Monday, September 11, 2006

Monday Musings

It’s the fifth anniversary of that infamous day. Not sure what a lot of folks are gonna do, but I am surely not watching any of the 9/11 related events on TV or otherwise. I don’t need a reminder of that tragic day which frankly will never be forgotten and don’t need to plug in to any public ceremonies headlined by sincere sounding but cynical and opportunistic politicians in power. I said a silent prayer to the innocents lives lost on that day.

I am sure a lot has been said about this day. I thought Ameet said it well too. Also from the Independent of UK a slightly different take.

The bitter legacy of 9/11
Published: 11 September 2006
2,973 Total number of people killed (excluding the 19 hijackers) in the September 11, 2001 attacks

72,000 Estimated number of civilians killed worldwide since September 11, 2001 as a result of the war on terror

2 Number of years since US intelligence had any credible lead to Osama bin Laden's whereabouts

2,932 Total number of US servicemen and women killed in Afghanistan and Iraq since September 2001

1,248 Number of published books relating to the September 11 attacks

$119m Ticket sales for anti-Bush documentary Fahrenheit 9/11

$40bn Airline industry losses since September 2001

2009 Date when the official memorial will open at the World Trade Centre site

0 Hours of intelligence training provided to new FBI agents before 9/11. Now they get 24.

91 per cent Terror cases from FBI and others that US Justice Dept declined to prosecute in first eight months of 2006

11 Weeks the 9/11 commission's final report was top of New York Times' non-fiction best-seller list

117 Number of UK service personnel killed in Iraq since invasion

40 Number of UK personnel killed in Afghanistan since invasion

7 per cent People in UK who think US-led war on terror is being won, according to YouGov

1 Those charged in US with a crime in connection with 9/11

455 Number of detainees at Guantanamo Bay

77 per cent Percentage of people in the UK who believe Tony Blair's Middle East policy has made Britain a terrorist target (YouGov)

4,000 Number of UK troops left in Iraq after British-controlled provinceshanded back to Baghdad

18 The number of times that undercover investigators with fake IDs have breezed through US border checkpoints in a test by the Government Accountability Office

$8bn The amount the US will spend this year on hunting Bin Laden and other terrorists

A sobering thought for anyone tempted to believe these folks will get it right in dealing with Syria and Iran.. these are the same incompetents in charge who have brought us the Iraq fiasco and let OBL get away in Tora Bora and did not destroy the Taliban.

Some more cooking....

The bright colored chicken is the standard Tandoori chicken the lighter one is the jerk chicken.

Jerk is a style of cooking native to Jamaica in which meats (traditionally pork, but now including chicken, fish and even tofu) are dry-rubbed with a fiery spice mixture called Jamaican jerk spice. This jerk seasoning typically relies upon two items: allspice (Jamaican pepper, Jamaican Pimento) and Scotch Bonnet peppers (among the hottest peppers on the Scoville scale). Cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, thyme, garlic and other ingredients are often added. Traditionally, the meat is wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in an earth covered pit over smoldering Pimento wood. A grill over an open fire will suffice for a modern rendition, and pre-made jerk seasoning mixes are available.

The term "jerk" refers interchangeably to the technique, the spice mixture, and the finished product.

It turned out really well. No skill involved here really. Just added the mix out of a bottle and some oil and rubbed it in to the meat (made slices in the meat to let the spices penetrate better). Left overnight and then slow grilled on the charcoal grill.

Extremely yummy! The spices are so different than the Indian spices, this is particularly true of the heat. I could feel the spices in a different part of the tongue more towards the back and sides. They also had a different aroma. Although my olfactory senses are completely shot I could discern the sweet aroma of cinnamon and the hint of thyme.


Keshi said...

u know post 9/11 the world has gotten only more terrified and barbaric. Certainly not better-prepared.

Ur cooking makes me wanna have an early lunch.


karmic_jay said...

@Keshi.. I agree about the state of the world. Early lunch is always good ;)

MoDigli said...

Jay ~ those numbers say it all. That was very sobering. What a mess we've gotten ourselves into here.

Will the world ever be a better place?

Aditi said...

They forgot the absolute erosion of the bill of rights.. wherein the homeland security can arrest and hold a person indefinitely in the name of well homeland security.
Sometimes i wonder how much worse this will all get

Gangadhar said...

felt so sad reading the data you posted about post 9/11...
And it's so yummy yummy post,Sanjay..

vibhor said...

hi karmic jay,
i still remember that day..whole india is in fear of terror..
at taht time i was in my home and there was a news that our city can be the next target..we all were so scared..
but nyhow..time passes..terrorist attck fear do exist in our mind..but life goes on..
hey that dish ur so called cookies are feeling hungry...

Ash said...

Sad facts there....

karmic_jay said...

@Mo.. I doubt it theworld will be a better place. But one never knows

@Aditi... Far worse I am afraid.

@Ganga.. thanks for stopping by.

@Vibhor .. thanks


ishita said...

same reason why i stayed away from the news/paper & tv...

But what u've put up that's something we really shud think about...

ps: i had "jerk chicken" during the chicago food fest...yummy...!

M (tread softly upon) said...

No TV for me either. May be it's denial, may be its running away. But I cannot take it any more.

karmic_jay said...

@Ishita.. I can see why you stayed away.

@M.. Am I crazy or are people so scared that they can't use their brains?

Dadoji said...

> Extremely yummy!

Go on, rub the spices in.