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Despite Western paranoia, Russia's defense budget is about one-tenth of America's — with huge cutbacks ahead

"So much for the Russian threat: Putin slashes defense spending while Trump plans massive buildup"-Salon.com

 As reported on Salon.com-"Russia, led by supervillain Vladimir Putin, intent on the domination and destruction of the Western world, has just slashed its defense budget — and no one really noticed

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Figures from the Russian Federal Treasury show that the defense budget has been cut by 25.5 percent for 2017, falling from 3.8 trillion rubles to 2.8 trillion rubles. IHS Jane’s, one of the most authoritative sources on defense news, said the move represents “the largest cut to military expenditure in the country since the early 1990s.”

Let’s put this in context before we move on: The cuts come after significant military budget increases in recent years (averaging about 19.8 percent a year since 2011) as Putin sought to revamp the Russian military and replace a massive chunk of Soviet-era hardware by 2020.
There’s also some quibbling going on over the figures used by Jane’s. Some experts believe the cut is more like 7 percent when the impact of debt repayment to defense industry firms is taken into account.
Either way, the Russian defense budget is being cut — and not insignificantly — at a time when we’re being told Moscow is a grave threat to peace-loving people everywhere. There are a number of reasons for the cuts, the most obvious being that the Russian economy has been put under pressure due to Western sanctions and reduced oil and gas prices. So no, the cuts don’t come from the goodness of Putin’s heart — but it’s clear that he doesn’t see Russia as being on course for major military conflict with the West in the immediate future.
When the cut was announced, it was met with radio silence in the West. A search for “Russian defense budget” on Google News brings up not a single mainstream source that treated this as a significant news story. It’s hard to imagine the same reaction had the news been that Russia had increased rather than decreased its defense spending. Even the most modest increase would very likely have set off a chain reaction of scare-mongering reports about the Russian bear.
The reality is, a decrease just isn’t that interesting because it doesn’t fit with the narrative that the evil Russkies are fully intent on taking over the world, one trembling and defenseless nation at a time.
Military men on both sides of the Atlantic have been using the “Russian threat” to convince governments to throw more money into defense budgets for years. In 2015, the Pentagon used the idea of war with Russia as a public rallying cry to stave off budget cuts. Instead of responding with laughter and the appropriate facts, much of the media advocated on the Pentagon’s behalf, propagating the idea that perhaps the United States really would struggle to match Russian military power in a head-to-head. 
In the case of the U.S., the hyping of the Russian threat is particularly ridiculous. Think of it this way: In his first budget proposal, President Donald Trump seeks to increase U.S. defense spending by $54 billion. That 10 percent hike in American military spending would amount to 80 percent of Russia’s entire military budget — and that’s before the recent Russian cuts are taken into account.
The U.S. spends around $600 billion yearly on its military. Russia’s spends one-tenth of that amount, roughly $60 billion. With the new cuts, Russia will go from the fourth-largest military spender in the world to the eighth-largest, falling behind India and France.

Friday, 24 February 2017

What are the importance of owning a website

Listed below are some of the personal advantages of making a website. Perhaps one or some of these could be the triggers you were looking for.
  •  Business Ownership - Become the CEO of your own organization. Make a website of your own and run your business.
  •  Work For Yourself - Fire your boss. Be your own boss.
  •  Sense Of Freedom - Be the master of your own time and decide for your own self.
  •  Work At Home - Break the darn clock with a hammer into a thousand pieces. You don't need to be the slave of your clock anymore. Decide for yourself what you have to do and when you have to do that.
  •  Extra Income - For those working part time make a website and create a source of an extra income.
  •  Multiple Sources Of Income - When you make your own website each web page is your source of income. This is an excellent way to diversify and create multiple sources of income.
  •  Self-Reliance - You are not answerable to anyone other than yourself. Make your own website and create your own security.
  •  Flexibility - Work when you please. Take that coveted vacation any time of the year. And above all work from anywhere. Take your work with you where-ever you go.
  •  Online Presence - Be seen all over the world through internet. Make a website and express your point of view and be heard. Make your presence count.
  •  Financial Security - Make your own website and include a monetization model that works on auto pilot. Craete your ongoing financial security.
  •  Passion To Create Your Identity - Make your mark felt. Make a website of your own and create a brand that is YOU. Let your knowledge be reflected in your web pages and shine and stand out in your own field.
It will be difficult to ennumerate every advantage here. Each one's own perspective can differ in this regard.
Identify your advantage and begin making a website for yourself.

Business Advantages of Making a Website

Listed below are some of the business advantages of making a website. A business website can give you an unbeatable edge over your competition.
  •  Business Open Round the Clock - Unlike your offline business your online website business is open round the clock for every single day of the year. You are working even when you are physically present at your business office.
  •  Serve Global Market - The whole world is your potential market and you can reach them anywhere with the speed of light. Don't think local. Think Global.
  •  Brand Building - Launch your brand to the world that reaches your targeted audience. Their are innumerable ways in which you can boost the value of your business or product brand.
  •  Improved Customer Service - Educate your customer with detailed information about your product or services right from the web pages of your website. A well designed "Frequently Asked Questions" that is constantly updated can answer all the possible queries of your customers. Additionally online forms can help them to be in direct contact with you.
  •  Represent Yourself Instantly - Your business website offers the chance of representing your portfolio to everyone interested almost at the click of the mouse. By making a website you are not restricted by time or space and even political boundaries to be your own salesman, anywhere and anytime.
  •  Exude Professionalism - A business website builds your image and gives you a professional inclination. It lends credibility to your customers and they take you to be an expert in your field.
  •  Better Communication - Communicate with your staff, customers, suppliers, or just about anyone in a more concise and direct method with the help of your website. Just imagine the time and money that is saved and that gets added to the bottom line by making a website for your business.
  •  Great Advertisement Tool - Ensure that every dollar spent in advertisement is well spent when you reach your customers in accordance with their specific requirements, through your website. Your advertisement becomes more effective and it shows in your business growth.
Counting the advantages of making a website for your business is like asking you to count the number of stars in the sky. You yourself can identify your most suitable advantage and build your own source of online income.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

What is the difference between chicken stock and chicken broth

Water is the most versatile of cooking liquids, but that's precisely because it adds no flavor. At times you might prefer to use a liquid that adds flavor and body to your finished dish, such as a stock or broth. To non-professionals, the terms are interchangeable, but commercial kitchens recognize a distinction between the two. In theory they're differentiated by their basic ingredients, but in practice it boils down more to their intended use.

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As laid out by generations of culinary textbooks, bones create the basis for stock. In the case of a chicken stock, this typically includes the necks and backs and sometimes the wingtips. These are all rich in natural gelatin, which gives the stock its body. Chicken broth, on the other hand, is more likely to use a whole chicken or bone-in chicken pieces. This blurs the theoretical distinction, since there is some meat in the stock and some bone in the broth. In practice, the difference is largely at the chef's discretion. If the finished liquid is left unseasoned, for use as an ingredient in other preparations, it's a chicken stock. If it's fully seasoned and flavorful in its own right, it's considered a broth.

Chefs rely on a weight-based ratio to reliably produce stocks and broths with a good flavor. For a given weight of cold water, you'd use half that weight of chicken or bones, and 1/10 that weight of aromatic vegetables -- the classic "mirepoix" of onions, carrots and celery. As you bring the water slowly to a simmer -- never a boil -- proteins from the chicken's juices will rise and make an unappetizing grey layer at the top. This should be skimmed away diligently, along with any pools of surface fat, for the clearest and most professional-looking result. A chicken stock typically needs up to 3 hours for its flavors to be fully extracted. If you're making broth rather than stock, you'd season it to taste with salt, pepper and herbs.

Restaurants use large stock pots with a spigot at the bottom, so the finished broth can be drained away without disturbing the bones and meat or stirring up sediment. At home, you can dip out the stock with a ladle or lift the whole pot and pour. Stop at the first sign of sediment, and drain the rest of your broth through several layers of cheesecloth to remove any impurities. If the end of the batch remains cloudy, reserve it for stews or casseroles, and use the clearer portion for soups and sauces. If you want to really go for broke, you can clarify your stock or broth to make consomme. Stir beaten egg whites into the chilled broth along with finely chopped mirepoix and an acidic ingredient such as tomatoes. The egg whites form a "raft" at the top that filters out any particles, leaving a crystalline broth.

The finished stock or broth should be cooled as quickly as you can. You can chill the whole pot by resting it in a sink full of ice water, or divide it into shallow containers and distribute them through your refrigerator and freezer. As with any other perishable food, you should use it or freeze it within the first few days. Package your stocks and broths in logical quantities, such as 1/2 cup, 1 cup or 2 cup measures. For small batches of sauce, freeze it in ice cube trays and use one or two cubes as needed.

Publised on eHow by Fred Decker

How to Make Chicken Marsala,the six (6) simple steps


Save Chicken Marsala is an incredibly delicious Italian recipe that is surprisingly easy to prepare at home! This classic meal is made from chicken cutlets, mushrooms and Marsala wine. If you've never tried preparing a pan sauce before, this is a wonderful place to start. Whether it's for a romantic meal, entertaining guests, or simply to treat yourself, Chicken Marsala is a wonderful recipe to have on hand.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 to 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
  • 3/4 cup sweet Marsala wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock, preferably homemade or low-sodium
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives

Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients

This is a fairly straight forward recipe in terms of ingredients. However, there are a few things worth noting. If possible, try to use a good quality marsala wine, since that's such a primary flavor component of the dish. Homemade chicken stock also makes a huge difference when creating pan sauces, since the natural collagen yields a richer and more flavorful result. The reason there's an ingredient range option for the chicken is because boneless, skinless chicken breasts can vary quite a bit in size. If they're large, you can butterfly two chicken breasts and then slice each in half to create 4 servings.
 

Step 2: Flatten the Chicken Breasts

If the chicken breasts are very large, start by slicing them in half lengthwise. Then place on a cutting board and cover with plastic wrap. Use the flat side of a meat tenderizer or the bottom of a small saucepan to gently flatten the chicken.
 

Step 3: Dredge the Chicken

Place the flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a large resealable plastic bag. Add one piece of chicken at a time and gently shake to dredge the chicken. Shake off any excess flour so that only a thin coating remains.
 

Step 4: Pan Fry the Chicken

Heat the olive oil and butter on medium-high heat in a large skillet, preferably a flat-sided one (a Dutch oven could also be used here). Cook the chicken until crisp and brown on both sides, approximately 5 minutes per side. It should be firm to the touch, and the internal temperature should be 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.


Step 5: Cook the Pan Sauce

Turn the heat to low. Using the same pan, cook the mushrooms, incorporating the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. If the pan looks like it's becoming to dark, pour in approximately 1/4 cup of the Marsala wine to deglaze, scraping up the brown bits and stirring. Once the mushrooms have cooked for a few minutes, add the remaining wine. Turn the heat up to medium and let the alcohol cook out for about 60 seconds, then add the chicken stock. Let the sauce reduce for several minutes until it has thickened noticeably. Remove from the heat and stir in the cream.
 


Step 6: Add the Chicken Back to the Sauce

Add the chicken back to the pan. Top with the chopped parsley and chives. Serve hot.

 Published by  Jennifer Farle on eHow
    


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