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January 30, 2015


- I love the ending. Her salute is as bad as Neil deGrasse Tyson's. Got no thumb control, whatsoever.....
January 24, 2015

Fructose More Toxic than Table Sugar in Mice

Sensitive Toxicity Test Used Sugars in Doses Like What We Eat

Health & Medicine

Jan. 5, 2015

When University of Utah biologists fed mice sugar in doses proportional to what many people eat, the fructose-glucose mixture found in high-fructose corn syrup was more toxic than sucrose or table sugar, reducing both the reproduction and lifespan of female rodents. “This is the most robust study showing there is a difference between high-fructose corn syrup and table sugar at human-relevant doses,” says biology professor Wayne Potts, senior author of a new study scheduled for publication in the March 2015 issue of The Journal of Nutrition.

The study found no differences in survival, reproduction or territoriality of male mice on the high-fructose and sucrose diets. The researchers say that may be because both sugars are equally toxic to male mice. Both high-fructose corn syrup found in many processed foods and table sugar found in baked goods contain roughly equal amounts of fructose and glucose. But in corn syrup, they are separate molecules, called monosaccharides. In contrast, sucrose or table sugar is a disaccharide compound formed when fructose and glucose bond chemically.

Potts says the debate over the relative dangers of fructose and sucrose is important “because when the diabetes-obesity-metabolic syndrome epidemics started in the mid-1970s, they corresponded with both a general increase in consumption of added sugar and the switchover from sucrose being the main added sugar in the American diet to high-fructose corn syrup making up half our sugar intake.”

James Ruff, the study’s first author and a postdoctoral fellow in biology, says, “Our previous work and plenty of other studies have shown that added sugar in general is bad for your health. So first, reduce added sugar across the board. Then worry about the type of sugar, and decrease consumption of products with high-fructose corn syrup.”

January 20, 2015

Steam Powered 1963 Ford Falcon

- So when gas prices begin shooting skyward later this year (and they will), here's an alternative. Because I'm relatively certain that this guy's plans and blueprints lay buried in a corporate safe (grave) somewhere......
January 18, 2015

Poor Kids Arrested By Philippines Before Pope Francis Visit

- Irony? More like insubordination. Jesus was not making a suggestion.....

Jesus Blesses the Children

Matthew 19:13-15 Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence.

Maybe their Uncle Francis will leave the children some money.........
January 18, 2015

Former Guantanamo guard reveals colleagues murdered 3 inmates

The revelatory eyewitness account about Guantánamo Bay—detainees murdered, a secret CIA facility for torture, and the US government cover up—by the Staff Sergeant who felt honor-bound to uncover it. Staff Sergeant Joe Hickman was a loyal member of the armed forces and a proud American patriot. For twenty years, he worked as a prison guard, a private investigator, and in the military, earning more than twenty commendations and awards. When he re-enlisted after 9/11, he served as a team leader and Sergeant of the Guard in Guantánamo Naval Base. From the moment he arrived at Camp Delta, something was amiss. The prisons were chaotic, detainees were abused, and Hickman uncovered by accident a secret facility he labeled “Camp No.” On June 9, 2006, the night Hickman was on duty, three prisoners died, supposed suicides, and Hickman knew something was seriously wrong. So began his epic search for the truth, an odyssey that would lead him to conclude that the US government was using Guantánamo not just as a prison, but as a training ground for interrogators to test advanced torture techniques.

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January 18, 2015

Ephemeralization (dMASS): ''Doing more with less'' - Buckminster Fuller

- What we see happening in the world today was inevitable. We have been warned of this by the great thinkers and inventors of our time, and we've ignored them. As V (from the movie ''V for Vendetta'') reminded us, if you'd like to know who's responsible for this state of affairs, you need only look into a mirror.

It can still be changed for the better, the question is: ''Can we change in time?''
January 16, 2015


- I LOVE ALL MUSIC really. But I cut my teeth listening to my mother playing Horowitz and Cliburn, and Bernstein.

About a year or so ago, I began listening to the youth orchestras and the youth festivals clips on Youtube. These young'uns seem to bring new life to the old standards. The older professional classical musicians will more often sit calmly and play the most exacting and complex pieces -- or emotionally uplifting -- and you'd never know they were even listening to themselves from their expressions, because they've done it so may times before.

But these young people are still freshly in-love with the music and it shows. They can't sit still while they play it. The Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester is an absolute favorite:

(The First Chair here is outstanding!)

As well as the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra:

Here is Anna Federova a student of the Royal College of Music in London and studies with Leonid Margarius at the Accademia Pianistica Incontri col Maestro:

And this young woman finalist from the 2013 YPF -- Rosalía Gómez Lasheras:

Those kids can rock!!!

And then I could never not mention three of my favorite pianists, first, the world-renown child-prodigy -- now all grown up -- the incomparable Yuja Wang:

And a ''newcomer'' who found her fame and fortune simply by posting her stuff freely on Youtube and attracted record company contract offers as a result -- my favorite Ukrainian: Valentina Lisitsa:

And the old man of the bunch, Murray Perahia:

(It's call Head & Shoulders, Murray!)

And in the category of conductors one of my top three favs, I give you Valery Gergiev:

I have to listen to music daily. Have to.
January 13, 2015

France Rises For Freedom & The World Rises With Them

- There may be hope for some of us yet.......

The world is waiting for change........

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