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today’s news … Saturday, January 28

In Uncategorized on January 28, 2012 at 5:30 am

today’s news and information gleanings from here and there! 

Quote for today… “The collapse of the Soviet system was a pretty extraordinary event, and we are currently experiencing something similar in the developed world, without fully realizing what’s happening.” – George Soros, in Newsweek (January 23, 2012) article, “George Soros on the Coming U.S. Class War

  • Some guys don’t get it! “Outside advisers are urging (Rick Santorum) to pack up in Florida completely and not spend another minute in a state where he is cruising toward a loss. But Santorum insisted on Friday that he would return once he has readied his taxes for public release.” – York Dispatch

  • Is spring coming? Has a mild, almost snowless, winter tricked the flowers. Little green plants are beginning to shoot out; this may be just the evidence the ground hog needs to call for spring.

The Conversation: “Left with a bad taste? You could have ‘pine mouth’”

In Everyday Living, Government on January 28, 2012 at 5:28 am

Bad pine nuts can leave you with a metallic taste in your mouth for up to two weeks. Gemma Bou

“Pine nuts are those crunchy, delectable seeds we scatter over summer salads, use to make pesto and that form the base of some favourite desserts, such as pignoli and baklava. They usually have a sweet, buttery, resinous flavor. But some people can find them distasteful.

“Some consumers complain of a bitter metallic taste in their mouth (metallogeusia) that begins one to three days after eating pine nuts and may persist up to two weeks before resolving. This phenomenon has become known as “pine mouth” and is being increasingly reportedacross the world.

“Over the past three years, the United States Food and Drug Administration has received more than four hundred complaintsof taste disturbances following the consumption of pine nuts. In France, more than three thousand cases have been reported to poison centres in the same period.

“Eating pine nuts is not a new thing. They have been a staple of Indigenous cuisine since Palaeolithic times, from Asia and Europe, to the Americas. For their size, pine nuts are rich in calories, most of which comes from their high content of mono-unsaturated fatty acids (MUFA).

“A Mediterranean diet, which is rich in foods containing MUFAs, is thought to prevent heart disease by improving blood cholesterol levels and reducing inflammation. Pine nuts are also rich in dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals essential for good health.

It’s best to eat pine nuts immediately or store them in the freezer. Annalibera

“But why now, after centuries of salade landaise, are we finding pine nuts so disagreeable?

“Jamie Oliver and rise of culinary experimentation are partly to blame.  To continue reading this article, click here to read it at The Conversation.

Lunch standards get healthier: The federal government released new standards for healthier school lunches.

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, Lists on January 28, 2012 at 5:27 am

“Northern High School senior Mikayla Warner, left, laughs at sophomore Zac Martick as the duo, along with fellow sophomore, Taryn Casey, have lunch Friday. The group admitted they’re not really fans of all the healthy options in the lunchroom, but the school’s offering more because of new U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations.” (DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS — JASON PLOTKIN)

This York Daily Record article is a good treatment of the newly released U.S. Department of Agriculture standards released earlier this week.

By BILL LANDAUER, Daily Record/Sunday News

“York, PA – Zac “Attack” Martick, a 16-year-old sophomore from Northern High School, is a ham-and-cheese-on-pretzel-bread man.

“Sixteen-year-old Taryn Casey held up a pizza stick, and said it was her favorite thing on the menu.

“Ariel Forbes, 16, pointed at her macaroni and cheese. Other kids gushed about the scalloped potatoes.

“Inside the food-court area of the cafeteria, piles of lettuce sat untouched on the salad bar. Workers had heaped prepared salads on a metal serving tray.

“A new set of standards for school cafeterias will require schools like Northern to lighten up on their favorites and add to the fruits and vegetables.

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture Tuesday unveiled new standards geared to make school meals more healthy. It eliminates high-fat milk, requires more whole-grain bread and pasta and more fruits and Read the rest of this entry »