(CBS) -- There may be another health benefit drinking red wine. "Ummm? Whuzzat? [Hic!]"
Scientists report a so-called "miracle molecule" found in red wine might help improve mobility and prevent falls among older adults. "Yersh... [Hic!]... I fin' a coupla quarts o' red wine helpsh me nagiv... nerviv... get aroun' better. [Hic!]... It'sa miracle!"
The ingredient is called 'resveratrol.' "Thash whuddit is! [Hic!]... It ain' Ripple, it'sh revermatol... 'r somethin' like that..."
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology at Duquesne University Jane Cavanaugh says they tested the effect on laboratory mice. "Who're you?"
"I'm here to shine up fer the rebbermatol tesht!"
"You ain't a mouse! Beat it before I call a cop!"
"As these animal age, they lose some of their motor coordination. Very similar as to humans do as they age. "Yersh. I once fell downa flight o' stairs, never felt a thing... Well, the nex' day, sure. But a coupla quarts o' ratspermatall took care of it PDQ..."
And when we gave them out the resveratrol, the older mouse has less loss of motor coordination." "[Hic!] It keeps the pink elephants and green antelopes away, too... It don't do much good widda polka-dot warthogs, though... Y'gotta sing Akumbe mtatta or somethin' like that..."
Resveratrol is also found in grapes, blueberries and other dark-skinned fruits. "Shay! Whudder you? Some kinda racist?"
"We just used blueberries in our study and actually when they eat the whole fruit it's actually more effective than the resveratrol alone and you don't need as much." "'Coursh not. Y'gotta let it ferment firsht..."
A person would have to drink at least a bottle of wine compared to only a handful of fruit to get the same amount. "Budda quart o' Ripple hash lotsa other good effex..."
GFS model simulations showing a tropical system over Florida August 27-28 during the beginning of the Republican National Convention. For three straight simulations, NOAA's Global Forecast System (GFS) model has tracked a tropical system right over the Florida peninsula through or close to Tampa just as the Republican National Convention is ramping up. Other numerical models have the storm further south with danger to the west or central gulf. FI, this is a NHC site for the N Atlantic Basin
You have to squint and look very hard to find a silver lining in the non-existent storm clouds over central Illinois this spring and summer. And the rest of the midwest, but this is a Springfield, IL paper.
Chris Miller, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Lincoln said official figures through May show 18 tornadoes spotted in Illinois this year. "Typically, in Illinois through May you would see 35 or so tornadoes," he said. I wonder where the jet stream is hanging out? By the way, where does the jet stream fit into the "climate models"?
He said the weather pattern has pushed the kind of weather that would cause storms far north into upper Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan and into southern Canada. Jet stream!
It was very cool here this morning. I stepped out the back door at 5 AM to let the dogs out and I could see my breath. 52F.
Posted by: Deacon Blues ||
As residents of the upper Midwest might say, all the storms were pushed north and south by the immense volume of hot air emanating from Chicago.
Posted by: Mullah Richard ||
From my observations, the weather bubble which floated about New Mexico two years ago, over KS/OK/TX last year is now popping about over IL/MU. If I lived in the Appalachians I'd worry about next summer.
Our high out here was 89 yesterday. It wasn't 89 -at midnight- last year until October.
KHARTOUM: A Russian pilot was among the victims on a plane which crashed in Sudan's war-torn South Kordofan, killing all 32 people aboard, Moscow's embassy confirmed on Monday.
"He was the captain," Yury Vidakas, the embassy's press officer, told AFP. "Leddies and dzhentlemen, we are approach of the runvay at Khorrrdofan Airport. Temperature is balmy 30 degrees vith light vinds... Holy shchit!... [CRASH!]" Are you sure the pilot wasn't German, Fred? If he'da been German he'da hollered "heilig Scheiss!"
Vidakas could not immediately provide the name of the pilot, whom he said was "on private contract" with Alfa Airlines that operated the Antonov charter flight which crashed on Sunday. Several small airline companies in Sudan use pilots from the former Soviet Union. Usually not the best ones... Nor the most worthy aircraft...
Vidakas said there was only one Russian among the dead and he did not know where the other five crew members were from.
The official SUNA news agency said all 26 passengers, including top government officials, generals and journalists, also died in the crash. They were members of a delegation, led by Khartoum's Guidance and Endowments Minister Ghazi Al-Saddiq, traveling to the South Kordofan town of Talodi for a ceremony to mark the start of Eid, at the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
The plane "crashed into a hill" because of bad weather, killing the entire delegation, Culture and Information Minister, Ahmed Bilal Osman, said on official radio. How .. convenient...
Accidents are common among Sudan's inept pilots and ageing fleet of aircraft. Europe bans all Sudanese airlines, including Alfa, for safety reasons. Russian pilots, Ukrainian airplanes and insh-allah maintenance. What could go wrong?
Long article with pictures and a video -- worth the read
The missing Solyndra tubes have finally turned up -- in a modern art exhibit at U.C. Berkeley.
One of the great mysteries of the 2011 Solyndra bankruptcy was: What happened to all that money? After the United States government "loaned" Solyndra $535 million, the money quickly vanished; the bankruptcy court later found that the company had essentially no cash on hand. They had spent it all on equipment and inventory.
Surely, then, the inventory could be sold and liquidated, to recover some of the ill-spent cash -- right? Well, not really. Auctions of the material at the shuttered Solyndra factory produced very little revenue, as the highly specialized machinery and proprietary photovoltaic components spurred little interest among the auction vultures, since the parts could be used only for one specific purpose: to make Solyndra's unique tubular solar panels.
The fate of Solyndra's millions of unused glass tubes is still unknown (many of them were likely destroyed -- we'll get to that part of the story in a moment), but luckily a pair of Bay Area artists somehow managed to get their hands on some of the surviving Solyndra tubes and put them to good use...not to produce electricity, but as art.
WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL THE OTHER TUBES?
Here's where the story takes a tragic turn. If SOL Grotto has only 1,368 of the estimated 24 million high-tech unused Solyndra tubes, what happened to the rest of them?
The answer is not entirely clear at this stage, but we do have some clues.
I've had Personal experience wuth start-ups.
They typicly (After gaining a LOT of cash) Bankrupt and Keep/spend it all, then Organize as a NEW company,(And shed all the Debt) and procede on their merry way.
I HIGHLY recommend that Investors wait, past the first Bankruptcy, THEN invest.
(Maybe past the second, third and sometimes the Fourth)
Posted by: Redneck Jim ||
The design of many solar "flat panels" dissipates or scatters the very energies its supposed to collect or concentrate - thats why a lot of them must be set up over a large area or space, but even then the energy return is weak.
Solyndra's tubular solar panels "rejects" the energy.
[Dawn] SWABI: Celebratory firing here on Saturday night resulted in killing of two people and injuries to five others.
The district Ruet-e-Hilal committee announced at 9.30pm that Shawwal moon had been sighted and there would be Eidul Fitr on Sunday.
Soon after the announcement firing erupted throughout the district. The police had appealed to the people that they should avoid resorting to firing in the air on the eve of Eid, but to no avail. It has been learnt that stray bullets killed a 13-year-old boy at Shahmansoor and a mad man at Swabi Adda. Both the bodies were brought to the district headquarters hospital. When contacted, a doctor at the hospital confirmed the deaths but said they did not know their names. "In addition, five injured people were brought to the hospital," the said.
Meanwhile, ...back at the the conspirators' cleverly concealed hideout the long-awaited message arrived. They quickly got to work with their decoder rings... it is learnt that police have booked 200 people but no one has been cooled for a few years Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out! .
[Dawn] Pakistain's president on Monday called on officials to explain the arrest on blasphemy charges of a Christian girl with Down's Syndrome who allegedly burnt pages inscribed with verses from the Koran.
There is a growing debate about religious intolerance in Pakistain, where strict anti-blasphemy laws make defaming Islam or desecrating the Koran punishable by death.
Police said the girl, Rifta, was set to sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock, in a pestilential prison with a life-long lock You have the right to remain silent... in a Christian slum of the capital last Thursday and remanded in jug for 14 days after a furious Moslem mob demanded she be punished.
A police official, speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case, said the girl was in her teens. Activists say she is 11 years old.
President Asif Ali Ten Percent Zardari ... husband of the late Benazir Bhutto, who has been singularly lacking in curiosity about who done her in ... took "serious note" of the arrest and called on the interior ministry to submit a report on the case, state media said.
His government was heavily criticised in the West for refusing to reform the anti-blasphemy law, despite the liquidations of a leading politician and a Christian cabinet minister in 2011.
Some reports suggested the girl had been burning papers collected from the rubbish for cooking when someone entered her house and accused the family of burning pages inscribed with verses from the Koran.
Human rights activists say the law is often used to settle petty disputes.
Mohammedan anger over the alleged incident forced Christians to flee the Mehrabad slum, home to hundreds of Christians 20 minutes' drive from Western embassies.
"These Christians had sought shelter with their relatives in other parts of the city but now they are gradually returning to Mehrabad," a bigwig of All Pakistain Minorities Alliance, Tahir Naveed Chaudhry, told AFP.
He said the girl had Down's Syndrome -- a condition which causes various degrees of learning difficulties -- and disputed the age given by police.
"She was just 11 to 12 years old," he said, adding his organization wanted the hugely sensitive case resolved "amicably".
The Women's Action Forum (WAF), a leading Pak organization fighting for the rights of women, condemned Riftaa's arrest.
Spokeswoman Tahira Abdullah demanded her immediate release and expressed outrage at the "total inhumanity" of the men who lodged the case with police.
Police should have dealt with the case under the Juvenile Justice System, she said, accusing police of not allowing lawyers or civil society representatives to visit the girl.
Punjab governor Salman Taseer was assassinated in January 2011 and minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti two months later for their opposition to the blasphemy law.
They had taken up the plight of a Christian mother sentenced to death for blasphemy in late 2010. She remains in prison.
Last month, a Pak mob snatched a mentally unstable man from a village cop shoppe and beat him to death in central Punjab province after he allegedly burned pages from a Koran.
[Dawn] As the news of the Christian girl Rifta and her ordeal continues to make headlines, what comes to the fore is a sick picture of double victimisation of an individual, first as a religious minority and secondly as a mentally handicapped human being in a society where there is little understanding of mental illnesses.
Currently, the Down syndrome sufferer is being held in the Adiyala Jail for a judicial remand under charges of blasphemy and any progress in the case will be made only after Eid. While voices are being raised as to how a fair trial must be conducted under the Juvenile Justice System Ordinance, 2000, what is being overlooked is the need for sanity to prevail.
The Bahawalpur case where a malang was killed by over 2000 'sane' people after being accused of blasphemy and the case of this girl show the apathy of our society. So far, there has been no medico-legal examination of the girl to determine her mental health.
Earlier, under 1912 Act, a person could be held for 10-30 days before an inquiry began but after the Mental Health Ordinance 2001, a mentally unstable person could not be set to sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock, in a pestilential prison with a life-long lock Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw! for more than 72 hours and it was mandatory to carry out psychiatric evaluation within that period, an MLO working in a public hospital in Lahore said.
Till 2001, Pakistain followed the Lunacy Act 1912, the mental health law that was introduced in India, which referred to a person with mental illness as 'idiot of unsound mind' or 'lunatic'. However, a woman is only as old as she admits... in 2001, things improved significantly when the Lunacy Act 1912 was repealed and replaced with the Mental Health Ordinance 2001 (MHO 2001) by Pervez Perv Musharraf ... former dictator of Pakistain, who was less dictatorial and corrupt than any Pak civilian government to date ... The ordinance offered a more humane outlook towards individuals with psychological disorders and mental handicaps and allowed them to be given a fair chance. However, a woman is only as old as she admits... after the 18th Amendment, the Federal Mental Health Authority was dissolved and MHO 2001 lapsed. So far, none of the provinces, with the exception of Sindh, has made any effort to take up this issue.
Human rights lawyer Zia Awan agreed that the 2001 ordinance would have offered a more sensible way out in this case.
"If you go by the law, then Section 82 (of) Pakistain Penal Code says that 'nothing is an offence which is done by a child under seven' while in Section 83, a judge can decide to ignore the age stated in Section 82, raising it to 12 years, in the case of a child who has not attained sufficient maturity of understanding," Mr Awan explained.
"At the moment, it is important that a psychiatric evaluation is carried out to determine the extent of her mental illness. This girl might have a mental age of a 3-year-old and we have to keep this in mind when doling out a judgment," he said.
He added that if the MHO 2001 was there, the girl would not have been sent to the jail and would rather have been sent to a 'facility equipped to take care of her needs'.
Commenting on the situation, Dr Haroon Ahmed, president of the Pakistain Association of Mental Health, said: "There are so many loopholes in our legal system and usually it's the innocent that gets caught. "So far, we do not have clear-cut definitions of mental illness and when it comes to legislation, mental health service providers are excluded. Currently, no laws address civil or criminal liability of a person suffering from mental illness."
He said the Pak society was already stifling with the 'mob justice mentality providing a clear reflection of this decay'. "The charges of blasphemy are very serious but how do you determine who is sane and who is not? How do you deal with a schizophrenic person who claims to be a divine entity? Do you treat him for his illness or do you 'punish' him?"