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Nice lunch

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As I thought about iron-rich foods, I of course thought of steak and, even better, beef liver, but oysters and spinach are good, too, and those reminded me of Oysters Rockefeller, indeed quite tasty, and I’ve had it at Antoine’s, at a dinner in a private dining room—a story I should sometime relate. But when I googled Oysters Rockefeller recipes, I saw why it had been created in a restaurant: way too fussy for me. So I made this:

2 tsp olive oil

Heat oil in large sauté pan. Add:

1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots
2 Tbsp minced garlic

Sauté those for a while, then add:

1 Meyer lemon, sliced thinly (don’t peel it)
cayenne pepper
nutmeg (always good with spinach)

Sauté that a bit, then add:

1 lb fresh spinach, roots cut away, rinsed thoroughly, and chopped

Cover and cook over medium heat until spinach cooked—about 8-10 minutes

Drain 10 oz shelled oysters, add those, cover, and cook another 8-10 minutes.

Quite tasty, and I have some left for afternoon snack.

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29 November 2010 at 12:45 pm

Posted in Daily life, Food, Recipes

Time for an Impact Assessment of Drug Policy

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Interesting post at Transform with much information. From the post:

All stakeholders in the debate on drug policy share the goal of maximising social, environmental, physical and psychological wellbeing. At a time of economic crisis, it is particularly important that drug policy expenditure is cost-effective. Yet despite the many billions of dollars in drug-related spending each year, there are significant concerns about the effectiveness of current approaches at the domestic and international level. The time has come to provide an objective mechanism for assessing the relative merits of different policy approaches, by developing a genuinely evidence-based Impact Assessment (IA) of Drug Policy that compares the impact of alternative policies on human development, human security and human rights.

For too long, the debate around improving drug policy has been emotive, polarised and deadlocked. A useful way to determine the best mix of evidence-based drug policies is through an independent, neutral process that all stakeholders can support, because it does not commit anyone to a particular position in advance. One way to achieve this is through IAs of Drug Policy, at the national and international levels, that compare the economic, environmental and social costs and benefits of existing policies with a range of alternatives. To ensure all stakeholders can support the process, the alternatives assessed should range from more intensive/punitive enforcement approaches, through options for decriminalisation of personal use, to models for legal regulation of drug production and supply. . .

Read the whole thing. Useful materials at the link.

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29 November 2010 at 7:56 am

Posted in Daily life, Drug laws

New Wikileaks release

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The new documents are out and seem mostly just to be embarrassing, though Peter King of NY is, of course, calling for a military strike on Wikileaks, more or less. But Greenwald makes a good point:

. . . McClatchy‘s Nancy A. Youssef documents how prior claims by the U.S. government that WikiLeaks disclosures would endanger lives turned out to be pure fiction:

American officials in recent days have warned repeatedly that the release of documents by WikiLeaks could put people’s lives in danger.

But despite similar warnings ahead of the previous two massive releases of classified U.S. intelligence reports by the website, U.S. officials concede that they have no evidence to date that the documents led to anyone’s death. . . .

Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell has said previously that there was no evidence that anyone had been killed because of the leaks. Sunday, another Pentagon official told McClatchy that the military still has no evidence that the leaks have led to any deaths.

Will that prevent media figures and many other people from running around this week mindlessly parroting the Government’s claim — without pointing to any specifics or other evidence — that WikiLeaks has endangered lives with this latest release?  No, it will not.   Beyond specific disclosures, WikiLeaks’ true crime here is to strike a major blow against the U.S. Government’s authority generally and secrecy powers in particular; how one views the American Government’s behavior in the world is likely to determine one’s reaction to WikiLeaks (i.e., is it a good thing or a bad thing when America’s attempted power projection in the world is subverted and its ability to act in the dark undermined?).  Ultimately, WikiLeaks’ real goal appears to me to be anti-authoritarian at its core:  to prevent the world’s most powerful factions from operating in the dark.  There may be reasonable objections to this latest release — such as the fact that war becomes more likely if diplomacy is undermined — but I’d argue that one’s views in general of WikiLeaks is shaped primarily by one’s views of the legitimacy and justness of those authorities.

John Cole notes an added irony of the furor over this latest disclosure:  "I have a hard time getting worked up about it – a government that views none of my personal correspondence as confidential really can’t bitch when this sort of thing happens."  Note how quickly the "if-you’ve-done-nothing-wrong-then-you-have-nothing-to-hide" mentality disappears when it’s their privacy and communications being invaded rather than yours.

I’d note an added irony:  many of the same people who supported the invasion of Iraq and/or who support the war in Afghanistan, drone strikes and assassination programs — on the ground that the massive civilians deaths which result are justifiable "collateral damage" — are those objecting most vehemently to WikiLeaks’ disclosure on the ground that it may lead to the death of innocent people.  For them, the moral framework suddenly becomes that if an act causes the deaths of any innocent person, that is proof that it is not only unjustifiable but morally repellent regardless of what it achieves.  How glaringly selective is their alleged belief in that moral framework. 

Either way, McClatchy describes how WikiLeaks took great pains to redact information harmful to innocents.  Claims that WikiLeaks has endangered lives should be accompanied by specific disclosures and evidence of that harm before being considered credible. . .

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29 November 2010 at 7:53 am

Halfway to goal

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My goal was to lose 75 lbs. This morning I noted that I have now lost 37.7 lbs—just over halfway to goal. OTOH, it has take me six months to do that, so I doubt I’ll lose the other half in the next three months. Still, all loss is good, and there is no reason I cannot continue to remain on this weight-loss diet for six months more if need be.

I think that the mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks (1/2 apple, a cup of berries, etc.—generally fruit) have proven to be important, and I’ll not be skipping that any more.

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29 November 2010 at 7:48 am

Posted in Daily life, Fitness

Energy and Arlington

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Not sure whether you can make out the writing on the shave stick label. It’s a Kell’s Original Energy shave stick, whose fragrance I love:

A stimulating blend of Citrus, including Grapefruit, Lemon and Lime, with hints of fresh Cucumber and Jasmine, and a touch of Pineapple, Blackberry and Champagne. Energy is an exciting mix that’s perfect for spring and summer.

You can find his other fragrances here.

I generally don’t use a razor-per-pass shave simply because of the photos: bringing out three razors to photograph is enough trouble that I generally just use one razor. But so far as actually using a razor-per-pass: no problem at all. The razors are all lying there on the shelf in front of me, loaded with a blade and ready to go, and picking up a different one for each pass is absolutely no problem: Rinse razor; replace it on shelf; rinse face; relather; pick up a different razor from the shelf; etc.

But for Monday’s two-day stubble it seems worthwhile: the Hoffritz Slant Bar for the first pass, the Edwin Jagger lined Chatsworth for the second, and the redoubtable Gillette Rocket for the third. Most of those carry a Swedish Gillette blade but there’s probably a Schick Platinum Plus in there somewhere, most likely in the Rocket.

Three smooth passes, a splash of Arlington, and I’m ready for the day if not the week.

Written by LeisureGuy

29 November 2010 at 7:42 am

Posted in Shaving

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