April 29th, 2010

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AZ Truck driver forced to show birth certificate claims racial-profiling | Video Cafe

The shape of things to come? Sure looks like it. And this incident happened before Gov. Jan Brewer signed the SB1070 into law on Friday. Video and story from AzFamily.com. PHOENIX – A Valley man says he was pulled over Wednesday morning and questioned when he arrived at a weigh station for his commercial vehicle along Val Vista and the 202 freeway.
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Looking at sick people boosts immunity.

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have found that people can boost their immune systems just by looking at sickness.  They studied three groups of people to see what their immune systems would do when they see certain types of images.  One group looked at images of furniture, one group looked at images of violence, and one group looked at images of illness.  The furniture and violence groups had no metabolic response to their subjects, but the virulence viewers showed a 25 percent increase in their levels of the immunity factor Interleuken-6, which responds to infections and injuries.  The researchers think the psychological triggering of the immune system may be "presumably adaptive in origin".  If people can boost their immune systems by thinking about it, it could explain positive effects from placebos, meditation, prayer, tribal rituals, and faith healing.

L.A. Times article.