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The FDA wants to revamp the Nutrition Facts panels on foods. The labels would have to list how much added sugar the foods contain — and how much it counts against your recommended daily allowance.
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The added sugar thing is a bit silly. Eating a ton of sugar isn't magically better for you just because it's naturally occurring. The total is what really matters.
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A fascinating look at the history of cheese. (Warning: describes a goat slaughter and also maggots.)
Within moments of showing up at Giannetto’s farm, a scrubby stretch of pastures and vineyards a few miles outside the southern Sardinian town of Dolianova, the old man decides that we ought to slaughter a goat. I think momentarily about protesting that a whole beast is too much food for the five people on the …
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I really prefer to pretend that cheese just happens by magic. My OCD would only let me eat boiled-to-death food given its preferences, so I don't really want to know about the germies. Even the friendly cheese mites.
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I wrote this piece for the Guardian, looking back at Ellen Pao's year and her departure from Reddit. 
Silicon Valley’s most controversial executive has personified the discrimination and harassment directed at women in technology and on the internet. This is her story
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Thanks, +Chris Pugrud!
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I have a new post up on Huffington Post, taking on the issue of online harassment and sharing some of my own stories. This was tough to write; I hope it helps.
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I've been thinking about the things LastPass did correctly regarding its breach, including 1. Informing users within 72 hours of discovering the breach; 2. Telling users what to do and how to make their protections even stronger; 3. Not storing sensitive data in centralized locations in the first place. What, if anything, would you add? Or what could they have done better?
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The main gaps so far are in publishing the forensic analysis of the attack, upstreaming the 0-day attacks involved (if any) and outlining the measures they're taking to prevent re-intrusion.  The first two would not normally be ready this soon after detection, and the third would be tentative, so they're still doing pretty well.

Since they publish software which runs with elevated privilege on their users' hardware, the results of a source repository integrity audit, and inspection of their release signing credentials would also be welcome.
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"By showing the full repertoire of antibodies that a person has produced against viruses, the test may shed light on many illnesses, he said. “A lot of diseases could be affected by the type of antibodies a person has, elicited by infectious agents,” Dr. Garcia-Sastre said.

The most obvious candidates are autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis and Type 1 diabetes. Researchers have long suspected that viruses may contribute to such ailments, by provoking the immune system to produce antibodies that mistake a person’s own cells for viruses and attack them. But no such viruses or antibodies have ever been identified. To look for them, scientists had to pick suspect viruses and test for them, essentially one by one."
It’s like one-stop shopping for scientists: a blood test can now show every virus that has a crossed a person’s path, lending insight into disease.
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oh wow! this is gonna be awesome.
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'I wrote the Internet of Garbage before any of this happened, but it can be illuminating in understanding this whole affair. Reddit appears to be overrun by a racist, sexist fringe. It’s not. When interviewed by Aaron Sankin at the Daily Dot, many of Reddit’s unpaid moderators were upset with the mandate to police harassment not because they thought harassment was inherently valuable speech, but because they were angry about not having the appropriate tools to police it.

Reddit has driven itself into the ground by the same cost-efficient model that made it rise to the top. The site has a content problem because it has a moderation problem, a terrible labor problem that it has long hidden behind proclamations of “free speech.”'
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Hee.
Oftentimes friends and readers who are getting into cycling encourage me to share what they refer to as "practical tips." What gives them the idea that I am an appropriate target for such a query, I do not pretend to know. Ne...
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In which I examine my fraught, on-again, off-again relationship with makeup.
Even though I’m in my 40s, I feel pretty clueless when it comes to makeup. I’m lucky if my foundation doesn’t look patch…
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If your impulse upon reading something newsworthy is to say, "Why isn't the media reporting this?", please go through this checklist before saying so out loud:

1. Where did you read it? If it's a link shared on Facebook, what's the original source? Is it a media outlet? If yes, stop here.

2. Check the link source more closely. How old is the information? Is it more than a few days old? If so, it's not news. Is it reported on a non-reputable outlet, like rt.com or naturalnews.com or tinfoilhatsareawesome.com? (I made that last one up). If so, be very, very skeptical.

3. If it's a timely piece of information, go to Google news and search for reports on that event. Are there some? Are they from reputable news outlets? If yes, stop here.

4. Ask yourself if it's national news. If so, contact the news desk of your nearest NATIONAL news outlet. If it's local or regional, do the same for the local or regional outlet nearest the event. Most are underfunded and short staffed and appreciate news tips that are actually good.

5. If they refuse and you still think it's news, by all means complain and/or share the actual news so people can become informed.
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Allegedly it has, +Thomas Thurman, but I'm skeptical that it's trustworthy.
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Journalism ethics meet food sensitivities at the press conference buffet.
As Oculus got ready to unveil its virtual-reality Rift headset at E3 recently, an acquaintance of mine tweeted a photo f…
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Hear hear!! Business events in general tend to be loaded with wheat or dairy or both. And the only options are usually melons. An expensive one will include seafood or dips or nuts. I don't eat wheat or nuts or melons or seafood, and i don't really drink. So I tend to go hungry or I eat before or after. It's a fine line in a networking context because you can inadvertently look judgemental when surrounded by people getting stuck in. 
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This would be so satisfying. 

"WHIPPANY, NJ—Touting the product’s ability to combat common seasonal and year-round allergens, pharmaceutical manufacturer Bayer introduced Wednesday its new Claritin flamethrower capable of incinerating whatever is causing one’s allergies. “Our new flamethrower is proven to be effective at relieving itchy eyes, sneezing, and congestion by quickly and efficiently reducing dust mites, pollen, and other allergy-causing agents to smoldering ashes,” said company spokesperson Elaine Ferguson, adding that the product is available in either a regular 25-foot or an Extra Strength 50-foot jet of fire—ideal for eliminating ragweed, trees, grasses, and entire mold-ridden homes."
WHIPPANY, NJ—Touting the product’s ability to combat common seasonal and year-round allergens, pharmaceutical manufacturer Bayer introduced Wednesday its new Claritin flamethrower capable of incinerating whatever is causing one’s allergies.
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Oh hell yes.
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  • Law360.com
    courts reporter, 2012 - present
  • San Francisco Examiner
    reporter, 2006 - 2009
  • San Mateo Daily News
    reporter, 2005 - 2006
  • San Rafael/Terra Linda News Pointer
    editor, 1998 - 2005
  • San Francisco Chronicle
    music critic, 1996 - 1999
  • Addicted to Noise
    associate editor, 1996 - 1999
  • Daily Californian
    copy editor, 1994 - 1996
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Journalist, author, blogger, poet, mom (the order depends on the day).
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I'm a journalist and writer whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, Mother Jones, Wired, Ars Technica, USA Today, the San Francisco Chronicle, the SF Weekly, the San Francisco Examiner, PopMatters, Addicted to Noise and others. 

I'm also the author of several books, including "The Columbine Effect, "Sacred Sonoma," "Read the Music," and "Beloved" (no, not the Toni Morrison one). I blog at http://backwardmessages.wordpress.com, maintain Sumerland.net and contribute to Undented.com.
Education
  • University of California at Berkeley
    Sociology, 1994 - 1994
  • Santa Rosa Junior College
    Journalism, 1991 - 1994
It's great for folks who have multiple allergies to be able to come to a place like this and have lots of options. I had their chocolate cupcake, chocolate cream pie and peanut butter cookie, and all were tasty and satisfying. The Fremont location is comfortable with plenty of seating. I didn't try the savory foods or drinks, so I can't comment on those.
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