4/16/17
This is Bistek al la Mexicana a common dish found many places. There are several places I get this some better than others but all real decent! Kind of a tomato based sauce with generally pretty tender pieces of beef and a fair amount of it. The rice is pretty generic but the frijoles can be something else. This also includes as many fresh made in front of you tortillas you want and brought to you with a smile. Something like this costs around 50-60 pesos or $3. The squeezed as you watch orange juice is 20 and brings the price up a bit but worth it. Nothing in the States I've ever had compares to this not even close plus it'll cost 7-10 smacks. I don't know what I'm going to eat when I return. It will be an adjustment as I do this so much that is go into Puerto Vallarta on the south side and have me a excellent lunch with "real" Mexican food not the slop I get back there. I do not plan on eating out much at all only at maybe three select places. Pricey yes but worth it because it's so good. I threw away so much money last summer eating way overpriced shitty food. Several times the food got thrown away as well. The whole of Mexico is an eating machine I tell you. I'm gonna miss this.

I feel good and and think the higher temps and humidity contributes to that. It's the same every time. After a month or two you realize and say " Hey I feel pretty damn good!"

Just as important I believe the food made fresh with wholesome fresh ingredients as well contributes to that. Get off the bus in town the food smells everywhere make me hungry just like that.

4/6/09

Trickle Down From Ethanol

These companies went out and sold the benefits of having an ethanol plant close to these small towns but the reality has turned out to be much different.

"That ethanol plant didn't help the town a bit,"says one.

For a while it benefited a few but only a few.

When it was booming, the ethanol industry enriched plant investors, boosted state revenues and supported grain farmers, who have enjoyed higher corn prices due to ethanol.

With 41 plants in Iowa it appears this industry has been more of a negative than a positive plus when the product is in direct competition with hog and beef producers the price of corn has been high enough it doesn't make production of ethanol cost effective.

Who's idea was this anyway. Forever there were none of these things and then all of a sudden there are dozens with more being built. The shit that went on behind the scenes at federal and state level to get this done must be something indeed were the whole story known. Without a doubt the lobbyists got their way once again.

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  2. Damn, I didn't get here soon enough to read the asshole's comment.

    Anyway....there was supposed to be an ethanol plant built here. The village bought up about 200 acres for an industrial park so it could be built. Now, because of the price of corn, and the stupid political games of the village board and village president, the company backed out.

    So here we sit, an industrial park with nothing in it, and the village residents paying for it.

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  3. Anything connected with Bush and his administration has to smell to high heaven of the shit it is and always will be.

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  4. O/t:

    Re, the foto

    Where'd you find the Three Bears?

    You lucky dog...

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  5. That was maybe 3 weeks ago when it was spring like but they went back in. They are around most of the year but move a bit higher up as the snow melts.

    What I really want and don't have are pictures of the mooses that come and go. Have pictures but nothing real good. Glad you like it!! Thanks.

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  6. I would like to see something work. Right now GM has bet its future on alternative fuel but the $40,000 car Volt. I would say their is not much future in a short circuit!

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  7. No shit - that's what this thing is supposed to cost. They'll be in the shitter for good in not to long a time if that's what they're going to attempt to market.

    Remembered you asked how much the Nano was in $'s. It's $2000 and the two upgraded models of course are more but not that much.

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  8. probably, gas/oil products should be devoted exclusively to personal and commercial transportation. Everything else needs to be on self-sustaining energy sources: solar, wind, thermo/hydro (w/out dams), tidal, etc...I don't see how nukes will be sustainable given the waste problem.

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  9. the whole flexfuel thing was driven by Gm and shows their power. Boondoggle of the highest order. The mix of big Ag, big auto, big money and and a desire for above average profits. FAIL is the best way to describe it. Big money got punked in the end. Why does it always come back to big money?

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  10. Ethanol my aching ass. As soon as they trotted out this big fat booger I smelled the Bush Crew. Not long ago you could still see the plants the farmers built to make ethanol from sugar beets out in Eastern Washington. I was really (truly!) surprised they fell for it again! But then again they voted for The Bush Crew twice!

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  11. Ethanol in gasoline started out as a good idea. The idea was you harvested your grass or whatever you had lying in around in your fields not making any money, and you turn it into gasoline extender. It was a good idea in Brazil, where they could make it from sugar cane. It didn't work out that way here, for what I suspect are some good and not-so-good reasons.

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  12. Ethanol was and still is an air pollution issue and therefore an environmental scheme. The by-product of cleaner air in 3 states(NY,MA,CA) primarily it was also a way to get midwest farmers off corporate welfare and subsidies, which Republicans hated. Liberals know it works only where there is $5/gal gas but don't care they wanted to split with the Arabs after 9/11 anyway. And so it goes; politics continues to make strange bedfellows and we get $4 lb. hamburger. Enjoy!!

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