Thursday, February 28, 2008

Bye Boyd



Figured I'd pay my respects to a car guy that hit the top, went to the bottom, and was back on top with the TV show 'American Hot Rod'.

Complete story here.



DEN said...

Cars instead of crooks today.

Sorry, I'm a motorhead first before a political curmudgeon.

Coffee still in the corner, organic pastries on the side.

Dig in!

Saladin said...

How to grow fantastic vegan food

Windowsill Gardening,
by Pauline Lloyd
From Growing Green International 9

Don't worry if you haven't got a garden or allotment! For a surprising amount of food can be produced indoors, vegan organically, either on your windowsill or on a well-lit kitchen surface.

The following plants will all do well indoors:

Salad greens are easy to grow and can be produced all the year round indoors, ever so cheaply. So, the next time you buy fruit and vegetables, save any empty plastic punnets as these are ideal for this purpose. You will need to line the base of the punnet with several layers of paper kitchen towel and this should be dampened with water before sprinkling on the seeds. Try using rape, mustard or cress seeds which should all grow well.

After sowing the seeds, place the punnet in a brown paper bag and keep it in a dark cupboard, perhaps underneath the sink, until the seeds have germinated and the seedlings are an inch or so high. Then it can be brought out into the daylight and the bag removed. But don't place it on a very sunny windowsill, or the seedlings will dry out too rapidly and become stressed.

You should check the seedlings regularly to make sure that the paper is still damp and water or spray if necessary. When they are about 2-3 inches high, the seedlings can be cut off with scissors, rinsed and used as a tasty garnish for salads or sandwiches. Alternatively, buckwheat and sunflower greens make an excellent substitute for lettuce. These grow well in small plastic trays and the sorts of trays that can sometimes buy mushrooms in are ideal.

Soak the seeds (which should still have their shells on) in a jam jar for 12 hours, then drain off the water and leave the seeds to sprout for a day before sowing. To sow: Place a layer of soil (or potting compost) in the plastic tray and distribute the seeds evenly on the surface, covering them with a thin layer of soil. Dampen the soil daily. The greens should be ready for harvesting in about 7 days and are also easily harvested with scissors.

Wheatgrass also grows well in trays and can be grown either on soil or on dampened kitchen towels. However, wheatgrass is usually juiced in a special juicer, rather than eaten, although you can also chew it like gum! Wheatgrass juice has many amazing curative properties and it is full of vitamins, minerals and enzymes and of course chlorophyll. I would recommend that you read Ann Wigmore's book, The Wheatgrass Book, if you want to find out more about how to grow it and about its medicinal properties.
Many grains, pulses, nuts and seeds can be sprouted and are easily grown indoors on a windowsill, either in trays or in special sprouting jars. And sprouts are truly amazing! They are full of vitamins, enzymes and minerals and have many features, which make them far superior to other foods For example they are inexpensive to grow, need little preparation, can usually be eaten raw and some even have anti-cancer properties. And what could be fresher, than a handful of sprouts removed from a jar in your kitchen, rinsed, then eaten straight away?

If you want quick results, then try sprouting some soaked, hulled, organic sunflower seeds. These can be ready in a day or two and green lentil sprouts also grow very quickly. Alfalfa is one of the most nutritious sprouts to grow and makes an excellent garnish, but I actually prefer the taste of red clover, which is supposed to be especially good if you are menopausal. I also really like the taste of broccoli sprouts, but these seeds are very expensive to buy and not always easy to find and so I usually grow my own.

If you would like to try this, then leave some purple sprouting broccoli to go seed in a corner of your garden. You need to leave at least two plants next to one another to be sure of producing seed and you may need to protect the ripening seedpods from birds. When the pods are dry shell out the seeds. It's fiddly, but well worth the effort, as you will save a fortune! Legumes are also worth sprouting. Try chick peas, peas and aduki beans. Wheat can also be sprouted and is used to make the refreshing drink known as Rejuvelac, which is supposed to be good for the intestinal flora. And of course wheat sprouts are also used to make sprouted wheat bread.

When growing sprouts, if you are short of space, then try one of the tiered tray systems such as the Beingfare Salad Sprouter, which allows you to grow several varieties of sprouts on top of one another. It is also possible to buy special sprouting jars with mesh lids, which allow easy rinsing and draining of your sprouts. Of course if you are hard up for cash you can simply use clean jam jars, covered with a piece of cheesecloth (muslin) and held in place with an elastic band. It is possible to buy nylon sprouting bags from the Fresh Network, which are more portable than most sprouting systems and are useful for taking on holiday.
Herbs and Other Plants
Many herbs will grow well on a windowsill and are useful for adding extra flavour to food. Parsley is rich in vitamins and will grow well in a pot or small trough indoors. I use the variety Champion Moss Curled and make sowings in March and August for an all year round supply. Germination seems to be more reliable than from an outdoor sowing and it is especially useful to have a small pot of parsley growing indoors in the winter as it saves going out in the garden and getting the feet wet!

Bush Basil also grows well in containers and so does Winter Savoury and both of these can be sown indoors in April or May. Chives is also an excellent indoor container plant and so is Pennyroyal and you could even try growing your own Cayenne peppers on a sunny windowsill! Also watercress does not necessarily need running water. The Organic Gardening Catalogue offers a type of watercress that does well in a well-watered pot and if you grow it indoors, you should hopefully escape the caterpillars which can quickly strip the plant bare!

Further Reading:

The Sprouter's Handbook by Edward Cairney (Argyll Publishing, 1997).

Sprout For the Love of Everybody by Viktoras Kulvinskas.

The Sproutman's Kitchen Garden Cookbook by Steve Meyerowitz.

The Wheatgrass Book by Ann Wigmore.

Sprouting by Pauline Lloyd. (A copy of this article can be downloaded from my web site at:

Seed Suppliers:

The Organic Gardening Catalogue, Riverdene Business Park, Molesey Rd, Hersham, Surrey. KT12 4RG. (Tel: 01932 253666.) Sells a good selection of seeds for sprouting and also stocks the Beingfare Salad Sprouter, sprouting jars, a manual wheatgrass juicer and books.

John Chambers, 15 Westleigh Rd, Barton Seagrave, Kettering, Northants, NN15 5AJ. (Tel: 01933 652562.) Offers a selection of seeds for sprouting.

The FRESH Network, PO Box 71, Ely. Cambs. CB7 4GU. (Tel: 0870 800 7070). Sells sprouting jars and nylon sprouting bags, plus a number of books on sprouting.

Suffolk Herbs, Monks Farm, Coggeshall Road, Kelvedon, Essex CO5 9PG. (Tel: 01376 572456.) Sells seeds for sprouting, sprouting equipment and books on herbs.

Note: all of the seeds mentioned in this article can be obtained from The Organic Gardening Catalogue.

Editor’s notes on indoor cultivation:

You may find it difficult to locate a growing medium for your window box that is genuinely vegan organic; nearly all organic growing mixtures contain animal products such as poultry manure or bone meal. There are various possibilities; you can make do with an ordinary non organic product, you can use DANU growing medium from the Organic Gardening Catalogue (not cheap) in which case add about one eighth part of seaweed meal for added nitrogen. Or you can make your own from compost or leafmould; Vegan Organic Information Sheet number 1 gives details, see below. Soil on its own is fine in a thin layer but becomes too compacted in pots and boxes

One other point is that tiny fruit flies/mushroom flies may take up residence in your moist indoor growing medium. They are very hard to shift and the larvae may eat plant roots. The only practical answer if this happens is to change the growing medium as often as possible, rinsing out the container before re filling with fresh clean material. Don’t store compost mixes for too long.

Saladin said...

Scientific Evidence Proves Significant Anti-Cancer Effect of Milk Thistle

(NaturalNews) Milk Thistle has been used in the treatment of liver diseases including liver cancer for years. It heals the liver by lowering enzyme levels and assisting the liver in its process of detoxifying the body. Herbalists and Chinese Physicians have prescribed milk thistle for all types of liver disorders including cirrhosis, inflammation, high liver enzymes, jaundice, hardening of the liver, hepatitis and liver cancer. Herbalists recommend milk thistle for any type of cancer as it is vital in aiding detoxification of the blood.

According to a recent report in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, scientists have now demonstrated the anti-cancer effects of silibinin, a major biologically active compound of milk thistle. Being widely used as a folk remedy for liver diseases, milk thistle is safe and well-tolerated, and it protects the liver from drug or alcohol-related injury. Silibinin is highly purified from milk thistle, with a defined chemical structure and molecular weight (C25H22O10, MW: 482.44).

The study was carried out by Dr. Ke-Qin Hu and his research team at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Hu is a well-experienced research scientist and physician in the field of hepatology. He has published over 70 scientific articles in various medical professional journals. Many of his scientific research publications are focused on viral hepatitis B and C, cirrhosis, and liver cancer, all of which have significantly contributed to our better understanding of common liver diseases.

Dr. Hu and his colleagues' discovery of silibilin's anti-liver cancer effects was recently published.*

The researchers found that silibilin can significantly reduce the growth of several human hepatoma cell lines. In addition, they demonstrated that silibinin mediates anti-liver cancer effects by:

1. reduced cancer cell proliferation and cell cycle progression;

2. enhanced programmed death of cancer cells; and

3. altered chromatin structure of the cancer cells.

Their research results indicate that silibinin can be used to prevent the development of liver cancer, one of the most common cancers worldwide. The results have also opened our minds to the possibility of testing other herbal supplements for possible treatment of human cancers.

Milk Thistle From an Herbal Perspective

Milk thistle has been observed in the reversal in symptoms of both acute and chronic liver problems. There is significant antioxidant and free radical scavenger action properties in milk thistle.

Milk thistle is beneficial for the liver in both protecting and regenerating it and is one of the best examples of preventative medicine that we have today as it not only protects each cell of the liver, kidneys, gall bladder, skin, brain and other tissues from incoming toxins, but at the same time encourages the liver to cleanse itself of damaging substances, such as alcohol, drugs, medications, mercury and heavy metals, pesticides, anesthesia, and even the most poisonous of mushrooms, the Amanita or Death-cap mushroom.

Additional Benefits of Milk Thistle

Milk thistle accelerates protein synthesis by the liver cells. It stimulates the liver to produce SOD, a potent free radical scavenger. It prevents depletion of glutathione in the liver.

Researchers have shown that milk thistle stimulates the synthesis of RNA (an important molecule that helps carry out and control protein synthesis)

Milk thistle protects the kidneys and is beneficial to those with skin problems like psoriasis.
Milk thistle blocks allergic and inflammatory reactions.

Milk thistle in mucilaginous and increases immune response, eradicates infection and soothes inflamed tissue.

Milk thistle has been found to maintain the basic function of the liver, thereby keeping the blood vascular system clean, which has an overall effect of maintaining health in the entire body.

This is an excellent herb for anyone who is under stress, uses alcohol, recreational drugs, prescription medications, or lives in today's modern times of pesticides, environmental toxins, and pollution.


*Journal reference: Lah JJ, Cui W, Hu KQ. Effects and mechanisms of silibinin on human hepatoma cell lines. World J Gastroenterol 2007; 13(40): 5299-5305

The Little Herb Encyclopedia by Jack Ritchason: N.D. Page 146

Milk Thistle - Silybum Marianum: ((

About the author
Leslee Dru Browning is a 6th generation Medical Herbalist & Nutritionist from the ancestral line of Patty Bartlett Sessions; Pioneer Mid-Wife & Herbalist. Leslee practiced Medical Herbalism and Nutritional Healing for over 25 years and specialized in Cancer Wellness along with Chronic Illness. She now devotes her career to teaching people, through her writing, about Natural Healing from An Herbal Perspective.

David B. Benson said...

By all means grow as much of your food as you can. Thanks, Saladin.

ò¿óarol said...

Saladin, can't you just post a link? Geez.

David B. Benson said...

War-mongering Amerika:

America loves peace? Odd, since we're always at war

Saladin said...

I'm sorry Carol, I didn't notice that it was exactly overflowing with comments today. Thank you for your gracious comment Mr. Benson, I guess some people find it hard to simply skip past and can't resist a snide remark. DEN, if you prefer me to post only links I will defer to you as the host.

Now, this is as gloomy as it gets, but since our wonderful MSM doesn't see fit to report it I will spread it as far and wide as I am able.

Baby Murdering Zio-Nazis Go On A Rampage And Slaughter 30 Palestinians, 10 Of them Babies And Children, Over 24 Hours

These are our best friends in the middle east, the terrorist nation who all of our front running candidates have pledged to uphold and support.


DEN said...

Sal, generally I post enough of a story to get an idea of what it is and do a link to the site.

Has to do with copyright infringement. I have been called on it before and it is embarrassing.

flaunt it if you've got it said...

Those who might know are already predicting gasoline at nine dollars per gallon just over one year from now.

Are you ready for that?

David B. Benson said...

Giggles & Bloviators signed me out.

Once again.

Must work for the U.S. G'vmint...

DEN said...

Doc, they will sign me out tomorrow, every Friday they do it.

David B. Benson said...

Den --- It seems much more irregular for me.

Might have to do with just how cookie expiration dates are set?

DEN said...

Doc, I am not sure how it works, maybe if you had a blog it would be different, definitely something in the cookie jar tho.

David B. Benson said...

Beautiful day here.

While snow flurries are predicted for Saturday, I state that the groundhog was wrong on Groundhog Day.

A 20th century groundhog, I guess. Out-of-date, like The Shrub and ... and also ...


If Barack Obama is opposed to the kind of financially reckless subprime mortgage lending and predatory lending that Superior Bank engaged in when his campaign's national finance chair, Penny Pritzker, sat on the bank's board, why did Obama say on Jan. 31, 2007:

"Penny shares my belief that we can change politics in our country to work toward our common interests. I'm proud that she has agreed to partner with me in this important venture."

Finance Chair Tied to Sub-Prime Disaster

Dennis Bernstein wrote the piece "Obama's Sub-Prime Conflict" for

Bernstein said today: "During a recent campaign stop in south Texas, Obama met with San Antonio-area residents who had been particularly hard hit by the sub-prime meltdown. He expressed dismay over how lobbyists for the sub-prime lending industry had spent more than $185 million in the last several years for their cause.

"Penny Pritzker, a member of one of America's richest families and the current finance chair for the presidential campaign of Barack Obama, was the chair of Chicago-based Superior Bank's board for five years. Superior Bank went belly up in 2001 with over $1 billion in insured and uninsured deposits; 1,406 depositors lost much of their life savings.

This collapse came amid harsh criticism of how Superior's owners promoted sub-prime home mortgages."

Tim Anderson, a Chicago-based specialist in banking regulation who reported on much of the Savings and Loan scandals of the 1980s has closely examined the collapse of Superior Bank and the role of the Pritzker family.

He said today: "The Pritzkers like to say they did sub-prime lending to help the disadvantaged, but it would be more accurate to state they ran a very large nationwide predatory lending operation. They approached people who already had homes and convinced them to re-finance with unfavorable conditions through predatory lending.

"The sub-prime financial engineering that created the Wall Street meltdown was developed by the Pritzkers and Ernst and Young, working with Merrill Lynch to sell bonds securitized by sub-prime mortgages. Superior's owners were to sub-prime lending what Michael Milken was to junk bonds. Their sweetheart settlement with the government precluded criminal prosecution for their conduct and let them walk away with hundreds of millions of dollars. Pritzker should resign immediately as finance chair of the Obama campaign.
Anderson is a whistleblower on financial and bank fraud, and has been profiled as a "hellraiser" in Mother Jones magazine:

DEN said...

Chicago's Pritzker family is famous for protecting its privacy and shielding its business affairs from scrutiny through an elaborate set of trust funds. So it is not surprising that Penny Pritzker, whose share of the family fortune is estimated by Forbes magazine to be $2.1 billion, went to some trouble to mask the fact that she was acquiring property on Orchard Street.

She formed a limited liability corporation called Orchard Street Land LLC and used that legal entity to buy five contiguous lots during 2002 and 2003 at a cost of more than $7 million, property records show. She took the further step of having the tax bills on the property mailed to J. Kevin Poorman, vice chairman of Classic Residence by Hyatt, the retirement-community business she heads. Poorman also is the secretary and treasurer of the Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation, according to the charity's recent filings with the state.

Despite their desire to stay in the background, Pritzker and her husband, Dr. Bryan Traubert, have had to identify themselves as the owners of the house several times: once when they applied for a building permit and a second time when they successfully sought a zoning exception in the summer of 2003 to reduce their front yard setback from the stipulated 15 feet to 12 feet to accommodate a 14-foot-wide fireplace chimney.

@ Chicago Tribune

Sneaky rich chick, no doubt about it.

Now what?

DEN said...

All apparently normal business in todays business world.

Standard stuff for corporates.

Saladin said...

Will do DEN.

DEN said...

Get out the Depends, Friday Funnies coming up tomorrow!

º¿carol said...

The George W Bush Presidential Library is now in the planning stages.

You'll want to be the first at your corporation to make a contribution
to this great man's legacy.

The Library will include:

The Hurricane Katrina Room, which is still under construction.

The Alberto Gonzales Room, where you can't remember anything.

The Texas Air National Guard Room, where you don't have to even show up.

The Walter Reed Hospital Room, where they don't let you in.

The Guantanamo Bay Room, where they don't let you out.

The Weapons of Mass Destruction Room (which no one has been able to

The Iraq War Room. After you complete your first tour, they make you go
back for a second, third, fourth, and sometimes fifth tour.

The Dick Cheney Room, in the famous undisclosed location, complete with
shooting gallery.

Plans also include: The K-Street Project Gift Shop - where you can buy
(or just steal) an election.

The Airport Men's Room, where you can meet some of your favorite
Republican Senators.

Last, but not least, there will be an entire floor devoted to a 7/8
scale model of the President's ego.

To highlight the President's accomplishments, the museum will have an
electron microscope to help you locate them.

When asked, President Bush said that he didn't care so much about the
individual exhibits as long as his museum was better than his father's.