Archive for February 6th, 2011
The Super Bowl weekend is not what anyone would consider prime movie-going real-estate, so it stands to reason that there wouldn’t be much on the wide-release circuit this weekend. Screen Gems scored their biggest opening weekend ever last Super Bowl Sunday with the romantic drama Dear John, which opened to $30 million and knocked Avatar off the top spot. But generally speaking, Screen Gems’s has had pretty decent success opening teen girl-friendly PG-13 horror pictures, often remakes of R-rated 70s and 80s slasher pics, over the last several years, so they went that route again this year. This year’s entry, The Roommate, a film so obviously copied from Single White Female that complaints/summons are probably being drafted as we speak.
Yes, The Roommate was number one at the box office this weekend, as the ‘your college roommate wants to be you and kill you’ alleged thriller opened with an okay $15.6 million (continue reading…)
The American Medical College of Homeopathy’s (AMCofH) new four-year doctoral program is the first of its kind in the country and will provide the most comprehensive homeopathic medical training in North America. The college will matriculate its first freshman class for this unique program beginning in 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. On December 29, 2010, the AMCofH had the distinguished honor of being recognized during the Closing Bell Ceremony at the NASDAQ Broadcast Studio in Times Square, New York.
Those who graduate from the doctoral program will be qualified to diagnose illnesses and treat them with homeopathic medicine (continue reading…)
We are all programmed to like sugar. New research shows some are genetically much more prone to sugar and food addiction than others. I have observed this in my patients, but now it is becoming clear why some have more trouble kicking the sugar habit than others.
As I reviewed in my previous article on food addiction, the science demonstrating that people can be biologically addicted to sugar in the same way we can be addicted to heroin, cocaine or nicotine is clear. Binging and addictive behaviors are eerily similar in alcoholics and sugar addicts (continue reading…)
As the new Congress threatens to repeal health care reform and Republicans and deficit reduction panels eye major entitlement cuts, Medicare has become their central battleground, just as the first of 78 million Boomers turn 65 and begin joining the program.
The deficit hawks have a point. Even Medicare’s most ardent defenders admit that, without changes in organization and financing, government health care expenditures will double in the next seven years. If Medicare is to survive, we must “bend the cost curve,” particularly for its greatest consumers: high-need, high-cost older patients.
The question is, how? As a health services researcher and professor of medicine, and recalling the classic movie The Graduate, my advice to America’s policymakers, to present and future Medicare beneficiaries, as well as present and future physicians is one word: geriatrics.
Caring for our fast-aging population has become the central health care challenge of our time, making geriatrics a discipline whose time has come. A sub-specialty of internal medicine, geriatrics encompasses the scientific study of aging, the teaching of excellent care, and the provision of that excellent hands-on clinical care to older people, especially the most vulnerable (continue reading…)
In the United States today, the adult single population is at an all-time high. Statistics show that approximately half of all marriages end in divorce, with figures increasing with second and third marriages. Somehow, as a society, we are clearly not mindful going into our first marriages, and seemingly not learning enough from our divorces.
But I believe that for those of you awaiting your beloved, you can experience the dating phase leading to the mating phase in a way that is reflective of your heart’s deepest desires.
Here are a few tips I’ve learned, informed by both my personal and professional experience, about how to ensure that you set yourself up for success on and off the dating field (continue reading…)
WASHINGTON — As a follow-up the State of the Union address, President Barack Obama sat down with YouTube for a live half hour conversation on Thursday (1.27) to take viewer questions from the public and speak with Steve Grove, head of news at Google’s video site.
Also in capital, Vice President Joe Biden sat down with Yahoo!’s Anna Robertson for a 30-minute interview, where she asked community generated questions.
Unlike YouTube, which streamed the Obama interview live and in its entirety, Yahoo! chose to edit the interview into 11, 1 to 3-minute segments which were published the following day.
The Biden interviews drove over 3 million page views and over 800,000 video views. The most popular clip is the one in which the Vice President addresses a spoof about him on the Onion.
The Obama interiew has driven 200,000 views on YouTube.
“We Don’t See a Huge Benefit” In Going Live
For an explanation for Yahoo’s approach to taped vs (continue reading…)
By Allen Shawn
Viking. 232 pp. $25.95
When Allen Shawn closes his eyes, he can still imagine peering through the bars of his crib to see the outline of his twin, Mary, the two of them rocking on their knees each night, gently knocking their heads on the headboards. “I can even hear the squeaking of the beds,” he writes, and in “Twin” he tries to make sense of how the sounds, smells, presence and absence of his “contrapuntal” partner have shaped his entire life.
It was only in recent years, as he prepared his subtly powerful and personal study of phobia, “Wish I Could be There,” that Shawn came to realize just how important Mary has been for him (continue reading…)
Mr Gavasci, a fashion buyer, sees Prince William and Miss Middleton's wedding as a turning point for the Royal Family, something he wants to witness in person. “Young blood is coming to the forefront,” he says. “This wedding is going to bring the royals into the millennium.”
Mr Lopez is looking forward to the moment he sees Miss Middleton walk down the aisle at Westminster Abbey.
“The last time when the world watched it was a very sad time, Diana's funeral, so it opens a new door, a new chapter, and it leaves the past behind,” he says (continue reading…)
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Inception and Social Network win Writers Guild awards
Inception, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, won best original screenplay, while The Social Network was named best adapted screenplay.
The King's Speech, which is nominated for 12 Oscars, was ineligible for the awards and did not make the shortlist.
Winners were announced at simultaneous ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles.
British-born film-maker Christopher Nolan, who wrote, produced and directed Inception, called the award an “incredible honour” (continue reading…)
Sarah Shourd, Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer were arrested in 2009 as they were hiking near the Iran-Iraq border.
Ms Shourd was released on bail in September and returned to the US. She is expected to be tried in her absence.
The men's lawyer said he had been unable to see them before the trial to prepare their defence (continue reading…)
With chaos still roiling Egypt, it’s hard to tell if this uprising is Iran 1979, China 1989, or East Germany 1989. We’ll have to wait and watch before we can know. But it’s not too early to know that if America had done more to nurture a moderate opposition for the last 30 years, instead of choosing a strongman who sided with us over uncertain democracy, we might have some better choices right now. More importantly, so would the Egyptian people (continue reading…)
Roman Catholic mass can be a stolid exercise, perhaps even more so during Midday Mass at Conception Abbey in rural Nodaway County, Missouri. Walking up the steps of the basilica I’m braced by the cold — there’s a foot of snow on the ground and the wind is whipping. I enter the building through great wooden doors to the sanctuary. Cast in subdued light, I’m hit with the warmth of the room (continue reading…)
More than a century before religious extremists brought down New York’s Twin Towers, the opening act of a new era of terror, a visionary Hindu leader spoke these words to the first ever Parliament of the World’s Religions on September 11, 1893: “Sectarianism, bigotry, and its horrible descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful earth. They have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often and often with human blood … ”
“I fervently hope,” Swami Vivekananda went on to say, “that the bell that tolled this morning in honor of this convention may be the death-knell of all fanaticism, of all persecutions with the sword or with the pen, and of all uncharitable feelings between persons wending their way to the same goal.”
Tragically, Swami Vivekananda’s hope has proved illusory. Sectarian and religiously motivated violence has continued to plague the earth to this day (continue reading…)
Writing blogs for the Huffington Post’s Religion section — in which I often attempt to present a nuanced, personal understanding of God, and a defense of the inherent goodness in the impulse toward religion — has been a challenging experience. I have discovered that for many readers the terms “religion”, “God”, “faith”, and “belief”, carry such negative images, predetermined parameters, and intricate emotions that the dialogue is stopped dead in its tracks. These are complex subjects that resist short explanations, and for which words themselves are often inadequate at best, and misleading at worst. For example, in response to a recent blog, “Can The Existence of God Ever Be Proven”, one person wrote,
“Humans have worshipped thousands of gods throughout the ages (continue reading…)
CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers have the NBA’s record for futility all to themselves.Cleveland’s losing streak reached 24 games on Saturday night as Wesley Matthews scored 31 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 111-105 win over the pitiful Cavs, who remain winless in 2011 and have lost a mind-boggling 34 of 35.The Cavs, who have won just once since Nov. 27, now own both the single-season mark for consecutive losses and matched the record for overall losses in a row they previously set over two seasons (1981-82 and 1982-83). Cleveland nearly overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter, but once again failed to make plays down the stretch.Antawn Jamison scored 17 to lead the Cavs, who will try to end their skid on Monday in Dallas.For much of the night, it appeared the Cavaliers might finally end a slide that shows no signs of ending.Cleveland led early in the fourth quarter, but Rudy Fernandez hit a 3-pointer and the Blazers went on a 15-4 run to open a 105-95 lead. The Cavs didn’t fold, and they responded with a 10-2 spurt to make it 107-105 on Ramon Sessions’ lay-in with 1:23 left.But on Portland’s next possession, former Cavs guard Andre Miller, who had just one point with five minutes left, dropped a tough, 12-foot fadeaway to put the Blazers back up by four.Sessions then missed a layup with 39 seconds left after grabbing a loose ball that went through teammate J.J. Hickson’s hands underneath. The Cavs had to foul and Fernandez’s two free throws sent Cleveland to another gut-wrenching defeat.The Cavs, who at one point were 7-9, came in tied with Vancouver (1995-96) and Denver (1997-98) for the longest losing skid in one season.It’s all theirs now, another blow in a nightmarish season — their first without LeBron James.The night didn’t start well for the Cavs.Forward Jamario Moon was involved in a minor accident while driving to Quicken Loans Arena as another heavy snow blanketed Cleveland. Moon couldn’t avoid hitting the back of a truck that swerved and struck the center divider. The driver of the other vehicle left the scene before police arrived.Moon banged his knee but was otherwise uninjured. However, his Mercedes L350 sustained heavy damage. He needed help from members of Cleveland’s Fire Dept., who used a hammer to make his car drivable.”It’s an F175 now,” teammate Anthony Parker cracked.Moon came off the bench and knocked down two straight 3-pointers, and the Cavs made 6 of 7 from behind the arc while outscoring the Blazers 37-32 in the second quarter to open a 57-55 halftime lead. Moon hasn’t been getting much playing time of late, but coach Byron Scott decided to use him and it paid off.Moon finished with a season-high 14 points, but it wasn’t nearly enough, and Cleveland was again plagued by not having anyone to turn to in the closing minutes.Nicolas Batum added 21 points and Miller had 13 assists for the Blazers, who made 12 of 19 3-pointers and snapped a seven-game losing streak in Cleveland.Game notes Cavs C Anderson Varejao will have surgery on Feb. 12 to repair a torn tendon in his ankle. Varejao sought a second opinion before choosing Dr. Robert Anderson, a specialist who will perform the operation in Charlotte, N.C. Varejao sustained the season-ending injury during a non-contact running drill in practice on Jan. 6. Varejao said his rehab could take up to four months. … Blazers C Dante Cunningham sustained a nasty gash after he was accidentally elbowed by Cleveland’s Samardo Samuels in the second quarter. He did not return. … Cleveland will play eight of its next nine at home.
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In 1799, the French artist Vivant Denon, accompanying a team of scientists traveling to Egypt with Napoleon (who excused his invasion with the logic that he was bringing democracy to the Arabs) was touring some ancient sites along the upper Nile when he came across an 8-year old girl in severe pain. Writing in his journal, Denon noted that, “a cut, inflicted with equal brutality and cruelty, has deprived her of the means of satisfying the most pressing want, and occasioned the most horrible convulsions.” Denon was referring of course, to female genital mutilation. The Frenchman quickly pulled out a knife and performed a counter-operation, by which he “was able to save the life of this unfortunate little creature.”
On another occasion, Denon (who went on to become the first director of the Louvre) encountered a bleeding, recently blinded woman carrying an infant in the desert outside Alexandria. She was begging for food and water (continue reading…)
Caroline Leavitt’s ninth novel, Pictures of You (Algonquin Books), drew me into the fractured and lonely lives of two strong women who are about to collide, literally and figuratively, from the first page. There’s the gamine, independent, creative spirit Isabelle, who’s running away as fast as she can from her marriage, having found out recently that her childhood sweetheart has been cheating on her. And there’s the mysterious, nervous, frayed and saddened April, who has let the heavy fog on the road get the better of her, and stands caught in the final moment of her existence as her young son runs screaming into the woods. We don’t know – yet – what has drawn April there and why she doesn’t run from the scene.
Leavitt’s formidable skill as a writer is evident from beginning to end as we piece these lives together to find out what brought them to this world-ending moment (continue reading…)
Has it really been sixteen years since a babyfaced, dimple-chinned Andy Pettitte made his debut with the New York Yankees, who at the time hadn’t made it to the postseason since 1981? Well, yes, actually — it feels like a million years since the Yanks were anything but perennial pennant contenders. No, what amazes me is that it’s only been one off-season since Yankee fans were basking in the glow of the 2009 World Championship, and a year in which the vaunted “Core Four” of Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and Derek Jeter defied Father Time by putting up stellar numbers which rivaled their stats from a decade earlier. We knew the ride couldn’t last forever, but at the same time, a part of us deep down felt, well, maybe it could.
We all know what happened in 2010. Jeter suddenly got old, putting up the worst offensive numbers of his career (continue reading…)
They say sports and politics don’t mix. One sportswriter disagrees with that. In fact, he would argue that professional sports has always been political and has been a positive force in shaping American society.
Dave Zirin is The Nation magazine sports editor and a columnist for SLAM Magazine, The Progressive, and Sports Illustrated Online. His writing has appeared in numerous publications including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The New York Daily News, and The San Francisco Chronicle (continue reading…)
Stratfor, the Austin-based private global intelligence company, today shared reconnaissance satellite imagery of the Egyptian military securing protesters in Tahrir Square, Cairo.
Stratfor added DigitalGlobe aerial photographs of other areas of strategic importance in Egypt.
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Gov. John Hickenlooper said Friday he hoped legislation will be produced this session to reduce “red tape” that clutters Colorado business performance.
Hickenlooper talked to reporters before meeting with about 200 business and economic development types at The Cable Center on the University of Denver campus, the last stop on a 1,000-mile tour of the state to gather ideas about what state government should do to grow its business and industry.
He ruled out tax reform this year, saying any remaking of the state tax code is too complex to accomplish soon. He said, too, that while touring the state, he found no one much interested in raising taxes now, although one participant in the meeting suggested higher taxes are inevitable if Hickenlooper’s administration is serious about addressing state budget shortfalls.
The Colorado Center on Law and Policy this week filed new paperwork calling for a statewide vote on a variety of tax increases, according to the Denver Post, but the initiatives proposed by the group have a long way to go before they are approved for the 2011 ballot.
Onerous state regulations that limit, license and sometimes fine businesses throughout Colorado –usually lumped together by Hickenlooper under the moniker “red tape” — are more likely to be addressed by lawmakers this year, the governor said.
Without being specific, he has made reducing and eliminating unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles to doing business in Colorado a favorite element of his courtship of business and bipartisan support for the “bottom-up” region-based economic development plan that is the goal of the meetings like the one held Friday.
Like tax reform, the development strategy, will not be addressed by this legislature because it won’t be produced until mid or the end of May, which is after the legislature adjourns. Still the crowd, drawn from metro-Denver counties including Clear Creek and Gilpin on the western edge of the region, was delighted to offer suggestions to foster statewide business prosperity.
When taxes were mentioned, they usually were accompanied by the descriptors “fair” and “low.” One Jefferson County participant suggested recruiting a nuclear power plant to the state (continue reading…)