Thanksgiving is around the corner. Suzette suggests a recipe for Instapot Mashed Potatoes that she and her sister Julie love:
- 4 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 6 cups water
- 4 teaspoons sea salt, divided
- 3 cloves garlic, grated
- ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Chives, for garnish
- Place the potatoes, water, and 2 teaspoons of salt in the bowl of the Instant Pot.
- Secure the lid on the Instant Pot and Pressure Cook on High for 12 minutes. Quick release the pressure, reserve ¾ cup of the potato cooking water, and drain.
- Return the potatoes to the pot and add the garlic, olive oil, butter, and the remaining 2 teaspoons sea salt. Use a potato masher to mash well. Add the reserved cooking water, ¼ cup at a time, and use a rubber spatula to fold and mash the potatoes until creamy. Stir in the remaining cooking water as needed to reach your desired consistency.
- Season with fresh black pepper and garnish with chives.
Honestly, unless someone sits in my kitchen on Thanksgiving Day and peels potatoes, I use instant. Instant potatoes have come a long way. I like the Betty Crocker mix.
But, if you make your own, this is a good recipe and, most important, it's in the instapot. Meaning? You're not having to use a stove burner. If you have a lot of dishes for a big dinner, you need every burner you have and anything that can to in a microwave, a slow cooker, an instapot is very helpful.
Nearly one hundred heads of State and 45,000 delegates from 200 countries are taking part in the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 27), which began earlier this week in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. It is one of the largest international meetings in recent times.
But unlike previous climate summits, the participants are barely trying to give the impression that they are doing anything about the climate catastrophe. The heads of imperialist governments who arrived read some hollow phrases about environmental protection off the teleprompter and then disappeared into the back rooms to plan their involvement in the conflicts with Russia and China and plans to dominate the former colonial countries.
NATO's proxy war against Russia in Ukraine and the preparation of a military confrontation with China have launched a new redivision of the world between the imperialist powers, which is being fought on all continents, including the polar regions, and by all available economic, political and military means. “Climate protection” is put at the service of these imperialist machinations – and turned into its opposite.
It's all a fake and takes place while various people in the US dupe themselves into believing that the latest election has accomplished anything.
Let me also note this from the "Roundtable" we did at Third:
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Friday:
|Alabama||Rep||Earl Hilliard||D||retired from office|
|Florida||Rep||Carrie Meek||D||retired from office|
|Illinois||Rep||Jesse Jackson Jr.||D|
|Illinois||Rep||Bill Lipinski||D||retired from office|
|Michigan||Rep||John Conyers Jr.||D|
|Michigan||Rep||Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick||D|
|Minnesota||Rep||Martin Olav Sabo||D|
|Missouri||Rep||William Clay Jr.||D|
|MIssouri||Rep||Karen McCarthy||D||retired from office|
|New Jersey||Sen||Jon Corzine||D|
|New Jersey||Rep||Rush Holt||D|
|New Jersey||Rep||Robert Menendez||D|
|New Jersey||Rep||Frank Pallone Jr||D|
|New Jersey||Rep||Donald Payne||D|
|New Mexico||Sen||Jeff Bingaman||D|
|New Mexico||Rep||Tom Udall||D|
|New York||Rep||Maurice Hinchey||D|
|New York||Rep||Amo Houghton||R|
|New York||Rep||John LaFalce||D|
|New York||Rep||Gregory Meeks||D|
|New York||Rep||Jerrold Nadler||D|
|New York||Rep||Major Owens||D|
|New York||Rep||Charles Rangel||D|
|New York||Rep||Jose Serrano||D|
|New York||Rep||Louise Slaughter||D|
|New York||Rep||Edolphus Towns||D|
|New York||Rep||Nydia Velazquez||D|
|North Carolina||Rep||Eva Clayton||D||retired from office|
|North Carolina||Rep||David Price||D|
|North Carolina||Rep||Melvin Watt||D|
|North Dakota||Sen||Kent Conrad||D|
|Ohio||Rep||Stephanie Tubbs Jones||D|
|Pennsylvania||Rep||William Coyne||D||retired from office|
|Rhode Island||Sen||Lincoln Chafee||D|
|Rhode Island||Sen||Jack Reed||D|
|Rhode Island||Rep||James Langevin||D|
|South Carolina||Rep||Gresham Barrett||R|
|South Carolina||Rep||James Clyburn||D|
|Tennessee||Rep||John Duncan Jr||R|
|Texas||Rep||Eddie Bernice Johnson||D|
|Texas||Rep||Ciro Rodriguez||D||retired from office|
|District of Columbia||Rep||Brian Baird||D|
|West Virginia||Sen||Robert Byrd||D|
|West Virginia||Rep||Alan Mollohan||D|
|West Virginia||Rep||Nick Rahall||D|
|Wisconsin||Rep||Jerry Kleczka||D||retired from office|
He's a Moron with a War On -- even if he needs Viagra to get it up.
Inflation rose at an unadjusted annual rate of 7.7 percent in October, according to data published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Thursday morning. The report noted that consumer prices rose by 0.4 percent over September, the same rate as the previous month.
While consumer prices are still rising at a pace not seen since the early 1980s, with devastating consequences for working class living standards, the October rate was less than the 7.9 percent that had been predicted by analysts.
The BLS Consumer Pricing Index (CPI) summary said the inflation rate for October was “the smallest 12-month increase since the period ending January 2022,” and was down from the September rate of 8.2 percent.
The statement said that the “all items less food and energy index rose 6.3 percent over the last 12 months.” But in the critical categories of energy and food, prices increased by 17.6 percent and 10.9 percent respectively.
Democrats will need bold leadership in 2024. We're calling on Joe Biden to announce that he's not running for re-election.They note:
In 2024 the United States will face the dual imperatives of preventing a Republican takeover of the White House and advancing a truly progressive agenda. The stakes could not be higher. The threat of a neofascist GOP has become all too obvious. Bold and inspiring leadership from the Oval Office will be essential.
Unfortunately, President Biden has been neither bold nor inspiring. And his prospects for winning re-election appear to be bleak. With so much at stake, making him the Democratic Party’s standard-bearer in 2024 would be a tragic mistake.
“Moderate” policies have failed to truly address such pressing concerns as the climate emergency, voting rights, student debt, health care, corporate price-gouging, and bloated military spending in tandem with anemic diplomacy.
Biden triumphed over Donald Trump in 2020 with vital help from extraordinary grassroots efforts in swing states by progressive organizations (including RootsAction). A president is not his party’s king, and he has no automatic right to renomination. Joe Biden should not seek it. If he does, he will have a fight on his hands.
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Can you imagine the GOP putting a presidential candidate in a debate with Joe, someone under 62, who stands on the stage with energy and awareness? The Democratic Party cannot afford Joe.
Salhy is Iraqi, and in 2004 covered the Battle of Fallujah and the American invasion. She is not easily frightened. But as Iraq changed in the years since, paramilitaries have taken prominent roles in the country’s economy, security, and government and operate with practical impunity. Since the end of 2019, paramilitaries are suspected to have been behind at least thirty-six assassinations, with activists and journalists as their primary targets. In November 2021, they went as far as to conduct a drone attack on Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Khadimi, an assassination attempt that was widely seen as retaliation for his attempts to bring a paramilitary “death squad” to justice.
Social media attacks can serve as a precursor. In May 2020 Hisham al-Hashimi, a renowned analyst of paramilitaries and terrorism, saw an uptick in posts targeting him. Just weeks later, on June 9, 2020, he was shot by two gunmen on the back of a motorcycle as he returned home.
Salhy’s sister is in fact a politician, and the two had kept their being related a secret to protect each other. Salhy did not want her sister to become a target because of what she had written; nor did she want her work to be associated with her sister’s political positions. Now the paramilitaries were letting them know that their relationship was not only understood but monitored. “It was just telling me they can reach me,” Salhy said. “And if they cannot reach me, they can reach my family.”