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UK’s Prince Philip admitted to hospital

LONDON, England, Prince Philip, the husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, was admitted to hospital on Friday with a chest infection, Buckingham Palace said.

Prince Philip married Queen Elizabeth in 1947.

The 86 year old prince, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, was taken to King Edward VII’s Hospital in London for assessment, the palace said, and all of his weekend engagements have been canceled. No further details were available.

The Prince was seen in public last week during French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s state visit to the UK.

He was due to join the Queen on a royal visit to Devon and Cornwall in southwestern England next week, as well as attending two functions at Windsor Castle. A spokesman for Buckingham Palace told the UK’s Press Association that none of his engagements next week has been canceled.

Prince Philip was born into the Greek royal family in 1921, only to be smuggled out of Greece a year later aboard a British Royal Navy vessel after the king of Greece, Constantine I, his uncle, was forced to abdicate amid political instability.

A great~great grandson of Queen Victoria and a descendant of the Danish royal family, he served in the Royal Navy during World War II, rising to the rank of lieutenant.

In 1947, he married Queen Elizabeth, then heir to the throne, renouncing his Greek royal title to become a naturalized British citizen. Following Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne in 1952 he gave up his naval career to support her, in her royal duties.

Prince Philip is the patron of about 800 organizations and was the first president of the World Wildlife Fund. The prince has been a staunch defender of the royal establishment, turning against members of the family who have damaged its reputation.

Philip is not without controversy, however. He is renowned for making what some regard as inappropriate comments and was accused of insensitive remarks after the shooting of school children in Dunblane, Scotland, in 1996.

Conspiracy theorists have blamed him for having a role in Princess Diana’s death in 1997, although the judge at the inquest said this week there was no evidence to support that accusation.


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Thank you CNN News

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What do you think Royal Readers…Baby Boomers…did Prince Phillip have a hand in Princess Di’s MURDER!?!?!?!?!

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

Hello Baby Boomers…

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I don’t know about the rest of you, but especially since I have Lupus, I have more aches and pains then Carter has LIVER PILLS!

I am afraid to sleep near humans, as I snore (the dog doesn’t seem to mind, thank goodness!).

And I was tossing and turning so much at night that I woke up tired every morning.

I was afraid to answer personal ads as all said…”no baggage” and the bags under my eyes were definitely weekenders!

I knew that waking up with lower back pain was a sleeping issue

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MY problem was that I had a FLAT BED.

I didn’t know this until I started talking a friend about my hideous sleep/bed problems. She sells Contour Beds. So, guess what I now own…you got it, a CONTOUR BED.

It has been two weeks already and even though it takes about a month to get used to any new bed…I LOVE MINE…I hate to get out of it as it relieves pressure on my whole body.

I am sleeping better, snoring less, I am hardly tossing and turning, there is less pressure on my kidneys heart and lungs from sleeping on my side, better circulation, that weekender baggage under my eyes has already turned into an over night valise, just to name a few.

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Even my dog likes it…the vibrator and wave motion scared her at first but now when she hears it turn on…she comes over to join in the relaxation!

I hear it has over a 1000 positions…but, I haven’t tried them all out yet…

I thought that you would like to hear about my NONFLAT bed experience and read some neat information about it.

Baby Boomers…you have got to have one of these beds.

You know how to contact me if you need more information…
~The Baby Boomer Queen~
By the By…I do have Queen sized bed!

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Sleeping and lying down is the only time in which complete relaxation were experienced by the body. We all know that pain and aching are lessened in the muscles, ligaments and the spine. Moreover, anyone suffering from a back injury or chronic pain needs to have good quality, comfortable sleep in order to help in the healing process and to ease discomfort.

Adjustable beds are not the extravagance they once used to be. This are not only for the aged and infirm either. Adjustable beds are for you and me. I know, because I have one. It was the best investment I ever made. If you seriously want a good nights sleep or to ease pain and discomfort a Contour bed is the ticket!

My adjustable bed is my special retreat where I spend time reflecting, sharing time with my loved one, reading a good book, and even watching the occasional DVD and TV. I put a stop to the frustrating battle with an unmanageable stack of pillows {I used to sleep with 7 pillows} that would linger longer, and put an end to my sore neck and lower back pain. My adjustable bed was so successful, that I began to notice reduced tension, strain, soreness. I really achieved a quality nights sleep; something, which had eluded me for years.

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Best of all, my adjustable bed was an affordable luxury, and I am convinced that it is a piece of furniture that everyone deserves to own. Especailly if you are like me and have heath issues that need to be addressed!

How does an adjustable bed work, you ask???

Adjustable beds, sometimes referred to as the semi~fowler or fetal position bed, can be altered to many varied positions. Sleeping slightly inclined gives comfort to many people with back problems. With the upper body slightly elevated and additional support to the knees at a slight angle, this position eases some stress off the lower back. It provides support to the spinal curves and lightens the pressure over the entire body.

At the touch of a button, an adjustable bed can be transformed into many relaxing and comfortable positions, which will support your head, neck, shoulders, upper and lower back, hips, thighs, legs, and feet. Your muscles shall relax and local blood circulation in your legs is unimpaired and may be increased by simply elevating your legs with the tap of a finger on your hand control.

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Your body’s weight is comfortably distributed so you are able to breathe easily. The relaxing contoured positions you are able to assume allow you to remain on your back all night long.

To relax and sleep in the most comfortable position of all, the semi~fowler or fetal position, just touch a button and adjust yourself to contour into shape. Many people told researchers that they slept in recliner lounges in this position before they got their adjustable bed because it was actually more comfortable than their ordinary ‘FLAT BED’.

Your adjustable bed will provide comfortable sleeping in a slightly inclined position compared to lying flat on your regular flat mattress. There are many back conditions, which can be eased up to give more relief to people in the following situations.

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    I concider Contour Beds to be recreational beds as well…
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    Spinal Stenosis

Most people with this back problem find more comfort by bending forward rather than standing upright. Unfortunately, flat mattresses provide the least comfort compared to sleeping inclined on an adjustable bed.

    Degenerative spondylolisthesis

An adjustable bed will reduce the pain and discomfort in the lower back and provide comfortable and restful sleep during the night.

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    Osteoarthritis

This back impediment is accompanied by pain, stiffness and aching. An adjustable bed offers better support by lessening density and compression in the joints.

    Back surgery

Patients agreed that they felt more comfort using an adjustable bed in contrast to a flat mattress following lower back surgery.

WHY do you think all HOSPITALS have adjustable beds, in every room?
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THIS BED IS GROOVY!

This is my testimonial and review on Contour Beds. No one stuck bamboo sticks under my nails OR threatened me with tofu [I hate tofu].
~The Baby Boomer Queen~
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King slaying stained Memphis for years…

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In MEMPHIS, Tenn., Joe Warren dropped his head to his hands, sobbing as he remembered back 40 years to the bitter garbage workers strike that drew Martin Luther King Jr. to Memphis and to his death.

Warren, 86, was one of the 1,300 black sanitation workers who walked off the job in 1968 with a strike that tore at the foundation of the city’s white only rule.

“They talked to you like you were a dog, and they worked you like a dog,” he said, his shoulders trembling. “But I couldn’t find a job nowhere else.”

The 65 day strike for the right to unionize ended with a victory for the workers. But King’s assassination stained this Southern city for years, limiting its prosperity and hurting its reputation worldwide.

“It took a decade of growth out of the Memphis regional economy,” said David Ciscel, a University of Memphis economist. “It was a time of fairly rapid growth in the South, and it was a time when Atlanta and Nashville kind of left us behind. People just didn’t want to associate with us.”

The city’s fortunes eventually improved, thanks largely to a young cargo airline named Federal Express that in the early 1980s showed that Memphis could still be a good place to do business. The airline grew into today’s FedEx Corp.

“It rescued Memphis,” Ciscel said.

The sanitation strike and King’s assassination made clear to blacks and whites alike that “the old plantation mentality had to be dumped,” said Michael Honey, author of “Going Down Jericho Road,” a history of the Memphis strike and King’s struggle for economic justice for the poor.

In the 1960s, close to 60 percent of black families in Memphis lived in poverty, Honey said, and few jobs other than manual labor were open to blacks.

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Today the city has a poverty rate of nearly 24 percent overall, almost twice the national figure, and 30 percent among black residents.

But the good jobs, in government and the private sector, are no longer reserved for whites. Memphis, which was 40 percent black in the 1960s, is now more than 60 percent black. It has had a black mayor since 1991.

The strike began in February 1968 after two sanitation workers were crushed by a trash compactor when they climbed in a garbage truck to get out of the rain.

The accident was blamed on faulty equipment, but it inflamed tensions that had festered for years over low wages, poor working conditions and racist treatment of black workers by white superiors.

The garbage workers had to wrestle with tubs and cans of all shapes and sizes, some so heavy it took two or three men to lift them. In the sweltering Memphis summers, the containers were prime breeding grounds for maggots that tumbled onto the workers.

“You’d have to tie a rag around your head to keep them from going down your back. That’s rough work, but you couldn’t say anything or they’d fire you,” Warren said. “We were men, but they treated us like boys.”

Pay ranged from $1.65 to $1.85 an hour for garbage crew members, just above the federal minimum wage of $1.60. Workers got no breaks or overtime pay and could be sent home without full pay when it rained. White supervisors drew full pay, rain or shine.

Looking back on the indignities endured by the workers still brings tears to Warren’s eyes, but the pain is softened by memories of organizing the strike and taking to the streets under the banner “I Am A Man.”

“I had a sign on my front and my back,” he said, “and I was walking around saying, ‘I am a man. I ain’t going to be quiet no more.'”

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King was cut down April 4 by a rifle slug that tore through his jaw and spine as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. James Earl Ray, a petty criminal and prison escapee, pleaded guilty to the murder. He died in prison in 1998.

After King’s death, with the National Guard patrolling the streets, worried Memphis residents began calling for an end to racial hostilities.

“In the beginning, there was chaos,” said Fred Davis, one of three newly elected blacks on the 13 member city council in 1968. “But it brought people together who had never talked to each other to try to deal with a community problem.”

Twelve days after King’s death, the strike ended with the city council recognizing the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees as the workers’ union. The workers got a pay raise of 15 cents an hour, promotions based on seniority and the right to file on~-the~job grievances.

Though King’s killer was not from Memphis, the city was seen by much of the rest of the world as a cultural backwater responsible for the murder.

“People in Memphis have always been pretty sensitive of what outsiders think,” said history professor Charles Crawford of the University of Memphis. “It caused a deliberate change, maybe not in the true feelings of a lot of people, but at least in the expressions of them. The black community could see the collapsing of resistance to their aspirations.”

The National Civil Rights Museum opened at the Lorraine in 1991 after private citizens saved it from foreclosure and demolition. It is now a tourist attraction and a shrine to the civil rights movement.

“Most people say the assassination, set the city back hugely in terms of economic development and tourism and all that,” said Honey, the author, who is also a professor of labor and civil rights studies at the University of Washington, Tacoma.

“They’re now trying to turn that minus into a plus by acknowledging what happened and trying to highlight the history of the black freedom movement.”

For many people, Memphis has become “kind of hallowed ground,” Honey added. “It’s a place where important things happened and people want to connect to that.”

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How many of you, red, yellow, black or white could work in these kind of conditions and still feel like a human being…I applaud those of you who fought for your basic human rights and those of your families.

So much tragedy, so many gone, some long gone.

Memphis will be remembered for Dr. King, Dallas forever for President Kennedy and NY for 911.

World peace, should start at home.
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

Congress has big questions for Big Oil

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In WASHINGTON …Top executives of the five biggest U.S. oil companies were pressed Tuesday to explain the soaring fuel prices amid huge industry profits and why they weren’t investing more to develop renewable energy source such as wind and solar.

The executives, peppered with questions from skeptical lawmakers, said they understood that high energy costs are hurting consumers, but deflected blame, arguing that their profits, $123 billion last year, were in line with other industries.

“On April Fool’s Day, the biggest joke of all is being played on American families by Big Oil,”
Rep. Edward Markey, D~Mass., said as his committee began hearing from the oil company executives.

With motorists paying a national average of $3.29 a gallon at the pump and global oil prices remaining above $100 a barrel, the executives were hard pressed by lawmakers to defend their profits.

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“The anger level is rising significantly,” said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D~Mo., relating what he had heard in his district during the recent two week congressional recess.

Alluding to the fact that congressmen often don’t rate very high in opinion polls, Cleaver told the executives: “Your approval rating is lower than ours and that means your down low.”

“I heard what you are hearing. Americans are very worried about the rising price of energy,” said John Hofmeister, president of Shell Oil Co., echoing remarks by the other four executives from Exxon Mobil Corp., BP America Inc., Chevron Corp., and ConocoPhillips.

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But the executives rejected claims that their companies’ earnings are out of step with other industries and said that while they earn tens of billions of dollars, they also invest tens of billions in exploration and oil production activities.

“Our earnings, though high in absolute terms, need to be viewed in the context of the scale and cyclical, long term nature of our industry as well as the huge investment requirements,” said J.S. Simon, Exxon Mobil’s senior vice president.

But Markey asked Simon why Exxon Mobil hasn’t followed the other companies in investing in alternative energy. The four other companies reported spending as much as $3.5 billion in recent years on solar, wind, biodiesel and other renewable projects.

“Why is Exxon Mobil resisting the renewable revolution,” asked Markey.

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Simon said his company, which earned $40 billion last year, had provided $100 million on research into climate change at Stanford University, but that current alternative energy technologies “just do not have an appreciable impact” in addressing “the challenge we’re trying to meet.”
Executives from the largest U.S oil companies have been frequent targets of lawmakers, frustrated at not being able to do much to counter soaring oil and gasoline costs.

In November, 2005, Hofmeister and the top executives of the same companies represented Tuesday sat in a Senate hearing room to explain high prices and their huge profits.

The prices are of concern, Hofmeister said at the time, adding a note of optimism: “Our industry is extremely cyclical and what goes up almost always comes down,” he told the skeptical senators on a day when oil cost $60 a barrel.

About six months later, when the cost of the same barrel reached $75, the executives were grilled again on Capitol Hill on their spending and investment priorities.

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Recently oil prices reached a peak of $111 a barrel. While declining a bit in recent days, the price remains above $100 and there’s talk of $4 a gallon gasoline in the coming months.

Markey challenged the executives to pledge to invest 10 percent of their profits to develop renewable energy and give up $18 billion in tax breaks over 10 years so money could be funneled to support other energy and conservation.

The executives said the companies already are spending billions of dollars, more than $3.5 billion over the last five years, on renewable fuels such as wind energy and biodiesel, but rejected any tax increases.

“Imposing punitive taxes on American energy companies, which already pay record taxes, will discourage the sustained investment needed to continue safeguarding U.S. energy security,” Simon insisted.

“These companies are defending billions of federal subsidies … while reaping over a hundred billion dollars in profits in just the last year alone,” complained Markey, chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.

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The House last year and again on Feb. 27 approved legislation that would have ended the tax breaks for the oil giants, while using the revenue to support wind, solar and other renewable fuels and incentives for energy conservation. The measure has not passed the Senate.
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The rich get richer and the poor stay that way…

Why not give grants and funding to companies who are looking for alternative fuels? I would love to thumb our/my noses at the oil companies and countires.

But asking questions..isn’t the act of busting a grape, now is it Baby Boomers.

Did you know that last century there was a tire that invented that would have lasted the life of your car…did you ever see it on the market…NO…like the pharmaceutical companies [why sell the cure when you can sell the pill that will continue the disease and keep the public buying more]…why sell one tire when you can sell many…the inventor sold out.

Raise your voices and your fists!

Refineries are in every state and counrty. They are big power and money!

I have a friend that says…protesting is STUPID, it solves nothing…well I hope you are reading this because if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the pollution! You my dear, will not solve anything.

Do not be a cow Baby Boomers…following the cow’s rear end in front of you…be a RHINO! Charge head down and kick some cow, donkey or mule ass!

~The Baby Boomer Queen RHINO ~

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Leading doctors urged a return to older, tried and true treatments for high cholesterol after hearing full results Sunday of a failed trial of Vytorin.

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Results of a Vytorin trial showed the drug failed to improve heart disease though it reduced risk factors.

Millions of Americans already take the drug or one of its components, Zetia. But doctors were stunned to learn that Vytorin failed to improve heart disease even though it worked as intended to reduce three key risk factors.

“People need to turn back to statins,” said Yale University cardiologist Dr. Harlan Krumholz, referring to Lipitor, Crestor and other widely used brands. “We know that statins are good drugs. We know that they reduce risks.”

The study was closely watched because Zetia and Vytorin have racked up $5 billion in sales despite limited proof of benefit. Two Congressional panels launched probes into why it took drugmakers nearly two years after the study’s completion to release results.

Results were presented at an American College of Cardiology conference in Chicago Sunday and published on the Internet by the New England Journal of Medicine.

Doctors have long focused on lowering LDL or bad cholesterol as a way to prevent heart disease. Statins like Merck & Co.’s Zocor, which recently came out in generic form, do this, as do niacin, fibrates and other medicines.

Vytorin, which came out in 2004, combines Zocor with Schering~Plough Corp.’s Zetia, which went on sale in 2002 and attacks cholesterol in a different way.

The study tested whether Vytorin was better than Zocor alone at limiting plaque buildup in the arteries of 720 people with super high cholesterol because of a gene disorder.
The results show the drug had “no result…zilch. In no subgroup, in no segment, was there any added benefit” for reducing plaque, said Dr. John Kastelein, the Dutch scientist who led the study.

That happened even though Vytorin dramatically lowered LDL, fats in the blood called triglycerides and a measure of artery inflammation…CRP.

Some doctors noted that hormone pills for menopausal women and torcetrapib, a promising cholesterol drug Pfizer Inc. recently abandoned, also lowered cholesterol but were found in big studies to raise heart risks, not lower them.

Another ominous sign was the decision Friday by other researchers to expand enrollment in a more pivotal study of Vytorin to 18,000 people because early results suggest it will be harder than anticipated to see if it is any better than Zocor alone.

“It will be 2012, ten years after the drug was introduced before we know the answer,” said Dr. Steven Nissen, a Cleveland Clinic cardiologist who has no role in the studies and has criticized the drugmakers over the one reported Sunday.

Dr. Robert Spiegel, chief medical officer for Schering~Plough, said the study was done “with the highest integrity” and that doctors can believe the results “because of the time we took to make sure the data are right.”

“We were disappointed that it was not a very balanced panel discussion” by the heart doctors who urged their peers to focus on more established treatments.

However, Kastelein said the data were far more consistent than anticipated and ample to show that the drug simply did not work.

“A lot of us thought that there would be some glimmer of benefit,” said Dr. Roger Blumenthal, a Johns Hopkins University cardiologist and spokesman for the American Heart Association.

Many doctors have prescribed Vytorin without trying older, proven medications first, as guidelines advise. The key message from the study is “don’t do that,” Blumenthal said.

No one should ever stop any heart drug without talking with their doctors, heart specialists stressed.

However, doctors “should be thinking twice,” said Duke University cardiologist Dr. Robert Califf. He takes the drug himself because he cannot tolerate the high dose of statins he otherwise would need.

Dr. James Stein, director of preventive cardiology at the University of Wisconsin~Madison, said many doctors prescribe Zetia and Vytorin because they seem to be safe ways to get cholesterol down quickly, without annoying side effects like flushing that some other medicines carry.

Stein, who has consulted for Schering~Plough, said that after six years on the market, it would have been good to see better results on a drug so many doctors believed would help, “but the reason we do research is so we don’t have to rely on our ‘beliefs’ …we can rely on data.”

The New England Journal also published a report showing that Vytorin and Zetia’s use soared in the United States amid a $200 million advertising blitz. In Canada, where marketing drugs directly to consumers is not allowed, sales were four times lower.

Merck is based in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey; Schering~Plough, in Kenilworth, New Jersey.

In addition to the two Congressional committee probes, New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo subpoenaed the companies in a similar probe in January.

“While these corporations profited, Americans were left in the dark,” Cuomo said in a written statement Sunday.

“The millions who take this drug, taxpayers who subsidize its use through the Medicaid and Medicare programs, and Merck and Schering~Plough’s investors deserve to know why it took so long for the results to be made public. This new information underscores our concerns and advances our investigation, which we will pursue aggressively.”

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There you have it Baby Boomers…another drug company that has been making millions from the public…while its medicine has not been doing what it is supposed to do…do you think there will be any money given back to those who have been taken advantage of??? Those whose health has not improved over the last two years? Those whose conditions has seen the flip side of improvement.

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This is what Vytorin is supposed to be…

What is Vytorin (Ezetimibe Simvastatin)?
Ezetimibe and simvastatin are cholesterol-lowering medicines. They reduce the amount of cholesterol (a type of fat) absorbed by the body and block the production of cholesterol in the body.

The combination of ezetimibe and simvastatin lowers “bad” cholesterol in the blood, (also called LDL, or low-density lipoprotein) and raises “good” cholesterol (also called HDL, or high-density lipoprotein). Lowering your LDL and raising your HDL cholesterol levels may reduce your risk of hardened arteries, which can lead to heart attacks, stroke, and circulation problems.
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These are SOME of the POSSIBLE side effects…since studies where not done properly…I am sure ther are more!

What are the possible side effects of Vytorin (Ezetimibe Simvastatin)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using ezetimibe and simvastatin and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness with fever or flu symptoms and dark colored urine
decreased urine or rust-colored urine; or
blurred vision
Keep taking ezetimibe and simvastatin and talk to your doctor if you have any of these less serious side effects:

stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea
cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose
tiredness
headache
skin rash or itching
joint pain, back pain
insomnia
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
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CONTINUE IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THESE LESS SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS…ARE THEY CRAZY?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
THEY CALL THIS MEDICINE???

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Remember that there are more people who die from pharmaceuticals then illegal drugs every year.

Eat well and exercise. It is NEVER to late! There are alternative out there!

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

You could travel to auto shows around the world to see the latest breakthrough concept cars, customized hot rods, and classic roadsters. Or you could sit on your couch and watch these ten awesome autos.

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As Seen In: Back to the Future Part I, Part II and Part III
Modified by: Dr. Emmett L. Brown
Key Technical Specs: Goes from 1985 to 1955 in under three seconds.Before Doc Brown’s breakthrough mod, the flux capacitor, the iconic DeLorean DMC~12 was the “it” car for movie producers, record execs and other dirtbags. But this car is capable of so much more. Not only can you impress the ladies along the Sunset Strip, but you can also outrun terrorists, thwart high school bullies, and resolve oedipal issues.
Available Options: Deluxe edition runs on trash and doesn’t need roads.

Back to the Future | Back to the Future Part II | Back to the Future Part III

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As Seen In: Grindhouse: Death Proof and Vanishing Point
Key Technical Specs: 375 horsepower Magnum V~8; seats six: two in front, three in back and one on the hood.If you absolutely, positively have to get away from Kurt Russell, this is the car for you. This 440 cubic~inch beauty is the car of choice for reckless adrenaline junkies everywhere. Perfect for a nihilist race across the American west or pursuing a serial killer through Tennessee’s rolling hills.
Available Options: Comes with matching stuntperson E~Z grip gloves.

Grindhouse: Death Proof | Vanishing Point

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a/k/a The Batmobile
As Seen In: Batman Begins
Key Technical Specs: Chevy 5.7~liter V~8 engine; genuinely frightening to see in your rear view mirror.It’s the latest vehicle from Wayne Industries’ lead engineer, Lucius Fox. Sure, the Tumbler lacks the stylistic flourishes of previous models, no tail fins, bubble windshields or neon lighting here. Instead it delivers pure, jet boosted power. This ride will shock and awe any evil doer into submission.
Available Options: Stealth~mode. Rocket launchers. iPod input.

Batman Begins | The Dark Knight

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auto_bullitt.jpgauto_bullitt.jpg 1968 390 GT V8 Ford Mustang

As Seen In: Bullitt
Key Technical Specs: 325 horsepower; turns the hilly streets of San Francisco into the American Le Mans.This pine green hunk of steel and attitude gets more air time than Michael Jordan in a shoe ad. It is the ride for running a Dodge Charger filled with mafia hit men off the road. This car has proven to be so iconic that 40 years later Ford has revived its look and feel for the 2008 Bullitt Mustang.
Available Options: Allows you to look cool in a turtleneck/blazer combo.

Bullitt |

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Modified by (or into): Bumblebee
As Seen In: Transformers
Key Technical Specs: 5.7~liter LS1 V8 engine; becomes a 17 foot tall robot.If you’re a socially awkward adolescent aiming for a girl who’s way out of your league, this car is for you. Not only can this coupe dispense well timed dating advice and mood music, but it can also turn the driver into a hero of an epic intergalactic fight between good and evil. The ladies dig that.
Available Options: Deluxe edition fires laser cannon while being towed.

Transformers | 

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Modified/Weaponized by: Q
As Seen In: Goldfinger, Thunderball, GoldenEye and Casino Royale
Key Technical Specs: 282 hp 4.0L straight~6; passenger ejector seat.Aston Martin has been the make of choice for MI~6 agents for years, but this remains the gold standard. The DB5 is ideal for fleeing sinister henchmen on Alpine by ways or mowing them down with the .30 caliber machine guns hidden behind the tail lights. Remember: do not drink martinis and drive.
Available Options: New double~0 agents can upgrade to the DBS V12.

Goldfinger | Casino Royale

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As Seen In: The Italian Job
Update of: Austin Mini Cooper S MkI seen in 1969’s The Italian Job
Key Technical Specs: 1.6L 4~cylinder; ample trunk space for stolen gold.The Mini Cooper has long been the preferred car for bands of thieves both on the Continent and here in the States. Whether you’re winding your way through the streets of Turin or the subway tunnels of Los Angeles (not recommended), you won’t find a groovier ride that the MINI.
Available Options: Buy in bulk for your (funky) bunch of crooks.

The Italian Job | The Italian Job (1969)

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auto_bueller.jpgauto_bueller.jpg 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California

Modified/Destroyed by: Cameron Frye
As Seen In: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Key Technical Specs: 240 horsepower V12 Engine; plays the Star Wars theme. Looking to get the attention of an emotionally distant parent? Slamming one of these through the glass wall of an elevated garage might just do the trick. Since only 45 of these babies were ever made, the going price is in the neighborhood of $2.5 million. So unless you’re looking to get throttled or disowned, find another set of wheels for your “sick day” joyride.Available Options: Deluxe edition had odometer that does run backwards.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off  

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auto_furious.jpgauto_furious.jpg 2002 Nissan 350Z Fairlady

As Seen In: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
Key Technical Specs: 287 horsepower 3.5L V~6; runs on gas, not (Vin) diesel.A lot of cars are fast. Some are furious. But few cars combine speed with anger management issues like 350Z Fairlady. With its custom paint job and fine tuned suspension system you’ll be drifting like a Tokyo crime lord.
Available Options: Discontinued Paul Walker add on is available again.

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift You could travel to auto shows around the world to see the latest breakthrough concept cars, customized hot rods, and classic roadsters. Or you could sit on your couch and watch these ten awesome autos.
DeLorean DMC-12
As Seen In: Back to the Future Part I, Part II and Part III
Modified by: Dr. Emmett L. Brown
Key Technical Specs: Goes from 1985 to 1955 in under three seconds.Before Doc Brown’s breakthrough mod, the flux capacitor, the iconic DeLorean DMC~12 was the “it” car for movie producers, record execs and other dirtbags. But this car is capable of so much more. Not only can you impress the ladies along the Sunset Strip, but you can also outrun terrorists, thwart high school bullies, and resolve oedipal issues.
Available Options: Deluxe edition runs on trash and doesn’t need roads.

Back to the Future | Back to the Future Part II | Back to the Future Part III

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auto_herbie.jpgauto_herbie.jpg 1963 Model 117 Volkswagen Type 1 “Beetle” Deluxe

As Seen In: Herbie: Fully Loaded
Key Technical Specs: 34 horsepower, 1.1L 4~ cylinder engine; sentience.Ever longed for a set of wheels that handled like a dream, was fuel efficient, and would follow you around like a love hungry golden retriever? Well, this is the car for you. It’s sporty enough to compete in NASCAR, yet so dependable even Lindsay Lohan can drive it without endangering others.
Available Options: May develop a romantic interest in a New Beetle.

Herbie: Fully Loaded | 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible

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Thank you Yahoo News
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I haven’t seen all the movies in the world…But I don’t think I would vote the Mini Cooper as on of the coolest…maybe one of the cutest!

PLEASE just give me the cars/motorcycles in Jay Leno’s garages!

Face it Baby Boomers…there are a lot of cooler cars in movies…but these are designed to sell you, THE BABY BOOMERS…cars that are out there for you to pick off the lots.

Just another way to sell the MAIN STREAM, the Americam public automobiles! Buyer beware.

BUY FUEL EFFICIENT CARS OR YOU WILL BE PAYING FOR IT AT THE PUMPS!

Green Peace Out…
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

Raul Castro: Cubans can have cell phones

HAVANA…First microwaves, now cell phones. Is this the new Cuba? Raul Castro is revolutionizing his brother’s island in small but significant ways, the latest in a decree Friday allowing ordinary Cubans to have cell phone service, a luxury previously reserved for the select few. The new president could be betting greater access to such modern gadgets will quell demand for deeper change.

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Many Cubans hope cell phones and new appliances are only the beginning for a post~Fidel Castro government that will improve their lives. Communist bureaucracy currently limits everything from Internet access to home ownership.

Could cellular phones in dissidents’ hands give state security forces an edge in monitoring their conversations or tracking their movements by satellite? Perhaps, but government opponents, including the few who have cell phones, already assume someone’s always listening.

Until now, the only people legally allowed to have a cell plan were foreigners, Cubans working for foreign companies and top government officials. Thousands more illegally use phones registered to foreign friends or relatives.

“Finally. We have waited too long for this,” said Elizabeth, a middle-aged housewife waiting in line to pay her home telephone bill. She wouldn’t give her last name because she already has a cell phone through a foreign co~worker of her husband.

The new program could put phones in the hands of hundreds of thousands of Cubans, especially those with relatives abroad who send them hard currency. But they will remain out of reach for most on the island because minutes are billed in convertible pesos, which cost Cubans 24 times the regular pesos they are paid in.

“I’d love one!” said Juan Quiala, a retiree living on a $10 monthly pension. “But how am I going to pay for it?”

The government controls over 90 percent of the economy, and while the communist system ensures most Cubans have free housing, education and health care and receive ration cards that cover basic food needs, the average monthly state salary is less than $20.

Nobody should expect to see iPhones for sale in Havana anytime soon. Although visitors who bring their Internet equipped phones to Cuba can use them through Cuba’s network, Cuba’s cellular phone company offers such phones to only a limited number of corporate clients.

And despite cell phone images from Tibet and Myanmar that gave the world a glimpse of repression in those closed societies, Cuba has made no attempt to ban phones with photo or video technology. In fact, some models are sold in government run stores, and Cubans with illegally registered phones already use them to send snapshots off the island after uploading them onto a computer.

Of course, if unrest were to develop, Cuba’s phone monopoly could close down such transmissions with the flick of a switch.

Friday’s announcement came in a small black box on page 2 of the Communist Party newspaper Granma, which said details would be announced in the coming days. It was signed by the state controlled telecommunications monopoly, a joint venture of Cuba’s government and Italy’s Telecom Italia.

Limited cell phone service has been available in Cuba since 1991. Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba S.A., or ETECSA, has invested heavily in Cuba’s fiber optic network in recent years and clearly believes it is ready to handle heavier traffic.

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It also expects a nice profit, enough to let it offer cellular lines in regular Cuban pesos at some point in the future.

It’s unclear which manufacturers will be tapped to provide cell phones to an expanded Cuban market. For now, very basic phones bought in bulk from Nokia Corp. or Motorola Inc. are sold. A few phones on sale Friday offered basic camera functions, but those retailed for as much as $280.

The decree came a week after a resolution promising consumer goods including PCs, DVD players, car alarms and televisions of all sizes will go on sale in state-run stores Tuesday. Those goods previously could be purchased only by foreigners and companies.

And in December, the government distributed about 3,000 microwaves made by South Korea’s Daewoo Electronics. Local authorities say the pilot program, in a town outside Havana, could lead to a nationwide offering of microwaves on long term credit.

“We are progressing with the world,” said Havana resident Jorge Chavez. “Progress had to reach us, too.”

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The small steps could help push back demands for greater change that many Cubans have made since an ailing, 81 year old Fidel Castro stepped down from the presidency last month.

His 76 year old brother has repeatedly said there will be no major changes in the island’s economic and political systems, but has also made clear he understands that Cubans’ salaries barely cover their most basic needs.

Some of the measures he has promoted appear designed to make life more pleasant without requiring any major systemic reforms. The younger Castro has pushed for an overhaul of the dilapidated public transportation system with thousands of new buses, and for increased agricultural production to ensure everyone has plenty to eat.

But some said the latest measure was less than revolutionary.

“Suddenly, there will be a lot more people talking on the phone,” said Quiala, the retiree. “But not much else will change.”
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Thank you AP News and WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press Writer
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Woupee woooo…cell phones…who can afford them with what the average person gets paid a month in Cuba?

Well, Baby Boomers I quess baby steps are better then no steps!

Good luck to our neighbors…CUBA.
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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