New Delhi Market

42.405752, -71.131141: This little corner store opened up not too long ago, in 2006.

They have a great supply of rice, lentils, and beans, plus clarified butter, frozen nan, chutney galore, and crazy subcontinental snacks. Ckeck the fridge for okra!

They also rent out and sell a fair selection of your favorite Bollywood movies as well as Indian music. The must-try of this place is the home-made samosa and onion chutney. I wish they had a little more in the way of homemade snacks, but I’m grateful at the same time for the samosa I can get!

The people who run the store are very friendly and chatty. It’s an all-around fun place to go.

 

Check out New Delhi Market on Platial.com, originally posted by tracy_the_astonishing.

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Geography of the 2006 Midterm Election and What Does it Mean?

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The Blowout Belt

The newest word entering the political lexicon will be “Blowout Belt.” The Blowout Belt refers to the collection of states from around Rhode Island to Indiana where Republican Party lost many seats.

The Republicans lost in the Blowout Belt because of three reasons: 1) The Iraq War, while being al Qaeda’s Vietnam, has been a propaganda loss for Bush’s party, 2) Corruption has been following the Republican Party in House with the party paying little attention to it and 3) the Republican Party has become the party of the establishment while ignoring the small government conservative/libertarian base.

The Democratic Party won the House with because of two reasons. 1) The Democrats won in the suburbs which will be swing areas for a while. The suburbs like corruption-free, low taxes, and budget surpluses. 2) In the Great Lakes states and in the Southern states yellow dog and Clinton-style Democrats won while promising to lead from the center.

2008 could go either way. The Republicans must find a way to neutralize the Iraq issue and prove it is loyal to the base on issues like spending and border control. Democrats have two roads to go down. If they operate like Bill Clinton or Joe Lieberman they will be neigh-on-unstoppable; however, if they let leftists bloggers control issues like the War on Terrorism then Republicans will be back in a heart-beat.

On local issues it seems America is still a center-right nation (ballot issue results). Several states passed laws defining marriage as between a man and woman, medical marijuana was defeated, Michigan has passed a law limiting affirmative action, and while South Dakota did reject its abortion ban polls say that one which would allow a rape exception would pass easily so expect that bill to be back.

The 1990s saw Clinton try to rebuild a Democrat Party in disarray infected by 1960s radicalism, he succeeded in part but failed to keep his DLC in firm control. The 2000s had Bush trying to build a permanent Republican Majority but it appears that Washington’s atmosphere had led the Grand Old Party astray. The future is open in Purple America.

Catholicgauze congratulates the Democrats on their win and reminds them to govern well. To Republicans Catholicgauze tells them to take the loss as grown-ups and learn their lesson.

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Why Geography has not Returened to Harvard

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World War II was the high point for American geography. Geographers worked in all branches of the government and were making a difference in government policy. Almost as important was that the American public knew why geography was important. This changed almost as soon as the war was over. Other academics decried geography as mere description. This happened at Harvard when geologist Marland P. Billings successful managed to pull geography out of Harvard because it was “not a university subject.”

Fast forward fifty-nine years and Harvard is celebrating claiming geography is back. The big news is the launch of the Center for Geographic Analysis. The news was greeted so widely in the academic subuniverse of geography that the Harvard Geographic Society has pretty much gone into hibernation mode as an independent group.

Catholicgauze still is not happy. By “geography” they do not mean physical geography or geography that I use to help understand the world but GIS! Catholicgauze feels GIS is a useful tool, as other disciplines are using the Center for, but too many geographers and non-geographers worship the tool as an end in and of itself. Until a respectful concentration in areas like physical and world regional geography return to Harvard Catholicgauze will moan its state at the university.

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With actual battles in Iraq and Afghanistan plus shadow operations all over the world it is easy to forget that places like grandpa’s farm could easily become the next scene in the War on Terrorism.

Think about it for a second, most Americans take their food for granted but without the plethora of food the American economy and culture would nose-dive overnight. The average farm is right off the road and the only security is a barbed wire fence meant more to mark property than defend against intruders. What better target for terrorists? A simple spraying of bacteria on a vegetable could kill dozens of people and frighten many more before the infection could be traced back to ground zero. One shot into a cow could cause a pandemic that would rival the worse of Britain’s mad cow outbreaks.

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Strange Maps

I just found a wonderful new map blog called Strange Maps thanks to Metafilter. Great stuff!

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Fly Like an Eagle

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Jake started off the morning today by posting a link in our irc channel to this new game called Wings. It’s sort of like the Google Earth flight simulator, except you can poo-bomb the landscape by pressing the space bar. (Remember that cafe in Paris where the waiter was so dang rude. Now is your chance for revenge.) Tasteless, yes, but fun. It uses Google maps satellite imagery.

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