Lots of people are complaining about Obama Care and the associated cost and long term affordability in the accounting.

Certainly national healthcare is expensive, but we are paying for it.

Instead of paying hospitals for lots of very expensive emergency room visits, we are paying for healthcare for all. It’s more economical over all in the long term.

Certainly there will be some changes and change is always stressful.

Some more changes I think that are due, and that are happening is that medical care should be adjudicated. The greatest good for the greatest number.

Young people should take priority. The old and infirm with no responsibilities should receive palliative care. Good palliative care, but organ transplants and other very expensive treatment should be prioritized.  We are all going to go someday. Best be ready anytime.

I agree with Ezekiel J Emanual —- I hope to die by 75.

I don’t plan to facilitate that actively, but having seen my parents decline with various disabilities and the very stressful end, I’m all for hospice care.  And of course, care must be monitored to prevent abuse or other bad behaviors.

Of course we all love our ancestors, but isn’t it better to remember them from their peak rather then from the depredations of age ?

Based on Natural Law, a old sick hominid would become food for carnivores and eventually small insects and bacteria. Now we have lawyers, doctors and bill collectors. I don’t see much of a difference.

Adam Selene            Nov 2014

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Enjoyed hearing Fr. William Nicholas

Today I attended a talk by Fr. William Nicholas at St. Rose of Lima  on the Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Being Catholic myself I found him engaging, educated, and thought provoking.  Just want I wanted to hear.  Unfortunately the talk was only in English. St. Rose of Lima’s community has many people of Hispanic origin and, not all speak English.

I just listened to another talk that he recorded for the November 2012 Elections.   It’s helpful to me to reinforce my association in the community of the Catholic Church which has done so much for our nation.

I look forward to hearing him again, God willing.

Adam Selene  Nov 2014

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For our grandchildren’s sake

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Please keep your mind open. Don’t let history repeat itself.  Please help make a better nation for our grandchildren.
Adam Selene Nov 2014

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Cold Weather Activities

I obtained my cold weather activities experience with the Appalachian Mountain Club, Boston Chapter.  We mostly did cold weather mountaineering in New Hampshire’s White Mountains including, cross country skiing, hiking, snowshoeing and camping.

The AMC Boston chapter ran classes on winter activities starting in early autumn, and with a culminating session on Cold Weather injuries with Dr. Murray Hamlet of the US Army Natick Labs.

The US Northwest organization The Mountaineers publishes educational material.  The ADK Winter school run programs in the Northeast.  Fine reference books are Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, by The Mountaineers  and Don’t Die on the Mountain, Dan Allen, 1998.

ID and Treat Cold Weather Injuries

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Best to start hiking in the summer and into autumn to build up stamina for winter activities.

I also recommend Wilderness First Aid.  Wilderness  First aid is for when a group is an hour or more away from definitive medical care.

Key points:

  • Dress in layers
  • No cotton as cotton holds moisture.
  • Drink lots of water and keep drinking.

In winter weather in New Hampshire, it’s best to be able to cover all exposed flesh with a wicking layer e.g. polypro or silk, followed by a insulation layer such as wool or polyester fleece. This includes the face and hands.  When doing strenuous activities, you may wish to remove the insulation layer but be prepared to redon the insulation when you stop.

My typical winter dress was:


  • Pile or wool hat or balaclava
  • Deer skin face mask
  • Polypro long underwear top
  • Pile insulation jacket
  • Gore-tex jacket


  • polypro inner gloves
  • polypro inner gloves
  • Wool or pile outer mitten
  • Nylon or gore-tex overmit
  • Eyes – wear plastic framed sunglasses to avoid snow blindness and bring ski goggles in case of active snow.


  • Polypro long underwear bottom
  • nylon shorts
  • silk inner sock
  • wool outer sock


Appropriate winter footwear e.g. Winter boots with winter gaters.

More on Keeping Warm in the winter


Never go alone.

Always go with experienced people.

Keep an eye on urine color – dark urine means trouble e.g. dehydration

When snowshoeing, trade off the front frequently.

Keep an eye on each others mental state. Hypothermia can sneak up and be deadly.

Bring a sleeping bags and tent in case of emergency.

Drink plenty of water.   You can’t drink too  much in the winter as the air dehydrates everyone.


Bring headlamps that function well in cold weather. If you are walking out after dark, headlamps can be a lifesaver. Lithium battery or Nickel metal hydride (NIMH) batteries work well if the headlamp is designed to use them.

Adam Selene   November 2014

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Golden Rule

Letter to the Editor and all Americans

Our Public Servants and legislators seem to be mostly interested in enriching themselves and being reelected. They make poor laws that cause people to be charged with crimes even when the people had no intent to break a law.

I suggest we should remind them of the Golden Rule, and remind them that the laws they make may apply to their grandchildren. Everyone who has been and will be are grandchildren. We should make law and enforce law as we would want it applied to our grandchildren.

The Golden Rule or ethic of reciprocity is a maxim, ethical code or morality that essentially states: One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.

If they consider their grandchildren when making and enforcing law, we may be hopeful that they make and enforce better law.

I am hopeful that all citizens will remind their public servants of this.

Peter Grace  November 2014



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