Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), also known as emphysema or chronic bronchitis, is the third leading cause of death in the US. It also affects 15 percent of veterans. Learn how VA researchers are tackling the problem at the VA VAntage Point Blog .
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is providing free meals and spending money to eligible homeless veterans. The free meals will be offered at Veterans Canteen Service (VCS) cafeterias to homeless Veterans attending their first VA medical appointment. New veterans participating in the Housing and Urban Development and VA Supportive Housing program , who present signed leases will also receive a $20 coupon to be used in VCS retail stores located at every VA medical center. For more information on VA services available to homeless veterans, visit the VA Homeless Veterans webpage.
As the population of female veterans continues to grow, it is important to realize the unique challenges they face. Listen to their stories of service in their own words on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Stories of Service webpage .
November is National Family Caregiver Month. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is encouraging every VA employee to identify and recognize Family Caregivers at their facility. VA's Family Caregivers take on a daily burden to provide care for some of the most ill or severely injured veterans who have served our Nation. To learn more about Caregivers and how the Department of Veterans Affairs is working to enhance our services for them, visit the VA Caregiver Support webpage.
The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Coach smartphone application, jointly developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD), was recently honored as one of seven recipients of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman's Awards for Advancements in Accessibility, which encourages technological innovation in communication-related areas. Information on the PTSD Coach app is on the VA's National Center for PTSD Website .
A note about VA Health Care Benefits for veterans: It is a common misconception among many vets that one has to have a service-connected condition to receive care. That is not the case!
This link provides the latest 2011 information on basic eligibility, enrollment and other pertinent information concerning health care services provided by the VA as well as all the other benefits available to veterans: Read it! Apply! Use your benefits! (Non-veterans, if you know a vet, pass this on, please!)
CUSTOM SCULPTURES by Tom Samui
"These amazing metal sculptures, constructed out of old car and truck parts, are impressive in scale and design. Created by Tom Samui, these creations belong in a steampunk animal menagerie, or used as the coolest junkyard advertising ever."--Neatorama
The Irascible Professor: How to Steal a University
… right here in the formerly golden state of California not only has a university campus been stolen, but an entire university system has been purloined. The California State University System was once the proud possession of the people of California
Marc Dion: Biased Left-wing Media (Creators Syndicate)
I picked my side of the door a long time ago, meaning I was born on my side and I got used to it after a while. But it's nice to be considered. I remember the nuns who taught me back in the early 1960s, authoritative women in voluminous black habits who used the words "snare of Satan" without even a touch of whimsy. To those nuns: Thanks.
Terry Savage: Greece Trapped in No-win Situation (Creators Syndicate)
Free markets work! That was the message of Bank Transfer Day. Consumers who have become fed up with the high fees, nickel-diming charges and outrageous costs to maintain a simple checking or savings account at the country's major banks staged a protest. It didn't make headlines like the tea party or Occupy Wall Street. But it did move money - more than $4.5 billion - out of big banks and into local community banks and credit unions.
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Cotton is a soft, fluffy staple fiber that grows in a boll, or protective capsule, around the seeds of cotton plants of the genus Gossypium. The fiber is almost pure cellulose. The botanical purpose of cotton fiber is to aid in seed dispersal.
mj was first, and correct, with:
Don't know the biological term
But the fluff is sort of a parasail. It helps in seed dispersal.
Alan J said:
Seed dispersal, what else?
Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
The botanical purpose of cotton fiber is to aid in seed dispersal
I guess that like a Dandelion, the fibers (and seeds) are carried on the wind.
According to Wikipedia- The botanical purpose of cotton fiber is to aid in seed dispersal.
aid in seed dispersal
To aid in seed dispersal. Somewhat similar to how the Monarch butterfly caterpillar's primary food source, the Milkweed, sends their seeds a-flyin'...
Apparently, the botanical purpose of cotton fiber is to aid in seed dispersal - so saith the internets...
Has nothing to do with cotton, I just liked the photo...
PS: Had a nice evening with my gks - after all of our goodies, we played some Lego's, and then watched a movie, "Mall Cop" which was very cute. Since the precious gs is almost 12 years old, I suspect these evenings are winding down now. That being said, how they laughed at that movie... I love that!
To aid in seed dispersal.
DJ Konrad Useo responded:
I believe the botanical purpose of cotton fiber is to cause lower back pain.
That's why it grows so close to the ground.
And, Joe S , after watching '60 Minutes', answered:
The botanical purpose of cotton fiber is to aid in seed dispersal.
Rainy and dark enough the street lights were on all day.
CBS opens the night with a FRESH'How I Met Your Mother', followed by a FRESH'2 Broke Girls', then a FRESH'2½ Men', followed by a FRESH'Mike & Molly', then a FRESH'Hawaii Five-0'.
Scheduled on a FRESHDave are Ty Burrell and Needtobreathe.
Scheduled on a FRESHCraig are Robin Williams and Johnny Galecki.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'The Sing Off', followed by 'Rock Center'.
Scheduled on a FRESHLeno are Dennis Miller and Javier Colon.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Jason Segel, Deepak Chopra, Michele Bachmann, M83, and Greg Phillinganes.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 10/11/11) are Roy Choi, Tiffany Schlain, and the Joy Formidable.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'Dancing With The R's', followed by a FRESH'You Deserve It', then a FRESH'Castle'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Artie Lange, Nick DiPaolo, Atticus Shafer, and Lady Antebellum.
The CW offers a FRESH'Gossip Girl', followed by a FRESH'Hart Of Dixie'.
Faux has a FRESH'Terra Nova', followed by a FRESH'House'.
MY recycles an old 'L&O: SVU', followed by another old 'L&O: SVU'.
A&E has 'Hoarders', another 'Hoarders', followed by a FRESH'Hoarders', then a FRESH'Monster-In-Laws', followed by another FRESH'Monsters-In-Law'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Quick & The Dead', followed by the movie 'There Will Be Blood'.
[6:00AM] BBC World News
[7:00AM] BBC World News
[8:00AM] The Graham Norton Show-Ep 17 - Matthew Fox, Diane Kruger, Jessie J
[9:00AM] The Graham Norton Show-Ep 3 Katie Price, Jo Brand, Jackie Collins
[10:00AM] Gordon Ramsay's F Word-Episode 7
[11:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares-Ep 8 Sabatiello's
[12:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares-Ep 1 - Mojito's
[1:00PM] Gordon Ramsay's F Word-Episode 8
[2:00PM] Gordon Ramsay's F Word-Episode 9
[3:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Revisited-Ep 4 Bonapartes
[4:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares-Ep 6 Seascape
[5:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation-Ep 8 The Price
[6:00PM] Top Gear-Episode 3
[7:00PM] Top Gear-Episode 4
[8:00PM] Top Gear: Best Of 06-07 - Episode 4 NEW
[12:00AM] Top Gear: Best Of 06-07-Episode 6
[1:00AM] Top Gear-Episode 2
[2:00AM] Top Gear: Best Of 06-07-Episode 4
[3:00AM] Top Gear: Best Of 06-07-Episode 6
[4:00AM] Top Gear-Episode 2
[5:00AM] BBC World News (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', 'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills', and another 'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills'.
Comedy Central has '30 Rock', another '30 Rock', 'It's Always Sunny In Philly', another 'It's Always Sunny In Philly', still another 'It's Always Sunny In Philly', yet another 'It's Aways Sunny In Philly', still another 'It's Always Sunny In Philly', and yes, one more 'It's Always Sunny In Philly'.
On a RERUNJon Stewart (from 11/8/11) is Bill Clinton.
On a RERUNColbert Report (from 11/15/11) is Elijah Wood.
FX has '2½ Men', another '2½ Men', followed by the movie 'Role Models', then the movie 'Role Models', again.
History has 'American Pickers', 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', 'American Pickers', 'Pawn Stars', and another 'Pawn Stars'.
[6:00AM] Onion News Network-Sex in America
[9:00AM] Calendar Girls
[11:15AM] Left Luggage
[3:45PM] Calendar Girls
[6:00PM] Malcolm in the Middle-Halloween
[6:30PM] Malcolm in the Middle-Jessica Stays Over
[7:00PM] Malcolm in the Middle-Secret Boyfriend
[7:30PM] Malcolm in the Middle-Blackout
[8:00PM] From Hell
[10:30PM] Valhalla Rising
[12:30AM] AV Club's One Track Mind
[12:35AM] From Hell
[3:05AM] Valhalla Rising
[5:05AM] United We Stand
[5:15AM] The Whitest Kids U'Know
[5:30AM] Undeclared-Hal and Hillary (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00A] LUDO BITES AMERICA: Raleigh (Episode 5, Season 1)
[7:00A] UNLEASHED BY GARO: A Little Bit of Pain (Episode 4, Season 1)
[8:00A] Love Lust & Chocolate
[9:00A] MY SO-CALLED LIFE - Life of Brian (Episode 11, Season 1)
[10:00A] Summer Hours
[11:45A] The End Of The Line
[1:15P] This Is Not A Robbery
[2:30P] Pol Pot's Birthday
[2:45P] Summer Hours
[4:30P] Instead of Abracadabra
[5:00P] The End Of The Line
[6:30P] Brief Interviews With Hideous Men
[8:00P] Love Lust & Holiday Feasts
[9:00P] GIRLS WHO LIKE BOYS WHO LIKE BOYS - Naughty or Nice? (Nashville)
[9:30P] GIRLS WHO LIKE BOYS WHO LIKE BOYS - Let's Get This Party Started (Nashville)
[10:00P] QUIRKY: Very Messy, Very Fast (Episode 6, Season 1)
[11:00P] MY SO-CALLED LIFE - Self-Esteem (Episode 12, Season 1)
[12:00A] Love Lust & Holiday Feasts
[1:00A] QUIRKY: Very Messy, Very Fast (Episode 6, Season 1)
[2:00A] LUDO BITES AMERICA: Redondo Beach (Episode 6, Season 1)
[3:00A] GIRLS WHO LIKE BOYS WHO LIKE BOYS - Naughty or Nice? (Nashville)
[3:30A] GIRLS WHO LIKE BOYS WHO LIKE BOYS - Let's Get This Party Started (Nashville)
[4:00A] Brief Interviews With Hideous Men
[5:30A] GIRLS WHO LIKE BOYS WHO LIKE BOYS - Naughty or Nice? (Nashville) (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Angels & Demons', followed by the movie 'Star Trek: Insurrection', followed by a FRESH'Scare Tactics', and another 'Scare Tactics'.
On a RERUNConan (from 10/31/11) are Jimmy Fallon and Reggie Watts.
Acclaimed documentaries from Werner Herzog, Errol Morris, Morgan Spurlock and Steve James have missed out on a shot at the Academy Awards.
Herzog's "Into the Abyss," Morris' "Tabloid," Spurlock's "The Greatest Movie Ever Sold" and James' "The Interrupters" did not make the short list of 15 documentaries eligible for the feature-length prize at the Feb. 26 Oscars.
Among the films that made the list, released Friday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, are: Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory"; Wim Wenders' "Pina"; the Harry Belafonte profile "Sing Your Song"; and "Project Nim," directed by Oscar winner James Marsh ("Man on Wire").
The son of actress and activist Mia Farrow and director Woody Allen has been chosen as a Rhodes Scholar.
Ronan Farrow is among 32 American students who will be awarded scholarships to study at Oxford University. It's not the first academic distinction for Farrow, who is a special adviser to the Secretary of State for global youth issues.
He had started college as a child, graduating from Bard College in 2004 when he was 15. He started Yale Law School when he was 17 and graduated in 2009.
He's also worked as special adviser for humanitarian and NGO affairs in the State Department's Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Capital gains are the key ingredient of income disparity in the US-- and the force behind the winner takes all mantra of our economic system. If you want even out earning power in the U.S, you have to raise the 15% capital gains tax.
Income and wealth disparities become even more absurd if we look at the top 0.1% of the nation's earners-- rather than the more common 1%. The top 0.1%-- about 315,000 individuals out of 315 million-- are making about half of all capital gains on the sale of shares or property after 1 year; and these capital gains make up 60% of the income made by the Forbes 400.
It's crystal clear that the Bush tax reduction on capital gains and dividend income in 2003 was the cutting edge policy that has created the immense increase in net worth of corporate executives, Wall St. professionals and other entrepreneurs.
The reduction in the tax from 20% to 15% continued the step-by-step tradition of cutting this tax to create more wealth. It had first been reduced from 35% in 1978 at a time of stock market and economic stagnation to 28% . Again 1981, at the start of the Reagan era, it was reduced again to 20%-- raised back to 28% in 1987, on the eve of the October 19 232% crash in the market. In 1997 Clinton agreed to reduce it back to 20%, which move was an inducement for the explosion of hedge funds and private equity firms-- the most "rapidly rising cohort within the top 1 per cent."
Make no mistake; the battle that is to be fought over the coming attempt to reverse this reduction in capital gains will be bloody and intense. The facts are clear according to the Congressional Budget Office more than 80% of the increase in income inequality was the result of an increase in the share of household income from capital gains. In fact, you can go so far as to claim that "Capital Gains income is the most unevenly distributed-- and volatile-- source of household income," according to Laura D'Andrea Tyson, University of California business professor and former chairwoman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Clinton.
A man smokes marijuana from a vaporizer during the 24th annual High Times Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Sunday Nov. 20, 2011. People who buy a judge's pass for the festival can vote in the annual competition electing the best marijuana and awarding it with the Cannabis Cup. The Netherlands, long-time known for its liberal drug policies, is changing course as right-wing political leaders are trying to ban tourists from buying marijuana in coffee shops.
Photo by Peter Dejong
They've been hacked and libeled, stalked and slandered. Now the public figures whose personal lives have long offered grist for Britain's news mill have been given a rare chance to confront their tabloid tormentors.
Film star Hugh Grant, "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling, and the father of missing girl Madeleine McCann are among those due to testify over the next week at the U.K. inquiry into media ethics - a judicial body that could recommend sweeping changes to the way Britons get their news.
The nationally televised inquiry would give many of those in the public eye an unprecedented chance to challenge those who write about them, said Cary Cooper, a professor at northern England's Lancaster University and the author of "Public Faces, Private Lives."
Speaking ahead of the testimony, victims' lawyer David Sherborne told the inquiry multiple tales of shattered privacy, broken lives and even suicides stemming from relentless media intrusion.
A tract of Palestinian land in the West Bank has for the first time been seized by a kibbutz located inside Israel, a prominent Israeli researcher said Saturday.
The land - about 365 acres (148 hectares) from the West Bank Palestinian village of Bardaleh - was seized by the nearby agricultural community of Kibbutz Meirav, which lies inside Israel proper, said Dror Etkes, a prominent researcher and activist against Jewish settlement in the West Bank.
For decades, Israeli authorities seized such lands for Jewish settlers inside the West Bank, but not for communities across the cease-fire lines inside Israel proper, Etkes said.
The Bardaleh lands lie on the Israeli side of a barrier that was built to keep out Palestinian attackers. But the meandering barrier - a mix of high concrete walls and fences - frequently juts into the West Bank. It has kept some Palestinian farmland on the Israeli side of the barrier, including some belonging to farmers in Bardaleh.
The kibbutz has been tending to the land for years, but only recently has Israel publicly acknowledged that it considers it its own.
Artists work on the final details of a woman covered in body paint during the VI World Meeting of Body Art at the Teresa Carreno's theater in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. Activities such as body painting, tattooing, performances, workshops and conferences are part of the event.
Photo by Ariana Cubillos
Heath and Deborah Campbell, the New Jersey parents of three children with Nazi-inspired names, lost custody of their fourth child 17 hours after he was born, the Express-Times of Lehigh Valley, Pa., reported.
Hons Campbell was taken into custody by the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services late Thursday night after the doctor who delivered the baby called the agency, the paper reported.
The Campbell family stepped into the spotlight in December 2008 when a ShopRite grovery store declined to decorate a birthday cake for their son Adolf Hitler Campbell's third birthday.
The state took custody of Adolf, along with his sisters JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszlynn Himler Jeannie Campbell, in January of 2009. The three children have remained in foster care ever since.
The couple's attorney, Pasquale Giannetta, told The Associated Press that a court a hearing has been scheduled for Monday to determine the custody status of the newborn.
"The Twilight Saga" has staked out another huge opening with a $139.5 million first weekend domestically and a worldwide launch of $283.5 million.
The domestic total gives "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" the second-best debut weekend for the franchise, after the $142.8 million launch for 2009's "The Twilight Saga: New Moon." ''Breaking Dawn" did more than half of its business, $72 million, on opening day Friday, while the movie's debut weekend was the fifth-best on record.
But the Warner Bros. dancing penguin sequel "Happy Feet 2" stumbled in its debut, pulling in just $22 million over opening weekend. That's barely half what the first film in the animated franchise earned in its 2006 opening.
George Clooney had a great start with Fox Searchlight's comic drama "The Descendants," which broke into the top-10 despite playing in just a handful of theaters.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1," $139.5 million ($144 million international)
2. "Happy Feet 2," $22 million.
3. "Immortals," $12.3 million ($11.9 million international).
4. "Jack and Jill," $12 million.
5. "Puss in Boots," $10.7 million ($2.4 million international).
6. "Tower Heist," $7 million ($4.5 million international).
7. "J. Edgar," $5.9 million.
8. "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas," $2.9 million.
9. "In Time," $1.7 million.
10. "The Descendants," $1.2 million.
In this picture taken late Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, Sufi Muslim dervishes from Turkey whirl in dance as part of a Sema ceremony during the Ruhaniyat Sufi and Mystic Festival in New Delhi, India. The Sema is part of a worship ceremony in which the dervishes' goal is to reach perfection by letting go of one's ego or personal desires while thinking of God while in the process of spinning the body in circles.
Photo by Kevin Frayer
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