Daily Archives: July 16, 2010

From HuffPo: Carte Goodwin Appointed To Fill Robert Byrd’s West Virginia Senate Seat

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Gov. Joe Manchin is tapping his former chief counsel and a member of a prominent West Virginia family, Carte Goodwin, to succeed the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd.

Carte Goodwin Byrd Senate Seat

Three officials familiar with the governor’s pick spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment ahead of an official announcement.

Manchin is scheduled to present his appointee at a Friday afternoon press conference at the Capitol.

The 36-year-old Goodwin, a Charleston lawyer, would hold the seat until November. That’s when the governor wants general election voters to decide who will serve the final two years of Byrd’s term. The Legislature has begun a special session to consider a proposal from Manchin to allow for a fall vote.

Goodwin already has ties to West Virginia’s Senate delegation: his wife, Rochelle, is state director for Byrd’s Democratic colleague, Sen. Jay Rockefeller.

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For our Tea Bagger friends…

Haven’t we been Taxed Enough Already? A musical number by emma’s revolution:

From their web site:
emma’s revolution is the duo of award-winning, activist musicians, Pat Humphries & Sandy O, who write songs that become traditions. Their song, “If I Give Your Name” won Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and their music has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and Pacifica’s “Democracy Now!”. “Peace, Salaam, Shalom” is sung around the world and has been called the “anthem of the anti-war movement.” “Keep On Moving Forward” opened the NGO Forum at the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, becoming the unofficial theme of the Conference.

Some weekend fun for graphic historians…

Reed College has posted an interesting game on its website…

It’s called the Early American Handwriting Game and it tests what you know about the shape of handwritten letters  a couple of centuries ago.

I got most of them right, but was really surprised at the  couple I got wrong! It’s interesting to see how our symbolic expression has changed over time.

Surprising medical study on older women and how weight mass effects brain capacity…

clipped from www.usnews.com

Body Shape May Affect Mental Acuity

Big apples fare better than plump pears

Being fat may diminish mental performance, studies find — a problem that worsens with age. But among elderly women, where fat is deposited may matter. To wit: The big apple is sharper than the obese pear.
Genetics dictates where people preferentially accumulate body fat. For most it’s around the belly. Among the obese, these apple-shaped individuals tend to run a bigger risk of developing heart disease than do pears — people who deposit most of their excess fat at the hips and thighs. For a host of reasons, physicians had expected that if body shape affected mental performance, apples would again prove the bigger losers.
In fact, the opposite appears true, Diana Kerwin of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago and her colleagues report online July 14  in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
Among apples, the fatter they were, the higher their mental-acuity score…
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Go HERE and read more…This article is cross posted on Panhandle Vegan.