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Your neighborhood may have a major influence on how much you exercise, according to a study that looked at data on 8,782 people in 373 Chicago neighborhoods.

The researchers found that people who live in neighborhoods with higher levels of poverty, lower levels of education, and more families headed by women are less likely than others to exercise. But this doesn’t mean that poorer people are least likely to exercise, said the researchers, who found that individual income wasn’t as important as neighborhood in determining exercise levels.

“We can’t encourage people to exercise more without looking at the neighborhood environment in which they live,” study co-author Christopher Browning, an associate professor of sociology at Ohio State University, said in a prepared statement. “Some people may have the personal resources and desire to exercise but don’t live in a neighborhood in which they feel comfortable to go outside for activities.”

Neighborhood-related factors that influenced exercise levels included: amount of trust among neighbors, perceived violence in the community, and beliefs that neighbors help each other. The study also found that neighborhood was more important for women than men in determining exercise levels.

Overall, the findings suggested that a wide variety of social and economic factors outside of a person’s control can have an impact on physical activity, Browning said.

The study was published in a recent issue of Urban Studies.

The finding that neighborhood characteristics are more important than a person’s income in determining exercise levels was surprising and noteworthy, Browning said.

“The result is surprising enough that it needs to be confirmed by other studies. But if the finding is substantiated, it would show just how important neighborhoods are, and would have important implications for any new initiatives aimed at enhancing health and well-being,” he said.

The fact that the neighborhood/exercise connection is stronger in women than in men is another important finding.

“This could help understand why African-American women have much higher obesity rates than other groups,” Browning said.

Miss NJ:  This is an important finding for African-Americans, both men and women.  First, it shows that exercise is essentially a group activity.  Second, the findings mean that community standards influence exercise as much as individual goals.  Finally, it argues that community groups in black neighborhoods need to take a more pro-active stance on offering exercise programs and places to workout; instead of just handing out fact sheets or pamphlets.

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Miss NJ:  I decided to post this after reading some of the responses to it.  It’s about 40 minutes but worth the look.  White America needs to understand that Barack is not going to allow them to put him in a corner as far as race is concerned.  Most of the responses to the speech are bitchy because he evaded yet another trap set for him.  It’s about time white people (and those who consider themselves white) looked at the reality of what it means to be black in America.  Barack is definitely rubbing their noses in it, in a good way.  We need to have real, healing dialogue about racism and its effects. 

from AP

At least one in four teen girls nationwide has a sexually transmitted disease.

A virus that causes cervical cancer, HPV, is by far the most common sexually transmitted infection in teen girls aged 14 to 19, while the highest overall prevalence is among black girls — nearly half the blacks studied has at least one STD.  That rate compared with 20 percent among whites and Mexican-Americans, the study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found.  About half of the girls acknowledged having sex; among them, the STD rate was 40 percent.

The CDC’s Dr. Kevin Fenton said given that STDs cab cause unfertility and cervical cancer in women, “screening, vaccination and other prevention strategies for sexually active women are among our highest public health priorities.”

The study is an analysis of US respresentative data on 838 girls who participated in a 2003-2004 study.

Miss NJ:  As the title states, we need a new day in the US.  A while back Frontline did a show on an STD epidemic in a ritzy suburb of Atlanta among middle school students who were participating in orgies after school.  What will it take for this country to realize that the responsible way to handle this problem is to educate (not horrify and disgust) teenagers about STDs and sex.  So, if there is a teen girl in your life that you care about, please teach her how to propoerly use a condom, make her feel empowered and not ashamed to buy them and tell her that not using one can result in worse things than pregnancy. 

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Salvia divinorum is a plant native to Mexico.  It is generally smoked but can also be chewed or made into a tea and drunk.  It’s nicknames are Sally-D, Magic Mint and Diviner’s Sage.  Users experience an out-of-body sense of traveling through time and space or merging with inanimate objects.  Unlike other hallucinogens, the effects last only for an hour generally.  an ounce casts $30 on the Internet.

Lawmakers are targeting the inexpensive and easy-to-obtain plant due to fears it will be the next marijuana.  Eight states already have restrictions; 16 others are considering a ban.  Florida wants to make possession a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

Miss NJ:  We do not condone drug use on this site.  Drugs are bad, just say no.  Now that the disclamer’s out the way…  This is an interesting drug here.  Even more interesting is the fear that it may become the next marijuana.  That tells me, it already is.  It’s still legal on the Internet, so those who either indulge or are experimental, have fun.

Sometimes we run across another blog worth sharing/promoting.  It won’t happen often, since in our inner core we’re self-centered b*tches.

Anyway, enjoy this.  Take the time to read the comments too.

http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.wordpress.com/full-list-of-stuff-white-people-like/

Miss NJ:  I’ve only read a few posts, but this has to be some of the funniest ish, I’ve read in a long time.  Especially funny are the comments from the indignant white people who want to be offended.  Love it!

NOT SAFE FOR WORK!!! 

Miss NJ:  Not only are we here to entertain you, but every once in a while we have important information to pass along.  This is one of those times.  Never let it be said we don’t know how to keep a home happy.

The videos are no longer available.  Oh well, better luck next time.  We’ll have more happy man tips.

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So, on this a-hole’s radio show a caller was complaining about Michelle Obama’s remark “for the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country.”  

His response?  “I don’t want to go on a lynching party against Michelle Obama unless there’s evidence, hard facts, that sat this is how the woman really feels.  If that’s how she really feels – that it’s a bad country or a flawed nation, whatever – then that’s legit.  We’ll track it down.” 

Miss NJ:  WHAT THE F*CK?!?!?!?!!!!  I need to understand why how and why this man keeps a job when he repeatedly makes ignorant remarks such as this.  However, Star Jones-Reynolds wrote an open letter that responses appropriately.  I have put the entire letter here and I hope you read it because everything she says should have been said long ago. 

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“I’m sick to death of people like Fox News Host, Bill O’Reilly, and his ilk thinking that he can use a racial slur against a black woman who cold be the next First Lady of the United States, give a half-assed apology and not be taken to task and called on his crap.

This week O’Reilly gave the following response to a caller on his radio show who was making unsubstantiated negative charges against presidential candidate Barack Obama’s wife, Michelle Obama:

‘I don’t want to go on a lynching party against Michelle Obama unless there’s evidence, hard facts, that sat this is how the woman really feels.  If that’s how she really feels – that it’s a bad country or a flawed nation, whatever – then that’s legit.  We’ll track it down.’

What the hell?  If it’s ‘legit,’ you’re going to ‘track it down?’  And then what do you plan to do?

How dare this white man with a microphone and the trust of the public think that in 2008, he can still put the words ‘lynch and party’ together in the same sentence with reference to a black woman; in this case, Michelle Obama?  I don’t care how you ‘spin it’ in the ‘no spin zone,’ that statement in and of itself is racist, unacceptable and inappropriate on every level.

O’Reilly claims his comments were taken out of context.  Please don’t insult my intelligence while you’re insulting me.  I’ve read the comments and heard them delivered in O’Reilly’s own voice; and there is no right context that exists.  So, his insincere apology and “out-of-context” excuse is not going to cut it with me.

And just so we’re clear, this has nothing to do with the 2008 presidential election, me being a Democrat, him claiming to be Independent while talking Republican, the liberal media or a conservative point of view.  To the contrary, this is about crossing a line in the sand that needs to be drawn based on history, dignity, taste and truth.

Bill, I’m not sure of where you come from, but let me tell you what the phrase ‘lynching party’ conjures up to me, a black woman born in North Carolina.  Those words depict the image of a group of white men who are angry with the state of their own lives getting together, drinking more than they need to drink, lamenting how some black person has moved forward (usually ahead of them in stature or dignity), and had the audacity to think that they could be equal.  These same men for years, instead of looking at what changes, should and could be made in their own lives that might remove that bitterness born of percieved privilege, these white men take all of that resentment and anger and decide to get together and drag the closest balck person near them to their death by hanging them from a tree — usually after violent beating, torturing and violating their human dignity.  Check your history books, because you don’t need a master’s degree or a law degree from Havard to know that is what constitutes a ‘lynching party.’

Imagine, Michelle and Barack Obama having the audacity to think that they have the right to the American dream, hopes, and ideals.  O’Reilly must really think to himself: how dare they have the arrogance to think they can stand in front of this nation, challenge the status quo and express the frustration of millions?  When this happens, the first thing that comes to mind for O’Reilly and people like him is: ‘it’s time for a party.’

Not so fast…don’t order the rope just yet.

Would O’Reilly ever in a million years use this phrase with reference to Elizabeth Edwards, Cindy McCain or Judi Nathan?  I mean, in all oof the statements an dcriticisms that were made about Judi Nathan, the one-time mistress turned missus, of former presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, I never heard any talk of forming a lynching party becasue of something she said or did.

So why is it that when you’re referring to someone whose African-American you must dig to a historical place of pain, agony and death to symbolize your feelings?  Lynching is not a joke to off-handedly throw around and it is not a metaphor that has a place in politcal commentary; provocative or otherwise.  I admit that I come from a place of personal outrage here having buried my 90 year-old grandfather last year.  This proud, amazing African-American man raised his family and lived through the time when he had to use separate water fountains, ride in the back of the bus, take his wife on a date to the ‘colored section’ of a movie theater, and avert his eyes when a white woman walked down the street for fear of what a white man and his cronies might do if they felf the urge to ‘party’; don’t tell me that phrase yous chose, Mr. O’Reilly, was taken out of context.

To add insult to injury, O’Reilly tried to ‘clarify’ his statements, by using the excuse that his comments were reminiscent of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ use of the term ‘high-tech lynching’ during his confirmation hearing.  I reject that analogy.  You see Justice Thomas did not mean to bring up the image of lynching in its racist contect.  He ws saying that politics and the media were using new technology to do to him what had been done to black men for many years — hang him.  Regardless of if you agreed with Justice Thomas’ premise or not — if in fact Bill O’Reilly was referencing it — the context becomes even clearer.

What annoys me more than anything is that I get the feeling that one of the reasons Bill O’Reilly made this statement, thinking he could get away with it in the first place, and then followed it up with a lame apology in a half-hearted attempt to smooth any ruffled feathers, is because he doesn’t think that black women will come out and go after him when he goes after us.  Well, he’s dead wrong.  Be clear Bill O’Reilly: there will be no lynch party for that black woman.  And this black woman assures you that if you come for her, you come for all of us.” — Star Jones-Reynolds

Miss NJ:  And I don’t think anymore needs to be said.  Do you?

BK Diva:  Star has it covered boo boo!

 – from NY Post

 A Brooklyn teen found a modern solution to an old-fashioned crime – she tracked down her cellphone mugger using MySpace, police said.

“He came from behind and snatched the phone from me – I chased him but I couldn’t catch up,” Yudelka Polanco, 16, told The Post.

It was 8:30 p.m. on a freezing Jan. 26. Polanco was tired, just coming home from a guitar lesson, and was carrying a large bookbag on Hooper and Hewes streets in Williamsburg. She had no chance of catching the young thief.

But although the Bushwick teen couldn’t physically run down her assailant, she was able to follow his electronic footprints.

About two weeks later, when she received the replacement to her stolen T-Mobile Sidekick Slide, one of the first messages she received revealed her attacker’s e-mail address.

“He had signed on to his e-mail with my SIM [subscriber identity module] card still in the phone,” said Polanco.

She turned on her computer and began her detective work.

“I put his e-mail address into MySpace – because nowadays everybody has MySpace,” she said.

“I found his picture, but it was a picture of him from the side, and I wanted police to have something better.”

So Polanco actually got another cute gal pal to start an online friendship with the mugger – who cops say is Victor Hernandez, 16. The friend was able to collect more pictures and information on him.

Having done most of the investigative work, Polanco went to cops with a plethora of pictures of the thug.

Miss NJ:  The best part of the story is her friend pretending to like the dude.  Be cool, stay in school, ’cause at least one benefit is you’ll know how to hunt down thieves.

BK Diva:  Ditto