Daily Archives: February 24, 2015

Rate of Americans Without Health Insurance Hits New Low

Good and Tasty news!

TIME

The percentage of uninsured Americans dropped by 3.5% nationwide in 2014, according to a new poll that shows a historic expansion of coverage nationwide.

The Gallup survey found that the uninsured rate dropped to 13.8% of the population in 2014, the lowest figure in the seven years the survey has asked the question.

The steepest declines occurred in states that launched their own health insurance exchanges and expanded Medicaid programs, two central planks of President Barack Obama’s health care reform law that many states have rejected. Arkansas and Kentucky reported double-digit declines of 11.1% and 10.6%, respectively.

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Watch Baby Otters Eat Scrambled Eggs

Egg on the face never looked better!

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Listen to Ed Sheeran Adorably Read the Weather Report

Delicious!!

TIME

In the UK, the weather is cloudy with a chance of ginger.

Singer Ed Sheeran co-hosted Nick Grimshaw’s Radio 1 show Tuesday morning when his BFF (but notgf) Taylor Swift came on as a guest. And his crowning moment came when the singer got to read the weather report, fulfilling an Ed Sheeran weatherman fantasy we never knew we had.

“The weather outside is brisk — if you walk out you will get very, very pink cheeks, um, very quickly,” Ed Sheeran said, hopefully while blushing.

He continued, “You will need some lip balm because your lips will dry, and that will happen. Also there is a chance that you will step in a puddle today so please do not wear slippers outside.”

Ed, where were you during the polar vortex? You would have made things so much more pleasant!

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Marnie

Right now, I’m searching to understand possibilities for the “decent” meals of “men” my mother (I’ll be 61 on Friday) wants me to “eat” exclusively, and this post is pointing me in a “decent” direction! –thank you for posting this… When “decent” request entered my mind, first thing I thought of was “Marnie” of course!

The Soul of the Plot

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I’m going to be real with you; Marnie disappointed me. When I found out about it, I saw that Hitchcock directed Sean Connery, well I had to see it. I’m still glad I saw it so now I know what it is, but if I had actually had to pay money for it I probably wouldn’t feel that way. Adding to that frustration is that I really think this could have been a much better movie, maybe even a great one.

Marnie (Tippi Hedron) is a thief (or klepto, whichever you want to go with). She has just stolen money from her employer and is bringing it to her mother (Louise Latham). She dies her hair to change her appearance, and swaps out her ID for another one from her stash. She gets to her mother’s house and sees red flowers that her mother has and freaks out. She changes…

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Lawmaker Asks If Swallowed Camera Be Used for Female Exam

What? “Normal” marital relations? Bad taste in my mouth! (Says this woman who was raped at age 15 and became pregnant from that rape in 1969 and had a third trimester abortion in 1970, a needed abortion –wouldn’t be “Moxie Supper” without it!

Krispy Kreme Celebrates 1,000th Store With Doughnut Giveaway

Eat it all! Moxie Supper is known to indulge!!! (When this little spitfire is not eating healthy [which I do most of the time so that I can be a perfectly wholesome treat])

TIME

Your post-Oscars slump is officially cured: We have word of free doughnuts.

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6 Vegetables to Love That Aren’t Kale

We keep unsolicited phone calls in which the answering machine means to say: “call” but instead says: “from out of area –toll-free “kale”… Not sure how that variety compares with “toll kale”

TIME

It’s okay to admit it: You’re getting a little sick of kale.

Or maybe you didn’t like it all that much to begin with? Either way, the trendy super-green has definitely had its 15 minutes of fame, and then some: recently, health-conscious New Yorkers getting ready for the big storm freaked out when stores ran out of kale. This, after rumors of a shortage last year were all over the news, even inspiring a parody. Some people have even been naming their children “Kale.” (And you thought Apple was a weird name.)

All this is to say that our kale obsession has gotten way out of hand. Note: there are lots of other vegetables with nutritional super powers. Here are some to try.

Bok choy

If you want to stick with leafy greens, give bok choy a chance. This Asian green is “very rich in calcium, a decent…

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Biggest rodent ever, new research

My goodness! –what a rat! –more related to guinea pigs, the blog  author has so kindly informed me!

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video says about itself:

22 April 2010

CC en Español

A short animated video about the largest rodent that ever lived, Josephoartigasia monesi, also known as the Giant Pacarana. A fossil skull discovered in Uruguay belonged to a rodent, which researchers estimate weighed up to 1 tonne (1000kg)! Andrés Rinderknecht and R. Ernesto Blanco named the new species “monesi” in honor of the famous paleontologist, Alvaro Mones.

The largest rodent alive today is the capybara, which can weigh over 60kg, much smaller than its extinct cousin.

The original article describing J. monesi can be read here.

The skull is housed in Montevideo, Uruguay in the Museum of Natural History and Anthropology.

Much thanks to Dr. Blanco and Dr. Rinderknecht for their amazing discovery! And thank you to Luisa for her Spanish translation…I owe you one!

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Biggest ever rodent was…

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Civil Rights Sites May Get $50 Million in New Obama Budget

Seems right! –and very tasty indeed!

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Key civil rights areas around the nation would get $50 million for restoration under President Barack Obama‘s budget as preparation for the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act begins.

The president’s budget includes money for the national historical trail from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, which commemorates in part the “Bloody Sunday” attack by police on civil rights demonstrators. Their march was portrayed in the Oscar-nominated film “Selma.”

The attack helped boost the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which banned the use of literacy tests, added federal oversight for minority voters and allowed federal prosecutors to investigate the use of poll taxes in state and local elections. The White House said part of the money for the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail would be for museum collections, oral histories and online access to collections.

Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., said she was pleased Obama’s budget “includes a…

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Andy Cohen Criticizes The Real Housewives’ Treatment of Gay Men

TIME

To paraphrase one of the taglines from a Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season: He’s finally found his voice, and he’s not afraid to use it.

Andy Cohen has spent years as cheerleader-in-chief for the Bravo suite of reality shows, including The Real Housewives. On his nightly talk show, Watch What Happens, he tends not to push back too hard against the network’s talent. But there was a break in his chumminess last night, as Cohen paused his show to deliver a monologue about the Real Housewives franchise’s treatment of gay men. “You do not own them,” Cohen said to the stars of Beverly Hills. “We are not cattle.”

The preceding episode of Beverly Hills had featured a party thrown in order to introduce what series star Kyle Richards called “my gays” to other people’s gays; these “gays,” across all Real Housewives franchises, generally seem to lie somewhere…

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