I work in a field where my decisions often result in the safe launch of Navy AirCraft from a land-based Carrier Platform - I'd like to think that most of my decision making has home theory behind ot :)
No one approaches the launch hook to setup for launch without my "All Ready" and the lives of the pilot (2 pilots in many cases) and about 30 flight crew members all hinge on my approval. I've had a 15 year carrier with a 100% safety record and I'm proud of that fact - more importantly though, no failures are acceptable and the Catapult Lauch SOP - Standard Operating Procedures are the Bible of our Flight testing, whether launching jets, dummie loads or just the hook itself down the carrier platform, nothing is acceptable in the failure department.
I tend to shy away from medical questions in the forum, only because I think there are many better qualified members who can offer greater responce to the questions, but general beekeeping is often a fun topic to tackle and I enjoyed the Excluder Question a lot.
NOW.... Side note about Bush - Kerry (as I have noticed from your signature. I do have concervative idealisms, but I'm also very open to any idea that make common sense. Kerry annoys me though, I don't like his attitudes, manorisms, attack and fear campaign and I don't like Edwards at all. In a PM I'll go into Edwards a bit more detailed.
The worse single issue that leaves Kerry in the dust is his wanting to keep and even expand Affirmative Action - this is NOT 1970, it didn't work then, it won't work now and all it does it flashback to racial intollerance where:
1) minorites are given jobs they are NOT best qualified for which creates a weaker work force (something the US cannot afford now or ever in a global market)
2) Minorities should be insulted to be thought of as incapable of getting jobs on their own merit - as if they are mentally imapred and incapable of competing on a one against one application.
3) Is unfair to the BEST QUALIFIED APPLICANT who would be an asset to the company mission, rather than a token minority which will do nothing but reduce the productivity of any workforce.
So if for no other reason, and believe me there are MANY OTHER ISSUES, I would not place a vote toward the Kerry - Edward team.
Lastly, I'm that pleased with Bush either, but sometimes you need to vote for the lesser of two evils RATHER THAN THE Evil of two lessers. Not even concidaring the cost of changinf horses in mid-stream and the effect on our stagnant ecomony at this point in time and during a war that ALL OF US have very mixed feelings about.
7 more days and we'll have done our part - I just hope that the glitches have been fixed which caused that embarrasment last election.
To keep it fair, I must say that I had voted for Al Gore in 2000 and I firmly believe he was ripped off from the Presidential Seat in the most botched vote tally process ever. I just felt that if the country made the RARE MISTAKE of trying to see a FATHER AND SON elected in their life-time (which is why I believe Bush got such a turn out in the first place) that it would haunt us with another war in Iraq, finishing Daddy's work after Daddy was too chicken to go against the UN's ruling of NOT removing Saddam in 1990. Today, we are paying for it in countless ways and we may never see a free Iraq which isn't policed by American Soldiers.
But the issues of past elections are NOT relative now, and the choice is between Bush and Kerry - I don't think Kerry/Edards will do anyting positive except to push stem-cell research (which ethically I can live with) in order to possibly make unpresidented changes in many illnesses that afflict the human body. My belief has ALWAYS BEEN that it is God's great intervention that allows man to evolve with technology which will eventually find the cures to all diseases - understanding and mapping DNA was a vital step forward and stem-cells seem to be the next link in the chain. I don't believe it is destroying viable life, no more than cracking an egg in the frying pan has deleted a chicken from the table 8 weeks later.