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Snooki’s Wild Style

In Uncategorized on May 28, 2012 at 2:57 am

Snooki’s Wild Style

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In Uncategorized on May 28, 2012 at 2:34 am

It’s a Boy for Snooki!

In Uncategorized on May 28, 2012 at 2:31 am

It’s a Boy for Snooki!

By Suzy Byrne,Wed, May 23

Snooki will soon have a new man in her life. The “Jersey Shore” star is expecting a baby boy!

The reality TV star, whose real name is Nicole Polizzi, has announced that she and her fiancé, Jionni LaValle, will be having a son when that little meatball arrives late this summer.

The news that she’s having a boy actually caught Snooki off guard. Her personal hunch was that she was expecting a girl, so she was initially disappointed. “Everyone said I was going to have a boy, and they were right!” Snooki told In Touch. “I thought it was going to be a girl. I was hoping it would be, because all girls want girls.” However, she added: “It’s still my baby, no matter what. I’m excited either way!”

Snooki, whose “Jersey Shore” spin-off with her best pal Jenni ‘JWOWW’ Farley premieres June 21, was also kind enough to share details about her sex drive during pregnancy, telling the celeb mag: “Our sex life is hardly there! I just feel too icky and gross. I’m so not in the mood to do stuff.”

As for baby names, she says they’ve narrowed it down to two — Lorenzo and Jionni Jr. — which are both rather conservative choices for someone who goes by Snooki and has made a career out of being outrageous.

It seems pregnancy has mellowed out the one-time party animal. Another major change that is in the works for the star is that she reportedly won’t be living in the “Jersey Shore” house when production resumes for the upcoming sixth this summer. Instead, she will be getting her own digs nearby so that she can get a little peace and quiet as she navigates her third trimester of pregnancy.


When Yahoo! TV caught up with the mom-to-be last month, she talked to us about her pregnancy cravings, saying she couldn’t get enough of “fruits, jelly, Italian ices,” noting: “Nothing fattening at all.” She was also dealing with vivid pregnancy dreams, which were disrupting her from getting a good night’s sleep. “I’ve had a lot of stabbing dreams,” she said. “People are stabbing me in the elbow.” Is it anyone she knows? “No, random [people]. I don’t know where it comes from.” She also talked about how she would outfit her baby if he turned out to be a boy. “I’m going to dress him like Pauly,” she said, referring to her pal “Jersey Shore” castmate Paul ‘DJ Pauly D’ DelVecchio.

Snooki’s due date is in September.
http://tv.yahoo.com/news/it-s-a-boy-for-snooki-.html

Night Shift at the Hospital

In Uncategorized on May 18, 2012 at 3:16 am

Night Shift at the Hospital
Amanda Barber,
Mar 18, 2012

It was seven in the evening when I entered the building, suspecting little, wearing my scrubs with the nametag that says, Lisa Postman, RN. When I graduated from nursing school, night shift wasn’t my cup of tea, but after several months of fruitless job searching, I was glad to settle for it. Now it feels like breathing in and out more or less. This particular night, I had five patients, two with mild dementia and the usual bunch with various heart complaints. I was on a roll that night–got my assessments done, meds passed and patients comfy in bed in short order. By eleven, they were all sleeping like a bunch of sweet angels and I sat down at the nurses’ station to work on charting. I had it made in the proverbial shade with a glass of lemonade.

I do believe Cinderella’s fairy godmother or some other fairy with a flair for the practical joke put a spell on all hospitals, because it seems that at the stroke of twelve midnight, the strangest things can happen to unsuspecting nurses. For instance, there’s that phenomenon of “sundowners,” where patients who are pretty okay and pleasant turn batty on a dime when the sun goes down. Such was my lot this night.

At twelve, I was sitting calmly at the station, discussing a problem with my very petite fellow nurse, Leann, when a wild-eyed figure loomed in the doorway of room 16. I recognized him as the patient in Bed 1. He stood there in the door, swaying from side to side, his Foley catheter dangling just above the floor and swinging like the pendulum in my mother’s clock at home. The oxygen nasal cannula pulled his nose and stretched it to the side since by some miracle the tube was still hooked to the wall.

“Help!” he yelled, “They’re robbing me!”

“Who’s robbing you?” we both asked, running to him.

“You are!”

We tried to calm him down, but he only whipped off his oxygen, wrapped the tubing around his hand in lieu of steel knuckles and brandished it over his head. We tried calling security to “apprehend the muggers,” but he didn’t fall for that either.

“You get that arm and leg,” I told Leann, “and I’ll get these. Ready, set, go!”

“Help! Help!”

A cloud of nurses descended on room 16 at the noise. Soon enough, there were six nurses struggling to get one patient back in bed.

“Watch it, Leann!” I yelled, as Bed 1 got ready to chomp down on her hand.

“Careful, he’s trying to pull the oxygen out of the wall!” another nurse shouted.

In the midst of this wrestling match, the guy in bed 2 woke up, calmly pulled out his urinal, relieved himself and went back to sleep. I shook my head and charged back into the fray. After a shot of something calming, Bed 1 went back to sleep.

Meanwhile, the little old lady down the hall had decided to strip down to her birthday suit. At the commotion, I rushed down to help out.

“Please put your clothes on, Mrs. Smith,” Jeffery, another RN, was begging.

“I will not!” she shouted. “You green alien! I know about you. You’re trying to kill the Jews, I know it.”

“Mrs. Smith,” I ordered. “Put your clothes on this minute.”

“No!” she said and then scooted away from me as I reached for her discarded hospital gown. “Don’t you touch me! My blood will be on your hands in the morning.”

While we were dealing with this situation, Bed 2 in room 16 woke up again. Leann caught him wandering past the nurses’ station, flashing everyone in the hall because he had forgotten to fasten his gown. It was the kind of wardrobe malfunction to surpass a super bowl half-time show with a full moon to boot. He was blissfully unaware of the blood dripping from his arm where he had ripped out his IV.

“Hey, pal! Where you going?” Leann asked.

“Well, I think I’ll go home now,” he remarked cheerily. “No point in staying around here.”

“I think you better wait until the morning,” she said, deftly catching him by the arm and steering him back to bed to start another IV.

“Oh, is that so?” he smiled agreeably. “All right then.”

At precisely the moment Leann got Bed 2 settled in, Bed 1 sat up in bed like a specter rising from the tomb and looked around in confusion.

“Heeelllllpppp! They’re robbing me,” were the first words out of his lips. A horde of nurses rushed back to quell the uprising.

I went home in the morning exhausted. I sat down and stared at the wall. Then I laughed, laughed so hard my stomach hurt. I sobered. A sudden memory crossed my mind and I started thinking about the night before….

…Mr. Hollis in room 12. Slender, intelligent and dying from cancer. It couldn’t just be cancer either. He had the whole works-pneumonia, congestive heart failure and he was on contact isolation because of infection that had spread through his entire system.

I looked down on his emaciated body and said the only thing I could think of, “Keep your chin up, Mr. Hollis.”

Tears filled his eyes and began to spill over. He lifted his hand and patted my face with his infection-ridden hand.

“I love you,” he said.

Yes, I reflected, nursing could be a real circus sometimes. Then there were moments like that when all the crazy nights were worth it.

I picked myself off my chair and crawled into my pajamas. Time to sleep the day away and do it all over again in the evening.

http://voices.yahoo.com/night-shift-hospital-11005182.html?cat=44

Singaporean disgusted with SPH tabloids for glorifying PRC Ferrari driver Ma Chi

In Uncategorized on May 18, 2012 at 3:03 am

Singaporean disgusted with SPH tabloids for glorifying PRC Ferrari driver Ma Chi

Posted by temasektimes on May 15, 2012

Dear Sir,

The traffic accident which happened on Saturday morning involving the Ferrari at Bugis was tragic and unfortunate. However, as I was reading the papers, I was disturbed by what I read on your mandarin publication, namely “年轻有为,高大英俊” which was used to describe the PRC Ferrari driver.

[Source: Lianhe Wanbao, 13 May 2012]

It has been established that Mr Ma Chi was running a red light and video evidence has shown that he was also speeding. He was mostly, if not entirely at fault for causing the accident, which took 3 lives and leaving another 2 injured. With this in view, why did the paper choose to glorify Ma Chi by telling us how much he was worth and if he was good looking?

Was there a need for these unnecessary flattery? If so, why was Mr Qin, the taxi driver not glorified as a “hardworking, middle class man working in the middle of the night to provide for his family”?

I am very disturbed by this style of reporting, it almost seemed like the paper was trying to portray Ma Chi as a tragic figure who was unlucky to have crashed his Ferrari and died. I believe your paper has the social and moral responsibility to clarify to us why you chose to disgust us by publishing a report in such a bad taste, glorifying the guilty and attempting to illicit sympathy.

USA presidential elections, November 2012

In Uncategorized on May 13, 2012 at 5:36 am

USA presidential elections, November 2012: Barack Obama’s fall

Susan Boyle – Britains Got Talent 2009

In Uncategorized on May 13, 2012 at 5:11 am

Susan Boyle – Britains Got Talent 2009

Do Not Live Life Sad

In Uncategorized on May 13, 2012 at 4:46 am

Do Not Live Life Sad.

Good humor. Laughter. Rest. Happiness.

These replenish health and bring long life.

The happy person has the gift to improve

the environment wherever they live.

“Good humor saves us from the hands of the doctor”. Happiness is health and therapy.

Who Am I

In Uncategorized on May 13, 2012 at 4:38 am

Who Am I – Casting Crowns (w/ lyrics)

The infighting that threatens to undermine US nuclear safety

In Uncategorized on May 1, 2012 at 5:19 am

The infighting that threatens to undermine US nuclear safety

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission became more powerful post-Fukushima, but it has been beset by division and dissent

George Jaczko, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
George Jaczko, who has proved a controversial chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

It could be the latest Inside the Beltway TV drama: the safety guardians of America’s nuclear industry working in a political environment so toxic that the White House was compelled to appoint the bureaucratic equivalent of a marriage counsellor.

Firstly, there have been testimonies to Congress of “outbursts of abusive rage” at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The senior regulator, George Jaczko, was accused of bullying the sole woman on the five-member commission, a Republican nuclear engineer Kristine Svinicki. All four of his commissioners were in open revolt. Republicans in Congress also weighed in, with a letter last week demanding Jaczko justify his performance.

But the real drama, going largely unseen amid the infighting at the regulator, is over the future of America’s nuclear industry after the Fukushima disaster in Japan last year, nuclear experts say. “All of this in my opinion is a sign of a desperate struggle going on involving the NRC,” said Robert Alvarez, a nuclear expert at the Institute for Policy Studies. “The majority of commissioners were put there largely with the blessing of the nuclear industry, and are now pushing back over potentially expensive upgrades to the reactor fleet after Fukushima.”

After a 30-year hold on new reactor construction, America’s nuclear industry had been poised for an era of expansion until Fukushima occurred and NRC, under Jaczko’s command, began a review of America’s 100-plus reactors.

About one-quarter of America’s 100-plus civilian reactors are the same General Electric model as the doomed Japanese reactor, leaving them vulnerable to meltdown in case of a power shutdown, experts say. The NRC review, published last July, made about a dozen safety recommendations.

But the nuclear regulators chose not to enforce those same safeguards before granting a licence to two new reactors at an existing plant in Georgia. It was the first new nuclear construction in 30 years. The White House had backed the project, by Southern Company, and the department of energy offered $8.3bn in loan guarantees to build the plant on an existing site.

However, Jaczko – the sole commissioner to object to the licence – argued the new project should have been built to the higher standard. “I cannot support issuing this licence as if Fukushima had never happened,” he said.

The dissent made Jaczko a hero to campaign groups pressing for stronger nuclear safeguards. “The worst thing the commission did after Fukushima was to decide to continue licencing and relicensing without a pause,” said Arjun Makhijani, president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research.

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) said last week it had deep concerns about the commission’s commitment to safety because of the slow pace of implementing new safeguards after Fukushima. Safety measures first agreed after 9/11 were still not fully in place, it said. “Commissioners have failed to require that the NRC enforce its own regulations and address known safety problems,” the campaign group said.

It criticised four commissioners by name – all except Jaczko – for failing to endorse stronger standards on emergency cooling systems or new guidelines requiring background checks on staff entering a reactor site under construction.

Jaczko, a former aide to the Senate majority leader Harry Reid, was appointed to the NRC by George Bush, and named commission chair by Barack Obama. He is a Democrat, as are two other commission members. The remaining two are Republican.

The divisions within the nuclear regulatory body are not restricted to Fukushima. Jaczko broke with fellow commissioners when he ordered a stop to planning work on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. Obama had stopped funding for the project earlier.

Nor do the divisions adhere strictly to party lines. Campaign groups argue support for the nuclear industry runs across party lines, with Democratic and Republican members of Congress reliant on political contributions.

The main industry group, the Nuclear Energy Institute, stepped up its PR and lobbying effort by 25% after Fukushima, spending $2.1m in 2011, according to the Open Secrets website.

By last October, commission members were in open revolt, and wrote what was supposed to be a confidential letter of complaint to the White House.

In the letter, the four accuse Jaczko of “intimidation and bullying” the regulatory body’s staff and of hostile behaviour to his fellow commissioners. “Your [Jaczko’s] intemperate and disrespectful behaviour and conduct towards fellow commission members is completely unacceptable,” the letter said.

In addition, a report by an independent inspector general last year said Jaczko’s “forceful management techniques” made it difficult at times for him to get along with staff. The report also said he was not always forthcoming with information.

The White House stepped in last December, appointing a mediator to smooth over what it called “management differences”. But Republicans in Congress have been gunning for Jaczko since then.

Does the infighting compromise America’s nuclear safety? David Lochbaum, a nuclear engineer and director of the UCS nuclear safety project does not think so.

“It’s certainly complicating things. There is a chilling effect. Everybody is walking on egg shells,” he said. “I don’t see any evidence that the rancour has kept them from making decisions that need to be made. It’s just unfortunate that they are operating with this Peyton Place/Jerry Springer attitude.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/apr/30/nuclear-industry-nrc-infighting-fukushima