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dad takes selfies with his new born

this is too cute


I knew it .... oreos are as addictive as cocaine.


we obviously must outlaw them, for the children ya know /s

The late Rick James coined an early-2000s catchphrase with "Cocaine's a hell of a drug." So are Oreos, apparently. According to a study from Connecticut College, everyone's favorite combination of cookies and creme filling is as addictive as cocaine. The researchers used rats to test their theory, giving hungry rodents Oreos on one side of a maze and rice cakes on the other — and (fun fact) the rats ate the creme first. Rats in a second experiment were given a shot of either cocaine or morphine on one side of the maze and a shot of saline on the other.
They were surprised to learn that the rats that had gorged themselves on Oreos had more neurons activated in the brain's "pleasure center" than rats that had been injected with actual narcotics. "Even though we associate significant health hazards in taking drugs like cocaine and morphine, high-fat, high-sugar foods may present even more of a danger because of their accessibility and affordability," researcher Jamie Honohan told NBC Connecticut.

I would like to take this time to thank Weepy Boner

before this clusterfluke the GOP stood ready to retain the house
and possibly make inroads in the Senate. (mostly due to the number
of Dem seats available.) now .... hahahahaha

Il woman stripped naked by 3 male deputies and 1 female. on suspect DUI


we really need to remove immunity on cops.
these folks need to go to jail themselves and get sued

Dana Holmes was driving home from a wedding in May when she was pulled over by Marseilles PD for speeding. After failing a breathalyzer test, Holmes was taken in for DUI and transported to a LaSalle County jail. It was there that her dignity and humanity was stripped from her by four deputies.


It seemed like a routine booking until a female officer began a customary pat down. After searching her right foot, deputies violently forced Holmes to the floor and carried her by her limbs into an open cell. There, three men and the same woman ripped off all of her clothes, including her undergarments, and left her naked and exposed on the floor of the cell. Minutes later, a deputy opened the cell door and threw in some blankets and what is described as a “padded suit” by authorities. There she sat for over an hour, alone and afraid with only a blanket to hide behind.
“I was terrified…I felt helpless,” Holmes recalled to CNN. “I was scared and I lay there crying. I just prayed.”


It didn’t stop there, either. Deputies entered again to rouse Holmes from her sleep, and was then paraded around the station naked to be photographed and fingerprinted. She can be seen in the video clutching at the blanket, desperately trying to retain her modesty in front of her abusers.
“I just felt helpless and degraded,” Holmes told the Chicago Tribune. ”I was actually afraid they might come in and try to rape me.”


Authorities have had some trouble getting their stories straight after this staggering abuse. LaSalle County officers claimed that the Marseilles police officer that transported Holmes told them that she was “being mouthy and causing problems,” though the Marseilles DUI report noted nothing of the sort. The report stated that Holmes “seemed confused” about the arrest but described nothing of her temperament otherwise.

much more at the link

well here is something 68 percent say govt not tough enough on wall street criminals.


Several employees of disgraced financier Bernard Madoff are going on trial this week for their part in orchestrating one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in history, but many Americans still believe others in the financial industry are getting away with too much.
Just 14% of American Adults believe the federal government has been aggressive enough in pursuing possible criminal behavior on Wall Street, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Sixty-eight percent (68%) don’t think the federal government has been aggressive enough in this area. Eighteen percent (18%) are undecided

united healthcare fires thousands of Dr.'s


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- In the midst of major changes in health care, UnitedHealthCare has sent thousands of pink slips to Connecticut doctors.
Termination letters went to physicians caring for Medicare patients. Those letters were sent out to doctors caring for 'Medicare Advantage' patients. It's a plan, marketed to Seniors to provide additional services through UnitedHealthCare.
A mix of primary care and specialty doctors are affected by it. And it comes at a questionable time.
Open enrollment for Medicare starts next Tuesday, and it's still not clear at this time as to which doctors are still in the United network.


The Connecticut State Medical Society is fighting back. The biggest concern is patient access to healthcare.
"What the government is looking for is to manage better care by adding a patient centered medical home so that you have a doctor who is totally invested with taking care of every aspect of the patient and coordinating it. This is clearly not a patient centered decision," said Dr. Michael Saffir, President of CT State Medical Society.


UPDATE: In an email statement, UnitedHealthCare spokesman Ben Goldstein told News 8, "With the many changes happening in health care, we are building a network of health care providers that we can collaborate with more closely to have the most positive impact on the quality of care for our members. We are prepared to help our members transition to new providers. Members with questions are encouraged to call the customer service number on the back of their member ID card for more information."
Goldstein later wrote "we offer our members one of the most extensive networks of health care providers in Connecticut and remain committed to ensuring they have continued access to quality, affordable care."

Angela Corey claim "sovereign immunity"


Lawyers for State Attorney Angela Corey say she has "sovereign immunity" and are asking a judge to throw out a lawsuit filed against her in the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case.
Ben Kruidbos, her former information technology director, was fired in June after he testified that prosecutors did not turn over all information to Zimmerman's defense team in the shooting death of the 17-year-old. Kruidbos said he was a whistleblower and under the law cannot be fired.

The lawsuit says Kruidbos testified in response to a subpoena, and the firing was retaliation for his testimony.
He is asking for $5 million in damages and his job back.

n court papers filed this week, Corey's attorneys say the state attorney cannot be sued because she has sovereign immunity as an elected official.
According to Black's Law Dictionary, sovereign immunity is the legal doctrine that says the government cannot be sued without its consent.
The motion says Corey, a government official, does not consent.

"I think it's an absurd assertion that she's above the law," said attorney Wesley White, who is representing Kruidbos.

much more at the link.
pass the popcorn.

New dark variety of chocolate improve heart health


thought about putting this in food. but thought it would be better here.

Acticoa, a dark chocolate containing health-boosting plant chemicals called flavanols, is made by Swiss company Barry Callebaut.
Tests show that it increases the elasticity of blood vessels by 1 to 2 per cent, making it easier for blood to flow.
Research shows that an improvement of 1 per cent cuts the risk of cardiovascular problems, including heart attacks, by 8 per cent.
Cocoa beans are naturally high in flavanols but they are normally stripped out during processing. Barry Callebaut has made adjustments to its processing technique, to preserve the flavanols.

more at the link.

time has a good article on the debt ceiling.


1. The Trillion-Dollar Coin: This idea, first raised by Jack Balkin, a Professor of Constitutional Law at Yale Law School, takes advantage of a loophole in the law which allows the Treasury to mint platinum coins without limit. The purpose of the law is to allow the creation of commemorative coins, but there’s nothing in the law that would prevent the minting a coin of any value. Therefore, to get around the debt ceiling, Balking suggests minting two platinum coins worth $1 trillion dollars and then just depositing them at the Federal Reserve in order to write checks based on the value.


2. The 14th Amendment: Another potential option is for the President to declare the debt limit unconstitutional because of in the 14th amendment. It states, ”the validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law . . . shall not be questioned.” The 14th Amendment was written to prevent Southern congressmen from threatening to default on U.S. debt unless the Confederacy’s debt was paid off too. University of Baltimore Law Professor Garrett Epps has argued that this amendment basically makes the debt limit unconstitutional and would allow the Treasury to continue to issue bonds without Congress’ approval.


3. Premium Treasury Bonds: While the previous two strategies for obviating the debt ceiling were prevalent during the last debt-ceiling showdown, the idea of issuing so-called “premium” Treasury bonds is newer. The idea was first raised earlier this year by Matthew Levine at Dealbreaker. Understanding the idea requires knowing a little bit about how bonds are sold. Bear with:

Bonds have both a “par” value and often times a different price at which a bond is actually sold to the public. Normally this is because interest rates can change pretty quickly: Say I want to issue a bond for $100 at a 4% interest rate, but a few weeks later, when I actually get around to issuing the bond, interest rate rises to 6%. To sell my 4% bond will require selling the bond at a discount to par–somewhat less than $100. The opposite would happen if interest rates falls to 2%. If I’m selling a 4% bond in a 2% environment, I’ll be able to garner more than $100 in that environment.
So how does this apply to the debt ceiling? The debt ceiling law only applies to the face value of bonds issued, rather than the actual value of the money raised. So when past Treasury debt expries, the Treasury Department could simply roll it over into bonds with much lower face values but that bring in higher revenues and pay out higher interest rates, allowing the total debt of the U.S. to continue to rise while still staying within the debt-limit law.

more at the link

Crap lesson learned.

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