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Friday Oct 10th 2008

Birthday Pie

 Hope is like a road in the country; there never was a road,
    but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.
Lin Yutang

Hi folks,

I watched the Sarah Palin – Joe Biden debate. I was impressed with Biden. I really didn’t have a fix on who he was before but I like him now that I’ve seen him in action. On the other hand, Palin sure uses ‘darn it’ a lot. I wonder if she actually swears. She is a member of the Pentecostal Assembly of God Church in Wasilla, Alaska. The Pentecostals are known for talking in tongues. When the spirit overtakes her, she probably goes:  ‘Ahhhhhbalooogoola fancanulloooahhaa agghghhgahh darn it ahhhbalooganlllahhhh, praise you Jesus!’  Tina Fey from Saturday Night Live does a terrific impression of Palin. Go hunt her up on youTube.

Vladimir Putin, the Prime Minister of Russia, and an ex-judo champion, has put out a dvd titled, ‘Let’s Learn Judo with Vladimir Putin.’   Putin also is an avid skier, and his apparent fitness and devotion to physical activity helped increase his popularity in eight years as president. This contrasted sharply with his hard-drinking and chronically ill predecessor, Boris Yeltsin, who died last year.

Notice how the worlds of entertainment and politics are starting to meld even further? California was always the leader in this aspect with singer Sonny Bono, and actors Ronald Reagan and Arnold Swartzenegger,  but now everyone else is starting to follow. That old saying,  ‘I don’t care what they say about me as long as they spell my name correctly,’ is translating into ‘We don’t care what kind of political platform you run on as long as you are a celebrity.’  Politicians walking the Red Carpet.  This is what I call a Cult of Personality. FAME as an end that justifies any means. Talent-less celebrities, like Paris Hilton, evolving into pod people politicians, like George W Bush and Sarah Palin.  Palin’s campaign rallies, in particular, have become darkside spectacles of anger and insult. "[Obama] is not a man who sees America as you see it and how I see America," Ms. Palin has taken to saying. Her demagoguery has elicited some frightening, intolerable, responses. A recent Washington Post report said at a rally in Florida this week a man yelled "Kill him!" as Ms. Palin delivered that line and others shouted epithets at an African-American member of a TV crew. Seeing Tina Fey becoming so popular on youTube, sending up Palin, actually gives me a chill. Because when the dust and the laughing settles, these lousy leaders are still standing and everyone, having had a good chortle at their expense, now feel slightly endeared to them; more willing to overlook the fanatical nut inside the bright and shiny fruit.  Saturday Night Live tore the crap out of George W Bush before the last election – yet Bush STILL got elected.  Sometimes I think even I was guilty of this- by making Bush such a kicking post in past newsletters, I contributed to his Cult of Personality.  So this is one reason why I choose not to go negative too much for this election. Rather to promote the positive. Whenever possible. Of course, it can make for a boring newsletter though so excuse me if every now and then my kicking foot twitches out of habit.


Dear Joe,
i sure liked shisha.  that move where she's standing on one leg holding on to the other leg straight up and then she goes into splits from that position is amazing.  i don't think i've ever seen that before!
    katherine mansfield is a favourite writer of mine too.   she strikes me as one of the first truly modern writers, and she wrote in that modern style much earlier than a lot of other writers who got more credit for breaking away from things such as straight-ahead chronological narrative, etc.  i wonder if she didn't get credit because she was a woman.  or a kiwi.  or a kiwi woman.
    i don't know if this happened to you or lin, but i'll bet this is a pretty common thing---i read quite a lot of books when i was too young to understand them-i mean starting at about 9 or 10 years old.     wuthering heights, salinger's nine short stories, portrait of the artist as a young man, the tropic of cancer, short stories by conrad aiken and katherine mansfield and dorothy parker.  i was fascinated by the language and the feel of these kinds of writings, but in some cases i had to almost make up what i thought they were about because the topic matter was way too grown-up.  but as the years have gone on, i've returned to the same books again and again, and at every  stage of my life they are like brand new writings!  the language and feeling is still as fascinating as it was the first time, but the meaning of everything is completely different.
    i can remember reading the short story "bliss" in an olio of "great english short stories" and loving it even without knowing what it was about, or what was supposed to be going on amongst the people in it.
    come to think of it warner brothers' classic 8 minute cartoons and the great old country and western songs have that quality too.  fascinating and fun for kids, but full of things you won't really get 'til later!
    ...and speaking of kids...the fact that you would make that pig latin joke about lin's name after all the years you've been together is great testament to the continuing health of your relationship!  now THAT'S amore!!
    my niece's boyfriend nathan, who cooks for a living, made quinoa sushi for us one time when we were out there playing in victoria b.c. where they live.  it was absolutely delicious!
my friend, denis keldie, amongst many of his other musical talents, is a terrific accordion player.  one day he was going to a gig with his accordion in the back seat of his car.   he needed to make a stop on the way in a not-so-great part of town.  after he'd already gone inside the place he was stopping at, he suddenly realised he had forgotten to lock his car.  in a panic,  he ran back outside and looked through his car window.   it was just as he'd feared.  there were two accordions in the back seat.
    there's a little geneous in all of us! joan besen

What a gorgeous pie!  Wow, your birthdays are about a week apart!  HB Lin!!
Here's my birthday mango pie recipe . . .
Crust:  Ground almonds, cashew butter and dates mixed in food processor, patted into piepan evenly and chilled.
Filling: Using a wooden bowl as a cutting board, I slice mangoes into bite sized pieces, saving the juice in a separate container as I go.  One stick of kanten (agar agar), soaked for 30 minutes and then boiled until it dissolves (amount of liquid is on the kanten package). Use saved mango juice as most of the liquid, water for the rest.
Arrange mango slices in crust.  Pour kanten mixture over them.  Chill until kanten hardens. Serve.
All blessings, Alicia Bay Laurel

What I’m Reading This Week
Short Stories of Philip K. Dick

What I’m Watching This Week
4400 Season 4

Third Female Soldier Slain at Fort Bragg
by Mike Baker
The Associated Press

Raleigh, North Carolina - For the third time in four months, a female soldier based at Fort Bragg is dead, and a husband or lover is charged with murder -- leading critics to demand the home base of the Army's elite soldiers exert "control over their troops" and address domestic violence.  (article)

The Murder of Military Women Continues

By  Ann Wright

"My daughter's dream became a nightmare," sadly said Gloria Barrios, seven months after her daughter, US Air Force Senior Airman Blanca Luna, was murdered on Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas.
On March 7, 2008, Senior Airman Luna, 27, was found dead in her room at the Sheppard Air Force Base Inn, an on-base lodging facility. She had been stabbed in the back of the neck with a short knife. Luna, an Air Force Reservist with four years of prior military service in the Marine Corps including a tour in Japan, was killed three days before she was to graduate from an Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Heating training course.
When she was notified of her daughter's death, she was handed a letter from Major General K.C. McClain, commander of the Air Force Personnel Center, which stated that her daughter "was found dead on 7 March 2008 at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, as the result of an apparent homicide." When her body was returned to her family for burial, Barrios and other family members saw bruises on Blanca's face and wounds on her fingers as if she were defending herself. One of the investigators later told Mrs. Barrios that Blanca had been killed in an "assassin-like" manner. Friends say that she told them some in her unit "had given her problems." (article)


Charges dropped for man with 86 wives

Authorities in Nigeria have dropped charges against an 84-year-old Islamic cleric accused of illegally having 86 wives, after his case was transferred to a criminal court, a court official said. The Niger state Sharia commission withdrew the charge of illegal marriage against Muhammadu Bello Masaba when he appeared before a magistrate court, after his case was transferred from an Islamic Sharia court a day earlier. He will only face one charge of disturbing religious peace for claiming to have seen Allah in interviews he granted the media, court clerk Abdullahi Dangana told AFP. Masaba pleaded not guilty to the charge, Dangana said.
He was arrested three weeks ago accused of marrying too many wives in violation of the maximum of four per man that Islam allows and for remarks capable of inciting religious disharmony. Magistrate Ahmed Bima refused Masaba bail and ordered him back to court on October 16, Dangana said.
The revelation that he had 86 wives attracted sharp criticism and indignation from Islamic clerics, including the Jama'atu Nasril Islam (JNI),a Nigerian Muslim body that slammed a fatwa, or death sentence, on him. Masaba later agreed to divorce 82 of his wives following an ultimatum issued by the influential traditional chief of his home town, Bidda, that he comply with the law or quit the town. Since the return of Nigeria to civil rule in 1999 a dozen predominantly Muslim states in the north have re-introduced a version of the Islamic Sharia legal system.

Paul Newman’s Lesser-Known Legacy
by Jeffrey Mason

With the passing of Hollywood legend Paul Newman, there is a significant legacy that many in the mainstream media are unaware of.  In addition to Paul Newman’s magnificent philanthropic contributions from the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang charity for sick children to his strong support for many other causes, little known is his and his wife’s, Joanne Woodward, long association with the nonprofit, nonpartisan military watchdog organization—the Center for Defense Information.
Often mislabeled “left-leaning,” the Center for Defense Information was founded in 1972 by retired Rear Admiral Gene R. La Rocque (a World War II veteran) as an organization committed to closely scrutinizing military spending and publicizing waste, fraud, and abuse in the Pentagon, the military branches, and other federal agencies.  And Newman and Woodward were there virtually from the beginning. In the organization’s first decade, Ms. Woodward helped organize and moderate a women’s conference on preventing nuclear war.  One or the other of the pair were regular fixtures at the Center’s annual board meetings.  Paul and Joanne have worked vigorously over the decades to fulfill the major credo of CDI: “ … that a strong defense entails more than tanks, planes, and well-trained military personnel.  The Center for Defense Information believes that strong social, economic, political, and military components and a healthy environment contribute equally to the nation’s security.  CDI opposes excessive expenditures for weapons and policies that increase the danger of war.”
(thanks to Justine Stewart)

Two Ways of Feeding a Croc

1. Australian boy wreaks zoo havoc while feeding croc
(Reporting by Rob Taylor; Editing by Alex Richardson)

CANBERRA (Reuters) - The parents of a 7-year-old boy who broke into an Australian outback zoo and fed a string of small animals to its resident crocodile are likely to be sued after police said the boy was too young to be held responsible.
A turtle, four western blue tongue lizards, two bearded dragons, two thorny devil lizards and a 1.8 meter (5.9ft) adult female Spencer's goanna were fed or led into the jaws of a 3 meter, 200kg (440lb) saltwater crocodile named "Terry."
Security camera footage at the Alice Springs Reptile Center showed the smiling youngster also bludgeoning to death a small blue tongue lizard and two more thorny devils during a half-hour of breakfast-time havoc last Wednesday.
"The fact a 7-year-old can wreak so much havoc in such a short time, it's unbelievable. In my day he'd get a big boot up the arse," center director Rex Neindorf told Reuters by phone.
"Police found him, but in the Northern Territory here he can't be accountable if he's under 10 years of age."
Neindorf said many of the animals fed to the croc were rare or mature and would be difficult to replace.
The boy was unknown at the center and had "clammed up" when questioned by police on what sparked the rampage, he said.
Neindorf said he was now looking at suing the parents of the pint-sized terror, who could easily have been taken by Terry himself as he fed the croc from a small landing at his enclosure.
"We'll be looking at suing the parents, who were supposedly in control of him at the time," he said.

2. Old men may walk slow BUT they think F A S T

An elderly man in Queensland had owned a large property for several years. He had a dam in one of the lower paddocks where he had planted mango and avocado trees. The dam had been fixed up for swimming when it was built and he also had some picnic tables placed there in the shade of the fruit trees.
One evening the old farmer decided to go down to the dam to look it over, as he hadn't been there for a while. He grabbed a ten litre bucket to bring back some fruit. As he neared the dam, he heard voices shouting and laughing with glee As he came closer he saw it was a bunch of young women skinny-dipping in his dam. He made the women aware of his presence and they all went to the deep end.
One of the women shouted to him, 'We're not coming out until you leave!' The old man frowned, 'I didn't come down here to watch you ladies swim naked or make you get out of the dam naked.'
Holding the bucket up he said, 'I'm here to feed the crocodile.' (boom boom!)
(thanks to Terry Dwyer)

The Distorted Barbie

"The positioning from the very first commercial was that she
was a person. We never mentioned that she was a doll."
(on the marketing of Barbie)

Barbie Facts:

In 1945 Ruth and Elliot Handler form Mattel.
In 1957 Ruth conceives of a three dimensional adult-like doll.  The body is based on German doll called "Lilli" which is sold as a sex toy for men.

In 1958 the first Barbie dolls are manufactured in Japan.

The marketing of Barbie is driven by Ernest Dichter, director of the Institute for Motivational Research. A PhD who studied psychology at the University of Vienna, Dichter used Freudian analysis to bring a "scientific" approach to marketing.

In 1963 "Sex and the Single Girl" is published.
In 1967 the "Twist and Turn" Barbie is released, with swivel waist and hips.
In 1971, with the "Malibu Barbie", Barbies eyes look straight ahead for the first time. Older Barbies eyes looked slightly down and to the side.
In 1975, "Skipper", Barbie's sidekick, sprouts breasts.

In 1980 Black Barbie is released. She is designed by Kitty Black Perkins, a black woman.
Vanessa Williams becomes the first black Miss America in 1983.

In 1984 Barbie is sold with the slogan "We girls can do anything".
"Day-to-Night" Barbie comes with a briefcase, calculator, newspaper and business card.
Mattel releases "She-Ra, Princess of Power", promoted with the slogan "The fate of the world is in the hands of one beautiful girl".
In 1984, Geraldine Ferraro also makes a bid for Vice President of the United States.

Barbie is made from polyvinylchloride.
Barbie is eleven and one half inches tall.
If Barbie was human sized, she would stand 5 foot 6 inches tall, weigh 110 pounds, and have a 39 inch bust, 18 inch waist and 33 inch hips.
She is named after Ruth and Elliot Handler's daughter. Ken is named after their son.
"Plastic money", the credit card, came into use in 1958 with the invention of the American Express Card, the same year that plastic was used to mass produce Barbie.
Mattel used a widespread new medium for selling Barbie: television. Through TV, Barbie could be marketed directly to children.
In 1992 the average American girl owned 7 Barbies.  "Barbie"® is a registered trademark of Mattel Inc.

What goes around comes around . . . . . . . . .

Ned Calls about Real Doll

Get out the politically incorrect laughing/crying hanky.

Downside of Diversity
by Sarah Price

NSW is the most racist state in Australia , a 10-year study has found.
Challenging Racism: The Anti-Racism Research Project also found that while Australians were largely welcoming of diversity, the view of national identity was still narrow.
The first results of the study will be unveiled at the 4Rs international conference - Rights, Reconciliation, Respect and Responsibility - at the University of Technology , Sydney , which starts on Tuesday. The full results will be released early next year, with the data to be used by human rights and anti-discrimination agencies across Australia to implement strategies specific to the needs of each region.
The study, led by human geography and urban studies professor Kevin Dunn, from the University of Western Sydney , found high rates of migration meant NSW, on average, was the least tolerant of all the states and territories.
It scored highest when people were asked if Australia was weakened by ethnic groups sticking to their old ways and if there were any cultural or ethnic groups that did not fit into Australian society.
"If you were to do a very crude comparison to other states, NSW doesn't do quite so well, but there are lots of reasons why," Professor Dunn said.
A high rate of migration concentrated in Sydney meant a higher rate of encounters with different cultures and a greater cause for friction.
"It means that much of the work of accommodating diversity is done within Sydney ," he said. "It's done well. This [finding] isn't something necessarily that we should be overly anxious about. It just means that there is more opportunity for poor cross-cultural contacts to have occurred."
With regard to Camden , the scene of a public fight against a planned Islamic school, Professor Dunn said: "A flare-up about an Islamic school in Camden is somewhat exacerbated in that area as it is a place that hasn't really dealt with cultural difference historically. But if you look at the data on Camden , [its residents] are no different than the norm in terms of their attitudes towards Muslims."
Ashfield, however, came out positively in nearly every aspect of the study, thanks to long-term encounters with diverse cultures.
"It could be one of the most tolerant areas in Sydney ," he said.
Women were found to be more tolerant than men, with one exception - attitudes towards Muslims.
Dr Anne Pedersen, a social psychologist from Murdoch University , said the study findings were vital.
"You hear that Australia is an accepting country but we're just so diverse," she said. "Some are [tolerant], some are not, but sweeping this under the carpet does no good whatsoever."
Asma Yusra, a 21-year-old Muslim from Lakemba who will speak at the conference, said "I love the Australian culture, the music and food," but she has suffered racial prejudices.
In one incident, she recalls being at Town Hall station and having a man throw a newspaper at her face, opened at a story about a terrorist attack.
"I was deeply hurt by that experience. I feel just as Australian as everyone else. I was born and raised here," she said.
She is optimistic about the future, saying the children of migrant parents were working in their communities for tolerance.
(thanks to Maqsood A K Alshams)

Here’s a thematic interview I did with The Melbourne Age newspaper back in 2005:

What's a matter you, hey?
By Clay Lucas

"Shaddap You Face summed up the change in Australia when multiculturalism displaced the derogatory label 'New Australian', when colourful Immigration Minister Al Grassby regularly graced the national stage, and SBS was about to take to the air . . . it caught a social current, and gave voice to it in about three minutes." Craig Mathieson, SMH

“ . . . Dolce himself is an interesting study in multiculturalism. Born in Ohio to an Italian-American family, he came to Australia in 1978 with his Australian first wife, after almost a decade trying to forge a career in the American music scene. What he found in Melbourne horrified him.
"Back home, to be an Italian entertainer was something to be proud of. In America, Frank Sinatra was the benchmark," says Dolce.
“Here, there was barely a mark. There were no Italian entertainers, and people from southern Europe were roundly derided as wogs and dagoes. And they weren't terms of affection.
"In those days, the word wog was like the word c---," says Dolce. "If you said it, you said it low."
He first performed Shaddap You Face at a talent night in 1979 at the long-gone Marijuana House in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. (full article)




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Birthday Pie

We’ve had a month of healthy eating and so for Lin’s birthday, she requested an apple pie, not a cake.  She proposed a twofold challenge to me:

1. Make her a healthy pie crust  - with no butter, sugar or flour.
2. Make her a single crust open apple pie, but able to hold 64 burning candles!

Easier said than done.

The first part wasn't so hard. I experimented with two different ideas - replacing the flour with almond meal - and replacing the butter with coconut butter, in the first instance, and mashed dates in the second. I went with the date-almond meal combination as it held it's shape better and also the flavours were delicious with the sweet organic apples.

 For the second idea, I knew that you couldnt put the candles directly into the pie. That many candles wouldn't stay upright and also by the time you got them lit, there would be so much melted wax dripping onto the pie that it would taste horrible. So I designed a kind of false top crust or hood, double strength, that would hold all the candles firmly, slip over the top of the open-faced pie, and protect it from the melting wax. Here it is.

1. Faux Top Crust with Candles
(You are not going to eat this part - you discard it after the candles are blown out.)

300 gm flour
200 gm lard
2 eggs
a pinch of saffron soaked in a little warm water and lemon juice

Make this the day before.
Work the lard into the flour until crumbly. Add one egg and maybe a little water and knead vigorously until a smooth dough is formed. Don't worry about over kneading as you want this crust to be hard as a rock, NOT delicate.(If you could put some superglue in the mix I would suggest it. You want this to be firm.) Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.  Preheat oven to Mark 4 (200C). Remove from the fridge and roll out onto a worktable to a thickness of about 10mm. Place your tart pan over it and make sure it covers it. Find a casserole lid with no handle or something slightly spherical that you can put in the oven and that you can drape the crust over to give it a slight convex shape. I used a glass casserole lid. You want it to bake in this convex shape so as to fit over the pie properly. Mix the other egg with a pinch of the soaked saffron (squeeze out the liquid). Use this mix to endore the crust with a pastry brush. Bake the crust for about 15 - 20 minutes until done. Check it periodically. Take out of oven and set aside to cool.

When cool, gently free it from whatever you used to keep its shape but leave it on the form. Assemble all your candles. Find a philips head screwdriver that is slightly smaller than your candle and use it to carefully make holes in the lid. Place each candle firmly into the lid taking care not to crack it. (If you make a few minor cracks, you can patch it up with a little butter.) Once all the candles are in place, light them all to prime the wicks so they will be easier to light later. Dont worry about getting wax on the crust. (Remember, we arent eating it.) Blow out the candles. In about fifteen minutes, lightly dust the top crust with a little icing sugar through a strainer. This will cover most of the melted wax and look nice. Using a small dry pastry brush, carefully dust the icing sugar off of the tips of the candles.

At this stage, if you want, you can carefully lift off the crust and set it on top of the pie tart pan to test that it fits properly and get an idea of how it will look later. Replace the top crust back onto its form until you are ready to serve the pie.

2. Almond Meal Pie Crust -  with no butter, sugar or flour.
(Note: I have put some optional ingredients in brackets in case you insist on using them  - but they are not necessary.)

300 gr almond meal
200 gr mashed and pitted fresh dates
(1 egg - optional)

Put the almond meal in a large bowl. Mash the pitted dates in a mortal and pestle until they form a smooth paste. Mix and knead the dates in with the almond meal. (Add the egg here if you want to use one.) Knead well until a smooth dough is formed. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.
  Remove from fridge. Roll out a piece of plastic wrap onto your workbench.  Work the dough outwards into the right size to fit a standard removable bottom tart pan. Don't make the crust too thin. About 5mm. Gently place the tart pan upside down on the crust and turn the whole thing over. Gently push the crust into the tart pan taking care not to tear it. If you do, just patch the tears. Roll the rolling pin over the top of the tart pan to cut the crust to a perfect fit. Push gently into place with your thumbs. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for half hour. Preheat oven to Mark 4. (200 C). Remove pan from fridge. Place a piece of aluminum foil over surface of the crust and fill with pastry weights, rice or dried beans to keep it stable during the baking. Bake for about 10-15 minutes until the edges are golden brown. Remove the foil and the beans and bake for another 5 minutes to do the centre. Set aside.

3. Apple Filling

a whole mess of very sweet organic apples, (more rather than less - at least 12 large)
half cup of Coconut butter which is really Coconut Oil (or use optional half cup of butter)
vanilla essence
four cloves
2 star anise
pinch of cinnamon
zest of half lemon
quarter cup of maple syrup
sliced almonds for decoration
(Optional cup of brown sugar - half for filling and half for topping)

Peel and core apples, placing them in a large bowl of cold water with some lemon juice squeezed in to keep the cut ones from going brown while you do the rest.
Slice the apples in quarter inch slices. Put the coconut oil (or optional butter) into a large pan and melt. Add the apples, vanilla essence, cloves, star anise, cinnamon and zest and sauté the apples until soft. (Add the optional half cup of brown sugar here.) Add the maple syrup and cook for about five minutes until glazed. Cover and turn off the heat and let them cool for a half hour.  Pick out the star anise and cloves. Preheat oven to Mark 4 (200 C).

Spoon the apple mixture into the crust casing. Mound it high into a convex shape. Place sliced almonds in a pattern all across the top. (Sprinkle on the optional remainder of brown sugar.) Place on the middle shelf of the oven and bake for about 20 minutes. Keep an eye on things after fifteen minutes to make sure the crust doesn't burn. Remove the pie and set aside to cool.  (Optional: Dust with some icing sugar before serving.)

To Assemble:
Just before serving, place the faux pie lid with the candles back onto the pie and light all the candles. Carry the whole thing to the table, singing Happy Birthday. When the candles have been blown out, lift off the top crust and discard. Eat the pie with some vanilla ice cream.

Meditation 266
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(thanks to Stefan Abeysekera)

Newsletter Archive  and  Recipe Index

" OK folks, this is our first foreign language prize winner! Australian songwriter Joe Dolce takes second place prize for the QuickLaunch Song Contest with his song “Lynetta” — which is in French. We loved the song even before we knew what was being sung. We were happy to find out from the translation that the lyrics were as stimulating as the music. This is a fun, traditional sounding, folksy song that takes us back in time to the streets of Paris on a warm sunny day. It is a love song that oscillates from the present to reminiscences of first meeting. Nice work Joe! Flightsafe

"Flying Saucer Music #8. This week, we jump forward to the 1980s, but this is no new-wave time-machine, just cheap, imitation country music.  Perhaps not coincidentally, it was released the same year as Budd Hopkins’ bombshell book, Missing Time. I know it’s a joke, but it’s just so perfect. Coincidences and synchronicities: “Dolce” is Italian for “sweet,” as “Dulce” is in Spanish. In 1981, the Air Force was flying Paul Bennewitz over the Archuleta mesa near Dulce, New Mexico, in an attempt to get him to believe that there was an underground alien base located there."  UFO Mystic

NEWS!  Joe Dolce latest CD, 'The Wind Cries Mary,' chosen as ALBUM OF THE YEAR by 97.1 FM, 3MDR Radio, Melbourne!

Listen to some excerpts via the link below:
Joe Dolce Electronic Press Kit


Dead Cow and Vet School

First-year students at the UC Davis Vet school were receiving their first anatomy class, with a real dead cow.
They all gathered around the surgery table with the body covered with a white sheet. The professor started the class by telling them, 'In Veterinary Medicine it is necessary to have two important qualities as a doctor:  The first is that you not be disgusted by anything involving the animal body.' For an example, the Professor pulled back the sheet, stuck his finger in the butt of the dead cow, withdrew it and stuck his finger in his mouth.
'Go ahead and do the same thing,' he told his students. The students freaked out, hesitated for several minutes, but eventually took turns sticking a finger in the anal opening of the dead cow and sucking on it.
When everyone finished, the Professor looked at them and said, 'The second most important quality is observation. I stuck in my middle finger and sucked on my index finger.' 'Now learn to pay attention. Life's tough,  it's even tougher if you're stupid.'
(thanks to Jim Testa)