Facebook Solves the Global Cookie Shortage


Enter Facebook, which promises the more than 1 million businesses that advertise through its Atlas Solutions network that they can follow 1.4 billion users from PCs to smartphones to tablets and back. To use Facebook, you have to log in, and the social network records identifying information about each device you’ve logged in from. That data is stored in your profile, so Facebook knows it’s you online, even when you’re visiting other sites…

NFL Reinstates Child Abuser


Peterson, who was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 2012 after rushing for more than 2,000 yards, was banned from the league in November following his Texas conviction in an abuse case involving his 4-year-old son…

Peterson, who was accused of striking his son with a switch, has said he’s regretful and took full responsibility for the incident. He pleaded no contest to reckless assault, for which he was fined $4,000 by a Texas court and ordered to perform 80 hours of community service. Peterson said he never intended to hurt his son and that he’d been disciplined in the same way while growing up in east Texas…

Well, if your parents beat you, I guess it’s okay for you to beat your son.  I mean, since he’s your flesh and blood, it’s not assault, right?  And just because you lost your temper that time, it doesn’t mean you’ll lose it again, right?  Community service will fix your anger management problem, right?

New Jersey Cut by Moody’s as Christie Gets Ninth Debt Downgrade


The 52-year-old Republican governor’s tally of downgrades is three more than the previous recordholder, Democrat James McGreevey, who made minimal pension payments for three straight years and borrowed to balance the budget until the state Supreme Court banned him from doing so. Christie took office in 2010…

See ya later, Christie.  (This post is also for Josh.)

WikiLeaks Publishes Sony Documents


Anthony de Rosa, editor-in-chief of the news website Circa, tweeted a link to e-mails between Sony executives on how the studio planned to deal with the National Football League over “Concussion,” its Will Smith feature film about helmet safety that’s scheduled for release Dec. 25…

Plasticizing agents dangerous to the female reproduction system

Researchers warn that many low doses are as dangerous as a few large doses


Research shows that the phthalate DEHP, which is a plasticizing agent used in upholstery, baby toys, building materials and many other consumer products, is harming the female reproductive system. The chemicals in these products are disrupting the growth and function of the ovaries...

This article is just about women, but I think there’s been some research that shows the same effects in boys and men.

Verizon Report: over 1 out of 10 people fall for phishing attempts


Verizon released its 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) this week and the results are neither surprising nor encouraging: most major security breaches happen not because of super-sophisticated hacker attacks, but because everyday people continue to fall for the same types of everyday scams that have been ongoing for years…

Phishing describes the type of scam where the scammer sends a message allegedly from someone else – anyone from Netflix to your Facebook friends, from your bank to the IRS – in hope of tricking you into giving the scammer your social security number, bank account information or any other data which an identity thief would find useful.

It can also refer to the scammer posing as someone else not to steal information from you, but to trick you into doing something – such as downloading a file attachment chockful of malware...

Acetaminophen: A drug that deadens the joy as well as the pain


In their study they showed very pleasant and very disturbing photographs to 2 groups of people. One group had taken acetaminophen, the other a placebo…  After reviewing the results, the researchers concluded the painkiller blunts positive emotions.

“This means that using Tylenol or similar products might have broader consequences than previously thought,” said Geoffrey Durso, the study’s lead author.“Rather than just being a pain reliever, acetaminophen can be seen as an all-purpose emotion reliever.”

The mood changes, however, were subtle. Baldwin Way, an assistant professor of psychology at Ohio State and one of the authors, said most people taking the drug were not aware they felt any different.

“Most people probably aren’t aware of how their emotions may be impacted when they take acetaminophen,” he said…

Acetaminophen has been in use for about 70 years and is considered the most common drug ingredient in the U.S. The researchers cite an industry trade group in estimating it is found in more than 600 medications. About 23 million U.S. consumers take a drug each week containing acetaminophen.

Because of those large numbers, the researchers say consumers should be aware of the drug’s psychological side effects, especially since those effects appear to be so subtle. But for people whose moods tend to bounce from high to low, those side effects might not be all bad.

“People who took acetaminophen didn’t feel the same highs or lows as did the people who took placebos,” Way said…

This study doesn’t seem very scientific to me.  Showing “disturbing” photos?  Considering what’s available online, and what we see in the movies and news every day, what kind of photos did they consider disturbing?

And to say that Tylenol is an “all-purpose emotion reliever” just sounds stupid.  Sorry, but it does. Further, it doesn’t say who funded the study… Was it, I dunno, the makers of Tylenol?

For adults, I don’t think this study means anything.  But since so many children take Tylenol, one has to wonder how it affects their brains.  I read one study that suggested a connection between Tylenol and autism, but that doesn’t mean much either.  Still, if I had small children, I think I would choose aspirin over Tylenol any day.

Let me repeat:  For adults, taking Tylenol will not improve your mood.  Period, end of sentence.

Trying To Nap

Do you agree to try?  Yes, yes, I’ll try.  Okay then…

Think of something good… Like desserts.  What do you want to bake next?  Maybe peanut butter chocolate brownie pie, is there such a thing?  I love… what are they called?  Oh yeah, graham crackers.  I love graham crackers.  Or maybe chocolate chip pumpkin bread.  I’ve never tried to make chocolate mousse, how about that?  No cream cheese in the house, remember?

Okay, that’s not working.  Why don’t you try doing your old gymnastics routines in your head? Beam, bars, floor exercise… Remember vaulting and how it felt to fly over the horse?  How it felt to do a side split leap, hanging for just a split second in the air?  Let’s create our own new floor routine, how about it?

Not working either.  Deep breath in, slow exhale out.  Listen to the James Taylor CD playing on your DVD player.  Concentrate on the music.  Wait, all I hear is the buzzing in my ears… That’s because the DVD player is on its last legs and doesn’t always work.  Lean over, grab the controls, eject, and press play again.

I’m thirsty.  Too bad, we’re trying to sleep here.  My head hurts.  Too bad, you just took some aspirin an hour ago…

Even though the honeysuckle isn’t blooming yet, remember the smell?  Breathe in deeply… Can you smell it?  Imagine bending down and smelling a rose.  Breathe in… slowly exhale.

Look, falling asleep isn’t that hard to do.  As Nike says, just freakin’ do it already!  Deep breath in…

Exhale… and I’m up.  No sleep for me.