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Wednesday
Jul302014

Fat's Good

The nutritional myth that saturated fat is bad for you continues to fall apart as a steady stream of new books and studies on this topic hits the media. The latest work to challenge the old dogma is a book called The Big Fat Surprise by journalist Nina Teicholz. Her book arrives as new research that raises questions about the long-held but false belief that cardiovascular disease is related to fat and cholesterol intake.

There has never been solid evidence for the idea that these [saturated] fats cause disease. We only believe this to be the case because nutrition policy has been derailed over the past half-century by a mixture of personal ambition, bad science, politics, and bias.

Just as your body has requirements for cholesterol, it also needs saturated fats for proper function. One way to understand this is to consider what foods humans consumed during their evolution. Many experts believe that since the Paleolithic Era, we evolved as hunter-gatherers. Paleolithic nutrition states that we have eaten animal products for most of our existence on Earth. To suggest that saturated fats are suddenly harmful to us makes no sense, especially from an evolutionary perspective.

The cholesterol myth has suffered a bit of a triple whammy lately, making it harder for heart specialists to uphold the company line. This information is just the latest in a long line of science proving,

    --- the need for our saturated fat phobia!

Monday
Jul282014

Scary Storm

Our friend Roy sent us a few photos of the last storm we had. I new it was bad because I was on my way home when it hit.

I pulled out to cross 'Prince of Wales Road' by the truck stop heading east, there was a smaller car head of me, crossing first. He was in the middle of the road when the winds hit. They were so intense that he was forced sideways several metres and rammed  into the north median where he quickly stopped.

After that even the crazy's pulled over and waited!

That leading edge is directly over our property, we were very lucky, just a few trees and shrubs in the retail compound blown over, there could have been a lot of damage.

There actually was one benefit, I didn't need to hook up a hose and water my newly planted,

   --- trees and shrubs that night!

Sunday
Jul272014

Logic Not

Late yesterday, I had a young couple drop into get some information.

She: Our tomato plant leaves are all turning purple and we have lost a few, what do we need to fix them.

Me: Well normally we use a fertilizer to solve the problem.

She: OK that's fine, as long as it has no phosphate in it, I'm Green and I don't want to be feeding algae in our streams and lakes.

Me: Hey, I can understand that, so the best bet is to not grow any more tomatoes.

He: What do you mean?

Me: You have a choice, phosphate, or no tomatoes,

He: Why?

Me: Because most phosphate fertilizers have been forced from the market place, by activists. The purple and dead leaves on your tomato plants are caused by lack of phosphates. All 'solanaceae' plants require a phosphate feed. As I said, you have a choice, tomatoes or not.

They as they left I heard:
I don't really care what you want,
   --- I am going to have garden tomatoes!

Saturday
Jul262014

Apple's Watching You

Hey, they may even be sharing your information with the local police department.

The same techniques to circumvent backup encryption could be used by law enforcement or others with access to the "trusted" computers to which the devices have been connected, according to the security expert who prompted Apple's admission.

In a conference presentation this week, researcher Jonathan Zdziarski showed how the services take a surprising amount of data for what Apple now says are diagnostic services meant to help engineers. Also users are not notified that the services are running and cannot disable them, Zdziarski said. There is no way for i Phone users to know what computers have previously been granted trusted status via the backup process or block future connections.

There’s no way to 'unpair' except to wipe your phone, he said in a video demonstration he posted Friday, showing what he could extract from an unlocked phone through a trusted computer.

Skunk Works Not, This group of Skunks has never changed it's stripes,
   --- from day one!

Friday
Jul252014

Re-Planting

Yesterday's job took a bit longer than I planed. Eight hours digging holes, then planting a tree in each.

I spent the entire day planting 20 Sand Bar Willows, which are often called Coyote Willows (they are used as dugout or creek bank stabilizers), plus 6 Laurel Leaf Willows, followed by 8 Acute Leaf Willows, and 2 Blue Fox Willows.
Then added 7 North West Poplar, 6 Prairie Sky Poplar, and 5 Assiniboine Poplar.

Now that should replace the seven year old destroyed and damaged trees, that the now deceased beaver, destroyed in just five days.

There is only one problem with having a beavers roaming the prairie streams now-a-days,
   --- Yep, nobody is making beaver skin hats anymore!

Tuesday
Jul222014

Busy Days

Yes, we have been busy for the past week. It's that time of year where we start cleaning out the Greenhouses.

Every building needs plant material residue removed, benches washed down, and all the growing greenhouse floors need a careful vacuum to remove any growing soil, weed and plant seed remaining.

Since we are sweating in the heat of the day, the dust and dry plant material clings to bare arms, bare necks and legs. It scratches, scrapes and pains, Yep, that then turns out to be pure,

   ---Hell in a handbag!