Well, I can only tell you what is currently being taught on the issue. I am in nursing school at a state university (just for some perspective on who is doing the teaching.) So this isn’t coming from Jerry Fallwell’s private school.
It used to be thought that the appendix serves no purpose and was sort of “left over” from evolutionary processes. The current thought is that the appendix does serve a purpose. It is located right at the illeocecal junction – or right where the small intestine and large intestine meet. The best thought on its function (according to my current textbooks) is that it serves as a reservoir for the “good” bacteria that lives in your gut. We need a certain amount of this bacteria to digest our food, make vitamins, etc. This bacteria is easily wiped out – either through a massive case of diarrhea from a food or waterborne illness, or (more recently) through the use of antibiotics which kill off the good bacteria as well as the bad. If for some reason you do lose your beneficial gut flora (or most of it) the gut can be repopulated from the appendix which just sits there most of the time, doing nothing but storing a nice sample of the stuff that lives in your intestines. I’m not commenting on creation vs. evolution here, only attempting to answer your question with the current theory. Our views on the appendix have evolved (get it) over time, and now Docs think it does serve a valuable purpose.
September 21, 2013 at 9:05pm
I can’t do anything about your dislike for the aesthetics of the new OS, but I can help with the search bar thing. They did get rid of the separate “search box” that used to be at the top right of Safari. They went to an integrated search/address bar like they have on the desktop version of Safari. Just use the address bar. If you type in a www. address, it acts like an address bar. If you just type what you want to search for it acts as a search bar. You set the search engine preference in the Safari settings just like the old OS. I believe it’s Google by default. Anyway, just treat that top address bar like a search bar and it works the same way. Just FYI.
August 3, 2013 at 10:57pm
I was at the site this morning. There was debris found 1500 feet away at the entrance to Lowe’s Home Improvement store. There are videos on You Tube taken from just across the canal (about 1100 feet away) that show debris whizzing by people, skipping across the ground, etc. One chunk skipped off the ground, chipped the asphalt and tore a gash in a car’s door. They used 170 pounds of explosives and it woke people up as far as 8 miles away. If you go on Google Earth, search for “Coffee Rd. and Rosedale Hwy. Bakersfield, CA” That will bring up the site. The plant was on the SE corner of the intersection. You can see the grassy area and canal to the west of the site where the injured spectators were (and where the above video was shot). The major street just north of the blast site is Rosedale Hwy. It’s about 1000 feet away, and they didn’t even shut down traffic. Cars and trucks were driving by when the triggered the blast. It doesn’t seem like it was a well planned event, and none of the injured were inside the “danger zone” according to where the police had the barriers set up. Bad news all around.
The Constitution is dead. Long live the new American police state!
July 19, 2013 at 12:55pm
25 or 50 idiotic racist tweets in a nation of 360 million people does not a”trend” make. That is one problem with social media amplified by the internet news sites. I wonder how many people tweeted in appreciation of his performance? But we don’t focus on that. Twitter is like a microscope, it makes the germs look huge.
July 9, 2013 at 11:40am
Sorry – but this is hype. This is nothing more than a nasogastric tube. It is very commonly used in hospitals and nursing homes. They are used in the ER, and on the floor. In fact nursing students practice putting these down on each other. It isn’t pleasant, mostly because it makes you gag, but it isn’t “torture”. This guy is obviously mugging for the camera. Nothing but propaganda. And, yes, I would volunteer to have one done on me and film it just to show what a fail Mos Def is… Just search YouTube for “Nasogastric Tube Insertion” and you will find tons of training videos using live volunteers and it’s really no big deal. People are so easily manipulated. Sad.
July 2, 2013 at 10:38pm
Oh… I thought this was a video recap of the prosecution’s case in the Zimmerman trial… Thanks for the clarification.
June 11, 2013 at 3:31pm
Currently, Ghostery (security app) is telling me that The Blaze is tracking me with 59 different tracking cookies and bugs. By far the highest number of any site I regularly visit. This irony of THIS story appearing on THIS site is not lost on me.
May 24, 2013 at 1:36pm
Non-Story. The President is a civilian. The whole idea of the President saluting is silly. It didn’t even start until Reagan. Now, if a president is former military, I would leave it up to their discretion. But for a POTUS who has never served, it doesn’t make sense that they would return a military style salute. Of course, it’s a slow news day with only Benghazi, the IRS, the journalist phone tapping, and the terrorist attack(s) in London to talk about.
March 29, 2013 at 3:58pm
March 28, 2013 at 9:02pm
Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy… It’s just too bad he escaped the clutches of “The Leviathan”!
lol!!! The Leviathan!!!!!!!
That Phelps spawn is mentally ill and got what he deserved. I mean, other than a bullet behind the ear.
pwned x 10
March 10, 2013 at 4:48pm
The full Adam Carolla/Gavin Newsom interview aired on the Adam Carolla Show (podcast) a couple weeks ago. It was nearly an hour long. It was also the single most amazing piece of political journalism I have ever heard. They discuss in depth just exactly WHY California is circling the drain. Carolla is brutally honest, and Newsom just evades, and evades. I couldn’t believe Newsom agreed to sit for that interview at all. Please… PLEASE download and listen to it. Especially if you live in California. It is unbelievable.
Yes he was. So were all the other historically despised white men who warned us . Joe McCarthy, Bull Conner, Governor Wallace, etc.... Has not history proven every single thing they said would happen ? This country is sick from the inside out. We were warned, but chose to demonize the messenger, and so now we must face our due. Should have listened.
February 16, 2013 at 12:15am
First Law of YouTube: “The skill of the cameraman is inversely proportional to how interested you are in the video.”
February 1, 2013 at 1:46pm
The ATF is another agency that needs to just go away. There is no reason we need a huge federal law enforcement bureaucracy like this. Enforcement of these laws could be done by local law enforcement, and in certain cases, the FBI. The ATF is redundant. They also seem to be the center of most of the federal law enforcement problems in the last 20 years. Get rid of them and give that authority back to the locals.
January 19, 2013 at 7:46pm
“ads showing semi-automatic weapons and guns pointed at people” like every trailer for every action movie ever made? Those are ads… I wonder if they count.
January 19, 2013 at 7:43pm
Does this mean that they won’t be accepting any movie trailers for those big Hollywood action films? That will be interesting…
January 12, 2013 at 12:49pm
“Walt’s Gulch: The Fusion of Disney and Objectivism” (I trademarked that, but am willing to work out a deal)
January 11, 2013 at 2:43pm
11:29 The exact moment Piers lost the argument. Good job Shapiro!
January 11, 2013 at 2:21pm
This whole conversation is interesting to me for a couple of reasons. First, Glenn is an entertainer. If you don’t like what he is offering, then don’t listen or watch. The way some folks have written about him in this comment thread you would think he has become some sort of messianic figure. A modern day Moses. That’s just weird. My friend and I go back and forth on Beck and his whole operation. When he’s good, he’s very good, but sometimes he gets a bit crazy. We constantly debate when he’s going to jump the shark for good and lead his followers to Jonestown. I am a GBTV subscriber, but frankly it’s just so I can download the podcasts of the radio show. There is only about 36 minutes of actual show in every hour, and I don’t want to waste my time sitting through 24 minutes of commercials so I pay for the privilege of not doing so. That’s capitalism. Frankly I’m beginning to wonder if it’s even worth it any more. The radio show is either an infomercial for GBTV, or it’s nothing but a bunch of morning zoo gags. Will I cancel? It does feel weird paying for him to sell me stuff. He keeps referring to his subscribers as “partners” and saying we are “investing”. B.S. We are customers. If I were a partner, I would expect some return. Lately all I get is more appeals for money and now “Walt’s Gulch”. I don’t want a messiah (got one already), I just want a good value for my ten bucks a month. I’m beginning to wonder if it’s worth it. I’ll gi