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Manannán Mac Lir - the Celtic Sea God has been found!

The statue made by a Game of Thrones designer that had been part of a sculpture trail in Ireland was stolen by religious fanatics some time back. The damaged statue was found a couple of weeks ago!

Manannán Mac Lir: Games of Thrones sculptor's statue found

23 February 2015 Last updated at 18:36 GMT

A 6 ft sculpture of a Celtic sea god that was stolen from Binevenagh mountain, near Limavady, in County Londonderry has been recovered by soldiers on a training exercise.

Manannán Mac Lir, which is made out of fibre glass and stainless steel, was stolen last month.

BBC News NI's Keiron Tourish reports.

No more to the printed story but there is a video at the link.

ME-TV is running a Columbo episode with Leonard Nimoy as the villain!

Season 2, Episode 6 - "A Stitch in Crime" (11 Feb. 1973). "A surgeon has an ingenious plan for murdering his partner in a research project, but a nurse catches onto the scheme."

Ah - Me-TV is running a tribute O Leonard Nimoy. They just started a Twilight Zone with him!

Spicy without heat - my homemade sweet curry powder!

As I've gotten older I've gotten more and more sensitive to capsaicin - the stuff that makes peppers hot. Anything on the Scoville scale not only blisters my lips, it makes me sick for a couple of days.

So I thought my days of enjoying curry dishes were over - but then I found a recipe for a sweet curry. I mixed some up last week and tonight tried it for the first time. Yum! The chicken curry I made was not anything special, but the curry mix was great. It still has a kick, just not a capsaicin kick.

Here is what I mixed up:

3 teaspoons powdered turmeric
2 teaspoons powdered coriander
1.5 teaspoons powdered cumin
1/2 teaspoon powdered cardamon
3/4 teaspoon powdered mustard
1 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon powdered cloves
1 teaspoon powdered ginger
1/2 teaspoon powdered nutmeg
11/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
(optional) 1/8 teaspoon cayenne (obviously I left this out)

For dinner tonight I diced a small sweet onion, cooked it in olive oil over medium heat until translucent. At some point while the onion was cooking, I added about 1.5 teaspoons of my curry powder. Then I stirred in 2 cups of cooked, diced chicken breast (that's what I had in the freezer, I could have used raw chicken breast cut up instead, it would have had plenty of time to cook through) and some College Inn Thai Coconut Curry Broth (the recipe I was improvising from used coconut milk, which I didn't have). Simmered that for a while then added a 16 ounce bag of frozen vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots). Simmered until the vegetables were just cooked and broth was reduced. Stirred in a small container of vanilla yogurt (should have been plain, but apparently the local supermarket doesn't carry plain - or my husband can't find it). Served it over brown rice cooked with more of the College Inn broth. Mango chutney on the side.

My original worry was that the curry mix would be too sweet - not at all! It was very spicy and had a nice kick, but not that unpleasant burning that hot peppers give. Even the sweetened vanilla yogurt didn't make it too sweet and just blended with the other flavors.

I can eat curry again! Maybe never again in a restaurant so long as this "spicy means hot" trend is going, but I can make my own!

Simon's Cat Valentine's Day video - Butterflies

Why in some countries vaccines from the West are unpopular

I'm watching on Smithsonian "The Rise of the Killer Virus" about the search for where AIDS began. Something I had nearly forgotten - at one point blame was laid for introducing the virus in the US on a flight attendant from Canada who supposedly had casual sex in a gay bath house. Another claim was that it came from polio vaccines that were based on primate blood infected with AIDS that had not been screened out. The program said these claims came from "right wing smears" but that those claims still linger.

If people think that vaccines from Western sources could be infected with a dreaded disease (AIDS) even if the disease that the vaccine is supposed to prevent is horrible (polio), it's understandable that they would refuse to be vaccinated.

The program went on to the search for pathology samples from the 1960s in African countries, some of which have shown incidents of AIDS long before it emerged in Europe and America. They postulate that the original transmission of an AIDS like disease in primates made the jump to humans in a remote area of the Congo in about 1908.


At the end they attribute the spread of AIDS from a primate borne disease to a human one to colonial exploitation. Forced labor to take lumber out of the Congo caused an epidemic of sleeping sickness. While treating that illness, medical personnel used unsterilized needles, spreading other diseases including AIDS to thousands more people.

The exploitation of resources is still occurring. People are still being forced to work the lumber camps - maybe by economics rather than physical force but it is still forced - and without a reliable source of food, they are consuming bush meats, including primates, and being exposed to AIDS - and other diseases - as they do so.

Looking for World War II submariners

My father served on the USS Spot (SS-413) in World War II. As a result of an incident in which he was part of a boarding party on a crippled Japanese freighter he received the Navy and Marine Medal. We have one photo of Admiral Nimitz awarding him the medal, but no other pictures of the ceremony.

Since Dad died in August 2013, my sister and Mom have been going through the house to sort out stuff. The other day they found a box with all sorts of treasures - Mom's dog tags (she was a Navy Nurse), Dad's report cards, the certificates for his Boy Scout medals, etal.

One of the oddest things they found were four envelopes with photos from the Nimitz ceremony - each envelope had a different person's name, a note of their rank and rating and "Spot." The pictures in each envelope are presumably of the man whose name is on the outside. And of course, there are no other copies or views of Dad getting his medal. My sister wants me to locate the families of those men to give them the photos.

The names as deciphered by my sister are:
J. H. Strong, RM1c
L. M. Small Jr, FC2c
R. R. Granes, GM1c
Lt. A. H. Clark

I've located obituaries for two of the men - one actually lists him as serving on the Spot - and found contact information for children listed. So far, I've left a message for one of the families. The other lives in Idaho so I'm waiting until a little later to try to call.

On Fold3.com in the War Diaries for the USS Spot I found the page where Commander Post listed the medal recipients of the boarding party. As listed in his report they were:
Lieutenant A. H. Clark, Jr., USN
Lieutenant (jg) O. H. Wright, USNR (my Dad)
Graves, Robert R., GM1c
Walters, Carl C., QM1c
Stamp, Raymond F., MoMM1c
Strong, Joseph H., RM1c
Fish, Burton, S1c (GM)

But I've got some mysteries. First, there is no L. M. Small Jr in the list of medal recipients. In fact there is not only no L. M. Small Jr listed in the Muster Rolls for the USS Spot, there isn't one in the Navy as far as I can find. I've asked my sister to check if it could be some other name, apparently the hand writing is not very clear on the envelopes. As you can see from the two lists, she read "Graves" as "Granes" so an incorrect reading is possible. But in looking at the Muster lists I can't see any other name that could be mistaken for "L. M. Small" and there certainly wasn't any in the boarding party.

Although A. H. Clark clearly served on the USS Spot - not only did he receive the Navy and Marine Medal, he also received a Silver Star and he's listed by name on other reports - he is never listed on the Muster Rolls for the USS Spot. My husband theorizes that he may have been an intelligence officer. A previous posting was on the USS Moosehead:
Moosehead carried out her most important service as an at-sea platform for training officers and men of Combat Information Center crews. She carried the latest radar and sonar equipment as well as a CIC classroom and berthing facilities. In July 1943 she began training CIC crews of escort carriers. During the next two and a half years she trained CIC teams for all escort carriers of the Casablanca and Commencement Bay classes. Early in 1944 she broadened the scope of her training to include CIC teams from APA’s, AKA’s, DE’s, AD’s, and PCE’s. In addition, she served as a test and evaluation ship for experimental rockets, radar equipment, and radio jamming devices.

(Anyone wishing to assist in this - This is neither the LtCmdr Albert Hobbs Clark who was lost on the USS Trout nor his son.)

I did find A. H. Clark' obituary and am attempting to contact his family, same for J. H. Strong.

My last problem is Robert R. Graves. I found his Navy history all the way through to 4 May 1945 when he was transferred to COMSUBDIV 202 for duty. Nothing after that. No obituary or entry on FindAGrave that could be him. No indication of a family. The best clue is that he enlisted 17 Oct 1939 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Unfortunately, that means no 1940 US Census listing that might have provided family information. There are several Robert R. Graves in the 1930 US Census in that part of the country that could be him, but there is no way to narrow it down.

Any help anyone can give me on finding the last two men - Robert R. Graves and the elusive L.M. Small - would be wonderful! All we want to do is to get the photos of them from 1945 to their families. If we cannot locate family members, I'll suggest to my sister that we give them to the Florida State University Institute on World War II here in Tallahassee: http://ww2.fsu.edu/

CNN's Chris Cuomo is having a verbal dust up with Judge Moore from Alabama

On same sex marriage. It's been going on for a good ten minutes or more and Cuomo is showing by his questions how ignorant and prejudiced Judge Moore is. No video - the interview just ended. I have to leave the TV & computer now, but will look for video links later.

It wasn't as much fun as David Schuster and Tamron Hall versus the birther nut woman, but it was good.

My favorite commercial EVER - it is so cute! And the music isn't bad, either

I think Android has won me for life.

Deleting History (and Land) in South Florida: Adam Putnam and the Great Destroyers

Weekend Edition February 6-8, 2015
Adam Putnam and the Great Destroyers
Deleting History (and Land) in South Florida


Fox News Florida branch, Sunshine State News, printed recently, “Putnam on Water Policy: Get Priorities Right From First, Then Spend Accordingly” (January 23, 2015). Some interpretation is needed for readers inclined to take the faux news source literally.

Adam Putnam is the telegenic, multimillionaire farmer and two-term Secretary of Agriculture for Florida. We last observed Secretary Putnam paving the way for the Cabinet to green light Florida Power & Light’s two new nuclear plants at Turkey Point.

So, it bears paying attention when Sunshine/ Fox surrogate reports what Putnam said to the Florida Legislature about water policy.

“Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam on Thursday urged members of the House State Affairs Committee – the lawmakers charged with increasing spending on water sources and sensitive lands – to first create ‘an overarching, already prioritized (water) policy’ that will keep the state on the right course for land purchase in good times and bad.”

More: http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/02/06/deleting-history-and-land-in-south-florida/

Interesting article on how Adam Putnam is trying to erase the history of planning water usage and public land acquisition to set up new criteria that favors big business - especially big sugar.

One of the intriguing points raised is that Putnam may be positioning himself for a run for governor in the future. We need to stay aware of what he is doing.

Watching "Night Will Fall" - how can people do these things?

This is the "lost" documentary made by Alfred Hitchcock and Sidney Berstein about German concentration camps. It includes actual footage from British, American and Soviet cameramen who were with the troops when the camps were taken from the Nazis.

Words cannot express the emotion.

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