Pot makes you thin?!?

September 7, 2011 § 2 Comments

No, it doesn’t. I just lied to you via the title of this post.

“We found that cannabis users are less likely to be obese than non-users,” [Dr. Yann Le Strat] says. “We were so surprised, we thought we had [made] a mistake. Or that our results were due to the sample we studied. So we turned to another completely independent sample and found exactly the same association.”

See, there is correlation, but causation has yet to be determined, so don’t go running out to buy a baggy just yet, OK?

Here, I’ll let the doctor tell you himself:

La Strat says there could be “confounding factors” which would explain the results — such as the level of physical activity of the pot smokers, or the fact that they might also use tobacco — but they tried to rule out such factors.

“We did our best to take them into account and still showed the association,” he says. “Our findings are too preliminary to answer [what accounts for the disparity]. But there are a lot of different substances in cannabis. The observed association may be due to the effects of one of them.”

Via The Body Odd

No way this is suicide

September 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

This isn’t normally something I’d blog about, but it’s just so incredible that most anyone could look at the facts as we know them of this case and see that there’s something fishy going on.

So, the story is that Rebecca Zahau lived with her billionaire boyfriend, Jonah Shacknai, for a few years. One day, she’s watching his son when he has an accident and almost dies. She uses CPR to resuscitate him and the kid goes to the hospital. Two days later, she was found bruised, wrists tied, feet tied, gagged, and hanged over a balcony. And what do the cops do? They call that a suicide.

It gets better, though. Or worse. Really, it gets worse.

You see, on one of the bedroom doors there was a message written, “She Saved Him. Can He Save Her?” It seems there’s a big mystery over what this means. Zahau’s family says this wasn’t written by her, since it’s not her handwriting. And now it’s been painted over so no more analysis can be done.

You will also be interested to know that the Sheriff’s department found Zahau’s death to be very “violent” and “suspicious” until Shacknai hired a PR firm. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that the video demonstrating how Zahau could’ve tied and gagged herself before throwing herself over the balcony came from the PR firm. I mean, really, who else could be so callous?

The coroner’s report also contains inconsistencies. You see, Zahau was found by Shacknai’s brother (who I’m going to assume is also named Shacknai and I will call Schakcnai2) and he cut her down, removed the gag and untied her wrists in an attempt to resuscitate her. Since this had happened, how could the coroner possibly say that the t-shirt around the noose was wrapped loosely or how loosely the ties on her wrists were?

When is Law & Order going to jump on this one?

Via Forbes and Jezebel

Marrying young linked to mental health problems

September 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

I found this very interesting for personal reasons.

According to the Huffington Post, a study of thousands of women found that marriage before the age of 18 was linked with a greater risk of depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. Women who married before 18 were also more likely to become addicted to drugs, alcohol, or smoking. This was true even when researchers controlled for socioeconomic factors and the presence of children.

While the research doesn’t say that getting married young causes the problems, the researchers did find that these mental health issues and addictions tended to set in after the marriage took place.

I think they should look into whether or not there’s recovery after these marriages end in divorce. I’d be super interested in that.

Via Jezebel

I’d always wondered if this was going on

August 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

Haven’t you always been distrustful of those travel shows that go into indigenous communities and show all the unfamiliar ways of life? Me too. I had also figured that any funny business could’ve only happened in the past. Surely nobody would be stupid enough to pull something like that now, when there will be plenty of other people–and the Internet–around to show that you’re lying.

Guess I was wrong.

A TV series about an Amazonian tribe has been slammed as ‘staged, false, fabricated and distorted’ by experts on the tribe.

Really, people? Really?!? Don’t you know you’ll get caught?

After interviewing two of the Indians in the series, Snell reported, ‘Our suspicions were correct. They [Mark and Olly] entered the village on a well traveled path and only veered a few feet off the path to film themselves ‘hacking their way through the jungle.’ They contracted someone to make new cushmas [cotton tunics] so everyone would be wearing one. They staged the whole drama about one of the guys being accepted and the other treated as a lazy outsider…

Sigh…

Via Survival International

Crazy in my neighborhood

August 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

How do people still think that shit like this is OK?

Kennewick officials should oust all illegal aliens and turn the city into an English-only language community, said Loren Nichols, a 55-year-old candidate for city council.

“I’m a hawk on this, but that’s how much I value America,” Nichols told the Herald on Tuesday after being contacted about his comments during a recent radio interview calling for capital punishment for illegal aliens.

Note, for anyone who may be deluded into thinking otherwise, capital punishment for illegal aliens isn’t valuing America. This guy is just a crackpot, don’t let anyone try to convince you otherwise.

I really hope he doesn’t get elected… Where’s my ballot? *proceeds to vote for anyone but Nichols*

Via Tri-City Herald

Good news!

August 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

Women are leaving churches! Huzzah!

Church attendance among women dropped by 11 percentage points to 44 percent of the U.S. population. This means a majority of women no longer attend church services during a typical week.

Blow the trumpets!

After going through a list of things less women engage in, such as reading the Bible and volunteering, the study did find one number that went up:

The only increasing behavior covered in the survey was the number of women who don’t attend church: 17 percent.

Parade! Let’s have a parade!

So what explains the drop off in Christian women’s church involvement? For one thing, women don’t have the time to volunteer that they may have had 20 years ago. Economic necessity and social forces continue to drive women to work outside of the home in greater numbers. But perhaps the steady drop in church involvement can be traced to many Christian faith’s insistence on a male based power structure and oppressive political stances?

Short answer: Yes. I still remember being disillusioned as a child when I realized I could never be a pastor, even though I felt I was very close to God. It didn’t make sense that God would say I couldn’t preach for him when he obviously thought I was worth spending time with.

Anywho, on with the good news! And since this is all heathen and stuff, we should probably celebrate with something really evil, like a baby barbecue or, I know! A trip to the evil movie house!

via Jezebel and The Kansas City Star

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