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  • How a BMI Fallacy Convinced the World that Diabetes Is a Disease of Excess

    12/16/2016 2:27:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Motherboard ^ | December 15, 201 | Ankita Rao
    Last year I was visiting a rural hospital in Chhattisgarh, one of the poorest and hungriest states in India. The patients waiting in the corridors were thin and bony, with dangerously low blood counts and anemia. So I was shocked when I watched the doctors at Jan Swasthya Sahyog clinic treat patient after patient for diabetes and heart disease. The public perception of type II diabetes is that it’s a disease of excess—the result of too much sugar in our diets and a sedentary lifestyle. But a documentary by executive producer Elliot Kirschner, director Adam Bolt, producer Jessica Harrop, and...
  • Music Rights Orgs Hoping Trump Won’t Hold Hillary Donations Against Them

    11/25/2016 7:10:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | November 25, 2016 | Brian McNicoll
    Donald Trump put fear in the hearts of the left before the election, but since then, his opponents have gone completely off the deep end. They’ve marched through the streets. They’ve destroyed property. They’ve beaten Trump supporters and lashed out at his vice president after he attended a Broadway play. They fear – correctly, it seems, judging from the appointments and other decrees emanating from Trump Tower – that, unlike the current occupant, Trump looks at the presidency as something to do, not something to be. He’s not thinking about having Jay-Z and Beyonce at the White House or which...

    03/15/2010 7:15:29 PM PDT · by Cindy · 16 replies · 245+ views THE GLOBAL MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD DAILY REPORT "EXCLUSIVE: Saudi Charity Designated As Terrorist Reopens Office In U.S." SNIPPET: "The International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO), a Saudi charity whose Indonesian and Philippine offices have been designated by the US. Treasury in connection with the financing of Al Qaeda, has registered a new office in the United States. According to Florida State records, the IIRO (U.S.A.) Inc. was registered as a non-profit Florida corporation in Hialeah, Florida on April 28, 2009. After being required by regulators to provide a street address rather than a PO Box, the office address for IIRO USA...
  • Navy eases body fat standards in effort to retain sailors

    03/14/2016 12:54:56 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 59 replies
    World Magazine ^ | Posted March 14, 2016, | Michael Cochrane
    Navy Petty Officer Lentoyi White, 26, feared she’d be dismissed from the service after twice failing the Navy’s body composition assessment (BCA), which measures body fat percentage. But in January, the Navy loosened its body fat restrictions for both men and women, giving White and thousands of other sailors another chance to stay in the Navy. “I am very grateful for a second chance with this new policy,” said White, a single mother with a 5-year-old daughter. White has gone from 212 pounds to 188 and is optimistic she’ll pass this spring under the new standards. Under the Navy’s previous...
  • Sailors face more lenient body fat rules

    03/05/2016 11:56:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 5, 2016 1:20 PM EST | Julie Watson
    The Navy is giving another chance to thousands of sailors who otherwise would be kicked out for repeatedly failing their physical fitness tests because they exceeded body fat limits. The service branch loosened its body fat restrictions in January and is allowing those who failed their exams three or more times to get one more opportunity to be tested this spring under the more lenient guidelines. The Navy said it has been losing too many talented sailors. Some were resorting to liposuction, diet pills and other measures to save their careers. The Navy allowed about 2,400 sailors who passed a...
  • BMI mislabels 54 million Americans as 'overweight' or 'obese,' study says

    02/06/2016 3:50:42 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    L A Times ^ | 02/04/2016 | amina khan
    Good news for some in the high-BMI crowd: A new study from UCLA finds that some 54 million Americans who are labeled as obese or overweight according to their body mass index are, when you take a closer look, actually healthy. The findings, published in the International Journal of Obesity, reveal that employers could potentially saddle people with unfairly high health insurance costs based on a deeply flawed measure of actual health. ... Body mass index is calculated by dividing a person's weight in kilograms by the square of the person's height in meters. According to the Centers for Disease...
  • 'BMI is a waste of time': Measurement is WRONGLY branding millions of fat people unhealthy (tr)…

    02/04/2016 11:33:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 11:17 EST, 4 February 2016 | Anna Hodgekiss
    The use of Body Mass Index to assess a person's health has led to millions of people incorrectly being labeled overweight or obese, researchers claim. The measurement has been used by doctors for more than 150 years, but has come under increasing criticism for being a flawed marker of health. [...] Now, however, Californian researchers claim their research will be will be 'the final nail in the coffin for BMI'. [...] This revealed almost half of Americans who are labeled 'overweight' by virtue of their BMIs (47.4 percent, or 34.4 million people) are healthy, as are 19.8 million who are...
  • Kim Davis Might Get Sued for ‘Unauthorized Public Performance’ of ‘Eye of the Tiger’

    09/09/2015 8:11:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 78 replies
    Kim Davis walked out to Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” when she was released from jail Tuesday. A judge ruled that Davis should be released from jail as long as she doesn’t interfere with the licenses that her deputies have been granting. However, she infringed upon Survivor’s rights when she played the 1982 rock classic as she walked on stage to give a speech. Record label EMI has considered suing Davis, as well as her supporter Mike Huckabee, for publicly playing the song without permission. “They are well within their rights to hold a public rally in support of Kim...
  • Being obese may boost heart attack victims' chances of survival

    06/08/2015 8:55:08 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 24 replies
    National Post ^ | June 8, 2015 | Sarah Knapton
    Being obese could actually improve the chances of survival after a heart attack because excess fat appears to fight heart disease, a study has shown. Scientists have been puzzled as to why people classed as very overweight lived longer after a heart attack than those with a healthy Body Mass Index. However, a study of tissue collected from patients undergoing heart surgery found that fat surrounding damaged blood vessels releases chemicals that start to battle heart disease.
  • 54-Pound, 7-Year-Old Girl Sent Home from School with a Note Saying Her BMI Is Too High

    03/28/2015 4:33:21 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 41 replies ^ | march 27, 2015 | rick moran
    Kylee Moss, a 7-year-old-girl from Belton, Missouri, was sent home from school with a note to her mother saying that the 54-pound child’s Body Mass Index (BMI) was too high. Aside from the idiocy of using a discredited measurement for body fat, what are these administrators thinking? Obviously, they’re not. If they had two working brain cells, they would take one look at this kid and realize the stupidity of believing their “measurements.”
  • Malkin: The Data-Mining Body Monitors in Our Schools

    05/29/2014 6:51:49 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 30, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Like millions of other American parents, my husband and I received a warning letter from the BMI police last week. Our active, healthy 8th-grade daughter is "very lean," according to her school-administered "Fitnessgram." The national student body monitors think this is a public health problem. The obesity report card lectured that because our daughter's body-mass index is "very low," we "should make certain" that she "is eating a healthy diet that includes the appropriate number of calories." Thanks, geniuses. We had no idea such measurements were taking place, and we wondered whether we were alone in objecting to this unsolicited...
  • Only in NY – School hands 66 lb girl note saying she’s fat

    05/25/2014 11:21:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/24/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Tales from the Nanny State continue to the amazement of nobody, I’m sure. In a story coming from (where else…) New York City, the wise school officials, ever concerned about the health and future of their students, decided to check out what each of the kids weighs, matching the results against some Body Mass Index chart. Upon noting that many of the children failed to pass muster, they decided to inform the parents… by handing the kids notes to take home. What could possibly go wrong? A New York City mom was fit to be tied Wednesday after her...
  • ‘Fat Texts’ and ‘Fart Regulation’ Coming to You from the Nanny State

    04/09/2014 7:40:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | April 8, 2014 | Common Constitutionalist
    Although it’s been going on for years, it seems lately there is an all-out assault by the nanny government to crack down on our liberties. Nowadays, when the people say no, our rulers just do the old end around, or sleight-of-hand. They cause us to concentrate on one thing while they regulate behind our backs. Lately it seems that even this tactic has changed and the Nanny State has begun to attack us from all sides. Take this global warming nonsense. With every passing year, the people are coming to realize what a hoax it has been. Every poll conducted...
  • Lack of regulation of fast food fueling obesity epidemic, study says

    02/03/2014 11:14:39 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    FOX News ^ | February 3, 2014 | Reuters
    <p>Governments could slow or even reverse the growing obesity epidemic if they introduced more regulation into the global market for fast foods such as burgers, chips and fizzy drinks, researchers said on Monday.</p> <p>A study published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO) suggested that if governments took firmer action, they could start to prevent people becoming overweight and obese - conditions with serious long-term consequences such as diabetes, heart diseases and cancer.</p>
  • 'Pregorexia': Extreme dieting while pregnant

    11/30/2013 6:49:08 AM PST · by Morgana · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | Kelly Wallace
    (CNN) -- Mom-to-be Maggie Baumann knew she most definitely would not be "eating for two." She couldn't. During her first pregnancy, she was extremely preoccupied with just how many calories she consumed and stuck to a very strict exercise routine. "Getting on the scale at the doctor's office was very triggering for me," said Baumann of Newport Beach, California, who is now an eating disorders specialist and trauma therapist who devotes some of her practice to pregnant women and moms suffering from eating disorders. She gained 32 pounds during her first pregnancy, which is very much in line with the...
  • Mom’s outrage after sporty 11-year-old daughter is sent home with a "fat letter"

    10/08/2013 6:46:15 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 76 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | October 6, 2013 | Ryan Gorman
    A mother has hit out at her daughter's school after the athletic teen was sent home with a letter saying she was 'overweight'. Lilly Grasso, all 5’5”, 124 pounds of her, is nowhere near overweight and is a healthy, active teenager. But Naples (FL) Middle School sent a letter to her home warning of the dangers of obesity, according to her mother Kristen Grasso. ‘Lily is tall, athletic, solid muscle -- by no means is she overweight,’ the concerned mother told WFTX before showing a refrigerator stocked with healthy foods. The letter, sent after a health screening by the Collier...
  • Florida Mother Upset by School's 'Fat Letter': Is BMI Bogus?

    10/07/2013 2:39:31 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 51 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10-7-2013 | Sarah Weir
    A Florida mom received an unpleasant surprise in the mail recently. No, it wasn't an unexpected bill, it was a letter that said her 11-year-old daughter, Lily, was overweight. "Lily is tall, she's athletic, she's solid muscle, Kristen Grasso, told Fox 4 News." By no means is she overweight." The girl, a star on her middle school volleyball team, had her Body Mass Index (BMI) calculated as part of a health screening mandated by Florida law. While parents can opt out, Grasso, a mother of four who says she tries to encourage her children to be active and feeds them...
  • Were you born to be obese?

    08/08/2013 9:04:43 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 90 replies ^ | 08/01/13 | Kathleen Doheny
    "From previous studies, it is estimated that 40% to 70% of a person's BMI is inherited," Batterham says, but it's complex and not as simple as just giving a percent. Overall, the role of any single gene [in obesity] is not big, Qi says. However, if all the obesity-related genes are considered, “the effect would be sizable."
  • Sorry, Mate, You're Too Fat: New Zealand kicks Obese Chef Out Of The Country [Headline Truncated]

    07/27/2013 8:33:14 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 29 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 7/27/2013 | Jaymi McCann
    Albert Buitenhuis was told he was too heavy to stay in New Zealand. Weighs 20 stone six pounds, five stone less than when he moved there. He and wife Marthie are facing deportation from their Christ Church home. Albert is five feet ten inches tall and has a Body Mass Index of 40. An obese chef has been told he is too fat to live in New Zealand, even though he has lost 66lb since moving there six years ago. Albert Buitenhuis, who weighs 20 stone six pounds, was told that it may place demands on the New Zealand health...
  • US Jamboree requires health-conscious Scouts

    07/15/2013 12:26:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 13, 2013 11:38 AM ED | John Raby
    This year’s Boy Scouts of America’s national Jamboree is being billed as the most physically demanding in its history: There’s rock climbing, rappelling, whitewater rafting and biking. And Scouts will go about the sprawling, hilly landscape the old-fashioned way—on foot. Thousands of Scouts gather for 10 days starting Monday at a new location in West Virginia. Officials designed the 1,000-plus acre Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve to take advantage of the Mountain State’s natural assets, and they also put into place new physical fitness requirements that eliminated morbidly obese Scouts from participating. … This year, 30,000 Scouts ages 12...
  • Body Mass Index - How Reliable?

    07/15/2013 9:39:52 AM PDT · by fwdude · 59 replies
    N/A | 07/15/13 | fwdude
    In my efforts to be prepared for the civil unrest that is undoubtedly coming, I'm on a mission to get into better shape in my early fifties, and have revisited the health measure called Body Mass Index (BMI.) Just needing the input from some of you who agree or disagree with this seemingly arbitrary calculation. It seems to be absolutely ridiculous to me in one sense. In my healthiest lean days I was still considered "overweight" according to the BMI calculation. Now, I'm considered "obese," when anyone looking at me would never describe me as such. If I got down...
  • "Sledgehammer": Peter Gabriel joins Rush revolt

    03/06/2012 7:58:39 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 49 replies ^ | 3/6/12 |
    As advertisers, affiliates and the general public continue to raise cain over Rush Limbaugh’s inflammatory comments about Sandra Fluke, another party has added his voice to the protest. A rep for singer/songwriter Peter Gabriel posted a message on his Facebook page insisting that the Brit's music no longer be used on Limbaugh’s radio show. Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” was utilized in the background of Limbaugh’s now-infamous rant, in which he called the Georgetown student a “slut” and a “prostitute.” The Facebook message reads: “Peter was appalled to learn that his music was linked to Rush Limbaugh’s extraordinary attack on Sandra Fluke. It...
  • Republican Governor Mandates BMI Reporting - One Doctor Speaks Out

    10/12/2011 11:42:48 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 17 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/12/2011 | Dr. Megan Edison
    Gov. Rick Snyder recently proposed an unprecedented plan to have doctors report the Body Mass Index of individual children into a state database and tracking system (the Michigan Care Improvement Registry). Contrary to the governor’s claim, this is not anonymous reporting. The records in this database would be accessible not just to doctors and nurses, but also to schools, day care providers and insurance companies — all without parental consent. Specific children could be tracked over time, as could their compliance (or lack thereof) with a doctor's recommendations. The scientific and statistical reality of this intrusiveness is impossible to ignore....
  • Mich. to require BMI reports on kids

    09/14/2011 11:13:26 AM PDT · by Palter · 20 replies
    AP ^ | 14 Sept 2011 | KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN
    Gov. Rick Snyder plans to direct doctors in Michigan to begin monitoring the body weight of their young patients and provide the data to a state registry in one of the most extensive government efforts to address the growing problem of pediatric obesity, the Associated Press has learned. The move would help track the state's growing obesity problem while opening the way for doctors to be more proactive in offering advice, Snyder spokeswoman Sara Wurfel told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The Republican governor will announce the initiative Wednesday as part of his proposal for improving Michigan residents' health. The...
  • Happiness is based on wife being slimmer than husband, according to study

    07/27/2011 5:37:11 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 07/19/11 | Martin Evans
    The secret to maintaining a happy marriage is based on the wife remaining slimmer than her husband, according to a new study. By Martin Evans 9:33AM BST 19 Jul 2011 Researchers claim both partners are more content if the woman has a lower Body Mass Index (BMI) than the man. A four-year study found that relationships lasted longer if the woman felt more attractive and desirable than her other half. But relationship experts have already dismissed the findings, insisting that size is not necessarily a key factor in a husband finding his wife attractive. The study at the University of...
  • How the War on Obesity Went Pear Shaped

    03/15/2011 2:38:17 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 48 replies
    spiked online ^ | March 15, 2011 | Patrick Basham and John Luik
    Since the anti-obesity campaign is allegedly motivated by scientific findings, it would seem reasonable and prudent to make doubly sure that those claims are factual and trustworthy. Yet, we continue to find that the case against obesity is significantly flawed. Not only are the claims of an obesity epidemic often wildly exaggerated, but the science linking weight to unfavourable mortality outcomes is also frequently nonexistent or distorted.
  • Big Mother: FLOTUS Tells Doctors to Write Prescriptions for Your Fat Kids (VIDEO)

    09/06/2010 8:42:16 AM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 28 replies
    TheBlaze ^ | 09-05-10 | The Blazed Editorial Staff
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  • The Music-Copyright Enforcers (hired muscle behind BMI)

    08/06/2010 1:33:46 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 10 replies
    NY Times ^ | August 6, 2010 | JOHN BOWE
    ...P.R.O.’s license the music of the songwriters and music publishers they represent, collecting royalties whenever that music is played in a public setting... ...a significant portion of BMI’s business is to “educate” and charge — by phone and in person — the hundreds of thousands of businesses across America that don’t know or don’t care to know that they have to pay for the music they use. Besides the more obvious locales like bars and nightclubs, the list of such venues includes: funeral parlors, grocery stores, sports arenas, fitness centers, retirement homes — tens of thousands of businesses, playing a...
  • Uncle Sam wants your waist size

    07/24/2010 12:54:15 AM PDT · by MarylousAmerica · 16 replies · 1+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | July 23, 2010 | Marylou Barry
    Quick! Run! Here comes the new fat czar with a tape measure! In case you spent last week under a rock there are a couple of news stories you need to know about, so sit down and take a deep breath.
  • Obamaca: Reshaping society through government control

    07/23/2010 9:21:41 PM PDT · by 1pitech · 11 replies
    The Canada Free Press ^ | 07-23-10 | Paul A. Ibbetson
    In 1997, under the direction of Andrew Niccol, people viewed on their cinema screens a sterilized world of growing government perfection. The movie, “Gattaca,” depicted a world where through genetic selection only children with their parents’ desired hereditary traits were given societal acceptance. The children that were born naturally, void of the process called preimplantation genetic diagnosis, were labeled “in-valids” and were treated as societal junk and placed in menial labor jobs.
  • Obama Forces Doctors to Snitch to Feds on Patient’s Weight

    07/23/2010 6:08:28 PM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 43 replies · 1+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 07/23/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    New federal regulations issued by Obama’s administration will require doctors to record their patient’s body mass index (BMI) ratio. No longer will your weight problems be a matter between you and your doctor. Thanks to Obama, now your doctor will be required by law to snitch to the feds on how fat you are. Like most of what goes on in Washington, this new little regulation was stuck a bill otherwise wholly unconnected to healthcare, the stimulus billsection 301) According to the government’s new HIT Standards (Health Information Technology), each patient’s BMI numbers will be recorded and must be available...
  • Under new federal regulations in Obama’s America a commissar will decide if you are too fat

    07/17/2010 7:54:23 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 62 replies
    The Collins Report ^ | July 17, 2010 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    Suck in that gut and start working off that muffin top midriff. The nervy Marxists who run our lives have given themselves the power to decide who is and who is not too fat to receive government healthcare benefits. Under a new law signed by Obama our medical records will include our height and weight and our Body Mass Index (BMI) to determine if we are obese by government standards. BMI will be part of our permanent electronic health record and will be available for inspection “with appropriate security measures--on a national exchange.” In other words a clerk (union member...
  • Obesity Rating for Every American Must Be Included in Stimulus-Mandated Electronic Health Records

    07/16/2010 7:17:46 AM PDT · by traumer · 42 replies · 3+ views
    New federal regulations issued this week stipulate that the electronic health records--that all Americans are supposed to have by 2014 under the terms of the stimulus law that President Barack Obama signed last year--must record not only the traditional measures of height and weight, but also the Body Mass Index: a measure of obesity. The obesity-rating regulation states that every American's electronic health record must: “Calculate body mass index. Automatically calculate and display body mass index (BMI) based on a patient’s height and weight.” The law also requires that these electronic health records be available--with appropriate security measures--on a national...
  • Facts Are Stubborn Things []

    08/04/2009 3:45:39 PM PDT · by Cindy · 554 replies · 8,546+ views ^ | 6:55 AM | Posted by Macon Phillips
    THE BRIEFING ROOM • THE BLOG THE BLOG TUESDAY, AUGUST 4TH, 2009 AT 6:55 AM Facts Are Stubborn Things Posted by Macon Phillips Opponents of health insurance reform may find the truth a little inconvenient, but as our second president famously said, "facts are stubborn things." Scary chain emails and videos are starting to percolate on the internet, breathlessly claiming, for example, to "uncover" the truth about the President’s health insurance reform positions. In this video, Linda Douglass, the communications director for the White House’s Health Reform Office, addresses one example that makes it look like the President intends to...
  • Obesity Rating for Every American Must Be Included in Stimulus-Mandated Health Records, Says HHS

    07/15/2010 4:14:42 PM PDT · by pissant · 176 replies
    CNS ^ | 7.15.10 | Matt Cover
    New federal regulations issued this week stipulate that the electronic health records--that all Americans are supposed to have by 2014 under the terms of the stimulus law that President Barack Obama signed last year--must record not only the traditional measures of height and weight, but also the Body Mass Index: a measure of obesity. The obesity-rating regulation states that every American's electronic health record must: “Calculate body mass index. Automatically calculate and display body mass index (BMI) based on a patient’s height and weight.” The law also requires that these electronic health records be available--with appropriate security measures--on a national...
  • Food Can Chemicals 'Could Be Linked to Early Puberty in Girls'

    04/08/2010 6:19:48 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 87 replies · 1,440+ views ^ | 8:30AM BST 07 Apr 2010 | Alastair Jamieson
    Researchers investigating the use of phenols, phthalates and phytoestrogens, used in packaging as well as perfumes, lotions and shampoos, has found evidence they can cause harm by interfering with the body's hormones. A study of the effects of the three compounds on 1,151 pre-pubescent girls in the US found they caused a variety of problems in puberty. Dr Mary Wolff, an oncologist at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, said: "Research has shown that early pubertal development in girls can have adverse social and medical effects, including cancer and diabetes later in life. "Our research shows a connection...
  • New study sharpens focus on problems of obesity (thin is in)

    12/23/2009 5:11:16 AM PST · by decimon · 28 replies · 665+ views
    AFP ^ | Dec 22, 2009 | Unknown
    PARIS (AFP) – Cardiovascular disease linked to obesity may be worse than thought while health problems associated with being underweight may have been overstated, according to a study published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) on Wednesday. The paper, written by doctors in Britain and Sweden, seeks to finetune a well-known tool -- the body mass index (BMI) -- which is used to measure obesity and ill-health. BMI entails taking one's weight in kilos and dividing it by the square of one's height, in metres. A BMI of 25-30 is generally considered overweight. while a figure of above 30 indicates...
  • Too Fat for the Boy Scouts? New Weight Requirement Angers Some

    05/06/2009 1:59:51 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 84 replies · 3,005+ views
    abcnews ^ | May 6, 2009 | By SARAH NETTER
    Larry Armstrong has been volunteering with his local Boy Scout branch for years, chaperoning trips, serving on the council committee, even becoming certified in archery instruction for a day camp. But Armstrong, at 6-foot, 2-inches tall and about 370 pounds, may no longer qualify for some scout outings because he's overweight, part of a new push by the national organization to ensure the scouts and their volunteers are healthy. A new mandatory weight requirement by the national Boy Scouts of America that will take effect next January has some longtime volunteers concerned they will be left out of trips they've...
  • Airline sorry for omitting Israel

    05/01/2009 11:02:52 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 4 replies · 489+ views
    bbc ^ | 1 May 2009
    British airline BMI has apologised after in-flight maps on its London-Tel Aviv service did not identify Israel. The moving maps marked Islamic holy sites but showed only the city of Haifa in Israel, identified by its Arabic name, Khefa. Israeli officials accused BMI of trying to "hide the existence of Israel". But BMI said it was a technical error - the maps had not been changed since the planes were taken over from a former airline which flew to the Middle East.
  • 'Dead Fish Lady' Resigns from DHS, Takes Legal Action to Clear Her Name

    05/01/2009 9:30:42 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 20 replies · 1,932+ views
    cqpolitics ^ | May 1, 2009 | Jeff Stein
    Saying she still has no idea who sent her a box of dead fish, former top homeland security bioweapons official Maureen McCarthy says she has resigned from the department and begun legal action to clear her name. Occasionally breaking into tears during a 45-minute telephone interview, McCarthy called her resignation "involuntary" and said she had suffered severe financial distress since being suspended without pay in February over the incident. "I resigned against my will," she said. "I had no income, and I couldn't use my accrued annual leave" for cash. "By resigning I got that back," she said, and could...
  • British Airline Removes Israel from the Map

    05/01/2009 4:12:05 AM PDT · by Man50D · 21 replies · 1,151+ views ^ | Avraham Zuroff
    ( The British airline, BMI, has removed Israel from the electronic maps displayed to passengers in some of its planes, Army Radio reports. The report claimed that the reason was to avoid offending Muslim passengers. However, the maps showed passengers the direction of Mecca. Israel does not appear in maps on BMI flights between London and Tel Aviv, and Khefa, the pre-independence Arabic name for Haifa, appears on the maps. In addition, the electronic maps display the distance between the plane and Mecca. The airline claims that the map has not been changed due to a “logistical problem.” Instead, it...
  • BMI airline wipes Israel off the map.....

    04/30/2009 10:30:53 AM PDT · by TaraP · 6 replies · 632+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | April 29th, 2009
    Israel has been excluded from digital maps displayed for passengers on British airline BMI flights from London Heathrow to Ben-Gurion Airport. Instead of viewing Tel Aviv or other Israeli cities signposted on screens, customers flying on two BMI-owned Airbus A320 airplanes have instead been exclusively shown Haifa, spelled "Khefa" - the Arab name of the city before 1948. BMI, which runs flights to Ben-Gurion Airport twice daily, has declared that the maps are the result of a logistical error due to the company's failure to modify the system created by British airline BMED (British Mediterranean Airways), now defunct, from which...
  • Does it really matter how your numbers measure up? Or can you ditch the tape measure?

    04/28/2009 10:54:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 535+ views
    Junkfood Science ^ | April 19, 2009 | Sandy Szwarc
    Why was one of the most important studies from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention buried? Can we tell by a physical feature or measurement what our risks are for dying prematurely? As increased body weight and now BMI (body mass index) have proven to be poor predictors of mortality risk, the explanation sometimes suggested is that BMI doesn’t differentiate fat (“bad”) from muscle (“good”).* Increasingly trendy ways to identify “unhealthy obesity” include measures such as body fat, the shape of bodies (“apple” or “pear” figures), waist circumference and waist-to-hip ratio (“belly fat”). Do any of these measures...
  • The Bill Ayers Diet

    02/12/2009 9:07:57 AM PST · by bs9021 · 9 replies · 350+ views
    Campus Report ^ | February 12, 2009 | Deborah Lambert
    The Bill Ayers Diet by: Deborah Lambert, February 12, 2009 While today’s teaching methods have certainly not improved students’ standardized test scores, tomorrow’s students may shock and surprise everyone with their knowledge about the politics of obesity. Leftist educator and FOB Bill Ayers noted in a discussion forum in a recent issue of Radical Teacher that “practically anything, from the lofty to the mundane, can be the subject of serious inquiry.” He noted, for example, that Gov. Huckabee’s dramatic weight loss inspired Arkansas school officials to pose students' BMI index results on their report cards. To Ayers, this provides an...
  • Play it again ... and we'll sue - small Venues disappearing as copyright licensing fees get stiffer

    01/09/2009 11:13:14 AM PST · by weegee · 42 replies · 1,266+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | from the January 9, 2009 edition | Tim Holt
    ...These grass-roots music events... have come up against the demands of US copyright law, as enforced by a handful of companies who act as collection agents for songwriters and composers. The law states that no performer in a public venue can present someone else's copyrighted music without their permission and, usually, without compensating them. A number of agencies, chief among them... BMI and... ASCAP, charge music venues an annual copyright "license fee" ranging from $300 to nearly $10,000 for the privilege of presenting someone else's music. Much of the music at those Ragged Edge open mics was written by the...
  • 'Only in America' could Obama borrow the GOP's favorite Brooks & Dunn song

    08/29/2008 8:35:17 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 18 replies · 307+ views
    Last night, Barack Obama’s exit music at the close of his historic Democratic convention acceptance speech was “Only in America,” a song by country’s foremost multiplatinum duo.
  • Scientist's anthrax claim was bogus

    12/19/2001 4:38:50 PM PST · by Clinton's a rapist · 53 replies · 768+ views
    Milwaulkee Journal Sentinel ^ | October 4, 2001 | GRETCHEN SCHULDT
    A week after the terrorist attacks on America, a highly educated scientist told Milwaukee police that he was building an anthrax delivery system in his basement, according to documents filed in federal court. In these times of heightened alert, the remark earned the man a visit from FBI agents armed with a search warrant, who took the man's computer, and keypads from a telephone and a microwave oven, according to court records. But no deadly anthrax. As it turns out, police were responding to a neighbor dispute, and the man was intoxicated when he made the anthrax comments to police. ...
  • Anthrax blend led FBI to Ivins

    08/04/2008 8:41:08 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 7 replies · 212+ views ^ | August 4, 2008 | David Willman
    Its origins pointed to one conclusion: that only the government scientist could be behind the 2001 attacks. Federal investigators cinched their case against alleged anthrax mailer Bruce E. Ivins after sophisticated genetic tests by a California firm helped them trace a signature mixture of anthrax spores, the Los Angeles Times has learned. Well before the deadly 2001 anthrax mailings, Ivins, through his work as a government scientist, had combined anthrax spores obtained from at least one outside laboratory, people familiar with the evidence said. With the help of leading outside geneticists and a fresh look at the evidence by a...
  • Government bans the word 'obese' to describe overweight children

    08/04/2008 1:13:20 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 57 replies · 2,988+ views
    Government bans the word 'obese' to describe overweight children Obesity is a growing problem in the UK Parents of primary school children will start getting letters in September telling them how fat their children are. But however much they weigh, no child will ever be described as obese. The Department of Health has found in surveys that the term obese is a turn-off, so instead will use the term “very overweight” for those children whose body mass index exceeds 30, in an attempt to enlist parents’ support. Primary care trusts have been given a detailed set of instructions, and a...
  • Great Britain: Life insurers to impose 'fat tax' on the obese, costing up to 50 per cent more

    02/23/2008 7:39:57 AM PST · by Stoat · 21 replies · 469+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | February 22, 2008 | BECKY BARROW
    Life insurers to impose 'fat tax' on the obese, costing up to 50 per cent moreBy BECKY BARROW - More by this author » Last updated at 22:37pm on 22nd February 2008  A "fat tax" is to be imposed on the obese by life insurance firms, it emerged last night.  Around 50 per cent extra could be charged on new premiums - and the threshold at which the higher rate starts will be lowered. The increased charge can be up to 400 per cent if you fall into other high risk categories, such as being a smoker or having...