THE JOY OF VINEGAR

For 10,000 years vinegar has served as a preservative, condiment, beauty aid, cleaning agent and medicine.  In the year 400 BC Hippocrates, the father of Medicine, used vinegar to treat his patients.  This naturally occurring germ killer was one of the very first medicines.

  1. VEGETABLES.  Liven up slightly wilted vegetables by soaking them in cold water and vinegar.

  2. FLOWERS.  Add two tablespoons of vinegar plus three tablespoons of sugar to a quart of warm water to keep fresh cut flowers blooming longer.

  3. CABBAGE.  Add vinegar to the cooking water of boiling cabbage to prevent the odor from permeating the house.

  4. MEAT.  A marinade of 1/2 cup of your favorite vinegar and a cup of liquid bouillon makes an effective meat tenderizer.

  5. RICE.  A teaspoon of vinegar added to the water of boiling rice makes it white and fluffy.

  6. FISH.  Reduce fishy odors by rubbing fish down with white distilled vinegar before scaling it.

  7. CHEESE.  Keep cheese moist and fresh by wrapping it in a cloth that has been dampened with vinegar and sealed in a air-tight wrap or container.

  8. EGGS.  To produce better-formed egg whites, add a teaspoon of vinegar to the water.

  9. ONION ODORS.  Quickly remove the odor of onions from your hands by rubbing them with distilled vinegar.

  10. PICKLING.  Cider, Red Wine, Balsamic and other dark vinegars are very good for pickling, but may discolor lighter colored pickles such as pears, onions or cauliflowers.  In this case, a distilled or white vinegar may be preferred.

  11. GLASSWARE.  1/2 cup of distilled vinegar added to a gallon of rinse water will remove soap film from glassware and make it shine.

  12. TOILET BOWL.  Clean and deodorize your toiled bowl by pouring undiluted white distilled vinegar into it.  Let it stand for about five minutes then flush.  Stubborn stains may require scrubbing.

  13. BATHTUB.  Wipe down bathtub with vinegar and soda to remove film buildup.  Rinse clean with water.

  14. ANTS.  Ant invasions can be deterred by washing countertops, cabinets and floors with distilled vinegar.

  15. GREASE.  Filmy dirt and greasy residue can be removed from stove and refrigerator by wiping with vinegar.

  16. GRASS or WEEDS.  Kill unwanted grass on sidewalks and driveways by pouring on vinegar.

  17. CHROME.  To polish chrome and stainless steel, moisten a cloth with white vinegar and wipe clean.

  18. SHOWER CURTAIN.  Rub a cloth dampened with vinegar to remove soapy, steamed-in film and mildew from your plastic shower curtain.  Then rinse clean.

  19. COFFEE MAKER.  To remove stale coffee residue, fill the reservoir with vinegar and run it through a brewing cycle.  When cycle is finished, run two cycles of water to rinse.

  20.  IRONS.  Remove burns stains from your electric iron by mixing one part salt with one part vinegar in.

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Oil and Global Warming

September 2004 President bush says to group of big time supporters “I’m going to push nuclear energy, drilling in Alaska and clean coal.  Some nuclear-fusion technologies are interesting.”(( Please note, the point of my story 1979 – Of Art, the Ayatollah, Oil, Mellon & Fusion is to promote energy alternatives such as Argonne National Laboratory’s Dr. Ronald Martin’s inertial confinement fusion program (Heavy Ion Fusion).  In 1979 the US Department of Energy took away Dr. Martin’s $5.5 million budget and gave it to the University of California at Berkeley.  To date, Berkeley has spent about $100 million and their program and gotten nowhere))…ion fusion

Dr. Martin’s  11/1/06 letter:  “I’m still very much interested in Heavy Ion Fusion.  I believe it can supply the worlds’ energy and do away with the dependence on oil, but very little seems to be going on.  The focus on renewable energy is okay and valuable but will not be adequate to produce the 3 terrawatts the United States needs.  That’s part of the problem:  few people state quantatively the amount of energy any technology can produce, and don’t understand how much 3 TW is.  For instance – the United states has about 100 nuclear plants at about 1000 megawatts each — that’s 0.1 TW.  So even expanding nuclear energy to 3 TW would be a problem with the present technology.  The jest of the problem:  efficient nuclear energy (fusion) = 10 million times more energy per gram of fuel than chemical energy (coal, oil, gas). Data by Electrical talk – Electrician Wenatchee.   That huge factor should not be ignored.”

 

War Era Cartoons

Axis of Evil:  Iran – US supported Shah till l979 Iranian Revolution.  Iraq attacked Iran, and through US and Russian military supplies and intelligence kept Iran at bay.  The US told Iraq to pay back monies after war with Iran ended; Iraq said no way; and invaded Kuwait, thus resulting in 1991 Iraq war leaving Saddam Hussein in power.  2/10/03  NUCLEAR POWER:  Iran says it has developed ability to fuel nuclear plants but won’t seek weapons.   Iran is seeking Western help in building such nuclear plants for future electrical needs.  The UN Iranian ambassador says Iran will be using 1/2 of its own oil by 2020; will need other energy sources; is cognizant of oil running out; global warming; and need for alternative energy sources.  

 Iraq – Bush administration  replays  Father Bush’s 1991 Gulf War  but  to occupy Iraq for its oil, under the guise of Weapons of Mass Destruction, to free the Iraqi people from the dictator Saddam Hussein, and to impose American “Democratic”  institutions on a Muslim Country by “Christian” Americans who don’t speak or read Arabic.. 9/7/03  The Bush administration received  $87 Billion to cover one year’s expense for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan..  Someone at The New York Times described the Bush wars as “the Middle East has become what Southeast Asia was in his (Bush) youth – where dominos could not be allowed to fall  — ideology could not be permitted to take hold and spread.”

1/30/04  Saddam Hussein has been captured.  The United States’ chief weapons inspector Dr. David A. Kay has resigned and told Congress “We were all wrong…there were no Weapons of Mass Destruction to be found in Iraq.. .”  (Saddam Hussein had and used WMD during the Iran/Iraq war and used them on the Iranians and Kurds with the help of the United States Reagan/Bush I administration.)  After the 1991 Gulf War,  sanctions and oversight was provided by the UN to stop such WMD programs. The Iraqi  Shiite majority has told the US occupiers…if you want a democracy ….we’ll give you a democracy, and are demanding elections.  The Bush Administration begged the United Nations to go into Iraq and see if such elections are possible by the June deadline.  

3/15/03  Roger Morris, Richard Nixon biographer, reports that 40 years ago under the CIA President Kennedy conducted his own regime change in Baghdad, carried out in collaboration with Saddam Hussein.

North Korea – North Korea and Pakistan barter missiles and nuclear technology.  North Korea regular customers are Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Egypt.

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Pentagon approved Islamic (5/5/02) countries: Indonesia, Morocco, Jordan, Pakistan and Turkey 

Vivian Westerman Art

Vivian Westerman is 60 years old and  worked as a Portrait Artist/Cartoonist on Jackson Square, the French Quarter, in New Orleans, Louisiana for 10 years.   2003 update:  Councilperson Jackie Clarkson has created an “Artist Zone” on Jackson Square, which was endorsed unanimously by the City Council of the City of New Orleans.  A Federal Judge rules that such Artist Zone excluding Tarot Card Readers is unconstitutional, and the case goes to Court in February, 2004.  I returned to working on Jackson Square in September; it was so beautiful, peaceful and inspirational working amongst the artists; but now Jackson Square is once again crawling with the Tarot Card cockroaches.  The ambience is gone.  The beauty is gone.  The joy of going to work is gone.

 My work experience began with insurance in Dallas, Texas, and  then onto New York City as a stewardess for American Airlines.  My main interest has always been politics, and I worked for the Rockefeller Presidential Campaign in NYC in 1964 (read my story at 1964 – Rockefeller Presidential Campaign); for CBS Network News; and then onto Washington, D.C. to the 1968 Humphrey Presidential Campaign (read my story at 1968 – Where were you? Humphrey Presidential Campaign). The era was the Vietnam War. 

I have worked for major political figures, and as a legal secretary part-time  for 10 of the 20th largest law firms in the country.    In 1977 while living in Washington, D.C., I pursued and received a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism and wrote a series of articles on the practices of the National Zoo  and the Smithsonian Institution (read my story at 1977 – National Zoo).

My interest in science  was heightened by meeting some very interesting  nuclear scientists who worked at Argonne National Laboratory (see: http://www.anl.gov), outside of Chicago, Illinois.  I tried to understand science secrets in 1979 (see my story at 1979 – Of Art, the Ayatollah, Oil, Mellon & Fusion).