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Colonoscopies to be replaced by camera
that comes in a PILL as FDA green
lights revolutionary treatment

Daily Mail [UK], by Daily Mail Reporter & Associated Press

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 2/4/2014 3:19:28 AM

There are few medical procedures feared more than a colonoscopy. But what if there was another way to screen patients for colon cancer that´s much less intrusive? Now there is: The PillCam, an ingestible camera that takes high-speed photographs as it works its way through the digestive system and helps doctors spot polyps and other early signs of colon cancer was just cleared by the Food and Drug Administration. The device is designed for patients who have had trouble with the cringe-inducing colonoscopy procedure, which involves probing the large intestine with a tiny camera embedded in a four-foot long, flexible

Never mind politics, this is reason enough to support Israel.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: locarno, 2/4/2014 3:41:22 AM     (No. 9718407)

The article seems to go out of its way to put a damper on the expectation that this will ´replace´ the traditional colon screening. My question is: why not? It costs only a fraction of the procedure, and while the images may not be 100% as clear as the old way, isn´t it good enough to detect when there´s a problem? Hopefully someone here with a bit more knowledge can enlighten us on this as the article is limited.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Country Boy, 2/4/2014 5:38:27 AM     (No. 9718428)

Re #1, the traditional Colonoscopy camera also has a tool used to remove any polyps which can develop into cancers. Two proceedures in one. So, in many cases, no follow up procedure is necessary.

So, if polyps are found with the PillCam, that´s only half of the process, and standard Colonoscopy is still required. The $500 for the PillCam will be redundant.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Hicksvillekid59, 2/4/2014 6:44:32 AM     (No. 9718452)

I agree with #2 (no pun intended). But the probing part was never a problem for me. It was the prep that was the problem. If there was a chance that I would have to do that twice, then give me the old fashioned method.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Nina584, 2/4/2014 6:47:44 AM     (No. 9718453)

It will be an ideal method of screening. Most people don´t need a biopsy.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Keekng, 2/4/2014 7:07:12 AM     (No. 9718467)

Having had a few colonoscopies, I agree the only bad part is the preparation and as #2 stated, if a polyp is spotted the regular procedure can remove it. Some time ago I read that camera use is only 70% effective in spotting polyps.
Give me the regular procedure any day, just no Sigmoidoscopies, please.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Lt.Mom, 2/4/2014 7:36:34 AM     (No. 9718483)

Three years ago my husband was experiencing severe back pain and was sent for an x-ray. A small mass was seen below his adrenal gland and near his kidney. A subsequent biopsy of an involved lymph node revealed a rare neuroendocrine tumour. (The tumour was inaccessible for biopsy) After more testing he was sent to a GI specialist who ordered this ´pill´ to see what was going on inside his gut. Thankfully his Dr. shared the photo results. There, just at the posterior end of the duodenum was a perfect image of a carcinoid tumour. It was a textbook picture. The images were printed out and were not grainy or blurry. The rest of his gut, including his colon was clear of lesions and polyps. This screening will be an excellent tool for Doctors to use.

When I was studying this online, I learned quite a bit about this cancer and about the diagnostic tools available. Most of these lesions are found during autopsies, so I am grateful our Doc was up on his knowledge of tools available for his use.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 2/4/2014 7:37:03 AM     (No. 9718484)

I assume that the PillCam is....ahem....disposable?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: duhem, 2/4/2014 7:48:16 AM     (No. 9718497)

As with others, I find that the hardest part of the colonoscopy is the prep. At each colonoscopy a biopsy of suspect tissue was done. The first found a cancerous polyp. Why will this new technique be that much easier if it doesn´t do all that the "conventional" colonoscopy does?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Rather Read, 2/4/2014 7:54:24 AM     (No. 9718506)

I´ve only had one colonoscopy and the procedure wasn´t bad (actually I don´t remember any of it). But the prep!!!!
I wish they could figure out how to make that less onerous.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: varkdriver, 2/4/2014 7:56:54 AM     (No. 9718511)

I also agree with #2. Once the colonscopy and polyp removal [if required] are done, then all you problems are behind you (somebody stop me).

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Gram77, 2/4/2014 8:00:57 AM     (No. 9718521)

I have inquired as to the pill camera and was told it is not covered by any health insurance program. Even though colonoscopies are usually only performed every 5 years I still dread the prep. If there weren´t colon cancer in the family I wouldn´t go near one.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: fysammy, 2/4/2014 8:16:13 AM     (No. 9718543)

Colon cancer in my family. Had one every two years and now on the "five year plan". Prep is a nuisance, the procedure is nothing, but the "sleep" drug is fantastic. I awake in great spirits ready to conquer the world.

This what they should use in executions, euphoria then fade to black!

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Reply 13 - Posted by: The Patriot Code, 2/4/2014 8:31:45 AM     (No. 9718561)

There´s no way proctologists are going to voluntarily reduce their colonoscopy income by 87%. The pillcam will be reserved for society´s freeloaders. The rest of us will continue to get reamed.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Farmwife1, 2/4/2014 8:33:05 AM     (No. 9718563)

I agree with #3..it´s the prep that is the...well...you know. You´re out for the actual procedure.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Elvira, 2/4/2014 8:51:33 AM     (No. 9718595)

My Grandmother survived colon cancer twice. Unfortunately, both of her brothers died from it, so I take it very seriously.

As with others here, if only God would give someone the idea for another way to prep so many would be eternally grateful!! I´ve been told by someone who used it, that there is a pill form of cleansing. I asked my Doctor about it and he said that their practice doesn´t use it because of a risk of kidney damage, even failure. Even though it might be 1 in 10, he said "do you want to take that chance?" I´ve lived through enough crazy stuff thank you I don´t think I need to take that chance. Every time I´ve had this procedure polyps have been found and removed. If only my Great Uncles had had this procedure done.

Anyway, I wanted to point out that this technology was developed by the Israelis, especially after seeing multiple articles posted this past weekend concerning Israel´s advancements in technologies in so many fields. I heard about this technology well over 10 years ago as it was being developed in Israel.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Mr. Know-It-All, 2/4/2014 9:14:41 AM     (No. 9718645)

Gone through it twice. Yes the prep stinks (figuratively and literally). The worst part is you have to essentially starve yourself on the day before (clear liquids, jello, etc.) Then the stuff you drink literally tests your will to the limits as you force it down.

After that its just a matter of staying close to the bathroom for a few hours. I mean, really close, with no obstacles between you and the door.

Whenever this subject comes up I remember this article from Dave Barry. I have read it numerous times and I still end up laughing so hard I´m wiping tears before then end (pun unintended). Enjoy.


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Reply 17 - Posted by: f64, 2/4/2014 9:24:48 AM     (No. 9718671)

All of you, me included, who hate the prep read the first comment under the article. Stands to reason that a prep will still be necessary. Otherwise the camera will take crappy pictures.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: mickturn, 2/4/2014 9:25:56 AM     (No. 9718674)

They didn´t mention the ´first pill´ that makes you lose everything you ever ate...even that first twinkie at 2 years old...

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Reply 19 - Posted by: straight8, 2/4/2014 9:43:38 AM     (No. 9718708)

My insurance carrier paid the entire cost for what was termed a preventative test. However, if a polyp was found and removed, the test became a procedure. Insurance would only cover 80%
And I agree with the prep comment wholly.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: jackburton, 2/4/2014 10:09:47 AM     (No. 9718758)

Doctors have been barking at me about a colonoscopy for 15 years and I´ve always refused. That part of my body works well, thank you, and I do NOT belong to the high risk group (smoking, inactive, fried foods, etc). My wife had it done and I looked at the bill and could see the motivation. Stats say that in spite of the increase in colonoscopies there has been no decline in colon cancer... meaning: why bother?

With the pill, I might.

As to polyps... I have pre-cancerous growths everywhere in my body, as does everyone. I´m just a big pre-cancerous lump. If I have discomfort or bleeding, I´ll schedule a checkup but not sooner.

I have had a pulmonary embolism, fatal in 30% of the cases. A week after I had it, a client of mine shared that she lost her brother to one of those. He had had a colonoscopy, they found a tumor and removed it and the surgery resulted in the fatal embolism. Post script: lab work showed the tumor was benign. Thank you medical science.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 2/4/2014 11:44:45 AM     (No. 9718998)

Sorry but Colonoscopies are not the only way to screen patients for colon cancer. Its just the way doctors make the most money.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 2/4/2014 12:44:04 PM     (No. 9719089)

Someone made the remark that you still would have to do the prep even with the pill. True, I guess, or the camera would not be able to see through the, ahem, other contents.

So if you still need the prep, why not go with the ´old´ way since you can take care of any polyps at the same time.

Still, a wonderful invention and a harbinger of things to come from brilliant people.

Let´s just pray that the Islamic savages
don´t manage to nuke Israel off the map.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Rafter, 2/4/2014 1:06:09 PM     (No. 9719132)

So, is this PillCam the reason why Israelis and Shi´ites are like
oil and water... ?

Just wonderin´...

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Caveman, 2/4/2014 1:17:03 PM     (No. 9719149)

No #7, they are reusable. Just make sure you have the first appointment in the morning. Just kidding.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: peterfleming, 2/4/2014 1:28:53 PM     (No. 9719167)

It´s the American way. Another option for treatment.
We proceed onward, despite ObamaTaxFraud.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 2/4/2014 1:31:35 PM     (No. 9719169)

Some of the comments here about greedy doctors just ordering colonoscopies to make money sound just like Obama.
Today´s harmless polyp is tomorrow´s colon cancer.
That´s the whole point.
Get the polyp out now before it becomes cancer.
It´s a life saving procedure , don´t wait for symptoms .
There is also a virtual colonoscopy done via CT that does not require anesthesia , but, does require a bowel prep.
And polyps cannot be removed.
The prep varies from gastroenterologist to gastroenterologist , but, a pristine colon is vital for all the procedures.
Drinking Gatorade with the prep over a couple of hours and taking some pills is a small price to pay for the gift of life.
The prep day will be not half bad ..if you actually begin eating light two days before the procedure.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Knotwyrkin, 2/4/2014 1:43:25 PM     (No. 9719183)

A "Pill" colonoscopy without a prior prep will give you great pictures of the last week of meals in your colon.

Geeze people, man-up. Drinking 4 quarts of clear tasteless liquid and have diarrha for four hours is a small price to pay to find, detect, and often cure colon cancer.

Stop whining, you sound like Americans.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: ConradCA, 2/4/2014 3:07:27 PM     (No. 9719286)

Going to have one of these soon and the prep is much easier on you now. Just drink a few glasses of liquid instead of the previous gallon of fluid.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: shamrock, 2/4/2014 3:16:13 PM     (No. 9719301)

Dittos #20. My brother-in-law got badgered into getting a colonoscopy and they perforated his colon. By the time the quacks got done with him, he has no colon and half his stomach. He can´t absorb any nutrients because he has nothing to absorb with. As of Saturday, he weighs 128 lbs, down from his original 165.

Yeah, he doesn´t have colon cancer though.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 2/4/2014 3:38:35 PM     (No. 9719334)

So sorry, #29.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: msjena, 2/4/2014 3:45:03 PM     (No. 9719344)

If a pill camera is going to be effective, you would still have to do the prep, wouldn´t you? Colonoscopies are no big deal. You can even take pills for the prep now and can request enough sedation to sleep through the procedure, which lasts less than an hour.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: msjena, 2/4/2014 3:52:15 PM     (No. 9719354)

Sorry for another post, but one more thing to know--you only have to do the diet the day before and not necessarily the whole day, depending on when your procedure is scheduled. I ate a lot of jello and chicken broth. It wasn´t bad. And you can eat normally as soon as you get home. According to my bill, the hospital makes most of the money for these procedures.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: nosillod, 2/4/2014 4:05:11 PM     (No. 9719366)

#29 makes the point I was going to make. Colonoscopies are not without the possibility of complications. Any invasive procedure can end up major problems. Not to mention problems that can occur with anesthesia. I would be willing to bet that in a year or two they will have HD pillcams where the resolution is far better. I too have seen a great deal of improvement in the prep routine.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Pinchem, 2/4/2014 4:15:39 PM     (No. 9719377)

Hard to believe the amount wimps in here who don´t like the prep. It´s far better than it used to be. I´d rather suffer the prep than find out too late I have cancer. I certainly would not want fecal matter blocking any abnormalities in the tract, unless I was stupid.

I´ve had two oscilloscopes. The first one they found a polyp and removed it. Second one was totally clean.

I have history of cancer deaths in my family because they refused to deal with the prep and have a colonoscopy. I am 80 years old, alive and NO SIGNS of any cancer, or other diseases.

Is your life worth whining about the prep?

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Reply 35 - Posted by: lakerman1, 2/4/2014 9:17:34 PM     (No. 9719715)


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Reply 36 - Posted by: lakerman1, 2/4/2014 9:28:20 PM     (No. 9719727)

In late september, 2013,I was hospitalized, 3 days in intensive care, for intestinal bleeding of unknown source. I´m 75.) I had become weaker and weaker over a month or two, and lost a lot of weight. (50 lbs)
They gave me transfusions and sent me home after 5 days in the hospital, did an endoscopic exam and a colonoscopy, couldn´t find anything wrong, other than mild gastritis, so they sent me home.
I went to another gastroenterologist, and she did the pill cam test. You swallow a pill the size of a large vitamin tablet (or Mexican jumping bean) wear a gadget on your belt, make sure a light keeps blinking, and the camera winds up in your bowel movement later.
The pill cam test was normal.
So I guess my problem is being 75 years old.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: smcchk, 2/4/2014 10:47:30 PM     (No. 9719787)

I want to know who first drank that awful, awful stuff to even know that it would “cleanse” you? That is insane that anyone voluntarily experimented with drinking it, whatever IT is.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: smcchk, 2/4/2014 10:51:36 PM     (No. 9719789)

Sorry to double post but GI docs will not like this. Scopes are the buttresses of their practices.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 2/4/2014 11:07:44 PM     (No. 9719799)

Whoever invented Golytely had a wicked sense of humor.

The pill cam has been around for awhile, but insurance won´t pay for it. Not everybody can use it. Reports say it take pictures higher up in the colon.

Mostly, the reason for so many endoscopies and colonoscopies today is Medicare pays for it as preventative now. Line em up.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: bhkat, 2/4/2014 11:29:29 PM     (No. 9719815)

So many ignorant comments concentrated in one single thread.
The reason doctors do colonoscopies is to remove polyps so that they don´t turn into cancer. People need to man up and drink the bowel prep. It tastes bad because it is medicine. If it tasted good, it would be called Gatorade.

All those people who think they are going to save money by having the pill colon evaluation are going to get mad when they will have to drink the prep again and get the bill for the pill and the colonoscopy because a polyp was found on the pill video.

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Megyn Kelly’s "Kelly File" is a great news show. She’s incisive, informed and customarily handles the toughest guest with aplomb. But her lengthy interview of Facebook C.O.O. Sheryl Sandberg about her second book in the Lean In series Lean In: For Graduates was a head shaker. Amazing that she of all people allowed Sandberg to restring the same old, same old, shamed, and shopworn feminist myths about women and girls and then jangle it in front of her viewing audience like something new out of the box. Indeed Kelly all but genuflected in front of this woman. Kept her on thru

Why You Should Be Sympathetic
Toward Cliven Bundy

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Powerline, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 4/15/2014 8:40:58 AM     Post Reply
On Saturday, I wrote about the standoff at Bundy Ranch. That post drew a remarkable amount of traffic, even though, as I wrote then, I had not quite decided what to make of the story. Since then, I have continued to study the facts and have drawn some conclusions. Here they are. First, it must be admitted that legally, Bundy doesn’t have a leg to stand on. The Bureau of Land Management has been charging him grazing fees since the early 1990s, which he has refused to pay. Further, BLM has issued orders limiting the area on which Bundy’s cows can

Has Rush Limbaugh Finally
Reached the End Of The Road?

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Forbes Magazine, by Rick Ungar    Original Article
Posted By: EveningStar- 4/16/2014 7:24:05 PM     Post Reply
Like him or hate him, there is no disputing that Rush Limbaugh’s very special brand of mixing right-wing politics with his flare for entertainment has produced one of the most successful radio programs in the medium’s long history. Whatever the burning political question of the day, millions of Americans have relished the opportunity to tune into Rush’s program, knowing that he would quickly take that hot potato, throw a few gallons of verbal kerosene into the mix and elevate the matter into a five alarm fire with a just a few well-chosen words spoken in the style only Rush Limbaugh could

Biden Tells Boston Bombing
Survivors, ´It Was Worth It´ (Video)

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Breitbart´s Instablog, by Debra Heine    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 9:28:18 PM     Post Reply
Less than a minute into his speech at the Boston marathon bombing memorial on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden went tragically off script and told the crowd of Boston bombing survivors that "it was worth it." After expressing how impressed he was with the tribute, he said somberly, "let me say to those ´quote survivors,´ my God, you have survived and you have soared. It was worth it. I mean this sincerely - just to hear each of you speak. You´re truly, truly inspiring." The audience sat in stunned silence until Biden declared, "I´ve never heard anything so beautiful than

Casual marijuana use linked with
brain abnormalities, study finds

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Fox News, by Loren Grush    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 6:12:53 PM     Post Reply
Casual marijuana use may come with some not-so-casual side effects. For the first time ever, researchers at Northwestern University have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes – and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures. The study’s findings, to be published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, are similar to those of past research linking chronic, long-term marijuana use with mental illness and changes in brain development. Dr. Hans Breiter, co-senior study author, said he was inspired to look at the effects of casual

Which Actor Portrays The
Best James Bond?

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American Spectator, by Jonah Goldberg and Taki Theodoracopulos    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/16/2014 11:20:22 AM     Post Reply
Look, everyone loves Sean Connery, particularly Sean Connery. That’s why he plays Sean Connery in every movie he’s in. People love that Scottish brogue so much, they don’t mind that he has it when he plays Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez, an immortal Spaniard in Highlander. The guy even won an Oscar for playing an Irish cop with a Scottish accent. Talk about sexist double standards: Meryl Streep has to master foreign dialects to get her golden statuettes. Connery just has to show up on time. In economics you devalue a currency by printing too much of it. In film you

White babies just 15 months old show racial
bias when picking playmates, study found

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/15/2014 10:23:35 PM     Post Reply
Toddlers show racial bias when picking playmates, a study reveals. They also take account of how fairly others behave. Researchers tested the reaction of white 15-month-olds as toys were distributed. Two white adults divided the toys, one equally and the other unequally. Seventy per cent of the toddlers chose to play with the researcher who distributed the toys fairly. But in a second test, when one researcher favoured a white recipient over an Asian one, they picked the ‘fair’ researcher less often, the journal Frontiers in Psychology reports. And the babies are more likely to help those who share the same ethnicity, which is known as

Atlanta Braves flooded with Hank
Aaron hate mail: He’s a ‘s*****g’

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Washington Times (D.C.), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/15/2014 3:23:19 PM     Post Reply
Hank Aaron’s recent comments about the need for America to realize that racism is still very much alive and thriving — only now due to those who wear “neckties and starched shirts” rather than KKK hoods — has sparked an angry backlash and many fans are turning the tables, calling the baseball legend himself a racist. “Hank Aaron is a s*****g piece of [expletive] [racial slur],” one man said in an email to the Atlanta Braves’ front office, one of the teams Mr. Aaron used to play for, CBS News reported. “My old man instilled in my mind from a

White is not right: Campus admins ask
for help weeding out white people

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Daily Caller, by Robby Soave    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 7:47:18 PM     Post Reply
Western Washington University sent a questionnaire to students asking them for advice on how the administration could succeed at making sure that in future years, “we are not as white as we are today.” The question notes that WWU’s racial make up does not perfectly reflect the nation at large, and asks students to consider strategies that other universities have used to focus on skin color as the paramount indicator of a student-applicant’s worth. The president of WWU has stated that his explicit goal is to reduce the white population on campus, according to Campus Reform. “I’ve said before and I’ll say it

Obama taps gay bishop to wrap Easter
Prayer Breakfast with invocation

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 4/15/2014 9:25:28 AM     Post Reply
When President Obama needed a preacher to fulfill the closing prayer duties at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, he turned to none other than the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop — who said he was as shocked as anyone at the appointment. The Right Rev. Gene Robinson said in a tweet, accompanied by a photo of Mr. Obama behind a podium at the event: “POTUS ‘preaches’ at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG!” Newsmax said he also emphasized that the words he chose to close the breakfast

Progressive Insurance
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National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 10:08:10 PM     Post Reply
How do you ensure that you won’t be ostracized, denounced, or fired if you are a media celebrity, captain of industry, or high public official? For some, sexist banter is certainly no problem. Stand-up comedian Bill Maher called Sarah Palin a c–t and a tw-t, but suffered no ill consequences. David Letterman joked on air that Sarah Palin’s 14-year-old daughter had had sex with Alex Rodriguez during a New York Yankees game. There was no downside to that either. President Obama tosses around “sweetie” as he wishes. No problem with that. No one believes Barack could be condescending to women.

Rev. Al Sharpton’s Easter message:
Politically ‘crucified’ Obama has risen again

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Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/16/2014 3:42:51 PM     Post Reply
With Easter soon approaching, the Rev. Al Sharpton on Wednesday drew parallels between the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the resurrection of President Obama’s political career. Joining the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” Mr. Sharpton said that his message for this Easter is that “no matter what the world may do to you unfairly, no matter how you’re crucified — nailed to the cross at home, or in your personal relationships, or on the job — that you can rise if you don’t lose yourself during the hard times and the challenges.” The reverend went on to say that Christ endured so much humiliation and unearned suffering leading up to his death,

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