Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Young strippers from Cheetah win court case
Now I'm just saying.........these young girls deserve the right to be able to pay for their college tuition and books. This stuff can be very expensive.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Sorry I don't buy it.
ESPECIALLY with a boy.
As a father there is too much of a need to instill discipline and respect into a son for someone to rationally remove spaking off of the table as a method for discipline.
FRIDAY, Sept. 25 (HealthDay News) -- The bad news is that youngsters who are spanked might lose IQ points.
The good news is that it appears that children's IQs are on the rise -- and at least one expert believes that part of the reason why is that corporal punishment is falling out of favor in the United States and elsewhere.
That's the view of discipline and domestic violence expert Murray Straus, a professor of sociology and co-director of the Family Research Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire. Straus was scheduled to present the findings from recent research on spanking on Friday at the International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma in San Diego.
The results of a survey of more than 17,000 university students from 32 countries "show that the higher the percent of parents who used corporal punishment, the lower the national average IQ," Straus wrote in his presentation.
In looking at spanking just in the United States, Straus and a fellow researcher reviewed data on IQ scores from 806 children between 2 and 4 years old and another 704 kids aged 5 to 9.
When their IQs were tested again four years later, children in the younger group who were not spanked scored five points higher, on average, than did children who had been spanked. In the group of older children, spanking resulted in an average loss of 2.8 points.
"How often parents spanked made a difference," Straus said in a news release from the university. "The more spanking, the slower the development of the child's mental ability. But even small amounts of spanking made a difference."
Dr. Rahil Briggs, a child psychologist with the Children's Hospital at Montefiore in New York City, said she believes that "discipline should be an opportunity to teach your child something."
"If you spank, you teach your child that hitting is the way to deal with a situation," she said. "But if you use other methods of discipline, you can begin teaching your child higher-level cognitive skills, self-control, cause-and-effect and logical thinking."
Briggs said that previous research has clearly shown that when children are in negative stressful situations, it can actually change the architecture of their brains and impair certain neural processes.
Dr. Stephen Ajl, a child abuse pediatrician, director of pediatric ambulatory care at the Brooklyn Hospital Center and medical director of the Jane Barker Brooklyn Children's Advocacy Center in New York City, said that "spanking and other forms of corporal punishment mean that someone has lost control, and if that goes on on a chronic basis, it may affect some part of children's psychological well-being."
And though some people believe that they can use spanking as a form of punishment without losing control, Briggs said that's very difficult to do all the time.
"When you're physical with your child, you open that floodgate, and the likelihood that it could veer into where you don't have as much control increases," Briggs said. "Plus, if you're just spanking, you haven't taught your child anything."
Straus's presentation at the violence conference was also to include findings from the study of university students, done by researchers in 32 countries. It found that in nations with decreasing use of corporal punishment, the countries' average IQ scores rose.
Those findings are plausible and make some sense, Briggs said, but she added that it's difficult to tease out all the other factors that could play a role in IQ scores -- including poverty and parental education.
Ajl recommended that parents think about how they want to discipline they're children before they're faced with a situation. And, he said, a pediatrician can help parents come up with more effective ways to discipline their children.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi delivered a lengthy, rambling address Wednesday in his first appearance before the United Nations, slamming both the U.N. Security Council and the United States.
Translation: Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi Is Auditioning as a guest host for the Rachel Maddow show.
- Anti Afghan War
- Anti Iraq War
- Anti Israel
Sunday, September 20, 2009
I believe this to be a true observation.
I have been exposed to women who have allergies and/or who are sickly in nature. This disposition does have a significant impact upon the relationship and, I could imagine, the intimate and sexual interactions with that person.
Someone with a constantly stuffy nose or sinus infections would generally be miserable. That would definitely carry over to the relationship.
(CNN) -- Sneezing and wheezing may stamp out those flames of desire. A new study reveals that allergies could be getting in the way of amorous activities.
In a study, allergy sufferers reported more problems with sleep and sexual activity than other groups.
In a study, allergy sufferers reported more problems with sleep and sexual activity than other groups.
"If you can't breathe, and your nose is running, and your eyes are itchy, and you're sneezing, and you feel awful and you feel tired, you don't feel very sexy," said Dr. Michael S. Benninger, chairman of the Head and Neck Institute at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and a lead author of a recent study.
In the study published in the latest edition of Allergy and Asthma Proceedings, 83 percent of people with allergic rhinitis reported that their condition affected sexual activities.
When a person with allergic rhinitis breathes in an allergen such as pollen or dust, he or she can get symptoms such as itching, swelling and sniffling.
"When we look at how people interpret the disability of allergies, they show people who can't go to a park or can't appreciate their kid's ball games," Benninger said. But sexual activities also affect quality of life, he said.
"We're hoping this would stimulate people to start looking beyond the typical symptoms of allergic disease and looking at the impact of how people live," said Benninger. "It's really not your nasal congestion that's the issue. It's really how your nasal congestion impacts how you function. It's looking at the quality of life."
In the study, Benninger and a co-author compared answers from more than 700 people consisting of allergy sufferers, people who have similar symptoms but do not have the condition, and a control group.
Compared to the other two groups, allergy sufferers described more discomfort related to sleep, fatigue and sexual activity. Only 3 percent of people said their allergies never affected sleep.
"Almost all allergy sufferers feel it impacts their sleep," Benninger said. "If you can't breathe, you're not going to sleep well."
Twenty-seven percent reported that allergies almost never affected their sexual activity and 38.8 percent said it sometimes affected it. Another 17 percent answered that it always or almost always had an effect.
The study did not ask patients the reason why their allergies affected their sex life.
"It can be speculated that the chronic obstruction, runny nose, sneezing and decreased smell may all result in impacting the satisfaction of sexual activity," researchers wrote in the study. "Even the simple act of kissing may be altered by these symptoms. Many people may not feel 'sexy' or may actually be embarrassed by their symptoms so that they would avoid intimate contact."
About 17 percent of those with allergies said their condition never affected sexual activity.
"The number of people who said this did not affect them was quite, quite small -- indicating that this is a problem that's out there," said Dr. Clifford Bassett, a medical director at Allergy and Asthma Care of New York, who was not involved in the research. "They're not talking about it with their practitioners. And their practitioners are probably not asking about it."
Bassett said the way allergies affect people's sex lives has not been examined very closely.
"I do hear anecdotally from time to time patients saying, 'I don't feel very sexy or attractive because my nose is running. There's an itch in my nose. My face is itchy. I'm stuffy. I can't breathe. I can't do exercise whether it's lovemaking or anything else that affects me,' " he said.
This could be a hidden and more widespread problem, said Bassett, who plans to ask how allergies affect sexual activities in patient questionnaires.
"The bottom line: It's a high number of people in this study that indicated this was a problem," Bassett said. "I think we need to do a better job discussing this with patients."
Benninger recommended patients find out what they are allergic to, so they can avoid the irritants. For example, a person allergic to pollen should close the window in his or her bedroom to keep the allergen out, he suggested.
"If you're allergic to cats and let's assume that the bedroom is the most frequent place for intimacy and your cat lays on the pillow, and then you go in at night, and you're now sneezing -- that kind of kills it," he said. "There are things people can do to control their environments."
Over-the-counter and prescription medications are available to treat allergies. Allergy sufferers whose sex lives have been affected should avoid sedating antihistamines, which could make a person sleepy, or oral decongestants, which can make a person feel anxious, Benninger said.
"The most important thing is allergies should not be a factor that impacts intimacy and sexual activity," he said
Friday, September 18, 2009
Europe overtakes N. America as wealthiest region
Europe replaced North America as the world’s richest region last year as measured by assets under management, a survey by the Boston Consulting Group said.
North America, defined as the U.S. and Canada, had $29.3 trillion in assets under management, compared with $32.7 trillion in Europe in 2008, according to the survey released Tuesday by the Boston-based firm. The U.S. remains the wealthiest country at $27.1 trillion and has the highest number of millionaires - almost 4 million. Japan’s global wealth is No. 2 with $13.5 trillion and more than 1 million millionaire households.
Global wealth dropped for the first time since the survey started in 2001 as assets under management decreased 11.7 percent to $92.4 trillion last year from $104.7 trillion a year earlier. The credit crisis sent stock indexes to their worst annual losses since the Great Depression and slashed the value of real-estate holdings, hedge-fund and private-equity investments in 2008. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index dropped 38 percent last year, the steepest annual decline since 1937.
“For the last few years, the industry was blessed with very substantial growth, markets kept rising and people kept getting richer and pumping more money to wealth managers,” said Monish Kumar, a partner and managing director in the firm’s New York office. “That era came to a crashing halt in 2008.”
The biggest drop occurred in North America, where wealth plunged 22 percent, according to the survey. The second-biggest decline was Japan, where wealth fell almost 8 percent in local currencies. Latin America, defined by the survey as Mexico, South America and Central America, was the only region where wealth grew, by 3 percent.
Expecting a slow recovery:
Wealth is expected to begin a “slow recovery” in 2010, according to the survey. Assets under management will grow at an average annual rate of 3.8 percent from the end of 2008 through 2013 to $111.5 trillion.
“We believe wealth will come back, but we remain conservative,” said Peter Damisch, a partner and managing director in Boston Consulting Group’s Zurich office. “Before 2013, we won’t get back to 2007 levels.”
The number of millionaire households globally fell to 9 million from 11 million, with North America and Europe both experiencing decreases in the number of millionaire households by 22 percent, according to the report. The results are similar to a survey released in June by Capgemini and Merrill Lynch that found the number of millionaires slipped 15 percent to 8.6 million.
Singapore has the highest concentration of millionaires with 8.5 percent of the nation’s households having more than $1 million in assets under management, the report said.
The amount of offshore wealth declined to $6.7 trillion last year from $7.3 trillion in 2007 as regulators pressured countries such as Switzerland to cut down on bank secrecy
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Death Row Inmate Given One Week Reprieve After Execution Administrators Can't Find His Vein
Broom, 52, was convicted of murdering a 14-year-old girl in Cleveland in 1984, according to a death clemency report.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
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Tuesday, September 8, 2009
This is actually my late dog's sister.
I had to put my dog down in the spring.
Though he was an otherwise healthy dog - a "mass" over his eye got got perpetually infected. His scratching at it made it progressively worse.
After shopping around and knocking the would be $1,200 operation down to about $750 - when the mass grew back after about 6 months - I realized that this was the end of our friendship together. At some point it did not make sense to keep operating on this reoccurring situation.
Now I have to jog down the country road all by myself.
This is a second dog owned by a friend of the family
Saturday, September 5, 2009
I understand why Social Security is capped. Your monthly payment is determined as a factor of what you have contributed. If you live longer than the actuarial averages - the money you receive over and above what you have paid in over your lifetime is a net loss for the system. Thus to tax all of the earnings of a multi-millionaire means that the government would have to pay this person back at this higher rate. (Note: That is unless they choose to screw the person and cap the payouts. A very likely occurrence).
With the 401K program this point makes no sense. The only reason for the cap must be due to tax issues. If the government allows too much money to be shoveled away as pre-tax funds - this is a grand loophole for people to receive tax benefits in the long run and thus net losses of revenue. Clearly this cap is for the benefit of the government, not the individual retirement planner.
You've probably heard it over and over again: contribute up to the maximum amount in your 401(k) plan to improve your chances of a comfortable retirement.
That's the advice of many financial experts, who say it's the best way to get back the money the stock market collapse drained from your account.
However, the maximum contribution is established by using a formula tied to the third quarter Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers. That's normally not a concern for investors because inflation has steadily increased. What's potentially troubling is that the CPI-U figure for this year, to be released on Oct. 15, is expected to be lower than a year earlier.
The CPI-U measures the average change in the prices of goods and services including food, clothing, shelter, fuel, drugs and other day-to-day items bought by U.S. urban consumers. It is released by the U.S. Department of Labor.
The CPI-U jumped more than 5 percent in the third quarter of 2008 compared with the same period a year earlier, which bumped up the contribution limit for this year. But, since March 2009 the index has come in below the corresponding 2008 value. It's anticipated that this year's third quarter will be lower than the 2008 figure. That means for the first time ever, the Internal Revenue Service is faced with the likelihood that the maximum contribution level — now at $16,500 — will be lower than the year before. If current assumptions are correct, the CPI-U number will lower the amount you can contribute to your 401(k) in 2010 to $16,000.
That's not a huge problem, really, because only about 10 percent of workers contributing to a 401(k) pay in the maximum allowed.
The issue is that a lower contribution level is contradictory to the "save more, not less" message the industry has been telling people since last year's economic collapse.
"I would say that it definitely sends the wrong message at time when people are trying to recover from what's happened in the financial markets in the last 12 months," said Luke Vandermillen, vice president of retirement and investor services at Principal Financial Group Inc., a leading 401(k) provider.
About $2.7 trillion was lost in 401(k) and individual retirement accounts between September 2007 and May of 2009, says the Urban Institute, a Washington-based independent research group.
Investment advisers say the best way to regain some of that lost value is to continue to contribute and keep money in the stock market to take advantage of gains that are bound to come with economic recovery. Historically, the S&P 500 returns about 9.7 percent annually.
"At the same time we're telling people that it's critical that they're saving for retirement, and it's critical over the course of their careers that they incrementally increase their savings, if that limit goes down, it's somehow sending a message that it's OK to cut back," said Lisa Alkon, a retirement practice principal at business consultant Towers Perrin.
Since it's never happened before, it's unclear how the IRS will react if the CPI-U figures result in lowering the contribution limit, said Bill McClain, a senior consultant for human resources and business adviser Mercer LLC.
"It's a gray area and we don't know how the IRS will respond," he said. "Since we've never been in the position before where the formula has resulted in a lower limit."
The IRS released only a brief written statement that said it is aware of the issue.
"We are reviewing the relevant law," spokesman Robert Marvin said.
The law, part of the Internal Revenue Code, specifies that the retirement contribution limits are regulated by a cost of living adjustment tied to the CPI-U.
Some consultants believe congressional action is required to keep the limit from falling.
A spokesman for the House Committee on Education and Labor, which oversees legislation regarding retirement issues, declined to comment and a spokeswoman for the Ways and Means Committee, which handles revenue issues, did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
‘My whole family’s dead,’ accused killer told cops after trailer park massacre
I am more disappointed than surprised at this one.
The guy must have done this during a drug crazed rampage.
To have these people murdered via a blunt instrument (ie: a bat - this is not confirmed as the weapon) by a person that they know shows a heightened sense of depravity.