August 1st, 2003

"Know where you stand and stand there."
Daniel Berrigan was once asked to give the commencement address
at a prestigious university. He stood up, walked to the podium and
delivered the above sentence. Then he sat down.


Hi Folks,

If anyone is wondering why I spend an inordinate amount of energy with anti-Bush invective in my newsletters - some say it is unpatriotic to my birth country - it is for precisely the opposite reasons:

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."
President Theodore Roosevelt


You may recall a few letters back I joked that I was writing a special song for His Madness of King George the Junior, called 'My Other Office is a Jail Cell.' Unfortunately, I can't be bothered with a full song so I settled for an answering machine message instead:

"Howdy, this is George Dubya
And I can't take your call,
'Cause I got caught lying
Now I'm behind four walls.
My other office is a jail cell,
But there's no need to fear,
Just leave your message, and I'll get back to you . .
In ten to twenty years."

In my last newsletter I suggested Dennis Kucinich as my Democratic pick for the next president. For those of you who are a bit unclear about Kucinich's background and achievements, I include the following great endorsement from Studs Terkel:

Kucinich Is the One
by Studs Terkel


When I finished reading John Nichols's exhilarating communiqué from California ("Kucinich Rocks the Boat," March 25), the bells began to ring. In his speech to the Southern California Americans for Democratic Action, criticising Bush's conduct of the war on terrorism, Dennis Kucinich set the crowd on its ear--one standing ovation after another. Sure, they were all liberals, but what counted was the response on the Internet. The Cleveland Congressman's e-mail box was stuffed to overflowing with 20,000-plus enthusiastic letters. Among them was the call: Kucinich for President. That's when--bingo!--I remembered my first encounter with him. It was twenty-four years ago.

At the arrival gate of the Chicago-to-Cleveland flight, a skinny kid who appeared no more than 19 or 20 reached out for my torn duffel bag. I thought he was one of those Horatio Alger heroes, whose opening line is usually "Smash your baggage, mister?" This one said, "Did you have a good flight, Studs?" I'll be damned, he was the person I had come to visit, Dennis Kucinich, the Boy Mayor of Cleveland.

He was 32 then, though he could pass as anybody's office boy. As he carried my bag through the corridors of the airport, passers-by called out, "Hello, Mr. Mayor." I was slightly discombobulated, turning around several times to make sure whom they were addressing. The following are passages from our conversation in 1978: (more)


"Preach the Gospel at all times, if necessary use words."
St. Francis


Sun, 27 Jul 2003

Below is the E-letter just received from friends at Jonah House, the Plowshares centre in Baltimore , including statements from two of the nuns, Carol Gilbert and Ardene Platte, that deserve careful attention:

Dear Friends -

Today, Sisters Ardeth Platte, Carol Gilbert and Jackie Hudson were sentenced for breaking into a federal missile silo in Colorado, smearing it with their own blood and pounding on it with hammers. The Dominican nuns said the act symbolized that they would rather
pour out their own blood than have U.S. weapons take the blood of another.

The day began in Colorado with a press conference in front of the Federal building at which the nuns read their pre-sentencing statements; they would not read them in court. Instead, in solidarity with women around the world, they decided to dress as Women in Black and remain mute in the courtroom.

It proceeded with the Judge deciding to consolidate the sentencings - despite his prior refusal of that motion.

Once in court, arguments were made by both sides on the length of sentence. The prosecutor and the probation office requested sentences ranging from 5 to 10 years in prison. The nuns' attorneys argued that when the guidelines for sabotage were set to mandate lengthy sentences, the actions defined under "sabotage" in no way included what the nuns did. The legal precedent is that of Daniel Sicken and Sachio Ko Yin who, some years back, were sentenced in the same court for a similar action. Their judge - Judge Miller - granted downward departure at sentencing saying: "There is sabotage and then there is sabotage!" The prosecution appealed the judge's decision and lost; the 10th circuit court of appeals upheld the judge's decision. The damage in the prior case was far more substantial than that of which the nuns are convicted.

Sister Jackie Hudson was sentenced to 30 months in prison.
Sister Carol Gilbert was sentenced to 33 months in prison.
Sister Ardeth Platte was sentenced to 41 months in prison.

In addition, a period of 3 years supervised release follows their prison sentences; no fines were imposed but restitution of $3,081.04 was. They were ordered to self-surrender but refused and were taken immediately into custody. Supporters in the packed courtroom chanted: "Close the silos; free the nuns!" and the courtroom was cleared.

The day began in Baltimore with reading and reflecting on the scripture passages for today. The passage from 2 Corinthians 4: 8ff was a gift for today; it reminded us that the nuns (and through and in solidarity with them, we ourselves) are afflicted, but not constrained; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

We are grieved that the nuns will have to serve that kind of time for an action that was totally symbolic; but we are relieved that it is not the 8 -10 years that the prosecution was demanding. The nuns were and are prepared to accept prison, however much they - and
we - believe that they committed no crime, certainly no major crime. "We had no criminal intent at any level," said Sr. Ardeth Platte, a member, with Sr. Carol Gilbert, of Jonah House. "We accept the consequences of our actions joyfully.I know it will be a long journey,
but we're not afraid." Platte said.

The sisters believe nuclear weapons are the "taproot" of social and Economic injustice because the billions of dollars spent on them could go to programs for the poor and needy. Standing against militarism, they say, is a way to challenge skewed priorities that cause orphanages and soup kitchens to exist in the first place.

The Nuns' "crimes" revealed that we in the U.S. accept rule by our own "evil tyrants who threaten and use weapons of mass destruction and ignore international law." Even more shocking to the current "might makes right" school of "law," the Nuns showed that together
we could non-violently accomplish complete nuclear disarmament one weapon at a time starting with open declaration and inspection.

We have no news yet of where the nuns will be taken. We expect they will spend some time in a local or transitory facility before being taken to the federal prisons where they will serve their time. We will be in touch when we have an address for them.

Below are the statements Carol and Ardeth made this morning infront of the courthouse, having determined not to speak in court.

JULY 25, 2003

For many months I have pondered what to say, if anything at all. St. Francis once said, "Preach the Gospel at all times, if necessary use words."

It seems that today a few words are necessary.

For the past ten months we have tried to cooperate with these courts. We have been asking since day one - what are the charges? What is Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 2155, if not sabotage?

We are not saboteurs. Today, we ask no more questions.

We know something is very wrong with a system that can incarcerate us for years in prison for inspecting, exposing and symbolically disarming America's Weapons of Mass Destruction.

We know we should be acquitted for upholding the United States Constitution that declares all laws and treaties to be the supreme laws of the country.

Article 6, Section 2 of the United States Constitution "declares this constitution and the laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof, and all Treaties made, or which shall be made under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of
the land and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding."

We should be acquitted for upholding International laws which this court has deemed unnecessary but which is bound to enforce under Article 6, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution. It hurts to hear the prosecutor continue to call Frances Boyle a "self-professed
international law guru."

We should be acquitted for upholding the highest law - God's Law. Judge Blackburn talked a lot about law. He didn't want this to be a political trial but a case about law. So did we. That was our deepest hope. But, we were not the ones that turned this into a political trial
nor will we make of ourselves political prisoners - that will be the prosecutor and judge.

We have read in the press and in our pre-sentencing reports that the lengthy sentence is for deterrence - both for ourselves and others. But, what the government fails to recognize is that long prison sentences will only energize the movement. As a tee shirt in upstate New York reads,

"You can jail the resister but not the resistance." We will not be silenced. During our seven months in the Clear Creek County Jail we received thousands of letters from the United States and international community, over a thousand signatures from people who stand in solidarity with us and more than 650 letters were sent to the judge asking for compassion
and justice. There have been four plowshares actions since ours - one of them in the United States.

This Memorial Day, four plowshares activists enfleshed the Isaiah and Micah prophecies on the USS Philippine Sea in New York harbor during fleet week naming themselves Riverside Ploughshares. No charges were filed.

No, Judge Blackburn needs no more words from us. Judge Blackburn needs no character witnesses this morning. What Judge Blackburn needs is to listen to his God. He needs to heed these words from one of my church's social justice documents, Gadium et spes. # 16.
"Deep within their consciences men and women discover a law which they have not laid upon themselves and which they must obey. It's voice, ever calling them to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil, tells them inwardly at the right moment: do this, shun
that. For they have in their hearts a law inscribed by God. Their dignity rests, in observing the law, and by it they will be judged. Their conscience is people's most secret core and their sanctuary. There they are alone with God whose voice echoes in their depths."

Tomorrow, non-violent citizens in Colorado will inspect and expose America's weapons of mass destruction, the Minuteman 111 , with Others joining in solidarity in other states and others exposing other Weapons systems at other sites.

Resistance will not be deterred. You cannot silence truth. Truth will be spoken. Law will be upheld.

Judge Blackburn and the prosecutor need to reflect on the story in the Acts of the Apostles of Gamaliel - Chapter 5 vv. 17-42.

Gamaliel was a Pharisee, a member of the Council, and a teacher of the Law. He was highly respected by all the people.

As Peter and the other apostles were taken to the Council and high-priest, Gamaliel cautioned the council not to take any action against the men. He said, "if what they have planned and done is of human origin it will disappear, but if it comes from God, you cannot
possibly defeat them."

Someday history will prove what we did on the early morning of October 6, 2002 - inspecting, exposing and symbolically disarming a Minuteman 111, a weapon of mass destruction was legal.

Until that day I will continue being led where I would rather not go. I will continue to resist with every fiber of my being so that not one child will ever ask, "Why were you complicit?" .

Lastly, a few words about fear. I don't fear going to prison. I don't fear loss of freedom to move about. I don't even fear death. The fear that fills me is not having lived hard enough, deep enough and sweet enough with whatever gifts God has given me.

The demons are banished by light and like the prophet Micah, this is what God asks of us, only this - " To act justly, to love tenderly, and to walk humbly with our God."

There is a story told of Daniel Berrigan, Jesuit priest, prophet and friend that he was once asked to give the commencement address at a prestigious university. He stood up, walked to the podium and said, "Know where you stand and stand there" and then he sat down.
My friends, "know where you stand and stand there."

In front of the Federal District Court House on July 25, 2003

While we were at home at Jonah House, we opened our liturgy with the music, "Here I am God. Is it I God? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go God, if You lead me. I will hold your people in my heart ." We closed the liturgy with: "Be not afraid. I go before you always. Come follow Me and I will give you rest." Faith and the words of the stanzas to these hymns record key notes in my journey of life - in waging peace, led on a quest for a world without war ever again, in an attempt to stop the crimes and sins of government in my name, in disarming weapons of mass destruction and stopping the merchant- sales of the killing machines and technology sold to other nations, and calling for a design of a global economy that will assure people in the entire world all basic human necessities of food, shelter, education and health care, etc.

With a vision for disarmament, a mandate to speak truth, and a mission to halt the sinfulness, illegality and criminality being touted in my name, I march to the Drummer of my soul Who instills faith rather than fear, trust not hopelessness, and love instead of hatred and enemy relationships made through endless threats, innuendos, propaganda, and permanent warmaking.

This journey has included numerous direct actions over decades: forums, vigils, lobby, processions, demonstrations, boycotts, and civil resistance in various areas of the country. Our social analysis, along with the need to unmask urgent and sometimes secretive matters, has led me into nonviolent symbolic public actions of resistance, such as:
1. Christ lives, disarm! Easter Sunday, 1992...entered into a nuclear bunker.
2. Weep for Children Plowshares, the launching of the 18th Trident.
3. Gods of Metal Plowshares, 1998...bomb bay area of a B-52 used in Iraq.
4. Sacred Earth and Space Plowshares, 2000...the Milstar receiver and an F-18 used in bombing Iraq.
5. Sacred Earth and Space Plowshares II, 2002...Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile at N8, threatened and prepared to be used.

Sisters Carol, Jackie and I believe that we had a responsibility to inspect, expose, and symbolically disarm this weapon of mass destruction to avert a crime of our government and uphold the laws of the United States, not break them. Don't people claim today that the citizens of Germany should have blocked the trains carrying people to the crematoriums,
dismantled the ovens, or done something to stop the mass murder of people by Hitler? How will future generations judge all of us?

I find the charges in the Sacred Earth and Space Plowshares II bogus. Ours was a simple, measured, nonviolent, symbolic action wherein the liturgical rituals were crystal clear.
What were the fears within the prosecutor to call for an "in limine" motion that silenced us on all the laws so pertinent to the threats to use the Minuteman III? What fears were within the judge to grant the silencing? Being stripped of our law defenses made the trial a farce.

The elements of the charges were not substantiated beyond a reasonable doubt by the prosecutor. The jury did not recognize the ongoing change in the wording of the charges throughout the trial: from an indictment under sabotage by a grand jury, citing a specific intent to obstruct the national defense, then use of vandalism and trespass, and finally use of destruction of national defense premises recorded on the verdict form. Even the
government's witnesses claimed under oath that the national defense was never jeopardized. How can a national offensive first strike weapon be launched as a national defensive weapon? Deliberation by the jury seemed brief and without researching answers to the complexities in such a serious case. Are we charged with sabatoge? Yes! Isn't that the reason I face 92 to 115 months in prison?

Could peacemakers lives be that expendable? Will the punitive measures taken against dissenters, enforced under Patriot Bills I and II, be so harsh that any lawlessness on the part of government officials will go unchallenged in the future? Who will be courageous enough to reveal the lies and stop the murderous conduct in Afghanistan and Iraq? Who will demand
an end to U.S. interventionism? Who will stand in behalf of the people contaminated by depleted uranium? Who will be there for prisoners illegally detained in Guantanamo? Who will teach the treaties and U. S. Constitution and who will demand the implementation by every court of the land? Who will bring nonviolence into the forefront for conflict-solving?

The sentencing consequences are exaggerated; the prosecutor and probation offices' research is skewed. Why would multi-hundreds of letters and more than 1,000 solidarity communications have no effect for downward departure? Why has the prosecutor's statements to the press been considered acceptable - that a long sentence for us will deter others. Four plowshare actions have been carried out since ours - one on Memorial Day on the USS Philippine Sea with the use of blood poured out on the bomb hatches and hammers used in the same symbolic way? Yet no charges were brought forth.

How will we wage the struggle together to keep democracy alive, to bring our nation from its killing mode to a life-giving mode, to keep the tenets of the beatitudes, commandments and Sermon on the Mount practiced by the nation as well as by us as individuals? Tomorrow's direct action at the silos and bases to inspect, expose and demand disarmament is a bold and worthy beginning. We join you in spirit with deepest gratitude. Whatever sentence I receive today will be joyfully accepted as an offering for peace. With God's help it will not injure my spirits. In the sacred moments or years of imprisonment, I will remain with you in prayer and walk together with you for the good of all humanity and creation. My love and gratitude

In friendship,

Boudewijn Wegerif
(thanks to Maireid Sullivan.)



(Here's another brilliant piece of writing and a scathing indictment of Rupert Murdoch's Fox News.)

Weapons Of Mass Stupidity
Fox News hits a new lowest common denominator

It's the inviolable first rule of democracy that all politicians will praise the wisdom of the people -- an effusive flattery that intensifies when they ask "the people" to swallow something exceptionally inedible. What the people never hear from anyone, or from anyone with further ambitions, is the truth. If a public figure wishes to leave the stage forever, a sound strategy is to offer his fellow citizens a candid and disparaging assessment of their intelligence. In the aftermath of the conquest of Iraq, as we awake to the bewildering possibility of a United States of Asia, the patriotic pageantry and premature gloating call to mind an obsession that once gripped the great French novelist Gustave Flaubert. (In my recklessness I ignore the half-wit embargo on all things French.) Flaubert, according to W.G. Sebald, became convinced that his own work and his own brain had been infected by a national epidemic of stupidity, a relentless tide of gullibility and muddled thinking which made him feel, he said, as if he were sinking into sand.

At his low point, Flaubert convinced himself that everything he had written had been contaminated and "consisted solely of a string of the most abysmal errors and lies." Sometimes he lay on his couch for months, frozen with the dread that anything he wrote would only extend Stupidity's domain. Flaubert became a scholar of moronic utterances, painstakingly collecting hundreds of what he called betises -- stupidities -- and arranging them in his "Dictionary of Received Opinions."

The wondrous blessing God bestowed on Gustave Flaubert -- and on America's own great chroniclers of contagious stupidity, Mark Twain and H.L. Mencken -- is that they lived and died without imagining a thing like Fox News. It's easy to laugh at Rupert Murdoch's outrageous mongrel, the impossible offspring of supermarket tabloids, sitcom news spoofs, police-state propaganda mills and the World Wrestling Federation. (more)

TRUTH OUT Interview:
Stan Goff with Jennifer Van Bergen
Wednesday, 16 July 2003
(Thanks to Joe Simonetta)

Stan Goff is a former Sergeant with Special Forces and military instructor at West Point, among other posts. He is the author of "Hideous Dreams," about his experience in the 1994 American incursion into Haiti.

" . . .I've written quite a bit about how I felt about various aspects of my military life. There's no one monolithic impression. Parts of it I liked very much. The travel. The economic security. The exposure to other cultures. The highly physical nature of the life. Other aspects of it I hated. Bureaucratism. Institutionalised stupidity. The hegemonic sexism and homophobia. I don't regard military people as any more or less culpable for what they are sent to do, however, than anyone else. Lots of people like to stereotype the military, like to sit up on whatever privileged hilltop they can perch on and cast little stones of sanctimony at the military. These are people who say we live in a system, but they don't really believe it. In their most secret hearts, they've bought the whole bourgeois narrative about personal responsibility, individualism, the history of kings and generals, all of it. Now once someone understands the nature of that system, and they are in the military, well, then you've got a genuine role conflict. And that's my issue with the U.S. military. It is an instrument not of defense, but of control and plunder of peripheral peoples. . .
. . .The US economy has been converted into a credit and debt scam aimed against the rest of the world, and backed up by military force. But the scheme is falling apart as the rest of the world is losing the ability and willingness to pay. The US economy is dreadfully weak, with the real material economy now gutted by parasitic speculation, and the only source of strength left is the military . . . (full article)

Ok OK OK- Enough negativity. Here's something positive ++++ for those of you who prefer solutions, always remembering, of course, that:

"Even paranoids can have enemies."
Henry Kissinger

Aluminium Foil Deflector Beanie:
Practical Mind Control Protection for Paranoids


An Aluminium Foil Deflector Beanie (AFDB) is a type of headwear that can shield your brain from most electromagnetic psychotronic mind control carriers. AFDBs are inexpensive (even free if you don't mind scrounging for thrown-out aluminium foil) and can be constructed by anyone with at least the dexterity of a chimp (or standing Republican president): (less)

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So who else hasn't heard of Cordwainer Smith? I'm a giganti-normous fan of sci-fi, back as far as Olaf Stapleton, HP Lovecraft, HG Wells, Edgar Allen Poe (I Know, I know: he's horror) - and more contemporary writers such as Ray Bradbury, Philip K Dick, Harlan Ellison, Australian Terry Dowling's esoteric masterpiece, 'Wormwood', and of course, Stephen King and Michael Creighton, and many others. But I'd never heard of Cordwainer Smith. That is, until I took a wild punt on a recommendation and ordered a book, blind, from the States called, 'The Rediscovery of Man - The Complete Short Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith.' After three stories, I'm hooked.

Cordwainer Smith has an interesting CV. Real name: Dr Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger (1913-1966), brought up in China, his father not only was a judge, but also helped finance the Chinese Revolution of 1911 and was special legal advisor to Sun Yat-Sen. Sun actually gave little Paul his Chinese name, 'Forest of Incandescent Bliss'. Young Paul became the confidant of Chiang Kai-shek, and later became involved in the US Intelligence community where he became the world's leading authority on psychological warfare! In fact, he wrote the book on psychological warfare under his real name, but was always shy about his fiction. Hence the nom de plume.

I wish I could direct you to some of his writing online for free but I can't find any. I couldn't even find any of his books in Australia - hence the reason for overseas ordering. But I have found a website below that is managed by his daughter where you can find all his stuff.

The most recent story I've just finished is called 'War No. 81-Q (Rewritten Version)' and it's theme is a time in the future when wars are primarily fought as games with specific rules. Real war is sometimes threatened but there are about 10 level of game-style wars that are preferred as options.
Here is a short segment describing the Rules of a Level Q war about to be fought between America and Tibet. This particular category of war is only fought by one person on both sides, safely from behind consoles, thousands of miles from the actual battle. It has been thirty years since the last Level Q War in which Iceland beat the USA! (Yeah! 'Up There, Sigurdssen.') -

" The formalities came through with no trouble. Tibet and America both claimed rights to the Himalayan Escarpment Solar Banks.
They agreed that the title (of ownership) should yield through war.

The Universal War Board (U.W.B.) granted a War Permit, subject to strict and clear conditions:

1. The war was to be fought only at the times and places specified.
2. No human being was to be killed or injured, directly or indirectly, by any performance of the machines of war. Emotional injury was not to be considered.
3. An appropriate territory was to be leased and cleared. Provisions should be made for the maximum removal of wildlife, particularly birds, which might be hurt by the battle.
4. The weapons were to be winged dirigibles with a maximum weight of 22, 000 tons, propelled by non-nuclear engines.
5. All radio channels were to be strictly monitored by the U.W.B. and by both parties. At any complaint of jamming or interference the war was to be brought to a halt.
6. Each dirigible should have six non-explosive missiles and thirty non-explosive counter-missiles.
7. The U.W.B. was to intercept and to destroy all stray missiles and real weapons before the missiles left the war zone, and each party, regardless of the outcome of the war, was to pay the U.W.B. directly for the interception and destruction of stray missiles.
8. No living human beings were to be allowed on the ships, in the war zone, or on the communications equipment which relayed the war to the world's television. (The last remembered casualties of 'safe war' had been video crews who had ridden their multicopter into the blazing guns of a combat dirigible before the pilot, thousands of miles away, could see them and stop his guns.)
9. The 'stipulated territory' was to be leased by both parties from the Fourteenth French Republic, as agent for Federated Europe, at the price of four million dollars per hour.
10. Seating for the war, apart from video rights belonging to the combatants, should remain the sole property of the lessor of the War Territory. "

- Territorial conflict resolution! And the story is great, as are the others, especially 'Scanners Live In Vain,' which is a fusion of Blade Runner and Terminator, with better emotional and psychological depth. Cordwainer Smith Daughter's Website



The August 2003 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller, focusing on Italy, has a collection of creative Italian recipes, with great pictures, to kill for (or - for vegetarians - to practice non-violent resistance for.) I assure you I will be delving into these jewels until my copy is dog-eared and garlic-stained. Some examples include: Veal Loin Stuffed with Mortadella, Silverbeet and Frittata; Sweet and Sour Onions; Potato, Rocket and Chilli Ravioli with Herbed Puy Lentils; Osso Buco with Lemon Celery, Capers and Parmesan Polenta; four dishes with Treviso Radicchio; Cranberry Juice Margaritas, and too many more to mention. There's a month's worth of Italian cooking lessons here.

I also strongly recommend, with icing sugar on it, the current Special Edition of Gourmet Traveller, on CHOCOLATE. The best chocolate dessert cookbook I know of.
Here is one of the recipes kitchen-tested by yours truly last week to great success.


Chocolate Soufflé

50 g soft butter, plus extra for greasing
2 tbles caster sugar
2 tbles plain flour
1 tble cocoa
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup caster sugar, extra
75 g dark or milk chocolate
4 eggs, separated
icing sugar, for dusting

Method: Grease four 1-cup capacity ramekins, coat with caster sugar, shake out excess, and place ramekins on oven tray. Melt butter in small saucepan until foamy, then add flour, and cocoa and cook, stirring continuously for 1 minute. Remove pan from heat and gradually whisk in milk until combined, then stir continuously over medium heat until mixture boils and thickens. Remove from heat, add extra sugar and stir until dissolved, then transfer mixture to a bowl.
Melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a sauce pan of simmering water, then stir into milk mixture with egg yolks until well combined. Using an electric mixer whisk egg whites until soft peaks form. Stir one-quarter of the egg whites through the chocolate mixture to lighten, then using a large metal spoon, fold in remaining egg whites until just combined. Divide mixture among prepared ramekins and smooth tops. Cook at 190 C. for 18-20 minutes or until puffed. Serve immediately dusted with icing sugar. Serves 4.

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This article does not reflect the thoughts or opinions of either myself, my company, my family, my roommate, my friends, or my cat. Don't quote me on that. Don't quote me on anything. All rights reserved. You may distribute this article freely but you may not make a profit from it. Do not use near open flame. Management not responsible for loss or theft. Maximum speeding fine: $350. Terms are subject to change without notice. Illustrations are slightly enlarged to show detail. Any resemblance to actual persons or events, living or dead, is unintentional and purely coincidental. We have kosher and non-kosher foods. Do not remove this disclaimer under penalty of law. Hand wash only, tumble dry on low heat. Do not bend, fold, mutilate, or spindle. No substitutions allowed. For a limited time only. This article is void where prohibited, taxed, or otherwise restricted. Caveat emptor. Prizes are not redeemable for cash equivalent. All taxes become liability of the winner. Handicapped parking -tow zone. Product is provided "as is" without any warranties. User assumes full responsibility. An equal opportunity employer. We accept food stamps. Quantities are limited while supplies last. If any defects are discovered, do not attempt to fix them yourself, but return to an authorized service center. Use at your own risk. Parental advisory - explicit lyrics. Text may contain explicit materials some readers may find objectionable, parental guidance is advised. Keep away from sunlight. You must be 54" tall to ride this ride. Disconnect spark plug wire before servicing. Keep away from pets and small children. Limit one per family, please. No money down. No purchase necessary. You need not be present to win. Some assembly required. Do not try this at home. Instructions are included. Action figures sold separately. No preservatives added. Shown with optional equipment. Slippery when wet. Product does not really fly. Coated with food-grade vegetable, beeswax, and/or shellac-based wax or resin to maintain freshness. This product contains olestra. Safety goggles required during use. For demonstration purposes only. Sealed for your protection, do not use if safety seal is broken. Call before you dig. Not liable for damages arising from use or misuse. For external use only. If rash, irritation, redness, or swelling develops, discontinue use. WARNING: may cause cirrhosis of the liver, inflammation of the brain, heart damage, pancreatic damage, kidney damage, spleen implosion or explosion, thyroid combustion, severe nasal hair growth, blindness, eruptia, pregnancy, infertility, fecal incontinence, impotence, hair loss, skin blemishes, bone deformity, throat cancer, ulcers, hangnails, bladder leakage, sores, scabs, elephantiasis, hepatitis, conjunctivitis, gingivitis, appendicitis, bronchitis, and/or athlete's foot. Not recommended for children, adults, senior citizens, animals, insects, plants, or dead people. Use only with proper ventilation. Avoid extreme temperatures and store in a cool dry place. Sealed with printed foil for your protection. Keep away from open flames. Avoid contact with eyes and skin and avoid inhaling fumes. Do not puncture, incinerate, or store above 120 degrees Fahrenheit/ 49 degrees Celsius. Do not place near a flammable or magnetic source. Your email session may be monitored at the University's discretion. Smoking this article could be hazardous to your health. No salt, MSG, artificial colour or flavouring added. Use type GR927 battery. If ingested, do not induce vomiting, and if symptoms persist, consult a physician. WARNING: pregnant women, the elderly, and children should avoid this product. Discontinue use if any of the following occurs: itching, vertigo, dizziness, tingling in extremities, loss of balance or co-ordination, slurred speech, temporary blindness, profuse sweating, or heart palpitations. May stick to certain types of skin. Contains no fruit juice. Push down, then twist. Dry clean only. UL listed. Possible penalties for early withdrawal. Offer valid only at participating sites. Slightly higher west of the Rockies. Allow four to six weeks for delivery. Must be 18 to use. Warranty does not cover misuse, accident, extraterrestrial impact, lightning, floods, tornadoes, solar flares, tsunami, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, supernovas, hurricanes, other Acts of God, neglect, damage from improper or unauthorised use, incorrect line voltage and/or frequency, broken antenna or marred cabinet, missing or altered serial numbers, chemical reactions, electromagnetic radiation from nuclear blasts, sonic boom shock waves, customer adjustments that are not covered in this list, and incidents owing to an airplane crash, Divine Intervention, extraterrestrial intervention, ship sinking or taking on water, motor vehicle crashing, explosive decompression, hard vacuum, dropping the item, falling rocks, falling anything, falling on rocks, falling on anything, caustic chemicals, napalm, leaky roofs, broken glass, magnetic fields, laser or other energy weapons, sub-atomic particle bombardment, emissions of x-rays, microwave, ultraviolet, cosmic, and/or gamma rays, mud slides, forest fires, or projectiles (which may include, but are not limited to, arrows, bombs, artillery shells, missiles, bullets, snowballs, hand grenades, buckshot, BBs, flares, shrapnel, liquid-filled balloons, torpedoes, knives, stones, spears, swords, maces, pikes, clubs, morningstars, etc.). 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