July 31, 2014
foodrepublic:

Here’s how to cook a proper blue crab feast:» http://bit.ly/UnAFBi

The absolutely best thing about my D.C. years. Okay, these, and the free concerts at the LOC. 

foodrepublic:

Here’s how to cook a proper blue crab feast:

» http://bit.ly/UnAFBi

The absolutely best thing about my D.C. years. Okay, these, and the free concerts at the LOC. 

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Filed under: blue crabs crab feed 
July 30, 2014
NASA: Solar storm in 2012 nearly ‘knocked modern civilization back to the 18th century’

krippner:

You people out there live in blessed ignorance. You have no idea how incredibly fragile our civilization really is. All it would take is one good solar storm like the Carrington Event back in 1859, and civilization as we know it would cease to exist.

The Carrington event occured from August 28 thru Sept. 2 in 1859. An enormous solar flare caused a huge coronal mass ejection (a CME) aimed directly at the Earth, spawning a geomagnetic storm that remains the largest ever recorded. Aurora were seen from the poles all the way to the equator. In the north east people reported being able to read news papers in the middle of the night by the light of the aurora.

Meanwhile, induction currents from the storm wrecked havoc with the telegraph system, shutting it down, causing enormous sparks, even fires, and giving operators severe shocks.

Back in 1859, it was just something to remark about and to sit back and enjoy the show. Today it would be a different story.

Even minor geomagnetic storms today can wreck havoc with our satellites and electric grid. There have been several wide spread power outages in the last few decades due to geomagnetic storms caused by CMEs. If we were to get hit by one of the magnitude of the 1859 event, it would destroy our entire electrical grid. A study in 2013 indicated that such a storm today would black out large parts of the world for five months or more. Some studies indicate it would be 5 years or more because of a shortage of transformers. It could take years to build and then replace all of the transformers destroyed in such an event.

The telephone system would be decimated. The Internet would cease to exist. Satellites we depend on for communications and weather prediction would be destroyed.

All in all, the total cost to the world would be in the neighborhood of $2.7 trillion.

And guess what — It isn’t a question of if, but when. We’ve had several CMEs in the past couple of years which, while not in the same class as the Carrington event, could have caused serious damage if they’d hit us.

Off topic. This deserves more than just a “like.” I not a catastrophist, although my both my wife and I are part time professional “preppers.” Not like the ones I’m told have a reality TV series, but Continuity of Operations Planning comprise a small part of our government jobs. Our infrastructure, like our bodies, is surprisingly fragile.

July 29, 2014
Paul Ryan's Anti-Poverty Plan Would Cost Billions to Implement. Will GOPers Go for That? | Mother Jones

krippner:

**Warning** **Warning** Political Rant Mode On…

I often wonder about Ryan. Well, okay, not ‘often’. In fact, I rarely think about Ryan because, frankly, he doesn’t deserve to be thought about. Ryan is just another Ayn Randian political hack, saying whatever he believes will get him another big contribution from the far right. His so-called plans to reform the welfare system and get people out of poverty have always had more to do with cutting taxes on the wealthy than with actually trying to help anyone.

So this proposal of his was a bit of a surprise because, on the surface at least, it not only seems to make sense, it’s actually something the far left has been pushing for.

The article over at MJ that gives some details about his plan is interesting. And it makes one wonder, at first, if perhaps Ryan was kidnapped by the left wing and secretly replaced by an android that’s been programmed to support everything that Ryan has hated and despised. Suddenly the man who wanted to destroy food stamps, kill Medicaid and Medicare, and throw everyone into his Ayn Randian vision of utopia where greed is the ultimate virtue and compassion is the ultimate sin, has developed a soul and genuinely wants to help people.

Don’t bet on it. Ryan thinks this can be done without increasing spending, without increasing taxes, blithely ignoring the fact that just hiring enough case workers to deal with these new services would cost an enormous amount of money. Then add in the other services that would be required; health care, child care, education costs, nutrition… the list goes on.

I ran some shirt-cuff calculations and came up with a WAG that estimates this ‘vision’ of Ryan’s, if fully funded, would cost in the neighborhood of $80 - $200 billion. And that’s all new spending, over and above what the current system costs.

I can’t believe that Ryan would seriously propose coughing up that kind of money for a class of people he and his owners believe are parasites who are living lives of luxury on the government dole.

On top of that, it will never pass. The tea party is already having a fit over this, and even the more moderate republicans have been muttering things like ‘I haven’t read the study in detail as yet’ when asked about it.

So why did Ryan bring this up at this time? Simple. He’s been told to. Let’s face it, Ryan never had an original idea in his life. All he’s done his entire political career is dumbly repeat the mantras of his owners: cut taxes, cut services, eliminate regulations, Obama is Satan, democrats are evil.

But a presidential election is coming up, and the Republicans are scared. Thanks to gerrymandering, they’ve managed to take control of many state legislatures and half of Congress, and they’re hoping to snag the Senate and presidency as well. But there’s a problem. They’ve successfully gerrymandered themselves enough safe or almost safe seats in Congress to pretty much ensure they’ll take the Senate. But they can’t gerrymander the entire country.

If they’re going to take the presidency, they have to start to distance themselves from the extremist element. They realize that the majority of people in the country are pretty much moderates. They don’t like extremists at either end of the political spectrum. A lot of mainstream America is becoming downright scared of the gun toting, revolution ranting extremists we’re seeing carrying assault rifles into department stores.

So Ryan’s plan isn’t serious. There’s no way it will ever pass, and certainly would never be funded. But it does accomplish the purpose of making the right wing look like they really care about people. This plan of his will never be seriously considered, but it will make a counter point to the democratic arguments that the right wing is cruel, heartless.

No, Ryan hasn’t changed. He’s still the same hypocrite who stands in front of people talking about what a good Christian he is while developing budgets that would utterly destroy the safety net for the poor, elderly and disabled. He’s still the same mindless puppet, his strings being pulled by the far right money that’s run his political career since he ran for Congress.

Not quite off topic. It does impact the politics of food. I fully agree with Krippner’s rant.

July 28, 2014
Meet Your New Favorite Exotic Meat: Yak - Modern Farmer

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July 27, 2014
mothernaturenetwork:

To fight unemployment, India to plant 2 billion treesA new initiative in India will employ up to 300,000 youths in an effort to improve air quality and provide opportunities to the unemployed.

I can’t think of a better way to address youth unemployment. In the U.S. we still enjoy the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps. 

mothernaturenetwork:

To fight unemployment, India to plant 2 billion trees
A new initiative in India will employ up to 300,000 youths in an effort to improve air quality and provide opportunities to the unemployed.

I can’t think of a better way to address youth unemployment. In the U.S. we still enjoy the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps. 

(via mollyfamous)

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Filed under: trees india 
July 25, 2014
cookingchannel:

This joke is killer.

cookingchannel:

This joke is killer.

(Source: facebook.com)

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Filed under: humor humour 
July 24, 2014

agritecture:

This sleek soil sensor could change the way we garden and farm forever. Via wired magazine

There are plenty of ways to kill a plant without trying. Trust me. But even hardcore gardeners have a hard time knowing what’s really happening underground. Jason Aramburu created Edyn, a Wi-Fi connected gardening system, with the goal of doing for gardens what wearables have done for our bodies.

SOURCE: http://philips.to/1sz6Zkm

Wow. Just. Wow.

July 23, 2014
foodrepublic:

"26 out of 45 customers spend an average of three minutes taking photos of their food."
http://bit.ly/1no6fpe

This wasn’t customary during my days as a young chef, and still isn’t something that I’ve done. Tempted though. Some platings are inspirational.

foodrepublic:

"26 out of 45 customers spend an average of three minutes taking photos of their food."

http://bit.ly/1no6fpe

This wasn’t customary during my days as a young chef, and still isn’t something that I’ve done. Tempted though. Some platings are inspirational.

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Filed under: food photography 
July 22, 2014
foodrepublic:

A classic Cajun jambalaya should be in everyone’s arsenal.Add this recipe to your repertoire:http://bit.ly/1r3dcUe

It should indeed. I favor etoufee but jambalaya is a must know in the repertoire of every American cook. I don’t recall ever following a recipe but this one looks reasonable. The commentary is dead on. Just one thing. It’s spicy, but don’t go overboard with the heat. Cajuns aren’t Ethiopians or Thais. 

foodrepublic:

A classic Cajun jambalaya should be in everyone’s arsenal.

Add this recipe to your repertoire:
http://bit.ly/1r3dcUe

It should indeed. I favor etoufee but jambalaya is a must know in the repertoire of every American cook. I don’t recall ever following a recipe but this one looks reasonable. The commentary is dead on. Just one thing. It’s spicy, but don’t go overboard with the heat. Cajuns aren’t Ethiopians or Thais. 

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Filed under: food cajun food 
July 21, 2014
The Most Epic Way to Plate a Hot Dog | FirstWeFeast.com

Some folks have way too much time on their hands.

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Filed under: active eating 
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