Probably not since the mainstream media is more interested in twenty-four hour coverage of the latest murder, or murder trial to tell us the truth about much of anything significant let alone important.
Just remember, you heard it here first!
The world has never been in better shape than it is in right now.
Surprised? Me too.
You mean the sky is not falling? The world is not coming to an end? What about Sandy Hook?
Despite murders, storms, the Mayan Calendar, and even our own American budget crisis, it seems in reality things are pretty good.
Never better in fact.
According to The Spectator, “a weekly British conservative magazine first published on 6 July 1828,” [source Wikipedia]:
It may not feel like it, but 2012 has been the greatest year in the history of the world. That sounds like an extravagant claim, but it is borne out by evidence. Never has there been less hunger, less disease or more prosperity. The West remains in the economic doldrums, but most developing countries are charging ahead, and people are being lifted out of poverty at the fastest rate ever recorded. The death toll inflicted by war and natural disasters is also mercifully low. We are living in a golden age.
To listen to politicians is to be given the opposite impression — of a dangerous, cruel world where things are bad and getting worse. This, in a way, is the politicians’ job: to highlight problems and to try their best to offer solutions. But the great advances of mankind come about not from statesmen, but from ordinary people. Governments across the world appear stuck in what Michael Lind, on page 30, describes as an era of ‘turboparalysis’ — all motion, no progress. But outside government, progress has been nothing short of spectacular.
Take global poverty. In 1990, the UN announced Millennium Development Goals, the first of which was to halve the number of people in extreme poverty by 2015. It emerged this year that the target was met in 2008. Yet the achievement did not merit an official announcement, presumably because it was not achieved by any government scheme but by the pace of global capitalism. Buying cheap plastic toys made in China really is helping to make poverty history. And global inequality? This, too, is lower now than any point in modern times. Globalisation means the world’s not just getting richer, but fairer too.
The article goes on to discuss fossil fuels and the globe, life expectancy in Africa – it is up -, and the impact of worldwide storms. It is well worth your time to read the entire article. You will feel better if you do. A whole lot better!
It ends with this hopeful statement:
“….it’s worth remembering that, in spite of all our problems, the forces of peace, progress and prosperity are prevailing.”
Featured Recipe Pork Chop Suey
The basis for today’s dish is from this recipe from Woman’s Day magazine, Pork Chop Suey.
This is not a difficult recipe. The most time will be spent prepping the vegetables.
Of course, I had to change it around just a wee bit too.
First, I use the less expensive pork chop. I paid $2.99 a pound for the chops; pork tenderloin was $4.49 a pound.
Since I do not like a lot of fresh ginger I used ginger powder. I also sprinkle some sesame seeds over the finished dish.
Also I added Sesame Oil. Ever since I discovered this heavenly oil I use in in almost every Oriental dish I make.
If you want, you can get broccoli already cut into florets from the grocery store salad bar and pre-sliced mushrooms. That will cost more; but sometimes saving time is worth a few more cents.
However, you fix it this is a wonderfully delicious meal.
This is what you will need for 4 people:
1 cup rice
4 thin pork chops
4 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 bunch broccoli
1 medium onion
2 stalks celery
8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
Dash of ginger powder or to taste
2 teaspoons cornstarch
Sprinkling of sesame seeds
Salt and pepper to taste
Here is what you do:
Cook the rice according to package directions.
It is best to get all of the veggies washed and prepped before you do anything else, otherwise your c hops may be done before you have the onions sliced. So……
…..wash the broccoli and celery. Cut the broccoli into florets and the celery and slice on the diagonal.
Clean the mushrooms with a brush or a paper towel. Slice them; or cut in half or into fourths what ever rocks your boat.
Salt and pepper both sides of the chops and dredge in the flour. Shake off excess.
Heat 2 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chops and cook until browned on both sides about 3 to 4 minutes a side.
When done transfer to a plate and tent to keep warm.
Add the broccoli and 2 tablespoons water to the skillet and cook, covered, until broccoli is just tender. You will k now when it is tender because you will start to smell it. Transfer broccoli to a bowl.
Add the remaining tablespoon oil to the skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes.
Add the celery and mushrooms and cook, stirring, until just tender, about 2 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, ginger, and cornstarch. Whisk well.
Add thesauce to the skillet and cook, tossing until the sauce thickens, about 30 seconds.
Add in the broccoli and mix well and place the pork chops on top for a minute or two to warm back up.
Serve with the rice. Sprinkle some sesame seeds over the finished dish.
1 cup rice $0.20
4 thin pork chops $4.72
2 tbspns canola oil $0.14
1 bunch broccoli $1.87
1 medium onion $0.44
2 stalks celery $0.22
8 oz mushrooms $1.97
1/3 cup soy sauce $0.39
2 tbspn brwn sugar $0.11
Dash ginger powder $0.09
2 tspn cornstarch $0.04
Sesame seeds $0.04
Salt and pepper to taste
Total cost = $10.19
Cost per person =$2.55
Quote of the Day
Do not let your heart be troubled…….