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Re: “Marijuana grow-lights cause problems for ham-radio operators

The purpose of sharing the information with the Indy was to make people aware of a potential problem, not to try to paint growers as bad people or the only source of interference. I think Bryce did a pretty good job of making that clear. Anyone who reads the article as otherwise is mistaken.

While individual ham operators will have their own opinions for or against, American Radio Relay League (ARRL) does not take sides in the MJ debates.

The ARRL does conduct testing of various devices and report their findings to the FCC. In one completely unrelated case an Arc Fault circuit breaker model was found to be a defective design and the ARRL brought it to the attention of the FCC as a significant source of interference. The ARRL and FCC then worked with the manufacturer to correct the design problem.

In the case of the Lumatek ballast, it appears to be a defective product design and one that incorrectly displayed the required FCC information. The ARRL tested it for RFI and it failed horribly, so they reported their findings to the FCC. Most ballasts pass with no problem.

In the case of Mr Thompson, it appears to have been a case of incorrect wiring from a ballast.

Personally, I have had interference from a CFL light bulb replacement for an incandescent bulb, a dimmer switch, and some yet to be determined device from a near by office building.

In any case, it is not the goal of the ARRL or a ham operator to paint anyone as being bad and rarely do they want to get anyone in trouble (intentional interference, AKA "jamming" would be a notable exception), they just want to find and fix the problem. If it is a faulty street light, they will contact the responsible department to get it fixed. If it is a failing power supply in a doorbell chime in someone's home, they will attempt find it and may even volunteer to help fix it.

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Posted by JBloodgood on 06/27/2014 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Marijuana grow-lights cause problems for ham-radio operators

Lumatek still shows the LK1000 on their website and they are still available through numerous vendors.

The other lights you mention occasionally result in noise as well, but because they are installed by people who are trained in proper installation procedures and by certified electricians who have to follow codes, they generally do not cause the same problem as when someone builds their own system in a house and runs the wires too far, incorrectly grounds things, etc. As the article mentions, there are many other sources of noise that can cause serious interference and not only for hams, they can interfere with police/fire, military, navigation systems, phones, home entertainment systems, wifi, etc.

The point of the article is to be a good neighbor, be aware that such problems can occur, and don't freak out if someone comes by and says "Hi, I'm Joe and I'm a ham radio operator. I have been trying to track down some interference. I have narrowed it down to your house and I'd like to help you find the problem and fix it."

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Posted by Dave H on 06/26/2014 at 9:06 PM

Re: “Builders insist the threat of lawsuits keeps them from erecting condos

The threat of lawsuits prevents builders from building poorly built condos with high profit potential. Build a quality product and you are far less likely to get sued.

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Posted by null on 06/26/2014 at 7:36 PM

Re: “Marijuana grow-lights cause problems for ham-radio operators

This post fails to mention that Metal Halide lights are also used as street lights, outdoor flood lights, safety lights, etc. If your home is anywhere near a commercial center, there are likely hundreds of these High Intensity Discharge lights in the neighborhood. Also, the dimming ballast mentioned in the article has been discontinued by the manufacturer.

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Posted by null on 06/26/2014 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Degrees of difficulty

This is a travesty. I am so sorry.

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Posted by Anne Donnelly on 06/26/2014 at 6:19 AM

Re: “Builders insist the threat of lawsuits keeps them from erecting condos

Build them cheap, build them fast, build them flimsy, build them with low-skilled illegal immigrant labor, then they wonder why they get lawsuits. Well duh. It's the 'merkin way, ain't gonna change.

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Posted by OldCrank on 06/25/2014 at 3:52 PM

Re: “The expansion of Medicaid is changing trends at hospitals

It's all big medicine. And it needs to go down. Germany has an amazing public health model that the US should follow. It does provide quality care and without the stigma if poor public healthcare. We should be ashamed that a procedure in the US costs upwards of 5xs a procedure iverseas costs.

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Posted by DEZ on 06/24/2014 at 10:40 AM

Re: “The expansion of Medicaid is changing trends at hospitals

OldCrank - you failed to mention who pays for Medicaid now that all these people are on it now - us. The people of the U.S. pay it.

The only conclusion I get from this article is that hospitals will be more profitable.

And I LOL'd, literally, when I saw the article author mention lowering health care costs due to the hospital now being paid more.

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Posted by rediranch on 06/24/2014 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Animal control steps up leash-law enforcement

I agree that people are the problem, not dogs.

As a point of revenue and to help the "leash law" proplem I would like, and be the first to help enact, a program that other cities have already put into place . This would be a licensing for proven, well-trained dogs to be allowed off lead in virtually all our city parks (with restricted areas).

The license would come with a fee (revenue) but, would allow dogs (and owners) the chance to prove the dogs ability by passing a test to see if the dog is capable of being off lead in public areas.

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Posted by Thom Herold on 06/23/2014 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Among four oil-and-gas initiatives, the local one stands out

Mr. Russell needs to go back and re-read our Declaration of Independence:

"All men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

"To secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."

"Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it." (Add the word "Corporation" just after "Form of Government" and basically you've got ballot initiative #75!)

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Posted by Nicole Rosa on 06/22/2014 at 12:05 PM

Re: “The expansion of Medicaid is changing trends at hospitals

Trying to follow the money in the hospital business is like trying to follow the river of money flowing through the mafia and drug cartels.

A Mystery? In recent fiscal years, Memorial spent $188.6 million on uncompensated care and Penrose provided $124 million on uncompensated care. These figures are about the same from year to year. The mystery is that year after year both of these health systems eat tons of money, BUT neither goes bankrupt. Why is that?

Because WE are paying for it in annually escalating insurance rates or tax rates or both. But make no mistake, WE pay for it NOW. Hospitals grossly over-charge insurance companies in order to recover the huge costs of uncompensated care. How else do they not go broke?

For me, one promise of the ACA is to provide a vehicle for people to get health insurance that will pay their bills so that hospitals will no longer have to overbill insurance firms who will no longer have to overbill me by raising my rates every year to cover the uninsured. Right?

Hospital rates and charges are insane, they demand $10k for a procedure but accept $2k and yet don't go broke. The whole system is just insane.

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Posted by OldCrank on 06/19/2014 at 5:40 PM

Re: “Animal control steps up leash-law enforcement

Most people are equally unfit to be parents or own dogs. Pity the kids and dogs.

Good grief, I'm turning into Tehon Tech....oh noooooo

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Posted by OldCrank on 06/19/2014 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Animal control steps up leash-law enforcement

Darrin Stephens, Why have you declared war on "pit bull TYPE??? dogs? Your quoted numbers of deaths, etc are pretty low compared to the number of people who have been killed by guns.

Do you have a dog? What qualifications do you have that give you the right to decide what are and are not "pit bull type" dogs? A Rottweiler? That is an old, old breed as are German Shepherds, etc. Please apply your enthusiastic hatred somewhere else!


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Posted by msnigel on 06/19/2014 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Open space advocates see Banning Lewis Ranch as lifetime opportunity

If there was significant open space, it might be worthwhile living out there.

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Posted by Lalahartma on 06/19/2014 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Animal control steps up leash-law enforcement

24 People dead by dog attack in 2014
Pit bull type dogs killed 21 of them.
13 of the dead are children.

Stars indicate people killed by a ‘family’ pit bull – ones that had
been raised and cherished as an indoor pet, ‘never showed aggression
before’, and knew the victim.

Child fatalities by pit bull type dog (12)
Kara E. Hartrich, 4 years old, Bloomington, Illinois. **
Je'vaeh Maye, 2 years old, Temple Texas. **
Braelynn Rayne Coulter, 3 years old, High Point, North Carolina. **
Kenneth Santillan, 13 years old, Patterson, N.J. by a Bullmastiff
Raymane Camari Robinson, 2 years old, Killeen, TX by a Bullmastiff **
Mia Derouen, 4 years old, Houma, Louisiana **
Christopher Malone, 3 years old, Thornton, MS **
John Harvard, 5 year old, Riverside, AL **
Kassi Haith, 4 years old, Felton, Del.
Demonta Collins, 13 years old, Augusta, Georgia
he dashed into traffic as he was running from a pit bull attacking him and was hit by a car and was killed.
Davon Jiggetts,17 years old, Riverdale, Georgia
he dashed into traffic as he was running from a pit bull attacking him and was hit by a car as was the pit bull, both were killed.
Holden William Garrison-10 weeks old, Springfield Township, MI **
Friends of family state that the dog is a Pit bull Mix a Catahoula Hound mixed with Pit Bull.

Adult fatalities by pit bull type (8):
Christina Burleson, 43 years old, Houston, Texas. **
Klonda S. Richey, 57 years old, Dayton, Ohio. by two Bullmastiff's
Nancy Newberry, 77 years old, Phoenix, AZ. **
Dorothy Hamilton, 85 years old, Kaufman, TX **
Petra Aguirre, 83 years old, San Antonio TX **
Betty Clark, 75 years old, San Antonio TX **
Katie Morrison, 20-years old, Smiths Station, AL **
Rita Pepe, 93 years old, Branford, Conn by a rescued pit bull

That’s 88% killed by attacking pit bull type dogs.
Pit Bull type dogs are only about 6% of the entire dog population.

Summer Sears, 4 years old, Tallassee, AL by Husky/German Shepard Cross
Nyhiem Wilfong, 1 year old, Caldwell County, N.C. by Rottweiler. **

89-year-old Annabell Martin, Corona, CA. by her grandson’s three Rottweilers.**

Non-bite fatalities:
Carlos Eligio Trevina – 54 y.o. – Idaho Falls ID ** – [Jan 9] – Died of a heart attack immediately after breaking up a fight between his seven pit bulls / pit mixes
33 People dead by dog attack in 2013.
Pit bull type dogs killed thirty of them. sixteen of the twenty-nine dead are children.
Stars indicate people killed by a ‘family’ pit bull – ones that had been raised and cherished as an indoor pet, ‘never showed aggression before’, and knew the victim.

Child fatalities by pit bull type dog (16):
Christian Gormanous – 4 yrs old Montgomery County, TX
Isaiah Aguilar – 2 yrs old Sabinal, TX
Ryan Maxwell – 7 yrs old ** Galesburg, IL.
Dax Borchardt – 14 mos old ** Walworth, WI.
Monica Laminack – 21 mos old ** Ellabelle, GA.
Tyler Jett – 7 yrs old Callaway, FL.
Jordyn Arndt – 4 yrs old ** Prairie City, IA.
Beau Rutledge – 2 yrs old ** Fulton County, GA.
Ayden Evans- 5 yrs old ** Jessieville, AR.
Nephi Selu – 6 yrs old ** Union City, CA.
Arianna Jolee Merrbach – 5 yrs old Effingham, SC.
Daniel (surname as yet not revealed) – 2 yrs old (Gilbert, Arizona) **
Samuel Eli Zamudio – 2 yrs old** Colton, CA
Jordan Ryan– 5 yrs old Baker city, Oregon
Levi Watson-Bradford-4 years old** White County, Arkansas
Jah’niyah White - 2 years old ** Chicago, Ill

Adult fatalities by pit bull type (13):
Betty Todd – 65 yrs old ** Hodges, SC
Elsie Grace – 91 yrs old ** Hemet, CA
Claudia Gallardo – 38 yrs old Stockton, CA.
Pamela Devitt – 63 yrs old Littlerock, CA.
Carlton Freeman – 80 yrs old Harleyville, SC.
Linda Oliver – 63 yrs old Dayton, TX.
James Harding – 62 yrs old -Baltimore, MD
chased into traffic by two attacking pit bulls
Juan Campos – 96 yrs old Katy, Texas.
Terry Douglass 56 years old. **Baltimore, MD
Katherine Atkins-25 years old ** Kernersville, NC
Nga Woodhead-65 years old Spanaway, WA.
Joan Kappen, 75 years old Hot Springs Ark
Michal Nelson, 41 years old Valencia County, New Mexico **

(1 non-pit type killing) [Rachel Honabarger - 35 yrs old - mauled to death by her own GSD mix] Coshocton, OH.

(1 husky-mix killing, unknown if the other half of the dog was pit bull) [Jordan Lee Reed – 5 yrs old] Kotzebue, AK

(1 Shiba Inu killing) Mia Gibson - age 3 months, of Gibson, OH - mauled to death by family Shiba Inu.

Three of the pit bull type dogs were BULL mastiffs, ie 40% pit-fighting bulldog.

If 27 of 33 dead were killed by pit bull attack, that’s 82% dead by pit attack, 9% dead by ‘molosser’, 3% by some kind of GSD mix, 3% by a husky + possibly pit mix, 3% by Shiba Inu.

If you count the pit-mix mastiffs as pit bull types, that’s 91% killed by attacking pit bull types. Pit types are only about 6% of the entire dog population.

The man who ran into traffic kept pit bulls himself. He knew perfectly well what the two stranger pit bulls that were chasing him would do if they caught him, so he preferred to risk a swift death by oncoming car.

534 maimed by pit type dogs 2013 (as of November.28).

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Posted by Darrin Stephens on 06/19/2014 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Animal control steps up leash-law enforcement

My Legislation Proposal to be enacted by all states,
cities and counties in the US & Canada.

All dogs must be:
Or all dangerous dogs must be:
Or all dangerous molosser breeds, including pit bulls (American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire bull terriers, American pit bull terriers, American Bulldog, Bull mastiffs, dogo argentinos, fila brasieros, presa canarios, Japanese Tosa, cane corsos and their mixes and any dog generally recognized as a pit bull or pit bull terrier and includes a dog of mixed breed with predominant pit bull or pit bull terrier characteristics), rottweilers, chow chows, Doberman pinschers, German shepherds, must be:

* Licensed
* All Pit bull type dogs Micro-chipped with any bite history in database for reference.
* Insured: All dogs must be covered by mandatory liability insurance of $100,000 min. generic and $500,000 after a skin breaking bite with insurance companies based on actuarial statistic's determining said rate.
* Spayed/neutered (except for limited approved show dog breeders)
* All breeds involved in any bite incident must be kenneled in a locked five-sided enclosure with concrete bottom.

For all other dog owners language can be written that enclosure such as fences must be capable of containing your dog period, such generic language puts the onus on the owner, have the fines be so onerous that said owner will ensure this they make this so.

1,000 the first time, double the second time and permanent confiscation the third time with a ban on said person from owning any dog within city limits, this will create an effective outcome directly or indirectly.
* All dogs must be on leashes outside of home enclosure
* All molosser breeds must also be muzzled outside of home enclosure

* No transport of declared dangerous dogs for the purpose of re-homing. (Dangerous dogs must be dealt with where their history is known.)
* All of the rules listed above also apply to rescues: rescued dogs must be licensed and subject to inspection.

$1,000 fine for noncompliance
Elimination of the one-bite rule in all of the 50 U.S. states
Manslaughter charges for owner of dog that kills a human
Felony charge for owner of dog that mauls human, dog, or other domestic animal.

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Posted by Darrin Stephens on 06/19/2014 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Animal control steps up leash-law enforcement

Dogs in off leash parks have rules too.

There are now many dog off leash parks, these too are first and foremost people parks not dog parks,
with dogs now allowed off leash only by the permission of people who the parks are actually for.

Dogs are only allowed off leash in them if they are under the same control by trained verbal command as if they were on leash so as to preclude dogs from approaching people or dogs in the park unilaterally.

This is for the safety of dogs who are the ones who suffer at the paws of out of control dogs.

If a dog can not conduct itself with 100% recall ability they it must be on leash there too and muzzled if restricted.
As well only two dogs per owner at a time are allowed off leash.

First and foremost these areas are for the enjoyment of people first, dogs second.

This is the law and what was agreed to by the city and all dog organizations lobbying at the time
for off leash parks, dog owners agreed to it and must now abide by it.

As well all dogs must be on leash from your car to the actual off leash area both coming and going.

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Posted by Darrin Stephens on 06/19/2014 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Animal control steps up leash-law enforcement

All dogs should go through a behavioral training course.

I have often seen owners trying to deal with unruly out of control
dogs, they try baby talk, act as if they were talking to a 10 year old child or scream abuse at the dog while striking it about the head and none of it works, it is pathetic.

The idea put forth by some that only time & patience it needed is absurd, by itself it is useless, a tried and proven dog training technique is needed.

If done by DVD obviously the dog owner is involved in a hands on way every step of the way.

If done with a professional Dog trainer you never just turn the dog over to him without owner involvement as some said, that is idiotic, the owner is always involved at every step in the training process under the supervision of the dog trainer.

The public library has dozens of dog training DVD's with hundreds of others that can be loaned from other library's at no cost.

In the week you have it on loan you can put together a training regimen that if followed with consistency on a daily basis over many months will cure any issue that any dog has.

The idea that dog training rarely is effective is garbage, if the owner is responsible it will work almost every time.

If the owner is such an idiot that he renders the training ineffective then he has no business owning a dog in the first place,
nor should he have a dog off leash as in effect his idiocy is extrapolated to the dog with the public's safety put in jeopardy, he should instead get a pet rock.

Dog training though rarely undertaken is the solution to all dog issues, if they were all trained then dogs off leash would be the norm in ALL parks.

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Posted by Darrin Stephens on 06/19/2014 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Animal control steps up leash-law enforcement

Dog owners do not have a paw to stand on.!

Dog owners want more rights but refuse to act responsibly in regards to their dogs to earn them.

All this ode to Dogs is pap and has zero to do with the issue at hand, untrained,out of control dogs forcing people to interact with them, that is the only issue.

Animal control here offered all those getting tickets for their dogs being off leash a chance to forgo any payment and instead have the $150 go towards a 6 week intensive obedience training course. How many took them up on it?...........a few, almost all just paid the fine, this speaks volumes about how irresponsible & lazy dog owners are as a whole, not just a few bad apples but the clear majority of them.

This attitude is why the crackdown has come about due to the general public being fed up with dog owners who have zero credibility with them as they continue spout comments that their dogs are as good as gold when the opposite is clearly shown to be the case.

That dog owner's as a norm actually intentionally hang blue bags with their contents in the bushes and small trees right by the trails at eye level by the dozens on a trail speaks volumes as to the content of their character or lack thereof.

Dog off leash harass wildlife and damage the ecosystem trampling flora and fauna, this is disrespectful to the environment and not acceptable.

All our lives we are taught don't go up to pet a strange dog as you, the dog owner and even the dog never knows how it will react.
Well that cuts both ways as to the dog approaching you as again nobody knows how the dog will react.

This puts the person in danger of being attacked & bitten as well as having to go through this over and over again all through ones walk as the dog approaches not knowing what will happen.

I don't need over my walk several dozens dogs in all jumping up on me, sniffing my crotch, approaching me and forcing me to interact with it, if i wish to do so that should be my prerogative not the dogs.

The solution to this is for the dog to be leashed so it can not have access to me, this is my right, and my rights supersede any that any dog has.

As to a time share with dogs i am not interested in having a dog determine when and where i can hike in peace.
This after all is a People park not a Dog park and the idea of placing Dogs on the same level as people is not acceptable
especially when so many options off leash now exist.

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Posted by Darrin Stephens on 06/19/2014 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Animal control steps up leash-law enforcement

Dogs should be leashed where the law demands it.

What is so hard about being a considerate dog owner, leash your dog, when someone approaches you on a trail reel your dogs leash in if it is one of those 20 footer's & keep your dog in tight to you with yourself between your dog and whomever or whatever is passing you on the trail.

This is simple common courtesy and consideration to others while still allowing your dog to roam about and have fun. If people simply do this then this whole conversation would become moot. If they don't they are well on the road to having their and all other dogs banned from many or most parks.

Other then the solutions i mentioned, the obvious one to this issue is just Leash your dog, Period. Take a training course with your dog to teach it obedience & proper behaviour, to be under verbal command as if it was on a tight leash. These courses are short, only a few weeks for $150 and your dog becomes well behaved, under control and instantly recallable instead of being an out of control idiot mutt without a clue as to how to properly behave around people as is more often the case then not.

Go to the library, they have hundreds of dog training DVD's available on loan that can teach you to train your dog to the same level at no cost to you.

The reality is that the crackdown on dogs off leash and the conduct of dog owners will only become more severe till dogs are banned from all PEOPLE parks.

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Posted by Darrin Stephens on 06/19/2014 at 11:25 AM

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