Billionaire Arnold Backs Both Sides in Rhode Island Race

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Texas billionaire John Arnold, who has drawn attention for his interest in public sector pension reform (meaning that public sector pensions are too generous), is supporting both sides of the gubernatorial race in Rhode Island.

David Sirota wrote about how the Arnold Foundation underwrote a PBS special on the pension crisis and underwrote a Brookings Institution report on the same subject. PBS returned $3.5 million to the foundation because of Sirota’s disclosure.

Arnold is also a major supporter of charter schools, Common Core, and other “reforms” favored by corporate reformers.

The Providence Journal reports:

” PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Billionaire Houston philanthropist John Arnold is not only investing heavily in the political future of state General Treasurer and gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo — he’s also backing a national education effort showcasing her Democratic rival: Providence Mayor Angel Taveras.

“Arnold’s philanthropic organization, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, has awarded $4.25…

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Gluten Free Perogies

Kiersten Marek:

These look great…

Originally posted on Officially Gluten Free:


These Gluten Free Perogies taste like a regular perogie. They are Cheesy and Satisfying. Add ground Sausage or Chopped Crispy Bacon for a meaty version.


1/2 Cup Sour Cream

1 Cup Rice Flour

1/2 Cup Corn Starch

2 Large White Potatoes

1/2 of a White Onion

2 Tbsp Butter

1/4 Cup Milk

1/2 Cup Shredded Cheese

Salt and Pepper


1. In a large mixing bowl, mix sour cream, rice flour and corn starch until a smooth dough forms.

2. Cover the dough and place in the fridge for 1/2 an hour.

3. Peal, cut and boil the potatoes. Then strain, mash and add milk and 1 Tbsp of butter.

4. Dice then fry onion in the remaining butter.

5. Add the cooked onions and cheese to the mashed potatoes, add salt and pepper to taste. Stir well with a stiff spoon until the mixture is somewhat smooth…

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Anti-Cancer Diets and the Pitfalls of Plants: Part 1. Copper and Zinc

Kiersten Marek:

Some good thoughts on how to balance your foods for an anti-cancer diet…

Originally posted on Eat and Beat Cancer:

anti-cancer strategies: the copper trapYes, a plant-based diet is great for fighting cancer because plants contain all sorts of anti-cancer compounds, but heed the traps: Too much copper and too little zinc, often a result of plant-only diets, can fuel cancer—as well as make you tired

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Fermented Carrots

Kiersten Marek:

Need to try this one…

Originally posted on Cooking Without Gluten:


I wanted to have spicy fermented carrots with a crunch. It was my first attempt to ferment carrots and I am very happy with the result.


1.5 kg grated carrots, 1 medium head of garlic, fresh ginger 5-7cm piece, 1 chili pepper, 2 long sweet red peppers, 2 cloves, 27g sea salt.



Grate peeled carrots, add finely sliced 1 sweet red pepper. Put another sweet red pepper, peeled and finely grated ginger, chili pepper and garlic un food processor and make a fine paste. Add salt to grated carrots, massage carrots with your hands until juices appear, add garlic and ginger paste, cloves and mix it.


Press the mixture together until covered with juices. If not enough liquid, add brine (2% sea salt solution, 10g per 1 litre of water), put a plate to keep carrots under juices and put weight on the plate. I use glass…

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Health care reform may cut behavioral admissions : Family Practice News

Interesting dynamic here!

Health care reform may cut behavioral admissions : Family Practice News.

The Problem With Little White Girls (and Boys): Why I Stopped Being a Voluntourist

Kiersten Marek:

Interesting perspective…I like the honesty and humility.

Originally posted on Pippa Biddle:

White people aren’t told that the color of their skin is a problem very often. We sail through police check points, don’t garner sideways glances in affluent neighborhoods, and are generally understood to be predispositioned for success based on a physical characteristic (the color of our skin) we have little control over beyond sunscreen and tanning oil.

After six years of working in and traveling through a number of different countries where white people are in the numerical minority, I’ve come to realize that there is one place being white is not only a hindrance, but negative –  most of the developing world.

Removing rocks from buckets of beans in Tanzania.

Removing rocks from buckets of beans in Tanzania.

In high school, I travelled to Tanzania as part of a school trip. There were 14 white girls, 1 black girl who, to her frustration, was called white by almost everyone we met in Tanzania, and a few teachers/chaperones…

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Kathy Hodge Show at The Bert Gallery

Kiersten Marek:

Kathy Hodge will be at the Bert Gallery from 2-4 with some of her fabulous paintings!

Originally posted on

Check it out!  We have a Kathy Hodge original!   Bert Gallery

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Kathy Hodge Show at The Bert Gallery

Check it out!  We have a Kathy Hodge original!  Bert Gallery

R.I. ACLU affiliate joins residents in suing Cranston over redistricting plan that counts inmates | Breaking News | | The Providence Journal

R.I. ACLU affiliate joins residents in suing Cranston over redistricting plan that counts inmates | Breaking News | | The Providence Journal.


News from the Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market:

Finally, we should have a clear, non-arctic evening for our market.  Come back and taste the goodness from our faithful vendors:  The Local Catch, Blue Skys Farm, PV Farmstand, Foremost Baking Company, Little Falls Cafe,  and (we hope) Presto Strange O coffee truck.  Our market table will feature products from Virginia & Spanish Peanut Company, Rhody Fresh butter and cheese, Fruit Hill Apiaries Honey and Barden Orchard apples.

New this week: Winter Chevre from Beltane Farm. Market regulars will fondly recall the delightful goat cheeses from Paul Trubey’s Lebanon CT farm, sold at our regular season market.  This chevre is described as follows:

“While our goats are on winter break from milking, our cow Betsey Bigelow provides the milk for this creamy, soft cheese with a velvety texture.”

We met Betsey, her new calf Penelope, and lots of goats at the farm when we went to pick up the cheeses.  She is a sweet girl, and her cheese is delicious.  Samples will be available tomorrow.

And we will have a familiar face behind the table at the Blue Skys Farm booth:  Chang Xiong of Pak Express will be subbing for Christina for the early part of the market.  Say hello to Chang and get a spring preview.

See you at the market.


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