Saturday, June 28, 2008

The Rain In Spain...


Gender Equity In The Law

From Minnesota Revisor of Statutes:

2007 Minnesota Statutes
609.36 ADULTERY.

Subdivision 1. Acts constituting. When a married woman has sexual intercourse with a man other than her husband, whether married or not, both are guilty of adultery and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than one year or to payment of a fine of not more than $3,000, or both.

Subd. 2. Limitations. No prosecution shall be commenced under this section except on complaint of the husband or the wife, except when such husband or wife is insane, nor after one year from the commission of the offense.

Subd. 3. Defense. It is a defense to violation of this section if the marital status of the woman was not known to the defendant at the time of the act of adultery.

History: 1963 c 753 art 1 s 609.36; 1984 c 628 art 3 s 11

In other words, under Minnesota Law, if Bill Clinton (as a married man) and Monica had been, well you know, they would not have have been engaged in adultery. See, it really *does* depend on what the meaning of the word is, is. I'm just saying.

Autism News

From Science Daily:

Faulty' Brain Connections May Be Responsible For Social Impairments In Autism

ScienceDaily (June 12, 2008) — New evidence shows that the brains of adults with autism are "wired" differently from people without the disorder, and this abnormal pattern of connectivity may be responsible for the social impairments that are characteristic of autism.

Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, a team of researchers affiliated with the University of Washington's Autism Center also found that the most severely socially impaired subjects in the study exhibited the most abnormal pattern of connectivity among a network of brain regions involved in face processing.

"This study shows that these brain regions are failing to work together efficiently," said Natalia Kleinhans, a research assistant professor of radiology and lead author of the paper published in the journal Brain. "Our work seems to indicate that the brain pathways of people with autism are not completely disconnected, but they are not as strong as in people without autism."

Read the rest here.

Co$t $aving: My New Cubicle

Simon's Cat Man Do

Eat Your Breakfast

From Medical News Today:

Big Breakfast Helped Women Lose Weight

18 Jun 2008

Researchers from Venezuela and the US found that women who had a big breakfast packed with carbohydrates and protein, and then followed a low carbohydrate, low calorie diet for the rest of the day, were more successful at losing weight and keeping the weight off than women on strict low carbohydrate diets.

The study was presented at The Endocrine Society's 90th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, yesterday, Tuesday 17th June, by lead author Dr Daniela Jakubowicz, of the Hospital de Clinicas, Caracas, Venezuela. Plans to publish the paper in a journal were not announced.

Jakubowicz, who worked on the study with US scientists from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, said that:

"Most weight loss studies have determined that a very low carbohydrate diet is not a good method to reduce weight."

She explained that the low carbohydrate diet, "exacerbates the craving for carbohydrates and slows metabolism. As a result, after a short period of weight loss, there is a quick return to obesity."

Read the rest here.

This And That

From Blogizdat LJ:

Okay, it's been way too long since I've posted here, but if I'm being honest, more than once I've written an entry only to consign it to the trash bin for being maudlin and/or mawkish in the extreme, but maybe if I keep at it I'll find the right words, so here's my most recent attempt.


It was my birthday three weeks ago - and no, I'm not saying which one - but I will let slip that I am now the same age my dad was when he died, and I think it's affected me more than I imagined it might. Well, that's not entirely true, because I had anticipated just such a reaction on my part, but I guess I didn't think it would be both so pervasive *and* subtle, at the same time.

I guess for some reason I figured it would be like a great big fireworks show, all in technicolor, or something, and that maybe like Moses on the Mountain, I'd finally receive some Grand Revelation from the Almighty, but it wasn't like that at all. Instead I've just been plagued with a nagging sense of mortality and futility that gets us all at various stages of our lives, I suppose.

I mean, I've had many such birthdays in which I've been struck with a sense dissatisfaction over what I've achieved - and much more to the point, what I've *not* achieved - all made more urgent by the impending and inevitable appointment every one of us has someday on the shores of the River Styx.

Read the rest here.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Get It?


Friday Night Videos - The Innocence Mission

'Bright As Yellow'
The Innocence Mission


'Brotherhood Of Man'
The Innocence Mission


'Away In The Manger'
The Innocence Mission