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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Recipe of The Month: Chocolate Nuevo Mexicano

This showed up today in the little pamphlet that came with the bill from electric utility P.N.M., from their employee-written book "Cocinas de New Mexico" [1979].
Cooking time 15 minutes; makes 12 servings.

½ cup sugar
2 Tbsp flour
¼ cup cocoa
1½ cups water
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
¾ tsp cloves
6 cups milk
1 Tbsp vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS {slightly modified by me}

1) Combine sugar, flour, cocoa, water, and spices in a large saucepan.

2) Cook mixture at medium-high for approximately four minutes, stirring occasionally.

3) Add milk to mixture and scald – but do not boil.

4) Remove saucepan from heat and stir in the vanilla.

5) Pour into mugs with handles.

Chocolate Nuevo Mexicano is traditionally served with biscochitos, the official cookie of the State of New Mexico.
Copyright 2014 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Constant Toxic Spills in Alberta, Canada

Since C.B.C. up in Canada refuses to report any toxic pipeline spills in the petro-state of Alberta, the Native American-owned West Coast Native News has been keeping track:

There were 27 spillage incidents in July 2014, 39 incidents in August, 26 incidents in September, and 41 incidents in October; the October data specifies volumes of from 5,000 litres to 200,000 litres for each spill. And each and every incident report document states that 'no effects to wildlife or waterways occurred'.

LOL, anybody?
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

November 2014 Quotations (60)

"This election wasn't just a failure for Democrats. It was a failure for democracy."
~~ Richard Eskow, November 2014

"So don't get cynical. Cynicism didn't put a man on the moon. Cynicism has never won a war, or cured a disease, or built a business, or fed a young mind. Cynicism is a choice. And hope will always be a better choice."
~~ Barack Obama, November 2014

“When will the poor negro have his rights? Not, I believe, until he has a musket in one hand and a ballot in the other.”
~~ Lewis Tappan [1788–1873]

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”
~~ Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. [1922-2007]

“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”
~~ Thomas Alva Edison [1847-1931]

“Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos.”
~~ Mary {Wollstonecraft Godwin} Shelley [1797-1851]

“I don't think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention . . . arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.”
~~ Agatha Christie [1890-1976], "An Autobiography" (1977)

“The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.”
~~ Elbert Hubbard [1856-1915]

“Scientists may have sophisticated laboratories, But never forget 'eureka' was inspired in a bathtub.”
~~ Toba Beta

“The digital revolution is far more significant than the invention of writing or even of printing.”
~~ inventor Douglas Engelbart [1925-2013]

"I always have a quotation for everything – it saves original thinking."
~~ Dorothy L. Sayers [1893-1957]

“The progressive development of man is vitally dependent on invention. It is the most important product of his creative brain.”
~~ Nikola Tesla [1856-1943], "My Inventions" (1919)

“We're all innately creative; I'm not bringing anything magical to it. Ninety percent of inventing is putting in the hours and just trying. You don't need to make a big leap – you need to take a thousand small steps.”
~~ James Jorash

“John Locke invented common sense, and only Englishmen have had it ever since!”
~~ Bertrand Russell [1872-1970]

“Invention is by its very nature disruptive. If you want to be understood at all times, then don't do anything new.”
~~ Jeff Bezos, creator of Amazon, Inc.

"More and more we are into communications – and less and less into communication."
~~ Louis 'Studs' Terkel [1912-2008] Page

"It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default."
~~ J.K. Rowling

"It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important."
~~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1859-1930]

"Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed &ndash there's so little competition."
~~ Elbert Hubbard [1856-1915]

"I admire anybody who has the guts to write anything at all."
~~ E.B. White [1899-1985]

"Since Republicans are oblivious to the difference between the freedom of actual democracy and America's current totalitarian fascist government, maybe I should write a book called 'Fascism For Dummkopfs'."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"Mistakes are part of the dues [that] one pays for a full life."
~~ Sophia Loren

"October is a peculiarly dangerous month to speculate in stock. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August, and February."
~~ Mark Twain [1835-1910]

"[Film] editing feels almost like sculpting, or a form of continuing the writing process."
~~ Sydney Pollack [1934-2008]

“The only stupid thing about words is the spelling of them.”
~~ Laura Ingalls Wilder [1867-1957]

"There has never been but one revolution. It is the revolution against pagan fatalism – the revolution for human freedom."
~~ Henry Grady Weaver [1889-1949], in "The Mainspring of Human Progress" (1947)

"Not all those who wander are lost."
~~ J.R.R. Tolkien [1892-1973]

"The tools [that] I need for my work are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whiskey."
~~ William Faulkner [1897-1962]

"Whatever poet, orator, or sage may say of it, old age is still old age."
~~ Sinclair Lewis [1885-1951]

“Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.”
~~ W.C. Fields [1880-1946]

“Writing is a dog’s life, but the only one worth living.”
~~ Gustave Flaubert [1821-80]

"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."
~~ J.R.R. Tolkien [1892-1973]

"There is no love of life without despair of life."
~~ Albert Camus [1913-60]

"The past is the present, isn't it? It's the future, too. We all tried to lie out of that but life won't let us."
~~ Eugene O'Neill [1888-1953]

"It is one thing to show a man that he is in error, and another to put him in possession of the truth."
~~ John Locke [1632-1704]

"You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing, and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life."
~~ Jiddu Krishnamurti [1895-1986]

"God is dead. Let us not understand by this that he does not exist or even that he no longer exists. He is dead. He spoke to us and is silent. We no longer have anything but his cadaver. Perhaps he slipped out of the world, somewhere else like the soul of a dead man. Perhaps he was only a dream . . . God is dead."
~~ Jean-Paul Sartre [1905-80]

“If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.”
~~ marketing expert E. Joseph Cossman [1918-2002]

”The only thing worse than a man [that] you can’t control is a man [that] you can.”
~~ Margo Kaufman

”We see things not as they are, but as we are.”
~~ H.M. Tomlinson [1873-1958]

”The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
~~ Chinese proverb

”Vision without action is daydream. Action without vision is nightmare.”
~~ Japanese proverb

”If you keep saying things are going to be bad, you have a chance of being a prophet.”
~~ Isaac Bashevis Singer [1902-91]

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.”
~~ football coach Jimmy Johnson

“The only people who find what they are looking for in life are the fault finders.”
~~ Foster’s Law

”Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.”
~~ Voltaire [1694-1778]

”Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.”
~~ Rev. William Buell Sprague [1795-1876]

“Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down.”
~~ Charles F. Kettering [1876-1958]

“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or to accept the responsibility for changing them.”
~~ motivational speaker Dr. Denis Waitley

”A mind is like a parachute, it doesn’t work if it isn’t open.”
~~ musician Frank Zappa [1940-93]

“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”
~~ Thomas Jefferson [1743-1826]

”Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”
~~ Vince Lombardi

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”
~~ salesman & speaker Zig Ziglar [1926-2012]

“The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs . . . one step at a time.”
~~ Joseph Samuel 'Joe' Girard

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”
~~ Peter F. Drucker [1909-2005]

“What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
~~ Dwight D. Eisenhower [1890-1969]

"We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry."
~~ Dr. Maria Montessori [1870-1952]

"Truth is the only safe ground to stand upon."
~~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton [1815-1902]

"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom."
~~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [1929-68]

"Artists must be sacrificed to their art. Like bees, they must put their lives into the sting [that] they give."
~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson [1803-82]

“He travels the fastest who travels alone.”
~~ Rudyard Kipling [1865-1936]

{each set of posted quotations are then posted at the Working Minds website, alphabetical by author}