• Mexican scientist cures HPV (kind of)
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    Mexican scientist cures HPV (kind of) Mexican researchers had a major breakthrough in treating HPV (Human Papillomavirus), the most common sexually transmitted disease. In fact, the CDC states that almost 80 million Americans are infected with HPV with approximately 14 million people becoming newly infected per year. Those are just the numbers in the U.S. alone. What exactly is HPV? HPV is a group of more than 150 related viruses, named for the warts (papillomas) some HPV types can cause. Some other HPV types can lead to cancer. According to the CDC website: “In most cases, HPV goes away on its own and does not cause…
    Written on 02/20/2019 @ 8:08pm in Health
  • Oscars change their mind again (and again, and again...)
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    Oscars change their mind again (and again, and again...) Too much insider chagrin, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ board of governors decided that four Oscar categories (Cinematography, Editing, Live Short Film, Hair & Makeup) would be announced during commercial breaks and not live for the telecast. Now, this general idea is nothing new as the entire Scientific and Technical Awards take place two weeks before the Oscar ceremony. From the Oscars.org website: “The Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards honor the men, women and companies whose discoveries and innovations have contributed in significant and lasting ways to motion pictures. Honorees are celebrated at a formal dinner held…
    Written on 02/19/2019 @ 12:01am in Entertainment
  • Allergy season may start early this year
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    Allergy season may start early this year Multiple states are bracing for “early” allergy seasons. We still have a month left of winter yet grass is sprouting, leaves are growing and flowers are blooming. Add just having a wetter winter and warmer-than-normal temperatures to the mix and this is the perfect recipe for an early allergy season. Allergy season usually begins with the start of Spring in March. Yet many may start their symptoms as early as February if they are allergic to what’s blooming. Tree pollens start first in January and then taper off in April. Grass pollen starts to rise in February and March. Finally…
    Written on 02/17/2019 @ 7:54pm in Health
  • Trump Signs Bill to Avoid Government Shutdown, Declares National Emergency for Border Wall
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    Trump Signs Bill to Avoid Government Shutdown, Declares National Emergency for Border Wall President Trump has signed a spending bill to avert another government shutdown. House Democrats agreed to some provisional border security money (to build 55 miles of new fencing) but did not fund The Wall the President wanted. Anyway, the President signed the bill, passed by both House and Senate and that, as they say - is that. Only … the President didn’t get his wall. Which is a problem for him and so, Friday afternoon, he declared the border a “national emergency” and will fund the wall via executive privilege. It doesn't seem to matter that, via any legitimate newsite…
    Written on 02/15/2019 @ 9:28pm in U.S.
  • 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 $20 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 02/14/2019 @ 6:40pm in Opinion
  • Blackface, Louisiana and the Confederacy of Dunces!
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    Blackface, Louisiana and the Confederacy of Dunces! Blackface mania has consumed voters in Virginia and is seeping into other states. Are their closeted politicians in Louisiana who are perusing their old yearbooks and scrapbooks to see if there are any blackface photos lurking in their past? Actually, no, since blackface parodies have been part of the Louisiana mode de vie for a number of years. If you have been down the bayou at your fishing camp and have not stayed current on the national news, there are daily reports concerning the Governor and the Attorney General in Virginia who have admitted wearing blackface in their younger years.…
    Written on 02/14/2019 @ 6:22pm in Opinion
  • Half of Americans at Risk for a Heart Attack
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    Half of Americans at Risk for a Heart Attack A report published in the American Heart Association’s Heart and Stroke Statistics annual report cite 48% of US adults have some type of cardiovascular disease. The uptick could be due to rising obesity, and lowering thresholds for diagnosing guidelines such as high blood pressure (now considered high if over 130/80). Although smoking rates have declined over the years, many still use tobacco and recent research has found E-cigs to increase risk of heart attack and stroke by 70%. What is a stroke? A stroke occurs when an area of the brain does not get the proper oxygen and blood flow…
    Written on 02/10/2019 @ 1:08am in Health
  • Supreme Court Blocks Louisiana Abortion Law, Chief Justice Roberts Casts Swing Vote Siding with Liberal Appointees.
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    Supreme Court Blocks Louisiana Abortion Law, Chief Justice Roberts Casts Swing Vote Siding with Liberal Appointees. On Thursday, The Supreme Court blocked a Louisiana law designed to restrict access to abortions. In a 5-4 decision the surprising swing vote came from Chief Justice John R. Roberts Jr., who is generally considered a conservative justice. Instead of siding with fellow conservatives Justice Thomas, Alito & Gorsuch; Chief Justice Roberts sided with liberal appointees Ginsberg, Sotomayor, Kagen and Breyer. So, just what is the Louisiana law that was struck down? Well, it’s called, “Louisiana’s Unsafe Abortion Protection Act.” The premise of the law argues that doctors should have “admitting privileges” at a hospital within 30 miles of where…
    Written on 02/08/2019 @ 9:37pm in U.S.
  • Gestapo Tactics in America?
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    It sounded like it came out of a movie plot. In the early morning hours, federal agents stormed a home to make an arrest. They had to be after some major drug lord or a sought-after terrorist. There were 29 agents all wearing military gear and carrying weapons. High powered assault rifles were involved. Seventeen SUVs and two armored vehicles surrounded the home with lights flashing and sirens blaring. It must be a really dangerous dude. In a nearby canal, amphibious watercraft charged the home filled with more federal agents. A helicopter hovered in the sky with long range weapons…
    Written on 02/07/2019 @ 9:30pm in Opinion
  • Opinion: The Game was Boring, but it Had Maybe the Best Super Bowl Ad Ever!
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    Now that we’ve witnessed Super Bowl Dull it’s time to dive back into the important things in life. Like - deciding what the best ad during the Super Bowl was! Lots of people seem to have their opinions, of course. The folks over at Yahoo News seem to think it was the NFL 100. Which is a delightful ad putting together NFL super stars, old and new. And I like the commercial quite a bit. It’s funny. It’s fast paced. And it’s not too long (because I think this bit could wear itself out if it were say, several minutes…
    Written on 02/05/2019 @ 10:16pm in News & Information