Happy Cinco de Mayo!!! – Light Margarita Recipe (Please Drink and Party Responsibly)

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Cinco de Mayo is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated in the United States and in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla. Mexican Americans also often see the day as a source of pride; one way they can honor their ethnicity is to celebrate this day.

The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army‘s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is sometimes mistaken to be Mexico’s Independence Day—the most important national holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16.

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The Cooking Light Margarita:
1 ounce premium or silver tequila, 1/2 ounce Cointreau or other orange-flavored liqueur, 1.5 ounces fresh-squeezed lime juice. Shake with 3/4 cup ice; garnish with lime.

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May the Fourth be with you!!! Happy Star Wars Day! – What is your favorite Star Wars Character?

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Star Wars Day is a day in May that celebratesStar Wars created by George Lucas. It is observed by fans of the films. Observance of the holiday spread quickly due to Internet,social media, and grassroots celebrations.

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Happy Orange Juice Day!!! – Benefits of Orange Juice

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  1. Maintains the Blood Pressure Levels:

Orange juice is the amazing drink for the patients of high or low blood pressure. Are you interested in finding the reason? Well, this delicious drink contains a significant amount of magnesium, which has a wonderful ability to bring back the disturbed blood pressure level to normal range.

  1. Promotes the Immune System:

Due to the presence of vitamin C, orange juice acts as a best defender for you against several diseases (such as flu or colds), promoting the immune system.

  1. Contains Healing Properties:

One of the top health benefits of orange juice is its healing properties. Oranges contain flavonoids (like naringenin and hesperidin), which are anti-inflammatory stuffs. When you consume this yummy fruit in raw or juice form, the flavonoids work amazingly to treat the arthritis and heal the stiffness and pain.

  1. Prevents Cancer:

The latest scientific research has exposed the effectiveness of the orange juice for preventing several types of cancer.  Oranges comprise a stuff known as D – limonene that is an efficient agent against skin cancer, breast cancer, mouth cancer, colon cancer and lung cancer. Furthermore, the presence of vitamin C also helps in this regard.

  1. Benefits for Treating & Preventing Ulcers:

Ulcers generally appear in the small intestine and stomach. The occurrence of ulcers sometimes becomes a major reason of constipation because in this case, the consumed food particles can’t break down properly. The orange juice is very advantageous in treating and preventing ulcers. It also stimulates the digestive system.

  1. Prevents Kidney Stones:

The risks of formation of kidney stones can be reduced by taking one serving of orange juice on regular basis. Too much concentration of minerals and chemicals usually result as the development of kidney stones. Orange juice contains citrate, which has an excellent ability to prevent this disorder by decreasing the urine acidity. So the individuals, who are suffering through this terrible condition, should include fresh orange juice in daily diet plan.

  1. Assists in Weight Loss:

Many people believe that the regular consumption of orange juice is helpful for cutting down the extra pounds, claiming that this citrus fruit is full of antioxidants, which act efficiently to lose weight.

  1. Reduces Risks of Heart Attacks:

Another leading benefit of orange juice is its assistance in prevention of heart disorders. Hesperidin is a plant based substance that protects the arteries from being clogged by improving the health of nearby cells. Oranges contain hesperidin in sufficient amount, thus consumption of one glass freshly squeezed orange juice ensures lower risks of heart attacks.

  1. Treats Anaemia:

Anaemia is a condition that generally occurs due to insufficient red blood cells in hemoglobin. Iron deficiency is the leading reason behind this situation. Orange juice provides a good quantity of vitamin C that promotes the absorption of iron into blood stream. That’s why most doctors suggest the anaemia patients to consume orange or its juice on regular basis.

  1. Makes the Skin beautiful & Young Looking:

The antioxidant properties of orange juice make the skin fresh, beautiful and young-looking by preventing the aging effects. In addition, the antioxidants with the combination of vitamin C protect the skin cells from getting effected by free radicals. Thus, taking one serving of orange juice each day is a best way to maintain the freshness and attraction of skin for long time. Orange juice for skin is a blessing with no disguise at all!

Nutritional Value of Orange Juice:

Fresh orange juice is a great source of beneficial nutrients such as minerals, vitamins, flavonoids and phyto nutrients. These all nutrients play a significant role in maintaining healthy body. Consumption of vitamin C is essential to protect the body cells from free radicals. A satisfactory amount of this crucial vitamin can be provided to the body by taking orange juice. The presence of manganese, potassium, iron, chlorine, zinc, folic acid, sodium, phosphorus and pectin makes it more valuable. And most importantly the calories in orange juice are zero.

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Poetry Mondays – The Wait by Richard Brautigan

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It seemed

like years

before

I picked

a bouquet

of kisses

off her mouth

and put them

into a dawn-colored vase

in

my

heart. 

But

the wait

was worth it.

Because

I

was

in love.

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It’s that time again – Earthquakes!!! What to Do? Before, After & During a Quake – Tell us your earthquake Tips & Stories

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“VICTORY LOVES PREPARATION.”

Once again if you live in California you’re used to waking up early in the morning by an earthquake, just like I was this morning. Like most people on a Sunday, I like to prepare for the week. For example, I might write things to do that week and form a plan with goals. Most successful people have plans and goals they follow like a form of religion. Naturally, Mother Nature doesn’t give a fuck about your plans. It comes at a moment’s notice, like early on a Monday morning when you are trying to sleep in because you don’t have to go to work. Listen “Shit happens” and you can’t control everything but I believe you can always give yourself a better chance to succeed in anything including surviving an earthquake. If your a L.A. Native like myself, who has lived in earthquake country, I’ve learned a thing or two about Earthquakes. I’m usually jokey about subjects with funny pictures but I’ve learned in my short time on Earth, that Mother Nature is nothing to mess with because it can give life and take it away at the same time. So, please read and follow these tips on how to keep your friends and family safe Before, After & During an Earthquake.

PLAN FOR AN EARTHQUAKE

DEVELOP A FAMILY DISASTER PLAN. PLEASE SEE THE “FAMILY DISASTER PLAN” SECTION FOR GENERAL FAMILY PLANNING INFORMATION. DEVELOP EARTHQUAKE-SPECIFIC PLANNING. LEARN ABOUT EARTHQUAKE RISK IN YOUR AREA. CONTACT YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE, AMERICAN RED CROSS CHAPTER, STATE GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, OR DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES FOR HISTORICAL INFORMATION AND EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS FOR YOUR AREA. ALTHOUGH THERE ARE 41 STATES OR TERRITORIES AT MODERATE TO HIGH RISK, MANY PEOPLE DO NOT REALIZE THE POTENTIAL FOR EARTHQUAKES IN THEIR AREA.

If you are at risk from earthquakes:

  • Pick “safe places” in each room of your home. A safe place could be under a sturdy table or desk or against an interior wall away from windows, bookcases, or tall furniture that could fall on you. The shorter the distance to move to safety, the less likely you will be injured. Injury statistics show that persons moving more than 10 feet during an earthquake’s shaking are most likely to experience injury.
  • Practice drop, cover, and hold-on in each safe place. Drop under a sturdy desk or table, hold on, and protect your eyes by pressing your face against your arm. Practicing will make these actions an automatic response. When an earthquake or other disaster occurs, many people hesitate, trying to remember what they are supposed to do. Responding quickly and automatically may help protect you from injury.
  • Practice drop, cover, and hold-on at least twice a year. Frequent practice will help reinforce safe behavior.
  • Talk with your insurance agent. Different areas have different requirements for earthquake protection. Study locations of active faults, and if you are at risk, consider purchasing earthquake insurance.
  • Inform guests, babysitters, and caregivers of your plan. Everyone in your home should know what to do if an earthquake occurs. Assure yourself that others will respond properly even if you are not at home during the earthquake.
  • Get training. Take a first aid class from your local Red Cross chapter. Get training on how to use a fire extinguisher from your local fire department. Keep your training current. Training will help you to keep calm and know what to do when an earthquake occurs.
  • Discuss earthquakes with your family. Everyone should know what to do in case all family members are not together. Discussing earthquakes ahead of time helps reduce fear and anxiety and lets everyone know how to respond.

ASSEMBLE A DISASTER SUPPLIES KIT

Please see the “Disaster Supplies Kit” section for general supplies kit information. Earthquake-specific supplies should include the following:

    • A flashlight and sturdy shoes by each person’s bedside.
    • Disaster Supplies Kit basics

Evacuation Supply Kit.

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WHAT TO DO DURING AN EARTHQUAKE

  • Drop, cover, and hold on! Move only a few steps to a nearby safe place. Most injured persons in earthquakes move more than five feet during the shaking. It is very dangerous to try to leave a building during an earthquake because objects can fall on you. Many fatalities occur when people run outside of buildings, only to be killed by falling debris from collapsing walls. In U.S. buildings, you are safer to stay where you are.
  • If you are in bed, hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow. You are less likely to be injured staying where you are. Broken glass on the floor has caused injury to those who have rolled to the floor or tried to get to doorways.
  • If you are outdoors, find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, streetlights, and power lines. Drop to the ground and stay there until the shaking stops. Injuries can occur from falling trees, street-lights and power lines, or building debris.
  • If you are in a vehicle, pull over to a clear location, stop and stay there with your seatbelt fastened until the shaking has stopped. Trees, power lines, poles, street signs, and other overhead items may fall during earthquakes. Stopping will help reduce your risk, and a hard-topped vehicle will help protect you from flying or falling objects. Once the shaking has stopped, proceed with caution. Avoid bridges or ramps that might have been damaged by the quake.
  • Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you’re sure it’s safe to exit. More injuries happen when people move during the shaking of an earthquake. After the shaking has stopped, if you go outside, move quickly away from the building to prevent injury from falling debris.
  • Stay away from windows. Windows can shatter with such force that you can be injured several feet away.
  • In a high-rise building, expect the fire alarms and sprinklers to go off during a quake. Earthquakes frequently cause fire alarm and fire sprinkler systems to go off even if there is no fire. Check for and extinguish small fires, and, if exiting, use the stairs.
  • If you are in a coastal area, move to higher ground. Tsunamis are often created by earthquakes. (See the “Tsunami”section for more information).
  • If you are in a mountainous area or near unstable slopes or cliffs, be alert for falling rocks and other debris that could be loosened by the earthquake. Landslides commonly happen after earthquakes. (See the“Landslide” section for more information.)

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WHAT TO DO AFTER AN EARTHQUAKE

  • Check yourself for injuries. Often people tend to others without checking their own injuries. You will be better able to care for others if you are not injured or if you have received first aid for your injuries.
  • Protect yourself from further danger by putting on long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, sturdy shoes, and work gloves. This will protect your from further injury by broken objects.
  • After you have taken care of yourself, help injured or trapped persons. If you have it in your area, call 9-1-1, then give first aid when appropriate. Don’t try to move seriously injured people unless they are in immediate danger of further injury.
  • Look for and extinguish small fires. Eliminate fire hazards. Putting out small fires quickly, using available resources, will prevent them from spreading. Fire is the most common hazard following earthquakes. Fires followed the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 for three days, creating more damage than the earthquake.
  • Leave the gas on at the main valve, unless you smell gas or think it’s leaking. It may be weeks or months before professionals can turn gas back on using the correct procedures. Explosions have caused injury and death when homeowners have improperly turned their gas back on by themselves.
  • Clean up spilled medicines, bleaches, gasoline, or other flammable liquids immediately. Avoid the hazard of a chemical emergency.
  • Open closet and cabinet doors cautiously. Contents may have shifted during the shaking of an earthquake and could fall, creating further damage or injury.
  • Inspect your home for damage. Get everyone out if your home is unsafe. Aftershocks following earthquakes can cause further damage to unstable buildings. If your home has experienced damage, get out before aftershocks happen.
  • Help neighbors who may require special assistance. Elderly people and people with disabilities may require additional assistance. People who care for them or who have large families may need additional assistance in emergency situations.
  • Listen to a portable, battery-operated radio (or television) for updated emergency information and instructions. If the electricity is out, this may be your main source of information. Local radio and local officials provide the most appropriate advice for your particular situation.
  • Expect aftershocks. Each time you feel one, drop, cover, and hold on! Aftershocks frequently occur minutes, days, weeks, and even months following an earthquake.
  • Watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines, and stay out of damaged areas. Hazards caused by earthquakes are often difficult to see, and you could be easily injured.
  • Stay out of damaged buildings. If you are away from home, return only when authorities say it is safe. Damaged buildings may be destroyed by aftershocks following the main quake.
  • Use battery-powered lanterns or flashlights to inspect your home. Kerosene lanterns, torches, candles, and matches may tip over or ignite flammables inside.
  • Inspect the entire length of chimneys carefully for damage. Unnoticed damage could lead to fire or injury from falling debris during an aftershock. Cracks in chimneys can be the cause of a fire years later.
  • Take pictures of the damage, both to the house and its contents, for insurance claims.
  • Avoid smoking inside buildings. Smoking in confined areas can cause fires.

SORRY ABOUT THE FUNNY PICTURES, I COULDN’T RESIST BUT TAKE THIS SHIT SERIOULY BECAUSE JOHN CUSACK IS NOT COMING TO RESCUE YOU…

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The Nature of the Beast By Ryan Fu (The Hated Ones)

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The Nature of the Beast

We are not all born equal

the unfortunate ones

will never get into a fight

but the rest of us

have spent an entire lifetime

in the ring.

Pushed,

Punched,

Pounded

Over

&

Over again. 

Failure after failure,

constantly getting off the mat

we continue to fight on

with a smile on our face,

asking for more

punishment.

We are resilience.

We are intrepid.

We’re all in it together.

Just crabs together in a barrel

fighting to live,

living to fight.

We don’t seek refuge,

we seek the next battle.

This is the nature of the beast,

an opportunity

to piss off the Gods.

RYAN FU

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Happy Truffle Day!!! – Easy OREO Truffles Recipe

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Ingredients 

36

 OREO Cookies, finely crushed, divided

1

pkg.  (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened

4

pkg.  (4 oz. each) BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, broken into pieces, melted

make it

RESERVE 1/4 cup cookie crumbs. Mix cream cheese and remaining cookie crumbs until blended.

SHAPE into 48 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min. Dip in melted chocolate; place on waxed paper-covered rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with reserved cookie crumbs.

REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm.

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HOW TO MELT CHOCOLATE

Place chocolate in microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 2-1/2 min. or until chocolate is completely melted, stirring every 30 sec.

HOW TO EASILY DIP TRUFFLES

To easily coat truffles with the melted chocolate, add truffles, in batches, to bowl of melted chocolate. Use 2 forks to roll truffles in chocolate until evenly coated. Remove truffles with forks, letting excess chocolate drip back into bowl. Place truffles on prepared baking sheet; let stand until firm.

HOW TO STORE

Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator.

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