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What is man’s greatest achievement?

With the 40th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission, CNN polled people from around the world and asked them the question, “What is man’s greatest achievement?” They got a surprising variety of answers to this question. While a few people did say the luna landing, this was usually not the answer. Here are some of the opinions in no particular order:

The Wheel
The Computer
The Airplane
The Written Word
The Alphabet
Space Travel
The Internet
Sliced bread
Discovery of the Atom
Nuclear Fission
The Pyramids
Satellite Communication

I think I’d pick antibiotics. What do you think is man’s greatest achievement?


Mississippi Most Obese State

Obesity Ratings
Obesity Ratings

Mississippi has kept its U.S. heavyweight title for a fifth straight year, among both adults and children.

The percentage of adults classified as obese went up in 23 states, but Mississippi, with 32.5 percent, stayed atop the latest annual rankings by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health. The same survey put the state’s adult obesity rate at 31.7 percent in 2008.

In addition, 44.4 percent of Mississippi children ages 10 to 17 are classified as overweight or obese, the study found.

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Rank State % Obese
1 Mississippi 32.6
2 West Virginia 30.3
3 Alabama 30.9
4 Louisiana 30.7
5 South Carolina 29.0
6 Tennessee 30.7
7 Kentucky 28.7
8 Oklahoma 28.8
9 Arkansas 29.3
10 Michigan 28.2
11 Indiana 27.4
12 Georgia 28.7
13 Missouri 28.2
14 Alaska 28.2
15 Texas 28.6
16 North Carolina 28.7
17 Ohio 28.1
18 Nebraska 26.5
19 Iowa 27.7
20 South Dakota 27.2
21 North Dakota 27.0
22 Delaware 28.2
23 Kansas 27.7
24 Pennsylvania 27.8
25 Virginia 26.3
26 Wisconsin 25.3
27 Illinois 25.6
28 Maryland 26.3
29 Oregon 26.3
30 Minnesota 26.0
31 Idaho 25.1
32 Washington 25.9
33 Wyoming 24.5
34 Maine 25.2
35 Nevada 24.6
36 New York 25.5
37 New Hampshire25.1
38 Florida 24.1
39 Arizona 25.8
40 New Mexico 25.1
41 California 23.3
42 New Jersey 24.1
43 D.Columbia 22.2
44 Utah 22.4
45 Montana 22.6
46 Rhode Island 21.7
47 Vermont 21.9
48 Massachusetts 21.7
49 Connecticut 21.7
50 Hawaii 21.7
51 Colorado 19.3


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America’s Best Hospitals

# 1 Johns Hopkins Hospital
# 2 Mayo Clinic
# 3 Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
# 4 Cleveland Clinic
# 5 Massachusetts General Hospital
# 6 New York-Presbyterian Univ. Hosp.
# 7 UCSF Medical Center
# 8 Brigham and Women’s Hospital
# 8 Duke University Medical Center
# 10 Hosp. of the Univ. of Pennsylvania
# 10 Univ. of Washington Medical Center


5 Things you need to know about Obama’s Public Health Insurance Option

The choice of a public health insurance plan is crucial to real health care reform. But right now, it’s being smeared by conservatives and insurance-industry front groups. Here’s what you really need to know:

1. Choice, choice, choice. If the public health insurance option passes, Americans will be able to choose between their current insurance and a high-quality, government-run plan similar to Medicare. If you like your current care, you can keep it. If you don’t—or don’t have any—you can get the public insurance plan.

2. It will be high-quality coverage with a choice of doctors. Government-run plans have a track record of innovating to improve quality, because they’re not just focused on short-term profits. And if you choose the public plan, you’ll still get to choose your doctor and hospital.

3. We’ll all save a bunch of money. The public health insurance option won’t have to spend money on things like CEO bonuses, shareholder dividends, or excessive advertising, so it’ll cost a lot less. Plus, the private plans will have to lower their rates and provide better value to compete, so people who keep their current insurance will save, too.

4. It will always be there for you and your family. A for-profit insurer can close, move out of the area, or just kick you off their insurance rolls. The public health insurance option will always be available to provide you with the health security you need.

5. And it’s a key part of universal health care. No longer will sick people or folks in rural communities, or low-income Americans be forced to go without coverage. The public health insurance plan will be available and accessible to everyone. And for those struggling to make ends meet, the premiums will be subsidized by the government.

We all need to speak out to make sure we get real health reform. Please pass this message on, then call your senators and ask them to support the choice of a public health insurance plan.