Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
In Massachusetts, people trying to sign up at the health care dot gov site computer find compuer flaws that cut off people with hyphenated names and force others to falsely say they are prison inmates or mental patients before they can finish their applications.
And why am I seeing it all over the place? Thanks Wikipedia for making it easy to find the answer.
"Movember is an annual, month-long event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of Prostate cancer and other male cancers and associated charities. The Movember Foundation runs the Movember charity event, housed at Movember.com. The goal of Movember is to "change the face of men's health."
IN 1999, a group of young men in Australia coined the word Movember and came up with the idea of growing moustaches in November. Movember is sort of a combination of moustache and November. Grammar folks call it a Portmanteau word. Portmanteau is the morphing of two words to form an entirely new word.
The enthusiasm for this effort spread from Adelaide Australia to most parts of the world.
A new fitness study!! This one tries to convince us of the remarkable benefits of standing during the day. So good is standing for at least 3 hours (and it isn't clear if the 3 hours must be all at once) that it burns the same amount of calories per year as running 3 marathons.
That's right. Standing is better than sitting all day, I agree. But is standing a lot each day as good as having run marathons? The commenters to this study/story do not agree. I do think being able to stand rather than sit each day much better for us but maybe not to the extent purported in this study.
Researchers at the University of Florida have discovered that sniffing peanut butter can often be a good indicator of the onset of Alzheimer's Disease.
"Knowing that patients in cognitive decline often lose their sense of smell first, the researchers had patients sniff a dollop of peanut butter with each nostril separately. They used a ruler to measure the point at which people detected the odor (and to keep the other nostril closed).
The weird result: People with a confirmed diagnosis of early-stage Alzheimer's could smell it fine with their right nostril, but not their left, say the UF scientists. Generally speaking, the right nostril picked up on it 10cm before the left one. Also of note: The left-right difference is specific to Alzheimer's, and doesn't apply to other forms of dementia."
After reading this, tell me you're not heading for the cupboard to find a jar of peanut butter and try this yourself.
Senior citizens over the age of 65 are being targeted to get the “high-dose” flu vaccine. “Containing four times the amount of antigen (the part of the vaccine
that causes the body to produce antibody) in regular flu shots,
high-dose flu shots, along with the additional antigen produced, are
intended to create a stronger immune response.”
But there seems to be a problem. Or not. You just can't tell what's what from reading this.
One food commandment we could always count on was that it was important to rinse or wash your raw chicken well before cooking it. Now another expert has come out of the blue and claims it is worse healthwise to do this. Drexel University food researcher, Jennifer Quinlan says, "There's no reason, from a scientific point of view, to think you're
making it any safer," she says, "and in fact, you're making it less
Some studies suggest bacteria can fly up to 3 feet away from where your meat is rinsed — though you can't necessarily see it."
I don't know, truthfully. I plan to keep on giving our chicken a good old fashioned cleaning before cooking it. Big time chefs almost always advise giving all your counters, sink and faucets a good bleaching afterward. That is why we keep anti-bacterial wipes under the sink.
Frankly I don't think I would be able to eat grilled, fried or roasted chicken if I knew it hadn't been cleaned ahead of time. Call me a wuss, I don't care.
If it isn't the vegetables we eat that can make us horribly ill, it's the birds which fly overhead.
"Chinese scientists have found the strongest evidence yet that a new bird flu strain is sometimes able to spread from person to person, but they are emphasizing that the virus still does not transmit easily."
A nationwide salsa recall today after glass was found in jars sold by Dollar Tree and Deals, Dollar Express and Dollar Bills stores nationwide and made by Olam Tomato Processors Inc in Fresno California. Not sure why anyone would buy salsa at a Dollar Tree, but there you have it.
And, there has been a 6 state outbreak of an unidentified stomach virus linked to a foodborne illness. The culprit? As often happens it's produce.
The Food and Drug Administration is investigating the cyclospora infections, which are most often found in tropical or subtropical countries and have been linked to imported fresh produce in the past.
The illness is usually spread when people ingest foods or water contaminated with feces. The agency said it isn't yet clear whether the cases from all of the states are linked.
Eat those fruits and vegetables very carefully folks.
Well well. This would have me feeling a bit of schadenfreude if it weren't so painfully true and so obvious before the health care bill was signed into law. From an open letter in the Wall Street Journal to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi from union leaders last Friday:
"Like millions of other Americans, our members are front-line workers in the American economy. We have been strong supporters of the notion that all Americans should have access to quality, affordable health care. We have also been strong supporters of you. In campaign after campaign we have put boots on the ground, gone door-to-door to get out the vote, run phone banks and raised money to secure this vision. Now this vision has come back to haunt us."
"Time is running out: Congress wrote this law; we voted for you. We have a problem; you need to fix it. The unintended consequences of the ACA are severe. Perverse incentives are already creating nightmare scenarios."
And there's more. Seriously, though, how come these union leaders did not give a bit of study to the Affordable Care Act before going door to door in support of Obama and Reid and Pelosi's bill? Many voices were saying this was going to be a nightmare...or a trainwreck...but they were right wing crazies or tea party nuts. So party was everything, no need to check into what it was going to mean. And here we are. All of us affected adversely by it.