News on life after the L5-S1 slice and dice

By: Tuesday January 22, 2013 8:30 am

I had the very necessary surgery on Friday, January 18, 2013, so here’s where I am after the bilateral discectomy now that I’m a few days post-op.

Sandy Hook: The Promise

By: Friday January 18, 2013 3:06 pm

It has been a little over a month since the Sandy Hook shootings, and not a day goes by that I don’t think about the 26 lives lost that day. Each day as I step foot into my workplace, my mind almost immediately goes to Connecticut, and I think of that horrible day.

Unusual, you may ask? Not if you know that my workplace is an elementary school.

America Near Bottom in Life Expectancy in Developed World

By: Friday January 11, 2013 12:42 pm

The facts are in, the American healthcare system is one of the worst in the developed world.

Yes, the continual line repeated ad nauseum during the Obamacare debate about ruining the best healthcare system in the world by more regulation of insurance companies has been thoroughly discredited

Google Responds to Windows 8 Release With “Get Your Google Back” Video

By: Saturday October 27, 2012 6:00 pm

The only exception is “sensitive” data about you, which they define as your “race, religion, sexual orientation or health.” Anything else is apparently fair game, so if you decide to “get your Google back,” make sure you control how they “get” you.

30-40 y.o. Long-Term-Unemployed at Risk

By: Thursday April 26, 2012 11:15 am

Researchers demonstrated a large risk for a shorter life expectancy (1.5 years) for long-term unemployed, 30 to 40 years of age. A 15 to 20 % increase in death rates over 20 years. Negative risks for long-term-jobless did not reduce to zero until the age at the time of the job loss was age 60. Clearly, for this sample, being younger and jobless carried a greater risk. This is a sufficient reason to put people back to work in government created jobs programs. The latter suggestion which seems so obvious to the unemployed, eludes politicians and the economists who advise them.

Despite New Rule on Livestock Antibiotics, Infection Risks Still Plague Workers, Communities

By: Saturday January 7, 2012 10:00 am

Fundamentally, the issue of antibiotic resistance isn’t about medicines or animals, but about the relationship between people and what we eat. These new disease risks point to ethical questions on industrial farming, the mass consumption of animals, and the workers at the heart of this enterprise. When basic health standards are ignored, everyone gets hurt.

Health Workers Deliver First Aid to Protest Movements

By: Friday November 25, 2011 8:00 am

Warning: Defending your rights may be hazardous to your health. Potential side effects can include rubber bullets, tear gas, and batons wielded with impunity.

Stop Using Your Head: Use Your Feet Instead

By: Tuesday June 1, 2010 6:00 pm

As long as you can walk, you have a way to keep yourself healthy.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Moby and Miyun Park, Gristle: From Factory Farms to Food Safety

By: Saturday April 3, 2010 2:00 pm

The cover of Gristle: From Factory Farms to Food Safety (Thinking Twice About the Meat We Eat) says it all. It shows a picture of a cow, separated into its various cuts – except each cut lists a different issue to consider when choosing to eat meat or not: health, environment, workers, taxpayer cost, animals, children’s health, global hunger, zoonotic diseases, communities, and climate change. The book, edited by Moby with Miyun Park, includes a series of essays, one on each of those topics. And by addressing each of those issues, this book takes the debate about what role food animals should play in our society and how they should be treated to a new level.

Plugging In for a Better Tomorrow: The School Bus ‘Solution’

By: Sunday December 21, 2008 7:00 am

When people hear “plug-in vehicle”, they think Chevy Volt or a Plug-in Prius, cars far coming to the market. We have an opportunity to spark a renaissance in public school transit, with manufacturing that can begin today (here in America), that will reduce the diesel used to get kids to school, reduce health risks from fossil-fuel pollution, and save money … What are we waiting for?

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Upcoming FDL Book Salons

Saturday, April 19, 2014
2:00 pm Pacific
Poison Candy: The Murderous Madam: Inside Dalia Dippolito’s Plot to Kill
Chat with Mark Ebner about his new book. Hosted by Beth Karas.

Sunday, April 20, 2014
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The Gulf of Tonkin Events – Fifty Years Later: A Footnote to the History of the Vietnam War
Chat with John White about his new book. Hosted by Pulitzer Prize winner Deborah J. Nelson.