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Would you opt for this ocular cancer test?

A Life-Death Predictor Adds to a Cancer’s Strain<snip>
But Ms. Caton had a new option, something that became possible only in this new genetic age. She could have a genetic test of her tumor that could reveal her prognosis with uncanny precision. The test identifies one of two gene patterns in eye melanomas. Almost everyone in Class 1 — roughly half of patients — is cured when the tumor is removed. As for those in Class 2, 70 to 80 percent will die within five years. Their cancers will re-emerge as growths in the liver. For them, there is no cure and no way to slow the disease.

No test has ever been so accurate in predicting cancer outcomes, researchers said.

The data from studies of the test are “unbelievably impressive,” said Dr. Michael Birrer, an ovarian cancer specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital. “I would die to have something like that in ovarian cancer.” Comment- Irony abounds.

While for now the ocular melanoma test is in a class by itself, cancer researchers say it is a taste of what may be coming as they continue to investigate the genes of cancer cells. Similar tests, not always as definitive but nonetheless able to give prognostic information, are under development or starting to be used for other cancers, like cancers of the blood.

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Jul 10, 2012, 08:55 AM (5 replies)

Alligator bites off swimming teen's arm in Fla.

MOORE HAVEN, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida teenager has lost his right arm below the elbow to an attacking alligator.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino told Fort Myers television station WBBH ( http://bit.ly/NljdlO ) the teen's arm was still inside the 11-foot alligator when it was hunted down and killed Monday evening.

The television station reports 17-year-old Kaleb Langdale was rushed to a Fort Myers hospital but the arm couldn't be reattached.

Langdale was swimming in the Caloosahatchee (kal-oos-ah-HAT'-chee) River near Moore Haven when the attack occurred.,Matt Baker says the gator swam straight at Langdale. It bit the teen's arm and pulled him under water.

Another friend, Gary Beck says Langdale popped out of the water, screaming "my arm is gone."
Officials say it's alligator mating season and attacks are not uncommon.

Information from: WBBH-TV, http://www.nbc-2.com/

Mother Nature can be a real b****.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Jul 10, 2012, 07:24 AM (10 replies)



(20) Twitter / Search - #OverheardAtRomneyFundraiser:

Alex-jon Earl ‏@alexjon: "Benson, check the twitters and make sure they aren't mocking us via hashtag." #OverheardAtRomneyFundraiser

Jeremy Schulman ‏@jeremyschulman: "What do you mean you're out of Romney-for-President monocles?" #OverheardAtRomneyFundraiser

Jeremy Schulman ‏@jeremyschulman: "Ugh... another four months of pretending to care about social issues" #OverheardAtRomneyFundraiser

Path2Enlightenment ‏@Path2Enlighten: #OverheardAtRomneyFundraiser "And now my employees expect healthcare?! The nerve! -Darling, please pass the Russian Beluga Sturgeon Caviar."

Rayner ‏@grayner: #OverheardAtRomneyFundraiser "So she says 'I'm one month away from retirement, please don't fire me, blah, blah, blah'"

Ann T Bush ‏@AnnTBush: "Excuse me young man, you can park my car, but remember, it costs more than you'll make in your lifetime." #OverheardAtRomneyFundraiser

Peg ‏@BowedOak: I'm building a for-profit Juvie center, as soon as Mitt pushes the vouchers through, it'll be full. #OverheardAtRomneyFundraiser

Scott Wooledge ‏@Clarknt67: "You know you just gave your empty glass to Sen. Rubio?" #OverheardAtRomneyFundraiser

John Thomas ‏@JCTRambler: #overheardatRomneyFundraiser "Of course I'm not racist, all my factories are in Asia, for Pete's sake!"

Scott Wooledge ‏@Clarknt67: "I'll have my money call your money." #OverheardAtRomneyFundraiser

Jean McKay Corner ‏@bwcjmc: We need to make the case to the lower income people the REAL VICTIMS are the the rich! #overheardatRomneyfundraiser

SpreadTheWord ‏@word_34: #OverheardAtRomneyFundraiser "I can't relate with common people for Pete's sake, I'm running for President"

Jeremy Schulman ‏@jeremyschulman: "And the funniest part was when they wrote me a giant TARP check!" #OverheardAtRomneyFundraiser

janet smith ‏@gohogsgirl: #overheardatRomneyfundraiser "well, little billy had some trouble with DUIs this year, but we got those fixed & got into Yale"

Oliver Willis ‏@owillis: "he's got the personality of a piece of cardboard, but jeb wouldn't run, so whaddya gonna do?" #OverheardAtRomneyFundraiser

Oliver Willis ‏@owillis: "i cant come clean about my offshore accounts, im running for president for pete's sake" #overheardatRomneyfundraiser

Gabe Ortíz ‏@TUSK81: "Funny story. My dad was shutting down this plant in Wisconsin..." #OverheardAtRomneyFundraiser

Moti Rieber ‏@rebmoti: "I inherited my money by my own bootstraps." #overheardatromneyfundraiser

Oliver Willis ‏@owillis: "my portfolio's done great under obama, i just don't like actually paying taxes." #overheardatRomneyfundraiser

And I'll bet most, if not all, were actually said.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Jul 10, 2012, 02:04 AM (7 replies)

This is how you become a world class kayaker in a nanosecond:

Photo Captures Kayaker’s Close Encounter with Great White Shark

Walter Szulc Jr., in kayak at left, looks back at the dorsal fin of an approaching shark at Nauset Beach in Orleans, Mass. in Cape Cod on Saturday, July 7, 2012. An unidentified man in the foreground looks towards them. No injuries were reported. The previous week, a 12- to 15-foot great white shark was seen off Chatham in the first confirmed shark sighting of the season according to a state researcher. Two more sightings were reported Tuesday, July 2, 2012. The same waters are filled with seals, which draw the sharks because they are a favorite food of the animal.

A kayaker’s first time out nearly became his last after a close encounter with a Great White shark.

Walter Szulc, Jr. was among the last to notice that beachgoers at Nauset beach in Orleans, Mass. were fleeing the ocean Saturday after a 12- to 14-foot Great White was spotted in the surf, WHDH-TV reported.

He told the station that before arriving at the beach he had teased his daughter about her fear of sharks. But in a scene reminiscent of the movie “Jaws,” witnesses said they saw the shark’s dorsal fin trailing Szulc by about 10 feet, according to reports.

Szulc told WHDH-TV that he had no idea that people were screaming “shark.” “So I looked behind me and that's when I saw the shark, it was pretty much right there, I got a glimpse of it. It was a good size and it had a fin sticking out, so I just turned and paddled,” Szulc told the TV station.

Gonna need a faster kayak.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Mon Jul 9, 2012, 01:12 PM (7 replies)

The greatest betting story ever:

Oxfam celebrates £100,000 windfall after dead donor's bet that Roger Federer would win seven Wimbledon titles finally pays out

*Nick Newlife placed £1,520 wager on Federer in 2003
*He bet the Swiss star would win Wimbledon seven times by 2019
*Oxfam land £100,000 win after 66-1 wager came in

A tennis fan who predicted Roger Federer's record-equaling Wimbledon triumph almost a decade ago has helped win Oxfam £100,000.
Nick Newlife placed an adventurous £1,520 wager in 2003 on the Swiss maestro to win Wimbledon seven times by 2019, at odds of 66-1.

Mr Newlife, who died three years ago, bequeathed the betting slip to the charity in his will, with Oxfam bosses watching in delight as the bold gamble yesterday won them the six-figure sum.
After Mr Newlife passed away in 2009 aged 69, Oxfam narrowly missed out on the prize money when Federer crashed out at SW19 last year.
A neighbor at the time Gavin Cowan, 56, said: 'Mr Newlife came to me and got me to help him install a computer - he said he wanted to place a series of long-term bets.

Wonder what other things he bet on?
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Mon Jul 9, 2012, 08:32 AM (2 replies)

If Mittens picks Condi as his VP, their slogan can be

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sun Jul 8, 2012, 02:21 PM (4 replies)

Mr. President, Arctic drilling is too risky By Shannyn Moore

Your secretary of the interior, Ken Salazar, recently told reporters asking about Shell's drilling permits and Alaska's Arctic, "I believe there's not going to be an oil spill."

Sir, he just wrote the headline for the first oil spill under Arctic ice.

"I believe" is not good policy. I believe that unicorn fur is the most absorbent clean-up product.

The Coast Guard, on the other hand, has held to its reality-based position that it doesn't have the assets necessary to cover a spill in the Arctic. The Coasties will have to pull resources from drug enforcement and fishing fleet security to try to boost safety in our most northern ocean. The Kodiak Coast Guard base is closer to Seattle than it is to the Chukchi and Beaufort seas -- 700 miles closer. Last winter we had to rely on a Russian icebreaker to deliver fuel to ice-bound Nome.

Trusting and believing is great in church, but when it comes to oil exploration and development, we have to do better.
Read more here: http://www.adn.com/2012/07/07/2534935/mr-president-arctic-drilling-is.html#storylink=

Salazar saying that he believes there won't be an oil spill is one of the stupidest things ever said. He should at least have said 'hope.'

Artic drilling in those seas is one of the riskiest ventures ever. It makes drilling in the Gulf look like a cakewalk. And as Moore pointed out, just getting to the area where a spill might occur is arduous. It is a harsh envirnment to survive in much less trying to run a drilling operation.

Have they even tried a basic drilling operation to see what they face? It will require equipment that can withstand extreme temperatures, moving ice, and a whole host of other issues. I doubt that they have developed the machinery that can even begin to handle it. They proved in the Gulf that they were clueless.

It's not a matter of if but when.

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sun Jul 8, 2012, 05:13 AM (1 replies)

Chernobyl's radioactive trees and the forest fire risk

Much of the 30km exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear plant is pine forest, and some of it so badly contaminated that a forest fire could create a devastating radioactive smoke cloud.
It is happening inside the exclusion zone too. Chernobyl Forestry Enterprise is now planting small new pine stands which it plans to harvest in 80 years' time. But there are serious problems with the rest of Chernobyl's extensive pine plantations.

Pine damages easily. Wind blows it down. Insects infest it. Drought makes brush into perfect tinder which can all too easily catch fire. And these dying radioactive plantations are considered too dangerous and expensive to clear.

If ignited, one expert likens the potential effect to setting off a nuclear bomb in Eastern Europe. Wind could carry radioactive smoke particles large distances, not just in Ukraine, but right across the continent.
More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18721292

Chernobyl will haunt us forever.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sat Jul 7, 2012, 04:42 AM (9 replies)

Here's what happened to VP Triponey at PSU as she tried to hold the FB players to student standards:

Triponey was vice president of student affairs at Penn State from 2003 to 2007—and allegedly was fired after butting heads with football god Joe Paterno, when she tried to punish a number of his players for crimes that ranged from bar fights to sexual assault.

She was basically run out of town. According to Triponey, whose story is backed up by the local chief of police, people knocked on her door late at night, then bolted when she went to answer it. Students prank-called her and savaged her on message boards. One morning, she woke up to find a "For Sale" sign in her yard. Even Paterno—when he appeared on a local sports radio show in the fall of 2005—proclaimed that “that lady in Old Main” (referring to the university’s administrative building) didn’t know how to deal with students because “she didn’t have kids.”

“This was creating an environment that put me completely on edge,” Triponey told The Daily Beast.

The abuse got to a point, she says, where the local police had to install a camera outside her door.
Much more about FB team incidents and the results:

Yeah! Good ol' PSU. Just move on now because it's all ok.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Fri Jul 6, 2012, 01:54 PM (5 replies)

Info about DNS Changer Malware that will be triggered Monday:

(you can check your system, fix it, and protect it from this malware at this site)
What is the DNS Changer Malware?

What is the DNS Changer Malware?
On November 8, the FBI, the NASA-OIG and Estonian police arrested several cyber criminals in “Operation Ghost Click”. The criminals operated under the company name “Rove Digital”, and distributed DNS changing viruses, variously known as TDSS, Alureon, TidServ and TDL4 viruses. You can read more about the arrest of the Rove Digital principals here, and in the FBI Press Release.

What does the DNS Changer Malware do?
The botnet operated by Rove Digital altered user DNS settings, pointing victims to malicious DNS in data centers in Estonia, New York, and Chicago. The malicious DNS servers would give fake, malicious answers, altering user searches, and promoting fake and dangerous products. Because every web search starts with DNS, the malware showed users an altered version of the Internet.

Under a court order, expiring July 9, the Internet Systems Consortium is operating replacement DNS servers for the Rove Digital network. This will allow affected networks time to identify infected hosts, and avoid sudden disruption of services to victim machines.
Much more info here: http://www.dcwg.org/


Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Fri Jul 6, 2012, 09:50 AM (2 replies)
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