Saturday, July 29, 2017

Squash casserole recipe in the Kitchen

Candice has a problem.  She's tired of squash casserole with Ritz crackers.

And her garden's produced more squash than she can give away.

So here's a variation on the standard squash casserole.

Peel and cube 5 large squash, mince 2 cloves of garlic over the squash, add a dash of salt (I use sea salt) and a dash of pepper, chop 1 medium onion and add  and mix.  Place in a large sauce pan on a stove burner on medium heat and stir for five minutes.

Remove from heat.

Add 1/2 cup walnuts, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup of milk (remember if you have a diabetic in the family, new studies show you should be drinking regular milk and not one of the percents) and a cup of mozzarella.

Add to a greased dish (I use Pam or butter).

Place in a 400 degree oven and bake for a half hour.

Joseph Kishore (WSWS) reports:
The World Socialist Web Site is published by the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI), the world Trotskyist movement. Since the launching of the WSWS in February 1998, the site has posted thousands of articles that reference Leon Trotsky, one of the leaders of the October Revolution and the founder of the Fourth International.
WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North is the author of In Defense of Leon Trotsky. Other prominent members of the international editorial board of the WSWS--Nick Beams and James Cogan in Australia, Chris Marsden in Britain, Peter Schwarz and Ulrich Rippert in Germany, Keith Jones in Canada and Wije Dias in Sri Lanka--have been active in the Trotskyist movement for decades. All are well-known authorities on Trotskyist history and politics.
This year, the ICFI is marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution. It has posted throughout this year a historical chronology, This Week in the Russian Revolution, which has referenced Trotsky in every installment. The series has been extremely popular with readers. For example, according to Facebook, the May 29-June 4 video for the Chronology has been accessed more than 21,000 times, which has driven thousands of readers to the WSWS.
Between March and May, the ICFI held a series of on-line lectures on the history of the revolution, in which the role of Leon Trotsky was a major area of concentration. The lectures attracted a large audience on both Facebook and YouTube. According to the figures recorded by Facebook, the first lecture by David North, delivered on March 13, has been viewed 6,300 times. Another video posted initially in March, in which North previewed the ICFI’s lecture series, has been viewed more than 120,000 times.
We cite these figures—and could reference many more—not to boast, but, rather, to establish that the speeches and writings of the ICFI, which are posted on the World Socialist Web Site, are very widely followed. To a politically knowledgeable audience, Trotskyism and the World Socialist Web Site are synonymous.
And yet, following Google’s implementation of its new censorship algorithm, the World Socialist Web Site began disappearing from search results, even when users sought information on Trotsky.
In the month of July, the number of Google searches for “Leon Trotsky” return a grand total of... zero impressions for the WSWS, down from 5,893 in May.
In preparing this article, we searched Google for “Who is Leon Trotsky.” We conducted this experiment with Chrome, Google’s browser, using “incognito mode” to ensure that results were not affected by previous searches. The search term was used without quotation marks.
All manner of right-wing essays and articles come up. The first page includes an essay posted on (Russia Beyond the Headlines, put out by the Russian government), “Leon Trotsky: 6 facts about the disgraced Russian revolutionary.”
On page three, there is an entry from Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary about Leon Trotsky… the piglet, an animal rescued by the farm in Australia in April 2014, who, we are informed, “has more spunk than most who are ten times his size.” There is also an article in Slate, published in 2007, warning readers, “Don’t idealize Leon Trotsky” (the revolutionary), and an entry in the right-wing Conservapedia.
Page four includes a Leon Trotsky flashcard from Quizlet, notes from, and a reactionary and ignorant entry from the satirical Uncyclopedia informing its readers that Trotsky’s greatest legacy is “his philosophy of permanent factionalism and split-hair revolutionary dialectics.”
Going deeper, on page six, we find pages that collect “Leon Trotsky GIFs” and an essay, “Frida’s Red Hot Lover” from an obscure site, Lisa’s History Room, that, according to Alexa, has global ranking of 1,078,957 (compared to the WSWS at 40,677). Also on page six is an essay on Trotsky and Orwell’s book Animal Farm, written by a high school student and published on

WSWS is among many sites under attack.

Fake News?

NYT and Washington Post are the fake news.

The whole 'fake news' cry was an effort to destroy independent voices and outlets.

This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Friday:

Friday, July 28, 2017.

Let's start with things that are beyond stupidity.

This vote is this decade's Iraq war vote. Except no Senator will be able to say they weren't warned by the experts.

Andy Slavitt's one of those ugly whores who wormed his way into government (via Barack) from Goldman Sachs.

He's also got a face that looks like someone ran over it with an 18-wheeler.

Which could explain the possible brain damage.

ObamaCare does not help America.

Nor will TrumpCare.

The only answer is Medicare for all -- an answer a Goldman Sachs whore will never support.

Andy's not the first ugly piece of trash to lie.

But he had to lie about Iraq.


Because he's not just a whore, he's also a War Hawk.

His comments are not just ridiculous, they're xenophobic.

The Iraq War has resulted in the immediate deaths of over a million civilians.

It has left hundreds of thousands living in a war zone with severe injuries.

Do not compare this to the US healthcare system.

The weapons used by the US and others have destroyed areas like Falluja and will result in birth defects for decades to come.

Iraq did not attack the United States.

Add to that, no one can say they weren't warned ahead of voting for the Iraq War.

They chose not to pay attention -- like Blood Thirsty Hillary Clinton -- but they were warned.

They wanted war because they're whores just like Andy.

The US government has destroyed Iraq.

Don't you dare show up at this late date pretending to suddenly care so you can do a Tweet you filthy piece of trash.  But it's what he wants to do, it's what the laughable Obama whore Daniel Benaim wants to do.

Next up, watch Daniel compare his issues with the McDonald's menu to the plight of the Palestinians!
Seriously, people need to realize how stupid they sound when they liken this to an ongoing, 14-year war that has decimated a country, turned it into a country of orphans and so much more.

Let's stay with stupidity:

Openly gay Iraq War veteran on transgender military ban: “I thought we were done with this”

Gay men and lesbians are not transgendered.

CNN can't find a transgendered person to speak with?

That's insulting.

It's like bringing on an Anglo White person to discuss what it's like to be African-American.

Rob Smith is not qualified to speak and needs to sit his tired ass down.

It's like when the Native Americans told Jane Fonda they could speak for themselves and didn't need a savior to speak for them.

Rob Smith needs to sit his tired ass down and CNN needs to grasp that if you are covering transgender issues, you bring on guests who are transgender.

He is not an expert on being transgender.

Shame on CNN for refusing to invite a transgendered guest to the table and shame on Rob Smith who thinks he can speak on any topic.

There are many who could speak including Chelsea Manning.

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Shame on anyone taking a seat at the table on this issue from a transgendered person.  It's a bit like the way Gloria Steinem derailed feminism by refusing to step aside (she had no qualms about knocking Betty Friedan out of the way, did she?).

Even in the so-called age of diversity, seats at the table are hard to come by.  If you're taking up someone else's seat, you need to step back.

And shame on CNN for the garbage they offer including "Ten years on: How Iraq's soccer stars brought warring nation together."

Was someone at CNN inhaling fumes from their dirty jock strap?

How else to explain such garbage?

They can't cover the War Crimes but they're propaganda central, aren't they?

Bill Van Auken (WSWS) reports:

Two weeks after the Iraqi government hailed the “liberation” of Mosul, the scale and criminality of the mass slaughter carried out during the US-backed siege continues to emerge.
Iraqi soldiers and officers speaking to a reporter from Middle East Eye (MEE) have revealed that during the assault on the densely populated Old City of western Mosul, the order was given to massacre everyone remaining, men, women and children.
“We killed them all,” an Iraqi soldier told MEE. “Daesh [ISIS] men, women and children. We killed everyone.”
An Iraqi major told the web site, “After liberation was announced, the order was given to kill anything or anyone that moved.” He added that most of the remaining fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Sunni Islamist militia that took control of the city in June 2017, had surrendered to the army. “They gave themselves up, and we just killed them,” he said.
The report, one of the few from Mosul, from which US-backed Iraqi security forces have barred the media, paints a horrific portrait of what was once Iraq’s second-largest city:

To be clear, many US reporters were covering -- or miscovering -- Mosul.  Including THE NEW YORK TIMES' new Judith Miller -- who, no surprise, Rachel Maddow's reTweeting.

RUDAW reminds:

Because of alleged killings committed by the 16th division of the Iraqi army in Mosul, the United States should stop assisting Baghdad militarily, argues a human rights monitor.

“The US government should make sure it is no longer providing assistance to the Iraqi unit responsible for this spate of executions but also suspend any plans for future assistance until these atrocities have been properly investigated,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch (HRW).

The group released a report on Thursday claiming two international observers witnessed “the summary killings of four people by the Iraqi army’s 16th Division in mid-July 2017.”

HRW argues that US government should suspend all assistance and support to the 16th Division pending Iraq’s full investigation of the allegations and appropriate prosecutions.

Its basis is that the Leahy Law prohibits the US from providing military assistance to foreign military units that violate human rights with impunity.

Let's turn to numbers.  Qassim Abdul-Zahra (AP) reports that the Iraqi government estimates there are 7,000 members of ISIS still in Iraq.  Another number, via Patrick Cockburn's reporting last week, was 40,000 civilians killed in the 'liberation' of Mosul.  One number getting less attention -- in fact, no attention outside Arabic and Russian media -- is 20,000.

That's the number of Iraqi forces killed in the 'liberation' of Mosul per Nouri al-Maliki.

Ahead of his trip to Russia and after reaching Russia, Nouri gave numerous interviews stressing that 20,000 Iraqi forces had been killed.

Considering that the Iraqi government had clamped down on the number and that UNAMI storpped recording the number of dead Iraqi forces at the Iraqi government's request, Nouri's 20,000 should have been big news.

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