The Worst Kinds of People on Airplanes

The Worst Kinds of People on Airplanes

Feb 07

You are finally out of school for the semester. You have a hotel room in Costa Rica waiting for you, as well as attractive people tanning poolside. The only thing in your way from paradise is that dreaded plane ride. Airplanes are definitely low on the list of people’s favorite places to be, and certain kinds of people make the experience even worse.

Babies are unbearable. At first, they seem harmless, possibly even adorable if you are not one of those people with a fear of babies. But soon enough, they will cry, and they will do it for a long time. Their poor parents will get glares from every direction, but if you must give an annoyed look to anyone, make sure it is that living, breathing alarm clock that cannot tell time yet.

At least babies have the excuse of not knowing any better. People who snore do not. Most people who snore are well aware of the fact that they do, so why do some of them think it is a good idea to fall asleep in a small, enclosed space? At the very least they could buy nasal strips in attempt to quiet their noisy sleeping habits.

Hopefully most people will never have to experience an irresponsible pilot, because as far as the worst people to be on an airplane with goes, this person takes the cake. According to the website of Ronald J. Resmini LTD., airplanes require constant attention and focus in order to function properly. A bad pilot is more than an annoyance; They are a safety hazard and a serious liability for the airline.

Thankfully, plane rides are usually followed up by a pleasant vacation, a productive business meeting, or the comfort of sleeping in your own bed. Remember that when you are on your next flight.

Product Liability in Kentucky

Product Liability in Kentucky

Sep 19

Product liability is that area of tort law that governs any property damage, personal injury, or death that was caused by a product due to some aspect such as its design, construction, formulation, processing, warning, packaging, marketing, and so on. As mentioned on the website of the Sampson Law Firm in Louisville, product liability is a complex issue that may involve more than one defendant depending on the circumstances and the cause of action, and each state addresses these issues differently.

In Kentucky, product liability is embodied in the Kentucky Revised Statutes Annotated (§ 411.300-340) known as the Product Liability Act of Kentucky. Under these statutes, causes of action include:

  • Strict Liability – for dealing with defendants who are involved in the manufacture and design of a product; the standard follows the 2nd Restatement of Torts where a product is considered defective when a reasonably prudent seller when made aware of the risks would not sell the product at all. Under this cause of action there are several possible claims including: design defect, manufacturing defect, and failure to warn.
  • Negligence – when the claim is made against a distributor or seller, mostly dealing with the failure to test or the failure to warn consumers about the risks before or after the sale, depending on when the seller became aware of the risks. It can also address faulty packaging or certification, and failure to modify or recall as the case demands
  • Breach of Warranty – typically brought against defendants from whom the claimant bought the product directly which establish privity (a relationship based on service) between the defendants and the plaintiff; claims are often made when the defendant fails to follow through with a promise (warranty, express or implied) or makes a faulty recommendation in the selection of the product.

When there is a clear breach of warranty i.e. product breaks down within the warranty period or when the manufacturer has already acknowledged the defect through a recall or other settlement offer i.e. GM’s faulty ignition switch, then it may be a simple matter to get compensation. However, these are the exceptions to the rule and as in most tort cases, the burden of proof is on the plaintiff, so it is important that the case is consulted with a competent product liability lawyer that can determine if it is viable before any other step is taken.

Cross Stitching

Cross Stitching

Sep 03

Cross stitching is a form of needlework that most anyone can pick up. It’s popular for its simplicity and inexpensive entry costs.

That is not to say that it’s for amateurs. Cross stitches can also be complex and beautiful. It all depends on how detailed your pattern is, as well as the cloth you are stitching on. Most commonly, cross stitches are stitched onto Aida cloth, which is loosely woven fabric that helps you keep your stitches lined up. Depending on the weave’s spacing, your stitches will be bigger or smaller, with tighter spacing requiring more complex stitching.

We <3 cross stitching!

We <3 cross stitching!

Like I said, cross stitches can also be very complex. I’ll leave you with this beauty:

cross stitch floral

Prozac History

Prozac History

Aug 03

Prozac (fluoxetine), also known as “bottled sunshine” to many celebrities and millions of the depressed, is a class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).  It was first approved as an antidepressant in December 1987 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US. The patent held by developer Eli Lilly and Company in August 2001.

The history of Prozac, which is also the background to fluoxetine which is now available under generic brands, is quite interesting and a bit disturbing. Originally documented in 1974, it was initially tested on humans as an antihypertensive, because it showed that it lowered the blood pressure in lab animals. However, it was a no-go in human testing. Eli Lilly did not give up on the drug, and tried it again as an anti-obesity drug. Again, no joy. But a strange thing happened during the human trials: five participants who exhibited mild depression reported feelings of upliftment while taking Prozac.

Quick to take advantage, Eli Lilly proposed the drug as an antidepressant for both adults and children, and Prozac became the stuff of legends. Or at least, it was promoted as such by the celebrities who swore by its positive effects, and by the time the drug was on the shelf for 3 years, it was considered a wonder drug, a problem-free quick fix. It also popularized the term SSRI to denote a class of antidepressants. Many more drugs were developed along this line as a result.

In the decades since it was approved, Prozac has become a panacea of all ills. Prescriptions for the drug increased four-fold between 1991 and 2009, and it was not restricted to treating depression. Other FDA approved uses were for the treatment of panic disorder, bulimia nervosa and obsessive compulsive disorder. Off-label uses included post traumatic stress disorders, obesity, and cataleptsy. It has even become standard to prescribe Prozac to the recently bereaved, although grief is not a pathologic condition.

That is the interesting part. The disturbing part is that no one really knows how Prozac actually works. SSRIs are thought to block the reabsorption of the feel-good chemical serotonin so that it stays longer in the brain, lifting one’s mood. But this is merely the theory, not the fact. The fact is, many scientists today contend that fluoxetine in particular does not work on patients with mild to moderate depression. Moreover, there are serious side-effects that accompany the indiscriminate use of Prozac, including birth defects, suicidality, and sexual dysfunction. Despite these ever-increasing concerns about the health effects of Prozac, it continues to be one of the most prescribed antidepressants in the market even with newer and “safer” alternatives.

How to Choose a Limo Service

How to Choose a Limo Service

Jul 03

Not all limo services are created equal. Just like anything in life, you get what you pay for. So if you just need a ride, then by all means use a Russian roulette way of choosing a limo service. But if it is crucial for your professional image, or it is for a once-in-a-lifetime occasion, then you had better follow these steps on how to choose a limo service that won’t have you pulling out your hair at crunch time.

Do Research

The first thing you need to do is to get a list of limousine services in your immediate area. If you get a lot of hits, you will want to narrow it down. You can do this initially by checking for recommendations or reviews from reputable sites like Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau. Not all of them will be there but that doesn’t really mean anything. However, the ones that are mentioned in a bad way you can cross out. As a rule of thumb, outfits that have been in the business for a while tend to give better service, so start with those before getting to the newbies.

Decide What You Need

There are small limousines that comfortably carry 3 people not including the driver, and there are huge ones that can carry up to 45 people (although these are more like busses than a car). There are also limousines that are comfy and those that are outright luxurious for a night out on the town. Depending on the occasion, you have to figure out what you need and for how long so that you know what to ask for in a quote.

Call

Most limo services have an online inquiry form, but will want to call them so that you can check out their customer service. A good service will invest in good front liners, who will not only help you book a limousine but also with any problems that may come up. If the person who answers your call is bored, surly or rude, you can cross that service off your list.