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      SocialSecurity211

      Have you seen the barrage of TV commercials advertising that you can get $1000 more a month in social security payments? Before you sign up for the newsletter and hand out your credit card info, please read this. Mom asked me to look into this after she saw the commercials. Who doesn't want more money every month? Ever the skeptic, I told her it will turn out to be a scam or something...

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      Life Lessons from my Grandpa

      My grandfather wasn't much of a conformist. He was a wonderful man in a not-so-wonderful time and place...a liberal in the deep south during the 60s. From as early as I can remember, the racism I saw when I visited my grandparents in Mississippi was deeply shocking. It was casual, everyday language that everybody used and no one objected to. Language and attitude I'd never really seen anywhere...

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      We're Headed for a Huge Doctor Shortage. Should You be Concerned?

      Experts warn that the U.S. will face a shortage of more than 100,000 doctors by 2020 unless measures are taken to prevent it. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recommended expanding medical programs by 30%, along with adding residency programs to accommodate the new doctors. Congress isn't listening, and House republicans want to put the blame on the Affordable Healthcare Act...

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      Is your computer blocked from the net by the FBI? Nope. It's a scam.

      Mom called me yesterday. She was pretty worried. It seemed that when my brother tried to access the internet, an official-lookig notice popped up that said his computer is blocked from internet access by the FBI for dowloading child porn. It went on to cite the laws about internet child pornography and made sure to highlight that even if illegal porn is accidentally loaded by a virus, you may be...

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      Sandusky, Trayvon, and what planet do some people live on?

      Yesterday morning before the Sandusky verdict came down, my hub was tuned into the Mike & Mike show on ESPN. They were discussing the Sandusky case, and they had a caller on the line. I didn't catch who it was, but it was a colleague and not just a listener. We all know the facts of the case, right? Ten victims, now adult, came forward with painful and humiliating stories of sexual abuse, with...

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      Dr. Oz --good or bad?

      Once in a while I watch the Dr. Oz show, and while I find some of it helpful and most of it entertaining, I can't decide whether it's good medicine advice. See, here's the thing. If you've read my blog in the past, you know I go off on an occasional rant about opinion masquerading as fact (usually aimed at Fox News Channel). A similar issue is snippets masquerading as information. It really bugs...

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      A Life Online

      Remember that time before there was an internet, when socialization meant leaving your house and research involved a trip to the local library? Yeah, me neither. How did we survive? I do a lot of staying at home. I work from home and, let's face it, this is Florida. It's 900 degrees out there and air-conditioned in here. So I socialize a lot from home as well. Being online has also changed my...

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      And then the scale stopped moving

      After five weeks of steady weight loss at 2 pounds a week, my scale hasn't budged in nearly 2 weeks. That's 4 pounds I haven't lost! Is this a reason to panic? Not a chance, but it did cause me to stop and examine what's changed. I've gotten a little complacent. It's hard to track every bite of food every single day, and I stopped doing it. I suspect my calorie count has gone up a little, maybe...

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      Diets are Hogwash. Don't waste your money.

      The diet industry is huge. More than 40 billion is spent every year in the U.S. alone. Why? Because we want a magic bullet. We have tried everything and we continue to hope that the next diet fad, whatever it is, will be the thing that speaks to us, that sparks our weight loss and keeps us motivated. Is it going to work? no. It's hooey. Balderdash. Snake oil. Here's how I know. Every diet book,...

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      Overcoming Resistance

      This is hardly my first weight loss go-round, but I think I finally have it together enough to make it happen. To be honest, I can't believe I've already lost a few pounds. My thyroid is completely out of whack. Losing weight with a thyroid issue and diabetes is nearly impossible. But I'm lucky in some ways. I never allowed myself to become completely sedentary and I fought my weight gain to a...

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