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Retired 3x, living comfortably on the Gulf Coast, biking, beachwalking, lifting free weights, eating mostly properly, keeping my mind active, in my seventh decade, intending to give Methuselah a run for the record...

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Orthorexia nervosa, the health food eating disorder

Orthorexia nervosa, the 'health food eating disorder', gets its name from the Greek word ortho, meaning straight, proper or correct. 

This exaggerated focus on food can be seen today in some people who follow lifestyle movements such as 'raw', 'clean' and 'paleo'. American doctor Steven Bratman coined the term 'orthorexia nervosa' in 1997 some time after his experience in a commune in upstate New York. 

It was there he developed an unhealthy obsession with eating 'proper' food.

'All I could think about was food,' he said. 'But even when I became aware that my scrabbling in the dirt after raw vegetables and wild plants had become an obsession, I found it terribly difficult to free myself.

Dementia... what to do, what to do..

LONDON — A surprising study contradicting all previous research found that being fat in middle age appears to cut the risk of developing dementia rather than increase it, the Lancet scientific journal has reported.

A study of two million people found that the underweight were far more likely to develop dementia, a growing problem among the elderly in the Western world.

Underweight people had a 34 percent higher risk of developing dementia than those of a normal weight, the study found, while the very obese had a 29 percent lower risk of becoming forgetful and confused and showing other signs of senility.


Researchers said that if other studies confirm the findings, the next step would be to examine if people who eat more unknowingly take in dementia-fighting nutrients in the extra food they consume.

The study, published in the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology Journal, flies in the face of previous smaller studies — and much modern health advice — that what is good for the heart is also good for the head.

Leftist Greek government: Keep giving us the money we want, we'll keep spending as we want

Greece is drawing up drastic plans to nationalise the country's banking system and introduce a parallel currency to pay bills unless the eurozone takes steps to defuse the simmering crisis and soften its demands.

Sources close to the ruling Syriza party said the government is determined to keep public services running and pay pensions as funds run critically low. It may be forced to take the unprecedented step of missing a payment to the International Monetary Fund next week.

Greece no longer has enough money to pay the IMF €458m on April 9 and also to cover payments for salaries and social security on April 14, unless the eurozone agrees to disburse the next tranche of its interim bail-out deal in time.

“We are a Left-wing government. If we have to choose between a default to the IMF or a default to our own people, it is a no-brainer,” said a senior official.

I was "That guy" at "Monsters, Inc." at Walt Disney World a while back...

... anybody had that pleasure? I'm sitting there, with friends and their kids, and suddenly there's this spotlight on me and I'm live on the digital screen... several times... as the minutes crawl by... 😁

This hilarious interactive theater experience features movie hero Mike Wazowski, as the Monster-of-Ceremonies. Mike recruits two comedian wannabes whose slapstick humor delights and engages audiences. Real actors perform voices behind a large digital screen, while computer-rendered monsters appear to the audience. Multiple overhead camera allow the actors to watch and interact with the audience for a uniquely targeted performance every time.

The show is largely unscripted by nature, but guests have been treated to several running gags that always seem to delight. One of the best known is to focus attention on a single guest, who soon becomes known as "that guy" and gets used in the punch line of many a good natured joke. At the end of the show, "that guy" gets a fun sticker to wear for the rest of the day.

Obama effectively unites the Middle East and Israel!...

... against his stupid policy with Iran...

Israel, however, and several countries across the Middle East are watching this very closely, the Israeli government, the new Prime Minister, Netanyahu, do not believe that what is going on in Switzerland is the right thing.

They think it is dangerous. They think it rewards Iran, and what we’re seeing now is an unusual dynamic where Israel, which has long been the pariah of the Middle East, is finding common cause with Arab states With Egypt, with Saudi Arabia, with Jordan, all coming down with a very similar line to Israel’s, that Iran should not be given the reward of a negotiation, that it shouldn’t be allowed to continue to have a nuclear program, even with constraints because the belief is, by both Arabs and Israelis that it will encourage Iran to, not only go forward with its nuclear program in a limited capacity, but also to continue its efforts to expand its influence around the region.

And what we see — what we’ve seen in the last several months is Iran very much spreading its influence, in Yemen through Iranian-backed rebels, in Iraq through Iranian-backed militia groups. And so there’s an interesting dynamic here. I can’t remember the last time I was in Tel Aviv and reporting about how Tel Aviv and so many Arab states like Saudi Arabia were singing from the same sheet about Iran and their opposition to US policy.

The actuality IS moot (I HOPE, politicians do tend to lie), but has Reid actually lost that much...

... support?...

Is it possible that even Democrats are so disgusted with Harry Reid, he can't be reelected?...

Maybe not all the Democrats HERE would throw him under the bus, of course, but enough to make it impossible in Reid's view to win, that he's giving up his fiefdom at the end of next year?...
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