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Protest Video from Canada – Casseroles – Montréal, May 24, 2012 on Vimeo

There are many laws in the USA that are deteriorating our freedoms.  Through the National Defense Authorization Act (or NDAA), the U.S. government is incrementally making it illegal to protest.  For example, it is through this law that it is illegal to protest near government officials,  the very people who need to hear the protests regardless of what those protests might be.

In Quebec, Canada, the government passed an “emergency law.”  This law makes it illegal to protest without permission from the government.  People can be fined extraordinary amounts for protesting without government permission.  So,what did Canadians do?  They took to the streets.  It didn’t matter that the protests that caused the laws were perhaps not agreed upon by everyone.  Tens of thousands of people went into the streets to protest the infringement of their rights.  You can see it in the video below.

What do we do in the USA?  Go back to sleep…

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Cry No More, Sad Trees

Cry No More, Sad Trees

Cry no more, sad trees;
For what do your leaves fall so fast?
See how the mountains stand ready
For snow to gently blanket.
But the sun’s energy encompassing
Sees not your falling leaves
That now lie sleeping
Quietly, now gently lies
Sleeping.

Renewing is the sleep,
A peaceful winter’s nap.
Does not the sun also rise
Every day as you sleep?
Rest you then, rest, sad trees,
Wither not with your tears
While the earth lies sleeping
Quietly, now gently lies
Sleeping.

[Based on an anonymous poem in John Dowland’s Third and Last Book of Songs or Airs (1603)]

Perfect Wheat Bread

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There are few things better than fresh baked bread.

Follow this recipe exactly, and you will have perfect bread every time.

Ingredients: (I use organic ingredients whenever possible.)

2 cups bread flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1.5 teaspoons salt

1.5 cups warm water (not too hot)
2 teaspoons dry active yeast
1 tablespoon maple syrup (pure 100% only!)
1 tablespoon coconut oil

Combine water, yeast, syrup, and coconut oil. I use a whisk to combine. After coconut oil melts, whisk some more. You are waiting for the yeast to activate. You know it has when foam forms on the top.

Using a food processor with paddles, combine flours and salt. Blend for 1-2 minutes.

When yeast has activated, turn food processor on low. Add yeast mixture, BUT DO NOT ADD ALL OF IT. You may have 1/4 cup left over when all is said and done; I have 1/4 cup left over every time.

Blend with paddles for 2-3 minutes. Let “rest” for 2 minutes. Blend again for 1-2 minutes.

Remove from food processor and form a ball (may be sticky). Place ball in a greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Allow to rise until twice in size. Time varies. A warm place will speed this up.

Uncover and save plastic wrap. Punch dough down. Remove and knead by hand to remove big air bubbles. Place in a buttered bread loaf pan. Cover with plastic wrap. Allow to rise until bread is peeping above the pan about 1 inch.

Oven: 415°F
Bake: 40 minutes

Tip: Throw 2 ice cubes onto the bottom of the oven. This will make the crust nice.

You know the bread is done when it sounds hollow on the bottom. Allow to cool loosely covered with tin foil for 10 minutes before cutting (if you can!!). ENJOY!!

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Sesame Oat Wheat Bread

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The Manner of Kids Nowadays

The Manner of the Kids Nowadays

So many droopy pants
Towns with transplants
And breasts with implants,
I never saw:
So many good songs
The crowds in throngs
The showing of thongs,
I never saw.

So many hats worn
Twisted and shorn
And so many forlorn,
I never saw:
Way too many laws
The kids drawing straws
And getting beaten for their flaws,
I never saw.

So many good books
So few good nooks
So few that reading hooks,
I never saw:
Spelling by phonetics
Faces covered in cosmetics
Downright dastardly apathetic,
I never saw.

. . .

It is a pity that every day
So many gamblers go that way
Buy with their winnings our democracy
I never saw,
To the Universe I make my plea
That all the kids come out and see
Different than I hold them to be
Never was it worse!

Amendment
Indeed a rant
Though it may not be;
We have exiled empathy.
God is either dead or sick;
The kids all know this bit
They will use their wit,
And you must believe it.
For better I hope ever,
And worse was it never.

[Based on The Manner of the World Nowadayes by John Skelton (?)(1500)]

Lactose Free Pie Crust

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Ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling
  • 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks or 6 ounces) Earth Balance, very-cold, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 ounces very cold Crisco cut into cubes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 6 to 8 Tbsp ice water

Using a food processor with blades, mix by pulsing the flour, salt, and sugar. Put the Earth Balance and Crisco in and pulse 6-8 times until crumbly. Now add ice water 1 tablespoon at a time until dough starts to clump together. I usually use 3-5 tablespoons, your mileage may vary.

Clump together into two equal discs. You may squash the dough with the palm of your hand to make the crust flaky. Wrap the discs in plastic wrap and place in ridge for at least one hour (up to 24).

Roll out dough. Place in pie tin or pie dish. Fill with yummy goodness. Roll out second disc. Cover. Do your thing with the edge of the pie crust. Bake at 400°F for 40-50 minutes. Enjoy!

Depending on the pie, I often blend one egg white with some cold water (1tbsp) and brush the top crust with it. Then, I sprinkle sugar on top. Yum!

Of Food and Television

Of Food and Television

Macaroni, cheese, and soda is most their fare
America’s diet fine;
Thy cup runs over with supermarkets’ galore
Isles of chips and cheap wine.

Sometimes God gives them steak or fish,
Yet they are content without
And what they get, they divvy with friends
Yet strangers go without.

Reality TV is rich to see,
Let none think it’s fake:
In wilderness, on the Jersey Shore,
These craven scoundrels shake.

[Based on Roger Williams’ Of Eating and Entertainment]

The American character – Glenn Greenwald – Salon.com

The United States of America is under the impression that its two major parties are at the opposite ends of the political spectrum.  That could not be further from the truth, as we in the Green Party have been saying for quite some time now.  Since I am just some dude on the internet without any real authoritative value, please take the time to read this article.  It shows how “different” our two parties are from one another on anything that matters.

There are so many articles like this one that show this “vast difference” that it is amazing that we don’t, as a people, rise up and ask for a change.  Those in power have us so evenly divided on “hugely important” issues that we are virtually powerless as a people.

The American character – Glenn Greenwald – Salon.com.

From the Dream of Common Taste Buds

From the Dream of Common Taste Buds

No one comes into this kitchen
Without confronting the stainless appliances
Next to the breadbox, shelves of food,
Photographs of delicious looking peppers.
Without contemplating last and late
The true nature of food.  The drive
To cook, to eat.  The dream of common taste buds.

[Based on Adrienne Rich’s From the Dream of a Common Language]

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May Day – Occupy Wall Street – Live Video

The Occupy Movement plans many demonstrations for May Day all around the country, and even the world.

As a teacher, I was not able to leave my students and participate in any May Day activities with the Occupy Movement.  Indeed, maybe I should be participating in a general strike; I am exactly why we need a big change in this country.  I am a good teacher.  But, I work only part time as an adjunct at a community college.  While classes in high schools across the country, and in the area I live as well, are growing, teachers are being cut.  Those of us seeking full time employment should be able to find jobs.  Our children’s classrooms are becoming overcrowded.  There is room for more teachers.  Yet, the capitalist society in which we live is failing its citizens.  400 people in this country own more wealth than the bottom 150,000,000 (one hundred and fifty million).  I guess the system is working for those 400 people.  But,what about those 150 millions?  It’s time for a change.

Personally, I am not against capitalism, per se.  I am, however, against how it dramatically benefits a small percentage of the population much much more than it benefits the vast majority of that population.  Unfortunately, while Occupy Wall Street blames big money, and it is right to do so, a large chunk of the blame belongs on the scoundrels and corrupt politicians who are making the rules to benefit those rich elite in Washington, DC.

You can watch a Ustream live video of events in New York City here:

 

Streaming by Ustream It looks like things are slow as of this time (1:45pm EST).  I hate to say it, but perhaps things will pick up after work.

If things heat up, I will update this post…

 


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