Coconut Almond Cranberry Macaroons — Chocolate Dipped!

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Why PBS/WNET Returned $3.5 Million to John Arnold’s Foundation

Kiersten Marek:

Woo-hoo — another win for pushing back on 1% influence!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Investigative Journalist David Sirota wrote a brilliant series of articles about PBS taking $3.5 million about pension reform from the foundation of billionaire JohnArnold, a former Enron trader. After stonewalling, PBS decided there was a perception of conflict of interest since Arnold has been a prominent figure in the public debate about public pensions. And PBS returned the money.

Here is an analysis of the imbroglio by Felix Salmon of Reuters. It is an open secret that PBS has become heavily dependent on corporate funding, as Salmon notes here:

“There’s a whole world of subtext in that phrase, “we thought we were following the guidelines” — a lot of which my former boss Jim Ledbetter teased out in his 1997 book Made Possible By…: The Death of Public Broadcasting in the United States. The big problem is that public broadcasting has become dependent on corporate financing — and has become…

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eBook Publishing Made Easy: Google Docs + Sigil + Calibre

Kiersten Marek:

My latest project…

Originally posted on Rich McCue v4.0:

How hard could it be?  Those are usually the last words I utter before descending into a quagmire of technical pain as I work through how to use and master a new technology. Fortunately this time, making an eBook and related hard copy book turned out to be a straightforward and fairly easy process to master… once all the appropriate tools were identified and lined up, that is. An added bonus is that all the software is free to download and use on both Windows, Mac and Linux computers.

This project started a couple of months ago when a coworker kindly suggested that I write a paper based on a presentation I give to classes of law students on software tools for research and collaboration: Research & Collaboration Tools for Students, Staff & Faculty: Creating a Modern Memex. With that encouragement I started writing with my current favourite writing…

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America’s deportation machine: The great expulsion | The Economist

This is a complex issue.

America’s deportation machine: The great expulsion | The Economist.

Fudgy Chocolate Brownies (Gluten Free)

Kiersten Marek:

I might have to try this one.

Originally posted on Sincerely, Alex.:

Fudgy Chocolate delicious gluten free brownies @Sincerely, Alex.

I am all about clean eating, but even I need a chocolate fix once in a while. Since I actually don’t crave sweets all that often (I’m more of a salty person), when I do eat sweets it’s go big or go home. I decided to go with a recipe I’ve made a few times before: it’s chocolatey, easy, and doesn’t require too many shopping ingredients. PLUS I had a fantastic Lindtt Fleur de Sel Chocolate bar just dying to be used.

Here’s my interpretation of these gluten-free DELICIOUS chocolate goodness brownies.

Fudgy Chocolate delicious gluten free brownies @Sincerely, Alex.

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs, ½ cup of vegetable oil+ 2 Tbsp
  • 1 ¼ cup sugar, ¾ cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • ½ cup coconut flour OR rice flour
  • 1 bar of chocolate, chopped OR 1 cup of chocolate chips

Fudgy Chocolate delicious gluten free brownies @Sincerely, Alex.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8×8 glass pan.

Put oil, sugar…

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Bacon Squash Succotash–Refrigerator Wars Battle 1

Kiersten Marek:

This looks good!

Originally posted on The Naturopathic Table:

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Bacon Squash Succotash

This dish is the result of what I call the first battle of the refrigerator wars. Reminiscent of looking into a full closet without the faintest idea of what to wear, the refrigerator wars is the kitchen analogy. Why do I have so much food in the pantry and the refrigerator, but I have nothing to eat? The solution to this problem, which everyone faces, can be answered in a variety of ways. The easy solution is to go out to eat or make convenience food out of a box or a can. The overachiever will solve this issue by going to the store and buying all the ingredients for a recipe that is appealing during this desperate hour. The defeated solution is to not appeal to the appetite, and munch on whatever you can–a nut, a tortilla chip with ketchup, dry ramen, whatever. But the winner…

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Imbolc 2014: Facts, Dates, Traditions And Rituals To Know

Happy Imbolc, Friends!

Imbolc 2014: Facts, Dates, Traditions And Rituals To Know.

America’s disappearing middle class

Originally posted on Economy:

Fewer and fewer people are feeling middle class these days.

The share of Americans who describe themselves as middle class has taken a tumble, while the percentage who identify as lower class has soared over the past six years, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center/USA Today. The share of Americans who consider themselves upper class has also shrunk.

This downward shift is likely due to falling wages and the weak job market, said Rakesh Kochhar, associate director for research at the Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project. The survey notes that median household income fell from $55,627 in 2007 to $51,017 in 2012, the most recent Census data available. And employment in middle-skill jobs increased only 46% between 1980 and 2009, compared to 110% for low-skill jobs, according to a New York Federal Reserve Bank analysis.

“Despite the economic recovery, the economic mood continues to head…

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Pete Seeger’s 1966 Documentary Film About Texas Prison Work Songs

Originally posted on Prison Photography:

 

REST IN PEACE, PETE

Musician, folklorist and champion of the vernacular Pete Seeger died Monday. His legacy is formidable. The New York Times wrote:

His agenda paralleled the concerns of the American left: He sang for the labor movement in the 1940s and 1950s, for civil rights marches and anti-Vietnam War rallies in the 1960s, and for environmental and antiwar causes in the 1970s and beyond. “We Shall Overcome,” which Mr. Seeger adapted from old spirituals, became a civil rights anthem.

Part of Seeger’s widespread collection of folk songs took him, in March 1966, to the Ellis Unit of Huntsville Prison in Texas.

He traveled south with his wife and constant ally Toshi and their son Daniel. Bruce Jackson also joined them.

Afro-American Work Songs In a Texas Prison (30 mins.) documents the music African American prisoners used to survive the grueling work demanded of them. The prison work…

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Rhode Island Town Says No to Common Core Testing

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

The school committee of Tobrtton, Rhode Island, voted 4-1 to delay Common Core testing.

The state education department insisted that Rhode Island educators were deeply involved in the creation of the standards.

“In its resolution, the committee states that that local school committees, teachers and parents were not involved in the development of the Common Core, a set of education standards developed the National Governors Association and the most of the nation’s state school commissioners.
The state Department of Education, however, says that several Rhode Island educators served on the national committees that reviewed the standards. RIDE also said that public meetings were held in 2009 and 2010, before the standards were adopted.”

Does RIDE mean it is too late to step back as citizens learn more?

Whatever happened to critical thinking?

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