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Found this little parable in my Dad's computer

From INTHEFIELD, Polk County Florida agricultural magazine.
Editor-In-Chief Al Berry’s column “Rocking Chair Chatter”:
First Man and First Woman in the Garden of Eating

In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth and populated the Earth with broccoli, cauliflower and spinach, green, yellow and red vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Women would live long and healthy lives even without the vitamins of the Flintstones,

Then using God's great gifts, Satan created rich ice cream with much butter fat which was packaged in small quarts, and also he created doughnuts that were fried in lard and entombed in fine sugar icing. And Satan said, "You want chocolate with that?" And Man said, "Yes!" and Woman said, "and as long as you're at it, add some sprinkles."

And they gained 10 pounds that were not muscular in mass. And Satan smiled.

And God created the healthful yogurt that Woman and Man might keep the shapes they found so fair in one another. And Satan brought forth white flour from the wheat, and sugar from the cane and combined them. And their shapes began to expand.

So God said, "Try my fresh green salad." And Satan presented Thousand-Island Dressing, buttery croutons and garlic toast on the side. And Man and Woman unfastened their belts, yea, even their button, following the repast.

And Satan brought forth deep fried fish and chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter. God then created a light, fluffy white cake, named it "Angel Food Cake," and said. "It is good."

Satan then created chocolate cake and named it "Devil's Food."

God then brought forth running shoes so that His children might lose those extra pounds.

And Satan gave cable TV with a remote control so Man would not have to toil changing the channels.

Then God brought forth the potato, naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition.

And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep-fried them.

God then gave lean beef so that Man and Woman might consume fewer calories and still satisfy their appetites.

And then Satan created fast food outlets on every street corner and placed 99-cent double cheeseburgers within them.

And then said, "You want fries with that?" And Man replied, "Yes, and super-size it."

And Satan said, "It is good." And Man went into cardiac arrest.

God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery!

Then Satan created HMOs.

Internet Archive and Wayback Machine Non-Profit Building Damaged

Internet Archive's S.F. office damaged in fire
Kurtis Alexander
Updated 8:29 pm, Wednesday, November 6, 2013 The office of the nonprofit Internet Archive in San Francisco's Richmond District caught fire early Wednesday, destroying equipment and damaging several apartments next door.

The blaze began about 3:45 a.m. in the single-story Clement Street office, between 12th and Funston avenues, and spread to an adjacent three-story complex, firefighters said.

About eight residents of the next-door building were evacuated, but no injuries were reported. Firefighters had the blaze under control by 5 a.m.

The Internet Archive, which hosts the website https://archive.org, is an online library that provides users free access to a collection of digital books, videos, music and old websites. The site has 3 million daily users.

More: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Internet-Archive-s-S-F-office-damaged-in-fire-4960703.php

Scanning Center Fire — Please Help Rebuild
Posted on November 6, 2013 by brewster
Scanning Center Fire

Scanning Center with Fire Damage to Left of Main Building

This morning at about 3:30 a.m. a fire started at the Internet Archive’s San Francisco scanning center. The good news is that no one was hurt and no data was lost. Our main building was not affected except for damage to one electrical run. This power issue caused us to lose power to some servers for a while.

Some physical materials were in the scanning center because they were being digitized, but most were in a separate locked room or in our physical archive and were not lost. Of those materials we did unfortunately lose, about half had already been digitized. We are working with our library partners now to assess.


What help could we use?

Funding - https://archive.org/donate/ Your donations will help us rebuild the scanning capabilities in books, microfilm, and movies.
Scanning - https://archive.org/scanning The employees affected by the fire will need continued digitization work at our alternate location while we recover.

More: http://blog.archive.org/2013/11/06/scanning-center-fire-please-help-rebuild/

Donate: https://archive.org/donate/

What;s interesting to me is the suggestion the other day that the Wayback Machine would have records of more plagiarism by Rand Paul:

Need help with Ad-Block in Firefox

I was trying to block an image in someone's signature and must have blocked more than that.

Now on DU I have no 'Rec' button, just an outline, and the lines that show the threading are gone. In the part of the page with just the subject lines for replies, all the replies are lined up and don't drop back to show which ones are replies to other messages.

I uninstalled Ad-Block, restarted Firefox, re-installed Ad-Block, with no improvement.

Where do I go to see what is being blocked by Ad-Block and how do I re-enable blocked items?

Or is this some bug on DU now that coincidentally started when I tried to block that image I didn't want to see?

Fixthedebt gets trolled on Twitter

'Fix the Debt' reaches out on Twitter, gets massively trolled

By Michael Hiltzik
October 17, 2013, 3:39 p.m.

To the chronicles of misbegotten corporate adventures with social media, we can add a new, sterling event.

The anti-deficit lobbying organization "Fix the Debt" staged a question-and-answer chat on Twitter Thursday. Its goal presumably was to reach America's smartphone-savvy youth with its message that Social Security and Medicare payments to their grandparents are going to land them in the poorhouse a few decades from now.

It's fair to say that "Fix the Debt" got more than it bargained for. Twitterers from all over responded to the invitation with pointed, tactless and downright impolite questions. Many of them aimed to discern how paring social insurance benefits for the elderly and infirm will make society stronger, which is the core of the organization's worldview. Those so inclined can still post their thoughts at #fixthedebtqa.

Among the choicer comments: "Can you explain why anyone chooses to be born poor? Why should the rest of us be responsible for their flawed decision-making?" (That's from Twitter user @jefftiedrich.)

More, including links to compilations of the best comments: http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-trolled-20131017,0,6377768.story

Some of the links: http://knowmore.washingtonpost.com/2013/10/17/fix-the-debt-hosted-a-twitter-chat-they-got-trolled-epically/


Sounds like the trollers had a good time - and almost makes me want to use Twitter so I could join in!

Today at my bird feeders - sorry, no pics

In fact, in just the last few minutes:
Carolina wrens - 2
White breasted nuthatches - 3
Chickadees - unknown since they flit back and forth so much, at least three
Titmouses - see above
Cardinals - at least four, a male & female and two youngsters
Blue jay - only one at a time

Apparently the ruby throated hummers have moved on for the winter, but I'm keeping the feeders up for the winter hummer visitors.

The red shouldered hawk is having nearly as much fun watching as I am and the murder of crows is giving him hell.

The birds are happy I'm home from vacation and are doing their best to empty the feeders!

What's good from Kroger's Deli and Bakery?

We're going to a seminar in Louisville, Kentucky, next week. Our usual thing when we'll stay at one place for a few days is to go to a local grocery and get food rather than spend a fortune at restaurants. I'll be in class all day every day so going out is tiring anyway.

The seminar is at the Galt House in downtown Louisville. I've located a Kroger on the way into town and want to stop to pick up some things before we get settled into the hotel. If things work out, we won't plan on leaving the Galt House for the four days I'll be at the seminar.

I know what I would get if we were staying somewhere near a Publix, but I've never shopped at a Kroger. What do they tend to have that's good?

Update on car for tall person - we bought a used Prius!

2006 Toyota Prius for a great price in really good condition.

The seat goes back just far enough for my husband to be comfortable - but I found seat extenders on the internet if he decides he wants even more leg room.

We're really happy to have a fuel efficient vehicle after years of two SUVs. I need my Suburban for hauling the horse trailer, but we really didn't need a second gas guzzler. The last two we had were bought because at the time they were the only vehicles we could find in our price range that fit my husband.

For those who are tall, the newer Prius are even better - he tried out a 2010 but it was way out of our price range so we hunted for an older model in good shape.

The Prius is definitely different from any other vehicle we've ever owned and learning it's quirks is more complicated than we expected. So far we're very happy with it.

Car shopping for a tall guy

Last Thursday my husband was t-boned in Atlanta. We're assuming his SUV is totaled - 2002 model with ~140,000 miles in average condition with all panels on both sides crunched (it rolled over on the driver's side after being hit on the passenger side), broken windows, etc. No one was hurt so that part is good.

I'm looking for suggestions for vehicles with enough leg room for a 6'1"+ guy with long legs. A good friend sells used cars and brought out a Honda CRV for us to look at. Great little SUV, but nowhere near enough leg room for my husband. Because we tend to carry a lot of stuff around I'd like a small SUV, hatchback or station wagon, but we'd settle for a sedan. He also gives rides to events to friends so we need four doors and a roomy back seat.

Anybody have any suggestions for vehicles for us to look for?

Hands down best name I've ever found in genealogy research!

Unfortunately it's not one of my ancestors, but he's probably a distant cousin of some sort.

Preserved Fish. Born in Dartmouth, MA in 1731.

Not only is that his name, he has a son, grandson, nephews, great nephews, etc. with the same name.

What would you call these two recipes? As a bonus - Rhubarb Custard Pie!

I was given a cookbook that my great grandmother owned - the Cloverland Cook Book by The Young Women’s Auxillary of the First Presbyterian Church, Escanaba, Michigan. There were a few recipes printed in the book attributed to her but there were two handwritten recipes on a piece of paper stuck in the book with no recipe names on them.

What would you call these recipes?
4 pkg cream cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsps lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1 cup crushed pineapples
3 cups pitted cherries (dark sweet)
2 cups whipped cream or large can evaporated milk, sugar to sweeten

Blend cheese and mayonnaise, add lemon juice, salt and fruit. Fold in whipped cram, place in tray. Freeze.

Serves 20 people.

1 cup lemon juice
2-2/3 cups orange juice
8 eggs, beaten
2 cups sugar
1 small can evaporated milk, whipped

Heat fruit juices in top of double boiler. Combine eggs and sugar, beat well. Add to fruit juice; cook until thick. Cool. When ready to serve add whipped cream.

There are also several recipes cut from magazines, newspapers and product labels - including some gelatine recipes and one for "Bohemian tea". And since there was a discussion about rhubarb pie, here is my great grandmother's recipe:
Rhubarb Custard Pie
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup milk
yolks of two eggs
1 cup sliced rhubarb
Pour into crust and bake. Cover with meringue of whites of eggs.

Found a reference for this cookbook - I think you can download the whole thing in PDF format: http://mmm.lib.msu.edu/record.php?id=45187
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