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Be still my beating heart! The recipe is so simple. The most time consuming part of making goat cheese is waiting for all the liquid to depart. The comment thread has good information as well.

If all you have is cow’s milk, make some ricotta! Got cream? Make mascarpone!

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I am so excited contemplating the future delights in my life that will happen as a result of randomly finding this Youtube video, How to Make Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese. My life is forever changed.

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This is breathtaking:

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maine, the state’s largest private insurer, is suing the state after Maine’s Superintendent of Insurance denied Anthem a rate increase that would have required Maine residents to pay an “additional $12 million in annual premiums for the same level of benefits.” Under

Nurse training. Care of prematurely born babies is one of the most complicated procedures which must be learned by the student nurse. Feeding, bathing and diaper changing are carried on inside the incubator, in which temperature, humidity and oxygen must be carefully regulated. The oxygen tank can be seen in the background.  1942 November.  Fritz Henle, photographer.  (Library of Congress)

Nurse training. Care of prematurely born babies is one of the most complicated procedures which must be learned by the student nurse. Feeding, bathing and diaper changing are carried on inside the incubator, in which temperature, humidity and oxygen must be carefully regulated. The oxygen tank can be seen in the background. 1942 November. Fritz Henle, photographer. (Library of Congress)

Anthem’s proposed increases, the average policyholder would have had to spend “more than $13,000 in premium and deductibles, prior to becoming eligible to receive any health benefits under the policy.”

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Anthem, a subsidiary of Wellpoint Inc., argued that beyond simply ‘breaking-even’, the government must guarantee the company a 3% profit.

Apparently socialism, while very bad for individual Americans, is essential for for the corporate bottom line.

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In 1963 an Italian eye doctor, Benedetto Strampelli, came up with a way to restore lost vision — osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis (OOK) surgery — but it was another Italian ophthalmologist, Giancarlo Falcinelli, who was able to work out problems which had kept it from being widely used.

It’s astonishing. It involves transplanting one of your teeth into your eye.

W.P.A. Fed. Art Project.  Date stamped on verso: Dec 1 1937.  Sponsored by Town of Hempstead (NY), W.H. Runcie, M.D., Health Officer.  (Library of Congress)

W.P.A. Fed. Art Project. Date stamped on verso: Dec 1 1937. (Library of Congress)

Dr. Victor Perez, a cornea specialist at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida led the surgical team who restored sight to Sharron Thornton of Smithdale, Mississippi by removing one of her teeth (literally, one of her eye teeth), drilling a hole in it, inserting a plastic lens into the hole and then implanting the tooth-lens combination into her left eye.

This is the first time this surgery has been performed in the United States. It has helped others regain lost sight in Europe and Japan, having been reintroduced in Britain in 1996.

The whole process took six months, but after being blind for nine years, Mrs. Thornton can now see the color of the sky, read and, to her great delight, see her grandchildren, some for the first time.

It’s important to note that this surgery was developed by doctors in Italy, England and Japan, countries which all have some form of universal health care that provides better outcomes for patients. It has obviously not put a crimp in their ability to break new ground in medical care and procedures.

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The Swanson Hungry Man All Day Breakfast comes frozen, and if you care about yourself at all, it should stay frozen. If you are looking for a way to kill yourself but can’t bring yourself to pull the trigger on a gun or don’t have access to a quantity of appropriate pharmaceuticals, a week of this breakfast should do the trick.

All that being said, the review of this breakfast made me laugh so hard my stomach hurt. Not as much as actually eating one of these babies would and definitely much better for you.

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