Friday, May 12, 2017


This "normal" you speak of, it doesn't sound fun at all.

Short Film Friday: RONALD


ronaldSometimes you have the presence of mind to realize you have neglected something, and one genre of short film that we don’t highlight enough on this site is the short documentary. And yet, the short film medium is actually quite a powerful provider of punctuated real life storytelling. Ronald, a wonderful look at a semi-retired former official Ronald McDonald, played by Joe Maggard, speaks to the power iconic mascots have not just in our lives, but for the characters that play them. As the pitch of the film states, more men have walked on the moon than have been Ronald McDonald (officially). Maggard is one of 9 men to have accomplished that feat. The seriousness with which he presents himself and his obligation to the role is sincere. That level of conviction is actually pretty extraordinary given the fact that as a corporate entity, you assume the role to be rather shallow. It is a fascinating doc and well worth a watch.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Sure hope I dont have to sell my Motorhome, HA!

One Blessed Dude circa 1990

Genetics may play a part in Obesity

Obesity studies explain genetic risks; lead to potential treatments

PARIS (AFP) — New investigations into obesity may identify people with an inherited risk of weight gain, explain why crash diets often fail and address a danger period in childhood that leads to obesity in adult life.

Sifting through the genetic codes of 77,000 people, a British-led international team say they have found culprit variants in DNA near a gene already fingered in the molecular ballet that causes obesity.

The gene, called MC4R, orchestrates appetite and energy expenditure.

Previous research has already found that MC4R, when flawed, triggers a form of chronic over-eating and weight gain which is rare but dramatic, especially when it strikes young children.

The newly-found variants are more common than the flaws on MC4R, though, according to the paper, published on Sunday in the journal Nature Genetics.

The variants do not lie on the gene but close to it. The theory is that they disrupt the workings of MC4R in some way, although how this happens remains unclear.

People who have the variants in both sets of their chromosomes on average increase in weight of about 1.5 kilos (3.3 pounds) compared to counterparts who had no copies.

The telltales were found by a consortium gathering researchers from 77 institutions in Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and the United States, led by scientists in Cambridge and Oxford.

People who have double sets of the variants near MC4R and of a flawed gene called FTO are on average 3.8 kilos (8.5 pounds) heavier than people without these characteristics, according to the new study.

Meanwhile, a paper released by the journal Nature has powerfully strengthened suspicions that adult obesity is often rooted in childhood.

Researchers at Sweden's Karolinska Institute found that fat cells, or adipoctyes, increase in number during childhood and adolescence.

By adulthood, the tally is stable, they say. As older fat cells die, they are replaced by new ones. On average, the annual turnover rate among adults is nearly 10 percent of adipocytes, regardless of the person's age or corpulence.

The implications of this are far-reaching, say the scientists.

New-born adipocytes may crave energy in the form of fatty molecules called lipids. As a result, the cells bulk out and the body weight returns.

"The results may, at least in part, explain why it is so difficult to maintain weight after slimming," said Peter Arner, a co-leader of the team.

"The fat cells generated during and after weight reduction need to fill up their lipids rapidly."

Another breakthrough is the determination that the number of adipocytes, for all people, is set during childhood and adolescence and remains largely unchanged, even if one loses weight.

Most obese adults have been obese since childhood. Less than 10 percent of children with normal weight go on to develop adult obesity, according to figures cited in the study.

By contrast, over three-quarters of obese children go on to become obese adults.

According to the team's calculations, among obese people, the moment when adipocytes start to rise is very early, at the age of 2.1 years on average, compared with 5.7 years for lean people.

Once the increase starts, the number of adipocytes multiplies at nearly twice the rate among the obese than among the lean. But, among the obese, the increase stops sooner, at 16.5 years, as opposed to 18.5 years for people who lean.

Two tempting targets thus open up for drug designers, say the authors.

One is a potential treatment that would curb the renewal of adipocytes in adulthood. Another is a putative drug to brake the expansion of fat cells among vulnerable children during the period at risk.

Obesity and obesity-related diseases such as diabetes have gained epidemic proportions in many developed economies.

The causes, though, are complex. Sedentary lifestyle, snacking on fat and sugary foods and genetic inheritance are the most frequently-named sources.

Dinky Belle Duckbutter

Dinky Belle Duckbutter

From the Film--Nightmare in Columbia County with Jeri Ryan

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Speaking of Bears...Laundry Day

Serious as a Heart Attack? Heart Disease No Laughing Matter!

A Las Vegas man who was the unofficial spokesman for the Heart Attack Grill, a medically themed restaurant that embraces monstrous hamburgers, died Monday after suffering a massive heart attack.
John Alleman, 52, who had come to the restaurant to eat every day, was on life support at the Las Vegas Sunrise Hospital after he had a "massive" coronary at a bus stop last week. He was taken off life support Monday.
Heart Attack Grill owner Jon Basso, who was in Alleman's hospital room when he died, told ABC News that Alleman said both his parents had died in their 50s of heart attacks.
"This was really a nice human being, just the greatest guy you would ever want to know," Basso said.
The Heart Attack Grill, whose tagline is "taste ... worth dying for," plays up its image as a gluttonous burger joint, bound to put customers in a food coma.
Burgers on the Heart Attack Grill's menu have names like "Single Bypass," "Double Bypass," "Triple Bypass," "Quadruple Bypass" and so forth. The "Quadruple Bypass Burger," which packs four meat patties and weighs more than 3 pounds, won the Guinness World Record for "world's most calorific burger," packing a whopping 9,982 calories.
The menu also includes sky high-calories sides, such as "Flatliner Fries," which are deep-fried in pure lard.
"I absolutely think the food I'm serving is unsafe," Basso said. "The only way what I'm doing would be immoral would be if I were to market it as healthy by throwing a cute little side salad on the menu. ... The Heart Attack Grill is the most moral restaurant on the planet Earth because we are absolutely here to make a statement about obesity, about coronary issues, about death and dying and all those things that are prevalent in the society."
Despite its medical theme and jovial ambience, Basso, who used to own a Jenny Craig franchise and fitness center, said he understands that his calorie-packed menu is "very dangerous," but that the Heart Attack Grill serves as his "soap box."
"If I set the mark at 300, I would go broke. Everyone in the room is 300," Basso said. "They need to know right now if they are eating this way they are going to end up in the hospital."
Basso goes by "Doctor Jon," but he is not a real doctor. Waitresses are "nurses" and orders are called "prescriptions." Customers, who have to don a hospital gown when they walk in the door, are called "patients." Those who weigh more than 350 pounds eat for free but only after they get up on a scale in front of the whole restaurant for a pre-meal weigh-in.
As Basso was getting ready to open the Heart Attack Grill this morning, he said he had a bag of Alleman's belongings with him, which the nurse at Sunrise Hospital had Basso sign for because he said Alleman had no family. Basso said he put the bag behind the bar, for now.
"It's kind of an empty feeling," Basso said. "I walked in there to visit my most loyal fan, and I walked out without my friend and a bag of his belongings."
John Alleman's caricature at the Heart Attack Grill. Credit: Heart Attack Grill
Basso said Alleman, who worked the graveyard shift as a night watchman for a nearby skyscraper under construction, had been coming in every day for the past year and a half. He would order a "Single Bypass Burger," fries and a drink, usually staying up to six hours. Even though Alleman was never on the restaurant payroll, he came so often that Basso put his "Patient John" caricature on their menus and merchandise.
"He literally was there every day," Basso said. "He was definitely one of the boys and so much one of the boys that half the time it seemed like he was running the place."

A Beary Valid Question

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Catching the Moon...i'm lovin' it!

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Monday, May 08, 2017


A man was walking down the street when he was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless man who asked him for a couple of dollars for dinner.The man took out his wallet, extracted ten dollars and asked, "If I give you this money, will you buy some beer with it instead of dinner?"
"No, I had to stop drinking years ago," the homeless man replied.
"Will you spend this on green fees at a golf course instead of food?" the man asked.
"Are you NUTS!" replied the homeless man. "I haven't played golf in 20 years!"
"Well," said the man, "I'm not going to give you money. Instead, I'm going to take you home for a shower and a terrific dinner cooked by my wife."
The homeless man was astounded. "Won't your wife be furious with you for doing that?
The man replied, "That's okay. It's important for her to see what a man looks like after he has given up drinking and golf."

My Bird sitting on the back of My Dog...A Dove & Rottweiler


By others faults the wise correct their own.

Fighting Childhood Obesity

Fat fight at children's hospital

Shirley Alexander...obesity specialist.
Photo: Sahlan Hayes

Kate Benson Medical Reporter
August 18, 2008

A SYDNEY hospital has become possibly the first in the world to appoint a doctor dedicated to treating overweight children in an urgent attempt to tackle the nation's obesity epidemic.
The appointment, at The Children's Hospital at Westmead, comes as the number of overweight and obese children surges to more than 1.5 million and health systems struggle to deal with the fallout.
Demand for weight management services at the hospital has increased fivefold in the past three years, forcing staff to turn away many children and put scores more on waiting lists.
The hospital treated 17 morbidly obese children in 2005. This year it predicts it will see at least 90.
"Demand is doubling every year and still we are only seeing those who are at the extreme end because we don't have the resources to see the others," said the new staff specialist, Shirley Alexander.
Her role will involve educating parents about healthy food and exercise options and treating those whose weight is affecting their health.
Overweight teenagers had a higher risk of growing into overweight adults, with an increased chance of developing type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, sleep apnoea and non-alcohol fatty liver disease, Dr Alexander said.
"Obviously we'd rather prevent obesity than treat it so we never have to see these people in a hospital, but this is a start."
The co-chairwoman of the hospital's medical program, Elisabeth Hodson, said staff had been pushing for the new role for about 18 months as it became apparent Sydney was in the grip of an obesity epidemic.
"There is a major lack of understanding in the community about obesity and its effects," Dr Hodson said. "It hasn't been taken seriously as a medical issue and very limited resources have been put into it. There have been a lot of plans at a government level, but little action. This new position will help us tackle it but I still believe we are only hitting the tip of the iceberg."
Childhood obesity was a disaster in NSW and more funding for weight management services was urgently required, the director of clinical operations at Sydney Children's Hospital, Michael Brydon, said yesterday.
"It is amazing that it has got to this stage," Dr Brydon said. "I wish we could get funding to do the same thing because we are seeing a real increase in the number of overweight children, and obesity has a huge impact on cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
"All the improvements that have been made in combating these diseases is being wiped out by obesity."
In the past decade the prevalence of overweight children has almost doubled, and the prevalence of obese children more than tripled, a report in the Medical Journal of Australia says.
The study, by the Sydney obesity expert Professor Louise Baur, found obesity carried more stigma in children than any physical disability, evident across all socio-economic and ethnic groups.
"Issues of social acceptance, athletic competence and physical appearance are well known to obese children and affect their sense of social and psychological wellbeing," the report said.
"Obese children with decreasing self-esteem are more likely to smoke and drink alcohol compared with those whose self-esteem increases or remains the same."
A spokeswoman for The Children's Hospital at Westmead said an audit had found no staff specialists dedicated to overweight children in Europe, Asia, Canada or the Pacific. "There may be someone doing it in the US but we're not sure. It's quite possibly the first in the world."