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This site will be moved over to the news section of www.richardland.com by the end of the year.

Go there for new RichWatch posts. Stay here for RW Archives.

& look both ways before crossing the street & eat your vegetables. <3

-Rich (watching you…)


Science can analyze your blood and find out if healthy people are likely to die soon

Your blood can reveal how generally weak your body is. Hopefully you may soon be able to take the Death Test:

A ‘Death Test’ which predicts the chance of a healthy person dying from any medical condition in the next five years has been developed by scientists.

Researchers said they were ‘astonished’ to discover that a simple blood test could predict if a person was likely to die – even if they were not ill.

They found that the levels of four ‘biomarkers’ in the body, when taken together, indicated a general level of ‘frailty’.

People whose biomarkers were out of kilter were five times more likely to die with five years of the blood test.

“What is especially interesting is that these biomarkers reflect the risk for dying from very different types of diseases such as heart disease or cancer. They seem to be signs of a general frailty in the body,” said Dr. Johannes Kettunen of the Institute for Molecular Medicine in Finland.

I have been waiting for something like this to exist for a long time. that and a test telling people what they are deficient in cuz not everyone needs multivitamin crap – they need protein or testosterone or much lesser known chemicals, amino’s and plant nutrients that could extend their life but they dont know that their unique biological makeup requires them more than any other random person. A blood test can tell you to a limited extent that you’re low in calcium or iron or some other mineral but theres no real one stop “heres my blood/urine/stool – please tell me what to eat more of or take more supplements of” regarding things like organ health status. Instead of a questionnaire and related sampling, there should just be a full readout that tells someone they need to pay specific attention to their heart or liver or state the status of their gut bacteria, etc.

hope something useful comes from this.

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Chris Christies awful convention speech

Ann Coulter says much of what I did at the time about NJ Governor Chris Christies keynote speech at the 2012 Republican presidential candidate convention:

By sheer coincidence, that was Christie’s job at the 2012 Republican National Convention. As the keynote speaker, it was his assignment to “deliver a knockout blow” to Obama.

Let’s see how he did.

In Christie’s entire gaseous convention speech, he talked about New Jersey (ad nauseam), his parents, his kids, his upbringing, every tedious detail of his tedious life — “I coached our sons Andrew and Patrick on the fields of Mendham, and … I watched with pride as our daughters Sarah and Bridget marched with their soccer teams in the Labor Day parade.”

Just before I dozed off, I seem to remember Christie sharing his seven-layer dip recipe.

The guy whose role it was to attack the president mentioned Obama exactly one time. Once. And even then, not by name.

Here is Christie the Lion-Hearted taking the fight to Obama: “You see, Mr. President, real leaders do not follow polls. Real leaders change polls.”

And that’s how Christie bravely threw down the gauntlet to Obama on Benghazi, on Obamacare, on skyrocketing unemployment, on crony capitalism, on astronomical government spending and so on. He said: “Real leaders do not follow polls.”

Accusing a politician of following polls is the biggest cliche in politics after “He’s dividing us!” In Obama’s case, it isn’t even true. Would that he followed polls! If he did, we never would have gotten Obamacare.

Of course, there wasn’t much time for Christie to talk about Obama, because the main theme of his convention speech was: Chris Christie, Augustus Corpulus.

He said “I” 37 times and “me” eight times, breaking Kim Kardashian’s old record for a single tweet. He only mentioned our actual nominee (Mitt Romney) seven times — in order to tell us how we were all going to have to sacrifice and make hard choices, and Romney was just the man to tell America the bad news and make us all suffer.

I suppose Christie considered it more than sufficient to announce that he, personally, supported Romney: “If you’re willing to fight with me for Mitt Romney, I will fight with you.”

He — Chris Christie! — supported Romney. What more could voters want?

It was as if Christie had sent his speech to MSNBC for pre-approval.


Tackle attempt on reporter during live shot, deflected with perfection

The majesty of how smooth both the stop of the onslaught is, is enough to make this clip art in league with Russian Ballet, but the literal lack of even 1 second of pause and refocusing as this man – Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore (peace be upon him) – is award worthy on so many levels.

Cantore was reporting from South Carolina’s College of Charleston yesterday when someone suddenly rushed into the live shot to bonk into him because that’s the kind of thing you think is funny when you’re the-type-of-person-who-thinks-that-will-be-funny.

BOOM. Cantore doesnt even raise his damn hands. Knee to the groin and the challenger is sent fleeing back into the obscurity from which he came – and remarkably – Cantore finishes his sentence, acknowledges what just happened and completes the report with such flawless liquidity that it must be honored . (Thanks to Buzzfeed for pointing this out)


Bieber MugShot Mania

Justin Bieber got arrested. That story is kindov a snoozer. but the prevelance of people reposting his mug shot like its something important or anything that actually matters is a story in itself. A celebrity getting arrested is news, but not “interrupt a congresswoman talking about NSA spying“, news…

CNN was blowing up frequent micro-updates of this breaking news as well. Fox News, notsomuch. Which I found interesting since one of the more bizarre claims in the 2004 anti-Fox News documentary Outfoxed was that the network frequently cuts to trivial celebrity stories and I had not found that to pretty much ever be the case. No difference 10 years later.

The most frequently reposted picture though is not the original mug shot, but this comparison to Miley Cyrus:

Amusing comparison, but the hair, features and bone structure really do line up uncannily…

Here’s a little something to stare at in a darkened room while you listen to 1 of each of their songs started at the same time playing over each other while you cry and rethink your life:

Scientifically it seems their only difference is that Mileys ears are a little elfier.

Just like Frank Sinatra.


iPad usage according to Apple commercial vs Real Life

How do you use your iPad? Apple seems to have a much more ambitious vision for the product than its reality will likely ever reach on average. The cuts are too quick for me to discern what is even going on for most of it but it seems to me that most of the shots are of video recording.

This Dead Poet Society formatted ad is called “Find Your Verse”.
The only thing is that I think most people have already found it…

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Piano Prodigy on Ellen is super cool dude

Elias is a 7-year-old piano prodigy but his excitement and unfiltered 7-year-old enthusiasm is what makes him one of the best guests she’s ever had.


Australian dude goes shark diving in a birdcage.

Say what you want about how mind numbingly stupid it is to jump in shark infested waters with nothing but novelty protection but the fact is that after its all said and done, homeboy escaped without any injuries AND served us multi-cam footage of the event. Sorry. He wins. It’s because of blind stupid luck, but his trophy can not be legitimately denied.

Twin brothers Shaun and Dean Harrington were shooting an extreme video to promote their surfing and fishing clothing line.

Twenty-seven-year-old Shaun decided to use a parrot cage as a funny take on a shark cage.

The brothers had already caught a large tiger shark, still in the water next to their boat.

Shaun put the bird cage over his head and plunged into the water off the Gold Coast, thinking he was a safe distance from the shark.

But the shark wasn’t done yet. It lunged at Shaun, who actually used the bird cage at one point to fend off the shark.


Sex for Soda Pop in the Great White Ghetto

Kevin D. Williamson has a fascinating study of the White Ghetto that exists in the Pillbilly lower class hills of Appalachia (that’s an oval region in the eastern United States covering the southern west edge of New York state on down to Alabama and Mississippi). One of the gems of  human study is its detailing of the high value of soda and its black market trade.

I have heard first person accounts from people in urban areas (also predominantly black – a distinction I make because people often use the word “urban” to mean “black”, but in this reference I mean literally urban, but yes, also predominantly black) using their welfare credit cards (called “EBT cards” cards for “electronic benefit transfer”, referring to the transfer from your paycheck as a tax payer to someone else’s pocket) to buy candy in bulk and then sell them on the street. Williamson chronicles the white-trash version of this welfare scam, saying that soda is the substance of choice for such a racket and that it’s not uncommon for soda to be traded for sex. Here in Los Angeles we have a version of girls doing sex for coke too, but it’s slightly different. Still, it’s interesting that in the year 2014 something as primitive as flavored sugar water is still a universal item of trade.

“Well, you try paying that much for a case of pop,” says the irritated proprietor of a nearby café, who is curt with whoever is on the other end of the telephone but greets customers with the perfect manners that small-town restaurateurs reliably develop. I don’t think much of that overheard remark at the time, but it turns out that the local economy runs on black-market soda the way Baghdad ran on contraband crude during the days of sanctions.

It works like this: Once a month, the debit-card accounts of those receiving what we still call food stamps are credited with a few hundred dollars — about $500 for a family of four, on average — which are immediately converted into a unit of exchange, in this case cases of soda. On the day when accounts are credited, local establishments accepting EBT cards — and all across the Big White Ghetto, “We Accept Food Stamps” is the new E pluribus unum – are swamped with locals using their public benefits to buy cases and cases — reports put the number at 30 to 40 cases for some buyers — of soda. Those cases of soda then either go on to another retailer, who buys them at 50 cents on the dollar, in effect laundering those $500 in monthly benefits into $250 in cash — a considerably worse rate than your typical organized-crime money launderer offers — or else they go into the local black-market economy, where they can be used as currency in such ventures as the dealing of unauthorized prescription painkillers — by “pillbillies,” as they are known at the sympathetic establishments in Florida that do so much business with Kentucky and West Virginia that the relevant interstate bus service is nicknamed the “OxyContin Express.” A woman who is intimately familiar with the local drug economy suggests that the exchange rate between sexual favors and cases of pop — some dealers will accept either — is about 1:1, meaning that the value of a woman in the local prescription-drug economy is about $12.99 at Walmart prices.

He goes on to note that if it wasn’t soda it would be something else and that the cycle of transactions are often incestuous:

Last year, 18 big-city mayors, Mike Bloomberg and Rahm Emanuel among them, sent the federal government a letter asking that soda be removed from the list of items eligible to be used for EBT purchases. Mayor Bloomberg delivered his standard sermon about obesity, nutrition, and the multiplex horrors of sugary drinks. But none of those mayors gets what’s really going on with sugar water and food stamps. Take soda off the list and there will be another fungible commodity to take its place. It’s possible that a great many cans of soda used as currency go a long time without ever being cracked — in a town this small, those selling soda to EBT users and those buying it back at half price are bound to be some of the same people, the soda merely changing hands ceremonially to mark the real exchange of value, pillbilly wampum.



There is nothing wrong with an unpaid internship

If an employer offers an unpaid position, it is up to the person who takes it to decide for themselves if they will gain the skill, experience, resume addition, networking potential, knowledge or self satisfaction equal to or greater than currency compensation in the form of a paycheck. You can’t make that decision and then change your mind later, deciding that you should have been paid money for a gig you took on under the agreement of not being paid money. Morons. Yet that is exactly what many are doing, claiming that their unpaid internships they sought out and accepted actually made them employees under federal labor laws for which they are demanding back pay. What tools. In this Boston Globe piece, at least one of the interns notes the dishonesty in this employee bait-and-switch:

Humphrey, who graduates in June, sympathizes with her peers bringing suit?—?to a point. “Unpaid internships really devalue our work,” she says. “The fact that they won’t pay is like a slap in the face.” However, she fears these cases may end up blocking the professional path for those coming up behind her. “I knew going in it was going to be difficult financially, so I planned for that. It seems dishonest to knowingly go into an unpaid internship and then at the end decide it wasn’t fair.”

These people are demanding a guaranteed outcome of their efforts. A safety net to protect against their possible bad judgements, lack of planning or lack of knowledge of the field they are entering – or just how to leverage the opportunities given to them through these internships.

Nathan Parcells, San Francisco-based cofounder and chief marketing officer of the website InternMatch, is also a critic of the status quo. “Internships used to be for the hustlers. Now around 63 percent of college students do one before they graduate; it’s gone up by more than threefold in the last 20 years. It’s becoming almost essential before you get a first-time job.” Career counselors at Boston-area universities are happy to tout the benefits: Students gain practical experience, build their resumes and networking contacts, and get to explore prospective career paths before investing years of study. But critics question whether these opportunities have turned into obligations, whether companies have pressed their advantage too far during a stagnant economy, and if students are being led down a path of serial internships going exactly nowhere.

Or you could just be a straight up gear in the machine with no business sense whatsoever, resigning your career strategy solely and completely to “I do what I want for a living and people give me money for it”. Whatevs. But its not unfair to work for free as an opportunity you choose to take or not.


Google will not give up force-feeding you Google+

It will only continue this way…