April 24, 2015

Adolf Hitler,“Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?”

The Islamic Genocide of Christians: Past and Present by Raymond Ibrahim
A century after the Armenian Genocide, Muslims continue cleansing their countries of Christian minorities.

Today, April 24, we remember how exactly 100 years ago the last historic Muslim caliphate, the Ottoman Empire, tried to cleanse its empire of Christian minorities — Armenians, Assyrians, and Greeks — even as we stand by watching as the new caliphate, the Islamic State, resumes the genocide.
As happens to this very day, the Muslims of the Ottoman caliphate, not able to reach or defeat the stronger infidel — the “Christian men” of Britain, France, and Russia — satiated their bloodlust on their Christian subjects.  And they justified the genocide by projecting the Islamic doctrine of Loyalty and Enmity onto Christians — saying that, because Armenians, Assyrians, and Greeks were Christian, they were naturally aiding the other “Christian men” of the West.

As happens to this day under the new caliphate — the Islamic State — the Ottoman caliphate crucified, beheaded, tortured, mutilated, raped, enslaved, and otherwise massacred countless “infidel” Christians.  The official number of Armenians killed in the genocide is 1.5 million; hundreds of thousands of Greeks and Assyrians each were also systematically slaughtered (see this document for statistics).

(Although today marks the “Armenian Genocide,” often forgotten is that Assyrians and Greeks were also targeted for cleansing by the Ottoman caliphate.  The only thing that distinguished Armenian, Assyrian, and Greek subjects of the caliphate from Turkish subjects was that the three former were Christian…..

Because this genocide of Christians is usually articulated through a singularly secular paradigm — one that recognizes only those factors deemed intelligible from a modern, secular, Western point of view, one that never uses the words “Christian” and “Muslim” but rather “Armenian” and “Turk” — few are able to connect these events from a century ago to today.
Put differently, silence is always the ally of those who would commit genocide.  In 1939, on the eve of World WWII, Hitler rationalized his genocidal plans against the Jews, when he reportedly asked: “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?”

 Nazis Isis

And who speaks today of the ongoing annihilation of Christians under Islam?

For 7th year in a row, Obama breaks promise to acknowledge Armenian genocide

Thomas de Waal on Five Memoirs of the Armenian Catastrophe

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Categories: Civilization - Can We Keep It?

Why I support the death penalty for convicted terrorists

Deroy Murdoch lays out the case for the death penalty for terrorists, an argument I've supported for decades.

Sparing him could encourage terrorists to kidnap people to swap for him.
So, in short: Death to Dzhokhar Tsarn
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Categories: Death and Dying

April 22, 2015

Health roundup: Depression, Alzheimer's, MS, Cancer, Genetic Treatments and Vaccinations

Probiotics May Help Ease Pain of Negative Thoughts/Depression.    Linking probiotics and mood
Probiotics are live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, are fundamental in improving digestion and immune function.  A new study found that people focus less on bad feelings and experiences from the past (i.e. rumination) after four weeks of probiotics administration.  The study was published in the journal, Brain, Behavior and Immunity.

Mindfulness therapy as good as medication for chronic depression - study
"Whilst this study doesn't show that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy works any better than maintenance anti-depressant medication in reducing the rate of relapse … these results suggest a new choice for the millions of people with recurrent depression on repeat prescriptions," said Willem Kuyken of Oxford University, who worked with Byng on the research.


WSJ A Diet Might Cut the Rick of Developing Alzheimer's. Researchers at Chicago's Rush University Medical Center spent two years developing the MIND diet, which includes many brain-healthy foods like berries and greens.  The MIND diet combines elements of the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet, which aims to reduce high blood pressure. The MIND diet also includes ‘brain-healthy’ foods such as lots of green leafy vegetables, blueberries and nuts. A study found adhering strictly to any of the three diets lowered the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. But only the MIND diet had significant benefits - a 53% reduced risk for developing Alzheimer's.

Alzheimer's 'breakthrough': Addenbrooke's Hospital recruits first humans for testing diabetes drug
Patients over 50 with early Alzheimer's recruited for research in Cambridge after study finds drug Liraglutide might reverse some damage caused in later stages of disease.  A landmark study last autumn on mice found that the drug Liraglutide, which is already used in the treatment of diabetes – appeared to reduce the damage caused by dementia and result in memory improvements.  Mice with late-stage Alzheimer's given the drug performed significantly better on an object recognition test and their brains showed a 30 per cent reduction in the build-up of toxic plaques.

If the drug is found to reverse damage to the brain, or to stall disease progression, the drug could be the first treatment to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, and offered more widely within five years, scientists said.


Creams used to treat athlete's foot and eczema 'could REVERSE multiple sclerosis'
Active ingredients in creams were found to cure multiple sclerosis (MS). They prompted stem cells to reverse the nerve damage caused by MS
and regenerate myelin, the coating around nerve fibers that MS destroys.

Miconzanole is sold over the counter in most pharmacies as a cream to treat athlete's foot, while clobetasol cream is commonly prescribed to treat eczema.  Although both drugs are widely used, a way must be found to use them safely as internal human treatments rather than creams or ointments before clinical trials can be considered.
The researchers are confident this problem can be solved, but have warned patients not to jump the gun by using the drugs prematurely.


Exceeding the recommended daily amount of vitamins can do more harm than good.  Taking too many vitamins 'increases risk of heart disease and cancer', study warns

Compound in the green cruciferous veg broccoli is found to 'stop the growth of tumors'
Broccoli has long been hailed as a superfood, and it could soon protect people from cancer of the mouth, throat, neck and head, a study claims.  Scientists are developing a new treatment known as 'green chemoprevention' in which broccoli and other vegetables are used to prevent the disease. They explained that cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and garden cress have a high concentration of sulforaphane – which is why they have a slightly bitter taste. Previous studies, including large-scale trials in China, have shown sulforaphane helps 'undo' the effects of cancer-causing agents in the environment.

Hope for prostate cancer patients as scientists discover breast cancer drug can also prolong the lives of men
Olaparib is the first cancer drug to target inherited genetic mutations. Up to 30 per cent of men with advanced prostate cancer have tumors with genetic defects - and they responded well to olaparib which prolongs the time a sufferer can live without disease getting worse.

Cancer patient's giant tumor is 'completely destroyed' and 'dissolves' after doctors trial pioneering new drugs cocktail to treat melanoma
Doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York were trialling a new combination of drugs to treat advanced skin cancer
Combined standard drug ipilimumab with new drug nivolumab
Woman, 49, had one dose of the therapy and within weeks her tumor had completely disappeared, leaving a hole in the skin under her left breast

This is one of the most astonishing responses I have seen,' said medical oncologist Paul Chapman.
'It reminds us of the potential power of the immune system if we can remove the "brakes" that keep it from attacking cancer cells.'

In Wired, The Future of Cancer Treatment is (Almost) Here

One of the newest developments in cancer detection and monitoring is something called a liquid biopsy. It’s a test that can detect tumor DNA circulating in the blood. I think it’s the most exciting thing I’ve seen since I started my career.

Genetic Treatments

New era of medicine begins as first children cured of genetic disorder  The pioneering therapy offers hope to the hundreds thousands of people suffering from inherited conditions.

British doctors have cured youngsters of a deadly inherited disorder using a ground-breaking stem cell treatment which heralds a new dawn for genetic therapies. Patients with the most severe form of the rare blood condition Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome have now been free of the disease for four years.

The treatment works by removing bone marrow stem cells – the type of cells which create new blood cells – and replacing the faulty part of the genetic code with a healthy gene. When the stem cells are replaced in the patient they then begin producing healthy blood cells, free from disease.


There is NO link between MMR and autism - even in high-risk children, landmark study declares
The findings, in the Journal of the American Medical Association, are based on a study of about 95,000 young people. Some children in the study had elder siblings with autism but researchers found vaccines had no effect on autism risk, whether or not a sibling in the family was diagnosed

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Categories: Health

Some practical tips you can use

Just doing Housework keeps adults physically and emotionally fit
Apparently, it's more vital to health and happiness than income or the area you live due to  the physical exertion involved in doing common chores.  It's no surprise that people living in a chaotic environment seemed less satisfied than those in a place that was neat and tidy.

The more you are on Facebook, the more likely you are to feel sad or depressed

Drink milk after a workout instead of water.  It's far better for rehydrating.
"The reason, she explains, is because milk releases very slowly into the small intestine, so it is absorbed much more gradually into the bloodstream, helping the body retain fluid for longer. It also has a high number of electrolytes, including sodium and potassium, which are lost from the body when sweating."

How To Chop An Onion Without Crying .  Don't chop the root part which contains most all the sulfur.  Ramone Dickerson shows you what he means.

Simple tips to make fresh cut flowers last longer Place in HOT water then cool, preserve with hairspray and don't keep them near bananas

20 surprising things you didn't know you could do with coffee FILTERS

7. Pot plants without soil spillage
When repotting a plant from the nursery, pop a coffee filter at the bottom of the new pot so that soil doesn’t leak out on the floor. This is especially useful for house plants.

19. Polish your shoes
Coffee filters are perfect for polishing leather shoes as they are lint-free and so won’t leave unsightly streak marks on your shoes. Apply a dab of your favorite shoe polish on the filter and use it as an applicator.

Forget white wine, remove red wine stains with GIN: Chemist reveals how alcohol, vinegar and SPIT can replace expensive cleaning products The video was created by Washington-based American Chemical Society and
reveals three 'hacks' to tackle stains on windows, carpets and counters and the science behind them.

14 incredibly simple hacks for wine lovers
Everyone should know this one:  To chill your wine in no time at all, wrap your bottle in a couple of sheets of wet paper towels  and put it in the freezer for ten minutes.  The best  tips on how to remove red wine stains
1. Pour milk on the stain while it is still wet and let the milk soak in. The stain should then be gone in an hour.
2. Cover the spilled wine with table salt and letting it absorb the stain. Then brush the salt off the fabric.
3. If If the wine has dried into a stubborn stain, cover it with shaving cream and then wash it in the washing machine in a hot water cycle.
4. Another method for getting rid of dried wine stains is by spreading a half-inch-thick layer of kitty litter over the entire stain and pushing it into the fabric. Then remove the litter with a vacuum.

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Categories: Organizing and Practical Tips

Celebrating Earth Day with Michael Crichton

To celebrate Earth Day, I thought some Michael Crichton quotes are in order.  From Michael Crichton's official website

One of the most popular writers of all time, Crichton's books have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide. His works have been translated into 38 languages, and made into 13 feature films….Crichton was also prolific as a writer, director and producer of film and television. He was the creator and executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning television drama ER, wrote and directed films including WESTWORLD, THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY and COMA and was the screenwriter of JURASSIC PARK and RISING SUN, among others. …Crichton became the only creative artist in history to have works simultaneously chart at No. 1 in U.S. television, film and books sales.

On Consensus Science
Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled. Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you're being had.
Let's be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus. There is no such thing as consensus science. If it's consensus, it isn't science. If it's science, it isn't consensus. Period.

A lecture at the California Institute of Technology (17 January 2003).

On Environmentalism as a Religion
I think that you cannot eliminate religion from the psyche of mankind. If you suppress it in one form, it merely emerges in another form. Even if you don't believe in God, you still have to believe in something that gives meaning to your life, and shapes your sense of the world. Such a belief is religious.
Today, one of the most powerful religions in the Western World is environmentalism.  Environmentalism seems to be the religion of choice for urban atheists.
We need to get environmentalism out of the sphere of religion. We need to stop the mythic fantasies, and we need to stop the doomsday predictions. We need to start doing hard science instead.  Environmentalism needs to be absolutely based in objective and verifiable science, it needs to be rational, and it needs to be flexible. And it needs to be apolitical.
In the end, science offers us the only way out of politics. And if we allow science to become politicized, then we are lost. We will enter the Internet version of the dark ages, an era of shifting fears and wild prejudices, transmitted to people who don't know any better.

The notion that the natural world obeys its own rules and doesn't give a damn about your expectations comes as a massive shock… it will demand that you adapt to it — and if you don't, you die. It is a harsh, powerful, and unforgiving world, that most urban westerners have never experienced.

Speech in San Francisco, California (15 September 2003)

On Science
Science is nothing more than a method of inquiry. The method says an assertion is valid — and merits universal acceptance — only if it can be independently verified. The impersonal rigor of the method means it is utterly apolitical. A truth in science is verifiable whether you are black or white, male or female, old or young. It's verifiable whether you like the results of a study, or you don't.

Testimony before the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (28 September 2005).

Social control is best managed through fear.

I am certain there is too much certainty in the world.

State of Fear

Things do not turn out the way you think they will.

They didn't understand what they were doing. I'm afraid that will be on the tombstone of the human race


In a media-saturated world, persistent hype lends unwarranted credulity to the wildest claims.

Life is hard, but it's harder if you're stupid.


“If you don't know [your family's] history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree”

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Categories: Wise Words and Quotations

More on the Wisconsin John Doe investigations and Trust in Government

Patterico  State-Sponsored SWATtings in Wisconsin, Courtesy of “John Doe” Investigations 

It’s the type of activity you would expect to see from the Stasi in East Germany. Conservative activists in Wisconsin literally do not feel safe. They think that police could burst into their homes at any moment to punish them for their First Amendment activity.

In a country that actually valued freedom, this story would spark front-page headlines all over the country. It would be all anyone would be talking about for weeks, and nobody would rest until we knew it could never, ever happen again.

We are no longer such a country.

Washington Post: There are a remarkably small number of people who trust the government  Buried in a massive Pew study on the public's feelings about data and open government is this amazing nugget: Just 23 percent trust the federal government to do the right thing "at least most of the time."

In Gallup pollAmericans continue to name the government (18%) as the most important U.S. problem, a distinction it has had for the past four months. Americans' mentions of the economy as the top problem (11%) dropped this month, leaving it tied with jobs (10%) for second place.

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Categories: Government

The 20th century Genocides Even Our Government Is Afraid to Recognize

I've known about the slaughter of the Armenians for decades, but only knew that it was Muslims against Christians in the past two or three years.

Pope Francis infuriated the government of Turkey by using the word “genocide” leading up to April 24, the 100th anniversary of the start of the mass murder of as many as 1.5 million Armenians in what was then the Ottoman Empire. That atrocity, amid the chaos and rivalries of World War One, is often regarded as the forerunner and inspiration for Nazi efforts to exterminate the Jews of Europe.

Genocide of the Christians: The blood-soaked depravity exceeded even today's atrocities by Islamic State - now, 100 years on Turkey faces global disgust at its refusal to admit butchering over a MILLION Armenians

The Armenians — who lived on the eastern edge of the empire ruled from Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul) — were Christians and had been since the year 301, making theirs the first nation officially to adopt Christianity, even before Rome.  But here, among the Islamic Turks, they had long been second-class citizens, a persecuted minority.

Now, as power in the land was seized by a junta of nationalist officers known as the Young Turks, persecution turned to unbridled savagery. Over the next six months, there was to be a systematic uprooting and slaughter of perhaps as many as 1.5 million Armenians — on the grounds that they were infidels, racially inferior ‘dogs’ and traitors who were siding with Russia against Turkey.
Outside of Turkey, the position is strangely confused. Around two dozen countries acknowledge the truth of the Armenian genocide, despite often strong-arm diplomacy by Turkey to dissuade them and put Ankara’s gloss on past events. They will be greatly heartened by the Pope’s stance.  But others have chosen to sit on the fence, notably the United States, unwilling to cross swords with a Nato ally that is geographically so close to Russia.

Before coming to office, President Obama promised his nation’s one million people with Armenian roots that he would recognize that genocide had occurred, but has not yet dared to utter the word, hiding behind the less-damning Armenian phrase ‘Medz Yeghern’ — the great crime or the great catastrophe.

Yet, ironically, it was an American who first made the world aware of what happened. Back in 1915, Henry Morgenthau was the U.S. Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, and on his desk in Constantinople landed reports from American consuls in far-flung Turkish cities, documenting massacres and death marches.He concluded: ‘I do not believe the darkest ages ever presented scenes more horrible.’

Unleashed on the Armenians, Turkish policemen and soldiers ransacked Christian churches and handed bishops and priests over to the mob…..Crucifixion was treated as a sport. ‘As the sufferer writhes in his agony, they would cry: “Now let your Christ come and help you”.’

When orders were given to assemble all the Armenians and march them out into the desert, Morgenthau had no doubt that this was ‘the death warrant to a whole race’. Moreover, he said: ‘In their conversations with me, the authorities made no particular attempt to conceal the fact’.
Convicts were let out of prison to help with the killings. Locals joined in, too. In Ankara, all Armenian men aged 15 to 70 were bound in fours and led out to a secluded valley, where Turkish peasants hacked them to death with scythes, spades and saws.  ‘In this way, they exterminated the whole male population.’

 !Million Armenians Killed
This week, Turkey’s president declared that Armenians pressing Turkey to recognize massacres as genocide are simply trying to score points against his country. ‘Their aim is not to search for the truth, but to attack Turkey and cause it harm,’ he contends.

But such defiance flies in the face of history. Arnold J. Toynbee, a British intelligence agent at the time (and later a distinguished historian), wrote that ‘all this horror was inflicted on the Armenians without a shadow of provocation’.

I had never heard of the Greek / Pontic Genocide or the Christian Assyrian Genocide, both of which the Ottomans (Young Turks)  committed in conjunction with the Armenian genocide until I read this article Concerning other little-known religious 'genocides' on the edges of the news

In the April 15 issue of The Christian Century, Baylor University historian Philip Jenkins reports on another 2015 centennial that major media have ignored – the “Sayfo” (“sword” year) memorialized by Christian Assyrians. Among other events, historians will examine this at the Free University of Berlin June 24-28. During that dying era of the empire with its historic Muslim Caliphate, hundreds of thousands of ethnic Greeks were also killed during the “Pontic” ethnic cleansing.
Jenkins depicts their “glorious” past civilization centered on the Diyarbakir region with its 100 monasteries…..“That world came to a sudden and bloody end,” Jenkins says. At the outset of the war the Assyrians totaled around 600,000, largely in present-day northern Iraq and adjacent Syria and Turkey. What he calls “the Assyrian genocide” exterminated half that population through direct killing or starvation, perhaps more, with 95 percent dead in one province.

Jenkins says Ottoman, Kurdish, or Arab troops repeatedly committed mass murder of men, burned women alive, and bayoneted or drowned children. Historian David Gaunt reports that the Syrian Orthodox counted the deaths of seven bishops, 154 priests and 90,313 lay believers and the destruction of 156 church buildings. The Chaldeans lost six bishops, 50 priests, and 50,000 parishioners. The Nestorians were so devastated and scattered they could never compile data.

From Wikipedia on the Greek / Pontic Genocide

The Greek genocide, part of which is known as the Pontic genocide, was the systematic ethnic cleansing of the Christian Ottoman Greek population from its historic homeland in Anatolia during World War I and its aftermath (1914–23). It was instigated by the government of the Ottoman Empire against the Greek population of the Empire and it included massacres, forced deportations involving death marches, summary expulsions, arbitrary execution, and the destruction of Christian Orthodox cultural, historical, and religious monuments. According to various sources, several hundred thousand Ottoman Greeks died during this period. Most of the refugees and survivors fled to Greece (amounting to over a quarter of the prior population of Greece), some, especially those in Eastern provinces, took refuge in the neighboring Russian Empire. Thus by the end of the 1919–22 Greco-Turkish War, most of the Greeks of Asia Minor had fled or been killed.

According to a German military attaché, the Ottoman minister of war Ismail Enver had declared in October 1915 that he wanted to "solve the Greek problem during the war... in the same way he believe[d] he solved the Armenian problem."
In July 1915 the Greek chargé d'affaires explained that the deportations "can not be any other issue than an annihilation war against the Greek nation in Turkey and as measures hereof they have been implementing forced conversions to Islam, in obvious aim to, that if after the end of the war there again would be a question of European intervention for the protection of the Christians, there will be as few of them left as possible." According to George W. Rendel of the British Foreign Office, by 1918 "...over 500,000 Greeks were deported of whom comparatively few survived."
The Allies of World War I condemned the Ottoman government-sponsored massacres as crimes against humanity
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This is a safe time for kids to play outside and unsupervised

The Washington Post: There’s never been a safer time to be a kid in America

The first thing to note is that the overall child mortality rate in the United States has literally never been lower. In 1935, for instance, there were nearly 450 deaths for every 100,000 children aged 1 to 4. Today, there are fewer than 30 deaths for every 100,000 kids in that age group -- more than a tenfold decrease……Much of that decline can be attributed to the rise of childhood vaccines…..

Part of that decline is a drop in child homicides. As of 2008, the homicide rate for kids under the age of 14 stood at a near-record low 1.5 cases per 100,000, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. And the homicide rate for teens ages 14 to 17 plummeted from 12 homicides per 100,000 in 1993 to just 5.1 in 2008, another near-record low….

Reports of missing children are down 40% since 1997.

Child pedestrians are much less likely to be struck by cars today.
Bottom line: If it was safe enough for you to play unsupervised outside when you were a kid, it's even safer for your own children to do so today.
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Categories: Parenting

Killing Birds

Wind Turbines Kill More Birds Than BP Oil Spill

It’s been five years since BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and released 5 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico….The liberal blog Mother Jones reports that 800,000 birds have been killed and the Pelican population in the Gulf has decreased 12 percent. While the 2010 Gulf spill was indeed a horrible disaster, the number of birds that died pales in comparison the number killed in the last five years due to wind turbines.
A 2013 study found that 573,000 birds and 888,000 bats are killed every year by wind turbines — a figure 30 percent higher than the federal government estimated in 2009. These deaths have likely increased as wind power capacity increases across the country…..

In the time since the 2010 BP oil spill, some 2.9 million birds have been killed by wind turbines, using Smallwood’s figures, compared to only 800,000 that have been killed by the oil spill — the oil spill deaths are based on figures compiled by the news site Climate Desk. It should also be noted that wind turbines routinely kill federally protected birds and eagles.
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Categories: Environment

April 21, 2015

"Is this America?" The John Doe investigations in Wisconsin

In  one of the scariest articles I've ever read, David French exposes Wisconsin’s Shame: ‘I Thought It Was a Home Invasion’

Another example of the "weaponization of government"  -like the IRS and Lois Lerner - where government power is used to destroy political opponents.  These are police state tactics we once thought only Nazis or Communists used against people who didn't think the right way.  These are corrupt brutal actions brought to intimidate and quash dissent.   

Cindy Archer, one of the lead architects of Wisconsin’s Act 10 — also called the “Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill,” it limited public-employee benefits and altered collective-bargaining rules for public-employee unions — was jolted awake by yelling, loud pounding at the door, and her dogs’ frantic barking. The entire house — the windows and walls — was shaking. She looked outside to see up to a dozen police officers, yelling to open the door. They were carrying a battering ram.
….They wouldn’t let her speak to a lawyer. She looked outside and saw a person who appeared to be a reporter. Someone had tipped him off. ….Then they left, carrying with them only a cellphone and a laptop.
"Anne" describes how her home was invaded.
Someone was pounding at her front door. It was early in the morning — very early — and it was the kind of heavy pounding that meant someone was either fleeing from — or bringing — trouble. “It was so hard. I’d never heard anything like it. I thought someone was dying outside.” She ran to the door, opened it, and then chaos. “People came pouring in. For a second I thought it was a home invasion. It was terrifying. They were yelling and running, into every room in the house. One of the men was in my face, yelling at me over and over and over.”
It was indeed a home invasion, but the people who were pouring in were Wisconsin law-enforcement officers. Armed, uniformed police swarmed into the house. Plainclothes investigators cornered her and her newly awakened family. Soon, state officials were seizing the family’s personal property, including each person’s computer and smartphone, filled with the most intimate family information. Why were the police at Anne’s home? She had no answers. The police were treating them the way they’d seen police treat drug dealers on television. In fact, TV or movies were their only points of reference, because they weren’t criminals. They were law-abiding. They didn’t buy or sell drugs. They weren’t violent. They weren’t a danger to anyone. Yet there were cops — surrounding their house on the outside, swarming the house on the inside. They even taunted the family as if they were mere “perps.”

As if the home invasion, the appropriation of private property, and the verbal abuse weren’t enough, next came ominous warnings. Don’t call your lawyer. Don’t tell anyone about this raid. Not even your mother, your father, or your closest friends. The entire neighborhood could see the police around their house, but they had to remain silent...

"Rachel's  ordeal began before dawn — with the same loud, insistent knocking. Still in her pajamas, Rachel answered the door and saw uniformed police, poised to enter her home. When Rachel asked to wake her children herself, the officer insisted on walking into their rooms. The kids woke to an armed officer, standing near their beds. The entire family was herded into one room, and there they watched as the police carried off their personal possessions, including items that had nothing to do with the subject of the search warrant — even her daughter’s computer.

The mom watched as her entire life was laid open before the police. Her professional files, her personal files, everything. She knew this was all politics. She knew a rogue prosecutor was targeting her for her political beliefs. And she realized, “Every aspect of my life is in their hands. And they hate me.”
For select conservative families across five counties, this was the terrifying moment — the moment they felt at the mercy of a truly malevolent state. Speaking both on and off the record, targets reflected on how many layers of Wisconsin government failed their fundamental constitutional duties — the prosecutors who launched the rogue investigations, the judge who gave the abuse judicial sanction, investigators who chose to taunt and intimidate during the raids, and those police who ultimately approved and executed aggressive search tactics on law-abiding, peaceful citizens.
O’Keefe, who has been in contact with multiple targeted families, says, “Every family I know of that endured a home raid has been shaken to its core, and the fate of marriages and families still hangs in the balance in some cases.
This was the on-the-ground reality of the so-called John Doe investigations, expansive and secret criminal proceedings that directly targeted Wisconsin residents because of their relationship to Scott Walker, their support for Act 10, and their advocacy of conservative reform. Largely hidden from the public eye, this traumatic process, however, is now heading toward a legal climax, with two key rulings expected in the late spring or early summer.

The first ruling, from the Wisconsin supreme court, could halt the investigations for good, in part by declaring that the "misconduct" being investigated isn't misconduct at all but the simple exercise of First Amendment rights. The second ruling, from the United States Supreme Court, could grant review on a federal lawsuit brought by Wisconsin political activist Eric O’Keefe and the Wisconsin Club for Growth, the first conservatives to challenge the investigations head-on. If the Court grants review, it could not only halt the investigations but also begin the process of holding accountable those public officials who have so abused their powers.

USA Today: Wisconsin's dirty prosecutors pull a Putin by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

"Is this un-American? Yes, yes it is. And the prosecutors involved — who were attacking supporters of legislation that was intended to rein in unions' power in the state — deserve to be punished. Abusing law enforcement powers to punish political opponents, and to discourage contributions to political enemies, is a crime, and it should also be grounds for disbarment."

The people who perpetrated this in Wisconsin were Milwaukee district attorney John Chisholm and Judge Barbara Kluka who must named and shamed, prosecuted and sued.

 Chisholm+ Kulka

"America, land of the free, home of battering-ram home invasions of conservative critics of state officials" tweeted Declan McCullagh

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Categories: Brave New World | Categories: Culture and Society | Categories: Government

April 20, 2015

"Seventy is the new Fifty"

Middle age now lasts until 74 as baby boomers refuse to grow old
Old age does not begin until 74, researchers suggest in a new report which looks at the real impact of an aging population

New research suggests that old age now starts at 74, with middle age lasting at least nine years longer than current estimates.  Academics from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Vienna, Austria, argue that old age should be measured not by age, but by how long people have left to live.

In the 1950s a 65-year-old in Britain could expect to live a further 15 years.  But today’s baby boomers are expected to live far longer after retirement. A recent estimate by the Office for National Statistics suggests that the average retiree can look forward to drawing their pension for up to 24 years – as much as 50 per cent longer than their parents’ generation.  Researchers say that old age should be defined as having 15 or fewer years left to live, which for the baby boomers means that they are still middle aged until their 74th year.
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Categories: Aging with Grace and Grit

Edible passwords

Paypal developing stomach acid-powered pill that automatically logs you into accounts

PayPal is developing a new generation of edible passwords which stay lodged in your stomach to let you log in.
Jonathan Leblanc, the company’s top developer, said that the devices would be powered by stomach acid and include mini computers.  He said that technology had become so advanced that it allowed ‘true integration with the human body’.  The next wave of passwords will be edible, ingestible or injectable and will remove the need for what he called ‘antiquated’ ways of confirming your identity, such as fingerprint scanning.
Mr Leblanc, the Global Head of Developer Evangelism at PayPal, said in a presentation called ‘Kill All Passwords’ that he wants to ‘put users in charge of their own security’.  He said that passwords as they are now were not working and that users need to ‘harden it with something physical behind it’.
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Categories: Identity and Security

California drought a man-made disaster

I'm far from California, but I worked in the federal government for several years with the Endangered  Species Act so, despite my warm feelings for animals, I know what a terrible, draconian law it is.  In a time of severe drought, the law is perverse and its effects on our food supply will affect the entire nation.

'Man-made disaster': Critics say California drought caused by misguided environment policies
“This is a man-made disaster,” said Bonner Cohen, senior fellow with the National Center for Public Policy Research. “Southern California is an arid part of the world where droughts -- even severe droughts -- are commonplace, and knowing this, you’d think the government of California would have included this mathematical certainty in its disaster preparedness planning, but the government has done nothing, not even store rain, as the population has continued to grow.”
Droughts are nothing new in California, but right now, 70 percent of California's rainfall washes out to sea because liberals have prevented the construction of a single new reservoir or a single new water conveyance system over decades, during a period in which California’s population has doubled,” said Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett Packard and likely GOP presidential candidate. “This is the classic case of liberals being willing to sacrifice other people's lives and livelihoods at the altar of their ideology.
During the current drought, which began in 2012, and by some estimates could be the most severe in recorded history, billions of gallons of water have been diverted from farmlands, according to a report by the Washington D.C.-based Heritage Foundation, with the American Farm Bureau estimating that between 400,000 acres and 500,000 acres of crops will be lost.

Fiorina said it’s a “tragedy” that the agricultural land in California, the most productive in the world, has been destroyed, along with farming jobs because of politics, policy, and liberal environmentalists."

 California Water Use

‘What Civilized Society Destroys Its Own Food Source For A Three-Inch Fish?'  (video)
Republican Assemblywoman Shannon Grove — who represents part of Kern County, the second largest agricultural sector in the country — has been trying to get the word out about how Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations apparently are literally draining water into the sea all for the sake of a three-inch fish.

Should California Spend 4 Billion Gallons to Save a Few Fish?
"IN THE THE heart of California’s drought-parched Central Valley, fruit and vegetable supplier to the nation, a water district is defying a federal order to give some endangered trout a 3.9 billion gallon water ride out to sea. And it could be the first skirmish in a much wider conflict."

California’s Water Woes Are Priceless by Holman Jenkins in the WSJ
The problem can be solved in five words: charge realistic prices for water......Right now, farmers receive their public water through occult combinations of hereditary rights, political lobbying, and an emerging market of transferable water rights that politicians keep threatening to kill. ....Making the desert bloom is a lovely sentiment but makes sense only if it makes economic sense: Using five gallons of California’s water to produce a walnut probably doesn’t make sense if water is realistically priced. But then neither does a forthcoming San Diego plant that would incur large energy costs to convert seawater into drinking water.

Joel Kotkin in the Daily Beast, California Is So Over
"California’s drought and how it’s handled show just what kind of place the Golden State is becoming: feudal, super-affluent and with an impoverished interior.
What we are witnessing the breakdown of a once-expansive, open society into one dominated by a small group of plutocrats, largely in Silicon Valley, with an “amen” crew among the low-information donors of Hollywood, the public unions, the green lobby, and wealthy real estate developers favored by Brown’s pro-density policies. This coalition backs Brown and helps maintain the state’s essentially one-party system. No one is more adamant about reducing people’s carbon footprint than the jet set of Silicon Valley or the state’s planning elite, even if they choose not to live in a manner that they instruct all others.

This fundamentally hypocritical regime remains in place because it works—for the powerful and well-placed. 

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Categories: Environment

Health roundup: Turbo-charging cancer-killing T cells, MS drug repairs myelin, how Alzheimher's is caused, increased risks for dementia, talking therapy and more

New drug could reverse the damage of multiple sclerosis
A new experimental drug, called anti-LINGO-1, has been found to repair myelin, radically improving nerve signalling.

Scientists find key to 'turbo-charging' immune system to kill all cancers
In a breakthrough described as a ‘game-changer’ for cancer treatment, researchers at Imperial College found a previously unknown molecule which boosts the body’s ability to fight off chronic illnesses…..This is a completely unknown protein. Nobody had ever seen it before or was even aware that it existed. It looks and acts like no other protein.”  The protein – named lymphocyte expansion molecule, or LEM, promotes the spread of cancer-killing ‘T cells’ by generating large amounts of energy.

Normally when the immune system detects cancer it goes into overdrive trying to fight the disease, flooding the body with T cells. But it quickly runs out of steam.  However the new protein causes a massive energy boost which makes T cells in such great numbers that the cancer cannot fight them off.  It also causes a boost of immune memory cells which are able to recognize tumors and viruses they have encountered previously so there is less chance that they will return.

Alzheimer's breakthrough as researchers say they may have discovered how disease is caused and say it 'opens new doors' in search for a treatment.  Researchers have made a major breakthrough in discovering how Alzheimer's is caused - and say it could lead to new treatments. The new study shows that our immune system,… plays a part in the debilitating disease.  The Duke University study in mice found that in Alzheimer's disease, certain immune cells that normally protect the brain begin to abnormally consume an important nutrient: arginine.  Blocking this process with a small-molecule drug prevented the characteristic brain plaques and memory loss in a mouse model of the disease.

Having depression or diabetes raises the risk of dementia by up to 80% - and even more if you suffer both
Having diabetes is associated with a 20% greater risk of developing dementia.  A depression diagnosis was associated with an 83% increased risk.  Being diagnosed with both conditions increases the risk by 117%
As many as one in five people with type 2 diabetes also have depression.

Antidepressants? You might be better off TALKING: Psychotherapy can 're-wire' the brain - without the side-effects of drugs
People with depression show hyperactivity in certain areas of the brain. Eight weeks of psychotherapy was shown to correct this hyperactivity . The talking treatment can 're-wire' the brain without drugs, said the researchers, using brain-imaging technology at the University of Kassel in Germany.

Prescriptions for anti-depressants have more than trebled since 1998 in the world’s richest countries, a study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development found.Some 62 per cent of depression sufferers are now treated with drugs. However, many anti-depressants have side effects including nausea, a dry mouth, blurring of vision, constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, insomnia and sexual dysfunction.

The popular painkiller Tylenol can reduce feelings of sadness AND happiness, claims study
Previous research has shown that when people take acetaminophen for three weeks, their feelings get hurt less when they are socially rejected. That could be because pain is pain; whether it comes from a bump or a break-up, pain seems to travel through the same neurochemical pathways. In another study published in 2013, people who took acetaminophen thought about their own death less negatively than those who weren’t on anything. And a study this year found that when faced with a tough choice, acetaminophen helps dull the discomfort

Contraceptive pill can 'make women more anxious by shrinking part of their brain', study warns
UCLA study found the Pill shrinks two parts of the brain linked to emotion.  Synthetic hormones found in the contraceptive are thought to be at blame. Neuroscientists at UCLA believe it could account for increased anxiety and depressive episodes

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April 18, 2015


The HBO 'Static Intro' is the Most Powerful Force in the Universe

You know the HBO “Static Intro” as soon as you hear it. There’s the sound of a TV powering on. It’s followed by the appearance of a white line that spreads across the screen, and it fills in the darkness with the static snow of an old black-and-white TV set. The electric snowstorm is joined by a single tone that ascends like a gospel choir singing to the heavens. One that revs your emotions.

More about static. Did you know that the static you hear as you search for a radio station is the sound of "cosmic microwave background radiation", composed of photons of energy that are still cooling 15 billion years after the Big Bang.  Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson won the Nobel prize in physics in 1978 for discovering this.  It's also called the 'afterglow of creation'.

It accounts for 99.9 % of all the particles of light, or photons, in the Universe.Remarkably, only 0.1 per cent is tied up in the light from the stars and nebulae and galaxies. If you were in space with ‘magic glasses’ that showed microwaves, you would see the whole of the Universe glowing brightly with the big bang afterglow just as if you were inside a light bulb.

NASA is planning on using glitter clouds to help make contact with new worlds.  Lasers would align each glitter grain in the same direction, transforming clouds of glitter dust into a reflective surface that would enable high-resolution imaging in space at a very low cost.

40 Inspiring Workspaces Of The Famously Creative
From tiny writing desks to giant painting studios, the only thing all of these creative studios have in common is that they inspired their successful inhabitants to create greatness. 


Man Invents Shoe That Grows 5 Sizes to Help Millions of Poor Children
Kenton Lee invented The Shoe That Grows,  a sandal that comes with snaps in the front, back, and sides. It can expand to 5 shoe sizes. The shoes comes in small and large varieties, so two pairs of shoes can meet a child's footwear needs from the ages of 5 to 15.  The charity that distributes the shoes, Because International, lives out its motto of practical compassion.

An albino dolphin that turns PINK when he's angry or sad: Mammal baffles scientists by blushing when he gets emotional. Its thin skin means it changes color when it's emotional like a human.  The rare albino dolphin lives at the Taiji Whale Museum in southern Japan.

 Pink Dolphin

11 images that capture the incredible vastness of space


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April 17, 2015

Identity politics

Richard Fernandez on The Future of Identity Politics

Matt Walsh says its time to call identity politics off.  ”No, it isn’t ‘time for a woman to be president.’”, he says. “It’s time for a competent adult of either gender to be president.”  But describing the possibility of a world without identity politics to the Left, a world in which only individuals matter, is like suggesting life after death. The “progressive” site South Lawn looks at one proposal to save identity politics by redefining “whiteness” as an ideology.  It is “a specific and foundational origin of violence … an intentional and specifically curated identity, culture institution and strategy of domination created by white people themselves to keep Black, indigenous and other racialized pepole down”. In that world, anyone can be “white” as long as they think the wrong thoughts.
Who can be an identity certificate authority? Anna Louise Bardach of the New York Times thinks that America’s newspaper of record must have that power. She tries to assert that neither Ted Cruz nor Marco Rubio are Hispanic. How could they be? First of all they are Republican. In the second place they are “white” and therefore members of “”a specific and foundational origin of violence … an intentional and specifically curated identity, culture institution and strategy of domination created by white people themselves to keep Black, indigenous and other racialized pepole down.”

The principal guardians of identity will be teams of lawyers hired by the Left ready to pounce on anyone who dares believe his own lying eyes. The problem with making race dependent on certification that is creates the danger that the number of whites will rise.  Eugene Volokh in what has since become a classic LA Times article noted in 1998 that Asians were becoming white.


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Categories: Culture and Society

Good grief

Defense Department: The Bible, Constitution And Declaration Of Independence All Perpetuate Sexism  according to a Defense Department-approved “sexism course,”

‘Free-range’ kids and our parenting police state A ten-year-old boy and six-year-old sister returning home on sunny afternoon from a park two and a half blocks away when the Montgomery, Md police picked them up, coerced them into a squad car and kept them there for three hours without notifying the parents and then took them to a crisis center where they were held for another two and a half hours without dinner.

"Their mom, Danielle Meitiv, said to her Facebook friends. “We finally got home at 11 pm and the kids slept in our room because we were all exhausted and terrified.”
Take a look at the first-grade readiness checklist from a 1979 book, “Your Six-Year-Old — Loving and Defiant.”….
Can he travel alone in the neighborhood (four to eight blocks) to store, school, playground, or to a friend’s home?"

The parents are going to file suit and I say good for them
"A D.C-based law firm will file suit and pursue “all legal remedies” to protect the rights of the Maryland parents whose two young children were taken into custody for more than five hours Sunday after someone reported them as they made their way home unsupervised from a Silver Spring park, the firm said Tuesday.

Danielle and Alexander Meitiv were “rightfully outraged by the irresponsible actions” of Maryland Child Protective Services and Montgomery County police, said attorney Matthew Dowd, of the firm Wiley Rein, in a written statement,
“We must ask ourselves how we reached the point where a parent’s biggest fear is that government officials will literally seize our children off the streets as they walk in our neighborhoods,” he said."

No Top Law Firms Will Represent Traditional Marriage at the Supreme Court

"It should be noted that many major firms climbed all over each other to represent the suspected terrorists held at Guantanamo. Law firms routinely represent clients who have bad reputations, murderers, polluters, tax cheats, and bank robbers. But it seems the power of the LGBT lobby has placed defenders of traditional marriage well beyond the legal pale, unworthy of representation."

Even powerful partners in large firms will say privately they must keep quiet about certain of their beliefs, including opposing abortion, and especially opposing gay marriage, careful not to put anything on Facebook or Twitter, and never to let even their closest colleagues know that they believe marriage cannot occur between men.

The Case Against Gay Marriage: Top Law Firms Won’t Touch It But some conservatives say lawyers and scholars who support religious liberty and oppose a constitutional right to same-sex marriage have been bullied into silence. “The level of sheer desire to crush dissent is pretty unprecedented,” said Michael W. McConnell, a former federal appeals court judge who teaches law at Stanford.

Colorado Legislatures Are So Zealously Committed to Abortion, They Will Not Even Criminalize Killers Who Cut Babies Out of Their Mothers' Wombs Against Their Wishes. "That is not some hypothetical, of course -- that just happened. An attacker stabbed a pregnant woman in her home, and left her for dead -- but not before cutting her baby out of her.

The baby died, the woman did not -- but this grisly murderer can't be charged with murder, because prosecutors claim the law doesn't permit murder charges involving a fetus. (Though I smell a strong whiff of "I don't want to" in this claim of "I can't.")"

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Categories: Culture and Society

ISIS abroad and close by

ISIS Camp a Few Miles from El Paso, Mexican Authorities Confirm
"During the course of a joint operation last week, Mexican Army and federal law enforcement officials discovered documents in Arabic and Urdu, as well as “plans” of Fort Bliss – the sprawling military installation that houses the US Army’s 1st Armored Division. Muslim prayer rugs were recovered with the documents during the operation.
According to these same sources, “coyotes” engaged in human smuggling – and working for Juárez Cartel – help move ISIS terrorists through the desert and across the border between Santa Teresa and Sunland Park, New Mexico. To the east of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, cartel-backed “coyotes” are also smuggling ISIS terrorists through the porous border between Acala and Fort Hancock, Texas. These specific areas were targeted for exploitation by ISIS because of their understaffed municipal and county police forces, and the relative safe-havens the areas provide for the unchecked large-scale drug smuggling that was already ongoing."

That means ISIS is in the U.S.
"It is now known that ISIS intends to target railways and airport facilities in the vicinity of Santa Teresa, NM (a US port-of-entry). ISIS also has “spotters” located in the East Potrillo Mountains of New Mexico (largely managed by the Bureau of Land Management) to assist with terrorist border crossing operations. They are conducting reconnaissance of universities, the White Sands Missile Range, government facilities in Alamogordo, NM and Ft. Bliss, as well as the electrical power facilities near Anapra and Chaparral, NM. That ought to have Americans screaming, but no one seems to be noticing it much at all. That is apathetically suicidal. ISIS doesn’t tend to bluff and they have already told us they are coming.
Remember, this is the border that Obama refuses to secure. The border he has thrown open to welcome illegal immigrants. Those illegals coming over that border in the last year and a half, are primarily not Mexican. Many of them are other nationalities. It’s a welcome wagon for ISIS and other terrorists."
Just last week, ISIS released a video promising “We Will Burn America.” It calls for another 9/11 in America and for ISIS fighters to slaughter Americans across the globe. Don’t you think that it would be prudent to listen when someone with a proven murderous track record threatens to annihilate millions of Americans?"

More than 2000 families flee Ramadi 'with just the clothes on their backs[ as ISIS closes in.
"Houses and shops have been left deserted as resident try to escape the worsening violence. Months of ISIS pressure has left Iraqi forces outnumbered inside the city. US forces previously waged a eight year battle against insurgents in Ramadi and Fallujah."

The ISIS military market selling everything from miniature jihadi uniforms for children… to combat knives and machetes just like those used in beheading videos

-Nineveh Market Selling Isis Goods

"The photos come from the Iraqi province of Nineveh, where ISIS have recently been targeting historic archaeological sites as well as their bloodthirsty campaign against civilians.  Iraq always had gun souks but the growing number of local markets catering to the needs of new Islamic State recruits remains deeply worrying."

Having got rid of all the living Christians ISIS destroys Christian graves and headstones in Mosul with sledgehammers

 Isis Destroying Mosul Graves

"The group released a statement with the images that attempted to justify the mass desecration. It said that graves above the ground suggested that the dead person was closer to Allah than the living, so must be demolished and any images on the graves must be erased."

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Categories: Civilization - Can We Keep It?

Stunning view of Mt Washington

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Hard rime covering the summit of Mount Washington were sculpted by some of the strongest winds on Earth

I've climbed to the top of Mt Washington….in the summer.

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April 10, 2015

Some Practical tips

43 Professionals Confess What Others Don’t Want You To Know

Cool Tools, Unroll.me.  And it's free

"I discovered Unroll.me, a free mailing list management service that works with Gmail, Google Apps, and Yahoo Mail. It does a great (but not perfect) job of finding the mailing lists you are subscribed to and presenting them as a list, allowing you to instantly unsubscribe to them by clicking with your mouse. As of today, I have used Unroll.me to unsubscribe to 1,601 mailing lists. It’s a dream come true.

"What about the mailing lists that I actually signed up for and like? Unroll.me is great for dealing with those, too. Instead of receiving the newsletters one-at-a-time in my inbox, I’ve added my 114 mailing list subscriptions to a “Rollup.” This is a daily digest prepared by Unroll.me that contains email from the subscriptions I care about (my bank, my health insurance provider, Audible.com, my kids’ school, James Altucher’s essays, etc.) You can click on any of the items in the Rollup email to see the full email.

5 Things to Know About Going Wi-Fi Only on Your Smartphone
"Since the majority of mobile data traffic flows over Wi-Fi, and more access points are being built daily, it is possible to never pay for wireless phone service again. Here are some considerations.

Michael Hyatt says the Best Entrepreneurs are over 40.  They have more life capital, intellectual capital, social capital and financial capital.  " Age isn’t a disqualifier for entrepreneurs. It’s more like a prerequisite."

Don’t be a bachelor: Why married men work harder, smarter and make more money.

1.After marrying, men assume a new identity which engenders an ethic of familial responsibility among men, as well as a new-found sense of meaning and status in the world. Marriage also encourages men to take their role as providers seriously.
2. Married men are motivated to maximize their income.
3. Married men benefit from the advice and encouragement of their wives.
4. Employers like married men with children.

Grill Fish on a Bed of Sliced Lemons to Keep It From Sticking

Clean Your Brick Fireplace with Cream of Tartar

13 Travel Tips That Will Make You Feel Smart
8. To keep your clothes smelling fresh, pop a dryer sheet in your suitcase.
12. Always make left turns in the security line to get through more quickly.

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Categories: Organizing and Practical Tips

Health Roundup: Cancer vaccine, more eggs, cheese and knitting, over-prescription of anti-depressants

Israeli Company's Vaccine Blocks 90% of Cancer Types Vaxil BioTherapeutics's ImMucin trains immune system to fight cancer cells and prevent the disease's return for early stages and remission.

The secret to staving off diabetes? Eat four eggs a week and plenty of cheese and yogurt

Researchers claim eating an egg every other day may keep diabetes at bay. Regular consumption cut the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by a third, according to a new study. A second study found similar health benefits from eating high fat dairy foods, such as cheese.  Second study found eating high fat cheese and yogurt lowered risk by 25%

French cheese diet 'reduces the risk of a heart attack'.  Experts claim that brie, camembert, roquefort - and any other variety - helps cut the amount of dangerous cholesterol in people's bodies, leading to a reduced risk of suffering a heart attack. The discovery is being hailed a new piece in the 'French paradox' puzzle which already shows that drinking red wine cuts cardiovascular disease rates.  Researchers found that those who consumed cheese had higher levels of butyrate, a compound produced by gut bacteria.  Higher levels of the chemical were linked to a reduction in cholesterol.

A passion for knitting and crocheting could protect against dementia  Arts and crafts enthusiasts are 75% less likely to suffer memory loss…Scientists at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota believe the findings highlight the importance of engaging the mind.  They found people who participate in arts and crafts, and those who socialize in middle and old age, were 73 per cent less likely to develop memory loss, which often leads to dementia.  The key, they believe, lies in the fact the activities stimulate the mind and help protect vital neurons - the building blocks of the brain.

So can middle-age spread

While traveling in certain foreign countries, think about a daily handful of peanuts a day. Handful of peanuts a day can shield you from food poisoning: Nuts found to improve health in the gut and body's ability to ward off bugs including E.Coli

Binge drinking as a teenager 'may damage the brain for life': Alcohol puts young people at risk of anxiety disorders and addiction
Binge drinking as a teenager can cause long-lasting damage to the brain well into adulthood, a new study has warned.
This is because drinking excessive amounts of alcohol when young can damage the brain and cause permanent changes to DNA.  This, in turn, can put teenagers at risk of anxiety disorders and alcoholism, researchers found.  Alcohol changes genes in brain cells, which stop the cells developing connections between them, altering behavior.

More than two thirds of people taking antidepressants 'may NOT actually have depression': Doctors discover many do not meet the official criteria

A study analyzed those taking selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and found that  69% did not meet the criteria for clinical depression and 38% did not meet the criteria for other mental conditions like anxiety
Experts: 'Drugs are prescribed without an evidence-based diagnosis'

Commenting on the study, Dr Howard Forman, medical director of the Addiction Consultation Service at Montefiore Medical Center, said clinical depression is distinct from temporary feelings of sadness. 'We all experience periods of stress, periods of sadness, and periods of self-doubt. These don’t make us mentally ill, they define us as human.'

In the U.S., official guidelines say clinical depression should be diagnosed if a person has five or more depressive symptoms over a two week period, most of the day, nearly every day. The symptoms include a depressed mood; a loss of interested or pleasure in activities; weight loss, weight gain or changes in appetite; insomnia or increased desire to sleep.  Other symptoms included restlessness or slowed behavior; fatigue or loss of energy; feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt; difficulty making decisions or trouble concentrating, and thoughts of death or suicide.

Prescriptions for anti-depressants have more than trebled since 1998 in the world’s richest countries, a study by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development found.

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