BOOKS!

Before I begin….did I mention that I hate squirrels?

Most of my regulars know that I have a huge library of books on international relations, Politics and History….I just cannot stop buying books….the feel, the smell and the look of a book is everything.

This Saturday I thought I would post a bit on books and a bit of history as well…..

I am not a fan of fiction I prefer real life and real situations….but a couple of first about novels of the past……

So you think 50 Shades was racy?

Researchers have discovered a long-lost version of a medieval romance “novel” containing a sex scene too steamy for even modern publishers. 

The French poem, “Le Roman de la Rose” (The Romance of the Rose), tells the story of a courtier wooing a woman — the poems titular “rose.” It was the “Twilight” of its day, a crowd-pleasing romance that was reproduced again and again. 

“‘Le Roman de la Rose’ really was the blockbuster of its day,” Marianne Ailes, a medievalist at the University of Bristol in the U.K. who identified the new fragments of the manuscript, said in a statement. “We know how popular it was from the number of surviving manuscripts and fragments, a picture our fragment adds to, and from the number of allusions to the text in other medieval writings.”

https://www.livescience.com/lost-medieval-romance-manuscript-discovered.html

Then the discovery of what some say is the very first novel…..

The chest was opened. And suddenly, a chapter has been added to the oldest known version of what’s considered to be the world’s first novel. The original manuscript of the Tale of Genji—telling of the political and romantic life of Genji, the son of an ancient Japanese emperor—was completed around 1010 by a woman named by scholars as Murasaki Shikibu, but subsequently lost to history. Indeed, the oldest written copy known to researchers, transcribed by the poet Teika before his death in 1241, includes just four chapters of the 54-chapter story. Well, now five chapters, counting the 800-year-old pages just discovered in a house in Tokyo, per the Guardian. It seems ancestors of the home owner, descended from a feudal lord, had been quietly keeping Teika’s transcription of the fifth chapter of the Japanese epic since 1743.

In April, 72-year-old Motofuyu Okochi of the Mikawa-Yoshida feudal domain opened the chest used to store the chapter, allowing officials at cultural heritage foundation Reizeike Shiguretei Bunko to have a peek. They say it’s an authentic manuscript, roughly 5.5 inches wide by 8.5 inches long, with handwriting and a blue cover that perfectly matches Teika’s other chapters, which are registered as “national important cultural properties,” per Asahi Shimbun. Kyoto University professor Junko Yamamoto tells the outlet it’s a “very significant” find since research on the fifth chapter, which depicts Genji meeting his future wife, has been based on manuscripts completed 250 years after Teika’s version.

I have about 1500 books in my library….most of them I had to replace after Katrina for many got ruined with water damage……but I read about a new way to protect your books….

“For him that stealeth, or borroweth and returneth not, this book from its owner, let it change into a serpent in his hand & rend him. Let him be struck with palsy & all his members blasted. Let him languish in pain crying aloud for mercy, & let there be no surcease to his agony till he sing in dissolution. Let bookworms gnaw his entrails in token of the Worm that dieth not, & when at last he goeth to his final punishment, let the flames of Hell consume him for ever.”

What can I say after the destruction of Katrina I will try anything to protect my books…..

Have a great Saturday and enjoy family….be well be safe

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Saturday In The Shade

Weekend and a few random thoughts…..I Hate Squirrels!

Whether you believe in climate change or not….there is one thing that cannot be ignored…..those greenhouse gases and those that produce them…….

The overwhelming majority of climate scientists, international governmental bodies, relevant research institutes and scientific societies are in unison in saying that climate change is real, that it’s a problem, and that we should probably do something about it now, not later. And yet, for some reason, the idea persists in some peoples’ minds that climate change is up for debate, or that climate change is no big deal.

Actually, it’s not “for some reason” that people are confused. There’s a very obvious reason. There is a very well-funded, well-orchestrated climate change-denial movement, one funded by powerful people with very deep pockets. In a new and incredibly thorough study, Drexel University sociologist Robert Brulle took a deep dive into the financial structure of the climate deniers, to see who is holding the purse strings.

According to Brulle’s research, the 91 think tanks and advocacy organizations and trade associations that make up the American climate denial industry pull down just shy of a billion dollars each year, money used to lobby or sway public opinion on climate change and other issues.

 
What about the companies behind those gases?
 
 
I will bet there is one consequence of climate change that you had not considered….Bigfoot.
 

For more than six decades, Loren Coleman has dedicated his life to Sasquatch. Since beginning his investigatory fieldwork in 1960, he’s written books, given talks, and taught university courses related to the concept of Bigfoot and other cryptids — the accepted term for animals which straddle the borders between the documented, the imagined, and the forged. In 2003, he founded the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine, a federal nonprofit dedicated to educating visitors on the creatures.

Coleman and those like him don’t restrict cryptozoology to the more dramatic examples such as the Sasquatch or Chupacabra; they use the term to encompass the search for any previously undocumented or rumored animals based on regional sightings, folklore, and found evidence. “Because we’re involved in cryptozoology, we’re very forcefully of the opinion that there’s more animals out there, and that there are unknown species being discovered every day,” he told me over the phone from his house in Maine.

https://theoutline.com/post/8103/will-climate-change-kill-bigfoot

The climate change protests were endorsed by over 400 scientists……

Almost 400 scientists have endorsed a civil disobedience campaign aimed at forcing governments to take rapid action to tackle climate change, warning that failure could inflict “incalculable human suffering.”

In a joint declaration, climate scientists, physicists, biologists, engineers and others from at least 20 countries broke with the caution traditionally associated with academia to side with peaceful protesters courting arrest from Amsterdam to Melbourne.

Wearing white laboratory coats to symbolize their research credentials, a group of about 20 of the signatories gathered on Saturday to read out the text outside London’s century-old Science Museum in the city’s upmarket Kensington district.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climate-change-scientists-idUSKBN1WS01K

One last thing about the climate……it is so hot in Qatar that they are using a/c outside……

Temperatures in Qatar – one of the hottest places on Earth – have risen so much that authorities have installed air conditioning in the open air including in streets and outdoor markets.

The country, where summer temperatures now reach up to 46C, has already started air-conditioning its football stadiums in preparation for the World Cup in 2022 – itself delayed because of the extreme heat.

Giant coolers have also been installed along pavements and even in outdoor shopping malls so a cool breeze allows life to go on as before.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/qatar-air-conditioning-temperature-weather-heat-climate-change-athletics-world-cup-a9160751.html

There you have all the news around the subject of climate change….use the info wisely.

MoMo and I need to deal with the thieving squirrels…..

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Sunday News You Cannot Use

Sunday, the world is still on fire geopolitically and I do not want to post about that…how about a few thoughts of unreported news?

Ever farted in public?

I have….and can be so satisfying unless you live in Scotland…..

Well, he got his answer. The Scotsman reports a 28-year-old was earlier this month sentenced to 75 hours of unpaid work after farting three times in the presence of police and asking, “How do you like that?” The incident began in the wake of a car crash in Aberdeen. Police responding to the scene found Stuart Cook speaking to another driver. Officers say they smelled pot on Cook; a search of his person and car turned up a small quantity of cannabis.

He reportedly yelled at officers as he was handcuffed and taken to Kittybrewster police station, where his situation didn’t improve: He was instructed to bend over as part of a strip search, and the court heard Cook intentionally farted three times in the direction of the officer, asking, “How do you like that?” His lawyer said he felt the officers’ treatment of him was an overreaction.

That brings me to another fart story….ever thought about winning the Lawsuit Lotto?  This man sued for seven figures over his boss’ farts.

Let’s talk food…..the new trend/fad here in the US is “meatless meat”…..the Plant based Whopper for instance….personally I want a burger with lots of meat and mayo….but how is the “new” burger taking hold?

Fake meat is having a huge moment right now. With massive financial gains, brands like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods are creating an entirely new — and thriving — market.

But not everybody is on board with veggie burgers that aren’t entirely “veggie,” as Vox reports, with critics arguing that fake meat is unhealthy and goes against the idea of consuming “whole,” GMO-free foods.

CEOs of major corporations including Whole Foods and Chipotle have dismissed the plant-based meats as far too processed — a valid criticism considering how companies produce the meatless products flooding the markets right now.

https://futurism.com/angry-backlash-fake-meat

As long as we talking food here…..this is something my reader can actually use….

In closing I share my Fried Green Tomatoes recipe with my readers…..use to be I could only enjoy these in the Tomato season of Summer now with globalization I can enjoy anytime….

  • 2 med green tomatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 water
  • 1 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (any oil is acceptable…I use Grape seed on occasion)
  • Pepper

 

  • Slice green tomatoes to desired thickness (I like mine thinner).
  • In a small bowl, whisk together eggs and water. (sometimes I use an Italian seasoning in the egg mixture for a change of pace)
  • In a separate small bowl, combine Romano cheese, almond flour.
  • First dip one slice of tomato into the egg wash, then place it in the flour mixture coating it on both sides.
  • Repeat this step making sure the “flour” coating is covering all of the tomato.
  • Continue until all the sliced tomatoes are coated and set aside.
  • Heat olive oil  in a pan over medium-high heat.
  • When the grease is good in hot (but not too hot), place 4-5 of the tomato slices in the pan.
  • Cook them for roughly 3 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom side.
  • Flip them over and cook another 3 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove from pan and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Repeat this with the next batch of tomatoes until all the sliced tomatoes are cooked.
  • Serve immediately.  I like a sauce of ketchup, mayo and horseradish. and a little garlic.

Please enjoy the recipe….

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks to all those regulars that spent time with me and IST….your visits are much appreciated.

Be well, Be safe

FYI Saturday

Some things we should know or if we do not then we should be informed…….for this reason I have my FYI on the weekends.

To begin….the trend or is it a fad of marking ourselves with ink could have its draw backs…

I lay on the mat of the open-air bungalow in Apia, Samoa, looking up at a gecko. As its tail quivered, I felt a sympathetic twitch in my leg. Su’a Sulu’ape Paulo III, the sixth-generation Samoan hand-tap tattoo master leaning over me, paused to see if my movement was due to pain.

I’d been in Samoa for a month, studying Samoan tattooing culture and the impact of the big traditional pieces called pe’a and malu — tatau in general — on the immune system. Now I was getting my own hand-tapped leg tattoo, albeit considerably smaller.
This field season was the fourth of my research on the relationship between tattooing and immune response. My first study had focused on a small sample, mostly women, in Alabama. What I’d observed among that group suggested that tattooing could help beef up one’s immune response.
But one small study in the United States wasn’t proof of anything — despite headlines blaring that tattoos could cure the common cold. Good science means finding the same results multiple times and then interpreting them to understand something about the world.
 
I never wanted to mark my body with a tat…..the job I was doing I could not have any distinguishing marks….so I was never impressed by them.
 
But that is just me.
 
Somewhere in you medical history were you told that red meat was not that good for you and that consuming too much would lead to serious health problems?
 
Yeah, me too.
 
A new bit of research contradicts these predictions, as dpoes most of the stuff we were told in the past…..
 
Researchers taking a fresh look at the hazards of eating red meat believe they may have killed a sacred cow of nutritional advice. In a paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, an international group of experts says evidence that red meat causes heart disease and cancer is weak at best and most people shouldn’t feel the need to cut down. Researcher Bradley Johnston says the panel of 14 researchers analyzed past studies and found “only low-certainty evidence of a very small reduction in cancer or other adverse health consequences.” “For most people who enjoy eating meat, the uncertain health benefits of cutting down are unlikely to be worth it,” he says. Only three of the panelists said they supported advice for the public to reduce consumption of red and processed meats.
 
“Is 15 fewer cases per 1,000 of cancer followed over a lifetime—is that important enough for an individual to cut off or lower their intake? We would leave that up to them,” Johnston tells NBC. A group of prominent scientists, however, slammed the research and called for publication to be delayed until their concerns were addressed, the AP reports. Among other criticisms, they said the paper’s authors based advice not to bother reducing red meat on an average of three servings a week, but many people eat one serving a day. Harvard researcher Dr. Frank Hu, author of a recent study that linked red meat to a higher mortality risk, called the paper “irresponsible and unethical,” the New York Times reports. He said the researchers were looking for the same standard of evidence as in trials of experimental drugs, which is very difficult to do with nutritional studies.
So eggs–ok, coffee–ok, wine–ok, now red meat…….
 
An IST tip…..eat what you want, exercise, and be happy.
 
Speaking of exercise……MoMo wants her trip to the 40 foot wood….
 
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A Few Thoughts

These are a couple of stories that I came across and marked for a possible post….they never made it that far…..events moved quickly and made them a moot point…..

First thought is the ever popular NRA…popular with the GOP who gets a regular paycheck from the lobbying group……

It appears as if the NRA knew they were being played by the Russian agent…..

Top officials at the National Rifle Association knew Russians were using their ties to the gun rights group to try to bolster their status with lawmakers or the winner of the 2016 presidential election, a new report from Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee shows.

In 2015, Russian national Maria Butina, who last year pleaded guilty to conspiracy as an unregistered foreign agent, tapped her political operative boyfriend Paul Erickson to help her convince a top NRA official to come to Moscow, according to the committee report made public Friday.
“Russia believes that high level contacts with the NRA might be the BEST means of neutral introduction to either the next American President OR to a meaningful re-set in relations with the Congress under a (God forbid) President Clinton,” Erickson, a GOP political operative wrote to Peter Brownell, the chief executive of a firearm accessories company and, at the time, the incoming president of the NRA. “This simple good will trip would have enormous diplomatic consequences for a future U.S. / Russia bilateral relationship to the world.”
 
Second the whole mash up with the Ukraine phone call is what set the whole inquiry in motion…..SecState Pompeo has babbled that he had not seen the complaint and knows nothing about the phone call that started this whole thing….I appears that Pompeo is lying (go figure)…….
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was one of the people listening in on President Trump’s call to Ukraine’s president in July—the call that prompted the House to begin an impeachment inquiry. A senior State Department official confirmed Pompeo’s involvement on Monday, the Wall Street Journal reports. Pompeo had said that he opposed releasing the transcript of Trump’s conversation with President Volodymy Zelensky. He has since said the decision is up to the White House.
 
Pompeo had said he hadn’t read the whistleblower complaint in full about the phone call, and not answered specific questions about the conversation. As far as he knew, Pompeo said, per CNN, State Department officials had acted properly. Three House committees have issued subpoenas to Pompeo for documents related to the inquiry. He faces a deadline of Friday to turn them over
Pompeo has stated that ……
the House panels conducting the impeachment inquiry requested that five current and former State Department officials appear this week and next for depositions. On Tuesday, Mike Pompeo made clear that won’t happen, the Washington Post reports. The secretary of state sent a letter to House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (Pompeo posted the letter in full on Twitter) outlining a number of “serious substantive and procedural deficiencies” in the request, which he called nothing more than “an attempt to intimidate, bully, and treat improperly, the distinguished professionals of the Department of State.” He faulted the committee for not providing the five enough time to prepare and said the panels are trying to block State Department counsel from coming with them.
 
He also noted the five weren’t issued subpoenas, and “we are not aware of any other authority by which the committee could compel appearance at a depositions”; therefore, the scheduled depositions “could only be read as a request for a voluntary appearance.” The officials requested have all somehow been involved in US-Ukraine relations: Marie Yovanovitch, former ambassador to Ukraine; Kurt Volker, former special envoy to Ukraine; Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent; US ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland; and State Department Counselor T. Ulrich Brechbuhl. Later Tuesday, CNN reports, the chairmen of the three committees requesting the depositions issued a statement warning Pompeo that “any effort to intimidate witnesses or prevent them from talking with Congress … is illegal.” The AP reports that Volker, who resigned last week, has agreed to talk to the committees behind closed doors this week and Yovanovitch will appear Oct. 11
No problem…either they answer questions or they are in contempt and should be arrested immediately.
 
Pompeo will say whatever Trump trlls him to say……Im have NO use for people like that…….suck ass cheese eaters…..
A little more than a week after saying he had just been handed “a report about a IC whistle-blower complaint, none of which I’ve seen,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed Wednesday that he was on the July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that prompted the complaint and is now the subject of an impeachment inquiry. “I was on the call,” Pompeo said from Rome, adding the US policy had been about helping rid Ukraine of corruption, per the New York Times. “We will continue to try to drive those set of outcomes,” he said when asked if he had any concerns about the call, per CNN.
 
Pompeo then elaborated on a Tuesday letter in which he accused Democrats of attempting to intimidate officials asked to appear for depositions. “They contacted State Department employees directly, told them not to contact legal counsel at the State Department,” he said, claiming the demands “deeply violate fundamental principles of separation of powers.” Late Tuesday, however, the chairmen of three House committees leading the impeachment inquiry said Pompeo “appears to have an obvious conflict of interest” and “should immediately cease intimidating Department witnesses in order to protect himself and the president,” per Bloomberg and the Hill.
Nothing about the DC Triumvirate, Trump, Barr, Pompeo is about what is best for the country….it is all about protecting a pertson…not the country or the Constitution.
 
The media is acting all butt hurt that Pompeo is lying to them……in reality Pompeo has been a lying arrogant Neocon since his days in the Congress…..to think that he has changed because he has a position of authority is just STUPID!
 
According to your president there is a “coup”….but then there has been such since he walked into office…..
 
Not for the first time, President Trump is falsely claiming a coup against him. “As I learn more and more each day, I am coming to the conclusion that what is taking place is not an impeachment, it is a COUP,” the president tweeted late Tuesday. Trump’s trade adviser Peter Navarro had suggested the same hours earlier, telling Fox Business that the impeachment inquiry was “nothing less than an attempted coup d’état,” reports the Hill.
 
Trump also claimed a failed coup in April, reports USA Today. “They tried for a coup, it didn’t work out so well,” he said of the Mueller report at the NRA’s annual meeting. Trump is likely to expand on his defense at a Wednesday press conference. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff will jointly hold one of their own, per NBC News, while the State Department’s inspector general will brief congressional committees on documents related to the Ukraine scandal.
As usual the president uses words that he has NO earthly idea what they mean……
 
Thought process recorded.
 
“I Read, I Wrote and now You Know!”
 
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Those Larger Questions Of Life

There are some philosophical questions that need to be asked….for instance…… Is there a God?  Why are we here?  What’s love got to do with it?

Hold that thought.

On another front….Sue goes to the store and brings MoMo a new toy every time….she now has moved past one toy box to two……

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And this does not include the 5 or 6 others that are already in the yard.

Most of the toys are high quality and cost as much as $20….and yet MoMo favorite toy is a simple string……

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To give you an idea of just how much fun a simple piece of string can be…….

Now there is the REAL question to be answered…..why is a piece of string so much fun?

Enjoy your Sunday….Im shall endeavor to stay cool….not something easy to do when you live in the Deep South….

 

A Few Chuq’s Thoughts

****WARNING:  STRONG LANGUAGE CAN BE OFFENSIVE TO SOME****

I have been anything but civil to Trump and Trump supporters but with good reason.

Their Fearless Leader to begin with….he has said more crap than a used car salesman but this one hit me hard…..

President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign attacked Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York in a campaign email Tuesday for her calls to abolish the Electoral College, telling supporters that “this is our country, not theirs.”

The attack was prompted by comments Ocasio-Cortez made last week in which she called the Electoral College a “scam” and said that the constitutionally mandated way the United States picks its presidents dilutes the voting power of people of color, as well as voters in large cities.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-campaign-attacks-aoc-democrats-our-country-not-theirs-n1047061

……”this is our country not theirs”?

Any one that makes such a comment and then believes it to be true is a racist fucking Nazi.  Dividing the country like that is a fascist ploy and the only way this moron cocksucker can ever win a vote.

Talk about “low IQ” this man and his supporters are the very definition of “low IQ””

There is more….

His Majesty Trump has a hard on for the Chinese….

As part of his ever-escalating trade war with China, Donald Trump has ordered Americans to stop patronizing Chinese restaurants.

“If they think they can outsmart me, they better think again,” said the master negotiator. “I am hitting them where it hurts, in the stomach. This was always my nuclear option and I’m using it. No more family nights at the local Chinese restaurant … no more takeout.”

Following Trump’s latest directive, which he put out in a tweet, a few staff members gently tried to explain to Trump that the People’s Republic of China does not own any restaurants in the United States, let alone Chinese restaurants; that this boycotting of Chinese eateries will have no effect on our adversary.

“Maybe not,” said Trump, “but it will severely cut down on the food they export to our country. Where do you think all those Peking ducks come from? And those fortune cookies? And that special, secret sauce for General Tso’s chicken? … China.”

This man is so fucking stupid…..Peking duck is a cooking method not a place…..fortune cookies are an American invention and so is General Tso’s as well.

Apparently this shit of brains thinks all Chinese eateries are owned by the country of China.

Now for a good example of supporters.

One small phallus of a person made the best STUPID remark of the week.

“Obama resigned because he knew Trump would beat him” (paraphrase)

Here is where this skid mark made the statement…..

A meme has been spreading around Facebook and Twitter that shows a man, purportedly a Trump supporter, claiming that former President Barack Obama resigned in 2016 because he knew he would lose to Donald Trump.

I know, we are laughing too.

Here is the tweet that started it all:

A user named Tyler said, “Obama was too scared to run against trump because he knew trump would destroy him. That’s why Obama retired.”

https://www.politicalflare.com/2019/08/trump-supporter-says-obama-resigned-in-2016-because-he-knew-hed-lose-to-trump/

I have seldom been too fucking keen on people that mindlessly voted GOP and with Trump they prove to me just how fucking ignorant they really are.

Someone famous once said “Stupid is as stupid does” (I know who made the fucking statement I did not like the movie)

On to the Impeachment saga!

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/25/impeachment-trump-describes-blatant-violations-perfect-conversation-rambling

How many times have we fucking heard that our voting process is the best in the world?

Looks like anyone that wants to change things in the process all they have to do is just a little hacking…..

A report issued Thursday by some of the country’s leading election security experts found that voting machines used in dozens of state remain vulnerable to hacks and manipulations, warning that that without continued efforts to increase funding, upgrade technology, and adopt of voter-marked paper ballot systems, “we fear that the 2020 presidential elections will realize the worst fears only hinted at during the 2016 elections: insecure, attacked, and ultimately distrusted.”

Researchers Assembled over 100 Voting Machines. Hackers Broke Into Every Single One.

**** I APOLOGIZE TO ANYONE THAT IS OFFENDED BY THE LANGUAGE BUT YOU WERE WARNED****

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