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106  Sports / Baseball / Re: National League on: November 02, 2017, 02:43:58 AM
Well, the Dodgers made it all of the way to game seven of the World Series, and they managed to keep it sort of close. Darvish needs to be traded to another team.

The Dodgers did great, and there is always next year. They can be proud of what they accomplished.

Meanwhile, I feel good for the Astros who won their first World Series in Astro history. And Texas winning might be a bright spot for the hurricane victims.

Salute,

Tony V.
107  Science and Technology / Business and Technology / Re: Business and Technology on: November 02, 2017, 02:13:28 AM
They are training people to be sheet metal workers in Hollywood, and those are good union jobs.

Link...

http://local105.org/

Salute,

Tony V.
108  Home and Garden / Food Matters / Re: Food Matters on: October 31, 2017, 10:17:16 PM
Here is a recipe from the Star Wars newsletter, it looks pretty good so I thought that I would share it here.

FOR THE JEDI IT IS TIME TO EAT

As the colder months approach now is the perfect time to whip up something yummy befitting of a Jedi Master. Here's a tasty interpretation of "Yoda's Incredible Herb Stew" -- originally prepared exclusively for National Public Radio by noted gourmet chef and author, Craig Claiborne.

This recipe goes waaay back to 1983, when NPR debuted a new 10-part radio drama based on The Empire Strikes Back. Craig Claiborne was invited to create his own tasty version of "rootleaf," a succulent dish featured in both the film and radio versions. If you remember, "rootleaf" was prepared for Luke Skywalker by Yoda, the ancient Jedi Master.

We believe you'll find the following recipe a perfect food idea for eight hungry young Jedi. Kids should have adult supervision and assistance when making this meal.

3 pounds lean lamb or other meat
Salt to taste, if desired
Freshly ground pepper to taste
6 tablespoons light vegetable or other oil
6 cups finely chopped parsley
3 cups thinly sliced onions
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 tablespoons finely minced ginger root
1 teaspoon finely chopped seeded hot green or red chilies
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 bay leaf
3 pounds fresh spinach, well rinsed and tough stems removed.

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Cut the meat into one inch cubes, and add salt and pepper to taste.

2. Heat half the oil in a heavy skillet and add the meat, turning to brown the pieces on all sides.

3. Heat the remaining oil in a Dutch oven or heavy casserole and add parsley, onions and garlic. Cook, stirring often until the onions are wilted. Add the meat, coriander, cumin, turmeric, ginger root, chilies, cardamon, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaf, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir.

4. Add water to cover, bring to boil and cover tightly. Let simmer about 2 to 2 1/2 hours until the meat is quite tender.

5. Meanwhile, drop the spinach into a kettle of boiling water with salt to taste and let simmer about five minutes. Drain well and run under cold water. Drain thoroughly.

6. Squeeze the spinach to remove all excess liquid. Place the spinach on a chopping block and chop coarsely.

7. Add the spinach to the stew and stir. Let simmer together about five minutes.

Yield: Eight servings.

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Salute,

Tony V.
109  Science and Technology / Business and Technology / Re: Business and Technology on: October 31, 2017, 06:56:14 PM
It would be cool to open up my own network on the world wide web, I could have a network like My Space, with features like AOL. So you could do your social network,  and have your emails, and stuff, all on the same thing. You could have the great old features from My Space such as the "BROWSE" feature, to browse for friends, and that feature was great for bands, etc, that was where Pink and Lady Gaga and a lot of other stars got their start was on My Space, and you could have the great features from AOL such as secure emails, etc. It would be a great idea. You could get everything, all on one thing.

You could get people together to see which features they want, etc. People can have forums too, the thing could have everything.

The hard part would be to fund the start-up, and the rest would be easy. Everything is easy if you have money, and money buys connections.

Life is easier if you are smart.

Salute,

Tony V.
110  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: October 30, 2017, 01:21:00 PM
Quote
Go to the Viper Room,
Sure…..party down where River Phoenix O.D.’d….What other city can offer a Halloween venue like that?

They have a memorial at the Viper Room every year for River, out on the sidewalk where he died, there is always candles, flowers, photos, etc. River Phoenix is always remembered.

A local talent agent, Rod Baron of Baron Entertainment, used to throw parties every year at the Viper Room on Halloween, I used to always get me and a couple of buddies on the list, his parties were legendary, we always had a great time. The only bad thing about Hollywood though is the parking, thus you are better off just to get a limousine with your buddies, and of course with a chauffeur there is no one drinking and driving. Rod Baron moved to Las Vegas, and that was the end of his parties, but it was great while it lasted.

And yes, Halloween should not be about dying on the sidewalk, drugs suck. That is a great thing about simple marijuana, you can smoke until you are blue in the face and no one is going to die. Smoke a little weed with your buddies, have a few drinks, and live to party another night.

It looks like the Viper Room is going to have some punk bands on Halloween, that should be fun. It does not look like much is going on at the other clubs on Halloween, although you never know when it comes to Hollywood, anything could happen.

Salute,

Tony V.
111  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: October 29, 2017, 09:53:39 PM
My advice for Halloween, is to get a limousine with your friends and go to Hollywood. Go to the Viper Room, or the Whisky, or the Roxy, or the Troubadour, and just party and have fun. Hollywood is great during Halloween.

Salute,

Tony V.
112  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: October 29, 2017, 05:34:22 PM
As they rebuild Puerto Rico, they need to go with clean energy such as solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, etc, etc, etc, Puerto Rico needs to go with cleaner and more plentiful and cheaper energy.

Puerto Rico also needs to build a fiber optic network for communications.

Link...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiber-optic_communication

And they can also use the money from a recycling program to have free Wi-Fi for everyone, as some other areas have done. Bottles, cans, etc, can be recycled, with the money going for free Wi-Fi for everyone.

There are several things which could be done to improve Puerto Rico as they rebuild.

Salute,

Tony V.
113  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: October 27, 2017, 03:19:48 PM
Free Cash for Everyone? Stockton to Test Guaranteed Income Program

http://ktla.com/2017/10/27/free-cash-for-everyone-stockton-to-test-guaranteed-income-program/

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Right now the people of Alaska all get free money...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska_Permanent_Fund

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Combined with food stamps, and free school lunch programs for the children, giving people free money could really help to alleviate poverty. Then of course there are people on disability, and welfare, unemployment insurance, and Section 8 Housing, and Social Security, etc.

Of note, is that it costs more to send a person to prison than to send the person to Harvard, we need more Harvard graduates and fewer prisoners. Free money could reduce crime, and could create more productive citizens.

We know that there is no such thing as "free" money, and we have to worry about the tax burden on the working people, and the tax burden on employers, but if it lowers crime and reduces money spent on criminals, then maybe giving out money to people might be helpful.

Some people see a future where everything in the USA is imported, and a future where the USA does not have any jobs, and in such a future then they think that all Americans should receive free money as citizens.

I have mixed emotions, I believe that people should work for their money, but at the same time I hate poverty and I hate suffering. And of course we all hate crime. If we can reduce poverty, while reducing crime, then maybe giving free money should be considered. Maybe we can create a kinder and gentler society, with less poverty and less crime.

Salute,

Tony V.
114  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: October 26, 2017, 08:54:49 PM
Marco Rubio is still pushing for a child tax credit, he has been pushing for a child tax credit for a long time, and he realizes that for tax breaks to be meaningful then the tax breaks need to help working people with families. Ivanka Trump is also pushing for child tax breaks, and she is working hard to help women and families. Also of note, is that there needs to be larger tax breaks for an education as well. Sure, giving tax breaks to employers helps to create more jobs and helps to create higher paying jobs, but in order to really make tax breaks meaningful for the middle class, then there needs to be child tax breaks, and there needs to be tax breaks for an education.

Here is a You Tube video of Marco Rubio talking about child tax credits, with Ivanka...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krCNXj32qxA

Salute,

Tony V.
115  Arts / Celebreality / Re: Celebreality on: October 26, 2017, 04:52:03 PM
Exclusive: Prince Albert remembers his mother Grace Kelly's legacy 35 years after her death

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2017/10/26/exclusive-prince-albert-remembers-his-mother-grace-kellys-legacy-35-years-after-her-death/784826001/

Salute,

Tony V.
116  Arts / Theater / Re: Theater on: October 25, 2017, 09:12:38 PM
Here is an acting scene on You Tube of me doing the Second Chorus from Anouilh's Antigone. My Uncle Dennis was my cameraman (He died in January of 2012, I miss him). I did a few takes that I liked better, but this was one of the few that I made it all of the way through without any mistakes, all in 1 shot with zero editing and without a teleprompter, my Uncle Dennis got tired of shooting it, and so we had to settle on this take. I hope that you enjoy it. I will make more You Tube videos eventually.

"Antigone, an adaptation of Sophocles's classic produced in the context of the anti-fascist French resistance, is Jean Anouilh's (1910–1987) most often-produced work today. Antigone premiered in Paris in 1944, but Anouilh had written his tale of lone rebellion against the state two years earlier, inspired by an act of resistance during Paris's occupation by the Nazis. In August 1942, a young man named Paul Collette fired at and wounded a group of directors during a meeting of the collaborationist Légion des volontaires français. Collette did not belong to a Resistance network or organized political group, but acted entirely alone and in full knowledge of his certain death. For Anouilh, Collette's solitary act—at once heroic, gratuitous, and futile—captured the essence of tragedy and demanded an immediate revival of Antigone. Aware of Anouilh's thinly veiled attack on the Vichy government, the Nazis censored Antigone immediately upon its release. It premiered two years later at the Théâtre de l'Atelier in Paris under the direction of André Barsacq, a few months before Paris' liberation. The play starred (his wife) Monelle Valentin as the doomed princess."

Here is a link for the video:

http://youtu.be/2NnXQpikxyk

Hopefully you enjoy it.

Tout les meilleur,

Tony V.
117  International / Asia / Re: Asia on: October 25, 2017, 11:50:50 AM
China set to overtake UK for Australian wine

http://www.decanter.com/wine-news/australian-wine-in-china-exports-2015-289862/

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Wine to China

Trends and opportunities

The Market

https://www.austrade.gov.au/Australian/Export/Export-markets/Countries/China/Industries/wine

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Salute,

Tony V.
118  International / Asia / Re: Asia on: October 25, 2017, 11:36:44 AM
Some ideas for Australia...

Australia exports to China, China imports 4.4% of their imports from Australia. Australia can help to feed China, and Australia can also supply China with beer and wine. Then, as the workers of China begin to see wage increases then Australia will see increases in exports to China.

Also, Australia has gold. The people of India love jewelry. The Australians need to mine gold and make jewelry and export the jewelry to India. And as the economy in India improves, then Australia will export more goods to India.

Those are just a couple things that I noticed on the CIA World Factbook...

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/

China and India are huge, and Australia can do a lot of trade with them.

Salute,

Tony V.
119  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: October 25, 2017, 10:59:38 AM
Australia exports to China, China imports 4.4% of their imports from Australia. Australia can help to feed China, and Australia can also supply China with beer and wine. Then, as the workers of China begin to see wage increases then Australia will see increases in exports to China.

Also, Australia has gold. The people of India love jewelry. The Australians need to mine gold and make jewelry and export the jewelry to India. And as the economy in India improves, then Australia will export more goods to India.

Those are just a couple things that I noticed on the CIA World Factbook...

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/

China and India are huge, and Australia can do a lot of trade with them.

Salute,

Tony V.
120  National / Religion and Politics / Re: Religion and Politics on: October 25, 2017, 03:25:12 AM
Better Way Anaheim offers volunteer community service, help ending homelessness
 
http://www.anaheim.net/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1027

Salute,

Tony V.
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