Moodorama - Viama

10/17/18 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: song of the day

Free will isn't free!

09/16/18 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/sep/14/yuval-noah-harari-the-new-threat-to-liberal-democracy

Unfortunately, “free will” isn’t a scientific reality. It is a myth inherited from Christian theology. Theologians developed the idea of “free will” to explain why God is right to punish sinners for their bad choices and reward saints for their good choices. If our choices aren’t made freely, why should God punish or reward us for them? According to the theologians, it is reasonable for God to do so, because our choices reflect the free will of our eternal souls, which are independent of all physical and biological constraints.

A reason to vote republican

09/11/18 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: Bread

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/10/books/review/sarah-smarsh-heartland.html

Impoverished people, then, must do one of two things: Concede personal failure and vote for the party more inclined to assist them, or vote for the other party, whose rhetoric conveys hope that the labor of their lives is what will compensate them.”

Unadulterated Olive Oil

08/06/18 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General

Link: https://www.epicurious.com/ingredients/seven-ways-to-tell-the-difference-between-real-and-fake-olive-oil-article/amp

Tip #2: Look for a "harvest date" and an estate or mill name.

Basically, the more specifics, the better. "Typically only the better oils will have a 'pressed on' or 'harvest date,' " Olmsted says.

If a label calls out the name of the producer or estate, or the variety of olive used, it's very likely genuine.

Getting even geekier, if you see the free fatty acidity level, or FFA, listed (which you probably won't with mass-market brands), that's a great sign. Typically, only high-quality producers bother listing it, Olmsted says. An excellent oil will have an FFA of 0.2 percent or lower, according to Mueller.

Tip #3: Ignore the "best by" and "bottled on" dates.

Tip #4: Look for a third-party certification seal.

In particular, the European Union's Protected Designation of Origin (PDO), Italy's DOP, or the "COOC Certified Extra Virgin" seal from the California Olive Oil Council for California-made oils. (The council has its own standards and certification program that's stricter than the IOC's.)

Tip #5: If you see EVOO made in Australia or Chile, buy it.

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