George R R Martin on Health Care Reform

Read the whole thing but I’ll excerpt this:

But no. The fact that NOT ONE SINGLE REPUBLICAN voted against the party line is damning (more than thirty Democrats crossed the other way, by comparison). Today’s GOP has abandoned all pretense of serving the people or attempting to redress the country’s problems. Today’s GOP belongs to the religious fundamentalists, the loonies and the haters, the lobbyists for the banks and corporations, and the very military industrial complex that Eisenhower warned against in his farewell speech. They proved that tonight.

Shame on them.

Google Uncensors China Search Engine

From Wired:

Google made good Monday on its promise to stop filtering search results in China, and is redirecting all visitors to Google.cn to its unfiltered Chinese search engine in Hong Kong. But China is certain to get the last word by blocking Mainland users from reaching the Hong Kong servers or even more drastically, taking back control of the internet address Google has used there for four years.

Now a search on June 4, the day of the 1989 Tiananmen massacre, returns 226 million results. Formerly that search, and thousands of other terms like it, had limited results and a notification to users that search results had been hidden due to the rules of China’s Communist government.

Google shocked the business world on Jan. 12 when it publicly announced it was no longer willing to abide by its 2006 deal with the Chinese government after it was the target of hacker attacks the company attributed to China. Google went into China with hopes that censorship would lessen over time, but in 2009, China’s leadership instead increased demands on search companies and tried to mandate state-run filtering software on all PCs.

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Researchers Find That High-Fructose Corn Syrup Prompts Considerably More Weight Gain

From Princeton News:

A Princeton University research team has demonstrated that all sweeteners are not equal when it comes to weight gain: Rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same.

In addition to causing significant weight gain in lab animals, long-term consumption of high-fructose corn syrup also led to abnormal increases in body fat, especially in the abdomen, and a rise in circulating blood fats called triglycerides. The researchers say the work sheds light on the factors contributing to obesity trends in the United States.

Ten immediate benefits of HCR

From Crooks and Liars:

1. Adult children may remain as dependents on their parents’ policy until their 27th birthday
2. Children under age 19 may not be excluded for pre-existing conditions
3. No more lifetime or annual caps on coverage
4. Free preventative care for all
5. Adults with pre-existing conditions may buy into a national high-risk pool until the exchanges come online. While these will not be cheap, they’re still better than total exclusion and get some benefit from a wider pool of insureds.