November 26, 2008
Wine snags a lot of credit for its heart-healthy effects; truth is, moderate consumption of beer provides the same benefits.
Research suggests that it's the alcohol itself that lowers cardiovascular risk (by reducing inflammation, "thinning" the blood and improving insulin sensitivity). Here are six more reasons to cheer for beer!
Scientists at the Research Institute of Brewing and Malting in Prague announced that they've created a new non-alcoholic beer that may reduce hot flashes in menopausal women. It's long been known hops naturally contain low levels of the same plant estrogens found in soy; the Czech researchers used new technology to boost the concentration (to ten times that of some lagers).
Researchers at Oregon State University in Corvallis have reported that xanthohumol, an antioxidant in hops, may thwart the growth of prostate cancer by triggering the rampant cells to self-destruct. Unfortunately, the dose used in the study equals 17 beers (please don't try that at home). Upshot: The findings may lead to the development of a hops-derived pharmaceutical treatment.
It turns out somebody named Eva Roob used to play soccer, but traded in that "fame" for something more prestigious. Namely, pr0n.
[Warning! Link is clean, but the video might be a bit naughty!]
November 25, 2008
My immediate assumption was that he was a spotter for the Taliban who were planning an ambush.
'I just didn't want him to push the button again to detonate the other charge.
'I had my weapon on him and I shouted for him to stop in Pashtu. He did initially and that's why I didn't take the shot, you have to be sure.
'He then carried on walking away. I heard a popping sound like the electric sound when you connect a car battery it was him trying to set off the first of two charges.
'I ran forward and grabbed him, pushing him over the motorbike bringing him to the ground.
'I searched him, looked at the motorbike and realised I had searched it 24 hours earlier when the saddlebags which contained the explosives were full of potatoes.
'I looked up and noticed the yellow button in the centre of the motorbike and realised what was going on. I just went into automatic mode.
'I was angry that he tried to kill us and I was angry with myself for bringing young marines into the situation.
'We were very lucky, with that much explosive it would have caused a blast with a 180-metre radius.'
Major Rich Cantrill, Company Commander of L Company, said the marine saved many lives.
Major Cantrill said: 'He acted with conspicuous gallantry in the situation and put himself at great peril to get the suicide bomber away from the motorbike.
'He ran over and more or less rugby tackled him to the ground. I got on the radio and I heard mention of hand fighting.
'He had grabbed him away from the bike after seeing wires and switches. He quickly realised the full implications of it all.
'He showed great restraint in dealing with him especially as he had tried to kill him and the other lads around him.
'It was conspicuous gallantry. He saved multiple lives. Everyone thinks he's a hero.
'It was a bungled attempt at a suicide bombing but he still could have set off the other charge.
'Had it not been for this Marine's actions there would have been a massive explosion.'
The motorcyclist entered the area on November 19 at around 12.30pm and was looking for British, American or Afghan soldiers to target.
By the time he tried to detonate his bomb the bike had broken down and he was pushing it along the road.
At around the same time the Marines received a radio report giving intelligence of a suspected suicide bomber on a motorbike in the area.
During last week's five-day operation, the marines of L Company also found bomb-making equipment, weapons and ammunition.
Man, do I love tennis.
I think I can sum up my reaction as America! Fuck yeah!
November 24, 2008
If anyone is considering getting me something for Christmas, hint hint hint.
November 22, 2008
One of the club's sponsors, sex movie distributors BN Agentur, have promised the squad two porn movies every time they win.
Laursen, Sionko and team mates have risen to the challenge - winning nine of their first 13 games to go one point behind leaders Odense.
Copenhagen, known locally as FCK, screen the films at their training ground - although they refuse to reveal who gets to keep them afterwards.
Club chairman Flemming Ostergaard said: "As far as I am concerned, there is nothing wrong with it."
Czech Republic international Sionko, 31, spent the 2006-7 season at Ibrox before signing a two-year deal with Copenhagen.
November 20, 2008
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November 18, 2008
Army and Navy recruiters took one look at 330-pound Ulysses Milana and told him to forget about joining. "'You've got to lose weight,'" Milana remembers them saying. But Marine recruiters were willing to work with him as he began his weight-loss journey in December 2007.
Now, 11 months later, Milana is 140 pounds lighter as he leaves Monday for Parris Island, S.C., to begin boot camp.
It wasn't easy, Milana said, but he managed to slim down through exercise, healthier eating habits and forgoing an occasional beer after work. The 23-year-old said he even refused a beer at his going-away party Saturday night.
Milana said he always wanted to follow in his family's footsteps by serving his country. His wife, Latoya, also comes from a military family.
Much of his weight-loss motivation came from Latoya, a nurse, who helped him reduce his calorie intake when he began his effort in earnest last December.
"It was really difficult for him at first. He always said, 'I'm gonna lose weight.' But I never took him seriously," Latoya told the Sun Journal newspaper. "Then, when he started to do it, I told him he needed to cut his portion sizes way down."
The man apparently gave up things like pizza, hot wings, and even beer to slim down enough just so that he'd be able to make it into boot camp. That's fucking awesome.
I hope he makes it through basic training and becomes a full-fledged Marine.
November 17, 2008
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November 13, 2008
Female koalas indulge in lesbian "sex sessions", rejecting male suitors and attempting to mate with each other, sometimes up to five at a time, according to researchers.
The furry, eucalyptus-eating creatures appear to develop this tendency for same-sex liaisons when they are in captivity. In the wild, they remain heterosexual.
Scientists monitoring the marsupials with digital cameras counted three homosexual interactions for every heterosexual one.
"Some females rejected the advances of males that were in their enclosures, only to become willing participants in homosexual encounters immediately after," say the researchers.
"On several occasions more than one pair of females shared the same pole, and multiple females mounted each other simultaneously. At least one multiple encounter involved five female koalas.
"One theory put forward by the researchers is that the females do it to attract males; another is that it is simply hormonal, or that it is a stress reliever.
November 12, 2008
Last night, I met up with some of the STL Morons at a fine establishment for drinks and more drinks. We had unanimity in our disapproval of The One, annoye some nearby patrons, and met some faces to the names (and the lurkers). A good time was had by all.
And the best part? We may meet again soon, so the Man-Lesbian can maybe attend this time.
November 11, 2008
I have an interview with a Representative-elect in DC on Thursday, and it's with him personally, not his staff. How cool is that?
In Alaska, of course.
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