Thu August 16, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Should Lack Of Exercise Be Considered A Medical Condition?

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 10:46 am

Doctors need to prescribe exercise to patients who don't get enough exercise, a Mayo Clinic expert says.

"You've got a bad case of deconditioning," the doctor says.

Actually, it would be the rare doctor who would say that to anyone. And though it might sound like something to do with hair, in fact, deconditioning is a familiar and more profound problem: the decidedly unnatural state of being physically inactive.

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Thu August 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Ecuador Gives WikiLeaks' Assange Asylum

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 7:39 am

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Kirsty Wigglesworth AP

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been granted asylum by Ecuador, Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño just announced in Quito.

Now, the question becomes whether Great Britain will allow Assange to leave Ecuador's embassy in London so that he can travel to the South American nation that is offering him refuge.

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Thu August 16, 2012

Thursday August 16, 2012

1955 - Paul Robeson's passport revoked (highlighted story below)
  • 229th Day of 2012 / 137 Remaining
  • 37 Days Until Autumn Begins
  • Sunrise:6:27
  • Sunset:8:01
  • 13 Hours 24 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:5:32am
  • Moon Set:7:14pm
  • Moon’s Phase: 1 %
  • The Next Full Moon
  • August 31st @ 6:57am
  • Blue Moon

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Thu August 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Held Steady At 366,000 Last Week

There were 366,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, up by 2,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration says.

So what we said last week applies again:

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Thu August 16, 2012
The Two-Way

11 Killed In Afghan Helicopter Crash; 3 Were U.S. Military Personnel

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 6:04 am

The crash of an International Security Assistance Force helicopter in southern Afghanistan today killed 11 people who were on board, according to the NATO command in Kabul.

It has posted a statement saying:

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Thu August 16, 2012
The Two-Way

More Carnage In Pakistan: Gunmen Execute About 20 Shiites

Pakistani Air Force personnel guard an air base northwest of Islamabad earlier today. It was attacked Thursday by militants armed with guns, rocket launchers and suicide vests.
Aamir Qureshi AFP/Getty Images

Thursday's attack on a Pakistani air base near Islamabad by heavily armed militants, which security forces were able to repel, has been followed by the news that gunmen executed about 20 Shiite Muslims today in northern Pakistan.

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Thu August 16, 2012

YouTube Satire: 'We're NASA And We Know It'

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 1:53 pm



Good morning. I'm David Greene. You may have heard about NASA's Curiosity mission to Mars. Well, I bet you didn't know it had a backbeat.


UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (Singing) Crane, lower that rover. Crane, lower that rover. Crane, lower, that rover.

GREENE: Yes, this popped up on a YouTube channel called Satire. It's to the tune of LMFAO's song (Singing) "Sexy and I Know It." The cast in this video dressed in NASA garb, kicking at the console.

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Thu August 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Family Research Council Attacker Could Face Terrorism Charge

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 8:41 am

The scene Wednesday morning outside the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., after the shooting.
Kevin Lamarque Reuters /Landov

Update at 11:35 a.m. ET. Charges Filed:

The man arrested for opening fire at the Washington, D.C., offices of the Family Research Council on Wednesday faces charges of "assault with intent to kill" and illegal transportation of a gun and ammunition. He has not been charged with attempting a terrorist act.

In a statement emailed a short time ago to reporters, the Justice Department says:

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Thu August 16, 2012
Participation Nation

Focusing On Fish In Knoxville, Tenn.

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 4:36 am

A sicklefin redhorse being propagated for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Courtesy of Conservation Fisheries

I work for a company called Conservation Fisheries. It's a 20-year-old nonprofit based in Knoxville that focuses on the conservation of rare freshwater fish, such as chubs, darters, madtoms and minnows.

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Thu August 16, 2012

Mariners' Felix Hernandez Throws Perfect Game

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 3:43 am

Pitcher Felix Hernandez retired all 27 batters in order Wednesday. It was the first perfect game in Mariners' history, and it was the third perfect game this year.