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Veterans Day – November 11th

Monday, November 10th, 2008

By Michael Dorausch, DC

2008 Veterans Day this year is on Tuesday, November 11th. Originally referred to as Armistice Day, Veterans Day became recognized as a US federal holiday in 1954. Being a federal holiday, nearly all government services and buildings will be closed. The US Postal Service will not deliver mail on November 11th. Delivery services such as those provided by UPS and FedEx will operate Tuesday. Most US banks are also closed on Veterans Day, and in many cases, credit unions are closed as well. Not all public schools are closed on this holiday. Check your local school districts for more information.

(photo credit - jbelluch)

I know many chiropractors that served in the US military before entering a chiropractic program. I also recall many talks from chiropractors such as James Sigafoose and Richard Santos on the importance of recognizing those who have served the nation. Chiropractors, elected officials, and military vets, have worked together in order to improve access for military veterans for chiropractic care and services. President-elect, Barack Obama, has expressed his thoughts on veteran access to chiropractic care.

It was in January of 2002 when President Bush signed legislation mandating the establishment of chiropractic benefits in the Department of Veterans Affairs health-care system. That measure had received strong bipartisan support.

In March of 2007 it was reported that a chiropractic coalition would be working together to improve access of chiropractic care for military veterans. The coalition was formed in 2002 by three national chiropractic organizations.

In May of 2007 received notice from the International Chiropractors Association that US Representative Bob Filner’s legislative initiative to provide program wide chiropractic staffing at all US Department of Veterans Affairs facilities, H.R. 1470, had passed out of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs and was now be considered by the Full House of Representatives.

In November of 2007 it was reported that California Representative Bob Filner had introduced a Chiropractors to Keep our Veterans Healthy Act, which would provide for direct access to chiropractic care for veterans, expand the list of chiropractic services available to eligible veterans, and provide veterans with a better way of making their own health care decisions.

Several Veterans Day articles were summarized in a 2007 post titled chiropractic for veterans. Visit planet chiropractic news for a list of 2008 Veterans Day parades and related activities.

So, Monday, November 10 2008, is not a federal holiday. Veterans Day 2008 (which is a federal holiday) is on Tuesday, November 11. It can be confusing (likely because of Memorial Day) but don’t get the holidays mixed up.

I’m Voting on California State Propositions

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

By Michael Dorausch, DC

I don’t know about the rest of the nation, but there’s been a lot of discussion going on in the state of California related to a number of propositions coming up during this year’s election day. I put together a brief list below of how on voting for each of the 12 propositions related to the state of California. If you have any reasonable information related to any of these propositions that you feel I should know about, feel free to share them.

Proposition 1A. Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train — voting no — Pretty much everything I’ve heard regarding this rail system sounds like it would be a major waste of money for the state of California.

Proposition 2. Standards for Confining Farm Animals — voting yes — Even though I eat those chickens, cows and pigs, I feel bad that they are confined to such tight quarters. I believe that farm animals should be allowed to fully extend their limbs or wings, lie down, stand up and turn around. Wouldn’t any chiropractor?

Proposition 3. Children’s Hospital Bond Act. Grant Program — voting no — As if we don’t already waste enough money on hospitals. I suspect this will go through, even though I have no interest in seeing it do so.

Proposition 4. Waiting Period and Parental Notification Before Termination of Minor’s Pregnancy — voting no — This one’s been a tough decision for me. Reason I’m voting no is I don’t see that we should have to change the California Constitution to prohibit abortion for unemancipated minors. I don’t have any girls though so I can imagine parents having many different thoughts on this issue.

Proposition 5. Nonviolent Drug Offenses, Sentencing, Parole and Rehabilitation — voting no — There’s no way I’d want to see more money being allocated towards more drug treatment programs. Drugs are drugs, whether pushed or prescribed, and we’ve got to change our attitudes towards them.

Proposition 6. Police and Law Enforcement Funding. Criminal Penalties and Laws — voting yes — I’m all for supporting the Po Po in the state of California. Lets get them some more funding.

Proposition 7. Renewable Energy Generation — voting no — I don’t trust the language on this one. Sounds a bit fishy in a wasting taxpayer dollars kind of way.

Proposition 8. Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry — voting no — I’ll be honest, I’ve seen some of those Christian commercials and paused to think about this one, but the reality is I really couldn’t give a rip who someone decides to marry. I’ve taken care of many same-sex couples in my chiropractic office and it really sucks that they don’t get the same rights as married couples in the state do.

Proposition 9. Criminal Justice System. Victims’ Rights. Parole — voting yes — I don’t have a lot of details on this one from what I’ve read so far it looks like I’ll be voting yes.

Proposition 10. Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Renewable Energy. Bonds — voting no — $5 billion in bonds paid from the state’s general fund to help research sound like a really bad idea to me. Going alternative has got to be a really lucrative industry and I imagine privately owned companies will compete to bring us the best products and services available.

Proposition 11. Redistricting — voting no — I’m currently voting no on this proposition but I’m not completely decided. Maybe someone else has more information.

Proposition 12. Veteran’s Bond Act of 2008 — voting yes — I’ll be voting yes for $900 million in bonds to be issued to provide Farm and home aid for California veterans. I believe most veterans get a raw deal (at least that’s what it appears like to me) and we should be doing all we can to provide for them after their years of service to our state and country.

How did I do? )

October 2 Trends: Vice Presidential Debate 2008

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

By Michael Dorausch, DC

I’ve been trend watching all day.

The phrase “vice presidential debate live” was number one at top of Google’s hot trends when I got home from the office tonight. That phrase was followed by watch vp debate online, vp debate live stream, vp debate 2008 time, palin debate, palin bingo, palin biden debate live, and others. I came home towards the end of the debate so in many cases, the searches were still volcanic.

I’ve talked about trends many times before, with an election related trends post back in January of 2008. This post is less about politics and more about how as humans we perform searches online. It’s uncanny as to how predictable we actually are. Those that have heard me speak at conferences, events, and in bars, know this is a topic I’m passionate about. Follow the trends and learn to predict what’s coming next.

Presidential Debate TrendsTo the left is a screenshot that I took just after the October 2, 2008 vice presidential debate ended. Notice it was updated about an hour before I took the screenshot which pretty much puts the data write about in the middle of the debate time.

The top three phrases are specific to individuals on computers (at least that’s my take). The following four phrases are all related to the debate (palin bingo is related in case you’re wondering).

Ho-Hum and maybe not so exciting for you but I dig this stuff. The top three searches show massive amounts of people searching for stuff going on right now.

Before I left the office I printed out the hottest searches taking place around 6 p.m. Pacific time. Number one on that list was “vice presidential debate time” followed by “vp debate 2008 time” and then “palin biden debate time.” 3 volcanically hot searches all generally asking the same thing; what time is this event going to happen?

Looking at the difference in search popularity from before the debate to during the debate we can see that the trend went from what time can I watch to how can I watch (more specifically, how can I watch online).

Vice presidential debate news that was posted on planetchiropractic early this morning include information about what time the debate was taking place and where it was being held. If you read that article, you’ll notice it includes tags such as palin biden debate time and vp debate 2008 time. Those particular phrases were based on searches I noticed early in the morning and they were included with the article when posted. It’s too early for me to say whether using the terms affected search traffic but I will know tomorrow.

The debates are not over. We still have more to come before the November election. What you think the odds are we as a species will continue searching in a similar fashion? If you’re covering politics and posting related content you may be interested to pay attention to these trends and adjust your posts accordingly.

For those interested, below is a list of VP debate search trends I noticed throughout the day…

  • vice presidential debate live
  • watch vp debate online
  • vp debate live stream
  • vp debate 2008 time
  • palin debate
  • palin bingo
  • palin biden debate live
  • vp debate drinking game
  • vp debate washington university
  • biden bingo
  • sarah palin debate time
  • sarah palin drinking game
  • palin/biden debate
  • vp debate tv schedule
  • presidential debate october 2
  • biden plan debate time
  • v.p. debate
  • v p debate
  • vice pres debate time
  • debate bingo
  • veep debate
  • debate tonight

I’m predicting the following three as potential hot trend terms for October 15, 2008.

Debate Hofstra University
Presidential Debate Hofstra University
2008 Presidential Debate Hofstra University

Hofstra University (in Hempstead, New York) is the site of the October 15, 2008 presidential debate. It is the last debate before the presidential election.