February 2009

Some positive news as a result of the recession. Bible-belters may soon be able to drink away their recession sorrows on Sundays.

From Time.com:

A handful of state legislatures have declared it’s closing time for Sunday alcohol sales restrictions, saying an extra day of sales could give their foundering budgets a much-needed shot of revenue. Those states — Georgia, Connecticut, Texas, Alabama and Minnesota — enjoy overwhelming voter support for an extra day of sales, but face opposition from members of the Christian right, who say that selling on Sunday undermines safety and tears apart families. “During times of economic stress, our families are under enough pressure,” says Jim Beck, the president of the Georgia Christian Coalition. “I don’t think we need to add even more pressure to those families by passing this law.”

From CNN.com:

The names of the weight-loss supplements say it all: 7 Day Herbal Slim, 2 Day Diet, and even 24 Hours Diet. Those are just three of dozens of different brands touted as all-natural ways to shed pounds, and lose them super fast.

But according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, nothing could be further from the truth. Many of these “herbal” weight-loss remedies — 69 at last count — are tainted with prescription drugs or mixtures of drugs, including laxatives, diuretics, and anti-seizure medications. And that list of 69 products will probably grow in the coming weeks, says FDA spokesperson Rita Chappelle.

“Our investigation is ongoing and quite extensive, and more products will be added to the list,” she says.

Some supplements contain rimonabant, a prescription drug rejected by the FDA for use in the United States due to safety concerns. And others contain sibutramine, a prescription weight-loss drug sold as Meridia in the United Sates. However, the supplements often contain more than one drug, and in doses three to four times what you would get with a doctor’s prescription. The supplements’ labels don’t mention the medications, much less the amount of the drug found in the pills.

From The New York Times:

Biologists know how species are related but lack the tools to show off their discoveries.

From The New York Times:

The announcement in church bulletins and on Web sites has been greeted with enthusiasm by some and wariness by others. But mainly, it has gone over the heads of a vast generation of Roman Catholics who have no idea what it means: “Bishop Announces Plenary Indulgences.”

From dailymail.co.uk:

Religion is part of human nature and our brains are hard wired to believe in God, scientists believe.

The evidence includes studies of babies and children which have shown the brain is programmed to think of the mind as being separate from the body.

This distinction allows us to believe in the supernatural, to conjure up imaginary friends – and to conceive of gods, this week’s New Scientist reports.

Other studies suggest our minds come with an overdeveloped sense of cause and effect, which primes us to see purpose and design everywhere, even when there is none.

Children as young as seven or eight believe that rocks, rivers and birds have been created for a specific purpose.

Taken together, the two traits mean were are perfectly programmed to believe in god.

Feb. 12: To commemorate Charles Darwin’s birthday, Rachel Maddow talks to Edward Larson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Summer of the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion,” about evolution, intelligent design, and of course the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Bill Chen states that he doesn’t believe in god and then asks if anyone at the table actually believes in god. No one answers.

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Poker After Dark
Season 5 – Episode 14

Table 3 – Part 2
“Brilliant Minds”

Original Air Date: 11 February 2009
Release Date: 11 February 2009

$20,000 buy-in 6 player Sit-N-Go

The players:

Brandon Adams
Chris Ferguson
Andy Bloch
Bill Chen
Jimmy Warren
David Sklansky

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