Thursday, November 15, 2007

Speedlinking 11/15/07

Quote of the day:

"First there is a time when we believe everything, then for a little while we believe with discrimination, then we believe nothing whatever, and then we believe everything again - and, moreover, give reasons why we believe."
~ Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Image of the day:


BODY
~ Blending Size and Strength, Version 2.0 -- "Vanilla or chocolate? Blonde or brunette? Size or strength? Now you don't have to decide... at least about that last choice in the list. Here's a program that uses high tension and high volume to make you strong and big!"
~ 7 Tasty and Easy Breakfast Recipes That Build Muscle -- "What’s a quality breakfast? Something that consists of proteins for muscle growth, slow digesting carbs for energy & healthy fats. If you can add extra fiber, fruits & veggies that’s even better."
~ Muscle Cramps from Exercise: Causes and Prevention -- "Exercisers are often told that muscle cramps are caused by lack of salt (sodium) or low potassium. However, recent studies show that athletes in endurance events who suffer cramps usually have normal sodium and potassium levels."
~ Chocolate, and 7 other foods to lower blood pressure -- "TODAY nutritionist Joy Bauer reveals eight foods which are among the "best of the best" when it comes to lowering your blood pressure."
~ Half a glass of red wine 'protects from cancer' -- "Half a glass of red wine a day could protect you from colon cancer, scientists have discovered. The study found that a diet rich in grapes can help prevent the third most common form of cancer."
~ Smokers Urged To Make A Plan To Quit During American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout -- "The American Cancer Society will celebrate the 31st anniversary of the Great American Smokeout on Thursday, November 15. With exactly half of the United States now protected by smoke-free laws, and a variety of cessation resources available, there has never been a better time to quit smoking and enjoy the health benefits."
~ Magnolia bark can take bite out of bad breath -- "Adding a pinch of magnolia bark to mints or gum can eliminate bad breath by killing most odor-causing germs, U.S researchers have found. Most bad breath occurs when bacteria in the mouth break down proteins, producing foul-smelling sulfur compounds"
~ Scientific Evidence Of The Significant Anti-cancer Effect Of Milk Thistle -- "A research team demonstrated the significant anti-cancer effects of milk thistle. They found that the major biologically active compound of this plant, silibinin, could suppress the growth of cancerous liver cells. These scientists further studied the mechanisms of the anti-cancer effects of silibinin."


PSYCHE/SELF
~ Bratty or a behavior disorder? -- "Parents caught off guard by the willfulness of their toddlers sometimes find themselves wondering where do the “terrible twos” end and mental-health problems begin."
~ Secrets Of The World’s Happiest Man -- "The other day I watched Mathieu Ricard’s talk; Ricard is a Buddhist monk of French origin who has been living in the Himalayas for at least twenty years or so now, and has earned the moniker of 'world’s happiest man.'"
~ The Doctor Is Within -- "You can judge your health better than your doc."
~ Take your Christmas back -- "It is well into November and the world is ramping up its Christmas hype. We are bombarded with Christmas food, Christmas gifts, Christmas expectations and Christmas pressure. This can be one of the best times of year, but many people end up overcome by stress, guilt, molten credit cards and broken relationships. It doesn’t have to be like this."
~ Does Child Abuse Affect Brain Development? -- "The focus of Dr. Teicher's presentation was on the neurobiological affects of different types of stress on the developing brain, especially in terms of the short and long-term impact of child physical and sexual abuse on brain development. In particular, that early childhood maltreatment acts as a severe stressor that can produce various physiogical and hormonal reactions that leads to lasting alterations in patterns of brain development which, in turn, can manifest as different psychiatric disorders."
~ 50 Creativity Muses to Court for Fresh Ideas -- "Whether you are an artist, a lawyer, a student, a mother, or just about any role you can conceive, creativity is an ingredient that adds richness, variety, and value to the projects we work on. The problem is that a lot of the time we return to the same well over and over again. We use the same old approach and what happens? The well runs dry."
~ Brain Hormone Responsible For Effects Of Social Isolation -- "The anxiety and aggression that result from social isolation have been traced to altered levels of an enzyme that controls production of a brain hormone.The study, done in mice by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, is reported in this week's online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."


CULTURE/POLITICS
~ 8 Democrats Pose Hurdle for Children’s Health Bill -- "Eight senators told Democratic leaders that they could not support any compromise that limits their states’ ability to cover parents along with children."
~ Professors and Politics (Again) -- "A month after the release of a study hailed by many as a definitive examination of faculty members’ political views, a slew of new research on the topic — some of it updated versions of previous research — will be released today finding (not surprisingly) that professors lean to the left."
~ Academia's Pervasive PC Rot -- "Another hyperbolic, conservative rant about liberals in academia? Perhaps I should confess my biases. I do dislike extremism of the Left and of the Right. But I have never been conservative enough to vote for a Republican presidential nominee. And the academics whose growing power and abuses of power concern me are far to the left of almost all congressional Democrats."
~ Bhutto: the new Chalabi -- "There's much in common between smooth-talking Benazir and the man once favoured by the White House to succeed Saddam Hussein.
~ Days of Rage -- "In the white glare of a hot summer’s noon, the broad avenues of Islamabad, Pakistan’s modern capital, are usually empty. But on a sweltering day this May the streets were crowded with noisily chanting protesters, all of them demonstrating against the military government of President Pervez Musharraf. Three separate protests were under way. Each one represented a slightly different vision of the future that Pakistan might have if—as now seems more likely than ever—Musharraf’s government were to fall."
~ Huckabee Stands By a Televangelist -- "As the Senate starts a probe of several "prosperity gospel" preachers, the Presidential candidate stands by the one with the most question marks."
~ Americans: Sheep to the Constitutional Slaughter? -- "Judge Andrew Napolitano is one of American media’s most tenacious defenders of Americans' rights. His official title at Fox News, where he appears regularly on Fox and Friends and The Big Story, is “Senior Judicial Analyst.” But at the often Bush-besotted network, the decidedly skeptical Napolitano thinks of himself more as 'House Civil Libertarian.'"
~ Pakistan's Musharraf appoints caretaker PM (AFP) -- "President Pervez Musharraf named Pakistan's current senate chief Thursday to lead a caretaker government that will steer the emergency-ruled nation toward elections in January."


HABITATS/TECHNOLOGY
~ A Techno Fix for Climate Change and Peak Oil -- "Innovation is key to dealing with these possible problems."
~ 15,000 homeless in Chile quake (AP) -- "Strong aftershocks from a powerful earthquake hit northern Chile on Thursday as the government erected a working military hospital and promised hundreds of other portable dwellings for 15,000 left homeless by the quake."
~ Onion-Power Makes Recharging iPods Easy -- "It turns out a white onion will do in a pinch in case you've lost your charger and need to juice up your beloved iPod. All you'll need is said onion, 2 cups of Gatorade/Powerade, a screwdriver and your USB cable (not all commonplace items, we know, but it's better than nothing); then just follow the handy directions provided in the above video and you'll be on your way."
~ Single-largest Biodiversity Survey Says Primary Rainforest Is Irreplaceable -- "As world leaders prepare to discuss conservation-friendly carbon credits in Bali and a regional initiative threatens a new wave of deforestation in the South American tropics, new research highlights once again the irreplaceable importance of primary rain forest."
~ Traffic control systems -- "Traffic flow accounts for as much as one-third of global energy consumption. However, unconventional changes in managing traffic flow could significantly reduce harmful CO2 emissions. ETH Zurich Professor for Sociology, Dirk Helbing, has developed a self-organised control system for traffic lights that could improve vehicular traffic flow by up to 95 percent."
~ Study shows Google favored over other search engines by webmasters -- "Web site policy makers who use robots.txt files as gatekeepers to specify what is open and what is off limits to Web crawlers have a bias that favors Google over other search engines, say Penn State researchers whose study of more than 7,500 Web sites revealed Google`s advantage."
~ Study Finds Who Produces Cleanest Cars -- "French, Italian and Japanese car manufacturers made the most environmentally friendly automobiles for sale in Europe last year, according to a study released Thursday."


INTEGRAL/BUDDHIST
~ a buddhist carnival - 1st edition! -- "the plan is for this carnival to feature first and foremost articles that directly and specifically talk about buddhist practice, reflection and ideas. however, there will also be room for posts that may not explicitly mention buddhism but touch on concepts intrinsic to it."
~ Dhamma-nating the Conversation, part IV: Liberating the Conversation -- "This is the fourth and final installment of my brief review of Nichiren Buddhism. If you are interested, please read part 1, part 2, and part 3 if you are not up to speed on what I have already covered. I am not an expert or an established practioner of this form of Buddhism, so please forgive any errors. On the other hand, for those who are experts and/or established practioners of Nichiren Buddhism, this is a chance to see how it can look to other people and may assist in mutual understanding with people from other traditions."
~ Modern Immortal -- "While I was listening to this first episode, I was really excited about the content, but also extremely appreciative of the chemistry and humor between the two of them. I have a feeling that Modern Immortal is going to be both insightful and hilarious. BGeeks has some urchinTracker ('/outbound/article/en.wikipedia.org');">coopetition y’all!"
~ P2P Spirituality -- "In a series of blog posts I would like to research the meaning and relevance of a P2P (peer-to-peer) approach to religions and spirituality in our contemporary world. In a first post I would like to restate the P2P approach as I understand it, and give an overview of three attitudes towards religious pluralism, or this state of affairs where there is more than one religion or approach to spirituality available."
~ Is the Spiral Dynamics Path Inevitable? -- "The main thing that strikes me as problematic is that content and structure often appear to be fused, at least in the way that it is often used in Integral discussions. It appears that it is almost taken for granted that transition from the Blue v-Meme, for instance, will necessarily involve a move into a value structure that is largely Western, capitalistic, individualistic, and scientistic. Wilber's developmental color scheme deals with the unfolding of "deep structure" features which do not necessarily entail particular forms of content or "cultural" patterns. But the way Spiral Dynamics is often used -- as a template for universal patterns of development -- it appears to presuppose the inevitable movement to a largely Western, democratic, industrial value system."


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