Simple, Quick & Good

On one of those nights when you’re tired and want something kind of light, it helps to have a few simple ingredients in the fridge and pantry. First, cook up some packaged fresh tortellini in boiling water in a medium saucepan. Drain, quickly run cool water over it and transfer to a glass serving bowl. Heat about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil in a nonstick frying pan on over a high flame. When it’s good and hot, add 2-3 sections of sliced garlic, 2 tablespoons of capers, and a can of drained, pitted California olives. Stir rapidly and allow all to get warm, for about a minute or two. Add sea salt to taste as you’re stirring. The idea is just to warm the ingredients enough to where the flavors are released and blended–don’t allow anything to burn or get crispy. During the last several seconds, add sliced baby tomatoes. Pour the heated mixture over the tortellini.

Serve warm with steamed asparagus. Yum.

This can be paired with a delectable salad made of fresh baby lettuce, pear tomatoes, sliced Persian cucumbers, and blueberries (I found all of thes ingredients at Trader Joe’s.). This salad is so good, it doesn’t need dressing. Or, you can add a scant tablespoon of your favorite vinaigrette. A tangy variation is to add tangerine slices to the mix. In addition to being delicious, these dishes are very nutritious and low in fat. Again, yum.

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Is Half Moon Bay Radioactive?

There has been little to no coverage in local mainstream media about the radioactive plume from the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, that has now reached the California coastline. While some posts on popular Internet sites have dealt with this extremely important worldwide environmental crisis, they are generally very dismissive of the hazards we face (characteristically pointing to dilution of radioactive effluents, and claiming that the levels “pose no risk”, without delivering any hard facts about concentrations.) We remain blissfully unaware of any of the crucial data. How is radiation measured? What are the units? What effect does exposure to radioactive isotopes have on various body tissues? More importantly, what can we do to protect ourselves from exposure, which accumulates in our bodies over time, and which leads to cancers and other long-term disorders? Read this paper, released 3 years after the the Daiichi Power Plant in Fukushima failed. It is a tragic comedy of errors, lack of communication, and misinformation. How long will it be before we are awakened to the truth about what is already happening on our shores?

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Vernon Radiation Safety

I finally found this video. It shows a man with an Inspector Geiger Counter (average cpm about 30) walking on the beach. He demonstrates how the counts are highest near to the water, with counts up to 150 cpm.   I have discussed this in a previous blog, and this is the evidence.   Experts have predicted that a plume is coming, and this is what it would look like using a Geiger Counter.   I will look for future reports, and keep you posted.

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100-tonne radioactive water leak at Fukushima nuclear plant

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Click here to read about the latest in the ongoing nuclear catastrophe at Fukushima.

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water-radiationTEPCO discovers 100-tonne radioactive water leak at Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan  ABC Radio Australia, 20 February 2014 , A new leak of 100 tonnes of highly radioactive water has been discovered at Fukushima after TEPCO revealed only one of nine thermometers in a crippled reactor was still working. A new leak of 100 tonnes of highly radioactive water has been discovered at Fukushima, the plant’s operator said after it revealed only one of nine thermometers in a crippled reactor was still working.

The tank, one of hundreds at the site that are used to store water contaminated during the process of cooling broken reactors, sits about 700 metres from the shore. A spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power says the toxic water is no longer escaping from a storage tank and is likely contained, but the news is a further blow to the company’s already-battered reputation for safety…….

The tank holds water…

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Addicted to Adulation?

(The What, the Why, and the How of Good Writing)

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A few days ago I posted a poem entitled “outdoor backstroke” on my blog “From Under the Pages.” For some reason, my blog readership the following two days shot up to almost 300 percent the previous weekly average. I got a “spike in stats” notice from WordPress: my hourly views had reached 50 times the previous average. I kept getting those lovely little orange “like” stars and “follower” symbols on my dashboard. I drank it up. “People really like my writing!” I told myself. It really felt good.

I derived an unexpected feeling of gratification, even pleasure, from this sudden surge of approval. It compelled me to check my dashboard every few minutes to see who else was following, and how many more likes I had gotten. And in the midst of it, I noticed how dependent I seemed to be getting on those little orange stars and plus signs. They signaled approbation, encouragement, even… love? They satisfied some inner desire, some overlooked need, some obscured, ravenous, approval-mongering id.

I even felt the temptation to try to replicate my newfound success by giving my readers more of what they liked–just so I could get more cascading stars and plus signs.

Whoa.

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From Under the Pages

Clouds
seasonless california february:
almost warm, but
a grizzled hint of chill ingratiates
the lukewarm clear water.
still, you quiver once on immersion.

backstroking
gliding like a fish,
effortless arcs,
one sinewy arm
rotating
after the other,
feet ripple like happy mermaid fins

gray-washed, above
airplane height
a dance of crows and sparrows
black against bright billows
swoop and hover

the air and water welcome you
as family
as you breathe
and you are free

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Watch this video. Does Congress have any idea what it’s approving? One wonders whether this is an H.G. Wells-type mass hysteria ploy (War of the Worlds), an Orson Scott Card novel (Ender’s Game), or simply a grab for unbridled military spending and authority. (Note that the terms “terrorist” and “other-worldly” are used interchangeably in the video.) What do you think?

The Water Doesn’t Know

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I wrote this poem on March 11,  2011, the day of the terrible tsunami in Japan that damaged the Daichi nuclear facility in Fukushima. Despite what we are not hearing in the media, the plant is now spewing out much more deadly radiation into the Pacific Ocean than at the time of the accident. We are all connected by the oceans. This is a global disaster, and a legacy that we are all living right now.
 

The water doesn’t know

why it has been beckoned to swell and rise,

rear up high and crash, carrying destruction in its surge,

destitution in its wake.

The uranium atoms don’t know

why they have been pressured unbearably

to split and heat and vaporize the water,

yet they split; they have no choice.

The people don’t know

why the magma of the earth sighs, groans, and shakes as if in troubled sleep

to beckon and push

the water.

Nor do the people know,

in their newfound respect for the magma and the water,

why they were once so sure that they did know

how to tame an atom

that they made wild.

The people on the other side of the ocean don’t know

that the atoms, bleeding radiation, are even now crossing the water

to visit their shores, their rivers, their drinking glasses.

Do they?

“ The World Health Organization stated that a 2013 thyroid ultrasound screening programme … found that more than a third (36%) of children in the [Fukushima] Prefecture have abnormal growths in their thyroid glands …”
(Wikipedia: Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster)

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