Alcohol Use In Movies Really Does Get Teenagers Drinking
Apr15

Alcohol Use In Movies Really Does Get Teenagers Drinking

Commonly, parents worry about their teens being exposed to violence and sex while watching movies, yet no one even considers the effects of passively watching good-looking actors booze their way to a Hollywood Ending. No one, that is, but Dr. Andrea Waylen, a senior lecturer in social science at University of Bristol. She and her...

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Would Lincoln have survived being shot today?
Apr13

Would Lincoln have survived being shot today?

Will Hadden for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online The assassin ascends the stairs to the private balcony where his unsuspecting prey is waiting. The prey watches the performance below him, oblivious to his own approaching doom. He knows nothing until he hears the firing of a derringer, and by then it’s too late. The shot...

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How America Wages War on Its Own Soldiers
Apr07

How America Wages War on Its Own Soldiers

America has been waging armed conflict for so long that the phrase “perpetual war” has begun to creep into our collective lexicon. The worst part of this is that the American public seems only too willing to forget about the mounting number of casualties—including those happening back on American soil. What I’m talking about is the US government’s apparent war on soldiers returning from combat zones—a war at least as protracted as our...

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Affordable Care Act Contributed To Saving Around 50,000 Lives
Apr03

Affordable Care Act Contributed To Saving Around 50,000 Lives

Washington Post Fact Checker Glenn Kessler is often very quick to give out those Pinocchios, often hitting Obama when statements have exceptions which go beyond what would be expected to be included in a political speech. Therefore I was pleased to see that he gave a rare Geppetto Checkmark for Obama’s statement on the 5th anniversary of The Affordable Care Act that the ACE is “a major reason why we’ve seen 50,000 fewer...

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6 Health Conditions Yoga Can Actually Treat
Mar28

6 Health Conditions Yoga Can Actually Treat

6 Health Conditions Yoga Can Actually Treat Yogis, hippies, and holistic medicine specialists have been touting the health benefits of yoga for years: it can improve your fitness level, fight cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and a variety of other disorders, they’ve argued. But when it comes to the science backing up these claims, a lot is still left unresolved. For example,...

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Affordable Care Act Helping To Create Jobs
Mar24

Affordable Care Act Helping To Create Jobs

Among the benefits of the Affordable Care, beyond expanding health care coverage and lowering costs, has been to create more jobs. Bloomberg News reports: More than 90 new health-care companies employing as many as 6,200 people have been created in the U.S. since Obamacare became law, a level of entrepreneurial activity that participants say may be unprecedented for the industry. Zenefits, which provides human-resources software and...

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My Health Care Five Years Ago Today
Mar24

My Health Care Five Years Ago Today

UPDATED BELOW “Odious” health insurance is now “MODA” as in “MODA Center” where  the Portland Trailblazers play with other NBA teams when they’re home. Ted is about to find out that he can’t enroll until next year. Like me. Ted Cruz to sign up for government health care Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register Ted Cruz, one of the loudest critics of Obamacare, will soon be using it for...

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What Does It Mean To Donate Your Body To Science?
Mar22

What Does It Mean To Donate Your Body To Science?

You’ve heard the phrase, probably while you were half-watching some science show on PBS, but truth is you don’t really know what it means to “donate your body to science.” You suspect your cadaver would be used in an anatomy class at some med school somewhere, but the fact is your most intimate “donation” could...

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PolitiFact Shows Facts On Health Care Reform, Debunking Republican Claims
Mar22

PolitiFact Shows Facts On Health Care Reform, Debunking Republican Claims

PolitiFact has looked at the data available so far on the Affordable Care Act. They confirm what I’ve said in many posts on health care reform. ObamaCare is leading to more people being insured, lower costs, and a reduction in the deficit. The various Republican predictions of doom have failed to come about. The one area in which the law failed to meet expectations was the number of people covered due to Republican-controlled...

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Fact-checking Obamacare Predictions
Mar21

Fact-checking Obamacare Predictions

Politifact.com fact-checks Obamacare predictions five years in. Predictions about the health care law were a dime a dozen back in 2010. Supporters contended that virtually everyone around the country would soon have access to affordable insurance. Opponents said the law would cost a fortune by adding to the national debt and killing jobs. Actually, none of those things have happened.   Once expected to insure 32 million new...

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American Compassion and ‘Invisible’ Disabilities: A Sequel
Mar20

American Compassion and ‘Invisible’ Disabilities: A Sequel

One of our freshest faces at The Moderate Voice (TMV), Daniel Faris, recently posted a story that has touched many hearts and attracted comments from several people who themselves suffer, or who know someone who suffers from “invisible” disabilities and who oftentimes do not receive the “American compassion” — the care and understanding — they deserve. But while it may be true that, in these cases, “American compassion”...

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American Compassion and ‘Invisible’ Disabilities
Mar17

American Compassion and ‘Invisible’ Disabilities

Some disabilities and illnesses are visible—and while these can sometimes lead to people treating you differently, rarely do others question whether or not something is amiss. But that’s not the case for those suffering from “invisible” disabilities. But don’t take this to mean that one form is better, or worse, or more worthy of attention; all human ailments are equally worthy of our attention and understanding. The...

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(Updated- Video) What One Senator Calls a ‘Photo-Op’
Mar16

(Updated- Video) What One Senator Calls a ‘Photo-Op’

UPDATE: According to the White House, the President has met injured warrior Cory Remsburg six times “to be exact.” Watch the video of the President’s tribute to Cory below. Original post: On Friday President Obama visited the Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital in Phoenix, the hospital that had been at the center of the scandal last year involving fake patient waiting lists used to hide extremely long times veterans had to wait to receive...

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We’re running out of places to bury people
Mar14

We’re running out of places to bury people

We’re running out of places to bury people Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com – @BednarChuck As the world’s population inches closer to the eight billion mark, there are growing concerns over an issue that might not be the sort of thing that you’d immediately think about: What to do with all of these they people once they die? According to the World Population Clock,...

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“You Stay Classy San Diego”—Actor Will Ferrell Plays Right Field for the Padres
Mar14

“You Stay Classy San Diego”—Actor Will Ferrell Plays Right Field for the Padres

Your browser does not support iframes. “You Stay Classy San Diego”—Actor Will Ferrell Plays Right Field for the Padres by Ryan Posner Actor Will Ferrell spent Thursday playing 10 different positions for 10 different MLB teams during Spring Training action in Arizona, including a stint at right field with the San Diego Padres in the team’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. “There’s no doubt I turned some heads today, even if it was...

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Plain Talk On The Criminal Justice System, The Obamacare Challenge & That Bad Old CIA
Mar09

Plain Talk On The Criminal Justice System, The Obamacare Challenge & That Bad Old CIA

WASHINGTON STATE POT GROWERS FACE PRISON WHILE TRAITOROUS FORMER GENERAL WILL WALK On March 3, 2015, there was brutal cold and the hangover from several major snow storms to contend with in the Northeast and Midwest, unseasonably chilly weather in Florida that had natives and tourists alike bundling up, and intermittent rain and fog in the Pacific Northwest, but none of this kept the American criminal justice system from grinding...

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No Compassion in Aiding Suicide
Mar07

No Compassion in Aiding Suicide

No Compassion in Aiding Suicide By Christine Flowers I found out that my brother had committed suicide from my mother. It was hard, particularly when I saw how devastated and small she looked sitting on the living room couch, as if the life had been siphoned from her in one inhuman pull. But the way that I found out was nothing compared to the way she’d learned of his death about an hour before: a telephone call from a kind, but...

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To nobody’s surprise, Supreme Court seems split on health care law
Mar05

To nobody’s surprise, Supreme Court seems split on health care law

To nobody’s surprise, Supreme Court seems split on health care law WASHINGTON — A clearly divided Supreme Court on Wednesday put Obamacare under the microscope once again, with the tentative prognosis looking rather positive for the president’s signature health care law. During an unusually long oral argument, several members of the court, including potential swing Justice Anthony Kennedy, warned of a “death...

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How to live longer, in 100 annoying steps
Mar04

How to live longer, in 100 annoying steps

The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday, March 3: ——— Want to live to age 115? Emma Morano, an Italian woman born in 1899, shared her secrets: Eat three raw eggs every day, and stay single. Also, move to a milder climate. “The doctor told me to change air,” she told The New… graphic via...

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Keep This World War II Veteran in Your Thoughts and Prayers
Mar03

Keep This World War II Veteran in Your Thoughts and Prayers

The Nazis could not bring him down when he flew 35 combat missions over occupied Europe as a B-17 bombardier during World War II. Even the years — ninety-four of them — could not dampen the spirits nor dull the mind of this remarkable member of the Greatest Generation. But a simple fall a few weeks ago sent John Tschirhart to the hospital where he finds himself once more in battle, this time fighting serious medical...

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