So Walk It Off Wasn’t That Bad of Advice

I’ve never liked ice packs. They are the most uncomfortable part of treating a muscle injury and I honestly really want to put heat on it instead of cold. My instincts might be right.

Gary Reinl has an ice pack at home that he’s saving for a special occasion. Despite decades of experience in the sports medicine industry, he’s not keeping it in the freezer in case someone has a sprained ankle that begins to swell. Quite the contrary. He is holding onto the ice pack for the day when no one asks for ice to nurse injuries. “My goal,” he says, “is to take it to the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices and have it displayed there.”

via Why ice doesn’t help an injury and could even make it worse.

When I was a kid and got hurt the advice I was often given was to rub a little dirt in it and walk it off. Then people went against that and told me to put ice on it and rest. Heat has always felt better than cold and it seems like that might be the correct treatment.

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Genetics are amazing. If you aren’t African you aren’t all human.

This is a very interesting article on using genetics to determine when humans first left Africa. However, being a somewhat enlightened Son of the South I love the irony of this statement:

Prof Paabo and his team published research in 2010 which showed that all non-African humans today have Neanderthal DNA. But that genetic material has been broken into much smaller chunks over the generations.

via BBC News – DNA yields secrets of human pioneer.

So while my ancestors may have justified slavery by saying that their African slaves weren’t completely human the truth of the matter is that it was the slave owner that wasn’t completely human.

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Retro Media Server Based on Raspberry Pi and Cassette Player

Now this is about as cool as it gets. A guy takes an old cassette tape recorder, takes out the guts and installs a Raspberry Pi inside programmed as a Spotify media server. The buttons on the recorder act just like they are supposed to for playing, pausing rewinding, fast forwarding and stopping the music. The ingenious part is that it uses a NFC (Near Field Communications) tag in old cassette tapes to identify which playlist to play. Flip the tape or change it and you play a whole different set of songs.

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Unemployment Rates Fall in 31 US States Last Month – ABC News

I don’t believe the employment rate is controlled much by any government office holder. I don’t believe politicians bring on recessions and I don’t believe they are responsible for booms. Still, watching politicians use economic statistics to prop up their credentials or to tear down their opponents can be fun.

With that in mind I’ve been watching Jason Carter beat Nathan Deal over the head with recent unemployment figures showing Georgia to have the worst case of unemployment in the country while Deal was touting the fantastic number of jobs he has created.

Now we hear that Georgia’s unemployment numbers may not be so bad.

In Georgia, the unemployment rate fell to 7.9 percent from 8.1 percent last month, a potential boost for GOP Gov. Nathan Deal. Deal is in a close race with Jason Carter, grandson of former president Jimmy Carter.

Deal has questioned the accuracy of the state’s rate after it jumped sharply over the summer. It was 6.9 percent in April. Yet the state has added 83,100 jobs in the past year, boosting total jobs in the state by 2.1 percent. That’s faster than the national pace.

via Unemployment Rates Fall in 31 US States Last Month – ABC News.

So where will Jason Carter go with this and what will he do for campaign ads for the next two weeks until the election?

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Did Obama just say that?

When President Obama declared:

“The bottom line is, though, these are all folks who vote with me,” said Obama. “They have supported my agenda in Congress.”

via Did Obama just hand GOP a weapon to use against endangered Democrats? –

… on Al Sharpton’s radio show you know Michelle Nunn could have bit nails in two. This is exactly what her opponent, David Perdue, has been telling us. And it’s exactly what she’s been running away from.

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I’m back.

I’m sorry about being gone. The problem was that several old, stale websites that I had stopped maintaining got hacked and my service provider suspended my account until I could get it cleaned up. That took time and unfortunately I haven’t had that much time lately.

The lesson to that is that if you are using popular software to run your website you need to keep it up to date and that includes websites you’ve ceased to actively update and are keeping it up for reference purposes.

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A Move Toward Community Policing Brings Rewards

It’s amazing what results from making the police a part of the community rather than structuring them apart from the community.

“The New Haven Police Department had fallen back as an organization which was reactive and 9-1-1 driven,” he said. Furthermore, as the department moved away from community policing, a gap seemed to develop. “The department had isolated itself from the community,” Esserman said.

via New Haven’s drop in gun violence builds over 3 years.

When a cops view their beats as their neighborhoods they start to relate to the people there as their neighbors. It’s easier to understand what motivates someone to be a certain way when you look at them as a neighbor rather than a “bad guy.”

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What does “Grassroots” mean to you.

I’m reading this article on Bloomberg’s group making a push for the mid-term elections to elect candidates that are sympathetic to their gun control measures and I read this:

Bloomberg, a billionaire who has made gun control one of his top causes, has pledged to spend $50 million this year to build a grass-roots network aimed at combating the National Rifle Association’s influence in Washington and state capitols around the country.

via Bloomberg group launches midterm campaign for gun control.

I don’t think it’s a grass-roots movement if it’s being built by an individual with unlimited resources.

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Woman charged again after she rides her bicycle on busy U.S. 27

Last week Cherokee Schill appeared in court to answer several charges of obstructing traffic. Even though she was obeying what I thought was a reasonable interpretation of the law the judged fined her several hundred dollars. The prosecutor was also asking that she be banned from riding the stretch of highway, US27 in Jessamine Co., Kentucky, she had been ticketed on. The judge didn’t go that far.

This week Ms Schill was arrested for riding the same section of road on her bike, this time for second-degree wanton endangerment which is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

The report says Cobb “observed several vehicles braking hard and switching lanes erratically in an attempt to dodge the violator. Violator was wantonly engaging in conduct she knew would create substantial danger to the motorists attempting to avoid her.”

via Woman charged again after she rides her bicycle on busy U.S. 27 | Jessamine County |

So if other people’s reaction to a cyclist riding in traffic is to start driving erratically it is somehow the cyclist fault? How about if they slow down and wait to pass until they can do it without erratically changing lanes?

Here’s a video from the back of Ms. Schill’s bike. I wouldn’t want to ride on that shoulder either.

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Apple’s “warrant canary” disappears, suggesting new Patriot Act demands — Tech News and Analysis

Dan points me to this article about Apple’s Warrant Canary going missing. “What’s a Warrant Canary,” you ask? It’s a tool used by companies and publishers to tell people that they so far have not been served with any subpoenas or warrants that would prevent them from telling whether or not they had been served with said subpoena or warrant.

Apple put out its first transparency report on government activity in 2013 and it contained the following footnote:

“Apple has never received an order under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act. We would expect to challenge such an order if served on us.”

via Apple’s “warrant canary” disappears, suggesting new Patriot Act demands — Tech News and Analysis.

Subsequent reports, in the last half of 2013 and the first six months of 2014 does not contain this language so you can figure that they have since then been served with an order under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act.

<sigh> — I really don’t like living under a government that makes Warrant Canaries necessary. I don’t think our founding fathers would like it either.

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