Plane Crash International “Tragedy”

Look, there’s no question that it’s fucken horrible for 150 people to die in a plane crash. But all this “international solidarity” with heads of state calling each other with condolences regarding this “moment of sorrow” and blah, blah, blah, is fucken absurd. According to the World Health Organization, worldwide 1.24 motherfucken *million* people died in traffic crashes on the roads of the world in just one year, 2010. The most commercial aviation deaths in a single year *ever* is less than 2500, and over the last couple decades it’s averaging less than 1000 per year. It’s safer to fly across the ocean in a goddamn airplane that it is to take a motherfucken bath.

Sous Vide Lamb Top Round

INGREDIENTS
four lamb top round steaks
olive oil with a bunch of different herbs and spices and salt
usual rice pilaf ingredients

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Olive oil with a bunch of different herbs and spices and salt.

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These are the lamb top round steaks, about four ounces each. I had never even heard of this cut before, but saw it at the butcher shop and decided to try it. The butcher said that it is best pink in the center and charred on the outside, so I figured it would be great for sous vide.

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Vacuum bag ‘em with plenty of the olive oil rub, and allow to marinate for a couple hours before cooking.

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Immersion cook them for about an hour, to allow them to reach uniform final temperature. I cooked them to 139 degrees F, but next time I would go lower, like about 135 degrees.

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Remove from bags and pat dry with paper towels.

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Sear the outside.

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Pilaf.

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Plate.

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The steaks were super delicious and tender, but they would have been even better a little rarer. I erred on the side of medium, since too rare lamb is nasty, but this cut of lamb is very tender and not gamey.

Extreme Right-Wing Filth Getting What They Want: Religious Lunatics Undermining Nuclear Negotiations To Help Encourage Holy War

From Bloomberg:

“It’s possible to reach an agreement, and there is nothing that cannot be resolved,” Rouhani was quoted as saying. “The coming days or weeks will be very tough as taking the final step is always somewhat difficult.”

Still, Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a speech marking the Persian New Year that the U.S. had “cheated” during the negotiations and that the world powers’ proposal of reducing sanctions only in the months following any potential agreement would be a deal-breaker.
He said the crowd in the city of Mashhad, some of whom shouted “Death to America,” was right to denounce the U.S. and accused it of trying to divide Iran’s people and its government.

Hahahahahah! You probably thought this post was gonna be about *our* USian jeezus freak right-wing religious fanatic Senators undermining negotiations by undercutting the authority of our President to negotiate, right? Fooled you! It’s about *their* Iranian mohammed freak right-wing religious fanatic Ayatollahs undermining negotiations by undercutting the authority of their President to negotiate. Ironic that these extreme right-wing religious authoritarian loons
in Iran are *exactly* the same as the extreme right-wing religious
authoritarian loons we’ve got here, except for different dumshitte
fake fantasy supernatural bullshittio. And in both countries, they’ve
got the large majority of normal non-delusional people that just want to live decent reality-based lives by the fucken ballz. I bet, without knowing anything about it, that in Iran it’s super rich motherfuckers who benefit from keeping the poor stupid delusional religious fuckewittes under their thumb and agitating for their rich motherfucker interests, just like here in the US. Ted Cruz and the Ayatollah Khomeini are brothers in motherfucken arms.

Five Stars

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At first I was totally all like, “Fucke that Rembrandt motherfucker: he’s totally overrated.” But then I was all like, “Oh, wait! Five motherfucken stars from Time Out! Gotta check out this Rembrandt motherfucker!”

Republican Filth Getting What They Want: Refusing To Raise Taxes On Rich People In Louisiana Even If The ONLY FUCKEN DENTAL SCHOOL IN THE ENTIRE MOTHERFUCKEN STATE HAS TO CLOSE

At what point does this lunacy stop? When even rich people in Louisiana can’t find a goddamn dentist to pull their suppurating teeth in excruciating pain?

While he called the current proposal “a bad budget for higher education,” he said the situation would be devastating if the Legislature were to turn down the tax credit changes and fix the deficit on cuts alone. In that case, Mr. Alexander said, thousands of classes would have to be canceled, the state’s sole dentistry school and as many as half of the agriculture centers would have to close.

You Learn Something New Every Day: Self-Mummification

So they did a CAT scan of an old buddha statue and found that there was a skeleton of a monk dude inside:

Experts believe that the mummy inside the statue is of Buddhist master Liu Quan, a member of the Chinese Meditation School.

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The Museum is of the view that probably the Buddhist master ‘self-mummified’ himself. This is a long painful process involving starving oneself progressively for several years.

Self-mummification used to be a mainly Japanese practice. Discovery News describes this tortuous process in the following way. For 1000 days the monk would eat only nuts and seeds, reducing body fat to a minimum. Then, for another 1000 days a diet of roots and barks would be consumed. In the last stages, the monk would drink a poisonous tea made from the sap of the Japanese varnish tree to induce vomiting and elimination of body fluids. The toxic nature of the infusion probably helped kill off bacteria too.

Then, the skeletal monk was put in a stone tomb just fitting around the body. An air tube and a bell were provided. Every day the monk would ring the bell indicating that he was alive. When the bell stopped ringing, it was known that he had died. His mummified body would then be removed after another 1000 days and preserved. Only a handful of monks achieved this stage after the long and grueling process.

Sounds seriously fucked uppe!