Saturday, November 9, 2013

Grape Juice is good for what ails ya bubba

Grape Juice for a Healthy Heart
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Heather Reese
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Grape Juice for a Healthy Heart

I think that almost everyone is aware that drinking red wine can help your heart stay healthy. You may have even used that little nugget of science to justify a glass or two. I have to admit, I never understood why grape juice didn’t have the same heart health benefits that wine does. And now a recent study reports that in terms of heart health, grape juice and wine are quite similar.

The study found that certain kinds of grape juice can have protective effects against heart disease – similar to those you get from red wine. The flavonoids found in both grape juice and wine prevent the oxidationof your “lousy” cholesterol. This helps prevent the build up of plaque in theartery walls.

The study also found that the heart health benefits of grape juice extend a bit further than wine. Grape juice lowers your risk of developing blood clots, which contribute to heart attacks and stroke. And while red wine does the same, it only does so when consumed in large quantities. So you have to be intoxicated to reap this benefit of wine.

Grape juice also improves the functioning of cells in the blood vessel linings, and its antioxidants stay in the system longer than the ones from wine. However, the alcohol in red wine has been found to increase “healthy” cholesterol levels in the body, a benefit that grape juice does not provide.

It is important to note that not all grape juice is created equal. Purple juices are richer in antioxidant flavonoids than red or white varieties. And eating grapes won’t give you the same benefit as drinking theirjuice. When grape juice is made, the entire grape, including the skin and seeds, is crushed. It is the grape seed that is particularly high in these heart healthy flavonoids.

Remember that juice is high in calories and that one serving is only four ounces. Many people pour themselves an eight ounce glass of juice without realizing that they are actually drinking two servings. Over consumption of high calorie beverages can contribute to weight gain.
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(Its important for people to know the benefits of grape juice especially now because obamacare will begin to reduce the population by putting people in a cue that never is answered. Government health care will mean most people won't get any health care so they need to become much more aware of taking care of themselves. Obamacare is a death sentence to the elderly. It is a death sentence to America also!) Story Reports

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Chevy Volt Sales Plunge because almost nobody wants an obama car.

Chevy Volt Sales Plunge; Cost to Taxpayers $15 Million in October
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Mark Modica
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$35,000 a pop chevy volt. Cost to Taxpayers $15 Million in October.
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General Motors had another disappointing month of sales for its much-hyped green wonder-car in October. Sales for the Chevy Volt plunged over 31 percent from last year, down to 2,022 units for the month. To put that number in perspective, Toyota sells that many Toyota Camrys in about two days. Or, GM is selling less than one Volt per Chevy dealership per month.

Despite the dismal sales figures, the loss to taxpayers for federal tax credits of $7,500 per vehicle that go to the wealthy buyers of Volts tallies out to $15,165,000 in October. If GM had come anywhere close to its initial lofty sales goals for President Obama's favorite car (remember, he's promised to buy one in three more years!) the tax bill would have been ten times the amount. I guess this is one instance where taxpayers can be thankful that GM's false hope for the Volt did not pan out.
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The Volt is just far too expensive for many customers. The car gets about 94 miles per gallon, according to the EPA, but it starts at $39,195, and only upper-income buyers with a big tax bill can qualify for the $7,500 federal tax credit. As auto blogger Jonathan Welsh writes, “Even if you never used gasoline in the Volt, you’d wait about 12 years before you saved enough on gas to make up for the Volt’s price premium.” (The Volt has a gas engine that kicks in when the battery runs out.)

Rhe Volt is essentially a hybrid version of the Chevy Cruze, a compact car that gets around 40 miles per gallon but costs just half as much.

Corporate welfare on wheels, buying votes in a state vital to the President’s re-election. There is simply no way that GM can kill it.

Using conservative figures, the average Volt sits on the average dealer’s lot for 60 days.

Subsidizing well-off taxpayers. The Administration is doing everything it can to goose sales. The President’s new budget raises the subsidy paid to Volt buyers another 33%, to $10,000 per car in a direct tax credit. The median price of all the Volts on cars.com is $43,200. The average household income of Volt purchasers is in excess of $170,000, around the 93rd percentile. At the 28% tax bracket (married, filing jointly), this is equivalent to $36,000 of tax-free income. The car which is traded most for the Volt is none other than the Toyota Prius, which, according to most analyses, will not have been owned long enough to save in gas money the total premium paid for the car, compared to a comparable conventional vehicle.

Corporate cronyism and coercion. Last month, General Electric, whose CEO Jeffrey Immelt chairs the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, announced that all 2012 sedans ordered by employees for corporate use will be Volts. That’s Competitive! Beginning next January 1, GE will not reimburse employees for any corporate travel unless it is done in a Volt. If GE purchases the 12,000 Volts it is committed to buying, it will get a $120 million subsidy.
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(The chevy volt costs to much for most people even when most people are getting $7,500 from the government to buy the volt. Obama is all about giving out free money that is not free. American taxpayers are taxed to pay for the obama free money. Obama continues to steal your money via government laws and regulations. Obama is a thug that should be arrested for treason.) Story Reports


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

How to survive eating acorns


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How to Eat Acorns: The Ultimate Survival Food

Tim MacWelch

How to Eat Acorns

Acorns and other tree nuts are the most valuable food we can get from any wild plant. There are many different types of tree nuts that offer a great back-up food supply at home and in the wild. Black walnut, butternut walnut, pecan, hickory, beechnut, hazelnut and even Pine nuts can be eaten after picking the meat from shattered shells

The common and abundant acorn requires only a nut cracker. But these high calorie nuts were a staple crop to many of our ancestors around the Northern Hemisphere. Coming in at 2,000 calories per pound, this abundant food crop is too valuable to ignore. Just make sure you know an acorn from a buckeye, as buckeyes (and the very similar looking horse chestnut) are poisonous for people to eat.

To prepare palatable acorns, crack them out of their shell and break any large pieces into “pea-sized” chunks. Then soak these acorn chunks in water to remove the bitter and irritating tannic acid. Note that some books instruct us to boil acorns, but this locks in some of the bitterness. You’ll have the best results with warm water.

Soak the acorns for a few hours. If the water was safe to drink, taste a piece of acorn to see if it is still bitter. If you don’t like it, dump off the water (which should be brown like tea), add fresh warm water and soak the acorn pieces again for a few hours. Repeat this a time or two, or three depending on the acorn’s bitterness. Once they taste “OK” (read: bland), let them dry out for a few hours. Then you can run them through a grain grinder, flour mill, or the classic mortar and pestle to make acorn flour. Add this flour to existing recipes; or try your hand at making acorn porridge or hard, brown biscuits.
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(The point here is be aware of what you can eat in an emergency. Yes you can eat acorns if you know how to identify them and prepare them. You can also eat them in a non emergency.
This is something everyone should be aware of how to do, survive on the food outside your home if you can't get any food from the grocery store because martial law has been declared etc. Prepare now before its to late and you starve.)
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Acorns are quite nutritious. For example, the nutritional breakdown of acorns from the Q. alba, — the white oak — is 50.4% carbohydrates, 34.7% water, 4.7% fat, 4.4.% protein, 4.2% fiber, 1.6% ash. A pound of shelled acorns provide 1,265 calories, a 100 grams (3.5 ounces) has 500 calories and 30 grams of oil. During World War II Japanese school children collected over one million tons of acorns to help feed the nation as rice and flour supplies dwindled.

Oaks fall into two large categories, those that fruit in one season, white oaks, and those that fruit after two seasons, the black oaks and the red oaks. The latter category is far more bitter than the former. The first category have leaves with round lobes and no prickles at the end of the leaves. The black and red oaks have prickles at the end of their leaves. They also have scales on the cups of the acorns, hair inside the caps, and a sheath around the nut (which always throws a color even when the tannin is leached out.) Some times those in the first category don’t need any leaching, or very little. The rest always do. But first, clean the acorns.

To clean acorns dump them into water and separate the ones that float. Take the ones that sink and dry them in a frying pan on the stove or in the oven at 150F or less for 15 minutes, preheated. Or put them in the sun for a few days. You don’t want to cook them yet, just dry them off and shrink the nut inside making them a little easier to shell. The yield, not counting bad acorns, is 2:1. two gallons of usable acorns in the shell will yield a gallon of nutmeat.

There are three general ways to leach acorns. The least common way is to bury them whole in a river bank for a year, which turns them black and sweet, good for roasting. The other method is to grind them into a course meal and soak several days or weeks (depending on the species) in many changes of cold water until the water runs clear. These will be slightly bland but good for making acorn flour. (Sometimes the leached acorns will be dark but sweet afterwards.) The third way — boiling — is least preferred because if done wrong it will bind the tannins to the acorn and they will not lose their bitterness. Also, when you boil the acorns you also boil off the oil with the tannins, reducing their nutrition. That oil, however, is very nutritious. At this writing it is selling for $182 a gallon. You can make it for far less. There is actually a fourth method that requires lye but it is not commonly used.

Boiling speeds up the process but cooks the starch

The boiling process requires two pots of boiling water. Put the acorns in one pot of already boiling water until the water darkens. Pour off the water and put the hot acorns in the other pot of boiling water while you reheat the first pot with fresh water to boiling. You keep putting the acorns in new boiling water until the water runs clear. Putting boiled acorns into cold water will bind the tannins to the acorn and they will stay bitter. So always move them from one boiling bath to another. Putting acorns in cold water and bringing the water to a boil will also bind the tannin. So it is either use all cold water and a long soaking or all boiling water and just a few hours of cooking. There is one other difference between the two methods.

The temperature at which you process the acorns at any point is critical. Boiling water or roasting over 165º F precooks the starch in the acorn. Cold processing and low temperatures under 150 F does not cook the starch. Cold-water leached acorn meal thickens when cooked, hot-water leached acorn meal does not thicken or act as a binder (like eggs or gluten) when cooked. Your final use of the acorns should factor in how you will process them. If you are going to leach and roast whole for snacking then boiling is fine. If you are going to use the acorn for flour it should be cold processed, or you will have to add a binder.

Personally, I grind mine in a lot of water to a fine meal, let it set, then strain. I add more water to the meal, let set and strain. I do that until the water is clear or the meal not bitter. That takes a few days to a week. Then I dry it in the sun, unless there are squirrels about, then in a slow oven (under 150º F.) I end up with a meal or flour, depending on the grind, that will not crumble when cooked.

The finer acorns are ground the quicker they leach.

Many Native Americans preferred bitter acorns to sweet ones because they stored better. If after leaching there is just a hint of bitterness that can sometimes be removed by soaking the acorns in milk for a while. The protein in the milk will bind with the tannin in the acorns and can be poured off, if there is just a little. To get oil from the cold-leached acorns, boil them. The oil will rise to the top of the water. Also, charred acorns can be used as a substitute for coffee but really nothing is a substitute for coffee.

Whole leached acorns can be roasted for an hour at 350º F, coarsely ground leached acorns slightly less time. They can then be eaten or ground into non-binding flour. To make a flour out of your whole or coarsely ground acorns, toss them in a blender or food processor. Strain the results through a strainer to take out the larger pieces then reduce them as well. Acorn flour has no gluten so it is usually mixed 50/50 with wheat flour. Since acorn flour is high in oil it needs to be stored carefully and not allowed to go rancid. Remember cold processed acorn flour has more binding capacity than heat processed acorn flour.

Live Oak acorns top the food list for birds such as wood ducks, wild turkeys, quail and jays. Squirrels, raccoons and whitetail deer also like them, sometimes to the point of being 25% of their fall diet. Interestingly, the tannin tends to be in the bottom half of the acorn which is why you will often see a squirrel eat only the upper half of the acorn. Squirrels are also not fools. They will eat all of a white acorn when they find one because it is the least bitter. They will bury the very bitter red and black acorns so over time some of the bitterness is leached into the soil. Raiding a squirrel’s hoard will get bitter acorns. By the way, acorns shells and unleached nutmeat have gallotannins which are toxic to cattle, sheep, goats, horses and dogs.

If you use the boiling method don’t throw away the tannic water. The water has a variety of uses. With a mordant it can be used to dye clothing. The tannic acid also makes a good laundry detergent. Two cups to each load but it will color whites temporarily a slightly tan color. Tannic water is antiviral and antiseptic. It can be used as a wash for skin rashes, skin irritations, burns, cuts, abrasions and poison ivy. While you can pour the tannic water over poison ivy, if you have the luxury freeze the brown water in ice cube trays and use the cubes on the ivy eruption.

If you have a sore throat you can even gargled with tannic water or use it as a mild tea for diarrhea and dysentery. Externally dark tannic water can be used on hemorrhoids. Hides soaked in tannic water make better leather clothing. Using the brown water turned hides tan colored and that is why it is called tanning and from there we get the words tannins and tannic. In traditional tanning methods, whole hides are soaked in a vat of tannin water for a full year before being processed.

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Acorn Bread

2 cups acorn flour

2 cups cattail or white flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

1/3 cup maple syrup or sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup milk

3 tablespoons olive

Bake in pan for 30 minutes or until done at 400 degrees.

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Tannic acid irritates the kidneys. At some point irritation become a toxic issue. This is why they are leached. White oak acorns are safe if they are low in tannins, but usually they have to be leached. Fungi is usually not an issue.

Acorns: The Inside Story

Eat the weeds and other things. eattheweeds.com
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Here are some tips on looking for that honey hole where there may well be abundant acorns, even in a year of near total failure of the acorn crop overall. When frost is to blame there are always some areas that for any of several reasons will still have acorns. For example, have you ever noticed that during cold weather a heavy dense fog develops around the lakes? That fog layer can protect those oak trees from frost damage. Check the oaks around the lakes, ponds and rivers.

In survival its all about knowing how. Acorns make an excellent bread. After washing several times to the the bitter tannin out.

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Nuts that can be consumed raw, such as hazelnuts, walnuts, and pecans, contain high amounts of tannins. Almonds have a lower content. Tannin concentration in the crude extract of these nuts did not directly translate to the same relationships for the condensed fraction.

Acorns contain such high concentrations of tannins that they must be processed before they can be consumed safely.

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When incubated with red grape juice and red wines with a high content of condensed tannins, the poliovirus, herpes simplex virus, and various enteric viruses are inactivated.

^ Bajaj, Y. P. S. (1988). Medicinal and aromatic plants. Biotechnology in agriculture and forestry 24. Berlin: Springer-Verlag. ISBN 0-387-56008-4.
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The term tannin (from tanna, an Old High German word for oak or fir tree, as in Tannenbaum) refers to the use of wood tannins from oak in tanning animal hides into leather; hence the words "tan" and "tanning" for the treatment of leather. However, the term "tannin" by extension is widely applied to any large polyphenolic compound containing sufficient hydroxyls and other suitable groups (such as carboxyls) to form strong complexes with various macromolecules.
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Big Mac Attack

Woman runs over boyfriend 3 times for McDonald's
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Crystal Greer Brooks, 33
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Crystal big mac attack
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After an evening out drinking, a Tennessee woman became so angry with her live-in boyfriend for failing to make a McDonald’s pit stop that she struck him three times with his own vehicle.

Crystal Greer Brooks, 33, Santiago Hernandez, 41, and a second man were traveling in Hernandez’s truck early Thursday morning when Brooks got mad because “they didn’t stop at McDonald’s,” according to a Kingsport Police Department report.

Brooks demanded that Hernandez pull over. When he complied, Brooks replaced him in the driver’s seat of the Chevrolet S-10. While Hernandez was standing in front of the truck, Brooks drove into him, knocking the father of her child to the ground. She then “pulled forward and struck him 2 more times with the truck,” police charge.

A responding officer noted that Hernandez had abrasions on his arm and back, and his “clothing appeared torn, consistent with being dragged on the pavement.” Brooks denied plowing into Hernandez, claiming that he had actually jumped on the truck’s hood.
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some comments

I like Micky D's fries too but dang!

She sounds like a real winner. But you have to give her marks for brand loyalty.

After the assault, the police found Sweet Crystal exiting Walmart and arrested her there!
I hope her boyfriend doesn't get rid of her. She sounds like she is a good catch! The boyfriend's name wasn't mentioned. IS THAT YOU SUGAR BEAR?!?!?!?!

Wish she would have gotten his McNuggets so they can't ever breed.

I'm willing to bet her nickname is, "Big Mac"

McDonald's wasn't "his kind of place."

Wow. He really wanted that McRib but now it's broken.

Cheit man i just wanted a Burito wif re fried beans?

You Deserve A Brake Today.

She is white ...her boyfriend is spanish who barely speaks english according to other news stories and her mugshot. the police could barely understand what he was saying...maybe he didn't understand she wanted to go to mcdonalds/

Just another hit and run but this time it was the illegal alien that got hit.

Sounds like she was driving the point home . Period

Will they send her up to the Ronald McDonald House for a period of rehab?

McD's takes EBT?

Somebody is not getting their happy meal.

He wanted an order of plain fries, but he got a salted.

White woman. Illegal alien boyfriend. Fresh replacement making way over border now.

Big momma strikes again.

She was texting to get an update on her EBT card at the time. A common mistake.

Trollin at it's finest

She probably could have run him down without the truck!
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(If she had known the macdonalds had a drive through she could have got pedro and herself happy meals.) Story Reports

Monday, November 4, 2013

Apple cider vinegar and honey remedy for what ails ya


Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey Remedy
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Apple cider vinegar and honey remedy
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Benefits of honey
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The health benefits of the apple cider vinegar and honey drink are widely known. This recipe has traditionally been used as an at-home self remedy for many ailments, and even as an anti-aging elixir. Many people have recognised and made use of its cleansing and disinfecting properties to self-detoxify their body. It is seen as a powerful cleansing agent and natural healing elixir with naturally occurring antibiotic and antiseptic that fights germs and bacteria.

A person's bloodstream tends toward becoming acidic with our modern diet of fats, starches and processed foods, (e.g fast foods, meats, peanuts, seafoods, alcohol and coffee)and if your body is acidic, disease can flourish; if it is alkaline, it is in balance and can fight off germs and ailments such as bladder and kidney conditions, osteoporosis, brittle bones, joint pains, aching muscles, low energy and chronic fatigue, and slow digestion.

Raw fruits, leafy green vegetables, legumes, and tea are examples of alkaline forming or promoting foods. Interestingly and ironically, a food's acid or alkaline-forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. For instance, lemons and limes are very acidic, however the end-products they produce after digestion and assimilation are very alkaline so lemons and limes are alkaline-forming in the body.

Likewise, meat will test alkaline before digestion but it leaves very acidic residue in the body so, like nearly all animal products, meat is very acid-forming. It is important to know that stomach acid or the pH of the stomach is an entirely different matter from the pH of the body's fluids and tissues. The body has an acid-alkaline (or acid-base) ratio called the pH which is a balance between positively charges ions (acid-forming) and negatively charged ions (alkaline-forming).

When this balance is compromised many problems can occur. The body is forced to borrow minerals—including calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium from vital organs and bones to neutralize the acid and safely remove it from the body. And severe damage can be done to the body due to high acidity. Ideally, for most people, the ideal diet is 75 percent alkalizing and 25 percent acidifying foods by volume. Allergic reactions and other forms of stress also tend to produce excessive acids in the body.

The alkaline-forming ability of apple cider vinegar can correct excess acidity in our system and help prevent and fight infection.
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(This simple home remedy will do more for you than obamacare ever will.) Story Reports