So many things we thought we knew about food safety are being challenged. For one, washing fruits and vegetables might not be as protective as we thought. It is still a good idea, however, to wash fruits like cantaloupes thoroughly before cutting them, especially if the fruit will be kept for some time before serving, so as not to transmit bacteria from the surface into the flesh of the fruit, where it might multiply.
On the other hand, some authorities advise against washing pre-washed bagged salad greens, believing it actually increases risk. “The panel also advised that additional washing of ready-to-eat green salads is not likely to enhance safety. The risk of cross contamination from food handlers and food contact surfaces used during washing may outweigh any safety benefit that further washing may confer.”
Finally, the long-standing practice of rinsing poultry prior to cooking has now fallen in disrepute. Apparently, the rinsing spreads bacteria all over you and your kitchen—up to 3 feet away. So much for tradition…
Cook it all, that’s the only way I know of to keep everything safe.
I wash my hands in often, and favor using non-antibacterial soap in-concert with bleach on my countertops. I don’t care where you are buying your grub from, you cannot trust consumer food stuffs.
The process started in earnest as we were selecting her name. We’d narrowed the list down to a few alternatives and ran each (and their variants) through domain and keyword searches to see what was available. Next, we crawled through Google to see what content had been posted with those name combinations, and we also looked to see if a Gmail address was open.
We turned to KnowEm.com, a website I often rely on to search for usernames, even though the site is primarily intended as a brand registration service. We certainly had a front-runner for her name, but we would have chosen something different if the KnowEm results produced limited availability or if we found negative content associated with our selection.
With her name decided, we spent several hours registering her URL and a vast array of social media sites. All of that tied back to a single email account, which would act as a primary access key. We listed my permanent email address as a secondary—just as you’d fill out financial paperwork for a minor at a bank. We built a password management system for her to store all of her login information.
On the day of her birth, our daughter already had accounts at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and even Github. And to this day, we’ve never posted any content.
Are you fucking kidding me? They let the Internet decide the child’s name?
At some point, the pendulum has to swing the other way. How far will people go to play this bullshit popularity contest on the web. The more I think about the innate narcissistic tendencies of the web, the more agitated I become. When I read an article like this, I am at the point of explosion.
Sure, I have been guilty of shameless self-promotion on the web, but I have been working hard to reign that in. There are no more pictures of me on Facebook, I have removed all personal info. I have retracted from blurting out every little thought on Twitter. I really would prefer to not waste time with RSS or Tumblr anymore either. Too many people are overly concerned with documenting their lives and not living them.
Don’t let URLs and Gmail accounts pick the name of your child, that’s madness. Call the kid what you want, fuck the web. For all we know, it (as in what we now as the Internet) will not be around in it’s current iteration for long.
I mean shit, if they really cared, they’d file for a custom TLD domain with ICANN. What’s a few tens of thousands for vanity’s sake, right?
So let’s review: Be a decent, non-freeloading customer so the coffee shop where you love to work doesn’t have to shut down. Stop being selfish and share the power outlets, chairs, and space around you. Oh, and wear headphones. Always wear headphones while listening to your music. We’re not all Robin Thicke fans
My biggest peeve with coffee shops, is the Wi-Fi. I used to really enjoy my neighborhood shop, but it’s been some time since I could say that. In fact, I refuse to drink coffee there. I buy whole beans once a week and take them home.
Ever since the shop at the end of my block got free Wi-Fi, the place has been a hive of scummy Grudge Report hobos and Facebooking college kids. Most of which have the same M.O. Buy one drink, scoot a table LOUDLY, close to a power outlet, put cords all over the fucking place, take up good space for hours on end.
For the record, I cannot recall a single fucking time I ever had to plug in at a coffee shop because I was there that long. I have never owned a computer that has gotten less that 4 hours of battery life. Furthermore, I’ve ever sat in a coffee shop for more than 4 hours. Maybe that makes me a high and mighty proto-digital nomad, but I don’t care.
Given the advent of ubiquitous 3G/4G/LTE, I am in total support of shops killing Wi-Fi. Bring your own GOD™damn Internet, and some manners too, while you’re at it. If you’re going to schlep around your 18” lo-res folding Interweb TV that gets 2 minutes of battery life, fine, just don’t do it in public.
Instead, the following year, Assad pursued negotiations for an alternative $10 billion pipeline plan with Iran, across Iraq to Syria, that would also potentially allow Iran to supply gas to Europe from its South Pars field shared with Qatar. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the project was signed in July 2012 - just as Syria’s civil war was spreading to Damascus and Aleppo - and earlier this year Iraq signed aframework agreement for construction of the gas pipelines.
The Iran-Iraq-Syria pipeline plan was a “direct slap in the face” to Qatar’s plans. No wonder Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan, in a failed attempt to bribe Russia to switch sides, told President Vladmir Putin that “whatever regime comes after” Assad, it will be “completely” in Saudi Arabia’s hands and will “not sign any agreement allowing any Gulf country to transport its gas across Syria to Europe and compete with Russian gas exports”, according to diplomatic sources. When Putin refused, the Prince vowed military action.
Isn’t is funny that no one in the mainstream media is saying anything about this? Didn’t it seem really odd that Assad would blow up his own money making machine?
No Agenda nailed this some time ago, as illustrated by Adam’s collection of maps. Anyone who thinks western countries have an altruistic motive anywhere in the Middle East is full of shit. This all about helping the Saudis dominate a region for profit.