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Republicans: Obama Must Take Action in Syria So We Can Criticize Action He Took in Syria : The New Yorker


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APRIL 29, 2013

REPUBLICANS: OBAMA MUST TAKE ACTION IN SYRIA SO WE CAN CRITICIZE ACTION HE TOOK IN SYRIA

POSTED BY ANDY BOROWITZ

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WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—A growing chorus of Republican lawmakers are demanding that President Obama take some action in Syria so that they can attack whatever action he took in Syria.

Appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) laid out the situation in stark terms: “The time for President Obama to do something in Syria that we can eviscerate him for is long overdue.”

Arguing that there are a variety of options available to Mr. Obama for dealing with Syria, Sen. Graham said, “The President needs to choose one of those options so that we can immediately identify it as a catastrophic choice and demand that he be impeached.”

Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) used an appearance on NBC’s “Meet…

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How Time Flies: Prince William and Kate Middleton Celebrate Second Wedding Anniversary


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Two years ago today, the world watched Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot in a lavish ceremony at Westminster Abbey. On the shining London day, crowds flooded the streets — and billions tuned in around the world — to gaze upon the pomp and opulence. Kate stepped out dressed in a stunning Sarah Burton gown and cameras focused on the dozens of royal family members in attendance; but it was sister (and maid of honor) Pippa Middleton’s form-fitting dress, as well as a notoriously grumpy flower girl, who nearly stole the show.

The royal couple have hardly been out of the spotlight ever since, as they’re still routinely splashed across the covers of international magazines. And of course, the celebration of their second anniversary today was well covered, even though the two were off on separate missions and weren’t together on their anniversary day, during daylight hours, at…

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What if What Happened in Boston Was a Weekly Occurance?


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Noah Beck writes at The Christian Post:

I genuinely empathize with the victims of the Boston bombing. They were killed, maimed, injured, and/or forever traumatized only because they happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. As they gathered to compete in or watch the marathon underway, they were – like all terrorism victims – the epitome of innocent.

But imagine if this happened again next week, at a pizzeria, killing 15 diners. And again, a week later, on a bus, killing 19 passengers. Then, at a discotheque, killing 21 teens. Then, at a church, killing 11 worshipers. And so on, with a new bombing terrorizing us almost every week.

Israelis don’t have to imagine. They just have to remember. Between 1995 and 2005, each year saw an average of 14 suicide bombings, murdering 66 victims. 2002 was the worst year, with 47 bombings that slaughtered 238…

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“THERE’S A WAR GOING ON IN YOUR GUT.” – PROBIOTICS


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MOTHER JONES April 29, 2013

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Should You Take a Probiotic?

“There’s a war going on in your gut,” says gastroenterologist Dr. Shekhar Challa, author of Probiotics for Dummies and coproducer of Microwarriors: The Battle Within, a video game about probiotics.

When the ratio of good to bad bacteria gets out of whack, he says, adding a probiotic—a beneficial bacteria—can help refuel the good guys. Lactobacillus acidophilus, found in some yogurt, is probably the best-known strain. These microbes bind to the lining of the gut, help you digest, battle toxic intruders, and can stimulate the immune system. They’ve also been credited—though with varying levels of evidence—with preventing or curing diarrhea, gastrointestinal diseases, yeast infections, and allergies.

Probiotics are increasingly available in pill form. But just how effective are they? And can one little capsule really change your gut’s ecosystem for the better? [READ MORE]

Are Celebrity Chefs’ Recipes Contributing to the Obesity Crisis?


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Celebrity chefs may not be such experts, after all — at least in health. A new study from Britain’s Coventry University reveals that celebrity chefs may compound the country’s obesity problem by featuring too many fatty and highly caloric ingredients in their recipes.

Researchers examined 904 recipes from 26 chefs and found that 87 percent are not in accordance with the British government’s healthy eating guidelines, Reuters reports, using large amounts of saturated fatty acids, salt and sugar. Only 13 percent of the celebrity chef-approved recipes used nutritional ingredients that fall under the nation’s Food Standards Agency recommendations. Some experts estimate that by 2020, about 70% of adults in the U.K. and U.S. will be overweight, while England’s obesity rate has risen to 24.8% of adults, ages 16 and over, and 16.3% of children, ages 2 to 15, according to data from 2011.

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