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Victoria mayor will not seek NDP nomination for byelection

Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin has confirmed he will not be seeking the NDP nomination for the upcoming federal byelection, made vacant with Denise Savoie's resignation for health reasons Aug. 31.

"I'm looking forward to seeing who is putting the nomination up with great interest," Fortin said, confirming he would not be seeking the "demanding job."

He didn't rule out the possibility of running for a higher office in future.

Fortin praised Savoie for having the "unique ability to co-ordinate all three levels of government."

The federal government has 180 days to call a byelection when a seat becomes vacant. Waiting until the February deadline would place the Victoria byelection right in the middle of the 2013 provincial election campaign, an undesirable scenario for both levels of government.

Savoie was in her third term as Victoria MP. She was first elected in 2006 and won 50 per cent of the vote in the 2011 election.

Her challengers at that time were Conservative Patrick Hunt, Jared Giesbrecht for the Greens and Christopher Causton, Liberal candidate and former Oak Bay mayor.

All three parties will go through a candidate nomination process in the coming months.


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Slices (for Android)

I am always looking for a better Twitter client on Android than the official one. Finding one is harder than you'd think. I've tried Plume, Tweetdeck, Tweetverse, Twitterbot, but I always return to the official app, simply because it's the most stable and updates the fastest. That said, it's boring and really lacking in features and configuration options. A new Twitter client, Slices (free), from the makers of Tweetcaster and BaconReader (a Reddit client), presents your Twitter timeline in a refreshing, data-driven way, but it is ultimately too unstable to use and lacks some basic features. I'm not deleting my current Twitter app just yet.?

Intelligent Feeds
The killer feature in Slices is the ability to "slice" your Twitter timeline into categories. A slice is very similar to a list on Twitter, except the app automatically creates categories for you, if you like. To start, sign in with your Twitter credentials and allow Slices to extract all the data from your Twitter account. Slices automatically groups all the people you follow into categories, which are presented in a tree diagram from a pull-out menu on the side. I was impressed at how the app instantly grouped the 600-odd people I follow into "Tech & Science" "Business & Money" and "TV & Movies." You can create your own slice too. Unfortunately you can't slice these slices any further.

From the menu, you can tap into an extensive section devoted to discovery. Scroll through topics like humor, celebs, and sports to see top lists to follow, and Twitter accounts related to that category. My favorite category is Live Events, which shows you a live stream of tweets during a trending event, such as tonight's U.S. Open tennis match. This will be a fun feature to use as the U.S. Presidential election heats up as well. Unfortunately, Slices only displays a few trending events and doesn't let you search for one.?

Some Interesting Features, But Misses Basic Ones
Apart from organizing all your followers into categories, Slices offers a few neat features I haven't seen elsewhere. You can bookmark Twitter accounts to your side menu, temporarily "zip" or hide annoying users from your timeline, and even tweak the look and sound of an interaction or direct message alert.

However, Slices misses some very basic features, namely support for multiple Twitter accounts, a character counter, and real-time updating. I ran both Slices and the normal Twitter app for a few days and the formerly consistently pushed notifications anywhere from five to 30 minutes after Twitter.

But my biggest problem with Slices is that it crashed constantly on my Samsung Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.1.1. I finally uninstalled the app after about a week. ?

Not For Me
Slices presents an interesting way to explore the Twitterverse through a unique set of discovery tools. Hyper-engaged Twitters users or those who can spend hours exploring new content through Twitter? ?will probably appreciate most what Slices has to offer. However if you're looking for performance, stick with the official Twitter app for Android for now. The quest continues...

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How gene profiling in emphysema is helping to find a cure

ScienceDaily (Aug. 29, 2012) ? Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the United States and is thought to affect almost three million people in the UK. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Genome Medicine has identified genes whose activity is altered with increasing lung damage and, using a database of drug effects on gene activity (the Connectivity Map), finds that the compound Gly-His-Lys (GHK) affects the activity of these genes. When tested on human cells from lungs damaged by emphysema, GHK was able to restore normal gene activity and repair cell function.

The strongest cause of COPD is smoking, and at least 25% of smokers will develop this disease. Tobacco smoke and other irritants cause oxidative stress and chronic inflammation, which over time results in emphysema, the destruction of lung alveolar cells. Without these cells, the lungs are not able to efficiently exchange oxygen for carbon dioxide, leaving the patient continuously short of breath and with low levels of oxygen in their blood.

In a ground breaking, multi-centre, study funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), researchers used cells taken from lungs donated by patients undergoing double lung transplant, whose own lungs were irrevocably damaged by COPD. Profiling of these samples showed that 127 genes had changes in activity that was associated with worsening disease severity within the lung. As would be expected from the nature of the disease, several genes associated with inflammation, such as the genes involved in signalling to B-cells (the immune system cells which make antibodies), showed increased activity.

In contrast genes involved in maintaining cellular structure and normal cellular function, along with the growth factors TGF? and VEGF, were down-regulated and showed decreased activity. This included genes which control the ability of the cells to stick together (cell adhesion), produce the protein matrix which normally surrounds the cells, and which promote the normal association between lung cells and blood vessels.

Dr Avrum Spira and Dr Marc Lenburg, who co-led this study from the Boston University School of Medicine, explained, "When we searched the Connectivity Map database, which is essentially a compendium of experiments that measure the effect of therapeutic compounds on every gene in the genome, we found that how genes were affected by the compound GHK, a drug known since the 1970s, was the complete opposite of what we had seen in the cells damaged by emphysema."

Dr Joshua Campbell explained, "What got us especially excited was that previous studies had shown that GHK could accelerate wound repair when applied to the skin. This made us think that GHK could have potential drug's as a therapy for COPD."

Prof James Hogg, from the University of British Columbia continued, "When we tested GHK on cells from the damaged lungs of smokers with COPD, we saw an improvement in the structure of their actin cytoskeleton and in cell adhesion, especially to collagen. GHK also restored the ability of cells to reorganise themselves to repair wounds and construct the contractile filaments essential for alveolar function."

GHK is a natural peptide found in human plasma, but the amount present decreases with age. While more testing needs to be done on its effects in COPD, these early results are very promising. Therapeutic studies with GHK in animal models of COPD are now underway with the ultimate goal of moving this compound into clinical trials. As more gene activity signatures are discovered, this method of matching drug to disease may provide a rapid method for discovering potential uses for existing drugs and compounds.

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  1. Joshua D Campbell, John E McDonough, Julie E Zeskind, Tillie L Hackett, Dmitri V Pechkovsky, Corry-Anke Brandsma, Masaru Suzuki, John V Gosselink, Gang Liu, Yuriy O Alekseyev, Ji Xiao, Xiaohui Zhang, Shizu Hayashi, Joel D Cooper, Wim Timens, Dirkje S Postma, Darryl A Knight, Marc E Lenburg, James C Hogg and Avrum Spira. A gene expression signature of emphysema-related lung destruction and its reversal by the tripeptide GHK. Genome Medicine, 2012

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Fungi could thwart carbon capture efforts

Plants are the original carbon capture and storage solution: as atmospheric carbon dioxide levels rise, plants absorb more of the gas to fuel photosynthesis, and more carbon is stored in the soil. At least that's the theory. But the fungi that live on the plant roots might undo some of that extra work by releasing CO2 back into the atmosphere again.

It's long been known that as levels of CO2 in the atmosphere rise, plants can increase their rate of photosynthesis. This should result in more carbon being stored away in the soil.

Part of the carbon stored this way is used by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, which live on the roots of 80 per cent of plant species. But no one knows for sure whether the fungi can make use of the extra carbon supplied by plants when they raise their photosynthetic rate.

To find out, Shuijin Hu of North Carolina State University in Raleigh and his colleagues grew a grass (Avena fatua) in experimental chambers containing elevated levels of atmospheric CO2. Some of the chambers contained grass with fungi living in its roots, while other chambers contained fungus-free grass.

Carbon emitters

After the plants had grown for 10 weeks, the researchers measured the amount of carbon in the soil and in the atmosphere within the chambers. They found that the fungi simply respired the extra carbon supplied by the rapidly photosynthesising plants, returning it to the atmosphere as CO2. Consequently, the atmospheric CO2 levels were higher in the presence of the soil fungi than without.

To make matters worse, elevated atmospheric CO2 apparently stimulated the root fungi, or soil bacteria, to break down soil organic matter, releasing even more CO2 into the atmosphere. In other words, far from being a carbon sink, fungus-carrying soil may become a carbon source under elevated CO2 conditions.

There might be a simple explanation. We know that, in return for carbon, the fungi mineralise nitrogen from the soil into nitrates that are then used by their plant hosts. Once atmospheric CO2 levels rise and plants begins to photosynthesise at a higher rate, the fungi may not be able to provide nitrates quickly enough to meet the plants' demands. In that case, the plants might encourage the fungi to break down soil organic matter to free up the nitrates it contains.

If the findings are correct, we might be able to tip the balance back again by manipulating the nitrogen in soil, says Patrick Megonigal of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Maryland. The next step, he says, is for the authors to determine exactly what role nitrogen plays in the process.

"We're gradually building a picture of one of the biggest black boxes in ecosystem interaction with climate change," says Chris Field of Stanford University in California. But it is a complicated picture: the effect that extra atmospheric CO2 has in these kind of experimental setups might not reflect its effects in the real world, where other factors ? such as elevated heat, or changes in precipitation ? come into play.

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Medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements across states explored

ScienceDaily (Aug. 30, 2012) ? In states where medical exemptions from vaccination requirements for kindergarten students are easier to get, exemption rates are higher, potentially compromising herd immunity and posing a threat to children and others who truly should not be immunized because of underlying conditions, according to a study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases and now available online.

Nationwide in scope, the study found inconsistency among states in standards allowing medical exemptions from school immunization requirements. The investigators concluded that medical exemptions should be monitored and continuously evaluated to ensure they are used appropriately.

In their study, Stephanie Stadlin, MPH, Robert A. Bednarczyk, PhD, and Saad B. Omer, MBBS, MPH, PhD, from the Hubert Department of Global Health at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta, evaluated state medical exemptions from kindergarten entry requirements over seven school years (from 2004-'05 to 2010-'11), which totaled 87,631 medical exemptions nationwide over the period studied. The researchers found that, compared to states with more stringent criteria for getting medical exemptions, states with easier requirements saw a significant increase in these exemptions. Their findings suggest that requiring more accountability of both parents and physicians for granting medical exemptions can be helpful in ensuring that these exemptions are valid and not used as an alternative to non-medical exemptions because they are easier to obtain.

"The appropriate use of medical exemptions is important to maintaining sufficient herd immunity to protect those who should not be vaccinated due to medical contra-indications," said Dr. Omer, the senior investigator of the study. "Medical providers, parents, school officials, and state health officials are responsible for ensuring that medical exemptions are actually medically indicated."

In an accompanying editorial, Daniel A Salmon, PhD, MPH, and Neal Halsey, MD, of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, noted that "children with valid medical exemptions need to be protected from exposure to vaccine preventable diseases by insuring high coverage rates among the rest of the population. Granting medical exemptions for invalid medical contraindications may promote unfounded vaccine safety concerns." The researchers' findings, they added, should be useful to those responsible for implementing and enforcing school immunization requirements at the state and local levels.

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  1. Rates of medical exemptions from kindergarten immunization requirements were higher in states where these exemptions are easier to obtain and in states that allow permanent compared to temporary exemptions.
  2. The appropriate use of medical exemptions from immunization requirements is important in maintaining community or herd immunity and protecting public health.
  3. Improper medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements can result in serious and life-threatening infections in children and others who truly cannot be vaccinated due to underlying conditions.

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Diamonds that will make you feel like a princess - Shopping Blog ...

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What is it about diamond jewelry that gets us all excited? Is it the sheer beauty of the jewelry? Or is it the deep love that we share with the person who gifted us the jewelry in the first place? Is it about love, passion and the fact that diamonds signify a deeper commitment? A feeling of ever-lasting, happily-ever-after permanence? I?m inclined to think so and on that thought let?s take a look at some pretty diamond jewelry:

Bezel set ring design

Diamond jewelry means all of the above and lots more. Elegant diamonds makes us feel like a princess. It?s about feeling like we?re special. Take for example the bezel set tanzanite and diamond ring in 14K white gold. It?s a stunning ring that will make you feel like you?re the chosen one. It?s set in an antique style with a brilliant cut round tanzanite set in bezel setting. That is surrounded by 18 small white diamonds in a prong setting that?s beautiful.

Every girl dreams of a Solitaire diamond ring. The Bezel Set Solitaire diamond ring in 14K white gold features a beautiful, sparkling and brilliant round diamond of G Color SI clarity. It is set in a bezel setting that is stylish and elegant. It?s a great for a special occasion gift like anniversary or as a fashion ring or an engagement ring.

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Flaunt a princess cut 5 carat diamond ring. A princess cut diamond stands out with its clean and symmetrical square or rectangle shaped cut with sharp corners. The face of the diamond resembles an inverted pyramid with four beveled sides. And it is believed that a princess cut diamond loses only 20% of a diamond during the cutting process. For about four decades now, a princess cut diamond has been sought out for its sheer brilliance and precision cut.

Is a 5 carat diamond ring on your wish list? It?s definitely on mine. Check out the semi-mount, princess square cut platinum ring. It is channel set with 30 princess cut diamonds and over another 35 baguette cut diamonds invisibly set. The prongs on the semi-mount are designed to accommodate any diamond shape.


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Could Water Strife Lead to 'Mass Killings' in the ... - Peak Oil News

As the world faces possible water scarcities in the next two to three decades, the U.S. intelligence community has already portrayed a grim scenario for the foreseeable future: ethnic conflicts, regional tensions, political instability and even mass killings.

During the next 10 years, ?many countries important to the United States will almost certainly experience water problems ? shortages, poor water quality, or floods ? that will contribute to the risk of instability and state failure, and increased regional tensions,? stated a National Intelligence Estimate released last March.

And in July, Chris Kojm, chairman of the National Intelligence Council, predicted that by 2030, nearly half of the world?s population (currently at more than 7 billion) will live in areas of severe water stress, increasing the likelihood of mass killings.

The New York Times quoted Timothy Snyder, a professor of history at Yale University, as saying at a recent symposium that an ?ecological panic, I am afraid, will lead to mass killings in the decades to come?.

But Dr. Upmanu Lall, director of Columbia University?s Water Centre, has mixed feelings about potential conflicts over water, one of the world?s key natural resources necessary for survival.

?I am not sure I can project mass killings as a consequence (of water scarcities),? he told IPS.

And, he said, he does not expect transnational wars or conflicts over water either, ?but I do expect that competition within some major countries such as India could lead to significant internal strife and the growth of terrorism and sectarian conflict?. However, ?avoiding this future is feasible if we work to act on it today,? he added.

A future doomed to suffer intense water scarcities is one of several subjects under discussion at the weeklong international water conference, due to conclude Friday, in the Swedish capital.

Dr. Lall said?the projection that nearly half the world?s population will live in ?severe water stress? by 2030 under a business as usual scenario is quite realistic, even without climate factors being considered. ?This is an urgent challenge, especially as we consider the prospect of mega-droughts ? for example this year in the United States and in India.?

The impacts will be far flung and severe, he warned. However, ?if we can translate this concern into action, especially on improvements in water use in agriculture, which is by far the largest and most inefficient consumer, then we could avert this disaster,? he said.

So far, there is talk in this direction but no global imperative to make targeted progress. ?It is important that this be taken up at the highest levels to avoid considerable distress to the world?s population and economies,? Dr. Lall added.

Gary White, chief executive officer and co-founder of Water.Org, told IPS he believes access to water resources will create conflicts in the coming years.

?This will be particularly true in areas that are water stressed and there are large concentrations of poor populations.?

?However, I also believe that most governments will ultimately step up and put in place the right policies, regulations and transnational agreements needed to avert major conflicts.?

White pointed out that there will be many acute shortages that will take a significant human and economic toll but said he believed that ?outright conflict will be the exception?.

In general, regional water crises unfold relatively slowly compared to most natural disasters and there will be lessons that are absorbed by those witnessing how significant the impact can be, ?hopefully increasing their resolve to avoid similar impacts in their regions, he noted.

?But these crises and conflicts will disproportionately impact the poor because there are always options for more affluent populations to deploy technology to treat local water resources (even to the point of desalinating sea water) or transporting it through pipe systems across great distances ? options that are prohibitively expensive for poorer populations,? he declared.

Asked if the 2010 U.N. General Assembly declaration of water as a basic human right translates into the provision of water free of cost to the world?s poorer nations, Dr. Lall told IPS: ?I have been saying that the basic human right should be that everyone should be able to pay to get safe drinking water.?

This statement, he pointed out, implies that the payment needed is consistent with the means of the individual.

Today, the poor actually pay more per unit of water than the rich ? the payment may be in terms of money or in terms of labor invested in acquiring the water. Nor are they are assured a decent quality of water, he pointed out.

?Here, by the poor I refer to the economically disadvantaged in a particular society, and also to nations that are not as affluent.?

This reveals a stark reality that unless services are extended to such people, they suffer.

But to extend these services, one needs a model for cost recovery at the water system level, since the sources of reliable and safe water are rarely accessible to the full population, and have to be developed and maintained, Dr. Lall?said.

The goal then has to be that the investment in these services needs to be funded as well as the financial ability to operate and maintain them.

Paying for the water also endows the user with a powerful right, the one to demand that she gets what she paid for, and this can work into improved governance through political pressure, he argued.

Where people have done this successfully, the service and the costs of water for the poor have dropped, and there has not been an increase in the cost of service to the rich.

?So, in summary, yes, everyone should pay a price for water, but consistent with their means, and by paying that price strengthen their right to access a reliable, high quality supply.?

This should be the articulation of the big water goal, instead of the declaration that it is a basic human right, he declared.


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Logitech's UE Smart Radio, Boombox, and Mobile Boombox give you wireless audio on the go (hands-on)

Logitech's UE Smart Radio, Boombox, and Mobile Boombox give you wireless audio on the go

In addition to producing a slew of new headphones, Logitech's latest collaboration with Ultimate Ears has produced a pair of Bluetooth speakers and a Smart Radio. The UE Smart Radio comes equipped with 802.11b/g WiFi on board to pull audio from directly from the likes of Spotify and Pandora or from local sources like Mac, PC, iOS or Android devices. A 2.4-inch LCD is on the front, along with the usual audio controls, plus there are six preset buttons that can be programmed to easily access playlists from myriad locales. It's also got a rechargeable battery, good for a claimed six hours of playback, and will set you back $180 when it goes on sale next month.

Logitech's UE Mobile Boombox replaces the firm's Mini Boombox, but keeps its $100 price. It comes in five colors (red, yellow, blue, white and black) and can both stream your tunes via Bluetooth and serve as a speakerphone using its omni-directional mic. You can pair up to eight devices with the Mobile Boombox, and its rechargeable battery promises up to ten hours of listening pleasure. In our brief ears-on, we found it offered clear sound, though unsurprisingly, it struggled to pump out much bass. That said, we really liked its solid rubber construction, and can see it holding up well to abuse. Its big brother, the $250 UE Boombox, has much better low-end response and a fuller sound generally thanks to its eight drivers. Like the Mini, it also can pair with eight devices and has a rechargeable battery, though it promises only six hours of audio. We really dig its cast aluminum chassis and clean lines, and the handle on top begs to be used in old-school fashion -- with the Boombox propped up on your shoulder bumping some choice hip-hop. Both of these Bluetooth speakers start shipping this month, and our friends in grand Europa get them in September.

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Skin Cancer Scare ? Check My Pulse

Back in February, one of my favorite bloggers, Alyssa, was diagnosed with skin cancer. She thought she had been a ?smart? tanner and in the end, had to have multiple surgeries to get it all out. Luckily, she?s OK now. But that?s not always the case.

I was even more lucky ? I only had a scare. But it was enough to knock some sense into me.

Embrace the pale. And the shade. And Steve.

Before I get into what happened, let me give you a bit of a back story. I?ve never been a tanner. Fortunately, my mom never allowed me to go to a tanning bed, even when I was sixteen and all of my friends were doing it. Some did it to prep for ?super important? events like the prom, others because they said it helped with acne (which I had severe problems with), and some just went because it relaxed them.

Mom always said, ?hell no.? For that, I?m extremely grateful. And I was a good kid, so I never went behind her back. After all, don?t ya think she?d catch on to the tan look after a bit?

Oh Momma, you so smart.

But that doesn?t mean I was smart.

I played sports all year round and was in the sun for most of the day. Soccer consumed my life all summer and fall, and softball in the spring. Except for when I was at soccer camp and outside training for eight-plus hours a day, I don?t remember putting sunscreen on once. Not for regular practice, not for games, nothing. I didn?t get burns, so I never thought about it.


When I went to the beach, I?d put on sunscreen, but only after I?d already been out for a few hours. After all, I wanted at least a little bit of a tan. I didn?t go in the tanning bed, so I was being smart.


At the beach, NOT wearing sunscreen.

Once I went to college and got involved with Colleges Against Cancer, I started being smarter. I wore sunscreen when I knew I?d be outside for most of the day, and I even bought moisturizer that had SPF built in. But when people told me I should be wearing sunscreen every single day, I thought, ?Come on, seriously? That?s a little much.?

I astound myself with my stupidity sometimes.

I even felt like a hypocrite. Here I was, passionately fighting cancer and yet I was sabotaging myself by not taking such a small step. It was that silly notion many of us have in the back of our minds. You know the one I?m talking about: that little voice that says we?re invincible. It won?t happen to us.

So when I graduated college, I vowed that I would be better. I started putting on SPF every single day. I researched and tried different products until I found ones that I really liked and didn?t feel gross on my acne-prone skin. Because if I felt like I was clogging my pores, there was no way I would put it on, willingly, every day. So I put in the work. And I felt really good about myself.

Embracing the pale and rockin? my dance skills.

When I read Alyssa?s post, I knew I needed to get a skin check. I don?t have many freckles, but there was one that stood out. I still didn?t think it was anything life-altering, but I hadn?t gotten a skin check in a long time, so I told myself it was better to just get it over with.

I put it off until August. I wasn?t scared and I didn?t believe anything was wrong ? I just let life get in the way. I told myself I was too busy, work was more important, I didn?t want to waste my time in a doctor?s office, etc.

But isn?t an hour in a doctor?s office a pretty measly amount of time if it?s going to save your life? Oh, right.

So I found myself at a new-to-me dermatologist?s office, in one of those paper-thin robes that nobody is ever comfortable in, ready for my full-body skin check. My derm said my skin looked great, but that it was clear I didn?t always wear sunscreen all the time. I explained my history and was secretly proud of my recent efforts. He acted content, until he saw the little mole on my right arm. He circled it with an ugly green marker, burrowed his frow and said, ?That doesn?t look good at all.?


?You don?t have very many freckles and moles, which is why this concerns me. It really stands out. It?s darker than all the others you have, it has multiple shades and it has an irregular border ? see how it?s shaped more like a star, not a circle??

I silently nodded my head, terrified he was going to tell me I was dying.

?I don?t think it?s melanoma, but let?s take it out for a biopsy?just in case.?

Did you know that it can take a week before you find out the results of a biopsy? Talk about the longest. week. ever.

Luckily, my test came back negative. My dermatologist said everything came back normal, but again reminded me about the sunscreen. You can bet your bottom dollar I?ve been wearing it. Especially when I was outside all day on Saturday with Dustin?s family and friends.

This is Aaron. We?re friends. I wear sunscreen. I hope he does, too.

So no, this isn?t a scary story where I found out I have cancer. I?m lucky that I don?t. But it was a scary-as-hell situation to be in. I?ve had cancer invade my life way too many times already. And I hate the damn thing. Please just do the little things that might prevent it. I can?t help but think about all of the times I screwed myself over when I was younger, and now I just pray that it never comes back to haunt me.

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US performs worst on potentially preventable death rates compared to France, Germany, and UK

ScienceDaily (Aug. 29, 2012) ? The United States lags three other industrialized nations -- France, Germany, and the United Kingdom -- in its potentially preventable death rate, and in the pace of improvement in preventing deaths that could have been avoided with timely and effective health care, according to a Commonwealth Fund-supported study published as a web first online today in Health Affairs. Between 1999 and 2006/2007, the overall potentially preventable death rate among men ages 0 to 74 dropped by only 18.5 percent in the United States, while the rate declined by nearly 37 percent in the U.K. For women, the rate fell by 17.5 percent in the U.S. but by nearly 32 percent in the U.K.

In "In Amenable Mortality -- Deaths Avoidable Through Health Care -- Progress In the US Lags That of Three European Countries," Ellen Nolte, Director of Health and Healthcare at RAND Europe and Martin McKee, Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine analyzed amenable mortality trends. Amenable mortality is a measure of deaths before age 75 that could potentially have been prevented by timely access to appropriate health care. The research also looked at death rates for those under 65, as well as deaths between ages 65 and 74 from conditions like treatable cancer, diabetes, infections, and heart disease.

While the pace of improvement was slower in the U.S. for both age groups, the lag was most pronounced among American men and women under age 65, who are more likely to be uninsured and have problems with access to care than those 65 and older, who are eligible for Medicare. By comparison, France, Germany, and the U.K. all provide affordable, universal coverage to their populations regardless of age. "These findings strengthen the case for reforms that will enable all Americans to receive timely and effective health care" said Nolte, lead author of the study.

By 2007, the potentially preventable death rate among U.S. men under age 65 was 69 per 100,000, considerably higher than in the U.K. (53), Germany, (50) and France (37). Death rates for men in this age group have declined more rapidly in all three countries since 1999 than in the United States.

Among women under age 65, the potentially preventable death rate dropped from 64 to 56 per 100,000 in the U.S., from 61 to 46 per 100,000 in the U.K., from 49 to 40 per 100,000 in Germany, and from 42 to 34 per 100,000 in France. For both women and men under age 65, U.S. potentially preventable death rates were higher than the other three countries.

In contrast to the under-65 population, U.S. potentially preventable death rates compared relatively well for men and women ages 65-74, the age when people in the U.S. become eligible for Medicare. However, the U.S. rate of decline in this age group was slower than that in the U.K. and Germany.

"Despite spending about twice as much per person each year on health care as France, Germany or the U.K. -- $8,400 in 2010 -- the U.S. is increasingly falling behind these countries in terms of progress in lowering the potentially preventable death rate," said Commonwealth Fund President Karen Davis. "The good news is that the Affordable Care Act is already beginning to close the gaps in access to care. When fully implemented, it will cover nearly all Americans, with the potential to put our country on track to improve to levels seen in the best-performing countries."

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New Delhi:?The proposed land acquisition bill will be introduced in the Lok Sabha after incorporating the recommendations made by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Rural Development, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.


?Based on the recommendations of the Committee or otherwise, the Department of Land Resources proposes to introduce official amendments to the Bill in the Lok Sabha,?

Minister of State for Rural Development Sisir Kumar Adhikari told Rajya Sabha in a written reply.

The Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (LARR) Bill, 2011, was approved by the Cabinet in September 2011 and was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Rural Development the same month following its introduction in the Lok Sabha.

Adhikari informed the House as per a clause of the Bill, when any land ?acquired under this Act remains unutilised for a period of 10 years from the date of taking over the

possession, the same shall return to the Land Bank of appropriate government by reversion?.

Replying to a question on MNREGA scheme, Minister of State for Rural Development Pradeep Jain Aditya said the ministry has requested National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) to conduct survey on its implementation in Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

?NSSO has completed the survey and has given preliminary reports to the Ministry? Since inception (2006-07), around Rs 1,10,000 crore has gone directly as wage payment to rural households under MNREGA and 1,200 crore person-day of employment have been generated,? Jain said.






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Can Curiosity Mars mission inspire like Apollo?

LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Neil Armstrong inspired millions with his moonwalk. Can a feisty robotic rover exploring Mars do the same for another generation? With manned missions beyond the International Space Station on hold, the spotlight has turned on machines.

While it did not rise to Armstrong's "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," interest was so high in the rover Curiosity's "seven minutes of terror" approach to the red planet earlier this month that NASA's website crashed after receiving nearly 2 billion hits. The rover last week beamed home photographs of its first wheel tracks on the Martian soil since its daredevil landing

"There's something exciting about reaching another place in the solar system. If you think about the kind of interest the landing of Curiosity had, you get a sense of that," said Smithsonian Institution space curator Roger Launius. It wasn't on the same level as Armstrong's feat, "but it was pretty darn exciting," he said.

When Armstrong, then fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin, stepped on the moon on July 20, 1969, an estimated 600 million people watched and listened. "Virtually the entire world took that memorable journey with us," recalled Buzz Aldrin after Armstrong's death Saturday.

Early in the Space Age, the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo astronauts were the public face of NASA's space endeavor while the unmanned lunar missions that paved the way were in the shadows. The public craved adventure and the manned missions delivered. Aiming for the moon was new and exciting ? not to mention dangerous ? and the U.S. was locked in a Cold War space race with the Soviets.

Next, the space shuttle ferried a new crop of astronauts to low-Earth orbit, but after three decades of service, it became routine. And the Cold War thawed with the Russians and Americans cooperating on the Russian space station Mir and the International Space Station.

With the space shuttle fleet retired, the space station is all that's left. Its crew of six for the most part quietly goes about doing its job about 250 miles above the Earth. President Barack Obama nixed plans for returning astronauts to the moon in favor of landing on an asteroid and eventually Mars.

These days, space exploration is carried out by robotic spacecraft ? commanded by human handlers on Earth. Advances in technology have allowed unmanned spacecraft to go farther and peer deeper, with craft circling Mercury, Saturn, asteroid Vesta and others headed for Jupiter and dwarf planet Pluto. The twin Voyager craft are still going strong at the fringes of the solar system 35 years after their launch in 1977.

American University space policy analyst Howard McCurdy said today's generation of explorers was raised on technology and tends to get more jazzed about delivering a car-size rover to Mars.

"Robotic exploration has taken more of a center stage," he said. "It gets more publicity now than the International Space Station."

When the first Mars rover Sojourner landed in 1997, science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke rephrased Armstrong's famous line and said the event was "one small step for the rover."

Three other rovers have followed including Curiosity, which landed Aug. 5 by executing an intricate routine that ended with it being lowered by cables to the surface. Curiosity's acrobatics proved so popular that its Twitter followers surged from 120,000 the eve of landing to more than a million (the tweets are being written by the public affairs office at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which manages the $2.5 billion mission.)

Curiosity chief scientist John Grotzinger said Monday the wheel prints on Mars may turn out to be an iconic image just like those first boot prints on the lunar surface.

"Instead of a human, it's a robot pretty much doing the same thing," he said.

Henry Lambright, a professor of public policy and space scholar at Syracuse University, said while Curiosity is inspiring, the world still needs to send humans beyond low-Earth orbit.

"It can't inspire to the degree that Apollo did because a robot can't inspire the way a man can," Lambright said.

On Monday, NASA played a recording from Administrator Charles Bolden that had been sent up to the rover on Mars and relayed back to Earth. In it, he thanked scientists and engineers for their achievement.

David Lavery of NASA headquarters said the hope is that someone will be inspired by Bolden's message and become the first human to stand on Mars.

"Like the great Neil Armstrong, they'll be able to speak aloud ? the first person at that point, of the next giant leap in human exploration," he said.


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Source: http://news.yahoo.com/curiosity-mars-mission-inspire-apollo-235203451.html

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US Doctors Back Circumcision


You mean the same ?studies? that called the spleen or even the tonsils ?useless? for decades, just because they didn't know the use? Until they realized that the spleen is the standing army (!) of the immune system. (And the tonsils are your front entry guards.)
The place where white blood cells reside, that learned to defend your body against past threats.
Yeeeah, totally useless. Let's remove it. We're totally not arrogant dicks with a god complex for acting like that...

Hell, how stupid do you have to be, to not see that obviously, there?s a reason we have the foreskin, since otherwise those without it would have long won natural selection.

All the arguments here are complete bullshit.

The "disease hazard" one: How the hell is it expecting to much, to pull back your foreskin and wash your dick once, every 1-2 days?? How is that a disease hazard and a justification in the first place?? And how, going by that logic, don't they also recommend removing your asshole, bowels, mouth and nose? Those are even more prone to be full of bad germs.

The uselessness one: I guess you never had one, and weren?t even given a choice to experience it. Because otherwise you'd know, that at least 1. it keep the glans lightly humid... which is its natural healthy state, and 2. protects it.
It's the same thing as a vagina, which also has a special humid fauna/climate as the normal state. Hell, it even is the same damn fucking tissue! What's so hard about this??

What kind of fucked up mind do you have to have, to go: "Well, considering it's a integral part of your body, evolved over millions of years, it clearly must be completely useless."?

So shut the fuck up with your blatant thought-terminating chlichees, if you can't even bring up actual arguments! Only idiots life FOX news pound on "facts" and "fair and balanced". Because he has no fucking idea of the difference between a observation, a hypothesis, a theory, and communication of bullshit.

I wish your whole damn backwards wasteland would just go ahead, and cut the Internet, so you can live your dream of The Dark Ages 2.0!

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Softer fast food restaurant lighting and music can cut calorie intake 18 percent

ScienceDaily (Aug. 28, 2012) ? 0mYour mood for food can be changed by a restaurant's choice of music and lighting, leading to increased satisfaction and reduced calorie intake, according to a new study.

"When we did a makeover of a fast-food restaurant, we found that softer music and lighting led diners to eat 175 fewer calories and enjoy it more," said the study's lead author, Brian Wansink, professor of marketing and director of Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab.

Wansink and his co-author, Koert van Ittersum of the Georgia Institute of Technology, found that softening the lighting and music in fast-food restaurants didn't change what people ordered, but it caused them to eat 18 percent less of what they ordered -- 775 calories instead of 949. They also rated the food as more enjoyable. The results are posted online in the journal Psychological Reports.

The Wansink-Ittersum study counters the popular notion that people who dine in a relaxed environment, with soft lighting and mellow music, will order more food and eat more than those in a more typical dining environment.

"These results suggest that a more relaxed environment increases satisfaction and decreases consumption," Wansink said. "This is important information for fast-food restaurants, which are often accused of contributing to obesity: Making simple changes away from brighter lights and sound-reflecting surfaces can go a long way toward reducing overeating -- and increase their customers' satisfaction at the same time."

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Cooler waters help diminish Isaac's punch

ScienceDaily (Aug. 29, 2012) ? Seven years after the powerful Category 3 Hurricane Katrina caused widespread devastation along the Gulf Coast, a Category 1 Hurricane Isaac, with maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour (70 knots), made landfall Aug. 28 in southeast Louisiana. And one of the reasons why Isaac is not Katrina is the path it took across the Gulf of Mexico and the temperature of the ocean below, which helps to fuel hurricanes.

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina's maximum wind speeds increased dramatically as the storm passed over a warm ocean circulation feature called the Loop Current that is part of the Gulf Stream. The storm evolved quickly from a Category 3 to a Category 5 event on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale in a matter of nine hours as it drew heat from the Loop Current. It subsequently dropped in intensity to a Category 3 storm at landfall.

Because the Loop Current and its eddies are warmer, and thus higher in surface elevation, than the surrounding waters, they are easily spotted by satellite altimeter instruments, such as those aboard the NASA/French Space Agency Jason 1 and Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason 2 satellites. Scientists use the latest satellite measurements of sea-surface height from these and other satellite altimeters to create maps showing the location, direction and speed of currents in the Gulf of Mexico.

This color-enhanced image of sea surface heights in the northeastern Gulf, produced using data from available satellite altimeters, including NASA's Jason-1 and Jason-2 satellites, shows Isaac's path through the Gulf. The storm skirted around the Loop Current, then caught the outer edge of a warm eddy before passing directly over a cold eddy. The storm's track away from the Gulf's warmest waters has helped to keep Isaac from intensifying rapidly, as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita did in 2005.

Warm eddies have high heat content and great potential to intensify hurricanes, whereas cold eddies have low heat content and may even cause hurricanes to weaken, as was the case with Hurricane Ivan in 2004.

For more on NASA's satellite altimetry missions, visit: http://sealevel.jpl.nasa.gov/ .

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Activist Post: Farmer Wins Stressful 3-Year State Legal Battle -- Raw ...

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Armand and Teddi Bechard were following Missouri's raw milk laws when undercover agents from the Springfield-Greene County Health Department bought milk from the Bechard's central delivery location. The agents made undercover purchases twice in 2009 at a health food store parking lot and the Bechards have finally found relief in the battle to continue providing fresh milk to their customers.

During the sting operations, Armand heard from a health department worker:

This is your warning call...my boss doesn't like raw milk in the city of Springfield. And so if you continue to deliver it, you're gonna get a summons.
The video below shows the authorities' dizzying interpretations and stretched definitions of property, sales, and more. The summons attempted a permanent injunction against the Bechards and their posterity. The harassment and amount of action over legal semantics was incredible.

According to Missouri statute, unlicensed farmers can sell and deliver raw dairy, but it was the Missouri State Milk Board that filed a lawsuit to force the Bechards to deliver each sale to the customer's house and prohibit the central distributing location.

On top of the Milk Board action, Greene County D.A. filed suit against Mr. Bechard, accusing him of selling raw dairy outside of his farmland. An appeal acquitted him of the charge early last year.

Why did the Milk Board raise such a fuss over where the Bechards were legally selling their goods? Did the three-year legal battle amply bring a victory for them and other raw milk advocates?

The Missouri State Milk Board is somewhat of a quality assurance branch of Missouri's Department of Agriculture, and was created in 1972 to "encourage" sanitary milk production. It appears they disliked the possibility of random customers being able to walk up and buy fresh milk. They were risking their legal action based on an Attorney General Opinion (or interpretation of the law) from 1973. Attorney General Opinions are not the law.?They must have sent the health department agents out undercover because they enlist the health department through contract services.

Farm-To-Consumer Legal Defense Fund provided General Counsel Gary Cox to assist in the final settlement. The judge signed a consent judgement where the Bechards cannot sell to "strangers," like anyone who "walks up" to them in the parking lot without some prior sales arrangement.

But, the settlement guarantees that they can sell to whomever they wish and deliver it anywhere: customer's home, a central distribution point like a parking lot, and on their farm. By entering into this settlement, the Bechards are not adding legitimacy to the Board's allegations.

This settlement actually further anchors the Bechards' right to keep providing dairy to their members. It reiterates their right to keep selling from the central delivery location. Although they cannot sell to any stranger who walks up to them, they have more incentive now to bring in members, free from?harassment.

The Milk Board, which supposedly oversees sanitation and production went through an awful lot of trouble to ensure that the Bechards were following every jot and tittle of Missouri State law. It was a senseless action because it was not motivated by a sense of public safety, but rather an attempt to shut down a very small production and prohibit raw milk freedom.

It was a rough, emotional three years for the Bechards, but with hope this victory will propel them forward and show others that they have the freedom to do the same.

Here is Armand sharing his story, inspiring and with more legal battles, at a May FundRAISER Dinner at a St. Louis Regional Weston A. Price Conference:


The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund defends the rights and broadens the freedoms of?family farms and protects consumer access to raw milk and nutrient-dense foods. Those concerned?can support the FTCLDF, a U.S. based 501(c)(4) nonprofit, by joining or donating online at http://www.farmtoconsumer.org or by calling 703-208-FARM (3276).

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5 smart personal financial planning tips for college students

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This is a guest post by Alicia, a specialist in financial blogging from Manchester. Apart from blogging, she does research on?payday loans. Follow her on twitter ?at?@financeport. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.

The present breed of youngsters are known for their party oriented and care free lifestyle who are seldom bothered about their future and live in the present.
In order to gain interest of people around them, they spend money casually and fuel their desire of being popular. This ultimately results in low savings and loss of funds for their further education. The impact has to be highlighted for every college student so that they change such attitudes and follow the right path in planning their personal finance.

Here are five smart tips on how to do this,

Create a budget plan:?The basic thing that will be followed by every individual irrespective of their age group is designing a budget. Although it is an easy procedure to pen in all the financial considerations, many people fail in executing these plans. This is because the plan is not made in a realistic manner and is difficult to follow. Instead of facing the trouble later, it is better that you plan efficiently now.

Take advantage of student offers:?When you want to purchase something that may be stationary, any student related item or even clothes, you will find special offers and discounts that are available for students. Lookouts for these offers and take advantage of them as they will save you cash that can be utilized for some other necessities. And also if you shop in groups that result in bulk purchase then you can get additional discounts.

Adopt sharing culture:?One of the best advantages that you can make use of is sharing, that will benefit you in many ways. For example, if you need to purchase books that are necessary for your research and your budget supports in affording only few of them, then you can purchase all the books needed along with your classmates that can be shared both in cost and use. This way you will not only save money but also benefit yourself.

Early savings:?This is the right age where you can learn from your economic errors, as they are smaller and can be easily rectified by your parents and well-wishers. But once you become independent you may not be able to recover your loss, so start saving at these early stages. This should be frequent so that you get habituated to this culture that can be followed in future. And also you can utilize this cash in emergency requirements.

Avoid credit cards usage:?Some credit card companies offer credit cards for the youngsters who turn 18. This will be beneficial for them as they gain huge profits by fooling them easily, by?capitalizing?on their?naivete?in personal finance matters. In order to avoid such issues you have to stop using these credit cards. If you have used one in the past and have a debt on it, then you can clear it either from your savings or through payday loans. As payday loans are instant loans that can be availed even by student who has part time job. That said, as a student, it is advisable to avoid any kind of credit.

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Nine Iraqi soldiers killed in north Baghdad attacks

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least nine Iraqi soldiers including a colonel were killed on Tuesday after insurgents fired rockets at an army convoy north of Baghdad and gunmen battled troops at checkpoints in a wave of attacks on security forces.

Iraq's insurgency has ebbed since the height of the war four years ago, but militants tied to al Qaeda and other Sunni Muslim Islamists are hitting Shi'ites and security forces in an attempt to undermine the country's Shi'ite-led government.

Military helicopters opened fire on dozens of gunmen attacking checkpoints along a main route north of Baghdad, police and army officials said.

"Dozens of gunmen attacked army and police checkpoints, and army helicopters opened fire with machine guns at their locations," one police officer, Saif Ali, said by telephone, near the site of the one of the attacks.

Two other soldiers were killed by gunmen using silenced weapons in the north of the capital, police said.

Gunmen in four vehicles assaulted the colonel's convoy outside the capital, before hitting his car with a rocket-propelled grenade and heavy machine gun fire, killing him and six other soldiers, officials said.

Eight months after the last U.S. troops left, the Iraqi al Qaeda affiliate has vowed to revive attacks against Iraq's Shi'ites in an attempt to fuel the broad sectarian violence that drove the country to edge of civil war four years ago.

Insurgents also often target local police and army to show authorities are incapable of protecting Iraqis, nine years after the fall of Sunni dictator Saddam Hussein.

While violence has dropped sharply, insurgents carry out at least one major attack a month. Security experts say Sunni Iraqi insurgents have been emboldened by the Sunni-led revolution in neighboring Syria.

(Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed, Kareem Raheem and Gazwan Hassan; Writing by Patrick Markey; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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Rep. Schock: Obama has ?failed? young voters [VIDEO]

Following a series of speeches by President Barack Obama aimed at garnering support among college students, Illinois Republican Rep. Aaron Schock told The Daily Caller that young people should vote for Obama?s opponent, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, claiming that the current ?CEO? of America has ?failed? on ?every financial front.?

?They?ve [young people] been hit hardest by the recession; 50 percent of college graduates last May are still unemployed today; 50 percent of college graduates last May had to move back in with their parents because they couldn?t find adequate employment; can?t think of a better reason than having to move home with mom and dad to vote for a different president,? Schock told TheDC in Tampa, Fla., during the Republican National Convention on Monday.

?Every dollar of debt is a future tax increase on the next generation of Americans. Debt is not funny money, debt has to be paid back by someone and so every time we pile on a dollar of debt, somebody meaning the future generations have to pay it back. Our debt has climbed at a faster rate under President Obama.?

Schock, 31, said Obama?s efforts to deal with the rising cost of higher education have not worked.

?College costs have skyrocketed despite a ton of money being pumped into Pell grants and the like. Clearly, subsidizing the system as it is now is not the solution,? said Schock.

He also criticized Obama for not working with Congress to pass a budget for the fiscal year 2012 and not presenting a plan to reform Social Security and Medicare.

?Anybody who looks not at the personalities but at the facts, at the cold hard black and white numbers, would be foolish as a young American to continue with the current CEO that we have in the White House who?s failed us on nearly every financial front,? he said.

?He?s been the president for four years and he?s not been able to get a single Democrat to vote for his budget. I mean, what greater repudiation than to be the CEO of the largest organization on earth and not be able to get Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid to be able to vote for your budget??

Schock, who spoke with The Daily Caller after addressing ?Newt University,? a forum sponsored by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, said vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan?s Medicare plan saves the entitlement program for future generations.

?Medicare blows up in 2024, that?s not a Republican opinion or Democrat opinion, that?s the Medicare trustees saying that if nothing is done, Medicare will be completely exhausted by 2024 and we will have to raise the Medicare tax by 47 percent just to make good on current Medicare enrollees,? Schock told TheDC.

?So, that means young people today in twelve years, that will not be on Medicare, young people today in twelve years will have to pay a 47 percent increase in their Medicare tax that they?re paying on their income just to keep the current program solvent with no changes. Social Security goes broke in the next 20 years and again Paul Ryan, House Republicans are the only ones with a solution to save it.?

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