Virtually Speaking one hour early

Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd – 1 hour early – 8pm eastern – 5pm pacific

Professor of Economics, specializing in Economic History, Melissa Thomasson is steeped in health care reform policy wonkery, which she and Jay discuss.

Links:

• Read: http://eh.net/encyclopedia/article/thomasson.insurance.health.us

• Listen to Melissa on ‘This American Life’ http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/392/someone-elses-money
• Watch Melissa on vimeo http://vimeo.com/15660730

• Listen Live or Later: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/virtuallyspeaking/2012/10/12/melissa-thomasson-virtually-speaking-with-jay-ackroyd

Tweetable (ty Gaius): Virtually Speaking Tonight 8pm EST : health care reform policy wonk Melissa Thomasson + @JayAckroyd http://bit.ly/WWGnXf

Calorie count

While we now know that weight loss is a lot more complicated than simply calorie restriction, it helps in many cases. I know I went from maybe a twice-a-month cheesesteak habit to once or twice a year, once I learned the nutritional info (about 650 calories, 30 grams of fat); I decided I didn’t like them enough to put that much of the day’s calories into my system. So this will help at least some people:

NEW YORK — As criticism of sugary sodas intensifies, Coke, Pepsi and Dr Pepper are rolling out new vending machines that will put calorie counts right at your fingertips.

The move comes ahead of a regulation that would require restaurant chains and vending machines to post the information as early as next year, although the specifics for complying with the requirement are still being worked out.

How Lance doped his fans

Evidence? OK, here you are:

Lance Armstrong said he wanted to see the names of his accusers. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency gave him 26, including 11 former teammates.

The world’s most famous cyclist said he wanted to see the hard evidence that he was a doper. The agency gave him that, too: About 200 pages filled with vivid details – from the hotel rooms riders transformed into makeshift blood-transfusion centers to the way Armstrong’s former wife rolled cortisone pills into foil and handed them out to all the cyclists.

In all, a USADA report released Wednesday gives the most detailed, unflinching portrayal yet of Armstrong as a man who, day after day, week after week, year after year, spared no expense – financially, emotionally or physically – to win the seven Tour de France titles that the anti-doping agency has ordered taken away.

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