Monthly Archives: February 2013

CNN Political Ticker

(CNN) — An email exchange between two old Washington hands – one, a longtime journalist, and the second, a source in the Obama administration – is at the center of a political controversy Thursday as two sides read the messages differently.

The veteran journalist is Bob Woodward, who broke the Watergate scandal and wrote a book about the debt ceiling negotiations in the summer of 2011. The Obama administration source is Gene Sperling, a senior economic aide to President Barack Obama and a veteran of the Clinton administration.

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Did you watch “Raising Adam Lanza” on Frontline

Judaism: a world of stories

Judaism: a world of stories (Photo credit: drhenkenstein)

I recorded it because I missed the first part.  Adam had bright red hair when he was a kid.  Often Jewish kids who are mixed with Gentiles will come out with red hair.  So for me that was more confirmation that he was Jewish.  Also the friends interviewed in the documentary Raising Adam Lanza were also Jewish. 

They put the spotlight on Nancy Lanza because that is where it belongs.  My take is that she was jealous of normal kids, had a death wish, and Adam had a death wish and hated the nice normal kids he encountered. 

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If you watched “Little House on the Prairie,” chances are you remember the story of Mary Ingalls.

The television show and popular book series drew on the real-life experiences of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Mary, Laura’s sister, went blind as a teenager after contracting scarlet fever, according to the story. Now a team of medical researchers are raising questions about whether that’s true.

Dr. Beth Tarini, one of the co-authors of the paper, became intrigued by the question as a medical student.

“I was in my pediatrics rotation. We were talking about scarlet fever, and I said, ‘Oh, scarlet fever makes you go blind. Mary Ingalls went blind from it,'” recalls Tarini, who is now an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Michigan. My supervisor said, “I don’t think so.”

Tarini started doing research. Over the course of 10 years, she and her team of researchers, pored over old…

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