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  • URGENT DRUG RECALL

    Posted by Stacy Cole

    http://www.mcneilproductrecall.com/page.jhtml?id=/include/new_recall.inc

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    Certain types of Children's Motrin, children's Tylenol, children's Zyrtec, children's Benadryl are being recalled...click on link above for specific details!

  • Are You a Marthaholic?

    Posted by Stacy Cole

     

     

     

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    Recovering ‘Marthaholic’ Curbs Cleaning Addiction

    One recovering “Marthaholic” is learning to step away from the vacuum cleaner.

    TV host Lisa Quinn has just penned Life’s Too Short To Fold Fitted Sheets (Chronicle Books), a book of housekeeping shortcuts to help liberate women from dreadful domestic duties.

    Quinn admits she was once “obsessed” with having a perfect home like the Martha Stewart- style ones in magazines.

    She realized she had problem when she fell and broke her big toe trying to wipe a teeny, tiny smudge off a mirror.

    Another hint was that her kids were “miserable” because they couldn’t touch anything in their perfectly staged house.

    These days, Quinn is much more relaxed and even lets her kids jump on the couch sometimes.

    She urges busy women to “wave the white flag” and accept that it’s okay for the house to look lived in.

    For quick fixes, she suggests low lighting to hide dust and disposable wipes to clean anything.

  • Could Radio Be In Real Trouble? YES

    Posted by Stacy Cole

    This is why radio is at risk....

    Washington Post

    Commentary: Don't tread on radio for record labels' problems

    By Gordon H. Smith
    Monday, April 26, 2010; 

    It's the Washington way: Get legislation introduced that benefits a special interest, identify a "face" for your industry, mount a pricey lobbying campaign, and hope the bill passes before the American people notice. The Performance Rights Act, aggressively supported by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), is one example. If passed, local radio stations such as D.C. mainstays WHUR-FM and WKYS-FM -- and thousands of other stations across America -- would be required to pay additional fees for every song broadcast.

    Supporters tell a woeful tale of a once-famed musician struggling to make ends meet, clinging to the hope of legislation that would reverse decades of injustice and secure a financially sound future for recording artists across America. But in this case, local radio stations -- the musicians' greatest and longest-serving promotional partner -- would be responsible for signing checks worth hundreds of millions of dollars, instead of the record label executives who have systematically abused artists for decades. In fact, 50 percent of the proceeds from this new fee on radio stations would be funneled directly into the coffers of the record labels.

    With 50 percent in the labels' pocket, the remaining money would be divvied up by SoundExchange, an organization launched by the RIAA to collect and dispense royalty payments to artists. The disbursement would be split 45 percent for the featured artist and 5 percent for the background musicians -- if SoundExchange can locate them. But given media reports that SoundExchange had trouble finding the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the location loophole seems to be a rather big "if."

    It's unfortunate that the Internet has destroyed the business model of the record labels. No longer are music fans buying an entire album of songs to get the one track they enjoy. Instead, for a mere 99 cents or $1.29, they can download a single song through iTunes. Record label revenues have been cut in half over the past decade as a result. But that is not the fault of radio, which continues to build and nurture the careers of countless artists through free radio airplay.

    The record label claim that this legislation is about "fairness to artists" is dubious. D.C. native Herb Feemster of Peaches & Herb" fame -- as well as artists ranging from Benny Goodman to Pink Floyd to Cher -- had to file lawsuits against their record labels to recoup unpaid royalties.

    Contrast the record label exploitation of artists with that of radio stations that advance the careers of musicians with free airplay and concert promotions. With a growing audience of 239 million weekly listeners, free and local radio remains an unparalleled promotional platform for music, generating untold billions in album and concert sales and merchandising opportunities.

    No one disputes the need for artists to be paid for their work. But like every other business in America, those payments should come from their employer, the record label, not from the local radio stations that have propelled their careers to stardom.

    If this bill becomes law, hometown radio stations across America would be forced to cut jobs and reduce the public service and charitable work that is the hallmark of local broadcasting. Many stations will switch from music to all-talk stations to avoid paying onerous new fees.

    And that would hurt artists much more than it would help them.

    Gordon Smith is president and chief executive of the National Association of Broadcasters. He previously served as a two-term senator from Oregon.

     

  • Chocolate and Depression

    Posted by Stacy Cole

    CHOCOLATE-Good for you or not?

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     Could the depressed be "self-medicating" with chocolate? A new study finds that people battling depression reach for more of the sweet treat than non-depressed folks do.

    Many people believe that "when they are feeling a little bit down, chocolate makes them feel better," said lead researcher Dr. Beatrice A. Golomb, an associate professor in the department of family and preventive medicine at the University of California, San Diego.

    Chocolate does appear to be popular among people with depression, whether or not they are being treated with antidepressants, the research team found. "A lot of us may have been able to predict this finding," Golomb said.

    For the study, published in the April 26 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, the UCSD team looked at the relationship between chocolate and mood in 931 women and men who were not taking antidepressants.

    The participants were asked how much chocolate they ate, and their level of depression was measured on a standard depression scale.

    People diagnosed as depressed ate an average of 8.4 servings of chocolate each month compared with 5.4 servings among people who were not depressed, the researchers found.

    The most depressed ate the most chocolate -- around 11.8 servings a month, the team discovered.

    These findings were the same for men and women.

    When the researchers looked at people who were taking medication for depression, they found these people ate chocolate at the same rate as those with untreated depression, according to Golomb.

    No difference was noted regarding consumption of other foods, such as fish, coffee, caffeine or fruits and vegetables, between the depressed and non-depressed people, the researchers found. The difference seemed to be isolated to chocolate, they said.

    Chocolate -- particularly dark chocolate -- has been linked in other research to improved cardiovascular health and longevity, possibly because of its antioxidant properties, Golomb noted.

    The link with depression could have several explanations. Because it is thought to improve mood, it could be a form of "self-medication," Golomb noted.

    On the other hand, chocolate might contribute to depression, or the link could be a complex combination of as yet unknown physiological effects, the researchers said. Future studies are needed to further explore the association, they said.

    Experts voiced different reactions to the findings.

    "The nature of 'emotional eating' or 'comfort foods' is complex," said Dr. Gregory Simon, a psychiatrist and mental health researcher at the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle.

    "When people feel depressed or distressed, they may prefer certain foods because of their nutritional content, such as more fat or refined sugar, or their emotional meaning, because some foods are seen as a treat or a consolation, or their practical qualities, since some foods take less motivation or energy to prepare or consume," Simon said.

    Another expert, Dr. Lorrin Koran, professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral science, at Stanford University School of Medicine, noted that "chocolate has many advantages over other possible pleasures."

    It is available, cheap, does not lose its pleasure-inducing quality with repeated use, does not require relating to other people and is culturally approved as a source of legitimate pleasure, he said.

    "I strongly doubt that chocolate either induces depression or interferes with recovery from depression," Koran said. "If either idea were true, this would long ago have become obvious given the ubiquitous use of the substance over the last 500 years."

    More information

    For more information on depression, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

  • YOUR Facebook Privacy Violated???

    Posted by Stacy Cole

    Facebook is at it again...violating your personal information: As of last week, there is a new privacy setting called "Instant Personalization" that shares data with non-facebook websites and it is automatically set to "Allow."

    Go to Account > Privacy Settings > Applications and Websites. And then Uncheck "Allow".

  • Need a Distraction?

    Posted by Stacy Cole

    http://www.ustream.tv/channel/thecritterwindow-com

     

     

  • Lottery Winner

    Posted by Stacy Cole

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    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A 29-year-old Missouri convenience store clerk has stepped forward as the winner of the $258.5 million Powerball jackpot.

    Chris Shaw was introduced at Missouri Lottery headquarters Thursday as the winner of the Powerball jackpot in Wednesday night's drawing.

    Shaw bought the winning ticket Wednesday at the Break Time store where he works in the central Missouri town of Marshall.

    Lottery officials say Shaw will have to choose between a one-time cash lump sum of nearly $125 million, or a 29-year, 30-installment annuity.

    Break Time will receive $50,000 for selling the winning ticket. If Shaw chooses to take the lump sum amount, the state will receive $6 million in state income taxes.

  • Hey Guys!!!

    Posted by Stacy Cole

    Want to annoy the crap out of your coworkers?  PLAY THIS LOUDLY!!

  • South Park is a Threat?

    Posted by Stacy Cole

    The creators of "South Park" better watch it!

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    That's what a radical Islamic group
    in New York "warned" on their Web site,  
    RevolutionMuslim.com, using violent
    imagery to express their unhappiness over
    the depiction of the Prophet Muhammed in
    a bear suit on the 200th episode of the
    long-running Comedy Central series.

    The episode never actually depicts the
    Prophet Muhammed, but indicates him as a
    character wearing a bear suit.

    "We have to warn Matt [Stone] and Trey
    [Parker] that what they are doing is stupid,"
    a posting on the Web site stated on
    Tuesday, according to reports.

    "They will probably end up like Theo Van
    Gogh for airing this show," it noted,
    referencing the Dutch filmmaker who was
    murdered  in 2004 over a documentary he
    made that addressed violence against
    Muslim women.

    "This is not a threat, but a warning of the
    reality of what will likely happen to them,"
    the statement reportedly concluded.

     Okay...harm Trey Parker and Matt Stone, I think

    there will be a huge league of nerds out for revenge.

    And based on the movie, nerds can win at revenge!

  • Pay It Forward

    Posted by Stacy Cole

    Need some GOOD news? This story grabbed me.  I hope it makes you think a little about reaching out to someone--known or unknown--and helping them in some way.  It certainly doesn't have to be as big as in this story...just 'something!'

                      charlie

    CHICAGO - No one knows how a tabby cat named Charles traveled the 1,300 miles from his New Mexico home to Chicago, but he's set for a complimentary flight home on American Airlines in a carrier donated by an Albuquerque business.

    Charles disappeared about eight months ago while his owner was out of town and a friend was caring for him.

    "Oh, I was crushed, and I found out while I was away volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, and I was so upset because I was in New Orleans so there was nothing I could do," said Robin Alex, of Albuquerque.

    Then earlier this week, Alex received a call telling her Chicago Animal Care and Control had picked up her wandering cat as a stray. Staffers reached out to Alex after finding that Charles had a tracking microchip embedded between his shoulder blades, said the agency's executive director, Cherie Travis.

    But Alex said she could not afford the round-trip ticket to Chicago to bring Charles home, so she was afraid he might be euthanized.

    Enter fellow Albuquerque resident Lucien Sims. Sims said he has a tabby cat who strongly resembles Charles, and was moved when his mother sent him an online story about Alex and her pet.

    Most importantly, Sims was on his way to Chicago on Thursday for a wedding, so he said he would go to the shelter, pick up Charles and bring him back to New Mexico.

    Sims has made all the arrangements for Charles' return, including getting a company to donate a cat carrier and American Airlines to waive the cat's travel fee.

    Travis said Charles is definitely ready for his next adventure.

    "He's in good condition," she said. "He needs a good brushing. He's got a little bit of a cold — a little bit of an upper respiratory infection — but otherwise he's in great condition."

     

     

    URL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36628813/ns/travel-news/