“Episode 158 Yak About Today – Eclectic Mix” Hawkings, Startup wants your Brain, but you have to Die, George Washington

“Episode 158 Yak About Today – Eclectic Mix” Hawkings, Startup wants your Brain, George Washington

So, I’m missing Stephen Hawkings. Totally taken by a startup that wants my brain to digitize it, but they say they have to kill me first. So, I signed up. And finally Did George Washington try to warn us about Donald Trump.

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 Poltics. Interview with Corry Westbrook. Democratic Candidate for Florida’s 8th Congressional District

Yak About POLITICS. Interview with Corry Westbrook running to unseat Bill Posey for the 8th district U.S. House of Representatives

Corry Westbrook

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.