Poetic Celebrity Parody – Wet Rat and Hare, Edition!

Dump the Trump: More than 500,000 people – including Cher – have signed online petition urging Macy’s to cut ties with ‘cretin’ Donald

Oh I am in trouble
Even if my fortunes double
I could’t grow a stubble
Or comb my hair
How those minions dare
To criticize  my fabulous flair
When  Macy’s carries special line of hair
Wet rat and hare by Donald
See you at Macy’s !

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News Mash: What would work better, anti-smoking ads or a prescription license needed for cigs?

Not proud of this fact…

But yes, I used to smoke. I don’t any longer, but  I smoked for years, starting when I was too young to know better.

Knowing better…

Now is not something many of the millions who smoke today, can still claim.

Especially?

When the hazards are so very visual:

[via ScienceBlog] Pictures effective in warning against cigarette smoking

Health warning labels (HWLs) on cigarette packages that use pictures to show the health consequences of smoking are effective in reaching adult smokers, according to the results of a new study published in the December issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Although previous studies have demonstrated that HWLs with pictorial imagery are more effective than HWLs with only text in increasing knowledge about smoking dangers and promoting the benefits of quitting, this new research shows which kind of pictures appears to work best among adult smokers in the U.S., including smokers from disadvantaged groups where smoking rates are highest.

“More than 40 countries have implemented pictorial health warning labels. The U.S. was scheduled for implementation in 2012, but tobacco industry litigation has delayed implementation by claiming that the pictorial warnings the FDA proposed violate the industry’s right to free speech. To inform future warning label policy development and implementation, more data are needed on U.S. consumer responses to various kinds of warning label content,” says lead investigator James F. Thrasher, PhD, of the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. “The current study addresses this issue, while focusing on responses among smokers from low income populations where smoking remains prevalent because previous tobacco control interventions have been less successful in reaching this group than higher income populations.

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And if THAT wasn’t enough of a deterrent?

Researchers are currently debating an added step…

Licensing.

I kid you not.

You who smoke, might soon need a license to do so.

Huh.

[via LiveScience] They do it for coal-burning power plants. So how about something for what many consider to be a walking smokestack — the cigarette smoker?

Yes, a license to smoke. Simon Chapman, a professor of public health at the University of Sydney in Australia, offers this radical proposal to help reduce the damaging health effects of tobacco, both for the user and the recipient of second-hand smoke.

You may think this is brilliant … or crazy … or both. Chapman’s proposal appears today (Nov. 13) in the online journal PLoS Medicine, accompanied by an opposing view put forth by Jeff Collin, a professor of global health policy from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Both Chapman and Collin agree on the basics: Prolonged use of tobacco causes the death of about half its users; no other human activity, including war, is responsible for more deaths annually; and cigarettes may cause more than a billion premature deaths by the end of this century if things don’t change, according to World Health Organization estimates.

What the researchers disagree on, however, is how to change things. Chapman calls for an extreme approach.

Argument for a license

The gist of Chapman’s proposal is for governments to issue a smartcard to tobacco users to limit access to tobacco products and also to encourage them to quit. He suggests a limit of 50 cigarettes per day averaged over two weeks, enough to accommodate heavy smokers. [Infographic: Who Still Smokes?]

There would be a fee for the license, based on usage, that “would neither be trivial nor astronomical … [but] set at a sufficient level to give smokers some pause in deciding whether to obtain or renew their license,” Chapman wrote.

We have this system already, Chapman said, in the form of drug prescriptions that act as a “temporary license” for substances that can be dangerous if used improperly.

As for the smartcard, this would not be onerous to obtain, but indeed would be mandatory for all tobacco purchases. Abusers of the system — both retailers and consumers — would face sharp fines. Japan has such a system in place for purchasing cigarettes from vending machines. [FYI, The Japanese smoker is becoming an increasingly rare breed. According to a new survey, 21.7% of Japanese adults are smokers, the lowest proportion recorded since the annual report conducted by Japan Tobacco Inc. began in 1965.]

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Not sure how I feel about this, quite honestly.

Though I must say I do see the benefits of such a thing, but nevertheless it FEELS like overreaching…

Helicopter parenting on your life, in an out-sourced-like level. Is smoking a bad decision? Yes, who doesn’t know this. But that does not make it any less a decision we make as individuals.

Much like what we choose to eat it.

Cause never doubt, if we do go this direction and require a prescription card/license for individuals to smoke…

They (as in, “those who think they know better than you”) will be coming after you large soda and your burger next.

Is that really such a good idea?

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News Mash: Where sponges show an intelligence, humanity shows a decided depletion?

It’s definitely a backwards world we live in these days.

Understandable, given our prevalent and growing internet addictions which are turning us into a bunch of gooey (scientific term) slugs, but still…

Our world today?

B’ass a’ackwards. (Yes, that’s another scientific term in case you were wondering)

[via Scientific American]Gardeners sometimes encounter them in their backyards—spongy yellow masses squatting in the dirt or slowly swallowing wood chips. Hikers often spot them clinging to the sides of rotting logs like spilled bowls of extra cheesy macaroni. In Mexico some people reportedly scrape their tender bodies from trees and rocks and scramble them like eggs. They are slime molds: gelatinous amoebae that have little to do with the kinds of fungal mold that ruin sourdough and pumpernickel. Biologists currently classify slime molds as protists, a taxonomic group reserved for “everything we don’t really understand,” says Chris Reid of the University of Sydney.

Something scientists have come to understand is that slime molds are much smarter than they look. One species in particular, the SpongeBob SquarePants–yellow Physarum polycephalum, can solve mazes, mimic the layout of man-made transportation networks and choose the healthiest food from a diverse menu—and all this without a brain or nervous system. “Slime molds are redefining what you need to have to qualify as intelligent,” Reid says.

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What do I mean?

Apparently…

The fact that sponges show an intelligence.

Where we humans, especially lately…

Do not.

In fact, when it comes to intelligence, one could even say we show a decided lack thereof. [5 Stupid Ways People Try To Look Smart]

[via DailyMail]…

‘The development of our intellectual abilities and the optimisation of thousands of intelligence genes probably occurred in relatively non-verbal, dispersed groups of peoples before our ancestors emerged from Africa,’ says Dr Gerald Crabtree, lead author of the paper published today in Cell Press journal Trends in Genetics.

In this environment, intelligence was critical for survival, and there was likely to be immense selective pressure acting on the genes required for intellectual development, leading to a peak in human intelligence.

But it was downhill from there on in as, from that point, it’s likely that we began to slowly lose ground, the researchers claim.

With the development of agriculture, came urbanisation, which may have weakened the power of selection to weed out mutations leading to intellectual disabilities.

Based on calculations of the frequency with which deleterious mutations appear in the human genome and the assumption that 2,000 to 5,000 genes are required for intellectual ability, Dr Crabtree estimates that within 3,000 years, about 120 generations, we have all sustained two or more mutations harmful to our intellectual or emotional stability.

Also, recent findings from neuroscience suggest that genes involved in brain function are uniquely susceptible to mutations.

Dr Crabtree argues that the combination of less selective pressure and the large number of easily affected genes is eroding our intellectual and emotional capabilities.

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Never though I would see the day?

Where THIS (below)

Today?

Sad day for humanity.

Just sayin’.

Sadder still?

Now knowing there is such a thing as a carnivorous sponge.

With all this insightful information, I tell ya…

It’s enough to make me fearful for humanity.

Think Sponge Overlords are not possible?

And yet you laugh…

But know this, you may not be laughing last.

News Mash: Are we alone in the Universe? No. But not in the way you think I mean…Think bigger!

It is a question we have all asked…

At one time or another:

ARE we alone in the Universe?

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Good question.

But I think the question really should…

Be asked in a whole DIFFERENT context.

[via Proof of Heaven]Through the Orb, [God] told me that there is not one universe but many — in fact, more than I could conceive — but that love lay at the center of them all. Evil was present in all the other universes as well, but only in the tiniest trace amounts. Evil was necessary because without it free will was impossible, and without free will there could be no growth — no forward movement, no chance for us to become what God longed for us to be. Horrible and all-powerful as evil sometimes seemed to be in a world like ours, in the larger picture love was overwhelmingly dominant, and it would ultimately be triumphant. [pg. 48, Read More, Review on Natural News]

Are we alone?

No…

Definitely not.

But we am not talking about little green men, here.

Nope.

We are talkin’ about something much more power, fantastical and…

If there were dreams to sell, like stars, would you buy into love…Now a reality!

If there were dreams to sell, what would you buy?
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“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
~ Dr. Seuss