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Sunday Food: Mayonnaise - Shadowproof

Sunday Food: Mayonnaise - Shadowproof

 Mayonnaise(Picture courtesy of at flickr.com.)The final condiment in this three week series, to give it equal time, is more like a salad dressing than the previous ones, and .  While many sandwich eaters will find that a is part of their salad sandwiches, it seems that only a minority put them on those standard hamburgers and hot dogs, or other meat sandwiches.  As a kid, I liked mayo on my sandwiches, but somewhere along the way I grew into mustard, and now that is what I prefer.Sources place the origin of mayonnaise as being the town of  in , , from where it was taken to France...

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Ruth Calvo
Sep 7
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Saturday Art: Voltri XV by David Smith - Shadowproof

Saturday Art: Voltri XV by David Smith - Shadowproof

Voltri XVThe metal sculpture Smith has presented shows an of heavens, moon and clouds.It is part of the Voltri series created in May through June 1962 in Italy. He worked at an abandoned steel factory, where he welded scrap steel. With assistants, he produced Twenty Six sculptures in thirty days.The metal sculptures were a series that represented a departure from his more , that combined materials and found objects. After c. 1951 in works such as the red painted steel Running Daughter (1955–60; New York, Whitney) the vertical, upright ‘figure’ became his chief preoccupation, but he...

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Ruth Calvo
Dec 1
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Things We Forget About History; Malcolm X and MLK - Shadowproof

Things We Forget About History; Malcolm X and MLK - Shadowproof

Civil rights march in 1965(Picture courtesy of Seattle of History and Industry.)This is an anniversary that we don’t celebrate, the date of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   We are also greeting a new work on the.   Ironically, these were two very different movements.Rev. King preached and practiced non-violence in a time that saw oppression that today we reject.  Young black people had grown up under a system that paved roads and established quality education, among other advantages, on the other side of town.   When they walked on dirt roads to rickety buses to go to...

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Apr 4
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Over Easy - Shadowproof

Over Easy - Shadowproof

The community that began with Southern Dragon’s Lakeside Diner continues. Today we collect news from outside the usual, and renew the discussion.Fold in Monterey FormationThe U.S. dollar was out on the streets in a deal entered into by Russia and China, agreeing to trade in their .   This was followed by a massive natural gas sale that has been worked out over ten years, to China from Russia.“Breaking the dominance of the U.S. dollar in international trade between the BRICS is something that the group has been talking about for some time,” said Chris Weafer, a founding partner of...

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Ruth Calvo
May 22
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Tracking the Wild Do-Gooder - Shadowproof

Tracking the Wild Do-Gooder - Shadowproof

We have them all around us. The sort of meanie that basically doesn’t like fellow beings and thinks we’re genetically inferior. Genetic research has explained the phenomenon by latching onto the natural oxytocin effect that lets some of us get warm and fuzzy.That old Texas saying ‘maybe it’s in the water’ has turned into ‘maybe it’s in the milk of human kindness’. ‘Tis the season for, hopefully,Above all, be thankful for your brain’s supply of oxytocin, the small, celebrated peptide hormone that, by the looks of it, helps lubricate our every prosocial exchange, the thousands of acts of...

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Ruth Calvo
Nov 26
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National Donut Hole - Shadowproof

National Donut Hole - Shadowproof

photo: Buz Carter (flickr)The year 2010 is a great year for rich people to die. As cynical as that sounds, it is the year in which estate taxes have been completely eliminated on wealth that passes on to heirs.so far this year, including that of George Steinbrenner, have wielded absolutely nothing to the country that made the environment that produced their wealth.Motivated by the billion-dollar estates passing to heirs tax-free, Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-VT) and four co-sponsors have introduced a bill that would return the estate tax to the 2009 exemption level of $3.5 million but add a...

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Ruth Calvo
Jul 18
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Over Easy: Around the World - Shadowproof

Over Easy: Around the World - Shadowproof

Recent DOS  attacks have been costly and kept FDL offline all too much. , this would be a good time, to keep this progressive and informative blog online.Welcome to Thursday’s Over Easy, a continuation of Southern Dragon’s Lakeside Diner and its tradition of giving an overview of news our everyday media doesn’t cover, issues that we ought to consider outside the U.S. scene.Sweeping progressive , have overturned the dominant Tory government of the province that had sought to extend XL pipeline through the U.S. to Texas refineries, where it would go onto the world oil market.The Tories’ books...

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Ruth Calvo
May 7
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Over Easy - Shadowproof

Over Easy - Shadowproof

 Over Easy(Picture courtesy of  at flickr.com.)Welcome to Thursday’s rundown of international news and foreign media as was begun at Lakeside Diner by Southern Dragon and carried on by us, his admiring friends.The internet has been slowed and infused with spam in  between Spamhaus, a firm specializing in combating spam which operates out of London and Geneva, and Cyberbunk, which hosts any sort of operation except child porn and terrorist threats.The attackers have used a tactic known as Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), which floods the intended target with large amounts of traffic in...

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Ruth Calvo
Mar 28
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Over Easy - Shadowproof

Over Easy - Shadowproof

Over EasyThe community that began with Southern Dragon’s Lakeside Diner continues. Today we collect news from outside the usual, and renew the discussion.Discussion of climate change held Wednesday at the U.N. in NYC received news that would commit to making positive steps to lower damage to the environment.China has pledged for the first time to take firm action on climate change, telling a UN summit that its emissions, the world’s highest, would soon peak.Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli also said China would make its economy much more carbon efficient by 2020.(snip)With so many nations attending...

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Ruth Calvo
Sep 25
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Sunday Food; Waffles - Shadowproof

Sunday Food; Waffles - Shadowproof

Waffles at Lucille's (photo: Youssef Abdelaal, flickr)Growing up, special days were enjoyed with a special treat, making waffles.   Back in the day, a bulky waffle iron had to be heated up, buttered or greased, and watched over as the little indicator moved to the red area and the waffles were done.Nothing invented since those long ago fifties has made waffles taste better to me, and fluffy Belgian variety are just a variation on the theme.   should be trouble, to my mind, because they are a way to make breakfast into an event above the everyday.Directions;Preheat  according to...

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Ruth Calvo
Jun 3
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Art Saturday: Graft by Roxy Paine, National Gallery of Art - Shadowproof

Art Saturday: Graft by Roxy Paine, National Gallery of Art - Shadowproof

Graft by Roxy PaineGraft as it appears in distance, Smithsonian building beyond the Sculpture GardenA pleasure that visits to D.C. offer is the sculpture on the national mall.  In the sculpture gardens there, an opportunity offers on good days in spring to Have It All, natural beauty and awesome art.The National Gallery of Art displays the above sculpture all year around, but during the spring it’s enjoyable as a complete, luxurious basking in all that wonder.  The can be viewed at the , as well.Graft presents two fictive but distinct species of trees—one gnarled, twisting, and irregular,...

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Ruth Calvo
May 11
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Over Easy: Around the World - Shadowproof

Over Easy: Around the World - Shadowproof

Welcome to Thursday’s Over Easy, a continuation of Southern Dragon’s Lakeside Diner and its tradition of giving an overview of news our everyday media doesn’t cover, issues that we ought to consider outside the U.S. scene.In an effect that might have been anticipated, the of our first world big crackdown on human trafficking is producing abandoned cargo folks.  The European Union asked for U.N. approval for a plan to in Libyan and international waters.Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign policy chief, said that its primary responsibility was “saving migrants’ lives” and that to accomplish...

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Ruth Calvo
May 14
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Saturday Art: Horace Vernet - Shadowproof

Saturday Art: Horace Vernet - Shadowproof

Hunting at the Pontine Marshes by VernetThe Dog of the Regiment Wounded by Vernet(Picture courtesy of at flickr.com.)Battle de Bouvines, Château de Versailles, France by Vernet(Picture courtesy of at flickr.com.)Born into a family of artists, was known for hunting and battle scenes, and was very much part of the royal household in his work and life.He was born in the , while his parents were staying there during the . Vernet quickly developed a disdain for the high-minded seriousness of academic French art influenced by , and decided to paint subjects taken mostly from contemporary culture....

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Ruth Calvo
Jun 13
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Over Easy: Around the World - Shadowproof

Over Easy: Around the World - Shadowproof

Welcome to Thursday’s Over Easy, a continuation of Southern Dragon’s Lakeside Diner and its tradition of giving an overview of news our everyday media doesn’t cover, issues that we ought to consider outside the U.S. scene.The drive that gave showed evidence of Iraqi police deserting their posts during the fighting, occasioning the replacement of Anbar province’s police chief.ISIS on Sunday took full control of the Anbar provincial capital following a three-day blitz that ended with a chaotic retreat of government forces.The Iraqi cabinet said Tuesday that while those who fought bravely to...

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Ruth Calvo
May 21
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Over Easy - Shadowproof

Over Easy - Shadowproof

Over EasyThe community that began with Southern Dragon’s Lakeside Diner continues. Today we collect news from outside the usual, and renew the discussion.European power competition is encountering the rising push from a that has developed from protests against the ravages of austerity sprung from working class and progressive citizens.  New movements are particularly strong in Spain in the current election struggle where a strong challenge has emerged to the far right and traditional parties.Podemos emerged,  Syriza and United Left, from a  and has benefited from charismatic leadership...

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Ruth Calvo
Dec 4
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Sunday Food: Beef Steak for Memorial Day - Shadowproof

Sunday Food: Beef Steak for Memorial Day - Shadowproof

Steaks on a grill(Picture courtesy of  at flickr.com.)While a lot of the U.S. will have weather that isn’t ideal for outdoor cooking, one of the traditions of Memorial Day celebrations is a barbeque, often featuring.  We all hear varying tastes for cooking and dining on steaks, but this is a review of ‘common’ knowledge as featured on wikimedia.A steak is a of sliced perpendicular to the muscle fibers, potentially including a bone. When the word “steak” is used without qualification, it generally refers to a . In a larger sense, there are also , ground meat steaks, and many more...

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Ruth Calvo
May 24
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The Pieta - Shadowproof

The Pieta - Shadowproof

The PietaSome works of art are so well known that the name itself brings up an image, and to my experience Michelangelo’s Pieta is a major member of that group.   It attracts your immediate attention as you enter St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, lighted and serene in a chapel now know as the Chapel of the Pieta.Michelangelo did not show suffering, as he wanted to call to mind not death but theThe structure is pyramidal, and the vertex coincides with Mary’s head. The statue widens progressively down the drapery of Mary’s dress, to the base, the rock of . The figures are quite out of proportion,...

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Ruth Calvo
Mar 31
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Over Easy: May Day and more - Shadowproof

Over Easy: May Day and more - Shadowproof

Works at the upper reservoir of the Central Hidroeólica. El Hierro island.The community that began with Southern Dragon’s Lakeside Diner continues. Today we collect news from outside the usual, and renew the discussion.Rabbit, Rabbit also, and May Day.Around the world, demonstrations marked May Day to establish living conditions amenable to those who work for a living, who are the basic unit and support of society.I ask everyone with political responsibility to remember two things: human dignity and the common good.— Pope Francis (@Pontifex)Spreading its territorial boundaries has hurt ....

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Ruth Calvo
May 1
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Sunday Food: Pulla Bread - Shadowproof

Sunday Food: Pulla Bread - Shadowproof

 Pulla Bread(Picture courtesy of at flickr.com.)From fellow poster cmaukonen, I heard this week that an activity that belongs at Christmas for those with Finnish backgrounds is the making of .   It sounds wonderful, though you will need a few hours to spare baking.   The cardamom will guarantee your house will smell great for the holiday, too.Original recipe makes 3 loavesWarm the milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, then remove from heat. Let cool until lukewarm.Dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Stir in the lukewarm milk, sugar, salt, cardamom, 4 eggs, and enough flour to make a...

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Ruth Calvo
Dec 21
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Saturday Art: George Catlin - Shadowproof

Saturday Art: George Catlin - Shadowproof

Buffalo Chase in the Snow Drifts, Ojibwa, by George CatlinBorn into a well placed Pennsylvania family, the artist originally conceded to his father’s wishes and entered the law.   Finding himself sketching courtroom scenes and unable to concentrate on his career in it, Catlin began to paint and was given commissions for portraits of many in his social realm.   He felt a lack of purpose until he encountered a delegation of tribal members and began to paint those subjects.He had a deep interest in the tribes, and his mother’s tales from having been captured by Iroquois as a child and released...

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Ruth Calvo
Mar 14
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They Don't Hear You - My Visit to My Texan Senators - Shadowproof

They Don't Hear You - My Visit to My Texan Senators - Shadowproof

Yesterday, I took the afternoon to take the trip down to Capitol Hill and perform what seemed like a thankless task. My Senators are hopeless right wingers, Cornyn and Hutchison, and I have no hope that at this vital juncture they will suddenly convert into guardians of the public interest. However, I did my part.Returning to the Russell Senate Office Building, where I worked with Sen. Ralph Yarborough in the 60’s, was a bit saddening. Doors were open to visitors when I was on the Hill, and now there was just the one door, with x-ray machines and security gates. At least I was able to enter...

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Nov 11
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Art Saturday: Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin - Shadowproof

Art Saturday: Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin - Shadowproof

Still Life with a White Mug, Above, Fruit, Jug and a Glass, Below; Chardin Still LifeA staunch member and supporter of the French Academy, has been called .Upon presentation of The Ray in 1728, he was admitted to the Acadèmie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture. …Chardin’s work had little in common with the Rococo painting that dominated French art in the 18th century. At a time when history painting was considered the supreme classification for public art, Chardin’s subjects of choice were viewed as minor categories. He favored simple yet beautifully textured still lifes, and sensitively...

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May 9
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Saturday Art and Archaeology: Big Bend Chimney Rocks Petroglyphs - Shadowproof

Saturday Art and Archaeology: Big Bend Chimney Rocks Petroglyphs - Shadowproof

 Petroglyphs at Big Bend ChimneysThe ancient rock drawings found at the Big Bend National Park Chimneys have been viewed and enjoyed by hikers in that remote park for aeons, about two and a half hours away from the trailhead.   They are much photographed, but little written about them.   There were two tribes that traveled through the Big Bend, Apache and Comanche, and some Apache settlements like Boquillas del Carmen, Mexico, retain that heritage.Like many of the puzzles left by tribes that were present here, the sites of their rock art have symbols we can guess about and some that are...

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Ruth Calvo
Jan 31
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Strange Bedfellows Indeed; Family Values Deviants - Shadowproof

Strange Bedfellows Indeed; Family Values Deviants - Shadowproof

That mantra of ‘Family Values’ is presently old hat, but for the days it reigned, it seems to have presented an ideal cover for sexual deviancy for its adherents. Thanks, Ginni Thomas, for of the integral role of sexually inappropriate behavior in the right wing.Family values jurist Clarence Thomas, we are reminded, felt his power was sufficient – seemingly – to torment fellow worker Anita Hill with sexual overtures. Allegations that were serious enough to drag Dr. Hill before the Senate Judiciary Committee were never proven, nor disproven. Now, his wife has wrapped herself in the anti-law...

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Oct 22
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