Thursday, August 03, 2017


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House Rules

Masks by Shel Silverstein

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As if Heart Disease and Diabetes weren't enough...

Study: Obesity Increases Driver’s Risk Of Being In Car Accident

SEATTLE (CBS Seattle) – A new study claims that obesity could not only increase a driver’s risk of being in a car accident, but also result in more severe injuries.
The study, conducted by Canadian scientists at the University of Laval and published in the Journal of Transportation Safety & Security, claimed that morbidly obese drivers may be at increased risk of a crash due to weight-related health complications.
Additionally, car designs that are less than sympathetic to larger frames could leave obese drivers in more critical condition following an accident.
“Poor car-to-person fit is thought to be the leading cause of the increased risk of injury and fatality in [car accidents] for [people] who are obese or overweight versus [people] who are normal weight,” a portion of the study published by the Ottawa Citizen read.
The study continued, “For all those individuals that have a body structure different than [the standard used in designing cars], their interactions with the safety features, such as the seat belts and airbags, may not occur as intended.”
Many cars are reportedly designed with a 163-pound person in mind.
Researchers additionally claim that carmakers should try to design vehicles whose safety features are more adjustable, in order to provide protection for a broader range of drivers.
Several previous studies were also examined in the process, including one which found that found men with body mass indexes greater than 30 were more likely to suffer facial, spinal, head and upper chest injuries in a collision than those with BMIs below 30.
Another study reportedly referenced by University of Laval’s medical researchers found that 800,000 drivers in the America with obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea were involved in illness-related car accidents in the year 2000, which supported their claims that obesity-related ailments also contribute to road hazards

Great Moments in Science

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Sam Shepard 1943-2017 RIP

They say you can tell alot about a person by their work...Sam Shepard was one of the finest and most talented writers of this era. I had the honor and great pleasure to do one of his best works Fool for Love in Wilmington NC at the Manor Theater in the early 90's. Sam's words seemed familiar to me as the Character Eddie, along with the super talented Kay Joyner, Tommy Hull, Tony Pender, and directed by Lou Criscuolo, we preformed Sam's play. His legacy will live on thru his art, God Speed Sam, RIP.

Please Help the Homeless...

If it can happen to Him, it can happen to You! Please be reminded that when You Help Others, You Help Yourself!

I Will Resist the Blonde jokes...

I Love Mountains

Dear Joe,

Today Virginians who live at the base of Ison Rock Ridge, a mountain threatened by a pending mountaintop removal permit, have been joined by hundreds from across the region for Virginia Rising: The Rally to Keep Ison Rock Ridge Standing. Today at noon, they will gather at the headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency and ask that the agency deny the proposed mine which would destroy 1200 acres and bury three miles of headwater streams above several Appalachian communities.
More than 500 mountains have been destroyed due to mountaintop removal and we will not stand by and let Ison Rock Ridge be the next.

To date, over 8,000 comments have been sent to the EPA in defense of this mountain and the communities surrounding it, yet any day Lisa Jackson could make a decision on the permit. Please join with the hundreds gathered in DC by taking action today. Together we can demonstrate that people from across the country echo the concerns raised by these Virginians and that in fact thatAmerica is Rising.

For the Mountains,
Matt Wasson

Tree or Man

Good timber does not grow in ease,
The stronger wind, the stronger trees;
The farther sky the greater length,
The more the storms the more the strength.
By sun and cold, by rain and snow,
In tree or man good timber grows.