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The Grandsons will love this: fart ringtones

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Especially the Older Grandson, who goes into hysterical laughter at the word “beans.” These certainly would add something to the average business meeting.

Whoopee cushions and fart machines are so out. Fart Ringtones? Definitely in. DadaMobile is offering a mobile service that gives you loud farts, wet farts, juicy farts, and even burps as ringtones! Cingular, Sprint, Verizon, Dobson, CellularOne, and Boost users can sign up for the service for $9.99 per month. Just enter your cell phone number, retrieve the code sent to your phone, and your phone will start cutting the cheese. 

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23 March 2007 at 5:49 pm

And I love Chinese food :(

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Bad news for Chinese food fans:

Diners trying to cut calories may want to put down the chopsticks at their favorite Chinese restaurant, suggests an analysis by a consumer group.

That’s because though most Chinese restaurant food offers lots of vegetables, it is often brimming with calories.

Americans on average get one-third of their calories outside of the house by eating at restaurants, coffee shops, and street vendors, according The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).

The group says that Chinese restaurant food has many healthy traits. Few restaurants offer as many vegetable choices as Chinese restaurants do, and the food’s fat content tends to be unsaturated, not the saturated form that wreaks havoc on the cardiovascular system.

Still, Chinese entrées — even the vegetarian ones — frequently contain upward of 1,000 calories. That’s half of the calories recommended for the average American adult.

“Dinner portions are still huge,” says Michael Jacobson, MD, the group’s executive director. He also decries most Chinese restaurant dishes for “artery-popping amounts of sodium.”

The American Heart Association recommends that healthy adults consume no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day. This is about 1 teaspoon of table salt. Those with certain medical conditions should follow a stricter sodium limit.

The group sent a selection of popular Chinese restaurant dishes for laboratory analysis. Some of the worst offenders included:

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23 March 2007 at 5:30 pm

Posted in Food, Health

Baby-proof your marriage

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Interesting article from WebMD:

Most new parents know they will eventually have to cover their electrical sockets and take other steps to baby-proof their home, but what they may not know is that it can be equally important to baby-proof their marriage.

In Babyproofing Your Marriage: How to Laugh More, Argue Less, and Communicate Better as Your Family Grows, authors Stacie Cockrell, Cathy O’Neill, and Julia Stone etch out a game plan for couples who want their marriage to stand the biggest, yet smallest, test of all — a new baby.

“Baby-proofing your marriage is important because a happy marriage makes you happier individuals and that trickles down to how you parent your children, and where there is tension in the marriage or dissatisfaction, it can rub off on the kids,” explains Julia Stone, a mother of two boys, aged 5 and 2 1/2, in Kennett Square, Pa.

No doubt about it, bringing home a baby can be stressful, says Scott Haltzman, MD, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University in Providence, R.I. and the author of The Secrets of Happily Married Men: Eight Ways to Win Your Wife’s Heart Forever. “Predictability goes out the window, and it challenges the couple to make new rituals and new routines, but none can be written in stone because baby will dictate and even that will change every few weeks,” he tells WebMD.

But following these 10 simple baby-proofing rules can help you keep your marriage solid while raising children:

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23 March 2007 at 5:06 pm

Relative harmfulness of drugs

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Back in July I blogged about the idea of classifying drugs by their harm potential, as reported by the BBC. Now, 8 months later, it’s in the news again.

Here’s the original report: Drug Classification: Making a Hash of It? (PDF file).

The Lancet has a good article on it (free registration required); here’s the summary:

Drug misuse and abuse are major health problems. Harmful drugs are regulated according to classification systems that purport to relate to the harms and risks of each drug. However, the methodology and processes underlying classification systems are generally neither specified nor transparent, which reduces confidence in their accuracy and undermines health education messages. We developed and explored the feasibility of the use of a nine-category matrix of harm, with an expert delphic procedure, to assess the harms of a range of illicit drugs in an evidence-based fashion. We also included five legal drugs of misuse (alcohol, khat, solvents, alkyl nitrites, and tobacco) and one that has since been classified (ketamine) for reference. The process proved practicable, and yielded roughly similar scores and rankings of drug harm when used by two separate groups of experts. The ranking of drugs produced by our assessment of harm differed from those used by current regulatory systems. Our methodology offers a systematic framework and process that could be used by national and international regulatory bodies to assess the harm of current and future drugs of abuse.

And The Guardian has a story:

Some of Britain’s leading drug experts demand today that the government’s classification regime be scrapped and replaced by one that more honestly reflects the harm caused by alcohol and tobacco. They say the current ABC system is “arbitrary” and not based on evidence.The scientists, including members of the government’s top advisory committee on drug classification, have produced a rigorous assessment of the social and individual harm caused by 20 substances, and believe this should form the basis of any future ranking.

By their analysis, alcohol and tobacco are rated as more dangerous than cannabis, LSD and ecstasy.

They say that if the current ABC system is retained, alcohol would be rated a class A drug and tobacco class B.

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23 March 2007 at 4:59 pm

Posted in Drug laws, Medical

National health insurance

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It’s coming:


Here’s the complete report of the poll. (PDF file) And here’s the story from ThinkProgress.

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23 March 2007 at 4:34 pm


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Bye bye GOP

Bush has been good for only one thing: the Democratic Party. You can read the full report here. Some from that link:

Increased public support for the social safety net, signs of growing public concern about income inequality, and a diminished appetite for assertive national security policies have improved the political landscape for the Democrats as the 2008 presidential campaign gets underway.

At the same time, many of the key trends that nurtured the Republican resurgence in the mid-1990s have moderated, according to Pew’s longitudinal measures of the public’s basic political, social and economic values. The proportion of Americans who support traditional social values has edged downward since 1994, while the proportion of Americans expressing strong personal religious commitment also has declined modestly.

Even more striking than the changes in some core political and social values is the dramatic shift in party identification that has occurred during the past five years. In 2002, the country was equally divided along partisan lines: 43% identified with the Republican Party or leaned to the GOP, while an identical proportion said they were Democrats. Today, half of the public (50%) either identifies as a Democrat or says they lean to the Democratic Party, compared with 35% who align with the GOP.

Yet the Democrats’ growing advantage in party identification is tempered by the fact that the Democratic Party’s overall standing with the public is no better than it was when President Bush was first inaugurated in 2001. Instead, it is the Republican Party that has rapidly lost public support, particularly among political independents. Faced with an unpopular president who is waging an increasingly unpopular war, the proportion of Americans who hold a favorable view of the Republican Party stands at 41%, down 15 points since January 2001. But during that same period, the proportion expressing a positive view of Democrats has declined by six points, to 54%.

Other good comments on this: a story in the LA Times, and Kevin Drum with a very perspicacious comment.

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23 March 2007 at 4:19 pm

That Bush! It’s so hard for him to think.

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Here he gets it exactly backwards, as The Carpetbagger explains:

It’s probably unwise to get into a semantics debate over the president’s remarks, but I was struck by Bush’s reaction to the House’s Iraq bill this afternoon.

Joined at the White House by veterans and service family members, Bush said: “A narrow majority in the House of Representatives abdicated its responsibility by passing a war spending bill that has no chance of becoming law and brings us no closer to getting the troops the resources they need to do their job.

“These Democrats believe that the longer they can delay funding for our troops, the more likely they are to force me to accept restrictions on our commanders, an artificial timetable for withdrawal and their pet spending projects. This is not going to happen.”

Now, I realize there’s legitimate criticism of the House Dems’ plan for the war, but the president’s comments, on their face, just don’t make any sense.

The bill “brings us no closer to getting the troops the resources they need”? Well, actually, the opposite is true. By passing a bill that would provide troops with the resources they need, the House brought us much closer.

The Dems are trying to “delay funding for our troops”? Again, the opposite is true. Today’s bill funds the troops. That’s not delay, that’s progress.

Indeed, if the president’s top concerns are providing military resources and troop funding without delay, wouldn’t a veto be the worst possible response? The most time-consuming option possible is forcing Congress to start all over again.

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23 March 2007 at 3:49 pm

Why the US Attorney Purge?

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In part to stifle some investigations of Republicans, but primarily, it seems, to put in place US Attorneys who would dance to the Rovian tune and work on voter-fraud cases:

Under President Bush, the Justice Department has backed laws that narrow minority voting rights and pressed U.S. attorneys to investigate voter fraud – policies that critics say have been intended to suppress Democratic votes.

Bush, his deputy chief of staff, Karl Rove, and other Republican political advisers have highlighted voting rights issues and what Rove has called the “growing problem” of election fraud by Democrats since Bush took power in the tumultuous election of 2000, a race ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Since 2005, McClatchy Newspapers has found, Bush has appointed at least three U.S. attorneys who had worked in the Justice Department’s civil rights division when it was rolling back longstanding voting-rights policies aimed at protecting predominantly poor, minority voters.

Another newly installed U.S. attorney, Tim Griffin in Little Rock, Ark., was accused of participating in efforts to suppress Democratic votes in Florida during the 2004 presidential election while he was a research director for the Republican National Committee. He’s denied any wrongdoing.

Justice Department spokesman Brian Roehrkasse said the four U.S. attorneys weren’t chosen only because of their backgrounds in election issues, but “we would expect any U.S. attorney to prosecute voting fraud.”

Taken together, critics say, the replacement of the U.S. attorneys, the voter-fraud campaign and the changes in Justice Department voting rights policies suggest that the Bush administration may have been using its law enforcement powers for partisan political purposes.

The Bush administration’s emphasis on voter fraud is drawing scrutiny from the Democratic Congress, which has begun investigating the firings of eight U.S. attorneys – two of whom say that their ousters may have been prompted by the Bush administration’s dissatisfaction with their investigations of alleged Democratic voter fraud.

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23 March 2007 at 3:41 pm

Many US troop deaths due to unsecured munitions

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Via Political Animal, this interesting post:

A Government Accountability Office report was released yesterday, concurrent with testimony given in front of the National Security subcommittee of the House Oversight Committee.

The testimony of Davi M. D’Agostino, Director of Defense Capabilities and Management at GAO was really a damning indictment of the mismanagement of the entire war by the Bush administration and the Department of Defense under their control, including the Joint Chiefs.

You might recall the incident at al Qa Qaa, where 380 tons of conventional weaponry and explosives went missing? That was only a drop in the bucket. Conventional munitions caches were scattered all over the country, and the failure of the DoD to properly secure these ammo dumps has been directly responsible for fully one half of the deaths and injuries sustained by U.S. Service personnel serving in Iraq.

In our report, we concluded that a fundamental gap existed between the OIF war plan assumptions and the experiences of U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq, contributing to insufficient troops being on the ground to prevent widespread looting of conventional munitions storage sites and resulting in looted munitions being a continuing asymmetric threat to U.S. and coalition forces. The human, strategic, and financial costs of this failure to provide sufficient troops have been high, with IEDs made with looted munitions causing about half of all U.S. combat fatalities and casualties in Iraq and killing hundreds of Iraqis and contributing to increasing instability, challenging U.S. strategic goals in Iraq. Further, DOD does not appear to have conducted a theaterwide survey and assessed the risk associated with unsecured conventional munitions storage sites to U.S. (P. 12 of .pdf)

Read the entire report. Put simply: Absolutely every thing has been done absolutely wrong. Everything. From the very first faulty and outlandishly foolish assumptions of a cakewalk and a capitulated Iraqi military providing security and post-war Iraq would not be a U.S. concern and resistance would be minimal (the whole “greeted as liberators” thing). All the way to fecklessly failing to secure munitions that have subsequently killed 1600 Americans and severely injured 10-15,000 more.

Am I supposed to just shrug and say “so what?” here? Because I can’t do that.

Congress is right to take control away. They cannot point to a single thing they have done right, there is no reason to trust them now, and it’s time to start taking reasoned and reasonable steps to end the war and bring our troops home.

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23 March 2007 at 3:30 pm

Patrick Murphy is impressive

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23 March 2007 at 3:18 pm

How the DC elite view the voters

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And how they have trouble remembering what they said. Very good post by Glenn Greenwald:

Last Sunday, The Washington Post‘s Fred Hiatt wrote an Editorial setting forth all of the lessons he claims he has learned as a result of cheering on this disaster of a war in Iraq. Hiatt intoned: “looking back also is essential, particularly for those of us who supported the war.” Here are three of the “lessons” he says he learned (numbers added):

The question that Gen. David H. Petraeus posed (as recounted in Rick Atkinson’s history, “In the Company of Soldiers”) as he led the troops of his 101st Airborne Division from Kuwait across the Iraq border, “[1] Tell me how this ends?” — that question must be the first to be asked, not the last. The answer won’t always be knowable. But [2] the discussion must never lose sight of the inevitable horrors of war. [3] It must not be left to the generals in the field.

War cheerleader Hiatt lectures us: “the discussion must never lose sight of the inevitable horrors of war.” But that was Sunday — six whole days ago. Today, Hiatt has an Editorial, revealingly headlined “Retreat and Butter,” emphatically criticizing House Democrats for what he calls their “retreat” bill, requiring troops to be withdrawn from Iraq by August, 2008 — almost one-and-a-half years away. By that time, the U.S. will have occupied Iraq for more than five years. But that is not enough for Hiatt:

Representatives who support the bill — for whatever reason — will be voting to require that all U.S. combat troops leave Iraq by August 2008, regardless of what happens during the next 17 months or whether U.S. commanders believe a pullout at that moment protects or endangers U.S. national security, not to mention the thousands of American trainers and Special Forces troops who would remain behind. . . . As it is, House Democrats are pressing a bill that has the endorsement of but excludes the judgment of the U.S. commanders who would have to execute the retreat the bill mandates.

And what is Hiatt’s alternative? This: “The Senate’s version of the supplemental spending bill for Iraq and Afghanistan contains nonbinding benchmarks and a withdrawal date that is a goal.” So Hiatt wants to leave the question of whether we ever leave Iraq to the full and unfettered discretion of the commanders (exactly what he said on Sunday should never be done) and, in reality, to the unlimited discretion of the President. The Senate should politely suggest “goals” but leave it to the Leader to Decide when we leave, which means we never do. That has worked really well so far. Clearly, Hiatt has learned so very many lessons.

Note also the hallmark of the Fred Hiatt/Beltway Media mind: namely, unbridled scorn for the views of the lowly Americans masses. Relying upon the method perfected by Rush Limbaugh, Hiatt complains that “House Democrats are pressing a bill that has the endorsement of but excludes the judgment of the U.S. commanders.” Thus, Hiatt implies with his slimiest innuendo, Democrats are opting for their wild-eyed fringe McGovernite pro-“retreat” base, which stands in stark contrast to the serious, pro-American military commanders who should be obeyed instead.

Why shouldn’t Democrats in Congress listen to the views of Moveon.Org members? MoveOn is a grass-roots group driven by ordinary American citizens. The Fred Hiatts of our country sit by quietly when legislation in Congress, as it is every day, is drafted and enacted at the direction of K Street lobbyists and sprawling associations of all sorts of corporate interests. That is all business as usual, things as they should be, our country being quietly moved by the superior, buttoned-down elite. But if Congress once listens to the opinions of actual citizens — those filthy bloggers and their readers, or grass-roots groups like MoveOn — that, for Hiatt, is when democracy is imperiled.

More to the point, MoveOn and its members — unlike Hiatt and his oh-so-smart-and-serious expert-friends at The Brookings Institution and the American Enterprise Institute — were right about the war. Unlike Hiatt and his friends, MoveOn members don’t have to issue confessionals about “Lessons Learned” because they foresaw exactly the horrors that would be unleashed by invading Iraq. So between the Americans who comprise the membership of MoveOn and Fred Hiatt and his friends, it is easy to see who is worth listening to and who is not.

Most revealing of all is Hiatt’s decree in his “Lessons” Editorial that “the discussion [over war] must never lose sight of the inevitable horrors of war.” But that is something which serious people worth listening to always understood. It was Hiatt and his brilliant- serious- national- security- scholar/experts who saw war — and still see war — as nothing more than an abstract policy option, sitting neutrally aside all of the others, for the U.S. to pursue whenever it seems vaguely beneficial.

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23 March 2007 at 2:49 pm

Posted in Washington Post

Excellent movie: The Prestige

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I saw The Prestige the other night and greatly enjoyed it—somewhat in retrospect, when (at the end) everything becomes clear: along the way, I was somewhat confused, occasionally at a loss, but never bored or uninterested. And a very good cast: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, and—inevitably, perhaps, in a movie about magic—Ricky Jay. Absorbing, appropriately mystifying, and ultimately satisfying. Well worth watching.

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23 March 2007 at 2:36 pm

Posted in Movies & TV

What hurts our troops

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Murtha explains:

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23 March 2007 at 1:01 pm

Possible reason for catastrophic bee kill-off?

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As you have probably read, the bee population in the US is collapsing rapidly, and no one yet knows why. The bees fly out, and they don’t return. The situation is serious since bees are responsible for pollinating our food crops. The beekeepers who work the fields have huge 18-wheelers filled with hives that they drive from crop to crop—and the bees are vanishing. A possible cause is explained in the second article below. The first article, from the NY Times, explains the problem.

This winter, in more than 20 states, beekeepers have noticed that their honeybees have mysteriously vanished, leaving behind no clues as to their whereabouts. There are no tell-tale dead bodies either inside colonies or out in front of hives, where bees typically deposit corpses of dead nestmates.

What’s more, the afflicted colonies tend to be full of honey, pollen and larvae, as if all of the workers in the nest precipitously decamped on some prearranged signal. Beekeepers are up in arms — last month, leaders in the business met with research scientists and government officials in Florida to figure out why the bees are disappearing and how to stop the losses. Nobody had any answers.

That beekeepers are alarmed over this situation is understandable, but, just as in the movies, the public may not recognize the magnitude of the threat that these mysterious events present.

A decline in the numbers of Apis melllifera, the world’s most widely distributed semi-domesticated insect, doesn’t just mean a shortage of honey for toast and tea. In fact, the economic value of honey, wax and other bee products is trivial in comparison with the honeybee’s services as a pollinator. More than 90 crops in North America rely on honeybees to transport pollen from flower to flower, effecting fertilization and allowing production of fruit and seed. The amazing versatility of the species is worth an estimated $14 billion a year to the United States economy.

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23 March 2007 at 12:51 pm

Posted in Environment, Food, Science

Nice-sounding snack: Crispy [sic] Sesame Anchovy Fish

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I was just in New York City recently and we stopped at a Japanese snack store. If I had seen these, I certainly would have bought a bunch. (I hate the use of “crispy” — “crisp” seems quite sufficient. One doesn’t, for example, say “gothicky” — “gothic” is enough. YMMV)

This snack is Asian Best brand “Crispy Snack Sesame Anchovy Fish.” They are headless anchovies that are fried, candied, and covered with a chili powder and sesame seed coating.

They look kinda strange, these 1-2 inch long golden, shiny fish all studded with sesame seeds with red hints of chili powder. The smell is slightly fishy but the taste barely makes you think of fish at all. They are crunchy sweet at first, with the sesame taste coming through like those sesame brittle candies. Then the chili burn comes along, followed by a hint of fried fish. They are super tasty little snacks and great beer or cocktail munchies. Surprisingly they are low in fat and calories, and have tons of calcium. I can’t wait to put them out as snacks at my next cocktail party.

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23 March 2007 at 12:38 pm

Posted in Food

For those who live far from aged parents

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or other family that might need help with a move: take a look at this site:

NASMM [National Association of Senior Move Managers – LG] is a non-profit, professional association of organizations dedicated to helping older adults and their families with the physical and emotional aspects of moving.  Our members are committed to maximizing the dignity and autonomy of older adults as they transition from one living environment to another.

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23 March 2007 at 12:28 pm

Posted in Daily life

Or is it not Alzheimer’s, but mad-cow disease?

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As you will recall, the USDA is very much against expanded testing for mad-cow disease, since in the Bush Administration the USDA is, in effect, an extension of Big Agribusiness, and the beef industry hates testing for mad-cow. So what do we get?

The March 21, 2007 edition of the New York Times featured an article called “Prevalence of Alzheimer’s Rises 10% in 5 Years.” It began: “More than five million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, a 10 percent increase from the last official tally five years ago, and a number expected to more than triple by 2050.” Alzheimer’s disease, it seems, now afflicts 13% of people 65 and over, and 42% of those past 85.

The piece also reported “the startling finding that 200,000 to 500,000 people younger than 65 have some form of early onset form of dementia, including a rare form of Alzheimer’s disease that strikes people in their 30s and 40s.” The Times adds: “Apart from early onset cases, the primary risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease is age.”

But, dear reader, there’s a cow-shaped risk factor sitting in the corner-ignored by the newspaper of record (and essentially all major media outlets). And it’s a very mad cow.

Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) has earned the pithy nickname “mad cow disease” thanks to the invidious symptoms presented in affected cattle, i.e. staggering, tremors, involuntary muscle spasms, bewilderment, hypersensitivity to auditory and tactile stimuli, and other examples of seemingly “mad” behavior.

Like BSE, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) is also a transmissible, invariably fatal spongiform encephalopathy with a prolonged incubation period that leaves sponge-like holes in a victim’s brain. CJD, however, is the human version and this includes a newly identified variant of CJD, linked to BSE in British cattle.

“In humans,” says author and environmentalist, Peter Montague, “the BSE-like disease is called ‘new variant Creutzfeld-Jacob disease,’ or nvCJD for short. CJD has been recognized for a long time as a rare disease of the elderly—very similar to Alzheimer’s disease—but nvCJD is different. It has somewhat different symptoms, a different pattern of disintegration in the brain, and it strikes young people, even teenagers. Between 1995 and early 1998, at least 23 people died of nvCJD in Britain and at least one in France, the oldest of them age 42 and the youngest 15.” (Yet the Times is “startled” by the rise in dementia in younger and younger people.)

“CJD robs victims of lucidity, control and life over a period ranging from six months to three years from the onset of symptoms, which can take from 10 to 40 years to manifest,” writes journalist Gabe Kirchheimer. According to Nobel Prize winner Stanley B. Prusiner, fatal neurodegenerative diseases of animals and humans (like BSE and CJD) are thought to be caused by infectious proteins called “prions.” Perhaps what is most disquieting about this hypothesis is that, unlike viruses and bacteria, prions remain infectious even after being baked at 680° F for on hour (enough to melt lead), bombarded with radiation, and/or soaked in formaldehyde, bleach, and boiling water.

“CJD is 100 percent fatal,” adds Kirchheimer. “There is no treatment or cure. As no blood test for the living is available, CJD has been definitively diagnosed only through brain biopsy.”

Studies cited by Kirchheimer indicate it is likely that “tens or even hundreds of thousands of people are dying right now of undiagnosed or misdiagnosed CJD.” Government figures estimate approximately 200 to 300 cases of CJD have been diagnosed in the U.S. Before you take comfort in that modest figure, bear in mind the findings of John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton. The authors of Mad Cow USA learned that while some four million Americans (at the time) had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, autopsies revealed roughly 25% of alleged Alzheimer’s deaths were caused instead by other forms of dementia. One percent of these misdiagnosed deaths have been ultimately attributed to CJD. If this trend is extrapolated and one percent of the now five million Americans with Alzheimer’s actually have CJD (or nvCJD), the nationwide estimate rises dramatically from 200 to 50,000 cases.

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23 March 2007 at 12:13 pm

Alzheimer’s affecting the young

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Here’s a scary one, thanks to a reader in the Netherlands. This is part one of the story: Alzheimer’s disease on the rise in early-onset Alzheimer’s:

More than five million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, a 10 percent increase from the last official tally five years ago, and a number expected to more than triple by 2050, absent a cure, as the 85-and-over population soars and the baby boomers move into their late 60s and 70s.

The updated estimates, based on the rising occurrences of the disease with age, not new disease research, were released yesterday by the Alzheimer’s Association, along with a compilation of other information about a progressive brain disease that afflicts 13 percent, or one in eight people 65 and over, and 42 percent of those past 85.

Much of the report is a synthesis of existing research on the prevalence and costs of the disease. But the report includes the startling finding that 200,000 to 500,000 people younger than 65 have some form of early onset form of dementia, including a rare form of Alzheimer’s disease that strikes people in their 30s and 40s.

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23 March 2007 at 12:06 pm

Posted in Medical, Mental Health

On the shoulders of Giants

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Isaac Newton, in a letter to Robert Hooke (15 February 1676): “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.”

The Elder Grandson:

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23 March 2007 at 12:00 pm

Posted in Daily life

Mediocre shave this morning

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It happens. Some disagreement between Pacific Shave Oil and lather—you really are supposed to use Pacific Shave Oil by itself, but it’s hard to see where you’ve shaved and not. Of course, oil and lather are not a good combination, so I should have known.

I tried the third pass with just the PSO, but that didn’t go so well either. I’m going to offer the PSO to someone who likes it, and stick with my lather.

Still, even a mediocre shave is pretty good. The Futur with Swedish Gillette, and this time as an aftershave I used Trumper Coral Skin Food—extremely pleasant, more a balm than the shock of an alcohol-based aftershave.

Even better, I learned about this site from as an excellent source for Mitchell’s Wool Fat Shaving Soap, an extremely good (rich, soothing, etc.) shaving soap. $27.45 for the soap in the ceramic dish (vs. $55 from the least expensive US source), and $8.83 for just the puck of soap (vs. $15 from the least expensive US source).

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23 March 2007 at 8:44 am

Posted in Shaving

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