Julian Englis's Journal
Member since: Sat Mar 10, 2012, 12:07 AM
Number of posts: 258
Number of posts: 258
From Rock Cellar Magazine: Musicians And Their Dogs (Photos)
Lots photos of musicians and their dogs. Woof!
Posted by Julian Englis | Wed Mar 28, 2012, 11:09 PM (0 replies)
From The Atlantic, The Worst Racial Demagogues of the Decade
In Stephen Colbert's ongoing spoof of conservative punditry, he often insists that he cannot see color. As if to prove that he's a spot on satirist, Rush Limbaugh has titled a Monday web item about the Trayvon Martin case, "The Left's Obsession with Race," wherein he explains to his audience:
More at: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/03/the-worst-racial-demagogues-of-the-decade/255070/
Posted by Julian Englis | Tue Mar 27, 2012, 07:35 PM (1 replies)
A single drug can shrink or cure human breast, ovary, colon, bladder, brain, liver, and prostate tumors that have been transplanted into mice, researchers have found. The treatment, an antibody that blocks a "do not eat" signal normally displayed on tumor cells, coaxes the immune system to destroy the cancer cells.
A decade ago, biologist Irving Weissman of the Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California, discovered that leukemia cells produce higher levels of a protein called CD47 than do healthy cells. CD47, he and other scientists found, is also displayed on healthy blood cells; it's a marker that blocks the immune system from destroying them as they circulate. Cancers take advantage of this flag to trick the immune system into ignoring them. In the past few years, Weissman's lab showed that blocking CD47 with an antibody cured some cases of lymphomas and leukemias in mice by stimulating the immune system to recognize the cancer cells as invaders. Now, he and colleagues have shown that the CD47-blocking antibody may have a far wider impact than just blood cancers.
"What we've shown is that CD47 isn't just important on leukemias and lymphomas," says Weissman. "It's on every single human primary tumor that we tested." Moreover, Weissman's lab found that cancer cells always had higher levels of CD47 than did healthy cells. How much CD47 a tumor made could predict the survival odds of a patient.
To determine whether blocking CD47 was beneficial, the scientists exposed tumor cells to macrophages, a type of immune cell, and anti-CD47 molecules in petri dishes. Without the drug, the macrophages ignored the cancerous cells. But when the CD47 was present, the macrophages engulfed and destroyed cancer cells from all tumor types.
Read more: http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2012/03/one-drug-to-shrink-all-tumors.html?ref=hp
Amazing news if it can be developed for medical use.
Posted by Julian Englis | Tue Mar 27, 2012, 06:35 PM (39 replies)
A great Op/Ed piece: The Rich Get Even Richer.
New statistics show an ever-more-startling divergence between the fortunes of the wealthy and everybody else — and the desperate need to address this wrenching problem. Even in a country that sometimes seems inured to income inequality, these takeaways are truly stunning.
More at http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/26/opinion/the-rich-get-even-richer.html
Posted by Julian Englis | Tue Mar 27, 2012, 11:33 AM (10 replies)
Frm The Daily Beast: Behind Court Challenge to Health Care Lies the Right’s ‘Freedom Fetish’
Mar 27, 2012 4:45 AM EDT
More at http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/03/27/behind-court-challenge-to-health-care-lies-the-right-s-freedom-fetish.html
Posted by Julian Englis | Tue Mar 27, 2012, 10:23 AM (1 replies)
Source: The New York Times
After a series of violent episodes and setbacks, support for the war in Afghanistan has dropped sharply among both Republicans and Democrats, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
The survey found that more than two-thirds of those polled — 69 percent — thought that the United States should not be at war in Afghanistan. Just four months ago, 53 percent said that Americans should no longer be fighting in the conflict, more than a decade old.
The increased disillusionment was even more pronounced when respondents were asked their impressions of how the war was going. The poll found that 68 percent thought the fighting was going “somewhat badly” or “very badly,” compared with 42 percent who had those impressions in November.
The latest poll was conducted by telephone from March 21 to 25 with 986 adults nationwide. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.
Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/27/world/asia/support-for-afghan-war-falls-in-us-poll-finds.html
Posted by Julian Englis | Mon Mar 26, 2012, 11:47 PM (5 replies)
Source: Sheboygan Press/AP
Kohler Co. has stopped advertising on radio commentator Rush Limbaugh’s nationally syndicated talk show, the company confirmed Monday, because of comments made by Limbaugh earlier this month calling a Georgetown University law student a “slut” during an on-air attack of her after she testified about birth control policy during a congressional hearing.
“We do not support the comments from Mr. Limbaugh and have pulled our advertising from his show,” said Jennifer Taylor, director of global public affairs for Kohler Co., said in a statement released by the company.
Kohler made the same announcement earlier Monday on the company’s official Twitter page.
Read more: http://www.sheboyganpress.com/article/20120326/SHE0101/120326144/Kohler-Co-pulls-Limbaugh-ads?odyssey=nav|head
Insert joke about toilet maker not being able to handle this sort of crap.
Keep the pressure up.
Posted by Julian Englis | Mon Mar 26, 2012, 06:52 PM (34 replies)
Source: Associated Press
Rush Limbaugh's opponents are starting a radio campaign against him Thursday, seizing upon the radio star's attack of a Georgetown law student as a "slut" to make a long-term effort aimed at weakening his business.
The liberal Media Matters for America is using a past campaign against Glenn Beck as a template. In Limbaugh, however, they're going after bigger game. He's already fighting back and the group's stance has provoked concerns that an effort to silence someone for objectionable talk is in itself objectionable.
Media Matters is spending at least $100,000 for two advertisements that will run in eight cities.
The ads use Limbaugh's own words about student Sandra Fluke, who told congressional Democrats that contraception should be paid for in health plans. Limbaugh, on his radio programs, suggested Fluke wanted to be paid to have sex, which made her a "slut" and a "prostitute." In return for the money, he said Fluke should post videos of herself having sex. Under sharp criticism, Limbaugh later apologized.
Read more: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jFCzNPqhK4Wblf1LsphUnLn7lZbA?docId=94bec8b86d87461f8f7abb2a1e71deb9
One of the ads points out the obvious--it urges people to call stations carrying Mr. Limbaugh's show and complain. We need to keep the pressure up. Call the stations and tell them you don't want them carrying the radio show of a hate spewing drug addict.
Posted by Julian Englis | Thu Mar 22, 2012, 03:06 PM (24 replies)
Source: Los Angeles Times
Does the economic recovery actually have legs? Long ones, according to the Conference Board, whose index of leading economic indicators (including jobless claims) continued to perk up in February in the biggest increase in nearly a year.
The index, which includes improving measures such as income and sales, was up 0.7% last month to 95.5 after rising 0.2% in January and 0.5% in December. That’s the most substantial advance in 11 months and the highest point since June 2008.
Fueling the uptick: a promising jobs market, with the unemployment rate at a three-year low and first-time claims for jobless benefits falling last week to a four-year low, according to a Labor Department report Thursday.
Building permits are up, according to the index, as are stock prices, which late last month helped the Dow Jones industrial average close above 13,000 for the first time since the financial crisis. And with more income in their pockets, the country’s consumers are spending more this year – expenditures that make up 70% of economic activity.
Read more: http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-conference-board-20120322,0,7580395.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fmostviewed+%28L.A.+Times+-+Most+Viewed+Stories%29
Posted by Julian Englis | Thu Mar 22, 2012, 02:18 PM (2 replies)
The Onion: Poll Shows Best Part Of Primary Season Has Been Really Getting To Know, Spend Time With 4
Poll Shows Best Part Of Primary Season Has Been Really Getting To Know, Spend Time With 4 Great Guys
According to a Gallup poll released Thursday, a majority of Americans believe the best and most satisfying aspect of the entire 2012 presidential primary experience has been the opportunity to spend extended time in the company of four just really terrific guys.
More at: http://www.theonion.com/articles/poll-shows-best-part-of-primary-season-has-been-re,27715/
Posted by Julian Englis | Thu Mar 22, 2012, 01:28 PM (1 replies)