How to dehydrate and store food

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Here is Part 1, she has more on her channel, please check them out.

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January 05, 2009

This is part 1 of a 5 part series on dehydrating. Watch out for more videos to come on important topics like canning, and dehydrating fruits.

Video Breakdown:
-What type of dehydrator to buy (0:28)
-Ginger (1:24)
-Broccoli (1:49)
-Potatoes (2:21)
-Pre-treating and blanching potatoes (2:41)
-Sweet Potatoes (4:09)
-Lemons (4:55)
-Oranges (5:07)
-Zucchini and summer squash (5:20)
-Carrots (5:55)
-pre-treating w/ Lemon juice v. absorbic acid v. honey (6:26)
-Peppers (7:56)-Spinach (9:05)

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Bair Says Insurance Fund Could Be Insolvent This Year

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By Alison Vekshin

March 4 (Bloomberg) — Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Sheila Bair said the fund it uses to protect customer deposits at U.S. banks could dry up amid a surge in bank failures, as she responded to an industry outcry against new fees approved by the agency.

“Without these assessments, the deposit insurance fund could become insolvent this year,” Bair wrote in a March 2 letter to the industry. U.S. community banks plan to flood the FDIC with about 5,000 letters in protest of the fees, according to a trade group.


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h/t: Speaking Truth to Power


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When Securitization Blew Up; So Did the Economy By Mike Whitney

Richard C. Cook on Alex Jones 03.03.09

Modern Money Mechanics Federal Reserve

Inflation and the Dollar’s crash (2008)

America’s Fiscal Collapse by Michel Chossudovsky

Social Collapse Best Practices by Dmitry Orlov

The Economy Sucks and or Collapse 2

“Closed Zone,” from the director of animation of “Waltz with Bashir”

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Crossposted with permission from Jewish Peace News

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Yoni Goodman, the director of animation for the movie “Waltz with Bashir,” created a very short film called “Closed Zone” to illustrate the effects of closure in Gaza. For the last 18 months, Israel has maintained a siege of Gaza, strictly limiting who and what enters or exits the small & overcrowded strip of land. (Despite having withdrawn the Jewish settlers from Gaza in 2005, Israel maintains control over Gaza’s land, air and water borders, including indirect control over the Rafah border with Egypt.) This 1.5 minute film takes the perspective of an individual and shows what that closure looks like through his eyes. [See video below]

The film was created for the organization Gisha: Legal Center for the Freedom of Movement, which is an Israeli human rights organization dedicated to protecting the freedom of movement for Palestinians. Their website is accessible and informative, with excellent reports on, among other things, the struggle to open Gaza’s borders for aid and rebuilding materials and on the status of Gaza’s students, trapped in Gaza and prevented from attending to their studies.

“Closed Zone” has garnered some media attention: Huffington Post and Ha’aretz wrote about it, with the Ha’aretz article pointing out Egypt’s role in controlling the Rafah border. The film shows Egypt being pressured by Israel to keep the Rafah border closed. (The Ha’aretz article is here:

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Lincoln Shlensky adds:

It is notable that with the release of this animated short the animator (Yoni Goodman), and not the director (Ari Folman), of “Waltz with Bashir” makes the historical connection between the Sabra and Shatila massacre and the present Israeli occupation. Folman’s feature film, as others have pointed out, avoids any explicit discussion or analysis of this crucial historical link, and so the film feels politically disengaged from the present political context (and from what we now know of the strategic aims and historical consequences of Israel’s 1982 Lebanon invasion). Jeffrey Skoller, who teaches film studies at the University of California, Berkeley, has argued that Folman’s film therefore seems to be engaged in an extended act of mourning for Israelis, but hardly for Palestinians, and so ends up being largely self-serving. Goodman’s short new film is surprisingly devoid of context as well, leaving it to the viewer to understand and fill in the history of Palestinian dispossession that gives context to his “everyman” character’s feeling of being walled in from all sides in Gaza.


Closed Zone


Gisha – Legal Center for Freedom of Movement calls on the State of Israel to fully open Gaza’s crossings and to allow the real victims of the closure – 1.5 million human beings – the freedom of movement necessary to realize their dreams and aspirations.

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Hasan Abu Nimah & Ali Abunimah: Did Clinton Sabotage a Palestinian reconciliation?

Gaza: Failed Siege

Look to the West Bank + Israel to double up West Bank settlers


Hasan Abu Nimah & Ali Abunimah: Did Clinton Sabotage a Palestinian reconciliation?

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Crossposted with permission from Jewish Peace News

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Yes, she did! – say the authors of this essay.

They ask: “Was the Sharm al-Sheikh summit then really about helping the people of Gaza or was it about exploiting their suffering to continue the long war against Hamas by other means?” To which they respond:

“Indeed, Clinton had already confirmed the politicization of reconstruction aid when she told VOA [Voice of America], “We want to strengthen a Palestinian partner willing to accept the conditions outlined by the Quartet,” and, “our aid dollars will flow based on these principles.”

The article points out the application of different and opposing standards to Israel and to Hamas: While Hamas is supposed to recognize Israel and renounce violence, Israel’s violence is not only accepted, but actually underwritten by the stream of US (and other countries’) weapons flowing in its direction.

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Did Clinton sabotage a Palestinian reconciliation?

By Hasan Abu Nimah and Ali Abunimah
The Electronic Intifada
4 March 2009

Still reeling from the Israeli massacres in the occupied Gaza Strip, Palestinians have lately had little to celebrate. So the strong start to intra-Palestinian reconciliation talks in Cairo last week provided a glimmer of hope.

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Mosaic News – 3/4/09: World News From The Middle East

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“Hague court issues warrant for Sudan’s Bashir,” Al Jazeera English, Qatar
“Iraq Trial of Members of Saddam’s Regime Continue,” Al-Iraqiya TV, Iraq
“Afghan Election Date Highlights Political and Security Uncertainty,” Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
“Clinton arrives in Ramallah for talks with Abbas,” Dubai TV, UAE
“Iran holds international conference in support of Palestinians,” Press TV, Iran
“A wedding on the Rubble in Gaza,” Al Aqsa, Gaza
“Layoffs hit record high in Israel,” IBA TV, Israel
“Real Estate Prices in Dubai Plunge,” Al Arabiya TV, UAE
“Wanted: Prince Waleed!” New TV, Lebanon
Produced for Link TV by Jamal Dajani.

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Memos Provide Blueprint for Police State by Prof. Marjorie Cohn

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by Prof. Marjorie Cohn
Global Research, March 4, 2009

Seven newly released memos from the Bush Justice Department reveal a concerted strategy to cloak the President with power to override the Constitution. The memos provide “legal” rationales for the President to suspend freedom of speech and press; order warrantless searches and seizures, including wiretaps of U.S. citizens; lock up U.S. citizens indefinitely in the United States without criminal charges; send suspected terrorists to other countries where they will likely be tortured; and unilaterally abrogate treaties. According to the reasoning in the memos, Congress has no role to check and balance the executive. That is the definition of a police state.

Who wrote these memos? All but one were crafted in whole or in part by the infamous John Yoo and Jay Bybee, authors of the so-called “torture memos” that redefined torture much more narrowly than the U.S. definition of torture, and counseled the President how to torture and get away with it. In one memo, Yoo said the Justice Department would not enforce U.S. laws against torture, assault, maiming and stalking, in the detention and interrogation of enemy combatants.

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