Largest Environmental Disaster

Posted on July 15th, 2010 by Clinically Clueless

I assume that most have heard about the BP, which is partly owned by the United States, oil spill effecting my country’s (U.S.) progress.  This is considered the largest environmental disaster.  The effect on the wildlife and the livelihood of of those whom need the gulf for their income including shrimp, crab and many more see life.  This also effects tourism income.  I understand how difficult this situation is to resolve in the mean time it is beginning to take a human toll.

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I know this isn’t proper, but I did find the parody of the truthfulness quite funny.   But, it isn’t a funny thing.  I think about the HUGE enviromental impact.  But, mostly the people that live and make a living and life with the Gulf.  My heart just aches and I can’t find the right words to express my outrage especially at BP and how much I just want to do more to help those effected…right now prayer is what I can offer.

For information regarding the United States Goverment response to the BP oil spill go to the White House Web Page and for a quick run down go to SodaHead Opinions

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What  would you survive if your livelihood and way of life were suddenly taken from you?  What is the media in your area telling you?

Footballers – only human after all?

Posted on July 11th, 2010 by irishcoffee

Anyone been watching the World Cup? Today sees the final drama of the South Africa 2010 world cup unfold, when Spain and the Netherlands meet in the final tonight in Soccer City, Johannesburg . For a whole month, football lovers have been treated to a feast from the finest teams and players across the planet.

The social gap — between spectator and performer — appears huge. Few of us can match the wealth, never-mind skill, ingenuity, or professionalism to perform on such a stage. Watch closely, however, and at times a more familiar human side of footballers is visible. They may not live in our “world” as such, but that doesn’t mean they don’t think and act as humans generally do.

Often games are decided with literally one kick of the ball. In one quarter final, Ghana were granted such an opportunity against Uruguay. With the score tied at 1-1 in the final few seconds of extra time, a Uruguay player handled the ball, Ghana were awarded a penalty. Forward Asamoah Gyan stepped up to the spot. With this one kick he had the chance to put his country Ghana — at this stage Africa’s last representatives at  the South Africa 2010 World Cup — into the semi-finals. Under the most extreme pressure, Gyan opted for power….and missed. The ball ricocheted off the cross bar, and the game went into penalties to decide the winner. Ghana missed two of their allotted penalties, and so it was Uruguay’s chance to win the match with one kick. Forward Sebastian Abreu — nickname, El Loco (Spanish for madman) — stepped up to the spot. This footballer opted not for power. With the lightest of touches, he outsmarted the goalkeeper by chipping the ball almost right into the centre of the goal. Uruguay were in ecstasy. Ghana in agony.

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But what about those two crucial kicks: the one for Ghana, the other for Uruguay. From one angle you could say that both cases exposed the weakness of Ghana players under pressure. In the first case the forward Gyan relied on brute force — and missed. In the second case, it was the Ghana goalkeeper who was left looking rather silly…because had he simply stayed where was, he would have been in the perfect position to simply catch the ball and prevent Uruguay winning. Of course, we know why the goalkeeper didn’t “stay”. Had he simply kept his position, in the centre, he would have looked even sillier had the forward put the ball either side of him. Perhaps the Uruguay forward Abreu must have known that too…because think how silly he would have looked had he missed with such an seemingly tame effort! (At least Ghana’s forward and their goalkeeper tried…right?)

Well, now cognitive scientists have discovered an ‘action bias’ during penalties. Their findings seem to demonstrate the human side, or social rationality, of footballers. Among their conclusions they noted that “Goalkeepers feel a pressure to act because they would feel guiltier missing a ball while staying in the centre than missing it while trying to do something…”  And, “Kickers…act in a way that is going to minimize reproach rather than only the chances of missing.”

So, all this has got me thinking…How much do our thoughts and actions come from our “social rationality” — basically, not wanting to look silly — and how much from a more positive desire to achieve the best for ourselves and those around us? Where exactly does your ‘action bias’ lie?

What Does the 4th of July Mean?

Posted on July 5th, 2010 by Clinically Clueless

Today is the fourth of July in the United States which is also known as Independence Day!!  Please watch the videos below to learn about Independence Day and  a Celebration of my country.

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What represents to you patriatism bout your country or country of origin?  Do share and include your country.

Maya Angelou’s thoughts on getting older

Posted on June 22nd, 2010 by Clinically Clueless

In April 2009, Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah on her 70+ birthday… Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older.

And, there on television, she said it was ‘exciting.’

Regarding body changes, she said there were many, occurring every day…like her breasts. They seem to be in a race to see which will reach her waist, first.

The audience laughed so hard they cried. She is such a simple and honest woman, with so much wisdom in her words!

Maya Angelou said this:
‘I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.’

‘I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.’

‘I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.’

‘I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as ‘making a life’

‘I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.’

‘I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back..’

‘I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.’

‘I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.’

‘I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.’

‘I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.’

‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’

Share some lesson that you  have learned about life.

A coffee myth?

Posted on June 9th, 2010 by Jim

It appears that coffee addicts are merely staving off the effects of caffeine withdrawal they’re no more alert than people who regularly do without The millions of people who depend on a shot of coffee to kickstart their day are no more alert than those who are not regular coffee drinkers, say researchers.

A cup of coffee, suggests a study, only counteracts the effects of caffeine withdrawal that has built up overnight.

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“Someone who consumes caffeine regularly when they’re at work but not at weekends runs the risk of feeling a bit rubbish by Sunday,” said Peter Rogers, who led the research at Bristol University. “It’s better to stick with it or keep off it altogether.”

Infrequent coffee drinkers who reach for an emergency hit fare no better, experiencing heightened feelings of anxiety – and withdrawal symptoms the next day.

How genetic differences may influence response was also examined. Blood samples were taken from 379 volunteers who were asked to avoid caffeine for 16 hours.

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Go! Live for the day? Or plan for the future

Posted on May 31st, 2010 by Lib

CarpeDiem

So, is it best to seize the moment, live every day as if it were your last, not worry about the future? Or have a personal gameplan and everything else will fit in to place.

There is nothing to say that they can’t be mutually exclusive but I do think they are opposing shools of thought and different ways of living your life.

Your thoughts please……

Dr’s. lies & patient benefits?

Posted on May 31st, 2010 by O'DB in the Forest

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A recent study published in Nature Neuroscience in mice suggests a physiological explanation for the pain-relieving effects of acupuncture. Adenosine, a neurotransmitter (a signalling compound around the body’s nervous system), is released in response to acupuncture & activate adenosine A1 receptors (proteins found in the membranes of pain conducting nerves) to elicit analgesia or pain relief. In Ed Yong’s brilliant blog Not Rocket Science he breaks the paper down & questions whether  the claims are over-stated – for instance stimulation of local areas, without acupuncture or needles per se, may also cause sufficient elevation of adenosine & resulting analgesia.

I left the following comment on Ed’s blog & thought it’d make an interesting topic here at GSTC:

‘On a broader sweep, it got me thinking about the placebo effect. I know this isn’t an original thought, but assuming that the placebo effect is significant in pain relief, then isn’t this a valid piece of a medical practitioner’s arsenal for treating patients? Or, in other words, is it right, ethically or Hippocratically, for a Dr. to knowingly defraud their patients with whatever works (yes, even homeopathy if the patient believes it works) to elicit a placebo effect? I’m not pro-alternative remedies, but if the placebo is a sufficiently strong effect isn’t it worth deliberately eliciting this response if it helps?’

Go ban the plastic bag.

Posted on May 26th, 2010 by Angela in Canada

Wow after a hectic few weeks of training camp for my summer job at one of Manitoba’s beautiful provincial parks and the first long weekend of the season, I have a few moments to breathe.

So I am sharing with you this poignant You Tube video about the evils of plastics.

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I swear I will never use a plastic bag again.

What about you?

GO! Be A Geek or a Nerd…it is in all of us!!

Posted on May 25th, 2010 by Clinically Clueless
20090921-nerd-venn-diagramCC here in Southern California pondering if I’m a geek or a nerd.  In all of us, there is something that most people try to hide, but everyone has it… an inner geek and/or nerd.  Luckily, May 25th is Nerd/Geek Pride Day!!!
The following is from Wikipedia:
 
Apparently, it originated in Spain. You go Spanish nerds. In addition, it falls on
the anniversary of the original Star Wars film.
In 2008, Geek Pride Day came to America and in 2009, Canada. So let’s rock our
nerdiness. Let’s get a large number of people to party it up with us.

 
 
Look at your geek responsibilities, people. This is going to be awesome.

 
A manifesto was created to celebrate the first Geek Pride Day which included the following list of basic rights and responsibilities of geeks.

Rights:

il_430xN_137774051The right to be even geekier.
The right to not leave your house.
The right to not have a significant other and to be a virgin.
The right to not like football or any other sport.
The right to associate with other nerds.
The right to have few friends (or none at all).
The right to have all the geeky friends that you want.
The right to not be “in-style.”
The right to be overweight and have poor eyesight.
The right to show off your geekiness.
The right to take over the world.
 
3723339v1_480x480_FrontResponsibilities:

Be a geek, no matter what.
Try to be nerdier than anyone else.
If there is a discussion about something geeky, you must give your opinion.
Save any and all geeky things you have.
Do everything you can to show off your geeky stuff as though it were a “museum of geekiness.”
Don’t be a generalized geek. You must specialize in something.
Attend every nerdy movie on opening night and buy every geeky book before anyone else.
Wait in line on every opening night. If you can go in costume or at least with a related T-shirt, all the better.
Don’t waste your time on anything not related to geekdom.
Befriend any person or persons bearing any physical similarities to comic book or sci-fi figures.
Try to take over the world!
 
Engineers are often portrayed as nerds or geeks especially with the computer and electronic age…who do you think invented your iPod? I tell my husband who is an engineer that “engineers make the world go ’round.”  I’m going to embrace my geek today.  However, I would have to say that my mother’s husband is a certifiable nerd.  He wears a pocket protecter and bring physics books on vacation for pleasure reading. Hmmm…but, I bring academic psychology books….it is all inside of us to some degree. 

I wondered what is the difference between Geeks and Nerds…the Internet had some interesting ideas:

 
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So now it is time for you to take a couple of quizzes to find out your geekiness and nerdiness. (For people who know me, honestly I didn’t cheat!!)

You Are 24% Nerdy


You’re a little nerdy, but no one would ever call you a nerd.
You sometimes get into nerdy things, but only after they’ve become a part of mainstream culture.

You Are an Academic Geek


Academic Geekiness: High
Music Geekiness: LowSciFi Geekiness: LowFashion Geekiness: NoneGamer Geekiness: NoneGeekiness in Love: NoneInternet Geekiness: None

Movie Geekiness: None

Nerdy Geekiness: None

So what do you think? How did you score? Are you a geek or a nerd…Shhh, we won’t tell anyone.

Courage is…

Posted on May 20th, 2010 by Clinically Clueless

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Unless you have courage, a courage that keeps you going, always going, no matter what happens, there is no certainty of success. It is really an endurance race. ~ HENRY FORD, Theosophist Magazine, Feb. 1930

What is courage to you?

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