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January 15 2014

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Trigger Warning

Image Credit” UniteWomen.Org

In 2005, 19-year old army private LaVena Johnson,  was the first woman from Missouri to die in Iraq, according to the Army, of suicide. Only after her family insisted on seeing photographs taken at the scene of her death did they realize she was found in her tent with a gunshot wound to the head, a broken nose, black eye, loose teeth, acid burns on her genitals (there is speculation that this was done to cover up possible sexual assault), and a trail of blood leading away from her tent. The army ruled that her death was a SUICIDE.  Her father, a doctor who has worked with military personnel for more than 20 years, believes his daughter was raped and murdered.  A documentary, LaVena Johnson The Silent Truth,” their attempts to uncover the truth was released in 2010. There is a website with updates, LaVena Johnson and a petition asking Senator Claire McCaskill to investigate her death. As Cilla McCain, founder of Military Families for Justice asks, would this case by taken seriously if LaVena Johnson were not a black woman? Her parents have established a scholarship fund in their daughter’s name. Donations can be made to The LaVena L. Johnson College Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 117, Florissant, MO 63032 

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  1. TOR BROWSER BUNDLE Includes all you’ll need to access the Tor Network. Makes it more difficult to trace Internet activity: Web browsing, online posts, instant messages and other communication forms. Cannot prevent monitoring of traffic entering/exiting the network. While Tor protects against traffic analysis, it cannot prevent traffic confirmation (also called end-to-end correlation).
  2. BLEACH BIT Many features to help you easily clean your computer, free-up space and maintain privacy.
  3. TAILS A live operating system. Start on almost any computer from DVD/USB stick. Preserves your privacy and anonymity. Comes with several built-in applications pre-configured with security in mind: web browser, instant messaging client, email client, office suite and more.
  4. TRUECRYPT Create virtual hard drives which encrypt any files you save onto them. Many types of encryption.
  5. PIDGIN Chat software that allows use of existing instant messaging accounts. Supports Facebook, Google Chat, AIM, MSN + more.
  6. OFF THE RECORD A simple plugin for Pidgin. It encrypts all conversations held using the software.
  7. THUNDERBIRD Free email software. Add your existing mail account to it.
  8. ENIGMAIL A security extension to Thunderbird. Write/receive emails signed and/or encrypted with the OpenPGP standard.
  9. GNUPG Free implementation of the OpenPGP standard. Encrypt and sign your emails.

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"When Cynthia Koenig, a young social entrepreneur from New York, learned that millions of girls and women around the world spend hours each day collecting water from distant sources, she decided to create a new way to help people in poor communities transport water and it’s called the WaterWheel. Koenig’s WaterWheel allows people to roll water in a 50-liter container versus carrying it in 5 gallon (19 liter) jugs. Koenig estimates that the WaterWheel can save women 35 hours per week in water transport time, as well as prevent the physical strain that comes from balancing 40 pounds of water on top of their heads for hours each day. 

Every day around the world, over 200 million hours are spent each day fetching water, often from water sources miles from home, and this task usually falls to women and girls. By freeing up valuable time, the WaterWheel allows women to spend time on income-generating activities that can help pull her family out of poverty. The time savings also means that there is a greater likelihood that girls will be allowed to stay in school, further reducing the rate of intergenerational poverty. 

After receiving a $100,000 Grand Challenges Canada prize to develop the WaterWheel, Koenig founded a social enterprise company, Wello. The company is in an early stage of development and has been piloting the WaterWheel in rural communities in India. Koenig also plans on continuing to make the WaterWheel itself more useful by adding in filtration, drip irrigation kits, even a cell phone charger that uses the rotation of the wheel to charge the battery of the cell phone and give people more access to essentials like communication and education. 

To learn more about this invention and its potential to transform the lives of many girls and women around the world, check out Koenig’s TED talk and you can read a recent article in The Guardian about her venture. To learn more about how to support her work, visit Wello’s website.”

For a wonderful book about more female innovators and inventors throughout history, check out “Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women” for readers 8 to 13.

To help children and teens better understand the challenges many children around the world face in order to go to school, check out the blog post, “Honoring Malala: Mighty Girl Books on Children’s Fight for Education,” showcasing our top books for young readers on children’s educational access issues.

A Mighty Girl also has a section highlighting stories that feature poverty and hardship as a significant theme. Such stories provide opportunities for parents to discuss these topics with their children while also helping to foster children’s empathy for people living in difficult circumstances. Learn more here.”

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Millionaire bars – salted caramel chocolate shortbread bars

I love to bake cookies. From a taste perspective it’s hard to beat a warm, chewy chocolate chip cookie. They’re everyone’s favorite but I love going through the motions of creating something that takes a little bit more effort. Usually during the holidays I make Sue’s sugar cookies with buttercream frosting, but you’ve seen those here over and over again. Yesterday I decided a layered cookie bar was in order.

These are some of the best cookies to come out of my kitchen. They’re blissfully rich and sinfully good. The thin, flaky Maldon sea salt on the chocolate gives you a satisfying little crunch before it melts in your mouth. The homemade caramel is buttery. One small cookie with a cup of coffee (or in our case last night, glasses of cold white wine) will make you a happy person. It’s an added bonus that they’re stunningly beautiful.

I found many, many recipes online that are like this one (practically verbatim) but I’ll toss the credit to eatswellwithothers. My daughter Jill and I found a few minor problems which we fixed, and I’ve mentioned them below.

This recipe makes about 70 cookies. A whole plate full went with a daughter to work. That leaves plenty to be divvied up and taken to neighbors this afternoon.


For the shortbread:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar

For the caramel:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk

For the chocolate:

  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • Maldon sea salt flakes or other sea salt for sprinkling


To make the shortbread, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a 9×13-inch baking pan with parchment paper, making sure that paper comes over the sides of the pan. (You’ll be using the paper to lift the finished cookies out of the pan.)  In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, blend in the flour mix until just incorporated. Transfer the dough to the prepared baking pan and press into an even layer. Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes or until golden. Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the caramel, combine the butter, sugar, corn syrup and sweetened condensed milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Heat, stirring occasionally, until the butter is melted. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, stirring constantly. Continue simmering and stirring until the mix turns an amber color and thickens a bit. (I found this takes about 8-10 minutes.) Pour over the shortbread layer and even it out using and offset spatula. Chill cookies in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight.

For the chocolate layer, in a double boiler, combine the chocolate, corn syrup, and butter over simmering water.  Heat, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate is fully melted and the mixture is smooth. Pour evenly over the caramel layer and use an offset spatula to smooth it out. Allow to cool for a minute or two and then sprinkle with the sea salt. Chill, covered, until ready to slice or serve.

Take a thin, sharp knife and cut around the long edges of the pan to separate cookies from the pan. Using overhanging parchment paper as handles, gently pull entire sheet of cookies from the pan. Cut cookies into 2-inch bars and then cut bars into 1-inch pieces. Cookies should measure 2 x 1-inches.

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January 01 2014


New Year - New Life

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