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Nina's voice caught my immediate attention in 1964 when I first heard "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" - bought the album it was on & have always been mesmerized by her vocal delivery. This song of hers was a new one to me & it's sadly so much more poignant this last week....
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+Sheldon Richman's key point, as I see it, is near the end and begins with: "I agree with my critics that Kyle did not make the policy committing the United States to war against Iraq. Politicians did that. But Kyle and other military participants carried out the policy. Without them, there would have been no policy. George W. Bush and Dick Cheney would have been making idle declarations. (What if they gave a war and nobody came?)"
Don't miss it, the few sentences that follow and the entire blog entry. This is a message I've written, tweeted, G+d, commented on for the past 10+ years (prompted by understanding the ideas & writings of my husband, +Paul Wakfer). It was so good to see someone else, someone whose writings I admire, write virtually the same thing.
Bravo, Sheldon!
#responsibility #Accountability #War #americansniper  
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Gov NOT= health degeneration/dysfunction prevention but rather in treatment via BigMedicine & BigPharma. Keep immune system healthy and "flu shots" not necessary. I & Paul Wakfer (age ~70 & ~77) have never had them & don't intend to.
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While I agree that there is strong propaganda towards using flu vaccines I think the video is a bit harsh on some points. A main example is that there was a mention in the video of the fact that they admit that they don't have the right strain in the vaccine. Also later in the video there is a statement that the admit that they don't know if the flu vaccine will work against the this years strain. This is not deceitful but is actually to be expected. It isn't possible for scientists to know beforehand what strain will be the main circulating strain until the flu season has started and several samples of sick people have been taken. When that occurs it's already a bit too late to produce a vaccine. Therefore the scientists must make their best bet on what strain will be the main strain this year and then put that in the vaccine and hope it ends up being a good match. This year it turns out the main strain has had some genetic drift and mutations such that it doesn't make a good match against the strain chosen for the vaccine. But the vaccine will still be very effective against some other strains that will also be circulating in lower numbers. And how effective the vaccine turns out to be overall will become clear in a few weeks when more cases of the flu have been analysed. Only then will the effectiveness of the vaccine become apparent. Even though the vaccine doesn't match the main strain it may still be somewhat effective because of cross-strain similarities in a similar way that getting a flu often offers some protection against getting another case of flu soon of another strain. Overall because the negative effects of catching a flu are pretty bad for longevity, much more than the negative effects of getting vaccinated and not getting the flu, I think for some susceptible people getting the vaccine is definitely a better bet for longevity. Even if getting the vaccine for 5 years in a row only ends up protecting the individual against one case of flu, I think it's still a little bit healthier to get 5 flu shots than one case of flu. Overall it's a matter of weighting the costs and benefits. The lower your chances of catching a flu and the stronger your immune system the more you should consider not getting the flu shot, and the other way around. Also not all vaccines are the same. Some do not accelerate aging of the T-cell arm of the immune system and have some benefits beside protecting against illness. I went on a little rant here because, well I was just doing research on vaccines :-)
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I remember playing this 78rpm from my mom's collection back ~1957 when I was searching for something jitterbug-like. I was only 12 & didn't yet have any of my own :( I really liked Huckleberry Duck then, still do & can understand why Mom bought it. She & Dad didn't meet til late 1941 w/ first date 12/6/1941...  married June 1943 after romance via letters, telegram proposal & crosscountry solo train trip by Mom to San Diego & Dad on leave from Pacific. Maybe Huckleberry Duck sustained her during the long months... :)
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Just terrific! Better than the original F & S I first heard ~1960 & bought album it was on then. Something about bluegrass that just makes me grin :) And dance too!
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I'm not interested in the fps, just the great dancing done here. I smiled upon immediately recognizing some of the footwork as being of the near 100 yr old Charleston... not that I'm from that era but it's great fun to do. Also this is could be a great wake-up routine as well as just whenever wherever. A really fun watch and, as dancers know, fun to do. :)
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Powerful musical anti-war message here, but maybe Sulic & Hauser don't realize that wars are impossible if none, or only very few, are willing to be warriors/MilitartyGovEnforcers. See Buffy St Marie's Universal Soldier. Leaders are just WordMongers w/o their Enforcers and don't care about "us" - ordinary ppl, including Enforcers. Don't be a GovEnforcer & discourage others from enlisting/re-upping.
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Analysis of genome-wide associations obtained from the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium database (60k participants) was performed to find common pathways across three adult psychiatric disorders: schizophrenia, major depression and bipolar disorder. "Histone methylation processes showed the strongest association, and we also found statistically significant evidence for associations with multiple immune and neuronal signaling pathways and with the postsynaptic density." http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/v18/n2/full/nn.3922.html

A descriptive article on this analytical study and additional information from an interview with its lead author can be found in Medscape, for those who have access: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/838721 [re. Medscape access see my comment below at end]

"The research team's disease-specific pathway analysis found that the top pathway for bipolar disorder is histone H3-K4 methylation. For schizophrenia, it is postsynaptic density; and for MDD, protein phosphatase type 2A regulator activity was the top pathway.
"Because these disorders overlap, the researchers also carried out analyses across disorders, sort of aggregating the signals across pathways, said Dr O'Dushlaine. For example, he explained, in bipolar disorder, the genetic association might be at the start of a pathway and [in] schizophrenia at the end of that same pathway."
"... According to the authors, histone methylation mechanisms play a role in the coordination of complex cognitive processes such as long-term memory and in conditions from addiction to schizophrenia to neurodegeneration. Histone pathways have previously been studied in cancer and with regard to the immune pathway in infectious disease."
The article continues referencing Dr O'Dushlaine: "It looks like immune genes do have a role" in mental illnesses, but because that area of the genome is so large, it will take a lot of work to "disentangle" it, he said. "

Dr O'Dushlaine, and likely that of the Medscape author, are focused on patentable pharmaceuticals. "The idea here is to design drugs that are genetically informed instead of a drug that just happens to work for whatever reason. It works because it's targeting a deficit."

Now I'm going to share a little of my bipolar history, though I've written of this before in greater detail (http://morelife.org/personal/kittyreflects/kiton031031.html).  In mid-Sept 2003 I had my last manic episode, which was precipitated by a bad sinus cold, lack of restful sleep for several days, a cross-Atlantic flight with ensuing jet lag and attendance at a highly stimulating biogerontology conference. Within 3 days of our arrival in England I was clearly hypomanic, but when OTC measures (very limited in England) were unsuccessful in bringing on sleep and I became worse, husband Paul arranged for emergency return back across the Atlantic. Several weeks of intense care by Paul at home followed, w/ medical oversight by a Toronto psychiatrist including psychoactive drugs, getting me back eventually to just low dose daily lithium (which I had ceased taking many months before episode).

Since that event I've described, my immune system and overall longevity promoting practices have received far more attention than previously. I've had few sinus colds and none in past 5 yrs that I've been even more diligent with pre-emptive pulsatile nasal irrigation at the very first signs of nasal/sinus irregularity or airborne environmental pollutant exposure. Our attention to highly nutritious but low calorie diet (and intermittent fasting), regular physical activity and a judicious variety of supplements have been major parts of our healthy longevity practices during our active years of MoreLife.org. Even more so to me, with our work in developing Live120Plus.com (though Paul has been aware for decades through his own earlier studies) it has been clearly evident that the strong interplay of bodily systems can not be minimized, let alone forgotten, by concentrating on just 1,  2  or even 3 aspects.

In these 11-1/2 yrs since that last manic episode I have not come even close to a repeat. I credit it to my overall far better physical health, plus increased knowledge of the benefits of restful sleep and its practical acquisition, and also the maintenance of (at least one) close social relationship.

We at Live120Plus.com are working to provide all the information a subscriber will need to continue a current state of good health and vitality with only minor negative changes until at least 120 years of age. This is a multi-factorial challenge because healthy longevity is a multifactorial goal, involving all the many body systems. However, we are strongly convinced that scientific knowledge has now arrived at a point where enlightened actions to embrace and practice all currently known health and longevity measures, plus some reasonable good fortune, will enable us and eventual subscribers to avoid major aging dysfunctions while riding a wave of evidence-based life extending advances into the future.

So, to the longevity-seekers who have a life-sciences background and want to learn more for now usage (rather than waiting for the far future), while earning and investing in Live120Plus.com as science literature researchers and writers, see: http://live120plus.com/help-wanted AND pass the word too.


PS re. Medscape articles: I suspect that Medscape does not enable general public access to its articles as a way to limit the information that non-approved health practitioners acquire; this keeps more people seeking treatment rather than utilizing preventative measures, even if some sought advice from those more knowledgeable.
#mentalillness #longevity #lifeextension #health #mentalillness #mentalhealthawareness  
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My goal is to live a very long healthy life - maybe even 120 years or more
Drug company Pfizer's new "Fear of Getting Old" project is glitzy but is narrow in its recommendations. The quiz too won't make much sense unless you're about  30 or well acquainted with what goes on with many that age - which I do :) And you won't get a "Chairman of the Board" score at the end, like I did, unless you're already practicing (at least) the dysfunction/degeneration that they consider beneficial. I do "the right things" as part of my work with http://Live120Plus.com
Want to learn and earn while you add value to this project for bringing it actively online? Got a science background or interest sufficient for being a science literature researcher and writer? http://live120plus.com/help-wanted

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Letterman show version is great since everyone there in person (think Steve M is post-produc insert here). But this musically tops that one, plus being best FMB I ever heard, which is many since 1st time ~1960, Flatt & Scruggs then.
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I saw Steve Martin in Atlanta in the 70's when he opened for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, also saw him headline and did a show with Martin Mull called "The Steve Martin Mull Revue" Steve always had a banjo tune or two in his show. Tickets were 2 or 3 dollars. Venue was "The Great Southeast Music Hall". Everyone played there, from Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs to Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airman and The Sex Pistols. And I have to mention Kinky Friedman and His Texas Jew Boys. 
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Really enjoyed the footwork & even the short techno, tho better if longer :)
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Another great 1! The the news past couple of weeks just begs for @JuiceRapNews touch & they do it best :)
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Searcher of the truths of reality everywhere
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Dissatisfaction with "status quo", interest in "why" & "what if", willingness to prioritize, desire to keep on goin'
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    Highly functional living to age 120 & more, 2012 - present
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  • Truths of reality & libertous society
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  • MoreLife
    Promoter of more life in quality & quantity, 2000 - 2012
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    Project Mech Engineer, 1984 - 2000
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Seeker of truths of reality & promoter of liberty. Long distance high energy dancer.
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Virtually anything a person would reasonably want to know about me can be found via my and Paul's personal implementation portion of MoreLife

BM ISO bson DOB 1/24/68 NYC adopted thru Cath Ch Paterson NJ - http://morelife.org/personal/kittyreflects/kiton040528.html
[translated "search" jargon: BirthMother in search of birth son Date of Birth]
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  • University of Arizona
    Mechanical Engineering, 1981 - 1983
  • Holy Name Hospital School of Nursing, Teaneck NJ
    1963 - 1966
  • Morris Hills Regional HS Rockaway NJ
    college prep, 1959 - 1963
  • Central Arizona College
    pre-engineering, 1977 - 1981
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Legal first name: Katherine; Last names: Antonik; previous: Antonik-Raastad
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