CK Friday Links--Friday March 4, 2011

Here's yet another selection of interesting links from around the internet. As always, I welcome your thoughts and your feedback.

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I'm happy to see I'm not the only person who's perplexed by the chemical ingredients in Aunt Jemima Syrup! (Fooducate)

All of the secrets you'll ever need to know about cooking beans. (Beyond Salmon)

If you've ever wondered what it might be like to have an eating disorder, read this article. (Choosing Raw)

What kind of weirdo makes her own toothpaste? (The Simple Dollar)

Recipe Links:
Yes, you can make perfect Italian-Style Pizza at home--without a wood-fired oven. (stonesoup)

A delicious, quick and healthy Indian recipe from the new cookbook Bal's Quick and Healthy Indian: Ginger and Coconut Chicken. (Christie's Corner)

Spectacular, and ready in under 30 minutes: Pasta with Shimp and Cilantro-Lime Pesto. (Bibberche)

Off-Topic Links:
The ignominious defeat of Super Mom. (Erin Pavlina)

The only chart you need to understand why the USA is totally screwed. (Business Insider)

Everything you'll ever need to know about inflation. (A Dash of Insight)

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Marcia said...

Hmmm...I don't know how I feel about that graph discussing "entitlement programs". It's a little untrue to label programs with that title when you pay into social security and medicare and unemployment with specific taxes labeled as such.

You pay into SS, you get it back when you retire. I don't know why that's called "entitlement". Now, corn subsidies...THAT'S an entitlement program.

Brittany said...

That shrimp recipe looks amazing. Thanks!

Daniel said...

Interesting insight Marcia. But I don't think the phrase "entitlement programs" has any directly intended negative connotations, it's just a commonly used term.

And not to take this blog into the realm of politics too much, but you technically don't "pay into" Social Security, as if there's some lockbox somewhere with your contributions. Your payments literally are transfered into the hands of Social Security beneficiaries now... and the benefits you will get (or may get) in the future will be transfer payments from workers paying that tax in the future--and the size of those benefits will depend on the ratio of workers to retirees, the level of the tax and the life expectancy of retirees in the future. And all of those numbers are shifting in the wrong direction.

That's why there are problems with the system as it's currently set up, and everybody should take a minute to get their minds around charts like the one I shared in today's links.

And yes, agreed, corn subsidies... that's an entitlement I'd like to see us kill too. :)

Brittany, thank you. If you try it, please let me know how it came out!


Melissa said...

The eating disorder post struck some chords. The curse of the "terminally unique." Oof.

That post on the pizza is *beautiful*. One of these days I will finally get a pizza post up. But it's my longest post ever and has been difficult to nail down.

I think Steve might actually eat that pasta. I have to use shrimp so sparingly as it is not his preferred protein, by a long shot, but this... this would work.