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For Gaza but not against Israel

The upcoming aid flotilla to Gaza, “The Audacity of Hope.”

Pig hormone regrows leg

They really are coming up with some amazing things. Of course, most of us will never be able to afford them:

(NEWSER) – Marine Isaias Hernandez lost 70% of the muscles in his right thigh in a mortar explosion in Afghanistan. Such extreme damage usually requires that the leg be amputated. Not in Hernandez’s case. Instead, he was injected with a growth hormone that comes from pig bladders—and his leg muscle grew back. Hernandez has regained much of the strength in his thigh in what one expert calls a “remarkable recovery.”

Particularly exciting is the fact that skeletal muscle, which ordinarily won’t grow back, was regenerated. Hernandez, just 19 at the time of his injury, first had to build up the 30% of remaining muscle before surgeons placed a slice of a substance called extracellular matrix into his thigh. The pioneering surgery was the result of the US military’s $70 million investment in regenerative medicine research, the Daily Mail reports.

Cell phone talker

“I’m too educated to be thrown off the train!” From the NY Metro North:

Thanks, everyone

For pulling me out of the financial tailspin after my medical emergency. Nothing like being hit with an unexpected medical bill to induce panic mode! (They haven’t even billed me yet for the x-rays.)

Remember, Minnesota is the state that’s been jailing people for debt.

Breathing problems

For approximately 80,000 returning troops, a condition called constrictive bronchiolitis.

Just one more reason why you don’t send soldiers to fight wars for imaginary reasons!

Walmart wins

This was a unanimous decision, which leads me to believe there may be some actual merit to the ruling.

UPDATE: The news story had it wrong. Usual partisan split…

Imagine that

Rich people are getting richer while we’re getting poorer.

Even the Washington Post has noticed!

Last night

I was listening to Stuart Zechman and Avedon Carol last night, and got so interested that I called into the last part. Here’s the episode here.

Burn your AARP card

Yeah, they denied it but I don’t believe them. Social Security expert Eric Kingson:

From an organizational maintenance perspective I suppose it is expected that AARP would, first and foremost, function to protect its many institutional and corporate interests. Still, it’s unfortunate to see the “800 pound Gorilla” of aging organizations play such a cautious and stand-offish game. While I would prefer to believe otherwise, it seems to me that, on balance AARP places much more value on its ability to be an inside player and to maintain its reputation as a deal maker than it does on the needs of older Americans

And so, sadly and with respect for many good people associated with AARP, I have decided to make the supreme sacrifice and “burn my AARP card” and recommend that others consider doing so as well. No more AARP discounts, free Magazines with Katie Couric, Sally Field, Michael Fox, Goldie Hawn, Condoleezza Rice, Robin Williams, Robert Redford, Harrison Ford and others emblazoned each month on its cover– all fine people but hardly typical of the nation’s very diverse population of boomers and elders. Oh well.

Fortunately, there are a couple of organizations out there — the Alliance for Retired Americans and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare — which maintain an advocacy focus more supportive of the protections provided by Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. For those also inclined to “tune out and drop out” of AARP, maybe it’s time for us through our various networks, blogs and organizational involvements to encourage others to do so as well. And, with AARP being so wavering in its support of elders, hopefully, two outstanding organizations — the Alliance for Retired Americans (www.retiredamericans.org) and the National Committee for the Preservation of Social Security and Medicare (www.ncpssm.org ) — will find opportunity to further build their already substantial memberships and with it to become even stronger advocates for today’s and tomorrow’s older Americans.

Too cool to fall in love

Jill Sobule:

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