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With vodka best to get high priced and high proof and put in freezer first or not do vodka especially cheap.
I used to like well made bloody Mary's with fine vodka's but that was a decade or more ago on special occasions and locations.
I only drink fine tequillas on occasion straight and from the freezer regards tio spirits.
I like some fine red wines (cabernet, mertot, pinot noir) but make no effort any more to partake regularly for decades now.
Light in weight , just realize the high impact relative to a large person that is a regular drinker of hard spirits.
Body mass, drinking habits, and metabolism counts and I say this as a 60 year old male in protection of the female gender.
There are some fine brandies and scotch. Absinth? lol Good vibes.
Posted by PufPuf23 | Tue Jan 29, 2013, 04:10 AM (0 replies)
The article is short but has links to redacted FOIA materials and is well sourced in general. There are links provided from a plethora of sources.
I have my own opinion about what the material means for the USA.
How can this be defended and still call our form of government a democratic republic that serves the needs and wants of The People?
The Return of COINTELPRO?
by TOM MCNAMARA
“Democracies die behind closed doors” – Judge Damon J. Keith
For 15 years (1956-1971) the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) ran a broad and highly coordinated domestic intelligence / counterintelligence program known as COINTELPRO (COunter INTELligence PROgrams). What was originally deemed as a justifiable effort to protect the US during the Cold War from Soviet and Communist threats and infiltration, soon devolved into a program for suppressing domestic dissent and spying on American citizens. Approximately 20,000 people were investigated by the FBI based only on their political views and beliefs. Most were never suspected of having committed any crime.
The reasoning behind the program, as detailed in a 1976 Senate report, was that the FBI had “the duty to do whatever is necessary to combat perceived threats to the existing social and political order.” The fact that the “perceived threats” were usually American citizens engaging in constitutionally protected behaviour was apparently overlooked. The stated goal of COINTELPRO was to “expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize” any individual or group deemed to be subversive or a threat to the established power structure.
The FBI’s techniques were often extreme, with the agency being complicit in the murder and assassination of political dissidents, or having people sent away to prison for life. Some of the more “moderate” actions that were used were blackmail, spreading false rumors, intimidation and harassment. It has been argued that the US is unique in that it is the only Western industrialized democracy to have engaged in such a wide spread and well organized domestic surveillance program. It finally came to an end in 1971 when it was threatened with public exposure.
Or did it?
In a stunning revelation from the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF), it appears that COINTELPRO is alive and well. Through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, PCJF was able to obtain documents showing how the FBI was treating the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement, from its inception, as a potential criminal and domestic terrorist threat. This despite the FBI’s own acknowledgement that the OWS organizers themselves planned on engaging in peaceful and popular protest and did not “condone the use of violence.”
much more at: http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/01/21/the-return-of-cointelpro/
Posted by PufPuf23 | Wed Jan 23, 2013, 02:05 PM (15 replies)
Top Censored Stories of 2013
■1. Signs of an Emerging Police State
■2. Oceans in Peril
■3. Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Worse than Anticipated
■4. FBI Agents Responsible for Majority of Terrorist Plots in the United States
■5. First Federal Reserve Audit Reveals Trillions Loaned to Major Banks
Posted by PufPuf23 | Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:55 PM (6 replies)
Obama On Charges Of Socialism: 'My Policies Are So Mainstream' I'd Be A 'Moderate Republican' In 1980s
President Barack Obama rejected the notion that his policies rang of socialism on Thursday, arguing that his platform was more similar to a "moderate Republican" of the 1980s and that most Americans realized that.
Most of the Nation's problems are the result of "Moderate Republican policies of the 1980s" compounded for the last 30 years.
Posted by PufPuf23 | Sun Dec 23, 2012, 04:47 PM (0 replies)
The spiritual, moral, and reality of the acts of individuals, our nation, and the cruelties of existence have overwhelmed me as I turn 60.
We need kindness and wisdom, desperately so.
Posted by PufPuf23 | Sat Dec 15, 2012, 06:43 PM (0 replies)
Coast redwoods most often reproduce by natural cloning as a species characteristic is reproduction after harvest or fire by coppice (sprouting). The cloning trial in the research below began in 1984.
Forest Genetic Resources No 23.
EARLY RESULTS OF A RANGEWIDE PROVENANCE TEST OF SEQUOIA SEMPERVIRENS
J. E. Kuser, A. Bailly, A. Franclet, W. J. Libby, J. Martin, J. Rydelius, R. Schoenike, and N. Vagle
180 clones of Sequoia sempervirens, representing 90 provenance locations throughout the natural range and elevations from 24 m to 945 m, are being tested for survival and height growth at 3 plantation sites in the U.S., 2 in France, and plots in Spain, Britain, and New Zealand. Early results indicate that provenances from the north end of the range survive best in South Carolina and suffer less frost damage in northern France. Provenances from Humboldt County have grown relatively tall at Brookings, Oregon; Lafayette, California; and Etançon, France. Although there are no full scale plantations of the test at warmer locations, hedge orchards at Davis, California and Malissard, France indicate that more southern provenances (Santa Cruz and Monterey counties) may grow as fast or faster on warm sites. Preliminary recommendations for seed collections in Del Norte and Napa counties are made for further testing of cold tolerance, but it is not yet possible to recommend sources for warmer areas.
Figure 1. Range of coast redwood, Sequoia sempervirens (Little, 1971)
Redwood is one of the world's botanical wonders. The tallest tree in the world is a 110 m redwood in Redwood National Park, near Orick, California (American Forests, 1990). Redwood is a fire-adapted species with thick, fire-resistant bark and the ability to stump-sprout from a ring of burl tissue which surrounds the root-collar zone. It is unlike most conifers in this sprouting ability, and can grow new branches along its entire trunk to replace any killed by fire (Burns and Honkala, 1990).Coast redwood, Sequoia sempervirens (D.Don.) Endl. is one of the temperate zone's fastest growing trees. On the best sites, redwood can produce 30 m3 of wood per hectare per year (Fritz, 1945). Because redwood heartwood is decay-resistant, it is used for outdoor products such as siding, decking, garden furniture, stakes, shakes, and slatsfor air-conditioning cooling towers. Its decay resistance and beauty make redwood lumber worth more than pine or Douglas-fir. In California, for example, late 1992 retail lumber yard prices for "construction" grade redwood averaged 77 percent higher than those for comparable Douglas-fir; and for "clear" grades, redwood prices were 20 percent higher than Douglas-fir's.
California State Tax Board values for second-growth redwood logs averaged 148 percent of the value of Douglas-fir logs of the same dimensions, 230 percent of those for sugar and ponderosa pine (Pinus lambertiana and P. ponderosa) and 1148 percent of those for radiata (P. radiata) and shore pine (P. contorta var. contorta) (Libby, 1993).
Besides being valuable for timber, redwood is a spectacular tree which attracts many visitors to 100,000 hectares of state and national parks (Dewitt, 1985).
Before the Pleistocene, redwood or its close relatives were widespread, occurring in Europe, Asia, and North America (Chaney, 1934). Today, however, Sequoia sempervirens is confined to a narrow 720-km strip of the California and Oregon coast, extending 30 to 60 km inland. (Little, 1971) (see Figure 1). It was once thought that redwood grew in this belt because it needed the region's summer fog in order to survive; but more than 100 years ago, it was being successfully grown at Placerville, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, and outside California at Seattle, Washington, Victoria, British Columbia, and Hawkinsville, Georgia (Kuser, 1981). It is now known that redwood can be grown in many parts of western Europe and in the Crimea, Turkey, Japan, New Zealand, Chile, South Africa, Tasmania, and in the tropics at high enough elevation to provide temperate climate. As efforts to grow redwood in many parts of the world get underway, information on provenance differences becomes urgent. Use of the right or wrong seed source can spell the difference between success and failure with exotics (Zobel et al., 1988). The earliest provenance test of redwood was started in 1961 by Muelder and Hansen with seed of 10 populations from the central and north coast of California (Millar et al., 1985). It was evident to us by 1983 that a rangewide collection was warranted, with testing at locations in the temperate zones wherever there was interest in growing this species.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
In 1984, we made a 180-clone collection of redwood funded by the American Philosophical Society. Originally we intended to collect seeds for the test, but soon realized that this would be impossible in many parts of the range where the trees rely on stump-sprout regeneration and produce cone crops infrequently. We then decided to collect seedlings and use vegetative propagation to produce ramets for test plantations. This strategy had the advantage of removing one source of variation from analysis of results. As far as possible, we collected juvenile seedlings, no larger than 50 cm tall, in order to avoid cyclophysis.
more at: http://www.haabet.dk/users/sequoia/testsequ.html
Posted by PufPuf23 | Wed Dec 12, 2012, 06:29 PM (1 replies)
Recipe (very rich)
Fresh Tanoak Mushrooms (don't wash)!! - scrape and brush to clean then slice
Shallots and garlic.
1/2 and 1/2 milk and sherry wine (I use Christian Brothers) in about a 2:1 ratio
I don't really measure but say quart milk, handfull of chopped shallots and garlic (3/4 shallots), and 4-8 mushrooms depending on size. One can make a smaller batch for 1-4 people.
Add tanoaks, shallots and garlic
Cook just several minutes until soft
Add milk and sherry and bring to a rapid boil. Take off heat, you are done.
Sometimes sprinkle a dash of cayanne pepper and or dried cilantro on the soup once in bowl for color.
Here is a link to a page with pictures and also links to many common forest mushrooms. This nice webpage is from New England and Eastern Canada but about 2/3s the mushrooms listed to the left are local for me. I live on a National Forest inholding about 20 miles inland from Redwood National Park in extreme northcoast California.
Here is a Matusake slideshow from the New Yorker (one needs to subscribe to read the article now)
I grew up in the 50s and 60s here where tanoak mushrooms were part of the round of life in my family. We would gather them each year and my Mom and grandmother would dry, can, and pickle tanoaks.
Back in the 70s while an undergrad at Cal I cracked up because I saw them for sale in Berkeley's Monterey Market for $30/lb.
Since the late 80s there have been commercial buyers and pickers that buy by grade. The unopened buttons (#1 grade) are sometimes purchased wholesale for $50-$100/lb. They mostly go to Japan.
98% plus of the nearby land is National Forest and one needs to get a personal use or commercial use permit. The last several years a one day personal use permit from the Forest Service costs $35 and one must deface the mushroom so it cannot be sold commercially. I can find them in my "yard" so the heck with that. A commercial permit is much more.
Personally, I would never pick for sale on principal but the tanoaks give the woods cops something to do.
Posted by PufPuf23 | Fri Nov 16, 2012, 03:48 PM (0 replies)
War crimes and war profiteering are not trivial.
Our politics and media are putrid snot but I am glad to have voted straight Democratic since McGovern (when first legal).
I even voted again for DiFI (husband Richard Blum) after stating at DU I could not in good conscious vote for her again.
My votes all "won" except GMO food labeling in California.
Look how even DiFi was left out of the loop on this mess. Cantor!!??? Morelll!!??
Waking up at DU is not a solution.
Seriously I do not know a solution. My life is essentially over because of age, health, and finances. I am glad I do not have biologic children and have been better to step children than biologic parents.
I have spent the last 30+ (Reagan on) years in a society indoctrinated by post-Reagan policy and politics that have degraded everything perceived about life prior to 1980.
The election is over is over. We won. Let us do better please.
Posted by PufPuf23 | Sun Nov 11, 2012, 11:35 PM (0 replies)
One could wonder how an older Hicks, that had not passed on young, would have lampooned Fall 2012?
TMM - Too much material for one smart cynic.
Posted by PufPuf23 | Sun Oct 28, 2012, 01:26 AM (0 replies)
Design With Nature is the seminal and pragmatic text that is the basis for modern landuse planning and today's GIS systems.
Editorial Reviews (from http://www.amazon.com/Design-Nature-Wiley-Sustainable/dp/047111460X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1350860448&sr=1-1&keywords=Design+with+Nature)
From Library Journal
LJ's reviewer boldly contended that this "may well be one of the most important books of the century." Blending philosophy and science, McHarg shows how humans can copy nature's examples to design and build better structures. This 25th anniversary edition includes a new introduction and epilog. This remains "a pleasure to read" (LJ 10/1/69).
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From the Back Cover
"In presenting us with a vision of organic exuberance and human delight, which ecology and ecological design promise to open up for us, McHarg revives the hope for a better world." —Lewis Mumford
". . . important to America and all the rest of the world in our struggle to design rational, wholesome, and productive landscapes." —Laurie Olin, Hanna Olin, Ltd.
"This century's most influential landscape architecture book." —Landscape Architecture
". . . an enduring contribution to the technical literature of landscape planning and to that unfortunately small collection of writings which speak with emotional eloquence of the importance of ecological principles in regional planning." —Landscape and Urban Planning
In the twenty-five years since it first took the academic world by storm, Design With Nature has done much to redefine the fields of landscape architecture, urban and regional planning, and ecological design. It has also left a permanent mark on the ongoing discussion of mankind's place in nature and nature's place in mankind within the physical sciences and humanities. Described by one enthusiastic reviewer as a "user's manual for our world," Design With Nature offers a practical blueprint for a new, healthier relationship between the built environment and nature. In so doing, it provides nothing less than the scientific, technical, and philosophical foundations for a mature civilization that will, as Lewis Mumford ecstatically put it in his Introduction to the 1969 edition, "replace the polluted, bulldozed, machine-dominated, dehumanized, explosion-threatened world that is even now disintegrating and disappearing before our eyes."
Posted by PufPuf23 | Sun Oct 21, 2012, 07:02 PM (0 replies)