The Most Astounding and Startling Newsletter from George Rucker for September 19, 2017

Hey you,                                                                                    17 Sept 17

There are many times when you want to have a chat in private, such as when you have something confidential to say or you simply don't want the world listening in. Hey, that's what social media's for!

Imagine you have a personal butler, eager to run errands on your behalf. You want to send a private message, so you put a hand-written note in an envelope and give it to your butler for delivery, hiding its contents from plain sight. There is a risk, however, that your butler could be bribed, threatened, or just plain nosy, deciding to read your message before delivering it, and perhaps sharing it with others. Not so private after all...

The way people have historically gotten around this problem is sealing the letter in wax, to discourage people from prying.

Today, online messaging is similar, with messaging apps serving as your butler. Instead of sealing an envelope, though, you can use "encryption" to ensure your message remains private. Encryption is simply a means of converting text into a jumble of letters and numbers that's unreadable to anyone without the key to unlock it. If only you and the receiver have the key, then only the two of you can get access to your private message, and not the messaging service (butler) or anyone else. This is known as "end-to-end encryption." Great news: there's software freely available that can do this for you automatically!

If you'd like an easy way to use secure, end-to-end encrypted messaging, my browser highly recommend "Signal."  It's free, open source, and available from the iPhone and Android app stores. Not only that, it also allows you to make secure voice calls. Your butler would approve!

As for myself I do not use any app and never talk about anything confidential, if I want to meet and talk with confidentiality I just go and meet them face-to-face.


A police officer pulls over a speeding car. The officer says, “I clocked you at 80 miles per hour, sir."

The husband says, “Gee, officer, I had it on cruise control at 60; perhaps your radar gun needs calibrating.”

Not looking up from her knitting the wife says: “Now don't be silly, dear -- you know that this car doesn't have cruise control."

As the officer writes out the ticket, the husband looks over at his wife and growls, “Can’t you please keep your mouth shut for once!!?”

The wife smiles demurely and says, “ Well dear you should be thankful your radar detector went off when it did or your speed would have been higher.”

As the officer makes out the second ticket for the illegal radar detector unit, the man glowers at his wife and says through clenched teeth, “Woman, can’t you keep your mouth shut?”

The officer frowns and says, “And I notice that you're not wearing your seat belt, sir. That’s an automatic $75 fine.”

The driver says, “Yeah, well, you see, officer, I had it on, but I took it off when you pulled me over so that I could get my license out of my back pocket.”

The wife says, “Now, dear, you know very well that you didn’t have your seat belt on. You never wear your seat belt when you’re driving.”

And as the police officer is writing out the third ticket, the driver turns to his wife and barks, “WILL YOU PLEASE SHUT UP!! ?”;

The officer looks over at the woman and asks, “Does your husband always talk to you this way, Ma’am?”

(I love this part)

"Only when he's had too much to drink".


1) You are reading this.
2) You are human.
3) You can't say the letter ''P'' without separating your lips.
4) You just attempted to do it.
6) You are laughing at yourself.
7) You have a smile on your face and you skipped No. 5.
8) You just checked to see if there is a No. 5.
9) You laugh at this because you are a fun-loving person & everyone does it too.
10) You are probably going to send this to see who else falls for it.  You have received this e-mail because I didn't want to be alone in the older category.

Have a great Day. Laugh, and then Laugh and sing " It's a Beautiful Morning" even when it's not.

   "Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many."


Unless you have been living in a vacuum you have heard that Equifax, the credit company was hacked.  Approximately 1/3 of our population had data taken.  I tried to see if I was in the group but could not find out, so I assume not.  I myself do not use the service but others with whom I deal with might, banks, credit unions, merchants etc.

Equifax has been posting information on a daily basis, look up Cybersecurity Incident & Important Consumer Information if interested.  The following was posted on the 13th of September.

1) Updated information on U.S. website application vulnerability.  Equifax has been intensely investigating the scope of the intrusion with the assistance of a leading, independent cybersecurity firm to determine what information was accessed and who has been impacted. We know that criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability. The vulnerability was Apache Struts CVE-2017-5638. We continue to work with law enforcement as part of our criminal investigation, and have shared indicators of compromise with law enforcement.

2) Temporary interruption to credit freeze sign-up link.  Due to the high volume of security freeze requests, we experienced temporary technical difficulties and our system was offline for approximately an hour at 5PM ET on September 13, 2017 to address this issue. We apologize for any inconvenience.

3) More details on consumer exemption from arbitration clause.  Questions continue to be raised about the arbitration clause and class action waiver language that was originally in the terms of use for the free credit file monitoring and identity theft protection products that we are offering called TrustedID Premier. We have removed that language from the TrustedID Premier Terms of Use and it will not apply to the free products offered in response to the cybersecurity incident or for claims related to the cybersecurity incident itself. The arbitration language will not apply to any consumer who signed up before the language was removed.


For your information: The worlds oldest panda, Basi, has died at 37 years old.  She outlived her peers by nearly two decades.  I never knew the average life expectancy of a panda was only about 20 years.


I found this interesting.  This is from Associated Press and posted on the 13th of September.

Scientists in Ecuador's Galapagos islands are hoping to restore a tortoise species believed extinct since the 1800s.
The Chelonoidis elephantopus lived on Floreana Island and was captured by seamen in large numbers for food during long journeys across the Pacific. The species is thought to have disappeared shortly after Charles Darwin's celebrated visit to the treasured archipelago.

A group of international scientists who collected 1,700 blood samples from tortoises on Isabel Island farther north during a research expedition in 2012 made a surprising discovery: 80 had genetic traces of the lost species.   Today, with the results of this investigation, we can tell the world that it is possible to reverse negative effects on the environment. We are going to recover an extinct species.

The 20 tortoises identified as having the highest amounts of Floreana DNA have been placed in corrals containing three females and two males each in hopes of one day repopulating the island with close copies of the extinct species.

Jaime Chaves, an evolutionary biology professor at San Francisco University in Quito, described the study as an important example of how advancements in molecular science can potentially help reintroduce a bygone species.

"It's very exciting to witness the reach of these genetic studies, identifying individuals with the potential to be a starting point for the recovery of a unique lineage believed extinct," he said.

Let us hope they do not find any traces or markers of dinosaur blood as some movies might come true due to selective breeding..


This recipe will be a keeper at my house.  Just a note, the recipe calls for precooked wild rice which is a little hard to find.  For convenience you can substitute 2 cups of your own cooked wild rice or use a package of precooked brown rice.

This recipe was outstanding but rather large.  The left overs had the rice absorb more liquid than I would have liked.  Here is my improvement... Do not put the rice into the main pot.  Add about 1/4 cup cooked wild rice per bowl and let it sit for about 3 minutes in the heated soup then add the bacon for the garnish and serve.

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
by Ann Taylor Pittman in the October 2017 issue of Cooking Light


5 bacon slices, chopped
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup thinly sliced carrot
½ cup thinly sliced celery
1 Tbsp. Fresh thyme leaves
1 (8-oz.) package presliced cremini mushrooms
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups unsalted chicken stock
1 cup water
4 cups lightly packed chopped curly kale
1 tsp, kosher salt
½ tsp. Black pepper
6 oz. Shredded skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast (about 1.5 cups)
1 (8-oz.) Package precooked wild rice (such as Simply Balanced)
1 cup half-and-half
1 ½ oz., all -purpose flour (about 1/3 cup)


1.  Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat.  Add bacon to pan; cook 4 minutes or until crisp.  Remove bacon from pan with a slotted spoon, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings.  Add onion, carrot, and celery to drippings in pan; saute 3 minut4es.  Add thyme, mushrooms, and garlic; saute 5 minutes.  Add stock and 1 cup water; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, and simmer 8 minutes.  Stir in chicken and rice.

2.  Combine half-and-half and flour in bowl, stirring with a whisk.  Stir into soup; cook 2 minutes or until thickened.  Top with bacon and serve.

Serving size about 1 2/3 cup and only 261 calories.


It is time for a fall recipe, this can easily be made for Thanksgiving.

Cranberry Chutney Recipe


    3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
    1 cup chopped dried apricots
    ½  cup chopped dates
    ½  cup chopped onion
    ½  cup cider vinegar
    ½  cup light corn syrup
    3/4 cup packed brown sugar
    1 tablespoon grated orange peel
    3/4 cup orange juice
    ½  teaspoon ground mustard
 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon ground ginger


In a large heavy saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until thickened and cranberries have popped.
Chill. Serve as an accompaniment to turkey or pork. Yield: about 3-1/2 cups.

Originally published as Cranberry Chutney in Country Woman September/October 1992, p31


Will I Live to 90? (Here's something to think about.)

I recently had to choose a new primary care doctor. After two visits and exhaustive lab tests, she said I was doing fairly well for my age, (I am past eighty).

A little concerned about that comment, I couldn't resist asking her, 'Do you think I'll live to be 90?'

She asked, 'Do you smoke tobacco, or drink beer, wine or hard liquor?' 'Oh no,' I replied. 'I'm not doing drugs, either!'

Then she asked, 'Do you eat rib-eye steaks and barbecued ribs?' 'I said, 'Not much... My former doctor said that all red meat is very unhealthy!'

'Do you spend a lot of time in the sun, like playing golf, boating, sailing, hiking, or bicycling?' 'No, I don't,' I said.

She asked, 'Do you gamble, drive fast cars, or have a lot of sex?' 'No,' I said.........

She looked at me quizzically and said, 'Then, why do you even care????


The other day I was reading about plants.  A statement was made that almost every plant in the world can live in Hawaii.  When I lived in the Phillippines, I found that pretty much every vegetable I wanted to grow would do so.  Perhaps the same would be true about Hawaii.  I have been there two times and must say it is perhaps one of the most beautiful places to be.  They have flowers blooming year round.

I had a stump in the Phillippines that had hundreds of orchid blossoms blooming all the time, yet orchids of many varieties bloom in Hawaii.

This article is from

Living life in Hawaii is a dream for a lot of people. Many who can afford a vacation to the Hawaiian islands return home and are a little bit shell-shocked. In a good way. Hawaii is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world.

If you’re one of those who has visited one of the Hawaiian islands: Oahu, Maui, Big Island, Kauai, Lanai, or Molokai you will inevitably ask yourself the question:
What’s life in Hawaii like? Can I live in Hawaii?

Everyone asks themselves if they can do it too… live in the paradise that was only a dream before they actually went and experienced Hawaii in real-time.

Should you move to Hawaii? Find out and take the quiz.

Negatives: Island fever, high cost of living, parking, traffic, petty thieves, and limited  mainland-ish things to do.

Positives: Perfect weather, laid back lifestyle, cultural experience, so much to actually do outdoors.


Do you think you can listen to FM radio on your Windows computer?

This is a great question, because while there are a lot of radio stations that offer live streaming, it is a pain to go to each Web site to find what you want, and most don’t have an attractive player app or similar. There’s also really no way you can find a great new station because it’s hard to know about radio stations in other cities, let alone other countries. There are directories of streaming stations in some apps, like I Heart Radio from broadcast company Clear Channel, but I prefer the independently owned TuneIn.  As an added bonus it is free unless you go for Audiobooks, Professional sports or Commercial-free stations.  It is very easy to use.


Just for your information Tony Romo, the last quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, did the play by play of the Pat’s game.  He is outstanding and much better than others in this field.


This weekend Patty and I went with three grandchildren to the Coonamessett Farm.  It is great for many reasons and well worth the trip.  You can pick your own veggies or berries that are currently in season.  It is like having your own huge garden.   You can gather eggs just laid by the chicken.   They also have goats, ducks, lamas, and I think one goose but it could be one very large duck.  They also have turkeys that you can put your order in for a fresh turkey for Thanksgiving if you wish.

277 Hatchville Road * East Falmouth * Cape Cod * MA. Ph: 508-563-2560

Hours:  9 to 5, 7 days a week

Coonamessett Farm is a twenty-acre farming and research enterprise located on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, USA. The operation is organized in three Divisions: Agricultural Production, Research, and Consulting. Coonamessett Farm has been serving public- and private-sector clients locally and globally since 1989.

Mission Statement

Coonamessett Farm is dedicated to the responsible stewardship and maintenance of the biodiversity of our planet.  Our purpose is the development and transfer of appropriate technology in support of farming and fishing communities that are environmentally sound and compatible with  a sustainable future.

The facility is large enough for some functions like Birthday Parties, Weddings and other special events etc.

They were serving something I always thought was sacrilegious, “Vegetarian Chili.”  - crumbled tofu, roasted peppers and onions, red kidney beans, tomato and mildly seasoned.  Well I was pleasantly surprised as it was excellent.  My guess any kind of “chili” is good.  Donations would also be a tax deduction is my guess.

If you purchase an annual membership you can pick whatever is in season (couldn't get fresher, right!).  You can walk through the farm and visit the animals, engage the staff in farming and animal conversations and just generally enjoy farm life without all the hard work.

All members can receive Farmer Ron's enlightening email messages (which also includes current farm events).


Stop thinking that because you have a college degree it makes you smart...

I know a lot of people that have driver’s license and can’t drive for shit.


That be it for this week, have a great week.


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