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  • Larson: Black Lives Matter Indeed

    01/27/2015 7:49:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Twin Falls Times-News ^ | January 27, 2015 | Neal Larson
    I sometimes gauge the virtue of a particular public policy by posing a hypothetical question: What if we promoted this policy exclusively within a disadvantaged sector? Secular progressives love assisted suicide. They fawned all over Brittany Maynard’s decision to take her own life last year, declaring the beauty of such a thoughtful, pensive, decision. After all, any decision that requires so much deep thought and garners a large online following must be the right one. So here’s the test. What if we marketed assisted suicide as an option, especially to inner-city blacks? Television commercials and billboards could tout a peaceful...
  • President Issues Statement Commemorating 42nd Anniversary of Roe vs Wade [semi-satire]

    01/26/2015 8:56:30 AM PST · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 24 Jan 2015 | John Semmens
    President Obama hailed the 42nd anniversary of 1973’s Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion at any time for any reason throughout a woman’s pregnancy. “Since 1973 over 50 million unwanted births have been prevented,” Obama pointed out. “That’s 50 million mothers spared the toils and troubles of rearing children they did not want. That’s 50 million individuals spared the indignity of being an unwanted child.” The President also took this anniversary as an opportunity to call for “continued vigilance against those who would have us backtrack on this vital human right.” Two instances of “backtracking” as the President sees it are...
  • Trove of Hillary Clinton’s “policy work as first lady” papers set for release

    01/25/2015 8:48:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 25, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    This announcement actually came out almost a week ago, arriving with little fanfare or notice, given all the other global events which were unfolding. The archivists for the Clinton Library sent notice that they were preparing to release a “huge trove or records” (as Politico put it) relating to Hillary Clinton’s policy work during her time as First Lady in Bill Clinton’s White House. The descriptions here beggar the imagination and probably overshadow the fact that they will just coincidentally be coming out just when Hillary’s expected POTUS run is kicking into high gear. A massive collection of documents related...
  • Brazil finds coffee protein with morphine effect

    01/25/2015 5:45:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Brasília (AFP) - Brazilian scientists have discovered a protein in coffee that has effects similar to pain reliever morphine, researchers at the state University of Brasilia (UnB) and state-owned Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation Embrapa said Saturday. Embrapa said its genetics and biotech division, teaming up with UnB scientists, had discovered "previously unknown protein fragments" with morphine-like effects in that they possess "analgesic and mildly tranquilizing" qualities. The company added tests on laboratory mice showed that the opioid peptides, which are naturally occurring biological molecules, appeared to have a longer-lasting effect on the mice than morphine itself....
  • New President for Planned Parenthood

    01/25/2015 1:24:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Santa Barbara Independent ^ | January 24, 2015 | Lyz Hoffman
    Jenna Tosh New President/ CEO Santa Barbara Chapter of Planned Parenthood Jenna Tosh Talks about Protestors, Congress, and Her Plans for the Santa Barbara ChapterLast week, Jenna Tosh became the new leader for the tri-counties Planned Parenthood branch, replacing longtime president Cheryl Rollings, who retired last fall. With her, Tosh, 31, brings experience heading the Orlando affiliate, where she oversaw 69 staff and a $5 million budget. In charge of Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo, Tosh — who holds a PhD in public policy, which she focused on teen pregnancy — will see her staff nearly double (120)...
  • ObamaCare Must Go!

    01/25/2015 10:42:39 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/25/15 | Alan Caruba
    If the Republican Congress fails to take swift and deliberate action on ObamaCare between now and the 2016 elections, they will have defeated themselves Can anyone remember how awful the U.S. healthcare free market system was that it needed to be replaced by the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ObamaCare? Can’t remember? That’s because it was ranked one of the best of the world and represented 17.9% of the nation’s economy in 2014. That’s down from the 20% it represented in 2009 when ObamaCare was foisted on Americans. One of the best ways to follow the ObamaCare story is...
  • Majority Republicans should ban Obama from allowing partial-birth abortions

    01/25/2015 10:41:11 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/25/15 | Judi McLeod
    “If we accept that the mother can kill her own child for convenience, what moral ground is left?” If there is one subject that should not be left for the deceitful ‘debate’ of self-serving, bankrupt-of-morals politicians, it’s protecting the lives of unborn children. Any possible ‘debate’ on abortion came to a loud and grinding halt when technology proved for once and for all that babies are not the convenient so-called ‘fetuses’ that give rise to the selfish “My body, my choice” alibi but thumb-sucking infants, photographed as irrefutable proof in their mother’s wombs. Now comes proof that delaying and diluting...
  • FL: Judge rules; Fists are a Deadly Threat

    01/23/2015 8:19:36 PM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Jason Kinsey, found justified in self defense shooting. I have written about the concepts of disparity of force before, and of the fact that a punch to the head is a deadly threat.   Disparity of force can come into play in a number of ways.  The assailant can be much younger, stronger, bigger, faster, there can be multiple assailants, the element of surprise, or, an assailant with known martial arts skills.  The concept is that the attacker or attackers are a serious threat to a person's life or bodily integrity because of factors that give them unequal power outside...
  • Not even babies’ screams stop politicians from allowing late pregnancy abortions

    01/23/2015 11:14:44 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/23/15 | Judi McLeod
    Perhaps the thought of those cries and screams will haunt Reps. Blackburn, Ellmers and Walorski for the rest of their days in office They ought to rename the Republican Party that gained majority control of both the House and Senate in November’s midterm elections only to turn around and renege on campaign promises immediately after being sworn in, the Pontius Pilate Party, PPP for short. No other name better suits a party that staged an 11th-hour revolt against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, the 20-week abortion ban that had already got a green light in the last Congress with...
  • Typical American Smokers Burn Up at Least $1 Million During Their Lifetimes

    01/22/2015 8:04:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | January 22, 2015 | Kevin McSpadden
    Alaska smokers will spend over $2 million.American smokers spend at least $1 million dollars on cigarette-related expenditures over their lifetimes, according to a state-by-state analysis done by the financial consultancy company WalletHub. The most expensive state for smokers is Alaska, where the habit costs over $2 million dollars on average. For a bargain, move to South Carolina, but that still comes in at nearly $1.1 million. “I and most people really just think of the cost of cigarettes and taxes on the packs, but if you think about the healthcare costs, which can totally be avoided, healthcare insurance premiums, and...
  • Death of the Ebola Epidemic and the Lessons Unlearned

    01/22/2015 3:44:25 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 24 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/22/15 | Michael Fumento
    President Obama signed into law $5.4 billion in funding for what was already a phantom epidemic “It was impossible to predict the decline in the Ebola caseload last September, when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggested a worst-case scenario of 1.4 million victims in West Africa.” That from the Washington Post, January 18, in an article on Ebola treatment centers standing empty even as new ones are being built. Fewer than 22,000 cases have been reported and new cases are approaching zero. “Impossible?” I predicted it and repeated it over and over, in multiple major publications....
  • "I Have Absolutely No Regrets" | A Birth Mother's Story

    01/22/2015 11:11:19 AM PST · by absentee · 3 replies
    RedState ^ | 1/22//2015 | Amelia Hamilton
    It’s hard to tell my story without sounding like I am blaming people. I think it is important to know the difference between explanations, blaming, and excuses. I just think it’s important for others to be able to identify. Like so many experience, what seemed to me a happy home when I was small, turned into dysfunction, heartache, and disaster over the course of my double-digit years and throughout high school. My Dad was a fun-loving and good-humored man with a tortured soul who eventually battled his demons with alcohol alone. I watched my childhood knight slowly, then suddenly slide...
  • "If You Question Authority, You Are Mentally Ill", Report Finds

    01/21/2015 3:39:32 PM PST · by Rockitz · 62 replies
    ZeroHedge.com ^ | 21 January, 2015 | Anonymous
    This post is about an issue that is by now a bit dated (though the topic as such certainly isn’t), but we have only just become aware of it and it seemed to us worth rescuing it from the memory hole. In late 2013, the then newest issue of the American Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM for short) defined a new mental illness, the so-called “oppositional defiant disorder” or ODD. As TheMindUnleashed.org informs us, the definition of this new mental illness essentially amounts to declaring any non-conformity and questioning of authority as a form of insanity. According...
  • Why Isn’t It Treason?

    01/21/2015 9:22:32 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 23 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/21/15 | Alan Caruba
    Obama’s long record of lying to Americans doesn’t qualify him, if not for treason as it is defined, at least for fraud “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.” – Article Three, Section Three, U.S. Constitution. Given the fact that one of the suspects, Said Kouachi, in the Paris killings had traveled to Yemen in 2011 and that Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has claimed responsibility for the killings, does it strike anyone as strange that Obama set free five Yemeni detainees...
  • Ted Cruz “Excellence” Award Raises Questions About Caucus’ Union Ties

    01/20/2015 7:27:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | January 20, 2015 | David Robb
    The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors’ former ties to Hollywood’s unions are coming into question in light of its recent decision to stand by its award to ultra-conservative presidential hopeful Senator Ted Cruz. The decision to give the Texas Republican its American Spirit Award had polarized the caucus’ membership, with internal objections leading to an emergency meeting of the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors executive committee Monday, which upheld the decision to honor Cruz. The caucus traditionally hands out American Spirit Awards to a Republican and a Democrat (California Governor Jerry Brown appears to be the choice on...
  • Drug manufacturer Hospira closing Clayton plant, cutting 250 jobs (North Carolina)

    01/20/2015 1:00:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    WRAL-TV TechWire ^ | January 14, 2015
    Clayton, N.C. — Hospira, a manufacturer of injectable and other drug products as well as medical devices, is closing its plant in Clayton which employs some 250 people. Hospira says the facility will close in the second half of this year. “After a thorough evaluation of the site and the various products produced at this facility, we had to make this difficult decision,” said Matt Stober, senior vice president for operations, in a statement. The firm operates a major plant in Rocky Mount as well. In 2012, it decided to add 200 works at that operation. Hospira (NYSE: HSP) disclosed...
  • Would You Trust A Doctor Who Got Kickbacks To Prescribe Your Drugs?

    01/20/2015 8:47:40 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/20/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    I’m thinking, “Maybe not.” Yet, this sort of unethical practice goes on all the time. According to physician/activist Roy Poses, MD, there were at least four significant settlements of such cases during the last half of 2014 alone. And, by January 9th of our new year, another high profile case has already been settled. Officially, it is known as U.S. ex rel. Fragoules v. Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., Civil Action No. 10-10420 (D. Mass.). In accordance with the disposition of the case, the US subsidiary of Japanese pharmaceutical firm Daiichi Sankyo Co. Ltd. will pay $39 million to the US federal...
  • Sun shining over Chicago the Yellow LIFE Balloon

    01/19/2015 9:21:54 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/19/15 | Judi McLeod
    It started when 20 braver than brave, elementary-school aged girls sent skyward a yellow balloon, handmade, 75-foot-long rosary from Chicago’s Michigan Avenue bridge claiming the Magnificent Mile for Mary. The school girls had to carry their rosary, cross-first, through downtown Chicago. That was in August of 2011. “The reaction…. “Homeless people gave high fives. Street preachers burst into the singing of Gospel songs. Semi-truck drivers shook the streets sounding their truck horns in approval. (Canada Free Press, August 15, 2011). “A passerby tweeted, ‘A balloon rosary in the air. My faith confirmed:)’
  • Will School Lunches Destroy Progressivism?

    01/16/2015 7:24:39 AM PST · by PROCON · 25 replies
    americanthinker ^ | Jan. 16, 2015 | Rodney L. Pearson
    Students across the United States are getting a taste of progressivism. And it doesn’t seem to please their palates. The implementation of Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity lunch standards is encountering backlash from students and school administrators across the country. The program seems to have taught them a valuable lesson in the realities of progressivism -- that when American voters give up power to busy-body progressives, the result is more control over their lives and the loss of individual liberties. They responded to this newfound reality with boycotts, social media angst, and filled trash cans instead of filled bellies.According to the Government...
  • Protect The Child

    01/17/2015 5:06:49 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 2 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 1/17/15 | Kelly Burke
    What does it take to protect a child from a crazy parent? Seriously, when is enough enough? In Tampa, Florida, a deranged father threw his beautiful, loving, precious 5 year old daughter off a bridge, in front of an officer. Tragic? Yes. Preventable? I say yes in this case. The government had lots of warning signs and took no action. i contend it is because citizens and law enforcement officers (LEOs), are too often afraid of legal reprisals, but that is a false fear.Here's all that the government knew, or could have easily known, which happened in the 24 hours...
  • Vanity - Anyone a member of Liberty Health Share?

    01/16/2015 1:42:27 PM PST · by Yaelle · 22 replies
    We have applied. How have any of your doctors, emergency rooms, or other providers reacted when you show them your card? Do they discount you right there? Any rejections? Are skeptical docs placated after bills are paid well and on time? I'd love to hear how it's working for you.
  • Your ♡bamaCare!!! Fail of the Day

    01/15/2015 11:33:34 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    PJ Media's Vodka Pundit ^ | January 15, 2015 | Stephen Green
    <p>After two constitutionally dubious delays, ObamaCare’s employer mandate took effect on Jan. 1 for employers with 100 or more full-time employees. The last open-enrollment date for our company, CKE Restaurant Holdings, Inc., was Dec. 4, 2014. As of that date, our company had approximately 20,000 employees, 6,900 of whom worked 30 or more hours a week and were eligible for ObamaCare-compliant health insurance. We elected to offer them coverage rather than pay the employer penalty, which would have sent workers to ObamaCare’s health-insurance exchanges, where those who qualified could receive federal subsidies to help pay for insurance.</p>
  • Started the Process of Nursing Home Placement for my mother

    01/14/2015 2:21:50 PM PST · by hondact200 · 62 replies
    January 13, 2015 | hondact200
    Today, the painful decision has been made to start the process for Nursing Home Placement of my mother who is the last stage (stage 7) of Alzheimers Disease. I have to have multiple surgeries and I can no longer take care of her by myself. Pray for the situation as my mother will decline rapidly once she goes into the nursing home. She has six children and I am the only one whom has been involved the last 4 years. Have not been given a date but placement will come soon.
  • Harvard Faculty Outraged by Obamacare [satire]

    01/11/2015 9:45:15 AM PST · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 10 Jan 2015 | John Semmens
    Irate that deductibles on their post-Obamacare health insurance have soared to $250 per year, the Harvard faculty has vented its spleen at the Administration. Previously, faculty health insurance plans had no deductibles. Dr. Albie Derned, Associate Professor Philosophy, characterized the increase as “intolerable” and “a stab in the back. We have been 100% behind the President in his efforts to transform this country’s health care system. For us to be swept into plans we don’t like is poor payback for our loyalty.” The fact that deductibles for ordinary people under the Obamacare rules are typically twenty times as high did...
  • US Anti-Abortion Film Gets Italian Teacher Sacked

    01/07/2015 12:58:43 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 1 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 7 January 2015 | Enza Ferreri
    Giorgio Nadali, a religion teacher in Milan who had taught for 26 years, published 9 books and contributed to several magazines, has been suspended from teaching the Catholic religion. His “crime” was to show his secondary school students the famous 30-minute documentary The Silent Scream (whose video you can see by clicking on the "Enza Ferreri Blog" link above) in Italian. The film was made in 1984 in the USA, narrated by obstetrician and gynecologist Bernard Nathanson, MD. It illustrates the abortion process via ultrasound and portrays an abortion taking place in the uterus. It's a vivid representation of a...
  • Harvard phonies don’t like taking the medicine they so “generously” prescribe for us

    01/07/2015 10:08:52 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 11 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/7/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    It’s hard not to smile at this story. There is wailing and gnashing of teeth at Harvard University the very heart of Liberland. It seems that the benevolent folks at the august university have just realized that the same Obamacare they helped push down our throats will now be choking them as well. “Schaddenfreude” comes to mind. The word has a nice comforting ring to it. It means enjoying the misery of another person. The “Eat your spinach experts” in Cambridge have realized that the provisions of Obamcare require them to pay more for less just as the rest of...
  • No Silver Bullet…For Flawed Diet Studies

    01/07/2015 8:52:59 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/7/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    Once reputed to be effective for killing werewolves, modern day silver bullets are seemingly magical solutions to complex problems. However, most of the time you see “silver bullet” in print it is in the negative as “XYZ is not a silver bullet against [fill in the blank].” And, in a double irony, according to tests run by ballistics experts, silver bullets aren’t even silver bullets. They tend to travel slower, with inferior target penetration, and are less accurate than conventional lead projectiles. That’s why I had to smile at the recent headline from MedPageToday—”OmniCarb Study: Cutting Carbs No Silver Bullet.”...
  • VA Offers ‘Free Gun Locks’ in Exchange for Owners’ Info, Addresses & # of Guns Owned

    01/07/2015 8:01:15 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 41 replies
    Ammoland ^ | Jan 6, 2015 | AWR Hawkins
    VA Offers ‘Free Gun Locks’ in Exchange for Owners’ Info, Addresses & # of Guns Owned Posted on January 6, 2015 by Ammoland By AWR Hawkins Washington DC - -(Ammoland.com)- A number of veterans say they’ve received a letter from the Veterans Administration (VA) offering them “free gun locks” if they fill out a form which asks for their address and the number of guns for which they need locks. The VA is offering up to four locks per veteran. The Washington Times acquired a copy of the letter and quoted it as saying the VA “[hopes] to reach all...
  • No Minnesota Nice For Dan Markingson

    01/06/2015 10:03:17 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/6/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    In the wake of the one-year-delayed Employer Mandate kicking in on January 1st, it should be emphasized that getting everyone insured is not the biggest problem facing American health care. Far from it. If by magic, every person in the US suddenly had platinum level health insurance, they would still have to embrace a system which has the distinction of spending much more than any other country for at best mediocre outcomes. There are many reasons for this, with Medicare heading the list. Today, though, let’s examine what can go wrong in our miserable and massively corrupted clinical trials jungle....
  • Obamacare Architects At Harvard Furious After Learning They Are Not Exempt From Obamacare

    01/05/2015 7:38:59 PM PST · by Kartographer · 25 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 1/5/14 | Tyler Durden
    The brain incubator at Harvard, the place which according to legend, and certainly the US News and World Report's annual paid college infomercial, is the repository for some of the smartest people in the world, is furious. The reason - Harvard's illustrious faculty has learned that they too will be subject to their own policy recommendations as relates to Obamacare, which they themselves helped conceive. As the left-leaning NYT reported earlier today, "for years, Harvard’s experts on health economics and policy have advised presidents and Congress on how to provide health benefits to the nation at a reasonable cost. But...
  • Boise health care call center to lay off 1,500

    01/05/2015 6:48:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A technology company says it will lay off more than 1,500 employees at a Boise call center where workers handle questions about the federal health care law. The Idaho Statesman reports (http://bit.ly/1F11uRI ) that Maximus Inc. has hired, laid off and rehired hundreds of employees at the call center since 2013....
  • DC Mayor Says City "Exploring" Suing Congress Over Marijuana Legalization

    01/05/2015 12:56:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2015 | Christine Rousselle
    This morning on Meet the Press, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said that the city will "explore every option" in regards to getting Initiative 71 enforced in the city. Initiative 71, which would have permitted the legal use of marijuana for recreational purposes, was passed with overwhelming support on Election Day, yet was blocked by Congress. Bowser had previously been against legalized marijuana, but has since changed her position to align with the will of the voters of the District of Columbia. Bowser also said that she intends on "forging a path" for increased autonomy in the District of Columbia. Mayor...
  • “I can’t enjoy anything”

    01/05/2015 10:30:47 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/05/15 | Patrick D Hahn
    Part 4: A Walking Nightmare--Antidepressants and suicidality Just last August, a study was published in JAMA in which adolescents were screened for depression and then randomized either to a collaborative care intervention or usual care. An accompanying editorial called for integration of depression screening into primary pediatric care, noting that “depression is associated with serious mental health problems (e.g., suicide).” In fairness, it should be pointed out that in the above-mentioned study, the families of the children labeled depressed were offered a choice of medication or psychotherapy (54% chose medication in combination with psychotherapy, and 4% chose medication only). But...
  • Obama was terrified that Romney would get credit for his super-duper economy, or something

    01/04/2015 7:23:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | December 30, 2014 | Chris Deaton
    White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said that the president was bothered “a ton” by the thought of Mitt Romney winning the presidency and reaping credit for Obama’s perceived economic successes, saying that it could’ve been a massive setback for left-wing economic policy. Pfeiffer was speaking with the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein and Jennifer Bendery. “The thing that worried him most about losing was the idea that he would lose, Romney would come in, the economy would now do what it’s doing, because it’s on a trajectory –” Pfeiffer began, “and all the credit would go to Romney,” Stein interjected....
  • Dead bodies

    01/04/2015 10:31:49 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/04/15 | Patrick D Hahn
    Part 3: "A Walking Nightmare"-- Antidepressants and suicidality In the meantime the media and the FDA were flooded with tales of suicidal and homicidal violence committed by patients, including children, who had been taking Prozac. Faced with mounting pressure, the agency conducted a meta-analysis of 23 industry-sponsored RCT’s on pediatric patients for nine antidepressants: Prozac, Celexa, Zoloft, Remeron, Paxil, Effexor, Wellbutrin, Luvox, and Serzone. The analysis concluded that these drugs were associated with a more than two-fold increase in the risk of suicidal thoughts and actions in children. Accordingly, on 16 September 2004, an FDA advisory committee voted 15 to...
  • “They’re very safe”

    01/02/2015 9:15:50 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 36 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/02/15 | Patrick D Hahn
    "A Walking Nightmare": Antidepressants and suicidality “It’s like being in a torture chamber all your life.” That’s how Brenda, a young woman from the southeast of England, describes her experience with prescription antidepressants. Two years ago, Brenda was a young professional with a career she enjoyed and an active social life. “I also started to write a novel,” she recalls. “I was really creative. I had a lot of friends.” All this changed in the summer of 2013 when Brenda experienced a minor medical problem and was prescribed Augmentin, an antibiotic. Immediately she began experiencing suicidal ideation, along with nausea,...
  • 3D Printing May Lead to the Creation of Superhuman Organs Providing Humans with New Abilities

    01/01/2015 4:00:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    3D Print ^ | December 5, 2014 | Eddie Krassenstein ·
    Evolution is what got us here today, if you accept the scientific approach to our creation. It was processes such as ‘survival of the fittest’ which led us, as well as other earthly creatures, to develop some of the traits, senses, and abilities that we possess today. For superhero fans, especially those who love the X-Men, you know that these superhuman characters acquired their powers through the process of evolution. Little mutations in genes led to them become the recipient of more than simple human-like abilities. Wouldn’t we all like to have the ability to see through objects, climb walls,...
  • Uncle Billy has died (vanity)

    01/01/2015 10:30:01 AM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 46 replies
    me | 1/1/2015 | me
    You may remember my earlier thread from last week. My Uncle Billy has died in the last hour.
  • A fight we can win: Stopping Michelle Obama’s war on edible food

    12/31/2014 7:14:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 30, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    >What’s on the GOP agenda for 2015? The Keystone Pipeline, tax reform, passing a budget… those are all so last year. How about school lunches?. . .Everyone would like to see kids eating nutritious meals, and there’s really no reason they can’t. But as with so many other things in the education arena, that responsibility falls on the parents. They have to educate their children as to what they should be looking for and why it’s important. I manage to eat some veggies every day and fruit as often as I can manage, but in order for that to work...
  • Undercover abortion stings reveal repeated deception by arrested doc

    12/31/2014 5:48:48 PM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    saynsumthn's blog ^ | December 31, 2014 | saynsumthn
    In early December, an Oklahoma abortion doctor was arrested after an undercover sting revealed that he was offering to perform abortions on women who were not pregnant. Patel-Arrested-Dec-2014--300x231 News reports indicate that undercover agents set up appointments with 62-year-old Nareshkumar Patel where they say he administered ultrasounds and pregnancy tests and then told them they were pregnant, when they weren’t. Affidavit Patel A copy of the probable cause affidavit against Patel has revealed what the sting uncovered. According to the document, in June, a medical licensure investigator called Patel’s Oklahoma City abortion clinic, Outpatient Services for Women to schedule an...
  • 4 Amazing Things You Can Do With 3-D Printers Very Soon

    12/31/2014 4:21:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Wall Street Cheat Sheet ^ | December 31, 2014 | Rakesh Sharma
    2014 was the year of 3-D printers. According to the 2014 edition of the Wohlers Associates annual report (via The Motley Fool), which is considered the industry’s bible on 3-D printing, there are approximately 400 to 600 3-D printer brands available in the $200 to $5,000 price range. That number is not surprising: With its focus on customized products and innovative materials and technology, 3-D printing is poised to transform our world. Yet not much is known about 3-D printers. This is due to two reasons. First, 3-D printing still has a long way to go to become consumer-friendly. The...
  • Research group creates first LED 3D printer (Also "Bionic Ear" from bovine cells)

    12/31/2014 1:55:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    After more than two years and an estimated $20,000, a research group in the mechanical engineering department has created the first 3D printer capable of printing LED lights. The venture was led by researcher Yong Lin Kong and Ian Tamargo '14, and was sponsored by the Air Force of Scientific Research and the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency. The research group McAlpine, led by mechanical and aerospace engineering professor Michael McAlpine, made a breakthrough more than a year ago after it successfully printed 3D bionic ears, devices that can hear sound frequencies beyond the capacity of a human ear, out...
  • TX: Most Armed Robbers are Reluctant to Shoot

    12/31/2014 10:04:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Link to video This video of an attempted armed robbery in Houston, Texas, illustrates the fact that most armed robbers are reluctant to shoot, and reluctant to kill their victims.   I am not saying that they have high moral standards.  I am saying that robbers respond to incentives; they know that a killing of an innocent brings down unwanted attention; and a shooting brings quicker response and often, greater investigation.  In this case the robber grabs the store owner through a small opening in a bullet proof enclosure and points a gun at him while demanding money.   The wife...
  • NSSF: Fatal Firearm Accident Comparisons

    12/30/2014 10:09:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The graphic is from the National Shooting Sports Foundation.   Accidental firearm fatalities are at an all time low in the United States.  The pure numbers do not give the best comparison.  You need to look at the rates, or accidental firearm fatalities per 100,000 population to see the stunning reduction in the last century.   The accidental fatal firearm rate has dropped by 94% since we started keeping statistics, even though the total number of firearms per capita has likely at least doubled.  That number is harder to pin down, but firearms have become more affordable with the industrial revolution,...
  • ObamaCare closing down hospitals

    12/30/2014 9:42:16 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/30/14 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    If you might think the situation in Romania is bad because they have to overcome 44 years of communist totalitarian dictatorship, you would be right, however the socialized medical care in many EU countries is not much better. A remarkable photograph taken by Lazar Dinu in 1989 shows patients from a hospital in Bucharest, overjoyed that the communist dictator was gone and that they would be able to find drugs in pharmacies, doctors would treat them without bribes and would not kill them during simple surgeries, hospitals would be modernized and actually heal patients, and happiness would be restored. I...
  • British grandfather celebrates beating three types of cancer in a year with trek to South Pole

    Patrick McIntosh's wife, children and grandchildren think he's gone mad. His business clients think he's joking. And his doctors think he's lucky to be alive. Yet on Monday, despite the concerns of his family and bemusement of his colleagues, the businessman left home to trek to the South Pole – despite having been diagnosed with three unconnected cancers in less than a year. "It is perhaps a bit unusual," said Mr McIntosh, 58. "I've never done anything quite as mad as this. But I just want to get going." For the past few months, Mr McIntosh has been training hard...
  • FDA to Announce Ban on Sprinkles [satire]

    12/29/2014 8:50:50 AM PST · by John Semmens · 14 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 Dec 2014 | John Semmens
    Though the amount of trans fats in the sprinkles that are used to adorn donuts and ice cream cones is extremely low, the Food and Drug Administration is determined to eliminate these items from the food chain. “There is no good reason why anyone should consume these non-nutritional pollutants in our food supply,” said FDA nutrition expert Harley Sain. “The donuts and ice cream cones where sprinkles are usually found are bad enough on their own without this worthless addition.” Sain admitted that “if it were totally up to me, we’d be banning the donuts and ice cream, too. No...
  • 8 Unbelievable Ideas 3D Printing is Already Being Used For

    12/28/2014 4:04:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Tech Cocktail ^ | December 28, 2014 | Hilary Smith
    If 3D printers don’t already fall somewhere on your list of the top ten coolest things ever, then you really need to take some time to rethink your priorities. The following list of eight unbelievably awesome things that 3D printing is already being used for should help to convince you (if you need convincing) that 3D printers are science fiction come true. 1) Prosthetic Legs for Dogs With a prosthetic leg created by designers at 3D printing company 3D systems, Derby the disabled rescue dog (warning: if you’re pregnant, menstruating, or a passionate animal lover the aforementioned link will probably...
  • Is eating behavior manipulated by the gastrointestinal microbiota?

    12/27/2014 12:18:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Wiley Online Library ^ | August 7, 2014 | Joe Alcock, Carlo C. Maley and C. Athena Aktipis
    Abstract Microbes in the gastrointestinal tract are under selective pressure to manipulate host eating behavior to increase their fitness, sometimes at the expense of host fitness. Microbes may do this through two potential strategies: (i) generating cravings for foods that they specialize on or foods that suppress their competitors, or (ii) inducing dysphoria until we eat foods that enhance their fitness. We review several potential mechanisms for microbial control over eating behavior including microbial influence on reward and satiety pathways, production of toxins that alter mood, changes to receptors including taste receptors, and hijacking of the vagus nerve, the neural...
  • WA: Example of One Punch Homicide

    12/27/2014 5:32:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Thomas, above, died after being struck with one punch. On December 21st, just before Christmas, there occurred a tragic example of a one punch homicide.  It seems clear that the homicide was unintentional, as the victim agreed to be hit.   Both young men were at a party and appear to have been drinking.  From khou.com: Before the fight, the two shook hands and smoked a cigarette together, witnesses told sheriff's deputies. Thomas, who apparently hit a car that the suspect was sitting in, agreed to let Galen hit him. But Galen hit Thomas so hard that he fell backward...