July 13, 2013 at 9:44 am #92641
This week, the White House hosted the second Annual Kids’ State Dinner, while the President laid out his vision for building a better, smarter, faster government, awarded the 2012 National Medals of Arts and Humanities, met with the Congressional Black and Congressional Hispanic Caucuses, and honored the Washington Kastles and the 1963 Ramblers.
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And always, have a peaceful dayJuly 13, 2013 at 9:44 am #92642
Good Morning, EveryoneJuly 13, 2013 at 9:49 am #92643
Why I Donated My Stool
By MARIE MYUNG-OK LEE
This spring I saved a friend from a terrible illness, maybe even death. No, I didn’t donate a kidney or a piece of my lung. I did it with my stool.
About 18 months ago, my friend, whom I’ll call Gene to protect his privacy, fell sick with stomach pain, intestinal cramps and copious bloody diarrhea. He had ulcerative colitis, a colon riddled with bleeding ulcers.
His gastroenterologist started him on steroids and anti-inflammatories — standard treatment for these ulcers. He felt better and within a few weeks was able to taper off the steroids, which can be dangerous if used over the long term. But a month later, the bleeding and diarrhea were back. He was in horrible pain that worsened when he ate or drank. He couldn’t sleep at night.
The doctor put him back on the steroids, but this time the symptoms weren’t held in check. For the next excruciating year, my friend went through episodes where he could do nothing but lie writhing in bed in pain. He lost frightening amounts of weight, became anemic from the blood loss and was forced to take medical leave from a job he loved.
According to his doctors, he was left with two options: powerful immunosuppressant drugs (the kind they give people after organ transplants) or a total colectomy (the removal of the colon). The drugs might not be effective, and they raised the risk of lymphoma or fatal infections, while with the surgical option, the tissue left behind could and often did eventually become ulcerated itself.
That’s when Gene started reading about a procedure called fecal microbiota transplant, or F.M.T.
Transplanting the stool from one person into the digestive tract of another seems, well, repulsive, but it also makes sense. The majority of the matter in stool — roughly 60 percent — is bacteria, dead and alive, but mostly alive. While bacteria can make us sick, they also constitute a large part of who we are; the hundreds of trillions of cells in an individual’s microbiome, as this collective is known, outnumber human cells 10 to 1. The bacteria serve many functions, including in metabolism, hormone regulation and the immune system.July 13, 2013 at 9:51 am #92644
The Sadness Lingers
By CHARLES M. BLOW
Published: July 12, 2013 Comment
One thing still hanging in the air when the lawyers in the George Zimmerman trial finished their closing arguments was sadness — heavy and thick, the choking kind, like acrid smoke.
Some questions will never be answered. And some facts will never be altered — chief among them, that there is a dead teenager with a hole in his heart sleeping in a Florida grave, a fact that never had to be.
Zimmerman told Sean Hannity last year that his shooting of Trayvon Martin was “God’s plan” and that if he could do it all over he would do nothing different. (Later in the interview, Zimmerman equivocated a bit on the topic without identifying what specifically he would change.)
I don’t pretend to know the heart of God or the details of his “plans,” but I hasten to hope that he — or she — would value life over death, that free will is part of a faithful walk, that our mistakes are not automatically postscripted as part of a divine destiny.July 13, 2013 at 9:53 am #92645
Pennsylvania teens chase down kidnapper’s car on their BIKES and save five-year-old girl
By Alex Greig
Two Pennsylvania teens are being hailed as heroes after they chased down a man in a car who had snatched a five-year-old girl from her grandmother’s front yard – on their bikes.
Jocelyn Rojas, five, was missing for two hours yesterday when Temar Boggs and a friend saw the child in a car near Lancaster Township and gave chase.
After Boggs, 15, and his friend had been tailing the vehicle for 15 minutes, the driver let the little girl out of the car and sped off.
Now that the little girl is safely back with her family, police are focusing on finding the suspect.
The family notified police and officers sprang into action, blocking off streets and scouring the area with canine units. Police showed Jocelyn’s picture around the neighborhood and Boggs and his friend joined more than 100 first responders searching for the girl.
Boggs spottted the girl in the abductor’s car and he and his friend began to follow the car.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2362102/Pennsylvania-teens-save-year-old-girl-kidnapping-chasing-kidnappers-car-BIKES.html#ixzz2Yvw9lsNQ
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– Organizing for Action raises $8.2M in second quarter–
——Organizing for Action (OFA), the group spun off of President Obama’s reelection campaign, raised $8.2 million in the last three months, the group announced Friday afternoon.
That represents an uptick in donations from earlier in the year. OFA raised $4.9 million during the first three months of 2013, which was viewed as a slow start for the group.
“In just our second quarter, OFA more than doubled the number of donors that have stepped up and taken ownership of the future of this organization,” said an OFA official.
More than 230,000 donors have now contributed to the group, with an average donation of $55.- OFA has been busy working at its goal of promoting Obama’s agenda. The group recently ran television ads touting ObamaCare, which is scheduled to come online later this year, and has also run campaigns advocating for increased gun control, immigration reform and climate change legislation.July 13, 2013 at 4:05 pm #92649
‘Human Wall’ Leads Baby Turtles to the Ocean
By Geetika Rudra
Jul 5, 2013 4:29pm
Every year hundreds of baby loggerhead turtles hatch on the beaches of the Caribbean and journey towards the ocean. This year one group of baby turtles on the Dutch-controlled island of Bonair needed a little help.
“This group of baby turtles hatched on a beach next to an airport,” Dr. Sue Willis, the program director of Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire, told ABC News.
“After the turtles hatch they crawl towards the brightest light they see, which is usually the moon over the ocean. But the airport’s bright lights distract the turtles and make them crawl in the wrong direction. Two years ago we lost an entire group of hatchlings after they crawled onto a busy road,” said Willis.
On July 1, when it was time for the baby turtles to make the trek towards the ocean, Willis and other volunteers used a unique method to ensure that this time the baby turtles reached the ocean safely.
“We created a human wall of sorts,” Willis explained. “We surround the baby turtles on both sides so that they cannot see the airport lights. We give them ample space to crawl and form a line all the way down to the ocean so they stay on path.”July 13, 2013 at 4:11 pm #92650
Kerry Washington’s on the cover of Vanity Fair..just saw it in the store.July 13, 2013 at 6:26 pm #92651
NAACP president asked to step down
Updated: Friday, 12 Jul 2013, 5:48 AM EDT
NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – It seems much of the country is gripped by the George Zimmerman murder trial. As it comes to a close, many in Hampton Roads are upset about a Facebook post by a local head of the NAACP.
“To the majority of the African-American community, I would find it offensive,” said Norfolk City Councilman Paul Riddick.
Tristan Breaux, 25, was sworn in as president of the Norfolk NAACP in January. He is the youngest president in the branch’s history, but members of the organization are calling for him to step down.
“He obviously does not have the maturity when to speak and when not to speak,” Riddick added.
The controversy started Friday morning. Breaux’s posted a comment on his personal Facebook page about the George Zimmerman trial. The remark quickly spread.
“My initial reaction was that it wasn’t true, that somebody had gone on his Facebook and had planted this,” Riddick said. “I just couldn’t imagine the president of the Norfolk branch of the NAACP making a statement like that.”
“I wonder why it is that we are always willing to say someone who clearly had a shaky past, was the victim,” Breaux asked in the Facebook post, referring to Trayvon Martin.July 13, 2013 at 8:42 pm #92653
John Cole of Balloon Juice is a big animal lover.
His most beloved cat – Tunch was killed today.
Here’s the thread:July 13, 2013 at 10:32 pm #92654
the Martin family has been put through more than anyone should have to go through.July 13, 2013 at 10:44 pm #92655
Trayvon Martin= 2013′s Emmitt Till
complete with the all-White juryJuly 13, 2013 at 10:47 pm #92656
MirandaObot: The hate for black people is boiling over. We are being punished for daring to want to breatheJuly 13, 2013 at 10:52 pm #92657
@worldwatcher—Trayvon was put on trial for his lynching and found guilty.July 14, 2013 at 12:01 am #92658
July 13, 2013 at 11:47 pm
I do not believe that had Trayvon been the one to survive Zimmerman’s attack- that Trayvon would be set free. I believe that the so called ‘Stand Your Ground’ law would suddenly be unusable. This was a racist verdict, a racist trial, all to allow one more racist to be set free. If folks hadn’t raised a serious ruckus- there wouldn’t have even been a trial… but I believe without a doubt had Trayvon been the one to survive- he would have been arrested immediately by the Sanford PD and tried- and convicted. Even thought Stand Your Ground would have truly applied to him
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