Kancha Moong Dal

Makes four servings

250g moong dal
salt
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
1 teaspoon of butter or ghee
1 1/2 teaspoons of oil
2 dried chilis
1 teaspoon of black mustard seeds
2 teaspoons of grated ginger
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon sugar

1. Start boiling 750ml of water
2. Rinse moong dal, squeezing it in handfuls until the water is clear
3. Add moong dal, 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric and 1 teaspoon of salt to boiling water
4. Reduce heat to simmer, partially cover and cook for 40-45 minutes.
5. If using butter, melt it. (I put it in a dish by the dal)
6. 5 minutes before dal is done, heat 1.5 teaspoons of oil in frying pan
7. Put 2 dried chilis in oil and cook until they start turning black
8. Add 1 teaspoon of whole black mustard seeds
9. As soon as the seeds stop sputtering, add 2 teaspoons of ginger and 2 bay leaves
10. Stir for one minute, then add ghee (or butter) and cooked dal to frying pan
11. Add salt to taste and a little sugar (I’ve been adding about 1 tablespoon)
12. Keep on mid-high heat for three minutes and remove

If you want a thinner dal, add between 250 ml to 500 ml of water. That’s it!

In a Few Days, Credit Freezes Will Be Fee-Free — Krebs on Security

“The law also provides additional ID theft protections to minors. Currently, some state laws allow you to freeze a child’s credit file, while others do not. Starting Sept. 21, no matter where you live you’ll be able to get a free credit freeze for kids under 16 years old.

Identity thieves can and often do target minors, but usually this type of fraud usually isn’t discovered until the affected individual tries to apply for credit for the first time, at which point it can be a long and expensive road to undo the mess. As such, I would highly recommend that readers who have children or dependents take full advantage of this offering once it’s available for free nationwide.”

—Brian Krebs. “In a Few Days, Credit Freezes Will Be Fee-Free.” Krebs on Security. September 18, 2018.

Requesting a credit freeze for ourselves is a great idea, but it is an even better idea to freeze your children’s credit.

Self Writing by Michel Foucault

“The essential requirement is that he be able to consider the selected sentence as a maxim that is true in what it asserts, suitable in what it prescribes, and useful in terms of one’s circumstances. Writing as a personal exercise done by and for oneself is an art of disparate truth —or, more exactly, a purposeful way of combining the traditional authority of the already-said with the singularity of the truth that is affirmed therein and the particularity of the circumstances that determine its use.”

—Micheal Foucault.”Self-Writing.” Translated from Corps écrit no 5 (Feb. 1983): 3-23.

In short, this blog serves as my hupomnemata. However, I should probably write more to bring it more into a synthesis and help in personal change, practice and/or askesis.

Oblique Strategies

The Oblique Strategies constitute a set of over 100 cards, each of which is a suggestion of a course of action or thinking to assist in creative situations. These famous cards have been used by many artists and creative people all over the world since their initial publication. Fifth edition 2001.

Too Much Fruit Kills The Root

“A king went riding in the forest and encountered a mango tree laden with fruit. He said to his servants, ‘Go back in the evening and collect the mangoes,’ because he wanted them for the royal dining table. The servants went back to the forest but returned to the palace empty-handed. ‘Sorry, your Majesty,’ they told the king, ‘the mangoes were all gone, there was not a single mango left on the tree.’ The king thought the servants had been too lazy to go back to the forest, so he rode out to see for himself. What he saw instead of a beautiful mango tree laden with fruit was a pitiful, bedraggled tree. Someone had broken all the branches to take the fruit. As the king rode a little further, he came across another mango tree, beautiful in all its green splendor, but without a single fruit. Nobody had wanted to go near it. It bore no fruit, so it was left in peace. The king went back to his palace, gave his royal crown and scepter to his ministers, and said, ‘You may now have the kingdom, I am going to live in a hut in the forest.'”

—Traditional Buddhist story retold in Ayya Khema. Be An Island: The Buddhist Practice of Inner Peace. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 1999. Pg. 63.

Quakers have a traditional saying, “There’s no fruit without the root.” This story suggests a corollary, “Too much fruit kills the root.”

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Billed as a way to connect people offline, this strikes me as a social media variant looking for another way to commodify our relationships for profit.

Other 9/11s

On September 11, 1973, the Chilean government was overthrown by a CIA-backed military coup d’état that killed or disappeared a few thousand people. Over the years, the government of General Pinochet arrested, imprisoned and tortured more than 28,000 people and over 200,000 people (2% of the population) were forced into exile because of this coup.

There are other 9/11s. We would do well to remember these others, where the United States were the perpetrators and not the victims. I try to do this by playing a song by Victor Jara, who was tortured and found dead in the streets of Chile on September 16, 1973.

It might also be worthwhile to think about today. There is a 9/11 being created in Yemen by Saudi Arabia using weapons made in the United States and with the support of the United States government.