Sunday Reads: Rouge no…it’s blush-onPosted: July 15, 2012
Funny how sometimes you miss things, little things.
While writing this post I am watching Taxi Driver, I’ve seen it many times, but for some reason I must have missed the director’s cameo. I don’t know maybe I’ve just forgotten that Martin Scorsese was sitting on the steps, watching Cybil Shepard walk by…in that white dress.
(Of course Scorsese has that speaking role in the cab as the crazed husband…but that scene is one I remember.)
Anyway, seeing this film again only makes those later Scorsese films, particularly the ones he did with Leonardo di Caprio even more disappointing.
Strange introduction I know, but I am dieting, and my fuzzy memory may just be the result of my body going through popcorn withdraws. Seriously, you have no idea just what kind of popcorn “freak” I am…and this no-fat Greek yogurt just is not giving me the same kind of satisfaction as those greasy salt covered popped kernels do.
I am so glad to see this week come to an end, my dad is refusing to listen to the doctor’s recommendations…so it is back to the same old story. Damn it’s so frustrating, it’s like living a re-run every six to seven months. I really don’t mean to ramble on like this, but when you see the paltry selections of links I have for you today, you will see that I am just too tired…and to hungry to write a long post.
On Friday, I posted a bunch of cartoons about the Penn State cover-up. Well, this first story reads like something you would see in one of those cartoons. (Especially the ironic bit about the Blue Ribbon.) You will see what I mean, check it out, emphasis mine. Artist paints over halo on Joe Paterno mural
Michael Pilato had put a halo over Paterno’s image after the beloved coach’s death in January, but said he felt he had to remove it Saturday after a report that Paterno, former university president Graham Spanier and others buried allegations of child sex-abuse against ex-assistant Jerry Sandusky. Paterno’s family denies the claim.
Pilato added a large blue ribbon, instead, on Paterno’s lapel symbolizing support for child abuse victims, a cause the artist said Paterno had endorsed.
Pilato earlier removed Sandusky from the downtown mural. He said he hasn’t made a decision on Spanier’s image. Spanier has not been charged. Sandusky has been convicted and is awaiting sentencing.
Paterno wearing a ribbon to support child abuse victims? A cause Paterno supposedly endorsed, it just makes me sick!
Ugh, my guess is that I am not the only one feeling ill after reading that crap. This next link is not as disturbing, it discusses some pathetic statistics about uninsured women…however there is some hope that as the ACA kicks in, many of these women will finally get some coverage. Nearly Half Of American Women Afraid They Can’t Afford To Get Sick
In England, getting sick is a health issue, not an economic one.
Indeed, a full 91 percent of U.K. women are confident they could afford the costs associated with a serious illness. Not so in the United States, where 48 percent of women can’t express such confidence, according to a recently released study by The Commonwealth Fund.
No doubt a lot of that has to do with a lack of insurance. In 2010, roughly 18.7 million women in the United States, or 20 percent, did not have access to health insurance. This amounts to 6 million more women without insurance than just ten years before. (h/t: EurekAlert)
This new report by the commonwealth fund says the number of uninsured has increased since 2010. Now one in four Americans are uninsured.
This is all important because the decision to seek help is tremendously influenced by whether someone has insurance. While only 32 percent of insured women were put off from seeking care because of cost-related issues, that percentage more than doubled among uninsured women, the study found.
The report does estimate that the percentage of women in the United States without access to health insurance will fall to 8 percent upon the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act. In Texas, which today is estimated as having the highest percentage of uninsured women, approximately 11.6 percent of women will remain uninsured after the act’s full implementation.
As I mentioned up top, I recently started a diet, everyone in my family has. We are trying to eat healthier. I guess keeping a journal will be another way to help to lose the weight. Keep a journal, don’t skip meals to shed weight: study
Want to drop those extra pounds without starving yourself? Keeping a food journal, not skipping meals and eating out less often, particularly for lunch, will help, according to new research released on Friday.
Scientists at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, in a study that looked at the impact of various self-monitoring techniques in older overweight and obese women, showed that simple changes in behavior can make a difference on the scales.
They found that in the year-long study women who kept journals lost six pounds (2.7 kgs) more than those you didn’t, but if they skipped meals they dropped eight pounds (3.6 kgs) less than women who ate regularly.
Ladies who lunched in a restaurant at least weekly lost on average five fewer pounds (2.3 kgs).
Maybe a journal will help keep track of what I eat, but I fear my notes will turn into nothing more than bitch sessions, full of long passionate run-on sentences about the foods I am craving, intertwined with the typical cursing associated with someone whose put off dieting for so long.
Again I go off on a tangent.
Hillary is in the news again, Hillary Clinton most-traveled Secretary of State ever -
Jul. 14, 2012 – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues on her marathon diplomatic trip around the world in Egypt, marking her 9th country in 13 days. Clinton has traveled to 102 countries as diplomat to the world.
Wow, what a woman!
I will end this post with two clips, the first one is from the movie Taxi Driver, and the scene is one of the most famous in all cinema. You talkin’ to me?
Then we have the same scene, only with a South Park finish…as Mr. Garrison goes shopping for just the right gun. I’ve tried to embed the video on this post, but it may not be working correctly. Anyway, be sure to check it out.