Wednesday, March 22, 2006

A preference for talk shows and soaps "is a marker of something suspicious"

'Daytime TV tied to poorer mental scores in elderly'

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Older women who say talk shows and soap operas are their favorite TV programs tend to score more poorly on tests of memory, attention and other cognitive skills, researchers reported Monday .....
A study of 289 older women without dementia found that those who rated talk shows and soaps as their favorite programs performed more poorly on tests of memory, attention and mental quickness than their peers who cited other types of shows.

What's more, they were at greater risk of showing signs of clinical impairment. For example, compared with women who preferred to watch news programs, those who favored soaps were more than seven times more likely to show signs of impairment on one of the tests, while talk show fans were more than 13 times more likely to demonstrate impairment.

Which came first ..... Oprah, or the chicken with its head cut off?

Red Ken falls down, and can't find the remote. TV set remains stuck on Oprah.

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'London's mayor has become embroiled in a new row after criticising two Jewish businessmen involved in building a key facility for the 2012 Olympics.'

Ken Livingstone attacked David and Simon Reuben for their role in an ongoing dispute about the Stratford development in London. He suggested the brothers "go back (to their own country) and see if they can do better under the ayatollahs". The mayor is understood to think the consortium behind the project, of which the Reuben brothers hold a 50% stake, is not progressing quickly enough.

Conservative members of the London Assembly said the brothers were not Iranian, but had been born in India of Iraqi Jewish parents. Brian Coleman, assembly Member for Barnet and Camden, said: "This is the latest anti-Semitic remark by Livingstone ... "

The few, the proud, the French

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'One third of French say they are racist'

Newt breeder Livingstone, born in Lambeth, London. Did not participate in the study however.


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