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Venus and Regulus

Marek: "These pictures I took at dawn on September 19th. It was a magical morning."

Regulus, also designated Alpha Leonis, is the brightest star in the constellation of Leo and one of the brightest stars in the night sky, lying approximately 79 light years from the Sun.
(Source: Wikipedia)

Credit: Marek Nikodem
Location: near Szubin, Poland
Image Date: September 19, 2017

#Earth #Astronomy #Science #Space #Venus #Planet #Star #Regulus #AlphaLeonis #Leo #Conjunction #SolarSystem #Cosmos #Universe #Astrophotography #Photography #Art #Szubin #Poland #Europe #STEM #Education

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Diabetes: The Rice You Eat Is Worse Than Sugary Drinks

In a recent research a shocking new has come up regarding the diabetic patient. The research work claimed that rice is the most dangerous ingredient for the diabetic patient.

#diabetes #health #eating #explore #drinks #healthy #healthbenefits #remedy #healthyliving #rice #cure #healing #disease #healthcare #naturalremedies #treatment

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Bitten by a slug

Common puffball (Lycoperdon perlatum)

Svartskog, Norway

Lots of spiky warts were no match for a slug that went all the way to the top and took a deep bite and then went off. You can see the shiny and dry slime in several places on the cap.

As a kid I had lots of fun with the mature puffballs and made lots of smoke bombs. At that stage they are way past edible, but during their early and all-white stage they are edible and by many considered a delicacy.

Image Copyright © 2017 +Morten Ross
Image Capture Date: 20 September 2017 14:21
Altitude: 24 meters

#fungi #mushrooms #autumn #svartskog #norway

#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro
#BTPMacroPro +BTP Macro Pro
#BTPMacroPro - +BTP Macro Pro , owned by +Nancy Dempsey , curated by +Kenny Jones

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Banana Cinnamon Tea Recipe For Deep Sleep (Works Better Than Sleeping Pills!)

Tossing and turning, is that your daily routine at night? Restless night in which you are unable to shuteye for more time and spend half of the night staring at ceiling. Sometimes you get so worried about not getting sleep that the mind races for long hours and then you see the sun is peeking through your window.

#banana #health #sleep #explore #medicine #herbal #healthbenefits #remedy #homeremedies #treatment #healthyliving #cure #naturalremedies #recipe #healthy

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There it is.

With this agreement, a team of HTC talent will join Google as part of the hardware organization. These future fellow Googlers are amazing folks we’ve already been working with closely on the Pixel smartphone line, and we're excited to see what we can do together as one team. The deal also includes a non-exclusive license for HTC intellectual property.

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The deal, which moves the team behind the Pixel and Pixel XL over from HTC to Google, is expected to close by early 2018. #News #Google #GooglePixel

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Discovery helps improve accuracy of CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing

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"This super-close orbit has made the planet a bizarre and hellish world. The powerful gravitational tug of its parent star has pulled WASP-12b into an egg shape, and temperatures on the planet's dayside reach about 4,700 degrees Fahrenheit (2,600 degrees Celsius), study team members said. (Close-orbiting planets like WASP-12b tend to be tidally locked, always showing the same face to their star, just as the moon always shows its "near side" to Earth.)"

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Hewitt told LAPD detectives she had entered the actor’s home early that morning to retrieve her clothing and that Phillippe kicked, punched and threw her down the stairs twice.

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Really long read but great story on Dwight

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I've covered the GOP repeal plans since day one. Graham-Cassidy is the most radical.

This Bill is Pure Evil, we must defeat it.


I’ve covered the GOP repeal plans since day one. Graham-Cassidy is the most radical.

Other Republican plans create a poorly funded version of Obamacare. This one blows up the law entirely.

Updated by Sarah  Sep 20, 2017, 9:10am EDT 


I have spent the bulk of 2017 writing about the different Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Graham-Cassidy, in my view, is the most radical of them all.

While other Republican plans essentially create a poorly funded version of the Affordable Care Act, #GrahamCassidy blows it up.

The bill offered by Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy takes money from states that did a good job getting residents covered under Obamacare and gives it to states that did not. It eliminates an expansion of the Medicaid program that covers millions of Americans in favor of block grants. States aren’t required to use the money to get people covered or to help subsidize low- and middle-income earners, as Obamacare does now.

Plus, the bill includes other drastic changes that appeared in some previous bills. Insurers in the private marketplace would be allowed to discriminate against people with preexisting conditions, for example. And it would eliminate the individual mandate as other bills would have, but this time there is no replacement. Most analysts agree that would inject chaos into the individual market.

Taken together, these components add up to a sweeping proposal sure to upend the American health care system. Because the Senate hasn’t seen an independent analysis yet from the Congressional Budget Office, I can’t even say for sure how sweeping, and neither can any of the Republicans who have come out in support of it.

I’m not the only one drawing this conclusion. The credit agency Fitch Ratings recently described Graham-Cassidy as “more disruptive” than the other Republican repeal bills. Edwin Park, a policy analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, says that Graham-Cassidy is “more radical in the sense that you’re eliminating wholesale the marketplace subsidies and the Medicaid expansion.”

Robert Laszewski, a health consultant who is generally critical of the Affordable Care Act, says that “passage of this bill would create enormous market uncertainty.”

The Graham-Cassidy bill has, so far, received far less attention than the last bill the Senate considered in July or the one the House took up in May. But the reality is that this quiet bill would be far more disruptive.

Other GOP bills shrank Obamacare programs. Graham-Cassidy eliminates them entirely.

Other key Republican health plans introduced this year actually have kept a good deal of the Affordable Care Act intact, except with dramatically less funding.

Take, for example, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, which the House passed in May. That bill certainly included deep cuts to the health law’s coverage programs, which is why the Congressional Budget Office estimated it would cause 22 million Americans to lose coverage.

But it also kept some key Obamacare programs. It envisioned a future for the marketplaces, where some Americans receive subsidies to purchase health coverage. Granted, those subsidies were much smaller than those that exist in current law, and they would only cover skimpier health plans. But they still existed under the BCRA, in a nod to how entrenched that program has become in the American health care system.

The BCRA also sharply reduced funding for the Medicaid expansion. Right now, the federal government covers 90 percent of the cost of this program. The BCRA would have reduced that funding down to a lower match (each state would have a different match rate, and they vary between 50 to 70 percent).

The future that Graham-Cassidy envisions is much, much different. This bill would not give states the option to continue the Medicaid expansion at a lower match rate.

It would not mandate that middle-income Americans receive financial help to purchase insurance coverage. Those programs would end in 2020.

Instead, Graham-Cassidy would lump together all the money spent on these two programs across the country — about $1.8 trillion according to the Congressional Budget Office. It would dial back that spending significantly, like other plans: cutting it by $239 billion between 2020 and 2026.

Then, going much further than other Republican plans, it would use a new and complex formula to redistribute money from states that expanded Medicaid to those that do not participate in the program. States would be able to use this new lump sum for all sorts of things.

“A state could say, ‘I’m going to take all this money to pay doctors for uncompensated care and not provide any health coverage,’” Park says. “You can spend the money on a whole host of other services that have nothing to do with expanding insurance coverage.”

The list of the options, which begins on page 8, says states can use the money to:

Establish a program to “help high risk individuals in the purchase of health benefits coverage”

“Stabiliz[e] premiums and promot[e] state health insurance market participation”

Pay health providers for “the provision of health care services”

Create a fund to cover “out-of-pocket costs such as co-payments, coinsurance, and deductibles of individuals enrolled in the individual market”

Create programs “to help individuals purchase health benefits coverage”

“There is no mandate, no requirement for any financial assistance to purchase health insurance,” Park says. And this means it’s essentially up to states to decide, in two years, what sort of health care system they want to run. There is no template to follow. As the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Larry Levitt notes, this becomes disruptive because “we have no idea what states would do.”

Graham-Cassidy introduces an entirely novel funding mechanism for distributing this funding: moving money from states that have worked aggressively to expand coverage to those that have made little effort at all. It creates a funding formula that is meant to give states “more equal” health care funding, tethered to the size of their population.

Perversely, this punishes the states that have expanded coverage the most, either by expanding Medicaid or by getting a lot of people signed up for the marketplace (and thus have higher marketplace subsidies flowing into their state).

This, again, is something we do not see in the other Republican bills. No other bills contemplated simply taking money from Ohio, which expanded Medicaid, and sending it to Virginia, which didn’t.

Look, for example, at what happens in Florida, a state that hasn’t expanded Medicaid but has worked diligently to get its residents enrolled in marketplace coverage. Florida has signed up more of its Obamacare-eligible residents for coverage than any other state. It has the biggest marketplace in the country, and its residents received $5.8 billion in Obamacare tax credits in 2016.

What reward does Florida get in Graham-Cassidy for expanding coverage so dramatically? A $2.6 billion budget cut. And again, this happens specifically because Florida has signed up so many people for Obamacare coverage and thus its residents receive a generous amount of health law tax credits.

The idea of expressly cutting funding for states that have done the best at getting their residents coverage doesn’t show up in any other health care plan except Graham-Cassidy.

Lastly, Graham-Cassidy makes the unexpected decision to classify this new pot of funding as temporary rather than permanent, and have it sunset in 2027. Cassidy’s office argues this is necessitated by Senate budget rules, but analysts who have looked at the bill say that isn’t the case at all. “In reality, however, nothing in those rules prevents the bill from permanently funding its block grant,” Park writes with his colleague Matt Broaddus.

The Medicaid spending in this bill, for example, is funded as a permanent program rather than a temporary one. This isn’t a choice you see made in other Republican repeal bills.

The result is a massive cliff in 2027, where this lump-sum health program disappears entirely, amounting to a $299 billion cut in just one year.

Graham-Cassidy would lead to a dysfunctional individual market

Like other Republican repeal bills, Graham-Cassidy repeals the individual mandate to purchase coverage.

Unlike other Republican repeal bills, it does not include a policy to replace the individual mandate. This could wreak havoc on private insurance markets.

The individual mandate is meant to encourage healthier people with lower expected medical spending to enroll in health coverage. Get rid of it, and experts generally agree you’ll see a sicker population signing up for coverage because they expect to really need it. This problem would be exacerbated by entirely wiping out the subsidies for middle-income Americans to purchase coverage, which were meant to be another way to entice healthy people to sign up.

Other Republican bills recognized they needed to replace the individual mandate with something to encourage enrollment among the healthy. The American Health Care Act in the House had a surcharge for those who have a break in coverage. The BCRA had a six-month waiting period for anyone who had a break in coverage but then wanted to reenter the market.

Graham-Cassidy has ... nothing. The individual mandate and subsidies would disappear, but the mandate to cover everybody would stick around. Any health economist will tell you that this is a dysfunctional market: Premiums would spike as only the sickest people enroll, ultimately leading to a death spiral.

The fact that there is no stopgap in this bill — no recognition that you need ways to encourage healthy people to sign up for coverage — suggests this isn’t a serious attempt to restructure a health insurance marketplace. Still, Republican senators are taking the legislation quite seriously.

Graham-Cassidy does offer states a way out of this problem. It allows them to waive out of the Obamacare ban on preexisting conditions. This would give insurance plans the ability to charge sick people higher premiums, possibly excluding them from coverage altogether. That builds a market that functions well for healthy people but is terrible for sicker and lower-income Americans.

Graham-Cassidy isn’t moving forward because it’s centrist. It’s getting traction because it’s the last option left.

The senators who back this bill have sold it as a compromise plan. They say it’s a way to return power to states, giving local governments more control over how they spend federal dollars.

“Instead of a Washington-knows-best approach like Obamacare, our legislation empowers those closest to the health care needs of their communities to provide solutions,” Graham said in a statement. “Our bill takes money and power out of Washington and gives it back to patients and states.”

Except … it doesn’t do that:

The Graham-Cassidy plan hurts patients by squeezing and upending the health care system, which helps explain why 16 major patient groups came out against the proposal on Monday.

“Affordable, adequate care is vital to the patients we represent,” that group, which includes the American Heart Association and the March of Dimes, said in a statement. “This legislation fails to provide Americans with what they need to maintain their health.”

Graham-Cassidy isn’t gaining momentum because it solves any of the problems that Republican legislators had with previous bills. If anything, it is gaining momentum despite the fact it makes these problems — deep cuts to Medicaid, unpredictability in the insurance market — worse.

The Graham-Cassidy bill is moving forward with sparse process or consideration. Some senators have dismissed the necessity of a score from the Congressional Budget Office, which would show who this bill covers and how much it costs.

“CBO is CBO, and they’re saying they need weeks,” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) told CNN Tuesday. “I just reject that notion. And I think we can pretty well decide based on the information we have.”

This bill isn’t about building a health care system that works better or returns power to states. It’s about moving forward because it is the last bill on the table and there is apparently still a strong drive among Republican senators to pass a bill before their September 30 deadline.

Or, as Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas told Vox’s Jeff Stein recently, “You need a car to get into, and this is the only car there is.”

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4 new Keep note colors in this APK:
- dark blue
- purple
- pink
- light brown

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Artificial Intelligence and Corporate Selfhood – Westworld explores the end of privacy and identity management.

"Host consciousness isn't any less private than human consciousness, just more available, and while that availability isn't a sufficient condition for 'finding one's self', maybe it's necessary."

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Kids who start playing tackle football before the age of 12 are at much higher risk of developing behavioral and emotional troubles as adults, according to a new study.

Researchers found much higher rates of depression, apathy and other neurological problems among those who started young — whether or not they suffered concussions.

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Manafort used Trump campaign account to email Ukrainian operative -via Flynx

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Yellow profile

My waves page

#macrophotography #hqspmacro #hqspflowers #fotomaniaitalia #ilovephotography

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In the Early Morning

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Perquita Burgess, who claims O’Reilly harassed her with sexually-charged language, was found to have been arrested for making false accusations.
will this vindicate O’Reilly it should ..

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Optimism...I feel you.

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Ruin Me in theaters now!

Alexandra reluctantly tags along for Slasher Sleepout, an extreme event that is part camping trip, part haunted house, and part escape room. But when the fun turns deadly, Alex has to play the game if she wants to make it out alive.

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#movie #film

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California wants an open border with Mexico

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Are You The Victim of an Instagram Shadowban?? Here’s Why & How to Remove it From Your Account!

"If you’ve landed on this blog post it’s likely you’ve heard the words “Instagram Shadowban” whispered around Facebook groups and Instagram pods...

This term picked up steam extremely quickly, and while I’m not normally one to jump on the bandwagon (when buzz words go viral like this it’s usually just rumors..) the Instagram Shadowban has some legs and certainly seems to be affecting hundreds of Instagram accounts.

I put together this blog post to address everyone’s concerns and give you a plan of action to avoid, or remove any possibility of being shadow banned by Instagram!

So if you’re worried about the current state of your account and believe you may have been shadow banned.. keep reading!"

#SocialMedia #Instagram #Shadowban #Hashtags #Bots #BusinessAccounts

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When you shout "Selfie"...
and everyone squeezes in 😭😂 LOL!! Smiling is our FAVORITE⭐️✨
Catch our Happy HTC faces by following us on Twitter at "TexansCheer" ❤️💙

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The phone looks premium and it has a 24-megapixel front facing camera.

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CCleaner malware might have been espionage against specific targets. "This post was authored by Edmund Brumaghin, Earl Carter, Warren Mercer, Matthew Molyett, Matthew Olney, Paul Rascagneres and Craig Williams.

Note: This blog post discusses active research by Talos into a new threat. This information should be considered preliminary and will be updated as research continues.


Talos recently published a technical analysis of a backdoor which was included with version 5.33 of the CCleaner application. During our investigation we were provided an archive containing files that were stored on the C2 server. Initially, we had concerns about the legitimacy of the files. However, we were able to quickly verify that the files were very likely genuine based upon the web server configuration files and the fact that our research activity was reflected in the contents of the MySQL database included in the archived files.

In analyzing the delivery code from the C2 server, what immediately stands out is a list of organizations, including Cisco, that were specifically targeted through delivery of a second-stage loader. Based on a review of the C2 tracking database, which only covers four days in September, we can confirm that at least 20 victim machines were served specialized secondary payloads.
These new findings raise our level of concern about these events, as elements of our research point towards a possible unknown, sophisticated actor. These findings also support and reinforce our previous recommendation that those impacted by this supply chain attack should not simply remove the affected version of CCleaner or update to the latest version, but should restore from backups or reimage systems to ensure that they completely remove not only the backdoored version of CCleaner but also any other malware that may be resident on the system."

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“If he needs private briefings we can accommodate,” Manafort wrote in the July 7, 2016, email, portions of which were read to The Washington Post along with other Manafort correspondence from that time.

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#Google Local #Algorithm update - #Hawk

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"In an effort to settle the debate about the origin of dog domestication, a technique that uses 3-D scans of fossils is helping researchers determine the difference between dogs and wolves.

In the ongoing debate, one camp believes dogs were domesticated in the Paleolithic age (more than 17,000 years ago), when humans were hunter-gatherers. The other camp believes domestication occurred in the Neolithic age (17,000 to 7,000 years ago), when humans first established agriculture and civilizations.

Abby Grace Drake, a senior lecturer in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and her colleagues have been analyzing 3-D scans of ancient fossil canid mandibles to determine whether they belong to dogs or wolves. The answer, they find, is not so simple.

The researchers found that in the early stages of domestication, the skull changed shape but evolution of the mandible lagged behind and did not co-evolve with the skull. Their study is reported in the Aug. 25 issue of the journal Scientific Reports.

"A lot of the fossil evidence for the date of dog domestication is based on morphological [structural] analysis of mandibles," said Drake, the paper's first author. Robert Losey, an anthropologist at the University of Alberta, Canada, is a senior co-author of the paper. "Our study shows that when you measure modern dog mandibles and wolf mandibles using 3-D measurements you can distinguish them, and yet when we looked at these fossil mandibles, they don't look like dogs or wolves."

Wolves have fairly straight mandibles while dog mandibles are curved, structural features that become evident in a 3-D scan. In a proof of principle, when analyzing the 3-D structures of mandibles of modern dogs, Drake and colleagues correctly classified 99.5 percent of the samples as being dog or wolf".

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#WorkitWednesday with #wowwoman AFc Riley

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