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Issue 440 In This Issue August 1st, 2015

Editors Corner

Did you know that the new Windows 10 default settings are ‘Incredibly intrusive’ and difficult to change? Apparently, even though it has only been generally available for a few days (as of writing), this version of windows is already very popular. If it is as intrusive as the article below suggests, privacy could be a very big concern. Click here

Technology would not be where it is today without science. Are you aware that just 5 corporations control a majority of academic publishing? And apparently they make quite a profit doing it too. Click here

On a slightly different subject, do you know, or have you ever met, someone who's a perfectionist? Well apparently, "perfection is a standard which can never be attained and ultimately offers all but misery for those that try". That's not to say one should not strive to do a good job, but perfection may be taking things a little too far. Click here

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Something Worth Knowing

Dispelling the Canned Food Expiration Date Myth
If you are like most people you have at least some canned goods on your shelf–maybe you have even taken up canning your own food. Either way, canned goods are a common “staple” for many reasons. However, do you really know the truth about canned food shelf life? Many consumers seem to have a deep trust of those magical “dates” on canned foods. I’d like to dispel some myths about that right now. Canned foods are generally “good” far beyond the dates stated. In almost all cases, the dates stated on foods aren’t expiration dates anyway; rather, they’re “use-by” dates.tweet this The use-by dates on cans and packages serve to protect the reputation of the food. They have nothing to do with food safety, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website clearly states: “Use-by” dates refer to best quality and are not safety dates. Even if the date expires during home storage, a product should be safe, wholesome and of good quality if handled properly. Actually, except for infant formula, product dating is not even required by federal regulations.

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Technology Watch

‘Incredibly intrusive’: Windows 10 spies on you by default
Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system is immensely popular, with 14 million downloads in just two days. The price of the free upgrade may just be your privacy, though, as changing Windows 10’s intrusive default settings is difficult. Technology journalists and bloggers are singing Windows 10’s praises, often using the words such as “amazing,” “glorious” and “fantastic.” The operating system has been described as faster, smoother and more user-friendly than any previous version of Windows. According to Wired magazine, more than 14 million people have downloaded their upgrade since the system was released on Wednesday.  While the upgrade is currently free of charge to owners of licensed copies of Windows 8 and Windows 7, it does come at a price. Several tech bloggers have warned that the privacy settings in the operating system are invasive by default, and that changing them involves over a dozen different screens and an external website. According to Zach Epstein of BGR News, all of Windows 10’s features that could be considered invasions of privacy are enabled by default. Signing in with your Microsoft email account means Windows is reading your emails, contacts and calendar data.

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Weather Watch

3-hour Canadian tornado likely one of world's longest
The massive tornado that roared across the Canadian province of Manitoba late Monday was on the ground for nearly 3 hours — likely one of the longest-lasting on record in Canada and perhaps the world. No injuries or deaths were reported. The longest tornado recorded is the infamous Tri-State tornado that lasted for about 3.5 hours, ravaging the Midwest in March 1925 and leaving hundreds of people dead in its wake. "The path length distance of the Manitoba tornado might be shorter, but the duration may be comparable," Randy Cerveny, rapporteur of climate and weather extremes for the World Meteorological Organization, said, referring to reports that the Canadian tornado may not have moved as far distance wise as the 1925 twister. The tornado tore a path through rural southwest Manitoba, reported Environment Canada, the Canadian version of the USA's National Weather Service. While it damaged trees, power poles, farms and roads, it missed every town in its path. "This was probably one of the longest on the ground tornadoes we have had in Manitoba or on the Prairies," Natalie Hasell, Environment Canada’s warning preparedness meteorologist, told the Winnipeg Free Press.

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TED Talks

How our microbes make us who we are

The Surprisingly Logical Minds of Babies

Triad Theater
Calendar of Events

August 2nd @ 7pm: Whisperings Solo Piano Radio presents An Enchanting Evening of Piano Music
Featuring original music played by the composers: Joe Bongiorno, Amy Janelle and Brad Jacobsen. Original Solo Piano Artistry by Three Award-winning Composers. Energy, Humor, Intimacy, Storytelling and of course, MUSIC! Invite your friends! Tickets $20 (advance and at door). Buy tickets online at

August 4th @ 7pm: Scott Mowry's Miracles and Inspiration
The latest world news events that are never on the main stream media.

August 19th @ 7pm: Guest lecture - Early India - Sacrificial Fire
Focus on Agni - God of the sacrificial Fire-Alter and messenger of the Gods - a key figure in early Indian Religion, and texts from the Vedas - the earliest strata of Indian oral literature. Free. Donations to The Triad Theater welcomed.

Coming in August: The Triad Art Gallery
Attention all Artists, Musicians, and Actors! Art Directory (Greater Yelm Area) taking apps now! The Triad along with the Yelm Business Association is creating an Artist Directory... $10 one-time processing fee and you are in forever. Go to the Triad Website to submit your application. It's easy!

September 12th @ 7pm: Alpha Centauri Presents - John Hogue - Expert on Nostradamus
Skype interview to Yelm. Predictions for 2015. $20

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Health Watch

Mindfulness Therapy Better Than Antidepressants
Antidepressants are big business.  But for the same money, and without the side effects, a little mindfulness can do the same job. 

Depression is one of the most common forms of mental illness.  It affects more than 350 million people worldwide. The World Health Organization ranks it as the leading cause of disability globally. That makes for a profitable niche for the drug companies. A report from the National Center for Health Statistics found that U.S. antidepressant use shot up by nearly 400 percent between 1988 and 2008. But a new study from the University of Exeter in the UK suggests that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is just as good as drugs – and maybe even better

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Perfectionism and burn-out are close friends – best avoid them
It was Voltaire who said: “perfect is the enemy of the good” – and he should know. A strident critic of existential perfection, Voltaire spent much of his working life attacking the notion of a world imbued by flawless divinity. In Candide, his most influential work, Voltaire describes Professor Pangloss, a devoted follower of Leibnizian optimism – the philosophy that God has created the “best of all possible worlds”. Candide, the muddling pupil of Pangloss, often attempts to reconcile the moral imperfections of his mentor, with the notion of an optimal world, but ultimately despairs. It is only by these failures that Candide is painfully cured of his obsession with perfection. Fast forward a couple of centuries and the lessons learned by Candide remain relevant today. We live in a world dominated by the pursuit of perfection. From the sports field, to the classroom, to the office and everywhere in between; perfect performances are the pinnacle – the very definition of success for many. Yet, as Candide discovered, there is an inherent flaw in this logic. For perfection is a standard which can never be attained and ultimately offers all but misery for those that try.

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Science Watch

These Five Corporations Control Academic Publishing
Scientific research—from baby steps in basic science to revolutionary breakthroughs—is effectively controlled by five major corporations. An analysis of the 45 million documents indexed in the Web of Science, and recently published in PLoS, reveals that Reed-Elsevier, Springer, Wiley-Blackwell, Taylor & Francis and Sage published more than half of all academic papers in the peer-reviewed literature in 2013. The study suggests it may be time for scientists to move away from major for-profit publishing houses, and take their research elsewhere. When the first scientific journal came out in 1665, it was considered a convenient way to consolidating new findings. Publishers managed typesetting, printing and distribution, while scientists focused on their work. But with the advent of the Internet, scientists began to question whether or not major publishing houses were still necessary—and whether a handful of big corporations really deserved that much power. But until now, no one knew just how much of a bite the big five publishers were taking out of academic publishing. The numbers are staggering.

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Nature Watch

One of the Best Weeds to Eat
‘Little star in the mist’ is the translation of this weed’s scientific name, Stellaria Media, though “chickweed” is the most common name. It’s no surprise it’s called chickweed since chickens love it so much!

Chickweed is Edible, Free and Tasty Too!
Chickweed is surprisingly delicious in salads, especially as an addition with other greens like lettuce and arugula—and it grows profusely in my garden. I use my scissors to cut it before I dig it up so that the rest of my vegetables can easily grow. It is also Real Food From My Garden.

Chickweed Health Benefits
• Sometimes used topically to alleviate itching from insect bites.
• Can be used as a cream for rashes and eczema, easing itching and inflammation.

Folklore Suggests More Chickweed Health Benefits
• Chickweed is used as a tonic, diuretic, demulcent, expectorant and mild laxative.
• Chickweed water is an ‘old wives’ remedy for obesity. It is often an ingredient in herbal weight loss pills.
• Chickweed is soothing and moisturizing for the skin, and is an ingredient in some skin care products.
• It has been used for indigestion, for coughs, rheumatoid arthritis and stomach ulcers

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