Thursday, May 23
  • Dangerous brew: Ocean heat and La Nina combo likely mean more Atlantic hurricanes this summer

    Get ready for what nearly all the experts think will be one of the busiest Atlantic hurricane seasons on record, thanks to unprecedented ocean heat and a brewing La Nina. There’s an 85% chance that the Atlantic hurricane season that starts in June will be above average in storm activity, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced. The weather agency predicted between 17 and 25 named storms will brew up this summer and fall, with 8 to 13 achieving hurricane status (at least 75 mph sustained winds) and four to seven of them becoming major hurricanes, with at least 111 mph winds. An average Atlantic hurricane season produces 14 named storms, seven of them hurricanes and three major hurricanes. [More]

  • Memorial Day is about a lot more than the Indianapolis 500

    It’s always been a concern that the holiday could become “sacrilegious” and no longer “sacred” if it focuses more on pomp, dinners and oratory. Congress changed Memorial Day from every May 30th to the last Monday in May in 1971. The creation of the three-day weekend recognized that Memorial Day had long been transformed into a more generic remembrance of the dead, as well as a day of leisure. Time Magazine said the holiday had become “a three-day nationwide hootenanny that seems to have lost much of its original purpose.” [More]

  • Your life is at stake. How to Exercise for Lower Blood Pressure

    Hypertension affects more than half of America’s adult population. It is a leading cause of stroke and heart attack, and often comes with no obvious early symptoms. One of the best ways to both prevent high blood pressure and lower it is by working out. That’s in part because consistent and frequent exercise prompts your body to form new capillaries. It’s like producing extra release valves for your heart, so there’s less pressure on the existing blood vessels. [More]

  • Not likely, but it can happen. Here are five Vitamins You Can Overdose on

    Be cautious about how many vitamins you take and b aware of potential interactions with medications. Over-consumption can lead to serious health problems and can even be fatal. An excess of vitamin A is absorbed in the body and can build toxicity in the liver. Acute toxicity, called hypervitaminosis A, occurs when a person repeatedly takes a higher dose, more than 4,000 international units (IU) daily over months, which is more than 100 times the recommended dietary allowance. Despite B6 being water-soluble, it’s possible to take too much when taking big doses or supplements. Taking high doses of B6 — more than 250 milligrams per day — can cause nerve damage and nerve pain. Overdosing on vitamin D can lead to excess much calcium in the blood. High doses in the blood can cause confusion, dehydration, kidney stones, nausea and vomiting and can lead to irregular heartbeat and death. Calcium is a mineral the body doesn’t produce on its own that is essential for bone health, teeth and movement.Anything over 2,200 milligrams a day, we start worrying about having stomach upset, kidney stones, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, impaired kidney function, and increase in the pH of blood. Taking more than 45mg of iron can be dangerous and can health issues, including diarrhea, vomiting and weakness, as well as problems with the liver and the heart because it will deposit in the tissues.

  • Irate over concert ticket prices? Maybe this is why: Justice Department expected to file antitrust suit against Live Nation; Ticketmaster

    The alleged antitrust violations respond to the market dominance of the company’s Ticketmaster unit, which came under intense scrutiny in 2022 after glitches blocked millions from purchasing tickets for Taylor Swift’s “Eras” tour. For many critics of Live Nation, the Swift debacle revealed how a lack of competition has led to harms ranging from poor customer service to confusing pricing to expensive ticketing fees to restrictions on ticket resales — amounting to what many consumers complain of as death by a thousand cuts. [More]

  • Maybe we should drive instead of fly! Deadly Turbulence On Singapore Airlines Flight

    The London-Singapore flight, which departed Monday evening, made an emergency landing in Bangkok after plummeting 6,000 feet in about three minutes, leaving a British man dead and dozens of other passengers injured. “The plane just felt like it dropped. It probably only lasted a few seconds, but I remember vividly seeing shoes and iPads and iPhones and cushions and blankets and cutlery and plates and cups flying through the air and crashing into the ceiling,” a passenger shared details of the harrowing experience.

  • Can Americans Travel to Cuba? Not sure why you would want to go, but surprise, you can!

    Yes, travelers with US passports can travel to Cuba, typically leaving on flights from Miami. All you need to do is tick one motive from an online list that pops up when you purchase your air ticket, of which “support of the Cuban people” is the most appropriate catch-all. The other important US government condition is that US travelers must spend their dollars supporting private businesses in Cuba, not companies that are government-owned or operated. It’s a common misconception that US passport holders cannot travel to Cuba, which has held a mythic status since the early 20th century for its vibrant mix of Latin and Caribbean cultures, its hundreds of miles of pristine beaches, its African-influenced music, and its vintage charm. [More]

  • Uncharted territory. What happens if Trump is found guilty? Would he still run for president?

    Trump could potentially face imprisonment if he’s convicted, though most first-time offenders in non-violent cases are sentenced to probation and fines instead. A felony conviction will not disqualify Trump from continuing his presidential campaign, even if he were jailed. If Trump is convicted, he will almost certainly appeal the verdict—a process that could take months or longer to play out. The lengthy appeals process would be unlikely to wrap up before Election Day. if Trump receives a probationary sentence and resides in the community, he would maintain his eligibility to vote. Likewise, if his appeal of a jail sentence were to extend beyond the election, he would be able to vote. [More]

  • Red Lobster was a favorite eatery for our generation. What happened?

    On May 20, after weeks of speculation and dozens of shuttered restaurants across the country, Red Lobster announced that it would file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in an effort to save the flailing chain. As it closed locations, auctioned off its fryers and ovens, and faced an increasingly uncertain future, one popular theory quickly emerged: Red Lobster’s demise surely must be the result of all those endless shrimp promotions. Shrimp buffet bankrupting Red Lobster does seem like a plausible theory. Shrimp is expensive, and selling unlimited amounts of it for under $20 does seem like a decidedly untenable business model.The reality, though, is much more insidious. The chain’s current ownership cares only about money and stemming the losses caused by its own poor decision-making.

  • For most foods, there’s life after expiration dates!

    Believe it or not, except for infant formula, the government doesn’t require food dating. However, for meat, poultry, and egg products under the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), dates may be voluntarily provided, but they must be truthful and not misleading. These phrases serve various purposes: Best if Used By/Before: This date tells you when the product will taste its best. It’s not a “safe-for-eating” date. Sell-By: This date is for the store, letting them know how long to display the product. It is also not about safety. Use-By: This is the last date recommended for peak quality. Aside from infant formula, it is not about safety. Freeze-By: Indicates when a product should be frozen to maintain its best quality. It is not about safety either. Most foods are still safe and tasty after the date passes, as long as they are stored properly. Spoiled foods will develop funky odors, flavors, or textures due to spoilage bacteria. It’s important to note that a change in color, especially in meat or poultry, doesn’t always mean it’s gone bad. So, next time you see that date on your groceries, remember, it’s not a countdown to disaster — it’s just a suggestion for peak flavor.

  • Are speed limits in your state too high? How about dropping the speed limit to 20 miles per hour in an effort to reduce pedestrian deaths.

    There’s a good case to be made that speed limits are too high on city streets. Speeding was a factor in almost a third of all traffic deaths in 2021, and the US has a traffic fatality rate that’s 50 percent higher than it is in other comparable countries in Western Europe, Canada, and Australia. And there are signs that lowering the speed limit can help. Research shows that cities that reduced speed limits to 20 miles per hour saw a 67 percent reduction in collisions involving children.Speeding isn’t the only reason why the US has such high road fatality rates. American streets are designed in ways that encourage drivers to go too fast. State departments of transportation typically set speed limits on roads maintained by the state, and the proliferation of roads that are built like highways but still used by lots of people on foot has helped to create the pedestrian fatality crisis. Increasingly, Americans are also driving bigger, heavier vehicles, which are more dangerous to people outside of the vehicle than sedans and other small cars.

  • It might be time to rethink your sex moves. Pain-Free Sex Positions for People 50+

    After years of smooth sailing in the bedroom, lately sex might not be feeling as great. You may be recovering from a recent injury, chronic pain could be flaring up or a condition like arthritis might be causing newfound joint stiffness. Then there are all the hormonal changes we go through as we get older, like dropping testosterone levels or vaginal dryness thanks to menopause. There are many reasons that sex can start to be less enjoyable as we age. And with less than half of older Americans reporting that their sex life is satisfying, according to a 2023 AARP survey on sex, those modifications might be the key to a better sex life overall. Here’s a guide to finding comfortable and enjoyable sex in your 50s and beyond.​ [More]

  • We are more anxious and stressed than ever before! And it’s affecting our mental health.

    In 2024, 43% of adults say they feel more anxious than they did the previous year, up from 37% in 2023 and 32% in 2022. Adults are particularly anxious about current events (70%)—especially the economy (77%), the 2024 U.S. election (73%), and gun violence (69%). Despite the increasing anxiety, most adults have not sought professional mental health support. In 2024, just one in four (24%) adults say they talked with a mental health care professional in the past year. Notably, younger adults (18–34) are more than twice as likely as older adults (50+) to have done so. Also among adults who have used mental health care this year, more than half (59%) are worried about losing access to mental health care, and 39% of insured adults are worried about losing their health insurance, as a result of the election this year.

  • Pay attention, these are snack favorites: Some Planters nut products recalled over possible listeria contamination

    Hormel Foodshas recalled two Planters products – peanuts and mixed nuts – due to possible contamination with the bacteria that causes listeria. The two recalled products – 4-ounce packages of honey roasted peanuts and 8.75-ounce cans of deluxe lightly salted mixed nuts – were distributed to retailers in five Southern states. Listeria monocytogenes bacteria can cause a serious infection. The peanuts have a “best if used by” date of April 11, 2025, and the mixed nuts have a “best if used by” date of April 5, 2026. Consumers who purchased these products are urged to throw them away or return them to the store where purchased for an exchange or full refund.

  • Parents may want to know: Is “The Fall Guy” OK for Kids?

    Assisted by stunt doubles who take brutal punches, drive obscenely fast and fall from awe-inspiring heights, Gosling and company pay homage to the action stars and their doubles who have come before. An extended sequence features Gosling enduring being set on fire several times, another stunt that younger viewers may find alarming. Guns also feature in The Fall Guy enough that parents and children who are sensitive to their depiction should be wary. The Fall Guy’s dialogue is peppered with mildly strong language in keeping with a high-stakes, but primarily heartfelt story designed to thrill rather than offend. 

  • The kids may be right, but they are protesting in the wrong way. Hamas is not to be praised!

    Columbia student protest group says an “autonomous group” has “reclaimed” Hamilton Hall and will stay until demands are met. What this means, is that the protest group includes outsiders who do not attend the university. Columbia University — the epicenter of pro-Palestinian protests in the United States — is advising “members of the University community” to stay away from its main Morningside Heights campus Tuesday as protesters barricade themselves inside Hamilton Hall. [More coverage]

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