Daily Archive: 03/21/2015

Mar 21 2015

Health and Fitness News

Welcome to the Stars Hollow Gazette‘s Health and Fitness News weekly diary. It will publish on Saturday afternoon and be open for discussion about health related issues including diet, exercise, health and health care issues, as well as, tips on what you can do when there is a medical emergency. Also an opportunity to share and exchange your favorite healthy recipes.

Questions are encouraged and I will answer to the best of my ability. If I can’t, I will try to steer you in the right direction. Naturally, I cannot give individual medical advice for personal health issues. I can give you information about medical conditions and the current treatments available.

You can now find past Health and Fitness News diaries /tag/Health%20and%20Fitness%20News here and on the right hand side of the Front Page.

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What Else Can We Add to a Smoothie?

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Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times

Over the years I have given you a number of Recipes for Health devoted to smoothies – fruit smoothies with nuts and seeds; smoothies with vegetables; dairy free smoothies. I thought I had pretty much covered all the smoothie bases. Then I came across a recipe for a “Fresh Peach, Banana and Warm Millet Smoothie” in Bryant Terry’s impressive new cookbook “Afro-Vegan,” and a bell went off. Cooked millet in a smoothie? I had never seen such a thing; yet breakfast is a great meal for cooked grains, and also for smoothies. So why not? Adding cooked grains to smoothies would be a perfect way to thicken the drinks and bulk them up. It’s also a delicious way to incorporate more grains into your diet.

~ Martha Rose Shulman ~

Deep Purple Blueberry Smoothie With Black Quinoa

A delicious smoothie that works with berries that are fresh or frozen.

Strawberry, Millet and Banana Smoothie

A nourishing mix of fruit, grains and nuts in a glass.

Blood Orange Smoothie With Grapes and Red Quinoa

Red grapes and red quinoa are a perfect match in this sweet/tannic smoothie.

[Date Smoothie With Brown Rice and Almond Milk ]

A date shake with a grainy twist.

Pineapple and Millet Smoothie

The pure flavor of pineapple is softened by the millet in this delicious drink.

Mar 21 2015

Punting the Pundits

“Punting the Pundits” is an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from around the news medium and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.

Thanks to ek hornbeck, click on the link and you can access all the past “Punting the Pundits”.

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One of our favorite pundits here at TSHG, Danny Schechter passed away Thursday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. His activism and truly liberal voice for social justice will be missed. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and his friends.

Danny Schechter: Where Is the American Spring? (or Sunshine on a Cloudy Day)

March 30, 2014. Where are you, Temptations, when I need you most?

I needed that Motown spirit again to bolster me in this month of the missing American Spring of 2014. I am still barely singing along to their hit “My Girl:”

   I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day

   When it’s cold outside

   I’ve got the month of May

The month of May is here and will soon be gone, with a May winter every other day here in New York following every occasional outbreak of seasonal warmth. We know the planet is warming, but I have yet to feel it with any regularity in my neighborhood.

Worse that that, the cold outside is not just the zigzagging temperatures, but the sense that we are stuck in a political Ice Age where change of the kind that we will soon be discussing, again and again, ad finitem, at yet another Left forum is more remote than ever. While the Left talks, the Right mobilizes, certainly in Europe, save austerity-devastated Greece.

Here, the Tea Party wing nuts have all but conquered the Repugs, bolstered by new court rulings that allow their funders to buy what’s still on sale in our political oligarchy in this Republic of Fear.

Steven W. Thrasher: Republicans fight for employers’ right to make people work more for less pay

‘Right to work’ laws are no such thing – but workers deserve the right to work for a living wage

The right to work for a fair wage was considered such an important civil rights issue during the 1960s that one of the 10 demands of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was a: “A national minimum wage act that will give all Americans a decent standard of living”. The amount they proposed was $2, which would be $15 in today’s money. Our federal minimum wage is currently only $7.25.

But “right-to-work” laws – that half of all states in America fall under – do diddly squat to fix a minimum wage law that provides workers with less than a living wage. The misleadingly named law has nothing to do with any increased access to employment: it really only gives people the “right” to work in increasingly non-unionized, low-wage, split-shift jobs that may require hours of uncompensated time.

Katrina vanden Heuvel: The One Sensible Budget in Washington

This week, Washington descends into its annual budget brawl. House Republicans unveiled their plan (pdf) on Tuesday, with Senate Republicans to follow Wednesday. Their hope is to pass a common budget resolution through both bodies by mid-April. Their incentive is that if-and that is a big if-Republicans in the House and Senate can agree, they can use the process known as “reconciliation” to pass various right-wing passions by majority vote, no filibuster allowed. The House budget plan, for example, calls for repealing Obamacare, partial privatization of Medicare, turning Medicaid and food stamps into block grants for the states, and tax reforms that lower rates and eliminate any taxation on profits reported abroad, turning the rest of the world into a tax haven for multinationals. The president can veto the appropriations bill containing these items, setting up another government shutdown melodrama. This is not the way to run a railroad, much less a government. [..]

Too often neglected in this Beltway brawl is the budget alternative offered by the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The fifth annual CPC alternative – “The People’s Budget: A Raise for America” – is about as close to common sense as Congress gets. And it is honest: Its numbers are carefully laid out and add up. It actually says what it would invest in and how it would pay for it.

Amy Goodman: Flush the TPP

President Barack Obama and the Republicans in Congress are united. Yes, that’s right. No, not on Obamacare, or on the budget, or on negotiations with Iran, or on equal pay for women. But on so-called free-trade agreements, which increase corporate power and reduce the power of people to govern themselves democratically, Obama and the Republicans stand shoulder to shoulder. This has put the president at loggerheads with his strongest congressional allies, the progressive Democrats, who oppose the TPP, or the Trans-Pacific Partnership, one of the most far-reaching trade agreements in history. TPP will set rules governing more than 40 percent of the world’s economy. Obama has been negotiating in secret, and the Democrats are not happy.

The battle lines are being drawn over the TPP and TPA. If you are confused, well, that is exactly what many of the most powerful corporations in the U.S., and around the world, are counting on. Trade policy is arcane, complex and long the domain of economists and technocrats. But the real-world implications of these dry texts are profound. President Obama wants to pass the TPP, which is a broad trade agreement between the U.S. and 11 other countries in the Pacific Rim: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. In order to expedite the process, President Obama is seeking the second acronym, TPA, or Trade Promotion Authority, also called “fast-track.” Fast-track gives the president authority to negotiate a trade deal, and to then present it to Congress for a yes-or-no vote, with no amendments allowed. A growing coalition is organizing to oppose TPP and the president’s request for fast-track. The outcome of this conflict will reverberate globally for generations to come.

Joe Conason: Measuring the Moral Posture of Rand Paul

Expecting morally serious debate from any would-be Republican presidential contender is like waiting for a check from a deadbeat. It could arrive someday, but don’t count on it.

Yet listening to someone like Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., feign outrage over a real moral question can still be amusing, if you know enough about him to laugh. The Kentucky Republican has seized on stories about millions of dollars donated by Saudi Arabian agencies and interests to the Clinton Foundation, demanding that the Clintons return those funds because of gender inequality under the Saudi version of Islam. [..]

Certainly it is true that the Saudi monarchy inflicts special oppressions on its female subjects. But before examining how that should influence the policies of a charitable foundation-and a former president or secretary of state-it is worth considering the feminist credentials of Rand Paul and his fellow Republicans.

Zoë Carpenter : 12 Years After Invading, the US Still Has Its Back Turned on Iraqi Refugees

Dr. Bravo, as he’s dubbed in a recent legal document, is an Iraqi doctor living Baghdad. In 2009 he began working with a US government contractor to provide medical care to American soldiers and other staff at Camp Dublin, a military base near the Iraqi capital. Later that year, he found a note on his door. Its anonymous author called him a “traitor” and threatened to kill his wife.

The menacing notes and phone calls stacked up over the years, eventually pushing the doctor to apply for a Special Immigrant Visa through a program that Congress created in 2008 to help Iraqis employed by the US escape retaliation. In June 2011 the embassy in Baghdad approved his application, ruling that he indeed faced a “serious threat” as a consequence of his work with the Americans. Today, Dr. Bravo is still stuck in Baghdad, his application pending in bureaucratic purgatory. [..]

he situation for Iraqis with ties to the US (and for those without) has only grown more dire in the past year as the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham swept through Iraqi cities and cut off refugee routes to Kurdistan and neighboring countries, as George Packer has described. “Evidence of any US affiliation is so dangerous that destroying it in the event of an Islamic State occupation is key to survival,” the lawsuit contends. It goes on to note that ISIS is not the only threat to Iraqi allies, citing increased activity by anti-American militias.

“These folks have been effectively robbed of years of their lives,” Reisner said. “This is their best shot for a safe and new life, and they haven’t gotten an answer yet.”

Mar 21 2015

2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: Round of 32 Day 1

Meta Note-

Well, it’s slowed down considerable.  Almost possible to watch every game if you want to.  Still goes all day and all of the night.

I think this will all fit.

Yesterday’s Results

Score Seed Team Record Score Seed Team Record Region
75 2 Kansas 27-8 56 15 New Mexico St. 23-11 Mid-West
70 7 Michigan State 24-11 63 10 Georgia 21-12 East
71 5 UNI 30-3 54 12 Wyoming 25-9 East
68 5 West Virginia 23-9 62 12 Buffalo 23-9 Mid-West
81 7 Wichita State 28-4 76 10 Indiana 20-13 Mid-West
79 2 Virginia 29-3 67 15 Belmont 22-10 East
57 4 Louisville 24-8 55 13 UC Irvine 21-12 East
68 4 Maryland 27-6 62 13 Valparaiso 28-5 Mid-West
79 8 Oregon 25-9 73 9 Oklahoma State 18-3 West
83 7 Iowa 21-11 52 10 Davidson 24-7 South
69 3 Oklahoma 24-10 60 14 Albany 24-8 East
85 1 Duke 29-4 16 56 Robert Morris 19 – 14 South
86 1 Wisconsin 31-3 72 16 Coastal Caro. 24-9 West
76 8 San Diego State 26-8 64 9 St. John’s 21-11 South
86 2 Gonzaga 32-5 76 15 North Dakota St. 23-9 South
53 6 Providence 22-11 66 11 * Dayton 26 – 8 East

Despite what you hear, the round of 64 has not been good for upsets.  Only 5 of 32.

Todays’s Matchups-

Time Channel Seed Team Record Seed Team Record Region
12:00pm CBS 11 UCLA 21-13 14 UAB 20-15 South
2:30pm CBS 1 Kentucky 35-0 8 Cincinnati 23-10 Mid-West
5:00pm CBS 2 Arizona 32-3 10 Ohio State 24-10 West
6:00pm TNT 6 Xavier 22-13 14 Georgia State 25-9 West
7:00pm TBS 1 Villanova 33-2 8 NC State 21-13 East
7:30pm CBS 4 Georgetown 22-10 5 Utah 25-8 South
8:30pm TNT 5 Arkansas 27-8 4 North Carolina 25-11 West
9:30pm TBS 3 Notre Dame 30-5 6 Butler 23-10 Mid-West

Mar 21 2015

On This Day In History March 21

This is your morning Open Thread. Pour your favorite beverage and review the past and comment on the future.

Find the past “On This Day in History” here.

March 21 is the 80th day of the year (81st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 285 days remaining until the end of the year.

March 21st is the common date of the March equinox (although astronomically the equinox is more likely to fall on March 20 in all but the most easterly longitudes). In astrology, the day of the equinox is the first full day of the sign of Aries. It is also the traditional first day of the astrological year.

On this day in 1804, the Napoleonic Code approved in France.

After four years of debate and planning, French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte enacts a new legal framework for France, known as the “Napoleonic Code.” The civil code gave post-revolutionary France its first coherent set of laws concerning property, colonial affairs, the family, and individual rights.

In 1800, General Napoleon Bonaparte, as the new dictator of France, began the arduous task of revising France’s outdated and muddled legal system. He established a special commission, led by J.J. Cambaceres, which met more than 80 times to discuss the revolutionary legal revisions, and Napoleon presided over nearly half of these sessions. In March 1804, the Napoleonic Code was finally approved.

The Napoleonic Code, or Code Napoléon (originally, the Code civil des Français), is the French civil code, established under Napoléon I in 1804. The code forbade privileges based on birth, allowed freedom of religion, and specified that government jobs go to the most qualified. It was drafted rapidly by a commission of four eminent jurists and entered into force on March 21, 1804. The Napoleonic Code was not the first legal code to be established in a European country with a civil legal system, it was preceded by the Codex Maximilianeus bavaricus civilis (Bavaria, 1756), the Allgemeines Landrecht (Prussia, 1794) and the West Galician Code, (Galicia, then part of Austria, 1797). It was, however, the first modern legal code to be adopted with a pan-European scope and it strongly influenced the law of many of the countries formed during and after the Napoleonic Wars. The Code, with its stress on clearly written and accessible law, was a major step in replacing the previous patchwork of feudal laws. Historian Robert Holtman regards it as one of the few documents that have influenced the whole world.

Contents of the Code

The preliminary article of the Code established certain important provisions regarding the rule of law. Laws could be applied only if they had been duly promulgated, and only if they had been published officially (including provisions for publishing delays, given the means of communication available at the time); thus no secret laws were authorized. It prohibited ex post facto laws (i.e., laws that apply to events that occurred before them). The code also prohibited judges from refusing justice on grounds of insufficiency of the law-therefore encouraging them to interpret the law. On the other hand, it prohibited judges from passing general judgments of a legislative value (see above).

With regard to family, the Code established the supremacy of the husband with respect to the wife and children; this was the general legal situation in Europe at the time. It did, however, allow divorce on liberal basis compared to other European countries, including divorce by mutual consent.

Mar 21 2015

The Breakfast Club (Bach to Gangnam Style)

Breakfast Tune: BACH ON THE BANJO! with John Bullard

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover  we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

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Today in History


Dr. Martlin Luther King, Jr. begins march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama; Sharkville massacre in South Africa; Bach born.

Breakfast News & Blogs Below

Mar 21 2015

2015 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament: Round of 64 Day 2

Ok, so what you have to remember when you look at this schedule is that ESPN is is Headquartered in Bristol CONNECTICUT, just before Otis Elevator (their test facility is about the highest building in the state outside of Hartford and sticks up from the rolling bucolic hills like a gigantic middle finger) within spitting distance of Lake Compounce (the oldest kind of sort of continuously operated amusement Park in the country).

You can tell it’s ESPN because they have this forest of satellite dishes in the front yard.

Anyway, they’re HUGE Lady Husky fans so it’s no wonder they get a Prime Time slot all to themselves, even if it’s only ESPN2, the channel for people addicted to sports nobody watches.

Yesterday’s Results-

Score Seed Team Record Score Seed Team Record Region
78 7 Dayton 26-6 66 10 Iowa State 18-13 East
55 7 Northwestern 23-9 57 10 * Arkansas 18-13 Mid-West
80 6 Washington 23-10 86 11 * Miami (Fla.) 20-12 Mid-West
54 4 Duke 22-10 52 13 Albany 24-9 West
97 2 Kentucky 24-9 52 15 Tennessee State 18-13 East
77 2 Baylor 31-3 36 15 N’western St. 19-15 Mid-West
75 3 Iowa 25-7 67 14 american 24-9 Mid-West
57 5 Mississippi St. 27-6 47 12 Tulane 22-11 West
57 5 Texas 23-10 47 12 Western Ky. 30-5 East
72 8 Minnesota 23-10 79 9 * DePaul 27-7 Mid-West
81 1 South Carolina 31-2 48 16 Savannah State 21-11 South
74 3 Oregon State 27-4 62 14 South Dakota St. 24-9 West
78 4 California 25-9 66 13 Wichita State 29-5 East
77 1 Notre Dame 32-2 43 16 Montana 24-9 Mid-West
72 8 Syracuse 22-9 69 9 Nebraska 21-11 South
69 6 Geo. Washington 29-4 82 11 * Gonzaga 25-7 West

Today’s Matchups-

Channel Time Seed Team Record Seed Team Record Region
ESPN2 11:05am 8 Princeton 30-0 9 Green Bay 28-4 West
ESPN2 11:05am 7 Chattanooga 29-3 10 Pittsburgh 19-11 West
ESPN2 11:05am 4 North Carolina 24-8 13 Liberty 26-6 South
ESPN2 11:05am 7 FGCU 30-2 10 Oklahoma State 20-11 South
ESPN2 1:30pm 1 Maryland 30-2 16 New Mexico St. 22-7 West
ESPN2 1:30pm 2 Tennessee 27-5 15 Boise State 22-10 West
ESPN2 1:30pm 2 Florida St. 29-4 15 Alabama St. 17-14 South
ESPN2 1:30pm 5 Ohio State 23-10 12 James Madison 29-3 South
ESPN2 4:00pm 3 Louisville 25-8 14 BYU 23-9 East
ESPN2 4:00pm 6 Texas A&M 23-9 11 UALR 28-4 South
ESPN2 4:00pm 5 Oklahoma 20-11 12 Quinnipiac 31-3 Mid-West
ESPN2 6:30pm 8 Rutgers 22-9 9 Seton Hall 28-5 East
ESPN2 6:30pm 6 South Florida 26-7 11 LSU 17-13 East
ESPN2 6:30pm 4 Stanford 24-9 13 CSUN 23-9 Mid-West
ESPN2 6:30pm 3 Arizona State 27-5 14 Ohio 27-4 South
ESPN2 9:00pm 1 UConn 32-1 16 St. Francis (B’klyn) 15-18 East