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Nov 28: Puritans Fasting and Losing 100+lbs While Eating Well
Nov 28th, 2009 by Sam

November 27, 2009

Eating and Fasting

Did you know that the Puritans used to FAST before and after the big holiday meal we call Thanksgiving Day? Yes. Fast. Before AND after. (What a bunch of party poopers they were, huh?) Plus, they seem to have regularly burned a few more carbs in a day than we do, for some reason. (Can’t imagine why – they DID have the wheel, so how much hard work was there then, really?)

Dieting

Jerry is a former airline pilot whose weight crept up after he retired – here’s how he gained the weight in the first place, how he lost it, and what changes we can make in our lives to help us all eat well and remain at the weight that is best for us.

Okay, okay.  Martini’s have calories, but the point is, if we eat just fewer bites with each meal, exercise a little more, we can take off 1-2 pounds a week which is 50 pounds a year!  Et voila!  The martini (or the pumpkin pie) is the reward for doing the right thing all the other times.

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Ready for higher interest rates? Lock in that 30 year mortgage now!
Nov 25th, 2009 by Sam

Wave of Debt Payments Facing U.S. Government

“WASHINGTON — The United States government is financing its more than trillion-dollar-a-year borrowing with i.o.u.’s on terms that seem too good to be true.

“But that happy situation, aided by ultralow interest rates, may not last much longer.”

Nov 21: Unemployment, Palin on sexism
Nov 21st, 2009 by Sam

  • Have you been without a job? Do you know someone who has been?
  • Palin – what does she mean for the Republican party? And why did she flip flop about the sexist media – whether Hillary should have spoken out about sexism (No) vs her talking about sexist media (Yes).

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The double standard! Senate candidate poses nude
Nov 17th, 2009 by Sam

Yes indeedy…GOP candidate for Ted Kennedy’s seat posed nude for Cosmopolitan magazine about 20 years ago.  Check out the eye-candy here:

GOP Senate candidate for Ted Kennedy's seat, Scott Brown

GOP Senate candidate for Ted Kennedy's seat, Scott Brown

Nov 21: Unemployment, Palin’s flipflop on sexism, Mammograms
Nov 17th, 2009 by Sam

Here’s what’s on my mind….

Have you been without a job? Do you know someone who has been?

Sarah Palin – what does she mean for the Republican party? She is upset about the Newsweek cover, says it’s sexist.  But, in August 2008, Palin said that Hillary Clinton does herself and women in general a disservice when she mentions sexism in the media.  Was it right for Hillary to speak out?  (No.)   Is it right for her to speak out about the sexist media? (Yes.)

Check it out here:

Sarah Palin calls Hillary Clinton a whiner about sexism in the media

Mammograms – If science shows that there is almost no medical benefit for doing mammograms before the age of 50, should Democrats include the procedure in the healthcare plan to counter Republicans cynically using it to scare people about coverage?

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Case studies comparing House and Senate healthcare bills
Nov 17th, 2009 by Sam

from the NYT

http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=49728&vid=1&pid=641730

Nov 14: Stupak amendment & coming out of the closet on abortion
Nov 14th, 2009 by Sam

  • Are you kidding me?? No coverage for abortions in the healthcare exchange??? Really??? We’re
    supposed to go out and get supplemental coverage??? No matter if we end up married to a
    crazy man who doesn’t believe in either birth control or abortion, yet wants to have sex?
    Even if there is birth control failure? Does anyone PLAN for an abortion?
  • The women least able to have a kid (earning less than minimum wage*, for example), least
    likely to have employer-paid health-care coverage, and least able to afford birth control, are
    now not going to be covered for abortions in the exchange?? They have to go buy separate
    coverage??
  • THIS IS NUTS folks! And everyone who had needed an abortion, or knows someone who
    needed and abortion, understands this…. It’s time to come out of the closet and deal with it
    folks!

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Nov 7: Fort Hood massacre; “Good To Be God”, by Tibor Fischer
Nov 7th, 2009 by Sam

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Fort Hood massacre. Florida massacre. The Dr. Tiller killing. Terrorism? Alienation? Religious? Hopelessness? What do they have in common? What is different? With unemployment is such bad shape, will there be more of these?

Segment 2

What does it mean to be good? And, should it be encouraged? Or, does that make it a career move, something you do like file your taxes or wash your hands in a public restroom? British novelist Tibor Fischer talks about his new novel “Good to Be God.” Yup, it’s about a guy pretending to be God, a British guy no less, in Miami. Who is trying very hard to be good. From a review in the Guardian:  ”When was the last time you saw hardened drinkers pass around a novel that asks some big philosophical questions?”

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