Well, it is because I think that the MSM, the blogosphere, and the ranting of ninnies on twitter have degenerated into a polluted and contradictory sphere of lies, maskirovka, Madison Avenue spin, and inchoate mumblings that do more to confuse than to enlighten.
The news is now beyond my control. It always has been, but now the situation is so bad that an old news whore such as your truly will finally have to give up and walk away.
It is sad though. At one time in my life, I had the warm feeling that being informed allowed me to make better choices in my role in democracy. All things being equal, I am coming to the conclusion that I have no effective role in the formation of government policy.
However, I do have a role in planting a winter garden. Time to get cracking.
I love Microsoft Word. Yes, people will tell me "Go with OpenOffice and LibreOffice and you too will become a convert".
Ain't happenin' dudes. While the Microsoft Mothership of OS sucks big bags, their office software is the bomb. OpenOffice and LibreOffice are stuck back at Office 95 level of capability. Not at all bad for a free program. Actually, it is quite an impressive feat, but LibreOffice still isn't as good as Microsoft Office.
Microsoft has the bad luck to have a marriage like the ones we all have experienced in our lives. One where the wife is great and fun and pleasant to be around but the husband is a complete asshole.
Windows is the asshole.
You will need:
- Pressure cooker
- Big stock pot for frying and mixing
- Chef's knife
- Wooden stirring and scraping spoon
- Measuring cups
- 2 cups of dried pinto beans ($0.89)
- 1 cup of uncooked white rice ($0.30)
- 3 bouillon cubes from the grocery outlet ($0.34)
- 1 large white onion, chopped ($0.59)
- 1 tablespoon dried chili powder ($0.06)
- 1 teaspoon cumin ($0.04)
- 1 tube of beef chorizo ($1.38)
- 10 ounce package of Kale ($2.99)
- Package of Ten Burrito Shells ($2.19)
- 1/2 Pound of Cheese ($1.00)**
Soak the beans overnight. Drain the water (*). After they are soaked, you will have a yield of around 6 cups. Put the beans in a pressure cooker with three (3) cups of water, add the bouillon cubes, the chopped onion, the cumin and the dried chili's. Bring the pressure cooker up to pressure and cook for thirty minutes. After thirty minutes, turn off the burner, leave the pot on the burner, and let the pressure cooker lose pressure naturally
For research purposes, when the pressure had released, I measured the liquid volume left in the cooked beans, three cups in, three cups out.
Fry up the chorizo and put it into the pot with the rice and cheese and while strring frequently to make sure that the rice doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan, bring the pan up to a boiil, cover with a plain lid, then reduce the heat to simmer and let it cook for thirty (30) minutes. Make sure that you stir it frequently to keep the rice from sticking, you will have to stir a lot at first until the heat bleeds off of the stovetop, but less at the end when it is just simmering.
Chop up the kale and put it into the stock pot, then pull the bean/rice mixture off the burner and dump it into the kale, mix it thoroughly and put it back on the burner used to simmer the rice. Turn off the burner at this point and allow the residual heat of the mixture to cook the kale for 1/2 hour.
Energy cost = 30 minutes at 1200w (est.) at $0.0816/kwh = $0.05, brings total to $6.91
Yields around 12 cups of burrito filling.
Rice = 615 calories, 135g carbo, 12g protein, Fat 0g, Fiber 3g, Thiamine, Niacin, Folate,
Beans = 1470 calories, 270g carbo, 90g protein, Fat 6g, Fiber 90g, Thiamine, B6, Folate
Kale = 142 calories, 28g carbo, 9g protein, Fat 3g, Fiber 6g, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin A
Velveeta = 640 calories, 24g carbo, 40g protein, Fat 48g, Fiber 0g
Chorizo= 1160 calories, 16g carbo, 36g protein, Fat 12g, Fiber 16g
Filling Total = 3841 calories, 473g carbo, 187 g protein, 69g fat, 115g fiber
A cup of this makes a pretty good sized burrito.
1 cup filling total = 320 calories, 40g carbo, 16 g protein, 6g fat, 10g fiber
Burrito Shell= 180 calories, 31g carbo, 4g protein, 5g fat, 1g fiberFilling Total = 3841 calories, 473g carbo, 187 g protein, 69g fat, 115g fiber
Total serving = 500 calories, 71g carbo, 20g protein, 11g fat, 11g fiber.
12 servings @ $0.58 each. If you are really poor, this is two days food.
(*) Make certain you soak and drain. If not, you will fart like you have never farted before.
(**) When I went to the cheap food store, they had Velveeta on sale. Now, as cheese, Velveeta is less than optimal. But as an ingredient, Velveeta is the bomb. It isn't really any different from cheese when you examine the ingredients. They use some pretty damn tame preservatives, hell, in different products, the stuff that they use as preservatives are touted as electrolytes, stuff you eat all the time. The only weird ingredient is the sodium alginate, and since that is taken from seaweed and is used everywhere, I think that I will give it a pass here.
Milk, water, milkfat, whey, milk protein concentrate, whey protein concentrate, sodium phosphate; contains less than 2% of: salt, calcium phosphate, lactic acid, sorbic acid as a preservative, sodium alginate, sodium citrate, enzymes, apocarotenal (color), annatto (color), and cheese culture.
This is a test of the ability of my newly minted Ubuntu setup to write within LibreOffice Writer. I wonder if the hypertext comes through.
I do want to test the ability to use different colors for posting.
I also want to test using different Fonts
I wonder how subscripts like F1 work when you post.
Save the file as HTML
Press the e-mail button
I think that taking a moment in order to think about the downstream effects from any war idea currently being bruited about by our political leadership would be time well spent.
There is now a greater chance (my estimate still is still less than 30%) that something quite nasty is brewing. If it comes, it won't be a 15 second spot on ABC news. It will be the only thing there.
Might want to take a moment to review your options.
The drive was cut short by a 15 year old water pump, which has now been repaired. My abortive adventure to North-Central Washington was ended by an extended ride in a tow truck and listening an ad libitum monologue by the driver of same in which he extensively digressed on his personal work-ethic and the lack of same exhibited by the various and sundry minorities which infest his God-fearing American hometown. Attempts at entering a discussion concerning the Jewish people controlling America were avoided by the simple expedient of Your Humble Correspondent pretending to nap.
I briefly considered interrupting him and requesting silence, but as I wished to have myself and my disabled vehicle returned to my hometown utilizing his oddly dilapidated truck (odd in the sense that such a paragon of protestant work-ethic and old-fashioned American exceptionalism would allow his non-too-new and none-too-well-maintained vehicle to achieve such a sorry state). More than once I was certain that another tow truck would have to be summoned in order to get the job done. I whiled away the time spent in the confines of said tow truck conducting a gedankenexperiment concerning the handling characteristic of a tow truck towing a tow truck towing a disabled minivan. The results were not reassuring.
Got back home late, irritated the driver of tow truck to no end by not offering a gratuity on top of the fee paid to him by my insurance company. Considerable pissiness ensued followed by a greater than necessary use of force in unhooking minivan from aforementioned tow truck. Fortunately, my loathing of said vehicle allowed me to ignore scratches in plastic bumper caused by extended, poverty-related hissy fit.
The hissy fit came to a head when driver noted that the garage where we dropped off the bore bilingual signage and a name which suggested an owner with a Hispanic heritage. I found this odd, since all of our earlier interactions did not suggest a marked tendency toward critical thinking. When I assured him this was in fact true and complimenting him profusely on his deductions, he became threatening. Luckily, his deductive reasoning again kicked into high gear and he correctly assessed the probability of a fifty-year old man weighing around 140 pounds and topping out at around 5"-8" inflicting significant harm on a sixty-year old at 2 meters and on the high side of 150 kilos.
Why I am relaying this comedy of errors is to reflect upon the idea of American Exceptionalism expounded by the driver of this ship of fools. The belief system that being born in a country somehow confers a greater worth than those born elsewhere is bizarre to me.