock!

~4:30 pm today I stopped at the McDonald’s in Alton (by the rotary, 4 Homestead Place) to get the kids two dipped ice creams.

When I walked through the door there was nobody at the registers.

Two young girls, in red shirts, were together mopping the seating area with one of their big buckets on wheels and two mops.

As I approached the counter one of the girls involved in the mopping peeled away and appeared behind the counter to take my order. I didn’t think anything of that since she was not touching any food. Plus, they handle change, without gloves …

I ordered the two dipped cones and was paying when I saw the other girl put her mop in the bucket and walk over to behind the counter, take a cone, in a bare hand and start filling it up!

I immediately asked her: ‘did you wash your hands?’

She looked at me blankly, the half filled cone in her hand. She didn’t say anything.

Then the girl who took the order and three others in food prep all piped up: ‘no she didn’t wash her hands, she should have‘.

The girl taking my order reached over, took the cone from her hand and threw it away.

I asked for the manager. She happened to be seated right there, at a table, where the mopping was taking place.

She agreed that the employee should have washed her hands. That was it.

This is incredible.

Mop handle to handling a ice cream cone.

GERMS.

This is insane.

Yes, you never know what really happens with your food at any restaurant. Yes, I am sure many don’t wash their hands.

Well, over to you all …

Looks Like NH Will Partner With D.C. For Health Insurance Exchanges. I Am Relieved, But Will Believe It On Saturday.

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Related post:
>> ‘New Hampshire Health Plan’ Went Up 13% — Jan. 2, 2013.


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If you are self-employed or unemployed like me, it has been real difficult to get affordable health insurance — given that I have a litany of per-existing conditions.

Yes, we are all lucky in NH that we do have ‘NH Health Plan’ as catch-all, fall back, but it is expensive. I now basically have catastrophic insurance with a $10,000 deductible. Though there is a significant difference in premium, most years it doesn’t really make a difference whether it is $5,000 or $10,000. They don’t make it easy for you to get past the deductible. I went for a couple of years without insurance. Then Dartmouth Hitchcock (Concord) told me I had might have all sorts of things wrong with me. I could envisage $60,000 a year bills. So, I got coverage.

We in NH desperately need these exchanges to give us a modicum of competition. Without competition the insurance companies are raping us, at will and with glee.

I am not that happy with Obamacare. President Obama sold us down the river. I don’t bother to explain what proper healthcare should be to people around here. I think it is the healthcare that they have received. They seem to be pathologically incapable of understanding that healthcare doesn’t have to be run by for profit insurance companies. C’est la vie. I just want competition.

So I am hoping that the new Democratic Governor doesn’t also sell us short. She gets excellent coverage, either from the State or through her husband’s plan at Exeter College.