Bad Economy–Bad Diet

The USA Today had an interesting report a couple of days ago.

Stressed workers often reach for calorie-rich foods, skip the gym after a taxing day or forego meals because of heavy workloads. Or they indulge in other bad-for-you behavior like smoking, drinking or staying out late.

As the credit and housing crises rattle Wall Street, pressures over bigger workloads, job security and shrinking nest eggs are upending diets and fueling unhealthy habits across the country.

Breakfast is diet Pepsi and two packets of M&M’s. For lunch, macaroons and white chocolates filled with marzipan from the farmer’s market near Wall Street.

Eating right and getting exercise may seem burdensome and even frivolous under such circumstances, but it actually gives people a greater sense of control and calm, said registered dietitian Heather Bauer, author of The Wall Street Diet.

Stress can take more serious, physical tolls. People under great stress release hormones and nerve chemicals that weaken the immune system, rendering them more susceptible to illness, said Dr. Esther Sternberg, who studies the effects of stress at the National Institute of Mental Health. Stress can also slow the body’s ability to heal wounds, she said.

That could all translate into higher worker absenteeism, and those who do show up are likely not as productive when under great stress, said David Ballard, who specializes in work stress issues at the American Psychological Association.

Taking such measures to reduce stress will only become more critical as the economic forecast darkens.

The nation’s unemployment rate, now at 5.1%, is expected to move higher in coming months. Gasoline and food prices are at record levels, too, with ground beef, milk, apples, coffee and orange juice costing more these days.

Those Darn Pesky Socialists–Page 3

The final installment of what a socialist believes.

Energy

1. We call for the development of alternative energy sources including solar, geothermal, wind, hydropower, and biomass to end dependence on fossil fuels.

2. We call for a sliding-scale index which favors low-income people, to ensure that all people have access to utility services.

3. We call for mandatory vitrification (encapsulation) of all spent nuclear fuel, control rods and other waste.

4. We call for a ban on all imports of nuclear materials, whether they are vitrified or not.

Environment

1. We call for public ownership and democratic control of all our natural resources in order to conserve resources, preserve our wilderness areas, and restore environmental quality.

2. The U.S. must immediately return to participation in international agreements, such as the Kyoto Protocol, limiting carbon emissions, and accept a major role in worldwide efforts to control global warming.

3. We call for placing full financial responsibility on private companies for prevention and clean up of their own toxic wastes and for full compensation of workers and residents adversely affected by environmental hazards.

4. We oppose policies that target minority communities for placement of local landfills, toxic waste disposal sites, or incinerators.

5.  We call for strong, enforceable endangered species protection that focuses on habitat-centered protection for plants and animals.

6. We oppose any new nuclear power projects and call for the rapid phasing out of all nuclear power plants, and a ban on the export of nuclear technology.

7. We support the recycling of glass, metals, plastic, paper, and chemicals and the use of recycled materials for public works projects such as roadways, parks, and playgrounds.

8. We call for shutting down waste incinerators and phasing out landfills and especially oppose targeting minority communities for hazardous waste disposal sites.

9. We oppose open-pit mining operations and support the reclamation of land used by mining operations at the company’s expense.

10. We support large-scale environmental restoration efforts.

OMG!  I found one that Obama believes–#1 under energy, but then so does McCain.  Does that mean that McCain is a socialist too.  We are doomed!  (sarcasm intended)

A Sex Museum?

China’s first museum of sex education for women, disseminating information on human reproduction and sexual psychology, has opened in the southern city of Guangzhou, the China Daily reported Friday.

The exhibition, which men are barred from, has eight halls with more than 500 exhibits, housed in the city’s Ren’ai Hospital.

Women will be shown films and pictures imparting ‘knowledge on pregnancy, abortions and childbirth,’ the newspaper said.

The museum hopes for at least 200 visitors per day.

Authorities hope the experience will allow women to make more informed choices in their relationships with male partners and in family planning.
In 2000, the China Family Planning Association launched a five-year project to ‘promote reproductive health education among Chinese teenagers and unmarried youth’, providing information on pregnancy and HIV prevention.

Widespread ignorance on sex issues have been seen as a major impediment to the Chinese government’s efforts to control the population explosion, and has contributed to the spread of HIV in recent years.

There are currently an estimated 1.5 million HIV infected in the country.

The New White House Chief-Of-Staff?

A Democratic congressman has reportedly been approached by US presidential hopeful Barack Obama to be his chief-of-staff.

Rahm Emanuel was named by Democratic sources as a contender for the job.

The Illinois congressman is considered a highly partisan politician who served in Bill Clinton’s White House.

The BBC’s Justin Webb says the McCain campaign say this is an example of the real face of an Obama administration – governed from the left.

Mr Obama refused to be drawn on reports he had approached Mr Emanuel about becoming his chief-of-staff.