Just two working days til Monday!
- "I was walking down the street wearing glasses when the prescription ran out." ~ Steven Wright
“Mindfulness is changeable, and standardized mindfulness interventions are available,” Eric Loucks, assistant professor of epidemiology in the Brown University School of Public Health, says. “Mostly they’ve been looked at for mental health and pain management, but increasingly they are being looked at for cardiovascular risk factors such as obesity, smoking, and blood pressure.”You don't have to move to a temple in the Himalayas and sit with monks all day to experience mindfulness. You can make this kind of thinking part of your everyday life. Here are some suggestions.
The connection may come about because people who are attuned to their present feelings may be better at minding and managing the various cravings—for salty or sugary foods, cigarettes, or even some time on the couch—that undermine health, Loucks says. Mindfulness interventions, for example, have already shown efficacy in helping people to quit smoking.
|Is this your future?|
|Don't look down.|
Backster and his collaborators went on to hook up polygraph machines to dozens of plants, including lettuces, onions, oranges, and bananas. He claimed that plants reacted to the thoughts (good or ill) of humans in close proximity and, in the case of humans familiar to them, over a great distance. In one experiment designed to test plant memory, Backster found that a plant that had witnessed the murder (by stomping) of another plant could pick out the killer from a lineup of six suspects, registering a surge of electrical activity when the murderer was brought before it. Backster’s plants also displayed a strong aversion to interspecies violence. Some had a stressful response when an egg was cracked in their presence, or when live shrimp were dropped into boiling water, an experiment that Backster wrote up for the International Journal of Parapsychology, in 1968.I guess you had to be there. It's so hard to explain the Sixties.
Plants can tell when they’re being eaten, and they don’t like it.Well, if ever there was an argument against eating okra, that would be it.
Turns out, the thale cress actually produces some mustard oils and sends them through the leaves to deter predators (the oils are mildly toxic when ingested). And the study showed that when the plants felt or heard the caterpillar-munching vibrations, they sent out extra mustard oils into the leaves. When they felt or heard other vibrations? Nothing. It’s a far more dynamic defense than scientists had realized: the plant is more aware of its surroundings and able to respond than expected.In the olden days, scientists discovered things like gravity. Seems today they've pretty much done all the good stuff.
When Franklin Delano Roosevelt first proposed legislation that authorized the secretary of agriculture to engage in Soviet-style central planning -- a program so rigid that it regulated how much wheat a homeowner could grow for his own family's consumption -- he rejected arguments of unconstitutionality. He proclaimed that the Constitution was "quaint" and written in the "horse and buggy era," and predicted the public and the courts would agree with him.You can peruse his many examples. It's interesting perspective. But it strikes me that most of those attempts were thwarted and, at any rate, weren't nearly as permanent and unreversible as what this president has in mind.
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Polish surgeons used nerve-supporting cells from the nose of Darek Fidyka, a Bulgarian man who was injured four years ago, to provide pathways along which the broken tissue was able to grow.Here's how they did it.
The 38-year-old, who is believed to be the first person in the world to recover from complete severing of the spinal nerves, can now walk with a frame and has been able to resume an independent life, even to the extent of driving a car, while sensation has returned to his lower limbs.
In the first of two operations, surgeons removed one of the patient's olfactory bulbs and grew the cells in culture.This will turn out to be one of the extraordinary discoveries of our time.
Two weeks later they transplanted the OECs into the spinal cord, which had been cut through in the knife attack apart from a thin strip of scar tissue on the right. They had just a drop of material to work with - about 500,000 cells.
About 100 micro-injections of OECs were made above and below the injury.
Four thin strips of nerve tissue were taken from the patient's ankle and placed across an 8mm (0.3in) gap on the left side of the cord.
The scientists believe the OECs provided a pathway to enable fibres above and below the injury to reconnect, using the nerve grafts to bridge the gap in the cord.
Truth be told, they have no choice but to make this presidential cycle about race. Race is all Obama has to run on. He cannot run on jobs – there are none. He cannot run on housing – the housing market is abysmal. He cannot run on energy – high fuel prices are dragging the economy down and working families with it.
There is even more reason for elitists to mask their contempt for blacks that eschew the zeitgeist of victimology and dystopia created by liberal bigots who today still view blacks as incapable of being independent of them.Oh, Mychal, stop fretting. Barack puts us white people down, too.
I, for one, will not sit silent as the bigoted elitist brood of liberal racists look down their arrogant noses at blacks as being worthy only of a handout or indentureship.
|A perfect panorama.|
|Adam and Steve.|
The only part of the eye that can actually see an object with precision is the fovea, a thumbtack size magnifying glass in the center of the retina. Most of the time we’re seeing objects out of focus with the rest of the retina, which has a coarse and less-clear focus of the world around us. We get the impression we can see large parts of our surroundings in sharp detail when in reality it’s only a fragment. How are our eyes creating this illusion of sharp focus? It’s our brain.
Over the course of our lifetime we see millions of objects, and one by one, our fovea gets the chance to focus on them. We collect a catalogue of in-focus images into our memory, such as an apple. When an apple is seen through the coarse, less clear part of our eye it’s actually a blurred image. However, it connects to our brain as an apple, and the memory of seeing it in focus through the fovea fills in the blurry details for us. The brain then projects an in-focus apple from the memory center to replace the blurry apple, so we think we’re seeing it clearly out of our peripheral vision.This explains why Adam ate the apple Eve offered him. He'd never seen one before and the one she had in her hand was blurry. So I think we can forgive his indiscretion.
|He's fixed now.|
For those who predict the coming collapse of Western civilization, there’s always MTV for proof. This summer MTV put on a panel discussion for the press with the cast and creators of a forthcoming series called "Happyland." The female star of the show, actress Bianca Santos, announced the new MTV motto: “Incest is hot, and we’re going to have fun!”Twenty years ago Daniel Patrick Moynihan noted:
The lesbian parents of an 11-year-old boy who is undergoing the process of becoming a girl last night defended the decision, claiming it was better for a child to have a sex change when young.
A student who was born female felt perfectly comfortable identifying as a man at Wellesley College — until people said he shouldn’t be class diversity officer because he is now a white male.
California governor Jerry Brown is set to sign a bill that would allow California death certificates to reflect a person’s chosen gender identity rather than the sex listed on the deceased’s birth certificate.
Brown has signed into law a measure deleting the terms “husband” and “wife” from California's marriage law. SB 1306 was introduced by openly homosexual State Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco).
A TV show on the supposedly family friendly network ABC Family aired an episode of the show “The Fosters” depicting a lesbian couple getting a late-term abortion.
Abortion giant Planned Parenthood has announced that a local ice cream parlor has created an ice cream just for them.
The Department of Health and Human Services recently recognized the RISE project (Recognize, Intervene, Support, and Empower) in Los Angeles County for its work to fight "anti-gay and anti-transgender bias" in the child welfare system in the county. RISE engaged youth to design posters. One of the posters features the rainbow colors now ubiquitous in LGBTQ literature along with a message to "embrace, encourage, celebrate who we are."
The amount of deviant behavior in American society has increased beyond the levels the community can "afford to recognize" and that, accordingly, we have been re-defining deviancy so as to exempt much conduct previously stigmatized, and also quietly raising the "normal" level in categories where behavior is now abnormal by any earlier standard.I don't think you're supposed to say that in 2014.
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|Will be the world's largest.|
|Nice work, old boy.|
Webster published his first dictionary, A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language, in 1806, but it was his two-volume American Dictionary of the English Language published in 1828 (when he was 70 years old) that earned him his place in history as the foremost lexicographer of American English.
The statistics alone speak for themselves: Webster's American Dictionary took him 28 years to complete. In preparation he learned 26 languages, including Old English, Ancient Greek, Latin, and Sanskrit. The final draft listed and defined 70,000 words, more than any other dictionary in history (and 30,000 more than Samuel Johnson's dictionary had almost a century earlier).
One in every six of Webster's words had never been listed in a dictionary before; as a dictionary of American English, he radically chose to include a whole new vocabulary of emerging Americanisms like squash, skunk, hickory, chowder and applesauce for the very first time. And he famously took the opportunity to push through his ideas on English spelling reform - some of which took (center, color, honor, ax), and some of which didn't (dawter, wimmen, cloke, tung).
Despite all of his efforts, Webster's dictionary sold just 2,500 copies on its publication and he was compelled to mortgage his home in New Haven to fund a second edition in 1840. Three years later, having never quite gained the recognition his work deserved in his lifetime, he died at the age of 84. Today however, as both a literary and scholarly achievement Webster's 1828 dictionary is widely regarded as both the first truly comprehensive dictionary of American English, and as one of the most important dictionaries in the history of our language.Heavens, I'm still learning how to work the Venetian blinds.
|Well, I never!|
If you worry less about what people think of you, you can pick up an astonishing amount of information about them. You no longer leave conversations wondering what just happened. Other people’s minds and motives are finally revealed.And my favorite:
Eight hours of continuous, unmedicated sleep is one of life’s great pleasures. Actually, scratch “unmedicated.”
People’s youthful quirks can harden into adult pathologies. What’s adorable at 20 can be worrisome at 30 and dangerous at 40. Also, at 40, you see the outlines of what your peers will look like when they’re 70.
Emotional scenes are tiring and pointless. You and your partner know your ritual arguments so well, you can have them in a tenth of the time.
It’s O.K. if you don’t like jazz.
More about you is universal than not universal. My unscientific assessment is that we are 95 percent cohort, 5 percent unique. Knowing this is a bit of a disappointment, and a bit of a relief.
'DISASTER OF OUR GENERATION'
Quarantine for Ebola Exposure: 21 Days of Fear and Loathing
WIRE: Monitoring Inconsistent as Virus Spread
Researchers try to quell Ebola fears
Outbreak causing some to change travel plans
Communities taking dramatic steps to avoid virus
Wanted: Screeners for $19 an hour
CARNIVAL cruise ship returning to dock in TX
|Hope he doesn't get a call.|
N95 masks: here, here, and hereThe first thing to do is learn the symptoms.
N100 masks here, here, and here
Nitrile gloves here, here, and here
Tyvex suits here, here, and here
Safety goggles here, here, and here
|Czar in Hiding.|
The federal government not ten years ago created and funded a brand new office in the Health and Human Services Department specifically to coordinate preparation for and response to public health threats like Ebola. Dr. Nicole Lurie, who heads that office, and reports directly to the HHS secretary, has been mysteriously invisible from the public handling of this threat. And she’s still on the job even though three years ago she was embroiled in a huge scandal of funneling a major stream of funding to a company with ties to a Democratic donor—and away from a company that was developing a treatment now being used on Ebola patients.We also have a director of the Centers for Disease Control. His background? He was mental health chief for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the idiot nanny state billionaire.
He was the innovative New York City health commissioner who took on one of the top health scourges, tobacco, with a smoking ban in workplaces and bars that has now been replicated in many major cities. He tackled obesity and cardiovascular disease with a ban on trans fats and rules that chain restaurants post calorie counts -- moves that have also proved popular elsewhere.That's a political agenda. It's what the NIH and CDC have been up to under Obama.
Frieden was asked during a press conference if you could contract Ebola by sitting next to someone on a bus—a question prompted by a statement from President Obama the week before, when he declared that you can’t get Ebola “through casual contact, like sitting next to someone on a bus.”Frieden answered: “I think there are two different parts of that equation. The first is, if you’re a member of the traveling public and are healthy, should you be worried that you might have gotten it by sitting next to someone? And the answer is no. Second, if you are sick and you may have Ebola, should you get on a bus? And the answer to that is also no. You might become ill, you might have a problem that exposes someone around you.”
|When it rains, it blows.|