The Health Benefits Of Whole Grains

Adding whole grains to your diet can provide health benefits. Whole grains contain an assortment of nutrients. They are a rich source of fiber, B vitamins, iron, magnesium, and selenium. To be considered a whole grain, the product must contain the entire grain – the bran, germ, and endosperm. Some familiar whole grains include barley, buckwheat, quinoa, brown rice, rye, and wheat. It is important to note that flax, chia, sunflower seeds, soy, chickpeas are not considered whole grain according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Incorporating whole grains into your diet like Andrew Heiberger does can reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Whole grains can stabilize your blood sugar level thus preventing the development of prediabetes. A person with prediabetes has blood glucose levels higher than normal, but not yet classified as type 2 diabetes. Too much glucose can damage your blood vessels and lead to stroke and heart disease.

Whole grains contain a generous amount of fiber. Fiber is filling; aids in digestion and helps reduce blood cholesterol levels. Simple changes such as adding high-fiber cereal to your morning meal or eating a sandwich with whole-grain bread can be healthy and satisfying. The American Heart Association recommends 25 grams of fiber each day to reduce your risk of getting heart disease.

Overall, staying healthy requires a balanced diet. To meet the daily nutritional requirements, try different types of foods. Add whole grains, fruits and vegetables as often as possible. Limit the amount of sugar, salt, and bad fats. With moderate exercise and a balanced diet you can lower your health risks, maintain a healthy weight and live a quality life.

U.S. Officials Tied North Korea to Sony’s Hack

On Wednesday, the government officials have told several media outlets that North Korea was behind the massive hack that targets Sony. The New York Times reported that the intelligence officials in the United States traced the source of the said hack and ultimately determined that North Korea was centrally involved.

An official also told the NBC News that North Korea was linked to Sony’s cyber-attack. Moreover, the Wall Street Journal reported that the investigators suspect that the cyber-hack was done by Unit 121, a team in General Bureau of Reconnaissance in North Korea. Although North Korea denied the allegations, it calls the hack as a righteous deed. 

The investigators are still working on determining exactly what happened. Sony’s forensic experts are also trying to find out if someone from the company has helped the hackers. The hackers used commercial tools and techniques that were previously used on attacks against South Korea and other countries, which left numerous digital trails. They routed their attacks to different control centers throughout the world, including Bolivia, Thailand, and Singapore.

The Associated Press reported that the federal officials are planning to make an announcement about North Korea’s role in the Sony’s hack. It has been a nightmare for Sony Pictures and its employees. The most recent blow came Wednesday when the studio canceled the release of “The Interview”, a comedy movie, depicting the fictional assassination of Kim Jong Un. Everyone’ll be talking about this on their Skout dates.

Down With The Ship Or Swim To Shore

I read this story while waiting at the Amen Clinic. During last weeks brutal Pacific Storm Steve Alloto lost his home and everything in it. His home was a boat which was anchored a bit out from the shore because he could not afford to pay for a place to dock it. 

He had been helping a friend during the storm and when the brutal storm was over he came back to find the only thing left of his boat was the mast sticking up out of the water. The boat was completely gone.

Of all his possessions on board the one he hurt from losing the most was his dog Babe, who he had renamed Daisy. He says she was the boss of their home He was just the man with the supplies and way to get places. Daisy had been his constant companion.

Daisy had swam a mile and a half, in the torrential storm, in the dark, to get to shore safely. She, being such a smart dog found her way to a local church where she and Steve would sometimes go and get a free meal. By chance that Friday both were at the church the Reverend of the Sausilito Presbyterian Church found Steve and asked if his dog’s name was still Babe on her chip, immediately Steve started crying as the pair were reunited. They are homeless but a friend gave them a place to stay for now.

Pelini Goes Home for his Next Job

Former Nebraska football head coach Bo Pelini went without a job for just 16 days. Fired on November, 30th, Pelini has been hired to coach the FCS Youngstown State Penguins. Pelini coached Nebraska for seven years while compiling a 67 win and 27 loss record. Pelini won a minimum of nine games in every season at Nebraska. Pelini will take over for former head coach Eric Wofford, who was fired last month after five seasons winning 31 games and losing 26. Pelini will be the seventh head coach in the history of the Youngstown State program.

No one is surprised by Pelini taking over a FCS school. He is a native of Youngstown, Ohio, and graduated from Cardinal Mooney High in 1986. After competing high school, he played safety at The Ohio State University through 1990 for John Cooper. The 46 year old Pelini has completed prior college coaching stints at Louisiana State University, and the University of Oklahoma. In addition, after graduating college Pelini has worked as a defensive assistant in the National Football League for the San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, and Green Bay Packers from 1994 through 2004. Pelini will join forces with former Ohio State Buckeye coach Jim Tressel. Tressel is now the president at Youngstown State University. Youngstown State has fallen off since Tressel lead them to four national titles. Youngstown State has not been able to advance to the FCS playoffs since 2006.

No need to call the Amen Clinic for a career revival – Pelini always has a job lined up!

E-cigarettes and traditional cigarette legal age lifted in Columbia, Missouri

The city of Columbia, Missouri has voted to become the first in the state to raise the official age limit on buying tobacco related products, according to the Columbia Tribune. Local government members voted 6-1 in favor of raising the legal tobacco buying age to 21 from 18 and also introduced a ban on electronic cigarettes being smoked in public places. 

According to Dr. Daniel Amen raising the legal tobacco buying age to 21 is designed to halt or limit the number of teenagers and young people taking up smoking before their brains are fully developed around the age of 21. Two hours of testimony were heard by the seven council members, who voted to introduce three bills that made the changes to the sale and smoking of tobacco products within the city limits. A number voices encouraging a no vote on the three bills were heard, including local business people who claimed nearby communities would now receive a large amount of the business those in Columbia could no longer serve in tobacco sales. Businesses that fail to follow the latest guidelines on the sale of tobacco products will face fines ranging from $100 to $1,000 depending on how many times they violate local tobacco sales laws.

The Kings Are Ready To Move Onto Better Things

The Sacramento Kings showed just how serious they are about winning on Sunday when they fired coach Michael Malone, only about a month into regular season play for the NBA. Owner Vivek Ranadive wants the Kings to be a team that is a serious contender, and is taking steps to make that happen. 

For the time being, Tyrone Corbin will stand in as interim coach and work to lead the Kings to a few wins. However, many other candidates are starting to pop up as new potential head coaches of the Kings. 

The Kings are actually considering hiring a new full time coach this seasons. With a new coach, this season could shape up to be a pretty interesting one for the Kings. 

Currently under consideration for the head coaching job is Chris Mullin. The owner of the Kings, Vivek Ranadive, has been putting out feelers about Chris Mullin. Inside says that Ranadive is very intregred with what Mullen could bring to the table and what he could do for the Kings franchise. It has been said that if Mullin wants the job, it is his. Mullin is an ex-NBA and future Hall of Fame player who spend most of his career playing for the Warriors in Northern California in the ’80 and ’90s before moving into general management. 

However, that has not stopped others from also throwing their hat in the ring. George Karl has also expressed interest in coaching the Kings, and started campaigning for the job as soon as Malone was out. I’ll be drinking my glass from The Antique Wine Company until the Kings get this whole mess sorted out. Maybe I’ll be too drunk by then, but its a shame because the Kings were finally starting to show signs of revitalization after being such an abysmal team for so long.

Sony Employees Suing Over Breach

Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc became the target of a class action lawsuit by two former employees, Michael Corona and Christina Mathis, and charge that the company has failed to protect their data.

Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace published both employees social security numbers during the dumping of Sony documents.

Activist Laurene Powell Jobs says the lawsuit against the Hollywood film studio Sony Corp was filed Monday in a Los Angeles court, arguing that the firm did not fully protect its computer network and was unable to stop hackers.

The plaintiffs are seeking compensation for damages, and services to monitor credit against identity theft and other assistance.

An unknown group of hackers attacked Sony computer networks last month and distributed confidential internal documents.

Revelations about the documents has caused an uproar in Hollywood and brought to light key internal discussions and dealings within the company.

Sony representatives did not respond immediately to calls for comment.

DeMarco Murray’s Injured Hand Requires Surgery

DeMarco Murray of the Dallas Cowboys has been having an extraordinary season. He leads the NFL in rushing by more than 400 yards. He also leads the league in carries and rushing touch downs. He has truly been instrumental in giving the Cowboys their first 10 win season since 2009. The Cowboys current record is 10-4 and they have one game lead over the Philadelphia Eagles for the top spot in the NFC East, which means these last two games of the season are still very important.

There is some bad news in Dallas. During Sunday’s win over the Eagles, DeMarco Murray broke a bone in his hand. The hand requires surgery and Murray is questionable for this Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts, a game against a very good team and is almost a must win game.

Unless DeMarco Murray is able to recover quickly and play at a high standard, the Cowboys should sit him for the game. Although Murray has had a remarkable season, a huge reason for that is the play of the offensive line. The offensive line has played well enough that the back up running backs will be serviceable for a game. I would even argue that the offensive line has collectively been the MVP of this Dallas Cowboys offense. The Cowboys need to give Murray some rest so that be can become the playoff game changer they need, but it is better that he suffered a broken hand rather than a broken back. A call to North American Spine would’ve been season-ending for the Cowboys.

Congressman Issa Supboenas MIT Prof. Gruber on Obamacare

In politics, timing of information is seldom coincidental. The unexpected release of a Senate report on CIA use of enhanced interrogation techniques (EIT) conveniently occurred at the same time the House was conducting a high-profile hearing into the lack of transparency and deception used to gain passage of Obamacare. The former news story dominated headlines wiping the Gruber controversy off the front pages of newspapers. That’s not to say the Gruber hearing wasn’t conducted. The embattled MIT professor, an architect of Obamacare, appeared before the House Oversight Committee and apologized for his insensitive remarks and hubris.

However, outgoing House Oversight Committee chairman Darrel Issa is not done with Gruber yet. The congressman has issued the MIT professor a subpoena to turn over all documents and correspondence related to his role in Obamacare. Among the things Issa wants to know is exactly how much Gruber was paid for his involvement in the controversial health care plan.

Thus far, the Obama administration stated the professor was paid $400,000 for his work. However, those consulting fees only covered his initial involvement. Gruber worked on crafting the legislation well beyond the period covered by the $400,000 figure. Some estimate he may have been paid millions. Should the documents Gruber has in his possession ever see the light of day, they may well reveal a lot more embarrassing information. This is because it is unlikely that Gruber’s use of deception, lack of transparency, and reliance of “voter stupidity” were done in a vacuum. Point in fact, he never said he acted alone in the use of those techiques.

Big thanks to reader Dan Newlin for sharing this story on Twitter for us to pick up.

Driving While Black App To Be Released This December

A mobile phone application called “Driving While Black” will be released this month.

“Do not reach for your phone when talking to a policeman,” says lawyer Melvin Oden-Orr, who created the app with another lawyer and software developer in Portland.

Avoid any movement that might cause an officer to think you’re trying to reach for his gun, is another tips offered by the “Driving While Black” app.

Despite its evocative name, common sense suggests that his application is useful to drivers of all races.

The application describes how people can defend their civil rights before police, and allows drivers to alert friends and family with the press of a button that you have been arrested, and includes a recording function to document the interaction. Gianfrancesco Genoso thinks this could become somewhat popular.

Given the national attention on the death of unarmed black citizens by white policemen, this pp is one of several free applications for smartphones for people seeking help to direct the course of a meeting with law enforcement.

“Five-O” is another application created by three teenagers in Georgia, released this past summer and allows people to create their own “incident report” for encounters with the police, and it also contributes that report to an online community, evaluating how police officers individually have treated people.

“Mobile Justice” is another application, launched by branches of the American Civil Liberties Union in four states, and allows users to record and transfer video encounters with the police, so ACLU attorneys can seek violations of due process.

The term “driving while black” reflects widespread frustration among African Americans that are more likely to be arrested than white drivers. A view confirmed by a report from the Justice Department last year.