July 10th, 2008

American Academy of Pediatrics, health hazard


The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending cholesterol screening for 2 year olds, and statins for children as young as 8-- including children who don't have high cholesterol, just family members with histories of heart disease or who are fat.

Statins can have serious side effects, and haven't been studied for long term use in children or adolescents.

Lost sky colors

When I was a kid (1960s in Delaware), there was a faint green band on the horizon. It was presumably pollution-- the sky is blue all the way down to the land now, and the only reason I can think of for the change is the laws requiring cleaner air.

The band was pretty, though, and so were the brilliant green "lakes" between the clouds at sunset. I haven't seen that for quite a while.

The other thing that might be lost is magenta-- *bright* pinkish purple that would show up late in some sunsets, and which I've also seen in Frazetta paintings, though I can't remember which ones offhand.

Has the sky changed in your lifetime?

If you saw a picture of a sunset with bright green in the sky, would you think someone was making it up?

How about other implausible skies? I remember a sunset with puffy, evenly pink clouds that went as high as I could look without tipping my head up. I certainly wouldn't have believed it in a picture.

Some of Gauguin's paintings have yellow "shadows" under the trees, and I'm told critics thought he was using arbitrary color for composition until someone realized it was fallen flower petals.

Survey: How much Yiddlish do you use?

Quoted from weirdjews:
You are invited to participate in an interesting and entertaining survey about language. Essentially, we're asking about the spread of Yiddish (and some Hebrew) among English speakers in North America. We're turning to both Jews and non-Jews to answer questions like these: Who uses Yiddish words like "shmooze" and "daven" and phrases like "Money, shmoney"? Why do some people say "temple" while others say "shul"? Who prefers biblical names for their babies? Your responses will help us answer these and other questions, and you might learn something about yourself in the process. Please set aside 15-20 minutes, and click on this link to participate:


Please forward this request to your friends and family. We are hoping to get thousands of responses from people of all religions, ages, and regions of the United States and Canada. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail Prof. Sarah Bunin Benor <sbenor@huc.edu> or Prof. Steven M. Cohen <steve34nyc@aol.com>.

papersky, do you have the link handy for that discussion of pesach vs. passover vs. family holiday? I bet they'd be fascinated.

I didn't like *any* of the sets of children's names. Probably just as well that I don't have kids.