Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Well I'm screwed , thanks

Low-Fat Dairy Foods May Boost Infertility Risk - Yahoo! News: "WEDNESDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) -- High-fat dairy foods such as ice cream and whole fat milk may be better choices for women who are trying to get pregnant than low-fat dairy products such as yogurt and skim milk, a U.S. study suggests.

The eight-year study of 18,555 women, ages 24 to 42, found that those who ate two or more servings of low-fat dairy products a week were 85 percent more likely to experience ovulation-related infertility than women who ate less than one serving of low-fat dairy products a week."

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Mom taught her 2 kids to fake retardation - Crime & Punishment -

Mom taught her 2 kids to fake retardation - Crime & Punishment - "TACOMA, Wash. - A woman admitted Monday that she coached her two children to fake retardation starting when they were 4 and 8 years old so she could collect Social Security benefits on their behalf.

Rosie Costello, 46, admitted in U.S. District Court that she collected more than $280,000 in benefits, beginning in the mid-1980s. Most was from Social Security, but the state social services agency paid $53,000."

College students think they're so special - Mental Health -

College students think they're so special - Mental Health - "The standardized inventory, known as the NPI, asks for responses to such statements as “If I ruled the world, it would be a better place,” “I think I am a special person” and “I can live my life any way I want to.”

The researchers describe their study as the largest ever of its type and say students’ NPI scores have risen steadily since the current test was introduced in 1982. By 2006, they said, two-thirds of the students had above-average scores, 30 percent more than in 1982."

wicked funny haiku

Friday, February 23, 2007

Cheney continues to drink the blood of puppies

Cheney hints at possible military action against Iran. 24/02/2007. ABC News Online: "Mr Cheney, in an interview with the US television network ABC refused to rule out military action against Iran, vowing the US will 'do everything' it can to deprive Tehran of nuclear weapons.

'We haven't taken any options off the table,' Mr Cheney said when asked if a military solution was a realistic option.

'A nuclear-armed Iran is not a very pleasant prospect for anybody to think about.

'It clearly could do significant damage.

'We need to continue to do everything we can to make sure they don't achieve that objective.'"

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Tearful soldier tells court of Iraq rape-murder | U.S. | Reuters

Tearful soldier tells court of Iraq rape-murder | U.S. | Reuters: "'Barker and Green had already known what, um, house they wanted to go to ... knew only one male was in the house, and knew it would be an easy target,' Cortez said.

Once at the house, Green, the suspected ringleader, took the girl's mother, father and little sister into a bedroom, Cortez said, while he and Barker took the teenager, Abeer Qassim al-Janabi, to the living room.

'She kept squirming and trying to keep her legs closed and saying stuff in Arabic,' Cortez said"

"During the time me and Barker were raping Abeer, I heard five or six gunshots that came from the bedroom. After Barker was done, Green came out of the bedroom and said that he had killed them all, that all of them were dead," Cortez said.

"Green then placed himself between Abeer's legs to rape her," Cortez said, sniffing audibly. When Green was finished, he "stood up and shot Abeer in the head two or three times." The entire crime took about five minutes to carry out, he added.

Cortez said the girl knew her parents and sister had been shot while she was being raped. He said she screamed and cried throughout the assault.

Dad seeks answers in killing by Wharton police | - Houston Chronicle

Dad seeks answers in killing by Wharton police | - Houston Chronicle: "Daniel Castillo Sr. said no one with the district attorney's office or police department has talked to him since the shooting. Castillo said his son had no criminal record and was not selling drugs and that he fears the shooting will be ignored." | News Wires

"February 21,2007 | -- One of the most prestigious prizes in computing, the $100,000 Turing Award, went to a woman Wednesday for the first time in the award's 40-year history.

Frances E. Allen, 75, was honored for her work at IBM Corp. on techniques for optimizing the performance of compilers, the programs that translate one computer language into another. This process is required to turn programming code into the binary zeros and ones actually read by a computer's colossal array of minuscule switches."

We do have royalty....

Goldman Co-Presidents Out-Earned Many Wall St. Chiefs - Mergers, Acquisitions, Venture Capital, Hedge Funds -- DealBook - New York Times: "Goldman Sachs said in a regulatory filing Wednesday that it had paid Gary D. Cohn and Jon Winkelried, the firm’s co-presidents and co-chief operating officers, about $52.5 million each in bonuses for its 2006 fiscal year.

That figure includes $26.7 million in cash bonuses, $15.4 million in restricted stock and what the bank estimated was $10.3 million worth of stock options.

By way of comparison, John J. Mack, the chairman and chief executive of Goldman’s rival Morgan Stanley, took home a $40 million bonus last year. Merrill Lynch’s chief executive, Stanley O’Neal, got $47.3 million."

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

i need a phone

Every day it starts again
You cannot say if you’re happy
You keep trying to be
Try harder, maybe this is not your year.

Movies, TV screens reflect just what you expected
There’s a world of shiny people somewhere else
Out there following their bliss
living easy, getting kissed
while you wonder what else you’re doing wrong

Breathe through it, write a list of desires
Make a toast, make a wish, slash some tires
Paint a heart repeating, beating “don’t give up, don’t give up, don’t give up.”

A road map out of Iraq - Los Angeles Times

A road map out of Iraq - Los Angeles Times: "Here, for instance, is a plausible scenario for a military collision with Iran: Iraq fails to meet the benchmarks for progress toward stability set by the Bush administration. This is followed by U.S. accusations of Iranian responsibility for the failure, then by some provocation in Iraq or a terrorist act in the United States blamed on Iran, culminating in a 'defensive' U.S. military action against Iran. This plunges a lonely United States into a spreading and deepening quagmire lasting 20 years or more and eventually ranging across Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. "

Baghdad Burning

Baghdad Burning: "She might just be the bravest Iraqi woman ever. Everyone knows American forces and Iraqi security forces are raping women (and men), but this is possibly the first woman who publicly comes out and tells about it using her actual name. Hearing her tell her story physically makes my heart ache. Some people will call her a liar. Others (including pro-war Iraqis) will call her a prostitute- shame on you in advance."

Math anxiety saps working memory needed to do math - Yahoo! News

Math anxiety saps working memory needed to do math - Yahoo! News: "Math anxiety -- feelings of dread and fear and avoiding math -- can sap the brain's limited amount of working capacity, a resource needed to compute difficult math problems, said Mark Ashcroft, a psychologist at the University of Nevada Los Vegas who studies the problem."

Monday, February 19, 2007

B+ tree - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

B+ tree - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "A B+ tree is a variation on a B-tree. In a B+ tree, in contrast to a B-tree, all data is saved in the leaves. Internal nodes contain only keys and tree pointers. All leaves are at the same lowest level. Leaf nodes are also linked together as a linked list to make range queries easy."

So I'm back and my phone isn't working and databases confuse me and I'm sad cause I thought I was going to be able to talk to people after work......

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fun with Stumble.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

"Your Hate for Everything I am Brings Darkness to My World" |

"It was about 10 pm and the din rose to a feverish and exhausting peak, so I stepped into another room and sat down for a moment of quiet reflection. And there, as I was looking at their bookshelf, I thought of you. Yes, Mahmoud, an American gay Jewish intellectual celebrating Hanukkah with his husband, daughter, and Jewish-Muslim family in Los Angeles thought of you.

On the top shelf, next to the trashy novels and other popular fiction, sat a Torah, the first five books of Moses, the prophet near and dear to both you and me. Next to the Torah sat a Koran. There they were, the holiest books in Judaism and Islam sitting perched on a bookshelf in my cousin’s house beneath the mountains of gift wrap from the recently wrapped presents.

I’m pretty sure that neither my birth cousin, the Jewish one, nor my in-law, the Muslim one, has cracked open those books in a while (I could see a little dust on the jackets). But as I sat there staring at the Torah and Koran nuzzled up together on that bookshelf, my eyes actually welled up at the transcendent experience that was taking place in that house, 8,000 miles and worlds of vision away from the image of the world you have been projecting to me since you became president.

Mahmoud, my eyes teared up because I discovered s"

I'm not saying run for the hills necessarily.....

Oceanic problems once found on a local scale are now pandemic. Data from oceanography, marine biology, meteorology, fishery science, and glaciology reveal that the seas are changing in ominous ways. A vortex of cause and effect wrought by global environmental dilemmas is changing the ocean from a watery horizon with assorted regional troubles to a global system in alarming distress.

According to oceanographers the oceans are one, with currents linking the seas and regulating climate. Sea temperature and chemistry changes, along with contamination and reckless fishing practices, intertwine to imperil the world’s largest communal life source.

In 2005, researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory found clear evidence the ocean is quickly warming. They discovered that the top half-mile of the ocean has warmed dramatically in the past forty years as a result of human-induced greenhouse gases.

But only cuz the hills aren't really a refuge anymore are they?

'Amphibian Ark' planned to save frogs - Yahoo! News

"'This is the precedent of a disease working its way across an entire species on the scale of all mammals, all birds or all fish,' said Joseph Mendelson, curator of herpetology at Zoo Atlanta and an organizer of Amphibian Ark. 'Humans would be absolutely stupid if they didn't pay attention to that.'"

Um yeah, we are kinda stupid though....

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

I will shoot myself

Steroids Now for my pet peeve, steroid use for hive therapy. Many patients understandably get very concerned about their hives and turn to either emergency rooms or primary care physicians who may not be well versed on the subtleties of dermatological care. When patients are shot up with steroids and/or placed on short-term medrol dose packs, more often than not they exerience a worsened case of hives within a few days. This is called the rebound phenomenon. You may have read about it in some of my other newsletters. I almost never give systemic steroids for hives. Now if someone is in anaphylactic shock with their hives, epinephrine as well as steroids and huge doses of antihistamines are certainly appropriate medical management, but fortunately, most individuals are nowhere near that sick.

just funny

"The real story -- if this can be called a 'real story' -- is that a poll published last week of 1,578 teenagers found that a third of the teenage girls were 'willing to have sex on Valentine's Day if their boyfriends asked.' (It's unclear from this article whether they would also be willing to have sex on, say, Tuesday, if their boyfriends requested it.) "

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Surging CEO pay sparks US backlash, including from Bush - Yahoo! News

"While many US companies are dynamic, Hodgson said 'Toyota is about to become the number one car company,' and although there is no detailed information about Japanese compensation packages, 'the entire board and executive team at Toyota doesn't earn as much as a single American executive at General Motors.'
Hodgson added that companies that provide lavish benefits for CEOs while making cuts for those in the rank and file can have 'very big employee morale problems.'"

Daily Kos: Credit Cards: The Biggest Reverse Robin Hood Scheme You've Never heard Of

"Now, if you're thinking ahead you may have already asked: Well, why don't they just offer a discount if you're using cash? Good point! I'm glad you asked. And I'll tell you why not: because in the thousand-plus page agreements that merchants have to sign before they can accept Visa or Mastercard. Also in that document: it's highly highly against the rules for merchants to tell customers about the interchange fee they pay."

Now, here's another important factoid: As I mentioned, those interchange fees are much higher than they need to be, and that's because the banks that control the Visa/MC use the money generated from them to pay for the rewards cards you can only get if you qualify, and you have to be worth something already to qualify.
So think about it: A person living on a fixed income, who uses cash to pay for most items, pays a small percentage of that interchange fee every time he or she buys everyday goods at any place that takes credit cards. The banks then take those fees and give them to people who certainly don't need it, but like it when their bank gives them free stuff. And who doesn't like free stuff?

Hives and angioedema: Causes -

"Causes The lesions of hives and angioedema are caused by inflammation in the skin. In some cases, hives and angioedema are triggered when certain cells (mast cells) release histamine and other chemicals into your bloodstream and skin.
Allergic reactions to medications or foods can cause acute hives or angioedema. Many allergens have been identified. Examples include:
Foods. Many foods can cause problems in sensitive people, but shellfish, fish, nuts, eggs and milk are frequent offenders.
Medications. Almost any medication may cause hives or angioedema; common culprits include antibiotics, aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) and blood pressure medications.
Other allergens. Other substances that can cause hives and angioedema include direct contact with pollen, animal dander, latex and insect stings. "

So I went to the hospital and got me some pregnazone. Hives are now mostly gone. I think Mexico is winning:)

Monday, February 12, 2007

i have hives

i think mexico is out to get me.

Mystery ailment strikes honeybees - Yahoo! News

"STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - A mysterious illness is killing tens of thousands of honeybee colonies across the country, threatening honey production, the livelihood of beekeepers and possibly crops that need bees for pollination."

Sunday, February 11, 2007

2 Italians stoned to death on Cape Verde - Yahoo! News

"ROME - Three Italian women were brutally attacked while vacationing on a resort island off the coast of West Africa, dragged into the woods, pelted with stones and left for dead at the bottom of a hole, the sole survivor said Saturday."

Saturday, February 10, 2007

storm in the distance

storm is the distance, originally uploaded by phaedras25.

Huge thunderstorm today. Hail, snow and very ominous clouds. trying to relax as last night was the first night I have slept in awhile. Tomorrow I am going touring. Pyramids, flea markets and hopefully something more interesting than the hotel and office:)

Friday, February 09, 2007

That which makes us clever, make us mad-News-UK-Science-TimesOnline

"One of the most devastating types of mental illness could be a by-product of the evolution of human beings’ uniquely sophisticated intelligence, a new genetic study has suggested.
Scientists have discovered that a common version of a particular gene appears both to enhance a key thinking circuit in the brain, and to be linked to a raised risk of schizophrenia."

Thursday, February 08, 2007

moments of happiness

Happiness is an emotional or affective state that is characterized by feelings of enjoyment and satisfaction. As a state and a subject, it has been pursued and commented on extensively throughout world history. This reflects the universal importance that humans place on happiness.

Life is fickle and ephemeral by nature, so knowing this I strive constantly to appreciate moments of happiness. This is one of those moments. I've had a lovely dinner with nice wine from Chile. Good music is coming from my iTunes and I am reading a good book. I am far away from the people who give me roots and identity, but I feel intimately connected to them. I am overwhlemed by my job, but thrilled by the methods it is overwheming. There are people and places and smells that in concert define these moments. So that I am having such a moment in a far off land with no instigation whatsoever makes me even more in awe of life. My life has not been obvious or easy, but I am deeply grateful that it is my life and that I can, be proud of how I have spent my time so far. The time we get is a gift, only it doesn't "feel" that way often. So tonight as I look out at Mexico City and hope that I finally fall asleep tonight, I wanted to remember this moment. If only because there are so many moments not remembered or written down that we don't properly remember.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Daily Kos: CSI: Federal Reserve

Daily Kos: CSI: Federal Reserve

In the 1970s, corporate chief executives earned 30 times as much as the average worker. Ten years ago, CEO compensation was 116 times the average. CEOs now earn close to 300 times as much as the average worker.

Understatement defined...

"The prewar planning was inadequate," he offered in testimony to the committee.
But to an official audit that in January 2005 revealed the "disappearance" of some nine billion dollars under his responsibility in Iraq, Bremer testified: "I know of no person who spent some meaningful time in Iraq who thought it was possible, under the conditions we worked," to impose modern accounting practices on money the authority spent.

uh huh

Sweat has been the main focus of research on human pheromones, and in fact, male underarm sweat has been shown to improve women's moods and affect their secretion of luteinizing hormone, which is normally involved in stimulating ovulation. Other studies have shown that when female sweat is applied to the upper lip of other women, these women respond by shifting their menstrual cycles toward synchrony with the cycle of the woman from whom the sweat was obtained.

Helicopter 'hit by missile' says Iraqi official

A Sea Knight helicopter crashed near Baghdad today, sending flames and a huge plume of black smoke into the sky, the fifth helicopter lost in Iraq in just over two weeks.An Iraqi air force officer said it was downed by an anti-aircraft missile.At the Pentagon, an official said there was a report that the number of people on board the helicopter was fewer than 10.US military spokesman Major General William Caldwell said the CH-46 helicopter went down about 20 miles north west of the capital, but he declined to comment on casualties or give a cause for the crash.“A quick reaction force is on site and the investigation is going on as we speak,” he told reporters in Baghdad


Hyperactive Child Medicated to Death
by kittania
Wed Feb 07, 2007 at 07:20:59 AM PST
This is an extremely sad story that only gets worse as more details emerge. A four year old girl has died of a drug overdose. The drugs were given to her by her own parents on the advice of a family doctor.
The autopsy revealed that Rebecca Riley died of a lethal combination of drugs. The Rileys are accused of giving her too much Clonidine, a drug used to treat hyperactivity. When she was just 2 1/2 years old, a Boston psychiatrist diagnosed her with bi-polar disorder.
For anyone familar with BPD the first question would probably be, "how the hell do you recognized bi-polar disorder in a 2 year old?" In this case the diagnosis was made largely on genetic predisposition. Why was a diagnosis like this necessary? Well there's the possiblity it was all for medical insurance...

view from my hotel

view from my hotel, originally uploaded by phaedras25.

I'm not very good with the new camera yet, but hope to improve,

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Hell yeah, nail the bastards

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest private employer, must face a class-action lawsuit alleging female employees were discriminated against in pay and promotions.

Well isn't that special...

The Rev. Ted Haggard emerged from three weeks of intensive counseling convinced he is "completely heterosexual" and told an oversight board that his sexual contact with men was limited to his accuser.
That is according to one of the disgraced pastor's overseers, who on Monday revealed new details about where Haggard has been and where he is headed.
The Rev. Tim Ralph of Larkspur also said the four-man oversight board strongly urged Haggard to go into secular work instead of Christian ministry if Haggard and his wife follow through on plans to earn master's degrees in psychology.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Friends, they really are that important

People in the study were also assessed for signs of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
And autopsies were carried out on 90 patients who died during the study to look for certain physical signs associated with Alzheimer's disease such as deposits of protein outside and around nerve cells.
The team found that the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease increased by 51% for each point of the loneliness score.
Those with the highest loneliness score of 3.2 had about 2.1 times the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease compared to those with a low score of 1.4.
When the researchers factored in social isolation, such as if people had a small social network, the results did not change significantly.

Time management

Mexico City is located in the Valley of Mexico also called the Valley of Anáhuac, a large valley in the high plateaus at the center of Mexico, at an altitude of 2,240 meters (7,349 feet). It was originally built by the Aztecs in 1325 on an island of Lake Texcoco. The city was almost completely destroyed in the siege of 1521, and was redesigned and rebuilt in the following years following the Spanish urban standards. In 1524 the municipality of Mexico City was established, known as México Tenustitlan, and as of 1585 it is officially known as Ciudad de México

So today I bought a digital camera so I can take and upload photos which I hope to have uploaded by tomorrow. I also will start class. I have skype and just have to say again how tremendous I find technology. I am feel like I just down the street rather than thousands of miles from home:)

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Immersion, blogger style

So blogger thinks I am spanish and all of my buttons are in spanish, so forgive me in advance if anything strange shows up as a result of me hitting the wrong button. Regardless I landed today in Mexico City! Very exciting as it is my first time. I was a little apprehensive, but so far everything seems exciting and wonderful. I have an extraordinary view outside my window of Mexico City. It is unbelievably vast. I have tomorrow off so I will go gallavanting and try to not get into toomuch trouble!

Friday, February 02, 2007

Travel, Documents and life

I wrote a totally not legally binding will today and sent to people. I am going off into remote world for a little while and I watched Grey's Anatomy last night and in general have been feeling viscerally the fragility of life recently. Between, moving into my first own place in a new town with a new job and turning 30, time seems to have gone a little funky on me.

The future stands still, dear Mr. Kappus, but we move in infinite space.

Between the oh so helpful global warming report, freakish storms killing people and oh so abundant rhetoric of bigotry one could get pessimistic. Instead I aim for neutrality when I can't obtain optimism. So tonight I am neutral. I am going out for dinner in my new town and will pack and panic tomorrow. Take care, love well and be safe but not to afraid.