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Amazon.com reached an agreement with the State of California legislature, so the Silver Buzz Cafe Store is back. :-)


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We believe in protecting our environment, so the Silver Buzz Cafe web site is hosted on a server in a "green", energy conserving data center. 100% of the power for the datacenter is bought from suppliers that use renewable energy sources, such as hydroelectric, windmill and solar plants.


Scientists Reverse Aging Process For The First Time

It has been known for some time that shrinking of the telomeres, the cells that protect the end of DNA strands, shrink, are associated with the aging process. Now researchers have halted and then actually reversed some of the symptoms of aging in laboratory mice. [...]

More Evidence That Walking Helps The Brain

We’ve written several articles about the benefits of walking. A 10-year study has reinforced previous findings that exercising by walking is good for our brains. [...]

Two New Approaches To Reducing The Risk Of Falls

One of every three people 65 years and older falls each year and five times more older adults are hospitalized for fall-related injuries than they are for injuries from other causes. Intervention programs have varying degrees of success, but two new ones show promise. [...]

Thanksgiving In England

The English don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but I’m here and I’m lucky to have been able to reconnect with some of the cousins I grew up with. [...]

Ignorance Is Strength – Earmarks Are OK – Sometimes

Herded by the Tea Party and John McCain, Senate Republicans announced a few days ago that they want to ban earmarks. Now the Senate Republicans’ #2 has fallen off the wagon and claimed a $200 million earmark for his state. [...]

U.S. Health System Slammed In New 11-Country Survey

The GOP wants to rollback health care reforms. A new 11-country study shows that the United States fares much worse than others in almost all of the aspects that it covers. The study highlights the need for Affordable Care Act reforms that will ensure access to health care, protect people from medical debt, and simplify health insurance [...]

Ignorance is Strength – The Earmark Dichotomy

Today we’ve posted another Tea Party insider video on Youtube for your enjoyment. It covers the dichotomy that the GOP and Tea Party now find themselves in regarding earmarks and how they’ll probably get around it. [...]

Ignorance Is Truth – Earmarks Are Definitely Bad… Today…

Our lawmakers in Washington have once again shown us the kind of Alice In Wonderland world that they live in. Last Friday, under pressure from the Tea Party Republicans, House Minority Leader John Boehner and Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia issued a statement calling for a ban on earmarks and calling for the Democrats to hold their own vote on the issue. Others disagreed, but have now flip-flopped. Does it matter? [...]

Ignorance Is Truth – Earmarks

We decided to have a bit of fun today, so we’ve produced an animation in support of yesterday’s article on earmarks. [...]

Fiscal Responsibility – #5 – Earmarks

Earmarks have been widely criticized by the Tea Party and GOP, despite their being a tiny proportion of the budget. During the latest furor and their efforts to ban all earmarks, we take a look at whether such a move would actually reduce the federal deficit. [...]

Fiscal Responsibility – #4 – The US Deficit Commission Interim Report

]President Obama responded to charges that he was doing nothing to reduce the deficit by forming the US Deficit Commission in January 2010. They were charged with coming up with viable ways to reduce the federal deficit, which was $1.42 trillion for FY2009. Their interim results are causing a furor in Washington. [...]

Fiscal Responsibility – #3 – Should The Bush Tax Cuts Be Extended?

The current administration could vote to extend theBush tax cuts, but the Democrats don’t want to extend all of them, particularly the ones that favor the wealthiest 2% of taxpayers. Are they right? [...]

Fiscal Responsibility – #2 – Could Texas Save $2.4 Billion A Year By Dropping Medicaid?

Texan Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, a Republican, wants to try to save the state $2.4 billion a year by opting out of the federal Medicaid program. Could it work? [...]

Mounting Evidence That The Gas Industry Is Polluting Our Water Supplies

Earlier this year we wrote about the worry that carbon dioxide sequestration projects could pollute water supplies. A new investigative movie, “Gaslands”, has reawakened worries about groundwater pollution. It focuses on the natural gas industry’s practice of hydraulic fracturing, called “frac’ing” in the industry, but generally abbreviated to “fracking” in the media. [...]

Medicare Beneficiaries Already Seeing The Benefits Of The Affordable Care Act

While the Republicans work with the health care insurers to figure out ways to rollback the benefits of the two health care reform bills passed earlier this year, the Obama administration is fighting back. A news release from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) says that the Affordable Care Act is bringing about cheaper prescription costs, much less waste and abuse, better care quality, as well as improved efficiency. [...]

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