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Archive for April 23rd, 2011

Finally making the Keller roast chicken

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I am finally roasting a chicken as described in this (4-minute) video—even now the chicken sits on the counter in the kitchen, being tempered.

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23 April 2011 at 4:04 pm

Posted in Daily life, Food

Your tax dollars at work: CIA involvement in the drug trade

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Fascinating post, which begins:

1947 to 1951, FRANCE

According to Alfred W. McCoy in The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia, CIA arms, money, and disinformation enabled Corsican criminal syndicates in Marseille to wrestle control of labor unions from the Communist Party. The Corsicans gained political influence and control over the docks — ideal conditions for cementing a long-term partnership with mafia drug distributors, which turned Marseille into the postwar heroin capital of the Western world. Marseille’s first heroin laboratones were opened in 1951, only months after the Corsicans took over the waterfront.

EARLY 1950s, SOUTHEAST ASIA

The Nationalist Chinese army, organized by the CIA to wage war against Communist China, became the opium barons of The Golden Triangle (parts of Burma, Thailand and Laos), the world’s largest source of opium and heroin. Air America, the ClA’s principal airline proprietary, flew the drugs all over Southeast Asia. (See Christopher Robbins, Air America, Avon Books, 1985, chapter 9)

1950s to early 1970s, INDOCHINA During U.S. military involvement in Laos and other parts of Indochina, Air America flew opium and heroin throughout the area. Many Gl’s in Vietnam became addicts. A laboratory built at CIA headquarters in northern Laos was used to refine heroin. After a decade of American military intervention, Southeast Asia had become the source of 70 percent of the world’s illicit opium and the major supplier of raw materials for America’s booming heroin market.

1973-80, AUSTRALIA

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Continue reading. Their activity continues to the present day—and of course the US presence in Afghanistan has led to a major resurgence of opium agriculture.

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23 April 2011 at 3:45 pm

Posted in Drug laws, Government

Highly enjoyable comedy: Casanova

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I just watched Casanova, which has a stellar cast that includes Heath Ledger, Oliver Platt, Jeremy Irons, Lena Olin, Sienna Miller, Tim McInnery, and others. It’s a light confection, totally unworried about anachronisms, and (it struck me) a very Venetian comedy, all concerned about love and mistaken identities. I totally enjoyed it. Loosely based on some incidents from Casanova’s fascinating life.

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23 April 2011 at 10:22 am

Posted in Movies & TV

Stepping back from hectic week

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Somehow this week seemed quite busy, and as you know it wasn’t the blogging. Not sure what happened, but I am now re-centering.

I’m still struggling to reach goal—and when my weight this morning was above 185 lbs (purely temporary, I’m sure, but… ), I decided to work out why. It’s no secret that I’m working on a book on my own personal weight loss experience and lessons learned, and to that end, I bought a few preprinted food journals to evaluate. (Obviously, you can just use a small blank notebook, but I wanted to explore on behalf of potential future readers—same excuse I used for buying all that shaving stuff: my duty to my readers, etc.)

So this morning I started one, and also started (for comparison) an on-line Web-based food journal. There are quite a few of these, and just about all use the USDA Nutrition Database for their nutritional values: the differences are in the interface, the “community” features (they all seem to offer forums, the chance to form groups, etc.), the graphing facilities, etc.

I have used Fitday.com in the past with great satisfaction, and even bought the package to install on my Windows machine. Nowadays, of course, one has lots of iPad and iPhone apps to choose among—and Android apps as well, I’m sure. The one I’m trying now is FatSecret.

I’m pretty sure that part of the problem are the roasted Roma tomatoes and asparagus: I’ve been enjoying those, but they do involve a certain amount of olive oil. I use very little—if you put a pound of asparagus in a plastic bag, you can oil it quite completely with 2 tsp of olive oil pour over it by massaging the spears inside the bag until they are fully coated—but, as I learned over my months of recording food and weight, it takes very little oil indeed to affect my weight: powerful stuff, oil.

So with a little recording and more exercise, I’ll get back on track. And the struggles are illuminating: if it all went smoothly, what would I write about?

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23 April 2011 at 10:19 am

Posted in Daily life, Fitness, Food

A valuable lesson learned anew

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A really exceptional shave today. It has been way too long since I used the Proraso shaving cream: I forgot how stellar it is. A wonderful, thick lather with plenty of menthol for the average guy, and then three exceptionally smooth passes with the iKon open-comb bulldog, which I am satisfied will live on as one of the great razors of the world: a truly remarkable performer. (Full disclosure: I am a loyal customer of the iKon, and I am still pleased I bought the above razor.) The blade today was a Swedish Gillette blade, but I will next use a Gillette 7 O’Clock SharpEdge, another keen-edged blade.

A splash of Proraso aftershave—quite good, though not so remarkable as the shaving cream—and then The Wife and I are going up to Santa Cruz for an outing.

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23 April 2011 at 10:02 am

Posted in Shaving

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