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  • Kentucky nonprofit health insurer to shut down

    10/10/2015 9:12:07 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10 Oct 2015 | Peter Sullivan
    Kentucky’s nonprofit health insurer set up under ObamaCare is shutting down because of financial problems, the latest in a string of closures for the nonprofit plans around the country. Kentucky Health Cooperative, a nonprofit insurer known as a co-op, explained that it could not stay financially afloat after learning of a low payment from an ObamaCare program called “risk corridors.” That program was intended to protect insurers from heavy losses in the early years of the health law by taking money from better-performing insurers and giving it to worse-performing ones. However, the Obama administration announced on Oct. 1 that the...
  • Harry Reid sues for loss of sex

    10/09/2015 7:21:00 AM PDT · by Hombre Malevo · 46 replies
    Spero News ^ | 10/09/2015 | Martin Barillas
    U.S. Senator Harry Reid, a 75-year-old Democrat who represents Nevada, filed a lawsuit on October 6 that contends a rubber band has ruined his sex life.
  • Study claims to locate genetic differences between gay, straight men

    10/09/2015 2:35:13 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 100 replies
    FoxNews ^ | October 09, 2015 | FoxNews
    A new study claims to have located nine parts of the male genetic code that indicate whether a person is heterosexual or homosexual. However, the study's authors also say that there is some evidence that environment plays a role in a man's sexual orientation by altering the activity of certain genes.
  • Weight Disqualifies 1 in 3 Young Adults From U.S. Military

    10/07/2015 12:27:51 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 25 replies
    Merck Manuals ^ | 7/16/2015. | HealthDay News
    THURSDAY, July 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- One-third of young adults in the United States are too overweight to be in the military, according to a report from a group of retired military leaders.
  • State approves 27% Obamacare rate hike for HMSA; 34% for Kaiser

    10/06/2015 11:10:07 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 12 replies
    Honolulu Star-Advertiser ^ | Monday, October 05, 2015 | Kristen Consillio
    The state approved a 27.3 percent rate hike for Hawaii Medical Service Association members and 34.4 percent increase for Kaiser members in Obamacare plans for 2016. HMSA, the state's largest health insurer, had proposed an average 49.1 percent rate hike -- the highest it has ever requested -- for 20,935 members in Obamacare plans next year. . . .
  • A walk around the office can reverse vascular dysfunction caused by hours at a computer

    09/29/2015 4:09:51 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 44 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | September 28, 2015 | University of Missouri-Columbia
    Across the country, many employees are seated at desks for the majority of an eight-hour workday. As technology creates an increase in sedentary lifestyles, the impact of sitting on vascular health is a rising concern. Now, researchers have found that when a person sits for six straight hours, vascular function is impaired -- but by walking for just 10 minutes after a prolonged period of sitting, vascular health can be restored.
  • Statins: Heart disease drug speeds up ageing process, warns new research

    09/26/2015 6:30:32 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 125 replies
    Sunday Express (UK) ^ | Sunday, Sept 27, 2015 | By LUCY JOHNSTON
    Fears are growing over the side effects of cholesterol-lowering pillsScientists have found the heart disease drug badly affects our stem cells, the internal medical system which repairs damage to our bodies and protects us from muscle and joint pain as well as memory loss. Last night experts warned patients to “think very carefully” before taking statins as a preventative medicine. A GP expert in the field said: “They just make many patients feel years older. Side effects mimic the ageing process.” The new research by scientists at Tulane University in New Orleans has reignited the debate about statin side effects which many doctors...
  • Feds Developed App That Predicts ‘Psychological Status’ of Americans

    09/25/2015 6:05:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 9/25/15 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have developed a system that can predict the “psychological status” of users with smartphones and hope to private companies to bring the invention to the market.The technology appeared on a list of NIH inventions published in the Federal Register that are now available to be licensed by private companies. The government allows companies to license inventions resulting from federal research in order to expedite their arrival on the marketplace.The system uses smartphones to ask people how they are doing mentally during the day and based on the results can “deliver an automated...
  • Everyone has a 'microbial cloud'

    09/23/2015 11:45:28 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    BBC ^ | James Gallagher
    Everyone is surrounded by a unique "cloud" of millions of their own bacteria, according to scientists at the University of Oregon in the US. Walk through someone else's cloud, and it will "rain" bacteria on your skin and be breathed into your lungs. The study on 11 people, published in the journal PeerJ, showed it was possible to identify people from their microbial miasma. ... Groups of bacteria in the cloud included Streptococcus, which is common in the mouth, and the skin bugs Propionibacterium and Corynebacterium. The researchers argue the mix may have a "forensic application" to detect whether someone...
  • Hillary is dealing with mounting health issues, new book claims

    09/23/2015 10:32:41 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 65 replies
    NY POST ^ | September 22, 2015 | Chris Perez
    Hillary Clinton faces “mounting health issues” — and she’s secretly worried that she’s too sick to run for president, according to a new book. She has been “frequently plagued” by “blinding headaches” and a series of strokes over the course of the campaign which have left her second-guessing her chances of winning, says the upcoming book “Unlikeable — The Problem with Hillary.” Excerpts were published Tuesday by Radar Online. “For the first time I’ve known her, she’s showing self-doubt about her strength and vitality,” a Clinton friend told author Edward Klein. Hillary has also been battling bouts of insomnia that...
  • Obama Decree Unleashes “Behavioral Science” Squad to “Nudge” You

    09/19/2015 4:16:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 74 replies
    The New American ^ | September 18, 2015 | Alex Newman
    Prepare to be “nudged” by Obama's new “behavioral science” squads — for your own good, of course. Under the guise of better “serving” the American people through government, Obama signed an executive order this week calling for federal agencies and departments to deploy emerging “behavioral science” techniques against the public.Among other goals, the expansion of federal mind manipulation is supposed to help more Americans access government welfare programs, take their “recommended” vaccines, supply more information about themselves to the federal government, and accelerate the transition toward what Obama called “a low-carbon economy.” The controversial decree, signed on September 15, explicitly...
  • Inuit Study Adds Twist to Omega-3 Fatty Acids’ Health Story

    09/18/2015 5:31:08 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 24 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | SEPT. 17, 2015 | Carl Zimmer
    Today, at least 10 percent of Americans regularly take fish oil supplements. But recent trials have failed to confirm that the pills prevent heart attacks or stroke. And now the story has an intriguing new twist. A study published on Thursday in the journal Science reported that the ancestors of the Inuit evolved unique genetic adaptations for metabolizing omega-3s and other fatty acids. Those gene variants had drastic effects on Inuit’s bodies, reducing their heights and weights.
  • Most Senior Citizens Have Vitamin D Deficiencies

    09/17/2015 10:46:18 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 115 replies
    RTT News ^ | 2015 September 17 | RTT Staff
    Most seniors may suffer from some degree of vitamin D deficiency, according to a study from researchers at University of California at Davis and Rutgers University. For the study the researchers surveyed 400 men and women with an average age of 76 in either good health or with mild cognitive impairment. They found that nearly all of the participants showed low levels of vitamin D with 26 percent displaying a deficiency and 35 percent show what they classified as insufficiency. "This work, and that of others, suggests that there is enough evidence to recommend that people in their 60s and...
  • Autopsies reveal signs of Alzheimer’s in growth-hormone patients (can you "catch" Alzheimer's?)

    09/16/2015 1:14:29 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 6 replies
    Nature ^ | 9/9/15 | Alison Abbott
    Brain plaques may have been seeded by contaminated hormone extracts from cadavers. Only a decade ago, the idea that Alzheimer’s disease might be transmissible between people would have been laughed off the stage. But scientists have since shown that tissues can transmit symptoms of the disease between animals — and new results imply that humans, at least in one unusual circumstance, may not be an exception. The findings, published in this issue of Nature, emerged during autopsy studies of the brains of eight people who had died of the rare but deadly Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (CJD; Z. Jaunmuktane et al. Nature...
  • This new report paints a troubling picture of America’s fast food chains

    09/15/2015 7:40:35 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 51 replies
    Business Insider ^ | September 15, 2015 | Julia Calderone and Dave Mosher,
    An alliance of consumer, health, and environmental groups have released a new report showing how the nation's top 25 fast food companies by sales stack up on their policies regarding antibiotic use in their meat. The results are dismal: The report gave 20 of the 25 companies failing grades for not effectively responding to a "growing public health threat by publicly adopting policies restricting routine antibiotic use" in meat.
  • Obama signed Behavioral Health Executive Order

    09/15/2015 4:34:30 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 75 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09/15/2015 | Charlie Spiering
    Obama Issues Executive Order for the government to use individual's behavioral data.
  • U.S. Communities Targeted for “Blue Zone” Social Engineering

    09/04/2015 2:47:04 PM PDT · by detective · 31 replies
    The New American ^ | September 04, 2015 | Alex Newman
    In government schools across America in communities being targeted to become “Blue Zones,” children may soon be chanting “Hara Hachi Bu” before eating their lunch — at least between the data-mining and intrusive scoring to determine “progress” in their physical, mental, and spiritual “well being.” The Japanese phrase, associated with the Eastern religion of Confucianism, translates roughly to “eat until you are 80 percent full.” Parents, meanwhile, will receive wide-ranging instructions covering everything from the food they eat and the “tribe” they associate with to the location in their home designated for sexual activity and even the size of their...
  • Regulations may make kids' fast food meals healthier

    09/01/2015 8:08:37 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    FOX News ^ | September 1, 2015 | Reuters
    Regulating fast food kids' meals that include toys may end up making the meals healthier, according to a new study. If a proposed new policy in New York City is approved, then fast food meals that come with toys would contain fewer calories overall, and fewer from fat and sodium, researchers report. "We can create policies that will nudge us toward healthier behaviors," said senior author Marie Bragg, of NYU Langone Medical Center in New York. The proposed policy, which was introduced to the New York City Council, says fast food meals that come with a small toy must include...
  • FAT, SICK AND NEARLY DEAD (Freeper Must-See - Now Free)

    08/24/2015 11:30:21 AM PDT · by Hostage · 54 replies
    Give yourself a break from politics and crashing markets. This is one of the most outstanding, most entertaining and most educational films of the century (no exaggeration). Many of you are likely to have seen Joe Cross' film (he's also now produced Part 2) but now that it's FREE I wanted to pass it on to everyone especially Freepers. Your life will be changed by it guaranteed. And it is so easy to watch because it is so entertaining and informative. Bring the whole family especially your kids. He's won numerous awards around the world for this film and it...
  • 'Clean food' is a dangerous fad

    08/24/2015 10:43:55 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 51 replies ^ | 22 August 2015 | Isabel Hardman and Lara Prendergast
    The trendy nutritional advice that's more likely to make you ill than healthy The supermarket aisle has become a confusing place. It used to be full of recognisable items like cheese and butter; now you find yourself bamboozled by all manner of odd alternatives such as ‘raw’ hummus, wheat-free bread and murky juices. You have to stay pretty alert to make sure you pick up a pint of proper milk, rather than a soy-based alternative or one free from lactose. Supermarkets have become shrines to ‘clean eating’, a faith that promises happiness, healthiness and energy. Food is to be worshipped...
  • Food labeling, Hollywood-style

    08/18/2015 3:19:34 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 17, 2015 | Joanna Lidback
    The first clue that Gwyneth Paltrow didn’t know what she was talking about on Capitol Hill earlier this month came with the first words she spoke: “I’m here as a mother.” Apparently, the actress thinks that any mom can show up in Washington and hold a press conference that attracts lawmakers and the media. Memo to Ms. Paltrow: The rest of us moms don’t have that celebrity power. We haven’t won Oscar awards, assumed glamorous roles in the “Iron Man” movies, or married (let alone divorced) rock stars. But Ms. Paltrow has done all of these things so, of course,...
  • Rural School Districts Hit Hard by ObamaCare Mandate

    08/18/2015 10:56:53 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/15/2015 | Jonathan Moy
    While many are familiar with the federal Affordable Care Act’s impact on small businesses, the law is also imposing hardships on public school districts. None more so than rural school districts, where low population densities and fewer insurance providers limit options for complying with the law’s employer health insurance mandate. Faced with crippling costs, rural schools are forced to consider ways to avoid the health insurance mandate. These options include privatization, payment of the ACA employer mandate penalties, and reduction of staff size and hours. Privatization is a hard option Privatizing non-core services is an increasingly popular way for school...
  • Genetically engineered pigs: Advance looks promising [For Transplants]

    08/14/2015 9:17:26 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 8 replies ^ | August 14, 2015 | by Nancy Owano
    A domestic pig on an organic farm in Solothurn, Switzerland. Image: Wikimedia Commons --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Stories of people waiting for organ transplants that could save their lives are well known. The numbers, though, are not encouraging. The US Department of Health and Human Services has some data: 122,407 people need a lifesaving organ transplant (total waiting list of candidates). The agency said that the gap between supply and demand continues to widen. The total number of donors from January through May this year was 5,975. On average, 22 people die each day while waiting for a transplant. Here is another statistic:...
  • Blood pressure

    08/13/2015 12:25:56 PM PDT · by rey · 134 replies
    13 Aug 15
    I need to lower my blood pressure a little for a physical tomorrow. Is it possible to lower one's blood pressure in 24 hours? If so, how?
  • Jindal: Obama ‘Declared War on Trans Fats and a Ceasefire’ With [Iran]

    08/07/2015 8:01:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies ^ | August 4, 2015 | Melanie Hunter
    ( – During a “voters first presidential forum” in New Hampshire on Monday, GOP presidential candidate Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal criticized President Barack Obama’s deal with Iran, saying he “declared war on trans fats and a ceasefire with the largest state-sanctioned sponsor of terrorism.” “This is a bad deal. He’s declared war on trans fats and a ceasefire with the largest state-sanctioned sponsor of terrorism,” said Jindal regarding the nuclear deal with Iran. As previously reported, the Food and Drug Administration ruled in June that trans fat is not “generally recognized as safe” for use in food and gave...
  • Girl Being Treated for Plague After Trip to Yosemite

    08/07/2015 1:43:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    NBC News ^ | AUG 7 2015
    A Los Angeles girl is being treated for plague which experts think she may have caught in California's Yosemite National Park. The case is generating headlines, along with two deaths from plague in Colorado, but health officials say the public should not be alarmed. While plague is unusual in the U.S. an average of seven cases are reported every year and people can die from it if they don't get treated. Most people who catch it have handled or been near rodents. California officials say they're posting extra signs cautioning people not to feed animals and to stay away from...
  • Number of Legionnaires' Cases Rises to 86 Amid Deadly Outbreak: Officials ( New York )

    08/04/2015 1:14:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    NBC 4 New York ^ | Aug. 4, 2015
    Five more cases of Legionnaires' disease have been added to the Bronx outbreak that has claimed seven lives and sickened more than six dozen people in the last three weeks, Mayor de Blasio said Tuesday. The number of those killed stands at seven. The mayor's briefing comes a day after the city announced an increase in the death toll and the number of cases at a packed town hall meeting at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, where hundreds of residents gathered to hear what state, city and local officials had to say about the deadly outbreak. Eighty-six cases of...
  • Questions about COBRA

    08/04/2015 9:56:29 AM PDT · by incredulous joe · 32 replies
    4 August, 2015 | Incredulous Joe
    Greetings Freeper Friends, I hope that someone might be able to help me out or guide me to a source where I might find answers. A few years back, at the height of the economic turmoil, I had to do something drastic; I changed my career of some 20-plus years from a graphic designer and art director to a nurse's aide. It was a big move down the economic ladder. I did this because of the lack of the stability in my field; I could no longer recruit new clients and, when I did work for folks, I could not...
  • Why filter coffee is bad for you

    08/03/2015 10:19:36 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 62 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | James Chapman
    Dropping coffee from your diet could reduce the risk of heart disease by as much as 15 per cent, according to a study. Britons spend Ł850million a year on coffee. But experts suggest it can raise levels of cholesterol and homo-cysteine in the blood - both associated with heart disease and strokes. There has been concern about the possible dangers of unfiltered coffee for some time but the more widelyconsumed filtered coffee has generally been given a clean bill of health. The latest study suggests there may be a link between even filtered coffee and cardiovascular disease. The team, led...
  • These 7 Senators Will Decide if the Senate Totally De-Funds Planned...(VOTE IS TODAY- PLEASE CALL)

    08/03/2015 7:29:24 AM PDT · by blueyon · 70 replies ^ | 7/02/15 | Steven Ertelt
    "These Seven Senators Will Decide if the Senate Totally De-Funds Planned Parenthood" The Senate will vote early Monday evening on a new bill has been introduced that will totally de-fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business. The legislation follows four shocking videos that have caught Planned Parenthood doctors discussing and arranging the sale of body parts of aborted babies. Following pro-life Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s announcement of a working group, Senator Joni Ernst and Senators Rand Paul and James Lankford, along with 21 cosponsors, introduced legislation to protect women’s health and defund Planned Parenthood, S.1881.
  • Four dead in Legionnaires' disease outbreak in New York

    08/03/2015 6:56:42 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 28 replies
    CNN/AP ^ | August 2, 2015 | David Shortell,
    New York (CNN)—The number of deaths in the New York City Legionnaires' disease outbreak is up to four. Seventy-one cases of the flu-like disease have been reported since mid-July in the South Bronx, up from 31 on Thursday, the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said Sunday.
  • 13 things mentally strong people don't do

    08/02/2015 1:04:47 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 30 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 16, 2015 | STEVEN BENNA
    1. They don't waste time feeling sorry for themselves. "Feeling sorry for yourself is self-destructive," she writes. "Indulging in self-pity hinders living a full life." It wastes time, creates negative emotions, and hurts your relationships. The key is to "affirm the good in the world, and you will begin to appreciate what you have," Morin writes. The goal is to swap self-pity with gratitude. 2. They don't give away their power. People give away their power when they lack physical and emotional boundaries, Morin writes. You need to stand up for yourself and draw the line when necessary. Read more:...
  • Obamacare and the Road to Communism

    07/30/2015 2:14:59 PM PDT · by Art in Idaho · 17 replies ^ | July 30, 2015 | Jen Kuznicki
    The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) recently called attention to an IRS ruling that would penalize small businesses up to $500,000 for daring to compensate their employees for health insurance premiums. The NFIB reports, “On July 1, 2015, employers will be penalized $100 per day per employee if they try to make health insurance more affordable by reimbursing their employees for individual market health insurance premiums. The penalty affects businesses that provide reimbursement for more than one employee. The healthcare reimbursement prohibition regulation decreases an employer’s ability to assist employees with health insurance costs.” The ruling would fine the...
  • Researchers resurrect ancient viruses in hopes of improving gene therapy

    07/30/2015 10:20:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies ^ | July 30, 2015 | Provided by: Cell Press
    Researchers have recreated the evolutionary lineage of adeno-associated viruses (AAVs) to reconstruct an ancient viral particle that is highly effective at delivering gene therapies targeting the liver, muscle, and retina. This approach, published July 30 in Cell Reports, could be used to design a new class of genetic drugs that are safer and more potent than those currently available. "Our novel methodology allows us to understand better the intricate structure of viruses and how different properties arose throughout evolution," says senior study author Luk H. Vandenberghe of Harvard Medical School. "We believe our findings will teach us how complex biological...
  • JFK had a good idea

    07/29/2015 10:48:45 AM PDT · by knarf · 14 replies
    I remember this and maybe it should be resurrected
  • The Colossal Hoax Of Organic Agriculture

    07/29/2015 8:36:45 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 30 replies ^ | 7/29/2015 | Henry I. Miller and Drew L. Kershen
    Organic agriculture is an unscientific, heavily subsidized marketing gimmick that misleads and rips off consumers. The federal government should stop promoting and subsidizing it. Consumers of organic foods are getting both more and less than they bargained for. On both counts, it’s not good. Many people who pay the huge premium—often more than a hundred percent–for organic foods do so because they’re afraid of pesticides. If that’s their rationale, they misunderstand the nuances of organic agriculture. Although it’s true that synthetic chemical pesticides are generally prohibited, there is a lengthy list of exceptions listed in the Organic Foods Production Act,...
  • Experts warn Floridians to steer clear of armadillos to avoid leprosy exposure

    07/21/2015 2:07:23 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 36 replies ^ | 07-21-2015 | By Amanda Warford
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Leprosy cases in Florida are higher than normal and experts are blaming armadillos. Nine cases have been reported across Florida so far this year. On average, the state only sees 10 cases for the entire year. Action News spoke to a trapper who said he takes extra precautions because of this danger. Armadillos are very common all over Florida, and most of them live in the woods. But others could live near your home, and we learned that puts you and your family at risk. “We catch more armadillos than we do any other species,” said wildlife...
  • 1,000-Year-Old Saxon Remedy Kills Superbugs

    07/13/2015 7:44:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    PowerLine ^ | John Hinderaker
    This may not be the biggest news story of the day, but it must be the most curious. As you are no doubt aware, there is great concern over resistance to conventional antibiotics. “Superbugs” are developing that are not easily killed with known medicines. So someone at the University of Nottingham, in England, thought to try an ancient remedy: a salve for eye infections found in Bald’s Leechbook, a 10th century Saxon volume in the British Library. The results were surprising: A one thousand year old Anglo-Saxon remedy for eye infections which originates from a manuscript in the British Library...
  • Detroit-area cancer doctor gets 45 years in prison for fraud

    07/11/2015 6:41:09 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 9 replies ^ | 7/11/15 | AP
    Detroit-area cancer doctor gets 45 years in prison for fraud DETROIT – Calling the scheme "horrific," a judge sentenced a Detroit-area cancer doctor to 45 years in prison Friday for collecting millions from insurance companies while poisoning more than 500 patients through needless treatments that wrecked their health. U.S. District Judge Paul Borman this week heard stories of brittle bones and fried organs as patients chillingly described the effects of excessive chemotherapy at the hands of Dr. Farid Fata. Fata "shut down whatever compassion he had as a doctor and switched it to making money," Borman said. Moments earlier, the...
  • Old World Monkey Had Tiny, Complex Brain - Findings offer new clues to how primate brains changed...

    07/09/2015 8:58:00 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies
    Duke Today ^ | July 3, 2015 | Staff
    The brain hidden inside the oldest known Old World monkey skull has been visualized for the first time. The creature’s tiny but remarkably wrinkled brain supports the idea that brain complexity can evolve before brain size in the primate family tree. The ancient monkey, known scientifically as Victoriapithecus, first made headlines in 1997 when its fossilized skull was discovered on an island in Kenya’s Lake Victoria, where it lived 15 million years ago. Now, thanks to high-resolution X-ray imaging, researchers have peered inside its cranial cavity and created a three-dimensional computer model of what the animal’s brain likely looked like....
  • Obama and EPA Imperil Minority Welfare

    07/04/2015 6:19:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | July 4,2015 | Paul Driessen
    Editor’s note: This column was co-authored by Roger Bezdek. The Obama Environmental Protection Agency and environmental activists frequently claim that climate change will disproportionately affect poor and minority communities. In their view, this justifies unprecedented environmental regulations, like EPA's pending “Clean Power Plan” (CPP) to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions from coal and gas-fueled power plants 30% by 2030. But what effect will the regulation itself have on poor and minority communities? The plan will result in higher electricity costs for businesses and families, lost jobs, lower incomes, higher poverty rates, reduced living standards, and diminished health...
  • NBC’s ‘Today’ Mocks Michelle Obama’s Latest Food Police Push

    07/03/2015 8:49:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | May 30, 2015 | Kyle Drennen
    On Friday, even the hosts of NBC’s Today had enough of Michelle Obama’s effort to micro-manage people’s food choices as they mocked the First Lady’s attempt to create a healthy version of s’mores. At the top of the 9 a.m. ET hour, co-host Willie Geist explained: “So the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, and the USDA have teamed up for this program called It's an initiative proposing a makeover, for among other things, this classic campfire treat. So instead of graham crackers with chocolate and marshmallow, they propose graham crackers with, want-wa, strawberries and low-fat yogurt.”...
  • First Lady Brings ‘Let’s Move’ Message to Milan

    07/03/2015 8:13:35 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies ^ | July 1, 2015 | Ali Meyer
    ( - First lady Michelle Obama traveled to Milan last week as part of the ‘Let’s Move!’ Program to promote a “global dialogue about the future of our food system,” according to the blog. Mrs. Obama led the Presidential Delegation to the Milan Expo 2015 with the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” where she shared the “successes of Let’s Move! and the efforts happening in the United States to support healthier lifestyles” and “learned from other countries’ leaders about how they are addressing the issue of childhood obesity and raising healthier families.” “That’s why it’s so important...
  • Schools Implant IUDs in Girls as Young as 6th Grade Without Their Parents Knowing

    07/02/2015 10:16:17 PM PDT · by TangibleDisgust · 24 replies ^ | July 2, 2015 | Steven Ertelt, Rebecca Downs
    When asked if a sixth grader could get an IUD implanted without parental consent, Take Charge told “We encourage all Take Charge providers to offer long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) in their clinics. A young person does not need parental consent to obtain a LARC or any other contraceptive method…If the young person is not choosing abstinence, she would be able to select a LARC and have it inserted without parental consent.”

    07/01/2015 3:29:41 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 66 replies ^ | 6/30/15 | David K. Randall
    For most of history people have had two periods of sleep each night, with the time in between being perhaps the most calm and relaxing part of their lives. Then came the lightbulb. This unexpected "two sleep" phenomenon was uncovered by historian Roger Ekirch when he began to do research for a history of the night:
  • Are the Chemicals in Sunscreen Worse for You Than Tanning?

    07/01/2015 3:22:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Susan Rinkunas
    You’re in the market for a new sunscreen. You want one that works, so you do your homework — or try to. If you Google “best sunscreen,” the first link that appears is an Environmental Working Group list of products that meet its safety criteria. Look further and you’ll see natural-health gurus proclaiming that many sunscreens are full of toxic ingredients like oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate, which could mess with your hormones or actually increase the risk of skin cancer. They advise sticking to mineral options with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide as the active ingredient. Yet others say even...
  • School Nutritionists: Participation in School Lunch Program 'Abruptly Down' in 49 States

    06/26/2015 8:10:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies ^ | June 25, 2015 | Gabrielle Cintorino
    ( The School Nutrition Association (SNA), which represents 55,000 school nutritionists nationwide, is pointing to data published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to draw awareness to the fact that “after 30 years of steady growth in the National School Lunch Program, student participation is abruptly down in 49 states."The nutritionists attribute the drop to new nutrition standards that were instituted by USDA in 2012.Total national participation in the School Lunch Program peaked in 2010 and 2011 at 31.8 million, according to USDA. In 2012, it was 31.7 million. But in 2013, it dropped by 1 million participants, to 30.7...
  • Walker: States will not rescue ObamaCare in wake of court ruling

    06/24/2015 10:35:54 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/24/2015 | Sarah Ferris
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker issued a threat to the Obama administration on Wednesday that if the Supreme Court rules against healthcare subsidies, states will not take steps to save the law. “Governors across the country have been clear: If the Supreme Court strikes down the Obama executive overreach, we will not bail out Obama at the expense of the American people,” Walker wrote in an op-ed for on Wednesday. The looming court case, which Walker called “a turning point” for the law, could come as early as Thursday. If the administration loses, 6.4 million people could lose their financial...
  • State-Based Obamacare Exchanges Cause More Pain Than Help

    06/24/2015 9:59:03 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/20/2015 | Naomi Lopez-Bauman
    Some lawmakers are considering state-based health exchanges (SBE) as “insurance protection.” An upcoming U.S. Supreme Court ruling in King vs. Burwell could strike down the ACA insurance subsidies in states that have not established a state exchange (including Michigan). State lawmakers should be cautious as this “solution” has a well-established track record of costly failure. Furthermore, taking action now could not only subject state taxpayers to many future costs, it could also slam the door shut on a congressional fix. The three most-important considerations for state lawmakers are: A state is responsible for all future spending on its state-based exchange....
  • African American Festival Taking Place in Baltimore (Up to 350,000 to attend)

    06/20/2015 6:48:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Officials are expecting up to 350,000 people at the African American Festival this weekend in Baltimore. The festival is taking place Saturday and Sunday at the Camden Yards Sports Complex. The free event will include music, cultural exhibits, contests, health screenings and children's activities....