TWO TRULY GREATS
posted about bread making before. My
wife and I have been making our own bread with bread machines since 1985 when
we lived in the Alaskan bush.
people who buy bread machines tend not to use them, is there are too many bread
options with ingrediency and instructions which often turn out poor bread.
we use is the Cuisinart, and I like it – mainly because it chimes before the
last rise cycle allowing me to remove the dough, take out the paddle, then place the dough back into the machine to finish.
has 16 different bread cycles and separate selection for loaf size and crust. I use
only one: white bread – 1 ½ pound loaf – medium crust.
My recipe takes
five minutes of preparation.
1 1/8 cup of
of olive oil
cups of flour
level teaspoon of yeast.
measure of water, flour and yeast must be precise.
I use all
purpose flour. If I want wheat bread, I
replace one cup of the white flour with wheat flour; if I want whole grain or
rye – the same thing.
made a herb bread. Between each cup of
flour, and on top, I sprinkled 1/2 teaspoon of dried Herbs-of-Provence. You could use basil, dill, jasmine or the
herb of your choice. You can substitute
the tablespoon of sugar with an equal amount of honey or molasses.
If you want artisan
bread, take out the dough before the last rise – cover it for rise time and
bake it in your oven; for me too much work.
I will make one caveat: the pizza dough cycle works
well, though we don’t often make our own pizzas.
loaf sit for three to four hours to cool before storing in a plastic storage
bag. The bread will have the best
texture and curst if sliced the next day – if you can wait that long.
There is no better
bread than you can make at home in a bread machine with this simple recipe.
spent most of the morning moving a shed.
I was short of breath and had to stop and rest a half-dozen times. I was exhausted (eighty-plus years old). Took a hot shower and kicked back for the
afternoon to recuperate.
we would order in hamburgers from the local Greek pizza restaurant. We are still not eating out because of
I went in to
pick the burgers up, and there was a father in a booth with his
thirty-something year old retarded son.
The son was belligerent. He banged the table and was shouting. He went to the drink machine and was
refusing to leave. For all purposes he
was a 190 pound three-year-old, with a father he outweighed at least thirty
pounds. The father was definitely embarrassed
and tried to cajole his son out of the restaurant. I felt sorry for the father, knowing his past
life and his future life had been destroyed by an accident of birth.
father herded his son out the door the man next to me called out ‘God bless you.’ My instant reaction was to reply, ‘Fuck you
and your God’ – but I didn’t
I am sick of
these fucking people.
minute within a day a child is dying from malnutrition. Every few minutes each day a woman somewhere
is being brutally raped. Men are
beating their wives and children.
People are being tortured. Worms are crawling around in the eyes of
babies in Africa – the children will be blind before age five; children
diagnosed with cancer, people burning to death in fires, birth deformities,
children born retarded – disease, pestilence…
man, who seemed embarrassed and intimidated by his larger retarded son, what a
fucking life he must live!
guy and his God Bless You – and fuck the football player that runs across the
goal line pointing a finger at the sky.
The Netflix movie Don’t Look Up is a must see. It is a parody of the four years under Trump's administration and his handling of the corona virus. An allegory of how political manipulation of public opinion, and the gullibility of a large section of our society disregard science.
This is the type of story that Michael Crichton could have written.
begins when an astrophysicist and his research assistant discover a new asteroid
on their radio telescope. After tracking
the asteroid, they discover it on a collision course with the earth.
scientists try to warn the government and eventually gets a meeting with the
President, who prefers not to accept the findings, as she fears it will distract
her base, and she is just months to her campaign for reelection.
desperation, the scientist goes on the equivalence of Fox News and tries to
alert the public. The clown circus (Fox and Friends) show their ineptitude and ignorance by making light of the
situation. Finally, exasperated, the scientist
explodes and yells that we are all going to die.
now in her reelection mode, uses the scientist tirade from the news show to solidify
her gullible base. She begins to hold rallies, telling her followers
that the Libs are spreading the false news of an asteroid collision to discourage
them from voting, and that the educated snobs
and the people from Hollywood look down on the average man, considering
them dumb. The President tells her followers,
just don’t to look up.
nothing to fear from the Corona virus - so don’t take the vaccine.
look up, becomes the
rally cry at all the President’s rallies.
Even as the
asteroid becomes visible, her followers go through their daily activities,
refusing reality and refusing to look up.
death toll rises and people in the ICU, hooked up to ventilators, rail and rant,
calling the nurses and doctors liars when they are told they have Corona Virus.
I don’t see
this as a spoiler. The movie has a good
cast, a good script and the director keeps the action moving. It is a shake your head movie and you become
aghast when you realize the parallel to today’s Republican party.
As well as defining one political party in this country, this is a story of politics trumping science.
thing about science is that it is true whether or not you believe it.
But, religion as well as politics has always tend to distort and downplay science for their own advantage.
are taking time from their drive to punish women who access abortions, to
celebrate and act of prolicide (the human sacrifice of one’s own son) in order
to “take away the sins of the world”.
I don’t have a problem with people making up imaginary gods and showing devotion to them (clap if you believe in fairies!)
becomes a problem when gullible people become the base of a political party and
affect the sanity of a nation.
A racist white
fundamentalist Christian base is the heart of Trump’s power over the Republican
Party. The results of that Christian base electing idiots and supporting Trump sycophants
has pushed the Grand Old Party off the rails.
Here is the result:
Sweden are about to apply for NATO membership, and have the support of all the
Nation Members of NATO – except the United States. For
the US to agree to the addition of Finland and Sweden’s membership, the US Senate
must ratify the request with a two-thirds majority. If the US doesn’t support the entrance of
new members, the request are dead in the water.
that sixteen Republican Senators and Joe Manchin will have to cast votes in
favor. The only thing you can count on the Republican
Party to do is cut taxes: abortion, guns and god are just to keep the punters
in their seats.
go to bed about ten at night and read until midnight. After we cut the lights out, I spend five
minutes coughing and rolling and tossing before I find that perfect spot and
fall asleep. At four-thirty nature
calls and I get up and stumble into the bathroom for an old man pee.
Back in bed
I try to fall back to sleep, but usually the cat jumps on the bed and wants to
snuggle between my legs. I lie there
awake, but resting. At my age it is not
particularly pleasant to dwell on the past or the future, so better to channel
my mind to the obscure thoughts that inhabit the predawn.
I plan to
move my storage shed forward twelve feet in the next couple of weeks, once the
ground firms up. Twelve feet. One foot.
Who came up with the concept of a foot? What a ridiculous measurement.
equals a foot; 3 feet or 36 inches equals a yard;
5280 feet equals a mile….
Idiocy. If a foot is your
standard of measurement, where did the name inch come from, or yard,
or mile? How were those
an inch why not call it a toe? Twelve
toes to a foot. But wait, that doesn’t make sense, we only
have five toes on a foot.
If the foot is our standard, perhaps it should go like this:
1 toe replaces the inch standard;
3 toes = 1 finger;
2 fingers = 1 dick;
2 dicks = 1 foot;
6 feet = 1 deadman;
1000 deadmen equal…
That would be interesting but ridiculous, and
besides it is sexist. Why should we only
use men as our measurement standard?
do a lot of carpentry often measure with their hands. One joint of my first finger equals one inch;
the three joints are three inches and the joint behind the knuckle is four
inches. My span from thumb tip to
middle finger tip is nine inches. I
have a measuring tool with me all the time.
Instead of feet, we could measure
in spans with nine joints to a span.
But wait; 16
inches on center is the golden number for U.S. carpenters. Why aren’t we using a joist as our
system makes a lot more sense; except, I don’t like the word meter. It would be great to change it a loon: milliloon,
centiloon, decaloon and a loony. Except
Canada has already coopted the loony. Also, the abbreviation for milliloon (ml) would
conflict with milliliter (ml), a volume measurement.
soon as the ground firms up I have got to move my shed forward twelve feet (or
The Republicans and Putin are simpatico. There is no depth they will not stoop to to retain power. If they recover the White House in 2024 the world as we have known it will be no more.