Daily Archives: May 23, 2011

A salute to my dogs, Nestle and Byron…

…before I take them out for a walk. Here is their favorite animation series:

(if you are like me, a pickup was absolutely necessary this afternoon. Right boys?)

Stop the Koch Brothers from profiting from the destruction of America’s water and farmland…

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has the ability to stop Koch Industries, Inc. from profiting off a pipeline that would carry the dirtiest oil on Earth through six states, one of America’s most important aquifers and almost 2,000 miles of American homes and farmland. Help us reach our goal of 50,000 individuals telling Secretary Clinton to say No to the Kochs and Yes to protecting Americans at http://kochbrothersexposed.com/tellclintonno.

Bill Hunter, great Australian character actor, has died…

If you have seen Gallipoli, Muriel’s Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla – Queen of the Desert, Strictly Ballroom or any of the many major Australian movies that have taken to our American screens, then you have seen Bill Hunter, whose over 50 year career made him the actor that represented Australia to many.

Hunter began as a stunt man in 1959 in the American film On The Beach that was filmed in Australia. Rumor has it that, “when he watched Gregory Peck do 27 takes and thought, ‘A mug could do that’”,  according to Rhoda Roberts, Mr. Hunter’s former wife, in The Daily Telegraph of Sydney, he decided to become an actor.

When cinema-goers asked, “Haven’t I seen that bloke in something before?”, the answer with the Australian actor Bill Hunter was almost invariably, “Yes”.

– Nick Bryant, Sydney Correspondent for the BBC.

Director Baz Luhrmann described Mr. Hunter in a statement last week as “the go-to iconic actor to synthesize quintessential Australian-ness.” Children knew him as as the voice of the dentist who captured the clown fish star of the hit 2003 animated feature Finding Nemo.

Hunter was 71 and died of cancer.

Big Coffee Drinking Men are Avoiding Prostate Cancer…

From the LA Times:

A Harvard School of Public Health study of nearly 48,000 men found that those who drank more than six cups of coffee per day had a 60% reduced risk of developing lethal prostate cancer compared with nondrinkers.

The reduction in lethal prostate cancer risk was similar between decaf and regular coffee drinkers. Thus, the researchers conclude, caffeine isn’t the wonder element — good news for those who already consume far too much caffeine (you know who you are).

The results were published online Tuesday in the “Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

The researchers write in the discussion of their paper:

“An association between coffee and lower risk of advanced prostate cancer is biologically plausible. Coffee improves glucose metabolism, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, and affects sex hormone levels, all of which play roles in prostate cancer progression.”

OK… I’m back on the coffee binge!

If you saw 60 Minutes last night in its report on Thomas Drake, NSA whistleblower…

… then you will want to hear Amy Goodman‘s report on Democracy Now:

This, I feel, is a really unfortunate side of Obama’s administration.