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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Planned Parenthood. Some math observations.

Updated July 2018 for new numbers. Scroll to bottom.

If you don't have a little bit of a grasp on strange statistical anomalies, and picking out a different story from Planned Parenthood's own figures than they might intend, you won't find this interesting.

If you might think: "Gee, why would they present the numbers like they do?" then read on.

This sort of analyzation is useful for all statistics. As the saying goes: there are lies, damn lies, and statistics.

So, let's compute.

All numbers are from PP's own material in the 2013-2014 Annual Report:


Planned Parenthood's own 2013-2014 numbers say 3% (actually 3.09 so I'd round that to 3.1) of their *services* are abortions. Which is true. 

But if you divide number of abortions by number of PATIENTS, then it's 12.1% So they're off by a factor of 4 if you look at it that way.

Yes this has been noticed and reported on elsewhere.

Planned Parenthood likes to say 3%, but they really should say 12% since we're talking about people here, and not services.

Read on though because it's even higher than 12%. They left out a potentially big detail.

And I couldn't find that number ANYWHERE.

They count things like UTIs and referrals as services, so one patient could have several services performed along with their abortion.

Like a pregnancy test. So a pregnancy test and an abortion doubles the number of services without changing the number of patients.

Convenient if you are trying to downplay abortion rates.

So out of every 8 people in the waiting room, one is there for an abortion.

If you like, they abort the entire city of Santa Ana, CA every year.

But here's something I haven't seen mentioned in as many places: We didn't take out the services performed for men.

They don't have abortions of course.

They get treated for UTIs, STDs, etc. All this: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/men

And the number of male patients doubled between 2003 and 2013. How many is that? Don't know.

I could not find out how many patients were men, or how many were women. From the listing of all the men's services, you'd think it might be a lot but who knows. Maybe not even Planned Parenthood.

Other notable numbers: Pap smears were done only SLIGHTLY more than abortions. It's almost one for one.

1.2 Pap smears for every abortion. I would have thought if we're emphasizing women's health, that number would be a lot higher.

Breast exams? About 1.5 for every abortion.

Pregnancy tests: for every woman who had one done, 1 in 3 got an abortion. There's also no figures on how many were positive vs negative. So that 33% figure could be even higher.

Prenatal services: 17.5 abortions for every prenatal service. So care for the unborn baby seems underemphasized.

Another interesting number: Vasectomies numbered 4166. Women sterilizations number only 822.

So men are 5x as likely to get sterilized at PP as women.

In summary, there is no way to tell the true rate of abortions (i.e. what percentage of women are there for abortions) because you can't take the men's services out of the total number of services.

And also: if you're doing 327,000 abortions which is 150% of the population of Shreveport, La (third largest city in Louisiana) then maybe the vasectomy/sterilization options need to be discussed more.

1 vasectomy for every 75 abortions seems low.

At the very least, I find this interesting and my 'spin' detector reading is elevated.

Update for 2016-2017 Annual Report
You can check the numbers here: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/facts-figures/annual-report

About the same.

Practically no one gets a vasectomy or a form of sterilization. Just over 1 in 8 patients gets an abortion. For every 3 pregnancy tests done, there's one abortion. For every TWO Breast exams/Pap smear/HPV vaccination (combined total), there's one abortion.

Issues of note with this report:
Still no breakdown of men vs. women, so you can't see what percentage of women patients get an abortion. Close to 10 times as many men get sterilized here vs. women. Yes, I know it's an easier procedure.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Fiat 500e Lease Returns are CHEAP on Ebay

Under $10,000 in almost all cases. I think at this price, you can justify it as an 'extra' vehicle based on the gas savings alone.

I think the prices will increase somewhat over time.

-recharges twice as fast as Nissan Leaf early models (6.6KWHR charger)
-cooled and heated battery pack: should last a lot longer
-many were fairly loaded with leather and nav

There are TONS on Ebay: 500e 'Buy it Now' Listings.

As I write this, I see one for $6988 with 42,000 miles on it. Not much wears on an electric car but tires and brakes. This is nothing.

My Leaf has almost 90,000 and I've done nothing but tires and windshield wiper blades.

Friday, February 02, 2018

What is cryptocurrency? And how can you earn money on it vs using an ad on your site?

This is an alternate way for people to support websites.

It uses a small amount of your computers power to do the math required to 'mine' Monero, which is a form of cryptocurrency like the more well-known bitcoin.

For those who don't know what a cryptocurrency is, it's a big math problem. The computer tries tons and tons of calculations to discover 'keys' that have value, due to their rarity.

Like gold or diamonds are rare, so they have value usually beyond the intrinsic value. Or, further, as paper money has value beyond the paper and ink it's made of.

Cryptocurrency isn't controlled by any government and can be pretty much untraceable and is sort of a worldwide currency.

That's the basics.

You can play with it here:


You can control how much CPU it uses by adjusting the Speed option.

I find the best result is using the same thread count as the number of virtual processors you have or on simpler devices, the number of CPU cores.

Another way is to make shortlinks that direct to valuable content, but the link computes a small number of 'hashes' or work units before the visitor is shown the webpage.

You can click -=> HERE <=- to see how that looks.

What speed do you get and on what device? Post in the comments section below.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Bissell Model 1719 Charger: Get it here. It's the right one. And: Why you can't find Yours.

I found my charger after I moved and after ordering this one.

I thought I'd lost it because I did not think about the charger having to be a little higher voltage than the battery.

The machine says 9.6V on it but the charger says 12V. So I presume I set the charger aside because the voltages didn't match and weren't really that close.

I.e. I hadn't lost it at all!

9.6V is common among R/C cars so it makes sense that is the battery voltage.

When I looked closer, the one I found and the new one both say they are for the 1719 on them.

Same label, same brand, same charger shape, etc. So to sum, I'm 99.9% sure this is the correct charger.

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Monday, December 25, 2017

Ethernet Adapter for Chromebook

I have the Acer Chromebook R11. I am using the Apple USB Ethernet Adapter.

Amazon has them here: http://amzn.to/2Dd2vHs

That adapter has worked with almost every device and OS I've tried it with. It is a great item to have in your admin toolbox.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

How to Get Older Versions of macOS Server

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Note: I did this in December 2017, so caveats if Apple changes how it works.

1. Buy the latest version on the latest OS that's out. I used the App Store on a machine running High Sierra, which is OS X 10.13 to make the initial purchase. The older versions are then free.

2. Once you've done that, open the App Store on your machine running the older OS. I downloaded on 10.11 and 10.10. App Store will ask if you want to download an earlier version.

Just in case, make a copy of the app. If you want to go really far back, do it on other versions of the OS, but I think in this example most stuff that would run 10.9 would run 10.10 and 10.11 so about the only reason might be to migrate data from an early server that won't go directly to the latest version so you have to step it through OS and Server versions.

Apple, could you make this easier?

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I bought a Mac Mini 2009 to use as a caching server via Squidman and the built in caching service. It's nice to have in-house DNS and some other stuff because my internet sucks. Anything I can do to speed it up, and link bind via Speedify, etc. helps.

I'm using a Core 2 Duo 2.0 ghz with 120GB and 2GB of RAM.

P.S. If you got here to read about Speedify in some sort of similar situation, it works.

I have two T-Mobile iPhones with the free slow USB tethering that provide .6-1.2 MBPS per second. This doesn't sound like much but my third link is the unlimited speed hotspot that costs $25 extra per month. Right now my peak speed is 8Mbps with about 8% of that coming from the two slow links.

It's free, I'll take it. :)

The reason the unlimited is so slow is because I am throttled. I have a lower priority, so I get the leftover bandwidth. But for something like $50 a month it is decent. There is no wired option, not even DSL and satellite is capped etc.

I *MAY* look at satellite in the future and link bind the two slower connections for gaming latency issues but up until now it hasn't been price attractive, and I hope I can get at least DSL before two more years, which is the typical satellite contract term.

But I digress.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Cheap Soda: I got it for about 4 cents a can

First you will need an adapter to use Paintball cylinders with your Sodastream machine.

Check this page for compatibility:


You can get a 24oz cylinder filled at Academy Sport and Outdoors for $4. Sodastream charges $33 for 14 ounces!

Don't even do the math on that one. It's super high.

Now buy a machine:


Finally to start getting the cheapest syrup, buy the boxes at Sam's if you want commercial stuff like Coke Zero.

Shop various stores' clearance section. I recently bought Sodastream Diet Caffeine syrup for ONE DOLLAR at Kroger.

You can also use flavored water enhancer that Aldi sells, or any other concentrated flavor or juice.

Amazon has some Sodastream Sodas as low as $4: http://amzn.to/2mtOj4P

Have fun, and save some serious cash.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

2009 C6 Corvette Rims on 1988 C4

Disclaimer: I'm not a professional so if this causes any harm to ANYTHING it's your responsibility.

I put some 2009 C6 Corvette rims on my 1988 C4.

Here is how it turned out:

The front rims are 18" and the rear is 19".

The front requires no modification, you can see the differences in the stock 17" C4 sawblades and the stock C6 rims here:



You lose some width in the front, and the back isn't that much bigger but you need to change the offset.

The offset calculator I used showed I lost 29mm of offset, so I added 30mm spacers:

I got "Adapter - Hub & Wheel Centric Corvette, 5x4.75 70.3 12mm1.5 Studs/nuts 30mm thick"

from http://www.motorsport-tech.com

The spacers bolt right on with no stud modification.

Torque setting from the 1988 C4 book is 80 ft-lbs and you use that on the spacer and new rims. You should retorque after 5 miles, and then after you retorque the spacer, drive ANOTHER 5 miles and retorque the rims.

So that involves taking the rims off an extra time, but the second time checking the torque just takes a few minutes.

Of course, read all directions appropriate to your application from all relevant parties.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Free Vimeo Service STINKS. Especially if you're poor. Your video will be held at gunpoint.

I uploaded a demo reel.

I decided to REPLACE that with a smaller version.

Vimeo showed at the top of the page I was close to my STORAGE limit.

But what they really mean is an upload limit.

So, after I uploaded this MUCH SMALLER video, my original video was no longer viewable. You either get an error message showing the page is unavailable or an error about your upload allowance.

Even though it shows in 'Your Videos' on your account.

That's right, every potential casting director just skipped me for the next actor since my reel got taken offline.

So, to get more UPLOAD bandwidth (NOT STORAGE) I had to pay $9.95 for a month. Which they hide in the fine print. They want you to pay $60 for a year but you CAN buy just one month.

But I wouldn't. Just use Dailymotion probably.

Don't be like me and have your video held at gunpoint due to some fine print.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Terminator 3 Plot Hole

Just thought of this:

Why did Skynet attack as soon as it was brought online?

The drones (HKs) and Terminators (T-1's) appear to be basically almost beta. There's that scene where the little HK is tethered still and not flying on it's own.

So, why not wait until the hardware is further developed willingly by the humans before attacking?

From that moment on, Skynet would have only had more and more advantage by getting smarter, embedding itself in more things, and having better attack capability.

So why not hide and wait?

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

NAS Pensacola Aviation Preflight Indoctrination: the mile swim

You have to swim a mile in a flight suit, or at least you did in, ahem 'the day'.

It's going to be too big because it's not yours and it's for pool use.

It's not the one that fits you because other people rushed the rack and got those.

So it's like a big, wet, draggy bag draped around you that you're going to carry for however many minutes it takes to swim a mile.

At least they don't make you wear boots. For this. Other stuff, you wear boots and gear etc.

Longer story short: I cried out to the Lord, or more accurately Jesus, at one point but I finished THE FIRST TIME.

People don't.

So maybe after 30-40 minutes, they're back next week to try again.

Some never do, and otherwise good candidates are washed out for fears of water, not passing this gut check, etc.

I had a hip injury, so instead of using my legs as much, I had to use my arms more.

They had to lift me out of the pool at the end.

The instructor said he'd never seen someone so far off the pace as I was at one point come back and complete it.

Oh, did I mention there was a maximum time?

80 minutes.

I did it in 78.5

True story.

Monday, September 26, 2016

First Acting Gig

I just finished early Sunday morning (25 Sep 2016) after being there since 4pm Saturday.

About 14 hours on set. Super tired. But I think I should get seen a few times in different scenes, so...cool!

I'll post more soon, but the title was 'The Vast of Night' which I'm thinking is a working or 'secret' title for when the film really comes out.

It was an indie movie, but has some people who are established actors in it.

The location was in and outside of Whitney, TX Intermediate School shown here.

I'll post some more later, especially after the film comes out. It's not on IMDB yet. :)

Don't want to reveal movie details ahead of time, of course.

What I can say is that the gym there, shown above, was an old hangar from a nearby Air Force field that was supposedly donated by the military and the townspeople numbered it, took it down, and re-assembled it by using the numbers.

Very period. 

There were some cool old cars used as well.

If you're around Whitney, the cars and some other pieces are probably going to be there a bit longer. :)

More details soon. Will update with my selfie from on set. 

Friday, September 02, 2016

Printer Keeps Trying Wrong Paper size. A4 instead of Letter for example.

I made you something. :P

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More info on the issue:

When I was trying to print from other computers on the network, via Google Cloud Printing or whatever, my Oki C5200n would try to print on A4 size paper instead of 8.5x11 Letter size.

As you can see, it's not something that a print dialog setting can fix. Trust me, I tried.

Here's a simple fix done in minutes. Hope it helps.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Do those car ionic breeze and ozone generators work?

Short answer, yes, but with some caveats. Some DO NOT WORK and are 100% junk with no functional parts.

Read on to see how you can tell if yours really works, and get a link to the one that I have that DOES work.

I ordered one from Daily Steals and got it. Above, the outer part. Below, the guts.

As you can see, there are only two pieces of electronics there not counting the LED. Those two just run the LED, basically. 

The springs are just power contacts so it's powered by the cigarette lighter.

They did refund my money without making me send it back.

So, how do you tell if yours really works? It's pretty easy. Plug it in and let it run for a couple of minutes. 

Wrap your hand around it so the air is sealed into your hand and then pull it out of the lighter socket.

Smell it. If it smells sort of like after a rain, or like that funny photocopier/laser printer smell from your office, that's ozone.

So at least it's generating that which means high voltage things are going on. Some ozone is ok, and it is a very effective deodorizer as well so that's good.

One thing to consider is that these take a while to work. The best solution is a thorough cleaning but over time these WILL help.

Here's the only one I could find of the two types I've had that actually worked: http://amzn.to/2bpSbho

A great air sanitizer that I've used for years is Ozium. I'd recommend one of these in the ORIGINAL SCENT. The 'New Car' scent was not good IMHO. Spray some around the air conditioner intake under your dash down by your feet from time to time. 

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Long story short: if it costs a fair amount and it's from a reputable seller it's probably OK, but if it's a cheapie shipped from China it's probably junk.

Additional tip to reduce odor in your car's A/C:
Turn off the A/C in your car usually by just pushing the A/C button when you are about 1 minute from your house and turn the fan on HIGH.

This warms up your A/C core which will keep water from condensing on it and allowing yucky things to grow there inside your dash.

The ozium will help to kill anything that might be there. 

P.S. Using the MAX A/C or recirculate setting will keep outside air from being drawn in, and therefore reduce germs and allergy junk from coming in. It will recirculate the cooler air in your car and reduce fuel consumption since the compressor won't run as much.

Lastly, have you considered a cabin air filter with carbon in it? Those absorb odors that the cheap factory paper ones will not.

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