A New Study on Breastfeeding Proves… We Read Too Many Studies

A new study tells us that many moms quit nursing because they’re nervous about nursing. Finally!!! A study that proves we read too many studies!

To breastfeed or not to breastfeed is an ongoing battle in the larger “Mommy Wars.” In explaining some of the study’s astounding revelations, such as that 92 percent of mothers “have concerns” about breast feeding in the first two months of their babies’ lives (wow, really?), Lori Feldman-Winter, a pediatrician at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, N.J., said:

“My sense is in my gut that the ability for moms to find adequate breastfeeding support in the community is very variable and in many communities non-existent.”

Feldman-Winter also chairs the policy committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding, and all of that makes me concerned. This is how a formal advocate of breastfeeding is quoted?

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Pennsylvanians Don’t Support Montgomery County’s Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

According to a new Franklin and Marshall College poll, Pennsylvanians support gay marriage, but not in the way it’s been handled by the rogue matrimony-makers out in Montgomery County. Terry Maddona breaks it down for CBS:

“Seventy-six percent find that practice unacceptable, even though 54 percent of Pennsylvanians support gay marriage,” Madonna said. “So the issue here is not support of gay marriage, but the way in which some officials in this state believe it ought to be accomplished.”

This news, of course, comes less than a week before a state judge will see the gay marriage issue argued in court. Regarding that case, Tom Corbett’s attorneys say that gay couples licensed by the state cannot be married, just like “12-year-olds.” Should the judge rule in favor of Gov. Corbett, the licenses already handed out will be invalid. [CBS]

Philly Law Firms Are Number One, All Hail Philly Law Firms

Everyone’s been hit by the ongoing recession in some way, and our nation’s many law firms are no different. But not Philly’s law offices — oh, no. According to a recent survey by Wells Fargo’s legal specialty group, law firms nationally saw only a 1.5 percent increase in growth, while Philly firms saw increases upward of 3 percent. Woo-hoo!

So how’d they do it? Well, Philly’s law firms are willing to law you up on the cheap. On average, they charge less per hour than firms in cities like Washington or New York — a perfect gotcha for those money-conscious defendants who don’t want to blow their stack on something silly like legal council. The result has been a trimming of the large associate staff stables that New York firms often hold, proving once again that in Philly, less really is more. [Philly.com]

Nobody Likes Tom Corbett

OK, maybe not no one — but pretty close. A recent survey from Harper Polling showed that just 26 percent of respondents think Corbett should be reelected next year, and it only gets worse from there. In fact, 45 percent of the “somewhat conservative” respondents in the poll said Corbett’s term should come to an end, compared to just 40 percent of those considering themselves “independent.” This, of course, comes just a week after Corbett’s lukewarm state budget, which failed on the liquor privatization and public pension fronts — along with misses in Medicaid reform, transportation funding, and the ailing school budget. [CBS]

Come Join My Happiness Club

What does it mean to be happy? What does it take? Measuring an abstraction like happiness is difficult, and might make it impossible to determine whether we as a society are happier than ever or a hot mess. Study after study has tried to measure our state of being, with some dwelling on contemporary problems as others point at the ways things are looking up.

Turns out we’re smack in the middle of the War for Happiness.

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Saving $25K the “Easy” Way

Are you living paycheck to paycheck? Do you have enough money in the bank to handle an emergency? Could you come up with a thousand bucks if you needed? Five thousand? If not, then you’re like most Americans. In fact, a new survey released this week found that 76 percent of Americans are living from paycheck to paycheck and that “fewer than one in four Americans have enough money in their savings account to cover at least six months of expenses, enough to help cushion the blow of a job loss, medical emergency or some other unexpected event. Meanwhile, 50 percent of those surveyed have less than a three-month cushion and 27 percent had no savings at all.”

Stop. This isn’t funny at all. This is one instance where you don’t want to be part of the crowd. You cannot be living paycheck to paycheck. You have to build up savings. And it’s not just about having emergency funds, even though that’s the most important reason. Having money in the bank gives you the ability to put a down payment on a house or capital to start a business. At the very least, it gives you a little peace of mind. People are less stressed and make better decisions when they’re not forced into things because of their financial situation. You have to get it together.

And it’s hard to save money, no matter what your salary level is. But you can do it. I had to do it. And I know others who have. It takes a lot of self-discipline. It takes sacrifice. But it’s critically important. Because two years from now you want to sit back and have the pleasure of looking at a pile of cash in the bank. Trust me … it feels great. Want to have $25,000 within two years? Here’s how.

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New Study: Penis Size Does Matter to Women

Science has proven that women are more attracted to men with bigger penises! I don’t know if I want to say “Go Science!” or “Du-uhrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.”

Male Homo sapiens have an almost disproportionately large penis when compared to other large mamamals. (An adult guerilla’s penis averages 1.5 inches long.) Apparently, it is far larger than it needs to be for its function, but may have become that way due to evolution: Many generations of prehistoric women choosing well-endowed men. Read more »

Stop Complaining About Your Last “Horrible” Flight

A client was very upset with me. We had sold him software a few weeks ago, and he called because he needed help. When I explained to him that all of our services are offered at an hourly rate, he was shocked. “You mean I have to pay you to help me with this lousy software?” he yelled. “I’ve never heard of such a thing before! This is outrageous!” I get this infrequently from “shocked” clients who’ve “never heard of this thing before.”

And each time this happens I know exactly how the airline industry feels. Read more »

Let the Philly Accent Fade Away

Historically, Philadelphia has had a bad case of cainophobia. Whether we’re talking about building a highway or bumping up trash day, Philadelphians generally don’t react to change too well. “It’s my city,” we say, “I like it the way it is.” Reinvention, alteration—these things are a threat to the very identity of native Philadelphians everywhere. Progressives, generally speaking, we are not. Read more »

Why Is Everyone Buying Gluten-Free Foods When They Don’t Have To?

Math is not my strong suit, but something seems wrong here: A new study tells us that one-third of Americans are cutting back on gluten, but less than one percent of the population suffers from celiac disease, the condition that is the only reason for omission of gluten from the diet. So, why is everyone else buying gluten-free foods when they don’t have to? Read more »

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