The US administration "committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government" went to court to keep secret the files of a powerful anti-Iran lobbying group, arguing that the group's documents probably contain "information the government does not want disclosed." Read the rest
"The bill Congress passed today is another step toward giving ordinary Americans more flexibility and choice, so that they can find a cell phone carrier that meets their needs and their budget," the President said. Read the rest
Residents of Orange County, California were creeped out this week when eight porcelain dolls mysteriously turned up on doorsteps in suburban neighborhoods, leading to a police investigation. Read the rest
Bloomberg has a profile of legendary hacker Barnaby Jack, who died a year ago. "Recent interviews with Jack's family and longtime friends portray a much different person" than the one publicly portrayed, "one who was uncomfortable with being in the spotlight at the annual Black Hat and DefCon conventions, events that will miss his showmanship when they begin next week in Las Vegas."
Experimenting with dosa. For the uninitiated, it’s a crepe-like Indian “tortilla” made from fermented lentil and rice. You can use other grains, too. These are white basmati and red lentil, fermented for about a day after being soaked for a day, jumpstarted with a little coconut kefir.
Juice prep. Easiest way to clean a large amount of produce: toss it in a sink of cold water, thrash it around, drain. I rinse leafy greens right when I bring them home from farmers market in this way; makes them last longer in fridge.
Carrot-flax-chia sweet red pepper crackers (#raw #vegan #dehydrator #gf). Broiled sweet tomatoes over summer salad; lemon from the tree outside; salt flakes, olive oil. All local plants from the farmers market.
For nearly two thousand years, Japanese women living in coastal fishing villages made a remarkable livelihood hunting the ocean for oysters and abalone, a sea snail that produces pearls. They are known as Ama. The few women left still make their living by filling their lungs with air and diving for long periods of time deep into the Pacific ocean, with nothing more than a mask and flippers.
In the mid 20th century, Iwase Yoshiyuki returned to the fishing village where he grew up and photographed these women when the unusual profession was still very much alive. After graduating from law school, Yoshiyuki had been given an early Kodak camera and found himself drawn to the ancient tradition of the ama divers in his hometown. His photographs are thought to be the only comprehensive documentation of the near-extinct tradition in existence