Saturday, August 10, 2013

Via NPR: When Power Goes To Your Head, It May Shut Out Your Heart

 

Even the smallest dose of power can change a person. You've probably seen it. Someone gets a promotion or a bit of fame and then, suddenly, they're a little less friendly to the people beneath them.
So here's a question that may seem too simple: Why?

If you ask a psychologist, he or she may tell you that the powerful are simply too busy. They don't have the time to fully attend to their less powerful counterparts.

But if you ask Sukhvinder Obhi, a neuroscientist at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada, he might give you another explanation: Power fundamentally changes how the brain operates.

Obhi and his colleagues, Jeremy Hogeveen and Michael Inzlicht, have a showing evidence to support that claim.

Make the jump here to read / listen to the full story on NPR


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Via JMG: Malaria Vaccine Breakthrough Announced


A breakthrough in the search for a malaria vaccine was announced today.
A malaria vaccine has become the first to provide 100% protection against the disease, confounding critics and far surpassing any other experimental malaria vaccine tested. It will now be tested further in clinical trials in Africa. "The results are important because they demonstrate for the first time the concept that a malaria vaccine can provide a high level of protection," says Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Bethesda, Maryland, adding that the findings are cause for "cautious optimism". No effective malaria vaccine is available at present. The World Health Organization has set a target to develop a malaria vaccine with 80% efficacy by 2025, but until now, says Fauci, "we have not even gotten anywhere near that level of efficacy."
An estimated one million people die of malaria every year.


Reposted from Joe

Via FB:


I absolutely love this story........ It made me cry. Very touching.

"An 87 Year Old College Student Named Rose

The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know.
 

I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned round to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being.
 

She said, “Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I’m eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?”
 

I laughed and enthusiastically responded, “Of course you may!” and she gave me a giant squeeze.
 

“Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?” I asked.
She jokingly replied, “I’m here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids…”
 

“No seriously,” I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age.
 

“I always dreamed of having a college education and now I’m getting one!” she told me.
 

After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake. We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months, we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this “time machine” as she shared her wisdom and experience with me.
 

Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she reveled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up.
 

At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I’ll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium.
 

As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor. Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, “I’m sorry I’m so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I’ll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell
you what I know.”
 

As we laughed she cleared her throat and began, “We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing. There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humor every day.
 

You’ve got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die.
 

We have so many people walking around who are dead and don’t even know it! There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up.
 

If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don’t do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old.

If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight.
 

Anybody can grow older. That doesn’t take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change.
 

Have no regrets.
 

The elderly usually don’t have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets.”
 

She concluded her speech by courageously singing “The Rose.”
 

She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives.
 

At the year’s end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those years ago. One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep.
 

Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it’s never too late to be all you can possibly be .When you finish reading this, please send this peaceful word of advice to your friends and family, they’ll really enjoy it!
 

These words have been passed along in loving memory of ROSE.
 

REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS
OPTIONAL.


We make a Living by what we get, We make a Life by what we give."


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Via FB / PATTY MYERS in Montana to Alan Simpson

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CAPTAIN BULLSHIT, Alan Simpson, the Senator from Wyoming, calls senior citizens the Greediest Generation as he compared "Social Security " to a Milk Cow with 310 million teats. Here's a response in a letter from PATTY MYERS in Montana ... I think she is a little ticked off! She also tells it like it is!
 

"Hey Alan, let's get a few things straight!!!

1. As a career politician, you have been on the public dole (tit) for FIFTY YEARS.


2. I have been paying Social Security taxes for 48 YEARS (since I was 15 years old. I am now 63).


3. My Social Security payments, and those of millions of other Americans, were safely tucked away in an interest bearing account for decades until you political pukes decided to raid the account and give OUR money to a bunch of zero losers in return for votes, thus bankrupting the system and turning Social Security into a Ponzi scheme that would make Bernie Madoff proud.


4. Recently, just like Lucy & Charlie Brown, you and "your ilk" pulled the proverbial football away from millions of American seniors nearing retirement and moved the goalposts for full retirement from age 65 to age, 67. NOW, you and your "shill commission" are proposing to move the goalposts YET AGAIN.


5. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying into Medicare from Day One, and now "you morons" propose to change the rules of the game. Why? Because "you idiots" mismanaged other parts of the economy to such an extent that you need to steal our money from Medicare to pay the bills.


6. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying income taxes our entire lives, and now you propose to increase our taxes yet again. Why? Because you "incompetent bastards" spent our money so profligately that you just kept on spending even after you ran out of money. Now, you come to the American taxpayers and say you need more to pay off YOUR debt.


To add insult to injury, you label us "greedy" for calling "bullshit" to your incompetence.


Well, Captain Bullshit, I have a few questions for YOU:


1. How much money have you earned from the American taxpayers during your pathetic 50-year political career?


2. At what age did you retire from your pathetic political career, and how much are you receiving in annual retirement benefits from the American taxpayers?


3. How much do you pay for YOUR government provided health insurance?


4. What cuts in YOUR retirement and healthcare benefits are you proposing in your disgusting deficit reduction proposal, or as usual, have you exempted yourself and your political cronies?


It is you, Captain Bullshit, and your political co-conspirators called Congress who are the "greedy" ones. It is you and your fellow nutcase thieves who have bankrupted America and stolen the American dream from millions of loyal, patriotic taxpayers.


And for what? Votes and your job and retirement security at our expense, you lunk-headed, leech.


That's right, sir. You and yours have bankrupted America for the sole purpose of advancing your pathetic, political careers. You know it, we know it, and you know that we know it.
And you can take that to the bank, you miserable son of a bitch.


P.S. And stop calling Social Security benefits "entitlements". WHAT AN INSULT!!!!


I have been paying in to the SS system for 45 years “It's my money”-give it back to me the way the system was designed and stop patting yourself on the back like you are being generous by doling out these monthly checks."


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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Via God Bless the President of the United States & General Knowledge!!! (Did You Know) / FB:

HEY!!!! REPUBLICANS!!!! The Saudi Prince, Alwaleed, who owns this diamond encrusted car also owns a large portion of FOX (not) NEWS that you have been supporting. It is your need to be infused with lies, fear, loathing and bigotry that paid for this obscene display of everything that is wrong with this world.

90% OF ALL FOX WATCHERS HAVE NO IDEA THAT
1/3 OF FOX IS OWNED BY THIS SAUDI PRINCE.
INFORM YOURSELF, INFORM OTHERS.
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER. 

THE TRUTH WILL SET US FREE!!!!
Saudi Prince Alwaleed owns a Diamond encrusted $48 million Mercedes and he charges $1000 just to touch it. :O
 
Saudi Prince Alwaleed owns a Diamond encrusted $48 million Mercedes and he charges $1000 just to touch it.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Via TheBlueSquirrel.org: My Left Nut's / FB:


 
Amazing Op-Ed on the destruction of the Middle Class and our need for a life preserver as the rich get richer. A must read this Sunday.

"Trickle-down economics have worked out terribly for most Americans."

"Productivity has risen 80%, economists report, but the average family's income has risen only 10%, and that bump has come primarily because more women have entered the workforce, not because wages have gone up. According to the Census Bureau, the typical male worker made the same hourly pay and benefits in 2011 as in 1978, adjusted for inflation. Three decades of going nowhere."

SEE: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-smith-how-to-help-the-middle-class-20130804,0,1194197.story

Artist credit: Peter and Maria Hoey
TheBlueSquirrel.org: My Left Nut

Via God Bless the President of the United States / FB: Happy Birthday, Mr. President!


"I was not raised in a particularly religious household. I had a father who was born a Muslim but became an atheist, grandparents who were non-practicing Methodists and Baptists, and a mother who was skeptical of organized religion, even as she was the kindest, most spiritual person I've ever known. She was the one who taught me as a child to love, and to understand, and to do unto others as I would want done.

"I didn't become a Christian until many years later, when I moved to the South Side of Chicago after college. It happened not because of indoctrination or a sudden revelation, but because I spent month after month working with church folks who simply wanted to help neighbors who were down on their luck no matter what they looked like, or where they came from, or who they prayed to. It was on those streets, in those neighborhoods, that I first heard God's spirit beckon me. It was there that I felt called to a higher purpose -- His purpose."


~President Barack Obama
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