Hi All, Sorry I have been so painfully absent. It is not that I have not been cooking and it is not that I have not been taking pictures, it is just that I have been doing homework instead of blogging. And next semester is going to be even worse. So, I will try to get a slew of posts together over Christmas. I have several recipes in the making and they are almost perfected. As well as the run of the mill, I found the recipe, and it is AWESOME!

Now to what is irking me. I am sure you all know about the proposed Biolab in Butner, NC that is no longer an option (read, we lost the contract thanks to all the protesting). I read a post on the Morehead Hill listserve that really annoyed me celebrating the fact that we lost the contract. NC lost out on a huge funding and job opportunities because of, in my opinion, people's ignorance. There are people out there patting themselves on the back for keeping jobs out of NC. People in Butner, not the most economically viable town, cheering because there will not be people coming into the town on a daily basis wanting to buy lunch and run errands.

I don't understand what the problem is. Do people not realize that this kind of research goes on at major universities everywhere (read UNC and Duke)? I work in an area where this kind of research goes on and let me tell you, with all the inspections they have to do and all the security measures in place, there really is nothing to worry about. There are security guards on duty at all times monitoring access to the building. There is negative air pressure in all the rooms, meaning no air escapes out the doors and into the hallways, and all the rooms are further protected with an anteroom where only one door in the anteroom can be opened at a time. All the air from the building goes through two filters and the entire building, walls and all, can be sterilized.

I am glad that people can be happy for the lack of economic development in our state, but this is something I can not understand.

Coming up next: Pumpkin Ginger Bread. I am making what I assume will be the perfect recipe (3 times the charm) tonight and I will share with you all it's deliciousness!

1 comment:

Peter Eckle said...

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Perhaps some of your readers might be interested as well. We do plan to launch a similar tour in Durham because we think it would be received well by many.