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Saturday, September 22, 2018

“How hard can that be, saying that Nazis are bad?”

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VIDEO: Another tax deal for the 1%

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Timing May Be Everything When Taking Meds

Database Links Body’s Genetic Rhythms to Drug Metabolism in Human Tissues

Image result for timing of medicationUsing new bioinformatics tools to analyze thousands of human tissue samples, researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center created a new database of daily rhythms in human gene activity—including many genes that regulate how drugs work.

Reporting in Science Translational Medicine, researchers say their results could have significant implications for a growing field of study called circadian medicine—timing the administration of drugs or other therapies to coincide with the body’s internal clock.

Replacement plastics could be just as bad

BPA replacements in plastics cause reproductive problems in lab mice
Cell Press

Related imageTwenty years ago, researchers made the accidental discovery that the now infamous plastics ingredient known as bisphenol A or BPA had inadvertently leached out of plastic cages used to house female mice in the lab, causing a sudden increase in chromosomally abnormal eggs in the animals. 

Now, the same team is back to report in the journal Current Biology on September 13 that the array of alternative bisphenols now used to replace BPA in BPA-free bottles, cups, cages, and other items appear to come with similar problems for their mice.

"This paper reports a strange déjà vu experience in our laboratory," says Patricia Hunt of Washington State University.

The new findings were uncovered much as before as the researchers again noticed a change in the data coming out of studies on control animals. 

What New England stands to lose

As Trump threatens to shrink the NE Canyons Marine National Monument, diverse marine life threatened
New England Aquarium

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Airborne marine biologists were amazed by the sheer abundance and diversity of large marine wildlife in their recent aerial survey of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, the only marine national monument on the East Coast, about 150 southeast of Cape Cod. 

Scientists with the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium documented more than 600 animal sightings in just four hours, including a "superpod" of about 250 common dolphins and a rare sighting of a giant manta ray.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Ten years after the Crash of 2008, why are big banks still acting like banksters?

The Persistence of Bank Misconduct
By Phil Mattera for the Dirt Diggers Digest

Image result for wells fargo steal from customersTen years ago this month, the financial crisis erupted, and within a matter of weeks the banking landscape was transformed. Merrill Lynch was taken over by Bank of America. Lehman Brothers collapsed.

AIG had to be bailed out by the federal government. Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, the last two independent investment houses, were forced to become bank holding companies subject to stricter regulation.

JPMorgan Chase took over Washington Mutual. Congress was compelled to create the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program.

What were the consequences of the widespread misconduct that caused the meltdown? Lehman turned out to be the only major institution to suffer the fate of liquidation. 

No top executives at any banks faced personal criminal or civil charges. The federal government sold off its holdings in the companies that were bailed out.

Which side is he on?

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Monday night under the moon

Full Moon Paddle This Monday
Join our friends from the Exeter Land Trust for a full moon paddle on the upper Wood River!  Your host Joram Northup organized this RI Land Trust Days Event as a great way for you to kick off Autumn 2018. He will take you on an easy paddle from the WPWA campus upstream through Frying Pan Pond.  Once there you'll enjoy a spectacular view of the moon while surrounded by the peaceful sounds of nature.  The event is FREE and launches promptly at 7pm. "Free" means this program will fill up fast, so register now!
Beginners and children are welcome. Bring your own boats, paddles and PFD’s or borrow them from WPWA with a $20 donation. Dress for an early fall evening, and bring your headlamp. PFD's and shoes are required on all WPWA paddles. Bathrooms available at the WPWA campus. 
For more information and to register Click Here
Here's another program you might enjoy......
URI Cooperative Extension to Host a
Well Water Workshop in Hopkinton
October 10, 2018 at the  Hopkinton Town Hall, 1 Townhouse Road from 6-7 PM. 
During the workshop you will learn about: Regular water testing; Well water protection; Good housekeeping practices to protect your drinking water quality.
CE staff will answer your questions and provide you with a packet of resource materials.  RI Department of Health annual water testing kits will be available at the program. Programs are free and open to the public.  Please join us by registering now!
Or call 401-874-4918 to register.
Our Contact Information
Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association
203 Arcadia Road
Hope Valley, RI 02832

Next: a sugar overdose epidemic?

Sugar pills relieve pain for chronic pain patients
Northwestern University

Image result for jujubesSomeday doctors may prescribe sugar pills for certain chronic pain patients based on their brain anatomy and psychology. And the pills will reduce their pain as effectively as any powerful drug on the market, according to new research.

Northwestern Medicine scientists have shown they can reliably predict which chronic pain patients will respond to a sugar placebo pill based on the patients' brain anatomy and psychological characteristics.

"Their brain is already tuned to respond," said senior study author A. Vania Apkarian, professor of physiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. "They have the appropriate psychology and biology that puts them in a cognitive state that as soon as you say, 'this may make your pain better,' their pain gets better."

Stormy's Secrets

Stormy Daniel’s new book, “Full Disclosure” will be released October 2, 2018. 
Image result for stormy daniels & trumpIf the law supposes that, the law is a ass—a idiot.
Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

The law can be confusing, and I am happy to offer an explanation of one legal concept that has confused many readers untutored in its ways. The concept for which I hope to provide clarity is known as “non-disclosure.”

Agreements dealing with non-disclosure known as “non-disclosure agreements” may be created when two people have been involved in an event that one of the participants doesn’t want anyone else to know about. 

In that case, the person seeking confidentiality may pay the other person a sum of money, in exchange for which that person agrees not to disclose anything about the event.

Current events offer a perfect example of how a well-arranged non-disclosure agreement works. For purposes of this example, I will use two fictional people, one of whom will be referred to as Donald and the other as Stormy.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Pay attention

Why women don’t report sexual assault
Delays should never be used to discredit accusers like Christine Blasey Ford.
Image result for Christine Blasey FordWhen Christine Blasey Ford came forward to report that President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, sexually assaulted her in 1982, you could cue the response: Why didn’t she speak out then? Why didn’t she go to the police?

There’s a long, long list of reasons why a woman wouldn’t speak out even now, and no doubt it was even more difficult in the pre-Anita Hill world of 1982.

I can’t speak for everyone who has faced sexual assault, but I can speak for myself.

Young Brett learns from The Master

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Obama is a bad hombre

Writing by the sea

Emerging writers will explore Beachcombing Your Memoir  
Carolina Fiber and Fiction Center

Emerging writers and those who just need a bit of inspiration and direction, will gather on Saturday, October 6 for Beachcombing Your Memoir, a day long retreat sponsored by the Carolina Fiber and Fiction Center.

“Everyone knows someone who has a desire to write a memoir and that’s because we all have a story to tell. But few actually bring that desire to fruition,” says co-facilitator, Patricia Chaffee who hopes to change that.

Writers of all level of ability are invited to participate in this inspirational, educational event presented by Pulitzer Prize nominee and author Grace Farrell and award-winning journalist, Patricia Chaffee.

Eat your prunes

Dietary fiber reduces brain inflammation during aging
University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

Image result for high fiberAs mammals age, immune cells in the brain known as microglia become chronically inflamed. In this state, they produce chemicals known to impair cognitive and motor function. That's one explanation for why memory fades and other brain functions decline during old age. 

But, according to a new study from the University of Illinois, there may be a remedy to delay the inevitable: dietary fiber.

Dietary fiber promotes the growth of good bacteria in the gut. When these bacteria digest fiber, they produce short-chain-fatty-acids (SCFAs), including butyrate, as byproducts.