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"I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love."
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Friday, October 19, 2012

News Bits - October 19, 2012

Earlier this week, I mentioned that both of the Presidential candidates were concerned about how the moderator of Tuesday night's debate, Candy Crowley, would behave during the debate.  Well, now that the debate is over, the Republicans seem to have an issue with her. One has to wonder if they would have had a problem with her had their candidate clearly won the debate as he did the first one. It seems to me that clarifying what the President actually said, then acknowledging that Romney was right about there being no further mention of the term terrorism until weeks later seems even handed to me and moved the conversation along as she states she was intending to do.  But that's just my opinion.

There is one final debate coming up on Monday night.  This one will be held in Florida and moderated by Bob Schieffer of CBS's Face the Nation.  The topic will be foreign policy this time around. The format will be like the first debate, not a town hall meeting.  I'm looking forward to watching this last debate but I'll admit that foreign policy is not my strong point so I will be keeping an eye on the fact-checking groups' tweets during the debate to gauge the accuracy of statements made by the candidates. During the last debate, I discovered that PolitiFact and FactCheck.org were fact-checking and posting their results on Twitter during the debate.  This was helpful when I wasn't sure how much spin was... being spun, for lack of a better term.

Have you purchased or are you considering purchasing the iPhone 5?  If so, you might want to read this article I found.  It seems that advertisers are able to track iPhone users with the new phone via the new operating system.  The good news is that, if this bothers you, you can turn it off.  The article shows you how to do so.
I was thinking about this feature and I realized that it really might not be a bad thing for the consumer.  After all, the advertisers are not able to know who you are, just your interests.  Using this information, they could tailor their ads to what you might actually be interested in.  Of course, with any technology there is the chance that it could be misused so I completely understand why some folks would be uncomfortable with this.  Like I stated before, you can turn off this feature if you don't want it but you should be aware that it is on by default.

In science news, there are some exciting developments for people who are especially affected by poison oak, ivy and sumac. Scientists have created a spray that glows under a fluorescent light when it comes in contact with urushiol, the oil found in these plants that causes our reaction.  The idea is that if you can see where the substance is - say, on your clothing, for example - you can avoid getting it on your skin until you are able to remove it.  The substance is still being tested and hopefully will be improved so you don't need a special light to see where the oils are but this is a terrific start!

Elsewhere, scientists have discovered yet another problem with not getting the proper amount of sleep:  It may affect how fat cells behave and put you at risk of weight gain and even diabetes or fatty liver disease. I'll let you read through the article itself for the details. The bottom line is that we are much healthier individuals when we get the proper amount of sleep - 7 to 9 hours a night.  So, turn off that TV and get to bed at a decent time!

Finally, I'm sure everyone has been waiting impatiently to find out what the actress Uma Thurman has named her baby who was born back in July. Her legal name is Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson but she is apparently called Luna by her family. This raises too many questions to go into here so I'll just leave you with that.

Have a lovely weekend.

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