Daily Archives: January 6, 2017

Pickled Habaneros – Jamaican Style

I’ve pickled jalapenos a few times already. And mostly they don’t last very long because they are eaten quickly or I give them away to friends. Once I made a batch for preservation using the same method and ate them after approximately 6 months. And although you always read it can only be preserved for 1 to 2 months I didn’t taste anything strange after that amount of time.My first batch was made using this Instructable by jessyratfink. Since that batch I’ve followed some more recipes and finally ended up with a version of my own. But that’s not what this Instructable is about. For my last batch I altered the recipe for the use of habaneros. I also used the Habanero Sauce of Tabasco as an Inspiration for this preservation.

Ingredients:

  • 200 gr. of Habaneros
  • 1 Mango (Mine was not fully ripe, but that’s how I like them. Ripe mango’s makes all veggies more sweet, which I guess makes this recipe even better. Hadn’t got the patience to wait for the mango to fully ripen.)
  • 2 Echalions (Normal shallots are also fine, but I had these laying around)
  • 250 ml. of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 250 ml. of Water
  • 3 cloves of Garlic, peeled and crushed
  • Black peppercorn (I used a 4 season pepper mix, widely available in the Netherlands. It’s mostly black pepper with small berries)
  • 3 dried Bay leafs
  • 3 tbs. Sugar
  • 1 tbs. Salt

Cooking tools:

  • Cooking pot
  • Sterilized pickling jars (I used 3 old jelly jars(250 – 300 ml) on which the amounts in this recipes are based.)
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Spoon (Or something similar for transfering the hot liquid from the cooking pot to the jars.)

Decorating tools:

  • Scissors
  • Zigzag scissors
  • Butcher twine
  • Decorative paper
  • Colored pens
  • Glue stick
  • Hole puncher
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High-end hipster clothing for your action figures is a thing


Two of the best dressed 1/6th scale action figures you’ll ever see. Clothing designed by Monika Hegedus Strada of Hegemony77.

If you follow my posts here on Dangerous Minds you know that I’m kind of a huge freak when it comes to action figures. But even with my extensive experience in the world of plastic people I actually had NO IDEA that there was a market for custom made clothing for 1/6th scale figures. And now that I know I’m completely obsessed. Specifically with Monika Hegedus Strada the fashion designer behind the Etsy shop Hegemony77 that sells cargo pants, sweaters, t-shirts and even tighty-whitey knit underwear for action figures. Yes, really.

Based in Sheffield, UK Strada makes the tiny designer duds herself and even does custom orders. So if your dream is to clothe your figures in a pair of skinny jeans, an Iron Maiden t-shirt and a cool pair of kicks, then this is your lucky day. Though I will warn you that Strada’s expertly tailored Ken-doll couture does not come cheap and can run anywhere from $23 bucks for a long sleeved shirt (for an action figure mind you) to almost $150 for a long sleeve olive drab henley with four buttons and a seven-pocket cargo pant with belt loops. Many of their “models” were even captured in settings that look like tiny Abercrombie & Fitch stores. Because everyone knows that any discerning action figure owner really needs to have their toys wearing the latest hot styles.

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Pedophilia Is Disgustingly Widespread Among Those In Positions of Power

The British security services allegedly helped to cover up widespread pedophelia in Britain.  Indeed, a whistleblower alleges that the British security services supported and funded pedophile rings as a way to blackmail establishment figures.The Express reported in 2014:British security services infiltrated and funded the notorious Paedophile Information Exchange in a covert operation to identify and possibly blackmail establishment figures, a Home Office whistleblower alleges.

***Whistleblower Mr X, whose identity we have agreed to protect, became a very senior figure in local government before retiring a few years ago.***He has given a formal statement to that effect to detectives from Operation Fernbridge ….***“And he said [the pedophile group] was being funded at the request of Special Branch which found it politically useful to identify people who were paedophiles….

”Something similar may have happened in the U.S.  Yahoo News reported in 2010:A 2006 Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigation into the purchase of child pornography online turned up more than 250 civilian and military employees of the Defense Department — including some with the highest available security clearance — who  used credit cards or PayPal to purchase images of children in sexual situations. But the Pentagon investigated only a handful of the cases, Defense Department records show.***But the DCIS opened investigations into only 20 percent of the individuals identified, and succeeded in prosecuting just a handful.What about the other 80 percent?  Were they blackmailed?

Source: Pedophilia Is Disgustingly Widespread Among Those In Positions of Power

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Police mull gathering crime evidence from smart home devices

Detectives are being trained to process data gathered from Internet of Things (IoT) “smart” devices for use in criminal investigations, Scotland Yard’s forensic head Mark Stokes has told The Times.Internet-enabled fridges, toasters, washing machines and coffee makers have endured a mixed press – security flaws that render them potentially hackable have been a recurring theme recently – but to police the forensic opportunity is the real deal.Consumers are slowly filling their homes with data-gathering IoT devices, which means that tomorrow’s crime scene will start with such items, claimed Stokes: “Wireless cameras within a device such as the fridge may record the movement of suspects and owners. Doorbells that connect directly to apps on a user’s phone can show who has rung the door.  All these leave a log and a trace of activity.”The story is timely, coming only days after police in the US reportedly asked Amazon to give them access to audio data from a suspect’s Echo home hub in case that yields information important to a murder investigation.

Source: Police mull gathering crime evidence from smart home devices – Naked Security

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Apple Removes New York Times Apps From Its Store in China 

Apple, complying with what it said was a request from Chinese authorities, removed news apps created by The New York Times from its app store in China late last month.The move limits access to one of the few remaining channels for readers in mainland China to read The Times without resorting to special software. The government began blocking The Times’s websites in 2012, after a series of articles on the wealth amassed by the family of Wen Jiabao, who was then prime minister, but it had struggled in recent months to prevent readers from using the Chinese-language app.Apple removed both the English-language and Chinese-language apps from the app store in China on Dec. 23. Apps from other international publications, including The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal, were still available in the app store.

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Living near heavy traffic increases risk of dementia, say scientists

People living near a busy road have an increased risk of dementia, according to research that adds to concerns about the impact of air pollution on human health.Roughly one in 10 cases of Alzheimer’s in urban areas could be associated with living amid heavy traffic, the study estimated – although the research stopped short of showing that exposure to exhaust fumes causes neurodegeneration.Hong Chen, the scientist who led the work at Public Health Ontario, said: “Increasing population growth and urbanisation has placed many people close to heavy traffic, and with widespread exposure to traffic and growing rates of dementia, even a modest effect from near-road exposure could pose a large public health burden.”Previously, scientists have linked air pollution and traffic noise to reduced density of white matter (the brain’s connective tissue) and lower cognition. A recent study suggested that magnetic nano-particles from air pollution can make their way into brain tissue.

Source: Living near heavy traffic increases risk of dementia, say scientists | Society | The Guardian

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Expectations of privacy and law

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When unpaid student debt leads to a smaller Social Security check

For more than a year, Jamie Chastain had $177 withheld from his Social Security check each month because of an unpaid student loan from three decades ago.

The 68-year-old has been struggling to pay off his debt since 1982 when he borrowed about $12,500 to get a Master’s degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Southern Florida. It took him nearly a decade to find a steady job, and he defaulted on his loans before finding work at a community college as a media technician and humanities instructor. The government garnished his wages by about $400 a month throughout most of his career to collect the debt.

Chastain estimates he’s paid back three times what he originally borrowed. But because of the interest, the loans still weren’t paid off when he retired in 2014. So the government began garnishing his Social Security checks.

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Artists’ Feud Over ‘Blackest Black’ Escalates

Ever since British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor was granted exclusive rights to the color “Vantablack,” the world’s blackest black that was developed by tech firm Nanosystems and can absorb more than 99% of light, other artists have been up in arms. One paint fight actually broke out between Kapoor and Stuart Semple, an artist who’s spent the past several years developing the world’s pinkest pink. Upset by Kapoor’s hoarding of Vantablack, he released his pinkest pink with a serious asterisk: that anyone purchasing it sign an actual legal document at checkout confirming that they are neither Kapoor nor an associate of Kapoor, reports the Independent. Now the fight has hit a new low, with Kapoor posting to Instagram last week an image of his middle finger coated in Semple’s pink and the caption, “Up yours.”

Source: Artists’ Feud Over ‘Blackest Black’ Escalates

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Why You Should Never Trust The Mainstream Media Dru Story News

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Transgender Reaassignment Surgery Under Obamacare Blocked Nationwide

The Texas Attorney General won a nationwide preliminary injunction to block a new Obamacare mandate requiring taxpayers to fund transgender reassignment surgeries and abortions. The new rule which defines “sex” as a state of mind was scheduled to take effect January 1, 2017.

On Saturday, a federal district court judge granted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s request to stop the Obama administration’s new federal health rules that would force the Employees Retirement System of Texas to amend its insurance coverage to provide for gender reassignment and abortion. There are 500,000 employees that participate in the coverage.

In July, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services implemented a new rule that defined the term “sex” in the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) to include a state of mind, not a biological fact.A statement released by the Texas Attorney General on Sunday says that “The Obama administration is attempting to redefine the law so that the term ‘sex’ means one’s ‘internal sense of gender which may be male, female, neither, or a combination of male and female,’ even though the president lacks the authority to rewrite the law.” When Congress enacted the law for Obamacare, it used the term “sex” as a biological category.

Source: Transgender Reaassignment Surgery Under Obamacare Blocked Nationwide

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iPhone manufacturer Foxconn plans to replace almost every human worker with robots

Foxconn, the Taiwanese manufacturing giant behind Apple’s iPhone and numerous other major electronics devices, aims to automate away a vast majority of its human employees, according to a report from DigiTimes. Dai Jia-peng, the general manager of Foxconn’s automation committee, says the company has a three-phase plan in place to automate its Chinese factories using software and in-house robotics units, known as Foxbots.

The first phase of Foxconn’s automation plans involve replacing the work that is either dangerous or involves repetitious labor humans are unwilling to do. The second phase involves improving efficiency by streamlining production lines to reduce the number of excess robots in use. The third and final phase involves automating entire factories, “with only a minimal number of workers assigned for production, logistics, testing, and inspection processes,” according to Jia-peng.

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SoundCloud “may run out of cash this year” after $52 million loss in 2015

Its funding may run out if its subscription service isn’t a hit.

SoundCloud posted a net loss of $52 million in 2015 and may “run out of cash” before the end of 2017, Music Business Worldwide reports.

The figures were revealed in a report from co-founder Alexander Ljung, who warned that the company may need to seek additional funding if its subscription service doesn’t perform as hoped.

“The assumption of a successful launch of the new subscription service is the key element of [our] financial projections for the next three years,” Ljung writes. “[This] bears financial risks regarding the operating results and cash flows of the group.

Source: SoundCloud “may run out of cash this year” after $52 million loss in 2015

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