November is Brain Disease Awareness Month

New study finds brain disease in 95% of deceased NFL players

Researchers with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University, MA, identified chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in 87 of 91 deceased NFL players, indicating that there is a link between football and long-term brain disease.
The findings were first reported by PBS and published on the website of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, whose brain bank received a $1 million research grant from the NFL in 2010.
"People think that we're blowing this out of proportion, that this is a very rare disease and that we're sensationalizing it," says Dr. Ann McKee, chief of neuropathology at the Department of Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System. "My response is that where I sit, this is a very real disease. We have had no problem identifying it in hundreds of players."
The team has previously identified CTE in the brains of football players who have donated their brains to science. So far, they have identified CTE in 96% of NFL players and 79% of football players examined to date - a total of 131 out of 165 individuals.
CTE occurs when an individual receives blows to the head over a period of time, causing progressive damage to nerve cells in the brain. The condition can impair cognitive functioning, causing difficulties with thinking and emotions and leading to problems such as depression and dementia.


All this time I thought Chinese bears were pandas...

Strap on your seatbelts and hug your 401ks. Meet the OTHER Chinese Bear...

The Role Reversal

There's a very old joke about the guy whose job in the circus was to march behind the elephants in the parade and sweep up their droppings. When asked why he didn't quit the filthy, degrading job he replied...


Planned Parenthood

Another video has been released featuring members of Planned Parenthood staff discussing illegal practices at a number of their facilities.
I don't know what's more chilling- the practice of aborting and selling parts of 16-week old fetuses to medical researchers or the ice cold demeanor of the staffers discussing the work they do.


I did this same cartoon around thirty years ago. The caption and drawing were a bit different but the picture was the same- an inner city neighborhood cut off from the rest of the world. Things are considerably worse now as whole cities have been laid to waste by drugs, gangsta culture, single teen aged parenthood, crooked politicians and cynical leaders. "Racism" real or fancied are the least of these kids problems.


Je Suis Jefferson Davis

The title (which is actually the cartoon's punchline) references the slogan that brought the world together following the horrendous slaughter by Muslim fanatics of twelve members of the staff of Charlie Hebdo, a left wing humor magazine based in Paris, France. Among the dead were five cartoonists. 

The magazine routinely published crude and provocative cartoons whose only purpose, it seemed, was to torment Muslims and ridicule France's six remaining practicing Catholics. But it made their readers laugh and the staff famous. Still, most of the world's press declined the opportunity to reprint the offending cartoons. I wonder why?

In the days and weeks following the shooting it looked like every single political cartoonist on the planet jumped on the "Je Suis Charlie" bandwagon. Cartoons featuring the old pen/ brush/pencil as mightier than the sword/cannon/ak47 were rolled out by the hundreds. "Free speech!" "Free expression!"  "I may not agree with what you say but I will defend to my death your right to blah blah blah..."

I grew up in the South Florida. On the rare occasion that I see a Rebel flag it's in the form of a bikini, a patch on a jacket, used as a backdrop for a Tom Petty album or political button.  

Just a little exercise in freedom of speech. An expression of team spirit. Nothing more.

Je suis Jefferson Davis.

Garry Trudeau, 1 percenter