Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Auto Safety in Rain or Ice

Got this from my best friend, since you are probably a "car" person, you are likely aware...

Driving in the rain  


How to  achieve good vision while driving during a heavy  downpour. 

We are not  sure why it is so effective; just try this  method when it rains heavily. This method was  given me by a Police friend from Illinois who had experienced  and confirmed it. It is useful....even driving  at night. One method used by Canadian Military Drivers for years.

Most of the motorists would turn on HIGH or FASTEST SPEED of the  wipers during heavy downpour, yet the visibility  in front of the windshield is still  bad...... 

In the event  you face such a situation, just try your SUN  GLASSES (any model will do), and miracle! All of  a sudden, your visibility in front of your  windshield is perfectly clear, as if there is no  rain. 

Make sure you  always have a pair of SUN GLASSES in your car,  as you are not only helping yourself to drive  safely with good vision, but also might save  your friend's life by giving him this  idea.. 

Try it yourself  and share it with your friends! Amazing, you  still see the drops on the windshield, but not  the sheet of rain falling.

You can see  where the rain bounces off the road. It works to  eliminate the "blindness" from passing semi's  spraying you too. 

Or  the "kickup" if you are following a semi or car  in the rain. They ought to teach that little tip  in driver's training. It really does  work...

This next warning is a another  good one! I wonder how many people know about  this: 

A 36 year old  female had an accident several weeks ago and  totaled her car. A resident of Kinburn , Ontario   was traveling between Kinburn & Ottawa. It  was raining, though not excessively, when her  car suddenly began to hydro-plane and literally  flew through the air.. She was not seriously  injured but very stunned at the sudden  occurrence! 

When she  explained to the OPP Officer what had happened  he told her something that every driver should  know - NEVER DRIVE IN THE RAIN WITH YOUR CRUISE  CONTROL ON . She thought she was being cautious  by setting the cruise control and maintaining a  safe consistent speed in the rain. But the  Officer told her that if the cruise control is  on when your car begins to hydro-plane and your  tires lose contact with the pavement, your car  will accelerate to a higher rate of speed making  you take off like an airplane. She told the OPP  Officer that was exactly what had  occurred. 

The Officer  said this warning should be listed, on the  driver's seat sun-visor -  NEVER USE THE CRUISE CONTROL  WHEN THE PAVEMENT IS WET OR ICY, along with the airbag warning. We tell  our teenagers to set the cruise control and  drive a safe speed - but we don't tell them to  use the cruise control only when the pavement is dry. 

The only person  the accident victim found, who knew this (besides the officer), was a man who had a similar accident, totalled  his car and  sustained severe injuries. 
NOTE: Some  vehicles (like the Toyota Sienna Limited XLE)  will not allow you to set the cruise control when the windshield wipers are on. If you show this to people and only one of them doesn't  know about this, then it was all worth it...You might have saved a life. 

GE and Waukesha, Response

I am so glad to post this email response from Jeffery DeMarrais (GE Healthcare)
I believe in the truth, the whole truth, so we should be well informed consumers.
Thank you so much Mr. DeMarrais for taking the time to confirm GE's position.

Despite the relatively short length of GE/x-ray posting that was sent to you it is filled with errors and has been circulated around the internet for nearly 8 months.

First, I’m happy to say that GE is not moving its x-ray business to China as many blogs initially reported; but I can understand your concern.

In July, GE announced that four x-ray executives and the titular headquarters were being transitioned to Beijing in order to fortify our competitive position in China. The GE X-Ray team in Wisconsin, around 150 employees strong, is not leaving Wisconsin and is not being closed down. There was no U.S. job loss directly associated with the move of these four individuals. Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal and other news outlets covered this story in detail, with a link to the Bloomberg story here, and the original GE press release here. (In fact the move of the 4 executives happened a year ago and there still has been no job loss in our x-ray business)

There are a few reasons why this move is important to future growth and helps secure American jobs. Please consider the role of the four managers that we announced would be based in China. Putting these resources in place – specifically an x-ray product leader, marketing, human resources and finance – we are building a commercial “front end.” These are the people that identify and secure opportunities to sell our products into the $26 billion Chinese health market and compete against the 120 domestic Chinese x-ray manufacturers.

GE is America’s second largest exporter of products. Without these “hunters” understanding what products Chinese hospitals will purchase and seeking sales opportunities, we would be abandoning the foreign exports market to competitors. In addition to the 120 Chinese x-ray manufacturers GE also competes against German conglomerate Siemens, Japan’s Toshiba, Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands and many others who maintain a significant commercial presence in China. Samsung of Korea has recently announced its intention to acquire an x-ray manufacturing company to compete with GE; and that they will spend $1.1 billion in the next nine years to build up a medical device division that employed fewer than 10 people in 2009. A recent Wall Street Journal had a two-page story about a new Indian x-ray competitor looking to expand globally.
China is an important export market for our American-manufactured devices; and when our customers require much more basic products GE people figure out what they need and then build it.  Even during local product development, our ability to sell x-ray technology creates and supports U.S. jobs for GE and in our suppliers. X-ray devices sold in China include critical components like x-ray tubes manufactured inWisconsin, software designed and programmed in New York, x-ray tube targets built in Ohio and other components that are made in America; and they also contain components that come from our other existing facilities around the globe. 
Second, I’d like to address the investment discussion. When major U.S.-based, multinational companies like GE expand into new markets and sell to more customers—whether in China or any other large, growing international market—it means more jobs in the U.S., now and in the future. GE is no exception. In fact, on the same day as our x-ray announcement, GE announced that it is building a $56 million manufacturing plant in Mississippi that will create 250 American jobs. You can read more about GE’s commitment to jobs at home while investing abroad here.

GE remains committed to U.S. manufacturing. Over the last 18 months alone, GE has announced plans to create over 8,000 jobs in the U.S… and it will grow to 10,000 jobs created soon. More information here. GE has, in fact, invested $50 billion in US manufacturing plants and equipment over the past decade (so $5 billion per year) and will invest $20 billion in new technologies. More details are here. We’ve also announced a $6 billion health commitment for products that lower costs, increase access and improve the quality of healthcare; and committed $1 billion for new healthcare products to fight cancer. A great resource for all the U.S. investment and job announcements ishttp://www.gereports.com/tag/jobs/.

Separately, GE did announce last November our intention to invest about $2B through 2012 to boost R&D in China and to fund new local joint ventures with Chinese companies in areas such as aviation, wind power, high-speed rail and financial services. As I mentioned earlier, this creates growth opportunities for US-based companies, protecting and growing U.S. jobs. GE’s overall business in China—across all divisions—will support nearly 4,500 American jobs, including those along GE’s U.S. supply chain. 

Finally, regarding taxes: GE is one of the largest taxpayers in the U.S. Our rate last year was low because we lost $32 billion in our financial services business during the financial crisis. Our rate will be higher this year as those businesses recover. We had a 41 percent tax rate in the first two quarters of this year. The Washington PostForbes and other news outlets pointed out that the original New York Times article that made the ‘no taxes’ claim was wrong. You can read more here.

My sincere apologies for the long note but this is a complex set of issues. I hope I was able to clarify any concerns you might have had. Please feel free to share this information with others who have similar concerns.

Thank you again and my very best regards,  


Jeff DeMarrais
GE Healthcare
General Electric Company

Monday, January 30, 2012

American Oil

Since I am granddaughter of an oil family, I can assure you all this is accurate.

Cruz Construction started a division in North Dakota just 6 months ago.

They sent every Kenworth (9 trucks) they had in Alaska to North Dakota and Several drivers.

They just bought two new Kenworth's to add to that fleet; one being a Tri  Drive tractor and a  new 65 ton
lowboy to go with it.

They also bought two new cranes (one crawler & one rubber tired) for that Invasion.

Dave Cruz said they have moved more rigs in the last 6 months in ND than Cruz Construction moved in
Alaska in the last 6 years.

Williston is like a gold rush town; they moved one of our 40 man camps down there since there are no
rooms available.

Unemployment in ND is the lowest in the nation at 3.4 percent last I Checked.

See anything in the national news about how the oil industry is fueling North Dakota's economy?

Here's an astonishing read. Important and verifiable information:

About 6 months ago, the writer was watching a news program on oil and one of The Forbes Bros.
Was the guest.

The host said to Forbes, "I am going to ask you a direct question and I
Would like a direct answer; how much oil does the U.S. Have in the ground?"
Forbes did not miss a beat, he said, "More than all the Middle East put Together."  
The U.S. Geological Service issued a report in April 2008 that only
Scientists and oil men knew was coming, but man was it big.

It was a revised report (hadn't been updated since 1995) on how much oil was
In this area of the western 2/3 of North Dakota, western South Dakota, and
Extreme eastern Montana

Check THIS out:

The Bakken is the largest domestic oil discovery since Alaska's Prudhoe Bay,
And has the potential to eliminate all American dependence on foreign oil. The Energy Information
Administration (EIA) estimates it at 503 billion barrels. Even if  just 10% of the oil is recoverable (5
Billion barrels), at $107 a barrel,

We're looking at a resource base worth more than $5.3 trillion.

"When I first briefed legislators on this, you could practically see their Jaws hit the floor.

They had no idea.." says Terry Johnson, the Montana Legislature's financial analyzer.

"This sizable find is now the highest-producing onshore oil field found in The past 56 years," reports
The Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

It's a formation known as the Williston Basin, but is more commonly referred To as the 'Bakken.'

It stretches from Northern Montana, through North Dakota and into Canada .

For years, U.S. Oil exploration has been considered a dead end.

Even the 'Big Oil' companies gave up searching for major oil wells decades Ago.

However, a recent technological breakthrough has opened up the Bakken's Massive reserves,

And we now have access of up to 500 billion barrels. And because this is Light, sweet oil,

Those billions of barrels will cost Americans just $16 PER BARREL!!!!!!

That's enough crude to fully fuel the American economy for 2041 years Straight..

And if THAT didn't throw you on the floor, then this next one should - Because it's from 2006  !!!!!!

U.S. Oil Discovery - Largest Reserve in the World

Stansberry Report Online - 4/20/2006

Hidden 1,000 feet beneath the surface of the Rocky Mountains lies the
Largest untapped oil reserve in the world.

It is more than 2 TRILLION barrels. On August 8, 2005 President Bush Mandated its extraction.

In three and a half years of high oil prices none has been extracted.

With this mother lode of oil why are we still fighting over off-shore Drilling?

They reported this stunning news:

We have more oil inside our borders, than all the other proven reserves on Earth.

Here are the official estimates:

8 times as much oil as Saudi Arabia

18 times as much oil as Iraq

21 times as much oil as Kuwait

22 times as much oil as Iran

500 times as much oil as Yemen

And it's all right here in the Western United States !!!!!!

HOW can this BE? HOW can we NOT BE extracting this? Because the
Environmentalists and others have blocked all efforts to help America become
Independent of foreign oil! Again, we are letting a small group of people
Dictate our lives and our economy. WHY?

James Bartis, lead researcher with the study says we've got more oil in this
Very compact area than the entire Middle East, more than 2 TRILLION barrels
Untapped. That's more than all the proven oil reserves of crude oil in the
World today, reports The Denver Post.

Don't think 'OPEC' will drop its price even with this find? Think again!
It's all about the competitive marketplace, it has to.

Think OPEC just might be funding the environmentalists?

Got your attention yet? Now, while you're thinking about it, do  this:

Pass this along. If you don't take a little time to do this, then you should
stifle yourself the next time you complain about gas prices, by doing
NOTHING, you forfeit your right to complain.

Now I just wonder what would happen in this country if every one of you sent
this to everyone in your address book.

By the way, this can be verified. Check it out at the link below !!!!!!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

GE and Waukesha

Keep your eye on  Waukesha,Wisconsin......
Their biggest employer just moved out.
Thanks Jeffyou're a "real" American....give Barack our Best !!

General Electric is planning to move its 115-year-old X-ray division from WaukeshaWis., to  Beijing, ChinaIn addition to moving the headquartersthe company will
invest $2 billion in  China and train more than 65 engineers and create six research centersThis is the same GE that made $5.1 billion in the United States last year but paid no taxes-the same company that employs more people overseas than it does in
the United StatesSo let's get this straight.
Obama appointed GE Chairman Jeff Immelt to head his commission
on job creation (job czar).Immelt is supposed to help create jobsI guess Obama forgot to tell him in which country he was supposed to be creating those jobs.
If this doesn't show you the total lack of leadership of this PresidentI don't know what does.
Please pass this on to others and think twice before buying a GE product!!

snopes.com: General Electric China Move
So who will you vote for in 2012 ???

Great Lanes Photos

Sent to me in email, my apologies to the source and/or photographers

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Hump Day Humor, Animals

 Help! Dial 911, I'm being mauled by a troll!
 I swear a big Doberman broke in and tore the place apart....
 When it's time to make your kids sleep in their own beds...
 Ahhh...the fresh, relaxing aroma of feet????
 Harlem Globetrotters look out....
 Partay, partay, partay!!!
 Uh, cat?  What cat?
 There's just no explaining love...
 Can you hear me now?
 Peace, brother.
 Hello, will you be my friends?
Mad skills!
If you need assistance smiling, there's always help!

Hump Day Humor, Animal Humor

From a friend, it's the captions that make these great... enjoy!
 I am not cute! I'm vicious...RAWRRR..RAAWWRRR! Alright, fine, I'm cute...
 Honey, I think you may have a fever.
 Just one more hug before I go to school, okay Mom?  K bye Mom
 No dog bed?  No problem....
 Baby is drowsing, cozy and fair.  Mother sits near, in her rocking chair.
 We are captionless...
 My mother wants me to get braces, but I just wanna wear a hat.
 A warm and friendly family
 You go right ahead on your vacation, I'll watch your fish for you.
 He's right behind me, isn't he?
 Just a little more to the left....
 Yoga kitty says the key to inner health is inner peace...
 Knock, knock, we're cute, give us candy....
 It can't be 8 a.m. yet....just 5 more minutes pleeeeez.....
 Mommy, I tiewwwd, cawwy meee...
Now keep your eyes closed, the surprise is almost here....I promise.....

Until one has loved an animal ---
Part of their soul remains unawakened ---

Hump Day Humor, I'm Hot

A humorous twist to Coke commercial

Hump Day Humor, Economy Car

Forget where I saw this, probably Jalopnik
Even Batman had to cut overhead....at least it's a ragtop!