Afternoon memes! This time CDC recommendation on seat belts, 'What do you call the end of the loaf of bread?' and a cat doesn't want to get in trouble so it plays the victim!

Part of my afternoon has been tackling a bunch of tasks around the house I never get to on normal days.  I wasn't motivated at first but for the last 3, I promised myself I'd have a 'coffee break' when I was finished.

And here I am!






Ryan Higgins nails it.

  Love this one...  LOL:   The CDC now recommends wearing a seat belt even when you are outside the car.  You know, to make us all 'safer' and give a visual of solidarity.

I'm loving this idea actually...  carry an old purse or backpack when you walk your dog.  That thug that rips it from you and takes off, thinking he or she got something good?  Got a backpack that holds nothing but a doodie bag full of your dog's crap that you've picked up and packed out during your walk.

I liked this one because I've done something similar....  "I just spent 10 minutes looking for the ham sandwich I just made..."

But a second reason I chose it today is that this morning I saw a Tik Tok video that I couldn't help but laugh at at the end.  You can find it yourself I'm sure by looking but it's a guy who is trying to tell a story and he's laughing so hard he can barely get through it...

He's holding up the end of a loaf of bread.  The question is:  "What do you call this piece of the bread?"
Some answers were obvious;  "We call it the heel."  "Well call it the end."  "We call it the butt of the bread"
But the best one - the one he couldn't stop laughing about is the person that said, "We call it the HOE piece.  Everyone touches it, but no one wants it!"  

    Got cats?  LOL 

It's Just the Coffee Talking... Delivery Woes - how did our delivery system become crap? FedEx, USPS, UPS and Amazon... all of them

I think I already may have mentioned this when it was more recent but it's in my files and I chuckled because delivery issues are still there are probably not ever going to get better.

Funny  (not funny) because I recall reading - not too many years ago now - of all the issues and problems other countries had with deliveries.  From the mail to private companies, they never knew if things would arrive, things would be stolen, damaged, etc.  The delivery drivers would steal, the postal workers would steal, things would be smashed and no one would take responsibility.  

I thought "Boy I'm SO glad we can trust our delivery systems here in the United States!" 

But around 2012 things started to go South.
The country had really started changing by then.  In many different ways.
None of them good.

By the time the Covid pandemic drama hit the country it pretty much all went to crap.

Currently I don't have any major issues surrounding a delivery - perhaps because I try to rarely order things online unless I have to.  But I DO have 2 items that are apparently sitting somewhere either in the state NEXT to me OR maybe in my state (no one knows) that supposedly the USPS has... but again no one knows.  They were due to be delivered last Wednesday but no one knows where they are.

The reason I'm not concerned about a delivery driver taking it is because they are photo books.  Personalized photo books made from the photos I've taken and had printed.  So... I'll wait.  Because no one is going to want those but me.

BUT my neighbors are still having issues upon issues.  Currently a neighbor has had 2 deliveries of car parts never make it - although FedEx TELLS HIM they were delivered to his house on the porch.  He was home all day waiting for them.  They may (or may not) have delivered but it wasn't to his house for sure.  Another woman ordered some items that also were marked as delivered by FedEx - again, she is home full time and was waiting.  It says "porch delivery" which is a lie.  She never got anywhere with anyone at FedEx taking responsibility or caring so she had to contact the company (a family owned company that makes gifts for grilling/etc.) and they sent her out a new one.  That one ALSO was marked by FedEx as delivered...  it never was.   So she canceled the order and ordered something similar from Walmart.  They shipped it perfectly within 2 days and used UPS.  

This week, driving home I saw a food delivery from HELLO FRESH left literally in the street, next to a mailbox.  The houses on our street are far enough back and often are 'winding' with trees so the homeowners cannot SEE the mailbox from the house.  So this cold food delivery was sitting in the street... which may or may not have been stolen before the homeowner arrived to search for it.  Just one of a hundred more examples.

Unfortunately the contracted part time delivery drivers in this area that handle much of the work are the ones stealing, delivering to random houses, tossing boxes into ditches and marking them delivered, or leaving the boxes literally in the streets.  FedEx doesn't care because during COVID they had to hire anyone (and I mean anyone) that was willing to apply.  Just got out of jail?  No problem.  Drugs? No problem.  Many only worked a couple weeks; enough to steal a ton and then quit.

But I'm getting off topic.

Topic is... delivery drivers suck.  And they lie.  OH HOW THEY LIE.  LOL.


This is just ONE random example of one of my liar-pants.

Amazon delivery driver who looked into my security camera, laid the package at the back door near the garage and then still had the guts to mark the delivery as HANDED DIRECTLY TO A RESIDENT.   LOL. 













 Just some afternoon meme's to go with your afternoon coffee....

A bird so talented it crapped a selfie on my car window....


Bird seed....  get it? 

Only 9% of President (gag) Biden's 1.9 TRILLION DOLLAR Covid Relief Bill actually goes to you know... fight Covid.


When they have to give out free rides, free beer and free savings bond to get you to get a rushed, unproven, un-long term tested, un-needed vaccination...   you should be concerned.  LOL.

Proclaim the truth and do not be silent through fear.
St. Catherine of Siena







It's Just the Coffee Talking: the dream that stays with you all day and parents in Vail vote out the missing school board and vote in a new one to pass a 'no mask' mandate

Good Morning Coffee Friends!

So this morning and today is all wrong.  Just... wrong.  It started off weird and 'off kilter' a bit and since then, just more of the same.

Nothing catastrophic... just weird, strange, off, irritating, frustrating, or whatever.  Just nothing really pleasant, good or positive!  Gah.

You know when you wake up from a dream that 'stays with you' all day?  That's how my day started - with a crappy dream.  Luckily I got a message on my phone from someone at 6:30 am that literally woke me from the dream.  But... the overall feeling of the dream persists.

Then I've had little but aggravation all day.  One thing after another! 

I did find a news article (video actually) that made me smirk.

The parents in a Vail school district converged upon a school board meeting to force the board to discuss the mask policy.  The board refused to hear the parents so they literally walked out of the meeting.  All of them.

So?  The parents voted them all out - voted in a new school board and voted to remove the policy completely.  I love when people take back the power.    (I have a 70's "POWER TO THE PEOPLE" chant in my head now.  LOL)

Vail School Board Flees, Parents Elect New Board, Vote To End Mask Mandate




A feathery houseplant that smells just like maple syrup.......... yep.

Good Morning Coffee Friends!

This morning I didn't have anything in particular I felt like chatting about so instead of coming to the office to have coffee while chatting on Coffee Talking, I grabbed the water container and started to water a couple of the plants.

Well, I guess that gave me something to mention over morning coffee.

A houseplant that smells (strongly) just like maple syrup.

It's called a Ming Aralia

Now, I'm not a plant person.  I don't buy them, I don't care for them, I don't want to have any responsibility of keeping plants alive.  I have 4 realistic-looking-fake plants I love because they look real and last for years and I don't have to think about them.

But I have a family member who loves plants... lives for plants... works with plants... and darnit if she doesn't show up with plants every now and then and replant my front outdoor planters, or bring me plugs for ornamentals she knows I don't have the heart to let die on purpose so she knows I'll pop them into the dirt somewhere or another.

I tell all these plants, I'll maybe water them once in a while, but other than that, they are on their own.  I'll give them a chance but whether or not they live is up to them.

And this one is a live-er.

She showed up with it.  I said no.  

She smiled.
I said I wouldn't take care of it.

She grinned and brought it into my house.

She asked me to care for it 'over the winter' since she didn't have a place to put it and it couldn't be out on the sunporch during the cold winter.

I told her no.

And then it came to live in the corner of my office where I pretty much ignored it and forgot it was there.  And she never did water it or care for it like she said she would.

And about once a month or so I'd remember it and give it some water.

Once in a while I'd pour out my cold coffee into the planter because I didn't want to walk all the way to the kitchen to dump it in the sink before making a new cup.

But it was enough attention to thrive I guess!  Because it did.

Now, it's a gorgeous plant... I don't deny that.  It's full of feathery, light little leaves.  It's interesting and beautiful.  But again, I simply don't like to keep plants alive.  That's why I mostly just have succulents in a few little containers I can forget about most of the time.

But this guy is determined to win me over.

And my family member never did take him back home after the winter was over.  Actually, I think it may have been 2 winters ago now that I think about it.

But the most interesting thing about this plant is that it's a Ming Aralia.  And they smell exactly like maple syrup.  Walking by it, you'll catch a whiff.  And watering it, you'll get a big whiff.

Maple syrup.

Strangest thing.









 Ponder over coffee....



COVID is not a hoax, but the numbers are: A look at the first flu season with COVID






I hate being suspicious about things... but damn, that gut feeling is always right.

More memes with your coffee.... household tip on folding and storing sheets; locking up your bicycle and the difference between your Dad as your Dad and him as a Grandpa!












One of the reasons I choose to use Duck Duck Go as my primary search engine....

Sometimes I do have to use the big "G" to do a search but my first and primary search engine is always set to default to Duck Duck Go.  Duck Duck Go doesn't sell your information like the big Guy does.  Now this might not matter to you, and it mostly doesn't 'matter' to me but it bugs me.

As a person with a website, one of the many, many analytics available to me is that I can see what you've been searching for, where you've been before clicking on my site and where you go after you leave my site.

Do I ever do this?  Nope.  Because I don't care.  

I don't have any of those analytics set up on my site since I just want to come here and chit chat over coffee.  But... a lot (A LOT) of people do choose to use and view the analytics.  And for any site that is trying to sell you things or 'build' their readership/following, they are going to download and use EVERY analytic they can.  And they are going to study those results with a fine tooth comb.

Your data, your personal information, your searches, your internet usage and page visits are all tracked by the big *G*.  If you know this and don't care... that's cool.

But there are many out there like my parents, etc. that have NO IDEA how the internet works and that you are tracked every moment you are on.  (FB I am looking at you too).

The more you know, the more you know.

Pondering over coffee tonight........




A Long List of Patents Owned by  ACIP  and Other CDC Members

The following is a partial list of some of the patents that are  owned or shared by members of the CDC and/or  ACIP  committee, including Dr. Paul  Offit:

  • "Nucleic acid vaccines for prevention of  flavivirus  infection"  -  This patent comes into play during the manufacturing process of vaccines  for yellow fever,  Zika, Dengue, West Nile virus and more.
  • Various vaccination testing methods  - When pharmaceutical companies need to test aspects of a new vaccine, they may utilize one of the CDC's patented testing methods including an artificial lung system  for  aerosol vaccines and  a process that screens new vaccines for human rhinoviruses.
  • Adjuvant patents  -  Adjuvants  are components within vaccinations intended to create an intensified immune reaction; members of the  ACIP  own patents on  adjuvants  used specifically in vaccinations created for premature babies and full term newborns.
  • Assays that assist  vaccine development  - During the vaccine development process, manufacturers will often observe biological samples for  specific antibodies; the CDC owns a patent on an assay  that facilitates this monitoring system.
  • Vaccine quality control  - patents on various aspects of quality control for vaccinations are utilized by pharmaceutical  companies on a large scale once a new vaccine is  actively distributed to the public.

In total, 56 individual patents were found to be owned or shared by one or more members of the  ACIP  committee or other committees within the CDC.

Members Claim They are Unbiased

When prompted with questions pertaining to  their financial connections with  pharmaceutical companies, most  ACIP  members claim they are able to remain unbiased despite the  rewards they receive every time a new vaccination is recommended to the public. In numerous instances,  vaccines  released to  the market  are  later removed  after  serious side effects are  documented. The rotavirus vaccine was one such example; it was pulled from the market in 1999, a year after its initial approval. In 2001, the  House Government Reform Committee found that four out of the eight  ACIP  members who voted to approve the vaccine had direct financial ties to one or more of the pharmaceutical companies who produced  the vaccine for public use. Similar situations involving many other vaccinations have been independently documented  over the course of nearly 20 years.

A Multi Billion Dollar Industry

The vaccination industry currently generates $30 billion in profit each year, some of which reaches the hands of the very people who create the vaccine schedule. Despite  concerns connecting vaccinations to the increase in  autism and a host of other disorders, the number of recommended vaccines continues to grow each year. With a new federal administration  interested in uncovering the dirty secrets hidden within alliances between CDC members and vaccine manufacturers, we may begin to see a wave of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits related directly to unethical behaviors which have led to numerous unsafe vaccines being pushed on an unknowing public. If the  National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program  (NVICP) is amended or repealed, victims of vaccine damage will be legally permitted to file claims directly against vaccine manufacturers and  members of the  ACIP  committee who often have had knowledge of vaccine  risks yet continue to recommend their widespread use.


The CDC Immunization Safety Office is  responsible for investigating  the safety and effectiveness of all new vaccinations; once an investigation is considered complete, a recommendation is then made to the  CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) who then  determines whether the new vaccine will be added to the current  vaccination schedule. Members of the  ACIP  committee include physicians such as Dr. Paul  Offit, who also serves as the  chief of infectious diseases at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.  Offit  and other  CDC members  own  numerous patents associated with vaccinations and regularly receive funding for their research work  from the very same  pharmaceutical companies who  manufacturer  vaccinations which are ultimately sold to the public. This situation creates an obvious conflict of interest, as  members of the  ACIP  committee  benefit financially every time a new vaccination is released to  the market.

Members of the  ACIP  Committee  Directly Influence Public Health

Each of the 12  members of the CDC's  ACIP  Committee has a significant influence on the health of nearly every member of the American population. Because they are responsible for adding to  and/or altering the national vaccine schedule, it is of critical importance that they remain objective and unbiased before determining whether a new vaccination is appropriate for use, particularly in the bodies of vulnerable young children. Unfortunately, a significant number of  ACIP  committee members  receive direct financial returns when more vaccinations are added to the current schedule. Many own  vaccination related patent(s) and/or stock shares of the pharmaceutical companies  responsible for supplying  new vaccines  to the public. Others receive research grant money, funding for their academic departments, or payments for the oversight of vaccine safety trials.

The following includes a list of CDC Foundation corporate donors

 Directly from their website, current as of 4/27/2021




The following includes a list of CDC Foundation corporate donors and partners over time:

  • Abbott Ireland

  • Abbott Laboratories

  • 360 thinc, ltd.

  • 3M

  • 3M Pharmaceuticals

  • AB Biodisk

  • Abbott Laboratories

  • AbbVie Inc.

  • Academic Press

  • Accenture

  • ACE Construction Group

  • Acme Cargo Express Singapore

  • ActionSprout

  • Adis International

  • Adobe

  • Advanstar Communications, Inc.

  • Advantage Healthcare, Inc.

  • Aetna, Inc.

  • Affimedix, Inc.


  • AG Communications, LLC

  • Agilent Technologies

  • AGL Networks LLC

  • AGL Resources, Inc.

  • AirTran Airways

  • AkzoNobel N.V.

  • Alaska Center for Pediatrics

  • Alere North America, Inc.

  • Allergan, Plc

  • AlphaGraphics

  • Alston + Bird, LLP

  • The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

  • American Petroleum Institute

  • Amgen Inc.

  • The Analytica Group

  • Analytic Services Inc.

  • Annar Diagnostica

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

  • Anthem, Inc.

  • Apatel.com, Inc.

  • Appalachian Power

  • Applied BioCode, Inc.

  • Applied Biosystems

  • Arch Chemicals, Inc.

  • Ark Sciences, Inc.

  • Arrowsmith Consulting, LLC

  • Ascend Media

  • ASI Holdings Inc.

  • Astellas Pharma US, Inc.

  • Astra Merck, Inc.

  • AstraZeneca PLC

  • AT&T Corp.

  • AT&T Georgia

  • Atkinson & Associates, LLC

  • Atlanta Coca-Cola Bottling Company

  • The Atlanta Journal Constitution

  • Atlanta Magazine

  • Autodesk, Inc.

  • Aventis Pasteur

  • Aventis Pasteur Limited

  • Aventis Pharmaceuticals

  • AVNET Inc

  • The Bank of Commerce

  • Barlovento LLC

  • BASF Corporation

  • Batavia Biosciences

  • Bavarian Nordic, Inc.

  • Baxter International Inc.

  • Bayer AG

  • Bayer Corporation

  • Bayer U.S. LLC

  • BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company)

  • BearingPoint, Inc.

  • Beckman Coulter, Inc.

  • BellSouth Corporation

  • BellSouth Telecommunications, LLC

  • Bethpage Federal Credit Union

  • Bijur Lubricating Corporation

  • bioCSL

  • Biogen MA Inc.

  • Biohit Laboratory Services

  • bioMerieux, sa

  • BioPort Corporation

  • Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.

  • BioReference Laboratories, Inc.

  • BioTechnical Communications, Inc.

  • Blackwell Science Ltd.

  • BMH Holdings LLC

  • Boditech Med Inc.

  • Boehringer Ingelheim USA Corporation

  • Boehringer Mannheim Corporation

  • Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC

  • Boopies Gifts

  • Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.

  • Boston Field & Focus, Inc.

  • Brakeley Briscoe, Inc.

  • Branford Festival Corporation

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

  • Browning-Ferris Industries, Inc.

  • Bunge Limited

  • Byotrol Inc.

  • Cambridge University Press

  • Cargill, Inc.

  • Caribbean Travel Medicine Clinic

  • Celanese

  • Celerant Consulting, Inc.

  • Centocor Ortho Biotech, Inc.

  • Century 21 Today

  • Cepheid

  • Cerilliant Corporation

  • The Charles Schwab Corporation

  • Chem-Aquascience, Inc.

  • Chemux Bioscience, Inc.

  • Chesapeake Surveys

  • Chiron Corporation

  • Chromesystems Instruments & Chemicals GmbH

  • CIBA Vision Corporation

  • CIBC World Markets Corporation

  • Cisco Systems, Inc.

  • Citi

  • Clarivate Analytics

  • Clinical Care Options

  • Clinical Pathology Laboratories, Inc.

  • The Clorox Company

  • CNN/Time Warner

  • The Coca-Cola Company

  • Columbia Management

  • Columbus Auto Body Works, Inc

  • Commonwealth Radiology, PC

  • ConocoPhillips Company

  • Consensus Communications, Inc

  • Contello Towers III, Inc.

  • Contemporary Forums

  • Cook Insurance Agency, Inc.

  • Cooney Waters Group, Inc.

  • Cortlandt Communications, Inc.

  • Costco

  • Covance

  • Covance Market Access Service

  • Coventry Health Care of Georgia

  • Covidien

  • Coxe Curry & Associates, Inc.

  • Craft Technologies, Inc.

  • Crawford Media Services, Inc.

  • CRC Industries, Inc.

  • CSIRO Livestock Industries

  • Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

  • Cummins Inc.

  • Current Drugs Ltd.

  • Current Medicine Group, LLC

  • Custom Ink

  • Custom Packaging Services, Inc.

  • CVR Associates, Inc.

  • CVS/caremark Annual Giving Campaign

  • CYTYC Corporation

  • D.A. Hughes & Associates

  • D.H. Griffin Companies

  • Dade MicroScan Inc.

  • Daiichi Pharmaceutical Company, Ltd.

  • Darren's Designs

  • Data Management Processing, Inc.

  • David Vance & Associates, Inc.

  • DaVita Mission Viejo

  • Decision Resources, Inc.

  • Dell Inc.

  • Deloitte Consulting LLP

  • Deloitte Services LP

  • Delta Air Lines, Inc.

  • Delta Development Group, Inc.

  • Delta Staffing Services, Inc.

  • Devlin Properties LLC

  • Devries Public Relations

  • DEY, L.P.

  • Diagnostics Biochem Canada Inc.

  • Dialysis Clinic, Inc.

  • DiaSorin Inc.

  • DIAsource Immunoassays

  • Diazyme Laboratories

  • Disney Worldwide Services, Inc.

  • Dodge & Cox Funds

  • DSM Nutritional Products, Inc.

  • DST Systems, Inc.

  • E.T. Enterprises

  • Eastern Mountain Sports

  • Eastman Kodak Company

  • Easton Associates LLC

  • Eastview Veterinary Clinic, P.C.

  • Ecolab

  • Edelman

  • Educational Management Group

  • EIS, Inc

  • Eli Lilly and Company

  • Elsevier Inc.

  • Emergent BioSolutions Inc.

  • Endocrine Sciences Inc.

  • Entertainment Media Ventures

  • Environmental Disciplines, Inc

  • Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc

  • ESA Biosciences, Inc.

  • Esoterix, Inc


  • Eurofins Biomnis

  • Eventbrite

  • Evercore Partners Services East LLC

  • Exel Inc.

  • Exponent

  • ExxonMobil

  • Facebook

  • Fallon Medica LLC

  • FanBox

  • The Father's Love Consulting and Investment Services Inc.

  • Ferraiuoli LLC

  • Fidelity Investments

  • Fleishman-Hillard, Inc.

  • FMC Technologies, Inc.

  • Ford Motor Company

  • Four Seasons Environmental, Inc

  • The Frankel Group, Inc.

  • Fujirebio Diagnostics, Inc

  • Fujirebio Inc.

  • Future Drugs, LTD

  • Ganister Fields Architects

  • GDF Suez Energy North America, Inc.

  • GE Aviation

  • GE Energy

  • GE Medical Systems

  • Genentech, Inc.

  • General Electric Company

  • General Mills, Inc.

  • General Motors Corporation

  • Gen-Probe, Incorporated

  • Genzyme Corporation

  • Georgia Power

  • Georgia-Pacific Corporation

  • Georgia-Pacific Professional

  • GF Health Products, Inc.

  • Gilead Sciences, Inc.

  • GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals S.A.

  • Global, Inc.

  • Global Blood Therapeutics, Inc.

  • Global Good Fund I LLC.

  • GOJO Industries, Inc.

  • Google Inc.

  • Granotec Chile S.A.

  • Greenberg Traurig, LLP

  • Gustav Heningburg Associates, Inc.

  • H & H Consulting Partners, LLC

  • H.B. Sherman Trap, Inc.

  • Hager Companies

  • Hamad Medical Corporation

  • Hampton Inn Hotel

  • Harold's Printing Company

  • Harris Teeter

  • Haymarket Media, Inc.

  • Haymarket Medical

  • HCA, Inc.

  • Health Advances LLC

  • Health Education Technologies

  • Healthcare Performance Consulting, Inc.

  • Healthcomp, Inc.

  • Heartland Assays LLC

  • Henry Schein, Inc.

  • Hexagon Nutrition Pvt. Ltd.

  • Hilton Hotels Corporation

  • Hoffmann-La Roche Inc.

  • Hogan Lovells US LLP

  • Holder Construction Company

  • Holland America Line

  • Hologic Inc.

  • The Home Depot

  • Horizon Communications

  • Horizon Properties Corporation

  • IASIS Healthcare

  • IBM Corporation

  • IBM Employee Services Center

  • ICN Pharmaceuticals Inc.

  • Idenix Pharmaceuticals

  • Ihc Health Services Inc


  • Image Information, Inc.

  • IMC

  • Imedex, Inc.

  • IMG

  • Immundiagnostik AG

  • Immunodiagnostic Sytems Inc.

  • Immunotech S.A.S.

  • Impact Communications, Inc.

  • ImpactRx, Inc.

  • ImQuest BioSciences

  • Incstar Corporation

  • Independent Charities of America

  • Indusco Distribution of America, Inc.

  • Industrial Metal Powders

  • Infectious Disease Consultants PC

  • Integrated Communications Corp.

  • Intellectual Concepts LLC

  • Intellectual Ventures Management, LLC

  • Inter-American Development Bank

  • International Association of Operative Millers

  • International Medical Publishing, Inc.

  • Intervet International B.V.

  • inVentiv Health Clincial Lab Inc.

  • Invitrogen, Life Technologies

  • Iodine Global Network

  • IQ Solutions

  • Jackson Associates, Inc.

  • Jalonso Group Inc.

  • The James W. Down Company, Inc.

  • Janssen Biotech, Inc.

  • Janssen Global Services, LLC

  • Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC

  • Janssen Therapeutics

  • Jealco International, Inc. (West)

  • John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

  • Johnson & Johnson

  • Johnson & Johnson Pediatric Institute, LLC

  • Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Services, LLC

  • Jones & Askew, LLP

  • Jupitor Corporation USA

  • JVC Professional Products Company

  • JWT

  • Kadmon Pharmaceuticals, LLC

  • Kaiser Permanente

  • Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research

  • Kalik & Associates, Inc.

  • Kedrion Biopharma Inc.

  • Kendall Strategies

  • Kerricook Construction, Inc.

  • Kilmek, Kolodney & Casale, P.C.

  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation

  • King & Spalding LLP

  • KIPHS, Inc.

  • Knoll AG

  • Kohl's Corporation

  • KPMG International

  • Kris International, LLC

  • Laboratory Alliance of Central New York

  • Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings

  • Laburnum Diagnostic Imaging Assoc.

  • LadDawn

  • Land Yacht Harbor of Melbourne Airstream Park

  • Law Offices of Edwin Marger, LLC

  • The Law Offices of Kevin J. McDonough

  • The Leader Publishing Group, Inc.

  • Liberty Mutual Insurance

  • Life Technologies Corporation

  • LigoCyte Pharmaceuticals

  • LinksPoint

  • Linn Energy

  • Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

  • Lipsey Mountain Spring Water

  • Lonza Group Ltd.

  • Luminex Corporation

  • Luminex Molecular Diagnostics, Inc.

  • Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

  • Lypro Biosciences, Inc.

  • Magellan Biosciences, Inc.

  • MailChimp

  • Mallinckrodt Group Inc.

  • Marc O'Brien Agency, Inc.

  • MarketVision, Inc.

  • McDonald's Corporation

  • The McGraw-Hill Companies

  • McGraw-Hill Education LLC

  • Medentech Ltd.

  • Medical Economics Company, Inc.

  • Medical Information Systems, Inc.

  • The Medical Letter, Inc.

  • Medical Marketing Research International Ltd.

  • Medical Marketing Studies U.S. Inc.

  • MediMedia Managed Markets, L.L.C.

  • Medimmune, Inc.

  • MediTech Media Ltd.

  • MedPanel, Inc.

  • Medrad Inc.

  • Medscape, LLC

  • Mellon Private Wealth Management

  • Members Give

  • Mercer (US) Inc.

  • Merck

  • Merck Partnership for Giving

  • Metro Foods

  • Metro Logics, Inc.

  • MGK Insect Control Solutions

  • Mickey Leland National Urban Air Toxics Research Center

  • Microbide Limited

  • Microgenics Corporation

  • Micromass UK Ltd

  • Microsoft Corporation

  • Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

  • Moelis & Company

  • Molnlycke Health Care, LLC

  • Mondrian Investment Partners (U.S.), Inc.

  • Morgan Keegan & Co., Inc.

  • Mo's Pizza

  • Motorola Inc.

  • Murphy-Moore Properties

  • N2 Qualitative Marketing Research

  • NanoEnTek Inc.

  • Nanosphere, Inc.

  • National Football League

  • Navkar bio-chem

  • NDC Health

  • New & Improved, LLC

  • New England American College of Sports Medicine

  • New England Research Institutes, Inc.

  • New York Society of Infectious Diseases, Inc.

  • Nexstar Farmaceutica, S.A.

  • Nike, Inc.

  • North American Vaccine, Inc.

  • Northrop Grumman Corporation

  • Novartis AG

  • Novartis Investments S.A.R.L.

  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

  • Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, Inc.

  • Novavax, Inc.

  • Novo Nordisk Inc.

  • OCC North America, Inc.

  • Ogilvy & Mather

  • Oliver Wyman

  • OnStar Corporation

  • Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

  • Opko Diagnostics, LLC

  • OraSure Technologies, Inc.

  • ORAVAX, Inc.

  • Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics

  • Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc.

  • Orvis Atlanta Store Staff

  • Oxford Immunotec Ltd.

  • Oxford University Press USA

  • Oxoid Ltd.

  • P.H. Moore Anesthesia Services, Inc.

  • Paint World, Inc.

  • PAREXEL Medical Marketing Services

  • Pathcon Laboratories

  • Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories

  • Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

  • PayPal

  • PD Bros

  • Penn Schoen & Berland Accociates LLC

  • Penn Treaty Kennel Club

  • Perera V. Chiron Corporation

  • PerkinElmer, Inc.

  • Pfizer Inc.

  • PGS Tech Corp.

  • Pharmacia Corporation

  • Pharmavite LLC

  • PHFE Management Solutions

  • PlowShare Group Inc.

  • Porter Novelli

  • PPD Development, LP

  • Practakal LLC

  • Premier, Inc.

  • Preparis Inc.

  • Princeton Media Associates, Inc.

  • P&G

  • Production Transport, Inc.

  • Prospect Associates, Ltd.

  • Proteus On-Demand Facilities

  • Public Health Management Corp.

  • Pursuant

  • QIAGEN Corporation

  • The Quaker Oats Company

  • Qualcomm

  • Qualigen, Inc.

  • Quest Diagnostics

  • Quidel Corporation

  • The Quigley Corporation

  • RADCO Chemical Solutions, Inc.

  • Rasmus Real Estate Group, Inc.

  • RB Health (US) LLC

  • R-Biopharm Inc.

  • Reckitt Benckiser, Inc.

  • Regional Health Services of Howard County

  • Remel Inc.

  • ReproSource

  • Research in Motion

  • Rexall Sundown, Inc.

  • Richard Bowers & Co.

  • Robert Michael Communications, Inc.

  • Roche Diagnostics Corporation

  • Roche Laboratories, Inc.

  • Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.

  • RockTenn Company

  • Rockwell Collins

  • Rogers Medical Education Network (USA) Inc.

  • Rollins, Inc.

  • Run It Up Productions, Inc.

  • S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.

  • Sacoor Medical Group, Europe

  • Safeway Inc.

  • Sage Publications, Inc.

  • San Diego Gas & Electric

  • Sands Point Nursing Home

  • Sanofi Pasteur, Inc.

  • Sanofi-Aventis

  • Satair USA, Inc.

  • Schering Plough Corporation

  • Science Applications International Corporation

  • Scientific Therapeutics Info., Inc.

  • Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.


  • Seaport Global Holdings LLC

  • The Segal Company

  • SerOptix

  • Shaklee Corporation

  • Shalin Financial Services, Inc.

  • Share Your Share, Inc.

  • The Sherwin-Williams Company

  • Shoreview Nursing Home

  • Shure, Incorporated

  • Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc.

  • Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Inc.

  • Siemens USA

  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

  • Simon Kucher & Partners Strategy & Marketing Consultants LLC

  • Simon Property Group

  • Skanska USA Building, Inc.

  • Skippy Musket & Co.

  • Slack, Inc.

  • SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals

  • Social & Scientific Systems, Inc.

  • Solutions

  • Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

  • Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal

  • Southeast Research, Inc.

  • Southern Company

  • Southern Company Services, Inc.

  • Spectrum Brands

  • Spirit AeroSystems

  • Springer SBM BV

  • Springer Science+Business Media LLC

  • Sprint

  • SRA International, Inc.

  • St. Elizabeth Healthcare

  • Staples, Inc.

  • Starbucks Corporation

  • Starfish Associates Limited

  • State Farm Insurance Companies

  • Stiefel Laboratories, Inc.

  • The Stormont Companies LLC

  • Stratton Travel Management

  • Subjective-i Research

  • Subterracom Wireless Solutions, LLC

  • Summit Chemical Company

  • SunTrust Bank

  • SunTrust One Pledge Campaign

  • SureWerx USA Inc.

  • Symbol Technologies, Inc.

  • Synageva BioPharma Corp.

  • Synermed

  • Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited

  • Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.

  • Target Corporation

  • Taylor and Francis Group, LLC

  • Taylor Technology, Inc.

  • Theranos

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.

  • ThermoForma, Inc.

  • Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates, Inc.

  • Thomson Healthcare Inc.

  • Thomson Reuters

  • Thoroughbred Research Group Inc.

  • Tibra Trading America

  • Times Bank Ltd.

  • T-Mobile USA, Inc.

  • TMS BioScience Labs

  • Tosoh Bioscience, Inc.

  • Tosoh Corporation

  • ToucanEd, Inc.

  • Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

  • Transtria

  • Trellis Bioscience, Inc.

  • Trellis RSV Holdings, Inc.

  • Tricore Reference Laboratories

  • Tri-State Gastroenterology 

  • Trojan Brand Condoms

  • True North Communications, Inc.

  • T-Shirt Mojo

  • Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

  • Turner Construction Company

  • Turner Learning

  • U.S. Magnesium

  • UBS AG

  • Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.

  • United Industries Corporation

  • United Parcel Service

  • Universal Stabilization Technologies, Inc.

  • University Hospital Gent

  • UpToDate, Inc.

  • USF Medical Services Support Corporation

  • USGlobalSat, Inc.

  • Valeant Pharmaceuticals International

  • Ventria Bioscience

  • Verizon Communications

  • Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Incorporated

  • Vestergaard Frandsen SA

  • Victor G. Polizos, M.D., P.C.

  • Vipelderly Limited

  • ViralED, LLC

  • Viropharma Incorporated

  • ViroStat, Inc.

  • Vista Research

  • Visual Education Corporation

  • Visual Response LTD

  • Viva Entertainment, LLC

  • Voxiva

  • Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

  • Walgreen Company

  • Walmart Stores, Inc.

  • Waters Corporation

  • Waters Ireland LTD

  • WebMD, LLC

  • Westat

  • Wirthlin Worldwide

  • Wolters Kluwer Health

  • Workday, Inc.

  • World Health Communications, Inc.

  • Wyeth

  • Wyeth Consumer Healthcare

  • Wyeth Global Pharmaceuticals

  • Wyeth Laboratories

  • Wyeth Pharmaceuticals

  • Xcel Energy

  • XCellAssay, LLC

  • YourCause, LLC

  • YRC Worldwide

  • YUM! Brands, Inc.

  • Zeus Scientific, Inc.

  • Zhejiang Disigns Diagnostics

  • Zila Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

  • ZRT Laboratory, LLC

  • Zurich American Insurance Company

  • Merck for Mothers






Yes, Fauci and Gates Do Have Ties to COVID-19 Vaccine Maker



The author of the news article did contact USA's writer 'Chelsey Cox' and let her know the information they posted was false.


I emailed the author and the corrections editor on September 13 to request that they correct their false headline and acknowledge the NIAID’s partnership with Moderna, in accordance with USA Today’s code of ethics.

I also pointed out that, even if they were unaware of that partnership, since the collaboration between the Gates Foundation and Moderna is acknowledged in the article, they knew that their headline was false. I also noted the hypocrisy of fact checking others while willfully misinforming the public themselves.

Two days later, I received a reply from the author, Chelsey Cox, thanking me for my comments but sticking to the headline with the reasoning that “The headline reflects the analysis of the claim subject to fact-checking.”

I replied, “It does not follow that since the claims about Fauci and Gates subject to fact-checking are false that therefore they have ‘no ties’ to Moderna. That is a non sequitur fallacy. Indeed, you point out yourself in the article that Gates does have ties to Moderna, his foundation being partnered with the company. The headline is false and should, by USA Today’s own ethical guidelines, be corrected.”



Who Will Fact-Check the Mainstream Media?

The spread of misinformation is a serious problem in our society today. But the mainstream narrative is that it’s coming from individuals on social media or alternative media websites. The reality is that the greatest purveyors of misinformation are the government and mainstream media.

Notice that the mainstream media’s self-proclaimed “fact checkers” don’t fact check each other despite endless opportunities to do so. Instead, they focus on “debunking” information from alternative sources.




Covid and other Memes to Ponder Over Coffee

Although it's easy to make fun of people driving alone in a car... with their Wuhan virus mask on, it's also understandable that for people that are forced to wear them for 10-12 hours a day for work forget they are even wearing them. 

So while I'm grinning at this meme:  "If you're driving alone in your car with a face mask on, stay home, even after this is over...."   I admit, I caught my husband doing this!  HA!  He has to wear a mask at work (no choice in the matter) and after 10-11 hours, he completely forgets he has it on and got into his car and drove an hour home.  I saw it on his face as he drove up the driveway.  Yep, I had to rib him about it a little.  But... just a little.

I really DID chuckle out loud at this one....   
"How do you know if someone's vaccinated?"  "Don't worry, they'll tell you."
  "We're a special kind of stupid" - well, not all of us, but we are held hostage by the idiots and sheep that are a special kind of stupid but they currently wield the power.   

Ponder the stupidity of airport 'social distancing' when 45 minutes later you are jammed into tiny seats on planes like sardines for the next 4-9 hours.  Go ahead.  Ponder it.  


So so so much evidence.  HARD evidence.  Video evidence.  Photographs.  Screenshots.  In-person eye-witness evidence.  We are more concerned about a fucking football game than we are the integrity of the election of the highest office in our nation.

Go ahead.  Ponder that over coffee too.
I'm not one for 'going out' but this quarantine/social distancing meme pretty much sums up my "office" and "work" clothes.  They've hung in my closet for so long....








Frustration with the new "My K-Cup" reuseable cup not fitting your Keurig? It will! It's just a little confusing... how to make the new bigger My K-Cup fit your regular Keurig machine

When I was reading reviews for the next Keurig brewer I need to buy (soon), I saw a number of complaints about the My K-Cup that they send with most full sized brewers as well as the PLUS models;  "The My K-Cup " doesn't fit in the coffee maker!  Why did they send it!?  I'm sending it back!"  I didn't pay much attention because I've never had a problem with the My K-cups in the past, I've owned and still own several since we've bought so many Keurigs over the years, and I've also bought numerous other brands of 'reusable' and 'eco' k-cups.  They all fit.

But this weekend I finally think I understand where some of those complaints came from!  

Last night I was going to enjoy a cup of coffee and opting to grind my own beans.  As I was getting one of my reusable cups out, I saw a brand new, still in the box My K-Cup that came with one of the many machines that I hadn't even bothered to open yet.   I opened it and prepared to use it - thinking about how 'different' it looked from all the others.  It was larger and had an extra piece, almost like a handle.

I glanced at the paperwork that came with it and noted that if I had a PLUS SERIES brewer I'd need to buy an adapter to make it fit.  No worries.  My current Keurig is that regular 'coffee emergency' brewer I picked up on Easter morning (regular readers will recall).

I filled it, tried to insert it into the brewer like I have for the past 16 years we've owned Keurigs and... hmm.  It doesn't fit.

Now, I was talking to my husband during this time so I wasn't completely paying attention to the coffee.  I spun it around and tried to insert it, but it was still too large.  

Still not thinking about it, and listening to my husband tell me about his day at work and catching up with each other, I walked to the office and tried to insert it into that machine.  Nope.

I knew to remove the coffee filter casing already in the machines.  I popped that out.  But there was no way to fit this new My K-Cup into either of our machines. 

Still conversing with my husband, we walked back to the kitchen where I got out another eco-cup and used that to make my coffee instead.  As it was brewing, there was a lull in the conversation so I told my husband about the odd coffee conundrum.  Why would they include a My K-Cup that didn't fit?  And there was a big sticker on it that says you need to buy an adapter to use in the PLUS SERIES but mine wasn't a PLUS.....

THEN I realized:  maybe the sticker and the instruction manual were a bit misleading and not clear.
You don't have to buy an adapter.  It comes with the adapter you need for the PLUS series but you have to REMOVE IT for the regular Keurig Brewers.  And it's NOT clear because the sticker is right over the seam.

I simply sliced the sticker with my fingernail.
And twisted and pulled that extra 'handle looking' piece off.

There was the adapter.
NOW the My K-Cup looked 'normal'.

I went ahead and brewed a second cup of coffee.

I decided to post this for people like the reviews I was reading online that didn't realize the adapter was part of the piece they sent; but it was covered with a sticker warning them they need an adapter for the PLUS SERIES.   Just remove the adapter from your cup and it will fit the regular sized Keurig brewers.



Sunday Morning Coffee Talk.... Azalea Gall, Daily tasks and My latest buys on Amazon - photos and links included; 30"X30" air filters, food vacuum sealers, Little Tikes ride on toys and Mike Wazowski shirts!

 Good Morning Coffee Friends!

Although I know a good number of people love to order online and have everything from their groceries to car parts to diapers to delivered; I'm not one of them.

I don't like ordering online because it causes me 'delivery anxiety'.   Frankly, you just never know if your order will be delivered, will be 'lost' will be screwed up, will be stolen by the contracted part time delivery drivers, stolen by porch pirates or arrive broken... or have something crazy shipped in place of what you actually ordered.  Too much anxiety for people like me who like precision, organization, smooth delivery and all my ducks lined up in a straight little row with everyone doing the job they are being paid for and doing it well.

We all know that doesn't happen!  So, it's almost funny that someone like me who hates ordering online, almost always has at least one online order coming at any given time.  This wasn't really true until China unleashed their virus on the world and the 2020 quarantines started and the 'shortages' of everything became widespread.  

Finding things in stock and deliverable online became a daily task and I guess it's just stuck around.  Many stores are still out of stock or low in stock of many items so you find what you can online, and honestly it's much easier.  You can click click click to compare colors, models, prices, reviews and in-stocks.  

So even people like me who hate to have things delivered, end up with almost weekly deliveries.

And that is where my head is morning.

I keep a paper tacked up in my office, next to the computer, with the word DELIVERIES scribbled across the top.  I list what company and items I'm expecting and if I have a tracking number with an expected delivery date, that is on there as well.  Since it's one of the first things I glance at in the morning as I'm sipping my coffee, it's on my mind.

Today I only have 2 companies left for shipments coming this week.  Snapfish and Home Depot.  Everything else has arrived safe and sound.

My Amazon order was split up into 3 parts but all the deliveries came through without issue last week.  Ah, for my delivery anxiety that takes a weight off my chest.

I DID actually shop for these items locally before placing an order online.

I needed some frosting tips for a birthday cake I'm making in 2 weeks, a new food vacuum sealer, a Monsters Inc t-shirt, food coloring, a birthday gift for a little boy, some hard to find 30X30 air filters and a few other items.

I did due diligence on the food sealer and I'm THRILLED with the one I chose.  I decided on a Nesco brand and although I didn't have the options for 'gentle pressure' or 'pulse' sealing on my previous sealer, I know now I never want to be without them.

Nesco Vacuum Food Sealer  


The Mike Wazowski t-shirt is actually the second one I ordered (from the same seller).  I found the same item on Target as the seller sells on numerous websites, but I wasn't sure what size I should get.  I didn't know if it was a cheap Chinese version in which you have to order 2 sizes larger than normal or not.  So the first one was ordered, I was happy with it but realized it was 'true to size' so I went ahead and ordered a second one in my real size.  I need it for a Monster's Inc. themed birthday party in a couple weeks and I'm happy with it!  It's also one I'll gladly wear long after the party is over.


Monster's Inc. Mike Wazowski t-shirt


I ordered some food items - including some zero carb/zero sugar protein powder.  I ordered a couple of them actually.  The vanilla version (I'll link here) is mine for baking as we eat primarily low carb and sugar free so baking isn't as easy as when you use flour.  Instead you have to use a mixture of almond flour and whey protein powder to get a product that comes close to a wheat flour based item.  So this is on hand in our pantry all the time but my husband works out and I buy him 'flavored' versions for his protein drinks.  I think this time I got him Chocolate Peanut Butter.  We also purchase the coffee version, strawberries and cream, cookies and cream, salted caramel and various other flavors.


Isopure zero carb protein powder


For a child's first or second birthdays I typically get them some kind of ride on toy for outside play.  Typically I'll go for the battery operated kind they push a button to ride and they go 2-5 mph but I've found the peddle versions get used just as often - if not more - because the other kinds can't be ridden if the battery is dead.  Mom and Dad have to remember to recharge it often, and not lose the charging cords.  This time around the little tyke is getting a Little Tikes (see what I did there?) Harley Davidson ride on toy. 

Harley Davidson Ride On Toy Trike


Although I'm not listing and linking everything in this week's order(s) one of the other things I HAVE to buy online is our main floor air filters.  We have an odd size of 30" X 30" that I have yet to find stocked in any retail store so for the past 9 years we've lived here, I've had to order online.  I used to be able to find them online at Lowe's so that became my go-to, but they were listed as no longer available so I had to go searching again.  Luckily I find them easily available at Amazon and they were actually about $20 cheaper for a set than I used to buy at Lowe's.  SCORE!


30" X 30" air filters


Now that you've had a peek into my world, albeit a boring one, I need to gulp or pour out the last of my coffee that I suspect is too cooled for me to enjoy, and decide what in the heck I'm doing today.  I really am in the mood to do a Costco or Sam's run... but not in the mood to spend the money.  Payday isn't until next Friday so really, I need to stay home and tackle of the tasks I've been procrastinating on!

I have a donation pile of boxes I need to do a final decision on and either 'finish' or pack away for a larger donation later on.  Clean, folded clothes to put away and hang up.  Dishes. Deciding and prepping dinner.  Putting up some freshly washed curtains. Trimming the azalea tree outside the front office that has picked up yet again that funky Exobasidium fungus that causes some of the flower buds and leaves to be thick, ugly, discolored putrid looking things.  (See Azalea Gall for photos if you wish).  I have to hand pick/trim them but I've put it off for a couple days because our azalea 'bush' is literally a tree and I have to  drag out the tall ladder from the garage and tote it to the other side of the house and set up in order to reach.

Not sure of my plans yet today but good morning hello to any of my coffee friends out there (even if you just regularly pop in to read and never comment... which is 99.99% of you!  Ha ha).