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How to bake potato chips that are made with olive oil at home, for a healthier you

Do you have a real love for potato chips? You are not the only one trust me. Millions of people are deciding to make their own at home, and it isn't hard to do at all.I am sure you have read about the benefits of using olive oil for your health. This is no exception for optimal health, and you can do this at home.

P.S. You will need a food processor with a thin slicing blade or a mandolin.

Serves 8 people

Salt and freshly ground pepper


Slice your potatoes

To keep them from sticking on the pans, place the sliced potatoes in a sauce pan and fill with cold water. Cover them with an inch of water above the level of the potatoes. Bring to a boil and boil for about 10 minutes until when you stick a fork in the potatoes they are a little soft but not mushy. (It takes about 15 minutes total from cold water to this point.

Drain in a colander to remove steam and dry a little--just until all steam is gone. Slice potatoes lengthwise very thin (about 1/16 inch).

Preheat oven to 400° for 8 minutes. This will help the potatoes to not stick.

Brush 2 baking sheets with 1/2 Tbs. olive oil each. Rub garlic over surface, pressing hard to extract as much garlic juice as possible. Place baking sheets in oven to warm for 8 minutes.

Place potatoe slices side by side on hot baking sheets. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Bake 7 to 10 minutes, rotate pans (for even browning), and bake another 10 to 15 minutes.

Flip potatoes and bake 5 minutes longer or until golden. Remove and cool on paper towels. Repeat with remaining potatoe slices. Eat warm or store in airtight container.

Add two tablespoons of Marsala sauce or sprinkle over the potatoes for a minute before you take them out of the oven / or heat the sauce in a saucepan and drip over the potato chips when serving. This is sure to peak the taste buds of the most distinctive taster.

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Get your student to learn German, because Germany offers free college tuition to U.S. and international students

10-14-2014 You should get your child to learn German because Germany is providing international students the opportunity to take classes for free. Quick note: there are 367 colleges in Germany.

According to

Three of the top universities are:

Technician University Munch

However the top college is Germany's highest ranking university, Technician University Munchen, or TUM, comes in 53rd on the World University Rankings,The university host some 5,000 international students, making up about 16% of its student population. Because of the university's strength in research and engineering, it has partnerships with a number of prestigious universities, including U.S. schools such as MIT, Stanford, Cornell, and Georgia Tech. The university also has strong partnerships across Europe and Asia.

Heidelberg University

Founded in 1386 and ranking 55th in the World University Rankings, Heidelberg University is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Western Europe. It performs best in the sciences. More than 20% of the student body consists of international students from around 130 countries. Also, more than one-third of its doctoral students are international students. One thing to note, though, is that many of the university's classes are in German, so make sure to pack that German-English Dictionary if you decide to study here.

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

One of Germany's oldest universities, LMU ranks 60th in the QS World University Rankings, just below rivals TUM and Heidelberg. Almost 15% of its student population is international students. The university offers more than 100 areas of study, and an increasingly large number of its classes are offered in English to cater to international students, particularly in the fields of business, management, psychology, and physics.

Germany is a very inexpensive country to study abroad in, as overseas students pay the same tuition fees as local students, and many universities do not charge any tuition fees at all.They are known for their baked cakes and eclairs as well as inexpensive living expenses. Germany is mostly an English speaking country, you could get your degree however without speaking German, but, what a waiste that would be if you intend to live there the whole time you are in college.

More than 10 of the top universities in the world are in Germany, so why not take advantage of a wonderful opportunity to study abroad?

Here are a few things Germany is best known for:

    It's German Chocolate,famous musicians, the harpsichord, the holocaust, it is the birth place of the hamburger, hot dog or as they call it the frankfurter, automobile, motorcycle, printing press, alarm clock, Bayer aspirin, x-ray, whistling tea kettle, Fahrenheit degrees, helicopter, and jet engines to name a few great items..

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2014

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 is to be awarded to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education. Children must go to school and not be financially exploited. In the poor countries of the world, 60% of the present population is under 25 years of age. It is a prerequisite for peaceful global development that the rights of children and young people be respected. In conflict-ridden areas in particular, the violation of children leads to the continuation of violence from generation to generation.

Showing great personal courage, Kailash Satyarthi, maintaining Gandhi’s tradition, has headed various forms of protests and demonstrations, all peaceful, focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain. He has also contributed to the development of important international conventions on children’s rights.

Despite her youth, Malala Yousafzay has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education, and has shown by example that children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations. This she has done under the most dangerous circumstances. Through her heroic struggle she has become a leading spokesperson for girls’ rights to education.

The Nobel Committee regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism. Many other individuals and institutions in the international community have also contributed. It has been calculated that there are 168 million child labourers around the world today. In 2000 the figure was 78 million higher. The world has come closer to the goal of eliminating child labour.

The struggle against suppression and for the rights of children and adolescents contributes to the realization of the “fraternity between nations” that Alfred Nobel mentions in his will as one of the criteria for the Nobel Peace Prize.Oslo, 10 October 2014

Immigration-No Room At the Inn -Texas

by Diane Knaus

7-7-2014 What does the birth and travels of Jesus have in common with our newest people immigrating to the U.S. in Exodus Style?" Everything, because of the unanimous decision of King Herod in wanting to kill all first born males their lives were in danger. So too are our latest children arriving at the Texas border from their countries which are ravaging families with fear mongering and violent behavior toward them. Parents then send them here away from the inherent violence. Therefore young children are alone in a really scary situation that can turn violent in another bad way for them.Bad things also happen in America for young children alone.

The U.S. Immigration policy also states that children's health must be assessed within 72 hours of coming here. A law that is sorely taxing the medical facilities of local jurisdictions. There also seem to be a number of churches in that area picking up children and possibly placing them in new homes in their areas who are working to solve some of the problems within their own communities.

According to Pope Francis Gays -

Unmarried Couples Have Positive Values

10-13-2014 Pope Francis said the church must “turn respectfully” to couples like those who live together unmarried or are of the same-gender and “appreciate the positive values” those unions may have. It must be noted here that not everyone in his company agree. However, just a few months go he said "Who am I to Judge."

According to Writer Francis X. Rocca of the Catholic News Service- In strikingly conciliatory language on situations contrary to Catholic teaching, an official midterm report from the Synod of Bishops on the family emphasized calls for greater acceptance and appreciation of divorced and remarried Catholics, cohabitating couples and homosexuals.

"It is necessary to accept people in their concrete being, to know how to support their search, to encourage the wish for God and the will to feel fully part of the church, also on the part of those who have experienced failure or find themselves in the most diverse situations," Hungarian Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest told Pope Francis and the synod Oct. 13.

Cardinal Erdo, who as the synod's relator has the task of guiding the discussion and synthesizing its results, gave a nearly hourlong speech that drew on the synod's first week of discussions.

"Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community," the cardinal said. "Often they wish to encounter a church that offers them a welcoming home. Are our communities capable of providing that, accepting and evaluating their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony?"

The statement represents a marked shift in tone on the subject for an official Vatican document. While the Catechism of the Catholic Church calls for "respect, compassion and sensitivity" toward homosexuals, it calls their inclination "objectively disordered." A 1986 document from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith called homosexuality a "more or less strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil." In 2003, the doctrinal congregation stated that permitting adoption by same-sex couples is "gravely immoral" and "would actually mean doing violence to these children."

While Cardinal Erdo said that same-sex unions present unspecified "moral problems" and thus "cannot be considered on the same footing" as traditional marriage, he said they also can exemplify "mutual aid to the point of sacrifice (that) constitutes a precious support in the life of the partners."

He noted that the "church pays special attention to the children who live with couples of the same sex, emphasizing that the needs and rights of the little ones must always be given priority."

The cardinal said a "new sensitivity in the pastoral care of today consists in grasping the positive reality of civil marriages and ... cohabitation," even though both models fall short of the ideal of sacramental marriage.

"In such unions it is possible to grasp authentic family values or at least the wish for them," he said. "All these situations have to be dealt with in a constructive manner, seeking to transform them into opportunities to walk toward the fullness of marriage and the family in the light of the Gospel. They need to be welcomed and accompanied with patience and delicacy."

Similarly, the cardinal said, divorced and civilly remarried Catholics deserve an "accompaniment full of respect, avoiding any language or behavior that might make them feel discriminated against."

Cardinal Erdo noted that various bishops supported making the annulment process "more accessible and flexible," among other ways, by allowing bishops to declare marriages null without requiring a trial before a church tribunal.

One of the most discussed topics at the synod has been a controversial proposal by German Cardinal Walter Kasper that would make it easier for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive communion, even without an annulment of their first, sacramental marriages.

Cardinal Erdo said some synod members had spoken in support of the "present regulations," which admit such Catholics to Communion only if they abstain from sexual relations, living with their new partners as "brother and sister."

But the cardinal said other bishops at the assembly favored a "greater opening" to such second unions, "on a case-by-case basis, according to a law of graduality, that takes into consideration the distinction between state of sin, state of grace and the attenuating circumstances."

As a historical example of the "law of graduality," which he said accounts for the "various levels through which God communicates the grace of the covenant to humanity," the cardinal quoted Jesus' words in the Gospel of St. Matthew (19:8) acknowledging that, "because of the hardness of your hearts, Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so."

Critics of Cardinal Kasper's proposal commonly cite the Gospel's following verse, in which Jesus states that "whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) and marries another commits adultery."

At a news conference following the synod's morning session, Cardinal Erdo said no one at the synod had questioned church teaching that Jesus' prohibition of divorce applies to all Christian sacramental marriages.

Also at the news conference, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, one of the assembly's three presidents chosen by Pope Francis, said Cardinal Erdo's speech "is not to be considered a final document from the synod," but a pretext for the further discussion, which concludes Oct. 18.

The synod is not supposed to reach any definitive conclusions, but set the agenda for a larger world synod to be held Oct. 4-25, 2015, which will make recommendations to the pope. Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, general secretary of the synod, announced Oct. 13 that the theme of next's year assembly will be: "The vocation and mission of the family in the church and in the modern world."

Human Rights Campaign Foundation Announces

The 100 companies that do not discriminate against homosexuals in the workplace, are listed on their website.See site

Washington, DC - Church Leaders call on the United Methodist Church

More on the Methodist Church

Same Sex Marriage and the Human Rights Campaign

The new vehicle for your attention is the Million for Marriage petition sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign. There are literally thousands of people living in same sex relationships, who are committed to each other, hold full time jobs, pay their taxes just like the rest of Americans who live in the country. If they have a good relationship and are committed to communities and give of themselves, what right does anyone have to deny them marriage? And furthermore why should anyone care!

Now About that Pastor who Started the Metropolitan Community Church in California 36 years ago

Tired of running away from his own sexuality, Troy Perry left the church where he was the pastor because the elders asked him to leave, he then got a divorce, and went to California. While there because he had grown up in a strong church family and because he loved helping other people believe in themselves, he started the Metropolitan Community Church. His mother was a strong supporter she told him to start a church for other people like himself. He started it right there in his own living room. There were twelve people who attended the first service.

According to his biography, "The Lord is My Sheppherd and he Knows I am Gay" Troy Perry described how he went to go about starting the first services on October 6,1968. After telling his roommate Willie "Wait a minute, Willie. This is a church for us it will serve the homosexuals, the gay community." Willie thought that was crazy, He said, "You mean you are really serious about this religious stuff?" I assured him that I was, I said, "I know Willie, that it's the thing to do. I've got to try it and see if I can't bring a message, God's message, to all the gay people."

The Christian Religious Services that he started now has churches in 22 countries, and the numbers are climbing. Providing communion to those who express an openness to God and the teachings of Jesus Christ, the religion continues to open hearts and minds.


Equality News

Rosa Parks

The Woman who Made the Word Equality a Kitchen Term Has Passed Away at the age of 92 at home in Detroit,Michigan 10-24-2005. As Rosa Parks said, "I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people.Each person must live their lives

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