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Hi I am Lost. In fact, I am pretty sure I made a wrong turn at Albuquerque. Anyone know the way to Cucamonga?

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The Evidence Supports Artificial Sweeteners Over Sugar

JULY 27, 2015

Aaron E. Carroll

In the last few years, I’ve watched a continuing battle among my friends about which is worse for you: artificial sweeteners or sugar. Unless you want to forgo all beverages that are sweet, you’re going to run into one of these. Rather than rely on anecdote or myth, we can inform this debate with research.

The available evidence points to the fact that there appears to be a correlation between sugar consumption and health problems; none can be detected with artificial sweeteners.

Let’s start with artificial sweeteners. These have, for decades, been attacked as harmful chemicals. But everything is a “chemical,” and not all of them are bad for us. One of the oldest artificial sweeteners is saccharin. Starting in the 1980s, Congress mandated that any product containing it be accompanied by the following: “Use of this product may be hazardous to your health. This product contains saccharin, which has been determined to cause cancer in laboratory animals.”

But what was the basis for this decision? A review article published in The Annals of Oncology in 2004 noted that more than 50 studies had been published looking at saccharin in rats. Twenty of these were “one generation” studies, meaning that they did not look at the rats’ offspring. In only one of those studies did huge amounts of saccharin produce cancer, and it was in a type of rat that is frequently infected with a bladder parasite that would leave it susceptible to saccharin-induced bladder cancer...

More at link.

Just another nail in the coffin of the people who insist that artificial is always bad, natural is always good. Now, please excuse me as I go drink another can coke zero and enjoying all the weight I lost since I switch to it from real cokes.

The ULTIMATE reason why you should vote for Bernie Sanders

There have been numerous posters who have stated why they feel that Bernie Sanders should be the nominee. But, to date, I have yet to see the ULTIMATE reason why we should vote for Bernie over Hillary.

And that reason is....this guy!:

YES! There is a real possibility that Donald Trump could be the Rethug nominee. And simply put, Hillary just can not compete with Trump's Epically Bad Hair. I mean look at her!

Her hair is FABULOUS!!! IT IS PERFECT!!! There is no way she could compete! The country would take one look at her and then him and vote for him out of pure pity!

ONLY ONE MAN has the hair needed to beat trump!


Look at those lockes that will not be tamed! Look upon the epitome of Chaos itself. Trump's hair might be epic, but SANDER's silvery locks are the stuff of LEGEND!!!


There is just no comparison. Sorry Hillary, you gave it your best but you just can't beat the hair.

And you should be thanking the Flying Spaghetti Monster for that fact! YIKES!!!



The SCOTUS ruling upset right-wingers across the Internet today, and in the immediate wake of the ruling, many of them partook in a the fine American tradition of threatening to leave the country on social media.

But where would they go? You would assume a country like Iran, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, or Uganda would be to their liking. But, incredibly, no. Instead, to escape marriage equality, these bigots threatened to flood America’s northern border — and move to Canada.


The SCOTUS ruling this morning was a huge blow to the right-wing and the bigotry that they’d been defining themselves with lately.

The tweet #lovewins began trending almost immediately after that, celebrating the victory of the right to marry over bigotry and homophobia. And while this isn’t the end of the battle — in many ways, it’s just the beginning — today was a day for celebration and reflection.

Many right-wingers had no intention of doing that, however. Instead, they took to twitter and threatened to move to Canada.


More at link!

Oh Canada, Oh Canada!

I got your flag of southern pride right here!

Dr. King was a man who fought to make America a better place for all. He epitomizes everything right with America. AND HE WAS A SOUTHERNER! Can there be a better symbol for Southern Pride and Heritage than him?


There are many things we as southerners have to be proud about, things that have no connection to hate and racism. Why not make a flag based on one of those things?

The fact that the bigots insist on using a flag FOREVER associated with hate and bigotry rather than making a new one celebrating the positive parts of southern culture PROVE the battle for the confederate flag is about racism plain and simple!


Woman, 100, reveals secret to long life

PLAINS TOWNSHIP, Penn. - A woman celebrating her 100th birthday has a secret for living a long life: alcohol.
Pauline Spagnola knocks back a few each day. She loves beer, especially Pennslyvania beers.

Her love of a frothy brew has made her an internet sensation.

"What's your secret to a long life?" a reporter asked her.

"Drink a lot of booze!" she laughed. When asked to describe how she felt, she said, "oh, I can't describe it, but just wonderful!"


A sentence or two left at link. Follow up story at:


Truly, I ask you brothers and sisters is this not further proof of the truth of pastafarianism?

New Fire Emblem Video Game Has Same-Sex Marriage

Luke Plunkett

Filed to: FIRE EMBLEM 6/23/15 11:00pm

Some Fire Emblem Fates (Fire Emblem If in Japan) news! Some of it good, some of it not so good.

First, the good! Fire Emblem Fates is going to allow same-sex marriage. Because marriage is such an important part of the game, that’s a big deal! Nintendo tells Polygon “We believe that our gameplay experiences should reflect the diversity of the communities in which we operate and, at the same time, we will always design the game specifications of each title by considering a variety of factors, such as the game’s scenario and the nature of the game play.”

If you want to play it (literally) straight, male-female married couples will still make babies, same as they did in Awakening. But if your male MC hooks up with a male partner (or female MC hooks up with a female partner), they’ll unlock special combat ratings.

And now, the bad news! It seems that most of the multiple-edition bullshit present for the game’s Japanese release is making it over to the West.

More at link
Cross posted in Gaming group

This is one of my all time favorite gaming series and seeing them taking such actions makes me want to cheer out load. Especially after Nintendo(u)'s Tomodachi Life fiasco!

The Ultimate Purity Exam 2.0

How pure are you DU?

Are you like freshly fallen snow, or do you give Larry Flint a run for his money?


Introducing the New Pastafarian Group

Do you like pasta? Do you like beer and rum? How about pirates? Do you wish you could wear a colander on your head everyday of the week claiming it is a part of your religious garb?

Well maties, why don't you come join your fellow pasta lovin' buccaneers at the new Pastafarian group on DU! Where everyday be talk like a pirate day.

Feel free to share your love of pasta and beer recipes, or talk about your love of pirates, or just be a big old goof!

We be docked in the Religion and spirituality port!

Or just click here!


New Power Puff Girls series on CN!


8 JUN 2015

Cartoon Network has revealed the first glimpse of its reimagined Powerpuff Girls series with some new artwork that's full of sugar, spice and everything nice... and Chemical X.

The revamped series will focus on the original trio of crime-fighting school girls as they save the world from a slew of villains before bedtime, though it's unclear whether the girls will be battling familiar baddies like Mojo Jojo and HIM, or all-new foes. Amanda Leighton, Kristen Li and Natalie Palamides will voice Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, respectively, while Tom Kenny will return to reprise his role as Narrator/Mayor.

Emmy-winner Nick Jennings (Adventure Time) is executive producing alongside Bob Boyle (Wow! Wow! Wubzy!) as co-exec producer.

"It has been wonderful to see this new show team bring such passion and positive creative spirit to this iconic property," said Chief Content Officer Rob Sorcher. "We know that fans of every age will appreciate this new take on saving the world before bedtime."


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Posted by LostOne4Ever | Tue Jun 9, 2015, 03:57 PM (3 replies)

How not to talk about Caitlyn Jenner

Sorry for changing the title but I felt it was appropriate.

I am posting this more in response to seeing Walt Heyer talk about Jenner on CNN (with no counterpoint). His disinformation needs to be pointed out and I think this article does a good job of that.

How Not To Talk About Bruce Jenner


Countering Jenner’s Story With “Transition Regret”

Ironically, as supporters quibble over Jenner’s unassuming role as a spokesperson for all transgender people, opponents of trans equality are countering by spotlighting their own singular spokesperson. When The Heritage Foundation’s Ryan T. Anderson stopped by CNN Monday morning, he said that he thinks in addition to Jenner’s story, “It will be important that we hear other peoples’ stories, that we hear Walt Heyer, who has spoken on his experience being transgender and he had the sex reassignment surgery. It didn’t help him in that situation. He’s speaking about that.” Indeed, Heyer shared his story this past week on The Public Discourse, which Anderson edits, as well as at The Federalist.

Heyer’s story is an outlier — far more exceptional than Jenner’s. He describes himself as “a former transgender ,” explaining that after eight years living as a woman, he began to experience “the shame of being so narcissistic and self-absorbed as a transgender female.” Essentially embracing the rejection of others, Heyer admits that he believes his transition “hurt the ones I loved.” He now advocates against gender-affirming therapies for transgender people, writing this week that “Jenner would do better to change his mind” — as if that were possible.

While Heyer’s own experience is not in question, his broad claims about the rates of transition regret have been thoroughly debunked. Much of the research that is cited to suggest negative outcomes for transition surgeries actually still advocates for those surgeries, acknowledging that they nevertheless do improve the quality of life for transgender people. Modern studies find that surgical regret is particularly uncommon — something less than 4 percent of people experience. In fact, the incredibly low regret rate for transition surgeries is fairly similar to the regret rate for gastric banding (about 2 percent), while regret rates for cosmetic plastic surgeries can be as high as 65 percent.

Heyer and Anderson also both rely on the expertise of Dr. Paul McHugh, a researcher at Johns Hopkins University whose bias against all LGBT people is well documented. As Anderson explained on CNN, McHugh believes performing transition-related surgeries “creates more problems than it solves.” To arrive at that conclusion, McHugh relies on a selective reading of the research, which has earned him the title of “the Mark Regnerus of transgender issues” — a reference to the researcher who erroneously claims that same-sex parenting is harmful to children. McHugh, like Heyer, is an exception, one who stands alone against the consensus of medical organizations that affirm transgender people and support appropriate treatments for them.

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Posted by LostOne4Ever | Tue Jun 2, 2015, 02:25 AM (3 replies)
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