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The White House is undergoing major renovations

Wouldn't this be a great opportunity to change all the locks?


Toxic waste from U.S. pot farms alarms experts

The downside of the pot industry...

Toxic waste from U.S. pot farms alarms experts

WEAVERVILLE, Calif. (Reuters) - Pollution from illegal marijuana farms deep in California's national forests is far worse than previously thought, and has turned thousands of acres into waste dumps so toxic that simply touching plants has landed law enforcement officers in the hospital.

The volume of banned or restricted pesticides and illegally applied fertilizers in the woods dwarfs estimates by the U.S. Forest Service in 2014, when a top enforcement official testified that the pollution was threatening forest land in California and other states.

California accounts for more than 90 percent of illegal U.S. marijuana farming, with much of it exported to other states from thousands of sites hidden deep inside forested federal land, and more on private property, law enforcement officials said. The state is still developing a licensing system for growers even though legal retail sales of the drug will begin next year, and medical use has been allowed for decades.

Ecologist Mourad Gabriel, who documents the issue for the Forest Service as well as other state, local and federal law enforcement agencies, estimates California's forests hold 41 times more solid fertilizers and 80 times more liquid pesticides than Forest Service investigators found in 2013.

Telltale signs of a liar...

You can tell someone is lying by how they blink when they are claiming to be stating a fact.

Just saw a re-run of clips of Trump denying he knew anything about his sons and aides meeting with Russians and colluding to influence the eleciton.

He's blinking like someone threw a handful of dust in his eyes.


He knew all about it, he approved it, and he won because of it.


Myths about Sulfites and Wine

Myths about Sulfites and Wine

If drinking red wine gives you a headache, you’ve probably had someone tell you that sulfites are the likely culprit. Perhaps you’ve been advised to stick to white wine, organic wines, or wines made in Europe on the grounds that these will be lower in sulfites.

Let’s clear up some of the most common myths and misunderstandings about sulfites, wine, and headaches.

Sulfites in Wine

First, a little background: Sulphur dioxide (or SO2) is a chemical compound made up of sulfur and oxygen. It occurs naturally but can also be produced in a laboratory. It’s used to preserve foods and beverages, which it does by acting as an antioxidant and antimicrobial.

Sulphur dioxide has been used in winemaking for thousands of years, ever since the ancient Romans discovered that it would keep their wine from turning into vinegar. To this day, winemakers use sulphur dioxide to preserve the flavor and freshness of wines.

By law, wines that contain more than 10 ppm (parts per million) sulfite must be labeled with the words “contains sulfites.” There are also upper limits to how much sulfite a wine may contain but the regulations vary by region. In the European Union, wine may contain up to 210 ppm sulfites. In the U.S., the upper limit is 350 ppm.

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Lessons learned:

White wines can have more sulfites than red wines.

Sulfites have been added to wines for centuries.

Sulfites occur naturally in wine as a byproduct of fermentation.

Sulfites are required for most wines to prevent them from spoiling or turning to vinegar in storage. Sweet wines contain more sulfites than dry wines, probably because the higher sugar content of sweet wines make them more susceptible to spoilage (more food for bacteria and mold to feast upon).

Sulfites probably do not cause headaches.

Many other foods contain sulfites, more than wine, such as french fries, dried fruit, candy, frozen fruit juice, potato chips, soda, processed meat, etc. Note that all these are processed foods and have sulfites added to prevent oxidation and spoilage. Of course, fresh fruit, homemade fries, etc. would not have added sulfites.

About 1% of the population has sulfite sensitivity, and one of the symptoms is headaches. But for the 99% who are not sensitive, headaches after drinking wine are unlikely to be related to sulfite content.

Also check out: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/health-fitness/healthy-eating/myths-about-sulfites-and-wine?utm_source=sciam&utm_campaign=sciam

We have a gangster presidency...

So... what do we do about it?


Senator McCain says Republican healthcare bill likely dead

Source: Reuters

A senior U.S. Republican senator predicted on Sunday that the Republican bill to roll back Obamacare would likely fail, adding to growing signs that the bill is in trouble.

"My view is that it's probably going to be dead," Senator John McCain, a senior U.S. Republican, said on the CBS program, "Face the Nation."

The Senate bill, which faces unified Democratic opposition, has been further imperiled during a week-long recess where several Republican senators have had to return to their states and face constituents strongly opposed to the bill. Senators return to Washington on Monday.

The Senate bill keeps much of Obamacare intact but strips away most of its funding. It repeals most Obamacare taxes, overhauls the law's tax credits and ends its Medicaid expansion. It also goes beyond repealing Obamacare by cutting funding for the Medicaid program beginning in 2025.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-mccain-idUSKBN19U0Q1

Mussolini made the trains run on time. Hitler turned them into death trains.

Trump will combine the two and make Mexico pay for it all.

Katy Perry Ranks Her Ex-Boyfriends in Bed, Reveals the Surprising 'One That Got Away'

Who the fuck cares?

How would Perry feel if her exes rated her performance in bed?

Katy Perry Ranks Her Ex-Boyfriends in Bed, Reveals the Surprising 'One That Got Away'

Katy Perry Ranks Her Ex-Boyfriends in Bed, Reveals the Surprising 'One That Got Away'

I can't imagine why anybody gives a fuck.

OTOH, I wonder how her ex-boyfriends would rate KP in bed?

"Bland, brainless, drivel"?

Universal health plan would save Californians $37 billion annually, study says

Source: San Jose Mercury News

SACRAMENTO — As the California Senate considers voting this week on a proposal to replace private health insurance with a statewide health plan that covers everyone, the bill’s main backers on Wednesday heralded a new study that says the plan could save Californians $37.5 billion annually in health care spending — even after adding the state’s nearly 3 million uninsured.

The favorable findings by economists at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, comes a week after a Senate committee released eye-popping estimates that threatened to dampen enthusiasm for the bill. The committee’s analysis projected that the statewide plan would cost $400 billion annually, half of which would likely need to come from workers and businesses through a 15 percent payroll tax.

If the state adopts a single-payer plan, “Californians will get more and will definitely pay less,” Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, the co-author of Senate Bill 562, said at a news conference Wednesday.

But a statewide poll released Wednesday night could foreshadow the political challenges ahead for enacting a single-payer system — which would inevitably be funded through new taxes. The first-ever question to Californians on the topic by the Public Policy Institute of California shows that the vast majority of state residents were in favor of a universal, government-run health care system — as long as it doesn’t raise their taxes.

Read more: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/05/31/universal-health-plan-would-save-californians-37-billion-and-cover-more-people-study-finds/
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