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Sara Anderson
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I hoped in 2008.  Things changed a little.  I got frustrated when it came time to put together the PPACA.   I thought I was just burned out, and distanced myself from politics for a while.  The political process has broken my heart a few times, but I also c...
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When over-incarceration means spending more than a million dollars locking up residents of a single city block.
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Perhaps missing from this is how the cycle continues as neighborhoods become blighted and then swallowed up by profiteering developers ready to build a new neighborhood that the remaining locals can no longer afford to live in.

I'm all for cleaning up troubled neighborhoods, but not at the expense of the people who have been living there most, if not all, of their lives—some, perhaps, for multiple generations.

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Eww.  I'll be so insulted when they start targeting people because of their weight.  Fatties want diet products!  
How much do you want freezer cases and shelves to know about you? All a retailer needs is a camera and specialized software to gather key information about who you are and how you react to its prod...
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Totally decadent.

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It's amazing how this story is pushing the buttons of rural folk.  I have to not think about it too much now.  I'll bend over backward to understand why you're doing something stupid, but neither reality nor I will abide cowboy mythology taking the place of policy.  
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I've just been immersed in the intermountain political scene a while, so I forget that not everyone is.  

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I burned my pinky finger a bit, but this will taste more good than that feels bad.  
We wanted our boeuf bourguignon recipe to have tender braised beef napped in a silky, rich sauce with bold red wine flavor but without all the work that the classic recipe requires. We cook the stew in the oven, uncovered in a roasting pan, so that the exposed surfaces of the meat brown as it… read more
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If I read that correctly, consider yourself invited, next time you're in the Atlanta area, +Steven Flaeck.
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I liked this a lot, even if it's depressing.
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A much-better-said expression of what I've been thinking.

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Work smart, not hard.  
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Crowsourcing animal ID on camera traps in a recovering nature preserve in Africa.  It's fun!  (Tho hard to remember which ungulate is which).  
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A guy I don't really know, +Ward Plunet, shared this article that supposedly dispels the belief that eating healthy is expensive.  A hospital did a study where they gave some people differing diets to follow, including a nice, wholesome, and cheap one developed by a PhD nutrition researcher named Mary Flynn, and found that Flynn's was just as healthy and cheap as anticipated.  Duh.  BO-RING, business as usual. Way to walk through a grocery store.  

The important thing that is being skipped over here is the fact that it took someone with a lot of interest and training in nutrition to come up with the diet.  Most of us know that a plate of steamed broccoli and chicken is healthier than what we're really eating, but for various reasons continue to eat stuff that's not so good for us.  Maybe like me you are exhausted and down with a cold and not interested in walking through the rain to the grocery store to get food and prepare it (since you just got back into town, and your cupboards are bare), and just opt for a door dash.  Or the ingredients you got for dinner tonight last week have gone bad in the crisper, and you had a bad day at work and can't face the 5:00 Safeway crowd with a baby in tow.  It doesn't matter why.  

I grew up in a family that is extremely committed to eating cheap and healthy.  I know it's possible, and I know it takes skill and discipline. 

In fact, reading this article, I thought, "I'd love to try that diet!"  But I know myself well enough to know that I catch colds and am sometimes lazy (Let's not discuss how often), and need to pass some of the cognitive/emotional load of planning and preparing meals off to someone like Flynn to really manage.  I presume it would take a noticeable amount of willpower to stick to it even if planning and money-worry were not something I had to do.   

I love cooking.  I grew up watching a lot of it happen, have done my own research, and have the tools and time and money to do it, but it's still pretty hard for me to do it every single day.  If I'm this well-prepared to eat a healthy diet, and I still fail to a lot, that shows that it's pretty challenging to do.  

Policy-makers should bear this in mind when it comes to welfare programs.  It's not the worst thing in the world that we expect so much out of a single mom on WIC, but it would be better if we concentrated more on making good food more accessible.  The total amount of human misery would decrease.  The fact is that the way I eat is not great for me, but we don't need to preserve the dinner table as a morality play.  In fact, we probably have the capacity to make eating healthier easier for everyone.  Fuck the moral hazard.  I'd encourage Flynn to take this diet to the HHS, and make it available to the public (who probably funds her research).  In fact, maybe I'll track her down and e-mail her.  

TL;DR It is possible to eat healthy on the cheap but it's hard.  If you manage to do it good for you, but don't make policy that depends on everyone being able to do so, and please don't be smug.  
Research conducted by The Miriam Hospital and The Rhode Island Community Food Bank demonstrated that - contrary to popular belief - healthy diets rich in fruits and vegetables are affordable. In fact, the study found that a plant-based, extra-virgin olive oil diet is cheaper than the most economical recommendations for healthy eating coming from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The comparison to the USDA diet showed an annual s...
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Generally, when I've seen studies like this, they've ignored two key parts of why so many kids have such awful diets: cooking takes time, which many poor people don't have, and it takes a parent being home when the kids need food, which again, often isn't the case.  As a result, they get fast food regardless of cost.
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    molecular biology and biochemistry, 2001 - 2004
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de facto housewife, scientist at heart
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Idaho Democrat with a little bit of hope yet, Troy's Junior Miss 1999. I get to feed giraffes and a sloth bear.
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Make a Tank Top from a Guy’s T-shirt
diydamsels.blogspot.com

After going to Target looking for something cute to wear on St. Patty’s Day, I realized that finding a nice green shirt in the ladies depart

Former Congressional Candidate Pleads in Plot to Murder Muslims | Hatewatch
splcenter.org

A group of Muslim school children in upstate New York has a heartbreaking question for a Tennessee man they have never met, but who haunts t

An Extraordinary Glimpse into the First 21 Days of a Bee's Life in 60 Se...
www.thisiscolossal.com

In an attempt to better understand exactly what happens as a bee grows from an egg into an adult insect, photographer Anand Varma teamed up

If You Actually Cared About the Environment
f-words.blogspot.com

Problem: Obesity Problem: carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere leading to global warming Do the math. One of these problems solves the ot

Without Racial Diversity, Do Enviros Risk Becoming Marginalized? -
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UC Berkeley professor Carolyn Finney explains why environmentalists should support biodiversity — and racial diversity.

Sonic booms in nerves and lipid membranes
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(Phys.org)—Neurons might not be able to send signals as fast as electrons in wires or photons in fiber, but what if they can communicate usi

On the Movie Set of Director Ilya Khrzhanovsky's Dau
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Five years ago, a relatively unknown (and unhinged) director began one of the wildest experiments in film history. Armed with total creative

White People in Criminal Defense: Where Does Your Allegiance Lie?
socialistgumshoe.blogspot.com

Working in criminal defense makes it difficult for me to direct rage at most not guilty verdicts. I have worked on so many cases that most t

Idaho prison fugitive continues to taunt officials by doing Facebook int...
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An Oregon man may be on the lam from authorities, but he’s still able to connect on social media.

Night Sky Network | Outreach Resources
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Tele-Conference: "How to make an Itty Bitty Radio Telescope" with Sue Ann Heatherly, education officer for the National Radio Astronomy Obse

Accused 'Porch Shooter' Theodore Wafer Testifies Tearfully at Murder Tri...
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A crying Theodore Wafer took the stand today to tell his side of the story of what happened the night he fatally shot Renisha McBride on his

Uncommonly Lucky | Beer Recipe | American Homebrewers Association
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This recipe is an amber hybrid beer that is somewhat like Anchor Steam, except it’s a little darker and has bigger malt flavors! Using one o

Some thoughts about human subjects research in the wake of Facebook’s ma...
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You can read the study itself here, plus a very comprehensive discussion of reactions to the study here. 1. If you intend to publish your re

Slender Man is a convenient target for our fears. Misogyny and racism ar...
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It's a lot easier to censor a fictional character than to confront the real violence tolerated in our society •In Depth: Slender Man figure

Easy cherry compote | BBC Good Food
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This rich compote makes a perfect addition to pancakes for brunch

Bivitellobilharzia nairi
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A little over a year ago, I wrote a post about Bivitellobilharzia loxodontae - a species of blood fluke that lives in the African forest ele

Junior Museum & Zoo - City of Palo Alto
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Junior Museum & Zoo. Our mission is to engage a child's curiosity in science and nature. The JMZ is a place where children and their caregiv