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Poll - Black Licorice

There are only like three foods on the planet that are so horrific tasting that I have to spit them out if I take a bite, and black licorice is one of them. I know taste is totally subjective so if you do like it I am not putting you down. But I am curious to what percentage of people also hate it as much as I do?

Suspected gunman in El Paso Walmart shooting pleads not guilty to attack that killed 22

Oct. 10, 2019, 9:58 PM MDT
By Phil Helsel
The Texas man accused of killing 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso, in an attack that authorities said targeted people of Mexican descent, pleaded not guilty in court Thursday.

Patrick Crusius, 21, entered the plea during a brief court appearance.

Court documents previously released say that he confessed to opening fire at the store on Aug. 3, that he told police "I'm the shooter" when he surrendered and that in an interview with detectives he "stated his target were 'Mexicans.'"

Crusius is charged with capital murder and is being held without bail.

In his brief appearance, Crusius, wearing a navy suit and white shirt, told the judge he was the defendant, looked over the indictment and indicated his full name was correct in the indictment. He waived the reading of the document and entered the plea of not guilty.

A law firm representing Crusius' family later released a statement on their behalf in which the relatives said they were aware of the not guilty plea, NBC affiliate KTSM of El Paso reported.

More:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/suspected-gunman-el-paso-walmart-shooting-pleads-not-guilty-attack-n1064876


Food Science Babe: 5 basic scientific concepts to help you spot pseudoscience

Here are 3. Go to link for the rest:

There is so much pseudoscience being spread around nowadays, and sometimes it can be hard to spot, especially for those who don’t have a background in science. A lot of it is based on a small amount of truth and by people who you may think you can trust, so it can be difficult to differentiate from good, truthful science.

These five basic scientific concepts can help you to spot pseudoscience when you see it:

#1) Everything is made of chemicals
You are made up of chemicals, and everything you eat is made up of chemicals. This series of posters by James Kennedy illustrates how all natural fruits are made up entirely of chemicals, some that may even have names you can’t pronounce and don’t recognize:


A “chemical free lifestyle” is impossible. Water and oxygen are examples of chemicals that you need to survive, and you wouldn’t last very long without them. So, the next time you see a food product that purports to contain “no chemicals” or a blog with products that you can purchase to live a “chemical-free lifestyle,” you can be sure that it’s purely pseudoscience because EVERYTHING IS MADE UP OF CHEMICALS.

#2) The dose makes the poison
“Toxic” is a word thrown around a lot on food blogs and in food marketing, but it’s almost always used incorrectly. There is no such thing as a “toxic chemical,” there are only toxic doses. The phrase “the dose makes the poison” applies to all chemicals, both natural and synthetic.



Acute toxicity measures lethal effects from a large one-time dose and is expressed as the LD50. The LD50, or median lethal dose, is determined experimentally, usually with rats or mice. It is the single acute dose that will kill 50 percent of a population given that dose. Chronic toxicity measures the lowest level of daily exposure that causes harm. Any chemical can be toxic, even water and salt, so products that state things like “no toxic chemicals” or “no toxic pesticides” don’t make any sense as every chemical can be toxic at a large enough dose. And, if someone tries to tell you that a food ingredient or a chemical is “toxic” without being able to tell you the concentration at which the chemical occurs in the food and the dose that is toxic, they either have no idea what they’re talking about, are trying to deceive you, and/or are trying to sell you something.

#3) Whether a chemical is natural or synthetic tells you precisely nothing about its safety
As stated previously, “the dose makes the poison” applies to both natural and synthetic chemicals, so whether a chemical is natural or man-made tells you precisely nothing about how dangerous it is. For example, sodium thiopenta, a man-made chemical, is used in lethal injections, but it’s about as toxic as naturally occurring amygdalin, which is contained in almonds and apple seeds. Similarly, many natural and organic pesticides have a lower toxic dose than their synthetic counterparts.

The appeal to nature fallacy is the belief that is what is natural must be good, and that which is unnatural must be bad. “Natural” has no definition per the FDA in regards to food labeling, yet it’s used in food marketing all of the time. You can be sure to ignore anyone or any product that uses the word “natural” to mean better or safer as the “appeal to nature fallacy’ is just that, a fallacy. It’s pure pseudoscience.



More: https://www.agdaily.com/insights/food-science-babe-5-basic-scientific-concepts-help-spot-pseudoscience/

On the Stephanie Miller show this AM they were talking about why Warren seems to be taking off

and breaking away from the pack. They said she is kind of in the sweet spot between Biden (a bit too moderate for many) and Sanders (a bit too Progressive).

I think that is a good analysis.

https://www.stephaniemiller.com/

Trump is so despised, I predict a flood of October surprises next year

The entire Manhattan sewer system content will hit the fan.

My response to someone saying Trump is doing awesome on a FB thread

Which of these would you describe as "Doing well"? His averaging fewer jobs per month than either of Obama's terms, less economic growth than Obama, our trade deficit hitting record highs with his ill conceived trade war which is devastating farmers and has him below water in states like Iowa and barely hanging on in deep red farm states like Nebraska. The deficit which was coming down under Obama is now skyrocketing because of his ill conceived tax cuts to the very wealthy, his absolute failure with North Korea, a list of scandals a mile long including the Trump Foundation ordered to shut down because of charity fraud. Stealing from children's cancer charity??? Wow! This is a guy who inherited hundreds of millions from his father. He lost over a billion of that inherited money in a ten year period putting him at the top of the list as the BIGGEST LOSER in the entire country for that ten years and American banks still won't loan to him. The list of failed businesses is a mile long. He also would be worth A LOT more if he had taken all that inheritance money and invested it in index funds and left it alone. So he is pathetic with money and as Reagan's budget director has said over and over "He's an economic ignoramus!" I almost forgot that most economists are now predicting a recession by next year helped on by his failed trade war. He is a charlatan who had he not inherited so much from his Dad would be nothing more than Archie Bunker selling Amway.

Note: I like to use Reagan's budget director when arguing with Republicans. They don't know how to deal with that.

Florida city commissioner confronts deputy at awards ceremony over arrest

Wow! This is epic!

Snip: You probably don't remember me. But you're the police officer who falsely arrested me four years ago," Gelin says in a video obtained by NBC Miami. "You lied on the police report. I believe you are a rogue police officer, you're a bad police officer and you don't deserve to be here."

Please flood this lame mayor's office with phone calls. She was absolutely pathetic here! Ph: (954) 597-3460

Her email: Michelle.Gomez@tamarac.org

https://tamarac.org/152/Mayor---Michelle-J-Gomez



Link: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/florida-city-commissioner-confronts-deputy-awards-ceremony-over-arrest-n1059991?fbclid=IwAR37CcooGf6YVfdvxCaYJC-1DX-WQB_XMZXgCzNlBY-JO8ITiR3R9tg69iM

So if there are all these hidden phone calls to foreign leaders including Putin. What was Mueller

doing???? Wouldn't phone calls between Trump and Putin be the first freaking thing you would investigate?

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/27/politics/white-house-restricted-trump-calls-putin-saudi/index.html

Pelosi: "I moved on him like a bitch. I didn't even ask, I just started impeaching."

Pelosi: "I moved on him like a bitch. I didn't even ask, I just started impeaching. And when you're the speaker of the house they just let you do it!".

Trump Lashes Out at Whistleblower

Love the part about them hiding the transcripts on a private server and bringing up Hillary!

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