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Monday, August 19, 2019

Twenty-three Texas towns have been struck by a "coordinated" ransomware attack, according to the state's Department of Information Resources.


For the past 15 years, small groups of special operations troops from the United States and Latin America have met each year for a tactical competition while their senior leaders traded lessons learned and developed better ways to provide security, counter narcotics trafficking and handle disaster response across U.S. Special Operations Command-South.


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

... Through A 'Reverse Location' Search Warrant

Law enforcement authorities in New York are joining a nationwide trend to push Google to share phone data on anyone using its location tracking services near the time and scene of a crime. The technique uses a type of search warrant known as a "reverse location" or "geofence" warrant, which gives authorities location information on Google users who have Android phones or use apps, such as Google Maps. From this bucket of data, law enforcement then try to figure out which phones may be tied to suspects or possible witnesses.


Wednesday, July 03, 2019

A federal appeals court has ordered the release of sealed court records pertaining to billionaire Jeffrey Epstein's alleged sex ring -- spelling a victory for the victims, whose lawyers said the documents will prove Epstein trafficked underage girls to his famous friends. read more


Thursday, June 27, 2019

In a 5-4 decision along traditional conservative-liberal ideological lines, the Supreme Court ruled that partisan redistricting is a political question, not reviewable by federal courts and can't judge if extreme gerrymandering violates the constitution.


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#2 | Posted by JeffJ

I didn't know that it had changed like that. It's not a bad thing.

Frankly speaking I think the author is kind of wrong - it doesn't have to be about "intentional" weight loss. Kids need training on what and how to eat. The app probably does a better job than 80% of parents. Intentional weight loss on its own isn't a bad thing either - yes most people do it wrong. It is about life changes in eating habits - permanent ones over short term ones and that's what Weight Watchers teaches as well. We generally get way too many carbs on a daily basis and I remember that points really went up with carbs - A few good friends have taken part. Of all the programs theirs makes the most sense. It really is about lifestyle change and even a support group is you go to the meetings. You have to be in the correct frame of mind to make the change.

BMI is something they bring up but it isn't a great measure. I work out with men and women who do body building shows and they really cycle and how they eat to lose any excess weight is frankly terrible. Don't get me wrong - very healthy choices but they yo-yo like mad. And then eating things like boiled chicken (boiling gets rid of most of the little fat) - blech. The reason I bring it up is they make me look obese - I could stand to lose a few and I am outside of "normal" BMI but I don't know if normal is maintainable for me. I would have to be under 200 and right now 190-200 is probably about where I would be if I wanted to do a body building show at my current size. At 6'3" you have to be 148 to 199 to have a normal BMI. 148? lol I was that as a sophomore in high school and defined toothpick. Seriously - I almost look anorexic and I had not developed any real muscle at all.

What I don't get is how it spread across such large stretches. Carelessness is what I keep coming back to. I could be wrong but... I mean it's bad enough that growing techniques are making them about worthless as a source of nutrition with each generation having less.

This: "The practice of growing crops with limited genetic diversity"technically called monoculture"aids in cheap and efficient commercial agriculture and marketing, but it leaves food systems dangerously vulnerable to disease epidemics." Short sighted agriculture. Someone hopefully will discover a resistant variety.

It seems the disease is particular to Banana plants and producers didn't learn from history. Per Wikipedia - "During the 1950s, a first outbreak of Panama disease almost wiped out the commercial Gros Michel banana production. The Gros Michel banana was the dominant cultivar of bananas, and Fusarium wilt inflicted enormous costs and forced producers to switch to other, disease-resistant cultivars. Currently, a new outbreak of Panama disease caused by the strain Tropical Race 4 (TR4) threatens the production of today's most popular cultivars, Cavendish."

Personally I have a problem with a type of fungus that lives in my garden soil. It just destroys some types of plants to the point I may as well not plant them. There is a way to eliminate it though and that is through basically cooking the soil. Till the soil so it is as light airy and puffy as possible. Then cover it tightly with clear plastic and allow it to bake. I think it is for 30 days - I'd have to go back and reread. I'm sure it would come back though as I'd have to do something with all my equipment etc. That and it must be in the surrounding ground... So I can understand the issue these plantations are having.

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