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Steven Perez

Steven Perez

Hopping Master of the White Rain. Rabbit of the Radical Mien. As old as my skin, and a little older than my teeth. #TeamEternalWinter GV: (830) 743-9770.
Thanks, Anti-Vaxxers. You Just Brought Back Measles in NYC. - http://www.thedailybeast.com/article...
Here in Orange County, too. - Anika
Pirate Party Vindicated By Highest EU Court, Killing Mass Surveillance Law. Oldmedia Reacts By Writing Cat Story. - Falkvinge on Infopolicy - http://falkvinge.net/2014...
Gentrification’s insidious violence: The truth about American cities - http://www.salon.com/2014...
liberalsarecool: Five conservative justices willfully forgot what Watergate and “follow the money” taught everyone else in the real world. - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
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Five conservative justices willfully forgot what Watergate and “follow the money” taught everyone else in the real world.
liberalsarecool: There Are No Moderates Left in Congress The Fix: “In the last three decades, the number of members in the middle in the House dropped from 344 (79 percent of the House) in 1982 to four (.9 percent of the House) in 2013. As the slide suggests, redistricting — the decennial redrawing of the nation’s congressional lines — plays a... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
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There Are No Moderates Left in Congress
  
The Fix: “In the last three decades, the number of members in the middle in the House dropped from 344 (79 percent of the House) in 1982  to four (.9 percent of the House) in 2013.  As the slide suggests, redistricting — the decennial redrawing of the nation’s congressional lines — plays a major role in that decline. The last two nationwide redraws have largely been incumbent-protection efforts, making Republican districts more Republican and Democratic districts more Democratic.”
Reality check: How costly wars overwhelmed the US empire beyond salvation - Stop the War Coalition - http://stopwar.org.uk/videos...
odinsblog: #GunservativeLogic101 - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
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#GunservativeLogic101
Illinois Votes to Keep Discredited Coal Education in Schools on the Eve of a Grim Mining Disaster - http://www.alternet.org/environ...
Overworked America: 12 Charts That Will Make Your Blood Boil - http://www.motherjones.com/politic...
corporationsarepeople: odinsblog: #KochBrothers EXACTLY. - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
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#KochBrothers
  
EXACTLY.
Documents from Open Records Lawsuit Further Undermine Claims that ALEC Is Legislator-Driven - http://www.prwatch.org/news...
neurosciencestuff: Older People with Faster Decline In Memory and Thinking Skills May Have Lower Risk of Cancer Death Older people who are starting to have memory and thinking problems, but do not yet have dementia may have a lower risk of dying from cancer than people who have no memory and thinking problems, according to a study published in the... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
neurosciencestuff:
 
Older People with Faster Decline In Memory and Thinking Skills May Have Lower Risk of Cancer Death
 
Older people who are starting to have memory and thinking problems, but do not yet have dementia may have a lower risk of dying from cancer than people who have no memory and thinking problems, according to a study published in the April 9, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
 
“Studies have shown that people with Alzheimer’s disease are less likely to develop cancer, but we don’t know the reason for that link,” said study author Julián Benito-León, MD, PhD, of University Hospital 12 of October in Madrid, Spain. “One possibility is that cancer is underdiagnosed in people with dementia, possibly because they are less likely to mention their symptoms or caregivers and doctors are focused on the problems caused by dementia. The current study helps us discount that theory.”
 
The study involved 2,627 people age 65 and older in Spain who did not have dementia at the start of the study. They took tests of memory and thinking skills at the start of the study and again three years later, and were followed for an average of almost 13 years. The participants were divided into three groups: those whose scores on the thinking tests were declining the fastest, those whose scores improved on the tests, and those in the middle.
 
During the study, 1,003 of the participants died, including 339 deaths, or 34 percent, among those with the fastest decline in thinking skills and 664 deaths, or 66 percent, among those in the other two groups. A total of 21 percent of those in the group with the fastest decline died of cancer, according to their death certificates, compared to 29 percent of those in the other two groups.
 
People in the fastest declining group were still 30 percent less likely to die of cancer when the results were adjusted to control for factors such as smoking, diabetes and heart disease, among others.
 
“We need to understand better the relationship between a disease that causes abnormal cell death and one that causes abnormal cell growth,” Benito-León said. “With the increasing number of people with both dementia and cancer, understanding this association could help us better understand and treat both diseases.”
centerforinvestigativereporting: How we mapped the U.S.-Mexico border fence CIR journalists spent more than three years trying to obtain accurate, detailed mapping data showing the location of the border fence system. The result: We now have what is – as far as we know – the most complete and detailed map of the border fence that is publicly... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
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How we mapped the U.S.-Mexico border fence
 
CIR journalists spent more than three years trying to obtain accurate, detailed mapping data showing the location of the border fence system. 
The result: We now have what is – as far as we know – the most complete and detailed map of the border fence that is publicly available.
Our Senior News Applications Developer Michael Corey explains how we did it.
How the Corporate Takeover of Society Is Leaving Us Feeling Empty Inside - http://www.alternet.org/corpora...
neurosciencestuff: Regular aerobic exercise boosts memory area of brain in older women Regular aerobic exercise seems to boost the size of the area of the brain (hippocampus) involved in verbal memory and learning among women whose intellectual capacity has been affected by age, indicates a small study published online in the British Journal of... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
neurosciencestuff:
 
Regular aerobic exercise boosts memory area of brain in older women
 
Regular aerobic exercise seems to boost the size of the area of the brain (hippocampus) involved in verbal memory and learning among women whose intellectual capacity has been affected by age, indicates a small study published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
 
The hippocampus has become a focus of interest in dementia research because it is the area of the brain involved in verbal memory and learning, but it is very sensitive to the effects of ageing and neurological damage.
 
The researchers tested the impact of different types of exercise on the hippocampal volume of 86 women who said they had mild memory problems, known as mild cognitive impairment - and a common risk factor for dementia.
 
All the women were aged between 70 and 80 years old and were living independently at home.
 
Roughly equal numbers of them were assigned to either twice weekly hour long sessions of aerobic training (brisk walking); or resistance training, such as lunges, squats, and weights; or balance and muscle toning exercises, for a period of six months.
 
The size of their hippocampus was assessed at the start and the end of the six month period by means of an MRI scan, and their verbal memory and learning capacity was assessed before and afterward using a validated test (RAVLT).
 
Only 29 of the women had before and after MRI scans, but the results showed that the total volume of the hippocampus in the group who had completed the full six months of aerobic training was significantly larger than that of those who had lasted the course doing balance and muscle toning exercises.
 
No such difference in hippocampal volume was seen in those doing resistance training compared with the balance and muscle toning group.
 
However, despite an earlier finding in the same sample of women that aerobic exercise improved verbal memory, there was some evidence to suggest that an increase in hippocampal volume was associated with poorer verbal memory.
 
This suggests that the relationship between brain volume and cognitive performance is complex, and requires further research, say the authors.
 
But at the very least, aerobic exercise seems to be able to slow the shrinkage of the hippocampus and maintain the volume in a group of women who are at risk of developing dementia, they say.
 
And they recommend regular aerobic exercise to stave off mild cognitive decline, which is especially important, given the mounting evidence showing that regular exercise is good for cognitive function and overall brain health, and the rising toll of dementia.
 
Worldwide, one new case of dementia is diagnosed every four seconds, with the number of those afflicted set to rise to more than 115 million by 2050, they point out.
What Corruption? McCutcheon Reveals Absurdity of Citizens United - http://www.prwatch.org/news...
sustainableprosperity: Congressman really says Congress is underpaid Published on Apr 9, 2014 Congressman Jim Moran made a statement after the House voted against cost-of-living raises that “members of Congress are underpaid.” Most members of Congress make $174,000 annually, which is more than three times the average household income in the US.... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
kqedscience: First Succesful Organ Regeneration in a Living Animal “Scientists discovered a way to reverse the process of aging — and no, they didn’t invent another skin cream. Instead, a team of scientists from the University of Edinburgh has, for the first time, succeeded in regenerating a living organ in an animal. The team manipulated a single... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
kqedscience:
 First Succesful Organ Regeneration in a Living Animal 
“Scientists discovered a way to reverse the process of aging — and no, they didn’t invent another skin cream. Instead, a team of scientists from the University of Edinburgh has, for the first time, succeeded in regenerating a living organ in an animal.
 
The team manipulated a single protein in very old mice that caused their bodies to rebuild their thymuses — an organ that produces white blood cells. After receiving the treatment, the senior citizen mice not only had thymuses that were similar in structure to a young whippersnapper’s, but they were also twice as large.”
 
Learn more from Discover Magazine.
The Worst Cash Rip-Off Since Bank Fees? Behold an Infuriating New Scheme to Sap Your Money - http://www.alternet.org/worst-c...
How DARE Obama compare the universal coverage of Medicare to the universal coverage of Obamacare! Obamacare isn’t for old white people! - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
Analysis: Top White House Women Out-Earn Their Male Colleagues - http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewir...
otpglobal: The Richest Rich Are in a Class by Themselves The rallying cry of the Occupy Movement was that the richest 1 percent of Americans is getting richer while the rest of us struggle to get by. That’s not quite right, though. The bottom nine-tenths of the 1 Percent club have about the same slice of the national wealth pie that they had a... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
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The Richest Rich Are in a Class by Themselves 
 
The rallying cry of the Occupy Movement was that the richest 1 percent of Americans is getting richer while the rest of us struggle to get by. That’s not quite right, though. The bottom nine-tenths of the 1 Percent club have about the same slice of the national wealth pie that they had a generation ago. The gains have accrued almost exclusively to the top tenth of 1 Percenters.
 
The richest 0.1 percent of the American population has rebuilt its share of wealth back to where it was in the Roaring Twenties. And the richest 0.01 percent’s share has grown even more rapidly, quadrupling since the eve of the Reagan Revolution.
satanic-capitalist: Climate deniers using same tactics as tobacco industry Published on Apr 10, 2014 A new report published by the conservative think thank the Heartland Institute says that climate change is nothing to worry about. Who’s behind this report? And why does the climate denial machine seem an awful lot like the cancer denial machine... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
mediamattersforamerica: Rupert Murdoch said that it was “bullshit” that Fox promoted the Tea Party.  Um.  - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
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Rupert Murdoch said that it was “bullshit” that Fox promoted the Tea Party. 
 
Um. 
sustainableprosperity: Wall Street’s Land Grab: Firms Amass Rental Empire, Ousting Tenants & Threatening New Housing Crisis Published on Apr 10, 2014 http://www.democracynow.org - The Blackstone Group, a private equity firm, is now the largest owner of single-family rental homes in the country. In one day alone, Blackstone bought up 1,400 houses... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
centerforinvestigativereporting: Privacy concerns surround new local surveillance tech For many, rapid changes in law enforcement technology – and the huge amount of data now collected and stored by local police, private companies and governments – raise troubling questions. Reporter Ali Winston looks at emerging tools for local surveillance and... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
centerforinvestigativereporting:
 
Privacy concerns surround new local surveillance tech
 
For many, rapid changes in law enforcement technology – and the huge amount of data now collected and stored by local police, private companies and governments – raise troubling questions. 
Reporter Ali Winston looks at emerging tools for local surveillance and the privacy concerns they raise on KQED.
(Photo: Officer Rob Halverson of the Chula Vista police verifies the identity of a woman just arrested for possession of narcotics with facial recognition software.)
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