Saturday, October 19, 2019

Black Bean and Corn Relish in the Kitchen

"Trina," Lucy wrote, "you talk about how beans are high in fiber.  And how fiver's good for us.  And we got a bean recipe this week but how about another one and something snacky?"  Sure thing.  This is a Black bean and corn relish (from the Mayo Clinic):

Number of servings

Serves 8
High Fiber
Low Fat
Low Sodium
Healthy carb

•1 can (15.5 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained (about 2 cups)
•1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed to room temperature
•4 tomatoes, seeded and diced (about 3 cups)
•2 garlic cloves, chopped
•1/2 medium red onion, diced (about 1/2 cup)
•1/2 cup chopped parsley
•1 green, yellow or red bell pepper, seeded and diced (about 1 cup)
•2 teaspoons sugar
•Juice from 1 lemon


In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Toss gently to mix. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend.

Nutritional analysis per serving

Serving size: About 1 cup
Total fat 0.5 g
Calories 112
Protein 5 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Total carbohydrate 22 g
Dietary fiber 6 g
Monounsaturated fat Trace
Saturated fat Trace
Trans fat 0 g
Sodium 93 mg
Total sugars 3 g
Added sugars 1 g

You can eat the above with tortilla chips (or potato chips for that matter) or you can eat it with carrots and celery.  There are any number of ways you can eat the relish above. And thank you to Lucy because we do need more fiber and it benefits our heart, our digestion, our blood sugar levels and so much more.  The dish above is a relish and can substitute for salsa or a dip.

Now for the autostrikers, Jessica Goldestein (WSWS) reports:

The United Steelworkers (USW), Teamsters and other trade unions have kept roughly 1,800 Asarco mineworkers in the dark three days after they went on strike on Sunday and Monday.

The unions and company had not engaged in any bargaining talks through Wednesday, according to press reports. Workers had been working under a 2018 extension of the 2017 contract up until Friday, when 77 percent voted to go on strike after rejecting the company’s “last, best and final offer.”

Workers are demanding pay raises, health care benefits, safer working conditions and shorter working hours. Workers at the Asarco mines in the US, under the ownership of the Grupo Mexico mining conglomerate, work 12 hours per day in dangerous conditions. Asarco has repeatedly refused to pay to install needed health and safety measures to protect miners.

Workers have not had pay raises since 2009 and would need at least a 20 percent wage increase to recoup losses from inflation. Asarco is demanding an additional four-year pay freeze, a freeze of all existing pensions, and that workers more than double their health care contributions in the new contract. The company has refused to pay workers $10 million in bonuses owed since 2014, despite being ordered to by an arbitrator and in court rulings.

Bonuses were lost as part of a concessions contract pushed through with the aid of the unions in 2011. The same contract lowered pensions for workers hired in June of the same year. The bonuses replaced the cost of living (COLA) increases lost after the betrayal of the bitter Phelps Dodge strike of 1983-1984 in Morenci, Arizona. As the copper companies have laid off thousands of workers over decades, and clawed back wages, benefits and bonuses owed to workers, the USW has done nothing.

One more topic to note.  If you click here,  You can listen to Glen Ford and Jacqueline Lugman discussing the murders in DFW of Botham Jean and Joshua Brown on BLACK AGENDA REPORT.

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

Friday, October 18, 2019.  "We live in truth" declares Joe Biden's latest daughter-in-law -- and other absurdities.

Starting in the US where the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination continues, Joe Biden's latest daughter-in-law has something she wants to share.  Daniel Chaitin (WASHINGTON EXAMINER) reports:

The wife of Hunter Biden welcomes an investigation into her husband's business dealings in Ukraine, but thinks it would probably be a waste of taxpayer dollars.
"Sure. Why not? I mean, nothing's gonna change," Melissa Cohen Biden said in an interview with ABC News discussing her months-old marriage.

"I mean, I would probably — I think it would probably be a waste of taxpayer's money," she added. "But if it would bring peace of mind to whoever needs peace of mind brought to this, I know we have peace of mind, we're okay, we've — we live in truth, so sure."

For those keeping track -- or attempting to -- Melissa Cohen Biden is only wife number two for Hunter.  He was married to Kathleen Buhle and had three children with her but he left her for  When his brother Beau died, Hunter left Kathleen to hook up with his brother's widow Halle.  They broke it off earlier this year.  Shortly after, Hunter married Melissa.

Where does Lunden Roberts come in?

That 28-year-old would be one of his affairs while he was with his sister-in-law Halle.  Lunden is the woman suing him for paternity of their child and for child support.  That case is scheduled for December 2nd.  Worth remembering that when Kathleen sued for divorce, she noted that Hunter spent all of his money on hookers and drugs.

So, again, for those trying to keep track of recent history.  In 2014, Hunter is kicked out of the reserves for cocaine use.  In 2015, shortly after his brother Beau dies, Hunter (married and with three kids) decides it's time to start a relationship with his brother's widow Halle.  Sometime during the years he's sleeping with Halle, he sleeps with Lunden.  In 2019, he leaves Halle and marries Melissa.

And Melissa tells THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER, "We live in truth."

So sure.


 John Hudson, Rachel Bide and Matt Viser (WASHINGTON POST) report:

A career State Department official overseeing Ukraine policy told congressional investigators this week that he had raised concerns in early 2015 about then-Vice President Joe Biden’s son serving on the board of a Ukrainian energy company but was turned away by a Biden staffer, according to three people familiar with the testimony.
George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary of state, testified Tuesday that he worried that Hunter Biden’s position at the firm Burisma Holdings would complicate efforts by U.S. diplomats to convey to Ukrainian officials the importance of avoiding conflicts of interest, said the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of confidentiality rules surrounding the deposition.
Kent said he had concerns that Ukrainian officials would view Hunter Biden as a conduit for currying influence with his father, said the people. But when Kent raised the issue with Biden’s office, he was told the then-vice president didn’t have the “bandwidth” to deal with the issue involving his son as his other son, Beau, was battling cancer, said the people familiar with his testimony.

He didn't have 'the "bandwith."

And that was when he was 72.  He's 76 now, 77 next month.

The corrupt ties that Max Blumenthal describes between various war profiteers, foreign lobbyists, US-NATO politicians, their...

Behind the partisan theater of Ukrainegate, the Atlantic Council raked in money from Burisma and washed its tainted reputation as it courted Joe Biden. NATO's unofficial think tank in Washington is ground zero for pay-for-play arrangements. My latest:

Click here for Max's article.

Tuesday nights, the Democrats held their latest presidential debate.  SLATE's THE SURGE examines it today and finds Senator Bernie Sanders to be the big winner:

Bernie Sanders

He’s back.
Last week, the Surge wondered how Sanders would survive three hours of the snap tactical decision-making, and standing, required in Tuesday’s debate, his first public event since suffering a heart attack only two weeks earlier. We figured just getting through the debate would have been a job well done. But even without factoring in those lowered expectations, Sanders turned in arguably his best debate performance of the cycle. It was the same aggressively on-message Bernie Sanders, but with less shouting and an extra dose of humor. He came off as the most honest supporter of “Medicare for All” while Elizabeth Warren repeatedly evaded a point-blank question about its financing. He ripped Joe Biden after the former vice president claimed he was the only one onstage who’d “gotten anything really big done,” running through a litany of some of Biden’s most unsavory achievements. More important than any of this, though, may have been the news that broke in the middle of the debate: New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the most well-known Democrats in the country, would endorse Sanders at a Queens rally on Saturday. The rollout had the trappings of a long-canned endorsement that Sanders could use at a time when he needs it. With Elizabeth Warren entering a new phase of intense, front-runner scrutiny, now is the time.

For the debate performances, you can see Ava and my "TV: Let's kill Elizabeth!" from Tuesday night.

Joe Biden's hideous attack on Elizabeth Warren continues to garner attention.

Because men yelling at women is normative in patriarchal America . Men taking credit for women's work is also normative.
For a guy accused of casual sexism, Joe Biden sure is good at proving that accusation correct
Replying to 
How is Joe Biden’s consistent and blatant sexism still being totally ignored by the mainstream media?

How is is "being totally ignored by the mainstream media?"

This is the same media that used sexism against Hillary Clinton in her 2008 run.  These are the same players.  Oh, yes, for one second Rachel Maddow told the AP that Chris Matthews was a sexist.  Two days later MSNBC offered her her own show and Rachel walked the criticism back.

It was non-stop sexism -- including from Barack Obama with his whole periodically-when-she's-feeling-blue-the-claws-come-out.

With the exception of Marie Cocco, then syndicated by THE WASHINGTON POST, not one national columnist called this out.  And the only program to explore it seriously as it took place was Bonnie Erbe's TO THE CONTRARY (PBS).  After the race was over, THE NEW YORK TIMES took a second to ask, "Hey, was there sexism in the coverage of Hillary?"  Fortunately, fake ass media 'critic' Kathleen Hall Jamison was on hand to lie -- and not note her own part, near weekly, in the sexist attacks on Hillary (Kathleen was Bill Moyers' go to guest and she provided cover right there on camera as he went sexist over and over).

What Joe did was hideous.  And it did make many uncomfortable.  He did act like someone who was about to hit a woman.  And it's also true that if a woman had lied about what she'd done, tried to steal credit from a man, the press would pile on.  But they largely ignore Joe's lie.

Joe Biden told : "I went on the floor and got you votes." Okay, well, here's his schedule from the day the CFPB passed. He wasn't in the Senate. So when did this happen? (Unless this 2 1/2 hour meeting with Lindsey Graham was a failed effort to win his vote.)

It is sexism.

Joe Biden is being called out for sexism over a heated exchanged with Elizabeth Warren during last night's debate.
Maybe I’m just not following the people talking very much about it, but joe Biden’s temper tantrum toward warren was like pure egotistical sexism
Classic workplace sexism in the last night. thought it was ok for him to claim sole ownership over passing Obamacare and the violence ahaist women act, but felt he deserved credit for the CFPB created by .

Though Anderson Cooper had no concern over sexism, he did find time to ask about THE ELLEN SHOW in the debate.  No time for Iraq, of course.

Protests began in Iraq weeks ago.  Over 100 people were killed.  But let's not raise a real issue in a debate -- right, Anderson?

Ibrahim Saleh (NIQASH) has a report on the protests and here he's focusing on "the tissue seller:"

A woman selling tissues in Baghdad’s Bab al-Sharqi area, a commercial centre in the city, was caught on camera frantically passing out her wares to protesters for free, so they could wipe their eyes when security forces fired tear gas at them. She seemed genuinely concerned about their welfare. The video can be seen here.
The short film, posted online by protesters, was a hit on social media, and the woman, whose name is Dunia, became something of an icon of the demonstrations. Just a few hours later, local artist Saad al-Tayeb, drew a picture of Dunia, depicting her as a statue surrounded by a sea of demonstrators. Instead of tissues though, she was distributing white doves.
Many of the young protestors then made this picture their Facebook page identity. But many locals also expressed guilt about how they used to think of Dunia – many had thought she was handicapped, just another annoying beggar in Baghdad. There was an online discussion about how the tissue seller had shown more humanity and grace than many other residents of the city, having given away her tissues without thinking of the personal financial loss that would entail.  

Also new at NIQASH, is Mustafa Habib's piece:

“Parents, teachers, tribal leaders and clerics – how did you dare to let us down, after you saw our blood flowing in the streets?” Alaa al-Saadi, a 23-year-old who had been protested in Baghdad asked, during a phone interview with NIQASH. “We went out there on your behalf too, to try and improve the current situation here. We got nothing in return but silence.”
The recent protests – now being called the “October protests” – differed from past versions of anti-government actions in many ways, including who led them, the authoritarian reactions of the government and the number of injured and dead, as a result. More than 100 people were killed, over 6,000 were injured and around 900 were detained by security forces.
The main players from previous anti-government protests in Iraq did not take overt part in these demonstrations. Neither left-wing parties (such as Iraq’s Communist party), civil society groups or liberal activists, or followers of the cleric Muqtada al-Sadr played a visible role; in past protests, al-Sadr has come to be seen as something of an anti-authority symbol. Instead thousands of young people in Baghdad, Dhi Qar, Diwaniyah, Basra and Maysan found themselves out on the street, angry but without any real plan, experience or support. Many of the younger protestors, some under 16, snuck out of their homes and broke the curfew imposed by security forces, and possibly by their parents as well. The only thing all the demonstrators had in common was a desire for change.
“It was a big shock,” Sadiq al-Rubaie, 19, a Dhi Qar local who had taken part in the protests, told NIQASH. “We heard the buzz of live bullets fired at us and some hit our friends. In the past, the only place we heard bullets and lost friends was playing online games [the game Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, or PUBG, is very popular in Iraq]. Not in reality!”
Al-Rubaie believes that a lack of support from older Iraqis was part of the reason why security forces targeted the protestors – mostly young males, hardly any females took part – so harshly. “They think of us as children,” he argued. “If we had been supported by our parents, relatives or tribal leaders, this would not have happened like it did.”

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