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  1. 1. Finally Friday<br />September 2nd 2011<br />
  2. 2. Half of America Could be 'Obese' by 2030: StudyAugust 26, 2011 5:17 PM EDT America is getting fatter: Half of all men and women in the United Statescould be obese in 20 years, according to a study by the Journal Lancet and reported by the Los Angeles Times. This could lead to 65 million more Americans being  Between 2007 and 2008, 32 percent of men were obese in the United States, while 35 percent of women hit the obesity benchmark. Using 20 years of Body Mass Index data, the researchers note that approximately 50 percent of men could reach obesity and between 45 and 52 percent of women could reach that point.  An individual is defined when a person is at least 20 percent heavier than his or her ideal weight, according to WebMd. The figure is calculated by a person BMI, which takes into account height, weight, age and sex to determine a person's ideal weight. Figures could be thrown off by a person's muscle tone -- a muscular football player could be considered obese, for example. What could the rise in obesity mean? An increase in obesity could mean 8 million more cases of diabetes, 500,000-plus cases of cancer and 6.8 million cases of coronary heart disease in the U.S., the Times reports.The ever-expanding waistlines could lead to higher healthcare costs, the study notes. The researchers predict a $66 rise in annual costs to treat obesity related issues.  Recently, emphasis has been placed on preventative measures to bring down obesity rates. For example, many employer-provided health insurance programs allow people to join gyms for a discounted rate, and will lower insurance rates for those who lose weight.<br />
  3. 3. Expanding Waistlines May Boost U.S. Health Cost $66 Billion a Year by 2030- Aug 25, 2011 6:42 PM ET Bloomberg Expanding Waistlines May Boost U.S. Health Cost $66 Billion  U.S. health-care spending will rise by as much as $66 billion a year by 2030 because of increased obesity if historic trends continue, researchers said. Almost 100 million Americans and 15 million Britons are already considered obese, based on body-mass index, a ratio of weight to height, Y. Claire Wang, an epidemiologist at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in New York, said yesterday at a London news conference. Another 65 million American adults and another 11 million British adults would join them in the next two decades based on past trends, said Wang, one of the authors of a four-part series on obesity published in today’s Lancet. The increased cost represents about 2.6 percent of the U.S.’s annual health-care bill. In the U.K., costs would rise as much as 2 billion pounds ($3.3 billion) a year, or 2 percent of yearly health spending. “We are in an obesity and chronic disease crisis although it doesn’t feel like it,” Boyd Swinburn, a professor at Deakin University in Melbourne and another of the authors, said at the press conference. “It’s a little bit like the frog sitting in hot water -- it doesn’t realize that it’s going to boil until it’s too late.” <br />
  4. 4. Tax us more, say wealthy EuropeansGerman group latest to volunteer for higher contributions, saying country could raise €100bn in two years with a 5% wealth taxMonday 29 August 2011 20.37 BST  First it was Warren Buffett announcing that he and his chums had been "coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress".Then Liliane Bettencourt, France's richest woman, who was at the centre of a tax scandal last year, signed a letter along with 15 other billionaires begging to make a special contribution to the treasury to help drag France out of the financial crisis.Even an Italian got in the action, with the boss of Ferrari saying that as he was rich, it was only "right" that he stump up more cash.Now, as both France and Spain consider introducing a wealth tax, a group of 50 rich Germans have joined the "tax me harder" movement by renewing their open call to Angela Merkel to "stop the gap between rich and poor getting even bigger".<br />
  5. 5. The World’s Only Female 10th Degree Black Belt (She’s 98)08/29/2011 –I love celebrating the life victories of strong and successful women. I especially like to do this when they break a belief barrier. When that happens, our perspective changes, and we start to truly believe that anything is possible. Take beauty and age for example. There has long been a myth that only young women are beautiful, andthat aging is something to fight. In reality, aging is part of a beautiful life, and eachsmile line that might show up on our face over time is simply evidence of a life well lived.I remember writing about this 100-year-old woman who won a beauty contest. She now travels to nursing homes around the country to inspire others. Then of course there was this absolutely stunning 82-year-old supermodel who is still very much in demand. Today I’d like to share with you the story of Keiko Fukuda. I’ve seen her all over the Internet this month, and she definitely deserves her own place here on Bit Rebels.Keiko recently became the first woman ever in history to become a 10th degree black belt in Judo. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, she is 98-years-old. This is the highest ranking in Judo, and only three other people have ever achieved this level. They were all men living in Japan. Keiko is also the last living student of Jigoro Kano who founded Judo in 1882. She still teaches classes to women and girls three times a week, and she often talks about the huge sacrifices she’s made throughout her lifetime as she worked towards this goal. You can read more about her incredible story on Bloody Elbow. <br />
  6. 6. Rare find discovered amid town's Old West kitsch Associated Press | Posted: Monday, August 29, 2011  The Gypsy sat for decades in a restaurant amid the Old West kitsch that fills this formergold rush town, her unblinking gaze greeting the tourists who shuffled in from the creaking wooden sidewalk outside.Some mistook her for Zoltar, the fortune-telling machine featured in the Tom Hanks movie "Big." Others took one look at those piercing eyes and got the heebie-jeebies so bad they couldn't get away fast enough.But until a few years ago, nobody, not even her owner, knew the nonfunctioning machinegathering dust in Bob's Place was an undiscovered treasure sitting in plain sight in this ghost town-turned-themed tourist attraction.The 100-year-old fortune teller was an extremely rare find. Instead of dispensing a card like Zoltar, the Gypsy would actually speak your fortune from a hidden record player. When you dropped a nickel in the slot, her eyes would flash, her teeth would chatter and her voice would come floating from a tube extending out of the eight-foot-tall box.Word got out when the Montana Heritage Commission began restoring the Gypsy more than five years ago, and collectors realized the machine was one of two or three "verbal" fortune tellers left in the world.One of those collectors, magician David Copperfield, said he thinks she is even rarer than that."I think it's only one of one," Copperfield said in a recent telephone interview with The Associated Press.Copperfield wanted the Gypsy to be the crown jewel in his collection of turn-of the century penny arcade games. It would occupy a place of pride among the magician's mechanized Yacht Race, Temple of Mystery and various machines that tested a person's strength.Copperfield acknowledged approaching the curators about buying the Gypsy a few years ago but declined to say what he offered. Janna Norby, the Montana Heritage Commission curator who received the call from Copperfield's assistant, said it was in the ballpark of $2 million, along with a proposal to replace it with another fortune-telling machine. On top of that, he pledged to promote Virginia City in advertisements.But Heritage commission curators, representing the Gypsy's owner _ the state of Montana _ rejected the idea, saying cashing in on this piece of history would be akin to selling their soul."If we start selling our collection for money, what do we have?" said Norby, the commission's former curator of collections.The commission's acting director, Marilyn Ross echoed Norby's sentiments: "That is not something we would ever consider, selling off these antiques."That dismissal has set collectors grumbling. Theo Holstein, a California collector and renovator of such machines, said he thinks the Gypsy is wasted in Virginia City and should be placed in a private collection for proper care. He said he is trying to gather investors to make a $3 million bid that would top Copperfield's offer.<br />
  7. 7. Before It Burned Down, Richard Branson's Necker Island Was A Boozy Paradise For CelebritiesAug. 26, 2011, 12:27 PM  Richard Branson's sprawling home on his private island in the Caribbean tragically burned to the ground this week after it was struck by lightning caused by Hurricane Irene.Fortunately no one was injured, thanks in part to heroic reaction of actress Kate Winslet, who was vacationing on the island and carried Branson's 90-year-old mother to safety.Click here to tour Necker Island >Branson vowed to rebuild, and said that his dagger Holly would get married on Necker Island's beach this winter as planned.But given the extent of the damage to the Great House, constructed almost entirely of wood, Branson has a tall task ahead of him.So what was Necker Island like prior to the fire?By all accounts, it was a tropical getaway frequented by celebrities and fueled by booze, and colored by the antics of Branson himself.According to the Daily Mail:<br />
  8. 8. EmergenceEarth & SpaceEmerging TechFuturismMach 20 Aircraft “Lost” 9 Minutes After LaunchAugust 11, 2011, 11:08 PM Right now, the US Military is working on a project with an interesting goal — to develop an aircraft that can reach any part of the globe in one hour.The HTV-2 was designed with that goal in mind. It can maneuver through the atmosphere at 13,000 mph, and is made to be launched at the “edge of space”.The aircraft was launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base, and was the second of two planned flights. However, 9 minutes after launch, communication with the experimental craft was lost. Researchers assumed that the craft had impacted the Pacific Ocean (intentionally) along the planned flight path.<br />
  9. 9. 45 of 86 airmen since March fail Spice testsAugust 29, 2011Star & StripesMore than half of the airmen tested for the designer drug Spice have had positive results, the Air Force Times reported.Since March, 45 of the 86 airmen that were tested for the syntehetic form of cannabis had postive results. In June of last year, the Air Force issued a sweeping ban on possession and use of Spice and all mood-altering substances, with the exception of alcohol and tobacco. The Armed Forces Medical Examiner System is the joint agency responsible for conducting Spice urinalyses for each of the services.  Findings show that airmen aren’t alone in abusing Spice.  Soldiers, sailors and Marines have also tested positive at high rates, with 164 of 242 soldiers showing evidence of Spice use and 113 of 183 Marines and sailors testing positive for the drug.Col. Timothy Lyons, a top forensic toxicology expert at AFMES, said the numbers aren’t indicative of rates among troops, because the samples emerged from a population that was already under investigation.Read more about Spice use among airmen in the Air Force Times.<br />
  10. 10. Enlarge image<br />Ford to Join With Toyota to Develop Hybrid Pickup Trucks, SUVs- Aug 22, 2011 7:15 PM ET Ford, Toyota Plan Collaboration for Hybrid Pickups, SUVs  Ford is joining forces with the Toyota City, Japan-based automaker, maker of the best-selling Prius gasoline-electric car, as the U.S. automaker plans to triple North American output of electric vehicles and hybrids to more than 100,000 by 2013.Ford is joining forces with the Toyota City, Japan-based automaker, maker of the best-selling Prius gasoline-electric car, as the U.S. automaker plans to triple North American output of electric vehicles and hybrids to more than 100,000 by 2013. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg Toyota’s Prius car is the best-selling hybrid in the U.S., with 74,427 sold this year through July.Toyota’s Prius car is the best-selling hybrid in the U.S., with 74,427 sold this year through July. Photographer: RaminTalaie/Bloomberg Ford is joining forces with the Toyota City, Japan-based automaker as the U.S. company plans to triple North American production of electric vehicles and hybrids to more than 100,000 models by 2013.<br />
  11. 11. If your female and want to be the next President of the United States……best to stay away from the Corndogs at the Iowa State Fair!<br />
  12. 12. Europe and North America SuperimposedThere is something powerful about this comparison... For example, you can really appreciate how small (and packed with wonders) Italy, Greece and Switzerland are. And how the whole of England can fit between Calgary and Edmonton (almost). Not to mention mind-numbing distances in Saskatchewan and Manitoba - <br />
  13. 13. Gaddafi's girl executioner: Nisreen, 19, admits shooting 11 rebel prisoners,now she is shackled to hospital bed awaiting justice29th August 2011 First you see her large brown eyes and rosebud lips, framed by a pink headscarf. Then you notice that her bruised feet are secured by manacles to the foot of her bed.NisreenMansour al Forgani is a pretty 19-year-old. She was also a serial killer for Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.Yesterday, in a heavily guarded room at the Matiga military hospital in Tripoli, she admitted to the Mail that she had executed as many as 11 suspected rebel prisoners in the days leading up to the fall of the Libyan capital last week. Shot at point-blank range, in cold blood. ‘I killed the first one, then they would bring another one up to the room,’ Nisreen said. ‘He would see the body on the floor and look shocked. Then I would shoot him too. I did it from about a metre away.’One of thousands of girls and young women recruited by Gaddafi’s all-female militias, Nisreen is now a prisoner of the rebels and in fear of her life. Yet despite her killings, it is impossible not to feel pity for her. Nisreen claims – and her doctors and even some of the rebel fighters believe her – that she had to shoot under great duress. She also says that she was sexually abused by senior military figures, one of whom was the commander of the elite Tripoli brigade tasked with protecting Gaddafi himself. ‘I told them [the rebels] what I did,’ she said. ‘They are angry. I do not know what will happen to me now.’<br />
  14. 14. A reveler gives the thumbs-up as he is covered with tomato pulp after the annual Tomatina (tomato fight) in the Mediterranean village of Bunol, near Valencia, Aug. 31. <br />
  15. 15. Province relents on making mom prove birth Gazette Justice  August 26, 2011   Sunshine Rose Mattingsly is 5 months old, and her mom, Heather, had a tough timegetting a birth certificate because no licensed midwife or doctor supervised the birth. Bureaucrats insisted on more proof Heather had the baby.MONTREAL - After numerous frustrating phone calls with bureaucrats, Sunshine Rose will exist in the eyes of the Quebec government and her mother will not have to show her vagina to anyone to prove the 5-month-old infant is hers.Heather Mattingsly, who gave birth in March, has spent her time since trying to convince the Directeur de l’état civil that even though she engaged the help of an unlicensed midwife to give birth at home, the baby is indeed hers.Days after the birth and as required, she provided the government agency in charge of issuing birth certificates with an ultrasound, a doctor’s letter and an attestation of birth, but none of that was good enough. This week, the agency said she’d have to get a vaginal examination – a procedure that doctors and midwives alike agreed would prove absolutely nothing.“They’re saying ‘we’re not doubting the pregnancy, we’re doubting that you birthed a live child’,” said Mattingsly, who is collecting maternity benefits and breastfeeding. “How is a vaginal exam going to prove that?”But late Friday, after many calls from the media, the agency’s director called Mattingsly and said after reviewing her file personally, he decided she didn’t need to go for the examination. But, he said, she still had to provide an ultrasound, but unlike the first one she submitted, this one had to be signed by a doctor.Marie Godbout, a spokesperson for the agency, said she couldn’t discuss Mattingsly’s case, but said anyone who gives birth without a doctor or licensed midwife present has to prove the biological link between mother and child.<br />
  16. 16. Full Moon Odyssey Floor Pillow by lily suh of i3lab The giant 'full moon odyssey' floor pillow (bed) by korean designer lily Suh & Zoono of i3lab, giving you a dream-like experience as if your are sleeping on the moon."The print is a real image of the moon which includes 65 individual frames of the lunar mosaic images taken 23 february 2005 from nantes, france by astronomy photographer norbertrumiano, together with chin wel loon with a 6 inch telescope and DMK astronomer's camera. "+ More >>  <br />
  17. 17. TuboHotel "TuboHotel is one of the world’s most unique hotels, and is located in the mountains 45 minutes south of Mexico City on the outskirts of the remote village of Tepoztlan, Morelos." Reservacionesaqui.+ More >>  <br />
  18. 18. Pentax Q black -world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera crown Pentax has announced the world’s smallest and lightest digital camera with interchangeable lens. The Pentax Q-Black is only 3.9 x 2.3 x 1.2”. It has 12.4 megapixel CMOS image sensor, capable of producing 12-bit DNG RAW and JPG images and to benefit from very low noise even in low light situations. And you can choose a variety of specialty Q lenses which include prime, zoom and fisheye lenses... Other features include HDR Capture, 1080p HD Video, Sensor-Shift Shake Reduction, 3 Inch LCD Monitor, 5 FPS, Bokeh Control Filter and smart effect.+ More >> Price: $TBA   |   BUY  <br />
  19. 19.   <br />Fake breasts aged FOUR? Beauty pageant mother sparks outrage by boosting her daughter's chest and bottom Maddy Jackson gets chicken fillets to emulate Dolly Parton on stage New series of Toddlers and Tiaras shows excesses of pushy parents1st September 2011Barely out of nappies, four-year-old Maddy Jackson is already on the road to womanhood.Sporting fake C cup breasts and padding on her bottom, she is the latest shock contestant on Toddlers and Tiaras, the U.S. reality show revealing the surreal world of beauty pageants.In an attempt to mimic her curvaceous icon, country singer Dolly Parton - who is known for her ample cleavage - the toddler is shown sporting detachable bust and butt enhancements, before performing live on stage.With the extra padding concealed under her Barbie pink Lycra catsuit, Maddy's tiny frame is transformed into an hourglass silhouette.Barely able to string a sentence together, many will be shocked by the images of the peroxide blonde trying to emulate the appearance of a woman in her late 20s.When questioned on NBC's Today show, her mother Lindsay, who entered her first pageant contest when she was nine months old, defends the enhancements used by her daughter.She tells presenter Savannah Guthrie: 'To some people, it's over the top, to us it's just what happens... It's just normal. When she wears the fake boobs and the fake butt, it's just like extra bonus.' But others seems less convinced and Maddy's stylist Michael Booth believes the attire is a step to far.<br />
  20. 20. Sony HMZ-T1, wearable 3D Home TheaterSony's personal 3D Viewer, the HMZ-T1, a wearable head mounted display for viewing movies or playing video games in 3D-enabled High Definition. Features equipped with a pair of 0.7-inch pair of OLED panels(1280 x 720) that are meant to reproduce the sensation of watching a 750-inch screen in 3D from 20 meters away, and a built-in 5.1 surround sound in the headphones. It will first be available in Japan this November for $600.<br />
  21. 21. Candle Girl: The Most Creatively Creepy Candle Ever Designed08/28/2011 – From what I’ve read all over the Internet the past day or so, the general consensus is that this candle girl is really creepy. Of course, the designers wanted her to seem creepy or they wouldn’t have put the Alfred Hitchcock-like music in the video and placed her in that plain bed in a cold room, which looks like something out of a movie set in a mental institution.<br />
  22. 22. Cuban Yoandri Hernandez Garrido born with 24 fingers & toes turns oddity into prosperityDAILY NEWS Monday, August 29th 2011, 10:49 AM  For most people, having 10 fingers and 10 toes is just fine. But a Cuban man born with a few extra digits says the surplus has meant local celebrity - and extra cash in his pocket.Yoandri Hernandez Garrido was born with 12 fingers and 12 toes, earning him the nickname "Twenty-Four" from people in his hometown of Baracoa, a city on the northeast end of Cuba, The Associated Press reported.<br />
  23. 23. Sloth Mask08/28/11 -  “The fake eye in the original Sloth mask that John Matuszak wore was remote-controlled. The off-camera operator would do a countdown so Matuszak could blink his real eye in sync with the robot eye. This mask does not have a remote-controlled eyeball. Nor does it come with an off-camera operator (the shipping is prohibitive). The good news is that it doesn’t take 5 hours to transform your head into Sloth’s. It takes 30 seconds. 100% latex. One size fits most.” w/ photos<br />
  24. 24. Woman arrested after throwing flip-flop at husband's crotchAugust 30, 2011 8:17 PMDaily NewsFORT WALTON BEACH — A 19-year-old woman was arrested last week and charged with battering her husband.The two were arguing about who was going to go grocery shopping, according to an arrest report from the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.The woman threw a flip-flop shoe that hit her husband in the penis, deputies reported.She was arrested about 9 p.m. Aug. 23 and charged with domestic violence related battery, a first-degree misdemeanor.<br />
  25. 25. 125 Year Old Pot Smoker Claims Weed Was Her Secret To LongevitySat, August, 20th 2011  A 125-year-old woman, said to be one of the oldest women in India, died at her home in Orissa, her family said Sunday. FullaNayak claimed that smoking cannabis every day was her secret to long life. FullaNayak, a resident of Kanarpur village in the coastal district of Kendrapada, died of old age complications Saturday. According to her 72-year-old grandson, Fulla was 125. But as per a voter photo identity card issued by the government in 1995 she was 120 years. The grand old woman lived in a small mud-walled thatched house in Kanarpur, about 25 km from the district headquarters. She is survived by two of her four daughters and around two dozen relatives. Her eldest daughter, Jamuna, 92, lives in the same village. Her husband died at the age of 50. Fulla was in the news when her grandson NarayanNayak claimed last week that she could be the oldest woman living in the world. He had said that he would write to the Guinness book authorities to record the claim. Fulla was known for her love of smoking ganja and cigars and palm juice. She also loved steaming hot tea. She had never suffered any debilitating ailment throughout her life. Except for her weak eyesight, Fulla maintained good health and used to walk without support.<br />
  26. 26. Buzzing mad: Immokalee man charged with shaving sleeping girlfriend's headNaples Daily News Posted August 27, 2011 at 2:47 p.m.IMMOKALEE — An Immokalee man is facing a domestic battery charge after authorities say he gave his girlfriend a hair cut — while she slept.David Bustos, 26, of the 700 block of Crestview Circle, was arrested Thursday by Collier County sheriff’s deputies at home.Bustos and his girlfriend got into an argument on Tuesday causing Bustos to leave his girlfriend’s home, according to an arrest report.She told deputies that around 7 a.m. the next morning she awoke in her bed to Bustos shaving her head with an electric hair clipper. He used such force with the clippers that it caused a small cut on her scalp, according to reports.The victim told deputies that she immediately kicked him off of her and he fled the home.Deputies said there were several sections of braided hair lying on the victim’s bed.<br />
  27. 27. USB drive vibrator for womenThis is a flash drive vibrator on CKIE, which is basically a Kickstarter-like crowdfunding site started by the folks at Yanko Design. "We began with a shared vision: creating high quality, elegant vibrators for women. Because when it comes to the products currently on the market, even some of the better ones are over-the-top—the kind of thing you hide under your bed, feeling like a teenager with a dirty magazine. Instead, we imagined toys so beautiful and discreet that they could live in your purse or your vanity. We envisioned elegant, discreet, and sensual products—ones that invite you to touch and experience instead of hiding them away. Because if anything deserves good design, it's the things we bring to bed with us“Now they're up to $50,000 from over 430 backers, You can still pitch in: a $75 donation secures you the basic 8GB Duet (which Crave says will retail for $139).+ More >>  <br />
  28. 28. Cops: Man had sex with inflatable pool raft 12:00 PM, Aug. 31, 2011       HAMILTON - A repeat public indecency offender has been arrested for allegedly engaging in "sexual activity" with a pink inflatable swimming pool raft, according to Hamilton police.Edwin Charles Tobergta, 32, was arrested at his Harmon Avenue home early Sunday after he was spotted in the act in an alley in the 1800 block of Howell Avenue behind a residence, a police report shows.A male witness, who owns the raft and lives in the home near the alley, told Hamilton Police Officer William Thacker he shouted at the suspect to stop.Tobergta took the raft and fled, the report states.When police caught up with him, he admitted to the crime and begged for help, according to police."Defendant advised officers that he was doing it but only because he has a problem and that he needs help and please don't send him to prison but send him somewhere to get help," the report reads.Tobergta, who remains at the Hamilton city jail, had been arrested at least five times for similar offenses, most recently in 2008, Hamilton Municipal Court records state.Tobergta’s grandmother, Linda Tobergta, cried as she explained to a reporter Wednesday how the family has tried to seek mental care for her grandson over the years, to no avail. He suffers from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and has abused his medication in the past, she said.“He has a lot of mental problems and he’s always had a fascination for plastic,” she said. “That’s just it. That’s all of it. We never could get the proper care for Edwin. It’s like nobody cares<br />
  29. 29. Man caught raping a goat by his wife2011 September 01 09:01:43  A man appeared in the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate's Court IN South Africa on Tuesday for allegedly raping his goat, North West police said.ZachariaTivane, 41, would remain in custody until his next appearance on October 21, Sergeant KelebogileMoiloa said.Tivane was arrested on Sunday morning and charged with bestiality. His 48-year-old wife and teenage son heard the goat screaming, at their home in Madidi village near Klippan, and went to investigate. They allegedly saw Tivane raping the animal. The woman called the police. <br />
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