Archive for August 18th, 2009


Eating healthy?

Those who deny themselves entire food groups or worry too much about the “purity” of their meals are risking their mental and physical well-being. Experts have reported a rise in such extreme behavior, which is known as orthorexia nervosa. Sufferers of orthorexia nervosa tend to be over 30, middle class and well-educated.

Orthorexia patients are different than anorexia patients, who restrict the quantity of food they eat. Sufferers of orthorexia, named after the Greek word for “right or true,” fixate on quality. Sufferers often eliminate sugar, salt, caffeine, alcohol, wheat, gluten, yeast, soya, corn and dairy foods from their diet. Foods tainted by pesticides or that contain additives such as MSG may also be ditched. Such habits may seem quirky, but they can have a serious effect on health.

Cutting out entire food groups can leave sufferers malnourished, while rigid rules can make eating out impossible, putting a huge strain on friendships and relationships.


Rack that credit card debt

Months before a new law restricts the credit-card industry’s ability to raise interest rates and charge fees, card issuers are scaling back programs that offer lucrative rewards such as frequent-flier miles and cash rebates.

Alaska Airlines says the cost of companion fares available through its Bank of America Visa Signature card will double from $50 to $99, effective Oct. 1. The airline also will eliminate the 2,000 free anniversary miles granted annually to cardholders, starting Dec. 31.

American Express will increase to $99 from $75 the maximum fee customers in its Membership Rewards program pay to transfer points to any U.S. airline loyalty program. In June, it decreased its rebate to Blue Cash cardholders for all purchases except everyday ones such as gas and groceries to 1.25 percent from 1.5 percent.

Discover has eliminated one of three tiers in its cashback program. Previously, customers received 0.25 percent of the first $1,500 spent, 0.5 percent for the next $1,500, and 1 percent for anything exceeding $3,000. They now will receive 0.25 percent back for the first $3,000 spent and 1 percent above that.

Citi has altered its travel-redemption program. Previously, customers could redeem a domestic round-trip airline ticket valued at up to $400 for every 20,000 points earned. The same ticket now would require 40,000 points.

The changes come after warnings from bank executives that the new law, which takes effect in February, will limit their ability to set interest rates and fees based on each borrower’s risk. That, in turn, would make lending money more expensive, forcing banks to withhold credit, charge new customers higher rates and increase annual fees, executives have argued. NO, it won’t make lending money more expensive…it will make it LESS profitable…


90 Seconds of News 8/18/09

It’s hard to be in the magazine business these days. The Reader’s Digest Association, according to The New York Times, will “file for prearranged Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for its United States businesses within 30 days.” The company has already struck a deal with the majority of its banks to reduce its debt from $2.2 billion to $550 million, and does not expect to shutter any publications or lay off any employees. Under the restructuring plan the association’s value will plummet, and its owner Ripplewood Holdings will shed its board seats and shares, leaving the existing debtholders to become the new owners.

California authorities say a man caused a traffic jam when he threw money onto a Los Angeles-area freeway and people dashed into the lanes to grab the cash.
California Highway Patrol Sgt. Kurt Stormes says the man tossed money from his car on Interstate 210 in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendora shortly before noon Sunday. Stormes says about 10 people ran into traffic lanes to get it. CHP officers recovered about $1,000.

This is why we should really be supporting grassroots campaigns, letter-writing, emailing, calling…it works!

•    Allergan (maker of Restasis):
•    Ally Bank (a unit of GMAC Financial Services):
•    Best Buy
•    Broadview Security:
•    CVS:
•    Re-Bath:
•    Travelocity:
•    Wal-Mart:

These companies join a growing list of advertisers to pull their ads from Beck’s show, including ConAgra, GEICO,, Men’s Wearhouse, Procter & Gamble, Progressive Insurance, RadioShack, Roche, SC Johnson, Sanofi-Aventis, Sargento, and State Farm Insurance.

Federal prosecutors on Monday charged a Miami man with the largest case of credit and debit card data theft ever in the United States, accusing the one-time government informant of swiping 130 million accounts on top of 40 million he stole previously.

Albert Gonzalez, 28, broke his own record for identity theft by hacking into retail networks, according to prosecutors, though they say his illicit computer exploits ended when he went to jail on charges stemming from an earlier case.

Gonzalez is a former informant for the U.S. Secret Service who helped the agency hunt hackers, authorities say. The agency later found out that he had also been working with criminals and feeding them information on ongoing investigations, even warning off at least one individual, according to authorities.


Talkarazzi 8/18/09

Kourtney Kardashian is pregnant with d-bag Scott Disick’s kid and is due in December. And if you’ve seen any of the Kardashians whore’d out shows, you will know that he is not that great of a guy and reportedly cheated on her.
This weekend, Khloe Kardashian spoke about her potential future brother-in-law saying that Scott’s “always been obsessed with Kourtney.” Adding that recently “he’s more — well, I don’t know if a man can be maternal, but he’s definitely becoming more maternal.”
As for the baby, Kourt is set to give birth in December and has already gained about 10 pounds, adding “I’m embracing it. I like when my body changes. I like seeing it. I run around naked all day at home. I think it’s like a beautiful thing.”

Sunday night’s premiere of Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami on E! was the cable network’s biggest debut since 2002’s premiere of The Anna Nicole Show!!!
Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian’s premiere drew in a massive 2.7 million viewers and a 2.14 rating, topping every premiere of Keeping Up With the Kardashians by 49%!!!
The Kardashian sisters’ show even tied Anna Nicole in the ratings for their key demographic: women between 18-49!

Quentin Tarantino was on Howard Stern’s show on Monday to promote his new Pitt-starring flick, Inglorious Basterds and let it out about Brad.
Tarantino revealed he went to France to meet with Brad and pitch the movie. When the two got together, they hit it off, spoke about the film and drank about five bottles of wine.
But then Quentin adds that the “coolest” thing Pitt did was pull out a brick of hash and give him a piece of it!

Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart did not have sex with Kari Ann Peniche but according to Kari, they had plenty of fun. Kari Ann, a dethroned Miss US Teen – tells TMZ that the video is them 3 naked in her apartment more than two years ago.
In the video, Gayheart says her “alter-ego” name is “Nina,” Kari’s is “Fifi” and Dane goes by “Peter,” “Cocaine Manner,” “Tristan Daily,” and “Tuff Hedeman,” a famous bull rider.
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