Thursday, January 21, 2010

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Here's a new warning from health experts: Sitting is deadly.

Scientists are increasingly warning that sitting for prolonged periods - even if you also exercise regularly - could be bad for your health. And it doesn't matter where the sitting takes place - at the office, at school, in the car or before a computer or TV - just the overall number of hours it occurs.

Research is preliminary, but several studies suggest people who spend most of their days sitting are more likely to be fat, have a heart attack or even die.

I have been sitting a lot lately in front of the computer, now I find out it could kill me. Is anything safe?
Michael Barone, author of The Almanac of American Politics on PJTV: "The Democratic health care bills are dead, they will not be passed."

He has a lot more to say here.

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It seems like everywhere you turn, you are supposed to produce a gift these days. Now there is a new service for couples who are separating--a divorce gift list, kind of like a wedding gift registry except the honeymoon is over instead of beginning:

A UK retailer launched a divorce gift list service Monday to cater for the growing number of people saying "I don't" rather than "I do," various British newspapers reported.

The new service offered by department store Debenhams follows rising popularity of "congratulations on your divorce" greeting cards and divorce celebration parties made famous by celebrities like Heather Mills.

The group said its Divorce Gift List service stemmed from a noted spike in couples deciding to divorce over the festive period....

"Divorcing can be an expensive time and registering for a Divorce Gift List means that family and friends can help the newly separated begin their new life," Moore said.

Would you register for a divorce gift list or give a gift to a friend or family member who is getting divorced?


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

"I got too many Brown voters."

This morning while checking around the blogosphere on the Massachusetts race, I saw this update from a reader at the left-leaning blog Talking Points Memo:

I called into Mass. today via Organizing for America and it did not give me a good feeling about tomorrow. The people I spoke with who said they would vote for Coakley were clearly already going to the polls; my call wasn't necessary. But considering that I was presumably calling a list of reliably Democratic voters (the script was GOTV, not persuasion), I got too many Brown voters.

I am hoping this is indicative of how things will go tonight, too many Brown voters!

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Why men use prostitutes?

The Guardian: Why men use prostitutes:

One of the most interesting findings was that many believed men would "need" to rape if they could not pay for sex on demand. One told me, "Sometimes you might rape someone: you can go to a prostitute instead." Another put it like this: "A desperate man who wants sex so bad, he needs sex to be relieved. He might rape." I concluded from this that it's not feminists such as Andrea Dworkin and myself who are responsible for the idea that all men are potential rapists – it's sometimes men themselves.

Hmm, the woman writing the article, Julie Bindel, already admits she's a biased researcher. She, like Andrea Dworkin, believes "all men are potential rapists." Then she finds a couple of men who will confirm her bias, not so hard to do, I'm sure. If you start out with a biased hypothesis and look for confirmation, what do you expect?