West Virginians Impacted By Toxic Chemicals


Just read this excellent story about Prenter Hollow West VA. It is very bleak and a shame that time and time again containment, and treatment at the source, using available technologies, of toxic run off is seen as a place to cut costs by companies so focused on the bottom line. Our politicians, if at a minimum are complacent, or at the worst accept funds by lobbyists for said companies, must be held accountable for failure to act on behalf of their constituents.

“Hollow, WV is a tight-knit community that has battled water and health problems for years.
With massive coal reserves acting as a natural charcoal filter, West Virginia used to be famous for its well and spring water.
“We had the best darn water in the world,” Prenter Hollow, W.V. resident Maria Lambert said when we visited her home in mid-January, “but that all changed, didn’t it?”
It took years for the Lamberts and their neighbors to accept that their water may have been contaminated by nearby mountaintop coal removal mining. Not only was mining taking away their charcoal filter, but it also threatened to contaminate their water supply with toxic chemicals.”

Read the full story By Robert Johnson from “Business Insider” at the source:



Italian Court Reinstates Guilty Verdict of Amanda Knox


After nearly 12 hours of deliberations Thursday, the court reinstated the guilty verdict first handed down against Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito in 2009.

FLORENCE, Italy — An appeals court in Florence on Thursday upheld the guilty verdict against U.S. student Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend for the 2007 murder of her British roommate. Knox was sentenced to 28 1/2 years in prison, raising the specter of a long legal battle over her extradition if the conviction is confirmed.

In a statement from Seattle, where she had awaited the verdict at her mother’s home, Knox said she was “frightened and saddened” by the decision. She said it was “unjust” and the result of an overzealous prosecution and narrow-minded investigation that worked to “pervert the court of justice.”

“This has gotten out of hand,” she said. “Having been found innocent before, I expected better from the Italian justice system.”

After nearly 12 hours of deliberations, the court reinstated the guilty verdicts first handed down against Knox and Sollecito in 2009 for the death of Meredith Kercher. Those verdicts had been overturned in 2011 and the pair freed from prison, but Italy’s supreme court vacated that decision and sent the case back for a third trial in Florence.


Official Release of BlackBerry OS 10.2.1


This release has many new features. Perhaps the most anticipated is the upgrade to the Android Run Time (ART) that will allow download Jelly Bean Apps straight to the phone, as on any Google smartphone. The improved ART provides a slicker Android experience than Google’s implementation.

Press Release


Waterloo, Ontario – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in mobile communications, today announced BlackBerry® 10 OS version 10.2.1, a new software update for BlackBerry 10 smartphones that lets you do more, more easily, and helps you be more productive and stay better connected.

BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 includes hundreds of new enhancements and refinements that will make the things you do every day faster and easier:

Customize Pinch Gesture to Filter BlackBerry® Hub – BlackBerry Hub lets you access all your messages and notifications in one place. A new feature lets you instantly filter the message list in the Hub. You can customize the Hub to show only Unread Messages, Flagged Messages, Draft Messages, Meeting Invites, Sent Messages or Level 1 Alerts. Once the filter criterion is set, you can simply activate it with a pinch gesture on the Hub’s message list.
Simplified Phone Experience – The phone includes a new incoming call screen that lets you swipe to the left to answer or swipe right to ignore a call. New intuitive icons allow you to instantly silence the call, or send a Reply Now response through BBM™, SMS or email that you can’t answer the phone right away. You can choose from a list of standard automated responses or respond with a personalized note.
SMS and Email Groups – You can now create SMS and email groups for more efficient broadcast communications.
Actionable Lock Screen Notifications – You can now “Tap to open” a message that appears on the lock screen, letting you respond to an important message much quicker or to check messages more discreetly.
Picture Password for Quick Unlocking – You can quickly unlock your phone using a combination of a picture and a number (0-9) of your choice, which you place at a particular point on the image. When you try to unlock the phone, the picture will appear along with a grid of random numbers. To unlock, simply drag the grid so the number you selected overlays the particular point on the image.
Customizable Quick Settings Menu – You can now customize what appears on the Settings menu, which includes features such as being able to quickly change the Brightness of the smartphone’s display, toggle various network connections, and access the built-in flashlight. The Settings menu also includes a toggle that lets you instantly switch between your Personal and Work perimeter.
Offline Browser Reading Mode – You can now save the current web page you’re on for later viewing, even if you are offline or without an Internet connection.
Preferred Contact Sync – You can now choose the sync source for your Contacts ensuring you always have the most up-to-date contact details. When adding a new contact you can designate which sources you want the contact info to sync with, such as the corporate address book, Gmail, Hotmail, etc.
Device and Battery Monitor – A new and improved device monitor provides you with essential details on battery usage, the impact of installed apps on battery life and memory usage and storage, as well as CPU stats.
Automatic Software Updates – OS updates can be set to happen automatically over a Wi-Fi® connection to help ensure you’re always benefiting from the latest and best possible customer experience.
Enterprise Features – When combined with BES10 version 10.2, enterprise customers will gain additional security features and IT policies for when more granular controls are required, such as for regulated industries and for organizations that work with sensitive data. For more information about BES10, please visit www.bes10.com.
FM Radio – If you have a BlackBerry® Z30, BlackBerry® Q10 or BlackBerry® Q5 smartphone, the new software update unlocks the built-in FM radio in those handsets. You can listen to local FM stations, which does not require any network connection.  
Subject to carrier approvals, BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1 will be available to customers around the world, rolling out starting today in the U.S., Europe, Canada, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America, and will be available for the entire line of smartphones running BlackBerry 10 (including the Porsche Design P’9982).


Day 5, January 19, 2014, of Wellness Month


Exercise Variable: No exercise.

Diet Variable

Breakfast: Oat meal, 360 Calor with 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup milk for 40 Calories, 1/3 cup coffee for 5 cal and 1/8 cup of maple syrup for 105 Calories = 510 Calories

Lunch: pressed chicken panino sandwich with sun dried tomatoes in olive oil. 360 Calories.


Dinner: chicken salad burrito  240 Calories for 1 cup chicken salad and 190 Calories for burrito shell for 440 Calories.

Snack: 1 Cookie for 70 Calories
Total Calories: 1380

Day 4, January 18, 2014, of Wellness Month


Exercise Variable: Day Off From Exercise

Diet Variable

Scrambled eggs with spinach and onions
Wrapped in burrito wrap

2 eggs, 200 calories 1 cup spinach, 7 calories,  1 small onion, 30 calories, 1/3 cup milk, 33.33 calories

270 calories total + 190 Calories for the wrap

3 mugs of coffee for about 30 Calories


300 Calories Breakfast Total

Lunch: Jasmine Rice with Vegetables

1.5 cups at 500 Calories


Dinner: one chicken breast  for 142 Calories


Popcorn chips for 260 Calories

Total Calories: 1392

BlackBerry Rising


BBRY briefly rose above $10 in U.S. trading today, the highest price since last September, when it became clear that few consumers were buying the company’s new line of Z10 and Q10 phones. The shares recently were trading at $9.80, up 7.9%. Positive Pentagon news;the U.S. Department of Defense announced that it would permit 80,000 of the company’s devices on its net: