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Kim Kardashian Shares Photo Of The ‘Triplets’ And Some Want Rob’s Daughter Dream To Join Them


Kim Kardashian wants you to meet the triplets. These adorable babies — Chicago West, Stormi Webster, and True Thompson — will grow up to be best friends and almost sisters because they were born days apart.

Kim was on Instagram on Friday where she posted a sweet picture of all three baby cousins sitting on a white carpet and staring at something.

The 37-year-old reality TV star and wife of Kanye West captioned the photo: “The Triplets.”

Chicago, who is seven months old, looked cute in a black T-shirt while holding on tightly to a pink My Little Pony stuffed animal and it seems that she is not ready to share it.

Tristan Thompson and Khloe Kardashian’s baby girl is the youngest. True, who is five months old, donned a little dress and she using a booster chair to learn to seat by herself.

Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner’s seven-month-old Stormi Webster decided to be woke and wore Nike sneakers.

Travis is a conscious rapper, so maybe he and baby Stormi are backing Nike’s Colin Kaepernick advertisement.

Fans love the photo and are asking for a photo that also features Rob’s little girl, Dream, whom he shares with Blac Chyna.

One fan said: “What a gorgeous baby @khloekardashian!!!! You are so lucky to have baby True ❤️I can’t even be mad. In 2 generations that Kardashian money is going to be in the bank accounts of black ppl once you go black.”

Another commenter stated: “Omg they are all sooo gorgeous! True is so cute and chubby! Some of you are just so miserable. Chicago drop that skin routine.this is the cutest thing I love it. Dream who? But she has the Kardashian gene/DNA the strongest do! Looks like Rob and Rob looks like his dad (the original Kardashian).”

This third person explained: “We haven’t seen Dream lately. Where they are hiding her at?? Stormi is Kylie’s twin. Children should be off limits, all babies are beautiful, and these 3 little angels are 😍 why hate on a baby famous or not that’s just not kl mind your business and drink some water.”


The new generation of Kardashians and Jenners is already winning.

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Hacker Charged for WannaCry Attack Does Not Exist: North Korea


The North Korean Foreign Affairs Ministry has claimed that a hacker allegedly responsible for debilitating cyber-attacks against Sony and the global WannaCry ransomware outbreak does not exist, media reported.

The statement came after the US Department of Justice (DoJ) last week indicted Park Jin Hyok, the North Korean hacker, for being reportedly responsible for the series of attacks.

US officials said that Park is believed to be a member of North Korea’s military intelligence outfit the Reconnaissance General Bureau, as well as a suspected member of Lazarus, a hacking group which has been linked to a string of attacks against everything from banks to government agencies, ZDNet reported on Friday.

However, if North Korea is to be believed, the hacker is nothing more than a figment of the US law enforcement’s imagination, the report added.

In a statement on Friday, Han Yong Song, an official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that Park is a “non-entity” and “the act of cyber crimes mentioned by the Justice Department has nothing to do with us.”

The ministry added that any allegations of cyber-espionage or hacking are nothing more than “vicious slander” and a “smear campaign” which has the potential to disrupt talks between US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un.

“The US should seriously ponder over the negative consequences of circulating falsehoods and inciting antagonism against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) that may affect the implementation of the joint statement adopted at the DPRK-US summit,” the official was quoted as saying by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

The WannaCry ransomware outbreak is a more recent cyber-attack which caused extensive damage and disruption to businesses and organizations worldwide.

The ransomware, which leveraged vulnerabilities in the Windows file-sharing protocol Server Message Block (SMB), compromised an estimated 3,00,000 PCs worldwide and struck organizations including the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), US hospitals and banks.

The total financial losses have been pegged at $4 billion.

Medial tibial stress syndrome: diagnosis, treatment and outcome assessment (PhD Academy Award)


What did I do?

My PhD consisted of three principal studies: (1) I investigated the reliability of diagnosing medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS) using history and physical examination. (2) Then, I examined if there is an evidence-based treatment for MTSS in a systematic review. (3) Finally, I developed and validated a new patient-reported outcome measure (PROM) for athletes with MTSS: the MTSS score.

Why did I do it?

MTSS is one of the most common conditions in running athletes. Yet, it was unknown how to best diagnose (1) or treat it (2) and there was no PROM for athletes with MTSS (3). In particular:

  • MTSS: a clinical diagnosis?

    The pathology of MTSS is equivocal; it’s a clinical pain condition. Therefore, making the diagnosis based on history and physical examination is the most logical approach. However, it was unclear if this can be done reliably between clinicians.

  • Treatment…

  • Immune-boosting hibiscus + thyme tea and some of my favourite natural cold-fighting home remedies – My Darling Lemon Thyme


    Last month was a huge one for me and during most of it I was fending off a cold. It never really took hold, thankfully, but it threatened to get me at least 2 days out of every week for most of the month. I had too much on to succumb, so instead I told myself I couldn’t afford to get sick, overdosed on every natural cold-fighting home remedy I know and other than one morning where I was ready to admit defeat, I managed to fend it off.

    I’ve never been one to run to the doctor unless truly warranted and I don’t believe in taking over-the-counter drugs for treating colds and flu, instead I draw on the wisdom’s collected over a lifetime of taking herbal medicine (thanks Mum!) and fueling up on nourishing food. I thought I’d share some of them today. Many of them I’m sure everybody knows about, others I hope you’ll give them a whirl the next time you feel that first tingle in your throat or have a runny nose.

    Time really is the most important thing here and it’s something I’ve taught my kids from day one, to tell me the very second they feel a sore throat/have started sneezing or have a runny nose. The VERY FIRST signs of a cold is when you must act, and quickly. Many of the remedies I use will stop a cold dead in its tracks if used at that very first sign. If it has gone past the first stage before you really take notice, there are other remedies I deploy but 9/10 if I get onto them soon enough, it doesn’t get any further.

    Aconite 30c is the most important and well used remedy in my homeopathic kit and is always my first port of call when fighting off colds, especially if you’ve come down with a cold after being out in cold winds. You can buy it from most health food stores and some chemists here in NZ as well as online. In Australia you’ll have to buy from a homeopath and elsewhere you’ll have to search around yourself as I’m not sure how homeopathic medicine is distributed in other places around the world.
    One dose is usually 2-3 drops or 2 pilliules. Take at least 30 minutes either side of food and avoid peppermint and similar strong flavours when taking it as this can cancel out it’s effects. You can take every 30 minutes-1 hour for up to 3 doses in one day. Unlike other remedies, this one is usually only used at the first signs of a cold. If your cold has gone past the first signs or day, don’t keep taking. See a homeopath instead for other remedy options.

    Tissue salts
    1st sign of illness. I take this alongside the aconite. It can be taken every 30 minutes for up to 6 doses in one day. I always have these in my bag and my kids know to grab themselves one the second they start to feel yuck. There’s a kids cold and flu relief tissue salt combo as well (strawberry flavoured) which is great for younger kids. Often my kids will take one of each, at least 4 times a day when feeling under the weather.

    I up my usual 1000mg per day to 2000mg when fighting off a cold. Powdered forms are better quality and more easily absorbed. Echinacea tincture is also a great one to take, as well as Zinc to boost immunity.

    Herbal teas
    Hibiscus is high in Vitamin C. Thyme is great for sore throats, as is rosemary. Lemon balm is a great relaxant so great to take before bed if you’re having trouble sleeping. The classic hot lemon and honey is awesome. Ginger, black pepper and turmeric are also great warming and immune boosting additions to tea. Kawakawa leaf (dried or fresh) is great to add to teas and has been used traditionally in Māori medicine for hundreds of years to treat colds (amongst other things).

    Manuka honey
    A great anti-bacterial. I have a spoonful when fending off a cold. Especially great for sore throats. If you’re adding to hot drinks, let them cool slightly before adding the honey to make sure no beneficial properties are destroyed.

    Essential oils
    -doTERRA do a great oil called On Guard. I combine a few drops of On guard with a carrier oil (I use fractionated coconut oil) and rub this onto the soles of my feet at night before bed. As On Guard contains strong oils such as eucalyptus I tend to try the aconite first before oils, and then add in the oils later on in the day or the following day once I’ve given the aconite a chance to work it’s magic. It’s also a great oil to diffuse in your home throughout winter to keep bugs at bay.
    -Oregano oil is another great one to use when sick, a little rubbed on the soles of your feet (with a carrier oil) or rubbed on your throat works wonders.

    Olive leaf extract
    Is great for boosting your immunity. When we lived in Australia and could afford it, we had 5 ml everyday as a general booster. Nowadays, I just save it for when someone is coming down with a cold and give 10-20ml daily. You can buy throat sprays too.

    Immune-boosting hibiscus + thyme tea
    This bright pink tea is high in Vit C, while the natural oils in thyme help to alleviate sore throats. This is just a rough recipe which you can scale up to serve as many people as you like. You can find dried hibiscus flowers are selected specialty food stores or anywhere that sells herbal medicine and herbs.
    Per Serve

    1 teaspoon dried hibiscus flowers
    2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
    Manuka honey, to taste.

    Place hibiscus and thyme into a tea pot and cover with 1 cup boiling water. Steep for 5 minutes, pour into a cup and add honey to taste.

    Disclaimer: I am not a trained medical professional. These are merely suggestions for natural remedies I have learnt throughout my life. If you are really ill, please seek medical help.

    Please note: I have linked to products only to give you a visual reference. This post is not sponsored and these are the actual home remedies I use in my household and have done for a long time.

    Fortnite game addiction cited as cause for divorce


    Fortnite is an exciting game, but players should be careful not to neglect their real-life relationships. 

    Epic Games

    Passionate Fortnite fans love the hit video game so much their personal relationships could be suffering as a result. 

    The battle royale game is one of the online games named in over 200 divorce petitions in the UK, according to a report from Divorce Online, a UK site that offers information and services for those going through a divorce. 

    Divorce Online found addictions to online activities like games, porn and social media came up as one reason people in the UK were filing for divorce in 2018.

    “These numbers equate to roughly 5 percent of the 4,665 petitions we have handled since the beginning of the year and as one of the largest filers of divorce petitions in the UK is a pretty good indicator,” Divorce Online wrote in its report. 

    The fact that the report doesn’t include players in the US and other countries means the number of those suffering from Fortnite-related relationship trouble could be even larger.

    Epic Games, the company that created Fortnite, did not respond to a request for comment.

    Fortnite has even influenced another potential home wrecker — porn. Pornhub, a site that averages 90 million users per day, released site search statistics for user behavior, which included an increase of Fortnite in its user searches. 

    “Spikes in search volume seem to coincide with major (Fortnite) game updates and news cycles such as the 1.36 patch in January and when 60 FPS was enabled in February,” according to a report from Pornhub in March. 

    It isn’t too hard to imagine Fortnite causing strife in romantic relationships. In June, the World Health Organization listed gaming addiction in general as a potentially harmful technology-related behavior. 

    In addition to possible relationship troubles, gaming addiction can cause insufficient physical activity, unhealthy diet, problems with eyesight or hearing, musculoskeletal problems, sleep deprivation, aggressive behavior and depression, according to WHO

    Fortnite can be played on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PCs and mobile devices. But if you want to keep your spouse happy, maybe avoid the game while in your marriage counselor’s waiting room.

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    Spinach Benefits and Recipes: Why and what you need to be eating!


    Spinach is a leafy green vegetable that can significantly reduce oxidative stress. Known as palak in India, it can also fight cancer growth, regulate blood pressure levels and maintain eye health too. Scientifically known as Spinacia Oletacea, it is one such vegetable that fosters good health as it’s loaded with antioxidants and minerals. What originated in Persia is now readily grown in almost every part of the world, prominently in the United States and China. There are three varieties of the vegetable namely semi-savoy, crinkly savoy, and smooth-leaf spinach.

    Benefits of adding Palak to your diet

    Interestingly, in every 100 grams of the vegetable, one can find 91.4% water, 2.9% protein, 3.6% carbs and only 23 calories. Moreover, fresh spinach is a rich source of magnesium, iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K1, beta-carotene, folic acid or Vitamin B6, and calcium. In addition to that, it contains several other vitamins and minerals like potassium, Vitamin B9, and Vitamin E. It is also a good source of significant plant compounds such as quercetin, kaempferol, nitrates lutein, and zeaxanthin. The antioxidants present in the leaves of this vegetable helps to fight free radicals in one’s body. Eventually, this prevents chronic disease and premature aging. Being an insoluble fiber, it also aids digestion.

    Raw vs. cooked spinach – What’s better?

    If cooked the right way, one can obtain several benefits from this green, leafy vegetable. Raw spinach contains oxalic acid which can interfere with the absorption of specific nutrients like iron and calcium. In addition to this, oxalic acid also attaches itself to other vital nutrients. Therefore, the long-term consumption of food rich in this organic compound can lead to a large scale deficiency of nutrients. However, when one heats this vegetable, oxalic acid is broken down. Hence there isn’t any loss of nutrients in sautéed or steamed spinach. Although, this doesn’t mean the vegetable in its raw form is entirely harmful so let’s consider the advantages of both.

    Raw spinach benefits

    Raw spinach has many essential nutrients that are present in higher portions when compared to the cooked version. On consuming it raw, one can get more folate, riboflavin, niacin, Vitamin C, and potassium. If you’re aiming to specifically obtain these nutrients, then you can consume this vegetable in its raw form to some extent. However, one must consume it in moderate amounts.

    Cooked spinach

    Cooked spinach benefits

    The cooked version of these vegetables is definitely better as oxalic acid evaporates on heating. Moreover, one can absorb higher levels of protein, zinc, thiamin, iron, Vitamins A and E, calcium, beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin on eating cooked spinach.

    Spinach Recipes

    Including this dark green leafy vegetable in your diet can provide you with several health benefits. While spinach may not be a favourite amongst the general public, preparing it the right way can make it a lot more enjoyable. We have put together a few lip-smacking recipes that will make your mouth water.

    Spinach and Chickpea Stew

    In addition to being delicious, this dish is also packed with several nutrients. Both spinach and chickpeas are good sources of calcium and iron whereas tomatoes contain powerful antioxidants, potassium, folate and Vitamin K.

    • One can prepare this lip-smacking stew by frying chopped onion and garlic in a flavoursome mix of pepper, hot chili powder, brown sugar, cumin, and cloves.
    • Once the mix is stirred properly, just add tangy tomato paste until the sauce thickens.
    • When the ideal texture is obtained, add cooked chickpeas and fresh spinach. Fry this mixture gently in a little oil and a fantastic stew is now ready.
    • You can even sprinkle toasted almonds or parsley and serve this spinach and chickpea stew with brown rice.

    Baked Spinach Chicken Breast

    Almost all green leafy vegetables taste good with chicken, but cooked spinach is by far the best of the lot. This tasty dish is amazingly easy and quick to prepare. All one needs are basic spices (salt, red chili or paprika), chopped garlic, creamy cheese (preferably mozzarella or provolone), olive oil, boneless skinless chicken breast and fresh spinach.

    • Just preheat the oven to 425 degrees, sauté the green leafy vegetable in olive oil and garlic.
    • Then place the cheese and freshly cooked vegetable lengthwise on the chicken breast.
    • Do remember to fold the chicken in half before finally baking it.
    • The final dish is truly mouthwatering and full of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, calcium, and iron.

    Baked spinach chicken breast

    Spinach Patties

    Aloo Tikki or meat-based patties used in burgers are a definite welcome to one’s taste buds, but spinach burgers are a must try too! For those with a busy work schedule, these burgers are an even better option, since the preparation of this dish does not take too long.

    • Mix egg whites (optional), diced onion, cheese, whole egg (optional), breadcrumbs, chili flakes, garlic powder, salt and fresh spinach in a bowl.
    • After mixing them thoroughly, make patties.
    • Fry them as required and eat them raw or with a sandwich.

    Rich in iron, Vitamin A, and potassium, these patties can readily fulfill your daily requirements of several nutrients.

    Spinach salad

    The best way to include spinach in one’s diet is through a salad. Eating it in its raw form can help you consume most of the nutrients that the vegetable contains. In addition to its health benefits, this salad is also easy to prepare.

    • You’ll require thinly sliced apples, onions, olive oil, garlic and freshly ground black pepper.
    • In a bowl, mix all these ingredients and just season with a dressing of your choice.
    • The best aspect is that you can alter this recipe to your liking, add more veggies or even fruits if you wish.

    For those aiming for weight loss or those suffering from iron deficiency or high blood pressure, this is an ideal way to boost the intake of the vegetable.

    Palak Paratha

    Paratha is an extremely popular form of bread in India. One of the tastiest parathas includes the Palak Paratha which is a favourite for supper and breakfast in the country, and also very easy to prepare.

    • All one requires is to add chopped fresh spinach in the dough mix along with one’s preferred spices such as red chili, salt or pepper.
    • Once added, knead the dough well and prepare small balls out of it.
    • Roll out these balls and bake them, ideally using an Indian stove.
    • Once cooked, serve with green chutney or achaar or curd.

    Palak paratha

    Cheesy Spinach Hot Pockets

    Though time-consuming, this dish is the most satisfying item you can prepare using spinach.

    • Make the dough using dry yeast, all-purpose flour, salt, milk, egg, virgin oil, and sugar.
    • For the filling use block cream cheese, chopped fresh spinach, garlic cloves, shredded mozzarella, and salt.
    • Once both these are ready, prepare pockets out of the dough and generously add the filling.
    • Bake in a preheated oven of 400° and get ready to experience goodness through its scrumptious taste!

    Spinach and Corn Fritters

    If you’re someone who loves fritters, then this delicious recipe is a must-try.

    • Just add fresh spinach, corn, red chili, cumin, turmeric, salt, gram flour and chaat masala in the fritter mix.
    • Ensure that the batter is thick enough to hold a ball-like shape.
    • Once mixed as required, carefully fry them in oil until golden brown.
    • To maximize the taste, do serve with ketchup or green chutney.

    This antioxidant-rich green vegetable is an excellent source of numerous vitamins along with being effective to cure and prevent many diseases. Try these delicious recipes to truly experience the benefits of this nutrient-rich vegetable, and let us know what you think of them in the comments.

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    ON THE COVER ACTRESS AND MODEL WREN BARNES – Magic Image Hollywood Magazine


    Actress and Model

    Exclusive  Interview


    MIHM-Tell us a little bit about you, where are you from and what inspired you to pursue a career in the entertainment industry?
    WB-I was born in California, but I spent most of my childhood out in the country in East Tennessee. As a child I was wild and free – climbing trees, picking blackberries off the vine, running around barefoot and exploring. I’ve always had a sense of adventure and shunned the ordinary.

    I just knew at a young age that modeling and acting was the path meant for me. I asked my parents to get me an agent at age 7 and kept asking them over and over til I had one. The idea of producing, writing and even someday directing came later, but I feel like it’s in my DNA. It’s something I always knew.

    MIHM-You are a model and an actress, which one makes your heart beat faster?
    WB-I am an actress at the core of my being. Modeling is fun, and I find my style when doing photoshoots comes from the perspective of an actress, wear a costume, a character, an emotion is captured by the camera. Modeling showcases the external, almost like an advertisement. Acting is more gratifying to me. It allows me to create a story from the soul. It is a gift to share the person I’m playing with the audience.

    I love acting, but in my day to day life I very much enjoy being authentic, transparent, spiritual, and honest. It’s a dichotomy I guess.

    MIHM-You are a swimmer and practiced ballet also, has that been helpful for your acting career?
    WB-Swimming has helped specifically with breathing, strength and flow. Ballet has helped with flexibility and grace. Both combine to allow me to fully express myself and my character’s choices. I believe the body is an instrument, it’s a gift. Just as we need to nurture our soul, we maintain our body with nutrition, training and exercise.

    MIHM- What does success mean to you?
    WB-Defining success starts with getting in touch with my drive, aspirations & passion as an individual. As I grow as a person, my definition of success changes. As I accomplish one goal, then I reach out to find new goals. It is a process rather than a destination. It’s ever changing, and that’s what makes life exciting….the discovery, the pursuit and the accomplishment. As I explore life I learn more about me and what makes me happy. Quite simply success is less about fame and money; it’s more about discovery, adventure, celebration, love, faith, giving and gratitude.

    MIHM-You experienced a life altering accident few year ago, can you tell us about it?
    WB-I was struck by an 18-wheeler flatbed truck at 70mph while I was driving my car going 55 mph. I flipped across all 4 lanes, hit the concrete highway divider, then back across all 4 lanes and hit the metal railing and my car caught on fire in the middle of the interstate. I was able to walk away from the impact…all while thinking “if I live through this, there must be a reason”. At the time I was working in healthcare, thinking it was “safe”, but I realized I wasn’t happy. It was literally a miracle I was alive, and God must have a reason for me to still be here. I needed to get back to doing what I was passionate about. “I knew since a young age my life purpose was to be an actress and producer.” I decided to follow my dreams. Now I see every day is a gift, and an opportunity!

    MIHM- What do you think about the lack of opportunities for women in Hollywood?
    WB-It’s true there are more opportunities for men. But I think that is changing little by little, and I hope to be a part of that. I’m kind of a trailblazer and I’ve always had a “can do” spirit. I never think “I can’t”, rather I find a way against all odds. Life is never easy, but I find it very rewarding. I know I’m breaking new ground and even though there are obstacles in the way I see them as stepping stones rather than stumbling blocks.

    I believe if you want opportunity, you can create it! If you want something, then go and get it! Don’t limit yourself, but don’t be afraid to say no if it’s not right for you.

    MIHM-Who have been your biggest mentors in your career?
    WB-I really haven’t had any mentors. I didn’t grow up around L.A., so I’ve had to figure this out on my own. I’m pretty much a self-made woman (with God’s help). I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit, so I figured it out on my own. I have sought out examples of people who have made it in this business, and tried to learn what made them successful. I started out a few years ago with no connections and no family that lived here. I’m grateful for all that I’ve been able to accomplish so far, but there are still so many things I want to do!

    MIHM-What other projects are you working on right now?
    WB-I signed on as an actress in several upcoming features. I am writing my own movie scripts & writing a book right now. I am a producer on the feature films “Vernett’s War”, “God & Guns”, “Jolt”, and “The Manny” to name a few. I am also creating impressionistic art, traveling, and making music in my spare time.

    MIHM-How can people reach you, do you have social media, website, etc.
    Yes, my website is: wrenbarnes.biz
    Instagram is @wren.barnes
    Twitter @wrenbarnes

    Effectiveness of physical therapy interventions for pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain (PEDro synthesis)


    Ferreira CWS, Alburquerque-Sendı’n F. Effectiveness of physical therapy for pregnancy-related low back and/or pelvic pain after delivery: a systematic review. Physiother Theory Pract 2013; 29: 419–431.


    Pelvic girdle pain (PGP) is often reported during and after pregnancy and the exact cause(s) is not clear. A wide variety of physical therapy interventions such as exercise/manual therapies, use of pelvic belts, electrotherapeutic agents and patient education are presently used for the treatment of pregnancy-related PGP1. These interventions are continuing to be used, whereby evidence-informed decisions may not be followed.


    The aim of the systematic review was to investigate the effectiveness of physiotherapy interventions for the treatment of postpartum low back pain (LBP) and PGP.

    Searches and inclusion criteria

    The searches were conducted using eight electronic databases including PubMed, Medline, SciELO, LILACS, Cochrane Collaboration Database, SCIRUS, Scopus and the Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro). The keywords used were obtained from the Medical Subject Headings, which included LBP, physiotherapy, postpartum period and pregnancy. Corresponding terms of these keywords in Portuguese and Spanish languages were also included. Studies published in peer-reviewed journals were only included with …

    California advances an ambitious climate policy that should be a model for the world


    California is accelerating its rollout of clean energy, even as the White House is racing to unravel climate regulations.

    On Tuesday evening, the California Assembly passed a bill requiring 100 percent of the state’s electricity to come from carbon-free sources by the end of 2045, putting one of the world’s most aggressive clean-energy policies on track for the governor’s desk. 

    Given the size of California’s economy and the bill’s ambitions, it “would be the most important climate law in US history,” says Danny Cullenward, an energy economist and lawyer at the Carnegie Institution for Science.

    The actual impact of the measure on global emissions and climate risks will be negligible, unless the rest of the world responds in similar ways. But California is effectively acting as a test bed for what’s technically achievable, providing a massive market for the rollout of clean-energy technologies and building a body of knowledge that other states and nations can leverage, says Severin Borenstein, an energy economist at the University of California, Berkeley.

    “We are showing that you can operate a grid with high levels of intermittent renewables,” he says. “That’s something that can be exported to the rest of the world.”

    California’s actions stand in stark contrast to the direction of federal policy under President Trump, who pulled the nation out of the landmark Paris climate agreement within six months of taking office (see “Exiting Paris, Trump cedes global leadership on climate change”). Among other measures, the administration is working to water down the Clean Power Plan, prop up the coal industry, and roll back federal vehicle emissions standards while revoking the ability of states like California to set their own.

    Reaching 50 percent

    The new California bill, known as SB100, will still need to go back to the Senate to approve changes made since it passed there with a comfortable margin last year, but that’s not expected to be a hurdle.

    The measure also moves up the state’s earlier time line to reach 50 percent renewables, from 2030 to 2026. Notably, however, California regulators have said the state’s major utilities could reach that milestone as early as 2020, underscoring the rapid pace at which the energy transformation has unfolded since the state first put its renewable standards in place in 2002. (In fact, California would already be well beyond the 50 percent threshold if the state’s legal definition included carbon-free electricity sources like nuclear power and large hydroelectric plants.)

    Borenstein says the state hasn’t always picked the most cost-effective paths, noting that customers are still paying inflated rates as a result of some excessively high early wind and solar contracts. But crucially, the rapid transformation occurred without wrecking California’s flourishing economy. The state’s gross domestic product climbed by $127 billion last year, making it the world’s fifth-largest economy.

    The critical question now is: Can the state’s grid get to 100 percent clean energy as affordably and reliably?

    Solving the second half 

    Many energy researchers believe the second half of California’s clean-energy puzzle will be considerably more difficult, and expensive, to solve than the first.

    Back in 2002, California got off the starting block with a fair amount of existing wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, biomass, and solar thermal power. From this point forward, every additional percentage point of clean power needs to be built from scratch. In addition, the state plans to close its last nuclear plant in the coming years, eliminating a carbon-free source that provides about 10 percent of the state’s electricity.

    But perhaps the thorniest challenge is that the output of renewable sources like wind and solar vary greatly by the day and season. As renewables come to represent a larger portion of the state’s total electricity generation, managing that intermittency could become increasingly costly and complex. 

    “The amount of effort to achieve the last 20 percent might well be as much as it took the reach the first 80,” Jane Long, a former associate director at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and energy researcher who has closely studied the mix of technologies that could be required to meet California’s emissions goals, said in an email.

    Among other things, it could require expensive investments in energy storage, politically tricky expansions of transmission infrastructure, or greater reliance on controversial carbon-free sources like advanced nuclear, or fossil-fuel plants coupled with carbon-capture technology (see “The $2.5 trillion reason we can’t rely on batteries to clean up the grid”).

    Added flexibility

    A crucial nuance of the California bill is that it employs a wider definition of clean-energy sources than the state’s earlier rules, using the language “zero-carbon resources” rather than “renewables,” which means it could include those technologies or others that may emerge in the years ahead.

    Long says that flexibility will be key to achieving the state’s goals. It’s also likely to require additional technological innovation, potentially including the development of storage technology that can work on a seasonal basis and affordable means of producing carbon-neutral fuels, she adds.

    Some are more optimistic. Daniel Kammen, director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, argues that it won’t be increasingly challenging to reach California’s next set of goals. Among other things, he believes we’re sure to see the necessary energy storage advances in the years to come and says the state has yet to harvest other “low-hanging fruit,” like using electric vehicles as a form of distributed storage.

    Moreover, Kammen says we’ll see a pronounced shift toward the “low-carbon lifestyles” embraced by younger citizens in the next few decades, as the state increasingly plans cities around dense housing and public transit rather than single-family homes and cars.

    Homemade Fruit and Nut Crisps Recipe


    Homemade Fruit and Nut Crisps RecipeHave you tried Raincoast Crisps? Well, I have, and I love them. They’re delicious, and quality, but too expensive for my budget to enjoy on the regular. In general, I have been spending too much money on crackers because for some reason, the fewer nasty ingredients in a packaged food, the pricier it is, when I could have been making them myself–and rather easily, too. This recipe is from Aimée Wimbush-Bourque, and it will amaze you. I don’t like to throw around adjectives like “game-changing” too often, but these fruit and nut crisps are “game-changing!”

    Homemade Fruit and Nut Crisps RecipeAimée Wimbush-Bourque, author of Brown Eggs and Jam Jars and The Simple Bites Kitchen, and the creator of the always inspiring blog, Simple Bites, dazzles me every day with her recipes, photos, and commitment to honest, real, seasonal food. She is one of the most dedicated Canadian cookbook authors out there, taking readers along on her family’s food-filled adventures at home and away.

    In The Simple Bites Kitchen cookbook, Aimée introduces us to ‘Fig, Rosemary, and Pistachio Crisps.’ You might miss it if you don’t know to look for it, or flip past it because the suggestion of making crackers at home may seem unreasonable (it’s not). It’s no more challenging than making banana bread, and I know you can do that.

    Homemade Fruit and Nut Crisps RecipeI did my very best Googling for you all and found that these crisps go by many names: harvest crackers, fruit and nut crisps, copycat raincoast crisps, DIY raincoast crisps, fruit and nut crackers, etc. You can call them whatever you want, but please, please start making them at home, okay? I promise you will not regret it.

    For entertaining, serve the crisps as part of a cheese platter alongside crudités, fresh fruit, and a few creamy dips (beet hummus, white bean dip, whipped feta, etc). For the everyday, pair with cheese and fruit for a classy weekday desk snack or spread with peanut butter. And if you can part with a dozen, package them up to gift to a lucky host, family member, neighbour or friend.

    In Aimée’s words, “…they are my standard cracker for entertaining, and they beat out all the other nibbles on the table every time.”

    I actually can’t believe I made these. In fact, the entire Simple Bites Kitchen cookbook turns cooking and baking into approachable, achievable projects that I would never dream possible.

    Homemade Fruit and Nut Crisps RecipeHomemade Fruit and Nut Crisps Recipe

    Gourmet fruit and nut crisps cost a fortune at specialty food stores, but they’re so easy–and incredibly satisfying–to make at home. This recipe, adapted from Aimée Wimbush-Bourque’s brilliant second cookbook, The Simple Bites Kitchen, makes gourmet homemade fruit and nut crackers a reality. Aimée’s original recipe imbues the batter with finely chopped fresh rosemary and orange zest, making them feel entertaining-appropriate and homey all at once. Imagine the add-in possibilities with this recipe; dried fruit, nuts, herbs, and spices can all be swapped, just stick to the measurements called for.

    Adapted from: ‘Fig, Rosemary and Pistachio Crisps’ from The Simple Bites Kitchen by Aimée Wimbush-Bourque.

    Note: The original recipe calls for whole wheat bread flour in place of the spelt flour, skips the poppy seeds, and adds 1/4 cup sesame seeds, 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh rosemary, and the zest of 1 orange. The original recipe yields approximately 8 dozen, but I sliced mine a little bit thinner than called for and got 9 to 10 dozen.

    Makes 8 dozen 

    1 cup spelt flour
    1 cup all-purpose flour or additional spelt flour
    2 tsp baking soda
    ½ tsp fine-grain salt
    1 cup finely chopped dried figs or dried fruit of choice (raisins, cranberries, finely chopped apricots, etc.)
    ½ cup pistachios raw or unsalted sunflower seeds
    ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
    ¼ cup ground flaxseed
    2 Tbsp poppy seeds
    2 cups buttermilk
    ¼ cup demerara sugar
    ¼ cup liquid honey, warmed


    First Bake:

    1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease 2 standard loaf tins or 4 mini loaf pans with oil and line with parchment paper.
    2. In a large bowl, stir together the spelt flour, all-purpose flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the the figs, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, flaxseed, and poppy seeds. Stir until everything is coated in the flour mixture.
    3. In a medium bowl, whisk to combine the buttermilk, sugar, and honey. Add buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and mix until fully incorporated. Divide batter among the loaf pans.
    4. For the standard loaf pans, bake for 35 to 45 minutes, rotating pans once if, until springy to the touch and golden brown on top. Or for the mini loaf pans, bake for 20 to 22 minutes, until springy to the touch and golden brown on top. Cool in pan for 5 minutes and then transfer loaves to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled, wrap tightly in plastic wrap or in a large airtight container and chill completely in the refrigerator or partially freeze (I chilled them overnight in the refrigerator).

    Second Bake:

    1. Set the oven racks to accommodate 2 baking sheets. Preheat oven to 300ºF (150ºC).
    2. Remove loaves from wrap or container. Using a serrated knife or very sharp chef’s knife, slice into approximately 1/8-inch-thick slices and arrange in a single layer on ungreased baking sheets (I used 4 baking sheets altogether, baking in batches).
    3. Bake 2 trays for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and gently flip over each crisp. Rotate pans and bake for another 15 to 25 minutes, until deep golden brown. They will crisp as they cool. Repeat baking steps with the remaining batch. Cool crisps completely on wire rack or baking sheets.
    4. Once cool, store airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 6

    Excerpted from The Simple Bites Kitchen: Nourishing Whole Food Recipes for Every Day by Aimée Wimbush-Bourque. Copyright © 2017 by Aimée Wimbush-Bourque. Photos copyright © Tim and Angela Chin. Published by Penguin, an imprint of Penguin Canada, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

    Photos in the post my own.