Re: Is the American political system broken?

I don’t think so. I don’t think our system is broken, but I think it’s out of kilter right now. You know the public is divided into red and blue, but most states are purple. Most states . . . You know the public wants to see something happen. Last November they tried to give a message. They tried to send a message. They voted a lot of incumbents out of office, but I’m not sure the message was received. Now from an AARP standpoint, we try to do a lot of voter education. Last November, 25 percent of all the people who voted across the country were AARP members. So voter education for us is an important thing. And what we . . . what we want people to do is make an informed choice, and tell these people to stop the bickering and do the people’s work.

I have a fierce political philosophy, and it is independence. I really despair when people start off by saying, you know, “I’m a conservative, and therefore . . .” Or, “I’m a liberal, and therefore . . .” You know, “Let’s privatize something,” or “Big government is best.” I just got into this discussion the other day with Newt Gingrich. And what I say is if you’re a business person; if you’re in the military; if you’re a football coach; if you’re anybody – a mother – how do you think? You think about what’s the problem to be solved. And that’s the way we have to be. We have to be pragmatic. So I think of myself as a centrist; as a pragmatic problem solver. And I wish we could get our political leaders to put aside all this ideology and think about problem-solving. Be a centrist. Be independent.

Recorded on: 9/27/07

The American Political System needs to move back towards independence and not privatization.

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Scientists study tattooed corpses, find pigment in lymph nodes

It turns out, that tattoo ink can travel throughout your body and settle in lymph nodes.

17th August 1973: An American tattoo artist working on a client's shoulder. (Photo by F. Roy Kemp/BIPs/Getty Images)
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In the slightly macabre experiment to find out where tattoo ink travels to in the body, French and German researchers recently used synchrotron X-ray fluorescence in four "inked" human cadavers — as well as one without. The results of their 2017 study? Some of the tattoo ink apparently settled in lymph nodes.


Image from the study.

As the authors explain in the study — they hail from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, and the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment — it would have been unethical to test this on live animals since those creatures would not be able to give permission to be tattooed.

Because of the prevalence of tattoos these days, the researchers wanted to find out if the ink could be harmful in some way.

"The increasing prevalence of tattoos provoked safety concerns with respect to particle distribution and effects inside the human body," they write.

It works like this: Since lymph nodes filter lymph, which is the fluid that carries white blood cells throughout the body in an effort to fight infections that are encountered, that is where some of the ink particles collect.

Image by authors of the study.

Titanium dioxide appears to be the thing that travels. It's a white tattoo ink pigment that's mixed with other colors all the time to control shades.

The study's authors will keep working on this in the meantime.

“In future experiments we will also look into the pigment and heavy metal burden of other, more distant internal organs and tissues in order to track any possible bio-distribution of tattoo ink ingredients throughout the body. The outcome of these investigations not only will be helpful in the assessment of the health risks associated with tattooing but also in the judgment of other exposures such as, e.g., the entrance of TiO2 nanoparticles present in cosmetics at the site of damaged skin."

Why are so many objects in space shaped like discs?

It's one of the most consistent patterns in the unviverse. What causes it?

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  • Spinning discs are everywhere – just look at our solar system, the rings of Saturn, and all the spiral galaxies in the universe.
  • Spinning discs are the result of two things: The force of gravity and a phenomenon in physics called the conservation of angular momentum.
  • Gravity brings matter together; the closer the matter gets, the more it accelerates – much like an ice skater who spins faster and faster the closer their arms get to their body. Then, this spinning cloud collapses due to up and down and diagonal collisions that cancel each other out until the only motion they have in common is the spin – and voila: A flat disc.