High Definition Television Purchasing Guide

The day advocates of high-definition television or HDTV presented it to the public in 1998, rumors spread about how it would be the very best television viewing experience compared to our older TV sets. The image quality and sound would be greater, giving the impression that you had been within the movie or TV show while you watched it.

HDTV: What Is It?

HDTV has made the older analog television sets obsolete. For 1 thing, images are various times sharper and clearer than older TVs. Older televisions receive analog wave signals inside the air and the picture high quality may be loss via conversion to the screen. Newer LCD HDTV or plasma HDTV sets receive digital signals from digital broadcast and picture quality is persevered.

HDTV Superiority

Analog television sets are functional these days, but when digital broadcasting totally takes over in 2009, the only analog sets which will work are the ones that have a converter. Still, HDTV provides several advantages that an analog TV can’t:

Regardless of the dimensions of the screen, HDTV will have a better high quality picture. Small details will show up on even larger screens.

HDTV is multicasting. It can send various signals at the exact same time and all on the same channel.

Digital broadcasting allows interactive programming for example games and contests.

HDTV maximizes the use of all the pixels on its screen, whereas analog TVs use a modest portion of the pixels obtainable to it.

The full spectrum of brilliant colors in images is obtainable when seen on HDTV.

HDTV Minuses

Some HDTV models are quite pricey. It is impossible to get High Definition programming through your older analog television. Nonetheless, new televisions are built to be able to obtain HD signals. If the television you get doesn’t have a built-in tuner, you’ll need to look at HDTV antennas or HDTV tuners.

HDTV Purchasing Advice

To make the appropriate selection in a HDTV, you should see it for your self. Watch it in a store, read the HDTV reviews and get the right advice. Then make the decision with confidence.

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Nursing Job Descriptions

Nursing is one of the disciplines of medicine and focuses on assisting individuals, families, and communities in attaining and maintaining their health. Nursing is also termed as a science, which focuses on offering quality healthcare to individuals and their families throughout their lives.

There are many options for seekers in the nursing profession. It is a very diverse field that offers many different departments to work in. One can work with hands-on a patient, in a lab to carry out various tests or at a research facility. There are vast options in this field and people can opt for the one that interests them the most.
The nursing profession has many applications in modern day medicine. Nurses can specialize as Registered Nurses (RNs), Nurse practitioners, head nurses or nurse supervisors, Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), home nurses, home health nurses, or nursing aides. Each specific type of nurse has a different set of responsibilities.

The Nursing profession requires special skills, and different level of patient interactions. Nurses perform a variety of duties in day-to-day health care. Their duties vary as per their field of work and specialization. Generally, nurses perform daily duties for providing appropriate health care services to patients. They also assist in providing clinical assessments, treatments, diagnosing medical conditions, assessing emergencies, ordering diagnostic studies, leading cardiac arrest codes and documenting medical care.

Nurses perform specialized duties in providing medical and psychiatric care to a variety of patients including hospitalized and ambulatory individuals with acute and chronic conditions, monitor delivery of health care services, consult clinical staff regarding assessment methods and treatment plans, assists central office staff in determining need for contractual health services, provide direction to staff on appropriate health record documentation.

Nurses function as a link between agencies and community health care providers and prepare reports on health services, problems, and investigations. They also participate in quality assurance and other clinical committees as needed. They may provide training to nursing and paraprofessional staff.

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Greenhouse Construction

Your greenhouse has one fundamental purpose: to provide an appropriate environment for growing plants of your choice. Greenhouse construction depends on your size requirement, purpose of the greenhouse, types of plants, available space, site location, architectural style of your house, and of course, your budget. The key to greenhouse construction lies in careful consideration of all the above-mentioned factors as well as meticulous planning of three things, namely, location, type of greenhouse and choice of structural materials.

Location: Site your greenhouse so that your plants get early morning sunlight as far as possible. The direction should complement the light requirements of your plants and keep the greenhouse from being buffeted by cold winter winds.

You could save costs if you build your greenhouse close to sources of heat, water and electricity. Be sure to ensure good drainage as well as easy access.

Deciduous trees can be of advantage if they provide shade in the hot afternoon, but not in early mornings in summers. They are good when you plant to maximize exposure to the winter sun as these trees shed leaves in the fall, and so do not limit light transmission during winters. Based on the same logic, it would not be a good idea to have evergreens or trees that keep their leaves year-round around your greenhouse as they could substantially block sunlight in the winters.

Type of Greenhouse: Your home greenhouse can be a lean-to which shares a common wall with your home. It has the advantage of easy access and lower costs by being located closer to utilities and by sharing a common wall. Your choice of the direction could additionally keep the greenhouse safe from winds. Keep in mind that snow could slide off the main structure on to your greenhouse, so choose a sloping roof for the greenhouse. Be sure to match the greenhouse style with the architecture of your house for aesthetic purpose.

A free-standing structure has the advantage of being larger and admitting more sunlight as these are located away from structures that could cast shadows. This type of greenhouse has a good ratio of cost to available growing space.

Structural materials: A variety of materials such as wood galvanized steel, aluminium or PVC are available as framing materials. Plastic materials are light and are not recommended where a great deal of snow or winds are commonly expected. Glazing materials are to be chosen according to frame compatibility. Acrylic, polycarbonate sheets, plastic films such as polyethylene or poly films, fiberglass and glass each have their own unique set of advantages and disadvantages. Foundations can be made of concrete or lumber, while flooring can be made of gravel, concrete or stone.

As well as the considerations above, greenhouse construction also involves heating, cooling, ventilating and watering systems.

Mental Health Awareness

Some of us do not pay attention to mental disorders since many of us aren’t faced with these things all too frequently. We may only know about some of them through TV programs or movies we might have seen. One that comes to mind is “Me, Myself and Irene” starring Jim Carrey. If you enjoy watching comedies, this was a pretty good one. A police officer named Charlie has a multiple personality disorder. It is a really funny movie, but it’s a rather sad reality however, that these disorders do actually exist. “Never Talk To Strangers” starring Rebecca De Mornay and Antonio Banderas, is another really good one on a suspenseful and serious side as is “Single White Female”. There are several different kinds of mental disorders, and several differences in personality and behavior that can be disordered.

The state of anxiety or fear can also become disordered, so that it’s unusually intense or generalized over a long period of time. Long lasting affective states can also become disordered. Mood disorder involving unusually intense and sustained sadness, melancholia or despair is known as “clinical depression”, and may more generally be explained as “emotional deregulation”. Categories of anxiety disorders are as follows: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, specific phobias, Agoraphobia, Social Anxiety Disorder, Generalized anxiety disorder, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Panic disorder. Milder but prolonged depression is diagnosed as dysthymia. Bipolar disorder involves abnormally pressured or “high” mood states, known as mania or hypo mania, alternating with a depressed or normal mood. I could go on forever.

There was a woman in Florida that went to a shooting range with her son, rented a gun and shot him in the back of the head, then turned the gun on herself killing them both. She had a history of mental illness, two prior DUI’s, and was previously banned from the range for attempting suicide there 2 years before. How did she even manage to get into that range? With all that having been said, you should always have some type of personal protection device on you should you be faced with a life threatening situation. A stun master stun gun is an excellent choice.

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Strengthening the Public Mental Health Addictions Safety Net

Much needs to be done to ensure that national healthcare reform and parity live up to their promise for persons with mental illness and addiction disorders, Congressmen and advocates pointed out during a recent policy briefing on mental health.

There is an unfortunate dual crisis of increased demand and service reduction. Coverage expansion under healthcare reform will result in 1.5 million new patients entering the public safety net for mental health and addictions treatment, which already struggles to care for 8 million+ children and adults. Approximately 2.5 million people with serious mental disorders, individuals with major addiction disorders and homeless persons will remain uninsured, relying on services delivered by the safety net. The economic recession has resulted in over $ 2 billion in cuts to public mental health services -with more cuts on the horizon – leading to the elimination of services for the uninsured.
Another public health emergency was highlighted during the policy briefing: Persons with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression die, on average, at the age of 53 -the highest death rate among any population served by any agency of the United States Public Health Service. Co-occurring chronic illnesses -asthma, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and cardio-pulmonary conditions -and lack of access to primary care and specialty medicine is a critical factor in these tragic outcomes.

The time has come for parity between community behavioral health and other parts of America’s safety net including public hospitals and Community Health Centers. All of us (including Congress and regulators) must pay attention to three issues critical to the success of parity and healthcare reform:

Passage of HR 5636, the Community Mental Health and Addiction Safety Net Equity Act, that offers a new definition for Federally Qualified Behavioral Health Centers and identifies core services, creates nationwide cost based reimbursement, and establishes clearly-defined national accountability and reporting requirements.

Regulations to ensure that the healthcare reform’s new Medicaid Health Home State Option requires mandatory subcontracts with behavioral health; and that behavioral health organizations serve as medical homes for people with serious mental illnesses and addictions to advance this population’s overall health and improve life expectancy.

Passage of the HR 5040, the Health Information Technology Extension for Behavioral Health Services Act, to support the use of technology to create treatment transparency, eliminate errors and better coordinate care to improve the health outcomes of persons with serious mental illness.

Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY), said there were four keys to a successful implementation of healthcare reform for people with mental and addiction disorders -a vigorous outreach and enrollment program by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; regulations that ensure parity in Medicaid state exchanges and parity in Medicare managed care plans, inclusion of intensive community based services and residential addiction services in the mandatory minimum benefits package offered through the new state exchanges, and inclusion of community mental health centers in every medical home funded via the law’s Health Home State Option.

Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), pressed for passage of legislation that would extend federal health information technology incentives to behavioral health services. The legislation, introduced by Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), would make behavioral and mental health providers eligible for federal grants to acquire electronic health records that are interoperable, integrated, intelligent and easy to use. But bills improving access to mental health services “only matter if we make sure we integrate care together,” Murphy said. “Mental health services are not stand-alone and that is something we need to continue to educate the community around.”

Linda Rosenberg is the president and CEO of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. TNC specializes in lobbying for mental and behavioral healthcare reform. Lean more at www.thenationalcouncil.org.

Article 347: Quantum Theory is Physical Not a Social Theory

Drs. Hasan A. Yahya,  a writer from Michigan, USA

Unlike social theory, Quantum Theory is a modern physical theory that holds that energy and some other physical properties often exist in tiny, discrete amounts. Older theories of classical physics assumed that these properties could vary continuously. Quantum theory and the theory of relativity together form the theoretical basis of modern physics. The first contribution to quantum theory was the explanation of blackbody radiation in 1900 by Max Planck, who proposed that the energies of any harmonic oscillator are restricted to certain values, each of which is an integral multiple of a basic minimum value. For example, the energy E of this basic quantum is directly proportional to the frequency n of the oscillator; thus E = hn, where Plank’s constant h is equal to 6.63 x (10-34) J–sec. in 1905 Albert Einstein , in order to explain the photoelectric effect,  proposed  that radiation itself is also quantized and consists of light quanta or photons, that behave like particles.  In 1913, another scientist named, Niels Bohr used the quantum theory to explain both atomic structure and atomic spectra. The light or other radiation emitted  and absorbed by atoms is found to have only certain frequencies (or wavelengths), which correspond to the absorption or emission lines seen in atomic spectra. A spectrum however, is an arrangement or display of light or other forms of electromagnetic radiation separated according to wavelength, frequency, energy, or some other property. In this case, dispersion which is the separation of visible light into a spectrum, may be accomplished by means of PRISM or diffraction grating. Each different wavelength or frequency of visible light corresponds to a different color, so that the spectrum appears as a band of colors ranging from violet at the short-wave length (high frequency) end of the spectrum through indigo, blue, green, yellow, and orange, to read at the long-wavelength (low-frequency) end of the spectrum. A continuous spectrum containing all colors is produced by all incandescent solids and liquids and by gases under high pressure.

To go back to quantum theory, these frequencies  correspond to definite energies of the photons and result from the fact that the electrons of the atoms can have only certain allowed energy values, or levels.  When an electron changes from one allowed level to another, a quantum of energy is emitted or absorbed whose frequency is directly proportional to energy difference between  the two energy levels E1 and E2, = hv. Quantum mechanics, the application of the quantum theory to the motions and material particles, was developed during the 1920s. The new observation added in 1924 and 1927, to the theory was made by Louis de Broglie (1924) , who proposed that not only does light exhibit particle-like properties but also particles may exhibit wavelike properties. In 1927, a particularly important discovery of the quantum theory  was the uncertainty  principle, enunciated by Warner Heisberg,  that discovery places an absolute, theoretical limit on the combined accuracy of certain pairs of simultaneous, related measurement.  (530 words) www.askdryahya.com

Source: The Concise Columbia Encyclopedia, 1983, 1989, pp 681 and 779.

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Key words: E = hv , Where E = energy of a quantum in joules, h = Planck’s constant or 6.626 x 10 -34 J-sec  and v = frequency in Hertz or sec-1 .

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Obama Health Care Public Option

The public message is that a public option would be good, but not essential; however, the historical rhetoric of Barack Obama and the behind the scene manueverings give a very different picture. That’s why it’s called politics. And, it doesn’t matter which party is in power, it’s the same game for all politicians: they want what they want and they want to be reelected. 

Despite months of seeming ambivalence about creating a government health insurance plan, the Obama White House has launched an intensifying behind-the-scenes campaign to get divided Senate Democrats to take up some version of the idea in the weeks just ahead. And INTENSE is the operational word.

Political arm-bending can be torture!

Obama has long advocated a so-called public option, while at the same time repeatedly expressing openness to other ways to offer consumers a potentially more affordable alternative to health plans sold by private insurers. Senior administration officials are holding private meetings almost daily at the Capitol with senior Democratic staff to discuss ways to include a version of the public plan in the health care bill that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., plans to bring to the Senate floor later this month, according to senior Democratic congressional aides.

The Finance Committee is expected to approve its bill this week, after receiving cost estimates from the Congressional Budget Office. And while the panel made numerous changes over seven days of public debate, the core components of its more centrist proposal, developed in months of bipartisan talks, are still intact.

The White House initiative, unfolding largely out of public view, follows months in which the president appeared to defer to senior lawmakers on Capitol Hill as they labored to put together gargantuan health care bills. It also marks a critical test of Obama’s command of the inside game in Washington in which deals are struck behind closed doors and wavering lawmakers are cajoled and pressured into supporting major legislation.

The pressure is on- Chicago style!

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Choosing a Career As a Public Health Nurse

If you enjoy assisting others with their healthcare concerns and being a teacher at the same time public health nursing may be for you. Public health nurses specialize in treating and preventing ailments. Many work for local clinics and community health centers. They also spend a great amount of time traveling and educating individuals on health care issues. Many also travel to make home visits to seniors who are unable to leave their homes to go to doctor’s appointments or to visit new mothers to ensure that their newborn babies are developing properly. Being a public health nurse will allow you to use a variety of skills in a variety of different settings.

One of the main responsibilities and goals of a public health nurse is the focus on prevention. In clinical settings such as hospitals the goal is to treat a condition and cure the condition if possible. Public health nurses do treat ailments, but their main objective is to prevent diseases and complications from occurring. Many work in organizations such as Planned Parenthood to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections through community outreach programs directed towards schools and high-risk populations. Some also participate on councils and assist in research projects to offer data and suggestions on improving access to healthcare for specific populations and communities with the goal of increasing awareness and improving the health and lifestyles of individuals in order to prevent the onset of disease and conditions.

The majority of public health nurses work for the local government, although many can be found working in clinics, schools, community centers and other establishments. Unlike nurses who work in hospitals,  you could expect to work pretty conventional hours. In addition, many enjoy the flexibility to travel and the pace is typically different from the pace of a hospital. Salaries for nurses in this field tend to be a bit lower than nurses in a clinical setting. However, those nurses who choose public health nursing find that there are other benefits such as government job perks or a conventional schedule that make up for the difference in clinical nursing salary. Furthermore, most professionals in this field do possess a bachelor’s degree in nursing and at least a year or two of clinical nursing experience. Having these requirements provides a base upon which a public health nurse can utilize skills already applied in a clinical setting from previous employment and experience.

In all, choosing a career as a community health nurse will provide an opportunity to utilize clinical skills to not only treat but prevent disease on a broad level, while demonstrating the best of ethics in nursing.

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Global Warming

The subject has been debated for quite a while now. There are those who hide away in their holes, like bears hibernating in the winter. Oh, wait, that’s probably not a good analogy. There are those who blame the “El Nino” for the unseasonably warm weather we are having in parts of the country. Most recently I have also heard that the 70 degree January weather is also just a cyclical thing. The earth has hot flashes, too.

I want to know where El Nino came from. If that is the cause of some of this warm weather, what is the cause of the El Nino? I don’t recall having heard of that growing up. I’ve been around for a few decades and not until recently has El Nino been mentioned. Maybe it was a California thing, like thong bikinis and only now is it starting to be known in other parts of the country. I like warm weather, and I don’t mind thong bikinis, but when the weather cycle starts to impact crops and ice shelves and impact arctic and antarctic wildlife, maybe we need to examine what’s going on.
Oh, wait, some people have examined it already. It’s that pesky science stuff again. I tell you what. We need to give that science stuff a rest already. Haven’t enough things been discovered already? Now it’s just getting in the way of reasonable policy.

I think it is quite possible that El Nino, cyclical changes and emissions all have something to do with the weather changes. I am pretty sure that we can’t change Mother Nature, so we have to do what we can on the third leg of the warming stool. (That sounds a little gross.

The first step our government needs to take is to get the politics out of science. Maybe there is no effect on the climate from our polluting ways, but the rest of the world seems to think that there is. Doesn’t that suggest that we should re-examine the data and take whatever steps we need to, in order to preserve the planet for future generations?

It seems to me that we are presented the perfect scenario. A true win-win for the United States and the cilvilized world. Develop alternate energy sources, reduce dependence on oil, reduce pollution, reduce the income for terrorists by lowering the price of oil, and clean up the environment. What is the worst that could happen then? Suppose there is no man-made global warming. Is there a downside to the points I’ve just made?

Oh, yeah, there is one downside. Big oil would lose. But they are already going to lose. Their raw materials can only last so long. Many respected reports have already said we are past the 50% depleted level of oil in the ground. The midpoint for oil has been placed everywhere from 1972 to yesterday, but the truth of the matter is that it took millions of years to produce that oil and we have run through a large percentage of it in less than a century. Now is the time to start replacing oil with other energy sources, for the good of all.

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The Spiritual Man

The horoscope is a reference point for a particular time and place. The main reference point in the horoscope is the Ascendant because it is the main identifying feature of an individual. This reference point is valid for both the Spiritual Man and the Ordinary Man because it is the vehicle through which the essence of the ‘self’ finds expression.

In most people, the reference point refers to the “I” element or “personal ego”. The true definition of a Spiritual Man is that there is no one fixed reference point because there is no “I”. The Spiritual Man can move from one reference point to another at will. The Spiritual Man can be in one place or all places at the same time. He can easily stand on Earth, Orion or any star or planet in the galaxy he chooses.He can visit the past or travel into the future. He can transgress the physical laws of time and space.

The Spiritual Man lives in an eternal present with no fixed abode. His reference point depends on the dictates of his will, a will perfectly aligned with the Cosmic will that is unlimited in attribute. The Spiritual Man has the freedom to locate to a new reference point temporarily or permanently. The permanent relocation is happening in the cases of advanced yogis who choose the moment of death, obliterating all traces of their reference point even on the physical plane as they dissolve their physical bodies into pure light. They are making the atomic shift to a completely new reference point. Ordinary Man has no such freedom. At the time of death his new reference point remains pretty much the same as the one he is leaving behind.

Until the Spiritual Man chooses to permanently shift his reference point, like the Ordinary Man, his reference point at the time of birth provides the vehicle of a particular size, shape, colour and quality which holds the genetic and environmental codes for his mental, emotional and physical experiences.

When we study an individual’s natal chart we usually understand that we are analyzing the reference point of one who has not stepped outside the “single reference point matrix”, who is still a slave to the laws of the personal “I” or ego; laws which are governed by the personal “I’s” past actions and desires, which define the present “I’s” actions and desires, and give rise to the presupposition of the future “I’s” actions and desires.

We can regard the horoscope as a map of a place full of winding roads and sights to see, which the “I” – a particular vehicle of a particular make, colour and quality drives through. The benefit of learning how to read the map is that we can use this knowledge to make the journey safer and more comfortable, and by improving our steering control, we empower the Spiritual Man inside ourselves and develop our “will”, which is an implicit agreement to execute the intent of the creator.

The horoscope is not a profile of the Spiritual Man as such, who stands outside of it, but a reference point which the Spiritual Man uses. The Ordinary Man has no such ability because his sense of self is too limiting and he has not developed his will.

The difference between the Spiritual Man and the Ordinary Man is that the Spiritual Man acts from Pure Intent and the Ordinary Man doesn’t. This greatly affects the scope of influence and the level of refinement a Spiritual Man possesses compared to the Ordinary Man.

For example, if Sun and Ketu are in the nakshatras of Krittika in the 4th house of the charts of both an Ordinary Man and a Spiritual Man, the ability to control others in the personal environment using a commanding, terrifying and warlike countenance is equally pronounced. The difference is that one commands from the perspective of Karmic Justice and his personal environment spans the length and breadth of the galaxy, and the other one’s commands are based on a personal definition of justice whose sphere of influence is limited to home, town, country whatever. One is acting out of an unselfish impersonal need to preserve the spiritually coherent matrix that is the Universe; while the other one acts out of limiting personal egoic considerations which often conflicts with Universal considerations, even if those considerations have a benign purpose. One does not need to be benign to be in harmony with universal will.

The key word is “Preservation”. The Spiritual Man is “Preserving”, which is why out of the universal threefold hierarchy, only Vishnu, the Preserver, incarnates on earth as an avatar, to set an example fo all men to follow.

To become a Spiritual Man is to become like Vishnu, the Preserver, and to have the ability to choose more than one reference point.

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