Fresh Off the Press – Egypt’s Morsi Overthrown

Morsi has just been overthrown!

Another Egyptian success? Al-Jazeera is reporting live (link to newsroom) now.

Back on March 20, 2011, I wrote this on my old Blogger:

Mubarak has resigned!
Today is a new day! Yesterday when he had said he would continue his reign sadness and despair was felt throughout the world. However, he has resigned today (whether it was by force or coersion) he has now stepped out of office.

While this is at once a jubilant occasion, she can’t help but feel sorry for the man. He held such strong convictions of his effect upon his nation that he must have despaired to leave in such a manner. Sadness for him…mking it seem as if the past thirty years were for naught.

Then again, we will never know the future until it comes.

This is interesting; here we are again at the crosswords. So basically, Morsi will have no say in the next way the government is set up. Removal of a president not through “legal means, ballot box but through the force and support of the Opposition party”.

A removal by the Army; a coup d’etat.

Do you think this will lead to more civil war? This also bears the question: just because we hate one thing, we throw it out, would that mean that every time we hate something we try to toss it out? At every step? Would success and betterment happen that way?

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4th of July! Time to Eat, but SAFETY FIRST!

Hello Dear Readers,

We are one day away from the Independence of our United States; the great 4th of July. Get out the fireworks! Pour out the drinks! Light up the grill! Are you getting ready for another year of delicious BBQ, family hangout time, and fun activities?

But, you know what’s worse than that awful hangover you may have from one-too-many-beers (or insert drink or activity of choice here) the next day? Keeling over the porcelein throne heaving your guts out and being incredibly sick in bed with possible fevers and chills the next day. What could it have come from? Was it the egg salad? Was it the meat?

The pain. The agony. The tortuous hours you could have been spent having fun, but instead were awfully sick with “the bug” is indeed preventable! Indeed, The super common 24-hour “flu”, as we all call it, is actually from toxin formation (especially from Bacillus cereus and Staphylococcus aureus) within foods that have not been stored at the right temperatures or are left to sit out for long periods of time!

Don’t forget, first and foremost, that food safety (proper handling and storage) is imperative to a delightful and eventful weekend of shenanigans.

Ready to Eat ALL the delicious food?

Here are 4 simple tips offered by the FDA to best prevent food poisoning!

USDA Blog Infographic

Clean and wash hands, counter-tops, and other surfaces often.

  • Wash your hands with Soap and Water! A good rule of thumb here is to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice. Don’t forget to scrub between your fingernails too!
  • WASH YOUR HANDS between handling meats, vegetables, raw, and cooked products.
  • Keep Towels and a Sanitizer In the Kitchen. Every time there is a spill, or splatter, make sure to wipe it up!

Separate and don’t cross-contaminate.

  • Keep MEATS and VEGETABLES separate.
  • Use different cutting boards and plates for meats/poultry/seafood, vegetables, raw, and cooked products.
  • WASH YOUR HANDS between handling meats, poultry, seafood, vegetables, raw, and cooked products.

Cook food to proper temperatures to kill the harmful bacteria.

  • ALWAYS USE A FOOD THERMOMETER. I know, I know…you’re recipe passed down the family says to cook it, and poke the center. “If it pokes back, then it’s ready to eat!” Please don’t do this! Please use a thermometer to test the inside of your food. Oftentimes, it is because the proper temperatures are not met within the food product (especially meats, poultry, and seafood) that foodborne illness occurs. 
  • Do not thaw foods at room temperature; thaw in the refrigerator!

Attached is a copy of the “Safe Minimum Cooking Temperatures” Chart as provided by Foodsafety.gov

Safe Minimum Cooking Temperatures For Food

Safe Minimum Cooking Temperatures For Food

Store and refrigerate food (and leftovers) ASAP!

  • The super common 24-hour “flu”, as we all call it, is actually from toxin formation (especially from Bacillus cereus and Staphylococus aureus) within foods that have not been stored at the right temperatures or are left to sit out for long periods of time! 
Keep Hot Foods above 135F, Keep Cold Foods below 41F

Keep Hot Foods above 135F, Keep Cold Foods below 41F

  • Especially if the weather is hot, please refrigerate all your food within 1 hour.
  • Do not leave food at room temperature for longer than 2 hours.
  • There are other guidelines for this; however, we’re assuming that you are enjoying the hot (perhaps humid) summer weather for this 4th of July. Please remember to put your food into the refrigerator.
  • Use a Cooler! 🙂
  • Again, do not thaw foods at room temperature.
  • Reheat leftovers thoroughly!

These basic food safety tips are provided to you by the FDA and the USDA. For further information, please click on the links provided below!

Here’s to all of you having a safe, enjoyable, and fun Fourth of July!

Happy Independence Day!

For Further Food Safety Links and Sites

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Is There Something in Those Layers?

Daily Prompt: A Mystery Wrapped in an Engima

Tell us something most people probably don’t know about you.

 

What don’t you know about me? That’s a really good question; I’m the most open book in the world. I think? We think? If we think it, it must be true, right?

What isn’t there to know? I love to work. I love to play. I love to talk. I love to eat. I love to derp. There is so much derping involved it’s almost disgusting. Maybe that’s what it is? I’m “derping” when I should be working. I’m “derping” when I should be talking, when I should be eating, even when I should be playing.

Well, no, I don’t suppose that is news to anyone.

I don’t think my mind draws a blank; but if I’m not telling you – or as this prompt seems to imply, “most people” something – then it’s probably not something I have deemed nor will ever share, right? But then, what about me don’t you know. We all know that I am the openest book out there.

Harmony Chai Recall of Black Spiced Chai & Decaf Rooibos Chai

Harmony Chai Recall of Concentrated Black Spiced Chai and Decaffeinated Rooibos Chai

Due to Possible Health Risk – Botulism


Reason: Possible Clostridium botulinum  contamination; presence of organism may lead to toxin production.
Type of Recall: Voluntary by Company – not properly processed

Packs/Codes Information:

Concentrated Black Spiced Chai [22 oz. (650 mL) & 64 oz. (1892.7 mL)
Harmony Chai Concentrated Black Spiced Chai [22 oz (650 mL)]

Harmony Chai Concentrated Black Spiced Chai (22 oz.)
UPC 0510501311

Harmony Chai Concentrated Black Spiced Chai [64 oz. (1892.7mL)] UPC: 0510501301

Harmony Chai Concentrated Black Spiced Chai (64 oz.)
UPC 0510501301

Decaffeinated Roobois Chai 22 oz (624.25 mL)
Harmony Chai Decaffeinated Roobios Chai (22 oz & 64 oz) [UPC 9450402431 & 0510501301]

Harmony Chai Decaffeinated Roobios Chai (22 oz )
UPC 9450402431

Harmony Chai Decaffeinated Roobios Chai (64 oz) [UPC 0510501301]

Harmony Chai Decaffeinated Roobios Chai (64 oz.)
UPC 0510501301

Information
  • Concentrated Black Spiced Chai: UPC 0510501311 (22 oz.) ;  UPC 0510501301 (64 oz.)
  • Decaffeinated Roobios Chai: UPC 9450402431 (22 oz.) ; UPC 0510501301 (64 oz.)

Distribution: Western Washington farmers markets, grocery stores, cafes [San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and King Counties]

Action for Consumers: 

  • Botulism can be potentially fatal food poisoning: general weakness, dizziness, double-vision, trouble with speak or swallowing, difficulty breathing, weak muscles, constipation/abdominal distension. Onset of symptoms within 48 hours to 1 week. Seek medical attention if expressing symptoms.
  • Return product to place of purchase for full refund. 

Company Contact: 

Harmony Chai
P.O. Box 792
Attn: Recall Division
Eastsound, WA 98245
HarmonyChaiRecall@gmail.com

[Link to FDA Recall]

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