And no, I didn’t learn about this from browsing my Spam Folder.
According to the NEW SCIENTIST:
The soft green heart-shaped leaf of the horny goat weed could hold the key to a new drug for treating erectile dysfunction. Researchers say the Viagra alternative could be as effective as the famous blue pill, but have fewer side-effects.
Mario Dell’Agli of the University of Milan, Italy, and colleagues tested four plants which are used as natural aphrodisiacs in traditional cultures to establish their potential as alternatives to Viagra.
Viagra’s active compound, sildenafil, works by inhibiting an enzyme called phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE5). Because PDE5 helps control blood flow to the penis, inhibiting PDE5 promotes male erection.
Dell’Agli and his colleagues tested the four plants in vitro to see how efficient they were at inhibiting PDE5. Just one â€“ Epimedium brevicornum, also known as horny goat weed and Bishop’s Hat â€“ had an effect. This confirmed previous studies showing that icariin, a compound found inside the horny goat weed, is a PDE5 inhibitor….[Rest of article]
I’m sure this is fascinating for all of you twenty-somethings that regularly visit here.
As for me, I’m just tickled that this plant was already known as “horny goat’s weed”.Â It shows me that there just has to be a Purpose to the Universe…
Arguably, bringing up the “age issue” is crossing the line somewhat. But McCain’s age and consequent life expectancy have become more of a factor now that he has made his Vice Presidential choice. There has been increasing discussion of it, complete with actuarial table analysis, ever since noted mathematical savant Will Hunting was heard to speak of it in the video below:
What about his claim that McCain had a 1 in 3 chance of dying during his first term? Turns out that he is off just a little. If you go to the Social Security site and check out their actuarial tables (stay with me on this) you’ll find that a 72-year-old male in good health (uh-oh, cancer…) has a life expectancy of 12.01 years. Fine so far. But if you look in the 3rd column “Number of Lives”, you’ll see that at age 72 there are 67,016 people still alive (out of 100,000 born) and at age 76 this drops down to 57,395–a drop of, um, around 16%. So actually–for a 76-year-old in good health–McCain only has a 1 in 6 chance of actually dying during his first (and likely, only) term as President. Comfortingly, only half of what Will Hunting says.
But…what about disability? Couldn’t find a table for that. I would speculate, however, that a 72-year man probably has about as much chance of having a disabling heart attack or stroke or the like, as dying. I could be wrong. If you have some comforting statistics I’d like a link to them. So maybe Will Hunting’s analysis isn’t that far off.
My point being: I could live with a McCain Presidency. After all, I lived with 8 years of George W. Bush. I think McCain is basically an OK guy and won’t steer us too horribly wrong, except for keeping us in Iraq a little longer than we want. But, hey–what’s another four years? (Although, if he picks Supreme Court Justices like he picked his Veep…)
But I think it would be devastating to our country if Palin rose to the Presidency. Sure, she’s personable and a firecracker and a pistol and a MILF and “one of us” (well, maybe one of you) and she tells it like it is, and so on and so on. But I truly think she’s a whack job. (Have you noticed a little bias from me here with respect to her?)
Besides her belief that global warming won’t happen because Jesus wouldn’t let it, and…well–let’s just wait until after Thursday’s debate. We can discuss it further then.
*** Update: Here is a partial transcript from the actual Couric interview, in which Palin makes the mistake of straying from her memorized “talking points”–and which moment is parodied in the video above. Good luck Thursday, Sarah:
COURIC: Why isn’t it better, Governor Palin, to spend $700 billion helping middle-class families who are struggling with health care, housing, gas and groceries; allow them to spend more and put more money into the economy instead of helping these big financial institutions that played a role in creating this mess?
PALIN: That’s why I say I, like every American I’m speaking with, were ill about this position that we have been put in where it is the taxpayers looking to bail out. But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health-care reform that is needed to help shore up our economy, helping theâ€”it’s got to be all about job creation, too, shoring up our economy and putting it back on the right track. So health-care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans. And trade, we’ve got to see trade as opportunity, not as a competitive, scary thing. But one in five jobs being created in the trade sector today, we’ve got to look at that as more opportunity. All those things under the umbrella of job creation. This bailout is a part of that.
*** Further update–herewith, her finest moment. It’s all downhill from here…:
As an Internet company, Google is an active participant in policy debates surrounding information access, technology and energy. Because our company has a great diversity of people and opinions — Democrats and Republicans, conservatives and liberals, all religions and no religion, straight and gay — we do not generally take a position on issues outside of our field, especially not social issues. So when Proposition 8 appeared on the California ballot, it was an unlikely question for Google to take an official company position on.
However, while there are many objections to this proposition — further government encroachment on personal lives, ambiguously written text — it is the chilling and discriminatory effect of the proposition on many of our employees that brings Google to publicly oppose Proposition 8. While we respect the strongly-held beliefs that people have on both sides of this argument, we see this fundamentally as an issue of equality. We hope that California voters will vote no on Proposition 8 — we should not eliminate anyone’s fundamental rights, whatever their sexuality, to marry the person they love.
Posted by Sergey Brin, Co-founder & President, Technology
I posted about Proposition 8 earlier this week here.