• Opinion: What reasonable, sensible gun control looks like
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    Opinion: What reasonable, sensible gun control looks like Another 17 children are dead after a mass shooting at a South Florida high school -- another avoidable tragedy allegedly perpetrated by a teenager with an assault weapon who left the following YouTube comment a year ago: "I'm going to be a professional school shooter." Nikolas Cruz, 19, who was expelled from the school and not allowed on campus with a backpack after being found with bullets on campus, is in custody and charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. But we saw it coming and still couldn’t stop it. Why? Because it’s way too damn easy to get a…
    Written on Thursday, 15 February 2018 19:58 in News & Information
  • America's Top Dog, 2018
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    America's Top Dog, 2018 The surprise “best in show” winner at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is Flynn, a bichon frise. A surprise pick too as, according to The Associated Press, "Fans who had been loudly shouting for their favorites fell into stunned silence when judge Betty-Anne Stenmark announced her choice." Well played, little underdog Flynn! There were almost 3000 competing dogs representing 200+ breeds but it was little fluffy Flynn that brought home the purple ribbon. The other winners, by breed: Herding — Slick, a border collie. Hound — Lucy, a borzoi. Sporting — Bean, a Sussex spaniel. Terrier — Winston,…
    Written on Wednesday, 14 February 2018 19:46 in News & Information
  • The NutriMedical Report: Obesity and diabetes
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    The NutriMedical Report: Obesity and diabetes Skeletal muscle insulin resistance is the root cause of reactive elevated insulin levels. Muscle utilizes fatty acids for fuel, rather than glycogen converted to sugar. We only have several thousand calories stored in muscle as glycogen, but many hundreds of thousands potentially stored as fatty acids in adipose tissue, both white and brown fat under skin and around internal organs. This adaptive change probably arose several hundred thousand years ago, to survive famines and ice ages. It is the famine response triggered by mineral depleted soils, high sugar and carbohydrate diets, and stress hormonal responses. Obese individuals have not only…
    Written on Tuesday, 13 February 2018 19:59 in News & Information
  • 7 home improvements that will payoff most
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    7 home improvements that will payoff most The Home Building and Remodeling Expo visited Minneapolis over the weekend, providing ample opportunities to win things, ranging from complete kitchen and bathroom remodels to an ATV. There was also ample opportunity to schedule free estimates for home improvements and remodels. The Dody Kettler Team of Keller Williams Realty put together a flyer with the four “home improvements worth doing,” including estimates and expected cost recuperation according to the 2018 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report. That information was mostly incomplete and is based on who is buying homes now and not who will be buying homes. Millennials are looking for…
    Written on Monday, 12 February 2018 17:42 in News & Information
  • Valentine’s Day: The least liked holiday of the year
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    Valentine’s Day: The least liked holiday of the year Valentine’s Day is one of the biggest holidays of the year, with consumers spending more than $18 billion a year buying cards, chocolates, flowers, and teddy bears. But what no one admits to is it is one of the most anxiety producing and miserable holidays of the year. If you’re single…. When you’re single the last thing you need to be reminded of is just that….you’re single. Valentine’s Day inundates us with the “normalcy” of being in a relationship such that anyone who’s single feels there’s something wrong with them. Single people feel forced to shut off the TV, avoid…
    Written on Monday, 12 February 2018 17:22 in News & Information
  • Movie Pass: What is it (and is it too good to be true)?
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    Movie Pass: What is it (and is it too good to be true)? Movie Pass has been around for a few years but I’m just now catching on. It started out as a monthly subscription for $50 per month and with it you could use your Movie Pass card to see unlimited movies at your local theater. And by “unlimited” I mean one 2D (non-IMAX) movie per day. Most of your local theaters, including some of the big chains (AMC), accept Movie Pass. It was an interesting idea, but it didn’t really catch on. So it took Movie Pass almost two years to get about 20,000 subscribers -- mainly, die-hard cinephiles. Well, back…
    Written on Sunday, 11 February 2018 01:20 in News & Information
  • What to think of and do with the stock market plunge
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    What to think of and do with the stock market plunge The stock market is not the economy. It is not indicative of the economy’s health. The stock market is a human collective reacting emotionally to news and numbers. It is merely a means to measure the perceived value of publicly-owned companies based on human emotion and expectations. Those perceived values can be overvalued, undervalued or properly valued, and with the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropping nearly 1,000 points the last three days, it seems stocks were overvalued. Why did stocks fall? Stocks were overvalued due to a myriad of factors. According to the “Shiller PE Ratio,” stocks were more expensive…
    Written on Friday, 09 February 2018 22:20 in News & Information
  • National military parade needed!
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    National military parade needed! The president last week suggested that the nation establish a yearly military parade to honor the service and the sacrifice of the current military and our veterans. He spoke of it as “a unifying moment for the country.” Almost immediately, the Trump naysayers jumped all over the idea as nothing more than “pandering patriotism.” “Tanks, but no tanks,” was the opinion of the Washington Post. Former Obama State Department spokesman and retired Navy Rear Admiral John Kirby ripped the idea by saying: “This is just beneath us as a nation. We are the most powerful military on earth. We don’t…
    Written on Friday, 09 February 2018 16:04 in News & Information
  • Aromatherapy: Your Questions Answered
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    Aromatherapy: Your Questions Answered For centuries, plants and their oils have been used in a variety of therapeutic settings. Today aromatherapy is a billion dollar industry. Here are your questions answered: What is aromatherapy? Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils from plants to treat an ailment. Oils are extracted from plants through a variety of different methods and then formulated to be used topically or breathed in as an aerosol. What are the benefits of aromatherapy? Aromatherapy has been used to treat a variety of conditions including: anxiety depression nausea vomiting GI upset pain joint aches insomnia skin infections seizures to name a…
    Written on Thursday, 08 February 2018 22:41 in News & Information
  • Why the Vikings should sign Kirk Cousins
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    Why the Vikings should sign Kirk Cousins The only quarterback the Minnesota Vikings have under contract is 24-year-old Kyle Sloter out of Northern Colorado. Case Keenum is a free agent. Sam Bradford is a free agent. Teddy Bridgewater is a free agent. And Kirk Cousins is a free agent. Here’s the case for the Vikings to sign Kirk Cousins. 1) Cousins is better than Keenum The numbers from this season aren’t on Cousins’ side, but he is the better quarterback. Keenum had a better touchdown-to-interception ratio this season (3.14 to 2.07). Keenum completed more of his passes (67.6 to 64.3 percent), and while Cousins threw for more…
    Written on Wednesday, 07 February 2018 20:39 in News & Information