George Rucker's Astounding Newsletter for April 27, 2017

Well Met,

Another Tuesday Letter is here.  If a picture is worth 1000 words and you can see it is food, plus it has a 5 star rating.  It quickly is on the way to be in my newsletter. Lets give it a go:

Recipe by: MLYIN and posted on www.allrecipes.com
"Rich, tasty, and easy to make with delicious, on hand ingredients! Serve with egg noodles, if you want."

Canadian Pork Loin Chops

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
4 boneless pork loin chops, pounded thin
1 large onion, sliced
½  teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons chili powder
½  teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
½  teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
2 fluid ounces water
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
 salt and pepper to taste

Directions

    Heat the oil in a skillet over high heat, and quickly brown the pork chops on both sides. Transfer chops to platter, and keep warm.

    Reduce skillet heat to medium, and cook the onion until tender. Mix in the sugar, chili powder, fennel, red pepper flakes, and oregano. Stir in the tomato sauce, water, and Worcestershire sauce, and bring to a boil.

    Return the pork chops to the skillet. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook 10 minutes. Remove cover, and continue cooking 15 minutes, or to desired doneness.

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From 2017 March Snippets . . .

Did you hear the one about the CIA spying on smart TVs, smart phones, and other devices?  Are you truly surprised?

WikiLeaks has released a huge set of files that it calls "Year Zero" and which mark the biggest exposure of CIA spying secrets ever.

The massive set of documents – over 8,000 pages in all – include a host of hacking secrets that could embarrass intelligence agencies and the US government, as well as undermining spying efforts across the world.

Here are six of the biggest secrets and pieces of information yet to emerge from the huge dump.

1) The CIA has the ability to break into Android and iPhone handsets, and all kinds of computers
2) Doing so would make apps like Signal, Telegram and WhatsApp entirely insecure
3) The CIA could use smart TVs to listen in on conversations that happened around them
4) The agency explored hacking into cars and crashing them, allowing 'nearly undetectable assassinations'
5) The CIA hid vulnerabilities that could be used by hackers from other countries or governments
6) More information is coming

The documents have still not been looked through entirely. There are 8,378 pages of files, some of which have already been analyzed but many of which haven't.

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How do you know your new smart light bulbs and toothbrush are secure?  Well, wonder no more.  Consumer Reports is going to start rating products on data security and privacy.

Hey, your cool new robot may be a security risk.  Sarah Connor is getting ready.  (Not security related, but some will have real skin that can be harvested for medical reasons. Some Called a nondeterministic universal Turing machine (NUTM), it's predicted that the technology could execute all possible algorithms at once by taking advantage of DNA's ability to replicate almost perfect copies of itself over billions of years.  Some have the ability to play games.  Time to Fold, Humans: Poker-Playing AI Beats Pros at Texas Hold’em.  The feat represents a leap forward in developing artificial intelligence that can learn with incomplete information and this will really make Sarah’s head explode.)

You have to love Scientific American.

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My book arrived in the mail and here is fruit salad dressing that I promised.  This is more than ½ a century old (66 years actually) I would call it a substitute for sweet sour sauce if needed.  From Amy Vanderbilt’s ‘Complete Cookbook,’ my 49 cents well spent.

Honey Dressing for Fruit

2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
½ teaspoon paprika (sweet)
1/4 teaspoon powdered cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated onion
1 cup salad oil

Combine dry ingredients, mix with honey, vinegar, lemon juice, and onion.  Add oil gradually, beating smoothly. Makes about 2 cups dressing.

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I have been seeing the word ‘meme’ frequently lately.  I thought it would just pass and was one of those fad type new words that pop up every so often.  I truly did not know its origin or its meaning.

I finally had to look it up when I saw the joke . . .”Chuck Norris, who ever heard of her.”  Then the next line said, “This is a greatest meme of all time.”  My computer considers the word ‘meme’ a misspelled word.  I have had the word added to my computer’s dictionary.

Definition of meme

    1   :  an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture

    Memes (discrete units of knowledge, gossip, jokes and so on) are to culture what genes are to life. Just as biological evolution is driven by the survival of the fittest genes in the gene pool, cultural evolution may be driven by the most successful memes. — Richard Dawkins

    2    :  an amusing or interesting item (such as a captioned picture or video) or genre of items that is spread widely online especially through social media
    … the band encouraged fans to make memes to advertise the U.S. release of their EP … — William Gruger

    The grumpy cat meme frowned its way onto the Internet in September 2012 and never turned its dissatisfied head back. Since then, the image of the cranky cat has grown more and more popular in direct proportion to appearing less and less impressed by fame. — Anastasia Thrift

memetic play \me-'me-tik, m?-\ adjective

… the exhibition seeks to give a sense not only of Holmes's origins but of the real-world milieu in which Conan Doyle set him and of his memetic spread through the culture. — Sam Leith

Just an FYI, it is pronounced (meem) and is in the list of the top 1% of words that are currently looked up.  Now I do not feel so bad as I am not the only one.

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    Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.

    Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

    Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much leave me the hell alone.

    The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and leaky tire.

    Some days you’re the bug; some days you’re the windshield.

    If you ever feel you are worthless remember that you are full of expensive organs.

    It’s always darkest before dawn. So if you’re going to steal your neighbor’s newspaper, that’s the time to do it.

    Don’t be irreplaceable. If you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted.

    Always remember that you’re unique, just like everyone else…

    Never test the depth of the water with both feet.

    Good judgment comes from bad experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

    If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.

    No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.

    Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

    If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

    The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.

    A closed mouth gathers no foot.

    Duct tape is like ‘The Force’. It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.

    Generally speaking, you aren’t learning much when your lips are moving.

    Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.

    If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments.

From the Blog www.SivanaSprit.com  East

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Lifting Spirits (from the same Blog)

We are all beings of vibrating energy with a measurable frequency. This is pure physics!

However, you don’t need to understand science to know when you feel “off!” If you are feeling down, your vibration needs to be raised!

Here are 10 ways to easily raise your vibration when you are feeling down:

1) Go Outside
The flow of air, even if it is cold or raining, will instantly lighten you up. Sit against a tree. Watch a sunrise or sunset. Put your feet in the dirt. Connecting to nature is one of the fastest ways to feel better.

2) Take a Walk
Getting your heart rate up is one of the best ways to lighten you up. Just a brisk 10-minute walk will change the energy flow of your body. The endorphin rush is an added bonus!

3) Soak in the Tub (or Swim in the Ocean)
Pour two cups of Epsom or Himalayan salt into a running bath. Soak for at least 20 minutes.
Add lavender essential oil if possible.
The salt will instantly clear your aura and aids in dispelling the heavy energy.

4) Hold a Crystal
Crystals come from the earth and are not influenced by emotions or stress. They have a pure energy as long as they are cleared. Each crystal has a different vibration.
Trust that whatever you are drawn to is what you need. First, clear it by washing in water. Next, charge it in the sun. Then, hold it in your hand and notice if you can feel any energy coming from it.
My favorites are selenite, amethyst, clear quartz, and rose quartz.

5) Dance to Some Music
Music is a natural stress reliever. If you are feeling down, it sometimes is hard to motivate yourself to move. Put on something upbeat that you have a positive association with.
The good memories will give you a boost, and it might just get you up on the dance floor.
Just listening to the music helps, but you get the added benefit of endorphins when you shake your hips!

6) Pet a Dog or Cat
There is a reason why people love animals so much.
They love unconditionally and make us feel better just by being in their presence. When you cuddle with your pet, notice the shift in your vibration as your energy aligns with theirs.

7) Take Deep Breaths
Just the act of taking three deep breaths causes the autonomic nervous system to calm down.
In plain English, that means that you instantly feel better and less stressed!
Breathe in through your nose and exhale audibly through your mouth.
8) Shower Yourself in White Light
This simple visualization has immense healing benefits!
See yourself standing under a showerhead where brilliant white light is pouring over your head and working its way down your body, taking everything that no longer serves you with it down into the Earth.
If you can do this visualization in the shower, even better!
The moving energy of the water combined with the imagery makes it a powerful exercise.

9) Tap Your Chest
Your thymus gland is located in the center of your chest. When you thump it, a la Tarzan, you are stimulating your energies, boosting your immunity, and releasing stress.
Tap it for 15 seconds while taking deep breaths and repeating, “All is well.”

10) Sleep
Sometimes, rest is really the only thing that will make us feel better.
In this sleep-deprived society, taking a nap is sometimes the best fix for what ails you. Honor this need!

Try these tips when you need a lift. By raising your vibration, you naturally feel better!

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A robber was robbing a house. All of a sudden someone said, "Jesus is watching you!"

"What? Oh well," said the robber and he went back to work. When he started to pick up the VCR, he heard the voice again,

"Jesus is watching you!" it said again.

This time the robber pointed his flashlight at the voice and asked, "Who said that?

" It was a parrot. "I'm Moses," said the parrot.

"Who in the world would name you Moses?" asked the robber.

The parrot answered, "The same man that named the pitbull in the corner Jesus!"

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I will see some of you at exercise.  Stay well another week.

George


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