Monthly Archives: October 2013

Is there anything I can do to help?

The Daily Caller is reporting that Congress has written to several companies to see if they have been asked to give assistance re: the debacle of the Abominablecare website. Two companies, Amazon and Microsoft have indicated that they sent emails offering to help with the site. It is not encouraging to learn that they were more or less knocked back over the offer. Other companies who have been approached regarding the debacle include Oracle, Google, Verizon and Expedia.

Google has the expertise in some areas including web design. I do not know the expertise of Verizon but I assume that they have expertise in setting up websites. What I do know from experience is Oracle.

Oracle is a company that has a lot of expertise in database financial and distribution software. I have briefly explained here about what happened when I was at Dataflow and how the changeover to a new system plus a move from one location to another caused the company to go into liquidation. The changeover software chosen by my colleagues was Oracle’s One World. I have used other database software by Oracle as well as from several other companies including Sun. When I was working I was fast at learning the financial systems, including one that used Microsoft software for its financial and distribution of product.

Basically, what I am saying is that these are companies who have the experts and the experience to study the issues and suggest solutions. However, the current Administration seems to have knocked all of them back. This is ridiculous. They should be glad that these companies were willing to lend their expertise to help with the present issues.

Some of the comments I have been reading about the disaster that is the website that is in crisis has included issues with navigation. All of the above companies have the expertise when it comes to creating software where the operator has to navigate from one location to the other. In particular I point to Oracle as one of the best examples because a lot of commercial companies use their financial packages.

So, why on earth is the Administration knocking back potential assistance from experts in the field of creating financial packages and databases?

One more comment here, Amazon obviously uses their own people to create their databases looking after books, and providing material for the Kindle, so again they have a certain amount of expertise in the creation of databases. Ditto for Google, for they too have expertise in such things as creating search engines. All of this expertise is on standby, so why is it that the Administration is not availing themselves of the best in the business?

In Memorium

This is a very sad one for me because today I got the news that my auntie Doreen passed away.

My auntie Doreen was one of the young women who met the U.S. Marines when they were quartered at the MCG. As a result of meeting my uncle John T. she became engaged, and after the 2nd World War she was one of the Australian brides and fiancees who were taken by ship to the USA.

Auntie Doreen married my uncle John T  and they lived in Lincoln Park Michigan. There were 7 children from the marriage, but two of the boys passed away, Jimmy passed away in the June prior to my father’s death in the November 2003. My sister Maureen passed away 18 months after my father, and my cousin Bobby also passed around the same time.

Spying on one’s “friends” can make enemies

I have not mentioned the antics of Snowden and I do not want to give that man credit for anything. I remain with my current stance with regard to some forms of whistleblowing (I have been an indavertant whistleblower and I am sympathetic to most causes for whistleblowing, but taking secret documents is something that leaves me cold).

The German Chancellor, Angel Merkel has revealed that someone was spying on her cellphone conversations. She is rightfully angry that this had taken place.

Who is to blame? When did it happen? How recent was the last time that someone listened to her conversations?

The fact is that the spying has damaged the credibility of the USA. There can only be one person to blame if the spying was of recent origin.

The USA is denying that it also spied on the French, but is that a credible denial?

The damage done by this present White House Administration to the reputation of the USA in the rest of the world is such that I doubt that such damage can be repaired…. Thanks Barry Soetoro.

Personal conflict – finding a new doctor.

I have arthritis. In fact I have had clinical arthritis for a very long time, probably spanning at least 40 years. This is my story of very personal conflict. It is a story that is in keeping with the heading of my blog “A world at War”.

In reality I could state that my issues began when I was about 9 years old because that is when my skin went all funny, and the dandruff began. Years later this was diagnosed as Sebhorrea Dermatitis by a skin specialist who actually did a biopsy of my skin. There are more skin stories but they are not important to this story.

So where is the beginning of my story? Perhaps it began when a woman from DJ’s who was fitting me for school shoes noticed that my feet were different and we were sent off to see a chiropodist who sold us a pair of steel orthotics. I hated those shoe inserts. They were inflexible. No, I do not think that is the beginning. The real beginning happened a few years later when a girl I would describe as an enemy, not a friend deliberately tripped me up on the stairs at school. Yes I really was a victim of school bullying, not just by students but by a teacher!!  This was the first time that I sprained my ankle. Over the years I have sprained my ankle hundreds of times.  So, this was in fact a part of the beginning of my story and journey to get some answers.

The next part to this story happened when I was roughly 19  years old. By that time, I had experienced a number of weird things with my feet. I would purchase shoes I thought fitted and would find that when walking in them I ended up with bloody stockings at the toes. My toe nails were cutting into the toe, causing the bleeding. In other words as I was walking to and from university for example my feet were swelling. There is no other possible explanation. Yet this is not the ultimate experience at the time that I want to explain. By the age of 19 I was experiencing ankle swelling every time rain was pending. At the time of this story I had taken on a short job with the Commerce Library at the University of Melbourne, and yes I enjoyed that job. On this particular day, my ankle was hurting, and I said to my companions working with me that I could predict when the rain would come.  I came within about half an hour with my prediction, it was not too bad for someone who was bragging to have gotten that close with the prediction. I did use a little help, by looking at the cloud formation :).

Ever since my teenage years my ankles have started playing up when it is about to rain. These days the discomfort is much more extreme than when I was younger and did things like ballroom dancing and walking from Flinders Street Station to Melbourne University.  What I never understood is that this swelling is probably the earliest sympton of my “clinical” arthritis.

The next instalment of my story comes at the age of 22. when I slipped on some stairs, and discovered that synthetic  carpets and leather-soled shoes do not mix. Well, that slip on the stairs caused more than a sprained ankle this time. Four months later I discovered that the cause of my growing discomfort was a fractured and displaced coccyx.  This was before having any children. The discomfort was extreme. It was hard to sit, it was hard to stand still, and walking killed. It was even worse when trying to get to sleep. This went on for a very long time. However, I did get some respite after I gave birth to my first son.

After this came the car accident where I had a whiplash injury. I am not complaining because the seat belt restrained my body sufficiently so that I did not go through the window. The injury is a small price to pay, even though it has lasted all these years.  The injury itself was a torn neck muscle and stretched ligaments. Ouch.

There were other injuries to my left calf muscle and once again to my shoulders. It was the new shoulder injuries that first caused investigations to begin. I had some blood tests and one indicator came back weakly positive. I was sent to a rheumatologist, had some further tests and he came to the conclusion that it was fibromyalgia and that I needed to go exercise and good-bye. He put me on what I describe as Zombie medication. I ceased taking that stuff not long after I began using it. At the same time I had no intention of going back to see him. In the meantime I continued with the physiotherapy which was very intensive. This was done under Worker’s Compensation laws. Then we moved to Townsville for a year. It was a year off work. However, Townsville is very humid in the wet season. Needless to say I had a lot of discomfort, and could barely put clothing on the clothesline… yes it really was that bad in the wet season. I fared better in the dry season, but this was helped by seeing a Rheumatologist by the name of Dr. Keary. He was the one who said I had clinical artritis because he observed my symptoms. However, at that stage the serological tests were not giving a real picture of what was happening.

After Townsville, it was back to Canberra, and I ended up with very sore shoulders once again. I was sent to the partner of the same doctor I had already seen with the request to inject my shoulders. (Dr. Keary had given me an injection in my shoulders that had helped me during those dry months in Townsville). This doctor took one look at my file and he refused to give the injection. He told me I had fibromyalgia, go exercise and threw me out the door. Actually I was exercising under a physiotherapist at the time. I can assure you I had a very dim view of Canberra doctors as a result of that treatment.

My years in Castle Hill were also eventful, but they were the years where my body began a series of changes. I had troubles with my hands and fingers. I continued to have issues with my feet. I was using orthotics by this time and changed Podiatrists a few times.  The first doctor to recognize that my symptoms could be Rheumatoid Arthritis was Dr. Sue Kiang. She is a brilliant doctor who is able to pick up on people’s symptoms to offer a diagnosis. I went to her because I had a very sore left little finger. I thought I might have jammed it in a car door, but of course there was no crack from such an incident. Instead she had noticed arthritic changes in my little finger, thus she was prepared to call it RA.  with a question mark. My other doctor from that era was also very good. He ordered some bone scans that indicated if anything that the level of inflammation since my first bone scan had significantly increased.

The first Rheumatologist that I saw in Sydney was a doctor Lim. I liked him. He thought that the inflammation indicated generalized osteoarthritis. I began a program of exercises under his care, and was seeing an exercise physiologist. He introduced me to taking Glucosamine because other patients were using this product and claimed some good results. I was sent to another doctor for a second opinion. More conflict because fibromyalgia was back on the table… but he also put me in the clinical arthritis category.

In the meantime some other things happened. These included a new round of plantar fasciitis. When this strikes it also hits into my hips. At this stage I was having hydrotherapy and treatment of the condition was a part of my hydrotherapy exercises. Then within months of this development I injured my coccyx for the second time. I had already developed an allergy to wooden seats that required I used a cushion to sit on the church pews, but now I needed a bit more in the way of padding. The injury happened in 2007 and I am still have problems. They are similar to the first time that I had this injury. For this reason I recommend that people should be very careful about trying to check the water temperature in a swimming pool because hitting one’s butt against the wall of the pool leads to lots of extreme discomfort!!

Our move to Canberra happened around this time, and once again I was in the hunt for a rheumatologist. My GP was very quick to pack me off to see a rheumatologist for my symptoms. This time I was very lucky to end up with a doctor who was very thorough in coming to a diagnosis. It meant a lot of tests, blood tests, bone scans, x-rays etc. but the end result happened to be that Chandi is by far the most thorough of all of the professionals that I have seen. I was diagnosed with Mixed Connective Tissue Disease. He knew that I had a low opinion of any fibromyalgia diagnosis, and he thought that MCTD was a nothing diagnosis but for me it was an end of a long journery of struggle because of those symptoms. About 2 years later my diagnosis changed because I was moving towards RA as a primary diagnosis. The most obvious symptoms are in my feet.  Chandi was good and I do like Dr. Tymms who was responsible for bringing Chandi to Canberra.

Last year, in 2012 we moved from Canberra to the Central Coast. I had to find a new rheumatologist and I was sent to one in Gosford. I got so angry with that man, I was calling him a prick, and continue to refer to him in that way.  However, yesterday I behaved and did not refer to him in such a derogatory way when I went to visit another rheumatologist. This prick in the first consultation stated that he thought Chandi was wrong with his diagnosis and that fibromyalgia was my primary condition. He then proceeded to reduce my dosage of Methotrexate, and by the next appointment he took me off the Plaquenil. He barked at me with his questions. I gave some wrong answers because of the actual questions. Even in the letters he wrote to my doctor he had errors regarding the actual consultation. He paid no heed to the actual blood test results. As a result of the way he behaved, one indicator which had been reducing as a result of the treatment with Methotrexate and Plaquenil started to rise again. I only knew this when I read what I was taking to the new person.  After the last consultation he decided to review me in 12 months, BUT I have no intention of remaining as his patient. When my GP called me in for a consultation regarding the letter he had received from this man, I hit the roof over what had been stated. There were errors again over what was discussed, this made me furious. I had shown him the bone scan reports and he seemed to be mollified. I told him that I was not continuing with the Zombie medication (I fought with him about that stuff) and he had in fact abused me because I had not increased the dosage of that crap. So, I did not hold it in when this doctor had conceded to my GP that Lyrica was also used for fibromyalgia. I had used Lyrica in the past but it was expensive medication and I had to stop because the price was too much to pay.  However, Lyrica is now on the free list which means I pay a lower amount for a prescription, and the price has in fact fallen significantly because it is approved to be used for neuropathic pain which is the reason that I use the medication. During the consultation with my GP I did in fact call the man a prick, yes, I actually said that.

My GP gave me a referral to another man and I saw him yesterday. I have asked this man to be my Specialist Rheumatologist. I am once again changing my medication dosages, and we will see what happens 6 months from now.  In the meantime I am happy with him.

One more thing about Chandi, he was the one who first sent me for a sleep study because he knew of a possible link between sleep apnea and fibromyalgia. It is all about the need for restorative sleep in order for the body to heal. To cut a long story short, my GP sent me to a doctor who is a specialist in lung and sleep disorders. I did another study and this time the diagnosis had gone from mild to moderate sleep apnea. I am grateful to Chandi because of his persistence in the first place. Yesterday, this new doctor with a twinkle in his eye described the treatment for sleep apnea as unromantic… he made me laugh as I explained that both of us are now on machines. Yes it is very unromantic!!

As you can see, this is indeed a story about personal conflict and working through what has been ailing me for a very long time. I was surprised that this doctor pointed out the obvious about my long journey, even though I would add maybe another 20 years with regard to symptoms. At least in those early years there were no inflammatory indicators.

This is a personal journey for me, and there are some extra things I have not added, especially about the extra falls and the bruising that I have experienced, though most of it does not match the bruise I got on my butt after that second incident. I guess that bruising is an indication that some nerves in the region were indeed affected by the accident. The other good thing about yesterday is that this man recognized that I am an intelligent woman. It makes a big difference. So now I am ready to move forward as I seek to cooperate with this particular doctor.

The Left is about class warfare, not those economically disadvantaged

It is a myth to state that those on the Left side of politics are all for the people who are economically disadvantage. There are many reasons as to why I consider it to be a myth. However, my purpose here is to write about Australian politics because I think that the last 6 years have exposed once and for all they myth that the Left are the only ones who have regard for those who are economically disadvantaged.

There is no better example of an area where people who are on relatively upper low incomes than that of the Penrith area and its surrounds in NSW. The Central Coast of NSW also fits into this category because a lot of people who lived in the West of Sydney have in fact moved to the Central Coast for lifestyle and retirement reasons. These people are what I happily call the workers, and yes they do work hard, but they do not have the income of the lawyers and others who get good income.

Left wing people brag that they are for the workers, but even unions these days are all about the union leaders and not for those who are struggling to make ends meet.  In Australia the myth was exploded when the ALP government introduced a carbon tax that ripped even more money out of the pockets of people struggling to pay off a mortgage. We went into the election knowing that we were going to punish a number of the MPS. There was one surprise seat, that of Reid, and there was another that fell which has a very small margin. However, there was one seat where the incumbent fell by quite a large margin,

The issues surrounding the Australian election were numerous but the things that stood out happened to be the attitudes of the leaders. Julia Gillard is a Marxist. She pretended that she had no association with the Communist Party and she covered up her role in the group known as the Socialist Forum, where in fact she was a key member of the group. The Socialist Forum members were in the Communist Party before it disbanded. Kevin Rudd is in fact a closet Marxist. He is more subtle than Gillard. Wayne Swan said many things that proved that he is a Marxist… I could go on and mention each one that has Marxist leanings but there is no point to doing that and instead I want to outline the difference in the two major parties and why it is that the party that is supposed to be of the right is in fact the party of the little people.

The terms of Right/Left were supposed to be about privilege vs the underdog. The Liberal Party does in fact get donations from wealthy people but then again the ALP and even the Watermelon Party aka the Greens also gets donations from extremely wealthy people. From this aspect there is no different between the two sides and it helps to show why the Righ/Left terminology is a myth.

What is increasingly obvious is the policies of each party and how those policies, when implemented actually help disadvantaged people rather than making them even more disadvantaged. One glaringly obvious example is the way that Tony Abbott reached out to those on lower incomes whilst Julia Gillard in particular remained aloof in her belief that she is a part of the elite. The elitist attitude of the ALP/Greens had become extremely irritating and they were not listening to the people who elected them in the first place.

Tony Abbott is the son of an Englishman who migrated to Australia. In other words he is a ten pound Pom. By profession, his father was an orthodonist, and obviously a wealthy man. Tony went to one of the best Catholic schools in Sydney, Riverwood. He then went to Sydney University where he studied Economics/Law and received First class honours. He was awarded a Rhodes scholarship, which is only awarded to the best of all the students in Australia in any given year. (Robert Hawke, also known as Bob Hawke is another Rhodes Scholar). Tony then went to England where he continued his studies in Political Science. He has the education that would make the likes of Gillard and Swan extremely envious.  There is so much one can tell about Tony Abbott, that is he has rescued people from a burning building and also rescued people from the sea. In both cases he did not hesitate to risk his own life in an effort to save others in trouble. Every year Tony Abbott spends a week at an Aboriginal Community in the northern part of Australia where he helps them in a practical way. He is a member of the Australian Lifesaving Clubs and yes he performs lifeguard duties. He is a member of the Rural Fire Service or RFS. In fact he is the Captain of his unit, and this last weekend he participated in the effort to fight bushfires raging in the Sydney area. The more I hear about Tony Abbott, the more I like him as a person.

Tony Abbott in fact embodies the real meaning of Social Justice. This phrase “social justice” is one that has been hijacked by the left wing. They seem to think that they are the only ones who do anything about social justice. In fact what they do nothing positive to help people with their policies. They get people on the government teat and then they take away their benefits, leaving them high and dry. This is what happened to the single mothers whose children are over a certain age. The real problem happens to be that a single mother gets a pension if she is not working. Being on a pension has its extra benefits including lower electricity rates, paying lower doctor bills (only $5 discount I might add), lower payments for medicines, lower public transport costs. When the pension is taken away as it was for single mothers in the last budget, it means that all of the extras are lost and that leads to an economic strain for women trying to raise a family without that extra bread-winner member of the family. In some cases the women are not in a position to return to work for health reasons.

The social welfare system in Australia is at breaking point. It is not the fault of these single mothers that the system is at breaking point, although I would argue that it is the fault of some of the single mothers within a certain ethnic group and ideology. (I am not going there at the moment). The real problem has come because the ALP stopped protecting our borders and allowed thousands of people who are country shoppers into our country. These people have been placed on welfare, thus they have become a burden to the taxpayer. I believe the correct term to use for this situation is Jizyah. The influx of such people has also overloaded our health system and especially our hospitals.  Another aspect of this overload is the fact that Australian women who need emergency shelter are denied that shelter because these economic illegal migrants have been given priority. This is the legacy of the ALP/Greens policies over the last 6 years. It means that even in the lower income brackets people are hurting, a lot. They are stressed to their eyeballs as they seek to find the money to pay their bills and the ever increasing costs associated with gas and electricity supply.

The ALP introduced the absurd carbon tax. The obvious impact has been an increase in both gas and electricity charges. This is despite the fact that carbon dioxide is a necessary component to our life cycle – humans breath out carbon dioxide and plants breathe in carbon dioxide, plants breathe out oxygen and humans breathe in oxygen. Plants are good for the planet. The answer is so simple, plant more trees and plants. However, the ALP/Greens claim that carbon dioxide is a pollutant and therefore carbon (which an element of carbon-dioxide) must be taxed to allegedly lower our emissions. Of course, it has no impact upon the trace gases in the atmosphere.

The ALP/Greens have been scaremongering about climate change. They totally ignore the historical facts about Australia, Yes we do have bush fires every year. What they ignore is that everything goes in cycles, including rainfall and temperatures. If the real temperatures were plotted, and no predictions from computer models were used, one would have no trouble recognizing the trends, and how these trends have a cycle. From experience, I know that the extremely high temperatures occur about every 15-20 years. For example there were temperatures close to 110F in 1939, 1959, 1983 and 2009. We also had some extremely high temperatures in late 2012 and early 2013. However, that is what happens in an Australian summer. During the 1960s Victoria had a dry spell and that meant water restrictions. Then in the 1970s the summer was cold and wet. The 1980s it was back to hot and dry, and so on it has gone. There are other observable trends too. For example, in years where there has been a lot of rain in the summer months, lower rain in the winter months, we have seen an increase in bushfire activity. This is because the undergrowth has been allowed to get out of control.

The Greens are economic vandals. They care nothing for the environment even though they pretend to be environmentalists. They do a lot of scaremongering, and they are responsible for doing damage to crops that are meant to help people in various ways. They deliberately go around destroying experiments with genetically manipulated crops – some examples of those experiments actually shows that these vandals are doing more harm by what they are doing to the actual crop production. One experiment destroyed by these vandals is working on getting a potato that is impervious to potato blight. What these Green vandals ignore is that we have always had genetically manipulated crops. An example is the wheat produced by William Farrer who worked to find a rust resistant crop. The potato crop is just one example. The experiments on wheat crops these days is an effort to produce a wheat crop without gluten.  The vandals destroy the work of scientists because they are the ones who have no real scientific knowledge.

To be continued.

Left/Right – why this is a wrong classification in politics

As an Australian, it irks me that people of the “Left” in politics get called “Liberals”. The reason that it irks me so much is that in Australia, the Liberal-National Party Coalition are the conservatives of politics. Being conservative does not mean one has what is considered to be “extreme right wing” views. The fact is that calling conservatives “Right wing” is in fact an error. This suggests an association with Nazis and Fascists, yet conservatives do not agree with the politics of either Nazis or Fascists who were and are in fact “of the Left” in their ideology.

I believe that the Wikpedia entry on the political spectrum is in error because it leaves out one very important point, and that is: some of the groups classified as Right wing i.e. the NAZIS and the FASCISTS are in fact Leftist because they are also followers of Karl Marx and Freidrich Engels, and I might add, they believe in Government control of the lives of the population. For this reason, lumping the Nazis and Fascists in with the conservatives of politics is just plain wrong.  I would suggest at the same time that it is inappropriate to lump dictators such as Pinochet as right-wing is also inappropriate from a modern viewpoint.

However, Wikpedia is a good starting point when it comes to understanding the origin of the “Left/Right” political spectrum. It is unclear as to when this terminology was first used, but according to Wikpedia it occurred in the French Parliament around the time of the French Revolution.  It is all about the seating in the Parliament and that as groups of people identified with each other they sat together, one lot on the right side of the Parliament and the other lot on the left side of the Parliament. In France, the parties that sat on the Right were those who supported the monarchy, whereas those who supported the revolution and Robespierre sat on the left side of the Parliament.  The same seating arrangements also occurred in the British Parliament, where there were Whigs and Tories, prior to the emergence of the British Labour Party in 1906.

The Left/Right spectrum also fails to take into account that there is a wide group of like-minded people who are middle of the road. These are the true conservatives. They are neither left, nor right, but depending upon the policies they can lean either way. Some for example are considered to be socially liberal, but others are economically liberal.

The word liberal is another word that has been taken out of context. Note, in the last paragraph I wrote of socially liberal. I think a better word to describe such people is libertarian or better yet, libertine. By this I mean that they are people who believe that the government should not interfere with their lives behind closed doors. Some of the things that they support include abortion on demand, voluntary euthanasia, easy divorce, living together and yes even homosexual marriage. Their attitudes actually suggest a break down in the morals of society.

An economic liberal is someone who believes that government should not be controlling their economic lives especially when it comes to business. Again, this does not mean that there should not be any government regulation which is the position of the economic libertarian.

I do believe that Left/Right has been falsely defined for probably more than 100 years. For example the Wikpedia definition states that the left are people who usually advance the rights of the economically disadvantaged. However, based upon the Australian experience, this is not true.

To be continued

Fires in NSW

More than 100 homes have been lost due to bushfires in NSW. The majority of the losses have been in the Blue Mountains, with Winmalee bearing the brunt of the losses. Today, the RFS have been working to save St. Columban High School in Springwood. I will point out here that there is more at stake than just the high school because the property also houses the primary school as well as the church and the priest’s residence. The property also served as a seminary in the past but the seminary had to close down because of asbestos in the building. Actually, I do know the property, very well. It is a long story as to how I know the property and you will just have to take my word that I do know it very well.

It is the other fire that is of concern to me personally because it is one that is hard to put out. This is the fire that has been flaring on the Central Coast of NSW. On Thursday one man lost his life when he was attempting to save his property in Munmorah. He had a heart attack.

The reason that this is personal is that Munmorah is very close to where I am currently living. For the moment we remain safe. However, this fire is of concern. It started more than a month ago on what is known as Rutley’s Road. It dies down but it flares again when temperatures are raised. The reason for this occurring is that there is a just below the surface coal seam that is affected. The fire itself has tentacles. So far it has been pushing northward because of the southerly winds. However, if we get a northerly then we could end up in trouble.

So far as I am aware this man is the only one to have died as a result of these bushfires.

Please note, none of these fires are due to the effects of Globull Warming.