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March 30, 2010

YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING.

"Majorities of Republicans believe President Obama

* Is a socialist (67%)

* Wants to take away Americans’ right to own guns (61%)

* Is a Muslim (57%)

* Wants to turn over the sovereignty of the United States to a one world government (51%); and

* Has done many things that are unconstitutional (55%).

 

They also believe the President

* Was not born in the United States and so is not eligible to be president (45%)

* Is the “domestic enemy that the U.S. Constitution speaks of” (45%)

* Is a racist (42%)

* Want to use an economic collapse or terrorist attack as an excuse to take dictatorial powers (41%)

* Is doing many of the things that Hitler did (38%)."

University of Fox at Jon Taplin's Blog


IT'S TIME TO START PAYING ATTENTION TO THE SCIENCE.

"A Princeton University research team has demonstrated that all sweeteners are not equal when it comes to weight gain: Rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same. In addition to causing significant weight gain in lab animals, long-term consumption of high-fructose corn syrup also led to abnormal increases in body fat, especially in the abdomen, and a rise in circulating blood fats called triglycerides. The researchers say the work sheds light on the factors contributing to obesity trends in the United States. “Some people have claimed that high-fructose corn syrup is no different than other sweeteners when it comes to weight gain and obesity, but our results make it clear that this just isn’t true, at least under the conditions of our tests,” said psychology professor Bart Hoebel, who specializes in the neuroscience of appetite, weight and sugar addiction. “When rats are drinking high-fructose corn syrup at levels well below those in soda pop, they’re becoming obese — every single one, across the board. Even when rats are fed a high-fat diet, you don’t see this; they don’t all gain extra weight.”

Corn Syrup Makes You Fatter Than Sugar 


March 29, 2010

DIY PORKCHOPS, ANYONE?

"Over the past few years, we’ve witnessed the steady rise of farmer’s markets, urban gardens, artisanal cuisine and home canning. Add to these, the current trend gaining traction among the local, sustainable and food-forward communities – DIY butchering. Within New York City, the eagerness to get hands on with a side of meat has taken off thanks to the introduction of classes like those hosted by Brooklyn Retailer and Kitchen Classroom The Meat Hook - whose pig butchering demos are a consistent sellout – along with the emergence of grizzled celebrity butchers – the latest in a line of food stars that has seen noteworthy chefs, sommeliers and even farmers become household names."

Bringing Home The Bacon and Butchering It Too - PSFK


I BLAME JUDAS.

"The food portions depicted in paintings of the Last Supper have grown larger - in line with our own super-sizing of meals, say obesity experts. The Cornell University team studied 52 of the most famous paintings of the Biblical scene over the millennium and scrutinised the size of the feast. They found the main courses, bread and plates put before Jesus and his disciples have progressively grown by up to two-thirds."

BBC News - Last supper 'has been super-sized', say obesity experts


March 23, 2010

THE FUTURE IS GOING TO BE AN INTERESTING PLACE TO LIVE. HOPE I MAKE IT.

NICE LITTLE ENERGY AD YOU GOT THERE.

JUST IN CASE YOU NEEDED THE PERFECT METAPHOR FOR THESE TURBULENT TIMES.

 The new Washington Mutual Bank branch on Greenville Avenue never opened its doors. And Monday, a wrecking crew was busy tearing down the mint-perfect building. Constructed near the popular Central Market grocery store, the 3,500-square-foot branch bank building was finished more than a year ago, just in time for Washington Mutual to go kaput. The company was the country's largest thrift when it failed in 2008 and was taken over by JPMorgan Chase & Co. The bank never moved in. Real estate agent Leland Burk finally signed a new restaurant after a year of looking for a tenant for the high-profile site. As part of the deal, the new branch bank has to go. "We leased it to a new restaurant called Raising Cane's," Burk said. "Now it's a million-dollar building coming down." Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers, a fast-food chain, is expanding in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and had no need for the bank drive-in, vaults and such.

Brand-new WaMu building in North Dallas razed

March 22, 2010

TODAY IN UNFAIR PORTRAYALS.

"Nicole S. let us know about an image used by the Florida Family Policy Council in a message about a judge’s ruling to allow a lesbian couple to adopt a relative’s child they had been fostering. The FFPC, which opposes gay adoption, sent out an alert to its members and including an image of the couple…well, in theory. On the left is the photo included with the alert; on the right is a photo of the actual couple:"

 

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Portraying Lesbian Parents � Sociological Images

PEOPLE - WE GOTTA DO A BETTER JOB GETTING AFRICA ONLINE.

BBC News - Mapping the growth of the internet

March 18, 2010

KEEPIN' FIT.

McSweeney's Internet Tendency: A Germaphobe's Exercise Plan.

March 11, 2010

WELL, THAT CERTAINLY SEEMS LIKE THE SENSIBLE REACTION.

"A northern Mississippi school district decided Wednesday not to host a high school prom after a lesbian student demanded she be able to attend with her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo."

Mississippi Prom Canceled After Lesbian Date Request


March 07, 2010

TECH FOR THE PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE.

"Giving softly-spoken consumers everywhere a better chance of getting themselves heard, the Talk-o-Meter is a chat-monitoring iPhone app designed to show conversation dominators the error of their overbearing ways. After a brief calibration period to identify the voices in a dialogue, the app recognises who is speaking and keeps track of each person's talk time. The results are displayed as red and blue bars indicating the balance. Speakers can then glance at the Talk-o-Meter as they converse, and—the designer hopes—make adjustments if they are monopolising the discussion."

Springwise newsletter | 3 March 2010


March 05, 2010

FOR THE RECORD, MINE'S NAMED STAN.

"According to a recently resurfaced study conducted by researchers at Georgia Tech, people’s relationships with their gadgets, in this case Roombas, can be downright emotional. As Popular Science reports: 30 committed users studied as part of the research effort, two-thirds had named their devices and half had assigned them an arbitrary gender. Others in the study were found to rearrange their homes to be more accommodating to the robots, while others pre-clean their homes before putting the machine to work and buy new rugs that don’t tie up the Roomba on its programmed march around the house. One subject even introduced his Roomba to his parents."

Why We Love Roombas: They’re Just Like Us - PSFK


March 04, 2010

GREAT IDEA FOR A FAST FOOD RECEIPT.

"So, I was happy to see that Burgerville is now testing the coolest receipt ever. (Pictured at left.) They're from company called Nutricate (tip: if you have to put a pronunciation guide next to your name, you need a new name). And, as you can see, they provide highly accurate nutritional info for your meal."

The Best Fast Food Receipt


WHAT'S WRONG WITH NEWS REPORTING IN A HILARIOUS VIDEO.

I KNEW IT.

6 Shockingly Evil Things Babies Are Capable Of | Cracked.com

March 03, 2010

JUST IN CASE YOU NEEDED SOME B-ROLL.


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