Dazed: Miley Cyrus just came out as ‘pansexual’.
Slightly NSFW photo. You don’t even have to look - I just wanted to make an observation: As opposed to what’s said in this article, you can browse Tumblr and find most young people today are finding it cool to list themselves as ‘pansexuals’. Don’t be surprised if your kids copy the trend. The frequency was already on the uptick, but it has exploded since Bruce/Caitlin Jenner’s PR push. So many are young ladies who live in the boondocks, who want to be ‘different.’ I can only imagine their reactions if they were hit on by some of the transsexuals I used to see in lower Manhattan in the ‘80’s.
SF New Mexican: New Mexico insurer is pulling out of state health exchange.
The house of cards will come falling down. Folks I talk to, cannot find doctors to take some of the other exchange options. Not good.
Later: What happens if the ACA fails in a single state? Oh, people may be covered, but they may not find physicians to take that coverage. What happens then?
NY Times: Usain Bolt Wins Easily but Is Run Down by a Segway.
Couldn’t have helped his back, though. I’d be cautious saying he’s uninjured. Besides, using a Segway that close? Crazy. I know folks want smooth pans, but really now.
NPR: FDA Says Cigarettes Can’t Be Marketed As ‘Natural’.
American Spirit is, of course, based here in Santa Fe. Time to call the graphic artists.
Atlantic: Modafinil Really Is a ‘Smart Drug,’ Study Says.
Where’ve you been? Prozac started the ‘work-doping’ trend. The perceived ‘mood brightener’ became a must-take for salespeople in the 90’s.
WTKR: Roanoke reporter, photographer killed by shooter during live news interview.
Horrible. The perpetrator shot them down with no more consideration than a worker in an abbatoir. The frequency of shootings seems to be increasing.
Guardian.UK: Jeb Bush joins conservatives in call to defund Planned Parenthood.
Yes, this is predictable, given his past. Fan of Crisis Pregnancy Centers. About those. What tends to happen, way too often, is after a young pregnant woman says ‘no’ to abortion, the organization disappears. If women make this choice, it’s support they need, not here-today, gone-tomorrow ideology. These organizations helped women *make* the choice - they have a responsibility to follow through. IMHO.
Telegraph.UK: Dead teenager ‘wakes up in grave in Honduras’ – only to then ‘die in hospital’.
Nightmare of the day. If you don’t want to be totally bummed out, don’t read this.
SciAm/Q&A: Why Is Blue Light before Bedtime Bad for Sleep?
I just checked out Amazon - there used to be a whole market of ‘blue light generators’ to *enhance* sleep. Thankfully, they’re disappearing fast. Only a few ‘aurora’ ceiling projectors left.
IndyStar: Justin Wilson in coma after suffering severe head injury.
“This is the first season IndyCar is using aero kits with multiple pieces, many of which fly off during the slightest contact.” Perhaps it is time for closed cockpits, if these aero kits continue to be used.
Archaeology News Network: Oldest case of leukemia found in Neolithic skeleton.
BBC: Dementia levels ‘are stabilising’.
Even if a statistical anomaly, 2% fewer than predicted is a good thing.
c|net: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ inspires kid to speak for first time.
I think the appropriate response is ... “WE are Groot.”
Guardian.UK: There are 45 fracked wells within 2 miles of my daughter’s school.
“Many students at the school suffer from asthma and serious, debilitating illnesses. What is causing this spike in health problems in normally healthy children? Fracking. It exposes our children to unsafe levels of air toxins that can cause a broad variety of serious health complications, including asthma. Students at my daughter’s schools were often forced to stay inside for weeks at a time because of the noxious fumes from the fracking sites. They think it’s strange when people don’t get nosebleeds every day.” Let me reiterate this - you cannot broadcast smells, so noone really understands this fact. Driving through southern NM and the Fort Stockton area of Texas, the stench of fracking is incredible, brain-pounding. Even with your car on a/c and recirculate, you cannot ban it from the passenger capsule. There’s no question in my mind it’s unhealthy. #endtodaysfrackingrant
Authority Nutrition: Aspartame, Good or Bad?
Safe. Unless, perhaps, you’re prone to headaches or a child susceptible to seizures. Didn’t seem to have any studies about what it might do to the gut biome - a concern these days. Sucralose plays hell with the gut.
Albuquerque Journal: Blue Cross pullout would mean new doctors for some customers.
“Plans that Presbyterian, Christus and Molina offer through the exchange for 2016 restrict those insured to a specified network of providers, which would mean anyone switching from a different carrier likely would have to change doctors.”
Slate: Death with dignity & gay marriage - Liberty arguments support physician-assisted suicide.
“Aja Riggs doesn’t want the state of New Mexico to dictate how she’ll die. Riggs suffers from uterine cancer — currently in remission, but likely to return — and fears it will leave her in excruciating pain during her final days. To avoid so much torment, Riggs wants to be sure her doctor can ease her into death through a painless overdose if she so chooses. But New Mexico law prohibits physician-assisted suicide.” Read more.
Washington Post: Scientists (sort of) settle debate on low-carb vs. low-fat diets.
OK, but muscle weighs more than fat. You have to do more than compare weights to judge results.
Authority Nutrition: Decaf Coffee, Good or Bad?
Guardian.UK: Former US president Jimmy Carter reveals he has cancer.
Very sorry. If my previous experiences with extreme elderly + ‘cancer in other parts of body’ hold true, he can go at any moment. I hope it’s gentle.
BBC: Elderly man ‘calmly’ smokes pipe while ‘sinking’ in Loxley lake.
Gotta give him points for style, if nothing else.
NY Times: The Right Dose of Exercise for the Aging Brain.
Exercise can help maintain cognitive function a bit, certainly no miracle preventative.
NPR: The Art Of Drinking Absinthe, The Liquor Of Aesthetes.
“In Five O’Clock Absinthe, the late-19th century poet Raoul Ponchon wrote that, if you have warm absinthe, boire du pissat d’âne ou du bouillon pointu — which translates, more or less, to ‘you might as well drink donkey’s urine or “enema broth”’ instead. So cold water it was.”
naked cap: Godzilla vs. Mothra vs. You - The Health Care Industry Consolidates.
“The major health insurers have announced their quarterly earnings. For UnitedHealth Group, the largest health insurer, plus the six which are currently engaged in take-over deals, the results were largely positive. The results, and the market’s reaction, indicate [that] Health plans have largely been able to pass increases in medical costs onto their members, challenging the notion that Obamacare’s regulations on profit have benefited consumers. [And] these improved margins appear to be driven by higher premiums.” My unsurprised italics.
Discover/Neuroskeptic: No Evidence for an Early Dementia Epidemic.
Don’t panic. Remember the lesson I (we) learned from that last batch of studies.