Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

Say It With A Camera

As well as photography I have another passion that I am equally fond of; bread making. There’s nothing like fresh-baked bread, especially a loaf you have made yourself, to get your taste buds going.

When I make bread I usually make a couple of different types. This week it was Ale Bread and Ciabatta. I don’t use packet mixes, it’s good old-fashioned strong bread flour, yeast, salt, butter or oil and liquid. Combined in a bowl and worked by hand.

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

Ale bread uses a strong dark beer as the liquid component and the resulting bread has a nutty taste, dark brown texture and light consistency. Perfect for rustic style sandwiches.

The image above shows the bread dough on final proving before being baked in the oven.

Baked in the oven at 210 degrees Celsius for about 30 minutes changes the dough to a loaf ready to eat, Once…

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Dumbest Illegal Immigrant

DUI = $5,000 Not wearing a seat belt = $50
Running a stop light = $100
Adding a girlfriend to your fake driver’s license = PRICELESS1REMEMBER!!
When making a fake ID, attach a picture of yourself only…
no matter how much you love your girl.

‘Counterfeit ID of the Week’

This is an actual Driver’s License from a traffic stop.



Confident strikes on Syria send a message to the nervous US

NEW YORK – On a visit to the Pakistani capital Islamabad in 2006, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, then a Republican senator from Nebraska, warned that “a military strike against Iran, a military option, is not a viable, feasible, responsible option.”

Hagel reiterated that view in November 2007 in a speech to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank. “The answer to dealing with Iran will not be found in a military operation,” he cautioned.

And it isn’t just then-senator Hagel.

“We’ve thought about military options against Iran off and on for the last 20 years,” former top White House counterterrorism official Richard Clarke admitted that same year, “and they’re just not good, because you don’t know what the endgame is. You know what the first move of the game is, but you don’t know what


Liver: nature’s most potent superfood

Conventional dietary wisdom holds that the micronutrients (vitamins, minerals and trace elements) we need from foods are most highly concentrated in fruits and vegetables. While it’s true that fresh fruits and veggies are full of vitamins and minerals, their micronutrient content pales in comparison to what is found in meats and organ meats – especially liver.

The chart below lists the micronutrient content of apples, carrots, red meat and beef liver. Note that every nutrient in red meat except for vitamin C surpasses those in apples and carrots, and every nutrient—including vitamin C—in beef liver occurs in exceedingly higher levels in beef liver compared to apple and carrots. In general, organ meats are between 10 and 100 times higher in nutrients than corresponding muscle meats.

In fact, you might be surprised to learn that in some traditional cultures, only the organ meats were consumed. The lean muscle meats, which are what we mostly eat in the U.S. today, were discarded or perhaps given to the dogs.


Looking to the Future and the Completion of the Peace Process

Beyond the Cusp

Reflecting on the entirety of the period after the liberation of Judea, Samaria, Benyamin and reunified Jerusalem I have realized how drastically things have changed since June of 1967. There was great hope and joy that came with the reunification of Jerusalem and having the Old City once again available for Jews and Christians to visit and enjoy their holy sites throughout the Old City and in the eastern heart of Eretz Yisroel. Looking back at that period using that hindsight which is always 20/20 vision coming from crystal clear thought I realize that Israel should have simply annexed whatever lands would have best served the future of the country. Instead Israel limited their annexations to the rest of Jerusalem and its immediate surroundings including the Mount of Olives and the historic cemetery as well as the vital Golan Heights. In hindsight it becomes clear that Israel should have simply…

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Pen-y-Pass to Llyn Llydaw

Say It With A Camera

There are many paths and tracks in the Snowdonia National park which lead to the top of mount Snowdon the highest mountain in Wales and England. Snowdon is a serious mountain with changeable weather conditions at any time of the year. More on that later….

The Miners’ Track begins at the car park at Pen-y-Pass, at an altitude of around 350 metres (1,150 ft), and is the most popular route to the summit of Snowdon. The Miners Track was built to serve the Britannia Copper Mine, long since abandoned.

Miners Track

It was a beautiful sunny morning with some white puffy clouds to break up the blue sky, ideal conditions for landscape photography. Accompanied by Adrian Evans, our intention was to walk the Miners Track as far as Llyn Llydaw and the now abandoned Britannia Copper Mine crushing mill, stopping on the way to take photographs. This track is ideal…

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New penis-shaped People’s Daily building is literally China’s propaganda organ

China News

The shape of the new headquarters of the People’s Daily, the Communist Party’s main propaganda machine, has sparked heated discussion online for looking a bit too phallic.

The building is still under construction in Beijing, but at its current stage, documented widely in pictures on social media sites, its shape is certainly suggestive.

Most photos posted on Sina Weibo, the mainland’s most popular microblogging site, were removed by censors, and attempts to search for “People’s Daily building” in Chinese were met with a message that read: “According to relevant laws, regulations and policies, search results cannot be displayed.”

However, photos could still be found on other social media sites.

The 150-metre-tall building, located in the eastern extension of the capital’s central business district, was designed by Zhou Qi, a professor of architecture at SoutheastUniversity in Jiangsu. It is expected to be finished in May 2014.

In a recent…

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BBC promotes Assad propaganda in Syria reports

BBC Watch

The BBC’s reporting on the weekend’s unfolding events in Syria is in top gear. On May 4th an article entitled “Israeli warplanes launch air strike inside Syria” – including a filmed report by Wyre Davies which was also broadcast on BBC television news – appeared on the Middle East page of the BBC News website. 

That frequently amended article relating to the events of May 2nd/3rd was based on a CNN report which in turn was based on claims made by anonymous US officials. According to the BBC article, a consignment of weapons destined for Hizballah was the target of Israeli air-strikes. The article states: [emphasis added]

“While Israel rarely comments on specific operations, it has repeatedly said it would act if it felt Syrian weapons, conventional or chemical, were being transferred to militant groups in the region, especially Hezbollah, says the BBC’s Wyre Davies…

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Cyprus should reunite

Charles Rowley's Blog

Greek Cypriots confront a grim economic future following banking collapse and bail-out by the euro-zone. Gross domestic product will decline by 15 per cent in 2013, by another 15 per cent in 2014 and perhaps by another 5 per cent in 2015..That is comparable to the decline over 1974-1975 following a failed Greek-led coup followed by a successful Turkish invasion and a Turkish-Cypriot-controlled north.

It will take many years for Greek-Cyprus to return to its pre-crisis level of gross domestic product. A more vibrant north currently rivals the lowered living standards of the south.

The island as a unified whole, however, would enjoy two promising sources of growth. One is the recently discovered Aphrodite gas field in the Easfrern Mediterranean. The other is tourism, an underdeveloped industry with plenty of scope for foreign investment.

Without reunification, both sources of wealth are unlikely to be tapped Both governments lay claim to…

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