Blue Graffiti

(Photo taken 4/17/2015, Series #3 of 7.)

Jordan Reese McConeghy, 24, of Brooklyn was arrested Wednesday after a year-long investigation in connection to multiple graffiti incidents, police said. The latest was Feb. 12, when someone spray painted graffiti on two Metrorail cars in the West Falls Church yard. McConeghy was also arrested in 2014 in Maryland for destruction of property and trespassing at the Shady Grove yard. In that case, the man agreed to pay Metro $6,832.73 for damages, Metro said.

Metro officials say McConeghy defaced Metrorail cars, prompting the agency to pull the graffiti-painted cars out of service and costing Metro thousands of dollars in repairs. The damage from the February incident was estimated at $5,400, the agency said. Photos provided by Metro show the cars spray painted with the tags “SMYL” and “EHC.”

“This arrest is the result of a year’s worth of intense investigation and solid detective work,” said Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik. “We hope this arrest sends a strong message to anyone who would consider defacing Metro property.”

If convicted, the man could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $2,500, police said.

Sugar Suppresses Body’s Stress Response

Drinking beverages sweetened with sugar suppressed cortisol and the brain’s stress responses — an effect that was lacking for drinks sweetened with aspartame, found a new study…

“This is the first evidence that high sugar – but not aspartame – consumption may relieve stress in humans,” said the corresponding author of the study, Kevin Laugero, PhD, at the department of nutrition at University of California Davis. “The concern is psychological or emotional stress could trigger the habitual overconsumption of sugar and amplify sugar’s detrimental health effects, including obesity.”  The sugar group also had significantly lower nausea (P=0.041), researchers found…

He added that their study didn’t look at the question of whether sugar is addictive. “But cortisol has been linked to addictive behaviors, probably through its actions on certain pathways in the brain…

Just wanted to add that sugar is legal and cheap, unlike cannabis.

Is your medical condition a target for insurance companies?

In 2002 Unum’s management decided they had paid long enough on 9/11 victim claims and began “target projects” to review all victim claims and deny as many as possible. I know this because I was charged with exactly that objective.

Those who were injured or affected by the 9/11 tragedy were typically Wall Street Analysts, Morgan Stanley and Mercantile employees with extremely high benefit amounts. Unum’s “target” strategy was to compel claims handlers to “present” all claims at roundtable so that management could decide not only which claims were to be denied, but when. Most mental and nervous 9/11 claims were denied at that time…

Top ten of most frequently targeted disability claims are: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Pain, Lyme Disease, failed Cervical or Back Surgeries, HIV/AIDS, early Multiple Sclerosis, Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD and Migraines. This list is not exclusive to Unum but I find many other insurers are reluctant to pay for certain claims. Secondary non-compensable impairments include Sjogren’s, TMJ, concussion syndrome, connective tissue disease, and POTS.

Improvements in pharmaceutical treatments for HIV have also encouraged Unum’s medical reviewers to allege HIV/AIDS infected insureds can return to work despite a long list of continued symptoms not alleviated by medications that improve T-cell counts. Therefore, over the last several years there is some indication that Unum, like the 9/11 victims, is conducting projects to eliminate as many HIV claims as possible…

Local veteran dying of cancer can’t get pain meds from VA

Brugonone said the VA told him last week he was denied because he missed too many appointments. He said he missed them because he didn’t know when they were. The paperwork the VA mailed him for the appointments didn’t have the date and time filled in. He said when he tried to explain, he couldn’t get anyone to listen.

“It’s my error. It’s my fault for not having a correct [date] on it. It’s my fault for not looking at it more closely. They are saying it’s not their fault,” Brugonone said.

If history is any indication, a resolution could take some time and doctors have given him six months to live…

Brought To You By Monster Unleaded

Monster Unleaded tastes just like Original Monster; citrusy, sweet, and carbonated. If you like the taste of original, you’ll like Unleaded as well.

Here’s where this energy drink gets interesting as it is lacking caffeine, but still is wanting to be labeled as an energy drink. There is no caffeine rush from this drink, but perhaps just a slight sugar rush. Monster strays a bit from their standard energy blend and replaces the caffeine with an additional amino acid, L-Arginine.

According to WebMD:

L-arginine is converted in the body into a chemical called nitric oxide. Nitric oxide causes blood vessels to open wider for improved blood flow. L-arginine also stimulates the release of growth hormone, insulin, and other substances in the body.

They also add glucose to their energy blend, but this is just a simple sugar of which most carbs we eat are converted to anyway by our bodies…

(Photo taken today.)