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Saturday, November 25, 2017

After more than a decade and a half of planning and controversy, work began Thursday on the long-stalled, $150 million memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower with a groundbreaking at the four-acre site in Washington DC.

The memorial to the former president and World War II general will be built on Independence Avenue at the base of Capitol Hill in front of the Department of Education Building and close to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. Construction is expected to last about three years.

Members of three generations of the Eisenhower family took part in the groundbreaking... Susan Eisenhower, a granddaughter who had once been a fierce critic of the Gehry design, was among the speakers.

The controversy had centered on certain aspects of the design, including the size and scope of the structure's large-scale metal tapestries. But family members lifted their objection last year, giving the project final impetus. read more

Thursday, November 23, 2017

National Sardines Day is observed annually on November 24.

The sardine canning industry peaked in the United States in the 1950s. After the industry's peak, it has been on the decline. The Stinson Seafood plant in Prospect Harbor, Maine, which was the last large sardine cannery in the United States, closed its doors on April 15, 2010, after 135 years in operation.

Sardines are several types of small, oily fish, related to herrings. Most commonly served in cans, fresh sardines are also often grilled, pickled or smoked. When canned, they can be packed in water, olive, sunflower or soybean oil or tomato, chili or mustard sauce.

The term sardine was first used in English during the beginning of the 15th century, possibly coming from the Mediterranean island of Sardinia where there was an abundance of sardines. read more

Saturday, November 18, 2017

The House Republican tax overhaul ... would eliminate the 20 percent federal investment tax credit for historic preservation projects, a tax break Congress approved about 40 years ago to spur investment in historic properties that has helped revitalize many of the nation's downtowns. "With that one initiative, we hope to send your tax dollars back to your communities," said former President Ronald Reagan, who championed the tax break. "Our tax credits have made the renovation of our older buildings not only a matter of respect for beauty and history, but of economic good sense." The nation's historians, and developers, have been lobbying frantically for the GOP to restore the credit. But as of now, it is gone in the House bill and cut in half -- to 10 percent -- in the Senate bill. read more

Monday, November 13, 2017

Michael Grothaus, Fast Company: One of the worst feelings I can think of is knowing that you've let someone --- you. ... We've all been there: talking to a boss or client or salesperson who is espousing information that you know is patently false, but you keep your mouth shut. I asked Carl Bergstrom, professor of biology at the University of Washington and owner of the website Calling---.org, why this is. "This varies tremendously across cultural settings, but in many settings, it is hard to call someone out on their B.S. Calling someone out on B.S. is a forceful act and is often seen as disrespectful," Bergstrom says. In other words, calling --- when you see it can make you more productive. So that's exactly what I decided to do for a week: Call out anyone and everyone as soon as I realized they were --- me. read more

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Mike Pence, the corporate right's inside man, poses his own risks. Pence's odds of becoming President are long but not prohibitive.

Of his forty-seven predecessors, nine eventually assumed the Presidency, because of a death or a resignation... Pence has taken care to appear extraordinarily loyal to Trump, so much so that Joel K. Goldstein, a historian and an expert on Vice-Presidents who teaches law at St. Louis University, refers to him as the "Sycophant-in-Chief."

But Pence has the political experience, the connections, the discipline, and the ideological mooring that Trump lacks. He also has a close relationship with the conservative billionaire donors who have captured the Republican Party's agenda in recent years.

Pence served twelve years in Congress, but never authored a single successful bill... Pence has lunches with the President. He's in the national-security briefings." Moreover, and crucially, Pence is the only official in the White House who can't be fired. read more


I don't need to read a gauzy, sympathetic take on Nazis after Charlottesville. I need to read stories on how they are being prosecuted for crimes or driven back under their rocks.


The problem is millions of Americans lean toward intolerance ...



BY STAV ZIV ON 9/15/17 AT 5:35 PM

Very few Americans will say outright that they support neo-Nazism, white nationalism or the so-called alt right. But that doesn't mean they don't express support for some of the same racially-charged ideas and attitudes that such extremists espouse.

A new poll conducted by Reuters and Ipsos with the University of Virginia Center for Politics in the aftermath of the Charlottesville rallies found what it called "troubling racial attitudes."

Only six percent of respondents said they strongly or somewhat supported the alt-right, while eight percent said the same of white nationalism and just four percent of neo-Nazism.

In the case of the alt-right and white nationalism, a staggering one-fifth said they neither support nor oppose the groups. As President Donald Trump found out when he failed to unequivocally condemn the same groups, middling responses can be interpreted as support.

"Let's remember, there are nearly 250 million adults in the United States, so even small percentages likely represent the beliefs of many millions of Americans," Larry J. Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center of Politics, is quoted as saying.

About 70 percent of respondents strongly agreed that people of different races should be "free to live wherever they choose" and that "all races are equal," and 89 percent agreed that all races should be treated equally. At the same time, 31 percent of respondents said they strongly or somewhat agreed that the country needs to "protect and preserve its White European heritage," while 34 percent strongly or somewhat disagreed and 29 percent said they neither agreed nor disagreed.

Nearly a third of respondents failed to express support of interracial marriage -- with 16 percent agreeing outright that "marriage should only be allowed between two people of the same race," 14 percent neither agreeing nor disagreeing and four percent saying they didn't know.

Hate is already all around us -- being outraged and offended over the NYT depicting a neo-Nazi shopping at Walmart glosses over the way more troubling aspect that millions of people think they have more in common with those scumbags with the tiki torches than with anyone outside their race.

The way to drive the white supremacists back under the rocks is to convince the middling middle that it's not okay to be apathetic about hate and intolerance by showing that the faces of hate and intolerance look as ordinary as they do, instead of the usual caricatures, heightens awareness and understanding as to what's going on -- this helps bolster the argument to take a stand against them.

Or I could continue to donate $1,000 month to OPCC and do pro bono work for Chrysalis like I have done for the past 20 years.
How about you? Got space on your futon?


My futon is actually an old ratty couch with so much 409 and Febreze scrubbed in to it, it'd stop a charging Rhino in its tracks at 50 paces ...

Just so I'm clear, $1,000 a month toward charity for 20 years pro bono is pretty damn impressive and deserves allot of credit on you part ... and you should DEFINITELY be commended for that level of giving.

All of that said, and deservedly so to RightofCenter ...

You wouldn't have to do all that if you and other misguided affluent and well-to-do citizens supported through out your lifetime(s) politicians like George McGovern, Jimmy Carter, and Bernie Sanders -- all politicians who want to attack the social problems like homelessness (and veterans homelessness) at the root cause.

We're the richest country in the history of the world, our corporate profits are at record levels -- yet we argue over food stamps and why they're homeless people walking our streets.

Since I don't have the bank you have, I instead knocked on doors and made phone calls for Bernie's 2016 presidential campaign ... I did the best I could as a precinct captain by winning my precinct and my county -- a helluva run.

Experts say that the Bush Tax Cuts cost the nation ~ $6.6 Trillion ... finance.yahoo.com

So I'll make you a deal ...

I'll scrape together my 1,500 bucks or so that I received courtesy of Dubya's free tax payer money (Bush Tax Cuts) as long as you and all the other well-to-do people near, and at the top of the economic food-chain, give back all the free money received via Dubya Tax Cuts.

Last time I looked, 6.6 Trillion FREAKING bucks would be more than enough to pay for all the programs needed that would reduce homelessness to near zero -- deal?

The added benefit of giving back all that free tax payer money Bush gave you is that you won't have to see these homeless people walking the streets in and around your nice neighborhood -- just saying ~

The billionaire owners of America have already depressed working American's wages for four decades. These same billionaire douchebags are currently working hard to take our Social Security away, and to also take away our healthcare ... and now they want to take away porn?!?!

George Carlin "The American Dream" -- Best 3 Minutes of His Career

"There's a reason education SUCKS, and it's the same reason that it will never, ever, ever be fixed. It's never going to get any better, don't look for it, be happy with what you've got. Because the owners of this country don't want that.

I'm talking about the REAL owners, now. The REAL owners, the BIG WEALTHY business interests that control things and make all the important decisions -- forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. YOU DON'T. You have no choice.

You have OWNERS. They OWN YOU. They own EVERYTHING. They own all the important land, they own and control the corporations; they've long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the State houses, the City Halls; they've got the judges in their back pockets, and they own all the big media companies so they control just about all the news and information you get to hear.

They gotcha by the BALLS.

They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying -- lobbying to get what they want.

Well, we know what they want -- they want MORE for themselves and less for everybody else.

But I'll tell you what they don't want. They DON'T want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don't want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They're not interested in that, that doesn't help them. That's against their interests. That's right.

They don't want people who are smart enough to sit around the kitchen table and figure out how badly they're getting ------ by system that threw them overboard 30 ------' years ago. They don't want that.

You know what they want? They want OBEDIENT WORKERS. OBEDIENT WORKERS.

People who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork, and just dumb enough to passably accept all these increasingly -------- jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime, and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it.



Sardines are trendy. Here's how to turn them into a meal -- Inexpensive yet rich in healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, canned sardines are having a moment.


I am that guy.

The one who will stand over the sink, eating sardines right out of the can, on crackers, with just a squeeze of lemon.

And you know what? When that's my lunch or dinner (or sometimes breakfast), I don't feel like a sad sack, but rather, healthy and happy: Sardines are protein-heavy, low-calorie, and especially rich in beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, and they're delicious.

And to top it off, they're inexpensive.

More and more people are coming to agree with me, as canned sardines start to get the love they deserve.


Never ate a single sardine and probably never will.


Try this ...



2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

1 small garlic clove, minced

2 ounces baby spinach 2 cups tightly packed, rinsed

Salt, freshly ground pepper

1 small (3 1/2-inch) whole-wheat English muffin, lightly toasted

Dijon mustard (optional)

2 canned sardines, preferably lightly smoked in olive oil about 2 ounces, filleted

1 small tomato, sliced optional

Lemon juice

About 1 teaspoon mayonnaise


Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat, and add the garlic. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the spinach. Turn up the heat, and wilt the spinach in the water left on the leaves after washing. Season with salt and pepper, and remove from the heat. Drain and press out excess water.


Lightly toast the English muffin. Spread a little mustard if desired over the bottom half and top with the spinach. Lay the sardine fillets over the spinach, and douse with a little lemon juice. If you have a nice ripe in season tomato, lay over the sardines. Spread the top half of the English muffin with mayonnaise, and top the sandwich. Press down and cut in half, or wrap and refrigerate until ready to eat.

Tasty goodness ... and your body, your blood cholesterol levels, and the planet will all thank you ~

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