Food project 37 – Korean vegetarian delicacies

Food project 37 – Korean vegetarian delicacies
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37th instalment in the Food project series

I decided to prepare a vegetarian Korean combo. A miso soup, a couple vegetable dumplings (veggie mandoo) with a vegetarian bibimbap. My bibimbap consisted of rice, tofu strips cooked in teriyaki sauce, carrot, cucumber, mushroom, onion topped with seaweed (nori).

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Food project 23 – Leftover mini-burritos

Food project 23 – Leftover mini-burritos
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23rd instalment in the Food project series

I had some leftovers from project 22 and project 21. I used the remaining Mexican ground soy and the Spanish inspired pilaf rice that I wrapped in some tortillas, I added avocado chunks. Tasty leftover mini-burritos.

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Food project 32 – Hybrid spanakopita triangles

Food project 32 – Hybrid spanakopita triangles
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32th instalment in the Food project series

I had this phyllo dough in my fridge for a while already. I decided to use it with spinach and garlic. Since I had no feta cheese I decided to use a section of the huge mozzarella ball I bought on special at the supermarket (see project 33). I threw in a couple sunflower seeds. The phyllo pastry dough was not the freshest one. I could not achieve the colour I wanted (baked in oven). Great and easy recipe.

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health food dinner – Day 60 of Project 365

health food dinner – Day 60 of Project 365
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15/10/08

Sorry bit of a crap photo today as I was working late tonight…. this was the healthy Burger King dinner that I consumed…. there were 2 of us and I didnt eat all that on my own! I had the healthy option and was the one drinking the orange juice.

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039/365 | Scott Lee Cohen – We Hardly Knew Ye | Project 365/2010

039/365 | Scott Lee Cohen – We Hardly Knew Ye | Project 365/2010
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If you live in Illinois, you’re familiar with the story. But for those of you who aren’t from around the Land of Lincoln (abbreviated LOL), here’s the latest installment in the never-ending story of embarrassment brought upon the state by both Democratic and Republican politicians.

On February 2, six short days ago, Illinois voters went to the polls to select the Democratic and Republican candidates for local, state and federal offices in the November general election. In Illinois, candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor run separately in the primary, while the candidates nominated for these two offices run as a team in the general election. The separation of these two office in the primary raises the possibility the Governor and Lt. Governor nominees may not even know each other up to the point they become running mates. It also means that people who are ideologically incompatible, and may even share a strong, personal dislike for each other, can be paired as running mates. It’s a great system, but I digress.

The race for Lt. Governor on the Democratic side was crowded this year, which is, in itself, somewhat amazing considering that the Lt. Governor usually doesn’t have much to do much unless the Governor stops breathing. Two of the candidates who ran for the nomination are current members of the Illinois House, and two other candidates serve in the Illinois Senate. A fifth candidate was a young electrician with no political experience, and the sixth and final candidate was a pawnbroker who had never before voted in a primary election.

The Democratic power-brokers thought the Lt. Governor nominee would be one of the four current members of the Illinois house and senate who were vying for the position. So they really didn’t pay much attention to the non-pol candidates, even though it had been reported earlier that one of them, Scott Lee Cohen, had a checkered past. I mean, seriously, could Illinois Democrats nominate a pawn broker, with no political experience and a questionable background, to be a heartbeat away from having to run the State of Illinois, a billion operation faced with a near billion budget deficit? No way could it happen.

But this is Illinois and, in last Tuesday’s primary, Illinois Democrats gave Scott Lee Cohen, the pawnbroker with the little-known but not totally hidden past, the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor by a comfortable 30,000 vote margin.

The Feb. 2 primary had some close races that held the focus of the punditry on election night and the day after. Only 8,000 votes, out of over 912,000 votes cast, separated the two Democrats seeking nomination for Governor. And in the race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, the top two vote getters (in a seven candidate field) were separated by just 420 votes. The Democratic race has since been decided in favor of the incumbent, but it may be a few weeks before the Republican nomination is decided.

With all the interest in the close gubernatorial contests, the story of the pawnbroker with a past really didn’t get traction until last Thursday, two days after the primary. First came the not new, but newly reported revelation that Cohen had been arrested in 2005 on a domestic battery charge. His then-girlfriend had called police after Cohen allegedly held her against a wall while holding a knife to her throat. Although the charges were dropped when Cohen’s girlfriend failed to show up in court, the police report indicated there were abrasions on the woman’s neck from a knife wound, along with cuts on her hands from her trying to fend off the attack.

Not a good beginning for a newly minted candidate, but this was just the tip of the iceberg. It turns out the girlfriend had been arrested six months prior to the knife incident for prostitution, which led to questions about how Cohen had met the woman. We soon learned the romance began in a message parlor. Hmmm.

You probably won’t be shocked to learn Cohen was going through a divorce during this time, nor that the papers from the divorce contained more damaging information. In the papers, his then-wife alleged that Cohen’s use of anabolic steroids had led to a pattern of violence against family members. There was a tidbit about Cohen allegedly trying to force himself upon his wife, and also sending threatening notes to her (some written in lipstick on a mirror).

Early in the controversy, Cohen, without checking, actually offered his ex-wife and former girlfriend to come before the media to defend him. While the ex-wife did say he was a different person today, she didn’t retract any of the claims made in the divorce petition. And the ex-girlfriend, who by this time was being represented by attorney Gloria Allred (often seen on Nancy Grace as counsel for the celebrity-of-the-day), really didn’t help matters when she said Cohen was unfit to hold office. Ouch, but I guess that’s payback for Cohen’s having held a knife against her throat.

And then there are the lawsuits. It came out that at least forty have been filed at various times against this guy, including one by his own brother in the amount of 0K, and another by his ex-wife for back child support (which is really hard to explain given that he spent M of his own money on the campaign.)

During the first 48-hours after the story broke, Cohen was defiant about leaving the ticket. A highly-checkered past does not automatically disqualify a person from office and, in the absence of current charges, Illinois Democrats had no way of forcing Cohen off the ticket. So if Cohen wouldn’t budge, Governor Quinn’s only option would have been to leave the Democratic ticket, and run as an independent. But Illinois Democrats have "been there, done that" in the past, and it just doesn’t work.

In 1986, Democrat Adlai Stevenson III won the Democratic nomination for Governor. In the same primary, Democrats nominated two followers of Lyndon LaRouche for Lt. Governor and Secretary of State. Stevenson objected to their platform and refused to appear on the same ticket. He resigned the Democratic nomination, ran as an independent, and was trounced in the general election by the Republican Governor Jim Thompson, who was seeking a fourth term and had narrowly beaten Stevenson four years earlier. The bottom line: Patrick Quinn’s hopes of remaining Governor were gone if Cohen remained on the ticket, and Quinn’s hopes were gone if left the Democratic ticket to run as an independent. Cohen simply had to go.

Over this past weekend, the calls by Democrats for Cohen to step-down became broader and more pointed. It was clear that Cohen was being shown the door, but it also was clear the Lt. Governor nominee had yet to make up his mind about whether to walk through it. That all changed last night (when a tearful Cohen, speaking at a press conference from inside a Chicago bar (seriously, a bar with a Super Bowl crowd), ended his bid to become Lt. Governor of Illinois. He is expected to formerly resign from the ticket on Tuesday.

Although Scott Lee Cohen’s appearance on the stage of Illinois politics was brief, he certainly provided plenty of fodder for discussion. With Cohen gone, I don’t have anything to look forward to until former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, re-indicted last week on federal corruption charges, becomes a contestant on Donald Trump’s "The Celebrity Apprentice." The show debuts March 14 on NBC and should, at least, be as compelling to watch as former Illinois First Lady Patti Blagojevich’s appearance last summer on "I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!" LOL (and crying at the same time) in LOL.

Project 365 — 4/365 — How much could a banana cost? Ten dollars?

Project 365 — 4/365 — How much could a banana cost? Ten dollars?
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I bought six near-ripe bananas at Safeway this weekend in an effort to have fresh, healthy food in the house. I like the idea of having fresh food in the house for snacking or to use as ingredients, but when you don’t have to make breakfast and lunch and you eat dinner out most of the time, a lot of the food ends up going bad. That is, unless you make a mad dash to eat everything after you realize you have all this food but not much time when it will be good.

I started today with four bananas at the tipping point between ripe and well done, meaning I need to finish the bunch ASAP. I ate one when I got home from work, and that one on the left was gone after this picture was taken. I am contemplating having one more before going to bed, and then eating the last when I wake up.

If I have stomach cramps tomorrow, you’ll know why.

Project 365 – March 2009 mosiac

Project 365 – March 2009 mosiac
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1. Day 60/365 – Xena likes bags, 2. Day 61/365 – crash along Hegenberger Rd., 3. Day 62/365 – MetaboLife diet pills, 4. Day 63/365 – 2 a.m. and still at work, 5. Day 64/365 – overtime makes me tired, 6. Day 65/365 – cookie dough for chocolate oatmeal cookies, 7. Day 66/365 – hemp milk and low-sugar granola for breakfast, 8. Day 67/365 – at Fruitvale BART station on my way to work, 9. Day 68/365 – Hello, my name is Victoria and I’m a Diet Coke-aholic, 10. Day 69/365 – going to bed early for my trip, 11. Day 70/365 – Dad and I, 12. Day 71/365 – breakfast at our Medford hotel, 13. Day 72/365 – the cat’s blanket that protects my blanket from cat hair, 14. Day 73/365 – my first Bloody Mary, 15. Day 74/365 – walked to work today – 8 miles, 2 hours 38 minutes, 16. Day 75/365 – total steps on March 15, 17. Day 76/365 – Proof I eat healthy most of the time (#3) – Tuesday’s dinner, 18. Day 77/365 – my ticket to the banquet on Saturday, 19. Day 78/365 – More overtime…, 20. Day 79/365 – Xena sleeps, 21. Day 80/365 – Family Radio 50th anniversary banquet, 22. Day 81/365 – the purple Repliva pill, 23. Day 82/365 – my new pub table set, 24. Day 83/365 – shadow, 25. Day 84/365- flowers along my route to work, 26. Day 85/365 – wearing my wine socks, 27. Day 86/365 – I had blood tests today, 28. Day 87/365 – Applebee’s Caramel Apple Dessert Shooter, 29. , 30. Day 89/365 – time to get serious about losing weight, 31. Day 90/365 – I had my taxes done today32. Not available33. Not available34. Not available35. Not available

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Skunk (the recipe for success) …Israeli new pet project …5769/2008…it’s called Skunk (‘Secret’ ingredients) …..

Skunk (the recipe for success) …Israeli new pet project …5769/2008…it’s called Skunk (‘Secret’ ingredients) …..
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achtung, …troublemakers beware !! ..the new weapon of choice. Israel is deploying a new, non-lethal but highly effective and highly-offensive weapon. It’s called Skunk.

…..item 1)……BBC News….New Israeli weapon kicks up stink…

Page last updated at 09:36 GMT, Thursday, 2 October 2008 10:36 UK

By Wyre Davies
BBC News, Jerusalem

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7646894.stm

Three weeks ago, Israeli soldiers burst into Awwad Sror’s small family home in the Palestinian West Bank town of Nilin.

Mr Sror’s family say that when he intervened as troops arrested his younger brother, Aqal, he was shot from close range with at least three rubber-coated steel bullets.

One hit him in the chest, another smashed his jaw, while a third entered his right eye socket and fractured his skull.

Mr Sror, a married father of three, is lucky to be alive. But he has lost the sight in his right eye.
Israel has investigated the incident and has concluded that the soldier who fired the shots acted properly when Mr Sror tried to stop his brother being taken away.

The family argues it was an excessive use of force.

‘Foul’

In and around Nilin there are regular, sometimes violent, protests against the continued building of Israel’s West Bank barrier which snakes around a new Jewish settlement on the other side of the small valley.

Acutely aware of accusations that it is using disproportionate force in political hot-spots like Nilin, Israel is deploying a new, non-lethal but highly effective and highly-offensive weapon.

It’s called Skunk.

Imagine the worst, most foul thing you have ever smelled. An overpowering mix of rotting meat, old socks that haven’t been washed for weeks – topped off with the pungent waft of an open sewer.

Imagine being covered in the stuff as it is liberally sprayed from a water cannon.

Then imagine not being able to get rid of the stench for at least three days, no matter how often you try to scrub yourself clean.

The beauty of Skunk – if beauty is the right word – is that it is said to be completely organic.

‘Secret’ ingredients

No illegal chemicals, no proscribed substances – just a thoroughly disgusting mix of yeast, baking powder and a few other "secret" ingredients.

The Israeli police force has high hopes of turning Skunk into a commercial venture and selling it to law-enforcement agencies overseas.

Superintendent David Ben Harosh treats Skunk as something of a pet project. The way he hugged the litre bottle of dirty, green liquid close to his chest as we talked was odd – most people would surely keep it at arm’s length.

"It’s totally harmless, you can even drink it," boasted Superintendent Harosh – as though encouraging me to swallow a mouthful.

Reporters will sometimes go the "extra mile" to add authenticity to their story, but not this time. No way.
For human rights groups, the jury is still out on Skunk. They object to the arbitrary way in which innocent bystanders can be soaked with the stuff – having to suffer for days afterwards.

Then again, protestors and villagers are still being killed and seriously injured in the West Bank by more conventional weapons.

As unpleasant and as disgusting as it is, being sprayed with Skunk may ultimately be preferable to being hit by a rubber-coated bullet or choking and vomiting under the effects of tear-gas or pepper-spray.

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It’s totally harmless, you can even drink it

Superintendent David Ben Harosh

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Our correspondent says Skunk is the worst thing he has ever smelled

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…..item 2)…..Society Blog romow….Skunk Bomb? Israel Takes Chemical Warfare to a Stinky New Level

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The use of chemical warfare is a tactic that is deplored all over the world. Unfortunately though, nations continue to maintain and use chemical weapons and devices. But not all chemical deterrents are lethal–or even dangerous. Israel has recently developed a chemical bomb for crowd control and dispersing rioters that some are referring to as the “skunk bomb.”

The skunk bomb is touted as the smelliest weapon in the world, and has been developed as an alternative to using rubber bullets or tear gas for crowd control. Wired.com reports that the new chemical device emits an overpowering smell that is similar to raw sewage.

To add insult to injury, the intense smell of the skunk bomb attaches quickly to the skin and clothes and is very difficult to wash out. The stench is described as so intense, that even hardened activist and protesters who can withstand tear gas, usually turn and run after just one sniff.

The horrible smell of the skunk bomb bones is caused by a particularly foul smelling chemical. It is in fact an artificial recreation of the fluid emitted by skunks to scare off predators. Scientist from the Israeli Ministry of Defense analyzed the chemical compound skunks release when threatened, and used reverse engineering to create a synthetic version of the liquid.

The resulting chemical bomb has to be handled with care, and used at a safe distance to prevent back draft. The goal of the skunk bomb is to disperse protesters or rioters, though once they have been sprayed with a smelly liquid, police or military officials would likely be unable to arrest them because of the intense stench.

The United States Army has also shown great interest in using non-lethal deterrents, and may soon develop a skunk bomb of their own. The US already uses non-lethal artillery rounds that are filled with a malodorous top-secret liquid. The US military claims that the chemical poses no threat to protesters, and is a reliable deterrent which can be used in many cases of civilian unrest.

In fact, countries all over the world are expanding the development of non-lethal weapons, particularly to control riots and unruly protesters. While in many ways this is a positive turn of events (at least no one is getting killed simply because they are a protester), some activists believe that it is inhumane to expose an individual to the intensely foul-smelling chemicals, which can linger for days or even weeks afterwards.

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…..item 3)…….website…lookfordiagnosis.com…israeli new pet project…5769/2008…it’s called Skunk..Superintendent David Ben Harosh…..item 3)..Skunk Spray Chemistry..the recipe for success….

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…..item 1B)….SkyNews … video 2:25 minutes….guaranteed to clear an area…. New Protester Weapon – Smell like a Turd news.sky.com/skynews/Home/video/Skunk-Israel-New-Weapon-B… Oct 14, 2008 Israel’s New Weapon Kicks Up Stink A new weapon used by Israel against Palestinian protestors in the West Bank is causing a stink. Skunk is a controversial new spray that drenches demonstrators with a foul-smelling liquid. Sky’s Middle East correspondent Dominic Waghorn reports. . ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… .

…..item 2)…youtube video:…..NATURE | Is That Skunk? | Baby Skunks | PBS …documentary on baby skunks…..3:56 minutes.. www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEcTVa6YjcQ&feature=channel Jerry Dragoo shows off some cute skunk kits. Newborn skunk babies have markings on naked skin, which will later be replaced by fur in the same pattern. Skunk kits are able to spray from birth, but the resulting chemical plume is not nearly as strong as that of an adult. After watching Is That Skunk? viewers may wonder: do skunks really make good pets? In the case of wild skunks the answer is no. But domesticated skunks, which have been bred in captivity for over 60 years, are known to be quite docile and loving. Still, keeping a domesticated skunk happy and healthy is a lot of work, and so is acquiring a pet skunk in the first place. It is currently legal to own domesticated skunks in only 17 states: Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. In most states where it is legal to own a pet skunk there are additional rules and regulations, and some require a special permit. Skunks can be demanding eaters. Their natural diet is quite eclectic. Wild skunks eat anything from insects and snakes to fruits and veggies. Some skunks also have a taste for garbage. A pet skunk’s diet should include lean protein (chicken or fish), vegetables, some fruits, and cooked grains—all fresh. Skunks have trouble digesting processed foods. When not sleeping, skunks need lots of love and attention. They are very playful, and require lots of stimulation. If left alone all day, they can get mischievous and even destructive. All skunks have long claws used for digging up worms, insects, and grubs. When raised in a house, pet skunks put their claws to use opening doors, cabinets, drawers, and even refrigerators. The house must be “skunk-proofed,” limiting access to the curious creatures. Pet skunks are also known to steal blankets, towels, sweaters, and other soft items that they bring to their sleeping den. . ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

. …..item 3)..youtube video:……NATURE | Is That Skunk? | Skunk Spray Chemistry | PBS …the recipe for success….1:23 minutes.. www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jl7HmfGar60&feature=channel Professor William Wood of Humboldt State University examined the chemical properties of skunk spray samples. He discovered several new compounds in the skunk spray, including a thiol. A thiol is a type of sulfur-based compound found in garlic and onions.
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