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diabetic chocolate ice cream for grownups

Posted by jeanne on July 18, 2011

this is for thin-variant type-2 diabetics who need to put some weight on, don’t have high cholesterol, and don’t have heart problems.  it’s very low sugar, and very high fat.  the recipe makes a generous half gallon.  it’s based on a recipe i can’t find now.  the chili and vast amounts of spices were their ideas, but i’ve altered it a lot nutritionally.

start with:

1 qt half and half

4 tb or more mixed ground cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger

1 tsp chili powder

1 oz pulverized ground coffee

9 heaping tbs hershey’s special dark cocoa (if you’re lucky enough to have it)

pinch salt

2 tb molasses

4 tb butter

2 oz coconut oil

6 eggs

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heat everything but eggs in a double boiler until steaming, add eggs and make custard (look it up), get as cool as possible in the fridge.  maybe even the next day, remove custard from fridge and add:

1 can coconut cream

1 qt heavy whipping cream

1 tb vanilla

an optional pint of crushed strawberries, chopped nuts, shredded coconut, etc.

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put the mixture in your ice cream freezer, salt it properly, and plug in the machine.  when the freezer stops running, decant your chocolate slush into a plastic half-gallon container (you’ll have maybe a pint extra for a reward and you could put it either into a few of bowls or a smaller plastic container – for later), and stick in the freezer overnight.  take the lid off and stir several times during the first few hours of freezing to break down the ice crystals.  it’ll be rock hard when you take it out of the freezer every night for your dessert, so you’ll want to bring it out for up to ten minutes before you’re wanting to go in with a real sturdy large metal spoon.

i like to drizzle a tsp of molasses over my bowl of ice cream, and if there is any fruit in the house, i like to crush it and add it on the bottom so you have to dig it out as the ice cream melts.

it behaves differently than store bought ice cream, so if you’re not used to making your own, you’re not going to like it.  hell, you’re not going to like it because it has very little sweetener (tho the cream is sweet enough, really).  usual recipes call for two and three cups.  i use two tbs.  my little brother made a face.  he hid it, but i saw him flinch.  like that time when i tasted the dark chocolate truffles at a fannie may store, and the piece was so bitter i couldn’t eat it.

i’d love to know if you try this, and what you think.

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let’s criminalize recorded political phone calls

Posted by jeanne on February 9, 2010

i want to know why we can’t make all those awful pre-recorded political calls illegal.  opt-in.  at the moment there’s nothing we can do to avoid those calls except go totally cellular.  and that’s not good enough.

Labour’s Vera Duckworth phone calls broke privacy rules

The Labour Party broke privacy rules by making automated phone calls to nearly 500,000 people without their consent, the information watchdog has ruled.

In 2007 it was told not to use a recorded message by actress Liz Dawn, best known as Coronation Street battleaxe Vera Duckworth.

But more complaints were made in 2009 – an enforcement notice has been served on the party to stop the calls.

Labour said it would examine the ruling and always tried to meet guidelines.

The commissioner’s office said Labour had breached privacy and electronic communication regulations that ban automated direct marketing calls to anyone who has not consented to receive them.

‘Robocalling’

Labour has 28 days to appeal – failing to comply with an enforcement notice could lead to a prosecution.

The party is not the first to fall foul of the rules on automated phone calls – nicknamed “robocalls” in the United States.

The Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and Scottish National Party (SNP) have all had similar notices served.

The SNP, which had been criticised over its own automated calls using the voice of Sir Sean Connery, made one of the complaints against Labour in 2009.

Labour – having been warned in 2007 that calls featuring Liz Dawn’s voice amounted to direct marketing – went on to make automated calls featuring her voice in 2009.

Advice sought

The calls were made to about 495,000 people in areas with strong Labour support, urging them to vote in local and European elections.

Deputy information commissioner David Smith said all the major parties had been told that any promotion counted as direct marketing.

He added: “The fact that the calls were targeted at what were believed to be Labour-supporting areas confirmed our view that they were designed to promote the Labour Party’s electoral cause by encouraging Labour supporters to vote.”

The Labour Party said it had considered advice from the information commissioner’s office before making the calls and had believed it had abided by it.

A spokesman said: “We will now examine this decision in detail. The Labour Party has always sought to abide by the Information Commission guidelines and will continue to do so in the future.”

But the SNP complained that it had taken the information watchdog too long to act.

It said the Conservatives, SNP and Lib Dems had faced immediate enforcement notices but the watchdog appeared to have “relied on a promise of good behaviour” from Labour in 2007.

Joe Fitzpatrick, the MSP who lodged a complaint in 2009, said: “Labour have been the subject of repeated complaints over their inappropriate use of telephone calls during election campaigns but it seems where other parties have faced the law Labour have been allowed to get away with it.”

Liz Dawn, a longstanding Labour Party supporter, left Coronation Street in 2008 after 34 years of playing Vera Duckworth, one of the ITV1 soap opera’s most popular characters.

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they say this every time

Posted by jeanne on February 5, 2010

Airport scanner radiation risk low, agencies say

VIENNA (Reuters) – New full-body airport security scanners using X-rays generate much lower doses than normal background radiation, a draft report compiled by international agencies says.

Such devices, which cost about 10 times as much as conventional airport scanners, are likely to go into much wider use since a Nigerian man with explosives hidden undetected in his underwear boarded a U.S. airplane heading to Detroit on December 25.

While normal annual background radiation per person runs to about 3,000 microsieverts — a unit used to measure radiation exposure — the body scan delivers 0.1 to 5 microsevierts, the report, compiled by a group of international bodies including the European Commission and the U.N. nuclear agency said.

“This (risk) is very small,” Renate Czarwinski, head of radiation safety and monitoring at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, told Reuters Friday.

“Every application of X-ray systems should be justified…you have to weigh the benefits and the probable harm. The benefit, for security, is very high,” she said.

There are two types of full-body scanner — one which uses high frequency radio waves and one using X-rays — and only the latter machine would expose passengers to the ionizing radiation such as that used in medical X-rays, Czarwinski said.

Although the dosages are small, the inter-agency report said exposures should be carefully monitored.

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what’s wrong with this vaccine?

Posted by jeanne on July 25, 2009

there are so many reasons not to get the vaccine, even f there’s enough to go around.

one of the ingredients of the new vaccine, still in the early stages of production, is an oil-derived substance called squalene. this chemical has been positively linked to gulf war syndrome. it was an ingredient in the anthrax vaccinations our soldiers got. only those who got these vaccinations later came down with gulf war syndrome.

this is what squalene adjuvant does:

The symptoms they developed included arthritis, fibromyalgia, lymphadenopathy, rashes, photosensitive rashes, malar rashes, chronic fatigue, chronic headaches, abnormal body hair loss, non-healing skin lesions, aphthous ulcers, dizziness, weakness, memory loss, seizures, mood changes, neuropsychiatric problems, anti-thyroid effects, anaemia, elevated ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate), systemic lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), Raynaud’s phenomenon, Sjorgren’s syndrome, chronic diarrhoea, night sweats and low-grade fevers.”

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Alcoholics Anonymous is a Christian organization

Posted by jeanne on July 23, 2007

Many recovering addicts turn away from the message of 12-step programs because they are religious, and they feel they are being forced to toe the Christian line when they work the 12 steps. AA proponents deny that the organization is religious, saying that the steps require acknowledgement only of a ‘higher power’ without mention of God or Jesus.

But this is a smokescreen. More than half of the 12 steps mention God or He, directly refuting the denial of religiosity. Alcoholics Anonymous was started by a member of an organization called the Oxford Group, whose founder, Frank Buchman, was a fan of Hitler, and thought that the countries of the world should be ‘God-controlled’ theocracies.

The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are derived from the very right-wing Christian Oxford Group (eventually renamed ‘Moral Rearmament’). They may disguise their Christian origins, but every time someone goes to a 12-step meeting, they are attending a Christian worship service.

Loads of people hate that. They complain that putting God into an addictve problem removes all responsibility from the individual, and cripples them further.

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