10th Anniversary Giveaway!

On April 30th, it will be ten years since the "W2LJ - QRP - Do More With Less" blog was born.

In appreciation for all who read this blog, I am going to give something away to one lucky reader. I have a new, mint condition, unused, complete sheet of fifty United States Amateur Radio stamps, issued in 1964 on the 50th Anniversary of the ARRL - Scott #1260. I am going to have the sheet matted and framed - ready for display on some deserving shack wall. All I ask is that you send an e-mail to w2lj@arrl.net - entitled "Blog Anniversary Giveaway". Include your name, call sign and mailing address.

Any Amateur Radio op worldwide can enter. I will package and ship the framed stamps to any destination that the United States Post Office will accept.

The names and call signs will be loaded into a software program such as RandomPicker on April 30th and a winner will be determined. The winner will be announced here, and then the framed stamps will be posted.

Good luck, and thank you for reading!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Another scare story

1) Swine flu pandemic

2) Bird flu pandemic

3) Global warming

4) Global cooling

5) Devastating hurricane seasons that don't happen

6) Y2K

7) http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/135974/Mobile-use-is-linked-to-brain-tumours

Seems the media just loves to scare us; and it also seems we love to scare ourselves!

I remember the cyclamate ban; back in 1969 that turned out to be bogus, as well as the scare over saccharin and other things. Why do we worry so much about these things? Why is our society so obsessed with death?

We worry about the above things (and more); but yet so many of us will smoke, drink, eat unhealthily, or do recreational drugs to the point where we kill ourselves. Seems more sensible to me to worry about the things in your life that you CAN control; rather than the things you can't.

BTW, it also seems to me that you'd practically have to have a cell phone by your ear for at least 3/4 of a day for this to occur (I would guess). And, does using a Bluetooth device negate this; or are they just as bad?

Maybe the answer is that the more "progress" we make; the worse it is for us. We rush around so much these days, trying to get "the good things" in life; that we stress ourselves to the point of stroke and heart attack. Maybe an agrarian society wasn't such a bad thing. Or better yet, maybe as a people we need to become more moderate and balanced - guess it couldn't hurt.

73 de Larry W2LJ


g4ilo said...

The explanation is simple: there are too many people being paid to research this stuff whose grants won't be renewed if the conclusion of their research is "There's nothing to worry about."

Cynical, moi?

John AE5X said...

And it is Halloween. Boo!

goody said...

I'm surprised you listed Y2K, especially considering you're in IT. It was a big issue when you looked at all the networked financial, medical, and logistics systems. It didn't matter much to the desktop user running Win98, but it threatened our infrastructure with death by a thousand cuts. This was one time media coverage was warranted. It got CIOs to actually budget money and resources to fix the problem.

Anonymous said...

Does that mean your not getting any flu shots?

Scott Hedberg said...

Scare stories drive news ratings - when we keep watching them, reading them, and talking about them - they'll continue to market ad revenue around those types of stories.

Larry W2LJ said...

Nope .... no flu shot for me.

And Goody, I only included Y2K because of the media hysteria. It was a valid concern that was taken care of by the appropriate parties; and fortunately, serious repercussions were mitigated. But in the days leading up to that years end, if you listened to the media, power grids were going to fail, banks were due to become non-functional, mail was going to stop and in essence, calamity and chaos were to reign.

In reality, it passed more with a whisper than a Big Bang.