Monday, March 27, 2017

A modest proposal for healthcare

Health Maintenance Plan

In the debate surrounding health insurance the focus needs to be on Health. The following is a suggestion on improving general health of the populace and thus reducing costs:

Everyone gets a free physical with their physician yearly in birth month
During that visit there will be a survey completed to include
relevant health information such as:

Sex with multiple partners
Alcohol use
Pain Medication
Cholesterol Levels
Blood pressure
Blood sugar
Sun exposure
Other risky behaviors

Each item will have a ten point score and when combined will give
a total overall health score

That score could be linked to SS# in national dbase for use by
insurers to determine rates for the individual

There will be an incentive to reduce risky behavior because the scores will be lower
for those who are healthy and those who are living healthy lives
and thus premiums will be lower fo them

In addition the cost of care needs to be reduced by limiting the cost of drugs
that will be reimbursed. If no one will pay for a drug, the maker will
be forced to price the drug fairly

Overall care cost will be reduced as the population's health improves by
yearly monitoring and health suggestions by providers

The coding system for digital records is out of hand and needs to be
simplified, not made more difficult

For this plan to work all must have insurance to be seen by a provider
or hospital and thus will require some type or finacial

assistance for some to be insured

Monday, November 28, 2016

County Election Results as of Nov 15th

Electoral College

The Electoral College is a unique method for indirectly electing the president of the United States. It was established by Article II, Section 1, Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution and modified by the 12th and 23rd Amendments.
The Electoral College consists of a total of 538 members, one for each U.S. senator and representative, and three additional electors representing the District of Columbia. Each state has a number of electoral votes equal to the combined total of its congressional delegation, and each state legislature is free to determine the method it will use to select its own electors. This year the vote will be counted in joint session on January 6th.

There are 3143 counties or equivalent in the U.S.

What if ?

Each county were to get one vote in the electoral college: Trump wins 2623 to 487

Each Senator got one vote: Trump wins 62 to 38

Each Governor got one vote: Trump wins 31 to 19

The actual count will not be known until Jan 6th but unofficially is Trump with 279 votes

Sunday, November 27, 2016

What is the value of work?

In an ideal world all work would be viewed the same way. But increasingly there is a hierchy of pay based on the perceived value of that work. At one time garbage was picked up by picking up cans and manually dumping them into the back of a compaction truck. That process has evolved to where the cans are emptied by the truck driver from the comfort of the cab. The result is the same but the effort is vastly different and the pay has also changed. Some of our most important public servants are paid less than those in entertainment and sports. Leaders of industry are also paid in excess of what is reasonable. Raising the minimum wage is not the answer. There are jobs that require so little training that they are paid commensurate and are intended for younger persons just getting started with their work experience. Increasingly, education is the key to prosperity and will continue to be the case. I have worked in construction all my life, despite a college degree. What was once e tedious task of carving a curved rail part can now be done, by what is essentially a robot, a computer controlled carving machine. That requires a person who can program the computer to successfully perform the task in a matter of minutes. Technology is fast changing our lives in numerous ways and will only accelerate in the future. Those who are intending to enter the work force need to prepare to fill a need by educating themselves in the many ways available to us now.

Friday, February 7, 2014

News from Rootstech

FamilySearch  has released more details of its collaboration with commercial partners:

“Working with individual industry leaders such as,, findmypast, Fold3, and MyHeritage will also increase and broaden access to the records FamilySearch has already published online,” said the announcement. Publication of these records on multiple websites removes barriers to family history research. The records on and are available free to the general public in the 4,715 local FamilySearch-owned family history centers worldwide. “They will be available…free on,, or to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” FamilySearch said. “Additional details regarding expanded records access will be announced sometime in 2014.”

Church's Works to Put World’s Historical Records Online in One Generation teams with major genealogy companies to index billions of records

Salt Lake City — 
The largest family history conference in the U.S. starts this week (5-8 February) in Salt Lake City. RootsTech 2014 offers explanation and application through presentations and activities, helping people of all ages discover and share family information through technology. cosponsors the worldwide family history event and will feature information about a monumental collaborative effort to make available online 5.3 billion historic records from around the world, such as birth, death and census records.
FamilySearch, with the help of countless volunteers, has already archived, preserved and made available online through indexing more than three billion names, a process that has taken 100 years to accomplish. To digitize and index 5.3 billion more names would take FamilySearch volunteer indexers up to 300 years to complete at the current rate.
“That means you and me and the next 10 generations of our posterity would not live to personally benefit from them,” said FamilySearch CEO Dennis Brimhall. “We can do significantly better by working together with other organizations and as a community.”
Working with, findmypast and MyHeritage, indexing those names can be accurately recorded in a generation, or 20 to 30 years.
Gathering such information across the world’s records and employing the world’s technological capabilities could eventually document a significant portion of the 28 billion people who have populated the earth since A.D. 1500.
More details on how this can be accomplished will be presented by at RootsTech 2014.
Now in its fourth year, the family history technology conference will also feature over 200 courses, notable guest presenters and approximately 11,000 participants from 46 states and 21 countries, with another 20,000 joining remotely online at The event runs 5-8 February 2014 and will be held in the Salt Palace Convention Center.
In addition, the Innovator Summit held on Wednesday, 5 February 2014, focuses on the rapidly expanding technology related to family history research activities and is primarily available to software developers, entrepreneurs and technology business leaders.
Registration information is available at Single-day or all-conference passes are available, including passes for a special Family Discovery Day on 8 February.
Dan Martinez, conference director, defines the innovative gathering as a “creative national forum for development of family history-related technology. The conference links such technology with prospective end users in an effort to promote innovative consumer participation.”
Partnering technology with exploration is a natural in today’s sophisticated family history world. Discovering individual stories, both histories of ancestors or contemporary tales, has become a simple task with the increasing capabilities of technological advances. The ability to record and share such stories and family memories is expanding as websites, apps, blogs and social media communications proliferate.
The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, keynotes the conference. Recognized as one of the country’s top 25 bloggers, Drummond also authors cookbooks and hosts a television show.
“I love sharing stories about my family and my experiences on the ranch,” the well-known author states, “so I’m really excited to be part of RootsTech this year. It’s all about ways to share family stories and strengthen family communications.”
Other featured speakers include Stephanie Nielsen, who maintains a popular family blog, NieNieDialogues; Dr. Spencer Wells, director of the National Geographic genographic project; Todd Hansen, host of the Emmy Award-winning television show Story Trek; Anneleis van den Bell, CEO of DC Thomson Family History and host of over 1.8 billion genealogical records across several Internet brands; and Judy Russell, a certified genealogist and attorney who writes the Legal Genealogist blog.
Chris Dancy, known as the “world’s most quantified man” and chief technology officer at BMC Software, will keynote the Innovator Summit.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Historic collaboration begins

DC Thomson Family History and to Make Billions of Records Available for People to Search

October 16, 2013

DC Thomson


DC Thomson Family History and to make billions of records available for people to search

More than 13 million records launched today on

LONDON, England and SALT LAKE CITY, Utah--Annelies van den Belt, the new CEO of DC Thomson Family History, the British-based leader in online family history and owner of findmypast and Genes Reunited, has announced a major new partnership with US-based that will give family history enthusiasts access to billions of records online and new technology to collaboratively research their family roots.

DC Thomson Family History, formerly known as brightsolid online publishing, is collaborating with FamilySearch, which has the largest collections of genealogical and historical records in the world, to deliver a wide range of projects including digital preservation, records search, technological development and the means to allow family historians to share their discoveries.

More than 13 million records from launched today on, including major collections of births, marriages and deaths covering America, Australia, and Ireland. Around 600 additional collections, containing millions of records, will follow.

The two organisations have a long history of working together on historical projects, including indexing 132 million records of the 1940 US census and two hundred years of British Army Service Records (Chelsea Pensioners) in a joint digitisation project with The National Archives.

Van den Belt said: “This is fantastic news for our customers all over the world. As a leader in online family history we will be able to offer access to a much wider variety of records dating back hundreds of years and the first batch are ready to search on findmypast. The convenience of searching many treasures from along with our own extensive collections will provide rich new insights for our customers.

“This partnership with FamilySearch will accelerate the momentum of our next phase of global growth into new non-English-speaking markets and give more people more access to more records to uncover their family history. This really cements our position as a market leader.”

“We are excited to work with DC Thompson Family History on a vision we both share,” said Dennis Brimhall, CEO of FamilySearch. “Expanding online access to historical records through this type of collaboration can help millions more people discover and share their family’s history.”

DC Thomson Family History is the British-based leader in online family history, which operates major online sites including findmypast, Genes Reunited and the British Newspaper Archive. It launched in America last year with its findmypast brand.

DC Thomson Family History has a strong record of partnerships with non-profit and public sector organisations such as the British Library and The National Archives among many other major archives and organisations around the world.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Seven generation fan chart now available

Printing a Fan Chart

Fan 3You can now print a full-color, 7-generation fan chart from within Family Tree. To do so, follow the steps listed below.
Option 1: You can display the fan chart, and print it from the Fan Chart view window.
1. Make sure the person you want to print a fan chart for is in the primary person position.
2. Click the Fan Chart icon located in the upper left of the screen. This will display the fan chart on the screen.
Click Fan Chart Icon

3.Click the Printer icon.
Fan Chart Icon 1

4. Click Print. You many need to wait a few minutes for the chart for format.
Print Icon

Option 2: You can print a fan chart from the person’s details page. To do so, follow the steps listed below.
1. From the details page, click the Fan Chart icon so that the fan chart displays on the screen.
2. Click the Printer icon. You many need to wait a few minutes for the chart for format.
3. Click Print.
Fan 2

The printable fan chart opens in a second tab of your browser. It takes a bit of time to get created. When done, it looks like this:
Fan 3