Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jul 14, 2014
July 14, 2014
FL GOP Sen. MARCO RUBIO is sounding more and more like a serious presidential candidate. During an interview this past Friday on HUGH HEWITT's show, he insisted, "Multiple people can beat her. HILLARY CLINTON is not unbeatable."
He added, "I'd ask her: You were the secretary of State during the first four years of the OBAMA administration, name one significant foreign policy achievement, now or after you left? ...The reset with Russia has been a disaster, the Middle East is more unstable today than it's been in I don't know when, our relationships with Latin America and democracy have deteriorated... our partners around the world view us as less reliable."
Editor's note: With all due respect senator, the vast, vast majority of Hillary's likely voters don't care about any of that. Hillary has the proper anatomy. That's what it all boils down to. (Pacelli)
Are you headed to the friendly skies this summer? You may want to buy your airline ticket ASAP! MSN.com reports the Transportation Security Administration passenger screening fee will be jumping from $2.50 per flight leg with a 10-dollar cap, to 5.60 per leg with no maximum next Monday.
But wait --there's more! Apparently airports want to boost their facility charge from 4.50 to eight-bucks per boarding while Customs and Border Protection are angling for a two-dollar increase on the immigration fee for international tickets.
SHARON PINKERTON works as the senior vice president for legislative and regulatory policy at the lobbying group Airlines for America and says that policymakers "see air passengers as an ATM." (Lee)
New research says women get more protective of their boyfriends when they see another woman wearing a red dress. According to researchers at the University of Rochester, they found that women believed other women wearing a red dress were more interested in sex and more likely to cheat on her boyfriend. The women in the study also said they were less inclined to introduce their boyfriend to a woman wearing red, versus wearing other colors, like white or green.
According to LiveScience.com, ladies in red also get the guys' hot under the color. Previous studies have found that men find women wearing red more attractive, men spend more money on them, and give red-wearing waitresses more tips. (Bartha)
Health and Medical Briefs:
Warning: note gross content.
Smelling farts may actually be keeping you healthy. We wish we could joke with you about this.
According to a new study out of the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, smelling the hydrogen sulfide produced in rotten eggs and flatulence can lower the risk of cancer, arthritis, strokes, heart attacks, and dementia. Scientists at Exeter discovered a compound called AP39, that can reverse mitochondrial damage in cells. Preventing damage to the mitochondria is considered the key to preventing many different diseases.
"Our results indicate that if stressed cells are treated with AP39, mitochondria are protected and cells stay alive," says Professor MATT WHITEMAN of the University of Exeter Medical School. It's important to remember that while hydrogen sulfide might be healthy in your flatulence, in large doses, it can be deadly.
Editor's note: Silent, but deadly. So, uh, keep the baked bean consumption on the low side, just to be safe. (AB)
Global warming is now being connected to the increase over the last 30 years of kidney stones!!! Pediatric urologist GREGORY TASIAN's analysis of over 60-thousand medical records of kidney stones sufferers suggests folks are more likely to develop the painful calcium deposits when average temperatures rise over 50 degrees. Tasian's team found many cases of kidney stones crop up roughly three days after a hot day.
Expect to see more cases, according to io9.com, because the world is heating up and people are getting more dehydrated as a result. When your body fluids go down, the concentration of calcium and minerals in your urine goes up, and that can create the stones. (Kaye)
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