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Epstein: The Maxwell Connection (by George Galloway) — RT Op-ed

Comment by tonytran2015: The whole business looks like an espionage operation carried out inside USA by a foreign country !

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/466983-ghislaine-robert-maxwell-epstein/

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/466983-ghislaine-robert-maxwell-epstein/

https://stanstasblog.wordpress.com/2019/08/24/george-galloway-sheds-light-on-maxwell-family-and-its-links-to-jeffrey-epstein-i-accused-robert-maxwell-of-being-an-arms-dealer-in-parliament-says-george-galloway-who-talks-to-rick-sanchez-about-h/

Trade War: China retaliates with $75 billion in tariffs on US goods

Comment by tonytran2015: Both sides are executing predicted moves ().

https://cbs4indy.com/2019/08/23/trade-war-china-retaliates-with-75-billion-in-tariffs-on-us-goods/

Trade War: China retaliates with $75 billion in tariffs on US goods

Danish bank announces negative interest rates

Comment by tonytran2015: There are reasons for people to do seemingly silly things (Why do people buy Treasury Bonds with Negative Interests ?).

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https://ukgovernmentwatch.wordpress.com/2019/08/23/danish-bank-announces-negative-interest-rates/

https://www.msn.com/en-my/news/world/danish-bank-announces-negative-interest-rates-for-millionaire-saving-accounts/ar-AAGbBog?li=BBr8Mk9

VOODOO ECONOMICS: What Globalism Did Was To Transfer The US Economy To China – By Paul Craig Roberts

Comment by tonytran2015: Politics in USA has degenerated to the point that elected leaders need to be loyal to only their election campaign donors and their blackmailers.

https://wp.me/p490pi-cvn

VOODOO ECONOMICS: What Globalism Did Was To Transfer The US Economy To China – By Paul Craig Roberts

Soup of Bitter gourds infilled with pestled pork (Canh khố qua dồn thịt heo)

Soup of Bitter gourds infilled with pestled pork (Canh khố qua dồn thịt heo).

by tonytran2015 (Melbourne, Australia).

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#Soup, #bitter gourd, #Canh khố qua, #, #MSG, Soup of Bitter gourds infilled with pestled pork (Canh khố qua dồn thịt heo).

The dish is a very simple, non-odoured, delicious, healthy low priced watery soup dish in Vietnamese and Cantonese cuisine. One of its variations is soup of only bitter gourds slices.

Non-odored dish means a dish that does not make your body have its aroma (smell) after eating.

1. Bitter gourds have bitter taste, one of the most complex taste.

Human beings are able to sense at least five known elemental tastes (each of which cannot be reproduced by any combination of other tastes) they are sweetness (having high concentration of sugar), saltiness (having high concentration of NaCl), sourness (having high concentration of H30+ ions), savoriness (having high concentration of MSG !), and bitterness which is the most complex taste (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taste).

Compounds that have an alkaline pH, such as baking soda, often have a bitter flavor (https://www.thespruceeats.com/what-is-bitterness-1328482) but some acidic compounds like coffee can also have a bitter flavor.
Bitter taste is brought about by many fundamentally different substances, high concentration of alkaloid having “basic nitrogen atoms”. In total there are about 35 different proteins in the sensory cells that respond to bitter substances. From an evolutionary standpoint, this can be explained by the many different bitter species of plants, some of which were poisonous. Recognizing which ones were indeed poisonous was a matter of survival, (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK279408/). (https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2013/11/12/244789655/why-can-we-taste-bitter-flavors-turns-out-it-s-still-a-mystery), ( http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2013/the-bittersweet-truth-of-sweet-and-bitter-taste-receptors/ )

Bitter gourds are the fruits of the herbaceous, tendril-bearing vines Momordica charantia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Momordica_charantia).

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Figure: Bittergourd vine (original file https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Momordica_charantia_Blanco2.357-original.png, the file is in the public domain in its country of origin).

Bitter gourds also have many other names in Vietnamese, they are Mướp đắng, Cẩm lệ chi, Lại Bồ Đào (Cứu Mang Bản Thảo), Hồng cô nương (Quần Phương Phổ), Lương Qua (Quảng Châu Thực Vật Chí), Lại qua (Dân Gian Thường Dụng Thảo Dược Hối Biên), Hồng dương (Tuyền Châu Bản Thảo) (https://amp.thaythuoccuaban.com/vithuoc/khoqua.htm).

Bitter gourds are very bitter. The bitterness is caused by a tetracyclic triterpenoid compound called cucurbitacin, which also makes cucumbers bitter.

2. Claimed beneficial effects.

Bitter gourds have a long list of nutrients.

A portion of 100g of cooked, boiled (without salt) , drained, bitter gourds pods contains (https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168394/nutrients):

Name Amount Unit Deriv. By

Water 93.95 g

Energy 19 kcal Calculated

Protein 0.84 g

Fiber, total dietary 2 g

Calcium, Ca 9 mg

Iron, Fe 0.38 mg

Magnesium, Mg 16 mg

Phosphorus, P 36 mg

Potassium, K 319 mg

Sodium, Na 6 mg

Zinc, Zn 0.77 mg

Copper, Cu 0.033 mg

Manganese, Mn 0.086 mg

Selenium, Se 0.2 µg Calculated from different food; From average values for food category; No adjustment; Retention factors not used

Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 33 mg

Thiamin 0.051 mg

Riboflavin 0.053 mg

Niacin 0.28 mg

Pantothenic acid 0.193 mg

Vitamin B-6 0.041 mg

Folate, total 51 µg

Folate, food 51 µg

Folate, DFE 51 µg Calculated

Choline, total 10.8 mg Based on another form of the food or similar food; Concentration adjustment; Solids; Retention factors not used

Vitamin A, RAE 6 µg Calculated

Carotene, beta 68 µg Other procedure used from imputing

Vitamin A, IU 113 IU Calculated

Lutein + zeaxanthin 1323 µg Based on another form of the food or similar food; Concentration adjustment; Solids; Retention factors not used

Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 0.14 mg Based on another form of the food or similar food; Concentration adjustment; Solids; Retention factors not used

Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 4.8 µg Based on another form of the food or similar food; Concentration adjustment; Solids; Retention factors not used

Fatty acids, total saturated 0.014 g

So various effects can be expected from bittergourds.

Bitter gourds are claimed by Vietnamese and Chinese traditional medicine to have many nutritional/medicinal components and benefits.

Bitter gourds are claimed by Vietnamese and Chinese traditional medicine to be effective in treating high blood pressure and diabetes (https://nhungmonthuocquy.blogspot.com/2009/03/vi-thuoc-kho-qua.html?m=1) (https://khoquarung.net/cong-dung-cua-kho-qua-rung-co-tac-dung-gi).

3. Contraindications.

Consumption of large amount (6ml/kg of body weight) of bitter gourds may be deadly (Uống 15-40ml/kg cơ thểthì sau6-18 giờ sẽ chết, Uống 6ml/kg cơ thể thì 80-90% sau 5-23 ngày thì chết (Trung Dược Đại Từ Điển), https://amp.thaythuoccuaban.com/vithuoc/khoqua.htm).

Bitter gourds may be harmful to pregnant women (Cho chuột có thai uống 6ml/Kg cơ thểcó thể làm cho tử cung ra máu, sau đó ít giờ thì chết, https://amp.thaythuoccuaban.com/vithuoc/khoqua.htm)

Bitter gourds should be mixed with a lot of ginger when consumed by people with weak digestion otherwise bittegourds may cause stomach ache and diarrhea in them (Người tỳ vị hư hàn, ăn Khổ qua sẽ bị thổ tả, bụng đau(Trấn Nam Bản Thảo), https://amp.thaythuoccuaban.com/vithuoc/khoqua.htm )

4. Preparation.

SoupOfBitterGourds

Figure: Soup of Bitter gourds infilled with pestled pork (Canh khố qua dồn thịt heo).

Open up bitter gourds longitudinally and remove all the seeds, they are the most bitter parts of the fruits. Soak the opened gourds in salt (NaCl) solution for half an hour to reduce their bitter taste. Fill the gourds with pestled pork. You may optionally tie up individual gourds by long leaves of chives to hide the longitudinal cuts.Cook the the gourds with infill of pestled pork in simmering water in a glass pot for half and hour.Place gourds into individual bowls, add parsley to the bowls.

The dish is ready to serve.

NOTE:

Glass or ceramic cook pots do not interfere with the taste of the soup.

5. Ingredients

Figure: Raw bitter gourds (Vietnamese/Chinese variety)

a- Raw green bitter gourds (Momordica charantia), of Chinese/Vietnamese variety are sold at around $4 AUS per kilogram. Each bitter gourd may weigh about 500g. The fruit has a distinct warty exterior (Chinese/Vietnamese variety is less warty than Indian variety) and an oblong shape. It is hollow in cross-section, with a relatively thin layer of flesh surrounding a central seed cavity filled with large, flat seeds and pith. A green fruit’s flesh is crunchy and watery in texture, similar to cucumber but bitter. The skin is tender and edible. Seeds and pith appear white in unripe fruits; to be removed before cooking.

b- Pork, to be chopped and pestled.

c- Parsley

d- Pepper,

e- Ginger (optional, for serving bittergourds to people with weak digestion).

WARNING:

All benefits discussed here are only for bitter gourds prepared WITHOUT monosodium glutamate. Current trend of Vietnamese and Chinese restaurants is to heavily lace all food in Mono sodium glutamate which may cause problems to your health.

Mono-sodium glutamate (MSG) changes the taste of this soup. Unprofessional cooks using non-authentic recipes may put in a lot of mono-sodium glutamate to fool customers. Traditional, authentic recipes have no such modern ingredient. Soup with MSG is watery, with little vegetable and little pork .

In the short term, mono-sodium glutamate may cause extreme headache, throat congestion, prolong thirst and swelling of your ankles and feet. Do NOT eat any non-authentic dish prepared with such ingredient.

6. Where to find it?

It is an inexpensive, common favorite dish (costing 30000VND =$1:50 US in 2018) in Vietnam (in Saigon).

I don’t know how much it would cost in a Vietnamese restaurant outside Vietnam.

References.

[1]. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taste

[2]. https://www.thespruceeats.com/what-is-bitterness-1328482

[3]. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK279408/

[4]. https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2013/11/12/244789655/why-can-we-taste-bitter-flavors-turns-out-it-s-still-a-mystery

[5]. http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2013/the-bittersweet-truth-of-sweet-and-bitter-taste-receptors/

[6]. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Momordica_charantia

[7]. https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168394/nutrients

[8]. https://amp.thaythuoccuaban.com/vithuoc/khoqua.htm

[9]. https://nhungmonthuocquy.blogspot.com/2009/03/vi-thuoc-kho-qua.html?m=1

[10]. https://khoquarung.net/cong-dung-cua-kho-qua-rung-co-tac-dung-gi

[11]. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monosodium_glutamateRelated LIVING/HOW TO blogs:,Soup of Parsnip and Tomatoes.jpgAuthentic noodle soup with pork ribs or barbecue pork, posted 2018/03/06Mi Xa Xiu 3herbal noodle soup of stewed fried duck (mi vit tiem), posted 2017/11/23The agonizing choice of Vietnamese food dishes, posted September 27, 2017

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Chop a whole parsnip into small pieces of about 10g in weight each and boil it in a glass or ceramic cook pot until it becomes soft. Slice tomatoes into one eighth pieces and add to the broth and boils until tomato pieces also becomes soft as in the photo.

You may add some chopped shallots, chopped spring onions and ground pepper to suite your taste.

The soup is ready for serving.

NOTE:

Glass or ceramic cook pots do not interfere with the taste of the soup.
2. Ingredients

a. Parsnip plant (Pastinaca sativa) is a root vegetable closely related to the carrotand parsley.

Parsnips are sold in supermarket as tubers. They look like washed carrots but they are white, about 20cm to 40cm long. Current price is $4.00 AUD ($3 USD) per Kg.

Parsnip tubers had been used as a sweetener in Europe until replaced by beetroot and sugar-canes. They are rich in vitamins (C, E, B1, B6, B3, B5) and mineral metals (K, P, Mg, Ca, Na).

Parsnips repel aphids, Western organic planters plant them among cabbage plants to repel aphids, using no insecticide but parsnips’ natural odour.

Oriental (Eastern) herbalists claim that parsnips neutralize many toxic substances as well as render ineffective (proof ?) oriental oral medications. Herbalists’ wisdom advises against eating any parsnip together with pears, apple, grapes, medicines, ginseng, carrots (Rigorous proofs to claims are still not available).

b. Tomatoes are sold in supermarkets. Current price is $3.00 AUD ($2 USD) per Kg.

c. Shallots (Hành hương). Leeks (Hành Tây).

d. Spring onion (hành lá). Chives (Hẹ).

CAUTION:

Touching parsnip then exposure of the skin to sunlight may cause skin rash.

While the root of the parsnip is edible, the shoots and leaves of the plant have toxic sap containing furanocoumarins [1].

WARNINGS:

Mono-sodium glutamate (MSG) imitates the taste of this soup. Unprofessional cooks using non-authentic recipes may put in a lot of mono-sodium glutamate to fool customers. Traditional, authentic recipes have no such modern ingredient. Soup with MSG is watery, with few parsnips and few tomatoes.

In the short term, mono-sodium glutamate may cause extreme headache, throat congestion, prolong thirst and swelling of your ankles and feet. Do NOT eat any non-authentic dish prepared with such ingredient.
3. Contraindications [3].

Parsnips are not to be eaten while taking some herbal medications.

Parsnips are not to be eaten with [3, 4, 5, 6, 7]:

a. Carrots. Carrots have many enzymes that quickly destroy any beneficial vitamin C from parsnips [3,4].

b. Ginseng. [3].

c. Pears, apples, grapes. Cyanogenic acid from parsnip may react (proof ?) with some compounds of in these fruits [3,4] to produce toxic chemicals. Vietnamese herbalists and media [3,4,5,6,7] claimed that prolonged consumption of these toxic chemicals can even cause (proof ?) lumps on the necks.

d. “Wood ears” mushrooms (Auricularia auricula-judae). Eaters would have skin rash [4].

4. Where to find it?

It is an inexpensive, common favorite dish (costing 10000VND =$0:50 US in 2017) in Vietnam (in Saigon).

I don’t know how much it would cost in a Vietnamese restaurant outside Vietnam.

References.

[1]. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parsnip

[1b]. https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/ingredientsprofiles/Parsnip

[2]. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monosodium_glutamate

[3]. http://m.vietnamnet.vn/vn/suc-khoe/an-toan-thuc-pham/khong-nen-an-cu-cai-trang-voi-nhung-loai-nay-342952.html

[4]. http://us.24h.com.vn/suc-khoe-doi-song/5-thuc-pham-ky-an-voi-cu-cai-trang-vi-de-sinh-benh-c62a828710.html
[5]. http://m.soha.vn/song-khoe/cu-cai-vo-tinh-an-voi-nhung-thuc-pham-sau-rat-co-hai-20140401144246627.htm

[6]. https://m.vov.vn/suc-khoe/tac-dung-khong-ngo-cua-cu-cai-trang-366521.vov

[7]. https://m.baomoi.com/dung-bao-gio-ket-hop-cu-cai-trang-voi-5-thuc-pham-nay-keo-mang-hoa/c/23053807.epi

[8]. https://crookedbearcreekorganicherbs.com/2018/04/10/companion-planting-with-herbs/
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South China Sea showdown: China vs Vietnam

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South China Sea showdown: China vs Vietnam

the Haiyang Dizhi 8’s survey activities pose a legal challenge: they demonstrate that China is persistent in pursuing administrative control within its ‘nine-dash line’. This is the first time it has engaged in such a survey since the nine-dash line was declared illegal by an arbitral tribunal ruling in 2016. Beijing is openly disputing the legality of continental shelf rights guaranteed by UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.