Thursday, December 19, 2013

Consumer Reports finds 97 percent of raw chicken contaminated - CBS News

Consumer Reports finds 97 percent of raw chicken contaminated - CBS News

Consumer Reports magazine has released its most comprehensive study on meat and poultry and found potentially harmful bacteria in 97 percent of the chicken breasts they tested nationwide.

Urvashi Rangan, the magazine's director of consumer safety and sustainability, told the “CBS This Morning” co-hosts that they went to 26 different states and shopped for 316 raw chicken breasts.

“We did find 97 percent of one of the six bacteria that we looked for that can all be potentially harmful,” she said. “But, even more concerning, about half of those were resistant to three or more antibiotic classes, making them multiple drug resistant.”

Rangan said that in terms of food-borne illness and disease “chicken is a big culprit” and “people should be really careful when they’re out there buying their chicken.”

“You should handle it carefully. You should make sure that you buy it first in the store with a plastic bag, and there is no better choice out there. When we looked at all of the data out there, there’s no better choice when it comes to safety,” she said. “However, for other things – for other production practices – things like organic, other welfare labels do provide value, but what people don’t really realize is that the natural label actually means nothing and often confuse it for those labels.”

She explained that to protect against possibly contaminated chicken, consumers want to be very “vigilant about how you handle that chicken.”

“You want to use really careful practices in the chicken. You don’t want to put your chicken in the sick and pour the faucet on it. You want to use a dedicated cutting board and put that right in the dishwasher,” she said. “All the way through from when you buy it in the store to you serve it on your plate, you want to exercise really good hygiene.”

She said that the other statistic the magazine found was that 37 percent of people own a meat thermometer but the majority of people think they cook it to 165 degrees.


Attention Target Shoppers ! !

News from The Associated Press

The chain said customers who made purchases by swiping their cards at terminals in its U.S. stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 may have had their accounts exposed. The stolen data includes customer names, credit and debit card numbers, card expiration dates and the three-digit security codes located on the backs of cards.

The data breach did not affect online purchases, the company said.

The stolen information included Target store brand cards and major card brands such as Visa and MasterCard.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Ever Wonder Where Telemarketers Get Your # ? ?

'Data Brokers' Are Collecting and Selling Some Very Private Information About You - The Wire

Have you been to a gynecologist in the last 12 months? Ever been treated for depression? Have you been raped? Data brokers may very well know about it and are selling that information to marketers in a largely unregulated $156 billion industry.

A Senate Committee released a 36-page report today and had a hearing on its findings, which showed that the data brokerage industry -- which isn't new but has more ways than ever to collect information on us -- could be, in the words of Sen. Jay Rockefeller, more worrisome than the NSA.

Things like your credit score and medical records are not available to data brokers under federal law, but "e-credit scores" are not covered by those laws, nor are products you might buy to treat a health condition over the counter or searches you may perform about health conditions online (or searches you perform about ANYTHING online). You may not know that this information was provided to a data broker, and there's no way to find out what information, if any, a data broker has on you. It may not even be accurate...

Most of the time, the data is used for marketing purposes. That can include predatory lenders looking for people who fall into the "hard times" or "rural and barely making it" category. But there have been cases where it falls into worse hands. In October, for instance, it was reported that Experian sold Social Security numbers to an identity theft service posing as a private investigator.

TED:Top Hacker Shows us How It's Done QjQ

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


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There are many reasons to feel disgust over a judge in a juvenile court in Fort Worth, Texas, sentencing 16-year-old Ethan Couch to 10 years of probation for killing four pedestrians and paralyzing his friend while driving drunk this summer.

Leading up to the tragedy that killed Breanna Mitchell (aged 24), Hollie Boyles (42) and Shelby Boyles (21) and Brian Jennings (43), Couch and a group of friends stole alcohol from a Walmart nearby. At the time of the crash, he was driving a pickup owned by Cleburne Sheet Metal, his father's company. Couch had seven passengers in his truck and a blood-alcohol content of 0.24, three times the legal limit in Texas. He also had valium in his system. Two of his passengers were severely injured, including Sergio Molina, who suffered brain damage that has left him with blinking as his only form of communication.

The prosecutors had asked for Couch to receive 20 years in prison. Instead and as a result of the defense's argument, Judge Jean Boyd ordered Couch to a long-term, in-patient facility for therapy, no contact with his parents, and 10-years probation. His attorneys have stated that his parents have offered to pay for him to do his in-patient therapy at a center in Southern California that costs $450,000 a year. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Judge Boyd said that "she is familiar with programs available in the Texas juvenile justice system and is aware that he might not get the kind of intensive therapy in a state-run program that he could receive at the California facility suggested by his attorneys. Boyd said she had sentenced other teens to state programs but they never actually got into those programs."

Ethan Couch, therefore, will spend no time behind bars for killing four people and paralyzing another despite admitting guilt and despite the fact that the diagnosis the defense centered their case around – that of "affluenza" – is not even recognized by the American Psychiatric Association as an actual mental illness. On top of it, it appears that the judge found therapy and probation to be valid because his parents could pay for an expensive center and that he would not have to rely on the state programs. In summary, Couch got off because he comes from a wealthy family.

Jessica Luther

Monday, December 16, 2013

The Best Fireplace Bars in Los Angeles: LAist

The Wellsbourne is located at 10929 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, (310) 474-0102
The Churchill is located at 8384 W 3rd St, West Hollywood, (323) 655-8384
Dominick's is located at 8715 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood, (310) 652-2335
Terranea is located at 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, (310) 265-2800
1886 is located at 1250 S Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena, (626) 441-3136
The Griffin is located at 3000 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, (323) 644-0444
Harvard & Stone is located at 5221 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, (323) 466-6063
Warwick is located at 6507 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, (323) 460-6667
Parq Bar is located at 225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, (310) 860-7800
Red Room is located at 17499 Ventura Blvd, Encino, (818) 386-0278

Thursday, December 12, 2013

'Rape insurance,' a new front in the GOP's clueless 'war on women' -

'Rape insurance,' a new front in the GOP's clueless 'war on women' -

Rape insurance?

Is that really a thing?
Well, yes, though the anti-abortion legislators in Michigan who passed a law Wednesday making it necessary don’t really call it that. They call it the “Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act.”

From now on in Michigan, all public health insurance plans and most private ones will not be able to automatically include coverage for abortion services in their comprehensive policies.

Women will have to purchase separate riders in order to be covered for any sort of elective abortion. It doesn’t matter to the Michigan Legislature if the pregnancy is wanted but the baby has a medical condition incompatible with life. It doesn’t matter to the Michigan Legislature whether a pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.,0,6521483.story#ixzz2nKZYHuMw

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Talea De Castro, Indigenous Mexican Community, Defies Telecom Mogul Carlos Slim And Installs Own Cellular Network For Mere Cents Per Day [VIDEO]  : News : Latin Times

Talea De Castro, Indigenous Mexican Community, Defies Telecom Mogul Carlos Slim And Installs Own Cellular Network For Mere Cents Per Day [VIDEO]  : News : Latin Times

Talea De Castro is receiving renewed attention following their tremendous feat of defying Mexican telecommunication providers by creating their own phone system. The small village in Oaxaca's mountains established the country's first independent phone network by utilizing the internet to make phone calls. The town's indigenous Zapotec community voted to invest $400,000 pesos ($30,000) of the community's money into the system which defies Telecom mogul Carlos Slim's nationwide Telmex service which many Mexicans see as a monopoly of the country's communication system.

Talea De Castro's indigenous residents used to have to walk down to the single community landline in order to make a phonecall. "We have been constantly requesting Telmex to come install land lines in the village," says a resident in the village. "But they have refused every time and we haven't been able to get more phones here." The new system utilizes a small antenna to capture incoming calls using software-controlled radio. The new system allows villagers to make calls for as little as 15 pesos ($1.12) - rates cheaper than what most people pay in Mexico City.

Telmex has long been accused of running a communications monopoly in Mexico. A 2012 report from the OECD found that "the lack of competition has led to extremely high prices for consumers and businesses and slowed the take-up of new services. The OECD estimates the cost to the Mexican economy to be around USD 25 billion each year, equivalent to nearly 2% of GDP." Carlos Slim, who owns Telmex, is listed by Forbes as the worlds richest man, worth an astounding $74 billion dollars.

Friday, December 6, 2013

REALLY ?.....No Special Treatment for Obama's Uncle ?

No Special Treatment for Obama's Uncle - AOL On

I’m not sure Microsoft appreciates how much some users hate Windows 8 - Yahoo News

I’m not sure Microsoft appreciates how much some users hate Windows 8 - Yahoo News

Let’s be clear: I think that Windows 8 is in many ways a good operating system. But it is also a very polarizing one among longtime Windows users and that’s something Microsoft will ignore at its own peril. First, let’s go through Windows 8′s obvious virtues — it runs much more smoothly than earlier versions of Windows, it starts up more quickly and is generally a more stable platform than Windows 7. However, for a sizable chunk of PC users these plusses are outweighed by the giant minus of the big changes Microsoft made to the traditional Windows user interface.

Of course, there’s a lot more than just my friends’ personal anecdotes to show that Windows 8 is either a love-it-or-hate-it proposition for many longtime users. Amazon customer reviews of Windows 8 have shown it to be remarkably polarizing whereas past Windows versions have either been mostly loved (Windows 7) or hated (Vista) by PC users. And then there’s usage data: We learned earlier this week that Windows 7 is still growing more quickly than Windows 8 and 8.1. And this chart from Statista shows that Windows 8′s overall adoption rate among PC users is lagging badly behind where Windows 7 was at this point in its life cycle.

There are two issues here, both of which have been rehashed to death: Many people miss the Start menu and they hate the Metro UI. Microsoft has tried to assuage these users with Windows 8.1 by giving them the option of booting up to desktop mode and by putting in a Start button in the bottom right-hand corner of the main Desktop mode screen.

The trouble with the new Start button, however, is that left-clicking on it simply returns these users to the Metro screen that they hate with all their hearts. And for a lot of users, dislike of the Metro screen has reached Dr. Seuss-like proportions: They do not like it in their homes, they do not like it on their phones; they will not click upon its tiles, they won’t use it to access files; they wish that it would go and die, they do not like Metro UI.

Now, there are certainly some important rejoinders to this: You can right-click on the new Start button to get a more traditional menu that will give you access to some, although not all, of the features of the old Start menu. You can also install a third-party applications such as Classic Shell and StartMenu8 to bring back the classic Start menu. And you can take a bunch of different steps to change your settings and make sure that you never have to see another “Live Tile” ever again.

But it seems like a lot of longtime PC users simply want the UI of Windows 7 with the speed and stability improvements of Windows 8 and they don’t want to have to do any tinkering to get it. If Microsoft really wants these people to remain loyal users in the coming years, it may have to suck it up and bring back the full traditional Start menu.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Parent involvement at L.A. schools getting new look -

In Cudahy, parents collected more than 600 signatures demanding a new principal. In Culver City, they fought attempts to unionize classroom aides and formed a group that elected a school board majority.

In Los Angeles, parents are organizing for more effective school disciplinary practices. And hundreds recently flocked to a Sacramento hearing to demand a voice in shaping rules for the state's new school funding plan.

This may well be the new look of parent power. While the PTA and other school-based groups used to be the primary vehicle for parent involvement, a plethora of new organizing models has proliferated — many of them reaching out to immigrants to boost their activism in schools.

"The face of parent involvement is definitely changing in California, as it should, given that 70% of our state's population under age 25 are youth of color," said Mary Lou Fulton, senior program manager at the California Endowment, the state's largest healthcare foundation.

Community and civil rights organizations are supporting much of the parent organizing. Asian Americans Advancing Justice and MALDEF, a Mexican American civil rights organization, are coordinating a network of 16 parent groups to educate families on such problems as school budgets and train them in leadership skills to push for translation services, better nutrition and other matters.

Arizona-Mexico Tensions Begin To Thaw | Fronteras Desk

Arizona-Mexico Tensions Begin To Thaw | Fronteras Desk

PHOENIX – Every week at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor airport, some 120 jets take off bound for Mexico.
But that wasn't quite enough, so the city courted the Mexican airline Volaris to offer new flights, including a nonstop one to Mexico City that begins in December.
City of Phoenix Aviation Department
Volaris flights from Phoenix to Guadalajara began in October and flights to Mexico City begin in December.
“In recent years demand to and from Phoenix and Mexico has been growing,” said Deborah Ostreicher, the airport’s deputy aviation director.
Ostreicher said the new flights reflect that demand, and are also part of a conscious effort by the city to create more links with Mexico.
“Because it really is our largest trading partner,” Ostreicher said. “It is very important to us and we want to offer more air service so that people can come and go to and from Mexico.”
Not too long ago, Arizona was internationally known for its efforts to crack down on illegal immigration from Mexico. Now local mayors are seeing legal Mexican visitors as key to economic development.

Monday, December 2, 2013

House Only Working 8 More Days This Year

House Only Working 8 More Days This Year

Working during the holidays sucks. Luckily for members of the U.S. House of Representatives, they don't have that much of it before the new year begins.

The House is only scheduled to work eight days between now and January 7, when members return for the second session of the 113th Congress.

The House had 239 days off scheduled during 2013, and they have even more off days scheduled for next year.

The 2014 calendar for the House, released in October by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), shows members will only work only 113 days. That's down from 2013, when House lawmakers were scheduled to meet for 126 days. Only 107 days were scheduled in 2012.

As HuffPost reported in July, the 113th Congress is on pace to be the least productive in modern history. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has been defensive of that report.

"We should not be judged on how many new laws we create," Boehner told CBS News' Bob Schieffer in July. "We ought to be judged on how many laws we repeal. We’ve got more laws than the administration could ever enforce."