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The Lounge geoengineering to reverse climate change Jul 14 2014
16:18 (UTC)
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Original Post by dnrothx:

Original Post by lysistrata:

Columbia River salmon have been having record runs the last few years.  Ocean conditions seem to have a lot to do with strengthening populations. 

It's nice that a recovery is being made, but I doubt the diversity of species or even overall quantity from before the dams will ever be achieved again.  They're happy with numbers in hundred thousands this year, which they should be, but salmon in the Columbia used to number in the millions.

Hundreds of thousands are just the coho and the sockeye stocks.  1.2 million fall chinook came upstream last year.  Wild stocks are just a fraction of that though.

I think flooding Celilo Falls was a worse travesty.

Fitness July 2014 Fitness Group -- All Are Welcome! Jul 14 2014
15:35 (UTC)
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Original Post by metabolicmom:

Lys- do you ever do sprints? Sprints are great to not only build power, endurance and speed but melt fat.

Yes, that's my speed work.  I haven't done a lot of it recently since I've been focused on building up the mileage base but I definitely need to get a couple speed workouts a week in there.  In the fall there's this awesome hill that gets opened up for hunting and it makes a great place to go run hill repeats.  :)

The Lounge geoengineering to reverse climate change Jul 14 2014
15:32 (UTC)
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Columbia River salmon have been having record runs the last few years.  Ocean conditions seem to have a lot to do with strengthening populations. 

The Lounge geoengineering to reverse climate change Jul 14 2014
14:59 (UTC)
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I love Cadillac Desert! One of my favorite books ever. That picture of the Mandan chief signing the dam agreement still makes me tear up.
The Lounge geoengineering to reverse climate change Jul 14 2014
14:17 (UTC)
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Original Post by watergirl:

WIND energy is growing like crazy in Texas. Currently, wind energy supplies nearly 10% of our power grid.

There are areas out in west Texas where there are literally seas of turbines, and I think they are beautiful. Surreal and lovely.

 

We've got it all over up here and it's fairly controversial.  There was a big fiasco a few years back when Kittitas County voted down a new wind farm that would be placed square in the middle of the amazing viewshed of the Stuart range.  The governor came in and vetoed the veto, so now there's a wind farm there.  The wind farm companies also try to keep their leases secret, but I've seen them and they're written so that the company has no clean up liability once the windmills are taken offline; they're the landowner's problem.  Lastly, we're the land of cheap hydro power up here and the wind utilities have gotten litigious with the dam operators over high-wind / high-water events.  Since everybody gets to sell their power onto the grid, the wind utilities have been able to force the dam operators to spill water to accommodate the wind power, which is a lot more expensive for the end user but allows the (usually foreign) wind utilities to harvest their clean energy tax credits.

Fitness July 2014 Fitness Group -- All Are Welcome! Jul 14 2014
14:01 (UTC)
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Back to it!  Camping this weekend was super fun.  There was no working out, but there was lots of walking and a few nice big deadfall trees in the creek that begged me to come do pushups on them, so I did.  Overall it was very restful, enough to make my run this morning a tempo run, so I did that too.  The scale is way up though!!  I don't know what gives. 

Miles:  27/60

Speed:  1/4

Weights:  3/6

The Lounge Struggling with belief in any higher deity(ies) Jul 13 2014
20:19 (UTC)
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Empty is totally ok and probably the most "right."

Fitness July 2014 Fitness Group -- All Are Welcome! Jul 11 2014
14:27 (UTC)
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Crazi - I had a stubborn mental block against doing incline push ups so after I did all I could do with good form (that would be 2) I did the rest negatives.  I already know I need to get over myself and do the inclines.  ;)

Today was probably peak bug.  I also didn't really feel like doing my run, but I pushed through it to get it in the books.  We're camping this weekend and apart from some hiking, there probably won't be much in the way of working out.  What do y'all have on tap this weekend?

Miles:  24/60

Speed:  1/4

Weights:  3/6

Fitness July 2014 Fitness Group -- All Are Welcome! Jul 11 2014
04:01 (UTC)
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Well I did the first Phase I workout.  My side planks were pretty rough and my pushups are sad, but I did ok with the rest.  We all gotta start somewhere, right?

Miles:  21/60

Speed:  1/4

Weights:  3/6

The Lounge interesting weather in your area? Jul 10 2014
21:50 (UTC)
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Just hot here.  We had some thunderstorms last week, but all of that's pretty well within the range of normal here.

The Lounge Situation at the border Jul 10 2014
19:39 (UTC)
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Original Post by amethystgirl:

Original Post by amwick:

Original Post by nomoreexcuses:

Most of those children are going to be sent back.

Some children have probably died en route.

I have heard this too but (This may be a simple minded question), but how do officials know where each child came from, without any documentation... They would be depending on what each child claimed??

I have considered linguistic experts...but really, how would anyone know for sure??

One report I heard talked about the wide range of languages that these children speak - many don't speak Spanish (as one might assume) but a much more local language.

I think a lot of people don't know that Spanish is not the dominant language in a lot of the rural areas of Central and South America; there are still a lot of indigenous people who speak indigenous languages.  I had to try to find a court-certified Mixtec interpreter once ... that wasn't easy.

Fitness Heart Rate: Anaerobic Rate (170) on a long run?? Jul 10 2014
13:57 (UTC)
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It's called cardiac creep.  Totally normal over a long distance.

Fitness July 2014 Fitness Group -- All Are Welcome! Jul 10 2014
13:52 (UTC)
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Very relaxing run this morning.  Still buggy but I kept it mellow so I didn't get too sticky.  Gotta pack for camping tonight but I'm gonna try to squeeze in one of the abs workouts to see how it goes.

Miles:  21/60

Speed:  1/4

Weights:  2/6

Foods Beans = carbs? Jul 09 2014
23:42 (UTC)
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Yes, there are carbohydrates in beans.  They are treated as a substitute for meat because they have a higher protein content than many fruits, vegetables and grains.  They also have a lot of fiber, which means that the net carbs available for digestion are considerably lower than the total carbs.

Beans are extremely healthy and I can't imagine why you wouldn't include them in your diet, but if you intend to strictly adhere to a very high protein-low carbohydrate diet, it's likely going to be very difficult to do that without eating mostly animal products.  (Nuts have carbs too, just not as high a proportion.)

The Lounge What have you done for the environment lately? Jul 09 2014
18:54 (UTC)
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Original Post by catwalker:

Original Post by lysistrata:

Original Post by catwalker:

Regarding dog parks.

Concentrating that much dog poo in one area on a consistent basis means more bacteria and parasites as well as nutrient runoff, are concentrated in one area. So much more would get into ground water/surface water much more quickly. You'd be much more likely to have a contamination event in that area than separate back yards.

One of the things I read was about a dog park that was near a beach. They estimated that 20,000 dogs went to that park on a weekly basis.

 

Dog beach, San Diego, by any chance?

The dogs have lots of fun there but I always kinda figured it was parvo heaven.

Yes. Interesting article. Then I saw one about a dog park that wanted to be built near the Niagra river. They had to do environmental studies to see how that would affect the river.

The mouth of the San Diego river at dog beach is already heavily contaminated and gets closed often during storm events.  I guess they figured a few additional parasites couldn't hurt anything any worse.

The Lounge What have you done for the environment lately? Jul 09 2014
18:18 (UTC)
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Original Post by catwalker:

Regarding dog parks.

Concentrating that much dog poo in one area on a consistent basis means more bacteria and parasites as well as nutrient runoff, are concentrated in one area. So much more would get into ground water/surface water much more quickly. You'd be much more likely to have a contamination event in that area than separate back yards.

One of the things I read was about a dog park that was near a beach. They estimated that 20,000 dogs went to that park on a weekly basis.

 

Dog beach, San Diego, by any chance?

The dogs have lots of fun there but I always kinda figured it was parvo heaven.

The Lounge What have you done for the environment lately? Jul 09 2014
18:14 (UTC)
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Personally, I have more faith in the hydrologic cycle and in our ability to develop constantly new and neater filtration/capture/desalinization strategies than in the rapid evolution of phthalate-eating bacteria, although that's looking pretty good too.

The Lounge Food Addiction? Jul 09 2014
17:56 (UTC)
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Original Post by restless_marmot:   I still don't think that "food addiction" exists. 

There is some evidence for food addiction, particularly sugar.  Likely it would be pretty rare, but the indication is that certain eating behaviors can, in some people, cause the same kind of dopamine suppression -> dependence that drugs like cocaine can cause.  Sort of like how most of us can drink alcohol on occasion without it becoming a problem, but some people will develop dependency that is both biological and behavioral.

Fitness July 2014 Fitness Group -- All Are Welcome! Jul 09 2014
15:43 (UTC)
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From the exercises I've read about so far (I'm only starting Chapter 7), I'll need the swiss ball to do progressions and the exercise bands to do pull across thingies.  There don't seem to be good alternatives for those.  Kettleballs I'll replace with plates or dumbbells.  I don't have a weight bench but I have a wooden bench that should work to get the feet elevated.  And an old milk crate will be my box.  :)

The Lounge What have you done for the environment lately? Jul 09 2014
15:30 (UTC)
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Original Post by liseey02:

Original Post by catwalker:

I don't even pick up my own dog's poop, let alone someone else's. But my dog only poops on my grass, she's too old to take for a walk. We just mow over it.

If she does happen to be out front and poops on the neighbor's grass I will go pick that up.

I have been told that leaving dog poop on the ground contributes to pollution of ground water so I pick up after mine. I don't really understand the reasoning but apparently it's true.

I pick up after mine, and a lot of other peoples', mainly because it's gross.  Who lets their dog **** in the middle of a hiking trail where people can step on it and doesn't pick it up??  Lots of people, apparently.

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