Monday, January 27, 2014

Another Bean Soup

I need something, and I was feeling like a cheap bastard, so...
  • One can of black beans
  • One can of kidney beans
  • A couple of links of sausage (your choice, diced)
  • A tablespoon of fish sauce
  • Shell pasta (half a box of 
  • Oregano, basil, and pepper (cayenne, red, and black) to taste
Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer on low for 30 minutes or so.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Bean Soup

This is a pretty minor update. No pictures even. Still, I made a pretty decent little soup, so I wanted to get the process down somewhere.

  • One can of Goya pink beans with cilantro and onions (found at the international market; I'd never seen "pink beans" before, so I was curious)
  • One can of great northern beans, rinsed
  • One 14-oz can of chicken broth (use vegetable broth if you want it vegetarian)
  • One yellow onion
  • About one half of a bunch of cilantro
  • About one tablespoon of fish sauce (or soy sauce, to be vegetarian)
  • One cup of brown rice
  • Two cups of water
  1. I put the water and rice in one pot and started it cooking. Standard procedure there: bring it to a boil, then cover and simmer on low for twenty or more minutes (more like thirty for this rice).
  2. I put the beans, broth, and fish sauce in a separate pot over medium-high heat to get them started.
  3. I diced the onion and added it to the bean pot.
  4. I chopped the cilantro and added half of it (the more stemmy half) to the bean pot.
  5. After the beans come to a boil, simmer them covered on low while the rice cooks.
  6. When the rice is done, add it and the remaining cilantro to the beans and mix well.
I think it's pretty tasty.

Friday, January 03, 2014

A Nuclear Pile of Nonsense

Someone shared an article on Facebook titled “Underground Nuclear Explosion At Crippled Japan Atomic Plant Shocks The World. As I said on Facebook, you don’t need to know much about nuclear reactors to know it’s all false, but the more you know, the worse it gets. It appears to be a conspiracy crap website, although there’s always the possibility that it’s some kind of parody site. My best guess is that it’s a junk news source, much like the old Weekly World News.

According to this report, [Russian Ministry of Defense] “assests” associated with the Red Banner Pacific Fleet detected two “low-level” underground atomic explosions occurring in the Fukushima disaster zone on 31 December, the first measuring 5.1 magnitude in intensity, followed by a smaller 3.6 magnitude explosion moments later.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that there were no such explosions. Making an atomic explosion is extremely difficult when you are trying for one; it simply won’t happen accidentally. The fuel in this reactor was never “enriched” enough to explode, and even if it was, the conditions for starting such a chain reaction do not exist down in the wreckage of Fukushima. As the headline incident for this story is clearly made up, it follows that the rest of it is crap, too.

Important to note, this report continues, was that the architect of Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 3, Uehara Haruo, warned on 17 November 2011 warned that a “China Syndrome” (aka: Hydrovolcanic Explosion) was “inevitable” due to the melted atomic fuel that had escaped the container vessel and was now burning through the earth.

The Fukushima reactor core is still in the reactor building. Yes, it overheated and melted. No, it did not sink through the floor and start “burning through” the Earth. The graphic is particularly amusing. Even if the reactor core somehow melted through the Earth’s crust, the worst it would do is reach the center of the Earth and stop. There is no way it would ever swim back up through the mantle to re-emerge off the coast of Brazil.

Most curious to note, [the MoD] report continues, is that the United States appears to have had a more advanced notice of these underground nuclear explosions as evidenced by their purchase earlier this month (6 December) of 14 million doses of potassium iodide, the compound that protects the body from radioactive poisoning in the aftermath of severe nuclear accidents, to be delivered before the beginning of February 2014.

Oh look, a tiny shred of fact. One potential byproduct of a nuclear incident is radioactive isotopes of iodine. Those can be picked up by the human body and cause thyroid cancer, so iodide supplements may be given to people in the danger zone of a nuclear accident to keep them from absorbing radioactive iodine. I don’t believe for a second that the US made a big iodide purchase in early December, though.

With experts now estimating that the wave of radiation from Fukushima will be 10-times bigger than all of the radiation from the entire world’s nuclear tests throughout history combined, and with new reports stating that dangerous radiation levels have been detected in snows found in Texas, Colorado and Missouri, this MoD report warns the US, indeed, is going to face the severest consequences of this historic, and seemingly unstoppable, nuclear disaster.

Head for the hills! The sky is falling! We’re going to be hit with 750 Ridiculous Asian Danger units of fallout!

As to the American people being allowed to know the full and horrific mass death event now unfolding around them, this report warns, is not be as the Obama regime has, in effect, ordered all of their mainstream news media organs not to report it, and as recently confirmed by former MSNBC host Cenk Uygur who was told not to warn the public about the danger posed by the meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant during his time as a host on the cable network.

And, finally, we get the old “government cover up” ploy to paper over the fact that there is no evidence to support all of these ludicrous claims. The Weekly World News was just as absurd, but at least it was entertaining.

For extra brain death, read the comments.