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It's Like Buttah!

robert krampfI stumbled across a youtube video last week in which a jovial, heavily-bearded chap named Robert Krampf showed us all how easy it is to make butter.

It was pure food porn.

So this weekend I made my first batch of home-made butter. First, I bought a pint of whipping cream and let it sit out overnight. This, so I'm told, allows lactic acid to build up in the cream, a necessary step in breaking down the zillions of little fat globules.

The next morning I poured the cream into a sealed container and gave it a good, solid shake about once every second. After about three minutes the butter suddenly separated from the buttermilk into one fat glob. It was like magic!

After that you pour off the buttermilk and then rinse the butter until the water runs clear. That's all there is to it. It was very soft and creamy but it stiffened up once refrigerated for a while. You can add salt or herbs at this point for extra fancy butter.

No one really needs to do this as butter is dirt cheap at the grocery store but it's nice to know how stuff works.

For your convenience I've embedded Mr. Krampf's video in the Video Vault, below the fold. If you're interested in this subject you might want to view one of the many other butter-making videos on youtube. There's more than one way to skin a buttery cat.


ziggy's giftAnother amazing discovery this weekend was "Ziggy's Gift", an Emmy award-winning animation from 1982. And, yes, this Christmas-season production starred THAT Ziggy.

About now you're probably questioning my sanity as Ziggy, the comic strip character and Hallmark Card mainstay, is about as exciting as unsalted butter. What I never suspected was that the half-hour program was directed by Richard Williams, a legend in the animation biz. You know him best as the director of animation for "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" but I revere him for the lesser-known "The Thief and the Cobbler".

As an added bonus the intro and outro music was created by the late Harry Nilsson. SQUEEEEEEE!

If you're a fan of animation please take a peek.


endangered species condomsFinally, (and the impetus for today's cartoon) the good folks at Endangered Species Condoms are going to give away over 100,000 extinction-themed condoms as a way of reminding people that the best way to save threatened species is to limit the growth of our own. There are now over 7 billion people on this planet and that's just too darned many.

So if you'd like to help distribute these little goodies pop on over to their website and sign up.



Republican Job Creation Update

john boehner"We're going to have a relentless focus on creating jobs." - John Boehner, February 10, 2011.

The following is #89 in a list of Republican job creation activities since they gained control of the House in 2011. None, sad to say, have yet to result in one, single new job.

(89) 9-26-2011: The GOP is being suspiciously quiet so I want to take this opportunity to show you just how badly the Bush administration fucked-over the American people. Here's a chart of the GNP for this country over the past 60 years:

See that massive drop in 2008, the only drop in over 60 years? That's the Bush administration shedding jobs in this country hand over fist, just so the GOP could have the corporate-owned media blame Mr. Obama.

As you can see the GNP has recovered and business in this country is doing fine but they're not hiring and they're not going to hire until Mr. Obama is gone. It's not enough for the Koch's of this world to reap absurd profits. They want it all.

NOTE: As a result of an unexpected wave of enthusiasm the Republican Job Creation update now has its own web site. It will remain on the RP but a web site of its own will raise its visibility on the 'net as we progress towards the critical 2012 elections. And I thank you for your support.


Dump Fox News

Fox News Lies!And what manner of lie is Fox News spewing today? The vicious little cunts LIED about Troy Davis' last words. He did not, in other words, apologize for being a convenient patsy for death cults.

Click here to help Drop Fox from your cable system.

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Eagle: ...so the greater the human population the faster this world's endangered species, like myself, will be driven to extinction.

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