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Submission + - Wasserman Schultz won't Speak at Dem Convention After Wikileaks Revelations (cnn.com)

HughPickens.com writes: CNN reports that the head of the Democratic National Committee will not speak at the party's convention next week, a decision reached by party officials Saturday after emails surfaced that raised questions about the committee's impartiality during the Democratic primary. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whose stewardship of the DNC has been under fire through most of the presidential primary process, will not have a major speaking role in an effort "to keep the peace" in the party, a Democrat familiar with the decision said. The revelation comes following the release of nearly 20,000 emails. One email appears to show DNC staffers asking how they can reference Bernie Sanders' faith to weaken him in the eyes of Southern voters. Another seems to depict an attorney advising the committee on how to defend Hillary Clinton against an accusation by the Sanders campaign of not living up to a joint fundraising agreement.

Submission + - SPAM: "The Hillary Leaks" - Wikileaks Releases 19,252 Previously Unseen DNC Emails

schwit1 writes: The state department's release of Hillary emails may be over, but that of Wikileaks is just starting.

Moments ago, Julian Assange's whistleblower organization released over 19,000 emails and more than 8,000 attachments from the Democratic National Committee. This is part one of their new Hillary Leaks series, Wikileaks said in press release. To wit:

Today, Friday 22 July 2016 at 10:30am EDT, WikiLeaks releases 19,252 emails and 8,034 attachments from the top of the US Democratic National Committee — part one of our new Hillary Leaks series. The leaks come from the accounts of seven key figures in the DNC: Communications Director Luis Miranda (10770 emails), National Finance Director Jordon Kaplan (3797 emails), Finance Chief of Staff Scott Comer (3095 emails), Finanace Director of Data & Strategic Initiatives Daniel Parrish (1472 emails), Finance Director Allen Zachary (1611 emails), Senior Advisor Andrew Wright (938 emails) and Northern California Finance Director Robert (Erik) Stowe (751 emails). The emails cover the period from January last year until 25 May this year.

The emails released Friday cover a period from January 2015 to May 2016. They purportedly come from the accounts of seven key DNC staffers, listed above: Andrew Wright, Jordon Kaplan, Scott Comer, Luis Miranda, Robert Stowe, Daniel Parrish and Allen Zachary.

A quick scan of the emails focus on Bernie Sanders and dealing with the fallout of many Democrats opposing Hillary Clinton and calling the system “rigged.” Many of the emails exchanged between top DNC officials are simply the text of news articles concerning how establishment democrats can “deal” with the insurgent left-winger.

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Comment Re:No food magic at all (Score 1) 300

> If "regular food" is what most people eat, then I think there is a big difference. But if you mean brown eggs versus white eggs, than probably not. The brown shells are better, though, because they're a little easier to spot in the frying pan.

Egg color is simple genetics -- no difference other than the color. Some breeds of chickens (say, a Barred Rock) lay brown eggs, some (like a Leghorn) lay white eggs. Some even lay blue or green eggs. The first egg a chicken lays will be the same color as the last egg it lays -- you might see small changes in tone but that's about it. Every once in a while they'll lay an egg that's just the membrane, no shell -- definitely irregular but usually safe :)

Submission + - Neuroscience Explains Why You Can't Lose Weight on a Diet

HughPickens.com writes: According to a new study, the chance of an obese person attaining normal body weight is 1 in 210 for men and 1 in 124 for women, increasing to 1 in 1,290 for men and 1 in 677 for women with severe obesity, suggesting that current weight management programs focused on dieting and exercise are not effective in tackling obesity. Now Neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt writes in the NY Times that in the long run dieting is rarely effective, doesn’t reliably improve health and does more harm than good and according to Aamodt, the root of the problem is not willpower but neuroscience. Metabolic suppression is one of several powerful tools that the brain uses to keep the body within a certain weight range, called the set point. The range, which varies from person to person, is determined by genes and life experience. When dieters’ weight drops below it, they not only burn fewer calories but also produce more hunger-inducing hormones and find eating more rewarding. If someone starts at 120 pounds and drops to 80, her brain rightfully declares a starvation state of emergency, using every method available to get that weight back up to normal. This coordinated brain response is a major reason that dieters find weight loss so hard to achieve and maintain. According to Aamodt dieting can actually lead to weight gain because dieting is stressful. Calorie restriction produces stress hormones, which act on fat cells to increase the amount of abdominal fat. Such fat is associated with medical problems like diabetes and heart disease, regardless of overall weight.

If dieting doesn’t work, what should we do instead? Aamodt recommends mindful eating — paying attention to signals of hunger and fullness, without judgment, to relearn how to eat only as much as the brain’s weight-regulation system commands. In mindful eating, eating slowly and genuinely relishing each bite could be the remedy for a fast-paced for our dieting obsession in which an endless parade of new diets never seems to slow a stampede toward obesity. "I finally gave up dieting six years ago, and I’m much happier," concludes Aamodt. "I redirected the energy I used to spend on dieting to establishing daily habits of exercise and meditation. I also enjoy food more while worrying about it less, now that it no longer comes with a side order of shame."

Comment Re: Isn't that -more- expensive? (Score 1) 352

That's exactly my situation -- no OTA, no cable, no cell coverage, shit, not even DSL. Satellite internet connectivity sucks but it's better than nothing. The real pisser is there's gig service about a mile away (big looped pulled in here a few years back) but when Centurylink and Qwest merged they put all the infrastructure buildout in this area on hold, and they don't seem to be in any hurry to start back up again. Centurylink said they had internet service here before I bought this place but, SHOCKER, the bastards were full of it. Even better they closed my install tickets for voice and internet THREE TIMES without letting me know -- no reason given in the tickets, even, just closed. I hated those fuckers when they were Qwest, I hated them when they were US West, and I'm sure I'll hate them when they rebrand themselves again (I'm sure I'd have hated them when they were a Bell but I wasn't a paying consumer then).

tl;dr fuck Centurylink

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