Erdogan’s great patriotic war – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Erdogan’s great patriotic war – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East.

Dead give away that someone has not more ideas to make government work for people – become super patriotic: The film begins dramatically: A Turkish flag flies beautifully, high above Istanbul from atop a colossal pole. A scary-looking man in a black suit and black gloves walks menacingly toward the pole, takes out a metal bar and breaks the mechanism for raising and lowering the flag. The flag begins to fall in slow motion as citizens watch in shock and horror. At that moment, Erdogan’s voice is heard reciting a passage from the Turkish national anthem:

Friend! Don’t let scoundrels into my country!
Shield with your body, let this shameless invasion stop.
Days which God has promised to give you will dawn;
Who knows, maybe tomorrow, maybe sooner than tomorrow.

Woohoo! Like It’s 1849: Latinos Are the Majority in California | TakePart

This month, 39 percent of residents—more than 14.5 million people—identified as Latino, making them the most populous racial or ethnic group in California for the first time since it became a U.S. state in 1850. That’s slightly more than the 38.8 percent of residents who identify as white. Latinos significantly outnumer Asian Americans (14.9 percent) and blacks (7.2 percent) in the Golden State.

via Like It’s 1849: Latinos Are the Majority in California | TakePart.

Breaking: Army General accused of sexual assault gets reprimanded

Frankly, I can’t believe Sinclair got off so easy — I mean, the judge even ruled he could remain in the military if he wanted to! – based solely on what he copped to. He admitted to harming his mistress, saying, “I failed her as a leader and as a mentor and caused harm to her emotional state.” He admitted to having improper relationships with multiple other female officers. Again, in his own words: “It was my responsibility to ensure that these officers were protected and promoted and I failed them as a leader.”

And he clearly created a hostile environment. During testimony, a lieutenant recounted a party where soldiers in Sinclair’s unit mocked the affair in a raunchy skit where a character who was clearly supposed to be his mistress offered Sinclair’s character oral sex. There’s a reason that having a relationship with a subordinate is considered to be a grave abuse of power in the military — though you wouldn’t really know it from this outcome. As the captain’s lawyer said, Sinclair not only hurt her and her career but “did great harm to his unit’s good order and discipline, morale, and cohesion.”

You’ll recall that a couple weeks ago, Senator Gillibrand’s legislation that would have moved the decision to prosecute cases of sexual assault from the chain of command to an independent prosecutor was fillibustered. Senators claimed that they’d done enough on this whole military rape epidemic and the Pentagon could handle it. This case was seen as a litmus test for that — and frankly I’m unconvinced.

via Breaking: Army General accused of sexual assault gets reprimanded.

Simple, elegant dessert uses that ‘other banana’ | Repeating Islands

But plantains can be so much more than crispy, salty snack food. The riper they get – like bananas, they continue to ripen after they’ve been picked – the moister, tenderer, and sweeter they are. They never become as sugary or creamy as bananas; they always retain a hint of that unique savoriness. But soft plantains can be caramelized in the delectable and memorable side dish called platanos maduros, which literally just means “ripe plantains.”

via Simple, elegant dessert uses that ‘other banana’ | Repeating Islands.

Simple, elegant dessert uses that ‘other banana’

Yum, yum, nom, nom

Repeating Islands


When I was a kid, my only exposure to plantains came when my dad thinly sliced and fried up a batch of green ones to make homemade plantain chips, L. V. Anderson reports in this article for Slate. They were rough-hewn: mostly crisp but still a little chewy, with oil-slicked exteriors that were like a magnet for salt.

These days, plantain chips – the mass-produced, evenly sliced, thoroughly crunchy ones – are everywhere. You can buy them at high-end grocery stores and more traditional mom and pops and chains. You can find them between bags of Lay’s and Dorito’s in vending machines.

All in all, the ubiquity of plantain chips is a coup for musa x paradisiaca, the species to which many plantains and bananas belong. (Contrary to the emphatic belief of many plantain advocates, the distinction between bananas and plantains is mostly cultural, not genetic: Plantains are eaten…

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Corrupt officials allow untested poultry to be sold in Vietnam | Society | Thanh Nien Daily

The lethal threat of bird flu is apparently not serious enough for some corrupt officials who help slaughterhouses evade checks in Ho Chi Minh City and allow a market to openly sell untested chicken in Hanoi.

Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported about two animal-health officials in District 12, HCMC, offering protection to a proposed slaughterhouse in exchange for VND4 million (US$190) a month for them and VND1 million a month to some ward officials also on the take.

via Corrupt officials allow untested poultry to be sold in Vietnam | Society | Thanh Nien Daily.