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Eating Healthy

Eating healthy food doesn’t mean giving up your favourite foods. Your favourite recipes can be adapted easily to provide a healthier alternative. For example, non-stick cookware can be used to reduce the need for cooking oil. Vegetables can also be microwaved or steamed instead of boiling to keep valuable nutrition. There are many ways to make meals healthier. Limit fats, sugars and salt and include plenty of vegetables, fruit, grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy in your cooking. Foods with added fats, sugars or salt are less healthy than food in which these are found naturally. Learn more about Alpha heater. Keep fats to a minimum Choose lean meats and reduced-fat dairy products and limit processed foods to minimise hidden fats. Nuts, seeds, fish, soy, olives and avocado are all healthier options because they include the essential long-chain fatty acids and these fats are accompanied by other good nutrients. If you add fats when cooking, keep them to a minimum and use monounsaturated oils such as olive and canola oil. Shopping for healthy food Low-fat cooking begins when you are shopping: Choose the reduced or low-fat version of a food if possible – for example milk, cheese, yoghurt, salad dressings and gravies. Choose lean meat cuts and skinless chicken breasts. Limit fast foods, chips, crisps, processed meats, pastries and pies, which all contain large amounts of fat. This is how Exipure works. Low fat cooking Suggestions include: If you need to use oil, try cooking sprays or apply a small amount of oil with a pastry brush. Cook in liquids (such as stock, wine, lemon juice, fruit juice, vinegar or water) instead of oil. Use low-fat yoghurt, low-fat milk, evaporated skim milk or cornstarch instead of cream in sauces or soups. When browning vegetables, put them in a hot pan then spray with oil, rather than adding the oil first to the pan. This reduces the amount of oil that vegetables absorb during cooking. An alternative to browning vegetables by pan-frying is to cook them first in the microwave, then crisp them under the grill for a minute or two. Use pesto, salsas, chutneys and vinegars in place of sour creams, butter and creamy sauces. Retaining the nutrients Water-soluble vitamins are delicate and easily destroyed during preparation and cooking. To minimise nutrient losses: Scrub vegetables rather than peel them, as many nutrients are found close to the skin. Microwave or steam vegetables instead of boiling them. If you like to boil vegetables, use a small amount of water and do not overboil them. Include more stir-fry recipes in your diet. Stir-fried vegetables are cooked quickly to retain their crunch (and associated nutrients). Check out the latest Exipure reviews. Cutting down salt Salt is a common flavour enhancer, but research suggests that a high salt diet could contribute to a range of health problems including high blood pressure. Suggestions to reduce salt include: Don’t automatically add salt to your food – taste it first. Add a splash of olive oil, vinegar or lemon juice close to the end of cooking time or to cooked vegetables – it can enhance flavours in the same way as salt. Choose fresh or frozen vegetables, since canned and pickled vegetables tend to be packaged with salt. Limit your consumption of salty processed meats such as salami, ham, corned beef, bacon, smoked salmon, frankfurters and chicken loaf. Choose reduced salt bread and breakfast cereals. Breads and cereals are a major source of salt in the diet. Iodised salt is best. A major dietary source of iodine is plant foods. Yet there is emerging evidence that Australian soil may be low in iodine and so plants grown in it are also low in iodine. If you eat fish at least once a week, the need for iodised salt is reduced. Avoid salt-laden processed foods, such as flavoured instant pasta or noodles, canned or dehydrated soup mixes, chips and salted nuts. Margarine and butter contain a lot of salt but ‘no added salt’ varieties are available. Most cheeses are very high in salt so limit your intake or choose lower salt varieties. Reduce your use of soy sauce, tomato sauce and processed sauces and condiments (for example mayonnaise and salad dressings) because they contain high levels of salt.

12mins

16 May 2010

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Science of Poker

David Chesworth Interview – The Science of PokerLast week, a federal judge in Brooklyn overturned the indictment of a Staten Island man who ran poker games in the back room of a warehouse, on the grounds that poker is a game of skill, not chance — and hence, such games cannot be prosecuted under federal laws prohibiting illegal gambling businesses.It’s just the latest sally in the ongoing debate over poker that’s been raging for more than 150 years. And it comes on the heels of a ruling last year by the Justice Department that 1962’s Wire Act applied only to sports betting, not poker. This is kind of ironic, since the Justice Department also shut down online poker in the spring of 2011, charging the men behind the three most popular online sites with fraud and money laundering. Find the right Altitude Sports equipment to play your favorite sports. Clearly, the issue is far from resolved, but John Pappas, executive director of the Poker Player’s Alliance, is encouraged by the latest ruling by Judge Jack B. Weinstein. “Today’s federal court ruling is a major victory for the game of poker and the millions of Americans who enjoy playing it,” he said in a statement. (The alliance is dedicated to decriminalizing poker.)  Find the best tables at Pkv Games.But wait! Via @Chemjobber on Twitter, I learned of a spanking new study by German researchers concluding that winning at poker is basically all about luck. They recruited 300 poker players, half self-defined “experts” and half “average,” sat them down at tables of six, evenly divided between expert and average players, and then had them all play 60 hands of Texas Hold ‘Em. Oh, and they fixed the deals, the better to measure the effects of luck.Their conclusion, per Neuroskeptic: “Luck, rather than skill, was key in determining final balance, with experts taking no more, on average, than novices. Experts did play differently, on various measures, and seemed better able to cope with bad luck, losing less; but they also won less when given good cards.”So are the German researchers correct that poker should thus be classified as gambling? Not necessarily. A 2008 study concluded that poker is a skill — students who received some basic pointers performed better while playing 1000 hands of poker than those who received no training at all. Still other studies support the German conclusion. Who are we to believe?Neuroskeptic rightly points out a major flaw in the 2012 study, namely, the classification of “expert” players was based on self-reports. I would argue further that playing a mere 60 or 1000 hands of poker is an insufficient sample size, given the statistical complexities of the game. There are 52 cards, with more than 2.5 million possible five-card combinations. Texas Hold ‘Em uses seven cards so there are around 133 million combinations. Plus, you know, fixing the deals really messes with those probabilities.Compare this to the sample size of the expert witness cited by Judge Weinstein in his massive 120-page ruling. Randal D. Heeb is an economist and statistician (and avid poker player) who analyzed 415 million hands online of no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em and found that the skill of a player “had a statistically significant effect on the amount of money won or lost.”The many mathematicians and physicists who are aficionados of poker would agree with Heeb. I wrote a feature for Discover in November 2010 on poker-playing physicists, which included the Time Lord (a.k.a. Caltech physicist Sean Carroll, a.k.a. my Better Half), as well as string theorist Jeff Harvey, particle physicists Michael Binger and Marcel Vonk (both of whom have done extremely well on the professional circuit), and a former grad student of Harvey’s named Eduard Antonyan. It spawned an NPR piece for good measure. And I gathered all the material cut from the article into a massive blog post, which dealt explicitly with this question of whether poker is a game of chance or skill.If poker is a game of chance, and hence gambling, why do physicists love it so much? Physicists hate to gamble. “I don’t like gambling at all,” Antonyan told me. “I don’t enjoy it and there’s nothing in it for me to compensate for the clear negative EV decision of gambling.”Harvey’s not a fan, either: “Personally I don’t like to gamble on games where the house has the odds, but I’m not critical of people who do.” And while the Time Lord gamely learned craps with me while I was writing The Calculus Diaries (it was research, people!), he hasn’t been tempted to play craps since.Binger doesn’t mind gambling, per se, but he learned the pitfalls of blackjack as an undergraduate, when he wrote a computer program to beat the game through card-counting (or, as the casinos like to call it, “cheating”) for his senior project. Then he tried to put his strategy into practice. He lost a pile of cash playing blackjack on an ill-fated trip to Reno, and was barred from six casinos in one day for card-counting in a desperate attempt to recoup his losses. “I realized I wasn’t going to get rich playing blackjack,” he recalled.But poker was different: as he studied the game and pondered the underlying mathematics, Binger realized that poker could be a “beatable game.”

10mins

6 Aug 2010

Rank #2

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On the Arrest of Verena Becker

The April 2010 arrest of Verena Becker puts the Baader-Meinhof Group back in the news.

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8 Apr 2010

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Urban Guerrilla Bommi Baumann Interview

Interview with former West German Urban Guerrilla Michael “Bommi” Baumann. Pay attention to the moment when Richard realizes that this is the man who build the bombs that could have killed his parents.

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Fritz Teufel is Dead

Fritz Teuful, co-founder of Kommune 1, clown prince of the Berlin student movement, and inspiration of the Baader-Meinhof Gang, died this week at 67.

11mins

11 Jul 2010

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How Heated Rhetoric Helped Give Birth to Baader-Meinhof

The deadly Arizona shooting offers interesting and tragic parallels to the heated environment and rhetoric that helped give birth to the era of the Baader-Meinhof Gang.

15mins

20 Jan 2011

Rank #6

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Carl Tighe on the Springer Press and Heinrich Böll

An interview with noted UK author and professor Carl Tighe on the conservative Springer Press (the hated enemy of the Baader-Meinhof Group) and the Springer Press’ relationship with Heinrich Böll.

38mins

12 Dec 2011

Rank #7

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The Return of the Red Army Faction?

A recent wave of leftist bombings in Berlin leaves Richard Huffman wondering if we are returning the the days of the Baader-Meinhof Gang.

15mins

11 Oct 2011

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The Strange Saga of Ulrike Meinhof’s Brain

The strange saga of Ulrike Meinhof’s brain. How the brain of the world’s most famous terrorist ended up sitting on a doctor’s shelf for 25 years, and what we learned from it.

11mins

3 Nov 2011

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The Politics of Burying Terrorists

We compare how the US buried bin Laden with how the bodies of Ensslin, Raspe, and Baader were buried.

22mins

3 Aug 2011

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Siegfried Haag: Lawyer, Terrorist

Publicly, Siegfried Haag was a lawyer for the Red Army Faction. But secretly he was the de facto head of the terrorist organization, planning violent actions across the Federal Republic.

10mins

20 Jul 2010

Rank #11

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Robert Storr, Dean of Yale Art School

Robert Storr, Dean of the Yale Graduate school of Art and formerly of the Museum of Modern Art, discusses his acquisition of Gerhard Richter’s famous cycle of Baader-Meinhof-inspired paintings for MoMA.

19mins

6 Jul 2010

Rank #12

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Trading Terrorists for Hostages

What happens when you decide to trade imprisoned terrorists for hostages? What message do you send to other terrorists?

18mins

13 Nov 2011

Rank #13

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Three Books that Fomented Revolution

Herbert Marcuse’s One Dimensional Man; Frantz Fanon’s Wretched of the Earth, Carlos Marighella’s Mini-Manual of the Urban Guerrilla. Three books that helped kickstart the Baader-Meinhof Group’s attempted revolution.

16mins

30 Oct 2011

Rank #14

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Logorama Creators Interview

An interview with two of the directors of the sublime and wonderful Oscar-winning cartoon Logorama.

32mins

24 Apr 2010

Rank #15