Monday, April 16, 2007

Speedlinking 4/16/07

Quote of the day:

"Like so many Americans, she was trying to construct a life that made sense from things she found in gift shops." ~ Kurt Vonnegut

Image of the day (Tristan Campbell):

~ Expert Offers Simple Tips For Healthy And Tasty Summer Eating -- "Summer may bring to mind outdoor picnics with hot dogs and chips, but a Purdue University expert says the season also provides the perfect opportunity to plan delicious, healthy meals. "I think it's almost easier for people to eat healthfully during the warmer months than it is at any other time of year," says Laura Palmer, a Cooperative Extension Service specialist in foods and nutrition and a registered dietitian."
~ Study Examines Calorie Restriction And Glycemic Load -- "The first phase of a caloric restriction study in human subjects at the Jean Mayer US Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University found evidence suggesting that calorie-restricted diets differing substantially in glycemic load can result in comparable long-term weight loss."
~ Restless Legs Syndrome Increases Risk Of Heart Disease -- "People with restless legs syndrome (RLS), especially the elderly, may be at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, according to a study published in the April 10, 2007, issue of Neurology®, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology." Great, another risk factor to worry about.
~ Get a Killer Pilates Body -- "Get the basics and background on Pilates and flip through the slideshow to learn some good toning moves."
~ 50 Tips for Grocery Shopping -- "And as I figure that most of my readers, whether they have big families or not, go grocery shopping now and then, I thought I’d pass along some of my favorite tips. These are not all my original tips — I’ve picked up dozens over the years from magazines, books and websites. But these are the best of them, plus some I’ve figured out on my own."
~ Study: Not just a menopausal symptom -- men have hot flashes, too -- "A new study in Psychophysiology confirms a surprising fact - men who have undergone chemical castration for conditions such as prostate cancer experience hot flashes similar to those experienced by menopausal women. Using a technique called sternal skin conductance, doctors were able to positively identify hot flashes in males, a positive step toward providing therapy for those patients in need."

~ Surfing The Blues -- Internet Questionnaire Can Accurately Identify Depression -- "The Internet offers a valuable opportunity for the public to screen themselves for depression. This is the conclusion of a study published recently in BMC Psychiatry, which demonstrates that a Chinese online tool for assessing depression is both accurate and reproducible, and may offer a way to identify the growing number of people suffering from depression."
~ In-School Talk Therapy Can Help Depressed And Anxious Teens -- "Training school social workers to lead "talk therapy" sessions during the school day can help teens and pre-teens recognize and begin to overcome mild depression, anxiety and anger problems, research is showing."
~ Stress May Help Cancer Cells Resist Treatment, Research Shows -- "'These data imply that emotional stress may contribute to the development of cancer and may also reduce the effectiveness of cancer treatments,' said George Kulik, D.V.M., Ph.D., an assistant professor of cancer biology and senior researcher on the project."
~ Finding Happiness at Fifty -- "Yikes! I’m turning 50 in ten days. It’s hard to believe. Where did the time go? What have I accomplished? What have I contributed? What do I want to accomplish and contribute in the next fifty years?"
~ Conquer Public Speaking Fears -- "Humans are marvellously adaptable creatures. Sometimes it helps us to relax by becoming tense. In this exercise you'll become aware of muscles which can help you relax."
~ What Leaders Must Do, Know & “Be” -- "One way to look at leadership is through a three-part frame: What leaders must Do, Know and Be. At the intersection of these three components, the shaded area, is excellence. It’s where action, feeling and thinking are aligned and integrated into a consistent whole."
~ The Top 50 Productivity Blogs (most of which you haven’t heard about) -- A helpful list.
~ 'Night owls' report more insomnia-related symptoms -- "Those persons who are labeled a “night owl” report more pathological symptoms related to insomnia, despite many having the opportunity to compensate for their nocturnal sleeplessness by extending their time in bed and being able to gain more total sleep time...."

~ Abstinence classes don't stop sex: Study -- "Students who took part in sexual abstinence programmes were just as likely to have sex as those who did not, according to a study ordered by US Congress."
~ Global Warming Challenges the Unitary Executive -- "On April 2, 2007 the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of the State of Massachusetts in the landmark global warming case, Massachusetts v. EPA. Environmentalists were pleased that the high court ruled on the merits of the case, agreeing that carbon dioxide meets the definition of a pollutant and that the EPA has run out of excuses for not regulating it"
~ Cheney: Democrats Will Back Down -- "Vice President Dick Cheney says he is "willing to bet" that Democratic lawmakers will back down and approve a war-spending bill that doesn't call for U.S. troops to leave Iraq. Top Democratic leaders shot back that Cheney has lost all public credibility."
~ Bush Gave Order to Fire U.S. Attorney Iglesias -- "At some point after the election last Nov. 6, Domenici called Bush's senior political adviser, Karl Rove, and told him he wanted Iglesias out and asked Rove to take his request directly to the president. Domenici and Bush subsequently had a telephone conversation about the issue."
~ The Power of Green -- "What does America need to regain its global stature? Environmental leadership."
~ The Power That Was -- "At 66, the "I-Man" was still big on tasteless caricatures of anyone in the news, or in his sight. (He called Dick Cheney 'Pork Chop Butt.') He seemed to revel in reducing his targets to crude racial and ethnic stereotypes. A running gag had McGuirk lampooning New York Roman Catholic cardinals John O'Connor and Edward Egan as vulgar Irishmen with thick brogues. Arabs were 'ragheads.' NBA star Patrick Ewing was a 'knuckle-dragging moron.'"
~ Book Excerpt: 'Divisadero' by Michael Ondaatje -- "An exclusive excerpt from 'The English Patient' author's forthcoming novel." One of my favorite novelists.

~ Bringing the Future Home -- "From home automation to whole-home entertainment, new and cool technology can help save time, energy and the hassle of doing everyday chores."
~ 'Landmark' Ocean Plan Passes in California -- "One of the nation's most ambitious plans to protect marine life was approved Friday when a state panel voted to ban or restrict fishing across more than 200 square miles of water off Central California."
~ Biotech Seeks to Ease Reliance on Corn -- "The ethanol craze is putting the squeeze on corn supplies and causing food prices to rise. Mexicans took to the streets last year to protest increased tortilla prices. The cost of chicken and beef in the United States ticked up because feed is more expensive. That's where biotechnology comes in."
~ Feature Article: South America's Missing Mammals -- "An unexpected menagerie of unique mammal fossils is overturning long-held ideas about South America's geologic history."
~ Far North Feels Worst Effects of Warming -- "Inuit hunters are falling through thinning ice and dying. Dolphins are being spotted for the first time. There's not enough snow to build igloos for shelter during hunts."
~ The Blogosphere, Where a Tawdry Culture Goes to Die -- "The Luddite: Incivility in the blogosphere? What do you expect from a bunch of navel-gazing narcissists? Commentary by Tony Long."
~ Protesters Confront Global Warming -- "Americans worried about climate change gathered Saturday on ski slopes and in cities for a nationwide day of demonstrations aimed at drawing attention to global warming."
~ New BlackBerry Means Fun in the Office -- "Coming on the heels of their popular Pearl smartphone, the folks who make BlackBerry devices have another hit in their sleek, also black model 8800. The device packs the multimedia features and good looks of the Pearl, bringing them to a device aimed at BlackBerry's core office users."

~ Humanist Buddhists? Buddhist Humanists? -- "I recently wrote some brief thoughts about Christian Buddhists ("Christian Buddhists? Buddhist Christians?"), so now it's time to look at the compatibility, or lack thereof, between Buddhism and Humanism." From Peaceful Turmoil.
~ What do the colors mean? -- "Until uses the color scheme of Kronology to describe coordinates of human experience, nature, and development. The colors of the rainbow (primary, secondary, and tertiary) describe each of the 12 stations (S130 to S13B) of visible light. The result is most comparable to the color scheme of Ken Wilber's Integral Spirituality ...." From Joe Perez.
~ Imus at Midnight -- Tom at Blogmandu covers the Imus issue on the many blogs he reads -- a good post, even though I disagree with some points.
~ States, stages, perspectives and nonduality -- "Structure stages develop via the 1-2-3 process of identification-differentiating-integration. State stages do not. And the nondual is technially not a state-stage but the “ground” of all states and stages. Still, according to Ken even the nondual is “interpreted” by the structure-stage level of development where one resides." From Ed Berge at Open Integral.
~ Awakenings: dramatic and gentle -- "I am also reminded that awakenings come in different flavors. The awakening itself, to realized selflessness, Ground awakening to itself, is of course the same. But the flavor of it, the way the fallout happens, is different. And there are also many flavors of the leadup to it." At Mystery of Existence.

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