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December 26, 2014 at 18:14:00
Pioneering Doctor Working to Reverse Alzheimers Offers 36 Ways Help Avoid the Disease

A recently published paper says that sticky brain plaques cause the disease. Here's how to circumvent them. Alzheimer's Disease (AD) affects more than 5 million Americans; worldwide, it affects more than 30 million people. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, after heart disease, cancers, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke and accidents. In a recently published paper, Dale Bredesen at the Buck Institute showed that 9 of 10 patients participating in a program showed reversal of cognitive impairment associated with Alzheimer's disease. Six of the 10 study participants had had to leave work, or were struggling at their jobs, due to AD; after going through the program, all were able to return to work or to continue working at better performance levels.


December 26, 2014 at 13:43:00
How I Became Homeless

My landlord's mistake became my nightmare--three kids, no house and too many nights on borrowed mattresses My eviction did not come with a dramatic pounding on the front door, like it happens in the movies. Just an unceremonious letter, lumped in between credit card offers and credit card bills. It would have been helpful if it had come in the form of a Howler, la Harry Potter -- literally screeching at me that if I was not out by that Friday, me and my belongings would be "forcibly removed" from the property. Instead the letter that contained my fate masqueraded as an innocent piece of junk mail. It remained unopened until I got home on a Monday evening around 7. In other words, in the four-day race to vacate my premises, I had pretty much lost one day.


December 26, 2014 at 12:12:00
Right-Wingers on Twitter Blow Up After Neil DeGrasse Tyson Tells a Few Harmless Xmas Jokes

Tyson's jokes didn't denounce the holiday, but don't tell that to the right-wing fanatics that trolled him. Celebrity Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson took to Twitter over the holidays to send out a bunch of Christmas related jokes, but not everyone took well to the lighthearted jabs, some even thinking that they were an attack on the holiday and the Christian religion. And while Tyson's posts got quite a few fans and retweets, they seemed to cause a bit of a Twitter outrage among Christians and Conservatives who just don't think it's right to tell jokes about Christmas.


December 26, 2014 at 11:05:00
'Selma' Portrays the True Martin Luther King Jr: A Radical Despised by the Political Establishment

This is not your sanitized, Hollywood version of Dr. King. As "Selma" opens in a number of cities this week and expands to nationwide release in a couple of weeks, the country is given a chance to assess the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement. Doing so is particularly relevant right now, in light of boisterous protests against police brutality that have been going on since the summer. Selma has won nearly unanimous praise from film critics -- it is currently perched at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes with dozens of reviews in -- partly for its unflinching look at King as a true radical who upset not just a fringe of racists in the South, but the entire political establishment. Writing in Time Magazine, nonprofit leader Salamishah Tillet praises the film for reclaiming "Hollywood's sanitized versions" of Dr. King as simply part of a "simple story of American racial progress."


December 25, 2014 at 13:59:00
Does Religion Step In Where Science Fails?

Science is about learning, and religion about coping with life, says editor of new Norton Anthology of religion. Jack Miles is the religious writer of our time. An agnostic who dared to write the book "God: A Biography," which won the Pulitzer Prize, he has just completed another daunting work as the editor of the first Norton Anthology of World Religions. The result of nine years of research, it is an elegant and enormous collection -- 4,448 pages of carefully selected texts from the world's six most prominent religions.


December 25, 2014 at 13:29:00
The Surprising Relationship Between Sex and Pizza: 4 Things We Learned About Sex This Week

From car sex to food aphrodisiacs, human sexuality is strange and interesting. This week, we answer several fascinating questions: how long do car-based sexual interactions last on average? Why should you consider rolling around in pumpkin pie and/or cheese pizza? Why do people watch condom-free porn? Enjoy, and be sure to share these discoveries with your loved ones over the holidays. 1. Friends don't let friends sex and drive. Or maybe they do, but they probably shouldn't. It turns out lots of young people are have sex in cars, and the results can be a little dangerous. Looking at 195 men and 511 women, researchers from the University of South Dakota found that 33 percent of men and nine percent of women had sex while driving, and nine percent of men and 29 percent of women had sex as a passenger. According to the study, the sexual activity lasted 1-10 minutes for 42.7 percent of the respondents. Approximately 49% traveled at 100-130 km per hour during sex. The most common side effects were speeding (37.8 percent), drifting into another lane (36 percent) and letting go of the steering wheel (10.8 percent). Ah ha! "Letting go of the steering wheel." So, that's what the kids are calling it these days. Though fewer that two percent of those DWS (driving while sexing) had an accident.


December 25, 2014 at 13:16:00
The Bloody 'Bad Old Days': How the Specter of 1970s New York Is Used to Quash Dissent

With the murder of two NYPD officers, 1970s rhetoric made a comeback. The horrific ambush-style murder of two NYPD officers last Saturday stunned a New York already wearied by the Eric Garner grand jury decision. It also broke the right's law-and-order contingent out of what had been a very uncomfortable corner. The shooting death of Michael Brown and subsequent failure to indict the police officer responsible had left the public divided. One side believed Brown was shot for the sole crime of appearing menacing to a white authority figure, while the other side was convinced Brown was a thug whose antagonism left an armed defender no choice but to gun him down.


December 25, 2014 at 12:17:00
'Some Sort of Hell': How One of the Wealthiest Cities in America Treats Its Homeless

The city refuses to provide affordable housing, yet won't tolerate people living outdoors. SAN JOSE, Calif.--When San Jose dismantled the "Jungle," the nation's largest homeless encampment, many of its residents with nowhere to go scattered. They found hiding places in the scores of small, less visible encampments within the city, where more than 5,000 people sleep unsheltered on a given night. But one group of about three dozen evictees gathered what they could salvage in backpacks and trash bags, and crossed a bridge to a spot about a mile away. They found a clean patch of grass near Coyote Creek, the same creek that the Jungle abutted. There, they pitched tents donated by some concerned citizens, assigned themselves chores and hoped for the best.


December 24, 2014 at 14:49:00
I Got Slimed by Rush Limbaugh

Rush went after me when I suggested we were better off getting our civics lessons from Colbert's satire than Limbaugh's hate speech. There seems little doubt that nuance, subtle thinking and critical insight are well beyond the grasp of Rush Limbaugh. So this piece is not directed at him. But the power of his arguments is real and the force they have in shaping public debate can't be overlooked. So for that reason alone it seems worthwhile to debunk some of the arguments he made when he attacked the piece I wrote for Salon last week.


December 24, 2014 at 12:39:00
White Americans Have Been Brainwashed About Race: Lies We Tell Ourselves About Black Women

Black women are being pathologized and demeaned. This essay originally appeared at In the wake of recent police killings of young black men --- John Crawford, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice most prominently --- there has been much discussion about the way in which large numbers of white Americans, and especially white police, view African American males. The criminalization of the black male body has rarely been as apparent as in the past few months. Regarding Mike Brown, we are told --- and are expected to believe --- that black men are "hulks" and "demons," so irrational as to attack police without provocation, and then after being shot, throw caution to the wind and seek to run through a hail of bullets, as if possessed of superhuman strength. Because apparently it is easier to believe that than to believe a white officer with a history of belligerence, acting out of over-amped fear, prejudice or an authority jones would have killed a black man for talking back to him.


December 24, 2014 at 12:19:00
Outrage: After Killing Missouri Teenager Antonio Martin, Police Say He 'Made Bad Choices'

The 18-year-old was shot by a white officer who says he acted in self-defense. Police in St Louis have defended themselves in the aftermath of the shooting of a black teenager they said pointed a handgun at an officer and made "bad choices." The local mayor said the incident was "not like Ferguson." Still reeling from the protests that erupted following the August shooting of Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson, and the more recent decision not to charge the officer involved in the incident, police released video footage they said supported their claim that the white officer involved in the latest shooting in the St Louis suburb of Berkeley was acting in self-defense.


December 24, 2014 at 10:54:00
My Horrible Right-Wing Past: Confessions of a One-Time Religious Right Icon

I was a religious fanatic appealing to political leaders. Today, the fanatics are the political leaders. I am a white, privileged, well-off, 61-year-old former Republican religious right-wing activist who changed his mind about religion and politics long ago. The New York Times profiled my change of heart, saying that to my former friends I'm considered a "traitorous prince" since my religious-right family was once thought of as "evangelical royalty."

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