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Navy brat-->University fac brat. All over-->Wisconsin-->TN-->VA. RN (ret), married, grandmother of 11. Progressive since birth. My mouth may be foul but my heart is wide open.

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Some states confront 'prison gerrymandering' as they redraw district lines

More than a dozen states are changing how they factor incarcerated Americans in redistricting maps this year, unwinding a longstanding practice that critics call “prison gerrymandering.”

The changes were spurred by state and national advocacy over concerns on how mass incarceration and the increasingly partisan process of drawing political district lines for elections was affecting people of color in state and local elections, and research that helped indicate how much communities of color were losing because of these changes.

"When you have people sharing their stories about what it feels like to have your body counted to inflate the vote of prison staff who honestly might be abusing you on any given day, to hurt your family and community's representation back home is just so emotional and really moving," said Villanova University Professor Brianna Remster, who has studied the effects of this practice on states. "People sharing their stories is really what got lots of folks thinking about it."

The U.S. Census counts Americans at “their usual residence,” which for the nation’s more than 2 million incarcerated people is the address of their prison facility. Before 2000, the number of people behind bars was statistically small enough that had little effect on redistricting. But in the last decade, criminal justice advocates, election experts, and researchers say, growing prison populations — disproportionately people of color — are increasingly affecting and undermining the fairness of state and local redistricting and elections.


Christian radio host sentenced to three life sentences for Ponzi scheme bilking millions from elderl

Christian radio host sentenced to three life sentences for Ponzi scheme bilking millions from elderly listeners

A Texas radio host was sentenced to three life prison sentences Monday for a Ponzi scheme in which he bilked elderly listeners out of millions of dollars.

William Neil “Doc” Gallagher also got a 30-year prison sentence from state District Judge Elizabeth Beach for his August guilty pleas. The sentences are to be served concurrently.

The sentencing came after more than a dozen senior victims testified during a three-hour court hearing about losing anywhere from $50,000 to $600,000 invested in the Gallagher Financial Group. Some said they had to sell their homes, borrow money from their children or take part-time jobs to supplement their Social Security benefits.

“Doc Gallagher is one of the worst offenders I have seen,” said Lori Varnell, chief of the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Elder Financial Fraud team.

Gallagher, 80, and his Gallagher Financial Group advertised on Christian radio with the tagline, “See you in church on Sunday.” He promoted his investment business in books, such as “Jesus Christ, Money Master,” and on Christian radio broadcasts.

Matthew 7:…19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 So then, by their fruit you will recognize them

Modern pentathlon votes to ditch horse riding after Tokyo Olympic turmoil

It is a sport conceived originally by the founder of the modern Olympics to help cavalry riders to develop the skills needed to survive behind enemy lines. But after 109 years, modern pentathlon’s governing body has voted secretly to remove horse riding and replace it with cycling, the Guardian can reveal.

Multiple sources have said the decision was taken by the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne’s executive board in recent days, and was hastened by the distressing scenes at the Tokyo Olympics when a horse was punched by a German coach after it refused to jump a fence.

Those pictures made global headlines and the UIPM is understood to have acted in order to preserve its status in the Olympics in the lead-up to the Paris 2024 Games.

While the decision has not yet been announced officially, it is already facing a backlash from some countries who believe that losing the horse-riding element fundamentally changes the sport. Modern pentathlon has been a core Olympic event since 1912 when it was invented by Pierre de Coubertin – and while it has since moved from a five-day event to a solitary day it has always tested athletes in fencing, swimming, show jumping, pistol shooting, and cross-country running.

The UIPM refused to deny the story when confronted by the Guardian, with a spokesperson saying: “I am not able to give you any information right now.”


An Oklahoma woman vanishes while searching for her missing son and his friend

An Oklahoma woman who was last known to be searching for her missing son and his friend in the Tulsa area has now disappeared herself.

Glenda "Cookie" Parton, 80, was last seen on video with an unidentified man at a business in the Turley, Okla., area right before she disappeared, according to the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office. The unidentified man has been located and questioned by authorities, officials say.

Last week, the Pryor, Okla., Police Department issued a Silver Alert for Parton after her vehicle, a 2016 red Kia Rio, was found abandoned on the side of the road off Highway 75 near 56th Street North in Tulsa on Oct. 26.

On Sunday, Tulsa County Sheriff's Office detectives say human remains were discovered along a wooded area just west of Turley. Deputies told local TV station KOKI-TV that due to animals scattering the remains, it is difficult to positively identify who they belong to.

Officials told the local broadcaster that the remains could belong to any of the missing people or someone else. But as of right now, officials are waiting on the medical examiner to identify them.

Something stinks here.

A 14-year-old won a prestigious award for his discoveries on 'antiprime numbers'

Akilan Sankaran, 14, is on his school's varsity track team, plays piano, the flute and drums — and yet somehow still found time to devise a computer program that could speed up some of your favorite apps.

That program won the ninth-grader from Albuquerque, N.M., the $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize, the top award in the Broadcom MASTERS, a highly-competitive science and engineering competition for middle school students.

For his winning project, Akilan wrote a computer program that has the potential to make everyday tasks online run smoother and more efficiently. The program he created can calculate antiprime numbers, which are highly-divisible numbers with more than 1,000 digits, and he discovered a new class of functions to analyze these numbers' divisibility.

"We use these numbers all the time in our daily lives without even thinking about it," Akilan said in his project presentation. "Because we have a natural tendency to want to split things into smaller groups. For example, 60 is a highly divisible number, and we use it to divide time, as there are 60 seconds in a minute and 60 minutes in an hour."

In a similar way, highly divisible numbers are useful in computing because they can be used to divide data among computer processors, Akilan explains.


A 'Genetic Goldmine' in Chile's Desert Could Help Create New Drought-Resistant Crops

The Atacama Desert in Chile is the driest place on Earth outside of the North and South Poles. Yet it’s teeming with plant life that has evolved to cope with limited water and nutrients, a high-altitude environment that’s exposed to high amounts of radiation from sunlight, and extreme temperature changes that shift 50 degrees between night and day. That makes them the perfect specimens to study in order to develop crops that can grow in a world decimated by climate change.

In a massive 10-year study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a group of scientists examined the genomes of dominant plant species and important soil microbes from the Atacama, and identified 265 genes that play a heavy role in adapting these plants to the harsh desert conditions. The authors describe these findings as a “genetic goldmine” that could help scientists breed more resilient crops able to withstand the drier climates expected to arise during climate change-induced droughts.

The need to engineer new crops has never been more crucial. Droughts around the world are more frequent and more devastating with each passing year. From 2010–2018, about $116.7 billion in crops and livestock in the developing world was lost due to droughts.

“The Atacama desert is like a perfect natural laboratory to study what an arid world would look like,” Rodrigo Gutierrez, a Chilean researcher and a coauthor of the new study, told The Daily Beast. “This is an ecosystem-level study. We basically characterized all the plant species that live here, and nailed the most important ones and what we can learn from them.”

To identify the genes of interest, the researchers chose to study 32 dominant plant species native to Atacama, and compared their genomes to the genomes of 32 other “sister” species found in more comfortable environments. That comparison highlighted 265 genes that seemed to have mutated as a response to adapting to the desert. Some of those genes are associated with the ability to better survive with less water, the regulation of biochemistry to deal with nutrient-poor soils, and increased tolerance to brutal radiation.


My great-grandmother died from an illegal abortion. Her story could be one you know soon.

The Supreme Court listened to arguments on Monday about SB-8, the Texas bill that all but bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. That's before most women know they're pregnant.

The Texas law is in direct conflict with Supreme Court rulings such as Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which established and reaffirmed that a woman's right to decide what happens to her body during a pregnancy stems from the constitutionally protected right to privacy.

To be clear: The right to an abortion is not directly on the table yet in either of the two cases the Supreme Court is hearing arguments on. Instead, they center on whether abortion providers or the Justice Department can challenge a law that allows private citizen vigilantes to use civil remedies to sue abortion providers.

But as we saw last month, when the court declined to protect women from what Justice Sonia Sotomayor called "grave and irreparable harm," neither precedent nor women's bodily autonomy matter to this court. Roe is unlikely to survive continued attacks.

Abortion will never go away. It will only go underground.

Hundreds of QAnon Fans Are Going to Texas to See JFK Return. No, Seriously.

Hundreds of QAnon supporters are currently traveling from all across the U.S. to Dallas, where they expect to see John F. Kennedy suddenly reappear on Tuesday night and ordain former President Donald Trump as the “king of kings.”

Some QAnon followers were so eager to secure their place for the return of JFK that on Monday night hundreds of them gathered in Dealey Plaza, where Kennedy was shot in 1963, waiting for the latest QAnon conspiracy theory to come true.

QAnon influencers are promoting several different versions of the conspiracy theory, and of what will supposedly happen Tuesday night.

According to Whiplash347, an account with almost 250,000 followers, Trump will be reinstated as the 18th president of the United States, because everything since 1871 (the date the Sovereign Citizen movement claims the U.S. became a corporation) is “illegal.”

Whiplash347 continues that Trump will then step down, and John F. Kennedy Jr., who died in a plane crash in 1999, will become president “like he would of if it wasn't for Killary plotting to kill him.” Joining JFK Jr. as vice president will be disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.


First frost predicted for tonight

This is about three weeks later than our average (Oct. 10). I didn't look to see what it was last year but I'm almost positive it was around Oct. 25. We are slowly creeping toward being in Zone 7 here in the northern Shenandoah. How about y'all?

Update on my brother

Still in ICU, still intubated but they are weaning the Versed and he is starting to breathe on his own. The seizures are suppressed with heavy doses of some anticonvulsant and he is getting Solu-Medrol. He is also getting plasmapharesis, twice so far. And they have no clue in the world what caused this. Best guess is that it's either para-neoplastic i.e. some bizarre form of cancer, or that it's some equally oddball autoimmune thing. In either case, prognosis is theoretically pretty grim and even if he does recover we're looking at a long spell of neurocognitive rehab and some level of intermediate care. That's what my brother the MD says. I don't know. This is foreign territory to me but my brother is prone to the "zebras" in medicine so who's to say he would follow an "expected" course? As my daughter says, "When a person's organs are in a parallel universe..." (referring to the fact that he was born with situs inversus)
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