Archive for January 19th, 2012
I just made this edamame dip a second time, this time with enough edamame. I bought what I thought was a pound, but they were cooked in the pod. By the time I got the beans out and discarded the pods, I had 4 oz (1/4 lb) of beans, and the calls for 3-4 times that much. I made it anyway, just to get an idea, and I like it, so I made a real batch today.
I bought shelled edamame, which comes frozen in 10 oz packages—so I go two. I used 14 oz in the dip and put the other 6 oz in today’s pork grub to complement the protein in the black rice. (I also picked up a box of pre-cut domestic mushrooms, sautéed them with a little shallot and garlic, and added them to the grub as well: grub extender.) I also bought a couple of boxes of crudités for the dip, which I’ll enjoy after the dip has cooled. (Had to cook the beans briefly.)
It’s an easy and tasty dip. I’m letting it chill while I chill with my new glasses that I picked up day. Remarkable improvement in vision. Wonderful. Tonight I read!
Becoming homeless is much more common these days than it once was, and the presence of so many homeless has aroused in some a desire to help. One major problem when lacking a home is shelter and storage: the grocery carts being pushed around by many homeless are really not well suited to the new purpose. Here are some links to interesting approaches to meet the need:
I’m fully retired, so career books are not of pressing interest, but as a public service, let me draw your attention to this annotated list.
And these were promises made, not during the heat of the campaign, but after the election, when both Holder and Obama promised that the Federal government would keep hands off medical marijuana in states that had legalized it. In other words, it was less a promise from candidates than a commitment from officeholders. So much for their word: totally valueless. The story, by Philip Smith:
Colorado US Attorney John Walsh last Thursday sent letters to 23 medical marijuana dispensaries and their landlords across Colorado warning that they must shut down within 45 days or “action will be taken to seize and forfeit their property.” The letter was sent to dispensaries operating within 1,000 feet of a school.
“Those who do not comply will be subject to potential criminal prosecution and civil enforcement actions by the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado and the Drug Enforcement Administration,” the US Attorney’s Office elaborated in a press release.
The letters are of a kind with letters sent out by US Attorneys in California beginning in October. In both states, federal prosecutors are targeting dispensaries that trigger enhanced federal penalties by being within a 1,000 feet of a school, which does not violate state law in either state, but does result in enhanced penalties in federal prosecutions. The California threat letters have led to the closure of numerous targeted dispensaries, as well as the closure of dispensaries that were not directly targeted, but were intimidated by the signals emanating from the feds. . .
Continue reading. I can’t believe the degree to which Obama and Holder simply turn their backs on earlier promises. But it’s good to know that’s the sort of thing they do. Without some sort of guarantees and enforcement mechanisms, their word alone is worthless.
Jonathan Weisman has an interesting story in the NY Times on the rise of a new political force: Web-based pressure groups. That is, not organizations with a political ax to grind using the Web to communicate their position and recruit members, but Web entities used widely by the public at large (Google, YouTube, Wikipedia, reddit, and others) who in effect communicate their concerns and positions to a broad swath of the public, unlike lobbyists who focus in more narrowly: a shotgun blast instead of a rifle shot. It will be interesting to see where this goes.
I am chagrined to admit that I once supported Christopher Dodd in his presidential run, even sending a campaign contribution based on a stand he took in the Senate on the right side (in my view) of a controversial situation in which he ended up more or less fighting Harry Reid, who ignored a hold that Dodd wanted to place, while honoring innumerable holds from the GOP.
But times change and Dodd turns out be a scalawag through and through. Greenwald has some choice remarks on him.
Weisman’s story in the NY Times begins:
When the powerful world of old media mobilized to win passage of an online antipiracy bill, it marshaled the reliable giants of K Street — the United States Chamber of Commerce, the Recording Industry Association of America and, of course, the motion picture lobby, with its new chairman, former Senator Christopher J. Dodd, the Connecticut Democrat and an insider’s insider.
Yet on Wednesday this formidable old guard was forced to make way for the new as Web powerhouses backed by Internet activists rallied opposition to the legislation through Internet blackouts and cascading criticism, sending an unmistakable message to lawmakers grappling with new media issues: Don’t mess with the Internet.
As a result, the legislative battle over two once-obscure bills to combat the piracy of American movies, music, books and writing on the World Wide Web may prove to be a turning point for the way business is done in Washington. It represented a moment when the new economy rose up against the old.
“I think it is an important moment in the Capitol,” said Representative Zoe Lofgren, Democrat of California and an important opponent of the legislation. “Too often, legislation is about competing business interests. This is way beyond that. This is individual citizens rising up.”
It appeared by Wednesday evening that Congress would follow Bank of America, Netflix and Verizon as the latest institution to change course in the face of a netizen revolt.
Legislation that just weeks ago had overwhelming bipartisan support and had provoked little scrutiny generated a grass-roots coalition on the left and the right. Wikipedia made its English-language content unavailable, replaced with a warning: “Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet.” Visitors to Reddit found the site offline in protest. Google’s home page was scarred by a black swatch that covered the search engine’s label.
Phone calls and e-mail messages poured in to Congressional offices against the Stop Online Piracy Act in the House and the Protect I.P. Act in the Senate. One by one, prominent backers of the bills dropped off. . .