Older people blighted by pessimism and fear for the future are more likely to live longer, according to scientists. A study, into 40,000 adults across ten years, has found those with low expectations for a “satisfying future” actually led healthier lives. In contrast, people who were “overly optimistic” about the days ahead had a greater risk of disability or death within ten years. The extraordinary research, published by the American Psychological Association, will not doubt prove comfort to anyone with a tendency to grumpiness.[Snip]"Pessimism about the future may encourage people to live more carefully, taking health and safety precautions."
Comments: Do be careful, won´t you? Tomorrow will probably be a lousy day.
We used to have a neighbor who was the crankiest old lady. We children were all terrified of her (she would grab you by the neck with the handle of her cane). She lived to be 97, in pretty good health right up to the end.
Like Anthony Watts, I have only recently discovered the best, funniest and truest ever thing written about Climategate: an hilarious essay, published in 2009, by author Michael Kelly. [Snip] Like an Aristophanes satire, like Hamlet, it opens with two slaves, spear-carriers, little people. Footsoldiers of history, two researchers in a corrupt and impoverished mid-90s Russia schlep through the tundra to take core samples from trees at the behest of the bigger fish in far-off East Anglia. Stepan and Rashit don´t even have their own e-mail address and like characters in some absurdist comedy must pass jointly under the name
US citizens have been advised to be extra vigilant when travelling to Northern Ireland. Security checkpoints have been stepped up in Belfast after a car bomb partially exploded outside a shopping centre. No-one was injured. Police said the pre-Christmas checkpoints would be "random, unpredictable and short". The US Consulate General in Belfast urged Americans to "avoid suspicious activity, vehicles or packages". It also said US citizens should try to stay clear of areas where demonstrations are taking place, and "exercise caution in the vicinity of any parades or protests". With the increased security presence in the run-up to Christmas, traders
It wasn´t a bad summer, was it? It might have started late but it lasted through much of September. [Snip] Imagine if 1,500 people had died during the summer from the heat. The reaction would have been no less intense. Global warming is killing us! Well, that´s enough imagining. Let´s talk about reality. The reality is that the climate is indeed killing us. Last year it killed not 1,500 people, not even 15,000 people, but more than double that number: 31,100 people died as a result of our climate. But it´s not the heat that killed them. It´s the cold.
President Barack Obama told hecklers on Monday that he´s powerless to halt the deportations of illegal immigrants without an Act of Congress, but he did just that 17 months ago. Speaking over chants of ´Executive order!´ during a Monday night fundraiser in San Francisco, Obama insisted that unilateral action from the White House wasn´t possible. [Snip] ´I can´t just sign an executive order´ on immigration, he said. But in June 2012 the president directed the Department of Homeland Security to begin applying a selective-enforcement system to immigration offenders, halting the deportation of young illegal immigrants who were brought to America
I used to be a firm believer in man-made global warming (or “AGW”). Because I can remember the years when winter really meant winter – i.e. an extended period of mild, drizzly greyness, without even a hint of sleet – not like these modern, snowy, freezing winters, as they are experiencing right now in the USA. But then a few things began to chip away at my confidence in AGW. First, there was the simple fact that things stopped warming. The notorious email scandal didn’t help either (“hide the decline!”). Added to this, I sensed a shrill religiosity in the
Hook-handed hate preacher Abu Hamza has demanded to be moved from a US top-security jail because officials have refused his request for a bidet in his cell. [Snip] Hamza, who lost both hands and an eye fighting the Russians in Afghanistan in the 1980s, had his metal hook taken away by prison officials in New York when he arrived there in October last year. The Muslim cleric’s plea for a bidet to be installed in his cell was refused, with a judge retorting that jail ‘is not a hotel’. Now Hamza, born Mustafa Mostafa in Egypt 55 years ago, claims
Arizona authorities say a prison inmate who was in the U.S. illegally killed his cellmate because he wanted to remain behind bars. The Pinal County Sheriff´s Office has recommended that prosecutors charge 43-year-old Roberto Venegas-Fernandez with first-degree murder in the November 16 killing of 55-year-old Michael Patrick McNaughton Both men were prisoners of the U.S. Marshals Service, which has said they were from the San Diego area and housed at a Corrections Corp. of America prison in Florence pending their transfer to the Bureau of Prisons. Sheriff Paul Babeu said Venegas-Fernandez told investigators that he choked and stomped McNaughton
President Obama lashed out Tuesday at Republican lawmakers during a Hollywood speech seemingly designed to shift public debate away from his Obamacare - and Iran-related political train wrecks and toward safer territory: jobs and the economy. [Snip] ´Instead of rooting for failure or re-fighting old battles, Republicans in Congress need to work with us,´ he declared, complaining about his opponents´ fixation on the Affordable Care Act. ´We would be a lot further along without some of this dysfunction and obstruction we´ve seen in Washington,´ he insisted,.´if we didn´t [sic] have one wing of one party that was a little less
It is hard to have confidence in a deal struck by Barack Obama, the European Union, and the leaders of a brutal Islamist tyranny that treats any dissent with an iron fist.[Snip] With good reason, the US president was mocked on the headline of the Drudge Report, his head superimposed upon the figure of Neville Chamberlain, clutching a piece of paper, declaring “peace for our time.” The agreement struck with the Mullahs of Tehran, the world’s biggest sponsor of state terrorism, has been hailed by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei as a stunning victory for his country’s nuclear ambitions.
The historic British city of Chester has beaten Venice, Prague and Santorini on a list of the most beautiful cities in Europe favored by Americans. Never mind Paris and Venice, both often thought of as some of the most romantic cities in Europe, or Budapest for its rich historic offering – Chester in Cheshire was the fifth choice city behind Riga, Bergen, Innsbruck and Dubrovnik in an American newspaper poll. USA Today, the newspaper that ran the online survey, attributed the Roman walls and ‘charming collection of Tudor and Victorian buildings and a delightful shopping district filled with half-timbered shops
Ukraine PM Mykola Azarov has expressed alarm at becoming a "battlefield" for the EU and Russia, as protests continue over a stalled EU trade deal. He also insisted an agreement with Russia had not been finalised on possible new financial support. Kiev last week put on hold a historic trade agreement with the EU, prompting the EU to accuse Moscow of exerting heavy pressure on Ukraine. The decision triggered mass protests in the capital and other cities. "Russia does not give us guarantees, Europe does not give us guarantees, so what are we, a battlefield?" the prime minister told foreign
First, two declarations of interest, neither of which will surprise you: first, I´m in favour of the Union, and second, I haven´t read the White Paper. Today is a day for studying and considering the SNP´s arguments, and you can keep up with developments here. But we can already draw some conclusions about the way Alex Salmond is approaching the task of making his case for separation. The husband planning to leave his wife and hoping she won´t cut up rough in the courts is a familiar figure, and Mr Salmond is the absconding spouse asking for a divorce who
Everyone has a favorite recipe, find it in the back of a kitchen drawer, call your mom, see if you still have that dog-eared copy of the Joy of Cooking. It´s on the back of an old electric bill stuck inside the back cover. Find it and post it for all your LCom friends. If you have a special request let us know, someone can find it somewhere.
Conservatives have for years attempted to put our finger upon precisely why Barack Obama strikes us as queer in precisely the way he does. There is an alienness about him, which in the fever swamps is expressed in all that ridiculous Kenyan-Muslim hokum, but his citizen-of-the-world shtick is strictly sophomore year — the great globalist does not even speak a foreign language. Obama has been called many things — radical, socialist — labels that may have him dead to rights at the phylum level but not down at his genus or species. His social circle includes an alarming number of
Noel Ignatiev, a professor at Massachusetts College of Art, has for years advocated the total elimination of Caucasians. During his final lecture before retirement last Monday, he told his white male students "you don’t deserve to live. You are a cancer, you’re a disease." NOEL IGNATIEV: If you are a white male, you don’t deserve to live. You are a cancer, you’re a disease, white males have never contributed anything positive to the world! They only murder, exploit and oppress non-whites! At least a white woman can have sex with a black man and make a brown baby but what can a
Appearing on Arsenio Hall’s talk show over the weekend, ?Jesse Jackson defended both President Obama, who he said has faced heretofore unseen advsersity as president, as well as Jackson’s embattled son, who he said “had the best voting record in the Congress” before he was sentenced by unfair laws. On the president, Jackson praised him for “serving us well against the most hostility an American president has ever had” and “more attempts to derail his legislation then in the history of the country.” Between job creation and his efforts in Iraq, President Obama has “maintained a kind of dignity” without stooping
Pure, sweet, schadenfreudean goodness from Politico. See now why I think there’s a chance that those new Iran sanctions pass with veto-proof majorities? Turns out, after three years and a half years of development plus two months of frantic triage to Healthcare.gov, Democrats are finally ready to hold the White House accountable for its giant O-Care fark-up. A little. “The president and his team have repeatedly assured us that the system will be working by Dec. 1. That’s when I start looking at what we have to do in our oversight function to hold the administration accountable for making it work.” Rep.
Those who wrote the PPACA legislation were much more brilliant than most conservatives have given them credit for. They have hidden a landmine in the way it all works that will ensure an eventual takeover of the entire health care industry by the government. Let me first clarify my professional interest. I have been a vendor of software and services to both insurance companies and providers, and therefore have a deep understanding of the health care industry and what the ACA will do to it. I do not work for any insurance companies or medical providers, nor do I own stock
It is no secret that the Democrat party is hemorrhaging support in the wake of the disastrous ObamaCare rollout. As the Administration warns that the website will not be fully operational at the end of November, nervous Democrats are expected to try to separate themselves from Obama and his flawed health program. Politico´s Mike Allen was on MSNBC this week, saying that they are "hearing" that Democrats will be very aggressive against the program in Congressional oversight hearings next week. If Politico is "hearing" something, it means Democrats are trying to leak the information to the public ahead of the
Iranian officials say that the White House is misleading the public about the details of an interim nuclear agreement reached over the weekend in Geneva. Iran and Western nations including the United States came to an agreement on the framework for an interim deal late Saturday night in Geneva. The deal has yet to be implemented. The White House released a multi-page fact sheet containing details of the draft agreement shortly after the deal was announced. However, Iranian foreign ministry official on Tuesday rejected the White House’s version of the deal as “invalid” and accused Washington
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R) left the door open to another presidential run during a Monday panel in New Hampshire. Asked whether he ever thinks about running again — Huntsman dropped out of the 2012 Republican primary after finishing third in New Hampshire — he suggested he hadn´t ruled out the option. He closed a long response to the question, posed at Saint Anselm College, by saying: "Which is a long way of saying that I love public service. I´ll always be committed to public service. And as an itinerant public servant, from time to time, it´s hard to know where
SANFORD, Fla. — George Zimmerman had five guns and more than 100 rounds of ammunition with him when deputies arrested him earlier this month on domestic violence charges, according to court documents released Tuesday. A search warrant made public by the Seminole County court clerk shows that Zimmerman had a 12-gauge shotgun, an AR-15 assault rifle and three handguns when he was arrested Nov. 18 at his girlfriend´s house. The girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, told deputies that Zimmerman pointed a shotgun at her during an argument and also used it to smash her coffee table. Zimmerman is free on $9,000 bail on charges
"Trust is like virginity: once you lose it it´s hard to get it back." So spoke pollster John Zogby, commenting on his latest poll on President Obama´s handling of his office. Quoted by Paul Bedard in the Washington Examiner: "Most ominous for Mr. Obama is that 57 percent now disapprove of his job. That is his worst number yet. This includes 57 percent of men and 55 percent of women; 51 percent of moderates, 24 percent of liberals and 24 percent of Democrats; 66 percent of independents and 40 percent of Hispanics. Meanwhile, a separate poll by CNN/ORC International found: 53%
Maybe it was something about what they served in the White House mess in the 1990s. Or perhaps it´s what happens to baby boomer Democrats more than a decade after leaving office. For whatever the reason former vice president Al Gore has gone vegan, just like the president with whom he once served. Gore´s recent decision to forgo animal products surfaced as an offhand reference in a Forbes magazine piece about Hampton Creek Foods, an upscale vegan product line carried in Whole Foods. Ryan Mac´s article, which posted Saturday, chronicled how wealthy investors including Bill Gates, Tom Steyer and Vinod Khosla