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There's an interesting implication in this article that isn't well-evolved, but (whether the authors like it or not) was exposed -- probably accidentally.

The bread arrived by UPS, heavy as flesh, wrapped in brown paper. Its springy crust belied a two-day journey from baker Avery Ruzickaat Manresa Bread in Los Gatos, Calif.

If shipping bread cross country seems like a wanton act of locavore disobedience, consider that I’m not talking about just any loaf. The one Ms. Ruzicka sent me was made using Oregon-grown Edison wheat berries, ground to flour shortly before being mixed with water, naturally fermented for 24 hours, then baked to tangy, tender goodness. This bread is imbued with all the nutritional virtues of the wheat kernel—perhaps the most misunderstood ingredient in modern America. Forget juicing. Forget bone broth. With bread like this, many chefs and bakers have come to believe, you can carbo-load your way to optimal health.

Weeeeelllllll.... don't bet on it.

But.... it is fair to believe that when you grind wheat and essentially use it immediately "as-ground", instead of separating it as is done for "modern flour", you don't have the same product.  You have part of the product but just like eating corn oil is eating part of corn, it is not the same.

There is a general belief that if food "A" is good to eat then anything made or extracted from "A" is also good to eat.

There is no evidence to support that position, incidentally -- just a naked belief that reaches the level of religion.

In fact, there's plenty of evidence that the opposite is true.

For instance, we know that linoleic acid, the primary component in most unsaturated oils (that is, vegetable oils), is essential in small amounts in the body but also increases insulin resistance (very bad) and fatty liver deposits (potentially catastrophically bad.)  Small amounts of linoleic acid are found in nearly all vegetables -- and in those amounts are healthy.  When concentrated in the form of vegetable oils, on the other hand, they are pretty-much the last thing you want to eat.

Is it fair to then say that wheat, as grown, ground and eaten whole, is perfectly fine while refined flour is not?

Not necessarily.  But this much is quite-clear: Taking wheat, grinding it and immediately using the whole is almost-certainly better than the modern alternative, and in modest amounts it probably moves the needle measurably from "bad" toward, but not to, "ok."

The article in question tries to equate this "movement" with roasting coffee near the point of use.  Eh, no.  As someone who roasts my own coffee I can quite-confidently tell you that whether you roast and grind coffee at home or buy it in a can there is nothing removed from the coffee in the can .vs. that in the roaster.  It's just ground up.

Now there is one material difference though -- and that is freshness.  Coffee is only good for about a week after being roasted and passably usable for two.  After that?  Forget it, unless you burn it while roasting it, which incidentally is why Starbucks does exactly that.  That hopper they have full of beans on top of their machine?  Yeah, try to run a distribution network where from roasting to final use in the cup you cannot exceed one week and let me know how much coffee you throw out as expired (or worse, use even though it tastes like crap.)   The reason is the oils in the beans, which start to go rancid once roasted -- just like nearly all vegetable oils.  By burning the beans you no longer have oil to worry about and it always tastes the same -- like crap.  Incidentally you can tell immediately if coffee beans are beyond their "use by" date, irrespective of burning them, by whether there's a decent layer of creama (not just a tiny little bit of it, but a solid quarter-inch or so) on the top of an espresso shot.  I've never gotten a decent amount of crema on any espresso shot bought in a Starbucks, and usually get none.  If you can see the coffee looking down into the cup on an espresso shot the beans used to pull that shot are too old and should be in the trash -- period.

Welcome to the McDonalds' model, gentlemen; the same burger anywhere, any time -- it's just not ever a good burger.

The idea of grinding wheat at point of use is something that is inherently impossible with modern food production, of course.  But you could try it on your own, in that if you have a Kitchenaid stand mixer the attachment to grind non-oily grains is about $150.  Whether it's worth it is another matter, never mind sourcing the grain to be ground.

Oh, and by the way, if you do try this you're going to find that what is called "bread" in today's parlance is not what you will be getting out of the oven when it's all said and done.

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The latest is a series of conspiracy nut garbage regarding the crash of an Egypt Air flight.

This is probably terrorism-related, but that's not yet proved.  The flight track shows violent maneuvers that no pilot would likely make on his own voluntarily even with a serious mechanical failure.  That in turn implies a complete loss of control right at the time of the first maneuver's initiation.

There are of course two reasonably-plausible reasons for such an event: A severe and unrecoverable mechanical failure of the aircraft, and a terrorist act that made impossible further controlled flight.

Which is the cause remains to be seen, but modern aircraft rarely suffer the former, especially when there is no known meteorological reason for trouble (e.g. flying through a storm.)

Those of you who argue that the plane was "stolen" and flown to Israel: Get off my lawn and out of my emailbox; you're a damned nut and I refuse to have anything to do with you.

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Oh, so it's just Facebook that blew Todd Starnes out (blackballing his page) due to posting conservative-themed messages.

And no, people should not accept Facebook's "olive branch".  That's crazy.

You see, Facebook is entitled to run its business how it wishes.

But we are entitled to blackball the company and its advertisers in an attempt to put both out of business in response. The premise that one ought to sleep with one's enemies is flawed; observe and collect intelligence, yes, act on it, yes, sleep with them, no because while asleep you will be stabbed in the back.

Dana, you're full of ****.

But then, today, as if the previous insult is not enough there's this.

That's Google's "doodle" for today.

Do you have any idea who that is?

That's Yuri Kochiyama, a Japanese-American.  It's apparently her 95th birthday.  Ok.

By the way, she's a black separatist -- even though she's not black.  That's right, she stands for blatant, in-you-face discrimination by black people against everyone who isn't black.

She has been influenced by (and met) Malcolm X.  Yes, that Malcolm X.  Oh, and she engaged in taking over the Statute of Liberty to demand the release of four extremists who opened fire in the US House of Representatives.  (Incidentally, Carter later pardoned them; you see, shooting at Congressmen is ok if you're a separatist, it appears.)

It's actually difficult to count the number of associates this woman has had through her life that have been convicted of doing something ridiculously evil and outrageous, whether it was shooting up the US House, trying to blow things up (more than one) or similar.  Never mind her open admiration for Osama Bin Laden expressed in an interview, complete with thanking him for attacking the United States.  Yes, that Bin Laden.

This is who Google lionized today.

Need I say more?

PS: Yes, the Facebook and Google "share" buttons are gone -- permanently.

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This headline is almost-certainly false.

Want to extend your cat’s nine lives? Stop feeding her human food and get her moving.

I don't know anyone who feeds their cat what we'd call "human food."

I know a lot of people (like damn near everyone) who feeds their cat packaged "cat food" sold in various places.  If you look at the labels on said catfood you will find that a huge majority of them contain a lot of various grain products, all of which are by definition high-glycemic.

They're used because they're cheap, incidentally.

How many carbs does the natural diet of a cat -- that is, a mouse or bird -- have?


Guess how many carbs a cat actually requires?  The same number you do -- zero.

However, cats are obligate carnivores because they cannot manufacture taurine, an essential amino acid, due to a defect in their genetic code (similar to our defect that prevents humans from manufacturing ascorbate.)  Without taurine an animal becomes sick and dies, and that essential amino acid is not found in vegetable matter -- only in animal flesh.  Therefore commercial cat foods, rather that simply including enough animal flesh to insure that sufficient taurine is present, add it as a supplement.

That's kind of the same thing you engage in when you eat a vitamin pill rather than simply eat foods that contain vitamins.

Unfortunately, just like humans, when cats eat a high-carbohydrate diet they naturally get fatter for the same reason you do -- insulin resistance, in other words metabolic syndrome.  This eventually leads to diabetes, exactly as it does with humans.  At the core of the obesity problem is that metabolic syndrome trashes the body's regulatory systems that control whether you (or your cat) are hungry, and thus how much you eat.

So kitty gets fat just like you get fat, and kitty becomes diabetic just like you do, both for the same basic reason: You are both eating processed and/or high-glycemic carbohydrate and neither you or kitty requires it.  In fact, it's bad for both of you!

Most people don't read the cat food label before buying the bag, and there are damn few choices that aren't grossly overloaded with carbohydrates compared against a cat's natural diet in the wild irrespective of how hard you try, considering that the number of carbs in the average mouse, kitty's natural diet, is indistinguishable from zero.

Maybe you could learn something from the horsecrap in that article -- both for the health of your kitty, and yourself.

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And it is why, if there is such a thing as a firm that recognizes that security is important, my phone will eventually ring or my email will eventually have someone serious pop up in it.

Cybersecurity researchers at the University of Michigan were able to hack into Samsung's SmartThings, a top-selling Internet of Things platform. In doing so, they were able to acquire the PIN code to a home's front door.

The University of Michigan team’s “lock-pick malware app" was one of four attacks conducted as part of an experiment. The work is believed to be the first platform-wide study of a real-world connected home system.

Oh, and if you think that such problems are immediately fixed...

The University of Michigan researchers revealed their findings to SmartThings in December 2015 and the company is working on fixes. The researchers re-checked a few weeks ago to see if a lock's PIN code could still be snooped and reprogrammed by a potential hacker, and it still could.

That would be a "no."

BTW, SmartThings is basically a Zwave hub (although it does other things too.) 

My software, HomeDaemon, has been pretty-much under continual attempted assault since I first put it online.  Of course being online is kinda necessary for me, since I'd like to be able to see the house from "elsewhere".  I am, of course, more than happy to outline exactly why and how HomeDaemon has been designed to be highly-resistant to such attempted hacks.

The best part is that this wee little $35 piece of hardware does a fine job of not only defending against such shenanigans but also continuing to operate normally while under said assault..... 

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