Soda May Age You as Much as Smoking, Study Says


More than just give you gas and lots of calories

Originally posted on TIME:

Nobody would mistake sugary soda for a health food, but a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health just found that a daily soda habit can age your immune cells almost two years.

Senior study author Elissa Epel, PhD, professor of psychiatry at University of California San Francisco, wanted to look at the mechanisms behind soda’s storied link to conditions like diabetes, heart attack, obesity, and even higher rates of death. She studied telomeres, the caps at the end of chromosomes in every cell in our body, from white blood cells. Shorter telomeres have been linked to health detriments like shorter lifespans and more stress, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer, the study notes.

Epel and her team analyzed data from 5,309 adults in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from about 14 years ago. They found that people who drank more…

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Holiday Stockings for Homeless Children

Image courtesy of Holiday Stockings for Homeless Children

Image courtesy of Holiday Stockings for Homeless Children

Holiday Stockings for Homeless Children is an annual U.S. Coast Guard family and community friends effort to provide and deliver handmade Holiday Stockings filled with new gifts and useful essentials and cheer to homeless children ages birth to 17 years living in and out of shelters in the Puget Sound Area.

In 2013 3,000 Stockings were given to Homeless Kids in the Puget Sound Area, Mary Ann Liebert, a member of my Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla runs the Street Youth section that gave out 766 Holiday Stockings to Street Youth or Street Kids last year.

Street kids are as you might guess, are kids living on the street, to these kids, a toothbrush & toothpaste, a couple of pair of new socks are a big deal. Continue reading

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Voting In The Rain

Voting In The Rain, A Supermarket parking lot, Seattle, King County, Washington State

Voting In The Rain, A Supermarket parking lot, Seattle, King County, Washington State

With voter suppression and election fraud being committed on a massive scale by a few rich billionaires and their army of mindless drones, I was happy to see this ballot drop off booth to help voters cast their ballots.

King County has set up several temporary ballot drop off points in the Seattle area to help voters drop off their ballots.  This was set up in a rainy Supermarket parking lot in North Seattle.

Yes it was raining and the wind was blowing but Andrew and Tish were in great spirits and were taking pride in their job.  When a vehicle would drive up one of them would run out and take the ballot from the voter and put the ballot in the Drop Off Box, so the voter did not need to get out of their vehicle and get wet.

Hats off to King County and the Election Workers for making it easier for voters to vote, even in the rain.

Update: King Country has a spot on the outside mailer for your phone number or email (optional if you want) in case there is a problem with your signature!!  Think the King County really wants your vote to count?  I do.

Update 2: Dropped off my ballot on election day, they were having a ballot dropped off every 10 seconds or so.  Cars & trucks pulling up on two sides of the tent.

Update 3: A friend just called, he had dropped his ballot off at the Ballard Library and said there was a line just to drop the ballots in the ballot box, he said he had never seen a line there before.

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Voter Lookup

Just a few more days until the U.S. Elections, again the stakes are high, please do not vote for those that are working to take away your right to vote.

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A Most Incredible Airline Safety Video

You need to give Air New Zealand, the airline of Middle Earth, credit for an innovative safety video.  I don’t care for the Hobbit stuff, but found this entertaining.

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Marc Abrahams: A science award that makes you laugh, then think

This one is low key funny and makes everyone chuckle – and in some cases one wonders about the Chuckle Head that did the study or made the invention.

Marc Abrahams: A science award that makes you laugh, then think

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Why privacy matters: Glenn Greenwald at TEDGlobal 2014


Glenn Greenwald has been speaking truth to power for some time on why Privacy really does matter – but when I talk with people I know they seem to be oblivious to what is happening.

Originally posted on TED Blog:

Glenn Greenwald speaking at TEDGlobal 2014.

Glenn Greenwald speaking at TEDGlobal 2014. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

Journalist Glenn Greenwald  has broken many stories on the global surveillance being conducted by the NSA and GCHQ. As one of the first reporters to see Edward Snowden’s files, he faced personal repercussions for his professional work — yet continues to speak publicly about mass surveillance. In this searing talk, Greenwald makes the case for why privacy matters.

Over the last 16 months, every time someone says to Greenwald that they don’t really worry about their privacy, he says the same thing: “Here’s my email address. What I want you to do when you get home is email me the passwords to all of your email and social media accounts, because I want to be able to troll through what it is that you’re doing online and publish whatever I find interesting.” To date, not a single person has taken him up on that offer…

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