Thursday, August 23, 2007

Speedlinking 8/23/07

Quote of the day:

"Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so."
~ Gore Vidal

Image of the day:

~ 14 Foods that Lower Cholesterol -- "After reviewing my research on healthy foods and cholesterol from this year I came up with the top 14 Foods that Lower Cholesterol."
~ Boil The Frog -- "In this post I'm going to outline a training method that, more times than not, will allow you to re-establish your training without flaring up those injuries. I call it the "boil the frog" method."
~ The 25 Method -- "The number 25 is very important to Chad Waterbury. Not only was he 25 when he first experienced the pleasures of a woman, 25 is also the total number of reps he has his clients shoot for. Okay, we're kidding about the former, but not the latter."
~ 25 Reasons Why You Should Start Drinking Green Tea -- "The evidence for supplementing your diet with Green tea is now overwhelming and it joins fish oil as a staple supplement in our clients programs."
~ Are you older than your age? -- "Find out if you're body is aging faster than normal because of your lifestyle habits."
~ Cranberry Could Juice Up Ovarian Cancer Treatment -- "Gulping down a glass of cranberry juice might greatly boost an ovarian cancer patient's sensitivity to chemotherapy, a new study suggests."
~ The Portfolio Diet: The Solution to Heart Disease -- "What if there was a combination of foods that were as effective at lowering LDL cholesterol as prescription drugs? Would it be worth adding some new foods to what you eat each day to avoid medication?" This diet mostly looks again, but DON'T EAT SOY -- eat chicken, fish, or turkey, and use rice milk or almond milk instead of soy milk.
~ Coenzyme Q10 -- "CoQ10 is an essential nutrient that is decreased in many diseases. The lowest levels of all are seen in patients with hyperthyroidism and in patients on statins."
~ Soda warning? New study supports link between diabetes, high-fructose corn syrup -- "Researchers have found new evidence that soft drinks sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) may contribute to the development of diabetes, particularly in children. In a laboratory study of commonly consumed carbonated beverages, the scientists found that drinks containing the syrup had high levels of reactive compounds that have been shown by others to have the potential to trigger cell and tissue damage that could cause the disease, which is at epidemic levels."

~ Readers share secrets to happiness -- "If spending time with friends and family puts a big, cheesy grin on your face, you're not alone. A recent survey found that young people said they were happiest when they were with the people closest to them. And when we asked readers what made them feel cheerful, the answer was the same."
~ Studying The Distress Of Romantic Break-Ups -- "The devastation caused by a broken heart has been a dominant theme throughout the ages of great literature and pop culture alike. But a new Northwestern University study shows that lovers, especially those madly in love, do much better -- almost immediately -- following a breakup than they imagined they would."
~ Out-of-Body Experiences Tested in Lab -- "Scientists may have figured out how out-of-body experiences happen."
~ Optimists and Realists Seen In Better Light Than Pessimists -- "Being an optimist is supposed to be good for health, success and happiness. But does optimism have a downside in that other people think you're self-deluded, mindless and just plain annoying? And on the flipside, how do people view pessimists? In particular, do we tend to shy away from helping out pessimists when they are in trouble?"
~ Social Graces: All Apologies -- "Most people will accept an apology--forced or sincere."
~ How to Say I'm Sorry -- "Giving and receiving an apology--it's worth it."
~ What Are You So Depressed About? -- "Anyone who’s ever suffered from depression has probably heard this question at least once in their lives. It’s often spoken not by a mean-spirited stranger, but an honestly caring friend or family member who simply doesn’t understand your continued blue mood. Which makes it all the more harder a question to answer."
~ 21 Proven Motivation Tactics -- "If you want to make things happen the ability to motivate yourself and others is a crucial skill. At work, home, and everywhere in between, people use motivation to get results. Motivation requires a delicate balance of communication, structure, and incentives. These 21 tactics will help you maximize motivation in yourself and others."

~ AMA Promotes Plans for Uninsured -- "The nation's largest doctors' group on Thursday launched a multimillion-dollar media campaign to promote its proposals for helping uninsured Americans get health insurance...."
~ Hyphen Heaven -- "Early Time-style, compressed and hyphen-happy (and still enlivening the magazine’s pages), was the invention of Briton Hadden, who cofounded Time with Henry Luce, his Hotchkiss and Yale classmate. According to Isaiah Wilner, a recent Hadden biographer, Hadden read Homer in the original Greek and kept a copy of The Iliad (with its “wine-dark sea”) on his desk as he edited every word that went into the magazine. As editor-in-chief, he often penciled new epithets into copy, letting out a whoop when the right words could be joined by a hyphen."
~ Not Too Long Now, Says the Fred -- "Former actor and Sen. Fred Thompson says he's real close to announcing his candidacy."
~ Not the Right Time for a Third-Party Bid -- "Unity08 hopes to use the Web to spark interest in a third-party presidential candidate."
~ Behind Giuliani's Tough Talk -- "He has presented himself as the candidate who knows best how to fight terror. But a look at his record as New York City mayor shows gaping weaknesses."
~ Grace Paley, Writer and Activist, Dies -- "Grace Paley, who explored the struggles of ordinary women in precise, pungent stories, was 84."
~ Will Too Much Joy Division Love Tear You Apart? -- "Not one, but two Joy Division-themed films are set for release in the upcoming months."
~ Are civil unions a 600-year-old tradition? -- "A compelling new study from the September issue of the Journal of Modern History reviews historical evidence, including documents and gravesites, suggesting that homosexual civil unions may have existed six centuries ago in France. The article is the latest from the ongoing “Contemporary Issues in Historical Perspective” series, which explores the intersection between historical knowledge and current affairs."

~ Astronomers get first look at Uranus's rings as they swing edge-on to Earth -- "As the rings of Uranus swing edge-on to Earth - a short-lived view we get only once every 42 years - astronomers observing the event are getting an unprecedented, glare-free view of the rings and the fine dust that permeates them."
~ Condition of bluefin tuna in gulf of maine is declining -- "The quality of giant bluefin tuna caught in the Gulf of Maine has declined significantly since the early 1990s, researchers at the University of New Hampshire have found by analyzing detailed logbooks from a commercial tuna grader at the Yankee Fisherman`s Co-op. The findings, published this week in Fishery Bulletin, indicate potential changes in food sources, shifts in reproductive or migratory patterns, or the impact of fishing may be the cause of this decline."
~ 'Thin-layer' solar cells may bring cheaper 'green' power -- "Scientists are researching new ways of harnessing the sun`s rays which could eventually make it cheaper for people to use solar energy to power their homes. The experts at Durham University are developing light-absorbing materials for use in the production of thin-layer solar photovoltaic (PV) cells which are used to convert light energy into electricity."
~ Pigeon Dung: Menace to Bridges -- "Buildup of the acidic waste can contribute to eventual bridge failure."
~ World's oldest diamonds found in Australia -- "Scientists have discovered what they believe are the world's oldest diamonds beneath the Australian outback in a surprise find that could force a rethink about how the Earth formed."
~ Six Western states, two Canadian provinces agree to regional climate pact -- "Yesterday, the leaders of six Western states and two Canadian provinces agreed to their own regional climate pact, aiming to cut greenhouse-gas emissions to 15 percent below 2005 levels by 2020."
~ Chemists Find What Makes Coffee Bitter -- "Chemists discover compounds that make coffee bitter."
~ Cave Clue Reveals Ancient Bohemian Life -- "Bones in a Spanish cave suggest the shelter once housed transient artistic types."

~ Integral Warriors: Embodying the New Masculine -- "Why would I start an Integral Men's Group when there are plenty of men's groups already around (Sex, Passion, and Enlightenment - The Mankind Project)? Because they don't take specifically take a 4-quadrant/AQAL approach. We'll approach this group apllying Ken Wilber and David Deida's model."
~ Mark Lilla, William T. Cavanaugh on religious violence -- "This week's New York Times Magazine gives religion bloggers the sort of story that almost defies blogging. Mark Lilla's 7,680-word essay, "The Politics of God" (excerpted from his new book, The Stillborn God: Religion, Politics, and the Modern West), tells the story of how Western societies came to embrace the "Great Separation" of politics from questions about God's will."
~ Balancing Process and Goal -- "I am a Buddhist cross-trainer. My practice is informed by both Soto Zen and Theravada Buddhism and I work with teachers representing both traditions. In theory this shouldn’t be a problem—I mean, they’re both Buddhism, right? Actually, it turns out to be a bit more tricky than one might expect." This is why I don't have a formal teacher.
~ God's (Muslim) Warriors and the Rise of Islam -- "I just finished watching part 2 of God's Warriors, God's Muslim Warriors. In this documentary Christiane Amanpour covered the fastest growing religion: Islam."
~ Inclusive Nature Of Buddhist Philosophy -- "When you understand the spirit of Buddhism correctly, you can follow and practise it while living in this workaday world. In Buddhism, true renunciation doesn’t mean running away from worldly affairs, leaving your family or taking to ochre clothes."
~ Rev. Eko Little: The Most Excellent Mirror Samadhi Retreat Dharma Talks -- A series of dharma talks now available, with links.

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