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There is a heat iadvisory for the frigging BEACH in North Florida!

This if for the Big Bend and Panhandle of North Florida, and for South Georgia and Alabama!

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TALLAHASSEE FL
231 PM EDT SAT AUG 23 2014

...DANGEROUS HEAT WAVE TO CONTINUE THROUGH SUNDAY...

.HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH RELATIVE HUMIDITY WILL CONTINUE TO
PRODUCE DANGEROUS HEAT INDEX VALUES THROUGH SUNDAY. AN EXCESSIVE
HEAT WARNING CONTINUES ALONG THE COAST TODAY WITH A HEAT ADVISORY
IN EFFECT ELSEWHERE. A HEAT ADVISORY HAS ALSO BEEN ISSUED FOR
PORTIONS OF THE AREA FOR SUNDAY AFTERNOON.
http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=FLZ017&warncounty=FLC073&firewxzone=FLZ017&local_place1=3%20Miles%20WSW%20Miccosukee%20Cpo%20FL&product1=Heat+Advisory&lat=30.52358&lon=-84.15381


Forecast for today and tomorrow:
This Afternoon - Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 101. Heat index values as high as 108. West northwest wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tonight - Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. West northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Sunday - A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 100. Heat index values as high as 108. North northeast wind around 5 mph.
http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?map.x=217&map.y=150&site=tae&zmx=1&zmy=1


Too damn hot to got to the beach!

I HATE calling tech support

Especially when it's for my landline. Today my internet, TV and landline kept dropping out. In order to call tech support when the landline isn't working, I have to go outside to use my cellphone. I get no cell signal inside my house.

So I have to call, select 1 for English, select 4 for tech support, 1,2 or 3 for internet, TV or telephone (I picked 1), verify if the number I am calling from is the account number (2 for no), enter the account number, enter 0 because I don't want to use their automated help menu, enter the account number AGAIN, enter the number from which I am calling in case we're cut off. Oh, while they are switching me to a person, they tell me I have to be in front of my computer to assist the tech support person solve my problem. HAH!

I finally get tech support. First thing I have to do is give her my account number AGAIN. Second, give her the number I am calling from in case we're cut off. She verifies the account information and asks my problem. First I tell her that I cannot be at my computer and talk to her at the same time. I have to be outside to talk to her. Then I explain that all my services (that come in on the same line) are intermittently cutting out. And there is no point in using my cell phone number to try to reach me because it will NOT ring or connect inside my house and I will not be standing outside waiting for a call back.

She asks me to check my service - I AGAIN explain to her that I cannot be at the computer and talk to her at the same time. That I just wanted to register a complaint that the services keep cutting out all at the same time. That I don't want to spend much more time outside because the heat index is over 100 but it is cooling down because the thunderstorm with lots of lightning I can hear coming is causing a downdraft. And that I really DO NOT want to continue to stand outside on top of this hill with a lightning storm on the way.

She asks me to hold while she checks my service. I agree but ask her to hurry. She comes back and says there is no problem. I disagree - there is a problem or ALL the services would not be dropping intermittently. She agrees to send a service technician out to check the line. She wanted my cell phone number for the tech to call when he headed my way - uh, REDUX: there is no point in using my cell phone number to try to reach me because it will NOT ring or connect inside my house and I will not be standing outside waiting for a call back. I thank her, got off the phone and back inside.

I just checked my cell phone - the entire screen is filled with numbers from the insane amount of information I had to enter - that never got to the service representatives. It's not her fault - she did not set up the system. But why the heck can't the fucking PHONE COMPANY put caller ID that automatically enters the number into the service representative's screen? Why does it have to ask for it multiple times during the same repair call?

Air Swimmers - I WANT one! UPDATE - ThinkGeek has a Zombie Shark one!





Wild Turkeys in my front yard!

No pictures, unfortunately. Three adult wild turkeys and seven small poults, about as small as I've ever seen baby turkeys. All look very healthy. Two of the adults were about ten feet out from the front steps so about 22 feet from where I stood inside the front door. The hen and youngsters were up the hill about 40 feet away at a bad angle for viewing.

It's a very grey day here. I could have gotten pictures of two of the adults but the hen with the poults was under the shade of the live oak at a very bad angle. I'll have to leave the camera out handy and hope they come by on a sunnier day and that I will see them out in the open.

The fairy tale that should be told!

This is the fairy tale that should have been read to us when we were little:

Once upon a time
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in a land far away,

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a beautiful, independent,
self-assured princess

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happened upon a frog as she sat
contemplating ecological issues
on the shores of an unpolluted pond
in a verdant meadow near her castle.

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The frog hopped into the princess' lap
and said: " Elegant Lady,
I was once a handsome prince,
until an evil witch cast a spell upon me.

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One kiss from you, however,
and I will turn back
into the dapper, young prince that I am

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and then, my sweet, we can marry

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and set up housekeeping in your castle

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with my mother,

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where you can prepare my meals,

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clean my clothes, bear my children,

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and forever feel

grateful and happy doing so. "
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That night,
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as the princess dined sumptuously
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on lightly sauteed frog legs
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seasoned in a white wine
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and onion cream sauce,
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she chuckled and thought to herself:
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I don't fucking think so.

Are the residents of Murrieta California anti-vaxxers?

Every story I see about the idiots blocking the buses the morons natter on about their children being exposed to diseases from the immigrant children. Why are they so concerned? I haven't heard of any major disease outbreaks as a result of immigrants into the country or of illness among the most recent influx of immigrants from Central America.

Do the citizens of Murrieta no vaccinate their children to protect them from the ordinary childhood illnesses? That's the only reason I can think of that they are so afraid of their children being near children from other locations.

That and blatant prejudice.

Whoever posted the link to GeoGuessr - a challenge!

I think I just maxed out the score! I just totaled 24998 - only two points short of a perfect score!

If you want to try the same set of maps: https://geoguessr.com/challenge/oB1j3rb3YAwx0s06

Ashleigh Banfield on CNN skewering Hobby Lobby for investments

Of HL's retirement funds into the same companies that make the birth control methods that HL claims to object to. Her guest is pointing out that HL could have instructed their investment management to not invest in those companies. Both women are being very critical of Hobby Lobby's owners.

No link - it's on right now.

Hispanic Newborns at Higher Risk of Neural Tube Defects

Hispanic Newborns at Higher Risk of Neural Tube Defects

Kathleen Lees k.lees@scienceworldreport.com
First Posted: Jun 20, 2014 05:03 PM EDT

The findings are updated from a similar 2008 paper by the March of Dimes, a nonprofit foundation that highlights the growing number of Hispanic women who have children each year in the United States. The report found that this group has more babies each year than any other population in the country.

Unfortunately, many of these women are also more prone to giving birth prematurely or before the 37th week. This puts many of their future children at an increased risk of spina bifida and anencephaly, brain and spinal cord malformations that are a form of neural tube defects.

Many researchers believe that because corn masa flour is common staple of the Hispanic diet, some women's children in this population will be at an increased risk for certain neural tube defects because of a lack of folic acid and vitamin B in their diet. The report also found that Hispanic women are less likely to take a multivitamin than other ethnicities.

http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/15455/20140620/hispanic-newborns-at-higher-risk-of-neural-tube-defects.htm


From the comments:

stephelinda nosuprise 19 hours ago

We've known for a long time that folic acid deficiency can cause neural tube defects. Most cereal products -- but not corn masa -- are fortified with folic acid. In addition, folic acid can be acquired from dark leafy greens, asparagus, turnip, beets, and mustard greens, Brussels sprouts, lima beans, soybeans, beef liver, brewer's yeast, root vegetables, whole grains, wheat germ, bulgur wheat, and some beans. But young Mexican American women, many of whom live on a tight budget, typically consume neither fortified grains nor quantities of fresh vegetables. So while I share your suspicion around GMOs, I think we could prevent birth defects by fortifying corn masa.

stephelinda 18 hours ago

The original report, Fortification of corn masa flour with folic acid in the United States: an overview of the evidence, in "Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences," of which this is an attempted synopsis, can be found at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com...

(For some reason the URL is truncated when I post, but anyone interested can google it.)

Regarding the complaint that Lee used "Hispanic" carelessly, it's worth noting that the original study showed "no difference was observed between Hispanic women who reported speaking primarily English at home and white women."

In other words, the increased incidence of pregnancies with neural tube defects was found only in a population of Mexican American women who had immigrated less than 15 years earlier and who spoke Spanish at home. This is the primary target population for fortification of corn masa flour. The term "Hispanic" was far too general to be meaningful.


stephelinda's comments were in response to some racist complaints and comments but stephelinda adds some very important facts to the discussion. My question is why corn masa unlike most grain products not fortified with folic acid? It's a simple, inexpensive step that would save so many lives and so much grief.


Anybody else having a problem with ActBlue?

I got an email from Nancy Pelosi about the petition to support a Constitutional Amendment ending Citizens United but I keep getting error messages when I try to get to ActBlue to sign the petition. Neither the link in the email or just the direct link.

Every link reverts to a https secure connection and I get a message:
Secure Connection Failed

An error occurred during a connection to secure.actblue.com. The OCSP server found the request to be corrupted or improperly formed. (Error code: sec_error_ocsp_malformed_request)

The page you are trying to view cannot be shown because the authenticity of the received data could not be verified.
Please contact the website owners to inform them of this problem. Alternatively, use the command found in the help menu to report this broken site.


I see a Facebook account for them, but I hate Facebook and don't want to use it.
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