LINK: In Defense of Western Civilization

An important piece by Martin Cothran over at MemoriaPress.com

Although Western civilization is still generally acknowledged as something to be valued and upheld, it is increasingly assailed for the misdeeds of Western people, misdeeds that, according to some, call Western civilization itself into question.

But in order to criticize something, you have to know what it is, and it is doubtful most of the critics of the West could adequately tell you what it is. What do we mean by the expression “Western civilization”?

MemoriaPress.com

LINK:  Middle School Reading Lists 100 Years Ago vs. Today

Reason #73 as to why we prefer homeschooling.

Proper nutrition (and hygiene) is as essential for the mind as it is for the body and spirit.

“Human totalities are involved in metabolic exchanges with the world that includes also the air we breathe and exhale, the things we read, the ideas we accept as our own as well as what we see and hear.”  Horst Hutter, “Shaping the Future”

Below is the link.  Section 3, Reading Level is most revealing.

“…I decided to examine if the common accusation that today’s education standards have been dumbed down is really true. To make sure I wasn’t unfairly weighting this survey in favor of the past, I went to one of the Twin Cities metro area’s finest districts, namely, Edina Public Schools”

Source: Intellectual Takeout

LINK:  Millions Trust Ancestry.com With Their Genetic Code: What Could Go Wrong?

UPDATE:  MyHeritage.com has been compromised.  See their blog post for more details.

UPDATE:  MyHeritage.com has been compromised.  See their blog post for more details.

Is your data/identity safe?  Something to consider.

RTWT.

Not only should it be alarming that ancestry.com is creating a database of people’s most sensitive genetic information, but the company’s history of security breaches should leave investors cautious about who and why they willingly provide their DNA to.

Source: Zero Hedge

LINK:  There are scores of apps for managing diabetes, but only a few deliver results

As with so many other things in life, “The apps are only valuable if people can use them.”

As with so many other things in life, “The apps are only valuable if people can use them.”

There are more than 280 apps available to help patients and providers better manage diabetes. But only 11 or so have actually been extensively studied and only five apps thus far have actually shown measureable results.

Source: digitalcommerce360.com

LINK:  Please Don’t Smoke Your Meat in the Outhouse

Ain’t no need to be ‘moking your birds in the outhouse these days. 

Once, years ago when I was a small child, my father came home with two freshly smoked chickens.  I remember it distinctly because he pulled into the driveway, got out of the truck, immediately grabbed both birds and flung them down the hill and into the woods.  What an extraordinary waste, I thought, and so I asked him why he had pitched them over the hill.

The story was that my father had stopped by a friends’ house for a visit.  This friend, old Ott, lived a few miles away somewhere down in Hocking County, Ohio and was quite the character.  There was a tradition of gift giving between my father and his friends, usually involving beer, but on this particular visit Ott decided to reciprocate with them heretofore-a-mentioned smoked birds.

My father noticed smoke coming out of the old outhouse there and suspiciously asked Ott where he’d done the smoking.  “In the outhouse, of course.”  Hence, the birds ended up with an open burial amongst the sumac and briar, as outhouse-smoked chicken was a bit too rustic even for us.

Handy tip:  Ain’t no need to be ‘moking your birds in the outhouse these days.  Right below is a link where you can find numerous ways to build your own tiny smokehouse.  Enjoy.


Source: 23 Awesome DIY Smokehouse Plans You Can Build in the Backyard – Bio Prepper


Do you enjoy smoking your meat? I mean, who doesn’t love homemade bacon or ham? After exploring the world of smoking meat here recently, I have to tell you I think everyone should have some type of a smoker and make their own meat creations. It is so tasty!

 

LINK: Living Without a Fridge

Great info.

Three years living without a fridge taught us a lot about storing food – and it can help you lower your power bills and enjoy your food more!

via Living Without a Fridge and What You Can Learn — Just Plain Living

VIDEO: How to Delete Your Facebook Account

Yes, your account can be deleted, but what you did with it will never be forgotten.

Facebook’s data privacy scandal has driven many to contemplate ditching the social network for good. WSJ’s Katherine Bindley explains how, and suggests some non-permanent alternatives.

Source: WSJ

LINK:  The Father of Canning

Appert presented bottled fruits and vegetables at the 1806 Paris food expo, the Exposition des produits de l’industrie francaise. Judges were not impressed. He won no awards.

Having experimented for 15 years, Nicolas Appert at last formally submitted his invention to the French government in 1810, which agreed to award him the 12,000 francs, as long as he made his process public.And so later that year Appert published The Art of Preserving Animal and Vegetable Substances, the first cookbook of its kind on modern food preservation. In the world of culinary art, he is known as “the father of canning.”

Source: Seeking a better way to feed his troops, Napoleon launched a contest that changed the way people eat to this day

LINK:  The North American Indian | The Historic Republication

The North American Indian, now available in two masterful editions…

 

Christopher Cardozo Fine Art is pleased to announce a historic recreation of Edward Curtis’ magnum opus, The North American Indian, now available in two masterful editions The Custom Edition and the Complete Reference Edition™

Source: THE HISTORIC REPUBLICATION | The trusted source for the work of Edward Curtis since 1975

LINK : NEWTON, ISAAC. 1642-1727. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher’s stone, titled on the upper wrapper “Opus Galli Anonymi,”

Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher’s stone, titled on the upper wrapper “Opus Galli Anonymi”

Gonna raid the change jar…

This outstanding manuscript declares that it reveals “The Secret of Secrets,” and the directions are remarkable for the clarity of instruction. Almost entirely free of the usual concealments and code words (Decknamen) characteristic of alchemy texts, the regimen detailed for the production of the Philosopher’s Stone could in theory be unambiguously recreated within a modern laboratory.

Source: Bonhams : NEWTON, ISAAC. 1642-1727. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher’s stone, titled on the upper wrapper “Opus Galli Anonymi,”

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