I played with some bruise makeup today. Skin Illustrator FX palette on the left (alcohol activated), and Ben Nye Media Pro palette on the right (creme makeup). I’ve had a lot more experience with Skin Illustrator, so I prefer it and find it easier to use. However, the creme makeup is good for sensitive skin, especially if you’re doing makeup around the eyes (say, for black eyes). 

I got the Ben Nye palette for Christmas, but I haven’t used it much yet. I’ll have to play with it some more. 

First, the increase in esophageal cancer and now this…

Heartburn drugs could increase heart attack risk, warn scientists

Common heartburn drugs could increase the risk of heart attacks, scientists have warned. A major US study drawing on the health records of nearly three million patients showed that people taking indigestion drugs called proton pump inhibitors were 16 to 21% more likely to suffer a heart attack.

“We have not proved causation,” said Dr Leeper. “But it’s a very worrisome association and for now we want people to discuss the risks and benefits with their physicians.”

The author of the study warned that patients should not stop taking the drugs, but should discuss the risks with their doctor. Photograph: Sebastian Kaulitzki /Alamy

The history of the distribution of wealth has always been deeply political, and it cannot be reduced to [how free markets “naturally work on their own”].

In particular, the reduction of inequality that took place in … developed countries between 1910 and 1950 was … a consequence of war and of policies adopted to cope with the shocks of war. Similarly, the resurgence of inequality after 1980 is due … to the political shifts of the past several decades, especially in regard to taxation & finance.

The history of inequality is shaped by [how people] view what is just and what is not, as well as by [their] relative power ….…


Capital in the 21st Century by Thomas Piketty (Arthur Goldhammer, trans.)

(highlights, [], and … are mine)

Heartburn Drugs Linked to Heart Attacks | NYTimes Well Blog

The widely used drugs known as proton pump inhibitors, or P.P.I.’s — gastric reflux preventives like Prilosec and Prevacid — may increase the risk for heart attack, according to analysis of data involving almost three million people.

Previous studies have found that P.P.I.’s are associated with poor outcomes for people with heart disease, probably because of an interaction with clopidogrel [Plavix], a drug commonly prescribed after a heart attack. This new study examines the heart attack risk in otherwise healthy people.

The researchers used data-mining, a mathematical method of looking at trends in large amounts of data, to analyze the use of the drugs over time. Evidence that they were increasing the risk for heart attack was clear as early as 2000.

“This is the kind of analysis now possible because electronic medical records are widely available,” said the lead author, Nigam H. Shah, an assistant professor of medicine at Stanford. “It’s a benefit of the electronic records system that people are always talking about.”

There was no association of heart attack with another class of drugs used to treat gastric reflux, H2 blockers like Zantac, Tagamet and Pepcid. The researchers suggest that P.P.I.’s promote inflammation and clots by interfering with the actions of protective enzymes.

A significant limitation of the study, in PLOS One, is that P.P.I. usage may be a marker of a sicker patient population, more subject to heart disease in any case.

Long-term PPI use is widespread, though the drugs are only supposed to be used for a few weeks at a time. In 2009, worldwide PPI sales totaled $13.6 billion USD. There are other effective approaches to GERD available, including dietary changes and weight loss, both of which can lower heart attack risk and help resolve reflux without the use of PPIs. This drug class contributes to magnesium wasting as well as low microbial diversity in the gut, which raises risk for gut infections like traveler’s diarrhea.

How To Remove Yourself from People Search Websites

I found “Violet Blue” on Google+ - one of a couple of Big Wins there vs. none on Farcebook. Anyway, here’s a great article she wrote: How To Remove Yourself from People Search Websites.

“With a quick search of your name on any given “peoplefinder” website, you’ll see your name, date of birth, names of family members, current and past addresses, your phone number and gender. Some sites will also reveal your marital status, your hobbies, your online profiles, and maps or a photo of your house.

"Many peoplefinder sites will give up enough to make you choke on your latte without a registration or a fee, so anyone with an internet connection can stalk you from their couch (or office) with about twenty keystrokes. Scary? Completely.”

Seriously, “social” and “business/work” networking sites make a lot of money by knowing you and collecting your PPI (Private Personal Information), which needs to be addressed and restricted by the Supreme Court, IMHO.

“No, this isn’t a fluff post, and I’m not being paranoid. I just spent weeks investigating the process of having one’s personal data wiped from these sites and interviewing Sarah A. Downey, lawyer and privacy analyst… Downey explained that one way they get your info is via social networks:

”[One common example is] social networking info, which sometimes depends on the site’s TOU regarding sharing info with third parties, as well as your privacy selections on that site (e.g., your Facebook Likes and interests, your Friends, your Tweets, the work information you provide to LinkedIn). [emphasis mine]“

It’s a much-too-long article (should have been broken up into parts) so here’s a list of the tips, for those too busy to read the whole thing (like me!)

Tip #1: Right now it’s unclear whether these sites retain the information you enter into their search boxes; many suspect this is one of the ways they collect data. Avoid typing your info directly into these sites by Googling the site name along with your name.

Tip #2: Never scan and send your ID to anyone without blacking out your photo and ID number. [RV: Uh, duh!]

Tip #3: Do you think this is wrong? Here is a link to the FTC’s Complaint Form. [RV: Send a complaint ASAP!]

"Abine seems to like helping people opt-out on their own, though one can also use their service DeleteMe and they will do it for you. I used both to see how each works.

"While maintaining a privacy blog that’s like delicious junk food for us pro-privacy people, Abine’s Downey also got fed up one day and decided to post a how-to on removing yourself from background checks on Reddit.

Page 2: Links and complete instructions to opt-out, plus a site you can’t remove yourself from

A painfully long read that’s too disorganized - should be by topic, not just time-based, but the above should be more than enough to get both me and all y'all started. Just make sure to send a complaint: The FTC’s Complaint Form!!

Am I the only one who finds this way more depressing than some explorer default ribbon settings.
What happened to the pixel-less (perception-wise) future?
768 vertical pixels?
Come on, I mean its 2011?

(Also this article explains why orthodox 2 panel file-browsers are still my tool of choice.
If cut/copy/paste makes up more than 40 percent of the command usage why make it so hard to navigate from source to target?)

(via Improvements in Windows Explorer - Building Windows 8 - Site Home - MSDN Blogs)