Thursday, September 5, 2013

Study finds one-quarter of pop 'hits' mention alcohol use

Rap, country, and R&B music mentions alcohol at least 15% of the time and up to 38% (in the case of rap and hip-hop).  Rock music, for some reason, was not found to mention alcohol in the lyrics this particular study looked at.  Different varieties of alcohol were found to be correlated with different types of music.

The study did not look at the effects of listening to music referring to alcohol on people, but co-author David Jernigan, PhD, (Director of the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at Johns Hopkins) did suggest a possible correlation in a news release.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Study finds no link between psychedelic use and long term mental problems

A large study conducted by researchers in Norway has not found a link between the use of psychedelics and lasting mental problems.  This doesn't mean that there cannot be a danger in using these types of drugs, but that there is a lack of statistical evidence showing long-term mental dysfunction from using them.


Monday, August 19, 2013

Intergovernmental panel warns of ocean levels rising 3 feet by 2100

The Nobel Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change not only has found that ocean levels may increase by a dramatic 3 feet in the next 80 years, but also that there is more proof that climate change is caused by humans.


Friday, August 16, 2013

Werner Herzog releases new documentary on texting while driving

Werzer Herzog, the award winning German filmmaker, has put together a wonderful and moving documentary about the dangers of texting while driving.  I wish the film had examples of other kinds of distracted driving included, but I like how it is targeting one specific kind of behavior and attempting to get people to change their attitudes about it.

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Friday, August 2, 2013

One year after Oak Creek

The years have been filled with tragedies like the ones at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, WI, and a school in Newtown, CT.  The NRA has largely gone silent, but they are working hard in the background to ensure that gun safety laws never make it to the see the light of day.  You can support efforts to oppose the NRA by voting democrat as well as giving money to groups like Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort.  And, if you can, attend a memorial.