Yahoo News: Dog-doo scofflaws get bagged through DNA testing.
Fan-damn-tastic. Some inconsiderate loon and his/her dog left a ‘present’ right in the middle of my driveway the other week. You bought the damned dog, not I - you clean up after it. I’m hoping this spreads far and wide. Our trails here in Santa Fe are disgusting when spring warmth hits … trails being the most convenient place to let dogs go, sans cleanup. The first 1/2 mile is a penance on just about any NM trail.
CNN: Princeton to make meningitis B vaccine available.
Wait just a sec … a lot of students live off-campus. As do the faculty. What about the rest of the town?
Slower than normal today; wrist brace impeding typing.
I did something funky to my left wrist. Not sure what, but it hurts like the devil. Pulled out an old wrist brace, and it slows down my typing speeds. I suspect it was caused by late-night burst of cleaning after dropping and breaking a glass the other night. Had to wrangle a heavy rug outside to shake all the bits of glass off. Well, it’ll heal shortly. No big deal. But if my posts are a little slower to come online, you now know why.
Mumanu: Archaeologists Officially Declare Collective Sigh Over “Paleo Diet”.
“The nutritional benefits of the diet are not what the grievance is about, said Dr. Britta Hoyes, who organized the event. She agreed that a high-carbohydrate diet can have a detrimental effect on long-term health, as many studies have demonstrated. Instead, the group’s protest is a reaction to the biological and historical pediments of the diet, in particular the contention that pre-agricultural societies were only adapted to eat those foods existing before the Neolithic Revolution.” Personally, I’ve not met a single person going ‘paleo’ who gives a rat’s bum about what cavemen ate. It’s all about reducing carbs, and the digestive benefits thereof. Nasty gut bugs love sugars and carbs, and the diet’s very helpful to many. How about we call it the ‘Pretend Paleo’ diet instead, and all get on with our lives?
Later: More studies linking carbs to obesity, sans name-argumentation.
CNet: Does Facebook need a cemetery?
“Some people feel that remembering those they loved doesn’t quite harmonize with cat videos, political diatribes, and news of the latest boyfriend, job, or date. So on Thursday they launched Sanctri, an app that gives bereaved Facebookers their own area for grief, sorrow, and remembrance.”
BelfastTelegraph.co.uk: Nuts ‘cut 30-year death rates’.
“A daily handful of nuts cut death rates from any cause by a fifth, reduced those related to heart disease by nearly 30%, and lowered the chances of dying from cancer by 11%.” No discussion of type. I have a handful of almonds just about daily … just because they’re easy finger-food.
The Atlantic: How Many of Your Memories Are Fake?
“New research released this week has found that even people with phenomenal memory are susceptible to having ‘false memories,’ suggesting that ‘memory distortions are basic and widespread in humans, and it may be unlikely that anyone is immune,’ according to the authors of the study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).” Memories are constantly under attack, really. No surprise that they distort after a while. All the more reason to weblog or write a journal.
Wired: When We Lose Antibiotics, Here’s Everything Else We’ll Lose Too.
Doesn’t take much imagination.
NY Times: Albuquerque Rejects 20-Week Abortion Ban.
The Hairpin: How I Found Out I Didn’t Have the Herpes I’d Been Living With for Four Years.
Another well-written piece. Batting 1000, in this last few minutes of blogging time on Sunday night.
Atlantic: Everything You Need to Know About Obama’s New ‘You Can Keep Your Plan’ Policy.
BBC: House Democrats help pass Republican-led healthcare bill.
Chaos, really. Dogs and cats, living together ...
TG’s Political Wire: Obamacare Could Haunt Democrats for Years.
I agree, but with different reasoning. The monetary angst, if born out as predicted by current theorists, will be renewed monthly as those health care bills roll in. It will remain fresh year-round. The Republicans couldn’t craft a better attack strategy if they tried.
The Dish: Obama’s Obamacare Fix - Reax.
Nice roundup of reactions. Thank you, Andrew Sullivan. Saves time and effort.
WSJ: White House to Allow Insurers to Continue Canceled Health Plans.
Obama had to respond.
New Mexico Watchdog: Just 172 in NM have completed Obamacare sign-ups.
“As for New Mexico, only 172 managed to successfully sign up with a plan in October; 4,055 completed applications and 7,529 applied for coverage under completed applications.” No word on whether any of them actually used the Federal site, or used NMHIX’s backup call center.
In These Times: Kaua’i Says No to GMOs.
Misleading title. Disclosure, not ‘no.’ And it’s a special case - “GM behemoths” (their terminology) use the island for year-round tests, and have clearance from the EPA for special pesticide use. If pesticides are truly dusting people’s homes, then this needs more action than just disclosure. I expect sprawl is happening, homes are encroaching on formerly distant fields.
CNN: White House officials get earful from Democrats on Obamacare.
Oh, to be a fly on the wall.
NPR: With Pressure From All Sides, Obamacare Vise Tightens On Dems.
“[I] don’t know whether we’ll press them, but they say they’re coming up with it. But sooner rather than later [telling us] what they’re thinking ... would be better, yes.”
NY Times: Bill Clinton Urges Obama to Yield on Health Law.
I called it, didn’t I? Campaign for 2016 starts in earnest today. Get your earplugs ready.
Guardian.UK: Scientists shed light on creativity by studying pianists’ brain activity.
I’d love to see this study on brain mapping compared to stutterer brain-use. Might be interesting. Rhythm has always been a failing of mine.
Guardian.UK: Can defendants really blame damage to their brains for criminal acts?
Hmmm. Perhaps they can blame modern cholesterol-lowering drugs. I understand that a body of research is being done on the link between low cholesterol and serotonin. Existing cholesterol-lowering drugs allegedly exacerbate negative effects in a minority of people; they suffer drug-induced mania, amnesia, dementia, moodiness and periods of extreme violence when taking this class of pharmaceutical. Not mild effects, but immediately severe. It stops within hours/days of discontinuing the meds. Let’s hope researchers clear this one up quickly, before we have another Vioxx on our hands.
ProPublica: Coming in January: Obamacare Rate Shock Part Two.
“So many people may feel they have a grip on their premium costs and think they have reasonable coverage only to encounter unpleasant surprises in the form of deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance amounts.” Read that fine print before you go signing up for a specific plan, kids.
BBC: Depression ‘makes us biologically older.’
“… it is unclear whether this ageing process is harmful and if it can be reversed.” They don’t know yet? How depressing! (wink)
PS Mag: How the Patients Most in Need of Insurance Are Getting Squeezed.
“But as problems continue to bog down the federal health insurance marketplace, Healthcare.gov, it’s an open question whether people in the risk pools can get a policy in time. ‘They are very frightened because many of them are undergoing chemotherapy or they’re on high-dollar drugs, and they need to make certain that they have coverage effective January 1.’” Because of the problems and the confusion, some have less than seven weeks now to get a policy. The site still isn’t working reliably, and accurate rates are apparently hard to come by, even when the site works properly. A recipe for financial disaster; is it any wonder people are slow to sign up? “Dear Mr President, an extension is the only humane solution.”