Category Archives: health

As if anyone needed more reasons to stop smoking right now

But here they are: “* In 20 minutes your blood pressure will drop back down to normal. * In 8 hours the carbon monoxide (a toxic gas) levels in your blood stream will drop by half, and oxygen levels will … Continue reading

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Middle aged white women are killing themselves

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. suicide rates appear to be on the rise, driven mostly by middle-aged white women, researchers reported on Tuesday. “They found a disturbing increase in suicides between 1999 and 2005 and said the pattern had changed in … Continue reading

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Why zebras don’t get ulcers

“I was listening to an interview with Stanford neurologist Robert Sapolsky on NPR a few weeks back and it really struck me. Sapolsky who studies the relation between the neurological and the social in primates told a fascinating story in … Continue reading

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A pregnant teenaged daughter showed the family was normal.

“Some voters saw authenticity in Palin’s life. They said the fact that Palin had a pregnant teenaged daughter showed the family was normal.” This is normal now? Could someone please tell that to all the demonized pregnant teens whose last … Continue reading

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Mayerson GOTV: Yeah, irony, just vote for Dems in November, please?

I loathe American irony, but I found this apt: Voter Registration in all 50 States. Ginger doesn’t want to hear you didn’t know how to register to vote. She knows baby is muuuuuch smarter than that.

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Zapping HIV With Lasers

“Shaking a virus to death is not a new idea. Arizona State University physicist Kong-Thon Tsen, who pioneered the practice, conducted eight peer-reviewed studies in 2006 and 2007 demonstrating that vibrations can deactivate a number of viruses. But Tsen’s latest … Continue reading

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Mayerson GOTV: Gay Marriage on the line in November 2008

“SAN FRANCISCO – California’s highest court Wednesday refused to stay its decision legalizing same-sex marriage in the state, clearing the final hurdle for gay couples to start tying the knot this month. “Conservative religious and legal groups had asked the … Continue reading

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Do you think I’m funny?

“1. Sense of humor. There is not one guy I know of that doesn’t appreciate a who girl laughs at his dumb jokes simply out of a sensitive humorous bone.When a woman laughs, there is always a beam of light … Continue reading

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In Los Angeles, even our feral cats work

Do other cities do this? “They are the homeless of the domestic animal world — colonies of feral cats that roam residential neighborhoods and lurk around office buildings and commercial garages, scavenging for food. “Unlike other strays that might rub … Continue reading

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Blue Shield being evil again

“Each one of those cases is a person who had insurance and got sick. They filed for payments authorized by their coverage and Blue Shield said no and attempted to cancel their policies. These sick people then had to fight … Continue reading

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It’s not a party without you

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The back strikes back

“Many lower back problems are caused by the very athleticism that modern sports demand. ‘The forces involved in sports nowadays are enormous,’ Higgins says. ‘What you see in some of these sports are very powerful athletes creating high levels of … Continue reading

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Whoo-hoo! Medicare for All! Go! CNA! Go!

“We need organizations who aren’t afraid of what is politically possible and talk about was is morally right. Today the CNA placed a full-page ad in 10 Iowa papers arguing strongly for not-for-profit health care, Medicare for All, taking the … Continue reading

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Don’t forget to get your (drive through) flu shot

“Instead of fast food, it was fast flu shots Friday for hundreds of motorists converging on drive-through vaccination clinics at community colleges in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. “At Moorpark College, about 100 cars idled in the morning chill, snaking … Continue reading

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The 20,000 year old woman

“Each year, American adults have, overall, a 1-in-1,743 chance of dying in an accident. That means that even if nothing else killed you—doing away with old age and disease—you would on average live to be 1,743 years old before a … Continue reading

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I still want Medicare for anyone and everyone who wants it

But this would be a mighty fine start in the meantime: OneCareNow” “The OneCareNow Campaign supports Senate Bill 840(Kuehl) as the one healthcare reform proposal in California that will provide high quality healthcare for all while controlling costs. “We reject … Continue reading

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Dr. Parsons explains Aspergers syndrome

My idol speaks: “A disease is sweeping the Internet. It preys on the fat, the moody, the anti-social, the lazy, and those very people that once formed the core of Internet users. It can strike at any moment, but is … Continue reading

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“The Napoleon or Stalin of the sexual revolution was called Hugh Hefner.”

“But most important, I think, is the golden rule that all revolutions get stuck at some point. Every revolution contains within itself the pull towards its own demise. And usually this demise is symbolized by one person. “Think of the … Continue reading

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That there has to be a law against this

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GARCETTI JOINS CITY ATTORNEY ROCKY DELGADILLO, COUNCIL MEMBER JAN PERRY IN CALLING FOR LOCAL ORDINANCE BANNING HOSPITAL PATIENT DUMPING (2-page pdf) Makes me sick. So, in future, the hospitals will drive them up to Pasadena/Glendale/Burbank or out to … Continue reading

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Global warming? What global warming?

“Anyemaqen Mountains, China — More than 3 miles above sea level in these jagged, wind-scoured mountains, there’s little doubt that global warming is endangering China’s future. “The glaciers that ripple off the peaks of Anyemaqen, a mountain range in the … Continue reading

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Waterboarding is torture

I am so sick of candidates and nominees for high office being okay with waterboarding. Is anyone who’s ever been waterboarded going to say it’s okay? I doubt it. Is anyone who’s almost drowned going to say waterboarding is okay? … Continue reading

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Botox Nation

“I would like to believe that we are beyond sexism: that women do,in fact, get judged and treated exactly the way men do. But, it doesn’t happen. One of the ways this really hits me is how women are punished … Continue reading

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Life kind of does begin at forty

Or so they tells me: “Actually, the older woman carries just as heavy a load after 40/50/60 as she does when she is 20, her ‘load’ changes slightly. Would I have used the word necessity in that sentence? No. Perhaps … Continue reading

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Is that a new look for Tigra?

I’ve been busy with other things so I’m late to the Tigra assault and JLA chamber of horrors pages party. But, then again, I was trying not to notice them. Snuff and porn comics will always be with us, but … Continue reading

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Stacking them up like cordwood is barbaric, inhuman and unAmerican

“The ‘stack them up like cordwood’ line comes from Mark Klaas, whose daughter Polly’s brutal murder ushered in the three strikes sentencing law, which is now rarely being used to capture the kind of violent offenders like the ones involved … Continue reading

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Just extend Medicare to cover anyone who wants it

Geeze, it’s not rocket science. “Employed, but underpaid and uninsured: Consider a waiter making $27,000 who is uninsured, either by choice or because his employer doesn’t provide insurance. If the governor has his way, that person could find himself having … Continue reading

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Naomi Klein nails it, as usual

“Wealth already provides and escape hatch from most disasters – it buys early-warming systems for tsunami-prone regions and stockpiles of Tamiflu for the next outbreak. It buys bottled water, generators, satellite phones, and rent-a-cops. During the Israeli attack on Lebanon … Continue reading

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I want your attention, not your applause.

“Less than three months ago at platform hearings in Salt Lake City, I asked the Republican Party to lift the shroud of silence which has been draped over the issue of HIV and AIDS. I have come tonight to bring … Continue reading

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Mini-documentary on anti-abortion protests

“Buried among prairie dogs and amateur animation shorts on YouTube is a curious little mini-documentary shot in front of an abortion clinic in north suburban Libertyville. The man behind the camera is asking demonstrators who want abortion criminalized what the … Continue reading

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Cage and frame

“ABORTION is a front, a shill issue, for those who are pushing a radical Evangelical Christian theocratic agenda. Those leading the charge against ABORTION are not interested in pragmatic policy options to that would bring about fewer abortions, they are … Continue reading

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