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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Blackberry 10 'beautiful,' may allow RIMM to live another day

Hail Mary software gets great review - good for competition with Apple and Android

Monday, January 28, 2013

My book on Nazi Dr. Josef Mengele

Check out how Mengele got away from justice and stayed free on the run - especially appropriate when yesterday was International Holocaust Memorial Day

Are bookstores doomed to follow records stores into extinction?

 Barnes and Noble announces plans to close at least a third of its stores in the next decade....a real shame

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Prince Harry says he killed Afghans

Talks of his military service in Afghanistan.  Maybe not the best thing to talk about since he is already on a short list for most terror organizations simply because of his royal status


Friday, January 18, 2013

The Appetite Workout

Copyright NY Times, by Gretchen Reynolds

"Every January, many people start working out, hoping to lose weight. But as studies attest, exercise often produces little or no weight loss — and even weight gain — and resolutions are soon abandoned. But new science suggests that if you stick with the right kind of exercise, you may change how your body interacts with food. It’s more than a matter of burning calories; exercise also affects hormones.

A 2012 study from the University of Wyoming looked at a group of women who either ran or walked and, on alternate days, sat quietly for an hour. After the running, walking or sitting, researchers drew blood to test for the levels of certain hormones and then directed the women to a room with a buffet. Human appetite is complicated, driven by signals from the brain, gut, fat cells, glands, genes and psyche. But certain appetite-related hormones, in particular ghrelin, which stimulates hunger, are known to be instrumental in determining how much we consume.
Studies have shown that exercise typically increases the production of ghrelin. Workouts make you hungry. In the Wyoming study, when the women ran, their ghrelin levels spiked, which should have meant they would attack the buffet with gusto. But they didn’t. In fact, after running they consumed several hundred fewer calories than they burned.
Their restraint, the researchers said, was due to a concomitant increase in other hormones that initiate satiety. These hormones, only recently discovered and still not well understood, tell the body that it has taken in enough fuel; it can stop eating. The augmented levels of the satiety hormones, the authors write, “muted” the message from ghrelin. Sitting and, notably, walking did not change the blood levels of the women’s satiety hormones, and the walkers overate, consuming more calories at the buffet than they had burned.
A related study published in December looked at the effects of moderate exercise, the equivalent of brisk jogging. It found that after 12 weeks, formerly sedentary, overweight men and women began recognizing, without consciously knowing it, that they should not overeat.
Researchers gave volunteers doctored milkshakes. Some contained maltodextrin, a flavorless sweetener that packed 600 calories into the drinks. The others, without maltodextrin, had 246 calories. Before beginning the exercise program, the volunteers ate more at a buffet lunch and throughout the rest of the day after drinking the high-calorie shake than when they were given the lower-calorie version. Their appetite regulation was out of whack.
But after three months of exercise, the volunteers consumed fewer calories throughout the day when they had the high-calorie shake than the lower-calorie one. Exercise “improves the body’s ability to judge the amount of calories consumed and to adjust for that afterward,” says Catia Martins, a professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, who led the study.
But not all exercise. Running, it would seem, better hones the body’s satiety mechanisms than walking. And longevity counts. You need to stick with the program for several months, Martins says, to truly fine-tune appetite control.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Facebook adds free calling feature for US iPhones

"Users can now make calls to each other via the Facebook Messenger app anywhere they have a wi-fi or a cellular-data connection.
The feature could be a boon for heavy talkers as they would avoid carrier call charges.
Facebook said it was working on adding the feature to its Messenger app for Android and BlackBerry users.
Within the app, all a person needs to do is open a conversation with a partner, tap the "i" icon in the upper right hand corner and select "Free Call".
The calls, however, can only be made to another user who has Messenger installed on their iPhone. Users can neither call a Facebook friend who is logged in through the website or call a landline.
The latest mobile-to-mobile development was independent of the free video-calling software Skype, which was already integrated into Facebook's website, a spokesman said. The Messenger app is limited to voice calling.
The official said Facebook was expected to roll out the feature in its Messenger app for other operating systems and expand it overseas.
On Tuesday, Facebook unveiled a smart search engine - called Graph Search - that allows users to make "natural" searches of content shared by their friends."

Copyright BBC

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Morsi’s Slurs Against Jews Stir Concern

Morsi ratchets up virulent, centuries old anti-Semitism. He's doing his best to stir more religious hatred into a region tense with political pressures - maybe someone in Washington will take note the next time we write the multi-billion dollar foreign aid checks to Egypt.

From the New York Times:
"Nearly three years ago, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood delivered a speech urging Egyptians to “nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred” for Jews and Zionists. In a television interview around that time, the same leader described Zionists as 'these bloodsuckers who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs.'"

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Monday, January 14, 2013

In California, It’s U.S. vs. State Over Marijuana

STOCKTON, Calif. — Matthew R. Davies graduated from college with a master’s degree in business and a taste for enterprise, working in real estate, restaurants and mobile home parks before seizing on what he saw as uncharted territory with a vast potential for profits —medical marijuana.

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

RFK Jr. and mauling history regarding the JFK assassination

I guess many of you saw the other day that RFK Jr said he thought there was a conspiracy in the assassination of his uncle, JFK. He said that the "phone records of Oswald ... were like an inventory of mafia leaders..."

The problem is that Oswald had no phone records since he had no phone.

It's a free country, you can believe whatever you want, but shouldn't you have to get the basic facts right?

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Java 7 easily hacked - protect your computer by disabling it in your browsers...

How to Disable Java, Step by Step Tutorial: Protect Yourself From Hackers Using Java [PHOTOS]

Armstrong to admit doping to Oprah - new report says yes....

Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Lance Armstrong will make a limited confession to doping during his televised interview with Oprah Winfrey next week, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Armstrong, who has long denied doping, will also offer an apology during the interview scheduled to be taped Monday at his home in Austin, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no authorization to speak publicly on the matter.

While not directly saying he would confess or apologize, Armstrong sent a text message to The Associated Press early Saturday that said: "I told her (Winfrey) to go wherever she wants and I'll answer the questions directly, honestly and candidly. That's all I can say."

The 41-year-old Armstrong, who vehemently denied doping for years, has not spoken publicly about the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report last year that cast him as the leader of a sophisticated and brazen doping program on his U.S. Postal Service teams that included use of steroids, blood boosters and illegal blood transfusions.
The USADA report led to Armstrong being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and given a lifetime ban from the sport.

Several outlets had reported that Armstrong was considering a confession. The interview will be broadcast Thursday on the Oprah Winfrey Network and

A confession would come at a time when Armstrong is still facing some legal troubles.

Armstrong faces a federal whistle-blower lawsuit filed by former teammate Floyd Landis accusing him of defrauding the U.S. Postal Service, but the U.S. Department of Justice has yet to announce if it will join the case. The British newspaper The Sunday Times is suing Armstrong to recover about $500,000 it paid him to settle a libel lawsuit.

A Dallas-based promotions company has threatened to sue Armstrong to recover more than $7.5 million it paid him as a bonus for winning the Tour de France.

But potential perjury charges stemming from his sworn testimony denying doping in a 2005 arbitration fight over the bonus payments have passed the statute of limitations.

Armstrong lost most of his personal sponsorship - worth tens of millions of dollars - after USADA issued its report and he left the board of the Livestrong cancer-fighting charity he founded in 1997. He is still said to be worth an estimated $100 million.

Livestrong might be one reason to issue an apology or make a confession. The charity supports cancer patients and still faces an image problem because of its association with its famous founder.
Armstrong could also be hoping a confession would allow him to return to competition in elite triathlon or running events, but World Anti-Doping Code rules state his lifetime ban cannot be reduced to less than eight years. WADA and U.S. Anti-Doping officials could agree to reduce the ban further depending on what new information Armstrong provides and his level of cooperation.

Armstrong met with USADA officials recently to explore a "pathway to redemption," according to a report by "60 Minutes Sports" aired Wednesday on Showtime.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

DEA agents arranged prostitute for Secret Service agent

I think government officials mean something else when they talk about interagency cooperation.....


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Alex Jones may be the king of conspiracies

Rolling Stone said he "may be the most paranoid man in America..."

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Friday, January 4, 2013

Al Gore personally pockets $100 million in al-Jazeera sale....

"Gore Went to Bat for Al Jazeera, and Himself" - NY Times

Gore used all his lobbying pressure to make sure cable companies committed to Current stayed with al-Jazeera. The payoff: a $500 million buyout, with $100 million going to Gore himself. That's the American way. But Al, maybe a 10% contribution to a 9/11 family fund?

Thursday, January 3, 2013

How Qatar is Buying up the World - now al-Jazeera takes Current TV

This Guardian article from 6-months ago is especially relevant in light of the al-Jazeera takeover of Current TV