Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Foreclosure Fraud Whistle Blower Found Dead


Well isn't this some insane and scary bit of news....
The notary who signed tens of thousands of false documents in a massive robo-signing scandal case was found dead in her home on Monday.

The notary, 43-year-old Tracy Lawrence, was supposed to be in court at 8:30 Monday morning for her sentencing hearing. When her attorney did not hear from her for more than an hour, Sr. Deputy Attorney General Robert Giunta asked for a bench warrant to be issued for Lawrence. The judge denied the request.

Police were sent to Lawrence's house to check on her after her lawyer expressed concern for her client's well-being. They found her body inside her home.

Metro Homicide Detectives are working currently the case. It is unclear if her death was due to natural causes, or if it was a suicide.

Detectives said this afternoon that they have ruled out homicide as a cause of death.

Last Monday, Lawrence pled guilty to only one criminal charge of notary fraud.

Lawrence came forward earlier this month and admitted that she had notarized around 25,000 fraudulent documents as part of a foreclosure fraud scheme.

Title officers Gary Trafford and Geraldine Sheppard of California are allegedly behind the fraud that involved forging signatures on tens of thousands of notices of default between 2005 and 2008. The two were indicted on more than 600 charges in a 439-page indictment filed on November 16.

The Nevada Attorney General is negotiating the terms of surrender for the pair. Both are expected to surrender sometime in December.

It appears that if you are a whistle blower these days you might do well to prepare for your demise ..... I hear that the whistle blower who talked about the Rupert Murdoch phone hacking/wiretapping in Britain and GPS 'pinging' also turned up dead.

Of course none of these deaths is "suspicious".

Nothing to see here ... move along.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Update: Important Senate Debate To Define Your Home As Part Of The Battlefield


Oh this issue demands that you call the Senate offices and let them hear your thoughts on this one!

The ACLU claims that this piece of legislation (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:s.1867:) will make it so that the US Military can come to your house and arrest you, imprison you in infinite detention, without charge or trial!

They ACLU claims that this legislation will create new powers to use the US military worldwide, even within the United States! American citizens and people picked up on American or Canadian or British streets can be sent to military prisons indefinitely without even being charged with a crime.

Section 1031 of this bill outlines capture and detention of, among other things, "any person who has committed a belligerent act" .... so if you don't happen to agree with your government - you'll be fair game.

The ACLU posted this article - Senators Demand the Military Lock Up American Citizens in a “Battlefield” They Define as Being Right Outside Your Window.
Today the US Senate will be voting on a bill that will direct American military resources not at an enemy shooting at our military in a war zone, but at American citizens and other civilians far from any battlefield — even people in the United States itself.

Senators need to hear from you, on whether you think your front yard is part of a “battlefield” and if any president can send the military anywhere in the world to imprison civilians without charge or trial.

The Senate is going to vote on whether Congress will give this president—and every future president — the power to order the military to pick up and imprison without charge or trial civilians anywhere in the world. Even Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) raised his concerns about the NDAA detention provisions during last night’s Republican debate. The power is so broad that even U.S. citizens could be swept up by the military and the military could be used far from any battlefield, even within the United States itself.

The worldwide indefinite detention without charge or trial provision is in S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act bill, which will be on the Senate floor on Monday. The bill was drafted in secret by Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) and passed in a closed-door committee meeting, without even a single hearing.

This bill is insane anyway.
I recommend you read it for yourself and call your Senator and ask what is going on.

The ACLU makes an argument that has created quite a stir - however - others are saying that this bill is fine... and that it does not apply to American citizens. Blogger Scott Creighton says that the bill actually protects American citizens and excludes them and that the Udall amendment being pushed by the ACLU is bad news:

The Udall amendment which we are being asked to support by Mr. Anders of the ACLU would actually provide the opportunity for the expansion of presidential authority to perhaps include U.S. citizens being detained and arrested by the military. It calls for a group of globalist puppets to put together a proposal and to show the legal authority by which they base their claim for expanded powers. This is why it will be supported by the Obama administration.

It should not be supported by us.


So - it is clear that something is afoot regarding the rules of war and detention - I wonder if the version of this bill on the Internet is actually the most current version of this legislation.

I think we must call our Senators and ask some questions and stop this thing if it indeed will erode our rights.

In my opinion, they need to vote NO to this whole mess of crap in the National Defense Authorization Act.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!





General Thanksgiving (see original document)
By the PRESIDENT of the United States Of America
A PROCLAMATION
WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houfes of Congress have, by their joint committee, requefted me "to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK THANSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to eftablifh a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and affign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of thefe States to the fervice of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our fincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the fignal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpofitions of His providence in the courfe and conclufion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have fince enjoyed;-- for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to eftablish Conftitutions of government for our fafety and happinefs, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;-- for the civil and religious liberty with which we are bleffed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffufing useful knowledge;-- and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleafed to confer upon us.

And also, that we may then unite in moft humbly offering our prayers and fupplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and befeech Him to pardon our national and other tranfgreffions;-- to enable us all, whether in publick or private ftations, to perform our feveral and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a bleffing to all the people by conftantly being a Government of wife, juft, and conftitutional laws, difcreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all fovereigns and nations (especially fuch as have shewn kindnefs unto us); and to blefs them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increafe of fcience among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind fuch a degree of temporal profperity as he alone knows to be beft.

GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand feven hundred and eighty-nine.

(signed) G. Washington

Source: The Massachusetts Centinel, Wednesday, October 14, 1789

Historically speaking:
While there were Thanksgiving observances in America both before and after Washington's proclamation, this represents the first to be so designated by the new national government.

After their first harvest, the colonists of the Plymouth Plantation held a celebration of food and feasting in the fall of 1621. Indian chiefs Massassoit, Squanto and Samoset joined in the celebration with ninety of their men in the three-day event.

The first recorded Thanksgiving observance was held on June 29, 1671 at Charlestown, Massachusetts by proclamation of the town's governing council.

During the 1700s, it was common practice for individual colonies to observe days of thanksgiving throughout each year. A Thanksgiving Day two hundred years ago was a day set aside for prayer and fasting, not a day marked by plentiful food and drink as is today's custom. Later in the 18th century each of the states periodically would designate a day of thanksgiving in honor of a military victory, an adoption of a state constitution or an exceptionally bountiful crop.

"Consent of the Governed" wishes you and yours a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!

Even with all of the problems we face, we are very fortunate to live in a country of such bounty and opportunity. May we all continue to work to preserve liberty and freedom so that our Republic and its people can prosper through life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We should take some time at Thanksgiving to take stock of that which is good and positive in our lives as well as that which needs to be attended to or changed.

My thoughts and prayers go out to our soldiers who are unable to be with their families this holiday season, and my hope is that they will be kept out of harm's way and that they will return to their homes and their families real soon.

I also hope that each and every one of you will also be protected from the financial turmoil which now plagues our nation, and that if you are touched by unemployment, financial hardship, and other difficult life lessons, that you weather it and emerge from it stronger. Please try to remember that really the most important thing in our lives is our family and friends and the caring and love that we give and receive. If we don't have anything else, we have each other. In the end, there is no difference between the poor man and the rich man when they return to dust, but what makes the biggest difference is what we do with our lives when we walk this Earth. Let's take the time to celebrate not so much what we have in "stuff", but the strength and quality of our relationships with one another, and to thank whatever higher power that each of us may believe in, for all the goodness that we individually enjoy in our life.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Occupy Black Friday


For those of you who are tired of hearing about all the Black Friday "door buster" events where people camp out in order to buy stuff they probably cannot afford and most likely do not need - here is a thought....

How about we stop sending our money to China and other foreign lands via mega corporations, and this season buy things that are made locally in our own state and communities. We'd not only be helping the local economy by helping to support and grow small businesses and artisans, but we'd probably find much better craftsmanship as well in the items that we buy.

Personally - I like the more unique and authentic kinds of items that local businesses might sell.

Barring that - home made gifts are also wonderful and much appreciated by their recipients.

Who needs to fight with mobs of crazed shoppers or chance getting trampled in a Black Friday rampage? Sorry - but no TV or item of clothing is worth dealing with this:





Buy Local.
Shop Local.
Be Sane.

Happy Shopping!



Warning: Unashamed personal plug.
If you happen to be looking for a gift of handcrafted all organic ingredient soap....

Monday, November 21, 2011

Obama To Push Shooters Off Public Lands


A draft of new policy is coming out of the Obama White House and the Interior's Bureau of Land Management which may bar shooters from public lands.

This article by US News spells it out:
Over five pages, the draft BLM regulations raise concerns about how shooting can cause a "public disturbance." They also raise worries about how shooting and shooters can hurt plants and litter public lands.

This is the key paragraph foes say could lead to shooters being kicked off public lands:

"When the authorized officer determines that a site or area on BLM-managed lands used on a regular basis for recreational shooting is creating public disturbance, or is creating risk to other persons on public lands; is contributing to the defacement, removal or destruction of natural features, native plants, cultural resources, historic structures or government and/or private property; is facilitating or creating a condition of littering, refuse accumulation and abandoned personal property is violating existing use restrictions, closure and restriction orders, or supplementary rules notices, and reasonable attempts to reduce or eliminate the violations by the BLM have been unsuccessful, the authorized officer will close the affected area to recreational shooting."
Mind you - gunowners have traditionally/historically been able to use public lands for target practice.

The Enviro-Nazis are working to change all that in the name of "public safety".
Squeezing out shooters, says the draft policy, is needed because, "As the West has become more populated, recreational shooters now often find themselves in conflict with other public lands users, and the BLM is frequently called on to mediate these conflicts."
Of course no one has ever drowned while rafting or fallen off a cliff while rock climbing on public lands... and so we should not ban those activities, or similar activities. (note sarcasm)

This seems to me to be all part of the infamous and nefarious Agenda 21 and the erosion of 2nd amendment rights.

Sportsman and Gun groups are already waging a fight... and this is one to keep a close eye on.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Goodbye To Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX)


Well, well, well.... it looks like Al Gore's carbon credit trading baby has tanked.

In a little reported move, the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) announced on Oct. 21 that it will be ending carbon trading – the only purpose for which it was founded – this year.

Although the trading in carbon emissions credits was voluntary, the CCX was intended to be the hub of the mandatory carbon trading established by a cap-and-trade law, like the Waxman-Markey scheme passed by the House in June 2009. ...
The CCX was the brainchild of Northwestern University business professor Richard Sandor, who used $1.1 million in grants from the Chicago-based left-wing Joyce Foundation to launch the CCX. ...

it attracted such big name climate investors as Goldman Sachs and Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management.
The whole Cap and Trade scheme fell apart especially after "Climategate" exposed some fraudulent Climate studies which were meant to push an agenda that would make certain people and their companies boatloads of cash.

Interestingly enough:
CCX’s panicked original investors bailed out this spring, unloading the dog and its across-the-pond cousin, the European Climate Exchange (ECX), for $600 million to the New York Stock Exchange-traded Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) – an electronic futures and derivatives platform based in Atlanta and London. (Luckier than the CCX, the ECX continues to exist thanks to the mandatory carbon caps of the Kyoto Protocol.)

The ECX may soon follow the CCX into oblivion, however – the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012. No new international treaty is anywhere in sight.
It's good to see at least one environmental rip-off scheme die a fitting death.

Somehow though - it might be "zombie-fied" and resurrected under some other hideous "green initiative" - probably under the auspices of Agenda 21.
I bet they will rebrand carbon emission regulation into some kind of carbon tax - after all - Al Gore and his political eco-Nazis have to make a buck somehow. Right?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Obama's Train To Nowhere


Recently, my husband took the Acela train from New Haven to Pennsylvania. He thought he'd save time and get to his destination faster. As a result of his travel he believes the rail should be renamed to "A-Slow-a".

Meanwhile, back in DC, King Barack Obama still has dreams of pouring gobs of taxpayer money into his high speed rail plan. The only catch is that after all the money that has already been spent on this escapade, there has been very little to show for it.

As part of the economic stimulus plan of 2009, Obama pushed through more than $8 billion in initial funding to extend high-speed intercity rail service to 10 major U.S. rail corridors by 2034. The idea is to create superfast rail service — like Japan's futuristic bullet trains — that would be available to 80 percent of the U.S. population.

A quarter of that money — a little more than $2 billion — went to California, where voters in 2008 approved a plan to build a 220-mph line between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The California High Speed Rail Authority promised voters that the line would open in 2020, at an overall price of about $33 billion.

Since then, not a single segment of track has been laid and not a single station has opened.

So this begs the question... what happened to all that money? What is there to show for it? and of course now the project has been re-estimated: "That $33 billion price tag? It's been recalculated at $98.5 billion — nearly three times the original estimate."

Yes - our infrastructure needs updating - from everything from rail to power to roadways - but when it comes to public transportation, the fact is that we are not Japan or France or China. Americans are in love with their cars and pick-up trucks and the majority of Americans are against spending on these kinds of projects and especially on high speed rail. They would certainly rather fly than take a train.

And just think of all the land that is being grabbed up in the name of eminent domain to build this pipe-dream. It's a travesty and a trampling of property rights.

We are also against crony politics and politicians that put pork projects in their legislation in order to pay back supporters.

Just take a look at this "Green jobs" initiative and wasted taxpayer money that went to places like Solyndra.

We've had enough.

And these kinds of projects are so over-priced that they would never be able to make a profit.
As one commenter on the MSNBC article stated:
The problem is that with the cost of building the high speed rail so high, the ticket prices will never be cost competitive with flying. At a cost of $98 billion to build the line between San Francisco and Los Angeles just do the math to see what ridership and ticket prices would need to be to pay off the investment, let alone the actual operating costs. The reason Amtrak is so heavily subsidized now is that it is not cost competitive with flying. Even if you figure on a ridership of 100,000 round trips a month, which would be very optimistic, the ticket prices would need to be $817 in order to pay this off in 100 years, and that does not even consider the operating costs that must be covered. Right now you can fly round trip between LA and SF for a fraction of that cost, about $140 including all the taxes. In order for the rail to be cost competitive you would need a ridership close to 600,000 a month to pay it off in 100 years. A more realistic payback of 30 years would push that up to almost 2,000,000 round trips a month, which is absurd to expect as it far exceeds the current air traffic by a huge margin. The point is that high speed rail is not economical by any stretch of the imagination. Even allowing that people would be willing to pay a little more to go by rail which would be more comfortable, there is still no way that this rail line would ever succeed as a viable commercial operation. - JS in SD
One can see that this project will be a permanently yet another subsidized taxpayer boondoggle.
And a big one at that.

Where is Dagny Taggart and Hank Reardon when you need them?
Gone Galt - I imagine.


(H/T Linda D.)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Exposed



Interesting information over at owsexposed.com
Occupy Wall Street has become violent and a health risk.
It certainly is NOT like the Tea Party gatherings that I have seen.
Checkout this diagram from Greater Boston Tea Party.

While I support their right to assemble and air their grievances - I certainly do not support the results of their assembly which is rape, disease, vandalism, and murder/death. There is a clear dark side to this so-called "movement".

Friday, November 11, 2011

Remembering Our Veterans



Along with today being the auspicious date of 11/11/11 - today is also Veterans Day!

Veterans Day
In 1918, World War I ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The entire world celebrated. An armistice (a truce) was signed declaring the "war to end all wars" was finally over. The next year, on November 11th, the US called the day "Armistice Day" in memory of all the men and women involved in WWI. On Armistice Day, surviving soldiers marched in parades through their home towns. Politicians and veteran officers gave speeches and had ceremonies in thanks for the peace that had been won.
Please take time today to remember all those who have served our country, both living and deceased, for without them we could not benefit from the freedoms that we still enjoy.

In their honor we should pledge to work to preserve those freedoms and to Restore the Republic.

If you haven't already - please consider joining Oathkeepers.

Veterans Day on Wiki.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Texas Medical Board Is Attempting To Shut Down Ground Breaking Cancer Treatment

File under "No good deed goes unpunished".



What a shame that someone who can help, and has helped, cancer patients is being relentlessly attacked by the cancer establishment and the FDA. Seems they would just rather have people die.

And yet, this ground breaking gene targeted cancer therapy is the wave of the future. Isn't it immoral to have people die when that treatment is available now?

I hope that the Texas Medical Board reconsiders what appears to be a terrible and unwarranted persecution of a doctor who has done much to help people and who has pioneered cancer treatment by thinking out of the box.

Note:
OK - yeah - so there are people who claim this guy is a quack.
You can Google information about this guy (and anyone else for that matter) for yourself.
Bottomline - Some doctors are good and others aren't. Some doctors help some people and fail for others.
I am not particularly endorsing this guy other than to say that if he has helped some people and if he has pioneered some new medical techniques then that is a good thing.
The best thing for anyone seeking any type of treatment is to do your own research and homework.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Seizing Control And Rebooting American Communications



Remember that?
It's about to change.

This is a test - this is only a test - in the event of a real government takeover of your communications systems you would be instructed what to do - where to go - and more importantly that resistance is futile.

Federal authorities are going to shut off all television and radio communications simultaneously at 2:00PM EST TODAY to complete the first ever test of the national Emergency Alert System (EAS).

Here is what the DHS notice said:
The EAS is a national public warning system that requires broadcasters, cable television systems, wireless cable systems, satellite digital audio radio service (SDARS) providers, and direct broadcast satellite (DBS) providers to provide the communications capability to the President to address the American public during a national emergency. The system also may be used by state and local authorities to deliver important emergency information, such as AMBER alerts and weather information targeted to specific areas.

The first Nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System will be carried out on November 9, 2011.

The FCC, in conjunction with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service (NWS), implements the EAS at the federal level. The President has sole responsibility for determining when the EAS will be activated at the national level, and has delegated this authority to the director of FEMA. FEMA is responsible for implementation of the national-level activation of the EAS, tests, and exercises. The NWS develops emergency weather information to alert the public about imminent dangerous weather conditions.

The FCC's role includes prescribing rules that establish technical standards for the EAS, procedures for EAS participants to follow in the event The EAS is activated, and EAS testing protocols. Additionally, the FCC ensures that the EAS state and local plans developed by industry conform to FCC EAS rules and regulations.

Cool huh?
The government, via the President and FEMA, will seize control of all communications as it pleases them.
I'll bet you feel safer already!

Yes, yes, yes... we always had an emergency broadcast system...which had television and radio broadcasters, satellite radio and satellite television providers, cable television and wireline video providers all involved in that system. It worked fine and information was disseminated through their alerts... now it seems it will be centrally controlled. Also, whatever new software and hardware is involved in this shut down and "rebooting' of our communications is anyone's guess.

Now supposedly - in the event of a "major crisis", the American people will be told with one voice, at the same time, about an "emergency". The creepy part is that this all begs the question: Who will have control of the EAS when that day comes, and what their message will be?


11/9/11 Update:
Apparently - the test didn't work very well -
“The weaknesses exposed by today’s test of the emergency alert system are unacceptable. Government and media carriers must work together to make sure the system does what it is intended to do, which is to transmit a nationwide message from the President in a crisis. I commend FEMA for carrying out this long-overdue, first-ever, nationwide test of the system. Without it, we would never have known the extent of the system’s vulnerabilities.” - Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman


“There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to… The Outer Limits…”

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Power To The People - Aftermath Of The Halloween Storm


I am so glad to have my electric power restored!

A couple of things:

First - Thanks so much to the wonderful utility crews from Vermont that showed up on my street to fix our power lines and put me, and my neighbors, back into the 21st century on Monday morning! These guys, and the families that they had to be away from, deserve a boat load of our appreciation!

Second - I am thankful that we were fairly well prepared - all things considered. It was good to have gas hot water and a gas stove to cook on, and plenty of food and water in the house. That made Tuesday morning to Monday morning fairly bearable. The house got down to about 50-55 degrees, which is chilly but not entirely unbearable. We made due with a roaring fireplace in the evening to take the chill off, and candle light and flashlights to guide our way at night. Lots of warm blankets made sleeping very comfortable. It was also good to have the local library to go to to recharge my cell phone and check on my email.

My husband and I have learned some lessons though on preparedness and are making some provisions for "next time". We've made a list of things we think we could have made good use of, and some we've already ordered - like a decent LED lantern from Cabela's. We'll be looking into alternate heating sources and perhaps a good solar device to charge cells phones and laptops. We've already gotten a good inverter (12 volt - 120 volt) so we could use the car to charge our cell phones if need be. Of course a good generator would have saved our food from spoiling in the freezer and refrigerator, as well as kept the furnace going. We are going to think about that one too.

We considered this "loss of power" adventure to have been a great learning experience.

It was also interesting from a human nature standpoint. While the community did show some signs of working together and helping one another... we did hear some things that were somewhat disconcerting. You would occasionally hear people's resentment for those who had power ... it wasn't very good. The "how come they have power and we don't" attitude was definitely there.

Third - In my opinion Connecticut Light and Power was NOT ready for this storm. In my estimation they had neither a plan or the boots on the ground to handle this event. The extent of damage in my neighborhood alone was unbelievable - there were power lines and trees down everywhere you looked. There was no way that this was going to be made whole by the deadlines that CL&P provided. That being said, it seemed to take a very long time for out of state crews to be called and to arrive in our state. Once they got here it seems like it took awhile for them to get things put together, in fact, I had talked to some people from a Comcast utility crew that said they couldn't get their repair work done until CL&P gave them the go ahead and they knew of many out of state electric utility crews that were sitting around waiting for work orders from CL&P as well. So it is apparent - albeit anecdotally, that CL&P dropped the ball and was unable to hit the ground running in giving out repair work orders. I think that far worse than CL&P not having boots on the ground, they seemed to lack a recovery plan for this type of damage. I don't think new legislation which fines utilities for not getting power up in a timely manner is going to be of much value. The cost of fines will merely be passed onto the consumer. Knee-jerk reaction legislation is useless.

Lastly - instead of our state and federal government spending gobs of money of an un-needed busway project - how about they take those millions and invest it in upgrading our antiquated power grid? Some of these telephone poles look like they are about to fall over in a good wind and it would seem to me that more modern and efficient ways of delivering power to the people would go a long way to preventing these kinds of massive outages, instead of frittering away tax dollars on make-work projects like the proposed New Britain-Hartford busway that barely anyone would use.

Thank you again to the utility crews that came to our state from Vermont, New Brunswick, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Ontario, Georgia, and heaven knows where else. We owe them our gratitude! Thanks for putting our state back together. I truly hope CL&P pays them well... and then gets to work on a real disaster recovery plan.


Related article: Connecticut Politicians and Mega-Utility Battle Over Power Outages; Taxpayers Lose with Both

Friday, November 4, 2011

Power Down

Sorry I haven't been able to post anything.
We've lost power due to the storm last week.
We'll be back again as soon as power and Internet is restored.
Posting this from the library.

Stay warm!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

New Trend - Stone Age Cuisine


This should give the Barefoot Contessa, Paula Deen and Rachel Ray the giggles.

Apparently there is a growing Paleolithic diet movement which is becoming a new trendy endeavor.

A new Berlin (Germany) restaurant, Sauvage, offers food that the Stone Age Neanderthals might have eaten and for atmosphere diners eat at candle-lit tables amidst contemporary cave paintings.
No bread, pasta or sugar: Stone Age-style restaurant serves only food that was available to our caveman ancestors ... Proudly announcing a 'Real Food Revolution - Paleolithic cuisine!', there is no cheese, bread or sugar available, only fare accessible to our hunter-gatherer ancestors more than two million years ago. ... That means serving only organic, unprocessed fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, and herbs.... The menu includes salads with olives, capers and pine nuts; gluten-free bread with nut-based butter or olive tapenades; smoked salmon with herb dressing; and other various meat and fish dishes.

Gluten- and sugar-free cakes, like a spicy pumpkin pie, are available for those Stone Age diners who don't want to skip dessert.
Quite frankly I know of no historic record of Cavemen cooking pumpkin pies or eating cured olives or even caring if anything was gluten free or not ... but whatever.. it seems some people are finding the Paleolithic diet one which helps to lose weight, although there are conflicting reports.

The Paleolithic trend doesn't just stop with food - oh no, the Paleolithic obsessed have begun to build an entire lifestyle around the cave-man concept. They perform cave-man exercise by lifting boulders and running barefoot (I kid you not!), and they even go so far as to emulate the blood loss they believe Stone Age hunters might have experienced in pursuit of their dinner, by donating blood every few months.

How amusing.

I'll bet they save money on their car insurance too :)

File this one under "Yabba Dabba Doo".

Here is more information on the Paleo diet.

It does seem to work for some people, and health benefits are being reported.