Friday, March 23, 2007

Speedlinking 3/23/07

Quote of the day:

"Someday we'll look back on this moment and plow into a parked car."
~ Evan Davis

Image of the day:

~ Video: Floor Wipers from the 300 Workout -- Josh Hillis has posted a video of the elusive "floor wiper."
~ BONUS ARTICLE: Perfecting the Romanian Deadlift -- "Believe it or not the RDL is a very difficult movement to learn, but Mike Robertson's detailed instructions, photos, and video will have you doing a perfect RDL in moments."
~ Ribcage Expansion: Fact or Fiction? -- "Didn't it seem that the bodybuilders of yesteryear had bigger chests? (We're talking chest circumference here and not pec size, mind you.) Ellington thinks so and he knows why - it was all due to the all-but-lost art of ribcage expansion."
~ High cholesterol lowers testosterone -- "Men with high cholesterol or high blood pressure have lower blood levels of the male hormone, testosterone, than men with normal blood pressure."
~ Fortified foods: Too much of a good thing? -- "Promising better bang for the buck, products like orange juice fortified with calcium, called functional foods, are increasingly filling grocery store aisles — and our fridges. But do we really need them?"
~ Clinical Trial to Examine Creatine as Parkinson's Treatment (HealthDay) -- "A large-scale clinical trial to determine whether the nutritional supplement creatine can slow the progression of Parkinson's disease is expected to be launched Thursday by the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)."
~ Omega-3 fatty acids linked to denser bones in men -- "Omega-3 fatty acids may help build young men's bone strength, research hints."
~ Vitamin D, Variations In Its Receptor, And Prostate Cancer -- "Results of this study by Haojie Li and colleagues suggest that vitamin D deficiency is common among men in the US, and that vitamin D status and genetic variation in the VDR gene affect prostate cancer risk."
~ Walking, yoga may help during menopause -- "Moderate exercise like walking and yoga may make the transition through menopause a little easier, new research suggests."
~ The nature and nurture of muscles -- A basic primer on the muscles.
~ Practicing Tai Chi Boosts Immune System in Older Adults -- "Tai chi chih, the Westernized version of the 2,000-year-old Chinese martial art characterized by slow movement and meditation, significantly boosts the immune systems of older adults against the virus that leads to the painful, blistery rash known as shingles, according to a new UCLA study."

~ How the Heart Can Rule the Head -- "Many philosophers have argued that people make decisions about what's right and wrong based on moral principles and rational thought. But other philosophers--and more recently, some psychologists and neuroscientists--have argued that there's more to the story. When faced with a moral dilemma, these scholars say, we rely on emotional reactions as well as our powers of reasoning. In a study of brain damage, published today, neuroscientists report evidence that emotions indeed exert a powerful influence on moral judgments."
~ More Specific Definition Needed for PTSD -- "Based on clinical evidence that severely depressed patients also display many of the symptoms falling under the PTSD label, researchers believe that its definition needs to be refined in order to avoid frequently incorrect diagnoses." See also: Doubt cast on definition of PTSD.
~ Teaching Morality -- "Classroom techniques to teach middle schoolers how to "do the right thing" in their everyday lives."
~ Making Happiness -- "The pursuit of happiness is propelled forward by your experiences, not your possessions. Forget about retail therapy - doing things makes you happier than buying stuff."
~ Are You Too Sensitive? -- "Many people who feel deeply, are told they have a problem, that they are too emotional. There is no problem."
~ Novel Study Sheds Light On Imitation Learning -- "A new study from Brandeis University published this week in the Journal of Vision unravels some of the mysteries surrounding how we learn to do things like tie our shoes, feed ourselves, or perform dazzling dance steps."
~ Getting older provides positive outlook -- "Research conducted at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs proves not everything goes downhill when it comes to aging."
~ Think about what you want, not what you don´t want -- "People spend a lot of time thinking about how they lack money, how they feel lonely, how they work at a job they don´t really like, how they are overweight. They get so used to doing it that they almost forget to think about what they actually do want in life."
If only gay sex caused global warming -- "Why we're more scared of gay marriage and terrorism than a much deadlier threat."

~ Nine other oaths Karl Rove could swear to Congress -- "Washington is deadlocked over the Bush administration's refusal to let Congress grill top White House aides under oath. If the impasse continues, it may cause a constitutional crisis between the legislative and executive branches, and Americans may never learn what really led to the firing of eight U.S. attorneys last year."
~ Can Edwards' Campaign Just Go On? -- "The candidate and his wife stressed that her new battle with cancer will not deter his race for the presidency. But voters and donors have to be wondering how long that will last."
~ Tony Snow: "Congress In Fact Doesn't Have Oversight Authority" -- "Paul Kiel for TPM Muckraker quotes Tony Snow: "The executive branch is under no compulsion to testify to Congress, because Congress in fact doesn't have oversight ability." ABC News has the video."
~ Thanks for Nothing -- "Joshua Kors investigates how the military is misdiagnosing wounded soldiers to avoid paying their medical bills."
~ British leave, battle erupts over Basra -- "Just two days after British troops pulled out of downtown Basra, Iraq's second-largest city and center of the country's oil-rich south, fighting erupted between rival Shiite groups in street battles Thursday."
~ Viral Ads and the New Democratic Moment -- "De Vellis' ad may be the first of many in the era of YouTube politics, but some reporters and bloggers are already wondering about the downside of user-generated political participation. What, exactly, will happen to political campaigns if everyone has the ingenuity and technical know-how to post a video on the Internet?"
~ Why Having More No Longer Makes Us Happy -- " The formula of human well-being used to be simple: Make money, get happy. So why is the old axiom suddenly turning on us?"
~ Judge overturns US web porn law -- "A US federal judge strikes down a law to protect children from internet pornography, saying it violated free speech."
~ Republican Party loyalty in decline since 2002 -- "The survey, by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center for People and the Press, found a "dramatic shift" in political party identification since 2002, when Republicans and Democrats were at rough parity. Now, half of those surveyed identified with or leaned toward Democrats, while only 35% aligned with Republicans."

~ NBC, News Corp. Take on YouTube -- "Big media conglomerates challenge Google, announcing their own massive video-sharing network. Breaking news in Epicenter."
~ E-Vote Memo Is a 'Smoking Gun' -- "Activists renew calls to examine voting machines' source code after a document shows the manufacturer knew about problems in advance of a closely contested Florida election."
~ The Year Without Toilet Paper -- "Colin Beavan, 43, a writer of historical nonfiction, and Michelle Conlin, 39, a senior writer at Business Week, are four months into a yearlong lifestyle experiment they call No Impact. Its rules are evolving, as Mr. Beavan will tell you, but to date include eating only food (organically) grown within a 250-mile radius of Manhattan; (mostly) no shopping for anything except said food; producing no trash (except compost, see above); using no paper; and, most intriguingly, using no carbon-fueled transportation."
~ UFO Sighting Archive Goes Online -- "France opens an online archive of more than 1,600 alleged UFO sightings."
~ White Dwarf Explodes in 3-D Simulation -- "Astrophysicists explode a star in an unusual 3-D supercomputer simulation."
~ MIT study asks: Does BlackBerry equal 'CrackBerry' or career essential? -- "One might expect a doctoral student conducting research on BlackBerry usage to own one or more of the handheld devices. But Melissa Mazmanian, a fourth-year MIT Sloan doctoral student, doesn't own one, and she prefers it this way."
~ Earth's Oldest Chunk of Crust Found -- "Volcanic rocks formed 3.8 billion years ago suggest plate tectonics started early."

~ Integral Spirituality by Ken Wilber (book review) -- From elamb at Source of Miracles.
~ Forms of awakening: ordinary, amazing and neutral -- From Per at Mystery of Existence.
~ More on Appropriateness -- From Aaron at Anxious Living.
~ Who Is the Divine Mother? -- From Integrative Spirituality.
~ What's your dream job? Describe it -- From ~C4Chaos.

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