DOUBLETHINK AND WAR CRIMES: “Why Israel Lies” / Chris Hedges

Always Question Authority

Chris HedgesAll governments lie, as I.F. Stone pointed out, including Israel and Hamas. But Israel engages in the kinds of jaw-dropping lies that characterize despotic and totalitarian regimes. It does not deform the truth; it inverts it. It routinely paints a picture for the outside world that is diametrically opposed to reality. And all of us reporters who have covered the occupied territories have run into Israel’s Alice-in-Wonderland narratives, which we dutifully insert into our stories—required under the rules of American journalism—although we know they are untrue.

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Been a long long long time……

Yes, I have been away for far too long. I know, I know! I’ll try and do better. So ,in the past year, a few things have happened in my life.

First, I quit my job as a housekeeper before I killed someone. That job was not only tough, poorly managed, but it made me very, very angry. So angry, that all I wanted to do was drink when I got home from work. And you know THAT isn’t good.

Second, we started weight lifting! I went from 135 pounds to 145 pounds! I’ve been struggling with that weight increase a lot. I know it’s mostly muscle, but I really wanted to be more “slim”. I did, however, get my ASS back! I love lifting heavy though, so maybe  I’ll back off a little and add some interval training too.  A couple weeks ago, I dead lifted 200 lbs for reps, squatted 165 lbs for reps and bench pressed 95 lbs. My strength gains, for a 51 year old woman, have been really good. I’m STRONG and I have nice biceps!!IMG_1650

Third, my oldest daughter had her first child at the end of March. I got to spend an entire month helping her out, before and after Zoë was born. I also got to spend some time with my son-in-law, who had been in Afghanistan and then Germany. He was able to make it home for the baby’s arrival. He had to go back shortly afterwards, but he was home within a couple of months. And now, surprise, surprise, my daughter is expecting AGAIN! I can’t wait to go back to Florida to see my kids and grandkids 🙂

I’ll try and get some weight lifting numbers, inches gained or lost and weight put up here soon. But for now, you can grin at my adorable grandbaby 🙂

My new Granddaughter!

My new Granddaughter!



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See how to debunk viral photos in seconds using image search

Skeptical Software Tools

Google Image Search Back in August I wrote about how Google Image Search and other reverse image search engines are a valuable tool to debunk viral hoaxes. Last week yet another example popped up that shows just how easy these types of debunks can be.

The new example involves social media posts about animal rights and animal testing. Photos of suffering animals are always compelling, and often go viral. While most people sympathize with the animals pictured, there is a secondary lesson here – don’t forget to apply skepticism to viral content even when the message confirms your own beliefs and pet causes.

I’m an animal fan myself – we have both a dog and a cat in our household. The purpose of this post is not to criticize animal rights activists, but show how to verify photos. So lets see how it’s done.

Warning: If you are particularly sensitive to pictures of…

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Beginning of Bacon Week!

Oh MY GAWD! I must definitely try this.


Mmmm…Bacon!  The smell, the crispy texture, the intense flavor and there are healthy ways to cook with it – in moderation.  Every recipe this week will include bacon.  You can substitute turkey bacon or a veggie bacon – try a few different types of bacon to mix it up.  Order bacon from the deli counter and taste the difference – they usually offer amazing different smoky flavors.  Always look for a leaner bacon with more pink/red meat than white fat – thick cuts are usually a bit meatier.


Plantains and Bacon

serves 2-3

4 plantains

3 strips of bacon

Dash of: Cinnamon, Nutmeg

Dime Size pinch of: Sage

Cilantro to taste.

Chop up bacon into small slices.  Sautee over medium heat until pan is lined with bacon fat.

Add in sliced plantains and herbs.

Cook until plantains are crispy and begin to brown.

Remove from heat.

Serve with black beans & avocado.

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