Great deal on a 6qt enameled cast iron dutch oven

This enameled cast iron dutch oven should last longer than we do.

I use a dutch oven for baking sourdough bread and cooking with my sous vide circulator. It is also wonderful for cassoulet, which I have been challenged to prepare by a young lady this week...

Second or third in-line behind my cast iron skillet, the enameled Dutch oven is one of my most-used kitchen tools.

The lid is only rated to 450F because of the button-style handle on top. Replace it with a stainless one and the whole deal is good to go at 500F.

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Unvaccinated minors banned from public places in NY's Rockland County

In response to a spreading measles epidemic in NY State, Rockland County has banned unvaccinated minors from appearing in public.

Failure to vaccinate an eligible child should be a crime.

Daily Beast:

Rockland County, New York, will declare a state of emergency Tuesday due to an ongoing measles outbreak, according to a county news release. Beginning at midnight, anyone who is under 18 and not vaccinated against the measles will be banned from public places, according to the release. It is unclear how the rule will be enforced. This ban will last until the declaration expires in 30 days, or until people are vaccinated. There are currently 151 confirmed reported cases of measles in the county, according to health officials. Health officials say the best way to help protect yourself and the community is to remain up-to-date with measles vaccinations. Rockland County Executive Ed Day will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. ET to discuss the state of emergency.

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Libby is my very most favorite app because free books

With the help of my public library, books magically appear on my eReader.

Libby is the app my local library uses to make it's ebook and audiobooks collections easily available to the public. Discovering it has improved my life.

I have long since accepted that paper books are a quaint and funny affectation, like organized religious or dial-up modems, that will someday go away. I have a HUGE collection of physical books but try to limit purchases to books that truly benefit from being in physical form: magic and cooking.

Everything else takes up space.

The bulk of what I read is science fiction and other storytelling. I need a constant stream of stories, or I won't be able to sleep. The Libby app is the first place I check to see if I new book I've heard of is available.

Libby indexes whatever my library, or libraries if you have cards at more than one participating organization, has to offer via the internets. Audiobooks, which are not really my bag, and ebooks are pretty easily searchable by the various criteria you'd expect. If what you desire is immediately available you can read or listen via the Libby app, or send the media to other players. I have Libby connected to my Kindle, and a simple click or two sends books directly to it.

The hold system is a huge surprise benefit, imho!

My library loans books for 21 days and if someone is waiting for the book I feel like a real heel holding on to it. Read the rest

Sarah Sanders invents treason, suggests death penalty for Democratic leadership

Emboldened by her bosses non-exoneration, Sarah Sanders seems to use lies to call for the death of her enemies. Read the rest

The functional LEGO Pop-up Book kit

This new 859 piece LEGO Pop-Up Book is at the top of my must-have LEGO list.

This new for 2019 set comes complete with pieces to build two functional pop-up scenes from two different fairy tales.

Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack and the Beanstalk associated minifigs are also included in this one of a kind LEGO set.

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Been eliminated? You need a Cuddle Team Leader plushie

Aw! Cuddle Team Leader is cute and vicious.

This pink badass is my number one favorite skin to load up and the one I rack up my most solo wins with. Usually, I wear little red riding hood's red cape and swing a squeaky pick-ax to boot.

My kid will absolutely love this plushie, however, my Cavalier King Charles may decide to elim the doll.

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Attorney and former Presidential hopeful Michael Avenatti charged with extortion

No longer representing Stormy Daniels or running for President, attorney Michael Avenatti will still be appearing in court.

CNN:

The Manhattan US Attorney's office said Monday that it is charging attorney Michael Avenatti "for attempting to extract more than $20 million in payments from a publicly traded company by threatening to use his ability to garner publicity to inflict substantial financial and reputational harm on the company if his demands were not met."

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Shazam! is the first DC movie my daughter and I really enjoyed

Last Saturday night both my 11-year old daughter and I really enjoyed DC's new Shazam!

True to my memories of the Shazam/Captain Marvel of my youth, but much, much more fun, Shazam! delivered on the 2 or so hours of entertainment you expect from a movie.

Unlike every other DC movie we've seen.

I liked Wonder Woman, my kid fell asleep. The rest of the DC universe films have been such trash we shut them off after a few minutes. My kid would rather watch YouTube garbage. I would rather watch 1970s tv intros.

NOT SO WITH THIS SHAZAM!

Shazam! is a rollicking good time and the kid actors are wonderful. Faithe Herman as Darla, and Jack Dylan Glazer's Freddy were wonderful co-foster kids in the home with Billy Batson. Asher Angel's Billy Batson is significantly more mature than Zachary Levi's Captain Marvel, but they pull it off where it counts.

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Becky Chambers' 'A Closed and Common Orbit' brought me to tears

Chamber's second novel, A Closed and Common Orbit, in her Wayfarer series is so wonderful I cried several times.

A Closed and Common Orbit picks up immediately after Chambers' first story, Long Way to a Small and Angry Planet concludes but is barely an extension of that tale, beyond further expanding on Chambers' wonderful universe. This novel follows a newly created, but ultimately undesired, shipboard AI that is forced to leave its vessel and take up a fugitive residence in a human appearing shell.

Assisted by Pepper, a human who was genetically engineered as a slave, the AI has to find everything from a name to determining a purpose for itself. Completely out of the element for which it was designed, the AI struggles with friendships and body integrity disorder.

I cried several times.

The story alternates between that of the AI and Pepper, her human guardian. Briefly introduced as a very interesting Maz Kanata type in the first book, I wanted to learn more about Pepper. I was not disappointed, as her backstory is equally touching and tear-inducing. Genetically engineered to help sort and recycle junk, Pepper unwittingly escapes her keepers and spends years in a city-sized junkyard restoring a small spaceship.

This wonderful search for meaning and identity in a harsh, harsh world is a must-read.

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers via Amazon

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Key net neutrality vote Tuesday: The whole Internet is watching

Tuesday morning at 10am ET the House Communications and Technology subcommittee will meet and vote on the Save the Internet Act – the best bill we have to restore net neutrality. As soon as the hearing begins you’ll be able to watch the livestream here:

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Unfortunately telecom lobbyists are working overtime to convince committee lawmakers to add dangerous amendments that could completely gut the bill and leave gaping loopholes for Internet providers to block, throttle, and charge users new fees for access.

To pass a clean bill with no bad amendments we need everyone to call their members of Congress and make sure they know the whole Internet is watching.

If we get the bill out of committee without any bad amendments, then we have a solid shot of winning the next big vote on the House floor in the week of April 8. But if the bill gets gutted, we’re back to square one.

Call your lawmakers ASAP and demand they vote for a clean bill to restore net neutrality. Read the rest

Dora the Explorer live action trailer

I've spent the last 11 years with a daughter who looks just like cartoon-Dora, relegating me to the role of Boots. Read the rest

Our social contract demands people able to be vaccinated get vaccinated

If you fail to vaccinate an eligible child you are willfully endangering not only that child but everyone else's. This should be a crime.

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Lynn Freer Turner's wild, whimsical, and sometimes absurd paintings

Lynn Freer Turner has been painting for decades, but you had to know the Turner family to see her work! If you got really lucky, as I did with the top image in this post, sometimes Lynn would sell you a piece. Finally, this outstanding artist decided to share her work via Instagram! Lynn is trying to share one new image of her work a day.

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New one#painting#losfeliz#animallover#losangeles

A post shared by Lynn Freer Turner (@lynfogram) on Mar 20, 2019 at 9:21am PDT

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A bad dream#sleeplesspainting

A post shared by Lynn Freer Turner (@lynfogram) on Mar 7, 2019 at 7:31am PST

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Exploring the neighborhood#griffith park

A post shared by Lynn Freer Turner (@lynfogram) on Mar 4, 2019 at 1:12pm PST

Lynn paints whatever catches her fancy. Sometimes wonderfully bizarre scenes, sometimes the chickens in her back yard. The world displayed through Lynn's lens delights me.

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Will 80s hairstyles make a resurgence?

Richard Marx silhouette reminds me of a buffalo for some reason.

Flock of Seagulls hair was outstanding.

The Go Gos on the other hand just looked good.

Cyndi Lauper and Captain Lou would be my inspiration today, but I am bald.

Aside from Flock of Seagulls, these were not even extreme hairstyles. I am sure you have better ones...

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A post by racist Iowa congressperson Steve King threatens a second American Civil War

Steve King, a racist Republican US congressperson from Iowa, is making waves again. King posted a meme to Facebook suggesting GOP-leaning Red states would win a new civil war.

LA Times:

“Folks keep talking about another civil war,” the meme read. “One side has about 8 trillion bullets, while the other side doesn’t know which bathroom to use.”

King, whom Congress recently stripped of committee assignments over his comments about white supremacy, annotated the image with a winking emoji and mused, “Wonder who would win....”

King was openly pondering violent, armed conflict, apparently joking about Republican-leaning states fighting their Democratic-leaning neighbors in a second American civil war.

But King, an Iowa native, may have been confused about which side he was on. There, forming the blue warrior’s bicep, was his home state, delivering a cartographic uppercut to the jaw of its red opponent.

King deleted the post, which he shared on an official campaign page, Monday. His office did not respond to questions about the picture or his reasons for posting and removing it.

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Funko's lovely Stan Lee tribute

If the Captain Marvel opening credits didn't tug your heartstrings enough, perhaps this marvelous Stan Lee Funko Pop will satisfy.

The only autograph I ever asked a celebrity for was Stan Lee. "Excelsior, Jason! Stan Lee" is on a 3x5 card around here someplace.

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A new film about artist Gus Harper

This new film by Eric Minh Swenson shares the work of Gus Harper, one of my favorite artists.

Harper's work has been featured in film, television and my living room. While he is a phenomenal artist, Gus really excels as a friend.

Keep it up, Gus!

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