Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Link Log for December 15

Categories: Animals, Books, Child Safety, Food, Green, Health News, Language, Marketing, Nature, Pictures, Politics, Psychology.

Animals 

I'm sort of glad that none of my cats is especially attracted to catnip. Those living with cats who are will appreciate this blog post. What I like about it, however, is the Amazon ad at the bottom. Their model looks like Sisawat...Here's the link.

http://blogjob.com/theadventuresofpandazeusandbaby/i-dried-some-of-panda-bears-catnip/

And here's Sisawat. As a small kitten she had the classic Blue Point Siamese coat; hence her name. Cats who grow up with Siamese coats usually start out with off-white coats, so I wondered what Sisawat was going to look like when her coat darkened with exposure to light. This is what. (What? Sisawat's what...we have a lot of fun with her name.)

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Books 

I'm glad to learn that Usborne Publishers are still in business in the U.K. As noted in my comment, I've found one of their arts-and-crafts books for all ages in the U.S., and I was impressed.

http://blogjob.com/doodlingfun/2015/12/15/usborne-doodling-books/

This sounds like a nice biography...

http://howtounderstandpeople.blogspot.com/2015/12/the-last-founding-father-james-monroe.html?

Child Safety

Click here to learn more than you wanted to know about "Child Protective Services" (in the U.S.; some reports suggest similar government efforts are doing even worse in some other countries).

http://www.parentalrights.org/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={31478485-7258-4AC4-B508-C7A28734A183}

Food (Yum)

Vegetable juice is yummy...when the veg are fresh from the garden.

http://greenjuiceguru.net/

Gingerbread is yummy. This recipe would make a firm, stiff dough suitable for making shaped cookies. The article's worth reading because it documents an often overlooked trend in the mid-1970's: the Bicentennial triggered a wave of retro fashions for gingham, long skirts, and sunbonnets, especially favored by the back-to-the-land type of Granola Greens. I didn't wear my own sunbonnet often, but I had one.

http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/1366

Turnips...are yummier than this detached, dispassionate writer makes them sound.

http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/387

Green beans can be yummy, too.

http://hubpages.com/health/TREATMENT-WITH-FRENCH-BEANS

You don't actually have to shape this science-fiction-themed update on the cinnamon roll to look like a sandworm from Dune, but if you're serving it to science fiction fans and/or kids, why not? (Thanks to Jonah Goldberg for the link.)

http://dangerousminds.net/comments/dune_spice_filled_sandworm_bread_for_the_holidays?

In which I reminisce about my first encounter with a beverage I drank daily at Berea College:

http://crusox.xyz/2015/the-worlds-fastest-soft-drink-mello-yello

Here's an interesting sandwich...gluten-free? Could be. If I were going to try to replicate it, I'd cut lots of zucchini and broccoli in flat, even slices, steam them, and stack them in layers with the peanut chicken from the China Star restaurant. I don't think that's what's in the sandwich, because it's garnished with pine nuts instead of peanuts. I'd use peanuts.

http://blogjob.com/northernblurbs/2015/12/13/what-should-i-have-for-lunch/

For carnivores, here's a recipe for sausage you can make "free" from all allergy triggers, including meat allergies if you're unlucky enough to have one of those.

http://blogjob.com/mountainrecipes/2015/12/15/mountain-mans-homemade-ground-meat-breakfast-sausage/

Here's a list of books about food in general...

http://foodtank.com/news/2015/12/food-tanks-favorite-books-of-2015

Green

Fracking may be even more disastrous than it sounds? Note the source...this link came from a well-known skeptic who usually defends things many Greenies have rushed to condemn.

http://junkscience.com/2015/12/claim-fracking-plays-active-role-in-generating-toxic-metal-wastewater/

Fun facts about global climate trends, first from Steve Milloy...

http://phys.org/news/2015-12-earth-tilt-climate.html

...and next from Dave's Garden...

http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/1156

Politically incorrect cartoons about the Paris conference point up a serious political conflict:

http://scroll.in/article/775634/is-this-cartoon-on-climate-change-in-the-australian-really-racist-towards-indians

Health News

Temporary link to the announcement and sign-up form for John McDougall's Advanced Studies Seminar in February:

http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=5e58f59d97611f910916b6276&id=6afaf8ece6&e=4d57a9fdfb

Relatively few people have gout, compared to things like rheumatism and diabetes, but if you have it or know someone who does...

http://blogjob.com/diseases/2015/11/08/gout-causes-signes-and-symptoms-risk-factors-prevention-diagnosis-diet-treatment-part-three/

And here's a beautiful Hub for gardeners with back pain, or gardeners, or people who'd like to visit a virtual garden in December.

http://hubpages.com/health/gardenbackcare

Language

Jonah Goldberg shared a delectable new word:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoplophobia

Marketing

How nylon stockings, surely the most impractical, dysfunctional, annoying garment ever mass-marketed in the United States, briefly became a luxury women missed...

http://nowiknow.com/a-run-on-nylons/

Nature

If you get a poinsettia plant for Christmas, can you keep it alive all year?

http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/how-to-care-for-poinsettias-during-the-winter

Pictures

Four images of November...

http://thevagabondtabby.tumblr.com/post/135255238570

Does this old house make you itch to remodel it? It does me.

http://blogjob.com/livingoffthegrid/2015/12/15/abandoned-house/

Politics 

Why we need a federal law banning any attempt to enforce a law in the absence of a complaining victim.

http://joeforamerica.com/2015/02/government-goes-woman-living-off-grid/?

Psychology

Can you make yourself feel more kindhearted?

http://www.dailygood.org/story/1179/three-ways-to-bring-more-kindness-to-your-life-juliana-breines/