Local Stuff; odds and ends

Workout notes 4 miles of walking (13:20, 12:59, 12:30, 11:20); second mile was one lap harder, one lap easier, last two were “steady”, picking up the pace throughout.

Then yoga, then 48 minutes for walking on the way back (from the back door; running time); total was just over 7.3 miles.

Note: my right knee felt much better; I did feel the lower hamstring “oh just a bit” and the knee on the last uphill when I forgot to stay in racewalking form. Yoga didn’t bother the knee or the hamstring at all, though I wasn’t ready to try Hero pose just yet.

I do notice that my balance is off on the days I walk or run just prior to yoga; Warrior III is especially harder.

Speaking of running, I have some folks that enable my bad habits!

A research team at The State University of New Jersey, showed that a combination of exercise and some caffeine protected against the destructive effects of the sun’s ultraviolet-B (UVB) radiation, known to induce skin cancer. The caffeine and exercise seemingly conspire in killing off precancerous cells whose DNA has been damaged by UVB-rays.

The studies appear in the July 31 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Groups of hairless mice, whose exposed skin is vulnerable to the sun, were the test subjects in experiments in which one set drank caffeinated water (the human equivalent of one or two cups of coffee a day); another voluntarily exercised on a running wheel; while a third group both drank and ran. A fourth group, which served as a control, didn’t run and didn’t caffeinate. All of the mice were exposed to lamps that generated UVB radiation that damaged the DNA in their skin cells.

Some degree of programmed cell death, also known as apoptosis, was observed in the DNA-damaged cells of all four groups, but the caffeine drinkers and exercisers showed an increase over the UVB-treated control group. Apoptosis is a way in which cells with badly damaged DNA commit suicide UVB-damaged cells in this case.

“If apoptosis takes place in a sun-damaged cell, its progress toward cancer will be aborted,” said Allan Conney, one of the paper’s authors.

Compared to the UVB-exposed control animals, the caffeine drinkers showed an approximately 95 percent increase in UVB-induced apoptosis, the exercisers showed a 120 percent increase, while the mice that were both drinking and exercising showed a nearly 400 percent increase. […]


Atheism Atheist Doctors provide free care at the same rate that theistic ones do.

From the Chicago Sun-Times (emphasis mine):

Atheist and agnostic doctors are as likely to provide care for the poor as religious physicians, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Chicago and Yale New Haven Hospital.

The study is based on a survey of 2,000 doctors with a 63 percent response rate. Thirty-five percent of non-religious doctors, compared with 31 percent of religious doctors, said they were likely to care for people with little or no health insurance.

Usually, studies show that religious people (in general) are more likely to care for the poor, but this is the first time the question was asked specifically to doctors.

I get a line in the article as well:

“People who are not religious generally believe that you have to help other people because this is the only life you have,” said Hemant Mehta of Orland Park, author of I Sold My Soul on eBay: Seeing Faith Through an Atheist’s Eyes.

Local Stuff: Michelle Obama had a women’s event in Peoria yesterday (lunch); the Peoria Journal Star gave it front page coverage and provided a photo spread.

Energizing average people about a national election and convincing them that they play a vital role in the political process brought the wife of presidential hopeful Barack Obama to Peoria on Monday.

“Peoria is important because, first of all, it’s (in) our home state … you don’t take home for granted. Much of how the state of Illinois, especially Peoria, thinks about this thing is indicative of how the country thinks about it,” the senator’s wife, Michelle, told the Journal Star.

She stopped in Peoria to launch the “Downstate Women for Obama” committee and rally with 400 supporters and those still undecided who paid $35 to attend or $1,000 to host the event at the Civic Center.

Also, Peoria is important because of its close proximity to Iowa – another early voting state, Michelle Obama said.

“I think it means something if Peoria, Illinois residents march across the state line and talk to their neighbors over in Iowa about what this man can do for our country. It’s a critical set of relationships,” Michelle Obama said.

As she spoke, her husband was in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, touting what he called the most far-reaching ethics and lobbying reform plan of any presidential candidate that he plans to bring to the White House.

“… We have an opportunity to really turn the page and move our country in a different direction for politics,” Michelle Obama said. “Barack didn’t get in this race just to be in the White House or to win. Fundamentally, he believes that the political process, the way people engage in public discussion needs to change.”

Why the public often sours on government
Check out this letter to the editor:

I recently received my bill for 2006 property taxes. It went from just below $850 to just short of $2,400.

When I called the Fulton County treasurer’s office and asked why this was fair – to wait until the middle of July to send me a bill for taxes due on Sept. 4 – the response I got was that I should have saved the tax money by June because I knew this was coming. Agreed. That’s why I saved $1,000 for my taxes, assuming they would increase a bit. Now I don’t even have half of the bill.

It’s one thing to send the bill out late and say I should have known this was coming, but there was no way for me to know that my taxes would triple. This is irresponsible and derelict. This state on every level has overtaxed us. It is ridiculous.

Marshall Bernard

Yes, I am a pro-government liberal. But government must work FOR The people and it fails to do that when it fails to treat them in a humane way. It is things like this that drive people toward “the government is too damned big” conservatism.


Drunkness, breaking things, bringing computers home, NASA has Dunlap’s dream job! 🙂

h3ney follows an ID blog so you don’t have to. 🙂

Doesn’t look as if I missed much.

What is your view of Evolution? Professor Moran wants to know.

Yes, he has a poll. The poll is good for your seeing the various approaches out there; there are many different schools of thought.


July 31, 2007 - Posted by | injury, obama, Peoria/local, politics/social, religion, science, walking, yoga

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