• Emmy Awards Winners and Losers (and Non-watchers)
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    Emmy Awards Winners and Losers (and Non-watchers) I am probably like you in that - I hardly ever watch the Emmy Awards. And why is that? Well, for starters there was a run of 20 years where the exact same network shows won year after year. And if it wasn’t the exact same show it was, well, kind of the same type of show. Hill Street Blues, LA Law, NYPD Blue, The Practice, West Wing, the Sopranos. Seriously, that was like - 20 years! The same shows. And what about those same 20 years in comedy? Well - Cheers, Murphy Brown and Frasier basically dominated from 83-98.…
    Written on Tuesday, 18 September 2018 20:05 in Entertainment
  • Hurricane Florence: How You Can Help
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    Hurricane Florence: How You Can Help The Category 1 hurricane that hit the Carolinas on Friday is expected to cause “widespread devastation” to multiple states. Five people, including an infant, have been reportedly killed within the first 12 hours of Hurricane Florence’s landfall. Torrential downpours are expected to continue and power outages, floods, raging waters, and the potential for tornadoes threaten coastal and inland residents. Risks of drowning, crush injuries, infection, malnourishment, chemical exposure, hypothermia are just a few of the grave issues residents are facing. Malnourishment Many of those who did prepare for the storm may not have stored plenty of food, especially healthy fresh…
    Written on Saturday, 15 September 2018 18:22 in U.S.
  • Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' surpassed as best selling album of all time
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    Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' surpassed as best selling album of all time According to a recently updated information from the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) Thriller has been surpassed as the number one selling album of all time. Which, as an 80’s kid, makes me a little sad. =( The last time the RIAA compiled data on this subject was way back in the ancient time of 2006, when digital sales were hardly a thing. Well, now the RIAA has caught up with the rest of modern society, added in digital sales, and updated the Best Selling Albums of All Time List for the first time in twelve years! And, to…
    Written on Friday, 14 September 2018 17:41 in Entertainment
  • Are pap smears going away?
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    Are pap smears going away? For some yes, as new cancer screening guidelines suggest swapping the embarrassing procedure with HPV only tests. These HPV only tests can even be done in the privacy of one’s home. The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) suggest women between the ages of 30-65 may be screened for cervical cancer by testing for the HPV virus, high risk strains, every 5 years without undergoing a concurrent Pap smear. This is opposed to the “co-testing” recommended up until now. Women can, however, if desired, choose to have Pap smears every 3 years. These guidelines do not pertain to those who…
    Written on Friday, 14 September 2018 16:42 in Health
  • Hurricane Florence arrives
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    Hurricane Florence arrives Hurricane Florence begins its long assault on the Georgia, Carolina(s) coastline. My understanding of Florence is that it is an anomaly amongst storms, the main reason being - it’s both wide and slow. Florence is much wider than a typical hurricane and is only travelling at about 2-3 miles per hour. Which isn’t even as fast as a regular person can walk. What this means is that the force of the storm will linger twice or three times as long as a typical hurricane. And, perhaps obviously - the longer your area is battered with 100 mile an hour winds,…
    Written on Thursday, 13 September 2018 20:12 in U.S.
  • Opinion: In the poker game that is American capitalism, the white man is on tilt
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    Opinion: In the poker game that is American capitalism, the white man is on tilt In the poker game of American life, the white man is on tilt, bleeding chips like he’s giving them away—because that’s exactly what the white, American man has been doing for 150 years. White, American men started comfortable and stayed comfortable. Some got lazy, and now the chip leader in the poker game of American life senses his chip stack dwindling at the poker table that is American capitalism. Income inequality grew in 2017 to the largest income gap ever recorded, but for roughly 200 years the white man was the only person at the poker table that is American…
    Written on Thursday, 13 September 2018 17:06 in Opinion
  • In defense of "dumb" country lawyers.
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    In defense of "dumb" country lawyers. I have a confession to make. And President Trump is not going to like it. I’m a southern country lawyer. Darn proud of it. In the President’s words, I may be a “dumb southern country lawyer.” I just hope the President does not have a sneering contempt for all of us Louisiana lawyers who cut our teeth practicing law in the rural areas of the Bayou State. If you are unaware of the President’s supposed pot shots at those of us who ply our trade in the more pastoral boroughs of the state, The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward has out…
    Written on Thursday, 13 September 2018 17:00 in Opinion
  • Flu season 2018 has begun
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    Flu season 2018 has begun Flu season has already begun, with three cases being reported in Western Massachusetts, and this year may be different from those past as the CDC has made multiple new recommendations and different options made available for the public. Let’s answer your questions. When does flu season begin and how long does it last? Flu season has begun already. It typically starts in the Fall, and ends late Spring. So the range is described as October to May with it peaking December to March. How bad will this flu season be? It is difficult to predict, but already this early in…
    Written on Tuesday, 11 September 2018 17:02 in Health
  • Stem cell regeneration paradigm
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    Stem cell regeneration paradigm Everyone fractionally clones themselves into a new body every night in stage 4 sleep, when stem cells wake and rebuild all organs and tissues. They need the 300 plus building blocks and six plus hormones to accomplish this process. Thus, everyone past seven years old is a fractional copy of themselves, based on their informational template in genetics and epigenetics. Everyone is a seven year old! During sleep, the brain sends signals to the stem cells to rebuild every organ and tissue of the body at night. These signals are transmitted through the telomeres on the end of chromosomes to…
    Written on Tuesday, 11 September 2018 16:52 in Health
  • MLB can attract young fans by implementing an electronic strike zone
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    MLB can attract young fans by implementing an electronic strike zone The one sport that stands to benefit most from advances in technology is America’s Pastime. My colleague Ben Beecken shares that sentiment and understands baseball’s big problem and how to solve it. But as a semi-traditionalist baseball fan, I’m not ready to take the umpires off the field in favor of robots. Something must be done, obviously, and Major League Baseball owners are apparently pushing Commissioner Rob Manfred to make “bold” changes to address what they believe to be a pace-of-play problem caused by the increased employment of defensive shifts. But baseball doesn’t have a pace-of-play problem; it has a…
    Written on Monday, 10 September 2018 17:53 in Sports