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3951  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Guess who are some of the superdelegates? on: February 07, 2008, 08:02:03 AM
How many people know this:

Included on the list are Harold Ickes and none other then Terry MaCuliffe.  Also is John Zogby?  Does he announce his potentail conflict of interest with the announcement ofl his pol results that he also happens to be a superdelegate for the Democratic convention/party?!?!?

Talk about conflict of interests.
3952  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Wow - I wonder how many voters truly understand this on: February 07, 2008, 07:44:31 AM
The Democrat delegate process.  Tell me the Clintons are not bribing delgates as we speak.  Some key points

***Pledged delegates are those won in primaries and cacucuses. Superdelegates are party big-shots.***

Party bigshots???

***Being a superdelegate is usually just a way of getting to go to the convention, cast a meaningless vote and have a good time.***

***But that could change this year.***

***And that’s because superdelegates make up one-fifth of all the delegates at the convention, and this year they could determine the nominee.***

***As Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson puts it: “The process is designed really to avoid picking a nominee rather than pick one.”***

And there you have it - right from the horses mouth!!!!!!!!

***The system of superdelegates was invented not just to reward party fatcats, but to make sure “fairness” did not get out of hand.***

Open up the dictionary and look up fatcat - who do you find?  The Clintons and their team!

That may be one reason the Clinton's want to avoid a spectacle of the true depth of the corrupted process. If Clinton gets the nomination in a really close race it will be Florida all over again.  So what to do?  Make Obama your VP and queit down the "disenfranchised".

3953  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The delegate thing on: February 06, 2008, 08:58:00 AM
One can only wonder what kind of backroom bribery, and other means goes on for the fight for delegates.  Obviously it ain't going to be "let the best man win".  Not with the Clintons anyway:
3954  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Yeah, I know what you mean on: February 05, 2008, 11:43:46 AM
After hearing her story ad nauseum for months (years?) I do find this an interesting finale.  Hey put me on a jury.  I'll send this guy to jail.  Enough evidence for me - now.

But your point is well taken, she does fit the mold for Fox.  Cute white and blonde.  Heck if she was alive she would get a job with them.

If I see one more natural or dyed blonde "journalist"...........why they even have this blond (made up and dripping and oozing narcissism) psychiatrist (maybe it wasn't Fox?) - when will it all end?
3955  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Natalie Halloway on: February 05, 2008, 08:24:43 AM
***There was no confession, no admission of a crime by Joran on any of these tapes, which is very telling," Tacopina said on ABC's "Good Morning America***

So disposing of a possibly living and comatose person into the ocean is legal in Aruba?

It sounds like she seized.  She shook and then went limp.   After a seizure people are notoriously lethargic.   Question is did she willingly take all the stuff she seized from: alcohol drugs, date rape? drug.  We will never know.
3956  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Terry McAuliffe: Obama would be good running mate on: February 05, 2008, 08:21:11 AM
We all expected this.  Just when it becomes more likely you will lose to the guy come out with the final last ditch play before your gal goes down:  offer him the VP on *your* ticket.  From the global crossing multimillionaire (how come I couldn't get in early? wink):
3957  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Natalie Halloway on: February 04, 2008, 10:09:23 AM
Do other people find this disturbing how this is spun:

****But Joseph Tacopina, a lawyer for student Joran Van der Sloot, said his client was not responsible for the Alabama teen-ager's death and that the tapes do not amount to a confession.

"There was no confession, no admission of a crime by Joran on any of these tapes, which is very telling," Tacopina said on ABC's "Good Morning America."****

Yes I know all about how has a right to a defense, but I see the attorney as an accomplice when he goes this far to distort and deny the truth.  How a person can willfully say incriminating statements about himself and some slick suntanned attorney can say it is *not* what it is begets the question to me:  when is an attorney become complicit in a cover-up?

Didn't the DA in the Duke case get taken to the cleaners by ignoring evidence?

3958  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Stock Market on: February 03, 2008, 09:56:24 AM
Does DMG have any thoughts on Bidu?  Or the MSFT/YHOo proposal.
3959  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Obama/the bestDem hope on: February 03, 2008, 09:54:00 AM
I think Obama is the stronger of the two since Hillary has such high negatives.
If Obama maintains his composure I think he will win.  Although it is also hard to know what backroom deals are happening with the Clintons, the unions, other endorsements, election shenanigans etc.

I think Romney still has a chance if he can only come accross with more emotional attachment to his ideals....
For the general election if he gets into it, he will have to reach out to some of voters the populists target because there are so many of them. IMHACO.  (In my humble armchair opinion)

3960  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The 2008 Presidential Race on: January 31, 2008, 12:15:48 PM
 ***Current polls have McC beating both Lady Evita and BO, and Romney losing to both.***

I am not sure I trust those polls.

The Dems seem very happy running against McCain to me.

I wonder what the secret "internal" polling shows.

3961  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / EZCH on: January 31, 2008, 12:11:01 PM
Hi Rick,
Hope you are well.
Does Juniper's entrance into ethernet help EZCH?
I don't see any mention of the MX family.
3962  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Coulter may be on the money on: January 27, 2008, 09:21:53 AM
I am no longer a fan of Ann Coulter after witnessing her insult all Jews on Donny Deutch.  That said I think she may be on to something when she points out that the Crats are praising McCain because they think he would lose against the Clintons.  Here is B. S. Clinton talking highly of McCain as though he is promoting him:

Here is Coulter pointing that the Clintons and the liberal media are doing this because they think *Romney* would be the Repubs strongest candidate.   One thing is for sure.  There is no doubt that the greatest rallying factor to get the Republicans to come out and vote en mass will be to keep the Clintons out.  I will be first on line.  These two pathological characters need to be put to pasture.  I am thinking of registering as a Crat just to vote for Obama:
3963  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Gay men and mrsa on: January 18, 2008, 06:49:49 PM

A study carried out in San Francisco and Boston, USA, found that sexually active gay men were many times more likely to acquire a new highly antibiotic-resistant strain of the MRSA superbug than the rest of the population.

The study is published in the January 15th early online issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine and was led by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

Scientists have noticed that infection with the multidrug-resistant, community associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) appears to occur in isolated pockets.

The new strain, called USA300, which is resistant to many more front line antibiotics, is a close relative of the MRSA strain that has begun to spread outside of hospitals and into the community in recent years (CA-MRSA, or community associated MRSA, but technically also known as USA300).

Both strains spread easily through skin to skin contact, and get into the skin and the underlying tissue, causing abscesses and ulcers that can become life-threatening quite quickly.

The UCSF researchers decided to investigate the risk factors for infection with the new USA300, which has gained a foothold in San Francisco and other US cities.

The study was in two parts: a population-based survey of 9 San Francisco hospitals and a cross-sectional study in 2 outpatient clinics in San Francisco and Boston. The data reviewed related to culture proven cases of MRSA infections spanning 2004 to 2006.

The researchers looked for: risk factors, annual incidence and spatial clustering for infection by multidrug-resistant USA300.

The strain of MRSA in the samples were identified using a range of methods such as: DNA sequencing (establishing the pattern of nucleotides in the DNA), polymerase chain reaction assays (amplifying DNA to help identify it), and pulse field gel electrophoresis (looking at very large DNA molecules).

The results for San Francisco showed that:
The overall incidence of USA300 infection in San Francisco was 26 cases per 100,000 of the population (ranging from 16 to 36).

The incidence was higher in 8 adjacent neighbourhoods (identified by ZIP codes) that had a higher proportion of male same-sex couples.

Men who have sex with men were 13 times more likely to be infected with USA300.

This risk was independent of previous history of MRSA infection or use of clindamycin (an antibiotic used to treat MRSA).

The risk also appeared to be independent of HIV infection.

USA300 infection mostly occurred in the buttocks, genitals, or perineum (the area between the anus and the penis).
The results for Boston showed that multi-drug resistant USA300 strains were recovered only from men who have sex with men.

The study concluded that:

"Infection with multidrug-resistant USA300 MRSA is common among men who have sex with men, and multidrug-resistant MRSA infection might be sexually transmitted in this population."

In a separate press statement, the researchers expressed their concern that the new MRSA strain could soon spread to the general population. It can be spread through skin to skin contact but appears to be trasmitted more easily through intimate sexual contact, they said.

Lead author of the study, Dr Binh Diep, who is a UCSF postdoctoral scientist at San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center, said:

"These multi-drug resistant infections often affect gay men at body sites in which skin-to-skin contact occurs during sexual activities."

"But because the bacteria can be spread by more casual contact, we are also very concerned about a potential spread of this strain into the general population," he added.

He explained that the most effective way to protect oneself against infection, especially after sex, was to scrub the skin well with soap and water.

Diep said he was alarmed by the rapid rise in infections. In the figures they collected, they found that San Francisco's Castro district, which has the highest proportion of gays in the country, the infection rate of MRSA was around 1 in 588 people. This compares with about 1 in 3,800 for the overall population of San Francisco, which is also high, said Diep.

Co-author Dr Henry Chambers, who is UCSF professor of medicine at San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center and lead scientist of a large multi-centered clinical trial recently funded by the National Institute of Health to study treatment of community-associated MRSA infections, said:

"Prompt diagnosis and the right treatment are crucial to prevent life-threatening infections and the spread of this bacteria to close contacts."

The authors pointed out that their study was limited by the fact it was retrospective, and they had not looked at the link between sexual risk behaviours and infection. They recommended that:

"Further research is needed to determine whether existing efforts to control epidemics of other sexually transmitted infections can control spread of community-associated multidrug-resistant MRSA."

"Emergence of Multidrug-Resistant, Community-Associated, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Clone USA300 in Men Who Have Sex with Men."
B. A. Diep, H. F. Chambers, C. J. Graber, J. D. Szumowski, L. G. Miller, L. L. Han, J. H. Chen, F. Lin, J. Lin, T. HaiVan Phan, H. A. Carleton, L. K. McDougal, F. C. Tenover, D. E. Cohen, K. H. Mayer, G. F. Sensabaugh and F.ço. Perdreau-Remington.
Ann Intern Med, early online 15 January 2008; 60520-204.
Print issue: 19 February 2008, Volume 148 Issue 4.
3964  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The 2008 Presidential Race on: January 18, 2008, 06:44:43 PM
On the eve of SC/Nev we get Hillary "baring her soul" discussing the Lewinsky scandal.  Of course she always loved Bill and of course he always loved her......

Obviously her campaign feels her crying the day before New Hampshire got her the victory there so are now using emotion to manipulative the babe vote.  It will probably work.  There appears to be no end to the gullibility of some of the electorate for the Clintons:
3965  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / "Clinton did to us [Blacks] what he did to Lewinsky" on: January 17, 2008, 09:26:02 AM
Well, actually I believe he does this to everyone but it is great to hear some African Americans (now that they have a Democratic alternative) speak this truth - finally - about the Clintons:,0,1629577.story?track=rss

I don't care that Obama is reportedly more liberal than Clinton.  I don't care that he is Black.  I will take him any day over another Clinton.  Go Obama!
3966  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Health Thread (nutrition, medical, longevity, etc) on: January 05, 2008, 06:27:09 PM

I am not familiar with Zone's diet on this point.  Please help me here.
3967  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / phone data - secure? - nah. on: January 04, 2008, 08:49:37 PM
"these companies are believed to have assisted our intelligence agencies"

And how did these companies assist law enforcement?

Who is monitoring what these companies do with their databases of personal phone call information?  Who monitors who they track with cell tower info?

The answer:  nobody knows but them.

Don't think for a minute they (mis)use information only for "law enforcement purposes".
3968  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / pharma and obesity on: January 04, 2008, 08:39:40 PM
Many companies working on weight loss drugs:
3969  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Bhutto bribe allegations on: December 30, 2007, 04:00:29 PM
I dunno, Wikepedia has sections that get into more details about the sources  and allegations of Bhutto and her husband laudaring money that has all the appearances of bribes.  Of course as I have pointed out in the past Wikepedia is not always reliable either:
3970  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Gertz: StateDepartment's miscalculation? on: December 30, 2007, 03:50:40 PM
FWIW (I have no idea who to believe or what is truth, what is opinion, and what is distortion):
3971  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The 2008 Presidential Race on: December 27, 2007, 07:46:55 PM
On the assasination today:

"I know from my lifetime of experience you have to be prepared for whatever might happen, and that's particularly true today," Clinton said in an Associated Press interview while campaigning in Iowa.

Gimme a break.

I'll take Obama anyday.
3972  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Is global warming a cult? on: December 25, 2007, 10:15:22 AM
From Cal Thomas:
3973  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Dog brothers on wikipedia on: December 23, 2007, 07:17:50 PM
I would imagine readers have seen this.  I was wondering if wikipedia had an entry on Dogbrother arts and found this:  enjoy and happy holidays to all:
3974  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / GAC station on: December 20, 2007, 08:36:26 AM
That is interesting - all of a sudden we get the GAC station.  Just noticed it a few days ago.

Who was listening?
3975  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Health Thread (nutrition, medical, longevity, etc) on: December 20, 2007, 08:33:04 AM
I have been busy lately and not had a chance to respond.

I agree with the poor nutrional value of a lot of the high simple sugars we eat, but that does not get to the problem of obesity.

I plan on taking extra training in bariatric medicine over the next few months and will share here but I believe this theory accounts for the extreme difficulty for overweight people to lose weight and keep it off:

People who lose weight actually start to experience the same discomforts (if you will) that people who experience starvation experience.  Eventually their every thought turns to getting more food. It becomes uncontrollable and overwhelming.  Eventually most people give in and start eating again.  The reward is not just the taste of food, but relief from the unbearably uncomfortable sensations one feels when your body thinks your starving - even though you are overweight.

It is evolution gone amuk!.

More at a later date.
3976  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Health Thread (nutrition, medical, longevity, etc) on: December 13, 2007, 09:58:58 PM
Hi Crafty,

I am not sure I follow you.

Obesity is more complex and resistant to treatment than what you asked?

What fat person doesn't know they should eat less and exercise more?
3977  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Obesity on: December 13, 2007, 12:38:10 PM
If you look at the 1809 picture of the 700 pound man one sees something that is becoming common.  Even in my 25 years in medicine seeing patients over 300 or 400 pounds was not common.  Now it is very common.  We need better treatments for obesity and I await better pharmacologics for this;   I've heard Merck is working on one but I have no further information on it.  It was a big disappointment that rimonabant from
Sanofi did not get yet approved here (it is in Europe) since that would have helped.  Anyone know people in Europe who have used it?
3978  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Too much booze too fast on: December 13, 2007, 12:25:18 PM
I remember an article in a local paper (the paper no longer exists anymore) 25 or 30 years ago about two guys who held a drinking contest at a local bar.  They both downed a quart of hard stuff in a matter of minutes.  They both lost as both were found dead in their respective apartments the nest day. 

On an even more sobering story that I recall was the 18 year old college student from Rutgers who was hazed with alcohol.  His potential frat "brothers" even forced him to drink after he started vomiting. He went into pulmonary edema and the kids delayed calling an ambulence.

We coded him in the emergency room for over an hour.  His alcohol soaked vascular system would not respond.  That was a terrible tragic memory.  This dumb fool was more lucky:
3979  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Morris was right - Hillary is goin "negative" on: December 03, 2007, 08:19:45 AM
The fluff is gone.  Now the real Clinton machine will get going.  Clinton insists on being President - amazing - no clinton has ever achieved a greater than 50% popular vote in a Presidential election - yet we had her and Bill for 8 years already:
3980  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Health insurance and immigrants on: November 29, 2007, 10:05:31 AM
We keep hearing how 40 plus million Americans have no insurance.  What we don't keep hearing is that most of those were not born here and probably at least half did not come here illegally.  We cannot have effective immigartion reform until we get rid of 200 year laws that make anyone born here automatically a citizen.  It is absolutely amazing that when I go onto the elevator at the hospital most of the time people getting off at labor and delivery are non English speaking Mexicans, or Central Americans.

What about today's reports that 30 - 65% of the immigrants in several states are illegal?  What about the likelihood this is an underestimate?  What about on O'Reilly last night an illegal immigrant defender was claiming they pay 6 billion in taxes?   Well when one does the math - assuming there is only 10 million illegals in the US (there has got to be more than this) that comes out to a lousy $600 a head.  I wish I could send my kids to school, to the ER for $600 a year.

Is any one looking into how many of these people have illegal voting cards?  I would be willing to bet many do.

Lou Dobbs is the only one saying anything about this issue.
3981  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Buchanan: 2008 similar to 1929 on: November 18, 2007, 09:10:45 PM
Bernake in the middle of opposing tidal waves:
3982  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Organized payoff technique on: November 09, 2007, 10:41:30 PM
I found this story about how Kerik took tens of thousands in bribes from a construction company with ties to organized crime in the form of renovations to his Bronx home personally.   Katherine and I have seen the same pattern in the neighborhood we moved into.  Four houses were sold (three within a few months of our moving in) to people who seemed to have numerous contractors and obvious union types fixing up their places like there was no tommorow.  New roofs, driveways, windows, doors, landscaping, siding, and more.  It was so obvious that this was at least one form of their payoffs.  Now their homes were all fixed up and with improved values.  In return, all these people had to do is to blend into the community all the while they are staking us out.  When we used to leave the house they would call/notify someone who would get in with copied keys (Or they were skilled locksmiths).  They wonderful neighbors of ours would keep a lookout on the streets around the house while the burglar would be in the house tampering with our computers, planting listening devices, searching for cpies of songs.  Only when they know they got all our evidence do you then here the "star" singing the lyrics.  Then we go around searching the house looking for the evidence that is of course long gone.  They are very patient.  They will not do any music if they are not sure if they haven't stolen all the copies.  If we later here a song and Katherine would make  the mistake of saying she has a CD of it we never hear the song again and eventually the CD seems to  disappear.  Or if on the computer, the computer crashes.

Additionally they sit in their houses and try to hack into our computers.  All devices have wireless components today.  I don't care what any supposed know it all tells me that if the networking button is turned off and we are not on the internet someone can't get in.  I know that computers can be hacked into if one is close enough.  I also know that the software and probably hardware makers have built in ways that computers can be tapped into.  There excuse is that it would be for law enforcement purposes.  We try to order non wireless devices on line and of course when the package comes it is always 2 or 3 days late.  And it is always tampered with so that the device is no longer wireless, it doesn't work, or it crashes.  Our neighbors see to it that the mail delivery is covered to.  They get it on our porch.  The UPS guy is bribed to simply drop it at their house.  Or someone in the Post Office is bribed to open our letters to look inside.  And always with just a little tear to bend gently bend back the page so it looks like an innocent bit of damage from handling. We also had a neighbor in Florida who bribed the garbage man to leave our garbage at his house which was just down the street from our route.  We witnessed it.  Of course we confronted the garbage man about it and he of course simply pretended he didn't know what we were talking about.

Our crime that we deserve this is nothing more than Katherine happens to be a genius at writing music lyrics and in form and ready to be used.  So many in the music industry have made so much robbing us it has become a fun sport for them.  Don't think they care our lives have been ruined or my wife is legally blind.  As always - it is about the money.
So when I read that this guy Kerik had tens of thousands of dollars in renovations done to his home I can only hope he goes to jail where he belongs.  I wonder if the guys who bribed him will too.  Probably not.

Ex-NYC Top Cop Kerik Pleads Not Guilty

Nov 9, 3:57 PM (ET)


(AP) In a file photo former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik exits Bronx supreme court,...
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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - Bernard Kerik, a protege of Rudy Giuliani who once led the nation's largest police department, pleaded not guilty Friday to a wide-ranging indictment charging him with "selling his office" and lying to cover up the scheme.

Kerik's case could prove to be an ongoing embarrassment for Giuliani, who is seeking the Republican nomination for president.

The indictment accuses Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner, of conspiring while a public official with a mob-connected construction firm to accept tens of thousands of dollars in renovations to his Bronx apartment, and then lying to cover up the scheme. It also claims he made false statements during his failed bid to head the nation's homeland security department.

"This is a battle," Kerik said, fighting through a media crush as he left court. "I'm going to fight."

(AP) In a file photo former Mayor of New York City Rudolph Giuliani and former NYC Police Chief Bernard...
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Kerik surrendered earlier Friday to the FBI in suburban White Plains, where he was fingerprinted and processed before his court appearance.

Standing before the judge, Kerik appeared calm and spoke only to say, "Not guilty, your honor," and answer a few personal questions. He was ordered to surrender his passport and any firearms, and to have no contact with potential witnesses. He was to be released on $500,000 bond, secured by his home in New Jersey.

Giuliani appointed Kerik police commissioner in 2000 and endorsed his 2004 nomination to head the Department of Homeland Security. Days after President Bush introduced Kerik as his nominee, however, Kerik announced he was withdrawing his name because of tax issues involving his former nanny.

Prosecutors had been presenting evidence to a federal grand jury for several months.

The investigation of Kerik, 52, arose from allegations that, while a city official, he accepted $165,000 in renovations to his Bronx apartment, paid for by a mob-connected construction company that sought his help in winning city contracts.

(AP) Kenneth Breen, right, attorney representing Bernard Kerik, reaches for Kerik as they get ready to...
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U.S. Attorney Michael J. Garcia said some of the payments detailed in the indictment took place after Kerik became police commissioner.

"During the time that Kerik secretly accepted these payments, he lobbied city officials on behalf of his benefactors - in effect selling his office in violation of his duty to the people of this city," Garcia said.

David A. Cardona, head of the criminal division of the New York FBI office, noted that the public considers "a beat cop accepting a free cup of coffee" improper.

"If a free cup of coffee is wrong, Kerik's long list of alleged crimes is repugnant," he said.

If convicted, Kerik could face up to 142 years in prison and $4.75 million in penalties.

(AP) Bernard Kerik walks towards microphones at the federal court i n White Plains, N.Y. Friday, Nov. 9,...
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Kerik pleaded guilty last year to a misdemeanor charge in state court, admitting that the renovations constituted an illegal gift from the construction firm. The plea spared him jail time and preserved his career as a security consultant, but his troubles resurfaced when federal authorities convened their own grand jury to investigate allegations that he failed to report as income tens of thousands of dollars in services from his friends and supporters.

Kerik's efforts in response to the Sept. 11 attacks helped burnish a career that came close to a Cabinet post.

Giuliani frequently says he made a mistake in recommending Kerik to be Homeland Security chief, but that might not be enough to avoid the political damage of a drawn-out criminal case involving his one-time protege.

During a campaign stop Thursday in Dubuque, Iowa, Giuliani was asked whether he still stood by Kerik. He sidestepped that question and said the issue had to be decided by the courts.

"A lot of public comment about it is inconsistent with its getting resolved in the right way in the courts," Giuliani said.


Associated Press Writers Tom Hays and Pat Milton in New York City contributed to this report.
3983  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / amazing story on: November 09, 2007, 09:50:59 PM
The Nobel Peace Prize should go to the American soldiers not to some guy who wrote a book.

Amazing when you read stories like this and yet Hollywood chooses to dishonor our troops with their political agenda movies.  Like DePalma who chooses to ignore a story like this one and instead demeans all American soldiers with a movie based on the rape of an Iraqi girl by American troops.  Well we can send those bastards in Hollywood a message:

And these leftist loons have the nerve to be offended when the rest of us question their patriotism.
3984  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Jessica Seinfeld cookbook on: October 31, 2007, 10:30:51 PM
I believe it is very likely Seinfeld is making misleading statements.  It may be literally true that his wife never read, saw, or heard about  the other book, but it is also likely true her cookbook was either written for her, or the ideas that she in fact claims were hers, were in fact handed to her from her publisher who in turn stole the ideas from the other lady.   

It makes business sense to take good ideas from another and pitch it to a star's wife and pawn it off as her creation to garner sales. She of course is happy to do so because she makes extra money and she comes off as smart, creative, and with an appearance that she has talent of her own. Anyone who thinks this is a coincidence would almost certainly be mistaken.

Seinfeld just shows that he is a selfish sleezeball.  His wife is caught red handed and his response is not to apologize and be a real man, but be the coward he really is and to denigrate the real victim for the purpose of saving his/wife's sorry asses. But this is nothing unusual with the people of the entertainment industry who so many idolize and ador:;_ylt=AiLeE9j_3qzLX3xS_KzG0t7q188F
3985  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Does anyone get GAC station? on: October 25, 2007, 07:45:07 AM
I can't get the Great American Country station in my location.

I am interested in hearing about the reality show "hitmen of music row".

Has anyone seen their show which started end of September?
3986  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / buchanan on Kurds/turkey on: October 22, 2007, 03:02:03 AM
Tends to agree that militant Kurds are undermining our relation with Turkey:
3987  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Good Call on: October 21, 2007, 12:37:20 PM
Sensai Crafty (no tease intended),

Good call on WTS.  UGGGH for me. cry

I'm holding firm.

Congratulations so far on LNOP wink.  I am still too afraid of it.  Their potential market increased by a factor of three?  Not their sales?
3988  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Art on: October 12, 2007, 08:45:00 AM
I guess you've seen the guy who had an ear transplanted to his arm and calls this art.  I always thought art was to create something of beauty.  It's purported boundaries have become blurred to include anything anybody wants it to be including political statements, and anything that is shocking enough to gain attention.  The following falls in the latter which as far as I can see is just a grotesque stunt to get attention:

It ain't art.  It is a weirdo with nothing else to say or do IMO.
3989  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Buying votes with other people's money on: October 10, 2007, 07:29:56 AM
Lets see how Hillary can get away with robbing Paul to give to Jane.

Her trial balloon study (survey and or focus group) results showed that stealing government money to give $5000 to all children born in the USA (sounds like a Springsteen song) did not get her enough votes.  So now she will steal money from increasing taxes on estates to give $1,000 to people for 401K.  Geeze, she wonders how many votes this will buy her.

This of course is her way of coming up with "ideas" that will make this country better cry

The only one with real ideas as far as I've heard is Gingrich.  And he just announced he will not run.  Let's hope Romney or Guiliani are listening. I would think Romney will but I don't know about Rudy.
3990  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Watts from the Cabot Ben Graham Value Newsletter on: October 09, 2007, 11:18:48 PM
From the July 07 newsletter:

Watts Water Technologies (WTS):

How Cheap is it? 

It is rare that an industrial company with good growth prospects makes into our Classic Benjamin Graham Value Model.
WTS is a gem that is clearly undervalued.  We are confident WTS' share price till reach our Min Sell Price of 47.05 within 1 to 2 years.

Company profile:

WTS is a leading manufacturer of products used in the plumbing and water quality industries.  The real estate boom during the early part
of this decade has created a need to expand and upgrade the water utility infrastructure in the US and other countries, notably China.
Water quality is deteriorating throughout the world, and WTS sells the products necessary to upgrade private and municipal water systems.


WTS recently sold over $200 million of common stock and another 200 milion of bonds to raise its cash levels.  The company now $9 per share
in cash and is poised to make a major acquisition.  Watts has successfully paid more than $350 million for acquisitions during the past 3 years,
and we expect the company to step up the pace during the next several years.  EPS growth will likely approximate 15% for the next 3 to 5 years.

Was Rec:  Buy at 36.67 or less
Recently:  Hold     and      Sell only when it hits 48.41

3991  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Fox interview on: October 09, 2007, 07:30:33 AM
I watched some of the interview between King and Fox.
Fox of course is happy to jump on the bandwagon as decrying those against massive uncontrolled immigration as racist.  This guy has a lot of nerve IMO.
Why is no one discussing why Mexico can't do more to make the way of life better in Mexico.  How about creating new jobs there?   Again, why is it conditions are so bad in Mexico that so many want to come here?  How about that?

It is obviously hopeless.  We simply have open borders.  Now I hear we are giving out driving licenses to illegals.  Next will be voter cards.
3992  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Water drying up in China on: October 07, 2007, 10:05:14 AM
Hi sensai,

Sorry I took a while to get back to you.  Our computer crashed and it took me a while to get another going.  Interesting that we started having problems with the computer the very second we (Katherine and I) began printing out the release date of a Brad Paisley's album right after we were saying we wanted the release date as evidence.  It was no coincidence in the middle of printing out as we used the computer and printer all day for other reasons without any problem.  This is but one of many examples of how I know we are being monitored with listening devices as well as all our computer usages.  But that's another story.

As for Watts I really couldn't tell you much more about it than you can read on yahoo finance.  But I can tell you how I know about it.  I first heard about Watts, I believe in Business 2.0 (if I recall) roughly a year ago - a magazine now cancelled by Time Warner.  Than another financial newsletter - the Cabot value investor that I subscribe to recommended it a few months ago.  The newsletter is excellent - especially for someone like me who "is over 39".  The newsletter has a great track record in value investing and follows the principles of Benjamin Graham.  I noticed the Motley Fool value newsletter which is also good (but not as good in IMHO) recently had a subscriber contest.  The winner of free monthly issues suggested Watts.  The Motley Fool people agreed.  In the Cabot newsletter it is pointed out that it is rare for a relatively boring industrial type company to have such long term great growth opportunities.  I still watch LNOP and am just too nervous to buy it.  It looks like it might be ready to soar.  Maybe I'll pick up 100 or 200 shares.  The Cabot newsletter recommended RIMM as a "value" stock a few months back right before it dropped to split adjusted ~65.  Now it's what 110?
3993  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Water drying up in China on: September 28, 2007, 08:00:06 AM
Perhaps Watts Water Technologies is a good long term investment as ground water in China is drying up:
3994  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Coulter on the Iranian and his political allies at Columbia on: September 26, 2007, 11:49:09 PM
In my view it is nonsense about his invitation to speak being about freedom of speech.  I believe he was invited because it was expected, and hoped, he would say things to embarrass a Republican President despised by liberal academics.

Again we see that the left's hatred of Republicans is greater than even their hatred of those who dream of disposing of all Jews.

Even Hitler would be invited if he could be counted on to say somethng bad about Bush.

Ann Coulter couldn't have said it any clearer about this:
3995  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Concealed weapons on: September 26, 2007, 08:19:42 PM
Doug & Crafty,

I was also "struck" by how many times this man was attacked.  I wonder if he qulifies for the Guiness Book!

Anyway Wikepedia's lastest national standing of concealed weapons by state:
3996  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / CD, should I repost the same on the other threads or restate there?.eom on: September 26, 2007, 07:23:01 PM
3997  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / State of American Health care Part 2 on: September 26, 2007, 07:18:55 PM
Part two:

One nation attempting to address the effects of class on health is the United Kingdom. Its 1998 Acheson Commission, which was charged with reducing health disparities, produced 39 policy recommendations spanning areas such as poverty, income, taxes and benefits, education, employment, housing, environment, transportation, and nutrition. Only 3 of these 39 recommendations pertained directly to health care: all policies that influence health should be evaluated for their effect on the disparities in health resulting from differences in socioeconomic status; a high priority should be given to the health of families with children; and income inequalities should be reduced and living standards among the poor improved.39 Although implementation of these recommendations has been incomplete, the mere fact of their existence means more attention is paid to the effects of social policies on health. This element is missing in U.S. policy discussions — as is evident from recent deliberations on income-tax policy.

Although inadequate health care accounts for only 10% of premature deaths, among the five determinants of health (Figure 1), health care receives by far the greatest share of resources and attention. In the case of heart disease, it is estimated that health care has accounted for half of the 40% decline in mortality over the past two decades.40 (It may be that exclusive reliance on international mortality comparisons shortchanges the results of America's health care system. Perhaps the high U.S. rates of medical-technology use translate into comparatively better function. To date, there are no good international comparisons of functional status to test that theory, but if it could be substantiated, there would be an even more compelling claim for expanded health insurance coverage.) U.S. expenditures on health care in 2006 were an estimated $2.1 trillion, accounting for 16% of our gross domestic product.41 Few other countries even reach double digits in health care spending.

There are two basic ways in which health care can affect health status: quality and access. Although qualitative deficiencies in U.S. health care have been widely documented,42 there is no evidence that its performance in this dimension is worse than that of other OECD nations. In the area of access, however, we trail nearly all the countries: 45 million U.S. citizens (plus millions of immigrants) lack health insurance, and millions more are seriously underinsured. Lack of health insurance leads to poor health.43 Not surprisingly, the uninsured are disproportionately represented among the lower socioeconomic classes.

Environmental factors, such as lead paint, polluted air and water, dangerous neighborhoods, and the lack of outlets for physical activity, also contribute to premature death. People with lower socioeconomic status have greater exposure to these health-compromising conditions. As with social determinants of health and health insurance coverage, remedies for environmental risk factors lie predominantly in the political arena.44

The Case for Concentrating on the Less Fortunate

Since all the actionable determinants of health — personal behavior, social factors, health care, and the environment — disproportionately affect the poor, strategies to improve national health rankings must focus on this population. To the extent that the United States has a health strategy, its focus is on the development of new medical technologies and support for basic biomedical research. We already lead the world in the per capita use of most diagnostic and therapeutic medical technologies, and we have recently doubled the budget for the National Institutes of Health. But these popular achievements are unlikely to improve our relative performance on health. It is arguable that the status quo is an accurate expression of the national political will — a relentless search for better health among the middle and upper classes. This pursuit is also evident in how we consistently outspend all other countries in the use of alternative medicines and cosmetic surgeries and in how frequently health "cures" and "scares" are featured in the popular media.45 The result is that only when the middle class feels threatened by external menaces (e.g., secondhand tobacco smoke, bioterrorism, and airplane exposure to multidrug-resistant tuberculosis) will it embrace public health measures. In contrast, our investment in improving population health — whether judged on the basis of support for research, insurance coverage, or government-sponsored public health activities — is anemic.46,47,48 Although the Department of Health and Human Services periodically produces admirable population health goals — most recently, the Healthy People 2010 objectives49 — no government department or agency has the responsibility and authority to meet these goals, and the importance of achieving them has yet to penetrate the political process.

Why Don't Americans Focus on Factors That Can Improve Health?

The comparatively weak health status of the United States stems from two fundamental aspects of its political economy. The first is that the disadvantaged are less well represented in the political sphere here than in most other developed countries, which often have an active labor movement and robust labor parties. Without a strong voice from Americans of low socioeconomic status, citizen health advocacy in the United States coalesces around particular illnesses, such as breast cancer, human immunodeficiency virus infection and the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV–AIDS), and autism. These efforts are led by middle-class advocates whose lives have been touched by the disease. There have been a few successful public advocacy campaigns on issues of population health — efforts to ban exposure to secondhand smoke or to curtail drunk driving — but such efforts are relatively uncommon.44 Because the biggest gains in population health will come from attention to the less well off, little is likely to change unless they have a political voice and use it to argue for more resources to improve health-related behaviors, reduce social disparities, increase access to health care, and reduce environmental threats. Social advocacy in the United States is also fragmented by our notions of race and class.33 To the extent that poverty is viewed as an issue of racial injustice, it ignores the many whites who are poor, thereby reducing the ranks of potential advocates.

The relatively limited role of government in the U.S. health care system is the second explanation. Many are familiar with our outlier status as the only developed nation without universal health care coverage.50 Less obvious is the dispersed and relatively weak status of the various agencies responsible for population health and the fact that they are so disconnected from the delivery of health services. In addition, the American emphasis on the value of individual responsibility creates a reluctance to intervene in what are seen as personal behavioral choices.

How Can the Nation's Health Improve?

Given that the political dynamics of the United States are unlikely to change soon and that the less fortunate will continue to have weak representation, are we consigned to a low-tier status when it comes to population health? In my view, there is room for cautious optimism. One reason is that despite the epidemics of HIV–AIDS and obesity, our population has never been healthier, even though it lags behind so many other countries. The gain has come from improvements in personal behavior (e.g., tobacco control), social and environmental factors (e.g., reduced rates of homicide and motor-vehicle accidents and the introduction of fluoridated water), and medical care (e.g., vaccines and cardiovascular drugs). The largest potential for further improvement in population health lies in behavioral risk factors, especially smoking and obesity. We already have tools at hand to make progress in tobacco control, and some of these tools are applicable to obesity. Improvement in most of the other factors requires political action, starting with relentless measurement of and focus on actual health status and the actions that could improve it. Inaction means acceptance of America's poor health status.

Improving population health would be more than a statistical accomplishment. It could enhance the productivity of the workforce and boost the national economy, reduce health care expenditures, and most important, improve people's lives. But in the absence of a strong political voice from the less fortunate themselves, it is incumbent on health care professionals, especially physicians, to become champions for population health. This sense of purpose resonates with our deepest professional values and is the reason why many chose medicine as a profession. It is also one of the most productive expressions of patriotism. Americans take great pride in asserting that we are number one in terms of wealth, number of Nobel Prizes, and military strength. Why don't we try to become number one in health?***

3998  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Health Care Economics on: September 26, 2007, 07:16:44 PM
I posted this as a copied page vs a direct link because the direct link brings no subscribers into the subscriber area.  Unfortunately, this method loses the slides but the main verbiage of the article is complete.

In any case here is one lecturer's opinion.  I do not offer it as the gospel, or necessarily my view, but just as one distinguished doctor's opinion.  Thoughts are most welcome:

The New England Journal of Medicine

Shattuck Lecture   
Volume 357:1221-1228       September 20, 2007       Number 12
We Can Do Better — Improving the Health of the American People
Steven A. Schroeder, M.D.

***The United States spends more on health care than any other nation in the world, yet it ranks poorly on nearly every measure of health status. How can this be? What explains this apparent paradox?

The two-part answer is deceptively simple — first, the pathways to better health do not generally depend on better health care, and second, even in those instances in which health care is important, too many Americans do not receive it, receive it too late, or receive poor-quality care. In this lecture, I first summarize where the United States stands in international rankings of health status. Next, using the concept of determinants of premature death as a key measure of health status, I discuss pathways to improvement, emphasizing lessons learned from tobacco control and acknowledging the reality that better health (lower mortality and a higher level of functioning) cannot be achieved without paying greater attention to poor Americans. I conclude with speculations on why we have not focused on improving health in the United States and what it would take to make that happen.

Health Status of the American Public

Among the 30 developed nations that make up the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the United States ranks near the bottom on most standard measures of health status (Table 1).1,2,3,4 (One measure on which the United States does better is life expectancy from the age of 65 years, possibly reflecting the comprehensive health insurance provided for this segment of the population.) Among the 192 nations for which 2004 data are available, the United States ranks 46th in average life expectancy from birth and 42nd in infant mortality.5,6 It is remarkable how complacent the public and the medical profession are in their acceptance of these unfavorable comparisons, especially in light of how carefully we track health-systems measures, such as the size of the budget for the National Institutes of Health, trends in national spending on health, and the number of Americans who lack health insurance. One reason for the complacency may be the rationalization that the United States is more ethnically heterogeneous than the nations at the top of the rankings, such as Japan, Switzerland, and Iceland. It is true that within the United States there are large disparities in health status — by geographic area, race and ethnic group, and class.7,8,9 But even when comparisons are limited to white Americans, our performance is dismal (Table 1). And even if the health status of white Americans matched that in the leading nations, it would still be incumbent on us to improve the health of the entire nation.

Pathways to Improving Population Health

Health is influenced by factors in five domains — genetics, social circumstances, environmental exposures, behavioral patterns, and health care (Figure 1).10,11 When it comes to reducing early deaths, medical care has a relatively minor role. Even if the entire U.S. population had access to excellent medical care — which it does not — only a small fraction of these deaths could be prevented. The single greatest opportunity to improve health and reduce premature deaths lies in personal behavior. In fact, behavioral causes account for nearly 40% of all deaths in the United States.12 Although there has been disagreement over the actual number of deaths that can be attributed to obesity and physical inactivity combined, it is clear that this pair of factors and smoking are the top two behavioral causes of premature death (Figure 2).12

Addressing Unhealthy Behaviol

Clinicians and policymakers may question whether behavior is susceptible to change or whether attempts to change behavior lie outside the province of traditional medical care.13 They may expect future successes to follow the pattern whereby immunization and antibiotics improved health in the 20th century. If the public's health is to improve, however, that improvement is more likely to come from behavioral change than from technological innovation. Experience demonstrates that it is in fact possible to change behavior, as illustrated by increased seat-belt use and decreased consumption of products high in saturated fat. The case of tobacco best demonstrates how rapidly positive behavioral change can occur.

The Case of Tobacco

The prevalence of smoking in the United States declined among men from 57% in 1955 to 23% in 2005 and among women from 34% in 1965 to 18% in 2005.14,15 Why did tobacco use fall so rapidly? The 1964 report of the surgeon general, which linked smoking and lung cancer, was followed by multiple reports connecting active and passive smoking to myriad other diseases. Early antismoking advocates, initially isolated, became emboldened by the cascade of scientific evidence, especially with respect to the risk of exposure to secondhand smoke. Counter-marketing — first in the 1960s and more recently by several states and the American Legacy Foundation's "truth®" campaign — linked the creativity of Madison Avenue with messages about the duplicity of the tobacco industry to produce compelling antismoking messages16 (an antismoking advertisement is available with the full text of this article at Laws, regulations, and litigation, particularly at the state and community levels, led to smoke-free public places and increases in the tax on cigarettes — two of the strongest evidence-based tobacco-control measures.14,17,18 In this regard, local governments have been far ahead of the federal government, and they have inspired European countries such as Ireland and the United Kingdom to make public places smoke-free.14,19 In addition, new medications have augmented face-to-face and telephone counseling techniques to increase the odds that clinicians can help smokers quit.15,20,21

It is tempting to be lulled by this progress and shift attention to other problems, such as the obesity epidemic. But there are still 44.5 million smokers in the United States, and each year tobacco use kills 435,000 Americans, who die up to 15 years earlier than nonsmokers and who often spend their final years ravaged by dyspnea and pain.14,20 In addition, smoking among pregnant women is a major contributor to premature births and infant mortality.20 Smoking is increasingly concentrated in the lower socioeconomic classes and among those with mental illness or problems with substance abuse.15,22,23 People with chronic mental illness die an average of 25 years earlier than others, and a large percentage of those years are lost because of smoking.24 Estimates from the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center at the University of California at San Francisco, which are based on the high rates and intensity (number of cigarettes per day plus the degree to which each is finished) of tobacco use in these populations, indicate that as many as 200,000 of the 435,000 Americans who die prematurely each year from tobacco-related deaths are people with chronic mental illness, substance-abuse problems, or both.22,25 Understanding why they smoke and how to help them quit should be a key national research priority. Given the effects of smoking on health, the relative inattention to tobacco by those federal and state agencies charged with protecting the public health is baffling and disappointing.

The United States is approaching a "tobacco tipping point" — a state of greatly reduced smoking prevalence. There are already low rates of smoking in some segments of the population, including physicians (about 2%), people with a postgraduate education (8%), and residents of the states of Utah (11%) and California (14%).25 When Kaiser Permanente of northern California implemented a multisystem approach to help smokers quit, the smoking rate dropped from 12.2% to 9.2% in just 3 years.25 Two basic strategies would enable the United States to meet its Healthy People 2010 tobacco-use objective of 12% population prevalence: keep young people from starting to smoke and help smokers quit. Of the two strategies, smoking cessation has by far the larger short-term impact. Of the current 44.5 million smokers, 70% claim they would like to quit.20 Assuming that one half of those 31 million potential nonsmokers will die because of smoking, that translates into 15.5 million potentially preventable premature deaths.20,26 Merely increasing the baseline quit rate from the current 2.5% of smokers to 10% — a rate seen in placebo groups in most published trials of the new cessation drugs — would prevent 1,170,000 premature deaths. No other medical or public health intervention approaches this degree of impact. And we already have the tools to accomplish it.14,27

Is Obesity the Next Tobacco?

Although there is still much to do in tobacco control, it is nevertheless touted as a model for combating obesity, the other major, potentially preventable cause of death and disability in the United States. Smoking and obesity share many characteristics (Table 2). Both are highly prevalent, start in childhood or adolescence, were relatively uncommon until the first (smoking) or second (obesity) half of the 20th century, are major risk factors for chronic disease, involve intensively marketed products, are more common in low socioeconomic classes, exhibit major regional variations (with higher rates in southern and poorer states), carry a stigma, are difficult to treat, and are less enthusiastically embraced by clinicians than other risk factors for medical conditions.

Nonetheless, obesity differs from smoking in many ways (Table 2). The binary definition of smoking status (smoker or nonsmoker) does not apply to obesity. Body-mass index, the most widely used measure of obesity, misclassifies as overweight people who have large muscle mass, such as California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. It is not biologically possible to stop eating, and unlike moderate smoking, eating a moderate amount of food is not hazardous. There is no addictive analogue to nicotine in food. Nonsmokers mobilize against tobacco because they fear injury from secondhand exposure, which is not a peril that attends obesity. The food industry is less concentrated than the tobacco industry, and although its advertising for children has been criticized as predatory and its ingredient-labeling practices as deceptive, it has yet to fall into the ill repute of the tobacco industry. For these reasons, litigation is a more problematic strategy, and industry payouts — such as the Master Settlement Agreement between the tobacco industry and 46 state attorneys general to recapture the Medicaid costs of treating tobacco-related diseases — are less likely.14 Finally, except for the invasive option of bariatric surgery, there are even fewer clinical tools available for treating obesity than there are for treating addiction to smoking.

Several changes in policy have been proposed to help combat obesity.28,29,30 Selective taxes and subsidies could be used as incentives to change the foods that are grown, brought to market, and consumed, though the politics involved in designating favored and penalized foods would be fierce.31 Restrictions could also apply to the use of food stamps. Given recent data indicating that children see from 27 to 48 food advertisements for each 1 promoting fitness or nutrition, regulations could be put in place to shift that balance or to mandate support for sustained social-marketing efforts such as the "truth®" campaign against smoking.16,32 Requiring more accurate labeling of caloric content and ingredients, especially in fast-food outlets, could make customers more aware of what they are eating and induce manufacturers to alter food composition. Better pharmaceutical products and counseling programs could motivate clinicians to view obesity treatment more enthusiastically. In contrast to these changes in policy, which will require national legislation, regulation, or research investment, change is already under way at the local level. Some schools have banned the sale of soft drinks and now offer more nutritionally balanced lunches. Opportunities for physical activity at work, in school, and in the community have been expanded in a small but growing number of locations.

Nonbehavioral Causes of Premature Death

Improving population health will also require addressing the nonbehavioral determinants of health that we can influence: social, health care, and environmental factors. (To date, we lack tools to change our genes, although behavioral and environmental factors can modify the expression of genetic risks such as obesity.) With respect to social factors, people with lower socioeconomic status die earlier and have more disability than those with higher socioeconomic status, and this pattern holds true in a stepwise fashion from the lowest to the highest classes.33,34,35,36,37,38 In this context, class is a composite construct of income, total wealth, education, employment, and residential neighborhood. One reason for the class gradient in health is that people in lower classes are more likely to have unhealthy behaviors, in part because of inadequate local food choices and recreational opportunities. Yet even when behavior is held constant, people in lower classes are less healthy and die earlier than others.33,34,35,36,37,38 It is likely that the deleterious influence of class on health reflects both absolute and relative material deprivation at the lower end of the spectrum and psychosocial stress along the entire continuum. Unlike the factors of health care and behavior, class has been an "ignored determinant of the nation's health."33 Disparities in health care are of concern to some policymakers and researchers, but because the United States uses race and ethnic group rather than class as the filter through which social differences are analyzed, studies often highlight disparities in the receipt of health care that are based on race and ethnic group rather than on class.

But aren't class gradients a fixture of all societies? And if so, can they ever be diminished? The fact is that nations differ greatly in their degree of social inequality and that — even in the United States — earning potential and tax policies have fluctuated over time, resulting in a narrowing or widening of class differences. There are ways to address the effects of class on health.33 More investment could be made in research efforts designed to improve our understanding of the connection between class and health. More fundamental, however, is the recognition that social policies involving basic aspects of life and well-being (e.g., education, taxation, transportation, and housing) have important health consequences. Just as the construction of new buildings now requires environmental-impact analyses, taxation policies could be subjected to health-impact analyses. When public policies widen the gap between rich and poor, they may also have a negative effect on population health. One reason the United States does poorly in international health comparisons may be that we value entrepreneurialism over egalitarianism. Our willingness to tolerate large gaps in income, total wealth, educational quality, and housing has unintended health consequences. Until we are willing to confront this reality, our performance on measures of health will suffer.

3999  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Microsoft's new search engine on: September 26, 2007, 06:20:06 PM
I tried using it for a hobby I used to like and the search does seem superior to previous engines insofar as it was more relevant to my querie.  Apparantly this site was leaked by a MSFT before the initial launch next week:
4000  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Onstar on: September 26, 2007, 06:51:01 AM
Oh, and by the way we've also seen the obvious tie between and auto makers who use music extensively in their advertising.  Especially for and gm who love to use the coutnry stars and their music to sell to trucks to the red neck crowd.

Is it beyond the thoughts of a rational person to think GPS systems could not and are not being used to track people of interest?  Maybe not at the top coporate level, but how much would it take to bribe one of their people to do this?   I don't have Onstar or related GPS in my vehicle (unless covertly placed there), but it ain't hard to think this isn't being used for other purposes than just safety data:

The companies would of course deny it.  But say if it were true who is going to know and don't think any law enforcement would even give a hoot about it were happening.  People like to express worry about the Feds watching us.  The real danger is the private industries that do IMO.
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