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Archive for July 29th, 2019

Dr. Greger’s Healthy Hot Pepper Sauce

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I really like pepper sauce and if you search the blog you’ll find several posts where I give my own recipes. You’ll note that those recipes include a lot of salt, and now I’m keeping y sodium intake to 1100mg/day (and being successful at that). To my chagrin, I discovered that my old standby commercial hot sauces were very high in sodium, so today I made Dr. Greger’s recipe:

I used 3 large jalapeños (and those I did core and seed) a packet of about a dozen small red Thai chiles, about 8-10 Serrano peppers and about a dozen habaneros. I didn’t seed any of them except the jalapeños. I followed the recipe, and I’ve just bottled the first batch. It is very tasty. This is going to be a totally successful pepper sauce.

I confess I didn’t use gloves. No problems so far, but I did wash my hands well and I’m keeping my fingers away from my eyes.

An immersion blender makes this recipe extremely easy since you blend the sauce right in the pot you cooked it in. I use my immersion blender a lot: it takes up very little room, it’s a cinch to clean, and I can store it in a drawer—and I don’t have to be pouring liquids into a blender pitcher and pouring them out again. It’s terrific to make a smooth soup (e.g., broccoli soup, which I’ll be making when the weather turns colder, or gazpacho).

UPDATE: I think the next time I make it, I’ll include a handful of raisins and/or pitted dates with the peppers.

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29 July 2019 at 3:36 pm

Unmarked buildings, quiet legal help for accused priests

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The Catholic church seems to be corrupt at its core. Martha Mendoza, Juliet Linderman, and Garance Burke report for AP:

The visiting priests arrived discreetly, day and night.

Stripped of their collars and cassocks, they went unnoticed in this tiny Midwestern town as they were escorted into a dingy warehouse across from an elementary school playground. Neighbors had no idea some of the dressed-down clergymen dining at local restaurants might have been accused sexual predators.

Full Coverage: The Reckoning

They had been brought to town by a small, nonprofit group called Opus Bono Sacerdotii. For nearly two decades, the group has operated out of a series of unmarked buildings in rural Michigan, providing money, shelter, transport, legal help and other support to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse across the country.

Again and again, Opus Bono has served as a rapid-response team for the accused.

When a serial pedophile was sent to jail for abusing dozens of minors, Opus Bono was there for him, with regular visits and commissary cash.

When a priest admitted sexually assaulting boys under 14, Opus Bono raised funds for his defense.

When another priest was criminally charged with abusing a teen, Opus Bono later made him a legal adviser.

And while powerful clerics have publicly pledged to hold the church accountable for the crimes of its clergy and help survivors heal, some of them arranged meetings, offered blessings or quietly sent checks to this organization that provided support to alleged abusers, The Associated Press has found.

Though Catholic leaders deny the church has any official relationship with the group, Opus Bono successfully forged networks reaching all the way to the Vatican.

The AP unraveled the continuing story of Opus Bono in dozens of interviews with experts, lawyers, clergy members and former employees, along with hundreds of pages of documents obtained through Freedom of Information requests.

In recent months, two of the group’s founders were forced out after Michigan’s attorney general found that Opus Bono had misused donated funds and misled contributors. A third co-founder, a priest, was abruptly removed from ministry earlier this month after the AP began asking about an allegation that he had sexually abused a child decades ago.

Still, since 2002, Opus Bono has played a little-known role among conservative Catholic groups that portray the abuse scandal as a media and legal feeding frenzy. These groups contend the scandal maligns the priesthood and harms the Catholic faith. [Apparently the group is totally unaware of how Opus Bono harms the Catholic faith. – LG]

Opus Bono established itself as a counterpoint to the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and other groups that have accused the church of trying to cover up the scandal and failing to support victims of clergy misconduct. Opus Bono focuses on what it considers the neglected victims: priests, and the church itself.

“All of these people that have made allegations are very well taken care of,” Opus Bono co-founder Joe Maher said in a radio interview, contending that many abuse accusations lodged against priests are false. “The priests are not at all very well taken care of.”

Opus Bono’s roots reach back almost two decades to a sex abuse scandal that convulsed The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, a grand stone structure set amid Detroit’s crumbling brick blight.

For 25 years, the Rev. Eduard Perrone presided there. Inside the church, commonly known as Assumption Grotto, glossy Opus Bono brochures tout the pastor’s role as the group’s co-founder and spiritual lifeblood. Stern and imposing, the 70-year-old Perrone is a staunch conservative; he refused to marry couples, for example, if he thought the bride’s dress was too revealing.

Earlier this month, his parishioners were shocked when Perrone was removed from ministry after a church review board decided there was a “semblance of truth” to allegations that he abused a child decades ago. Perrone told the AP that he “never would have done such a thing.”

In the years before Perrone helped start Opus Bono, he and Assumption Grotto took in at least two priests who had been accused of sexual misconduct at dioceses in other states. One of them later admitted to molesting as many as 50 children in the 1980s and ’90s, according to court documents in Texas. . .

Continue reading. There’s MUCH more.

The Catholic church has lost its moral authority, at least in my view.

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29 July 2019 at 1:24 pm

Good news from doctor

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I can drop three of the four meds I’ve been taking (hypertension, blood glucose, cholesterol). And the doctor strongly approved of the dietary changes I made and said that if only people would do this when they were younger, they could avoid things like hypertension, heart attacks, diabetes, and so on.

He did caution me that I would have to continue the diet, but that’s not a problem: I truly enjoy it.

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29 July 2019 at 11:28 am

Posted in Daily life, Health, Medical

The coal-miners who called their canary “Cassandra”

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That phrase came to me as I thought about all the safeguards the US has put in place to warn of dangers to its institutions, and how resolutely the warnings sounded by those safeguards are being ignored. The Mueller investigation’s findings are being ignore and distorted by the GOP, Mitch McConnell refuses to act on legislation to protect election security, and we see mass shootings continually repeated. Something is seriously wrong.

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29 July 2019 at 9:34 am

The American Diabetic Association now recommends a whole-food plant-based diet for type 2 diabetics

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29 July 2019 at 8:20 am

The wonderful Monday shave, with Vetiver and the Parker Semi-Slant

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I love the baby-face smoothness that’s the inevitable result of the Monday-morning shave, with a two-day stubble wiped away effortlessly. My Persian Jar 2 Super made a wonderful lather from JabonMan’s Eurfros Vetiver de Haiti, and the Parker Semi-Slant is (IMO) far and away the best Parker razor I’ve used. Three passes, rinse, dry, and a good splash of Saint Charles Shave’s Very V aftershave. I’m set for the day.

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29 July 2019 at 8:08 am

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