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Secrets of Soda Bread

For decades, I assumed the cross my Irish grandmother cut into the top of her round loaves of soda bread in her upstate New York farmhouse was a traditional blessing. It was a natural conclusion since her bread was as soul-sustaining as communion at an Irish Catholic mass. So I was astounded to learn that the bread cross had a far more ancient – and superstitious – purpose.

When I asked master baker Mary Gleeson, co-owner of Gleesons Restaurant & Rooms in the Irish town of Roscommon about the cross tradition, she answered without hesitation: “You have to cut a cross in the dough to let the fairies out.”

“What happens if you don’t?” I asked.

“I don’t know, we’re scared not to,” she replied, followed by a self-conscious giggle.


http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20160920-secrets-of-the-soda-bread-masters

Lots of good tips there, including a recipe that looks like it could double for cannonballs come the revolution.

Aerating the flour is good. I found that putting flour, salt and baking powder into the Kitchen Aid and running to mixer for a few seconds to combine them worked. US buttermilk is cultured and quite thick, so you don't need to let it sit around for a week to thicken. And my own recipe, which duplicated soda bread baked by a convent in Boston, uses what I call a big handful of dried currants and a small handful of caraway. I know it's imprecise, but it works.

And don't forget to let the fairies out. You get a crisper crust that way.

Sources: Police looking to talk to man seen on surveillance in both Chelsea explosion locations

CHELSEA, Manhattan (WABC) --
The New York City Police Department said the explosion in Chelsea Saturday night that injured dozens of people was "definitely" a bomb, with components indicative of an IED being found at the blast site.

Now, multiple law enforcement officials tell ABC News that there is a man who is seen on surveillance images recovered from both the 23rd Street and 27th Street locations who police would like to talk to. Police are not yet classifying him as a person of interest, and have not identified who he is.

Law enforcement sources tell also ABC News that the explosives in both Chelsea and in New Jersey were set off by cell phones. Multiple law enforcement officials tell ABC News that investigators are exploring the possibility the two explosions in Chelsea and Seaside Park are linked to the same bomber or bombers by what appear to be similar types of cell phones. ABC News is cautioned that this is only a line of inquiry and not a conclusion. The probes remain separate but coordinated.

NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said investigators are working to determine the motivation behind the bombing and find out who did it. He described the multi-agency effort as a "very complex post-blast investigation."


http://abc7ny.com/news/sources-both-chelsea-and-nj-explosive-devices-set-off-by-cell-phones/1516473/

I hope they find him soon. He's incompetent now but even the worst incompetents are capable of learning from mistakes.

Solar tuk tuk completes 6200 mile journey to UK

Tuk tuks are 3 wheeled vehicles, the common form of taxi transit in much of Asia. Most of the engines are 2 stroke gasoline motors, putting out huge amounts of pollution. An Indian engineer proves the sustainability of solar as an alternative energy source for them.



Also in a story at the Beeb: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-37389181

Solar tuk tuks might not be the future in the US, but they are in much of the developing world.

The Agony of Trying to Unsubscribe

We've all been there. Here's an 8 minute break from politics as usual. Enjoy!]

Islam Karimov: Uzbekistan strongman's death confirmed

Source: BBC

he Uzbek government has confirmed the death of President Islam Karimov, six days after he was taken to hospital with a suspected brain haemorrhage.

One of Asia's most authoritarian leaders, Mr Karimov, 78, died after 27 years in power.

Mr Karimov has no clear successor. There is no legal political opposition and the media are tightly controlled.

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37260375



This is going to be the next big mess. Karimov thought he'd live forever.

Earthquake strikes central Italy

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck central Italy, with reports saying some buildings had collapsed.

The quake hit at 03:36 (01:36 GMT), 76 km (47 miles) southeast of the city of Perugia, at the very shallow depth of 10km (six miles), the USGS said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

However the USGS predicted these could be significant, based on data from previous quakes.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37171953

Simulated black hole experiment backs Hawking prediction

Prof Jeff Steinhauer simulated a black hole in a super-cooled state of matter called a Bose-Einstein condensate.

In the journal Nature Physics, he describes having observed the equivalent of a phenomenon called Hawking radiation - predicted to be released by black holes

"Classical" physics dictates that the gravity of a black holes is so strong that nothing, not even light, can escape. So Hawking's idea relies on quantum mechanics - the realm of physics which takes hold at very small scales.

These quantum effects allow black holes to radiate particles in a process which, over vast stretches of time, would ultimately cause the black hole to evaporate.

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37088877

Full-on geek article at http://www.nature.com/articles/nphys3863.epdf?referrer_access_token=_Wtep-C07uNrQDWOpq2AmdRgN0jAjWel9jnR3ZoTv0NCXzqnWChN_xeBarCrCpSclZLb2F1Ccbtl91ELxPv9svmF6uLLgQaRxwznk8nD4IszWAOhzxiMvBNK01Vj9xmTk-gs5fW-pAaRWxSrUxtInZffIEIkSx2OOBAfTOcrsJnCVZba9toxHG1p0LMhV5vt&tracking_referrer=www.bbc.com

In which Helen finds her voice again

FROM HELEN:

Margaret, I watched that jackass in Cleveland and lost my voice. I saw a Presidential nominee paint a picture of an America I don’t know and have never known. I tried to respond but I couldn’t find the words. I watched his wife lie to a reporter saying that she had written every word of her speech. When she hadn’t, I watched the media say it wasn’t her fault. I tried to respond but couldn’t find the words. I listened to children who have known only life’s riches praise a father who had made his riches by cheating others. I tried to respond but I couldn’t find the words. I watched an audience shout down a Senator when he told them to vote their conscience. I tried to respond but I couldn’t find the words. I watched amazed as Trump got more popular rather than less and truly I couldn’t find the words. But last night, I watched a battle-worn President who had been unjustly treated and unfairly maligned rise above it all. I watched Barack Obama, my President, paint a different picture, a beautiful picture of hope, kindness, forgiveness and humility. And now I am going to respond because I have indeed found my words. Screw you, Mr. Trump. You better give your heart to Jesus because your butt is mine and I plan to kick your ass from the bottom floor to the top floor of Trump Tower and then down again. As I live and breathe, you will never be President. Never.


It gets better. https://margaretandhelen.com/

Germany blast: Syrian migrant 'behind Ansbach explosion'

failed asylum seeker from Syria killed himself and injured 12 other people after setting off a bomb near an open-air music festival in the German city of Ansbach, officials say.

Police said three of the injured were in a serious condition.

Mr Herrmann said the man was known to have attempted suicide twice before, adding: "We don't know if this man planned on suicide or if he had the intention of killing others."

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36880758

Posted because more information is now known. He'd been turned away from a music festival by security. It seems security in Germany is working and probably saved many lives tonight.

Young, squeaky clean, and utterly without a clue

I found this little gem on BBC earlier today and thought it might be informative as to what we're up against in courting a lot of young GOP voters. It's just not going to happen. I'm absolutely convinced some people exit the birth canal at the age of 40.

These are the people who will line up at the polls to vote for Trump, despite their "misgivings."



I post this as an informative piece on just how delusional the GOP has become. It's utterly jaw dropping.
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