Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Sexy | Get Sconed! etc.

Earlier this Spring, I received a press copy of The Sexy Vegan by Brian L. Patton. The release of vegan cookbooks has become pretty damn overwhelming in recent years, and I dug seeing one stand out with such personality. ?Sexy?s?, as my vegan food nerd friends and I refer to it, is written by a self-described ?ordinary dude? who creates ?extraordinary food?; a professional and home chef turned vegan, and his inspiring story is inside. More importantly, are his recipes, presented with his very ?Sexy? introductions. It?s that great personality, that while browsing, I had such mixed feelings about. I had read nothing but outstanding, likeable press, and it struck me as odd that no one else seemed to share my concerns?as a woman. Was it bro humor? Who was this for?

After trying out a few recipes, I lent my copy of ?Sexy? to my close friend, writer Maeve Connor, thinking she would get something of a kick out of it, and try out one of the intriguing drink recipes. She definitely seemed to, and gives her take below. That being said, in the past few months, I?ve started following Brian on twitter and Instagram, and I?ve come to find him genuinely relatable and charming. So, is the?shtick?working? There?s so much more to discuss.

Maeve?s guest post follows?

Veganism for Douchebags
aka Commentary on The Sexy Vegan
by Maeve Connor

It?s exciting to watch veganism become more and more mainstream. I love that you can get vegan nachos in suburban malls now, or that you can learn about veganism from Oprah,?The New York Times, and the cookbook section in every chain bookstore in America. You are even officially allowed to go vegan without getting any sort of facial piercing now?great news for those of us who hate needles! In fact, veganism has become so mainstream that even sexist douchebag guys are vegan now and write books about it! Hallelujah. Wait, actually, I think I would rather return to a time when all vegans lived on communes and ate mostly sprouts.

I?ve been vegan since I was 17, but according to my mom I?ve been feminist since birth. My veganism and feminism basically come from the same place. I?ve always been a strong believer in justice and opposed to oppressing those weaker than you. Exploiting and torturing animals because we like the taste of hamburgers just never seemed like a good idea to me, which is why I announced to my parents that I wouldn?t eat cows or pigs anymore when I was nine. Even at a young age, I identified with the animals who never had a voice and had no autonomy over their bodies or lives. Marginalized groups of people (women, people of color, queer people, etcetera) also frequently do not have autonomy over their bodies or lives?it wasn?t a hard connection to make. So can we please stop coming up with vegan stuff that is sexist and offensive?

Obviously there are the sexist and fatphobic PETA ads. Those have been talked about plenty, so I?m not even going to touch them here. (But seriously, PETA, just stop it.) Then there was?Skinny Bitch?which told women they should go vegan out of hatred for themselves and their bodies. There?s?Meat is for Pussies, a book which confuses me because meat sucks and as a queer lady I think pussies are great so what?s the connection? (But seriously, can you believe that is a book title? It makes me want to throw up.) And more recently, there is?The Sexy Vegan Cookbook: Extraordinary Food from an Ordinary Dude.

While The Sexy Vegan isn?t on the same level of offensiveness as Meat is for Pussies, it?s still pretty annoying. There are obnoxious recipe names like The Fat Ass, The Real Man?s Quiche and The S.I.L.F. (Yes, that does stand for Sandwich I?d Like to Fuck?finally, bros who only ever think about sex can relate to veganism!) Worst of all is The Girlfriend?s Favorite Salad That She Constantly Asks Me to Make and Won?t Shut the Hell Up About. It?s funny because women are nagging bitches, get it?

Against my better judgment, I did make some recipes from The Sexy Vegan Cookbook. I started with The Beet Down, a salad with roasted beets, beet greens, fennel, iceberg lettuce (weird, right?), cashews, and a citrus vinaigrette with tarragon. It was fine, though I felt weird buying iceberg lettuce for the first time in my life, and I thought the vinaigrette needed more tang. I am, however, always excited about beet recipes that utilize beet greens because I think they?re tasty and I hate waste.

Of course I had to check out the cocktail chapter, since cocktails are my favorite thing. Overall it is pretty boring, though I might try making a margarita with homemade hibiscus syrup at some point. This time I stuck with the Get Some, which features champagne and a puree of macerated strawberries. He recommends serving it with dark chocolate, so I figured I might as well treat myself. It was good?because it was champagne and strawberries, duh?but I don?t know if I needed a recipe to figure it out.

Overall, the recipes in The Sexy Vegan Cookbook are uninspiring, and many are surprisingly fussy. Does anyone like a recipe where you have to flip all over the book to find other recipes to make it? Yeah, I didn?t think so. Does anyone want to put rum in their oatmeal? Not anyone over the age of 16, I don?t think.

I?m vegan because I care about animals, so I?m thrilled that veganism is becoming more accessible. I?m glad there are vegan men in the public eye, especially because eating meat is often seen as so masculine. But is it wrong to expect a little more from vegans? Like maybe if we can talk about animal rights, we can also talk about what masculinity means and why we value it. Maybe we can not make sexist jokes about our nagging girlfriends. Maybe we could not perpetuate fatphobia. (Oops, that was about PETA again.) After all, people are animals too. And women are people too! Even when they won?t shut up about salad.

-Maeve Connor

The Beetdown. Photo by Maeve Connor

The Get Some. Photo by Maeve Connor

Smokey Cheese Sauce. Photo by Jess

BBQ Tofu Ribs, Greens and Smokey Mac & Cheese. Photo by Jess

Note: The above piece featured independent content that was not created by Get Sconed!

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

If You Currently have Medicare health insurance And Do Not Now ...

Medicare insurance programs do not pay for all the healthcare needs a senior has. That?s the reason Four out of five invest in supplemental Insurance also referred to as Medigap Insurance policy. The supplemental insurance coverage assists in co-payments, deductibles, and coinsurance fees. A lot of the plans will provide unexpected emergency healthcare coverage if a person travels outside the US.. As with all insurance the Medicare supplemental insurance premium is paid month-to-month and it is not part of the Medicare program. The private insurance companies are the supplier for this coverage. A persons statement is going to be mailed monthly with any and all procedures which were covered on the senior citizens behalf.

In order to be eligible for this type of insurance plan a person must be enrolled in part A and B of Medicare insurance. The open enrollment into Medicare insurance begins when a individual is 6 months from turning Sixty-five. Once on Medicare a Medicare supplemental health insurance plan can be obtained on a guaranteed basis without prescreen required. If someone is not in the open enrollment a medical assessment can be required. Medicare supplement Insurance isn?t compatible with various other private coverage?s for example the Medicare Advantage Plan.

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The Medicare insurance Supplemental plans are actually standardized by the centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services into 12 different options labeled A ? L. These plans are generally distinguished by various levels of coverage and differing costs. Certainly the more a person pays the better the coverage?s. One exception for this are the older programs that where purchased long ago. The reason that newer programs are less expensive is that the old plans have had many claims and the ages of those protected, consequently be careful there. These programs are available privately and are not government controlled and as such variants in coverage is likely.

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The actual supplements have proven to be worthwhile with 4 out of 5 signing up for the plans. Don?t watch your savings go down the drain paying healthcare facility bills. Get insurance coverage that can control out of pocket fees and allow for a standard of living you always expected.

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Outdoor design trends and ideas to make your backyard and landscape beautiful and pleasant for your entire family.When thinking about making home improvements don't forget that spending some time on your outdoor space is also important. New outdoor wicker furniture is a common choice for many interior designers whose goal is to make an outside space feel cozy and comfy.

Today's outdoor patio furniture is much improved upon in comparison to furniture of the past. Designed to extend your home into the outdoors, furnishings are made to be long-lasting, weather resistant, cozy and exquisite. The design trend of taking interior concepts outside doesn't end with furnishings. You can find flooring developed for the outdoors in the form of specialized mats and outdoor carpeting. This outdoor flooring is made for longevity and will take punishment from all types of weather. Furnishings and floor covering products for outside are also developed to be quite easy to clean, making maintaining your outdoor space much easier and even more efficient.

Gazebos, pergolas, trellises along with other structural possibilities can also be incorporated into your back yard to provide elegance as well as improve functionality. Lots of people are using these outdoor landscaping structures that were once incorporated for use with flowers and landscapes for exterior designing. Some homeowners are investing in outdoor curtains and making intimate spaces that are unique and supply superior privacy.

In combination with outdoor flooring, furniture and drapes there are many of different ways to provide beauty and individuality with your backyard. Landscape design is a great way to add a unique quality to your backyard. Water features like ponds, waterfalls and fountains can add serenity, beauty as well as a restful element with your backyard. Consider how soothing it is to hear the trickle of a waterfall or to observe your Koi dart and move among the lily pads in your pond.

Outdoor lighting is a superb technique to add class to your back yard celebration. Use outdoor lighting to spotlight the beauty and style of your patio furniture, designer rugs, retaining walls, garden walls, water features and other exceptional outdoor and landscaping characteristics.

Your backyard should be a source of pride and entertainment. Your outdoor area provides others with a feeling of who you are as well as the great pride you take in your home ownership. Make outside your home as cozy and pleasant as the rooms inside so that you can spend some time together as a family and enjoy the warm weather while you're at it. Evidently with our busy lives we spend so much time inside, looking at a TV or home computer. An excellent way to encourage your loved ones to spend added time out of doors is to extend the comfort of your property outside. Whether you and your family loves to swim in your pool, take a soak in your hot spa tub or simply unwind with a cool drink in some comfortable patio furniture, you're sure to savor the summer once you have a wonderful outside place to spend time in.

Regardless of whether you decide on outdoor wicker furniture, a patio heater, fire pit, water feature our outdoor lighting, make your outdoor area your very own by choosing a design and landscaping which reflects your character and offers comfort for yourself and your loved ones.

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Some Banks Will Charge Their Legal Costs To YOU Even If They ...

The more journalists did into bank charges, the more outrageous the information gets.

As an owner of several bank stocks and a believer in the free market, I believe that responsible banks have a right for a return on their investments and to charge customers to recoup their costs.

However, the latest disclosure even stunned me.

At least four major banks and one large credit union have small print in their checking account disclosures that make the customer liable for all of the financial institutions legal expenses over any dispute even if the bank LOSES.

?If you win the lawsuit, you shouldn?t have to pay the other side?s costs and fees. It?s the other way around, William Shernoff, a Claremont lawyer who specializes in representing consumers against insurance companies, told the LA Times? Jim Puzzanghera.In more than 40 years of practice, he said he had never heard of a contract having such a provision.

?It?s offensive to consumers, to the legal system, to a sense of fairness,? said Pamela Banks, senior policy counsel at Consumers Union. ?It?s outrageous.?

According to the LA Times article staff? the Safe Checking in the Electronic Age Project of the Pew Charitable Trusts made that discovery of? HSBC Bank, TD Bank, PNC Bank, Branch Banking & Trust Co. and America First Credit Union.

Click here to read the complete article.? Thanks to our friends at ConsumerWorld.Org for pointing out the article.


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Monday, June 25, 2012

Cancer survivor allowed topless swimming at public pools

Unlike other women, 47-year-old Jodi Jaecks can now swim topless in Seattle?s public pools, thanks to a narrow exception granted by the Seattle Parks & Recreation.

Jaecks, a woman who survived a double mastectomy, was at first denied consent earlier this year to swim topless by personnel at Seattle's Medgar Evers pool.

But, Jaecks argued that she doctors had removed both of her breasts last year to treat cancer, and that wearing a bathing suit covering her chest caused her intense pain.

After winning approval to swim topless in public swimming pools, Jaecks said she would not opt for reconstructive surgery to have breasts.

Speaking on the topic, she said, "I don't see a need to fake having breasts. My ultimate goal is to change policy at beaches and pools, to increase people's awareness of cancer and the realities of the human condition.?

She also revealed that she detected the disease in a self breast examination. She said when she detected a lump in her right breast; she was felt like it was cancer. A diagnosis confirmed the disease.

Jaecks finished chemotherapy in November last year and is now completely cancer-free.

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Canadians embracing larger role for pharmacists in health care: poll ...

OTTAWA ??? On the cusp of a milestone for medicare and in the lead-up to a much-anticipated report on health care innovation, Canadians have indicated that they have an appetite for thinking outside the box on how they can access health-care services.

The majority of Canadians would be open to seeing private-sector pharmacies such as Shoppers Drug Mart extend their products and services into new avenues of health care, according to the results of an Ipsos Reid poll released to Postmedia News, and Canada?s leading health-care professional associations and policy analysts agree that it?s a conversation worth having.

?Enabling all health-care professionals to deliver the full range of care that they?re able to makes a lot of sense for our health-care system,? said Barbara Mildon, the president of the Canadian Nurses Association.

?The long-term financial model to support our health-care system is of great concern across the country. Cost-effective ways of delivering services that keep Canadians healthy are very important, and innovation is important in how we deliver care and services.?

The poll, which surveyed a sample of 1,030 adults across Canada, asked respondents to assess their level of support for the idea of private pharmacies offering a range of health services.

The results were released as Canada nears the 50th anniversary of its national health-care insurance program and as a working group of Canada?s provincial and territorial premiers prepares to release its first report on new ways to help ensure the sustainability of health care services.

In the poll, support was strongest for having trained pharmacists administer doctor-prescribed vaccines and other drugs on site, at 88 per cent. Support remained strong across the board for other proposals, such as having pharmacies provide in-home nursing or medical care, offer outpatient clinics for physiotherapy or sports medicine, offer hospitals for specific treatments, and provide nursing homes.

More than 80 per cent of respondents said they believed that the products and services owned and offered by pharmacies would be higher than or as good as those currently available. Only 17 per cent said they believed the quality of any of the services would be lower if they were owned and offered by pharmacies.

While Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces showed the strongest support for the range of potential services, support remained high in all regions of Canada.

The poll purposely did not delve into who would pay for these services, their profitability, or the issue of whether public or private institutions should be delivering them, said John Wright, the senior vice president of Ipsos Global Public Affairs.

?We wanted it devoid of that. We simply wanted to test the saliency of it. And I think what it demonstrated is that there?s a lot of acceptance,? Wright said.

Pharmacists are among the most trusted professionals in the country, Wright said. In fact, in January ??? for the second year in a row ??? pharmacists claimed the top spot in an Ipsos Reid poll of the most trusted professions in Canada.

And the scope of the work done by pharmacists in Canada is expanding already.

Many pharmacists are giving injections in Alberta, British Columbia and New Brunswick, said Janet Cooper, the senior director of membership and public affairs at the Canadian Pharmacists Association. A lot of seniors? homes also have pharmacists as part of the health care team. And pharmacists can order and review lab tests in Alberta, Quebec and New Brunswick.

It?s a shift that?s welcomed by pharmacists, many of whom have felt constrained by a business model that has them spending much of their time on the technical aspects of dispensing prescriptions, Cooper said.

?Most of us have thought, ?I could be doing so much more. With my knowledge, my skills, I could be doing so much more?,? Cooper said. ?There?s been a desire across the pharmacy profession for a long time for this.?

The more that care can be integrated, the better, said Dr. Michael Rachlis, one of Canada?s leading health policy analysts.

But most Canadians don?t know how good their health-care services could be for what they?re already paying, Rachlis said, and have little knowledge of the integrative models already available to them such as community health centres.

It?s no wonder the poll results were so positive, Rachlis said.

?People are desperate for one-stop shopping,? he said. ?They want to go somewhere besides an emergency department and be able to get in the same day. They want to be able to get their needs met without wasting a lot of time.?

The Canadian Medical Association believes that some expansions to pharmacists? scope of practice could benefit patient care and doctors within a collaborative care framework, said Dr. John Haggie, the association?s president, in an email to Postmedia News.

?Pharmacists are essential members of the health care team. Their expertise, like that of all health professionals, should be used to its fullest extent and integrated into a comprehensive system of effective patient care,? Haggie said.

The Canadian Nurses Association agreed that collaboration was necessary to avoid duplication of services and fragmentation of care. The notion of pharmacists expanding their services lends itself well to the development of community-based teams, Mildon said.

In January, Canada?s provincial and territorial health ministers announced that they?d formed a health-care innovation working group to drive a collaborative process for transformation and innovation to help ensure the sustainable delivery of health care services.

The group, chaired by Prince Edward Island Premier Robert Ghiz and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, will release its first report in July.

The working group presents a real opportunity to think about health care in broader ways, including the role pharmacists can play, said Douglas Angus, a health economist and health care management expert at the University of Ottawa.

?If all Wall and Ghiz are going to be doing is sort of looking at ways to massage the way we currently do things, then my recommendation to them would be just to wrap it up and move onto some other issues,? Angus said.

?We?ve been studying, studying, studying, doing commissions and special reports after special reports. It doesn?t matter which part of the country you?re from ? we all recognize the same issues and we?ve come up with pretty much the same recommendations.

?We?re stuck in first gear. It?s time to get out of first gear and do some of these things.?

The Ipsos Reid poll was conducted from April 26-60. Weighting was employed to balance demographics.

A survey with an unweighted probability sample of the same size and a 100 per cent response rate would have an estimated margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, of what the results would have been if the entire population of Canada had been polled.

Fact Box: Total support in Canada for pharmacies offering the following extended products and services:

- 88 per cent: Having trained pharmacists administer doctor-prescribed vaccines and other drugs on site.

- 87 per cent: Outlets in malls or storefronts for medical services such as wheelchairs or other devices.

- 84 per cent: In-home nursing or medical care for seniors or others requiring attention.

- 81 per cent: Outpatient clinics for physiotherapy or sports medicine.

- 79 per cent: Laboratory or X-ray services.

- 75 per cent: Hospitals for specific treatments such as geriatric care.

- 74 per cent: A hospice for those in need of palliative care.

- 71 per cent: Ambulance or medical transport services.

- 70 per cent: Nursing homes.

- 69 per cent: Retirement homes

Source: Ipsos Reid

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Kim Kardashian, Beyonce Bond At Watch The Throne Concert

Kanye West and Jay-Z's lady loves look chummy while dancing together at Birmingham, England, show.
By Jocelyn Vena

<P>Kim Kardashian and <a href="">Beyonc&#233;</a> got chummy while watching their men perform at a <a href="">Kanye West</a>/ <a href="">Jay-Z</a> gig in Birmingham, England, on Friday.</P><P>The women were <a href="">photographed</a> giggling with one another among the <i>Watch the Throne</i> tour concertgoers. <a href="" target="_blank"></a> reports that the ladies, dressed rather casually, had a full-on ladies' night. "Kim and Beyonc&#233; were dancing all night!" a source said. "They even went into the mosh pit! It was the most hectic thing ever!"</P><P></p><div class="player-placeholder right" title="'Kim Is So Happy' With Kanye West, Khloe Kardashian Says" id="vid:768812" width="415" height="255"></div><p></P><P>In another photo taken Friday night, Kim looked like she was singing along while Queen B rested her head on the reality star's shoulder. It's the first time Jay and Yeezy's lady loves have been photographed together. There had been previous reports that B was shunning K even though Kim had been scrambling to make a connection to the pop star. A source adds that it was just a rumor. "Kim and Beyonc&#233; have always been cool," the insider said. "Beyonc&#233; and Jay love Kim and think she's a good match for Kanye."</P><P>On Sunday night, the second half of <a href="/news/articles/1688065/kim-kardashian-oprah-kanye-west-dating.jhtml">Oprah Winfrey's interview</a> with the Kardashian family aired. In this installment Kim opened up about being friends with the rapper for years before they took a chance on love.</P><P>"We met maybe almost a decade ago. I've known him for a really long time &#8212; we've been friends for like six or seven years &#8212; so it's very comforting to have someone that knows everything about you that respects you, understands, has gone through similar things," the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star said. "I can really relate to his mother passing, he can really relate to my father passing. I mean, there's so many similarities in our life that I feel like I'm at a really happy, good space.</P><P>"I don't know why it took so long for us to kind of get together," she added. "But I think I needed to go through all my experiences and some that he's gone through."</P><P><a href=""><img src=""></a></p>

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

16-Ounce Cokes and 40 Joints a Month: When Government Dictates to Consumers

Jos? Mujica

Jos? Mujica is the Uruguayan Bloomberg.

Like the mayor of New York, the president of Uruguay is a social engineer, convinced to the core that he knows best when getting citizens to do the right thing.

Bloomberg and Mujica even have a mutual fan club going. Bloomberg donated $500,000 and called the Uruguayan leader nearly two years ago to urge him on in support of the country?s ?labeling law that requires 80 percent of the front and back of cigarette packages to be covered with health warnings, an action that provoked the ire of Philip Morris International.

Recently both Bloomberg and Mujica have upped their game: Bloomberg gave Coca-Cola? and other soft-drink companies spasms when he proposed a 16-ounce size limit on the sugary beverages in restaurants, movie theaters and the like. (Best random quote on Bloombergian food policing: ?He?s of the generation of Jewish men who feel that if they didn?t become a doctor they are a failure. Now he?s trying to become a doctor.??Fran Lebowitz in The New Yorker.)

Mujica has arguably done his friend Mike one better. He proposed earlier this week to legalize marijuana to stopper drug-related violence in his little country whose population is less than half that of New York City. Making pot more readily available would, in theory, quell demand for harder stuff like cocaine base, an intermediate in the production of the drug.

Legalize pot? So what? Isn?t everyone doing that or at least doing it and slapping on a bureaucratic moniker like decriminalization?

Details matter. Mujica?s initial proposal essentially sets out what might be called weed socialism. The plan foresees the national government becoming the source of hemp supply for all Uruguayan users.

Any interested adult would go to a consumer pot registry and, once enlisted, be entitled every month to buy up to 40 joints, or porros, as they?re called in Spanish (much better than the Anglo-Saxonism or even ?reefer?).

Okay, let me anticipate a multitude of reader comments here: What?s any of this have to do with science? First, Bloomberg: the New York mayor is big on his data-driven approach to getting citizens to behave properly. The Atlantic just ran a critique by researchers involved in the studies cited by the Bloomberg administration to justify the cap on drink size, economists who predicted that his plan may backfire. In the lab, people will over-consume when freely offered super-size portions. Having to choose among a range of sizes on their own in the real world is a different story.? There, they tend to pick what they are used to drinking, whether a large or small beverage.? Limiting consumption in that situation, the economists contend, may only prompt over-imbibing later: I was good this morning so I can splurge this afternoon.

So much for Northern Hemisphere science. There?s a long tradition of New York mayors imploding as their time in office nears a close. Now back to the southern cone. Mujica?s plan might be similarly science-challenged. Like his buddy Mike, he might be running into his own ?size matters? problem.

The minutiae of goods-rationing systems (operations research is science, right?) were a strength (maybe the wrong word) of the former Soviet bloc, but five-year plans for bread and dishwashers are a bit different than dealing recreational drugs at the state store.

The Mujica plan tentatively foresees making available for purchase no more than 40 porros a month. Researching the optimal-allotment size question is not grist for a typical PubMed search. Little more than a joint a day for regular users, though, might be viewed as a form of deprivation, which could lead to the same kind of compensatory over-indulgence engaged in by soda drinkers who expect their daily due. The extra supply would have to come from the illicit market.

For the government, the logistics might prove a touch daunting even for a country with a small population. Some reports have the national government planning to track the porros with chemical signatures and requiring users to return the roaches to the state store, presumably to ensure that the cigarettes weren?t resold after purchase. All this in the end may get worked out: as president, Mujica has often projected more the pragmatism of Brazil?s Lula than the dogmatism and hyperbole of Venezuela?s Chavez.

Anyway, one expects quirky ingenuity from newly developing countries. Uruguay is only a few hundred miles from the Bolivian border, a place where President Evo Morales has promoted the message that la hoja de la coca no es droga. And Bolivia is right next to Chile, which, at the other end of the political spectrum, once served as a social laboratory for Milton Friedman?s free-market ideas during the Pinochet years.

Nationalizing pot sales is just what you would expect from a 77-year-old former leader of the Tupamaro urban guerilla movement?and it marks a challenge to the long-time U.S. regional policy of viewing drug control as a relentless battle against suppliers. This time, though, Mujica shouldn?t count on another call and charitable offering from ?compa?ero Mike. Maybe, rather, a congratulatory tweet arriving from the outer reaches of the great beyond and signed by Abbie Hoffman.

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Singles try to sniff out love at pheromone parties

Konstantin Bakhurin, center, smells a shirt as Martina Desalvo, left, and Neelroop Parikfhak look on during a pheromone party, Friday, June 15, 2012, in Los Angeles. The get-togethers, which have been held in New York and Los Angeles and are planned for other cities, require guests to submit a slept-in T-shirt that will be sniffed by other participants. Then you can pick your partner based on scent. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Konstantin Bakhurin, center, smells a shirt as Martina Desalvo, left, and Neelroop Parikfhak look on during a pheromone party, Friday, June 15, 2012, in Los Angeles. The get-togethers, which have been held in New York and Los Angeles and are planned for other cities, require guests to submit a slept-in T-shirt that will be sniffed by other participants. Then you can pick your partner based on scent. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Martina Desalvo, left, Konstantin Bakhurin, second from left, and Neelroop Parikfhak pose for a picture with a shirt they have chosen during a pheromone party, Friday, June 15, 2012, in Los Angeles. The get-togethers, which have been held in New York and Los Angeles and are planned for other cities, require guests to submit a slept-in T-shirt that will be sniffed by other participants. Then you can pick your partner based on scent. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

A partygoer smells a bagged shirt during a pheromone party, Friday, June 15, 2012, in Los Angeles. The get-togethers, which have been held in New York and Los Angeles and are planned for other cities, require guests to submit a slept-in T-shirt that will be sniffed by other participants. Then you can pick your partner based on scent. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Karen Arellano, right, laughs as she smells shirts with her friend Christina Lopez during a pheromone party, Friday, June 15, 2012, in Los Angeles. The get-togethers, which have been held in New York and Los Angeles and are planned for other cities, require guests to submit a slept-in T-shirt that will be sniffed by other participants. Then you can pick your partner based on scent. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Jessica Nguyen, right, reacts after smelling a shirt as Angela Abad-Santos looks on during a pheromone party, Friday, June 15, 2012, in Los Angeles. The get-togethers, which have been held in New York and Los Angeles and are planned for other cities, require guests to submit a slept-in T-shirt that will be sniffed by other participants. Then you can pick your partner based on scent. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

(AP) ? Sniff your way to love? Singles who have attended so-called pheromone parties haven't ruled it out.

The get-togethers ? which have been held in New York and Los Angeles and are planned for other cities ? ask guests to submit a slept-in T-shirt that will be smelled by other participants.

Then, voila! You can pick your partner based on scent, or so the theory goes.

The parties started out as an experimental matchmaking fest by a California woman weary of online dating, but it turns out they also have a root in science. Researchers have shown that humans can use scent to sort out genetic combinations that could lead to weaker offspring.

At a dimly lit art gallery in Los Angeles on a recent night, partygoers huddled around several tables covered with plastic freezer bags stuffed with shirts and an index card bearing a number. Once they found one they liked, a photographer snapped a picture of them holding the bag and projected it onto a wall so the shirt's rightful owner could step forward and meet his or her odor's admirer.

Konstantin Bakhurin, a 25-year-old neuroscience graduate student, said he bypassed the bags that smelled like baby powder or laundry detergent or perfume in search of something more unique: the owner of a distinctive yellow-T-shirt whose fragrance he described as "spicy."

"I think it's probably a bit more pseudoscience," said Bakhurin, who attended with two fellow graduate students from University of California, Los Angeles. "I just kind of came here for kicks to see what would happen."

The parties are a marked contrast to the proliferation of online dating sites, which demand countless details from singles, and in some ways are taking romance back to its most primal beginnings.

Judith Prays, a web developer who now lives in Atlanta, said she came up with the idea for pheromone parties after she failed to find a match online. Prays said she'd date men for a month or so before things soured until she started seeing a man who wasn't what she was looking for and wound up in a two-year relationship.

What she remembered was his smell.

"Even when he smelled objectively bad, I thought he smelled really good," the 25-year-old said. "And so I thought, OK, maybe I should be dating based on smell?"

At first, it was an experiment. Prays invited 40 friends to a party in New York and asked them to sleep in a T-shirt for three nights, put it in a plastic bag and freeze it, then bring it to the party. Bags were coded with blue cards for men and pink for women and numbered so the shirts' owners could pinpoint their admirers.

The night was a hit, Prays said, adding that half a dozen couples hooked up and one pair formed a relationship. Since then, she has held similar parties in New York and Los Angeles and is planning others for Atlanta, San Francisco and perhaps elsewhere.

Many partygoers chuckled at the idea of finding a match in a smelly T-shirt. But that's not to say there isn't some science supporting the idea.

Research studies using similar T-shirt experiments have shown that people prefer different human scents. But whose smell they prefer is dictated by a set of genes that influence our immune response ? which researchers say is nature's way of preventing inbreeding and preserving genetic adaptations developed over time.

"Humans can pick up this incredibly small chemical difference with their noses," said Martha McClintock, founder of the Institute for Mind and Biology at the University of Chicago. "It is like an initial screen."

In one such study, McClintock and her colleagues had participants sniff inside a covered box without knowing that in some cases they were smelling worn T-shirts. What they found was people preferred the odors of those who had different genetic makeups from their own, but not radically different.

In Los Angeles, several dozen 20-somethings headed to the gallery at night in search of romance ? or at least out of curiosity. They posed playfully for the photographer with shirts they liked, hoping the owner might step forward and say hello.

Few did. Some admitted they had seen their number flashed on the wall but were too shy to identify themselves.

But there was still plenty of chatter as beer-sipping singles turned up their noses at bags that smelled like hiker's sweat and their aunt's old carpet and took a second whiff of sweet and musky fragrances they liked but couldn't peg ? a playful exercise that served as an icebreaker to what otherwise could have been an awkward gathering of strangers.

Karen Arellano threw back her head and laughed after trying a handful of bags that reeked of sweat, coffee and even weed ? but said she didn't really come to the party in search of love.

"I don't think I'm going to find anything more than, 'Hi, how are you,' a conversation," the 29-year-old baker said. "That's expectation enough."

Prays said she's also learned from the experience that while scent is powerful, it isn't enough to detect a good match.

"Animals have babies and they move on, and that's what the pheromone party is," said Prays, who may start including a few pertinent details on the index cards, like a person's relationship expectations. "The most successful thing about it is it opens up conversation."

Associated Press

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Citrix coming soon to Windows 8

In the wake of Monday?s announcement of Microsoft?s Surface tablet and yesterday?s announcement of Windows Phone 8, we?re more excited than ever about Windows 8 and the stunningly elegant array of ultra-books, tablets and now phones that will start appearing this fall. Faster and finger ready, Windows 8 is going to be a great new platform for accessing Citrix enabled apps and desktops using Citrix Receiver.

With the release of Windows 8 later this year, you?ll have a choice of using Citrix Receiver on your Windows 8 desktop or Receiver for Windows 8 Metro on either your Intel or ARM based Windows 8 devices.? Receiver for Windows provides our most advanced desktop features, such as HDX optimizations for Lync, support for RemoteFX, and? follow-me data with CloudGateway 2 and ShareFile.

To learn more and to read the entire article at its source, please refer to the following page, Citrix coming soon to Windows 8- The Citrix Blogs



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Locating Advice On Quick Strategies Of Home Buying

When you are out looking at homes, take a camera and notepad with you. After you see a few homes, you can start forgetting which house had which features. Also, make general notes about neighborhoods and local amenities, if you are looking for a home in more than one area of your city.

Purchasing a home is a big decision and a large investment. To make sure you know all there is to know, consider a course in home buying. Many local real estate offices offer these classes as ways to educate potential clients about the process from beginning to end.

When looking at homes to buy, you should always set your basic needs down. Only look for homes that meet your needs. If you know that you need three bedrooms, you should avoid looking at homes that have less rooms, or homes that have too many rooms. You may see the many rooms in a home and have big plans for them, but realistically, they are unnecessary.

When deciding on a home to buy, pay attention to the foundation and other structural components of the home. These things cost a lot of money to repair, so unless you are willing to invest time and a considerable amount of cash into the property, move on and look at other homes.

When you are in the market for some real estate, make sure you hire your real estate agent wisely. Purchasing a property is going to be among the biggest decisions of your life so make sure your real estate agent is someone you can trust and well connected in the industry.

Set your goals in writing. Keep a journal of the entire process of either buying or selling a home. This will give you a better picture of what you already have done, what you are doing now, and what still needs to get done, If you write these things down, you are more likely to reach them.

Understand what impact the economy has on your investment. When determining the area to buy real estate, consider the economy of the area carefully. For example, if you know that a major company will be relocating into or out of the area, it is probably a good idea to wait and see before purchasing a property there. Also, if you know that a shopping center is going to be built within walking distance, there is a good chance that your property will become quite popular!

Try to remain objective when attending an open house or viewing a model home. Focus on the house itself rather than the decor. Remember, you are buying the house, not its contents. Focus on what?s most important: square footage, the floor plan, wall space, windows, and doors. This will allow you to determine how well the house can accommodate YOUR decor and belongings.

Once you have found a buyer who is interested in your real estate property, you need to qualify them to make sure that this prospective buyer actually has the ability to purchase your property. Just keep in mind that many will not disclose their financial history with you.

If you are seriously thinking of buying a house, be sure to visit it on a damp, rainy day. Do you smell dampness? mold? are there other signs of a leaky roof or windows? These may not show up on a bright sunny day. A damp house is not one you want to live in.

Check the yearly costs of maintaining property you are interested in buying. There can be some hidden costs of ownership you may not have noticed on your thorough inspections. Fees such as taxes, water, and the cost of winter heating, are all factors you should strongly consider when you are buying a new home.

Only consider homes that are in good school districts. If you have children, it is important that they get the best education possible. If you don?t, your home?s proximity to good school districts will affect its resale value. Do your research and don?t even waste your time looking at a home if it doesn?t fall in your target area.

Don?t buy ?Get Rich Quick? self help books. If you are handy with tools and have some money to spare, you can buy fixer uppers and repair them yourself to make a hefty return. Self help books provide the same information that can be easily found for free on the web, so don?t waste your money.

As was stated in the beginning of this article, it is very common to be stressed out during the home buying process. However, learning more of the details of home buying can help ease some of this stress. Use the advice you were given in this article, to aid you in home buying.

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Friday, June 22, 2012

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Audience Guides Music Evolution

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A study makes the case for the public's taste exerting Darwinian selection pressure on music composition. Evelyn Lamb reports.

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[Music] That?s Generation Zero of DarwinTunes. It?s a website researchers are using to study how listener preferences affect the evolution of music.

A new study claims that the taste of the public exerts a force on music similar to natural selection. The findings support the theory that culture and art are shaped not only by their producers, but by consumers too. The report is in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [Robert M. MacCallum et al, Evolution of music by public choice]

Researchers created short tunes and allowed them to procreate?that is, they?d combine aspects of the parent tunes to produce a new generation of music. User ratings on the DarwinTunes site provided the evolutionary selection, with only the most appealing tunes allowed to create progeny.

The researchers found that quality increased quickly at the beginning: the random sounds rapidly gave rise to something an awful lot like music. Here?s generation 600. [Music]

But after a while things stagnated. The researchers plan to update the program to drive evolution further. Meanwhile, here?s DarwinTunes generation 3000.

?Evelyn Lamb

[The above text is a transcript of this podcast]

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Bitta Mostofi: Apple Should "Think Different" on Sanctions

The continued nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5 +1 in Moscow ended on June 19, 2012 with no sign of sanctions relief for ordinary Iranians. A spokesperson for Catherine Ashton, the European Union's foreign policy chief and lead negotiator for the six powers, was quoted by the New York Times as stating that there is no question that EU sanctions will go into effect as scheduled on the first of July.

Over the past three years we have witnessed a tremendous escalation of sanctions against Iran. Sanctions expert Dr. Joy Gordon, author of Invisible War: The United States and the Iraq Sanctions, has described the sanctions against Iran as overbroad and indiscriminate. Stating that they will likely fail to achieve their objective, in this case curtailing Iran's nuclear program, and instead will add to the suffering of ordinary Iranians who are already suffering under a repressive government.

The extent to which Dr. Gordon's prediction is accurate is made evident by a recent report from WSB-TV in Atlanta. The story follows an Iranian, U.S. citizen in her attempt to purchase an Apple iPad. The Apple salesperson refused to complete the sale because the woman spoke Farsi, the primary language spoken in Iran and identified herself as being from Iran. After learning of similar experiences from other Iranians the reporter accompanies the Iranian woman who had sought to purchase the iPad to the Apple store. Once at the Apple store, their refusal to sell to Iranians is reiterated by the manager and they are shown Apple's policy on Iran and other sanctioned countries:

The exportation, reexportation, sale or supply, directly or indirectly, from the United States, or by a U.S. person wherever located, of any Apple goods, software, technology (including technical data), or services to any of these countries is strictly prohibited without prior authorization by the U.S. Government. This prohibition also applies to any Apple owned subsidiary or any subsidiary employee worldwide.

Just a few days ago New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof recounted his visit to a store in Tehran selling iPads and iPhones with a statue of Steve Jobs. This should not come as any surprise to Mr. Kristof or the U.S. government. Not three years ago Secretary of State Clinton was boasting of young Iranians and their "Twitter revolution" in response to Iranian use of social networking to organize protests after the disputed 2009 presidential elections. Iran is a tech-savvy, young society, with an estimated 33.2 million Internet users and the highest number of active blogs in the Middle East.

But what doesn't seem to matter to Clinton or Kristof is that the very sanctions policy driven by the U.S. is further isolating and repressing the society they speak so highly of. They know these sanctions have already started to take their toll on the Iranian people. In the midst of an already devastated economy Iranians have been faced with inflation rates of over 20 percent, estimates of underemployment at 35 percent, and some reported food and medicine shortages.

In 2002 after actively campaigning against the sanctions on Iraq I, an Iranian-American, decided to travel there and witness first-hand what comprehensive sanctions on a country can do to the well-being and livelihood of a society. The imposition of sanctions did not weaken the regime's hold over its people, it was strengthened. It did not force people to rise-up against the dictator Saddam; rather, the economic sanctions?made many struggle and worry about how they were going to get by. These policies did not result in a peaceful resolution but instead lead to over 500,000 Iraqi children's deaths and an eventual invasion. Repeating these same mistakes with Iran will not change the outcome.

The U.S. has made some efforts to ease technology software sanctions against Iran, but in the breadth of the current sanctions it is impossible to prevent the chilling effect against all things Iranian. The sanctions against Iran are neither smart nor targeted. Technology and telecommunications companies like Apple should be leading the charge to lift sanctions that violate freedom of speech and access to information, not over-zealously applying these policies. Iranian-Americans, estimated at over 1 million, and American allies of freedom of speech should protest against sanctions on Iran while simultaneously calling on Apple to "think differently" and stand with their users in Iran.


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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Portugal in semis; tops Czechs 1-0 on Ronaldo goal

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Healthy oils suppress Breast Cancer

(NaturalNews) Women that are on the Breast Cancer journey must be clear about certain dietary restrictions. There is the obvious list of "Foods to Avoid", such as sugar, processed foods, and hormone injected meats. However, there seems to be a lot of confusion about what types of oils are beneficial for Breast Cancer suppression and which ones should be avoided.

Let's start with the term HNE, which stands for the fatty acid derived toxin "4-hydroxy-trans-2 nonenal". It is a byproduct that is produced when polyunsaturated oils are heated at very high temperatures. The oils that are high in linoleic acid are often used in restaurants and in homes for frying or high heat cooking include:
Canola Oil, Soybean Oil, Sunflower Oil and Corn Oil.

Aside from the lipid peroxidation and the toxic effect that HNE has on the cell wall, the issue also lies with the imbalance in the increased consumption of these plant based oils.

A study conducted in 2002 at the Center for Genetics in Washington, DC, found that "Excessive amounts of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and a very high omega-6/omega-3 ratio, as is found in today's Western diets, promote the pathogenesis of many diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and inflammatory and autoimmune diseases."

The healthiest oils for Breast Cancer suppression are Omega 6's and the proper source of Omega 3's. The World Health Organization recommends a healthy ratio of Omega 6 and Omega 3 to be between 5:1 to 10:1. The Journal of the National Cancer Institute published a research paper about the effects of the improper ratio on Breast Cancer. They found that diets that were high in Omega 6 actually stimulated the growth and spread of Breast Cancer cells.

Healthy sources for Omega 3 oils would be flax seed, chia or hemp oils. The Budwig Protocol, which incorporates ground flax seed and flax seed oil in its healing regime, has had remarkable success for over 50 years in reversing and healing multiple types of cancer.

There have been numerous studies on the effects of the lignans in flax seed and the tumor suppression effect they have on Breast Cancer cells. For women that are choosing to take estrogen suppressing drugs like Tamoxifen, incorporating flax seed oil in their diets improves the inhibitory effect of Tamoxifen.

The best source of Omega 6 is purified and distilled wild caught fish oil. DHA and EPA in the fish oils have shown promising effects on stimulating Breast Cancer cell death resulting in tumor regression.

The choice of dietary oils cannot be over looked, if your ultimate goal is prevention and suppression of Breast Cancer. Be proactive with prevention by making informed dietary decisions based on research and scientific evidence.

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About the author:
Dr. Veronique Desaulniers, better known as Dr. V, has maintained successful practices in the Wellness Industry since 1979.
Specializing in Bio-Energetics, Meridian Stress Analysis, Homeopathy, Thermography and Chiropractic, Dr. V brings a unique approach to Health and Wellness.
After personally overcoming Breast Cancer without the use of chemo, radiation or surgery, Dr. V currently helps to empower women about healing and preventing Breast Cancer, naturally.
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Solar plane to make second Morocco flight bid Thursday

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