Yak About Mosquito’s – Janice Broda talks Mosquito Control and the Zika Virus

Janice Broda: Why am I running? To continue excellent management at Indian River Mosquito Control


Yak About Mosquito’s – Janice Broda talks Mosquito Control and the Zika VirusBy Janice Broda

Modern mosquito control involves much more than truck spraying. The Indian River Mosquito Control District provides science-based mosquito control that protects public health, safeguards the Indian River Lagoon, and budgets for unpredictable emergencies.

Like you, the district faces rising costs for fuel and other necessities. The prices of pesticides, contracted flying services, and specialized equipment continue to rise. Annual mosquito control costs are also driven by unpredictable weather and outbreaks of mosquito-transmitted disease.

The science-based disease surveillance program at the district is led by a medical entomologist. Since 1978, the district has analyzed mosquito populations and used flocks of sentinel chickens to monitor for mosquito-transmitted diseases.

West Nile virus, a potentially deadly disease transmitted only by mosquitoes, was first detected in the United States in 1998 and in Florida in 2001. As of Sept. 18, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 3,142 cases and a 134 deaths throughout the United States and 43 cases and two deaths in Florida. Recently, increased virus transmission has been detected in the sentinel chickens throughout the county. Please take extra care to protect yourself against mosquito biting.

Aerial spraying for adult mosquitoes, even on a competitively bid contract basis, is expensive. The district budgets $345,000 per year, nearly 10 percent of its working budget, for three aerial applications reserved for extreme mosquito populations or disease outbreaks. This spraying begins at 27th Avenue to protect the Indian River.

The district has worked with the University of Florida, Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute to develop effective, science-based water management techniques that control salt marsh mosquitoes and safeguard the Indian River Lagoon. Maintenance and operation of the earthen dikes, culvert pipes, and pumps is labor intensive and an ongoing cost.

Nearly $2 million was spent over the past eight years to repair storm damage. Ten employees work along the Indian River each day to manage these structures and to monitor and hand-treat aquatic salt marsh mosquito populations. In addition, the district contracts with a local flying service to treat large salt marsh breeding areas with granular biopesticides. Though more expensive than conventional pesticides, biopesticides, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “are usually inherently less toxic than conventional pesticides.”

All of the efforts of the district are based on constant biological monitoring of mosquito populations and depend on educated and motivated employees. Education and associated travel expenses are less than 1 percent of the budget. All employees are required to maintain a public health applicator certification and travel to attend state-sanctioned, specialized training for their particular jobs, and certain employees participate in scientific meetings to learn and share their knowledge.

In 1999, after the Teamsters attempted to unionize the district, formal biannual employee reviews were instituted, vacation and sick time accruals were capped, merit-based pay ranges with absolute ceilings were established, and paid family health insurance was continued. As health care costs have risen, the district has taken measures to reduce its health insurance costs. Last year this cost was reduced by 25 percent.

A household with a $150,000 home and a homestead exemption will pay $26.91 for mosquito control this year, the same amount paid last year. This year’s overall budget is 12.5 percent lower than last year due to careful spending and cooperative weather.

The district prudently budgets for the proverbial “rainy day” of nature-driven costs that it cannot control. Out-of-control claims of fiscal mismanagement are mistaken and based on a lack of understanding of the complexity of modern, science-based mosquito control.

Janice Broda, Vero Beach, a longtime member of the Indian River Mosquito Control District, has worked part time the for University of Florida, Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, where she has written educational software for mosquito control districts and worked on two white papers on Florida mosquito control.

Yak About with David and Sally “Shoot the Breeze” or “Is this worth Publishing?”

Yak About with David and Sally “Shoot the Breeze” or “Is this worth Publishing?”

Every once in awhile Sally and I get into the studio to catch up for a half hour. We gossip a bit. Talk about whats going on with us. Listen if you like the sounds of our voices. Otherwise wait till next week when we continue with Harlan on Health.  And most importantly our interviews Corry Westbrook who is the Democratic candidate for congress in the 8th district here in Florida.

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Yak About Health with Harlan Kleiman Part One & Yak About Tech August 22, 2016

Yak About Health with Harlan Kleiman Part One & Yak About Tech August 22, 2016

I’m posting the entire broadcast this week. Beginning next week I’m going to start posting stand alone segments that will be shorter and quicker to listen to.  They will also be a mixture of video and audio as we begin to incorporate more video into the broadcast.

This week we begin the first of our series entitled Harlan On Health with Harlan Kleiman. You will remember Harlan, the serial entrepreneur from the Theatre, Television and Investment communities who now has become an avid patient advocate

Harlan Kleiman and the David Yakir Group

Harlan Kleiman Serial Entrepreneur and now patient advocate

Beginning next week we begin a new series “#Curating Trump” – Just wait, you’ve not heard us Yak About until you’ve heard us #Yak About Trump!

May 16 2016 “Yak About” Ray Kurzweil, The Singularity and More

May 16 2016 “Yak About” Ray Kurzweil, The Singularity and More

Ray Kurzweil and The Singuairty

Ray Kurzweil and The Singularity

Ray Kurzweil Predicts Three Technologies Will Define Our Future

WE OWE THIS STORY TO Jason Dorrier and Sveta McShane, singularityhub.com

The Singularity and More

Over the last several decades, the digital revolution has changed nearly every aspect of our lives.
The pace of progress in computers has been accelerating, and today, computers and networks are in nearly every industry and home across the world.

one of my favorite authors is Ray Kurzweil and his book The Singularity Is Near, presents one of my favorite and believable visions of the future.

According to Kurzweil’s law of accelerating returns, technological progress is moving ahead at an exponential rate, especially in information technologies.

The basic concept is that today’s best tools will help us build even better tools tomorrow, which fuels the acceleration of technology.

As the pace continues to accelerate, we always ask ourselves what surprising and powerful changes are in store us ?

On this show, we will discuss threee three technological areas Kurzweil believes are poised to  change our world the most this century.
Genetics, Nanotechnology, and Robotics
Of all the technologies riding the wave of exponential progress, Kurzweil identifies genetics, nanotechnology, and robotics as the three overlapping revolutions which will define our lives in the decades to come. In what ways are these technologies revolutionary?
• The genetics revolution will allow us to reprogram our own biology.
• The nanotechnology revolution will allow us to manipulate matter at the molecular and atomic scale.
• The robotics revolution will allow us to create a greater than human non-biological intelligence.

PodGeist’s “Yak About Today” for the 4664’s



The “Yak About Today” broadcasts deliver on-air conversations, interviews and stories engaging the Baby Boomer Generation and beyond with discussions, tips and information. Hosted by authentic conversationalist, intuitive listener and boomer himself, David brings a genuine, down to earth and disarming personality that engages with his audience and his guests without talking at them. Conversations with rich engagement, education, enjoyment & empowerment are delivered with humor, wit and thought. This is the opportunity to connect with people in a generation that is unlike any other.

What do – Boomer’s “Yak About” – Baby Boomers will never grow old!

Beginning our transition to the “Yak About” Series. Dedicated to the “Wiser and more mature crowd who happens to be the largest and wealthiest sector in the United States. Stay tuned because in two weeks “Yak About Tech” becomes Boomers: Yak About!

We have Loren Weisman back with us to discuss numbers, statistics and everything baby boomer.  Did you know?


Boomer Stats

– 77 million people were born between 1946 and 1964, which is defined as the baby boomer era (U.S. Census).
– The first baby boomer turned 65 on January 1, 2011.
– An American turns 50 every 7 seconds—that’s more than 12,500 people every day (U.S. Census).

– The senior age group is now, for the first time, the largest in terms of size and percent of the population in the U.S. This age group grew at a faster rate than the total population between 2000 and 2010, according to a 2010 Census brief.
– More people were 65 years and over in 2010 than in any previous census. Between 2000 and 2010, the population 65 years and over increased at a faster rate (15.1%) than the total U.S population (9.7%).

– By 2015, those aged 50 and older will represent 45% of the U.S. population (AARP).
– Baby Boomers make up 35% of the American adult population (Scarborough).
– By 2030, the 65-plus population will double to about 71.5 million, and by 2050 will grow to 86.7 million people (U.S. Census).
– In 2050, the number of Americans aged 65 and older is projected to be 88.5 million, more than double its projected population of 40.2 million in 2010.

Wealth of Baby Boomers and Seniors:

– The 55+ age group controls more than three-fourths of America’s wealth (ICSC).
– 78 million Americans who were 50 or older as of 2001 controlled 67% of the country’s wealth, or $28 trillion (U.S. Census and Federal Reserve).
– Boomers and seniors have seen a decrease in their median family net worth, however they still have a net worth 3x that younger generations (Economic Policy Institute).
– Boomers’ median household income is 55% greater than post-Boomers and 61% more than pre-Boomers. They have an average annual disposable income of $24,000 (US Government Consumer Expenditure Survey).
– The 50+ have $2.4 trillion in annual income, which accounts for 42% of all after-tax income (U.S. Consumer Expenditure Survey).
– Adults 50 and older own 65% of the aggregate net worth of all U.S. households (U.S. Consumer Expenditure Survey).

Spending Habits of Adults 50+:

– Baby Boomers outspend other generations by an estimated $400 billion each year on consumer goods & services (US Government Consumer Expenditure Survey).
– In 2009, spending by the 116 million U.S. consumers age 50 and older was $2.9 trillion, up 45% in the past 10 years (Bureau of Labor Statistics).
– Baby Boomers account for nearly $230 billion, or 55%, of consumer packaged goods sales (Nielsen).
– Boomers outspend younger adults online 2:1 on a per-capita basis (Forrester Research).
– Americans over 55 spend 50% of all vacation dollars in America (ICSC).
– 55-64 year old outspend the average consumer in nearly every category, including: food away from home, household furnishings, entertainment, personal care, and gifts (US Government Consumer Expenditure Survey).
– Women over 50 spend $21 Billion on clothes annually (US Government Consumer Expenditure Survey).
– Baby boomers take great pride in the appearance of their homes as 27% have had landscaping done in the past year and they are 21% more likely than all American adults to have spent $10,000 or more on home improvement in the past year (Scarborough).
– The NAHB predicts that the aging in place remodeling market to be $20-$25 billion. That’s about 10% of the $214 billion home improvement industry.
– 96% of baby boomers participate in word-of-mouth or viral marketing by passing product or service information on to friends (ThirdAge and JWT Boom).

Online Habits of Adults 50+:

– One-third of the 195.3 million internet users in the U.S., adults aged 50+ represent the Web’s largest constituency (Jupiter Research).
– Two-thirds of Americans 50+ buy from e-retailers online (Pew).
– In 2012, baby boomers (47-65) spend 27 hours per week online, 2 hours more per week then Millennials (16-34) at 25 hours per week (WSL/Strategic Retail).

– 89% of seniors 65+ have personal email and use it regularly (Nielsen).
– 72% of baby boomers have broadband internet in their homes (ThirdAge and JWT Boom).
– 36% of adults 50+ own a smartphone (Pew).
– 44% of smartphone owners age 50+ access the Internet or check email daily from their device (Pew).
– Adults 45+ account for 34.7% of current tablet users (comScore TabLens).
– From 2004 – 2009, the number of seniors age 65+ actively using the Internet increased more than 55% (Nielsen).
– 27.4 million people age 55 and over engaged in social networking with nearly 19 million of those people using Facebook (comScore).
– Adults 50+ spend an average of $7 billion online annually (SeniorNet).
– 72% of adults 55-63 and even 47% age 73+ shop online (Forrester).
– 41% of internet users 50-64 and 27% age 65+ say they watch videos online (Pew).
– The Internet is the most important source of information for baby boomers when they make major market purchases, such as automobiles or appliances (Zoomerang).
– 42% of all travel industry purchases happen online, and adults 50+ account for 80% of all luxury travel spending (Pew Internet and American Life Project).
– 82% of adults aged 50+ who use the Internet research health and wellness information online (Pew Internet and American Life Project).
– The top four online websites for people over 60 are Google, Facebook, Yahoo and YouTube (AARP).
– 65% of all adult Internet users engage in social media. In 2011, baby boomers increased their usage of social media by 60% (WSL/Strategic Retail).

Targeted InsightsPre-Retirees

– The current pre-retirement market is about 65% bigger than what is was 20 years ago (Bureau of Labor Statistics).
– Pre-retirees feel that enjoying retirement and making sure their spouse is taken care of is a bigger focus than leaving an inheritance (MetLife).

– Only 1 in 3 adults in their 50’s have attempted to create a retirement plan (Lusardi & Mitchell). – Most adults 45-54 do not feel they have saved enough money, early enough, to be prepared for retirement (American Century Investments).

For more statistics and data on pre-retirees, click here.Caregivers

– 43.5 million family cregivers care for someone 50+ (Alzheimer’s Association).
– 72% of caregivers gather health information online (Pew).
– Boomers caring for aging parents spend 150 minutes per person each month viewing 1,010 pages of content – 70% more than the average user (United Healthcare, National Alliance for Caregiving).
– 37% of caregivers have children or grandchildren under 18 living with them (National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP).

For more statistics and data on caregivers, click here.The Health Conscious Boomer

– In the next ten years, U.S. baby boomers will increase their annual spending on wellness- based services from approximately $200M to $1 trillion (Paul Zane Pilzer, The Next Trillion).
– Americans 55+ are the fastest-growing age group among gym members, up more than 266% since 1987 (IBISWorld).
– 82% of adults aged 50+ who use the Internet research health and wellness information online (Pew and American Life Project).
– Throughout 2012, more than half of U.S. online consumers used fitness electronics, and more then one-third planned on buying a health-related gadget in 2013 (CEA).

For more statistics and data on the health conscious boomers and active aging, click here.Grandparents

– There were 65 million grandparents in 2010, projected to be 80 million by 2020 (MetLife).
– 75% of those age 65+ reports being a grandparent (Census Bureau).
– 62% of grandparents have provided financial support or monetary gifts within the past five years (MetLife).
– 26% of grandparents use email, Skype and text to communicate with their grandchildren (AARP).

Part One: Carl Fismer, The Great Treasure Hunter, the Underwater Indiana Jones visits Yak About Tech

Every once in awhile we get lucky enough to find an icon who represents something that only our fantasies can imagine. That is Carl or as his friends call him “FIZZ” Carl Fismer lives the life of an adventurer. The type of life that they make books, movies and video games about. Carl Fismer, affectionately dubbed “Fizz”, is a treasure hunter that has dived on some of the world’s most famous shipwrecks. He is often described as a real life underwater Indiana Jones. Carl is an active treasure hunter who travels the world looking for treasure and artifacts. He has worked with Mel Fisher on the world famous treasure ship, the Atocha. Carl Fismer is often called in as an expert on shipwrecks and treasures of the Spanish Main when producers and writers want to add realism to their productions.

Joined by co-host Lisa Rymer, and the great musician biographer Sam Milner, we listen to Carl talk his life and although the references in part one may not be familiar to most people, they certainly paint a picture of the “Salty old Dog” right from the pages of the must reads. You got to hear Fizz to understand a world most of us will never know. There was so much there that we decided to spread the interview across multiple broadcasts.