Study: BMI not a reliable measure of health

But a new UCLA study finds that using BMI to gauge health incorrectly labels 54 million Americans as unhealthy even though they may not be. The study is being published online today in the International Journal of Obesity…

Many employers uses BMI to judge the health of prospective employees and a rule pending before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission would permit insurance companies to charge higher premiums to those with higher BMIs…

First the insurance companies came for the smokers. Now they’re coming for those that are overweight. Because nicotine and sugar are legal drugs. And now the drug war and the insurance companies are coming after those who take prescription drugs, along with every state that wants to put my allergy medicine in the hands of doctors. (Doctors suck.)

Is there a “reliable measure of health”? Does that even exist? How does that work, when we’re all so very different? How many of the measurements used by the medical industry are based on faulty research and analytics? (Like this very study?)

Seems like the media should be asking these questions, but I guess real reporters don’t exist anymore.

Oregon is sinking

I was thinking about moving to Oregon, but the state just passed a law that requires a prescription for allergy medicine. And it looks like Oregon is sinking:

That’s what ya’ll get for passing such a stupid law.

A Year Ago

My first cheap camera lasted about a year. And now it’s been about a year since I bought my second cheap camera. I don’t suppose I’ll ever have a Canon (like some people), but I’m very thankful for my cheap little camera. These photos are from February of last year, enjoy. 🙂


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Mother And Child Reunion

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Holding Hands

Assault weapons? Sure. (Weed? Forget it.)

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit said the state’s prohibition on what the court called “the vast majority of semi-automatic rifles commonly kept by several million American citizens” amounted to a violation of their rights under the Constitution…

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who recently suspended his Democratic presidential campaign, signed Maryland’s Firearm Safety Act of 2013 in the wake of the school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut…

The legislation mostly targets specific kinds of semi-automatic firearms — such as AR-15s and AK-47s — and large-capacity magazines, and adds certain registration and licensing requirements.

But gun rights advocates, including the National Rifle Association, quickly moved to challenge these laws in the courts, claiming that the restrictions they imposed on lawful gun ownership were overly broad and weren’t proven to save lives…

America’s court system is only available to the rich and powerful. All this time and money spent defending guns…  I’ll never understand why it’s so important for so many Americans to own guns, but I just wish there was an organization fighting for pain patients like the NRA fights for gun owners.