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Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup well-scrubbed sweet potato, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
6 cups vegetable broth
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup corn, frozen or cut from the cob
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoons crumbled dried sage
1/2 cup light cream or half-and-half or soy or rice milk
salt and freshly-ground pepper to taste

Instructions

Heat olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and sweet potato. Saute, stirring to coat the vegetables with the butter, until
onion is translucent, just a few minutes. Add vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, 30 minutes, until sweet potato
is tender. Add pumpkin puree, corn, and thyme and sage. Bring back to a boil, then reduce heat again and cook over low heat for 10 minutes. Stir in cream
and remove soup from the heat. Puree half the soup in a blender and return it to the pot, stirring well to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serving Size

Serves 6

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Ingredients

1 1/2lb. kosher Italian turkey sausage or spicy hot dogs
1 onion chopped
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups shredded green cabbage
1 (29 oz.) can tomatoes
1 (15 oz.) can Northern beans, drained
1 (14 1/2 oz.) can chicken broth
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
l bay leaf

Instructions

Cut sausage or hot dogs into ½ inch pieces. Brown in large heavy saucepan over medium heat. Drain off all but 1 tablespoon fat. Stir in onions. Cook 5 to
8 minutes. Stir occasionally until soft but not browned Stir in celery and garlic. Cook until soft. Stir in cabbage, tomatoes, beans, chicken broth, thyme,
basil, oregano, and bay leaf. Cover and bring to boil Simmer 30 minutes. Discard bay leaf before serving.

Serving Size

Serves 6

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Ingredients

1 1/2 to 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into chunks
1 quart of water
1 onion, chopped
1 16 oz. can of stewed tomatoes
2 ribs of celery – chopped
16 oz. bag frozen mixed vegetables
1/3 cup of barley
1/4 cup of uncooked white rice
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 can chicken broth
2 tablespoon Creole seasoning
1 teaspoon margarine

Instructions

Add all ingredients into a stock pot. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce it to a simmer. Cover and cook for about two hours. Adjust seasonings
to taste. If soup gets too thick add more chicken broth. or tomato juice. When soup is done, remove chicken and dice or shred and return to soup.

Serving Size

Serves 8

Right now, I’m thankful I’ve kept this LJ.
I could never post this entry at customerservant.com, (well, actually, I could, but I’d have to post it privately, because I can’t be sure John wouldn’t try to use it against me.
I’m completely sick, and it’s not due to illness.
They’re planning a major firing tomorrow, they being John, Merick, and Chris.
Rich Raymond, who has worked here literally since the center opened, is getting the axe.
No one’s telling him, they’re just going to let him walk in tomorrow and yank the floor out from under him.
He’s a good worker.
He’s always here on time.
He never breaks the rules.
The man would help anyone, and always looks for the best in everybody, despite his fondness for conspiracy theories.
On top of all of that, he has a wife with some serious medical issues, and he depends on the insurance offered by Convergys a great deal.
I can’t believe they’re just going to let him walk in, and then fire him like that.
They’ve been planning this one for a while.
Everybody but Richard knows about it.
Please don’t think I’m naive enough to believe that a company has no right to fire anyone who’s been working there for a really long time.
It’s not that.
It’s just that I can pretty much guarantee Richard hasn’t done anything to warrant this kind of back-stabbing.
He keeps to himself, and has always demonstrated the kind of work ethic you don’t see anymore.
The folks in charge around here have a history of firing the wrong people, for stupid reasons, and keeping the wrong ones around, and sweeping anything that isn’t quite kosher under the rug.
For instance, back around March, a woman named Corinthia, (also part of the concrete), was fired for passing out a letter with the information for fellow employees to get in touch with Corporate HR, because management had not only hired someone who had previously worked here and been let go specifically as a supervisor, (the written rules state that, if someone is let go, they can’t be rehired as a supervisor, they have to come back as an agent and stay in that position for six months, and then apply for the supervisory position), but to add insult to injury, said individual was fired for credit card fraud.
Corinthia was fired for passing out the letter, (the official ruling was that she had passed around a petition, and there’s supposed to be a rule in the handbook forbidding that sort of thing), which contained only the Corporate HR information, and the allegation, (she used the word allegedly when describing the circumstances of this individual’s rehiring when referring to the credit card fraud).
The next morning, I had to sit through two meetings on the matter.
(Me thinks they doth protest too much). One was with the Asc team, in which Merick told us why Corinthia was fired, that they (upper management) felt she was ready for several promotional opportunities, and that she threw them away because she got caught up in her perception of reality and felt it necessary to make up stories out of whole cloth, and stab people in the back, specifically him.
In other words, he ran Corinthia into the ground, in front of other agents.
That is totally unprofessional conduct, and a manager should know better.
When I said something to John about it later, he said that Merick “needed” to do that to set an example for the other Asc team members.
Not acceptable in the slightest.
Then, after that meeting, I had to sit through a meeting with John’s regular team, in which he told us the official story, (basically, the whole accusation was entirely made up by Corinthya, that Convergys would never do anything like Corinthia was alleging), (cough Michelle Cousare /cough), and that if we even talked about it, we’d be fired for character assassination.
Needless to say, all the “old-timers” confirmed her story, but none of us were going to talk about it out loud.
This should be enough illustration of the past history involved.
Anyway, back to the original reason for this post.
Rich has been on the shitlist for years now.
I know he’s been on John’s and he and Chris don’t get along.
So, it seems as though they’ve finally found an official reason to get rid of him.
From what I’ve been given to understand, there are a lot of people, including supervisors, who aren’t happy about this at all, including Rich’s immediate supervisor.
Unfortunately for Rich, this is a Chris/Merick production, so his immediate supervisor was skipped over in the chain.
So Rich gets to come into work tomorrow, not knowing a thing, and then get canned.
The whole thing’s just sick, and totally wrong, and evil, and this place is being managed by dogs.
Nobody in management has any right to talk about back-stabbing.
Oh, and Vernon got kicked off the Asc team, for supposedly being rude to a member.
I’ve sat on that row for years, and listened to him deal with stupid agents ad infinitum, but never have I, or any other Asc team member heard him become rude.
This place is so fucked up.
We have people in power who are intent on settling old scores, (Chris), and people so intent on climbing the corporate ladder that they don’t care who they step on to get there (Merick).
God, I can’t wait to quit.
OK, I think I feel a little better.

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Ingredients

4 tablespoons margarine
2 medium yellow onions, chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 teaspoons curry powder
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
Pinch ground cayenne pepper (optional)
3 (15 oz) cans pumpkin or 6 cups of chopped roasted pumpkin*
5 cups of chicken broth (or vegetable broth for vegetarian option)
2 cups of non dairy creamer
1/2 cup brown sugar

Instructions

Melt butter in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add red pepper,
curry, coriander and cayenne and stir for a minute more. Add pumpkin and 5 cups of chicken broth; blend well. Bring to a boil and reduce heat, simmer for
10 to 15 minutes. Transfer soup, in batches, to a blender or food processor. Cover tightly and blend until smooth. Return soup to saucepan. With the soup
on low heat, add brown sugar and mix. Slowly add the non dairy creamer while stirring to incorporate. Adjust seasonings to taste. If a little too spicy,
add more non dairy creamer to cool it down. You might want to add a teaspoon of salt. Serve in individual bowls.

Serving Size

Serves 8

Via Global terrorism Analysis

The latest criticism of Islam being a violent religion, which was sparked by incendiary comments made by Pope Benedict XVI, has caused internet jihadis
to launch a new website called Electronic Jihad, located at www.al-jinan.org. The purpose of the website is to help organize an electronic jihad
against websites that insult Islam and Islamic sacred figures. The site has been well publicized on more established jihadi websites. Jihadi forums are
posting quotes from the Quran in order to encourage and convince jihadis and regular Muslims of their duty to engage in electronic jihad and to attack
anti-Islamic sites in order to shut them down. Furthermore, postings from August on the Electronic Jihad site already claim that they successfully shut
down the Israeli website www.haganah.co.il. Thus, it seems that while street protests in response to Western criticism of Islam have died down in
the Islamic world, the battle is still raging on the internet.

The way that the Electronic Jihad site works is by coordinating and organizing its users and followers. The website offers programs that those willing to
engage in the electronic jihad need to download. Currently, there are two main programs that the website is offering. The first program is used for hacking
attacks. The second program, when installed, places a toolbar on the user’s computer that connects automatically to Electronic Jihad and acquires data
containing the specific date, time and target site for the attack. When that time arrives, the user simply has to run the first hacking program, select
the target site to be attacked and then allow the program to do the rest. The key to these attacks is that they must be done simultaneously by many different
users so that they can overload the target site. The hacking program is called the Electronic Jihad Program 1.5 (Silver Edition). One individual in palestinianforum.net
claims that the program was designed by a Saudi national.

The website also lists the results of previous electronic attacks, noting that it had hacked 14 anti-Islamic websites successfully, although it did not
provide the addresses for these websites. The site also claims that one server hosting an anti-Islamic site acquiesced to their threats and suspended the
site. The site owners remind Muslims of the harm done by anti-Islamic groups that have hacked into Islamic sites and turned many of them into pornographic
websites. To convince indifferent Muslims of the importance of electronic jihad, the site has a link to a report on the al-Jazeera Forums site mentioning
Electronic Jihad’s achievements in shutting down anti-Islamic websites (www.aljazeeratalk.net/forum). The al-Jazeera report, however, does not identify
the attackers as “jihadis,” but rather as hackers and pirates.

Well, at least this gives us a glimpse of what would happen to such illustrious institutions as MIT if we slack off and let the Koranimals take over.
God forbid they do anything constructive.

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This post was delayed due to Yom Kippur falling out yesterday.

By Heidi at Euphoric Reality

This is a MUST SEE video for anyone interested in the immigration debate, whether you are a citizen, a legal immigrant, an illegal alien or a Congressman. This clip is from the longer video, Immigration by the Numbers, and features Roy Beck of NumbersUSA demonstrating the catastrophe of unrestricted immigration by Third World people into our nation. He uses standard statistics and simple gumballs to show this disaster in the making.

This video is very short – only 17 minutes total – don’t miss it! Even if you think you know what our future looks like, this video will shock you!


H/T for the video: Third World County

Here are some additional resources concerning the population disaster that is pending for our nation.

You can order videos of Immigration by the Numbers and others for only $10.

A chart of the declining levels of Americans and the exploding numbers of foreign-born immigrants.

A chart of the future of the U.S. in this century

*These numbers are NOT fanciful or manipulated to make a political point. They are cold, hard facts calculated by the most conservative estimator of all – the U.S. Census Bureau.

Despite the sheer impossibility of the numbers in the video and the source link above, you should know that they DO NOT include the number of illegal aliens and their offspring. Why?

The bar graph counts only the annual number of legal immigrants.

If illegal aliens could be accurately counted and included, it is likely that the 1966-89 period would be revealed as being even more disparate from earlier eras. Illegal immigration is believed to be far higher during recent decades than in the past.

The Census Bureau estimates there are 8 million illegal immigrants currently in the U.S. [A very conservative estimate – the numbers are possibly 2 1/2 to more than 3 times greater than estimated by the Census Bureau. -ed.]

On annual illegal immigration, the Center for Immigration Studies has extrapolated the latest Census data to show that 700,000 to 800,000 new illegal aliens are settling each year. Now, far, far more than that enter illegally each year, but there is a lot of back and forth. The 700,000 to 800,000 represents illegals who truly settle in for at least a couple of years, and usually much, much longer.

As bad as it looks on paper now, it is actually much worse in reality. We already know that the number of illegal aliens is more than quadruple the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country each year. The Border Patrol estimates that more than 4 million illegal aliens enter the country each year – and they apprehend about one in seven. That means, while they are catching 571,000 illegals each year, almost 3.5 million escape detection and melt into our communities.

What would the graph of the population explosion look like if the numbers of illegal aliens are included? The numbers are almost incomprehensible. We are looking at the utter devastation of our nation.


This has been a production of the Guard the Borders Blogburst. It was started by Euphoric Reality, and serves to keep immigration issues in the forefront of our minds as we’re going about our daily lives and continuing to fight the war on terror. If you are concerned with the trend of illegal immigration facing our country, join our Blogburst! Just send an email with your blog name and url to admin at guardtheborders dot com.

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DECtalk was a speech synthesizer and text-to-speech technology developed by Digital Equipment Corporation in the early 1980s, based largely on the work of Dennis Klatt at MIT, whose source-filter algorithm was variously known as KlattTalk or MITalk.

The first DECtalk units were seen in 1984.
They were standalone units that connected to any device with an asynchronous serial port. Later units were produced for PCs with ISA bus slots.
The DECtalk engine was used in the National Weather Service’s first “Console Replacement System” (CRS) installations in the late 1990s for NOAA Weather Radio.
As of 2003
it had been all but been replaced by a far more modern engine called Speechify. The so-called “Perfect Paul” voice (a DECtalk “preset” for a default understandable male voice) still does Station identifications on many NWR stations.
DECtalk can be used as an assistive technology for those unable to speak. One of the most notable users of DECtalk is Stephen Hawking.
There have been several very comical files made that take advantage of Dectalk’s phonemic abilities.
For a long time now, I’ve been interested in making some more of those, since our main source for funny stuff like that seems to have dried up.
I found everything I need, and didn’t even realize I had most of it right on my external hard drive.
If you’re interested, Click here for more information and documentation.

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Via
Yahoo

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The
European Commission welcomed on Monday U.S. government moves to make the
company that manages Internet domain names independent by 2009, but said
it would monitor the process carefully.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (
ICANN), which controls addresses including “.com” and country domain
names such as “.cn” for China, now reports to the U.S.
Commerce Department.

On Friday, the Commerce Department said it would retain oversight for
three more years, renewing an agreement that was scheduled to expire
last weekend.

But a lighter regime was introduced, with ICANN no longer having to file
reports with the Commerce Department every six months or having its work
prescribed for it, the European Commission said.

“A new and final chapter opened this weekend. We welcome that ICANN will
be set free in a process over the next three years,” Commission
spokesman Martin Selmayr told a news briefing.

The Commission criticized ICANN’s decision this year to reject a new
..xxx Internet domain for pornography sites, saying that was U.S.
political interference in the Web’s governance.

The United States has fought off attempts to wrest control of the
domain-name system from the Commerce Department.

U.S. control of ICANN had become a sticking point for countries such as
Iran and Brazil, which argued it should be managed by the
United Nations or another global body.

The United States argued that such a body would stifle innovation with
red tape.

“The European Commission will follow closely ICANN’s transition to full
independence in the next three years,” EU Information Society and Media
Commissioner Viviane Reding said in a statement.

“With our advice, we will contribute to this transition to ensure that
it takes place transparently, reflecting the interests of industry and
civil society alike,” Reding said.

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