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Pineapple – Who Knew?

The pineapple is a member of the bromeliad family. It is extremely rare that bromeliads produce edible fruit. The pineapple is the only available edible bromeliad today.

It is a multiple fruit. One pineapple is actually made up of dozens of individual floweret’s that grow together to form the entire fruit.
Each scale on a pineapple is evidence of a separate flower. Pineapples stop ripening the minute they are picked. No special way of storing them will help ripen them further.
Colour is relatively unimportant in determining ripeness. Choose your pineapple by smell. If it smells fresh, tropical and sweet, it will be a good fruit. The more scaleson the pineapple, the sweeter and juicier the taste.
After you cut off the top, you can plant it. It should grow much like a sweet potato will.

This delicious fruit is not only sweet and tropical; it also offers many benefits to our health. Pineapple is a remarkable fruit.

We find it enjoyable because of its lush, sweet and exotic flavor, but it may also be one of the most healthful foods available today.
If we take a more detailed look at it, we will find that pineapple is valuable for easing indigestion, arthritis or sinusitis.
The juice has an anthelmintic effect; it helps get rid of intestinal worms.

Let’s look at how Pineapple affects other conditions :

Pineapple is high in manganese, a mineral that is critical to development of strong bones and connective tissue.
A cup of fresh pineapple will give you nearly 75% of the recommended daily amount.
It is particularly helpful to older adults, whose bones tend to become brittle with age.

Bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme, is the key to pineapple’s value.
Proteolytic means “breaks down protein”, which is why pineapple is known to be a digestive aid. It helps the body digest proteins more efficiently. Bromelain is also considered an effective anti-inflammatory.

Regular ingestion of at least one half cup of fresh pineapple daily is purported to relieve painful joints common to osteoarthritis. It also produces mild pain relief.

In Germany, bromelain is approved as a post-injury medication because it is thought to reduce inflammation and swelling.

Orange juice is a popular liquid for those suffering from a cold because it is high in Vitamin C.
Fresh pineapple is not only high in this vitamin, but because of the Bromelain, it has the ability to reduce mucous in the throat. If you have a cold with a productivecough, add pineapple to your diet.
It is commonly used in Europe as a post-operative measure to cut mucous after certain sinus and throat operations.

Those individuals who eat fresh pineapple daily report fewer sinus problems related to allergies. In and of itself, pineapple has a very low risk for allergies.

Pineapple is also known to discourage blood clot development. This makes it a valuable dietary addition for frequent fliers and others who may be at risk for blood clots.

An old folk remedy for morning sickness is fresh pineapple juice. it really works!
Fresh juice and some nuts first thing in the morning often make a difference.

It’s also good for a healthier mouth. The fresh juice discourages plaque growth.

Bond Holders’ Pockets Picked!

You may be crazy to invest in debt of corporations and municipalities. Remember when GM went broke? There was little respect for senior bondholders who were raped in favor of the unions. Their secured investments are supposed to get first crack at the assets. One bondholder, a teacher, invested $70,000 in GM bonds and ended up with 140 shares of stock, currently valued at $5,600.

Now we are seeing the same thing happen again in Detroit. Municipal bondholders are finding out that General Obligation (GO) means nothing. Detroit “…proposed a deal last week that included skipping a $39.7 million payment on pension-obligation debt.” A GO municipal bond is backed by the credit and “taxing power” of the issuing jurisdiction rather than the revenue from a given project. Investors consider GO bonds the highest quality and safest and expect the bonds to be an obligation on all the property with the district.

It appears that when the going gets tough in cities, property rights and the rule of law gets thrown out. Good to remember.

Who’s Paranoid Now?

“A team of hackers from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Washington conducted a study which has proven that all cars equipped with antilock brakes sold in the U.S. can be hacked via remote control and have their brakes entirely disabled with the car in motion, throttle revved, and remain fully operational with the key removed and the car in park with all driver input entirely ignored.”

That means that any car built since 2005, theoretically, can be hacked into and taken over by a remote driver and send you to your high-speed death! Is that what happened to Michael Hastings?

Ah, Summer!

Summer in the South
by Paul Laurence Dunbar

The oriole sings in the greening grove

As if he were half-way waiting,

The rosebuds peep from their hoods of green,

Timid and hesitating.

The rain comes down in a torrent sweep

And the nights smell warm and piney,

The garden thrives, but the tender shoots

Are yellow-green and tiny.

Then a flash of sun on a waiting hill,

Streams laugh that erst were quiet,

The sky smiles down with a dazzling blue

And the woods run mad with riot.

Tales From The Yellow Bus

I had a rare treat last night. I was the yellow bus shuttle driver for the National Championship of Goalball, driving between the Comfort Inn in Vancouver to McLoughlin Middle School where the competition was held. The competitors are blind and come from as far as New York and Florida.

Vancouver is hosting the National Championship of Goalball. What is Goalball? It’s is a sport for the blind started after World War II “as a way to help rehabilitate blinded war veterans.” It’s a three on three sport that is a combination of soccer and bowling. One side attempts to score a goal by throwing a blue goalball filled with bells. The opposing team attempts to block the ball by throwing their padded bodies in front of the ball. The goalball can reach speeds of 45 mph and can leave bruises. One player moaned the fact that he forgot his “cup” for one match and another player said a shot to the armpit hurt for a couple of days. Referees check the facemasks prior to the match to make sure the athlete is completely sightless.

Photo by Zachary Kaufman

Imagine playing dodge ball sightless only you don’t know until the last second that the ball is coming and you want to get hit to stop the ball.

The athletes were all a friendly bunch, men and women in their 20s and 30s, some with canines and walking sticks. One young man was 10 when I was married in 1992. Another group was from Arizona and loved our weather. He said it was over 100 degrees when he left. He loved that it was only 65 here. He was hoping it would rain!

Why Are Arming These People?

“rebel forces” about to be armed by the Obama administration are made up of radical Islamic terrorist groups with international ties to al-Qaida.

Tell Me Why…

We are preparing riot-trained American soldiers for deployment in Egypt.

They’re planning ahead for violent protests or riots and the possibility of protecting the country’s border with Israel.

Is this to protect Egypt from Israel?

R.I.P. James Gandolfini

My God, the third to die this week! Gandolfini will never be forgotten as the lovable, sexy, evil Tony Soprano in The Sopranos. Actor James Gandolfini died suddenly after a suspected heart attack while on holiday in Rome. He was 51.

I will forever ask myself when faced with a difficult problem, “What would Tony do?”

Book Review: “America Rising” By Tom Paine

· Print Length: 323 pages
· Publisher: Tom Paine; 1 edition (February 10, 2012)

I loved the book “America Rising” for the story of what could happen in the U.S. and hated it for its slurs on the Tea Party movement.

This is a story of present day America and people’s rising dissatisfaction with the economy and the government. First, we have the Tea Party movement, mad at the way our government has strayed from the Constitution and the writings of the Founding Fathers. Then, we have the Occupy Wall Street movement dissatisfied with the difference in assets and earnings of the 99% and the rich 1%.

The book is hard to put down and filled with cliff hangers. You might note the similarity between “America Rising” and “Atlas Shrugged.” Both books have a mysterious character who takes vengeance on the violators of our Liberty. One is named John Doe and the other is John Galt. Can we turn things around? For once I feel optimistic!

We’re All F**king F**ked!

That’s what Bill Bonner said in today’s piece. I believe him, but most of our politicians don’t believe we are f**ked! They think we can weather this storm by continuing Bernanke’s policies, by forcing the rich to pay their fair share, by spending even more money on failed programs, by spending more than we take in and by running up the debt even more. A recent estimate shows us that in four short years our debt will top $21 trillion!!! We are f**ked! That’s what Kyle Bass said in a speech recently. to the question “Do you worry about the US?” he answered:

“I quit worrying about them because it’s just a waste of time – I always leave DC demoralized”

“The central bank is the great enabler of congressional profligacy”

We are f**ked!

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