Thursday, January 31, 2013

Good Night

My chiropractor told me that you can benefit from getting out in the daylight for 20 minutes even though it's cloudy. In these parts it's cloudy for days on end, still you need the exposure for the vitamin D connection.
Vitamin D deficiency can occur for a number of reasons:

You don't consume the recommended levels of the vitamin over time. This is likely if you follow a strict vegetarian diet, because most of the natural sources are animal-based, including fish and fish oils, egg yolks, cheese, fortified milk, and beef liver.

Your exposure to sunlight is limited. Because the body makes vitamin D when your skin is exposed to sunlight, you may be at risk of deficiency if you are homebound, live in northern latitudes, wear long robes or head coverings for religious reasons, or have an occupation that prevents sun exposure. source


Americans are armed to the teeth.

Raw Story: Walmart limits ammunition sales due to surging demand


ZNET: US GDP—On the Road to Double Dip?

DOW Closes Lower

The DOW closed at 13,860.58 dropping 49.84 points.

CNN: Bill Gross: Be very afraid of the markets

Hagel Vs McCain Over Iraq

Colbert - GOP, Intolerance, KKK

The Daily Show - Exclusive - Al Gore Extended Interview Pt. 1

DOW Lower At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 13,886.19 down 24.23 points.

CNN: America's brain drain dilemma: immigrant students who leave

Southern Right Wing Mind

The New Yorker: Southern Discomfort

Obama Approval

The Hill: Poll: Obama approval rating hits three-year high at 60 percent


CNN: Jobless claims bounce higher

Have A Good Morning

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The Onion - And Nation Has To Go Through It All Again Tomorrow

The Onion: And Nation Has To Go Through It All Again Tomorrow

Al Jazeera - US Economy Shrinks For First Time Since 2009

Al Jazeera - The Main Headlines

Global Warming - 2,795 Gigatons Of Carbon Dioxide Do The Math

Pumping Up Paranoia

AlterNet: Gun Control Agenda Is Launching White Paranoid Extremists to Prepare for Armed Revolution

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 41 degrees and ever so slightly clearing here in Upstate NY. Early this morning we experienced very strong winds in this part of the world. They are reporting winds as high as 70 mph in Massachusetts this morning as well. I feared we would lose power, but amazingly nothing happened. There remains the tiniest remnant of snow, I'd say the ground is 99.7% snow free. Regardless it's nice to be heading into February and see a return of the light.

  At 8:20 a.m. E.T. futures are flat and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open slightly lower.

  The bull market of January halted on Wednesday as the government released figures on a slightly shrinking economy with the GDP down to a negative.1% non growth. Austerity measures as we know are the worst possible way to work with the economy now, yet the GOP in its utterly fool headed way, continues to push austerity. One must assume this is occurring in an attempt to win the election in 2016. It's a hey, let's wreck the economy and blame everyone but ourselves idiot move.

CNN: Stocks: Focus on jobs after growth shock
The Dow is up more than 6% so far in January...

...the Federal Reserve said economic growth had paused.

'Brass In Pocket'

The Pretenders

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Good Night

Nutrients in oranges are plentiful and diverse. The fruit is low in calories, contains no saturated fats or cholesterol, but is rich in dietary fiber, pectin, which is very effective in persons with excess body weight. Pectin, by its action as a bulk laxative, helps to protect the mucous membrane of the colon by decreasing its exposure time to toxic substances as well as by binding to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon. Pectin has also been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels by decreasing its re-absorption in the colon by binding to bile acids in the colon.

Oranges, like other citrus fruits, is an excellent source of vitamin C (provides 53.2 mg per 100 g, about 90% of DRI); Vitamin C is a powerful natural antioxidant. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the blood.

Orange fruit contains a variety of phytochemicals. Hesperetin, naringin, and naringenin are flavonoids found in citrus fruits. Naringenin is found to have a bio-active effect on human health as antioxidant, free radical scavenger, anti-inflammatory, and immune system modulator. This substance has also been shown to reduce oxidant injury to DNA in vitro studies. Total antioxidant strength (ORAC) of oranges (navel variety) is 1819 µmol TE/100 g.

Oranges also contain very good levels of vitamin A, and other flavonoid antioxidants such as alpha and beta-carotenes, beta-cryptoxanthin, zea-xanthin and lutein. These compounds are known to have antioxidant properties. Vitamin A is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and is essential for vision. Consumption of natural fruits rich in flavonoids helps the body to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.

It is also a very good source of B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, pyridoxine, and folates. These vitamins are essential in the sense that body requires them from external sources to replenish. source

Austerity Wrecking Ball

HuffPo: Jobs Deficit: Austerity Politics Threaten Obama's Economy

DOW Closes Lower

The DOW closed at 13,910.42 dropping 44.00 points.

CNN: Federal Reserve blames stalled economy on weather

The Daily Show - America 2: Now With More Freedom

DOW Flat At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 13,952.95 down 1.47 points.

CNN: U.S. economy contracts for first time since recession

GDP Contracts

Reuters: U.S. Q4 GDP fell 0.1 pct

Have A Good Morning

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The Onion - New Miss America In Danger Of Losing Crown After Officials Uncover Details From Her Sordid Future

The Onion: New Miss America In Danger Of Losing Crown After Officials Uncover Details From Her Sordid Future

Al Jazeera - US Congress Weighs Gun-Control Steps

Al Jazeera - The Main Headlines

Global Warming - Ambivalence With The Changes

US News: For Some, Views on Global Warming Change With the Weather


AlterNet: Anxiety! Why We're Anxious and the Secret to Getting Better

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 43 degrees and damp here in Upstate NY. It's nice to go outside without having to wear ten extra layers of clothing. The forecast predicts that the temperature will go into the 50s later today and that would represent a 55 degree swing in temperatures in the last week. I think the latter is probably more like what we will experience in the winter from here on out, wide temperature swings and unseasonably warm periods as well.

  At 7:50 a.m. futures are flat and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open slightly higher.

  Besides the rain of fourth quarter corporate reports, investors will be looking through all sorts of data on the economy. The primary piece in my opinion is the government's release of its first estimate of the fourth quarter GDP. That usually a big deal as we know. Otherwise notice that the DOW is perched right on the edge of 14,000 and that is a remarkable number. I guess our socialist/communist president has failed in his effort to bring down capitalism, it literally makes me laugh out loud when I hear this sort of nonsense form FOX and Limbaugh.

CNN: Stocks: Data flood, Fed to set tone
The government will release its first estimate of fourth-quarter GDP.

...the Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee will release a statement upon the conclusion of its latest meeting...

'Back On The Chain Gang'

The Pretenders

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Good Night

Although there are trace elements and minerals in sea salt, says the amounts of these nutrients are insignificant. Furthermore, the added iodine in table salt can help prevent thyroid problems such as goiter, says Aurora Health Care. If sea salt is used as a substitute for table salt, other foods such as seafood, potatoes and spinach should be used to obtain the recommended dietary allowance for iodine, which is about 150 micrograms for most adults. source

New Arms

ABC News: Iraq War Vet Brendan Marrocco Gets Double Arm Transplant

DOW Closes Higher

The DOW closed at 13,954.42 gaining 72.49 points.

CNN: The 'dumb' money is not so dumb

Robert Thurman On The Tibetan Self-Immolations

The Daily Show - Bob Costas Extended Interview Pt. 1

DOW Higher At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 13,917.05 up 35.12 points.

CNN: Good housing numbers don't help stocks

Good Morning

work by Dana Schutz

The Onion - The Week In Review

The Onion: Study Exposes Risks Of Conducting Research While Driving

Al Jazeera - Floods Worsen In Eastern Australia

Al Jazeera - The Main Headlines

Global Warming - Arctic Ice

NYT: Light Absorption Speeding Arctic Ice Melt

Retreat To Fiction

AlterNet: The Confederacy Making a Comeback in the South? KKK Grand Wizard Glorified, Civil Rights Heroes Ignored - As Southern whites sink into economic despair, more and more are retreating into a fictional past.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 27 degrees and cloudy here in Upstate NY. The forecast has the temperature rising into the 40s later on today. That will definitely seem balmy compared to last week's zero temperatures. Each day we gain more than 2 minutes of light and it's beginning to be noticeable especially around 6:30 a.m. It's the return of the light.

  At 8:00 a.m. E.T. futures are flat and the price of oil per barrel is slightly higher. The market is poised to open slightly higher.

  Investors continue to parse fourth quarter corporate results with the majority of reports beating expectations, consequently pushing the indexes to surprisingly high levels. It's an unusual time in recent market history with the market percolating and a bit less volatile for the moment. Volatility has been a defining keyword for the stock market in the last 5 years, it's nice to have a short respite although one must presume that a correction is around the corner.

CNN: Stocks: Looking for cue to extend gains
Yahoo...posted earnings that beat expectations late Tuesday.

On the economic front, the Case-Shiller 20-city home price index will be released at 9 a.m. ET...


Stevie Wonder, Prince, and Sheila E

Monday, January 28, 2013

Father Of Sandy Hook Victim Makes Plea



Bonobo - 'Cirrus' (Official Video) from Ninja Tune on Vimeo.

'Tea Party At An All-Time Low In Both Membership And Favorability'

Looks like the American people can still smell a stinker, it just takes them a while to open their eyes when they rally around a political body. They still get blinded by phony rhetoric and promises. That blindness period is still a real dangerous problem.

National Journal: Sarah Palin and the End of an Era

Good Night

Basil leaves contain much health benefiting essential oils such as eugenol, citronellol, linalool, citral, limonene and terpineol. These compounds are known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

The herbs' parts are very low in calories and contain no cholesterol, but are very rich source of many essential nutrients, minerals, and vitamins that are required for optimum health.

Basil herb contains exceptionally high levels of beta-carotene, vitamin A, cryptoxanthin, lutein and zea-xanthin. These compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes. source

Climate Change, Influenza Increase

PLOS: Climate change and influenza: the likelihood of early and severe influenza seasons following warmer than average winters

DOW Closes Lower

The DOW closed at 13,881.93 dropping 14.05 points.

CNN: Gun background checks surged in last 6 weeks

Krugman's Latest

NYT: Makers, Takers, Fakers By PAUL KRUGMAN

Reich's Latest

Robert Reich: The GOP Crackup: How Obama is Unraveling Reagan Republicanism

Krugman On Morning Joe

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DOW Flat At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 13,893.71 down 2.27 points.

CNN: Overeducated and underemployed

Have A Good Morning

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The Onion - 2013 Puppy Bowl Teams To Be Coached By Two Dogs From Same Litter

The Onion: 2013 Puppy Bowl Teams To Be Coached By Two Dogs From Same Litter

Al Jazeera - Thousands March For Gun Control In Washington DC

Al Jazeera - The Main Headlines

Global Warming - Debunking The Norwegian Study

NYT: Weaker Global Warming Seen in Study Promoted by Norway’s Research Council


AlterNet: The Ten Nastiest Things Sarah Palin Said in Her Three Years on Fox News
2. Palin: Feminists Make Women Feel "They're Not Capable Of Being Able To Work ... And Raise A Family"

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 19 degrees and cloudy here in Upstate NY. Precipitation is expected but it's also set to go into the 50s on Wednesday and considering it's been around zero, that will be felt as a heat wave. I hope you had a good weekend. The local paper did a little article about me for their business section My Other Life. It's a weekly focus on an individual and what they do beyond their main job. I got the interview because someone I worked for around 13 years ago chatted me up to an editor at the paper. How about that, turns out that sometimes we really do make an impression be it good, bad, or neutral. In this case it was 'A Okay'. Many of us have had an article or something like this happen to them. It's a nice thing indeed and I appreciate it.

  At 8:15 a.m. E.T. futures are slightly higher and the price of oil per barrel is slightly lower. The market is poised to open flat.

  Fourth quarter reports continue to roll in and that is the name of this week as well. So far the results have beaten expectations and consequently the market continues a bull run. The new question on everyone's mind is - when do we go back to some type of correction. I think this happens after the report period ends in a short time, but as always it is very difficult to time the market.

CNN: Stocks on hold ahead of earnings
(Caterpillar) The construction equipment maker's results are considered a bellwether for the global economy.

Of the 141 companies in the S&P 500 that have reported earnings so far, 67% have reported results above analyst expectations...

'Minor Blues'

Fapy Lafertin

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Good Night

I recently bought some cacao pieces to check out the pre-chocolate chocolate as it were. I have chosen to post the positive nutritional information but I have also read negative information about eating raw cacao as well.
Serotonin - Cacao raises the level of serotonin in the brain and therefore acts as an anti-depressant, promoting an overall sense of well-being.

Endorphins - These are our natural pain and stress chemicals known as neurotransmitters. Cacao stimulates the secretion of endorphins, which can help to produce a pleasurable feeling.

Phenylethylamine (PEAs) - PEAs are a natural chemical compound that are also created within the brain and released when we are in love. It acts as a mild mood elevator and an anti-depressant, and it helps increase focus and alertness.

Anandamide - Anandamide is known as the "bliss chemical" because it is released by the brain when we are feeling happy. Cacao contains both N-acylethanolamines that are believed to temporarily increase the levels of anandamide in the brain and enzyme inhibitors that slow its breakdown. This promotes relaxation for a longer period of time. source

Furniture Making

Free online course/resources in furniture making from the Architecture School at MIT.

M.I.T.: Furniture Making

City Warmng

Guardian UK: Heat from North American cities causing warmer winters, study finds

Tera-Hertz Scanners To Be Used NYC

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The Onion - Scientists Develop Highly Volatile New Relationship

The Onion: Scientists Develop Highly Volatile New Relationship

Al Jazeera - London Musicians Go 'Underground'

Al Jazeera - The Main Headlines


AlterNet: Is Sugar a Killer? A doctor who treats obese children thinks that sugar is far more dangerous than Americans realize.

Happiness And Nutrition

Outstanding article written by a close friend of mine.

The Foundation of Happiness is Good Nutrition

'Entre Dos Aguas'

Paco de Lucia

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Good Night

Technically, quinoa (KEEN-wah) is classified not as a grain but as a type of seed, that of the goosewort plant, a relative of spinach and chard. Quinoa provides a complete protein, making it especially valuable for those who prefer to reduce or completely eliminate animal protein from their diets. It contains all the essential amino acids, including lysine, which is crucial for growing and repairing body tissues. One cup of quinoa provides 9 grams of protein which is one more gram than a medium chicken egg (and unlike the egg, quinoa is unlikely to come from a factory farm).

This seed-like grain has prebiotic properties, feeding the beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract. Since it is easily digested, your body can readily access the vitamins and minerals it contains. Quinoa also provides a good source of insoluble fiber, promoting healthy elimination processes, helping maintain colon health and preventing the formation of gallstones. The folate and vitamin B in quinoa also boost the liver's ability to eliminating toxins from the body. People at high risk for cancer, as well as those with high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease are often advised to eat more whole grains, yet if they have celiac disease or other forms of gluten sensitivities, they must steer clear of many popular grain products. Quinoa is gluten-free, so those who cannot tolerate gluten can eat it. source

Maher - Inauguration, GOP, Howard Dean

Maddow - GOP Reset, Michael Steele Interview

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Nice, free, easy to use 2 dimensional animation software - Pencil

Ear Time

New Radio programming approach - I like it.

Follow Your Ears

Have A Good Morning

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The Onion - List Of Politically Achievable Reforms Down To Just Three Minor Changes To Traffic Code

The Onion: List Of Politically Achievable Reforms Down To Just Three Minor Changes To Traffic Code

Al Jazeera - Ex-CIA Agent Heads To Prison For Torture Leak

Al Jazeera - The Main Headlines

Global Warming - Feb 17 D.C. Rally Join the #ForwardOnClimate Rally on 2/17!

Jindal On 'The Stupid Party'

AlterNet: Republican Says GOP Should Stop Being Stupid -- GOP Keeps Being Stupid


It is a balmy 10 degrees with sunshine here in Upstate NY. The forecast is predicting the temperature goes up into the 20s later today, and that will seem like a heat wave considering it's been around zero for the last few days. The local newspaper decided they are going to do a short bio article on yours truly, so I spent a good part of yesterday afternoon writing out answers to questions about my work as a carpenter and a musician. It was a good project overall and I would recommend it to you as it helps to put a little perspective on what you have accomplished. Plus I think that it's good to share your life story a little bit, some people like to read bios. If they really do publish the story I'll post the link later on in the week.


Fiona Apple

Friday, January 25, 2013

Good Night

With science on our side, we can once again enjoy the wonderfully nutritious egg. Along with milk, eggs contain the highest biological value (or gold standard) for protein. One egg has only 75 calories but 7 grams of high-quality protein, 5 grams of fat, and 1.6 grams of saturated fat, along with iron, vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids.

The egg is a powerhouse of disease-fighting nutrients like lutein and zeaxanthin. These carotenoids may reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in older adults. And brain development and memory may be enhanced by the choline content of eggs. source

The Spirit Of Stonewall

DOW Closes Higher

The DOW closed at 13,895.98 gaining 70.65 points.

CNN: Exxon tops Apple as most valuable company

The Daily Show - Grill Hill

DOW Higher At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 13,854.16 up 28.83 points.

CNN: $58 billion unclaimed: Is some of it yours?

Gingrich Defends The AR-15 - Not An Assault Weapon - 'It's Lovely Propaganda'


I love it! These guys are literally doing what we all think we are doing metaphorically...

Yahoo: Couple has been living under a rock, quite literally

Have A Good Morning

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The Onion - U.S. Military Lauded For Creating Gender-Neutral Killing Field

The Onion: U.S. Military Lauded For Creating Gender-Neutral Killing Field

Al Jazeera - US Battles Record Low Temperatures

Al Jazeera - The Main Headlines

Global Warming - Clearing The Air

The MIT Center For Global Change Science: Clearing the air

America's Underbelly

AlterNet: Hate Crimes: A Rape Every Minute, a Thousand Corpses Every Year

The Market On Friday

  Good morning and welcome to the weekend. It is 4 degrees with a hint of clearing here in Upstate NY. We are indeed into the thick cold part of the winter and I will reiterate that this is a good thing. Everything in the environment in this area needs the bitter cold. The trees need frozen ground to protect them from all sorts of things and the ground itself needs preservation with the extreme cold just as saving food in the freezer preserves it for future use.

  At 8:00 a.m. E.T. futures are modestly higher and the price of oil per barrel is slightly higher. The market is poised to open higher.

  Investors continue to advance the indexes as fourth quarter corporate results continue to beat expectations. The market is on a bull run and the natural fear arises knowing that the bear will follow but we don't exactly know when. Where's the crystal ball and yes some economists predict calamity for this year. Investors will continue to get a feel for the prolonged and ongoing public economic recovery, which is different from the already recovered corporate sector, when more data on the fundamental housing sector comes through today. Bundle up.

CNN: Stocks: Investors await earnings, home sales
Of the 142 companies that had reported results as of Thursday evening, 94 beat analysts' expectations. on new home sales for December at 10 a.m. ET.

'Sally's Song'

Fiona Apple

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Good Night

Butternut squash contains many vital poly-phenolic anti-oxidants and vitamins. Similar to other Cucurbitaceae members, this too is one of the low-calorie vegetables, which provides just 45 calories per 100 g. It contains no saturated fats or cholesterol; however, is rich source of dietary fiber and phyto-nutrients. Squash is one of the common vegetables that often recommended by dieticians in the cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs.

It has more vitamin A than that in pumpkin. At 10630 IU per 100 g, it is perhaps the single vegetable source in the Cucurbitaceae family with the highest levels of vitamin-A, providing about 354% of RDA. Vitamin A is a powerful natural anti-oxidant and is required by the body for maintaining the integrity of skin and mucus membranes. It is also an essential vitamin for good eye-sight. Research studies suggest that natural foods rich in vitamin A help the body protected against lung and oral cavity cancers.

Furthermore, butternut squash has plenty of natural poly-phenolic flavonoid compounds like α and ß-carotenes, cryptoxanthin-ß, and lutein. These compounds convert to vitamin A inside the body and deliver same protective functions of vitamin A on the body. source

Extreme Hypocrisy

Talk about losing respect for a so called religious based anti-abortion position, these people are the worst.

Raw Story: Catholic hospital chain beats malpractice suit by saying fetuses aren’t people

DOW Closes Higher

The DOW closed at 13,825.33 gaining 46.00 points.

CNN: Stamps rise to 46 cents Sunday

TRNN - What Obama Should Do In The Next Four Years

More at The Real News

The GOP War On Women

Salon: New Mexico wants to criminalize abortions after rape as “tampering with evidence”

The Daily Show - Full Show 1-23-13

The Daily Show's clip embed code function is not working today. Here's the link to the full show, it's a good show - January 23, 2013 - Missy Cummings

DOW Higher At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 13,864.34 up 85.01 points.

CNN: Apple stock plunges 10%


From CNN -
Number of people filing for first-time jobless claims falls 5,000 to 330,000 in latest week, U.S. government says.

Have A Good Morning


The Onion - Michelle Obama Not So Keen On President's New Bangs

The Onion: Michelle Obama Not So Keen On President's New Bangs

Al Jazeera - Thailand's 'Sea Gypsies' Forced To Find A New Home

Al Jazeera - The Main Headlines

Global Warming - Melting Ice

NYT: A Closer Look at Melting Ice in the Andes, Greenland and Antarctica*

The Bush League

AlterNet: How Britain Enthusiastically Teamed Up with Bush's Horrific Torture and Rendition Agenda

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is negative 2 degrees and clear here in Upstate NY. It is dangerously cold out so if you are in the area bundle up and stay safe. I have yet to go out for a walk because I'm thinking I might jump on the elliptical for 30 minutes instead. Yes I am wimping out. On a different and happy note, let me offer congratulations to all new grandpas out there.

  At 7:30 a.m. futures are flat and the price of oil per barrel is slightly higher. The market is poised to open flat except...

  Even though Apple has posted a record profit of sorts, investors are seeing that demand for the iPhone is down so the article is suggesting that Apple's retreat will bring the market right along with it. A drop in the indexes is anticipated. We shall see. Otherwise the DOW at this moment is at a 5 year high. It is what it is. I personally like the old saying - optimistic in times of drought and pessimistic in times of plenty. Don't get too attached to the DOW at this level it is doomed to drop eventually.

CNN: Stocks: Apple to drag market down
...Apple said it earned $13.1 billion in the quarter, the second highest profit ever earned by a U.S. corporation.

...Wednesday...the S&P 500 and the Dow hit new 5-year highs.


OpEd News: Prescription Drugs Are Often Behind Mass Shootings

'My Favorite Things'

McCoy Tyner

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Good Night

Tomatoes are one of the low-calorie vegetables containing just 18 calories per 100 g. They are also very low in any fat contents and have zero cholesterol levels. Nonetheless, they are excellent sources of antioxidants, dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins. Because of their all-round qualities, dieticians and nutritionists often recommend them to be included in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs.

The antioxidants present in tomatoes are scientifically found to be protective of cancers, including colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic tumors. Total -ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) in this vegetable is 367 µmol TE/100 g. source

Maddow - GOP Outright Rigging Elections

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DOW Closes Higher

The DOW closed at 13,779.33 gaining 67.12 points.

CNN: House passes bill to defuse debt ceiling

The Daily Show - Inauguration 2013 - The First Black President 2 - Obama's Speech

DOW Higher At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at a whopping 13,762.77 up 50.56 points.

CNN: Most dangerous U.S. cities
1. Detroit

Have A Good Morning

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The Onion - 62-Year-Old With Gun Only One Standing Between Nation And Full-Scale Government Takeover

The Onion: 62-Year-Old With Gun Only One Standing Between Nation And Full-Scale Government Takeover

Al Jazeera - French And Malian Troops Consolidate Gains

Al Jazeera - The Main Headlines

Global Warming - Denial From The Heartland Institute Stop Heartland's Climate Denial!


AlterNet: Say It Ain't So -- A Can of Soda a Day Can Increase the Risk of Cancer for Men by 40 Percent?

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 2 degrees, yes count them 1, 2, and sunny here in Upstate NY. Yes, I just returned from my morning constitutional with three layers of pants, seven layers of clothing for the upper body, two hats, and my ultra gloves. I survived the walk just fine and noticed one indomitable neighbor out jogging like it was springtime and this guy is older than me. That only means that I will indeed be out jogging at 4 p.m. which is my jog time. I see we have the GOP responses to Obama's inaugural speech coming through and as always the message is divisive, angry, outdated, arrogant, and useless. I forgot to mention generally destructive and nauseating. What always baffles me is how does someone like Mitch McConnell keep getting re-elected. How does that happen? Why do I keep thinking Brooklyn Bridge sales people could clean up in Kentucky.

  At 8:00 a.m. E.T. futures are flat and the price of oil per barrel is slightly higher. The DOW is poised to open in the flat area.

  Investors continue to advance the market on fourth quarter corporate results. The DOW is at a remarkably high level and equity values are strong right now. Check out the writings of Nouriel Roubini who believes that 2013 will bring the worst economic collapse ever experienced. That is not good. One thing to keep in mind is the simple fact that it is not hard to find a respected voice out there who will predict doom. The market will go through another recession, that is the cycle. It is not avoidable.

CNN: Stocks: Earnings on tap major economic reports on the agenda, investors remained firmly focused on corporate results....

...the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland...

'Giant Steps'

McCoy Tyner

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

My Word

America's Epidemic

CNN: 3 wounded in Houston college shooting; two people detained

Good Night

DOW Closes Higher

The DOW closed at 13,712.21 gaining 62.51 points.

CNN: Interest rates: The big freeze

Chuckle Of The Week

Ted is still banging on the drum all day...

Raw Story: Ted Nugent claims his ‘buddies’ are willing to start an armed revolt

Invidious Emotions

Wow, definitely time to rethink Facebook. This is bad news but it does explain why I keep thinking Facebook reminds me of being in high school.

Reuters: RPT-Is Facebook envy making you miserable?
"The spread and ubiquitous presence of envy on Social Networking Sites is shown to undermine users' life satisfaction."

Housing Recovery

Reuters: Home resales fall, housing recovery still on track

The Daily Show - Inauguration 2013 - The First Black President 2

DOW Flat At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 13,655.00 up 5.30 points.

BuzzFeed: Obama Becomes A “Great” President

Shields And Brooks On Obama's Speech

Have A Good Morning

work by Andy Goldsworthy

The Onion - Romney Makes Desperate, Last-Ditch Bid For Presidency

The Onion: Romney Makes Desperate, Last-Ditch Bid For Presidency

Al Jazeera - Voting Begins In Israel General Elections

Al Jazeera - The Main Headlines

Puff Piece 1

Vanity Fair: Obama’s Second Inaugural: Gay Rights, Global Warming, and Beyoncé!

In Tea Face

AlterNet: 12 Ways Obama Smacked Down the Tea Party and the Right in Inauguration Speech
1. Reminding the nation who won the Civil War.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 14 degrees and getting sunny here in Upstate NY. We are into the middle part of Winter, the cold is back, and the light continues to creep back as well as we experience light similar to the amount of daylight in mid November. The inauguration hoopla is over leaving analysts to dissect the speeches, fashion, and tone of the extraordinary event. We were all surprised to hear Obama mention global warming and wonder what if anything this means. Is it simply lip service or does Obama start becoming a more effective president especially pertaining to the issue which is of prime importance for humanity.

  At 8:10 a.m. E.T. futures are flat and the price of oil per barrel is slightly down. The market is poised to open flat.

The week continues to be about fourth quarter corporate earnings reports. So far the reports have been positive as the indexes are at highs not seen in over 5 years, actually pre-official recession levels. The question becomes will we see a retreat, new record highs, or the indexes remaining in their present range.

CNN: Stocks: Taking cues from earnings on existing home sales due from the National Association of Realtors at 10 a.m. ET.

'Django's Tiger'

Fapy Lafertin and Lollo Meier

Monday, January 21, 2013


NY Magazine: Obama’s Progressive Second Inaugural Address

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The active principles in nutmeg have many therapeutic applications in many traditional medicines as anti-fungal, anti-depressant, aphrodisiac, digestive, and carminative functions.

This prized spice is a good source of minerals like copper, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, zinc and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese and copper are used by the body as co-factors for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is essential for red blood cell production and as a co-factor for cytochrome oxidases enzymes.

It is also rich in many vital B-complex vitamins, including vitamin C, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin A and many flavonoid anti-oxidants like beta-carotene and cryptoxanthin that are essential for optimum health. source

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The Poet Rocked

I thought the poem was extraordinary. I was literally in tears to hear something so gracious and sweeping in scope during a Presidential inauguration.

Miami Herald: Cuban exile mother of inaugural poet Richard Blanco now in spotlight

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I'm watching the festivities and speeches. I really like these events, they are historic.

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The Onion - Environmental Ad Campaign Encourages Turning Shower Off After Showering

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Al Jazeera - Obama's Key Foreign Policy Challenges

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AlterNet: 8 Surprising Things You Didn't Know About Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
4. King was not the first black American leader to adopt Gandhian principles.

Global Warming - Hedge's Latest

Hedge's as always does not hold back. There's no sugar coating here.

AlterNet: The Myth of Human Progress

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  Good morning. It is 18 degrees with a little sun clearing through the streaky clouds here in Upstate NY. I hope you had a good relaxing weekend. Today we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr, and today we also can witness President Obama's second public inauguration, speech, and festivities. I will be watching the Knicks play the Nets at 3:30. The streets are quiet, most people have the day off. So if you can reflect on MLK, he was extraordinary, and have a peaceful day.

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Stan Musial Dies

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'Cold Sweat Part 1'

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

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Sardines: Dr. Bowden calls them “health food in a can.” They are high in omega-3’s, contain virtually no mercury and are loaded with calcium. They also contain iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese as well as a full complement of B vitamins. How to eat: Choose sardines packed in olive or sardine oil. Eat plain, mixed with salad, on toast, or mashed with dijon mustard and onions as a spread. source

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America's Epidemic - Teen Kills 5 In N.M.

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The Onion - New Study Finds Primitive Customers Capable Of Buying Tools From Hardware Store

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New Justice

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Al Jazeera - Pro-Gun Rallies Held In US State Capitals

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'Another Brick In The Wall'

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Reich's Latest

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Think Progress: 5 People Shot At 3 Different Gun Shows On Gun Appreciation Day

Increasing The Violence

Raw Story: West Point study on ‘violent far right’ shows ‘dramatic rise’ in attacks

Combating Terrorism Center: Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right

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  The cholesterol-lowering ability of collard greens may be the greatest of all commonly eaten cruciferous vegetables. In a recent study, steamed collard greens outshined steamed kale, mustard greens, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage in terms of its ability to bind bile acids in the digestive tract. When this bile acid binding takes place, it is easier for the bile acids to be excreted from the body. Since bile acids are made from cholesterol, the net impact of this bile acid binding is a lowering of the body's cholesterol level. It's worth noting that steamed collards show much greater bile acid binding ability than raw collards.
  We get unique health benefits from collard greens in the form of cancer protection. The cancer-preventive properties of collard greens may be largely related to 4 specific glucosinolates found in this cruciferous vegetable: glucoraphanin, sinigrin, gluconasturtiian, and glucotropaeolin. Each of these glucosinolates can be converted into an isothiocyanate (ITC) that helps lower our cancer risk by supporting our detox and anti-inflammatory systems. source

Maher - The Second Amendment

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UFO Video Filming On The Moon In 2013

Global Warming - Black Carbon AKA Soot

More on soot which turns out to be almost as bad as CO2 in trapping heat.

Guardian UK: Black carbon is worse for global warming than previously thought

Rethinking The Economy

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The Onion - Wayne LaPierre Goes On Harpooning Spree To Prove Some Sort Of Point

The Onion: Wayne LaPierre Goes On Harpooning Spree To Prove Some Sort Of Point

Al Jazeera - Breaking The 'Glass Ceiling' In The US

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Saturday, if only every day could be Saturday! Heading out for a long run to wake up the body and get percolating. What I'm really looking forward to is breakfast afterwards.

The news can wait. Enjoy your early morning.

'Magical Mystery Tour'


Friday, January 18, 2013

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Dandelion greens -
Suppose your doctor tells you, on your next visit, that he has just discovered a miracle drug which, when eaten as a part of your daily diet or taken as a beverage, could, depending on the peculiarities of your body chemistry: prevent or cure liver diseases, such as hepatitis or jaundice; act as a tonic and gentle diuretic to purify your blood, cleanse your system, dissolve kidney stones, and otherwise improve gastro-intestinal health; assist in weight reduction; cleanse your skin and eliminate acne; improve your bowel function, working equally well to relieve both constipation and diarrhea; prevent or lower high blood pressure; prevent or cure anemia; lower your serum cholesterol by as much as half; eliminate or drastically reduce acid indigestion and gas buildup by cutting the heaviness of fatty foods; prevent or cure various forms of cancer; prevent or control diabetes mellitus; and, at the same time, have no negative side effects and selectively act on only what ails you. If he gave you a prescription for this miracle medicine, would you use it religiously at first to solve whatever the problem is and then consistently for preventative body maintenance?

All the above curative functions, and more, have been attributed to one plant known to everyone, Taraxacum officinale, which means the "Official Remedy for Disorders." We call it the common dandelion. source

Righter Than Right

NY Mag: David Brooks Now Totally Pathological

DOW Closes Higher

The DOW closed at 13,649.70 gaining 53.68 points.

CNN: Dow, S&P 500 close at 5-year highs

Is There A Link?

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DOW Flat At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 13,589.07 down 6.95 points.

CNN: Stocks: Intel drags on market

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The Onion - College Freshman's Roommate Has Had Excuse To Go Home Every Weekend Since August

The Onion: College Freshman's Roommate Has Had Excuse To Go Home Every Weekend Since August

Al Jazeera - Asparagus Industry Starves Peruvians Of Water

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