“Little” Ben Carson says the Darndest things

By Theodore Schleifer and Eugene Scott/CNN Ben Carson is at it again. Carson struggled in an interview on Wednesday to explain whether he would support hiking the debt limit — the latest in a series of instances in which his comments have raised questions about his understanding of key policy questions of the day. OnContinue reading ““Little” Ben Carson says the Darndest things”

Britian: Fat People who refuse treatment may be denied benefits

Picture/Daily Mail UK Too fat to work? Almost 12,000 people received Disability Living Allowance in Britain last year because they have metabolic disease – the medical term for a combination of obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure.   Obesity currently cost British taxpayers 9 million pounds a year ($14US) Nearly one in five British secondary school pupilsContinue reading “Britian: Fat People who refuse treatment may be denied benefits”

MERS: What is it? AND What You Need To Know

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome What is MERS? From Newsweek MERS is a serious viral respiratory illness. The virus is caused by the MERS coronavirus (MERS-CoV). Coronaviruses are a common group of viruses grouped into four types: alpha, beta, gamma and delta. As far as researchers know, humans can only be infected by alpha and betaContinue reading “MERS: What is it? AND What You Need To Know”

South Korea: 544 schools cancel classes over MERS

Picture/IBT times The Korea Herald More than 500 schools have canceled classes to prevent the spread of a deadly virus that has killed two South Koreans, the Ministry of Education said Wednesday. As of 5 p.m., students and teachers have been told not to show up at 544 schools, about 3 percent of some 20,000Continue reading “South Korea: 544 schools cancel classes over MERS”

Can cancer teach us about being human?

BY ERIN ELLIS, VANCOUVER SUN   When Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee wrote his Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer he couldn’t know he was launching a small cultural industry. His 2011 history of the disease is the genesis for a six-hour PBS documentary miniseries backed by the master of thatContinue reading “Can cancer teach us about being human?”

Australia: She is an absolute hero

   Legal loopholes exposed … Pattaramon Chanbua kisses baby boy Gammy at a hospital in Chonburi province By: AP AND NETWORK WRITERS/ NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA THE Abbott government is considering intervening in the case of baby Gammy — the Down syndrome child born to a Thai surrogate — saying the little boy could be eligible for AustralianContinue reading “Australia: She is an absolute hero”

Britian: Cosmetic surgery and teenagers – a disaster waiting to happen

Young women feeling insecure, media pressure to get the ‘perfect body’ and an unregulated industry exploiting a growing market all add up to a looming crisis. So why won’t the government step in? A 2013 report by the NHS medical director calling for tougher control of the industry was ignored by the government. Photograph: GettyContinue reading “Britian: Cosmetic surgery and teenagers – a disaster waiting to happen”

Couple win $27000.00 payout for bad sex

A court in Italy has awarded €20,000 (27,586.89 US) to a couple whose sex life has been damaged following a car accident Two years after being run over on a pedestrian crossing, the woman still suffers from back pain and is unable to enjoy the sex life she once had with her husband. As a result,Continue reading “Couple win $27000.00 payout for bad sex”

Edith and me

I met Edith 35 years ago in  her home in  Lodi California.  She and my future father in law lived in an upstairs apartment in a building where she worked, a few blocks from downtown.  Her first indirect words to me, was “does IT have an off switch?  A victim of my non stop chatter. OurContinue reading “Edith and me”

Norway world’s best place to be a woman

Women protesting in Oslo on Women’s Day on Saturday. Photo: Terje Bendiksby/NTB Scanpix Norway has overtaken New Zealand to become the best place in the world to be a working woman, according to The Economist Magazine’s ‘Glass Ceiling Index’, published for International Women’s Day  From: The Local According to the magazine, Norwegian women enjoy moreContinue reading “Norway world’s best place to be a woman”