Charles W. Moore

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  • Religious Based Healthcare

    Posted on October 21st, 2020 cwmoore No comments

    New York State accused a major Christian group on Tuesday of deceiving customers by illegally offering health insurance to as many as 40,000 residents since 2016.

    The state filed civil charges against Trinity Healthshare, the Christian group, and Aliera, a for-profit company that markets the plans. The complete article is below:

    Source – New York regulators said patients were often left with thousands of dollars in unpaid medical bills. A woman with leukemia was denied coverage for an emergency hospital stay that cost thousands of dollars because she was told she had a pre-existing condition. Aliera denied a $15,000 claim for breast cancer treatment, according to regulators, while another patient said even routine doctor’s visits were not covered by Trinity.

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  • Clickbait

    Posted on October 20th, 2020 cwmoore No comments

    I did a speed read of this article but should have read it in more detail – perhaps I will do that this afternoon.

    It is a golden rule of journalism, taught to any news reporter at the beginning of their career – your introduction should grab the reader straight away.

    If you cannot hold someone’s attention for a sentence, you have no hope of getting them to read the rest of your article.

    The same is true for headlines; stark, witty or intriguing ones can draw the reader’s eye to a story.

    Headline writing has long been considered a skill but, in the digital age, a new word has become synonymous with online journalism – clickbait. Ha ha, did I get your attention? Finis.

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  • Media Bias in a view

    Posted on October 20th, 2020 cwmoore No comments

    This is an easy way to view your preference for types of news at a glance and determine if the source has the bias you really desire. I only want to view neutral bias sources since I do not want to be radicalized by the media since I am a Centerist type of person.

    I must admit that I am partial to BBC, Reuters and Christian Science Monitor but am happy with NPR, Politico and The Economist, et. al.

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  • Sixty-two Films That Shaped the Art of Documentary Filmmaking

    Posted on October 19th, 2020 cwmoore No comments

    The idea of what a documentary is has shifted according to what has—and hasn’t—been possible during the past hundred years. But the artistic preoccupations of their creators have not changed radically in that time.

    By Richard Brody

    A collage of various documentaries being filmed including Agnas Varda Jafar Panahi and Frederick Wiseman.

    “Since the pandemic hit and social life became severely constrained, I’ve been obsessing even more than usual about documentaries. Their very essence is to provide virtual connections to people in far-off times and places—and to experiences that would otherwise remain unshared, even among people close by. Craving such virtual connections, I’ve been watching far more documentaries than I usually do—especially given the dearth of new releases—and more of them than I can squeeze into the regular round of reviews.”

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  • Psychological Traits vs Political Tendencies

    Posted on October 9th, 2020 cwmoore No comments

    Worth the 9 minutes listen to explore the world around yourself. I have felt so much better since I have deleted all 100 politico emails I receive each day!

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  • NIA Covid-19

    Posted on September 30th, 2020 cwmoore No comments

    The purpose of this blog is to present new Covid-19 data via
    Anthony S. Fauci, director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, with Steven Levy, WIRED by myself on 9/30/2020.

    The first 40 minutes are relevant and of Dr. Fauci answers relative to the moderators questions:

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  • Neck Ache?

    Posted on September 29th, 2020 cwmoore No comments

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  • Chicken of the Woods

    Posted on September 28th, 2020 cwmoore No comments

    One can easily spot the chicken of the woods mushroom by its impressive size and vibrant yellow-orange colors. This large polypore has surprised many a nature lover the first time they found it! Yet did you know they’re also edible, and considered a delicacy in some parts of the world?

    Laetiporus-sulphureus - The chicken of the woods mushroom

    This mushroom has a lemony, meaty taste. Some think it tastes like its chicken namesake; others describe the flavor as being more like crab or lobster. Whatever your opinion, the chicken fungus makes a great substitute for meat in almost any dish.

    It’s important to note that this is one of those mushrooms that sometimes causes gastric distress in certain people. If you want to avoid a possible stomach misadventure, only try a little bit your first time to see what it does to you. Also always avoid chicken of the woods growing on conifers, eucalyptus, or cedar trees, as these are reported to contain toxins that can make people sick.

    • This mushroom is a polypore, meaning they disperse spores through small pores (holes) on the underside of their caps. You can learn more about poroid mushrooms in this article.
    • The different species of the chicken of the woods mushroom are both saprotrophic (feeding on dead trees), and parasitic (attacking and killing live trees by causing the wood to rot). Whatever their method of feeding, you’ll always find them growing on or at the base of a living or dead tree.
    • Chickens are easily recognized by their large clusters of overlapping brackets, and bright yellow-orangish colors. The colors fade as the mushroom grows older.
    • Many polypores are also medicinal mushrooms, although there hasn’t been much research done on this one. One study has indicated that it inhibits bacterial growth.
    • Other names are chicken fungus, chicken mushroom, and sulphur shelf. The genus is Laetiporus.
    • There are about twelve species of chicken of the woods in the Laetiporus genus. This article focuses on Laetiporus sulphureus, the species that grows on hardwoods where I live in Eastern North America. You may also hear about these species:
    1. Laetiporus cincinnatus (right) – Also found in Eastern North America, although this species is often more reddish.
    2. Laetiporus conifericola – A yellowish species found in Western North America that often fruits on conifers.
    3. Laetiporus gilbertsonii – The West Coast version that’s found on oaks and eucalyptus trees.

    This link will take you to the article, some of which is presented here, and it is interesting.

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  • Indiana State Parks

    Posted on September 27th, 2020 cwmoore No comments

    With 25 state parks to chose from in Indiana it can be hard to decide which one you want to visit. Many offer unique features and if you and your family enjoy exploring outdoors you’re probably looking for which ones to add to your bucket list. Whether you’re camping for a week, planning a day trip to hike, or searching for a weekend getaway, this list of Indiana State Parks for families will make sure you’re headed towards your next adventure.

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    “The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves” – John Muir

    Not a state park but still an area to investigate is The Limberlost Swamp in the eastern part of the present-day U.S. state of Indiana was a large, nationally known wetlands region with streams that flowed into the Wabash River. It originally covered 13,000 acres (53 km²) of present-day Adams and Jay counties. Parts of it were known as the Loblolly Marsh, based on a word by local Native Americans for the sulphur smell of the marsh gas. The wetlands had mixed vegetation and supported a rich biodiversity, significant for local and migrating birds and insects, as well as other animals and life.

    Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

    Best of Indiana State Parks

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  • This Land is your Land – NOT

    Posted on September 26th, 2020 cwmoore No comments

    Brad Wilson is following a forest trail and scanning the dusky spaces between the fir trees for signs of movement. The black handle of a .44 Magnum juts prominently from his pack. If he stumbles on a startled bear at close range, the retired sheriff’s deputy wants to know the gun is within quick reach, in case something stronger than pepper spray is needed. Wilson isn’t the type who likes to take chances; he’s the type who plans ahead.

    Before setting foot on this path, he unfolded a huge U.S. Forest Service map and reviewed the route, Trail 267. He put a finger at the trailhead, which was next to a ranger’s station, then traced its meandering path into the Crazy Mountains, a chain in south-central Montana that’s part of the northern Rockies. Like many of the trails and roads that lead into U.S. Forest Service land, Trail 267 twists in and out of private properties. These sorts of paths have been used as access points for decades, but “No Trespassing” signs are popping up on them with increasing frequency, along with visitors’ logs in which hikers, hunters, and Forest Service workers are instructed to sign their names, tacitly acknowledging that the trail is private and that permission for its use was granted at the private landowners’ discretion.

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