Thursday, January 31, 2013

1 year No San Onofre, No Blackouts, Decommission this leaky old #Nuke

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#SanClemente #Tea drinkers where do I buy this tea in town? LOVE IT!

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Mothership Hackermoms: A Shared Space for the DIY Mom

Mothership Hackermoms: A Shared Space for the DIY Mom:

Parenting has come a long way in recent decades, but a group of enterprising women in the San Francisco Bay area think today's lifestyle options for parents are still woefully inadequate. Where can you go to use an industrial sewing machine, get an HTML tutorial, and hand over the kids to a great babysitter in one place? The answer is Mothership HackerMoms.
Sho Sho Smith, Karen Agres, and nine other moms opened Mothership HackerMoms, which they say is the world's first women's hackerspace. The new space started taking shape when Smith, a freelance writer and editor, brought together Oaklanders Hayden Davis and Karen Agres to discuss her idea over breakfast. Opened in 2011, HackerMoms is a space primarily for mothers with young kids, but the group has also attracted a few hacker grandmas and at least one hacker dad.

Along the border of Oakland and Berkeley, the 1,000-square-foot storefront has become ground zero for stay-at-home parents who don't want to be stuck at home, and who also want to be with their kids during the day. In addition to shared work tools and a collaborative environment, HackerMoms provides the key to parental freedom: on-site childcare.
"Love is abundant, but life with young kids can be an isolating and fractured existence," reads the HackerMoms website. "We wanted a way to balance that."
On any given day, a handful of parents are at work on professional projects, crafts, or personal creative endeavors. Most members are full-time moms or have part-time work, but some career moms make use of the space as well. Regular moms include a furniture builder, painters, an interior designer, and a Drupal whiz.

Hayden Davis, a former accountant, said she was immediately interested in the concept of a shared work space because she was growing restless spending most of her time at home with two kids under two years old. But she wasn't sure about the hacking part of Smith's idea.
"I was like, 'these people want to be computer hackers--if this gets weird, I'm out,'" Davis said. "I'm not doing anything illegal." But this kind of hacking is aligned more with the crafty DIY community than web hacker groups, like the infamous Anonymous. Davis became one of the founding moms, and she now coordinates workshops and HackerMoms internships through local schools, and is creating an Etsy store specifically for HackerMoms-made products.
Despite its name, HackerMoms is not primarily a tech space. The evolving cultural meaning of the term "hacker" fits the founding moms' vision perfectly. According to the moms, they are hackers in the sense that they modify and repurpose ideas and objects to fit their personal needs or desires.

One might say they hacked the storefront into a shareable childcare and work space, or that they hacked soundproofing of the childcare room from pieces of old futon, or that a childproof fence around the doorway to the street was hacked from wooden pallets. In the grand scheme of things, these moms are hacking a potentially new way of balancing work and parenting.
"What's shocking to me is the amount of parents I meet who take five years off because they did not find the right setup," said Diana Rothschild, who spent a recent morning at HackerMoms with her 18-month-old daughter. "I meet parents and I'm like, 'but you were managing millions of dollars before (you had kids).'" Being a full-time, stay-at-home parent is great for some people, Rothschild says, but other options should exist for those couples who don't want to put their careers on hold entirely. Spaces like HackerMoms have the potential to allow both moms and dads to get some work done while being near their kids.
At a recent weekly open house, Rafael Vega, a stay-at-home working dad, showed up with his daughter. Vega works for a videogame startup and, although he's looking for more human interaction throughout his work day, he finds other stay-at-home dads to be somewhat "wimpy." After a morning at HackerMoms, he plans to come back. A hackerdads space might be nice, Vega said, but he prefers that a woman was taking care of his daughter. Plus, a female nanny in a hackerdads space "might get the feeling there's too much dude in the room," Vega said.
After raising $12,500 in a Kickstarter campaign in November 2012, HackerMoms is preparing an interior makeover. Communal tables and open couch space will be replaced with standing work benches and pod-like spaces for individuals or small groups. The childcare space will remain full of comfy pillows, and a small room in the back will house non-child-safe equipment like the industrial printer. An interior designer mom is helping plan the new setup, and the group hopes to get donation grants from Ikea and Home Depot to buy furniture and supplies.
Working from home and flexible work hours are still a luxury and rare in today’s work environment. Since opening in April 2011 with 10 members, HackerMoms now has about 30 members and a handful of sporadic hackermoms. Members pay $60 per month, in exchange for a key to the space to come and go as they please--even at night, though there's no childcare. Smith dropped the membership fee to $60 from the original $80, so more moms in the area can afford the space, as well as offering drop-in rates for $7 a day, plus $5 per hour for childcare.
HackerMoms challenges the status quo of what it means to be a mom, or to be a working parent, but it is not a panacea for everyone. Membership costs may still deter some moms who could really use the collaborative environment, but HackerMoms continues to expand and share.

HackerMoms is at 3288 Adeline Street in Berkeley. Open houses are held Wednesdays from 10am to noon or Thursday 6pm to 8pm. Childcare is provided Monday through Friday 10am to 2pm, except Thursdays.
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Black cumin: The secret miracle heal-all remedy

Black cumin: The secret miracle heal-all remedy: What if we told you there was a seed so densely packed with healing compounds that cancer, bacteria, viruses, ulcers, diabetes, chronic inflammation, and many other common health conditions hardly stand a chance in its presence? Not to be confused with black sesame seed which looks strikingly similar, black cumin, also known as "black seed," is the seed in question, and it is all these things and more, hence its historical reputation as "a remedy for all diseases except death."

If you have never heard of black cumin (Nigella sativa), it is probably because the seed is rarely talked about in modern Western society. Even though its use as both an herb and a folk remedy dates back many centuries, black cumin has long been shelved in favor of pharmaceutical remedies that are far less effective and elicit harmful side effects. But if you are tired of trying to overcome your ailments with patented drugs, you may want to consider adding black cumin to your diet.

Since 1964, there have been at least 458 published, peer-reviewed studies involving black cumin, according to, and these studies confirm what Middle Eastern and North African cultures have known for thousands of years -- black cumin is essentially a miracle heal-all remedy. According to the reference page for black cumin, the seed has been scientifically confirmed as being:

• Analgesic (pain-killing)

• Antibacterial

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Garlic Proven 100 Times More Effective Than Antibiotics, Working In A Fraction of The Time

Garlic Proven 100 Times More Effective Than Antibiotics, Working In A Fraction of The Time: A significant finding from Washington State University shows that garlic is 100 times more effective than two popular antibiotics at fighting disease causing bacteria commonly responsible for foodborne illness.

Their work was published recently in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy a follow-up to the author’s previous research in Applied and Environmental Microbiology which conclusively demonstrated that garlic concentrate was effective in inhibiting the growth of C. jejuni bacteria.

Garlic is probably nature’s most potent food. It is one of the reasons people who eat the Mediterranean diet live such long healthy lives. Garlic is also a powerful performer in the research lab.

“This work is very exciting to me because it shows that this compound has the potential to reduce disease-causing bacteria in the environment and in our food supply,” said Xiaonan Lu, a postdoctoral researcher and lead author of the paper.

One of the most interesting of the recent findings is that garlic increases the overall antioxidant levels of the body. Scientifically known as Allium sativa, garlic has been famous throughout history for its ability to fight off viruses and bacteria. Louis Pasteur noted in 1858 that bacteria died when they were doused with garlic. From the Middle Ages on, garlic has been used to treat wounds, being ground or sliced and applied directly to wounds to inhibit the spread of infection. The Russians refer to garlic as Russian penicillin.

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Mind over Matter: Secrets of Human Aura. Mind-Matter Interaction Princeton Research

Mind over Matter: Secrets of Human Aura. Mind-Matter Interaction Princeton Research: A Russian scientist is trying to convince people they can change the world simply by using their own energy. He claims that thinking in a certain way can have a positive or negative effect on the surrounding environment. “We are developing the idea that our consciousness is part of the material world and that with our consciousness we can directly influence our world,” said Dr. Konstantin Korotkov, professor of physics at St. Petersburg State Technical University.

To bridge our understanding of the unseen world of energy, scientific experiments are being carried out using a technique called bioelectrophotography. The assumption is that we are constantly emitting energy. Bioelectrophotography aims to capture these energy fields seen as a light around the body -- or what some people would call your aura.

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Farmers Begin Planting Hemp Under New Colorado Hemp Legalization

Farmers Begin Planting Hemp Under New Colorado Hemp Legalization: Many farmers in Colorado will be expanding their list of planted crops this Spring after groundbreaking legislation was passed last November that allowed not only for the legalization of marijuana, but hemp as well. Now in case you’re not familiar, hemp is actually a multi-purpose substance that does not produce the high effects of marijuana. In fact, it’s mainly used as a super cheap and highly efficient building material — at least in other nations where ridiculous bans are not enforced on the ‘high-free’ material.

Colorado farmers like Michael Bowman will be planting 100 acres of hemp to be harvested and sold off as not only building material, but a highly nutritious superfood. While marijuana is considerably high in the substance known as THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol), which of course is the compound that produces the ‘high’ effects, it’s also significantly low in what’s known as CDB (cannabidiol). That’s where hemp comes in. Both THC and CDB are known as cannabinoids, but hemp is particularly high in CDB while lacking in THC.

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