Lower Risk of Stroke and Dementia?  Coffee and tea are on the OK list.


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New research out this week suggests that a tea or coffee habit in your later years could help your brain stay in tip-top shape. The study found that healthy older adults in the UK who regularly drank coffee and/or tea were less likely to develop stroke and dementia over an 11-year period than those who drank neither. Though these findings can’t confirm a cause-and-effect link, they are the latest to indicate that these brewed drinks have some health benefits…

While tea has long been considered a healthy beverage, coffee has been more controversial. Lately, however, it’s become clear that coffee isn’t the devil’s drink and that it may even do some good. Recent studies have suggested that regular coffee consumption is linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, and early death in general…Other studies have found a relationship between tea and coffee consumption and lower stroke/dementia risk. But the authors say theirs is one of the first to account for those who regularly drink both tea and coffee, as opposed to one or the other.

“Our findings suggested that moderate consumption of coffee and tea separately or in combination were associated with lower risk of stroke and dementia,” they wrote.

A perfectly accurate description of part of the lifestyle in our household. We’ve examined the pros and cons enough times to feel secure in our decision to stick with regular consumption of both tea and coffee. No sugar added BTW.

Secret Google Warrants Placed Suspects in the Capitol Riot


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Court documents suggest the FBI has been using controversial geofence search warrants at a scale not publicly seen before, collecting account information and location data on hundreds of devices inside the US Capitol during a deadly invasion by a right-wing mob on January 6…

Geofence warrants are intended to locate anyone in a given area using digital services. Google has been the target for many geofence warrants because its location technologies, which leverage GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth signals to pinpoint a phone within a few yards, are powerful and widely used…

…WIRED has found 45 federal criminal cases that cite Google geolocation data to place suspects inside the US Capitol on January 6, including at least six where the identity of the suspect appears to have been unknown to the FBI prior to the geofence warrant. One of these involved a serving Chicago police officer.

But where a typical geofence fishing expedition might catch only one or two suspects, the January 6 investigation appears to have landed a netful. Court documents show that the initial Google geofence warrant included the US Capitol building and the stairs leading down to Capitol plaza. They also reveal that within days or weeks, the FBI had access to personal information about many of their owners, including at least the account name, email, and phone number.

None of the legal experts WIRED spoke with had heard of another case where the personal data for devices in a geofence warrant had been unmasked at this scale.

Fun article. For me, anyway. Anyone who has challenged any portion of American law enforcement should be aware that privacy no longer exists for someone confronting any part of our political system.

Whether fighting racism, confronting our military over any attempt to strengthen global peace, legitimate protests are meat and potatoes for the government gearheads snooping on your life. Been going on for decades. The chuckle here is keeping up with the latest tech. Seeing the rare use on rightwing targets.

And, of course, folks have always been aware of the role played by tech hipsters like GOOGLE who will kiss government butt at the slightest sniff of a chance at Uncle Sugar’s approval. Always time for a quid pro quo.