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5 Things You Should Know – Part 126

Here are 5 things you should know.

1. In the US, it is illegal for medical staff to share any part of your medical record with law enforcement unless it is subpoenaed or you are under arrest.

If you go to the hospital, ER or urgent care (or even just to your regular family doctor) and they ask for a urine sample, don’t freak out. The doctor just wants to treat you for whatever you’re there for. If you’re complaining of shortness of breath or fast heartbeat or you passed out, they want to know why. Yes, they may order a drug screen. But they want to know what caused the issue and how to treat it.

So if you did actually take some drugs, that’s fine because they absolutely are not going to turn around and call the cops on you simply because your drug screen was positive. The drugs may have been what caused you to black out, etc and knowing what you took could be the difference between you living or dying.

The only time law enforcement has a right to your record is if it is subpoenaed by a court or you are involved in a crime in which you were brought to the ER as a result of injury and are currently under arrest and they have a warrant.

2. You can measure distances on Google Maps by right-clicking and select “Measure distance” from the pop-up menu.

You can also break it down into angles by sliding the white circles that appear on the measuring line.


3. When viewing Google Maps with Satellite view selected, the cloud shapes and positions are now real time.

Maps.google.com (All Browsers)

Earth.google.com (Chrome Browser)

4. JetBlue is capping ticket prices out of Florida at $99, $159 with a connection, to help get people out of Irma’s way.

Fees are also being waived for certain rebooking situations. More info

5. “All natural” bamboo fabric is almost always a semi-synthetic fiber called rayon which can be made from many different types of wood and plant pulp.

Depending on the production method, rayon may also release harmful solvents which can injure workers.

“Textiles labeled as being made from bamboo are usually not made by mechanical crushing and retting. They are generally synthetic rayon made from cellulose extracted from bamboo.” – Bamboo textile – Wikipedia

Also, many of the claims about bamboo fiber properties are also false. Once processed into rayon, the unique properties of bamboo are no longer present. Products with claims such as “natural antibacterial, UV blocking, instant moisture evaporation.” don’t stand up to an investigation. This is because “bamboo viscose rayon is indistinguishable from normal viscose rayon”.

Also, many of the ‘comfort’ properties that are often sold as an advantage of bamboo fabric have nothing to do with the bamboo input material. The final texture of the fabric is dependent on the rayon processing technology.

“Rayon is a versatile fiber and is widely claimed to have the same comfort properties as natural fibers, although the drape and slipperiness of rayon textiles are often more like nylon. It can imitate the feel and texture of silk, wool, cotton, and linen…” Rayon – Wikipedia

Finally, the production of viscose rayon may release harmful solvents that have serious toxic effects on those exposed. WHO: Air Quality Guidelines – Carbon disulfide

There may be environmental benefits to using the bamboo pulp for creating rayon, including its ability to grow in difficult conditions and fast growing properties. There are also different ways of producing rayon that reduce environmental and worker impacts. As with all things, the details matter.

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