Mark Morford: The horrible no good very bad February weather everyone loved (SF Gate)
Man, those long walks I took with my girl down at Ocean Beach a couple weeks ago? Right smack in the middle of San Francisco's normally dreary, rainy, bitterly refrigerated February? At sunset? Barefoot and laughing, gasping at the color of the sky and the balmy softness of the air and the grandly ridiculous, all-encompassing beauty? Astonishing. And of course, very, very disturbing.
Cardamom is a spice made from the seeds of several plants in the genera Elettaria and Amomum in the family Zingiberaceae. Both genera are native to India, the largest producer until the late 20th century; Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, Nepal, and Pakistan.
The German coffee planter Oscar Majus Kloeffer introduced Indian cardamom to cultivation in Guatemala before World War I; by 2000 that country had become the biggest producer and exporter of cardamom in the world, followed by India.
It is the world's third-most expensive spice.
Alan J was first and correct with:
Lois No Entiendo Ni Papa wrote:
Guatemala is the major exporter of Cardamom, which apparently is a spice used in the preparation of many delicious consumables, including Swedish Glogg, whatever the fuck THAT is, and IS NOT a precaution taken to ensure your mother is old enough to watch THIS.
Guatemala is the largest producer of cardamom. A pod of cardamom seeds and a half-stick of cinnamon per 4-6 cups of coffee is heavenly.
Guess I should've looked up yesterday's TQ. Chalk it up to my know-it-all-ness, I guess.
The threat of rain, 6" over a couple of days, so they say, looms for the weekend. We shall see.
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali said:
Hey Sicko…I guess it's your turn to suffer…just kidding…the viral (yellow vs. green phlegm) shit that I had in Jan-Feb took a long time to get through…You can conquer this, Marty! Remember it's a virus.
Guatemala grows the most Cardamom. I remember my Norsky Grandma used to use it in her Christmas bread "Ulekaka"
Get well sooner
DJ Useo answered:
Sinsemilla. ( I haven't seen the question yet, so this is only a guess. lol )
Does anyone have any of these Freakies? I'm looking for them.
Looks like Guatemala is no. 1 while India is #2
...is this damn thing working?
Joe S took the day off.
mj took the day off.
Sally has retired, but still pays attention.
BttbBob has returned to semi-retired status.
Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End
My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.
CBS opens the night with a FRESH'Big Bang Theory', followed by a FRESH'Life In Pieces', then a FRESH'Mom', followed by a FRESH'2 Broke Girls', then a FRESH'Elementary'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Christopher Meloni, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Edward Byers, and Ray Lamontagne.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Gerard Butler, Will Forte, and M. Ward.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'You, Me & the Apocalypse', followed by a RERUN'Blindspot', then a FRESH'Shades Of Blue'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Pharrell Williams, Priyanka Chopra, and Loretta Lynn.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Tina Fey, John Stamos, Jay Pharoah, and Patrick Carney.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson 'The Scab' Daly are Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Day Wave, and Mike Luciano & Phil Matarese.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'Grey's Anatomy', followed by a FRESH'The Family', then a FRESH'How To Get Away With Murder'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Jason Bateman, Aja Naomi King, and Cee-Lo Green.
The CW offers a FRESH'DC's Legends Of Tomorrow', followed by a FRESH'The 100'.
Faux fills the night with a FRESH'American Idol'.
MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.
A&E has 'Beyond Scared Straight: Extreme Teens', 'Juvenile Lifers', 'Kids Behind Bars: Maximum Security', and 'Kids Behind Bars: Lost For Life'.
AMC offers the movie 'Rocky IV', followed by the movie 'The Green Mile'.
[12:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 26=Redemption (Part 1)
[1:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 1-Redemption (Part 2)
[2:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 2-Darmok
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 3-Ensign Ro
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 4-Silicon Avatar
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 5-Disaster
[6:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 23-The Host
[7:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 24-The Mind's Eye
[8:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 13-Prohibition Grille
[9:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 4-Kati Allo
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 10-Vincent and The Doctor
[11:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 11-The Lodger
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 9-A Matter of Time
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 10-New Ground
[2:00PM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 13 - EPISODE 6-Episode 6
[3:00PM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 13 - Episode 7
[4:00PM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 14 - Episode 1
[5:00PM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 14 - Episode 2
[6:00PM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 14 - EPISODE 3-Episode 3
[7:00PM] THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER
[10:00PM] PREY - SEASON 1 - Episode 2
[11:00PM] THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER
[2:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 13 - Episode 7
[3:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 14 - Episode 1
[4:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 14 - Episode 2
[5:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 14 - Episode 3 (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Top Chef', another 'Top Chef', followed by a FRESH'Top Chef', then a FRESH'Recipe For Deception'.
Comedy Central has 'South Park', another 'South Park', 2 hours of old 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH'Workaholics', then a FRESH'Idiotsitter'.
Scheduled on a FRESHThe Daily Show is Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Scheduled on a FRESHThe Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore is Michael Kenneth Williams.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Chris D'Elia, Megan Neuringer, and Barry Rothbart.
FX has the movie 'Hancock', followed by the movie 'Identity Thief', then a FRESH"Baskets', and another 'Baskets'.
History has 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', 'Join Or Die With Craig Ferguson', another 'Join Or Die With Craig Ferguson;', 'Vikings', followed by a FRESH'Vikings', then a FRESH'Join Or Die With Craig Ferguson'.
[6:00AM] PORTLANDIA-Weirdo Beach
[6:30AM] PORTLANDIA-Breaking Up
[7:30AM] DARK CITY
[9:45AM] THE X-FILES: FIGHT THE FUTURE
[12:30PM] THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE
[3:00PM] PUNISHER: WAR ZONE
[5:15PM] THE PUNISHER
[8:00PM] BABYLON A.D.
[10:00PM] PORTLANDIA-Family Emergency
[11:00PM] BABYLON A.D.
[1:00AM] PORTLANDIA-Family Emergency
[1:30AM] THE X-FILES: FIGHT THE FUTURE
[4:15AM] THE TORTURED (ALL TIMES EST)
[8:00AM] The Samaritan
[1:00PM] Jurassic Park III
[3:00PM] Law & Order-Barter
[4:00PM] Law & Order-Matrimony
[5:00PM] Law & Order-Working Mom
[6:00PM] Law & Order-D-Girl
[7:00PM] Law & Order-Turnaround
[8:00PM] Law & Order-Showtime
[9:00PM] Law & Order-Mad Dog
[10:00PM] Law & Order-Double Down
[11:00PM] Law & Order-We Like Mike
[12:00AM] Law & Order-Passion
[1:00AM] Law & Order-Past Imperfect
[4:59AM] Hap and Leonard-Episode 1 (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Men In Black', followed by the movie 'Men In Black II'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Conor McGregor, Dave Attell, and BJ The Chicago Kid.
Angela Bassett and Robert Forster seen at Grammercy Pictures Present the Los Angeles Premiere of 'London Has Fallen' at ArcLight Hollywood on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Hollywood, CA.
Photo by Eric Charbonneau
U.S. actor and race driver Patrick Dempsey (L) cuts a wheel of cheese produced by Jean-Claude Biver(R), head of LVMH's watch business during a promotional event at the 86th International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland, March 2, 2016.
Photo by Denis Balibouse
The archives of singer-songwriter Bob Dylan have been acquired by the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the University of Tulsa, with plans for curated exhibitions from the trove to be displayed in a Tulsa arts district.
Kaiser Foundation director Ken Levit and university President Steadman Upham announced the acquisition Wednesday. Details of the acquisition were not released.
More than 6,000 items are part of the archives, including recordings from 1959, Dylan's handwritten lyrics to songs like "Tangled Up In Blue," his first contract with a music publisher and a wallet that includes the address and phone number of country music singer Johnny Cash.
Dylan said in a statement that he's glad the archives will be included with the works of Oklahoma native and folk singer Woody Guthrie and alongside artifacts of Native Americans.
South Dakota's governor vetoed a bill that would have made the state the first in the U.S. to approve a law requiring transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their sex at birth.
Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard, who initially reacted positively to the proposal but said he needed to research the issue, rejected the bill Tuesday after groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and the Human Rights Campaign insisted it was discriminatory.
In his veto message, Daugaard said the bill "does not address any pressing issue" and that such decisions were best left to local school officials. He also noted that signing the bill could create costly liability issues for schools and the state. The ACLU had promised to encourage legal action if the bill became law.
"I am so happy right now. You have no idea," said 18-year-old Thomas Lewis, a transgender high school student in Sioux Falls. Lewis said he has support at his school, but that the veto shows such support goes beyond his friends.
The bill's sponsor, Republican Rep. Fred Deutsch, said he would ask lawmakers not to override the veto, saying more focus on the issue would detract from the Legislature's other accomplishments this year. The Republican-controlled Legislature approved the bill last month, with supporters saying it would protect student privacy.
Actress Sissy Spacek (2nd-L), her daughters Madison Fisk (L) and Schuyler Fisk (2ndR) and husband Jack Fisk (R) pose at the LA premiere of the film "Knight of Cups" in Los Angeles, March 1, 2016.
Photo by Danny Moloshok
A California school district has reversed course and will now ask students wearing anti-gay stickers on their identification badges to remove them pending further investigation.
The Desert Sun newspaper reports that the Desert Sands Unified School District sent a letter Monday to staff saying it will ask a dozen students wearing the symbols to remove them while at school.
Administrators had previously said they couldn't ask students at Shadow Hills High School to stop donning the image of a small rainbow inside a circle with a line through it, citing free speech rights.
It was not immediately clear what prompted the change at the school near Palm Springs, California.
The students began using the stickers last month and classmates and teachers complained, saying gay and lesbian students felt targeted.
Protesters demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in the morning as the court takes up a major abortion case focusing on whether a Texas law that imposes strict regulations on abortion doctors and clinic buildings interferes with the constitutional right of a woman to end her pregnancy, in Washington March 2, 2016.
Photo by Kevin Lamarque
The Koch brothers (R-Evil Incarnate), the most powerful conservative mega donors in the United States, will not use their $400 million political arsenal to block Republican front-runner Donald Trump's path to the presidential nomination, a spokesman told Reuters on Wednesday.
"We have no plans to get involved in the primary," said James Davis, spokesman for Freedom Partners, the Koch brothers' political umbrella group. He would not elaborate on what the billionaire industrialists' strategy would be for the Nov. 8 general election to succeed Democratic President Barack Obama.
Donors and media reports have speculated since a Koch brothers summit in January that they would launch a "Trump Intervention," which would involve deploying the Kochs' vast political network to target the billionaire businessman and former reality TV star in hopes of removing him from the Republican race.
Many Republican party elites and business backers are eager to see Trump, a political outsider who has tapped into America's rising anti-establishment sentiment, fail in his bid for the nomination.
But with Trump racking up a series of sizeable wins in the early nominating contests, there is a growing sense of inevitability he will win the party's mantle.
Unfinished marble sculptures from French sculptor Auguste Rodin is unveiled, during a press preview for the inaugural programming of The Met Breuer museum, Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art throws open the doors March 18, 2016 to its new modern and contemporary art outpost, The Met Breuer. The new space is a short walk from the Met's Fifth Avenue headquarters. It's housed at the Marcel Breuer-designed building that was the longtime home of the Whitney Museum of American Art before it moved downtown last year.
Photo by Bebeto Matthews
Evidence is emerging that Australian Cardinal George Pell covered up the sexual abuse of children by priests on his watch, survivors told AFP on Tuesday, on the sidelines of a hearing into the top Vatican official's culpability.
"We're starting to see solid evidence that he did cover it up, even though he'll still deny it," said Anthony Foster, father to two girls who were abused, one of whom went on to commit suicide while the other ended up in full-time care.
Vatican finance chief Pell has been giving evidence from a hotel in Rome via video-link to Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney, under the watchful gaze of abuse victims.
So far he has admitted the Church "mucked up" in dealing with paedophile priests but said claims against the country's most notorious clerical child abuser were not "of much interest" to him.
Woods said it was clear that Pell, the former Archbishop of Melbourne who once shared a home with one of Australia's most notorious paedophile priests, was using power and money to dodge his Ballarat responsibilities.
A Soyuz capsule carrying International Space Station (ISS) crew members U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly, Russian cosmonauts Sergei Volkov and Mikhail Korniyenko descends beneath a parachute near the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan, March 2, 2016.
Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev
The Red Cross on Wednesday began distributing thousands of almond trees to growers in the Gaza Strip whose fields along the border with Israel were ravaged in succesive wars.
Mamadou Sow, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross in the coastal Palestinian territory, said the organisation would give "4,000 almond trees of different varieties to farmers along the border (whose lands were) particularly exposed in the wars."
Grower Marwan Abu Mharreb, one of the beneficiaries, described life in the border zone, hit by three conflicts with Israel since 2008 and run by Islamist militant movement Hamas.
"Every day we put our lives in danger by going to our land," says the 45-year-old who grows aubergines (eggplants), courgettes (cucumbers) and other vegetables in greenhouses, in addition to the plot where he is now planting the almond trees.
As he spoke, shots rang out in the distance sending a flock of frightened storks into the sky.
A woman walks past an illustration of a representation of gravitational waves at an exhibition at the Wissenschaftsministerium (Science Museum) in Potsdam, Germany on March 2, 2016. The 'Fenster ins Universum' (Window to Universe) exhibition runs until 29 April.
Photo by Ralf Hirschberger
A baby of giant anteater is presented at its enclosure at the zoo in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, March 2, 2016. The baby was born on Jan. 20, 2016. For Prague Zoo it is the first baby anteater born in its breeding history.
Photo by Petr David Josek
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