Weight does not affect mortality as much as inactivity
"Those who watched television four hours or more per day were 80 percent more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than those who watched two hours or less, and 46 percent more likely to die of any cause."
Fat cat bankers party like it's 2007
"An analysis by The Wall Street Journal shows that executives, traders, investment bankers, money managers and others at 38 top financial companies can expect to earn nearly 18% more than they did last year--and slightly more than in the record year of 2007. The conclusions are based on an examination of securities filings for the first nine months of 2009 and revenue estimates through year-end."
George Stines Foundation
The George Stines Foundation provides medical and dental care to Haitians in need in Petionville and in Bassin-Bleu, Jacmel.
Big Bailout Big Bonus Fat Cat Bankers don't deserve your money
When I joined this Facebook group just went from 9000 to 9400 members in an hour.
If you leave your money with the big banks, they will use it to pay lobbyists to keep Congress from fixing the system.
Move Your Money. It's the 'withdrawal' tax on fat cat bankers.
Cable companies collude to kill Hulu and free internet TV
From the page: ""TV Everywhere is designed to eliminate competition at a pivotal moment in the history of television," Ammori said. "The antitrust authorities should not stand by and let the cable cartel crush Internet TV before it gets off the ground." "
PSA: Happy New Year e-cards can turn your computer into a spam-spewing zombie
"The payload in this particular campaign is Trojan-Downloader:W32/Agent.MUG, a version of the Waledac trojan, Hyppönen said. Once the trojan is installed, the user will become part of the Waledac botnet. Doing so gives attackers full access to a user's machine and the ability to steal data from the PC. An infected system can also be remotely commanded to download fake anti-virus programs, send spam, or participate in distributed denial-of-service attacks, Randy Abrams, director of technical education at anti-virus vendor ESET, told SCMagazineUS.com on Thursday in an email."
I knew there was a really good reason not to smoke
"Two readers in different parts of the country claim that their Applecare warranties were voided due to secondhand smoke. Both readers appealed their cases up to the office of God Steve Jobs himself. Both lost."
Plants call for help when they are being eaten
"Just because we humans can't hear them doesn't mean plants don't howl. Some of the compounds that plants generate in response to insect mastication -- their feedback, you might say -- are volatile chemicals that serve as cries for help. Such airborne alarm calls have been shown to attract both large predatory insects like dragon flies, which delight in caterpillar meat, and tiny parasitic insects, which can infect a caterpillar and destroy it from within."
According to the article, 9/10 wallet finders return it if it contains a baby picture. Only 1/7 return it if there are no baby pictures.
At Least They Will Have Time...
If you're angry with how things work in Congress, here's a game-changer. House Resolution 554 will require all bills to be posted 72 hours on the House internet site, prior to being brought to the floor for a vote. A win for constituent access, and a win for informed government. Follow the linkie to register your approval with your congress-critters -- this is important!
Michigan limits banks' rights to foreclose
People who fall through the cracks and are not eligible for the federal mortgage modification program finally get some bargaining power against the banks. If a bank denies a loan modification to a homeowner who meets minimum financial requirements, or blows off the homeowner's attempt to initiate loan modification, the bank may not foreclose without court approval.
1 in 6 of European ancestry are 70% more likely to become obese
People carrying one copy of the "fat" FTO variant had a 30% increased risk of being obese compared to a person with no copies of that version.
Those carrying two copies of the variant had a 70% increased risk of being obese, and were on average 3kg (6.6lb) heavier than a similar person with no copies.
Professor Andrew Hattersley of the Peninsula Medical School said this could explain why two people can seem to eat the same things and do the same amount of exercise yet one may struggle to lose weight more than the other.
Cost of creativity is going up
The US Copyright Office is set to dramatically increase fees for copyright registration, impacting musicians, photographers and writers.
Some fees are going up by as much as 44%.
Chart with current and proposed fees is at the link.
"One woman in the UK is attempting to go without plastic for the entire month of August, and will be documenting her journey on the BBC News website. Christine Jeavans has resolved not to purchase anything that contains plastic or is packaged in plastic, and in preparation for this, she has kept all of the plastic she used in the previous month - totaling 603 items. Included in that total were 67 food packaging bags and films, 13 yogurt cups, 10 milk bottles and 120 disposable diapers. Once faced with all of this plastic, Chris was more resolved than ever to change her lifestyle. She'll be updating her blog with her progress throughout the month."