July 17th, 2003

Things Dissolve Better With Coke

"Our country, right or wrong! When right, to be kept right, when wrong to be put right." Carl Schurz


Hi Folks,

You've all heard the stories that the Chinese actually invented spaghetti, the Spanish and Portuguese were the first to put the salt on bacalla, and that Sicilians are actually a mix between the 'original' Italians and invading Moors. Well, now the British are claiming proof that they invented Lasagna! More on that later . .


I will be performing a couple of solo sets, impromptu, for Folk Victoria, next week, on Friday July 25th, at The East Brunswick Club Hotel, singing a selection of my songs including 'Familiar Ring', "Gift (One Iraqi Child)', 'Father', 'My Home Ain't In The Hall of Fame', 'Marching With Martin Luther King Jr', 'Lower Jesus', 'Crop Circles in My Marijuana', 'Shaddap You Face- Injubundji Style' (the Aboriginal lyrics sing-a-long version,) plus many others, and running through some of my original 3-character show, circa 1979, that I've been asked to perform for the Troubadour Birthday party next month. (Anyone who won't be able to make it out to the party in Kynton, can catch an informal preview next Friday week.) Julie Levy is doing the support along with her fiddle player. She is a great singer-songwriter and was a co-winner of the 'Songs of Tolerance' award at Port Fairy Folk Festival this year. It promises to be a warm and creative
night. The details are as follows:

Friday July 25th
The East Brunswick Club Hotel
280 Lygon Street
East Brunswick
Start time 8.30
Door price: $8 / $6 conc.
Meals available from 6.30 to 8.15.
Enquiries: 9481 6051.

Hope to see some of you there. Come up and say hello.
Things Dissolve Better With Coke

Thanks to Carl Panuzzo for the following water vs coke article. Carl also
shares my views that email activism is not another form of spam but suggests
instead to:
" . . be encouraged by the work and worth of people power . .
it's worth being annoyed a little now and enjoy the fruit of a better
lifestyle later, than be complacent, out of people's faces and have someone
else making decisions for you. Congratulations everyone who is bothered to
keep perspective and motivation alive... "

Water vs Coke

1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often
mistaken for hunger.
3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as much as 3%.
4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100%
of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.
5. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could
significantly ease back
and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzz short-term memory, trouble
with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a
printed page.
8. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by
45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less
likely to develop bladder cancer.

1. In many states (in the USA) the highway patrol carries two gallons of
coke in the truck to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.
2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke and it will be gone in two
3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and let
the "real thing" sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke
removes stains from vitreous China.
4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a
rumpled-up piece of aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.
5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals:Pour a can of Coca-Cola
over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.
6. To loosen a rusted bolt: Applying a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the
rusted bolt for several minutes.
7. To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan, wrap
the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. Thirty minutes before the ham is
finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke for a
sumptuous brown gravy.
8. To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of coke into a load of greasy
clothes, add detergent, an run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will
help loosen grease stains.
9. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.

1. The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. Its pH is 2.8. It will
dissolve a nail in about 4 days. Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from
bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase in osteoporosis.
2. To carry Coca-Cola syrup (the concentrate) the commercial truck must use
the Hazardous material place cards reserved for Highly corrosive materials.
3. The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean the engines of their
trucks for about 20 years!
(Ed. Note: A lot of good household tips there!)



Britain May Have Had Lasagna Before Italy
The Associated Press
Jul 15 2003 9:24PM

LONDON (AP) - After a hard day's jousting, what a medieval English knight needed was .... a plate of lasagna.

And he apparently could have it, according to British researchers who claim to have found a British recipe for lasagna dating from the 14th century - long before Italian chefs came up with the delicious concoction of layers of pasta topped with cheese.

``This is the first recorded recipe for a lasagna-based dish,'' David Crompton, one of the researchers, said Tuesday. ``The Italian dish has tomatoes, which were only discovered two centuries later in the New World.'' (more)

Iraq's oil money would go to Iraqis

Tony Blair complained in Parliament that "people falsely claim that we want
to seize" Iraq's oil revenues, adding that they should be put in a trust
fund for the Iraqi people administered through the UN. Britain should seek a
Security Council resolution that would affirm "the use of all oil revenues
for the benefit of the Iraqi people".

Instead Britain co-sponsored a Security Council resolution that gave the US
and UK control over Iraq's oil revenues. Guess what? There is no UN-administered trust

Far from "all oil revenues" being used for the Iraqi people, the resolution
continues to make deductions from Iraq's oil earnings to pay in compensation
for the invasion of Kuwait in 1990.
('Let them eat lasagna,' Blair was overheard commenting.)

President Caught In Another Lie.
JULY 14, 2003

This is just one more example of president Bush hiding one lie behind another. 

07/15/03:   During a press briefing at the Whitehouse with United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan on Monday, 07/14/03, our president continued to lie to the American people.

This latest instance of Presidential deceit relates to the reasons for the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

When questioned about his comments in the state of the union address relating to the now discredited claim that Iraq tried to buy Uranium yellowcake from Niger, the president said. 

"The larger point is, and the fundamental question is, did Saddam Hussein have a weapons program? And the answer is, absolutely. And we gave him a chance to allow the inspectors in, and he wouldn't let them in. And, therefore, after a reasonable request, we decided to remove him from power, along with other nations, so as to make sure he was not a threat to the United States and our friends and allies in the region. I firmly believe the decisions we made will make America more secure and the world more peaceful."

This as clearly a lie by our president,  "And we gave him a chance to allow the inspectors in, and he wouldn't let them in. And, therefore, after a reasonable request, we decided to remove him from power"

President Bush has rewritten history and provided a new reason as to why he ordered the  US invasion of Iraq. 

The actual circumstances were that the UN inspectors were in Iraq and the Iraqi government was providing unfettered access to UN weapons inspectors. UN inspectors were busy dismantling Iraqi missiles when they were instructed to leave Iraq, prior to the US - UK invasion.

Why will our main stream media not follow up on theses outrages untruths and insist that the president be held accountable for his lies.

The full text of the presidents remarks can be found here. The first site address is the White House's official website by the way.

White House Site

(Full Text)
For Americans

The President took the nation to war based on his assertion that Iraq posed
an imminent threat to our country. Now the evidence that backed that
assertion is falling apart.

I've joined over 330,000 other people in calling on Congress to investigate.
If you are a US citizen or resident, please add your name to the following

  Online Petition


Viet-Mex Rice

This is a combination of the Vietnamese technique of drying the rice first
to shorten cooken time and give it a broken-rice texture, with the Mexican
technique of adding some tomatoes and vegetables to the pot while steaming.

1 cup long grain rice
1 1/2 cups stock or water
1 tomato, diced
1/2 carrot, diced
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 teas garlic
1/2 cup sultanas or raisins
1/2 cup mixed sesame seeds and sunflower seeds
sunflower, peanut or vegetable oil

Wash rice. Strain and spread out evenly in a medium size bowl. Leave for
about an hour until it has absorbed most of the water coating it.
Toast the seeds and set aside.
In a small frypan, add a little oil, and saute the onion for a minute, then
add the carrot and garlic for another minute, then add the tomato and a
little salt. Stir for about 30 seconds. Don't let the tomato get too mushy.
Place contents of the frypan into a blender with a little of the stock or
water, just enough to move it around. Quickly blend for about 30 seconds.
You don't want a puree - keep everything chunky, but blended. In a
saucepan, heat about three tbles of the oil and quickly saute the rice until
it sizzles. Add one cup of stock or water, and the contents of the blender.
Cover. As soon as it reaches the boil, turn heat down very low and simmer
for 15 minutes. Check to see if it's cooked. Add sultanas or raisins and
replace lid and set aside for ten minutes so that the rice continues to firm
up in its own steam.
To serve: Place rice on plate. Sprinkle the mixed toasted seeds over the
top. This is a festive looking dish in itself but goes wonderfully with
Mexican Moles.

"Keep on chipping! Remember, inside every boulder . . . is a pebble."
Attributed to the sculptor, Augustus Rodin J.'Marquis' de Flywheel, cellmate of The Marquis de
, The Asylum at Charenton, 1803.