Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was released from the hospital yesterday and is expected to make a full recovery from the blood clot that was found near her brain. That clot formed after she got a concussion when she fainted at home while she was battling a nasty stomach virus. It also kept her from testifying regarding the September attacks on the Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. A spokesperson says she’s eager to get back to work.
President Obama is on top of the latest Gallup list of the nation’s most admired man, but he’ll have a ways to go to catch up with Bill Graham. Dr. Graham has been on the list more than anybody else, and he’s on it again this year. He’s been in the Top Ten, 56 times. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton topped the women’s list.
Keep an eye to the sky Thursday night. NASA says the Quantarid meteors are sure to delight. Anyone above the 51 degrees south latitude will be able to view the showers. Asia has the best seat for this show.
A lot of fitness experts say resistance training is the key to getting in shape and building muscle. Oddly enough the same may be true for getting your finances in shape. Doctor and author Jason Cabler says he typically sees three types of resistance to changing the way you spend money. Physical Resistance. Your brain naturally resists forming new habits, that’s why it takes so long. Resistance from People. That’s where communication comes in. And Spiritual Resistance. Remember we have an enemy, and he doesn’t want you free from financial struggle. Cabler has more tips on his website,click here to link there.
If Junior wants to make the most of his college degree, tell him to skip the last two years. An analysis by CollegeMeasures.org shows people with an Associate’s Degree make more than those with a Bachelor’s Degree, especially in the first few years after graduating. That is true mostly of technical or occupational programs like nursing. You can expect to make about $6,000 more per year.
California and Illinois are the latest states to tell employers that they cannot ask their workers for their Facebook login. Across Family Life Nation, Michigan has a similar law. It extends to college admissions. These laws do not prevent a company from making staffing decisions based on the public stuff put on Facebook by employees or potential hires.
The founder of Domino’s Pizza had better luck in the courts than Hobby Lobby did, winning an injunction in his case against the mandate regarding contraception and abortion drugs in the Affordable Care Act. These days Tom Monaghan is running a property management company, and a federal judge says he does not have to implement that coverage, because it would “substantially burden his exercise of religion.” That’s two completely different rulings from different courts regarding who has to abide by the mandate. There are more than 40 lawsuits pending against it.
Facebook and Twitter are banned in China, but Christians there are still finding ways to spread the Good News online. The government run social network there is called Weibo, and so far Chinese Christians are being very bold in sharing their faith and prayers. How long the government will allow that to continue is anybody’s guess, but for now they’re seizing the day.
Religious Freedom Sunday is next Sunday, January 13th. Gateways to Better Education’s Bernadette Gruber says the theme is Leviticus 25:10 “proclaim liberty throughout the land.” This is also proclaimed on the liberty bell. For more information,click here to link to the Gateways to Better Education Website.
Waistline & Longevity
Being overweight may help you live longer, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control. Doctor Howard Bauchner says the study categorized participants by their Body Mass Index. “Over weight” and “normal” weight people will live longer than obese people. "Among the author’s findings, relative to normal weight, all grades of obesity were associated with higher mortality, but overweight was associated with lower mortality, with a hazard ratio of point nine one to point nine six.The Study is in the latest Journal of the American Medical Association.
Today is National Sleep Day, and evidently we could use a lot more of it. A survey suggests most adults in America sleep on our sides, forget our dreams, and sleep nextto a snorer. 74% of us wear pajamas to bed, and only 10% get a restful night’s sleep every night. The best night of the week for sleep? Friday night.
Most of the prescriptions in America are generics, but apparently most of us can’t figure out that they’re the same as the brand names. A new Boston study found that when patients get generic drugs that are a different color than they’re used to taking, half of them stop taking the drug. It’s one of the first studies of its kind that shows pill appearance has an impact on whether we take the prescription.